I have picked up a couple of commissions lately, which has led to a few people asking me what Table Top and Table Top Plus are. I found that the commission page I have doesn’t really answer that question very clearly and it has made me think what the differences are. I decided to make it much clearer by painting a single miniature to demonstrate this. Seeing how I have a ‘few’ Blood Angels kicking about, I used one of them to do so.
This is Table Top Sergeant Himbo. He has base colours and a single set of highlights on him. There are no freehand details on purity seals and no markings on him. His colouring is very basic and there is little in the way of shading. He also has a simple scheme on his base, in this case done with texture paint.
This is Table Top Plus Sergeant Himbo. He has two colour highlights, freehand details – note the purity seal and decals attached as well. More of the miniatures details have been picked out and his base is more than a texture base.
I did this exercise to clarify in my mind what each stage includes. I do now need to go and paint the rest of the Blood Angels, but I have quarantine here so I will certainly have the time!
I finished squad two today. I am very pleased with how they turned out, but also with how quickly I managed to do so. When I have painted squads before, I have lost interest half way through and put them aside. I’m proud of myself for the focus I had and the resilience to stay the course and get them done. Twenty miniatures in three days, from undercoat to finish, in my eyes is quite the achievement!
I now have an Ancient and the Iron Father to go, then my venture with the Iron Hands will be done for the time being.
Batch painting is something I have done before. I think those of us who paint units have all done this to one extent or another. I picked up some tips on doing this while on the Siege Studios course and I have put them to good use today. I have 20 Primaris Space Marines to paint as Iron Hands and thought I would do them all at once in a batch.
I put them in a line, realised there were too many and so put them in two lines instead, 10 in each. I then proceeded to do all the black, then all the white, then all the silver, and so on. I won’t lie, it is a bit of a slog, but it is getting them done and in a logical way that keeps me focused.
Primaris Conga Line?
When one is done, I turn him to face the other way so I know where I am in the line. I do take breaks and if I take one part way through, I know where to go back to when I return. Here they are in all their WIP glory!
One thing I do know is this – tomorrow is going to be an edge highlight festival…
I finished the Primaris Ancient today, and I am very pleased with how smooth and sharp he turned out in the end. Here he is:
Some of these pictures are a little grainy because I have tried to lighten them. I wanted everyone to see the colours but I think I may have gone overboard a little. The next one is much sharper!
Here is the new Ancient with the Ancient I painted about two years ago when they first came out. I’ve come a long way since then and it really shows. My edge highlights are a lot sharper and I can blend colours a lot better now too. My basing has also got a lot better. I’ve always tried to assert that the only one you should compare youself to is you. Your progress is your journey, no one elses!
For those interested, these are the three colours I used to create the blend on the Ancient. After preshading with white to create a zenith, I used Ultramarine Blue as the base all over, making sure I sprayed underneath as well to make sure there was no black left. The mid colour was Magic blue, sprayed at about 90 degrees and the last one was Electric blue sprayed from above.
The Ancient is for sale is anyone is interested, please feel free to get in touch if you are!
Speed painting was a skill I thought I would never obtain. I have spent many long hours, like many other hobbyists, studying and painstakingly picking out details of a miniature and finding it takes ages to actually finish anything.
Then I decided I want to do some commission painting and knew that had to change. I have started to focus on how long an individial miniature takes and have been working on making it smaller. Today, I managed to paint the Primaris Apothecary to a high standard in four hours. I have never painted the mini before and so I was pleased with the outcome. Here is the finished model:
In order to speed up the painting process, I focused on areas rather than the whole miniature at a time. I would do one part, wash it if needed and then work on another area while it dried rather than put the mini down and let it dry before starting again. It meant I neglected the rubric marines a bit but it did mean I got him painted today rather than over a couple of days. I will certainly be trying this technique again when I paint my next character model.
This Apothecary was painted for my sister as a part of a miniature ‘trade’, she is painting me a Thousand Son Sorcerer in return. We named the apothecary Xerxes, or Jerkxes, as he is a bit of a jackass. He kept trying to poke holes in the Rubric Marines to let the dust out when I wasn’t looking…
Another mini I have painted quickly that I wanted to mention was ‘Larry.’ I painted him in thirty minutes at the Warhammer World Open Day in January. I am so pleased with him too. For thirty minutes, he looks rather fine!
It has been a long time since I painted a Primaris Marine, I have been caught up painting heretics and all manner of other creature. So when I ‘rescued’ the Lieutenants from a friend who wanted to burn him, I was more than pleased to paint him up. I am not sure what I am going to do with him as yet, for now he is going to join his Ultra-buddies in the cabinet.
I have pictured him next to the last Primaris Marine I painted and I wanted to share that. We are all improving with every model we paint and the only person we should compare ourselves with is us. I feel I have come a long way since the last one. The highlights, though subtle, are sharper, the face looks better and it seems I am learning how to base.
I have never written a tutorial before but when I was asked about the galaxy cloaks the other day and how I did them I volunteered to do one. I have tried to keep it as simple as I can!
Step 1: Coffee – an essential must have for all painting endeavors
Step 2: Background – I use Abaddon Black as the base for the galaxies so I make sure the entire area is covered and even before I start. I also find that having an image as a reference is very useful, though I do not often refer to it!
Step 3: Base colours. As I was going for a blue based galaxy, I used Kantor Blue and Xereus Purple. At this point, I use one of my very old brushes and stipple the paint on carefully. I don’t put a great deal of paint on the brush and I create the outline of the galaxy.
Step 4: Using the same brush, I then go over the outline with a lighter colour – in this case, I used Caledor sky and Xereus Purple mixed with Mephiston Red. I also make sure not to put as much on the brush as at this stage, you want to start seeing spots of colour.
Step 5: Here is where I swap to a smaller brush and begin to build up the layers that form the galaxy. Using watered down – this makes the paint much easier to manipulate – Sotek Green, Temple Guard Blue for the blue and Xereus Purple with a mix of Emperors Children, I then blend and build up the colour until it looks natural.
Step 6: Stars. This is the step where I add the first layer of stars. I use a very fine brush to spot on the stars that are the same colour as the blended parts. You can add them at a varying sizes too.
Step 7: More Stars. This time, I use white to add in stars. They add a final striking layer to the cloak. I also use a range of sizes and this time, I put in a small cross to show one as twinkling.
So, there you have it, a whirlwind explanation of how to create groovy galaxy cloaks. I am going to be giving them to all psyker type models for the time being as I think they fit the theme. Space Wizards need wizardy cloaks that look like space… Here are a couple of others I have done!
As some of you will know, I am getting married tomorrow. The past few days have been a bit of a whirlwind, trying to organise various things; decorations, relatives, cakes and other assorted bits and bobs. I’ve had a lot less time for painting and playing and even less for writing. Fear not, the story is still growing just at a much slower rate than before.
We are not having a huge formal wedding, we’re not those kind of people. We wanted to do something that reflected our quirks and would be enjoyable for everyone, not one of those huge formal affairs were everyone appears tense. I always knew I wanted something in my bouquet; I just wasn’t sure what…
That’s where this guy comes in.
This is Sergeant Flowers. The history I with painting miniatures began when I was around 14 years old and is a story too long for the telling on this post. My recent ‘obsession’ is with 40K and Space Marines so it seemed like a fitting idea to have a guy with a jump pack hidden in the flowers.
A little bit about Flowers then – his first name is Iris (which is painted on the banner in the centre of the black hand). He is the sergeant of the fourth squad in second company and is known for being mean. With a name like Iris Flowers, one worthy of The Emperor’s Children, he has to be. He has served for over 200 years so far and is a dab hand with the lightning claw.
After the day, intend to take him out of the bouquet, fix him to a base and field him alongside the rest of his assault squad. I will leave you with the shot of him all ready for the big day tomorrow.
Someone close to me suggested that ‘art is a journey’. I’m not one to wax lyrical about the intricacies of art and what it means. I paint miniatures because I enjoy it, I find it calming and it is a great way to unwind after a day at work. I have been painting figures on and off since I was about 13 years old. The first model that I owned and painted was an undead banshee – she is still in the house somewhere I think. I have come a long way since then.
What I want to focus on today is how far I have come over the past few months since finding my way back into the hobby. I managed to pick out one of my first Space Marines and took a picture – here he is in all his Black Hand glory.
When I look at him now, I see the thickness of the edge highlighting and how wonky the lines are. He was a good start however and since then, I have painted a ‘few’ more marines and practiced my brush techniques. Then the Primaris made an appearance and I was faced with new challenges. Here’s the first Intercessor I put my brush to a few short weeks ago:
Since painting this fella, I have improved on my line work and feel the coat of paint looked a lot more even too. I’m more confident in the style of painting – highlighting rather than blending and think the flat colour is really striking when the edges are picked out in a brighter shade. There is always room for improving however and we are always more inclined to see the flaws! The last model I painted was this one:
I am very proud of the ancient and feel it is the best work I have done so far, better even than the Deredeo dreadnought I was pleased with! People have been kind and commented on him on Twitter and Facebook, some going so far as to say it puts theirs to shame. I don’t like such comments! We are all working to improve ourselves and the only people we are comparable to is our self! I’ve compared and shown my progress against my own models, not anyone else’s. So long as we are constantly getting better at what we do, and that there is visible progress to a better looking model, then that is a win!
We decided to kick off the weekend with a game on Friday night. I wasn’t playing against the Death Guard for a change; oh no, this was someone totally new. A friend of mine brought his Dark Eldar over and I was informed that it would be me doing the fighting! My long suffering partner helped me create the army list with some advice here and there about what to do! I took my new shiny Deredeo Dreadnought, freshly painted and gleaming to see what he could do, and a load of the Primaris lads that I have been painting too.
This was my first introduction to objectives. I had to clarify what they were for and I was reliably informed that in order to win I had to do said objectives or kill everything on the board. I looked at my friend and calmly informed him that I was going to kill all his models…
The Dark Eldar went first. They managed to kill a few of the intercessors in the first round. For a while, it was looking pretty even; then the Dreadnought got to fire…
This was the result. I must say that the Dreadnought had a hell of a lot of fire power in it and I almost felt bad for my friend… Almost. He dropped some reinforcements in from space (I cannot recall the name of the unit) and I destroyed them with another squad of intercessors. My Hellblasters peppered his troops with shots and my captain stood about and yelled at people to shoot harder! Those 1 re-rolls from both him and the Lieutenants is devastating. The dreadnought hits on a 2+ and I get to re-roll 1s…
As I had promised my friend, I killed every model on the board and scored my first ever victory in 40K. There was much rejoicing.