Sunday, 15 June 2014
So yesterday i had the rarity of a day where i had absolutely no obligations so could dedicate the entire day to whatever i wished.. No errands, no household DIY, no appointments, and think the missus was being her sweet self and took herself off to spend the day with her family so i could have a "me" day. Well not wishing to waste such a gesture and opportunity, duly tried to get as much done as i could... while doing a little bit of exercise to work off the devastator burger from the previous night out with the boys.... 6 patties pulled pork, cheese, gherkins, bacon....a proper heart attack meal. Having said that we all demolished it in short order and was a bit disappointing. Tasty burger but not as undoable as we thought.
Anyway with painting on the agenda decided to try and finish off a few pieces that have been kicking around for a while now as well as start a couple of new ones.
So with that i managed to finish most of the tank crew for my tank companies and a Seraphim, a Tyrannic war vet and started and almost finished a medic for the catachans though the figure actually comes from Black scorpion miniatures that i picked up at salute. On top of this work continues on the wraith knight as unless i finish him i have imposed a ban on myself getting an Imperial Knight..... So plan is to finish him this month so the Knight household can be the next project....well alongside Bleach Eldar... :D
Anyway the Catachan medic girl was also a test piece for lady flesh. Have been seeking out tutorials of late to try and master this skill as have a few female minis
waiting in the wings from random impulse buys and kickstarter pledges to Raging heroes - The toughest girls in the galaxy and the Kingdom Death - Monster project.
The later is the really daunting one as their figures really are exquisite and intimidating to paint. However, they are controversial due to the depiction of their ladies, i.e.minimal clothing, all bewbs and butts everywhere....though you would expect that if the line are called "pin ups" ...not that the non pin ups are well furnished in the clothing department either. So while they do other nice figures that aren't girls, i can't deny what drew me to the line at first was these pin up sculpts. As a firm appreciator of the female form, i do think they are some of the best small scale female sculpts, albeit, a tad unrealistic as they tend towards an idealised fantasy proportioned woman, super emphasised on the things the majority of appreciators of the ladies enjoy the most. But regardless, i likes what i likes. But yes to do them justice would mean much improvement would be needed in my blending techniques, learn how to use washes properly and generally keeping everything smooth....all in all it will be a learning experience.
But taking encouragement from Dai, who's blog i recently discovered as he had been painting up a white speaker from the range, I bit the bullet and gave painting a Kingdom Death figure a go having put it off for so long. To ease me in i had recently picked up one of their 54mm scale figures off ebay. She came pre-built so that was a bit of a shame but was okay, cast itself was mainly fine. A few mould lines, easily scraped off... But herein lies lesson reminder one for me, and my overall weakness.....Patience....and care... having scraped these bits off i really should give the figure a good clean before priming otherwise you end up with dust flecks and ruins all the smoothness that is intended... alas. lesson reminded... and not wanting to strip and start over pushed on regardless... wasn't too bad... So with base coat of Vallejo grey primer then flesh tone set to work on blocking out all that was not lady flesh...i.e the minimal clothing
But we shall see.... maybe with highlights as work up the transitions it will be fine...But this is to be continued as that is only as far as i got.
On the catachan medic seems to be okay but my transitions are still a bit hamfisted...