Return of the Brush: Typhon and Company

Return of the Brush: Typhon and Company

Typhon WIP
Typhon WIP

After I finished Epic Thagrosh I took a bit of break from miniature painting. I’m not sure if it was the culmination of the burnout  I had been feeling or the stomach virus I had caught but I pretty much put down the brush about a month or so ago.   It wasn’t until just a couple nights ago that I finally sat back down with Typhon to try and get back into the swing of things.

Last time I worked on Typhon I had applied the initial wash to his skin but I hadn’t gotten any further.   But when I sat down to try to smooth out the base coat, before I knew it I had flown through a majority of the layering and the clock was telling me it was an hour past when I should have gone to bed.

The following night I did some initial work on all of the carapace areas.   I still have a lot of detailing and more highlighting to do on the skin though.   The mouths also need a ton of work but overall things are progressing rapidly.   Before long I should be able to seal and base this multi-headed monstrosity.

I haven’t decided what I’m going to paint after Typhon.   Neither the Fire of Salvation nor the Blessing of Vengeance have been touched in nearly six months.   I just haven’t been able to bring myself back to painting warjacks since then.   Half of me really wants to get them finished and off my workbench but the other half remembers how un-fun jacks are to paint.   Painting beasts is so much more fun.

Fire of Salvation and Blessing of Vengeance
Fire of Salvation and Blessing of Vengeance

I’m also considering switching to Rorsch & Brine.   I basecoated Brine’s skin a while ago but he he’s virtually unstarted.   Rorsch is just primed but if I paint him I’ll probably paint my Bone Grinders at the same time just to make sure that all of my Farrow have a consistently colored hide.   There’s also a Stannis Brocker that has been in-progress for a while now that I wouldn’t mind working on either.

Stannis Brocker WIP
Stannis Brocker WIP

That’s just my models that are in progress, too.   One of these days I should make a list of my unstarted models to try and prioritize them.   Damn figmentia!

Privateer Press Weekend 2009 Mercenaries Update

Orin Midwinter
Orin Midwinter

As work on my Legion forces progresses I’ve also been putting some work in on the Mercenaries I’m painting to be given away at Privateer Press Weekend this year.   I still have a lot of detailing and a little bit of re-working   to do but things are looking good as far as meeting my deadline.

First up is my Orin Midwinter, who I think is coming together well.   I shaded his robe by adding black to P3 Skorne Red and left him on the dark side to fit his fluff.   The trim, sash, and shoulder pads still need some work but I went with black to keep a sinister feel on the model.   Orin’s staff is P3 Brass Balls shaded with brown and black inks and highlighted by mixing in just a tad of GW Mithril Silver.

After I finish the the rest of the model I think I’m going to do some source lighting on the end of this staff and his left eye.   I have some P3 Arcane Blue that I’ll probably use – it’s an interesting greenish blue that looks like it’s good for this sort of effect.   I’ve tested it on some other models and I think it would look good applied to Orin.

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Back to the Blight

The Striders' Skintones
Nyss Skintones

The past few weeks I was able to finish up my War Chiefs and get an initial sealing on them.   I have a handful of Legion models that need to have snow put on their base before a final sealing but for now on the Legion from I’ve switched gears to work on my Strider models.

Once I got started things progressed pretty quickly.   By now I have my Nyssian skin recipe down and it’s just a matter of going through the steps.   My leathers are pretty much the same recipe as I’ve always used as well but decided to switch it up.   Usually I do my highlighting by lightening the Midnight Blue I use with Dutch Blue eventually with a little white.   This time I went from Midnight Blue to Cape Cod Blue, which is a blue/gray.   The end result was a much more realistic look and I think it turned out well.

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Luke’s Legion Speed Painting Experiment

The finished result
Speed-Painted Shredder

I’ve mentioned Luke here on this blog before.   On top of being a fellow Legion of Everblight player he’s also one of the hosts of The Podge Cast, has guest hosted on the Iron Agenda, and is a former member of my weekly rpg group (and played in our Deadlands and Earthdawn games).   Needless to say Luke’s a busy guy and that’s kept his budding Legion force unpainted.

I did a little research and found a few products and after picking them up, invited Luke over after work one day to hang out and test a possible method to speed paint his Legion beasts in the color scheme that he had implied he wanted to use.   While the results   aren’t anything that will win a painting competition the process was extremely fast and the results are more than sufficient for the table top.

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Protectorate Character Jacks & Jack Painting Hate

Protectorate Character Jacks & Jack Painting Hate

A while ago I mentioned that I was working on a pair of Protectorate warjacks – the Fire of Salvation and the Blessings of Vengeance.  That was December 13th and I’m pretty sure that they’re in the same state now that they were then.  The Fire of Salvation sat assembled on my painting desk for a month or two until the Blessing came out – I just didn’t feel motivated to put him together right away.  After Blessing came out I figured it was time to get them both assembled and painted.  I heard a lot of complaint about assembly of the Blessing but I honestly didn’t have much problem – it just required some dry fitting and pinning and it went together smoothly.

The weaponless Fire of Salvation
Fire of Salvation

I worked pretty hard on the models for about a month, making some pretty decent progress.  I decided to use the models to test two new things.  The first was trying a different base color for my off white areas.  I really like the Applebarrel Goosefeather color that I normally use on my Protectorate stuff but that paint’s coverage is horrible.  Normally I spend a lot of time putting down countless thinned layers of this color.  This is a very time consuming process on a small model, let alone something as large as a heavy warjack.

This time around I gave Reaper Master Series Yellowed Bone a try.  There’s a little more yellow in the color than normal but the coverage is superb.  After laying down a base coat I did a single thinned coat of Goosefeater which helped re-tint the areas more to my liking.  The end result was ever so slightly different from just using Goosefeather but was infinitely faster.  Basecoat completed, it was on to shading as normal.

The currently oddly-posed Blessing
Blessings of Vengeance

And shading was my second experiment for these models.  Once again I varied my recipe, mixing in some P3 Greatcoat Grey into my usual brown shading mix to add a little more depth to the shadows.  The first results had a bad tint to them that wasn’t what I was looking for (nor did it match the rest of my army) but I glazed the shadows a couple times with my usual brown shading mix and that was all the fix that was necessary.

Once the experimentation was over it was on to the usual of jack painting – metallics, my royal purple, and other detailing.  And it was at that point where my motivation started dwindling again.  After trying to rekindle my efforts on these models, I realized my lack of motivation is due to the fact that I just don’t like painting warjacks.  The only thing I can think of that it’s the big open spaces and the chassis that at this point are just so repetitive that working on them more of a chore than a joy.  And painting shouldn’t be a chore.

Added to that the fact that I don’t even use too many jacks to often in Warmachine and I wind up preferring to work on something that will see more use like a solo, warcaster, even something from my Legion of Everblight army.

I really want to get these models finished but unless I decide to use them at Privateer Press weekend this year I’m not sure how quickly I’ll get back to them.  I still have the scroll-work on Fire to do as well as the weapons (and some edge-work) on both jacks and they should be done.

Now if I can just get motivated to get back to work on them…

Sad Tidings

OttLite Shelby Floor Lamp
OttLite Floor Lamp

Last night as I was working on some models my work light started flickering.   I took a break to do a few things on my computer and when I came back it was completely dead.   I hadn’t really noticed how spoiled I had been by my OttLite until I tried painting without it.   I’m going to have to see if I can find an old desk lamp to use until I can get a replacement bulb.   🙁

I suppose it’s due though.   The lamp is probably about eight years old at this point and hadn’t gone out yet.   It’s been fantastic to paint by though.   If I were to go back and change anything I might go with a desk lamp instead of a floor lamp but this one has served me wonderfully since my fiancee gave it to me years ago.   The untinted white lite it puts out is perfect for painting by and I’d highly recommend one for anyone else looking for a painting light.

WIP – Mercenaries for Privateer Press Weekend

WIP – Mercenaries for Privateer Press Weekend

Experimenting with a quick wash
Wash Experiment

As I mentioned before, the local Warmachine community held Privateer Press Weekend at DieCon 8 last year here in St. Louis.  This year we’re going to be doing it again.  And like last year I’ve been tapped to paint some miniatures to be given away as door prizes to attendees.  Last year I painted up a Broadsides Bart but this year I signed up to do a trio of Mercenaries – Dougal McNaile, Thor Steinhammer, and Orin Midwinter.  Given how much of my own stuff I’d like to have done by the convention it may be a tall order but I’m going to give it a shot.

So far the work I’ve done on Dougal and Orin has been mostly preliminary stuff.  I basecoated their skin with P3 Midlund Flesh  and washed them with a diluted mix of GW Brown Ink, P3 Flesh Wash, and some glaze medium.  From there I’ll start highlighting the skin back up, but before I do that I’m going to get Thor caught up so I can do all three at once.  Dougal also got his pants based in Reaper Master Series Yellowed Bone, then I washed them with the same shade I used on both models’ exposed skin.  With a little cleanup I think it’s going to look pretty nice.

GW's Red Foundatin's Performance
GW Foundation Red

The red on Orin is from a pot of GW Foundation Red that I was given a ways back.  It’s a little thick but even watered down the paint has excellent coverage and really helped get him started.  I plan on washing his coat with a dark red/black to help define the shadow areas before I start doing any actual blending.  I plan on blending over the wash but it’ll help give me a reference point on where to start.

I’ve already mentioned the GW and P3 paint lines that I use, but they’re not the only paint lines I use.  My paint organizer has bottles from both Vallejo’s lines, Reaper Master Series, some artist paint additives and even some craft paints that still see use on my models.  Some painters will  swear by a single line and stick with it but I’m a big fan of picking and choosing to find the tools that best work with your style and your palette needs.

Chill of Winter & Shiny Paint

I haven’t decided what I want to field this year at Hardcore at Privateer Press Weekend at DieCon 9 this year – my Protectorate of Menoth or my Legion of Everblight.  Most of what I’d want to field with my Protectorate is already painted so I’m going to try and get a lot of work done on my Legion before hand so I can make the final decision.

My current project is a pair of Warmonger War Chiefs that I’m painting to match the Blighted Ogrun Warmongers that I painted back in 2007. I’ve included a couple of picture my my photography rig probably won’t be up for another week or so so the quality is pretty lacking.  I really wanted to get back to posting pictures though so it’s a start.

There’s still plenty of work to do – attaching the right arm for instance.  There’s also the bone spines on the back of the left arm which haven’t been shaded yet and are still base-coated in Reaper Master Series Yellowed Bone.  And the Ogrun’s talons and the claws on his pelt that need some work as well as some more general touch-up and detailing.

As I worked on my warmongers my biggest concern was being able to match the colors on models that I painted almost two years ago but for the most part that’s been relatively a non-issue.  I had written down the flesh colors and the armor is very strait forward; the only real issue was the fur on the boots/back but I was able to match that fairly closely to my existing Warmongers’ boots.  My recipe for doing so used a few washes with P3 Armor Wash though, which reminded me how much I hate some of the paints I also think are the easiest to use – the shiny finish.

The effect I see usually happens with either hobby paints that use liquid pigments (Reaper Master Series, Formula P3) or certain washes – that being a shiny finish on the coat of paint after applying it to the model.  The problem is easily solved at the end of the painting process during final sealing when I use Testors Dullcoat but until that time the areas that are painted with these paints are pretty reflective and can obscure detail.

These reflections make it difficult – for me at least – to pick out my own highlighting as I work which has been extremely frustrating at times.  It can be very annoying to seal a model and then realize that the paint job doesn’t actually look like I thought it did when the reflected highlights are are removed.  Even with the glossy finish good paint is good paint so I’ll stick with using the RMS and P3 lines.  The paints apply and blend too smooth and easily for me for it to be worth switching.

Although I’m concentrating on my Legion, I plan on switching gears for the next post.  I’m hoping that alternating between the groups of WIPs will help prevent burnout.  So next post I’ll provide some pictures of a different project I’m working on for DieCon, and with any luck my photo rig will be set back up and they’ll be much higher quality!

Miniature Painting – Truth or Myth?

As I speculated earlier, work on The Iron Agenda has really hurt my posting schedule here on Dankelblarg.   Fallout 3 hasn’t helped a whole lot either but podcasting has wound up consuming a lot of my free time since we started.   As a result I haven’t made as much progress painting-wise as I would have liked – and I haven’t updated Diminutive Denizens in ages -   but I have been able to get some work done since July.

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Where’s the WIP?

Boy, have I been slacking as of late.   Part of that has been gearing up the Iron Agenda but everything started with the beginning of the summer Con season.   In preparation for Privateer Press Weekend at DieCon here in St. Louis (which I’ve written about already) I joined in with some fellow Podthralls listeners in starting our own version of the Gamer Journal that Privateer Press had featured in what was then the most recent issue of No Quarter (at the expense of posting my WIPs here).

I have added news feeds from Diminutive Denizens, my miniature gallery web sit, to try and make sure that I can keep producing some content, but when my camera got borrowed for a couple months even that slowed down.   I’m working on getting back into the swing of things… we’ll just have to see what sort of progress I can make.