Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Games Workshop, why must you tempt me so?

Good GOD.... this is an frikkin beautiful model!


I've always wanted to do some Chaos wood elf/deamon things.... this could put me over the edge.

Apostles Razorback Squad is close to done, but it's late and I have to get up early tomorrow, so no pictures tonight. Should be done in the next day or so and then on to the next squad to try to finish the challenge.  The upside is that I will have a bunch of hobby time next week, so there should be lots of progress.  The bad part is, I'm already wishing it could be done so I could work on something else. :)

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ETL V: From the Workbench - Razorback team.

All of the marines have their base two colors on them. Now I'm working on getting the Razorback Tactical squad done, hopefully this week.  I'm actually in detail and touch up mode with these guys, though I still have to do a chest eagle and half helm on a couple of them.   Now its all the fiddly bits - purity seals, belt buckles, armor weathering.  But, in the mean time,  here they are -in progress


Not the best picture, but I just snapped it off the bench as a WIP picture, then found myself done for the night.

Razor-sarge, also in progress.  The colors are a little "green", but its more because of lighting and not wanting to play with them in the photo editor. Overall, everyone is coming along nicely.  If they are done by the weekend, my next project is a little construction project of 8-9 Aztec-y weapons for the assault team, then on to painting them. Though I may to a "Mass backpack" painting event, just to get them out of the way before I do the other 20 marines I need to finish by the Ides of August.  So far, pretty much on track for actually completing the vow.  If the irritation in my eyes is allergies and not pink eye, I should be good to go. Grandfather Nurgle is mad that I'm spending 2 months painting loyalists. ;)

In other news, I did an inventory of Imperial Guard parts/models,etc and I won't be able to do the whole Tropican force I planned...... with what I have.  I'm going to move ahead with the Stormtroopers (plan to prime then within the week or so) And I'll build the command squad for El Presidente, then look at available funds.  I'm seriously considering ordering a couple squads of Victoria Minis Arcadian Guard as well as 2 of THESE to put on Tarox.  I DO have a Chimera, which will either join my Nurgley Guard as a transport or be mixed with a T-34 for the Tropican army. I haven't decided yet.  Most of this won't likely get going until fall. I also have 2 Valkyries to build. Plenty of time to make decisions and see where funds fall. So much for not spending more money on miniatures.

Cheers Ya'll!

Friday, June 17, 2016

ETL V: A quickie from the Workbench

In non-hobby news, Been a busy and crazy week or so here at Casa d' Rednekk. I accidentally walked into another job while going fishing. Job interviews while you are sweaty, smell like fish and haven't shaven in 4 days are always the best. Hiring process will take a couple weeks and might have been slowed down a bit, since its with the City of Orlando... and things have been a little nuts here in town thanks to a wacko who didn't like gay people and/or Latin music. You might have heard about it in the news, but I have to tell you I haven't seen anything like the way this town has come together since the shootings.  Its really inspirational.  The way the media and politicians have reacted, is the total opposite... shameful, in my opinion. But they can't help it, I'm fairly certain they are aliens or pod people... or evil minions of Cthulu or a genestealer cult.

Back to the hobby. With time a bit limited, I've been doing base color painting.  All of the marines for my ETL challenge have the base terracotta color. I'll do the dark green and black on them next, then I'll batch paint them to get to the last stage before detailing, then detail squad by squad.



 I still have to build 1 more Assault Marine and a bunch of hand weapons for the same bunch.  So, the push will likely be to finish the tactical squads first.  Once the ETL V challenge group is done, I have 2 character models, then I'll have to decide how much more I'll expand the Apostles of Quetza force.
I had originally envisioned the Crixus Relief Force to be a mottled group of small units from various Marine chapters as well as the "collection" of Chapter remnants put together by an Inquisitor.  So, time will tell.  I really AM itching to build some Orky stuff too.

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ETL V: Test Marine

I did some more base color painting on the lads. Since I really wanted to see how the shoulder plate would look, I decided to finish my test marine. And here he is, sans some static grass and leaves on his base.



Part of me is toying with the idea of freehanding some jade feather designs on the shoulder plate.... and the other part of me wants to actually finish the ETL on time this year.  But, It might be an addition down the road.  I goofed around with some designs on the terracotta- little Aztec-like glyphs, but it just looked too busy. But I'm pleased with the weathering. I also streamlines the Terracotta AND jade techniques when I did the backpack, so that bodes well for the gang all having the same look.  More to come around the weekend.

Cheers Ya'll!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

From the Workbench: Jade and DOOooombull 2.0

DOOooombull 2.0 has arrived!  Or at least what will become Doombull 2.0. Absolutely beautiful sculpt. Of course, it will be.... modified.


 There he is on the painting tray.  The wings are from The Isle of Blood box set I got a few years back when the wife and I briefly flirted with playing fantasy again. But since that didn't bear fruit, I have plenty of skaven for the Dark Gods and some beautiful Vulture wings for the DOOooombull.


Just to give you a scale idea. There's Doombull 1.0, tonight's test marine and Doombull 2.0's upper torso.


I cleaned the parts up a bit and got it to balance. With those massive wings and a Black Mace, he's going to be pretty ominous.  AND... its almost a superhero landing pose!





 On to the loyalist scu....er, Apostles of Quetza.  After several tries and mistries, I have a pretty good idea what doesn't work well. I did remember about half way through that I had some Vallejo Jade Green. So the result of tonight's labor is the basic Jade tone, without details. But it gives you a good idea how the colors play. I also found the mask texture to be WAY too busy, so I'm going with the faux stone texture over all. I might revisit the mask on the characters.



With some detailing and some washes, it should look pretty nice. The shoulder plate may have more color, since the Quetzacoatyl has wings the colors of the rainbow I'm thinking about the flanges as different semi-precious stone or the like.  I should get more time to work on him later this week. Got to get it figured out because the clock is ticking.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Speed bump

With the Memorial Day holiday coming up, it seems most of my hobby time will be lost to the glories of gardening. My enthusiasm for gardening can be measured  inversely by how much I sweat an since the 9 months of heat and humidity we here in Central Florida call "summer" has begun, its likely to suck. 

The jade on the Apostles is giving me a slight headache.  I could do it as a solid color and it'd look nice, but my desire to push myself has me wanting to do one of the following texture patterns.


Both would be equally piddly, with lots of tiny brush painting. I honestly like both, but can't decide. Feel free to give you choice in the comments.

Maybe a few days of playing in the dirt will help me figure it out.

Cheers Ya'll! Oh.... and HODOR!