Monday, 1 May 2017

Reflections on Painting practice

I've realised what I've done wrong - I wasn't using an airbrush!

Oh wait people need context. Ok so, looking back on some of my recent attempts at painting Witch Aelves I realize something basic and yet profound.

Female skin is much smoother than male skin.

I've painted Chaos Marauders, Kairic Acolytes, Khorne Blood Reavers etc etc and never had any issues with skin. But my favorite models are the Witch Elfs and they are my least good paint job so far. Part of the reason for this is that muscular male flesh basically paints itself. Prime with white, wash with fleshtones, wash again with an orange. Highlight. Edge Highlight. And then you're done.

The problem with female flesh is that the Highlighting must all be freehand. The blends must all be graduated. Mistakes are more obvious and the edges less forgiving.

The solution - airbrush and a hell of a lot of acrylic medium to glaze the models. I already own an airbrush so it'll give me a  great reason to get it into action. I have a box of Witch Aelves yet to be assembled, 5 Already primed as well as a Bloodwrack Medusa and a Cauldron of Blood, all to try these techniques out on so let's see what we can do.

PMP Challenge: A little competition!

So Phase 1 has begun I decided to scratch build the tail using a paper clip and GS. I used the end of an old elf horse tail to add the hairy bit. Looking at pictures the tail is roughly twice the length of a bull's leg so this is a first approximation of it. It'll all need more work but this is a start.

The next step was to add some GS to the gaps on the model itself.

And then work on the base. By adding an extra GS stone and fixing the gap between the back hoof and the stone.
It'll take a while for the GS to set and harden so that's probably it for today on this guy.

Hobby Challenge - 1st Annual PmP Painting Competition

Ok, so in response to Vince Venturella's great PMP Google+ group's painting challenge I've elected to start working on this guy.

This guy is a Chaos Lord on a Daemonic mount.

For the mount I'm using a converted Wood Elf Stag with bitz from dragons to represent a Bull.

The Lord is converted from a Chaos Space Marines Sorceror Lord helm with a metal Archaon body and the legs from a metal Grey Knights Terminator.

This will be the first of a few PLOG posts on this guy. My plans are to do a flaming sword, black armour and a red cape based on the Everchosen colour scheme. 

I'm not sure about the mount's colour scheme as yet - my inspiration is from the Irish myth of the Táin Bó Cúailnge - The Cattle Raid of Cooley - which had two mythical bull's in it one White one Brown. But we'll see how we go with this one.

Phase 1 is a bit of GS and liquid GS work. Checking for mould lines and then Phase 2 will be Zenithal highlighting.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

This month's work

A major thank you to my lovely Fiancé for all her help with the photography!

Here's some pix of my finished Warhammer Quest models this month.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Arnie the Dark Oath Chieftain

Here's a few pics of Arnie my Dark Oath  Chieftain from Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower. He's painted using GW paints and based with Astrogranite.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Hag Sorceress - Conversion Part 2

Almost there with my Sorceress conversion. Some final touches to be made. Excuse the poor photography the lighting is too harsh.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Warhammer: Homebrew Extra Heroes and Adversaries for Warhammer Quest

Hi everyone! Here's a list of some links to homebrew heroes and enemies for Warhammer Quest that I've found around the web.
Not all of these are balanced and IMHO some need a bit of tweaking but YMMV.

Warhammer: Work in Progress Aelf Sorceress

I'm a crazy fan of Warhammer and have been for almost 2 decades. I've been collecting, painting and converting miniatures for most of that time.

When Games Workshop brought out Warhammer Quest Silver Tower I literally pre-ordered it immediately. I had my doubts about the company's new direction when it cancelled Warhammer Fantasy Battles but Silver Tower hooked me back in - and hasn't let me go!

I now own a huge early 2000s Dark Elf army a very Large current Dark Elf army, a current Chaos Army and two Warhammer Quest games. And I'm loving Age of Sigmar.

This is a conversion I created using spare parts from the Dark Elf Sorceress on Black Dragon, Doom Fire Warlocks, Sisters of Slaughter, Dark Eldar Scourges, and some Kroot Carnivore bitz. This is still very much a Work in Progress. I intend to make a custom rule set for her for WHQ.

My plans are to add a magical effect (maybe fire or lightening) in her left hand  and then to paint her up using the standard Witch Elf colour scheme (which is what I use for the whole army) or something inspired by Yvraine from 40K. There's still some work to do - mould lines to remove here and there as well as a little liquid GS work - but let me know what you think so far!