Models and FX

PREMIUM – Model Behavior: Painting Miniature Figurines

We found these gorgeous resin miniatures from the artist alley at this year's Silicon Valley Comic Con, and spend today's Model Behavior painting them! Kayte and Norm also use this opportunity to do some foam sculpting to craft a display base for their figures, as well as experiment with some metallic paint. These kits are from artist Dennis Chan under his Mt Lion Miniatures banner and are available now!

Model Behavior: Bandai 1/5000 Star Destroyer, Part 2

Kayte and Norm wrap up their build of the awesome Bandai 1/5000 scale Star Destroyer, assembling the kit with its LED internal lighting system. The last step is to add a weathering pass, and we experiment with using powdered pigments instead of a wash to accentuate the model's panel lines and make it look like the original filming miniature.

Model Behavior: Bandai 1/5000 Star Destroyer, Part 1

Kayte and Norm embark on a new model kit build--this time the ridiculously detailed 1/5000 Star Destroyer snap-fit kit from Bandai. In our first day of work on this model, we prime the pieces and try our hand at adding surface "aztec" paneling, using fine strips of cut masking tape. This kind of subtle surface work is wonderfully relaxing, and adds detail that helps model starships look extra eye-catching!

PREMIUM – Model Behavior: X-Wing Cutaway Model Kit!

Bill and Norm assemble a rare Star Wars X-Wing snap-fit kit that was recently found online. This highly-detailed 1:35 scale model was a one-off from Kotobukiya in their ArtFX line--a cross section model that reveals the interior of the craft! We scrutinize and show off the beautiful pre-painted parts as we put this unique diorama together. Truly a holy grail kit!

PREMIUM – Model Behavior: Rusted Fallout Fusion Flea!

Bill and Norm are back with more Model Behavior projects! This week, we take the beautiful Fusion Flea model from The Wand Company and attempt to weather it to look like the post-apocalytic version seen in Fallout 4 using screenshots as reference. Masking, paint chipping, and application of real rust makes this model look fantastically aged!