Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Warhammer Fantasy Dwarfs

Just finished my last few models of my miner unit. I always tend to paint in small groups of round 2 to 5 as I very quickly get discouraged when I have more to do. I also only have on my painting table what I am immediately working on at that moment, and everything else is out of sight. This helps me stay focused and from experience, the more models I have stacked up to paint, the more insurmountable it seems to me. Hence why I only tackle a few at a a time, though it does take longer to do.

These are the last of the miners I need to do for the time being. Hasn't taken me too long to do them.

What do you think?

Quite happy with them. Hrothmog also seems to approve (and fit in rather nicely). I attempted to add some more definition to the standard, by applying some wood grain. I like the results.

Now for the updated army shot. This is everything I have painted since September last year. So really 7 months of painting has given me this. Roughly about 2250 points worth of Dwarfs. Not bad I think!

All complete with their movement trays and everything. I feel very orgainsed this year. Now I just need to find the time for games!

What do you think? How long does it take you to paint a force?


Monday, 22 April 2013

Why is it that I can't just stay away?

Imperial Fists.

My third marine army.

My first army was Space Wolves circa 2nd edition, and a project Intend to one day get back to. I have all the old models still, plus a bunch of old limbs and shoulder pads, its one of my long long burning projects that may one day see light. But I get distracted.

My second marine army was the Blood Angels, circa 4th Edition. They were fun, and I was able to baptise the fresh new Apocolypse game with a Battle Company of these guys. Was fun. Then the 'new' codex came out. Saw the new models. Saw my models. Realised I would have to scrap everthing as I really liked the new models. Motivation for painting red at this stage was at an all time low. Eventually I sold the army and its motor pool (cept for a few choice bits).

Finally, the third army, Imperial Fists. I have attempted to paint Imperial Fists for a very long time. I think since 2nd Edition. I never got far. I was envious of all those wonderfully talented people with Imperial Fist armies, and I wanted to field my own set of yellow marines on the table top. Finally, after many failed experiments, and after the waning interest in Blood Angels, I did it. I painted some models I was proud to show people.

Here is the first squad I every did, led by that limited edition sgt.

2nd Squad and then a few characters.

This is one of the first models I did. This model alone is responsible for me in the early stages of painting to keep coming back to the Imperial Fists. A model I am proud of to this day. Based off Sicarius and a few extras, this inspired me to have small heraldric shields for all my characters, veterans and sgts.

Before I knew it, within a year I had made it to this.

Thats a lot of yellow. Finally to cap it off, I made a fellblade. I'll do another post sometime about the full journey, you can at least witness the finished piece.

This one exhausted my limited remaining stock of GW Golden Yellow. Now i was stuck. So I needed a new formula before I could proceed and declared I could do no more the Imperial Fists till then.

That didn't last as long as I thought.

Here I have a set of Sterguard I have wanted to do for a very long time. I usually get ideas and inspiration for projects years in advance and then just let the peices simmer for that appropriate motivation to strike. Last night, it struck for these guys. Let me know what you think.

A mixture of marks and limited edition figures makes this unit rather unique. Which is what I like. Inaddition its going to be fun to do their heraldry as well. The drum magazines are from Anvil Industries, and were very easy to use. Fit perfectly. All the other bits are from my bits box. The sculpted pads are a conscious choice for me, as this army I wanted no transfers, and to look like they are on an extended campaign in a ruined city. Hence all the trappings and such on all the models and tanks. I really like the feel of it. Plus they look awesome on the tabletop.

Hoping I can get to these ones soon, as I want to make more, though the Dwarf miners have precedence. What do you think?

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Hrothmog the unit filler

Greetings once again. Finished another model for your perusal, a unit filler for my miners. No I will start with this, I didn't come up with this idea. I did what all (bad) moddellers do, and that is copy someone else. A while ago, on the GW blog, a fellow by the name of Johnathan Hart had some of his Middenhiem army posted. I couldn't help but notice he had an awesome, old 1985 citadel ogre as a unit filler in the middle ofhis army. I saw it, I wanted it, I got it.

I liked it so much, I just copied his scheme as well. Such was its beauty. Here is the model in question.

Overall I am quite pleased with Hrothmog. When I picked him up off ebay, I got a bunch of other old ogre as well, so he may have some friends to join him. The only thing I was thinking of adding was a celtic knot tattoo on his exposed arm. But I wasn't very confident with such an intricate design on such a small and bumby surface. Maybe I'll come back to it.

Here he is doing what he does best, taking the place of 4 miners.

Now on to some miners!


Sunday, 14 April 2013

Painting competitions

Greetings once more, just finished something from my desk. 

The Bugman's Brewery has a monthly painting competition, which centers around a theme. If you win (by popular vote) you get to pick the theme next time, and the entry for this month is gold gold gold. So I had one of these old Citadel adventurers lying around, stuffing a bag full of gold, so thought I might have a go. I like having deadlines to complete models, as it adds that extra incentive, and plus competitions mean I can try new things I normally wouldn't. So here is my entry, let me know what you think.

 I quite liked how he turned out, especially the eyes. To be honest I usually don't bother with the eyes, but of late all the competition entires I have. Most of the time you don't see them (especially with Dwarfs), but with the close ups they get, I figure its worthwhile.

I also painted another model for another forum, The International Brotherhood of Hobbyists. This was an interesting challenge, as it had a 48hr deadline. Its was refreshing to be under the pump, and have that pressure to do a model in that time frame. Here is my entry for that, and old Dragon Slayer by Citadel.

For the blood, I use the Tamiya Clear Red. Works a treat, and I simply add a bit of black to darken the bood. Really great stuff. 

Some close ups of the Dragon eye. Very happy with how that turned out. Wanted to do something a bit more special than the usual. 

These are the only pieces I have done so far, but I am quite proud of them. I'm looking forward to the next competition, and maybe one day I might win one!


Brother Syth

Friday, 12 April 2013

An Introduction

Greetings, if indeed someone can greet another through such a medium. This will be my attempt to keep track of my exploits in the tabletop gaming world and I wanted a centralised place to show others what I have done, rather than doing the same via the many differing and great forums out there.

A little about myself firstly. I started, as I am sure most people started, by witnessing a game of Warhammer 40,000 2nd edition been played at my school. The imagry and modelling have stayed with me these many years and I still relish the time I have doing this great hobby. Warhammer 40,000 was my staple until 3rd edition came out. I then tried out Warhammer fantasy and found it to my liking. I regualry cross between the two systems and had even embarked into trying other game systems such as the old Warzone (which is now in resurgeance) and Bushido, but I also seem to come back to these GW games.

Of late I have been quite ennamoured with the 'oldhammer' scene and blogs, and it has been delightful to look on those old musty days with nostalgia. So much so, that I now trawl ebay looking for that nice rare lead gem from 1985!

Still, I have been painting models for awhile, and slowly believe my models may be passable one day. Currently I mainly focus on my Imperial Fists and ork Freebooterz for Warhammer 40k, and Darl Elves, old school Dwarfs and some new incoming Warrioros of Chaos for Warhammer Fantasy. I look forward to updating this blog with my latest projects, and leave you with the last models I have completed.

Brother Syth