Wednesday, 6 October 2010
A company called "First 4 Magnets" in the UK is giving away magnets in return for modellers sending in pictures of the projects that they use them in. Got my confirmation email back today, so it looks like they still have some left guys. I presume this is probably restricted to the UK, but worth a try if you magnetise your models. Here's the link with all the details:
BTW - no update for a while as I've been building the imperial sector buildings - more Eagle Warriors to come soon...
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Scroll down to see pics of the new line of Dark Eldar - all sleek and evil looking. Oh dear, add this to the Orks, Marines and Craftworld Eldar that I'm already working on, along with the Chaos Space Marines and Demons that I'm jealously ogling and this is a recipe for bank-account-collapse... help!
Monday, 30 August 2010
I've noticed that a lot of colour schemes for these guys use contrasting colours for the helmets, so I thought I'd pick out the helmet in the same red that I use for the marines' bolters. Ooh! and I almost forgot - here's the moulded shoulder pad, done from an impression of a standard marine shoulder icon:
Saturday, 14 August 2010
I tried taking the pic outdoors this time - dodgy background I know, but the colours end up looking a lot closer to reality - shame we only get 3 sunny days a year here...
Monday, 26 July 2010
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Friday, 16 July 2010
Friday, 2 July 2010
Right then - some proper progress now with our greenskinned friends - I've finally finished all the orks from the Black Reach set, just the Deffkoptas to do now.
Realm of Battle board is also continuing apace, although a word to the wise: I thought it might be a good idea to get the scenery painting set, and then intended to use the brown basecoat with my spray gun (generic bottom fed external mix gun), but I found that the paint, even when very dilute, quickly clogged the nozzle - much worse than standard paints. In the end I just went with the big "wall painting" brush that they give you in the set and that worked just fine. Going to have to spend a while cleaning that spray gun now - grrrr.
Anyway, without further ado - here are the Black Reach orks in all their glory - as usual, comments / suggestions very welcome:
The whole gang (click to embiggen):
Nearly finished the Eagle Warriors tactical squad too, so I'll post these hopefully next week, but painting time will be limited this weekend as we'll be in the Lake District walking about with the doggies. Have a good week folks.
Monday, 28 June 2010
Managed to get the eyes fairly straight, but a little large so he's got that look of being engaged in a stare-out contest. I guess that it's good for a sniper to have keen vision though eh? Here's a bit of detail from the back:
...and a stab at freehanding the chapter icon:
Got a couple more of these guys to do, but I think I'll focus on the main batch of Black Reach marines and get them out of the way first. The Realm of Battle gameboard is also on the cards, all base-coated and ready to go. More on that later...
Anyway, that's all for now - have a good one folks - hope the dice are kind to you this week!
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010
I think the purple and red works OK for this squad, but maybe for vehicles and further squads of guardians I might go more purple and black and less red for a more brooding look. By the way, the weapons platform is magnetised, so that the various weapons can be swapped in as required, only got this one painted so far though.
Monday, 7 June 2010
One thing I noticed from doing the shot above is that if you have the camera really close to the subject you get this slective focus effect, but if you pull back and take the shot from a distance then you get a more open "everything in focus" look. I'm a complete novice at photography so any pointers you might have would be very helpful - please leave a comment if you've got any tips for me - ta.
Next time I'll have a crack at some infantry.
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Thursday, 20 May 2010
A bit of gun-barrel-drilling might be a good idea too - just noticed that while posting this. Better think about making it so that somebody actually reads this at some point too, so I think I'll head on over to the good folk at From The Warp to see if they'll add this blog to their list.
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Well, back when I was a wee lad, my best mate Damian and I played orks and marines respectively, so that seemed like a nice nostalgic place to start. For a starter pack aimed at someone interested in both Orks and Marines, I guess that the Assault on Black Reach box set can't really be beaten. The core of a force for both races, plus templates and a rulebook - yay! So that was purchase number 1. I should have stopped there for a while but oh no... more about that later. Anyway, to kick things off here's a fairly crummy photo of the marine dreadnought from the AoBR box - very minimal simple sandy base and no markings yet. I've gone for the "Eagle Warriors" chapter for my marines - for gaming purposes I figured you could play it just as a generic marine force or perhaps include some converted characters from the Ultramarines, which is where this second founding chapter apparently came from. Not standard smurf-marines then, and an attractive sharp colour scheme, but at the same time they do have the advantage of having some shoulder pads available from GW with the iconography already moulded in.
The photography leaves at lot to be desired at the moment I'm afraid - waiting on a decent camera, but at least you get the idea of the "clean and shiny" look that I'm going for with this chapter - no battle-damage, no weathering just yet although I might add this later - at the moment I'm keeping it clean and simple. The blue is Mordian blue foundation paint, shaded with a leviathan purple wash, and highlighted with lightened mixtures of Mordian blue. The white is a mixture of blue and black ink wash applied over Skull white, then pale blue up to flat white highlights. Scrolls and skulls etc are a mixture of scorched brown and bleached bone tones. Hope you like...