Sunday, 24 July 2016

More Eldar Wave Serpents...

The Eldar project marches, or perhaps hovers, onwards. Two more Wave Serpents finished this week.

The weather in the UK is uncharacteristically nice, and so I thought I would take these pictures in natural light. Whilst it beats spending twenty minutes setting up the light booth, I've also got some glaring shadows in these pictures and they haven't come out quite as well as I would have liked. They'll give you the general idea in any event!

First up, we have a Wave Serpent with lots of weapon options. As shown here it is equipped with shrunken catapults and missile launchers.

Light weathering - the staining lines - has been added per my client's instructions.

Another view of the hull. I personally love the bone colour on these models. As you'll see below, some of the models have been done in the same pattern (so, for example, the blue around the cockpit) but on this model I mixed things up a bit. I moved the blue to the rear section, and the turret weapon chassis is also blue: I think this works really well.

Another view of the rear door, also with weathering:

Here are the weapons options with the removable windshield:

And a close up of the pilot. All crew and interiors have been detailed.

Here is the second Wave Serpent for this week, which has pretty much been painted in the same style as that I completed a couple of weeks back.

This Serpent has similar weapons options, but not as many as the first Serpent.

Both tanks are on magnitudes bases, which is a great idea (this work was done by my client). The bases are done in the same way as the rest of the army.

Next up will be some more Dire Avengers. I'm trying to break the back of the infantry, and hoping to get a couple of boxes of Avengers finished in the next week or so: I'm then on to some more interesting "elite" type units (such as Warwalkers and a Fire Prism).

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Eldar: Another Wave Serpent

Another Wave Serpent this week, for the Eldar commission I'm working on.

This was painted in the same pattern as the previous Wave Serpent, but I rearranged some of the colours after discussion with my client. We both felt that there was too much blue on the outer hull, so the colour was shifted to the pilot's cabin instead.

I think that this works much better. The bone colouring on the hull is such a nice tone that it's a shame to limit it... The staining and water marks around the gems also work much better on bone, as opposed to the blue hull sections.

Barring some minor refinements to the process, the rest of the model is basically done in the same scheme as the last Serpent. With large commissions like this I always find that I start to adopt a pattern with the same model. I have four of these tanks to build and paint overall, as well as two more Eldar vehicles.

This view also shows the removeable guns and cockpit canopy.

A close up of the cockpit and pilot:

A shot of the tank's rear section:

Next up will be another Wave Serpent. I'm hitting a bit of a rhythm with these vehicles now.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Prodos Games: AvP Alien Infants

So, my pledge for Prodos Games Alien v Predator: The Hunt Begins recently arrived. Despite all the delay, breaking open the package? It was worth it. The models are cast in resin, and show incredible detail. As soon as I had them in hand, I knew that I wanted to paint them up and base them on some starship deck plating.

The Aliens presented an interesting painting opportunity, as they have a limited colour palette, but looked as though they should also be a fairly fast job which I could fit in between commission pieces...

They painted up very quickly. I went with a black base, dry brushed several layers of grey with a mid-blue tone as well, then another dry brush of light grey.

Easy as the models were tho paint, they were very hard to photograph! All the dark tones created a camera challenge, but these shots should give you the basic idea.

The heads were picked out with black again. I then sealed the whole model with satin varnish, and added a gloss varnish to the heads.

Whilst not always seen in the movies and games, I painted the claws and teeth with an off-white paint. This helped give some definition and I think it helps to break up all the black on these models.

The bases were something I really wanted to do. They are from The Outpost, and I was really impressed both by their service and the quality of their bases. The casting is crisp and clean, and they have enough detail to be interesting whilst not so much that they detract from the model. I went with some brighter colours on the bases, to add interest.

Several Aliens have hazard striping on the bases, all grunged up.

One of my favourites! The tails are quite thin, but can be warmed up with hot water then reposed.

These are going to be a nightmare to store, but they're worth it! I have several other Alien miniatures to paint from this Kickstarter, and will probably get to those later this year.