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...


Peeps vs. pewter

April 1, 2010

Thanks to April Fool’s Day, Privateer Press introduced a new Hordes faction. In keeping with the spirit of the Uniherd and Rainbo, I proposed that Peeps be included as minions for this finest of new factions. And with a first warlock that looks like this, why not?

Rainbo's feat, Sparklepocalypse, will leave your foes crying for mercy.

However, PPS_Alex refuted my suggestion with the following:

Since you don’t understand….

Peeps are INDESTRUCTABLE.

Once, long ago — it was after the Before Time — at the Old New Place, the Privateer Press production department decided to celebrate the spring holidays of Easter and Ostara and whatsuch in a proper way for a band of buccaneers: with unspeakable violence. Thus, we decided to hold a contest between packing, casting, and moldmaking to see who could come up with the most gruesome Peep death, and install the savaged Peep corpses into shadow boxes for display.

Peeps were stabbed with X-acto knives. Peeps were smashed in (cold) vulcanizers. Peeps met many unfortunate fates. We in casting, though, looked upon this contest, and laughed. For, truly, what could the other teams bring that would even approach the Peep destroying fury of MOLTEN PEWTER. This was going to be a slam-dunk victory for us.

We received our sacrificial Peep, and gathered around a casting table. As the then-Caster Prime, it was my honor to unleash the burning melty death upon this hapless Peep. All leaned in, hungry with anticipation, as I drew forth a ladle of the hottest metal from the crucible, and poured it upon the doomed Peep.

The metal rolled off the Peep like the proverbial water off the duck. It lay there, unconcerned, unsinged, UNBROWNED as we stared in horror. Even another ladle full of pewter applied again accomplished little more, carmelizing a bit of its sugar coating, but certainly not breaching its yellow surface, to say nothing of the complete lack of Peep destruction. If you were to walk in upon that moment, it looked as though had done nothing more than pour the pewter upon the table, and rested the Peep atop it as it cooled, unfazed.

Fear the Peep, for it fears not the molten pewter.

Naturally, I needed to make some forum banners to celebrate the Sparklepocalypse and the indestructible nature of Peeps.

Check back in this space for Peeps Vivisection Theater, in which the difference between “normal” Peeps and chocolate-covered Peeps are compared. We’ll also attempt to see how Peeps deal with explosives. 🙂


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.


PAX Masters Qualifier

June 21, 2009

PAXheaderSo we had the PAX Masters qualifier tournament on Saturday. Turnout was smaller than I would have liked to have seen, but the lists were nasty and the games were close.

On top of a chance to play at the PAX tourney, my guys were playing for a chance to win these:

Mmmm... shiny

Mmmm... shiny

And a shot with better lighting. They're nice and hefty if you haven't had the chance to see or hold them in person.

And a shot with better lighting. They're nice and hefty if you haven't had the chance to see or hold them in person.

Out of eight players, three played Cryx, two played Protectorate and we had Cygnar, Khador and Trollbloods.

Here’s the list break down:

  • Reznik, Harbinger
  • eSeverius, eFeora
  • eSkarre, Witch Coven
  • eSkarre, Terminus
  • eGoreshade
  • eStryker, Siege
  • eVlad, eSorscha
  • Grim, eDoomshaper

Not surprisingly, if you weren’t facing Cryx, chances are you were facing PoM. 😛

Round 1 ~ Scenario: Destruction

  1. Ian’s eVlad v. Mike’s eStryker
  2. Nick’s eSkarre v. Scott’s eFeora
  3. Tony’s eGorshade v. Jeromy’s Harbinger
  4. Kater’s Witch Coven v. Dick’s eDoomshaper
Ian took Epic Sorscha against Mike's Epic Stryker list.

Ian took Epic Sorscha against Mike's Epic Stryker list.

Scott took Epic Feora against Nick's Epic Skarre army.

Scott took Epic Feora against Nick's Epic Skarre army.

Flame Guard Cleansers... yeah, the Temple Flame Guard are happy they're in front.

Flame Guard Cleansers... yeah, the Temple Flame Guard are happy they're in front.

Jeromy used the Harbinger's feat early in the game to hold Tony's Epic Goreshade list at bay.

Jeromy used the Harbinger's feat early in the game to hold Tony's Epic Goreshade list at bay.

Tony's fully painted Bloodgorgers.

Tony's fully painted Bloodgorgers.

Dick took an Epic Doomshaper list chock full of characters against Kater's Witch Coven. Note to self: Horthol hits very, very hard. :)

Dick took an Epic Doomshaper list chock full of characters against Kater's Witch Coven. Note to self: Horthol hits very, very hard. 🙂

Round 1 results:

  1. Ian’s d. Mike
  2. Nick d. Scott
  3. Tony d. Jeromy
  4. Kater d. Dick

Round 2 ~ Scenario: No-man’s Land

  1. Jeromy’s Reznik v. Dick’s eDoomshaper
  2. Scott’s eSevvy v. Mike’s Siege
  3. Tony’s eGoreshade v. Kater’s eSkarre
  4. Ian’s eVlad v. Nick’s Terminus
Jeromy advances his Protectorate in the hopes of purifying the Trollbloods.

Jeromy advances his Protectorate in the hopes of purifying the Trollbloods.

Protectorate forces led by Epic Severius seek revenge against Siege-led Cygnar.

Protectorate forces led by Epic Severius seek revenge against Siege-led Cygnar.

Scott's Blessing of Vengeance prepares to help burn the heretics. Zealots are eager to help as well.

Scott's Blessing of Vengeance prepares to help burn the heretics. Zealots are eager to help as well.

The first bout of hot Cryx-on-Cryx. It wasn't the last.

The first bout of hot Cryx-on-Cryx. It wasn't the last.

Nick took Terminus against Epic Vlad. Termi survived an attack by a rather zealous Iron Fang Pikeman.

Nick took Terminus against Epic Vlad. Termi survived an attack by a rather zealous Iron Fang Pikeman.

Round 2 results:

  1. Dick d. Jeromy
  2. Mike d. Scott
  3. Kater d. Tony
  4. Nick d. Ian

Round 3 ~ Scenario: Most Pit

  1. Kater’s Coven v. Nick’s eSkarre
  2. Ian’s eVlad v. Dick’s Grim Angus
  3. Tony’s eGoreshade v. Mike’s Siege
  4. Jeromy – bye; win
Kater's Bone chickens were put to good use against Nick's eSkarre list.

Kater's Bone chickens were put to good use against Nick's eSkarre list.

Despite making two tough rolls, Ian's use of Widowmakers and eVlad's feat meant a Turn 2 assassination for Grim Angus.

Despite making two tough rolls, Ian's use of Widowmakers and eVlad's feat meant a Turn 2 assassination for Grim Angus.

Mike's Siege army was ready to meet Tony's force in the middle -- just like they should.

Mike's Siege army was ready to meet Tony's force in the middle -- just like they should.

Round 3 results:

  1. Kater d. Nick
  2. Ian d. Dick
  3. Mike d. Tony
  4. Jeromy – bye; win
Ian Kidwell - 3rd, Best Khador; James Kater - 1st, Best Cryx; Nick Cottrell - 2nd. Get ready Privateer, Kater and I are making a roadtrip!

Ian Kidwell - 3rd, Best Khador; James Kater - 1st, Best Cryx; Nick Cottrell - 2nd. Get ready Privateer, Kater and I are taking a roadtrip! And we just might bring more folks from Boise!

They were sorta excited. Maybe. A little.

They were sorta excited. Maybe. A little.

So yes, James Kater took 1st place with his dirty Cryx list and will be representing Boise — and Idaho — at the PAX Masters Invitational in September.

It should be one hell of a road trip. 😉

Edit: Mike’s tourney report is here.


June painting challenge

June 2, 2009
We hope to avoid these sorts of entanglements while painting this month.

We hope to avoid these sorts of entanglements while painting this month.

OK, here begins the first month of a “motivational” challenge between gdaybloke and myself.

We’ve sent each other lists of eligible models and here’s what was selected for me:

  • Troll Impaler (Commission)
  • Repenter (For Prima Chroma)
  • Great Bears of Gallowswood (For Project: Paint Pink)
  • Dire Troll Mauler (for Band of Bodgers)

Here’s hoping I get these done at the very least. I’ve got a ton of stuff I want to get done this month, not the least of which are my entries for Formula P3 Grandmaster Painting Competition. Not that I have a chance in hell of winning, but because I want to see what I can do. I can’t go to Gencon and *not* enter, at least to my way of thinking.

The only thing with the Grandmasters is I won’t be posting pics until after I return from Gencon. I’ve gotten some great suggestions and hope to implement them with some measure of success.

Anyway, I want to be painting again. I hope my motivation doesn’t desert me again. 😛


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. 😉


Hooray!

June 1, 2009
Not only did Privateer Press unveil its new web site today, but there's a new Warmachine logo too. Props to Tinman_XL for getting a clean version of the logo!

Not only did Privateer Press unveil its new web site today, but there's a new Warmachine logo too. Props to Tinman_XL for getting a "clean" version of the logo!

Once again, I find myself in the position of wanting to punch people in the face through the internet. Once again, I am amazed that people will complain about anything and everything.

I should not be amazed. I should expect this by now. In all my years on internet forums, I should know to expect the doomsayers and the bitching.

I guess it’s because I know several of the PPSers and consider them my friends. I’ve got loyalty to Privateer Press, first as a gamer and secondly as a member of the Press Gang. I don’t always agree 100% with everything the company does (as I’ve stated in previous posts) but really, I’ve yet to be disappointed with anything the company has done — with the exception of the Hordes tokens, and we really don’t talk about those. 😉

Several of us PGs got our first glimpse of the web site at the Invitational last month (oh it’s so sad to say that was last month…). I was lucky enough to get a look at it Sunday and was able to spend quite a bit of time looking for bugs for Daryl (aka The Web Guy, sorahn on the forums).

Maybe it’s the time I spent in tech support, or it’s just being observant, but I took my time going through the site, understanding that it was a work in progress and that there was still much to do. I made some suggestions, things got fixed, no problem.

I think it’s much better than the old site. It’s very thematic and the respective Warmachine and Hordes pages capture the feel of the games nicely.

What I can’t wrap my brain around is the belief that with enough whining, things will get changed. There is very obviously a direction Privateer wanted to take the web site, and they are heading in that direction, full speed ahead. Bitching and whining isn’t the answer. “The old site was better, this one sucks” or “Man, this thing is so slow, you guys suck” doesn’t help anyone. Grow up. Come up with something constructive and fill out the feedback form.

I really like the new site. I hope those of you who haven’t visited the new home page do so in the next few days. 🙂


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