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Finished Skull Cannon of Khorne

So I finally finished my skull cannon and now I have been sort of pawing through my stuff trying to figure out what I would do next.  I also knocked out 21 cobblestone bases for my CSMs as well, but I don’t have pictures of those currently.  So I figured I have these fantasy miniatures that are cool, I’ll paint some of those.  The new Age of Sigmar game is catching my interest more as it matches my fluffy play style and is very simple and destructively brutal.  This is in no way suggesting that I am going to be a convert, like I said previously, it’s just a reason to buy all the super cool minis I have wanted from the fantasy line…think Nagash and war hydra.

So, these are the final shots of the Skull Cannon.102

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These pictures are of the Elyrian Reaver that I finished.   Took the opportunity to work on my shading of white.

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Thanks for reading,

KI

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Damn near done!!!

So, my last post for the skull cannon before it is done!  The base is done as are most of the details.  Just a quick post with some half-hearted pics, but it may be all the progress I make this weekend so I figured I’d get a post up just in case!

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Thanks for reading!

KI


Progress on the Skull Cannon

So I have made progress on the skull cannon.  Cleaned up the masked areas and did most of the highlights (minus the extreme highlights I will do at the end with mithril silver) and did the majority of the work on the riders.  My intent is for the front two bloodletters to look lava-ish.  However, I think I need to cover more of them with black and brown and have the reds and yellows be less apparent.  Not sold on them currently.  I also have designed and built a lava base as well as doing the first portion of the lava.  Now I have to paint the rocks and skulls.

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Well, thanks for reading,

KI


Hobby update: Getting used to my air brush and making headway with my renegades and daemon kin

So making some painting progress.  I have been whittling away slowly at models I need to paint for the past month or so but very slowly.  Recently I have started making more progress faster, especially making gains with my air brush.  So, onto the stuff.

I recently finished my renegade command squad.  Or at least a possible command squad.  The flamed and melts cannot both be used but they can be swapped out.  The rest of the renegades will be green and purple with the disciples being red.  Sets them apart I feel.  However, veterans will be black or something separate.  The lack of unity in color scheme makes them feel more patchwork and more like a renegade army.

So here are the first five finished disciples (still figuring out how to base them):

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Here is the Arch-Demagogue.  I like the dual close combat weapon look with a power weapon and a regular close combat weapon.

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Here is the first test terminator I did for my terminator squad:

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Note the skull pad.  I quite like this method of painting bone.

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Here is the new scheme for my warp talons.  Right now I field eight of them (7 previously painted green, one red).   Daemon kin formations finally give me a good excuse to use these guys.  That said, they have proven pretty good in the two games I have run them with daemon kin.

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Here is my GW thirster.  I painted a lot of him before I became discouraged and now I need to go back and polish off the last detail work on him.  Oh, and his base.  But I am trying to think of what his base is.  He is either a daemon prince of Khorne or a lesser thirster (my big ones are the 275-300 point varieties).

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Currently, before the thirster I am working on my Skull Cannon of Khorne.  This is the first time I have done a fair amount of blending with my airbrush.  The yellow bloodletters will be darkened through successive layers to look like they have sort of a lava finish.  The back two will be more of a classic red bloodletter scheme.

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Once this is done, which hopefully will be this weekend I will finish the details on the thirster and eagerly dive into my Stormfiends who are my renegade brutes (Picture Ogryns but chaosy).  They fit the bill of a brute and they are the size one expects of a very bulky three wound model.

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Well, thanks for reading.  Glad to finally start painting again.  While I am painting less, I feel the quality has improved gradually from where I was a year ago.

Until next week, thanks for reading,

KI


Obliterators, Vindicator Shield, Possessed, and More! (Pictures in progress)

So, it’s been a while since I got a good hobby update in.  So, since my last set of pics, I have made some good progress.  First, the painting.  I finished my Predator.  I airbrushed the base, wash, and highlights.  The wash was rough, but worked fine.  I really need to work on my freehand writing though.  I think I may get a caligraphy pen and work with that for fine writing on models as black ink will work well.  If anyone has tips on stylish freehand writing, let me know.

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Bonus points for anyone who gets the Chi-Rho and the term “Under this Sign” Statement.  Fitting, as I play Word Bearers.  The guy on top reminds me of the meme “Drive closer, I want to stab him with my sword!”.  Overall, I like it.  I matches my style and the paint job is solid.  May go back and highlight those black areas with the same scorching streaks that adorn the infantry.

Now, here are the last of the possessed.

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The other four still need their scorching streaks on their black armor, but I really like them.  The combination of all the different colors and textures made them fun and challenging to paint.  They served as an opportunity to practice blades, metal, skin, eyes, teeth, horns, hooves, power armor, wings, claws…yeah, pretty much everything I paint.  I have 4 more to paint and that will finish my possessed squad.

I continued working on the vindicator shield, though making only a little progress.

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I have the basics for bits and now I am going to start cleaning it up and blending.  Basically, adding the initial layer, another layer of bits, one more structural layer, then finishing details.

I also have started a project of revamping my terminators.  I wanted something more chaos-ish.  I plan to get the horus heresy terminators for REGULAR (ie-non-aligned terminators).  HOWEVER, I wanted these guys for my chaos lords retinue…this guy:

 

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So, I didn’t want to do tentacles.  I wanted something else.  Partly because while this guy turned out REALLY well, he was a) a royal pain in the ass, b)used a metric ton of bits and GS, and c) there was no way to keep him on a 40mm base and not look awkward.  Now, I am perfectly fine making my bases bigger for very small squads (oblits), characters (my lord or thirster) but for terminators I wanted them smaller and obviously subordinate to this guy.  So yeah, I came up with this idea:

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Yeah, so he is attached to a goblin spider rear.  I used a possessed head, though I am not sold (it’s just on a ball of GS as a mount).  But I really like how it came out.  It still needs some GS work (the bottom of it is hollowed, the joining area and the leg bases, plus the areas around the underarms).  But yeah, this is something that I think when the lord and retinue are on the table, they will draw a good bit of attention.

Lastly, my second oblit is ready for GS.  I wanted a dynamic pose on this guy, so I came up with this.  He is the exact same size as the other one (so much larger than a normal terminator) but he is more reared up in a striking pose so looks taller.  Excited to get this guy done and then one more.  It’s the kind of squad that people really like seeing on the table.

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He still has to get some more bits after the GS work, but most of the primary bits are done.  GS work will be daemonic flesh, cabling, skulls, and the joints of the legs.  This guy has less complicated legs than the other one and thus will take more effort in the post-production phase.

 

Hey, would love comments and suggestions!

 

Thanks for reading!,

KI

 


First thoughts on the airbrush

So, got the airbrush up and running and rapidly discovered a few things:

1) Mixing paints…yeah, that sucks.  Time to start making the conversion to vallejo model air.  Getting that mix juuuuust right is such a pain, and a huge mess as well with me mixing flo-aid, paint, and water.  However, I think I am going to start cutting with isopropyl alcohol or windex to make it dry faster, see how that goes.  Gonna try out fixing those over spray spots tomorrow with that.

2) AMAZING fast.  Based an entire predator and did the silver weapons (with a little bit of over spray, mainly due to inexperience) in about 35 -45 minutes.  But the gem of it was how smooth it was.  Super excited for tanks now!

3) To answer ShinyRhino’s question last thread, the ergonomics of it are great.  Once I stop thinning my paints too much, I think it will be even more so.  If I take my tip off and use the black paint that comes with it, I can paint VERY thin lines.

 

SO, to all those with airbrushes out there, what PSI do YOU use, and what do you use to thin your paints.  The internet is so full of answers that it would literally take years to distill the crap from the gold.

 

ON THAT NOTE, I would like to say that I am super excited for the new thirster.  Ordered one today (he’s gonna actually be my daemon prince), and it allows me to build THIS list at 1850-

2 thirsters

5 Crushers

3 squads of 16 bloodletters

8 hounds

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Might switch to 1 thirster and throne of skulls so I can bump it up to 8 crushers…cuz, ya know, 8 is just a good number. 😀

Either way, it will be a ridiculously impressive army.  Still sticking with my fire and ice theme currently, though with having quite a bit of blue stuff, I have debated started making that conversion to all ice.  However, few people have come up and said “Oh cool, blue Khorne stuff!”.  A LOT of people have said “Hey, fire and ice!  That’s a cool idea!”.  So, on that I think I will probably keep it.  If the new thirster is as epic as I feel it will be, I may procure another.  The new white dwarf gives separate rules for each of the three builds for fantasy only (yeah…they said new rules.  Didn’t expect it to be fantasy only.  Booo GW, Boooo!).  Hopefully, they will come out with 40k Rules for the three builds as well.  From the looks of it, they are “super choppy with area of effect, fast and choppy, and super choppy with template attack.  Fingers crossed they convert it to 40k.  So, yeah, it’s a good day to worship the blood god!

 

Thanks for reading,

KI


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Got this in the mail today!!!





So I got my airbrush today. Its a Grex XT with a .3 mm needle and pistol grip. Excited to watch the getting started video and practice with some water. I also ordered some flow aid and pipettes to start diluting my paint in systematic and exacting ways. If anyone has experience airbrushing worth citadel paints, let me know what you file with.

So I got my airbrush today. Its a Grex XT with a .3 mm needle and pistol grip. Excited to watch the getting started video and practice with some water. I also ordered some flow aid and pipettes to start diluting my paint in systematic and exacting ways. If anyone has experience airbrushing worth citadel paints, let me know what you file with.