It’s that time again – we’re halfway through October, so it’s time to check out what all of our contributors have been painting!
Liam “Corrode” Royle
A productive month so far for me, in terms of volume at least. Some might call painting 10 Necron Warriors ‘cheating’ in terms of volume of stuff painted, to which I say: yes.
You might also, reasonably, say that a single Armorium Cherub barely counts as a model. To which I say: whatever.
I’m pleased with what I’ve done so far in October – the Warriors are quite simple but I think they’re pretty effective, and I’m glad to have some plasma Inceptors ready since those are extremely hot in the meta right now (I’m sure that having painted some, they’re going to eat a big points bump or something to reward me).
Finally there’s the Primaris Chaplain on Bike. This is the model I was most excited about from the recent previews, and so of course I built and painted him immediately when he turned up. He’s already done me proud by one-rounding Trajann in his first game yesterday.
I painted the other squad of Bladeguard Veterans. I feel like I rushed them a bit, but fortunately that doesn’t show in the photos too badly. My backlog is now a single model, and I have resigned myself to dealing with Forge World resin because it’s either that or nothing. Great.
All these Bladeguard look sick as hell, though.
I am continuing to work through my backlog including finishing off the Indomitus box!
The rate at which I have been working through necrons is slightly disturbing, I am averaging a unit every 3 days! I should probably work on some more time consuming stuff before this gets out of hand.
The past fortnight was mostly productive, finishing off the Bladeguard command units from the Indomitus boxset. Having finished of two marine halves, it was time for a family photo and painting something other than marines.
Except I still had a Primaris Chaplain sitting on my desk that I picked up via Conquest ages ago – so I managed to squeak them in as well. Otherwise I managed to slip in doing a few bases on models I had skipped earlier in the year as a bit of a palate cleanser. Next up on the backlog is getting 8 Cerastus knights for Titanicus painted up, which will be nice for a change of pace.
I’ll contribute the third consecutive Bladeguard Ancient to this post.
I liked the model well enough, but something about it didn’t click with me. Maybe it was the Stormcast-ness of the halo helmet and the dead dude on a stick, maybe it was the lack of space for glorious heraldry. When I finally put brush to model after seeing Greg’s take on the model last month, I finally figured it out – the vast expanses of blank robes were throwing me. To remedy that I painted a keyline all the way around, with little dagger details in the corners. Between that and the bit of heraldry I did on the tilting plate, I’m extremely happy with this dude. I went with white trim as the Bladeguard are all going to be 1st company for my Ultras. Speaking of…
I finished the three Bladeguard Veterans from Indomitus! I absolutely loved working on these extremely detailed sword n’ board bois. I made sure they each had individual heraldry, and did my usual thing of putting a backbanner on the sergeant.
With these I’m down to the last model in my first Indomitus set – the Bladeguard Captain. Once he’s done, I’ll have completed my (Ultramarines) backlog! If I have time after going hard on him, I’ll get to painting the 16 Iron Golems that are, as of this moment, drying outside.
Recently I’ve taken to mostly just painting things I want to paint, which means I’ve actually gotten a good bit done! The first two models are a necromunda bounty hunter that I thought was super cool, and an escher that my fellow author Brin inspired me to finish up!
On the bounty hunter, I continued a lot of the experimentation I’ve been doing with working a lot more texture into my painting and highlights. I’d mostly applied it to leather previously, but wanted to see what other subjects would work well to expand that to. It’s a theme you’ll see come up later!
With him done, I turned to experimenting with some infinity models. They’re always really fun to paint and try out new things with! And you’re usually only painting a few of the same kind of model. With this trio, I wanted to see if I could apply a lot of visual texture highlighting the white to give them a more battered sort of futuristic look. I was also wondering if I could really embrace the qualities of painting white that make it a huge pain to work with and use them to my advantage. White is still a huge pain to do with a brush, but I think these look good!
Armed with experience from those models, I actually painted infinity models for the faction I’m building! These are some Nomads Corregidor Bandits. Super fun models to paint, and I really enjoyed pairing up the busy camouflage hoodies with the obnoxious, bright cyberpunk scheme I’m going with. These models definitely deserve their -3 to hit and hidden deployment!
And a family picture of my infinity Nomads so far. I think skullgirl may be my favorite, just by vitrue of her sky high sass levels.
I also painted one final model I had lying around from a NOVA promo. He’s a Ariadna Chasseur from infinity, and I mostly spent my time with him experimenting and learning to paint nice greens. He actually came before the Bandits chronologically and was a bit of a test for their jacket colors, but I wanted to keep all the nomads together in this post. H’s also the first Infinity model I’ve used any metallic paint on. (Only on his sunglasses. And the goggles which I assume go over his sunglasses.)
Hobbying (especially I find in this pandemic era) can sometimes be an odd experience where you zone out and wake up with more painted models, and that’s how I’ve been with a lot of this Necron infantry. I think at this point it’s a bit like road blindness where you’ve seen the same thing so often your brain just doesn’t commit the event to memory. Painting up 60 Warriors has been rough, but there’s light (probably green-tinted) at the end of the tunnel. These are my final 10 Gauss Flayer models, leaving me with 20 Gauss Reaper models to go (hopefully to be in a near-future hobby post).
I’m a big fan of the Necron Overlord from Indomitus, though I will likely rarely field it on the table since there’s such a glut of great HQ options. This fine fellow is probably going to be out-shone by its older Catacomb Command Barge model that I’ve had lying about painted since the original release in 2011. The plan is to weather/chip the model similar to how a lot of the new kits are and then repaint it to match my current scheme.
It’s Battlefleet Gothic time over at case de Boon – which means the shipyards have been pumping out cruiser after cruiser of long dead models in advance of the Koronus Campaign. Who’s excited? This guy. Completed in the last 5 weeks:
- Orks – 2x Terror Ships, 2x Kill Kroozers, 8x Brute Ram Ships, 7x Onslaught Attack Ships, 3x Savage Gunships
- Imperial – 1x Mars Class Battlecruiser, 1x Dominator/ Gothic/Tyrant Class Cruisers, 3x Sword Class Frigates, and 4x Cobra Class Destroyers
- Chaos – 1x Styx/Hades Class Battlecruisers, 1x Carnage/Slaughter/Devastation Class Cruisers, 3x Idolator Class Raiders
Next up: 1x Imperial Apocalypse Class Battleship, 1x Repulsive Class Grand Cruiser (Chaos), 1x Gorbag’s Revenge (Orks)
Andrew “Kenji” Smith
My mid-month tale is sadly one that didn’t quite pan out the way I was hoping. I’d followed a painting rabbit hole in an attempt to use Montana spray paints on my new Infinity Operation Kaldstrom miniatures, but… things went bad. Like, “get the alcohol and a toothbrush” bad, cause I had to immediately strip the minis of the gunky, goopy mess that got sprayed onto them. Whether I did something wrong or followed a bum guide, I was able to at least salvage getting the models primed, after spending the first two weeks between work getting them assembled (and gluing my fingers together many, many times in the process).
First up is the Pan Oceana side of the box; the models here had some of the largest gaps in the box, which made getting them together a bit slower than I’d like, but I’m happy with them. I don’t have any airbrush, so I do all my zenithal priming with rattlecans, which sometimes has mixed but generally good results. My current recipe is Chaos Black > Stormvermin Fur > Wraithbone > Corax White, mostly because I ran out of Mechanicus Standard Grey. You can see some models I got a little ‘light’ with the Corax at the end, as they have the creamier color of Wraithbone on their top layer, but overall the details came out very nicely defined and are ready to start getting color.
The Yu Jing side of the set went together mostly like a dream in comparison. Same recipe on the base-coat here, although with the Dire Foes Imperial Agent Adil Mehmut, I went for a more dynamic pose of him ‘stepping down’ from something that I’ll coat over during basing, and I was worried it looked stupid but actually I’m pretty happy with it. Since my Montana plan didn’t work, I’m debating if I want to pursue the traditional orange-yellow scheme of Yu Jing now, or go somewhere different.
Special shout-out to the Guilang Skirmisher, whose shoulder had such a huge gap I basically had to do reconstructive surgery on his arm.
The Yu Jing Ambassador and Liang Kai round out my CodeOne pick ups. The Ambassador required literally no assembly, but Liang Kai? Liang Kai is about 10% greenstuff, if you want to know how fun he was to put together.
While not officially part of the CodeOne sets, my LGS also threw in the Kunai Solutions Mercenary (which was a pre-order bonus) and Saito Togan, so I got them together too.
I also picked up the Betrayal Graphic Novel, and got the limited edition Ko Dali miniature that came with it! She’s gorgeous and shockingly I had no issues with putting her together, despite how fragile she looks.
Finally, my N4 Rulebook came in, which included the Oktavia Grímsdóttir miniature, and she rounds out my Infinity pick ups for now. I’m excited to post some progress on these by the end of the month!
Last week I finished up my skateboarding Orlocks, The MANWOLFS. You can check out more pictures of these boys in this week’s Necromunday.
The rest of my time has been spent working on Space Marines – getting some reps in and working out a table-ready scheme for my Blood Angels. First up, I took a crack at the Space Marine Adventures board game minis. My plan was to practice some techniques – namely transfers, weathering & panel lining power armor, and hazard stripes. The main armor colors were all done with contrasts in various ways – either over a basecoat, glazed thin, or right out of the pot. The result looks great on the tabletop, and I’m excited to try the game out!
Next up was to work on the Blood Angels scheme. I’ve been waffling on this for about 3 years now, and finally settled on one that is 1. fun to paint 2. repeatable and 3. looks nice on the tabletop. Darren Latham posted a metallic red Blood Angel recipe on Instagram, and I had a blast recreating it.
And one bonus Necromunda weirdo. This was a bit of practice for my Flesh Eater Courts paint scheme.
Rats and marines, rats and marines. A good month so far. First up is a handful of third party Skaven miniatures, painted in my normal Skaven all-contrast paint scheme.
And then we’ve got marines in two flavors. The left one is a project I did for fun, with no plans on painting any more of them. I wanted to see what a Space Marine would look like painted in this pseudo-Tron scheme, and it’s pretty dang cool! The right is another experiment, where I try to use primer that has clearly gone bad, and give my model whole model a sandpaper-like texture (aside from the head which is magnetized and primed separately). Pretty annoying, but not a huge loss, as this was a generic push-fit Marine I had lying around anyway.
For the rest of the month, I’ve got three Necron Warriors to paint up, as well as two Bladeguard Veterans, a Bladeguard Ancient, and an Outrider. Can’t wait to see how they turn out, especially the Necrons. I’ve got a feeling the rest of this month is going to be especially spooky!