Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Excuse me, I think the blood bank is that way

My sudden alergy to all things yellow continues and while I still want to keep the momemtum that I've built up in the last month. So... I started painting Pre-Heresy armour different colours including Blood Angels, Emperor's Children and lurking half finished on my desk, a couple of Sons of Horus.

Here's the Blood Angel.

Pre-Heresy Blood Angel
Not a yellow in sight

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

A short break from painting yellow...

I admit it. If I see much more yellow paint I'm likely to go insane (or more insane for those who already know me). In a desperate and probably futile attempt to stave off madness, I've taken a short break from painting more yellow. I've also been exploring the wonders of washes...

Death Korps of Krieg Thudd Gun
It goes THUDD....supposedly

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Mark IV Tactical Squad Part 2

I'm always surprised when I manage to get more than half a miniature done in a day. Given that the whole world outside seems to have succumbed to snowmagedon I've had the chance to get my head down and paint. As a result, I've have completed the next three of my Mark IV tactical squad.

Pre-Heresy Imperial Fists Mark IV Tactical Squad
Mark IV Vexilla and two Tactical Marines

Land Raider Armoured Proteus

It has been snowing heavily all morning which has granted me the chance to complete a couple of additional projects. The main one being the Land Raider Armoured Proteus I've had knocking about in a part-finished state since Christmas.

Front of the Armoured Proteus Land Raider

How I paint yellow part 1

I've been meaning to post a tutorial on how I paint my marines for a while. According to the general perception of more painting forums, my friends and my own bitter experience, yellow is possibly the most difficult colour to bring off sucessfully. For years I'd avoided as my previous adventures had all ended up with much swearing like a sailor and the unfortunate model being consigned to the bin.

So what changed my mind?

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Mark II Tactical Squad Part 3

While waiting on some possibly overly-enthusiastically washed Mark IV marines, I took the time to take photographs of the completed Mark II Tactical Squad.

Pre-Heresy Imperial Fists Tactical Squad

Aren't you a bit hairy to be an Imperial Fist?

Too much yellow was threatening to drive me insane, combined with the discovery of an annoying mis-match in shades between batches of marines. Normally I would have slouched off to watch TV or played a random shoot-em-up on one of the consoles cluttering up my desk. However with a brief, no doubt not-to-be-repeated, flash of inspiration I instead decided to paint something else.

I've probably got enough un-opened boxes of GW miniatures to start up my own shop. Almost at random I selected a set of Wolf-Guard 40k terminators. Seeking inspiration I remembered a White Dwarf article from just before Christmas where a much more talented painter had completed a set of Space Wolf sucessor chapter models. The post can be found here.

I have shamelessly (and considerabley more ineptly) copied his excellent paint scheme.

Still I'm pretty happy with how it turned out - the picture above really doesn't do it justice unfortunately.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Random Reinforcements

Inspired by the recent release of the Dark Angels codex, I've actually spent some more time painting. I've complete a Sergeant and Nuncio-Vox Marine for my Mark IV tactical squad and finished off the Sergeant for the first Heavy Weapons Squad. Finally, as I seemed on a bit of a roll (perhaps it was just down hill) I started the weathering of my latest Landraider. Now I'm off to look for a packet of quavers... rock n'roll!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Cataphractii Terminator Squad Part 2

I've finally found the time to complete the remaining two Cataphractii marines necessary to finsh my first Cataphractii squad. As mentioned in a previous post it took too many tweaks to arrive at a result I was happy with and consequentialy some of the paintwork isn't as crisp as I wanted. However I've now finalised how I want to paint the next squad.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Command Squad - Part 1

As usual my plans to keep to a regular painting schedule don't last long. A combination of work and general apathy conspired to stop me from finishing any miniatures for the last week and a half. Today I managed to find a couple of hours to at least take photos of the starts of my first command squad based around the Legion Champion and Communications Marines.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Contemptor Dreadnought - Finished

I finished my first Contemptor pattern Dreadnought over the holidays but I didn't get round to posting the pictures until today. This model was my first attempt at a large coverage of yellow and frankly I made a bit of a mess of it the first time round.

It took scrubbing down with oven cleaner and much swearing before I was happy with the second attempt.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Mark IV Squad and Rhino Part I

Unfortunately Christmas festivities seemed to disrupt my painting schedule more than I was anticipating and I didn't manage to paint nearly as much infantry as I hoped to. However I did complete the first marines of a planned 20 strong tactical squad.