Sunday, June 17, 2018

ETL IV: The method and madness

I've had a few folks ask me to go over my "rednekk Raptor" Formula, so a quick review.  I prime with Plastic Soldiers WW2 Infantry, basiclly an olive drab.  For what its worth, I've had ZERO problems with their paints and highly recommend them. They go on nice and thin, bit stick to the models well. Everything you want in a primer. Not sure where you might find them retail, I think I ordered mine online at The Warstore. For me its a great color to prime most of my armies, so I bought like 4 cans or so. The color is still on the bases, if you need a reference.   Then on to to acrylics..... (with a shameless plug for my website, which is under construction during my surgery recovery, but feel free to check it out... hint, hint....)

1: So, after priming, I do an overall coat with slightly thinned GW Charadon Granite.  I know its not available anymore, but I'm sure there is something close.  It serves the same purpose as my black/brown.  Its thinned so some of the undercoat shows through, but it gives the other acrylics an acylic base to stick too, plus it fills in any gaps, creases and little spots I might have missed. Only a tiny bit shows through on the finished models, but it provides a shadow for recesses.

2: Then I do a heavy drybrush with P3 Battledress Green.  This coat catches most of the model, but the undercoat does show through in places. It gives a nice olive to all the bits like shoulder plates and the bulk of the other armor, but you end up with shadows under the arms, etc.  I call it a heavy drybrush, because I'm not really doing a full coat.

3+4: Then a more traditional drybrushed duo. First, GW Gretchin Green. With this I hit the raised areas and large plated to "green up" the olive a little. Its fairly subtle, but it shows through on the end product.  Then an overall Drybrush with GW Screaming Skull (Bleached Bone) This one catches all the raised detail, edges of plates, maybe a bit heavier around the foot area where there will be dirt and the pouches and such, which will get some brown washes and highlighting later. You can see what I mean in the pics below.

5:  And finally, a simple overall wash with GW Althonian Camoshade for the final tone of the armor.  Later, I will go in with more of the same color to deepen some areas and I'll also mix it with Druchii Purple for any pronounced shadows I need.  Those two colors work great together. Never be afraid to mix the shades.

The lads look on nervously as a new color pod touches down.....

You can see the rather "harsh" Screaming Skull drybrush job that was done to these guys overall.  I use a 1/0 brush and give them a pretty even wash, so you get this sort of difference.

On the bottom, you see what the end result for the olive armor will be after some additional shading with the washes. Plus his chest eagle is painted in greys. The pouches are finished. All that is left for the armor is to weather it and paint any details.

The lads are all washed at this point so now its on to the details. I'll be working on them in units. I'll totally finish the LT above and then go from there. So the next post will have finished models. Hopefully, I can manage some sculpting, but my arm/shoulder aren't quite ready for the additional reaching and such yet. maybe next week. Until then....

Cheers Ya'll!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Back in the Saddle again..

Its 1 week after shoulder surgery and I've finally made it back to the art room...

I'll have to admit I probably should have spent less time in there, but I got hung up in my history podcasts and really wanted to finish the undercoat drybrushing on all the Raptors.  I'm paying for it a bit this morning, so I'll make sure I take more meaningful breaks.  Pretty much can only hold minis for painting at the moment, since the desk is a bit high to lift my arm, so I won't be doing any building for a week or so. That should be perfect for getting this part of the ETL done. And what did I do?  Well, here's a hint....

The endless highlight drybrushing of GW Screaming Skull over all the olive good ness. 

After this step a wash of GW Althonian Camoshade. Then I'll go in with washed to bring out the details. Paint the grey eagles, then its decal time. Then weathering and basing.  

Here's a comparison shot of before and after.

This creepy little bastard also made it to the desk....

"B-but what evil would you create with a fantasy octopus?"   You ask. I'll just leave the last pic as a clue to what I might be working on next......

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

E Tenebrae Lux VI : Rednekk Raptor Armor

Actual painting is underway. It's crazy , I know.  Raptor armor.... the Rednekk way.

FIRST....the lads have been primed with a WW2 infantry olive, then.......

The paints and their corresponding layers.  An overcoat of Charadon Granite, which has been thinned slightly with matte medium and water.  Then a heavy drybrush of Battledress Green. Drybrush the edges with Gretchin Green and a quick overall drybrush with some thinned Bleached Bone.   

Then its off with the washes (or shades)  Althonian Camoshade in the recesses with a small brush and a little brown or the old Althonian Camoshade/Druchii Purple mix if I really need to darken something.  Here's the end result of that on the LT.

Still have some detailing to do with him, but the base armor color is done.

I got the rude news, I'll be having some shoulder surgery in a couple weeks, hopefully I'll still be able to paint, but I'm going to try to get as far along on this challenge as possible before D-Day. (its actually on June really D-1) Not sure how much use my left hand will be, but if I can hold a mini with it I'll be able to paint.

Cheers Ya'll.

Monday, May 7, 2018

E Tenebrae Lux VI :Raptors Primaris

All of the Primaris Marines from the boxed set are built.  Bases need to be done and then primed, but that's one evening's work. Up next, I have two Land Speeder Storms to build.

Here's the Captain, 2 Lieutenants (top) and the Ancient with the 2 Intercessor Sergeants.

The Inceptor squad....

And the Intercessors plus the Hellblaster team.

Of course, with all of this Emperor loving goodness, I felt a little dirty... so I built this guy too.

He needs some green stuff and a few other bits here and there. I figure he'll be my project to work on while waiting for paint to dry with the Raptors.

Cheers Ya'll!

Friday, May 4, 2018

E Tenebrae Lux VI :Raptors

Once again, the wonderful gang over at The Bolter and Chainsword are doing a painting challenge and I'm going to enter.  Been on a bit of a hobby hiatus, so this is a great way to get back at it. 

Basically, I'm painting my Dark Imperium guys and a couple Land Speeder Storms in my Raptor Chapter scheme. Its likely they will eventually be for sale as I try to whittle my model collection down, but that's not likely to happen until Fall. At any rate, here's a picture of the humble beginnings as I throw down the gauntlet.

Lots of building to do, but I'm on stay-cation until next Friday, so it shouldn't be a problem.  More on that as it progresses.

Cheers Ya'll!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

An Increadibly EXCITING post!

.... OK. Maybe I'm exaggerating.

Working on Charlotte's base is an engineering feat of sorts. And as often is the case, laying the groundwork for an engineering feet can be terribly mundane until things take shape.

In this case, after a quick and dirty Ork-like hack job on the resin terrain piece, I have to rebuild parts of it to fit with the flying stand.  SO... here we have greenstuff. Drying. Wow.

So the next step, once this is dry is to see if I want to put any on the otherside of the "X". After than comes adding terrain junk and probably sculpting a few more of those funky looking egg/plant things. I may, after taking a close look at the sculpting, resurface the ones that are on there.  Might as well make the project laborious and tedious, huh. But, often enough, that's how you get the cool end results.

Near future plans aside from chipping away at my enormous painting backlog include:

Finishing the Pox Joker.
Making some more poxwalkers out of spare parts
Primarius Raptors (yup, stinkin' loyalists)
AND what will likely be my final personal 40K army, starting the chaos genestealer/Tyranid army.

That's just the hobby stuff. I'm working on some warhammer comics as well as other artwork for a large extended project and could possibly be changing real world jobs soon.  But, ya know... that last one never interupts hobby time.  Right?

Cheers Ya'll!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Its all about the Base....

I've begun work on Ms. Charlotte's base.  The photos aren't terribly exciting, but the eventual base should be very cool.

Blue tape to protect the clear plastic.  The resin piece on the bottom is an old resin terrain piece.  Maybe Chessex?  But its got an Alien/ Carnivorous plant vibe.  So once the glue sets, it'll be adding green stuff and a couple green skins.

Cheers Ya'll!