Next up is the power claw...
söndag 2 juni 2019
Next up is the power claw...
söndag 19 maj 2019
All in all I am happy with the result. I might go back and redo the gold as the way I did it was not the same as I usually do it and it turned out a bit dull and greenish.
Well, we will see if it gets done or not. At least I am now feeling good enough to continue on Varangian and finish him of, hope fully in a not to distant future.
fredag 3 maj 2019
Once again I got stuck in to many projects and have not had the time to finish anything major. As a break from Varangian, knights and other stuff I decided to do a quick paint job on a model that as been laying around for some time, Cypher the fallen angel.
I do like the sculpt. It is dynamic and a bit mysterious with Cypher being wrapped in his old tattered robe. That is also one of the big problems with the model. Since it is so 3D you need to paint it in pieces to get to all the layers. Then when you assemble it you end up with some quite unseemly joints in the robes. I do not know what is worse, not painting things that might not be seen anyway and assemble the model before paint, or doing a nice paint job on the parts only to end up with ugly joints. I went for the paint it before assembly option and had to repaint it quite a lot to hide the worst of the assembly joints.
Apart from it being a bit fiddly to paint I like the result. I just my standard recipe for painting jet black. For the robes I choose the same ice blue color that I have used on my pre heresy / fallen Dark Angels with a purple lining. The skulls etc were picked out in bone, but their recessed position and size made it hard to dry brush them. I also added some green stones etc to tie it in with the later Dark Angel tendency towards deep green. I also added quite alot of dirt to the lower part of the robe to show that it has been around for some time. Why Cypher does not clean it when the rest of his friends does I do not know.
Well that is a shortie for now. I will try to finish of the main gun for Varangian this weekend and show it of in a couple of days. I also aim to finish most of the GS work that is left to do for the Warlord King of the Northern Ghosts.
Then it will be on to some new projects, and finding some old ones that has been sitting on my desk for some time.
söndag 7 april 2019
I am moving again... at least when it comes to Varangian. I can now see the end of this build. This week I finished the biceps shields for both sides and the main shield for the volcano cannon. The GS for these have been more or less done for some time but as usual they had to mature before I could say that they were done and ready for paint. The designs are not as straight and symmetrical as I might have liked, but since they are supposed to be decaying and start falling of I am not to concerned about it. The paint job though, could have been better. I am starting to feel the drawback of age and failing eye sight, so I think it looks ok when I paint but when I look closer I see that it is not as smooth as it might be. Perhaps it is time to get a magnifying glass after all.
For the volcano cannon shield I tried a new concept of chaosification were I embedded a chaos star into the plating, having it break though the surface layer. Once again it might have been done neater, but as a first try I am happy. This is something I might do on more knights and titans in the future.
Now I only need to finish up the GS work for the rest of the shields and weapons. They are all started and I thing past the halfway point so it should not take to long until I have something more to show.
söndag 24 mars 2019
Since I am very happy with this color I have decided to paint the chaos marines from shadowspear in the same colors. And since I can not have a large force with out a name I am calling them Crimson Angels. I do not know if there already are some force with this name but it was the best I could come up with.
söndag 17 mars 2019
Once in a while I gather up all the models I have painted for the last month or year and head out into the garage for some basing. As those who have followed this blog for some time know, I am not a great fan of bases. Usually I just ad some PVA to the bases and tip them in a bowl of gravel and that is it. The base should not take over the model. On the other hand I have started to work more with the bases lately, at least for the larger models. I they are done right, they can add to the model. My greatest objection to the scenic base is if the model is used for gaming as it detracts from the experience if the hero glides around the battle field on top of an vanquished enemy. But since I have realized that I most likely will not play with these models I can perhaps bend my rules a little. Well that will have to be for some other time, as these got the normal tread mend with PVA and sand.
Here follows some examples of what I have done.
A couple of weeks ago I bought some Harpies from RagingHeroes. I was not sure about the paint scheme but I carried on with what I had at the time. Adding some leather wrist wrappings and some bone edges to the wings really toned down the very blue skin and completed the model. Now I am quite happy with them. My wife thinks that they are a bit over sexualized but I think they fit in with Slaanesh and the old Deamonettes.
I also finished the last of my Vorax robots so the family is now complete. I really like these models. They are a pain to assemble but they do look so cool once painted.
Next up is a Custodian Warden that I got from my wife for Christmas. There are still four more to go and then I also have Trajann Valoris, which I am looking forward to paint.
Last of the new models is a Pre-heresy Dark Angel terminator. Not much to say about it. It is the same precipice that I have for all my black dark angels. I which I had more time and skill at batch painting as there is a tone of Dark Angels just waiting for paint in my storage.
Then we have some models that have already been featured on this blog but I show them anyway with their new bases.
First we have a Tzeentch sorcerer on a flying disc. Here the multi colored metallics can clearly be seen. This is an effect I am very happy with. Still have two more sorcerers in the box. I will save them as a treat for a rainy day.
And lastly my Ultra marine sergeant. I do love that this blue is almost black. Next to my Pre-Heresy dark angels in natural light there is almost no difference. But one you put some moderate light on him he shines up in a clear steel blue. Much nicer than the smurf blue and much easier to paint.
Well that is it. I actually based quite a lot more models that I had just put in the cabinets as I finished the model. I am also working on the last panels with GS on Varangian so I will come back with a separate post on that. Not much left now, I can see the light in the end of the tunnel.
onsdag 6 mars 2019
The painting technique used for these models are pretty much the same as I use for my ultra marines. I start out with a black base, drybrush some bronze and silver tones onto the model. Then I used a heavily watered down screamer pink to paint the armor plates. I added some metal rust tones the filigree and edges. Then it was time for another pass with the drybrush going from bronze to mithril. Then it was just to add some eye lenses and exhausts to the back pack.
I think they turned out ok. This way of painting really gives the models a very special lighting effect were the highlights move with the light source in a very realistic way. I will try to make a series of pictures as the model is turned and the camera is fixed, or perhaps I can make a short movie showing this effect. But that will have to wait. Now I still have two more models left to go. Then I am really tempted to go for the shadow spear box and make the chaos marines all pink.