Friday, March 29, 2019

Washing Ms. Martha

The washes begin....

Most of the washing is done with a mix of GW Althonian Camoshade and GW Druchii Violet.  Its usually about 2-1, but its a pretty organic process as it goes on the mini. Sometimes one coat, sometimes 2 if I want it darker. Sometimes a dab or more of one color or the other. If you've read this blog for any length of time, you'll note this is a pretty common technique (esp. with these two colors) for me. These couple shots show the was vs the underpainting.

And the end result before detailing begins.....

Then I added some purple and flesh colors in detail areas....

On the tentacles I did some striping with a light blue grey and elf flesh. Then a wash of Violet with a touch or thin wash of the Althonian Camoshade.

The end result and Martha's skin is pretty much done.

 Here's a scale shot too

Horns and claws are next.

Cheers y'all!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

And the painting begins....

Putting color on Martha has begun!  

 After the priming and the washing, the first step is the drybrushing of GW Rakarth Flesh

Then on to the next two colors of the underpainting......

 Vallejo Flat Flesh was first, then Game Color Elf Flesh to pick out the highlights. You can see all the beat up old brushes I use to drybrush with. They all started out with points, then I cut them down with an Xacto and use them for drybrushing. The yellow ones are actually 20+ years old. I give them a good washing when I'm done, but I beat the hell out of them while painting.
There are faces all over this thing. Its so neat for me to see all the details coming to life.

AND... the first color done.....

Then I pick out areas I want to show through the washes as lighter with the next color. Most of it is drybrushing too, though usually with more finesse. There is also some basic small brush work, usually with watered down paint to help get highlighted areas....


 And that's where she stands at the moment. Probably some more highlighting tomorrow and maybe....maybe , another color along the back. After that, on to the washes.

Cheers y'all!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Demler pattern Vanquisher

Throughout the Crixus sector, the Tresorbis Labor/Logistics Conglomerate searches for archo-tech and ancient STC, along with their usual pursuits of providing labor and labor services to all sorts of large businesses, from mining to aquaculture. Due to the sectors frequent isolation by fluxuating warp storms, The Mechanicus on the Forgeworlds of Demler, Volheim III and Xibis have often been given special consideration in using "non-approved" STC for a variety of civilian and a few military designs. The latter only for local use and in "dire circumstances"

Enter the Demler pattern Vanquisher. With the standard Chimera drive train, the type sports a smaller caliber, but extremely high velocity gun, Designed to kill other vehicles and hard points, its overall performance is similar to the standard Leman Russ, though it has a slightly taller profile.

 And the second with genestealer hybrid head......

The construction is done. I may add some rivets or a small but of stowage in the near future, but all the engineering and conversion is over. 

NOW.... on to painting Martha.

Cheers y'all!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Prime, Martha primed.

The painting has begun. First, the spray coat... and all her loveliness.

Then I go to my normal 50/50 brown/black wash....

The Fleshmower got it too. Here's a shot in progress and final....

More painting on the way.....

Cheers y'all!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Here kitty. kitty!

My last 40k game introduced me to the Leman Russ Vanquisher. I was impressed. Having no dedicated Vanquishers, I decided to commit a little heresy (nothing new) and get a couple tanks to convert. The kit in question, the Meng World War Toons Tiger 1.  Lovely kit, especially for under $20 USD.  AND its just about the size of the Leman Russ.  Originally, I planned on building the kits and "40k-ing" them up a bit, but I went a bit farther, using the Chimera lower hull/track assembly. So they can be stuck in the mud like their inspirations. :)

Great kit, especially for beginners. Its a snap fit, but I used glue and hacked it up a bit.

I primed the lower hull because of all the road wheels. But I've decided these hulls will have .... another use.  More on that later... The weapons.....

 I love the barrels, so perfect in my mind, for a tank killing gun. I rigged the bow gun mounts with las cannons.  Its a simple 167points of tank killer.

 The size comparisons....

And here's where they stand without the lower hulls, which are next. I'll add some stowage and a few bell and whistles, but overall... pretty pleased with the conversion.


 Cheers y'all!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Its all about the bases

Martha's base has been the big job for the week, so far. I hoped to have her primed on Tuesday, but my crackle medium had dried up. It can be rewetted and reactivated, but it doesn't seem to "crackle" as good after that , so I had to get some fresh stuff. Also found some hobby glue laying around from one of my wife's classroom projects that makes good "icky stuff' strands.

Added some pushed around dirt, a few tentacle/worms, some skulls and the little orbs, which will be mushroom like things.  I also tweeked her eyes a bit (pictured) with one more minor adjustment this morning.  So, I'll actually prime her tonight after I'm sure everything is cured.

Also did a couple minor tweeks on her eyes....

Been working on another project I'm going to save for the next post (which will include fluff) but its more reinforcements for the Traitor Guard/Chaos Genestealer cult force. You'll start seeing more of the genecult influence as the month progresses.  Also been hard at work on my Website, which has taken the bulk of my free time of late, More on THAT in the next post as well.

In the meantime, it seems Games Workshop is going all-in on the Primaris sized marines, even for Chaos. Which is going to give my older Chaos Marines a complex. Like they don't have enough issues already. Here's a good shot of the size difference....

Personally, I'm still moving forward with the older guys, largely because I have so many but I still like the multi-pose format better and I can also have some fun in comics/games/fluff and such with them being shorter.  With all the basing work and some other housecleaning, I've come across some great bits .....usually that I forgot I had. So I got to work on Ms. Charlotte's long overdue base.

This is pretty close to done... or at least ready for the bulk of the basing material (sand,etc)  I've got spiders from the original kit too that I'm going to put on there.... and maybe a grot or nurgling.... or two.

Cheer's Y'all!!!