Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Commission: Imperial Guard; first squad completed

Just a quick update. The first squad of Cadian guardsmen is done. I've got everything assembled, all I have to do now is order more colored spray primer and knock out the rest.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Space Marine Captain Complete!

At long last, a commission that I took a while ago is finally finished. You can see some of the WIP shots here. This update is going to be a photo gallery for the most part. I'll post a bit of explanation for some of the cooler stuff on the model.

This model represents a Captain of the Sky Wardens Chapter, a Blood Angels successor chapter. To show that the Captain is one of Sanguinius's noble progeny, I painted a blood drop icon on the left shoulder pad. The purple is plainly visible on the dark red, while not distracting from the model as a whole.

At the time of the commission, the Sky Wardens had no chapter symbol. I was honored to be able to work up something for my client. The symbol is a stylized volcano, which has to do with their homeworld. You can read the fluff my client wrote about them here.

The suit of power armor the Captain is wearing is a modified Mk.III suit I sculpted out of Green Stuff. Instead of the standard chest plate, I sculpted in pectorals to make him look more "Blood Angely." To enhance the age of the armor, I did some bits of scroll work, showing former owners, past accomplishments, different engagements, or whatever would be written on a suit of armor likely thousands of years old.

More scroll work on the back of the Pre-Heresy style jump pack. To show wear, after painting the jump pack, I did a relatively heavy drybrush in Chaos Black around the exhaust vents.

The power sword was designed as a fencing foil, which would've been almost impossible to do without having thickened out the blade. This also gave me an opportunity to try out a technique I learned reading the From The Warp blog. The relevant tutorial on how to do the "power lightning " effect can be found here. As always, thanks, Ron!

Lastly, the base. A good base can make a model, bringing the entire effect together. On the other hand, a bad base can break a model, making it look anywhere from not quite right to downright horrible. The base on this particular model served two purposes: Showing his homeworld is a pile of volcanic ash, and elevating the model, making him stand out.

The base is flocked with play sand before painting. After priming, the sand is painted black, then drybrushed with Adeptus Battlegrey and an even lighter drybrush of Fortress Grey. The bit of debris the model is standing on serves only to elevate the model without relying on wire or a flight stand. It got a coat of Chainmail, washed with Devlan Mud, then some highlights were picked out to make the bit of debris look old and worn. The skull inset on the debris was painted with Dheneb Stone and washed with Devlan Mud.

After the model was completely painted, I added a bit of scrub to the base, just to break up the grey. It's this little bit that I think really sets the base off.

Now that I've taken photographs of this model for my own enjoyment, I can now box this bad boy up and send him off to his rightful owner. Mr. Client, this project pushed me in more ways than one, and I thank you for this opportunity.

Blood and Rage,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Webway Portals!

Edit: The second portal is finished. It's the green one in the photo above.

At the request of a friend, I created this Webway portal for his Dark Eldar army. To make it easier, I consulted the annals of the From The Warp Archives and found this article. Thanks, Ron!

The portal is made out of half of a knock-off Wiffle ball I bought at the dollar store earlier this afternoon. The portal isn't quite the right size, clocking in at almost exactly 2 1/2 inches, but it serves the purpose, nonetheless.

Most of the painting was done with spray paint I bought at my local Walmart. After roughing up the surface of the Wiffle ball with sandpaper, it got primed with Krylon grey primer. As always, I highly recommend it. After the primer dried (about an hour, just to be sure) I hit it with gloss black spray paint from Walmart. I don't know the brand name, but it's the stuff you get for 96 cents. Again, I let that dry for about an hour.

After the black coat was dry, I taped off a swirl pattern on the portal. After the tape was secure, I hit it with the gloss blue spray paint. More letting paint dry. After everything had dried, I broke out the large dry brush and went over the blue swirl with a stippling of Ultramarines Blue paint from Citadel to bring out the contrast between the black and blue colors. A sort-of highlight for the swirl was done in Enchanted Blue.

Next, I grabbed my old detail brush (recently replaced, and about time, too) and began making star-like patterns on the surface, more-or-less at random with Skull White paint. After this was done, I used the same color and brush to create a lightning effect on the surface.

Too easy, right?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Necron Color Scheme Test

A Necron Warrior done up for a friend of mine to give him a feel for a color scheme he said he might like. If this is something I'll actually be working on, I'm going to have to get some Ice Blue from GW to bring up the "glow" around the eyes so it looks less like a mask and more like shining optics.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Space Marine Causes an Earthquake!

For those of you who aren't aware, the guys at Relic released a cross-platform demo forSpace Marine. I downloaded the Xbox version. While I was doing so, I felt a slight rumble through my house, which was odd, because blasting at the nearby quarry had already ended for the day. Naturally, I thought my excitement for my new 40k experience had just gotten the better of me. Turns out that there was a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Virgina. I was surpised I felt it up in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, but reports say that folks as far North as Rhode Island felt some rumblings as well.

Luckily, there haven't been any reports of death, injury or any serious damage aside from a few shaken nerves. But as Michael Bolton would say, "Now back to the good part."

From two-ish levels I played in the demo, the game play like the beautiful product of a happily-ever-after love story between Gears of War and Dynasty Warrior. The ranged combat is fantastic with just the four weapons I had available to me (Bolt pistol, Bolter, Vengeance Launcher and Stalker-pattern Bolter) and I can't wait to see what others feature in the full game.

The melee combat took me a little while to get used to. I had only played games like Dynasty Warriors with a friend while we were waiting for the rest of our D&D party to show up, and even then, I just mashed buttons. That will get your ass pile-driven by an Ork Nob. The combo system requires a certain degree of timing to do it just right, but when you do, oh sweet Emperor, does it look and feel amazing.

The game comes out in less than two weeks, and I highly recommend pre-ordering. For those of you with an Xbox Live Gold subscription, there is quite literally no reason to not download this game at the earliest opportunity.

For the Emperor

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Commission: Imperial Guard; Sentinel Completed

A small milestone in the Imperial Guard Battleforce commission, the included Sentinel is now complete. Here's the photo to prove it!

To paint this model, I ended up building the legs and cockpit/weapon in two parts, then pinning each part together after painting each of the two sections. That allowed me to get into the "hip" section with a brush rather than hoping nobody noticed a gap in the painting. Aside from that standard painting techniques were used (why mess with a good thing, right?).


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Commission: Imperial Guard

One commission down, another on the painting table.

This time, I'm working on the Imperial Guard Cadian Battleforce box from Games Workshop. My client also asked that the paint scheme be the same as the one on the box (the Cadian 8th), which, lucky for me, is easy to do.

A photo of the two completed models I've photographed so far.

The only issue I've had painting these chaps so far is that Catachan Green Citadel paint doesn't like to coat Army Painter's Skeleton Bone primer, although I think I've just been spoiled by Citadel's Foundation range of paints.

More photos as the commission rolls on.

For the Emperor,

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pics of the Warlord Titan

I finally got around to taking some proper pictures of my freshly constructed Warlord Titan. Without further ado, here are the pictures.

Look at that Titan booty! This guy is far, far from being anything close to complete. There's still a ton of detail left to do, but for a workable model in an Apoc game, it did the job. I completed this big boy in 10 days. He stands a hair over 25", but with legs fully extended, he would probably be about 27".

I'm probably not going to be able to paint this guy without an airbrush. Everything except the armor plates is going to get done in Chainmail then washed in Badab Black and very likely weathered. Rather than go through six pots of each, I'll wait until I have access to something that'll let me finish the job in hours instead of months. I'm not sure what color to do the armor plates, and if anyone has any suggestions, let me know. I'm on the fence about whether to do an existing Legion or make my own.

All the best,

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Titan Mini-blog

I started a thread over at Dakka to catologue my Titan building adventure.

Check it out at DakkaDakka.com

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Titan Update: Again

Another small update. The parts have been (largely) combined, and this is the torso with most of its parts in place. I'll still have to fill in the gaps with some Bondo autobody filler and gouge in the gaps in the armor plates.

That's it for now. I'll probably have more photos tomorrow.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Warlord Titan WIP Part Deux

Yo, yo, yo, L's and G's.

Wow, there's nothing quite like a looming deadline to get your butt motivated into completing a project. The picture below shows almost all of the parts for a Warlord Titan. They'll all get glued together shortly (the cat notwithstanding) after they dry out. I took a shower with them to get all of the sanding dust off.

I grabbed the templates from a chap named Nexus_Six on Warseer. I'd share a link, but it looks like Warseer is offline due to a sizable malware attack. The templates work great, but can be a little confusing to work with.

Anyway, more updates to come. This beast will done before the first of May, and I'll try to take some pictures along the way if I don't get too caught up in building it.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Grey Knights Assembled

My Grey Knights stuff came in the mail today! After spending the whole damn day assembling a mob of Paladins, my 2000 point Grey Knight army is complete.

And there you have it. I'll get these guys painted sometime shortly, and have much better photos.


Monday, March 28, 2011

A Hobby Legend Has Died

Harry Coover,
March 6, 1917 – March 26, 2011

Inventor of Super Glue and Progenitor of Swearing Loudly when
We Glue Ourselves to our Models.

May he Rest In Peace.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Grand Master Azrael

Years ago, my mother bought a grab-bag of Warhammer 40,000 figurines for Christmas. It was filled with a bunch of older models, stuff like all-metal Space Marine Devastators, really old school Noise Marines, a Vindicare Assassin, a Metal Space Marine Terminator Captain and, as this post's title would suggest, Grand Master Azrael of the Dark Angels. I've been painting up some of the models in an effort to not go f*#$@*! bonkers repainting my Elysians. That reminds me, I still have to post photos of the Elysians I've managed to finish so far.

A buddy of mine, after getting tired of his endless stream of victories with his Tyranids decided to start Dark Angels, running them out of the Space Marine Codex. Here are some pictures of the Grand Master I painted up for him.

"Death to the Fallen!"

Grand Master Azrael was a fun model to do. He presented some unique challenges in his construction, him being metal and all. The model as it comes in the blister has a large banner pole on the backpack. As you can see, I clipped that off and pinned the ornament to the backpack. Now he should have an easier time fitting into a carry case! His sword was also broken, so I had to pin that to the hilt and fill in the little gap with green stuff. There's also a layer of green stuff in the joint at his left elbow, just to secure the hold.

As always, I primed Azrael with my trusty Krylon Grey Primer. I employed my usual "Foundation/Wash" painting method with the odd added highlight. His armor is done in Orkhide Shade, his robes and other white parts are Dheneb Stone washed with Devlan Mud. Reds are Mechrite Red and the orange on his sword is Macharius Solar Orange. I'm not sure Snot Green is the best color to highlight Orkhide Shade, but it works well enough.

I tried out the crackling lightning effect on Azrael's sword again, and I'm satisfied with the results. I probably could have gotten a little more subtle about the lightning, though.

That's all I've got for today. Stay tuned, folks,

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Grey Knights Test Model

It's done, I've pre-ordered two thousand points worth of Grey Knights from Dice Bucket, which will ship on April 2nd, with any luck. In preparation I've painted up a model to test the color scheme.

I primed the model with my trusty ol' Krylon grey. After that, a coat of Chainmail, details, a cranny wash in Badab Black, and highlights in Mythril Silver. Too easy.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Blood Angels Furioso Dreadnought

Ladies (ha!) and gentlemen, welcome back.

I managed to finish up the Furioso Dreadnought I've been working on for the past couple of weeks. Without further ado, here are the pictures of the completed model.

And there's the dreadnought in all of its red and magnetized glory. I've still got a few bits to assemble, magnetize and paint up. In addition to what's depicted here, I also finished up the Magna Grapple.

The method I used to paint this model is detailed in the previous post. Throughout the finishing steps, I ran into trouble mixing Krylon Gloss Coat and Testors Dullcote. I'm not sure whether it was just me accidentally rubbing paint off of the corners, touching the model while it was still wet with varnish and peeling away a bit of paint, or the mix, but what I did notice was that paint was coming off the corners.

I had the same issue during a previous commission, and I'm certain I didn't touch any of the affected areas on that particular model. After correcting the issues, I switched my gloss finish to Testors Glosscote, and haven't had any trouble with any of the model's I've finished up since.

As always, questions and comments more than welcome,

Friday, March 11, 2011

Blood Angels: Librarian and WIP Furioso Dreadnought

Hello again. Continuing on from the last post, I've got the Librarian all painted up and ready for show. I'll have to get the Honor Guard back from my friend so I can photograph them all together.

My methodology for Senior Librarian is the same as Herr Librarian. Grey primer, Mordian Blue with Ultramarines Blue highlights. I tried doing the "crackling lightning" technique on his Force Weapon, and I think it turned out quite well for a first attempt. I think it's about time for a new brush, though.

A little bit of custom green stuff work went into this model, mostly arm reposings and the book on his left shoulder pad. Other than that, he's pretty much an out-of-the-box model.

In addition to the Librarian, I've been commissioned to build and paint up a Blood Angels Furioso Dreadnought. The sprue is quite impressive with all the bits it includes. From what I can tell, the parts look as though they're designed to be interchangeable and fit very tightly. This will be a small issue once I have all the disparate parts painted and lacquered, as some paint may rub off with use.

Typically, when I do anything Blood Angels-related, I use The Army Painter's "Dragon Red" primer. This time around, because the only red parts are the plates of armor, I primed the model with Krylon Grey Primer. I then laid down a coat of Mechrite Red then Blood Red over that to bring it up to the red color on the model. The nooks and crannies were washed with Badab Black. The gold around the sarcophagus got done with a base coat of Dheneb Stone and a few layers of Shining Gold on top of it, washed down with Devlan Mud.

The only custom work I did on the model is drilling a few holes for magnets, and the only one on this part of the model is up top so I can switch out a smoke launcher for the fancy grappling hook weapon Furioso Dreadnoughts have access to. I also free-handed a Blood Chalice on the right greave.

That's it for today, folks. I'll have more updates on the Furioso as the weekend rolls on. Also, I'm headed down to Media, PA to check out the Grey Knights black box from GW. I'll be sure to take some pictures.

Have fun hobbying,

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Blood Angels Honour Guard

A friend of mine has commissioned me to build and paint him a Blood Angels Honour Guard to escort his Librarian (also to be built and painted by yours, truly) into battle.

This is the first completed model. Gold is a pain to paint over my Krylon Primer. A coat and a half of Dheneb Stone and two coats of Shining Gold is not good times, nor a fantastic way to paint a model quickly. The portion of time the model takes to complete is only lengthened by amount of Gryphonne Sepia and other washes applied to the model. The results are well worth it. Because the model's done in a metallic, I didn't bother with a highlight. And, of course, a coat of Krylon Gloss, and then Testor's Dullcote to finish 'er up. I don't know how my friend wants to base these guys, so I just did them in Calthan Brown.

That's all for now,

Friday, February 25, 2011

Deathwing Terminators

In celebration of the new Dark Angels FAQ, a friend of mine and I decided to do a Deathwing army on the cheap using the terminators and dreadnoughts from the Assault on Black Reach set, along with a pair of dreadnought drop pods. He buys, I paint, we sell (or use it as a teaching army for our wargaming club, failing that). All told, the army will consist of Belial, 30 terminators, two dreadnoughts and their drop pods.

Posted here are some photos of my progress painting the army so far. Enjoy!

The paint scheme for these guys follows my ultra simple, table-top quality philosophy of painting. After laying down sand on their bases, they got primed with Skeleton Bone primer from Army Painter. The green details were done in Dark Angels Green and highlighted with Snot Green. Any areas that were supposed to look like parchment or skeletons got done in Dheneb Stone with a Devlan Mud wash. A few of the optics were done with Mechrite Red and Macharius Solar Orange. Black areas are done in Chaos Black, and any metallic areas got done up in Chainmail. Bleached Bone is a perfect match for the Skeleton Bone primer, so it covers mistakes quite well. After all of the painting was done, I put some Gryphonne Sepia wash into the crevasses. The little bits of highlighting I did got done in Skull White. I had to keep it to a minimum, when I experimented with white highlights, it didn't look quite right.

The bases were done with Graveyard Earth as a base and a drybrush of Bubonic Brown. Some green flock was added after the final wash.

To break up the big areas of flat bone color, I did a bit of scroll work and free-hand detail. With the exception of the Sergeant, the right shoulder pads are all also free-handed. I laid down a coat of Adeptus Battlegrey foundation paint, and put some Chaos Black over that to do the detail work. Any mistakes got done over in Bleached Bone.

Another buddy of mine was liquidating his bits box, and in the process, I came into possession of the metal terminator librarian and metal terminator chaplain models. They're spectacular models, and I think they turned out quite well. Aside from the usual trappings of metal models, one of the issues I had was having was not getting all of the small mold vent "squiggles" off of the models before I primed them. Next time I paint a metal model, I'll have to double check that I got all of that crap off.

Frankly, I had no idea what I was doing with this guy until I got to work on him. All I knew is that he was supposed to be blue, and I went from there. The details kind of worked themselves out on their own. The whole thing is painted in my patent-pending "Foundation & Wash" technique for getting models onto the table top quickly. In addition to my usual arsenal of Foundation paints, I got to add Mordian Blue and try out some highlighting that I could never seem to get right until now. Switching to a smaller brush definitely helps.

There's nothing really special to say about Mr. Chaplain, here. He wasn't a terribly fun model to paint, considering he's pretty much just Chaos Black and Dheneb Stone.

That's about it for this update, I should have something fun posted later today.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Elysian Redux, the Beginning

Greetings one and all, I come bearing more updates and photos. Staring at my nearly-completed Elysian army got me a little melancholic. What will I do now that I'm almost done? Then I got the great idea to repaint the whole thing, 10 guys at a time. Joy.

Before I start rambling, here's a couple of photos of the new paint and basing scheme I've worked out for the repaint:

The primary reason I decided to repaint my guys is because the Graveyard Earth paint from GW is probably one of the worst paints in their line. It's just about impossible to get a good coat, even on a model primed with a light color, despite it having the consistency of tomato soup. I ended up switching over to GW's Calthan Brown Foundation paint. This really speeds up how quickly I'm able to paint these guys.

Instead of just putting sand on the models' bases after I had them painted, I decided to sand the bases then prime and paint. I'm happy with the way the test model turned out, but I think I'll have to go a bit heavier on the Bleached Bone drybrush on the base, make it look a little more like a desert. I also added some desert-style scrub to the base, just to break up the tan. Thoughts? Should I keep the little green bush things on the base? Let me know in the comments section.

After painting and washing the model, I laid down a coat of Krylon Gloss varnish, waited for it to dry and finished up the model with a double-shot of Testor's Dullcote.

I should have a junior command squad up before next week, along with some other bits of "sweet nectar"
. I'm also finishing up a big commission. I'll have that posted before I turn it over to its owner.

That's all I got,