Thursday, April 26, 2012

My Painted Blood Ravens are on the chopping block

With sixth edition bearing down us in the next few months I've decided I need to clean out my stable.  I am going to post up two or three of my armies, trying to thin it down as I know with sixth I will want to do something new.  Right now I have way too many painted armies.  Here they are, in order of newness.
  • Space Wolves
  • Grey Knights (Sort of a Draigowing)
  • Imperial Guard
  • Chaos Space Marines (Mostly Nurgle)
  • Blood Ravens (Blood Angels)
  • Space Marine Company
The Blood Ravens, while one of my favorite armies from a lore and play style, are one of the easiest to get rid of, as they are my oldest army and the paint job reflects it.  I did it before I knew about washes, line highlighting, and a few other methods that while it wasn't a bad paint job it frustrates me to look at now.

Below are a few last pictures I took before they get sacrificed on the altar of eBay.  I hope whoever gets them enjoys them as much I did. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bring out your brushes! Painting a Chaos Manticore Part 2

I made some more progress last night on the Manticore.  I put two coats of orange and one coat of yellow down.  The orange layer paint covers about the same as the old stuff.  That is not well.  I did find the paint was smooth but way too thick and I still had to thin it down.  I guess it's better, as I get more paint if it comes like this, I just don't get why Games Workshop doesn't properly mix their own paint.

After the first orange.

 After the second orange.
 I then put down the yellow. 

The hair will be getting another, brighter coat of yellow, and with a final highlight of white.  I am then going to try one of the new glazes. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Painting a Chaos Manticore - Airbrush time

After my game last weekend, I picked up some of the new Citadel paints to try painting my Manticore and rider for my Warriors of Chaos army.  I decided to try painting a purple into red scheme, I haven't done anything like this before, so I got some advice on colors and techniques from the store's very talented manager.  I can't say enough good things about this store and this guy.  He is an amazing painter and is always willing to walk you through some pretty advanced methods, and break it down into a simple step by step that even a klutz like me can do.

I had actually pulled out my airbrush a couple of nights before, but found it was a bit clogged up to actually use.  After half an hour of cleaning and reassembly, and it still being clogged, I decided to soak some bits of it overnight in cleaner.  Sure enough, that did the trick. 

I picked up 4 paints to use.  First coat was Naggaroth Night, a base.  I sprayed this on the entire model.
I then sprayed Xereus purple on the top 3/4 of the model.This came out very subtle, and I am hoping the glaze coats I am going to do will  help bring it out.
I then coated Screamer Pink on the top 2/3 of the model.  This was the first "red" color.

The final coat was Wazdakka red.

My next step is to work on the mane, which I have two yellows I am going to lay down tonight. So far I am very pleased with how it's coming out.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Finally rolled some dice

I haven't had much time (or desire) to do much dice rolling lately.  I think I was a bit burned out on the whole space wolves project, and it killed my urge to game lately. I'm back in it, though of the square base variety.

I took my Warriors of Chaos and my Son and his Skaven down to our local GW store where they do a beginners day every Sunday.  We played a game and we actually had some help to learn how to play the right way.  We've struggled through a few games, but they go slow as we look up rules and there is almost no actual tactics, just smash our models into each other. 

 The store manager was able to sit down with us during parts of the game and walk my Son through how to beat my face in with his Skaven.  While seeing my poor models get destroyed it was a great experience for him to see what he has to do with his army.