Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dwarf Lord - Non Metallic Metal

Reading the War of Vengeance is filling me with Dwarf pride and got me wanting to bust out the bearded ones and lay down a little paint. I've been taking a color theory class, so I decided to try out a non metallic metal technique we learned. I think he came out pretty decent. It's not something I would do army wide, but it looks very striking for a lord or hero. I would love to hear what you all think or how others have achieved the effect.

Non Metallic Silver - is a mix of scorched brown, black and white, with more white added to highlight. .
Non Metallic Gold - is Snakebite leather and white with more white added to highlight.
I glazed the runes with Gulliman Blue.
Color Theory - the model is painted in a Split complimentary #1 color harmony.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Noise Marines "LOUD" color scheme

I'm going in a completely new and fabulous direction for the boys in pink. Kick! Pop! Pow!

New codex = New color scheme! With the old codex I had this boring kind of drab Bone color going on, as shown below.
(So muted.... like a 70's sitcom)

(base by Secret Weapon Miniatures)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

finalized necron paint

I've been going back and forth between color ideas. Hopefully this will be the final scheme. 

 You may notice the overloard's staff is a bit shorter. The thing broke on me 3 times and I had to keep gluing/pining it back together. Thank you finecast.  

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Cosmic Norse Super Gods!

Ever since I was a kid, Thor has always been my favorite super hero. It goes hand in hand that I've had an interest in norse mythology since as far back as I can remember too. I love what Marvel has done with these myths and how they have turned them into alien beings that came to our planet and were worshiped as Gods. It's just damn cool to me. And as crazy / cool as it sounds, in a way it even seems plausible to me. My wife thinks I'm crazy when I tell her this theory, but I enjoy it nevertheless.  Many ancient cultures worshiped not just one god but a pantheon of gods, all with similar Diety's.  There are ancient wonders all over the planet that could be evidence of such visits. It seems reasonable that if a star fareing race of people came to ancient earth primitive people would worship these beings as Gods. Sounds good to me at least. If it did happen, why did they leave? Where did they go? When will they come back? Until then, I wrote a song about it. Enjoy.

Monday, April 23, 2012

New Necron Color Scheme

I've been trying out a few things on my necrons, and have finally (I think) come to a color scheme that I like.

Here's some test minis. Any comments/crits are welcome. Thanks!
 reds & yellows are all new GW paints.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sanguinary Priest: Insta-mold casting

I picked up the insta mold product in hopes of duplicating some bitz here and there. After a little experimentation, It turns out to work pretty fantastic. So here's a couple tips on what to do and what not to do that will hopefully save you some time.

The product is cheap, under $20. Instructions are simple and on the blister pack, heat, press let cool. no problem. What it doesn't tell you, is once the stuff is heated, it can be pretty oozy and with out something to hold it, it can be hard stay put as well as on the detail of the model.

A couple notes on the product.
1. It doesn't seem to stick to anything, but...
2. it self! touch two pieces of hot instamold together and they become one.

So here is my first attempt at a 2 sided mold for a devestator backpack. You can't really see the detail in the pic. The point is how on the outside of the mold it just went all  over the place. The other point, which I will illustrate later, is that I didn't think about re-aligning the pieces once done, or realize I would have to cut the pieces apart.

With my second attempt, I had a little more of a game plan. I made a lego frame for my molds and a couple plungers to press the product. I also have a couple paper clips to align the 2 part mold.
with this set up I made 2 molds. A 2 sided mold for the arm and a one sided mold for the torso piece. I also try'd making stamping type mold for the shoulder pad, but it did not work so great.

I put the hot product in both sides, put the arm in once side with product on top and put the torso in the other side. I pressed down firmly with my plungers.

I let it cool a little bit, removed the plungers and poked the paper clips in for re-alignment later. After allowing the stuff to completely cool I removed it from the lego the 2 sided mold had to be cut carfully with a hobby knife. next time I will put plastic card on the top and bottom of the mold. the texture of the lego made it slightly difficult to remove.

It's kind of hard to tell from the pic, but the detail came out perfect. 

using the mold is simple. press the green stuff in and let harden. The molds are clear so you can see from the side of the detail if you have any air bubbles or detail not coming out. Here's what came out...

Top one is my first devestator backpack. with the flash removed. The detail did not come out good on this one. The other pieces came out great with the exception of a small bubble on one of the right pocket and left tubes.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Khador: Doom Reavers

I love these miniatures. As far as units go, these guys were a deciding factor for me when it came to picking a faction. The poses are great and full of action. And the blades are just waiting for something other then a standard metallic paint job. 

I wanted to achieve a magical look to the blades. Not exactly a NNM (non metallic metal) per se , but pretty much the same technique.  The first thing I did was dry brushed the skulls starting with hawk turquoise, working my way up to white. 

For the blades, I used black for the shadow, white for the light with hawk turquoise in between and blended both directions. 

I like how the blades came out. The only thing I would have done differently (which I will attempt on Fenris), is this: 

There is a slight border around the skulls that I left dry brushed. I think It would have made a more dramatic effect if I would have reversed the blade effect on these flat parts. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

++Incoming paint++ ... ++Necrons++

Here's how my Necron force is shaping up. Going for a quick rusted up look. I initially primed with a red oxide/rust color primer, which also serves as my base coat. I dipped them all in a blackish home-made wash to define the crevices. A quick drybursh of boltgun metal finishes off the main look of the bodies & weapons.  More details below....

Immortals - for the immortals & characters I added a blended green shoulder-pads. 

Warriors - I painted over the rods to give them some hyro powered super soakers. 

Scarabs- stole this idea from "fromthewarp". Extra scarbs casted with instamold & milliput. 

WIP characters

WIP crypteks - Simply used extra overlords from Annihilation barge and swaped heads for Deathmark heads. All base tiles are from pre scored plasticard. Popped off and glued to the base in semi random fashion, finished off with sand flocking. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

new camera : Malifaux pics (guild:lady justice crew)

I finally managed to get a new camera. :) so enough of that. on with the pics. Below is my first Malifaux crew, the Lady Justice box set. I used all GW paints on these guys except for a little vallejo blue-violet on the flames. Lady J & Judge have a Wyrd graveyard base insert. The Death marshals are just flocked.

group shot.

Lady J.


Death Marshals