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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!

 

Age of Sigmar · miniatures.

Stormcast Eternals!

I was going to write about basing, but that can happen tomorrow after the greenstuff has dried and I have finished the bases. Instead, I want to write about the Stromcast Eternals I have just finished from the Soulwars box set. It does mean I have painted an entire boxed set of miniatures, which I feel is an achievement of its own. Today, I finished the last of the Stormcast.

I am less then enamoured with Push-fit miniatures. I found that more often than not, it didn’t. I might go so far as to say I would rather work with finecast… I ended up clipping off the push fit bit and just working the miniatures together in the usual way. I also had to use greenstuff to fill gaps – I did learn that I need practice in this area.

Anyway, that small gripe aside, here are the miniatures. I’ve already sold several units so I cannot take a group picture, but here they are individually:

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All in all, I prefered painting the Night Haunt part of the box set, but these weren’t bad – I’d paint them over skeletons any day!!

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Photgraphs.

One thing that I have struggled with is taking good pictures of miniatures. I use my phone for this, which is now getting on and will need replacing soon, however I still felt that the pictures I took came off dark, even when in the light box. Something had to be done. On the warhammer Community page, there are some handy hints and tips about taking pictures, which I read. This was a good start.

I then thought about my set up and found a space and did some tinkering around with it. I used two spot lights, as these are available immediately, and fixed some paper to the wall. It ended up looking like this:

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The black clip lamp is currently clipped to the handle of the airbrush compressor – this is not ideal but as I was experimenting, I thought it would do for the time being. So, I grabbed some of the recently finished miniatures whose pictures I was not satisfied with and began taking some snaps.

Here are some old and new pictures side by side so you can see the difference:

 

 

They are still not perfect, but they are better. I have bits I can improve on and tweak but it is a step in the right direction, and for me, that is a win!

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New Learning!

Today, Gary from The Vanus Temple  (http://www.the-vanus-temple.com/) and I met up with the intention of learning how to air brush. I have had the airbrush for a while, however I have been unsure how to use it. I learn best when I am being shown things and so asked. He said he wouldn’t mind showing me and so today was the day.

I now know the basics, how the airbrush works and some of the simple techniques. The problem is, I am very asthmatic. I have to have daily steroids to ensure I keep breathing properly. I do not have an extractor or spray booth, so we decided that it would be best if I had those things before I started to use the airbrush properly. I do know the important bits and it won’t be long before I start experimenting and playing around with it. Watch this space.

So, instead of waste time while I had an awesome commission painter in the house, we spoke of other things and I got my learn on.

I learned about blending swords – something I consider a weakness.

I learned four colour blending on lenses.

I learned about painting gems.

Small things that I have done before but this is a new way that I have been shown. It was amazing to watch an expert, then have a go at the technique too – and show them my first attempts too.

Here is my sword next to Gary’s. I am very pleased with the result, though I want to practice and play with the technique on other blades and see what I can do with some time and effort.

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But who did which sword…?
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Miniature Swap – Details and Information

I put a poll up on twitter about a miniature swap, which has been recieved with positive vibes. So, I thought I would write a blog post about how it is going to work and what the ‘rules’ are. Here we go:

1) You have to be on twitter – this is open to twitter people only as it will make is far easier for me to manage, rather than me having to check multiple social media platforms.

2) In order to sign up, you need to message me to say you want in and what army you would like a miniature for. EG: Heretic Deb – Black Legion. This will allow me to create a list of who wants what.

3) Miniatures – There is a recommended spend of £20. You can go over this if you wish to do so, this is mean to be a guide so people don’t go crazy!

The miniatures are to be a single character for the person’s army. It can be bought, converted or kitbashed from whatever you have at home. This way, no one is going to end up painting a Reaver Titan and getting a tactical marine in return… For example. The one I did over Christmas for the local games club was for a Space Wolf player. I painted him Krom, who I bought. I recieved a kitbashed Thousand Son Sorcerer who was made from a Storm Cast and several other bits.

I don’t want to limit this to just Games Workshop either, any system goes, so long as it is no more than £20

4) Deadline – to be arranged after I have recieved entries and arranged them.

5) Who paints for who – This will be done at random. I will put each name into a ‘hat’ and work down a list. The only redraws will be if someone gets their own name.

6) Postage of miniatures – We all live miles from one another, so postage should be covered by the person posting the miniatures.

7) Location – This time around, I will only be taking people who are in the UK – this is to keep postage costs the same for everyone and to keep it fair.

8) Discussion – I expect you to talk to one another about what you’re going to paint so there are no duplicates – most of us follow each other by now so this shouldn’t be too difficult!

9) – Have fun?

 

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Mephiston

This isn’t going to be a massively long update today, but I wanted to share Mephiston with everyone. I finished him yesterday, and he is going to be a present for a friend’s birthday. She has already seen him so I have no worry about it being spoiled. Anyway. although he was finecast, and I did have to do a fair bit of cleaning up, he was a lot of fun to work on and different to the usual heretics I paint.

Here he is, in all his red glory!

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In other news, Stormcast Eternals are not so bad to paint…