Just finished a base for the Techpriest I’ve been working on this week.. It’s been a lot of fun painting both the Techpriest and the base. I’ve been careful in my color choices trying to stay within the iconic Blanche sketchbook color palate. I’m Pretty much done with the actual mini now too, so I’m right on track with this fun little project! Which is great since It then gives me enough time to start on my Imperial Knights tomorrow (that just turned up in the mail today!)
The plan is to build and paint all 3 knights simultaneously. It might be quite a lot at once, guess we’ll just have to see how it goes! Can’t wait to get started though!
Gandalf The Grey.
I wasn’t planing on painting another grey wizard so soon after my last project but when I saw this sculpt, and more specifically, the perfect cast of this awesome Gandalf model I bought the blister pack on the spot!
I wanted to try and paint this in a clean ‘Eavy Metal style and kept going back to the Gandalf ‘Eavy Metal Masterclass article (released a couple months ago) for reference. I also looked at a lot of stills and promo pics from both The Hobbit and LoTR. It was a lot of fun painting something that’s a bit smaller then the stuff I usually paint. I swapped his staff out for the LoTR era staff, not that it needed to be changed but I liked the idea of some sort of small conversion to make it a bit different, I think I might like the LoTR staff with the exposed crystal a bit more too. I painted this little guy in about 7 hours. The base was another fun, quick thing I decided to do after seeing a photo of Gandalf walking around in The Shire from on the Hobbit set and decided to recreate a small Shire style cobbled path. Remember the step by step base I posted a little while ago? There’s a quick WIP post of it here even though it really isn’t anything that special.
I imagine Gandalf visiting The Shire, leaving Glamdring in his room at the Inn perhaps and taking a stroll through the Shire taking it all in, letting go of his worries for just a minute as he continues along the little road.
This was a lot of fun and I learned a lot painting this one. Thanks for taking the time to check it out! If you’ve got any comments or questions drop by our facebook page and get in touch!
Still haven’t had enough? Then there are more pictures of this guy over on CoolMiniOrNot!
Dwarf Lord – WIP
Booyah! To celebrate 150 likes on Facebook, here’s another WIP pic as promised.
It’s the Dwarf Lord I’m working on, featuring more paint action than ever. He’s just about finished, and then I just have to sort out a base for him.
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So whilst I’m waiting on the Knights I ordered the other day to arrive, I decided to get in the mood by rummaging through my bitzbox and building something that follows the same theme and that I’ll also be able to finish pretty fast (before the knights arrive). Heavily inspired by Blanche artwork and all the awesome Blanchitsu articles in the old WD & Visions I’ve been wanting to try my hand at something like this for a long time!
It took me about 3 hours to figure out what bits I wanted to use and how to arrange them, all in all I’m really happy with the way this little guy ended up looking. A perfect Techpriest to tend to my Imperial Knights as soon as they get here…
Dwarf Lord – face
The almighty Darren Latham recently posted a step-by-step tutorial for painting a Dwarf face on his blog, which you should check out right now.
Since I had the Dwarf model in question, and was itching to put some paint on it, I decided to follow his tutorial and see where it took me.
Well, I basically followed it. Although I still have some older GW paints lying around, I used only the new range (and some Brown Ink, I admit. That stuff is gold.)
Matching the colours wasn’t too hard, and I’m happy with the progress so far. He looks grumpy.
I’m pretty much schooled in the ‘Eavy Metal masterclass articles that used to feature in White Dwarf, so it was great to try this out.
Ork Boy - Finished
So here’s the painted version of my ork boy from GDUK 2009. Probably took me around 3 weeks to finish, check out the conversion work here: WIP Post
I did my best to stay trye to the artwork by Alex Boyd with the freehand and trying to interprete the greyscales into colour. In the end I had to paint the boots and do the base in a hurry on the last day before leaving for games day. First I wanted to go for a flashy base as most GD-entries, but I descided against it. Mostly to stay true to the artwork but also to stay on the “bold streak” as mentioned in the last post.
At the end of the day it earned me a finalist place. I showed the model to Alex Boyd that seemed really thrilled about the idea and happily signed my finalist certificate.
Make sure to check the model out and vote on CMON: http://www.coolminiornot.com/288634
XV8-11b Polypheme Crisis Battlesuit - WIP PART 2 - The Base.
Here’s a series of step by step WIP pics from when I constructed the display base for the Tau Battlesuit I’ve been working on. For a closer look at the first stages of the actual Battlesuit click here.
The base was a lot of fun and challenging since I haven’t worked that much with resin and casting in the past. I’m pretty happy with how it’s all coming together, the tiny scarab and a lot of the Necron bits are from the Necron Ghost Arc kit.
Lily pad stems are just painted copper wire that I pinned to the base after painting to match the actual lily pads I made really quick and easy with a little bit of greenstuff and a knife.
The tree is just a piece of a branch that’s been dried carefully before painting.
The Tau Drone was converted from the big drone found in the Tau Pathfinder kit. I basically just left out most of the middle part and added a bottom cap to make a large “Scout Drone” I imagine feeds information directly into the main sensor readings of the battlesuit. Kind of like having an extra set of flying eyes accompanying you into battle. Since I “shrunk” the battlesuit’s “head” I thought it fitting that since part of the primary sensor cluster had been removed, it may have been moved into a separate remote-controlled bit that you can send in ahead of you to scope out a certain area in advance etc.. seemed pretty cool to me anyways.
The base of the wave was just a quick and gritty sculpt job that later was used to make a silicone mold (a big thank you goes out to Patric for helping me with this bit!) that I could cast a clear, see-through wave that I then attached to the base using more clear resin and an old (clean!) brush. I was kind of counting on it looking better as soon as it was see-through and the actual contours of my shoddy sculpting weren’t as obvious. Also this was only the base of the wave. For the tip of the splashing wave I tried the wave technique Volomir describes in his High Elf Dragon WIP thread. If you haven’t checked out his blog you’ve missed out on some epic hobby.. check it out here!
All the water up until this point has been mixed with a drop or two of good old Citadel Brown Ink in the mix, but not for this last bit. I wanted the splashy bits to look whiter in comparison, first of because these tiny thin bits probably would look pretty clear anyways (the amount of brown ink used was hardly visible until you were working with pretty thick layers) but also I was thinking maybe that it would look like some air had mixed into the water giving it a frothier appearance? I think it works pretty well, It still needs a final coat of clear resin brushed over the top of it to smooth out certain parts. But I’ll get to that when I do all my final touch ups in the finishing stages of the project!
And that’s pretty much it! Stay tuned for more :)
Ork boy WIP
Been pretty busy painting the last couple of weeks with little time for posting. But before introducing my current project I thought I’d show an older mini once more.
This Ork boy was my entry for GD UK 2009. I’ve always loved the idea of entering something based on GW artwork. For some reason I’d fallen for the ork on the first page of the Ork Codex and entering a simple ork boy in the 40K Single Category felt like a bold move, so the decision was a no-brainer…
Sculpting and converting probably took me around 2 weeks, which was pretty quick since I’d never done anything like it before. Looking back the only thing I regret is not noticing the fingerless glove on the left hand in the illustration. Otherwise I’m still very happy with the result.
Stay tuned for painted pictures of this badboy coming soon!
So yesterday the new Dwarf Runelord was released, and it’s such an awesome sculpt I knew I just had to paint one! I picked it up first thing yesterday and managed to finish the cloak off pretty quick. I’ll keep at it and get some more done tomorrow, but I really want to take my time and do it justice!
I painted the red starting with a Rhinox/Mephiston basecoat and then layered my way up to pure Mephiston. I added some sharp Squig Orange highlights that I then muted a bit with a watered down Evil Sunz Scarlett glaze. I shaded the recesses with a Rhinox/Drakenhoff mix and then continued with some Squig Orange/White Scar and finally pure White Scar highlights before finishing it all off with a very subtle glaze of watered down Casandora Yellow over everything but the deepest folds.
Pretty happy with how it’s looking so far, hopefully I’ll be able to get some more wip pics of this up here, as I continue painting it!
P.S. I pretty much cut off half my thumb the other day… lol.
So yesterday a couple of us packed our bags full of minis, flew over to London, rented a car and headed for Nottingham and Warhammer World for the GD Winner’s Day event!
We had an awesome time today meeting up with super talented painters/sculptors and looking at loads of jaw-dropping minis! Just wanted to say thanks to everyone involved and hopefully we’ll catch a lot of you again later this year at GD 2014. Here are some pics we managed to snap on the go…
Max, Sten & Martin
Armies on Parade 2014: Siege of Galaspar – Part 2
Since the last post I’ve made a lot of progress. The fortress is almost finished, just missing a few details here and there. But the overall shape is starting to form, and looking good!
Since this is a Heresy-era display, there are no Imperial aquilas. I want to keep the structure clean and simple, so as not to steal too much focus from the army (Death Guard, if you’re not keeping track.)
The next step is to finish the building by adding the roof, make the floors thicker, finish the stairs and add more rouble!
A couple days ago I made a quick display base for a Gandalf model I’ve been working on (more on that coming soon) and even though the base really isn’t anything too special, I took some quick wip pics and really like how it turned out, especially since it only took like a half an hour to finish. The stones are actually bits of resin stone bases from a Games Workshop Basing Kit that I cut up and glued into place! The grass/moss is a mix of a lot of different products from a lot of different companies… GW, Army Painter, Woodland Scenics and MiniNatur. I finished it all off by glazing the grass with a couple thin coats of Athonian Camoshade! :)
Armies on Parade 2014: Siege of Galaspar – Part 1
So… I’ve started on my entry for Armies on Parade this year. The display is based on the Siege of Galaspar, which is the first campaign launched by Mortarion after he’d been given command of the XIV Legion: The Death Guard.
The display board is for… yeah you guessed it… the Death Guard army I’ve been working on!
I thought Galaspar would be a fitting backdrop, as the conquest of the non-compliant Hive World was one of Mortarions first great achievements and is a perfect way to show what period of the pre-herersy era I invision my Death Guard army from!
I hope you like the look of the board here, in it’s early stages, it’s been a lot of fun to build so far and I can’t wait to get it finished!
Stay tuned for more because more is on its way people! :)
Right, so I thought I’d continue with my second latest finished project. This diorama was my entry for the UK Golden Demon 2011. It took Silver in the Diorama category and it was my first demon ever.
I started the piece right after I’d booked the tickets to Games Day 3 months before the event. During that time I worked on the diorama about 3-5 hours a day. The guards were the first scratch built models I ever finished and it was the first time I ever tried OSL. During the entire process I kept a project log on Warseer that was updated almost daily. Several things on the finished piece are actually to thank my followers for, like the composition, the sandbags, the yellow OSL light, etc. Overall they pushed me even further than I ever would have on my own.
The diorama has been up on CoolMiniOrNot for some time here. But I think this is the first time I’ve ever posted a top veiw of the piece.