Some painting and no games – but lots of Works in Progress!

Heya all! Pretty light on gaming this week, but can take the chance to post a few pics of side-projects that keep me invested – along with the Azhag and Manglers from the previous post.  I didn’t get a game this week for a very simple reason – the heat of the GW shop was nigh unbearable – it is what is stopping me heading over this evening too!  I have played there twice when it hits the 29 degree mark and it becomes a sauna with just a handful of players and painters, so was not interested in spending the evening quite like that today!  Will be having a game on Saturday at a more local club, so looking forward to seeing how my reconstituted Orcs fare out against a new opponent!

In the mean time, here are a few shots of my current WIPs!

This Spear Chukka was the Finecast version and neatly went together after some slight hair-dryer action on the base pieces.  I more or less copied box-art for the scheme as I really shot through this model and crew in jig time.  I like it – although from the army book, I don’t see an effective run even if it is cheap, it is just one of those models that I’d like to have one of – not as an obsessive compulsive completionist, but just because I like the screwy and cartoony style that Goblins bring to the table-reminds me not to take this game too seriously and just enjoy the animosity!  No real complaints, but am curious if anyone ever really got their Gobbo carrying the upright arrow to actually keep that arrow without it breaking at least once?  It seems like a flaw in at least this model of finecast, but it is far too thin and spindly for its own length.  Apart from that-all I have to do is base the models and they are all set for zany fun!

These two are the compliment to my Manglers from a previous post.  They are still in the processing point where I’m not quite sure of colour.  I thought I’d fashion a really subterranean appearance for these two – so got me some new paints and washes…sorry; shades – and went with some Violet and Blue/Gray squiggy goodness.  The Finecast models here were simply terrible.  Perhaps the dark photography hides the distorted crumbling aspects of the model’s features – a good thing.  No amount of Green Stuff could fix the supporting leg of the blue fella, who toppled from his perch and broke apart for the umpteenth time seconds before this photo was taken – you can see one of the new chips by his left eye there!  I’m going to have to change the laws of physics to get him to stay on the other lad when they’re done as there is literally NOTHING to hold him in place.  I thought the other mangler was an odd mould, but this one was much more awkward…still a cool piece though!

And this is Azhag the Slaughterer.  I LOVE this model – so much so that I am afraid to photograph any closer to draw attention to the p-poor effort I did in painting this guy way too fast.  I have A LOT of touch-ups to do on the fella later, but like many big models or even complicated terrain pieces – you get tired of the same thing over the length of time it takes!  So I am taking a break from Azhag for a bit.  I liked how his wings worked out, and the final skin tone is about right.  I  had tried it with Orchide Shade as a base, but it wouldn’t cooperate so needed to raise it to a very Orcy blend – but the brown wingspan help break that up plenty – I may go even lighter with it.  Not that this model was without faults.  Assembly was a pain – even now in order to get the most of it on the base, you’ll notice that the rock in his left claw is clear of the base proper.  This was the only way I could get it to fit together evenly, even after a great deal of manipulation.  I used half a pot of Liquid Green Stuff and it still has areas that I’d sooner ignore than fix, but regardless it is a great model – positively bursting with detail everywhere.  It was worth the wait for the mail order (The first one came with two right legs and had to be returned.  The replacement came super slo-mo, but was a much better kit.  Even with the tricky and lengthy assembly, it fit more keenly together).

And finally – a Chapel that I am rescuing.  I had to really respray the crap out of this old thing in order to start from scratch.  I didn’t try to strip it at all, but went with a Chaos Black total cover and worked up.  I liked the effect of  the brickwork.  I used a mix of Dheneb Stone and Khemri Brown to build a base, heavily soaked in Gryphonne Sepia and Agrax Earthshade (two seperate layers) before a liberal drybrush with Dheneb Stone.  I used some Astronomicon Gray and Dheneb Stone stippling on the plasterwork to tone it into the bricks and am happy that it worked together well.  the roof is a blend of Shadow Gray and Enchanted Blue.  I washed it with Badb Black before a light Scar White drybrush.  The Statues are the go-to for tarnished brass – undercoated in Scorched Brown with a little Tin Bitz in (2:1 mix should o it) followed by a drybrush of Shining Gold and very light drybrush of Hawk Turquoise in the weather-beaten areas.  The rest is detail that I’m still working on.

So that is all I am up to for the moment, although I keep threatening to break away to try something different for a break from Warhammer Fantasy.  I keep getting pulled back into the Orcs and Goblins gig in order to perfect the army and build a better, more competitive list!  Someday, I’ll get to Malifaux again – even Lord of the Rings seems interesting at this point.  There are plenty of Rangers and Mordor in the attic still unpainted!  As always – any and all comments and criticisms are welcome!  Especially regarding scenery and Terrain, as I know many people hate breaking to do them – colour suggestions and alternatives are constructive to me as I try to break away from the cookie-cutter boxart!  Take it easy all, and catch up with a battle report soon!

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A long unwanted break! Back in action with LOTR

So I was sick for the past fortnight, and as a result of some undesired acute vertigo could not watch TV or read, much less paint models!  So over the past couple of days I’ve pushed the boat out with a few models from different ranges – here is a few pics of an Ent from the Lord of the Rings series.  This was a tricky assembly, but I have to say I love this model.  The painting was very much a case of less is more, and I kept the finish to a mute understatement so that it looked as close to my old GW forest terrain.  The choice of weapon I went with was the single rock, and the pose I wanted was something reminiscent of the classic bigfoot footage!

What have I learned?  I used an old twig as my touchstone for colour here, and beyond doubt Graveyard earth is more useful here than any other brown.  I would just mess about with darkening and lightening Graveyard Earth and maybe mix in more Vomit Brown than any of the darker or more striking tones.  It just hits the balance as “real” timber more.


Below is a base I’m working on for this model – just inking the dead log up a nooch, as I want the draw to be the difference between scenery and Ent.  I love sparse bases – most of my own are little more than sand and flocking, if that, but this is a really nice model and I want the entire display to represent that.  I’d love to see an army of these guys – I could go for splitting the differences between foliage and timbers.  With a bit of crude modding, you could easily break heights and really make the forest come alive!  GW probably think so too, as the retail on these things make them prohibitive for larger collections.  I’ll make do with my one for now!  Let me know what you think, as I think this series (LOTR), as much as this model can be divisive – never mind my paint job, but is this a good model or not?  I like GW’s effort to make it close to the films and to trees as this character gets without it just being “scenery”, but I’d love your thoughts!  Take it easy and the next post will be up sooner than this one took!  Have a few to get through this week!

 

Good for a break – Lord of the Rings revisited

I thought that my painting of the Dreadfllet series was becoming that mid-army lull where you get awfully tired and let more mistakes to pass uncorrected, or “forget” to attend that touch up you thought you needed but couldn’t be bothered to follow up on.  To give me some respite and keep me interested, I decided to put together group of figures for the War of the Ring – specifically the Riders of Rohan cavalry units.

I love the War of the Ring models, even if the figures are a small bit less detailed than the Fantasy Battle figures – I like that GW took on the series and worked to build up another universe besides their flagship duo.  I think that anyone could have produced this series, but only GW could do so in the quanity and cost they have managed, and dare I say it, more reasonably than their other product lines.  I realise only after saying this that the recent Finecast models are quite a bit more expensive, but I refer to the base army units.  They’re a joy to paint passably, and fast to the table to boot.

As I set up this blog initially as a repository for Dreadfleet as a niche interest, I don’t plan on detailing how these were painted – even the ultra-impressive bases!  They really are GW cookie-cutter with the exception of the horses at any rate, so my best advice for anyone who wanted to emulate my pretty average paint jobs to follow their guidelines too.  The bases I rarely dress up more than this as I am not a big believer in such detailing for game purposes, but maybe later I’ll revisit – even by my standards they need a better flocking.

I need to apologise for the poor lighting too, as this is on the game table in the shed, which has rather poor lighting. This probably does the models a favour, really! There will need to be a few touchups later, especially around the faces – but that is something I don’t mind because when the mood strikes, it is nice not to have to prep an entire model from scratch and enjoy the finer touches to complete.

To be very honest, it is the horses that presented the most challenge and enjoyment – I’ve painted a few of the Warriors of Rohan in the past, and as with all base units, it can be a bit repetitive.  There were two different types of model here, so had time to experiment, correct  then perfect in each case.  For “perfect”, read “improve or make slightly less gaudy mistakes”! The colour patterns I used from…well seeing real life horses as opposed to anything from suggestion or prescribed formula, so that may account for some cartoonish effort, but I’m personally quite satisfied with them.

So there it is, Riders done in a fast forward.  I’ve been working on an Ent too, so will post that in the coming week, but for the moment, I wonder if thse would pass muster?  I have wondered whether or not to gloss varnish game pieces like these.  I will need to experiment with some more LOTR pieces, but to be fair, I’m not really sure I like the shine on the finish, no matter how protected they are when finished – does Purity Seal have a similar effect?  I’d appreciate advice from anybody in the know!  Even as I type this up, I’m not sure if many people still play the LOTR Strategy Battles anymore – probably about as many as play Dreadfleet really!  Ok – take it easy all and will post again soon!

Shane