Sunday, December 12, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Here is the link to the article, -you will need to log into GW first:
|For me, these guys will definitely see some more use in the 8th Army Book!|
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
|Yes, that is a scary picture.|
JINKIES Scoob, is it possible! I may actually play a game of 40k? Yeap, it looks like it. Since moving back to Orlando and playing Fantasy for almost a year before that, I make a shaky return to 40K next week at Paladin Tech & Game in Orlando. There is a new 40K night there on Tuesdays, which is perfect for me, so I will be attending weekly (hopefully) to actually put my Angels to the test. And if fate comes my way, Sundays too for RTTs and the like. WOOT!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I've not posted in some time (going back to school is serious business) but I wanted to show off some painting I've done in the last few months just to prove I've still been at it. This isn't my whole force but just a few things that I'm rather proud of.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Using the yellow ink method, I' am digging my yellow helmets, and I feel I got my rhythm for red down pat.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Well, not anymore. After a flash of inspiration at my local Home Center while shopping for kitchen paint with the Fiancé, I had a flash of inspiration.
Put it on a pedestal! If it works for horse, it should work for the Emperor's finest right?
Friday, October 1, 2010
In completing my units I am slowly learning that photographing my minis and working with better lighting is a must. Like some of us in the hobby, I search for the super bright and "natural" bright and clear natural light for painting and photography. After digging around and trying different types of lights, I believe I found my favorite setup for lighting, and it won't break the bank.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
|Tactical Squad Eremiel, |
ready for the battlefield.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
It's funny how just a little success makes you go "Ok cool, I can walk, now let's run a marathon." I've been busy. I finished Tac Squad Saleos early last week, and begin working on getting my third and Final Tac ready for paint. I have also been able to scrounge together enough bits for a 10 Man Vanguard Vet Squad and a 5 Man Stearnguard squad. I've began focusing on "Blinging" out my boys. I am using some of the new BA DC shoulderpads, and realized Greenstuff is going to be handy...
Friday, July 30, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
When it comes down to it, there are wayyy too many opinions for weapons and gear for the Blood Angels and their successors. In my mind, the battlefield role of these units are the key to equiping them. So what do we want? Jump Pack Death Company? Razorback foot sloggers with Thunder Hammers and Plasma Weapons? Or just Honor Guard with Maxxed Melta Death to rain down as a nut cracking unit with attached Priesty love?
There is always more then one way to skin a cat, lets count the ways.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The only issue left is to figure out a good way to add shades to the red armor without needing to repaint the entire armor back Blood Red. If I use a dark wash, to shade the recesses it tends to need a reaaply of Blood Red before I can highlight. Any suggestions? I am also trying the red inks and washes. I want to avoid lining it by hand, but might have to. A dark brown mixed with Blood Red might work.
I am hoping that the first red highlight I applyed with the base coats can still be seen through.
Anyone else out there have any suggestions about shading with red on power armor?
Monday, July 19, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
So my family and I moved into our house about three months ago, and my fiance had a pile of old crap she wanted to trash. I salvaged a nifty little cabinet thing with a drawer. It had a loose fitting wire window, removed in the pic, and needed a little bit of tweaking and tightening. otherwise, it was a great little cabinet. It has a shelf inside, with two little metal rails to keep things on the shelf and the bottom, two doors and a small area on the bottom that fits a little drawer. Perfect for little nick nacks, thimbles, porcelain figures, or in my case, Superhuman Angelic Warriors of the 41st millennium.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Today I got the pleasant little surprise that the Imperial Fists will show up in the upcoming movie Ultramarines. You can read about it here. At first, I was ecstatic. Fists! Rendered in cinematic-quality CG! Boltguns blazing, power swords swording! Fighting alongside their brother Ultras against the hordes of...of whatever they're gonna put in the movie! I grabbed my phone to call up people I know to tell them.
I got halfway through dialing my grandmother when a thought occurred to me. This is an Ultramarines movie. The Imperial Fists are going to be sidekicks to the Ultras. Once again, the boys in blue are going to get the spotlight while other more tastefully-decorated chapters get to ride in the backseat. My excitement waned; Grandma would have to wait.
Now I'm sure you're reading this and saying, "No shit, AmateurDork, look at the title of the movie!" And you're right, if a bit rude. But if you play non-Ultramarine SM armies you may understand how I feel. We want a little more time in the spotlight.
Now this is an old, dead horse that I'm not going to start beating nor do I encourage any of you to. We know why Ultras are the posterboys of 40k, and it makes sense that the movie would focus on them. I have NO Ultrahate, and I'm sure that Ultramarines will be a delight for all Space Marine fans and hopefully for the rest of you too. I'm just a little worried about how the Fists will be portrayed.
There's a bit of Imperial Fist fluff that takes place during the Heresy. It's the big showdown between the Fists and their evil counterparts, the Iron Warriors and its called The Iron Cage. Long story short, Rogal Dorn leads the Fists in a massive siege against an Iron Warrior fortress. It's an amazing battle between two forces, equally matched in siege warfare, each unyielding to the other. I love this story. Except for the ending.
Apparently, while the Fists were slogging through trenches of blood, the battleground littered with the bodies of friend and foe alike, the pristine blue ships of the Ultramarines swooped down, bombed the fortress and SAVED the Imperial Fists. No one called in the Ultras, they just show up because they're worried about Dorn and his ability to knock down a castle. Dorn is grateful, and vows to adhere to Guilliman's new book, "Galactic Conquest for Dummies".
I just don't want the movie to be like that. I just want the Fists to be able to stand on their own. I'll be pissed if they're portrayed as rock-headed, unimaginative warriors who bite off more than they can chew, only to be rescued and tut-tutted for not studying the Codex enough.
The truth is, I’m not really sure what to expect, but I am optimistic. Everything I have read so far seems like they are really try to make this movie for the fans, and 40k fans have high expectations. I am happy that my beloved Imperial Fists will be in the movie and portrayed by awesome actors like John Hurt and Johnny Harris. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, and who knows; maybe this will be the start of some exciting new fluff for all of us.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
As I noted, I am lucky to have a bevy of models at my disposal but I just don't know where to go with it... I am very happy to have a army that I feel sticks with my gameplay style. The Angels are manaueverable, fast, and can be very synergistic. One of my major gameply favs, hence my Eldar army, and my planned Fantasy DE or WE armies (damn elfy types). I always like the Glass cannon approach (hence Mr. McStabbyStab from WoW as well...) and am kinda reluctant to jump full into Mech, but it feels like a necessary evil.
So in list building, can you can see my dilemma? I want to build fun lists for me, and I want them to be competitive, but the Blood Angels (Angels Sanguine) have so many damn choices. WHAT TO DO!?!
Monday, July 5, 2010
All right. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I’ve finally been able to spend some time in the Dorn Studio. I’ve been trying to finish up a Land Speeder so I can move on to a tasty Dread, and she’s almost complete, the weapons being the last item on the list. Since I’m doing a Heavy Flamer/Multimelta combo, I thought that this would be a perfect time for a tutorial on how I paint burn effects on the muzzles on all my heat-based weaponry. I’m not the best painter in the world but, I’ve learned some cool tricks here and there to add a bit of realism to my models (and to draw attention away from other mistakes). So without further ado: How To Paint Scorched Weapon Muzzles or something to that effect……
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
So, I decided to add some Twin Linked Auto Cannon (TLAC) -Rifleman arms to my dreadnoughts, as I don't own any Predators, and I want some long range anti-transport capability. Seeing that these Dreadnought configs are all the rage these days, I started to look for economical and cool (read:. cheap and easy) ways to add some. My search fu was weak, I saw plenty of "Here is my Dread!" threads and posts, but no How-to. So, without further ado, here is my take on it.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
I threw more paint on the bases, to give them an Orangey ruddy rust color with the metal. Feels kinda Orky... Here is a pic.
I am not sure how they will look with an Angel Sanguine on them, so I am working on my first squad and leaving these for the time being to tweak later. Still have to flock them too.
Secondly, following the Les Bursley Tutorial I mentioned in my last post, I went forth and mixed up a gallon of my red basecoat, thinned for the airbrush and proceeded to basecoat the squad. here are th results:
Next step is to line the black, and cleanup the black side. Overall, it was pretty easy once I got the hang of it. It is a great idea. More this weekend.
Thanks for looking!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I began working on my bases and did the first basecoats for the set made in the previous tutorial. Here is a pic:
I started working on it from a "rusty metal" idea... I am using the Painting corps tutorial as a guide for how I want my rust to look. Check it out here.
For my city basecoats I used a mix of 2:1:1 Codex grey, Vermin Brown, and Knarloc Green for the metal and two drybrushes of Codex grey and Fortress grey, respectively.
My next step is to get some pigment experiements going, and to weather and highlight. Lastly I do want to add a bit of snowy dirty slush too.
And ready to be worked on, a full ten man Tac Squad all primed and ready to go.
I will be using the Les Bursley tutorial as a starting point. Find it here. So hopefully by next week I'll finish my bases and get my Tac Squad base coats airbrushed and cleaned up.
On a second note, My Fiance and I made a lightbox! Now that I want to continue adding pics of my minis onto this blog, I took a trip to the hardware store followed by the fabric store. After about ten bucks and some planning, I created a quick frame, and my fantastic Seamstress Fiance sewed up the "tent" of cloth to put on it (check out her own nerd blog http://gingergoddess.blogspot.com/).
Here is a pic of it completed:
And a sample pic of some orcs to test out the lighting:
I find it gives a good clear ambient light, but I belove I need to get some more direct lighting from above and from the camera direction. Backgrounds and a plinth, or stand, are also a must.
Here are some resources I used to inspire me with my lightbox:
Massive Voodoo 1
Massive Voodoo 2
The Painting Corps
The Painting Corps Blog
Tin Paint Bucket Blog
And guess what gang? I found all that love and INSPIRATION by digging through the From The Warp group. Cheeky eh?
So how is your project going? Post your links in the comments section!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Let's get a little introspective for a minute. I'm pretty Joe average, some would say I'm living the everyday American dream: fat, dumb, and happy. Back in October of last year, I made a huge change and moved back to my hometown, Orlando Florida. I wanted to be close to family, my now fiance and her kids, and more importantly, I felt my career was heading for an abrupt layoff...I had already dodged the layoff bullet twice. The 'third time is a charm' thing was looming. I hit the big Super Nintendo Slidey Reset button of life. Time to blow out the cartridge and try again.
I jumped out of my comfort zone in a hard core way. I was a videogaming nerd, and I played way to much WoW, played Fantasy almost weekly, and I lived in the blue dot in the red state, Austin, TX. Austin has a pretty hip and happening gaming communinty some may say, but I never really got into the "Scene". I only played at the local store once or twice, and only with my immediate coworkers who jumped into fantasy with me in the first place -We primarily played at work after hours or in people's homes. I never hung out in the Gaming stores..I always felt a bit..."uneasy'
So what kept me away from the FLGS and schmoozing with the strangers who for all intents and purposes, live in and run with this hobby of mine?
The way I figure it, now that I sit down and think about it, I was afraid of sucking "out loud". Some may say I might be stuck up and afraid of the social stigma of gaming miniatures. Was it that I can't embrace my identiy and just go with the flow? We all know the steriotypes. The unwashed WAAC players, the ultra cheezy, the cheaters and grifters, and of course those who feel you need their opinion, no matter what. This blog can hopefully change that.
Back in Austin there were two main stores: Battleforge Games and Dragon's Lair Comics. We had a great spread of players, (Hell, the now internet (in?)famous BoLs crew play out of BFG) plenty of 40K, Fantasy, and even some LoTR.
In playing fantasy games with my pals I felt comfy, I already knew them and had no ice to break. I knew their take on fantasy, hell I play OnG and the general concensus on that is "Play OnG for fun, don't plan to win". So did I set myself up for losing and frustration? Probably. I feel like I avoided the Unknown and didn't want to stray out of my comfort zone of fluffy bunny happy happy fun gaming. I told myself that the guys playing in a store are all about Competive gaming, and would eat me for breakfast. I was Afeared.
I also blame WoW. Yeap, I think right about now I can blame WoW for anything if I thought about it enough. I HATE PuGs. I hate the idea of sitting in a store bugging guys to a pick up game because of the same reason. In WoW it was easy, I don't know you, I can't trust you, and no I am not going to sit here with your "many whelps" and expect me to just "Handle it!" In real life, not so easy...They are right in front of you.
Secondarily, I feel I avoided the stores because I was a cheapskate. I felt guilty that I never "Payed where I played" I pretty much have my armies built off of eBay or eBay stores. I get a guilty feeling if I would go into a store, use their boards, terain, and space but never turn around and spend money in there.
So I was content justifying it to myself.
No more. As Alfred once said, "Why do we fall down sir? So we might learn to pick ourselves up." I frequent one of my close by friendly local gaming stores and try to spend at least 10 to 15 bucks (usually ends up as 20-30 tho...) when I go, and I have been looking to get into an escalation campaign to ramp up my Angels.
I guess I'm kinda lucky, here in Orlando there is apparently a big gaming community. We have two or three main stores I go to. With at least three more in the area. (forgive me If I forgot one or three)
My local FLGS shout out:
Paladin Tech and Game
Coliseum of Comics (Kissimmee location)
And local Forums:
Orange County Choppas
So I say, to hell with it. Thats the only way I can play and grow right? I hope to help support my FLGS and play when I get the chance...just got to get time between the kids, work, and the soon-to-be-wife? Easy a piece of cake.
So I ask you, have any of you ever had the fear of joining the gaming masses, pick up games, tourneys, or just meeting people in the community and supporting your Local Stores? Any stories or experiences you want to share? Have you ever experienced a bit of anxiety or worry about going to a gming store and diving right in, not sure of the local flavor? is it competitive, what kind of points are played, whats beardy or cheezy?
Also, any of you got here from the Orlando Area? I'm digging into seeing what kind of local climate we have, and how I can contribute. Thats what it's all about right?
Funnily enough, it's OK to dive in. we all have seen that these pics from GW are really not too close to the real scene.
Happy go lucky gaming pics from GW that help calm the noobs:
Just like your group right?
I love these pics..just like the ones of the business people or computer guys pointing at a screen like its real life...
So I began to work on my Angels. I have an assembly line process in my head and have finished constructing my squads. As I want to work on improving my paint job per squad, I will start with my Tac Squads and work to my Assault squads, getting better each time. So here I begin with the bases. I used to leave them for last, and do them in a hurry. To alleviate that I will start from the bottom, base first.
Monday, June 14, 2010
MikeD has put together this blog, and as he has said, this is a place for motivation. For the past year that I have been painting minis, I've often felt that I'd like to write about my experiences, post pics of my Fists, and share what I've learned with others. This seemed like the perfect place to do this, and I'm happy to be able to contribute. A bit about how I got into this hobby...
Around this time last year, I picked up the Battle for Skull Pass, having an unnatural obsession with dwarfs.
A few months later...
I went on a little trip out of town to visit a friend of mine. It was Saturday night, we were drunk, and the conversation eventually became a heated discussion about who could kick who's ass. You know what I'm talking about. Schwarzenegger versus Worf... A Jedi versus Lo Pan... A pack of koalas on PCP versus Dog the bounty hunter...
"The Space Marines...", my friend mentioned. "Space marines", I said. "Sure, I guess..."
He then began to tell me about the Space Marines. About the Primarchs and the Emperor. The Horus Heresy and the Chapters and the Imperium of Man, and like a wide-eyed little child full of rum and Coke, I devoured every bit of it. This is what I needed. This awesome world of bolters and battle barges and lightning claws was the motivation I needed to try this hobby again.
When I got home a few days later, I stopped back at the hobby store and picked up some books: Codex: Space Marines, and Horus Rising. A month and three more novels later, I bought a Tactical squad and some new brushes and I've been painting the Imperial Fists ever since. I'm a complete lore whore and every time I read a story or see a pic of these awesome giants in yellow (or any color) power armor, punching face in the Name of the Emperor, I urgently need to complete my army. And there you have it.
Over the course of this blog, I'll share with you some of my favorite tabletop gaming things, stuff about the Fists, my personal recipe for yellow, pics of my army, and pics of other people's armies that inspire me to keep working and improve my painting. I hope that my enthusiasm will help you with your current army, start a new one, or inspire you to try something new and any feedback I get will certainly help me with the same.
I hope you all enjoy yourselves here and keeping checking back with us for new stuff!