Sunday, 30 August 2015

Terrain - Ruins - WIP


When I attended the Salute event last year I picked up some very nice, inexpensive resin terrain pieces. The moment I saw them I knew they would be perfect for a number of different genres but most of all they would go with the upcoming Conan board game from Monolith. I was one of the very first backers and just loved the terrain prospects the game offered.

I decided to do a small test piece for a Khemi desert type board using these ruins. I cut out some rough shapes from hardboard and glued down my pieces with Gorilla Glue (if you are thinking of this please be aware that it expands as it dries and I will not be using it again).

I then added some unevenness to the surface with greenstuff so it would not be perfectly level, also to hide the glue that was protruding from the sides of the pillars.

Next was to cover the base with some sand.

Next for the painting!


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Cromwell Tank WW2 - Armourfast 1/72 scale - Finished

Here are the finished models.

Overall one of the easiest kits to get to a good table top standard I have completed.

Other than the addition of a tank commander there is nothing to add to this kit. Well done Armourfast.



Sunday, 9 August 2015

Cromwell Tank WW2 - Armourfast 1/72 scale - WIP

The latest addition to my slowly growing 1/72 scale WW2 collection is the Cromwell Tank. It was one of the most successful series of cruiser tanks fielded by Britain in the war. It was fast, moderately armoured and had a reasonable gun and its profile was lower than a Sherman tank.

The Armourfast kit was pretty easy to put together and is green so if you want to play without painting it then you can.

I primed the models in British Tank from Army Painter.

Next I covered the models in a  60/40 brown /black wash.

I drybrushed the models with Russian Uniform then painted in all the other details like the tracks and tank commander.

Stay tuned for the finished models.


Monday, 3 August 2015

40k - Blood Angels Knights of Blood Librarian - Dark Vengeance - Finished


Here it is the final model.

Like the Captain model I am not happy with the picture quality. My camera is pretty old and my light setup may not be the best either, the reds are flat and you cant see the difference in the glazing on the armour.

In the plastic it looks really good and I love the metallic look over the flat blue colour normally done on Librarians.

Let me know what you guys think.


Saturday, 25 July 2015

40k - Blood Angels Knights of Blood Librarian - Dark Vengeance WIP

Just moved in and unpacked my hobby stuff and carved out a niche but not yet managed to get any hobby done close now.

This I believe is my last model to finish from the Dark Vengeance boxed set and it is a kit bash albeit a small change with only a shoulder pad and sword being replaced in conjunction with filing off all the Dark Angels icons.

I wanted to use my glazing technique to make the armour a metallic blue, rather than the traditional solid colour, from a silver base colour covered with multiple blue glazes. Above you can see the first very thin glaze that has hardly changed the silver. I have also pretty much done most of the work on the layers for the cloth and other elements of the armour.

Here is the next glaze and you can start to see the nice metallic look coming through. Now the tricky part begins because depending on how dark you want the armour to look depends on how thin the glaze needs to be. The other danger is that too much glaze can completely cover the silver underneath and ruin the effect.

I liked the final look although it is a tiny bit to dark in some places.

Next up the final pictures.


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

40k - Blood Angels - Knights of Blood Captain - Dark Vengeance Finished

After completing all the highlights here is the finished model.

Once again I am not happy with the picture quality of my camera and probably my light setup.The reds are flat and you cant see the difference between the highlights and base colour. The black armour is a tricky one to shoot at bets and I cant capture the metallic look of the armour as well as I would like.

Besides the picture quality I am really happy with the conversion and it looks the part in real life so to speak.

Let me know what you think.


Saturday, 11 July 2015

40k - Blood Angels - Knights of Blood Captain - Dark Vengeance WIP

I am still not settled yet so here is a post I had saved for these types of occasion.

As I don't collect Dark Angels but had the every nice model of the captain in the Dark Vengeance set I set about converting him into something I can use in my Knights of Blood Army. I cut off all the Dark Angel iconography and where possible replaced it with some Blood Angels bits. Next was a head swap which curiously is a Dark Angels and finally a nice straight sword.

Primed black then painted up the base colours using my custom mix for the black armour which is essentially a mix of silver and black giving you a metallic black, not very visible in the picture.

I then started to build up highlights with layers of a lighter shade of the base colours.

Next up the finished model.