Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Heads! Heads will roll! .... on in from Poland.

Hobby time has been at an all time low, while the honey-do list is at its highest here at Casa D'Rednekk. The wife is off for the summer and we're trying to get a few projects we need to do together done before she has to start planning for her next crop of students.  I've gotten basically NO painting done and a bit of fiddling with this and that. One of the projects, which starts tomorrow is straightening and reorganizing the hobby/art room.  In the long run it should be easier to get my hobby and art work done, right now its basically a path through storage so I can sit cramped at my hobbyy table. Cleaned out the new storage area today, so tomorrow I can move a TON of junk out.... and THROW another ton out.  I also have a trunk full of stuff that was my dad's which I have, so I may share some cool photos from his "Pacific Vacation" as he used to call it from 1942-45.

On to the hobby.  I'm fighting the idea of new purchases, but I have two problems. I really sort of "need" the new Space Marine codex. I have a total of 3 armies it basically effects, if I include my Raptors Space Marine army that I still have a couple things to add to. Secondly, I.... well, I hate to admit it, but some of the Age of Sigmar models look reeeeeeally good to me The gold guys scream a few ideas at me.

  Most people see Blood Angel or Loyal Space Marine. Is it bad I immediately see Chaos (Slaanesh)?


As for my Tropico themed army, I'm gearing up to order some heads. Probably in August, so you may see a few painted headless guys for a while. :)  The plan is for one standard infantry platoon, with special weapons and heavy squads attached. The rest will be Veterans. I also have  the older metal Cadian Kasirkin that I'm going to use as storm troops. I haven't fully decided on head swaps with them, mostly because its a serious pain in the ass and you can potentially destroy a good deal of detail on the model wit a runaway dremel.  Besides, the boys out of the East Point Academy could use Cadian standard gear... makes sense.

For the standard troops, I'm looking at the spot camo and these.....

For the famous Tropican Red Berets, I have beret heads from the new stormtrooper kits, but I may need extras for my NCOs too

And lasty, a few of these guys for some of the special ops guys.....

Also considering these to add even more flavor....

So that's the eventual plan. I have 2 Valkyries and a Chimera hull...which might end up playing multiple roles. I'm hoping NOT to buy anything else for it, leaving room for allied Space Marines. BUT.... I kinda love the idea of a tank named El Diablo Pollo.

Hopefully, the art/hobby room project won't take more than the week end and this coming week I'll have better update. The chances of me finishing my ETL4 vow by August 1st, however,  are about as good as Donald Trump's chances of being the next president of the US. :(

Cheers Ya'll!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

ETL4: The Dogs of Khorne

Avoiding the nightmare of painting the rest of the Defiler and putting it off until last, I've begun the Terminators for the ETL challenge. 

The concept is "burning reds" and burnt iron.  I don't really want flames all over, these guys have a bad enough monkier, let alone to end up looking like a biker gang with a flame graphic fixation.  So, its the suggestion of flame/heat I'm trying for. We'll see how it goes since I've gotten quite comfortable painting my "bullfrog" greens and other nasties, this puts me a bit out of my pallette comfort zone. Which... is always good to do to yourself.  It may not seem so at first... but it is.

SO here's the under coat dabbled reds (on top) and then a wash or two (under). I washed the reds with GW Druchii Purple and Althonian Camoshade, either by themselves or mixed.  Washing a red with a green (especially a muted green) can add some great depth to it.

 I'd love to share the process from there. But,  aside from saying " I kept mixing reds and browns together, then reds and lighter reds, then red and orange, then orange and yellow.. and screwed up a few times along the way, but then washed the whole thing a couple times and started over.. only to then wash the darker areas again." I really don't know how to describe it.  How long did it take?  Uh.... well. the Black Album by Metallica (1 and a half times) and most of White Zombie's  "Super Sexy Swingin' Sounds" album. That's how I'm telling time this weekend. Here's the end result for the red armor bits. Still have fleshy bits and metal bits to go.

 While I was waiting for washes to dry, I slapped an undercoat on the first of the dreaded "Red Berets" from my Tropico army.  They'll be sporting a version of spot camo on the cloth areas similar to this WW2 USMC pattern. It kills me that I had a shirt and pants of that and I lost it in one of my many moves during college.  Great in the early fall woods of New York.

Once the ETL is over, my hobby time (in between the summer "honey-do" list) will be working on the kits I have for the Tropico army and continuing the laborious process of paint stripping the hoard of Chaos infantry models I aquired for free a year or so ago.  Once the summer is over I'll be able to get in a mail order or two and get those done.  The Tropico infantry are bound to be headless, for the most part, for a while until I get heads with caps and berets.  Although, the East Point Cadet's Drill and Cricket team has the snazziest gear in the Cadian style, so they'll likely get the painting treatment after the Red Berets.

Cheers Ya'll!