Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New year gamers! 

there is a lot in store for 2011. Here's a break down of what I currently have planned / in the works:
    1. I've been working diligently on my Khador Army

    2. Soon I'll have most of Khador painted and I'll be switching gears to WFB and starting to paint up my Skaven army. Can't wait for the new mini's this month

    3. I'm reading Prospero Burns right now which is really getting me in the mood for some Space Wolves. I also picked up a few classic Space wolves blister packs today at the FLGS. The sons of Russ should be getting some love soon!

    4. At some point, I need to put the finishing touches on Tzeentch army.

    5. Need to assemble and paint my Circle of Orboros army.

    6. I just aquired a starter for a Skorne army.

    7. And finally, I've been thinking of starting something new....Maybe Blood Angeles or Grey Knights....Well that should be plenty to keep me busy. For a while at least......

    Monday, November 29, 2010

    Skaven: Test mini

    Normally I will end up doing quite a few test mini's before coming up with a scheme that I like. But this may be a first. I'm thinking this will work for my army.

    With each army that I start, I like to put in some thought on how I'm going to get the army on the field and painted, and sometimes come up with new ways and techniques along the way to help get the mini's painted in a productive and decent looking way. With the skaven, since it's a horde army I thought ahead of time that I wanted to dip these guys. But I don't want to use the Stain method. I tried that with orks, and chaos and had decent results, but it had its drawbacks too. Stain is usually oil based which is just no fun. It takes forever to dry. And is pretty thick. So I thought it would be optimum to just dip in a GW wash, but  that would be expensive! So what to do? Make my own wash. I've done this, and you can see the results. (I did paint the flesh last and used GW wash for this step). So more on how I painted them later. I have more Rat men to put together!!! 

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    New Army: Skaven

    I've always thought that one day I would like to do a skaven army. But so far I have resisted, with so many other projects under my belt. When the latest batch of awesome models came out, (doom wheel, plague furnace, etc), it was very hard to resist! With the Isle of blood release it was next to impossible......but I held my ground. I have plenty of projects right now. No need to start a new army.

    So me and 2 old friends and war-gaming buddies of mine have an upcoming battle. The original plan was Them: a 2000 pt allied force of Lizard men & Empire against my 2000 pts of WOC.  After giving this some thought, one of the allied generals decided it would be unfair for me to field 2000 pts (i.e. 500 pts of possible Chaos lord awesomeness), when they could only each possibly field a 250 pt lord or hero. I concede that there is a bit of logic there.

    Which brings me to where I am now. I need a 1000 pt allied force to fight along side my WOC. And it hits me like a bolt of warp lightning.....SKAVEN!!!!

    Needless to say, I quickly procured a set of IOB skaven, and I am now happily assembling them and going over what kind of color scheme I will use for my new army. I'm thinking fur like the rat in Ratatouille (space wolves color?). Stay tuned for some painted up Skaven.

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    Space Wolves - Army showcase

    It's been a while since paint brush touched a space wolf, as I've been doing other projects lately. Over the course of painting the Space wolf army I took many pictures along the way. Some decent,some not so great. So I wanted to take them all out and try and get some better pictures. I think these came out pretty well. This is probably as good as I'm going to get with my current camera. So here they are. Enjoy....

    Iron priest on (cyber) thunder wolf

    Canis Wolfborn

    Hamish Blackwolf

    Arjac Rockfist

    Logan Grimar - the great wolf

    Rune Priest

    Thunder-wolf cavalry

    Cyber wolves

    Lone wolf

    Long fangs

    more long fangs

    and....more long fangs

    Wolf guard

    more wolf guard

    Grey Hunters
    Razorbacks w/twin link plasma & las cannon


    Monday, November 8, 2010

    New Warmachine blog

    Me and my 3 other Warmachine buddies started a new colaborative blog to chronicle a campaign we are playing. It works out well, as there are 4 of us to cover the 4 main factions of the Warmachine game. I'll most likely be posting all Warmachine related painting and stuff in that blog as well, so stay tuned to:

    Monday, November 1, 2010

    WOC Tzeentch progress

    Disclaimer - Nothing here is complete. All is still a work in progress, but I thought I would post where I'm at right now.

    Since I began this project I've been painting the entire force pretty much all in one batch. My goal was to get the army to a point that I could play it and not be embarrassed by not having paint or a half painted force. For the most part, I think I completed that goal. I played a 2000 pt game this past weekend (more on that later).

     This is one of my favorite miniatures. I have it forever and just never got around to painting. I even pulled it apart stripped the primer off and did a better job of getting rid of mold lines, then re-posed / re-glued the dude. I ran into a small problem though. The model has such an extreme lean, all the weight was on the left ankle and it cracked. I filled in with epoxy and use the staff to help brace the model to the base. Hopefully this will hold in without further cracking.

     I love the wing span of this model. I think it looks way better then even the forge world greater daemon, which I think the wings look funny.
     this is the closest model to completion. Only thing left is to paint the gems, complete the base, and I think I'll add some kind of design to the robe. And I need to do something to make the eyes stand out more.

     I've decided that I do not like the standard that I put together for the marauders. It does not go with the rest of the army. I will be chopping this off and adding a more "flag" like standard.
    I made the Tzeentch symbol on all the banners to look like the symbol of the the Daemons staff to tie them together.
    So at this point, I have base coated, washed, and highlighted everything. Pretty much the only thing that remains is final highlights, completion of the bases, and some details to all the warlock purple banners/cloaks, I'm thinking some kind of flames on the bottom or something.

    Thursday, October 7, 2010

    Tzeentch: Into the zone - Pt. 2

    We are cooking with gas now! So my original goal was to get the armor and bases painted for the entire army, and have a somewhat fully "painted" army to play. Well, I've done this and then some!

    The army as a whole has gone much quicker then I expected. I was originally thinking it may be a while before I got down to the details, but now I'm convinced that I'll be able to actually complete these guys before much longer. I just need to paint gold trim and weapon handles, and that will be it for all of the base colors. All that will remain is some highlights and well call it done! Oh wait......I need to complete the standards too.

    I even brought them to work to paint on my lunch hour this evening. I'm on a mission!!! 

    Saturday, October 2, 2010

    In the Zone

    Experiment: Painting the entire army in one go..... 
    After a small detour of figuring out my color scheme on the chaos warriors with the warlock purple cloaks, today I : Base coated everyone (remaining) Necron Abyss. Drybrushed Hawk torquise. Painted all the bases.
    so far so good.

    *edit* -- Meh, the picture didn't come out too well, I just wanted to throw this out there after feeling so accomplished! I'll get a better pic up soon to show progress more clearly.

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010

    Painting the Changer of ways

    I'm about to get knee deep into painting my WFB Warriors of chaos Tzeentch army. The army will be a combination of old figures and new plastic kits. To start off, I've refitted some old metal chaos marauders with larger bases, and gave the standard bearer some extra bitz. I had mounted my Hell cannon on a ridiculously large scenic base, which seemed like a good idea at first, but not so good in play. I ripped it off to make it more table top friendly. I now have 1000 pts primed and ready for paint now.
     test figures. one thing I tried with these guys was not painting all of the trim. going for a more random look. and it's quicker!

    For this project I'm going to try something a little different. Rather then paint each unit in separate batches, I'm going to paint the Army all in one batch, but in stages. I'm going to start with my main color - Blue, and complete it along with shading and highlights. I'll then finish the bases. So at this point the army will be playable and painted (although just the main color). Then I will paint the rest in stages as time allows, i.e - Armor trim, fur, cloaks, etc.

    I'm going to use a very bright palette for the army, fitting of the lord of change.
    • Blue armor
    • Purple Horses/hounds, with Fire fur/ hair
    • White cloaks / standards.

      this is one of my favorite minis. It has everything I love about fantasy - Daemon, warmachine, dwarfs.

      I'm constantly trying to come up with new ways to get my army painted, we'll see how this one goes.

      What new and interesting ways do you get your armies painted and on the table?

      Monday, September 27, 2010

      Make way for the Chaos Dwarfs!

      Well it looks as though dream has become reality.

      I'm overwhelmed with awesomeness that is the chaos dwarf warmachine pics coming out of Games day.

      All aboard the chaos train!
      It appears as if Big Hats are In!