Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Drop Pods painting begins...

I couldn't quite bring myself to apply an exclamation point to this post's title, as drop pods are just not all that exciting. Nevertheless, they form an integral part of the Orbital Assault rite of war that the Khamasiin is based on, so gotta get cracking on 'em!

Having built them in sub assemblies really helped on the painting front so far - definitely makes getting to all the nooks and crannies a piece of cake. Just the red and basic gunmetal laid in so far, but that gets us almost halfway to the finish line already!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Assault Squads actually complete!

Success! I ended up braving the heat in the hobby loft after work yesterday and got the two assault squads finished, flocked and sealed.

Assault squad Mekhata

Assault squad Besenmut

Basically all that remained was some highlights on the bone weapon casings and the usual blue power cables and jump pack thrust nozzles so it went rather quickly. The addition of some grass tufts gives the bases a little extra zest and they're good to go!

The painting chart is encouraging at this point - nearing the tipping point where there's more done than not. Not bad at all! Next up, a trio of Drop Pods - not glamorous, but integral to the Khamasiin's deployment strategy!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Assault Squad nearly complete!

A quick hit this morning, nearing the finish line with the two assault squads! Been getting back into the swing of early morning painting and got a few more colors laid in over the past week. Did the bases this morning and fired off a quick picture (though it's a little grainy due to the wholly artificial lighting that early in the day).

Getting the bases laid in really helps the models pop, and other than a few details and final highlights they're just about ready for the flock-and-sealant stage. It'll be good to get a couple more Troops choices done, meaning I can work on some vehicles or elites choices next which is always fun!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Assault squads painting continues...

Holy smokes is summer ever upon us here - Been sweltering hot of late which has made post-work painting a daunting procedure. Time to switch over to the summertime schedule and start getting up an hour earlier so I can paint in the cool of the morning!

That said, over the last few days I did manage to lay in all the gold trim and the ghostly green wings on the two assault squads. Halfway to the finish line now - next up is all the silver and bone!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Heresy Era Sons of Horus - Test model (more or less) complete!

Quick hit this evening - Chugging along on the 20 assault marines, but just had to take a little time and bash out the rest of the tester model for the incipient Sons of Horus force!

Really quite pleased with the seafoam green, and though the cloak is relatively unadorned at the moment, I rather like the desaturated reddish brown. Works from a color theory standpoint and yet hopefully avoids the worst of the "Christmas Effect". Tried a little bit of pitting and scratching, which will require a bit more practice. It's passable but could definitely be improved - practice makes perfect, right?

No further Sons of Horus work planned for the immediate future however, something else will have to be completed and sold first to fund the force!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Assault squads painting begins!

The weather has turned rather warm here, meaning it's getting unpleasantly hot up in the hobby loft but I have managed to sneak in a session or two in the mornings while it's still reasonable up there. Figured it was time to knock out a few more troops choices, so the assault squads came out of the foam and onto the painting desk!

Not a whole lot of excitement so far, just blacked in all the joints and laid in the first two greys and whites on the trim. So far so good though!

As a bit of a teaser, I quite enjoyed the green color the Sons of Horus NOVA Charity Army recipe suggested, and after painting up the helmet of one, it was a foregone conclusion that I'd try it out on a full model. Fairly straightforward, it's Vallejo USMC Tank Crew as the mid-tone, with a 50/50 mix with black for the undercoat and the USMC Tank Crew Highlight as the, well, highlight. I rather think there's going to be more of this in the future once I get on the other side of all these Thousand Sons!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

NOVA Open Charitable Foundation Army - Thallax ready to go!

Turns out the deadline for the models for the NOVA Charity army is sooner than expected, luckily I was near the finish line when I got the word!

Really dig the basing color scheme that was provided, definitely going to be revisiting the recipe again on some future project. The Secret Weapon bases that were provided were top notch as usual and really cool!

The recipe called for a verdigris brass which I hadn't really tried before, but I was eager to give it a shot. mixed up a little green and brown wash which worked reasonably well. Always a bit scary trying new things, but Marc put together a rather in-depth guide to his process. It's fun to break out of the usual recipe/technique rut, and I've really enjoyed that aspect of participating in the charity painting. Getting them boxed up and in the mail tomorrow to join their robotic brethren!

I'll post up the pics of the full armies and details on how to get in on the auction once the forces muster over the next few weeks!