Painting Progress


Happy Little Smoke Clouds

When I first started painting up my Crucible Guard army (or, as I like to think of my stuff these days, my Crucible Guard collection) I was worried about painting Rocketmen. First of all, they had clear flight stands that were annoying. I used painters' tape to cover the flight stands of my first unit so I could spray and seal and paint with them fully assembled.Secondly, there was a second unit. Distinguishing between units can be tough.Sometimes I go for the shorthand of using resin bases for duplicate units. Other times I've distinguished units by using head swaps or model poses.Figure painters' Tyson Koch came up with a solution that fixed both my problems. Smoke trails. If you follow the link it should take you to his online shop that has smoke trails for Rocketmen, Rocketman Ace, and Space Marine Interceptors (before you start wondering why a Railless Interceptor would need smoke trails the way I wondered about it).These resin bases double as flight stands for me as well as distinguishing between my fir

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Progress on Mr. T's Axes

They're a bit further along than this, but not by much. I just have washes down, so there's a bit more depth of color. Next steps is to go through and paint eyes, then layer up the skin, then the hair, then everything else.It should be tough. Eyes are the one thing I'm hesitating at though. Maybe next time can be tonight?One thing that I'm finding with these Shadespire minis is that I totally missed every place where there was a gold tattoo carved into the skin. I suspect this might be a sign that I will need bifocals sooner rather than later.

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My Desk the Night Before a Steamroller

I have to keep my hands busy. So many jokes there, and they're likely all true, but the fact of the matter is that I love this hobby because it constantly has something for me to do. In this case it's building model kits.I'd been putting off building model kits lately because I'd been busy and had covered my desk in other projects. Last night I took everything off my desk and made new neater piles around it on the floor, and gave myself space to tackle the kits that had been building up for the past three months. What changed the past three months you ask? Oh, a little thing called work. Seeing as I'm a teacher, that means my desk wasn't littered with kits to assemble, but papers to grade or lessons to plan. It's not unusual for me to replace the current stack of documents on my desk with a newer stack of documents at any given moment, and I got so behind that I literally buried the kits in progress with essays, quizzes, and notes.So what did I do the night before a tournament? Cleared stuff up and made

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Hotel Hobbying

My buddy Captain Chris likes to share with his friends photos of his hobby progress from various hotels around the country. Currently he has a boss custom Aiel army that he's painting, warriors with shoufas, and in the past he's also shared pictures of Chaos cavalry all done up while sitting miles away from home.Now, I love playing Warmachine. I've played this game for years and foresee playing it for years more, but when I'm at a convention I think I have limits as to just how many games I can play with any kind of sustained energy. Add to that an extra large table you might have to reach across and suddenly I'm straining my back. One of the draws of conventions I attend are early releases of models that I want to paint being sold directly by companies like Privateer Press (okay honestly it's mostly models sold by Privateer Press, but there are others). And since models can often be bought cheaper elsewhere after their regular release, both in shops and online, I find that part of the calculus behind pu

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