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 think I might make this a weekly feature. For my own records and goals as much as anything else. I love lists, they help me to focus and give me something to work towards as well. Nothing feels quite so good as being able to cross something off and to move on. I oftem do a daily list on twitter – which I then cut into paint tool so I can cross things off. I want to see if this works as a method of being productive or not. It’s always good to have a focus to help achieve things I find. Here we go then:
1 – Corvus Cabal – Warcry. I literally bought these models to paint and sell as they look really cool and I want to paint them. I have no intention of ever playing Warcry at all, but these guys are so neat
2) Elucidian Starstriders and Gellerpox Infected Kill Teams. I loved painting these before and managed to pick up the boxed set for a good price. I know they sell well and sell quickly, so I want to get them done this week to make some money for the bank holiday.
3) Eldar miniatures. I picked these ones out of a job lot that was purchased as miniatures I want to pratice skills on, prove I can do things other than Imperium and Demons and generally to push myself with. One of them is a Death Jester, which should be fun!
4) Work on this guy a bit more
5) I also have a HORDE of D&D scenary miniatures to look at and work on for Stronghold Games.
I am sure there will be other bits and bobs as well, but those can be added and crossed off as the need arises. I think for now, this will be enough!
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!
Well now, will you look at that! I painted another box set! This time, it’s the Gellerpox Infected from the Rogue Trader Kill Team box that have been completed. As many of you know, I learned how to use the airbrush over the weekend, and the little bug things in the box set seemed to be the perfect first victims. I also have three shades of nurglesque green that suited the purpose down to the ground. So under the brush they went! It did not take long after that to get them finished. It sped up the process a great deal, I just hope I can apply that to other, less gross miniatures and achieve the same look, if not better!
I have a lot planned for that airbrush and I am making good progress with using it too. On the cards are some Raptors, some Khorne Berserkers and a Primaris Ancient, who is already base coated – more in him tomorrow.
For now, I will leave you with these disgusting creatures and make a start on some other, nicer looking miniature.
If you are interested in purchasing the Kill Team, please feel free to get in touch!
I mentioned in a post about a month back that I had made a Kill Team. Today, I managed to finished the first miniature in the Kill Team! The miniatures I managed to acquire for cheap at a warboot – I didn’t want to have to buy new models or spend a fortune on them so I counted myself lucky when I saw some Night Lords lurking about on some stall looking a bit sad and in need of a new home to terrorize.
All of them had been converted out of various bits and thrown together. They had also been undercoated but were in need of a bit of mould line removed and cleaning up as well. This was done easily enough, and since the Night Lords are where I go when I want to show off, or try new things, it has taken me a while to finish the miniature.
Shraivok Tar is the boss of the Team. I’ve not really worked out a back story for any of the miniatures, other than names as yet, except one guy (who is a bit of a gimmick but we won’t hold that against him.). I do plan to do so when there is a thirteenth hour in the day and I have some time to do so.
For now, enjoy this glorious murderer and hope that plenty of glory will come his way, when I eventually get around to playing Kill Team…
There is a lot of freehand on these miniatures, none of the symbols are done with decals, as I am not a fan of using them. I’m pleased with how they turned out. I am also pleased with the heads he is holding. They look suitably horrid. The miniature has a purity seal on it, which I didn’t want to remove. I put some Nostramon runes on it instead.
The non-metallic brass needs some work I think, the dark looks alright, the bright looks alright but I think it needs some more mid tones. Something to work on with the next guy!