Hobby Progress: week 15

Fifteen weeks in, and my laziness has returned! I’ve been pretty organised with my time over the last week, unfortunately that time-management didn’t make much room for painting! As a result, I have a pretty short blog for this week’s progress…

Hobby Progress 14

First of all, the Treeman Ancient is now finished, and looks absolutely beautiful, even if I do say so myself. He’s since been primed black, and stands proudly among a whole host of other things that have also been primed black but are awaiting further work. I absolutely love this model, however, and have been pondering getting a second, though I think I’m going to get this one sorted properly first. Super fun to put together, though – and as I said, it looks incredible!

Hobby Progress 14

I suppose these chaps do look a little misleading for being featured in this blog, as I’ve not really done that much work on them. They’re some of the Ogres/Ogors that I’ve been painting off-and-on for over a year now, and this week has seen me paint… their beards. Don’t get me wrong, I have like twelve of them on the go, so it’s still something of a decent undertaking. But yeah… One day I’m going to have an army of these guys – but that day will not be any day soon!

Hobby Progress 14

Let me take you back to January, for a moment, when I first assembled three of these Electro-Priests. I don’t honestly know why I didn’t assemble all five, but then it isn’t the first time I’ve done this. At any rate, I have been slowly working on the three, which had been primed in white roughly around the time my local GW store had a “Paint it White” event, for which I painted some White Scars. The Priests took a back seat, therefore, and I returned to them this week really for a bit of respite from weeks and weeks of painting Space Marines.

Unfortunately, the white primer had gone on really very grainy, and in painting their robes with Screaming Skull, it became really noticeable. I’ve persevered, but in doing the gold I became really annoyed with how chalky the primer coat is. Yesterday, therefore, I built up the remaining two and primed them black, and so far have done the skin and robes, as you can see. I do think that Chaos Black spray is just superb and wins over the white, even though I want to do the robes really light, so I guess it’ll just be multiple layers to get the tone right! In the picture above, both white-primed and black-primed Priests have had three coats of Screaming Skull on their robes, and I don’t really think there’s a lot of difference between the two. The skin I’ve painted in Eshin Grey, and have shaded it on the white-primed trio with Nuln Oil. In the lore, Electro-Priests are so consumed by the power of the Omnissiah they kinda burn up from the inside, and it has long been my plan to paint them with charcoal-grey skin to signify this process. The scarring I want to do in a lighter grey, and I’m currently undecided over whether to paint the details in red or green, hence the flash of green you can see on one of them.

I really love these models, the level of detailing is superb and, while some of them are a bitch to assemble, they look fantastic so are well worth it. Given how disappointed I am with the white primer, I’m currently weighing up whether I want to get another box, but I think that’ll also have to wait for the moment.

And finally, while we’re on the subject of building…

Hobby Progress 14

I assembled this chap this very day! I picked up some Lizardmen the other week and haven’t done anything with them up to this point, but had been pondering whether I want to get the Start Collecting box, given its insane value, but have so far resisted. I have to say, while I love the Lizardmen, the models are fairly old now, and the mouldlines are just awful, particularly on the torso of this one, which looks like the mould had slipped or something. Hence, for now, he is very much alone as I can’t face putting any more together right now! That said, I do still have two resin Lizardmen sort-of built up from my previous attempt at them…

At any rate, that’s pretty much all I’ve done this week. Work has been ridiculous, but I’ve also been trying to get on with my degree work, so haven’t had much time, as already stated, to get a lot of painting done. I have some time off in the coming week, however, so I hope that I might be able to get some more done by next week – in particular, I want to actually get some more models finished and off the work space (read: dining table) rather than having them scattered around all the time.

Until then, here’s an instagram post I shared yesterday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Space Marine; a selection of those that are pretty much complete!

Saturday reflections

I seem to have been writing a lot of rambling posts lately, so why buck the trend when I can just continue in this vein and waffle on about stuff that has been happening and all the rest of it – you know you love it!

First of all, this happened today. Lots and lots of Age of Sigmar goodness, centred around the new campaign book, Godbeasts. This is a really amazing-looking book, full of battle plans and amazing artwork, and all manner of painting guides – including guides for the realmgates and a realm of battle board! I also picked up the new painting book, as it was fairly cheap and, flicking through it in store, it looked so much better than I thought it was!

I’m really excited to add some Lizardmen/Seraphon to my collection at last. I’ve talked about this previously, but my very first interaction with the Warhammer universe was with this piece of amazing artwork:

Warhammer Invasion

It just captivated me, and once I had started buying models, I did actually purchase a sizable number of Lizardmen kits, only to then sell them on ebay because I wasn’t doing anything with them. However, I’ve never really stopped wanting to get some models painted, and when the Seraphon were released for Age of Sigmar, the only reason I didn’t drop hundreds on an army of these guys was that I was still in the middle of painting up my Stormcast Eternals. But I’ve finally picked up a couple of boxes, and I feel wonderful for having these guys in my life!

The best part of all of this, however, is that I’d returned some kits that I honestly didn’t know why I’d bought them – such as the Blood Angels Chaplain, a second Illuminor Szeras, and the Beastmen Minotaurs. In retrospect, I don’t know why I bought any of these things, though it clearly felt like a good idea at the time! If I’d have thought it through, I might have worked out exactly how much all of this was worth and really try to maximise my return, but I just took a bunch of stuff back, and bought all that stuff in the linked instagram picture for just £2.40. Awesome! So that was an extremely good day.

I’m particularly pleased to just downsize the amount of stuff I’ve collected about me recently, and turn it into things that I want. Not that I didn’t want the other stuff at the time, of course, but anyway! Very exciting to have some Lizardmen, that I hope to get round to soon!

Eldritch Horror Signs of Carcosa

Moving away from Warhammer, this announcement went up yesterday for the next small-box expansion to Eldritch Horror. We’re finally getting Hastur, you guys!! We’re also in for some of the Arkham Horror base game investigators, which is another exciting point. I try not to spoil myself for these things, and just discover the game when I get it, but it’s going to be hard this time around, as Hastur has got to be one of the more interesting Ancient Ones. Stay tuned for awesome!

I’m actually quite surprised to note that I haven’t really been keeping abreast of a lot of the new game releases lately, though in checking through the recent news archive from FFG, there doesn’t really seem to be a lot coming up that is particularly exciting. It’s good to see the upcoming LCG stuff, but there haven’t really been any exciting board games coming out of late (still not sure what to think about Rebellion). At least it means I won’t be filling my flat with any more stuff for the time being!

 

Painting again!

Hooray! It’s a month (or thereabouts) since I last applied paint to some plastic, but I’ve kinda been inspired by a trip to the local Games Workshop to get a model painted again! Fabulous times, I’m sure you’ll all agree!

Saurus Oldblood

The Saurus Oldblood has been in the pile of plastic for a while now, but another competition at the store has inspired me to break it out.

I’d seen this when it was posted up, and was half-thinking about entering a Necron with some red bits, but I suppose a ‘paint it red’ competition really needs something more red than that. So! Lizardmen, right?!

Saurus Oldblood

Saurus Oldblood

It’s a nice model. It’s kinda small, I have to say – reminds me of those Blue Horrors all those months ago, in fact – though of course not the first Lizardmen model I’ve made up. I’ve primed up previous Lizardmen with Skull White rather than Chaos Black, as I want the colours to come out really vibrant. So!

Saurus Oldblood

Saurus Oldblood

Initial thoughts – I should’ve used a lighter red. Evil Sunz Scarlet, maybe. But anyway, persistence!

Saurus Oldblood

Right now, then, we have this chap with red skin, bronze armour, a golden axe, and a shield with blue scales and black edging (hoping that’ll turn out like obsidian), and the stone of the base. I’m stopping here because it’s late, but more because I’m getting a bit annoyed that I’m not doing it as neatly as I’d like. I’d forgotten how splayed my brushes had gone, too, so that’s a problem.

But still – painting again! We’ll see what tomorrow brings…

In other news, the End Times appears to have, well, ended today, with the release of the Archaon book:

Warhammer End Times

I feel quite lucky to have been able to get these books, given the anguish that was involved in pre-ordering hardback copies back in the day! They are beautiful, however, and while I probably wouldn’t go so far as to say worth it all, I am nevertheless pleased with the collection. Of course, I haven’t read Khaine or the Horned Rat, but now that I have Archaon in the mix as well, I think I ought to try to change that! With Easter coming up around the corner, though, I’m not sure I’ll be able to get the time. Well, we’ll see…

With the End Times finished, and the Warhammer world effectively broken, it’ll be interesting to see what’s next for the setting. Rumour has the next few weeks seeing 40k releases, so it could be a while before we see anything for fantasy. Hm!