Sunday, 19 March 2017

Ultramarine - RTB01 Beaky Marine

Last year I was on one of my periodic Space Hulk fads. These usually go nowhere but I'd always been keen on the idea of using regular marines in the game after seeing the rules for powered armour in White Dwarf 120. I think I played a couple of games using them back in the day with my plastic marines.

Anyway, I still have most of my original plastic beakies, albeit stripped and mostly in bits, and not having any real idea what to do with them (apart from a a few specially earmarked squads) I realised I had enough to use in Space Hulk. Now most of my plans go nowhere but I did end up fixing up a squad of models before stalling at the question of colour schemes.

Various ideas came to mind but I ended up deciding I wanted to revisit a colour scheme I'd used on a few marines back in the 90's. It must have been around '97 that I painted up some Ultramarines, two or three terminators and a couple of plastic beakies. All stripped years ago but I remembered the blue was nicely muted and would fit well with my current penchant for toned down colours. I tried a few things out on a spare model to get the colours down but wasn't happy and that was that. Models went back in the box and I moved onto something else.

A few weeks back I had one of those eureka moments right out of nowhere, so tried some slightly different colours and ended up with exactly what I wanted for my Ultramarines! Sometimes it pays to not think too hard about things I guess.

A base coat of VMC Luftwaffe Uniform WWII highlighted up with VGC Ultramarine Blue and then some VGC Cold Grey and finally VMC Silvergrey for the edge lining. I used VGC Heavy Charcoal to dark line between the armour plates and put a thin glaze of GW Nuln Oil over it all when done. I added a little rust on the seams of the lower legs and around the studs on the shoulder pad (to try and disguise how badly sculpted they are).

The shoulder insignia is an over painted decal. These are old decals and I realised they've become brittle with age. A bit of decal film helped a little but they still proved tricky to use, not helped by trying to apply them to such a convex surface. I had to use my old techniques from when I painted my Imperial Fists marines which involved cutting into the decal to allow it to conform to the surface. Then it took a few cotes of decal softener (Micro Scale Micro Sol) to even out all the creases. The arrows are part of an assault decal that I cut up and added. With all the cutting, the distortion of the surface and the crumbly nature of old decals it didn't look great but it was just a guide so I could paint over it. A bit of hassle perhaps but easier than having several attempts and freehand that I'll never be able to reproduce on the rest of the unit (if I do them).

I made my own base top too. Just plastic sheet and a bit of inspiration from the original Space Hulk tile set. I made a few more just in case I do get more models painted. I did wonder about looking into getting some moulded and cast up to save on time but that's another thing entirely.  Didn't go for an exact colour match as I wanted something a bit more muted, but it's similar enough.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Pirates for Gierburg

Another quick post here of some Wargames Foundry pirates I painted up last week. These are destined once again for Cianty's Gierburg project. Lots of muted colours, none of that Hollywood finery. Really fun to paint.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Tupi Chiefs

Another quick post here. In the week I painted up a set of Copplestone Castings Amazon Indian Chiefs to go with the sets of Tupi archers that I've painted over the past couple of years. It's nice to add some slightly different models to the group, even if they're not my figures.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Reaper RPG charcters

Just a quickie here. A pair of Reaper Miniatures models, a half-orc and a rogue type from a recent commission. I enjoyed doing these, especially the rusted armour on the half-orc. Removing the integral metal bases though was a bit of a pain, at least with the female character anyway. The flagstone bases were made from plastic sheet.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Oldhammer goodness

I've been busy working on a handful of different models from Citadel's glory days. Always fun to do these kind of things and makes me want to get some of my own old models done. Anyway, on with the photo's...

First up there's Heinrich Kemmler, The Lichemaster.

This is my second version of this model as I got to paint one up a couple of years ago. My own copy is sitting undercoated and gathering dust. It reminds me of the old Spring '86 Citadel Journal I bought on my first visit to a GW store. The Vengeance of the Lichemaster campaign that was in there has stuck with ever since. If I had the time I'd love to paint up some stuff for that.

We've also got the wizard from the Adventurers Starter Set.

Skarloc from the wood elf set.

A fighter who appears in the Dungeonquest Heroes set under the name of Vikas Swordmaster but also can be found in the fighters range under a different name (spotted him in that old Journal!).

And finally a pair of Chaos Warriors, one being the classic Slambo. A nice coincidence that I got to paint him now what with GW releasing a modern version recently.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Miniature13 sci-fi models

A few models here that I was not aware of previously. Miniature13 is the company and is a new one on me. I don't know if there's a background that fits the models or whether they're just 'cool' figures someone wanted to make. Digital sculpts by the look of things and cast in resin. A couple are available in 54mm but these are all 32mm.

Best of the bunch and my favourites are Frontline and Maybe.

I copied the artwork from the Kickstarter for Frontline so it wasn't just a childish decision to write 'fuck' on a model. Not sure if it's clear but somehow I managed to actually paint a number 8 on the eight ball grenade. First attempt came out spot on so I'm chalking that one up as a complete fluke.

Next a Controller.

Finally for this batch, a pair of Scarecrows.

There's a little background material written on the Kickstarter page but I'm not sure if there's a fully realised world for these models to explain exactly who and what everyone and everything is. I've a few more of these models to do so more to come at some point.

Friday, 10 February 2017

AT-43 Operation Frostbite

This week I was working on the three figures that came with Rackham's AT-43 Operation Frostbite expansion. These were originally pre-painted models and I've pretty much copied those colour schemes except for the female character where I was asked to paint her coat blue instead of orange. Fun to do and turned out quite well I reckon. The pre-paints weren't great but the models underneath are pretty good, much like the other AT-43 figures I've painted in the past.