I don’t usually do blog posts about Works in Progress but I am so pleased with how this one has built up today. I was working on the Stormcast lady and wanted to practice some non metallic metals. I like the process and how it all comes together in the end. I always think it’s gone horribly wrong half way through and that it will never look decent. Usually, I am wrong:
I finished the Lord of Change today and I am glad I did so. I am glad to get the miniature off the table and into the cabinet so I no longer have to look at it. Not because the miniature is terrible, I just lost enthusiasm for it and wanted it done.
I started off using the airbrush to base coat it and try the blending on the wings. I have tried to use a mainly blue/green/yellow colour palette for the miniature, and I think this worked out well. I am especially pleased with the colour over the silver – watered down contrast paint – on the wings and the head of the staff:
I am not too thrilled with how the gold has turned out, but don’t think it looks awful. I’m glad to call the project done, and all in all, it’s not too bad. I did learn from it and that is the important part!
A couple of points I want to make today.
I have set up an affiliates link page on the blog, http://www.blackhandmarines.com/afiliates, and I am looking to add to the list. If you are interested in adding yourself to the page, please get in touch and I shall do so. Please only give me one option to start with, this may change in the future, but for now I think one per person is enough. I hope to create a reference place for other hobby blogs and maybe even generate some traffic. Who knows, it might even work.
In other news, I have finished painting somem squig hoppers and I am pleased with how they have turned out:
Not only were they a lot of fun to work on, but I used the airbrush for the base coats and that gave me some practice as finer detail work. Hopefully, they will find a new home soon!
I have been doing some hobby bits for myself today. Shocking I know. A week or so ago, at the meet-up, I bought some Age of Sigmar miniatures with the intention of actually learning to play the game. I have been thinking about what I want to get out of the miniatures I bought and how I want to make them look amazing.
I went for Ioneth Deepkin – or Fish elves as I have been calling them.
I don’t like the plastic stick that holds up some of the miniatures, so I have been looking for a way around using them. Here is what I did today.
First I mixed some liquid resin and painted it over some cotton wool. I have heard of this being done before and wanted to see what it looks like.
I am not convinced how well this will actually work, but you never know without trying.
I then tried another method, which I think will work better. I cut up bits of blister plastic into triangles and glued them onto a base:
I then covered the base in gel diorama water effects stuff. I also built a wave and another base to see how they turn out:
I need to let them dry and see how they look then. I suspect I will need to put another layer on as well, but we shall see. It is a start and I am only going to learn by trying different things. Let’s hope one of them will lead to success!
After the disappointment of the last miniatures I painted, I decided I needed to do something totally different before I moved on to the next set. I have had a slaughterpriest kicking around the house for a while and I wanted to practice some non metalic metals as it has been a while since I have done them. Last thing I want is to forget how to do them after all. The slaughterpriest seemed as good a mini as any to have a go at and so he became my willing volunteer.
I also tried something new out on the leather he wears as well, I wanted to give it an aged, cracked feel and I had a tutorial on Pinterest that I wanted to try, adding my own tweaks in here and there if I needed to. Here are the results:
Best parts for me are the red plates with the blended highlights, and some of the areas of the brass look pretty good. Others could do with improving. Painting silver is pretty tough, but I am not going to improve that without practicing it. This is only the second time I have done so and I am hardly going to be an expert at it already. Just keep practicing!
I have just finished painted the Cypher Lords for Warcry, and I must say they are amazing miniatures to work on. They are detailed, interesting and not too fiddly to stick together either. Easier than the Corvus Cabal for definite. I stuck to the colour scheme on the box as I have painted these with the idea of selling them in mind and wanted to stick to what I know is popular. Here they are:
I am also going to add a page on this website with miniatures I have painted that are for sale. They will have a price next to them and people will be able to contact me if they are interested. This blog gets a fair bit of traffic now, when I post things and it might be another channel for me to sell bits and bobs – has to be worth a try!
I think I might make this a weekly feature. For my own records and goals as much as anything else. I love lists, they help me to focus and give me something to work towards as well. Nothing feels quite so good as being able to cross something off and to move on. I oftem do a daily list on twitter – which I then cut into paint tool so I can cross things off. I want to see if this works as a method of being productive or not. It’s always good to have a focus to help achieve things I find. Here we go then:
1 – Corvus Cabal – Warcry. I literally bought these models to paint and sell as they look really cool and I want to paint them. I have no intention of ever playing Warcry at all, but these guys are so neat
2) Elucidian Starstriders and Gellerpox Infected Kill Teams. I loved painting these before and managed to pick up the boxed set for a good price. I know they sell well and sell quickly, so I want to get them done this week to make some money for the bank holiday.
3) Eldar miniatures. I picked these ones out of a job lot that was purchased as miniatures I want to pratice skills on, prove I can do things other than Imperium and Demons and generally to push myself with. One of them is a Death Jester, which should be fun!
4) Work on this guy a bit more
5) I also have a HORDE of D&D scenary miniatures to look at and work on for Stronghold Games.
I am sure there will be other bits and bobs as well, but those can be added and crossed off as the need arises. I think for now, this will be enough!
I was going to write about basing, but that can happen tomorrow after the greenstuff has dried and I have finished the bases. Instead, I want to write about the Stromcast Eternals I have just finished from the Soulwars box set. It does mean I have painted an entire boxed set of miniatures, which I feel is an achievement of its own. Today, I finished the last of the Stormcast.
I am less then enamoured with Push-fit miniatures. I found that more often than not, it didn’t. I might go so far as to say I would rather work with finecast… I ended up clipping off the push fit bit and just working the miniatures together in the usual way. I also had to use greenstuff to fill gaps – I did learn that I need practice in this area.
Anyway, that small gripe aside, here are the miniatures. I’ve already sold several units so I cannot take a group picture, but here they are individually:
All in all, I prefered painting the Night Haunt part of the box set, but these weren’t bad – I’d paint them over skeletons any day!!
A friend of mine recently asked me how I painted bone, so instead of telling them, I said I would create a tutorial for them to have so they can refer back to it. This is how I paint bone on skeletons and other actual bones, rather than freehand. I will do a seperate tutorial for freehand as it is slightly different.
Step 1: I use these paints for bone:
Step 2: Collect the miniature and apply a base coar of Rakarth Flesh.
Step 3: Wash with Agrax Earthshade and let dry
Step 4: Drybrush with Ushabti Bone.
Step 5: Drubrush with Screaming Skull.
Of course, you can go lighter than this but I like my skeletons to look a bit dirty. Nothing comes out the ground clean after all.