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.
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.
These are the first five models I’ve finished in a long time. I’ll take better photos tomorrow assuming we get some sunshine here in Vancouver. I’ve been chipping away at these models the last three or four days. I’ve finished rewatching every Battlestar Galactica episode and now with these two little time sinks out of the way I can get back to looking for a full time job and volunteering. I’ve gotten good at volunteering again.
I had them mainly finished but extra work needed to be put into the fancy resin bases. I also needed to do a few minor touch ups and paint the eyes. I left the skull head assault marines with just black holes for eyes, it looks creepy enough. Sometimes when you go to do the eyes you screw up the face some, especially if you’ve been sweating and drinking. Sometimes I leave the eyes until the next morning, but this time I just pushed on.
I snapped on last pick to prove they are done and then worked on this here blog update. There are four more models unpainted and unassembled that constituted part of my proposed Astronomi-con Vancouver army, but I’m not going to work on them. I have some other models that are unpainted but assembled. Some of them are even primed. These models are going to get some attention. I don’t like leaving things undone. If I’m going to paint something I’ll take it out of its packaging and work on it, otherwise it can sit in a box until I get around to it.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Someone decided today was the day old bloggers, post old stuff, about old minis or something. I’m not sure. I finished painting my naked chicks, but I can’t show anyone a photo for fear of offending Zee Germans. They are however old models that I got in a trade in I think 1996. Remember 1996? That was Warhammer 40,000 2nd Edition. Also known as the big one, as that was the edition that had the first box with models and rules. I still have unpainted models from that box…
I’m known online and in Vancouver for painting old out of print models. I’m also known for still working on my old armies, rather than start a shiny new army, so old stuff day is a bit redundant for me. This blog is only a little over a year old, but I’ve been blogging for over five years and posting pictures of my minis to the Internet for even longer… So lets see what old stuff should I recommend to Malcolm, oh wait Malcolm can’t be bothered to read this blog, as he thought my naked chicks were in fact Daemonettes…
Every few years I try to paint some Goblins in the hopes of getting a painted Goblin army on the table. The new book is out and one has my name on it at the LGS, so here is the command group from one of my big blocks of Night Goblins that I painted back in 2006.
I’ve painted a few models that have become famous and people have talked about them in foreign languages on boards you’ve never heard of. I know this because I look at web analytics and do Google Image searches and such. Blastmarker Billy is one of those famous models.
I should still take more pictures of my old models, people ask me to on forums, but I don’t have the really fancy camera and I just would rather work on adding to my painted miniature collection rather than documenting every model I’ve ever painted. None the less a lot of photos have been posted to my vanity domain over the years, but the best of them are on Flickr now too. I guess I’ll throw in a few inline images from there and call this post done. ;-)
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.