As some of you know, I indulge occasionally in Live Action Role Play. With the pandemic easing off, we’ll soon be allowed back out in the field again. Time to shed the weight, get fit again and get running about in the woods, be it in Post Apocalyptic Style, or High Fantasy. Last weekend was LarpCon – albeit in a different form. Outside in the sunshine and ticketed so as not to overcrowd. There were plenty of traders, plenty of hand sanitizer and lots of seeing old friends again, and meeting new ones.
I did manage to pick up a few things, but my favourite purchase was a hand bound book in green leather and gold metal. Anyone who knows me, knows I love notebooks and this one just had to be mine! It is far too heavy to carry around as a spell book, but I had to have it anyway.
The lady who made it was a lovely person too. She makes all her books by hand, which is quite a skill, and I happened to catch sight of some of her calligraphy too, which was awe inspiring. She has other glorious notebook for sale – some of which I have pictured here, and she can be found on Facebook here:
Shadows of Brimstone is a game we play a lot! I have mentioned it previously on my blog, and have always described it as a ‘Wild West Cthulhu’ version of Warhammer Quest. It is made by Flying Frog and is one of the best games I have ever played. It is fun, tough and different every time we play.
It also contained a lot of miniatures, most of which are unpainted. I have decided to dedicate one day of the week to painting these miniatures so we no longer have to endure grey plastic while we are playing. It is going to take many weeks to get through the backlog, but the miniatures are different to what I usually work on so should be good for a break. Wednesday’s will be my Shadows day. Here are the ones that I finished off this week:
I am a particular fan of the raptor and the slugs as they are bright coloured and stand out. I mostly used drybrushing to achieve the effects on them. The slime on the slugs was added using water effects paint!
I am most excited to see the new miniatures announced today. There are so many cool additions to the range, I had to do a post to enthuse about them. I’ll start with Space Marines, because they are my favourite!
Where do I even start with these? I love the blocky bikes, they just scream Space Marine in my mind. The shields are wicked – the skeleton on a shield is just so ‘extra’ it had to be done. The Judicar looks so mean. I can see a conversion into a Thousand Son’s Chronomancer in his future too. The Chaplain’s face is awesome and the option for having Melee Primaris Marines is just too cool! Also, that banner… Just wicked!
I shall certainly by adding these to my collection of Space Marines, but painting them red for Blood Angels instead.
Now, I never eally thought much of Necrons, but I feel that this has changed. These miniatures are every bit as cool and I will really have to think about how I am going to paint them myself.
I love the little scarab swarms, and it would be really cool if there were some spares to customise the other necron bases. The long spikey parts of the other miniatures are awesome and they look very stabby.
I can see myself learning more about them when they are released and doing some bits with them. Either way, I look forward to getting them on my painting table!
There are a couple of things I have been up to lately that I want to enthuse about. The first being my adventures in trying to make things with green stuff. I have learned that I am not very good at it, and it is harder that it looks. I have made a feathery chest on a Tzeentch bird, and I have also padded out an augmetic leg.
I learned that mixing greenstuff is better than the liquid stuff, and that water is good to stop it being too sticky. I’m pleased with the results so far and can only keep trying to practice.
I have also started working on an Ahriman diorama idea I have had floating about on my mind for ages. An excuse to patient galaxy stuff and try out water effects:
I will explain more in a different post but wanted to share my work so far! I love painting galaxys!
I finished a plane today. I really enjoyed painting this and I didn’t find it too challenging. I wanted to go for a relatively bright colour scheme as I am painting the orks. I have a few others to do but I’m pleased with this start.
I have also been messing about with green stuff and continuing the Ahriman diorama I started ages ago. I want to have him pulled along on his disk by a couple of screamers. I worked on getting the ropes for the screamers imbedded today, and assembled Ahriman to the parts I wanted him to be in.
I have also done this:
This is an attempt to make feathers with greenstuff. I am rubbish with the stuff but a friend on tumblr writes this really cool tzeentch demon bird – Kazakh – who is obsessed with shiny things and stabbing… I had to make him!
I was sneaky and got two done on one miniature. They were finish a character and use a technique you haven’t used much before. So I finished of the Hook Elf for my army of Swamp Elves and tried a bit of object source lighting on him, something I have not done a great deal of before. Here he is:
I am pleased with how he turned out. He matches the other Elves well but has a little more detail actually pulled out on him. I layer blended the cloth as well to give it a bit more depth. I am enjoying using green, as this is a colour I haven’t done much with as yet. I’m also proud of the base as this uses materials I am not so comfortable with yet.
I finished Dante today, after what seems like forever. When I picked him out of the second hand box he came in, I decided he would be a great opportunity to try a brighter version of Non-Metallic Metals than I have done in the past. Here he is in all his finished glory:
Thoughts on Non-Metallic metals then. I like how much brighter the paints I used turned out. It was difficult half way through because it looked awful but pressing through and using the yellow really brought it out. The blue blends on the axe look super smooth and I really like how the lightning looks as though it is dancing over the blade rather than just stuck on.
Improvement points: I need to make the lighter sections larger, I feel the mini is still rather dark in places. I could use smoothing out the blends as well to make the transitions better. This shows particularly on the larger, flat areas. Silver spots remain a sticking point but this will get better with time.
The base needs a touch up.
All in all though, this has been a great learning process and I have some ways forward for myself. I am pleased with him and he will soon join his brothers in the cabinet!
As most of you are aware, I have been practicing painting heads and faces over the past few weeks. I try and do one a day but being on holiday and busy means that sometimes it’s not always practical. Above, you can see all the heads I have done so far. The one on the left was the first.
I rather liked the dot method of painting eyes that I highlighted before, but when I tried to paint iris’ on, it didn’t work too well. A friend over on twitter linked me to a different way and so I gave it a try. This was the result!
His eyes are way too anime to be called good, but for a first attempt at a new method, I was pretty pleased. I look at it now though and think it’s rather funny. Some of the comments were fun, but I had to have another go to make him look less kawaii…
This is a step in the right direction for sure. The black around the edge of the eyes makes it look more realistic and less anime. The left eye is neater than the right and I am wondering if I should try using a magnifying glass as it is hard to see. Maybe I am being too picky with it and practice is going to be the cure in this case. Either way, I look forward to painting those Death Company marines, who will have red eyes and look crazy!
While I was away, Warhammer Fest was announced and therefore Golden Demon too. I want to enter this year after last year’s did not get finished. I underestimated how much time I would need and I was working as a teacher then, so ran out of time.
This year, I want to re-create a scene from one of the Mephiston short stories by David Annandale. In Lord of Death, Mephiston battles a demon prince named Doombreed. I love the scene, especially when he tries to play ‘the floor is lava’ with a demon. There is a lot going on in the scene, and I get a lot of enjoyment out of creating dioramas, so there we are. That is my challenge.
I have a concept sketch, which is silly, full of little notes and ideas, and a basic parts list:
I have a lot to think about, and some parts to source as well. At this stage, I am also open to suggestions as well. It will involve a bit of conversion work, a lot of patience and a great deal of effort as well. Still, it’s not worth doing if it isn’t going to push me to try new things, and it will be worth it regardless!