Sunday, 25 September 2016

Eldar: Fire Prism/Night Spinner

Some more progress on the Eldar project this weekend, and I've almost finished this Fire Prism tank...

As you can see, I used the same scheme I've used on the rest of the army, and the same weathering techniques as well (just some minor staining). I used more bone white on this model than earlier vehicles, just because I actually really like this colour. I think that the blue panels work best when they are used sparingly.

A couple more angles on the tank:

Here are the additional parts that will eventually make a Fire Prism. I've hit a slight flaw here: the transparent components have :"fogged" slightly. This is a really unusual reaction for these parts, as I usually use a small amount of plastic glue and it doesn't cause any reaction at all. My online research suggests that it might be because these are closed components; the fumes are what has caused the change. In any event, I've asked my client if he would prefer if I painted these parts - I think they will look much better with the same gem-effect I've used on the tanks.

What's next? I'm waiting on some parts for a Tyberos conversion for a Space Sharks army, and I'm also undercoating the bits for a Crimson Hunter (the last vehicle for the Eldar commission - woo hoo!). Meanwhile, I'm hungrily eying the new Genestealer Cult release: I'm pretty sure that I've decided on my next 40k army...

Sunday, 11 September 2016

More commission work: Carcharodons Astra Terminators and Eldar Rangers

I spent a lot of time on commission pieces this week, and the result was that I managed to finish off the squad of Terminators that I recently showed WIP on the blog and also complete some Eldar Rangers. 

Let's start with the Eldar miniatures: a five-man squad of Rangers...

I enjoyed painting these models, and they were a welcome respite from the rank-and-file Eldar troops. Although they share some attributes with the Dire Avengers that I fishiness during the summer, the Rangers also have just enough variation to mark them out as specialist recon troops. 

The downside to this little band is that they are one of the legacy Finecast moulds... I can still remember GW's hype when metal started to go plastic, and the fantastic promises model-makers were given as to better detail and better materials. That didn't quite pan out! These guys had absolutely tons of sprue vanes and some very invasive mould-inlets; they took an age to cut, file and then file with greenstuff. Oh well, at least most GW models are now in plastic!

I went with a similar palette to the Dire Avengers, and in particular I used bone coloured armour so that the models tied in with the Eldar tanks I've been painting for the same army. I decided to use a lighter blue for the camo-cloaks, and used a darker grey to mark out some patterns on the cloaks: nothing too extreme, but a muted scheme which I felt was inkeeping with the Eldar's war-ethos. 

In other news, I've also now touched up and finished off the Space Sharks Terminator squad that I finished a couple of weeks ago. 

 It was a lot of fun returning to this scheme, and I'm pleased with how the models worked out.

The largest change between these images and the lost ones I posted are that I've added some scraping and minor damage across the models. Using Rhinox Hide and a small sponge, I added small bits of battle damage across the models. It's not that easy to make out on these photos, but it's a characterful little technique which reinforces the Space Sharks' crusading nature.

I also added gloss varnish to the lightning claws. The show below shows the effect I achieved on the claws.

So what's next? I'm about to start work on an Eldar Fire Prism, and I'm also garnering bits for a Tyberos model to lead the above squad. 

Sunday, 4 September 2016

A diversion: Some Khorne Blood Warriors

After the summer holiday, I'm now back and painting again. To get back into things, I decided to finish painting up some Khorne Bloodhound miniatures from the Age of Sigmar box that has been sitting under my painting desk for the better part of a year...

Got to say, these miniatures were great fun to paint. They have so much detail that they're almost intimidating to paint. I tried to make the best of them, and I'm very pleased with the result. 

Although Games Workshop also produces a boxed set of just Blood Warriors, I actually think that the Warriors from the starter set are nicer. Just be aware that if you decide to paint these guys up yesterday they have a lot of sharp points... I'm a little sceptical about whether some of these spikes to weather the game table, but I'm also eager to get them into an army list.

I decided to take the bold decision of adding Blood for the Blood God technical paint the weapons and gore-fists carried by these Blood Warriors. I was quite pleased with the result; the paint gives a highly realistic finish with minimal effort. However, as with all paints like this it's important not to go over the top. Hopefully I got the balance about right!

Bases and other details were finished in the same way as my existing Khorne models...

So, I only have some Skullcrushers and the Mighty Lord of Khorne left to finish then my Bloodhound army is finished! Yeah, right. Since when is an army actually ever finished?!?!

Next project: I'm returning to work on the Eldar commission, and will be finishing some Rangers.