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.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

1 Year Anniversary - The gang's all here

This blog has been going for a full year now - hope you've been enjoying the pics. So where have I got to in a year? - well... so far we now have a workable small Ork force, a good start on the Marines, and the beginnings of an Eldar force. Not too bad for someone who has a job and a life to be getting along with, but productivity could certainly improve if I try really hard in the coming 12 months. For my stock gaming figures I now intend to improve things like increasing speed without changing the finish too much, and basing. We'll see how it goes...

Finally to celebrate my first year - here's a pic of the whole Eagle Warriors force as it currently stands (click to embiggen):

Right then - back to the painting table I think - got a game planned against my good lady at the end of the month and the buildings aren't finished yet - battle report only if I win!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Eagle Warriors Terminator Squad

With the 1-year anniversary of this blog fast-approaching (!), I figured the least I could do was finally get the rest of the Black Reach minis finished, and this weekend's change in weather from the recent sunshine into a more familiar delightful grey drizzle, gave me the perfect opportunity to buckle down.

So here we go with the mighty terminator sergeant Xanthus:

...bless him, he has his name written across his chest in case he forgets who he is...

Just noticed I haven't done the stud on his forehead yet - oops.

I've been working on feedback (from here and on Dakka) and drilled out the gun barrels. Also I'm changing my basing colour to a more muddy brown so that my marines don't look like they've landed on a planet of cornflakes. There will be a little static grass applied to these in the near future too.

In this side view you can see a bit of the blending work on his sword - I think it looks a little nicer than just plain metallics (it is supposed to be a funky powersword after all) - feedback and suggestions on how this looks / how it can be improved welcome as ever:

Here's the gang all together looking suitably threatening (new basing colour yet to be applied to the older minis):

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Oh. My. Godhammer...

Here she is then - the latest addition to the Eagle Warriors force - the mighty Land Raider. Got a chance to do some painting over Easter and wow, does this beast take a lot of painting! - felt like I was working on this forever and I'm still not happy with it.

 The Eagle Warriors insignia was done by making a paper stencil, airbrushing in a light blue impression as a marker, then freehanding darker blue over the top - maybe a bit of touching up still required. Below is a pic of the stencil I made:

...and here's the Eagle Warriors gang as they currently stand:

Will post some better pics when I've got a mo! Keep rollin' them sixes folks.