Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Greatsword WIP

Updates have been sparse here and sadly, I don't have a very good reason. I got most of the way though those five Guardsmen before realizing the other night that I would never get them finished because I'm not at all interested in the models themselves.

Instead of dragging my feet over these models (I kept telling myself that I would do something else when they were done) I decided to put them on a shelf and move on. I had been looking through last month's White Dwarf and looking at all of the new Empire models and I remembered how I almost did an Empire army two years ago when I started collecting my Wood Elves. A little ebay-ing later and I had myself the command group to a unit of Greatswords.

Here's my first WIP:

I still have some work to do but I think I can finish this mode tonight. Yellow and purple are new colors for me so they might look a little flat until I can figure out how to highlight them but overall I'm really pleased with how this guy is turning out.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Few Painting WIPs

The newest White Dwarf showed up in my mailbox yesterday and after looking through it I was inspired to put paint to models. Not much, mind you, but it's a start. Hopefully putting up photos will get my motivated to do more.

These guys have had some paint on them for a while. Last night I did the green armour and gun casings - they're just waiting for a quick highlight and the armour and cloth will be done.

From The Warp posted up an interesting little tutorial today about painting stubble - I think I'm going to give it a go on some of these guys.

This guy has a lot more work left in him. Last night I finished the basecoat of red and then gave him a light wash with Badab Black to bring some shading and depth to the basecoat. The next step here is going to be building up towards Blood Red.

In an odd coincidence, the model I'm basing the scheme off of was done by an 'Heavy Metal painter who was profiled in White Dwarf this month. There wasn't much information about how he did it (Blood Red over black was about as in depth as they went) but looking at his model made me want to paint mine.

Monday, June 1, 2009

May Summary

Overall May was a pretty big failure for me hobby wise.

Painting for Points
I did finish off my Drop Pod this month but a lot of that work was done in April. Since the drop pod I've put base coats on five Guardsmen and one Marine but haven't gotten any further than that on anything. Total points for the year: 52.

New Model Fund
I started this May with $48.90. I had to buy an army transport to get me to Games Day ($62.99), some paints ($10.00) and some bases ($16.00), which left my find at $-40.09. However, my days of borrowing on credit in preparation for Games Day are over so I shouldn't be having these negative numbers anymore.

My find for June stands at $9.91 and I don't have any plans to purchase anything this month. I have tons of Guard models to assemble and paint as well as the Marine, plus a shelf full of other single models and units.

The only models on my current want list are the Regimental Advisors blister.

image from Games Workshop

The Master of the Fleet and Master of Ordnance are two very nice models and I think their faces would be a really good challenge for me. I'm going to hold off on purchasing these guys until I've finished at least one platoon of Guardsmen but probably longer.

Thanks to everyone who left suggestions about painting that red - I haven't made a start yet but you've all given me a lot to think about.