Sunday, February 4, 2018

Doom Commission?

A co-worker asked me if I'd paint some boardgames pieces for her. I said sure. So, the game is Doom, and I started with 4 sample pieces just to see if the style was what she was looking for.

First, prime and highlight for pre-shading.

Next, some airbrushed colors to get tone right, and some initial paint down.

Tightened up the colors, applied washes, final details, and 4 quick table-top-ready figures are out in a day. Quick and fun. If she likes them, I'll do the rest of the set.

'Til next time.

LVO 2018 Round Up

Last weekend I was down in Vegas for the LVO tournament. There was a huge contingent of Edmonton players there, along with a several wives. Here, Garnett, Carolyn and Kimberley are doing what Canadians do in Vegas...checking their phones.

Lot of beautiful armies on display during the show. Including Lizardmen.



Iron Warriors?

The winning painted army at my 40K Friendly tournament...more Chaos.


More Chaos.

Tau. It went on an on. So many great looking armies.

In the painting competition, this Tau Manta was a standout. Mostly because...

The rear interior bay was completely modelled out, and lit with LEDs.

This OSL piece tickled my fancy.


A great looking Rus Prince bust by Edmonton's own Steve Lind.

I played four games in the tournament, over Saturday and Sunday. All great opponents and very fun games. Played first against Brigt from Norway. Orcs.

Next was Sunny and her Grey Knights army.

Sunday morning I played Robert from Kansas City. He had a Sisters of Battle army, and I spent the whole game killing, and re-killing Celestine. But I did get her.

Finally played against Josh and his Khorne army (Cult of the Brass Bull). Very fun game, and first time playing against Chaos.

Action shot from that last game. Dark Angels in close with Khorne.

The winning group from our 40K Friendly tournament. 60 players strong, and I tied for 8th pretty happy with my first 40K tournament experience.

'Til next time.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bits and Pieces

Not much hobbying this month. However, leaving for the LVO on Wednesday, and I had two figures that weren't quite finished. Belial (in the wretched failcast resin) and Azrael's relic bearer. I've also been working on some more of the great 40K terrain sets...but only have them assembled and primed at this point. More later.

'Til next time.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Display Board for the Dark Angels

My Christmas project was to build and paint a display board from my LVO Dark Angels army.

I started with a wooden serving tray purchased at the local grocery store. I spray painted the outer edges black and then finished it off with a gloss protective coat.

Next I took a single Realm of Battle board section (purchased from Red Claw here in Edmonton...thanks for breaking up a full box of these boards, Leanne!). I measured out a section of the board that would fit inside the tray, and then cut out that section with a hand saw. I sanded down the edges, and had a display board ready to go. I painted it (the longest part of this process, obviously) and weathered it with a variety of acrylic products.

I slipped the board into the tray, and...well...there it is.

My 100 PL army fits in perfectly. And it's ready to go.

'Til next time.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Weathering the Repulsor...and Another Dreadnaught

Well...that was a long project!

I've been working on the Primaris Repulsor for the last few months...bit by bit. In fact, I've played it in a number of games, starting from when it was in black primer, and most recently before the guns and details were finished off. Regardless, it rolled off the hobby table today for the last time.

In this blog post, I want to go over the steps I went through to weather the vehicle. Looking back, I should have taken photos while I was doing the digital urban camo with the great stencil set from Anarchy Games. Next time. Anyway, I'm picking this up after assembly was 90% complete and five layers of the camo paint scheme were laid down.

The concept here was to have the Dark Angels repaint a Primaris Repulsor for an urban combat detail. As such, I first sprayed down the metallic green, and then masked over the areas where the major insignia would be left exposed on the vehicle. Next, the four layers of urban camo colours were sprayed down with the aid of stencils.

So, the first step in the weathering process was to coat the tank with a gloss finish. I used Testors Glosscoat.

Next, I applied all the decals. These came from a variety of sheets. Markings are for 3rd Company, Dark Angels Chapter.

Next, I wanted to give some Migs enamel products a try. I've never used them before, and it's been decades since I used enamel paint. Anyway, I wanted to use them for the pin washes and streaks, and use enamel thinner to see if it's better than acrylics and water.

And the verdict? I liked them. Easy to use, quick to apply, and a great general effect. This shading and streaking layer formed the foundation for everything than followed.

Next I mixed some Migs weathering powders with enamel thinner and went to town adding in rust and a base dirt layer. I also did some work on the metal repulsor "tracks" at this point.

The painted "tracks" were put on at this point, along with a generous application of dust and dirt pigments over the tank body.

I switched to Vallejo acrylic weathering effects at this point, and splattered on a number of mud shades.

Then it was time to paint the gun barrels, lenses, lights, and then add the commander and hatch covers. The vehicle was sprayed with a couple of coats of Testors Dullcoat at this point to bring the sheen down.

Then there was a final application of dust pigments to the top deck to finish the weathering off and give the whole tank a nice scale effect.

Very happy with the end result.

This is not a traditional Games Workshop vehicle finish, with the edge highlighting and so on. However, it does harken back to the old days when I used to build Tamiya 1/35 armour kits. That was a long time ago!

Anyway, I was really happy with the way the camo scheme worked out, and the weathering pulls the whole thing together.

And now this guy is ready to hit the game tables at the LVO next month.

It was the first week of holidays for me this week, so I had time to knock off another model. This is the "anti-personnel" version of the Redemptor Dreadnaught...which I seem to need to fight off Elliot's Tyranids!

This was painted using the same steps as my last Redemptor, but I spent more time on the base this go around.

After building one of these, the second went together very quickly, and the paint scheme is simple and fun to do. Again, happy with the results.

'Til next time.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Shadespire: Sepulchral Guard

Finally finished my first Shadespire Warband. This is the Sepulchral Guard. 

Great skeleton sculpts, finely detailed, perfect fit and a pleasure to paint up. Couldn't ask for more. Now, time to try out the game.

'Til next time.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

More Shadow War Terrain

So, one project that's been sitting on the shelf for months has been this last major piece of Shadow War terrain. I finally got around to completing the weathering and painting in the final details. With that, this terrain piece is now done.

With the weathering completed, the piece now fits in with the other two pieces of SW: Armageddon properly.

As always, lots of nice detail in this terrain.

Can't say enough about its utility and usefulness in 40K games.

'Til next time.