Monday, March 27, 2017

An Old Classic


We are back from Adepticon, and the long process of unpacking rebuilding the various work areas begins!  Many new projects await, and I can also get back into all the one which are well under way!

A lot of exciting things happened while we were there, including some fun spontaneous demos, talking about the oil paints, and even a side by side painting demonstration in the Trenchworx booth.


I have several new materials to try out, such as the new oil paint "sticks" from Mig AMMO, new Wild West Exodus figures, Eden miniatures and Historical figures from Footslogger.


Finally, with the help of generous friends from both north and south, the Facebook live broadcasts should look very different in the near future!  I think it will make them easier to see, and give me a host of new options to present the material (such as toggling back and forth between what I a painting and a blog post as reference).

I want those to be as informative as possible, so that people can get the most out of them!!

Stay tuned, and thanks to everyone who hung out with me, or tracked me down on my many forays around the convention.  That means a lot!


Friday, March 24, 2017

I'm in charge here!


At long last, time to show the finished winter American force from Bolt Action and Warlord Games!  These were painted primarily with oil paints.

I had never had a chance to paint winter theme armies for myself, so these are a real treat!  I love all the earth tones in the greatcoats and balancing that with the snow.


This video was an introduction to the oil paints:



This Facebook live video gives you a view at how some of the weathering powders and dried punched leaves were done:



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Foreign Legion


From Gorgon Studio we have a machine gun team for the French Foreign Legion!


There's an extensive range to choose from, with command figures, riflemen in sheepskin and anorac, etc.  And that it just one faction.  There are early war German, British and Norwegian forces as well.


You have seen some of those Norwegian figures here already, but more are on the way.  Since these will all be part of various Norway campaigns, the early war British and German armies will be shown here as well.

Here's a link to the page!  Be sure to check out the Anicents as well :-)



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Join The Herd


It just gets more Beastly with this batch from Mierce Miniatures!


As I have mentioned before, Mierce not only has an extensive range of creatures, within each range is an interesting variety of sizes.  You have infantry size such as these, but there are also units of large to very large 'infantry' as well.


I suppose this reminds me of my Lizardman army, which had small infantry, heavy and very heavy infantry.  Mierce takes that principle even further with some truly colossal sized infantry!


The regular infantry and even the monstrous infantry tend to be sold in groups of five, with champions, banners and so on.


These are all part of that same winter theme commission, so the basing and color schemes remain the same.


It can definitely be a challenge to blend this many different manufacturer's figures into one single army!


While the basing is probably the easiest thing to keep consistent throughout,  different companies have widely different ways of approaching how they scuplt certain common elements!  Certainly a challenge, especially when there's more than 5 different companies involved.


Monday, March 20, 2017

When in Rome


Once I saw the mosaic tile texture rollers from Green Stuff World, I knew that I had found just the right basing for this guy!


I had some fun with the gold NMM, mixing in the fluorescent yellow in with the purples and greens to make it as bright and intense as possible.


It's important to have that ultra high contrast when doing gold, and not just light vs dark.  You also need to have plenty of contrast with the color temperatures and intensity.  So, placing the greenish gray in the shadow areas makes the highlights even more noticeable and "shiny".

I did one of my kickstarter painting videos on this subject, since I get asked so many questions about it!


He's also here:



Sunday, March 19, 2017

We shall repent!


The Grim Dark returns with another Repentia from my Sisters of Battle army.


I do remember one game from years ago when I had a line of twenty of these, led by a Mistress, that marched towards some Chaos marines.  They never did go psycho, which I had counted on to close the gap more rapidly.


I think the idea was to also have Inquisitor Karamazov and some Penitent Engines as well, kind of an all insane army theme :-)


She's also here:



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Panzer Zug II


The tank forces are building for the push through the Ardennes as a PZ 38t joins the Early War PZ 4 and Hanomag.  These experiments in Dunklegrau have taken place a few months apart, which means that the materials used have changed quite a bit.

These vehicle kits are all from the Warlord Games line.  


I had only just started using the Mig AMMO oil products when I painted the PZ4 and the transport.  It's interesting to see how much that has evolved in such a short period of time!


The Czech tank leads the charge.  Another is coming too, a PZ 35t.  It's interesting to think that such vehicles were the majority of the German medium armor at that time, with just a handful of Panzer Fours available.


An early war Panzer 3 is also in the works, which will probably be painted in a Facebook live broadcast.  There's also a few Opel Blitzes to go with these heavier vehicles.


The PZ 38t is the most recent of the group, painted in one of those Facebook live sessions:



On that vehicle, I did some experiments painting with weathering powders mixed with rubbing alcohol.  The idea is to turn the powders into a wash to apply it, but then remove most of the pigments once it is dry.


I just discovered some interesting brushes that would make this process a lot easier, so I look forward to experimenting with that!


My plan is to paint one of each type of vehicle and artillery piece that was involved in the France '40 campaign, so go along with all the troops that have been painted, so that I can build the rest of the terrain and begin doing battle reports!


I didn't think that I would have quite this much fun with the Dunklegrau color scheme, but once I read about how that paint job was supposed to work, I thought it would be interesting.  Apparently that concept was that the vehicles would "self camouflage", or literally pick up bits of their environment such as dust, mud, etc.

This would make the tanks blend in to their surroundings, since the tank itself was neutral grey.


The idea was not terribly successful, especially in the desert or in winter!  Plus, the "camo" had a tendency to wash off in heavy rains!


Stay tuned for much more, including those facebook live painting sessions!