Monday, June 29, 2015

Kaernus the Vicious WIP

Kaernus the Vicious is a model from Enigma Miniatures. I was excited when I first got it, it's really nice looking model and it would be my first go with a Nurgle style paint job. Lots of decaying flesh, severed heads, ghoul faces, all fun stuff. But after priming and doing some initial painting, the model was dropped and a bunch of tiny pieces with even smaller connection points broke. And this happened much more than once. So I put him on the shelf for a couple months, but it was always staring at me, taunting me. I decided to finally finish it up. Here is where it stands now, mostly done:

Metallic paint testing for Warcolours

Warcolours is looking for beta testers for their new line of metallic paints. You'll get one bottle of bronze paint to try out, just use it a bit and give them feedback. Tell them what you like and what you don't like so they can improve and release a full line of metallic colors. Now, the paint is free, but you'll still have to pay $3US for shipping, but you can always add a set or two to your order to make it feel better. Supplies for the bronze bottle is limited, but there are some left.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bits-Box Chaos Space Marine

Last night I had an urge to work with some green stuff, so I got out my last generic Space Marine and thought of ways I could change him. I don't have a great deal of bits so my options were pretty limited unless I wanted to sculpt a bunch of stuff, which I do not possess the skills to do. I decided to use a right arm and backpack from the Chaos half of the Dark Vengeance box set and set out to make a Chaos Lord.

First I cut and sanded the wings off of the chest piece, leaving the skull in tact, then with GS I added some rope/cables for the cape and some spiked ribbing on the bottom of the chest. Next I cut up the left leg to reposition it so he can be standing on a broken loyalist Space Marine helmet. The leg ended up looking pretty ugly so I added a loin cloth and put a Chaos star where the belt buckle would be. Finally I added a tattered cape, inspired by Spawn.

And here he is with the arms blu-tacked on. The left arm I used a Grey Knight power sword and a chaos star for the pommel. I'll cut and file off the Crux Terminatus on the pauldron and probably GS a few spikes on the trim.

Unfortunately I don't really have a head for him. I was hoping I had a bare head I could use then paint it with some pale, decaying flesh, but I didn't. All I have are generic SM helmets. I thought about sculpting some antlers or horns for a helmet but that didn't turn out well. I may have to hit up some bits dealers on ebay to find something suitable.

As of now I don't know what color scheme I want to paint him, but I do know I want to try some NMM armor à la Glazed Over aka  Gareth Nicholas.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Black Watch showcase

Inspired by the Battle of Alexandria, here is my take on Pegao Models' 42nd Royal Highlander Regiment "The Black Watch" model, 54mm.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

42nd Highlander WIP #3

So this will be the last WIP post for this piece. All that's left to do is the skin on the hands and legs and the shoulder tartan. As you can see he is no longer pinned to the base but is standing in blu-tack. There was a bit of an accident, but thankfully there were no breaks or even paint chips, some good luck there.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Warcolours Paints

A little while back, a man came onto the CMON forums saying he was a chemist and wanted to develop a new line of miniature paints. The goal was to make high quality paints at a very reasonable price. Thinking paints like GW's Citadel paints were too expensive, at £2.55 ($3.92) a 12ml pot, he set a goal of selling paint for £1 ($1.54) per 15ml bottle. He then asked for some product testers and I signed up.
I received 10 paints of varying colors and gave them a try. I really enjoyed them, they were thinner than most paints and had a bit of extended drying time. I found them great for glazing. Others have compared them to Scale 75 paints which I have yet to try but have heard great things.
Since testing them out I have been using them in various projects, and they featured heavily in my Koth-Yan piece:

The colors I used on him were: Yellow Green 3, Green 3, Red 2, Pink 2, Pink 3, Pink 4 and Black 1 

 I encourage all to try them out and see how you like them. You can pick yourself up a starter set RIGHT HERE. Each starter set has 5 different shades of one hue, one transparent paint in that hue, white and black, for a total of 8 15ml bottles at the price of $13.41. There are also many different sets of paints, like the Flesh set, or Silver and Gold NMM sets.

Metallic paints and Inks will be available soon  as well.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Queen of Barbary WIP #1

Awhile back Figone, led by Jérémie Bonamant Teboul, had an Indiegogo campaign for the book Figopedia. It was volume one in a what they hope to be a multi part series, and it focused on light and shadow and color theory. Along with the book came one or two figures depending on your pledge level. I began working on one of them called The Queen of Barbary, and I'll be using techniques from the book. This is the very early stages, just laying down undercoats and base coats, as well as building the base.

The arch on the base was made out of aluminum foil and joint compound, learned form a tutorial by Mary Proffit on the WGC website. You can read the tutorial here.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

42nd Highlander WIP #2

I've put more paint on the fightin' Scot, still quite a lot to do though. If it turns out well enough if may just be my historical single entry for Crystal Brush 2016.