Monday, August 29, 2011

The "Alien 3" work: Halcyon 1/9.

Another awesome alien creature design from another great Sci-Fi saga. Developed for the Alien 3 film -not the best of the saga, I know- by Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff from the original Alien design by H.R.Giger, this creature incubated in a dog is more stylized than its human incubated kin. 
In the film they used a number of different coloured Alien suits and puppets depending on the illumination of the scene. I chose to paint it in an orange-brown cockroach-looking tone that resembles the orange illumination of the pipeline scenes. A dark brown base followed by beige highlights was the first airbrush work. Some dry-brushed highlights helped to enhance the raised details. Next I applied a wash of diluted black oil paint to darken the grooves and profile the details. Then I got the final tone by applying Tamiya clear orange with the airbrush. Adding some clear blue to the orange will neutralize the orange into a browner tinge. The finishing touch is the clear varnish to get the glossy look. Finally I polished the head with Tamiya Compound to leave the smoothest finish possible.
How beautiful a monster can be...

Diego Quijano.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The "Aggressor Viper" work: Tamiya 1/48.

An excellent Tamiya release. The only thing I don´t like is the mould line along the canopy pieces, I hate to polish transparent parts. I also used a hard to fix -as usual- Aires cockpit, the Voyager photoetched nozzle, the Tamiya detail set for the pitot probes and structure reinforce panels and the Afterburner Arctic Aggressor decal sheet.. The landing gear was detailed with wires and styrene pieces. Painted with Tamiya acrylics and weathered with several layers of oil paints and graphite to get the different effects. The final touch was applied with Model Air satin varnish.
The beautiful "Blue Flanker" aggressor scheme is really eye-catching.

Diego Quijano.