Wednesday, March 29, 2017

...And Done

Finished up the Chaos Warriors

Nurgle Front

Nurgle Back

Skin Highlights: VMC Beige/VMC Uniform Green 4:1
Tentacle Highlights: VMC Car. Red/Citadel The Fang 1:1
Shirt Highlights: VMC Uniform Green
Goo: Citadel Camo Green, VMC Gloss Varnish 1:4

Base: Citadel Dryad Bark
Flock:  Citadel Static Grass
Rims:  VMC Black


Highlights: Base Colors
Blood: VMC Hull Red, VMC Car. Red, VMC Gloss Varnish, 1:1:4

Base: Citadel Dryad Bark
Flock:  Citadel Static Grass
Rims:  VMC Black
Skull: (hiding in the back) VMC Beige

These are ready to be used.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Is the Third Post Truly Something Different...

Almost done.


Shade Rust:  Agrax Earthshade
Tentacles: VMC Car Red base
Tentacle Overbrush: VMC Car Red:Citadel The Fang 1:1
Tentacle Shade: Citadel Druchii Violet


Armor Shade:  Citadel Nuln Oil
Horn Shade and Metal Shade:  Citadel Agrax Earthshade
Highlight red areas:  VMC Hull Red

Just need to finish up the bases and finish up highlights.  Then I can add my goop and blood ideas and finito.

Friday, March 24, 2017

...And Now for Something Completely Different - Part 2

Time has been short recently but I've been able to get a little more done.  The problem is that things look so much better in my head than on the actual miniature.  I'm a little disheartened by this but motivated at the same time to get better.  Here are some added suckers to the tentacles.


Nurgle colors

Khorne Colors

Base Colors Blocked in (Not all the way):

Some Colors

Armor:  VMC Gunmetal
Shirt:  VMC Uniform Green
Shorts and Socks:  VMC Ger Camo Beige
Skin:  VMC White w/tip of green, Citadel Athonian Camo Shade Glaze
Boots"  Citadel Dryad Bark

Blocked In
Metal:  VMC Bronze
Armor and Pants:  VMC Hull Red
Cloth:  Citadel Dryad Bark
Horns:  VMC Ger Camo Beige

Next Steps:
Finish Blocking in Nurgle, shades, highlights, and bases then done!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

...And Now for Something Completely Different - Part 1

Dog Bowl Five is fast approaching.  I've been working on my Stormcast and thought I needed a break or two.  We are organizing a Blood Bowl 7's Game in the Chaotic Realm to be played as a one-off for those getting to town early.  Randroid and I have been running the Dog Bowl since 2013 and we wanted to throw a wrinkle into this one.

We are painting up some old school metal Chaos Warrior models to represent the Chaos Gods.  Randroid is doing Tzeentch and Slaanesh.  I am doing two, Nurgle and Khorne.  These are old models so I had to strip mine first.

We decided to give the miniatures some additional flair so I decided to do some modifications.  The Khorne Warrior will get horns and the Nurgle Warrior will get some tentacles.

Here are some of the steps I took:

Nurgle added tentacles
The yellow protrusions coming out are the thin wires (stripped twist ties) used for support and shaping of the greenstuff.   I used a file to get a texture of sorts on the tentacles but I'm not sure it's enough.  I've seen a comb technique I may try.  We'll see.

Khorne added horns
The horns were from some extra bits I had laying around.  I also added a skull to the base, why not.  I need to do some clean-up on that line on the right horn.  I did some damage to the left horn to hopefully make it look "used".

I will be cleaning up the sculpting and such this is just to get a start on them.  The tentacles are going to get suction cups as well.

Friday, February 24, 2017

But How Strong is the Shield? - Part 1

Possibly my favorite feature of the Liberators are their shields.  I wanted to make these shields appear used so they needed to have damage and all that.  I used a hobby knife to add some deep grooves and depended on paint to do the rest.  The back sides were painted black with gold trim, I left it dark because that part will likely be in the shadows or unseen.

Main shield:  Vallejo Black, Vallejo Black/Grey - 3:1 (core), Vallejo Black glaze (shading), Vallejo Black/Grey added to base at different levels (highlight).

Main Sheild Part

Armor part:  Vallejo Hull Red (core), Carb. Crimson (shading), Vallejo Carmine Red added to base at different levels (highlight).

Added Reds
Much more to do but this is what I have so far.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

I was able to squeak in a bit more time over the weekend and yesterday.  We are experiencing unheard weather for February so I've been spending more time outside.  60's in February in Michigan?  I got the rest of my armor and shading based.  Monday I dry-brushed over the base and shade to bring back some of the shine.

Front guys have been dry-brushed

Hopefully I'll have more time soon.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Good Left Undone

I got about 3 hours over the weekend, not straight, but that was unexpected.  My green stuff work is done on all but one model so I decided to work on basing.  I viewed a lot of Stormcast Externals online and decide to give them an astrogranite-like base.  The table I made last year has a rocky-type look to it and I figured they should look good on that.  I made up a slurry of fine grit and white glue and spread that across the bases.


Globbed on then spread with a brush

When the glue dries it appears clear and the grit was held down very well.  At this point I primed the basic Liberators.  I used black gesso mixed with a touch of white paint to make a very dark grey brush on primer. Since it's too cold to spray prime reliably this is what I tried.  As for the results, I think I'll prime this way from now on.

Grit spread and dry and Gesso primed
As I stated previously, I finagle some more time than I thought.  Since I had the time I used it to start a test model.  Basecoats were blocked in and intial washes were done.  No detailing or highlighting was done hence the title.

Terrible photo but the scheme shows
The dark metallic armor was based with a mix I made from three colors: Vallejo Gunmetal Grey, Vallejo Black, and Vallejo Dark Sea Blue.  Roughly 2:1:1,  I made a lot of this mix and put it in an old pot.

Armor: Dark Metal
Shoulder Things: Vallejo Black/Grey
Hammer Head: Vallejo Gunmetal Grey
Citadel Nuln Oil Shade

Loin Cloth, Weapon Grip and Shoulder Edging: Vallejo Hull Red
Citadel Carb. Crimson Shade

Halo, Loin cloth scales, Accents: Vallejo Gold, Citadel Dryad Bark 2:1
Citadel Reikland Fleshshade

Script Cloth thingy: Vallejo German Camo WWII Beige
Citadel Agrax Earthshade

I think I'm happy with that start.  I might mix in black to the black grey to make it a bit darker on the shoulders and the scabard.  The main armor will brighten up a bit too after the highlighting so that might help it too.