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Title: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on June 04, 2019, 08:51:54 PM





Well, thought I might do it here as an incentive to actually keep this up to date...

{ A note on photos. I've taken some, but I'm still working out how to upload them. Bare with me. This will be more interesting with photos }

-What I'm Playing-

Warmachine - Grymkin. And I'm actually intending on painting some of these to break up painting fucking plaguebearers....

40K - Blood Angels. But don't ever expect to see those painted.

Malifaux - {Awaiting M3E and trying to stop buying Neverborn}

Age of Sigmar - Well.

So I decided my time was done with the Nighthaunts - wasn't enjoying playing with them, didn't think the paint job I did was very good. So I've decided to finally get to work on finishing my Age of Sigmar Maggotkin of Nurgle army (for the unitiated - everything Nurgle in Age of Sigmar from Plague Monk Skaven to Warriors to Demons). But I wanted to be able to do this army, ideally, fully painted from game to game. Sadly, thats not going to happen - I don't have the time or the patience to get everything done before I start playing. I'm a gamer, not a painted. But I do want to get all of it done before I move on to something new, perhaps even trying out new techniques to improve myself as a painted and converter - more on that later.

With the intention of doing a unit a week, I've been working on the two units of 30 Plaguebearers that seem to be forming the core of my lists this week, though I expect this will roll over into next week, especially since I go on holiday in a couple of days. The main idea with these units was to tidy up an old drybrush paint job on the old metal Plaguebearers that I think most folk in the club have had set against them for some times - a tidying up job which involved washing them with Coelia Greenshade to begin with, and then trying out something new with a technique I found and stole online. It's not quite there yet, but I've based them with Leadbelcher, washing with Agrax Earthshade and have just finished giving them a coat of wartered down Typhus Corrosion. Next step is to give them a bit of colour with some Rust Red from Secret Weapon Pigments - something I've not used before but I'm interested in trying out since I want to use the rusted armour on the big unit of Chaos Knights I've got staring at met from the big pile on my desk of mainly unbuilt Malifaux boxes & Primaris Marines.

The other job I'm doing tonight before bed is basing. I'm using cork sheet for this army, layers of it being sprayed Uniform Grey from Army Painted before touching up with a brush and then inking Badab Black. Just that would look fairly dull, so for the demons I'm using some dead grass flock to add a bit of character, but for the mortals I'm using the Valhallan Blizzard texture to give a stormy mountain vibe. My first unit of Chaos Warriors have been painted, but need some Blizzard on their bases. That's an easy 20minute job though, and I'm saving that for when I need a break from fucking Plaguebearers.

You'll notice I haven't mentioned the second unit of Plaguebearers in a while. Because I'm working on their bases. Also because there are 30 of the fucking things and I'm putting off getting to work on them.....

(photos to follow, thanks for reading)

B
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: Starscream on June 06, 2019, 06:06:57 AM
Im looking forward to seeing your MK !
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: moonsmite on June 10, 2019, 09:49:59 PM
If I were you, would use the blood angels as your test subject for the contrast paints. That way you can decide if you enjoy using it and get practice before painting something your excited to paint ;)
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on June 11, 2019, 12:22:37 PM
If I were you, would use the blood angels as your test subject for the contrast paints. That way you can decide if you enjoy using it and get practice before painting something your excited to paint ;)

That's a solid idea actually, thanks! I've been hesitant to paint the Blood Angels as I'm not sure the direction I want to go with them, a lot of them need re-basing (Sorry Neil!) and I just don't have the time or the inclination to do anything with them. Truth be told, I was planning on trying out the contrast paints on my Grymkin - but the Blood Angels might be a better shout. Cheers!

Im looking forward to seeing your MK !

Thanks Archie! I'm back from holiday and Laura is working pretty much every night this week, so I've got multiple evenings that I can get a good 2-3 hours done if I get my head down so by the end of the week, so I'm hoping to have the two fully painted units of Plaguebearers and a Daemon Prince painted and ready for the table!

Then all I need to do is start looking at what to do about Rotigus....
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on July 18, 2019, 10:28:40 PM
I love Contrast Paint.

So, having finally gotten some time to sit down at the painting table for a couple of hours, I started working on Rotigus to try and get him painted beyond his upper body.

And apart from his hood & big stick, he’s done. My plan is to go & pick up a purple contrast paint for his hood on Sunday, and work on his stick tomorrow - I’m trying to do a redwood effect and I’ve got a couple of plans for that.

As for the unit of 30 Plaguebearers, they’re nearly done too! I’ve done all the flesh, so they just need the bone painting onto their swords - another thing I can easily do tomorrow.

Next job, Epidemius! He’s been sitting in a drawer partially built for several years, let’s see what we can do.

I also played a game against Martin. Jesus this army does a lot of mortal wounds.

Another note on photos - I’ll put some up tomorrow when a) stuff is more finished & b) when I work out how....
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: redgore on July 19, 2019, 05:21:14 AM
You can either use attachments on here (below the post content box) or use a image hosting site like imgur.
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on July 19, 2019, 06:42:11 AM
Thanks Martin.

So, photos later!
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on July 22, 2019, 01:35:54 PM
Quick update thrown together in the last few minutes of my lunch break.

Still struggling with photos because I'm not brilliant when it comes to uploading images online. You can see my Rotigus on the facebook page, and I'll put one up later of the unit of 30 plaguebearers I finished last night!

As always with these things, when I have a tournament coming up, it spurs me into action! My plan is very much to play with what I have painted and nothing else - which means I have another Great Unclean One to paint (and a giant ass bell to attach to a model not designed to take one!) and 6 Plague Drones to paint and convert bases for - see, I loathe flight stands, especially on fucking plague drones, so I've purchased two citadel wood sets with the intention of painting them up as dead trees and mounting the Plague Drones on top.

Again, I suspect I shall be relying on St. Contrast to get these done at speed, so I hope to write an update later on how I've gotten on with those bases...
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: Mart on July 22, 2019, 04:14:22 PM

Here you go...


(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/67502402_2284247071654529_5562032323911745536_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_oc=AQl7FusUCIL-lzdFrPB9mcTr3PSI3fGRV_qM6x3SPUzDawOd65sGlJoycpZnjQhLEWo&_nc_ht=scontent-lht6-1.xx&tp=1&oh=49598461e3f4c53484df6abbfc7078f4&oe=5DEC64FD)
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on July 22, 2019, 10:06:05 PM
Awesome!! Thanks Mart!!!

Been fiddling with bases tonight, so nothing major to report. But the bases for the plague drones will be the same cork sheets I’ve used for the other models in the army, but with the trees mounted on. I’ve been planning on having two units of 6 eventually for my flying circus army so I’m trying to do different types of trees - for ease & speed considering I’ve only got just over two weeks until the tournament so the first 6 are going to be the same wood I’ve used for Rotty’s stick. Then maybe grey with brown ink aiming for dead trees for the other unit.

Then I’ve got Epi & maybe a plague claw to get done. Oh and a Lord of Blights. Because -4 to hit with shooting attacks on a unit of 30 of Plaguebearers is filthy. Filthy I say!!

Yeah. What could go wrong?

Did I say I’d finished that unit of 30? Because they still need grass on the bases. And I can’t decide whether to do the musician as playing a bone trumpet or not...
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on July 25, 2019, 10:37:58 PM
Given the heat, getting anything done tonight was unlikely.

So, all I’ve done is build & organise. Trees are prepped for cleaning & gluing and I’ve built the bases for the plague drones. I’m out of white undercoat, so I’ll pick some up on Saturday, then get the drones & trees painted Saturday night. Then I can have a nice relaxing week finishing off bits & bobs before the tournament a week on saturday*

I’ve been thinking about the trees. The Citadel trees come on stands which dwarf the corn sheet they’ll be resting on. Whilst they do give the trees a slanted, haunted look, I’m inclined to file the trees flat and attach them directly to the cork sheet. Maybe if I/when I do another unit I’ll do them differently to differentiate the units.

Still haven’t settled on a list for next week. Suspect I’ll take a Tallyband battalion as that fits what I’ve got painted, though after all this is done, I’m inclined to start painting Blightkings. Got a killer list brewing...so, to Glotkin or not to Glotkin?

*will I fuck, we all know I’ll be covered in paint at 1am trying to finish because I forgot something...
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on July 28, 2019, 10:44:44 PM
....this tree plan was a BAD PLAN!!
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on July 29, 2019, 01:32:48 PM
Ok, so I've calmed down a bit now.

The trees are going to look great - if I can get them done in time. I've got everything built & undercoated now (apart from the Scrivener - more on him soon) and I'm going to be submitting my list soon so everything will be set in stone and I'll have about 4 evenings of painting to get everything done.

(I was going to do the plague drones on Saturday, but I was in a bookshop and it was raining outside so I got caught up reading the book cover to cover - so sue me, it's been a while since I've done that. And then read another one...)

So, on painting. Tonight I'm doing the blasted trees and getting them on the bases. Then, I'll be working on the riders and the characters. If I can get all that done by Tuesday, then I can work on the bugs themselves. Hoping that won't take long....

For those interested, here's my list;

Battalion; Tallyband of Nurgle
Rotigus (General)
Spoilpox Scriviner (Artifact - The Witherstave)

30 Plague Bearers
10 Plague Bearers
10 Plague Bearers

6 Plague Drones

Other units;
Lord Of Blights
Daemon Prince of Nurgle (Another artifact goes here. Gyrstrike maybe?)
5 Chaos Warriors of Nurgle.



Now, about the Scrivener. I hate it. I think it's a fucking horrible fiddly bastard of a model that I'm not looking forward to painting in any way shape of form. If I didn't need him for the battalion I'd drop him like a shite on a hot day. Truth be told, I'm not sure about the battalion in the slightest (For those not in the know, it heals D3 wounds from friendly models in the battalion beginning of each turn) and with dropping that, the Scriverner and possibly the Chaos Warriors I could get a Great Unclean One in the list as well to support the Plague Drones. So it would look like;

Great Unclean One (General, The Witherstave)
Rotigus
Lord of Blights

30 Plague Bearers
10 Plague Bearers
10 Plague Bearers

6 Plague Drones.

Leaving me with 220 points to play with. Which I almost don't have models to fill with. I did consider having a pair of Beasts of Nurgle (160) and then an extra command point to help fuel the Lord of Blight/Plague Bearer machine.

Intereged to know what you think.

EDIT: Fuck a duck, I entirely forgot about the goddamn fucking Gnarlmaw I'll need to put on the board beginning of the game. I don't even know what the fucker is, never mind getting it built & painted! Fuck!
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: Stoned Troll on July 29, 2019, 03:01:55 PM
Err just been watching Catch22, which I thought was an amazing representation of one person's descent into madness....um until now....!  ;)
Ps you know Nurgle is contagious right?!
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on July 29, 2019, 03:21:40 PM
Err just been watching Catch22, which I thought was an amazing representation of one person's descent into madness....um until now....!  ;)

I must be going mad painting these fucking trees. That being said, I can use these fellas in 40k as well, so there is that...

Ps you know Nurgle is contagious right?!

Nurgle is Love, Nurgle is Life  ;)
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on July 29, 2019, 10:13:06 PM
Nearly fully painted a Great Unclean One tonight, so looks like I’m going down that route!! Don’t know if it’ll be the most competitive, but I’m hoping at least it’ll look good...
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on July 31, 2019, 10:21:43 PM
So,

Great Unclean One is done. Everything is done, apart from the Plague Drones - the trees themselves are done, they just need six painted bugs...I’ve given up on getting the Gnarlmaw done, so I’m just going to have to live going to learn how the army works without one.

Once the bugs and the GUO’s bell is done, I just need to add static grass to complete the effect, but I think that might be a 1am Saturday morning job...wouldn’t be the first time I’ve gone to an event with the glue still drying on the base!!

Looking ahead, I think the next things will be the Blight King’s & The Glottkin. I’m inclined to get the latter done first, it’ll be nice to do one big model rather than masses of rank & file. I really don’t want to have a Plaguebearer under my brush ever again.

Oh, yeah, the Plague Drones have riders. Balls.
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on September 13, 2019, 02:37:18 PM
I bet you thought this was dead!

Yes, well, as many of you know I do have a tendency to have a massive spike in productivity and then it promptly dies again. But a few weeks have gone by and I'm back to planning what comes next. So;

Age of Sigmar - Well, we have a painted Daemons of Nurgle army, so I'm now looking to get to work on adding some mortals to the army! Namely, the Glottkin and about 20 Blight Kings. This particular part of the project is on standby at this particular moment in time until a) I get the contrast paint that works so fucking well on human flesh & b) I get my yearly injection of GW gift vouchers to buy 40 odd Maurauders & Plague Monks. Stay tuned on that front.

Oh, and Contrast paint is great for painting large amounts of models at speed (see the Plaguebearers) - however, word to the wise, it does leave gaps. Small gaps, but noticable gaps. I need to spend an afternoon going over my Daemon part of the Nurgle army just touching them up. An afternoon I'm not looking forward to....

40K - So, in preparation for our 40K tournament, I've been painting those Blo<THIS PARAGRAPH CONTAINS HERETICAL CONTENT AND HAS BEEN DELETED>

Warmachine - HAHAHAHAHA!

....but seriously, I'm painting my Grymkin. I have a plan! It actually fits in nicely with...

Malifaux - Ok, so, I've decided to stick with Outcasts for the next few months to learn the game with Leviticus. I'm looking at playing some Ressurectionists as well, purely to break up playing the same faction (or, more accurately, the same master because I fucking love Leviticus) constantly. I've got my eye on the Student Nationals in April 2020 and I'm hoping to play Malifaux there and then switching out to a new faction after that event as I suspect even I will be sick of Levi by then.

(For those interested, I think I'm going to either Arcanists or full on Ressers).

But, I need to start painting. Luke over at the Skirmish Wargamming YouTube channel has asked me to come on to play some games, but I can only do so with a painted crew. Now, whilst I have a painted Dr. McMourning crew, it is still missing a couple of models I need, so I'm planning on painting up Levi & a Seamus crew.

I've not been sure how to go about doing the Seamus crew - but I saw a paint scheme online of someone who did a Grymkin army in a Sin City style scheme of blacks & whites with emphasis on blood and eyes in bright colours and, since Seamus (for the unknowing, he's a mixture of Jack The Ripper & Batman's The Mad Hatter with a .50 calber flintlock....) gives off a massive horror movie feeling, I thought I'd do that with a small crew, may expanding it into more Ressers as time goes on.

It's not going to win me many prizes, but since there'll be plenty of Black/White/Red at least it'll meet 3 colour minimum painting requirements....

Until next time (and most likely Sunday when I do some building & painting once I get down to GW on Sunday to get some paints....)

B
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on September 13, 2019, 02:45:37 PM
<continuing from the above>

Although, thinking about it, Jack Daw could fit into the Horror movie theme as well....
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on November 04, 2019, 04:27:25 PM
So, here's what's happening - apologies for the long delay in an update - a new job and real life have jumped me and left me with little to no hobby time. But, with a couple of free weekends coming (more on that in a moment) it's time for me to sort out my hobby life and start getting ready for a new year. So, let's do some updates;

 

Warmachine - ……

 

Malifaux - So, having played another game with Jack and another game with Leviticus, I've come to the conclusion that I'm tied into M2E a little too much still with Outcasts - so one of my jobs this weekend of tie a knot on the Outcasts - build what I have left and get it on the shelf next to the Neverborn crew I'm eternally working on and then I can get going on what I've been building up to for a while now - Resurrectionists!

 

Now that'll be of no surprise to a few folk, but I always get drawn to the Undead faction of any game I pick up so it was only really a matter of time…I need to get my hands on a 3x3 matt as well so I can start having some games at home. So, yes, look forward to that in the new year. I'm building another crew for intro games so if you're interested then there's that too…

 

Regarding masters though, I've always wanted to play Seamus and I've started assembling the man himself, but it's somewhat frustrating (as usual with Wyrd models) so it may take a while…but I've got a few ideas on how to  get him and the Molly crew that's on its way to me to really sing. Two words - Lamp Posts.

 

Also, keep watching Luke's YouTube channel (Luke, if you're reading this and I haven't replied to you yet, I give you permission to stand on my McMourning!)

 

40K - So, the Blood Angels are getting a new book and we're getting a new Mephiston, so expect to see those back on the table in the new year! For the moment though, I'm getting them built ready to hit the table. And no, I'm still not planning on getting them painted. 40K is my beer & pretzels game so it's never going to get the same amount of hobby time as, say, Age of Sigmar gets from me. However I have picked up a few bits of a Guard army, and having read the codex have been considering either a Catachan or a Starship Troopers themed Cadian army so…watch this space for the inevitable disappointment.

 

AoS - Well then. The Nurgle stuff continues to go together, but I've hit a gut shaped lump in the road in the form of the Ogre army that has landed in my lap (more on that later) so I'm working on finishing the Nurgle stuff off so I can put it aside and focus on something else.

 

I've acquired a Dwarf army. I need to buy/build/paint Gotrek and it's ready to rumble.

 

So I've got an AoS tournament on the 7th of next month and the Student Nationals has rumbled round again and I've signed up for AoS again - mainly because Malifaux and Warmachine were not choices. It's in Sheffield this year so I don't have to take travelling into account as much as going to Glasgow last year - that said, I'd like to do something with a bit more weight this time - Nurgle does fine, but every time I write a list I find something else I need to add to my collection. It'd be fine for a Path to Glory campaign (watch this space, the event organiser is working on it!) but I've decided to go with Ogres for the Student Nationals. They don't need to be painted, but you get bonus points if they are so I'm working on getting that done.

 

"But when" I hear you cry!

"Ben you hate painting" I hear you laugh

"Ben you're a nightmare when you're painting" I hear Laura sob

 

But, as I said, I'm free next weekend so I intend To paint the army in a weekend to show it can be done and I can do it. I've got the models, I've got the paints and I'm just waiting on some bases to shore up what I need. I'm not going to claim it'll be the best army (I doubt it) but it'll be a start and I can build on these foundations as we get closer to next April.

 

Or I'll scythe through half an army with Gotrek in December and won't ever look back.

 

I'll keep the updates coming. Thanks for wading through my ramblings - again :)
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on January 28, 2020, 03:29:02 PM
I didn't paint the army in a weekend. And I haven't built Gotrek - He's staring at me from the pile of unbuilt stuff in the corner.

Sick days suck, but they're also helpful when you've got a new set up in your hobby room which gives, you the insentive to start work on a new hobby project (or three)

So I've been spending the afternoon preparing bases and slowly building a Seamus crew for Malifaux. I'm not going to get it all done over the next few days because I need more lamp posts for the crew - I only have 5 for the moment, and I haven't fully decided if more is overkill or not - but I have decided to go down the route I thought about a while ago of doing the Sin City style paint scheme where all the models in the crew apart from the leader have that black & white look, with one bit of colour to make it stand out. So far, such a good plan. But then again, this is Malifaux and as the box says - bad things happen. In my case, spilt blood and the fact that Seamus is such a fiddly fucker to put together.

I keep looking at the sprue at the Copycat killer and wondering how in the hell I'm going to stay sane putting him together.

On the subject of my Blood Angels, I don't even know where they are.

On the subject of Age of Sigmar in preparation for the Student Nationals, I'm building more and more bases and slowly working my way through the thirty something Ogre Bulls I'm planning on taking. But I have also heard rumours about how Tzeentch is now back with a brutal vengence and after looking through all the Tzeentch stuff I own, I realises I'm about two exalted flamers and a Lord of Change away from a full force I could rock out with! But I think that's going to be a project for after the Nationals - given what I've heard about the Changehost, I think the FAQ bat might be going to come down quite hard on this one....we'll have to wait and see.

Oh, and if anyone wants any coffins for projects, I may have a few left over. Need some markers for the Carrion Emissary, so I ordered a pack of the TT combat ones - don't know if I'll need 10 (which is how many are in the park) - also, having been arguing with the TT combat paint rack for so long I don't know if I have the patience to get them all put together without killing someone.

Out of interest - has anyone tried undercoating and painting wood?
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: Cookie Monster on January 28, 2020, 04:46:46 PM
that would be a good topic..... it is actually possible to build a malfaux crew in a weekend lol
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on January 28, 2020, 05:49:14 PM
that would be a good topic..... it is actually possible to build a malfaux crew in a weekend lol

Depending on the crew, I'd argue it's easy enough, with enough patience, to build a crew in an evening. I've built Seamus and have just started on the Copycat Killer (whose attachment to the base I'd say is the most ridiculous I've ever seen, but then I've got the Molly crew to build at some point and she's on her tip-toe!) and reckon I can build the crew box, the Doxies and Archie this evening if I don't get distracted.

If. Big If. Maybe I should eat now before the cat tried to run off with Seamus in her mouth again.
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on January 28, 2020, 09:16:12 PM
that would be a good topic..... it is actually possible to build a malfaux crew in a weekend lol

I spoke too soon.

One of the Dead Doxies is 14 pieces. The hand that is resting on an umbrella is separate to the arm. And the umbrella.

Determined to finish her and Archie before I sleep!

(NB the other Doxy in the box was so frustrating she's gone back in the box after I remembered there was a completed Doxy in the stuff I bought from Nathaniel...)
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on January 28, 2020, 10:04:21 PM
12/14 pieces on the Doxy on, and I can't see joins for the last two bits, so I'm calling her done.

Archie didn't take long at all, even if it took some painful thought process to work out where each of his five arms go...

Half an hour before I go to bed. Might try doing a Rotten Belle or two before I start undercoating over the next couple of days. God forbid I might actually do some painting tomorrow to get stuff up and done.

Trying to pick out the bits on the models to put into colour to make them stand out. Think I'll start with Archie - think I'm going to wind up painting the whole crew before I start on Seamus. Looking at Archie;

https://images.app.goo.gl/cAD1e6FTyWua4A8c9

(Painted by someone better than me)

I'm thinking the tentacle and the Ice Cream? Then doing a lampost behind him. Better do his base actually, just realised I've not done it yet.


EDIT: Did two Rotten Belles. Go me. A Belle, a base for Archie and Madam Sybelle to go tomorrow. Might even go nuts and build and paint one of my favourite Malifaux models which I've finally gotten my hands on - the Dead Rider.
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on January 29, 2020, 02:55:41 PM
So, about 24 hours have passed and despite having a head which feels like it's three pounds heavier than it should be, I've made some progress.

All of the Seamus crew, the Dead Rider and the Doxies are all done, as well as getting Mortimer & some mindless zombies off their original bases so they match up with the bases the rest of the crew are on.

I've undercoated everything apart from Seamus, as I'm not sure which undercoat to use on him. I'm tempted to use Wraith Bone rather than Corax White as I want to use Contrast paint to do his skin to make my life slightly easier.

I've finished the bases. They've all been undercoated grey and had a light shading of Nuln Oil. Much lighter than I've done in the past as they will be models standing under a lamp post.

Speaking on lamp post, they've had their base coat of Balthasar Gold - next will be a shade of Agrax and then I'll be putting on some Nihilakh Oxide to get a rusted brass look with maybe a silver highlight to try and get some scratches on their. I've never watered down my paints, used a mixing tray or highlighted before, so I'm quite intreged by this.

I'd like to finish a Dead Doxy tonight. She looks like she's leaning back to get someones attention, so I've got a lamp post which looks kind of perfect for this. Only thing I need to work out is how to paint the "Light" bit of the lamp post. Will do some research I think...any ideas?
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: Skeletor on January 29, 2020, 04:15:23 PM
Well done on the painting ben- sounds like you've been busy. For an oily/rusty look to the lampposts you may want to try typhus corrosion? I've been painting the blood Angel's and genestealers for my space hulk set, and typhus corrosion is great for recreating the oily rust look of the ancient space hulk floor. I've applied it over a base of leadbelcher.

For the light on the lamppost, are you looking for a white light (like LED) or a yellowish light? Got a couple of ideas depending on what your required finish is?
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on January 29, 2020, 09:58:31 PM
Well done on the painting ben- sounds like you've been busy. For an oily/rusty look to the lampposts you may want to try typhus corrosion? I've been painting the blood Angel's and genestealers for my space hulk set, and typhus corrosion is great for recreating the oily rust look of the ancient space hulk floor. I've applied it over a base of leadbelcher.

For the light on the lamppost, are you looking for a white light (like LED) or a yellowish light? Got a couple of ideas depending on what your required finish is?

So I've nearly finished the lamp posts - I used Nihilakh Oxide in the end, but found it a bit overpowering, so threw on another coat of Agrax Earthshade which seems to have softened it enough that it's at an exceptable level now. As for the light itself, I watched a video on lamps and saw one that used Casandora Yellow which has actually come out really well - just need to do some highlights and fine details and they should be done - but thanks James, I'll definately try the Leadbelcher/Typhus Corrosion on the second set of Lamps I'll need to order to get the crew completed.

As for models, I finally bit the bullet and started the Sin City look by starting on what's probably the most impressive looking model in the crew - the Carrion Emissary. Got some grey mixed with Lahmian Medium and covered important looking bits of the model and am now waiting for that to dry before pouring over Nuln Oil and then doing some highlighting. Not a difficult scheme, but I think it will be effective.

For the one "stand out" colour on him, I decided to paint his upper tunic dark green, which hasn't provided the effect I wanted. Unless you look for it, it looks like the tunic is still black like other parts of him - so I'm waiting for that to dry and then I'll paint over it either Mephiston Red or Orange - Orange might be a bit bright for him, so I'm leaning more towards the red and then using it as a theme across the crew.

Only thing not undercoated and ready to go is Seamus. He's lent up against Butcher3 on my desk. Judging me. Little Irish fucker....

(Don't judge my spelling, I'm really tired out)

EDIT: Probably worth pointing out to those not in the know, but Seamus is a mixture of The Mad Hatter and Jack the Ripper. His crew are made up of undead prostitutes that he's murdered and brought back from the dead. Hence the Sin City theme, and hence the desire for a suitable bright colour to stand out on the models. Below is a link to some images to back this up;

https://images.app.goo.gl/UJB9GmzvLCg5LKkK9 - the Carrion Emmisary

https://images.app.goo.gl/zWFkeYeLLsgPxC51A - Seamus crew
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on February 02, 2020, 09:08:21 PM
So, the Carrion Emissary is now done. I'm really happy with how he's turned out, so we're now full steam ahead on this colour scheme for all of my Ressers. I've even got all my other Ressers out and ready to be undercoated black so they can get the same treatment. If I could find both of my Hanged then I'd be working on my Jack Daw crew next. I think they're screaming out for this colour scheme. Even bought a load of new paints to finish off this scheme.

I've been thinking about Seamus and the other masters - I can't understand why I thought it would be a good idea for me to handicap myself by painting the masters to be unique in the crew when they should be the same to complete the look. So I'm undercoating Seamus tomorrow so that he can join the same theme as the rest of the crew.

I think if this works I might use the same paint scheme on my Grymkin too. Then I might do a 40K army with the scheme as well. Not quite sure which one yet. I think I might wind up doing a Lost & The Damned style army (Renegades & Heretics) as I think that night compliment the paint scheme. Not sure yet. I think this paint scheme might work best in a skirmish style game like Malifaux or Warmachine rather than in a game that requires more models like 40K. Also it would mean having the insentive to paint 40K - which as I've previously said is more of my beer & Pretzels game.

I've also got the Ogres on the painting table. The thought of painting that much flesh is making my eyes water. Maybe we should finish a Malifaux crew or two first...

And yes, I am procastenating rather than painting. Will likely get some more done tomorrow. Honest.
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: Mart on February 02, 2020, 09:16:21 PM
Don’t be intimidated by all the flesh to paint on your ogors, there are so many ways to paint it quite quickly now that look really effective. I’ve come across so many videos, blogs and threads on methods, but a good one is coating with Cadian fleshtone then going over it with thinned gulliman flesh contrast paint.
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on February 20, 2020, 07:17:37 PM
Don’t be intimidated by all the flesh to paint on your ogors, there are so many ways to paint it quite quickly now that look really effective. I’ve come across so many videos, blogs and threads on methods, but a good one is coating with Cadian fleshtone then going over it with thinned gulliman flesh contrast paint.

Thanks Mart, I'll probably use that with James' suggestion for rusted weapons if I wind up having to paint up all of my Ogre Bulls and Ironguts for Nationals. That's looking less likely now as I'm just waiting to find out if it's 1500 or 2000 points for the event before I commit to painting large amounts - If it's 1500 I'm inclined to use Skaven as I'll be painting and using them for the AOS event we're doing at the club, but if it's 2000 I'll be doing my 10 model 5 Stonehorn list painted as living statues. Because fuck having to remember rules.

For those of you still interested in Malifaux (I'm going to document the Skaven I do for the AOS campaign elsewhere) I've finally decided that Seamus should be painted like the rest of the crew and so he's just waiting for a bit of inking now and he'll be done. Rather than follow through with my original plan and get my Jack Daw crew painted up, I'm waiting until I can get a couple of new Hanged before I do that (and finish building my final Guilty, but he's about 20 something pieces, so I'm putting him off) so I'm going to build and paint my Molly crew first, and then move on to getting my Leviticus crew painted up in the same style so I have some options. Problem with that is I'm going to need another 5-10 lamps so that the Molly and Seamus crew link up.

I'm also not sleeping, and being in a state of constant exhaustion isn't best when trying to paint. The total mess I made of the Copycat Killer in the Seamus crew is a testament to this.

I've also got a question - which may be better asked in another thread as I don't know how many people are still reading this blog (although I will, eventually, get photos on here once I finally sort out how the fuck it works) but I've been thinking of Kings of War and putting an army together. My understanding is that it's less about the amount of models, but the movement tray they sit on - and, to be honest, I'm enjoying planning and building bases then I am actually building and painting the models themselves - so I've been working on a couple of ideas - namely Undead pirates with wooden deck style bases or the army of scary scarcrows and monsters - the name of which escapes me - which fits a very particular esthetic which appeals to me - namely that of fairytale monsters and things that go bump in the night.

Might have to look into that in a bit more detail after the Nationals. Then again, I've got a 40K project I'm working on as well on the side. An army of living statues and the explorers who have been looking for them....
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on February 28, 2020, 01:37:41 PM
DOOMWHEEL! DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMWHEEL!

-ahem-

Sorry, I've been getting excited about the Age of Sigmar campaign and, frankly, pissing around with multiple Doomwheels zipping around. Plus, I've found some interesting looking conversion kits online for Jezzails and Acolytes which has gotten me a lot more excited about the project.

On other projects;

Age of Sigmar - see above. I'm also in the process of painting up 4 Stonehorns ready for the Nationals - I'm doing the GW living statues army - just need to find some moss to add to my statues. Sorted. I'm also playing around with water effects for the AOS campaign - the Skaven are going to be done completely with Contrast for the record purely for speed and convenience because I'm also working on an Ogre pirate army with Ironblasters, Leadbelchers and a big unit of Ogres for the "motley crew" using the Maneater Pirate for my Captain. Just trying to sort out some ships rails to go on the front of the models. Might just wind up cutting off the edges of sprues...also...

Malifaux - I've painted Seamus! Those of you at club tonight will see the Sin City style of crew in the flesh for the first time! And, just because the models were in front of me when I did Seamus and I had mixed up a bit too much grey paint/water then I needed and didn't want to waste it I wound up painting Jack Daw and Montressor as well! I do love those models, soon as I get my hands on another couple of Hanged I really want to do get my Jack Daw crew back on the table. But then, I'm also trying (and trying is definitely not the word I would initially use) to get my Molly crew built. Archie is done (and is painted too so I can use him in my Seamus crew until I get Madam Sybelle and/or a gravedigger built/painted) but I want to sort out the whole keyword.

Right, end of lunchbreak, better get back to work. Spending my lunchbreak painting was oddly satisfying. Might try it again another time.
Title: Re: Ben's Gaming Blog
Post by: DocB on March 03, 2020, 07:19:39 PM
I've been lazy.

Over the weekend I achieved a grand total of nothing, apart from winning an Ebay auction for a box of The Hanged which is the last thing I need (until the Dead Outlaws are released) for my Jack Daw crew. I'm in the process of building my third Guilty at long last - if you look at;

https://www.wyrd-games.net/plastic-build-instructions/2015/8/4/14y1oem2rjth8bkezgvppmbp76pxij

Then it's the one who is lying on the bed. Unsurprisingly, those fucking straps are causing me issues. I'd also like to get Manos painted for my Jack Daw crew as a ranged way of getting Staggered onto models seems to be a strong thing to have rocking around in the crew, even if he doesn't quite fit the theme. Also the Yan Lo crew I'm planning (Shut up Tim, I can use him) will have a different "single colour" to the Jack Daw crew, which will make models I put in there stand out as not being part of the keyword. Not sure how I like that or not.

I've also got another two packs of lamps on the way. They don't quite fit the theme for the Jack Daw or Yan Lo crews, but I think they will suit the Molly forgotten crew quite nicely. I'm actually playing Tim on Friday and am thinking of using my Dr. McMorning crew, depending on the strategy, or sticking with Seamus for the moment. I don't think The Hanged will be with me, built and painted by Friday, which rules them out completely, and I think the Jack Daw crew needs at least one Hanged to function at full capacity. Whether it's better in Outcasts or Ressers is another debate entirely.

I've also prepped my Leviticus crew for undercoating with Bete Noir for my Seamus crew. I've got 5 models left to do for Seamus to have all of the (released) keyword models for him ready to go. Rotten Belles have taken a fall since M2E but I'd like to try running them again, trying what I believe has come to be known as "Pimp Hand Seamus".

If you don't play Malifaux, you can unglaze your eyes now.

I've been looking at getting back in 40K, but I'm not sure where to start. I have part of an Eldar army gathering dust in the garage but I've also been thinking of doing a Sanguine Guard themed army - all Golden Host - with the Sanguinor actually as a Sanguinary Ancient or unit champion rather than the Sanguinor - as I want to try and get my hands on the Sanguinius model from Forge World for that role, along with a couple of Leviathon dreads.

This could get expensive, fast. Hey, a dreadnought & Golden Host army could be fun...might play with some lists later.

In the meantime, back to building a guy strapped to a bed...