Spent enough time painting tanks and other big things recently, so it was time to spend some time on the infantry! I have to admit, I’m getting tired of painting blue and yellow so it’s about time to move on to something new but before that happens the unit of Guardian Defenders got a lashing of paint! Pretty straightforward – I went with the same blue recipe used on the vehicles, but rather than sponging the various blues, I went with a mix of drybrushing and stippling with an old brush. The blue wash then tied it all together and muted it a bit. I knew I didn’t want to go crazy with the yellow, so just the helmets and a couple bits of cloth got the hot orange/golden yellow treatment. Once that was done, the weapons got the bone color, and then I went in and painted the umpteen zillion little tiny gems. Probably could have gotten away without that step, but since there’s just going to be the one unit of guardians they deserved a little extra work. Overall, a right serviceable unit who will likely hang back and sit on an objective (and get carved into ribbons by whatever looks at them funny). Next up? Who knows?
It was a little cooler today than it’s been for quite some time, so I spent some more time on the Tempest. Picked out the bone color on the weapons, engines and underside, then laid in the yellow following the plating lines on the main hull.
Finished the cleanup of the Tempest last night while watching a movie and after work today I braved the heat in the hobby loft to get the base blue on it! I’m thinking I’ll do yellow in three stripes from the turret collar to the edges of the hull, following the plating to define the rays. The underside, weapons and engines will get the bone color treatment and the various gems and cockpit windows will follow. It really is a quick and easy paint scheme I’m finding! Recently there was a bit of news about Feast of Blades 2013 coming up in October in Denver – I went last year as an observer and had a good time. They’re running a narrative drop in/drop out apocalypse game, so I’m thinking it may be fun to head down and throw down the Knights (imperial and eldar), the Tempest and the Baneblade, and the Leviathan command carrier!
My buddy Dave over at Ex Fide Vivo scrounged around in his (also significant) hobby storage area and unearthed a few Eldar goodies which he donated to the cause – however he will no doubt regret such a magnanimous decision at some point in the future! We have a running joke about gifted units kicking the butts of the giver going back nearly twenty years, when I gave him an old War Walker which proceeded to ANNIHILATE my army in every game thereafter. much to our amusement! The big find was an old Armorcast Tempest that has been kicking around in a box for a decade or so. When Dave got the Tempest, it had already been through multiple owners and it had been, shall we say, extensively primered. So into a bucket of Simple Green it went. …That was three weeks ago. Stripping the paint proved to be an archaeological process – turns out the model had five coats of primer and paint on it. Green when Dave had it, apparently it had also been blue, red, orange and white over the course of its lifetime. I’d pull it out every couple days, give it a good scrub uncovering the next layer and then back into the dip it went. Eventually went through two gallons of Simple Green just to get it to what you see here! At this point after one last good soak in a fresh bucket all that’s left is the ‘scraping all the nooks and crannies’ step which as you can imagine is going to be a rather tedious process
It has been in the high 90’s (35+C) over the last week, which means it’s been just brutally hot up in the hobby loft. Had a bit a reprieve though and I took advantage to finish off the painting portion of the Eldar transports.
My buddy Dave came back from Origins recently and was kind enough to grab one of the Event-only Davinite Priests for me – finally got it washed and dried and snapped a quick pic of it: I plan on doing another Thousand Sons army once FW rolls around to it, with an eye towards a late-heresy theme set during The Scouring. Just prior to the Rubric of Ahriman, while the legion is succumbing to their final doomed stages of madness and mutation – This guy will be there helping along the process! From a painting standpoint I’m planning on doing a somewhat varied paint scheme with some units solely in the old crimson and bone, and other units beginning to or completely bear the new blue and yellow livery of the current era. We’ll see how that goes! Dave also snapped a bunch of pics at the con while he was out at Origins , definitely worth a look! In other news, several of my ebay auctions are ending tonight and tomorrow, and there will be a couple new ones going up – a big ol’ box of Dark Eldar bits (including several full on the sprue units and vehicles) and a similarly large box of Ork bits (as well as a fair sized assembled-but-not-painted ork army).
Pressing onwards – Finished up the yellow and took a crack at the canopies after work this evening and snapped a few more pics! The yellow started off as Hot Orange, followed by Fiery Orange to get a nice smooth undercoat. Once that dried it got a few passes of Golden Yellow, and as it’s a somewhat translucent color the underpinning orange gives it a nice warm glow. After that I went back in with a micron pen and cleaned up the creases between the yellow armor panels.
I’m trying to take a lot more pictures in progress with the Eldar, and get some more consistent albeit smaller posts for the blog. A bit more brush time on the transports this afternoon – brought the bone back up a tone from where they left off in the last post, and took a whack at getting the yellow started: I decided that I’d make each of them rather different, going with the chevrons on one, alternating panels on another and some big curves on the third. At the moment, they’re just picked out in the initial hot orange, which will be followed by a fiery orange then golden yellow once it cools down in the hobby loft a bit.
While rooting around in the Closet of Doom I uncovered the box of Eldar bits which happened to have not only the rest of the bits to finish off the second Wave Serpent but also enough bits to build an entire Falcon! …And a War Walker, but that’s going to have to wait for a bit. I started off with the basic blue sponge technique I used on the Wraithknight which turned out pretty well on the larger flat surfaces. It’s really quite simple – started off with a basecoat of midnight blue, followed by sponged-on ultramarines blue, magic blue and ice blue. After that, it’s all tied together with a guilliman blue wash. Once the wash dried I blocked in all the areas that were destined to be bone with leather brown. This took a lot of coats to get a decent coverage, but is key to the whole process. The bone color doesn’t go on well directly over a black undercoat in my experience, it tends to get splotchy. Painting the bone over a brown undercoat is far more forgiving! Next up, the first pass of bone goes on, and the models really start to come together – I’m considering doing the vanes on the Wave Serpents in bone as well. It’s at this point where I need to think about what I’m going to do for the requisite yellow to fit the Alaitoc scheme
With GenCon rapidly approaching, it’s time to get some stuff on the auction block and squirrel away the funds to offset the cost of the trip. Over the next couple weeks I’m planning on putting up some various bits and bobs from the depths of the Closet of Doom (including a couple big ol’ boxes of bits), and to lead off the charge is the Dark Angels army I’d finished up some months back. It’s roughly 2750 points and about $600 worth of retail, but I’m starting the auction at $500. The whole army is also packed securely in battlefoam trays for storage and transport! Unfortunately due to the size of the package and the recent hikes in international shipping, I can only ship to the US and Canada. It’s a shame, but shipping the box the army is packed into overseas would cost northwards of $280. It’s insane. Warhammer 40k Dark Angels Army – 2750 points This auction is for a Dark Angels army of approximately 2750 points. The army is comprised of the following models: HQ Belial (Custom kitbash) Deathwing Command Squad (5 Terminators) Company Master Interrogator Chaplain Seraphicus Librarian ELITES Deathwing Knights Squad (5 Terminators) TROOPS Deathwing Terminator Squad (5 Ranged Terminators) Deathwing Terminator Squad (5 Ranged Terminators) Deathwing Terminator Squad (5 Assault Terminators) Tactical Squad (10 Tactical Marines) Scout Squad (5 Scouts) Scout Squad (5 Scouts) FAST ATTACK Assault Squad (10 Custom Assault Marines) Nephilim Jetfighter HEAVY SUPPORT Vindicator Whirlwind ARMY SHOT There’s closeup shots of the various units on the auction page – More fun stuff to come soon!