Wednesday, January 17, 2018
It is interesting that by adding the old Ultramarines blue to my mix, that somehow the model appears more cartoony to me. I won't do that again, but I do find the cell shaded look kind of cool. So with this guy completed, and headed for my Primaris shelf, I', beginning to think that I need to paint up a Land Raider. I really like them, and I don't have one completed in this style.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
I tried using Ultramarines blue rather than Calth blue from the new range and am not happy with the hue. Calth is less red. Fortunately this tank will be heavily weathered. Once it has dark browns and rust streaks on it, I think it will fit in. It bewilders me that I still can't replicate the blue color on the Primaris marines painted before the NOVA Open last year.
I don't know when this tank came out, but I remember buying it on release. That must have been 2-3 years ago. At least if finally has paint on it!
Monday, January 15, 2018
More Primaris progress. I now have quite a bit of the new Primaris stuff painted. The temptation is to paint something else now, maybe something from the last Space Marines release that has been gathering dust. It is kind of embarrassing to have stuff unopened from releases years ago, but was the norm for me. The new model is to paint stuff up as I buy it. It can't go directly into long term storage. So what should I paint next?
Sunday, January 14, 2018
I really like these new Inceptor models. I think GW hit it out of the park with these designs. My only fault is the connection between the transparent pieces and the model. I think a ball joint would have made it easier to attach these model to the bases. It would also allow for a limited amount of motion before gluing. As it is, the stands have been very difficult to keep attached. That said, I'd like to pick up more of these transparent stands for my old assault marines. I think that would make them stand out really nicely.
BTW these are not complete, just attached to bases so I can more easily highlight the gold!
Thursday, January 11, 2018
With a few more details added, this guy is ready to sit in the cabinet awaiting full army basing. Once the bases have been determined, then the appropriate dirt and other pigments can be added.
One of the new things on this model is OSL. I almost never try OSL. I think it worked ok here. I don't love it, but don't hate it either. On the other hand, it was pretty easy. The problem I experienced was not having a good white paint. Once it started chalking up I knew I had to just stop.
I'm making some progress on the new dreadnought. From some angles I really like the new design, but from others, he just looks top heavy. Like all of my new Ultramarines, this dread was painted to look like it had been through hell. I stiff have rust to add to the exposed metal parts, and dirt to add, but I think this is starting to look as realistic as a giant blue walking robot can.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
I've mentioned it at least once before, but don't buy the Redemptor kit. Instead purchase the easy to build model. It is cheaper and less hellish to put together. That said, after struggling to put all zillion parts of this guy together, I've finally got some paint on him, or to be more accurate, paint and enamel. At the moment the model is glossy, with a brown enamel pin wash drying. Once dry, I can wipe away the excess and add rust colored streaking. One coat of ultra-matter later, and this guy can join the other un-based primaris marines in my display cabinet.
Please check out my eBay listings if you are interested in chaos marines, chaos, or bolt action. I'll be adding more soon, as my zero-spend year of hobby continues.
Monday, January 8, 2018
After selling a bunch of old terribly painted club miniatures, I figured I should find out how my nicely painted Bolt Action stuff would do. I have five of these Warlord Games Sherman tanks, so one of them was drafted to be part of the experiment. I rarely play Bolt Action with more than one tank per side, so five was a bit extravagant. I realize this breaks up the platoon, but sacrifices must be made in my year of zero sum hobby spending. The only money I can spend this year on my hobby, is money I have earned selling models. I think that will be a fun experiment. In the worst case scenario, I will have at least started thinning out my collections. Anyone else doing a zero-spend year?
Friday, January 5, 2018
I finished a second set of the easy to build Primaris Reavers today. I still don't know what my blue recipe is, despite a lot of trial and error. The original batch is vastly better, but I think these fit in pretty well. As for basing, no idea. I'll probably default to the same basing I've used for years, cracked concrete. The advantage to that is that these will fit in with the rest of my modern armies.
Thoughts on the new kits.... great...if you only include the easy to build stuff. I think the dreadnought is hellish to build. I'm a huge fan of the easy to build stuff. Sure, I won't have all the cool gadgets, but I will have enjoyed the model building and painting process that much more than I would have if I had spend hours deciphering ridiculous instructions.
*Edit... the new reavers have developed awful white-ish stains in the crevices. It seems the AK-Interactive ultra-matte I used reacted poorly with the enamels. The color is good underneath however, so, I just added a heavy wash of army painter strong tone, to try and recover the models. If this doesn't work these are going to be paint stripped and re-painted. Annoying, but necessary. This army doesn't get to have crap minis in it.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
After taking 60 photos of this guy, I think it is time to give up. These are the best shots I can get of him. Clearly, my photography skills have atrophied! Nonetheless, I am happy with the model, and look forward to putting it next to my original SoH dreadnought. Even though my style has changed since I started my SoH army, I think this guy will fit in just fine. And if you disagree with that, he's got plenty of firepower to convince you. :)