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!  But...it 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!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I may just have found.....

..... my new Obliterators.


Yeeeeaaaaah <wrings hands> those guys would be perrrrrrfect! I think they will make a great base for the conversion into weapon beasts.  There's a better chance of a head with a big eye (think Blinky) rather than rat heads. OH the things I can do.  AND  I have 4 more from the Blood Isle sprues.

 More progress on the tanks with a painting session planned for tonight and tomorrow. I'll post some pics Sunday night.

Cheers ya'll!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tanks for stoppin' by!

No, really. Tanks!  Now that the holiday madness is past and the new calendar year scooting right along, I find myself up against a deadline. My Call of Chaos pledge over at THE Bolter and Chainsword is due soon. Very soon.  As in 7 days.  It was like a ninja, snuck right up on me. This dawning on me (like yesterday, when I put up a new calendar in my art/hobby room) has kicked me into overdrive.  I have 2 vehicles and 10 plaguebearers left to finish. On to the models.....


The Rhino and the Vindicator "primed". Really, primed red brown, then washed with a brown/black. In the Rhino's case I had started painting it a couple years back and didn't like the paint scheme so I gave it a wash with the brown/black as well.  The next step was beginning the layers of greens that would make up the hull color. First, GW Castellan Green.


I used a #6 Flat brush for pretty much everything, usually applying the paint in downward strokes or even thinned dabs. The big thing was getting coverage, but letting some of the brown tones show through in certain places and also for a bit of that war-weary look.  The sad part is, in the long run a good deal of the greens I'm agonizing over will be covered with corruption, rust or weathering. The next step was highlight layers. GW Death World Forest was the first layer in an overall run to bring out edges and add character to the green.


From the side door back you can see the 3rd color, GW Gretchin Green. You can also see the streaky brush application I was talking about.  The 4th step is even more highlights withe GW Ogryn Camo and Bleached Bone. You can see my steps #2- #4 in the next photo.


The plan, once I get that done on both vehicles, is to weather up the greens a bit, do an overall wash with GW Althonian Camoshade...uh,er...just because, and then move on to laying in the major rust areas.  Much more to come, because I aim to meet that deadline. Its good to be back. :)

Cheers ya'll!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Drooling Lip and Blood Bath of Many Colors.

First, the drooling lip.....




Yup. I have finished THAT Rhett Bastid's face. He's Done,done,done. It looks a bit grosser up close, but this seemed to be the best shot I could get of the glossy black-purple ooze. Nice and shiny. Yuck.

Another shot of my army's new leader (soon to star in his own comic, but shhhhhhhh don't tell anyone...especially him, he's got such an ego already)


I like this angle because you get a sense of his rattiness along with the full-on nasty Nurgly paunch and all. Now, I have about a hundred friggin rat-zombies to work on. Eeeeek!

(This might be a bit of a rant... but bear with me, it has something to do with the models below)
During my forced time off, I've spent a bit too much time on gaming forums and playing PC games.
Come to find out, after all of my time and considerable effort I've been painting all wrong! Not to mention, that painting Nurgle is EASY!! I guess all you really need to do is just slap some washes on until things look like mud and you are done!  It didn't matter if I tried to argue the point, I was wrong. (honestly, I don't think they even bothered to check out the link to my blog, but I did pick up two more followers during this online harang, so something good came out of it. Damn it.... I've wasted so much time.

Seriously, as much as I love some of the online community - THE Bolter & Chainsword, Da WAaagh! at the top of the list along with any of the blogs on the sidebar - the rest can become alot like reading the comments under news articles. I really know I shouldn't, if I want to keep any hope I have left for humanity being smarter than a turd sniffing monkey (which is a GRRRrrreat name for a Space Marine Chapter) Along with some recent conversations I had on facebook after getting out of hospital with one of my art professors and a few fellow artists from college days, I'm here to tell you the ONE paramount truth about painting. It doesn't matter how or by what means, its all about getting the paint on the canvas (or in this case the miniature) You can use a toothpick, an airbrush, a slingshot with a hollowed out egg (Yeah, we did that one in college) or an elephants ass (though that could be tough on miniatures).... do it your way. Don't listen to these people. Don't listen to me. well...er, except now... but, dammit you know what I mean. BE YOURSELF. There is no right or wrong way. Granted, there are ways that will look like shit, but if you don't push yourself, experiment, fail miserably many,many times, you'll never,ever,ever, get better.

And under that soapbox? Ick!  Deamons!


I got so pissed off, that besides swearing to not visit a couple websites ever again and to not click on comment on a couple others, I decided to take my own advice and break out of the box a bit. Especially since I was told you can't paint with washes only slather them on, by one "genius"  FIRST...we have Plaguie #1.

 #1: has a base coat of spray GW Bleached Bone, a uniform overall wash of good ol' Athonian Camoshade and that's about it. We'll call that the "Patient Zero Base" Its the base coat the whole unit has. Originally, I figured- like most units- I'd paint them the same to give them cohesion. Now I've decided to paint them pretty much all different with some similarities.

#2: With the Patient Zero Base, he got an overall drybrushing of GW Rakarth Flesh. Then I screwed up a bit...at least from what I wanted. I highlighted some areas with GW Tausept Ochre, Then started stippling in with an OLD GW Flesh Wash.  Old as in, I'm fairly sure the stuff has fermented OLD.  I have inks from the first run that are still good (though they smell funky) but this one is from the second phase of GW paints and it was NAAaaaasty.  It got very chestnutty when it dried.I dropped some of my Bone Mix (50/50 brown/black wash) in the recesses. He's a little lighter than he looks in the photo, but that will definitely be an undercoat to work from. Yikes.

#3: Starting with Patient Zero,  he got a light drybrushing of GW Rakarth Flesh and than some highlights with  Rakarth/Elf Flesh (50/50) Then an overall of GW Druchii Violet , which I usually use as a shader. Its really a gross, neat skin tone.

#4: After doing the last one, I had to see what Patient Zero would look like with just GW Druchii Purple. SO, a basic wash and some stippling in the shadows.  Its really a nice base.  This also got me to think about other washes.

#5: His Patient Zero got a full shot of GW Asurmen Blue.  He looks a bit like a swamp craeture but, I can do something with that. And finally...

#6: I took the GW Carroburg Crimson to this guys Patient Zero scheme and the results were really interesting. The base greenish tan with red, you will end up with some sort of brown looking thin, no doubt.... but this one was suitably cool. AND THEN... you hit some areas with Asurman Blue... and you have some great looking spots for future bruised skin or internal bleeding,etc.  Making things look kinda gross isn't hard, but making them look convincingly gross...well, that takes some trickery.

Hell week for me is coming up (Job #2 is retail.....at Christmas....it sucks) but I should get another in before Santa comes calling. I swear, I'ma gonna git me a reindeer fer sure dis year <clik-ak!> Until then... Cheers, Ya'll!



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Brief Video Interlude For All the Mad Meks Out There...

If you are an Orky Mek at heart, a kitbasher or just fan of the old "Mad Max" movies, this might grab your attention....


Its been kicking around a while, but that's what Orky .....or CHAOS buggies aught to look like. ;)

As for me, I'll break one of blogging's primary rules and apologize for my absence. First it was Thanksgiving Holiday, than an unwanted "holiday" in hospital. But I'm out and healing and should have some Warhammer modelling goodness up in the next few days (likely Sun-Mon timeframe) as I still have a painting challenge to finish. Until then...Cheers ya'll!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Yep....I'm a bum.

It's been a while since I made a post. Lots of repairs going on at Casa D'Rednekk. Between that and the only chance I get at any holiday time with the family, painting has had to take a back seat.  But, fear not, loyal readers. I've got some base colors on two vehicle and another wash or two on those ugly plaguebearers. With the shear hell that is working retail (especially as a supervisor) around Christmas, I will definitely be getting some painting done to decompress. But for the meantime.. as my mates would say across the pond.... I'm on Holiday (Thanksgiva-Christmas).  So, I'll leave you with this.


Happy Thanksgiving to all you Yanks out there! 

Look for a post around December 1.
Cheers Yall!