Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saxon Orrik

I've been working on a couple of large projects, but really don't have anything to show yet. However, this week I did finish off Saxon Orrik for my Kreoss anti-Hordes list.

Most of the paint on this guy is from Foundry. The cloak is painted with the Base Sand set...I think the intention is to use this paint as coloration for desert bases. But I contend that it makes a great buff color, and I like the end result on the cloak.

Hope to have something big next post.

'Til next time.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Epic Lylyth and Her Striders

OK, back to a little bit of Warmachine and Hordes...

My attention has been wandering back to Legion of Everblight, so I put together an Epic Lylyth shooting list. As a consequence, it was time to finish painting Lylyth, along with the Strider Officer and Musician. A couple of Shepherds got caught up in the painting frenzy.

Striders work really well in an Epic Lylyth list, so I decided to paint Lylyth up in my Strider paint scheme, to make them look like a unified force.

Here is the complete Strider unit, along with the unit attachment and Deathstalker solo...and Lylyth. Here's to hoping they do well on the game table!

'Til next time.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tutorial: Painting Horses, 28mm

Continuing on with some Middle-earth figures this week...and I thought it might be a good idea to publish a step-by-step for painting horses for those who are interested in the subject.

So, starting out with the Valiant Rohirrim box...

We find that there are 18 cavalry figures in here. But only two different horse sculpts. What!?! So I'm going to end up with 9 horses with heads up and 9 horses with heads down. That's ridiculous. Now, having said that, the horse sculpts you do get are excellent. They are two very beautiful models.

I'm painting these guys up for my Middle-earth game, so I thought I'd go to the internet to get some source material. Looking at Hasufel, the Chestnut ridden by Aragorn in this pic, and Arod, the Grey ridden by Legolas, I decided to use these two for the inspiration for the pair of models I was going to do for this tutorial.

Another Grey. This one is Snowmane...Theodin's horse.

And Aragorn on Hasufel again.

There are a number of color variations for Chestnuts and Greys (as well as any other type of horse), so I used a couple of other photos for guidelines. Another Grey here. Notice the dark legs and nose.

And a Chestnut glamor shot. I liked this one because it showed off some nice white socks.

Well, with source material sorted out, I started into contruction. These are just two-piece figures, and they went together without any trouble. There was a slight seam between the two halves, so I busted out the great new liquid green stuff filler from GW. You know, GW puts out a lot of hobby crap. A lot of over-priced hobby crap in most instances. However, I have to say that the new liquid green stuff is magic in a jar.

OK...primed white.

Black wash. As always, this defines the detail on the figure and gets some base line shading in.

Base coats. I'm using Foundry's Arctic Grey set on the Grey horse, and Chestnut for the...Chestnut. The base coat is put down very thin.

Some darker shading next. I'm using Vallejo washes most of the time now. This is a great new product line. The Grey gets a wash of black, and I also added a little black paint to the wash to do the legs. I washed the Chestnut with a mix of Umber and Fleshtone. I think the challenge with a Chestnut, which is essentially a mono-color horse, is to get a convincing tone of paint. Mixing these two washes helped achieve that (I hope).

I darkened up the Grey's mane and tail, and then when on to highlighting. The muscle articulation on the sculpts was subtle, but very nice. I just used the sculpt as a guideline for laying down the highlights, which were painted on as fairly light glazes. Just a few passes each. The Grey gets the mid-tone Arctic Grey and then a little White. The Chestnut just gets the mid-tone Chestnut paint. I didn't go any lighter, because the second paint in this set is light enough for the color I was looking for.

OK, with the coat colors down, I went in and did the hooves (Rawhide for the Chestnut). I also did the socks on the Chestnut, starting with grey and then highlighting in white. There isn't a lot of tack on these horses. Just the armored head piece, some leather straps, a saddle blanket and the saddle. Didn't pay too much attention here, since the rider figure covers most of the saddle. Finally did the base as well, and that's it. Two horses from Middle-earth (or New Zealand, or where ever).

Popped on the riders, and Bob's your uncle.

Hope you found this tutorial useful. If you have suggestions for how I can make posts more useful for you, just send a note.

'Til next time.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Blue Trolls...And When I Say Blue...

So, over at the office, Elliot and Scott talked another Scott into joining our Warmachine/Hordes lunchtime game group. He picked Trollbloods as his faction (or more likely Elliot and Scott talked him into that). Anyway, the new Scott is not a hobbiest, so I told him if he assembled his starting army, I'd "paint" them for him. I qualified this by saying I'd spray down a base coat for his troops which he could then add detail to if he ever felt the urge.

These trolls started with black primer and a pre-shading spray of white. I then went in with the airbrush and did a pass with French Blue and an overspray of Pale Blue. Each of the figures then got a wash of dark brown and blue, and a final highlight spray of Pale Blue. Elapsed time...maybe two hours. It all went pretty fast as you can imagine.

The next morning I did the bases, and voila, some "table-ready" trolls for Scott to learn Hordes with. Well, let's put it this least he won't be playing with bare metal.

'Til next time.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My Favorite Day of the Year

"Fall back one hour."

Every Fall, Daylight Savings Time ends, and it is always my favorite day of the year when it happens. One extra hour to do anything you want! Well, it seems that every year, I use this extra hour to finish off a cool project...well, cool for me anyway.

This year, I got up on the first morning of Standard Time and worked away on finishing off a company of 21 Dwarves I need for my Middle-earth RPG campaign.

Well, the banner isn't done yet...but the rest of these GW Dwarven Warriors are ready for the battlefield.

I've decided that next May, when our local MayDay convention rolls around, I'm going to run a SAGA game based in Middle-earth. So, these guys are going to see double duty. Dwarves will be using the Viking SAGA dice table with one or two custom abilities thrown in for good measure. But that's a ways off...time to think about the next project on the hobby table.

'Til next time.