Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Holiday Greeting

Greeting ya dock monkeys!

Yup, still alive. I've emerged from the other side of the barbed cocoon that is Retail Work at the holidays still in one piece. Lots of changes here at Casa D' Redneck - which I won't bore you with- suffice to say its been a month to forget and I'm moving forward. 

So if you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hannukah or are a dirt worshipping pagan like me and its now the new year, Merry Happy whichever one works.  I Sincerely hope the season treats you and your well and I look forward to getting back at my long neglected hobby within the next week now that I have a finally stable work schedule and life.

If you are embibing this holiday, stay safe, be responsible and have one or two for me. ;)

Sincerely, JF Shand, the one and only Rednekkboss, his long-suffering wife, dog and 4 cats.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

From the Workbench: Da Orksair!

The Corsair conversion has begun. Its a 1/48 scale Revel kit, cost me @ $18 at the local Hobby Lobby. Not a horrible kit, but basic and for the novice modeler. This would not be the kit any contest modeller would build (unless he/she was a masochist) due to the raised details and glaringly simplistic fit issues, but considering the horror I'm about to put this kit through (or I should say the horror Oddnutz and his mek crew are going to put it through)... it will serve very well.

The fun part for me, with kits like this is searching the kit for the copyright date on the mold. Though it looks like this kit was cast in '07 (at least the decals and instructions are from then) the actual mold is from 1963.  Older than the Ol' Rednekk himself... and that's sayin' something. The wonderful thing, compared to the Hellcat, is that the plastic is not as brittle as cheap glass.  Its as cooperative as any new kit, so there are no excuses on this one down at  Da Mekkshop.

Before we jump in, a fuselage size comparison of this one and the other fighters that will be converted in the short term.

On top, the Corsair. Then the GW Ork Fighta bomba.  Then the P47D Razorback. And finally the Japanese Mitsubishi J2M Raiden.  Here's what the Corsair fuselage looks like after some basic cutting. They'll all have a similar take on this profile.

Any self respecting aircraft modeller always starts with the cockpit though.  In this case, since its not for a 1/48 scale human and Ork proportions are definitely different, to build the cockpit you have to build the pilot.  And since I need 3, time for Doc to snip some legs.

Three sets of standing legs cut off around the groin/hip area - because I don't have extra trukk drivers or the like.  But, its an easy enough conversion, especially since most of the nasty looking bit will be hidden.  A bit of clipping and filing and the line up pretty satisfactory for a sitting Ork with his feet on pedals.  Adding the torso is a little trickier because of the way it normally fits. I wanted a slight recline, so I fiddled around until I got the right look. I'll be sculpting parachutes/seat cushions and some flight gear looking stuff after they have dries.

For the arms I used some fantasy spearman arms. When I first started my Ork army I was under the impression you can never have enough boyz. At the time I was working a lot of hours too, so picking up a box here and there ended up swelling the collection and since fantasy ork parts and 40k ork parts were basically interchangable... you get the idea.  I used a left arm that had a small knife. Clipped the knife and handle with the goal of having this hand on the throttle.  The other arm is a spear arm, which gives me a "grab and go" control stick- with some clipping.  The throttle arm needed to be cut at the wrist and the stick arm below the bicep.  Once I'm done sculpting the flight gear stuff, I'll attach the arms and resculpt any major muscle groups that need it.  For now, that leaves the Ladz in this sorry state.

    "Oi, wot you seein' da Dok fer, 'umie?  Maybe 'e can make you less weedy. Ahur-hur-hur."

That is likely NOT the head I'll be using, since I just realized I have some storm trooper heads that could save me a lot of sculpting, but there are bomberjacket/vests and the like.  More on that in a few days

Cheers Yall! 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I could be working on models, but....

The latest last minute project for the wife's kindergarten class in progress.  Nothing quite like getting a "Hey can you do..." in the late afternoon the day before you need it.

Also tearing apart/reorganizing the art/hobby room. Its 1am right now and still have a way to go on the dragon, but the Ork pilot parts ARE on my desk. Depending on how long it takes me to ransack the hobby room and catch a nap or two I should have at least the first cockpit pretty well built by Wednesday, so keep an eye open for that update. Until then.... I have to get back to work. Thank got for Pandora on my laptop.

Cheers Ya'll!

Update: The finished product. Drugs are bad, M'kay?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Out with the old kit, in with the new.

We survived the Hurricane with a little screen damage on the back deck, otherwise those of us inland were very,very lucky.

Now that that's all over its back to sneaking in some hobby time.  I spent a few hours on the hellcat. When I was done, I gauged the frustration and lack of progress against the time I spent and decided that old model was just too damned brittle to keep fooling with. But, while that particular model kit didn't cooperate much due to advanced age, I have a few more that the Orks will be happy to loot and fly!

 Greggles will be pleased to see the one in the lower right corner. And there is also this monster, which I'm sure I can make some sort of Mek plane out of.

Thank God I didn't get to go to the local IPMS show this last month or I'd probably have half a dozen more and an angry wife.  I DO have two dakka jet kits on top of this mess.  So, the end result will be a bit of an air armada.

I also picked up Killteam, the Genestealer Cult codex (which I absolutely love) and a Goliath truck.

On top of all this fun, I have had the chance to work on some artwork and will hopefully have a 40k comic up within the week.  First modelling priority will be Ork pilots and cockpits. The scale challenge (which I figured out by shattering that old Hellcat kit) is how the cockpit will work. SO, I've decided to build the basic cockpit "tub" and pilots first. While the Me110 will be a special one. I'll do the 3 single seaters first, so that will be the next post. A bit of scratch building 101 and making a standing ork sit.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Major Nelson is in danger!

I'm 60 or so miles in land, but Matthew is on his way to visit Cocoa Beach.  That little crappy house that Major Nelson has in trouble. Luckily, he has a genie.....

Catch ya on the other side ya'll!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A pause... for craziness.

Sorry gang,my hobby time has been minimal. I've got a new job and now we are preparing for the arrival of a Hurricane tomorrow.  I'll get back to hobby stuff after the storm.... or maybe during it if I don't lose power.

OH!  Aaaaaaand I bought the Kill Team box.   Expect some kill teams in the future, after I get teh orky air force started.

Cheers Ya'll!

Friday, September 23, 2016

A quick bit of Cursing.

Dammit,dammit DAAAAMNITT!!  I try to stop buying miniatures or starting a new army and GW goes and does THIS!

Really, I've waited 25+ years for this.  I'm all over it like a pig on a corn cob.

As for the rest, I started a new job with the City and its been a bit of a challenge getting used to my new schedule, plus training etc. But things are setting into a normal pattern and I have started to work on Ork pilots. Yes, plural.   I'll drop a cockpit(s) construction update Sunday or Monday.  The boyz have found a few junkers laying around. Greggles will be especially pleased with one of them. question. Has anyone got the killteam box?  I'm wondering what the killteam army guidelines are. You  know. 1 HQ, 1 troop, etc. If you wan to share the info. I'm thinking it'd be something to do to Complete some of the small projects I've started, like the Apostles of Quetza.

That's it for now, thanks for your patience while I get settled into this new gig.  Regular updates from now on.

Cheers Yall!

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Saga of the Orkkatt: A quickie.

Still struggling with the brittle plastic a bit, but I got some planning done.  Going to start the cockpit tub and pilot tonight and tomorrow, so a "proppa" post inbound Wednesday.  In the meantime, I have a patient.....

My 65lb couch potato has managed to get a bladder infection, so we've been spending a lot of time together. The docs got her on the meds and no stones, so its time to mend.  But, like the recent acquisition of a new job and the latest version of "Master of Orion"(I'm a strategic game addict.... I have a problem), its dug into the hobby time a bit.

As for the Orkkatt, the lads are working out the piddly details. As much as I'd like to do those inset wheels, that may change.  Unlike the Raptor Marines Storm Budgie , with Ork aircraft there can always be plans made on the fly and last minute changes. The Hellcat has a lower wing plane than its predecessor and was a rugged, dependable gun platform. The numbers of which made up for some of its performance shortcomings.  They were credited with 5,223 enemy aircraft, more than any other naval aircraft. Here's a neat pic of a wartime F6F with more than a little battle damage. Talk about a rugged aircraft....

That's it for tonight. Going to get a good night's sleep and hopefully spend a good part of tomorrow in the hobby room.   If you haven't caught it (or clicked on my link at the side), you should check out Greggles Orky Conversions while you are waiting for me to get our pilot together. As always, quality orkiness that would make any Warboss proud! Problem is, Ol' Genrul Rustbutt saw those converted Knights and is now obsessed with getting one.

Cheers Ya'll!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Work in Progress: The Orkkatt!

After a crazy month off from hobby time, sometimes you have to restart with a fresh project. And a clean (ish) desk....

Suddenly, a wild, ancient Hellcat appears....

Seriously, this thing is ancient. The molds are from 1966 (that's older than me) and I'm betting the kit itself is not much younger. Modeled in dark blue plastic, which may or may not have been brittle originally, but sure is now.  The pilot is a bit more than weedy. Boss Lugnutz had to sit him down and tell him a story on the virtues of always wearing your helmet and, if possible, bolting it to ones head..... just to make sure.

Here's a rough size comparison of the fuselage. The BIG difference will be the width. I will definitely have to widen the aircraft to accommodate an ork pilot and cockpit. That job would be tricksy enough with a modern plastic kit. With this brittle old thing it will test my Orky engineering to the limit. Luckily, if it looks slapped together that just makes it more Orky.

To start this adventure I chopped off the tail and thinned it out to make room for the jet engine. You can see the ragged edges and a couple of the cracks I had to re-glue. It looks like the model will become basically a skeleton to hang styrene and/or greenstuff on.

This part will be most of the work. Some of it will have to be cut out to make room for the scratch built cockpit. I'm thinking it will have to be widened by at least a quarter of an inch. One part of the challenge will be keeping everything level so the wings look right when they go in. The other will be to keep the front end from shattering when I cut out the areas for the wheel wells

What I want to do is make wheel wells like the old F3fs or F4fs had, just in front of the wing...

And someday, I'd love to make an Orky biplane, but it won't be this one. Just imagine that with a jet engine!  I confess I did get an F3f kit a while back, but its so tiny at 1/48 scale that it wouldn't work for a 40k Ork jet.  I'm still going to build the kit though.

That's it for now. More plastic card mayhem ahead this coming week. Keep a weather eye open.

Cheers Ya'll!

Monday, August 22, 2016

EeeeYup! I'm BAAaaaack!!

August has officially entered the hall of "hell months" here at Casa D' Rednekk.  Between the new school year and all the little jobs that come with it and an addition of a new job to my own (and the hoops that need to be jumped through for that)..... its been FRIKKIN BUSY!  The next time I even think of doing a painting challenge that involves December or August I have to remember Ronnie's old motto "Just Say NO"

As for the Apostles of Quetza, I have had ZERO hobby time until ....well, basically tonight.  They stand where we last left them. I'll be picking away at painting those chaps as we move into the Fall.  In the meantime, I have acquired a couple 1/48 scale World War Two era fighter plane models from an old chum that found them in a dusty closet.  Not all of them are the best of kits, a couple are darned near as old as me... or at least their molds are.  But...... I have a gang of Ork Meks on hand that are FAR from picky. Hehehehehehehe.....

 I just LOVE World War 2 airplanes. I used to do the regional airshows as a young man and wasted many a roll of film (yeah.... it was that long ago) on pictures of wheel wells, wear patterns on the hand hold and any other model building geek things you could think of.  One of my favorites (and I have many) was always the rugged F6F Hellcat.  Well, I have an old Fujimi kit of said warbird that is going to get its Orky on!   And here's a sketch I threw together tonight with a mind to how I might convert her.

From this......


To THIS....

There will be all sorts of fit issues and I know I'll have to widen the fuselage to accomidate a 40k Ork pilot and Orkify the plane as a whole. It should be a real adventure..... and I invite you to join me for it.  

"W-hat's first. 'Boss?!"  you ask?  Getting this goofy, gun-happy bastard....

... and his cockpit built and figurin' how we're gonna fit it all together. That's what! That's for next time. Glad to be back!!!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Two Rabbits and the ETL V

Due to circumstances mostly beyond my control there is just no way I'll finish my ETL V vow. So, I decided to add some detail to the Apostles armor to put some more Meso in their American.  Meet Sergeant Two Rabbits. 

Rabbits were considered to be signs of everything from drunkeness to wild behavior. Much frowned upon, though delicious.  Sergeant Two Rabbits is a bit of an unpredictable character. He's known to be brash and act without thinking.  He also likes his drink. Usually he gets a good buzz going in the Razorback on his way to a fight. Since it has served him well so far, he feels that the great Quetza (the God Emperor) has smiled upon this practice... which is why he had been named for the rabbit in the first place.  Although, the real reason was that his father was outside awaiting the arrival of his son near dusk and when the midwife brought him out to ask what the child's name would be, his father who had been hitting the sauce a bit himself, pointed at two rabbits, doing what friendly rabbits do and said "Look two rabbits" and the baby giggled... or burped or coughed.... but it was a sign

The whole gang is gong to get some detailing, then I plan on taking a break from infantry and building the Razorback.  Also the DOOooomBull is underway.  More on that next time.

Cheers Ya'll

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Checking in at 80,000 views.

Hey gang, I know you come here for modelling goodness and I apologize for the lack there of. I'm hoping to get some hobby time in the next couple days (my "weekend" starts today) So pictures soon.  I have figured that finishing my ETL V vow is impossible between work related stuff and some personal stuff I'm about to vomit on the page... so you have been forewarned.

On a personal note (and I normally try not to bore ya'll with this stuff) its been a rough week or so here at Casa d'Rednekk. One of the things that really sucks about getting older is doctors and their meddling.  I'd just as soon go see Ol'Doc Wingnutz, but with him you go in for a headache and come out with mechanical, I stick to the human ones. I like to say its not the age so much as the mileage and that has proven itself of late. I had a pretty fun, yet rough and tumble youth. I have a half dozen concussions to my credit ( but no broken bones)  Well, a couple of those concussions involved hits around my right eye orbit and apparently they left a mark.  I just found out I have nerve damage and possibly cataract in that eye. The downside (aside from eyedrops that feel like acid) is that its not going to get better, they might be able to slow it down.  The upside is... in lew of a bionic eye, I might finally get an eye patch some day.  If it happens a few more years down the road, I have already warned the Mrs. that I WILL be growing mutton chops.

SO, what does this mean for the hobby. Well... so much for the aforementioned "Kunnin' Plan".  I have previously laid out a list of all the cool things I want to do.  That list is being hacked.  It also means that as I clean, remodel and reorganize my art room (another reason I haven't got much done model wise- part of the summertime honey-do list) I will be parting with some of my models.  And my plan, before E-bay or other venues is to offer them up to you all for being my faithful visitors.  I'm absolutely going to keep plodding along, but I'll be keeping my Chaos and Ork armies, everything else will go.

What does that mean for the Apostles of Quetza? I'm going to finish painting the force. Add a Razorback, Drop pod and possibly a scout/speeder team.  The Raptors and Apostles will then be up for sale/adoption. I have a bunch of other kits and minis as well. Space Wolf infantry and the like.  So if you are in the market for such things keep an eye open.

In the meantime... I'm off to geek out over "Star Trek:Beyond" this morning.

That's all for now gang.  And I'd like to thank all of you for helping my humble, irregular hobby blog breach the 80,000 view mark. You ROCK!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

ETL V: The Razorback Team.

The Razorback team is DONE!


Sarge and Meltaman. All the facepainted guys. And a sort of all-around of the rest with extra Plasmaguy.

Now, only 23 more to go before August 15. I'm a few days behind where I wanted to be at this point, but I think I might get some extra hobby time in in the next couple weeks.  I remembered why I didn't finish last year, the dreaded Honey-do list. It gets bigger during the summer when your wife is a teacher.  Lots of projects to do, one of which should be cleaning,straightening and figuring out what exactly is in the hobby room. That's all for now...

Cheers ya'll!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

A bump (or two) in the road and a Kunnin' Plan.

Been a rough week or so here at Casa d' Rednekk.  I think Grandfather Nurgle is disappointed in me painting loyalists. I have got some work done on the Apostles, but I'm about 3 days behind where I want to be to finish the ETL. Since the wife is a school teacher, the next few weeks are open for the dreaded "Honey-do" list, so I'm hoping I can get enough hobby time in there. Usually, she's pretty good about that, but I live in Florida and I'm not exactly fond of the heat (yeah.. I know, wrong place to live for that) so, it depends on how much fuel is left in the tank after whatever sweat inducing project is done for the day.

I have done some basic work on the rest of the gang. Mostly I'm doing the terracotta on the rest of the bunch.  I think I've finally simplified the jade process down, which has been a god aweful time sink trying to get that where I want it.  So, pictures of the finished Razorback squad (they are reeeally close to done) int he next couple days.... and then on to the rest. I may do a weapon building project, since I need weapons for the assault squad and , frankly, I could use a break from painting.

One of the projects on the summer list for me is to straighten/reorganize my art/hobby room.  Picking at that project I've been taking stock of what I have, especially bitz and such and trying to nail down exactly what I'm planning on doing with them.  So... here's a the Kunnin' plan for the what you will see in the future...

     For now, the plans are a terminator squad, a Razorback and two characters.  Everything except the vehicle is already built. And that's it for them.

     My biggest plan for the Templars is to finish painting my troops and a few other models that are built.  I plan to add a Nurgly Terminator Squad and some Obliterators.  There will be Deamons as wel. I still have Plaguebearers, nurglings and a Glottkin- which may end up as a Greater Deamon stand in or some kind of Maulerfiend.  But plenty of things to finish painting... Ms Charlotte for one.

The Sons of DOOooom (former Crixus Bloody 7th):
     My Imperial Guard Traitor army will need more love.  I need to detail some of the tanks. Finish my goofy sentinal team. Build all the infantry. Convert some nasty things. So lots to do.

Da Rednekkz:
     I have way too many Orks and they are screaming to be built.  But I suspect the first thing that will happen is Orky planes.  Lots to do with this army.  And I don't even want to think about all the boyz that need painting.
The Crixus Expeditionary Force/ VIVA TROPICO!: 
     The CRF is my extended Imperial project. I envision the whole force as a collection of misfit space marines and IG units put together by an Inquisitor.  There will be the Tropico IG contingent and an "ultramarine" force made up of squads from odd chapters, that have been destroyed,are penetant or otherwise screwed up.  Very little of this force will be taken seriously. ;)

(you probably won't see any of these chapters, but I'm definitely doing some camo marines..:) )

Now.... for the nostalgia.
      SO, my first 40k army was Space wolves.  More accurately The DIRE WOLVES, my own grittier version of the Space Wolves.  While the army list is still something to fear, I personally think the miniatures are a bit campy.  BUT the Dire Wolves have been fighting in parts unknown for many centuries, lost in the warp perhaps.... who knows what they have become.  Since I have a bunch of space wolf minis, I'm going to do my old Dire Wolves again, but my conversionand painting skills have improved in the past 25+ years, so it should be pretty cool.  Probably a small force with available minis. I have no plans to buy anything (at this time) for this army.

My first CHAOS army was the Alpha Legion.  With the backstory of DOOooom (which I will start to publish here), I could see Alpha Legion people attracted to DOOooom's service.  So, I'm going to do a contingent of Alpha Legion that have pledged themselves to DOOooom. Like all things, it probably won't be totally serious, these guys are likely to be insane... but it should be fun. Originally, Alpha Legion was a Slaaneshi Army, so there is likely to be some of that going on.   The striving for martial perfection part... not the sex with farm animals part.   That's the Khorne Dogs. ;)

So that's all the crazy ideas for the future....we'll see how they pan out. It should keep me me busy for the next 20 years.

Cheers Ya'll.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Games Workshop, why must you tempt me so?

Good GOD.... this is an frikkin beautiful model!

I've always wanted to do some Chaos wood elf/deamon things.... this could put me over the edge.

Apostles Razorback Squad is close to done, but it's late and I have to get up early tomorrow, so no pictures tonight. Should be done in the next day or so and then on to the next squad to try to finish the challenge.  The upside is that I will have a bunch of hobby time next week, so there should be lots of progress.  The bad part is, I'm already wishing it could be done so I could work on something else. :)

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ETL V: From the Workbench - Razorback team.

All of the marines have their base two colors on them. Now I'm working on getting the Razorback Tactical squad done, hopefully this week.  I'm actually in detail and touch up mode with these guys, though I still have to do a chest eagle and half helm on a couple of them.   Now its all the fiddly bits - purity seals, belt buckles, armor weathering.  But, in the mean time,  here they are -in progress

Not the best picture, but I just snapped it off the bench as a WIP picture, then found myself done for the night.

Razor-sarge, also in progress.  The colors are a little "green", but its more because of lighting and not wanting to play with them in the photo editor. Overall, everyone is coming along nicely.  If they are done by the weekend, my next project is a little construction project of 8-9 Aztec-y weapons for the assault team, then on to painting them. Though I may to a "Mass backpack" painting event, just to get them out of the way before I do the other 20 marines I need to finish by the Ides of August.  So far, pretty much on track for actually completing the vow.  If the irritation in my eyes is allergies and not pink eye, I should be good to go. Grandfather Nurgle is mad that I'm spending 2 months painting loyalists. ;)

In other news, I did an inventory of Imperial Guard parts/models,etc and I won't be able to do the whole Tropican force I planned...... with what I have.  I'm going to move ahead with the Stormtroopers (plan to prime then within the week or so) And I'll build the command squad for El Presidente, then look at available funds.  I'm seriously considering ordering a couple squads of Victoria Minis Arcadian Guard as well as 2 of THESE to put on Tarox.  I DO have a Chimera, which will either join my Nurgley Guard as a transport or be mixed with a T-34 for the Tropican army. I haven't decided yet.  Most of this won't likely get going until fall. I also have 2 Valkyries to build. Plenty of time to make decisions and see where funds fall. So much for not spending more money on miniatures.

Cheers Ya'll!

Friday, June 17, 2016

ETL V: A quickie from the Workbench

In non-hobby news, Been a busy and crazy week or so here at Casa d' Rednekk. I accidentally walked into another job while going fishing. Job interviews while you are sweaty, smell like fish and haven't shaven in 4 days are always the best. Hiring process will take a couple weeks and might have been slowed down a bit, since its with the City of Orlando... and things have been a little nuts here in town thanks to a wacko who didn't like gay people and/or Latin music. You might have heard about it in the news, but I have to tell you I haven't seen anything like the way this town has come together since the shootings.  Its really inspirational.  The way the media and politicians have reacted, is the total opposite... shameful, in my opinion. But they can't help it, I'm fairly certain they are aliens or pod people... or evil minions of Cthulu or a genestealer cult.

Back to the hobby. With time a bit limited, I've been doing base color painting.  All of the marines for my ETL challenge have the base terracotta color. I'll do the dark green and black on them next, then I'll batch paint them to get to the last stage before detailing, then detail squad by squad.

 I still have to build 1 more Assault Marine and a bunch of hand weapons for the same bunch.  So, the push will likely be to finish the tactical squads first.  Once the ETL V challenge group is done, I have 2 character models, then I'll have to decide how much more I'll expand the Apostles of Quetza force.
I had originally envisioned the Crixus Relief Force to be a mottled group of small units from various Marine chapters as well as the "collection" of Chapter remnants put together by an Inquisitor.  So, time will tell.  I really AM itching to build some Orky stuff too.

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ETL V: Test Marine

I did some more base color painting on the lads. Since I really wanted to see how the shoulder plate would look, I decided to finish my test marine. And here he is, sans some static grass and leaves on his base.

Part of me is toying with the idea of freehanding some jade feather designs on the shoulder plate.... and the other part of me wants to actually finish the ETL on time this year.  But, It might be an addition down the road.  I goofed around with some designs on the terracotta- little Aztec-like glyphs, but it just looked too busy. But I'm pleased with the weathering. I also streamlines the Terracotta AND jade techniques when I did the backpack, so that bodes well for the gang all having the same look.  More to come around the weekend.

Cheers Ya'll!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

From the Workbench: Jade and DOOooombull 2.0

DOOooombull 2.0 has arrived!  Or at least what will become Doombull 2.0. Absolutely beautiful sculpt. Of course, it will be.... modified.

 There he is on the painting tray.  The wings are from The Isle of Blood box set I got a few years back when the wife and I briefly flirted with playing fantasy again. But since that didn't bear fruit, I have plenty of skaven for the Dark Gods and some beautiful Vulture wings for the DOOooombull.

Just to give you a scale idea. There's Doombull 1.0, tonight's test marine and Doombull 2.0's upper torso.

I cleaned the parts up a bit and got it to balance. With those massive wings and a Black Mace, he's going to be pretty ominous.  AND... its almost a superhero landing pose!

 On to the loyalist, Apostles of Quetza.  After several tries and mistries, I have a pretty good idea what doesn't work well. I did remember about half way through that I had some Vallejo Jade Green. So the result of tonight's labor is the basic Jade tone, without details. But it gives you a good idea how the colors play. I also found the mask texture to be WAY too busy, so I'm going with the faux stone texture over all. I might revisit the mask on the characters.

With some detailing and some washes, it should look pretty nice. The shoulder plate may have more color, since the Quetzacoatyl has wings the colors of the rainbow I'm thinking about the flanges as different semi-precious stone or the like.  I should get more time to work on him later this week. Got to get it figured out because the clock is ticking.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Speed bump

With the Memorial Day holiday coming up, it seems most of my hobby time will be lost to the glories of gardening. My enthusiasm for gardening can be measured  inversely by how much I sweat an since the 9 months of heat and humidity we here in Central Florida call "summer" has begun, its likely to suck. 

The jade on the Apostles is giving me a slight headache.  I could do it as a solid color and it'd look nice, but my desire to push myself has me wanting to do one of the following texture patterns.

Both would be equally piddly, with lots of tiny brush painting. I honestly like both, but can't decide. Feel free to give you choice in the comments.

Maybe a few days of playing in the dirt will help me figure it out.

Cheers Ya'll! Oh.... and HODOR!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Apostles of Quetza: Terracotta & the ETL V

Once again, the incomparable Bolter & Chainsword is holding the "E Tenebrae Lux" painting challenge.  Since I always need motivation to get things actually finished, I have thrown my hat into the ring on the side of the Emperor, much to the dismay of more than a few of my fellow Chaos Lords.  Never fear, my friends....  there is much more chaos goodness to come.  

I vowed to complete the following by the Ides of August:

 - 6 man Tactical squad with optional Spec weapon. (will eventually have a Razorback, but I didn't pledge the vehicle.
 - 10 man Tactical Squad with options (sgts, heavy and special weapons)
 - 10 man Assault Squad with optional Sgts.

I'm doing one squad at a time and the Razorback team is first.  I have finished the Terracotta parts, save fro some final weathering when the rest of the models are finished. Ya'll know I like my Marines gritty.  The team as they stand.

And a close up of sorts .....

Next, the jade.  That's all for now.

Cheers Ya'll!

Monday, May 16, 2016

DOOooombull! 2.0

The DOOoombull has been the Deamon Prince leader of the Templars of DOOoom for many years. Tyranids tried to eat him, marines tried to shoot him, even Orks and Eldar took their shots. Yeah... he died, kinda... but usually he was the guy around at the end of the game or the one my opponent obsessed about killing because he was a serious pain in the ass. Here he is in all of his unfinished painted glory....

That was taken in 2012. He still looks the same... sorta.  He's been hanging out on the top of one of my shelves fro some time.  At least until yesterday. He's a metal miniature and he decided it was time to leap off of said shelf and see what would happen. This is the kind of tragic thing that happens when former conquering heroes don't get to the tabletop for a long time.

Being metal, he's fixable. If I really wanted to, but honestly he doesn't match up too well to today's army very well, so I'm thinking its time for a DOOooombull 2.0.  With actual wings... not the "See this strip of fire on his back.. yeah it turns into wings when he wants to fly."  So I ordered this guy....

.... to be the basis for DOOooombull 2.0.  I have marines to finish painting as part of the ETL V challenge over at Bolter and Chainsword, so more on them soon (since I'll likely paint tonight and tomorrow). Otherwise, I'll be sweating alot... chipping away at teh outdoor honey-do list and waiting for my minotaur from Poland.

Cheers Ya'll!