Saturday, November 21, 2020

Bad Moon Nob (Part 2)

 It took me a while to finish this guy, but I finally did it. I haven't done anything with this miniature since May of 2020, but my recent grot project inspired me to get him to a completed state. 

The finished Bad Moon Nob.

The yellow was done by applying a basecoat of Firy Orange, then Sunburst Yellow (thinned), Sunburst yellow deep highlights (unthinned), followed by a Bad Moon Yellow layer with a highlight of Folk Art Lemmonade with a final wash of Lamenters Yellow. And I am fairly pleased with the result! 

...I forgot to paint that tooth! Damnit!

The blacks were simple really, I used Abaddon Black as a base followed by a thinned dark gray (specifically I used Craftmade Graphite but any dark gray ought to suffice), then I dry brushed on a lighter, brighter grey (I used Applebarrel Country Grey), before finished the black with a wash of Nuln Oil. For a blue-ish look Ibhave done all those steps but switched out the Nuln Oil for Drakenhof Nightshade.

All the spikes, ringlets and scrapped metal highlights were done by using my old Mitheril Silver. 

I was tempted to paint some black flames or designs on some of the yellow areas, like on the klaw, but I decided that I liked him well enough as is. 

When I bought this guy, I bought him with a whole squad of Orks, so I guess now I really need to paint them up too, right? 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Grots! (Part 2)

Inspired by the recent Ork vs. Ork game that I played, and needing to get these guys off my table, I decided to kill a bit of time by base coating the flesh on these grots. I used Caliban Green for this, which turned out really dark on top of the black primer. 

Normally I would use my twenty five year old Goblin Green for this next bit but for some baffling reason an old Foundation Paint from around six or so years ago called Gretchin Green leapt into my hand. Odd thing, I didn't buy that to paint greenskins with, but because I thought I might use it on Bolt Action miniatures. I was about to put it back when it occurred to me that this is a thicker paint than that old Goblin Green and should coat really well over that dark Caliban layer., this turned out great!
Gretchin Green Foundation Paint.

I liked this look so much I was tempted to just stop and declare the battle already won. I kind of dry brushed on the Foundation Paint and it created this natural tonal gradation over the Caliban Green. I really liked it. 

Gretchin Green over black primer. 

However this would clash with the rest of my Orks and Gretchin, so I decided to proceed. But then I had another idea for this stage. Normally I mix Yellow and Green Ink until it looks a bit like Anti-freeze, then I thin that a bit with water. I used that as a wash over all of my greens greenskin flesh. The problem with that is consistency as I rarely get the mixture exactly like the previous batch. And the other problem is how long it takes to do and sometimes I have the third problem of figuring out what to do with the leftover mixture or find that I didn't mix enough. And sitting right there on my desk was a paint I got right when 9th was launched: a Technical Paint called Tesseract Glow. 

But I was hesitant to try it. Up stepped this guy who volunteered himself for the next stage of my experiment. 


The same deal that got me these grots included this guy also. It's painted ok, but just not in a scheme that will work with my army. However it is a decent basecoat for my style so I decided to go ahead and proceed with my experiment and applied the Gretchin Green.

Gretchin Green.

So far so good, and I thought this was looking rather well, so on to the Tesseract Glow:

Tesseract Glow.

I was really pleased with this! So much so that I was tempted to stop it here. And I did for a few days, contemplating this miniature during that time. But an experiment is an experiment and I had to take It's finale.


Kiwi was my next stage, and it really kicked up the color. 

Sunburst Yellow highlight.

The final highlight was Sunburst Yellow. And... I think I dig it. So here he is compared to on of the grots from earlier with just the Gretchin Green color, and a Bad Moon Nob (that I really need to finish). And...I think it works. But I could use some feedback to consider so feel free to comment below. 

A gathering of Green. 

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Dreadtober Black Legion Hellbrute (Part 5)

 Thanks to Marc over at the main Dreadtober site for allowing a deadline extension up to Friday November 6th to get our projects done. And with a bit of focus I pulled it off! 


 All I had to do was some highlights and few details which I was able to pull knock out when I found the time. 

The obvious difference those of you who read the last post may spot is the addition of the grass tufts on the base. This was particularly fun for me as my 5 year old son was fascinated with watching my application of these tufts. And yes, my modeling stuff does have locks on them when I am not present. (Thank you foresight!*)

And the fallen Space Marine's helmet did indeed belong to a Dark Angel. Dark Angels, as you probably know, are fun to kill. 

So, this guy is done! Or as done as I want him to be. As a wrap up to this thing, here is a buddy pic with the Bloodbrute , his Khornate counterpart. Hopefully the next time they appear together will be in a battle report stomping their way through an enemy line (oh, let's be honest, they'll probably get nuked on the 1st turn! LOL!). 

Friends will be friends.

Thanks again to everyone who encouraged me during this project and for everyone who participated in Dreadtober! Emperor willing, I'll see you in October 2011! 

*Forsight? More like memory. When I was 4 years old, my Dad had a 1977 Chevy Blazer. He loved that thing. So much so that he bought a scale model kit and was painstakingly painting that kit to look like his actual truck. There were some rednecks that lived up the street that drove an old car that was painted in a lot of different colors, with the main color being primer Grey.  Four year old Neverness thought that was the coolest thing ever. So much so that when my Dad went to take a nap (and foolishly left me unattended) I got his paints opened and started to paint his Blazer model like that redneck car. Considering that my Dad has always been something of a Testers paint purist, the fact that I was able to unscrew those glass jars is impressive when I think back on it. Anyway, I didn't get too far into "improving" my Dad's model when he soon checked in on me. If I recall, I think it's the first time he ever spanked me, and it was the last time I ever messed with his models!