Painting


Combined Army Unidron Batroid

2016-05-20 20.24.19This is pretty much the final model at this point. I have done a couple of little touch ups, but nothing significant from this picture. You can see in the original post, the start of the color scheme and now in this near finished model you can really see the difference and direction I was working towards. I have to note that the way the flesh tone worked it’s way out, it’s not entirely the way I envisioned it, but it’s pretty satisfying and I am really happy with it.
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Infinity Combined Army Project

2016-05-17 22.38.42More Infinity! New project and what will be my army of choice some day with this game I think. Combined Army. Very much a WIP so far getting assembly and initial paint scheme down.
I am working the models in an all NMM scheme using blues as my primary color. I am using it in the metal plates of the armor to give it a blue tint and you can see it some in the plates currently, but I have probably 5-6 more layers at least before I get to a final highlight.
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Now for Something A Little Different


Yeah, that’s what it looks like. The iconic Games-Workshop Chaos Space Marine from the Black Legion. I am not sure why, maybe it’s my desire to experiment with other games, maybe it’s my desire to just give GW my paycheck, but I decided to work on my old 40k army. This time though, instead of matching any existing color scheme I had with them I decided I would try my hand at making a unit (maybe more) of Black Legion marines.

This model is a bit of a test model. I worked very hard on how I did the black, and if I get around to it, I will put up a tutorial if your interested. I have said for a long time, don’t paint black. So this was a challenge because the model’s primary color is black. I wanted the armor to be dark, near black but with a bit of gloss and shine to it as well as just enough gray it was convincing, but not so much that it just looked gray and not black. I think that worked well.
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Age of Sigmar Starter Box

If you saw the video of New Stuff, Episode 3 on our YouTube channel then you know what I thought of the starter box. Now, I need to get this set built, painted and demo ready in 8 days after acquiring it. After figuring that it would take me 2 days roughly to build and undercoat it, that leaves about 6 days to paint 47 models. That’s roughly 8 models a day. Ooff.

Well, off to a good start, 20 models complete today. I have painted all of the Bloodreavers from the starter. These are possibly the most complex of the models with the most color changes, with lots of flesh tones, reds, silvers and bronzes. Check them out as well as the rest of the figures from the starter. I will keep adding them to this post through the rest of this week.

7/14/2015 Update: 5 Blood Warriors and 1 Bloodsecrator is now complete. Right on schedule so far.

7/16/2015 Update: The remains of the chaos in the starter. Chaos Lord, Bloodstoker, and Khorgorath complete.

7/17/2015 AM Update: 5 Stormcast Eternals wrapped up before I go to work. Just had to finish their basing from the previous night.


Escalation League – Undead Legion Pt. 1

Over the next 3-4 months I’m going to be building out my Undead Legion army as part of our local Escalation League. I’ve not done an escalation league before but anything that adds variety to the hobby is ok by me. I’m not familiar enough on how others do escalation, but basically we are building/painting/playing 500pts/month. In January we’ll play 500pt games, February 1000pt, etc. And I’m taking on a pretty ambitious project with the theme of this army.

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How I Paint My Ghouls

FINALLY…I posted my ghouls to the blog!

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Incase you missed hearing it mentioned one of the numerous times on the show over the past year or so this is Brian following up with the painting guide for my ghouls.  This is the second unit I have ever worked on after getting my hands on the How to Paint Citadel Models book so long ago.  The step by step pictures in that book really worked to get me started painting. The technique is really simple process of base coat, wash, layer and highlight easy for any beginner to pick up.  While the models don’t end up anything golden daemon worthy, the technique results in a very good table top quality or I’ve be told even slightly above that.  Most importantly I am happy with how they look and am proud when I put them on the table top.  While this won’t be interesting or impressive to the seasoned painter I hope any beginners or people skeptic of their skill find this inspiring to get paint on their models.

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Noisy’s Workshop – A Mordheim Orc

Spent most of the last Paint Day cracking down on this bad boy. He’s a Big ‘Un in my upcoming Orc band for Mordheim. I’m having so much fun converting and painting for a system that takes so few models and really encourages customization. Da Fops (aka Orcs in Hats) are a real product of that: fancy imperial noble style clothing and garish, garish colors. Each of the (so far 7) models is getting a different color scheme, so they’ll offer quite the assault on my opponent’s eyes…WAAAAGH!


Noisy’s Workshop – Battlefleet Gothic Bases

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For your viewing pleasure, today I present some bases for my Battlefleet Gothic ships. These were one of my projects during our paint day at Pegasus Games, and I’ve gotta say, they’re super fun to do. The deep space starfield effect was achieved with an old but still relatively stiff large brush that I dipped in the paint and just flicked onto the bases. White gets the heaviest coverage obviously, but there are also two shades each of red, blue, and yellow. I then went back in with black and touched up any areas where the paint formed a line splatter rather than a dot (originally I tried using an old toothbrush to flick the paint on, but it resulted in too many lines vs dots). Finally, a detail brush was used to add in larger white stars dotted around at random. The nebulae were achieved with a sort of blotting, stippling, drybrushy effect that I’m not sure how to properly describe, but each one only took about 5-6 colors advancing in a standard highlight progression of darker to lighter. While experimenting I found it very important to end by mixing your final color with white to get a very light shade; this really makes the final product pop!

Now I just need to go back and add heading lines to the bases, as BFG is a game where the facing of your ships is super important, and a getting an angle wrong by just a few degrees can be the difference between victory and defeat. Oh, and I suppose eventually adding some ships to the bases might help too…

 


Lizardmen: WIP Bastiladon

[singlepic id=824 w= h= float=left]This is the latest project I have been working on. I picked him up on Sunday, March 30th and went quickly to work building the model so I could use it Monday night at our regular Warhammer night. In his first game, he performed about average, but I forgot his bound spell and it probably cost me big against Brian’s retooled Vampire Counts army that featured much more Ethereal models then I had seen previously.

Big focus with the paint is right now to work up the armor plates in that stormy blue-gray. The key here has been a large number of very watered down layers and I am still about 3-5 layers away from what I think will be done. Once this is done, I want to complete the skinks and mount brackets and start working on the solar engine itself. When those are done and able to be glued in place, then I will go back and finish the basing and under belly brown scales and final details on the figure. All in all, I am really digging the project. While the model has great detail, I have larger surface areas to work with with is making the painting move along pretty steady.

Look for an update when I feel I have completed the back armor plates along with a rough walk through of the paint techniques and colors used.