Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Down Time

Just checking in to let ya'll know I'm still breathin'!  Its my annual break, about the closest thing I get to a vacation most years.  I'll be back at the hobby stuff soon enough... in the meantime, I'm enjoying this...

Also picked up a GREAT book on Meso-American cultures. I've been studying them on an off since college, though usually from an art point of view. The more I read, the more I begin to build an uncharacteristically serious background story for the Apostles of Quetza,  I knew about the blood sacrifice, but the flaying and wearing of skins along with rampant cannibalism was something I somehow missed.  There may be a schism in the Chapters future(or past).  But more on them, the Tropico army and the rest after my Thanksgiving break.

Cheers Ya'll!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Revered Brother Orkin

The Ironclad is finally finished. Revered Brother Orkin, known for his legendary bug killing abilities, now joins the other modles of Stike Force Ickarius, who sit idlly by in their foam trays waiting for the next eclipse/planetary alignment when I might actually play Warhammer 40K.

One from slightly above to show off the pretty cool base. I LOVE crackle medium.

As for El Presidente, he has his glasses all set (aviators) and a new thumb. His base is also done so I can finally glue him to his legs. Now, its just finishing up the uniform details.

 More painting coming, thought the holiday season will definitely impact the number of posts (job #2 is retail...ugh)  I'm going to try to get the Apostles of Quetza sergeant and characters going as well as build the other 9 tactical marines for him. Its an allied force so 1 HQ, 1-2 troop (1 tactical... maybe 1 scout), 1 Elite (terminators) 1 FA and 1 HS- still deciding on the last 2.  Any suggestions?

That's all for now. Cheer's Yall!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Dreadtober: Ironclad

The progress on Revered Brother Orkin.  He's close to done, but it may take a painting binge Halloween night to get a "+1" in on the Dreadtober challenge. Either way he'll be done in the next couple days, rounding out the Raptors Dreads. I still have an old metal dread as well, that will get finished, though there is a chance he might become another chapter, part of the Crixus Reclamation Force. But, here's the progress...

I'd like to give a thank you and general "Atta boy!" to Greggles (and everyone else involved) for putting together this fun blogger based challenge. Its been neat to see all the dreadnaughts and helped fill out my blog roll a bit with some new favorites, to which I'm still adding.  A special Thanks to Mr. Justin at Secret Weapons Miniatures for his support as well. 

Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dreadtober: Venerable Brother Sparky

Venerable Brother Sparky has an unhealthy obsession with Tyranids. Mostly because they are the ones that put him in his metal prison. In fact, he thinks he's fighting Tyranids all the time, no matter what enemy he meets on the field.  His Plasma Cannon is ancient and unreliable on a good day, but he has no problem getting up close and personal if the old girl isn't up to the task.

So... the Venerable Dreadnaught is DONE....  we'll see how far I get with the Ironclads. 

That's all for now. Cheers Ya'll!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dreadtober: In Progress Part 2.

More paint on the Venerable Dreadnaught.  After looking at the P-51 picture a few more times I thought "Why not just go with the standard old school faded drab technique, but by hand?"   So, I did. I mixed PP Battledress Green with some GW Pallid Witchflesh (which is basically a warm light grey), grabbed my old beat up drybrushes and went for it.  I mixed the paint on my pallete so I could go darker or lighter as needed.  Then after adding the "faded" color, I gave it a thin coat of GW Althonian Camoshade to town the brownishness back toward green.

Its subtle, but the arm on the left has been washed, the arm on the right has not. You can see it better on this body picture.

On the left, the center panel has been "faded" the others have the base color.  On the right, is after the wash. When applying the colors I use a stippling technique. I have several older brushes of varied size, that the points went to hell on, so I cut the bristles roughly in half  (picture the brushes original shape as a teardrop, cut that in half- basically)  These brushes I use for dry brushing and stippling. I beat the hell out of them. They flare out, I trim a few errant hairs from time to time, but I've litterally had some of them for years.  You can also use a sponge type brush, but it has to be fairly tiny for detailing and the sponges often put a bit too much paint down. I've been known to rub fresh paint off with my thumb a lot. My approach is that its better to build up several subtle layers than try to just slap the color on. I know... I Know Greggles....... one of these days I'll wrangle my wife into trying to shoot a video. Or at very least... a how too tutorial of sorts.

Here's the product so far.  The greens are done, now its time to work on all the metals, the bronze plaques and the squished bug parts on the base. Crackle Medium is just the coolest stuff.  Best hobby discovery in my book since GW released the Shades line. Basic colors have been laid in.  Eventually the base will have some static grass and maybe a few other things as well. And yes.... that is a yellow helmet.

The base colors have been done on the other two dreads and the extra arms. Once I get more details done, I'll forge a head on them... though I am getting parts of them done while waiting for washes to dry on the Venerable Brother. :)

That's all for now. Probably have more in a couple days.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dreadtober: In progress.

So the primary focus of the Dreadtober challenge is the Venerable Dreadnaught. In an attempt to make a solid color more interesting, I'm trying to get a faded/weathered look to my olive green. Kind of like on this P51 model (not mine...scammed it off the interwebs)

The base color is GW Chardonite Granite, then there are two shades of PP Battledress Green, one of which was mixed a bit darker and greener (can't remember with what though) and the other is straight.  Basically, the technique from there is a mix of stippling and drybrushing, with the paint more faded in the center of the areas.  

Here's the first two colors applied, next to the base color.... 

And the bottom one is highlighted again with a mix off PP Battledress Green and GW Ogryn Camo.  After that I got out my trusty GW Althonian Camoshade and did some washing.  The end result isn't quite as severe as the P-51, but the tone matches my previously painted army pretty well and still has that worn, battle tested look.  The Claw arm still needs its metal work, power claws and piddly details done yet.

The pictures (and I took several) didn't really do the bronze battle plate on the side of the arm justice. I'm hoping to get a better picture of that next time, because it came out really well. As for the rest of the Venerable Brother.

 He's got his base coats and detailing will start this weekend. I'm hoping to have him done so I have at least a week to work on the others.  Optimistically, I should get 2 of the 3 done...MAaaaaaaaybe, I'll pull off all 3 before the end of the month. If not, it'll be the project until Thanksgiving break, which is pretty much my only holiday since I'll be working at Christmas time.  Unless I win the Lotto.

Cheers Yall!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Dreadtober: Because I'm terrible at painting challenges

Historically, I do NOT complete painting challenges. Ever. Never, in fact. The along comes that pesky Greggles and he issues a "Paint a Dreadnaught" challenge. Ever the champion of possibly recuiting more faithful viewers, I decide.. why not?

So, the debate began. I have a starter set Hellbrute who needs amputaion and conversion. I have another Hellbrute in the box that is unbuilt.  I began to think of what cool things I could do to turn them into Space Wolf/Khorny Wolf dreadnaughts. Realistically, were it a "build a Dreadnaught in a month challenge", I might do it.  Then I remembered my Raptors army, sitting comfortably in its foam army containers (since I never play anymore).  There was not 1, but 3 Dreadnaughts sitting in there unfinished. They only had undercoats on them.  So, that will be my entry.

Da Kunnin' Plan: To finish one, then possibly the other two, by months end.
And here they are, complete with extra arms. 2 Ironclads (one is an old metal dread body) and 1 Venerable. Stories to follow......

The possible complications?  I am absolutely buried in artwork that I need to do and October thru December are very busy at my part-time out of the house job.  But, if I could finish these 3, that would be HUGE. I'll settle for 1, but I'm shooting for all 3. 

I put these guys together in 2011, so I looked over everybody good and didn't see anything I wanted to add to or change (or could change... if I were building them from scratch, I'd make the poses more dynamic, but when these were built they were sort of hurried to compete in a league) The bases, could be added to, so I added my new favorite basing material, crackle paste to 2 of them. The 3rd, Revered Brother Rocky already has a cool base that raised him up a bit, since the old metal dreads are shorter than the new plastic ones.

I'll start fleshing out the dark olive greens next and I have to decide if the Venerable Dread will get camoflage like the finished dreads I have for this army. Yeah... I said camoflage. Though it is subtle.

This is an old picture, I'll get some better ones with the (hopefully) finished dreds above.

That's all for now. Hope to have another update around the weekend.

Cheers Ya'll!

OH...HOLY CRAP and thank you all! 67,000 page views for my humble little hobby blog.  I have a whole shelf of models to build yet, even if I never get to play so here's to another 67,000. Thanks again!