Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Bell of Lost Souls Article Available.

Evening all,

The second part of my article on painting heavy armour (tanks) is now available on the BoLS website.


There is a link to the first part of the article on that page if you missed it. As always thanks for continued support.


Monday, 18 March 2013

Dark Angels - Finished Rhino and Dreadnought

Evening all,

Taken a while to complete these bad boys as due to some health problems I have an essential tremor which plays havoc with brush work.

Hope you like


Friday, 15 March 2013

Dark Angels - WIP Rhino and Dreadnought II

Thought I'd show some progress pictures, taking a long time to paint these two. Basically, tracks, metallics and icons and they'll be done.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Dark Angels - WIP Rhino and Dreadnought

Thought I'd put up some pictures of the next things to come for the DA. Took a while to build as I am highly allergic to poly cement so need to take breaks. Also because flashing plastic kits is horrendous.

Pieces left off for ease during painting. Dread arms aren't glued on either. 

Watcher in the Dark statuette on top, not glued but pinned at the moment. DA pauldron and DA chest piece. The bare sector on the right hand next to the assault cannon will have a DA transfer weathered in, hence no symbols as yet. Note replaced pipe on underside of missile launcher, the ribbed cable suffered terribly when de-flashed.

Icon on top door, side door and at the front. 
Big thanks to Rictus for supplying the DA icons.


Thursday, 7 March 2013

Dark Angels - Scout Squad Finished Pictures

Evening all, two updates in as many days. Must be a record.

I finished the DA scout squad. Hope you like...

Telion 'el Jonson...


Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Hobbit - Bilbo Baggins Painted - An experiment in painting

Afternoon all,

Well I've painted Bilbo Baggins, badly. Let me explain, a couple of months ago I purchased this;

Reading through it yesterday I decided to apply all the techniques mentioned in the book to painting Thorin's Company from the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey box set. With the intention being that through the learning curve of 14 miniatures I could eventually finish with a better standard of painting in general.
This will not impact on my army projects (DA + DKoK) as they use techniques otherwise.

So in terms of the model, several things jump out at me and thus will be rectified for the next model. These include the fact that the model is overall very dark. I attribute this to the fact I applied several layers of milk-thin paint rather than say a 25-50% paint/water ratio paint I usually use. I have clearly not applied enough of the layers so that whilst the finish is smooth, the colour is not homogenous enough and is impacted by the underlying black paint.

Brush technique; it is clear that whilst using very thin paint I am required to paint small areas repeatedly, for various reasons including an Essential Tremor I have been unable to reapply each layer with enough consistency that it has ended up looking patchy or unshapely.

One of my new year's resolutions was to be slightly less harsh on my own painting, and in that vain I will say I'm quite pleased with the red on the coat. I think with another highlight layer or two I'd be pleasantly surprised.

So, what's next then;

Well I have a set of 5 Space Marine Scouts to paint, which I intend to start this afternoon after lunch. These include a converted Telion and one of my favourite GW models ever made, which is a metal scout sniper reloading his weapon. I will make some lunch and listen to World at One and hopefully see you all again in the next day or two.


PS: I was reminded of this very very old video, of Leonard Nimoy singing a song about Bilbo Baggins...