Friday 31 July 2020

Blood Bowl - Nurgle Team highlights

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been continuing #paintingwarhammer Nurgle Blood Bowl team members. I had a play around with the green on this guy, gave him a lime green glaze, which has mad his skintone more interesting but I still need some highlights and mottling on it to be where I want it to be.

I also highlighted all the orange elements and his red fleshy bits. They came out really well in fact, the highlights have a translucent sheen about them that I'm pleased about.

I added a bit more shading and contrast on this guy's fleshy bits. The orange is working really well too. I'm still [stupidly] highlighting the feet, knowing full well they'll be covered in black tar when I do the bases.

I have noticed that I did more orange on these compared to my test model. The armour edges on the test was more rust brown in places. I might have to address that in later players.

And lets not forget the Pestigor. Again the red bits are fine, but the highlights on the purple skin is nowhere near as light as the test model. I can't quite deiced whether that's OK or not.

I don't think purple is traditionally considered a Nurgle colour, it fits Slaanesh or Tzeentch more, but I've no problem with using it. I just don't think it's what I had hoped to replicate from the test model. Again, it doesn't have to, I don't mind a wide variety of skintones that started from similar base colours. But experimentation is more useful if it leads to a technique or skill that I can replicate.

It's all well and good to keep having 'happy accidents' - achieving things I'm pleased with, but if I can't do it again then I'll ended up in situations where I just get frustrated because I haven't locked that technique down and added to my skillset.

Monday 27 July 2020

Blood Bowl - Nurgle Team skintones

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer Nurgle Blood Bowl team members. With disadvantage of having so many projects on the go that I can fall back on when I get stuck is what happens when you get stuck on the majority of them? Well you grasp onto that one project that is keeping you afloat - and that's these shambling bags of pus. This guy was supposed to be an exploration in yellow skin, but I ended up with a raw and painful looking mass of flesh instead.

I'm OK with that though. It's not what I intended but the result is pretty cool.

This Nurgle green guy is less successful. Granted the red fleshy bits and rawness is there again but the green is just boring.

Luckily this isn't putting me off, I'm seeing it more as a challenge, an opportunity to play around and get a green skintone I'm happy with.

With all the other projects so unappealing it's great to have something to look forward to.

Friday 24 July 2020

Adeptus Titanicus - Titans in Manufactorum - Greys

Afternoon #warmongers and I am #paintingwarhammer #AdeptusTitanicus. The advantage of having numerous projects on the go is you can always jump onto something else when your motivation wanes. So as I avoid the Land Raider Redeemer I tried adding some of the Legio Gryphonicus spot pattern on my titan carapaces and although the Warhound came out really well the Reaver is much darker and less convincing.

I was really quite pleased with the result, I don;t know how much of the zenithal priming is still apparent on it now but the patterns on both the grey and yellow seem consistent, the scrollwork also looks cool.

I even managed to keep both sides patterning consistent.

But then the Reaver somehow is just too dark. Part of me is trying to convince myself that that's acceptable and that all my Titans can have different greys and yellows. But another part of me is not having it. The blue shield came out OK though. Hopefully I'll one day get the decals to put on them.

The spots are much more defined, showing the priming more. The problem is I can't quite recall what I did on the Warhound to achieve it's effect, there was a good few days between painting them and my lack of hobby just meant I forgot the process.

I did however put some effort into the weapons. They have their yellow done and all the bronze panel edges have been shaded and highlighted. I've more highlights to go but these are super tedious.

The net result - having lost motivation on the Land Raider and jumped to these I've not stalled ont he Titans and gone back to the Nurgle Blood Bowl team.

Wednesday 22 July 2020

'nids part 282 - Tyrannnofex base colours

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer on my Tyranid Tyrannofex. I took a week's leave around this time and had promised to paint the kitchen. It's been needing it since I painted the back room, which was another project that was delayed year's after I vacated it, hobby-wise, into the man-cave. Lets just say it was overdue and over 4 days days I got everything painted - 4 thick coats on the walls, all the wood work fixed some cracks and other general wear and tear. Hobby wasn't particularly high on the agenda, certainly not when my back had gone on day one. Luckily the effort helped it strengthen over the days rather than make it worse. But I found time to put some base coats on the Tfex

It's not actually stuck to the base so I was able to get underneath for all the bone and chitin. I then added the first sepia shadow wash, with a strong tone wash to follow.

The head was also brought up to speed and with a little more effort it'll slot in alongside the numerous spare Carnifex heads I've also had on the go.

It's pretty much just an oversized Carnifex head afterall.

So the Tfex is now in the same state as the rest of the Tyranids I got primed - the Hive Guard conversions, the Warrior and the DevGaunts [although they've had some highlights]. More floating projects I'll dip into, or use to avoid, when I'm stuck on something else [Lnnd Raider Redeemer].

Monday 20 July 2020

Blood Bowl - Nurgle Team progress

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer Nurgle Blood Bowl team members. I've not had a huge amount of motivation for any of my projects recently, hence why I haven't updated the blog, or even found time to write anything. But these three [so much for doing them one at a time] were just about the only things I felt inspired by.

In actual fact I also batch painted some of the rest of the team. I chose all the different skin tones I wanted to play around with and also did the base coats for what was orange and what was going to be soiled beige. Here I also threw on some Typhus Corrosion for the metal and armour parts and then Army Painter Strong Wash for the shading.

I added some highlights to the Pestigor, in truth I am not a fan of the model, well the faces of both of them actually.

It's not the end of the world, they just seem a little too simplified. The back crest/growth thing, I thing is pretty cool though. This is the one I cut up and attached in a different way so the two of them have even more difference in their silhouette.

I also had a little play around with the 'balls'.

I worked mainly on the white one where I tried to add some neon pink mould. It's not quite what I hoped for but I think it might just come together when I get all the pieces painted in. 

I think the back is looking a lot better than the front actually.

I've made a bit more progress on these since, so at least I have some more pics to share with you...

Friday 10 July 2020

'nids part 281 - Genestealer cult - Acolyte Iconward and Familiars

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer on my Acolyte Iconward inbetween a number of other projects.  If I had to use orange I then did the banner, when I did red on something else I did his robes. When I did the yellow on the Adeptus Titanicus guns I did his blasting charges and hazard suit pipes.

This way he progresses everso slightly and eventually it'll reach critical mass where I can finish him in a night or two. Some of the shading is a bit ropy in places, I think I didn't shake it enough...

I've done the same with the Familiars, they are almost finished. In fact the only real thing holding them back from completion are the random bits of debris on the bases. Again, an hour or two would box these off completely.

It's a little frustrating that they're so close to completion but I can't just get those last elements done. Perhaps if the Iconward is closer TO DONE I'll feel I can get the three of them over the line together.

Ultimately I'm going with the flow, so whatever frustrations these create I'm clearly redirecting my attention elsewhere and other things are getting done. It could well be that the high I feel from ticking these off will be better served when I'm not motivated elsewhere. Having a quick win in my pocket might just be the endorphin kick I need if I lose my mojo.

Monday 6 July 2020

'nids part 280 - Tyrannnofex Big Build Basing TO DONE!

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer on my Tyrannofex. In particular I got it primed and Red Planet BASED!

This thing is quite hefty now, thanks to all the slate. I had to add in some Milliput in places to blend in the Hive Nodes then used tile adhesive/grout for the uneven ground before I added all the basing material. Then it was my usual Red Planet BASE!

Obviously the Hive Nodes still need picking out alongside the Wraithbone chips but this is where I usually pause on the base. The Tfex remains unglued so I can get access underneath to paint. I've a number of thoughts about this: I recall how much I hated painting the first Tervigon, then I think how comfortable I am painting my Hive Fleet colours compared to anything else on my To Do list! I'm also once again reminded how cool this model is, how big and also how much model you get for your money.

All those reasons create a pretty heady cocktail of motivation to throw some more paint on it. For now the Base is done and I get my Big Build  Basing Big Galactic Stamp of Approval!

Friday 3 July 2020

'nids part 279 - Tyrannnofex Big Build TO DONE!

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer on my Tyranid Tyrannofex. I've had this fella for a long time, he was originally bought to kitbash as a Dimachaeron, I've seen plenty of conversions where the body is tilted up as the legs are almost perfect. Anyway, I realised it was far too much effort to create something that doesn't appear to be a great unit. A Tfex however is something I can get behind. Unfortunately I had made my other Tervigon's as proxy Tfex, thanks to extending the Acid Spray to fit around the Tervigon birthing sack.

Unfortunately this means the only way the Acid Spray could fit on this model is by building up the weapon mounting points on the Tfex and also extending the feeder pipes on the Rupture Cannon. That seemed like too much effort. So this will currently either be Rupture Cannon or Fleshborer Hive, with the Tervigon Proxy as Acid Spray and Fleshborer. I may look to get some more Acid Spray weapons so it'll fit this model

I still think this is one of the best Tyranid models, you get so much bang-for-your-buck with it. Cheaper than the newer big models and probably much better in the new edition, thanks to the update to Monsters rule about firing in combat. I just need to clean up the base, prime, basecoats and washes and then it can go on hiatus alongside the other Nids I have as fillers between those other tasks I really should be finishing first.
Here's my Big Build Big Galactic Stamp of Approval - yay!