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Fun in the Wierd Wild West!

Fun in the Wierd Wild West!

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Project Blog by hazyboy75

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About the Project

As im loving the new version of Wild West Exodus i thought i'd use this project to keep my painting and motivation levels up!

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Mounted Support continued!

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A gloss coat for the base, going for a wet mud look and some tufts

Finally the bases are cleaned up with a black coat.

Well that’s them done, really pleased with how they turned out and especially pleased it only took a few days. Time to move on to the next one….

Mounted Support!

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Whilst reorganising my painting table i came across three Blackhoof scout models for the Confederate Army. Now i’d been constantly putting these off as i was convinced they would be a big job and i am trying to avoid getting tied to one project for too long. Also i may still have had a bit of a hangover from painting the giant six wheeled Vaquero buggy so am slighty averse to larger models! Anyway just as i was about to put them away I realised if i put them away now i may not revist them for months so i decided to see if i could get them all done in one Sunday. So here goes, WWX Batch painting!

Here they are in all their Leadbelcher finery!

So far so good, pretty much all the base colours down in a few hours. Had to do a little touch up work as may have been a little impatient at the off.

Up next its the usual Skeleton Bone drybrush followd by a Darktone wash. 50/50 mix with the wash medium to give it a nice smooth finish. CANNOT RECOMMEND WASH MEDIUM ENOUGH! Seriously itll change your life!

7pm, Sunday evening and i manage to escape the family long enough to put down a layer of soft tone dip (brush applied). Thats mission accomplished for the day, ill get it based and mat coated on Monday evening.7pm, Sunday evening and i manage to escape the family long enough to put down a layer of soft tone dip (brush applied). Thats mission accomplished for the day, ill get it based and mat coated on Monday evening.
Okay so Monday night and between getting the kids dinners manager to apply a layer of Stirland mudOkay so Monday night and between getting the kids dinners manager to apply a layer of Stirland mud
Now the Stirland mud is dry a quick skeleton bone drybrush to lighten it upNow the Stirland mud is dry a quick skeleton bone drybrush to lighten it up
And to finish up for the evening a 50/50 dark tone mixAnd to finish up for the evening a 50/50 dark tone mix

In between dad duties and grabbing five minutes at a time (much like @warzans infamous hobby bog idea!) i gave the base a soft tone dip and then a brushed on mat coat. Fyi if you are new to mat coating with brush and its goes milky as you apply panic not, its just bubbles and left alone it will settle down as it dries!

Bass Reeves and the Apache Kid

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Finally after my Christmas Red Dead Hiatus its time to get the brushes out. Next up, Bass and the Kid!

Thats the base for the Kid, now onto Bass

Now all the block colours are down and both have been drybrushed with skeleton bone its a brush applied layer of soft tone dipNow all the block colours are down and both have been drybrushed with skeleton bone its a brush applied layer of soft tone dip

And thats it! They are mat coated, based and ready to raise hell in the West!

Really looking forward to seeing what they can do on the tabletop as they seem like a very interesting proposition!

Vaquero Heavy Buggy continued

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Went for a Dark Tone army painter dip, brushed on. Lets give it 12 hrs and see what happens!

  1. So after a matt coat i’d say we are pretty much done. Just need to get the base sorted. Overall im pleased with how this one turned out!

Next up the base, first a generous helping of Stirland Mud

once the Stirland mud had dried, the base was hit with a skelton bone  dry-brush followed by a layer of dark tone wash.

Next it was a layer of soft tone dip, a layer of mat coat and finally a layer of gloss varnish to give it a wet look and some tufts.

So thats it, the beast is finished! Overall im pleased with how it turned out, i have to admit about halfway through i was dubious that it was going to work but the metals have muted down nicely which makes a huge difference. Now, what next….

Subtlety, F**K subtlety!!!

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So are a while thinking on whats next for my Hex faction i did look at various faces, hands and of course hex beasts but then I remembered i had something from the original Kickstarter id been meaning to work on for ages. It’s probably up there as one of my favourite models in the range and its a subtle as the proverbial brick. It is the Vaquero heavy buggy and its a beast! Now im not much of a vehicle painter but i jave to say im really looking forward to this one!

Due to an enforced layoff as Red Dead Redemption 2 came out my painting time has taken a bit of a hit recenty but this weekend I decided it was time to get back on the metaphorical horse and get this beast finished!

Firat up it was the basics, khaki for the cloth, Gold and bronze for the metal work and matt black for the sodding tyres! Seriously those chains are a nice touch but man are they annoying to paint around!

Next all the little details for the crew, skulls and seats. Nice, plush red leather seats!

Then a skeleton bone drybrush, dash detail and washes of soft tone and dark tone

Also I forgot to memtion the little flashes of RJ power coming out the engine slits. Simple dark red, light red, orange, yellow and white.

Its getting there, i think i need a final going over with various shades of army painter dipIts getting there, i think i need a final going over with various shades of army painter dip

Absolute Power, Absolutely DONE!!!

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At last they are all done and based. Really pleased with how they all turned out despite the dodgy primer! Also really enjoyed playing around with the basing and water effects and whilst not yet perfect i’ll keep experimenting. Oh and Slayn got added because, well he’s SLAYN!

The Traitorous John Hunter Bennett

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  1. Now onto the last of the posse. The infamous traitor John Hunter Bennett. Slightly different style for this one with the blue uniform but should be fun!

The queen of vengeance, Maria Torres Villa!

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Okay we’re back! Maria looks like a really cool model and should be relatively simple to do.

And finally a dark tone wash and the obligatory skeleton bone drybrush. Irritatingly, due to a slightly dodgy basecoat the face detail is a bit off close up but thankfully from a distance its not really noticeable. Next i’ll base her and give her a coat of army painter sof tone dip.And finally a dark tone wash and the obligatory skeleton bone drybrush. Irritatingly, due to a slightly dodgy basecoat the face detail is a bit off close up but thankfully from a distance its not really noticeable. Next i’ll base her and give her a coat of army painter sof tone dip.

After a brief sojourn up north its time to crack on. Next the deadly Megan Wild

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First a few basic colours, mat black, necromancer cloak and Lava orange. I want to keep her quite monochrome so the hair pops

Next we do some elven flesh, greedy gold, a frew face details with the red eys and dark lips (im going for a smirk, wish me luck!) and then a skeleton bone drybrush.

Now for the muscle, its the mighty Kreechur!

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Now for the muscle, its the mighty Kreechur!

Dragon red, Pure red, Lava orange, Demonic yellow, Moon dust

Oak Brown, US field drab, London grey and Skeleton bone

And a final Skeleton bone drybrush

Next up, Garratt Morgan

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First up all the base colours

Skeleton Bone followed by 50/50 mix of Dark Wash and Wash mixing medium.

After a Soft tone dip applied with a brush and a matt coat he’s done!

Bases for the Hex continued

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As i feared the black was too stark and as the water effect is very clear it doesnt look to great. Luckily you can remove it quite easily with a scalpel.

So after a quick clean up i mix up some Oak Brown and Matt Black to shade the recess. Hopefully this time itll be a bit more subtle. Worth noting the flow isnt particularly easy to control. Next time i’ll probably go for a bigger area

After applying a few layers, as believe me this stuff SHRINKS when drying, i noticed its wasnt drying flat. Its seems to be following the curvature of the recess. Whilst its not the effect I was after it has created an interesting ripple effect that i think i can work with. Its almost looks like gas is bubbling up. Im claiming that i did it on purpose now!!

As the final finish seemed to stark between wet and dry i gave the base a brushed on army painter gloss varnish to give the mud a ‘wet’ look. Whilst not a perfect finish i think with a bit of tweaking and adding some tufts / twigs etc it could work

Bases for the Hex continued

So after my initial experiments i think until i work out how to level the water effect a simple solution would be to make the expanse larger and to break up the area with some swampy terrain. I then got a little carried away and have no decided to theme all the Absolute Power bases as if they were summoning around some kind of dark pool. I also realised that Garratt Morgan is a bit of a show pony and would wierd standing in a puddle in all his finery! Also leaning on a cane in mud is never going to end well! So i decided to add some stones to create a crude path to elevate him from the muck. Goddam this project system and it making me think about basing!!! Heres the final result

Kreecher and Garratts basesKreecher and Garratts bases

Bases for the Hex

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So far ive gone for a dry desert base for my WWX models but for the Hex i want to go for something a little murkier. I want to try a wet mud looking base with pools of standing water. Never tried it before so I thought i’d show the steps as i work out how to do it!

First up, the base in question. A standard small WWX baseFirst up, the base in question. A standard small WWX base
For the start ill use GWs Stirland Mud effect paint to build up the baseFor the start ill use GWs Stirland Mud effect paint to build up the base
Splodge it onSplodge it on
Using a bamboo skewer to move the paint around and create some holes for where the standing water will sitUsing a bamboo skewer to move the paint around and create some holes for where the standing water will sit
That’ll do, just leave it to dryThat’ll do, just leave it to dry
For the water effect im going to use Vallejo water effect. Never used it before so lets see what happens!For the water effect im going to use Vallejo water effect. Never used it before so lets see what happens!
To give it some texture ive given the base a quick drybrush with Monster Brown and filled in the ‘puddle’ areas with matt black. Not sure quite how clear this dries so may be to stark a difference.To give it some texture ive given the base a quick drybrush with Monster Brown and filled in the ‘puddle’ areas with matt black. Not sure quite how clear this dries so may be to stark a difference.
A quick coat of matt varnishA quick coat of matt varnish
DriedDried
Water effect poured. Little bit tricky to control the flow but will see how it dries!Water effect poured. Little bit tricky to control the flow but will see how it dries!

Time to go a little dark, step forward the Third Man and Co...

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Absolute Power primed and readyAbsolute Power primed and ready
First up, the cloak is given an Army Painter Deep BlueFirst up, the cloak is given an Army Painter Deep Blue
Leather brown for strapsLeather brown for straps
Elven flesh to keep him nice and pale!Elven flesh to keep him nice and pale!
And moondust for the trimAnd moondust for the trim
After filling the metal studs and buckles with plate mail silver and the necklace with shining gold a quick Skeleton Bone drybrushAfter filling the metal studs and buckles with plate mail silver and the necklace with shining gold a quick Skeleton Bone drybrush

And then a 50/50 mix of quickshade medium and Dark Tone

Finally a brushed on coating of Army Painter Soft Tone dip

The finished Infernal Investigators! Some of my favourite models in the range

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Next, the Infernal Investigators (a personal favourite!)

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Helena Miller

Mercury Jones

Ida Saxon

Jedrick Powell

The Mighty Blackhoof 20-20

Finally Furio Montoya

First up, The Deadly Seven!

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