Posts Tagged ‘Painting’

Yankee Zulus

Posted on April 19th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Something of a phonetic reference as I’ve finished up my Scum Y-Wings and Z95s. Keeping with the crimson, bone and check scheme was easy enough and hopefully they don’t look too busy for it.My Scum roster currnetly stands at two Firesprays…

Jessica Thunderhawk WIP – Part 1, Quick Update

Posted on April 16th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Jessica Thunderhawk WIP – Part 1, Quick Update I got started painting this lovely miniature and has this far focused on her face and cleavage. The paint looks a bit grainy on the photos…

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A little iron painter update 

Posted on April 15th, 2015 under . Posted by

With the clock a ticking i am really honing in on this piece. i shall share an indepth article review of the build and the process when i am done. this piece uses very directional lighting and henceforth looks amazing from the following angle! It still looks great in ever other way but when looked at or ( as i hope to ) photographed in hd, from this angle, we should get some popping results. just have to add the donkey tomorrow and bammie!  […]

Mantic Monday: Community Round Up

Posted on April 13th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Over the past week it seems like we have had a lot of community action going on – so let’s take a look at what has been going on in the world of Mantic! The Kings of War 2 beta army lists have been updated! For those of you that don’t know, the Kings of […]

More weekend progress

Posted on April 13th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

This weekend saw the delivery of the cheapest hobby supply I think I’ve ever bought. So I needed a broom head for my ponds so that I could steal a handful of bristles to use as reeds.. right? Right.. well.. £2, free postage, I bought a new 12″ broom head off of ebay. It probably […]

Poison Warpaints Beta Testing Review

Posted on April 12th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Poison Warpaints Beta Testing Review I was lucky to be able to beta test a new range of paint that has some really good features. There are a couple of photos included from some…

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WIP: Astra Militarum Taurox Conversion #5

Posted on April 12th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Here are some WIP shots of my wheeled Taurox conversion immediately prior to the application of the enamel filter. Wish me luck that I don’t ruin this model for a third time…I like the contrast of the sand-coloured stowage against the green armour of…

What I’m Working On

Posted on April 11th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

A palm tree.Area terrain.Chessmen.A hill.Stones.

Rushed Diorama

Posted on April 10th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Rushed Diorama It seems like I made a kinda stupid mistake. The last week I’ve been rushing getting my diorama for the banana contest finished just to see that I had the date all…

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Citadel Painting Reference Scrapbook

Posted on April 9th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hi all!Today I thought I would show you a little side project I have been pottering away with for a while.As I haven’t painted very much in the past, I want to learn different skills and styles to try and do justice to the Batman sculpts.My main set of…

                    Interesting mishima Blade 

Posted on April 9th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

recently i have been obsessed with lighting effects. i don’t know why but it just makes a miniature feel that tiiiny bit more “alive” i think it is the “3’d” element of it, the way the light appears to “fill the space”. Either way here is a recent mishima troop with awesome sword. the refelctions are light blue wahses and soft watered down highlights and the sword is a gradual glaze.  (function(jQuery) {function init() { wSlideshow.render({elementID:”181767061218177420″,nav:”thumbn […]

ww2 complete and for sale. 

Posted on April 9th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Last night i finished these guys and listed them on ebay here for £200 postage included but i am accepting offers too :) these guys where a blast and a lot easier to paint than i anticipated. Keep your eyes peeled for the full review later in the week.  (function(jQuery) {function init() { wSlideshow.render({elementID:”979791448582836446″,nav:”none”,navLocation:”bottom”,captionLocation:”bottom”,transition:”fade”,autoplay:”1″,speed:”5″,aspectRatio:”auto”,showControls […]

Death’s Heads Gallery

Posted on April 8th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve taken some pictures of what I have finished so far for my Empire army and created a gallery here on the site. Only thing missing is 10 more knights who I didn’t take pictures as they wouldn’t all fit…

Play it Painted 1: Cygnar in a week

Posted on April 8th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

So as many of my readers know, I supervise a games club for local kids with board games (like Zombies Keep Out!), card games (like BANG! – ONE OF THE BEST GAMES I HAVE EVER PLAYED!) and miniature based games (like Super Dungeon Explore and DUST:Tactics)  and regular leagues for my favorite miniature game(s) Warmachine/Hordes aka “WARMAHORDES!”

Speed painted Menoth

I find that it is the miniatures games that bring in the most kids and the most attention. Seeing cool tables full of beautiful scenery and cool armies really appeals. I collect starter forces wherever I can get a good deal and have used my promotional support from Privateer Press’ Press Ganger program to ensure that all kids interested can get a start in this game/community regardless of financial standing or ability to collect their own forces. That being said, many of the students have indeed, purchased their own models to supplement the ones that I have so that they can tool up the club forces and/or build their own preferred forces over time! It has been pretty awesome to see the growth and interest in this hobby through the eyes of these kids.  One now has a Cephalyx army in progress, another Cryx, 2 student owned khador forces, 1 menoth, 1 legion and one circle are all now in the works!
As they paint up their models I will be featuring many of them here on the site for all to see.

Ditto for Khador – Impressive big Jacks but I think we can do even better…

The trick/problem on my end is that in gathering up enough starter armies for everyone to play it becomes extremely difficult to ensure that everyone has some nicely painted stuff to feel proud to play and to develop a connection to in those first days of trying things out. I have the Khador and Menoth starter box models all painted up (Pictures/articles about doing them HERE, HERE, and HERE ) but now I am looking to find ways to get plently of my other faction forces together and looking good to fuel young imaginations. So I have decided to start “speed painting” a variety of forces that I have – using all the coolest tricks and shortcuts that I have learned over a lifetime of figure painting. The goal is to crate models that, while they wont win me any awards, will look as good or better than the majority of armies seen on gaming tables (remember we are looking to inspire!) and can be done FAST!

My weapons of choice for this project….

Up first are the boys (and girls) in Blue – Cygnar, bastions of humanity, technology, tolerance and civilization in the Iron Kingdoms. While this may be overstating it a little, Cygnar are generally cast in the hero/good guy role – as such I will be painting them in a clean and bright manner with minimal battle damage and a strong colour palette. Inspired by painters like Schnauzerface, I will be tackling these guys mostly with my airbrush followed by a few keen shortcuts to a good looking finish.

From a friend I got a good deal on a trade for some Cygnar, specifically a Morrowan force based around Constance Blaize and precursor knights:
1 Full Precursor unit, with UA
Charger light warjack
Lancer light warjack
Captain Jonas Murdoch (character UA)

Murdoch is the real star of this list as he allows Merc units to become full on Cygnar units.  This way, despite the narrow focus of the rest of the army, my students could try out a variety of different unit/playstyles in conjunction with this. They have almost exclusively decided that Ogrun Assault Corps is the unit of choice – giving necessary fire support while also being beefy enough to take a beating. That Murdoch gives them the assault special rule just makes them a beautiful place to park some list points and terrify opponents….. I hope to add an additional caster and unit (long rifles or stormblades perhaps) to this sometime during the coming year and I already have a firefly and hopefully a couple heavy jacks coming from a friend in the near future. I also have some Gun Mages in my merc. collection that help round out the options for the kids.

After cleaning the models up, I hit them with a chaos black primer from below followed by light Grey Primer from AMMO of Mig Jimenez  (This stuff goes on thin and beautiful) and finally a spray of VMC Foundation white across all upper surfaces to create basic highlights and shadows on the models.

After this I cracked open my Badger Freak Flex Tints (basically the same thing as the Ghost Tints that Schnauzerface and Mathieu Fontaine have been singing the praises of for some time now but in an older packaging line)  I used teal and blue to blend in some simple layers of a transparent colour over top of the preshaded primer coats.

The result is a great series of colour transitions that are rich enough to pop and which blend into my desired apex white colours in various areas. Look at these (admittedly crappy) phone pics to see what results are possible with this method and try to tell me that it isn’t pretty darn cool.

First colour passes – still a few more layers to go.

Here you can really see it starting to come together on the Charger

Weapons and skin were base coated with a brush, white was tidied up and a bright lime green colour was gently airbrushes on gems/arc nodes/glowy areas etc. for a little pop of colour

 Here is one with the shield attatched, skin tone was given a wash, weapon and armour each with one dry brush and washed with the same AMMO of Mig tracks wash that I washed the skin with.

Here is a small selection of the final washed and highlighted  pieces – completed over my lunch hour in less than 2 weeks (16 figures in about 7 lunches/probably 5 hours total including basing):

A great little force for the students to throw down with! I have also ordered the trencher master gunner solo to use with season two of the Riven Bonds campaign and I hope to expand it soon with another caster and a unit (preferably a shooting one – probably long gunners and/or black 13th for character!) If anyone out there has good suggestions please let me know :)

Project: Astra Militarum Update #3

Posted on April 7th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

It’s been a long time between posts, so here are some ‘proof of life’ pics to assure you all that I am still alive and painting!
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Malifaux Painting Update: Flesh construct and Toshiro

Posted on April 7th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Here are my completed Toshiro and Flesh construct for my Malifaux crew. The flesh construct was rather a delight to work with, Toshiro however I didn’t enjoy all that much. Why? The robes I guess, i’m not too happy with them.When painting these models …

2015 Crystal Brush Winners

Posted on April 6th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

We’re a little late to press on this one, but I’d like to share the Crystal Brush winners from Adepticon in Chicago. The fifth annual awards competition ran from March 19-22. Crimson Fist Captain by Kirill Kanaev Holy hell! The first thing I want to mention about this model is that it is not at […]

Quick tip: Basing swatches

Posted on April 6th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

If you’re like me, you’re an indecisive git when it comes to painting your bases and because you don’t want to try anything new (and risky on a freshly painted model!) you’ll just end up doing the same colours as usual.. sound about right? Yes? Well fear not, I have a solution! I’ve recently started […]

Old School Skaven Part 1

Posted on April 5th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Pictures of some of my Skaven from the 80s and 90s

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One More for the Cabinet- Doom Bunny by Bombshell Miniatures

Posted on April 5th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Just in time for Easter, I bring you the most phenomenal, sensational, delightful sidekick ever created! He is the greatest fear of all who would threaten the joy of childhood! He haunts the dreams of dentists who would keep kids from their beloved Eas…

                 warhammer High Elf with NMM

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Today i sat down with a lovely (and big) blood pass model from the high elf army. I decided i wanted to practice my edging and non metallic metal. It was a good practice in both and i am happy enough to stick him in the portfolio under “fantasy” miniatures. The scale mail was washed with a burgundy red and highlighted with silver and white, the black was jet black with white edging. The gemstones are painted using the dark to light method with a dot of white for l […]

                             Finished Tatsumoto 

Posted on April 2nd, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

It actually kind of hurts to finish this guy! i have never been so confused and intrigued by a model. The pose is beautiful and dominating but the weapon is extremely flimsy, the face has very very shallow detail and the flags are extremely fragile too! I hate to have to review him, but as is my policy, he leaves my desk he gets a review.  The Review KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE MISHIMA LEADER TASTUMOTOPrice: N/A Sculpt:5/5 (beatiful pose and great armor detailing) […]

                TATSUMOTO HERO PAINT JOB w.i.p 

Posted on April 1st, 2015 under , . Posted by

This is the result of four hours solid work with the brush :) This guy is looking really nice (and was a real plonker to photograph) He has a really lovely contrasting scheme going on, keeping in the theme i set out with the walker previously. i need to work on the face, the weapon and flags a bit but this is pretty much what you are looking at for HERO standard! Check out more pics below.  […]

Finished Bananalicious Entry

Posted on April 1st, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Finished Bananalicious Entry So yesterday I got fed up painting Enchantment, it felt like I didn’t really add anything to her when I was painting so I called her finished and send in my…

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American G.I.S Progress + fancy Flower Basing 

Posted on April 1st, 2015 under , , . Posted by

This last few days i have been powering through the G.I.S, i have painted 34 of 64 so i am getting there pretty quickly and these guys just take paint so easily!  The photo above is the Brown and green contingent of the unit. For this box i have gone with the troop look with the addition of a skin tone highlight and also i shall be basing them which is something i do if the customer asks but is not included in the price usually. I wanted their bases to be a bit special as i beli […]