Armies on Parade 2017 – Progress part 1 (under 2 weeks to go)

Armies on Parade 2017

It’s been a busy week and a bit, but I feel slightly more confident that I’ll get my entry for Armies on Parade completed.  Now it might not necessarily be as completed as I’d like, as with most projects you can always find additional things to do.  I can’t see me getting any scatter terrain added to the board sadly, despite making a good start on half a dozen Armoured containers, I just don’t think I’ll have enough time to weather them in without cutting doing something else.

Current Armies on Parade Timetable

Now that I’ve cracked into the project properly I’ve been able to set myself up a fairly tight timetable that should get everything together by the end of this weekend.  Frustratingly I’m out two evenings next week and have some preparation for a management meeting to cram in too (which I should have really started much earlier).

This gives me Wednesday evening, Friday afternoon & evening, some of Saturday and a fair portion of Sunday.  I think this should be OK although I’m positive I’ll find some bits I’ve forgotten or don’t go very well.  I also have an all important contingency of next Friday afternoon and evening although ideally this will be used for packing up my models!

The Board

Armies on Parade 2017 Board WIP
Just with spray cans

I’m fairly happy to say that two weekends worth of work have got the Forge World Realm of Battle Generatorum Sector board pretty much completed.  It’s been washed, sprayed, oil washed, airbrushed and weathered with pigments.  I did have one minor panic when I masked off one bit of the road section and pulled off a load of paint (clearly having not washed it as well as I could have).  I was using regular masking tape rather than low tack, but ended up using envelopes and a disposable glove to mask off the various areas.  It’s going to get a good coat of clear sealer so it’s unlikely to chip off during usage.

One thing that I now have an even greater respect for, is the Citadel coloured spray cans.  They’re amazing and sped up the whole process massively.

So the rough process was to spray the board roughly using cans – that’s Skavenblight Dinge for the road, The Fang for the flagstones, Standard Mechanicus Grey for the grey items and then Zandri Dust for the larger platform.  Using an envelope and glove you can actually get some really sharp edges.  The next job was to use an airbrush to just touch up some of the items that you couldn’t get to, such as the edges of the road and round the piles of debris.  Skavenblight Dinge was airbrushed onto most of the rubble piles too.  Finally the large platform was giving a light coat of Kharak Stone to remove some of the yellowness.

Using black and brown oil paint, some white spirit and a long thin brush, I painted between all of the flagstones and details.  Keep a rag/towel on hand with a clean brush use this to blend and wipe the oils in as you’re going and to add nice streaks on some of the vertical surfaces.  If there are any deep divets you can put some in there too.  The large platform had this done using just brown oil (no black) and the rest was a mix of brown with a bit of black.  You don’t need to be accurate in the slightest and a bit of tonal variety just adds to the overall effect.

Armies on Parade Board WIP
Brown patches in place

Oils take a few days to properly dry so I made sure that I got it done before I was out a couple of evenints.  Once cured I was onto what I always feel is one of the more exciting parts – airbrushing Vallejo Burnt Umber wherever there would be dirt, so round the edge of buildings, round all of the dirt piles and similar. This massively changes the dynamic of the board.

Using a 2″ wall brush and a tube of light grey artist acrylic, I gave the whole board a light drybrush to pick out the edges.  I tried to focus on the little flecks of debris and just lightly on the bigger items.

Going back to the airbrush, I sprayed Skavenblight Dinge onto some of the cracked road sections to blend them into the brown a bit more and dusted all of the piles.  I then swapped to black and added a few bits of light scorching to some areas of dirt, round the obvious shell damage and a few patches here and there.  The raised platform really benefits from a few black smears.

To a certain extent it could have been left at this point, I certainly would for a regular board, but as this is an entry for Armies on Parade, I cracked into it with some weathering pigments, primarily two Forge World dirt colours and an AK Interactive black.  I used Forge World Solution as my fixing agent which seems to have worked pretty well.  A few splashes here and there and then wiped off with some towel gave that rained on effect.

I also picked the details out (such as the missile launcher and bolters) and applied some more pigments to blend them in – I probably should have done this before I started the pigment stage 😀

And that’s pretty much where I’m at with it.  The generator needs to be finished off and then everything given a coat of sealer to make sure that nothing is going to rub off during transport.  I’m likely going to be very lazy and not paint the doors on it – one set I plan to cover up with a model…

I will say that despite being a pain to flatten out, the board is lovely with just enough detail to be interesting but without being too detailed (which I often feel some Games Workshop scenery is).  I’m sure there will be some entries with massively elaborate boards, but it’s not something I’m particularly interested in doing (what do you do with it afterwards?)

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I’m going to call it a day with this Armies on Parade update post.  The board isn’t going to change much more beyond the little generator being painted and the whole thing varnished!  I’ll post up a couple of other updates later on this week.

Orruk Megaboss Gnasha Full WIP

OrruksDespite working on my Orruk Megaboss for almost a month, I’ve not put up a decent Work in Progress blog post, so get yourself comfortable I’m going for a Waaagh!

If you don’t follow me on Twitter you’ll likely be surprised at the sudden change from Bloodbound and Ad Mech (and painting Red).  As I think I said in my BLACKOUT 2017 review, I had an urge to paint up an Orruk of some kind with the potential to paint up an army.  I’ve wanted to paint up an Orruk Megaboss since I saw it in White Dwarf, but was always put off by the price – £25 is really quite steep for a single miniature and even with a bit of discount from a third party you’re not far off a unit of ten models.

But with inspiration from the tournament (and heckling from friends) I ordered myself the Megaboss at the beginning of September…

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Wulfen On The Hunt

Wulfen Work In ProgressI’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.

Wulfen Pack Early Work In Progress

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Happy New 2016!

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.

Flesh Tearer Montage 1

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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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”

Ever Growing Pack

20130830-161842.jpgAlthough 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.

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From the Skies

20130819-080001.jpgNot 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”.

The Are No Wolves on Fenris…

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”.

Dark Vengeance Chaos Lord WIP

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.

 

 

Chaos Lord WIP

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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