torsdag 20 juli 2017

Varangian feet; VIP


Finally I have started to paint on the actual FW model. I started out with the feet and legs as these were the only parts I have assembled far enough for painting, and the most critical part to paint before continuing with the build. As this model is crazy detailed and highly 3D some of the parts need to be painted before some others are assembled if one which to make it a bit more easy for the panting. To stop paint going were the glue for the other parts need to go I used masking tejp to cover the insides of all sockets and also a little patch were the toe pistons attach. I hope this is not a bad move since a lot of the techniques I use are really hard to touch up if something gets damaged in the rest of the assembly process.
Well, onto the techniques used here. I wanted the feet to look really worn, rusted metal and flaking paint at the bottom and more grease and rust further up. After a base spray of black i painted the bottom of the foot black and added some brown, red brown and orange paint in some random patched to give some depth. After this I dry-brushed on several layers of different color metals, also with some random coverage. This was followed by some inks and washes before a last dry-brush. Once this stage was done I used masking tejp to make some random patterns along the bottom of the foot and toes. The edges were then covered with the base paint I am using for the titan to give a lighter layer between the metal and the paint. After this I used my standard Northern Ghost green recipe on the bottom of the foot and toes. After drying I removed the tejp to reveal the metal beneath. Sadly some of the paint came of with the tejp so I had to do some minor touch ups. Over all I am pleased with the effect even if it could be more visible, the metal and the dark green paint blend together some what. We will see what happens one I get to the weathering stage.


Well, once the foot was sorted I started with the rest of the leg. I had decided to use some more colors on this titan than I used on the others to achieve some more contrast. On my resent knights I tried to paint the backside of the armor plates in a lighter green color, representing the base paint used to protect the metal against rust etc. The effect was kind of what I wanted and I liked the color, kind of the same as used on aircraft, but it was not visible enough. Since the lower legs are mostly covered with armor plats I decided to paint not only the backside of the plates but also the whole lower leg in just the base paint so that it is visible through the gaps between the armor. With the pose of the leg I am sure this will show up.





When prepping the model I noticed that the thigh is actually not just a solid piece but is actually consisting of two parts (cast as one), and there seams to be a dampening system in place. Initially I had only planed to paint the parts below the knee in the base paint but now I decided to go all the way up mid thigh to the joint. There is a risk that it will look like the titan is wearing shorts but I think that with the armor plating in place and some weathering it will look alright.
So far I have painted one leg up to pre-weather and just started on the other. I will paint both before starting with weathering and chipping to keep it coherent. This will take some time as the legs are huge and my painting style is very slow. I have to break each leg into several areas (5) that are painted separately. Each area then sees nine layers of paint just to get it to this stage, so I am expecting the painting of this beast to take up to a year or so depending on how focused I can stay.
Once the legs are done I will fix the pelvis and the pistons there and once that is assembled I will attach everything to the base before gluing in the rest of the things. I hope that it will work out ok.


söndag 16 juli 2017

A titans foot fall


This must be a fist for me, finishing, or at least starting a base before the actual model. Well, to be true I have started painting the insides of Varangian but that is also not FW parts, I still need to get some paint on resin. This is about as far as I am going to get with the base until the feet are attached and I can do the final parts. I think the foot print worked out fine, some of the detail of the underside of the foot can be seen and I hope that it will be visible also with the foot in place. Normally I do my bases using natural sand and do not paint them. In this case there were a lot of the plaster showing through the sand in the foot print. So I had to try and paint it in color that match and also give the prints some more contrast. The chimera is supposed to be an abandoned wreck, left by the rode side, until it gets step on by a Warlord. It turned out nicely, it really has that rusted and abandoned look about it, I might need to clean it up a bit as it looks quite messy. The colors for this was choose so that the model would not stand out on the base. I do not like when the base overpowers the model it should support. Next up is to start painting the feet and legs of the titan.


onsdag 12 juli 2017

Celestine


A few month ago I gave Saint Celestine to my wife as a birthday present. I told here that either she could paint it herself  to match her other sisters in her army, or I could paint it and try to match it to her earlier models. She opted for the latter option so this is kind of a commission work as she got to decided on the colors etc.
Her old models are silver with red and purple cloth, white casings on the guns and straight silver blades.

So I set to work. My basic silver painting scheme gives a slightly darker and more contrast rich color as I start form black and work my way to wards the brightest silver instead of starting with a metal base paint. So Celestine and here body guards are a bit darker. I stuck with the purple cloth, adding perhaps a bit brighter high lights, giving the fabric a more glossy look. For the wings my wife requested white but with the colored effect I earlier used on Magnus and Ahriman. For the blades I also used a multi-color blend even if it is very subtle. All in all I and most importantly, my wife, is happy with the outcome. I could have wished that some of effects might have been optional and that the models were not on the "flight" stands, but these are otherwise lovely models and if the mythical plastic sisters ever show up I might have to paint myself an army.




måndag 19 juni 2017

Gatling Knight


I am finally done with the Gatling knight. It turned out nicely. Not exactly as I had envisioned but close enough. It was very hard to position the arms so that the gun pointed forward instead of across the chest. This meant that I had to make sure the head can turn enough to at lest make it look like it is looking were it aims. I also had to do a last minute swap of the shield and heavy stubber so that the gun don't block the line of sight. Also, it was no easy task to get the gun belts to look right and also align with the rest of the pose. This one was probably the most difficult one to build. Now there is only one knight left in the trio I stated a long way back. I have some new Ideas for other builds of this great model but that has to wait until I am done with these. I would also like to try some of the FW knights as they are a bit different in style and size. All in all my mechanicum forces are growing. As for the paint scheme I went with the standard green of the northern ghosts and white and blue flaking heraldry. As there are no knight in the legions I will have to come up with a suitable name for the merry band of free blades serving the northern ghosts. I do have a backstory for both the legion and the knights in my head, I will see if I will write it down also.


Also as a note, I now have more GS so I will continue with work on the Varangian, and perhaps get so far that I can start painting the feet. But first I have promised to paint Celestine for my wife.



söndag 28 maj 2017

Knight armor WIP


This week I have focused on finishing the armor plating for the Gatling Knight. I did not get as far as I would have liked so there are still the shields for the fists and some other small plates left to do. But it is coming along nicely. I did try my hand at some free hand motifs on the shoulders, beneath the chaos growths. I tried to make it look like the designs are flaking of and giving them a worn look. The growths are however in the middle of it so it might be hard to see what it is meant to be. On the left shoulder it is supposed to be a shield and on the right a winged shield with a talon. One thing that is nice with painting it like it is flaking of is that I do not need to be as good with the free hand.
As i mounted the torso to the legs I noticed a clearances issue with the ammo bands and the knee on the right leg. This is something I will have to look into and see if I can fix in a good way. Well that is it for now.













söndag 21 maj 2017

Knight Warden WIP



This week I have once again been away from home so there has not been much time to paint. I did however manage to finish two more Electro priests while away and this week end I managed to get a few hours in on the knight with the gatling. Not much to say relay, it is still a work in progress and the pose might not be 100% as I just mocked it up to see what it looked like. Once the arms are done, I will do the leg armor and then I can make the final pose. I think it looks good so far, so I am happy.

söndag 14 maj 2017

Resent progress...














It has been some time since my last post. That does however not mean that I have not been working. There has been some holidays and family occasions which have taken a large chunk out of my hobby time but the most time consuming has been building my new models cabinet. Our house is shaped like an L which means that on the second floor the rafters are intersecting in the joint between the two house bodies. This area would normally just be a dead space in the wall, but instead of sealing it up we decided to build a shelf with some storage there instead. I had hopped that it would be an easy build but it turned out that the space was not just 45 and 90 degree angles so I have been running up back and forth between the garage and the hobby room trying to get everything to fit. It is not done yet but most of the difficult stuff has been done. Now I just need some lighting and some glass doors. The I need to see what will move from my glass cabinets to this new cabinet.

Since I have also be working this means I have been away from home a bit to, so I had time to finish my Kataphron destroyers. I like these models but I am not sure that they fit in with the mechanicum. For me Mechanicum are walkers, not tracked... . Here I thing GW/FW missed out an opportunity to make some really unique transports/tanks.

And at home I painted my first Tzaangor. Here I choose the same color palette as I used for Magnus and Ahriman. I think the multicolored metal I used of Magnus really works for these guys. Still have nine to go, and some sorcerers.
I have also been painting along on the inside panels for Varangian. I think they are turning out ok. I which there would have been an official inside for the Titan, but I guess this have to do.
I am also trying to finish of the Knight I have been working on for some time. Here it is mostly painting all the green parts and getting the pistons etc blocked in. As soon as that is done I will do the armor panels.

So even if there has not been that many posts about it I have not been idle. Hopefully I will get back to some more regular blogging now that the cabinet is coming along.