WIP OOP Khorne Bezerkers

These fellows were supposed to be my third entry into the Lead Painters League, as you can see they are not done. My life isn’t as easy as some would have you believe. I’m no peasant farmer in Cambodia, but I have been unemployed entirely too long the last five or so years, ever since my Sauder MBA not in-coincidently.

I’ve had other things on my mind, but mainly I’ve just been lazy, or at least unfocused on finishing these models. I’ll get in a couple hours one day then a week could go by before I paint again. This week I painted on Monday inspired by Trumpeter Salute I guess. But then reality set back in. None of my problems have been solved, despite having a job interview this week. I’ve been disappointed far too many times to count any chickens at this stage.

WIP Khorne Bezerkers
WIP Khorne Bezerkers

Well enough about me, this is what I’ve done on these models. I primed them black, with GW Spray Primer and likely a lot of Chaos Black touchups. Then I did the main metallic parts, the silver is Boltgun Metal + Chainmail + Silver + a couple washes. My brushes were in a sad state for awhile. I got two new ones, but I’m over due to try and rescue some old brushes or just need to do less jabbing in crevices I guess…

The trim is currently just Tin Bitz. It will look more like brass once I finish the power armor.

The black parts of the armor are completely done. I used the Foundry Black Triad plus a little bit of Badaab Black wash and a final spot highlight of Astronomicon Grey which may be a bit too bright, I might have to shop around for another grey someday… I paint black power armor pretty good, red is more work.

I was using the P3 Wet Palette and once again it was probably too wet so I need too coats of Clotted Red. I also used Go Faster Red and of course Ruby Red along with some custom dark red washes made from old Citadel Inks. I need a bit more blending, with maybe one or two highlights of Ruby Red and a red glaze and the power armor will be done.

I hope to fix up the metallic bits too tonight, but the models will not be finished by tomorrow morning. I plan to do the green tubing and many skulls after the metallics are done, that still leaves the skin, the leather pouches and various small details, plus some elaborate resin bases. I’ll be glad when I can go back to painting simpler models than these guys. I’m trying to do a good job, as I always try to do a good job, but I think choosing your models and paint schemes can save a lot of time.

Hopefully I get a job soon, as I don’t know what will happen if I don’t…

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OOP Khorne Bezerkers

Now on the painting table are five long out of print Khorne Bezerkers. I’ve had these models since at least 1996. There are four metal ones and one of the old plastic one pose models, which honestly aren’t that bad. You can swap arms and backpacks easy enough, even lop off the chain sword.

OOP Khorne Bezerkers
OOP Khorne Bezerkers

They are on bases by Scibor and MicroArt which are both out of Poland. The yellow resin base I don’t like as much, I got them off eBay or something, I can pretty much duplicate them with skulls and sand myself, unlike the crazy elaborate Polish bases. I’ve long maintained a large list of companies I like and note which products I’ve personal used.

I hope to finish painting these guys in under two weeks, we’ll see how that goes. The models will be primed tonight and I hope to work on them tomorrow. Yesterday I didn’t do any hobby stuff, I just don’t always have as much energy as I should.

One thing I should say to all those boutique companies who make conversion parts for GW miniatures, is I’d like to see some arms that aren’t holding weapons. There is a metal chaos spacemarine arm that is just pointing, I would have liked to use that on my champion. Or like the goblin arm where it is holding a skull, or even the beating heart of an enemy. I don’t care if the arms are armored or unarmored, as long as they are proportional to chaos space marines. There are a lot of people making head swaps and now legs are becoming common, but what I really need is some new arms without weapons, posed at various angles in both lefts and rights.

Painted More Miniatures

But I can’t show them to you.  Them’s the rules in the Lead Painters League.  If I don’t watch it, I’ll turn into one of those miniature painting blogs, where they don’t actually paint any miniatures.  They show pictures of models they own or in often cases don’t own, they complain about the prices, the rules, how much time it takes to paint, how hard it is, how they’re no good at painting, how they can’t find a recipe or a tutorial, or a decent brush or whatever.

My advice to them remains:

Shut up and paint!

They have a word in the dictionary for people like that, hypocritical. They have another word too, lazy. If you’re too busy to paint, surely you’re too busy to blog about not painting. Blogging about not painting is like dancing about politics, it makes no damn sense and is just a waste of time.

Just scroll back to previous posts and imagine the unpainted miniatures painted. That must be what those other bloggers want you to do too… …except I really will show them painted when I’m able to in a few weeks, or you can just follow the Lead Painters League over at the Lead Adventure Forum.Random Miniatures

Next up for me is some more Khorne Bezerkers. I took a picture of what the models look like lying around on the shelf above my painting table. I’m going to convert and base them, then I’m going to paint them. Then they’ll look rather like these ones, which I painted.

Someone took a photo of my bezerkers and put it on their blog and basically said, if they were going to paint some Bezerkers, you know if they had time, and determination, they’d want them to look something like these ones.

The three Khorne models I've painted in dark red armor
The three Khorne models I've painted in dark red armor

Of course they didn’t credit me with painting the models or link to my website. It was a picture of just the two bezerkers, not sure where I posted that, maybe on the Bolter and Chainsword, it isn’t on Flickr…

Everyone’s Doing Cool Sh!t But Me!

Well maybe not everyone but a lot of the miniature painting and hobby blogs I follow are making me look even lazier than I already am.  I thought after my last game, I’d get in some more games and get my hobby mojo going again, but it didn’t happen.  I still do a lot of thinking and planning, but not enough getting off my ass and doing.  In truth I have bigger problems than lack of hobby output, but I have so many cool ideas and so much money invested in this hobby, I really should try and do something.Nurgle Terminators on Bigger Bases

Either that or I should move up my excess hobby crap sell off date…

Anyway inspired by one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time, I resumed rebasing my Nurgle Terminators.  I kinda wish I had one more armed with Chainfist.  I could convert another one up, I have the parts, but I have enough models I need to paint and I think just making my one chainfist guy a champ will accomplish almost as much.

I’ve got them all on 40mm round bases now and I commenced gluing bits to them.  I raided my bits box and gluded on a bunch of 28mm metal skulls I got from Black Cat Bases.  It’s not all glamorous showpiece projects, sometimes you have to spend an evening with nail files and little metal skulls and various chemical concoctions.  I think six of them still need more bits so I will be busting out my bits still on a sprue, maybe even bust open of the many boxes I still have shrink wrapped for some fresh bits too. Some bases still need more bitz

Lots is going on in the hobby, the Lead Adventure Forum is running their Iron Painter or whatever contest.  The Iron refers to your ass or your will power as the goal is to paint 10 groups of five models over a ten week period.  You can get started early, as in right now.  Scale doesn’t matter, so I’d be better served painting small models not say Nurgle Terminators.  These models on my table right now won’t be eligible, they need to be in groups of five, not three, and rebasing doesn’t count as freshly painted, no matter how many little bits you glue on the bases.

Lead Painters League

I like to paint in groups of four sometimes even less.  I often paint one or two models just to add to a squad or to give me another option.  I’m going to have to alter my painting preference and re-order my queue.  I’m also going to have to dig into the many, many, models I own that are unpainted and find some that will score the odd bonus points.  First up is non-combatants.  I thought of some, I don’t know who manufactured them, or who traded them to me, but I have some dancing ladies that got thrown into a trade about 15 years ago.  They are definitely unarmed, in fact I think they are pretty much naked.  They are also smaller than 28mm so they will paint up quickly.

I will do up five Khorne Bezerkers though in reality I need to paint six…  One I think will remain unpainted until after the contest.  I will also paint up some Night Goblin Archers and a Big Boss for one of my units.  It is the basing that worries me there.  Normally I base the whole unit, in one go, that is 30+ Night Goblins in this case.  We’ll see how I feel, it takes a whole day to do the multi step basing process on that many models.

I’ll also be doing up some regular goblins armed with say a sword to serve as war machine crew.  Again I think I need six, so this time I’ll probably just do six.  I’m going to make custom movement trays for everything, so again basing these models will be way more work.

If I can get all that done in ten weeks I’ll be doing pretty good.  Might do up some Zombies or something for my Servants of Decay army.  Either that and go way off the wagon and buy something just for the contest, say the Fellowship of the Ring.

Wish me luck and stay tuned as I’ll try to update say weekly.

Finished Painting 3 Models

The first three models that I’ve finished in a long time.  Soon they’ll go in the back of a miniature cabinet never to be seen again for a few years as they don’t figure into any current army lists.  Maybe I’ll work them into whatever army I take to Trumpeter Salute, assuming I make it.  I really need a job.My almost finished Nurgle Havocs

These three models are pretty spiffy for filler.  They are kitbashed or converted from a number of different sources, loyalists, Imperial Guard, OOP Chaos, Forgeworld etc. etc.  They are painted purple, relying heavily on the Foundry Royal Purple triad.  I also used Vallejo and maybe even Reaper Master Series paint in addition to various new and old GW/Citadel pots.  I even used a bit of Winsor & Newton Ink.

Nurgle Lascanon Havoc

I added to my repertoire by painting the glow around the coils of the plasma gun.  I used a larger than usual dry brush and roughly followed the technique of Ron over on FTW, though I use my own recipe for the coils.  I never usually paint the glow as it can get a bit messy, it also can cover up carefully painted details.  It’s a trick best left for the really good painters or those who want a ‘trick’.  It looks best at arms length not under extremely close view.

Nurgle Havoc with Missile Launcher

I used my own rust techniques along with a fair amount of custom washes on these models.  Most everything has been detailed in previous posts.  I just had to finish up the bases and a few details last night, then today I just did some final touches before photography and ultimately sealing.

Nurgle Renegade with Plasma Gun

These models will get the Lonewolf Gore technique too before finally resting on the shelf. I broke the lascanon model unfortunantely

Next up is some more models that I assembled and even bought without really needing, just because other people were doing it and I have to preserve my reputation as the Nurgle guy. If you guessed Forgeworld Deathguard Terminators you’d be correct.  I built these when I should have been studying for a CFA exam I believe.  After that I will assemble some more models, at first I was going to just do four metal OOP Bezerkers but now I think I’ll do some plastic models to complete two squads for my proposed 2011 Astronomi-con Vancouver army.

My tentacle pink was almost solid so I reached into my stash for a new old potDamn it!  While putting on the last of the rust I dropped the lascanon guy.  He had tipped  over numerous times, but the drop broke him.  He has metal arms but a plastic and resin body so the lascanon is really heavy.  My super glue had dried out but I’d recently bought some Zap-a-Gap but that didn’t take for some reason, I even busted his other arm.  Now I gotta run so this post may wait until later this evening or tomorrow.  I think I finally got him back together but that was the best one and now it picked up some chips and scrapes I gotta touch up.

Unfortunately in addition to being late, this will be the last update for a while.  We’ve suffered a death in the family so I’m at my  mother’s pitching in.  I’ll be back in Vancouver next week and hopefully will pick up where I left off on the hobby front.

WIP Nurgle Havocs + bonus Nurgling stand

Yesterday I did a fair amount of painting, in short shifts between job applications and other stuff.  These models are close to being finished.  The plasma gunner is the closest to being done.  I just need to do a little more work on his weapon and paint the tip of his horn.Nurgle Havoc with Plasma Gun

After I get most of the common stuff done I pick a figure and work on his extra bits primarily.  Then when all the extra bits are done I do eyes and insignia.  Lastly I do extra rust washes and seal the model.  I leave the bases until fairly late in the process usually, but not always.  Once you’re done the armor and trim you can do the bases most anytime.  Nurgle Havoc with Lascanon

I’ve taken to using resin bases in most cases now as I paint so few 40K figures the extra cost and time washes away.  For big blocks of infantry, such as in Warhammer Fantasy Battle it probably is less feasible.  Some of the bases cost close to what a plastic figure costs or even more.  I’ve tried a few manufacturers over the years these look like Dragon Forge to me.  Jeff is probably my go to base guy, though I like the stuff coming out of Poland for characters too.

Besides the rotting flesh, I painted the guts, and the unique copper metal color bits.  I don’t have a copper so I made one with bronze, silver, and orange ink.  I also painted leather bits English Uniform Brown Foundry Triad.  The plasma gun coils were painted white, two coats, then two coats of Golden Yellow, then a Sunburst Yellow highlight, finally a thinned orange wash, the old blue lid GW one.  I plan to paint on another layer of highlights and maybe get out the purples again for any armor touch ups then the Plasma Gunner is done.Nurgle Havoc with Missile Launcher

I’ll finish the lascanon guy next.  He is mostly done.  The backpack on the missile launcher dude is the least finished besides the bases.  I have to figure out what colors to paint the missiles and the grenades attached to it.  I kinda don’t want to do them metallic, I’m thinking an army green for the grenades and maybe black and yellow for the rockets.

If nothing strange happens I may get these guys done by the end of tonight.  Tomorrow I have a party to attend so I won’t be doing much painting or blogging.  It’ll be gone to finish some miniatures for the first time in months.

I also posted some almost mainstream hobby news over at Muskblog for those who don’t read it, you might want to check out at least that one post.

Oh the Nurglings were painted the two sickly skin tones as well as I did their guts.  The two other Nurglings were painted similar to two Plaguebearers which I painted months ago I believe.Work In Progress Nurgling Stand

Painted bones and cables

After finishing the armour and the trim as well as the other metallics on the guns and backpacks, I move on to painting the cables and all the skull and bone motifs found on Chaos Space Marines.  That is my standard method that I’ve stuck to for years.  On the Diseased Sons and most models really I use the same basic recipes.

For bone I like to base coat with Snakebite Leather.  Then I paint on in kinda a wetbrush Bleached Bone.  Next comes a wash of a thinned down Rust Brown Ink with a little Plasma Red Ink added to the mix.  After that dries I add a lighter color, often as a drybrush.  This time I used both Vallejo Beige and Skull White.

The cabling is green.  I start with a really dark green, this time an old pot of Dark Angels Green.  Then I use a couple medium greens and then a wash.  I used GW’s new green wash to save time.  Then for the lascannon coils I painted on another highlight of a lighter green, Scorpion Green.

Then I called it a night and watch a movie. WIP Nurgle Havocs

Next I plan to paint two different sickly fleshes.  I use pale blue flesh for my Plaguemarines and followers of Nurgle.  I use a more traditional rotting green flesh for daemons and in this case the various skulls hanging as trophies from these models.  That’s a pretty modest goal for today’s painting but, I have to deal with some other things such as finding a job.

I use techniques for painting flesh similar to those detailed by Ron at FTW.  I plan to try out Dhenab Stone as a base, though I’m traditionally a light grey or a pale green guy.