Friday, December 11, 2015

Knitting the Soul Weaver: Warmachine's Deneghra 3/5: Magnetic Machinations

Magnets are cool. There is no doubt about it. Being able to swap and use all the weapons that come with a kit is really fun, but also, for our big kits, having some parts magnetized is a great option for storing and moving these monsters around. Here is a little step-by-step of how I magnetized Denghra.

In the WIP picture above you can see all of the joints that I have magnetized.  Ole, who is getting this piece is a serious gamer and he wants to take it down to the game store to show off to his friends.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Knitting the Soul Weaver: Warmachine's Deneghra 2/5: Fighting the Fuzz

The second stage of the Deneghra 3 project is cleaning up the mold lines. Not very much fun, but as any necromantic battle mage can tell you, "preparation is everything." 

Meet the enemy:

Deneghra's wings have a lot of mold lines. They aren't too bad considering how big the model is, but the problem is the soft material Deneghra is made out of. If you use the back of your x-acto knife to try and scrape them off the tend to just get fuzzy.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Knitting the Soul Weaver: Warmachine's Deneghra 1/5

I am excited to be getting started on a new project this week. I am going to be building and painting Privateer Press' huge Deneghra model. This is the most recent version of Deneghra ( I believe it's Denghra 3) and she is pretty big, or her mount is at any rate.

Giant undead dragon construct with a rider? Hell yeah! This is the 
kind of thing that got me into gaming in the first place.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Salamanders Commission Gallery

These guys are done, and I am pretty happy how they turned out. I really wanted them to pop and have high contrast so I did a bit of NMM work on the green but I tried to keep it in sync the Forge World color scheme.

Pining for You

What do you use to pin models?

This came up the other day on one of the forums or face book groups that I follow and I was pretty surprised by how many different answers there were.

Put the paperclip down!

A lot of people use paper clips for pinning. I have used paperclips in the past and I will probably use them in the future. They are the right size, and they are readily available. They are also super strong. They are so strong in fact, that they will totally ruin your awesome model snips.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Skitarii Skirmish 5/5

 My Skitarii Rangers are all done! They came out great, and I got some good photos too. This will probably be the last Work In Progress entry for these guys for a while. I do have a plan to make a little diorama tray for them, but I am not sure when I will be able to work on that. Before I put them on the shelf I want to talk a little about the blue Object Source Lighting I have worked into the unit.

Got glow? A trick to get Object Source Lighting like this is using transparent paint, either with a 'glaze' or through the airbrush.

I think the unit looks really good all together and that is what I was I was shooting for. When you paint a unit, as opposed to a single mini, you can focus more on the theme of the unit than on the way each individual looks. Something that might be too subtle for a single model could look great repeated across an entire unit.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Skitarii Skirmish 4/5

I am putting the final touches on my Skitarii. Things are shaping up very nicely on my little 40K Jawas One of the last things they need is a bit of simple freehand on their robes so it seemed like a good thing to do a little write-up about.

See how nicely the "27," decal blends with the freehand stripe? Maybe its because my freehand is PERFECT, yeah right!

Freehand can be really intimidating, but it is one of those things that can really take a model to the next level.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Skitarii Skirmish 3/5

The Skitarii are coming along quite nicely so far. the underpainting worked out really well, I think.

 The arm got a pretty big does of highlight so the underpainting is more obscured but you can see it pretty good on the rifle

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Skitarii Skirmish 2/5

I was able to put primer on the Skitarri today. I started black and built up layers of progressively whiter grey to get a zenithal effect. I use my airbrush to prime with Reaper brush-on primer. The airbrush might not be the very fastest way to prime a figure but it gives a ton of control which is crucial at this early stage.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Skitarri Skirmish 1/5

New project time! It's the Skitarri box from Games Workshop. I really like these models. A friend plays a Techpriest sniper in our Dark Heresy game and couple of years ago I added a sniper rifle to the old Techpreist figure. When these came out I new it was only a matter of time before they would be on my desk.  

Time to snip the Skit'

The kit is pretty fun. Lot's of different poses for a GW box and tons of extra goodies.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Painting Joan of Arc

My new Joan of Arc is done. Hooray!

She could probably use a bunch of touch ups, and if I ever decide to enter her in a comp or something I will probably do some more work on her. The tough thing about painting her was that I started painting her one way, following the Angel Giraldez Masterclass book and when I was about 80% done with her I did a 3 day workshop with Alfonso "Banshee" Giraldes.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

How I Deep Clean my Airbrushes

Airbrushes are totally awesome.

Ever since I was a little kid putting together model kits in my pajamas over a bowl of cheerios I have had a serious airbrush fixation.

I remember painting camo with Testor's high gloss paints and then trying to convince my father that I really needed an airbrush. To his credit he came through and on my twelfth birthday I became the proud owner of a Paasche VL. I blew through a couple of cans of propellant and then it sat on my shelf for a very very long time.

25 years later I use the same Paasche VL for base priming and base coating and some finer stuff on occasion. It is a great, robust, workhorse airbrush. The other airbrush that I own is a Iwata HP-CS. The Iwata is also about 20 years old and I actually found it in the bottom of a dollar bin at Goodwill. I think it started life painting fingernails, but after some serious cleaning, a new nozzle, needle and a couple of O-rings it is good as new. Well, I guess it is. I never used it when it was new.  

Which brings us to this posts subject: Cleaning your airbrush to make it as good as new. Some of this came up on the CMON forums the other day and I thought it would make a useful blog post.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Alfonso "Banshee" Giraldez Workshop Review

Wow! What a mind blowing experience. You know how you had that one professor in college that always had you leaving their class felling like "I will never see the world the same way again"? Well that's how the Banshee workshop was, except it was a class on mini painting.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Unboxing the Darksword Kickstarter!

Got a great late Holiday gift in the mail today: The Dark Sword Stephanie Law Masterworks Kickstarter! I wasn't expecting these until the end of February!