Monday, November 6, 2017

The Best Day of the Year

If you've been following this blog for the last several years, you know that my favourite day of the calendar is the day we return to standard time. That day, when you get an extra hour of weekend, far and away outshines every other day of the year for pure joy. Period.

Every year, I try to invest that extra hour into an ongoing hobby project. So, this time around, that extra hour got sprinkled between a few things going on at the hobby table.

To start, I picked up the new Shadespire expansions on Saturday, and dove straight into the skeleton box.


Each model consisted of only two pieces, but what results is the most dynamic set of skeletons I've ever run across...and I've painted more than a few sets of skellies in my time.


On to the day's two main projects. Two character models for my 40K Dark Angels force. First up, Azreal. Now, the actual Azreal model is a small, pathetic chunk of metal which looks to be a few decades old. I'm making my own from a Primaris Captain model, but salvaging the banner and relic bearer from the original. Here are the component parts of the Azreal I'm making.


Also, there's Belial. This is the Deatwing commander, put out by Games Workshop and moulded in the absolutely horrible FineCast resin. What a piece of junk. But, the model's pose and detail is nice, so I'm going to push through it. Needless to say, cleaning the pieces to a half-acceptable state nearly saw me throw this model in the garbage.


I also wanted a special base for the Azreal model, so I picked the "steps" from the GW heroic bases set. Base coated brown.


I pinned all the pieces for the two models, in preparation for painting.


Base coats were done in three colours, depending on the item and final intended finish. Black, white and Zandri Dust.


Belial started with Zandri Dust (in order to get the bone-coloured Terminator armour portions correct), but the majority of the model is green...so I put blue-tac over the armour portions (and face) and started spraying the green.


And without two much effort, got the major colour areas done before going in with washes and a few highlights. More to come on this one.


All the other components got their base colours in an epic airbrush session.


Over the course of the day, I went into various bits and started to add in detail, like painting Azreal's new head. This piece is about half-way done at this point.


I was able to complete one component before calling it a day in the hobby room, and that was Azreal's base. 


 Really, it was just a nice, relaxing hobby room day, without any pressure of a pending tournament or game to get ready for. The extra hour really helped, and I'm hoping to get a finished piece out on Wednesday.

'Til next time.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Dark Angel Scout Snipers

I wanted some scouts for my Dark Angels force, so I grabbed 5 scout snipers from the Shadow War Armageddon box.


To make these guys blend in with my Dark Angels force, I wanted their body armor to be in metallic green, and their camouflage cloaks to match, colour-wise, with the urban camo I was painted on my Repulsor tank. So, I started with assembly. 


Before I started into this project, the heads were already mostly painted from a tutorial I ran a few months back up at Thunderground in St Albert.


The bodies and guns were painted gloss black.


The fronts of the figures were sprayed with silver...


 ...in order to receive the green ghost tint.


I then painted on the gold aquila and sprayed the figures with a flat sealer. This allowed me to move on to blocking out the other colours I was going to be using for the cloth and leather portions. All painting was pretty straight forward from this point.


Including the cloaks, which got an urban camo treatment. The figures were  glued onto their final bases, the heads were finished off, and that was about it. Time to move onto the next project.


'Til next time.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Deathwing Terminators

Also finished off a squad of Deathwing Terminators today. These guys were base coated with Zandri Dust, lightened up with some Vallejo Bonewhite, and edge highlighted with Aged White. 


The squad box came with a Watcher in the Dark figure...so made him as well. I had originally built the Cyclone Terminator holding a Plasma Cannon. Whoops. Not legal. Tore that arm off and added the standard Storm Bolter.


Scouts next, I think.

'Til next time.

An Ancient and Two Lieutenants

I'm continuing to knock figures out for my Dark Angels 40K army. This week: an Ancient and two Lieutenants.


All the figures continue to come from the Dark Imperium boxed set, and the bases are from the Sector Mechanicus box.


More on the horizon.

'Til next time.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Primaris Captain

I've been moving several painting projects forward (slowly) on the hobby table this week. Today, I said, "Screw it, I'm finishing something." So, off the table comes a Primaris Captain from the Dark Imperium set.


The piece was painted in three parts: Body, Cape and Backpack, and then assembled at the end.


A fine figure, like all of them from the Dark Imperium set. And the Dark Angels force grows, hopefully in time to head down to the Las Vegas Open in January.


To that end, I've been working on other projects. None of these are done yet...but all are part way there. Starting with: a squad of Terminators.


A Repulsor tank.


A squad of Inceptors.


And finally, an Ancient and two Lieutenants.


Should have more figures coming out soon.

'Til next time.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Redemptor Dreadnought

Well, it's been some time since I've posted, and honestly, it's because I haven't done any painting for the last few months. No excuse...just got out of the habit.

Regardless, a new model rolled off the hobby table this week: the new Primaris Redemptor Dreadnought. 


This kit could be built with a lot of articulation...kind of like a super action figure. However, in order to withstand handling during games, I glued all the points of articulation into place.


Overall, a very good kit, and it posed no problems during construction. It painted up nicely as well. Lots of detail...but not tooooo much. The decals were scavenged from a couple of different Dark Angel sheets.


I also finished another objective marker a few weeks back. Just an ammo dump, but it gets the job done.


Elliot and I have been playing 40K. Here some of his Dark Eldar are swooping in on my unpainted Repulsor tank.


In this game, I was using a mix of different figures to get to the 2000-point force threshold. That's why I've got Dark Angel Primaris marines fighting alongside Word Bearer tacticals,


Slowly working towards finishing my Las Vegas Open 40K force.

'Til next time.

Friday, July 28, 2017

10 More Primaris Marines

Continuing to work on my Dark Angels Primaris Marine infantry. This week finished off 10 new squad members.


First, a squad of Hellblasters, armed with Plasma Rifles.


And another squad of tactical marines...which are called Intercessors, or something like that. Unlike the last squad of these I did, I'm happier with the red bolter casings this time. Decided to spray down the base red instead of brushing it on, and it, of course, turned out better.


More assembly projects on the way.

'Til next time.