Sunday, 23 October 2016

Converting a Stormcast Eternal into a Space Marine - Painted

After a small hobby break, I have put some paint onto my conversion/kit-bash this week past.

With all my Minotaurs, I follow my tried and tested recipe.

Black Primer, base-coat followed by a layer of Warplock Bronze (picture not shown). Next I painted a layer of Brazen Brass followed by a wash of my custom made verdigris mix. Lastly a drybrush of Brazen Brass to bring out the highlights and create the shading.

I then painted all the details, the other metal areas were a base of Leadbelcher with a highlight of Mithral Silver, the reds a base of Scab Red followed by a highlight of Mephiston Red. The shield I left mostly Warplock Bronze. The leather is a base of Dark Brown and highlight of Beastial Brown.
I know I am naming some old GW paint names but that's how I remember them.

Here are the rest of the finished pictures, enjoy.


Sunday, 9 October 2016

Converting a Stormcast Eternal into a Space Marine

I got a free Stormcast Eternal with my purchase of the 'Getting Started with Warhammer age of Sigmar', which is a great publication hearkening back to GW's good old days. The thing is what to do with a single miniature if you don't play Age of Sigmar.

The obvious is to convert or kitbash it into something else. I did some research, looking at cool pictures on the web of conversions..ha-ha, and decided to add a cool sergeant/captain to my Minotaurs Army, although to be fair it will fit into my Blood Angels Army just as well.

I began by assembling the miniature (except shield arm) then proceeded to cut off the hammer, shoulder pads and arms thereafter. Next was to glue the shield to the shield-arm.

Now the best part, deciding what to add:

I chose a suitable weapon, in this case a Blood Angels sword then glued it to the weapon arm, next was a Chaos backpack (Chaos icons filed off) which looks better than the loyalist Marines because it has more height. I added two nice Minotaur shoulder pads from Forge World and a head from Puppets War. I also added a pistol, grenades and extra armour from a Terminator to the mid section. Last was to add some Brass etched bits to the shield, also from Forge World, to complete the transformation.

Some personal notes:

As mentioned earlier, I had to cut off the arms completely, then re-position with some green-stuff to be able to fit the shoulder pads so they look natural. It may have been better to use a space marine torso.

I think the proportions of the Stormcast Eternal are more realistic as the model of a space marine's legs are too short for the rest of the body.

I am looking forward to painting this miniature very much.


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Alpha Legion - Horus Heresy - Betrayal at Calth - Finished

All that was left to finish was the bases and the details.

I was a bit perplexed by what colour to paint the helmet crest and tabard., initially I went for red but that looked too much Night Lords so I repainted it grey and washed with black then highlighted with grey again. I think that fits in better with the Alpha Legion colour scheme as well. I did leave the eye lenses red though.

The bases were basically brown with weathering powder applied to give it that dusty Mars earth look.

The models really turned out the way I was hoping for and I am pretty pleased. This just makes my decision even harder now.

Only one legion left to try out.....


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Alpha Legion - Horus Heresy - Betrayal at Calth - WIP


After doing my successful testing on using the Tamiya X23 paint as a candidate for the Alpha Legion colour scheme I have started on my next batch of Betrayal at Calth miniatures.

The plan is pretty straight forward.

Prime with black and base colour of Leadbelcher.

Next a good coverage of my 60/40 black/brown wash mixture.

Layer on Tamya X23.


Some observations, the Tamiya had to be applied in three layers to get the rich, deep blue colour I was after. My reasoning is that this legion is all about stealth so the bright blue colour from Forge World is less consistent with the fluff, hence I preferred the deep blue.

The pictures are great but didn't quite capture the colour as it is in real life which is a shame, hopefully the finished ones will.

I need to finish off the details and bases next, so stay tuned for the finished squad.


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Horus Heresy - Guess which Legion I am painting next?

So as part of my original plan to determine which Horus Heresy Legion I might start to collect, I am experimenting with the choice of colour paint to use.

This Legion is arguably the most difficult to categorically say what colour they use for their armour.

Historically they were like this.

So a purple with green insignia moving on to a blue with green as a more chaos legion.

I have seen many paint schemes in between these as well and they all look good, well maybe not the purple and green one.

Now the latest version from Forge World looks like this.
This is still blue but with a metallic sheen to it, no green in sight and this is what drew me in as it falls into the way I like to paint my miniatures. The problem is how to replicate the look.

I scoured many forums and blogs looking for the recipe and I came across this paint.
I purchased a pot and began to experiment.

The first thing I noticed is it has a warning on the side so read that first.

Some other observations, it is really thick but apparently can be diluted to use with an air brush. To this end I diluted my paint with a drying retarder which caused it to trap air bubbles within the paint so be wary of that. I also had to apply several layers to get the blue I wanted, this can lead to obscuring detail. Applying a wash for shading can be tricky as the dried paint surface does not 'hold' the shade very well.

Here are my test results on a spare terminator model.

I started with a metal base colour

Then applied the Tamiya x23

Drybrushed with the metal to create highlights.

Re-applied the Tamiya x23

Painted in some of the other detail to see what the overall effect would be.

Not as light as the Forge World stuff but pretty good.

Now that I am happy with the outcome I can start on my Betrayal of Calth Miniatures.


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Bolt Action German 81mm Mortar Team - Finished

I completed the basing using my ground black pepper and herb method and as previously discovered I added some additional colour with some static grass to bring more green to the mix of colours and make it look better as the pepper and herbs are very close in colour with little contrast .

I like the way these turned out.


Sunday, 28 August 2016

Bolt Action German 81mm Mortar Team - WIP

Continuing on the small painting projects from my Bolt Action Boot Camp at Beasts of War I tackled the German mortar team.

I use the same method as previously with a black primer, base colours of German Field Grey, Reflective Green, Graveyard Earth and some generic browns and flesh colours.

Followed this with a wash of 60/40 brown/black.

Then went back and highlighted with the same base colours. Apologies for the poor pictures and lack of pictures for the highlight stage, these were done at the same time as the MMG Team pictures.

I need to finish the base in my ground black pepper and herb method to be consistent with the plan I have for the army.