Thursday, June 22, 2017

First Primaris Space Marines

Well, here is the first Space Marine squad finished out of the new Warhammer 8th edition Dark Imperium boxed set. I've decided to paint my marines up as Dark Angels, 3rd Company.

The process for painting these guys was the same I used for the Word Bearers from the Calth boxed set last year (but green marines this time, instead of red). I started with assembly, and then pinned everything for easy handling.

Flat black primer coat.

The a gloss black coat to take the next metallic layer better.

Next, two shades of silver. Gunmetal for the "upwards" spray, and Duraluminium for the "downwards" spray. This is pre-shading for the Minitaire Ghost Tint spray coming next.

A coat of Green Ghost Tint.

That was followed up with the start of detail painting. Gold, sliver, leather, red, etc.

Bases were painted, decals were added, arms were glued in, final weathering scratches applied, figures based, and, there you go.

Squad number one is off the table. Much more to come.

This past week I also finished off one of the Hammerhal hero figures. A Chaos Lord, or Mage or something. Not sure what it's called.

Nice figure, though. I like it. Looking to play some Hammerhal in July.

Up next is more Dark Imperium Space Marines.

'Til next time.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

8th Edition 40K: The Madness Has Begun

The new edition of 40K was released to the public today. Picked up my gear at Thunderground. Thanks Roy!

So, having played miniatures-based tabletop games for 40 years, I've never played a game of 40K...but this is the edition where I will start. Felt like I had to get loaded for bear, so pretty much picked up one of everything on release day. Also, a little paint to keep the cupboards stocked.

Inside the boxed set, there's a pretty spectacular array of product. A separate box of minis, decals, assembly guide, core rule fold-out, Space Marine and Death Guard guides, and the full hardback rulebook. A pack of dice and ruler round out the set.

Well, I'm off to the back yard to start clipping out miniatures. No time like the present to start into this monster.

'Til next time.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Blightkings for Hammerhal

Hammerhal adversaries are now done, with these five Blightkings walking off the painting table. Gotta say that the models were pretty spectacular, with lots of detail and character.

I probably spent too much time on them, but they were very fun to paint. The skin was airbrushed on in three tones, then given several washes for shade and bruising. And, of course, there were lots of passes for seeping wounds, pustules, and blown on sprays of inks and blood for good measure. Anyway, lots of fun. And now I'm looking forward to the Nurgle models in the upcoming 40K box.

Speaking of together with Alan and Elliot for a 3-way game of Armageddon last Tuesday night. It was cultists vs orks vs sisters. A good game, and lots of terrain to play with.

Now, bring on 40K!

'Til next time.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

More Hammerhal

The new Warhammer 40K boxed set drops next weekend. That will be a big painting project that will blow everything else off of my hobby table. So, with that in mind, I'm racing to get my Hammerhal stuff done. This weekend, I put the Kairic Acolytes to bed. Base inserts are from Cool Mini Or Not.

Earlier in the week, I was spraying on the skin tones to all the remaining Hammerhal figures I was going to do. So, this is what the Acolytes looked like with their skin done (and an Acolyte from Silver Tower to act as a guide model).

I was also working on Blighking skin.

And some of the player-characters from the Hammerhal set. Just skin at this point.

Anyway, 10 figures down this weekend, and 8 more to go to finish off everything I'm going to do for the Shadow Over Hammerhal boxed set.

Bring on 40K 8th edition!

'Til next time.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Painting is a 4-Letter Word Episode 5

Trying to catch up on posting audio captures of our paint night get-togethers. Episode 5 was recorded back in March. I'm building Hammerhal stuff. Ward has his AMPSA Beaver Bust out. Barry is on Blood Bowl as usual. Steve is painting a commission work. Mike has trotted out his new PHR fleet. All the while, Tom and Elliot are playing a game of Dropfleet.

'Til next time.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Armoured Containers

For Armageddon, I've built painted and weathered a set of Armoured Containers.

These GW models come in a box with a number of other items; notably, ammunition crates and oil drums. Haven't painted those yet...but I suppose it's just a matter of time.

I think this teal green crate turned out the best. The weathering paints and powders I used seemed to show up best for this base colour.

I built this one with one of the container doors in the down position.

And both doors down on this light blue one. This is the one I'm least satisfied with. The light, bright blue just didn't take on the weathering very well.

'Til next time.

May's Paint Night

Ever since last Fall, a group of Edmonton hobbyists and gamers has been meeting in my basement once a month to paint, build models and play games. These sessions have been audio captured, and are up on YouTube as the Painting is a 4-Letter Word series, here.

Our meeting in May was not recorded, but I did take some photos.

Here, Ward is showing off some of his new 28mm 40K cars. Totally sweet.

He spent the night painting an infinity model. Mostly working on the blue layering.

Mike was working on his Dwarves for Blood Bowl.

Barry is always working on Blood Bowl. A Goblin this evening.

Blood Bowl was the theme at this session. Tom was working on his Orc team.

On the other hand, I was working on weathering some armoured containers for Shadow War: Armageddon.

I've fallen behind on posting new Painting is a 4-Letter Word audio recordings. Something I hope to remedy this weekend.

'Til next time.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Second Armageddon Terrain Piece

Well, these Shadow War Armageddon terrain pieces take a while to paint.

This is my second one so far, and one more major piece to go.

I've had one night of Armageddon play so far, with Elliot. He brought is Harlequins, and dispatched my cultists in two quick matches.

The process for painting this terrain was captured in an earlier blog post, here.

The third and final piece is built and the base painting is done. Just the weathering to go on next.

'Til next time.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Genestealer Cult Kill Team

First game of Shadow War Armageddon is coming up Tuesday, so I needed to get my Kill Team done this weekend. Love the Genestealer Cult Hybrids, so am continuing to build from that box, as well as the Deathwatch boxed set.

As previously shown, the figures were assembled and then primed black with an overspray of white. You can see the test figure on the right. Orange was the main airbrush color for the bodies, and this was really helped along by the pre-shading undercoat.

The heads were done separately. First primed.

Then inked.

Then airbrushed to get the basic skin tones down. Highlights and details were done later by hand.

Meanwhile, the bodies were given their light blue armor pieces, and other details were painted in like boots and guns.

Once all assembled and final details were painted in, the squad was complete...and ready for some Necromunda action.

'Til next time.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Shadow War Armageddon First Terrain Piece Done

 OK, who else has noticed that too many games are coming out? Dropzone, Dropfleet, Blood Bowl, Prospero, Hammerhal, never mind the backlog of Age of Sigmar stuff clogging up my table. Well, last weekend, Shadow War Armageddon dropped. It's the re-release of Necromunda. And it sold out here in Edmonton in about an hour. Fortunately, I had a pre-order.

First terrain piece done.

Actually, the box is mostly terrain. Sure, there are a few sprues of Orcs and Marine scouts from the 40K universe. But, mostly it's a box of terrain. A big box of terrain.

Here's the painting process I used (borrowing heavily from the weathering tutorial I took down at the LVO a few months back).

I started with assembly, and then a white primer coat.

Then oversprayed five shades of Secret Weapon Rust.

Then the secret ingredient. Sponged on latex mold builder.

Next, sprayed on the main colours. I chose all cool, neutral tones.

Then the latex was rubbed off, revealing some awesome rust spots.

Then I went to work with acrylic washes for shading, and worked up the rust with a mix of washes, rust paint and glaze medium.

Combat zone...oops, blood.

All the techniques were quick...but the piece is so big, it took the better part of a week to finish off.

Can't wait to get the whole set done and out on the table for some Necromunda goodness.

A final shot. Really happy with how it turned out, and now have a process down to move onto the other pieces.

Started into my first hive gang...I mean, kill team. Genestealer Cult. These figs are from the Hybrid box and Deathwatch Overkill. The figure on the right is a completed cultist (painted for Rogue Stars), which I'm going to use as the pattern for my Armageddon team. Also started into the bases, seen in the foreground.

In order to get the orange jumpsuit to look proper in this scale, I've resorted to severe pre-shading.

The figures were primed in black, and then highlighted in pure white in order to set down a layer that will take the airbrushed orange base colour.

'Til next time.