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Teaching Painting!?

Last week, I met with my good friend Rhiannon (https://rhiapaintsminis.blogspot.com) with the intention of showing her how I do non metallic metals and layering. I was a bit unsure about doing so, as I have only just acquired the technique myself and it is by no means perfected. Still, I had the rough idea of what to do and there is no harm in showing someone what you know. We could learn together after all.

So, I started with the layering principles: Using very thin layers, blending back and forth until there are no seams in the colours and being patient with it. Also, not worrying if it goes a bit wrong because you can add more layers to correct it.

I always keep some old Chaos Space Marines around for testing things on, so I took a couple with me and we got to work on layering.

We used the same iniatures for Non metallic metals as well. Explaining that knowing how light behaves and where it hits is key was easy enough, and then we talked about using a picture for reference – Pinterest is everyone’s friend I think when it comes to learning techniques and finding pictures. Why not use expert pictures as a reference for your own? We also talked about starting with dark shades and working up.

It was just a case of trying it out and seeing what happened, keeping the brush strokes in the same direction and practice!

Here are the results:

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The above two are my efforts

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This one is Rhiannon’s. All in all, I think we did very well considering that neither of us are ‘experts’. It is a case of refining what we tried out today and just keeping at it!

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Hull GT and an Army Showcase!

On Saturday, I went along to help out at the Hull Grand Tournament. Mostly, my role was to watch out for people who wanted drinks and snacks from behind the counter. However, I was also asked to have a look around and pick out six people’s armies that I thought had been really well painted. They would be short listed to go into the final ‘best painted’ contest, which would be judged by all the players. This was a very difficult thing to do as I know everyone put in a lot of effort into making their miniatures look great. I did go around and take pictures of as many people’s miniatures as I could and here they are (there are a lot of them!):

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This yellow delight was painted by Gary at http://www.the-vanus-temple.com/ His army ended up being voted the ‘Best in Show’, which is very fair. Go and have a look, his work is amazing!

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I couldn’t vote for this shiny blue army, as I painted it!IMG_2312IMG_2313IMG_2314IMG_2315IMG_2316IMG_2317IMG_2318IMG_2319IMG_2320IMG_2321IMG_2322IMG_2323IMG_2324IMG_2325IMG_2332

This last picture is 1800 points work of Space Marines in one tower. We named it the Power Tower!!

I had a really great day while I was at the GT. I didn’t play, but I did get most of a Night Lord painted and enjoyed the atmosphere and speaking with the players as well. Seeing everyone’s army was also really cool and I was sad I couldn’t vote for more people!

Maybe next time!

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Demons, a Sorcerer and the Dreadnought

My main task this last week has been to power through the demon list that is being played for the GT. I am pleased with the progress I made with the demons but left the larger models for the last couple of days before hand. This included a demon prince, a Tzeentch Demon – Moon Face, a Thousand Sons sorcerer and a Dreadnought.

I started the sorcerer the other day and was pleased with how he turned out in the end. He didn’t take overly long either. I haven’t done much in the way of high-lighting but the idea was to get him done to a reasonable standard as quickly as possible. I do like the cloak, the flame effect didn’t take long to create and there was already marking on the cloak to show where it should be. It adds a bit of flair:

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The Demon Prince went from boxed to painted in about 4 hours. It was a quick job because it had to be, but I think he turned out alright in the end.  He had a few accents to make him more ‘Thousand Sons’ and again, I am pleased with his look:

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Moon Face was an experiment. I wanted him to have a blue tinge to him so it ties in with the other demons but so that he stood out as well. There are plenty of spaces where I see errors and room for improving but overall, he passes! The green flames also match the other demons in the force.

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Last but not least was the Dreadnought. The weaponry has been sprayed and drybrushed silver but I didn’t have time to take pictures of them together. When I had him, he was silver with a faint purple wash on him. I had an hour or so left so decided to experiment. I put some Talassar Blue – a contrast paint – over the silver and hoped for the best. The results were better than I thought they would be.

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You can sort of see in the pictures that the silver shines underneath the blue paint so it looks shiny. I then did some gold because Thousand Sons and added spots of rust to gun holes and red eye lenses.

Seeing how this worked here makes me want to play around with other contrast paints over silver and see what they look like as well. It is something I will have to get to after some other projects that have approaching deadlines are complete. Either way, it’s an interesting thought and one I look forward to exploring further in the near future.

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Book Review: Blood Reaver – Aaron Dembski Bowden.

Blood ReaverBlood Reaver is part two of the Night Lords Trilogy, and it has taken me longer to read that I wanted it to. This is not because of the book being terrible, but because of my own time constraints.

I was more than happy to pick up the tale of Talos and ‘friends’ once more and find out about there misadventures. This time, they found themselves at the dubious mercy of Huron Blackheart and his cronies. I am not going into detail about the story itself because I want you to go and read it for yourselves. You should do so, and here is why.

Characters! In this novel there are some fresh, new character to get your teeth into and some old flames back to haunt us. Talos, First Claw and the rest of the Night Lords from the first book are back and in full flow. Bickering and sniping at one another to the point of becoming murderous continues to thrill the reader, but leaves enough room for empathy. Even the character of the Exalted – or Vandred as he was formerly known prior to his possession – offers some choice moments within the story. Added to the violent mix is Variel, an apothecary who belongs to the Red Corsairs, also known as The Flayer, is a new face who is chillingly great. His cold, ruthless and detatched demeanour only adds to the story and the role he plays leaves the reader guessing to the very end.

Alongside the Space Marines is the mortal crew. The new additions are a brilliant foil for those that already exist and the development of the interwoven relationships between them all is well written and feels natural, rather than forced.

As always, ADB’s writing is a delight to read. I am not usually a fan of reading void combat, however the end of this novel, which featured such had me gripped and reading until the small hours just to find out what happened and who survived. Those that did not survive had my eyes prickling. That I was able to connect to the humblest of characters within the novel says a great deal about how the book is put together. The action pacing is perfect, making me need to know what happened.

Go and read this novel, it is a whirlwind and worthy of your time!

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Tzeentch Demons, Contrast paints and speed!

It is the Hull GT on Saturday and Sunday this week, and although I will not be playing, Dave will. Half of the miniatures he needs for his list are painted, half are not. Today, I have painted a good number of miniatures in order to ensure they are ready. The rule is they have to have a minimum of three colours on them and be based. So given the number of bits that needed work, I have stuck to that criteria as much as I can.

Here is a picture of what I was to work on that I took this morning:

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First thing I did was look at the sorcerer lord – he was a mess and most of the paint scratched straight off. The resin staff hadn’t been washed so the undercoat chipped away with ease. I binned him off and replaced him with a Scarab Occult Terminator that I had in the cabinet. He is half way finished – pictures of him tomorrow when he is all done.

The pinks needed finished off, and five more of them fully painting. This took a long time, there is a lot of silver bracelets on them and that took a long time to pick out and get looking acceptable. I managed though, so 25 of them are now done and battle ready:

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I then worked on 4 Blue Horrors, which had been undercoated with the contrast spray. This was a new venture! I used contrast paint on them and it took longer for the paint to dry than it did to actually paint the miniatures. I am not yet convinced about them, I will need to find some time to have a play around and see what they can do properly. The idea of working from light to dark colours seems odd and they behave in a very different way to regular colours. Still, for a first attempt, I think they are ok. They needed to be done quickly so I can think about other miniatures in the force as well so it served that purpose well. Here they are:

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Still to do in the list:

Scarab Occult Terminator Lord

Thousand Sons Demon Prince

Dreadnought

Finish a plague bearer leader guy

Whatever else Dave throws at me between now and Friday night…

Wish me luck friends, I feel I may need it.

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Hobby Update – July

While my friend was visiting from Sweden, I had very little time to get anything done hobby/work wise. It was a lovely break and just what I needed to be able to spring back and get some bits accomplished. I am unsure where I was up to so here are some bits I have been doing recently.

First off, I have tinkered with the base of the Everchosen Diorama. I thought it was a bit dull and needed something extra to make it stand out. I added some heather to the base and a few extra tufts to give it subtle flashes of colour rather than it being as dull as it was before. Here are the results:

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I have also worked on Abaddon – I may have posted this already, but here he is again anyway as a reminder. This is my first attempt at Non Metallic Metals and I am very pleased with how they’re developing.

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His face I am particularly pleased with as well. There are a lot of subtle colours in there, apple green and some purple, to add to the deep expression. I also like his yellowing teeth – I doubt there are many stockists of toothpaste in the Eye of Terror…

Finally, I have been working on the Elucidian Starstriders. I will be painting these to sell later on. The miniatures are detailed, intricate and I am enjoying picking out the details. They don’t take too long to paint either, which makes me feel as though I have achieved something quickly. So far, I have done the medic and the dog!

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I find that the rest of the week is going to be busy painting wise. I have been commissioned to paint Guilliman, which shall be amazing. I enjoyed painting him before and the chance to do so again is welcome. I have an army of Tzeentch demons to finish by the end of the week for a local GT event. Everchosen is creeping up quickly so I need to mae haste on Abaddon as well.

I am glad to be busy!

If you are interested in commissioning my to paint your miniatures, please feel free to get in touch on any of my social media platforms. I would love to hear from you!

 

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Abaddon the Despoiler

I have not disappeared! I have a friend staying over from Sweden adn we have been off on many adventures together while she stays here. Today however, to give my little car and our feet a rest, we decided to have a painting day. I have used the time to catch up on painting some more of Abaddon for Everchosen. Some of you may remember that I wanted to try Non-Metallic Metals for it and I have been taking my time with the blending highlighting.

So far, I am very pleased with the result. One of my worries was that parts of the miniature wouldn’t look as good as other parts. So far, I think I am alright.

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I think I need to touch up the skull on his knee as it looks as though I have knocked it with some darker paint – this shouldn’t take too long at least.

I am also glad I decided to paint him and build him in parts. It has made accessing different areas a lot easier. I know I have a lot to do yet, but this feels like a great start!