Wednesday, November 8, 2023

NMM .. is... annoying


So I've been working on the Palatine Blades here and there as time permits..  It's been hectic with Halloween and other events going on but progress no matter how slow is progress haha....

That said NMM is truly annoying, it makes my brain hurt as I go through it and work on the reflections. As I work on them I kind of figured out I need to set them down and give them a few days of cooling off and then coming back to them.

I feel like my eyes reset and I see the existing flaws and can then start to make it look right. I've gone through them many times haha.. but at least it seems to be working. I think they look decent but no where near the level of some of the crazy stuff out there. That being said I don't think many go to those levels for an entire army. These guys are really going to take some time.. alot. this is 10 models and it's been awhile 8\ .. I have a lot more models to work on and yikes.. Whelp.. I'm in too deep to burn back now.

After the work on the greens during DreadTober I really played around with the glow for the Charnabal Sabres' and I'm pretty happy with the look. I left the Prefector's Sabre with the fire look as I liked that too but really wanted it green. Figured it looked ok so he stands out. But I feel the green really pops and I wanted it to have a choppy look and not a smooth glow blend. I'm still debating on adding OSL but right now I've been working on the NMM so I haven't had the juice to mess with that yet.

So.. they are coming along. I have some Praetors' I need to get one as well as a Recon Squad, another Contemptor and a Rhino. 

Friday, October 20, 2023

DreadTober - Power Up Sequence Complete


Whelp.. I'm calling it complete. I did some free hand on his left knee and his right shoulder. I'm pretty happy with the knee but the shoulder is a little wonky. The chipping on it made it look a little off to me. I've been going back and forth about it and whether I should redo it but I think I'm just going to let it sit for a little bit and come back to it and see how it sits with some time.

Him with all the different weapons attached.. I added a little more to the Volkite and while it looks ok I'm honestly still not loving it haha.. but I don't hate it so it will do.

Overall pretty happy with the way he came out and he'll mix in well with the rest of his RG crew. I'm going to have to reach out and try to get a game in soon 8).. 

It was nice taking part of DreadTober again this year and seeing all of the work getting knocked out. Awesome seeing all the different projects coming together. Talking to people about the projects and just looking at how different they all are. I'm going to be moving into full EC mode getting them painted up but if I'm going with the NMM it's going to take some time... I am going to start another EC Contemptor but I don't think I'll be getting him done by the end of DreadTober.

He wasn't done for DreadTober but I haven't put any full finished picture of the above guys brother so I figured I'd throw some on here. Dreads for Dread sake.

Friday, October 13, 2023

DreadTober - Power Fist


This week was pretty busy so didn't get to work much on the Dread. I did finish out the power fist and started the repaint of the Volcite to blue instead of the yellow/red. The Volcite is drying so I have the Melta on it for these pictures.

I'm still layering up the base rust so it's getting close to being done. It has a layer drying right now.

He's pretty close to being done.. I'm still figuring out the right shoulder and the left knee pad. Otherwise pretty happy with him.

The DragonForge bases came in so I have been working on those and the EC a bit ..

Friday, October 6, 2023

DreadTober - Powering Up


The base layer of Enamels and Oils have been applied and I'm in the process of layering up the rust on the base. Now it's the details and other other adds I'm debating on. 

I'm on the fence with the Volkite .. not sure if I'm feeling the colors. Kind of the same I was feeling about the red-yellow on the sword. It needs more for sure but I'm in debate on if I like it and should continue haha.. I didn't want to just go with the blue-white glow but I might just have to go back to it. I think the colors are just looking weird together. I don't even know how to explain it..  

The side of the Volkite looks better I think.. but still kinda meh.. I'm also thinking about doing something on the right shoulder. Some freehand or something to add a little more to it. Either way the line there is a place holder.

I'll be adding the blue white to the fist though.. the metal is just too plain. I'm going to go low key on the OSL because the arms are replaceable and the glow would have to move haha...

I'm thinking I'll have him done next week.. depending on how much time I have. I have to make my daughters Halloween Costume so that is going to take some of the time.

The DragonForge bases came in so I can start on the EC dread as well. We'll see if I can rock him out as well but things are going to start getting busy.

The effects for the EX Palatine Blades

Yellow or Green... or something else haha .. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

10-4 Good Buddy


He's fully based out and blended.. he's blended high and is now gloss cleared waiting for the enamels and oils. I've painted so many Raven Guard at this point I can rock them out in pretty quick order. It will be days of waiting for the layers to dry and then I'll be doing a little more details after ..

Once the enamels are applied it will bring the greys back down into blacks. I should have taken some pics before the gloss was applied but forgot so there is a bunch of shine haha whoops.. He's coming along well.. I'll be working on his arms while the oils dry.

A few more pics of the EC Blades..

More work on the NMM and the Saber .. I want to go with something different for the Charnabal Sabers. I dont just want a power weapon glow. I'm still up in the air as to whether I actually like it though. I dont want it to look like fire which now it really has the feel. Maybe I'll change the colors to see if that helps. Who knows haha.. but at least my Dragonforge bases shipped so they should be here soonish ..  

Friday, September 29, 2023

DreadTober .. It's been a long time..


It's been awhile since I was a part of DreadTober .. Greg and I started it off back in 2017 which feels a bit crazy but I'm very happy that it's still going on. After talking to Marc on my last post I decided I'd take part for 2023. I've been working on building up an Emperors Children force and I was planning on building up another EC Dread but I'm still waiting on DragonForge bases. It's been 3 weeks and it's still processing. So with that being the case I figured I'll whip up a Raven Guard Dread. After playing at Nova it was pretty much a must unit to run so I want to get one worked up to play. This one has Magnets I can swap out the arms...  the other one has dual CC weapons but I want to be able to swap out some guns.

So thankfully I already had a base waiting for him and a ton of weapons.. I put him together and he's now prepped and ready so I'll start rocking and rolling on him next week.

This week I have been working on a squad of Palatine Blades, since I don't have the bases I just kept them on the mold pieces.

Since there is no real timeframe for them I'm just experimenting with them. Right now I'm still playing with the purple and I'm also playing around with NMM golds. I still dont know if I'm liking them haha

Monday, September 18, 2023

Honor Aut Nihil


While at Nova and playing Zone Mortalis I realized I wanted to make another force and since ZM is smaller points it wouldn't be too bad. That was my initial thought but it still turned out to be more then I was initially expecting. So now I'm working on a Loyalist Emperors Children force... we'll see how big it gets haha

I have some more on the way as well.. Right now I'm sadly waiting on Dragonforge bases I've ordered. It's been almost 2 weeks and they are still processing. So hopefully they get them moving soon. I'm to the point I'm probably just going to start painting them off base.

But since I was waiting I repainted an old Relic Contemptor I had...
is now 

I wanted to figure out my color scheme and he's pretty close. I will add a little more weathering and what not but I'm happy with my purple. I need to play with the gold a little more.. But it's nice to paint something a little different. His arms are magnetized so add the Las and have some more arms on the  way,..