Thursday, November 5, 2015

Khorne Land Raiders

There has been some construction going on at my house, so I've been closed down as far as hobby work goes. It's been a real pain. Rage-inducing actually as I was on a real streak with the hobby. I have been working on these 2 Land Raiders for The Bood God.

I've got Angron priming in the basement. It's all part of getting my khorne demon and chaos marine house in order.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Malifaux Essence of Power

I was initially intimidated by this model, not sure how to proceed. I try and follow the artwork on their stat cards. I wanted to keep him purple and have lighter parts pink and then the red jewel in the middle. I painted the whole model purple, picked out detail with a lighter purple, then used the lighter purple areas as a guide to start painting pink flames. I used the flat of the brush to catch the raised flames in pink. And I was mostly successful. For the time I put into it I think it looks pretty powerful.

Malifaux Abuela Ortega

I painted two of these. This is another model I was really looking forward to getting when she finally came out. She's not an amazing character in game and I do have the metal version of this model (which I should post a picture of). I think the model is a little small and so some of the detail, for me is far too small. There are some issues with fitting your brush in certain areas and tiny detail. My metal Abuela has the tassels on here hat painted red. The detail of the tassels on the hat I felt were way too small and would take to long to pick out so that was disappointing for me. Maybe my hopes were too high for this model.

Malifaux Bayou Gremlin

I painted up one of these guys. A very cool model if you like the Gremlin faction. Super, super small. A pain in the ass to paint but it didn't take too long. 

Malifaux Brutal Effigy

I painted two of these models. I for me and one for a friend. This guys falls in line with the Guild "trenchcoat thug" aesthetic. Nothing too stand out about this model except for his silver badge and child-sized coffin attached to his back. Many Guild models are "all trenchcoat" and Brutal Effigy is no exception. Not a bad model, just not that individualistic if you have a lot of Guild models.

Malifaux Guild Austringers

I ended up painting two of each of these models - 2 for a friend and two for me since my primary faction is Guild. I'm told that these models are almost an auto-include in any crew. They are very dark with their blue gray Union, er I mean Guild overcoats. I brought them up a little bit with some bleached bone highlighting. I tried to pick out a few lines here and there to brighten things up a bit. In the end I didn't pay too much attention to the hawks they are wielding. These guys have some really small details and I got filled up working on these guys really quickly. It's funny because I had been looking forward to getting them for a while and when I got them I just wanted to get them done and over with. I really like the austringer on the right - the native american looking fellow. I don't like the austringer on the left. His face was hard to frame and the detail was hard to pick at from a funny angle. Probably why I got fed up with the models. I hope they drop many scheme tokens for me.

Malifaux Ryle

This, my friends, is Ryle. A very simple model to paint but oh do I feel rewarded by my effort. I looked at him, decided what color to paint his pants - Charadon Granite (or whatever it is called now). Charadon Granite, by the way, is such as useful color for painting Malifaux miniatures. I don't know what I would have done without it. It fits the bill in so many situations and goes with brown, black, gray, basically an awesome color for any dark colored area that you don't want to dray too much attention but you want a little bit of funky brownish/black. I was going to do more of a greyish white flesh like many dark eldar models have in Warhammer 40k, but I didn't have that. I went with an elf flesh, which after you wash it, looks pale enough. Ryle looks so much like Bane, but with an assault cannon arm!

Malifaux War Wabbit

Painted for a friend. I only painted one of these. It was just pure fun. Come on, seriously!

Malifaux Pale Rider

I painted one Malifaux Pale Rider for myself and one Pale Rider for a friend. I really like this model - the undead horse, the cloaked rider. Very cool. It reminds me of an old Warhammer Fantasy undead champion I painted back in the early days of my hobbying. I'll have to find him and take a picture of him for comparison.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Malifaux Ten Thunders Samurai

Painted for a friend. Some Ten Thunders Samurai.


Malifaux Arconists Reinforcements

Painted for a friend. Some Performers.


Malifaux Resurrectionist Reinforcements

Painted for a friend. Some of the new Crooligans.

A Scion of Black Blood, Angel Eyes and 2 Bloodwretches.

And Nekima.

Malifaux Guild Reinforcements

Painted for a friend. A Governor's Proxy and an old metal Judge from past editions.

2 old metal Hounds from past editions.

And Dr. Grimwell, Nurse Heartsbane and 2 Orderlies

Also 2 Executioners, one current and one old metal from a previous edition.

I used some blood effects technical paint on the claws and apron. The blood effect has a wet look as opposed to red paint. I'm still experimenting with it and I thought this would be a great place to start. Actually there are a few models in this most recent batch that have bloodied blades.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Ryza Rust Effect

I picked up some Ryza Rust the other day. I have a lot of tanks and I'm looking to go the extra mile to bring some added detail here and there. I am also a big fan of the type of AFV tank models they paint in magazines such as Military Modeler magazine where it is all about adding rust and dust and mud and scratches and scrapes. So, being a fan of realism and trying to detail my tanks in similar ways, here is a ryza rust test on the exhaust pipes of my baneblade.

As a preface, the exhaust pipes were painted black, then painted with ironbreaker silver paint.

Here is the ryza rust right out of the pot on top of the ironbreaker with a little bit of water to thin it down because it is thick. It is essentially really thick orange paint on first glance. I painted it on with an old, worn brush and mottled it so it is thicker in and thinner in spots.

Here is the ryza rust with a wash of agrax earthshade.

Here is the ryza rust with the agrax and a nuln oil wash.

So there it is. I think it works. For me it was too bright out of the pot so it needed washes to darken it down. I would even hit it several more times with brown and black washes to get it really dark. I would even consider using some pigments on it. You could go back and brush on some silver parts again. I like it overall though.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Flames of War Tournament

Here are some pictures of a Flames of War tournament I attended at The Whiz store in Westborough, Massachusetts. The owner of The Whiz personally loves FOW and so they carry a wide range of products and they have a tournament (usually late war) at least once a month. They also have boxes upon boxes of terrain and playing mats and game boards. I have to say that they do a great job with this particular game. I try and attend when I feel up to the challenge. It was well attended as far as events like these go including a dedicated FOW group from Connecticut and some folks from Pennsylvania. I have played with some of these guys several times.

Here I tried to take a picture of the tables that were set up for the tournament.

Game 1. My opponent had almost all stugs.

Game 2. My opponent had 8 hellcats and veteran infantry which he had dug in around the objective.

Game 3. My opponent had 2 king tigers and veteran infantry in a building along with other elements hidden in the field.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Malifaux Relic Huners

Initially as I was looking over the boxed sets that were available, at the time this Malifaux Relic Hunters boxed set was probably my favorite one because it really has the Victorian Steampunk style that everyone seems to like so much. There are a lot of characters here in the 3 wastrel models and you could actually spend a lot of time on each one giving them more flamboyant scarfs, handkerchiefs, suits and shirt colors. The same goes for some of the models in the Lucius boxed set. You have to love the dog Luna (ohh, so cute). Sedir is another one you could really go to town on with an elaborate color scheme. It all hinges on Indiana Jones, I mean McCabe. He gets a mounted and dismounted model in this boxed set which actually kind of upset me because I painted the same model twice plus a horse! I actually prefer the dismounted model as I hate painting horses.

He's coming off looking a lot like Bruce Campbell where as mounted he looks more manga.

Malifaux Rail Crew

Here is the Malifaux Rail Crew boxed set. I really like the dark, gritty attitude of this crew. Mostly just dark colors and the flesh tones break up the darkness and give the models a bit of life and contrast. I like the metal arms and legs of the 3 lessers in the boxed set. The big man with the huge shovel is great. But my favorite part is how Mei Feng is how they chose to model Mei Feng's base as though she were levetating and trailing a debris field of broken wooden boards or to portray that she has just burst through the floor or ceiling to attack her enemies. Very Matrix-esque. I think that the ember came out too brown. I didn't have any red wash so I went with something that was both a little red and brown and so he came out looking more like The Thing from The Fantastic Four.

Malifaux Ten Thunders Archers

Here are some Malifaux Ten Thunders Archers. As I was painting them I noticed that they have the same color scheme as the Warhammer Quest Orc archers I painted years back. They have the same yellow tunics and they are also archers.

Hmm, as I take this picture I notice that I have missed the cloth around the side of their faces. I will go back and black that out. Also, I think they need some black belts to break up the yellow around their waists.

Malifaux Katanaka Snipers

Here are some Malifaux Katanaka Snipers. I followed the artwork on their stat cards. They have a very "batman" color scheme and remind my a lot of Bane.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Malifaux Sonia Criid Crew

Here is the Malifaux Sonia Criid boxed set painted up. I tried to follow the color scheme of the models on the box. The color matching is fairly consistent. The blue I use for most of the guild models is more of a blue gray than a blue green.

I do like the models from this boxed set and was looking forward to painting them. They are a welcome addition to my Guild faction.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Flames of War US Infantry Company

This is my Flames of War US Infantry Company. I have been waiting for the F.O.W. website to update their online Forces of War application so I can remember what the units of my army are called and how much they cost as I rely on that army building software to keep track of all my units. I will update this page when the Overlord book gets added and I will put all the proper names and rearrange a few things. I am pretty sure that I have all the platoon groupings correct plus or minus a jeep or halftrack here and there. I do have a few other units in case I need to fill in some points here and there but these pictures represent the stuff I would most like to use in a game the next time I play. I have used this army as a Late War US Infantry Platoon out of the Overlord book and more recently out of the Mid War North Afrika book
Infantry Company HQ

M4A1 Sherman Platoon

155mm Artillery Platoon

105mm Artillery Platoon

M7 Priest Armored Artillery Platoon

Intelligence and Recon Jeep Platoon

Machine Gun Support Platoon

Infantry Platoon #1

Infantry Platoon #2

Infantry Platoon #3

M4A1 76mm Sherman Platoon

Grasshopper Artillery Spotting Plane

P-38 Lightning

Parachute Infantry Platoon