Sunday, 12 February 2017

Some more Chaos Space Marine Raptors

Another week, another squad of Chaos Space Marines! Alright, four models is not quite a squad, but you get the idea...

These were again done in the same colour scheme as my client's army, and will be part of a larger assault force. I have 20 Raptors overall to paint, and with these the completed total now sits at eight: not too many to go!

Currently sitting in the undercoating booth are the next four models. These will be special weapons for the unit.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Blood Bowl: Gouged Eye Orc team

Here's something that I've been working on for a while, as a side-project, since Christmas.

Blood Bowl has a special place in my heart, being a favourite of mine was I was growing up and first getting into the GW hobby. From a manufacturer swamped in the grimdark, BB is a refreshing change of pace. The original was great fun, and whilst tactically deep also easy for beginners to pick up.

Well, BB 2016 is just as good! Except this time around we're treated to some lovely new sculpts...

I split the box, and chose to go with the orcs. They've been painted up in the GW style as Gouged Eye, and I have to say that I really enjoyed painting them! Orcs are one of the few races that I've never painted, and so this was a really nice change for me.

Each team also comes with a decal sheet - hence "Line" on the base (standing for Lineman).

The team includes six sculpts, and twelve players overall. I've decided to paint them up in groups, to ensure consistency across the team. The first orc was my test, and the others followed thereafter. Bases were done very simply to reflect playing field markings: the lines also act as a reminder when the player is on the pitch, that he is in fact a lineman! This might sound like overkill, but having played a few games with the team, and even though I'm familiar with the rules and models, I struggled to remember which piece was a lineman, blitzer etc. This technique together with the markings on the base should help with that!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Chaos Space Marines: Raptors commission

Although I haven't updated the blog in a while, it's been a manic few weeks of painting and other things. January always seems to be like this for me! Ah well, I'm certainly going to make sure that I updated the various projects I've been working on over the last few weeks. 

One of my clients has commissioned a force of Chaos Space Marines for his existing army. I'm going to be painting 20 Raptors, two Maulerfiends, and a Hellbrute. As I usually do, I started with the infantry...

These guys were painted with a Khorne Red base, shaded with Nuln Oil, highlighted with Evil Sunz Scarlet. The red is nice and deep; overall, the scheme reminds me a lot of the Crimson Slaughter, which is no bad thing.

Metallics were done with Leadbelcher, washed with Nuln Oil and then highlighted with Runefang Steel. The trim is Brass Scorpion, more Nuln Oil and then Runefang. Both recipes give a nice and grubby metallic result.

The eyes don't really come out very well on these images, but they are done with a Teclis Blue base. The eyes are very deep-set and small, unlike say the modern Tactical Marines (which also seem more heavily-proportioned than the Raptors and some of the other Chaos lines).

A shot of the jump packs. I've added very small amounts of chipping to the turbines, which is difficult to see here, but generally adds a bit of interest to the backpacks.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year: time for some Chaos Marauder Horsemen

Happy New Year to all my viewers. Hoping that you're having a good one, and enjoying the break.

Over the festive period, I've been hard at work on some new commission pieces, but these aren't yet ready to post. Alongside those projects, I've also been finishing off a Marauder Horseman.

This is a nice older kit with some retro appeal. The body dimensions of the rider show how far Citadel's sculpting team has come... Just compare him to the newer knight and horsemen kits!

So, it's been a pretty busy painting year for me - what with the Eldar project, the Space Sharks, some Astral Claws and a few smaller commissions as well.

I'll be kicking off the new year with Lugft Huron of the Astral Claws, as well as a Storm Raven transport. Then I'll be moving onto a squad of Space Sharks Centurions in a drop pod, before I commence some Chaos Space Marines for another client. In-between those projects, I'm going to be finishing my Khorne Bloodhound, my Stormcast Eternals and my Genestealer Cult... Some busy times ahead!

Happy New year all!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

More Astral Claws Terminators

This week I've been working on some more Astral Claws models, and have now almost finished a squad of Terminators.

These guys have been a lot of fun to paint, and their silver armour positively glows in natural light. I also enjoyed doing their thunder hammers, which add an extra level of interest to their colour scheme. 

I'll probably be adding some decals to the shoulder shields, as well as on the leg sections, but other than that these guys are almost done. Next up will be Huron himself, who will of course be leading the squad into battle. 

The schedule for work into the New Year is already building up! I've got a Stormraven, a drop pod, some Centurions and a couple of smaller projects on the horizon. I'm particularly looking forward to doing the Stormraven in Astral Claws colours: it's going to be the largest metallic model I think I've ever painted... 

Sunday, 11 December 2016

A new project: Astral Claws Terminators WIP

Now that the Eldar commission is done, I've now making a start on the next project: a squad of close combat Terminators, of the Astral Claws chapter. This unit is going to be part of a larger Forge World themed army; I recently finished some Space Sharks Terminators for the same client.

As ever, my photography sucks. The light tends to make the silver finish look quite flat, whereas in real life it has a richer, burnished-steel type appearance. 

I really like how these models have a clean, almost majestic appearance. It certainly plays against the grubbier, war-torn armour of the Space Sharks, and the blue and silver really mix well. I decided to go for a warmer gold, as I wanted that to complement the cold steel of the rest of the armour. The hammer came out well too, I think, because it plays nicely with the palette of the rest of the model. 

I'll hopefully be doing the rest of the squad in this colour scheme, and should have those finished shortly...

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.