I was recently contacted by a fellow on instagram who wanted something painting as a gift for his daughter. He explained to me that what he wanted painting was a thing called a ‘tonie.’ I had never heard of these before, considering I do not have children though, this is not surprising.
What the device does is enables you to record a message onto it, which can be played back to the child at any time. They are customisable too, so I was asked if I could paint it to look like his daughter.
I had to ensure that both the paints I use and the varnish are ‘child friendly’ first, once that was established, I was more than happy to have a go. Here are the results:
It was nice to paint something different too – I’ve never done anything like this before, and I do enjoy a challenge.
This week has mostly been spent painting Raven Guard. They are a part of the same army I worked on a couple of weeks ago, and I have used the same scheme, only this time it included a Land Raider Achilles. This made me happy because it’s a tank, and I love painting tanks.
Here they are in all their shining glory.
I am glad to have done these, I’m pleased with the edge highlights on all of them, I think they look sharp. This makes the battle scuffs on the tank look really good – at least I think so.
I have finished the next instalment of Krieg soldiers! This time it was infantry, two commissars and a flag carrier. They are a mix of Forgeworld and 3D prints and have been fun to work on. All the sculpts are different, which has bright it’s own challenges, but here they are in all their shining, muddy glory:
The flag was the perfect opportunity to practice a little freehand on, and I chose a design that was pretty simple but effective. I found it quick to do because it had only three colours and they are flat rather than blended. It just a case of transferring it onto the flag and filling in the colours.
I also featured two of my favourite miniatures together – bomb Krieger and Hero Commissar. All of these miniatures were fun to work on, which is good, because I have another batch to go. This time, it’s 30+ infantry, 6 weapons teams and several crates. I hope to be done by Friday, but we shall see what the week brings!
I love the fact I get to do my hobby as my job. I get to paint my favourite miniatures, and then not have to worry too much about finding space to keep them. If it was left to me, I would probably have all the Space Marines which would be ludicrous. I was more than pleased when I was contacted and asked to paint a squad of Raven Guard in Mark III plate.
I haven’t done any edge highlighting like this for a while, so they took me a little longer than I expected. I was pleased with the result. Here they are:
I am particularly pleased with the sergeant’s power sword, and the dark green. The client sent me some pictures to work from, and this really helped me nail down the colouring. After trying a few different methods out on a volunteer chaplain, I was able to create these guys as above.
Next, I shall be working on a mountain of Kriegers – another mountain of Kriegers…
Last week, while waiting for deliveries of both miniatures and the right paint, I managed to squeeze in some of my own miniatures. I want to think of them as skills practice, and in a way they are. I finished Primaris Dante; now he only has the base left to do, and I got some more freehand done on the Warmaster Titan. That Titan is going to take a long time to finish, but my word when it is done it is going to be one heck of a pretty engine. Here are some pictures:
I say he is done. No doubt that when I look at him again, I will find no end of errors and have to fix them.
I feel like I have ‘levelled up’ when it comes to freehand. I look at these and wonder if it was truly me who did them.
I also managed to get a test mini done for some Raven Guard, and he looks kinda neat!
I have been a very busy bee these past couple of weeks. We took a much needed ten day break to Portugal, staying first in Penha Longa – a golf resort near Lisbon which was part of a holiday won by my husband, and then a week in Monte Gordo. Both places were exceptionally beautiful. We explored old monasteries, ancient castles, drove on the wrong side of the road and ate some exceptional food. Here are some pictures of what we saw:
We got home Monday. Tuesday was an average day with a quick vet trip, Wednesday evening was disastrous. An Asda delivery driver backed into our brick gate post. Thankfully, we have now had a response from the store and they’re going to deal with it. We have the deed on CCTV as well, so there will be no getting away with it! Fixing it in the dark was rather challenging. We also had a wall come down in the wind and have had to fix the gate several times too. The weather is proving to be a challenge…
On Thursday, I finally managed to get some work done. I have been working on some Genestealer Cults for Andy at Simply Warhammer. I’ve not quite finished them but will get them done by Monday. They’re a pleasure to paint and I am enjoying them – especially the tank!
Finally, I have a couple of hours Friday afternoon to work on Primaris Dante – I didn’t get much done, just some base coats, but small progress is better than no progress at all.
This post is a bit overdue, but I finally managed to finish the Daughters of Khaine! It’s difficult taking decent pictures while they are not on bases, but I did what I could.
I want to say how much I love the bases that go with these. They were a little complex – involving creating a wash from Emperor’s children and making sure that had the right strength of colour to it, but they turned out well.
It feels like this week has been a whirlwind! Multiple vet visits, the dentist for the first time in years and Foundry work feels like it has kept me away from painting a great deal.
I have been working through a Daughter’s of Khaine commission when not doing other chores however and I feel they are coming on nicely.
Most of those pictures are still works in progress. I do like the miniatures but they are very spindly which has been a challenge.
Thankfully, we are both now on the mend from Covid, which means the Foundry miniatures that have been ordered are mostly caught up. Numerous trips to the post office have occurred but it feels good to mostly clear the backlog.
The vet trips were all successful. The two kittens are now spayed so no more yowling for boys at 3am! Big bud Roscoe’s eye has also mostly healed. We need to continue with his drops for another couple of weeks and the ulcer should be gone.
The dentist was as pleasant an experience as I could expect, but I need 4 fillings… less fun.
Next week I start college on Tuesday mornings doing an Introduction to Counselling course. I am back at the dentist too but I hope to get the Daughters of Khaine finished and get some work on Primaris Dante done! I am going to be busy!