Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fallen Angels Obliterator Techpriest WIP

I'm still in the process of painting my house, most of the paint is being absorbed so it's requiring a tedious amount of coats. Someone once told me that you don't have to prime terrain, you can just start painting it or just throw a coat of black on it first. This is not true, despite having painted most of the inside, I had to prime the floor because the paint didn't want to attach itself to the card.

Friday night I was around the hobby store so I decided to pick up the next piece for my army, despite not having done much with my veterans squad. Because the Chaos Space Marine Obliterator is the ugliest model that I've ever seen, I decided a count as techmarine/techpriest would probably be the best option. I started with a techpriest since he's significantly cheaper. I hacked up all the bits that I could find and glued them onto the figure, I've got some major holes and gaps to fill still. Once I acquire the bits for the rest of the model(s) I'm going to throw some Watchers in the Dark onto the base holding the weapons that don't fit.

I'm going to need to figure out a basing scheme as well. Maybe urban?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Fantasy Terrain WIP

I was temporarily laid off so I decided to finally start painting my fantasy/Warmachine house. So far it's a very humbling experience, I'm not used to painting anything so big.

Here's a WIP:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

An Adventure in Casting

I've had Instant Mold laying around for a while and I haven't done much with it. I decided that I needed to give the product my full attention, instead of trying to use it in a hurry because I'm working on something else.

From my Dark Angels Veterans kit I attempted to cast the terminator legs, several heads, the meltagun, flamer, and some icons. I didn't notice any errors in the mold so I stuffed greenstuff in an effort to get the most detail.

The little detail in the front of the heads and legs, as well as the tiny bits on the guns didn't turn out very well at all, yet the simpler icon bits turned out great. I'm not an expert at green stuff, I may have been using too much yellow as the loss of detail seemed to be due to shrinking.

Instant Mold: Soon to be replacing Finecast in stores near you.

With the icons I only cast the front because they'll soon be attached to the front of my Watchers in the Dark. 

With this I attempted to cast one directly onto the Watcher's shield, while most of them were just cast individually. Although the cast is secure to the shield, there is flashing to be removed so in the future I won't be casting a mold directly to the model.

So if nothing else, Instant Mold is great for getting a bunch of decorative pieces to spice up your army. I may have been using the wrong blue/yellow mixture, although I've heard similar things elsewhere. I don't think Instant Mold will save me from actually buying models, but it will allow me to use some of the smaller pieces that only appear once on the sprue. I'm a fan, I probably just need more practice.

The clear nature of the mold allows you to see air bubbles.
It's reusable.
It will eventually pay for itself (~$11), depending on your skill and frequency of use.

Highly detailed pieces can't be cast with greenstuff.
It's easy to misalign and miscast, wasting greenstuff.
It's very difficult to cut open the mold without cutting the model in tight areas, such as in between legs.

As for my Watchers, they're progressing nicely. I have all eight's hoods done, I will need to file away some of the sloppier areas though. I want to add more detail to the models but I'm not really sure how to go about that since they're so small. Another problem that I've run into is the hand sizes. My test model used a human hand, while the goblin hand is much larger. Currently, all but one of my goblins have goblin hands with weapons crudely attached. I need to visit the bits bit and either attach all human or all goblin hands, I hate being inconsistent. The human hands are more appropriate for real Watchers, while the goblin hands are more daemonic. I need to figure out where I'm going with this army.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Fallen Angels

My last update was made on vacation in Florida so I was completely unprepared for the laziness that graduating has brought upon me. I think I'm starting to get it under control, but I'm sitting in my underwear writing on a blog instead of unpacking so maybe not. Like just about everyone else in the hobby, I've been super bummed (yet not surprised) by GW's price increases. Unfortunately when I tried to play Warmachine at my LGS, everyone was rolling that scatter die so I thought it'd be fun to start work on an idea I've been tossing around for a while. 

I found a ton of Space Marine marine stuff in the bits bin for super cheap, five marines for two dollars on the sprue, and my Fallen Angels army was started. I don't know a lot about Chaos Space Marines so I need to figure out a good, balanced list. For summoned lesser daemons, I'll be using Night Goblins as Watchers in the Dark. I have some Night Goblins from the Warhammer Fantasy paint set that I'm never going to use so it's a start.