Saturday 12 May 2018

Sergent Corwinn

I've made a conscious decision this year to focus on tabletop quality at 28mm scale, and try to push my skills for larger pieces. Bigger surfaces to learn on, more opportunity to play with colour. This is the first serious effort I've made for something approaching competition level.

What a blast this was to paint. I picked it up ... two or three years ago at Salute, at a guess?  Florian at Wonderlands was running a promotion for pre-orders, so I picked up a whole stack of his awesome figures. The large surfaces were intimidating me and so was the face sculpt. So it went in a drawer. But this year I won't let the sculpts get the better of me.

I want him to feel beaten, tired and utterly anonymous, so there's no markings on the armour. Nothing to distinguish him from a million other soldiers in identical suits.

After starting the face a good month ago, going this way and that, I reached a point of satisfaction (oo-er) and then it was time to hit the armour ...

Base colours airbrushed on, then of playing around with working out shapes and damage. This is a seriously worn suit of armour. The rust and pitting is everywhere.

Haven't got the volumes quite right, but I'm taking those as a learning for the future, not something to keep picking at on this. Colours pleased me, and I tried to keep armour a little cooler - but organic parts (face + rust) a little warmer.

I was happy to get a temperature change on the right hand side of his face, as that's a little toward the shadow and should be a little cooler and reflecting a little of the metallic armour, than the left side of the face tilted upwards.

Super happy with this. We will all see hundreds of other better painted miniatures this week, but this one is mine and I'm very pleased with the results.

Thursday 10 May 2018

Gnothagam the Proud

Who can resist an ork in a shirt like that? Not me. Look at it!

Enjoyed playing with skintones, and keeping the jacket neutral to let the shirt do the talking.

That's the lot on piratey additions for the moment. All told, it took about eight hours to complete the three orks. I think we could say this is "decent tabletop" as a standard, and wouldn't try to pass it off as more.

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Vrogak Ball Shooter

An ork dandy, if ever there was one.

Simple, bold colours, designed to be offensive as a combination. I picture him up in the crows nest of a pirate ship, sniping at passing ships while wearing his garish outfit.

Sunday 6 May 2018

Grey Horde: April 2018

Bought: 13
Sold: 1
Painted: Nazi zombies (20), Orks (3), Commissar Yarrick

Salute was VERY quiet for purchases, and to be honest, that's probably a good thing. Picked up a few interesting character sets from Bad Squiddo and Heresy, and a couple of random pieces, but that's about it! Quite a comedown from previous years.

It was with a little sadness I sold off my Black Sun Barbarian to a friend, but it would have languished in the backlog for years. This will see it loved and completed in the next decade. I can always buy another one in the future if the urge takes me.

Total: -10

Friday 4 May 2018

Mighty Epigruel

Warmonger is a sister company to the excellent Foundry, and their orks take me back to the late 80s GW era Orks, where every model offered its own character. I picked a few up at Salute two years ago and left them in a drawer - and this was their time to come out and be painted.

I'm adding a few of these fine fellows to my pirate band, and the chef was the first in the set. He's truly miserable, and was a joy to paint.

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Morticians: Display Base WIP

This is a little catch-up post covering the display and travel board for my Guild Ball Morticians team.

It started life as a Mob Football tray from Bendy Boards ( but wasn't quite sufficient for my needs. The black mat you can see peeking through is magnetic sheeting, and I've attached metal washers to the underside of all my figures. It's strong stuff and you can turn the populated board upside down and nothing falls out, or mount the washers sideways for a test photo ...

I wanted the board to have a little character, so using some plaster resin (you can see it in the first picture) I built some stone walls. After that, I took some Vallejo basing paste to fill in the gaps and add earth. Basically, it should look graveyard-ish by the time it's finished.

Priming this thing was the "what have I done" moment. We're way outside my comfort zone here ...

... but it's okay! Some  greys, some browns and a bit of foliage and it's looking like an actual thing now. Phew. Still need to tidy up the black edging but we're almost there.

I've added grass clumps, some static grass to support the clumps, more grass peeking through the gaps between stones.

... and after a few months' thinking it's finished. I went back and painted brick patterns across the top of the wood, as it looked strange without it. Add a few details on the base and call it done!