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!
As mentioned in a recent post, I have been working on the Mephiston diorama. Many of you know I am a bit of a freehand nut when it comes to cloaks (though I have an idea for a tank brewing) and so I wanted to create something a bit special. I have done galaxy’s and other motifs but this had to be something that pushed my skills, else there would be little point to doing it.
I decided to go with a deep red with a brocade pattern over the top. I am not the best at creating regular shapes, but I tried it anyway. This is how phase one turned out:
To achieve this pattern, I used Khorne red as a base coat and then did some very thin black glazes in the recesses to give the red a bit of depth. I then created the pattern – I may do a tutorial on this sometime in case other people want to give it a go. I used Ushabti bone for this. When it was done, I glazed it down with very thin Khorne red until it looked mroe natural. It took several layers but you can see the difference between the two pictures.
Now, I wasn’t about to stop there. When I painted Mephiston for my friend, I placed a flaming winged blood drop motif on the cloak, so I thought I would do something similar on this one. I also added a brown hem at the bottom. I did think about writing his name on the hem, however the creases in the fabric meant that it wouldn’t look right if I did. Here is the end result:
The billows of the cloak make this rather tricky to photograph properly, and I know this is not finished – he has psyker tubes and the lining to work on as well, but so far, so good!
I wanted to build on what I learned using speed painting, mentioned in the previous post. When I was teaching, we always claimed that a person truly understood what they had learned when they were able to apply something in a different context. So I took the same colour palette and techniques and turned them onto the Unmade Warband I had yet to paint for Warcry.
I admit that I had already airbrushed the pale skintone onto them and washed it purple, but aside from that, they were painted with the same method Midwinter Miniatures used in their videos. Here are the results:
The only changes I have made are the bases, I wanted to use some more cracle red and red sand to make the drab looking miniatures stand out a bit, and the red helmets. Contrast paint over silver looks fantastic I think and so I used Flesh Tearers Red to emphasise their helmets.
All in all, I do like the speed painting technique for models that have a lot of fabric. I am not sure how good it would look on a miniature with a lot of flat surfaces, but I shall try one in the future! These took less than 6 hours to do, which is a lot quicker than I would have done them using my usual method!
A return client recently asked me to build and base coat some miniatures for Blackstone Fortress with the intention of finishing them off himself. I agreed of course and set about doing so. The difference this time was that the client wanted me to follow a speed painting video with the base coats. Interesting. I am not one for watching videos about painting, I like to see a picture and work out how it is done myself, or read a step by step tutorial like ones I have made myself. Still, I am always up for learning new things and so I gave it a go.
After talking about the techniques, I was then asked to just do the whole thing – which I was happy to do. The whole set of minaitures took me under twelve hours to finish, which I think is good timing, and the videos were super easy to follow. Here are the miniatures, I will pop a link to the youtube videos at the end of the post.
I really enjoyed this method of painting, it was quick, looks effective and easy. The videos were by Midwinter Miniatures over on youtube, the link below will take you to their page:
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.
I actually picked this up by accident. I intended to go for the Martian Ironcrust – the gravel texture paint that I use for nearly all my bases, but picked up Martian Ironearth instead. I was a bit surprised when I opened the tub and saw that it was smooth! I decided to go for it anyway – the colour was still right after all. Bright red really makes the blue of the Ultramarines stand out I think. Here they are:
I was unsure at first, then realised that painting the base before I put the crackle on was a good idea. this made it a bit easier. I also had to make sure that the feet had a bit of the drybrush colour on as well to give them a bit of a weathered look, otherwise they didn’t look quite right.
I really love the effect however adn I plan on playing about with it on some spare bases that I have knocking around. I bet they create a wicked lava effect.
Up until very recently, the only thing I have put decals on is a tank – a large, flat surface that is relatively easy to do. I have just started to put them in other places. I usually freehand details like that, but seeing how I am now painting a full army, that is a lot of freehand. It is about time I learned how to use decals anyway as some of the orders I have taken lately have also asked for them. Here are the results on one of the Blood Angels Assault Intercessors – and a shot of the Captain again as well because I am super proud of him!
I was recently contacted by a client who has a batch of Stormcast they wanted painting based on a colour scheme from an anime character. It was a lot of fun going through the entire process. Together, with the aid of the colour wheel, we came up with a scheme that should work. I painted a test model, which allowed us to work out the kinks of the scheme and we found what worked:
I think painting the test miniature was a great way of seeing what the colours would look like, especially as sometimes things work on paper but not in practice. I have spent the last week painting the miniatures and although it is not a colour scheme I would use for myself, I feel they are effective and look good.
There have been a few minor alterations since these pictures were taken, however I feel they worked out well. I know the client is happy with them as well, and that is the most important element of this work!
I have taken some time to paint my own miniatures this week. With the looming release of Indomitus, I want to clear some space on the ‘To Paint’ shelf. So I have worked on the base coated ‘mini’ marines. I collected the various parts from a load of bits boxes around the house and stuck them together. They are a mis-matched bunch of marines, but they are mine and I am sure there will be plenty of fights for them to get stuck into in the future.
There are twelve in the squad – I had extras so put them altogether and thought they may as well all be in the smae squad. There seemed to be no point in having two smaller squads and I am sure I can write a fluff reason for it if the need arises.
It has been really lovely as well to work on something for myself, rather than for a commission or for sale elsewhere. I plan on painting the Marine half as Blood Angels and keeping them, and then maybe actually playing some games with them! That would be a novel idea!
So, as I painted the Gellerpox Infected, I have now painted the other side of the Rogue Trader set; the Elucidian Starstriders. It was a real treat to paint these miniatures again. They’re all very different so batch painting them can be tricky. Even the void-warriors in blue are different so require attention individually.
Here they are:
I have now painted these miniatures three times, and I have enjoyed every single one. It also gives me a chance to see how much I have improved since the last time I painted them – which was about a year ago. I find that painting the same miniature after a stretch of time is good to mark your own progress and see how you have improved. Here are the old ones:
I have also learned to take better pictures since then, but I can see my improvements from this time last year.