Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Protectorate Crusade

Finally got to take some pictures of the finished based Protectorate force. Of course its not finished yet. I have some random lead to paint still, warjacks, pSevy, more deliverers etc.

BUT this is a force I could field and have fun with.

And in case you're wondering where the big kahuna is, I'm still working on him, but have become a bit bored with painting tan for a while, so shall be focusing on my FOW US Airborne force for a while (and some my Carthaginian Gauls, Australian WW2 jungle troops etc. etc.).

He's big, he's in pieces, and he's slowing getting done..

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fear and Basing in Las Vegas

Ghoulio has been giving me crap for ages about how I need to base my Warmachine stuff.  There is a reason I have up until now not done it. Fear.  Fear of screwing up my carefully (and slowly) painted figs with a crap base job.  Back when we started this nonsense, everybody used to use bright green flock.  Everybody was apparently fighting on a golf course.  I even flocked my Tallarns this way for YEARS (  Then I realized that the days of flock were long gone.  Happily it was relatively easy to fix them ( by simply painting the flock like dirt, throwing on a couple of stones and bob's your uncle.

But with the Protectorate, I wanted to go further.  I wanted the rocks to sit IN the dirt and not just sit on top of it like pebbles.  I also wanted to try my hand at static grass, something I haven't used before.

So to get over my fear, I decided to do test basing on 1 unit and make sure it looked fine.  I have chosen my Wracks, for no reason other than they had nice big bases with lots of places to try things out.  Below is a step by step of what I did.

Here you can see first glued on the seashell rocks onto the base, and then put on some fine sand, the idea being that the rocks would "protrude" out of the ground a bit.  This *kind* of worked, but the rocks still looked like they were sitting on top.  So I put down a second layer of sand.  This worked, but almost too well.  Now the rocks were buried. Not a bad look, but I think next time I'll angle the rocks so that part of them sticks out and the other part is under dirt.  Something to try.

Painting the entire thing black, and then painting the bases bestial brown, followed up by a leather lighter brown for highlights seemed to work. Well.  I followed this up with a very light drybrush of light tan.  I wanted the dirt to look like dirt, and not sand like I did for my Tallarns.

The next step was to highlight the rocks.  Using Adeptus grey as the initial highlight and then Fortress grey seemed to work well.  Of course GW seems to change their colors every year or so who knows if these colors are going to work.  Black + dark grey + light grey.  Boom.

Seeing Ghoulio's awesome white lines to demark the front and back of figures, I decided to copy this.  But I was worried that I would screw up marking the "half way" point, so I printed off a bunch of circles and marked with pen the appropriate line. Worked quite nicely I thought.

Call me a spaz if you like but it worked nicely, and this particular group of circles will work for all my figs. 

So now everything was ready.  I dull coated the models NOW, as I've heard that static grass doesn't like varnish.

Using the "small dabs of glue" and really mash the grass onto the base with WAY more grass then you're going to use.  Press it firmly with your finger and shake off the excess.  It worked out perfectly.

The only complaint I would have is the grass looks a little dark (especially in these photos), so that leaves me with a dilemma. a) Use lighter static grass (I have golf course green as well), or b) highlight the dirt more so that the grass has more contrast.  I think I'll go with b).

Either way, since everybody except the Big Kahuna (Judicator), and a few other solos is done, I'll start basing this weekend methinks.  The fear of static grass is gone!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hunters Grim Complete!

For my Trolls I have been doing the basic army at a fairly brisk pace. It's not that I am "speed painting" them, I am just working at a pace where they look decent...but I am not taking forever for one guy. What I am doing instead is really putting that effort into the Warlock models as I really want them to stand out, and the Hunters Grim are no exception. I tried doing some two brush blending as well as just taking my time on everything. These guys took pretty much all week of painting fairly regularly. I decided to do something different with Grim's skin just to help break everything up.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Brun and Lug Complete!

Here are the next batch of Minion Solos for my Epic Borka army. It was really nice taking a small break from Trolls to paint something different. I really enjoyed painting these guys, especially Brun as Lug (the bear) was just fur and metal. I think doing an entire Dwarf army would be super cool lol. All that is left for this army is painting 5 Long Riders and its done! After that it will be time to finish off my second 50pts list so I can finally start playing in tournaments.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lanyssa Complete!

Still plugging away at my two tournament lists for the Trolls. For my heavy armor list I have a few "Minion" solos (both for looks and because of what they do for the army overall). The first Minion is an elf named Lanyssa. She adds a bunch of utility to the list plus I thought the model looked really cool. The last benefit to her is I can use her in either my Ret list (they are incredibly limited as to which Mercs/Minions they have access too) or my Trolls. Because of that I decided I would just paint her in my Retribution of Scyrah's colours but did the basing of the Trolls so she fits in either army.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hnefatafl Board and Pieces Finally complete

So in my spare time at work, I've been making a Hnefatafl Board.

The pieces are 3D printed on a Makerbot, and then spray painted black and tan with a gloss overcoat.
The models of the pieces were taken from a 3D boardgame, although I'm afraid I forget which one.  I think it was a chess set.  I used the pawns, the king, and the knights..

The board is a 13x13" picture frame with a wooden base, cork mounted on the underside, and Home Depot stone bathroom 1" tiles as the squares.  I put caulking round the edge to seal everything in.

It turned out quite well.  Looking forward to playing.  I love the game because of its asymmetrical nature.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Horthol Complete!

Now that Horthol is complete I have finally finished off all my Solos, Beasts and my Battle Engine.  My main goal before was to finish each section one at a time (so all beasts, then all solos, etc) but now I think I am just going to start focusing on specific tournament lists which is why Horthol here is complete. First list I am focusing on is a "Bearka" (ie Epic Borka riding a bear) list. Has lots of beasts, lots of calv and a few support models. I am going to try to finish the rest of the support models for this list this weekend and after that its the Long Riders (calv) and my first 50pts tournament list is complete. Cant wait! Anyways, here he is!