Saturday, September 26, 2009

Rogue Trader Brings His Holds Stuffed With Forge World Tastiness!

Just a quick shot from the hip, I got my Forge World order in a weeks time!? Yup, my friends and I ordered enough goods for free express shipping and man, was that shipping express! For those not in the know, Forge World is a subsidiary of Games Workshop that does some of the most exquisite model work ever witnessed by man(check 'em out- ). As right on as their models are...well, their shipping procedures are precisely the opposite. Guys have waited months for tiny pieces, things are shipped incomplete or severely damaged due to the highly sensitive nature of the resin product FW uses to mold their models. But fate was kind today, and has delivered me my products in fine fashion...except for my posters...bastard UPS is holding them in...checks tracking number....Philadelphia?! What the hell?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Laboring at the Whipping Post

Well, there's a bit of work I've done this afternoon on the first of the yella fellas. Of course some might be confused as the "yella" portion is more of a pale brown. s'truth, the actual base color is vomit brown. I've put some watered down scorched brown(50/50) in the crevices of all the armor, and it certainly has picked out all the details of the Fists. If anyone is curious about what my plan of attack is going to be with my paint scheme, I'm following the advice of an exceptional painter, Wil Davies. His website chaos bunny studios, has some select, yet exhaustive, tutorials on a few difficult subjects. In fact, Davies interpretation of the Fists inspired me to start my force of IF.
I digress, my painting today has ended a long drought that lasted just about the whole summer for me. I hope to spend more time at my LGS to really motivate myself to get back on the horse and roll these guys out and make them look good.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My Love Affair With A Badger

When you first begin using a new gadget as a hobbyist, whether it's flocking, new brushes, or even a new sculpting medium, there is always a learning curve that simple instruction can't bridge. The difference is time spent behind the wheel as it were. I've Just finished putting multiple coats of vomit brown on my Space Marines, and I can definitely see myself using this airbrush to further my goal of paint domination. I wouldn't use one for single pieces, but as a tool being used at a large scale, it really decreases the time investment and increases the quality of the paint coverage.
I've learned that gloves are a must(I stole a pocketful from a hospital room while visiting my wifes' gram over the weekend, let's hear it for petty theft!). I clean that bad Larry after every use too. I had to learn that my teeny-tiny compressor can't handle the thick Citadel pigments, and they need to be thinned. This hobby that started as a social activity has really taken on a life of it's own. I've delved into old interests that I thought I had forgotten; being an artist, doing concept work on my armies, model work for conversions, I love it all!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Symphony in the key of...well whatever a mini-compressor sounds like

I have just got my first airbrush set complete with compressor. It was a bit of a farce as I realized that i have never actually used an airbrush before. My hands are still covered in paint as a result. The models themselves are looking ok, and I trust with more coats the coverage will be uniform. As a personal note, don't shop at AC Moore. Over priced and under knowledgable. Even with those vaunted 50-40% off coupons, Blick actually makes better deals. But, such is life.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Acceptance speech and the goals of my administration

Good afternoon! Welcome to my first posting on my very first blog! Exciting, isn't it? In this blog you will see a daredevil miniature painter take on some of the most hair-raising tasks an artist can! Doing an entire Imperial Fists army? Thrills and chills indeed! Green stuffing custom parts? I should think so! Oh my god, he's base coloring without a net!

In all seriousness, I as a hobbyist seem to gravitate towards projects that seem daunting and often times foolhardy in scope. I've never been one to go with convention, and nothing gets my blood pumping more than doing concept work while others scoff and weaker men cower! I began my deep obsession with warhammer by building a fluff intensive Iron Snakes army...ah, good times. My more recent projects have seen me kitbashing Imperial Gaurd with Warhammer Fantasy Empire kits. But I decided that I needed a new project. I delved back into my first army, and came up with a concept for an Imperial Fists army. These guys use ALOT of yellow. And yellow is a bastard to paint. Why?, ask the unitiated. 'cause yellow shows through friggin' EVERYTHING. Like a nice black basecoat? Be prepared to do quite a few coats of that lovely yellow. White basecoat? Enjoy doing all the shading you'll be required to do!

I digress, let's get this puppy started!