Just dotted the eyes on two awesome models

They are getting sealed right now. They’ll be dry and ready to go for Astronomi-con Vancouver tomorrow, err in 4 hours. I’m not sure I will be. I did finish all my models, though I left out one centerpiece type model as I knew I wouldn’t have had time. I’ll post more pictures and maybe some secrets next week, but in the mean time check out Da Kan Opena and Lefty the dynamic duo that will lead my army on the field of battle.

Lefty Sorcerer of Slaneesh

Da Kan Opena

Wonder what my critics were doing for the last 72 hours while I was cranking these two out?

2AM Painting Update

The battle continues as I’m still not done my two HQ choices for Astronomi-con Vancouver which starts in about 8 hours. Last year I stayed up 24 hours straight trying to finish my Chosen and the bases for my tactical squad of Nefarious Fire Chaos Space Marines. I really should have been done these models by now. I was lazy in not getting up and starting bright and early, I set an alarm but I just didn’t do it.

I never started painting until well after lunch time, when I spent about three hours painting purple flames…

The Sorcerer is even closer to being done but isn’t finished. His Force Weapon is done, but I kinda wish I’d painted it green or even purple. I wanted it to stand out from everything else in my army and by army I mean the entire Chaos Space Marine miniature collection which is considerable. No one has an orange sword until now…

The leather is also done. I’ve gotten worse at painting leather ever since my original pot of Snakebite Leather dried out. I had it from my original paint set, “Ork VS Eldar”. I still might have a few pots from that set, but I’ve been more ruthless in junking out old difficult to work with paint. The next pot I need to buy is Tin Bitz, all that Brass has really dried the pot out, maybe it’ll come back but I doubt it.

The skulls are the biggest challenge remaining. I tried Dhenab Stone on my last batch of skulls, but I’m not sure it combines well with my rusty red wash technique. I have a lot of skulls to paint on the Terminator Lord with 2 or 3 to paint on the Sorcerer.   just ran back to my painting desk and painted three more skulls Snakebite Leather that I missed on the Sorcerer. He has more than I first thought. I’ve gotten good at painting skulls doing all the Chaos Space Marines, but sometimes it still is a struggle.

Drybrushing does work, but I usually do the skulls last or close to the end and I don’t want to risk it so I generally paint on my highlights and use washes. I have a new pot of Skull White for the first time in like a decade, well maybe not that long, but a long, long, time.  t will make painting skulls easier. I still haven’t decided if I’ll use Bleached Bone or Vallejo Model Color Beige…

Slaneesh Sorcerer WIP
Slaneesh Sorcerer WIP
Khorne Terminator Lord WIP
Khorne Terminator Lord WIP

Now I’m going outside to get some fresh air. I’m going to walk to the Mac’s which is open 24 hours and buy a drink with caffeine in it. Yes I’m back to caffeine after having a beer or two. This is what it takes to compete at Astronomi-con Vancouver. Either that or you just start you army for next year, last year…

Still Painting a Chaos Lord and a Sorcerer

I’ve been working on these models for most of the last three days. I’m finally done the silver and brass metallics and am where I should have been at lunch time. Of course I should have been done my entire Astronomi-con Vancouver army about a month ago, but I got sucked into painting stuff for next year and entirely too many Warhammer Fantasy Battle models.

I’m printing my army list and packing up. I have at least another hour or two of painting in me. I still have quite a lot to do on the chest of the Khorne Terminator Lord but the Slaneesh Sorcerer is mostly done. I’ve decided before I paint bone or leather I will paint the loin cloth of the terminator and the force sword of the sorcerer. These are pretty big and need to pop in the case of the force weapon and I’m going to do an off white for the loin cloth just because the Khorne Terminator Lord is really dark right now when viewed head on.

After the bone and the leather I’ll have more metallics to do probably some more silver and golds. I also have detail work like eyes and trim on the Commissar, plus he has a medal. Then I hope to varnish it after making sure the bases are up to snuff and then maybe, maybe I’ll have time for some gore…

The mostly finished Sorcerer
The mostly finished Sorcerer
Still WIP Khorne Terminator Lord
Still WIP Khorne Terminator Lord
Inspirational Beer
Inspirational Beer

A lot of Purple Flames

I procrastinated away the morning. I just lay in bed for hours. It is too bad you can’t just visualize the model being finished then it will finish itself.

I’ve spent the last three plus hours painting purple flames. So I decided to celebrate and take a picture of the models, especially the base of the Terminator Lord. I used a different camera position so hopefully all the work I’ve done on the resin base is visible. Before anyone asks it was made by Scibor. Gotta find the link now.

The purple flames are my new dark purple recipe with slight variations for where on the model the flames are. The 3D flames are highlighted where as the free hand flames are painted with the lighter colours in the centre. You can have it both ways as far as I’m concerned. I mean they are demonic purple flames, the laws of physics don’t apply.

A lot of Purple Flames
A lot of Purple Flames

I still have to paint:

  1. Silver metallic bits
  2. Green tubing
  3. Brass Trim
  4. Bones and Skulls
  5. Belts and leathers bits
  6. Terminator Lord’s Loin Cloth
  7. The Sorcerer’s Force Weapon

Then it is final details like eyeballs and touch up work. The grey stone on the bases needs a little touch up, but I’m waiting until after I do the Brass Trim. The Sorcerer’s base actually has a lot more detail behind him, bricks, skulls, shell casings etc. It is going to be a long night, but I think I will soon leave the house and get some fresh air and a bite to eat.

My right knee is really bothering me. Too much time spent hunched over the painting table this week…

On to painting Purple Flames

Well now that I’m back blogging, I guess I should make one more progress post before I call it an evening. I had hoped to get the purple flames done on both models, but there are so many. Plus I decided I needed to do the grey rock on the bases before I did the flames, this may have saved me some trouble, but I made my own trouble working on the Khorne Terminator Lord’s base especially.

I’m not sure if it is visible, but this base has a lot of detail. I’m going to highlight every single flame around the base, plus I have the free hand ones on the armor and cloak. The sorcerer has a lot of purple flames too. After I finish those I have to paint the silver metallic bits, mostly weapons such as the combi-bolter the Lord is holding and the big spike that goes through the dead Commissar. After that I plan to do the green cabling followed by finishing off the brass trim. There is a lot of brass trim on the Khorne Terminator Lord from Forgeworld.

I should make it, but I still have lots of detail work to do, skulls, belts, the sorcerer’s Force Weapon and all the unpainted detail on the Khorne Terminator Lord. Tomorrow night may be a late one. Tonight I’m ending at a respectable 10:48 PM. My eyes, back, and my right knee are bothering me, so hopefully a night’s sleep will help all three.

WIP Khorne Terminator Lord
WIP Khorne Terminator Lord
WIP Slaneesh Sorcerer
WIP Slaneesh Sorcerer

Better Basing

Basing with cork
Basing with cork

Welcome back to the part of the Internet where random purple text and owning a domain called BloodOfKittens is not considered cool, where once again we will try to focus on the miniature painting hobby specifically how to give your minis that extra special base. Hobbyists with Internet access and a credit card are spoiled these days with specialty pre-made resin base manufactures.  I’ve tried several and on my recent trip to Strategies Games and Hobbies on Main Street in Vancouver, I picked up some square bases covered in skulls manufactured by Micro Art Studio and Reaper Miniatures. I couldn’t find any cool cavalry bases (or 25mm by 50mm outside of GW land), so I was stuck with making one somehow.

Now I’d read online of the miracle basing product known to the rest of the world as cork tile.  asically they are a form of flooring for homes, I found some excess thin cork at Urban Source, also on Main Street in Vancouver, which was 50 cents a piece. You can use this cork to make bases, or rubble, or even buildings for your miniature wargaming needs.

Clamp and Glue parts together
Clamp and Glue parts together

First you need to cut out a piece of cork about the size of your base.  It can be a bit bigger on the front and the sides, but for ranking up not too big.  I don’t really plan to rank this model. After you cut the basic shape you just randomly bust off, or pinch off, little bits of cork around the edges until you end up with an irregular shape, that fits basically on top of your plastic GW cavalry base.

Trim model tab
Trim model tab

Once you have a suitable shape, you get out your white glue, in my case Weldbond brand and you coat the cork with it on one side. You then position the cork on top of the plastic base and clamp it tight. Now you really need to give the glue time to dry, that is why I started with that part of my basing task.

Next I started cleaning up the bits and pieces that make up an old Chaos Sorcerer, an old Steed of Slaneesh with Daemonette rider, and an old Fiend of Slaneesh. I used a file and in some cases an exacto knife. The Steed did not have a tab, but may have had one originally, I got the model in a trade of sorts in about 1996, maybe be a bit after. I filed down the feet so I’d have a nice flat surface to work with. I test fit the legs and put weight on the back to see which position would be most solid. Then I put super glue in the molded holes and glued both legs at once and let it sit. It stands upright as you can see in some of the photos, this should make mounting it to the base easier.

Marking hole with white paint
Marking hole with white paint

After that I glued the rider together. I twisted the upper torso around quite a bit, not to be dramatic, but because that was how the model fit together tightest. You can do a certain amount of filing and adjusting, but sometimes you just have to go with whatever pose works best. Finally I glued the lower jaw to the head and let the Steed sit on my hobby table in three separate pieces, four if you count the base.

The sorcerer was going to be the easiest, but still might provide a lesson in mounting models to resin bases. That is right I’m using pre-cast skull bases that I bought in a blister. I clipped off almost the entire tab on the sorcerer. When mounting metal models to resin bases it is best to leave a small spike of metal jutting out from the bottom of the model. I didn’t take the best photo at this stage but I was busying working away and all these pictures were just quick snaps with my iPhone. After filing the the tab as level as possible I then test fit it on all five skull bases in the blister.  I found the one that seemed to work best with this model and I painted a dab of white paint on the metal spike. Then I again test fit it, now there is a little glob of white paint on the base where the spike should go. You then drill this out with your pin vise.

Adding plastic to the metal base
Adding plastic to the metal base

Then you test fit the model again and assuming all is well glue the bottom of the model and the spike to the base.

Setting aside the sorcerer I turned to perhaps the most problematic of the three models, the circa 1995 Marauder Fiend of Slaneesh. I gave this model a good filing and test fit the various pieces. The main torso is in two pieces and the base I bought for it is solid metal. The first thing I did actually was trace out a 40mm by 40mm square of sheet styrene. I scored it and broke it off like it says to do on the packaging. Then I glued that to the bottom of the Reaper skull base which I’d also cleaned with a file and exacto knife.

If you use super glue like I did you only get one chance to do this. If it is a little off you can just file and cut off the white styrene that sticks out. Even before I opened the blister I’d decided to do this, I thought the model would slide better on the table and it added a little bit more height to the small Fiend of Slaneesh. Turns out the base is partially hollow, I don’t think the sheet styrene was absolutely necessary, but I had it at hand and it does slide nice on my hobby table.

Hollow underside of metal base
Hollow underside of metal base

After basing the base I decided to trim off the tabs from the two halves of the Fiend torso. I had already decided it was best to get the torso together before trying to base it. I left a single spike on one leg and filed the rest flat. It actually fit quite well on the base with three legs supporting it upright. I’ve gotten ahead of myself, old multi-part metal models are often notoriously difficult to get a good fit. This model wasn’t bad, I didn’t get out greenstuff, but I did file it a lot before and after I super glued it together.

With the model together and an optimal position on the base determined, it was time again for a dab of white glue and the pin vise. I didn’t drill into the styrene, the base is plenty think enough to accommodate the spike.  Again I put super glue on all four paws and the spike and set it down on the base. I held it together for 30 seconds or whatever then got out the arms. I test fitted them and though the pose might not be the best, again I went with the tightest fit. One arm fit better than the other so I did yet more filing.  At some point the model came partially unglued from the base, so more super glue to the rescue.

Fitting the Fiend together
Fitting the Fiend together

With the arms on the model, it was time for the head. This had lots of surface to glue to, but not the best fit. I may get out the green stuff for this, but I might just go with it. It’ll likely never be an award winning model but I still think I can make it look cool. I dubbed it “Retro Demon” and it will get a suitably disco paint job.

I flipped over the cork base and could still see white glue. White glue, the brands I prefer anyway dries clear, that is how you know it has set. So it was time for lunch and a blog post, not exactly in that order, but I’m getting hungrier as I type. Later tonight I may finish off the cork base and the Steed of Slaneesh which is the most instructive half of this little project, then it is primer and back to brush work for me. Though before that I may build a couple of movement trays and there is also 54 Night Goblins that need to have their bases finished. They’ll get less elaborate bases to be sure. I have a lot of work to do in order to play in the Warhammer 8th Edition Mighty Empires campaign.

Mid 90s Fiend of Slaneesh
Mid 90s Fiend of Slaneesh

Apparently one of the tutorials I’ve written has been added to the From the Warp tutorial section which I link to from my Painting Advice page but not in this blog’s sidebar. I’ll have to fix that. While looking for my name in lights so to speak and eating my sandwich, I discovered this tutorial on using cork in basing so you can see where I’m going. I tried test fitting the Steed just now, it’ll work but I’m not sure whether pinning is necessary, I was going to and I think it is for the best…

Remember to let the glue dry
Remember to let the glue dry