Friday, 14 April 2017

094. WIP Nurgle Chaos Marine Kill Team...

Ray suggested we head into the re-launched 'Warhammer' Adelaide store this coming weekend to try out the new Shadow Wars (certainly not Necromunda) Armageddon and maybe have a small painting session.  Jumping at the chance to play and paint with Ray in a live hobby environment - something I haven't done since the demise of my local GW - I set about looking online for the rules and rosters/lists.
WIP Chaos Cultists - base colours blocked in and washed all over
Looking over my collection I could run a team from a number of factions.  In previous Necromunda campaigns I'd run a spec ops style Guard unit however they didn't fit nicely into the world GW has crafted for SW:A, so I sat back down and had a bit more of a think.  Orks were a top contender given I could field them straight away from my painted collection, but Ray cautioned from games he'd seen they might not be ideal for a starter game.
WIP Plague Marines - base colours blocked in and early weathering commenced
Scratching my head, I looked across the shelves of shame and spotted my Plague Marines - made from Prospero Mk3 Armour and FW Death Guard upgrades. Throw in some Chaos Cultists from the Dark Vengeance set and a Terminator Specialist from a long forgotten project, brought back up to snuff after raiding my bits box and swapping parts from the Tartaros set and FW Lord Zhufors back banner, and I had a nice little group of models to kick on with.  I have no idea yet if I can use these various models to build a viable team, but never let rules issues stop the mojo train I say, so I jumped into painting over the last couple of nights.
WIP Nurgle Terminator - pondering what colour to do the weapon casing - maybe a mustard yellow/drab
So far I have gotten main colours blocked in and some basic weathering started (more to break up the blank green that I had started with) so I could visualise more of where I was going.  The team won't be ready in time for the game but as WIP, it'll at least get to the three colour minimum.  I may try and pull one of the Marines out to work all the way through so I can at least show people what the final product should look like.  I'm aiming for a finish like on my Plague Lord and Daemon Prince, although I may look to head towards more of a mustard green in the end.  That's still up in the air.
Finished Nurgle Plague Lord from 2015 - looking to match this type of armour
Finished Nurgle Daemon Prince from 2016 - looking to match this type of armour although the armour finish is now being debated in the back of my mind
Cheers all,


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

093. Oh how the time flies...

Times a funny thing.  Sometimes it moves glacially slow, and others its blink and you miss it.  I'm sure Einstein would have a thing or two to say at this point about relativity and other scientific things.

For me, it seems an age since I last posted here.  Although I sit at my computer each night and review my blog roll, following along with what people are doing; or sit on the bus on the way to and from work reading Dakka or trying my hand at this new fangled Twitter thing; I have been less than productive when it comes to being 'present' in the community.  And at the heart of it, that's what this blogging lark is meant to be about - building my own corner of the community, and engaging with the rest of it.

Tonight, I left comments on two blogs where I made reference to 'community'.  It struck me I can't talk about it if I'm not living it.  So I says to myself, you'd best boil the kettle and get some photos of what's on your desk, and fire off a new post.
What's on my desk right now (and for the last two months)
January seems such a long time ago, and yet in the scheme of things, its not that long ago at all.  Hobby wise for me, it's been a bit hit and miss for the last few months.  After getting excited by those Custodes and Sisters, I ended up parking them to one side, getting instead super excited about the idea of playing in an Apocalypse game to welcome back the start of the local clubs new season.  Apocalypse!  Now there's a game I haven't played in well over five years.  My buddy Ray was also keen on going, and after a brief chat with him, where I was cautioned against bringing my Orks for want of time to move/shoot/assault with them all, I settled on bringing a low model count/high points force comprising my Titan, Baneblade and First Company detachment from my Marines.  
Terminator Sergeant - I'll revisit that power sword at some point and make it look more "power'y"
I was aghast at the thought of running my Marine stuff at first as aside from two squads of Terminators and a Dreadnaught, none of them were painted.  Those that were painted were grey, not blue, being painted in an older scheme rather than my newly planned Ultramarines reversion.  Ray said not to worry about it, but I was buggered if I was going to play in a formal club setting and not adhere to the 3 colour minimum rule.  I figured I'd settle with getting everything sprayed Macragge Blue, and block in the rest of the base colours, reds, whites, golds and silvers.
WIP Terminators
My first problem was my paints are a mix of 10-20 year old paints, and I was distinctly lacking in the blue department, and my red, white, gold and silvers were also looking fairly sad for themselves.  This necessitated a trip to the local GW and a paint purchase - the first I'd made for more than a single pot of wash in probably five years.  In those five years not only has the GW paint system been changed once or twice, but the price of paints had shot up, with the new look golds and silver now setting me back $9 a pot, compared to $6 a pot for the standard colours.  Grumble grumble, progress, grumble, better throw in some new brushes too, grumble...
Various Captains, Chapter Masters and Big G Himself
The Ancients of the Chapter - I have a Leviathan in the post, and am thinking of doing up a Librarian one to offset the Chaplain one - you can never have to many Dreadnaughts
Back at home, I set in with the airbrush and base sprayed the 30 Terminators, 2 Land Raiders and 4 Dreadnaughts I planned on taking.  I then picked out the first five, being the Tartaros kind from the Prospero set, and put down the other base colours.  This was happening in the week before the big game (to be held on the Sunday), and it dawned on me what a slog I was in for even to get this basic scheme blocked in.   By the Wednesday, I'd blocked out the colours on the first squad, and done the standard bron drybrush bases across three of squads, when Ray announced he wouldn't be able to go.  Lamesauce indeed.  Ray being my lift to the event meant my race was also run.  
WIP Custodes - who knew gold would be so off-putting - I'm thinking of adding some colour to those pads
I bit of hobby doldrums set in.  I moped about in my hobby room for a couple more nights, moving paint around the palette and putting some more colours on a Custode before getting despondent about how that was progressing,  Aiming to perk up the old hobby mojo, I put most of the Terminators away on the shelves of shame and I settled down and focussed on finishing the Sergeant for the unit of Tartaros Terminators.  I tried a bit of everything with this chap including proper edge highlights, stubble hair, the posh new gold and silver, and a freehand Ultima as my transfers are horribly old and brittle and fitting one onto the tiny space drove me bonkers before giving it up and painting it on.  I was quite chuffed in the end with how he came out so had a look at the next four.  They dragged on and on and are currently sitting in a partially finished state where the shoulder pads and helmets are done, and that's about it.  Washes have been applied and all I need to do is re-cut in the armour colour and then highlight the armour and weapons.  That's eluded me for the past month and a half or so.  Same goes with the Custode, although tonight I think I struck on a plan to add some more colour to the Custode to break up all that gold, which is what's given me the most headache and made me the most nervous about painting them.  I think I want to block in the shoulder pads - red for the four plebe (as if there is a plebe Custode) troopers, and white for the Sergeant.  I'll let that one percolate for a bit before committing.
Pringles terrain for the win
One thing I have been keen on is doing some more home made terrain (ie craft) with the Dort.  She took an immense interest in collecting 'junk' and adding it to a pile in the hobby room with the intention of doing 'craft' with her old man one weekend.  So on a rainy Saturday a fortnight ago, we sat down together and cut things up and glued it back together in different ways.  We came up with two fluid storage tanks and a comms tower/bunker'y type complex.  This weekend just gone, we went outside and 'goofy glued' (not sure what they are teaching her at childcare) sand to the bases.  She enjoyed herself, my blood pressure didn't rise too high, and I now have a few more serviceable line of sight blocking pieces of terrain.  Hobby Woot!
Cider terrain is just as good
I've also been on a Dan Abnett bender, reading loads of old Gaunt's Ghost, Eisenhorn and Ravenor, between flicking through old WD from Ray, and wondering about the future of 40K and the potential of New-Cromunda.  I've kept the hobby fire smouldering, and feel it's ready to turn it up a bit more and get back to my paint desk and crack on again.  Setting goals doesn't work for me so I think I'll try and just knock off the stuff on my desk and then see what I want to do after that.  Maybe some Nurgle stuff, to get pumped and follow the hobby mojo rollercoaster that I'm sure will follow the Death Guard release - I've already got some kitbashed Plague Marines (Mk3 armour and the FW upgrade set) and Terminators (more FW upgrades) and some Nurgle Daemons lurking on a shelf that would be good to get a start on painting.  Or my Orks always have a few more models in need of a lick of paint.  Or I could return to my Titan and see if I could push that further down the road a bit...
Ohhh, big Pringles - even more win
With luck it won't be so long between drinks in the future.

Cheers all and merry hobby to you,


Sunday, 22 January 2017

092. Something old, something new - Finished Storm boys, WIP Custodes - Ave Imperator!

The day prior to my throw down with ray, I managed to knock off the last bits on the Storm Boys I'd been pushing about for the last little bit.  Quite pleased in particular with how the leather skull caps and bomber jackets came out.  They had dragged on (together with the others in that massive group I'd tried pushing through) for a while but then were surprisingly quick to finish off - being mainly a tidy up job taking care of the over paint from earlier steps.
Boss Zagstrukk and the Storm Boys - needs another 10 Boys to make a proper mob!

If you remember back a few posts I flagged how I had broken the 50 odd Orks I was working on into sub groups.  In the Storm Boy group was the spare Warboss and a Nob and Big Shoota and Rokkit Boy.  Those are still underway and themselves are near done.  A concerted push after work this week should see them tidied up and finished.

The next WIP Orks to be finished - hopefully this week
Being tired of seeing green, I looked for something else to cleanse my palette with.  The Titan beckoned; however, my stock of gold paint is running perilously low, seeing they'd be near 15 years old, they've suffered a touch from drying out over the years.  The Titan trim will require a fair bit of gold, and I didn't like my chances of getting half way through, running out of the colours I had and finding a suitably matching tone in the new GW range, or the Vallejo range I've been switching over too for the last 5 years.  Taking stock of my paint station showed that a fair few of my core colours are at the end of their lives/running low; as are my brushes.  A refresh across the board may be in order sometime this year.

While I didn't have enough paint to feel comfortable pushing the Titan forward, I judged I would have enough to be able to get a start on the Custodes I previewed at the start of the year/end of last.  After getting comfortable using my old cheapy airbrush set up prior to Christmas working on the Titan, I figured I'd have a crack at getting the base colours down using it, so I duly trotted off to the back shed with my paints and thinners.

I started off as always with my Vallejo black primer, and then hit the models from about a 45-degree angle with a Tamiya white spray for a bit of pre-shading.

My palette cleansers between the constant horde of Orks - Sisters of Silence and the Legio Custodes
Having learned with the Titan that gold is a tricky colour to get a nice consistency with over black, I then gave the models a coat of the old Snakebite Leather (another paint that's nearly done!).

Now sporting Snakebite Leather - perfect pre-layer prior to applying the metallics
I then branched out and gave the Sisters of Silence a coat of Vallejo Game Colour Brassy brass (72058) which came out as a great contrast in the end to the Custodes.
Brassy ladies - I really love this colour - this and Tinny Tin are my favourite metallics ever
The Custodes were given a goat of the old Shining Gold, and finally a layer of the brighter Burnished Gold.  This was super bright and perky!
Custodes in their Shining Gold - first layer of metallics
Super shiny in their Burnished Gold
The rest of the unit in their bling-state
I only have the old range of washes, and the pigments in them have started to 'chunk up' a bit, as well I have only the dregs left in most of them.  I do have a good range of choice of the Vallejo ones; although I haven't been as big a fan of their washes (or their metallics to be honest) compared to GW's.  Duncan Rhodes (of Warhammer TV fame) washed his Custodes with the new flesh tone shade when he did the 'how to' video.  I trialed the Vallejo Game Colour Wash Fleshtone Shade (73.204) on one of the shields and eagle standard but it was too red for my taste and gave the gold a rose gold look which I wasn't a fan of.  Instead, I tried the Game Colour Wash Sepia Shade (73.200) which gave the gold an older/darker gold tone.  Interestingly my old GW Gryphonne Sepia is more of a yellow tone compared to the Vallejo one which ended up more to the brown shade than yellow.
And now with wash - Sepia has toned that shine right down.  I'll go back in with the Burnished Gold, and finish the gold off with a Burnished/Mithril Silver blend highlight.
Quite happy with the current state of both Sisters and Custodes.  After seeing a few different sets of these painted now, I've thought that for mine I'll look to introduce some white (built up from a blue-grey base), silver and reds onto the Custodes, and some whites and reds (built up from purple base) on the Sisters.  As I mentioned above, before I tackle any white and reds, I'll be popping into my local GW to peruse their paint and stock up on the new iterations of the old colours I've been running with to date.  While I begrudge the $6/$9 price per pot (the $9 is on the new line of metallics - crazy! - by comparison a Vallejo dropper pot can normally be got for roughly $3.50 per dropper pot excluding shipping - no one stocks Vallejo locally), they are readily available near me (nothing beats being able to eyeball the colour in the pot), and have the best consistency (or at least one I'm used to) of any of the acrylic paints I've used.

The next actual step I'll tackle on both units though is to get the bases done.  I traditionally do my bases first, then the models, as I don't like dry brushing bases around completed models.  That doesn't work though when I airbrush the models as I would end up with overspray onto the bases. Once the bases are complete I'll go back to focussing on one unit at a time.

Cheers all,