Just some pics of some painting progress. It’s entirely possible that turquoise may be too bright for a necromancer. Time will tell.
I still can’t believe that tournament report took so long to write up. I’m going to keep this post much shorter.
My Cateran is among the first Infinity models I ever purchased, and I never intended for him to go so long without paint. I think it’s a fantastic miniature, but I always found myself leaving it as I painted other units (usually units with a lot less ‘base’ going on). I’m finally buckling down and making him happen though.
I will definitely be doing some washes and such yet, but for now I’m just happy that I’ve finally done much…
… and that i didn’t completely ruin the tartan, grin.
Here she is:
So many posts in so little time! I’m my defence, at least one of those was because I posted it as a draft days ago and didn’t realise it until recently (hence the Mighty Empires updates for Maye and Juhn being back to back). Anyhoo…
Still a couple touch ups to be done on the rifle, and the base still needs painting, but I’m feeling good about her. Hopefully the wash process doesn’t ruin everything! Grin.
For those who might be wondering about the amazing paints I use, prepare to be underwhelmed!
Pants – FolkArt olive green
Vest – FolkArt medium grey mixed with some random green (Americana brand, maybe? Definitely in the Michaels clearance aisle)
Flesh – GW Cadian flesh tone
Leather – vallejo red leather
‘Cover sheet’ – FolkArt grey mixed with some GW brown with letters and numbers in the title (X-something?)
Buckles and such – vallejo oily steel and vallejo brass
Oh, and the tattoos are just FolkArt black mixed with that GW cadian. At the risk of sounding like a paint snob of some sort, no Apple brand on this one!
Anyway, let’s finish up with a group shot:
I managed to squeeze in a bit of miniatures time in over the last couple evenings, so last night – after assembling some rats that I’ll be needing in my Mighty Empires lists – I hunkered down with an infinity model. I was initially planning to paint my highlander cateran next, but I just haven’t felt up to all the brickwork, so I opted for different sniper instead… my Foxtrot Ranger.
Saturday night was pretty much just flesh and pants, and even those needed another coat this evening. Tonight I finished much of the remaining base colours.
With any luck, maybe I’ll get some painting time in tomorrow.
I have another part in the works regarding actual battles, but I thought I’d toss up a quick update regarding the EMS doctor I’ve been painting for my Ariadna army.
I tackled the base and some final details last night. Not really any highlights (I rarely bother, light and shadow occur on their own, as far as I’m concerned). I’m pretty concerned about how much bond is – or isn’t – occurring where my primer coat is concerned, as it doesn’t take much to reveal bare metal on hard edges, but I’m hopeful that a clearcoat should take care of preventing that. Just need a beautiful day, now.
At this point the only real issues I’m seeing are some areas where the ink wash has gone on pretty uneven, and the fact that my yellow and red are clearly way too thick. They felt that way going on, too, I’m just going to need to remember that they need way more thinning than everything else in the future.
The ink wash, on the other hand, I could do a little more about, so I did some light touch ups with the ink and a wet brush to try and downplay the uneven spots and the places where it really drew attention to the thick paint…
The red is my forward arc, slightly offset from the outstretched shotgun towards his face. I also tried to be a lot more controlled where blood and how were concerned, limiting it more to just the axe and a little ground spatter.
Also, the base isn’t perfect, but I’m feeling good about it, as I think it’s my second ever base (the first being a dreadnought disaster that I really just inked like crazy to time down the beach and somebody had glued all over the ‘rocky’ base.
Anyway, that’s my first painted Ariadna unit. More battly goodness to come.
That’s right, it’s time for a little change of pace here at rats east. It’s been ages, but I finally did a little painting, making a bit of progress on the hell pit abomination that I haven’t touched in months.
The spikes are just a really bright green over black, the same method as I used when I put warpstone armour on my warlord. The paint is nothing special (apple brand, perhaps?); that’s it brushed onto my workspace in the bottom left of all the photos.
The metal is done with some vallejo ‘oily steel’ that my wife got me for Christmas (first time using it!) and the wood is some gw base colour that sounds like a droid from an old republic game (kv88, maybe? No real idea, really). I’m looking forward to adding some diluted green, along with some other brown shades and some washes, and seeing what kind of effects I can get. Till next time!
Got a good solid evening of painting in tonight. First off, I finished the aberration that I’ll be fielding as a master-bred rat ogre. As you’ve no doubt noticed in the last couple posts, it’s a pretty crazy looking mini, and I embraced that whole-heartedly. My vampire counts friend, on seeing a photo, suggested that even his vampires would be thrown by the amount of blood. We figure he’s just waded his way through an entire army of high elves. And now that I’ve built it up in your head…
I do sort of wish I’d done a bit more to define the uncovered muscle – maybe by adding sinew or fat – but I’m more than happy with how it turned out. Looks pretty good with the other two rat ogres I finished recently, but only emphasizes how silly my old school rat ogre looks when they’re fielded side by side.
I quickly painted up an old packmaster as well, so I now have a fully painted unit, at least part of which I will probably take into battle tomorrow.
My friend and I have been working on some 40k campaign ideas, and are planning to start that tomorrow, but since it’s an escalation campaign starting at only 500pts, we’re thinking we can probably work in a small fantasy skirmish during the evening as well. More on that later
K, so it’s not really a rat ogre, but I plan to field it as one.
A few years back I picked up a discounted copy of Rackham’s ‘hybrid’ board game at my flgs. I punched everything out, glued the miniatures together, and then never got around to trying it out. It generally gets pretty solid reviews, but the rulebook is a bit of a mess and I never convinced anybody to play it with me (the fact that it’s a 2 player game doesn’t help, since that cuts it out of board game nights). Anyway, I recently used the ‘aberration’ model as a proxy for a master-bred rat ogre in a game of warhammer fantasy, and decided I’d like to do that all the time.
So. I opened the hybrid box, basecoated all the miniatures, and now I’m painting up the aberration… my newest rat ogre.
So far it’s a pretty sweet mini; it’s got lots of cables and plates running through it, and it’s very dynamic. I definitely need a couple new brushes, though. Mine are starting to get pretty mangled and aren’t very nice for all the detail work. I’m thinking I’ll do the spinal spikes in a bone colour, and I’ll probably mess around a lot with blood effects on this one. I’ll post more when I get the chance to work on it again.