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Well, considering that I've finally gotten a digital camera, and more importantly, figured out how to use it, I guess it's time to start up a project log.
I'm not exactly limiting this log to a single army- I would end up flooding this section with a lot of very neglected threads. So instead, I think that I'll just keep everything here, and link back to it all in this post.
Hopefully I can share my work with you guys, and maybe some of you will find something interesting. Either way, I'll keep the log as up to date as possible- I don't always find time to paint. Maybe this will motivate me to pick up a brush a little more often...
Hey Cap'n, no grand opening pics?
I intended to post up my BloodBowl team, and the first 3 Warriors of my new Tzeentch regiment. Unfortunately, I'm having trouble uploading anything to Flickr. Is there are a better image hosting site out there? I know that I can upload thumbnails directly from my computer, but I want big (as you say "grand opening") pics in the log.
(i'm a hopeless neanderthal)
Image hosting, free photo sharing & video sharing at Photobucket I have no problems with it, free and easy to use. I have a bunch of albums on there full of images. It also gives you a choice of links for each image, including one that has the [img] tags.
Ditto, always used Photobucket and it works just fine, plus it's easy to use.
Well, rep goes to Mr. Kuffy for suggesting Photobucket.
Anyways, here's my Norse BloodBowl team, "The Rothgard Reavers". I wanted to start with them because they were the first time that I really flexed my painting muscles. With just 12 guys, I figured that I could slow down and really take the time to make each one unique and do my best, rather than painting 20 out of 200 models in a huge army.
So, here are the shots of the boys:
That's the team, minus one of the Throwers, who's actually be repainted (I had a model for him, but I hated it, had to redo it)
The Linemen. The gent second from the left needs a little work on his loincloth. Not sure what I was thinking on that one actually, but I think I was going for some kind of white-furred creature. Probably to tie him in with my Yhetti (not pictured).
Two Blitzers on the left, and two runners on the right. The left hand blitzer is the only guy with a weapon, because they have Dauntless, and I figured what's better than him whipping out a giant knife to take down big guys??
My Ulfwerener (Werewolf) and my Thrower. There aren't any good models for a werewolf, so I went with the oldschool lore that they're generally wild-looking men with lots of shaggy bodyhair, when they're not transformed. All of the fur around his arms is Greenstuff work, using the same method as sculpting flame.
A little more detail on the GS work on the Wolfen. It's hard to tell from the angle (bad shooting) but the hair on his back is a triangle down from his shoulders, and then his arms have the frills of hair running down them. He's just posed like he's throwing a shoulder-block, so his left arm is tucked in behind at the moment.
Go ahead and criticize- my only defense is to please forgive any minor chipping, but I don't varnish or clearcoat my minis. After losing an entire Wood-Elf army to "frosting", I've steered clear of the stuff for a long time.
Next up- a couple of Tzeentch Warriors showing off my experiments with NMM, Blending, and Fades!
Now this is a good load of pics to inaugurate the log! I like the bright colours, suitably footbally.
Nice work there Cap'n. I would however suggest you consider more definition on the flesh, some of these pictures the shading on it looks a little light. Otherwise, a great bunch of minis. I really like the blood bowl teams, I am hoping to get around to some of my own. I plan to get around to painting up the starter box teams, and convert my own orc team.
Lol, that's the kind of stuff I was looking for Kuffy. Anyways, maybe you're pulling punches, but after seeing them up on the screen, I can point out more than a few areas that need some serious touchups. Fortunately, I'm not done with the team as a whole (notice the missing basing jobs? lol).
As promised though, here are the first shots of my Warriors- a testbed for my idea of a new color scheme. I'm off work all day tomorrow, so there will probably be a little more work on the regiment. This is the "official" start to the log though. There's a 3 week league coming up, and I want to have the entire 2500pt army done by the end of it. Here we go.
I'm going for something a little like this guy from concept art for the WAR game.
Here are my first feeble attempts.
I was trying to a bit better than Tabletop Quality for these guys, so I broke out the NMM and Blending. I looked up tutorials (some might remember me asking lots of questions a while back) for the blending side, but I did the NMM cold, and by eye.
The basis for the scheme is:
Black base coat
purple undercoat on all of the metal and the cloaks
layers of blue wet-blended onto all of the metal plating, building towards the light
bright blue edge highlights and 'glowing' eyes/visors, drybrush the chainmail
light teal drybrush on the feathered shoulders
white drybrush on the chain
brown on all leather, boots and gloves, drybrushed with lighter brown
brown over the black
khaki towards the lightsource
white edge highlights
white fine-edge highlights (again)
gray over the black
white edge highlights
blue on the "flats" of the blades
light blue wash
white edge highlights (again)
The bases are a mix of coarse gravel, a bit of 'Gameforce' snow (went flat and needs building up) and 'Gameforce' burnt grass flock. The idea is that they are in the rocky, snow-locked northern tundra.
Altogether, it took me about 2 hours to knock out 5 of these cats. Figure that the army list consists of 60 of them... 24 hours total if I don't start painting larger batches.
It's taken me a while to post anything else up. I'm still chugging along on the other 27 Warriors that I'm doing in the blue scheme, and I was trying to wrangle some bitz that I needed to start in on a horde of 30 Halberd Warriors.
However, I do have something to show for the delay... a converted Daemon Prince of Tzeentch.
The entire model is built from the Daemon Prince kit and the IoB Griffon (and a lot of paperclip pins). The only part not from those kits is the head of his staff, which is the banner pole from the new Pink Horrors kit.
The cluster of daemon heads at his fist is actually my attempt at making it look as if he's casting a spell. They're suspended on a pin, and I trailed GS from the backs of the heads to his palm. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep them though- I think they make him a little busy.