The title is a lie, I spent most of this week looking at freehand work. I wanted to share them all in one place however and ‘show off’ what I have done. Freehand was not something I had ever really considered before, however I was prompted to try things other than another galaxy cape. I have a full sized Chaos Reaver Titan here and I want to do the (not so) miniature justice. I want to have amazing looking frescoes painted on it as it stomps its way over the battle field. In order to achieve this, I need to get good at freehand work.
Here are the results from this week’s painting:
There are plenty of ares for improvement with these pieces of freehand. Blending could be a bit mroe subtle in places, the skull shape needs working on, but for first attempts on something a little less forgiving than a galaxy, I can say I am proud of what I have done so far.
I like the sound of this game! I get confused and lose interest quickly when it comes to large games of 40K. The amount of rules and things to remember I find overwhelming and hard to follow, it fries my head and I find it hard to follow.
Kill Team is way smaller, if I cannot cope with 100 points of miniatures then I may as well just pack up and go home. So, I made a kill time this evening and have fun naming the miniatures that will be featuring in the Warband I now find myself in charge of.
I went for Night Lords, mainly because they are awesome and I won’t hear another word on that matter. I got to pick twelve characters that I can choose to do missions and cause havoc when we play! Let me introduce you to them:
Kalex – a combat specialist Khorne Berserker type.
Kalash – a demolishions terminator.
Digby – Master of Possession (psyker)
Vel Shoma – a Space Marine.
Shraivok Tar – The Boss, he has a chain sword and is awesome.
Jar Vosk – a Space Marine.
Unus – Cultist Champion
Duo – Cultist Gunner
Tres – Cultist Gunner
Quattuor – Cultist
Quinque – Cultist
Sex – Cultist
In true Night Lord fashion, the cultists are named after the latin numbers; originality and thought into naming them did not occur to their dark masters…
Not all of them have miniatures yet, that will change over the next few days and weeks when I get time to work on personal projects. In the mean time, here is Digby again:
Now I just need to name the damned band, which is a lot harder than I first thought
As most of you know, I have an Ahriman problem. I love painting this miniature in any of his forms, so when a friend of mine lamented the fact that she didn’t have one, I jumped at the opportunity.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Ahriman without a cloak of stars, so I asked her to pick a galaxy she wanted me to attempt and I went with that. I love painting galaxies, I think they are simple to do and effective as well. I finished him today, and after confirmation that the friend loved it, I share him with you:
Today, I took a journey to Stockport to Element Games as we had a stall at the Warboot. A carboot sale for wargames. They’re always a good laugh and well worth a visit. As a regular attender, it was good to see some familiar faces, sell off some bits and bobs that were never going to get used, and to pick up some bargains. I only grabbed a few as I have a lot to work on already and wanted to resist creating a huge backlog which would soon become overwhelming.
Here’s my loot:
Five Night Lord guys who will become part of my Kill Team.
Ten Raptors who might well end up being Night Lords as well – not sure what I am going to do with them as yet
The Mounted Kreig Commissar who was a limited edition miniature and is no longer available. He will be painted and sold.
So, my weekly to do list looks a bit like this:
Build, undercoat and paint Soul Wars and the commissar above.
Finish painting Ahriman and Mini Reaver.
Finish painting and sell the Trollblood Gargantuan
Sort through the boxes in the studio and see what they are.
The only thing I have freehanded in the last couple of years is the galaxy cloaks a lot of people know me for. I wanted to try my hand at it and seeing how I decided to put the flat panels on the Adeptus Titanicus Reaver, I thought I would give it a go.
Now, the Legio that Twitter voted on was Legio Mortis, so I had a look at the heraldry, cursed at the complexity of it and rolled up my sleeves.
I started by sketching the image out on the panel with a pencil very lighty. At this point, the princeps of the Reaver was asking, ‘Why can I see graphite.’
I then took a deep breath and got stuck in. I started off by filling in the black for the eyes and nose, as this seemed a good base. Next came the skull. I have been asked about painting bone and so shall be doing a tutorial on that next week. It is a combination of five colours and a lot of wet blending to make sure there are no glaring blend lines.
Next came the bars around the skull. I used Eshin grey as the base and then added black or white depending on which tone I was after. I then blended them together to create shadows and light and this is the result.
So, what do I think.
The cranium of the skull is a little too big, I think the teeth on the skull are a bit too stark and I know some of the grey rods are wonky.
Otherwise, I think I did alright in the end. Not bad for a first attempt in a couple of years. I will be doing similar again in the near future, got to keep practicing!
I made it no real secret that I liked the Night Lords after reading the first few pages of Soul Hunter on my last post – the bit where one laughed when his friend got shot sold it for me, and if that wasn’t enough, I also read Prince of Crows and got some amused looks when I laughed out loud while I was reading in a coffee shop a few months back.
The Sevatar-off with Office on Twitter was an awesome contest and made me really think about what I want to learn to do with my painting next. I used blending techniques I have never tried before on that mini and I think they turned out really well. The there was the Master of Possession I used to practice lightning on as well.
So, I decided I can’t have just two Night Lords causing issues in the cabinet, I had to get some more. I might even be able to make a Kill Team out of them if I think carefully. Maybe.
The next guy has been given the nickname Gloves. I am using him to refine the blending process on ceramite and try to work out where the light would hit it if it came from a certain angle. I am sure this is a pre-requisite to Non Metallic Metallic painting (NMM) and that is something I want to practice. Here are some shots so far:
I still think the lines are a little sharp and could use more gradual colour changes, but this is me learning how to blend using this method and for a second attempt, I don’t think this is too bad.
I also tried something on his jet pack to make it look like it was glowing. I do think this worked well and I am pleased with it.
I still have a lot of work to go on Gloves, but he is coming along well. I am learning a whole lot from this too, which is the most important thing.
On a side note, I also listened to The Long Night while painting the other day. Sevatar’s voice was hilarious and at first I was put off. It grew on me though, and after listening to that tale, I just want to go and hug the poor fellow, maybe give him a cup of tea… which makes me horribly British.