Miniatures! Glorious, glorious miniatures! We have such sights to show you, in both 28mm and 6mm!
I’ve painted a bunch of Imperial Fist stuff since I last posted in one of these, but they’re not tremendously interesting compared to what I’ve been working on from the preview copy of Dominion GW was kind enough to send us. I haven’t touched an AOS model before, and Yndrasta here is singing a siren song of Stormcast. She was surprisingly quick to paint up, especially in a few subassemblies, and is oozing with character.
Being out of your regular schedule sucks. You’re unable to relax and focus on the things you enjoy. The past two months I’ve been in the middle of a move and some renovations which means I haven’t had any chance to hobby for what feels like forever. At the start of the month though this changed and I was able to unpack my paints and the two Adeptus Titanicus releases that came out during this time.
I no longer have use of the white bookshelf I used to use as a photobooth, so I thought it was also time to experiment with a new way of taking photos. I picked up a small sheet of black perspex and the cheapest black sheet I could find hanging off the back of a door, this setup sounds pretty bogan but resulted in some cracking results.
First up was the Warmaster Titan which I am incredibly happy with and I feel was wortht he wait to get back into things
Thanks to Booley, I am a huge convert to Vaelljo Medium Yellow. It so nice and bold. The plates on this Titan were so big I couldn’t get away with a tiny Vallejo Ice Yellow highlight at the top, so I ended up doing the tiniest spray of yellow contrast in the bottoms which gives a nice shift of tone which doesn’t really come through in the photos. I also need to shout out the March White Dwarf which had an Ignatum Warmaster for inspiration as I borrowed their stripe pattern and made it my own with the luchador style head.
The other Adeptus Titanicus release that came out during during my dark period was the Precept box, with one of each other Titan to bolster my Ingatum roster. When I think back now to how long it took me to paint my first titans and how they came out compared to what I’ve done in the past fortnight it’s a bit daft. These painted up well and I’m looking forward to the two big lads left to go in the box. I was able to sneak into Hobby Roundup for a 4th time! Forever henceforth, Legio Ignatum will be known as the “Hazardous Bois” as per Lou’s decree.
Next up I’ll be working on some terrain for AT, which will be a nice change of pace. With any luck it should be able to hide a Warmaster behind….
My continued adventures in undeath led me to painting up some Glaivewraith Stalkers and the Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed from the Soul Wars set. This thing had a ton of little details that I really enjoyed working with. At this point a lot of my Nighthaunt are just rote process, but I thankfully have not yet been bored with it.
As a change of pace (and to coincide with summoned units not breaking detachment bonuses), I decided to pickup and paint Epidemius. Being the cheap/impatient person I am, I decided to buy one second-hand and spruce it up. The pewter model arrived decently painted but lacking the banners/top-bit from the original model as well as both hands. This gave me ample opportunity to kitbash some replacements and add a semi-unique spin.
For the hands, I snagged a hand/weapon from the Plaguebearer kit and a hand/book from the Skaven Plague Priest kit. I used two of the poles from the Maggoth kit for the tops, clipping and applying a banner from the skaven kit to the top (after repositioning the bells to swing at the appropriate angle). Additionally, I pulled two spare flies from a Foetid Bloat Drone for character, and a bonus Nurgling leading the procession from the Mortarion sprues.
This is a model that is absolutely showing it’s age and I didn’t feel compelled to put an extreme amount of work into the “nurglings” at the base, many of which were nebulous blobs of pewter that looked like someone shaped with a toothpick in a middle school art class. At the end of the day from a distance the multi-colored assembly of critters pulls off a decent look, just don’t investigate too closely.
I look forward to fielding this a handful of times before its rules are revised to not boost Death Guard daemons. Until then I will summon it and keep a tally, as all good followers should.
My life is on fire but hey, at least I’ve got hams!
Gorslav here was a ton of fun to paint, and let me figure out some good rotting zombie skin. I kinda wish more dudes in the box followed his particular brand of creepy, but he stands as the most “Bloodborne” dude in there. However, he was just a stop on my road to painting what I was really excited to paint – the skellies!
God dang do I love these skeletons. The ghostly cloth was a ton of fun to get some nice layers on, and the variety of textures was enough to make painting them interesting without being overladen. I really got to flex that “bad guy green” I’d been working with and weather away at all the different kinds of metal on them. Painting the interiors of their cloaks with that darker blue-green was a tactical decision, since it meant I could miss a spot or two and have it still look good. There’s definitely some crevices on these dudes that are hard to get into. While I was waiting for washes to dry on these guys, I got a start on the next villain:
Radukar’s Resident Crazy Cat Lady, Torgillius was a bit of a challenge. I had to find unique colors for each of the critters on him where they’d stand out from the organic textures as well as each other. As a result, they don’t really match the other swarms of creatures I painted later, but he still looks good on his own and that’s all I care about. There’s lots of overlapping detail on this fella which makes him tougher than say, Gorslav, but I like the model and the results I got with him. Unfortunately, the next batch I painted wasn’t quite so fun:
These bats are the first models in the set I didn’t enjoy painting. It’s hard to get around the wings going every which way, and the colors I chose didn’t have the best coverage. On the bright side, the biggest bat on the far right is absolutely yoked and I smiled to myself as I painted Bat Abs. I kinda just wanted these guys done, so they aren’t done up quite as nice as the rest of the Cursed City models. I’ve been doing sort of a rough pattern of Hero-Villain-Mob and I felt like I’d burn out before I got to the objective markers, so I did them up next:
What I thought would be kind of a slog was actually hugely freeing! The objective markers have way more character than objective markers reasonably should, and let me figure out some upcoming textures while working with some I’d already been working with. The variety of them meant I got to work on whatever style of model really caught my eye in a particular session, and play with some colors I hadn’t used a ton of. I found myself blitzing through these right quick, which meant it was time for another hero – and boy did I pick a good one!
Ol’ Brutogg here is one of the rare models I painted in a single evening. I had my weekly Saturday night Zoom hang with a couple of Goonhammer’s best(?) and brightest(???) and once it was done I found myself excitedly working on this big lug until he was complete. He’s probably the third or fourth time I’ve gone “this is my favorite model in the box” and by gum do I mean it. If Ogors were more like Brutogg and less shirtless fat dudes I’d be a lot more interested in them as an army.
Since finishing Brutogg I’ve knocked out a few more models from Cursed City, and I’ve only got about a dozen models to go. The finish line is absolutely in sight, and it’s not too long before I escape the streets of Ulfenkarn and find my way back to regiments, squads, tanks and power armor!
I got a decent pile of stuff done in the last couple of weeks, I had a game of necrons coming up at the start so I went back to do a chronomancer!
Out of order, but because I was excited to have finished this Big Mek, which is the first time I have painted orks in quite a while. I took the opportunity to update the scheme to be a bit faster and more fun to paint, and I am quite pleased with the results.
After that I did a scrapjet, its quite astounding how much they have going on with the recent buggies, they are practically little dioramas.
I also spent some time on doing more Admech stuff, I filled out my Serberys Sulphurhounds and Sicarian Infiltrators as they are very rad models. I also did a handful of Kataphron Breachers, which are a bit more fiddly then the Destroyers but still pretty fast to paint.
To help try and kill off my backlog, I did a assortment of cursed city enemies. I don’t have too much left in that box, some zombies, markers and the heroes.
Quick update from me, but I somehow wound up with a box and a half of a Skitarii. Not too sure why past me had decided to only build half a box, but no matter. Fourteen Skitarii in the bag!
After what feels like forever, I’ve finally been able to put some paint on some models! I took a break around Christmas last year and fell in to a deep hole that was mostly filled with Cyberpunk 2077 and various other video games. Little did I know that in March, I’d become homeless due to a house fire. Everyone who was affected by the fire is fine, and I didn’t actually lose anything, but all our stuff has been with a restoration company, and most of it still is. A very kind friend was looking after my models while we looked for a place to live, and once we’d moved in to our new place I got most of my models back. It just so happened I had a handful of primed Infinity models ready to go!
I still don’t have my basing materials back yet, or my airbrush, so once I run out of primed models it’ll be back to building again but hopefully I’ll be getting everything back soon!
Summer is a garbage season for garbage people. The Sun never goes away, makes the very air feel like you’re swimming in sweat and I can’t maintain my trogdolite sleeping patterns when it’s already daylight in the early morning. On the upside, it’s the perfect weather to get some airbrushing done, so that’s exactly what I’ve been cracking on with.
I made a promise to myself at the start of the year that in the brief, manic moments when I could sum up the will to paint, I’d try and push myself out of my comfort zones and try every sort of technique I could to expand my horizons. In this case using my airbrush as more than a basecoats machine to create actual shading and gradients, and Enamel Oil washing. I’ve fallen in love in particular with the latter, it’s a very satisfying process and feels a lot more efficient to me than the traditional Base, Shade Wash, Layer process we all get taught at one point or the other.
I’m overall happy with how she turned out for the most part, particularly with the gradients on the chest-plate and the Power Fist, and I’m surprised beyond belief that I managed to paint a cloak that doesn’t look completely awful. I’m not fussed on her lil’ dragon pet however, I think I was getting a little impatient and sloppy at that point and there’s some very chunky, messy highlights that don’t look great. Her base isn’t particularly my best work either, but I was trying to go as generic as possible so she could fit into any of my Imperium armies without fuss, hopefully some Gamer’s Grass tufts will help make it less of an afterthought. Overall I’m just glad there’s finally a finished model in my cabinet.