2011/12/16

We Now Return You to the Regularly Scheduled Painting Already in Progress

And back to the High Elves! The white is nearly done on the final batch of spears. After that I need to do a bit of repair work (my paints got dropped on a strip and broke 10-15 of the spears) but hopefully I'll be able to finish up the flesh and move on to the leather/wood next week.

Here's the standard bearer for my general. I used the dragon head from one of the spearmen command strips for the top of the pole. I need to do some putty work on the sides though where I cut it free. The pennant is from the Dark Eldar Raider banner, they work pretty well I think.

Finally, here's an alternate Wizard I'm working on. I didn't like him on the column of air/shooting the fire so those got chopped off, plus I added some weapon swaps. He needs a lot of putty work to cover everything up.

2011/12/13

Schneaky Scheanky - The Final Schneak

All done with these guys, time for some glamor shots.

These Obliterators were the other things I was working on in secret, as they're a gift for my buddy Chris.

Now that EpiComp and the gifts are done it's time to head back to the High Elves!

2011/12/07

Schneaky Scheanky - Part III

I meant to post these up Monday but for forgot my card reader at home one day, and the card the other. Anyway I made some progress on these since then. The missile tanks are done, just need to finish up the regular tanks.

Here's a few closeups of the APCs. I'm happy enough with them considering how quick I painted them up.

Finally, here's my last entry in the EpiComp, sixteen stands of Baccus' sci-fi human infantry. The body armor/suit is done now, just need to pick out the details and do the base.

2011/11/28

Just Another Epic Day

A trio a games from this past weekend. Nids vs Marines, IG vs Black Legion and Knights vs Space Wolves.

Schneaky Scheanky - Part II

The blue is nearly done on these guys, just three more missile tanks to go. I'm hoping to finish that and the black up tonight and the detailing over the course of the week. With any luck they'll be done come Friday and I'll be on to some Bacuss sci-fi infantry.

Photographing this dark blue is tough, it always comes out much shinier than in real life. Hopefuly a dullcote will take care of that.

2011/11/18

Schneaky Scheanky

Like I said last week, very little progress on these guys. The mail has been washed and drybrushed silver and I laid down the base for the white on the command stands and one rank-and-file strip. Hopefully I'll be able to return to these guys in early Decemeber to get them done for January.

Here's what I've been working on for the EpiComp, no linking to these from TacComm Matt! They're Microworld Games 6mm Foundationalist grav-tanks. I converted some of the weapons so I could use them as Tau proxies.

I've got to finish up the weapons but after that I'm going to hit them with some selective washing and two to three highlights depending on how they look/how long it takes.

2011/11/14

Three to Tango

Adam's reservations about fielding a Great Gargant flew out the door when he fielded two of them. My Warlord was to claim one of them and escape heavily damaged, a fact that will inevitably lead to another grudge match. The Orks took this one in points, 1600 to 1450, in the fourth turn.

Breaking New Ground

The next couple of weeks will see few updates as I go into stealth mode for the EpiComp. Here's a sneak peek though. :P

I got the decals on the Bolt Thrower banners this past week but didn't manage to finish up painting them. Aside from that and the grass though these guys are done.

All the Chariots would have needed would have been the grass, however I dropped three of the stands while taking them out for this photoshoot. Not a whole lot of damage (one chariot needed to be reglued and a horse tail needs touch up) but still kind of upsetting.

2011/11/04

Giddyup!

Nearly done on the chariots. All that's left is to wash and edge the bases, glue everything together and hit it with dullcote to take the glosscote shine away. The horses all ended up getting washed with Devlan Mud, in the end I think the Coat D'arms horse tone paints came out pretty realistic.

All that remains for the Bolt Throwers is to get some banners designed to put on them. I've been trying to finish up the decals for the Silver Helm and Reaver pennants before I print them out though. Find designs for that is a little troublesome.

I also finally based the spearmen too. All they need is another dullcote layer and the grass.

2011/11/03

Go Great or Go Home

The Subjugators came back from their 10k mega-battle this weekend to find their Ork buildings populated with Orks again. Needless to say, they brought out the bleach and Ork-be-Gone (Flamers). Kind of wished I took a Warlord for this one, just to have fun with Adam's Great. :P

2011/11/01

10k Imperial vs Chaos Mega-battle

We decided to do a mega-battle this past weekend in lieu of the usual slew of games. Due to the weather (and to a bunch of pusses who didn't want to finish the game) we ended up calling it in the third. The Imperials had a chance to win it 2-0 but when that failed we went to points instead of playing another turn. The loss of the Summon Pumilio had the Chaos side up by 700 points. Truly, there has never been such a decisive victory...

2011/10/27

Space Marine Blitzkrieg

Last nights game playtesting the new Marine point reductions. The seventh and ninth companies of the Subjugators took on the unwashed masses of Imperial Guard. The Marines won in the third turn by grabbing the Blitzkrieg objective and penning up the Imperial Guard on their side of the board.

2011/10/21

Candy Cane Elves

I started on the chariots this week rather than try and finish the horses. I got the basecoat for the wood down and did the white and red lacquering on the front of the chariots. With my army colors I had a choice between Candy Cane Elves or Japanese Elves given the design on the front of the chariots, I chose the former. Hopefully I should be able to finish these guys up next week as I'll have a couple extra nights to paint.

2011/10/18

Your Dice Provide Suction

A quick game because Matt A's dice weren't behaving for him (we called it at the end of turn 2 for the Marines). Given that he played Necrons I thought a classic TSOALR quote was warranted here. His army looked good though so I'd thought I'd post a batrep. Enjoy!

2011/10/17

Ya Mule! YA YA!

I took last week off but unfortunately didn't have too much time to paint (miniatures anyway) most of my time was taken up by projects like this:

My Grandpa wanted his shed's roof stripped an repainted so I went to work, the above pic is after the primer coat on my 1:1 scale shed terrain. My Aunt noted that it would've probably been easier to buy a new shed but I digress...

I did manage to finish the touch-up on the chariot and bolt thrower crew though, again I'm noticing some things I missed though thanks to the macro. I'm hoping to print out some banners for the bolt throwers this week along with shield designs for my Silver Helms to finish them up.

I started on the horses too, using some dry brushes. I'm planning on stippling some gray on the white ones, not sure what I'm going to do with the duns yet. The bays are one step ahead of the rest though and I think they came out alright based on my source pictures.

2011/10/07

Ben-Hur'n It

I started on the chariot and bolt thrower crew this week. Two dozen guys painted up pretty quick in comparison to the Spearmen... You'll note that the cloth tied to the spears is red. It was originally white until Matt poo-pooed that.

I've got one more highlight to go on the skin and leather, then the hair and touchup. These guys ought to be finished up next week so I can start the equipment or horses, haven't decided which yet.

I've got to come up with some banners for the Bolt Throwers though, and while I'm at it designs for the cavalry as well.

2011/09/30

The Pokey Brigade - Good Enough for Government Work

Got time to sneak one last update on these guys in for September. The painting and decals are done, I got them finished up yesterday and then hit them twice with Glosscote and once with Dullcote. They'll be getting based over the coming weeks, as I find time like I did with the archers, but the chariots and bolt throwers will be the main project for October.

These guys are my favorite of the bunch, I think the white star came out the best of all the decals I put together.

The face (in case you were wondering, yes I'll be referring to the brigades by these names in games :P) is tied for second place, it looks all right but it's kind of small.

The crescent came in last. The decals on the shields don't stand out enough for my taste, they're too thin I think.

Finally, the wings were the other second place finisher, beaten out only by the star because it was such a pain to get them centered on the shields.

2011/09/27

Polling the Audience

A mid-week update to get some thoughts on the decals. I've only done one stand so far and then touched it up where it cracked along the edges. I see a couple more spots thanks to the macro where I can help mask the fact that its a decal, but what do you guys think? Worth it?

2011/09/23

The End is in Sight! Again...

I finished the spear hafts and leather this past week and began the touchup. I'm hoping to finish the painting on these guys over the weekend so I can work on the transfers and the basing the next. The plan is to have them done by next week's photo session, but I'm ready for them to be done now. :P