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,

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Letter to a Dear Friend

Dearest Forge World,

From the days I first laid eyes on you, I knew I loved you. The tanks, the gargantuan creatures, the upgrade packs... I loved it all! My favorite thing of all was your Elysain model range. I loved their posability, I loved their style, I loved the extras. All of it. And when the third Imperial Armor book came out, I wasn't mad that the Imperials lost. The Tau had been getting the short end of the stick for a while, and they needed their moment in the sun. The Elysians played a good game, too.

Then the fourth Imperial Armour book came out, Forge World. At first, there was nothing but putzing around on the part of the Imperials. Then they all got eaten by Tyranids, with the exception of some Red Scorpions who signed an Inquisitor's death warrant and left him on the planet to be consumed like a side dish. The Elysians played no role whatsoever and went out like a bunch of wussies. As if that weren't enough, the a more recent IA book, the Raid on Kastorel Novem features the Elysians and Raven Guard making a strike deep into Ork territory (their specialties, may I add) and accomplishing nothing! Again, they went out like total bitches!

Why, Forge World, why? Why do you hate the Elysians so much? That's what it has to be; the Imperial Armor books aren't about the Xenos winning, it's about the Elysians losing! Do you want me to stop playing them!? Now there's another IA book coming out, this time it's Cadians and Elysians versus the Eldar. Forge World, I swear if the Imperials loose to Eldar of all things and Elysians go out like punks, I'm selling the army and starting DKoK.


P.S. I'm very hurt, but I still love you.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Malifaux Crew Comission: Complete!

This is a crew from a new game called "Malifaux." A friend of mine asked me to paint it up for him. I got to try out some techniques that I don't use very often (like highlighting, stippling, drybrushing, etc), and I think it turned out quite well.

Malifaux Crew

From what I've heard about Malifaux, it seems like a fun game to play with an exceptionally low barrier to entry. The crew above costs something in the way of 70$, and the models are packed with detail. The game mechanic is based on a deck of cards rather than dice, which I think gives it that certain something "else" that many other games lack. By all accounts, there was a lot of passion and creativity put into the design of the game, the miniature design makes that quite evident. The only bad thing I've heard is that the rules are in need of a once-over by a technical writer.

From a modeling/painting aspect, the only thing I can say is "ugh, metal." I hate metal models. My difficulty was mitigated this time around by recently becoming acquainted with some of the more advanced greenstuff techniques and a primer that does a bang up job on metal. Seriously, outside of colored primers, I don't think I'll ever use anything other than Krylon grey primer.

All the best,