Monday, 15 August 2016

More Eldar War Walkers

Managed to finish off two more Eldar War Walkers this weekend.

As I said before, I really like these models. Although they are reasonably simple sculpts, they have a nice aesthetic to them and remind me lots of the Imperial Guard Sentinel. In fact, whilst I was painting them, I started having thoughts about building a super-retro Guard army around Ogryns and Sentinels...

Back to the War Walkers for now!

Although the Walkers have basically the same colour scheme, there are some variations across the squadron. I imagine the Walker pilots as being a little maverick: maybe having a little more individuality than some other Eldar crewmen, and being given more leeway as they operate behind enemy lines... The models remind me a lot of racing vehicles.

I love the ivory scheme on the armour panels for these Walkers. It was a good choice!

I discussed with my client varying the poses of these models, and it was agreed that I would try to make them look as though they were moving. The sculpt doesn't have fully poseable legs, but as the main Walker body is lightweight and there are a couple of foot options, you can achieve quite a few variations on the pose. This Walker is running cross-country...

Another view:

And yet another view:

And a final view:

Both new Walkers have weapon options, which I forgot to photo, but you've probably seen these on the earlier pictures anyway.

Here's a shot of the squadron in formation, ready to attack.

Next up will probably be some more Eldar vehicles...

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

A quick break: Space Sharks

This week, I've mostly been priming and building Eldar. But I took a few hours to make some more progress on another project I'm working on for a client, and then had a bout of insomnia, and then ended up making a lot more progress on the unit than I originally intended!

So, here are some in progress Space Sharks - aka Carcharodons Astra...

My client approached me and asked if I would be willing to do some units of Space Sharks, with the same scheme as the ones I painted for my own army. There's something about these Marines that just appeals to me, and so I jumped at the chance to paint some more!

This squad is now almost finished (just some touching up to be done, possibly some weathering, grass on the bases, and then maybe some blood on the claws). Other than some minor refinements, they are painted identically to my own army.

For the sergeant, I chose to use a tighter colour palette than on my own models. Since I painted mine, GW has come out with Rakarth Flesh and Flayed One Flesh, and that combination suits the Space Sharks well. They are a nomadic, space bound chapter, and as such the pallid flesh tone (which I also used on my Bloodbound Blood Reavers, also painted last year) really feels right.

I also improved my technique on the claws. I always felt that the original Space Sharks I painted needed a darker blue near the base of the claws, and so I added that to this squad. That works nicely as it provides a more natural transition between the colours of the glove and the actual claws.

I'll be painting a Captain Tyberos model for this project soon as well, but for now the Eldar are calling me...

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Some more Eldar...

Last couple of weeks have involved a lot of painting, but not so much photographing, so apologies that the blog has a been a little quiet. It always seems that the 15 or so minutes it takes to set up the photo booth is better spent cracking on with the next miniature!

I'm now well into the Eldar commission that I started earlier this year, and I can now show two completed Dire Avenger squads.

As readers of my blog will know, I wasn't overly impressed with this kit when I built the first squad. That impression hasn't changed much, but I'm doing what I can to get extra mileage out of these models. The casting doesn't allow for much in the way of posing of the rank and file Avengers; any dynamism is reserved for the Exarchs (which do have some pretty epic poses, albeit again fairly limited in range).

Let's start with an image of a squad leader for a change...

Armed with a shimmer shield and power halberd, this guy is definitely my favourite of the bunch. Once again, Spiritstone Red proved an essential tool in painting these troops.

Here's the squad together:

The second squad has the same armaments, save for the Exarch:

Again, he has a nice pose to him. My client requested a minor conversion to the pistol arm, which came out very nicely.

(Just realised that I missed the Exarch's gem on his head: dammit! This has been a pretty regular thing with these guys - just as I think I'm done, I realise that I've missed a gemstone or two! They are literally all over these troops.)

In a change of pace from painting infantry, I've also now completed a War Walker. These are a simple but evocative mechanised unit - being one of the older Eldar war-machine models (which I think was even present back in the days of Rogue Trader?).

The model reminded me a lot of the Imperial Guard Sentinel, which I am very fond of. I have no idea whether it's any good in the game but when it looks this good who cares!?!

My client provided both pairs of guns for the Walker, which you can see in the above picture. The guns simply slot into the weapon mounts.

As with the Wave Serpents, I've added some minor weathering to this Walker. This shot shows the staining and dripping from the gems.

Finally, here we have the rear of the Walker.

Overall, a nice model which I enjoyed painting. I currently have two more in the booth to be primed, and I'm hoping to finish those in the next week or so. 

Meanwhile, I've also started another side-project for a client who has briefed me on a Space Sharks (Carcharodons Astra) army. I painted up some of these last year for myself, and I'm very excited to be going back to the guys in grey: let's just say that I'm going to be getting some value from the Blood for the Blood God paint that I picked up earlier this week...