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About me - I'm a Christian (Pentecostal), Married to Wendy, two step children Thomas and Natalie, dog and rose-crested cockateel(Beauty). I've been a miniature hobbyist for over twenty years; I occasionally wargame at my local club or at home with friends. I set up my commission painting service in 2014, so I spend a lot of time painting!

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Eye Candy - Epic Crimson Fists - Tactical Detachments

Having recently decided to follow the Net Epic Armageddon rules, as opposed to the Net Epic Gold rules, I also painted up some Crimson Fists, which are my favourite chapter. Not sure what I'll do yet will my Space Wolves (see previous posts), they will probably end up in 'The Dip' followed by a nice new coat of Crimson Fists blue. Hope you like the picks.







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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Eye Candy - Bran Bloodmaw' Epic Space Wolves - Support

I've been adding a few additional support (plus one special) units to Bran Bloodmaw's great company. Namely, Wolf Guard Terminators (these can be used in the great company or as a stand alone), Long Fangs, Blood Claws (attack bikes, infantry  and land speeders), to transport the Blood Claw infantry I also have a Thunderhawk plus a Wolf Priest (to max the thunderhawks' transport capacity). Ive added a dusty look to all the vehicles using the airbrush and some OSL to the thunderhawks' vision ports.





























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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Eye Candy - Bran Bloodmaw' Epic Space Wolves

One of my first loves in the wargaming world was Epic Space Marine.  This is Warhammer 40,000 played with 6mm (Epic scale) miniatures. This means your battlefield is a large war zone, like a city or sprawling terrain, your army(s) are made up of companies of troops and can even include massive city block sized war machines, like titans. This all makes for a truly epic wargame, and one which I spent many hours of my late teens (in-between study, TV, Computers and girlfriends).
I started out with 'Space Marine' 1st ed. but my favourite version was the 2nd ed., that is until I recently discovered NetEpic, a free online players version (based on 2nd ed.). Although I have sold off much of my epic collection (a fact which greatly saddens me), I am looking to rebuild. This last week I have worked on today's offering, Bran Bloodmaw's great company and a detachment of whirlwinds. I have some Terminator minis on order and these will replace the regular Wolf Guard in the company, giving them extra punch. (the astute will see from my pics, I've accidentally added a couple off extra Rhinos).






Next I will look to adding Blood Claws with a Thunderhawk and some Long Fangs.

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Workbench - Kingdom of Britannia Naval Battlegroup - Finishing Touches

As the title suggests, I have since added the finishing touches to the KoB Battleship. Below is a new painting guide and pics. Since my last post I have completed steps 12-20 of the painting guide:
 
1.   Assemble and clean the miniature
 
2.   Undercoat Black
 
3.   Airbrush (using 1.5 needle) the Hull 1:1 mix Dark Green:Black(V), leaving the upper decks black
 
4.   Airbrush (using 1.5 needle) highlights to the Hull 2:1 mix Dark Green:Black(V)
 
5.   Airbrush (using 1.5 needle) building the highlights to the Hull Dark Green(V)
 
6.   Mask the larger vessels and airbrush the upper deck areas (using 1.5 needle) Dheneb Stone(C), paint this onto the smaller minis
 
7.   Drybrush the white areas with White(V)
 
8.   Drybrush the Hull Gretchin Green(C)
 
9.   Clean-up/Paint the Hull thinned Dark Green(V)
 
10. Highlight the decking Charadon Granite(C)
 
11. Clean-up/Paint the metal/black areas Black(V)
 
12. Paint the portholes Regal Blue(C)
 
13. Highlight the Portholes Lothern Blue(C)
 
14. Highlight the black areas Astronomican Grey(C)
 
15. Paint the metal areas 1:1 mix Liquid Gold Copper(V):Isopropanol
 
16. Airbrush on a layer of Gloss Varnish(V)
 
17. Clean-up/Black line the copper/deck areas with Black(V)
 
18. Apply red/blue ID stripes with Mephiston Red/Kantor Blue(C)
 
19. Apply decal roundels
 
20. Apply a layer of matt varnish
 
 






My next step was to paint and highlight the port holes As always if you would like a closer look at any pictures above, click on them. If you have any comments or would like to ask me questions or provide feedback, please fill in the comments box below (this will be moderated before being published on this blog).

Monday, 27 May 2013

Workbench - Kingdom of Britannia Naval Battlegroup - White Tops / Black Decks

Following the airbrushing of the hulls, I set to work highlighting them. It was at this point that I made my first change to my initial painting guide, deciding to drybrush the hulls rather than damp brush. I usually avoid drybrushing as I find it a little too messy. I decided that, as there was only one colour on the mini, any messiness could easily be cleaned up afterwards. I concentrated the drybrushing (with Gretchin Green) around the rivets and lower hull area. I was a little unhappy with the results, as a lot of my nicely graduated airbrushing had been covered with the drybrushing; I remedied this by layering on a couple of coats of thinned Dark Green. This helped to restore the hull colour, while keeping the highlights (which I didn't paint over). I then pondered my next steps; white areas or black on the decking etc. Previous to starting this fleet, I had airbrushed the white areas on one of my carriers and liked the results. I was fairly sure I wasn't going to get as good results on the white without airbrushing. I therefore decided to airbrush the white areas (at least on my Large class minis). The first step was masking off the completed green areas; this was done with blu-tac, masking tape and pieces of acetate sheet. On the smaller vessels I painted on the white (Dheneb Stone). Once dry the white areas were drybrushed with pure white paint (Ceramite White). The next step was painting all the black and metal areas black. It is at this stage that I have made a couple of artistic changes; firstly the decking, the original colour is too light and has a yellow hue, which wont look right with the new scheme. I have therefore changed this to black with Charadon Granite highlights; this is a more earthy tone and works well with both the green and the white. Secondly, there are certain areas of the ship (looking at the battleship) that look really good in black and contrast well with the green. I have therefore decided to have weapons and deck rails in black and all engine parts in copper. Below are a couple of pics of the battleship, taken with and without a flash, to highlight the lower and upper parts of the mini.
 

 
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Workbench - Kingdom of Britannia Naval Battlegroup - Green Hulls

Now that I have my colour scheme sorted for the KoB fleet, I've been airbrushing the green hulls. As stated on my last post, the colours used were all Vallejo Game Colors - 1:1 mix of Dark Green:Black, this was used as the initial even coat, on the areas that were to be green. Most of this colour will be covered in subsequent coats; it's mainly used to help build the transition of colour from black to green. Next further green was added to a 2:1 mix Dark Green:Black. Again, a nice even coat was used, though this time the deepest shaded areas were avoided to create some contrast. Finally pure Dark Green was applied in several coats. Each successive coat working towards a highlight point to make that more green and therefore stand out from the shaded areas. The highlights included the hull' prows, tops of the conical shapes (at the side of the hulls) and railing on the smaller minis. Below are a few pics.
 



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