Hobby Progress, week 41

Hey everybody!
It’s suddenly closer to the end of the year now, and I’ve started to look a lot more at the models I’ve had on the table for the duration of 2016 (and before) in an attempt to get more stuff finished before I get to week 52 of this blog series. While I’m not really getting very far, I am nevertheless thinking about finishing off more models than I am building more. But anyway, let’s take a look at some of the excitement from this week!

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First of all, it’s this big guy’s time to shine! My Alpha Legion Contemptor Dreadnought is finished, and I’m really pleased with how he’s turned out! The armour had already been painted a few months back now, of course, but all of the silver details had been kinda scaring me. Finally, on Friday I had the day off work so decided to just finish him, and over the course of about four hours I got everything finished! It’s actually fairly simple, too – the silver is just Leadbelcher, with some Runefang Steel lightly brushed over the more prominent hydras on the front there. The right arm and leg have rope tassels that I’ve painted with Kabalite Green and then highlighted with Warpstone Glow, which I’ve also dotted into the eyes of the chest hydras, before rubbing off to leave it more as a suggestion, and I think it works better that way.

The biggest problem I had, though, was just what they hell possessed me to pose the legs in that manner! I built him up over New Year, and at the time I’m sure I had a plan, but when it came to actually basing the big guy, I had no idea how to get him secure – I’ve finally gone for one of those piles of skulls you can get from GW, though I feel he’d have crushed them to powder if he actually did tread over them… But anyway, I think it still looks pretty cool, and with that load-out, he’s 190 points, bringing my total Legion up to 800 points! I’m slowly getting there, now!

I got to play a game of 40k on Thursday, which was pretty great, too! 1500 point game with my Necrons, a lot of which were unpainted/partially painted (which will hopefully inspire me to get moving and finish them!) I’ll have a blog coming out on Tuesday with more on this, but I have to say, now that the rules are beginning to sink in, I’m seeing the benefits of building models in a specific way. For example, the squad of Triarch Praetorians that I’ve built up this weekend:

I have previously built up some Praetorians, back when I was first doing things with Necrons, and I have to say, they aren’t all that great. More than anything, they’re a mixed unit, and while I think those particle casters are cool looking, they look pretty bad in the game, so I’m probably not going to bother doing any more of them.

In fact, I’m actually thinking I’m possibly going to just re-start collecting Necrons, as my painting has come on a lot since I started. Part of me also wants to strip the models I have and have a second stab at them, but part of me is thinking I might just keep them as a sort of “this is where I started” or something. Not sure yet, but for now at least, I want to add and replace models in my army…

Finally… I entered Armies on Parade this year! My board was basically all of my Stormcast Eternals going up against a lone Orruk Brute defending an Ophidian Archway. It was really fun getting to join in with everything going on at the store yesterday, and some of those boards on display were just superb! I was definitely at the lower end of the range, let me tell you – sandwiched between an amazing Helms Deep diorama, and a collection of Eldar stuff that looked fantastic! But it was great to take part, and I’m looking forward to doing it again next year – I’m actually hoping to move closer to my local store in the coming year (not so as to be closer to the store – that’ll just be a fringe benefit!) so I may be able to get something more ambitious going on and not have to contend with the logistics of transporting it too far! We’ll see.

In the end, my store had 30 entries, which is believed to have been the biggest such event in the world! In all of that, my army placed seventh, which I think is an amazing achievement, considering I don’t feel like I’m all that good of a painter! So I’m chuffed there! My favourite board was this amazing three-tier Genestealer Infestation thing:

While the overall winner was the incredible Nagash and friends:

Did you enter Armies on Parade this year? Let me know how you got on in the comments!!

Hobby Progress, week 28

Wow, I actually have progress to report this week! This is definitely an encouraging time right now – check out my new stuff!

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First of all, last week‘s Alpha Legion marines have been finished! And what’s more, I’m calling the Chaplain figure finished, too!

These chaps were actually pretty easy to finish, if I’m honest. The Alpha Legion armour is Sotek Green, washed with Drakenhof Nightshade, and lightly drybrushed with Teclis Blue. I probably mentioned this last week. Anyway! From there, I did all the trim bits with Leadbelcher, the most tricky bits being the little studs on the greaves and, particularly, the shoulder pads, but I think I got there. The backpacks were also done in Leadbelcher, even though that of the Chaplain has more of the turquoise colour, though I’m thinking he’s a character, so there we are.

I then did the lenses with Wazdakka Red, shaded with Carroburg Crimson to basically try to tidy it all up, then lightly put some Evil Sunz Scarlet in there to brighten it up. The bolter casings were done with Stormvermin Fur, then shaded with Nuln Oil, and the leather belts/pouches/holsters were done with Doombull Brown and shaded with Agrax Earthshade. You can’t really see it in the picture above, but I’ve also done the little tubes near the feet in Balthasar Gold and Agrax Earthshade, because the Alpha Legion Headhunters released earlier this year by Forge World have this, but anyway!

The Chaplain also had his eyes tidied up, the belt done, and some other bits tidied up such as the studs along his helmet and greaves, then all of them had Martian Ironearth on the bases, and rims done in Stormvermin Fur also. Really easy to get moving with, so once these had been completed on Thursday, I built up four more! Including the heavy weapon guy with the Proteus missile launcher! And…

That’s right, it’s the Alpha Legion Contemptor Dreadnought! That guy has been built since roughly New Year, and while I had done one coat of Sotek Green on it a long, long time ago, which you can see in this photo from February, but it has never gotten any further. Well, it’s time to change that now! So all of the marines and the dreadnought have had the armour pretty much done, and I had been hoping to get some more work done on them all today, but that didn’t happen! So I’m going to try and get some more work done on these in the coming week, then hopefully there’ll be even more progress next week!

But for now, yeah, I finished some models!!

Hobby Progress, week 27

Hey everybody,
There is actual progress to report this week! I can’t believe it! Let me walk you all through what I’ve been up to…

First of all, after three extremely busy days in work, I have almost two weeks off. Trying to plot some kind of plan for that time, I’ve decided to take on a bit of a project – not only to make the most of having time off work, but also because I want to try to get back on track with painting stuff. Following the uploads of five tutorial videos to the Warhammer TV youtube channel, I decided to make a start on some basic tactical marines, albeit Maximus marines, and assembled three chaps on Saturday morning.

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I’m actually really pleased with these guys so far. I think I’ve been thinking about space marines again lately, though I didn’t think I actually had any built up ready, so after watching the Sons of Horus and World Eaters, I set to work! I’d decided to do Alpha Legion back in the day, and had seen the suggestion of Sotek Green and Drakenhof Nightshade, which I tried on both the Chaos Marines box I bought, and the Chaplain figure I’d made some progress with earlier in the year. To this mix, I’ve now added a very light drybrush with Teclis Blue, and I think it helps to bring the colour closer to turquoise rather than green. So I’m going to get the silver bits done this week, and hopefully that’ll get them looking closer to finished, which should help me finish them quickly!

We’ll see!

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Finally, I’ve gotten round to putting the Zandri Dust basecoats on all of the Deathwing Knights, as well as getting the little Watcher in the Dark painted, unfortunately he seems to have to have turned out looking a little too much like a Jawa… So they look like they’re a little strange with the black central bits, but hopefully that’ll change soon enough. At least they’re now all at the same stage, I guess!

So there we have it. Perhaps not as busy a week as I have had in previous blogs, but definitely better than I’ve done of late, as well!

Hobby Progress, week 26

Week 26 is here, and I’ve been doing a few bits and pieces – finally!

First of all, let’s take a look at the Bloodletters!

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I’ve been working quite a lot on these guys, but you can’t really see any of the results compared with the original picture of them from two weeks ago! I’ve used Carroburg Crimson to shade the recesses, then a light drybrush of both Astorath Red and Kindleflame – however, my Kindleflame has turned into something approximating rubber, so I didn’t really get the effect I wanted. I’m considering doing something with perhaps Troll Slayer Orange instead, but have left off for now.

I got talking with the manager of my local store the other day about these very guys, and he talked about shading them with green rather than red – by this time, I’d already used the Crimson, but I liked the idea of the green contrast, so decided to put some Kabalite Green on them, starting with the fins that run down their spines. That looked really nice, so I went ahead and did a similar thing on the horns – they’re kinda drybrushed, more to “dust” the colour onto the surface, rather than actually pick out details etc. I kinda like it, as it brings me back to when I originally sprayed the minis red but you could still see the black through there, it had a nice visual effect, anyway!

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I’ve also been building more Stormcasts! I’ve had these chaps hanging about for a while, so it’s time to get down to business. I’m still holding off getting the Stardrake itself, but I’ve got a few plans for the dracoths, so looking forward to getting round to them!

We’re halfway through the year now, and to be blunt, I’m nowhere near where I’d hoped to be! I still have so many things hanging about that were still in progress on week one! I have some time off work coming up, so I think I might start making a serious effort to get that stuff finished. It’s been nice to have a variety of projects to work on, of course, but I’d like to be a little further forward with some of them, you know?!

Hopefully, you’ve all been having much better progress in 2016 than I have!

Hobby Progress, week 25

Well folks, the title of this blog is a little bit of a misnomer – as there has been little progress made this week. I’ve had a pretty crappy week of migraines, so haven’t been able to do much of anything, unfortunately! But I have managed to build something:

It’s the Seeker Chariot of Slaanesh! I’ve been wanting to put this together since I had it, because it looks so complicated and stuff, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten so far.

Hopefully next week will see a little more progress!

Hobby Progress, week 24

Hey everybody,
It’s week 24 of my Hobby Progress blog, where I show off some of the awesome stuff that I’ve been doing to progress with my various Warhammer projects – and various really is the theme! As hinted at last week, this week’s report is going off on the deep end with Chaos, let’s take a look!

Yes, this happened. I feel like I need to provide some kind of explanation for this, as I feel most people who have followed this progress series – or, indeed, almost anything that I’ve written on this blog – might be a little startled by what appears to be such a left-turn in my hobby career.

I’ve talked previously about how I first got interested in Warhammer through the card game, Warhammer: Invasion. That’s still one of my all-time favourite games, and I’m still amazed that I’ve made it through more than two years of blogging about games without doing a spotlight on it… Anyway, the card game is just great, and while I haven’t played it in a while, my all-time favourite deck to play is a Chaos one. I think I’ve tried out every kind of deck in my time playing the game, but Chaos is by far and away the one for me. Indeed, because of this, it’s more weird that I haven’t gotten any Chaos models sooner, really! (Well, there was that Demon Prince…)

So I managed to pick up a box of Bloodletters super-cheap recently, and I’d long been thinking about getting some Bloodreavers or similar because I know I’m not very good at painting skin, but would like to get better. So I decided I would like to get a small warband together of Chaos dudes: the plan was to get some Bloodreavers, led by a Bloodsecrator, and include a small band of Bloodletters. Initially that was going to be it, but then I thought it’d be nice to have the Herald of Khorne miniature in there, too, so I bought him last weekend.

But then, there’s Slaanesh…

Again, if you’ve been following my hobby adventures, you’ll know that I’ve painted my Ogors purple. I have quite a number of these guys, though only one has actually been finished so far. At any rate, one of the reasons for this is that I like the idea of Slaaneshi Ogors, but I also just think that, of all the Chaos gods, Slaanesh is the coolest. That isn’t because I’m a perverted degenerate (I think), but more because Khorne is all brutal, Nurgle is just disgusting, and Tzeentch is pretty but weird. Slaanesh is also weird, but there’s a distinct elegance to his stuff most of the time, before it devolves into the obsessive behaviour stuff. There are a lot of art pieces for both the Invasion card game and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (which I also love, but haven’t featured yet) that feature Slaanesh cultists and the like, and they’re really quite beautiful.

On a tangent here, I feel like GW would be doing a great disservice to the community if they actually do get rid of Slaanesh, which many people seem to have been fearing is the plan for Age of Sigmar since its release last year. The Horned Rat has already displaced the Dark Prince in the pantheon, and I’m concerned that it would be something akin to dumbing down the franchise to do this permanently. Sure, there are problematic things with Slaanesh but, as pointed out in an excellent article recently featured on BolS, there is a way to do this that could still work, and I hope GW will find that way. Certainly, the short story from Christmas, Godless, implies there will be something to come on this subject. I may actually dedicate a blog more fully to this subject in the near future, anyway!

So anyway, I like the idea of Slaanesh, and as the instagram picture at the top of this article shows, I’ve also decided to go for a kit that I’ve liked the look of for a long time, the Seeker Chariot! Having seen just how amazing they look in fellow blogger altsain’s post from Tabletop Gamer’s Diary (which you should totally check out by the way, as there is some fantastic content to be found there), I decided to get one! Unfortunately, it came broken, so I’m waiting on a replacement sprue, but it looks fantastic, and I cannot wait to get started there!

I think my Slaanesh thing will be a little bigger than the warband described for Khorne – I’m concerned that GW might be about to get rid of the range, so I want to get at least one of everything, but I’m also thinking I might get another Seeker Chariot, and perhaps a third to make up as a Hellflayer. So, I’m really excited for that!

But onwards! What have I actually been doing this week? Well, the answer is: Bloodletters. I’ve actually only built six of the ten so far, and have sprayed the whole lot Mephiston red, so it feels little like I’ve been cheating to say I’ve painted anything this week, but there we have it, unfortunately! They do look absolutely great, however!

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I’m very excited by these little devils, and while I’m probably going to go for a really simple and straightforward colourscheme, I’m looking forward to seeing them come together all the same!

That’s it for this week, anyway! I’m probably not going to have the time to do anything this coming week, as I’m on holiday, but you never know what next Sunday’s blog might bring… stay tuned!

Hobby Progress, week 23

It’s week 23 already! Can you believe it?! I’ve had another fairly slow week, as I try to get the two Orruks that I’d started last week somewhere near finished. Progress has actually been good, I’m quite impressed with myself at least, so I’m glad to have that to report, anyway!

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The new chaps were painted red rather than green, as I wanted to try something different, so in my headcanon, the red Orruks are the run-of-the-mill brutes who like to bash stuff up, while the green variety are more cunning and climb to the top of the pile. Hence why my green guy is the brute chief (do they have a name?) and the other two, well, aren’t.

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These guys’ armour was painted following the Stoneskulls scheme as laid out in the How to Paint Ironjawz book from Games Workshop, and while I’ve probably been more heavy-handed with the sepia shade this time, overall I’m quite pleased with the result. I’ve once again gone for the flayed-skin look to the bandages and wrappings, and the loincloth thing on the one with the big choppa. I think the overall effect is of too much red in the model – and what with the bases and the armour having a similar colour scheme also, it’s led to a fairly narrow palette overall!

I quite like the effects on the weapons, though, even if I do say so myself! The wrappings are kislev flesh shaded with a mix of carroburg crimson and agrax earthshade; this shade mix was then used first on the axes to try to simulate dried/old blood. I shaded them lightly with agrax earthshade and then nuln oil to tone it down, but overall it looks nice and grimy – well-used, if you will! I’m toying with the idea of trying some kind of rust effect, but for now I prefer to have less than more.

And finally, the two remaining brutes! #Orruks #Warhammer #AgeOfSigmar

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Finally, I’ve built up the last of the models from the box. I said above that it’s quite the narrow palette, and that’s kinda putting me off jumping immediately into doing them, I’m half-thinking I’ll submit them to the next painting competition at my local GW, which is one where you need to paint up an entire unit of Age of Sigmar stuff. I could just put some of my recent Stormcasts there, but I think I’d rather do these guys. It’ll force me to complete the unit of five, at any rate! So stay tuned for that!

It’s been a quiet week, then, without a great deal of activity to speak of. I’m pleased to be making progress, of course, but still. Next week will hopefully be very exciting, anyway – and, dare I say, Chaotic…?