miniatures.

Exciting!

Just a quick post… look what arrived in the mail today!!

Get in touch if you’re interested in having me paint your minis!

Advertisements
40K · miniatures. · Warhammer 40k · Wh40K

Captain Gloves

I finished the Night Lord Captain! I am most pleased with this mini and want to show him off. While I was painting him, I tried out a couple of new techniques I have picked up while browsing the internet.

The first one was a tutorial on Pinterest of all places and involved the jump pack jet. It focused on where the light should be to create a glowing effect, which I think came off rather nicely:

IMG_1673

The other was the shading to give his armour a sort of sheen, and to ensure it was coming from one direction. I think I have achieved this to some degree on the finished miniature but again, this is something I am going to keep practicing. I built the colour up using multiple thin laters and all in all, I am pleased with the outcome.

The last thing I added was the lightning. I thinned down some ice blue and with a steady hand and a references picture, I painted it over the dark blue where I thought it would look cool. I believe I succeeded in that.

He also needs a proper name, a task I have entrusted to an expert of the VIIIth. All in all, I am considering this guy done.

40K · miniatures. · painting · Wh40K

Suddenly, Night Lords!

I made it no real secret that I liked the Night Lords after reading the first few pages of Soul Hunter on my last post – the bit where one laughed when his friend got shot sold it for me, and if that wasn’t enough, I also read Prince of Crows and got some amused looks when I laughed out loud while I was reading in a coffee shop a few months back.

The Sevatar-off with Office on Twitter was an awesome contest and made me really think about what I want to learn to do with my painting next. I used blending techniques I have never tried before on that mini and I think they turned out really well. The there was the Master of Possession I used to practice lightning on as well.

So, I decided I can’t have just two Night Lords causing issues in the cabinet, I had to get some more. I might even be able to make a Kill Team out of them if I think carefully. Maybe.

The next guy has been given the nickname Gloves. I am using him to refine the blending process on ceramite and try to work out where the light would hit it if it came from a certain angle. I am sure this is a pre-requisite to Non Metallic Metallic painting (NMM) and that is something I want to practice. Here are some shots so far:

I still think the lines are a little sharp and could use more gradual colour changes, but this is me learning how to blend using this method and for a second attempt, I don’t think this is too bad.

I also tried something on his jet pack to make it look like it was glowing. I do think this worked well and I am pleased with it.

IMG_1673

I still have a lot of work to go on Gloves, but he is coming along well. I am learning a whole lot from this too, which is the most important thing.

On a side note, I also listened to The Long Night while painting the other day. Sevatar’s voice was hilarious and at first I was put off. It grew on me though, and after listening to that tale, I just want to go and hug the poor fellow, maybe give him a cup of tea… which makes me horribly British.

40K · figures · fine detail · hobby · horus heresy · miniatures. · painting · Warhammer 40000 · Warhammer 40k

Sevatar.

Finally, I am able to post my thoughts and comments on painting this amazing miniature. You all get to find out who won and which mini belonged to who.

First off, congratulations to Office, who was entry A. He was judged the winner.

I’m going to post the pictures of my efforts again as a reminder and then talk about what I learned:

This is the first time I have done layered blending like this. I used a lot of thin, very thin, coats of paint to gradually build up the lighting on the ceramite. You can see it in the bottom picture clearly on his leg and shoulder. This counted on me knowing where the light hit the armour and was a challenge for me to make consistent over the entire mini. There are spaces where I could have been more consistent with it, but now I know how to do this, I can refine the technique when painting other miniatures to a higher standard.

I am exceptionally pleased with the lightning, I think that looks neat. The metallic bronze of his armour trim worked well too, though I am not convinced the game colour paints are as good as I first thought. I’m going to try a few others out and see if they are better.

The base of the miniature looks dark, which is something the judges have indicated to me in their feedback. I agree with them. The colours blend together and the detail is lost in this case. If I were to do this again, I would change the steps from silver to dirty bronze and maybe change the pipe colours as well.

This does not mean I am displeased with the result. This is by far the best miniature I have ever painted – that includes the multitude of Ahriman/Ahrimen and I’ve learned a great deal as well. It was a massively positive experience and I would do do again.

Sevatar is now going to go and cause some trouble in the cabinet with the Ultramarines along with a couple of his Night Lord buddies that I have also painted up.

This leaves me with one question. Office, Game for a rematch?

40K · fine detail · miniatures.

Sevatar off – Images

Entry A – fullsizeoutput_56afullsizeoutput_56efullsizeoutput_562fullsizeoutput_563fullsizeoutput_564fullsizeoutput_569

The Dark Angels Sergeant piled out of the Fire Raptor with his squad before the ramp had touched the ground. That none of the enemy had met them and tried to down the aircraft when it was vulnerable was unusual, but no matter. He would take the fight to them. The Night Lords were fools. Traitors. He would burn them out of their holes. He would show them the error of their ways. He would offer them no quarter, no mercy, no f-

 

The Dark Angels Sergeant was on his back, staring up into the void. He was dying. His helmet was gone, knocked off by the single clubbing blow that had left his throat a rattling ruin. Darkness surrounded his vision. A pallid, scarred face appeared in front of him, clad in armour the colour of midnight. As the last ragged breath slipped from his mouth this face bent low to his ear and whispered 

 

 

“… We have come for you”

 

Entry B:

IMG_3410IMG_3411IMG_3414IMG_3416IMG_3418

40K · Age of Sigmar · miniatures.

Where to find me!

This site is not the only place I use for social media. I have recently refreshed my facebook page as well so I thought it a good idea, maybe for my own sanity, to put the places I am for ease. Here we go:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Heretic_Deb

Facebook: fb.me/heretic.deb1

Twitch: twitch.tv/heretic_deb

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heretic_deb/

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Heretic_Deb

Tumblr: https://heretic-deb.tumblr.com/

These are the active ones, and most of them are linked to this blog anyway. I think if I have any more social media sites, I’ll just spend all my time updating it rather than actually doing things.

I’m going to put this image here, as posts without pictures are dull:

Have some Ahriman!

In other news, my new lightbox should arrive just in time to take pictures of Sevatar – win!

40K · Age of Sigmar · hobby · horus heresy · miniatures.

Games Day!

Today, I went to Games Day. I did not enter the Golden Daemon contest as my diorama would not have been finished in time – the competition was exceptional and there were some amazing miniatures on display. It was good to see them.

There was a lot to see and get involved ith that it is difficult to know where to begin. I’ll try and keep this focused… Contrast paints. These have the ability to revolutionize the painting aspect of the hobby. They allow anyone to create decently painted miniatures in next to no time at all. After applying a special smooth undercoat, these paints are quite literally slapped onto a miniature and the rest of the work is done. I managed to paint two Brimstone Horrors in under 2 minutes.

All these miniatures were painted using Contrast paints. There will be lots of experimentation going on in the future that much is certain. It will cater to those who do not like painting!

I did a speed paint! In twenty minutes I painted a Storm Cast to what I think was a good standard. I challenged Caitlyn, who spent a good deal of it screaming! Meet Erik:

There was a lot of people dressed in cosplay as well, the costumes were amazing. I took several pictures, got shot by a Kreiger and watched as another friend was captured and slaughtered for heresy!

My favourite part of these events is chatting to the design teams. I got to meet the people who created my personal favourites: Ahriman and Abaddon, and enthused with them. I saw concept sketches and had in depths conversations about how they work and design the models we all love so well. I then got chatting to one of the artists about the Dark Angels Legion. The artwork was spectacular, however the chat about how the legion is differently organised was also interesting.

They have different heraldry depending on who they are. Their squads can be compromised of multiple marines from different specialities and it is a lot more fluid than any other Legion. In the same squad, there might be different individuals who have fought in different areas – the squads are not fixed. So, there might be a guy who fought against orks, a guy who fought genestealers, a seige specialist etc, and each of them will have different runes, while they all share squad, chapter heraldry as well. I think this makes each miniature in a squad an individual rather than a batch painted one and that is awesome!

Finally, there are some shots of the Chaos Knights. Beautiful miniatures they are indeed. They did have a copy of the codex, but it was behind glass and locked – no-one was allowed to look at it, not even the staff!

What an amazing day it was! Exhausting, but a lot of fun! I am sure there will be more posts about this in the near future as I remember things, but for now, this is all I have.