Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Time for some more Epic

I finished the remaining four Marines to complete my Space Crusade-inspired squad for my micro-40K project. Here they are in all their ruddy glory:

Here we see them on patrol suddenly feeling a bit inferior next to a looming beetle-back Warlord. This shot was fun to do and readers as old as me will notice the original Adeptus Titanicus box cover in the background.

Below is a better shot of the little display case I've put together for all my 6mm chaps. The stuff at the bottom is thin magnetic sheeting (typically seen on fridge magnets). The washer-bases stick to with just the right amount of force. So you can actually be all sorts of clumsy around this and the minis will stay put. Yet they pop off with little effort. Handy.

I want to carry on with the Space Crusade randomness of this diminutive project. But I also kind of want a 2nd edition army in Epic scale. Argh! Too many hobby projects...

Monday, 3 June 2019

Haughty Aelf

A short post to show off this little chap. He'll bulk out my rather small band of heroes for my Krawl project. They sure as hell need some help, as the baddies are really racking up in number!

I wanted him to be a 'tooled-up' Aelfen adventurer, replete with all manner of gear. I think the kitbash worked out pretty well on that front. He's got a satisfying balance of clobber without it being ridiculous. Big thanks to the excellent Steve Buddle who kindly downed his digital miniature-making tools for enough time to sculpt the little fur collar on this fellow. It was an awkward join and needed a bit of 'something' to cover it up.

Steve did a great job. So now he can go back to making miniatures professionally.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

The Eyes of the Nine / Die Nibelungen

Eagle eyed readers (pun intended) might have noticed in a previous post there was a sneak peek of another project I'm working on - the Warhammer Underworlds' The Eyes of the Nine. This is hands-down my favourite warband for the game. For two reasons; it's got lots of 'texture'. And by that I mean lots of different things of varying sizes and shapes, right from the hench Tzaangor to the tiny Brimstone Horrors. Plus Narvia is one of my favourite minis ever. Because her gender is quite incidental. In fact, it took me a moment to actually notice she's female. She's pretty much dressed identically as her rival, Turosh. The sculptors have done a great job on this front.

But it's to Turosh we turn first. Here you can see him in all his triangular glory:

While I was noodling about colour schemes I watched Fritz Lang's 1924 version of Die Nibelungen. Which pretty much blew my mind. Here's why:

The surface design in the movie is mind blowing. Coupled with some audacious sets and Lang's eye for composition the film is a masterpiece. Lang shouldn't, perhaps, take all the credit for the visuals though, as it seems that the artist Carl Otto Czeschka produced the illustrations for a printed version of the tale in 1920. This body of work undoubtedly formed a template for Lang's costumes:

Back in Tzeentch land, the large shields form a perfect substrate for the pattern work. I was really pleased with the result and I want to roll this out across the warband. Not sure how this is going to work on the more organic chaps... but I'm sure I'll find a solution.

In an effort to paint faster by being more efficient I reigned in my natural desire to spend ages highlighting the model's skin. I just applied a gradiated wash to it and left it at that. I selectively highlighted elements like the cloth and face mask. I felt these areas are where the effort is going to be seen. Coupled with the neat pattern work the eye is somewhat fooled into thinking the mini has had more effort invested than is actually the case.

So, now on to the other members of the Nine...

Monday, 27 May 2019

Mordheim MMXIX - I finally made it

Below are the last four chaps who complete my Mordheim 2019 warband. They're the top-tier of the gang, being the Leader, Champions and a lone Swordsman. Because they are the big dogs they have been issued the sophisticated 'third ear' head devices. Don't let this deceive you though - they are hardened criminals to a man and hell-bent on collecting the warpstone their masters demand in return for freedom.

I covered some of the painting and theory behind these guys in my previous posts. All that really remains to be said here is that the fast-and-dirty paint techniques worked out pretty well. The camo isn't overpowering and the decals carry on the heraldry motif which runs through the warband. Actually you can't see most of the decals in these beauty shots. I'll try to take some alternative angles soon. The dirty, rusty metal also ties the collection together and the technique I hit on is really simple to achieve. Paint black, wash thinned brown, drybrush gunmetal, then sponge-stipple silver. Boom!

I want to take some shots of these guys on terrain too. There are some suitably dystopian tables in Warhammer World, so I'll cart the gang over there for a photoshoot one day. I would also like to make a little photo set for some more contextual shots, but whether I'll have time for this I'm not quite sure. The idea I have pretty blatantly refers back to the film Stalker, which is one of the key references for this project.

These boys are, of course, alien to both the city of Mordheim and indeed the era in which our game will be set (2019 in the Imperial calendar). I have been thinking a bit more about the world that they hail from. This will be articulated soon, in part through the little gaming card case I'm working on.

If you haven't already, do check out everyone else's contributions to the Mordheim 2019 project especially on Instagram where we mostly hang out. The work is utterly compelling and I can't wait until we all gather our warbands together on the beautiful tables that are being made to see the setting come to life.

Last but not least; a big 'thanks' to Echoes of Imperium for lighting a bomb under us and galvanising us into action for this project!

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Pattern recognition

I've discovered over the past year or so that one of the things I love adding to my miniatures are really bold patterns. Below are a couple of recent examples.

I am hoping to make this more of a consistent feature in the future. It helps a bit in my quest for maximum effect for minimum effort. Maybe.

If you can do a really clean pattern it goes a long way towards the overall impact the model has.

This little collection of photos also reminds me that I really need to finish Steelheart's Champions...

Friday, 24 May 2019

Slightly larger Epic conflict

I have been kindly invited by the infamous Lead Plague to join his titanomachy game this summer. The concept is simple; everyone rocks up with a vintage Oldhammer Warlord titan and may the best Princeps win! I would have loved to paint something special for this event, but that would have been rude given I have two Warlords I finished about a decade ago which have never seen battle. So I'll probably just bring the red guy.

I finished these so long ago that I don't remember too many of the details about how I made them. The Adeptus Titanicus box cover was clearly a massive inspiration. I added some 'super detailing' with tiny components to reinforce their scale (like the lasers on the carpaces). The slightly hard-sci-fi decals help them feel massive too. They are very 90s-John-Blanche with their stippling or heavy gloss varnish and dense heraldry. The banners were custom pieces which, I think, I drew and then reduced in size after scanning them in. I referenced this 'Eavy Metal a lot:

For their bases I used a technique John mentioned in his accompanying text. I think he talked about using real clods of earth flooded with super glue which effectively 'baked' the mud. Hence these guys have bits of mud and lichen on their bases which, in retrospect, actually works quite well.

I'm so glad one of these guys is going to be getting some air-time. Someone pointed out they're loadouts are a bit paltry, so I'm taking bets on how long he'll survive.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Tiny Epic conflict

Clearly I don't have enough creative projects on the go at the moment, so I'm embarking on another involving Citadel's amazing old 6mm Epic miniatures. Here is the first little guy:

I've generally become more interested in micro-scale modelling - going smaller rather than larger feels really exciting. There's something about the scale which enables a scope which is really attractive. My interest has led me to look at some of the cool work that's going on in the 6mm hobby community and finding folk who are doing micro-40k really well.

This Marine is going to be the first of a few, with a slight Oldhammer vibe as indicated by the art that inspired him - Jim Burns' amazing Space Crusade cover. The collection won't be a facsimile of the Space Crusade box contents, but a cohort of randoms inspired by the breadth of the minis that the game delivered.

Next up is a naughty Chaos Space Marine Sorcerer for him to fight:

I'm quite pleased with the bases so far. They're washers whose internal aperture is just about big enough to house the original moulded base (with a bit of trimming). They give weight to the minis, stop them tipping over and can enable the mini to be safely held in place for transport with low-strength flexible magnetic sheeting. If you're in the UK you can buy the washers from B&Q as part of a 'pick and mix' deal for a very reasonable £2 for all the washers you can eat.

With smaller minis, basing textures which are quite light or quite dark work well, as they give visual contrast. Here I opted for darks, which enables the predominantly lighter minis to pop.

I'll post the Soceror when he's done.

Monday, 1 April 2019

(Slow) progress to Mordheim MMXIX

Apolgies for not blogging about Mordheim MMXIX for a while - life has been rather busy. But fear not! Work continues... if not 'a pace' then certainly at some kind of reassuringly glacial rate.

I've finished six of the ten ugly chaps and their glorious beauty shots are below. It's now on to the last four, and they are taking a while due to their more complex camo schemes. Two have WWI German helmet camo on their head-devices (I hesitate to call them 'helmets'). Getting this to look half decent proved to be a mission and I'm going to stop at two. One has German flektarn camo on his cloak. And the final chap, who is my leader, well... I'm not really sure what he's going to get. But it'll probably be German given the way things are going.

I'm also nearly finished work on the game aids I mentioned a while back. Their format and delivery mechanism is something I'm really proud of. However, I can't complete it until I finish painting the minis because I need photos to complete the cards. So you'll have to wait a bit to see it.

From my other recent blog posts you'll also see I've got a couple of other projects on the go. These guys are really scratching my Blanchitsu-itch and I'm enjoying the diversity of everything combined. So I'd urge anyone who is experiencing 'hobby fatigue' to try a different project or collection to get them back in The Zone.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Lone wolf

Followers of my Instagram account will have seen this furry fellow earlier in the week:

He joins my Krawl AoS project to menace any unwary dungeoneers. Like the cheeky yellow ninja:

I thought at first he was a mount for an old Goblin Wolf Rider, but then realised he's actually from the old Citadel BC2 Monster Starter Set:

I wanted a really naturalisted colour palette for him so went for the classic light underbelly graduating up to a darker top. The blending around his legs isn't as good as I'd like due to the rather rough casting down there, but the overall impression is good. I also have him menacing yellow eyes.

All the better to see you with.

Coming soon: my giant new tiny Epic project!!!

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Lots of new t-shirt designs up for sale!!!

After finding that folk rather like my Burning of Innsmouth tees, I've started to upload more of my best work to my Redbubble store. Included are my Lovecraft cutaways and the 'glitch' series of images I produced a short while back. So no matter if you're a rabid geek or neon millennial, I've got you covered. Literally.

Check out my Redbubble store here.

A few choice images below.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Krawl Space

As mentioned a week or so ago, I've expanded my Krawl manifesto into spaaaaaaace!

So clearly it's Krawl Space.
Enthused and slightly madenned by the inky void I organised a quick shoot with some of my 40K randoms. Tearsofistvaan kindly loaned me his beautiful Oldhammer boards from Tyranid Attack and they came out gloriously. All those bright colours just popped under the lights. I believe these are the same boards as were in Advanced Space Crusade but the game engine was slightly different.

I've done a second shoot on another Oldhammer tileset which I'll show in the next few weeks. In the meantime, enjoy the technicolour!