Tuesday, April 30, 2013
What do I do for my friends who happen to be couples?
I paint two.
Tag Team Fantasy: Hansel and Gretel aka the fantasy police squad
There's a part of truth in every fairy tale... They origin from true events, but a tale gets changed, twisted and modified every time it is told. Take the Grimms' tale of Hansel and Gretel as an example.
They were brother and sister indeed, but while they were small they sure weren't children. The hag was not old and ugly, quite the opposite. But, she ate children, it was proven beyond any doubt. The wood was not as dark as Brothers Grimm say; Hansel and Gretel were not lost there, but were searching for the hag hideout, as this was their assignment. Finally, they did not use any tricks to fool the hag into the oven. Instead, Hansel put a crossbow belt straight through her chest and Gretel chopped her head off. Then, just in case, they indeed burned her body.
Tag Team SF: Hansel and Gretel 40K years later
The story of these two is very similar to the previous one. Replace the dwarfs with grymns (same names though!), forest witch with an alien ravaging some spaceship, substitute guns for medieval weapon and there you go!
Fantasy Tag Teams was made of Red Box Games miniatures sculpted by very talented Tre Manor; SF Tag Team are Hasslefree grymns sculpted by equally skilled Kev White.
I'd planned to paint three tanks (2 Rhinos and Vindicator) in April. I did.
Hey, no one said it would be a long summary!
I like how they look together.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I got these three babes from e-bay, relatively cheap. Well, what I can say... the price reflects the quality...
This is some very old stuff with broken and missing elements looking like it was dipped in a paint bucket. Yeah, nothing that a spray can and few layers of drybrushing couldn't save.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
So I did.
It has never been released. You can't buy it. You can't find it on E-bay. No second hand copies. What you see is the only painted version of this model in the world.
Do you still think your limited miniature sold in 1000, 500, 100 or even 10 copies is really limited?
Good news is I got 2 cheap rhinos and vindicator on E-bay. These machines will comprise my basic plan for this month. If I manage to find some more time, which I doubt, I'll try to add another unit of plague marines to the list.
3 pieces per month... I can't loose momentum... 3 finished tanks would mean I'm still slightly ahead of my schedule...
Pics of unpainted models will follow, I didn't even have time to make them.
Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed!
Friday, April 5, 2013
Some call him Stormwing, as he rides the wind, some call him Coldblooded, as he's never shown any sign of mercy.
Some of the northern tribes worship him, some try to fight him. All - fear him, as he is the true and only master of the land of ice and snow.
Reaper Forum Winter Painting Contest 2010 - 2nd place
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Now, do you know any other company, any, which keeps releasing substandard, overpriced products, yet customers come back for more? Failed casts are not and cannot be a surprise anymore, yet I hear this all the time: "Man, I got trash from them again".
Again? Why don't you do what you do with any supplier of faulty products and services - change it!
That's the power of Games Workshop. You will come back for more.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Very simple, though you need to count March, April, May, June and July as 6 months.
April Fool's Day. April My Day.
Oh well, 15 elements in 5 months, so I need to finish 3 elements each month. Anyone cares to do a check run for me, just in case?
With this in mind I planned 3 elements for March. Two units of plague marines would give me a solid base for my army. Solid and playable! Two "Troops" with one of the bosses promoted temporarily to "Headquarters" comprise a basic 40K army. To that I added a dreadnought to give myself a short break from painting marines.
I knew I had to come up with a quick painting method. I'd started painting miniatures 15 years ago or more, and I've never been able to finish a full army. Painting similar models to a high quality was like a hell to me. If Nameless Guard is to be completed by the end if July I had to drop my dreams of a showcase army and stick to something realistic - a painted army. So, I worked out a technique that works perfectly for me. I called it the "zenithal drybrush" method. Shortly - with consecutive drybrushed layers painted over a black base at selected parts of miniatures I build up a high contrast and strong zenithal lighting effect. Toxic mud bases were as simple and easy as paintjobs. I'll try to prepare a step-by-step tutorial to show you how quick it can be.
All in all, I think I found a way to produce an army that will not win any contest, but will look good on the table top. What's more, during the first month I managed to exceed my plans by painting an additional hellbrute. So, after March I have ~25% of my army painted! I start to believe that this whole thing may be a huge personal success...