I’m pleased to say that my Wulfen should be bounding across the tabletop this weekend! Despite the week being very full on in the “real world”, it was very productive on the hobby front. Because time was starting to become a bit more tight, I didn’t get round to doing any more experimentation with the black on my Knights (my first challenge not achieved) but did get the 50-odd Plaguebearers undercoated for my brother
The weather at the weekend was particularly rubbish so I pushed myself to get them undercoated on Friday late afternoon as the weather was a little better. I ended up airbrushing the skin colours rather than using a brush as I was finding I couldn’t get a decent enough finish on them and was in danger of obscuring the detail on the face. A short amount of time and the flesh was done, which also had the side benefit of putting a bit of overspray on the fur so this should be easier to blend in when I get round to it. I then went in with a brush and pushed the shadows and bumped up the highlights a bit. Colour wise I went for more brown-red in the flesh as I wanted to give the Wulfen the impression of a more leathery skin. Colour wise I based in Skrag Brown, shading with Scale 75 Arabian Shadow mixed with Skrag Brown and then highlighted with Cadian Fleshtone. The brush work used the same shadow and highlight colours but I took the highlight a step further with Kislev Flesh, basically just pushed the colours into the recesses a bit which is enough to make it look like it’s not been airbrushed.
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Well the festive season came and went in a blur. Sadly a combination of having to work between Christmas and New Year and various family commitments has meant two “missed” blog Sundays and a reduction in general painting time, but such things happen. In an effort to rectify this I will be doing a mid-week post on my 52 Week Challenge 🙂
Before Christmas I decided to have a small detour from my Imperial Knights and grabbed the Terminators from my box of Space Hulk. As much as I enjoy painting red (and green) I don’t often paint it with my current choice of armies and miniatures. I’ve also been watching the Painting Buddha Ultramarine videos recently (I’m a PB backer and Patreon so get the HD videos) and this has inspired me to try and paint using blends and pushing the shadows more than I have done on my Space Wolves army.
I’m very happy with the result and I feel it’s improved my use of my wet palette and getting colours right. The picture doesn’t quite show the depth of colour I’ve managed to achieve so far, the second miniature is actually better! I shall now veer off at a tangent on the subject of techniques…
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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”
Although I still have my drop pod to glue together, on Wednesday my other half wanted some company whilst she did some bits on the PC so I did a bit of airbrushing. I have now managed to base colour another block of Space Wolves, including the remaining 7 Blood Claws of the large pack I’ve been doing. I’ve got a highlight layer to apply to a the Grey Hunters but this is now over 50% of my actual troops with colour on them 🙂 I’m actually getting to the point where I need to start painting Rhino’s soon.
I have annoyingly noticed that 3 of the 4 Long Fangs I’ve got assembled actually need some quite major filling and work on their backpacks (and in the case of one missile launcher a fur pelt sculpted), so I can’t get them base coated yet. With luck I’ll find a bit of enthusiasm to sort them out – possibly assembling the two heavy bolters at the same time.
Not sure what happened but everything seems to have “come together” over the weekend. I’ve done all of the edge highlighting (and pushed that further than I normally would) and got a coat of varnish on everything. I spent a bit of time yesterday evening gently scraping the two pieces where the fins slot in so that the fins fit properly. They were always a tight fit and the layers of paint and varnish had made some of them a little too snug, so rather than force them together a bit of work with a flat needle file and knife has meant that they’re all fit properly without any resistance. My biggest annoyance is that I didn’t shave off enough of the bottom of the doors, which has meant that when I put them in situ and closed them, they’ve now scraped off a little bit of paint on the base. Bloody annoying, but I’ve now shaved those down too – just need to repaint that with some black.
I’ve only a handful of things left to do. I need to apply decals and the door Aquilas (which need painting). The gun mount needs to be varnished and glued in place. The two weapons need to be sorted so they fit properly on their magnetic point, one is too tight and the other too loose (and then painted too). Everything needs to be glued together and the non-metallics need start edge highlighting along with any oils applied along with shadow washes where things meet. This then needs a light seal with varnish and a matt varnish applied. Finally it needs stark edge highlights on the metallics so that they look “shiny”.
As hoped I managed to get a bit of painting done last night. I didn’t start quite as early as I wanted but I did get a reasonable amount of time on them. I’m still working on the reds and brass colours currently and I’ve not really started on edge highlights, shading, silver metallics or ‘adornments’ (such as skulls and pelts). I’m aiming to go full fettle tonight and get all of the brass base coloured (and washed) and then at least the middle red colour on. At some point I need to do the back of the knee pads, which I’m sort of putting off as I’m not sure what colour to paint them, I might just go simple and use Dawnstone with a Nuln Oil wash.
As you can see in the above photo, the airbrushed top highlight is far too light and the colour should really only be used for edge highlighting. Really pleased with how quickly they’re coming together – I just need a couple of big pushes and might even get them “almost done”.
Last night was very productive but not on a modelling front. I got home late as I loitered around due to an un-forecast rain deluge and grabbed some meatballs and minced beef. When I got home I did the washing up, cooked tea and prepared a chilli con carne in the slow cooker for dinner this evening (just add rice ; ) Scarily once we’d eaten it was gone half nine and I had to help the other half dye her hair so I didn’t pick up a brush until well past eleven.
I did make a start on some of the demon faces on the armour which I think are going to look quite reasonable. I also took a much better photo of my Chaos Lord this morning (see left).
I hit a point last night where I was struggling to concentrate on what I was painting – black is a notoriously draining colour to paint onto, especially at night, so I began to snip off the miniatures on one of the three sprues I have for Dark Vengeance. To this end I’ve also done a Review on the Dark Vengeance Boxed Set.
The Dark Vengeance boxed set contains some of the nicest Chaos miniatures that Games Workshop have produced (at least in my opinion). The Chaos Chosen and Lord are ‘spiky’ but hold true to their original Space Marine form and the spikes are more ‘warped’ than just poked on decorations. The poses also make them appear larger and more experienced (they are 10,000 years old after all). The twenty cultists are also very nice miniatures although there is a certain amount of repetition.
Games Workshop has also released a new Chaos Champion (in plastic) that is identical in style and a plastic box set of Raptors/Warp Talons that fit into this new style. I’m looking forward to seeing what else is in the pipeline (if anything!)
The Chaos Lord is the first miniature in a very long time that I’ve actually been inspired to get hold of and paint in a traditional sense and I bought one online for £5. Not long after I received him a friend also offered me the whole Chaos side from the boxed set as he had no interest in them. To this end I used my miniature to get back into the swing and experiment with the new paints.
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