Friday, November 26, 2010

Weekend Project: IoB High Elf Mage

Thought I'd show you what I've been able to do so far.

First impressions of the mini are pretty good. The model is very detailed but very delicate. I accidentally broke off one of the swirly things underneath the mage while I was painting. Had a hard time deciding what color scheme I should go with so I went with the standard blue and white look. Also had problems with a couple of the GW paints. My Sunburst Yellow and Shining Gold weren't coating evenly. I shook the bottles pretty well and my brush is clean and neat(not worn out). I'm guessing it might be the paint so I'll pick up new pots tomorrow. Until next time!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Skaven Update #26

I wasn't entirely focused these past few days so as a result, I worked a little on a few things but got nothing done.

Progress continues with the gutter runners. I got most of them covered in chaos black and tallarn flesh. I just started painting them with calthan brown. Their skin will be slightly lighter compared to my other units because their Eshin-wear will be black and I want a bit of contrast to make them stand out a bit.

Almost done with my proxy globadier champion. It's coming along. Small ain't he?

This Thanksgiving weekend I'm going to try and tackle this High Elf. The odds are stacked against me. I've got until the end of the month (next Tuesday, so 5 days!) and I've never painted an elf before let alone an elf with this much detail. I'm gonna try my best or...

... die trying!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Me Want

GW just revealed their next Gamesday mini for 2011 and it's Skaven. Damn you GW.

I guess I'll be heading to Gamesday to pick one up.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

From the BIts Box...

The LGS I go to hosts a couple auctions every year. It's a great place to pick up some minis and bits and maybe even one or two boardgames. Last time I went I picked up a bag of miscellaneous GW bits for a few bucks. Awesome deal considering I got a couple of complete metal single minis along with some bits on sprues. Anyway I was rummaging through the bag and found this dude:

Can unmounted characters still use their lances? Is this mini usable? I wonder what the previous owner was thinking when he/she was putting this together. If it is afterall a legal mini I may paint it up as a painting exercise. Otherwise it may end up being a nice casualty.

Prepare to be dismembered elf! :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Skaven Update #25

First up is this guy.

He was pretty quick to paint up although I'm not sure what I'd use him as in my army. Possible Mordheim mini. Too bad I'm not playing any Mordheim campaigns at the moment.

I found this old mini in my box 'o minis.

I think he'll be a nice champion for my globadier unit. At least for the time being.

I thought I'd better start working on larger things like characters, war machines, and actual units besides working on these single minis that aren't even special characters. So, I began building up 20 gutter runners from old skaven minis that I bought secondhand a couple nights ago. They are all armed with claws and have dagger tails. A few are armed with either slings or stars. The champion has 2 claws.

This way I can make a single unit of 15 or make 2 units of 10. One oversight is that I only made 1 champion. I need to make another champion and maybe another 2 gutter runners just in case I choose not to have champions in the unit. I'm on the fence whether or not I should actually try to build the champions with weeping blades. Well, that's what I have going on right now. Until next time!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Skaven Update #24

Done with the globadiers...

...well the main unit anyway. I added a gloss finish to the globes and I think they came out pretty good. Someday I want to add a champion, maybe converting one up. I have a couple of ideas, I just need to figure out how to execute it.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Mini Hunt: Wolves

I can't seem to find a good wolf mini for my Koborlas faction, a lupine race (not werewolves) from Reaper's Warlord skirmish game. I am looking for a fairly accurate looking wolf that I can get multiples of at a reasonable price. Not much to ask for right?

Reaper does supply a couple but I'm not crazy about them. The sculpts are satisfactory but not dynamic enough.

GW's wolves were an obvious choice being cheap and plastic but the sculpts are worse than Reaper's. They look like rabid corgis. Maybe GW will update them soon like they did with their boars just recently? Here's hoping!

Avatars of War has one but it's way too bulky, expensive, and only one sculpt.

Privateer Press' Tharn Wolf Riders are actually quite decent and they are the closest to what I want. They look lean and the poses are dynamic unlike the others. Unfortunately, the bottom half of the riders are cast onto the wolf itself. Being metal, converting these would be a real pain, not to mention expensive.

I'm a little surprised how difficult it is to find a generic wolf sculpt. Maybe I'm too critical. Nah.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Skaven Update #23

Time for another update! It's been a couple weeks since my last (sorry!). Worked on a few things these past few nights.

I'm almost done with my small unit of Globadiers. I need to add a couple more details before I can call this done. I'm still on the fence whether I should redo the globes. It's fine I guess. Maybe if I add a gloss it might look better. Overall, I am pretty happy with the way the unit turned out so far. I don't know why it's taken me this long... better finish it soon... like tonight.

I'm almost done with this little dude too. I'm not sure what else to do to him besides adding the eyes and grass. Other than that I think I'll be done with him shortly.

I started painting this old warpfire thrower team over the weekend. Should finish it fairly quickly. I was also looking at my ratling gun team and was thinking of repainting it or at the very least updating it a little. It might be me but I think my painting changed a bit(for better or worse) when I went on that 6 month hobby hiatus. Weird.

Anyway I hope to finish the Globadiers and the single vermin warrior tonight.

Underempire finished their September/October painting contest this week. I didn't enter unfortunately. I wanted to do a converted weapon team but I just didn't have the bits and the motivation to tackle it. This next and final one of the year is open so any GW product is fair game. I'd like to do something for this and I have a couple of ideas but we'll see.