Saturday, 22 September 2018

Punkapocalyptic gratitude

I've been pretty much out of the painting bussiness for these weeks, as the issues in the muggle life tend to be somehow annoyingly demanding. But on the (very) bright side, I received a surprise last week (or maybe it was the previous one? I'm losing track of time!) in the mail. A pal, related to the Punkapocalyptic project, just sent me a whole band, fully painted :O :O

He thought he was in debt to me, but let me tell you, now it's totally the other way around! Just see the minis, please:

The whole Mutards band
 Some close-ups:

Unsure about if it's a teenager or a ninja, but you know
When they told me we were recruiting a creepy slug  for the band I didn't expect this
Talking about 'creepy'...
Best one on domestic work
Man, this Kuato issues are escaping out of control
There's another Total Recall reference here, ahem...
We could say he's somehow anchored to the past
What can I say, this is enormously exhilarating. I wanted to get this band and I suddenly find it at home -and painted!

BTW, the guys at Punkapocalyptic are running a new Kickstarter campaign starting next Sept 25th, this time including a full starter set, so I think it's a good time to get back to the game...

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Better late than never

Real life doesn't care of your schedules, and that's also true when it comes to miniatures. Well, in this case you could rightly blame my lack of planification, but hey, I had managed to open the post with a nice sentence, don't ruin it!

I got this Gothic church from Pegasus Hobbies ages ago. I really wanted to have it finished for my latest scenario, but in the end I wasn't able to do so. Sigh. Anyway, I put some effort on it these last days and I can show you the thing.

This is the basic shape of it
The kit has no roof, I added that with cardboard. I originally primed it in beige/brown, as I wanted to do something different, in other tones. But in the end I went back to grey, as it wouldn't have fitted in my board otherwise.

Look at the size of this monster
OK, so grey then.

This is how it's going to look like
It needed a base. I didn't want too much trouble; I found this rigid piece of card and did this for the floor:

Marble everywhere
At some point I thought I could make some paintings on the wall, as I did some time ago on the WHFB Chapel. But honestly, I wanted to move forward. I found a much better solution, i.e., I looked for some real art.

Google, print, cut...
...and glue
Quick & easy!
More or less this will be the general display
Now I had to WH40K-ize it. I built some stuff for the outside, like this relic shrine:

Forgot to take pics of the WIP
It's just a structure made of cardboard and greenstuff for the decorations. The relic itself comes from the Grey Knights box.

I also made these useful props for inquisitorial purposes. The one on the left will be an automatic heretic burner. You know, nothing of all those old firewood stacks and uncomfortable hassle. You just tie the heretic to the rod and the promethium-fed cleansing fire comes from below. Much more civilised.

The structure on the right is for the gibbets you can see inb the back
I also made some stuff for the roof. This is quite a common view in Europe, as no church (or, for the case, any rural high structure) is complete without...

...a stork's nest, of course
The head is from a Bretonnian banner pole, the rest is just greenstuff and bits.

I also made some objects for the inside of the chapel. It's pretty tight, so I could not make these fit in:

Thomarillion. I guess I had an optimistic day when I ordered all this
Less is more. I made it a humble chapel, not a whole cathedral. I built this place for candles:

Can't be cheaper and lazier
And this table with a saint and a holy book.

Like three minutes of my time
I added some holy scrolls...

Another... ten? minutes
The scrolls are mere paper, because I did some other signs:

I really hope Pange Lingua is copyright free
The upper right sign is some kind of Inquisitorial warrant on a... eh... Abdul Goldberg?
Finally, a banner for the inside
You can see I couldn't place the banner just top of the structure, as it covered the rose window.

My greatest regret is not being able to make some proper stained glass. For now I'll let it be until I discover a way.
I lowered it and...

This will have to work
It's evocative enough for me
Let's go ack to the outside. We finally get to uncover one of the most precious secrets in all the Warhammer 40,000 lore. Is it the truth behind the two Lost Legions? No! Way more important! We finally get to know...

...where do those freakin' scary 40K cherubs come from!
So one side...

Should have added offerings and stuff to that shrine, hmmm...
And another:

And I should add more dirt and burning marks here, hmmm...
Well, for the moment this is it:

The pilgrims finally arrive to their destination
Everybody expects the Imperial Inquisition!
They stole the offerings from the shrine!!
Now that I have finished it I find myself before a conundrum, as I had 'closed' the urban setting and my mind is set on the Genestealer Cult mining facility now. I'm parking the chapel for a momet until I find a new use for it. But you may have noticed that I have an organ and church benches without apparent use. I wonder if an underground church of the Emperor of Several Arms is feasible... Hmmm...

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Don Quirixote rides again

The wasteland walker turned into a sci-fi Don Quixote proved to be a fun idea. It was apparently well received, and in fact some weeks ago I was commissioned by a pal to build another walker just in the same fashion for him to paint.

Luckily enough I had another serum vial!
My idea was to follow the basic design of the first one, but of course making subtle changes here and there. I thought it would be fun having more engine exposure just behind the saddle:

Simply glue whatever you have at hand wherever you feel it fits in
Yup, those red pieces come from the Space Hulk Terminators I'm converting into realscale Marines
Random pieces everywhere, that's the key
So this was the preliminary setup:

Yes, it should look familiar to you
It was supposed to look more or less like this:

I used the original Kislevite head I had firstly used for my project (and then rejected to make Don Quirixote of Manchae Prime). But my pal told me he really wanted another Don Quixote, not just a regular, generic wasteland walker.

So let it be
The final touch was extra wiring. I mean, plain thread:

It takes more time than you initially think (dammit)

So this is the result:

How does it look next to his brother?

Spot the differences
This new one looks a little bit more worn out, just because the way it is built. The exposed engine works in that direction and all the wiring suggests some problem with the cooling. The pedals were a funny touch, but a pain to build and fix in place, I'm not totally happy with them.

Anyway, I think it works fine and does its part. My pal will be painting it, so I'll ask him for pics when its finished!
I've run out of vials, but the temptation of getting more Sentinels to use the legs for more ridiculous stuff is still there...

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Big boned Sigmarites

After the Shadespire Sigmarwhatever I finished a couple of weeks ago, I tried to find nice ideas for my own warband. I wasn't lucky.
First of all, I made some conversions with the weapons; I wanted them to look different and cool, and not to repeat what I had just done. But I didn't find what I was looking for. I was too short-sighted and only thinking in getting an Oldschool looking. So it was all about this kind of heads...

It may work, but I wasn't getting that 'ooohhh, this is it' vibe
Testing all my Empire heads
Then I saw it. Pure coincidence, but I found what I was looking for, although I hadn't known until then:

Ooohhh, this is it
Stormcast Eternal warriors are heroes from beyond time and space, reforged by Sigmar himself and brought to life again and again to fight the eternal war. But in the city of Shadespire mighty Nagash struggles with the very fabric of time. The whole fluff was too tempting. What if something has gone slightly wrong? What if these powerful warriors fight beyond expectations... but in the reforging process something went terribly wrong and they are encased in their forgotten armours, condemned to serve in this unsettling appearance? Say no more, I had a warband.

Leaving the heads and background apart, you can see the conversions I made. All the weapons come from the 40K Grey Knights sprues. They work fine on these models and give them a pretty distinctive looking. The sword and halberd were easy, but the two handed sword was kind of tricky, and I had to make some additional work on the wrists.

After many experiments (many! I could flood you with pics of failed ideas) I came to this:

Mr. Brightskull
I was quite tempted to use the large shield with some sculpted motif (as in the Knights of the White Wolf). But I really didn't want to repeat essentially the very same mini, so I used the other sword.

His twin
What's that?
This is my first attempt with the GreenStuffWorld's Chainmail Plate. I still have a lot to learn, but the possibilities are endless...

How do you know this was a male skull, eh? Are you assuming my gender?
So next step was taking the brushes. My most obvious reference about what I was intending to do was, of course, the amazing Corroded Plate Tutorial at Gardens of Hecate. All the work Ana does is out of scale in awesomeness; if you are not familiar with her blog, please go there. Right now, I mean.

I used the materials I had at hand; no pigments and no special stuff. I lacked the patience to go to the shop and wait for days; I wanted them painted now. My steps are really simple. So the results are obvioulsy way worse than Ana's. But I can live with that, of course.

The base layer is a mix of black, dark brown and silver (all Vallejo).

First wash, using leather brown.

Second wash, with a mix of dark brown and German camo green (Vallejo again). That gets you a true matt looking.
Third wash, generously apllying a mix of dark brown and orange. Make them look dirty. really dirty. BTW, note to self. If you are painting any heraldry whatsoever, do it before all these steps; that way you'll avoid to repeat the whole f@#%ing process. Ahem.

They don't look that impressive, do they? Well, after this, I used the base colour again on the armour and then applied a black wash between plates. That's it. The rest is just paying attention to skulls, clothes, etc., etc.

So in the end...

Mr. Rustyskull

I'd love to live in Castle Grayskull
That thing on the halberd? Well, I'm going to the supermarket, you know
What do you mean if the shield is mine?
Yup, the chainmail is mine too
The armour is not hollow, I already was big boned when alive
I'm not fat, my chest has just slipped a bit
I have to keep up my bones to wield such a sword

This is going to be our next black metal album cover
So this is it! Two Sigmar warbands. Now I must start to think about the Khorne guys, both my friend's and mine. That will be another day, I still have tons of other ongoing projects. No idea of what will be next...