Sunday, 15 October 2017

The rage of the Gundabad Berserkers

So after I didn't finish anything last week, this week I did get something done! Other than the four Gundabad Berserkers, I advanced some other projects - but they are nowhere near to show even as a WIP.
Gundabad Bersekers
Pict 260: Gundabad Bersekers
Gundabad Bersekers
Pict 261: Gundabad Bersekers
 As I said in the blurb - the only thing I finished are the four Gundabad Berserkers. They were considered for a team tournament, but right now it looks like they will be substituted by an Ogre. The hit to the army's breakoint is not to and the ability to throw opponents is to good to give up.
I'm rather happy with how the grey skin turned out - much better than the one I managed on Bolg. So redoing that is added to the ToDo pile.

Diablo II D&D Miniatures
Pict 262: Diablo II D&D Miniatures

Seaking of the ToDo pile: A good friend of mine gifted me these amazing D&D miniatures made by Wizards of the Coast to add to my list of thinges to paint. I really like the oldschool look of them and do look forward to work on them. And of course to get to play them!

Monday, 2 October 2017

More dancing Asrai and finally finished the Ogres

So this week was productive in terms of numers of painted miniatures and I'm really happy to have surpassed 200. Not to many more and I'll surpass last year's tally.

Pict 256: Wardancers
Pict 257: Wardancers
First up: Here are the Wardancers I started last week. I just finished them right now and the basing materials are still drying. I really had a great time painting them and once the first few highlights were down they came together rather quickly. I tried out some different shapes with the freehands, but didn't go to crazy. There are still about ten more Wardancers somewhere in a box but I might switch it up with the Asrai... I had started with the Warhawk Riders but I plucked them from their mounts again to ad some more flowing capes.

Gundabad Ogres
Pict 258: Gundabad Ogres
Gundabad Ogres
Pict 259: Gundabad Ogres

And here are the Gundabad Ogres finally finished. It took a while but now I'm happy with their skin. The yellowness of last week disappeared quickly with two glazes. After I was done with all those I added a little Reikland Fleshshade to deepen shadows such as under the knee or between the fingers. As a finishing touch I added the leafs to the bases.

So that's what I painted this week. The plan still stands to finish up some more projects on my desk, but right now I'm torn and don't know what will be next. Usually I'd try and show a WIP but since there are so many I'll surprise myself.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

D&D, Woodelves and Gundabad Ogres

I didn't get to paint that much this week, but I did convert and finish two Flameskulls to blow up my D&D players. Other than that I made progress with the Wardancers and I started with the progress of finishing projects that clutter my desk.
Wardancers, Flameskulls, Gundabad Ogres
Pict 252: The paint table

Pict 253: Flameskulls
I made the Flameskulls from the big skulls that come with a box of Gor and afixed the flames from braziers that come with the citadel wood. These bits made some bigger skulls than a normal Flameskull would use and I like to imagine that these Flameskulls were made with the skulls of ogre mages.
Wardancers (WIP)
Pict 254: Wardancers (WIP)

Gundabad Ogres (WIP)
Pict 255 - Gundabad Ogres (WIP)
These two pictures show my progress with the many projects that are currently on my table. The Wardancers have had their base colours blocked in and the washes are down as well.
In order to relief the clutter on my desk a little bit I plan to finish up the miniatures that are half finished right now. I started with the Gundabad Ogres that only are missing the skin. As you can see on the picture the Ogre on the right looks a bit yellow - I hope to correct that with thin layers of highlights, but it's not that bad in person - maybe I should play around with the whitebalance on my camera. Painting skin with several translucent layers is tricky and it only starts to look good once you near the end...

Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Death Guard finished and I started with some Wood Elves

I finished the Plague Marines this week right in time for GW to release some new stuff for the Death Guard so that my paint queue never gets to short. Other than that I cought the Warhammer Fantasy bug again and decided to paint myself some Wood Elves.

The Death Guard
Pict 245: The Death Guard
Firstly I want to show all of the Death Guard from the Dark Imperium box - finally I painted them all and I have to say I really like the way they look as a group. I think that's one of driving forces for me to hobby - it's very satisfying to me to see the army completed.

Plague Marines
Pict 246: Plague Marines
Plague Marines
Pict 247: Plague Marines
And here are some close ups of the Plague Marines. They didn't take so long since I painted them as a group. I very much enjoy the sculpts and look forward to getting some more Plague Marines.

Pict 248: Wardancer
Pict 249: Wardancer
Next are the Wood Elves I painted this week. The Wood Elves are one of my first loves - they were my first WHFB army and I very much dig their fluff and their feel in the game. On top of that I think the miniatures are some of the best miniatures ever produced by any company. Especially the line for the 6th edition of the game will always have a place in my heart, but I am fond of the earlier miniatures as well.
I started this painting frenzy of Wood Elves with one of the exclusive Wardancers. I will either use him as a Champion or as a Wardancer Highborn (or a Shadowdancer when playing 8th edition). I am still not that confident in my ability to freehand and thus there is only a little bit of warpaint. Other than that I am very pleased with how the miniature came out.

Wardancers (WIP)
Pict 250: Wardancers (WIP)
Warhawk Riders (WIP)
Pict 251: Warhawk Riders (WIP)
The other Asrai are not done yet. I only finished the Warhawk Rider's bases because I didn't just want to complete the Wardancer's base. The base colours are not quite done but you can already see where the miniatures are going. We'll see what I'll have done next week but as you can see looking at the last two month's posts, there are quite a lot of unfinished miniatures currently laying on my desk...

Sunday, 3 September 2017

The Lord of Contagion and the Feotid Bloat-Drone finished!

So this week I had only little time to paint (and I expect the next one to be similar...). But nevertheless I finished up the Lord of Contagion and the Bloat-Drone.

Lord of Contagion and Foetid Bloat-Drone
Pict 240: Lord of Contagion and Foetid Bloat-Drone

Lord of Contagion
Pict 241: Lord of Contagion

Lord of Contagion
Pict 242: Lord of Contagion

Since last I showed my Lord of Contagion, I washed the different areas and highlighted. Here I really enjoyed the folds of the cloak as well as the rips and tears - and I am happy with the warm shadows the Seraphim Sepia acomplished. It was only with this miniature that I became aware that I use almost no Agrax Earthshade with my Death Guard scheme, which I had not expected.

Foetid Bloat-Drone
Pict 243: Foetid Bloat-Drone

Foetid Bloat-Drone
Pict 244: Foetid Bloat-Drone
And here's the finished Drone. I afixed a piece of slate to the base because otherwise it would have been a bit empty. I love the way the Hawk Turquise works on the larger brass areas and gives the miniature more colour.
Now I only have to get on with the Plaguecaster and the Plaguemarines and then the whole set is done! Only thing left to do will be to actually play the game.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

The Dark Lord repainted

The past two weeks were mostly spent painting the Iron Hills Chariot, but I also made some time to repaint Sauron, the fallen Elendil and Isildur. Once I had started on painting black, I wanted to keep the train going and painted a Witchking.

The Dark Lord and friend
Pict 233: The Dark Lord and friend
Pict 234: Sauron
Pict 235: Sauron

I painted Sauron sometime during the last two years, but I had planned to use him and the fallen Númenoreans in a diorama and thus had put them on a large base. Now that I want to use Sauron in scenarios and maybe in games, I ripped him from the old base, stripped the paint of him and started anew.

Pict 236: Elendil, Isildur
 Elendil and Isildur got the same treatment as Sauron and will now be used as objective markers. Some of the new scenarios for the Hobbit SBG will require six markers, so I will have to be creative. Maybe I'll chop up a Gil-Galad and some orcs?

The Witchking
Pict 237: The Witchking
The Witchking
Pict 238: The Witchking
This particular Witchking of Angmar comes from the Final Fate of the Witchking Diorama and in my opinion it's the best footmodel for the Witchking Games Workshop ever produced. I really like the pose with sword and flail in hand. I decided against using the dioramabase (similar reasoning as with Sauron) and put him on a normal GW base. At first I had him on a usual 25mm one, but since the miniature has slightly bigger than the other LotR miniatures, it did'nt look quite right. Thus I went with 32mm base that matches his bulk n the end.

Iron Hills Chariot (WIP)
Pict 239: Iron Hills Chariot (WIP)

Lastly here's a WIP picture of the Iron Hills Chariot so far. The base is almost finished, it's only missing the snow. That will have to wait until the Chariot is mounted on the base. The Iron Hills Captain that's going to be the driver is done, but the rest of the crew is still mainly basecoated in Boltgun Metal. The work on the Chariot itself is also far along with the washes and the first highlights done. The main thing missing are the goats. Those I am dreading a little since I really didn't want to paint more goats after I had finished the goatriders.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Dáin has sent for help - and a Chariot and Dwarves with Crossbows answer the call

So this week was another quite productive one. Besides some more stuff for the next DnD adventure, I finished miniatrues for Warhammer 40k and the Middle Earth SBG. And as you read in the title, I put together a chariot and some Crossbow wielding Dwarves for my Iron Hills Army.

Iron Hills Chariot (WIP)
Pict 226:  Iron Hills Chariot (WIP)

Iron Hills Dwarves with Crossbows (WIP)
Pict 227: Iron Hills Dwarves with Crossbows (WIP)
First up I have to show the new Dwarves. The Chariot is a dream of a model - it looks amazing and goes together quite nicely; only the goat's horns don't connect that good and there was a gap to fill on all of the goat's brows. Even though I usually don't like to do so, I kept the Chariot in subassemblies to be able to get to all the surfaces. I'm going to use the Captain as the driver and the normal dwarf driver will be used as additional Crew for the Ballista.
The Dwarves carrying crossbows are really great as well. I like the underslung design of the Crossbows and the size of the bolts alone should be enough to take out some Orcs.

Pict 228: Gargoyles

Pict 229: Gargoyles
Fell Wargs
Pict 230: Fell Wargs
Wednesday afternoon, a friend came over to paint and I used this time to finish up two Gargoyles for my DnD collection. Since they were finished ratehr fast, I also continued work on the Azog's Hunters Army with six Fell Wargs.

Tyranid Ravenors
Pict 231: Tyranid Ravenors
Tyranid Ravenors
Pict 232: Tyranid Ravenors
After the Wargs were done, I had a fit of nostagia and painted up two Tyranid Ravenors. The Tyranids were my first Warhammer 40k army and my colourscheme has changed quite a bit over the years, but I kept them in line with the Kraken Scheme the main part of my army is painted righ now. The scheme borrows heavily from the main scheme of the 3rd edtion Tyranid Codex but I use less red. Since I only have the two of them right now, I will have to use them as a unit under strength in 40k, but they will also serve as Ankhegs in DnD.