Monday, January 24, 2011

New Blog, New Restoration!

In addition to my Space Sharks, I have started a Black Templars army as well. This time, however, the army is 90% created from my bitz box and 2nd hand purchases of broken/abused/paint caked minis. Not sure what I'm talking about? well, think of one of those "before and after" makeover shows for people or houses thats all over T.V. nowadays. Let me give an example of what I'm doing:

BEFORE: As you can see, this landraider crusader I got off ebay is covered in about 4ft thick paint and missing some hatches and sensors etc. I plan to fix it up and make a decent model out of it!

Here we have the same landraider, yet I've stripped off all that nasty paint. Some residue is left, but that isnt anything a stiff toothbrush cant dig out. A good primer will cover anything left.

And now we have added some bits. This model didnt come with BT upgrade doors and whatnot, so I kinda made my own with bits. Also the missing hatches and left sponsor sensor (added as of these pics) has been replaced. All it needs now is a good primering then the painting work will begin!

This isnt limited to vehicles either check out the minis I got:

This is the quality of the mini I got 2nd hand. The base is terrible, the pose is terrible, and the paint is terrible. Some of the lesser fortunate ones had broken heads, and arms which I have since replaced before photos.

Here is one of the batch I stripped and repainted to show the tabletop quality I'm trying to get them all up too (ignore the base):

and there you have it! The Start of a sister blog to docment my progress with another army!


  1. Marvelous job!

    How did you strip the paint?

  2. you can strip the paint without messing up the plastic by using stuff called Simple Green ( You can find it in the car aisle of most places like Walmart and whatnot. What I do is put the minis in a big bucket and pour in the green mixed with water, let it sit for a day or two, then brush the mini down with an old toothbrush and it'll come right off. While simple green isnt dangerous, I wouldnt recommend doing this bare handed.