Sunday, 28 January 2018

It was a putrid Christmas

"...It was the night before Christmas, and all around the house, decay and disease were present ... affecting all including a mouse..."
Well, not quite. Games Workshop released the 8th Edition of 40k earlier last year and, after watching copious games being played online - and having played a game myself - I believe that this edition is the best for a long, long time.

Whats more; Game Workshop released some new impressive sculpts for their Chaos Nurgle Marine range. When it comes to armies, I've always been a 'goody two shoes' with previous Games Workshop armies being Ultramarines and High elves. Having said that, I have always fancied dabbling in the 'dark side' however, the Chaos 40K old range of models really put me off (I still think the standard Chaos Marines, Terminators and tanks are awful). If I am going to do an evil army - such as Chaos - it has to look evil; when it is deployed on the board, it has to look like your worst nightmare. With the new range of Death Guard models, I believe that Games Workshop has finally hit that mark, therefore, my Christmas 'would like' list, was filled with plague and pestilence.

Christmas day came and I got...

3x boxes of five cultists
2x boxes of six Poxwalkers
1x box of five Terminators (two of which, have been converted into characters)
1x box of seven Plague Marines
2x Elite Characters

I also bought myself another box of cultists and a tank.

Since Christmas, I have been painting the twelve Poxwalkers (I will need more). They took me forever. I don't think you will be able to see it too clearly on the below photos but, the skin (which was most of the model) was washed with three or four different washes (a green wash, a red wash, a purple wash and a brown wash) to create pestilence and death. I then highlighted the skin so that only the cracks and certain small parts of the model show the different colours. I then highlighted the skin multiple shades of flesh to try and give a 'deathly light' colour. Though it took forever, I really enjoyed trying out a new painting technique. Usually, my painting is very neat due to painting armies/ teams/gangs of 'good'. Being evil gave me the new challenge of trying to paint 'messy'... which is very difficult indeed.

Toodle Pip!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Another post, and another bloodbowl team completed

Yes indeedly sports fans,

 It's been about nine weeks since my last update and, in that time, I have painted my fifth and final Bloodbowl team; the Dwarfs! Before the Dwarfs, I painted a Dark Elf, Amazon, Ork and a Skaven team; three of which like to score and pass the ball whereas, one of those teams, forgets that there is a ball as soon as the whistle is blown. I therefore felt that I needed another 'bashing team'; a slow-paced grinding team and, with the stunning new Dwarf models from Games Workshop having just been released, (plus that beautiful - yet massively over-priced - Deathroller from Forgeworld) my mind was made up.

Now first and foremost; I cannot take credit for coming up with my paint scheme. A couple of months before I started this project, I stumbled upon a few photos of a Dwarf team within a Bloodbowl Facebook group. I quickly saved the photos and decided to change the tone of grey only (I made it a lot lighter). This is the first time I have worked with red as the main colour and, I have to say that, as long as you have bought a couple of different shades of red (as you can't add white to red to highlight it as it turns pink), red is a lovely colour to work with and I will be using it more often from now.

The bases, however, are my idea. I managed to buy a copy of the 'Dwarf and Skaven Bloodbowl board', and the Dwarf field is made up of stone slabs. Though the Dwarf Bloodbowl board's stone is all the same shade; I decided to mix the shades on my bases to try and give my bases more of a 'destroyed and run-down Dwarf stronghold' feel (this should also explain the different sizes of stone slab). Since returning from Japan, I have purchased at least three White Dwarf magazines. These days, I think Games Workshop's magazine is pretty good and I enjoy all of the articles. I especially like the painting articles where they talk to painters on how they created their pieces of art. Now I spend quite a lot of my time thinking about the environment my teams are playing in and therefore, how I want their bases to look. I also wanted to keep the viewer's eye solely on the model and so I needed a base which didn't distract from the figures.

In order to paint these models I followed the below steps:

Step 1 - Spray the models 'skull white' followed by 'Mephiston Red'. I then filled in any gaps the red spray had missed by using the paint 'Mephiston Red'. Finally, I washed the entire model using a GW red wash.

Step 2 - I switched over to Coat 'D' Arms paints and painted the cloth 'Shadow Grey', the leather 'Hairy Brown' and the gold with 'Bright Gold'. Any jewels were painted with a brilliant Coat 'D' Arms paint called 'Enchanted Blue' and I used 'Dwarf skin' for the, errr, skin.

Step 3 - I washed the whole model with 'Atherax Earthshade'. I love washing a whole model in one glaze; I feel that it brings the whole model together.

Step 4 - I highlighted the all the red with GW's Mephiston Red. I then highlighted the edges of the red using Coat 'D' Arms 'Ruby Red'. I then highlighted the grey with 'Shadow Grey' followed by 'Lupid Grey'. The leather was highlighted with 'Hairy Brown' followed by 'Barbarian Leather'. The skin was only highlighted using 'Dwarf Flesh'. The jewels and gold were highlighted with the same colours I used in step 2.

Step 5 - For the base, I painted the whole thing in 'Grey Primer' before washing it in 'Atherax Earthshade'.  I then divided the base into 'stone slab' spaces, by drawing lines using a 'black' paint. I then used 'Shadow Grey', 'Lupid Grey', 'Elven Grey' and 'Grey Primer' and randomly painted in the 'slabs' until the whole base was full.

Below are photos of my team:

Dwarf linemen

Dwarf Deathroller

Dwarf Blockers

Dwarf Runners

Dwarf Slayers

The whole Dwarf Team

My Dwarf Team

12x Dwarf Linemen   840,000
2x Dwarf Runners      160,000
2x Dwarf Blockers     140,000
2x Dwarf Slayers       180,000
1x Dwarf Deathroller 160,000
3x Re-rolls                 150,000
2x Fanfactor                20,000
Total                       1,650,000

If you are wondering why there arn't any names that is because I haven't thought of any yet (not even my team name). If you have any topical - yet comical - names please let me know. One Dwarf will be called Bob and the Deathroller (not the Dwarf on top) is called Bertha.

Next ... Bloodbowl balls and markers!

Toodle Pip! 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

(Enter team name here) ... My Skaven Team is ready for the field!

Hello sports fans!

Well another two months (just over actually) and another team is finished. I now have a fully painted Skaven team consisting of twenty-one players (six less than the orcs) and eight coaching staff (eight more than the orcs ... unless you count 'Tony').

I decided to paint this team in a totally different way to my previous one. This time, I saw a beautiful Skaven team on Facebook, painted in black and yellow. I decided to copy it and, even though my results aren't quite as good as the team I saw on Facebook, I am still happy with them.

My team was painted using the below technique:

Base Coat: Dwarf flesh was used for the flesh. Black was used for most of the fabric and metal parts. A mid-range yellow was used on the armour and a mid-range brown was used on any pouches, belts etc.

Washes: The entire model was washed in Agrax Earthshade (I love this paint).

Highlights: Dwarf flesh followed by elf flesh was used to highlight the flesh. I picked out the edges of the black fabric with a very dark blue, followed by a mid-range blue. A mid-range yellow - followed by a light-range yellow - was used on the armour. A mid-range brown followed by a lighter brown was used on any pouches, belts etc. A dark-silver was applied to all of the black metal parts. The eyes were painted in a dark-red. The teeth and claws were painted in a bone colour.

Washes: Seraphim Sepia was used to give the metal parts a rusty look.

Highlights: The metal was highlighted with a dark-metal before smaller parts were highlighted with a lighter metal.

Below are some photos of my new team:

Apothcary, head coach and six Cheerrats.

Two Blitzers

 Four Gutter Runners

 Twelve Linerats

 A Rat Ogre

 Two Throwers

 The whole Team

And that is it! In total it is...

1x Head Coach,   0gc
1x Apothcary     50,000gc
6x Cheerrats     60,000 gc
1x Rat Ogre,    150,000 gc
2x Blitzers,      180,000 gc
4x Gutter Runners, 320,000 gc
12x Linerats,   600,000 gc
3x Re-rolls,     180,000 gc
Total          1,540,000gc

If you are wondering why there arn't any names that is because I haven't thought of any yet (not even my team name). If you have any topical - yet comical - names please let me know. One rat will be called Bob!

Next ... Dwarfs!

Toodle Pip!

Monday, 26 June 2017

The Lavender 'Leadbelchers'

Hello one and all!

Well, after five years of living in Japan I am now back in the UK and, what a way to make a come-back to the hobby by painting a 27-man (err orc) Bloodbowl team. It has taken about two months to complete (which is a little slow) however, considering I haven't really painted anything for five years ... it's not too bad.

I currently use 'Coat 'D' Arms' paints (as you get more paint per pot - and they cost less - than Games Workshop's paints) which I really like. Below is a basic guide to how I painted my team:

Orc lineorc:

1) - Base colours: Bogey green (for the flesh), poison purple (for the armour), Elven Grey (for the clothes), hairy beard (for the leather), black (for the boots and spikes).

2) - Once done, I washed the whole model in Games Workshop's Athrax Earthshade.

3) - I highlighted the flesh and purple by adding 'bone' to both base colours. For the clothes, I just applied another coat of Elven Grey. For the leather, I applied a lighter brown. For the spikes and boots, I applied black once more before applying gunmetal and washing them in Games Workshop's Serpent Sepier. Finally, I would highlight all spikes and boots with Mithril Silver.

The 'Lavender Leadbelchers' Team

4x Blitzers 320,000
4xBlack Orcs 320,000
1x Troll 110,000
2x Throwers 140,000
12x Lineorcs 600,000
4x Goblins 160,000
4x Re-rolls 240,000
8x Fan-factor 80,000
Total 1,970,000

Well, that's it, for now, sports fans! Next up.....

.... Skaven!

P.S. Orc names wanted! I have twenty-seven members to name as so far, one orc has been named 'Bob'. Any ideas please leave a comment.