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!
So, as I am entering Little Stampy into Golden Demon now – more on him later, I need to do something pretty funky with his base. I know the titan is going to be stamping on a tank, which is awesome, but what is the rest of the base going to look like?
I used the opportunity to pick up a few different basing materials in order to have a play around with them. Most of them were water effects bits, so I spend a while creating rivers and waves, and seeing which were the most effective. I have put a description under each picture so you can really see what I used.
I am pleased with the effects I have created with these bases. I am not sure yet if I am going to use them on the Golden Demon entry, but either way, it was fun to mess about and just create without the pressure of needing to get things finished!
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:
As most of you know already, I love tanks. I love painting them and think they look cool. So today I decided to finish off/touch up one of the Iron Warrior Tanks that I have had laying around here for ages.
I added a lot of grime in the recesses to make them stand out, and some battle chips with rust, and more grime too! I airbrushed Seraphim Sepia around the bottom of the tank to make it look extra muddy and painted over the black to make it look a little crisper too.
Over the past couple of days, I have been working on some more of the Iron Warriors that have been hanging around here. It was really nice to get some more of them done and in the cabinet. This time, it was the terminators! They did not need too much touching up, and I feel that what I have done to them has made them pop a bit more.
I really like the ones with missiles on their backs! I think they are my favourites so far in this group!
I have recently painted up a bunch of gravewalker zombies that are going to be used as pox walkers. I had loads of fun painting them up and they didn’t take long to do either. I went for a green and grimy look, and did not need to do the bases as the client will finish them off to match other minis.
I love painting undead things, and these for right in!!
The only thing I might add is some slime here and there, just for extra nurgle grossness!
I was recently asked to paint a bunch of Death Guard Marines for a client. They asked if Inwould be able to match some miniatures they had already done using a similar style.
It was neat because the original miniatures were done using loads of washes and technical paints rather than string acrylic colours. It was a lot of fun trying to match the colours and grime of the original minis while trying to add my own flair to them. Here they are:
I m so pleased with how they turned out, and would like to try those technique on other models to see how well it carries over.
I love going to Warhammer World and today was as awesome as always. It has been a while since I have been, and I know some of the displays have changed. After a refreshing lunch at Bugmans – as good as always – we decided to explore the galleries and see what we could find. I took a lot of pictures while we walked around and took away a lot of inspiration and ideas.
I also ran into a friend while there, which was lovely as I had not seen them since before lockdown! The atmosphere was buzzing and it was great to see the event hall in use by so many people too.
Between working on the Coast Guard tank and the warband to go with it, I have had the absolute pleasure of working on these two!
The client had done a little work on them and wanted them finishing off with a nurgle flavour. I decided that meant the bases had to look like nurgle’s garden! I grabbed as many different plant type things as I could find, created some toxic ponds and ‘went to town.’ I am so pleased with how they have ended up, I do not think they are too over the top, but you can definitely see that they are on an abundant floral place!
The bonus is, I have a big knight to work on too! That base is going to be amazing! I might see what fun I can have with a leaf cutter and some resin too!