Friday, 18 September 2015

Warhammer 40K Space Ork Raiders - progress continues!

Progress on the 40K Ork Boyz continues. These are the classic Space Ork Raiders  - one of the first 40k boxed sets and some seriously under-appreciated miniatures.

Warhammer 40K Space Ork Raiders - WIP
Warhammer 40K Space Ork Raiders - WIP

 I've repainted over all of the black areas with an extra coat of black and have applied a layer of black ink to try and get the best possible result. These will be highlighted with 1-2 layers of very dark grey highlights (Coat d'Arms Panzer Grey or a Panzer Grey/Iron Grey mix). The deep yellow-green (Jungle Green) on the strapping and parts of the armour has been built up with a couple of thin layers, as has the Ruby Red armour and clothing.

On these models, I have made a really conscious effort not to overload my paintbrush, and to work with thin layers so as to avoid creating rough lumps of paint (this can still happen to experienced painters!).

Warhammer 40K Space Ork Raiders - WIP
Warhammer 40K Space Ork Raiders - WIP

 The models have been interesting to paint because my usual techniques come straight from the age of the dinosaurs. The vast majority of my painting consists of just 2 techniques - layering (generally from dark to light) and drybrushing. I occasionally employ washes, but between those three, that's about it.

Warhammer 40K Space Ork Raiders - WIP
Warhammer 40K Space Ork Raiders - WIP

For these models, I have been using washes more, and have been combining 'dry' and 'wet' brush painting techniques - especially on the Orks' skin.

The models were undercoated black, and the skin drybrushed with 2 layers of white. I used relatively thick layers and a wet brush so as to get more of a solid colour and less of a streaky effect, whilst maintaining the black in the crevices. Once dry, this was painted over with a thin layer of Goblin Green. A wet brush was then used to apply a moderate thickness of Sunshine Yellow over all of the skin. I kept it thin in order to achieve a translucent effect and keep the green tones showing through. Once this was dry, I used a mix of Military Green and Black Green to wash the skin.

Close up of the Ork Boyz
Close up of the Ork Boyz
 I might finish off the skin with selected 'blacklining' i.e. painting lines along edges, but with Military Green or Black Green rather than black.

After this, I'll finish off the clothing and strapping details, add some highlights, and the first squad of Boyz will be done!

Orks Boyz Squad
Orks Boyz Squad

Also in the works, an Ork General in Power Armour (a personal favourite of mine) and a grumpy-looking Champion to go with the Boyz (from the same boxed set). These have just had the first couple of coats for their skin and the red details, so they're a bit scruffy at the moment.

Reinforcements - Rogue Trader Ork General and Champion
Reinforcements - Rogue Trader Ork General and Champion

Once these guys are done, then the next port of call will be to carry on with the Iron Claw Squats.

See you next time.


Note: All colours used were Coat d'Arms paints.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

15mm Samurai Army Commission - Finished!

The 15mm Samurai army commission which I mentioned a few weeks back is now finished and should be on its way within the next couple of days. I just thought I'd share some pictures with you guys.


15mm Samurai
15mm Samurai

15mm Samurai
15mm Samurai

15mm Samurai
15mm Samurai

15mm Samurai
15mm Samurai

15mm Samurai
15mm Samurai

15mm Samurai
15mm Samurai

15mm Samurai
15mm Samurai

15mm Samurai
15mm Samurai

15mm Samurai
15mm Samurai

15mm Samurai
15mm Samurai

15mm Samurai
15mm Samurai

15mm Samurai
15mm Samurai


Samurai are not something I've worked on before, but these Eureka Miniatures have been an absolute pleasure to paint. I would like to commend them for sculpting some of the nicest 15mm historical sculpts that I have seen in a long time!

Next time: Rogue Trader Orks update!

Friday, 4 September 2015

The Birmingham Dwarf

Here's something I painted a little while ago and have only just got around to posting pics of - the dryly named Dwarf in Plate Mail, otherwise known as The Birmingham Dwarf. He was released in 1984 (I think - please correct me if I'm wrong) for the opening of the Games Workshop store in Birmingham. He was only generally available on the weekend of the store opening.

Dwarf in Plate Mail - Birmingham Store Opening
Dwarf in Plate Mail - Birmingham Store Opening

Dwarf in Plate Mail - Side View
Dwarf in Plate Mail - Side View

Dwarf in Plate Mail - Rear View
Dwarf in Plate Mail - Rear View

I actually got hold of one some years ago (before my interest in early Citadel figures came about), and I wasn't too keen on the sculpt. Not knowing what it was, I sold it on (for peanuts!).
Anyway, I was fortunate enough to get hold of one again. Some of these oldies have never really been painted and shown in the magazines or on the internet, so I'm always happy to get some paint on them and see how they turn out.

A bit of the charm has definitely rubbed off on me.

Birmingham Dwarf - Front View
Birmingham Dwarf - Front View

Birmingham Dwarf - Rear View
Birmingham Dwarf - Rear View

Until next time - bye!


Links


More links to info on the Birmingham Dwarf!