I haven't been idle! I have assembled and primed my Khurasan figs, and Tomorrow's War arrived and so I've been devouring that. Reading delays game time, but offers much more in return, so look for some BatReps here in the next few weeks.
First, let me show off my Mammoth. After throwing on a chin gun, I wasn't sure what to do for the chest sponsons, as I just didn't want more weapons mounted there. However, a trip through a friend's bitz box turned up what I thought were land mines, but turned out to be 40K Imperial Guard canteens! A dap of superglue later, and this is how this beast is turning out:
I cannot wait to paint this thing. It weighs enough to be a paperweight, so don't make it mad in combat!
I also had some issues with my adventures in texturing the bases of my figs. The Golden pumice gel was grainy and fought me every step of the way, although once I tried it without sand added, it was much more pliable.
Going off Robin's recommendation over at Gruntz, I bought some of the Windsor and Newton's Minteral Gels from Dick Blick. I bought the Mineral and Sand textures, and with shipping, paid less than retail for the two. I was quite happy when they arrived.
I took a comparison shot of the two, but my phone decided not to email it...so here it is on the bases of some of my Khurasan Federal Marine Special Assault Brigade:
First let me say this: these textured gel mediums were SO MUCH easier to work with than the Golden pumice gel! They were soft and creamy, and went where I put them. They were ALMOST easier than PVA and sand, with the bonus that they layered and textured up nicely, allowing me to hide the bulky rectangular stands these figs came on.
The Sand texture on the right, was creamier than the Mineral gel (left). I am eager to see them primed and painted to see how they hold paint, but I finished the other 3 Power Armor guys in the Mineral gel.
Finally, a shout out to Army Painter's colored primer. I was hesitant to use this, as I always seem to get mixed results when using unknown primer, but this went on smooth and silky, and I was quite pleased with its results. Here is the majority of my forces primed in Skeleton Bone:
Now all I need to do is prime the Power Armor and the Mammoth when I get home from work today. Eventually I will need to assemble and prime the APC weapon mounts, but that can wait - the vehicles are useable without them!