A member of the Oldhammer Forum was kind enough to help me out with the sticker banner from the 90's. Thank you Muntantdale, I'll think of you everytime I look at them.
I also bought the transfers from ebay which in the end didn't work out. The shoulder and knie pads were simple to round for the transfers to stick to. They ended up all folded and horrible. No wonder the Eavy Metal painters painted them on.
I wanted to use the airbrush as much as possible and try-out some masking techniques. I'll try to summarise some of the airbrush work below.
This is what the miniatures looked like after cleaning, assembly and base coating them white. You can see I left the arms unassembled for easy painting.
I applied a blue base color with the airbrush. Unlike painting by hand, the airbrush applies a very thin layer of paint. Make sure all parts have equal coverage by inspecting them afterwards.
|Strange color blue|
I try not to spray directly onto the miniature, but instead start spraying from the outside and move over the miniature. This prevents accidental splatters from getting onto the miniature and gives me slightly better control of the amount of paint.
|After 3rd highlight and oil wash|
|Did the same with the arms|
|All wrapped up and ready to be painted|
|The results after carefully removing the tape|
|Ready for manual painting|
I taped the arms, sprayed the arms white and afterwards red, did a gradient on the power sword and base painted other necessary parts black.
|Taped up tight|
|Red really needs a white base color|
|Taped up and base coated white|
|The initial results after removing the tape|
I corrected the lines and highlighted the yellow and black on the power fists. Painted the silver parts with Boltgun Metal and washed two times with Diluted Umber Wash (1:2) mixed with Fleshtone Shade Wash (1:1). Skulls painted with Bleached Bone and washed three times with Diluted Sepia Shade Wash (1:3).
|Highlights need to be applied on the skulls and red parts|