Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Earthborn Dire Troll

Finally a new beast for my Trolls - the Earthborn. Not the best photos but I hope his general look comes across. Nothing too creative here, just a basic troll look meant to be relatively clean. Just in time for a campaign!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Well it has been awhile but

Here are a couple of new tanks for you!

And more at the photostream...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Cryx Jacks

You guys have been kickin' my ass the last few weeks so I finally had to get my s*** together! Got two Cryx warjacks today to add to my Mortenebra legion - a third Slayer and a second Harrower. Standard scheme etc. etc. Expect to see some more Trollblood models from me soon as I'm finally getting around to playing my Trolls more and I'll be joining a campaign this week so I need to paint more stuff if I hope to play with some variety.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Week 38: Tristan - a couple singles

A couple singles that I've gotten finished up over the past little while.  I've had the wyrd finished since I got into building my pit slave gang.  I took some time trying to get two good photos of the wyrd with the magnetized electric bolt (pretty cool if I do say so myself) this was as good as it got.  I actually ended up leaving his skin (pretty much just the head) as just the skull white + badab black wash undercoat I've been using frequently of late.  I wanted to try and get a very pale/albino type look and finally just realized it was staring me in the face!
This guy is an old warhammer fantasy elf from back when there was marauder miniatures.  I kept him to build up my collection of mini's suitable for warhammer quest (or any other fantasy character based game) and the original plan was to use him as the elf ranger or lord of aenarion from deathblow.  I was browsing through a buddies blog when I saw he had a few warhammer quest posts up, and in one he has a mini to use should the ranger select the "mage" path.  Well another mini I've kept from before my hobby sabbatical is a high elf mage.  I've decided I'm going to touch him up and re-base him along with the other few warhammer quest mini's I've painted this year to use as the "mage" version of the ranger. For now this guy will be the "knight" version, but I may decide at some point to get a specific elf knight model so I can count him as only a lord of aenarion and boast of having a model painted for all the "official" characters.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Week 37: Tristan - Necromunda... Pit Slaves!

I've practically finished up my necromunda pit slave gang.  Gave them a light dip and left to dry.  Then I did the bases by gluing some techy bits down, painting them and adding a mixture of various sand/rock flock - the rest of the base was painting black. A spray of dullcote followed by a few touch ups to cover up some dipping accidents (some blood on a few arms and the barrels of guns) leaves just a thin layer of mud to finish up the base.  I left the mud until last because I'd like it to keep a bit of a gloss (impossible with dullcote)
I can't wait to get a game in with these guys.  I'm currently sealing my recently reacquired escher gang, so I hope to get some nice pictures from the next couple battles using completely painting gangs. I'm planning on using Anthony Cases updated rules.  I'm already collecting bits to make some more arms.  Since I've actually glued armour bits onto all of the plastic models, I'll probably use something like skill rings to represent actual armour plates in game terms.  
 For the amount of effort I put into these minis, they look great.  Dip + Dullcote = Win.  I got excited, built all the models, painted on a base coat, dipped and then some basing and touch ups.  I'm really happy with the "piece of crap" tone they have, obviously being cobbled together from spare junk.
Finally - I will also have no problem playing these guys as servitors in my Space Marine armies.  I've tried to make the bases very busy so they will kinda blend in with whichever marines I'm using.  Also why I've kept the rims black.  They should be right at home with my marines - guess I should get that thunderfire cannon built!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Week 37: Karl - Gnome Problem

I picked up this little fellow (25mm Gnome, manufacturer unknown) at painting session at Gencon 2008. I was interested in learning how to do better layering, but time was short and I was only able to get a few pointers. So this figure sat on a shelf or packed in a box for the past couple of years.

This figure is a pretty good sculpt. Painting it was fairly easy, with the large tunic and chainmail areas. I started with a white base coat, which is unusual for me, which seemed to reduce the number of layers I needed to get a decent coverage with the red tunic and brown leather bits. Chipped areas and missed portions do stand out more. I started by undercoating the leather and armoured areas with PP Battlefield Brown and Gw Chaos Black respectively. The chainmail then got a heavy drybrush of GW Bolt Gun Metal, followed by a wash to clean up the dimples that had been filled. Higlights in GW Chainmail were drybrushed only on the top surfaces were light would hit. The boots were painted in a mix of browns and I could not tell you what this is. The colour was mixed from the left overs on my palette.

Oddly enough the face was easiest to do. Battlefield brown followed by two coats of GW Elf Flesh. I mucked up around the eyes (pupils done using a technical pen), but I'll give it another go later.

All in all a nice figure. Tune in next week when I randomly pick another figure from the random assortment in my basement. I've given up naming what I will paint next since I obviously suffer from Painter ADHD.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Week 29: Scallywag's rolling Boom Boom

Later in the year I will be building a Panzer II. I haven't done armor before so as I had one of these I thought i'd take a crack at it as a primer. It wasn't hard to build, but it didn't always fit quite as well as a GW manager told me it would. I used a little putty on the larger gaps. I didn't want to use the GW decals as I don't think they are as good as a lot of the military ones. Here I am talking quality and not the content. I like the GW designs they just don't sit on the mini as well as the military decals do. The military guys have been around longer and have bigger budgets so it stands to reason that in some areas of modeling they will have an edge. As this is a tank I dirtied it up a lot. Kept it simple. It was a fun build and took about a month to do.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Week 19 - 28

I had these Mantic guys. I like them a lot for quick fun projects and as I haven't really done any in this challenge now was a good time to do some to help catch up a little. So this bring me up to week 28 and 28 completed. Still a ways behind.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Week 36: Karl - Brakar the Avenger - He Who Rains Death

As asked for here is Brakar the Avenger - He Who Rains Death, the Ratskin-only hired gun. I have never played Necromunda using a Ratskin gang, and even then the Brakar only shows up under strict conditions so I'm unlikely to use the model, but he's cool anyway.

I am still working on those Napoleonic French infantry. Are they ever a pain to paint. I think I am getting the hang of it though. I expect to finish a stand this week.

Also got the Blood Bowl video game this week. I expect painting time to reduce significantly in the next little while.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Week 18, Scallywag, Mig-15 Fagot

Mig-15 Airfix Kit 1/72

Will update this post.

Week 17, Svcallywag Skeleton Guard

Here is a skeleton guard from Mantic Games. He is rank and file. The detail really isn't that bad considering the cost of 10 of them. I didn't spend a lot of time on him, mainly because while he's good, he isn't great. There were several options for the 10 which is nice. Different stances, heads, weapons etc. When it comes to the balance of quality versus quantity I think Mantic Games has a good lead.