Monday, June 17, 2019

WIP - Namorra Prime Tribe / Blood Priestess

I continued the work on my latest Warband. This Warband will be something like a tribe.
After the decay of Namorra Prime, a planet in the Ondroma System, the population was forced to find new ways of living. This resulted in self-declared kingdoms, clans, tribes, nomads, cults and marauders, besides a very few remaining imperial strongholds. I really like the idea of a ragtag tribe with a strong family-like bond, that has developed over decades in the wildlands. This warband will also include some kids, which are rarely represented in the 40K Universe, but logically a big part of it, in my opinion. My goal for this warband is a sinister, grim dark appearence with a post-apocalytic touch. I finished the witch / shaman, shown in my last post and really looking forward to paint her.

To represent the Shaman's connection to nature and her enviroment, I thought a familiar in form of a 'pet' would be neat. A beast that scours throu the wilderniss and is actually known to be a dangerous hunter. I've searched for inspiration in my 'bitz-box' and found the new Khorne Flesh Hounds. I converted one of them by removing the spiky crest and the spikes on the tail. A ring was added to the collar and afterwards I used Vallejo's Dark Earth Texture Paint to create a fur-like surface. A surprisingly easy and quick job, that could induce me to create a whole pack of these hunters.

Furthermore, I am creating a Blood Priestess for a Malal Chaos Cult. This is a single-model project and she won't be part of one of my warbands. It's my first commission work and and a new experience for me. Usually I don't do commissions, but in this case I can do what I'm used to do and give it a try. Following some pictures of the progress so far.

Thank you very much for your visit and stay tuned! As always, I'm looking forward to your feedback.

Friday, June 14, 2019

WIPs, Witches & Disco

Currently I am working on different time consuming projects, like a codex for a event I'm planning next year, preparing the upcoming release of KillTeam28 V.1 and writing a review of my first year back in hobby. These will get an extra post and information to each of this projects will follow soon.

But I'm also working on some minis, of course ;-)

First is an early WIP of a witch I'm working on. She will be part of a new Warband I'm planning and is also a chance to improve my sculpting skills. The foundation is the female model of the Dark Elves BB Team. The head is a Daemonette wtih antlers from a Blightking's helmet. This should help to give her a shamanic appearance. I'm really looking forward to continue this project.

Another concept I'm working on is also a female character. For now, this is just an AoS Sorceress and a breast-armour of the VanSaar Gangers. I really like how this turned out and provides a nice foundation to start from.

My recently finished Astartes Kill Team will get some reinforcement in form of two Infiltrator Marines. Again, these Primaris got some minor conversions. Most of that work was done on their weapons. The Infiltrator models are pretty cool, but the optics and sights on their Bolters are placed ridiculously, in my opinion. So I replaced their rifles with the Reiver Bolters. The first modification I made was adding a silencer, which I took from the Delaque-Gangers. The Bolters also received a Collapsible Stock, a Red-Dot styled sight, and a flashlight. These three parts were all made of the Mag/Scope bit of an Intercessor Bolt-Rifle. For the Stock I also needed a small round plastic rod. The last upgrade was a laser-marker which is simply the scope of a Fire Warrior's Pulse-Rifle.

I also managed to paint a few parts for these Models like the weapon-arms and heads and a backpack.

With the desire to try out something new, I took a look at some flouroscent Paints. These colours can easily be mixed with standard colours to vary their brightness. I used fluo green for lenses, pure flou orange for the lasers and a silver / fluo white mix for the flashlights. I finished these small areas by applying a layer of Gloss Medium. I really like this effect, but sadly you can only see this glowing effect with the use of a UV-light source. So, time for disco!

As always thank you very much for your visit, comment if you want to and stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Going Tactical - Raptors

I really like the lore of the Raptors Chapter, the way they wage war and that they use the Codex Astrates more as a guideline. The Raptors willingly employ whatever tactics they believe most appropriate, relying upon success to establish their Chapter's glory rather than misguided notions of honour and dogmatic thought. If you're interested in the Raptors' lore, please click here.

With all the new and awesome Primaris stuff I've collected so far, I felt like it's time for an Adeptus Astartes Kill Team. They should look like a tactical strike team with different characters. Still unified, but every battle brother should appear as a real specialist for special tasks. So here are the first members of  Kill Team Aurora:

Eliminator Sergeant - Kill Team Leader

Reiver Sergeant - Combat Specialist

Intercessor Gunner - Demolition Specialist

All of these models are very simple conversions, but very effective, in my opinion. Hard to believe, but these are actually the first loyal Space Marines I've ever finished. Their Dull Green colour and all these new Primaris designs are a perfect match for creating a tactical Spec-Ops look. The camo pattern is heavily inspired by the german WWII splinter camo. I tried some freehands on these models and I think the chapter icons, grenade symbols, etc. turned out pretty neat.

Kill Team Aurora
Raptors Chapter

I used the following colours to paint these guys:
VMC - Vallejo Model Color
C- Citadel Paint
VMC 095 US Dark Green
C Agrax Earthshade (Blacklining, Recesses)
VMC 094 Russian Uniform (Edge)
VMC 094 Russian Uniform + VMC 201 White Glaze (Edge)
VMC 150 German Camo Black Brown (Scratches)
VMC 094 Russian Uniform (Highlight Scratches)
Masks / Weapons
VMC 102 German Fieldgrey WWII (Edge)
VMC 101 Green Grey (Edge)
C Agrax Earthshade (Recesses, Dirt)
VMC 150 German Camo Black Brown (Scratches)
VMC 101 Green Grey (Highlight Scratches)
VMC 086 Luftwaffe Camo Green
VMC 092 Olive Grey
VMC 083 Flat Green
C Agrax Earthshade (Recesses)
VMC 102 German Fieldgrey WWII (Edge)

Cloak (inside)
VMC 086 Luftwaffe Camo Green
C Agrax Earthshade (Full)
VMC 086 Luftwaffe Camo Green (Highlight)
VMC 086 Luftwaffe Camo Green + VMC 201 White Glaze (Highlight)
VMC 090 Refractive Green
C Agrax Earthshade (Full)
VMC 090 Refractive Green + VMC 201 White Glaze (Edge)
VMC 086 Luftwaffe Camo Green
C Agrax Earthshade (Full)
VMC 101 Green Grey (Edge)
VMC 169 Black
C Leadbelcher
C Leadbelcher (Edge, Scratches)
C Agrax Earthshade (darken Scratches)
C Runefang Steel (Muzzle, skull-icons)
C Balthasar Gold
C Agrax Earthshade (Full)
C Sycorax Bronze
VMC 150 German Camo Black Brown
VMC 149 Chocolate Brown (Rubbel)
C Skavenblight Dinge (Stones)
C Agrax Earthshade (Full)
VMC 149 Chocolate Brown (Highlight Rubbel)
C Stormvernim Fur ( Highlight Stones)
VMC 086 Luftwaffe Camo Green (Plants)
VMC 090 Refractive Green (Undergrowth)
C Athonian Camoshade
VMC 083 Flat Green (Highlight Plants)
VMC 094 Russian Uniform (Highlight Undergrowth)
Vallejo Burnt Umber Pigment

Sorry for the lack of updates during the last weeks, but some very serious shit has been striking my personal life and of my beloved ones. But now, things have to go on. Thank you very much for your visit, feel welcome to comment and stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Aeldari Corsairs - Painting Guide

Today I'm goinig to present you the Painting Guide for my recently finished Aeldari Corsairs.
Without further ado, let's start.

1. Base colours
 I used the following colours:
VMC - Vallejo Model Color
C- Citadel Paint 

C Chaos Black: Primer
VMC Black: capes, visors, gloves, weapon parts
VMC Black Grey: armour
VMC Medium Sea Grey: weapons
VMC Saddle Brown: cloths
VMC Cavalry Brown: loincloths, scarfs
VMC Leather Brown: pouches, straps
VMC Medium Grey: Warlock shoulder pads and helmet
C Leadbelcher: blades
C Balthasar Gold: metals
C Rakarth Flesh: skin
C Averland Sunset: gemstones, lenses

2. Shade
 Next I shaded everthing, except the skin parts, with Agrax Earthshade.
I applied it generous on the entire models.

3. Bases
Next I decided to paint the bases.
The areas where the model's feet will be were covered with white tack / poster putty in the building phase.
The first colour I used was VMC Flat Earth.

Followed by a rather stippled drybrush of VMC Middlestone.

The rocks were painted with VMC Green Grey.

Afterwards I shaded the entire bases with a lot C Athonian Camoshade.
I've choosen these rather green colours to create the complementary colour for the reddish models.

The last step for the bases was a drybrush with VMC Green Grey.

4. Armour edge highlights
The most time consuming phase was the two step armour edge highlight.
The first round was done with VMC Black Grey, followed by a second edge highlight with VMC London Grey.

5. Beige edge highlights
The shoulder pads and the helmet of the Warlock were edge highlighted with VMC Medium Grey.

6. Cape highlights
The black capes received a highlight with C Skavenblight Dinge and C Stormvernim Fur.
The inner side of each cape was just highlighted with diluted VMC Black Grey.
These colours were applied rather water-diluted and also mixed with VMC Black to get better transitions. 

7. Weapon edge highlights
The weapons were edge highlighted with VMC Medium Sea Grey.

8. The forgotten base colour
The hair parts were painted with Vallejo Game Color Bonewhite

 9. Glossy Visors
The Visors of the helmets and the Wraithblades were painted with Vallejo's Gloss Medium.

10. Leather highlights
All leather highlights were applied with a mix of VMC Leather Brown and VMC Medium Grey. The mix ratio was about 60/40.

 11. Cloths highlight I
 The cloths received a layer of VMC Saddle Brown.

VMC Dark Vermillion was used for a tiny gemstone. It received a shade with C Agrax Earthshade and an edge highlight with the VMC Dark Vermillion.

 12. Cloth highlight II
The scarfs, loincloth, etc. were highlighted with VMC Cavalry Brown.
  13. Lenses
The lenses were highlighted with VMC Deep Yellow, VMC Light Yellow and a tiny spot of VMC Ice Yellow.

 14. Metal parts
The golden parts were highlighted with C Sycorax Bronze. The blades with C Leadbelcher and an edge highlight with C Runefang Steel.

 15. Gemstones
I decided to paint the gemstones in a more brownish tone. They should appear mor like a sherry topaz. So I used VMC Flat Brown for the base colour and shaded it with C Agrax Earthshade.
The brighter areas were painted with a mix of  VMC Flat Brown and VGC Bonewhite. I startet by 70/30 and increased the ratio up to 40/60 (approx). A dot of pure VGC Bonewhite was placed in the darker area as a finishing touch.

 16. Freehands
VGC Bonewhite was used to paint on some simple freehands.

17. Heads
 The skin was shaded with C Reikland Fleshshade and the hair with C Seraphim Sepia.

Afterwards the skin received a highlight with C Rakarth Flesh and then with C Pallid Wych Flesh.
Water diluted C Rakarth Flesh was used to smoothen the transitions. The hair was highlighted with GSC Bonewhite.

For the eyes and teeth i used C White Scar and a dot VMC Black Grey was also placed in the eyes. 

18. Pigments
The first pigment I used was Vallejo's Burnt Umber, which was placed in small areas with an old brush.

The next pigment I applied was Vallejo's Natural Umber.
With the old brush I stippled them over the bases and mixed the pigments together. 

Mig's Pigment Fixer was used to fix the pigments to the Bases.
After everything was dried I only had to paint the rims of the Bases.This was done with VMC Black

I've also did a headswap on a Storm Guardian. The new head is from the Blood Bowl Elves.



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