Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Space Hulk

So I finally broke down and ordered it! Now I just have to hope that my wife will get into playing it as I have no idea how hard it will be to play without experience with miniature wargaming. Here's to hoping I can get her interested!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

IG Progress

OK, so I finally got most of my Imperial Guard infantry primed and ready to begin painting. I started with a new test paint for my basic infantry and LOVE IT. I didn't do any highlighting on the model yet, and I'm not sure how much I will do since its basic infantry, but I think I finally got the color combinations the way I want them.

I also managed to do get my company commander worked on. I am still not sure if I want to paint the flock and rocks and drybrush them or leave them as they are. I will probably add a bit of static grass to the base before I prime the model too.

EDIT: Added a pic of the finished basing. I think I like this look. I am kind of tired of snow as well as earthy looking bases.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Valkyrie body finished!

This turned out really well thanks to 2 cans of Krylon Camouflauge Fusion paint and some adhesive putty. My concern was that my lines would not be crisp, but it only happened just a bit, but its not noticable unless you stare at these pics honestly. I may or may not touch it up before I start detailing the valk and mucking it up.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chimera basically done

Other than some touch-up's I need to do, as well as possibly decals/markings, the chimera is done.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

It's good to have a renewed interest in painting..

The whole Imperial Guard army painting suicide I am sending myself toward has renewed my interest in painting. I am tapping a different aspect of painting... instead of worrying about every out of place dot of paint, I am going for sheer speed. The challenge of painting up a good 160-170 guardmen as well as tons of armor (as I can afford it) seems very overwhelming, but I really look forward to getting my teeth into this project.

Not to mention it reminds me of playing with the green plastic army men of my youth as well as the posable GI Joe's...

Another quick test paint

This soldier has a lighter shade of khaki for his cloth. This was about a 15 minute paint job so I'm not trying to win any awards here =p. I think this color lends itself to being washed with brown much better. I will probably try a drybrush test paint of a model as well trying to find the right time spent vs quality of the model on the table ratio i am happy with. The main reason for all of the short-cutting I am doing is because I have about 160 more of these guys to paint up and I hate playing with grey models so...

Yay or Nay?

Did a quick mock up. Let me know what you think of the colors, but remember its a horde army so I'm not going crazy on detail and it has to be quick and dirty. The second pic shows off the color of the cloth a bit better. I still think I may go a shade lighter though as I plan on washing everything with Devlan Mud (brown).

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Getting back into 40K

I am not really sure why I wanted to get back into warhammer 40k, but somehow I am back. This time around I will be ditching the MEQ armies and opt for the Imperial Guard. I really like what I have seen and I just really wanted to paint a valkyrie!

I did hit one speedbump along the way in that the valkyrie I ordered came missing some small part that wasn't very huge in the assembly of the plane. I called GW on principle and the said they would ship me a new kit out. I wasn't going to argue with them...but I will argue with anyone who says they don't have good customer service!

Here are some pics of Valkyrie #1. The kit is pretty insanely detailed. I was surprised to see that the heavy bolter sponsons could swing out and the side doors slide open. Its nice that I can model the heavy bolters if I opt to use them, but if not I can retract the guns and close the door.

Monday, July 20, 2009

So I am finally doing a new update

I have been fairly lazy lately, but I am finally getting around to doing an update on what little I have been working on. I had a real problem getting motivated after the painting league, but all of the work I got done was great and I would have never gotten it all done if not for the league. Since then I have stared long and hard and the High Elves and I am not sure I really will enjoy painting them other than the dragon which I totally enjoyed painting. I am kind of at an impasse with them until I get inspired.

My Warriors of Chaos army is still growing, however, and here is a taste of what I have been working on over the last week or so since I have gotten back into the swing of painting.

The big nasty Jugg!

The beginnings of a unit of Slaanesh-marked warriors.

A troll I will probably never use, but I really like the models with the skin sloughing off.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Test-paint for my Swordmasters

So I have finally started to get my but in gear and start painting my High Elf Army. I want to get at least a little bit of it done before the Grail Quest Tournament at Sci-Fi Genre on May 23rd.

My biggest problem has been in finding a good paint scheme that is darker and more brooding for these guys. The overall theme of the army is dark and gritty...kind of like Pre-Sundering Nagarythe armies.

After a bit of trial and error I have found something I think that I like. Please note that none of the detail work is really done nor the basing of the model. This was just me churning out ideas and then stripping to try again.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dragon Update

OK, so I got more work done and got the rider worked on as well. The only thing I am really lacking is redoing the flowing robes from the rider as I screwed them up and started repainting them, so I guess just ignore that. The gems on the rider also need to be painted. As far as the big gem on the head, I tried to use the gem painting scheme they suggest in the army book, but from some angles it looks kind of weird but from the overhead shot it looks really good. Undecided if I am going to keep that look or not. I may just go back over teh gems with gloss varnish.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Elven invasion of my painting desk!

OK, so for starters I am beginning work on an elven army for Warhammer Fantasy. I am kind of burned out on painting my warriors of chaos and I also kind of want another army to change things up with now and then. Sadly, thanks to Bartertown I have a much larger High Elf army than I do Warriors of Chaos! I have a feeling the elves will end up being my tournament army for the upcoming tourney at the end of May.

So for starters I have begun work on the centerpiece for my army and the only piece that was actually purchased. My wife got me the Lord on dragon box set as sort of a wedding gift which I thought was cute (Yep, she's a keeper!). The rest of the army was fully obtained in trades for my daemon army and some space marine stuff.

So without further delay...the dragon! Bare in mind he is not near completion yet, as none of the gem-work has been done, and none of the gold. I also need to go back over a few areas and the base of the model is only base-coated. This project is going to take a long while. Heck, the riders aren't painted or magnetized yet either, but I just couldn't resist getting started on the painting.

I am going for a much darker, more muted look to my elven army. I am not a big fan of big, bright colors and the book Malekith has kind of drawn me to make a sort of Nagarythe-inspired army.

I'm still painting when I can...

I forgot to add this update awhile back. It seems I am starting to get slack with updates, but hopefully that will change soon. Here is my Sorcerer of Nurgle. There are a couple of things I would like to do to him yet such as the eyes and perhaps embellish the base more, but for now he is good enough for table top.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Nurgle Warriors

I finished these bad boys right after I got back from my honeymoon and forgot to post pictures of them up.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Back in the saddle I am married to a wonderful lady, and the blog posts can recommence. We are finally settled since getting back from our honeymoon and it feels good to be back in the swing of things.

As far as my Warriors of Chaos project, I have been working on several things at one time, but I will share with you what I completed last night.

Warshrine of chaos

The Warshrine of Chaos was a simple conversion I did as GW does not make an actual model for the unit. I simply took a chariot I already had and removed the crew and the scythes. I then took a lamp post from a 40k building set and a banner-topper from the bloodletter box set and combined them and placed them on the chariot. I went with some fluffier snow this time and inserted hoofprints and a trail behind the wheels ... none of which is evident from the photos it seems. The model has a nice table-top look and I feel it will compliment my army nicely.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Haven't worked on the rhino in a while, but here are some more updated pictures.

Look at the inside of the rhino.

It's going to take several coats to make the bleached bone color look good. I may yet mix it a bit darker.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Appeasing the ADD

OK, so I finally caved and started working on something 40k. Since Dawn of War 2 released I have been loving every minute of the single player campaign. I have been enjoying it so much....I am going to scrap the Ultramarines and go with the Blood Ravens as my Codex Chapter for play in Warhammer 40k.

My Inspiration! My Marines are too uppity to walk, so I need to get a transport for them first.

I had an old rhino laying around my bits bin, so I went and primed the sucker up. I did the interior white and the exterior black.

The interior is assembled (I also added the front plating to help the rhino keep its shape).

The actual colors for the Blood Ravens is a dark red and bone white color. I washed the interior of the rhino and the inner rhino doors with black to try and get the bone white affect without having to hand paint everything. I'm not going for a golden daemon here...I just want it to look nice and people will be able to see inside since I am magnetizing all of the doors.

As you can see there is a lot left to do. I need to find my tiny magnets and I am not really sure where I left them. I want to be able to just buy specialized sprues for my rhinos like the predator sprue and just pull a couple of doors off and and put a couple different ones on and go from transport to tank (if you aren't familiar with marines, 5 different vehicles all use the rhino chasis in construction).

Monday, February 23, 2009

Quick Update

I have been lazy in my painting lately, mainly because I have gotten a good ways ahead of where I need to be in painting for league play. The main reason I joined the painting league was for some focus, but now without any pressure I am working on 10 different things at once again..not really completing anything.

So on to the update!

2 Units of cannon-fodder good to go!

8/12 ain't so bad! My warriors need a final pass and basing, the other 4 were not quite ready for highlights yet.

My new Disc of Tzeentch. My first real go at sculpting, and it turned out very 'meh'. Wanted it to be somewhat organic since the previous disc attempt looked very sterile and boring.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My 500 points are painted

and then some...

I managed to get my 500pt list and the extra hero done. The only thing I needed to complete since my last post was another set of 5 marauder horsemen. I will try to take a picture of all the painted stuff together soon.

Since the mandatory stuff was out of the way, I started doing my favorite part of miniature painting...test paints. It's only really brutal when you do 3 or 4 and still are not happy with your paint scheme, speaking of which I have yet to find a scheme I like for my bloodletters (Chaos Daemons).

I decided for bigger games that I will use a Daemon Prince of Tzeentch as my lord. I will probably wait for the new plastic model to be released before I put a great deal of effort in, but for now I have an older fantasy daemon prince which is getting some paint. I will throw a couple of pictures up when I am done, but the base coat of ice blue washed with asurmen blue looks fantastic.

The other test paint I worked on was a Nurgle-marked warrior of chaos. Let me know what you guys think.

I haven't based it yet, but I am thinking the front rank will have lots of snow with less and less the further back in ranks you get.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A quick update on WoC progress

A lot has been going on lately, so painting time is at a premium. I have 2 more units completed, one of which is not necessary for the 500 pts I need to have painted, but will come in handy as we go up in points.

My Exalted Hero on Steed of Slaanesh - This was model was a joy to paint and I really liked how the basing turned out.

My Marauder Horsemen - I still need to churn out one more unit of these for my 500 pt list. I always find it funny how you notice things after taking a the base of the far left model not being completely painted which I fixed after looking at the pic.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Painting League

So it looks like there will be a painting league at Sci-Fi Genre. This could be just thing I need to get motivated and actually paint an army....especially rank and file troops that my ADD will not permit me to work on. Being that this is for Warhammer Fantasy, I signed up with my sexy new Warriors of Chaos army.

I plan to use this blog to track my progress as I try to complete my 500 pt list by Feb 10th. The units I had completed prior to throwing this blog together are as follows:

My Knights of Slaanesh - I really wanted to work with all of the detail in the barding and armor, but I felt it would have made the models WAY too busy.

My Sorcerer of Tzeentch - I haven't decided what to do with his base yet, as I scratch made this Disc of Tzeentch which I intend for him to stand on at least a good 75% of the time. This was also my first run-in with snow you can see from the Knights above, I have gotten a better grasp of how to properly utilize it.

The task at hand...

I'm basically starting this blog to track my progress as I try to actually get some painting done on my Games Workshop miniatures.

As you can see I have my work cut out for me.

There are a few people out there who actually want to see what I have been working on from time to time and its a hassle to have them make a Myspace account or similar. This seemed like the best solution and I admittedly stole the idea from my future brother-in-law!