Saturday, 30 July 2011
The test colours proved useful, I am definitely not going to paint all their beards the traditional bright orange. I tried it on the engineer and it just does not appeal to me. I think I will go for a mix of browns and blondes, ignoring the fluff.
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
As well as looking back, I have also been planning ahead. In the short term I intend to add reinforcements to my dwarf army, including the lovely AOW berserkers. I have also made a good start on my Nurgle chaos marines and am hoping to keep to my squad per month commitment. Looking further ahead, I think I have decided on what to do for my upcoming anniversary (20 years of Warhammer hobby in just over a year's time). It's quite ambitious, a complete army in fact, so I will have to get started in the autumn. Maybe.
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Taken from the latest White Dwarf, here's the new releases for the Vampire Counts army. The first two pictures show the options available in the Zombie Dragon box, including the new monster called the Terrorgeist. Two different riders make this a tempting prospect, hopefully the spare will be compatible with a plastic steed.
Pick of the bunch for me is the Garden of Morr scenery set. The potential in this set looks amazing. Coupled with the Chapel, this would make a fantastic centrepiece for a Vampire Counts themed piece of terrain. I will definitely be ordering this one!
Finally, there's two new plastic blisters in the cairn wraith and tomb banshee models. There are rumours that these are now hero choices rather than rare, which would be a return to the old style rules from the Undead army book from the early 1990's. It's been many years since I played a Vampire Counts army. Suddenly, I feel very nostalgic!
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
The majority of the box are made up as a unit of 21 slayers, deployed 7 x 3. There are actually just 19 in the unit but it's pretty simple to stick 3 on a 40mm base and sneak it into battle! In their debut game the slayers faced chaos warriors. Though they were keen to get to grips with the dragon ogres or giant, they ended up fighting Khorne warriors. I feared for the shaven ones, but they managed to hold their own, admittedly partly due to some woeful dice on the chaos side of the table. Still, a unit of Khorne warriors was a very impressive first scalp, though I think they got a bit carried away when they charged a unit of Chosen. They did manage to take down about half the unit before finally returning to their ancestors. Now I just have to paint them all.
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Thursday, 7 July 2011
The first squad of Death Guard painted for my Nurgle Chaos Marines army. These are mostly plastics from the chaos marines box, one of the flamer armed guard is a metal model.
I tried out some new techniques on this squad. The models were primed black, then painted in chainmail. Then I applied some elementary shading in a black/brown wash. Then I painted the models browns and oranges, to emulate rusted metal. At this stage I gave them all a coat of Klear floor polish to act as a varnish.
The next stage was the radical bit, as I sprayed them with hairspray. About an hour later I painted over a pale cream colour on all the armour bits. When this had dried, I took a few old splayed brushes, dipped them in warm water, and scrubbed off the pale cream. The warm water dissolves the underlying hair varnish, leaving a very nice random scratched effect. Then I glazed the armour with Gryphone Sepia to give this mellow yellow armour. Then it was back to more conventional painting methods as I picked out the remaining details.
It's a technique used by military armour modellers, google "AFV hairspray technique" for dozens of articles and tips. I believe it's also covered in the Forgeworld painting manual. I will be using it again on the rhino for this squad, a subject better suited to the technique, though I am pretty happy with the way it has turned out on painting the individual squad members.
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Eagle eyed viewers will notice that I have slightly cheated here. Three of the dwarfs are stood on a 40mm base, in effect giving me an extra model, which is very useful because I will almost certainly deploy them 7 wide in 3 ranks.