Saturday, December 12, 2009
It's been a while since I last posted but the flu and starting a new job will do that. Anyway I've been plugging away at a bunch of guardians I picked up cheap on eBay. I love eBay - if you are patient and smart you can pick up some great deals.
All except the weapon platform gunner are plastic and were originally painted in Biel Tan colours of green and white. I started off with a thin overcoat of Chaos Black. I had picked up some Ork Flesh Foundation paint and decided to try it out as the base colour. While I got good coverage, I wasn't happy overall with the colour. It was a bit too flat and I wasn't getting a good contrast when I started to apply the highlights. To solve this I applied a wash of green ink + Chaos Black and reapplied highlights. These guys are still WIP. I have to finish the weapons, gems, purple highlights and various other details.
Friday, October 23, 2009
- Orkhide Shade
- Goblin Green
- Camo Green
- Bilous Green
- Graveyard Earth
- Orc Brown (Desert Tan?)
- Vomit Brown
- Bleached Bone
- Scab Red
- Blood Red
- Fiery Orange
- Liche Purple
- Liche Purple + Imperial Purple
- Imperial Purple
- Imperial Purple + Skull White
The spikes and roots where done with a bit more care - layering with thin coats. Some of the details on the base where picked out with Scorched Earth, Codex Grey and Ash Waste Grey.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
and converted Storm Guardian.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Literally! I remember seeing these 'death-world' cacti in a White Dwarf a long time ago and have been meaning to put some together myself. They are very easy to make and inexpensive to boot.
Tools + Supplies
- 1 pkg 2.5"/6.5 cm styrofoam balls
- 1 pkg 1.5"/4 cm styrofoam balls
- toothpics (the kind that's pointy on both ends)
- ready to use wall filler (I used LePage Polyfix)
- art board, stiff card board or masonite (I used art board)
- assortment of small stones, pebbles, sand and other debris
- hobby knife
- hot glue gun
The first three items on the list came from a dollar store and you end up with enough for several projects. The biggest expenses on the list are the filler and art board but again the materials will last you many, many projects. I figure this particular project costs less than a buck.
Start by cutting some board to the appropriate shape. Bevel the the edges with a hobby knife and sand smooth. With a hobby knife shave one side of the ball flat. Attach the ball to the base using liberal amounts of hot glue. Add a smaller ball in a similar way by cutting one side flat and making a corresponding flat cut on the larger ball. Stick together using the hot glue gun. Next coat the entire piece (base and all) with a thinned layer of filler. I used an old wash brush. If there are any gaps between the balls or the base pack in some filler. While the filler is still wet add some rocks, pebbles, sand and debris. Let the filler dry a bit then using an old brush stipple (jab with the brush) the surface of the balls to add some texture.Next use a toothpick to poke some guide holes into the balls. Break the ends off the tooth picks and insert into the guide holes. The length of the spike depends on the size of the ball for the half ball I used just the tip of the toothpick to represent an immature plant, while the spikes on the large ball stick out a lot farther representing a mature specimine. One note though, I really should have blunted the ends of the toothpicks by running them on some sandpaper but I was on a roll and didn't think of it.
I played around with the glue gun and came up with a couple of effects that I thought were cool. By carefully applying a blob of glue and then slowly teasing it out I created a root. By adding some smaller blobs the effect is pretty convincing. Also just applying simple blobs of glue creates another form of plant life or perhaps seedlings of the bigger ones. Once I get these painted up I'' post some pictures of the finished product.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
For this I am going to need:
- a cutting board or some other protection for the kitchen table
- a pair of cutters
- a file (or two)
- Eldar weapons frames x 5
- super glue
- modelling putty/gap filler (just in case things don't go as planned)
I also had to do a repair to the sword arm of one of the Banshees so I also need:
- thin wire
- a pin vise
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I started with a black primer and applied the base colours:
Dark Angel Green for the armor, leggings and gloves, Liche Purple for the shoulder plates and helmets, a 50/50 mix of Graveyard Earth and Liche Purple for the the long coats and Graveyard Earth for the weapons and leather accessories.
Faces where painted Bronzed Flesh, followed by a wash of Dark Flesh then highlighted with Elf Flesh with higher highlights added by adding Skull White.
At this stage I wanted to make the leggings and gauntlets look like green leather to contrast with the green Il-Kaithe armor even though I used the same base colour.
BC - DA Green
H1 -DA Green + Goblin Green
H2 - Goblin Green
H3 - Bilious Green
BC - DA Green
H1 - Imperial Strike Green
H2 - IS Green + Kommando Khaki
H3 - Kommando Khaki
At this stage I worked on the purples and leathers.
BC - Graveyard Earth + Liche Purple
H1 - BC + Kommando Khaki
H2 - H1 + more Kommando Khaki
BC - Liche Purple
H1 - BC + Skull White
H2 - H1 + more Skull White
BC - Graveyard Earth
H1 - Snakebite Leather
H2 - Vomit Brown
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
H1/H2 - Liche Purple + Shull White (add more white for H2)
Sunday, September 27, 2009
- plastic card
- sand (from Dollerama)
- xacto knife
- model glue
- white glue
- skull accessory (from Black Reach)
- circle template (optional)
- scibing tool (optional)
Using the template, I found the appropriate size and drew this on my plastic card sheet. The template is handy but you could also trace around the base to draw a circle. I then cut the circle out using a pair of scissors. I wasn't too concerned about cutting a perfect circle. In fact I cut a bit inside the line to make the card slightly smaller than the base. Using the base from the Eldar war walker as reference I made rough, irregular cuts around the outer edge of the card.
Using the scribing tool (the back of an old #11 blade work well too) I gauged various cracks and fissures across the surface until I was happy with the look. To give the base a more 3-D effect I removed one large and several smaller sections and repositioned them so that they overlapped at the edges. I made sure to add nicks and cracks to these smaller pieces as well. Once I was happy with the arrangement I glued the card to the base with model glue. I added some debris using bits of left over plastic and some fine sand tacked down with white glue. I also added a skull from the Black Reach set and disguised the join with sand.
Once the glue had set I sprayed the whole thing with black primer. Painting consisted of a couple of thin coats of Codex Grey, followed by Kommando Khaki and highlighted with a mix of Kommando Khaki and Skull White. Where the original base is visible was painted Scorched Earth and highlighted with Graveyard Earth and Kommando Khaki. The skull was Scorched Earth, Graveyard Earth, Bleach Bone and Skull White.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I started playing WHFB and WH40K a long time ago but for a long time had put it aside for other priorities. I have recently come back to the hobby and have been sifting through my collection to bring my 40K Eldar up to 5th Edition standard. I have also been repainting some of my figures to create a more cohesive look.
My original colour concept was based on the Joker from Batman. All the figures were to have red hands in honour of Khaine the Bloody Handed war god of the Eldar. The red hand was also to be the rune symbol for the army. Well I no longer like the red hands or the rune but I still like the green/purple combo. As it turns out, during my abscence from the hobby GW introduced a few other craftworlds, one of which (Il-Kaithe) just happens to have a similar colour scheme to mine. Therefore I decided to adopt Il-Kaithe as the craftworld for my warhost.
Here are some WIP images of my core Troops units:
The Avengers were pretty straight forward - needing some freshening up on the paint job. However, when I last played Aspect squads were limited to 5 + Exarch so I needed to pad my numbers to 10. Luckily I had a number of old metal guardians that could easily be painted as DAs.Guardians:
Most of these Guardians are from one of GW's earliest plastic sets which came as a complete figure with metal shurikan catapult. In order to mix up the static pose I cut and moved or replaced some heads.Warlock:
More work needs to be done on the Warlock to bring out details and the witchblade. I'm also looking forward to adding runes to the Warlock's frock.Rangers:
With the Rangers I am trying to keep the same colour scheme but with subdued tones. The long coats for example are a mix of Graveyard Earth and Liche Purple.GB