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.
Nightshift week just kills me. I am sure its not just me that is totally fucked up by the change. I have been actively trying to get some painting done however sleeping all day and being at my desk all night makes that jolly difficult.
My main focus just now is the Robute Guilliman mode for my friend. So far I am happy with it, its ticking over nice and slow. I have a long weekend coming up so hoping to have it done for this time next week.
Some WIP shots. Working at the desk in work and the lighting is pretty terrible. You can clearly see the yellow tinge in the light.
My two New York battleships arrived today. Not built them yet but I will be unpacking them and doing a little review on them asap. From just a quick nosey at them they do look super sexy and I can’t wait to see them on the board.
So this Sunday I am teaching a few friends how to play Dropfleet. With two games under my belt and not a scooby about some of the finer mechanics this will be an interesting way to look over the rules and see the game. I have watched quite a few videos online about the game including the rather good Beasts of War videos that Dave was on. If you have not watched these yet then I would recommend them. Depending on how much of a disaster this is I will try write up a report and get a few pictures.
On the painting front its been a slow week. Working 12-9 is not fun and I haven’t had much time for hobby. Robute Guilliman arrived and I have started on the build for this. It is an epic model. Still 100% lost on how to set about this model but I will need to start soon.
The base is a bit weird. He stands on a removable bit of marble that will sit on a 32mm(??) base however this does not fit through the gap. I will magnetise the marble base to the plastic base so it can be removed and used in game. First of the magnets are in above.
Finished the second starter fleet. Went for a San Francisco, St Petersburg and a New Cairo. On the frigate front I went for a Lima, 2 Missile Frigates and an Aegis Frigate. The names escape me at the moment. I have ordered two of the New York(??) class Battleships that will be magnetised up for the carrier and battleship variants.
Until next time…
Much to my surprise I actually managed a good few hours of painting last night at my better halfs parents house. Initially I set up on the dining room table and this was fine with the daylight however as it got darker the lighting just wasnt up to the task of painting minis. Thankfully there is a den that has much brighter lighting and after a quick move (4 separate runs with hands full) I was set up again.
Initially I was working on the second coat of wash for the Shaltari, as you can see below I decided to stop after the second coat and do some work on the details. I toyed with the idea of doing 3 coats but thinking long term with Dropfleet and more Dropzone mini’s I really need to consider time vs looks. In this case time won. They detail work will still get 100% attention I just dont see the big change between 2 and 3 coats.
While the wash was drying on the Shaltari I finially managed to wash the Sigmarines. My distaste for block painting still hasnt gone away however for relative speed painting with decent tabletop resukts there is no better way to go. I chose the GW Sepia wash in the end iver the Fleshshade and I am happy with the outcome. Just the final basing needing to be sorted and a coat of Anti Shine and we are done:
The tail on the monster above is gold because until I washed it I didnt notice it wasnt fully armoured. So tonight all going well I will fix that slight oversight.
And finally I got my horde of UCM stuff out to start chipping away at. No detail pics of these guys as its all just blocking work again like the AoS stuff, expect them to be done sometime in 2019 🙃
And as you can see below it really is:
Now that I know the consistency of the basing material I can paint over it with black when its still wet and let it crack and dry like I seen in the GW TV tutorial.
In other news I managed to get some more paint down of the Sigmarines aka GROUNDMARINES!!!! and they are looking relatively ok. I am really not a fan of this blocking speed painting but I know when its all done after they have been washed they will look tabletop ready. Its just a damn ugly slog in the mean time.
And finally I picked up a Shaltari starter box, totally forgot I ordered it however it is now assembled to the stage if being ready to paint and this will be living on my table after the Sigmarines are finished.