Monday, 26 June 2017

Prodos Games: Alien Crusher

I was one of the original "investors" in the Prodos Games Kickstarter, and I picked up my stash of miniatures from Salute a couple of years ago. Since then, the miniatures have been starting at me from across my desk - urging me to paint them... The issue is largely with finding the time to actually paint up these guys. They're resin, which takes that little extra time to prepare, and their Aliens: I doubt that I will ever find the motivation to do a proper army of these guys. 

But the Alien Crusher was actually pretty fun to build and paint. Here he is:

I thought this was a very bold choice from Prodos when it was first released. The Crusher appears only in Aliens: Colonial Marines - the critically-panned console game from 2014. Why chose an alien type from a game which was so poorly received? Still, the Crusher is nice an chunky, with a toy-like aspect thanks to its size.

I painted this guy in the same colours as in the video game. With so much surface detail, drybrushing it is a breeze. I picked out the finer highlights with standard brushwork, and then painted the teeth in grey going up to white.

Finally, the whole model was coated with a layer of gloss varnish. I'm painting select aliens with a gloss finish, and I thought that this guy took it quite well.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Batman Miniatures Game: Black Canary

Something a bit different this week. I've long been a fan of Knight Models Batman Miniatures Game. The figures are expensive, granted, but they are also very characterful, and the skirmish-scale means that you can dip in and out of their range without feeling the need to collect a whole army.

This is Black Canary, from Batman: The Animated Series:

Another interesting miniature from Knight Models, which was fun to paint.

The hair looks a little off on these pictures. I tried to achieve a bright, almost unnatural yellow colour, to reflect the TV series.

My only negative comment on this figure would be that it is incredibly slender. This is something I've said before about KM miniatures. Whilst this is obviously more realistic, it can make the figure more difficult to paint and undoubtedly makes it more fragile if you're a gamer.

For example, here's Canary alongside BvS Superman:

As you can see, KM male figures tend to be bigger and bulkier by quite a degree. Not an issue, but something to be aware of. 

Here's Black Canary with some other KM figures:

Which raises another interesting point: KM figures tend to actually vary in proportions across the range quite significantly. This is to be expected to a degree, because the range contains many different versions of the Batman setting (TV, comic book, animated series etc). 

Here's a final shot of two Batman figures alongside Punisher, demonstrating another size difference:

This really isn't a problem at all, but it's just something I've noticed when painting these figures. I've just seen General Zod is shortly for release, and I certainly think I'll be picking that pack up...

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Khorne Bloodbound: Slaughterpriest

Apologies for the lack of updates recently, but the blog is still going strong! I've been grabbing painting time as and when, and the photography aspect has fallen behind... Anyway, here's a Slaughterpriest that I recently finished for my Khorne army:

This is the model that came with the "new" White Dwarf, what, last year sometime!? I just hadn't gotten around to painting him up. When I actually started, he actually came together really quickly. It's an interesting model from my perspective, as it gave me the opportunity to try out some different painting techniques.

An example is the technical paint Blood for the Blood God. This is a very interesting paint, which gives a glossy finish, and has a specific texture to make it appear blood-like. If any model warrants using it, I figured it was the Slaughterpriest! I like the technique a lot.

The skin tones were also interesting to paint. I used Flayed One Flesh, which is very similar to GW's bone colours. Again, the skin came together quite quickly once I started it.

This was a bit of a one-off, as I've now really finished my Khorne army. I'm not a big fan of GW's Chaos aesthetics, but I had the models from the starter set. I think this miniature will fit in with the rest of the army quite nicely.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Beastclaw Raiders: Frostlord on Stonehorn

While all the talk of new 8th edition Warhammer 40,000 has me as excited as the next gamer, I also feel a certain reluctance to invest in my armies any more until the dust has settled on the new edition... Does anyone remember the furore when Warhammer Fantasy Battle first became Age of Sigmar? Although I hope that GW has learnt some lessons from that disaster, I'm adopting caution in the run up to the new release.

The end result is that I've been dedicating more time to Age of Sigmar, and in particular I've decided to create a Beastclaw Raiders army!

This model was a huge amount of fun. I can't remember a piece I've enjoyed painting so much! I followed Duncan Rhodes' Youtube painting tutorial (albeit for the Thundertusk), but modified a couple of colours.

As you can see, the behemoth is so big I struggled to fit it into my lightbox.

The ogre (ogor?) rider is a nice focal point for the model. I painted his skin in quite cold colours, but will probably paint the next in a slightly brighter colour to emphasise the focal point.

The Stonehorn's face has a lot of detail. As you can see, I also went with a snowy base. That complements the skin colour of the beast envy well.

Biggest problem with a Beastclaw Raiders army? How am I going to store and transport these guys!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Chaos Space Marines: Another Maulerfiend

So today I finished the second Maulerfiend for the Chaos commission that I'm currently working on. The project is now almost finished, and the end is in sight!

This guy was basically painted the same as the last one, but that's okay - I still really like this colour scheme! It suits the model very nicely.

The lasher-tendrils (whips?) are removable for storage and/or transport. Fully assembled, this is a wide and very impressive model.

So what's next? I'm hoping to start the final Chaos squad this week - a squad of Raptors.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Knight Models: Batman v Superman Batman

So I painted up some more Knight Models miniatures just after Christmas, and today got the chance to photo the finished product. I've now done several of versions of Batman, but this is by far my favourite!

This is a typical KM sculpt in some ways - really good detail level, decently proportion and full of character. But this version of Batman is a little different: he's wearing the batsuit featured in Batman v Superman, which makes him much chunkier than some other versions of the miniature.

I'll probably do a size comparison picture at some point, because this Batman is quite a bit bigger than many other KM figures. I like him a lot. As ever, his cape is awesomely detailed and flows really nicely.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Chaos Space Marines: Maulerfiend

Another model from the Chaos Space Marines commission I'm painting at the moment: a Maulerfiend!

I had to take these photos in poor light, so they don't really do the model justice. It has a really nice, deep red colour on the armour plates, and the metallics really scream. The brass edging is done with a nasty silver chipping around the sharper points; as though this is an old Maulerfiend, really battered...

Another view of the tendril-things (I don't play Chaos!).

Another view of the rear of the model...

More shots of detail work...

Next up: another Maulerfiend!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Chaos Space Marines: Helbrute

Some more progress on the Chaos commission I'm doing: today I finished the Helbrute, together with several magnetised weapon options.

View of the back...

Side view: showing the tarnished metal of the heavy flamer...

And another view...

And a final shot of the Helbrute together with its many weapon options. I've also got the paint up another weapon option (a tendril-arm thing? I'm no Chaos player!), which I'll be doing this week.

Next up will be a Maulerfiend!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Stormcast Eternals: Lord-Celestant on Stardrake

So this has been a pretty slow painting week. I'm gearing up to paint the next model in the Chaos Space Marine commission that I've been painting, but progress has not been as fast as I'd like. As a result, today's post is one of my own models that I finished over the Christmas break: a Lord-Celestant riding a Stardrake!

Got to say, this miniature was a lot of work but it was definitely worth it. It occupied most of my painting time for about a month, which is unusual for me.

I know that GW has been criticised for the pose of this model, but I think it's pretty great actually. The head and neck have some nice dynamism, and the wing pose means that the model is at least transportable....

Here's a shot of the rider. I spent less time on him than the dragon, simply because that's the real focus of this piece. Still, he looks quite impressive with his massive warhammer, riding into battle.

The wings are where the real time went. I broke out my Aztec airbrush, and sprayed them in successive thin coats, creating smith graduations between Khorne Red, Evil Sunz Scarlet, Fire Dragon Bright, and then Yriel Yellow. I then applied thinned Nuln Oil across the membranes. It was a lot of work, but I think that it was worth it.

I used the standard Stormcast recipe for the gold: Retributor Armour, then a wash of Reikland Fleshshade, then Auric Gold, Liberator Gold, and finally Stormhost Silver.

Here's another shot of the finished Stardrake...

Sunday, 26 February 2017

... and some more Chaos Raptors!

Just managed to finish off a few more Chaos Space Marine Raptors, bringing the new total to 15 models. I've still got to do another 5, but I'm leaving these until later. Painting up the same unit so many times really leads to painting burn out!

Note that the squad leaders are magnetised, and have a full range of weaponry. The second sergeant also has no backpack at this stage - that has been left off for my client to magnetise.

Next up will be some more Chaos: likely to start with a Hellbrute, then two Maulerfiends...

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.