Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Stormboyz and Mold Assault!

Yes, I'm still alive! After a rather rude interruption by the real world, I'm back to hobby stuff. Lets get down to the good stuff.  I've got another one of the Stormboyz done.


Picture quality is a little muted, because my normal photo taking set up is...well, atop a big pile. More on that later. Overall, he's pretty cool. And here's the progress on his mates...


The big reason for such slow progress on something I should have been able to knock out in one good night of painting was the rather rude discovery of an invasion under my dining room/graphics office area in the house. Water and mold, not a good thing. So, now the area that had my scanner, graphics pc, office furniture and two huge book shelves looks kinda like this.....


That big blue air exchanger sounded like a jet engine. It was like living next to the flight deck for 2 days. And the place where I do my traditional artwork and models looks like this..... (There's my redneck miniature photo studio waaaaaaay back there where I can't get to it)....


Thankfully, things have gotten better. We now have a wall between our great room and garage (so I'm no longer cooling that as well as the house) and I cleared out a path to my model building desk and set up my old laptop so I can do this again and paint...ya know, so I don't kill people...er, I mean...to relax me.  OH....and I also got these handy dandy tentacle makers from Green Stuff Industries .....


which I can't wait to start playing with. Once I get the hang of it, I may have to finally finish Ms. Charlotte. So, I'm back in the saddle again, though some of my stuff may be buried and eventually I'll have to paint the house too.  Its good to be back either way. :)

Cheers ya'll!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Extreme Makeover: Ork Edition.

Mista Ozprey needed his color scheme "modernized" to look good with his eventual hoard of Freebooter Stormboyz.  Basically, my formulas for rust and ork skin have changed in the years since I first painted him and the introduction of those glorious shades by GW have basically changed the way I paint.  So, without further ado.... the new and improved, Mista Ozprey. (the "before" is on the left - the "after" is on the right. )


And here's a shot with one of the boyz...


And now, something a bit different... a bit of an editorial.  The last week or so, Casa d Rednekk has been plagued with several computer issues - funky modems, pc power supplies dieing,etc.etc.  Being an old fart (i.e Child of the '70's) it got me to thinking how much we rely on computers. I know its no earth shattering thought, but its crazy how being without one...or without internet just impacts ones life these days. What scares me even more is what would happen if it all goes down? Yikes. So, I guess its kind of nice we all have a hobby where we still do something that doesn't require a computer and involves interacting with real people ....well, except when you are surfing blogs.

So, the next post should be the other 4 stormboyz finished. Then..... I think I'll dust off something scary.

Cheers, ya'll!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stripey Pants and Rockets!

The stripey pants painting has begun! Of course, I forgot to do an step-by-step on the white but the actual stripes are a bit simpler. It starts with off white pants (because Orks really don't give a fat squig's ass about how white their whites are and grots aren't as reliable at laundry as one might hope) and an HB technical pencil. Then a 10/0 brush and some GW Macragge Blue.


The touch-up phase is next to straighten out lines. Then a drybrush of Desert Sand (I use a craft paint for bases)- something like GW Bleached Bone or Karak Stone would work too- just to dirty things up and give some base contrasts for inks and washes.


Then GW Macragge Blue with a drybrush highlight of GW Hoeth Blue, plus GW Hoeth Blue and a light grey.  All of that would get a healthy wash with GW Drakenhof Nightshade. Then its painting over the straps on the pants and on to more details.


In the end, I love my Orks. But, I guess there is absolutely no way I can simply paint them. Its going to kill me with 100 Orks to paint, but damn it.. I'd rather be happy with the way they look.  This guy is done...... except for the base.


AND, because I painted him YEeeeeeears ago... I'm going to have to get 'Da Boss' looking like the rest of the gang. The skin is different, rust is different .... and I'm in love with the GW shades. Get ready for Mista Ozprey Mk 2.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Celebrating 40K with some 40K.

Well, my happy little hobby blog has breached 40,000 page views. Thanks gang, I really appreciate the interest. I'll do my best to keep things interesting and fun.

On the Nurgly front, I've been working on the plastic Plaguebearers. I had seen some gripes about the interwebs about these fellows not being all that characterful. The more I mess around with the kit the more I disagree. One of the easy things you can do is some easy clipping around the head attachment to turn the heads. Its amazing just how much character you can get with this little tweek. Of course, you'll need to fill in some gaps with greenstuff.


The way the arms attach to the shoulders is the same thing, a little sanding and fill as needed and you can change the position. Of course you can go nuts and cut limbs, pin limbs, sculpt and fill parts if you really want to , but you can really get alot out of this kit with simple conversions to keep the gang looking a bit different. The Champion, I put a bit more into... added some sculpting and gribbly looking nastiness. I like this guy.


Thanks to the shiny new codex, my Ork army has risen from its dusty hiding place.  Da Rednekks and WAaaaaagh! Rustbutt! are on the rampage again...well, sort of, at least they are finally getting built and painted. The first group I broke out was my Stormboyz. I'm planning on another 10, but this scurvy lot are part of the Freebooter Fleet that tags along with Da Rednekks Space Hulk. Here's my Zagstruk stand-in Mista Ozprey..


And now the first five of his long suffering Freebooter Stormboyz.....


I also started some converting on the new Painboy model.  I plan to do enough conversion to him so I can use him as Mad Dok Grotsnik if I choose. And I'm definitely doing something about the face on that grot on his shoulder. Absolutely beautiful mini other than that. What's up with that mouth?


That's all for now. Off on a brief holiday, but should be back up with something new in a week or so. Thanks again for viewing my humble hobby blog everyone.  Orks, Inquisitors & friends, Chaos (of course) and my ancient Space Wolf army reborn to come over the following months. And possibly a comic or two.

Cheers Ya'll!

Monday, July 7, 2014

From the Workbench: The Rat Patrol: A New Beginning


I'm not sure how many of you are old enough to remember this "glorious" television classic from the '60's, but I remember seeing reruns of it when I was a kid. Being the son of a WW2 vet and my best friend's dad also being a WW2 vet, we used to eat anything WW2 up, no matter how campy. As those of you who have followed this blog know, my Astra MilitarImperial Guard army is not exactly loyal to the Emperor. There will be some tricksy ally shenanigans in the future so I can get some Battle Brother love, but in the meantime, I need to get my army playable.  I've been stripping minis from the FREE MINI ACQUISITION and taking inventory with most of my hobby time of late, which frankly is pretty damned boring - though I did get a lot done.  I ran across these guys, which I had intended to use as plague zombies at one point (and did in one game)...


Yep...rats and lots of them.  A friend had talked me into the idea of getting back into Warhammer Fantasy when the last edition came out and I started grabbing up Skaven, mostly from the starter set. I also converted one guy, as a test to see if I could make cultist/guardsmen out of them...


Cut down the lasgun , add a couple bits of kit and ...BAM!... cultist/guardsman type ratman thingy.  Yeah, he's a little short... but so was Luke Skywalker. I also have 60-80 or so (frankly, I'm not really sure) Forgeworld militia torsos that need arms as well, but over time, I have acquired a fairly silly amount of extra IG...er,uhm AM bits.  Here's a couple of new guys sans green stuff straps and such, but with the basics....


Not sure if its the best strategy, but I'm planning on arming at least one (if not both) of my platoon command squads with 2 flamers. They can't really do much aside from give orders and die, but if anyone charges them, those flamers could really hurt on overwatch. Though I'll likely make some options, since I have about 8 extra guys after laying out the parade ground.  Each command squad will also get a Vox Creep like THIS GUY.  But, here's the whole gaggle (boy, do I have a LOT of work ahead of me)


Heavy Weapons teams will be Rat Ogre/Chaos Spawn weapon beasts with a handler (on the right sized base) The teams of 6 on the side are slated for Special weapons details. Most likely either snipers (or ratlings - fitting?) or Demo charge teams - because nothing says Chaos like suicidal rats with big explosives. I also have Storm Vermin for veterans/Commisars or Stormtroopers if I'm feeling crazy. And I have about 40 or so Plague monks to work with in various roles. I suppose I need to do an overall Rat commander too.   One other "little" project I have in mind, is converting/scratchbuilding Tauros transports for one platoon.. just so I can call them the Rat Patrol. Sure, they will die horribly... but the Chaos Gods are fine with that.

That's it for now.  Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

There Be Deamons Here!

The old metal Plaguebearers are finished. Of these first 8, you've seen a few, but here they are all based up and ready for the table.... with some friends.


The other two are my favorite sculpts. The one guy is very simian, I almost converted him into the champion. The musician/standard guy is just a very characterful sculpt, especially with the little nurgling over his shoulder. So, I did a little montage to show the colors and the details.


But, wait..... there's more. These guys are on the modeling table.


I also did some rednekk engineering with a model box, tape and some paper into a new photo set up. I'm really pleased with the way the pictures came out and I can just set it aside and put it on the desk as needed. I didn't need to manipulate the colors in the photo editor at all and they look pretty much dead on. Makes for a happy rednekk. :)


"Da Rednekk Skwadron" #2 is on the board and will be up at Da Comixshop this weekend.  If you are here in the states (or an American elsewhere in the world) an early Happy Independence Day to you! Remember, don't hold on to any fireworks until they go off. It tends to hurt. Only Orks can get away with stuff like that. Party responsibly (unless you are at home) and if you do anything stupid...send me pictures.

Cheers Ya'll!

Monday, June 30, 2014

A lil' Rednekk step-by-step : Plaguebearers.

Usually I have a hard time remembering how I paint something after the fact when someone asks, so I tried a little experiment with the Plaguebearer production line. Since there are multiples of the same model it lends itself pretty good to a step-by-step thing, so I took some notes and here's what I come up with .. in case you wanted to know how I got them nasty lookin' critters done.

They were primed with British Military Brown, then washed with Army Painter Quickshade (strong tone). After that was a quick drybrush with GW Rakarth Flesh and some Bleached Bone on some of the spots, I wanted better highlights like the bellies, elbows etc.  I then washed the whole model with GW Althonian Camoshade- a favorite of mine for my Chaos army. After that, a quick drubrush on the highlighted areas with a mix of GW Rotting Flesh and Elf Flesh.  One could probably paint the open wounds with the flesh colors and wash them brownish red and call it tabletop and be happy.....but I like to paint too much.  That's where we start our merry journey.... the guy on the left in the picture below. We'll call him Step Zero (not counting how I did the rusty sword). Here's a tutorial I did a while back on a quick and easy way to do cool rusty stuff!


STEP 1: All of my remaining metal Plaguebearers are at Step Zero. So, from there I start to deepen the colors. To do this, I use a series of washes and (not to sound like a fanboy, but.....) GW shades are pretty damned awesome for this kind of thing, usually straight out of the pot or with a little watering down on the pallet.  I use GW Druchii Violet as my first color to deepen recesses and add a richer color to the skin. You can also stipple a bit with the point of the brush on light areas to make a subtle mottled(or diseased/unhealthy) skin texture. Experiment with colors on your projects, its amazing what these shades can do to liven up colors. Next, we move on to some details....


STEP 2: The guy on the LEFT shows the first part, I guess we'll call him 2a.   Mr. 2a has some drybrushing and detail colors put on. The tentacle-fingers, guts and edges of all the body openings are hit with GW Elf Flesh.  The exposed bones on these guys I go after with Reaper Aged Bone, then a highlight of Polished Bone. I also added the first bit of shading- GW Baal Red around the guts, so you can see what it looks like without the addition of more Druchii Violet. You can stipple the red and it looks pretty good on its own. Again, the violet deepens it. I put the red over the guts and open skin areas, stipple it around the pustule/zits and along the edges of the open skin near the exposed bones. I deepen the reds with the violet, using it to shade.  The exposed bone also gets a brown "bone wash" which is a mix of black,brown and chestnut inks... the formula for which is long lost, but it results in a nice decayed,weathered,flat brown undercolor. Something you might see on any roadside carcase. 2b is the end result of all this piddling around. But wait...there's more detailing....


STEP 3:  2b is on the left now. I have drybrushes of all sizes and I take small ones with GW Elf Flesh again to hit the skin edges, gently just to bring them out a bit. A small brush with the Reaper Polished Bone to catch the toes and exposed bone edged, even make thin line or two. Then a very light drybrush on the exposed skull. All those shadows that were deepened with Violet are hit again with GW Althonian Camoshade. The zit/pustule heads and the upper edges of the tentacle fingers are touched with Reaper Golden Flesh Highlight.  GW Gloss Varnish on the open body cavities and stippled around some of the grosser areas for ewwwy goooeyness.  I put in the sand color for the dry grassland bases, which will contrast nicely with the models. Its always nice if your model doesn't totally blend into your base, especially if you spent some time painting it.


STEP 4. The Warp Glowy Eye Thing.  I use P3 Ioson Green, Necrtite Green and Cygnus Yellow. A little Ioson Green/Necrotite 50/50 mix for a base in the eye cavity. Then the Necrotite drybrushed around the areas I want to "glow". I mix that with a little Yellow, drybrush the areas I want brighter. Then mix with a little more straight Yellow and repeat. Note a little refection on the elbow.  Finally, a touch up with straight yellow. A dot on the eye, some stippling on the eye brows and edges of the teeth.  You'll never guess what's next.... OK, it was easy. GW Althonian Camoshade. A light wash or stipple along the edges to make it more subtle and bring out the definition. I paint my base edges black. Eventually, there will be some static grass and or dried leaves, maybe even some corruption where the feet touch, but for now that's done. Overall (including stopping to take pictures and take the dog out) it was a bit over 2 hours work to complete 2.

That's all for now. Hopefully, this unit will be done this week and I can move on to building something, which  I'm itching to do.

Cheer's Yall!