Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Enchanting death from above

This weekend I finished a Chaos Sorcerer Lord on Manticore. The regular Chaos Lord is still somewhere on my paint station, but I guess he'll just have to wait a bit.

I should not have called my Manticore Simba, now I dare not get off for fear of revenge.
The Manticore is a creature from Persian mythology, a lion with a human head (and sometimes a dragon's tail). I decided to pick lion and human colors for the basic color scheme hence the sandy yellow and brown with the ruddy flesh tones. To get a bit of the dragon in I decided to hit the tail and the wing-claws with some shades of green from the airbrush.

The cloack was airbrushed from Incubi darkness to Kabalite Green with some edges highlighted with watered down Sybarite Green.
I saved the base for last adding an old horse skeleton I found in the bits box to give it a bit of character. Also this was a good chance to test the new grass tufts I ordered from GamersGrass. I like them, especially the beige XL grass.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Age of Sigmar Terrain: Blood geysers for the Brimstone Peninsula time of war

Last year I started planning new terrain projects based on the battles and time of war missions in the Age of Sigmar Realmgate Wars books. As my first project I picked the three opening missions of Mighty Battles... that take place on the Brimstone Peninsula in Aqshy. The realm of fire has been thoroughly corrupted by the influence of the blood god Khorne and battlefield on the Brimstone Peninsula feature geysers that spew boiling blood (queue Raining Blood by Slayer). The rules tell you to use six markers, numbered one through six and place these on the battlefield. At the start of each hero phase the player whose turn it is rolls a die and at the number he rolls blood spews forth and all units within 6" suffer D3 mortal wounds. To put this in the game, I decided I would make bloody geysers on a 6" radius MDF base with a move-able marker. The end result looks like this.

That's D3 mortal wounds for you mister!
The complete set of terrain looks like this:

Dotted one through six. 
To start building this set I grabbed a few panels of MDF from my shed and drew 12" cirkels on them.

Math-hammer is a real thing, although this might not be what people mean by it. 
Next step was to the jig saw, the irregular piece is for another (as yet unfinished) terrain project.

Not mentioned: using a multi-sander to smooth the edges.
Next up I covered the backs of the bases with PVA. MDF is basically a wooden sponge, when stored in a damp area the bases can soak up moisture and warp. Sealing them off with PVA prevents this from happening. You can also use MDF primer to prevent this, but PVA is actually cheaper then primer here.

Did I mention PVA is cheap?

Next step, wait for the PVA to dry.
The next step was making the actual terrain. According to wikipedia a geyser always has a pool and a geyser part. As the pressure builds up the pool recedes and the geyser starts spewing. I decided that using blood pools I could number the bases one through six without actually using numbers. To create the pools I pasted circular pieces of dense polystyrene to the top of the bases. After that I used a hot air gun to shape the pools. and a knife and scouring paper to round the edges. The geyser itself is made from small rocks glued around a plastic tube (big enough to hold a pencil). The base was then covered with PVA and sand (except for the pools).

It may not look like much, but I will get better.
I filled the pools themselves with a rather large dollop of PVA. Into this mix I added different sizes of beeds to get a bit of a bubbly effect going. After the PVA was completely dry I added another large dollop just te fill it all out nicely.

I suddenly realize the pool on the right look vaguely like a smiley from this perspective.
The blood plume sticking out is made from cotton wool glued with PVA to an old pencil and then shaped. After allowing it to dry I covered it with another layer of PVA to make it resistant to wear and tear caused by gaming. This I kept up over a course of several days. Every time the PVA dried I added another layer until it was a solid plastic feeling cone. I got so carried away with this that I forgot to take pictures, but here is the finished and painted result.

I found a use for an old pencil!
I painted the terrain using the Cursed Wastes paint set by Games Workshop. Yeah I could pick a cheaper option, but I like the colors. The geysers where painted orange/yellow and then covered with a layer of Tamiya Clear Red. After this had dried I added the Darker Blood for the Blood God paint to create swirls and lines.

Best be careful not to stagger and fall into the pool there mr. Standard Bearer.
I also added a few skulls around the bases to add some detail.

Now what causes the need to compulsively add skulls to everything?
For the future: finishing that other terrain piece for Aqshy and playing more games.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chaos Spawn join the warband



The Chaos Spawn kit may not be the shiniest and newest in de Games Workshop collection, it is a barrel of fun to glue. You get two basic bodies and enough spare bits to mutate an entire Chaos Army. As I had two of the Spawn kits on the plastic pile I decided to just have some fun with it and build two generic failed champions and two Tzeentch themed monsters.

I tried following a How to paint Seraphon Feathers for the feathers on the Spawn's arms, but I'm no Duncan. I ended up splashing some Agrax Earthshade on the stained mess and now I try not thinking about it too much.  

My generic champions are flesh colored with some strategic blood for the blood god and washes to make the models look more interesting. I also added the head of a Warrior of Chaos to one because it looks delightfully haphazard on top of the bulging overgrown shoulders.

Two angry spawn coming right up!
The second batch were painted with a dark blue to purple scheme to give them a more mystical look. I especially love the huge amount of eyes in the spawn kits, making the back of the tusked spawn possible.

This one has enough eyes in the back to become a very successful (and feared) teacher.

All in all it is a lot of fun to work with these guys, can't wait to try them out on the tabletop.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Mass painting Tzeentch's Warriors of Chaos

I have to admit that I don't really love the Warriors of Chaos kit. The poses are stiff and your choice in assembling them is very limited. You basically choose between two hand-weapons or a hand weapon and shield without getting a chance to modify individual warriors. As the models are rather dense (from a design point) it is not very easy or obvious to make big changes. On the plus side this does allow for some very serious painting speeds if you combine the airbrush with the paintbrush. This unit of twenty Chaos Warriors was assembled and painted over the course of my weekeind.

I am rather happy with the color and design of my freehand banner. 
This brings the total number of Warriors of Chaos I have painted to forty (10 with two weapons for Nurgle, 10 with two-handed weapons for Tzeentch and these 20). I still have 4 on sprue, so by buying another kit of 16 I could conceivably make another unit of 20, but do I really want that or do I let these four linger in the bits-box? Decisions, decisions...

There is a limit to how many airbrushed color transitions you can make before the wow-factor drop to a minimum.
Assembling these warriors is a nice batch progress where removing the horns from the helmets takes the longest amount of time (but I do so love having a pet peeve). Here is a quick impression of the assembly process (not pictures Warhammer Live on Twitch in the background, I don't understand why I enjoy it so much (but I do)).

Shields at the ready (yes that is blood on the leftmost shield, one day I will learn to be careful with my scalpel...).

Hornless heads ready for attachment to merciless warrior.


now what will I do with these leftover horns? No clue so into the bits-box they go!

A bit more glue and then we go on to painting.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sacrifices on the go

The month of Tzeentch continues with the completion of my dedicated Chaos Warshrine. I love the idea of a floating viking longship carried aloft by mutated ogres.

The blue of the Tzeentch icon works rather well with the orange flames.
What I liked less about the model is the original driver. The model doesn't quite work for me on this vehicle so I tossed him into the bits box and used a Chaos Lord in its stead. The pose with the spear works rather well I think.

Have you got a minute to talk about Tzeentch, our lord of change and deceit?
I switched out his head with a (de-horned) Warrior of Chaos helm to give him a bit more sinister air.

I love the shape of this vehicle, it fits with the mutated and deranged viking aesthetic of the Warriors of Chaos.
All in all a nice model that will (hopefully) work just fine in enhancing my slowly expanding Tzeentch warband.

Monday, January 9, 2017

January, the month of Tzeentch!

I spend a lot of time painting and building over the last weeks of last year. So much that I did not update the blog. That means more text for January, expect a few big updates on my Age of Sigmar terrain later on. For now, it is a second unit of Warriors of Chaos, this time with the mark of Tzeentch. With the Warhammer Community announcement of Tzaanuary I focused on Tzeentch.

Ten followers of Tzeentch march in, ready to kill.
I think this kit is from around 2007-2008 and it is getting rather old. You have an out of the box choice between two weapons or a weapon and shield combination and (in this case) a finecast two handed weapon upgrade. What you don't have is a lot of liberty in posing the models. On the plus side, it makes painting a unit like this easy and fast. All horns where removed from the helmets on general principle. 

The airbrush works like a charm on the cloaks of these models.
For the colors I picked blue cloaks and bronze armor with a bit of verdigris. I used the head of a 40K mutant (I think) on one of the models and the bare head on the musician (whose axe-blade broke off during painting). The leader of the unit has the head of a small dragon/large lizard. The rather ridiculous horn from the Chaos Knights kit fell out of the bits box and I felt like having some fun. The banner holds a (Ravenwing) book and a baleful eye freehand. Next step is releasing these guys on a battlefield somewhere, and getting ready to own one of the new plastic Daemons of Tzeentch.