"Before you can paint like the masters of old, first you must master your body!
You will only be ready for your training once you have acheived a push-up!
That's right... a push-up with your thing... until then, you will deal with my assistant 2DSick....."
Dooooooooood! You wanna scrap the old paint job eh?
To dispose of the evidence, follow this guide. The perfect crime
Any snags, get back to me. Once you've got got the basic colour layered up, we can talk brush control. it's allll in the hips baby [Read More]
The lord of Pestilence is back, and its a full match this time! The greenskin leadership struggle has settled and they are ready for this Adepticon. How will the new General Boss Paco the Doombringer and Boss Rockjaw handle fighting against the blue skins? Will Bazuka da Longshot pull his weight? Will the weaver of change destroy the Iron Orcs. Will the comet come down and destroy the greenskins? Lets find out here!
I've done a fair number of battle reports so far so I thought it time to live up to the "stuff" part of my blogs name. I've realized that besides painting a lot of rank and file through the years I've lately built and painted one bigger model each year, which has got a bit more love than the rest. Since it's my blog and I post what I want and I'm actually rather proud of some of the latest I can show you these from the latest two years.
Continuing that tradition I decided to dedicate this article to the latest addition to my Orc and Goblin army, more specifically The Green Idol. It might be because I'm starting to get old I instead of kitbashing a bunch of expensive models I would choose the road of the cheapskate and try to get away without spending any money at all. Instead of buying plastic shaped like mishapen rocks I took a stroll in my yard and a nearby forest and got home with these regular mishapen stones and some pieces of dead trees instead. Continuing the stroll inside the house I also came across som lolly sticks that I cut into the shape of a typical orcish facemask.
My envisioning of this creature is much like a minecraft creeper made out of stone and lacking the exploding ability. It's brought to life through orc magic channeled
through the crude orc face nailed to the rock. For those of you who aren't following I made these concept doodles who might and might not clear things out for you.
So from now on I'll take you through the assembling and painting process until we reach the end where you can decide if I'm a genius or a morron, or the unlikely case
of something in between. First off I glued the parts together and carved some orifices into the peice of bark that I used as the face. Since I didnt have any suitable base I cut one out from a cd case.
Next I basecoated the whole thing with black acrylic paint.
You can probably not see it but here I have layered the black up to a still rather dark grey.
I wanted all the orifices to glow with orc magic so this was the first step to create that lighting effect. I've just coated and washed a bit with a few different shades
of greenish yellow.
To get more of a glow feel I've painted a rather light yellow in the middle and drybrushed the edges of the orifices with a lighter shade of the green and yellow.
Next I got the mask on. The numbers were there to help me remember where to put the pieces, which helped most of the time.
The mask got some red paint and a black wash.
Here I've layered up the red with some orange
Starting to work at an attempt at source lighting it looks like this
The result ends like this and lastly I've highlighted the rock parts of the model
To take your excitement down a notch I end this with a short description of the base. Cd case as I mentioned with some styrofoam shaped like rocks and some sand stolen from the local playground glued to it. Basecoated as the model and then layered up with green on the sand and grey on the styrofoam to make it look more like rocks and swamplike undergrowth.
The swampparts I painted a light brown and used dark wash to try and create the illusion of depth in the last step. I also put on a bit of purple wash at the edges to give more of a alien feel to it.
So time to glue things together
After splicing some woodland scenic realistic water, with a hint of purple on it and thrown some citadel dead grass one it was done.
Despite being mostly just rock colored it was actually a very fun project which I'm rather pleased with and I think it will look awesome on the board when I come around
to finish the rest of the army. Almost as important as the model, except for the colors and the basing it didn't cost a penny which is pretty neat [Read More]
Another offering from the Dark Wilds, the Mierce Gul-Gabrax, or as we say here in 9th Age lands; Longhorns.
As always with Mierce, you get excellent and very detailed sculpts with a fair bit of character.
I quite like the decision to give the Gul-Gabrax tusks, makes them look a bit fiercer than just normal 2.5 meters tall, heavily muscles man-goats do...
Maille detail is fine, not Mierce's best but as good as you'll get in any other manufacturer and still better than you'll get from most.
All the models were in resin and while there were some flash amd mould lines, there was nothing that would be a challenge to even a amateur modeler.
This is Aalgar. Say hello Aalgar!
Good sculpt, if a bit wierd, but then again he is basically the non-command version of sculpted standard bearer, so it's no wonder the stance didn't quite work out.
I like the fact that he has both fierce tusks and flat herbivorous teeth, makes him a bit more goat-y.
Again, fine maille supplemented with small plates.
This is Gongaar (don't blame me! Mierce named them!)
Good brooding pose. Looks like he's doing the Slow Walk (tm) towards some hapless imperial infantry. He looks mean!
Bare and nicely muscles shoulders, otherwise mixing plates and maille.
Another fairly strange pose, Culgaar looks like he can't quite decide what he is doing, I do like his hooked cleaver though.
A bit troublesome to fit in a unit due to holding his blade so close to the ground, he probably needs to stand on the outside of one of the sides to fit.
Sraagar is goading his troops forward and would make a quite nice Champion for a unit.
And lastly Gaalgar would make a excellent Chieftain, or perhaps even a Beastlord? I could also actually see myself putting reins in his hand and putting him on a chariot.
Very nice heavy armour, the heaviest of the group, quite the pleasure to paint.
I think most of the Gul-Gabrax would make nice Chieftains and Champions but I would not recommend them for use as Longhorns, especially of your already have GW Bestigors are part of your unit. Why?
Well, they are kinda.... large
Gongaar is one of the smaller Gul-Gabrax, and he's still a head taller than a Bestigor
And Galgaar is just.... really big!
He'd look awesome as a Champion or a Chieftain but doesn't really fit into a unit.
However, do not despair as Mierce makes a smaller breed of goatmen called the Gabrax, and I can vouch for that those fit in excellently with the Bestigors that most of us use as our Longhorns. [Read More]
A Tale of Many Gamers Part 5!
We have been very busy this month. Many of us getting ready for the Battle of Copenhagen. Here's what some of the guy's have been doing this month:
Battle of Copenhagne came and went, I think in the end I switched lists around at least 20 times. Adverse effects of this was that I didn't focus my painting at all and ended up with 5ish unfinished projects. In the end I decided to make it easy for myself and take a necroguard star list. The only thing I needed to finish up was basically some characters. So this month i finished a Harbringer and a Pharaoh.
At Battle of Copenhagen I got a lot of helpful comments about my army, mostly my bases so I decided to jazz them up a bit. I've changed the edges to black, which quite frankly I don't know why I didnt do earlier and I added some tufts. In the future I will probably add some variation in the vegetation as well but for now I only had one color.
My army the night before Battle of Copenhagen... and the discussion we had about count as models.. and the the army at the tournament
I went to Battle of Copenhagen with a WDG Chosen army that I started working in mid January.
Wrath Lord on Chariot
Lust Lord on Steed of lust
8 Barbarian horsemen of Lust
14 Warriors of True Chaos
5 x 10 lust chosen
When I started in January I had the 14 warriors and the 8 horsemen done and nothing else. Everything else I have to be assembled and paint in 1 month and here is the result.
This was the first time I tried my new airbrush for something other than a base coat and I think the result I okay. The base coat of on the cape on the lust lord is black, then at purple with airbrush, purple wash, a little lighter purple with the airbrush in an angle and in the end a new layer of white.
The Chosen of lust
I got the last 40 chosen for my Army just 3 weeks before Battle of Copehagen so those 3 weeks was very busy for me. All my spare time was spent painting but who needs a social life
Basecoat is black, lots of gold, flesh and purple, Washed with nuln oil, highlight, purple wash and more highlights. All swords and axe have blood (blood for the blood god) on them. I still think that all the models need more highlights and all the bases need more work.
I have been super hobby-motivated this month. I have been very productive. As well as a casual third place in a pretty big tournament I have been working on about 3 armies.
I repaired Daisy the Dragon from the damage she sustained on the flight home from the UK.
I also had some Varkolak Inspiration and gave Polly a facelift and a makeover. For those not following my Vampire blog the-ninth-age.com/index.php?th…&postID=208236#post208236 Polly has a pretty in depth back story and is 90% scratch built.
I have also finished a couple of witch hunter wraiths. These have an ACTUAL story!
I also finished a chaos Chariot/hero/mauler for my Wrath army. These pictures aren't great but you get the idea
That's it for last months painting.
If you have any questions about any of the models/techniques/inspiration in this months blog, please get in touch either in the comments field below or send us some mail to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Ammertime team x [Read More]