Friday, November 30, 2012

Kingdom of Death: WIP Forsaker

Again, I seem to be able to state what I will work on, and then keep my word! Who knew?

So below is a model from the Kingdom of Death model range. It is one of their more sane models as they have some really out there items going at the moment. Though they also have a lot of really nice Pin-Up models that I hope to get a hold of in the future. Really nice models to paint up.

There is also a Kickstarter for their up-coming board game, Monster, that is going on. Have pledged to it already, but I think I will have to bump up the pledge due to some of the newer rewards that have been raised.

So that being said, what am I working on? Well this was a model I picked up from one of Maelstrom's many "Going out of Business" promotions. The KoD Forsaker! I got it super cheap ( like 40-50% off? ) with free shipping, so it was a chance to get into a new model range with minimal risk. And I really like what I have jumped into.

You can see the company art on the left there that shows the model to be very dark. With a few light sources on it like the glowing embers on the sword, and the yellow face. I am going to attempt to replicate this look on the model itself. Something that I have never really done before, which is the object sourced lighting ( OSL ). So to have the embers glow, and the light from the reflect off the model itself. Plus the mask to glow a bit also. But to make the model itself look like it is in pitch darkness. Not sure if it will work too well, but let's see what we can do here eh?

First up are some shots of the model re-primed after my initial failed attempt. It is to help me gauge where the light would hit. So I primed it black, and did a couple quick hits with lighter grey from where I expect light to reflect from.

I had to edit the photos to make it so dark in the background and bring focus to the areas I want to make as light sources.

Using a lot of blue/black/grey on the model to give the appearance of shadows before adding the color for the light sources which will then be faded on top of the other shadow colors. Since the face will be more of a pale yellow, and the sword being more like burning fire, this is going to be tricky.

Below you can see my first initial steps of making this happen here..

I started in on the Skull on the Sword, and tried to make it the source of the heat and light on this side of the model. This is something that I have seen done well before, but never tried it myself. So figured now would be as good a time as any to try it out :)

Some shots of the look of this model so far..

First thing that I need to do though is make the skull even hotter! It is still too "cold" I think, so need to expand the orange/yellow sections, and begin to take it up to white still. More work to be done on this potentially over the weekend, so maybe some more WIP shots of it coming soon.

And yes, I am taking and making the photos as dark as possible to show the effect better. Though no other editing is done on the photo.. am just not that good at it :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Project Space Wolves: Wolfen

As stated on Wednesday, I am working on more Space Wolf units.. this time the 3 Unit Champions Wolfen. I only know they are champions cause well I was told they were, and painted their shoulder pads accordingly.

It was nice to do a bit different skin tone. I haven't used this recipe since I painted up my Ogres many many years ago. And I think I have improved upon it since then also.

Color scheme is pretty basic, with a bit more details and layers done since they are meant to be TT+. So better than their line troopers.

Tried to do more light from above look on them. Hence the top parts are more light grey than the bottom sections. Hopefully it came across as such.

Not much else to say.. but expect a WIP shot of another project in motion tomorrow.. something that I am trying for an online painting competition. That and trying to push my painting skills a bit further. So far I am failing hard on it, but every mistake is just an opportunity to learn something new!

More photos below..

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Project Space Wolves: Drop Pod

Last ( well that I can show at the moment ) is the Space Wolf Drop Pod..

Let me just say first and foremost.. I hate this frakking model! After spending half the day removing flash ( and finding it still present in the painting!!!! ) and assembling it into parts.. I am not impressed that it still does not fit together well in the end! And that paint is rubbing off due to the friction of trying to assemble it! Really annoying! Though the fact that this kit had a super thick layer of red primer on it that wouldn't come off without removing it all with a knife doesn't help much either. Anyway..

Done up for the Space Wolf project.. which has been sidelined due to other commissions that were set up prior to it, and also due to waiting on some colors to appear. Kind of a pain when they were originally ordered from Maelstrom. Received them in the end thankfully, but really really late.

Anyway.. PHOTOS!!!

Followed the airbrushing techniques from BuyPainted's Youtube video on how he painted a Space Wolf drop pod. Mostly for instructions on how to assemble it, and where to mask off to paint it better. Still need to work on my masking, and cutting work though :)

Didn't use all his techniques as the client wanted a more metallic interior, and red accents. Plus it was only a Table Top level painting, so was supposed to be quick. But a full Sunday to paint such a thing is not "quick" by any means.

The base section of the pod is a different grey. I see this as being part of the landing section, and not the chapter colors. Plus it will get a lot more dirty'd up soon.

You can also see in the last shot that the doors are rubbing against the paint. Even with a hard coat, and a matte sealer, it is still taking it off, but the red primer underneath is still staying around. Argh..

If I ever paint another one of these again.. it will be too soon. Not sure what I am working on now, as I am writing this on Monday morning still.. but I assume more Space Wolf things like Wolfen or Terminators. Time to buckle down and get this project off my bench before I rage quit it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Project Daemons of Chaos: Soul Grinder

Next model up in the rage painting was the Soul Grinder.. and this was more to finish him off..

Not much else to really say here.. except that he got more highlights, more shadows, and the bone sections got finished. The second one of these will be blue I think. So will see what I learned from this experiment, and what I can apply to it.

I like the model and cannot wait to see how horrible he does in battle. I suspect him to attract each and every cannon, and artillery fire, along with massive instant death spells! If he sees combat, I will take a photo of him in action, and me pointing and laughing at my opponent for letting him get into combat..

Main thing I hate on this model though.. are the legs! They just do not want to stay, and in order to fit them properly, you have to scrap the paint off them. Need to work on that for the next one also.

Peace out.. one more massive rage works to go..

Monday, November 26, 2012

Project Daemons of Chaos: Herald of Slannesh

Annnnnnd the weekend is over. I know that on Friday I spoke about heading out to a tournament on Sunday, however due to some personal issues, that didn't happen.

So instead I went through and did a bit of "rage" painting over the weekend. What does that mean? It means that I basically locked myself in the workshop, set up a few movies, and painted until the wife said it was past midnight and time to go to bed. YAY! I don't normally do this, but when I do, I can become very productive, or very creative. Either way, win win for the painting process!

For this weekend's rage infused painted, the first on the block was a Herald of Slannesh converted from the Dark Eldar Sslyth character. Another Failcast model from GW. Though not as bad as some, it was also not the greatest model. A few pock marks in the casting that I couldn't notice until I began to paint it, which means not terrible. Worst offender of it, is that the sword is bent, though since s/he is from Slannesh, I think it is OK.

Now first question to me was how to do him up! I wanted him to fit in with the other Daemonettes, but not blend in like the last Herald did. So I removed the gun pieces, and added claws to him first. Then I began to prime him green. It wasn't a logical choice considering the colors used on the Daemonettes, but it will make him stand out as a character now within a horde of 50 of them!

So with the skin as green, I went to town on the armor again. Once more going to gold, but trying a few new brands of gold. The Vallejo Liquid Gold range. Using the Red Gold, Old Gold, Gold, and Rich Gold for layers and highlights on it. Plus the Ogryn Flesh and Delvan Mud to help shade it as well. I like how it came out, but I think I can still do better. More practice is required here I would be thinking.

To help tie him in though, I made his sash purple and his eyes yellow.

Overall I think he came out good. Though he took me a few more hours than I would like to admit to paint him up, but I think that is going to be the trend for the next little while. More so since my style is changing a bit since that workshop. I am trying more blending, more layering, more of more really..

I also am trying something new with a light box for the photos. Taking the older one that I had with the white paper background, removed the top of it, placing a grey or black shirt, and then taking photos. What do you think? Here are some more photos below showing some of the older Daemons re-shot in the photobox..

I think for the screamers it looks better, but for the Herald of Tzeentch, he looked better before outside the box. Argh.. more tests on this side of the hobby are also required I think.. Another learning curve to say the least here..

More rage painting photos to come.. but in the meantime.. a music video of Flash Gordons theme song.. a movie I watched while painting this weekend! Cheers!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Project Daemons of Chaos: Sorcerer Lord of Tzeentch

Finally I have the Tzeentch Sorcerer Lord.. and I am happy to see it finished. Lots of firsts here, starting with the using of different colors to highlight purple, and then the layering of bronze/gold. Although, it is not the best work, but I tried to do as much as I could with it. Also tried the shadowing of the silver to keep it silver, but with a bit more contrast.

Biggest thing I am impressed and like about what I did with the model though is the cloak and head are done with airbrush. A slight wash with purple afterwards, but still done with the airbrush.

Color scheme was simple, but tried to stick to something Tzeentchy here, so purples and blues were the colors to go with. Not too sure on the eye pieces, but in the end it is finished now.

So he will be used in the tournament this weekend, and I have high hopes of him getting mercilessly slaughtered since he is newly painted. Which means that he will be the first thing that my opponents will go after.

In the meantime.. work on the Soul Grinder continues as well.. and I still need to start in on the second Herald of Slannesh.. let's see if I can pull this off... :)

No painting tonight, so no real updates tomorrow. Taking my team out for dinner after having to listen to me speak in a workshop for 2 days straight! No rewards unless you do the time.

Enjoy, and hope to have some good battle reports to provide next week from this weekend's tournament!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I Won a Liebster!

First off I would like to thank all the little people who made this possible.. no seriously.. I have thousands of them..

So it seems I too have won a Liebster award! What's that you ask? Well it seems that it is a German word for Favorite Blog. And my fellow Blogger Chris from Sippin' On Paint Water passed it onto me.

Have seen it being passed around faster than a.. well.. something that I shouldn't write up in this blog. It wouldn't be polite ;)

What Chris wrote about me was quite nice to see and be awarded for. And now I get to pass it on like a.. well.. something else that shouldn't be written up as it wouldn't be right for a blog like this. :)

But apparently there are a couple of rules for it as well..

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog linking it to the blogger who has given it you.

2. Pass the award to your top 5 favorite blogs with less than 200 followers by leaving a comment on one of there posts to notify them that they have won the award and listing them on your own blog.

3. Sit back and bask in the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing you have made someone's day!

4. There is no obligation to pass this onto someone else but its nice if you take the time to do so.

So with this information, here are my nominations for the Liebster award by Mr. Lee!!!

First off, I need to pass it off to BuRock over at Garganthar who is a good buddy of mine in real life, but also has one hell of a Chaos Dwarf collection going.

Then we would need to head over to Paradox0ns Wargaming Blog. He is constantly coming up with great tutorials and how to's. Really someone who needs a bit more exposure as he doesn't get enough credit for what he is working on.

Now we head towards Tryzna and his blog of Chaos. A fellow comms painter who does some amazing work with the new chaos models, and has quite the Iron Warriors army coming together.

Also there is a fellow Ork player ( although I haven't shown any I have quite the collection also ) who has been working on quite the flyer squadron for his Ork army. This can only be UniteAllAction!

And last, but definitely not least, we have.. T Planet over at The Last Chance War! This is a blog following his group doing a campaign. And it has some mighty tales thrown in. Another Chaos Dwarf player here as well, and he has 2 really nice looking K'Daai Destroyers within it.

There you go.. my 5 nominations for the Liebster award. This is just a small collection that I am following at the moment, if you need more things to follow check out my blog roll also!

In the meantime, more work on the Daemons on my side all while attempting to keep from sneezing and turning it into a Daemon of Nurgle!

Project Daemons of Chaos: WIP Soul Grinder part 2

Again no photos of the Tzeentch lord.. normally I would do this in the morning, and I was planning on modifying them last night. However I went home sick to recover before a big workshop I have to run today and tomorrow. Hopefully I can crop/resize them this afternoon then.

In the meantime, here is the Soul Grinder that I put together and got 2 hrs of work ( between sneezing and coughing fits ) last night. Legs are glued into place, and the torso is still in pieces and not fully attached yet.

Biggest change in my painting while doing this from when I started is that I am shading the red with a blue wash. Seeing more on the color theory as of late and from the workshop in Germany I can see the effect immediately. Still need to highlight a bit more on the reds I think, but it is not much more work here I hope. Worst case it can be allowed on the table without reduction in painting scores, but it could use more washes/dirtying up.

You can see how big the model is compared to the Daemonette on the left there.

Also put together my second Herald of Slaanesh last night. Hope to get it completed soon as well.

Now off to my workshop.. enough fooling around on the blog-o-sphere for this morning!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Project Daemons of Chaos: WIP Soul Grinder

Just a quick little post today as I am feeling a lot under the weather.. no relation to the weekend whatsoever.. none.. get it out of your head!

So to the left is the WIP shots of the soul grinder I hope to get finished before this weekend's tournament. The main body of the model is finished, the lava is finished.. just touching up some pieces on it now before I fit and glue these pieces together. I will repaint the ball and socket areas silver but only after I assemble it. It is a tight fit, and the paint rubs off easily.

On top of that, yesterday I hit 30,000 views!!! Yay! It has only been 6 months since I hit 10k views. The goal of 50k is closer now, and I am hoping it takes less than 6 months to hit it. Let's see if that is the case!

I also finished up a Sorcerer Lord of Tzeentch, but I will post it up tomorrow.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Project UK: Chaos Cultists

Well it is Monday.. and I spent the entire weekend hanging out with BuRock in Izmir for his birthday celebrations! You saw his present on Friday's post.. and I am writing this Friday morning as I assume I am still hung over this morning from all the gaming and partying occurring whenever I happen to visit Izmir.

Quick shots of the Chaos Cultists that I painted up for Project UK. These coming from the Dark Vengeance box set.

They were interesting to paint up in that they have a ton of details on them! For a bunch of 2 part models, they have a lot of character, details, and the designs are quite good! Can't wait to dive into the other pieces like the Chosen or the Hellbrute! Those should be a lot of fun as well.

Color scheme for these guys, as has been stated before, was a dirty factory look. So I kept it to faded blues, and lighter browns overall. The red was to tie them into the Word Bearers that will come later. Since that is the faction of Chaos that utilizes Cultists the most. Using them as Pawns in their nefarious schemes on compliant worlds of the imperium.

Speaking of Pawns though.. one of the jokes around these guys was that they would be more like Prawns.. no idea how it really got to this point, but the conversation between Zzzzzz and myself was that they should all have Prawn markings on them. And so somehow I agreed to put some Prawn markings on all the models!

So I went online looking for graphic images of Prawns.. and came out with the following links here 1, here 2 and here 3. I ended up trying to copy the 3rd image as it was the most simple, however I might attempt the 1st one on a banner if I get such a chance.

Have to say it was interesting to try to paint such a small tattoo. Can't say it was absolutely great like something those crazy talented Germans could pull off ( check here for photos from my adventures in painting classes in Germany to see what I mean ) but I think they came out OK for tabletop use.

Some came out a bit more like lobsters, but at that scale, well.. what can you do sometimes!

Overall they were a lot of fun to paint up, though took a bit longer than I would normally spend on models. As you can see that the bases are quite basic due to me not being as creative or have as much spare bits kicking around as Zzzzz does to throw at the bases. But perhaps in the future they will get touched up on the bases, and this can be resolved.

Hope you like them, and a report of what happened over the weekend should be up soon. Along with other projects that I have on the go leading up to the non-Tusot fantasy tournament this weekend that I am hoping to attend. Until them.. cheers for now!

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Surprise model... 54mm Scale Dwarf Berzerker!

Well I should be travelling to Izmir at this time.. ( actually am in the air at the moment if all things are going smoothly ).. and with that the delivery of BuRock's birthday miniature is under way! 

As you can see, it is a Dwarf! And anyone who reads BuRock's blog can tell that he is a big player of the Dwarf race. He thinks he is clever on saying that he has 2 armies, but they are just normal Dwarfs and Chaos Dwarfs. I mean, a Dwarf is a Dwarf so.. but I am getting off topic here. 

This one is a bit special to me as it is one of the first 54mm models I have painted, and it was the first real model to begin painting after the workshop with Stephan and gang in Aachen a few weeks ago. It is also a model that I got a lot of feedback on from my fellow painters over at Who were great at providing me some feedback throughout the process ( including informing me when my work began to ruin the model.. ala Sun Burnt skin anyone? ). So a lot of work, prep, and time went into this model. 

Now why am I stating all this information, and seemingly laying it on thick that I spent countless hours ( 24 to be exact ) on this model, and how it was made with painstakingly hard labor with a huge amount of blood, sweat and tears poured into it?

Simple.. BuRock and I always trade miniatures as presents to each other for our Birthdays. Has been a small tradition for the past few years. However we both seem to give a model that we need for gaming purposes, but then never paint it. So this year I decided to take it up a notch, paint it up using the techniques I have learned over the past couple of years, and workshops attended. And provide him something a bit more display base styled, instead of "Oh god, this guy rules, but dammmmn I need to paint him" like I normally do to him. 

That and it will make him go insane trying to match it now :) And he has less than a month to do so. Good luck mate!

So with that, here are some more photos of him.. removed the old white background as it seems my cameras and computers hate it for trying to set a white balance.. and turns everything to be overly saturated on the colors!

Also as a side note, originally I was going to give the Scibor bust of this model. However BuRock had informed me that he was going to buy it instead. So I ended up using the 54mm version of him instead. Too bad BuRock ended up not buying it in the end. Oh well.. will paint it up, show it off, and put it on my shelf with a note saying "It could have been BuRock's!" :)

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