Friday, August 21, 2009

Finished Tau and IG WiP

Hey there folks. As the title of the post suggests I finished my Tau battle force for the most part.( still need to snag some green stuff and some magnets but the painting portion is completed) which means ill be turning back to my IG here once I muster up the resolve to do so. Any way here are some pics!

Up first of course are my Fire warriors taking a cue from Flekkzo I added a bit of red and some codex gray to break up the turquoise a bit and am pleased with the outcome.

Next up are the stealth suits at this point I'm finding myself surprised by how mechrite red seems to work well with damn near anything. They where painted using fortress gray to break them up a bit from the rest of the Tau.

( quick note I havn't glued the legs down on this guy yet so if he seems a little off center thats why) Finally the battle suit. Again I decided to throw on some more codex grey to break him up a bit and a spot of red on the back. The devil fish hasnt been worked on since it was done the last time I posted a pic of it, until I can get seom green stuff to fill in a few of the gaps its currently on the back burner

Now for a look at my two IG works in progress a tiddting up of my first Lemun russ and a re painting of my ksarkin.

The Lemun russ was the first thing I painted when I bought the first IG battle force. considering its the first tank I have painted I think it turned out alright however after finishing my Tau I looked back at some of my IG stuff and knew I could do better. The ksarkin more so then anything needed a repaint they looked way to bland so a green was of them later (Ksarkin not the tank) and it is time for round two,you can see in the pics the general direction I am going with them. The tank is going to get touched up maybe throw some more stuff from the tank bits sprue to livin it up a bit. So from here it will be IG until I can get my mits on another Tau battle force.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Pic Day: IG Creed and Marbo

Alright after all My sappyness last post I figured I better get back to what folks want to see on this blog. In the pics you will see the result of one of the tips I gave , the foundation and wash method for skin one, Which I think looks fairly good.

The big man himself. Ursarkar Creed . The model was so much fun to paint and fairly easy considering my somewhat restrictive color scheme, aside from a few minor touch ups he is done.

I have never tried the method on more then the face and hands before considering my army is Cadian IG so I was a bit cautious when doing Marbo. I am pleased to say that he turned out great and despite being a Catachan based model will fit in well enough with my Cadians. the tassel on the blade was done using a fortress grey base with a few thraka green washes applied to it.

And because I havnt posted anything Tau related in a whilte. My crisis suit based and looking snazzy. I havnt put the ear bits on yet since ive been busy with other stuff but I should have him and the rest of my Tau based and completed here in a few days look forward to more pics in the near future.

Well I hope you enjoy the pics I welcome any feed back. Have a good one.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thoughts and ponderings: Painting

No pics this time around folks but look forward to some in the near future including Usarkar Creed , Sly Marbo (er i guess its just Guardsmen Marbo now) and my first Leman russ. However the overall point of this post is a sort of self reflection on my painting progress and experiance so hopefully if a new person comes along and reads through this blog they will learn from my mistakes.
( General tip )
  • Paint for yourself not for anyone else: Everyone has a certain skill level or inate ability in regards to painting and damn near everything else. If you did your best then you have nothing to regret.
  • Always seek to improve: What my be your best today may eventually make you laugh at how far you have come, always seek to improve at what you do and dont get discouraged if it dosnt turn out how you planned.
  • Look to those who have laid the path before you : The internet is full of people who have been painting for a long time . just looking at pics of another persons army online can give you some ideas and folks like Jawaballs (blog listed on the right ) offer instruction on how to go about painting. Even if you dont follow thier methods 100% you can addapt certain techniques to your own.
  • Sometimes you gave to know when to stop: this is sort of a two parter.The first is that you dont have to get everything done in one day and when painting with something a small scale can be tiring so take breaks or you will give yourself a wicked head ache. the second part is that when painting dont try to do to much.A case in point the recent Necron lord I did? shortly after I took the pics I tried to do some extra stuff to it and just totally wrecked the look of the model ( I have since repainted it and will also post pics of that as well.)
(painting tips)

  • Painting faces made lazy: Possibly the most annoying part of painting IG is painting faces however a trip to a GW some time ago Me and my bud heard aneasy way that while only two steps looks preety damn good for being fairly basic. Tallaran flesh foundation paint (Always add some water to this and mix between applications) and ogryn flesh wash.You get some nice shading and it looks preety realistic
  • Many thin applications beats one single application any day: always thin you paints ( unless you apply to the Jawaballs method of painting) I always add at least one drop of water to all my paints when painting and use layering to get a nice smoth paint layer even if it takes several applications to get the full color.
  • Metallics NEED several applications and a wash to look good: Because of the nature of metallic paints it normally takes a few application to get a consistent covering. Also I highly recommend adding a light Badab black wash to metallics to dull out the flakes a bit.
  • White primer? slap on a wash: This helps bring out the details and makes it easier to see where you need to apply your brush to if only there was a way to do this with a black primer.
  • White primer for light color schemes Black primer for dark color schemes: A general rule of thumb is that if you are using red or yellow as the main parts of your color scheme use a white primer. If you are using mostly blue or green use black. tans and grays tend to work well over either at least from my dealings with it.
  • Washes are the best thing to happen in painting EVER: They add shadowing with as little as a single layer in most cases.
  • Simple Green: The best thing to use to remove paint from metallic and plastic minatures .Its found in the auto motive department of stores . simply put it in a container that you can afford to use for this purpose and a crappy old or cheap tooth brush. put the mini in the solution over night scrub the paint off the tooth brush and let it dry.
Well thats all I got for now. please note that thies are only my observations in my forays in painting sometimes its different for others its a matter of trial and error. I hope this helps someone. Until next time take care.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Tau! IG ! and Necrons!?....oh my!

Well As you folks recall I said I was going to paint a Necron lord....Snot green with scorpion green highlighting.....yeah didnt work out for me so well HOWEVER I came up with something , I think, turned out very well and proves that I seem to have a thing for turquoise...

Despite the fact that I dont currently have any intentions to play Necrons...I have to say that this is possibly second only to my Commisar Yarrik on how proud I am how it looks and turned out. On top of that I finished the thing in a little under two hours ( no including primering and the intial green application) This might be due to the fact that a single metalic color paint on a Necron will make it look cool as crap no mater what you do. While its not technicly 100% finished ( im debating if I want to add the green plastic bit or not and the back cape needs a quick badab black wash) its about as close to perfect as im going to get with this guy.