Tuesday, 27 December 2016

PSA: Load up on Hobby Scenery Supplies at Christmas

Hey everyone,

Just a quick post this week to remind everyone that you can save up some fantastic hobby supplies from Xmas day leftovers!

Maybe I had too much this year?

So, chances are you've got a load of new miniatures laying round after Christmas, but this isn't the only hobby supplies you can get over the xmas period.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Space Hulk: A 20 year journey to play one game.

I've never blogged about a Miniature Board game, those of you who know me and those who have read my blog probably know, I don't play miniature Board-games or Wargames. With one single exception, Space Hulk.

In my opinion, the best game that Games Workshop have ever released.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Decanting Games Workshop Paints into Dropper Bottles

Plenty of people have made this same post, but i wanted to bring it up to date and show what I have found to recover as much paint from you original pot as possible.

Instructions after the jump

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Throwback Post - Abaddon the Despoiler and Black Legion Terminators

So here's a quick post about some older models I pained nearly 20 years ago

I have a new Abaddon which I'm going to be painting in the coming weeks to see how far I've progressed.

(C&C appreciated)
Abaddon with his bodyguard of Chaos Terminators

Here was my entire inspiration and driving force behind my collection, Buy one of everything out of the Codex and paint it to match (as best I could). Did not know NMM was a thing!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

WIP - Dark Angels Tactical Squad

This was the first squad I started after getting back into this hobby a year or so ago, inspired by all of the blogs and tutorials out here, I painted up a couple of test minis, one to get the colour scheme down and another to have a go at writing a tutorial (and for myself to refer back to later).

These were built from a decade old tactical squad and the new Dark Angles Upgrade Pack

I like darker colours and even when I used to paint Dark angels over 16 years ago, I always had a 3:1 mix of Dark Angels green to Chaos Black. Thanks to ForgeWorld's Airbrush Range, Nocturne Green was everything I wanted in one bottle.

From here, I had to practise a bit to get the right colours for 2 levels of edge highlight. I settled on Castellan Green and Loren Forest.

The ornamentation is in Brass and the feathers are dark brown.

I still need to make some decisions and at some point I'm removing the bases to add 32mm versions. but because i scored the feet and glued them on with plastic cement, this exercise could be risky.

I'm almost complete but thy have sat in a conservatory for nearly a year and are covered in dust, I tried to clean this off using water and a drybrush. It cleared some off, but other larger pieces of dust have been matted into the paintwork. not sure how to get this out now and I need to before I can finish the painting! Any suggestions would be great as I'm stuck until I do this.

Really want this squad done and put in my display cabinet. it's taking too long but Rank & File Minis can be quite dull to paint. Also, randomly trying out new techniques is taking up more of my time.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Throwback Post - Night Lords Chaos Terminator - Then Vs Now

First off, I'm not really sure if I painted the original in 1996, but it was around that time and 1996 to 2016 is a  nice (2 decade) round number.

Here is my then vs now....

I've seen a few images lately of people sharing their first ever painted minis, I never took photos of my first Mini, and If I had, it would have been on film, not digital. I thought I had taken pictures of the one above (right) before I started this process, but unfortunately, I didn't do that either, so I'm comparing to one of the others from that squad.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

When painting goes wrong

If you want to make an omelette you have to break some eggs and if you want to become a good miniature painter you have to fail.

for months now I've been struggling with how I want to paint my dar vengeance Chaos Marines, I decided a while ago that I wanted them to be really worn and rusty, have their chapter designations basically indistinguishable. I saw a mini ages ago that looked genuinely rusty, but I lost my link to the page and hours of searching will not bring it back.

They look bollocks don't they!

Ive since been seeing a lot of Marines that have a similar scheme that I have fallen in love with, the great unclean colour-scheme of Nurgle.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

WIP - Space Wolves eBay Squad with Magnetised Arms

Just wanted to throw out a quick update on something I've been working on. This is my Space Wolves eBay Squad.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Cheap Miniature Photography Studio - Portable Light Room Box

Now, when I say cheap, I'm assuming you already have a £500+ Camera or £700+ Phone for taking the photos with. What I'm going to talk about here is a really inexpensive setup to get more of a studio style to your photos for a low low price. A copy of photoshop wouldn't go a miss either (Thanks old job I left 3 years ago!).

Also, just as a note one of the reasons behind this post is that i'm trying to commit to at least 1 post a week, and this is something new I picked up this week.

If the only benefit you get from this is following either of the 2 links below, I feel like I've done my job and helped you.

Without further ado;

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Review in Progress - Painting Cloaks, Coats & Robes - 'Eavy Medal masterclass - White Dwarf 3 September 2016

So, since 'Eavy metal masterclass is back i decide to jump in feet first.

Since I still have my Dark Vengeance chaos cultist to paint, I had just the model to try this out on using one of the cultist leaders.

This guy;

not my painting, just for reference

Monday, 24 October 2016

First Attempt at Painting Stormcast Eternals

I've wanted to paint these guys since I first saw them, I've never been a fan of Warhammer Fantasy game and just as I was getting back into painting after a 16 year hiatus I saw posters around Warhammer World announcing "Sigmar is Coming". 'Great' I thought 'something else for me to not give 2 shits about'. Knowing that the coming White Dwarf was going to be allWarhammer no 40k, I didn't even bother popping in to buy it. I checked the website as I was at work that day at about 2pm and seeing that this week's issue came with a mini I left work straight away to fetch a copy. Warhammer World had already sold out! Gutted, but that just made me want them more.

Left: Stormcast Retributor. Right: Stormcast Liberator

Friday, 26 August 2016

The Best Service........... Is Really Good Service

Have you heard the old Customer Service adage "If a customer has a bad experience they will tell 10 people, but if they have a good experience they will tell 2 people". Well in 2016 if a customer has an amazing experience they will blog about it!.

I work in Service and have for over 15 years, so i know that you're fighting an uphill battle, not only from the statement above, you clearly need 5 times as many happy customers as unhappy ones just to break even. but there is also the fact that you're dealing with "problems", your customer is already unhappy that something isn't how they expect it should be, before they even tell you!

Well, today I received proof that Games Workshop has the best customer service I have ever encountered! Considering that several years ago I gave up on Games Workshop, entirely due to disgraceful customer service.

At that time I purchased about £700 worth of stuff to get me back into the hobby, the Ultimate Paint Set, 40k a bike squadron, land raider, land speeder and some fine-cast models. (Khârn the Betrayer, Fabius Bile and the Great Unclean One) decent haul. But my finecast models were awful. these were the first i bought and the air bubbles were atrocious, Khârn had thousands of bubbles down one side. Fabius Bile had the bottom corner of his coat missing (right where the leather face was) and the great unclean one had half his face missing (in literally any other place on that model I could have just incorporated it into the design of Nurgle, but I can't re-sculpt a face!). This was back before we could simply take photos and send them via the internets. But now, Instant evidence

Saturday, 20 August 2016

How to Paint "Dark" Dark Angels

So, here I am with my first tutorial, painting Dark, Dark Angels. I always loved my Dark Angels, really dark. I like Darker schemes in general as these guys are at war and the brighter schemes never really fit-in for me. Back in the day I would always paint my Dark Angels with a mix of 75% Dark Angels Green and 25% Chaos Black as a basecoat, then I could use a 100% DA Green as a highlight. (Which I literally just dry-brushed over the whole model).

But alas, the old Dark Angels Green is gone and now we have caliban green which is certainly brighter than they once were, so in wanting to keep in with my old scheme, I devised my own painting method and tried it out on a practise marine (I have a Squad of 10 along with the Dark Vengeance Marines following the same pattern).

I'm also following this tutorial for some Space Wolves (http://mptaos.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/space-wolf-dark-grey-scheme-tutorial.html) but before you scream at me that Dark Angels and Space Wolves hate each-other. Well, these guys have been stood next to each-other on my table for over a year and neither side has so much as batted an eyelid.

Forward unto the Tutorial;

Games Workshop (16 years later) - Part 4

Preface: I actually got distracted by having babies and here I am a year later having had no time to complete this, so below are just a dump of my notes from a year ago.

You know, when I started this article, I listed the discussion points I wanted to cover and thought, I'll cover this in an article, maybe 2. Here I am writing part 4 and I'm determined to finish today. Just a few other noticeable changes I wanted to cover, but the primary one is how the world around us has changed.

The Internet

It exists now, It existed then but websites were very, very simple. Mainly text, took an age to load and I'm not even sure what web presence GW had. If anything I'd imagine it was simply a company info page.

In the internet side of GW changes, I'm back to the same opening as the last 2 articles. There isn't enough content from GW. My first experience of the web GW was as a returning newbie and I just couldn't find what I wanted to know. "Where do I go from, you have my interest". Many companies now use UX designers to plot journeys for  customers. The premise is simple. Survey all your visitors for "Why did you visit today?", and for each of the major categories. Create a clear and present visual hook for them and lead them on a journey through to purchase. GW is very simply. Here's the new stuff. click the headings at the top for which of the main games you are interested in navigate through the pages upon pages of stuff or just use search. This is all tailored to people who are current GW fans and update themselves on GW's happenings off their own back and know what they want before the visit. This is what you would expect more from an on-line hardware store than an epic fantasy game hub.

And that's just GW.com Did you know Forgeworld and Black Library have their own separate sites. Each of which are even simpler. With a bit of arty knowhow (something GW excel at), these function in a way that is comparable to some of the slightly more advanced Wordpress options.

I've even just seen that Warhammer world itself has it's own site too, which just looks awful for a professional company, quite a throw together. Ok, if it does the job great, but you're a design company. Design something flashier guys or don't bother.

In the multimedia side, there are some great examples of GW using video guides to show how to paint and model. New to GW, Dark Vengeance or Age of Sigmar there are video painting guides available for all the models in the kit, with Duncan Rhodes. Dark vengeance starts with the assembly guides in part 1 (of 8) below.