Friday, February 14, 2014

Do want...

Hell, yeah... 

What I wouldn't give to put one of these on the board to tear a Riptide or Wraightknight into itty bitty pieces... Pics from In other news, I was kind of disappointed to note that GW really is going to change the name of the Imperial Guard to Astra Militarum. I don't know, it really doesn't seem to have the same gravitas as Adeptus Astartes or Adeptus Mechanicus or Adeptus Sororitas or indeed any of the other pig-Latin names we've come to know and love from the 40k universe. 

Anyway, yeah, Knights! That right there is a worthy target for this year's meager hobby spending!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

What's on the table: TACTICALS!

In a couple of previous posts, you might have glimpsed, them, well, here they are now, dominating my table:

As part of a Grande Planne to get some use out of Tacticals again, I've started work on 2 squads of Tactical Marines. All these models are a few years old and have been gathering dust on my shelves since I discovered the joys of Blood Angel Assault Marines in Razorbacks, which is to say, a hell of a long time. The marines with heavy weapons on the right have been waiting to be fielded in some way since I constructed them. I think of it as one of the perks of having an old collection, really. When I want to assemble a new unit, sometimes, just sometimes, I can reach into my reservoir of neglected plastic and pull out goodies. Like E K Tycho.

Anyway, here's a stage by stage breakdown of what I'm doing with them.

How to do simple basing, Part 2 of 2

So, last post, I explained how to base with sand. This post, I show you how to paint it. So, continuing from before...

Step 5: Spray! Well, that's how I get my painting done. Fortunately, I'm in the middle of a big project for my Blood Angels, so I've lotsa models to choose from...

This here is how a Tactical Marine looks after spraying with Mephiston Red. Then I gave him a quick coat of Blood Red on the armour plates.

Step 6: Coat the base in Mournfang Brown. Don't forget to thin your paints!

Step 7: Drybrush with Screaming Skull. I recommend using a nice, cheap flatheaded brush, like the ones you can still find at Daiso. Don't forget to clean up the edges after you're done.

Step 8: Static grass! Dab a little PVA glue where necessary, then apply static grass or flock with a pair of tweezers. As with the sand, tilt the model and tap away the excess and your base is more or less done!

Suffice it to say, there's no shortage of stuff out there for you to glue onto bases to give them a little more character. I for one like to paint up and glue the severed heads of vanquished armies on the bases of Warlords and MVPs.

Monday, February 3, 2014

How to do simple basing, Part 1 of 2

I've been asked this a couple of times before, so here's the way I do it. Do bear in mind, every model I assemble and paint is for the purpose of gaming. I'll never put in the effort to paint a model unless I'm going to put it on a gaming table and pop a can of whupass with it. As such, I will probably never reach the lofty standards of those magnificent pro painters at Cool Mini Or Not. Anyway, enough talk. Here's how I base my minis.

Step 1: Minis on their bases. Here we have plug n' play marines sat in their bases. I suppose if they weren't rank and file, I'd give them a little more love and file down the tab until it's level with the base, but naaaah...

Step 2: Glue! I use this stuff.

Yeah, as you can see I've been using this bottle a LONG time. 3 years, I think.  Use an old brush and apply a layer of the stuff, like so:

If, like me, you live with pets, you might want to keep an eye out for unwanted fur. Make sure the whole base is covered. Work quickly with larger bases.

Step 3: Drown the bugger in sand. Your favoured texture may vary, but just make sure you have a nice big tray to completely submerge the model in.

Don't be shy with the sand...

Step 4: Turn the model on its side in the tray and tap away the excess, rotating as you go. Unfortunately, I needed both hands for that so no picture. Here's the end result:

At this point, feel free to use your fingers to wipe away any sand hanging over the edge.

And that's how I sand my bases. It's worth pointing out that it helps to plan ahead and think about where you can reach with your brush before gluing the mini on its base, especially with more complex minis like the IG Heavy Weapon Teams.

Thus concludes part one. Stay tuned, in the next part, I cover how to paint these bases.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Aaah! Almost!

Well, here's the Librarian as he is now. Just a couple of tiny dabs left...

Just little things like text on the purity seals and those grenades and maybe a tiny touch of freehanding on the robes and that's that. Truth be told, I don't like how the robes turned out. In retrospect, I shouldn't have used a Citadel Base colour for it, and a thinner colour, like maybe Pallid Wych Flesh might have done the job better. Maybe next time...

David, I'll see if I can get round to putting up a quick guide to how I do my bases. Stay tuned, while I dredge up some Blood Angel tacticals... In the meantime, here's a couple of pics illustrating the joys of a simple basing technique:

Base unpainted, boo!

Base done, yay!