Wednesday, April 22, 2015

From the Workbench: The Turrets are Done!

So, the turrets for the 4 Leman Russ' are finished.  Now, on to the engine compartment gribblies, some weathering, a few piddly details and the Sons Of DOOoom's Tank Company will be complete.
Here's how the turrets came out.  I'm pretty pleased.

 And a detail of the loyalist helmet on the Executioner turret.

 I added a chaos star to the MBT. Since those things tend to corrupt what the touch, I figured some rust wasn't a bad idea.

I've also gotten some basic work done on all of the completed "captured" vehicles (those with the mottled paint scheme) like spruced up the weathering and begun some wear and tear.  But before you do that, if you plan on any decals, its a good time. SO.. I came up with a decal bash that will serve as the Son's of DOOooom/ "Bloody" 7th's markings.  I intend to do some painting over them, but if you aren't afraid of the freehand, decals are a great way to get uniformed markings by using them as a template whenever possible.

Basically, it will be a skull headed fly. On a couple of the hulls, there are old loyalist markings painted over and I want these to show through a bit.  I'll do a little outlining and the wings will likely be light green or yellow. I may add a sickly green outline too, depending on how it comes out.  But there is stands for now.  Hmmm... that might make a decent post in and of itself.

Cheers Ya'll!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

You've Got a Little Something on Your Turret.

Painting of the possessed turrets continues.  Over the initial detailing of the fleshy areas, I added some highlights with a very light pink. Now, its ready for washes.

 There was an all over wash of GW Althonian Camoshade. heavier in the creases and a bit thinner with water overall.  Then GW Druchii Purple in the deep recesses and out onto the corrupted bits of the tank to deepen the background color.  After that dried, I added some GW Carroburg Crimson to select fleshy areas and around the "pimples/pustules"... to help with that raw,irritated look.

 Once all that was dry it was down to detailing. Highlighting the pustules with a light fleshtone, darkening some of the recesses with a very, very thin Black. Doing the teeth and highlighting the lips etc.  Once that was done, I used GW Waywatcher Green glaze to pick out some parts with a brighter green to match the other turret that is done. It also helps give the "Bloody 7th" its own little distinction for gribbly fleshy parts.  And somehow, the deamon "Prask" face looks not unlike a bullfrog in complexion. On the right, the other turret is at the first wash stage... so you can see the difference.

A few odds and end and the turret on the left will be done. Since I'm going to paint some more after this is posted, both turrets should be finished tonight. That puts me onto the tentacles and engine gribblies on 3 hulls next. Then I can move on to something else.  I'm kind of itching to build something, though I REEEEEAAALLY should continue painting  the stuff that needs finishing.

In other news, I picked up the Khorne Deamonkin book.  Assuming they will do this for all 4  Chaos Gods, I'll be eagerly awaiting the Nurgle one....of course, while fighting the urge to buy the Tzeentch and Slaanesh ones, just because.  My corrupted "Space wolf" project now has a new angle and I've also decided to drop the DOOooom Wolves as a name and just pick up with the hapless Dogs of Khorne, who are my 'not so effective' Khorne contingent with the Templars of DOOooom!  

 If you've been checking this space out for a long time, you might remember their exploits in a few of my battle reports (Gods I need to play a game some day)... one of their best was gunning down that Pain in the Ass Lysander with boltguns.  Because...ya know, Khorne guys excell at close combat.... but apparently, these guys are pretty good shots too (and my opponents dice hated him)  Usually the Terminator Squad, led by the Aspiring Champion, Chad can be found looking for easy kills like the enemy baggage train or field kitchens. Especially if there is ice cream. In there off time they spend an uncomfortable amount of time working out in the nude and rubbing each other down with oil, while insisting that its a warrior tradition and not at all homoerotic.

One of the challenges for me is going to be the Khorne helmets.  I hate,hate,HATE the Berserker fins. But...its an pretty Iconic look. There are some much better looking helmets on some of the Fantasy kits, which I'm sure I'll use for champions, etc.... but if you know you are going up against Khorne all you need is low ceilings and doorways. They'll be flopping like turtles.

 Anyways, the plan is still to go with a "raging barbarian" look and alot of burning from the inside with roid rage. And possibly an ode or two to one of my favorite artists, Frank Frazetta. His Conan the Barbarian works, along with the comic "The Savage Sword of Conan "(which had numerous great pen and ink artists) are what got me drawing people and thinking about art as some sort of career. Not that it worked out perfectly.... but I ain't dead yet. ;)  .... Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Painting the Forgotten.

Well, I didn't really forget about them, but I did sort of forget they weren't done. SO, I got my Traitor Leman Russ' out of the tank park with the intent to actually finish them for good.

Here's the gang, sans a couple of the turrets.  There are turret and engine gribblies that need painting, then its a bit of detailing an weathering before they are complete. I might have to figure out some markings too.

At the start, the 3 turrets with gribblies looked like this. One is finished, while the others... just a base color.

I did a highlight of flesh tone over the gribblies then washed the whole thing with GW Althonian Camoshade and Druchii Purple (in the recesses)

The one on the left has the first layer of highlights painted after the washes, while the one on the right is just the washes over the drybrushed base color. Next up.... all the mind numbing detailing.

I've also been working on the FREE MINIS I got a good while back.  The lads (and Rhino) have been soaking in Krud Kutter for a while, so I scrubbed a few the other day.  They need more of a soak though, while I find a better cheap toothbrush to scrub the next batch with.  All of the big models are done. I still have around a hundred Khorny Berserkers and others to strip, which will eventually be the basis for my DOOooom Wolves.

I'm not sure what glue was used on these guys but after the appropriate time in the Krud Kutter, it comes right apart. Which from where I stand is friggin WONDERFUL.  It will make reconstruction and conversion so much easier. Thats it for now, gang.

Cheers ya'll!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Vindicator = Done.

It's finally done.  

A shot of all the gribbly parts. Of course, you can't see the eye when the Havoc launcher is on.

And a shot with the Havoc launcher

That's it for that project. Hrrrrrmmmmm.... what to do next?

Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Artsy stuff : A Quick note

For anyone who might be interested in some non-Warhammer insanity, the beginning of my first comic story arc has been posted at Da Komixshop.

I worked on the Vindicator some more too. Its about one painting session from done.  So, somewhere around Friday or Saturday I'd suspect. ;)

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Vindicator is back!

No. I hadn't forgotten her. I've been distracted by comics, kittens and Necrons, but I hadn't forgotten her.  It was actually good to step back from it for a while and look on it with a "fresh set of eyeballs" as one of my favorite painting instructors in college used to say.  I did some drybrush weathering with a sand color and several washes to the main hull.   Telling you what the process was is a bit hard. I was just "in THE ZONE" and it all came together.  I did use some GW Typhus Corrosion. I watered it down and used it as a wash in areas. Also streaked some of it in places. Then my good old Althonian Camoshade as well to dull down some of the highlights from the sand colored drybrush. Very pleased with the result. For the most part, save a bit more weathering, the hull is done.

The organic/gribbly corruption is still ongoing, but I have finished the corrupted hatch, for the most part - save some pustules and a couple eyeballs.  There's still more corruption to finish.

There will be some glossy detailing and such to the organic parts, but you can tell the basic color pallet from what is here. Well.... I'll probably try to be a bit gross and make a few spots look infected and such.  Because....well, Nurgle.

I have some of the Berserker hoard in the Krud Kutter bath and will start the laborious process of getting them stripped and rebuilt soon.  I can see the Khorne Deamonkin book in my near future. :) But, as usual, I'm planning to do something a bit different from the traditional "look its red, it must be Khorne" paint scheme.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Workbench Quickie!

Uhhhhh, yeah..hehhhehhheeehhhhehe...

Hobby time has been a bit more than limited of late. In part, due to these two!

If you've been following for a while, you know the wife and I are involved in kitty rescue work, specifically newborns and bottle babies.  Well, the wife is out of town and I have these two miscreants to deal with. One was found stuck in a wall by a firefighter and the other in a planter. Plus, the only bathroom I had that was animal free now has a pregnant cat in it.  If you have animals, you know how nice it can be to have some solitary "reading" time.... but no, not anymore.  And within days, I'll have a litter of kittens in there with her.  Welcome to Spring in Central Florida.  Please Spay and Neuter.

BUT... enough of cat world. I've been working fevorishly on artwork for my comics as well as occasionally making it to my hobby desk.  While this is thoroughly unexciting or even inspiring, I have put the base colors on 20+ Necron Warrriors and one grumpy, drooling Ork Mad Dok.  After some serious research on just how friggin' cool Lapis Lazuli can look.  The 0001001 boys are base colored in GW Necron Abyss and my own black brown (GW Scorched Brown + Chaos Black @ 50/50)  The blue parts will be Lapis, the brown will be Bronze, dirty bronze.

I also puttered around with the slow conversion (aren't all of my conversions slow.... I mean, I work way too damned slow.  If only they'd just let me work on hobby stuff. ;)  ) of the first of the DOOOoom Wolves.  These guys are intended as "Space Wolf" allies for my Nurgly Guard er...Adeptus that used to be the Imperial Guard- army, since I can no longer ally my normal Chaos army with it.  Which is BS, by the way... but ya know. I had a guy a couple weeks ago say "Why don't you just get IA 13 (or which ever) with the traitor rules?"  I replied "If you can convince my wife I need a $100+ book for a game I barely play, when I already have rules I can use that the army was built for, knock yourself out." Models are great (and the best part of the game as far as I'm concerned).... but frankly, you can play the game with a bunch of nickles or cut out paper counters if you really want to. If I want my AM/Guardsmen to be Nurgley its perfectly fine.

But, I digress..... here's the start of my Chaosy Space Wolves. Think burning from the inside out with a bad temper, because frankly that can't be comfortable Vikings in power armor.  That'll be the look/paintscheme I'm going for.

Still a lot of sculpting to go on this guy.

Also...dispite all the grumbings on the interwebs ...because afterall, the interwebs are ALWAYS grumbling... I'm more than a bit stoked for the Khorne Deamonkin book. The DOOOoom Wolves, might end up being designed to use more than one Codex.  I've gone a bit sour on the hobby over the past few months because I never can get in a game, but even if they don't make everyone happy (and they never will) a book like this is long in coming for Chaos players.  I'm assuming the other 3 gods will get the same treatment.  Or at least they better.  I'd swore off buying new books, but......

Cheers Ya'll!