Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Heads! Heads will roll! .... on in from Poland.

Hobby time has been at an all time low, while the honey-do list is at its highest here at Casa D'Rednekk. The wife is off for the summer and we're trying to get a few projects we need to do together done before she has to start planning for her next crop of students.  I've gotten basically NO painting done and a bit of fiddling with this and that. One of the projects, which starts tomorrow is straightening and reorganizing the hobby/art room.  In the long run it should be easier to get my hobby and art work done, right now its basically a path through storage so I can sit cramped at my hobbyy table. Cleaned out the new storage area today, so tomorrow I can move a TON of junk out.... and THROW another ton out.  I also have a trunk full of stuff that was my dad's which I have, so I may share some cool photos from his "Pacific Vacation" as he used to call it from 1942-45.

On to the hobby.  I'm fighting the idea of new purchases, but I have two problems. I really sort of "need" the new Space Marine codex. I have a total of 3 armies it basically effects, if I include my Raptors Space Marine army that I still have a couple things to add to. Secondly, I.... well, I hate to admit it, but some of the Age of Sigmar models look reeeeeeally good to me The gold guys scream a few ideas at me.

  Most people see Blood Angel or Loyal Space Marine. Is it bad I immediately see Chaos (Slaanesh)?


As for my Tropico themed army, I'm gearing up to order some heads. Probably in August, so you may see a few painted headless guys for a while. :)  The plan is for one standard infantry platoon, with special weapons and heavy squads attached. The rest will be Veterans. I also have  the older metal Cadian Kasirkin that I'm going to use as storm troops. I haven't fully decided on head swaps with them, mostly because its a serious pain in the ass and you can potentially destroy a good deal of detail on the model wit a runaway dremel.  Besides, the boys out of the East Point Academy could use Cadian standard gear... makes sense.

For the standard troops, I'm looking at the spot camo and these.....

For the famous Tropican Red Berets, I have beret heads from the new stormtrooper kits, but I may need extras for my NCOs too

And lasty, a few of these guys for some of the special ops guys.....

Also considering these to add even more flavor....

So that's the eventual plan. I have 2 Valkyries and a Chimera hull...which might end up playing multiple roles. I'm hoping NOT to buy anything else for it, leaving room for allied Space Marines. BUT.... I kinda love the idea of a tank named El Diablo Pollo.

Hopefully, the art/hobby room project won't take more than the week end and this coming week I'll have better update. The chances of me finishing my ETL4 vow by August 1st, however,  are about as good as Donald Trump's chances of being the next president of the US. :(

Cheers Ya'll!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

ETL4: The Dogs of Khorne

Avoiding the nightmare of painting the rest of the Defiler and putting it off until last, I've begun the Terminators for the ETL challenge. 

The concept is "burning reds" and burnt iron.  I don't really want flames all over, these guys have a bad enough monkier, let alone to end up looking like a biker gang with a flame graphic fixation.  So, its the suggestion of flame/heat I'm trying for. We'll see how it goes since I've gotten quite comfortable painting my "bullfrog" greens and other nasties, this puts me a bit out of my pallette comfort zone. Which... is always good to do to yourself.  It may not seem so at first... but it is.

SO here's the under coat dabbled reds (on top) and then a wash or two (under). I washed the reds with GW Druchii Purple and Althonian Camoshade, either by themselves or mixed.  Washing a red with a green (especially a muted green) can add some great depth to it.

 I'd love to share the process from there. But,  aside from saying " I kept mixing reds and browns together, then reds and lighter reds, then red and orange, then orange and yellow.. and screwed up a few times along the way, but then washed the whole thing a couple times and started over.. only to then wash the darker areas again." I really don't know how to describe it.  How long did it take?  Uh.... well. the Black Album by Metallica (1 and a half times) and most of White Zombie's  "Super Sexy Swingin' Sounds" album. That's how I'm telling time this weekend. Here's the end result for the red armor bits. Still have fleshy bits and metal bits to go.

 While I was waiting for washes to dry, I slapped an undercoat on the first of the dreaded "Red Berets" from my Tropico army.  They'll be sporting a version of spot camo on the cloth areas similar to this WW2 USMC pattern. It kills me that I had a shirt and pants of that and I lost it in one of my many moves during college.  Great in the early fall woods of New York.

Once the ETL is over, my hobby time (in between the summer "honey-do" list) will be working on the kits I have for the Tropico army and continuing the laborious process of paint stripping the hoard of Chaos infantry models I aquired for free a year or so ago.  Once the summer is over I'll be able to get in a mail order or two and get those done.  The Tropico infantry are bound to be headless, for the most part, for a while until I get heads with caps and berets.  Although, the East Point Cadet's Drill and Cricket team has the snazziest gear in the Cadian style, so they'll likely get the painting treatment after the Red Berets.

Cheers Ya'll!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ETL4 :Sorcerer

After finishing Not-So-Smilin' Bob's turret, I really needed to work on a figure. So I decided to knock out the Sorcerer. Here's where I had left off....

And here's what happened after I stuck in some ear buds and cranked the music.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased and it was fun to just knock out a mini in one sitting.

I have to admit to a slight pc gaming addiction. The latest time sink has been an older game - Tropico 4. City building, but you play the part of a Caribbean dictator. I've also been doing some inventory and reorganizing in the hobby room in preparation for some serious house overhauls/reorganizing while my teacher wife is off for the summer.  In the process, I figured out that I have a ridiculous number of miniatures yet to be built.. not to mention all of the sprues I have laying around from WH Fantasy stuff I either got for conversions of for my very brief flirtation with the game probably 8-10 years ago.

With that, I have plenty of minis to make a couple new armies, especially with all the Mechanicus goodness and new Marine codex. SO, I present to you.... El Presidente aka El Chupacabra.

He's going to double as a normal Company commander or Creed, if I feel like using the extra points.  But in normal form he has some wargear that will be represented by something rather creepy on another base. ;)  More on that next time.  Typical of all my loyalist armies, these guys will be a bit tongue-in-cheek and there will be some cheeky narratives to go along with them.  But, don't worry.... I haven't forgot about my traitor guard either.  Their infantry (and finishing up the tanks) will be my next project after the ETL4  stuff is done.  The Dogs of Khorne and the rest of Not-So-Smilin' Bob are next on the painting table.

Cheers Ya'll!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Artsy-Fartsy: DOOooom!

Ever wonder about the whole DOOooom part of the Templars of DOOoom? Yeah, I know, its a burning question that keeps you awake at night.  Well, I've been working on some sketches over at Da Rednekkz Komixshop so you can see what those crazy Templars are all devoted to.  Also working on some 40k comic craziness with my beloved Templars so that should hit around September or so. 

I've had a little time to work on the ETL4 stuff. I should get enough done for some photos for Sunday night or so. Keep a weather eye open.

Cheers Ya'll!

Friday, June 19, 2015

E Tenebrae Lux IV (ETL4) - Update #2

Not-So-Smilin' Bob's turret is Done!  First the "before" picture. 

And now, the finished product.....

At this (typically) abysmal painting rate, I'll never get done by August 1st.  So, I'm going to switch gears and give myself 2 weeks to finish the infantry portion, which will leave me 3 weeks to finish Bob's chassis.  Next post should be Terminators and a sorceror. Until then.....

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

E Tenebrae Lux IV (ETL4) - Update #1

The first progress on the ETL4 challenge miniatures.  I've got Not-So-Smilin' Bob's turret around 80% done.

There is some more washing and detailing to do, but the bulk of the color is laid in.  The Terminators received a wash of black paint. The result is a deep brownish black. Good for starting an old iron look and or a deep red. 

The Sorceror exploded, then got a similar wash , then a drybrush of GW Karak Stone. I'm thinking there is going to be a lot of old bone color on his armor, along with the standard of rust and deep greens for the army. 

And somewhere along the way this thing, which is not part of the challenge ended up on the workbench. Huh.... I wonder what it will be?

That's it for now, more after the weekend.

Cheers Ya'll!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Da Rednekkz Photo Box

I overhauled the photo box/stage/thing I use to shoot my minis. Its not as snazzy as some of the ones I know people use, but it does the job. Basically, its a Hive Tyrant box, one half stood up inside the other. I removed a few of the flaps, taped it together so I can move it around (with Duct Tape, of course) and put some white paper in it to shoot against.  The overhaul was a little more duct tape for stability (everything is better with duct tape, well... almost everything) and a new background of colored paper. 

This one has a stand in it, but shooting on the bottom gives a great no line background.  Ever the egomaniac That Rhett Bastid was all to happy to try out the new photo set up.

What I'm liking about it is this picture needed ZERO manipulation of contrast or colors than the former set up. And frankly, the colors are spot on to what the mini looks like in person.

A different angle (and composite of front and back). I'm REEEEEEally liking the way these turned out.


What's on deck? Well, the ETL painting projects will take center stage until they are done, since I only have a couple months to do them. However, I just made a bitz order and I'll likely have some construction project going on. I have a Nurgle Blight knights kit that needs to be 40K- ified. My original thought was plague marines, but I'll be checking the size - they might end up as terminators.

Ive spent most of the last week staying away from creative projects to "clean my head".  I've ran into some setbacks with my comics and frankly felt a bit defeated..... for a moment. So, I'm doing some reformatting and coming at that from a different direction. Still planning on a 40K comic as well, it just might not be until the end of summer. 

I'm also contemplating doing limited commission work in the Fall. So... if you like the way I do things, keep an eye out for details on that if you are interested. I say limited, because I've done it as a "job" before and got really burned out, so it'll be limited to certain projects and with terms. But... a few extra bucks always helps.

That's all for now, actual painting work later in the week.

Cheers ya'll!