I wanted to share a couple of the freehand bots I have done over he past couple of days. One is a Thousand Son Sorcerer cloak which has a cool galaxy on. I haven’t done one for a while and it was amazing to do so again. I have always enjoyed creating these and I am pleased with how it turned out.
The galaxy is on fire!
The other is on Shalaxi. I was painting with a friend and asking what would look good on the feathers on its head dress. The words peacock feathers was mentioned and I decided that was a challenge. Here are the results:
The last one I put in there to show the deep purple leg I’ve done. The lighting isn’t amazing but it is a start!
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these novels and the last one was no different to the last in that factor. It was a whirlwind of a read with some definite high points. I don’t want to spoil any of the novel, and you should definitely go and read this for yourselves. However, here are some of the high points:
Uzas – The Night Lord struggling with Khorne comes through with some excellent insight and character development.
Lucoryphus risking his butt to save a tech adept on the outside of the ship.
Cyrion’s sharp wit and one line quips are as good as ever.
Variel being his glorious self.
Talos trying to be something he isn’t and not doing a bad job of it.
The writing is spot on as always, which made the reading a pleasure. The development of the characters and setting is engaging and of course the world setting is very familiar too. The last part of the book is tough on the feels but the ending is worth it.
Give this one a read, the entire series is great!
A few weeks ago, I went on a painting course run by Seige Studios. I learned a great many things, some of which I have been putting to good use already. Little tweaks to make my work more efficient and other little housekeeping tips that have had significant impact. However one of the core teaching points of the course was battle damage and decals, neither of which I have done since the course. I wanted to change this and happened to spot the Primaris Repulsor in the cabinet looking all grey and sad. Normally, I don’t do battle damage on the Ultramarines however I need something to practice on and it seemed perfect.
First job was to airbrush the base coat onto it:
There were a couple of splatters with the airbrush, but I wasn’t upset about that. It would give me an idea of where to put the battle damage while I was working meaning they’d not show while I was finished. My next step was to edgehighlight the whole thing. This took a while and again, I made several mess ups while I was doing it. These will also be turned into rust spots and other battle damage.
When done, I started on the front of the tank. I don’t have any large Ultramarine decals, but I have some smaller ones. I placed one on the front and then followed the steps I had written down while on the course.
In the picture, you can see some of the places towards the top of the tank where the edge highlighting is a bit too thick – this will become damage when I get around to adding some more to the vehicle.
It might be some time before I do so however, I am finding that personal projects are taking a bit more of a back seat while I work on commissions and miniatures for selling. Those are what pays the bills after all. I think my evenings will be for personal things and learning, while the day is for work miniatures. Either way, I find I am very much enjoying the amount of painting I am doing and even those miniatures I have painted more than once are fun.
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 finished the Primaris Ancient today, and I am very pleased with how smooth and sharp he turned out in the end. Here he is:
Some of these pictures are a little grainy because I have tried to lighten them. I wanted everyone to see the colours but I think I may have gone overboard a little. The next one is much sharper!
Here is the new Ancient with the Ancient I painted about two years ago when they first came out. I’ve come a long way since then and it really shows. My edge highlights are a lot sharper and I can blend colours a lot better now too. My basing has also got a lot better. I’ve always tried to assert that the only one you should compare youself to is you. Your progress is your journey, no one elses!
For those interested, these are the three colours I used to create the blend on the Ancient. After preshading with white to create a zenith, I used Ultramarine Blue as the base all over, making sure I sprayed underneath as well to make sure there was no black left. The mid colour was Magic blue, sprayed at about 90 degrees and the last one was Electric blue sprayed from above.
The Ancient is for sale is anyone is interested, please feel free to get in touch if you are!
Remember these guys from the other day?
I have done some more work on them and got them finished! I wanted to build on the base I had given them with the airbrush and so have worked on them today. I’ve picked out gold trim and popped some bleached bone on the spiky protrusions. I’ve added some silver, washed a couple of areas and put them on the right sized bases. I didn’t want to spend too much time on them simply because I feel that the base red needed to be a bit stronger. They were an experiment after all, one that partially worked at least. I learned a good deal about using the airbrush and the use of the colours I have chosen as well. The red needs to be stronger on the lower areas of the miniatures, which is something I can do next time.
Either way, these lads will be on their way to a new home soon enough and be mangling whatever forces come their way. I’m pleased with them and what I have learned at the very least!