Or something… Today is a dull grey day in Vancouver so I didn’t do much, we have seasonal weather disorder up here, that’s a fearsome Nurgle creation that is… Anyway I finished painting the two Servants of Khorne I was working on prior to Astronomi-con Vancouver 2010. They were both test models, but now in the spirit of not wasting any work, I’ve penciled them in to my Astronomi-con Vancouver 2011 army.
The Bezerker is the original plastic Bezerker model. I’ve had some on sprues for years, I didn’t change it at all, I wanted it stock and simple. I like how the red came out, better than my Khorne Lord possibly. The Terminator Lord had so much detail, you had little room to build up armor highlights and there was almost no edge highlighting… I’m pretty much an edge highlighter when it comes to power armor.
The Purple Bloodletter is also long OOP. I may end up using it as just a generic lesser daemon on a round base. All my other daemons are on square bases, but I’m thinking of doing up a few stray models on round bases, I need to scare up some old pink and blue horrors. But first I need to get a job.
I’ve been spending my evenings at Bean Around the World again looking at job postings. Yesterday there weren’t many so I ended up updating my original blog. Might even go in for the WordPress upgrade I keep considering.
These models are pretty simple, but painted to a high standard, even though I had other more pressing models to get done. I’ve become a big believer in test models. I do them a bit different as my test models usually look really good and then I simplify my paint scheme for the actual rank and file. I even do test models for HQ and major conversions just to make sure I don’t waste more expensive or irreplaceable figures and parts.
Now that these two models are out of the way I really am painting three old plastic Gretchin. They’ll get a decent paint job but I don’t want to spend much time on them. After that I have more Diseased Sons, three purple Nurgle Renegades and three green Nurgle Terminators, they were made with a Forgeworld bitz so I want them to look good. I also have to re-base my old terminators on the new 40 mm round bases, that is a project that I’ve been going to do for well over a year…
When I get all that done, my paint queue will be the smallest it has been in years, of course I have lots of models I want or need to paint. So I will eventually get to doing a squad of Bezerkers, three more Nefarious Fire including a new lord, but also I have 22 terrain tiles to make too by next year’s Astronomi-con.
It is off to the Matte sealing booth err box for these guys. I’m going to try Testors Dullcoate one of these days…
Well they are still not finished. Finishing up all the models on my desk and in my painting queue was another post-Astronomi-con Vancouver goal. Speaking of Astro Van the official scores were released today. I finished tied for 2nd in Best Appearance and lost the trophy due to tie breakers. Apparently no one voted for me for best army, while 3 people voted for Will’s Iron Warriors. Oh well perhaps if I finish my army before 4AM the day of the tournament…
I’ll have to see about improving my appearance score by one more point, it’ll be tough but not impossible. Maybe I should join a club and try to get some friends and family votes… I finished 12th overall which is another personal best, but I think I could have done better in Games 3 and 6, if not winning at least getting a draw. So the goal for next year is to finish my trench table, try to improve my painting score some how, and to win at least three games, hopefully four. Given twelve months it might be doable, though it has gotten hot again.
First thing I need to do is apply for more jobs. I’m still waiting to hear back from some company that might want me, but I found a few jobs yesterday that I was just too tired or lazy to apply for. I think I’ll be applying to those this afternoon. Then this evening back to the painting desk. I gotta finish the 2nd test bezerker and the purple Bloodletter. Both are only an hour or so away from being done. Then I think I might paint some Gretchin…
That’s right three Gretchin have wormed their way into my paint queue and I think I can clear them out pretty quick. Then there are a bunch of Diseased Sons that I’m going to do to complete certain units for this codex. A new Chaos Codex would complicate my life but I think it is more than 12 months away, so eventually I’ll be doing Bezerkers, more Chosen, and some giant robots in theory for next year’s Astronomi-con Vancouver. The Servants of Decay might have to wait another year, as will my orks. I only paint so fast and the trench table is going to take most of my hobby time I think.
So I’d always planned on doing the Bloodletter’s sword green and the armour of the sorcerer green, so I once again cooked up a one of kind or in this case a two of a kind colour that looks like it glows. The key to the glowing effect is to go very bright/light with the highlights and start very dark with the lowlights. Washes and glazes are also essential to my technique. I’m not sure I can make it work with any colour but it works with green and blue, I generally use it on power weapons or magic weapons. Purple can work too, but you have to highlight up to pink and that scares some people.
To get the effect seen here I had a black base coat. I then painted Orkhide Shade over it. The new GW Foundation darkest green. Then I really needed an inbetween shade, but I didn’t have one so I mixed Orkhide Shade and Vallejo Game Colour Sick Green. Then I think I did a pure Sick Green highlight, I can’t remember exactly it was yesterday. To keep the colour dark and scary I mixed up a wash of about 5 parts water, 2 parts old GW Green Wash, and 1 part Black Ink. Basically a much darker green wash, but still thinned so it would flow into the recesses.
After that dried I got out Sick Green again and starting working up the highlights. I didn’t really have a good inbetween shade, so I mixed in an old GW Jade Green. With the mixed colour and then pure Jade Green painted on as a highlight I then did a second wash. This time a thinned down Waaagh Green Ink which is an extremely old GW/Citadel product. When that was dry I started highlighting Jade Green again, but I also wanted to darken a few spots so I used the new GW Green Wash just in a few spots.
Then more Jade Green and the first green glaze. GW used to make them, they were under appreciated by their clientele I wish I had them all, but I only have a few, they have red lids. Vallejo makes some glazes, I saw them at Imperial Hobbies today. After some Jade Green and green glaze I wanted to go more extreme so I got out this bottle of Green Grey Vallejo Model Colour #971. I mixed this with the Jade Green on my P3 Wet Palette. I then painted this pale highlight on. Then another green glaze then an even paler extreme highlight was done and it was off to my bedroom to take the photos.
As I mentioned I went to Imperial Hobbies today and bought some more paint and a couple of brushes. The brushes were disappointing but they were cheap. Tomorrow I will go and buy some Deserres brushes that I’ve gotten used to, they hold their point pretty good and come in all sorts of sizes. I also bought some very bright or light colours which I’ll use on the Tzeentch and Slaneesh models I seem to be doing up, but mainly they are for the future. The Mr. Color Steel and the Flat Green will get used sooner, as might the Sky Grey.
The Gale Force 9 flock I bought the day before to use on the Goblins and other bases going forward. I’m trying to use a variety of material, instead of just sand all the time.
Today I’ve done a lot of painting, I got up early and I kept at it for most of the day. I’m working on three different chaos models. The first is my second test bezerker, the second is an old OOP Bloodletter which I’m painting up to be a generic lesser daemon, but mainly I’m practicing my dark purple skin tone technique, the final model is another old chaos model, this one is still in print, non-the-less mine is lead and will serve as a Herald of Tzeentch come Sunday at Strategies.
What I really should be working on is my Astronomi-con Vancouver army, but their is a method to my madness. The Khorne Bezerker is serving as a test model for my Forgeworld Khorne Terminator Lord conversion. The Bloodletter is a test model for a bigger daemon. Even the sorcerer could be argued that it is a test model, as I need to get that flashy look for my Slaneesh Sorcerer I’ll take to the tournament.
Well with all the time I put in, I could have put in even more, and none of the models are finished. I had hoped to start on three other models today, but tomorrow will do. I did a lot of work on the Bezerker’s red armour, the Bloodletter’s purple skin, and the sorcerer’s grey robe.
The model I’ve done the least on since the last blog post is the Bezerker. I finished the purple flames using the Foundry Royal Purple Triad pretty much as they intended. I’ve been having brush troubles today. Several brushes were retired and I couldn’t find a good ‘0’ or ’00’. I’ve been focusing on speed and buying and using bigger brushes, that now when I want to paint flames or fine highlights my tools are letting me down. Tomorrow I will invest in some new brushes. I’m tempted to go to Imperial Hobbies because a few gabs have appeared in my paint collection. Specifically I need a green between Orkhide Shade and say VMC Sick Green. I ended up making one…
So the greens on the Bezerker are for his seems or tubes or whatever. I painted them Orkhide Shade then tried to go right to Sick Green but it ended up looking way too Christmas tree-ish. I then mixed a darker green for the other models. I also had troubles getting the green in the tiny gaps without damaging my red or grey highlights. The other thing I did on the Bezerker was it’s ‘silver’ metallic stuff. I didn’t use silver, but rather GW’s Chainmail. This was way too shiny, so another dark gunmetal colour would be nice too. I can darken Chainmail with Badaab Black and Devlan Mud wash but there is always a risk of spillage or seepage, so I think I’d prefer an even simpler metal. I have Boltgun Metal but I think something even darker than that would find many uses in my painting.
The Bloodletter got his skin finished off. It came out pretty well, but eventually I just had to say enough because I have bigger models to work on and I need to get them done within two weeks. Thankfully I’m unemployed… The skin was painted GW’s Liche Purple twice. I let black come through, I missed painting a little bit of stuff on one shoulder, I thought it was a necklace but it was his collar bone. After that I think I did the first part of Foundry’s Royal Purple Triad, but perhaps before that a custom dark purple wash. Then I worked up the Royal Purple Triad followed by a thinned old purple wash. Then it was basically Royal Purple Triad Highlight along with some glazes. I might go slightly pinker maybe to Warlock Purple on the big fella, we’ll see how it looks and how much time it takes.
I also did some striations. Yet another place where I needed a good sharp point. I actually have some really tiny brushes, but I need zeros and double zeros too.
The Sorcerer got a pretty surreal grey robe. I didn’t use that many different greys, basically just GW ones, two Foundation ones, and one regular one. In fact I chucked out a light grey, which doing some infantory I think I need four colours and I’m going to try non-GW ones, preferably in the dropper style bottles. Sometimes they come out too much, but generally they are pretty easy to work with, for super common colours I like the flip tops like black and white or metallics which I keep out of my P3 Wet Palette.
The robe got a wash of Badaab Black but that didn’t go as well as I would like so future washes were custom made by me out of old Black GW Wash. I did two, one thinned and one really thinned. I also built up the highlights to Astronomicon Grey, but then I went even higher mixing in some white. I also painted in lowlights. This was partly to get rid of unwanted shine, but mainly as it looked good. I got the aforementioned thin brush and painted black lines into folds. I also painted on more folds than were sculpted using various greys. This is a technique I use on skin too, such as the striations.
After I was satisfied with the robe I touched up the black and waited until the Bezerker was ready to do green. I wanted a different green, working towards an old pot of GW Jade Green, possibly going even brighter. I started off with Orkhide Shade, leaving some black showing on all three models. Then I did a mix of Orkhide Shade and Vallejo Model Colour Sick Green. Finally pure Sick Green was applied then a custom wash made from an old GW Ork Flesh Wash mixed with a tad of Shadow Black Ink.
Then I deemed them good enough for tonight and tomorrow I will finish them mostly and try harder to find a job. I might go out tomorrow night, so I don’t think I’ll put in as many hours painting, but I’m in the home stretch for all three models, so it will be time to work on three different Chaos Space Marines.
And a Chaos Sorcerer are what I’ve been working on lately. I got up early and started painting around 9:30 AM. It is almost like I have a job, alas unlike some people I’m not a mercenary painter, I’m spending all this time on these three seemingly random figures because I have it. Soon like this afternoon, I’ll add three more models to my paint queue. These are the last three rank and file models I need to finish for my Astronomi-con Vancouver army.
The Bezerker and the dark purple Bloodletter are test figures for the paint scheme I plan to do two of my HQ choices. The highlights are very subtle on the Bloodletter, it was two layers of Liche Purple leaving some black showing, then a custom purple and black wash, not the current GW ones. Then the first true highlight of Foundry Royal Purple Shade. I’m also using my Liche Purple to Royal Purple Triad progression on the flames on the bezerker.
After all the work I did on the red armour, the rest of the model doesn’t need to be fancy, after all it is just a test model, I don’t even need it finished, I just need to get the red, black, purple, and skull scheme I came up with down. The brass and other metallics are pretty easy and the tubing will be dark green.
For the daemon I really need to do a good job on the flesh, see if my technique of really thinned down subtle highlights is feasible. I plan to use another thin purple wash at some point. I also plan to try something different with his horns and claws. His big honkin’ sword will be a cool green, likely based around Jade Green.
The Chaos Sorcerer I’ve had since 1994 or so. I bought it as an ally for my Orks and Goblins army. My entire chaos miniature collection, which is now three armies strong, started as allies to my Orks in Fantasy and 40K. I really like painting grey, I find it easy. I used Adeptus Battle Grey as the base coat, leaving some black showing. Then I did a wash of Badaab Black which left the shadows shiny. This will not do I did some more greys, most recently damn, I’m not at home, some medium GW Grey, I used all in-print paints for a change. I plan to do another highlight of that colour. I also made my own thinned black wash which yielded me better results IMHO.
Painting fabric is way easier than painting power armour or flesh. You can see why Skaven are so popular. I even have a crazy plan to use thinned glazes to add a shimmer to the grey robe. I may not do this, as it looks pretty good as is. I used a size one brush and painted with the folds, I also added even more stirations where I thought the fabric would fold further. The armour will be kinda a mystical jade green, maybe the same as the Bloodletter’s sword. The fur I’m tempted to try and do like tiger or leopard print, but I might just do brown. His blade will get a ghostly blue power weapon look. I do a good job of painting blue power weapons, his blade is probably magical anyway.
I also learned I have to prepare for the Battle Royal as detailed on page 406 of the big red book. I don’t really think I can make any clever changes to my Daemon army. Getting the sorcerer done who will serve as a Herald of Tzeentch, who I dubbed BibbltyBobbltyBoo, is the only square based model I’ll be painting for a while. My Nurgle Daemon army is supposed to be tough, but the fact I’m towards the bottom might see less badness coming my way early on. The Beasts of Nurgle will get a lot of opportunity to prove their worth.
That’s right, I’m back from Vancouver Island and although I had a very unproductive start to the day as I indulged in sleeping in, I eventually got up and started work on two more test models. Why am I still painting test models when Astronomi-con Vancouver is like two weeks away? Well I want to get my red and purple painting down pretty tight as I’m going to do some expensive resin models and I hope that by getting the kinks worked out on plainer janer models I can paint the special models quicky and efficiently.
I still plan to try and get the Chaos Sorcerer done by this Sunday for the Warhammer Campaign at Strategies. I’m not even last, as more people have joined and they are winless but have played less games than me. Hopefully the sorcerer and the 3 Beast of Nurgle will make a difference as so far I’ve not been very competative.
I’ve also agreed to paint yet more square based models for the Vancouver Gamers Warhammer 8th Edition builder challenge. I’m actually winning that as I painted so many goblins and I have so many more that are close to being finished. I just need to base them, do some touch ups, paint shields etc. I also need to do war machine crew. I had hoped post-Astronomi-con to try and clean off my painting table for the first time in years, but I realized I’m going to have to keep painting goblins in addition to the other stuff I have already primed and ready to be painted.
I’ve put a lot of thought into my Orks and Goblins (mostly Goblins) army. I still don’t think it is very competitive at low points, as most of my points are common goblins and a few goblin heroes and war machines. I think at 2000 or 2500 points I will have some ork infantry as well as some harder hitting units though I’m not sure which ones. I’d like to do up a lot of things just to try them out but money and time will keep me painting the models I already own. One of which is a very old Grom the Paunch chariot model. The shrink wrap is off but the model has never really left the box, Grom is still slightly discolored.
I was going to convert this chariot to be a regular goblin chariot, or perhaps an ork chariot, as I’m anti-special characters. We’ll have to see what I end up doing…
The 2nd Test Bezerker first had the metal trim done, as that is what I did last time. It is just Tin Bitz then Brazen Brass highlight than thinned down Rust Brown Ink used as a glaze to colour the highlights as well as blend them in. I happened upon this combo and have been using it for years, I don’t think many people do metallics like this.
The red was a lot of work, too much work for rank and file models. I’ll simplify the recipe post-Astronomi-con. I used two of the three dark red Reaper Master Series paints I bought. First Bloodstain Red then Clotted Red then a custom wash made from Plasma Red Ink and Shadow Black Ink both of these are very old GW/Citadel branded products. Then when this was dry I did Clotted Red again followed by an extremely old pot of Go Fasta Red. I then used an old Red Gore but that was a mistake as that paint has gotten difficult to work with, so I had to paint offer some highlights with darker reds and build back up, this thickened the paint considerably on the groin plate.
After one coat of that I think I did another wash of my custom black/red wash. When that was dry I used my new pot of Blood Red. After that I used a fairly old pot of GW Red Glaze. The plan is to keep building up the highlights with Blood Red and Red Glaze until I get tired or get it looking pretty good. I don’t intend to go up to orange let alone yellow. I want a dark and evil looking red.
The old out of print Bloodletter is serving as a test model for a bigger daemon. I don’t want stereotypical red daemons so I’m trying purple. This is after one coat of GW’s darkest purple, Liche I think it is called. This is one of my favourite colours in GW’s paint line. I plan to paint another layer of this and then a wash, not the new GW wash either, I’m sticking with the old one suitably thinned, though I might even add a touch of black to it. Then I plan to highlight with the Foundry Royal Purple Triad and after that I may do the highlight up even more, throw in some glazes too.
Oh and I’ve bought more basing materials which I plan to test out post-Astronomi-con on some of my many, many goblins.
Welcome back intrepid readers to another post on working with miniatures completely devoid of stylish purple text. After letting the glue dry on the multi-part OOP Daemon models and more importantly between the cork tile and the plastic GW cavalry base, it was time to finish off the base and securely mount the model.
The first thing I did was test fit the model and I got out a sharpie and traced roughly where the feet would go. Then I looked in my toolbox for two part resin epoxy. Finding none I decided rather than bike to Canadian Tire I would just use super glue to pin the model to the base.
Perhaps if the model was plastic this wouldn’t be necessary, but as this model was multi-part metal and was to serve as a Herald of Slaneesh in a Chaos Daemon Warhammer army, pinning the model to the base would be the wisest course of action. I got out a piece of metal rod that I got in a whole bag from a hobby or craft store. I got about dozen two feet long pieces in 1994 and I think I’m on the second one. I estimated how long of a piece I need then got out heavier-dutier snips and voila a short ‘pin’. I made sure it was long enough to go through the cork and the plastic by comparing it to the thickness of the base.
Next I used the pin vise to carefully drill into the rear foot of the Slaneesh Daemon. I didn’t want to drill through the foot, which wasn’t exactly thick. After a few minutes of patient twisting I had a hole of sufficient size. I then used super glue to fix the metal pin to the model. Then I place the model over the cork base and figured out approximately where I’d need to drill a hole in it. Go slow with your drilling and this time you do want to go all the way through.
Using a judicious amount of super glue on the pin and both feet of the model I fixed the model firmly to the cork flooring material. Then it was time for some more test fitting, I even decided the model deserved a head. It also deserved ‘scenic scatter’ basically little bits and bobs to make the base unique. I tried one of the big resin skulls, but in the end didn’t like it and went with a piece of an old 2nd Edition 40K box set Goff and another 28mm Black Cat Bases skull.
After they were secured to the model using Weldbond, it was time to thin some white glue and put it strategically on the base to secure beach sand. This needs drying time, several hours, but when that has past shake off the excess glue and seal the entire cork and sand base with another layer of thinned down white glue. This is apparently important.
This was my first time using cork to fancy up a miniature base. It wasn’t hard at all. Remember to go slow, use solid basic techniques, measure twice, cut once, and when in doubt pin the model.
These Slaneesh Daemons are not a high priority in my painting queue, in fact I have to make some custom movement trays again and do yet more basing, this time 54 Night Goblins. Oh boy! Eventually they will be primed grey as discussed previously, but first I may use a little green stuff to fill gaps in the multi-part metal model. I’ll leave the ride unmounted until most of the way through the paint job.