Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Chaos Cultist WIP #2

Time flies once again!  I am always surprised when the next Tuesday rolls around.  This week I was able to get a start on the WH 40k chaos cultist.  I did the majority of the work on the head, although I think I'll add a bit of nurgle iconography and some weather/blood to the hood. It's a bit out of focus, but you get the idea.

The latest Newbold Challenge deadline is coming up October 31st.  Get your entries in while you can!  It's a great cause.  I'll be submitting my hound.

Wyrd has brought back their Rotten Harvest contest as well.  The deadline for this is the 31st as well, I believe. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Completed Hound of Judgement

Well, it took me a bit longer than anticipated, but I finally finished up the hound.  The base was left intentionally plain as the guy I am painting it for has some static grass across all his bases and I left that last part of the basing to him.  The insignia on the flank of the hound was one of his design and again is present across all the units in his army--I think it is pretty cool looking. I tried to add a bit of flesh color to the white--it's tough to capture in the pic and will be next to impossible to see on the gaming table, but I know it's there. :)

This past weekend was a very good one for competition miniature painting.  The Polish competition, Hussar 2013, is done and dusted.  The quality there looks outstanding by all accounts.  Congrats to Stefan Johnnson for the win!

Martin Goumaz (Dreamit Miniatures) took home the Slayer Sword with a wonderful skeleton at the Italian GW.  Much controversy ensued, but it does often after each GW... Congratulations, Martin!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Hound WIP #2

Unfortunately, it has been a busy work at work this past week.  That, in combination with a sick child at home, has cut into my painting this past week.  I was able to get some more work done on the hound.  The base is nearing completion.  The yellow/red on the shield is a bit vibrant yet, so I will weather it a bit and I am planning on adding an arrow or two to the base and perhaps a bit of static grass to match the other bases in this guy's army.  I am hoping to get some work done on the skin as well as a bit of freehand, but I have a lot of family coming in this week, so we shall see...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Congratulations, best wishes, and a bit of WIP

First off, congratulations to David Soper on winning the Slayer Sword at the UK Games Day.  He won with a beautiful Scourges diorama that he had been working on for years.  I really like David's style of painting, but more importantly to me, his painting methodology, which I think is similar to mine (he just does it a lot better!).  He won his first Slayer Sword in 1990.  He took a few years off, like so many of us do, when real life, careers, and family come to the forefront and hobbies like painting take a back seat.  He returned to the miniature world and has steadily improved.  He is a meticulous and methodical painter.  The scourge project literally has been years in the making.  He started on it, shelved it for a while, and finally returned to it this year.  I have a few such projects myself; started at some point, but then my interest waned for one reason or another and they have sat for years waiting for the return of the muse.

It encourages me that perhaps in the future, I'll get remotivated on some of these to finish them up.  If you have not been to David's site, you can find it at http://sproketsmallworld.blogspot.com/

Additionally, I'd like to congratulate one of my followers here on the my little blog, Avicenna, for his Golden Demon as well for a stunning rendition of Radagast the Brown in the LoTR category.  Well done, man!  His pics can be found at the Jolly Bodgers blog at http://www.jollybodgers.com/

Next off, I wish the best for the thousands of US government employees and the millions of others that depend on government subsidy for basic needs affected by the shutdown today--I hope our leaders can get together and resolve this quickly...

I started up a Reaper Warlord piece for an fellow at the LGS.  He is trying to put together an army by early November.  He does fantastic freehand, and like me, wants his pieces to be more than "tabletop" standard.  He has typically been a character painter, and I believe this is his first army project.  I offered to paint up one of the solo pieces in his army.  He graciously accepted and I picked out the Hound of Judgement that belongs to the Crusader faction.  I am keeping the colors in line with the army colors, which are blue and white, with black and green accents.  This is fairly early on yet, but you can see I've started the blends/OSL in addition to the base coat colors blocked in, as well as some basic colors for the base as well.