Monday, 18 March 2013

How much plague can a Plaguebearer plague if a Plaguebearer can bear plague?

If you can't guess it from the title, I've been painting Plaguebearers!

I finished this regiment last night and I'm quite pleased with how they came out. It's fun to get a bit gribbly and grimy with the painting every so often and these chaps certainly fit the bill. I went for fairly strong, punchy contrast to accentuate their sores and open wounds and was bold in the brightness of both the red and almost luminous green.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Living la vida... LOKA

Powering through my week like a mucus driven slaughter machine, I come bearing gifts (for those who stray to close)! I have spent so much time on the project I'm about to share with you (instead of painting my disease ridden Nurgle minions) that I've been struck down with man flu of the highest calibre. A gift/punishment I was less than enthusiastic about. But because I love you all so much I am soldiering on!

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A brief history of LOKA

Many moons ago, I was approached by an Italian in a café. That Italian was none other than the prolific Mr Alessio Cavatore and he had tracked me down with a mission. While we drank coffee and idly chit-chatted about days gone by in our old employ, he produce a box. Where he had hidden this box I still do not know and I dare not ask. What I do know is that inside where models of the kind I had not expected.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Gabriel Blackburn, Serpentia Commando - work in progress

I've been painting stuff from other companies recently, largely to give myself a break from the furious tide of GW models I'm frequently struggling to stay afloat on. There are some secret projects but one I can show is Gabriel Blackburn from Andrea Miniatures' awesome Dark Nova range. This model is 100% badass (with an extra 10% of awesomeass thrown in for good-measure) and sculpted by one of my all-time hobby-heroes Joaquin Palacios.

Despite working on lots of larger models (tanks, ships, dragons and mutated beasts) I don't do much large scale painting, so this is a new adventure for me. 54mm scale - especially a big, heroic 54mm model like this one - opens up a whole new world of opportunity to the dedicated painter. I'm not exactly the most dedicated painter but my work so far on Gabriel gives me hope I can get by without changing my painting approach much.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Elspeth von Draken on Carmine Dragon - work in progress

I'm beginning to wonder if I should rename this blog Forge World Industries. I seem to be painting, building or buying tons of their stuff right now. Not a bad thing really I guess!

This frankly wonderful model has been crying out for my painting attention since I rushed to buy it from Warhammer World on the day it was released. Since then it has sat waiting, scaring me with its detail and awesomeness!

So, I've vowed to gradually work away at getting it painted. The base, which is hidden away by the masking and Blue-Tack, is just about finished (I've peeled back a small area to show the colours underneath) but I still have a long way to go.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Goblins and Horus Heresy work in progress

I wasn't going to switch my PC on today, the theory being that I could focus on painting, but the close focus of that seems to have left me with a pounding in my head.

I've chugged some Coke, swallowed down painkillers and am feeling somewhat improved, but for a bit longer I am going to avoid squinting at my little men! It gives me a chance to show what I'm working on (because staring at a PC screen is a really smart way to fend off a headache right?) so I've snapped some pictures.

Deathshroud Terminators

I already have one squad of these awesome models done and these ones are getting close too. This isn't a bad pic to show because I can give a pretty good impression of my painting process. It shows things at various stages.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

New stuff finally - More Chaos!

My run of not getting much done has seemingly continued into another month. I've been so hobby-lethargic I feared I'd found the same stride as fellow blogger Paul. Then, damn him, he started to do some cool stuff and put it online, leaving me trailing in his wake.

The world is ending! :p

But, all is not as it seems. I didn't finish as much in February as I did in January (far from it) but I've got tons of stuff on the way right now. This post and the next few I'll be sticking online are a hobby pick-n-mix of random projects that I am working on right now!

I'm almost done with the new Chaos

Initial excitement about these guys fizzled slightly due to buying STUPID AMOUNTS! But, the Chaos are just about done. Here are two chariots I haven't gotten around to putting on the blog yet and their CMoN links:

Abaddon and Loken - Forge World - Build

Following on from my unboxing post, here's a look at this set now I've got it constructed and ready for painting (which I'm actually already on the way with).

My first impressions about the kit were very good and after cleaning up the parts and constructing it they haven't really changed too much, but I do feel the need to mention one thing. Once I started prepping the Loken model I noticed there was a bit of a casting issue. Nothing totally horrendous, but a fairly exaggerated mold slip (especially for a mini as fresh as this) that runs down his outer and inner leg areas. I may have gotten unlucky, but it was a bit of a swine to clean up and I didn't want to be less than thorough in my assessment, so do think it's worth pointing out. For the most part the fit and quality of the set's still groovy.

You'll also almost certainly need to put the large scenic base in boiling water so it sits flush against the plastic base. I don't mention this as a real critique though - it's exactly what I'd expect when having to get a big resin part with a flat underside flush against a plastic base with a propensity to warp a little. An easy fix which I didn't do until after taking the photos, so you could see that the gap's not even particularly large.

Anyway, here is a close up of the line on the leg (I'd already started to remove it from the lower area before realising I should snap the photo) followed by some shots of the assembled kit.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Abaddon and Loken - Forge World - Unboxing

It's always a pleasure getting new Forge World goodies through the post and today the UPS man brought me plenty. The ziplock baggies stuffed with Daemon Princes and the final elements of my soon to be painted Chaos Dwarf army are exciting enough, but they've been tossed aside. There's no room for them right now.

A sleek black box with three shiny silver words embossed on its front is getting my hobby blood boiling!

It's an extravagant box for sure, but this is an extravagant product, so I think it's perfect. Forge World seem to know how stupidly excited geeks like me get about this stuff and to be perfectly honest that's awesome.

The showdown between Loken and Abaddon in the Parliament House on Isstvan III is one of the iconic moments in the opening salvo of the Horus Heresy books and Simon Egan's diorama of it justifies a proper unboxing in every sense of the word. The anticipation; the splitting of the plastic wrap; tearing it off; impatiently waiting for the lid to slide free and reveal the hidden treasure inside - this is the good stuff!

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Hello Mr Roboto; J3FF the overly cute Robot

Despite feeling (very marginally) guilty in a fanboy way about staying up until 2am last night to watch Transformers 2 (take your time, forgiveness is not always an upfront thing) I awoke breezy and excited. This is unusual. I hate life and the world generally considers itself my enemy (and usually it wins) but as I woke, my eyes open wide and marginally confused, I was filled with further joy - I had finished my current commission and had a small gap in my time. Excitement!

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