Something a bit different was in order today. I wanted to have a break from painting Space Marines and Games Workshop miniatures, so broke out some of the board game ones that have been hanging around the house for ages. Shadows of Brimstone, for those that don’t know is an adventure game. The best way I can describe it is Wild West, Cthulu Warhammer Quest. It has a variety of expansions, and I have been painting some from the Space Ship one, as well as finishing off some others as well. Here they are:
I have used a range of different techniques to paint these miniatures. Including contrast paint over silver, speed painting and using tape to create lines on bases. I have a few more to finish as well, and I will likely work on these over the weekend. Although the quality of the miniature is not the same as Games Workshop, I have really enjoyed the change!
Before the world went mad, I had planned on creating a diorama of Mephiston fighting a demon – Doonbreed – for a Golden Demon entry. A lot has happened and the event was cancelled. The parts of the diorama have been left in a box mostly forgotten about until the other day. I thought, it might not be for Golden Demon anymore, but it would be a shame to waste the parts I had collected. So I started working on it again last week. Fridays have become my ‘skills’ day – where I try new things and practice existing skills in a way that I am unable to while doing commission work.
Here are some snaps of the mock up:
The idea is that he will be landing on the pipe in order to mess up a horde of demons on the larger base. I want the smaller base to be able to come off in case I get the insane notion of using this large, tall miniature on the tabletop… Yeah, maybe not but the practice of building up a scenic base won’t be a bad thing.
So, next task was to crack on and paint him. He is in sub assembly in order for me to get into the hard to reach spots without making too much of a mess. Here are some of the parts:
I have quite a way to go with this as yet, but I am pleased with the progress. I have also done work on his cloak, but I am saving that for another post as I want to really talk about the process of creating it.
As many of you know, I love creating dioramas. I use them as an opportunity to try new things and on this one I tried two – how adventurous. I added some Object source lighting to the light post and some shine to the gore. I did the goor by adding Mephiston red to some Vallejo water texture paint and then some blood for the blood god after for a bit more colour variation. This is how it turned out:
I am pleased with the results, and I know the new owner is as well! It was a fun piece to create and I learned from it too! An all round win I say!
I like that both entries thought on their basing, and decided to push the sculpted theme a little further.
Entry A – Good palette and great use of colour. Yellow accent colour works well to break up the space. – Love the colour glow brought onto the base and a cheeky bit of colour blending there. Would have liked to see more of that elsewhere. – Missed opportunity with that diamond pattern on the legs. – Big fan of a bit of glowy power sword action! Could add a little of that mid-tone blue onto the hair to sell the OSL further. – Nailed the face. Top job!
Entry B – Good colour choices, and the bright green really stands out. – However you took the second photo, do more like that. It adds just enough warmth and light to let me read the piece properly without any distractions. – Hair highlighting jars a little. – Loving the variety of tone in the purple and green fabric, then playing that green back into the darker green shards. Nice.
Got to pick a winner though, right? My choice is entry B. Tough, but I think the painter pushing themselves to execute a check pattern well is probably the stand-out difference for me.
Judge 2 – Leaky Cheese – said this:
I vote for B! I really liked your colour contrast between the face hair. The square patterns were beautifully done and repeating them as diamonds on his clothing works really well. Beautiful belt gem and the green sheen on the swords is another lovely touch.
Judge 3 – Dr Dave – said this:
So… That’s a really tough one for me. I love both renditions of the miniature and they both stand out in terms of painting skill for different reasons. I like the colour scheme of both, I think I prefer the darker tones and cheques on the floor tiles of B more than A though. That being said I like the overall brightness of A. If you could combine the figure of A with the rules of B, that would be the winner! It’s really tough but after much deliberation I’ve gone for entry B, just because I think I prefer that overall colour scheme and some of the little touches like the reflection on the tiles
Judge 4 – Bees – said this:
My vote is for Entry B They are both beautifully painted and it was a difficult decision, as always. You’re both so skilled. I loved the colour palette on A, but B has so much contrast with the deep colours and bright greens and the galaxy detail on the squares just cinched it.
Judge 5 – Nick Bayton – said this:
Entry A: I love the colour selections – lovely pastel theme but a limited palette. The diamond work is really good, with the outlines suggesting diamonds being painted really neatly. I love the highlights on the black – looks like you’ve used Karak Stone in there to give it soft material-like texture. The highlights on the panels on the base are really good – with cheeky little spot highlights representing light spots. The face is really good too – painted really smoothly!
Entry B Again – I love the colours used here. You’ve gone the opposite way with strong colours used to create a clear theme throughout the model with plenty of contrast between surfaces. The dark teal and purples really compliment each other well – a classic vibrant combo for xenos models which really works. The check work is amazing – so neat and well done, and repeated across the model in areas that would have been quite hard to do, so props to you for that! The purple blending looks great – i must have taken a good long while! Again – face looks amazing too.
As for a winner?I vote Entry B… but only by a Gyrinx’s whisker.
So, the overall winner is Entry B.
As I am sure you are all dying to know, I can now say who painted which miniature.
Office painted Miniature A, I painted miniature B.
I was recently contacted by a client asking me to paint up some intercessors for his son. I love Space Marines, and I love getting children into Warhammer and such. Warhammer Club was perhaps the best part of my teaching week before I stopped teaching so this request was a no-brainer.
The client sent me a picture of the colouring sheet his son had produced and all I had to do was copy it onto the Marines – simple!
This is what they looked like:
I love how the scheme turned out. Orange, red, grey and blue work so well together! I had a lot of fun painting the orange as well – it was tough, and a colour I haven’t really worked with before either. Next time, I will layer it up from a red base rather than going from a black undercoat.
I have also heard that the client’s son is thrilled with them, so all in all, this was a good learning process, and fun to boot!
Another game has happened! This is turning into quite the regular occurance. This time, we did not add any more rules, we did add another Titan instead. We each had a Warlord, Reaver and Warhound this time. I also thought a bit more about the weapons I was going to take, rather than doing what sounded cool. This was my load-up for the game:
I wanted to have a balance of high strength low dice, and low strength high dice weapons. The low strength ones break shields – they have a lot of shots to block, the high strength break titans. It makes sense in my head at least.
Highlights on the game include:
A warhound getting in behind my Warlord Titan and then exploding because it’s reactor got too hot causing horrid amounts of damage.
My Warlord then blowing up because the damage it took from the Warhound exploding was just too much for its legs to take.
My Warhound sandwiched between my opponent’s Warlord and Reaver ending up being the hero and destroying the Warlord and then running away. (pictured above)
My opponent doing more damage to himself in one turn than I did.
What I learned was Warhounds do not like to run hot on their reactors as this tends to make them blow up. I also need to make sure I look at the range of weapons as well and to make sure I move where I can use them properly. It was still a lot of fun, and I only lost my a small margain this week. I did succeed in my personal goal of blowing up the Warlord! I am calling that a win in my books!!
So, the time has come to announce the miniature, rules of engagement and judges for this year’s Painting Challenge between Office Painter and I.
<Insert Fanfare here>
First! The Miniature:
It was chosen in a vote over on twitter. We both wanted to paint something we have never really attempted before and this guy is new… Also very grumpy, hense the name of the contest this year.
Second. The Rules.
No conversions or altering the miniature itself. The base is fair game though.
Deadline is 25th July.
Both entries will be published on this blog anonymously and the judges have to decide which is the best.
The loser will owe the winner a pint at Warhammer World at the next meet up.
Third: The Judges
As with last year, there are five people we have selected as our judges. All have agreed and they are all pillars of awesome within the warmonger community on twitter – and other places too! In no order they are:
Dr Dave (@dave_the_dr) Returning for another year, he is most famous for his Golden Demon winning entry and those amazing awesome Legion of the Damned that appear to glow… also Dreadnoughts.
Bees (@VoiceOfKosh) Another returnee judge. Lover of Mortarion. Check out her Imperial Fists and Magnus. The Magnus of the 40K variety is shaping up to be a fantastic looking mini!
Cheese (@Leaky_Cheese) Keeper of Dave-Lore, ‘Warden’ of Fondlechew and general 30K boffin. Has a wicked you-tube Channel and is overly fond of Jerks. His Word-Bearers really are something to see!
Nerodine (@Nerodine) Has helped both Office and I with tutorials, tips and general encouragement through the last year. His light source painting is something to be admired.
Nick Bayton (@Nick_Bayton) Ultramarine extrodinaire! Warhammer TV presenter and general nice guy. Encouraging and friendly, is always there with a cool picture and motivational word for all!
This week, we decided to add in some of the more advanced rules for the game. The weapon properties were added, as well as reactor dice and orders. It was a lot to remember, and I am not entirely sure I managed to retain it all as we went along, but it was fun none the less.
We used the same Titans as last week – A Reaver and a Warlord, but we swapped weapons around to have a go with some different ones.
I did not fare so well in this game. I decided before hand that I was going to try and destroy the Reaver and then focus on the Warlord – I was so close as well, but the dice betrayed me this week and just when I was about to blow the Reaver to smithereens, the dice went against me!
My Warlord had already taken a beating and the reactor overheated, meaning that it blew up. Less than helpful. My Reaver then tried to destroy its counterpart but alas, by this point, its shields had repaired and it was safe once again.
Things I learned this game:
A better mix of weaponry would be good – some with low strength and high number of hits mixed with the high strength/low number of hits would be better.
Dice betrayals are real.
Orders are fun but can be a real bummer if they are ignored.
The reactor dice is fun, especially when the machine spirit gets all uppity and does its own thing.
spinning around wildly shooting when you’re about to die is also funny.
I may not have won this game, but I mostly remembered how to play and the new additions were not overly complex. I did not feel as though my mind was blown. I do tend to vocalise what I am doing at the moment – talking myself through it. I find it helps.
Next time, we are consolidating what we have already learned. I plan to think a bit more about weapon choices and try once again to focus fire and actually blow something up!!
As some of you know, I really enjoy playing Minecraft. I have spent a great many hours creating things in the game. I have tinkered with villages and created a city, explored vast planes, captured horses, created a zoo and built many structures. One day, when lacking inspiration, I turned to the internet for help. I found a website called grabcraft and spent a long time exploring and deciding what to build.
I settled on this:
This is St Basil’s cathedral in Moscow. A building I think is stunning and would love to see in real life. While we are not allowed out, building my own one will have to do.
It was 18,000 individual blocks and took more than a few hours to construct. Here is the finished result:
Turns out that Xbox sreenshots are rather dark. I shall try and get some brighter ones at some point.
Either way, I am pleased with the result and thoroughly enjoyed building this. I shall be looking for my next project very soon!