Sunday, March 1, 2015

From the Workbench: Tin Men!

I've come to a couple conclusions in my absence. One, doctors think a trip to the hospital is always a good idea, never considering how much it costs. Two, I'm fairly certain that several days of fever, deprivation and or hallucinogens were involved in the origin of all major religions, not to mention things like the spork and Ronco's Mister Microphone. (For those too young for that reference, check THIS out!) It also might be responsible for me dusting off my Necrons.

Initially, I bought the first box of Warriors for parts. I was going to use some of the parts for conversions and the rest for bases for my Orks. Then the Allied charts came out and I found out that I could ally Necrons and Orks and that idea was just too cool.... and too damned funny to pass up. I've never been a big fan of the green rods and I want to go with a sickly white-green for the glowing undead feel, so I made carbines. Besides, who the f*** puts an axe on the end of a gun?!?!  Its a quick and easy conversion.

On the left are the cut down parts, on the right the parts before trimming.. When I chop off the grip, I cut the thumb off and glue it on to the hand. I carve out a little "trench" in the hand area where the front "zappy" piece will go. OH... and do futuristic robots need a big sight on the top of the gun?

I go the assembly line up and running and here are the first 10.

And my favorite 5... so far.

Between the two boxes I had, I can get about 21 complete guys.  The left over guys, I'm going to have to make some "Uh... the reanimation thing didn't work so well" - "Hey, where'd my head go?"- guys.  That should be some fun.  The other part of the plan, since I have an absolute TON of unbuilt Orks. SO..... I'm going to mix the Orks with some Necron technology. I'm still working up the back story, whether the Orks are "slaves" or the Crypteks and the Meks did some sort of deal. But Hijinks will ensue. This will give me something to have fun with along with the Chaos army. 

Good stuff ahead and comics as well. Its going to be a fun spring.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Through the Magnifying Glass(es)

The soundtrack differs with my mood. Gregorian Chants one night, Metallica the next. But, there always seems to be a 10/0 brush involved and this pair of 2x Magnifying glasses perched on the end of my nose. Like many people, I wear corrective lenses to see everyday. Somehow, I let my optometrist talk me into "progressive" lenses, which I find a lot like "progressive" American politics: it might have sounded good at the selling point, but after that the buyers remorse/malaise set in quick. (By the way, getting old sucks - don't do it if you can help it and if you can't, fight it for all its worth.)
 I really don't need my regular glasses for model building or painting and never wear them. The 2x Mag-glasses, on the other hand,  when I crack them out.... it means s*** just got serious. we are....again... faced with the corrupted Vindicator that just won't finish itself.  I actually tried to move it off my desk so I could sculpt or build something tonight, but I just couldn't. So, I got out my 10/0 brush and committed to the work that needed to get done.  Sure, I could hurry it- give a couple good drybrushes and some ink and BAM!!! DONE!!-  but I wouldn't be able to live with myself. I'm bad like that. But first,...a short anecdote.... no really, it'll only take a minute.... or maybe two....

I have a Deviant Art account.  I recently added some miniature photos over there and started a back and forth with another modeller from Germany.  He asked me  how many hours went into building and painting Ms. Blinky ?  Honestly, I took a stab at it, because I lose total track of such things, especially when I'm in "The ZONE"  I've lost entire days to "The ZONE" and still don't know where they are. I could have children I don't know about in "The ZONE".  See, it was only a minute....

For a bit of fun, I put a 1 hour time limit on myself tonight and figured I'd post what detail work I could do in an hour.  And here it is.....

 Tonight's irritating hobby fun was applying a lighter fleshy tone and doing painterly details on all the gribbly parts. Specifically, the hatch. Or what used to be the hatch. Its GW Elf Flesh. With my Mag-glasses on the end of my nose, and my regular glasses above my forehead- in case I needed to see across the room-  I went to work to the thrilling sounds of Gregorian Monk Chants. My wife rolled her eyes, laughed and went to bed.... pointing out for perhaps the millionth time that "There really is something wrong with you.". Giggle if you will, O doubters of my madness, but those chants were made for repetitive work and luckily for me (and I guess you, if you are enjoying any of this) I set an alarm or I'd still be painting, because into "The ZONE" I went. Tiny stripe after sinew-like stripe I painted, feeling my way through the sculpt organically. A ballet of trying to keep that friggin' tiny 10/0 brush loaded with enough paint to make a mark but not too much to make too big of a mark. (I do test stripes on my left thumb) Then a pirouette into the water glass to keep the paint fluid. All kinda Zen-like  er, Moscow ballet Zen like backyard Hootnanny Zen-like........until suddenly, in mid-tentacle... BEEP-BEEP-BEEEP-BEEEP

And here, you can see where I stopped. Poor thing.  All half loved. Like a girl getting a $.99 Valentine's Day card and one of those cheap boxes with only 2 pieces of chocolate. And neither one is a caramel.

It does give you (and me) an idea of what the more crazy-detail, eccentric miniature painters like myself put into some of the things we come up with. It also might make you think when someone is putting a miniature up for sale that is truly well painted how much time went into it and why some of the prices may not be unfounded. Lord knows, selling this or any artwork, you never make a decent rate per hour. Its about the love....yeah, baby yeah!....its all about the love you put into it,man!  Though money does help... if you like food and shelter.

What's next?  Finish the fleshy highlights. Then, another color on some of the pustules. Get reeeeally crazy (anal retentive is a better choice of words) and see if there are any touch ups needed. then the washes begin for shadowing and tinting.  After that, any final weathering/paint chipping. The model gets a fixing coat/dull coat. Then.... lastly... finally, I go in and put gloss medium on any parts I want to be slimy.

Yeah.... I'm going to have to start a building project or a side project before this is finished. Or I may finally lose my mind. Thank the Dark Gods the Rhino is not that complicated of a project.  That's it for now, gang.

Cheers, Ya'll!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

More fun with RUST!

Alright! Grandfather Nurgle's most recent blessings have moved on.... (until the next batch of, I mean tourists bring nasty bugs to town)... and I'm back to the hobby room.  I present the touch ups/clean ups of the weathering powder mishaps.  Here's the BEFORE shot...

And AFTER some stippling and other touch ups. I also started the base colors for the gribbly parts.

And here's the BEFORE picture of the front end......

...AND after some touch up....

This picture doesn't really do the plow justice. The washes weren't quite dry and look a bit blotchy, but dried nice and flat.  And here's a shot of the top. I'm laying in the basic colors to start painting the organic, gribbly parts.

That's all for now, gang. The plan is to keep picking at the Vindicator to get it done, but I'm jonsing to build something, so who knows what might pop up in the next post.

Cheers Ya'll.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

THAT Rhett Bastid.... the comic!

Coming in the not too distant future to a blogspot near you....


Cheers Ya'll! ;)

Monday, January 26, 2015

An Incident in the Powder Room

There comes a time during cold/flu season when sane people should realize they aren't functioning correctly and just go lay down. However, a great many of us carry on with work,school or other chores because we "have to" using weathering powders. Needless to say, the Hulk was displeased with my initial effort...

 ....then again.... not much really pleases the guy anyways, except "smash"-ing. So, ya know what?... jog on, Hulkster its nothing I can't fix when I'm not sick.

For those of you that have tried your hand at weathering powders, you know there are "tricks". One of my favorites involved Isopropol Alcohol as a fixing agent. It makes a kind of watercolory/gouache thing out of the powders....that I could likely get much cheaper by just using friggin' gouache... but hey, I gotta have the cool toys too.  So, while it may not look totally terrible to some (and may look just AWESOME to others) the results were definitively NOT what I was after. There are some good spots and many not-so-good, yet not unfixable.   First, a little comparison with the "unspoiled" Rhino...

What I don't want is the HUGE block of orangy/red blah on the door, but the wierd little "water spot" of violet is actually intriguing.  The sand texture underneath is meant to be sort of organic, so the plan is to break some of the red/orange with some of the purple/fleshy/pinks of the upper hull gribblies once I paint them.  I'll break the rest up with some sponged black/brown.  Most of the rest of the hull aft of the door is pretty good and with a little detailing here and there will be done. Compared to the Rhino, which is where the Vindicator was before I got "wild with the powder" while on cold meds.

The other victim of "Man, that's just a big Spa-LATCH of flat color!" was the plow blade.  Partly due to a poorly executed application of Alcohol and finished off by the dullcoat spray fixative.

Again, a few interesting areas, but largely a redo or re-detail.  Here's a look at both sides, so you can see all the nits I'll be picking at for my next or a future post, because I may have to step off this model for a bit and build something to "clean my eyeballs".

I know, I know!  I could be a bit less of a crazy person over these things, but in all honesty, my dear friends, I've come to the painful realization of late that I am no longer a Warhammer 40k gamer. I .... am a hobbyist.  I have yet to play a game of 7th edition (partly due to scheduling and partly due to being stood up when I do find an opponent via my LGS websites). I'm not quitting.  I have a TON of unbuilt models and my wife said she'd kill me if I sold them for what they would fetch on the market these days.  So....I must build them.  I must build them all.  And have fun doing it.

THEREFORE... I might as well give these models the same kind of semi-psychotic scrutiny as I do any other piece of artwork I do. ;)

Just a side note, I'm going to get my art blog back up and running which means comics one of which will be about the Templars of DOOooom. No actual launch date yet, because I don't want to jinx myself, but the plan is instead of posting as I draw them this time and being horribly sporadic, to get a few a head and post monthly or bi-weekly so ya'll can get a chuckle and follow the storylines.  Personally, I like April Fool's day as a goal, but then no one will believe I'm actually going to do it if I say I'm going to do it.

Cheers ya'll!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Missed it by THAT much...

...who am I kidding, I needed about 4 more days. Abject failure for the Call of Chaos VII painting challenge. Well, at least when it comes to the dead line. 

As for the Vindicator, I started the gribblies and nasty deamonic infected parts. Here they are primed and washed in purple,crimson and some green.

I worked on the Rhino while waiting for washes to dry.  Here's a great shot that shows the difference in the two post and pre-washes..

Somewhere along the way, working around all this Nurgly stuff brought me the "blessing" of a flu-like evil thing (or, more likely, the wife carried it home from those little plaguebearers she teaches at school)   The time I've lost (so far) I probably could have finished both vehicles before the deadline... but here they stand.  Close, but not totally finished.

The Vindicator....

And the Rhino....

Still lots of detailing,weathering and tentacly gribblies to finish on both of them.  The 10 Plaguebearers are at Stage 2 , they still need highlighting and detailing.

One of these days, I'll do a painting challenge and remember how terribly slow I paint.  But, I'll be finishing these projects up. The vehicles are definitely priority 1. The Plaguebearers will likely be the side project I work on while I'm waiting for greenstuff or paint to dry. That's all for now.

Cheers Ya'll!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Green Tanks and Rats

After a mind-numbing series of little brush strokes and one green after another. The Green on the Vindicator is DONE.... 

The top is the completed treatment from the last post, with some shading (Druchii Purple Wash)  Then, a couple washes - one overall, one to darken areas with the same downward stroke technique- of good ol' Althonian Camoshade and BAM.... greens are done.  Not on to the organic bits and the rusting/weathering.  I still have a Rhino and some Plaguebearers to finish by Thursday. Lots of painting the next two days. I'm kind of going into the old college all- nighter mode. And frankly, I'm kind of loving it...aside from my wife's vehicle deciding to break in the middle of it all.

One of the conversion projects that will happen after this painting challenge (besides finishing Ms. Charlotte) will be to make some nasty,Nurgly Obliterators from Rat Ogres.  I have 4 from the Island of Blood set and plan to get 1 box of the new nasty ones when they come out. Damn you, GW for making me buy more miniatures! will be a very Nurgly 7 total. I've been going to an artist get together of late and took this guy with me as a reference....

And came up with something like this for a concept sketch...

Well, that's it for now. I'll have another post later in the week - no matter what level of success, on the Call of Chaos painting challenge group.

Cheers Ya'll!