I have painted the Nemesis board game miniatures recently for a friend, and thoroughly enjoyed doing so. The alien creature were varied and allowed me to play around with different colour schemes, while still appealing to my gross side. The named characters were interesting, not terribly made and had little details to make them individual.
Last year some friends brought me some ‘shifter’ paints for Christmas. I have not had a chance to use them until now, when I decided to see what they were like on a Flamer Chariot that I have had for a while.
The results were a mixed bag. Some of them looked really good, others just sort of shimmery. I wasn’t keen on the effect by themselves, and think they would look good over other colours, so I used some contrast paint to help.
I have also drybrushed different metallic tones over the top to create a shimmery effect for the chariot itself.
I am not too keen on the result in the end, but as this was an experiment it will do. I did learn a bit, and need to have a think on how I might use the paints to better effect on other models.
Something else I promised to myself that I would do this year, was finish off some of the project that got set aside for one reason or another. The first one I have finished is Little Stampy. This diorama was supposed to be a Golden Demon entry, but got set aside when the contest coincided with my 40th birthday.
S, I picked it back up again with the intention of just getting it finished. I had done most of the work, and so finishing off the metallic paint and gluing it together were really the only bits left to do. Here he is:
The hardest part of this mini was the repose. There was a lot of swearing, cursing and some blood that went into getting the leg in the right position and the pipes too. I learned a great deal though, which was point of doing this project.
I also spent a good deal of time looking at water effects on bases. Although I am not convinced this river is the best I will ever do, it was good fun playing around with the different materials.
Most importantly, I learned a lot for the future. I am sure there will be many more dioramas to come.
I painted him using dry brushing (for the most part). I wanted to remind myself that bright colours look great alongside dark ones and that spooky ghosts are awesome. I used the neon method that I worked on previously, and this is the result:
I am pleased with the result, and think that the bright green looks great with the dark purple underneath. I enjoyed creating the lighter parts too, and the dark silver just finished it off nicely.
This miniature didn’t take all that long to do either, and was a good way of getting back to painting after the Christmas break.
One of my recent projects was some more Death Guard for one of my regular clients. He wanted them to match the previous scheme I had done some other miniatures in, and I was only too happy to do so. I love the wash style I did these in and how grimy they turn out.
As they are white, it is quite tricky to get clear pictures of them through the light box, so these will have to do! The client had always wanted a horde of terminators to explode out of tanks, and now he has them. I am particularly pleased with the biologus and how his jars stand out against his grimy gear. They all look good together I think, and know they’ll spread disease and despair wherever they go!
I did not expect to go back to Warhammer World quite so soon after our last visit a few weeks ago! It is not far from where we live – an hour and a half at the most, and this time we took some friends with us. It was a great chance to look at some bases and get some inspiration for how I want to do my Titan base for Golden Demon!
Little Stampy is now going to be a Golden Demon entry, and as such, I want to kick up the ideas I had for him and really think about how I want the final piece to look. I took a lot of pictures while I was there and have them stored up for inspiration. Of course I want to share them here as well! There is always new things to notice with the massive dioramas and I love going!
There are also some Thousand Sons on there, because I want my heresy army to be Thousand Sons, because Ahriman!
Every year, I make a diorama for my husband using the bits I have spare in the hobby room. For me, it is an excuse to try out different techniques and create something fun. I really enjoy doing these and this year was no exception. I got to try out two new things. First of all though, let me show you what I made:
The two things I created that were new this year, was the river and the barrels.
I have wanted to try rusty barrels for a while, and this was the perfect excuse to do so. I found a recipe for it online and I am pleased with the results – I shall do a tutorial on this in a few posts time!
The other thing was the river. For that, I found some dried leaves outside and scrunched them up until I had small flakes. I then used PVA glue to put them on the base in a river, including the little waterfall area. When that had dried, I went over it with Vallejo’s Water Texture goo (which smells pretty interesting) and then let it dry. When I had done so, I had a river!
For those who are unsure what is going on in this diorama, here is an explanation. The Space Marine, is playing Humanity Ascendant – a sci-fi, post apocalyptic LARP, which uses QR codes as a method of passing on information about the world to the players. He is using his scanner to see what those barrels are! More info on HASC can be found here:
Regular client and my good friend, Andy over at Simply Warhammer on Youtube, commissioned me to finish off a set of three Knight Moirax recently.
I love painting bigger miniatures and these are lovely detailed kits. They did not take me too long to paint as bits of them were already done. I am especially pleased with the bases – this is something I want to start getting a bit more adventurous with. I used red crackle paint over a yellow base and then drybrushed some orange over the top and added dead plants to give a desert battle ground feel.