Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The New Paint Station

The one hobby related gift I did get for Christmas was from the folks at Hobbyzone in Poland. A nice little portable PAINT STATION so I can paint in the living room from time to time and also move painting projects out of the way for construction projects on my hobby desk.  I got the cheaper one. The shipping was nearly as much as the paint station, but after putting it together I'm very pleased with the purchase.

It took about 3 1/2 weeks to get to Florida from Poland at Christmas time, but that was no big shock.  Well packed and arrived in perfect condition. Then I opened it up...

All the parts. No instructions. But... no worries. Its pretty intuitive. I did a dry fit run and then broke out the glue and some blue painter's tape to put pressure on the corners. BAM!  Nice convenient, paint station.

Here it is  completed with some paint pots and the in-progress marines. The only "complaints" I have are minor. Really minor. My water cups are all too big for the water cup holes. I intend to use the brush holes for brushes, but I'm thinking I'll rig up one of the water cup holes to hold a bunch of brushes, since I tend to use a lot of different ones or at least like to have them on hand. Other wise, I love it.

Now that the insanity of the holiday season is over, I can get back to painting and finish up some of the projects that are underway... like Ms Charlotte.  Not to mention the impending Tyranid release, which promises to eat up pretty much any and all of my hobby $$ in the near future. :) Back to the weekly or bi-weekly posts.

Cheers Ya'll  and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Trooptastic # 6: Rusty Templars.... of DOOooom!

The repaint/overhaul of the first squad of Marines is well underway. The rusty parts are done. I've simplified my rust formula down a little bit thanks to the new formula dry medium Ryza Rust. Every thing starts with my "standard" black-brown base (which, if you haven't seen before is basically 50/50 Scorched Brown/Chaos Black - slightly thinned with acrylic matte medium over a grey primer) Then its these 3 colors....

Stipple on one color after another, catching edges where it looks right. I may go in with a little ink here and there to get some details, but that's basically it for "tabletop". And I'm pretty happy with the results.Plus, its easy and fast.

Next, its on to the green parts and then the details. More to come. I may or may not be able to get in a post before Christmas because of a seriously crazy schedule. If I don't, to all of you who visit the Mekkshop I just want to say thanks for checking in to my little corner of the interwebs, Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah (belated), Happy Boxing Day, Happy Kwanza and any other holiday I may have forgotten. If you happen to be imbibing, have one for me... I'll probably be working.

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Something completely different....

This space is first and foremost a hobby blog but I have to explain something that may shock some of you..... I really LOVE Tyranids. I have since they came out. I've bought and sold 4 tyranid armies, not to mention a MASSIVE Epic 40k army.... and I will have another. Sooner than later.

Rumors abound as to when the new book and model reboot will hit and its looking like January... this little bit is via natfka and is a rumor... but still....

"New Releases January 11th
Codex Tyranids:  $49.5 £30 
Tyranid Psychic Cards $6 £3.5
 Tyranid Harpy/ Hive Crone $80 £48 
Tyranid Haruspex/ Exocrine $73 £44
 Tyranid Warriors (3 models) $51 £31 
Tyranid Hive Guard/ Tyrant Guard (3 models) $70 £42.5 
Carnifex Brood (2 models) $90 £55
 Tyranid Swarm (95 models) $170 £105

(Images are other people's models, not mine- found via Google for illustrative purposes)
In case some of you are wondering, here's what the old Armorcast Exocrine looked like...

And here's the old Armorcast Haruspex......

A "Transport" critter would be nice... like the old Malefactor....
... but that's probably wishful thinking. Though a LOT of stuff from the old EPIC armies are showing their heads these days.  Plus  there's a great big flying critter.... I'm going to have to start a savings account for my new Hive Fleet.  

COOOooooooooool stuff coming!

Cheers Ya'll!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Troop-tastic # 5: The Rusty Blade

The Cultists (and sometimes Traitor Guard Penal Troops) are DONE.  May I present to you, the Brotherhood of the Rusty Blade. Their intrepid leader, Bumpo Sludge is a former hab-trailer park handi-man...er,  maintenance engineer, now aspiring wanna-be champion of Nurgle.

And the rest of the lads.

....with Big Carl on the Heavy Stubber.

Now on to the marines. December is hell month in the retail world (where I am a slave), so my posts may be more sparse than I'd like, but I will do my best to at least be weekly.

Cheers Ya'll!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Troop-Tastic # 4: Black Friday Edition

Few plans survive past the planning stage unmolested. And so went my painting plans for the holiday week, but I did get something done on the cultist/penal troops. The one thing I have failed miserably at- once again- is doing a "tabletop" paint scheme. Try as I might to do a nice, basic "good enough" scheme, I just have to piddle with detailing. maybe I'll be able to pull off this "tabletop" thing with my eventual Tyranid army. Something tells me.... probably not.

Here's the first bunch. The top group you've seen before, Most of the new work has been on their masks and guns. Still not done, but probably a little stipple with some metallic and that should be it.

The guys on the bottom were mostly done save the work to bring their guns in line with everyone else. The big thing with these three is their shoulderplates. Unlike most of the cultist models, these guys have shoulder plates that have a rim, not unlike that of the space marines. This allowed me to nail down the color scheme the Templars of DOOooom will use. It was easy and painterly, so it will help me when I start work on the first of the 40+ Templars I have to paint within the next week or so.

Next up we have the leader and the heavy stubber, still in the works. A stipple of metal on the gun, flesh painting and such. Pretty happy with the leader's armored shoulder and arm plates. I'm REALLY happy with the way the rusty brown and the dark green play together. the Templars of DOOooom should look pretty friggin cool.

Then the rest. They have their basic washes. Still much more to do, but they aren't too far behind the rest. It won't be long before this bunch is done which will make a nice core group of 20 that I can use as cultists or as 2 squads of penal troops when I use my Traitor Guard.

Last, but not least, one of the biggest reasons these guys aren't basically done.... the newest member of Da Rednekk Clan. Lucy.

At her feet the shattered body of Harvey, the road killed Squirrel. Yes, she has a donut around her neck. This young lady lost her original owner and the family was going to put her down, mostly because they just didn't want her. The wife took her after seeing her picture. She has some allergies we are dealing with, but for a 4 year old dog she has absolutely NO bad habits and is generally wonderful and happy.... except for her itchies, which we'll get rid of with time. But, she's required a lot of my time since she's getting used to her new home. The cats aren't entirely pleased, but its gotten to "you stay there, I'll stay here and it'll be OK" so things are progressing. I did sneak out and do some fly fishing too, when I could have been painting. As long as I don't start tieing flies again... this blog is safe. Luckily (or regrettably, depending on how you look at it) there is no (stream)trout fishing to be done in Florida. Boy, I miss that.

Hopefully, the cultists will be mostly done in the next post. Definitely will concentrate on the fleshy areas next.  Check back in a couple days.

Cheer's ya'll!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Troop-tastic # 3:Cracklin' Mud

Like all good Games Workshop addicts I just HAVE to try out new products when they hit. The new technical mediums are no exception. While I don't have them all... yet.... I did get the two that thrilled me the most (How I didn't pick up Blood for the Blood God, I just don't know- something tells me it could happen before weeks end, though)  The Agrellan Earth medium, which -from what I can tell- is basically the crackling medium crafty folks used mixed with a lovely mud colored paint, definitely caught my eye to help with the "Badlands" look I'd been wanting for my bases.  My own nerdy,fluffy backstory for my armies is the battle over the wartorn Shrineworlds of Crixus (basically Crixus Prime, its moons and Secondus- think a slightly dryer version of Earth and a habitable Mars)

At any rate, after two applications of said medium. ( Don't be stingy, but not insanely thick)- I let them dry over night and here's what three of the bases look like, without any further drybrushing or washes....

Its a nice effect. I read that some of the product shipped in the UK didn't work as advertised and I'm thinking maybe I could use a bit more "bang".. so the boys thought I should add a little something from the local craft store.

We'll see how it goes with the bases on the rest now that I have a game plan. Speaking of the rest of the lads, the second acquisition Ryza Rust Dry medium was put to use on some of their rusty kit.  Its not like the other dry compounds. I'm not sure if this is the new direction the Dry compounds are taking or if its differnt all together. I'm hoping its a new direction (it smells different).. its great for dry brushing.... as it should be... but isn't as rubbery as the original run, which  I've had dry out on me. More than once.  Good stuff. Especially for that final rusty highlight.... more on that in another post.

But all the cultists are being painted..... in a new spot.  A couple weeks ago, we had a new addition to the family. A new dog. Our previous dog had passed away last year around Christmas and we had planned on getting a new one after this coming New Year...but, if you are married (or even have a long time girlfriend) you know those kind of plans are always subject to change. Because no matter what you think... you are not in charge.  Anyways, we have a 60 pound, 4 year old Pointer-mix who thinks she is a 4 month old 6 pound Pointer -mix and hates to be left alone. SO.... I can't go into my art/hobby room for hours on end during the day without a whining dog outside the door... and I can't let her in without something being eaten off the floor. So I have a (hopefully temporary) painting set-up in the great room for the up coming holiday when I'll be home with the critters.

And as a parting shot.... here's Ms. Charlotte on her flight stand. Its all a mock up, nothing is glued, but you can get an idea of scale and such. 

Detailed pictures of the cultists and such on the next post in a couple days.

Cheers ya'll!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Troop-tastic Part # 2: 4 cultists

Breaking down the cultists into manageable groups, I started with 4 in the same pose. Most of these guys are getting a similar treatment, but these 4 had the duster coats, so I figured they'd show the drybrushing pretty well. Here's the boys with a basic prime of British Armor Brown and P3 Hammerfall Khaki

Next came the pre-wash drybrushing. This would be an easy way to do these guys for tabletop quality, though I'm going to go a bit above that. But you can see how easy it is to get some really great looking effects. I drybrushed the pants with GW Ogryn Camo green. The rest of the model was drybrushed with GW Underhive Ash (Dry Compound) and a slightly lighter version of GW Bleached Bone (basically Bleached Bone and White). I stippled the bottoms of the coats a bit to weather them as well.

Then to the washes. The first wash was an overall wash with Army Painter Quickshade:Strong Tone. Once that dried, I hit the pants with Althonian Camoshade, two coats. Then one more thinner wash of the Quickshade on the hoods and other khaki areas to deepen the recesses and weather them a bit.  After all that dried, I painted the guns and straps with black, did a quick Boltgun Metal drybrush on them and dulled them with the Quickshade as well. The final step was some drybrushing with the Bleached Bone to bring out the highlights. Here's a couple shots of the results at that point sans detailing. The lighting was a bit different in each shot in an attempt to show off the washes, though I'm not sure either does them justice. Maybe the photos of the boys after the fiddly details are done will.

I've also played with the new GW crackling paint on some bases. It definitely seems to work better if it has something to hold on to. Looks like after a couple fairly thick applications I may get the desired effects. Hopefully, there will be something worth taking a photo of on that front for the next post as well as these 4 nuckleheads completed.  Next post after the weekend.... because I have to work 

Cheers Ya'll!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Troop-tastic Part #1: The Beginning.

I've decided to extend my "troops only" painting gig through the rest of the year. Partly because I have lots of troops that need painting and partly because one of my jobs involves retail and the holidays are just suck-tastic if you work retail, so my hobby time may be sporadic, which is good for these kinds of painting projects as opposed to the bigger sculpting, high end painting things.

SO... these folks will be my first victims. A squad of 10 Chaos Space marines and 20 cultists/penal troops. These guys get used in just about every game I play, so its only fitting they get painted first. 6 of the cultists are done and the CSM champion is going to get abit of a repaint. There will be some more "before" pictures, but here's a group shot.
I aquired some Agrellan Earth technical medium, which looks to be basically paint with crackle medium in it and have applied it to parts of the bases on the 6 cultists that are done. My bases are a mix of crumbled stone and sand, so I'm thinking of some cracked earth in the flat parts along with dead grass may give that Badlands look I've been going for. We'll see if it works as advertised. Also picked up some Ryza Rust for highlighting the rust on the Templars once I get he greens down. I'll also be debuting the Templar of DOOooom Cross. Hope to update Wednesday night or Thursday. So keep a weather eye.

Cheers ya'll!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Stealth Scouts and Rusty Cleavers

I, like many long time hobbyists, have a collections of marines in various states of construction. In my case, I have a case full of guys that spent time in the paint stripper and are in pieces. Among these guys were some scouts I had basically forgotten about. These guys were so good, they had been hiding in plain sight.  Originally, I had built them quickly (which I hate-Hate-HATE to do) for a game quite a while back and gave them a quick(bad) prime. I spent some time scraping off the mold lines, drilling out gun barrels and doing some clean up. I then converted one of the bolters into a combi-weapon for the Sergeant and BAM! I have a new scout team. 

They might get a bit of a priming touch up (well, the missile launcher guy definitely will), but then its on to paint. Full camo for these guys. Toying with the idea of doing some camo- leaves and what not. It could happen. Hrmmmmmm.......

After looking at the new codex, I needed a 'champion' and a 'musician', so I did a quick conversion on a couple guys. 
I liked the texture on the cleaver so much that I put it on all of the blades in the unit. It should paint up nice. Hope to finish these guys up this weekend, if I don't get distracted by the scouts. That's it for now.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Something Icky this way comes....

The first entry for my month of troops are these lovely fellows who have been sitting around my hobby room, primed in British Armor Brown for some time now.

They were given a healthy wash of The Army Painter Quickshade Strong Tone. I love these inks, just great stuff. If you haven't had the chance to try them out, do it. Worth every penny. Now that my shadows and basic colors were laid in, I attacked these guys with a larger drybrush and some of GW's dry compound. I like this stuff, but my first batch dries up on me. So I bought 1 bottle, instead of the "Oooo that color looks nice too, I'll pick up that one and that one and that one"- which is my usual way of buying paint. Regrettably. I figured if I have a color I'll actually use a LOT of in a short period of time it would be worth buying again. So, I bought a bottle of Underhive Ash- which is sufficiently Nurgly- and hit these guys with it.

They looked pretty good at that point... but, I had to hit them with "old reliable" Athonian Camoshade, because.... well, I use it on everything. Like peanut butter.  All that's left now is some high lighting and detailing of guts and such. That's for next time.

I slapped something Slaaneshi together too. (Hrrmmmm....that doesn't sound right) Meet Master Blaster Blastmaster. He runs Bartertown. And looks FAaaaabulous doing it. ;)

That's all for now. I'm hoping the coming week won't have thing like the flu and a new dog the size of a pony to get in the way of me posting more frequently.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trick or Treat? Definitely Trick....Definitely.

So my "fun" game on Monday turned out to be something .... different.  Usually, my throwdowns with my Tyranid nemesis, Broodnest are hard-fought,comical and generally a good time. I had wanted to test out some flyers and continue the tongue in cheek narrative we had going with the Templars of DOOoom and his bacon loving Tyranids.  Right after deployment, this particular game was going down a different road.

I believe my words were "What the hell is THAT?!?" when I saw the whole army was deployed. I just looked him squarely in the eye and said "There is no way I can make a dent in that and there is no way this is going to be any sort of fun" Too many big critters, buffed by psychic powers to make them nastier, just no way for me to cause enough damage even if I could roll half way decent. My dice DO tend to hit OK, its wounding they seem allergic to.... unless Ms. Blinky is shooting, she seems to have issues hitting, must be that single eye.

"Oh, yeah... this is basically the army I won that last tournament with. My other minis are packed away." In all fairness, he is getting ready to move, but shit on a dipstick man, that is just a nasty,nasty.  So, our game that had been destined for a battle report turned into a "training game". I brought him to my side of the table and made him help me fight him...if that makes sense. Though brutal, and I was characteristicly betrayed by my dice....AGAIN..(the Tzeentchy cultists have been at them, I just know it...tricksy little bastards)

 "Looks scary from up here , Boss!"
Actually, the guys in the tower faired pretty well. Their shooting was suprisingly good, though they seldom wounded. They DID cause wounds. But 2 wounds on a 5 wound Trygon.... meh. I took a gamble.. (that was discussed with my opponent.... like I said, we basically played the game as a training ( I DID learn a LOT) and brought Ms Charlotte in against the Warrior unit that was on the objective in the center- an underground cryogenic storage center, loaded with pork products- which she did he whole balefire deal on to some effect, causing wounds,setting one on fire. The gamble was that my Defiler would hang in to close combat with the Flyrant, which it did not and Charlotte was rectally violated by twin linked devourers on the next turn. A rather unexciting showing for her first time out.

The "Budgie- standing in for a Traitor Vendatta gunship(I NEEEEED to get 1-2 of those)- lazzzed the crap out of one of the Trygons, once again hitting like aces, but failing to wound enough to put it down. Boltgun fire from the tower almost killed the Trygon (again- hit like crazy, failed to wound). It was a scary experience, reminded me of why I don't play tournaments and also of what my armies lack -as in stuff I have yet to purchase.  Broodnest, who is a killer player and my painting protege', is going to help me figure out some units and such that will help me against a broader base of opponents, so I can go down to the shop and play. To be honest, I'm not familiar with the local "meta".. and I just build the units I like and think are cool most of the time, so we'll see how it goes.  The good news is, I'm actually playing the damned game.

Next time (tuesday) he's breaking out his newish Tau army. That should be new for both of us. 

In other news, I've started the first flight base. I have 3 and each one will be a vignette, likely with gretchin doing something goofy. In this one they will be selling beer. Think Lemonade stand.

Last but not least, tomorrow starts a new month. And I've come to a conclusion. I have an aweful lot of troops to paint. Granted, it would have been better to do in October- I could have called it Trooptober or something catchy like that, but instead I'm simply saying that I WILL NOT be painting anything for the next month that is not a TROOP choice. I'll still be working on Charlotte's wings, etc... but I need to build and - most importantly- PAINT- troop units. So expect to see Marines,cultists/guardsmen and some more Marines for the rest of the month. 

Cheers ya'll

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Collector...of sorts.

May I present to you, Lord Inquisitor and Protectorate Marshal of the Crius Archipelago, His Grace, Sir Neville Jaxi Baggibottom the Third.

And another all around shot......

I'll admit to being a bit of a dope. One of the reasons for the delay in this post was that I HAD done a step-by-step photo bit on how I did the whites and such on His Grace. But, in a sudden fit of stupidity brought on by sleep deprivation and possibly one too many bottles of Woodchuck Hard Cider (Don't photo edit under the influence.. ) ... I, well.. I actually deleted the raw in progress pictures. SO, when I got out of work today, I retook some pictures of the "finished" Inquisitor. I may add some static grass, but I'm calling him done at this point. 

Imperial Purple, parchment/warm whites and black are the colors of the Crixus Reclamation Force led by His Grace.  He's known as a bit of a "collector"... definitely an eccentric, though saying that too his face is not always recommended. He collects, among other things, Space Marines. If there is a wayward,decimated Chapter struggling for existance or perhaps with its loyalty being questioned, His Grace might just swoop in and "save" them....  for the price of fighting for him, of course. In the process he collects as much information about the chapter,its lore,etc as he can, before using them up in some dangerous mission. Of particular interest to him are chapters of the 29th or Cursed founding, which he finds particularly fascinating.  many have speculated there is some great work underlaying the Inquisitors odd compulsion, others write it off as an unnatural fascination.

Also in the works, besides the flight stand that the 'Budgie and Ms. Charlotte will share, I have put my basing brown on a couple of Angry Magpie models, to start the off white areas. First, the Sergeant of the bike squad...

And one of the leaders of their contingent, a Chaplain. Yes.... that is a feather cloak.

I finally got my stuff from Poland. Finally, shoulder pads for some of the Dogs of Khorne (I didn't order enough-somehow) and some scaley,serpent loving bunch of Slaanesh worshipping gits will be coming along in the not too distant future as well. The next post, however is likely to be a battle report, since I have a game on Monday.  We'll see how badly the Chaos dice Gods abuse me.

Cheers ya'll!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Of Khorney Chicks and Flying Things.....

I often bring Warhammer Fantasy miniatures and parts into my 40k stuff, especially for Chaos. When I saw the Valkia the Bloody miniature, I knew I had to figure out a place at my table for her. And of course... she couldn't go "as is". Not a ton of changes, though I may still add a bit of sculpting to the mix now that she has set, but she will lead the airborne element of the Dogs of Khorne. Here she is...so far....

A bit of delicious irony, using the deamonette head. The gloved hands are from the Dark Elf Corsair kit. Plasma gun from the Dark Vengeance kit and the sword is from the fantasy Chaos Warrior box.  The sword may change if I come across a better weapon, but for now it will do. Most likely she will be a Raptor Aspiring Champion most of the time. *Small Rant time* I NEVER understood why Chaos wasn't given the same opportunity to have additional characters like the Space Wolves. But then again, Chaos always gets the short end... look at the psykers, loyalist librarians are DIRT CHEAP... I pay an arm, leg and half a torso for one. *rant over...for now*

Anyways, back to the model building.  One might ask, "What do you do while you are waiting for things to dry, Redneck?"  WEEEeeelllllllll, lemme tell ya! That's when I work on whatever extensive sculpting project I might be fooling with. Guess who is about 90% done- as far as the sculpting is concerned, that is....

A night's work, progressing left to right. I noticed about half way through that there were little faces ... or maybe it was sleep deprivation.So, I kind of ran with it a bit. It is a daemon engine afterall, might as well have some tortured souls involved.

The first part of my bits order arrived. Yes, you can still find plastic bits someplace. And the prices were reasonable. Overall, very pleased with my interaction with Hoard of Bits. Payment is through paypal and the package came USPS. OH... and looky what I made!

The alternate Aspiring champion models a pair of wings. Much nicer than the ones from the Possessed sprues. ;)

AND not to be left out, the Cyber-pie got his new tail. Now the Inquisitor is ready for paint.

Once the rest of my parts arrive from Poland, I'll be able to "Bring the NOISE!"... yeah.... there is to be a Slaaneshi contingent for the Templars of DOOooom.

Cheers ya'll!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Painted Budgie

With a fairly beautiful camoflage scheme on the 'Budgie, it was time for decals. I put gloss medium where I thought I might put decals, then went through the daunting task of going through my decal stash, which dates back about a decade, with Games workshop stuff and various 1/48 scale aircraft decals. The Raptors symbols from the forgeworld sheet, then some odds and ends from some Me109 and FW190 sheets. Here's what I came up with.

Then some more gloss coat over the decals and then a healthy spray of dull coat over the whole model. It looked as though my dull coat had screwed me over for a second, going on a bit thick on the back. Then I accidentally touched it. OH... and the paint just peeeeeeeeealed right off. Look, how lovely...

I had originally wanted a section that looked like it had been recently repainted or repaired. SO... to fix the problem, without having to do a whole repaint of the back end of the model- here was the solution.

With the "crisis" averted, it was on to the standard Althonian Camoshade wash I usually give my Raptors.  Remember that nice camoflage scheme I had, that I worked so hard on...... well, its pretty much gone. Then a bit of drybrushing, dusting and weathering.

Still.... looks pretty friggin sweet. I thought about doing a re-application of the camo color, but I think I'm leaving it the way it is and proceding with the weathering powders and detailing (lights,chipping,etc.). Off came the canopy masks (at least that was flawless) and you can see where it stands below.

I just made a bitz order from my favorite aftermarket guys in Warsaw, Poland. There are all sorts of cool things on the horizon, which leads me to...

     Finally, shoulder plates inbound for the Dogs of Khorne. The Khorne contingent will be getting an expansion, with a Raptors team. Eventually, there will be some other assorted Khorny units though I have an Eeeeevil idea of building the Khorne contingent so I can use the Space Wolf rules and use it as an Allied contingent for my Traitor Guard. Thunder"wolf" cavalry on Juggernauts? OOooooooo.  There is also a Chaos Deamons allied force(which could be played as the primary contingent too) that sits unbuilt, so there is fun to be had there. OH.... and have I mentioned the Slaaneshi contingent? And NO... I haven't forgotten about the girls: Ms. Charlotte and Ms. Blinky. They will be wrapped up sooner than later.

     Two Landspeeder Storms are inbound. I plan to magnetize the scouts so I can use them on bases as well. I haven't decided if both will be in Raptors colors or if one will be Raptor and one Angry Magpie. I have a squad of 10 scouts built which will likely be the first Angry Magpie troop unit, as well as my Dark Vengeance bikers  blocked out in Magpie colors (more on them soon)

     Once again, I feel myself drawn back to the Hive Fleets. This time, Hive Fleet "Beautiful Swimmer" or as I call it "Hive Fleet Blue Crab". I have two old metal Carnifexes that will soon be respawned in a rather savory, Blue Crab asthetic. Fred the paint test termagaunt will be making his debut very soon.

     While I'm sure they feel forgotten, I'm planning to finish the Ork Trukk I've been tinkering with. Then I'll finish painting up the Trukk boyz that I started a couple years back to go with it.  Building and painting the Stormbudgie have given me the urge to build one of my Orky Fightas for air support as well.

That's it for now (that's enough, don't ya think?) Another post @ Monday, since I have a date with the dead - the Walking Dead on Sunday ;)
Cheer's Ya'll!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

From the Workbench: My Airbrush and Me...

.... or otherwise entitled "Yet Another Reason I Am Not Fond of Florida".

Tonight, I airbrushed the basic paint scheme on the Stormbudgie. Though an old soldier, my nearly 20 year old Iwata airbrush can be tempermental. Not to mention the fundamental problem of airbrushing in the "Sunshine State"- humidity. Somehow, I managed to get through 3 color applications (1 lacquer and 2 acrylic) without and major screw ups. A few minor ones, but nothing major. I probably should have waited for the weather to change tomorrow,when its supposed to be less humid, but this was the best night for a late night for me this week. The results were ... satisfactory.

I started with an overall coat of Testors Model Master Green Drab. It went on fairly without incident, only a couple drops of water in the lines, which doesn't bother lacquers much. Then I thinned down some Privateer Press Battledress Green which is the base color for my Raptors. I tried to let the darker Green Drab show through around the panel lines and recesses, to give it an overall worn/faded look. There were a couple water-in-the-line incidents, but easily dealt with and neither left anything noticable on the paint scheme. At this point I really should have snapped a photo. It looked pretty cool. But as usual, I forgot about the camera while painting. The "field applied camo" color was testors Model Master Israeli Armor Sand Grey. Lots of challenges with the humidity since I was trying to do a line pattern, most I was able to blow away by backing off the paint and hitting it with air through the brush. 

Next will be all the detail painting and weathering. I hope to have her done by next week.  Also on the workbench (along with many other things) are some of the Angry Magpies. A horrendous dremel mishap, which injured me and the miniature, has made me change course a bit on what the Librarian will look like, but I have laid out the basics of his jump pack. Its not totally done, there will be irridescent blue-black feathers and such, but it gives you a basic idea of colors.

I've also repurposed an older conversion of the Dark Vengeance Chaplain for the magpies. Thanks to some trading of old minis I'm not using, I have 2 Landspeeder Storms on the way. I'm probably going to make one Raptors and one Magpies, but we'll see.

That's all for now. Cheers ya'll!