Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hey Stranger

Firstly, I have to apologize for being away. My computer had come down with a super serious virus and I haven't been able to do anything. I thought I'd show you what I've been working on.

Now I can't say that it's complete... there's still some finishing touches to be done (read lightning and shoulder insignia) but I couldn't keep myself from showing you guys.

 I give you... Talos (self-imposed leader 1st Claw!!)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

How to Dress in Blue and Look Cool Doing It!! (tutorial)

Well, I've been putting this tutorial off for long enough now and I don't think it's fair to you guys. I've been having issues with both my camera and my computer and I'm still trying to plug away at this. By the way, This is my fourth attempt. Hopefully my computer doesn't crash.....this time. If nothing else, I'm persistent.

With this tutorial, I'm going to cover how I go about creating that dark Night Lords blue. I'll save the gold trim and lightning bolts for a later tutorial when I get a larger subject so that the photos are clear.

I've never been satisfied the way GW presents the colour of Night Lords. The blue is always too bright for a legion that skulks in the shadows. Besides, from what fluff I've read, their colour scheme never truly fit. This is my take on it.

Before we get started, I want to first apologise for the seriously bad out of focus shots. I experienced serious camera issues that plagued me the whole way. I'm hoping that my narrative will make up for my abysmal attempt at photography. In any case, I will definitely be getting you newer, clearer, fresher photos in the near future. I promise. I just didn't want to delay this tutorial any longer.

With that said...................Let's get started!!

I think I should note here that I prime my minis with tinted gesso. The reason for this is two-fold. It's quick and easy for clean up and there's no need for nasty chemical smells. I haven't had  any issued with it in the past so I've carried on doing it this way. If your more comfortable using black spray primer, go for it.

Step 1: Prime your model. I've used a grey but black works just as well. Avoid using white as a base as it will make the colours too bright. If that's all you got then don't forget to basecoat your mini with chaos black before preceding.

Primed and ready to go

 Step 2: Basecoat your mini with a 1:1 ratio of Chaos black and Necron Abyss

Base coated

Step 3: Apply a heavy dry-brush of Necron Abyss all over.

1st dry brush of Necron Abyss

Step 4: Apply a heavy wash of Badab black all over. Let this dry completely and then go and apply a wash of chaos black in the deep recesses.

Badab Black wash

 Step 5: Apply dry-bush of Regal Blue and then apply a light dry-brush of Ice Blue. Concentrate your brush strokes on the upper plates of the armour. Don't worry if it seems too bright. We'll take care of  that.

Dry brushed Regal Blue and Ice Blue

Tidied up

Step 6: Using watered down Regal Blue, tidy up your edges. When all this is dry, apply a heavy glazing of Asurmen Blue all over. This will tone down the blue and bring all blue shades together. To make a glaze, I apply a touch of Liquitex matte medium to the Asurmen Blue just to thicken it up a bit. You don't need a lot. A little goes a long way!

Like a Glazed Donut!

Step 7: Now your ready to apply all the other details

And that's all there is to it, folks. As I said earlier, I'll leave the lightning bolts and gold trim for a later post. Hope this helps.

In Midnight Clad!! 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

'Tis the Season to be Sickly!

Hey guys, sorry I've been away for so long. It's been one thing after another. People have been dropping like flies at work and it seems Santa Nurgle has decided to gift me with one of his many plagues early this year...just in time for Christmas.

I just wanted to give you an update as to what I've been doing in the interim and what I've got planned next.

I've painted up some Atramentar terminators to share with you. These are a prequel to a tutorial I'll be doing to show you how I painted them.

For now....Enjoy!

Bolter blast from Armorcast
@Derina: Here's a close-up of the bolter blast. Sorry the image is sideways. I just couldn't get it oriented the right way, but you get the picture

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Reenforcements Have Arrived!

Sorry that I've been away. Work has had me working overtime to the point that I can't form complete sentences anymore. Sadly, it's not quite over yet for me.

Enough of that! I wanted to take the time to share some of my excitement with you guys. Check it out...more bikers and "what's that?"...could it be the beginnings of my Atramentar! I'll keep you guys updated with photos as I go along.

Viris colratha dath sethicara teshdasovallian. Solruthis veh za jass.


Sons of our father, stand in midnight clad. We bring the night

I thought I'd post some pics of some of my possessed. I think Big Jim just might get a kick out of them. I don't use them very often 'cause of the randomness but mostly because my rolling sucks.
 I've also posted a pic of a unit of thousand sons that I also use every once in a while. Admittedly, not very often because of the price tag but a fun unit to use none the less. Oh, by the way those are Armorcast bolter blasts on the 1k sons that I've painted in an eldritch green. They're sweeeet! I 'll probably pick up some more in the future. I really like the way they look.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In Flanders' Fields.....

Hey Everyone,

As an past vet, myself....I do a lot of crying on this day. Please take a moment from your hobby, your painting, or your arts and think upon those that gave their lives to end tyranny and preserve peace at home and abroad. Through WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, various peace-keeping missions, Iraq and Afghanistan...we were there.

My heart and prayers goes out to the American, Canadian, British, and other families that have lost loved ones fighting overseas. My hope goes out to those families who still have loved ones there. Please know that we are proud of you, worry for you and that, most of all, we pray that you return home safely.

In all seriousness, find the time this week to speak to a veteran. You'll both be glad you did.