...like normal WH40K miniature painting, only really really really slow...
20 years ago I used to love painting "little metal men" and playing the very first edition of what was to become the hugely successful Warhammer 40K game, so recently I decided to revisit my youth. So far this has consisted of going out and buying some minis, and then wonderful-wife going out and buying ALL THE MINIS IN THE WORLD, and a selection of paints and brushes. With a couple of hours each weekend to paint them, this is going to take a while. There they sit in the corner now... looking at me... judging me... Anyway, one thing that I've found motivational is the wealth of pictures and "how to" guides on other painters' blogs, so I decided to post some of my own humble efforts here. Hope you like 'em.
Love these - they're hilarious models (and big too), and great fun to paint. I thought it was high time I started shifting these off the painting table because I'm hoping that Santa will be kind this year (unless I'm on the naughty list, you never know...).
Finally got around to finishing another tac squad today, so the Eagle Warriors army is starting to reach a fair size - here are a few pics of the latest additions - I've painted the gun casings black this time instead of the usual red just to make differentiating between squads a little easier from a distance, and the weapons options are a little different for these guys too - the sergeant gets a plasma pistol for example:
Black missile launcher (complete with terrible mould lines that I missed:
More plasma... swapped the flamer for a plasma gun:
Here's a couple of troupers - one with a grenade and the other with an auspex (had to fit the auspex in somewhere...):
...and here's a blast from the past - good old beaky helmets!
And finally the whole squad together:
Which means that the whole force now looks like this!
Trying to be patient and forcing myself to put this new Tac Squad together after the bits have been painted is quite testing... - finally got the arms on some of them now after painting the bodies fully:
Here's how I now paint heads - I drill a little hole in the bottom and mount them on a cocktail stick - the champagne cork provides a nice easy-to-grab handle (and a little bourgeois style...)
I've found this a lot easier to be honest. Heads on sticks all lined up ready to go:
Hopefully have some more finished stuff in the next post- keep rollin' them sixes folks :o)
This year our wedding anniversary celebrations included a trip to Warhammer World in Nottingham - 'cos nothing says "I Love You" like beer and Space Marines...
Over the next couple of posts I'll pop in some pictures of the minis that were on display in the painting exhibition hall - great to see them up close and personal, particularly models that I've seen in White Dwarf in the past.
Bugman's was great - scored myself a souvenir pint glass, and the chilli burger was rather tasty.
Obligatory pic of Mrs Doggles with the life-size marine:
...and here's one of my favourite dioramas of all time - the Horus / Emperor face-off:
With Games Day being just a day away, I thought that more would be missing but the exhibition hall was pretty full of great minis. More pics in the next post - for all those lucky enough to be off to Games Day tomorrow, have a great day!
These have been on the to-do list for far too long now, so it's time to get our ghostly, menacing, skulls-and-fire chaps finished. Here's the latest one:
...and a side view to show the shoulder pad - lettering done with a pigment pen:
...and here's the two currently completed minis, pictured together:
That's two down, three to go.
A quick note on the painting of these chaps - I want the black to be muted and subtle, so I've kept the highlighting very low-key. It's actually zenithal highlighting done with the airbrush, with dark greys, and without any extra edge-highlights added.
Wow, this having-time-off-work thing is a hoot - miniatures disappearing from the to-do list with alarming speed. Here's the rest of the Altansar guardian squad all done and dusted. I've also a made a start on a Wave Serpent to carry them, but not quite happy enough with that yet for a picture...
These have been languishing in the box for far too long now, so I thought I'd start off by finishing what I started with the guardians. The weapon platform has been posted before, but I've updated the basing to match my marines:
Looks a bit better I think.
Followed this up with a helmet-less squad leader:
I'm quite pleased with the way this guy turned out. Compared with the marines, this is a lighter flesh tone (done with Elf Flesh, washed with ogryn flesh, then highlighted back up with more Elf Flesh, then mixtures of Elf Flesh and Bleached Bone). I actually managed to grow a little patience this time and paint the head and arms separately before assembly. This makes life a lot easier and the paintwork look cleaner.
Blood red used to be my least favourite colour, because it seemed a little thin / transparent. Nowadays it's my favourite colour, precisely because it's a little thin. I'm learning the lesson that in the past I was not diluting my paints enough, and getting a blobby finish. Much better to have thinner paint and use several layers of it to build up to a smoother finish. The Blood Red on the squad leader here is washed with Devlan Mud, then slowly highlighted back up with more Blood Red - just the two colours but it gives a nice smooth burnished look.
These Eldar Guardians are really easy to paint up (I'm really enjoying these - should do more Eldar) so I should get the rest of the squad posted here soon.