How to Make Yourself Crazy…

Today I felt motivated to crank out some serious terrain. These are the RYZA pattern walls from GW. They were affordable, relatively speaking, and I like them. They do present difficulties integrating into other terrain, I found, but that’s probably subjective.

I may incorporate this into a permanent integral board, and I wanted it to look great. It took a while, but I’m pretty much down to details and more precise weathering.

Onto the airbrush-shaded basecoat I put a ring of red onto the walls and chipped it all over. Actually, I did the red over the chipping. I chose to pursue a certain look rather than cleave strictly to realism.

TOP TIP: Chipping was achieved in the small spaces with a sponge held in a forceps. An old fishing tool which serves a lot of useful purposes!

An odd metallic color I mixed up. Gunmetal, black paint, olive paint, black ink, green ink!

This took hours. Every silver metallic surface got covered. I think I did finally discover them all! There are a few hiding in the picture above.

Then everything got a teal black wash.

Finally, I painted all the bronze metals. I mixed another wash of black & brown inks & worked that over the metals, letting it slop onto the grey painted areas but not specifically targeting them

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I’m happy with the use of my time. It wasn’t exactly fun, but I got through it and the walls look cool.

I’ll detail the little nubbins, maybe throw a few highlights on, and I’ll be happy.

But what should I do with them?

Hive City Ruins

I wanted to make a little board for taking photographs and testing terrain ideas.

This is going to be a ruined urban environment with large cheap plastered buildings.

I’ll add some more levels to give the forces of the Imperium more opportunities to look cool.

This will be a playable piece, although it has a definite orientation. It would serve well as a defensible position added off the side of a larger, more open map. Should be fun for narrative games!

[Foams at the Mouth]

Get ready for a slobberknocker!

I wanted this marine to look pretty much like the classic high school terrorist from every such movie ever.

All Conference linebacker, already has a scholarship to State next year. Dumb as a brick, while you’re on the waitlist with a 4.6 GPA!

He’s got that robust brutality of the heartland.

Always charging forward. Never thinking about the consequences.

Destined to peak too soon.

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Here’s how I did it.

I painted him up using far more ruddy skintones than I have anywhere else in this group. Most look almost zombified, but this fellow could make the Ultramarines swimsuit calendar.

Bit of ink, very thin. It needs a good while to fully dry between layers.

Blue on the jawline and the shaved portion of the head.

Red on the scars, cheeks, and nose.

Yellow on the forehead.

And some red hair because it looks cool.

Happy hobbying.

Anybody Got a Knife?

I had never painted a power weapon before today.

It’s technically a zenophase blade from the Deathwatch, but it’s blue, so now it’s a regular old power…

…well, I deliberately modeled it about halfway between an axe and a sword, which are two weapon options in Heralds of Ruin.

The arm is a great one from the Tempestus Scions box, topped off with the zenophase blade.

Charrrrrrge!

Here comes a big dumb ox.

I’m liking the patinated bronze on his censors.

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I don’t really need this fellow for my team, but I’m resolved to paint what I want (most of the time, anyway) rather than fill my hobby with a sense of obligation. It’s too easy to get into the mentality of ‘working,’ which isn’t what I mean to do with my free time. I try to paint with purpose, yet free from any self-imposed pressure.

That said, these gaming figures provide a great place to practice the skills of more technically refined pieces. I’m trying to paint faces, as well as many nubbins & doodads, to my display standard. I can practice textures on leather, cloth, and other materials. If nothing else, the effort put into conversions warrants the care.

The more tabletop features of the minis (e.g. wash-based shading on the green armor, flat pure reds, simple metals, lack of edge highlighting in most places) are intended to serve as a kind of uniform and neutral canvas to display the individualized elements of the conversions themselves.

My goal is to create an army that looks almost as if it’s painted to a display standard, without devoting the time needed to glaze perfect blends into every pauldron. And since I’m far from an expert blender, that keeps things moving and keeps me sane!

Ultimately I can live with imperfections, keep new projects flowing across my desk, and share my painting with others on the gaming table, while still creating minis I’m proud of. Kill Team has definitely been a great spur to creativity and productivity! I hope your team is coming along nicely.

Demon Hunters

Everyone’s favorite demon-smiting magic spacemen have entered the Chapel!

I’ve been plugging away at these behind the scenes, on the off chance that Tom checks the blog! These are a gift for him. I don’t have the time for my usual conversions and so on, because Tom needs his troops and fast!

Four are straight out of the box, but they’re still a real pain to assemble. Really strange set of parts in there, to be honest!

The justicar, the leader of the team, has got a converted warding stave, a Deathwatch =I= shoulder pad to match the Grey Knights pad on the left, and a cool little standard from the GK terminators box. He also has a face for extra awesome.

Hopefully I can turn this project around soon. Never painted Grey Knights before, but they seem super easy to get to a decent standard.

As my mother always says, famous last words…

All Glory to the God Emperor

I’ve finished the conversion of the intercessor sergeant.

I’m trying to use a pronounced upward sweep in the conversion to draw the attention from the gruesome scene below to an ecstatic vision beyond the tiny world of the base. When we look directly at the face it will put us in the shoes of the God Emperor. I freakin’ love stuff like this.

He’s supposed to have a sort of Saint George vs. the dragon or avenging Saint Michael feel. All these Dark Angels are heavily medieval-ized, and this one is almost a little icon.

He’s carrying his own tolling bells behind him, as he prefers to hunt his enemies with his power sword and makes no effort to conceal his approach.

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In my kill team, he’ll primary be tasked with farming command points from the back line and stabbing the life out of anything that charges my heavy hitters. I’ve given him the assault bolt rifle so he can get the extra shots as he advances around at range. Well, and the arm looked just right.