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Eldar – Guardian Defenders painted

Eldar – Guardian Defenders painted

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?

July 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

7/1/13: Finished: Loremaster of Hoeth and Battle Standard Bearer…Dirty Elves…

7/1/13: Finished: Loremaster of Hoeth and Battle Standard Bearer…Dirty Elves…

Hey guys! So just a quick post today! My girlfriend was in town this weekend, so I didn’t get a lot of painting done (though we did paint up a couple cultists, she’s a natural!). BUT! That doesn’t mean I haven’t been working my butt off on other projects! Lets jump in, shall we? First up is a Loremaster of Hoeth. The client had already assembled the piece, so it was just a matter of priming and painting! Lots of fun, I opted for metallics, rather than the NMM I’d done a lot of his pieces in. The orb probably could have benefitted from some OSL, but with time and financial constraints, I opted for a quicker effect on it. The other piece was a High Elf Battle Standard Bearer. Lots of fun on this piece, I've really grown to enjoy painting the sculpted banners GW has been doing lately.

July 1st, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Rebel Grots Basilisk PIP: Playing with an airbrush!

Rebel Grots Basilisk PIP: Playing with an airbrush!

Hello all, I’ve been slowly plugging through a Basilisk scratch-build for my Rebel Grots.

July 1st, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

6/27/13: Painting: Canis Wolfborn, Chaos Cultists, Loremaster of Hoeth, and More Diceworks Terrain!

6/27/13: Painting: Canis Wolfborn, Chaos Cultists, Loremaster of Hoeth, and More Diceworks Terrain!

Geez, almost two weeks…. Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts this time around, my boss was out of town last week, meaning I was running the store all week. I love my job, but that much time in a hobby shop means blogging was the last thing on my mind! This, however, doesn’t mean I didn’t get any painting done! Lets jump in, shall we? First up is everyone's favorite Catdog, Canis Wolfborn! This is the 3rd or 4th Canis I've painted, but I really wanted to go all out on this one. Sorry the pictures aren't better, I'll get really good ones when I'm taking final pictures of the commission.

June 27th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Fimir – Final Half Dead Update

Fimir – Final Half Dead Update

It’s with a final buffing of leathery skin and scape of rusty metal that I add the last three members of the half dead to the unit. It’s great to finish it. I had this idea wandering about my head for some time, and to see it done is pretty satisfying. Here’s some shots of the finished unit. Now to enjoy the finished unit high until it’s overshadowed by the next hobby compulsion, like deciding what colour to paint the boils on the back of the marlwyrms. Blacky green with some gloss varnish, methinks…

June 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Blog Wars 5 Painting Competition (pic heavy)

Blog Wars 5 Painting Competition (pic heavy)

Alongside the tournament itself I always run a two part painting competition. The first part is the obligatory Best Painted Army whereas the second is part of Blog Wars’ focus on Special Characters namely Best Painted Special Character. As ever there were some excellent entries, there were a few armies we’ve seen before alongside some excellent new entries. Best Painted Army The winner in this category was Hendrik Müller-Joswig who is Blog Wars’ first ever international player having travelled from Germany for the event! Whilst he may have placed 28th in the tournament his army is a worthy winner with 8 votes. Another notable mention goes to Chris Benstead's Chaos Space Marine force. Chris has previously had painting

June 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Fimir – What’s on the Table

Fimir – What’s on the Table

Just a quick post to reiterate that the fimir are still very much in progress, in case anyone was worried what with all the genestealer cult talk lately… At the moment I’m just finishing the last of the half dead. I have some basing to finish, and then they’re done! I’m very happy with them, and I’m looking forward to popping their cherry on the tabletop. Just hitting the painting table are the first of the marlwyrm monstrous cavalry. I’m considering how to paint the shields of the fimir riders. Some of the results of the verdigris effects I tried on the half dead should work great on the detail on the shields, which are from Scibor. I also have some drool techniques using various plastic glues to test before I apply them to the maw of the wyrms. Fun times!

June 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

The Road to Blog Wars 5: Progress

The Road to Blog Wars 5: Progress

It’s the evening of Tuesday 18 June 2013. I have three days to go before Blog Wars 5 and there’s a lot to do before the army is ready! The picture above was taken on the 1st! This post is going to be a brief summary of my progress to date, some of the techniques and materials I have used to prepare the army and my thoughts about what’s worked and what hasn’t worked. Pulling it together: The first thing to do is to get everything stuck together. For the new kits this is a lot of fun, but for the older kits some of the mold lines are pretty substantial. I took a production line approach wherever possible for this project, assembling everything in batches, tanks, piranhas, broadsides, riptides, drones, and finally the infantry models. Working on things in groups allowed me to mix and match between the sprues, taking heads from the pathfinder sprue and arms from the tank sprue for example. The firewarrior kit has really aged and after about twenty of these guys I became convinced that an updated kit would have been fantastic. Especially if it had been made to the same quality as the pathfinder kit which is an excellent example of what Games Workshop are capable of these days. This next picture shows where I got to at the end of my plastic gluing session on the 8th June. Out of shot the piranhas are mostly done and the devilfish and hammerhead tanks are drying

June 19th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

The Road to Blog Wars 5: Army List

The Road to Blog Wars 5: Army List

It was always a given that I’d be taking Tau Empire to my first Blog Wars tournament. The real challenge, for me at least, is settling on an army list. Preferably with enough time to actually open.clean.assemble.paint the thing! See what I did there? Digital Codex: I have to give a brief thumbs up here to the digital codex. There are some things I don’t like about it, such as it’s size (in MBs) and cost. On a more serious note, I’d like to be able to access it from machines other than my iPad, such as my iPhone or iCloud account on my PC/Mac, but I’ll live with this for now. Generally speaking the codex is a really good electronic document. Games Workshop have done a convincing job of moving into the 21st century here, this isn’t just a PDF of the print codex. Instead it’s a shiny pretty thing which is functional too

June 18th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

The Rhinos – Part 2

The Rhinos – Part 2

Hi everyone, As promised, I have continued working on the detailing of the rhinos.

June 16th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »