Wednesday, 29 February 2012
So I picked it up and spent a bit of time yesterday snipping bits off sprues to add to the trays.
In other news I appear to have gotten a cracked or bruised rib from coughing last week, so moving, sleeping and generally existing seem to be a bit painful at the moment. This has taken a toll on the painting as I don't really feel in the mood a lot of the time. Hopefully this will pass soon.
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Ok Im slightly biased and I'm more about Warhammer Fantasy than the other games these days but I can still find some of the articles interesting.
Ok the models look ok-ish but I think in terms of the feel of a futuristic game that they're WAAAY off and look ridiculous! Ok have some wolf like attachments to armour and have fur on them or something but not an actual wolf.
Meh maybe I just don't get Space Wolves. I know an old work colleague collects them religiously (to the point where he has masses of boxed sets stored somewhere) but c'mon GW.
Anyway back to the rest of WD387. A large chunk of the mag is dedicated to Space Wolves and the new Tyranids (that look ok but very samey) and as they don't really float my boat I skipped them... It turned out this didn't leave much to the rest of the mag. There was part 3 of their Warhammer civil war expansion which still didn't deal with any army I own so I skipped over it; Standard Bearer where Jervis answered some commonly asked questions (the answers to which seemed to be the same for 3 of the questions, leading to the feeling that this was a bit of a space filler) and a bit on Lord of the Rings gaming (again not really into that so skipped that).
In fact the only vaguely fascinating part of this mag was a 5 page section on some Golden Daemon winners entries. Either way not an impressive issue. It reminded me of when I used to work for Forgeworld. When the new WD came out we were all given a free copy, and the joke was that someone would say "oh the new toilet roll has arrived". I kind of felt like that today. After 20 mins of skimming through it, it went back on the shelf.
If you want more info on the Space Wolves look here. And more on WD387 here.
[EDIT - 2 days later]
On hindsight the Space Wolf models are growing on me. The wolves themselves have cyber implants which are quite nice... interesting initial reaction tho.
Thursday, 23 February 2012
I appear to have forgotten what I knew about painting flesh (which annoyingly came back to me after I'd done this), which was to wash at this stage then build up by mixing paints rather than trying to cheat and use paints from the bottle.
As a consequence 3 models have shocking skin. I may even be forced to paint over this and hope I don't loose the detail.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
While I'm all for speeding up painting and making things look good, I have to wonder whether this is a good or a bad thing for the hobby. In the past a good paint job received positive feedback from fellow gamers and this acted as reward for putting in the effort in the first place (not to mention the resale value was always higher). With this quick and simple way of shading a model, you have have to look harder to spot a model that has had more effort put into it, therefore making people less likely to bother looking in the first place.
I guess if you're in this hobby for the back patting you're unlikely to play the games much as the painting would take up most of your time and you'd be aiming for one of the many painting competitions around, but its just a thought.
Personally I'm not sure if I'd use it, not because I think its a cheat, but I'm unsure that giving everything a brownish tint is a good idea or not. I suspect a better effect can be achieved by carefully applying GW washes to specific parts of a model but we will have to see about that.
Anyway just my 2p worth...
Now I always thought I was a good painter; not Golden Daemon standard (although I thought I could if I bothered to really apply myself) but above average and way better than a newbie. However when painting these models I find that my fine motor skills aren't behaving as they once did. I was able to paint Warhamster (Warmaster) models with fine detail that used to astound my co workers at Forgeworld, however today I was having trouble putting base colours on a normal Warhammer miniature.
Now this could be down to two things: 1.) I have a terrible memory and my skill is just the same as it was. 2.) my painting position, light level or simply my skill level just isn't right.
I suspect its more option 2 than one as I have pictures of my previous work to look at. This is the first time I've painted without a dedicated painting table. Previously I've always had a desk to work at and a decent light source. Since I got married and moved I've found that these things are hard to come by in our flat, hence the Paintstation+ thats in the pics. It means I can sit with my wife and paint etc without her feeling that I'm abandoning her to my hobby or something. We also don't really have the space for a desk so I can't do that. As for light level I'm forced to use an LED headlamp to get enough light for painting but this doesn't work so well as the light cone is quite small at arms length and I find myself bobbing my head to keep a miniature lit as I paint.
So I hope to try and find a lamp of some description tomorrow with a super bright bulb.
I'm also going to experiment with GWs new washes. I was suitably impressed with their black which was a departure from their old stuff (put it this way, I was still using my old round pot of black wash I bought in 1992 as all the re-releases seemed to be the same). More when I actually do it :)
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
For this attempt I'm putting a base coat of Astronomican Grey down before painting thin layers of white over this.
Now that I've done it I'm not 100% happy with the results. My thinking is that its harder to paint as I'm currently undercoating the models with black spray paint and maybe I'd be better off undercoating in white.
I will continue to paint these miniatures as they are but might use white undercoat for the next 10.
Sunday, 19 February 2012
My order finally arrived the other day so I'm now able to continue painting. This is somewhat hampered by a cough / cold I've had for about 2 weeks now so not likely to get a lot done.
My wife is also going to start on her Bretonnian Men at Arms this arvo as well. Will see of she enjoys her first attempt at wargames modelling :)
Monday, 13 February 2012
Still waiting for new paints but decided to start painting the 10 State Troops I already have undercoated.
I simply painted the sanded base in Bestial Brown and drybrushed with Iyanden Darksun. It still looked a little light so I washed it with Delvan Mud.
I'm still unsure how I want to finish the bases. I may snow base them but that depends how the uniform turns out. Either way I'm waiting for the Astronomican Grey to base the white on.
Saturday, 11 February 2012
Anyway if you want to have a gander check at their website here : http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?catId=cat440160a&prodId=prod1460169a
I decided to test in on the base for my Mortar before I'd glued the model to it. The results weren't as great as I'd hoped and I'm not convinced this is a better way to base models. (see right)
So I went ahead and based nearly all the other miniatures the old fashioned way (ie PVA glue and sand). I also used a few small rocks I found outside to add a bit more flavour to some of the bases.
Now previously after adding the sand to the glue I have added a watered down PVA mix to the top of the sand to really glue it down, but recently I've come to doubt if this step is necessary so this time I'm going to see if the initial PVA layer plus the undercoat spray holds it.
|Yeah I know I own a Paintstation +. Meh It means I can paint while sitting with my wife in front of the TV :)|
Friday, 10 February 2012
Anyway have now cancelled that order and reordered with Gifts for Geeks so we will see.
I'm kind of stuck at the moment as I'm awaiting a new hobby drill. I've had an old citadel one for nearly 14 years now but I managed to loose the drill bit holder while moving a few months ago so figured it was time to get one of citadels new rubberised ones. I need the drill as the empire knights I've got are made of slightly softer plastic. As a result the lances are a little droopy so I'm going to drill them out and refit the with some scale steel pikes I got years ago from Perry miniatures.
Thursday, 9 February 2012
Rulesets Currently owned : Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer Ancients : Trafalgar, DBM (no idea what version), misc other rules
Given my current penchant for fantasy settings we're going to go with Warhammer Fantasy. I've also made a start on a new Empire Army. This is a little break from the norm for me as I previously have played Orcs (and indeed still have a small number and a lot of goblins for some reason) so I began with the regiment boxed set (acquired cheaply off eBay). My current goal is to get to 1000pts worth of models and then actually play some one. By my calculations, with this boxed set and another state troops box, all I need to top out to 1000pts is a general of some description, another cannon and a wizard.
Now here is where I've gone wrong in the past. Previously I've bought all the models I could possibly need then get bogged down with the actual making and painting meaning it takes years to get it all together. This time I'm restraining myself... Well actually finances are restraining me too so I guess it all works out.
So at time of writing I have pretty much made up all of the models I have (which means scraping off the mold lines and glueing them together). I have still to make up the knights in the boxed set but have put the horses together. Next I will need to base the models (sand and glue) and then undercoat them to begin painting.
In a surprising but very pleasant move my wife has become interested in making some models. Actually the way she phrased it was "Do you have any models I could have a go at?" It may sound callous but in these days of expensive models I was reluctant to give her some of the ones I had nearly finished cleaning, so I suggested we look at the Warhammer rule book together and she could pick one that she liked the look of. In the end she went for Bretonnians so I have bought her a box of Men-at-arms in order to see what she makes of it. I have left it up to her if she wants to continue after them and she is happy to try it and see.
I shall report on both our progress in due course.
I've been on the internet now since 1996 and to be honest I've never stuck with blogging. Its something I've started, forgotten about, restarted, given up, really gone for it and then got distracted by something else.
This is only the second time I've used Blogger for this. The last few attempts have been via using my own URLS and Wordpress sites. The trouble with this is that I end up spending far too much time farting around with how the site looks and the behind the scenes technical stuff rather than actually updating the content.
Anyway fast forward 9 years and I'm now married and (currently) unemployed finding a lot of time on my hands so I've been attempting to get back into wargaming.
Now you might say with all that experience under my belt I should have a shed load of models. Well the answer is both yes and no. Yes I have a number of models BUT over the years I have sold off any that were worth anything in order to pay for .. life really. As such this time I've started from scratch.
In my next post I'll let you know where I'm currently at and where the future lies.