Monday, May 31, 2010

Quick Searforge update

So Herne & Jonne are done for the moment...meaning, I need to figure out how to do lens effects and such, as well as do general touchup on the metals, etc. But for the moment, I'm tired of all the fiddly bits. I think I'm probably going to take a break from painting for a while after I finish up all the gunbunnies. Anyways, the part you're interested in, the pictures!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Itty bitty little jacks & the horseman of the apocalypse

So I've gotten more Searforge done this week. Not a whole lot, but it could be less. I have everything for my Searforge contract assembled, based, primed, and awaiting paint. I also managed to get done the 2 blasters...well, one is done, the other needs washes and detail work. I think I went a little overboard on the Devlan Mud wash on the first one, so I think I'll go lighter on the second when I get around to it later this weekend.

So here they are:

Pre-Wash Blaster

Post-Wash Blaster

I think that they give a better idea of my basing scheme for the army as well, which is a rockyish area just after the snow is starting to melt... at least, that's what I'm going for.

I've also gotten the conversion work done on my very recently purchased Darragh Wrathe. I've seen a lot of conversions where people have extended the rear legs of the mount, and it makes a world of difference. Problem is, it just doesn't look quite right to me when they extend the leg below the ankle. Hence I decided to extend the leg above the ankle, and I'm actually quite happy with how it has turned out so far (aside from my mediocre sculpting skills). Maybe I'm just prejudiced, but I think it looks a little more natural than the other leg extensions that I've seen.

And what Darragh's gesture always makes me think..."Hey, look over there!"

Anyways, C&C is always appreciated.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Finally, some progress!

Well, after a long week at work, I managed to not only finish some things that I started last week, but also bring another project from start to finish in about 3 hours of painting. I'm actually quite happy with it.

Anyways, let's start with what you've seen before, but with a few more finishing touches. I realized that I hadn't done Gorten's base, so I did that along with finishing up Thor and his flamethrower of doom. Man, do these dwarves have a lot of detail and such on them... I haven't even gotten to my infantry units yet. Without further ado, here are the dwarves.



Overall, I am very happy with Thor. There are a few places (namely his unshown back) that has some messy metals, but other than that, nothing major that I've noticed. I really like how his flame came out, as well as how the whole color scheme seems to be coming together.

Next up on my Searforge plate is 2 gunbunnies, (gunners, not blasters I think), as well as Herne & Jonne. I pieced together the Rockram and Driller this week before bed somehow too, so expect to see something done with them in the next month or so.

What about that quick project you say? Well, since I'd gotten that Harrower from Brandon for painting his Kromac, I dipped him into a stripping solution, and pieced him back together over the course of the week. Last night, I primed him in black and followed that with my metal spraypaint (so that he will more closely match my Leviathan). This morning, I laid down all the brass colors, did a ton of washes, and made my first meager attempt at OSL. I only really did it off of the gun, but I may go back and try and add more around the furnaces later too.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Painted Knights Exemplar Errants

I rushed this unit out to get it painted for Kingdom-Con and I never posted pictures. These guys have so many parts for basic infantry (I at least 8 per model) but there was nothing particularly tricky about their assembly, just a little more time consuming than normal. I think the models are totally worth it though as they are the coolest looking exemplar models in my opinion. I haven't had a chance to really get much out of them in game play but from what I hear they can be a very useful little toolbox.

Speaking of Kingdom-Con, here's one of my submissions to the painting competition. This was for the small based fantasy model category. I also entered my Dire Troll Mauler (which is posted on this blog somewhere) and it won the open category. A good time was had by all.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My First Malifaux Mini

I traded the Legion battlepack I won at Kingdom con for the Lady Justice/Death Marshalls box for Malifaux. I've got most of the models assembled and primed, and even started working on some terrain. But here is my first fully painted Wyrd Miniature, the Judge.

Friday, May 14, 2010

I see you down there!

So I've decided to put away painting (but not playing) my Cryx for a little while. I will finish what I've started (Bane Thrall UA), but I'm not going to start anything new with them for a while, even though I did just get my Harrower for painting Brandon's Kromac. So I have several Searforge things on my plate.

1) coming up with a manageable color scheme
2) assembling all of my searforge models
3) converting my spare warmonger into an Ogrun Bokur
4) painting all of my searforge models

Since I want to start with Gorten first, I decided to test my paint scheme on him. The only thing that is required is the dirty/burnt orange armor, everything else is pretty flexible. So far, I think orange armor plating with gray as a secondary color could be the light scheme that I'm looking for. On the other hand, I like how Thor is looking with blue cloth. This is not to say that gray secondary armor plating and blue cloth are mutually exclusive, but I also want to keep the scheme fairly simple, which will be hard with all the details on these rhulic models. There will be brown leather, steel and bronze metal, two armor plate colors, and then the skin and hair color... living models are such a pain. Anyways, on to the pictures.

So here is my first WIP on Gorten.

Thor WIP:

Assembled Searforge so far:

So any C&C on the scheme is greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Soaring, Tumbling, Freewheeling

I found a pretty good solution to my minaret problem. Once again, breaking out the hacksaw. I chopped the larger smokestack into its 4 individual stacks and viola, minarets.

Things are drawing to a close on the conversion side of things. I have A LOT of cleanup to do and little gaps to fill. I also need to raise the height of the gap for the head because it's a little small. Other than that, just gluing on the little cloth bits and general repair work and I should be ready to touch up the primer and get to painting!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A New Fantastic Point of View

I got a little crazy yesterday, crazy like a fox. I knew what had to be done. I had to chop off the cathedral peak of my Avatar. The only problem was I really liked that part of the model, however it didn't really fit with my theme. I finally mustered enough courage to whip out the hacksaw and sculpting putty and an hour or so later this is what I was looking at.

I'm working on some minarets and clean up right now, but I'm pretty happy with the direction this is going.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Give It up or Turn It loose

My Avatar was converted, based, primed and ready to hit the painting table and yet I still felt like I could have done more. After posting my progress on the Privateer Press forums the same comment kept cropping up like the proverbial cowbell "Fine, but needs more minaret." Then in my hour of darkness, Godfather Brown came to me. Speaking words of wisdom, Give It Up or Turn It Loose. I decided than rather than settling I would try to Mosque out my Avatar a bit. I turned it loose and here is the result of my first night's work.

Things are still very rough, but you get the picture. I'll be sanding the milliput dome to get it nice and smooth and evened out. I also plan on adding some thin minaret style spires (if I can find somewhere on the model where it would make sense for them to be). I have lots of things I would like to be able to do to imitate some of the more famous mosques in the world, but the biggest issue is real estate on the Avatar's back. So do you think I made the right move or did I just butcher a neato conversion?

Monday, May 10, 2010

It's a Creator of Man Man Man's World

Here is my Avatar all assembled and primed. I would have preferred to prime black, but I'm all out of black. Also my white primer starting sputtering mid-prime and I was worried that I'd have to strip the primer and try again, which would be no fun and seriously kill my motivation on this project. Luckily I think it turned out okay. Now to get down to painting!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

One more step

So I managed to bust out another 2 models this weekend, as well as the 3/4 brute thralls that are painted, but not quite finished. So I'm getting closer and closer to having my Cryx fully painted. Anyways here is Mortenebra, the Master Necrotech, and her trusty Skarlock Deryliss.