Wednesday 12 February 2020

Potter Hog

Seems that I've gone down a new rabbit hole. From moments comment, something was created, and I've run with that and started on something new. The comment 'Dumblehog'... what if Dumbledore was Hedgehog, and so something new has been create. A few pencil sketch, to now something more firm, and a template for more images.

Also, I took the opportunity to do a version of me in my Tweed suit.

Thursday 12 December 2019

Da Red Gobbo

Games Workshop have been running a little competition, where you create a wish list and tell them what you love and why you should win. So seeing some other entries I was inspired to do a little art based on the Red Gobbo, maybe I'll win something, but mostly it was just a nice drawing exercise.
Please, if you stumble across this page, do feel free to print these out and give your little Gobbo's some alternative colouring. There is a example at the bottom of the page. Happy colouring.

Saturday 30 November 2019

Adeptus Titanicus - Pallidus Mor Banners

Now while I don't mind painting banners, with Titans, it seems like there are a lot to paint. Banners for the Titan, banners for the weapons, banners between the legs. So to save me a bit of hobby time, I've put a few together in a image package I have on my tablet. I've yet to test them, but the few that I did print out seemed to work out okay. At the moment I'm think the weapon banners need to be about 140px (pixels) to fit the scale, but I'll revise this as I do some test.

The image above was the first test I did, its take from the Pallidus Mor image you can find online and merged with a 'Griffins' banner that I found. It worked okay, so I moved on a bit and came up with the next set. Which as you can see I've tried to give them a background image to fold the paper behind, then did the same with some weapon banners that I found. All this while trying to make each banner a bit different, with changes in the number of markings.
After this I started working on some plan banners for the Titans, while adding some more for the weapons, replicating the image be changing them a little.

Then finally with the ones below, I've added some text, also with a little variation. Though they work rather well, I still have some more work to do with them in order to make each one unique.

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Adeptus Titanicus - Pallidus Mor

Seems that I've got into Games Workshops re-release of a title back from the 80's, which is pretty much when I got into board gaming, miniatures and RPG. This one is Adeptus Titanicus, something that before I had a clear-out I still had a few bits of. The rules are fundamentally different to the old rule set, while the background is still based in the Horus Heresy. The main thing that would be noticed is that the models are to a 8mm scale, rather than the 6mm of the original. When you look back at the minis, that size seemed very flexible.
I've adopted a old Legio that also dates back to those old mini's, though the information was scarce. But I've just recently listen to a audio book of the Legio most famous battles, with their whole attitude to how they recruit and train being key in my decision.
I've managed to get enough Titan's built and painted in a short time to enable me to have a decent sized Legio. though I have about the same again in boxes ready to get built further. I did concentrate on getting the Reaver titans painted up first, as they are my favorite of the models. Having got a airbrush from my wife at Christmas helping me speed the painting up a lot, though I still haven't managed to master using it fully.

This is the first titan I got painted up 'Anathema Tenebris',Dark Trooper. Who's stood upon the remains of a original epic Warhound.

I decided on a green Nurgle theme for the old Warhound.

The second is 'Tenebris Venandi' Dark Hunter, who I got mostly painted up. So I added some extra detail.

I also build a 'Warp Missile' from some spares as GW don't currently have a sprue with one on.

Once I got my eye in for how I wanted the Titans to look, I painted up 'Tenebris Opera Dissipantis', Dark Destroyer. Generally I use this one as the leader of Legio so the princeps. As per the other Titans, all the Legios art work is hand painted. Though I have used a few general transfers on them to add some clearer detail to the Titans.

Then we have the Warhound class titans, 'Lupus Ultori', Avenging Wolf.

With some alternative weapon options via magnets.

Then 'Lupus Irasatur', Angry Wolf.

And alternative weapon options.

Whole Legio together.

I've also been working on some Knights, but I'll add those in another post.

The Dark Destroyer with alternative weapons via the help of some magnets.

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Flings, Fling

Now, I'm not the fastest painter, nor do I claim to be the best. But it would seem that some people like what I do. In this case, so much so that I've gained a new friend, Robin. We met as you sometimes do in the 21st Century, on Facebook after he was selling some old miniatures. Turns out that he also has a love of the old Halfling Blood Bowl team, in particular, the style that I've painted mine. At the time I was look for some Skaven (ratmen) to increase the models I had so that I could start a Skaven team of my own. So in exchange of the Skaven he had, I said I would paint him some Halflings and he'd send me the minis. Though I did warn him, I'm slow, and I paint in waves. 6 months later, I've finally finished. I don't know the team name, I'll add it once Robin has decided, but they are done and posted yesterday. Painted in a style similar to my 'Fondant Fancies', but with something a bit different so they are not just a clone of what I did before. Even the Treemen are painted in 2 different styles, with one just a light brown/sand and a Earthshade wash. Then the other one is also brown/sand base, but with ink washes in 2 different colours.
I hope they bring him years of enjoyment, it was nice to paint the little guys again.


Thursday 2 August 2018

It's All For Charity Mate!

Sometimes I paint stuff not just for myself, but also for a charity auction. This weekend 3/4/5 August in Bognor there will be a Blood Bowl weekend, with auctions and other events going to charity. Its called Thrudball and organised by a chap named Andy and some other guys who's names escape me. But Andy did ask if I'd be happy painting a few models for him, as its for charity I agreed.
First one is a fat Ratman produced by Impact! Miniatures named Glart Smash-n-Rip if you interest in owning one of your own. Lovely sculpt, and very true to the image that I remember from Blood Bowl second edition. So I was looking forward to painting him, though he is made of resin, which so far, I hate painting.

This resin was a bit easier than some I've painted, having washed him soapy water first, and then priming him with Vallejo Air surface primer (70 600). I chose a base colour for him of Elf grey (from my 80's orginal citadel paint collection) and then gave him a wash of Agrax Earthshade and Nuln Oil. These gave him a nice fetted look, more unwashed and unkept Ratman. After this, it was just a mass dry brush of more Elf Grey, simple by effective.

As you can see above, I've added some other details into this mini. First was picking out some flesh on the Ratman, so the toes, palms of hands, tail, scar, mouth, nose, eyes, and ears where painted with Coat d'arms Dwarven Flesh (124) and then washed with Ink Wash Flesh (133). You can follow the link to this and get them from Black Hat Miniatures, where I get all my paints now. After this, the skin was highlighted with some more Dwarven Flesh, and a few touches added round the body to give a hairless feel to some of it. The rest is just dark red, with a light red highlight, white pads and silver items where needed. Anything leather is a dark brown, washed with Agrax, and then highlighted with a ligher brown. Then after a satin varnish, you get your finished Glart.

 Along with Glart, I also painted up a Werebear, this chap too was from Impact. Just follow the link if you want to own one of your own.
Again he was washed in soapy water, then based coated with Vallejo white primer. The base colour for him this time was Citadel Dryad Bark, then some tests with 2 highlights. First was Gorthor Brown, but I decided it wasn't strong enough, so followed up with a Ratskin Flesh. But in some areas I didn't think that was strong enough and added Troll Slayer Orange. His armour I wanted to give a bronze look, so this is a base coat of 80s Citadel Shining Gold, then a wash of Biel-Tan Green and Druchii Violet.