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.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Merry Christmas - Kans all done!

Hope you had a nice Christmas - I got so much stuff to add to the painting list that it will require a separate post... In the meantime, I finished that last Killa Kan, so now we have a set of three:

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

More Kans!

Now we're cooking on gas - two posts in two days! What is it, Christmas or something?:

Opted for a bit of missile launcher action on this one and a nice red cylon-style eye...

Monday, 19 December 2011

Dusty bin...

Where's Ted Rogers?  3...2...1...

Killa Kans for addition to the ork force:

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...).

More to follow soon.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Swelling the ranks

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!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

I painted and ork (and I liked it...)

Big news... Mrs Doggles paints her first ork!

Not bad eh? - I may be biased, but considering this is her first ever miniature, I'd say it's pretty marvellous... I'm so proud!

I painted the same mini alongside her so that I could give her some pointers, so here's a pic of the two of them side-by-side:

There's not a huge amount of difference between the two of them is there? The only problem now is that I'll find it hard to shoot at him...

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

New marines WIP

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)

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

More from Warhammer World

Some random pics from the miniatures hall for your delectation, marines up first:

Monday, 26 September 2011

Classic artwork

Found the old two-page spread of the Horus vs Emperor face-off that my fave diorama in Warhammer world was based on - it was from White Dwarf 131:

...and it looked like this:

Cool eh? :o)

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Warhammer world

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!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Legion of the Damned all done!

Yay! - all finished. The last one was a bit harder to paint with the banner and all.

Side view of the shoulder:

...and finally, the whole squad together:

Really enjoyed painting these guys, they're corking models. I gather there are new ones too (heavy weapons and the like) so they might go on the shopping list at some point.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

...and then there were four...

Almost there with the Legion of the Damned now - here's Torchy McFlamerson:

Which means the squad now looks like this:

Just one more to go!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Legion of the Damned continues...

Here's another one:

Ha - bit of static grass stuck to his leg there... Anyway - here's the side view:

...and here's how they all look together now - just 2 more to go!:

Legion of the Damned - continued

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.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Wave Serpent WIP

Not finished, and I'm not quite happy with this yet, but you get the idea:

Friday, 5 August 2011

Guardians complete!

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...

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Altansar Eldar

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.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

More 2nd Ed marines

Finished the squad then...

Here are the heavy weapons guys - missile launcher and flamer:

...and here's the squad all together:

More Legion of the damned next I think. Have a nice Wednesday folks.