Tuesday, March 28, 2017

INQ28: Edwim the Pilgrim

I wanted to show everyone one of my latest INQ28 projects. Meet Edwim, the pilgrim.

Edwim is from Spire Gamma on the world of Neroter. Neroter is a world covered with one giant ocean. It is teeming with life - the ocean is full of fish and other creatures. Humanity has also made its home both on the water and in giant spires which rise from the ocean floor and tower up into the clouds. These spires were standing empty when humanity discovered the planet millennia ago. As it is wont to do, humanity went and made the spires its home.

Edwim is a good man, as could be expected from a pilgrim. But Edwin is not that pious. His wife, whom he loves more than his life, is wasting away from a rare neuro-degenerative disease. As poor fishers, they couldn't afford expensive aug-neural treatments. So Edwim has left his poor wife in the hands of the local Sisters of Salvation, rented his fishing raft to his neighbour and taken off in search of the legendary Delatrix Chapel. All he carries with him are his shark pole, used to protect his raft from the ever hungry local wildlife and his late uncle's autopistol.

Legend has it that any pilgrim which manages to make it to Chapel Delatrix will be granted youth and health.  Edwim's wife wasn't well enough to make the trip, so she prepared a token to make the trip in her stead.  He wears the token around his neck, a constant reminder of the burden he bears for his love.

Unfortunately, the Chapel has not been seen in the last year, so Edwim is travelling to Spire Alpha, which is near its last known location.


This was one of those models that just seemed to come together as I built him. I originally had another goal in mind, but each addition I made suggested the next addition.  It was a pleasure.

I (re?)learned that I need to be more patient with my green stuff.  It was a bit messier than it could have been.  I'm fairly sure it'll turn out well after painting, but I'll guess we'll know in time.  The body and gun is from one of the chaos cultists, the head is from the bretonnian archer sprue and the pole-ax from the men-at-arms sprue.  The heart I think was from one of the bretonnian boxes, but I honestly cannot remember which.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

New Bloodthirster On The Horizon

I've just found out that our local club (Hogtown 40k) is having a 1850pt tournament in June and that there will be a painting rubric that rewards conversions as well as straight up painting.

My Khorne Daemonkin army is reasonably well painted and is fairly cool looking, so I'm hoping to give it a centrepiece that can really push it over the edge and (hopefully) grab me best painted.  I have never won best painted, but we all have to have a goal to strive for.

After the last such tournament, I was so jazzed at having a rubric that I went home and painted a chaos knight (I'll put up some pictures of him in a bit), and I took some time to do some good freehand on him.  As good as he looks, I'm hoping that this bloodthirster pushes him down into second place.

The plan is to start from the Forgeworld Khorne Daemon Prince, which is one of the coolest models existing. Ever.  I happen to have an extra damaged one (it's damaged in the back where the I will put the wings, so no loss here).

I want to have it perched on a building, crouching staring at the battlefield, with its wings high overhead.  I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, I'll post up some of my INQ28 progress tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Slaanesh Daemon Prince

I love this model.  AFAIK, it's based on an illustration from the Chaos Space Marine codex from a few editions ago.

I loved the illustration then and love it still.  It was one of the things that drew me to Chaos and inspired me.  So when I had the chance to buy a used version of this daemon prince for cheap, I leapt at it.  This model inspired me to learn about simple green and I've since started salvaging older models.

I added on the wings myself, but I'm only showing the front of the model because it wasn't a beautiful green stuff job.  I've done some good work with green stuff, but this is not one of them (it's fine, just not great).  Still, I'm very happy with the model overall. He's also pure metal (including the wings), so he's the heaviest model in my collection along with my completely metal Hive Tyrant.

He's painted in the colours of my Slaanesh warband, the Eternal.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Grey Knight WIP

Hi all.  I'm testing out a new colour scheme for a few Grey Knights.  These are meant to attach to my Inquisitor's force, so I probably will only need to paint it over 10-20 models.

Some background:

  1. I generally prefer to use non-metal metals (NMM). I often catch flack for this (especially from B Grimm), so let me explain by way of analogy - I often find that people will just freeze their fashion at some point in their lives (usually 20s/30s).  After that point, their style doesn't tend to evolve that much, they just wear the same thing because it's them and it's what they've always worn.  It's why you'll occasionally see people who look like they've stepped straight out of the 80s or 90s.  What does this have to do with painting?  NMM was all the rage when I started to come into my own as a painter, and although I still paint metallics here and there, I find that I keep going back to NMM.
  2. I always like to personalize a colour scheme.  Occasionally I still paint close to codex-colours, but I will always do at least one thing that's my own. This test model is still pretty close to codex approved, but I've gone with pink instead of gold.  I've also used blue to offset the pink because: a) I think it looks great, and b) those are the colours of my inquisitor's army and I want these guys to fit in.
  3. I like to have colour schemes that are easy to paint.  These guys are very easy.  Lay down a light grey as a base and then paint the blue, pink and beige basecoats. Then wash the entire model in a generous black wash. Then highlight back up.  I can't really drybrush it, because the colours are in too close together, but also because I think these guys need to look clean and crisp, and that's the opposite of dry-brushing.
What do you guys think?  Any suggestions?  I'm thinking I might try to shade up parts of the armour closer to white in a few spots, but all in all, I'm really pleased with how this guy turned out and I can't wait to send him against some daemons.