Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Recharged and painting gross things

Work,work,work. I did manage to get out and get some me (or rather me and the wife) time yesterday on the water. Couldn't find any big ones, but the day was near perfect weather wise  and the little guys kept us busy.  My wife (a kindergarten teacher)wears a fitbit and commented on how relaxed her heart beat was.  A boat on the water and good company is hard to beat, for me at least, when it comes to recharging the batteries. 


At the hobby desk, the plaguebearers are all base colored and washed, the filthy little buggers.


As for their leader, now known as Two-Toed Ted, he's done.  Well, he needs some static grass on the base, but I'll do all the lads together for that.  I wanted to bring in the scheme I had used on my unit of older metal Plaguies, plus the rust/green scheme in the overall Chaos army, so he's got some funky bright green magicy kind of stuff going on. Its neat to compare them to the older models.


I was pretty pleased with the way his head turned out.


And an all around ....


9 more to go. I also have to figure out how I'm going to work the green + rust scheme into a band of Noise Marines next. That should be .... interesting.

Cheers Ya'll.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

First we clean... then we paint.

I finally got a day where I could do my own thing. So what do I do? I start tearing apart THIS mess...


And that was just part of it. I took 4 garbage bags out and a HUGE stack of old magazines. I started to do some organizing, like putting all of my character clam packs in one shoe box and all of my after market bitz orders in another. Its still a bit of a mess and I have plans to move some stuff around, but its better.  Here's the Junkyard of forgotten Ork projects.  The minions watching over it aren't very good since its obviously infested with termagaunts.


Then there is the Paint Deck....as in stuff that is in progress but needs to be finished.


Emptying drawers in that dresser was a big priority. I came to two conclusions. First, I have a ridiculous number of bitz and sprues from kits across the GW range. Second, I also have more fishing tackle than 6 people could use in a lifetime. The fishing stuff will be a huge undertaking of its own.  In one of the drawers I found some old pictures I took in High School, which shouldn't have been there. Among them was a picture of a drawing I did in 1985.


I cleaned off my hobby desk and decided I didn't really feel like building, I felt more like painting to get back in the swing of things. SO, the Ork-sair is in a ziplock bag for the time being and I grabbed a unit of Plaguebearers from the Paint Deck to finish off.  A while back I experimented on these guys with different color washes on the same base coat. There will be a common overall look to bring the unit together, but I'm going to run with each slightly different base coat and see where they go. First up, the boss man.


He was pretty standard, dark brown base, GW Rakarth Flesh/Orgyn Camo mix drybrush and GW Druchii Purple wash.  I did another dry brush a green and picked out the pustules and details with a bleached bone color. Now for the washes....


Some washes with a mix of the GW Blood for the Blood God medium and Druchii Purple and/or Althonian Camoshade.  The purple and Camoshade are my go-to colors for these earthy olives.  The purple is great for deepened shades. It also mixes with the blood medium well for some nasty looking dark bloody stuff. I found that washing this around the pustules is an easy way to give it that inflamed/bruised look. A little wash of GW Gryphonne Sepia, to give a yellowish tint. Then you just back in with the bleached bone and give the pimple a head. :)
I also did some tasty running sores and open woulds. The mouths I used the same dirty blood color.

Then on to picking out details with GW Rakarth Flesh, putting heads on pimples and the like.  He's pretty close to done, but there are some more details to work on.



Nice to be back in the saddle, more Nurgly goodness to come.

Cheers Ya'll!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A new day?

I work two jobs. And lately they have gotten the better of me. On the upside, this is the view I get from the morning job... 


On the downside, I am literally going through stretches of 10 days with no whole day off at a time. Partly, its my own fault. I'm the guy who almost never says "No" when asked if I can work an extra shift. Its just the way I was brought up.  That doesn't leave much art or hobby time, though.

I've actually got the next 3 days off (then another stretch of 10 or so with no whole day off) so I'm planning on getting to my hobby desk, if for no other reason than to finish at least (if not al 3 ) Ork pilots.

Just thought I'd drop ya'll a note and let you know I'm still alive.... and to keep a weather eye on this little corner of the interwebs. I'm in serious need of some hobby therapy.

Cheers Yall!