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Thursday
Apr172014

On the painting table ... Ravenwing

Warhammer 40,000 – It just doesn't end, the Dark Angels just keep coming. In this batch we have the remainder of the Ravenwing contingent of his force. This consists of a bunch of bikes and a Landspeeder Typhoon. Painting the Ravenwing is one of my least favorite jobs, don't get me wrong they look amazing on the table top but painting black is difficult to make look right. It's not like you can just wash it to get a nice shade so most of the detail comes from what you do with the highlighting.

I have figured out a decent assembly line process to get these done quickly however. I line them all up on my tray and begin with black. I quickly get a smooth coat down on all the models and then go in with the red, gunmetal  and bronze to get those colors blocked in. Where applicable I also go in and paint any robes in the bone color before applying a wash to the model. I like to use Agrax Earth on the red, bronze and bone and Nulin Oil on the gunmetal portions. Then go back in a apply a quick highlight to make it shine.

Stage two consists of going in a picking out details like the eyes, sensor lights etc and applying an edge highlight to the entire model. Where applicable I apply the decals and them seal them up for delivery.

In unrelated news I have a bunch of ebay auctions going on right now. I'm selling off some Chaos Marine stuff for a friend, who needs to get some cash together to buy his daughter a swing set. If you're looking for some great deals or OOP models now is the time to pick them up. Check out the auctions here.

Monday
Apr072014

On the painting table ... Deathwing

Warhammer 40,000 – In the ever growing horde of Dark Angel marines I've been asked to paint I have another addition of Deathwing Knights and the various HQ options in terminator armor. These are a slightly better than tabletop paintjob so the goal is to paint them quickly and efficiently.

To start I prime everything with a dark gray primer. From there I assembly line each color of paint beginning with the bone basecoat and then applying a brass basecoat to the bits that will be gold. Next I go through and paint the red base coat and the gunmetal basecoat before applying a wash over the entire model. This process lets me get most of the models almost complete in a night's worth of painting. 

The next night I went in and picked out the individual details, eyes, symbols etc. After that I do the edge highlights and paint the base. For the few models that need them I apply decals and them spray seal them.

If you put your mind to it it's pretty simple to get a large number of models to tabletop quality in a short time period. 

Monday
Mar312014

Super-King-A-Forgoten-licious

Super Dungeon Explore – Well it looks like them boys at Soda Pop Miniatures have parted ways with C'MON, which makes me very excited. As a backer of Relic Knights I really feel like C'MON dropped the ball and left Soda Pop hanging in the wind ... Relic Knights when it delivers is going to be a great game. It's nice that SPM is providing good updates and feedback directly on their forums which seems to be easing some of the discomfort backers are feeling. 

That said I'm on the fence about this Forgotten King Reboot of Super Dungeon. I think it's really cool and I want it, but I have a hard time giving a company more money when I still don't have product I bought from them almost two years ago in hand yet. Unless the stretch goals are unbelievable I'm gonna wait until retail for this one. (Oh course I've said that before...)

But looking at this new kickstarter got me thinking about the models I still have left to paint and as such I decided to dig them out and see what I have left to do. and what I've accomplished so far. (Sadly the fact that I have to do that also hints at how often i play this game ... probably another good reason to wait until retail).

Starfire and Rex are just about done. Pretty straightforward paint job I've been watching a ton of anime lately and am trying to mimic the highlighting style you see in cell-shaded video games and cartoons. I think it fits these models really well.

As I continued to dig through my Battlefoam Bag of stuff (not a bad deal, but it's a shame the trays weren't more flexible) I see I still have quite a bit if work to do to call these done. Also glancing at the bookshelf I see that Von Drak is mocking me as well...

Friday
Mar282014

Sealing the Deal - Malifaux Models Wrapped Up

Malifaux – The weather finally broke and I was able to get all of my recent Malifaux commission sealed. My client requested GW Purity Seal for the finish so I have to be very careful about the humidity levels when I'm sealing these models. (and with young children in the house I can't just spray in the basement like I used to).

Happily my patience paid off and it got cold in Michigan AGAIN which while I'm as sick as the next guy of this lousy winter – cold means dry air which means I can pop out in the garage and get some stuff sprayed. 

After spraying these and waiting for them to dry, I busted out my trusty compass cutter to felt the bases. You can view the full project in the gallery.

Next I'll be focusing on the never ending horde of Dark Angels that seem to keep attacking my painting cue.

Thursday
Mar272014

On the painting table ... Nurse

Malifaux – The final portion of my trip back through the breach is to paint up two nurses for a McMorning crew. These are pretty simple models that are easy to assemble as they are one piece sculpts. And while I like them they do look a little manish and I'd be keen to take a look at the 2E plastic versions if I every got back into playing the game.

I did sculpt and cast a pair of tile bases for these which is nice to have another 30mm round lip base set available that will fit into multiple systems.