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My brief little sojourn in the hobby is over.  It is still technically Monday morning and I have to find a job and do some volunteer work.  I didn’t get the best light today in Vancouver, but that’s OK, I over compensate with light bulbs.  I took close ups of all five out of print Khorne Bezerkers I finished last night.  I noticed little areas that could use a bit more work or tiny details I should have picked out.  I’ll look them over again when the varnish is dry and I put on the glossy red blood.

OOP Khorne Bezerker #5 or 7

WE Assault Trooper painted as Nefarious Fire Bezerker

OOP Plastic Khorne Bezerker with arm/weapon swap

Champion of Khorne with Power Weapon

WE Assault Marine in Nefarious Fire Colors

I don’t know when I’ll pick up the brush again.  Maybe tonight, but I have a lot of other things I want to get done.  I have plenty of models that I’ve assembled and primed that have sat too long, so I’ll be chipping away at them, eventually.

Models that need painting

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Today was a lazy day.  I slept in.  It rained hard.  I stayed in bed.  Eventually I got out of bed and surfed the net and painted the power weapon on the Bezerker Champion.  I left that until today, after painting a little bit last night.  I’d paint a bit, then watch an episode or two of Battlestar Galactica on DVD then paint some more.

I finished up the skulls and armor for the most point.  I painted on the purple flames.  I even did the pale blue skin, which didn’t go perfectly smooth, but came out well enough.  I touched up  a bit and the last major thing to paint on the models was the Aspiring Champions power weapon.

I’d used up good power weapon colors of blue and purple already on these models, so I opted for a bit of mint/jady green.  I used about a half dozen different paints all made by Vallejo or GW and blended and mixed them on a wet palette.  Not my best work but good enough and unique enough to stand out on the battlefield or in the miniature display case.

Almost completely painted Khorne Bezerkers

Now the biggest problem facing me as far as completing these models, is the fancy resin bases.  The two on the left will be easy, they just have some dirt and skulls, but the other three.  That will require some highlighting and detail work all their own.  Maybe I’ll be able to finish them tomorrow, but probably not after how little I accomplished today.

I only finished two teams.  I have been really trying to get a job and just not been in a painting mood I guess.  I haven’t touched the Khorne Bezerkers in a month or two.  I hope to get back to painting soon.  In the mean time here are some closeups of the models I did complete including my somewhat infamous naked chicks:

asian

nativeAmerican

mochaLass

redHead

blonde

piranha

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I’ve been chipping away at this squad.  I’d like to be further along, hell I’d like to be finished, but it looks like I won’t even finish the skulls and bones tonight unless I stay up late.  While checking some RSS feeds I noticed From the Warp is more alive and Ron intends to keep it that way, so I decided to throw up a post.

I never left From the Warp or joined any competing networks when Ron took a hiatus.  Hopefully I can keep painting and improve my traffic and readership.  I think I’m up to about 100 posts.

WIP Khorne Bezerker Champion

WIP Khorne Bezerker Champion

This model has been dubbed Beelzebubba after a both the Dead Milkmen album and my old buddy Bub.  He is the champ, he will have a power weapon and I’ll be doing it and the exposed skin once I finish the bone.  I have been using less washes on the small bits, something I intend to continue when I finish the leather.

I’m not super happy with the red, it got too bright.  My second test Bezerker still has the best armor color. I used mostly the same colors but I need to use the same thickness of paint and density of washes…  I could try to darken it a bit with another wash, but I just want them done.  I usually come to that stage when I paint anything.

I barely avoided my red becoming too orange, I also think I avoided the greens becoming too bright and the Bezerker starting to look like a Christmas ornament.  Hopefully with the bones, skin, and purple flames finished they’ll look good alongside the other two.

Once you start painting naked chicks you’re a true “artiste“.

So I decided to enter the Lead Painter League, season five.  One of the hardest to win Internet painting competitions.  I’m not even sure there is a prize.  Just bragging rights is enough.  So anyway the powers that be over at Lead Adventure made one of the bonus rounds, “non-combantants”.  In fact Week One is non-combatants.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do.  Despite my collection of unpainted figs, they are all ostensibly for one army or another.

Plastic Bags filled with Lead

Plastic Bags filled with Lead

Then I remembered some guy from the 40K mailing list through in with a trade some naked chicks.  What is more non-combative than naked chicks?

So I dig through my little baggies of lead for the one with the bonus figures.  Whoever it was through in a bunch of small scale models.  Scale doesn’t matter in the Lead Painter League so the smaller the better, these models were certainly smaller than the usual models I paint.  I’m not sure the scale, 20mm maybe, maybe 25mm.  I’m also making no comment on the anatomically correctness of the naked chicks.

Bonus figs thrown into trade

Bonus figs thrown into trade

After lining up the contents it appears there are some torturers and even some secumbuses  and amazons, but also a bunch of chained naked chicks.  This post is going to do wonders for my keyword referrals. I picked a team of five naked chicks in chains and after briefly considering basing them on square bases, went back to round.

My basing techniques and my resin base collections are all based on battlefields or at least sci-fi or fantasy settings.  This harem of naked chicks isn’t going to be standing in a burnt out building or an open field so I had to dig out my old green stuff and sculpt a token cobblestone base.  My greenstuff is so old and hard to work with, time to buy some more.

Miniature Naked Chicks

Miniature Naked Chicks

I think I got these models in 1996, sure enough on the bottoms of the bases is the words “Dennis Mize 95 Ral Partha”.  So I’m saying these figs were sculpted or at least caste in 1995 by Ral Partha.  I’m sure the diehards over at the Lead Adventure Forum will know more about them.

Round or Square base?

Round or Square base?

The Green Stuff is curing now and I’m enjoying a beer.  I may get around to assembling another week’s entry.  This time some space ships form the Silent Death range.  They too are small and hopefully easy to paint.  We’ll see if I have any flesh painting skills…

Due to the rules of the contest I can’t show any WIP or finished pictures until after they are used in the contest.  I think the contest runs ten weeks starting in March.  I’m not sure I’ll even try to paint ten teams, but for the next couple months I’ll try to paint models in groups of five.

Five Naked Chicks

Five Naked Chicks

Green Stuff Bases

Green Stuff Bases

Rebased Terminators

Posted: February 25, 2011 in Diseased Sons, Squad, WIP
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I would have liked to have had them finished two days ago, but I spent a lot of time waiting for paint to dry, for washes to dry, for glue to dry, for modeling paste to dry.  I’ve now rebased all my old terminators on 40mm round bases and can move on to painting new models.

All the Nurgle Terminators I rebased

A lot of steps went into getting them to look like this, including many, many, many hours spent painting the miniatures themselves. The Right Hard Posse was never designed as one big squad, it consists of a lot of extra models and was actually painted as some HQ choices and a couple small squads. Having put all these works into it over the years, I’m going to give the ten man squad a run at this year’s Astronomi-con Vancouver.

Fresh Sprue

Fresh Sprue

In order to get yet more bits to choose from I busted open two boxes of plastic GW models I’ve owned for years.  The Goblins weren’t any use, though I was surprised to find Wolf Rider parts and four banner bits in this box.  The Flagellants were useful.  This box is great for bits.  You get two of everything and lots of spare parts such as heads or little bits of chains.  The rest of the plastic, metal, and resin bits came from my bitz box and my mountain of sprue.

After gluing the bitz to the bases, I then busted out some modeling paste I had bought.  This wasn’t in the original plan, but some people sware by products like this as a basing material.  You can mix paint with it so it can be any color.  You can cut it after it dries, you can even add grit to it.  It goes on like icing a cake.  I used it to fill in the gaps between the big and small base, but perhaps I should have done this first and then stuck the plastic model bits into the paste, but it was a new product to me, and I never thought of that until it was too late.

Modeling Paste

Modeling Paste

After the paste dried, it looked a lot like snow bases, I’m sure some people have used it for that.  One benefit of gluing the bitz to the base is you can then sink them into the ground with paste or just sand and glue.  The white paste got a layer of watered down white glue then a dip into my box of beach sand and then another lengthy drying period.

Next came several coats of black paint.  The first was regular consistency, the next two were watered down.  I recommend gluing sand, and whatever else you plan to use as basing materials to the base during the model assembly phase.  That way if you use spray primer you don’t have to go through the repeated coats of black paint that I did.  Spray primer does a good job on sand.  This is one advantage I have over those paint the model in pieces or mounted on a handle people.

Drybrushing was next, the usual three GW manufactured brown paints.  I used a small drybrush, and was a bit heavy, but I’d never get every base to be perfectly the same or the sand to match that was old and with the new.  Especially because the old sand was really fine.  I like beach sand as it is irregular.

Terminators with modeling paste

Terminators with modeling paste

I started with the metallic bits.  They got painted chainmail, followed by two washes, one of Badaab Black and one of Devlan Mud. I also painted some brass bits using Tin Bitz and Brazen Brass.  I used a custom thinned Rust Brown Ink with some Plasma Red Ink for them.  I also painted the skulls Snake Bite Leather then Bleached Bone.  They two got the Rust Brown plus Plasma Red Ink wash.

After all that was dry the metal were done and the skulls looked pretty good, but I put a highlight of Vallejo Beige on them which looked two harsh so another custom wash was used, this time a darker brown mixed with red.  That was it for the skulls.  The various heads were painted Dhenab Stone then given a wash, of thinned down purple.  Then a highlight of Dhenab Stone.  Other bits were painted purple, or red, or brown.  I even tried out my English Uniform Brown that I ordered from the Vallejo range.

When all this was done it was time for rust and blood.  I did the rust first mixing up a custom wash consisting of water, rust brown ink, and Fiery Orange plus some left over half dried pigments that remain in my rust wash mixing spot…  For the blood I used Tamiya Clear Red and the Lonewolf Blood and Gore method or my interpretation of it.  This really gave the models I nice final touch and it was off to the photo booth.

Sand applied to bases

Sand applied to bases

The squad was pretty much too big to photograph at once.  It worked better as a squad of five models.  I also took some individual model shots all of which are up on Flickr.

Nurgle Terminator with backbanner

Now I’m at a cafe as it is so cold in Vancouver.  This weekend I’ll continue to look for a new job, but also start on some Lead Painter League entries.  I hope to finish one or two weeks worth before returning to models for my armies.

Old Chaos Terminator Updated

I haven’t been able to sleep the last three nights.  This evenings insomnia accomplishments was getting up to write down the back story for my 2010 Astronomi-con army.  I already knew the back story, I thought it up after all when I was picking the army list. I’d submitted the army list to Mike and Christian a month or two ago confident I would have no trouble getting it all painted seeing as I was unemployed.  In my last revision I had thrown in a Greater Daemon primarily for visual impact and as a nasty surprise for an opponent who didn’t read the fine print in my army list.

With about two weeks to go I realized I wasn’t going to have time to do justice to the Ultraforge Wardemon model I had bought to represent a generic Greater Daemon.  I actually had quite a few models I could use in my miniature display case so George was pressed into service.

After writing out the back story ensuring that it jived with all my previous back stories for major tournaments I went back to bed and tried to sleep.

I couldn’t.

Besides not finishing a new impressivly large demon model, I was really worried I wouldn’t have time to do a good job on my original two HQ choices.  I had converted them previously and a lot of planning went into them, especially the one based on a Forgeworld special character.  I never use the rules for special characters but this model was too cool and I had a unique idea for a Khorne Terminator Lord, so… I’ve had the idea for a while and told it to Craig at the Mini Astronomi-con.  Then I told him I was crazy enough to do it.

I’ve been working towards getting my army finished every since.

There are lots of things I had planned to do besides paint up some new army centerpiece models.  I had planned to improve the bases of some of the models, say with the 100 28mm skulls I got off of Black Cat Bases.  Mike and others are obsessed with drilling out bolter barrels or at least painting the black dot so I was going to go through every model and make sure that was done…  There are lots of little touch up and detail work I could do to my miniature collection.  I seem to have been touching up and improving models for the last eight or nine years.  I’ve finally getting around to starting to paint a new non-CSM army only in the last month or two.

In fact painting non-CSM stuff is what got me in this predictament.  I’ve been planning a Servants of Decay army for years. When I became unemployed I couldn’t help but do a test model for it.  I also did not one, but two test trench tiles.  My modular trench battlefield wasn’t going to make it to this year’s Astronomi-con no way no how, but even though I knew it was needed next year I spent about a month working on it and some test WW1 figures.  I figured if I’m going to build a trench battlefield, I might as well make a WW1 army to fight on it, or two WW1 armies as I’ll probably end up doing…

All this was fine, I had months to finish basically 5 or 6 models.  Then Warhammer 8th Edition came out and I got talked into joining a Mighty Empires Campaign at Strategies, which I have to play in tomorrow, err today actually seeing as it is 3:11 AM.  In about 1998, Owen Curtis figured out that I had almost enough Nurgle Daemons painted and on square bases that I could just play in the campaign he was organizing for Games Workshop Victoria, which he was managing at the time.  We were roommates so I dutifully converted up some Plaguebearer command and played several small points games of Warhammer.  It was a builder’s campaign eventually I was supposed to have say 2000 points but we started out at 750 or a 1000.  I got absolutely crushed both times so I think I grew disgusted and didn’t play Warhammer Fantasy Battle again for 11 years.

What about my 2010 Astronomi-con Vancouver Army you say? Well, while laying in bed on top of my covers because it is quite hot in Vancouver right now.  I’m sweating as I type this. I realized that I wasn’t going have time to do all the little things I had planned to do this year to try and make a run at Best Painted Army.  I’ve finished close at Astronomi-con before but I’ve lost points for not having bolters drilled out or having not 100% finished models.  Last year I stayed up for 24 hours straight trying to finish my army and in the end my Chosen weren’t fully painted and something like 15 bases weren’t painted.

One thing I always lose points on in tournaments recently, is not having a display base.  I was going to build a reuseable display base this year.  I’d built display bases before, in fact the original one served as inspiration for my trench table.  While lying awake I thought, that display base is just leaning up against a shelf in my living room, I should just take it to this year’s Astronomi-con Vancouver.  I made the display base for the very first Vancouver Grand Tournament.  I totally busted my ass painting and converting for that tournament.  I wanted to show those Calgary guys where they could stick their paintbrushes after the score they gave the Diseased Sons in my first Grand Tournament.

I think I ended up finishing tied for third.  I was alright with that as Vancouver has some great painters and I kinda bit off more than I could chew with some of my paint jobs and conversions time wise.  Ever since I’ve had more modest goals for getting stuff painted for tournament armies.

So anyway unable to sleep I got up and grabbed the display base that has sat unused pretty much in my mother’s basement for seven or so years.  It was in Vancouver as I wanted to see the brown dryburshed dirt and I decided I was going to rip out the tank traps and stuff to use as part of my trench table.  Since I hadn’t gotten around to that, I decided just for fun to set up my 2010 Astronomi-con Vancouver Army in the display in my living room at say 2:30 AM.  Then after staring at it a while, adjusting a few models, adding in George and the unfinished stuff, I thought of all the things I wouldn’t get done, all the things I’ve been typing about. Then I got my iPhone took a picture or two.

They weren’t very good pictures, there is no light in my living room, but I shone a lamp onto the display base and retook the pictures and deemed it worthy of a blog post.  I had another beer to try and keep cool and ended up typing a much longer post then I originally intended.  I wanted to show a few people that one of my major hobby projects was actually coming together and although it wouldn’t be as good as I could make it, it still looked pretty good, and despite everything, and by everything I mean a whole lot of setbacks and problems in my life, I was still going to Astronomi-con 2010 and people better look out because this year I might actually win a game.

WIP 2010 Astronomi-con Vancouver Army

I hope to win more than one game actually. I haven’t been able to stop the Landraider full of elite close combat troops or the Orky equivalent in the last few years.  So since I was going Chaos Space Marines again I decided to join them and devised my own “Landraider of Pain” army list.  Since I’m a Nurgle guy and I had decided Bob the Necessary Evil’s adventures would continue I thought what could I put in a Landraider to help the Plaguemarines out?

Plaguemarines are tough, but they have low initiative and generally win by attrition or more accurately just refuse to die thus spoiling the enemy’s plan.  They don’t kill much even with two special weapons and a champion with a powerfist.  I had dreamed up the Khorne Lord with Chainfist, who also goes last in H2H so I added a ‘right hand man’ for him in the form of Chaos Sorcerer of Slaneesh who hopefully would strike first and with his Force Weapon get rid of some annoying opponents who might kill my Lord or the Plaguemarines before they get to fight.

With a plan, an army list, a back story, even a display board I decided to blog about it and post to the Astronomi-con mailing list.  A keen observer will note that a few models actually fit perfectly into the display base, they were in my 2003 Vancouver GT army.  I’m not sure how many models were in both armies, you’d have to pick them up and look carefully at the campaign badges.  It is easy to spot the unfinished models.  It is also pretty easy at least for me to spot the model with the oldest paint job, but bolstered by the success I had throwing down models with almost as old of paint jobs in the form of the Beasts of Nurgle, particularily Sluggie, who’s paint job is more primative than even George’s, I decided what the hell, I’ll take a cab and bring an actual display base to this year’s Astronomi-con Vancouver.  I still doubt I’ll win best painted, let alone overall, but hopefully I still get a good score in painting and even with the comp hit I hope to do better overall than I have at the previous two Astros.

Nick, Malcolm, and Jason have been eerily quite on the Astro front.  Dean announced he was dropping out and Rob, a regular opponent, is also out this year.  Some Americans are coming, some people form Kelowna are undoubtably coming, supposedly even some people from Winnipeg are coming to Vancouver this year.  I may have been correct in my prediction that the opportunity to win a gold ticket to the official North American Grand Tournament of all Tournaments would attract some fresh and highly competitive players to Vancouver’s favourite 40K tournament.

Hopefully unlike the Nova Open and the War Games Con or even worse ‘Ard Boyz, they remember to paint their own damn miniatures, or at least get a mercenary painter and announce they are out of the running for best painted and hopefully overall and are just trying for best general or better still, just playing for fun.  Or I will mock them online, especially the Americans and at least two people will know they are sad pathetic human beings who really need a new hobby as miniature wargaming has always involved painting miniatures and converting model battlefields and no amount of online bluster will change that.