Painting


Terrain is everything - Sanctum Imperialis - Slow but grimy

This is becoming somewhat of a saga now. I've got all the stains to do and the shading but staining all these rivets is incredibly tedious and despite it solving my issues with the verdigris my motivation is through the floor - I think I need to do a separate 'where's my head @' post to get that all off my chest/mindBut I persevered and used my Vallejo Sepia wash and as you can see on the left, where I thinned it the wash split exactly like Seraphim Sepia. However, I was washing it again with black so I was not disheartened, in fact the result is great.I did a fair few panels before I stopped thinning it with water, it's a bit harder to work it into the crevices without but I eventually learned my lesson.There are a lot of rivets and areas that needed shading.But the sepia followed by Army Painter Dark Tone managed to bring it all back down to an acceptable level.The big ruin was a daunting prospect though and it took a fair bit of motivation to tackle all those rivets.Question: do I paint the scrolls either

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Kitten Chaos...

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.This week has been a tiring but rewarding one.First of all, the fence in the garden is in the process of being replaced. I am finally going to have a fence that is a nice, natural colour and is sound; not rotten. It is going well and will be finished relatively soon... it is a big tick off my list of jobs that need doing.Work has been the usual level of awesome but tiring... and I am at a point where I have more or less finished my care certificate and should get it signed off this coming week... so I'll be off probation. In fact, I am going to be training to become an assessor so my managers seem to be pretty happy with me.The other big news is this... meet Alfie:Click the Pix!As you can see, Alfie has settled in nicely and is a rather sociable little chap. He's off to the vets on Tuesday, to get his first jabs, a check-up and sign up for kitten-club... ... on the not so happy side, our oldest cat, Fred has also been to the vets and sadly, he's not well and is on

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On the Painting Desk 94

What a week, as I made a LOT of progress this time round.Starting up a third venue to paint, aka taking along some things to clubnights for when I'm not gaming, does help move a lot forward...I finished a heap of pillars as a result this week, with the work at the club revolving all around all the base colours and drybrush layers, to which end I only needed to base and add one light final layer to them to round them out.In between I also managed to finish some small trees mostly for 6mm gaming, but that wasn't to big a deal to paint, yet it had to be done of course.What is more important as you can see on the pictures, is that both the drones (finally) as well as a batch of 13 Morannon Orcs are now finished and varnished, and have been based and completed.For the upcoming week, I'm going to aim at painting, or at least progressing, on Gothmog to boost my Mordor hero numbers and Pippin for the Minas Tirith side. I'll try and also do some odds and ends work on various models to add to Battle Companies, as you c

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The War Wagon

The finished War wagon in profileThe original wagon from which the war wagon is constructed. All that was used was the flat bed and wheels.I had this idea in my head to build a centre piece for the Ottoman wagonburg. I wanted a something practical but distinctive and I gained a lot of valuable experience arsing around with the twelve defensive pieces built for the wagonburg circumference.The finished wagon. Not from a written plan but from a process of evolving ideas.The centre piece was going to be a one off and I decided to pimp it up a bit with bits and bobs. The first thing was to raise the deck above the level of the back wheels. I did this by placing balsa rods along the flatbed with a height of circa 20mm which allowed me to build the deck out again but over the top level of the large back wheels.Some of the additional pimping visible in this shot. The hay is dry brushed static grass added to the hay net metal partStraight sides were the most practical option as it allowed models to stand directly agai

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New Ottoman special packs

Here are some pictures of future releases for our Ottoman Turkish range.The first piece is a lovely vignette of a Janissary Cauldron party. For those unfamiliar with this tradition the 'cooking pot' was more precious to Janissary units than any flag. Many of their senior officers had titles relating to posts from the kitchen such as the Soup Maker, the Scullion, the Chef and the Baker. The hearth was seen as at the centre of the Janissary Corps hence this being a centre piece for Janissary units.The second is a previously previewed set of officers for various units in dress less formal than that worn by Janissaries. These would fit well in many units over a wide period from the 1600s to the mid 1700s.

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Painting Progress - Infinity Demo

I'm painting up some Infinity minis so my FLGS can run demo games.  I'm even making resources too, because I love this game so darn much.  It's a hard slog, so I'm posting progress here to try and motivate myself as I'm a super slow painter.I've got 12 minis to do as I'm doing 2 Demo Packs to get 6 minis a side and writing up some basic rules - wish me luck!

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A cool week.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.It's been a really good week, this week.We have had family visiting for the week so I have managed to get some family time in between work shifts. They were down to visit because this week has seen the annual Flora Dance and it is a real community experience. Luckily, my missus had the week off so that she could have plenty of time for family so she had a great week.On Flora Day, I had my first pint of ale in a whole year. It was worth waiting for... so now I am able to enjoy a pint after my year off the beer. I also spent some quality time with one of my new mates from work so that was cool.The reason behind the year off the beer was to celebrate my Dad's life with something that meant something and also something that I could look back on and say "I managed to do that". Well... I managed to do that!On top of that, I have arranged to have our garden fence replaced. The tradesman who is doing it, should be starting at some time this afternoon... possibly Drektly... I gu

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Army on Parade - 005

Tank Crew There are times when the might of the Imperial Vehicle is just not enough. Sometimes that Chimera or Leman Russ may "brew up" and the crew inside need to escape and make their own way back to safety. Each member of the tank crew is armed at all times and they are prepared to fight for their lives. If they can return to the holding area they may be able to crew up any spare vehicles that are being repaired or worked upon and get back into the fight.

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More Dwarves completed

So these took a little longer to finish than I wanted and I still have some small touchups to do but I can now add some heroes and a war machine to my Dwarf force. The Runelord is a Reaper figure. She clearly has the mallet and chisel to be creating runes for her magic. The other two are possible Lieutenant minis or command figures for a unit. And finally there is the completed Earth Elemental. I was going to do a bit more flocking on his base but it is almost invisible under the sheer size of the model so I skipped it. All of the models have been rebased. I made three attempts to apply the GW texture paint to the new models and in each case the paint cracked and peeled so much that you could see the base underneath the paint. I tried a brush, a sculpting tool and varied depths of paint. Nothing worked. I have had a lot of very inconsistent results with the the texture paints that have the cracking agent in them. Astrogranite Debris is a breeze to use as are the Stirland shades and the Martian Ironcr

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On the Painting Desk 93

It has been a good week, as I managed to finish some stuff from the desk.And hopefully, some more of the models standing on it will see themselves finished the coming weeks, as the serious reduction of painting time now comes very, very close...The Swordsmen of Minas Tirith where finally based and as such completed, scratching off 7 models of the to do list as such.The same goes for the civilian model for Burrows and Badgers, and I'm doing good progress on the drones at last... they might even get finished this month hehehe...I`ve started some work on some scenery as well this week, most of it being painted at the club yesterday for large parts.  The pillars are the ones (well, part of the heap) I recently had printed, and now I`m preparing them for Battle Through the Ages in september.  Some might actually get finished this week as well if I get like an hour off or so to do my thing.The rest of the paint time will be dedicated to working further on the Morannon Orcs I guess...

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Terrain is everything - TT Combat Gothic Ruins MDF kit - Red walls.

In amongst everything else I further procrastinated by getting the  TT Combat Gothic Ruins primed. I had sprayed it black with some cheap £1 store matt black. Then I mixed some black masonry paint with PVA, some of my finest sand and some powdered plaster/wall filler.This gave me some texture to the flat walls. Red Oxide zenithal base coat was next and then stippling/drybrushing with Vermillion art acrylic.Shading and verdigris areas to pick out next, hopefully less drama than the Sanctum as I'm far less precious about this.

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Showcase: Blood Angels Land Raider Crusader/Redeemer

Just another quick share.  I was going to have our Podcast on the Big FAQ out today... but as you can see I have this instead. As I finished editing the episode of Allies of Inconvenience, Audacity crashed. I opened it back up and the entire project had become silence, so I have to completely re-edit the entire episode (from an uncorrupted mp3 fortunately). I will try my hardest to have it up Saturday. Rather "Inconvenient".So in the mean time, I wanted to rapidly get this up and to you for some quality content.The weapons on this are all magnetized to be swapped out (as you can see in the pictures). The detailed doors are from Forgeworld and the other designs are all free hand.The tank is named "Hammer of Angels" which is a cannon Land Raider for the Blood Angels from the Shield of Baal supplements.Enjoy! Feedback is welcome!

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