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;