Product Quick Look – Citadel Painting Handle

The Man Cave has gone on a little spending spree recently. 

One of the new toys I’ve picked up is the recently released Games Workshop’s Citadel Painting Handle.

I did a little video, full of my usual nonsense and musings, so why not take a look.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

Hobby Hack #3 – Engine/ Thruster glow


Painting engine/ thruster glow can be a bit difficult and time consuming, but here we have a simple and effective method for painting engine/ thruster glow.

All credit to Hivefleet_Horror, for this tutorial

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

Dropfleet Commander – Scourge Basilisk Battlecruiser 


The Man Cave takes a look at the Scourge Basilisk Battlecruiser, which was available during Hawk Wargames Kickstarter of Dropfleet Commander.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Building the Galactica Part 1


With the Holidays over, and the kids going back to school (finally), I have time in the mornings to start my first project of the year… Building Revell’s 1:4105 scale Battlestar Galactica.

I had a day off work yesterday, so I got to work on the Galactica. It was time to take the old girl out of mothballs. 
First up, I had to wash the model parts in Luke warm soapy water to get rid of any release agent on the model. Then the boring part, I had to leave them to air dry.

Once dry, I began to cut them from their runners, dry fit a few parts, and start to plan out the build.
I’m starting with the Galactica’s alligator head. First up I’m going to be working on her armour panels.

She has some nice, very nice, panel lines between her armour sections, but they are a bit too shallow for my liking. I want them to have a bit more depth and feel of giant slabs of armour bolted on to her, so I’m going to panel scribe the armour sections a bit more. 

My hoping for doing this is firstly that once painted they’ll stand out even more and secondly have a more worn/ battle damaged look.

Using my home made panel scriber (no expense spared), I got to work. This is going to take a while, so be sure to check back every once in a while, to see how she’s coming along.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Revell’s Battlestar Galactica 

The Man Cave treated himself, and picked up a little pressie for himself…

Revell’s Battlestar Galactica, based on the 2004 re- interpreted TV show of the same name.
Incase you’ve never seen the original series, or the rebooted tv series, here’s a quick blurp from the side of the box.
A Battlestar is a Colonial super battleship that combines the capabilities of an aircraft carrier with those of a warship. The Galactica is one of the first twelve of these Battlestars, which were built at the beginning of the first Cylon War, each one represented one of the twelve colonies. The Galactica which is about 50 years old and over 1400m long, as the last of her type in service with the colonial fleet is about to be decommissioned when the Cylons launch another attack 40 years after the first attack on the twelve colonies. Before the attack the Galactica was a member of Battlestar Group 75 – BSG-75, but after that undertook the protection of the last survivors of the Twelve Colonies during their flight to the distant legendary 13th colony.
I personally loved the reimagined looks of the Galactica, and when I saw this kit on sale, I grabbed it. I’ve popped open the box and have done up a quick ‘what’s in the box’ video… No expense spared.

It really is a very nicely detailed model, and big too. I have plans on blinging the sh#t out of this kit. I’m getting (once I have the money together) the photoetch upgrade kit and a lighting system for the Galactica. They’re not the cheapest but ‘The Bucket’ is going to be amazballs once I’m finished with the old girl.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

I got a new Gundam… (HG Petit’GGuy)

I got a new Gundam… High Grade Petit’GGuy. Actually, I got 3 of this particular kit (although in different colours).

I got them from the great lads at Dublin City Comics and Collectables.

So a bit of a backstory about these kits. Every time I’ve sat down to work on one of my Gundam kits, my children wanted to ‘help’ me. I’ld end up in the bad books with the other half and kids for not letting them (cause their Daddy’s toys). 

So this time round I thought i’ld get them their own… And also to annoy the misses.

Inside the box you’ll find…

A small bag of sprues and a small instruction sheet. Once opened up,  in the bag you’ll find…

…Three little sprues, a very small sprue of polycap’s, and a very small sticker sheet.

My girls really enjoyed putting together their Petit’GGuy’s. 

And with a little parental supervision, they put them together in no time at all.

I have to say, Petit’GGuy is a pretty cute and simple little kit. My daughters really enjoyed building their kits, and I would recommend this kit to anyone wanting to build a Gundam with their children.

The Petit’GGuy comes in a number of different colours, they can also come with musical instruments such as drums and guitars. They also come in different guises such as pandas, cats and even an angel.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Gundam Custom – Gusion Rebake Urban Camo Style

I recently got a new Gundam model kit…

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It’s the 1/144 Scale High Grade Iron Blooded Orphans Gusion Rebake by Bandai.

It’s a nice kit with good articulation. Incase you didnt know, Gundam High Grade kits aren’t static in their poses. They have joints (that swivel, rotate, and allow swinging) in their body parts of arms, knees, legs, etc which allow them a high level of poseability.

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With the Gusion Rebake although I like the design, I’m not a fan of the kits colour. So I’m going to give it a ‘Custom’ paint job. I have an idea of an Urban Camo pattern for this kit. I’ve never tried a camo pattern before, so it’s going to be a learning experience. I don’t own an airbrush, so I’ll be using my good old paint brush.

For painting the kit I’m going to be using the following materials:

* Citadel Chaos Black Primer
* Citadel Astronomican Grey
* Citadel Adeptus Battlegrey
* Citadel Ironbreaker
* Citadel Dwarf Bronze
* Citadel Nuln Oil
* Games Workshop Ultramarine Blue
* Games Workshop Ice Blue
* Games Workshop Scorpian Green
* Blue Tack

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First of all, after building the kit I have to take it all apart again.

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First up, I prime all of the Gusion Rebake’s armour pieces in Chaos Black.

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Once dry, I apply strips of Blue Tack over the pieces in a sort of stripped pattern. I then paint over the pieces with Astronomican Grey.

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Once dry, I repeat applying pieces of Blue Tack in a stripped pattern, and this time I apply Adeptus Battlegrey. I then allow the paint to dry.

Once dry, I begin to peel off all the Blue Tack.

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As the Rebake has a partial inner frame, I’m going to Dry Brush it with Ironbreaker. If your unfimilar to Dry Brushing, it’s basically where you brush a very fine layer of paint over parts.

Once the Dry Brushing is dry, I use the Dwarf Bronze to paint the tubes on the Rebake’s arms, its thrusters on its shield and the vents on the Rebake’s waist and chest, followed by a Wash of the Nuln Oil on those parts.

The Scorpian Green, Ultramarine Blue and Ice Blue is used on the Rebake’s eyes and the camera lens on its head.

Once all dry, I reassemble the gundam.

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Once all dry, I apply a Dry Brush along the edges and curves of the armour to give it the appearance of wear and tear.

All that’s left is to apply a Top Coat to the model to prevent the paint being accidentally rubbed off.

Not bad for my first time trying an urban camo scheme. A few mistakes were made and a couple of boo boo’s happened (I broke off half his V fin) but all in all I’m happy with the results.

Why not give it a try for yourself and let me know how it went.

– from The Man Cave