Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Welder


Yet another fun Reaper BONES mini!

I think she's looking to roast some Zombies with that torch of hers...


Cathy already has a character sheet made of for this lady, so now she can run around toasting some brain gobblers!


She joins her fellow zombie hunters, who are also BONES minis.


Seeing double...Hell in the skies


So, when we last left our reclaimed Hellion, the process of glazing had been well under way, and the process of working the midtones had begun.  In addition to the metals, I reworked those all important midtones on the armor as well.


With all of that work complete... it was time to have some fun with blood!!!  Out came the Water Effects, so that some nice blobs of gore could be placed on the wings and blades of the weapon.


This shot demonstrates how the blob is placed on the wing, and then 'pulled' back along the wing with a liner brush.


The palette shows the mix.  You can see the Water Effects, along with a variety of reds.  Some are lighter, others more purple or even black.

Those darker shades will be placed over the initial lighter (and somewhat more transparent) applications.


Here are some views to show you the overall appearance.  You can even take your fingers to smear that water effects/paint mix across the broad surface of those wings.


Some side by side comparison shots for you!

It was pretty shocking to see the difference that 75 minutes could make. :-)


With minimal effort, the same ancient metal figure is given new life.  Yes, it's not super fancy.  Were this my own, you know that I would do more elaborate stuff.  However, the idea here was to create something that could be replicated on a mass scale with relative ease.


The Hellion painting is not the only dramatic conclusion that we have in this unique double post!  All the while I worked on the Hellion, Lathan was right next to me hammering out his latest building.  These views will give you a hint at how impressive this structure was.


Look at that back porch!  You can see into the building as well, and get a peek at the floors inside.  As I mentioned, the second level has a very fun interior staircase.

This building could host an entire battle all by itself.  Also, you can take off each level, so that you could conduct a fight on the second floor, and so on.


I can't wait to get my hands (and my brushes) on this structure.  These images don't even include some of the other amazing features, as well as all the extras.  When you punch out the pieces, you are left with a host of fantastic bits!

Not only can they be used to enhance the structures, but they could make some fantastic basing materials.  Yes, you will be seeing some of that as well.


Reclaiming the skies


Back to that ancient Dark Eldar army that a friend of mine is attempting to 'reclaim'.

I didn't even know that Hellions were part of the original codex.  I noticed something that looked a bit like one in the case.  The hunk of metal I held in my hand was painted to this level, just like all the Kabalite Warriors.


I set down to scraping the mould lines, and then gave it a shot of brush on primer.


As with the previous reclamation attempt, I tried to keep things simple with the regular green paint mixed with metallics.


I also wanted the wing blades to be silver, so that I could do some fun blood effects like the versions I did on the bladevanes of my Reaver Jetbikes.


You can see that I lightened up the primary green/silver mix by adding more silver.


Face and hair get their basecoats.


I had a variety of colors out for glazing.  I took a dark purple and green liner paint, adding a bit of Secret Weapon blue black wash here and there.


More purple was mixed with the green to create an interesting dark gray wash for the non-armored sections, while much more green went into the mix for the armor.


Some of these wash colors were used on the wing blades as well.


More layers of dark glaze, making sure to do the hair and skin too...


Almost ready to start working back into those mid tones.


Here you can see some of the colors mixed up in the shading stage of the metals.  A shadow gray style color is mixed with the silver, in order to even things out on the wings.


Check out the wing on the left with the wing on the right.  You can see how that one is far smoother.  This is what working the midtones is all about!


I did this everywhere... the armor, the other wings, the weapon, and so on.


Look who's here!!  It's Lathan from Burn in Designs, working on a brilliant new design.

This is a fantastic three story building with a great interior.  You'll be amazed as I was!  More pictures of that structure along with the rest of the photos of the Hellion Reclamattion Project.  Stay tuned.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two of a kind...


At last, the final weathering is complete, and I can start to think about the final assembly.


There are so much going on with these beasts!  Putting together this thing will require some delicate steps, and lots of planning.


If you don't position the arms in just the right way, you have no chance of getting those ammo feeds to hook up.  That's the trap I discovered about these.  It appears that you can put them in all sorts of positions and poses, but things will go sideways in a hurry.


You can see him with his buddy!


Once I get those crazy arms attached, I will get you all the finished pictures!!!


One part of the posse.


Her'e the whole batch of five Close Combat Hired hands!


As always, it's fun to see the group shots start to come together...


The Long Rage Hired hands are finished as well, which is very cool.


The next stage of the Lawmen involves three more Interceptors.


Stay tuned!!!


Friday, October 17, 2014

More Mierce


Yes, the Eye of Balor continues to watch your every move!


I had to replace the sword on this piece, as the original one had broken off, and I couldn't find it :-)


With his buddies...


There's another set of these with the polar bear as well!


What's Cookin' ?


You saw the images of the first Beast... well this is the Beast's buddy.

I snapped these images prior to dark glazes on the gray metals, and a few other steps that are now completed.


Since then, I have done the lighter colors for the reds, and put on the weathering in the form of paint chips and rust.


The leg assemblies are a bewildering array of parts!


It's really tough to get the brush in these tight spaces, to say the least.  Remember, these legs are taller than an entire Dreadnought!  You really have to think about where you are putting your lights and shadows.

Of course, these all look very different, with additional shading added as well as the rust.


With the additional armor spaces on these monsters, there was some room for freehand.  I tried to do something slightly different than the previous entities, with the diagonal black stripes.


As I was working on this, I tried something all new for me.  I love to cook, but I have been almost exclusively an 'open flame' person... not a baker.  I have never tried to make a loaf of bread before.

Jen was kind enough to provide the bread mix, making my life a lot easier.


I used creme soda for the 'water' in the mix, and then melted some butter to put over the top!


Actually, it was Cookie Chef Babo who did all the work.  Next time he will leave it in the oven for 50 minutes instead of 55. :-)