This is a bit like a weekly ‘to do’ list! These are some of the things I wish to achieve miniature wise in the week ahead, though I am not sure I will get everything done with a planned trip to my folks place! So, in no particular order:
- Khorne Berzerkers. I’ve already base coated them and got them on the right sized bases. Now they need finishing off.
2) Guillliman who is a commission for a friend of mine, and some screamers. I want to try something with different colours on the screamers. Guilliman is already base coated and ready for pin shading and metallics.
3) This Death Jester and the other Eldar guy. They came in a batch of Eldar that was picked up at the Warboot and I think they look interesting, so I will paint them to sell at a later date. Always good to try some different miniatures right?
4) I want to paint this guy to practice on those swords. I believe this is a converted Autarch?
5) This fellow has a banner and is already primed… I’m going to Eldar freehand it and practice gems!
6) And then there is this guy…
I shall be very busy but I am confident I will get at least the first 5 done. The last guy will be an ongoing project as he is rather large. He shall be the reward for painting the others and progress will be slower. I am painting him for myself though, rather than for commission or selling. Either way, it shall be a busy, but fun, week!
Due to my recent enthusiasm with the airbrush and what I learned over the weekend, some people have been asking me about my set up. I decided to make a post about it rather than tell people individually. I would like to say I am far from an expert on the matter, but I am happy to tell people what I have learned over the past few days.
This is the compressor I use:
While I was on the course, I learned that using the airbrush pressure at 60 is fine and encouraged. Apparently, a lot of people use it between 20 and 30, but we were told that having a Farrari that only drove at 30mph is pointless, the same logic can be put to use with airbrushes. I have been using it at 60psi and using the trigger on the airbrush itself to moderate the airflow. It’s worked so far for me.
This is the airbrush I am working with:
It is a Harder and Steinbeck Ultra. This is a basic airbrush with not too many parts. It has been easy to troubleshoot with when there has been a problem as well. It comes apart easily, which means it can be cleaned without too much fuss. I am using a 0.4 needle and due to clogs – this is a common occurance when you’re new to airbrushing have had to take it apart. The weight of the airbrush is something that needs to be looked at in the future as I intend to use it a lot. It would be fine for a couple of hours I think but I plan to use this to base coat everything and to do so in bulk. I shall upgrade when I have had more time to practice and get to grips with the techniques.
I also have an extractor booth:
It’s not so squeaky clean now – I have quite terrible asthma so I wanted something to take the dust away from my lungs. You can see the cleaner container which is useful for blasting cleaning fluid through the airbrush – something that you do a good deal of! The cardboard is for testing the flow of paint.
I still have a lot to learn and a great deal to play around with, but I believe I have the basics. I have even managed to base coat some miniatures and intend to paint them up over the next few days. The smoothness of the airbrush will provide a brilliant froundation on which to build, something a spraycan is unable to do!
Today was the second instalment of the Siege Studios painting course. Yesterday was intense, today was just as good. We started the day by working on the doors we started yesterday. Today we added battle damaging, weathering and scratches using some of the techniques we learned yesterday. Mine ended up looking like this:
Some of the scratches are too wide, and the battle shapes a bit cartoony, but these are areas I can work on over the next few weeks. I also sprayed the bottom with seraphim sepia at the bottom for wear as well. Pleased with this to say the least.
We also worked on flesh – faces to be specific. The skin was already sprayed on using the technique we were shown yesterday. We were shown recess shading and how to make skin look realistic rather than clown-like. It was an intense concentration moment, but it was worth the effort:
Again, there are plenty of spots that need improving, but I’m so pleased with how it turned out.
I’m going to have a lot of points to practice over the coming weeks and months and things can only get better. I’m very excited to get started and try out a whole host of awesome things.
For now though, I’m going to rest and let it all sink in!
Last week, I met with my good friend Rhiannon (https://rhiapaintsminis.blogspot.com) with the intention of showing her how I do non metallic metals and layering. I was a bit unsure about doing so, as I have only just acquired the technique myself and it is by no means perfected. Still, I had the rough idea of what to do and there is no harm in showing someone what you know. We could learn together after all.
So, I started with the layering principles: Using very thin layers, blending back and forth until there are no seams in the colours and being patient with it. Also, not worrying if it goes a bit wrong because you can add more layers to correct it.
I always keep some old Chaos Space Marines around for testing things on, so I took a couple with me and we got to work on layering.
We used the same iniatures for Non metallic metals as well. Explaining that knowing how light behaves and where it hits is key was easy enough, and then we talked about using a picture for reference – Pinterest is everyone’s friend I think when it comes to learning techniques and finding pictures. Why not use expert pictures as a reference for your own? We also talked about starting with dark shades and working up.
It was just a case of trying it out and seeing what happened, keeping the brush strokes in the same direction and practice!
Here are the results:
The above two are my efforts
This one is Rhiannon’s. All in all, I think we did very well considering that neither of us are ‘experts’. It is a case of refining what we tried out today and just keeping at it!
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
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!
Everyone loves a Primaris Lieutenant right? RIGHT? I picked this one up at Games Day because I thought it would be rude not to. I do like painting Primaris. I’m not going to lie, power armour in general is a favourite of mine but Primaris came out right when I started painting again so they’re always going to hold a spot.
When I got this guy, I wanted to try out one of the techniques that Gary suggested I do for edge highlighting. I had done something similar before but not how he said. The only colour I used for his power armour is Caledor Sky and white. I thinned it down to help it flow better and then had a go at the edge highlights. I am pleased with the results.
I am also pleased with how his face turned out. Skin is not an easy thing to tackle I have found and a badly painted face would not look right. I have seen it ruin otherwise good models. In this case, I think I did alright!