Friday, 3 April 2015

Death korps sentinel

Hi all

So here is the latest sentinel. Although it looks finished I'm probably going to respray this guy as I'm not happy with him. He looks good, but just doesn't sit with the super sharp look of the death korps troops. I think I went a bit OTT on the dirt and grit etc. Its a good start though. Hope you like!


Death korps

Hi all

Quick text but lots of models :). I've now dine about 15 death korps for the new army and thought I would try out ironsleets photo tutorial on them. I think they look pretty cool :)

Hope you like!



Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Quick Krieg update

Hi all

Thought I would share this quick pic of another krieg infantry.  The pic is from the Red Steel Facebook page where this guy won Silver in the Steel Demon awards :)

The base is more what I am looking for but still not quite there.   Hes also leaning a  little as I hadn't fully glued him as I'm not totally sold on the base yet so its just the copper wire holding him in place.

Hope you like :)

Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy new year!

Hi all

So its a new year and I have a few new toys for the hobby. First PIC up is my hobby area. I now have some extra shelving and some paint racks for some new paint sets I bought. The first was the army painter mega set as recommended by Tommie at golem studios. The rest are all various scale 75 sets.
Have to say I much prefer dropper bottles. Army painter paints are OK, nothing amazing but nothing wrong really. The scale 75s are hit and miss. The black and greys are awesome, I also like the darker browns, however others are a bit weak. I guess its the same with any set.

Second new toys are some forgeworld death korps :) I got these a while ago but struggled to find a paint scheme that I liked. The I thought I would try my red and black scheme from the cadian I made earlier and thought it looked pretty good and I haven't seen it on the net so maybe slightly original.
The .models are fantastic. So much detail. They aren't the best casts I've seen from forgeworld and needed a lot of cleanup, however I think they are worth the extra effort. I was going to to post these guys when they were finished but I dont mind showing some shots wip.

Finally you may notice a messy looking pallette. Well I used to use a wet palette but was assured by tommie at golem painting a sprayed piece of plastic or wood will be better. Theory being you can see what the paint will do on the model before putting on the model. A wet pallette you are kind of guessing. Anyway it seems to work so I have kept with it. Can definitely recommend!

Anyway that's all for now and hopefully I will be back with some better pics of the death korps soon :)

Saturday, 11 October 2014


Hi all

So warhammerfest is here and I've just finished some models to take down with me. They're not painted to win, not that I could paint to win anyway, but it will be nice to let some of my models actually see the light of day.

I went to games day in the 90s and loved it. Great memories. My last games day was 98 or 99 I think. Last year on the Saturday before games day I made a last minute decision to go back to games day. Although I had some great chats with brian nelson and mark Bedford, both really nice guys, the overall event was pretty lifeless. It was basically a big shop. Not even golden demon could redeem the event as the models were very poorly displayed.

Anyway when warhammerfest was announced I bought a ticket straight away and have high hopes that this will be a much better event.

Fingers crossed :)

Finally here's a quick pic of my entry. Its amazing what a deadline can do. I spent weeks trying to find a good way of basing those blood angels from earlier in the year and in as I had nothing else to take I decided last night to get them based and take with me. These bases were modeled in 30mins or so and all painted in the last couple of hours. I'm really pleased with how they have turned out too :)

Hope you guys like them!



Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Dark eldar 4 wip

Hi all

So yet another dark eldar warrior. I wanted to try out my retarder on a full model to see the difference and for me anyway its been a huge help. I feel its my paint stroke holding me back now, which I'm fine with as I can improve, rather than the paints limiting me.

Think this guy is looking the best of the bunch (I hope!)

Anyway here he is, hope you like.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Paint retarder, a revelation !

So I know this is probably explaining how to suck eggs for a lot of people but I had a bit of a revelation last night with my painting.  Basically with lots of thin lines of these dark eldar I was really struggling to get a nice crisp line.  I was thinning my paints,  using different size WnN7 series brushes and have a steady(ish) hand.  Why were my lines still looking chalky ?

Anyway by chance I decided to try some drying retarder that I bought probably a year or two ago and couldn't believe the results.  The paint changed from chalk to silk.  Suddenly I was getting the kind of line I was looking for.

I guess it is doing two things,  obviously stopping the paint drying but to be fair my paint is on a wet palette and thinned down so it should be ok anyway.  The second I guess is changing the opacity and consistency of it.  So I get a smooth finish that is slightly less opaque so therefore slightly more forgiving.

Anyway  I thought I would show an example.   One leg painted without drying retarder,  and which I spent a lot more time on,  vs the drying retarder version.  Hopefully I don't have to explain which is which.

So there you have it,  I know its not going to make me a golden demon winner but personally its a huge leap in terms of the crispness of lines I can achieve which is the direction I want to be going in.

Anyway heres the pic and thanks for reading :)