Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Lady and Master...

Aiyana and Holt are my latest and final models painted while on holiday. The purple used is so easy to make look good, just add black for shadow and white for highlights. The colour scheme ties nicely in with the rest of the Cygnar, while the models show enough distinction to be recognised as mercenaries. Beautiful models to paint, whole-heartedly enjoyable.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Gun Mage Hobbits...

The Black 13 are some of the most difficult models I've ever had to paint. Due to the puzzling reduction of scale, and countless bits and bobs all over the miniatures touch ups were required again and again. Went for the darker leather boots this time and am much happier with the look. The finished models look good enough (two minds over the dreary colours though), with Ryan being my favourite. I hope their performance on the battleground exceeds their small stature!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Three Stooges...

Here we have my latest completed work, the Stormsmiths. I realised as I was finishing them off that I've never really had to paint hair before (all skeletons previously). I was keen on painting them with diferent coloured hair including one redhead. Believe it or not I used Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) as a template for the colour, although it doesn't much resemble her colour.

The NMM is coming along nicely and I am happy with how it looks. I'll not be trying to go for the whole nine yards 'chrome plate finish' with any of these.
Under the capes that can be slightly seen in the centre of the top photo, I used the blue with highlights to add a more Cygnar feel.

The only thing I'm not so keen on is the leather boots. I'll try a darker colour for next time.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


The first of my Cynar warriors of the Seven Seas is Jr. A fantastic model to paint, the sculpt is clean and clear with no tricky places for a brush. This model was my trial for the paint scheme and I am very pleased with the results. I took a risk trying a sort of fake NMM (to scared still to try the real thing) with the result looking like a matt metal finish.
There's a little bit of lighting effect there too which I hope to get better at. Good enough for now though.
Blue - Midnight Blue to Enchanted Blue to Skull White, personal fav.
NMM (?) - Shadow Grey to Space Wolves Grey
White - Tried something new here and I like it a lot: Dark Flesh, Dark Flesh/Vallejo Bone White 50/50, Bone White, Vallejo Off White.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Next Step...

The second round of bases are finished. These are the last (for now) that have been completed seperate from their models. I have added a beach in many of the bases to asist the 'tying-in' of those that won't fit/work on the wharfs, i.e. B13, Reinholdt, Aiyana and Holt, epics, etc will have beach bases.

Colour Schemes:

Timber - Balsa, Chaos Black spray undercoat, Scorched Earth basecoat, Graveyard Earth/Commando Khaki drybrushes.

Metal - Nails cut from Tomb King spearheads, chain from $2 Shop necklace, Chaos Black, Chainmail wetbrush. Rust - 70/30 Terrecotta/Blazing Orange, watered down to wash, applyed liberally in 1-3 coats as required.

Sand - Chaos Black, drybrush (DB) Snakebite Leather, DB Bubonic Brown, DB lightly Bleached Bone, DB Chaos white in selected patches.

Water - Enchanted Blue and mixes of Enchanted Blue with Chaos Black and Skull White for wave shadow/highlight lines.

Glowsticks - Cut from Thunderhead's electrical arm coils (unused) Dark Angels Green/Scorpion Green/Chaos White, drybrushed lighting effects.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Humble Beginnings

Being inspired for a change of scenery after 3 years of Warhammer, behold the beginnings of my Cygnar army... the bases. Balsa, jewelery chain and wire 'ropes' make for a nice start to the nautical theme.