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,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!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday hits the Mekshop

My mom bought me my first model kit - the USS Missouri- I believe in 1976. So, I've been building models for a while. I have no idea how many I've built. It started with ships, then planes, then tanks. After college I even joined the IPMS (International Plastic Modellers Society) chapter in Syracuse NY and competed in many regional shows, organized events and judged models.  Bumping into the Warhammer 40,000 hobby in college in 1991 was a great excuse to play with my models... just like I did as a kid. And 20-odd years later, I'm still at it.

I'm thinking there may have been a budding Orky Mek  back in the late '70's lurking inside this somewhat innocent child. Here working on a A7 Corsair II...which was kind of Orky....

And proudly displaying a successful decal application on the Blue Angels.. back when they flew F4 Phantoms.

Note the carrier fleet in the case in the background. 

So one of the reasons for my nostalgia comes in part from digging up old photos to post on Facebook, but it also reminds me that I've been doing this for a long time and a great deal of model building is second nature to me at this point. My wife pointed out over dinner the other night that it'd probably be good for me to do some posts about hobby basics, since not everyone who reads this blog has been building models for 30+ years. And she's probably right.  I may not be THE authority, but It did inspire me to begin work on a few "Da Rednekk's Modelbuilding 101" posts which I'll be dropping into the mix... just to share the way I've learned to do things. Its not the ONLY way to do things, but its the things I've learned over time and I hope you like them. 

In other news I've spent most of this week,uh.. organizing my hobby room (its amazing how much garbage you can aquire) and I'm pretty much back in shape to paint and build again.  More progress on my metal plaguebearers to post around the weekend. And I have to say I'm wound pretty friggin tight about the new ORK codex! I did an inventory on my ork army and its likely there will be Orks mixed in with the Chaos stuff I'm working on.   New comics coming online soon at Da Comixshop too. Lots to do.

Cheers Yall!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Not-So-Smilin' Bob might almost be smilin'. Maybe.

The sculpting on Not-So-Smilin' Bob is DONE! He'll get zapped with some rusty primer tomorrow, weather permitting and then the painting process begins. I'll just get to the pics...

And a bit more work on the turret.......

In the meantime, I'm continuing work on the older metal Plaguebearers. I love all the plasctic kits these days, especially from a converters point of view, but the many of the old metal sculpts definitely have a charm to them. The Plaguebearer I chose to make my Champion is one of those guys. Lots of cool gribby bits on this guy. I'm thinking I'll use these guys as freshly summoned deamons, so that's what the glowing green eye and head thing is, its just a bit different.

I may add some stuff to the bases eventually, dried leaves or the like. While working on these guys I'm using a LOT of overlapping washes and I got to thinking about blood and various nastiness. I may just have to do a tutorial post or two on that kind of thing.  Hmmmm.

Personal moment of achievement in this particular post. I have to date done all this stuff on my VIO, which is....tempermental sometimes. This post and all the photo processing,etc was (finally)done on my main graphics desktop, with a new (er..better) version of Paint Shop Pro, etc. And it was painfully easy. So happy. Hopefully, it'll make posting much easier and more frequent..... plus I can also get into Photoshop and other cool things on here. :)

ORKS ARE COMING!  I'm one happy Warboss! I'll be dusting the boys off this week and doing some inventory. I already have my Codex and Data cards ordered with my LGS and we;ll see what we need from there.  Also, for those that seen it, you'll soon find out why Orks would attack hippie music festivals "Da Rednekk Skwadron" #2 is in the pencil stage (yes, I'm an old fart... I still work with pen and paper)  Its going to be a fun summer. I'm excited. And I know its hard to tell from the pictures above, but so is Bob.

Cheer's Yall!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Creative droppings...

Just a quick note on a change I made to my other languishing blog. It had been intended to be used for one creative project, but I've decided just to use it for all non-hobby related creative things- comics (mostly) some writing, artwork, sketches, etc.  The URL has changed and I have yet to post anything new, though I will in the next couple days. I DID re-post a comic that I posted here- "Da Rednekk Skwadron #1"  That will be their home from now on over there...well, there and on board their carrier. Oh, wait until you see the carrier. 

 If you want to check out the archives and such or just bookmark it for the future, here's the New Komixshop!

Pictures of some finished plaguebearers and the finished workup on Not-so-Smilin Bob should be up late tomorrow night, so stay tuned.

Cheers Ya'll!