Monday, 1 August 2022

Warhammer 40k: Dark Apostle, Master of Possession and Chaos Marine Champion

To finish off the infantry for this project I bulk painted the three remaining non-named character miniatures I had left; a Dark Disciple, Master of Possession and a converted Chaos Marine Champion.

To help distinguish the character miniatures I painted their shoulder pads in gold as well as having more gold embellishment on their armour.  For the warp emanations/flame I wanted a colour that would really stand out so I opted for one of Army Painters Speedpaints, Plasmatic Blot, which did the trick nicely.

The Champion was converted from Haarken Worldclaimer, which I thought wasn't all that great but had some potential and I quite like the way it turned out.  I mainly removed some of the excessive bits that GW seems to like adding to all their modern sculpts as well as giving him a head change and a re-position

Last up were the underlings that came with the Dark Disciple.  They're actually a couple of decent sculpts as they aren't too busy though the incense holder broke twice during painting due to the thinness of the chain.

Monday, 4 July 2022

Warhammer 40k: Greater Possessed

Following on from the Obliterators I moved on to my next elite unit, the Greater Possessed.  I used a lot of the techniques I used on the Obliterators on these, the more organic bone-like armour as well as using Contrast paints to paint the flesh/Daemon areas (I find they work great for getting smooth blends).

Even though I used a lot of basic techniques on the Greater Possessed (dry brushing/Contrasts/washes) I think they are the stand out miniatures of the army so far, the pops of colour really make them eye catching when stood with the other units. 

Friday, 27 May 2022

Warhammer 40k: Obliterators

Hot on the heals on the Hounds of Abaddon come the Obliterators.

With these I tried adding in some flesh tones to the black armour highlights to give an organic/bone like feel, which has worked quite well in conjunction with the organic textures on the armour plates.  They also received more gold trim as they're very special boys (and also to break up the black). 

I also used some contrast red on the cabling (sometimes over a metallic, other times over flesh) to add a bit of pop to the paint scheme.  This is also the first time I've used my Chaos skin scheme over such a large area and I'm happy with how that turned out, a nice deathly purple tinged off-white.

I'm working on a couple of Greater Possessed next so a lot of the techniques used here will be used on them as well and I'm hoping to knock them out relatively quickly.

Monday, 23 May 2022

Warhammer 40k: The Hounds of Abaddon

I've had these Hounds of Abaddon kit bashes primed and sat on a shelf for too long a time so they definitely deserved their time under the brush.

Overall I'm happy with the conversions however if I were to do them now I would use the lower halves of the new Chaos Space Marine kit (that wasn't released when I put these together) so that they wouldn't be wearing boots however I don't think it takes away from the overall look of the miniatures, they still look 40k rather than AOS.

The paint scheme is the same as the rest of my modern black legion except for the left shoulder pad and head crests, which I painted metallic and then used contrast blood red over the top before giving the entire miniature a black wash.  I really like the result of this so will be using a similar technique for my Horus Heresy Word Bearers.

The only thing I would say about these miniatures is that they were a bit of a pain to take photos of due to their dynamic poses, it creates a lot of shaded areas and out of focus weapons but hopefully the pictures do them some justice.

Sunday, 3 April 2022

Core Space: First Born

As a change of pace from the mountain of Chaos Marines I've been painting this last year I've spent the last month and a half painting the newly arrived Core Space: First Born miniatures.  I enjoyed painting the first batch of Core Space miniatures, both from the initial Kickstarter and the smaller expansions, but there has been a real improvement with the sculpts this time round which made painting them all the better.

Much like the last couple of expansions that were released at retail, I started these off with a zenithal prime using the rattle cans from Colour Forge ( starting with black and then a grey before a final light spray with white just from above.  This time however I followed this up with a white dry brush all over the miniature to help pop the edges more.  Then it was time to crack out the contrast paints, instead of loading the brush what I try to do is paint a relatively thin layer so that the zenithal highlight really shows through though occasionally you do need to do a second layer of paint depending on the pigment strength of the colour you are using.

Another departure from how I painted the last batch of Core Space miniatures is that when I got to the First Born I finished them off with a very light dry brush of Pale Sand (after watching many Youtube vids extolling its virtues), which really helped push the highlights in a very natural way.
Right towards the end of this project I also received my delivery of the Army Painter Speed Paints so I wanted to use them somewhere to give them a first try.  In the end I painted the Rock Worms carapace with there Malignant Green and the robes of the True God with their dark red.  They flow a lot more than the Contrast paints, more wash like, and so can easily run over into areas you don't intend if you overload your brush however the actual finish on them is superb.  To me the recesses and highlights seem more pronounced than the contrast paints really showing off detail and texture and there was very little to no pooling (or coffee staining) with these which is one thing I do not like about the Contrast paints.  Case in point, I painted the Drones with a very thin layer of Basilicanum Grey and yet because of the flat surfaces the finish was very inconsistent so I had to dry brush some light grey over the top to even this out yet on the Rock worms the Speed paint applied so smoothly and any pooling seem to dissipate during the drying process.  They are going to take time to get a proper handle on but the Speed paints are definitely going to see some heavy use in future.

As always to finish of I painted the bases in black and then matte varnished the miniatures, which I always think gives a better finish to Contrast paints as well as providing a protective layer.

Crew of the Eidolon





In The Line Of Fire Expansion


And his camera




Big Game Hunters and Rock Worms



Rock Worms

The First Born

Somnambulant and Liege



True Born


The Gates Of Ry'Sa Expansion






Trading Post 5 - NPCs






Trading Post 5 - Traders





Fury Of The Insane God Expansion

True God

True God - close up, he's a big fella!


Now it's time to return to my Chaos Marines and get a few more bits done before diving into another big project.