Sunday, 29 May 2016

A detour: An Iron Hands Iron Father

I was supposed too be painting Eldar again this week, but sometimes you just have an urge to paint something else and have to go with it. That's how I decided to paint up the Forgeworld Iron Father; a really nice "hero" model for my new Iron Hands list...

Here he is: with a volkite pistol, power axe and servo arm.

The actual process of painting him was quite straightforward really: I mainly used metallics to weather the outer edges of his armour, and focused my painting attention on the metalwork and power axe.

The axe is done with the same process as say a thunder hammer, and I added small lightning ripples for some extra colour. I would say that some additional spot colours are necessary on Iron Hands characters, as otherwise the black armour becomes a little monotonous. On the Forgeworld website, I've noticed that they typically wash the black armour with greens to make it appear a little iridescent, but I don't really like that look. Hence the more colourful axe, and some additional diodes and buttons on the character being picked out.

A rear shot of the Iron Father. he actually wears Terminator armour, but I will equip him with artificer armour in my list.

Some more shots of his equipment.

Overall, a unique model and a really nice hero from Forgeworld. He'd made a very good Master of the Forge, and I intend to use him as a Techmarine.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Eldar: Wave Serpent 1

Another model for the Eldar commission finished this week - a Wave Serpent.

Whilst the Wave Serpent, as a kit, is now showing its age of a little, overall this was a fun model to paint. My client's chosen scheme fits the model really well, and the vehicle looks great next to the Wraithguard that I finished a couple of weeks ago.

The cockpit is fully detailed. Whilst the scheme is deliberately quite "clean", my client requested some directional staining on the hull. This works well, I think, and adds an element of speed to the piece.

Another view of the Serpent.

This rear angle demonstrates some of the staining on the gems.

Another angle, again showing some staining.

The model has removable and exchangeable guns on the turret, as shown below.

The actual vehicle is also magnetised, so it can easily be removed from the base.

A view of the open cockpit.

Next up will probably be either a Farseer, or perhaps a squad of Dire Avengers!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Batman Miniatures Game: Arkham Knight Batmobile

This weekend was spent finishing off my most recent project: the Arkham Knight Batmobile, from Knight Models!

Apologies in advance for the number of pictures this week, but I really enjoyed painting this model and I'm very pleased with the results.

Despite the limited palette, I took a while getting through the vehicle as I wanted to get it right. There are several grey and blue tones in the highlights, which I mainly applied via dry brushing.

Although not technically accurate I guess, I wanted to have the guns deployed on the roof but decided against building the model in battle mode. It's composed of several "chunks" of resin, so with the wheels deployed it would be quite delicate. It feels much more compact and safe built like this!

The gun was weathered separately to the rest of the car.

I applied weathering to the wheels, as well as the wheel arches. Several MIG weathering pigments were used, and sealed in stages to improve durability.

The rear of the car received some metallic weathering, but not too much. It's difficult to make out the engine here, but it has also been weathered with soot.

This is a good wheel arch shot, showing mud splashes.

And here's the Batmobile with my favourite Batman figures...

Batgirl is a great BMG mini, which is probably a bit more "comic book" than the style of the car.

It also comes with a rules card, but the actual rules for vehicles aren't in the main book. Those are in the Arrow and Flash Expansion, which is actually due for release imminently!

Monday, 9 May 2016

Eldar; Wraithguards

Tonight I managed to finish off a squad of Wraithguard for the new Eldar project...

These models were great fun to paint. My client had a specific colour scheme in mind, so they were painted to that plan: I think that the various colours balance well. I really like the bone armour, which was done with Army Painter Skeleton Bone (very close to Ushabti Bone).

This view shows the gems on the backs of the models. We discussed adding some staining and/or weathering to the gems, but ultimately I thought that this would make the pieces too "busy". There is some very minor dripping around the gem-stones, as though water as collected around them, but it's a subtle effect.

Some specifics now. This kit has limited "pose-ability", but the models still look quite dynamic.

The heads received a coat of 'Ardcoat, to make the Wraithguards appear more alien. In fact, they look a bit Gieger-esque with this effect, and it nicely reinforces the monstrous nature of the these creatures...

The models are actually magnetised, and can be fitted with alternative weapons. However, I haven't finished these - I figured I'd make some more headway on the commission, then come back to them.

Next up? I'm going to try some Eldar vehicles...

Monday, 2 May 2016

Tyranids: Flying Hive Tyrant (version 2)

Today I managed to finish the Tyranid commission I recently took on: another flying hive tyrant!

He's so big that he barely fits inside my photo box!

Armed with Forgeworld twin-linked flesh devourers, the flying tyrant is sure to bring the hurt...

Gotta love those wings. I still remember my first converted flyrant: equipped with Lord of the Wings Balrog wings...

The patterning is a little different from the earlier 'Nids, to add some variety. He'll fit in nicely with the rest of the army though.

Note the Secret Weapon "infested" base - very nicely detailed, and highly recommended!

Saturday, 30 April 2016

On the workbench: Eldar Wraithguards

Juggling lots of projects at the moment, and in process of finishing up some Farsight models, a Tyranid Hive Tyrant and starting a new Eldar commission...

Here's this week's efforts: a work in progress of a Wraithguard squad. My client wanted bone-coloured armour, which is very striking, and the blues work very well with the main colours.

The gems on the armour were fun to do, and I think they set off the armour nicely as well. There's still a lot to do on him, but I think this unit looks very good!

I'm not happy with the piping on the gun, and think that this should perhaps be a different colour. I'll have to discuss this with my client. 

Now, onwards to finish the rest of the squad, and that Flyrant is looking at me funny across the workbench too...

Sunday, 24 April 2016

On the workbench: Tyranids, Tau and something darker...

They say that a today desk is a tidy mind. Well, if they ever said the opposite about painting workbenches, I wouldn't disagree.

Not very many updates recently, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been painting. I just haven't found the time to photograph things. Last week was Salute, and I had genuine intentions of posting an after-show report, but things just got in the way - instead, you can check out my (extremely truncated) summary below. Mainly, here's an update on my workbench...

First, a good client of mine for whom I've painted several Tyranid models over the last few years requested a flying hive tyrant a few weeks back. This model has been on the bench for some weeks, and he's now almost finished.

I previously did another version of this guy, which you can see below:

My client has updated his 'Nids a couple of times since I finished the project back in 2013 (has it really been that long!?!), but asked me to paint this model to make his list more competitive. I know this kit pretty well now, having also painted one for my own Hivefleet Behemoth army:

But back to the present model: he's almost finished, with some minor highlights and touching-up to be done. I added lots of speckling to the wings and skin, to differentiate this model from the last version I painted for the same army.

Meanwhile, I've been gradually working through the drones required for my Mont'ka Farsight Detachment. This has been hard work, mainly because I don't really like the drone models very much and painting so many of the same model becomes wearing... So I split the task up over several weeks, and I've varied the individual models by adding the antenna to some and painting different panels to grey etc. I've now painted 11 of them, so 5 more to go!

As for Salute, this kind of happened...

Expensive? Unnecessary? Likely to be hard work? Yes to all three, but also very, very awesome. I've had my eye on a Batmobile model for a while. Having considered the Eagle Moss and Hotwheels Elite versions, I decided on the Knight Models 30mm kit. It's a lot of resin, but just assembling the Batmobile got me in the mood. It's going to be great fun to paint up this model.

I won't do a big run-down of Salute, as many other websites have already done a better job of that. It was a pretty good show all-round, with lots to buy and see. I've attended the show several times, and this year the atmosphere and turn-out felt the best in several years. A couple of years ago, it felt as though the number of attendees really dropped off. This year, attendance was good and the number of stalls etc was good too. There were large areas for participation games but it didn't feel as though the show struggled to fill the hall (rightly or wrongly, it has felt that way in previous years).

Starship games seemed to be the order for the day this year: there were many on sale, and many games to play...

This Firestorm Armada game looked a lot of fun. There were loads of tables like this; I didn't play any games, but I marvelled at how good they looked. Yes, I was "that guy".

And Halo was also well-represented. Loads of stalls selling this, and a lot of hype for the ground assault version of the game. Good stuff!

And then there was this awesome model.

Better yet, these guys were on display. They looked even more impressive up-close - the paint-job was truly incredible.

I finally got to pick up my Kickstarter pledge of Aliens v Predator! I queued for ages at the Prodos stand, and there were many angry customers there. When I finally got to being served, they were out of stock of the Kickstarter exclusive boxed game... But the guys came good by adding an Alien Queen to my order. I have a nice stack of booster sets to get through as well, and I'm already marvelling at the level of detail on these models.

So that's it for this week! I hope to finish the Tyrant in the next few days, to varnish those drones, and then to get started on the next bug project: an Eldar army! Very excited about this one; I've already undercoated a squad of Wraithguard, and looking forward to properly strong the project...