24 Oct 2011

Commissar and Eldar WIP

Sorry for the lapse in posting, I have started my college course and have been a bit side-tracked lately.

I did manage to finish my guard commissar:

I'm pretty happy with how he has turned out, I may go back and touch it up in a few places but for now he is done.

Next up I have been cracking on with the Eldar:

The Dark Reapers are nearly finished, I just need to paint up their weapons and get them based. I went for Charadon Granite mixed with Bleached Bone for the highlighting instead of Shadow grey and I am glad that I did. I painted the rune/symbol on one of them and will add it to the rest of them as well.

 I have also been getting on with the Warp Spiders, they sill need a fair bit of work but should be done along with the Reapers in the next couple of days. 

I still have a tonne of college work to do on top of my painting, so I am trying to get my table cleared as soon as I can without rushing the paint jobs. I still have the Howling Banshees and Harlequins to go as well as my own armies, so I need to sort out a good time table to allow me the time for my hobby as well as my work.

Will try to post again next week, depending on how I do for time. I will also stick another couple of mini tutorials together when I get the chance.

Thanks for stopping by,


18 Sep 2011

THQ - Space Marine

Sorry, not a painting or hobby post.

I finished Space Marine earlier today on my PS3 and all I have to say is

So much potential, and completely let down in the execution and story :o( hopefully there will be a sequel and they will come up with something a lot better.

I enjoyed playing the early levels, but the rest not so much; which seems to be the general consensus with most of the reviews for it, and the fact that I cant play it online doesn't help much either.

4 out of 10
(rent it don't buy it)

Normal blogging service will resume shortly.

11 Sep 2011

Getting there...

Hi folks, 

Just finished off The Mighty Zug, who will be off to join the rest of his team shortly. I had a lot of fun painting him up, although I do want to get a new Blood Bowl team now!

Next up, I finished the Eldar Farseer and Warlocks. I haven't done much freehand work before, but I am pretty happy with how these have turned out. These will be flying back to Germany tomorrow.

 Still Have more Eldar to finish, which I hope to get done over the next couple of weeks as my desk is pretty swamped at the moment!

On the Imperial Guard front, I swapped some space marines for some glory boys and a commissar. The Kasrkins need to be stripped and tidied up a little before i do anything with them.

The commissar was ready to start work on straight away, I have done the face, red trim/lining and gem on his belt so far. Still a lot more work to go but I'm happy with him so far.

And finally, I just wanted to put up pictures of an up and coming gamer and painter;
 My Son's first ever painted mini's :o) 

I know I am biased but for the first ever attempts of a 5 year old, I think they are great! and now that my daughter has seen his efforts she now wants a go too :oD

Next post, I hope to have another unit of Eldar finished and maybe a little bit of guard.

Stay frosty people.

5 Sep 2011

Quick update


I have nearly finished the warlocks, just need some neatening up and final highlights, then they are ready for a varnish and shipping.

The free hand was fun to do, and good practice for the harlequins that are waiting for me to start.


I received an email last week from the chap who bought my Human Blood Bowl team, asking if I wouldn't mind painting up a Mighty Zug for him on commission to match the team. He arrived late last week and I have done a little work on him between real life stuff and painting the Eldar.

 The face is nearly finished and I am quite happy with it so far, I think he does look a little like De Niro in Frankenstein or Pete Postlethwaite maybe! The uniform and armour are only base coated at this stage, but he is coming along nicely.

On the Imperial Guard front, all is quiet as I haven't had much time for them. I need some more models but am lacking the funds for now, so have been thinking about getting rid of the odds and sods I have in my various bits boxes as well as some of the random models I have laying around. Once I have cleared my commissions I may even offer to paint some mini's in exchange for some more guard, but that is a few weeks off. 

I still need to get another game in with my guard too, I have only played one game with this army and it was my first game playing 5th ed 40k!! Will have to see if i can drag Squig from Squig's Workshop over for a game or see if I can find some more local gamers to take on.

Anyway, real life beckons so I'll stop rambling and get off.

Next post soon,


29 Aug 2011


 Hi folks,

The Eldar are coming along nicely, the farseer is finished and the warlocks should follow shortly,

Have got the base coat and first wash on the Screaming Banshees. I have started blacking out the weapons and gems, I will finish that and then get on with building up the bone colour on their suits.  


I have also got the Dark Reapers and Warp Spiders primed and ready to start. For some reason the Matt primer i used came out shiny, so i will have to go over them with some watered down black or maybe some matt varnish.  

Next up, I have been doing a little bit of work on my Imperial Guard in between Eldar sessions. I went back and changed the plasma colour on one of the older models from orange to turquoise as it seemed to fit a little better.

Next up are 6 guardsmen that I managed to finish, nothing too special, but it means I'm that little bit closer to complete ;)


Also put some base colours on the Ogryn.

On the base front, I just cannot justify the cost of buying the resin bases (to my wife anyway!), so I will need to make my own. The choice is to go with the slate bases or maybe go back to my original urban bases (way back when my guard were red!); what do you guys think? or do you have any better ideas?

And finally here are a couple of pics my objective markers and some pics or my Marbo.   
I need to track down another aquila to finish the Objective markers off, it's the one from the Apocalypse vehicle command sprue, if you spot one let me know!

I still need to come up with a good name for the army, does anyone have any ideas? I was thinking along the lines of the Cadian 24th "Dire wolves", but if anyone has a good name feel free to post it.

Until next time..


20 Aug 2011

Painting dark flesh my way

 Just a quick post,

I had a request over on DakkaDakka on my tutorial for painting faces, they wanted to know if it was possible to use the technique to paint dark skin tones.

Answer = Yes!

Using the same technique from Painting Faces My Way to get dark skin tones and again using SWG to highlight. The pictures are a little dark and grainy im afraid, but they still show what you can acheive.
Using Dark Flesh as a base:

Using Scorched Brown as a base:

I love the way a face can really bring a model to life, as you can see below; although they are not fully painted the painted heads bring the WIP guardsmen to life.