Sunday, 25 June 2017

Dark Imperium - Pox Walkers - First Thoughts

I have assembled the Pox Walkers (not based and in the raw plastic so no need to add pictures) and I wanted to talk about my initial thoughts so far.

The sculpts are really good and the level of detail is equally excellent but the question is:

Are they better than the Dark Vengeance Cultists from the previous box set?

My thoughts are that they are the same, the cultists are also good sculpts with great detail so its a draw, same plastic etc. the thing I am not liking too much is the way they have broken down the different parts of some of the Pox Walker miniatures, I understand it is probably to get more on the sprue, but it makes converting very difficult and in some cases assembly tricky.

I have watched Duncan paint one up on the Warhammer TV painting series and I think I am going to try the method he demonstrated, starting with  a white primer followed by various washes.

Check it out if you have not already, link below.

This weekend I am assembling the Plague Marines and will post up my thoughts next.


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Dark Imperium Box Set

Look what just arrived this morning!

This has got to be the best box set GW has done so far, I was initially sceptical about the whole thing and have lost touch with the gaming side for a long while now.

I will read the rulebook and fluff and decide if I want to pick it up again.

The artwork is also gorgeous.

From a painting and collecting standpoint, it looks amazing! I purchased this without hesitation. I will let you know what my feelings are on the miniatures when I have put some together but first thoughts are 'they look beautiful'.

Once built, the big question will be which chapter to paint them up as.

Any thoughts let me know.

I hope you are all gleefully rummaging through this box set as I am.


Monday, 29 May 2017

Terrain - Wooden Hut - Finished

I started out by priming the piece with black spray primer.

Then painted dark brown over the entire terrain piece.

Next was to paint the wooden parts of the model with 'Bestial Brown'.

I then drybrushed with 'Vermin Brown'

The final highlight was applied with 'Balor Brown', I also painted (drybrushed) the ground with 'Tallarn Sand' and 'Karak Stone' with a final highlight of 'Bleached Bone'.

The roof was painted with the same browns as the wood and ground. 

I drybrushed various areas to give the impression of different animal furs being used (the roof is covered with fur not straw).

I used black and grey for the door entry fur and also as a contrasting colour in the roof.

I blended everything in with washes along the way.

Final piece.

I left the ground around the hut bare on purpose as I want to return and fill this in with some camp clutter, maybe a drying out skin on a rack a crate or barrel, maybe some firewood etc.


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Terrain - Wooden Hut - WIP

I wanted to make a wooden hut, originally for my Conan Boardgame, as part of a 3D board project but it can be used for pretty much most gaming genres. The main idea is for the roof to be removable so one can play inside the hut.

I started out with a good base of MDF, cut out strips the boards from coffee stirrers and the supporting posts from BBQ sticks. Glued them in a shape similar the one on the Conan Pict Village Board.


I then used greenstuff to fill in the gaps to represent mud or mortar. Then I used quick dry filler to base the piece both inside and out and once dry covered the exterior with sand.

The next step was to work on the roof, I cut out BBQ sticks to represent the roof supports and glued on cross pieces for strength and held all in place with some greenstuff.

I used a piece of an old washcloth for the animal fur door closure, I will also use this for the roof covering.

The roof is not glued to the walls but sits on top snugly. Once the roof structure was dry I dipped my my wash cloth pieces in PVA glue and then layered then on to look like overlapping furs.

Next up, painting it.


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Iron Warriors - Horus Heresy - Betrayal at Calth - Finished

I added some washes to the details like the pouches, shoulder pads and the back packs.

I then went back and highlighted the bronze in areas as well as the blades.

Next I painted the eyes white and glazed with red, I am liking the result and it is easier than painting each colour in such a small area.

I also finished the banner and head crest of the sergeant. I went for black and yellow to mimic the hazard markings of the Iron Warriors as I have not painted in this detail anywhere else.

The bases I finished with some weathering powder then set in place with water, you lose some of the sandiness but you gain the benefit of setting it in place and less mess afterwards.

These have been the easiest to paint of my four test legions schemes and the final result is very nice indeed.

Now I will have to think of assessing the tests and deciding on where to go next.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Iron Warriors - Horus Heresy - Betrayal at Calth - WIP3


Still slow going but progress none the less. The next step was to drybbrush with Leadbelcher again concentrating on the raised areas only. The shoulder pads were painted with black and the shoulder pad trim with bronze. I also did some of the details like pouches etc.

Next up is to add some washes, highlight and then complete the bases.

Hoping to finish these guys by next week.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Iron Warriors - Horus Heresy - Betrayal at Calth - WIP2


So progress is slow but purposeful.

I have so far applied a base coat with Leadbelcher, then applied a black/brown wash to darken the metallic look. For me the Iron Warriors care about their armour but not to the extent of say The Emperors Children who are all about display, in my opinion the Iron Warriors armour should represent strength so the dull iron look is what I am going for.

Next step will be to drybbrush with Leadbelcher again. The shoulder pads will be Black with Bronze trim.