Friday, April 29, 2011

A bit of progress.....

The blessings of Grandfather Nurgle have shown upon me.  In spite of a sinus/ear infection and some flu-like thing from my loving Chaos patron, I've managed to get some stuff done. Alot of it is detail drybrushing on the tactical squads, vehicles and turrets. It doesn't show well in the photos, so I'll just post some when these guys are totally done. But here's what my work desks look like.  This one is SUPPOSED to be for actual artwork, cartoons and such, but has become my building and decal table.
You can see some metal grey knights in the background that have made there way out of storage in my "crusade army" box.  I have a box of the new guys, too. So with the 6 metal guys, and the new set I figure I can get two squads (probably of 6- may convert a couple, so maybe 7 or 8) I also have 5 metal terminators which may have plastic buddies once I find an extra $50.  But the army I have, that I call the "crusade army" was originally supposed to be inquisitors with allies.  Now, it will be an army with Inquisitor Coteaz and a bunch of henchmen (stormtroopers mostly) so it should be fun.   As you can see, alot  going on.  But,wait......there's more. Here's the painting table.
There has been some progress on the razorback turrets...base colors and the beginning of paint chipping
And some work on the Librarian. Layering on the yellow tabard, some on the blue armor and metalics on the psychic hood. I absolutely LOVE this model (who needs an arm) Lots of excellent details, so I'll likely agonize over the painting.  I've done some planning on the Captain Shrike conversion, but Nurgle's blessings have kept me from getting to the actual building. Well, that and having to find room to do the work. OK...OK, I'll confess to spending a few hours reading and playing Civilization V or Dawn of War II:Retribution. I really have no excuse for that... a decade long Civ addiction is hard to break sometimes and the Ork Freebootas in Retribution crack me up.  But here's a pic of the Librarian in progress..
Also dusted off/cleaned up an old conversion that I plan to use as my version of Inquisitor Coteaz.  He still needs some detail tweaking before I begin painting, but painting him will be my "reward" for getting my two tactical and one assault squad finished, before I start painting the second assault squad.  I'll also be assembly lining two drop pods soon. I'll be airbrushing alot on those. My plan is a worn out neutral codex grey scheme so I can use them for any of my marine armies.  They should be alot of fun to weather.
Luckily the Inquisitor still has his pistol to fend off a deamonic incursion on my disposable pallette.

After a bit of plotting, scheming and general procrastination, I've decided to lay claim to another Games Workshop named marine chapter and give it my own touch.  I had thought about creating my own name and have messed around with several ideas, but instead I'm taking on these guys....

This chapter has only been mentioned by name a couple of times in GW sources and have basically no "official" background.  So, I'll be giving them an Egyptian like theme and using the Blood Angels codex for the armylist.  I'm hoping to get a, raven, which I'll likely paint in a scheme where I can use it with this army and the Inquisition, unless the job market drastically improves and I can afford two.:)
So there's the progress and the kunnin' planz for the near future. Cheers, y'all!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

What a week.

Sorry for the lack of posts.  On top of some cat sitting responsibilities (for a kitty that needs twice daily shots), a trip with the wife to a renaissance fest (where the people watching was more entertaining than the ...uh, entertainment) and a cold -like thing that will just not go away, I've had no noticable progress on the projects on my hobby tables.  I have done a bit of work on the two Raptors 6 man tactical teams trying to get them finished up. There has also been some planning work done on the Shrike conversion whose weapons I think I've finally come to a decision on. Sticking with the pirated skaven blades, my "Shrike" will have two swords. The pose is still in the works but I'm thinking something similar to this......
...... with a winged jump pack.  Maybe a little more crouch in the posture. Either way, I'll be hacking a plastic marine up at the joints, pinning him with bendable sodder or bent wires and filling in with green stuff where applicable.  It should he all sorts of "fun", but hopefully the model will kick ass in the end.

I'm also informed that my new desktop pc is not far off, so I could be venturing into the realm of digital artwork soon, maybe even some animation if I can get the program.  Either way, the creative possibilities will increase. But for now, its off to bed.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

More Raptors Painting in Progress

The Decals are on the razorbacks.....
.... but, for all of my grand decal tutorial.... One rebellious decal has the dreaded flash.
Much assembly line painting was done on the stable of "ancients". I love Dreadnaughts. I love the idea of them and I love to play with them. Now that they can be dropped via drop pod.... I like them even more.
And, last but not least, my as-yet-unnamed Librarian, who will likely be the leader of my merry band of genetically engineered super warriors when Captain Shrike isn't in charge.
More to come....stay tuned. Cheers.:)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Decals....made easy?

Decals: Some hate them, some love them, but they can really make or break a nice looking model. For what its worth, here's how I do decals.
Step 1: Gloss Varnish the area where the decal goes
Step 2: After the gloss varnish dries, break out the Solvaset.  You can use other decal "settling' agents, but Solvaset is my favorite. I've been using it for nearly 20 years.  These agents help snug the decals down over irregular surfaces.... like shoulder plates, for example.
Step 3: As the target decal sits in water, I put a little solvaset on the target area. Then we apply the decal.
Step 4: With the area wet, position the decal, then carefully dab with a paper towel.
** On textured/ non flat surfaces, once I take the bulk of the water/solvaset away, I sometimes score or 'poke' the decals to take out air bubbles and to get the decal to lay down.  Light tamping with the paper towel and applying solvaset to "problem" areas. Gentle tamping with a paper towel or brushing with a small dry flat brush will help get rid of the wrinkles.
Step 5: After that dries, I apply a layer of watered down gloss varnish.  After that all sets good there will be a matte varnish.
After all that dries, prior to some advanced weathering/paint chipping etc., I sometimes run a ultra fine sanding stick/sand paper over the area. this will knock down any wrinkles and such.  Eventually, there would likely be a final matte spray varnish too.  But, the final product is usually a seamless decal, free of flash (unlike many you see in GW books....all that fine painting and flash on the decals, for shame 'Eavy Metal team, for shame.) As with all things, it takes practice to get it right and mistakes will be made. Also, there might be some variation depending on the decals manufacture. I've used this technique on decals from Russia, the Czech republic,France, England,Germany,Japan, Canada and the US (and possibly elsewhere).... not to mention somewhat brittle 10-15+ year old decals (some of which will likely be on my Imperial Guard stuff). Lousy looking decals can make an otherwise beautiful model look crappy, so its good stuff for the somewhat serious modeller to know. Obviously, I'm always open to any questions, so hit me up.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Why do you tempt me so?

I always have lots of conversion ideas. A few too many at any given time.  There are just too many cool angles to take in the Warhammer 40k universe.  Enter the new Tomb Kings army.  I don't play Warhammer fantasy and there are just not available funds to get into it at the moment.  But....... they just have to come out with cool things to get my hobby brain going.  First it was the Arachnorok (sp?) Spider thing that just screams Tervigon conversion to me. Now all of the cool Egyptian like stuff that aches to go with a space marine army I've been scheming.  I already have way too many hobby projects to work on.... so I may have to consider how many of these armies I need and if any might make their way to E-bay to fund more hobby madness.   In the meantime, Games Workshop keeps making me want to part with any spare cash I have. *shakes fist*

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Raptors: Camo PIP

OK...the airbrushing is done. Here's the razorbacks for Squads II & III after their base paint application. There's plenty of brushwork to be done, detailing, paint chipping, weathering,decals.... but here's the start.

And 1 of 3 dreadnaughts (as yet unnamed), the other two will just have the drab green.
More to come, keep checking in. C&C always welcome.

Vehicles WIP & musings

Tonight I'm doing something I'm not comfortable or familiar with. I'm thinning and pushing GW/Privateer press paints through my airbrush. I usually do my airbrush modeling with enamels or model acrylics formulated for airbrushes. So, this is kind of shaky ground for me. I'm not crazy about "experimenting" on models I plan to be finished pieces. The first round of painting is done and it went.....OK. There were a few wattery sputters here and there. The results are not as good as they would have been if I were prepared with the correct colors in enamels or model acrylics, but I'm trying to match the marines ....and frankly, I'm being cheap and not interested in investing time and gas money in travelling to secure a few bottles of paint I'm likely only going to use a bit of.   SO....we'll see how it all works out, pictures forthcoming. Here's something similar to what I have in mind for my "in theater" camoflage.

I've also been scheming with the new Grey Knights codex.  By using Inquisitor Cotez, you can use henchmen as troops which puts TONS of conversion possibilities on the table as well as allowing me to use the 30 odd INQ stormtroopers I have.  Also some possibilities for agents of Chaos. Lots of fun could be had.  I'm seeing lots of grumblings on possible interpretations of the rules surrounding this whole thing, since the codex COULD be interpreted a couple ways. Way to go,Games Workshop editing folks! You guys have to start considering your audience a bit more. What may seem a pretty logical/ gentlemenly solution to the obvious to you (especially in England) might not be so clear cut elsewhere. Especially here in the states where American over competitiveness has turned the relaxing game of toy soldiers into some wierd evil twin of its former self.  Time will straighten any confusion out over the rules, I'm sure. Either way, the speed at which I model things, I'll have plenty of time to deal with what ever the ruling is.