Saturday, 22 May 2010


Not too much of an update - first Warg rider of four is done bar the basing - quick and easy paint job for him - they're not going to be display quality, just good enough to look effective on the tabletop.  Yarrick's on hold for a bit until I can get the enthusiasm to start on him again.  Kuffeh's Warrior Priest got me thinking about me doing some more to my pathetically incomplete Witch Hunter themed Empire army, and I painted up quite a decent test scheme on a Free Company soldier - I'll get some pictures of him up soon hopefully.

As for completed work, the only thing I have to show is this chap:

I've ditched the "brown" colour scheme as it just didn't look right, the black is much more effective I feel.  This was a reasonably quick paint job, again going for the tabletop, rather than display.

The black had only a couple of highlights, and the metalwork was washed a few times with Devlan Mud and Badab Black to get the"older" tarnished feel to it.  The flames weren't mixed at all, just layers of pure paint from red through to yellow.  The bone areas were Charadon Granite, Khemri Brown, Dheneb Stone, Skull White, with no mixing of paints.
The bad news is that I'm suffering a bit enthusiasm wise, it's proving quite tricky to motivate myself to paint.  I'm planning on taking some Crimson Fists to the GW store on Sunday and trying to get a game, hopefully that might help rekindle some enthusiasm...

Comments and criticism always welcome!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010


Sorry, got a bit carried away as my football team got to the playoff final last night...
So the librarian is done, and I'm really pleased with him - much easier to paint than I first thought, the only real hassle I had with him was the mould lines.  I know I've talked about it before, but we really are lucky these days with the relatively small amount of mould lines on the newer models, even if we do have to put up with hedgehogification...

The gauntlets work nicely in red, the only thing I'm not quite so happy with is the force sword - the green is OK, it's just not very inspiring - oh well.  

Photography-wise, I've tried to do as little fiddling with the images as possible - I've just spotted this on Massive Voodoo, so I'm going to be giving some new backgrounds a go at some point...

As always comments and criticism welcome!

Monday, 10 May 2010

Progress Report - Librarian and Yarrick

After a "tumultuous" week in British politics (seriously?), I have some progress to report.  The Warg Riders are undercoated, but before I embark on another "batch job", I decided to paint up a few individuals. The Multi-Melta armed Legion of the Damned marine is finished and will feature soon, when I get myself sorted out and build a proper light box for photos, with a decent backdrop.

Classic Crimson Fists Librarian
One of my favourite ever space marine models, I think the chunky gauntlets on this model make him an ideal candidate for the Crimson Fists.  As you can see this chap has been undercoated and I've pretty much finished the gold on him:
Gold recipe:
  • Tin Bitz
  • Devlan Mud wash
  • Burnished Gold
  • Shining Gold
  • Mithril Silver with hint of Shining Gold
I'm tempted to give this a wash of Gryphone Sepia to tone it down a little.  The rest of him will be painted in the standard scheme I've used on all my Crimson Fists.  Really not sure how to do the force sword though - any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Old Commissar Yarrick model
I bought this chap whenever he first came out (I dread to think how long ago that was), and he never got beyond 1/4 done, so he's been stripped of paint and I've started again:
I've only done the claw so far and I'm not totally happy with it, mostly because of the blocky top highlight on the smaller of the pincers, I'll have to blend that in better.  The idea with the claw is, because it's from an Ork, it's not going to be a bright red, and the internal workings are going to be rough and need a lot of grease to keep it going, hence the darker, dirtier colour.  I think it works.

The rest of the model will be black and silver, with gold and red (a little brighter than the claw) trim.

As always, comments and criticism welcome!

Monday, 3 May 2010


Long time no update - apologies for that, real life got in the way the last week or two, so haven't had the chance to photograph anything, let alone update the blog....

Anyway, the good news is that the Terminators are finished (finally!).  I thought painting these guys was fun initially, but all that blue got rather monotonous - they're done now though, and I've managed to get some pictures taken:

I'm really, really pleased with them - comparing them to the veteran sergeant a few posts below, it feels like I've made a fair bit of progress in quality and technique.  I've already posted pictures of the first one here, but here are some pics of the others:

(Obviously the assault cannon guy isn't that much bigger than the sergeant, I just have poor cropping skills...)

So I'm putting the blue down for a bit, next up is the original Commisar Yarrick model, a Legion of the Damned marine with Multi-melta (nearly finished) and some Warg Riders for War of the Ring.

In other news, I braved the wrath of the internet and posted Brother Captain Mortis on CoolMiniorNot (linky) - after 28 votes, he's standing at a not-to-be-sneezed-at 7.9, which I'm pretty damned chuffed about!  I thought he was a 7 at best - but apparently some other kind people disagree...

Some of the stuff on there by people like Artur and Bohun blows my mind, if someday I can get that good I will be a very happy man.

As always, comments and criticism welcome!