Hobby Progress, week 31

Hey everybody,
Hobby progress continues! While this weekend’s offering continues the theme of not a great deal of actual progress, some fun times have been had, nevertheless!

I’ve continued to work on the Slaves to Darkness, working on the skin tones and trying to make them look somewhat distinct from each other rather than just producing a group of chaps who all look the same…

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So I’ve currently put basecoats on eight of the marauders I’d built up last week, as well as four of the Daemonettes that I built up weeks ago. So far, I’ve got four marauders painted with Bugmans Glow, three of whom were then shaded with Reikland Fleshshade; the fourth is that chap on the left of the picture above, I’ve shaded him with Druchii Violet as he has more of the Slaanesh about him with the Hellstrider head and claw…

I’ve then painted two with Mournfang Brown, and two with Rhinox Hide, all four shaded with Agrax Earthshade. The two Rhinoxes were also lightly brushed with Mournfang Brown, which has helped to make the skin a bit more interesting already. The Daemonettes have all been painted with – you guessed it – Daemonette Hide, and shaded with Druchii Violet.

Despite not really knowing what I’m doing, I’ve really enjoyed this so far, and I think the two Rhinox Hide guys look real nice already, so I’m feeling quite confident with this experiment already!

With all of the hoopla around the upcoming Deathwatch stuff, and especially after visiting my local GW store today, I really got in the mood to do some fancy Space Marines! Having had the Vanguard Veterans kit hanging around for what feels like forever, I finally started working on some new chaps. I don’t think I could ever grow tired of painting space marines, they’re some of my favourite models in the whole range – though as with pretty much everything, I do like the variety to spice things up!

The variety is very important, I feel, as I’ve noticed that I do struggle to keep going when I only have one project on the go – however many models that might contain. That said, if something really interests me, it can hold my attention all the way to completion, like the recent Alpha Legion project. At any rate, I’m just going to keep following my instincts as far as the hobbying goes for the time being, as I think that’s the best way to get projects done, rather than forcing myself to work on something that I may end up resenting. So for now, it’ll be full steam ahead with the Veterans!

I’m not quite sure whether I’ll be doing more Ultramarines, or whether I want to branch out with more second-founding chapters. I think some investigations may be in order!

Hobby Progress, week 30

30 weeks of hobby progress! Sheesh, this has been one hell of a ride so far, I’ve really enjoyed the motivational boost keeping this up! There have been times when I’ve not been in the mood or whatever, but the need to have something to report on a Sunday has kept me going with a lot of my projects on the go, as well as prompting me to get more – not necessarily a good thing, but I do like the variety!

Which is pretty much what has happened this week!

Back in late January, Games Workshop began the rebranding of a number of kits from the more generic Chaos faction as “Slaves to Darkness”, and I really liked the look of those miniatures. I’ve mentioned this before, but the Chaos faction is what I started with when I played Warhammer: Invasion, and rather than all of the various demons, it was these mortal cultists that seemed to make up the majority of the faction that I had come to know. Anyway, I wanted to get these guys, but fought the urge. I’ve come back to the idea a couple of times over this summer, as I’ve been considering getting either these or the Bloodreavers. I’d wanted to work on some painting skills, and was thinking I’d get some chaps like this to practice painting skin.

So here we go!

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I’ve built up five of them so far, anyway, and while the guys with flails were a bit difficult to get the arms to line up, in the main they aren’t all that bad to do. The real challenge is still to come, of course, as I try to figure out how to paint realistic skin!

I’ve been a big follower of the tutorials put out by Warhammer TV, though don’t always like that weirdly highlighted look if I’m honest. I think I might just go for some shade-and-drybrush look rather than going through all the layering stuff.

After talking to some of the guys at my local store, I’ve been thinking about making them look more the part to accompany the Slaaneshi stuff I’ve also got on the go – whether I use some of the left-over heads from the various kits I have, or go the whole hog and use some of the claws and stuff, I can’t quite decide. I do have the Slaanesh icon from the Chaos Space Marines kit that I also plan to use however, so there will be a little conversion work going on here and there…

Finally, I’ve gotta say – bravo to GW for these repackaged minis! They really pack these guys in there! £23 got me 20 of these guys, which is a decent stack of sprues in the box! There’s something immensely satisfying about opening a box and seeing that, just waiting to be built into these awesome things!