I painted the wooden hull, with Flat Earth (983). I am trying to get a polished teak effect.
I will now paint the metal bands around the hull, before giving the “teak” a wash.
After realising I had not thought about the rear of the VSF Tunnelling Machine, I decided to paint it with a basecoat of Boltgun Metal.
When I first looked at the model I did initially think that the rear of the model was some kind of boiler so I was going to do it very dark. However upon reflection I think it is actually just the rear of the vehicle, what I thought was the firebox is in fact the rear access hatch.
I do like this model and think it certainly looks the part.
Though I painted the drill on my VSF Tunnelling Machine with a basecoat of Boltgun Metal, for the tracks I decided to use my usual method of a black basecoat. Like the tracks this was quite a challenging area to ensure it was fully painted.
This will then be drybrushed with Boltgun Metal.
Having undercoated my Ironclad Miniatures Victorian Science Fiction Tunnelling Machine, I painted the drill using Boltgun Metal.
This is a different process to the way I would usually paint something like this. Normally I would give the metal parts a black undercoat and then drybrush with Boltgun Metal. This time I am intending to use a black wash.
This is quite a difficult part to paint, as due to the design it is very easy to miss bits as you paint. I found rotating across the three dimensions certainly helped avoiding missing bits with the paint.
The resin pieces of the Ironclad Miniatures Tunnelling Machine were very clean and needed minimal work to get them sorted. The pieces went together very easily. I then gave the model a white undercoat.
I do like this model and think it will be very useful as the core of different kinds of Victorian SF scenarios, even if it actually doesn’t get used itself. It could even just be scenery in the background.
The next stage will be applying the basecoat to the various parts of the model.
I recently wrote an article on adding Science Fiction elements to Old West gaming, SteamPunk Old West. I wanted some vehicles to go with the Old West miniatures I was painting. Looking at the resin models from Ironclad miniatures, one that did catch my eye was the tunnelling machine.
Thinking about possible scenarios, the idea of gold mines came to me. So decided to purchase the model. Very much a Jules Verne style model it was still looked very much like it would fit into the old west environment.
It was a very clean casting and there weren’t too many pieces either.
The first task was to wash the resin, to remove any remaining mould lubricant.