Thursday, November 6, 2014

THAT Rhett Bastid! ...and Friends.

Here he is... in all his puss ridden glory, THAT Rhett Bastid!


A close up of the Destroyer Hive.....


And a collage of some detail areas.....


Moving right along on the Call to Chaos challenge...  the Plaguebearers are underway..


That's all for now, lots to paint.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

THAT Rhett Bastid! What a Bastid.

Just a quick progress report on THAT Rhett Bastid! He's proving to be quite the bastid.... or its a bastid trying to get him to look the way I want him to. Not sure which. LOTS of time with the reading glasses, 10/0 brushes and wash after wash later, here's what I have at the moment.


Work has begun on the Destroyer Hive. I also decided to dull down the scythe to get more of a rotten/poison look. Just base colors on Elvis at this point, he'll be last.  Rhett is about 80% done. The armor is mostly done. I have to fix his big eye a bit, but after that its details - skulls, blight head, piddly bits on the base, etc.  Then onto Elvis.


A detail shot.  I'm not happy with the eye shape, so I'll fix it to give it a more comic/diabolical look....rather than the far too friggin round look it has now. I'll probably add a little "eye glow" since he's in mid-spell/controlling his not-so-dead minions. Armor needs to be chipped and made a bit more filthy,etc as well.  The only problem with him being part of the painting challenge on Bolter & Chainsword is I'm spending all my time on him. So, don't be suprised if you see dome plaguebearer mass production or two vehicles at a time painting in the next post. Yeah, I have until the Ides of January, but my second part-time gig is retailand Christmas will be in the midst of that, so December will suck. I really need to get a different gig, it just ruins holidays OR make more money at the home business. Hopefully, the latter will start happening in the coming months. :)  More soon.

Cheers ya'll!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

THAT Rhett Bastid: Check The Gut!

I'll admit, I'm terrible at keeping track of how I got there. I was just "in the zone". Lots of the same color pallette from the last post. Gloss coats mixed with washes for the really gross parts. Here's what I have so far. The gut area is done, the rest...not so much.


 Here's a close-up of the gut area.


And a bit more sculpting progress on Ms. Charlottte's head.


That's all for now.  Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

THAT Rhett Bastid! Painting Begins.

Phase 1 of the painting begins. I primed him with GW Bleached Bone Spray, than a wash of my Black- Brown mix (50/50  GW Chaos Black and Scorched Brown thinned slightly with water and Acrylic Matte medium). The skin and fleshy areas were drybrushed with GW Rakarth Flesh. Various washes of GW Druchii Purple and Althonian Camoshade in various mixtures.  I used Reaper Golden Flesh and Golden Highlight to pick out some details.  The same process was on the Nurgling, but then he was washed with GW Waywatcher Green. Also used some GW Elf Flesh on the Destroyer Hive.


Only the beginning, much more to come. Keep an eye open. 

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

THAT Rhett Bastid! He'd DONE!!! Well, sorta..

The sculpting, construction and general foolishness are DOOOooooooone! And the painting is next.


AND one more all around shot.



He's the most extensive conversion I've done to date, with the exception of Ms. Charlotte, whose really a monster- so she doesn't count, and I dare say I'm pretty proud of him. I'm actually excited to get painting on him.  I'm entering into the Call Of Chaos over at Bolter & Chainsword, so Rhett Bastid will be one of several models I'll be trying to finish painting before the Ides of January.

 Of course, those evil buggers at Games Workshop are about to release a whole bunch of Nurgly Goodness, which I'm sure will find its way to my hobby table....sooner than later.

Cheers Ya'll!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

From the Workbench: THAT Rhett Bastid!!

This guy may be the most extensive green stuff conversion I've done.  The last two things that he needed were an arm and feet. First, the arm...


I used a zombie arm as an ARM-ature <insert rimshot and cymbal crash here>  Basically, I just pinned it in and then the sculpting began. Here's the final results.....


Its still amazing to me, being an old fart, what you can find on Google Images. When I was in college, you'd have to go to bookstores and several libraries to find good photo references, now you can type in something like "fat arms" into Google images and "POOF!" things you probably don't need to see.  But wait!... He still needs feet!  Before the arm sculpts began, Rhett had a tender moment with his scythe, Elvis.


For feet, I went with hooves. And.... well, that means the sculpting on Rhett (save his base) is finally...FINALLY... done.


There's likely to be a nurgling (or two) on the base... depending on how busy they make it. Otherwise I'll just smooth out the rock he's standing on and put some more dead things and a rat or two on there.  I plan on entering a painting challenge over at Bolter & Chainsword and he'll be one of the minis I try to get painted during the time allotted. 

OH! Speaking of rats!  Somebody Has to be named Willard. If you don't get the reference, check this out....


That's it for now,folks. I'm going to endeavor to finish up Ms.Charlotte soon and I have to work on some Orks as well as my Nurgly stuff.  Much more to come.

Cheers y'all!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sculptin' and a'scupltin'.

First, an update on That Rhett Bastid!

Before.....
After.....
The face is coming together nicely. Not quite done yet, but closer.  His butt, however is done.


And as long as i was working on faces, it was time to get to Ms. Charlotte's.  I wanted to bring in more of the  deamon engine / creepy cyborg into the model since I opted for fleshy wings. This is the beginning of a beaten metal head section with all sorts of tubes an wires and such. Not to mention, two big lense like eyes.


I had some folks on one of the forums ask about what tools I use for sculpting, so here's a little rundown of how I do things. Its not the "right" way or the "best" way, no doubt... but its just the way I've come to sculpting over about a decade of trial and error, watching more than a few videos on Youtube and ... most importantly... hours and hours of screwing up.


#1:Tentacle Makers - the most recent addition to my sculpting kit. Tentacle makers from Green Stuff Industries . These tools, which I'm still figuring out the nuances to, take your fabricating abilities to a whole new level. They also have basic sculpting tools and alot more. Customer service wise, they were a joy to work with (since I had an issue with paypal) Worth every single penny. Basically, to use them you dab the surface with water, put a green stuff coil down and rub the top piece across the base.  Varying the pressure and angle or taking out a coil and rolling it, there are many,many effects you can achieve with these things.

#2: Green stuff.  Hard to do any green stuff sculpting without it. I always try to match the blue and yellow in equal amounts. Yeah, I know that sounds a bit basic... but you can tweek it one way or the other to get a different feel. More blue, hardens a bit quicker, more yellow is stickier takes a bit longer to dry.  Working with wet/ moist fingers (some folks use gloves- I tried it, didn't like the fact that I couldn't feel the green stuff to sense if it was starting to get tacky- its a personal preference) and tools is a must as much as possible. Supposedly, the stuff is non toxic. I wouldn't recommend chewing it to mix it or keep it wet in between sculpts though. I make tentacles,power cables and just roll up coils with my left over green stuff or if I mix too much and its starting to harden and keep them. Little round balls of various sizes can be handy too.

#3: A piece of Acrylic. In this particular case, its half of a $.99 magnetic frame from a local craft store.  Dab water on this with your fingers and set your Green Stuff on it while you are sculpting for a no stick holding area. Also provides a nice wet, no stick surface to roll coils on or do any flat sculpting you might need. If you have two pieces you can use them to roll coils without fear of fingerprints.

#4: Toothpicks.  If you don't have a tool that will do what you want it to, make one. All you need is an Exacto knife and a bunch of toothpicks.  Dip them in water (or put them in your mouth... just before you get green stuff on them,though) and go to work.

#5: Tools, Metal tools. A good set of basic sculpting tools. One purchase, one time... and you are set.  You also see a couple syringes, which I use for making pock marks and other little circles.

#6: Water.

That's all for now. Hopefully, I'll be getting a game in this week, which would be nice.

Cheers ya'll!