Furry Bits

Well the weather outside is awful today, despite yesterday being quite pleasant (though quite cold). Although I’ve been putting it off, I’ve now started the fur pelts and decorations on my Blood Claws. I’ve never enjoyed doing these as I’ve not really found a way that I like of painting them, however it’s a necessity for Space Wolves so I did a bit of experimentation and found a solution that is “ok”.

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The whole pack is now looking like this:

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I’ve just realised too that I’ve missed the fur pelt on one of the shoulder pads… Might paint it as a mini tutorial 🙂

Boxing Day Progress

Firstly, Happy Christmas! I hope you all had a good day and didn’t over indulge 🙂

True to form for a mid-week day, I was awake fairly early, so took the opportunity to start the edge highlighting on my Blood Claws. Sadly I didn’t manage to get them finished before the break, but did manage to get the vast majority of house jobs done so the coming year does look positive on the painting front.

Got five done so far, so here’s a quick wip photo – enjoy 🙂

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New Theme!

Well I’ve finally got round to creating a custom theme for the blog and new logo.  I think the new look is a bit smarter and tidier and has a few extra bits and bobs behind the scenes so that it should view a little bit better on smaller format screens (such as tablets).  I’d like to sort the archives out so that they’re broken into years rather than a long stream of conciousness and the links need shunting towards the bottom and logo’s added where appropriate.  I’ve just also noticed that the advanced comment editor needs a tiny style tweak 😉

One thing I also what to do is to get a decent image behind the page top – a little diorama or some thing 🙂

I’ve also taken the decision to drop the Flickr feed.  A few reasons for this, the main being that I don’t paint quickly enough to justify having a whole feed dedicated to photo’s that might be added once in a blue moon.  One of the other reasons is that the app I have for updating the blog on my iPad allows me to take photo’s and directly add them to the blog.

I’ve you’ve any thoughts or ideas for the new theme or spot something that’s a bit knackered, drop me a comment 🙂

Coming together

Rest of the Pack

Making a bit of progress on my Blood Claws on a day off after a really nice weekend away. Weapons have received their washes now so just a matter of a bit of drybrushing and then sorting out the black sections. They can then be put to one side until I get the pack of Grey Hunters to the same stage, so I can tackle the faces, hair and fur in one hit – oh and all of the bases 🙂

Although things are looking busy in the run up to Christmas, I’m thinking I should be on target to get this lot pretty much done by my break so I can start on the next couple of units – currently thinking the next unit of Grey Hunters and the Skyclaws. Tomorrow off and next Monday will help of course!

Drop Pod Update

For some unknown reason I’ve never published an update to my Drop Pod construction.  I clearly began to create a post but then had a moment of epic fail and didn’t put anything other than a collection of pictures together.

The drop pod is actually glued together now (the pics below don’t show the “engine” in place, but still needs it’s decals applied and weathering.  However my current intention is to wait until I’ve got a handful of vehicles all at this stage and do all of them at once.

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Product Review: P3 Wet Palette

20131202-131623.jpg In recent years, miniature painters have become to be more and more “sophisticated” with their painting tools and quite a few people have moved over to a wet palette as their palette of choice for painting.

I’m pretty positive that the vast majority of people reading this will know what a wet palette is and how it works, so please forgive me for going over old ground. For those of you who have never encountered one, a wet palette is quite simply a device that holds a reservoir of water underneath a special paper layer where you put your paints on.  This has the effect of keeping your paints cool and moist, which extends the time before they dry out.  As you can imagine this has a huge benefit when painting something that requires a lot of blending or the paint to be kept at a specific viscosity for the duration of a painting session.  Another side benefit is that if the container has an air tight lid, you can close the palette up and come back to it in a couple of days time and (depending upon paint separation) can just get straight back painting.

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