Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hobby Update: Primaris Captain WIP

Its been a while again since my last post. I blame the warp storms after the Eye of Terror spilled over into reality. But I have been doing some painting in my little corner of the dark universe. And I finally have an opportunity to paint up another Space Marine Chapter: The Scythes of the Emperor.

I have only a squad of Tactical Marines painted in the colors of the Scythes for the longest time. This was because the fluff gives the picture of a dying Chapter with only very few marines left, fighting to the end, taking as many Tyranids as they can with them before they go out.

But with thanks to the mad Magos Belisarius Cawl, the Primaris Marines have arisen to give new hope to the dying chapter.

I've painted up the Primaris Captain first, to inspire the rest of the Primaris and normal Tactical Marines that I will be painting up. Finally, a fighting battle force of Scythes of the Emperor!

I went with the classic yellow and black colors of the Scythes. It took a while to try out the shade of yellow. I wanted to go for a warmer, more rich yellow. And it was Averland Sunset as a base, with increasing amounts of Yriel Yellow added in. For the highlights, I mixed in Dorn Yellow to Yriel Yellow.
I painted the chapter icon of the twin scythes on his right pauldron. I attempted the gold NMM again on the metal gold areas. I tried my previous gold nmm mix for the Khorne Berseker and it looked really faded and didn't pop. I think it was because of the already bright armor of the marine.
 So I used a base of Skrang Brown. Then washed it with watered down Dryad Bark. Then I layered on Jokaero Orange on the raised areas. The rest of the steps were the same as painting the Khorne Berseker gold. I think the recesses just needed more dark areas to create depth.
And finally the back of the mini. I painted a his cloak blue to signify the chapter's roots in the Ultramarines.

Again fingers crossed. Hope to be able to paint or assemble more Primaris stuff.

Have a great week ahead everyone!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

40K WIP: Khorne Berzerkers

I was looking through some Khorne Chaos Space Marines art from Google Images and found this really nice piece of art. I am as yet unsure of the artist but it is definitely a great piece! And made me divert from my Black Templars and Sylvaneth to paint up a Khorne Berzerker :)
I had some Khorne Berzerker miniatures from about 6 years back. And finally found them. I quickly primed one and painted him up.
I really like the warm and vivid, yet dark portrayal of the blood mad Khorne Berzerkers in the art, and tried to follow the art as much as I could.
I used Khorne Red as a base coat for the miniature. Then I layered on some Evil Sunz Scarlet to Khorne Red to create a brighter hue. I then used pure Evil Sunz Scarlet as a final layer for the armor.
However, I only layer on the Evil Sunz Scarlet after the gold details are painted so that the Khorne Red at the base can still be seen to create some depth and shadows.
For the bright brass or gold, I used a base of Jokaero Orange. Then I mixed Jokaero Orange with Averland Sunset. Then more Averland Sunset to the mix. Then just pure Averland Sunset. The highlights were done using Dorn Yellow mixed with Averland Sunset. Then Dorn Yellow for a final highlight to the raised areas only.
The highlights of the armor was done using Evil Sunz Scarlet with Jokaero Orange. The final highlights and scars on the armor were done using mostly Jokaero Orange with a bit of Evil Sunz Scarlet.

Got the mini mostly painted. Back to the Black Templars and Sylvaneth...I hope..

Have a great week ahead everyone. Keep hobbying, even if it means just painting something for a minute a day!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Age of Sigmar: Sylvaneth Treelord WIP

It was rather busy time last week and I didn't have time at all to paint anything. Was really tired too after work which was not of much help for painting.

This weekend was more fruitful and I managed to assemble me 4 Treelords for my Sylvaneth Army. 2 Treelord Ancients and 2 regular Treelords.

I had chosen the Oakenbrow Clan for my Sylvaneth as I really like the contrast of the greens and reds. But I needed a test model. Should have went for a Dryad instead of a Treelord lol!

He's almost complete, maybe about 85%. Still got a few areas to paint up and highlight. Basing still yet to be done.
For the beard, I tried to go for a striking red color and painted on Evil Sun Scarlet as a base. But it was too bright and I washed it down with a mix of Nuln Oil and Seraphim Sepia. But it was still a tad bright and bloody. So I layered on Khorne Red instead. This proved much better as the red was not too bright.
Then I added Jokaero Orange to the Khorne Red to get a warmer glow to the model. I added more Jokaero Orange for subsequent highlights towards the centre for the loin cloth thingy. I then added some Flayed One Flesh to the Jokaero Orange and Khorne Red mix for final highlights on the most raised areas.
I used the same formula for the leaves, but added Dorn Yellow to Jokaero Orange and Khorne Red mix instead of white for the highlights at the tips of the leaves.

For the green interior, I used a basecoat of Death World Forest. Then Death World Forest mixed with Elysian Green. I then added Dorn Yellow to the previous mix for successive highlights.

For the bark, I started with Dryad Bark (a most fluffy choice of paint haha) as my base. I washed the model in Nuln Oil and Seraphim Sepia mix (50:50). Then I mixed in some Gorthor Brown to the Dryad Bark as highlights to the edges. The subsequent highlights to the bark were done using pure Gorthor Brown. Then Gorthor Brown with Baneblade Brown.
This was followed by Baneblade Brown with Flayed One Flesh. The final highlight was pure Flayed One Flesh with some white mixed in.
The luminous flower at the tip of the staff was done with a basecoat of Neutral Grey from Vallejo's Model Color range. Then I layered on Celestra Grey. Then a wash of Nihilakh Oxide. I then mixed Nihilakh Oxide with some white for the highlights. The most extreme highlights at the tip are done using just pure white.
It took a while to paint the Treelord as I was trying to find a color scheme that I liked. Well, 3 more trees to go haha!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Malifaux WIP: Katanaka Sniper

I've been pretty sick this Saturday and down with the fever, But I did feel a bit more better this morning and got to painting the last member of my Temple of the Dawn box set. The Katanaka Sniper is not part of the box set, but a bonus model that came with it.
Most of my paints have dried up and I have limited colors left. I used the color Incubi Darkness from GW for the bluish grey cloak of the model.
I gradually added small amounts of GW Flayed One Flesh paint to the GW Incubi Darkness as layered highlights.
For the inner garments, I painted a basecoat of Neutral Grey from Vallejo. Then added GW Flayed One Flesh to the mix. The final highlight is adding White to the mix of Neutral Grey and GW Flayed One Flesh. I added some really watered down GW Drakengof Nighshade to the pants for some depth.
The boots and leather straps were done with GW Scorched Brown, and then layered with GW XV-88.
And here is the Katanaka Sniper with Shenlong's crew. He hides behind in the shadows, ever ready to draw his rifle (but is probably taking a nap).

Have a super weekend guys. Stay healthy, and keep on paintin' n gamin'.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Malifaux: Gaki WIP

Its the end of the long weekend and back to work tomorrow. Just managed to quickly paint up a Gaki as well for my Kirai crew.
I was initially quite surprised at the size of the model. I thought they would be like much smaller. But they do look pretty mean and scary.
I placed some skulls at the bottom of the base to show that it munches on bones and meat of the living.
Not sure why it still looks so slim despite its diet of many victims haha!

Above is a pic of the models I will be working on before priming.

Hope to get more stuff painted :)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Malifaux WIP: Temple of the Dawn

Its been almost 2 months since I last posted anything. Been really busy, and tired at work. But I did get some painting done this long weekend :)

I got the Malifaux Temple of the Dawn last year after playing an intro game at Ray's previous castle. The legend of Shenlong was born in my mind during that battle which involved a desperate rush to an outhouse in the inner slums of Malifaux where good sanitation can be a rare thing.

Shenlong is mostly painted. I am deliberating how to paint on the dragon tattoo. The way the dragon tattoo is situated on the box art is a bit awkward. From the box art, the tail of the dragon tattoo seems to start from the side of Shenlong's left eye, and the dragon's body somehow also ends on the left side? A 'blue steel' dragon? Lol!

Sensei Yu is like the jovial monk of the group. His facial expression really contrasts with Shenlong's moody and a tad evil look. On the other hand, Sensei Yu may be laughing at Shenlong's 'high tide' situation and acute need for the outhouse facilities.
Sensei Yu's abs on the art box looked a bit weird to me, unsure why. I painted his abs abit lower so he has a rib-cage haha!

Some Peasants. They clean up after themselves. And Shenlong.

The High River Monks. Two are very dynamic figures. Took a while to position and pose these fellas.
I still want to add more details to the bases. Maybe some water running through the sand for the whole team. But not sure how to do it as yet.

The monks of the august temple in a first WIP photoshoot. A long time in coming for sure.
I'll be adding more highlights and have also realized the Sensei also has tattoos on his arms (faint). I don't have a clear picture of Sensei Yu's tattoos so its going to be a challenge to make up something.

But all in all, I am quite happy with the way they turned out. The Monk with the blue watery base was done at beginning of the year as a test model. I ended repainting him to fit the rest, except the base.

Hope to get some games in too!

Have a good weekend, and great week ahead everyone!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

WIP: Black Templars

It has again been awhile. The warp storms have been pretty crazy in my hobbying region. It was already turbulent before Cadia fell haha! Its a good thing that my gaming group has decided on a painting goal for the year. I'm going to be taking my time, cos I'm really tired every day after work.

I decided to work on my Black Templars again after reading the Fall of Cadia codex. The burst of inspiration from Marshal Amalrich's valiant efforts during the Black Crusade was all I needed.

Marshal Amalrich of the Cruxis Crusade
I kitbashed him using the new Deathwatch marine sprue cloak and legs. For the chest I used the Ravenwing box set cloak chest bit.
The right arm is from a standard Space Marine sprue with bolt pistol. I painted the Templar cross for Amalrich a bit differently to make him stand out more.
The bottom half of the sword arm is from the Black Templars Chapter Upgrade pack I got many years ago. I cut off the chainsword and attached a power sword on top. The power sword is also from the Ravenwing sprue. I used greenstuff to sculpt some chains to connect the two.
The backpack is from a really old Space Marine Captain sprue. I added red in the Templar cross to also show his elite status as formerly part of the Sword Brethren. The other colors were the standard black and white synonymous with the Black Templars chapter.

Chaplain Nikolai
I had a really old metal Chaplain sitting for more than 6 years on my shelf. Finally got him painted today!
I wanted to practice some NMM Gold again after a long period of not painting in this style. But was kinda concerned that the bone white of the chest plate and scrolls would look too similar. Still went ahead anyways haha!
I added the Templar cross motif and squggles on the long scroll on the front. Without the squiggles, it looked kinda like the Chaplain had a toilet roll cascading off his groin area. Lol!!
Tried to squeeze in the Templar cross in between the winged gem of his shoulder plate.
Still got more purity seals to add holy squiggles on. Hope they help him make more armor saves. I was half thinking of writing Roll 4+ save on the seals.
Didn't add squiggles to the purity seals on the back. Kinda looks like toilet paper stuck in the butt somehow. I cannot seem to get that imagery out of my head hahaha!

Brother Templars
Below are some standard Tactical Squad/ Crusader Squad marines I am still working on. My earlier Black Templars were all armed with Bolt Pistol and Chainswords. Assault used to be quite feasible a few editions back.
Well not anymore. I got some new Tactical Squads and Devastator Marines, and started painting the black and whites again. I'm working mostly on the shoulder pads. Paint the background white, and then paint on the Templar cross.

I'll also be planning to paint the Templar cross motif on all the Marines who are wearing their helmets. This is the Cruxis Crusade, or Crusade of the Cross. So this will be their main identifier.

Am painting up enough units for a Battle Demi Company. In the works are also 2 Storm Talons. I had to do some conversion to the cockpit as I lost the plastic canopy cover...sigh..

Well that's all I got for now. Have a great week ahead all!