Monday, September 29, 2014

Assembly Line Painting: Blighted Legionnaires, Farilor and Standard

Our monthly Warmachine painting challenge beckoned this week. 10 points of figures (give or take) every month for a year. Who knew this would be such a grind!

Anyway, this month I decided to knock out an infantry unit...and it was a good opportunity to discuss the topic of assembly line painting. My models are the Blighted Legionnaires for Everblight, along with the officer and banner attachment. 

Here was everything before assembly started.


Most Warmachine and Hordes units are good candidates for assembly line painting. They most often wear the same gear, are armed the same way, and just have a few different poses. I particularly like the Legionnaires for the assembly line method, because they carry so much metal armour. That makes everything pretty quick to paint.


So the main idea behind assembly line painting is that you have a number of similar figures (in this case, 12), and every time you sit down to paint, you do one similar pass on each model. These particular models would require about 14 steps to finish...so that's a good two weeks of painting assuming a half-hour painting session every day. A steady pace, but not strenuous.

As usual, I started with assembly and basing. Then everything got shot with white primer.


Next came the obligatory dark wash to pre-shade the models and pop out all the details.


So, down to painting. Working from the inside out, the scale mail and other "golden" armour areas got a thin coat of P3 Blighted Gold. This is a dark greenish gold, similar to bronze, which can be dry brushed into a very interesting metal colour.


The bronzy areas got a drybrush of Vellejo Old Gold.


And a final highlight drybrush of P3 Radiant Platinum. The end result is kind of a shimmering bronze.


Next came the steel areas...thankfully, lots of that on these models. I started with a watered down coat of Reaper Shadowed Steel applied, as always, to all the models in the unit. It has kind of a bluish tinge, which I thought would contrast well with the bronze scale mail.


Then the steel was given a wash of Umber and Blue, mixed together. This darkens the metal, and increased the blue coloration.


In the next painting session, I did a GW Chainmail drybrush pass on all the steel areas. This lightens up the steel and gives it a dull sheen.


In the next assembly line session I moved onto the leather skirts worn by each figure. I started with a thin coat of Reaper Ruddy Leather.


The next two passes were Oiled Leather and Burnt Orange. This was straight layering...I wasn't going to get bogged down in blending all the colours here. In assembly line painting, the goal is to get out a unit of well (not professionally) painted figures in a reasonable amount of time. The next step would serve as my blending pass.


The leather areas were then given a thin coat of Umber wash. I did this to help blend the layers together and unify the look of the skirts.


I was going to move onto the skirt fringes next, so it was time to do the bases, so that the fringe wouldn't get ruined later. Basing was standard brown, orange and off-white. The circular plastic bases were painted with a few thin layers of black.


OK, on to the leafy fringe. I know that this is not the usual colour scheme for Legion. In the studio scheme, the parts I'm picking out as leaves, Privateer Press calls out as black feathers. Well, all my Legion of Everblight models are done in a jungle scheme...so leaves it is. I used a progression of Reaper Pine Green, Leaf Green and Pale Green.


Once this was done on all the models, everything got a blast of Testors Dullcoat, and then the bases were finished off with static grass.


And that was it. Two weeks of step-by-step steady painting, and this unit came off the assembly line.


'Til next time.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Pillars, and Some Treasure Piles

A few weeks back I was in the LGS, sifting through their Reaper stock. I found a couple of interesting pieces. One was called the Pillar of Good; the other, the Pillar of Evil. I go in for odd accessory models like this, so I bought them. 

I painted up the evil one in a "gleaming black marble." Only semi-successful execution on that one. For the good one I wanted to try marble...and failed miserably. Never mind...both still useful as objective markers or as dungeon props.


I also recently picked up a number of Reaper treasure piles, which I'll use as game objectives, and for RPGs. I like the way these little guys turned out...and fun to paint too.


'Til next time.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Scythean and Raek

Well, August turned out to be a pretty busy month on the hobby table. Here are a couple of Legion of Everblight warbeasts for Hordes. These are my entries into the Edmonton "Tales of Warmachine Painters" painting challenge for this month.

First up is a Scythean.


I airbrushed on the skin striped scheme, and then hand-painted the metallic chitin, claws and teeth.


This is a Raek, which, like all my Legion beasts, juxtaposes skin and organic-metal components.


And the two of them together.


'Til next time.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Few More RPG Figures

A painted up a few more RPG models this week. This first one is a henchman that came from one of the Reaper Townsfolk packs.


Great sculpt. Easy to paint because of the deep relief on the figure.


Then there was this weird pack of "hobgoblins," which must be Reaper code for "big figures in lots of armor." I didn't put much detail into these monster figures...they shouldn't ever be sticking around on the table for very long.


This is an old RAFM Cthulhu monster fig. Painted it (by just staining with wash and highlighting with some green paint) in half an hour. Not too much effort and it shows! Who cares!


'Til next time.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

28mm Wolves

I recently ordered up a 3-pack of wolves from Reaper. Nice models...really like these guys.



I haven't painted dogs/wolves before, so I went straight to the internet and found some good source images. Here were the steps I used to paint a miniature inspired by this image:


The castings were really clean, so very little clean up. I mounted the wolf on a base and glued some sand down. After that dried, the figure got primed white, and then it got the usual dark wash treatment.


I painted up the base before moving onto the figure.


I started with a light golden brown.


Then added in the black patches.


I added a sepia wash, off-white dry brush, and finished the face/nose/mouth area.


And here was the finished wolf with the base flocked.


I then used this photo as a guideline for my second wolf...


...which is here.





And finally, I worked up a black wolf based on this image.



And here he is.

 

I liked each of these sculpts...good work, Reaper.

'Til next time.

D&D Player Characters

I'm running a couple of 5th edition D&D demos over the next month, so I wanted to get some RPG figures finished up and ready to go. I ordered up some Reaper figures from their various fantasy lines.  Started with seven minis, cleaned up, based and ready for priming,


Primed.


Added a dark wash, then worked up the skin first.


After working on them on-and-off for about two weeks, I settled on the five I was going to finish off this weekend. And here they are...


A Dwarven cleric.


A human fighter.


A Halfling rogue.


An Elven wizard.


And a light fighter.


Really love the Reaper figures. Nice detail and castings are great. These five figures correspond to the pre-generated characters provided in the D&D 5th edition basic set. Well...close enough, anyway.

'Til next time.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mule Cart and Drovers

This week, I continued my work on an RPG project (intended for use with the new 5th edition D&D). To wit...a mule cart and three drovers.


This cart, along with the accompanying figures, all came from Gripping Beast. The cart came with a good selection of baggage...just haven't painted it up yet.


The models are pretty good, with just enough detail to make them table-worthy. And it's nice to have some peasants in the miniature collection. It's remarkable how many times you just want a few civilians on the game table and can't find anything appropriate. Anyway, these guys will do nicely.


Well, this model was fun, but it's time to get some good old-fashioned player character models off the painting table...

'Til next time.