Saturday, August 18, 2018

Deathwatch Figures for Kill Team

All right. Time to get some Kill Team on the game table.

My first set of models for KT is this group of Deathwatch figures. To get the black armor, I sprayed Oil Discharge (a dark blue-black) Ghost Tint over silver. Then a final coat of Nuln Oil was sprayed over top of that to darken it down. I picked shoulder pad options that kept the red-white-black theme going for the entire team.

The Deathwatch 5-man kit is perfect for putting together a 100-point Kill Team.

Sergeant with Multi-melta and Power Sword.

Black Shield with Power Maul.

Veteran with Deathwatch Shotgun.

Veteran Gunner with Heavy Bolter and Flamer.

And another Veteran Gunner with Frag Cannon.

Next, I have to get some terrain finalized.

'Til next time.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ten Hellblasters

I'm re-working my Dark Angels list for the LVO tourney coming next February. Should be a little more competitive. We'll see, as I start playing the list this Fall.

First off the table is a squad of 10 Hellblasters.

Now that I've got this paint scheme down, the units are taking less time to churn out.

Next up, a new sub-faction for the list: Imperial Guard. Right now, I'm looking for head swaps for the models. I don't like the standard Imperial Guard, we'll see what comes out of the bits box to replace them.

'Til next time.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Aggressors and Inceptors

It was raining today, so I was able to finish off some figures on the hobby table.

Today, we have Dark Angel Aggressors and Inceptors. First, the Aggressors. Love these models. Lots of wires and hoses on the backs of the figures to keep them visually interesting from all angles.

And here are the Inceptors. Again, really nice figures. Kinda week in-game...or they seem that way anyway. But who cares...very cool models.

'Til next time.

Weathering a Servohauler

This sweet little model is one of the ski-fi tractors in the Galvanic Servohauler boxed set from Games Workshop. I really liked this guy, so I thought I'd spend some extra time on it and turn it into another sic-fi vehicle weathering tutorial.

Assembly is first, and straightforward. There are only a handful of parts in this model. Next, the whole thing is base coated brown.

Next came a sponge application of latex mold builder. The latex was focused on raised edges, and areas that would have seen a lot of wear.

In a few minutes, the mold builder was dry. The model was then oversprayed white to prepare it for the yellow base colour.

Spray yellows!

In a few minutes, the yellow paint was dry, and it was then time to rub away the latex. Using my thumb and fingers, this was just a matter of rubbing away the rubber. This revealed the "rust" brown base paint underneath.

Next, all other details were painted in. This included the tracks, antennae, exhaust pipe, engine block and so on.

The fuel tanks for the torch-laser thing were painted red and blue. A lot of weathering paints were coming the bits I did not want weathered were left to be painted at the very end. This included the rubber hoses, headlamp and external wires.

To start the weathering process, the model was sprayed with a clear gloss lacquer. The whole thing was then given a light wash of Agrax Earthshade.

Much weathering ensued...and you think I would have taken some photos. Well, here are the colours used in progression instead. Left to right. Where ever there was going to be rust, Snakebite Leather went down first. This was watered down, applied, and then "erased away" with a damp brush. Same for the Orange Brown that went down next. And the Scorched Brown. Walnut Brown was used for deeper pits on the chassis surface. Finally, Yellow and off-white were mixed and used to highlight the upper edges of the major rust chips in order to represent caught a reflected light.

The model was also treated with Corrosion and Rust technical paints. Corrosion in the deepest recesses, and Rust on the end of the exhaust pipe. The engine block, and some greasy areas of the model surface were also treated with these vallejo weathering acrylics to represent oil and fuel spills.

I should also mention that the tracks were painted with Vallejo Track Primer, washed with Nuln Oil, given a few spots of rust, and then finally dry brushed lightly with silver.

And, there you have it. As mentioned, at the end, hoses, wires and the headlamp were painted in.

Really a fan of neat little models like this. They add a lot of character to a game table.

As you can see, when the rust colours were applied, they were streaked down the sides of the chassis.

There are two other models in the servo hauler set. I'll do one other for sure (have it assembled and primed now).

'Til next time.

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Finally finished up the Eisenhorn figure I picked up two months ago. Resin, and with a few problems that resin brings (e.g., warped staff), the sculpt is nevertheless very detailed.

It came with a nice base too.

I'm not a big fan of game fluff, but I've really, really enjoyed the Eisenhorn books by Dan Abnett, along with his Ravener and Pariah series.

'Til next time.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Warscryer Citadel

Games Workshop recently re-released their Skullvane Manse terrain kit as an AoS piece called Warscryer Citadel. Whatever you call it, it's a unique and cool terrain piece. I've just recently finished mine.

To move this large kit along, the airbrush was used extensively. Starting with the stonework of the citadel.

This was the paint progression for the worked stone.

To get the worked stone visually separated from the surrounding rock work, I painted the natural stone starting with purple, then worked up to lighter colours with more tonal variety.

Thus, this paint progression for the rocks.

Anyway, after those base colours were laid down, and I had sprayed the wood sections, everything else was brush-painted. And honestly, it went pretty quick.

Lot's of cool geometry in this kit.

Don't know what I'll be using it for, but I desperately wanted one right after the original kit went out of print. Happily, it came back!

'Til next time.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Sergio Calvo Painting Workshop

Sergio Calvo is a Spanish figure painter who has recently made a cross-Canada tour, giving painting workshops utilizing his award-winning painting method. I, and several painters from Edmonton, drove down to Calgary last weekend to catch his 2-day class.

The workshop, held at the Ogre's Den, was well attended. 19 students for the weekend.

We all used this 75mm Conan figure from the Black Sun sculptor. All were primed black with a white frontal highlight.

Sergio's method was pretty straightforward. 5-layer brush painting. The odd part of his method was to then blow a shade filter onto the figure through an airbrush at very low psi. We were all wondering how this would work out as the workshop progressed...because we would not be able to see the impact of the technique until the very end of the class.

So, here is the figure with the first layer down. Again, this is brush-painted, which would not have been my choice if doing the figure myself. (I would have airbrushed on the first several layers.)

At the end of day one, 5 layers were brush-painted onto the skin. Leather and fur were tackled as well. The second day was for the face, metal and filter airbrushed layers.

By the end of the second day, we had run through all the techniques, but no one was able to finish their figure off. Regardless, we got the point of the workshop, which was brush painting first and finishing off with airbrush.

To be honest, I didn't like the technique...

...except on the cloth. Boy, did I like that. I had brush painted a base layer of dark red, and a mid-tone layer. Then I used Sergio's filter technique to spray dark green into the shadow areas, and hit the highlights with a bright red. Bingo. Solid gold. Strong tonal variation, and not a brush stroke to be seen.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the class, even if there were mixed reactions to the methodology.

Thanks for the class, Sergio!

'Til next time.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

First Bust Painted

A couple of years back, I took a painting class with Banshee (Spanish painter, Alfonso Giraldes). All the students who took the class got one of his resin busts to paint up. Well, I finally got around to painting mine.

Alfonso is famous in miniatures painting circles for his hashtag #fucksmoothness. His philosophy is that for something to look real, it needs to have harsh tones and a lot of unexpected colour noise in it. I'm not nearly as adventurous in my painting as he is, but I tried to take his lesson to heart and add in more harsh colour than I would normally use in this sort of exercise. Not altogether successful, but I think I'm starting to move in the right direction with this first attempt at larger scale painting.

Last night we had a packed paint/hobby night down in the basement. 8 friends showed up for building, painting and photography. Lots of fun.

Finally, a humbling moment. A friend at work asked if I could paint up a western figure for his Deadlands campaign. I said sure, I'd help him out, but then discovered it was a 3D printed figure with super-soft detail in the print job. I'll admit, this was very tough to work on. We rely so much on good sculpts to prop up our painting. When you get a very softly-detailed figure, it's nearly impossible to achieve good results. Regardless, as promised: painted and delivered. Certainly, a half-hearted attempt. Won't do that again!

'Til next time.