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.
One thing I decided that I was going to do this year, was try and refine my blending for non-metallic metal painting. It is not a quick method, and it is not one I am confident with. I have done a fair bit of gold but I want to expand that to other colours. As such, I have grabbed a Stormcast mini and had a go using greens instead. I am quite pleased with the results:
I am generally pleased with it. I do think there needs to be more of the middle tones of green, and the weapons need refining, but this is what the process is all about – learning and improving. I have more Stormcast kicking about not doing anything so I will have another go soon and see what I can do to get better.
The other prize from Simply Warhammer’s channel was Brôkhyr Iron-master for the Leagues of Votann. This is the first time I have worked on any miniatures from that range, and I found that they were fun. The colour scheme was the winner’s own, and I used that as a starting place to get the miniatures looking great. They used contrast paint, so it was a bit of a challenge transferring that over to the paint I usually use, but who doesn’t like a challenge?
Here they are:
They are interesting miniatures, and I would definitely like to paint some more of them in the future!
Another one of my favourites! I adore painting this miniature, and have not had the chance to do so since 2019 – when I entered him into Everchosen. It feels like a lifetime ago.
This one was a prize paint for someone on Simply Warhammer’s channel. I was only too happy to discuss the mini with the winner and find out what they wanted. After some thought, they decided they wanted to have a Slaanesh feel to the mini as he would go with the Emperor’s Children Army they have planned.
Here is what I did:
He was painted at T2 level, and I added the bonus freehand to give it that required flavour. I am pleased with how the design on the cloak looked, and I know that the winner is too!
Using the technique I learned the other day, I painted a necron.
I wanted to use the high contrast to play about with some Object Source Lighting and this guy was not doing anything!
I wanted the balls on the mini to glow and so they would become the lightest areas. I dry brushed up through the colours as before just tried to focus on where the light would hit if parts were glowing.
This is the first finished squad for my Horus Heresy army all finished! It’s the first time I have used Tamiya on a squad rather than an individual miniature and I am mostly pleased with how it has turned out. Some of the red could have used another coat in a few places but overall they look alright.
I didn’t go for top quality on these guys as I fully intend to play with them. It felt strange doing so, but they got done far quicker this way.
Another set of intercessors but this time in dark green. I used the airbrush to create the effect again but this time did not use a medium colour. I still like how they turned out and the red adds a bigger contrast to them too. Here they are:
Some of you are aware of Menskera already. I have written a short story about how he and his companions steal a Reaver Titan in 40K. I had a miniature of him built as a part of a miniature exchange three years ago too, which can be found here:
I have now assembled and painted a 30K version of him! I want to learn how to play 30K – in an attempt to get to a point where I can enter a tournament, and as such, I need to have an army that’s painted. I have started with the recently released box set, and the Praetor seemed a good one to start with. Here he is:
He has to have a galaxy cloak! When you have done something enough times that an author makes it canon, you have to continue to do so.
Anyway. I also wanted to make sure his skin was dark. I figure that as Tizca is a desert, that most skin tones would be darker. I also really like painting darker tones so that works in my favour.
This is the first time I have used Tamiya paints through the airbrush as well. First I had to base coat the miniature silver, drybrush the highlight silver over it and then airbrush the red over that. It is a bit of a process, and I am not keen on the smell, however the end result looks amazing. Especially when the gold has been added to the trim.
I have a couple of squads to work on next, and then a land raider. I want to take learning the game steady, as I do not want to overwhelm myself with loads to remember. I am looking forward to it though!