Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Core Space: Purge (and Contrast Paints)

The time has finally come and I've laid a brush on some Core Space miniatures! 

Core space is the first game by Battle Systems (famous for their very high quality card terrain) and is based around various ship crews scavenging and surviving in Core Space with the ever present threat of the Purge looming over them.  It's a great sandbox game which has multiple A.I. controlled NPC factions, which other then the Purge include gangs, civilians, security and the Galactic Guard,  and when this is combined with the interactions you have with the terrain/scenery you get an almost role play type experience but without the need for a GM.

Needless to say I've been looking forward to this arriving however it also coincidentally tied in with the release of the Contrast Paint range from GW which seemed like providence to me.  Like most hobbyists I have a backlog of miniatures/games to be painted and I've been fighting to reduce this (and I've not been doing too badly) but with the arrival of Hellboy, Batman and Core Space I was on the back foot again so the announcement of the Contrast Paint range got my attention.  Long story short, I've decided to paint these big Kickstarter releases using the Contrast Paints in order to get them painted (and so played with) asap and I'm happy to say it looks like I'm on to a winner.

Usually painting a squad of ten miniatures or a single hero takes me around a week but with the Contrast Paints I've managed to paint all the purge in the same amount of time.  Now they aren't going to win any awards and are only done to the most basic table top standard but you know what, they're painted and that's far better than naked plastic.

I've still got a bit to learn about how to use them (there's a couple of instances where I should have used some medium to thin down the paints a little) but as a test run I'm impressed with how they work and I'm going to go ahead with the plan and continue using them for the rest of Core Space and then on to Hellboy and Batman.

Before I continue on with the Core Space minis I've got a slight Blackstone detour to paint up but after that I can see myself knocking through these at some pace.

For now I'll leave you with the big beasties from the Purge.


Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Elder Scrolls: The Dragonborn

Time for something a tad unusual for me in that it doesn't (currently) belong to a range or is part of an army, it's just a one off miniature primarily for display (for now anyway).
When Modiphius announced the limited Dragonborn miniature I knew I had to get one as the Elder Scrolls are one of my favourite game series' with Morrowind still being one of my all time favourite games and my first RPG.  From a painting point of view it was nice to break off and do something entirely different to what I had been painting and what I was moving on to now (Core Space).
As I haven't painted much fantasy in recent years it was good to get back to painting natural tones and trying out some different leather colours and a new flesh, which is rather nice and less pink than what I usually end up with.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Blackstone Fortress: The Dreaded Ambull

Work has finished on the final pieces for Blackstone Fortress, the Dreaded Ambull expansion.  It was a lot of fun working on a big beastie after doing lots of infantry sized miniatures and I mainly used layers of dry brushing and washes with final highlights to pick out the details, so nice and quick to paint but effective looking for the table top.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Blackstone Fortress: Obsidius Mallex and Bodyguard

Time for the final miniatures from Black Fortress and I've been looking forward to working on these as Black Legion are my main army in 40K.

Being the "Big Boss" for Blackstone Fortress and also doubling as a Lord for my 40k army I wanted to paint Obsidius to a good standard, spending time on layering and highlights etc.  I'm very happy with how he turned out, particularly his face where I used a thinned down purple wash rather than a standard flesh colour to give him that taint of Chaos feel.

The bodyguards were a test run for me to see how quickly I could get some standard Chaos Marines painted up as I have quite a back log in the wings, to this end they were painted to a very basic table top standard (base coats, dry brushing, washes and the odd highlight) but I think they strike a good balance of quality to speed so I'll be forging ahead with this scheme once I start on the army proper.

Next up, and already built and undercoating, is the Dreaded Ambull from the first expansion!

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Magrat Garlick (and the Wyrd Sisters)

Here's another Discworld character painted up and the last of the Lancre Coven, Magrat Garlick.

And to finish off here are the other two Wyrd Sisters.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Blackstone Fortress: Explorers

I've spent the last month or so painting up the explorers for Blackstone Fortress and as we're actively playing this now (about to undertake our first stronghold) it's lit a bit of a fire under me so they've progressed at a decent pace.
With these being centre piece characters I wanted to push myself with these and for the most part I'm very happy with the results.  As usual I've based these so they'll match up with the rest of my upcoming 40k minis as they undoubtedly see some use there as well.

Quite the motley crew

Janus Draik

 Espern Locarno

Taddeus the Purifier

Every Space Bishop needs a helpful, floating, gun toting skull! 

And of course his book of scripture 

Pious Vorne 

"Vindictor", the first bit of text I've attempted at this size  

Amallyn Shadowguide

UR-025 - had a lot of fun on this guy making him look old 


What every hobbit needs on an adventure, packed lunch 


Dahyak Grekh

The next (and last from the core game) mins will be the Black Legion Chaos Space Marines who be a tester for my larger army.