I started a few testers for Deadzone last week in the form of some enforcers, and unfortunately just couldn’t find a scheme that I was happy with for them. Luckily one of them caught my eye as the perfect colours for the Teratons that have been sitting in a case for a few weeks, so I got cracking into them…
I decided to try out some salt masking on these guys as I wanted a very used look to their armour and I think it came out very nicely. To do this I followed these steps:
1. I painted the whole model with a 2:1 mix of Doombull Brown and Trollslayer Orange
2. Applied a coat of hairspray(just bog standard cheap stuff) and before it was dry sprinkled some salt over the areas I wanted chipping.
3. Once the previous coat was dry I airbrushed over a coat of Rakkarth Flesh, followed by a lighter spray of Menoth White Highlight
4. I applied a good amount of warm water over the models and let them sit for five minutes, I then went over them with a brush carefully removing the salt.
5. Finally I applied highlights with White Scar, focusing on catching the bottom of each chip.
Next up will be the flesh, which as you can see in the image of the guards I’ve already got an idea of where I want to go with it, good old turquoise :D. Not only did I have the team to do, also lots of extras…
I also thought I’d get some use out of the prize I received from the recent Dreadball tournament by making him into the Coach for the Teratons, which I’ll be doing with Gabe as well(for the Zee’s once I get back to them :))
The release of Deadzone is right around the corner and I’m getting really excited :D. It looks like its gonna be a lot of fun, miniature wise and rules wise, with a good amount of stuff coming out with the first wave; http://www.manticgames.com/mantic-shop/pre-order/deadzone.html. I unfortunately did not get in on the Kickstarter :(, which in retrospect would have meant another pile of minis to paint rather than a steady flow ;). From the look of things its the enforcers I’m gonna start off with (until either the Forge Fathers or the Asterions, they look awesome), and thought the best place to start is the boxgame although that may not be until the end of December. Due to this I wanted to at least get something done and had a few enforcers lying about(thanks to a competition on Tales of a Tabletop Skirmisher)…
Gonna use these chaps as testers for a few colour schemes and once I’ve settled I’ve got another five to add to that. Should keep me going until I can get my hands on the big box of awesomeness
Well, I couldn’t resist these cheeky wee monkeys :D. I’ve always been a fan of playing the ‘funny’ teams shall we say. I’m into gaming for the enjoyment, the story and the general banter that you get from it, not for the win or the competition. I think the Zee’s are going to be a great laugh to play with and lead to some very funny situations :). I’ve only got some base colours on the minis at present and here’s how they are looking…
I decided to go for a colour scheme I had used on my old Tyranids, Hive Fleet Urb-Nri, which as you may be able to tell (from the name or the colours) is based off of a famous Scottish beverage. As such the working name for these guys is currently the Irn Brusrz
I managed to pick up a metal Trollblood Battlegroup for a pretty good price, and as with Warmachine, thought it the best place to start my Trollblood force.
Impalers & Axer
These guys are chunky but sufficiently pinned to the gills :D. Looking forward to painting these, as it will be interesting trying to get the flesh colour right :/
Captain Allister Caine
Added the final touches to this wonderful chap, and now have my first warcaster ready to rock. As I stated previously I have loved painting this miniature up, it was a great sculpt with just the right amount of details so as not to overload the miniature, but to still have some interesting bits here and there. With the rest of the starter box finished off now all I need to do is find an adult to teach me how to play
Captain Allister Caine
Captain Allister Caine
My first 3 Warjacks are now ready for battle, I just need to finish off the Warcaster to lead them :D.
I decided on a couple of things I wanted to do with these guys before starting and think they stick to them pretty closely. I wanted to make sure they looked used and a wee bit grimy. I don’t think steam engines and warfare will mean a clean piece of kit :). I also wanted to make them look a bit more larger than life and closer to what appears in the artwork, hence the heat coming from the engine and exhausts. I’m toying with adding some plumes of smoke to them to further this link to the artwork, either using clump foliage painted up or some resin cinematics I’ve seen on the interwebs. I think I’ll make up a tester with the clump foliage and see how it looks. The last think I wanted was some funky looking bases, which since they are resin, was very easy to capture but the addition of the leaves adds that extra wee touch of character that I was looking for.
Anyway enough of me blabbering, here’s some pictures :D…
The hit follow up to My Fisrt Warcaster :D. No, much more exciting than that is my first miniature for Hordes. Since I was starting a Warmachine force I figured that I should get a Hordes force as well :). After having a look through whats on offer and almost going for Skorne(Giant monster elephant rhinos, that’s freakin awesome!), I settled on the Trollbloods. These guys were just oozing character and some of the Dire Trolls look incredible.
With that I scoured ebay for a good deal on a Warlock to start me off and ended up with this guy…
Seems I like the whole Gunslinger look quite a lot
This is by far one of my favorite models ever and has been so much fun to paint, so much so that I’ve already zipped through painting him to the point where hes nearly done
Alister Caine Front
Alister Caine Back
I’m really pleased with the Jacket, particularly the yellowy/gold trim on the back. The colours came out looking great and the it gives him enough to tie him in with the Jacks I’m painting.
All I need to do now is a few touches to his hair, the cloth round the neck, the “magic bullets” and the base
Been asked by a few folk how the threat markings on the Gamma Slammers was achieved and felt the easiest way to show people would be to put together a wee tutorial.
So first up here’s the supplies I used:
Clear Hex, Chaos Black, Mechanicus Standard Grey, Codex Grey, Tau Light Ochre, Yriel Yellow & Skull White
Before I continue I will state I use a wet pallet, which means if you don’t I’d recommend watering down the colours slightly during each step. Anyway onto the first coat, which is just staright black over the threat area. You may need a couple of coats to get a flat black.
The next stage is adding the base of the stripes. I do this by eye, which can leave them a little uneven in places, but there are many masking tapes out there that would be perfect for getting it just right. I used Tau Light Ochre to paint three stripes on each hex facing(again, a couple of coats may be needed)…
It’s then on to some highlighting. I painted Yriel yellow onto the right(as you’re looking at the hex) and top of each of the lines leaving a little of the base colour showing through on the bottom left corner.
Following this I mixed a wee bit of white into the yellow and added another small highlight in the right top corner of each stripe…
With that the yellow is done. Now is a good time to go back with the black and clean up any slippages or uneven lines. Then its a similar method to highlight the black. A line of Mechanicum Standard Grey was painted down the right and along the top of each of the black lines…
And to finish it off a wee bit of Codex Grey was painted in the top right corner…
And there you have it. That’s how I painted the threat markings for the Slammers
Progress has been moving steadily on the Cygnar warjacks. These guys seem to be working as an experiment batch, with me trying out a few new things on them at once.
My local retailer recently started too stock P3 paints, so I decided to get some and see what they’re like, as I’ve only ever really used the Citadel range. I got a couple of the blues (Cygnar Base & Cygnar Highlight) and some whites(Menoth Base & Menoth Highlight) to try out on these chaps and I was pleased with the result. They are a little thinner in consistency than most of the Citadel range, which I tend to water those down anyway, so it meant I could take it straight from the bottle.
I also wanted to try out some rusty battle damage, as I want to eventually do a fair bit of weathering on these guys. I’ve still a wee bit of work to do on whats they’re at the moment, as it seems a little too clean. What’s there was done by added patches of Doombull Brown, with a wee bit of added Trollslayer Orange, erratically with a brush. Then carefully highlighting the lower edges with Cygnar Blue Highlight, and mixing in some Menoth Highlight for at least 2 other smaller sections of highlighting.
I’m very happy with how they’re looking so far….