söndag 2 juni 2019

Varangian volcano cannon

Finally finished the first weapon for the Varangian, the volcano cannon. This is a beast to paint. It is very difficult to handle while painting and there is enough details to equal a normal main battle tank. I have probably spent some 15+ hours on this piece alone, but then again it is also cost the equivalent of the main battle tank so it is worth putting the time in.

Off course I did not make it easier on my self as I just had to sculpt some over detailed dragon head on the gun shield. It was a blast to sculpt and I have been looking forward to painting it, but painting the dragon head was a pain...  handling the shield with all the spikes were horrible, but the result is fantastic (in my opinion) and I was constantly looking forward to seeing it mounted on the gun. I hope that I did not miss any details as my eye sight is not was it were and it is difficult to see if all field are painted or not. Not hat it will be seen but I know...

Next up is the power claw... 

söndag 19 maj 2019

Marneus Calgar

After suffering almost a month of restricted use of my right arm I am now slowly starting use it again. That also means that I can start painting again. As a restart of the hobby activities I decided to do a quick, ultra smurf job as this paint scheme is almost pure dry-brush and does not require any real fancy painting. I couple of months back I bought Marneus Calgar in his primaris form, including two body guards. The model is as perusal these days highly detailed and comes in a number of pieces. So the first thing to do was to determine how much I could assemble before painting, Marneus was pretty straight forward. Body without arms and back pack worked fine. For the body guards the cape became a problem. Either I had to build them completely or I would get a joint in the cape. If I built them completely I could not access the front of the model due to the sword and shield. In the end I opted to paint it in parts and hope that the final joint in the cape was not to bad. I glued the sword arm to the cape on one side and left the body and the shield arm free. One I hade painted the inside of the cape and the body I assembled the parts. It almost worked, but on one of the models the arm slipped during curing and a large gap appeared...

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

Varangian arm and weapon shields

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

Crimson Angels Warp talons

Finished the last two Warp talons that I got from my wife for my birthday. I thought that the small winglets that were supposed to go onto each jump pack looked a bit tiny so I deiced that the aspiring champion and his right hand man would get some decorative wings made from the winglets instead. All in all I thing the kit was fun to build and paint, but I am not sure how much flexibility there is to make another five of them. Might to that just to beef out the unit.

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

Basing random models

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

Its been that day again...

It has once again occurred, it has been that day when I have become one year older. And as per my tradition I give my self a day of from work to celebrate my self. This year I got a box of raptors from my Wife. The models are quite good looking and I have thought of getting a box of them before but I have not really felt that I had a place for them in my collections. They really look very chaosy and most my my stuff is a bit more toned down. So I was at a bit of a loss about how to paint them, but then it hit me. Some time ago when I was painting my Guilliman model I painted a pinkish chaos marine for the base, and I remember that I at them time thought that it would be cool with an army of them. As I had the day off and I had planed to spend it in the hobby room it became apparent that I needed to test the that paint scheme on the raptors. Once I started building the models i realized that the claws looked much cooler than the sword and bolter option, so I think they are more warp talons than raptors now. Well, any way, it does not matter much as I am not really playing games any more.

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.