21 Aug 2016

Back in the groove - infinity scenery

The house move has really put a cramp in my painting...... Although in fairness it was pretty slow before the move, I blame packing and thinking about the move instead of me being bone idle :)

I was finding it tricky to get going with painting and I find when then happens, you have to find the parts of the hobby that you are interested inannget going. That mountain of lead, plastic, resin and MDF isn't going to do itself!

Here find the fruits of my labour. I backed a Kickstarter by Troll Trader two years ago (that's the problem with kick starters, you can see exactly how long you've had something....) and the nice scenery produced had sat in its packets on the MDF sheets since then. Getting the kids involved in a "craft afternoon" of my own devising in our house meant I could sneakily get building.....

This was the start and led to this:
A four foot long freight train for any sci-fi setting. Now, this is where I often fall down and things get put away and asI really don't like the look of bare MDF on a table, I don't use it. So I resolved to get going and with the help of spray paints, masking tape and patience, I ended up with this:
Close up on the cab....

Smashing kit from TTcombat, really nice to put together and great value at £20 (annoyingly the KS price was a little higher than that, but such is life).

Along with the walkways I also made and sprayed white (in the first train picture above to the side of the train) I have done some elevators, ladders and a building by bandua

All these need detailing, weathering and acrylic pieces adding in but I'm dead pleased that I've got going again as great terrain really makes a game so hopefully that won't take long. Having been really pleased with the outcome I'm determined to drag out all of my half painted buildings and get them done too.

19 Jul 2016

And so it begins!

I've been plugging away getting the BFG's seraphon put together and the ridiculously nice weather means I got them all sprayed over the last two lunchtimes.

So now to start the painting.

My plan, as it stands at the moment, is to add some light colours to the base white undercoat. Probably a bit of yellow, orange and some very light grey. I'll use those to create the "dino" patterning on the seraphon's hides and I hoping that ink washes over the top will stain the previous colours and make the whole effect come together. Well that's the plan.

It's always a bit daunting starting to paint a new army and especially so given that this isn't actually my army.


1 Jul 2016

After a week away...

...I finally got the chance to finish the first of my DW KoB land forces.

I've quite enjoyed painting these but it is nice to have finished them. Time for a break from DW as I switch my attention to getting The BFG's Seraphon ready for massed painting!

This is the first of three cavalry units. There are 3 units of saurus' as well as Kroxigor, skinks, big dinos and a Lord Kroak. Plenty to keep me busy for a while.

I also managed to get a warmill kit together ready for spraying thanks to Urn's donation of the sign for the roof.


25 Jun 2016

Warhammer Quest - Silver tower painting complete!

As it says in the title, painting complete (well, nearly....) on the really rather nice silver tower figures. First up, the Kairic Acolytes
Basic cannon fodder in the dungeon, the "gifts" of tzeentch are staring to mutate these chaps

Next up are the heroes. Four out of the six in the box painted. I can't work up the energy to do the storm cast chap as yet and the Darkoath chieftain is at the Silverbacks house after he promised to paint him three weeks ago ;)
These are plenty for us to use, especially as we've started using the expanded characters with people bringing their own figures

Next the skaven death-runners
These two are actually one enemy who can replicate himself so you never know who is the real one and who is the illusion.....

And finally, the gaunt summoner and his little familiars
I tried to tie them together by using the same colours across them.

The game itself is great fun, an RPG lite that we don't have to plan too much for and its been really nice to have a clearly defined project to work on that has a decent amount of different miniatures in it (instead of 40 of the same models for a unit) that I've actually been able to get done!

Unfortunately the box isn't quite deep enough to fit the figures in a tray, but they do almost all fit in a tray, so that's not too bad.

15 Jun 2016

Washes really are rather good aren't they!

I'm still plugging away at my DW KoB forces. I finished the tracks last night and managed to get some Badab Black wash on some of them. The effect it has is great.

It makes me wince sometimes seeing the pre-wash colours. They're sooooo gawdy!

One coat of wash and the metals are toned down, details picked out and crevices shaded. Its a long way from blobbing on Humbrol enamels which is how I started painting miniatures back in 19......no lets not dwell on how long its been.

So tonight I'll finish off the black wash and start on the bases.

Managed to get this fella together today. body and legs are pinned as are the arms. You can't see all of them but there are three spindly spines on its back which I nearly left off as i thought they'd be early casualties in the figures case. However.....I persevered and managed to pin all three despite them being only slightly big than the drill bit.

Given that infinity seems to have grabbed me and Urn I suspect that this fella might get a pass to the front of the painting queue.....along with some friends.


14 Jun 2016

Warhammer quest - Silver Tower painting

After the game the other week, I decided that the game looked decent enough for me to sink some painting time into it. I tried to get a balance of speed of painting and having them decent looking and I thought I'd start with the adversaries so I could spend more time on the heroes at the end. First up, the horrors.
Lots of glazes for the blue and yellow ones, pink paint and a wash for the pink horrors.
I rather enjoyed painting them and am pleased with the outcome. After a fair mull I decided to do the bases black as they are game pieces so the old battlefield flock wouldn't really cut it.

Next up, the Tzaangor - Tzeentch beast men
Not come across these chaps yet, but they look nails
Blue glazes for the skin again with contrasting loincloths

Next, the grit scuttlings. Nice and simple.
Base coat, drybrush the black then washes over colour blocks
The red was chosen to help them stand out a little.

The last one completed to date is the Ogre Thaumaturge.
Fantastic model, the blue glazes on the skin really help his tattoos stand out - I could never have done that freehand!

Human acolytes next up, then the heroes and a couple of other bits and pieces. I'm really rather enjoying the variety of figures as they're all cracking sculpts.

6 Jun 2016

When sunshine....

....and free time at work perfectly combine!

The weather gave me a lovely opportunity for me to get a squirt of colour on the crates. I'll take them home now and spend an evening or two on them to finish them off....once I'm done painting the KoB tanks.