Friday, June 23, 2017

All things die, to begin again...

The 7th Edition of Warhammer 40k is dead. And it is reborn as The Dark Millenium.

Unlike most, I didn't download anything off the interwebs, couldn't make it to a store on release day. I did a pre-order and got my beautiful box on Thursday.  It kind of reminds me of that old gag gift where you put something in a small box, put that in a bigger box, then a bigger box, etc. But... really, its beautiful.....



Tomorrow, I'm off to see what index books are left at the local store.  I'm actually supposed to play a game or two on Tuesday, so which book I find will determine which army I play.

So far... 8th is looking up.  Been super busy, so not too much to show on the hobby front, but I'm going to be doing two character challenges over on Bolter and Chainsword, plus I want to finish off Ms Charlotte and another  how-to with the commissar.  On top of all this (and one of the reasons I don't have much new hobby stuff)  I'll be launching "Warzone: Stixus" - a 40K fan comic soon. More on that next time.

Cheers Ya'll!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ahhhhh Summertime.

Summertime. What that means here is that my teacher wife is off for the summer and my creative project schedule is thrown into utter chaos. That hasn't stopped me from spending money I said I wouldn't spend.  Since out summer vacation has died, thanks to various (almost endless) household expenses and scheduling issues, I had some extra hobby $$$.  I got some aftermarket orders in from across the globe, literally.  A bunch of stuff from Victoria Miniatures and Anvil Industries. I love my guys from Poland, but I have to say this stuff is about as close to flawless as one could ask for. HIGHLY recommended if you see something you like on their sites and the service was great. And, I took the plunge, pre-ordering the new 8th Edition boxed set. Its liable to be my last edition, but I'm hoping there will be enough "new edition madness' at the local game store that I might be able to get in some games. Meanwhile, I guess the rules have all been "leaked" online and the online community is abuzz with predictions and new lists, while I sit here and say "Where do you people find all this stuff?"


Thanks to my new resin bits, I was further sidetracked from painting into a construction project for my Traitor Guard army. I've always wanted these guys to be different, so the new resin fit the bill. 
Replacement guns, mostly autoguns so I can used them as cultists too, sniper rifles, special weapons and arms.  I also got autocannons for my marines... more on that later. But here's how some of the guys are coming out so far...


I have a second order in bound, since I fell a bit short and they look so cool I decided to do them all. Many of then still need some gaps filled around the arms and some touch up here and there, before they are ready to be primed. The plan is to get them all ready to go. Prime the lot and then a pretty simple scheme off of the brown primer color.  I'll probably throw in some camo on a few models to help with the rag-tag look and to match the vehicles.

Going to try to get some painting in this week as well, so next update should have that.

Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Warpsmith: Skin and Gribbies.


A bit of everything going on here of late.  Work, household projects and working on The Website have dug into hobby time. OK... I'll admit to playing some Civilization 6 as well.  Most of my efforts have been on the details of Ms. Charlotte's soft parts, which I have painted, then painted over at least 4 times.  I know it should just be the same easy old process, but she's a centerpiece model, so I'm being a bit too artsy/anal retentive. Meanwhile, as a guinea pig, I've been trying a fer different things out on the Warpsmith's fleshy parts, which I am now declaring as done.



One of the harder decisions was how to do all the mechandrites/tentacles.  Do I go organic? Metal? or a mix of both? In the end, it was really the color pallette that made my mind up and went with "wormy".


And on the homefront, you may or may not know my wife and I work with a cat rescue.  We specialize in bottle babies and newborn kittens and have been doing it for over a decade. SO, I have literally raised hundreds of kittens. Of all those babies, we have never kept any of our newborns or bottle babies, except one handicapped kitten years ago. Not to say we haven't had 5+ cats of our own from time to time.  Well, it finally happened. We can't quite put our finger on what is so special about this baby, but it might be how much he reminds us of one of our cats that passed a few years back.  If you believe in reincarnation, he could be a candidate. Meet Groot.


He's cute, but kinda bitey.  He does eat lizards though..... lots of them.  Once you give him a Snickers, he looks like this...


Casa D'Rednekk's Chief Financial Officer OK'd a bitz purchase, so the focus will be on the Traitor Guard, along with the projects at hand. When the parts come in there will be a building extravaganza. I have also made the decision to buy 8th Edition, if for no other reason than to keep the large number of minis I have to build "legal" Eventually, the plan is to sell them, hopefully (for most) within the timeframe of 8th Edition, but we'll see if I can work that fast. Instead, I'll probably be 70 trying to get rid of old 40k minis after GW goes out of business.  But...as I tell the wife, I could be spending my money at bars or strip clubs.

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nurgly skin: Da Rednekk Way

In an attempt to document the process in which I paint, I present the following.  Herr Nurgly Kommisar will be the guinea pig.   First, I prime the mini.  I like brown or rust red primer for my chaos stuff... and most other things.  Just because the brown is about the same value and I cover the whole thing in a dark brown acrylic anyways.   My "black/brown" mix is dark brown, black ink and matte medium.  Its kind of thin, but putting an acrylic base over your primer really helps the paint hold on. PLUS it seeps into all the nooks and crannies and helps shade the model in the long run.



Then the first color I use on the skin. A drybrush of Rakarth Flesh.



I've included my brushes in many of the shots to show you how ratty and beat up some of them are.  Sometimes, that's not s bad thing.  Especially if you are trying to stipple in an uneven pattern or something.   Next I highlight the rough drybrush with some lighter Elf Flesh. In the end product only some of this actually shows through, so its almost a throw away step, but up close you can see the different tones.



Then another highlight of Rotting Flesh.  Yes, I could probably do this in less steps, but layers make richer colors in the end.



One more stipple of a bright fleshy color in some spots.....



....and on to the first wash.



Then for some shading, with another wash...



Then I pick out some highlights with a 50/50 mix of Rotting and Elf Flesh.



Some spot washes with a thinned Althonian Camoshade and pick out some shadows with Druchii Purple.



....then a little green highlight in some spots....



Up next, pustules.



And then we make them look sore and nasty.  I mix Blood for the Blood God with purple shade. For little bloody details, I add a little Gore Red to the mix.  Then pick out the heads on the pimples with the above color.



AND the skin is done.  Next up, the rusty armor.

I've been picking away at all the details on Ms. Charlotte's sides. More on that next time.

Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It doesn't look like much, but......

One of the things about doing layers of shades/washes is they really don't look like much sometimes.  I tried taking photos of one wash after another before. If they are dramatic, its easy to see the difference, if not its usually best to wait until a couple have dried and shoot them 2-3 at a time.  The process I use on the Nurgle army is one of those "little bit here-little bit there" kind of build up process. Some of the stuff doesn't really show until later on.  My wife told me the other day - now that she can sit in my office while I paint- that I either need to have her help me shoot a video or I need to try a strict logging of the process. I've got a mini about to be primed, so I think he'll be out guinea pig for the latter and see how it goes, before we try an actual video- which would either need 4 models , one t paint while others dry or need some editing. Since that is a place the wife has the technical edge over me, it might have to wait until her school year is done. Luckily, there seems to be a never-ending supply of nurgly stuff that needs painting.

For this weeks progress, lots of mundane stuff. Aside from outdoor projects and other things getting in the way, I have been scrounging around in my "free" minis I got a couple years ago.  I found 20 cultists in pretty good -excellent shape, so they can join the other 20, with minor conversions etc.  The problem areas, which I've seen on some of the bigger minis, is these were basically slapped together with something like gorilla craft glue or the like.  No way to wrench them apart along the construction seems and HUGE gaps in some of the models. The Hellbrute, for example, will take a lot of work... but he'll need a little converting anyways.... right?

On to Miss Charlotte. Now the epic tedium begins.  Her body is a hive of nastiness and details, Ive been hitting the drybrushed areas with washes to get color into all the nooks and crannies.  Right now it looks a bit bland, but you can see where I'm laying in shadows and starting to pick out some details.

FROM THIS...


TO THIS...


Ive started playing with just HOW  I'm going to paint all of this as far as the flow of the nastiness and textures of the fleshy blobs, etc.  Sure, I can slap some color on with drybrushes and feather them a but with washes, but there is ONLY ONE Miss Charlotte, so I really should put in a maximum effort.  I'm sure I'll give myself a couple nightmares before I'm done figuring that all out.

Got some washes done on the Warpsmith as well. Laying in base colors, still a really long way to go, but its always nice to have another model with similar color scheme around when you mix too much of a certain shade,etc. :)



AND, last but not least. One thing Chaos loves (or at least I do) but Chaos lacks is autocannons for your footsoldiers.  I've looked around the web and there are several options.  Not too long ago, I ordered some stuff from my buddies in Poland and went a little crazy with the autocannons. The pieces are beautiful, but they really didn't fit my asthetic like I thought they might, so immediately the thought comes "How can I repurpose these?"  Well, I've been wanting to expand the army into other gods for some time with at least a unit or two and I'd planned on some noise marines converting some grey knight bits.  The body for these autocannons, to me, was a perfect platform for sonic blasters.... and so, the first of 9.

Its pretty simple. Some sanding and cutting down, then 4 styrene rods and a little fill.  Should look pretty cool in the end.  SO... new wicked things to come. Back to my washes for now though.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dead Inside

You may or may not know it, but sometimes, some poor dumb bastard (or several poor dumb bastards) get the unenviable job of eternal suffering that comes with being part of a Deamon Engine. Granted, some volunteer... others, not so much.

This guy seems to be having second thoughts.


The Warpsmith, Deamon Herald and gun creep #1 are primed, so they will be likely side projects as I plod along on the time vaccuum that is painting Ms. Charlotte.  I also have to do her base, which is likely to show up in the next post or so. I started working on the horns and claws last night, but I may start over as I'm not finding the results gribbly enough so far.   Much more to come.

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

STAY-CATION!

Finally! I took a week off. Originally, the plan was to remodel/paint the master bathroom and the front entry way.  Plans change and the wife encouraged me to get after the art room like I have been wanting to for about a year now, I still cleaned out the garage and even took a couple days to hop the ponds and give their residents some exercise, like this guy. And I got My Website up and running. Overall, its been a much needed time to recharge and redirect my energy after deciding to go back to just one part-time job as well as trying to make some $$ as an artist.


 Now, like anyone trying to play an adult, I have my own office.  Well, I had one before, though it was "officially" Jim's Hobby and storage room.  Now its a clean, two work station office for miniatures and artwork. A fortress of solitude... as it should be.  It may not look all that bad (since I forgot to take "before " pictures), but 6 big black trash bags and several pieces of furniture moved in and out later, its about 90% done.  All that remains is the tedium of sorting through various kits in bags and bitz I have as well as organizing my fishing tackle.


 Still need to hang some artwork on those bare walls. The room does suffer from the "this used to be a kinda girly spare bedroom" look with the Peach dresser of DOOOOooooooooom and such. Inside that dresser is pure evil, though All the sorting I need to do lays there and I'm sure it will eventually lead to two more garbage bags and some more space for and eventual organized catalog of bitz and spare parts, some of which date back to last century


The dual work area, from the art side. Space for computer art (still have to scan at my main desktop pc though), traditional art and book reading.  I DO need a better chair there eventually. Its my plan for birthday/christmas time. ;)


A better look at the hobby desk. Ms Charlotte is waiting impatiently for some more love. I'll actually get some painting time in tonight.  I did get a few minis primed.  Since Games Workshop is about to drop 8th Edition (which I'm almost excited about, though I still doubt I'll actually be playing) I'm holding off on any big miniature organizational plans and plodding along with the "finish what you've started" plan.  I'm assuming, other than adding a few minis here and there, GW won't change things like the basic Guard infantry platoon organization or the 10 man space marine squad, so any immediate painting strategies I have are safe. Assuming that to be true.  As for the blog.....


.....this is about half of the miniatures I have to build. This humble blog will not be going anywhere for quite some time.
Top shelf: primers and junk.
Shelf 2: Chaos and things that will be chaos.
Shelf 3: My long neglected Orks, plus a couple boxed sets. Bottom: Scale models forconversion or just building. Some Tyranids and Necrons.  The shoe boxes are bits, aftermarket stuff , bagged models and clam packs and that amorphous two drawed white organizer in the foreground is literally full of Space Marines..... and there's more in the ugly Muave/Peach Dresser of DOOOooooooooom.

FWIW, I Am taking on a limited number of commissions, if anyone is interested. For details, Check out the page on my O-fficial website and drop me a line.

Lots to work on. I have to replace a window in there tomorrow, which was taken out by a golfer last fall, but its definitely going to be a nice environment to work in. Management has told me I DO need one cat bed, at least and or a small piece of cat furniture, because two of the feline denizens of the house do not trust me to work by myself. Compared to there barely being enough room to walk without stepping over or around something before.  I'm really happy with the fruits of my staycation. Now, I'll shut up and get back to drawing , building and painting. ;)

Cheers Yall.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Take a walk on the Wyrd side

Come, friends. Let us take the air among the tangleroots and fire berries. Just stay close, the Wyrdwood is no place for wandering.


 Welcome to The Wyrdwood!  I have an O-fficial WEBSITE.

Never fear, this humble blog will continue to plod along, but this puts art and minis all in one spot.

Check it out here and book mark it

There will be comics, bi weekly starting in mid May as well as a store for cool stuff.

Cheers yall!

Monday, April 24, 2017

From the Workbench: The Sons of DOOooom.

I'm on vacation.... or staycation, to be more precise. One of the projects will be overhauling the art/hobby room. New furniture and a new layout.  So, while rifling around through the clutter I got a little squirrely and finished up one of the creeps that had been sitting on my desk. This got me thinking about my Nurgly guard army....well, that and a bits order I just made from Poland.

The gun creep, like the old radio creeps can be used as stub gunners for cultists or as heavy bolters in a weapons crew for the Guard army.  So here's number 1


I had another guy started a while back, so I got to work on him as well. He still has a ways to go, but here's the start.


Another thing that has been bugging me for a while, was what to do with my Nurgle Blight Knights. I've toyed with everything from plague marines to terminators to obliterators.  After doing my Warpsmith. it occured to me what great "special people" these guys could make in the Guard army. Commisars, Techmarines, etc.   So here's the beginning of my first Commisar for the Sons of DOOoom.


I plan on sculpting the arm around the pinned zombie hand and I'll have to give him a side arm and some other 40k stuff... as well as a little custom sculpting.

The overhaul of the artroom starts in a couple days as well as the impending launch of a proper art website. Busy week ahead, but I'll try to get some more hobby in.

Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sculpt-stravaganza!

I did more sculpting than painting since last I posted.  I did, however get Ms. Charlotte's back basically done.  I saved the rusty hoses and such for when I do the other parts, but the fleshy bitz are done on her back. 


On to the Warpsmith. First an in progress shot of the flamer mount and such.


I wasn't fond of the hanging hose and I wanted some more  "gribby meets machine" stuff going on.  Also have some nice fatty looking sacs on the back.  After that set, it was one more two part sculpting session and he is ready for basing and priming! Here's the final result.



I had to let things dry at a couple points and had pre-mixed green stuff, so I worked on finishing my Plaguebearer Herald.


I'll get these two primed in the next couple days and pick away at all the details on Ms. Charlotte's body.  Next week I have a "staycation" which may effect hobby time a little since one of the two projects I'm going to do is rearanging/organizing my art space.  I'm sure I'll find all sorts of cool stuff in there that I've forgotten about. ;)

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Needs more gribbly.....

Put some time in on Ms. Charlotte and the Warpsmith in the last couple days.  I noticed my faithful pot of GW Althonian Camoshade was getting pretty low (I have about a half dozen others), so I decided to make a pre-thinned pot. The mix came out around 1/3- camoshade/acrylic matte medium/Universal solvant (water).  I also did a 50/50 mix of GW Orgyn Camo and Screaming Skull and did a really light drybrush to pick out all the sculpted details on the fleshy bits on the back, between the wings. This led to picking out a few details on the wings themselves, then a light wash of the pre mixed shade. The upper wing membranes are DONE.  The arms still need some attention.


As for the bit in the middle, I started going into the deeper recesses and places I want shaded with a mix of GW Althonian Camoshade and Druchii Purple.  I usually thin this about half with water, then go with a thicker wash or a second light wash if I want a deeper tone.  Next comes the bloody/inflamed areas.  I have a home brew I call "Bloody Red" which is basically, GW Scab Red, with brown ink, acrylic medium and a little water.  There might be some purple in there too, honestly, I mixed at least a year ago.  Combined in different parts with the other two shades, you can get some really gross, interesting colors that are much less the "spaghetti Western red" of the GW Blood for the Blood God technical paint.


Top is the unholy trinity, with a puddle of gore in front of them.  Below is a comparison of color, tone and consistancy.  My wash is also NOT glossy. That comes later.

So I picked out some inflamed/ bloody areas with the blood wash. Eventually, they will enjoy a little dry brush here a little underpainting there to get my eventual desired gribbliness.  What that is, I can't tell you right now, but I'll know it as it happens. :) I can tell you it will involve more repetition of "wash, drybrush, shade, repeat" than a sane person would force themselves to do. But I gave up on sanity at least 20 years ago.


NOW... on to the as-yet-unnamed Warpsmith.  I decided to read the Codex entry before getting back to work on him and realized the Chaos guys have most of the goodies the Loyalist techmarines do- melta/flamer in the mechandrites, etc.  SO... I tore off the two metal pieces I had and began fabricating some arms from some plague fly bits.   First, every techy needs a chompy head vice. Here is the beginning of his (still very much in progress.)


I used some chainsword blades and motors to make the head. I'll be shaving some of the sculpting down as metal, then kind of move toward the organic. Its likely to be a bit beefier and nasty looking when finished.

Then I added the two other arms, made from smaller plague fly legs, and did some sculpting of tentacles, mechandrites.  Of course, he needed an axe, so I cobbed one together and here he is as he stands.  (still some detailing to do, especially when the vice arm is added)




Still have to bulk out/organify the flamer, which will have a questionable looking fuel source. More sculpting and nastyness on the back to make everything blend in, especially after adding the vice arm. But, there he is so far!

Cheers Yall!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Vision vs Execution.

The main focus of this post was to be how I paint with thin washes.  I was going to explain in detail the process.  Then I started painting.  And it all went to shit.  So, here's my best effort at being instructional after the fact. Forgive me in advance if you are an experienced painter, I'm going to present this with more of the "I've only painted with solid colors. I never knew you could do that" crowd in mind.

Acrylic paints are made to be thinned.  As the official GW (we still have you painting with solid colors) vids even say, two thin coats. What many inexperienced painters don't realize is the multitude of cool things you can do paining acrylics on a 3D surface (mini...in this case). Not coincidentally, they are most of the cool things you can do on a flat surface.

Citadel has been nice enough to mix acrylic medium with pigment and make their most excellent washes. Although, if you knew the breakdown in costs of the what is used to make said washes, vs paint... you might feel a bit ....violated. Personally, I think its worth the convenience, that way I don't have to worry about getting all the ratios perfect. These washes, as you may have noticed, really do have a nice burst of transparent color. And, it gets even cooler when you water them down.  Like a normal paint you can mix them, glaze them over other colors, glaze them over other glazes (preferably after they are dry). While I wanted to get in depth with all the things I've discovered I can do with them (and there are doubtlessly more) I just started painting and didn't take any notes.  Nearly 40 years of painting have made too much of it second nature... and I don't think.  For the future... my wife has suggested videos.  Probably not a bad idea.

SO.... here's the progression on Charlotte's wings. Described the best I can, below.  Some of the differences are subtle and may not have transfered well in pictures.



 First pic: Left wing is the base, right wing is one thinned (50/50) coat of Althonian Camoshade. (I'll be using that a LOT
Then some Gryphonne Sepia (50/50).  I let each wash dry before I put on the next one and I make sure I collect the gathered wash out of the creases and cracks with a dry brush.  Those slower drying blobs of color can mess you up later.

stippling

  1. 1 :  to engrave by means of dots and flicks
  2. 2a :  to make by small short touches (as of paint or ink) that together produce an even or softly graded shadow b :  to apply (as paint) by repeated small touches
Yup, you can do it with paint. I do it all the time. What they don't tell you is to start with a loaded brush (not over loaded or underloaded) and apply as little pressure as possible when you start. As one of my art professors used to say constantly "Its not a bad thing to have to go back for more paint or to water the brush."  His main point, usually is painting in general is an additive process, but in most additive processes its much easier to add a little and add some more , rather than add too much and not be able to take it away. (I hope that makes sense, I'm told I can go on for hours like that...)

After the greenish, then yellowish wash. I put a nice blob or Althoinian Camoshade(olive), Gryphonne Sepia and Druchii Purple (all known by their basic colors from here onwards). Add a generous few brush loads of water and onward.  Do I use an actual wet pallet? No.... but my regular diposable pallet is pretty wet at the moment.  I mix the purple and olive and occasionally a little sepia and a couple layers of stippling begin. I wanted the mottling a bit darker toward the "fingers" so I mottled on the mottling.  Here's where the whole "wait until the other wash dries" thing kinda goes down the rabbit hole.  In this case some of the mixing is OK. What you have to avoid, is mixing at the wrong part of the drying process. There's this tacky,plasticy period just before it mattes down and dries, where if you hit it with a wash you can actually life all the washes right off.  So, pay attention.


Let everybody dry good. I went and had a snack, played with my kittens and came back to it. Then, I did a very light dry brush along the raised detail and fleshy edges with a light tan (it could have been Screaming Skull or P3 Thrall Flesh... kind of betting on the latter)  This mattes everything down well and kind of makes it all look like it was painted with one crazy brush stroke. I have to admit this is one place the camera fails us (and I took about 6 photos, plus messed with it in the editor) If you zoom in, you might be able to see all the other colors showing through.  We're not done.... just for kicks, I then do a thinned (60 water/40 shade) was with a mix of the Sepia and Olive. (40/60)


It greens it up a little, though very subtle and another light ,light drybrush to flatten it all down.  Ms Charlotte's Dorsal view  has become a damn sight prettier....er well, the wings are done.  And yes, this whole time she was upside down on the desk.

Lord knows, you don't need to get so complicated with whatever project you might think of washing like this, but layers DO matter. They add depth and richness of color.  One thing I can't stress enough is experiment. You'll find things that won't work, but you'll find things that do. Even if you aren't trying to be a trophy winning miniature painter, but are serious in expanding your abilities, the first and most important thing I can tell you to buy...even more important than good brushes, though that's #2 (and by good I don't always mean the most expensive, but that's another post all together) is...a COLORWHEEL.  In-friggin-valuable.  Not sure I want to get into spouting on and off about color theory and such, but in a nutshell knowing a colors compliments and values is a very simple way to take a mediocre piece and turn it into a wowzer.  One way I apply this is using Druchii Purple to darken Althonian Camoshade, for example. If there is any interest, let me know and I can get into that all in more depth another time.

The other thing I recommend to any painter is stepping back from your work when ever you can, even for a bathroom break or a snack... OR...as I like to do, having a building/sculpting project to work on nearby. "Cleaning the eyeballs, as well as the brushes" as the aforementioned instructor would say. The guy had an awesome Lithuanian accent too.

So according to the Traitor Legions Codex, Warpsmiths are all the rage. Or at least a necessity if you want to run some of the formations.  Well, I'd been at a bit of a loss on how to procede with Spumegut (or whatever they call him) so here we go.....


I added an old arm to the gribbies I already had on him, as he lingured on the ready-5 desk for the past few months.  Then I needed a few breaks to let washes dry and this happened.


I'm at the "He might be getting a bit busy" or "Go big or go home" decision point with mechandrites and such. He still needs a forearm too.  Sculpting something like this is not unlike the wash painting. It involves planning, layers and a bit of "here... hold my beer" The next couple of days are busy for me, so I'll have some time away from him to look at him with fresh eyes.

Cheers Ya'll!