So after 2/3 months of helping do up a house around working full time I am now finally reaping the rewards and have a much bigger and dedicated hobby area. It felt great to get building and painting models again after so long. I have a massive list of projects that I have fallen behind on but now I can get cracking into them.
New working area with James May looking suave on the tele
It is no where near as clean as that now sadly but progress is being made on two of the projects.
First up is my 1980’s US Army for Team Yankee. Decided to go for Butlers Printed Models for the bulk of the forces. The M1’s I am not 100% sure where I got those however they are metal. Minimal clean up on the 3D printed stuff and they are awesome quality for the price. I would recommend them to anyone looking for cheap 15mm modern-ish forces.
Some progression on the US, green isnt the NATO green that was used but in the table it wont matter. Going for the camo below (pic from Battlefront)
My other new pet project is Necromunda v2.0 or Shadow War as it is known. I loved Necromunda growing up so I was super excited to see this. Not having a massive amount of time to spend builting and painting a custom force just now I have opted for Grey Knights. Inital army comp is 4 models and going for a close combat style that is amazingly stupid in 2nd ed 40k rules but I am a Space Marine and the Emperor Protects.
And finally the list of shame. Two commissions at the top, although I am doing them for free to try out new techniques so unsure if they can be classed as commissions.
Hopefully back to more regular posting, I do have some more Dropfleet and Dropzone stuff to throw out there as well as a BloodBowl team on the way so expect some new things as well as revisiting some old projects.
So I can now say 100% without a shadow of a doubt that I hate any aspect of commision painting. It just sucks all the fun out of it. I find myself sitting at night looking at the model and making excuses to not work on it. Exactly the same way I feel about going to the gym or eating healthy actually. As such progress has been slow but the dread of the looming deadline has spurred me into action so a few shots below.
These are all basic base colours with no highlights except the blue on the armour. Still quite a ways to go. Last pic I was bery tired so its a little blurry but its the most up to date.
On the Hawk side of things I am the proud owner of 2 New York class Battleships and a Diamond Battleship. They will be magnatised to allow for the other variants to be used. Currently still in the packagaint until I can finish the Primarch. I am allowing for zero distractions.
One thing I did do on my nightshift week to change the pace a little is to start on altering some Magic cards. This is something I always wanted to do and it is much harder than I initially expected. Very different from my painting between the lines on a model.
Above is my first attempt, as you can see I copped out and didnt do anything with the lower part of the card. I have since rectified this and am now painting a Golgari symbol in there.
This is the initial sketch with green pencil, going to repaint it black then do an airbrush stencil and try it that way.
This is my second alter. One of my all time favourite lands. Below is how it looked originally (digital image) and also a before/after but with the before having a little base coat on it.
Overall I am happy with the Island alter, I have a few more planned but its just getting the time. From start to finish it can be done in 2 hours (or 2 Daredevil eppisodes) so its quick and fun. Definitly something you will see more of on this collection of inane ramblings.
Yet more old models come to the fore. When I first saw previews for this model, even though I had taken a step back from 40K and gaming in general, I knew I had to have it. And so I made my pre order at my FLGS and it was everything I had hoped for and more. It just oozes imtimidation, nothings says “dont fuck with me” like a massive chainsword.
Some time went by and I decided to paint it up in a very generic AdMech colour scheme with a little Imperial Fists thrown in for good measure. It has languished in a KR Case for a while now, painted but with no transfers on it. It finally has those now and just a little more work on the base will see this monster complete.
Full on frontal
Named him Khan after the greatest Star Trek villan of all time, (very badly) hand painted banner
In other news I made a little progress with Operation Panzer. The drybrushing is now finished. Next up is the decals then onto the weathering.
Pre and post drybrushing
March of the Panzers
I will need to get a move on as these guys have their first game one week today.
So I seen an app on my adventures through WordPress that you imout your paint collection into and it helps you pick out triads etc using the paints you have. I decided to pick it up but havent got around to using it properly yet, I used the rapid scan feature to go through my Vallejo and P3 paints and then I hit the snag of GW’s super duper tiny barcodes on their paints and had the joy of imputing in all of them by hand. I am hoping that it will be worth it long term as the app looks quite good. PaintRack is the app’s and it cost around 3 quid.
Some of my PaintRack
I will do a proper review after a few weeks of using it.
Three of my trays of paints, you can never have to many paints, this is around half my collection
More work on the Big E/Rogal Dorn. Finishing the blade of the power sword then its just the minor details. Im sure ive been saying that for weeks now
Finally managed to get some airbrushing done in the new flat, not a complete sucess though. I can smell the paint all over the flat so I am pretty sure the extractor isnt working. Just need to open the doors and windows next time. Anyway here is a few pictures of the stuff that is finally based up:
Early war WW2 Germans, all nice and green ready for detail work
15 38ts and 3 panzer II’s ready for drybrushing and detail work
Some Pak 36’s I think and 10 or 15cm howizers, still learning the gun types
The Big E/Rogal Dorn finally has a semi decent looking power sword, still WIP
Claymore sneaks up on us again this Saturday, I put a few figures in the painting comp last year but they were True Scale Deathwatch and honestly not that great so as expected got no where. Ill throw a few pictures up for you all to have a giggle at.
Not the best quality pictures but good enough to get accross the painting quality.
This year I decided to throw in two models from my Imperial Fists, my favourite sculpt from any GW game line the Terminator Chaplain and also the Forge World Alexis Pollux. Both of these are, I feel, better quality than the Deathwatch guys but still a lot of areas that I can improve on.
In other news Operation Panzer rolls on at a snails pace. Rommel is 99.99% finished however the 38t horde is still a WIP. I have based them for spraying and plan on getting to them at some point this week…ish.
Next up on the GW front will be finishing off the Big E as well as sorting out Lorgar. He has been half finished for what feels like a million years. Few pics below on his current state.
He looks very unhappy at being left for so long.
Until next time…