Monday, August 31, 2009
I hit up Pandemonium games yesterday and picked up a bunch of interesting stuff. I found a bunch of Voystroyans to add to my Imperial Guard army, as well as a female guard model with a grenade launcher. I've been steadily collecting an all female command squad, so this will help. I also found a neat wolf rune priest. I have never played Space Wolves. In fact as Dan Abnett even referenced, I found their fluff a little one dimensional. However, given all the time i have on my hands, and my need to prove I can paint again, I thought it would be fun to give another chapter a go. Wow. I really enjoy painting Space Wolves I have no idea if I will ever paint enough to field them, but I really enjoy it. I converted an AoBR marine to be some kind of blood claw wielding a banner, as well as another marine with PF. I decided to try and stick with older looking armor, since the wolves seem to be the least well equipped. The wolf recipe was pretty easy, and I will post it if anyone is interested. I do have a few more work in progress shots.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
So I've been wondering about everyone's bit boxes. Years ago I used to keep my bits all jumbled together in a plastic tool box. I have no idea how I ever found anything. Since restarting the hobby I have noticed that people have extremely organized boxes. I've been using plastic bits boxes from the Container store. Now I have three of these things filled with bits. My father actually brought this box back to Cambridge from Washington so I would have something to paint. How cool is that! He was able to determine that the case with 'bat wings' was not the right case to bring. I am so lucky my family supports this hobby. (my wife even painted a miniature once!)
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I just finished two more marines so the Angels Tempest at least have one legal 5 man squad. Still lacking bases, perhaps when the rains end here in Cambridge I may go out and try to buy some basing material. I think they look better as a squad. So the Angels Tempest exist because I had to have surprise heart surgery, and while I am recovering I am staying with my parents. The Angles Tempest have no back story. There is no IA for them. Any ideas?
While deciding what to paint next, I thought I would post a close up photo of one of my green stuffed plague marines. These guys are not finished, but I could not resist basing them and playing around with washes. Like the Angles Tempest, these guys got a bad grainy white prime job, but in their case I think it looks good.
In terms of what to paint next. I have more ATs to do, but I have a box full of space wolf parts. The weird thing is that I have only 4 assault marine legs, but nearly 30 torsos. how did this happen. Where have all the legs gone? Does anyone else have this problem?
Oh, one more thing. I have a first edition squat army. I'll post picks in a couple of weeks.
Friday, August 28, 2009
I painted up two more of the AoBR marines this afternoon. I am still fighting with the primer and the color scheme. The white dusting is really visible on the images, but not so bad when viewed at tabletop distance. I am really unsure of the color scheme. I think I need to desaturate everything and produce clean looking rather than dirty looking models. I miss the days of GW inks!
I wish I had basing materials here, but no such luck. Since I've got time on my hands, it would be a good time to finally experiment with snow and water basing.
My original intent was to paint up a small 750 pt force and get some games in at Pandemoniam games here in Cambridge, but I think I might just have to ease up on that goal. I might just try to paint one full squad. I will be like the random 'Other Marines' that show up supporting my blood angles or something.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I may have been a bit too ambitious post surgery with my painting. The mini did not turn out the way I intended, but I think it has helped rebuild my skills. I am not sure I want to paint up the remaining 9 of them in this scheme. I don't have simple green here since I am not at home, so I can't strip off the bad priming. I am going to look for a better camera so I can post some better shots. The wash made the mini a little grittier than planned, but hey, it the surprises that make painting fun!
I have been thinking about the chapter symbol and have decided to use a half starburst with a white skull.
So I had a brief spin back to cleveland, and am not back in Cambridge. Last night my wife helped me prime a bunch of AoBR marines to use as a test for my new color scheme. I hate white primer. One more time.
I hate white primer.
What is it with this stuff. Half of the time it produces white rough dust all over the miniatures. I took an old brush and 'sanded' the worst of the power off, and will probably paint these up anyway. The question I have is why I am able to flawlessly prime with black every single time, but that white primer is a crap shoot I usually loose. I will post photos as I paint up the marines.
Friday, August 21, 2009
My first space marine chapter is the the Iron Scythes, or Ferum Falux Chapter. The Angels Tempest outline is very similar, but I love the detail. After painting blood angels for a while, I am ready for more complex painting again. I am not sure the Angels Tempest are different enough. My technique has changed quite a bit since I started the Iron Scythes more than a decade ago with the RT plastics. I used to paint directly out of the pot. Recently I have been watering down my paints quite a bit, or using an acrylic thinner. I like the way detail is kept with the new style, though colors are not as vivid.
Painting Iron Scythes In Powered Armor: (terminators are different)
- Prime Black
- heavy drybrush rust colored red (some old Ral Partha paint) over the whole body.
- Add white to the rust color which turns a little pink. It is important to drybrush this very lightly
- Paint the tops of the feet the shoulder pads and the backpacks with dark brown.
- Paint elbows, knee pads and should trim in golden yellow.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
So I had surprise open heart surgery a few weeks ago, and am very lucky to be alive. I feel ok now, and am recovering away from my home. I hope this explains the long delay between posts!
Recovery takes a long time, so I have plenty of time to paint. I have a bag full of paints, and some miniatures purchased with the help of my wife and my parents. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball it seems.
On to the good stuff. I thought I would paint up a new Space Marine army while stuck here in cambridge. There is a nice store called Pandemonium Games nearby which has 40k gaming on thursdays, so I might as well paint a small army. I've been playing around with the Bolter and Chainsword's marine painter and have come up with the following color scheme. I was thinking of calling them the Angels Tempest