Saturday, March 25, 2017

Plaguey is DONE

Finally, I've finished Plaguey. 


It was a fun project. More to come. And I should actually be painting some miniatures.

Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Plaguey

Sure, I could be painting, but I got distracted by some artwork among other things.  Been round and round over a bad tooth for the last couple weeks, which finally came out today. Also prepping to have one less job, though it pained me to leave it. But the energy will will be pointed where it should have been since January, a website, comics and generally taking another shot at being an actual artist.  For those of us that have reached middle age that whole "Ive got 20 good years left in me, what am I going to do with it?" thing can be a real nag.

The humble blog will blog along, hopefully as part of a bigger and better thing. For those with experience building their own website, do ya'll have any experience with Wix, Squarespace or the like?  Lots of my friends are recommending Squarespace.  Any thoughts, gang?

Anyways, back to plaguebearers. I have put some time in on Two Toed Ted's merry band, as well as some reorganizing of the artroom.  But Zzzzz's comment about a comic plaguebearer got me itching to try one out.  I'm not finished coloring him in, but here's what I've got so far.

 First, the ink.

 I kind of did this as an exercise to help me get more and more comfortable with my Wacom.  I did the base drawing with pencil, then a basic ink drawing, scanned it and turned the ink drawing into a grey sketch. Then I did all the "inking" with the Wacom.  After that I dropped in some flat background colors


After that its off to adding color. Originally, I planned on doing something more simple, like what might be on a comic page, but I got carried away.  



At this point, the green skin areas are pretty much done, though I may continue to tinker with them. Still have to do his eyelid, eyes, pimples and guts.

I'm being my own art teacher (takes me back to my student teaching days, but with a LOT less nude bikers and charcoal) by giving myself assignments. The end goal is to be comfortable in the digital realm to work on the 2 notebooks worth of comics I have written. :)

I'll finish this guy up and should have some finished Plaguebearers around the weekend. Then, by the request of my Dutch mate, Augustus over at Bolter and Cahinsword, Ms. Charlotte is next on the painting schedule. :)

Cheers ya'll!



Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Plague Marches on...

Back to our intrepid plaguebearers.  The lads all have some paint on them. I was sneaking in and doing a bit of brushing here and there over the last week or so, but finally got a few hours to sit and not be bothered last night. When I sat down at the desk I realized I kind of had a step-by-step of sorts sitting in front of me.

From left to right you have the steps I've gone trough so far. On the left is the base color drybrush over the previous steps. Then I work in a 50/50 mix of GW Ogryn Camo and Elf Flesh, maybe some Bleached Bone to lighten it in places. The next thing is a watery glaze in the shadowy areas of GW Gryphon Sepia, picking out the pustules with non-watered down stuff. Then I mix the GW Blood of the Blood God Technical with Druchi Purple and pick out all the icky parts and pimples to get that inflamed, bruised loot.



 Much to my horror and in massive contradiction to my model building sensibilities, I noticed a few things most people wouldn't care about (and I've seen many times int he pages of GW published materials)... like that abdominal seam on #4 (far right) above. This knocks my "street cred" back a bit when I bitch about things like seam lines and the like I see in the books, etc. I know... Its not a big deal. But, its the little things sometimes.

Next step is the trusty GW Althonian Camoshade to deepen recesses, shadows and even the bruising around the pustules. And here they stand.....


What is left is detailing. Pustules, swords, eyes, nurglings (which will be brighter green) runny, nast fouled, bloody stuff and the bases.  But the main colors are laid in.  That brings me to 20 plaguebearers, which is NOT divisible by 7. Since we can't have that... I aquired this guy.


He'll need some green stuff here and there to make him suitably gross. I'm not sold on the dragging entrails, so that might need a re-do. But he'll be sufficiently cool.  I really DO need to fight the urge to get another 20 or so of these guys. While painting this lot, my conversionitis was flairing up badly.

AND, yes... thanks to Zzzzzz, I'm drawing up a couple cartoon plaguebearers, because they are just too much fun. Stay tuned for those.

Cheers ya'll!

Monday, March 6, 2017

More kids....

 Among other things- jobs, artwork, health issues, kittens- that's bit into the hobby time, but there will hopefully be some painting time this week.  In the meantime, here are a couple things I've been spending time on.

First, we finally have kittens.  As well as trapping 3 feral cats from a busy shopping mall. Two of them were pregnant and the kittens were aborted, so there are 8 kittens that won't be born wild, plus any litters those two girls would have in the future. Now we are looking for a nicer area to release them in next week.  My foster kitty, Annie...well, she did this..... 


4 beautiful little kitties who the rescue will find homes for and Ms Annie won't be a baby factory anymore.  We've been at this now for 12 years. Sometimes we feel like we've done it all. But one of the ferals reminded me that I was a bit to comfortable and full of myself and gave my finger a good nomming to keep me grounded. Not the first time, but its probably been 10 years since I had a good bite.

On to human kids. The wife's kindergarten class has expanded some, so she needed a new table sign.  So now, there is....dun, Dun, DUUUuuuuuun..... the YELLOW TABLE! And every table needs a dragon.



Nasty stuff coming, gang. The plaguebearers have had a little work done on them, but not enough to show a real difference since the last time, some light shading and such. I should get more time to work on them this week. Then next week.... ROOT CANAL!  yeah. woo. hoo.

Cheers ya'll!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Recharged and painting gross things

Work,work,work. I did manage to get out and get some me (or rather me and the wife) time yesterday on the water. Couldn't find any big ones, but the day was near perfect weather wise  and the little guys kept us busy.  My wife (a kindergarten teacher)wears a fitbit and commented on how relaxed her heart beat was.  A boat on the water and good company is hard to beat, for me at least, when it comes to recharging the batteries. 


At the hobby desk, the plaguebearers are all base colored and washed, the filthy little buggers.


As for their leader, now known as Two-Toed Ted, he's done.  Well, he needs some static grass on the base, but I'll do all the lads together for that.  I wanted to bring in the scheme I had used on my unit of older metal Plaguies, plus the rust/green scheme in the overall Chaos army, so he's got some funky bright green magicy kind of stuff going on. Its neat to compare them to the older models.


I was pretty pleased with the way his head turned out.


And an all around ....


9 more to go. I also have to figure out how I'm going to work the green + rust scheme into a band of Noise Marines next. That should be .... interesting.

Cheers Ya'll.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

First we clean... then we paint.

I finally got a day where I could do my own thing. So what do I do? I start tearing apart THIS mess...


And that was just part of it. I took 4 garbage bags out and a HUGE stack of old magazines. I started to do some organizing, like putting all of my character clam packs in one shoe box and all of my after market bitz orders in another. Its still a bit of a mess and I have plans to move some stuff around, but its better.  Here's the Junkyard of forgotten Ork projects.  The minions watching over it aren't very good since its obviously infested with termagaunts.


Then there is the Paint Deck....as in stuff that is in progress but needs to be finished.


Emptying drawers in that dresser was a big priority. I came to two conclusions. First, I have a ridiculous number of bitz and sprues from kits across the GW range. Second, I also have more fishing tackle than 6 people could use in a lifetime. The fishing stuff will be a huge undertaking of its own.  In one of the drawers I found some old pictures I took in High School, which shouldn't have been there. Among them was a picture of a drawing I did in 1985.


I cleaned off my hobby desk and decided I didn't really feel like building, I felt more like painting to get back in the swing of things. SO, the Ork-sair is in a ziplock bag for the time being and I grabbed a unit of Plaguebearers from the Paint Deck to finish off.  A while back I experimented on these guys with different color washes on the same base coat. There will be a common overall look to bring the unit together, but I'm going to run with each slightly different base coat and see where they go. First up, the boss man.


He was pretty standard, dark brown base, GW Rakarth Flesh/Orgyn Camo mix drybrush and GW Druchii Purple wash.  I did another dry brush a green and picked out the pustules and details with a bleached bone color. Now for the washes....


Some washes with a mix of the GW Blood for the Blood God medium and Druchii Purple and/or Althonian Camoshade.  The purple and Camoshade are my go-to colors for these earthy olives.  The purple is great for deepened shades. It also mixes with the blood medium well for some nasty looking dark bloody stuff. I found that washing this around the pustules is an easy way to give it that inflamed/bruised look. A little wash of GW Gryphonne Sepia, to give a yellowish tint. Then you just back in with the bleached bone and give the pimple a head. :)
I also did some tasty running sores and open woulds. The mouths I used the same dirty blood color.

Then on to picking out details with GW Rakarth Flesh, putting heads on pimples and the like.  He's pretty close to done, but there are some more details to work on.



Nice to be back in the saddle, more Nurgly goodness to come.

Cheers Ya'll!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A new day?

I work two jobs. And lately they have gotten the better of me. On the upside, this is the view I get from the morning job... 


On the downside, I am literally going through stretches of 10 days with no whole day off at a time. Partly, its my own fault. I'm the guy who almost never says "No" when asked if I can work an extra shift. Its just the way I was brought up.  That doesn't leave much art or hobby time, though.

I've actually got the next 3 days off (then another stretch of 10 or so with no whole day off) so I'm planning on getting to my hobby desk, if for no other reason than to finish at least (if not al 3 ) Ork pilots.

Just thought I'd drop ya'll a note and let you know I'm still alive.... and to keep a weather eye on this little corner of the interwebs. I'm in serious need of some hobby therapy.

Cheers Yall!