It's generally not a good idea to update the blog when tired, yet here I find myself doing exactly that at the end of what's been a hectic week. Sadly not all hobby unfortunately, work having curtailed half of the week's activity and putting an end to wednesday's stream. Despite all of that however I've made great headway on stage one of the Malign Portents painting challenge for Age of Sigmar and wrapped up all of the Plaguebearers and Plague Drones with the exception of the Herald. All in all a really good start which has left me a couple of evenings spare before taking them over to the store. Just as well really as it's looking like it's going to be another frustrating week [...]
If you managed to catch Friday's stream, you'll have seen me wrapping up painting of the first four Death Guard from the Dark Imperium set. These have been some of the nicest miniatures by Games Workshop I've ever assembled and painted; they go together like a dream and the scope of unique detail practically makes each a character in their own right. Absolutely love them and generally speaking that goes for most of the Death Guard/Nurgle Daemon range released recently. So much so I've been tempted into painting an Age of Sigmar 'Getting Started' box by 10th Feb for a local store challenge. I've been trying to start a small warband for Age of Sigmar but have never managed to keep it on the painting table [...]
Painting Garrek's Reavers, the muscle-bound berserkers of Khorne turned out to be a lot more fun to paint than I was expecting. From the start I set myself two goals: Keep it simple, tabletop standard. Details like eyes, blending or multiple layers were avoided and I stuck to the basics of clean base colours, shades and a simple highlight. I did add a paint effect for the blood which is a quick way of giving them another point of interest but other than that speed was the name of the game. Despite all of that and being easy-assemble pre-coloured miniatures I'm really happy how they turned out when painted. They are not a hundred miles from Games Workshop's standard plastic kits and I'm pretty confident [...]
The end of week stream will be all about the remaining members of Garrek's warband in Shadespire, in particular Karsus the chained and Blooded Saek. If all goes to plan that will wrap up the second of the warbands and all of the miniatures in the starter box will have been completed.
Painting continues for Warhammer Underworld: Shadespire with the second of the warbands in the starter box; the Reavers. I'll be starting with the two big shouty characters, Garrek and Arnulf. This stream will mostly focus on the flesh tones and scars.
After two streams and a little background painting Severin Steelheart's warband for Warhammer Underworld: Shadespire is complete and ready for the arena. To summarise where I deviated from the recommended Games Workshop scheme, I began by applying the gold basecoat, first highlight and initial shade with the airbrush first (see Prologue for more details), then edge highlighted with Scale 75 Elven Gold and Citrine Alchemy. What I didn't show in the live session was the pin wash however which I was really pleased with as it added another aged layer to the armour. This was a mix of GW Athonian camoshade with a drop of gloss varnish and acrylic flow improver. This I applied to the creases and joins in all of the armour panels [...]
Friday's stream will be finishing off Steelheart from the Stormhost warband and completing the bases. Time permitting also a start on Garreks's Reavers.
Back from my break/hols and brief visitation of Nurgle with a new season (yes, we're calling it that now) and a new game; Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire. I've not done any Age of Sigmar for the entire year and Shadespire seems like a nice low model count challenge to cut teeth on. Episode 1 sets the plan in motion and picks up Steelheart's Champions, the Stormhost warband as the opening gambit. Pre-stream prologue inbound start of next week covering off the preparation steps.
Wednesday's stream will be the first in a series for the newly launched Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire arena miniatures game. I figured after my recent bout of Nurgle-loves-you-itis I'd take a bit of a break from the grimdark (*psst!* Not really a break; I just built a Plagueburst Crawler but that can be our little secret) and focus on something more light-hearted instead. Like Khorne blood sacrifices and skull-crushing hammers of Sigmar. I only picked up Shadespire a day ago so it still has the new box smell, but already the eight miniatures included are assembled and ready for paint. Being pre-coloured push-fit miniatures they can be used straight out of the box and I don't doubt many more interested in the deck building aspects of [...]
I had such plans and a really great intro for October, really I did. It went something along the lines of "The XIV Legion ~ fourteen years in the making". Not making it up either; I first started my Death Guard back in 2003 for the 40K GT Finals and found them again fourteen years later in 2017 when I started doing a force for the Horus Heresy. I had such plans to apply some simple touch-ups to the original force and use the new Death Guard plastics as a way to tie 10,000 years of history between them. Showing an evolution of what they once were to what they have now become. Well I thought it was a pretty neat idea anyway. And then [...]