Monday 28 September 2020


Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer and #DreadTober begins this week. If you want to join in hop on over to and leave your 'pledge'.

I'm committed to painting my Tyrannofex. I've obviously got a head start on this, because I know what my pace is and I need it. However, I am doing all 3 weapon options so that makes up for the advanced state of progress.

And should I get through this quicker than I thought I've plenty of other dread sized things to keep me occupied

In fact I picked up a couple more Sentinels for my Genestealer Cult. I'm not sure why but two for £14 was an absolute bargain and I love them. As a stretch goal I only plan to get them based and primed but again I'm fine with that.

Friday 25 September 2020

Dark Angels - Deathwing Land Raider Redeemer - RED!

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer Dark Angel Deathwing Land Raider Redeemer. As you can see it's very much lighter than it used to be and I've been adding in the red highlights.

Now I surprised myself with these pictures, they are starting to get where I want to be with this... Except it does not stand up to close scrutiny, I'm far from happy with the result with the bone drybrushing.

Now I know that with a bit more shading, some extra line highlights and the eventual weathering and damage it'll all be OK. However, despite trying to slog through this I don't think I have the motivation right now to persevere with it. 

I believe in both going with the flow and perseverance when it comes to the hobby. The path of least resistance is usually the most effective but once in a while slogging through with a project, reaching that tipping point where you overcome the obstacles and it just progresses.

Unfortunately, that is not this time. I think I'm just going to have to chip away with it little by little. Hence why I did the red, which I'm at least happy with. Next up will be to tidy up some of the bone and maybe then I'll feel happier with it...

The unexpected side effect of lack of motivation is lack of energy too. I've been really tired at night but mostly I've been going to bed at an earlier time, which is good. I've also been spending time with the boy, we've a little under 2 weeks now until he's off to Oxford so hobby really isn't a priority. On top of that the new blogger interface...😱 Yeah, this is not a great experience, adding images from my photo albums is really clunky and woe-betide you add the wrong one and have to go back into the album of 250+ images and view them in batches of 40, starting with the oldest! 😓 

Anyway, I've some content to add so I may have a few weeks of posts to write up, if I can get over my blogger hang-ups.

Monday 14 September 2020

'nids part 284 - Rippers - refreshed

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer Rippers again. My original 3 bases of Rippers were one of the first Tyranids I painted. As I have recently added more those initial models are beginning to look a bit poor in comparison. The chitin is less defined and the fleshy bits were in the 'liver brown' effect I was using at the time, which has since been replaced by red.

So it was quick blast of Bahama Blue on the chitin. I was leaving the bases as is. They're subtly different in colour but I can live with that. 

Sepia and Strong Tone washes on the chitin and some of the bone bits..

Turquoise striations on the chitin.

All the fleshy bits will be ready now for adding some Khorne Red.

And that's why I'm doing it to get those striations defined and the deepest blue areas to be darker with more depth.

Highlights on the turquoise and first set of highlights on the bone.

All the eyes, claws and teeth need doing, the red and tongues.

The bone also needs its second highlights.

Comparing the originals with one of the most recent bases. You can see the slight difference in basing, less orange and vibrant but as I'll be keeping them in broods of 3 there weren't be too much side-by-side  comparison and most people won't spot the variannce.

Next stop, TO DONE! pics. Obviously I was supposed to be painting my Land Raider, and I have done some on it which I'll cover next time...

Friday 11 September 2020

Blood Bowl - Nurgle Team Bloater - TO DONE!

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer Nurgle Blood Bowl Bloater and only goner and finished the guy!

Here's my team so far, minus their coins and counters.

Once again Camera360 is smoothing everything, I mean  just compare these to my Ripper pictures in June.

 I don't mind the smoothed effect but I don't want it at the expense  of showcasing what I've actually painted.

I love the tar string I've got stretching from his heel.

Anyway, I was so frustrated with those pics I fished out my old digital camera. I started playing around trying to get decent colours.

I think these might be the best pics I managed, the auto-focus is a real pain though.

I tried this fella again and although most of it is sharp I still can't get that eye in focus.

And I continued with the rest of the team. Still can't get that green guy...

And the last two.

Full disclosure - I finished the bloater before the 28th, so technically he's last season, but I'm going to go with this season's Great Big Granite Minor Stamp of Approval because I can.

Wednesday 9 September 2020

'nids part 284 - Scratchbuilt Tyranid Capillary Tower repairs

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity back before I was using twitter I'd have called this micro-blogging. To be honest it's not even worthy of the 'nids part 284' title. What happened was I was searching for my 2 missing Ripper bases - found them - YAY! In the process I recalled one of my scratchbuilt capillary towers had a damaged base so went to glue the piece of DAS air drying clay back on. While rummaging through the 6 towers I spotted this one which has a crack across on of the chitin plates.

It goes all the way across and although I didn't test my theory too rigorously a small amount of pressure did appear to show it would widen the crack.

So, I ran superglue across the length of the crack and hopefully it will 'capillary action' [pun intended] into the crack and bond it back together. 

I added a quick coat of matt varnish blend it in and also tried to cover up any paint chips on this and the other towers. It was always the risk of choosing the clay over Milliput but it's been OK for 6 years and should be good for now. It's not like I need it for anything at the moment and even if I was gaming I don't think the Skyshield Landing Pad would be high on my list of choices... Anyway fixed.

Monday 7 September 2020

Blood Bowl - Nurgle Team Bloater

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer Nurgle Blood Bowl Bloater. Now that I've finished all my 2019/20 TO DONE! pics - new content! So this is the only thing to really progress whilst I've had no mojo. I'd been holding out on the Land Raider as my primary project but couldn't pick up a paintbrush to progress. However, I did muddle on with this a bit and again my pics are all over the place.

These are from the OnePlus camera app. I had got a whole different effect on the green compared to my last green player [which didn't work out great]. I was much happier with it and then added all the Khorne Red in the recesses, which looks even better, I just regret not documenting the previous step.

But my pictures were so poor and I still can't get it right that I couldn't bring myself to make the effort to photograph them 😔

 Once again Camera360 does much more interesting colours, a bit too vibrant but closer to the actual model. However, smoothed all over the place!

And this is the screenshot, for a bit more sharpness and you can see the finer details.

He's practically complete, just some highlights on the pants. The back plank and the base. With him TO DONE! I will try to focus on the Land Raider and finally break its back. Then I might build some of those bikes and see what's next on my palette.

Friday 4 September 2020

'nids part 283 - Genestealer cult - Familiars TO DONE!

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer Genestealer Familiar. Not a great deal to say on these.

They're so little it's amazing they too so long. I got stuck on the debris on the bases though.

There's a subtle torso swap to get slightly different poses. I probably should have cut and reposed that arm in the air to get more variety.

Really straightforward to do.

And they look almost identical to the first two I painted. I think the variety in pose looks clearer in this order...

I also did their carapaces teal/turquoise. My Genestealers are all mixed up when it comes to colouration and it helps to differentiate units etc.

2019/20 Great Big Galactic Stamp of Approval for being a good boy! Better late than never.