Thursday
Apr232015

Identifying the Sun Spears (White Scars Alternate)

Warhammer 40,000 – The first group of Orange White Scars is done, I'm not 100% sure what my client is calling his chapter but the logo he gave me for their shoulder pads is a sun with a spear. If I would hazard a guess or was naming them myself I'd go with Sun Spears. 

I redrew and resized the jpg I was provided to create a vector design that would scale well for the various sizes I'll need for this job. I them printed the design I made onto a laser printer waterslide decal sheet. I've found that the laser sheets work better than the inkjet sheets because toner isn't water soluble (ie the black doesn't bleed). The paper I have is significantly thicker than what you get on the GW sheets so it requires a little more work to make them look great. I use microsol and microset they cause the waterslide material to melt into the model and conform to the curves. 

The best way to apply these is to coat the area you want to apply the decal to with a gloss varnish. After that's dried put your decal in warm water and apply Microset to the area you just varnished. Slide the decal off the backing paper and into place, apply a little more Microset to the top of the decal and allow it to soften for a little while and then soak up the excess liquid with a paper towel. If the decal isn't conforming to the surface well enough then apply Microsol and allow that to dry, when you come back to it the decal should be smooth and look like it's part of the surface. At this point it's a good idea to apply a top coat of gloss varnish on top of the decal to protect it. You can apply a matte finish after but the gloss does a better job protecting the decals.

Monday
Apr202015

Who ya gonna call? Book Review

Review – So there was recently a kickstarter to the Ghostbusters Boardgame based on a combination of the movies, cartoon and IDW comic series. This campaign reminded me of how much I loved the franchise as a kid and made me eager to devour anything Ghostbusters related I could find. So yes I did manage to track down the Xbox 360 version of the game and plan on playing the "official" third installment as soon as I can find the time to indulge my console.

In the meantime I was able to track down the hardcover collection of the first sixteen issues of the IDW series. This is a beautiful hardback book with a clever deboss on the cover art as well as high quality heavy-weight pages. If you're a fan of Ghostbusters in any way shape or form this is the version of the collection you want to pick up. 

The stories and art are fun and carry on the tone of the movies. If you look closely you'll see references to the Real Ghostbusters cartoon series in many of the panels with creepy crawlies hiding in the corners of panels and in  other odd places. It's also fun to find references to the toy line in random places throughout the book.

I won't go into detail on the individual stories as I don't want to spoil any of the surprises. But the art and story quality of this collection is top notch. The second half will release in July and I can't wait to pick it up to complete my collection.

 

Friday
Apr172015

Grey Knights - First Batch

Warhammer 40,000 – I've been hit with a deluge of Warhammer 40,000 commissions lately, which I take as a good sign for the game. It seems that locally people are flocking back to the game as something tried and true after being disappointed by the latest hotness too often. I have to say I'm glad as 40K was my first real mini game and it still remains one of my favorites.

My latest commission job is an interesting one. My client has been picking up Grey Knight models for a while now and have amassed quite the collection. One of his more recent acquisitions was a nicely painted force done up in a non-metallic metallic scheme. He asked me if I could paint up the rest of his army to match this scheme in color. His challange was he didn't want to pay for more than a basic three-color + wash level (which sems to be standard for army scale).

Always up for a challenge I took the job and then set about figuring out the best way to replicate it. He gave me two different models to use for color matching; one of the fancy non-metallic ones and another blue-grey version he had done by another painter. My client informed me he just wants something that looks similar when he puts it on the table, he's not overly concerned with being an exact match just close enough to not stand out like a sore thumb..

After looking at the models for some time I put together a plan to match up the scheme. Starting with a light grey base coat that I followed up with a Nulin Black wash I was able to get the models in the same color family as the model I was trying to match. (Horray for matching on the first try!) After that it was just a matter of painting the details and basing the models.

My client was thrilled with the final result and is sending more components of the force my way to get painted in the same style.

Wednesday
Apr152015

Seeing Red - More Chaos Marines

Warhammer 40,000 – Another batch of these Chaos Marines is done. This time around it's mostly infantry models with a few cultists and terminators mixed in with the two helbrutes. 

 

As with the previous batches these are a three color minimum commission with a wash added. My client just wants to have something that looks decent on the tabletop, which is really common with 40K armies (actually most army scale games are happy with a pretty basic paint job considering the amount of models on the table). I'm glad red is such a popular color with army scale games as it's getting treally easy to paint.

 

I'm pretty happy with how these turned out and I've been able to make pretty remarkable progress getting them done quickly and moving on to the next model. When you're doing army scale commission work speed is of the essence because if you don't get the models done and off your table quickly you'll soon get bored and burnt out painting basic line troopers over and over again.

Monday
Apr132015

Kickstarter - Box of Happiness and Joy

Super Dungeon Explore – My forgotten King Expansion arrived recently and I'm super excited to try out the revised version of the game. The box that arrived was quite heavy and was jam packed with not only the base game but also a Boo Booty themed box which contained all the extra backer bonuses from the campaign. It sounds like the add-ons will be shipping at a later date which is ok with me, getting part of a kickstarter within the time frame projected during the campaign is way better than having to suffer through months (or years) of delays while everything is completed. (Looking at you Kingdom Death)

Mantic and Sodapop seem to have learned from previous campaigns where things were massively delayed because of the success of the campaign and have focused on getting the core product done and in the hand of backers even if it might increase their bottom line costs by doing multiple shipments. I applaud this as it helps migtigate any bad blood because of production delays.

I'll post up a full review once I finish going through the boxes.