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Odds, Sods n ……Stuffs. A Medley of Mayhem

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About the Project

I have so many 'other' minis and projects on the go at any one time so I wanted/needed a nice tidy place to put progress photos and thoughts about those bits that just don't fall into a more specific project plog. Get ready for a mass of everything mini related from all over the board!!

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Blast from the past

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Recently had an awesome commission come across my desk which was a seriously cracking blast from the past adn my youth – Some Dredd minis from Foundry!!!

Judges Dredd, Anderson & ofc the quintessential bad guy Judge Death!!

The 2000ad range from foundry is now OOP but Warlord now has the rights andfollowing on from their superb Strontium Dog release, a Judge Dredd game is in the works and on the way.

Anyways…………..

Here’s the ones I got to paint for a client. Had such a blast on these 3! Aprt from getting rid of the horrid retro metal tab bases so I could mount them onto some MAS bases. That part was a pain in the files 😉

Blast from the past

Well that was bloody irritating – somethign turned all the photos on their sides. Fixed now I think……….

Corvus Corax

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Been working on this chap for a wee while. One of the best commissions I’ve ever been asked to do but crikey he’s taking a while!!

Still WiP and still a bit to do but as I was sending some progress photos to my client I thought I’d share them here too 🙂

The bases, Corax’s flight pack and the dying son of horus are all magnetised so Corax can be slipped out of his display base and used in game or all put back together for display. The POWER of magnets!!!

Corvus Corax
Corvus Corax

Blackstone Fortress Catch-Up

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Righty – Life has been a bit of a mad hustle recently and I haven’t got around to updating my project blogs in a while. I’ve still be streaming and painting constantly so I now have a big ol backlog of stuffs to get put in.
Last time I mentioned BSF I had just started on the first model, the man of iron UR-025 and was formulating how to do the bases! Ohhhhhhhh there has been progress!!!

 

Finally sorted a way to do the bases relatively quickly so they reflect the aesthetic of the BSF without taking an age each to do. Came out really well I think and folk were really positive about them so I even ended up making a 'how to' PDF for my subs over on Twitch Finally sorted a way to do the bases relatively quickly so they reflect the aesthetic of the BSF without taking an age each to do. Came out really well I think and folk were really positive about them so I even ended up making a 'how to' PDF for my subs over on Twitch

I’ve been pottering away on teh lovely BSF minis – doing an odd one or two here and there in between other minis and commission work to the point that have now completed 19 of the 44 core game models and the mighty Ambull expansion box which arrived the other week. More about him in a future update. So here’s the BSF progress so far!

For this project I’ve been trying to speed up my painting and do them just to tabletop level rather than obsessing over every mini and ending up spending 10+ hours on each and every one.

This has worked out sometimes better than others but still am happy at getting a decent tabletop level achieved for what are to be gaming pieces not display….~ish!!

Blackstone Fortress Catch-Up
Blackstone Fortress Catch-Up
Blackstone Fortress Catch-Up
Blackstone Fortress Catch-Up

Well thats about it for now for BSF 19 down, 25 plus the Ambull and her wee gribblies to go!!!!

The Lady Inquisitor LeTrielqe

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Another model recently(~ish) finally getting some photo love. This time a mini from Grimskull/WargamesExclusive. Had such a great time with this one. Lovely sculpt, cracking cast without any real flaws or prep needed. Painted her mostly live on stream so could show a few differnt workups to folk like aged metals, chipped paint, plasma glows and subtel OSL etc etc. Really enjoyed painting her up. The base that she came with was a bit naff so sub’d it out for some MicroArts goodness instead. Hope you like 🙂

The Lady Inquisitor LeTrielqe

Next up…. a little Inq54 deliciousness 😉

Starting Blackstone and trying to paint Tabletop.......oh and a Noise Marine o.O

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Blackstone Fortress finally arrived the other week  and it’s a peach!! Beautifully produced with a quality narrative setting and certianly leaves itself wiiiiiiiiiiiiide open for further expansions (sic ‘quests’)

My darling wife has even agreed to give it a go!~! Hopefully this will go better than her the last time I attempted to gateway her into the hobby with what turned out to be the completely and utterly cack game that is Rum & Bones 2. God bless her she tried her very best to get into the game and gave it her very best shot but a lump of shite covered in glitter still stinks the house out.  Stupid CMON!!!

Anywhooooooooooooo – Blackstone Fortress is open, sorted and preperations are being made!! But the minis, ohhhhhhh the minis. They are lush! None of this bung some aged sculpts in a box and hope no one notices/cares (yes Execution Force and a few others I’m thinking of ye)  – all brand new sculpts, characters and even foes!

Now, they are quickfit/snapfit which I am not a fan of usually BUT…… once you trim the psots, get past the halo mouldlines and the slotta bases – you have 48(?) cracking minis to get stuck into. I totally get why they went with snapfit and slottas and it does make sense so no harm no foul there.

As per usual I have a horribly full WiPping Shelf (actually it’s now expanded to 2 shelves) and a load of stuff way ahead of BF but I really want to get stuff into the new shiny!!

So……I decided to try doing them TT – tabletop quality/style. Something I’m not very sure how to do or if I can as I have never done before. So I’ve limited myself to 2 hours per mini max. MAX!!!! MAXIMUM!! (never gonna happen I know but I shall try)

 

Starting Blackstone and trying to paint Tabletop.......oh and a Noise Marine o.O
Starting Blackstone and trying to paint Tabletop.......oh and a Noise Marine o.O

For the first trial of doing these beauties quick and easy I picked out the Man of Iron – UR-025. A robot – gotta be quick n easy and most importantly QUICK to do …… I think I got him done in under 2 hours in total but as I painted him totally while streaming the time may be a bit wonky as painting while streaming takes longer than painting alone.

Still – I’m really happy with my first TT painted mini. Lovely mini to paint, not painting in sub-assemblies was a bastard for me though. Just not used to it at all. But still I think he came out pretty well.

Starting Blackstone and trying to paint Tabletop.......oh and a Noise Marine o.O

Next thing was how to base them. I abhor slotta bases and just cant be arsed with filling the wee gaps and trying to even out the slotta tab to base and all that nonsense. So have decided, with the exception of the spindle drones, to base them all on standard 25, 32 & a 40mm blanks. This way I can paint all the bases in bulk (or  in 2-3 batch lots) together and then pin/glue the minis to them after.

But how to paint the bases. TT remember – so now fancy smancy base work. Having a look at teh game tiles I wanted to be able to do something that while not identical to the patterns and background on the tiles, would at least blend in and look in place with the tiles during play.
So I broke out the airbrush, some paints and a piece of plasticard and had a play around and the above was the result.
It’s not perfect and does need some refinement and tweeking but I think its gonna work and can be done pretty damn quickly and in mass numbers.

Starting Blackstone and trying to paint Tabletop.......oh and a Noise Marine o.O

One other thing that have been working on is a (not)Noise Marine.  A group of us who stream painting minis over on Twitch are doing a bit of a collaboration to make a ‘band’. Spellcrow very kindly have sponsored us with the minis and each painter gets one mini to build and paint and then the whole band will be brought together at Adepticon next March. Even though have loooooooads of time, I couldnt wait and jumped straight in.

Below is the progress so far. He’s not quite finished but getting there. I just need to polish up a few details and then build a base for him. I’m thinking of some sort of scratchbuild large Slaaneshi amp for him to stand atop of……….

Starting Blackstone and trying to paint Tabletop.......oh and a Noise Marine o.O

Outcast Progress

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Bit ….well…… fair bit of ….progress on the 54mm Eldar Ranger. Started plotting in more colours, glazed the back of his outer coat a gazillion times to get that old oiled leather look I mentioned in the last entry and then started on his inner coat (which is bothering the hell out of me….too clean….) and then last night was in teh mood for some detailing so did some runes on the tabbard, started on teh leather belts and sketched in the sword. He’s coming along 🙂

Outcast Progress
Outcast Progress

54mm - We meet again

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Been waaaaaaaaay toolong since I worked on any of the old 54mm Inquisitor models I’ve been collecting so thought it was about time I broke one out. This time I went with the Eldar Ranger. Gorgeous sculpt by Alex Hedstrom from way back in the day.

Made a wee start both on and off stream .

The Eldar Rangers follow the so called Path of the Outcast. They are scouts, infiltrators, assassins and so much more. For the paint scheme I wanted something worn, subtle with plenty of character reflecting the character of an outcast ranger. None of the garish bright splendid colours usually seen with the aspect warriors and warhosts of the Eldar but something more befitting a wanderer, an sole travellers who travels alone and blends in.  Dull worn leathers and materials for the most part. I dont want him to look too sahbby and like he just crawled out of hive bottom but still – his attire must reflect his role and character.

 

A slight nod and allowance to where he comes from and his heritage is shown in the choice of inner robes. His chest armour and loin cloth reflect his craftworld of origin - Mymeara. A slight nod and allowance to where he comes from and his heritage is shown in the choice of inner robes. His chest armour and loin cloth reflect his craftworld of origin - Mymeara.

His outer coat will be a rich but worn oiled beige leather BUT I decided to do it in a slightly unusual technique and order.

The world-rune of craftworld Mymeara - 'The Cursing Eye'The world-rune of craftworld Mymeara - 'The Cursing Eye'

The coat was primed using an airbrush. First black (stynylez ofc) and then laterally primed over with grey.  The using a brush and schminke titanium white I prehighlighted the lower parts of the coat and further defined the highlights and folds of the coat adn added some scratches and wear to the coat. This is all in preperation adn anticipation of how I will later paint the coat – with glazes; a mix of xv-88 (GW) and soft tone (AP).
I did the freehand edging and the world rune BEFORE actually painting the coat for a reason as I want the rune to be visible on the coat but not to stand out and look like it was painted/emblazoned on after. I want it to fade into the coat’s colours as if it was embossed or treated into the coat a long time ago and it has faded back. Again he is a ranger and such details such be in the background not screaming forth like what we usually expect from the warriors of the other aspect temples.

Wee Greg ;)

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Been working away on the 28mm Inquisitor Eisenhorn from BL. Nice enough sculpt based on Clint Langley’s art for the original Eisenhorn novels. Of course they decided to do it bloody failcast styleee. I got lucky enough though and didnt have any nasty bubbles or slip casts to deal with but there was still all those failcast vents and gates to deal with!

For the paint I went cannon and used the 54mm Eisenhorn I painted a while back for reference. He’s getting there; just his metallics and staff to finish up.
Trying to get him done quick quick in time to give him away to a viewer on my birthday stream on twitch next week.

Wee Greg ;)
Wee Greg ;)

Bit of a big fella arentcha?!

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Still no glasses, still finding other stuffs to do

got this fella as an add on to the awaken realms Kickstarter for their game The Edge: Dawnfall. Very very late to deliver on the pledges but one hell of a great product.  The minis are gorgeous and in pretty decent plastic.  Quite a few neeed a little tweaking and hot water treatment but all in all pretty damn nice.

This big chap is a resin add-on for The faceless faction.  He’s called the Slasher and he is a bruiser.  Took a lot of prep and clean up but so worth it. Can’t wait to get some paint down on him.

Bit of a big fella arentcha?!
Bit of a big fella arentcha?!
Bit of a big fella arentcha?!

Still Wooding along

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A small thing but thought it might be worth posting up. After doing the wood workup for viewers on a resin base (finished below )  –

Still Wooding along

I felt like doing some more woody things so after a pissy day at work, I cam home and made a thing from some old paint stirrer stick and bits of lollipop sticks – a sandwich board, I think they are called. I needed a wee thingy to go on the base for my ‘Puppeteer’ from Kimera Studios.

paint stirrer stick, fragments of lollipop stick, bit of paperclip, superglue and a scrap of sandpaperpaint stirrer stick, fragments of lollipop stick, bit of paperclip, superglue and a scrap of sandpaper

Put together in about 10 mins (not including the unsticking the damn thing from my fingers time)

Still Wooding along
Still Wooding along

Similar workup again as to what was done on the wood for the resin base (video tutorial below here …down down  – earlier project entry)
Started by lightly drying brushing some schminke white over a black prime the painted up with Scale 75 paints  – Walnut, Sandalwood, Black Leather, Iroko and Birch. Was rather chuffed with the results.

But……….. needed something more. I wanted it to look really old and rotten.  So keep wash of Magi-Mix (Nuln, Agrax, Lahmium, Water 2:1:1:1) and then built up some thinned out Sherwood Green (S75) to add some algae/lichen/green crap on some of the more rotten areas of the board.

I wanted some sort of signage on it though……….. Hmmmm……
The Model which this will eventually set alongside is called The Puppeteer and comes from a 5 model range called ‘Freak Show’
So my first thought was to print out some Olde freak show posters off the interwebs on some recycled A4 (when printing posters for terrain, diormas etc – the cheaper recycleed A4 paper is way better than the ream of A4 copy paper one may or may not have pinched from work as it gives a more weathered cheap print poster look) which would probably have worked well enough but then I thought that a kind of handpainted janky look would go better with the overall piece. So…… nervously ………as I was rather fond of the wood effect I had already got and didnt want to feth it up, I set to it………….

Still Wooding along
Still Wooding along

And this/that was the outcome 🙂 Freshly painted on stream this morning in what is the last thing I will have painted here in Korea as immediately after stream I started to pack up all my paints, brushes and equipment for the big move back to Ireland.

Easy enough job – the cruddy wite background was done with a really buggered up, rough bristled, shot, synthetic brush; as I wanted to show the brushstrokes where someone had shoddily painted a background on the board to then put some lettering over. The writing was then freehanded on – trying to make it look carefully but not professionally done. Still looked a bit clean so a few feathered out strokes of thinned athonian camoshade and seraphim sepia grottied it up a wee bit and then we have it.  The whole thing is about the size of a postage stamp – lol. Twas a fun wee mini-mini-project to do. Hope you like 😀

Jan's Dirty Old Wood

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Janky auld wooden decking. Base is from Elrik's HobbiesJanky auld wooden decking. Base is from Elrik's Hobbies

Not a huge update but a wee something folk might find useful. Some viewers were asking about how I paint my wood… o.O so I did a quick~ish wood workup on stream yesterday.

Done mostly with Scale75 scalecolour paints. I’ve uploaded the segment of the VOD from the stream to YouTube and embeded it below 🙂

 

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Little bit of progress on Lady V’adrael of the Ordo Hereticus. Coming along nicely. Think we’ll be giving her away end of the month

Pull Over - I spy a heretic!

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With Zayna finished it’s time for another on stream project. I really liking some of the Grimskull/Wargamesexclusive models these days. Specifically their Hersey Hunters range (dont care much for their boobified AdMech & Tau stuffs) so I ordered up this wee gem last month. Lady Inquisitor on a DoomCruiser bike.  (Here for those interested). Gorgeous sculpt and casting as per usual from WGE. The base she comes with is a little bland so I’ll pop her on a MAS base instead. She’s getting painted purely live on stream so I can go through the different workups, paints et al with the viewers.

'scuse the terrible WiP photo - I snapped it quickly on phone before heading off to work this morning'scuse the terrible WiP photo - I snapped it quickly on phone before heading off to work this morning

As there is so much metal involved I started off by just basing the entire bike with my usual 3metal aged metal workup. The tut is on YT.
It gives a nice aged rich base from which to work on which helps to provide a deeper volume. From there I wanted a chipped paintjob on the bike. Now you could get stuck in with MiG or the AK Interactive’s chipping solutions which work well but on something this small and delciate, chipping solution provides more problems than it the ease it may provide. Instead jsut painted the reds on over the metal basework. Super thin layers and just leave bits out as you layer up to show the raw metal showing through where the paint was chipped. Once the red paintjob is layered up, I then then glazed back into the recessess with a super super thing glaze of pure black. This gives a more smoke/soot stained feel to the bike’s original red paintjob. I want the bike to look VERY well used and worn. No parade ground bright spangly and clean looks here. I want this bike to look this it actually gets used. A lot! So that’s where we are up to. I made a wee start on the Inquisitor’s leather trench coat and cowl but more on that later!

Paints used so far:
3Metal Workup – (GW) Warplock Bronze, Retrib Gold, Ironbreaker. Washed                                     back with a mix of Nuln, Agrax, Lahmium, Water 2:1:1:1

Bike’s red paint – (VMC) Black, Burnt red,
(SC) Antares Red

edit: home and some better snaps. well….as better as janky phone photos get 😉

Zayna The Ice Gobliness

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Finally finished Zayna from Iter Miniatures. Or rather I have forced myself to call her done and put her down before I keep mucking with dopey details and ruin her!! I’m really happy how she came out and was a real first for me as I’ve never painted a bust before. Total learning experience. I covered some of the paints and techniques used further down on a previous entry in this project blog. Paints were Scale75’s Scalecolour on the skin and the fur as I wanted that nice matte finish. The leather was a mix of AP strong tone and GW browns as I want to have a more shiny rubbed leather finish and the hair was done intially with Scale75 black, VMC dark sea green (or is it blue….) and Schminke titanium white and then glazed back with a mix of Scale Inktensity Black and GW Coelia greenshade again to give a more shiny oily finish to her hair.

Zayna The Ice Gobliness

Bases done

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Finally got the microarts giveaway bases all done and a few snaps taken. Think the plaster walls or maybe the brick ones are my favs…… maybe…. lol

Bases done

All About That Base......

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Recently I did a big MicroArtStudio basing weekend on my Twitch stream. MAS were kind enough to send me a big ol’ medley box of their bases to use as giveaway on stream so spent the weekend painting up four different ones for viewers to win alongside a load of unpainted bases too. Here is where we are now with them. The old factory and the brickwork ones are finished but still finishing up the possessed and dark temple ones. The idea was also to show a whole pile of different workups for ruins, rubble, plaster, brick, stone and so on which I am still trying to type up and will eventually make into wee pdfs for my discord and for here too. Annnnnnyways…. here’s what they are looking like at the mo. Any questions, please feel free to ask 🙂

All About That Base......

Zayna is getting closer to the finish line

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Was sent this bust by Iter Miniatures a wee while ago and after a bit false start where I went with a more traditional green, I dumped her to the back of my WiPping shelf for over a month. Then out of the blue (geddit?!….no ….. Bueller…..Bueller….. ok. Shup Jan ) one day I decided to go a differnt way and with a totally different palette. As soon as the green was totally erased and painted over with new base coat (Bering Blue from ScaleColour btw) I was sucked in and so much happier

I started imagining a background in my head of an Ice Gobliness from the frozen wastes to the north. North of where?? Just north….0k??!!!! The story grew and grew as I painted more. Her dress I decided would be leather with a thick fur collar. Some animal she had hunted down. Her hair pins were already bone but her ear rings I decided would be made of bone for the most part. I wanted a cool cool skin palette but then a more warm palette for her clothing. The leather is a very easy work up  – building up medium glazes over a dark lateral prehighlight.

Started working up the fur collar as well wet blending from dubai brown > iroko > birch (all Scalecolour) wet blending fur with loadsa spikey bits n textures is a pain in the…..brush 😉 The started to work some highlights into the base skin tone by adding a little mojave white into the bering blue. With that all done next came the lips (added a little fuschia into the base tone) then more skin refinement and then the eyes which by some miracle i managed to get done first go and in about 10 mins. I’m now scared to go anywherenear them in case I muck them up!

Tattoos – I wanted some tattoos on her to go with the whole theme. After a lot of googling and looking about I came across some old old pics of Inuit women from northern canada and BOOM  – the perfect tattoo designs for Zayna. So I started ‘penciling’ them i.

Which finally brings us to where i am this morning. have just done a little more skin refinement after finishing the tatts and glazing in some stronger shadows on the right side of her face to increase volume. A very thin glaze of gobi brown. veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery thin. to give her a little eye shadow and a slightly different tone to the rest of her skin and we are nearly ready to tackle the hair 🙂

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