Monday, 23 February 2015

058. Stompy Killa Deff Stomp...

So finished.  A week early even.  After a few 30 minute sessions over Thursday to Sunday just gone, I managed to get my Kans to the point that I am happy to call them done.

Three go to waaagh!

There are definitely things I'd do differently if I had my time again, namely I wouldn't work with the Vallejo Model Colour Gunmetal or Oily Steel as anything other ban base drybrush layers.  They are definitely a poor substitute to the classic Citadel Boltgun Metal, Chainmail and Mithril Silvers of the world as far as useability goes.
The Dakka Kan with Buzz Saw
I have some of the Vallejo Game Colour metallics which are quite good, its just the Model Colour range I have issue with.  The pigments seem grainy/chunky and the paints don't seem to go down smooth, or be useable for fine brush work - even when thinned with various mediums.
I have the same issue with the Vallejo Game Colour Washes and Inks not being as good as the older range of Citadel Washes.  The Vallejo stuff seems to end up matte finished, and in some cases lends a slightly white/chalky appearance to the underlying colour tone.
Some of the copper/verdigris I added to each engine block - plus some stray static grass
Otherwise I am happy with how the white checks turned out across the minis, as well as the use of the copper (Game Colour Hammered Copper) and verdigris effect (various mixes of different turquoises/green shades mixed differently each time I mixed some up).  The copper/verdigris helps break up the dirty metal work and adds a nice contrast to the red.
The other two engines
With the engine compartments I settled on more copper/verdigris, as well as blackening the smoke stacks and washing the blocks with AK Interactive enamel Engine Grime/Washes to 'dirty' them up slightly, add some new tones and introduce a slight oily sheen in part.  I also added the Engine Grime around some of the pistons where oil/grime would generally accumulate over the moving part/housings.
Mr Stabby Drill with his Rokkit pack
I settled on a basic star burst pattern, with a whorl pattern and plain white warhead on the Rokkits.  Yellow would have looked out of place and added another colour that wasn't needed.  Plus it was simple to do which is win in my mind.
Chilling with some Grots and a Mek
All up not a bad look for roughly three weeks effort after work and on weekends, helped along by the fact I could dry brush lots of it.  I'm thinking the last 4 Boys of the first Boys Squad are next in the queue.  At the moment I'm notionally 50% or so done on my 2015 pledge based on the miniature weighting system I devised, these guys being something like 25% of the total pledge.  At this rate I'll be well done by the end of the year which means its likely I'll be moving onto terrain as my subsequent goal.

A blurry/out of focus army shot - Boys and Deff Koptas to do

I really like painting my Orks, the dirty paint style I have for them seems not to look out of place on this lot.  I'm dreading the day I turn my hand to my Marines in any proper sense - I'll need to learn to paint a lot cleaner.

Cheers all,


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

057. 30 minutes here, 30 minutes there...

Plodding ever onwards
You wouldn't know by looking at the picture above that I had done much at all this last week, but even though I've only managed two painting sessions, these guys have progressed.
Finding spots to work in the checks was a bother on some of the Kans
The trick of balancing my family and work commitments with my leisure and hobby commitments has always been a difficult one for me, but with the boys in the group pushing us along, its been quite clear that even with only 30 minutes here or there every day or so, you can make a lot of headway on your minis.
Bit stumped about what to do with the engine stacks
Aside from being hot and muggy this last weekend gone, and having extra family and other commitments, I have managed to tighten up and relayer my reds to the point that I am happy with them, as well as finish off the whites and place my checks.  I have a few more spots on a few of the arms that in hindsight I wouldn't mind going back to, to add some more checks to help break up the metal patches, but overall I'm happy with how these have progressed.
The Grotzooka offered a lovely spot to place some checks on this Kan
Aside from the extra checks, this week I am aiming to get the bone tusks painted in, bring in a few selective highlights/scratches/chips on the bare metal, paint the Rokkit heads either white or yellow, and pick out the cables and lenses.
I think I need to add some checks around the curved section at the head of this drill
I did find a small patch to do some on the Rokkit arm - now I just need a colour for the Rokkit heads

That will leave the last few days of February to decide what to do with the engine stacks.  I didn't want more red on them as I wanted that as a spot/focal colour applied haphazardly on major plates on the fronts.  I originally thought about rusting them up somehow but I think that may introduce an extra colour that isn't needed.  I'm leaning at the moment to just darkening the smoke stacks, and maybe picking out a few details in white/yellow.

Cheers all,


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

56. Looking 'killa'...

The title to this blog is a lame joke James made in our group page on my latest WIP shot, but it at least tells it as it is - Killa Kans have been the order of the day this last week.

I was originally only going to work on one at a time between various other models on the to do list, but instead decided as they were really just one big mass of the same or similar colours, I should bust them out at the same time.
WIP Killa Kans - rough and ready at the moment but I can see the finished product in my minds eye
So far they have received various metallic shades drybrushed over the primer, as well as a dirty brown wash of my own mixture to tone back the metallic sheen.  I picked out certain parts in copper and then hit that with a dirty green-brown wash and then a verdigris mix to add some flavour.  The last thing I've done to date is to stipple on my base red mix (brown and a few red/purple tones) and then apply a sponge chip of metallic in obvious places (bullet dings/edges) and then wash that back as well.

The rest of this week will be spent bringing the red up to the final brighter tone through various further stippled layers, as well as dirtying and then re lightening the dags in white, as well as working some black and white checks onto the models.  I'm hoping to knock these three out over the next fortnight working around my other time commitments, but we'll have to see if that's achievable or not.

Shortly after my last post I did finish of the two Nobs I'd been working on.  This little army project is chuffing along quite nicely for now.
The finished Nobs
And with the rest of their friends

Happy hobby all,


Tuesday, 3 February 2015

55. 2015 - Woohoo....Oh wait, it's February already!

So it's February - two months to the day nearly since my last post - that was unexpected - erm, reasons.

2015 kicked off hobby wise for me with a group pledge amongst the lads - Ray (Col. Ackland), James (The Hobbyist) and Dale (get a blog already) - we decided amongst ourselves, lets each try and fully paint one of our forces.
Orks, Orks, Orks...err, Grots, Grots, Grots!
I think all of us in the group generally have a hobby start date of second/third edition 40K, which means amongst other things (like mixing up rules between editions, and reminiscing lots while stroking our manly man beards), we all have largish (some might say out of control) hobby collections.  I know the extensiveness of my own collection of shame was a bit of a shock to the system when over the Christmas break I emptied the back room that is my hobby space in order to paint it - I had boxes of gear laying around that I had completely forgotten I owned - like the thirty odd Tactical Marines and Terminators built/semi built in a drawer, while I had another 60 Tactical and 20 Terminators sat on the shelf!  Stripping the room helped me rationalise that a bit, including selling off one force, and boxing up other stuff that in 3 months time if I haven't thought about/looked at, will be given away or sold (James has already called dibs on the Harlequins the jammy git).

In 2014, my total hobby spend ended up being around $25 dollars; $6 of that being a pot of paint for Ray as payment for a lost bet, and the balance being some Killa Kans I got cheap from the Netherlands.  In 2015 I want to reduce that spend to nil.  No more miniatures (I'm cheating here as at some point this year I expect my Raging Heroes Toughest Girls Jail Birds to turn up - they were paid for back in 2013).
The Thieving Grots set I finished mid January
As well as not spending, I realised while putting models back on my shelves of shame that my Orks collection (a notional 1,000 point viable force) was half painted and as I had been using it more in our irregular catchups, it made sense to make them a focus this year.

The boys were of like mind, and we quickly agreed to push each other on to finish a full army - me my Orks, James his Imperial Fists, Ray 100 odd models or terrain and other odds and sods to an equivalent amount of effort, and Dale his Raven Guard.  Each of us had roughly 1,000 to 1,250 points of models in our respective forces.

We have even played around with painting charts and stats to help track and show our progress.  The first of February was our first formal check in, kicked off by James posting to our facebook group page, and it looks like I'm actually tracking to time based on the number of models I need to do, the effort I have allocated each model, and the total time elapsed (see - scientific thought went into this).
My paint tracking chart - a wonder of excel formulas and graphing - I'm currently tracking % painted ahead of the % time  completed trend
I've knocked my Grots out in January, and have nearly finished the last two Nobs I had on the shelf.  After these guys get done I'm going to pick one of the Kans or a Deff Kopter to do - I'll keep alternating between a vehicle and the 14 Boys I need to do so it doesn't devolve into drudgery.

It doesn't seem like a lot for me to do in the space of a full year - but like most adult hobbyists, I have a young family to spend time with, a full time job, as well as other pursuits outside of this hobby that also need to share my time.  I have deliberately kept the commitment I made to myself and the broader group to what I realistically see as a manageable level such that this doesn't become one of those pledges that fizzles out.  If I can finish these and something else, then that's just all win.
Currently on my work bench - I'm actually a bit further along now and these are nearly finished
The boys are equally tracking well - I'm sure they'll blog about their own experiences in their own time.  We have a closed Facebook group that we each post in pretty much every day, showing progress, talking hobby, or just generally chewing the fat as the cool kids say.  It has been really motivating having a core group that is enthusiastic and shares an ideal - as well as being a great bunch of guys

While gaming is still on the list of things to do this year, we all have to juggle other commitments, and finding time for full days to set aside for a catch up has proven hard since around November last year.  Instead, Ray (being the organised chap he pretends he is) has arranged a few after hours board game nights that have proven hilariously good fun, and opened my eyes to a different type of gaming.  Growing up boardgames in my house meant Monopoly, Guess Who or Cluedo.  In today's golden gaming era, we are more spoilt than that - and Ray and James have a veritable treasure trove of cool co-operative boardgames.  So far we've played Flash Point and Last Night on Earth - both of which were fantastically good fun, and more importantly quick to play.

So that's where I'm at in 2015.  My other goal to myself is to maintain this blog more, and achieve a higher post rate than I did in 2014, but that is a secondary aim - this blog was always intended as a release mechanism, to air my thoughts, show off somewhat, and have someone to store my blog roll, and connect with others - it shouldn't be a chore, and the minute it does, is the minute it goes into hibernation again (though hopefully not for another 2 months).

Cheers all, and as always, happy hobby!

'The Muppet'