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,