Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Festive post 2

Okay so these were less frequent than initially envisaged but alas there has also been less hobby than initially envisaged :S
Anyhoo photography skills still somewhat lacking, can't get my set up right, But have completed Alarielle and am working on the Blood angels. Also picked up a bargainous Armageddon pattern Medusa, It was however glued shut, so it has been to the breakers yard so i can paint the lovely innards. Luckily came apart relatively easily.

But Hulk terminators are reminding me why they have been put off for so long, they are character models in themselves with lots of little details so taking my time to get them right.
But in the back ground have some converted Dark vengence terminators, shamelessly copied from Poom or Marius from the ammobunker/flickr, they will beef up my assault element, even though Terminators aren't great in the game anymore they are still some of my favourite models. But for the hulk ones will try to finish this first batch then move on to the second group after i put together some more standard ones, All this in between the tanks
and other things that take my attention away. I.e the Ultramarine tanks and some more Infinity

Finally to finish up a bit of dining table battle re-enactment with most of this year's Eldar and some fart gun action :D

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Festive Hobby day update 1

With great freedom comes great responsibility, alas i have none and have too many projects on the go. Always something new to start and always something old to finish. With the recent release of the new blood Angels, this has reignited a little spark to get some more of them finished. Not that i am particularly enamored by any of the new releases, but has got me wanting to get back to work on them by finishing their tanks and first company, namely the space hulk models that have been languishing unfinished since 2009... jeez time flies.... but seeing as the new terminators are based on these models, its kinda like painting new stuff. But yeah had a mini rant the other day about the general quality of the new releases from GW. More and more am getting less excited by what is being produced. They seem to be mostly rehashes of stuff out already i.e all the new space marine stuff, wolves, angels etc that aren't done particularly nicely. Now that's generalising a bit as fantasy have had some nice releases with that wow factor namely Nagash, but for smaller less expensive figs, just haven't been feeling it. Does make me worry about the future for them. But what has happened to the design team. Are they all made up of trainees now? What has happened to Jes Goodwin...Well it matters not, have built up a massive backlog now for retirement (lol) or whenever there is time and other companies such as Corvus Belli are drawing me more and more. Still is sad to see.

Anyhoo another mini rant over, back to the hobby programming. Where was i? ah yes Blood angels, i also started the above fella as a potential subject for one mini a month on Ammobunker, the lord executioner was one of the more impressive minis from the captains release and picked him up when they came out but never got round to him. But now he has taken the first steps to become a blood angel i am faced with the dilemma that the stock head just doesn't seem to fit the aesthetic.. however, choices are limited and at the moment the below two are alternatives to the original (left photo). The middle one looks pretty boy-ish but have used that head on the honour guard before so not sure. The one on the right just looks a bit big. so decisions decisions... for the record don't like any of the ones supplied with the Blood angel kits. Hair doesn't fit and they are too big...

But moving on, you may have noticed some blue in the tank pic... Well if you did it can only mean one thing... yes the Ultramarine's look like they too will be getting a bit of time in the sun as i look to beef up their tank pool. This has been spurred on from my recent purchase of a couple of used rhino chassis from my old pal ebay for a not too unreasonable £20, but what caught my eye was that they came with FW doors.How could i resist?! And having also in the stash a trio of razor turrets what more incentive do i need? Downside is they are missing rear ramps but am sure can rustle some up. This is especially the case as i plan to build and paint up a ride for Chronus's and have been collecting the parts for this for a while. It will be a super FW pimped up Predator with Ultramarine plates, mk4 predator upgrades, extra armour and the works. Should keep him happy, until i get to work on a sicarian. But 2015 is shaping up to be a case of  back to the Imperium.

Finally to finish up the update, something old and something new. As mentioned before for the one mini a month, in the end decided to do something different and submit a fantasy figure. With what has been happening to the elves recently thought it was time to paint up Alarielle as a potential kickstarter to High elf reinforcements.. well actually a new army but will see. But while working on her also thought it is also high time to finish the Kingdom of death pinup preacher. Spent the majority of my day yesterday on these two and reasonably happy with the results. For Alarielle, while i love the studio colour scheme, tried to be a bit different and went with an off white cream and wood theme. Came out pretty well, just needs some final touches. For the preacher, stuck with artwork colours. Just needs some highlighting on the erm... clothing.. but she has eyes and stockings are almost there, few details hear and there, but flesh wise am pleased with the learning, obviously more practice is needed but getting there

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Early Festive offerings

Another hiatus of sorts owing to life events and what nots. But with the festive season, hopefully means will have more time to dedicate to my hobby enjoyment! Anyway not many words to describe process but have been trying to finish pieces that have been started and left hanging. o that be mainly infinity and raging heroes figs.

For infinity finally getting round to Penthesilea, love the fig and wanted to do her justice. Have gone with the original colour scheme being not very creative and just liking that look. Need to work on the blending. Also Ariadna force grows and and hoping to finish up the merovian elements before i move on to tackle Operation ice storm's minis and the stuff have picked up along the way this year, not least a few tags and the dire foes sets. At the end of all this imagine i will hav three infinity factions. Ariadna, PanO and Nomads, with maybe some Aleph since have Penthesilea but will see. Also go some of the bootleg stuff to sort so that will keep me busy

Also as the year draws to a close so too will the focus on the Eldar of Ulthwe, they have ahad a good few additions this year. There is still a bit to do with them but will see. Will do an army shot at some point. But for now am finishing up support elements and so will have 3 night spinners as the web based attack of ulthwe who will be summarised by Warp, webs and blades in their method of dealing with the enemy.

So until the next update, Have a great festive season!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Intsy winsy spiders

Eldar below
Spidey exarch WIP

 I've used up all my creative writing juices entering Jayden's compo on his blog The Imperial patrol, but just to back up that reply i thought i'd update what i was rambling on about,shots of the Ulthwe strike force and the spiders. To be fair i probably don't need more spiders, though they would make the force symmetrical. But without further a do to the pictures!!

Old spideys and buds
New spidey's and buds
New spideys in situ with the host

Wraith scythes
New  ebay reclaimed Avengers
My Original Ulthwe host though has had work done to it over 20 yrs

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Progress update - No fancy titles here.

Spider exarc
Been a while again but have only been idle in the blogging sense.  For some reason have been feeling particularly productive of late. Probably exam retakes... a good way to relax. Though hasten to add I did do my revision. Anyway a variety of projects still underway. Ulthwe strike force is nearing where i want it to get to and nice to hear there maybe an upcoming supplement for them. Will have an army shot soon. But Jetbike contingent refurb has been done. Adding another 3 man unit and then the warlocks and they will be done. Also adding aspect warriors. For Ulthwe will only be Spiders, reapers & Dragons that will be craftworld specific.
Speaking of spiders am revamping my 20yr old ones and am adding a second squad. Say what you will about finecast but it does make converting easier. Picked up an exarch from ebay for a reasonable price, bit of cutting here and there, greenstuff and voila, slightly more dynamic pose.
The scheme itself will be a darker variation to fit in with the guardians though retain aspect colours.

After these will be working on walkers and finishing up the wraith contingent. Had thought i was done with the wraiths but have decided to add another unit of D-Scythers. Mainly for symmetry.... erm yeah i'm neurotic that way. You'll see what i mean when i get the army shots up.

Then it will be moving on to the next project. I am feeling for a return to the guard. Have still been working on them in the background. Maybe an inquisition focussed project though may also be knight related once i get one that is. In the meanwhile picked up an avenger for a decent price as came with some elysians!

Lacks canopies though think can knock some up with some plasticard. More Navy support for the imperials though.

But finally to other projects.

Ultramarines will also be getting their reinforcements worked on. At the moment it's a Ven dread, not quite a rifleman but lascannons are cool :D

Then more work on other non GW stuff. Pinup preacher is getting there. This isn't the latest photo but been testing out flesh techniques. Still not as smooth as i like but looks decent. Painted up the one of Raging heroes girls as well. Tarja. Very nice fig, May use her as an astropath or Primaris proxy. Nurse Berndette is next.

Also preordered Infinity's icestorm set. Has been a delay in delivery but hopefully get that soon. But to be honest there is other infinity stuff i haven't painted up yet so that might be a while. They just keep coming out with gorgeous stuff. I can keep buying it but can't keep up with painting it and not to the beautiful standards of Angel Giraldez. Will definitely be getting his book when it comes out. Think miniature wise, the bar has been raised and am finding lately Infinity stuff is more appealing than the latest GW stuff. Corvus belli's sculpts and Angel's painting is winning combo.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Raging Heroes Kickstarter delivers!

Just a quick post, life has inevitably caught up so any spare time is devoted to painting rather than updating unforunately

But anyway had a nice surprise waiting in the inbox to say wave 1 of the Raging heroes toughest girls in the galaxy kickstarter rewards had been shipped and would be ready for pick up. Awesome! just in time for a special date and a free weekend of hopefully me time.

So today wandered down to Dark sphere to pick up me goodies. Now these have been  in the offing for a while and are only 1 of two mini related kickstarters i've pledged against. Since it has been a while i was hoping i wouldn't be disappointed by poor quality, however i need not have worried and was glad to see the wait was worthwhile. The guys and gals at raging heroes have done an excellent job and couldn't be more pleased. Excellent sculpts true to the art, and excellent casts as per usual from their range. Can't wait for the next waves, a little regret i didn't pledge more but it's fine :D

So in today's wave, One shot blondie, Nurse bernadette and Tarja the soul weaver (might use her as a primaris or astropath) Came well packed with custom seals. Will get better pictures if i start on them this weekend