Monday 29 January 2024

Dark Angels - Deathwing Knights and Terminators - Bone highlights 2

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity I've been #PaintingWarhammer on my Deathwing slow but steady. I know the blog hasn't been active but I've struggled to fit in hobby time. It's not the usual post-Christmas malaise. My eldest is home permanently so we're continuing our nightly TV viewing and it's hard to fit in the Deathwing, when they're not the easiest to paint in the first place. And with limited progress on the hobby there's even less motivation for the blog, which is a shame as I really wish I was posting more often.

But I've got half the 2nd highlights done here. I may have done a bit more of the cream than I usually do, which makes the process slower and in some places the results aren't great. 

All fixable and I'm far from disappointed but it doesn't help with keeping motivated.

You can see the variety in the butt plates here, the middle one in particular went too far. But I can easily hide that with some tribal markings.

Here we are with the remaining upper half of the highlights. Still to do the shoulder pad on the shield arms, but want them glued in place so they're highlighted correctly.

But I'm OK with the results even if they're still less consistent than I'd normally prefer.

And the rest of the Terminators have got done too - just in time for many of them to be excised from the Codex, or so I believe. 

Good job I didn't put a Cyclone Missile Launcher on one of these. A common load out gone from the Codex.

I think the Apothecary and Champion have gone also, but again I remind myself I was never going to play with them anyway!

They're just figures I needed to paint and poses I wanted to create.

Lots still to do, just about half-way through the spreadsheet but the hardest parts done so far I think.

I even decided to do the bare heads and I was really pleased with the results, that is until I looked at the close-ups - they look shocking. 

Which is a shame as they look great from a gaming distance. I was genuinely chuffed and then gutted when I saw their squints and patchwork skintones.

I mean I love seeing a brushstroke but these just look like blobs in places.

I'll get over it once they're in place but it's a little disheartening as I was convinced these were some of the best faces I'd done, only to realise I was way off the mark. 


Tuesday 9 January 2024

Dark Angels - Deathwing Knights and Terminators - Bone highlights

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity and a happy new year to you all! I've been #PaintingWarhammer on my Deathwing. I last worked on these 'properly' in July, before that I'd started them in February last year! Of course, they're now all being updated with new bigger Terminators, but much smaller maces.

I still prefer these in design. Hopefully, when I do get round to making the new terminators if I just glue them to the base, no bits of slate, the scale difference might not be too noticeable.

So this is the first set of Skelton Bone highlights, the most laborious and tedious aspect of the painting and it's not even 25% of the tasks I have to do! But it feels great to have got them past this point. 

There are so many bits that still need doing, but nothing as demoralising as this set of highlights. It's all the detail bits and some might be fiddly [especially those banners] but they will make interesting challenges.

It's just getting the bone done then it's the greens, reds, greys and blessed verdigris and everything else is just detail work.

And that bit is really fun, because all the embellishments, like the eye lenses, blade effects, plasma glow and tribal markings just make the figures so much more interesting.

It's the personality that I'm adding and once these are all done I'll be satisfied with my Hobby Season, whatever else may come.

Thursday 4 January 2024

Hobby Spends 2024 [so far] and an absolute bargain!

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity y'know how I spent a fair bit on the hobby in 2023 and said I would be frugal for 2024...

Yeah, I've already started the new year off with a couple of significant purchases. With Adeptus Titanicus MIA, I went with some other big robots - Armigers. Now, I may prefer the bigger ones but it's undeniable the smaller ones are more useful and versatile - specifically in smaller games. Should I ever play 10th again having 6 Armigers would add that extra level of choice. Now I did consider getting an Acheron as well at this point, but common sense prevailed. Also, I'd been given £40 in Christmas money, so they were practically paid for completely.

Now, before Christmas I'd seen some suggestions that the new HeroQuest was half price on Amazon. This was not true. However, Zavvi had it for just £47.99 [down from £107.99]. Now I thought if I got some Christmas money I would get it, but come boxing day it was no longer available, just some of the expansions. Well, fate intervened and I wasn't buying a game I may never play, even if it was an absolute bargain. 

Except, just the other day it popped up as available again so I ordered it. Now if you too think it's a bargain, or want to get any of the expansions, which are up to 50% off, then please consider using my referral link: I make £3 for every referral using DAVE-R2NU and you get an additional 10% off, so HeroQuest would be just £43.19 [plus £2 p+p]! Hopefully I may get round to playing it, maybe it's something I can play with my youngest. But even so it's an absolute bargain!