I have really enjoyed the weekend, as well as creating some more wine – Rosehip from fruit I pilfered from the field, I worked on Shalaxi. I was trying layering as I mentioned in my previous blogpost. I have had today off, which has been great, but tomorrow I need to get on with the work. So, here is what’s on the cards:
D&D Miniatures – I have more of the scenary to work on for the games store. The dragon is finished but there are still a great many packs to go through, small and large scenary parts to work on.
D&D Dogs – This is a commission from a client refered from a friend, they are cute looking creatures and should be a lot of fun too.
D&D Critical Role sets – I am not a fan of the series personally but the miniatures looked intersting and there are some fun looking characters too. They will be a big change from the usual Space Marines I paint at least.
Shalaxi – This is a personal miniature and although I really loved working on it over the weekend, I am unsure when I will fit it in this week. I hope to do a bit more at least as it helps me refine that layering skill which I consider myself to still be learning.
Here is a picture, because I feel a post with no picture is pretty dull!
I have just finished painted the Cypher Lords for Warcry, and I must say they are amazing miniatures to work on. They are detailed, interesting and not too fiddly to stick together either. Easier than the Corvus Cabal for definite. I stuck to the colour scheme on the box as I have painted these with the idea of selling them in mind and wanted to stick to what I know is popular. Here they are:
I am also going to add a page on this website with miniatures I have painted that are for sale. They will have a price next to them and people will be able to contact me if they are interested. This blog gets a fair bit of traffic now, when I post things and it might be another channel for me to sell bits and bobs – has to be worth a try!
I have completed a commission! Woot!
It was done for a friend of mine and it was a miniature I actually really like. I have painted Guilliman before, when I started painting again and to be able to have another go at him was really great. I am particularly pleased with the sword in this instance. They are something that I think I am really improving with and that is only going to get better with more time and practice.
I also really love his lenses! Who he was done for was pleased as well, which is always good. I get a bit nervous showing commissions for the first time, as it is like showing a part of yourself. In this case though, all was well in the end!
I tend to paint a lot of Imperial/Chaos miniatures and I decided that it was time to try something a bit different. In a bulk purchase made at a warboot, we managed to pick up some Eldar miniatures. A lot of them have been resold, however there are a few who are left kicking about not doing a great deal. One of them was a metal Death Jester, who looked interesting. I have a few more for a later time but this guy seemed like a welcome break from all the nurgle miniatures I have going on at the moment (Gellerpox Infected Killteam is half done at least)
So, I looked at some pictures on Pinterest – a wonderful space for inspiration if ever there was one – and went to work.
I had a lot of fun with this guy. It’s no secret that I love doing freehand work and the opportunity to do some was most welcome. I went for diamonds on a section of his coat that was fairly smooth – folds would have made it a bit too tricky in my mind, and stripes on his leg. I also did a line of gold on the trim of his coat too. It reminded me that working on metal is not as bad as I thought it was either, which is good. I have several other metal miniatures I have been avoiding, so maybe I will get around to them sooner. It was also good to have a change of type too. For now though, I better get back to those Gellerpox Infected!
If you are interested in buying this Death Jester, please get in touch!
I bought these models with no intention of ever playing Warcry. I did so because I saw them and thought they were cool. I’ve not done that for a long time, and never with the intention of just selling them afterwards but I am so glad I did. The Corvus Cabal look so cool and are really fun to paint. Here they are:
I did something new with these miniatures and that was use Steggadon Scale Green through the airbrush in order to base coat them. I was unsure how well it would go through the airbrush as it’s not made for it, however with a bit of thinner, it worked out really well.
Next step was to block in the other base colours. Rakarth Flesh for the skin tone and Negro gold and Black Metal (Scale 75) for the metallics. I used Dryad bark for the browns. For the feathers, I used a mix of 50/50 Steggadon Scale Green and Fenrusian grey to drybrush them and then Fenrusian grey to highlight at the end. The flesh tones were either picked out with either Kislev flesh or Palid Wych Flesh to give a little variety.
Skulls were done with Ushabti bone, washed with a watered down Seraphim Sepia and then highlighted with Screaming skull. The hoods were highlighted in Incubi Darkness and then again with Kabalite green to give a subtle variety in the colours of the miniatures.
I am most pleased with how they have turned out, now just to find a new home for them! If you are interested, feel free to get in touch about them!
I think I might make this a weekly feature. For my own records and goals as much as anything else. I love lists, they help me to focus and give me something to work towards as well. Nothing feels quite so good as being able to cross something off and to move on. I oftem do a daily list on twitter – which I then cut into paint tool so I can cross things off. I want to see if this works as a method of being productive or not. It’s always good to have a focus to help achieve things I find. Here we go then:
1 – Corvus Cabal – Warcry. I literally bought these models to paint and sell as they look really cool and I want to paint them. I have no intention of ever playing Warcry at all, but these guys are so neat
2) Elucidian Starstriders and Gellerpox Infected Kill Teams. I loved painting these before and managed to pick up the boxed set for a good price. I know they sell well and sell quickly, so I want to get them done this week to make some money for the bank holiday.
3) Eldar miniatures. I picked these ones out of a job lot that was purchased as miniatures I want to pratice skills on, prove I can do things other than Imperium and Demons and generally to push myself with. One of them is a Death Jester, which should be fun!
4) Work on this guy a bit more
5) I also have a HORDE of D&D scenary miniatures to look at and work on for Stronghold Games.
I am sure there will be other bits and bobs as well, but those can be added and crossed off as the need arises. I think for now, this will be enough!
I didn’t manage to get the Khorne Berzerker unit finished yesterday, so I finished them off today. I have to say that I am not keen on the sculpts – I think that the posing on them is a bit silly. Some of them look as though they are doing a dance or the conga, which makes them less scary and more laughable. I picked these ones up second hand however and wanted to use them as practice for the airbrush.
I still have a long way to go when it comes to smooth transitions and even covering in regards to the airbrush. I need to work on consistency of the paint too. At times, it came out the airbrush too watery, so I had made it too thin. I don’t want to make it too thick either as than it clogs up the airbrush instead. It is a learning curve however and I know what too thin looks like at least.
When I had finished them, I did get to use liberal amounts of blood for the blood god, which gave them that fighting, gorey look that is associated with Khorne. I am pleased with them for the most part, and I learned a fair bit painting them too.