Time for fake tan


Although getting up earlier doesn’t appear to be getting any easier, I am ploughing through my ‘Wolves at quite a rate. The pack markings have been done, all of the bone elements and trinkets, black on the weapons and all the metallics. I’ve base coated and washed all of the ‘rope’/thong type bits that are used to attach the trinkets to armour and just need to highlight them up. This morning I also managed to get every face basecoated Cadian Fleshtone (this includes some missing ones in the Blood Claws).

So, I have a leaving meal tomorrow evening which gives me this evening, tomorrow morning and some of Friday evening (providing I’ve not drunk too many Bangla’s at the Indian). I also theoretically have some of Saturday morning if I were to get up early, but I ideally want to have put a coat of varnish on by then and use that time for getting my army together (and sorting out the actual army list). It’s not masses of time in truth, however theoretically I only have the faces (all 17 of them) and rope bits before I can varnish. I think I might have a couple of ‘odd’ bits that I’ve missed too which I’ll try and sort out prior to this.

Plan of action in my head is to do the basic wash on the faces as soon as I get in. I can then have a my dinner whilst that dries. I can then go onto the various flesh layers (I tend to do about 3 or 4…). I’m hoping that I can get to the point where I only have the top highlight left which I can do tomorrow morning, along with the rope highlight. I’m hoping that my large wet palette and bottle of binder/retarder/flow mix will help me overcome some of the issues that you normally get when painting flesh – namely chalky and bitty paint.

I do think my goal is possible, but I’ve a feeling I’m going to overrun and need some of Friday evening – the faces are after all probably the critical focal point so rushing them isn’t something I’m going to even consider doing. In fairness providing I can apply the varnish around 8:30am on Saturday there will be enough time for it to be touch dry before I’m picked up at 9:30ish.

Of course, once Saturday is over I then need to go onto pin washes, decals and the bases 😀

A New Lamp

I mentioned in The Wolves Progress that I’d got hold of a piece of wood that sits between my two desks to give me an extra bit of working area and was using this to keep my Space Wolves out as I work on them. This has been fantastic and I’m really making good progress on them (bearing in mind that I’m trying to get two units almost fully painted by the 29th).

One small problem I have encountered though is that if I want to work during an evening or when there is low daylight, my daylight bulb and main light aren’t really strong enough to work by, which results in me sitting at a funny angle and holding the miniature up to the room light. Sadly my daylight lamp has also developed a bit of a wiring fault which means that there’s a high chance it won’t turn on.

After a bit of research I located a strip lamp on Argos that has very good reviews both on the site and within the miniature painting community. It isn’t cheap (coming in at £20), but includes the bulb and comes with a solid base (very heavy) and a desk clamp so you have different ways of putting it on your desk.

I received mine yesterday and am happy to say that the reviews are right, this lamp is an ideal addition to a hobby desk. The bulb is a pretty good match to daylight, a nice warm light, with a tiny bit of yellow but not as much as a regular bulb. Because it’s a strip bulb rather than a round bulb, you have the benefit that you’re not battling with shadows, plus because you can move the arm and shade round, you can angle it so that it’s raised up but not glaring in your eyes. Finally the on/off switch is actually on the top of the shade rather than halfway along the flex. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s tiny things like this, that make the light actually worth it’s price tag.

For anybody who does get one of these, you will need a screwdriver to tighten the knuckle joints. Strangely although one of the joints does have a knob on it, two don’t and if you don’t tighten them the lamp will just fold up under it’s own weight. However once tightened in the position you want, the whole lamp is very solid.

New Lamp

Knight Miniatures Templar Knight

Young Miniatures Knight TemplarBecause I clearly don’t have enough painting planned, I thought it would be sensible to buy my next project. So what if I’ve a Space Wolf army to paint and Imperial Knight to do? :p

In all seriousness, I have recently purchased something completely different to work on, a 1:10 scale bust of a Templar Knight from Young Miniatures. This bust has more than a striking resemblance to Sir Sean Connery – of whom, my Mum is a massive fan. I’ve decided that I want to aim to get this painted in time for her birthday at the beginning of May – now this may well be completely infeasible as this month is mostly going to be taken up with my Space Wolves, however I’m quite happy to spend most of April working on this.

The actual bust arrived the other day and I’ve dutifully cleaned all of the injection ports and washed it off. The casting on this piece was absolutely beautiful – there wasn’t any miscasting, bubbles and the only mold line was on the underside of the piece of the turban that trails down the front. Even a few weeks after receiving it, this piece puts every single miniature I’ve ever worked on to shame with quite how good it is.

I’ve decided to keep the actual bust as individual components, with the exception of the turban trail. Each piece can then be tackled almost as a mini project, with the exception of the neck which has both skin and turban on. All of the pieces have had a coat of Vallejo Grey Primer from my airbrush and everything fits together snugly so I just need to use some epoxy glue when I’m ready to assemble.

Body Head

Baring in mind I scaled these down – I’m very impressed with the camera on my phone…

The Wolves Progress

Been a little bit since I’ve posted because I’ve been struggling to get anything approaching a half decent photo because it always seems to be dark. Thankfully the mornings are getting light enough that I can take a few snaps before I go to work.

I’m changing jobs the end of the month which is going to need me to get up an hour earlier than I currently do, so I’m trying to get up earlier in an effort to ease me into what will become my new routine. This has meant that I’m getting in at least quarter an hour’s worth of painting before I go to work – definitely needed as I’m meant to have the majority of a 1,000 point army painted by the end of the month! One other thing that has helped is that I’ve managed to get a decent length of wood has meant I’ve managed to extend my desk space by over 100%. This means that I don’t have to try and juggle what I’m painting onto my painting station or keep clearing things away. It makes a massive amount of difference, I just need to wander into my little office and can sit down and start painting. Continue reading “The Wolves Progress”

Imperial Knight = Plastic Crack :)

Hats off to Element Games (and Royal Mail). I ordered two Imperial Knights (one for me and one for my brother) and my order arrived on Saturday morning, which means I got them on release day.

Needless to say, the Knight did get opened and inspected and I have to admit, it’s a beautiful kit. Now first off, let me clarify – this kit is NOT for the beginner. If you struggle to get the tracks correctly straight on any vehicle in the Games Workshop range, don’t even consider getting one of these if you want to do justice to one of these behemoths. There are many, many components and as with the Forge World Titans, quite a few pistons that need to be glued precisely in place.

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