Monday, 11 May 2015

066. WIP continues...

In the interests of trying to maintain (get back to) posting once a week as a minimum, I present the current state of the Koptas.  Slight touch ups to the metals and final go over the verdigris with a whiter wash on certain spots, as well as the plain white areas blocked in and shaded (namely the odd rocket head, the sculpted dags on the chappie on the right, the front lower jaw base plate on the middle one and the ends of the rotors on the left one.
Slow WIP on the Koptas
Tonight after I click publish on this post I'll be sitting down to block in the damaged red paint job.  I'm on baby duty now the missus has returned to work part time and I'm currently waiting for her to drop off to sleep while being treated to a gibberish rendition of 'Let it Go' from Frozen.  I don't like painting while she hasn't settled as I end up wasting paint while I go back and forth trying to get her to sleep.  That's not such a problem while you're typing up a blog post.
In other news, last Friday night young Ray hosted us for a board game catchup which is now a semi irregular thing we do as its easier to grab a few hours on a Friday night than it is to grab a full or half day on a weekend in which to game.

This time out we instead of replaying Flash Point (a cool little firefighter game) or Last Night on Earth (a cool Walking Deadesque [though its older by far than the TV show] zombie horror game) we played a round of Monsters Menace America (where I got absolutely drubbed as not-King Kong) and then a round of Killer Bunnies the card game (which I surprisingly won after nearly going homicidal in the early game after Ray killed one too many of my Bunnies).  Both games were a right laugh, helped along by the good company, plentiful snacks and cider.
Monsters Menace America
Killer Bunnies
That's it for this week - next week should have some more substantial progress on the Kopta front.

POST PUBLISH EDIT:  Red base coat down ready for metal chipping then red highlights!!!
Red base coat down and a few more white spot colours.

Cheers all,


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

065. Orky Deff Koptas ahoy...

As the title says, Deff Koptas are order of the day.  After the last post I put in a few solid nights and managed to get the four Boyz finished just in time for the end of April.
The next 4 Boyz ready to Waagh!
Wasting no time, I launched into my Deff Koptas.  I started easily enough getting the bases done in one sitting before moving onto the Koptas themselves.
Bases done - easy job that
After the bases, I dry brushed the whole frame with Vallejo Tinny Tin and followed that up with a dry brush of GW Lead Belcher, and then a wash of my dirty brown mix (the dregs of old Devlan Mud, Badab Black, and various Vallejo and Secret Weapon brown washes).
Base coat of Tinny Tin
After that stage I went back in and added some copper and brass to various pipes and plates across the frame prior to washing the coppery pieces with a verdigris mix.
Lead Belcher, wash and copper picked out
Verdigris applied
This is where I am up to tonight across the three models.  I need to go back into the copper/brass and reapply the metallic in certain sections where the verdigris wash has bled over to spots I didn't want it too, as well as go in with a very targeted chalky white/verdigris wash around key bolts/plates to give it a really corroded/calcified look.

My painting steps from here will be done in the following blocks:
- Block in the parts that will be red and work them up in my degraded paint style
- Apply check patterns and paint any sculpted dags white (like on the front of the Kopta in that last
- Re-wash any remaining metal and then apply edge highlighting and fine scratches
- Pick out any wires or other do-dads on the actual airframe and also paint the Rokkits
- Ork skin
- Teeth and claws
- Leather
- Pants and tops

Each step should be the work of a night or two across the three Koptas so the whole lot should be completed by the end of May which is the target I'm working too.  That gives me a few nights off painting (like tonight) and breaks the work up into what I have found across the other models painted are manageable chunks of work.

After that it is only 6 more Boyz and the force as it stood at 1 January will be done.  Here's a rather blurry shot of the Ork shelf as it stood before I started on the Koptas.
Blurry Orks - the other, other kind of Orks
After this shelf is done, the next question is do I do some more terrain to move the board along, start on the next 36 Boys, Nobs and Boss, or work on something else completely like my odds and sods shelf, my Chaos, Guard, Wolves, Ultras????  That's a question for another day I think.  Best not get too far ahead of myself.

Cheers all,