Friday, March 27, 2015

On the table now - Necron Flyer

This kit is flying together (pun intended). 

I have never really detailed how I paint my rusty Necrons so I will go over it briefly. 

In the top picture you can kinda see the stages in my rust stippling process. On the left side is a brown basecoat (as seen here) with Evil Sun Scarlet stipples over it. On the right side is Wild Rider Red stippled over that. The idea is to leave a little of each color showing through each layer. After a few passes, the brown is completely obscured but it makes for a good basecoat.

At this point, I would apply some Stormvermin Fur in weird and random patches and put some Chainmail over that, but I forgot on this mini. I starting doing this to represent the rusted Necrons repairing themselves but someone at the FLGS said that it could be a robot's idea of what camouflage would be. Either way works for me. I am just happy to paint them in a technique that is different than my other armies. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On the table now - Necron Flyer

As promised, I am starting on the Necron flyer. It is hard to remember the color scheme that I painted my Necrons in but I am muddling through. 

On the Table - Future Combi-weapon Bearers

I just made a purchase of these minis from Bits-World on eBay for about $7 with shipping. This will let me make bearers for my Combi-weapons for quite a while. 

I don't know that they are going to be worked on any time soon but I am glad to have them in the bullpen. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Finished - Feral Ork Shootaboys

Stick a fork in them because they are done. 

It took almost exactly two weeks, but they are done and I can't stop singing Deniece Williams "Let's Hear It for the Boy" but I sing it more like," Ut's ere it fer da Boyz." Try and unhear that. 

This fits with my hipster ironic Orks in that Feral Orks would not be using Shootas and painting them as Bad Moons (the richest of all the Ork Klans) belies being penniless, feral, savages. 

I tried to make each of these Boyz unique in their own way. I can't say that each has a conversion, because they are pretty much stock pieces from the Savage Orc kit. The exception are the Shootas that I had to cannibalize. For the most part, I chose to use Shootas with hands already attached rather than use the hands that came with the kit. There is no real reason for this. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

On the table now - Feral Ork Shootaboys

The Daemonettes are officially finished and I am working full steam on my Orks. These guys are cracking me up with all the life and personality each mini has. As soon as I saw the two Orcs (they are Orcs in WFB and Orks in WFB) holding up the log, I knew that I wanted to have one of them holding the Big Shoota over his head. Initially, my idea was to have him holding it over his head as a totem, but as the project evolved, it decided to have the big dummy trying to use it as a massive bludgeoning device.

Three are all but finished and below the cut, you will see three in progress.

Monday, March 9, 2015

On the table now - Feral Ork Shoota Boyz

As promised, my next project that I started was Feral Ork Shootaboys. I started them while I was waiting for things to dry or when I got bored with the Daemonettes. I find it really hard to paint one project until it is done and not jump around. That is part of the reason that I have such a deep backlog of things in bits, partially assembled and NIB. 

My previous habit was to just paint what interested me. This lead to a giant backlog of projects and many half-finished projects taking up space. That's no way to conduct a hobby let alone a craft. (If you need a distinction between the two, read Nick Offerman's book "Paddle Your Own Canoe") 

Finished - Daemonettes and Herald

I liked painted the Bloodletters. I loved painting Plaguebearers. I hated painting the Pink Horrors and I tolerated painting the Daemonettes. Thankfully my paint scheme was simple enough that I could blow through them pretty quick. 

I have already talked a little about how I painted them. Let's move on to the modeling. 

These are a pretty good minis but as awesome as the nipples and boobs of the metal minis. I don't think the God of Excess is worried about a nipple slip. I can see how GW would be. Since they have been increasingly been targeting a younger market, explaining to a parent why there are nipples and gaping vaginas with teeth on their toys would be something they would want to avoid. Also, the general wargamer tends to not be very enlightened when it comes to Feminism or women in general and taking away their pornographic minis might be a step in the right direction.

Finished - Proxy Daemomprincess of Slaanesh

I did not finish this mini in one day as the time stamps might suggest. As you can tell from the previous post, she was pretty well complete before I thought about making an On The Table post about her. All that was left was a little detail and the wings. 

This model was really challenging to paint. GW has learned that large detail that is easily separated by deep groves is easy to paint for the 11 to 19 demographic they seem to be targeting. (Come on Vurumai, it is easy for the 30+ crowd too. Don't be snooty). Wyrd Minis does not seem to have gotten the memo. The laces on her boots were not easily distinguishable let alone paintable after priming and basecoat. Ruffles and fringes on her dress were too small to pick up the wash adequately. Details on the sword were so shallow that drybrushing would not pick them up. It was a case of painting, washing, not seeing any change and then having to guess where the detail was. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

On the table - Proxy Daemon Princess of Slaanesh

I've gotten big on using alternate models for 40k as proxies. I talked before about my plans for doing a Daemon Prince for each of the Chaos Powers before and my thought for using alternate minis for them. t is not that I hate GW models (I think that they make the best plastic minis out there) or that I think I am too cool to play with standard minis. It is that there is no good representation of a Daemon Prince of Slaanesh out there unless you paint the plastic DP in Slaanesh-like colors. 

My painting has been good enough for a while now that it is the rare game in public that is not interrupted by people telling me what a great job I have done. It serves as a talking point for meeting new players. Usually we chat for a bit and if they are cool (or some seem like complete socially-awkward power-gamers), we exchange number or set up a game. Alternate minis can work like that too.

Nekima was out of print for some reason. I do not play Malifaux so I do not know (or care) why this was. I ended up buying her for like $15 from eastern Europe from a guy on Bartertown. If it was not for him then I would have been out of luck. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Finished - Bloodthirster

I have had this bad little monkey sitting in the CSM and Daemons bin for years now. I tried to get him for a screaming deal as he is a very old, ugly and outdated model, but a very shrewd BTer made me trade more than I wanted to for him. 

Since they removed Bloodthirsters along with the other Greater Daemons from the Chaos Space Marine Codex and I do not regularly play Daemons or a summoning list, I don't know that he will see much table time outside of Apocalypse games. 

I started painting him with the idea of trying to scale up the painting scheme I used on my Bloodletters, but I am not sure how well it turned out. The mini turned out, overall very dark especially the skin and that contrasts in a bad way with the normally bright bone and gold. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Finished - Plaguebearers and Herald of Nurgle

I wanted to take better pictures of these minis because they turned out great but I forgot them when I drug out the photo studio. I am going to skip how I painted them because I touched on it before. 

There are 10 Plaguebearers and one resin Herald of Nurgle. Retail for them is $55. The paint job is awesome even for me at about a 9/10. I don't know how I could have painted them better at my current skill level. I value the paintjob at $65 for a total replacement cost of $120. I think that maybe someone would trade for them at that price.