Tuesday, December 5, 2017

From the Workbench: Task Force Jordan

Suddenly.... I'm told my nephew is interested in Warhammer. I have to admit this made me a little giddy. Granted, he's @ 1500 miles away, but still. And here I sit with a bunch of minis I'm thinking of getting rid of. His dad tells me he likes the Ultramarines.  I shudder... throw up in my mouth a little, then run out to find some blue spray paint. Thus began, Task Force Jordan.

I'm told he may or may not be actually playing the game and not to go crazy with the painting. So, we have what I'm going to call "table top" quality - a bit less detailed than my usual. I assembled a bunch of guys together that were in my unpainted boxes, built a few to flesh out the squads and knocked out a Rhino and Predator. So, it consists of...

Slappy the "Come at me, bro" Chaplain
2x Tactical squads
5 Terminators
3 Bikers
Rhino
Predator

So, if he ends up wanting to play, he actually has a playable force to start with. Plus, what kid wouldn't like tanks and bikes? Armed with my ultramarine blue spay can I went into the garage. Gloves would have been a good investment.


I'll be in the next Bond film. Its called "Smurf Finger"  The priming came out very well and I started with the tanks.  A few details and decals and they will be done.


I started some of the metalics on the bikers. Slappy McSlapster back there was actually mostly painted (I did him a few years back)  So, for him there will be some touch ups and blue shoulder pads and done.


And here's the rest in their smurf blue primed glory.


I'm going to try to get this done and in the mail by the 15th or so. The best part is, the kid has NO idea its coming (as long as he doesn't look at my blog or instagram....which I'm fairly sure he doesn't...otherwise...Uh  Merry Christmas!....uh Surprise!)

So at some point after the hell that is working retail during the holidays (even part time, it just sucks) and painting these loyalists, I'll get back to Chaos and other such nasties.  The upside being, it'll "clean my eyes" and let me look at things a new.  All sorts of mayhem possible in 2018.

Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

R & R


My annual chance at a little time away is always around the Thanksgiving holiday.  So, if you are in the US (or celebrating some other harvest festival where you eat too much elsewhere).... Happy Thanksgiving.  While the basis for our holiday (the whole pilgrim-indian story) is dubious when considering real history ( "Here! Have some food, since you knuckleheads can't seem to feed yourselves"  "Thanks! Here, have these blankets with smallpox.They are nice and warm. Enjoy the Measels and Mumps too, we are immune.")  I have always seen the root of it - the celebration of the harvest and being thankful for what we have- as the purest of holidays. 

Plus, I always get in some fishing.....


Small, but fiesty groupers were plentiful this morning.  I let them all go with a free lip piercing!

As for the hobby, it always gives me a few days away from current projects so I can look at them with fresh eyes. It gives me time to reflect on the future of my hobby, since  I don't play anymore I'm pretty much a pure hobbyist now.  And it also makes me thankful and humble that people not only like my work, but follow my blog and instagram,etc. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.

With the hell that is the Holiday season upon me (my part time job is in retail..... I SO need a new one) my hobby time will be limited, so I'm making some plans for 2018.  Here's the tenative plans, so far.....

  • Organize and roughly catalog what miniatures I have and begin getting rid of some of them.  I'll be posting things here first, because I'd rather see them go to a good home than total strangers.
  • The big sell off.  Stuff likely to go includes : Orks (i'll never build everything I have) Loyalist Marines (Raptors and a bunch of metal minis if anyone wants them) Odds and ends. Planning to keep most of my Chaos stuff though I have a ridiculous amount of miniatures due to free and cheap aquisitions over the years. Bits and minis that can be scavenged are great- but how many do you really need?.
  • Projects I've always wanted to do- but not build a whole army.  Since I am basically a hobbyist if I want to do a couple one off models and not build an army, there's no reason I shouldn't. many of these may or may not end up for sale eventually.
  • Comics.  There is a big push towards artwork. I have started freelancing again as my main job, so I want to do some fun comics to keep the wheels greased and help keep my sanity when I get the odd job that isn't "creatively challenging" (which has always seemed to be about 80-90% of freelance work)
  • The Kunnin' Plan... for personal stuff.  I've always wanted to bring in a "Garden of Nurgle" element to my Chaos army. I think that is likely to be the focus for next year.  I also want to do a "loyalist" badass Marine army ("loyalist" because they aren't going to be nicey/nicey) so - for now, at least- I'm sitting on most of my unbuilt loyalist marines.  The BIG factor here is I have a few "joke" chapters in mind for the comics and once I start drawing, that could change this whole thing. So as I precede forward, the plan as it stands looks like this.....
  1. Templars of DOOooom- Garden of Nurgle Death Guard
  2. Traitor Guard/Chaos Genestealer Cult
  3. Unfinished projects (some already included up above)
  4. Marines?

Later this week I'll take a new look at The Corroded and see whether I want to keep the scheme or trash it. I think I might do a couple test models and post them for opinions, rather than procede with the whole squad. Then its back to Ms. Charlotte who is way too close to done, that she deserves to be finished.... and it will get my mind off my frustration with the Plague Marine schemes.

If you are celebrating the holiday, I hope you have a great one and eat too much turkey. 

Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Corroded:

The first of The Corroded is done. Of course it was Poxion, the plasma gunner. I have a thing for plasma guns, which kind of makes 8th edition my "glory" edition.  If only I ever got to play.






And then there's Buboa. He forgot his backpack (still in progress)


A friend of mine shared this picture her daughter took in New Orleans.  Obviously, the gateway to The Corroded's clubhouse there. Great reference photo.


And some gratuitous plugging.  Catch me on Instagram RIGHT HERE . Some more in progress stuff and odds and ends that you won't see here.  You can also follow me on FACEBOOK.   Official website (which is still sort of under construction/constantly being added too) THE WYRDWOOD. Lots to come there. A store for stuff, stories, children's books, comics not actually for children plus pages just in case you want the ol' Rednekkboss to paint or draw something for ya! 2018 is going to be a busy, but exciting year. I'm excited to get back to freelancing after a hiatus.

Cheers ya'll!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

From the Workbench: The Corroded...in color!

The color basics are laid in on the first squad (plus a couple) of The Corroded.  Another quick conversion for a hooded champion first.


Chopped him up a bit, took off the ugly face. Snipped in a helmet. Then some greenstuff and a plasma pistol. Champion #2 - for the close combat oriented squad- is ready.  Here's the state of the desk....


I decided to go all in on a slightly different rust approach. It cuts down a couple steps on my old approach, but with these models and this paint scheme its a bit more labor intensive because of the details.  So basically, I start with the dark brown I always use and then moved on to these new acquisitions..... (plus the verdigris technical medium)


Overall paint with the Dry Rust, which is not unlike the GW Typhon Corrosion, but a bit thinner and less "muddy" and more "rusty". It dries very,very flat and looks wonderful on its own. Dry brushing or stippling the Rust over it in varied amounts comes up with a really nice look.


It might be my new "go-to". In the case of these particular models, which generally I like, though I'm not a huge fan of non-multi-pose models, do have a bunch of great details, but can be hard to get to once they are constructed.  Sure, you could paint them in sub assemblies if there isn't too much conversion work involved.... and I may do that with some of the close combat squad.  I'm sure I'll complicate the paint schem with detailing, but if one was wanting to do some really decent looking table-top quality models in a not so complicated way, I reeeeeeally, REALLY recommend these Game Color products. Outstanding.  And FWIW.... cheaper than GW.

SO, The Corroded.... rust and verdigris is the order of the day. So the non-rusty parts have a undercoat of game Color Tiny Tin (a wonderful bronze/dark metal base, by the way) then a wash of my dark brown/black to deepen the recesses.  Then I did a wash of GW Nihilakh Oxide. I absolutely adore this product. I'm almost as in love with this thing as much as I am Althonian Camoshade (and the other shades really- they are one of the best things GW has ever brought to miniature painting if you ask me)  I know, the same basic thing can be made with thinned paints, but the formula is perfect.  So here's the base colors....


I'll now go in with and detail the verdigris with some mixed in white and bleached bone.  After that I'll "scrape the verdigris off" with some drybrush or stippling in the more raise places with the Tiny Tin. The end result should be a LOT like the bells on the Malignant Plaguecaster I did.  After that, it'll be doing all the details on the models.

Then, there's this guy.....





I've got 4 Rat Ogres that will be some sort of Spawn.  Sad Spawn.  They just want a hug.

Cheers Yall!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Call of Chaos: From the Workbench

Just a quick update on the Plague Marines and the Hellbrute. I'm planning a different paint scheme for "The Corroded"- basically verdigris/bronze and rusted iron.  Still working on the full back story, but it'll likely be cool and possibly ridiculous.  No spoilers, but the one for the Slaaneshi "Faceless" is coming along nicely, even if the models are in a bit of limbo at the moment.

So, for the Plague Marines I'm at the "blocking in undercolors" stage. Over a thin dark brown base coat I've painted in Tin Bitz for the bronze areas and some flat rust colors on the rest.  I'll likely pick out any fleshy bits next and fully paint them, then move on to the armor.  Its a few more steps than necessary, I'm sure, but I like the bronze showing under the verdigris.


Laid the same colors on the Hellbrute, but once I started slapping in the flesh colors, that got a bit messy in places.  Here he is after the first couple washes.The details show up great and I have to admit to being pleased with the results of all the filling and sculpting on this poor mistreated guy.


SO... lots more work to do. Got an evil plan in the works for the 2018 calendar year for models and comics. Hopefully ya'll will keep stopping by.  In case I didn't mention it, I'm Instagram right HERE  some of the stuff you'll see here, but there's in-progress stuff and more. If you Instagram, check it out!

That's all for now! Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Call of Chaos & Friends.

Next up for "The Call of Chaos" challenge, is the Hellbrute.  And he is DONE.... or at least the sculpting and rehab. Ready for primer.

"TA-DAAAaaahhhhh!- BRrrrrrrrrt!!!"


And the all-around...


And a couple extras that were finished while waiting for putty to dry.  A relatively simple conversion of the Noxious Blightbringer.  I actually liked this model for the most part. As much as I love nurglings- and I LOVE Nurglings- the one hanging from the horn was a bit much. The other thing that bothered me was the way the plasma gun arm was.... just seemed awkward. So I did some switching around and added a flail bell or bell flail..... and here he is.  Minimal green stuff to cover a couple gaps (and I might add a tentacle or two) but he's done.  Backpack is still not glued on, for painting ease.


And last, but certainly not least... the Poxjoker.  "Wanna know how I got these scars?"


Noise Marines of The Faceless are on deck next for the challenge, then its on to painting.

Cheers Ya'll!

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Call of Chaos: The Corroded

The first unit of the Call of Chaos challenge is built.  7 plague marines. All based on minis from the Dark Imperium set.

The Champion is converted from the Plaguecaster


Expensive guy with a plasma gun and power fist. I was going to do a sword, but ran across half a powerfist in the bitz box and thought the "C'mon guys" look would be cool. A little greenstuff work and a face swap from the Blight Knights kit and there he is. Bell ringing nurgling leading the way.

Next up the blight launcher guy.


I was originally going to go with 2 plasma guns for this unit, but realized I didn't have much in the way of spare plasma, so I went with the frag launchers I had ordered from Anvil Industries.  Eventually there will be more plaguemarines. I just have to decide if I'm going to convert some from existing marines or get more than one of the new sets. The size difference is an irritating thing to me. I love the new minis, but hate the lack of multi-pose.  I do have a box of plaguebearers that is partially cannibalized, so I may build up some normal marines a little. they'll still be short, but I'm sure the tall guys will have lots of fun at their expense.

The rest. I LOVE the helmet on this guy and figured it needed to be on a runner, rather than a static plasma gunner.


And the rest. A couple head swaps, but nothing major.


So that's the first unit for The Corroded, the plague arm of the Unyielding Eye of DOOoom. ^Noise marines are next up to build as well as finishing up the Hellbrute.  Plus an update on Ms. Charlotte.  A bit behind schedule on her, but there's been some real world things to deal with. But I have the next 3 days off, with a minimal "honey -do" list.  Lots of time for the hobby. The type of relaxation I sorely need right now. Should have an update @ Wednesday.

Cheers Ya'll.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Call to Chaos '17.

Being a glutton for punishment, I have entered another challenge at Bolter & Chainsword.  For this one I'll be building and painting the following before the Ides of December.

1 7 man Plague Marine squad
1 Hellbrute
1 6 man Noise Marine Squad.

The humble beginnings, the rehabbed Hellbrute


Lots more sculpting to do. Still deciding on a weapons load out, the fist might be replaced with a scourge.  Not sure yet. I have a Hellbrute kit and that one might be the close combat guy, while this one is more multi-role.  Leaning heavily toward a reaper cannon, but I really want to reposition the arm assuming I keep the fist.

The Noise marines....


Blastmaster guy is very much underway. Started working on the helmet for the next guy.

The plague marines....


Still on the sprue, along with plaguebearer parts and Blightknight parts.  Should be a fun build.

The PLAN... is to have everything built by the end of October, giving me a month and a half to paint.  In the meantime, I'll finish up Charlotte (I got some more work done on her, but not too much to show yet) and a couple other easy paint projects, since I like to have a build and a paint project going at the same time. Gives me something to do while waiting for paint or greenstuff to dry. :)

Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Warzone:Crixus is live.


My fun/spoofy Warhammer 40k comic is now live at The Wyrdwood. So bookmark it and check in every week.  Originally I had planned some story arcs, but I'm forcing myself to do it all digitally (a new adventure for me) ... so the first few are liable to be quick jokes and the like. 
CHECK IT OUT!  THAT's an ORDER!  Uh... please.

Update: Ms Charlotte is moving along nicely, going to put in 5-7 hours on her today and see if I can't finish her.  Then I have to do her base.

Cheers Ya'll!

Monday, October 2, 2017

So many faces....

Got a bit sidetracked from my intended goal to get Ms Charlotte done by this point. Had to nurse an old injury , plus a couple other real world things that got in the way of hobby time.

I have completed all the gribblies on Ms. Charlottes sides as well as the rusty bitz and her lovely eyes.


What is kind of neat painting this long after I sculpted it is seeing all the detail and warped faces in the mix.



Now, on to the carapace.  Once she is finished its on to yet another Bolter and Chainsword challenge.  I have until December 15th to finish a hellbrute, 7 man Plague Marine team and a 6 man Noise Marine team.  So that's what will be on deck.... mostly. You know I can't resist having a couple things going at a time.  I'll probably sneak Ms Charlotte's base in there somewhere too. Hope to have her done in the next couple days.

OH....AND I'm on INSTAGRAM so if you are an instagramer, give me a follow.  My new phone (wife's hand me down actually) takes great pictures, so I'll be posting in-progress and workbench stuff that won't make it to this blog along with other silliness.

Cheers Ya'll!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Demolisher

The last of the Leman Russ Tanks.  The main gun is magnetized, but its prefered incarnation is with the stubby, nasty Demolisher cannon.




So the painting backlog for the Traitor Guard tanks is caught up.  Still have sentinals and a tone of infantry/cultists to paint and build.  But at the moment, Ms. Charlotte is on my painting station. I should be finishing her up around mid week. Then.... not sure. I may finally jump into the models that came with the boxed set and get some Plague marines built. If for no other reason than to see how they outscale my regular marines.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Couple Quick Fixes and Something Potentially Disturbing

As long as I was finishing up the Leman Russ troop, I figured I could get the other two tanks I have "modernized" as well.  The first thing was the rust red army stripe. Some masking and a quick spray and that was done. Then some decals and a little upgrade on the weathering.

So here's the Devil Dog.


For the Stug- once again a Basilisk- I'd considered adding a barrel, but decided against it. Instead I did some cutting, sanding and repainting so the gun could elevate. Also added a new number decal and buffed up the weathering. I'm pretty happy with its final incarnation.


And as a side project I've been trying to figure out how I want my little band of noise Marines to look. Here's the beginning of what I have planned....


The inset will be flayed flash with nasty things written in blood. And yes, if you search on google images you can find photos of thing made with or covered in tanned human flesh.  You can find almost anything.  Search for "distended stomach" and the like if you need nurgly inspiration... or want to lose your lunch.  Nasty... but helpful.  With this guy I'm kind of making it up as I go along, but I'm thinking about some more flayed flesh as a sort of crest or top knot.

I could go on and on about how I am not a fan of the whole "Slaanesh has to be pink and kinky" feel that is going on these days. But I won't.   This guy will be dark irridecents (think beetle shell or bird feathers) with the flayed/tanned flesh as highlights and probably bronze. Still have a good deal of work to do on him and have to figure out a better backpack. Am I the only one that dislikes Chaos backpacks?

One more Leman Russ on the painting table, which will hopefully be done in the next day or so.  I'm chipping away at the painting backlog. Probably will keep at it for the next couple weeks until I get past an event we're having at my out-of-the-house job, then I'm going to build something. Not sure what, but I'm seriously jonsing to build something.  Death Guard Codex is in the mail along with a couple other goodies and I still have to pick up the Chaos Marine codex.  Since I'm not actually playing its no major thing, aside from my love for books.  Hoping to change that "not playing" thing next month.  That's it for now....

Cheers ya'll!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'!!

More tanks done.  First, the command tank. If I wanted a tank commander, I'd point to the smiling deamonic hatch. ;)


Cultist/conscript for scale.


"I think you have something stuck in your engine"


The "Beauty" shot. This one has magnetized sponsons and main armament. The guy below has two OLD plasma sponsons, but a magnetized main gun. I can do 2 Plasma Executioners.



One more to go, then the Leman Russ Company is done.  There may be some tweeking to the other 2 tanks I have as well. At the very least new number decals. But that's it for now.

Cheer's ya'll!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Odds, Ends and Irma.

Well, here in the land of swamps, alligators and Mickey Mouse we currently have us a Hurricane. I figured I'd try to sneak in a post before we lose power and such.   Needless to say, prepping for the storm took up a lot of my time this week but I did start chipping away at the painting backlog.  First up, my Leman Russes.  There are 4, which have been "mostly done" for some time, so finishing them off- as well as camoflaging my Raptor tactical Marines - has been what I've been up to. 

I magnetized some of the weapons options for 3 of the tanks, so here are the ones that needed finishing up.



There were a few odds and ends that needed doing on my Standard Russ.  I added a lascannon, finished the sponsons and added some weathering. This one is DONE.


And this is the next hull I'm working on. Started the detailing process, first layer of weathering. Lots still to do - infected engine tentacles and gribblies, stowage and then ding it up. Then 2 more.  


That's all for now.

Cheers Ya'll