Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Khorne Land Raider

Done, Done, and Done!!!

Now I know I said I was going to do some WIP pics and I really had every intention of doing so, but once I started painting I found myself forgetting to take pictures of each stage.  So i'll run it down a little for you as I post the pics.  Here I go assuming you really give a damn how I painted it but by god you'll look and maybe even read it.  This project took a fair bit of time but it was a lot of fun to complete.  I finished it on the 19th of June but because of work requirements I wasn't able to post anything until now.  Here we go.

Stage 1:  As you all saw in the first post after priming the tank black I sprayed a coat of mechrite red over pretty much the whole tank.  (damn GW and changing mechrite red to some other darn color)

Stage 2:  Now that the base red color is on the tank I sprayed the highlight red which is a Vallejo game color over most of the tank leaving some of the mechrite red showing in some recessed areas.

Stage 3:  The next component of the tank I worked on were the skull piles.  I knew these would be a lot harder to complete later on if I put the main colors on the spikes.  The first thing I did was color the skulls in a skull white.  Then I washed them all with a chesnut ink wash.  Once that was dry I drybrushed white over the piles.  Last but not least I washed them with ogryn flesh wash.  This is how I tend to do all of my skulls and bones.

Stage 4:  Now that the skull piles are done I moved on to getting all of the major colours on the tank.  I started with Vallejo Bronze on all of the icons and the armour edging on the gunner.  Then on to all of the blacks found on the guns.  Next was all of the boltgun metal as I knew this was going to take a while.

Stage 5:  Once all of the primary colors were on the tank I moved on to edge highlighting everything.  I mean everything.  This part takes the longest but it really makes a difference.  I knew a lot of the red highlighting was going to be covered over when I drybrushed the entire tank with boltgun metal to give it a weathered look, but in places where the boltgun metal didnt get you would still be able to see the highlight.  The color I used to highlight the red was a dark fleshtone.  This color seems to work a lot better than straight orange.

Stage 6:  Next I completed all of the lenses.  The searchlight I did in blue and the lenses on the lascannon sponsons I did in green.  All of the skulls were completed in the same fashion as the skull piles.  Once they were done I finished off the World Eater icons on the side doors.

Stage 7:  Now I was on to the weathering portion of the painting.  As I stated earlier I used a large tank brush and drybrushed the entire tank with boltgun metal.  This automatically highlighted all of the rivets and gave the tank a "used" look.  After I was done drybrushing I went back over the edges and random areas of the tank with the boltgun metal to look like the paint had worn off in certain areas all flowing front to back.

Stage 8:  The second thing I did for weathering was break out my rust and soot pigments that I have had lying around the basement for the past 2 years.  I haven't used these yet and I really wanted to try out a technique I read about.  I used two different tones of rust on all of the spikes and chains.  Starting with the darker tone I mixed it with Vallejo matte varnish and thinned it out with water.  I then spread this on all of the areas I wanted rusted then did the same thing but I little more sparingly with the lighter tone.  Once the rust was done I used the same technique to do the soot on the guns, exhaust and also used it to look like dirt on the bottom of the tank and its tracks.

Stage 9:  Last thing to do was paint the guy hanging on the side of the tank.  I was really looking forward to painting him.  He got the standard, if not easy to paint, black pants and boots.  I painted his shirt camo green and the wife beater white.  I painted the skin by applying a cadmium skin tone then washing it with purple.  I then highlighted it with elf skin tone.  Once complete I placed blood coming out of his eyes, ears, mouth and of course his shoulder sockets.

Here are pics of the completed project.  I hope that helped give you a better idea of how I painted this model.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

New Toys


The Khorne Land Raider was put on the back burner for the evening.  It's here!  It's finally here!  The wheeled Chimera conversion bits from Chapter House Studios just came in the mail today.

The new in box Chimera that was sitting in my basement / nerd cave has been calling my name for the past 2 weeks.  Most of you that know me know that I can't keep anything in box.  Normally I have it out and put together right away.  With this project however I really wanted to do a WIP of the conversion, build and painting.  This awesome APC will be the newest addition to my renegades and will probably be the only Chimera the army sees.  I just had to share the awesomeness of the vehicle and once its painted i'll get those pics up here.

All of the pieces ready for assembly.

Wheeled Chimera built!

I love the look of the wheels on the Chimera chassis.  It make it look much sleeker.  The build of the tank went really well.  I will have to green stuff some gaps but there aren't that many to do.  Unlike the other tanks for my Renegades I didn't add a bunch of spikey bits to this one.  I like to keep the turret free to spin and with the guns on the rear of the vehicle it didn't really leave me a lot of space where the spikey bits would look good.  Its not going to see paint for a while yet and I'm probably going to keep looking at it trying to figure out what else I could do to it with my limited bits.  If anyone has any ideas to chaos it up please share.  Ok its built.  Whew!  Now back to the Land Raider!

Monday, 11 June 2012

My Very Fist Blog Post!

So my first post huh?  Hmmm.....what to put.  Well if this is going to be a blog dedicated to my painting, modeling and gaming experiences I guess I might as well start with what im currently working on.  Jeez what am I not working on.  Wait lets take a step back.

I have been playing Warhammer 40k for the past 10 years and I have gotten into Warhammer Fantasy and Warmachine/Hordes in the past 2.  There are a heck of a lot of other table top miniatures games I would love to play but I think if I came home with any more "hobbies" my wife would kill me.  I love the gaming aspect of all three games but what pulled me into the hobby is the amazing miniatures.  There is nothing like taking a grey plastic, metal, resin, or the much loved finecast models of these gaming companies and trying to bring them to life.  For Warhammer 40k I have Chaos Space Marines Death Guard, Chaos Space Marines World Eaters, Tyranids, and Servants of Decay Renegades.  For Warhammer Fantasy I have an Ogre Kingdoms army.  Last but not least for Warmachine I have a Khador force.  All are always in a steady state of being added to and completed.  Hopefully this blog emphasizes my love for the games and the hobby and you all enjoy it.

OK so where were we?  Ah yes, my current project.  I am currently part of the Freebootaz year long Motivational Challenge where you are encouraged to complete a squad/war machine/character for 40k for every month.  As of right now I have been able to complete something for every month but March.  For the month of June I have decided to try and get my Khorne Land Raider finished.  I have just started and so far I have the tank primed with my red base coat.  In the next few days I'll post the WIP (work in progress) pictures as I complete the darn thing.  Once its done its back to Ogres as they need some serious attention.  I will also try to get pictures of all of my armies up on the blog.  Enjoy!!!

so much damn red!