Monday, 19 May 2014

All (Chaotic) Knight Long...

Hello again! :) This is the first of my blog posts that is being promoted on the Talk Wargaming blog network, so hello to anyone who has found me through it! :) The last couple of weeks have been really great for my hobby progress. I haven't really kept track, but I've managed to get at least thirty minutes of painting in every day for the last month or so, and I definitely think that this blog has motivated me to keep up this rate of painting.

The biggest thing I have done in the last two weeks is my unit of five Chaos Knights. I think these are really great models, if slightly difficult to actually rank up. Once I stuck the shields on I was sure they would never rank up again, but I was thankfully proved wrong. Any doubts I may have had about my armour painting method have been pushed aside by how these models have turned out; with such a large area of these models being armour, the way I painted it was going to make or break them.

I also managed to finish off adding snow to the two finished, but not fully based units - my Chaos Lord and my Warhounds. I've taken some more pictures of the Lord, but I'm not sure that the warhounds are sufficiently interesting to warrant more space than they've taken already! :)

Anyway, onto the pictures!

One of the most enjoyable part of painting these models was the variety found in the shields.
As I said above, I think that my method of painting armour translates well to such an armoured model.
I am finding that I am really enjoying painting flesh; on all models, it's one of my favourite steps.
I wanted to make the Chaos Star look like sore, red flesh. There are little drops of blood coming from the tips of the arrows.
This knight has my favourite pose of the whole unit.
The newly snow covered base of my Lord. I wanted to ensure that the skulls remained visible.
And here he is, in all his finished glory. I think he's a fantastic miniature, and I'd like to think I did at least some justice to him.
That's all I have to report for now. By next week I hope to have my unit of sixteen Marauders finished, and I am already most of the way through the first 6. I am becoming increasingly tempted to make a start on my Eldar (of which I have 3.5k of unpainted shame), so perhaps they will be coming to a blog post near you soon!

Thanks for reading :)

Monday, 5 May 2014

Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful!

Hello all! As I write this, it is the 25th April and I am preparing for a trip to Scotland, so this post comes to you from the past! :)

I have begun adding the snow to the bases of my miniatures, and as of today, I have three units done! I am really, really pleased with how the snow is turning out. The snow flock that GW produces, when used out of the box just looks like white grass, which is an easy way to ruin the hard work that has gone into creating your miniatures. Realistic snow is one of the harder effects to create on a base, and I tried several different methods and mixtures before settling on the one I use. If there is sufficient interest, I might create a tutorial.

I wanted to create snow that is just starting to melt to add a little narrative to my army. The idea is that as soon as the snow starts to melt into spring, the warriors of the north descend onto the soft lands of the south. They are definitely the most involved bases I have ever done. Onto the pictures! :)

As the first unit to be fully painted, these guys had the honour of being the first to have snow.
I had initially planned to add blood to the snow, but I think it might be a bit too much. I think the way the snow has gathered together in some places, and is a bit shallower in others adds enough variety to the base.
I'm really chuffed with how these guys have turned out!
A nice close up of the snow :)
And hello from Scotland! :)
So, that's all for now! :) I will be back in plenty of time for my next post, and should hopefully have a finished unit of five Chaos Knights to show off :)

Thanks for reading :)