Thursday, January 29, 2009

Working Image of the 6th squad

Well, the name of my blog appears to be fairly accurate. Not sure why the picture in the last post won't show you the full-sized image, but here it is again uploaded through Picasa. This works.
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Home Made Light Box

I ran across this article that describes how to make a homebrew lightbox. And it's awesome.

What is a lightbox? A box that you put things in to take better pictures of. They are used in product photography quite a bit. Sometimes they are made of cloth and called light tents as well.

Well, the process took about an hour from beginning to getting the thing set-up.

First thing I notice is that my bulbs are only 60 watt, and he recommends 100 watt. The second thing is that I think I need a second set of shop lights. I was standing in front of them at Home Depot today and decided not to get them. I guess I should have.

This is the result:

I did a little post-processing in photoshop (auto-level) because the box didn't have enough light. With more bulbs I probably won't even need to do that.

I turned off my camera flash, set it to auto, and used a remote do I wouldn't get jiggle. That's it!
All in all it only cost me about $15 for the foamcore. I already had the shop lamps, but I'll go out and buy two more and get brighter bulbs too. We're talking maybe $30 invested tops.

Everyone interested in miniature photography should build one of these babies!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Blood Ravens terminators

Here is a picture of my latest Warhammer 40k army - Blood Ravens. I used the Assault on Black Reach set as the base for it. I have plenty of Dark Angels, and so I wanted to try a vanilla marines force. I really like the Blood Ravens' color scheme, so I decided to start that chapter.

For these I most used Vallejo Game color paints.

I'll make another post that goes into more detail about it.

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