Friday, 24 April 2015

243: The Vanus Temple's many great tutorials

Checking back over the tutorials on The-Vanus-Temple to find the 360 spin code for my post on the 40K calendar, I realised just how much cool info there is on that website and wanted to catalogue and share some of my favourite links:
I'd definitely recommend you go and check those posts out, and have a little look around on his site too, its very worth the time.

Monday, 20 April 2015

242: Facebook Finds - Henry Steele, The Overlords

Henry Steele is a contributor over on the Overlords group on Facebook and the weekend before last posted up this conversion which is simply amazing.

I absolutely love it and with full credit I think that once I get around to re-doing my Wolves will be borrowing heavily from it.

Friday, 17 April 2015

241: painted Treeman Avatar of Khaine

Here's the steps I've managed so far, he's not quite complete, and unbased, but I'm really happy with how its going, and I'd be very willing to see him on the battlefield, all I need is an Eldar army for him to go with :D

Skipped a step here, but it was only the basing of yellow, then progressive drybrushing of Fiery Orange and then Blood Red to build up the graduation of the colour.

Mixing in about 1/3rd Chaos Black to the Blood Red.

Predominately Chaos Black with a hint of Blood Red just to soften it.

Here's a close-up of one of the weapons, I'm aiming for a bone like look, my thinking is that the weapons are wraithbone artefacts that are used by the Avatar, stored in the craftworld in the shrine of Khaine, whereas the molten body manifests itself in response to the change in the psychic gestalt of the craftworld as it prepares for war.

Here's where its at right now.

With the magnets of course I can manage both weapon options and head options.

There's still a few steps I'd like to add.  I want to go back into the lowest sections of the molten parts of the body and add a yellow white to show the brightest areas (you can see the effect in the hand holding the staff), I'd like to do a little work on the black armour areas, some details here and there, and of course I need to come up with some kind of basing strategy but I don't have an idea what to do for that yet.

I wonder now how it'll hold up to the supposed new plastic avatar that is being released, will have to wait and see.
Any comments you might have I'd love to hear, and ideas for basing would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

240: Forgeworld event only - yes please

Oh dear, why do you do this to us Forgeworld?

Well aren't they pretty!  To anyone going to the Horus Heresy weekender, I'd love a couple of the Iron Warrior (the one on the left), one for itself, and one for conversion.  If you could get me a pair I'd happily pay and contribute to your travel.

Monday, 26 January 2015

239: A lair full of Skaven

Totalling up what I'd painted last year, I realised that my Skaven were starting to become a full army.  I also got a good basing session in the other day while hanging out at the so the army is actually looking somewhat presentable.  I also managed to get a photo of them all together.

What you can see in the picture above are 120 clanrats including two pretty large unit fillers, 20 Stormvermin, some weapon teams, a Doomwheel, Warp Lightning Cannon, and various characters representing my Warlord, BSB and a couple of Engineers.  Its stretching towards 2000 points amazingly enough.  Sorry the pic isn't the best, hopefully I'll manage a bit better picture sometime soon.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

238: Painting lava on the Avatar

Amazingly enough, the Avatar is one of the most popular posts on the blog, and its a model I'm really keen to get painted so its first up on my list for the new year.

I've never painted anything like lava before so I needed to test out some effects to see what would work.  What you see below is an attempt to recreate the classic lava look you'll find by simply searching on google.  One thing I've realised is that the areas that are going to be lava-like on this model are a lot larger than on the GW and Forgeworld avatar models.

To stop the whole model looking like some kind of weird bee, I'll be trying to make the molten sections darker, as if they are partially solidified on the surface.

Unlike the usual techniques of starting with a dark base, and working up to a lighter top layer simulating light shining, this starts with a light base, and works down to a darker top layer.

After blocking in the areas in white, I laid down a strong yellow base.  For the deepest recesses I then went back and added a little white to act as the hottest colour point on the models.
I meant to take photos of the next phases, but I kind of got into a zone and was mixing colours on the fly so the next shot is the "finished" result.

From the yellow, I then applied an overbrush of Fiery Orange, then a lighter overbrush of Red Gore.  From here, I started adding in increasing amounts of black to the mix and applying lighter and lighter overbrushing till it was effectively a very light drybrush.  While doing this I deliberately tried to get a little of the colours onto the surrounding black areas to represent the glow, much like for an OSL effect.

At the end, I had to go back and re-fill the yellow and then the white into the deepest recesses as those areas had been somewhat lost in the process.

I'm relatively happy with the result, but its only over a small area, so next will be to scale it up to the larger areas.  First though, if there are any comments from those of you reading this, I'd be really interested to hear what you think and if there's any tips you can give.

Thanks for looking in.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

237: 2015 New Years Resolutions

So here they are, my aims for the upcoming year.  I wonder if I'll have any better luck achieving them than I did my previous aims, which you can find here:
2014 resolutions and 2014 in review
2011 I didn't make up any resolutions but I did do a 2011 in review

  • Post pictures of all the models I painted during 2014
    • Skaven army, the Tyranids, One Force marines (Mk II and Mk IV)
  • Continue the clear out
    • Tyranids, Space Wolves (most of them), a lot of spares and bits and pieces
  • Complete painting One Force as it stands
    • 5 Mk V marines and jump-packs, 10 Mk III veterans with combi-weapons, missile launchers for all squads, Master of the Forge
  • Complete standing painting projects
    • Skaven warp lighting cannon, Treeman Avatar, Tau Firewarriors and Riptide, and any other bits and pieces I have lying around that I've forgotten
  • Return to blogging
    • I'd definitely like to tidy up the blog a bit, and perhaps improve the design and look of it.  As a more viable, achievable target I'm also setting myself 2 posts a month minimum as my aim for the year
So thats it, a relatively modest 5 aims, and as well as that, I'll most likely be beginning a Daemon army, and I'm sure that GW will be releasing plenty of new and interesting models that'll be tempting me and stealing even more of my money, but then that wouldn't be anything new.
If you've got any resolutions or aims for the new year, I'd be happy to know what you're aiming for, feel free to comment below and link to your own blogs.

Cheers - Andrew

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

236: 2014 - the year that wasn't

The year is essentially over and as far as this blog is concerned, 2014 was effectively a non-year.  Including this post, and my post setting out my 2014 new year resolutions, I've managed a mere 9 posts, and of those, only 5 actually connect to anything particularly hobby related.

Its not so much that I haven't done much hobby, I've been somewhat productive (time permitting) but have had to sacrifice time that I would normally have spent blogging so that I've had time to do the actual hobby required for blogging.

Anyway, looking back over what I've been up to this year while not blogging, it turns out I've painted up quite a bit.  
  • My Skaven how have the equivalent of 120 Clanrats (I painted up 22 rats, and converted two of the previously painted rat ogres into unit fillers), I painted up a unit of 20 Stormvermin, and I've also painted up a BSB, Grey Seer, the Games Day Warlord and a second Warlock Engineer to a basic tabletop standard.  I've also based the entire army, a not insignificant task in itself as its over 150 models strong now.  Thats a surprising 46 models built and painted from scratch.
  • I started the year with the aims of a new army, one that was colourful and different to all the marines I've painted in the past.  Well with their new Codex, and some pretty good deals on models, I went with the Tyranids.  I managed to slog my way through painting 40 Termagants and 40 Hormagaunts, as well as base coating a Carnifex, Tervigon/Tyrannofex that I magnetised, and a Hive Tyrant with wings before I just couldn't stand the army any more.  It was partly disliking the scheme I came up with, not being able to achieve the look I wanted, and just a general dislike for the structure of the new army that has put me off.  The models are brilliant and GW has done some very clever modelling with their kits, I just can't get behind it as an army.  They'll probably be going on eBay in the new year.
  • One Force, these guys were pretty neglected, I only painted 5 more marines, and did the damage and weathering on them and a further 5 that were already painted at the start of the year.
  • Other than those three forces, I also finished building my Riptide, figured out a paint scheme for my Tau on a couple of spare models, painted up a single marine in full Heresy era Emperors Children colours as a little challenge for a campaign setting, and converted the new Treeman model into an Avatar of Khaine which has surpisingly turned into my second most viewed post of all time.
All told, thats a surprising 139 models that reached completion as painting projects this year, and a further 11 models at various stages of painting, not bad for a year I considered to be a bit of a washout hobby wise.

Considering all that, I should also see how I managed with my 2014 new years resolutions.
  • [FAIL]   Complete the core of One Force:  I'm 5 marines short of completing these, but considering I was only 10 marines short of finishing them at the start of the year, that's not much of an achievement.  Hopefully finishe those last 5 marines this year and I can finally put this task to bed.
  • [SUCCESS]   Expand One Force:  As long as you consider buying to count.  I picked up the 10 Mk III marines I wanted to build up as specialists/veterans and all the extra bits I need for them.  Might even get them painted next year.
  • [SUCCESS]   Paint my Skaven:  A definite success.  150 models strong now, but I've still got a few more additions I'd like to add to the force (another 50 odd rats for one), and a few extra centrepiece models.
  • [PART]   Build a small Tau detachment:  I've built them, which sort of counts, but I'm still to paint them.  Another task to complete in the new year.
  • [PART]   Have a clear out:  I sold off over £100 worth of stuff on eBay, but all that seemed to do was uncover another layer of stuff I need to get rid of to have room for all the new projects I have in mind.
  • [FAIL]   Independent Characters Hobby Progress Challenge:  A total failure, I did start the army I intended for the challenge, but they were the Tyranids, I just couldn't get behind the army, so that went out the window before the first task came around.  I'll be starting another army again this year, but its unlikely I'll do more than post in the forums rather than be a real part of the challenge as there'll be no way I can keep up the progress needed (even with Carl's favourite 1 hour a night).
So that's it, 2014 over and done with.  I'm now very definitely looking forward to 2015 and trying to make it a more bloggy year and play a bit more of a part in the community.

See you all in 2015.

Friday, 28 November 2014

235: 6 years old - but only just

It's been 6 years since I started this blog. Its waxed and waned, definitely all of the later recently as Life (TM) has completely taken over my life, and what little time I have for hobby has been all spent actually doing hobby, sadly at the expense of blogging. I still follow plenty of blogs, and love to see what everyone else is getting up to. Perhaps in the new year, I'll be able to return to this, but that'll have to wait and see. Anyway, I couldn't let 6 years go by without marking it.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

234: Converting a Treeman Avatar of Khaine

As soon as I saw GW's new treeman kit, I just knew that it would make an absolutely fantastic alternative model for the Eldar's Avatar of Khaine.  The old Avatar model, despite being quite a good model when released, is really showing its age compared to the newer items, and for a simple painting project, the Forgeworld model is a little more money than I can afford/spare.  Conveniently, the model was released just before my birthday, so Mrs. G., being the superstar that she is, picked me up a kit.
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