Painting


More Virai painted

So I am not entirely sure why I keep painting these Virai models. I don’t really have any plans for an army of them but I just like the look of them. So here is the Secondary Instance and its two bodyguard drones.  For some reason the Secondary Instance isn’t as dynamic a model as the Tertiary Instance. It might be a posing problem but it strikes me that if this is a more important model than the Tertiary Instance that it should be a more impressive figure.  I like how these turned out and like the weathering effects. Sadly I painted these with a brighter yellow than the first model. I am not sure if I need to add another layer of yellow and highlights to the first model or just accept the difference in shade.

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Pity the Fool Who Tries to Paint This Gold

I hate painting gold.I know I gripe about it a lot, but hear me out. Or not. Either way, I'm going to write about it. Again. Here. Now. And in the future.I hate painting gold because gold gets on everything. I'm not the neatest painter to begin with, but for some reason, going in with gold, dry brush or wetlayers, makes me get gold on everything like my models are crying Midas tears.So I painted gold. I was inspired to paint my Chosen Axes because I recently watched an interview with Mr. T. Yes, that Mr. T. So my Chosen Axes will have dark skin and atypically dark hair. Probably not even blue black, but highlights to gray.The only decision left to make is the color of the loincloths. I'm thinking that should be a bright, blood red.

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Unsung Heroes of the Horus Heresy: We Have Winners!

After a slight delay that was mostly my fault for not checking a calendar, I’ve tabulated the scores from the three judges, added up the totals, and we have winners! Before they’re announced, I’d like to commend everyone who submitted an entry – they showed genuine effort and a love for the hobby, and the race was, in several cases, quite close. I’ve got several new favorite characters now, even if none of them were from my beloved VI and VIIth Legions. I’d also like to thank our amazing sponsors, who have been super-supportive: Seriously, they’re all amazing. And now, the winners! Primarch: Best Overall in Both Narrative and Miniatures Centurion Cjarn of the Iron Warriors Fabricator-General: Best Miniature Siege-Breaker Jivan of the Iron Warriors Remembrancer: Best Narrative Hallinax the Kind (or…Soul-Flayer) of the Night Lords And those, ladies and gentlemen, are your winners. For those interested in browsing the entries, you can find each one below:

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Grinding advance.

Hello again and welcome to Inso's World.What have I been doing this week? Painting a tank. Sadly, I haven't been able to get as far as I would like because I have had work and family distractions... plus a strained back... that has meant that my hobby time has been restricted. As it stands, I have a painted tank with a WIP tank commander and the model will be finished by next weekend... here's some paint:Click the Pic!The fully painted and assembled tank:Click the Pic!This image shows the base-coated and washed tank commander. She is ready for the highlight stage which will probably start tomorrow because I have to go to work very soon:Click the Pic!It has been a nice change to work on this tank... but I still don't enjoy the stippling part of the painting process... however, it does create the effect I am looking for so I guess it's just something I have to put up with.What happens when this is finished? I'm in two minds. I'd like to get more APCs converted and painted but I have a few distractions that are

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Donnybrook and the Ottomans - Part 1: Who are these guys?

A scene from the massive panorama at the Army Museum in Istanbul. Photo copyright Barry HiltonThe history of the Ottoman Empire from birth in the 13th century till death in the 20th century is an epic chapter in the story of the human race. Since Warfare Miniatures decided to create a range of Ottomans I have read much more deeply than ever before about their culture, inventions, wars, politics and society. Up until that point my wargaming view of them was limited to touch points in periods where I had an interest - Transylvania in the 15th century, Siege of Vienna, The Crimea.Saviours of Europe - Polish Hussars who possibly dressed in imitation of Ottoman Rumelian sipahis. LoA collection.My un-engaged perception  was of a brutal, faceless, savage, corrupt, incompetent and militarily inept horde. Unfair I know but ignorance informs opinion however inaccurate. I did not conclude all of these things simultaneously but each negative hovered out there in the general orbit of my lack of understanding. In some

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Why Not

It is almost Christmas and my Birthday, so despite the 'we are too old for presents' clause in my marital contract, don't panic, this doesn't kick in until your hair starts growing inward instead of outward i.e. nose and ears, I am going to do well this year. I am off to the Indigo at the O2 Arena to see the Dualers actually on my birthday, I thought I had booked it but her indoors is adamant she did, so I caved, I shall be accompanied by my sons so another plus. I also decided to get myself something or more specifically things. I have it on the best of authorities that a Brexit No Deal will not harm the fabled Anderson Map Fortune which is fairly comfortable at the moment, despite Mark "We're all doomed" Carney at the Bank of England, so hence the spending spree.First up was a bunch of paints to replenish my stock and make sure I have enough to continue with the SYW project, I was also toying with another paint pot stack for the extra bottles I have in a box, but that can wait.I have been kind of fired up w

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Black lining crucible guard

I'm a slop and wash kind of guy. Most things I use a sepia or brown ink and apply said ink and wash to all places.You can see this here. The exposed skin dudes have a brown wash, the bases and gun barrels have sepia washes. However, given the lighter color of the Crucible Guard armor, I've been going with black line and shading.It's a more precise method than I'm used to. I also don't apply it to as many places. In case of the Crucible Guard infantry, I put black lining on the helmet crest , around the faceplate, and between the armor plates along the skirt of their coats. If I'm feeling really ambitious, I attempt to black line the leg plates of their armor and the dip in and separation between plates on their shoulders and arms.There are weird spots, too, like the rounded shoulder/torso for the light warjacks Vanguard and Retaliator, but I just do the best I can and simulate shading by straight painting black along the bottom of the rounded edges.This leads to some over application, but I often rely on high

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Golden Demon Sisters of Silence

Golden Demon!  Games Workshop’s prestigious painting competition I’ve dreamed about winning since I was an eleven year old boy.  Like the Oscars – there’s big statuettes.  Like the Nobel Prize – the winners are selected by internationally respected judges.  Like the Turner Prize – there’s a no contribution to the actual world of art.   It’s the ultimate battleground for miniature painters.  And these Sisters of Silence Prosecutors took home the bronze statuette at the Warhammer 40,000 Vigilus Open Day. Silence is golden (demon). I spent three weeks of hobby time getting these miniatures from sprue to plinth, sweeping all my ongoing projects aside to focus solely on these Sisters.  The pressure of an immovable deadline and the harsh scrutiny of the judges meant I pushed myself hard to make the squad’s copper Vratine armour truly shine. Prosecutors in early November, broken into sub-assemblies and looking intimidatingly unfinished. The Prosecutors are each designed with o

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Focusing on Sedgemoor Part 1

Royal cavalry approach a hostile Somerset hamlet - the villagers are assembling on the GreenThe Battle of Sedgemoor, July 6 1685 stimulates a variety of responses when discussed amongst wargamers. I almost added - and the wider population  but realized how unlikely such an occurrence might be! Who actually knows much about it? (or cares!)Those infamous 'Lambs' Kirke's Tangier veterans used for rural pacificationWhether you subscribe to the point of view of King James II/VII as religious tyrant backed up by a brutal army and vicious judiciary or, that James Scott was what might be called in west of Scotland vernacular - a wee chancer - the campaign was the opening act of a much bigger play interestingly dubbed 'The Glorious Revolution' by the winners.One of Trelwaney's musketeersWas Monmouth's short campaign a 'Peoples' revolt' or, political agitation by disaffected men of power using a gormless figurehead to test out the country's appetite for overthrowing the monarchy? A tune-up game as Americans might

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Painting with Rhett Tudor

At Warmachine Weekend, I spent my Saturday painting my Monsterpocalypse buildings, Martian Menace, and Terrasaurs. I pretty much walked into the hobby room, found someone I only kind of knew from Facebook (hi Randy Culp!) and sat all my stuff down at an empty spot at their table.What I hadn't realized was that I had sat myself at the Springfield, IL table, even though the one guy I knew was from Wisconsin. And so I got to meet a bunch of people who play out at Capital City Games, including Rhett Tudor who sat just to my left.So there I was, slopping brown washes onto Monsterpocalypse buildings without a care in the world, while Rhett is there painting the Dreamer's phantoms like this:It's a good thing I didn't look over at his work while he was at it. I might have quit right then and there.I, too, have painted the Dreamer and her phantasms. I can assure you there was nothing realistic about my pumpkin rind nor particularly blended with my Dreamer dress.I spent all day and into the night in the hobby room to b

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More Jocks.

I have just finished basing up my first cavalry for the Seven Years War project, naturally they were British and just as night follows day they are Scots.The figures are Wargames Foundry, I went for these because Front Rank don't do an officer in a mitre nor a standard bearer, unless my eyes are worse than I think they are. The horses are a decent fit against FR but the figures are a bit chunkier, although I don't think this will be too noticeable in the fog of war. As nice are FR are I do admit to liking the dashing poses of these troopers, which leaves me with the difficult choice of do I get more?These figures represent as best as possible the 2nd (Royal North British) Dragoons (Scots Greys), I say this because no one could possibly make a SYW range with all the little nuances of uniform and equipment which abound in this period, especially for the cavalry. The main colours of the regiment are there as are the grenadier caps, also the flag is authentic, other pieces I fitted in as I could, for instance the

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Wet Blending – Primaris Psyker Painting

With my Cyclops Demolition Vehicles done, time to move on. I’m going to do my Primaris Psyker next. I have two but I’ll do one for now. Because I often take them in my lists – it’s only right they get a paint job. I thought I would try wet blending, or rather what I’ve come to think of as wet blending. This is not a tutorial, but a log of my experience and findings. I hope it will help others and make others want to try a new technique. Never miss an article? Subscribe! Intro – Wet Blending I decided […] The post Wet Blending – Primaris Psyker Painting appeared first on Warhammer 40K Blog.

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On the Painting Desk 71

Time to do some sorting and preparing the painting desk for the AHPC.In the coming week(s), I`ll be trying to get some stuff finished on the desk, before emptying it and replacing figures with all MESBG material.Because I`ll be sticking together and undercoating a LOT of Middle Earth denizens to prepare for the Hobby Challenge that kicks off at the end of the month!

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My triumphant return

Right, hello everyone, thank you for waiting.*Checks watch**Winces**Checks calendar*Well, that's somewhat embarrassing, it appears to have been almost four months since my last post.This makes my previous ISIHPIAP relevant. I can only apologise.Anyway, while I've been slacking on the blog front, my paintbrush has been active at least. If it's alright with you (and, hell, even if it isn't), I'll split things across two posts as I've done stuff on two different projects. When will I get around to writing the second post, you wonder forlornly? Yeah, that's a problem. Errr, sorry.Right, that's enough of this contrived imaginary conversation nonsense. On with the first set of painted stuff, which turns out to be for everyone's favourite, my WW2 French force for Bolt Action. Pete and I have gone back to Bolt Action recently and we're working up to doing some of the tank battles from the Germany Strikes book.That needs me to have more armour and transports, so that's what I've mainly been working on, which

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