Set in stone

December 6, 2010

Captain Stompypants, Smasher of Hunger. He was going to be a one-off until I read the rules for Cassius the Oathkeeper.

It’s been another long lapse since the last post in this space. So when I received a request on Twitter to come up with a how-to for the sandstone I’m using for my burgeoning Circle Orboros army, I really couldn’t say no.

Out of the hundreds of minis I’ve painted, this really is one of my favorite color schemes. Very few of my armies follow the studio scheme; I’ve always gotta do something different. And Circle is no exception. No green or gray for me; sandstone and orange for the constructs, autumnal browns and oranges for forest/tree walkers. It’s a different palette for me and so far, it’s challenged me as a painter and forced me to come up with new ways to do things.

Since the one model I have in progress doesn’t have any stone work on it, I chose one of my resin bases for the tutorial. Four colors, one wash and about 5 minutes gets some pretty solid results.

Resin base, black primer

Basecoat the rock with Bloodstone. If you're painting a construct, you'll want to drybrush for a rougher, non-uniform look.

Drybrush the textured surface. You'll want to let the black primer shaded the recesses for you. Don't worry about being messy!

Drybrush everything with Gun Corps Brown. This is your first layer of highlight, so don't go too heavy. On a model with well-defined edges like a Wold Guardian, you'll want to make sure the highlights are visible, but not too heavy. Two more layers to go.

Drybrush with Moldy Ochre. Try not to completely cover the highlights you just did.

Final highlight: Menoth White Base. This should be your lightest, most well-defined edge.

Wash heavily with Citadel Ogryn Flesh wash. Yes, I realize this is a product from that “other company.” But since the wash is reddish, it's going to unify all four of those colors and blend everything together. We'll talk about other washes to use in a bit.

Final step: Paint the rim of the base black. Done!

If you didn’t want your stone to have a reddish hue, Citadel’s Gryphonne Sepia wash is a nice warm sepia (duh) tone. For a dirtier, grittier look, Devlan Mud is a fantastic wash that will dirty up the most pristine looking models. It’s actually what I washed all of my Cygnar with. We’ll have to revisit washes, inks and glazes in another installment. There are a lot of tips and tricks my buddies and I have discovered and they’re too good not to share.

As for the Circle force I’m working on, it’s mostly models that are a part of Cassius’ theme. I haven’t picked up everything I need to build it, so I had to substitute some models for painting purposes. The crew back in Boise is running a slow-grow painting league and I figured I’d paint along even though I won’t be able to get any league games in. If there’s one thing the 100-point painting challenge taught me, it’s the importance of structure and VERY attainable goals when painting an army.

So here’s what I’m working on for the next month or so:

Army Name: Circle SG 15
Circle Orboros
15+6 points, 12 models
Cassius the Oathkeeper  +6 points
* Wurmwood, Tree of Fate
* Gnarlhorn Satyr  8 points
Shifting Stones  2 points
* Stone Keeper  1 point
3 Warpborn Skinwalkers  5 points
Wolf Lord Morraig  5 points

The jump to 25 points will be an easy one — Megalith. He’ll be a good candidate for a step-by-step tutorial, assuming my train hasn’t jumped the tracks by then!

Wyatt, Doc, Virgil, Morgan and Stompypants. Still debating if the Shifting Stone crew will get fancy bases or not.

Wyatt. He regulated on some dwarves not too long ago. He should've killed more of the stunty bastards.

Doc? Is that you? Are you really gonna be my Huckleberry? Or is this Morgan or Virgil? Yeah, they all look alike...

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El Cabra Loco

August 4, 2009

Some of you may recall the cake topper I made for Wade and Haley for their wedding in May. Since I’ve never been one for convention, we got them Warmachine & Hordes related wedding gifts — a Mariner for him and a Shadowhorn Satyr for her.

Since I’m trying to get caught up on my painting project before I leave for Gencon, I got the Shadowhorn finished over the weekend.

When pics were first posted, all people could do was complain about the huge belt. So Haley and I talked about it and decided to use that huge belt to our advantage and make the goat into a luchador. Naturally, he needed an accessory, and we found a good one in a Reaper mini.

Here’s El Cabra Loco, the crazy goat. 🙂

It's only fitting that a luchador have a folding chair, right?

It's only fitting that a luchador have a folding chair, right?

I can't help it. I like them with yellow eyes.

I can't help it. I like them with yellow eyes.

That's his name, don't wear it out.

That's his name, don't wear it out.

So yeah. That’s the latest completed model. I’m juggling about seven different projects right now, several of which are close to completion, the rest of which have gotten larger! I’ll post pics as I have time.

And with any luck, I’ll have a steady stream of updates from Gencon. Keep your fingers crossed.


The cake topper

June 2, 2009
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today..."

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today..."

OK, I’m finally getting these posted. The wedding was Saturday, worked Sunday and today was hectic as well.

In any event, the idea came to me after finding a blister of Shredders for 50% off. Wade, the groom, plays Legion. Haley, the bride, plays Circle. There’s a bit of a height difference so a Shredder and Mannikin made sense. The couple liked the idea too.

Staggs suggested using the Covenant, and I wanted to go with Severius as the officiant. Dibz had a spare Sevvy and the plan was in place.

But in typical fashion, I waited until the very end to get everything done. True be told, I’m surprised at how well it came off. I’ll let my readers be the judge of that, however.

Disco Sevvy and his book bearer.

Disco Sevvy and his book bearer.

"If anyone objects, speak now..."

"If anyone objects, speak now..."

Yes, I used a very fine pen for this. And practiced the writing several times.

Yes, I used a very fine pen for this. And practiced the writing several times.

You wouldn't imagine how hard it was to find a hair piece for one of these...

You wouldn't imagine how hard it was to find a hair piece for one of these...

Is the groom marching to the altar, or away from it??

Is the groom marching to the altar, or away from it??

Severius eye's view

Severius eye's view

Mmmm... cake.

Mmmm... cake.

Haley and Wade with their keepsake.

Haley and Wade with their keepsake.

It was a fun little piece to make. It would have been nice if I had gotten the bowtie to work on the Shredder, but in the end it all worked out. Funny thing is, aside from the basing, Wade could use that Shredder with the rest of his Legion with no trouble.

On deck: Painting the wedding gifts. 😉


Metamorphosis releases

May 5, 2009

I don’t usually do a whole lot related to upcoming releases since people usually find them in other places, but I hadn’t seen all of these posted in my usual spots (TGN and the forums) so I figured what the heck?

I have to say, I’m impressed with all of the sculpts except one. I’ll get to paint up the Skorne stuff for commission, and I hate to admit it, I’m looking forward to it. Mostly because of the color scheme my client picked.

Anyway, off we go.

July releases:

Calandra Truthsayer

Calandra

This is a badass model that's full of character. Love the sculpt, can't wait to paint her.

Mohsar the Desertwalker

Yes, this model is full of win. Then again, I kinda have a thing for models with cloaks right now.

Yes, this model is full of win. Then again, I kinda have a thing for models with cloaks right now.

Absylonia, the Terror of Everblight

I'm not sure about this one. I know she does mean stuff, but seriously, she looks like she wants to go for a swim. Sorry.

I'm not sure about this one. I know she does mean stuff, but seriously, she looks like she wants to go for a swim. Sorry.

Void Seer Mordikaar

I'm actually impressed with this model. I might try OSL when I paint him on commission. He's such a d-bag in the story, though.

I'm actually impressed with this model. I might try OSL when I paint him on commission. He's such a d-bag in the story, though.

Wrong Eye & Snapjaw

I know we've seen pics of these guys before, but I love the sculpts. Chris Walton's concept sketches of these two are awesome and the models really reflect that.

I know we've seen pics of these guys before, but I love the sculpts. Chris Walton's concept sketches of these two are awesome and the models really reflect that.

August releases:

Troll Whelps

I will field three units of Whelps. I will buy another two for modeling. Or more.

I will field three units of Whelps. I will buy another two for modeling. Or more.

Nephilim Protector

I know some people were "meh" about his abilities, but I really like the look of this model. All that armor will paint fast.

I know some people were "meh" about his abilities, but I really like the look of this model. All that armor will paint fast.

Bloodrunner Master Tormentor

Another Skorne model I'm surprisingly happy about. Must be that silly cloak.

Another Skorne model I'm surprisingly happy about. Must be that silly cloak.

Skorne Bloodrunners

Decent variety, nice sense of movement with these. Can't wait to have more stuff I've painted come kill my army.

Decent variety, nice sense of movement with these. Can't wait to have more stuff I've painted come kill my army.

Skorne Tyrant Commander & Standard Bearer

OK. The Tyrant is wearing a bad-ass helmet. Why the hell can't more Skorne models wear cool helmets like this? Seriously.

OK. The Tyrant is wearing a bad-ass helmet. Why the hell can't more Skorne models wear cool helmets like this? Seriously.

Overall, I think these models look great. I’m not sure when I’ll find time to paint the commissions, but when do I ever? Out of all of those, I think Calandra and Mohsar are my favorites. I can’t wait to paint Calandra — she’ll look stunning in bright pink and there’s so much character in that model (another great concept sketch by Chris Walton).

I’m a lot more excited about Metamorphosis now that we’ve finally been able to see some of the sculpts. Now to just get my hands on them…


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