Mittwoch, 16. April 2014

Tau army wip

I started painting commissions last year, and one of the first (and still far from finishing) was a Tau army.
Lot's of battle suits, tanks and infantry.

This had some serious drawbacks again and again, from the two months of paint stripping instead of two days (never...NEVER use some cheap acrylic wall paint for your miniatures if you plan to maybe repaint them in the future) to hardware problems with the airbrush. As I am struggling with this one for a while now, I am happy that first progress is showing.

The customer wanted a simple paintjob, nothing to expensive and so I tried to find a good middle way between basic painting and nice looking colors with simple gradients.

So far he likes the ochre. The colors where Tau Light Ochre for the base tone, Skag Brown for the shadows and a mixture of Tau Light and Kislev Flesh for the highlights
Next step will be detail painting, adding some red armor plates and darklining and these will be ready to go.

Dienstag, 15. April 2014

Weathering gone wild - video tutorial skyshield landing platform

Cutting some old videos I collected over the last  months I found this skyshield I painted for our store.
Hope you enjoy!

Montag, 7. April 2014

Vidlog back and working - Enjoy the complete video tutorial for the Swamplands

I am happy to announce that video production is rolling again. It's quite disturbing how a broken pc stops the workflow today.

On the channel you can find all 5 parts of the swampland gaming table in a playlist, everything from styrocutting the rocks to the final paint finish and water effects.

Build your own!

I hope you enjoy our second finished video series, and prepare for more to follow soon!

Have a nice day everyone!

Mittwoch, 5. März 2014

Talking with plastic, or thoughts about inspiring trophies

Hello my fellow miniature addicts,
todays article will have a look on something most tournament gamers and competition painters desire on some point of their hobby career - trophies.

Who didn't ever want to win one?
But its not about winning them, instead I'll talk about creating them!

The trophies I created for our local hobby stores painting competition, the Golden Gobbo.

So first, why should you want to create one? The simple answer is, they add a nice feeling to many things, campaigns, tournaments, competitions or just as a gift to the special person who invests all his time and energy into your hobby club.
Even amongst friends who only play for fun, this little thing will have a special place on the shelve and bring back memories every time being looked at.

I think most of us like a trophy or two in their flat, and thats not a bad thing at all. We held a painting competition at our local hobby store last December, the Golden Gobbo painting competition.
Over the last years, I planned and held many events there, from gaming events to painting classes and my private hobby past also saw many of them in our gaming group.
Purity seals my RPG players got for their final victory in a years long campaign, the typical golden /silver / bronze sprayed marine for the early painting contests, certificates for scratchbuilding events...

This time I wanted to create something more personal, something the participants would know was specially designed for them. I think this can make a real difference between something they never take home from the store or something, they will enter next years contest to get hold of. (We still got a gold trophy two years old, simple marine sprayed gold, that was never taken home)

So for everyone out there who wants to organize a contest or honor their fellow gamers, games masters and organizers, I thought it could be interesting to write down my thoughts on this topic.

The first step is to consider, what deed shall be honored?
Whilst golden dice and rulers can be fitting for a gaming event, they would look awkward at a painting event.
Something very useful here is a name! Don't organize a painting competition, rather choose a theme based thing, like who paints the coolest dwarf or who wins the final battle at Skullfang Mountain (sorry, old warhammer chap here). If you want a more generic event, name it! We call our 40k tournaments the Eastern front massacres, as we are the most eastern GW in Germany. Here in Germany, things associated with the East could be anything from Vodka bottles to bananas, winter themed bases and snow and ice...and we have a big pool to choose from. Some things won't be serious enough, or depending on your taste, way to serious. But ideas begin to form in our mind!

My example will be our Golden Gobbo.
Now comes what i call talking with miniatures. It's strange and some would consider it crazy but who cares? I knew I wanted to use Goblins from the Night Goblin Troop box. Ok, but 9 Trophies with a simple metallic goblin? LAME!

We had 3 categories, Single Miniature, Unit and Big Miniature. So I imagined the bunch of crazy little greenskins in front of their boss, squabbling about how they want to look and why they should be the coolest greenskin in town!

Single Miniature
Ey Boss, you're serious?? Something on MY socket? Damn your ideas, I present the Single, so I won't share. Not even for a bottle of fungus beer, naaa it's mine and dare you other weeklings step on it.

I guess no proud Goblin would accept anything but him on a trophy for a Single entry. So all they got was a second, smaller socket and themselves. As these are the most proud, the Champion and Musician seemed just right for me. 

Unit hmm? Good, another idiot in front of me, catching all the fire and injuries! I mean, thats what units are good for, right? Other meat protecting my sweet green ass!

Very easy, they would need another chap on their socket, cause a real greenskin lives in a horde. Not because they are weak cowered  little gits...well ok, because they are exactly that! And because of that, they also would need some chests and things to hide behind, if needed.

Big Miniature
I am the biggest, NO I am, naaaah you couldnt be taller then me standing on each others shoulders! 
We shall see...a horde of little gobbos climbing to the highest piles of stuff they can find, to decide who's the golden trophy.

I really had fun with this ones! They represent tanks and monsters and want to be the biggest Gobbos in the mountains. 

The making didn't take too long, they were simply airbrushed with the awesome Vallejo Air metal colors and the socket labels were created using this helpful tutorial from Massive Voodoo

The winners were really happy with them and everyone knows, no other has the same in his shelve or cabinet. Thats a real motivating thing and first questions for the 2014 version arise. Personal trophies can add much to any competition and are worth the extra effort you put into them. Cause after investing time, energy and money into your contest, why not make the best you can out of it?

Talking of the Golden Gobbo, why not have a look on the entries?

So much for today, read you soon!

Freitag, 7. Februar 2014

Nurgles hordes getting support

Another pestilent warrior marches to  battle.
This fella has personal value to me, as one of my closest friends once gave it to me as a birthday present.
Would be cool if it has been new, but he even gave me his painted version to strip and repaint for my own cabinet. After we had some different opinions and didn't talk for a year we recently managed to put those fights aside and now it really bothered me seeing this guy without paint on it.

I started the airbrush work half an hour before i had to go to work, so a rather rushing start and then painted him during the next 4 hours in our local store. This was a real quick one but i am getting used to this fast miniatures for gaming again.

Mo, this one is for you.
Greetz to Hamburg!

Dienstag, 28. Januar 2014

Back to the battlefields

I hear the sound of dying loyalists...
After a rather screwed up return to the hobby in 2014 I decided (or was decided by a friend) to let all pressure fall and concentrate on something I somehow in painting.

So pause to all commissions, turn off the cellphone and paint something no one cares if failing hard. I spent the last week mainly in our local store, finding back to the roots with my boss and working on my own army, which had gathered dust for the last months. Nurgle is probably the best way to let manic perfectionism go and just do it without thinking to much. I like the results, thinking that my last finished unit was painted back in...uhhhmmm...I  really don't know when I finished the last one. And this was an either big one too.

The main reason for me to start a chaos army was the ability to field twenty servo armored crazed maniacs at once. 
The boys are made of parts from the whole range (and some external bits as well).
Even the giant is impressed! 
Not that any enemy would see them running away from him..but anyways.
The bases are still in progress, I think that everything will come together quiet nice. Only thing I wanted was to have fun again, and I definitely had! I lost the fear to paint from heart again and now I feel ready to tackle the open commissions, the color gets stronger again in this one.

And today the muse stroke again and after finishing them so far I decided to have a go on the next unit and finish basing for the whole army in the end. So these little fellas were started and finished today, raising my score of unit painting up to two...not bad after at least 5 years without any!

I tried to vary the colors, all are coated with the same brown and purple for the shadows. 
Airbrush and a little cheating with GW Glazes/ Washes and AK Wash provide fast growing hordes of Plague Kin!
The two were painted alike, only the light color and its highlight are different colors over the basic work.
So what did I learn from them? 

First: Forget about painting an army in your normal manner, if you are showcase painter...I guess Georc will remain the only one I know to reach this goal. But he ate patience with full spoons I guess, something I definitely missed in the past.

Second: Sometimes its better to just lay it down instead of forcing it. I guess I would have continued trying desperately to achieve some nice results in my running projects without getting a single step further. This was a very nice change and gave me the pause I needed.

Third: I have to finish those beauties and kill some loyal Marines with them rather sooner than later!

The graphic card still is dying so the videos will have to wait a while longer...but these guys inspired me to start a new series when the new arrives and our running wips will be finished. All about speedpainting gaming stuff that doesn't run on tracks!

Have a nice day everyone!

Freitag, 10. Januar 2014

Video information

Just a short note:
I know you are waiting for the last parts of our ongoing video series but my graphic card just decided that it doesn't want to play with me anymore. So the videos will delay a bit, until I got a new one. They will definitely come, along with our japan video guide!