Wednesday, April 10, 2019

First Quarter Painting Progress

One of my goals for 2019 is to keep track of my hobby productivity. I am only counting finished Models here, not partial work that didn't result in finishing something, but on the flipside, I'm counting anything finished during this time period, regardless of when I started it or how much was done beforehand. As of March 31, I had completed so far in 2019 the following:

1 Inquisitor Daemon Huntress
3 Shadespire Terrain Pieces
1 Tenebrael Shard
4 Glitchlings
3 Vox-Shamblers
4 Nightmare Hulks
10 Neophyte Hybrids
1 Acolyte Hybrid
3 Ur-Ghuls
3 Spindle Drones
4 Chests
7 Dino Tokens
4 40K Civilians
7 Sections of Ryza Pattern Ruin
55 total painted














On the other hand, during the same period, I purchased the following:
6 Atalan Jackals
1 Ridgerunner
1 Clamavus
1 Noise Marine
4 Manufactorum Kit*
4 Fragdrill Kit*
5 Hybrid Acolytes
4 Mollog's Mob
9 UW Moon Clan
6 Eyes of the Nine
6 Godsworn Hunt
47 total purchased

*I'm counting each of these kits as 4, sort of arbitrarily on the basis of roughly how much painting the terrain in the box is probably going to take. I keep my Sector Mechanicus/Imperialis Terrain modular enough that it's not really possible to come up with a more specific number of "Models" I'm getting from each box that's also reasonably useful for purposes of tracking like this.




Net improvement of 8 Models. Less than ideal, but better than I expected. I think I'm going to see if I can manage double digit improvement over the next three months (well, 2 1/2 now) until the end of June. Things are pretty hectic here still, but I am plugging away when I get the chance, and hopefully I'll have something to show off before too much longer. Until next time, y'all have a good one, y'hear!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Awesome Kickstarters

I joined in on the first Heresy Girls Kickstarter, and am incredibly happy with the Models I got from it. Even if I haven't actually got around to painting any of them yet. But the casts were fantastic, they were very close to the  original designs, and the operator was great about communicating when the project hit some snags. The second one looks even better.

The second one, I don't have any experience with the people doing the actual casting, but they have a good track record, and the designs are done by Ana Polanscak, best known through her blog, Gardens of Hecate. For those who aren't familiar with her work, she has an amazing imagination, and a wonderful sculpting style for all sorts of creepy-cool little daemons and creatures. I got distracted and didn't get this up as early as I meant to, so there are only three days left in this KS, but it is fully funded.

I highly encourage all y'all to go check both of those projects out. Until next time, y'all have a good one, y'hear!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Models of Indeterminate Gender

Getting this up a bit late, but things are hectic as I'm in the process of moving. These are my Models completed during March for Azael's Squad: March! + Gender-Ambiguous Model Painting Challenge. I didn't think I had anything for Squad March, but when I checked the post again, I found that three was enough, so I actually have two "Squads" done by the challenge's definition, even if they really aren't the sort of things that would be organized into "squads" as such.
 First up, we've got an Acolyte Hybrid from the Cult of the Emperor's Embrace. I had a Squad of five I was working on, but only the one got finished. As I've mentioned before, the harsh lighting does somewhat odd things to the effects of gloss inks glazed over strong colours, so it doesn't look quite like this in person, but it looks cool either way.
Hiss!


Next up, we've got some Ur-Ghuls from Blackstone Fortress. I have the fourth one done, and I think I actually posted it at some point, but it's packed away right now, so I only have the three here. Very simple paint jobs, just working up through a couple of the lighter greys and then some targeted glazes of red and purple. The basing is going to eventually get the little glowing lines and stuff, but I can't deal with that right now, so this seemed like a reasonable "getting by for now" solution.

Rawr!  
Last, but not least, we've got a trio of Spindle Drones. Like the Ur-Ghuls, the fourth is packed away somewhere right now. These are arguably even simpler, the same greys, and then a couple of dots of gemstone paints on lenses or sensors. I kind of wish I'd thought to do them in the same glossy black as the bases, to really reinforce that they are, in a very literal sense, part of the Blackstone Fortress itself, but I didn't think of it until I was mostly done. Also, they might be kind of hard to see on the board if I did that.

Beep Boop!
As I mentioned at the top, things are pretty hectic right now with the move (until my brother comes by to help haul some of this stuff out of here, I can't use my stove, and have to choose between being able to open the front door or being able to open the fridge), so I'm not going to be hobbying or posting much during April, but I do hope to get at least one Blight Hauler or Predator done for Azazel's Armoured April challenge, and I might manage some Army shots of old stuff as I'm sorting through it all. Until next time, whenever that may be, y'all have a good one, y'hear!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

HAIL! ALL HAIL THE RETURN OF OUR LADY OF EXCESS!

[A portion of the Adepticon WH Reveals post on WHC]
Rumours of the Dark Prince’s death have been greatly exaggerated…
Your eyes do not deceive you. A host of gorgeous new models kick off a new era for the Dark Prince, including an all-new Keeper of Secrets.
We’ve come a long way since the Keeper of Secrets first graced the worlds of Warhammer in Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness. At once monstrous and beautiful, the new Keeper of Secrets is one of the most striking and unusual Warhammer miniatures ever designed. Drawing on decades of art and lore, this model manages the nigh-impossible task of creating a creature that’s both terrifying and alluring. Sinuous, elegant and predatory, it’s the epitome of everything fans love about Slaanesh. Tempted? We don’t blame you.
The Keeper of Secrets will be joined by a number of new Slaanesh models that bring to life a magnificent and richly realised cast of Daemon champions, from a new iteration of the Masque to Syll’Esske – an unholy tag team of Daemon Prince and Herald.
With so much new stuff for Slaanesh on the way, it’s only fitting that the Dark Prince and his followers should receive a new battletome. With allegiance abilities for the three hosts of Slaanesh – the Invaders, Godseekers and Pretenders – as well as updated warscrolls, spell lores and more, Battletome: Hedonites of Slaanesh will cement these warriors of excess as a major player in both the setting of Warhammer Age of Sigmar and on the tabletop.
And, of course, what would a new battletome be without endless spells?

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Fucking finally! This is the biggest and best wave of Slaaneshi Minis the game has received since I started playing over 20 years ago! I can't wait to get my hands on them. THEY MUST ALL BE MINE!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Bits and Pieces

Between a bit of post-Squaduary burnout and getting ready to move, I haven't got much finished this month, hobby-wise. I've been working on stuff here and there, doing at least a little every day, and it is making progress, but not completing things right now, for the most part.

I did knock out the chests from the Rogue Trader box, tho. They were pretty fun to paint, with some cool detail, but it's not too fine, so I could work on them even when my hands were kind of shaky.

I also got around to another project that I've been thinking of for almost a year, since my brother got me back into MtG, and I picked up a couple of Battle Decks from Card Kingdom. One of them was their Dino-Might deck, which uses a bunch of Dinosaur Tokens. I've always felt that the word "token" implied something a bit more substantial than a card, so I wanted to make a few actual ones. At some point last summer, I got a cheap tub of plastic dinos from the hardware store's toy shelf, and finally got around to gluing them on to bases and getting some paint on there. I'm going to go back and do a bit more, clean up the bases a little, and mark on them that they're 3/3 with Trample, but I'm really happy with them. I took them to the Lady Planeswalkers' Society Battle Deck night last week, and everyone thought they were super cool.
I got my hands on some Atalan Jackals as well, and got them built. I'm trying to figure out what I want to do to kick the bases up a notch, since the diamond plate plasticard starts looking a bit bare at this base size, but they're really cool Models. If you look closely, you can maybe see that the plasticard doesn't actually cover all of the Leader's base. I'm trying to find a tube of the right size, and then I'm going to have her coming out of some big abandoned pipe, since the fact that GSC Bikers can use the Underground Tunnels to Ambush from leads to some really awesome imagery. I do sort of wish the kit came with a few more options for stowage and arms, because I want a bunch of them, and I feel like they're going to get a bit same-y pretty quickly, but they're still awesome. Looking forward to getting some paint on them, but that may not happen until sometime next month or in May, after the move.

Last night I finished the build on the main part of something using the Tectonic Fragdrill kit that I think is going to be super awesome. Need to make some space to set up enough of the other terrain to show it off right. Until next time, y'all have a good one, y'hear!


Friday, March 1, 2019

February Hobby Challenge Wrap Up

EDIT: Finally got around to processing more pics and getting them up.

At the moment, this is just a single quick photo of everything for Squaduary, Fembruary, and Neglected Model February. Sometime in the next day or two I'll get around to taking better and more detailed pics, but right now, I'm just not up to it.
The front 10 are a legit Squad of Neophyte Hybrids. I want to touch up their bases a bit, but I've taken Models to Tournaments in worse shape than this. In the back, we have a quartet of various non-combatants, a couple of female Spaceport Crew in the middle from Statuesque Miniatures that I was reminded of by Suber, who are my (smaller than hoped) contribution to Fembruary, and they are flanked by a couple of old-ass Imperial Guard repair crew or something, I can't remember exactly what they were called. Every last one of them qualifies for Neglected Model February.

I'll be back in a day or two with better pics, and until then, y'all have a good one, y'hear!

First off, here are the two for Fembruary.  My camera isn't great at capturing darker skin tones, and it kind of distorted the features on the second woman in particular a bit. I'm really happy with how they came out, tho, they look great in person.


 Now the other two civilians. These are, as I mentioned, old GW tank repair workers or something like that. These and the two above were a really nice bit of a break from the Stealer Culties, since they were all hand-sculpted and cast in metal, so they don't have so much ludicrously fine detail as modern CAD-sculpted plastics. The dude carrying the fuel cans is the only one that has any remotely interesting detail from more than one angle, so he gets more pics. I'm kind of assuming he also has no eyebrows, since things like smoking while hauling around tank fuel tend to lead to that ;)



"Man, I need another gas fire like I need a hole in the head." "I think we can safely assume that you don't have a good grasp of what you do or don't need."
And we'll finish everything off with the Culties here. First a bunch of generic grunts to fill out the Squad, but even they end up having a lot of fine detail on them. One of my fave things about this colour scheme is that the skin and the reinforced parts of the work suits both start with Rakarth Flesh. The only difference is whether they get Purple Tone or Strong Tone over that. I try to further differentiate by thinning the Purple Tone down more for the 4th gen Hybrids than for the more alien-looking 3rd gen Hybrids. The spotlights on their shoulders are Nihilakh Oxide over white, and I need to remember to do that after the Strong Tone in the future, because it's really fiddly trying to keep that off the lens.




 I wanted to take a couple more pics of this guy, because he's got the most chitin of anyone in this Squad. This is the hideously garish blue and red (Caledor Sky and Evil Sunz Scarlet), with a coat of undiluted Purple Tone, and then another coat of turn-of-the-century era GW purple ink, which was ridiculously shiny, and utterly crap for actually shading things, but perfect for the effect I wanted here. The first pic is closer to how it looks in person. The second, the bright lighting from the flash and light box make a bit more of the base colours show through the glaze.

And that's it for now! I've been kind of crashing since rushing to get this all done by the end of February, but I have been working on other stuff as well, and hopefully I'll have some actual new content, instead of just edits of previous posts, up soon. Until then, y'all have a good one, y'hear!