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!):
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!
I couldn’t vote for this shiny blue army, as I painted it!
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!
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:
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.
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!
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!
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I have spent this week working on the base of a diorama I plan to enter for the Everchosen Open category at the end of the month. I doubt this entry will get very far, but for me, the challenge of converting and building this miniature and the base, was motivation enough.
The idea was to have a Night Lord jumping on a Broodlord’s head and stabbing it with lightning claws. The miniatures I already had painted as they were going to be part of the diorama for Golden Demon that didn’t get finished. The challenge with them now was going to be fititng them onto a smaller base and still making it look good.
I went for a round base, and here are the materials I started off with:
I used the cork to build up the centre of the base. The wire brush was good at roughing up the edges so it didn’t look too much like a sheet of cork. I then glued on fine gravel to give the entire base some texture.
I still wasn’t happy with the cork, so I used texture paint to cover it. I wanted it to match the texture of the ground.
After leaving it to dry completely, I undercoated it black. I then had to attach the broodlord to the base, so out came the greenstuff. I used that to create rock up around his feet and the sculpting tools to make it look as much like rock as I could!
I didn’t like it 24 hours later, so I covered it in sand to see if I could get the textures to match – happily, it worked!
I then undercoated it black. After it had dried. I painted the whole base dryad bark and then washed it with Nuln oil. I then spent a good deal of time drybrushing different shades of brown over the base. I aimed for a reddish colour, this is how it turned out:
The base was still flat, so I added some burnt tufts of grass, a nurgling and some slime, a ripper and a few spots of blackish-blue blood. Here is the final result:
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:
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!!
I drew the miniature swap on stream this evening. Here is the results showing who is painting for who and what should be painted:
So, I am Heretic Deb, I would like a Black Legion miniature, I will paint something for Vidpui, who has no preference.
I expect everyone to be able to sort themselves out when it comes to speaking to one another about what they actually want.
Remember: The spend amount I suggested was £20, though you are more than welcome to exceed the budget if you want to.
Deadline: September. I’m not putting a hard and fast date, but the end of September gives you three months to paint the miniature, which should be plenty of time.
Pictures: It would be amazing if at the end of September, I can do a post of pictures showcasing the miniatures we have all painted. Of course, this is not compulsary but any pictures I get, I will show off to the world.
During the painting tutorial day Wednesday, we discussed the Everchosen contest that is on the 27th July. I said I hadn’t planned on entering but was persuaded otherwise. I had a couple of option in my head. One was Ahriman floating about on a balewind vortex, the other was Abaddon. Now, Ahriman would have been too large for the category I want to enter, so Abaddon was the only remaining choice.
He is a wonderful miniature and I want to do him justice. I also want to learn new things and push myself for the contest. So I decided I was going to have to learn how to do Non-Metallic Metals. For those that don’t know, that is painting metal areas with non metal pigment. It is pretty hard to do.
I learned a lot about layering while I was painting the sword on Wednesday, and it was with that in mind I went about this task. I grabbed a test miniature, in this case a chaos space marine, and began looking at pictures on Pinterest. I don’t like watching videos, part of the fun for me is looking at a picture and figuring the rest out for myself.
I’m not secure enough in my knowledge to really share or offer tips on this, I have a lot to learn yet. However, I already learned a great deal and look forward to trying this again very soon.
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:
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!