donderdag 20 september 2012

Done with the Orcs!

They're finished!

A quick snap:

As it was already evening, I had to quickly find the place in the house that still had the best light...

After hesitating a bit on wether or not to add gore to the blades, and a suggestion on a forum to make the blades rusty instead, I ran the decision by the misses (after all, they're her figures in the end).
She decided she wanted them rusty. So rusty it was.

The rust was a new thing for me, never done that before. I'll need to take a fresh look in the morning, to see if I'm fully satisfied with this attempt, or if it may need some tweaking. (I have a vague feeling the blades may be far too rusty compared to the rest of their kit. But I need to take some distance first, been staring at them too hard the last hour or so.)

Quick snap...

...of the Orcs as they stand at this moment on the painting table:
The wash is drying on the skulls as I took this picture.
All that is left to do at this stage is: finish the skulls, the fletching on the arrows, and the two shields on the right. Once that is done, the base edge is painted (I always leave that for last) and they are done!
Then it's on to batch two of the big greenskins... But maybe I'll paint Wolf or another character first.

woensdag 19 september 2012

A little painting, a little fun.

Just a little update, nothing picture-worthy however...

Now that my lovely Dwarf lady is done, I've resumed work on the Orcs for my missus' Warhammer Quest set.
I've made a start on the leather parts (boots, quivers, pouches). Once those are done, I need to do 2 bows, 2 shields and add decorative checkered bands, etc., before these first 6 are done.
While paints and washes and such are drying, I'm using the time to continue making bases and assembling some skeletons for my own Dungeoneering collection.
Nothing really exciting, but I just wanted to show that I'm still (semi-)actively working on them.

Okay, okay, I'll add a picture anyway. You deserve as much. ;-p
Over the weekend I dug out some corridor sections I have on perma-loan from a friend. I wanted to see if I could adopt them for WHQ. Sadly they don't entirely fit my needs, but while they were out, I thought I might as well have a bit of fun with them:
Cleaning the halls; A lot more exciting if you're a Dwarf...

zaterdag 15 september 2012

Dwarf done!

Here she is, all painted up:

Due to a little bit of wandering paint I ended up doing a thin corrective glaze of her skin colour over certain parts, including her freckles. This improved the "leopard spots" quite a bit, toning them down to believable freckles.

And here is her face/torso in fault-amplifying close up...

So, next up: the Barbarian...
Looking forward to that one as well.

(As you can see Tael, I took your advice on the background... Thanks for the insight!)

donderdag 13 september 2012


For lack of a better title...

The cute dwarf from previous post got her hair done:

(In this context, doesn't "Orange Fire" sound awfully like an actual product name for hair-dye? Vermin Brown, less so, I hope!)

I'm quite pleased with her so far, she certainly has the "natural red head" effect I was aiming for.

She's got a nice glare as well.
But it seems to scare Mr. Camera, as he refuses to focus properly on it....

Now all that's left to do is not botch her clothes and axe... ;-)

I skinned a dwarf

...and I liked it, I liked it! (Sorry about that...)

As in:  I started painting my Dwarf Dungeoneer for the generic Dungeoneering project today. And I started with the skin...

Here she is, with painted skin:
I'm quite pleased with the way her skin and eyes turned out. So I sat back and admired my handywork for a bit.
And then I did this:

Because instead of dyed, I want her to be a natural redhead, freckles and all.
I know they look more like leopard spots in this larger than life picture...  That was, however necessary for them to be visible as individual freckles at normal viewing distance (instead of as just a dirty brownish smear).
So, next on the painting program is the hair...

donderdag 6 september 2012

A little sidestep

Yesterday I realised that the past two months, everything I had painted was an Ork. First thing in the painting line (because still unfinished from last time) were.... more Orcs. :-(
Both are "production line painting": having several similar models on the go at the same time.
I decided I needed a little intermezzo, to clean the palate as it were...
A little single figure painting, giving one model my full attention. And certainly something non-greenskinned!

So I prepped these two lovely figures:
 They're Wolf (b) and Hayden from Hasslefree Miniatures. Lovely figures, beautiful sculpts, full of personality. Made by absolutely wonderful people to boot!

The bases are made by fitting a sheet of  milliput green-grey to the bases. Once hard I scored the knotwork and seams for the floortiles with a sharp sculpting tool. The sheet was then popped from the base, so I could break and distress it. The great thing about milliput green-grey is that when  you chip it or grind broken edges together, you get a texture very much like stone. After that I superglued the fragments back on to the base.
Here are some shots that show the bases a bit more:

At the moment I'm still considering adding some hair to Wolf, he's awfully bald at the moment...

woensdag 5 september 2012

Ork Stormboys; Done.

Which means the painting table is now clear to continue on Warhammer Quest....
Here are the mooks:

maandag 3 september 2012

Good to go!

Whew! Just finished clipping and cleaning all the Warhammer Quest figures from their sprues. So we are now officially able to play the game! Hopefully, that will also be an incentive to actually keep painting at a steady pace...
Anyway, here they are:
Any figures you don't see here are either already painted, or in the process of being painted.
Except for the Goblins, they're hiding in the back like the sneaky gits they are:
That's all for now....

zondag 2 september 2012

What I've been up to...

Well, in July, I had painted that large Ork mob. In august  (after 2 weeks of holiday, couldn't bring the hobby stuff) I've been working on a unit of 10 stormboys.
But sadly that seems to have stalled out just before the finish line.... (I still need to do the Nob's skin and the detailing on the remaining Stormboys, but I just can't bring myself to actually sit down and do it.)
Here's the group of five I've managed to finish:

So, what have I been up to instead of painting Orks?
Corridors and their denizens, apparently.
I've been busy taking the misses' Warhammer Quest miniatures from the sprue. That way we can at least play the game until I get everything painted. And I will save some time when I get around to painting them... No more cleanup before primering! Straight to paint! :)
As an extra, I've also been mulling over the (un)feasibility/insanity of building 3D Quest terrain... (I know, I just can't help myself!) I've got some ideas, but I'm not ready to share them yet. First I need to decide wether I'll go ahead with this or not... A.k.a.: Try to talk myself out of it.
Which in turn meant Ive also been eyeing my Space Hulk 3D notes and references again.... (Sigh... I'm not making this easy on myself, am I?)
Through this, I've also encountered another SH3D blog I hadn't seen before: Check your corners. Take a look, he builds pretties!

See you next time!