Friday, April 6, 2012

Short update- stripping paint from models

Hello all and welcome back to SB40k.  This will be a quick post updating my progress (which, admittedly, isn't much) and where I hope to go from here.

I've always hated stripping paint from models.  The first time I painted these Eldar models the color scheme was blue and grey and very flat.  I needed to remove the paint from those models and used turpentine, which may have been my first mistake.  The second mistake was doing so in a basement with almost no ventilation (hopefully I only killed the brain cells I wasn't using).  Needless to say, I really dislike removing paint from models.

However, these days we have Simple Green concentrate, which works pretty well removing paint from models.  Metal, plastic, and even FW resin are all safe to use this product.  I still needed to do some scrubbing with an old tooth brush, but overall I think it worked fairly well.

That is before the paint removal, and the image below is afterward.

The model is now smooth enough to repaint (though since it is a very old wave serpent the front fin pieces don't really match up with how the models look now) and I'll be building the side fin pieces from scratch.

On to the Guardians.  As you can see in the images below, I've been steadily working on the Guardians to help them stand out more and bring out some of the color I've already applied to the dark scheme I have gone with.  This, of course, is much different than the super bright scheme I had previously.  I'm thinking something is still missing, though.  Perhaps the shoulder pads need a red highlight as well.

Anyways, that's about it for now.  As always questions and comments are very welcome and always answered/responded to.


  1. Looking good! May I suggest for the Guardians that a really bright color for their eyes may make the faces 'pop' a bit more than they do now. Bright blue might set off the red and green nicely...? Keep up the great work!

    1. Thanks much! Right now I have a yellow for the eyes, but a bright blue might work better since they are so small it's really hard to see! Honestly, it might help them fit in with the vehicles and their blue tinted windshields.

  2. I've heard Simple Green works. I use Pine Sol and the smell is the only setback.

    Those Eldar look great!

    1. Actually, the smell isn't so bad from the Simple Green. It's sort of minty and not nearly as bad as the turpentine I used years ago. Some air circulation would make the smell noticeable but not intolerable.

      Thanks jdf! The more I see the colors and army shaping up, the more I like it myself. Even my wife is coming around to the new colors (which she was dead set opposed to changing).