Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Painting Yellow

My previous method of painting yellow with Iyanden Darksun over black undercoat has left me wanting a little more.

In leafing through some old White Dwarfs, I came across a masterclass for painting a Bad Moons Warboss in Issue WD350(US) (also available here, but you need to log in).

Basically it calls for an basecoat of Tausept Ochre:

A wash of Gryphone Sepia in the receses:

Then a midcoat of Iyanden Darksun+Golden Yellow (a 1 to 1 mix):

Highlights are an equal parts Iyanden Darksun+Golden Yellow+Skull White. I actually added more white as my mixture was a little watery after adding a drop of water.

Here is the result on a non-test model:

So there you have it, I am pretty pleased with this method and the results give the models a little more depth and character.

The White Dwarf article also gives a great little snippet on painting battle damage that I used to cover up a small divit from clipping the model from the sprue.

And here is a poor picture of my attempt on the shoulder pauldron:

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chaplain Work

Was able to steal a few moments to get some work done on my Chaplain today. Ive got a faint highlight going, but need to work on it some more. I am really pleased with how the skull helm has turned out.

Got a few squad members starting to shape up:

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Painting Bone

Here is a quick tutorial for painting bone that I am using for my chaplain. Im sure it could be adapted to Fantasy Tomb Kings, Undead or Legion of The Damned.

After priming black, I hit the bone pieces with P3 Menoth White Highlight. You could also substitute GW Bleached Bone+White or maybe even the foundation Deneb Stone.

I like the P3 paint as it gives great coverage after only two or so light coats and has a great cream color. I find GW's Bleached bone to be too thin and gets very chalky after multiple coats.

Next simply slap on a nice coat of Gryphone Sepia wash cut with water. I used two heavy coats.

After Letting it thoroughly dry, you can go in an highlight the raised edges with your original coat color. I havent done that here yet, but I think it looks pretty good as it is.

So, how do you paint bone?

Saturday, September 19, 2009


After sitting in a simple green bath for a day and a half, the rhino emerged in not so great a condition. The paint refused to come off of the plastic of the rhino, while the primer came straight off for the most part of the Forgeworld extra armor.

So I decided to stick it in the freezer to loosen the glue to remove the forgeworld parts. Of course several pieces shattered...

The rhino is a loss, but the forgeworld parts may be salvageable...we will have to see.

On a better note, I finished up the sergeant.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Salvage Work

I pulled an old Rhino out of the Bitz pile/box to transport one of my tactical squads.

It definitely will need a date with a Simple Green bath, as there is something funky with the top half of it.

Ill let it sit all day tomorrow, and get it primed and basecoated this weekend.

As you can see, it is outfitted with extra armor from forgeworld and will include a pintle mounted storm bolter.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Local Gamers?

According to Google Analytics, I get quite a few hits from the Orange County/LA Area.

I just thought I'd put this out here: Would any of you like to get involved in with a Tale of Four Gamers ?

I think we could use one more to round out the group. We plan on meeting the first Tuesday of every month at the LA Battle Bunker , usually from about 5pm till 8pm.

Failing that, would anyone be interested in forming some sort of Orange County gaming club?

Drop me a note in comments if you are interested.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Almost There and P3 Paints

Getting there slowly. In between football and normal weekend activities I got the dread to a point where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I am a very slow painter.

I am very pleased how the green targeting lenses came out.

There is some small detail work to be done to be sure, but I'll be able to paint the rim of the base and varnish it tomorrow hopefully.

I was able to get my hands on some of Privateer Press's P3 formula paints.

The reds seem like they may make a good system for the Space Hulk Terminators.

Does anyone have any experience with the paints? Tips? Testimonials?

Friday, September 11, 2009

Forgeworld Weathering Powders

Looks like these have just been released after a bit of rumor anticipating them.

You can check them out here.

Looks like they are packaged in the old "Cote d' Arms" paint pots that Citadel Colour was rebadged in back in the day.

Edit: I broke down and bought them, so hopefully Ill have a review when they show up stateside, which should be oh January? Maybe.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sarcophagus Work

After a long day, I was able to steal some minutes to get some work done on the Dread's sarcophagus.

It's a bit blown out from the flash here, but the wings do have more definition than that, but a few very thin washes of Asurmen should help pick out the detail on the wings a bit better.

I always have a hard time with white, it either looks too chalky or too runny. This came out okay, but could be a bit tidier.

I do like the the white on the black background though.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Programing Note: RTFridays to Be Featured on From The Warp!

The Astronomicon has led us to a new path through the Warp...

Starting this Friday, Rogue Trader Fridays will become a feature on From The Warp .

I am very excited and humbled to bring some of this great art from long ago to perhaps a wider audience.

In sifting through the myriad rulebooks, supplements and addenda of the Rogue Trader era, I had a great sense of nostalgia to when I first had a glimpse of this hobby in the dark recesses of a local comic shop. All it took was scraping together about six bucks for a blister of space marine medics, (that I promptly slathered with some Testor's enamels straight to the metal) and I was hooked.

I hope these snap shots of GW's past bring the same feelings to some of the grizzled veterans out there as well as let some of those new to the hobby have a peek at what once was...

Monday, September 7, 2009

365 Points Progress

I've made some headway on the Dread with its many coats of yellow:

I am stuck at a point on what the sarcophagus should look like. I am thinking keeping the background black and doing the eagle, skull and scroll in white. Or filling in the back with yellow and doing the wings and skull in red.

What say you?

Here's some work on the sergeant.

Overall its taking a little longer than I am anticipating, but hopefully I can get these156 pts out of 365 pts ready by wednesday.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Rogue Trader Friday

Yes indeed, the Lord Macragge himself, Marneus Calgar. The moray eel desk set, the leopard print cape, the picture of dear departed Emperor, its just magnificent, really.

It must be difficult to use his quill pen while wearing the Gauntlets of Ultramar.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

365 Points

Ive decided to tackle the Tale of Four Gamers with 365 points first. That includes the Dreadnought and one Tactical Squad.

First up, the Dreadnought:

Got it based and primed, and a quick drybrush of Boltgun on the metal parts. Added a few items; a Forgeworld purity seal and an Imperial Fist icon from the GW Imperial Fist Conversion Pack .

This is, of course, the ubiquitous Black Reach Dread.

Next, a sergeant from the tactical squad:

This, I believe, is a GamesDay limited edition, with a simple arm swap. Base coated, drybrushed and based.

I've decided to stick with Imperial Fists, but went a different direction with the yellow, using Iyanden Darksun rather than the Tamiya Camel Yellow spray.

I am probably going to make them part of the Imperial Fist's 5th company with the black rimed shoulder pauldrons.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tale of Four Gamers

I was lucky to stumble upon a thread on the Librarium Online forums about a group of gamers in my area that were trying to start up a group to take on a Tale of Four Gamers adventure. It had been some time since the thread had been active, but after messaging one of the contributors, interest was again stirred after their efforts had stalled early this year.

We met at the local Battle Bunker and discussed starting it back up. Since two other members had already had an indeterminate number of points left over, we decided to take the first month to have me catch up point wise.

Here is what I have ahead of me this month:

Its about 550 points which should keep me very busy.

Along with Space Hulk, it is a very full hobby month!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Space Hulk Has Arrived

An early surprise from GW and FedEx.