Thursday, October 31, 2019

Goff Dreadnought (Part 6)

Whew! That was close, but I managed to get this thing done by the deadline! Here are the final stages, picking up from the previous post, Part-5.

I used the old Citadel Color Blood Red to punch up the red areas. Nothing says "Games Workshop model from the mid-'90s" like an overwhelming amount of intense red. Blood Red.

Going thru a red phase.
Here is the model's base, which I sufficiently rusted up. I like the idea of the concrete slabs being a side walk, mainly because I wonder if some now departed citizen once walked his Cyber Collie thru this sector on a morning walk before starting his 18 hour workshift...

If sidewalks talked...
After tightening up the red parts I painted the hydraulics and rivets using Mitheril Silver.

Metal!
I superglued the arms into position and the hatch. I employed a Q-tip to prop up the hatch until it was firmly glued as well.

Propping up that hatch.
Finally, it was time to attach it to it's base, making the model whole and together.

We are one.
But I felt it needed something. So I added a few grass tufts to the sidewalk cracks and this gave it a touch of realism.

The finished model.
And with that, I finished this model! I am pleased with how it turned out. It will fit in wonderfully with my Goffs who are so deliciously '90s retro (right down to some of them having red guns) it almost hurts.

This has been fun. Well, back to my art chores, hopefully I can knock out a few more paint jobs in between task...


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Tales from the Smoking Wyrm #1 (DCC)

After a few months of getting my art groove back, I finished my art contributions for Tales-from-the-smoking-wyrm-issue-1, which is now live on Kickstarter. A lot of my hobby time was sacrificed for this project but I feel that it was very much worth it. For those of you who play Dungeon Crawl Classics I hope you'll check it out and back our project. There is more of my art throughout the Kickstarter pages so I hope you at least go look at it.

Snippet of the front cover. 

This will be my first printed art in about 20 years when I last drew some Squats for Armorcast's Inquisitor Magazine.

A Squat Ancestor from about 20 years ago.

I have a number of pieces presented inside, including a comic strip that I am writing and drawing as well as the front cover.

Lettering and pencils from Onward Retainer!

The comic strip was created, written and drawn by me. It was a fun challenge reteaching myself how to do all of this again, but most importantly I think the characters are fun and I look forward to doing more with them.

Abby and Megan, the Retainers. 

Also, the actual finished product will look better than these cropped photos, trust me. I have seen the proofs!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this stuff and can accept the justification for why I have slowed down on the posting on the Hobby Chronicle. Fear not, I will continue to knock out paint jobs between art tasks...





All art work (c) Joel R Phillips.



Monday, October 28, 2019

Goff Dreadnought (Part 5)

Moving on from Part 4, I continued by focusing on the chequered pattern.

Desert Sand layer.

Apple Barrel Territorial Beige was the tan color I used for the base coat, and I used Americana Desert Sand to serve as a middle coat.
The featured colors.

I then used a thinned White Scar to highlight those cheques before I applied the final highlight of solid White Scar.

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Once that was done, I simply painted in the opposite cheques with Abaddon Black straight from the bottle. After a few minor touch-ups, the chequered grid was done to my satisfaction.

Abaddon Black chequers.

Next I finished painting the flesh on the Ork pilot. Now I am contemplating how to paint up the cybernetic bits on his head...

Finished Pilot flesh.
See you back here soon!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Goff Ork Dreadnought (Part 4)

As if I didn't already have enough challenges to my time, this week I got a ill! It was easier for me to do a bit of painting than it was trying to do 2-D art, especially since I am not at any sort of detailing stage, yet, on this thing.

What little I got done was some touch-ups on the Goblin Green flesh layer and paint a tan color onto the main plate of the Dred itself. This color will ultimately be a White color by the way.

Touched up flesh and tan main plate.
 Next, I mixed up Green Ink and Yellow Ink to get a color resembling anti-freeze and washed it over the Goblin Green. I had a bit of that left over and applied it to another ork model I had in queue, but more on that in a future post.
Grid lines drawn on.
Last thing I managed to do, between coughing fits, was that I drew on the chequered grid using a mechanical pencil. No ruler or edge, just straight-hand drew it. I can't imagine the gretchen artisans tasked to apply decor to Ork machines are as skilled as some 'Eavy Metal painters would have us believe. So the end product won't be perfect, or as perfect as it appears on the original box, and that is how I intend it to be. More as I progress...

Image from the original box.


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Goff Ork Dreadnought (Part 3)

Here is this week's episode of "I'm getting there, slowly but surely, I'm getting there."

I was about to paint the driver all the way, when the urge to test-fit him into position hit struck me. Thank goodness I did too, because the efforts to work him into the compartment scrapped and scratched off a lot of the basecoat. I would have been quite upset if that had happened to the finished paint job!

 Battle scars earned...
I decided that ultimately I would have to paint him while he was permanently in position. I am not thrilled about that, but it is what it is.


The red basecoats were done using Khorne Red. The middle coats on the black areas were accomplished using Apple Barrel Graphite. I still have a lot of work to do on this thing, and I am running out of October days...

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Goff Ork Dreadnought (Part 2)

Progress has continued on this Dreadtober project.

First off, I had to take the time and file down and otherwise remove the flash and mold lines. Something that can be quite time consuming when it comes to pewter miniatures.
A metal puzzle.

After that I superglued the hull assembly together. I left the arms slack so that I could paint them more easily. I will glue them into their final positions at the end of this project.

Together at last!

After this I took the miniature outside and spray painted it with Chaos Black. After a few days I got back to it and applied Abaddon Black to solidify the black coat and make it more consistent. (Um, looks like I may have a few spots...ah, the Joy of working with metal!). While doing that I started to work on the base by basecoating the sidewalk.

Primed.

I am still considering what to do about the pilot and whether or not I want to just go with a closed hatch on the model. I will likely dwell on this right up to the last post, but I wouldn't mind to hear opinions on the matter, so feel free to leave a comment.

Pilot or hatch?



Saturday, September 28, 2019

Goff Ork Dreadnought (Part 1)

Hello and greetings! It's that time of year once again where the leaves are changing, and falling, and when some of us miniature hobbyists commit ourselves to painting either a Dreadnought (or something in its class) for Dreadtober, or something Orky for Orktober. As I have cheekily done in the past I am combining them both and once again I am painting up an Ork Dreadnought. This time it's a Goff themed one, straight out of Warhammer 40,000 2nd edition.

Straight from .94.

This model was released in early 1994, mere months after the launch of 40k 2nd ed. It was a replacement for the cardboard dread that came in the starter box, and the design of this model was very close to the image in that 2-D "model". (re: Waaagh Bink}.



They were nigh invulnerable from the side...

In fact, I think I like the way it's colored on that cardboard Dreadnought than I do the one on the box. Something I shall ponder on while I get closer to that stage...

exploded view instructions. 

Assembling this model is fairly easy but just in case the back of the box has this simple exploded view available. When I put mine together it be without the back banner, as those things are just to fragile and prone to snapping. Also, storage is more challenging with them and I am having enough challenges in that regard as it is and don't need any more complications in that matter.

Pre-assembly.
Here is the model, bear in mind that this is not glued. It never has been during the past 25 years that I have owned it. It's a testament to the design by Norman Swales and Alan Perry that this thing can practically snap together and stay together to some degree. I will finally choose a pose for it and glue it properly in the upcoming weeks.

I am still facing challenges to my hobby time but I am getting to a spot where I can squeeze in some miniature work. It's practically lamentable how little output I have had since June but the 2-D art I have produced has been very satisfying (and I am getting paid for it). But I have every intention to complete this Dreadtober project by the Halloween deadline (bookies are now taking bets).

Once it's done my goal is to have it clank across the battlefield blasting my enemies with it's mighty guns and ripping them apart with it's massive power claws. Just like it says on the box!

Dig that flavor text. 
See you in October!!!