Sunday, 27 August 2017

Dark Imperium - Rust Effects using Model Mates

Continuing working on getting my skills back up to par and trying some new products out. I purchased these Rust Effects by Model Mates at Salute and am now trying it out on the Dark Imperium Death Guard as they are perfect candidates.

I started off by base coating the swords with Leadbelcher and used a red ink in the recesses.

Next was to apply the rust effect like you would paint, the trick with this rust effect is that you can build up the rust with several layers and each layer will give you a slightly different effect.

Once I was happy with the amount of rust I drybrushed more Leadbelcher over the sword and that is it, all done. So easy!

I also used it on the metal symbols hanging from the backpack.

If you are looking for an easy authentic looking rust effect then use this.


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Dark Imperium - Painting Bugs

One of the new things to paint on these detail packed models is bugs.

In the previous Dark Vengeance set the models were also jammed full of details including loads of demon faces etc projecting from the body and I made a passable job of painting them but I don't recall any bugs in that set.

Needless to say I couldn't (there probably are) find any tutorials on painting bugs and had to rely on the looking at pictures on the web of this specific model with the bug on its shoulder for reference.

I started with a base colour of Bone for the body and legs and White for the wings, when that was dry I washed the body with Blue, applying several layers to build up the detail around the warts etc on the detail. The legs were washed with Flesh Wash following the same method.

The teeth were highlighted white and the proboscis was washed with a red ink to give it that 'wet' look. I finished with painting the eye black.

The wings were washed with a custom made verdigris wash, allowing some of the white to show through and the tips were then highlighted with white.


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Dark Imperium - Painting Smoke the Warhammer TV Way

So to continue working on getting my skills back up to par by following the Warhammer TV guides by Duncan (as far as possible as I don't have all the colours).

 My second learning session, smoke from the brazier on the backpack. Taken from the Lord of Contagion Video.

I started with a base of Codex Grey (I still have some of these old colours).

Followed by a wash of Coelia Greenshade.

Next a lighter grey layer leaving the green showing in the recesses.

Last a final highlight of White.

Apologies for the quality of the pictures, it was a grey day when I painted this.


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Dark Imperium - Painting a Cloak the Warhammer TV Way

With hobby time at a premium for me, I can only paint a bit here and there (babies don't give you much spare time). With that limitation I have decided to paint my Plague Marines bit by bit as well.

To start off I am going to paint the backpacks first, actually I did the bases first and I am going to get my skills back up yo par by following the Warhammer TV guides by Duncan (as far as possible as I don't have all those colours).

First up the cloak.

I started with a base of Warlock Purple.

Followed by a Nuln Oil wash.

Next a large layer highlight of Warlock Purple.

And finally a edge highlight of Warlock Purple mixed with a bit of white to make it a bit lighter.

Happy days, good result, I would never have painted a cloak this colour before.

Stay tuned for how the smoke turned out.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Dark Imperium - Plague Marines - WIP

I have been thinking about a colour scheme and how to paint these guys, watching videos and looking at the web for the last week or so and the plan is to go for the look on the box, green base colour etc

However I don't have the Death Guard Green spray or paint so I was going to prime in black and then use a GW Knarloc Green base colour followed by the metallics etc.

After looking at my paint stock I saw I had the Army Painter Green Primer Spray which I use for my Bolt Action Allies and I knew my problem of a base colour was solved.

Top and below are the first pictures of the models primed straight over plastic build.

Stay tuned for the WIP.


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Dark Imperium - Plague Marines - First Thoughts

I have assembled the Plague Marines (still in the raw plastic so no need to add pictures, there are lots on the web).

My initial thoughts so far.

The sculpts are really good and the level of detail is equally excellent but the question I have been asking myself is:

Are they better than the Dark Vengeance Chaos Marines box set?

My thoughts are that they are the same, the Marines are equally good sculpts with great detail. The Lord of Contagion, Malignant Plaguecaster and the Noxious Blighbringer are all very pretty awesome models, same goes for the Foetid Bloat Drone.

I am still in the camp of these are well worth the cash and will be great to paint when I manage to get some time, but the purchase seems to be 'shiney syndrome' more than anything else.

Not complaining though.

I am going to build the Primaris Marines next.


Friday, 30 June 2017

Fabled Realms

The game has finally launched and funded in around 8 hours, well done 4Ground!

I have been eagerly anticipating this game since I heard about it, the world looks fantastic and the Terrain Tutor is going to bring the Map to life, another good mover 4Ground.

The story sounds great, it can almost be a snapshot of The Empire province of Averland and Sylvania where Vampire and Human lived as close neighbours.

The miniatures also look unique, hard to do these days with so many games out there.

But now the part I really didn't foresee coming.

I can’t see the value of their starter set costing £40 for essentially an A5 rulebook and 8 miniatures plus some dice and cards, even with the stretch goals which seem to come mostly at an additional cost.

I will have to think about whether I want to get involved with the game now and the only way would be to get the rule book and convert up my own characters from my Warhammer miniatures which are gathering dust in my cupboard.

Very sad.