Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Chaos is Back!

 For me that is. An army I started way back in 1997  has been pretty dormant for some time, with the exception of the odd addition here and there.
 I've had a fair amount of stuff lying in a box waiting for me to embark on a significant return to the project but until now I haven't had the full enthusiasm for it.

L to R: Vile The Twisted, Mighty Zog Arkwright and Gladstone The Large

 So first up is something straight forward to ease back in; three Chaos Warriors. The guy in the middle was from the initial phase of the army and has been stripped. Now this isn't something I'm going to make a habit of; I just felt seeing as he's perhaps my favourite Chaos Warrior, he deserves a better paint job.

 So expect to see plenty more chaos posts in the coming weeks, in particular something that has been distinctly lacking in the army so far. I wonder if you can guess what that is?

 Incidentally, this blog had its third anniversary this week (yesterday in fact) so I'd like to say a huge thank you to all you people who have followed and commented over the past three years. It certainly provides me with the motivation to keep posting new material so I'm massively grateful for that!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Palatine Hive Challenge Update - Helmawr Gang Complete

 So next up is the main man; the Helmawr Clan leader. Another limited release figure, this was a Jes Goodwin sculpt and in fact the second time I've painted him.
 As you can see he's brimming with detail and is a complex and busy figure to paint. Having acquired a second copy of this sculpt, it's safe to say the first was definitely a recast as theasy second one in comparison is vastly superior in casting quality.

 I said it two years ago and I'll say it again now, he's definitely one of my all time favourite figures so painting it required no room for error.

 I'm really happy with the end result actually and equally satisfied that I now have a completed Confrontation gang, albeit a rather small one but hey, I ain't bothered. Plus I shall be taking these guys to BOYL 2017 where hopefully they'll be involved in some kind of game.

 So with another project squared off, next up will be (and I've already begun) resuming probably my longest ongoing army project. Stay tuned....

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Palatine Hive Challenge Update - Helmawr Confrontation Gang

  So I've spent the last couple of weeks pushing the Helmawr gang on for the Palatine Hive Facebook page challenge. And a bit of a challenge they have been. It's all be a case of getting the right colour scheme with this lot as I've rambled on about in the previous post on this project.

 Personally I think these unreleased guys aren't quite as good sculpts (all by Roy Eastland) as the limited edition one. There is one more that I don't have but he's my least favourite so I won't be losing too much sleep trying to track him down.

 So the final post will be the big man; the Helmawr leader. He was originally the first guy on the list but due to a bit of ill planning and indecision on colours, I fucked him up. In fact, opting to get these gangers out of the way first has made life easier for paving the way for the leader and I certainly feel there's now less to fear.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

2016 Orctober Submission - Orc Hero on War Wyvern

 This years' Orctober hasn't really disrupted my plans; I've been painting a fair few of them anyhow. Coincidentally I had planned to tackle the Orc War Wyvern piece this month as it was. And here it is.

 I'd like to say that it was a highly enjoyable endeavour high gave me hours of enjoyment seeing it progress into a finished article but frankly I'd be lying.
 It was a massive ball ache from the off. Whatever could have gone wrong did go wrong. The biggest problem was the colour. Originally it was to be a kind of turquoise but at highlighting stage I realised it was beginning to look a tad shoddy and I had to make a big decision on colour change and there was the problem of whether it needed stripping again. Not only that, it would require being re-pinned and filled (there is a fair amount of all that kind of shit when prepping this model) plus redoing the base. So I took a punt on just painting over it. If it were just your regular 28mm figure it would have been straight in the Dettol without a second thought.

 Anyway, it turned out okay in the end and at least I've got a centrepiece for my progressing Orc army now. Photographing it was a bitch as well so apologies if they're not great pics. Plus I can kind of tick the 'I've painted a dragon' box as well.

 This seems to be a good point to bring the Orc project to a break for now (it's planned as a slow burner anyway) and I can now push on with the Helmawr gang.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Palatine Hive Challenge - Helmawr Confrontation Gang

 Howdy. While I'm in the finishing touches of my Orctober submission, I thought I'd make a start on another project that I'm aiming to have completed before Christmas; the Confrontation gang challenge issued by Colin on the Palatine Hive page.

 I've already made a start on both Bratt and Venator gangs but I thought I'd opt for something from scratch so I decided on a Helmawr gang.

 First up is the LE3 Clan Hive Ganger model which by the look of it was the least trickiest of the Helmawr lads to paint.

 And it proved to be so. Once I'd established a colour scheme, he was pretty straight forward. They're all quite busy figures so it was crucial to get the scheme just right and not flood it with too many colours. Bratts you can get away with it but not so here.

 So now comes the real challenge with the other fellas but it was important to get off to a good start and give myself a platform and I'm looking forward to the next ganger with an Orcy post sandwiched in between.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Citadel Orc Warlord - Korgak Spleenripper

 Up next (and I couldn't wait to get this fella done) is who I plan to represent as my army commander.

 I like the way he's not too massive and OTT but looks mean enough to stand out as an obvious leader.

Korgak Spleenripper flanked by two boar riding bowmen

The banner pole had a serious crack which resulted in me breaking and pinning it and then sculpting a metal band to hide the join.

 I decided to give the boar black fur for bad ass purposes. Now as for the banner pole which is actually a shaman's variant, I'm not even sure how you're supposed to fix this on, other than drill a hole in the boar's arse, cut the funny bit at the base of the pole off and pin what's left to the boar. So apologies if it looks a bit shite fixed where it is; couldn't think of a better solution.

 So I'm waiting for a few more boar riders to come my way now so meantime I'll be tackling the army showpiece. Hopefully I'll have that blogged in time for Orctober.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Citadel Orc Boar Riders - Unit up and running.

 Well the Orc project rolls on this week with a pair of boar riders as I aim to build a unit of 10. I think it's going to take a while to assemble a unit with all the ones that I specifically desire though.

 This pair were great fun to do and since I've started this Orc project, I've realised what a superb range these boar riders are.

 For the moment, this unit is at a bit of a halt, until I can procure some more; rather a shame as I've really got the momentum flying for these lads. Never mind, next up (and continuing with the Orcs) is something on the large side.

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