Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Eldar: Warp Spiders

The Eldar project draws near to a close, and this week I've been working hard on finishing up the alternative Warp Spiders...

You might have noticed that the models are not quite finished. The leader (shown in more detail below) has some pincer-type things (is it that obvious that I'm not an Eldar player?), which I am still finishing. The weather has been brutally cold here, and undercoating even smaller model pieces isn't easy!

I was very impressed by the dynamic posing of these miniatures. They are manufactured by Ghost Miniatures, and fit in really well with the Eldar line. They are nicely scaled with the Dire Avengers.

A shot of the very detailed backpacks that these models carry.

So, other than a few little bits on the leader, I'm pretty much done with this project. It has been great fun, and I hope my client enjoys it. 

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Eldar: Autarch conversion & WIP Warp Spiders

More progress on the Eldar commission this week.

Firstly, here's an Eldar Autarch model. This model was converted by my client: he did a great job of magnetising the arms and backpack, as you can see below.

And as you can probably see, I bought a new lightbox! This was just a cheaper version from Ebay, but it's working out pretty well so far. These pictures were taken at night, and the box seems to have enough light to take reasonably good pictures. So here's hoping to some better photography on my blog...

Anyway, and back to models, here you can see the magnetised wings. I went with an "ice blue" colour on the wings, using Guiliman Glaze. They look great in real life; with an almost ethereal quality.

Here's a close up of the base, and a piece of Tyranid shell.

As I said, the model has removable arms. Here we have a sword and a shimmer shield, in a dynamic assault pose.

Here's another shot of the alternative backpack:

Finally for today, my client also wanted a squad of alternative Warp Spider models painted. These are actually the "Attercops" figures from Ghost Miniatures, and they are superb models.

They fit in perfectly with the existing GW range, and have a great range of dynamic poses. I was very impressed with them!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Eldar: Phoenix Lord Maugan Ra

A mid-week update! Just finished Maugan Ra, after several nights of frenzied painting.

This guy has a nice old school vibe about him; with a certain charm that strikes me in a way that some of the more recent (and better detailed) plastics models just seem to lack. Anyway, I had fun painting this guy.

The bone was done with the same colours as the rest of the army, although this guy has a better canvas to take some graduation. The black armour sections have highlights of Dark Reaper then Thunderhawk Blue (a combination that I just love!), but these don't photo very well.

Another shot of Maugan Ra; he has a snazzy backpack and a nice backbanner. Note that the icon at the top is actually much lighter than it appears in this photo - I really went for a bright bleached bone finish here, so that it is differentiated from the other bone sections.

Next up: another Eldar HQ miniature...

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Eldar: Wraithlord and Dire Avengers

Progress continues apace on the Eldar commission, and this week I managed to finish off both a Wraithguard and another squad of Dire Avengers. In my haste to get these pictures up on the blog, I've had to photograph these miniatures in artificial light... Please forgive the rather poor quality pictures this week. One of my new year's resolutions will probably be for purchase a new lightbox.

First up is the Wraithlord. This is a lovely miniature, which will form a nice centre point for my client's army. We went with the same scheme as the smaller Wraithguard: I also added a layer of gloss to the head, which worked really well with the Wraithguard.

As with most models in this commission, the weapons options are also modular and I've painted up (although not pictured) several alternative choices.

The bone photoed particularly badly... Sigh... Photos of finished models seem to be a real weak point for me. I find that unless I take pictures in the day with decent sunlight, no amount of daylight bulbs can compensate.

The sword had a nice blue sheen added to it (using Gillian Blue Glaze), and I finished the effect with a layer of gloss varnish.

The model has some minor weathering with Typhus Corrosion, which suits the piece well. It ties in very well with the earlier models and vehicles, which all have the same staining effect.

Next, another unit of Dire Avengers. Pretty self explanatory, and again the darker blue armour doesn't photograph very well but I've now done several of these  units - they are pretty much the same as the last twenty Avengers!

Next up: Phoenix Lord Maugan Ra...

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Genestealer Cult: Finished Neophyte Hybrids

A couple of weeks ago I showed some work in progress shots of my Neophytes. This week I managed to get a few hours to finish the models off, and here are the results...

These are, of course, the Deathwatch: Overkill miniatures. I haven't yet invested in a box of the multi-part models, but I'm definitely going to. My draft army list includes 40 Neophytes with various options; these 16 will go a long way to solving my hybrid problem!

I decided that I would include both the mining lasers and grenade launchers, so these figures are painted up along with the autogun-toting cultists.

Some more shots of my favourite hybrids...

Every figure in DW:OK has fantastic detail; the individual facial expressions are great.

Having finished the Neophytes, I went straight on to one of the Acolytes. These also superb models, and I'm looking forward to finding the time to paint up more of these guys as well...

I used a light wash of Nihilakh Oxide into the veins on the side of the head, which produces a nice alien effect.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

More Eldar: Windriders & Dire Avengers

Managed to photograph some miniatures that I've been working on for a while today: another squad of Dire Avengers, as well as some jet bike Windriders.

First, the Avengers...

No Exarch for this squad (or the next one), as I think these will be used to bolster one of the squads I've already. Overall, I'm painting five units of these guys.

As I've said before, the Spiritstone Red gemstone paint from GW has really been useful in the painting of these miniatures. I love they way it produces a candy-apple red colour that pops across the squad. The Avenger miniatures have definitely grown on me as I've painted them...

Meanwhile, my client has a single squad of Windriders in this army. I really like these simple and characterful pieces, and this is the sort of unit I always find myself using in my own army lists (generally units that are nice looking but don't perform very well in the game!).

These models are fully magnetised with both magnets on the flyer stems and underneath to hold the weapon options. Not shown here, but painted as well, are several weapon choices for the jet bikes.

So, what's to paint next on the Elder project? I have another five-man squad of Avengers, then I'm waiting on the last few models from the client before the whole commission is finished!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

WIP Genestealer Cult: Neophyte Hybrids

Genestealer Cult was one of those armies that got be into Warhammer 40,000 back in the day. In an experience that reflects that of many older gamers, the Cult really grabbed my attention. These weird aliens with six limbs being worshipped by a doting mass of ignorant cultists... The army had the weird appeal of having armour, guns and also monsters, which at the time felt very novel. There was something macabre and frightening about the Cult, even if my mismatched gaggle of Space Hulk miniatures didn't really reflect the awesome background...!

So when Games Workshop brought out Deathwatch: Overkill, I eagerly snapped it up. The models are fantastic; harkening back to the original lead hybrids, but with a modern twist. I don't think I've ever seen such detailed infantrymen (and certainly not in plastic!). 

The recent release of the Codex: Genestealer Cults pretty much cemented my decision to build a new army. My first step was to build up and paint some of those Overkill neophytes, and here is the result:

I'm pretty pleased with the result. I followed the painting receive given in the old White Dwarf issue 110, with the exception of leaving out the Druchii Violent wash to the heads. Although I might decide against this, my thinking was that these hybrids aren't supposed to look that alien. So instead they have very pale skin, and a more uniform look.

At this stage, my approach is really to look for proof of concept. Do I like these models enough to paint up an army of them? Will I get bored with this colour scheme? Will I be able to get through an army painted to this level, or should I be leaving out a level of highlighting etc? Those are the questions I ask myself at this stage. I find it's better to be honest with yourself early on, as there is nothing worse than getting two or three squads into an army and deciding that you just don't like the colour scheme, or that every figure seems to be taking too long to get through.

I've decided that yes, I definitely do want to proceed with this army! These figures are really good fun to paint, and despite the level of detail they actually finish up quite quickly once you get started. I probably could drop a highlight or two in some places, but I'm not sure that I will: they're just really nice models, and it would be a shame not to give them the best job that I can.

But decisions abound as to whether I will go with the Broodcycle or the Neophyte Cavalcade... I think that the bonuses for running the Cult Insurrection detachment are just too good to pass up, but I'm not convinced by the Broodcycle formation as a core choice. It contains many models that I have, or that I know might be useful, but if I'm going to be taking lots of Acolytes, I'd much rather they were in the Subterranean Uprising rather than the Broodcycle.... The alternative Cavalcade option doesn't have much new in it though, and I'm not incredibly keen on doing more Chimeras (Chimerae?) and Leman Russes. I guess I'll work through the Neophytes and make that decision when I need to!