Monday, 18 March 2013

How much plague can a Plaguebearer plague if a Plaguebearer can bear plague?

If you can't guess it from the title, I've been painting Plaguebearers!

I finished this regiment last night and I'm quite pleased with how they came out. It's fun to get a bit gribbly and grimy with the painting every so often and these chaps certainly fit the bill. I went for fairly strong, punchy contrast to accentuate their sores and open wounds and was bold in the brightness of both the red and almost luminous green.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Living la vida... LOKA

Powering through my week like a mucus driven slaughter machine, I come bearing gifts (for those who stray to close)! I have spent so much time on the project I'm about to share with you (instead of painting my disease ridden Nurgle minions) that I've been struck down with man flu of the highest calibre. A gift/punishment I was less than enthusiastic about. But because I love you all so much I am soldiering on!

Known to frequent coffee houses and acost innocent commission painters. BEWARE!


A brief history of LOKA

Many moons ago, I was approached by an Italian in a café. That Italian was none other than the prolific Mr Alessio Cavatore and he had tracked me down with a mission. While we drank coffee and idly chit-chatted about days gone by in our old employ, he produce a box. Where he had hidden this box I still do not know and I dare not ask. What I do know is that inside where models of the kind I had not expected.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Gabriel Blackburn, Serpentia Commando - work in progress

I've been painting stuff from other companies recently, largely to give myself a break from the furious tide of GW models I'm frequently struggling to stay afloat on. There are some secret projects but one I can show is Gabriel Blackburn from Andrea Miniatures' awesome Dark Nova range. This model is 100% badass (with an extra 10% of awesomeass thrown in for good-measure) and sculpted by one of my all-time hobby-heroes Joaquin Palacios.

Despite working on lots of larger models (tanks, ships, dragons and mutated beasts) I don't do much large scale painting, so this is a new adventure for me. 54mm scale - especially a big, heroic 54mm model like this one - opens up a whole new world of opportunity to the dedicated painter. I'm not exactly the most dedicated painter but my work so far on Gabriel gives me hope I can get by without changing my painting approach much.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Elspeth von Draken on Carmine Dragon - work in progress

I'm beginning to wonder if I should rename this blog Forge World Industries. I seem to be painting, building or buying tons of their stuff right now. Not a bad thing really I guess!

This frankly wonderful model has been crying out for my painting attention since I rushed to buy it from Warhammer World on the day it was released. Since then it has sat waiting, scaring me with its detail and awesomeness!

So, I've vowed to gradually work away at getting it painted. The base, which is hidden away by the masking and Blue-Tack, is just about finished (I've peeled back a small area to show the colours underneath) but I still have a long way to go.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Goblins and Horus Heresy work in progress

I wasn't going to switch my PC on today, the theory being that I could focus on painting, but the close focus of that seems to have left me with a pounding in my head.

I've chugged some Coke, swallowed down painkillers and am feeling somewhat improved, but for a bit longer I am going to avoid squinting at my little men! It gives me a chance to show what I'm working on (because staring at a PC screen is a really smart way to fend off a headache right?) so I've snapped some pictures.

Deathshroud Terminators

I already have one squad of these awesome models done and these ones are getting close too. This isn't a bad pic to show because I can give a pretty good impression of my painting process. It shows things at various stages.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

New stuff finally - More Chaos!

My run of not getting much done has seemingly continued into another month. I've been so hobby-lethargic I feared I'd found the same stride as fellow blogger Paul. Then, damn him, he started to do some cool stuff and put it online, leaving me trailing in his wake.

The world is ending! :p

But, all is not as it seems. I didn't finish as much in February as I did in January (far from it) but I've got tons of stuff on the way right now. This post and the next few I'll be sticking online are a hobby pick-n-mix of random projects that I am working on right now!

I'm almost done with the new Chaos

Initial excitement about these guys fizzled slightly due to buying STUPID AMOUNTS! But, the Chaos are just about done. Here are two chariots I haven't gotten around to putting on the blog yet and their CMoN links:

Abaddon and Loken - Forge World - Build

Following on from my unboxing post, here's a look at this set now I've got it constructed and ready for painting (which I'm actually already on the way with).

My first impressions about the kit were very good and after cleaning up the parts and constructing it they haven't really changed too much, but I do feel the need to mention one thing. Once I started prepping the Loken model I noticed there was a bit of a casting issue. Nothing totally horrendous, but a fairly exaggerated mold slip (especially for a mini as fresh as this) that runs down his outer and inner leg areas. I may have gotten unlucky, but it was a bit of a swine to clean up and I didn't want to be less than thorough in my assessment, so do think it's worth pointing out. For the most part the fit and quality of the set's still groovy.

You'll also almost certainly need to put the large scenic base in boiling water so it sits flush against the plastic base. I don't mention this as a real critique though - it's exactly what I'd expect when having to get a big resin part with a flat underside flush against a plastic base with a propensity to warp a little. An easy fix which I didn't do until after taking the photos, so you could see that the gap's not even particularly large.

Anyway, here is a close up of the line on the leg (I'd already started to remove it from the lower area before realising I should snap the photo) followed by some shots of the assembled kit.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Abaddon and Loken - Forge World - Unboxing

It's always a pleasure getting new Forge World goodies through the post and today the UPS man brought me plenty. The ziplock baggies stuffed with Daemon Princes and the final elements of my soon to be painted Chaos Dwarf army are exciting enough, but they've been tossed aside. There's no room for them right now.

A sleek black box with three shiny silver words embossed on its front is getting my hobby blood boiling!

It's an extravagant box for sure, but this is an extravagant product, so I think it's perfect. Forge World seem to know how stupidly excited geeks like me get about this stuff and to be perfectly honest that's awesome.

The showdown between Loken and Abaddon in the Parliament House on Isstvan III is one of the iconic moments in the opening salvo of the Horus Heresy books and Simon Egan's diorama of it justifies a proper unboxing in every sense of the word. The anticipation; the splitting of the plastic wrap; tearing it off; impatiently waiting for the lid to slide free and reveal the hidden treasure inside - this is the good stuff!

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Hello Mr Roboto; J3FF the overly cute Robot

Despite feeling (very marginally) guilty in a fanboy way about staying up until 2am last night to watch Transformers 2 (take your time, forgiveness is not always an upfront thing) I awoke breezy and excited. This is unusual. I hate life and the world generally considers itself my enemy (and usually it wins) but as I woke, my eyes open wide and marginally confused, I was filled with further joy - I had finished my current commission and had a small gap in my time. Excitement!

Home of all things ROBOTIE!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Fatha Nurgle's Plague Prophet - all the cool kids follow him...

BOOM! like a meteor hitting northern Russia I am back! Don't weep with delight, your respectful and awe-inspired silence is more than enough to fill me with joy...

Anyway! For the last month or so I have been bereft of the t'interweb. But today my service (poor choice of words) provider has seen fit to let me loose on the public again. You lucky lucky people.

My time offline has not been spent idly  As well as doing super-secret-things for Mr Alessio Cavatore and his upcoming LOKA game I have also seen fit to do kit-bash prep for my new 40k army. No surprise, its Nurgle themed! You may be aware that I like Nurgle just a little bit by now and in a previous post I talked breifly about the awesome chap below.

Big boss man Nurgle chap

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Salute 2013 - I'm in, who's with me?

The rather awesome event that is Salute 2013 is fast approaching. This big and wide-ranging show of marvelous mini geekery will be held on Saturday 20 April at ExCeL London and if you've never been it's well worth the trip.

For starters, it's only £10 for a ticket to the show and you get a free model (and some other handouts) when you enter. Bargain! I wish GW would take a leaf out of the South London Warlord's book when it comes to their Games Day ticket prices and show models for sure!

The flat out awesome Salute 2012 free mini, sculpted by JAG

Slaughterbrute number two in progress

Hi everybody! (Hi Doctor James!)

Thought I'd best stick up a wee post to show that although I've not done too much painting over the last few days I've not been completely unproductive... though I have kinda... and that's been much needed, so get off my back damn it! ;)

Here are some work in progress pics I hastilly snapped of the second Slaughterbrute I bought. This guy's much more in line with the 'Eavy Metal scheme as I have done the pale belly, but it still has a touch of my own style and the alternate head too, which varies things up a bit. I will of course be adding some grime and splatter to that big pale expanse of flesh!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Mutalith Vortex Beast - Finished pics

This was an interesting one. I didn't exactly plan anything about the look and colours, it developed as I went. I think the nature of the kit (mental!) drove me into the direction of rather unusual colour selections. I am guessing it will not be to everyone's tastes and perhaps it looks a bit jarring and odd amongst the moody darkness of a Chaos horde, but I actually see that as rather fitting for a creature this wild.

I started out painting the blue, which is done with a stash of really ancient Citadel paints I found. They are the white tops, from the days of the Ork and Eldar paint set and coloured metallics. I'd guess they are a good 15 years old and still really awesome in their consistency. No clue what the colours are as they had no labels on them. Sorry!

Slaughterbrute - Finished pics

After the monotony of painting so many chariots (which I'm so disenchanted with that I can't even bring myself to put them up on the blog just yet!) and Dragon Ogres it's been a welcome and much needed break to do something more organic. I didn't go wild on this guy, mostly sticking to a similar scheme to the 'Eavy Metal one, but he was primarily skin rather than metal, so that was awesome! :)

I've done him with a magma look - warm skin and the upper carapace to look like the dark upper crust of rock.

The eyes on this guy came out pretty cool. I think the black lines make them look much better than just going for pure yellow without a pupil.

As always, he's on CMoN if you feel like voting for him.

Chaos Lord - Finished pics

It's been quite a while since I've painted a standard human sized single mini and it was really nice to change up the pace with this guy. It kinda brought back my love of painting a bit! There are some areas I'm happier than others with, but in all I think the overall look works rather well.

I like how the cloak worked out and the richness in the gold. I'm also fairly pleased with the little hints of purple on his sword scabbard and bag which vary things up a bit. If I was to go back to him I'd probably vary the skin tone of the face by adding in some warmer colours rather than the blue grey shades. As it is it doesn't quite pop out enough from the look of the armour.

Anyway, here he is, and he's also on CMoN.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Masses of Dragon Ogres - Finished pics

I got these guys done over the weekend, but only photographed them today. I used a different coloured background because I felt that the pale one I used on the pics of the first three wasn't giving them the dark, broody, Chaotic look that I desired in the photos. I think they look better for it now.

As a full unit I guess the best way to describe them would be terrifying. Get charged by all 12 of these bad boys, you're gonna feel it! :)

I'll just stick a few pictures of the smaller units here because the full one is much more fun. You can see more at the CMoN links if you want to though:

Unit 2
Unit 3
Unit 4
Full horde of Dragon Ogres

Friday, 8 February 2013

The Chaos horde is almost there

I'm almost done with a load of Chaos models so I took this snap on my iPad to share. The force would be finished, but for an unexpected visit from my cousin today. So, I'm a wee bit behind schedule, but that's no bad thing really - it's important to have some decent social contact for a change. I've done an extreme amount of painting so far this year and I'd hate to slip out of geek territory and into the world of the nerd by becoming too obsessive. ;)

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Dragon Ogres - Finished pics

I really like these new Dragon Ogres and they were pretty pleasurable to paint. As with the chariots, the big hurdle stopping me from getting them done was how many I was working on at once, so I finished up this group of three for the sake of sanity during the completion of the rest.

They are on CMoN.

Gorebeast and normal chariots - Finished pics

Pics of freshly done models - it's about time eh? I'll start out with this big drop of chariot pictures and add a second post for the Dragon Ogres which I've also finished.

Although I've only completed one of each of the chariots, I have also done most of the work on another four. I was getting really burnt out with them, so I figured it would be a good plan to finish some models off and keep my motivation going. This is the result. I'll be back at completing the rest soon.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Batch painting Dragon Ogres and Chariots

The Chaos horde is underway and despite a few things conspiring against me I've made good progress.

Start out with the bad news

The first mini disaster was running out of Vallejo Black Primer before I could finish spraying the last parts and bases I've made. Bugger!

I have a standard spray can primer which will be OK for those in the interim, but I'll be ordering more once I've put this post live. It is brilliant stuff - one of my hobby essentials. A 200ml bottle sprayed through my airbrush has lasted me a ridiculously long time considering how many models I paint. Not only is it the most economical way I've found to prime models, the finish is wonderful too. Put it on your shopping list if you don't have some!

Buy some, it's brilliant!

Saturday, 2 February 2013

So much Chaos!

I did mention in an earlier post that I was excited about the Chaos releases right? I have enough of them to open up as a small independent stockist of GW products!

This haul consists of:

  • 2 Chaos Lords
  • 2 Vilitch the Curseling
  • 2 Throgg
  • 2 Slaughterbrutes
  • 2 Mutalith Vortex Beasts
  • 6 Chariots
  • 12 Dragon Ogres
  • No Forsaken. Sorry, but they are a bit yucky looking, so no complete set of new stuff this time around!
Lots of painting for me over the coming weeks then!

FW Deathshrouds and Goblins - Finished pics

I didn't get as much done on these as I expected in the end. The majority of the other Deathshroud Termies and the rest of the Gobbos are done too, but I got somewhat distracted by my Chaos models getting to me nice and early, so my time has been spent building them.

But, I've got some new stuff to show, so that's good! :)

Deathshroud Terminators

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Love Forge World - Hate toothbrushing their models!

Just a quick post to say that my Forge World order arrived yesterday after being posted on Monday afternoon. The models were released on Friday so that's a little bit lame of Forge World, but the quality of the minis themselves soften the blow.

I spent yesterday evening scrubbing release agent from them with a toothbrush and water (which is right up there with my most hated hobby duties) and they are all ready to paint now. The K'Daai Fireborn are on hold but the aim for today is to get focused and plough through with the rest until I can't paint any more due to tiredness, which could well happen some time tomorrow morning. It may not be the healthiest way to work, but it is the way I seem to do best at right now!

It's possible that I'll have the Deathshroud Termies and the Goblin Command all finished by then. Not likely, but possible! Hopefully there will be a funky update tomorrow. :)

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Clearing my mini mountain - The first three minis

Thanks to Dave Taylor for his comment in my last post. Checking his numbers against my list has revealed that the first of my many old minis to be painted will be:

  • Sigismund The Emperor's Champion - Games Workshop
  • Malifaux Rat - Wyrd Miniatures
  • The Baroness - JoeK Minis
This isn't too challenging for me to get started with - none are too complex and two are already prepped, which is a major bonus! Over the next few weeks (perhaps less time if I get inspired) I'll be working on these between bigger projects. Some little treats to keep me sane while I bash out armies!

Monday, 28 January 2013

Opening Pandora's Box - My unpainted minis from way back when

Last year I spent a good bit of time sorting through my minis, deciding what I wanted to keep and what I could live without. The hardcore collectors may be horrified to hear this, but I ended up being really severe, eBayed thousands of models and reduced my mini mountain by a good 95% or so.

The truth is they were getting me down. Even if I painted at a speedy rate there was no way I'd have conquered them in decades and I'd kinda given up on the idea of doing them at all.

It was hard at first, but the more models I sold, the more I realised I'd accumulated a ton of stuff I didn't even want to paint any more!

Some of my random minis

Dark Angels full force

Pushing the capabilities of my camera's depth of field with this one, here's what I think I'll have to call a beauty shot of all the Dark Angels stuff I've painted over the last few weeks, gathered together, ready to smite the Fallen and lay waste to the Emperor's enemies.

This is a pretty wide image, so be ready for some scrolling!

This is the biggest mass of well painted Marines I've ever assembled and it still boggles my mind a bit that I managed to get so many done so quickly and keep them looking good.

I've stuck this group picture on CMoN if you feel like giving me a 10 as a reward for all my hard work! ;)

And if you missed any of my Dark Angels posts, you can see them all here.

Prelude to Chaos part 2 - How to build your models for speeeeeeed

I really like these new chariots and I've already gotten busy painting a batch of them...

In my head! :p

Perhaps I should explain so as not to sound like a total hobby psycho eh? :) I am a fastidious planner with most things, be it cooking, budgets, chores or my hobby. I make to-do lists, I go over jobs in my head thoroughly and repeatedly, I prepare every little detail. In fact, sometimes I'm so busy planning that I end up completely failing to do things due to a lack of time! 

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Blood Angels Death Company Stormraven Gunship - Finished pics

I've had two of these beastly flying tanks sitting in my collection for quite a long time and in a rare leap of logic, I decided that while working on the very black Ravenwing it made sense to paint a very black Death Company Stormraven.

I'm pretty happy with how it came out. It's certainly a fairly imposing sight, a fairly large kit and I do worry that it will topple off that flying stand at some point and crush whatever unfortunate minis are placed below!

All of this excitement painting flyers is making me pine for a Thunderhawk kit to play with... but a plastic Thunderhawk please, resin seems like way too much work. I can't even imagine the psychosis required to build one of those things when it was made in metal.

Ravenwing flyers round 2 - Finished pics

Finishing the latest Dark Angel flyers a few weeks back seems to have filled me with a keen desire to paint vehicles. Over the last few days I finished off a second Dark Talon and Nephilim Jetfighter. The style is a little different, perhaps a tad cleaner and sharper, but I can't decide which I prefer. All in all, I'm satisfied with these new ones but perhaps slightly favour the first two I painted.


Painted cockpits

I made a few changes on these. The first is that I painted the canopies. At first I was going to do a reflected sky effect, but then I got to thinking about how to make them really pop. As the lights scattered around them were going to be a luminescent green, I also decided to work that colour into the cockpit. So, I've done a reflective green effect with my airbrush, spraying in some quite comic book styled reflection stripes. This probably set the tone for the rest of the models, ensuring they'd be a bit less realistic and more sharp edged and popping.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Prelude to Chaos part 1 - New WoC online!

I've been a fan of many of GW's recent releases (as you can probably see from the masses of Dark Angels in the blog) but the previous wave of Warhammer Chaos didn't blow me away. There was nothing particularly wrong with it and Festus and Valkia are both very appealing single minis, but for whatever reason the models didn't inspire that dark, obsessive, hobby part of my brain that can prove so dangerous and lead to me seriously hammering my bank account and spending days chopping, gluing and painting diddy wee men.

This time it's different, very different... Oh dear!

Dark Vengeance Deathwing Terminators - Finished pics

I've had these models sitting around since I bought up a few copies of the Limited Edition Dark Vengeance. I managed to paint a complete force for the Chaos contingent from the game, but until now I hadn't put in any work on the Marines still loyal to the Emperor. With the practice I'd had on the Knights, command squad and tanks I figured it made sense to get them done and I really enjoyed painting them.

Vote for them at CMoN if you fancy.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Old school gaming in foreign lands

And the Geordie has landed! Huzzah I hear you all cry. Well, I can’t hear you, but I know you must be because as everyone knows, I rock and you've all felt my absence…  yeah definitely…

I've had many things happening, including having to go to Turkey for a week or so. I know tough isn't it? Being me isn't all cheese toasties and Roses!

Whilst in this awesome country I was sat in a lovely open bar on the beach when the Turkish man who was keeping my belly full grinned and vanished. Something in my demeanor had given him a hint that I was a dice obsessed freak. Maybe it was the absent minded fondling going on in my pants...

No, not that! I always have a few dice in my pocket at any given time and they must be fussed over constantly lest they let me down on the war torn table top. It’s true.
When he returned he reverently placed a wooden box in front of me, carefully opened it (cue Gregorian chant music type chanty stuff) and as he did so it creaked with that creak that promises awesome. Inside were two wooden dice (yes you can get wooden dice, older tech earlier generation type stuff but work just the same as our modern ones) and a set of domino sized blocks hinged to the side of the box with numbers 1-9 on them.

Deathwing Land Raider - Finished pics

And here's my second Land Raider, a standard one this time.

I seem to be getting a bit of a second wind as far as energy goes (it may be the massive sugar dose I just consumed in the form of a very tasty chocolate muffin) so I'll try and describe some techniques I used a bit better.

The main body is painted with an airbrush, picking out edges and light hotspots in lighter tones. I use a piece of card to form a simple and easilly maneuverable mask. As I progress the highlights I use it to create sharply defined breaks between light highlights and dark tones, which gives the tank extra depth and volume.

The chipping was added by dabbing foam (the stuff that used to come with Citadel Miniatures) onto edges and parts that would naturally get a lot of wear and tear. I did this in dark brown paint, then over that I added some silver on the most heavily exposed parts.

I worked out a new trick today too. Using the same foam technique I added masking fluid under the areas where I put the symbols. I then made some stencils and sprayed in various logo designs (the swords, the numbers, the scroll, etc.) and once I was done, I rubbed off the masking fluid to simulate wear and tear. Normally I'd have added the mask with a brush, but this new method gave a finish that better matched the previous battle damage. I'll be using it again.

You can vote for the Land Raider at CMoN.

Deathwing Land Raider Crusader - Finished pics

I've been busy and I'm pleased with how my tanks look. The Dark Angels force sitting on my desk's getting pretty impressive now because all the Terminators have transports (I'm painting another squad of Deathwing to ruin that though!).

I'll stick up shots of the standard Land Raider later, but for now, here's the Crusader variant.

CMoN votey linky thingy.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Forge World new releases are ordered!

More minis have been bought in the form of new Forge World releases. Hip hip hooray, it's a happy holiday!

Normally I'd head to Warhammer World to get the models but I'm staying away from Nottingham for a while right now so I've had to get them shipped. I don't know how quickly new releases get delivered, but I'm hoping to have them by Monday 28th at the latest. If anyone reading this has experience of FW deliveries please let me know in the comments. :) Hopefully the casting quality will be fine.

Forge World order
Yes, please take all my money Mr Forge World!

New Warriors of Chaos

Oooh, in all my busy painting time I managed to miss the sneaky shots of the next release for Warhammer. Not Demons like I had heard, but Warriors of Chaos. And you know what, I'm excited.

  • There are some really cool looking models here
  • Some of them are going to be awesome to paint
  • New Dragon Ogres will fit into my Ogre Kingdoms army for some characterful variation in units!
  • Paul and I were already planning on doing a massive joint WoC army in a few month's time. These will make it way more varied and exciting.

So, the pictures have been around for a while now, but I've done my best to clean them up to get a better look at them. Hopefully folks will find them a bit easier on the eyes than the (slightly blurrier) shots elsewhere. The names with each thing are a bit of guess work from info I've seen on rumour threads.

Chaos Lord

Starting things off with what I think is probably the most old school styled and traditionally iconic of the new Chaos minis, this Lord is rather nice. Plastic I believe and I think he'll be a lot of fun to paint and, should folks desire to do so, convert. He gets a big thumbs up from me. I'll have half a dozen! (I think that's a joke...)

Chaos Lord

Lots of vehicular goodies on the go

I slacked off a fair bit yesterday and only did a small amount of painting. I was due a break after the madness of the Dark Angels though, so I don't feel too bad about it. It gave me a chance to browse the internet and catch up on some reading, but I did do a little bit of paint work on vehicles.

To show how I progress and how many sub-assembly parts I have broken my vehicles down to I've snapped some pictures.

Land Raider and Land Raider Crusader

As you can see from the main body parts, I've left the side and roof off so that I can paint the interior on these. I just fancy having that extra level of detail on the Land Raiders because it's quite practical in a game to flip open the mechanical doors and have your Terminators emerging (and it looks rather cool too).

By leaving the roof and right side off (the left side is the best one to fix in place because the mechanism for the opening door is located within it) I'll be able to paint that interior pretty easilly, then I can finally glue it all together.

Ive done all the work I can for now on the tank tracks and will add them once the main body of the tank is painted. They will then be weathered and finished off. The side weapons were built up after I'd painted them in the metal colours and they still need much more work to add depth and detail.

Land Raider parts

Weapons and tank tracks

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Deathwing command squad - Finished pics

Starting to get a bit tired of adding new posts about finished minis to the blog. All this photographing, cropping and posting is exhausting! ;)

Rather happy with how these guys came out. They sit very nicely next to the Knights and once I get the two Land Raiders painted they should all look particularly spanky together.

I actually tried a slightly different approach to the armour on these compared to the Knights, taking the initial highlights with my airbrush up to white, then toning them back down with Reikland Flesh shade washes. I think it's provided a wee bit more depth and smoothness.

CMoN votey link

Ravenwing bikers - Finished pics

Vrooooom! Here are the photos of the Black Knights and biker command. Hope folks are into them. :)

Round up and painting plan

I don't think a weekly post charting my progress and plans (which I had intended to do) is the greatest idea now I've had the blog running for a while. I've been too busy painting toy soldiers to reflect on how things went painting toy soldiers! If you want to see how I'm progressing you can look at the photos of my models that I stick up here pretty regularly. But, from time to time I'll still stick a 'what's going on with me?' type post online. This is one of them. I suppose it is is a bit of thinly veiled brag post, but let's not focus on that eh? ;)

Soooo many minis!

If you look at the 'James' 2013 Hobby Output' summary to the right (unless you are using the stripped down mobile site) you'll see that I've built and painted a veritable shit ton of models so far. 2013 is off to a blistering start, which makes me extremely happy.

Land Speeder Vengeance - Finished pics

With the amount of Ravenwing I painted last week (there are also six bikes that I'm going to stick on the blog tomorrow to add to the two flyers and two skimmers) I am officially, no longer, not once, cross my heart, honest guv, 100% never again going to state that I'm scared of painting minis black.

It's the end of a very long era of fear. Whoop whoop!

What changed, what helped me overcome my dislike of the colour? Painfully simple really - I stopped avoiding it and just got on with it. Funny that eh? As with life, the same is true in mini painting - man up, stop procrastinating, leave the excuses behind and get it done.

Anyhow, here is the Vengeance in all it's plasma spitting glory. You can rate it at CMoN if you like that sort of shenanigans.

Landspeeder Vengeance

Belial and Asmodai - Dark Angels characters done!

After my insanely long painting session yesterday I got myself to bed really early and had about 11 hours sleep. You know how sometimes you wake up feeling awful after a long sleep? There was none of that, just full-on chirpy, chipper James, happy with my efforts and ready for another round at the hobby table. I think (touch wood) my persistant cold is on its way out as an added bonus. Hurrah!

As promised, photos of more Dark Angels in the form of the two new characters, Belial and Asmodai.


I confess, I wasn't convinced by Belial from the pictures on the web. The sculpt work is pretty nice, don't get me wrong, I like how he looks, but something about the pose didn't click for me. I want the Master of the Deathwing to be in a furious war pose, not standing there in his 'look at me, I'm a Space Marine fashion model showing off the latest in power sword and storm bolter for this season' pose. But, once I had him built he was really nice to paint. The flowing cloak stuff mixed in with the tactical dreadnought armour is a cool look and he sits very nicely in amongst my Deathwing Knights.


Sunday, 20 January 2013

Land Speeder Darkshroud - Finished pics

I have just finished up a big old painting session and am feeling really burnt out now. My focal range has gone wrong! But, as you'll see from my painted minis total on the right hand side of the blog, I've done loads and the month's not even through. In fact, all the Dark Angels I bought in my per-order are complete.

I'm planning on dropping a load of pics tomorrow but I don't want to leave folks waiting around with nothing to whet the appetite. So, here's the Darkshroud - A barmy skimmer that carries around a treasured artifact from old Calibain.

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Deathwing Knights - Finished pics

I feel a bit mixed about the job I've done on these. I'm not unhappy with them at all, but before I got going I planned to make them look a bit darker and more badass and hardcore. I'm also thinking that perhaps some weathering would have been an interesting addition, but I'm marking them off as done regardless. The last thing I want to do is overwork them (and I have tons of extra Dark Angels to do).

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Dark Talon - Finished pics

I have to say, I'm still not 100% convinced about the aerodynamic qualities that adding monastery parts to a jet provides. Having said that, the Dark Talon sits on the right side of the mad fence for me... I think!

This proved to be a bigger challenge than the Jetfighter and I don't like the final job quite as much, but still fairly happy with it. I really enjoyed doing these kits. They are the first 'proper' flyer type models I've done for 40k (painted a Heldrake at the end of last year, but that's really wacky. These at least somewhat resemble a practical flyer) and they've left me in the mood for more. I have some Stormravens boxed up and ready to be built, so I might have a go at them soon. Obviously not for the Dark Angels though.

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Nephilim Jetfighter - Finished pics

So, this ended up looking pretty darned tootin' even if I do say so myself. I generally find it tricky to like my paint jobs, I can often see all sorts of things I'm not happy with and could be better. Well, there's plenty that could be improved here if I get hyper critical and break things down, but all in all, I am very chuffed with how stuff came together.

It's painted to a standard that has led to me swooshing it through the air and making "Dakka dakka!", "Fwoooosh!" and "Psheeeew!" noises, which I think means that I've done good! ;)

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Monday, 14 January 2013

Ravenwing flyers swooping in

I'm done with painting the Dark Talon and Nephilim Jetfighter and I have to say, I'm pretty happy with how they have turned out. I'll do some proper pictures tomorrow, but for now, here are some quick snaps I've taken with my camera flash (which has put some of the colour and contrast out a bit) rather than a proper lighting setup.

The bases will be done along with the rest of the Dark Angels stuff I still have to paint later on in the week.

Dark Talon

Dark Talon

Nephilim Jetfighter

Nephilim Jetfighter