Friday, 16 September 2016

Today's Progress; lessons learned.

Another 4 Eldar finished, 2 in powered armour and a pair with missile launcher (to be used as heavy plasma gun in dragon squads) 
Yet again I've changed the painting execution and I believe these to be the best looking troops in the army thus far! 
That is not to say these are exceptionally well painted; far from it. What sets these 4 apart from the others is the uniformity  of the green basecoat (XF 74 Tamiya). I've learned now the more uniform your basecoat is the more your fine line highlight will pop. All I have to do now is go back and repaint 25 figs. 
This sculpt is really epic, not only does it help with WYSIWYG for the Vyper squad (powered armour and shuriken catapult) but the pose itself is dead hard; as it should be considering the lethality of the shuriken catapult! 
I think the lenses turned out fairly spiff as well. This brings the army to 29 painted figs, 6 to completion. 
I am extremely burnt out with space elves and I'll be switching gears to a small antagonist project for a D&D 3.5 Campaign I've been mulling over for a very long time. 
Regular service to resume shortly (HA!)
Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Today's progress

Another 10 Eldar Pirates finished. These have been on the table for far too long.
A prefector 
Dragon squad leader
A nice warrior with lasgun.
These paintjobs aren't my best however in the grand scheme of things it really won't matter. 11 more to go and the infantry is finished, then on to a pair of war walkers, 5 dreadnoughts, 10 jetbikes, ghost warriors. 
No es bueno. 
Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, 5 June 2016

I'm Still Here

It's been forever since I've posted, sincere apologies to you, my dear readers. I feel even worse about not following those to whom I subscribe; a true travesty, I am filth. Not the good Nurgle filth, I mean the 3rd edition Wood Elves filth, the kind you can't wash out.
I never make them but this time I have an excuse...
The greatest joy in my life arrived. I cannot say how he's enriched my life, and just over a month old and 62cm long, I hope the Alpha Legion, if not the Dark Angels are recruiting. 
Enough of that; Here's a work in progress shot of my Void Dragon Eldar Pirates.
I know, reduced to WIP shots, what has this Blog come to? Next it will be "look what I bought" posts.  
I've got to say, the Rogue Trader Goodwin Eldar are the best ever sculpted. Period. If you disagree, beat it. Of course all the detail makes these guys a pain in the ass to paint compared to my beloved Skaven; such a joy, strangely they're nearly all Goodwin sculpts as well, God I miss them.
In that vein I got my big bastard repaired and pinned; 
Once these 10 Eldar are done I will get him finished. I can't wait to give my caster a scroll of summon greater daemon and see what happens, with my luck he will turn into chaos spawn. 
Thanks for reading feels good to be back, hopefully within the next couple weeks I'll have more.
Thanks for sopping by.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Happy birthday Ashtray

It's been 4 years since my simple little blog got started; in fact my last post was my100th, a poor one at that; however I've finished my third Eldar squad, a much needed dragon squad with heavy melta gun! 
They turned out ok 
Leader close up, I can't explain how nervous I was sitting his eye but I think it turned out pretty good
The formation grows...
Here's a shot of my latest acquisitions; I hate " look what I got" posts but it's my birthday so Excuse me.
A massive reinforcement has just arrived in the post and I couldn't be happier. 
Looks as though I'll not be changing gears army wise, The Eldar are my army for 2016 and it should be well over 5k once completed. 
My good "All things role playing" mate died in a bike accident, today is his birthday, 
We love you Lighter! (on right) even though you played sisters of battle, you are missed brother! 
Thanks for reading 

Sunday, 31 January 2016

And then there were 10

2nd Scorpion Squad finished, the boring stuff is done, onto personalities and Dragon Squads!
The future will hold a vyper squad upgrade, it's just too good to pass up. 
Sorry nothing too exciting, just the meat and potatoes that go into any army.
Until next time! 

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Today's Progress: Serpent Squad Completed(?)

It's been awhile working on these guys, today though I had some inspiration from somewhere and managed to get 5 of the 17 figures I need finished for the rogue trader game I plan to run in February. 
I'm not thrilled with the look of them; they're a bit sloppy and rushed looking which does not compliment the sharp angles and precise details of the sculpts. Even the bases look a bit crap and looks like I'll be using tufts after all. 
I did try tiger striping on the leader's helmet but I didn't pull it off. 
I did force myself to put some effort into the lenses on the helms and even managed a halfway decent job of the spot effect in the corners. The illusion is almost there. 
The fact of the matter is that these guys are taking too long. There is no way I'll have all 3 factions finished for the rogue trader session so I've opted to stick with the 'stealer invasion force with a quick basecoat and wash paintjob:
I plan on having them as part of my hive fleet 'Spectre' which in its fledgling stages will be a purely stealer/lictor vanguard force operating in tandem with chaos genestealer cultists somewhere down the line.
I hope you're all enjoying your new year. 

Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015; A year in review

It's been a good year some big ups and downs, both at and away from the painting table. But this is an Oldhammer blog so let's get to it! 
The biggest achievement was the completion of my Skaven army (so far), it comes in at a maximum build size of just over 4K in points and I stopped counting at 250 figures. 
It's all for the sake of completion; having options is the spice of life and I can now place every unit available in the armies book with 14 characters in total to choose from with every weapon option available at least twice. Which brings us to;
2015 Painting
8 clan rats OG plastic 
19 giant rats
20 black skaven
2 halberd hero 
20 Stormvermin 
10 gutter runners 
1 spear hero 
Throt the unclean 
Beastmaster hero 
4 warp fire crew
4 jezzailachis crew 
1 wizards 
3 poison wind globadiers (Gnawdooms)
5 chaos hounds 
99 figures painted & based, over 50 painted shields (mostly converted) and 4 hand painted standards. 
It's a step down from 2014: 121 figures but still better than 2013's measly 61. 
I also got to meet Sully who runs oldenhammerintoronto which is a great blog. He's fun to run against, drinks beer and has some great terrain, the man can paint too;
Here's a shot from my latest head kicking, doesn't sully's table look great? 
Damned Orc enginuity go back to squatting in a ditch stick berries up your noses.
My Void Dragons have have been slow going; they are the first army where my initial colour choices changed. In the past I've never done a test model. 
I just put a lot of thought into the paint scheme and do a lot of testing on palette but these Eldar are a pain. Could've had my painted figures over 100! 
Some boring details below;
My long and overthought paint scheme really took a lot of joy out of my brush time. I went from Tamiya XF-74 olive drab then hit it with army painter dark wash and then laid the basecoat again in two light coats.
In future I will use Secret Weapon black wash, it's just as pigmented but has a better flow additive leaving less behind on armour plating. It also comes out of a bottle so no future floor polish mixes or any other inconsistent nonsense. 
I then highlighted with XF-13 JA Green which turned out to be a terrible idea as you can see above. It really darkened the figure and it wasn't enough of a colour difference to justify the time. I'm trying to keep coats thin and even to reflect the smooth armour plating; no blotches or paint chunks.

My second attempt
I then tried Tamiya XF 58 Olive Green which turned out looking ok, it's the same as the basecoat just without the drab part. I read a very good article of olive drab paint in the US military especially their armoured core.
Apparently it was nearly impossible for mechanics to replicate the original paint jobs resulting in some very questionable definitions of olive drab, and some very upset Majors. 
It added a bit of brightness but nothing overpowering. Remember the original was to do a 3 stage highlight but time is not on my side.
There's a little_24 on the way and I want as many armies finished as possible before he arrives.

My third and favourite choice though would prove to be Vallejo game colour 70.924: Russian Uniform WW1
I think the "fine lining" highlight is the most effective, my future line work will be made much more precise; the work on the feet is outright sloppy. In my own defence though I did paint the entire figure with a No.2 brush, in future I'll take something half the size and do some edging whenever possible.
Anyway this is the look I've chosen, the helmets are going to be the real star of the figure. 
Ideally The armour should've been highlighted in XF58 and then a fine line on the edges but time is not on my side.
I haven't decided to go extremely bright or to go for a creamy yellow on the helmets Feel free to comment I'm up for debate. 
Either way they will be getting some striping; hey what can I say I'm a sucker for the book of the Astronamican. 
I was originally going to base them in a Mars theme but red/orange with green armour; I'd be called the Christmas space elves forever.
I'm going to go with a beige/white stone for the bases; hopefully it will make the greens really pop and make the eye lenses stand out. 
In theory and the Vallejo black grey guns should stay nice and neutral.
The goal is for it to look like a darker salt flat (does that make sense) but with rocky outcroppings and a minimal amount of dead tufts. I prefer to lavish my bases but I put a lot of work into the "hard" elements to offset the lack of vegetation. Hopefully I can pull it off. 
I'd like to put some Saim Hann transfers on just to show some allegiance to their maiden craftworld. But like I said; 
I've got a game in mind for a RT three way between a genestealer invasion force, Eldar pirates and chaos terminators, with secret objectives (thanks for the idea from your 2nd ed battle reports legio custodes)
Oh and did I mention it will all be played on a custom space Hulk board? Lots to do but it will all be worth it in the end. 
All the best to my readers in the new year, thank you all for your ongoing support, you have no idea what it means to have people following my projects albeit at my snail's pace. I hope to have a game with you all someday! 
Please everyone mind your P&Q tonight and don't drink and drive.