Monday, June 27, 2016

Passer Rating

Sukubus studios has created a number of really spectacular female blood bowl teams over the last few years... starting with the Succubus team!

This thrower figure is one of my favorites.  What amazed me was not only the highly detailed sculpts, but how solid they were for something that appears so dainty.

Incredibly, they were almost all one piece sculpts!  They were very dynamic poses, and there was a touch of humor and whimsy about each one.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Solid Foundation

I thought you might like to see a few quick images of the Green Stuff World texture roller bases with some paint on them!

I didn't have to do anything very fancy, as I tried to let the texture itself do all the work :-)

The bases were painted with a few simple light to medium light tones, and then shaded, tinted and weathered with a variety of glazes.

Again, the texture created by the rollers has so much depth and interest, it was a lot of fun to simply let the glazes go where they wanted to.  As you might have seen already... I have a few articles posted on how I used those rollers.

This is an example of the new Mosaic tile roller:

Here's the first miniature that I used with these texture bases.  Nothing like a runic base for a dwarf character!

These are all available from the Green Stuff World home page.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Target Lock

No army is complete without some artillery, so here is the first completed howitzer for the French, the vaunted 75mm.

I had painted a few Forgeworld artillery pieces years ago, but this was a very new experience for me... working on the gun, the crew, and the gun emplacement itself.

An article was already posted on how that was done.  Fortunately, I was already quite familiar with the 75, having painted an entire battery of them for Flames of War!

I loved creating a small vignette/diorama out of the crew and the gun.  It's one of the many things which has drawn me to the WW2 genre.  Not only was it fun to lay out this scene, it has come in handy during my games as well (even though light howitzers don't have spotters!). 

I decided to paint the crew "in-situ", as in place (minus the gun of course!).  It made it challenging to get my brush into certain locations, but I really wanted to integrate the figures into the diorama base, and that meant that a touch choice had to be made.

The foliage is a variety of Gamer's Grass products, Hangar 18 foliage, and even some old Woodland Scenics flock.

The next completed piece coming up is the 105mm scratch built howitzer.  And... I will be scratch building the mighty 150mm monster.  So stay tuned mon amis!!

And the Dead Shall Rise

This Lord of the Rings Army of the Dead figure was a fun exercise in the combination of glowing fluorescent paints and weathering!

In an attempt to mimick the effects that you see in the movies, I had to convey a sense of decay, but also an ethereal glow.  That glow is easy enough to establish when mixing the high chroma fluorescent paints, but 'weathering' them like a tank is another prospect all together.

I used my normal combination of Secret Weapon rust paints with the Vallejo Flesh wash.  This created the "sedimentation" effect that you have heard me mention several times.

This sedimentation will settle exactly where I need it... down into the crevices. However, since it is more of a wash, the bright glow of the original fluorescent paints is not completely lost!

He's also here:

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Dark Nation

The Dark Nation of Wild West Exodus continues to grow, starting with this collection of massive critters!!

In the images, you see the great Wendigo Heavy Support, Avanco, and Big Horn.

Just like their Warrior Nation cousins, the Dark Nation have characters and heavy support that are creature based... but they are warped and twisted by the dreaded RJ-1027 energy source.

The Warrior Nation has shunned RJ-1027 as the weapon of the Enemy, but those in the Dark Nation believe that it frees them to be their true spirit animals... such as Walks Looking.

Soon I will have some contrasting images with the Warrior Nation, which will show the contrast even more starkly.

After painting all the blue Spirit Energy glow on their rivals, painting the Dark Nation in their sickly brown tones with the red glow of RJ-1027 has been fascinating.

It is these muted reddish and grayish browns that have allowed me to show a little more contrast than otherwise possible with a 'warm' orange on 'warm' browns.

The contrast with the Warrior Nation should be interesting, especially since all of the creatures were done in black fur and feathers, along with the blue glow!  Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Paladin

I have enjoyed every Siren Miniatures figure that I have painted.  Even in the Dwarf characters, there is a great deal of dynamism to the poses, and lots of fun details.

This is the latest in the long line of dwarf characters, which will soon be joined by some very fun female assassins!

A while back, I used to paint metals with a combination of seafoam green and pinks.  Since I have been painting more weathered metals for Steampunk Wild West and WW2 figures, that has not been the case of late.

However, you can see that color scheme on full display here!  I had a lot of fun contrasting those pink and purples with the teals, also providing a few accents of yellowish green in the reflected light in the shadow areas.

I wanted the sword to have a slight luminescence about it, so I used a few high chroma glazes to make it stand out a tiny bit.  And of course, some of these colors were introduced onto the armor as well!

The triple play of contrast is on display here, starting with the obvious differences in value.  Second, there is the "red vs green" opposing colors (in the form of purple vs teal).  Third, I have very saturated colors next to muted tones.  Thus, three levels of contrast.

What this will do is give the viewer more interesting things to look at on a figure that appears to be a limited palette exercise when you first see it.  It also means that one can look at it many times, and still see something new.

Here is the Siren website, which has all kinds of amazing figures available!

He's also here:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Marching to War

As you may have guessed by now, our little group of wargamers has gotten heavily involved in Bolt Action, with my first army being that of the French in 1940.

Exploring the world of 28mm World War 2 miniatures has been very interesting, to say the least!

I thought that giving it a try could yield some interesting new techniques and approaches to painting, since it is so different from all the usual fantasy and sci-fi miniatures that I have painted for the better part of 16 years. :-)

That has certainly proven to be true!  While each individual figure is probably not as dramatic as a typical fantasy style mini, there is a very different character to them, and even the basing becomes a very specific task... creating the correct setting.

Of course, each army of all the different nations involved will require new thinking, as I work my way through desert, snow, and urban environments.

These also have to tie into the "theatres of war", in which a given force will be fighting.  As I began working on the French, I had to figure that I lot of the action would be happening in woods and in smaller towns and villages.

As a result, I had to come up with a more generic woodlands style of basing.  However, I do look forward to trying out urban (Hungarians) or jungle (Australians) environments in the future!  Hint hint of upcoming armies (Russians).

Of course, having armies that are actually going to be in active use is great!  We have done a few test games thus far, and each one has taught us a lot.  Even the kind of terrain that was needed evolved as we learned the game mechanics.

For instance, the ruined buildings which you saw in the two part WIP posts had a very specific point in mind, and that was to create four unique buildings, each of which influence a battle in different ways.

As we discovered more about the game, we started creating our own scenarios, making various combinations of victory conditions and point scoring methods.  Moving away from "standard missions" as soon as possible is our usual preferred state of affairs. :-)

I have painted a huge number of vehicles over the years, but those have been sci-fi or steampunk, which are of a more fantastic nature.  Working on vehicles that you have seen in person or studied for years has been a whole new adventure!

I remember how odd it was to be holding such vehicles in my hands for the first time.

And this is just the beginning!  All of this is in its infancy, as I will be working my way through the French army for a while prior to branching out.  Many more blog posts will be coming, showing infantry and vehicles alike.

Eventually I want to do Google hangouts as I work on the figures.  Only a few are completely done... most are in a variety of stages. 

This is partially due to circumstances, as I work on things when I can.  Since more of the 'regular' figures I work on are using very similar colors, I can sneak in more of the French here and there.

For instance, if I am weathering a base, or a sci-fi/steampunk vehicle, all of the colors and materials I need are right there on the palette.  In this way, I can keep the line moving, even if it's just a tiny bit here and there.  This certainly goes for painting bases, skin tones, and so on.

That's the advantage of having so many things in operation at once. There is bound to be multiple things which require a given color or technique at one time or another!

Did I mention playing games?  Yes, I did.

This means having those cubes with dots.  I was fortunate to find Dice of War, from the land down under, who make an enormous variety of very fine dice.  Of course, you just gotta have dice that match your armies, so I had to have some too!!

Thus far, I have secured 'standard' French flags (Napoleanic), Free French and French Foreign Legion, which you see here.

And now for a link to the DoW facebook page:

This is a small thing, but one element that strikes me as the most unique of all the differences from previous experiences will be painting trucks and other vehicles of that nature.  I have never painted those before, and they are quite prevalent in Bolt Action.

I already have a number of Laffly trucks, and each army that I paint will require their own types as well.  While that might sound mundane at first, painting these is every bit as much fun as working on tanks!!

Once again, there is no shortage of new adventures to embark upon!  Stay with me as I continue to explore the World At War, in 28mm.