Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Black Library Book giveaway!

So I have a few black library books sitting around that Ive finished up and I figure what better to do with them than give them away to my followers! So, with that said, simply follow my blog, and when I
get 25 members I will be giving away the below books to a random follower, along with any others I happen to read:




-Salamander & Firedrake (Tomb of Fire Trilogy) - Salamanders, Chaos Marines and Dark Eldar
-Blood Angels Omnibus - Blood Angels, Chaos
-Fulgrim (Horus Heresy Book 5 - Drop Site Massacre)- Emperors Children, Chaos

I will contact the winners when I get to 25 followers!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Imperial Armor Paint 2

I continue to work on the razorbacks, and am near completing them both. The use of an airbrush had probably led to a 3-4x increase in efficiency... Especially when painting the number of layers I do (4-5 layers plus washes). Well, for some reason my last post wasnt picked up in the blogrolls, so sorry if this is a repost for some of you. For others, scroll down to the last post to see how I did it... If you like it :-)



Saturday, September 24, 2011

Imperial Armour Painting


 First of all, dont tell me space marines dont use camouflage! I know I know, these painting techniques are usually reserved for Imperial Guard chassis, however I loved the look and had to run with it. So if you want to see how I did it, keep on reading...










So, in order to be able achieve this look, refer to my prior post first about painting battle damage. The same technique I use on my grey hunters in past post were used here. Its how I get the battle damage effect.

After applying the battle damage undercoat with masking fluid, I went ahead and applied the base layer to the razorback. Take a look at the razorback to the right... Its been painted with a coating of codex grey, follow up with a light brushing of space wolf grey (both with the airbrush). I then applied a heavy coating of GW brown wash. Now im ready to proceed with the taping.


 


 I found that by layering masking tape (painters tape) in staggered layers as seen here, I was able to create a 10 inch by 7 inch square of tape perfect for this. I then cut strips into a zig-zag pattern using an razor blade. Take a look below to get a sense of the pattern I use (cutting on a glass plate works fine as the tape keep sticky).



 By applying the tape cut patterns to the tank, your on your next step to getting the look were aiming for. I decided to go for a light stripe pattern, so below the dark grey color is where the tape was applied. I used space wolf grey and applied it modestly with the airbrush to get a nice coating, producing the look you see here:



From my previous tutorial on battle damage, and this post, you should be able to replicate the look I went for if you so choose. I recommend using two shades of the same color to get a nice clean yet definitive tiger stripping.

You can also look at my past post on Battle Damage for Vehicles to see how I get the impact craters seen in this picture. As for the rusting (around the exhaust vents), I simply used a combination of Mig Dark Rust weathering powder and brown wash, applied it to an edge, then ran a dry brush past it to get it to run down the side of the tank.


What do you think? If you like what you see, I will paint up any IG/Marine chassis for you on the cheap! Im looking to try a few different color schemes if your not willing to try it yourself but like the look. Email me if your interested.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Battle Damage Painted Wolves & Models for Sale


Im about wrapped up with first squad of grey hunters, and progress is moving along swiftly. For my initial 1850 list, Ill be fielding anywhere from 20-25 grey hunters so I still have a ways to go, however Im confident ill be have the list wrapped up and tested plenty prior to next years Adpeticon.



As someone who is new to the wolves, im still working my way thru the list building process, though I have a solid 1500 points set in stone that I know ill enjoy playing. The last 350 points is always the trickiest though. While im tempted to build out a squad of Thunder Wolves led by a Wolf Lord, I just arent yet certain that quad will be worth it in a competitive setting.

Im also selling some of Blood Angels on Ebay if you interested... The captain/sergeant with powerfirst below isnt even at 15$ yet! He could be your for a low low price of 15$....


Links:
Furioso New On Sprue- Click Here
Jump Pack Assault Marine Squad - High Table Top Painted - Click Here
High Table Top Quality Captain/Sergeant - Click Here
Battle for Space Marine Novels 1-3 - Click Here

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Battle Damage on Vehicles - Imperial Armour Technique

I continue to work on the Wolves, and after picking up Imperial Amour Master Class Volume 1 (a must have - this will be a future post), I decided to proceed in building out my razorbacks and land raider using both the battle damage techniques I explored in prior post and those shared in IAMV1. As you can see, the first step was to prime and assemble the chassis of the amour. Next, and this is where you have to take a leap of faith, is to whip out the dremel and begin to grind/carve out some small gaps in the armor. See Below:

*I tested out this technique first on the bottom of the razorback base, something I recommend you do as well...

 Testing dremel damage technique on bottom of model:





Now, after drilling out a divot, I use green stuff to fill in the hole, and scrape of all the excess putty with a razorblade. I then began to use a toothpick to carve out impact craters:



So Im now at the step where im going to begin using the rust base coat technique described in my previous post on battle damage/masking fluid.



This is where Im at thus far, so more to come in a future post on the next steps... 
Here is a picture of my airbrush and paint station as well:



And Lastly, im looking to part ways with my storm raven... Im looking for a sell/trade, email me if your interested. More trade opportunities to come... 



Monday, September 5, 2011

Nova Open - Inside the numbers

After reading and following the news of the Nova Open across these series of tubes known as the "Internets", I decided to being to analyze the armies/outcomes of the Nova Open. If you take a quick glance, you can clearly see a trend here which is fairly obvious (stats lifted from dakkadakka):

5 x Dark Angels (23-17) 57.5%
22 x Blood Angels (97-79) 55.1%
32 x Grey Knights (140-116) 54.7%
25 x Space Wolves (106-94) 53%
21 x Imperial Guard (88-80) 52.4%
14 x Dark Eldar (58-54) 51.8%
10 x Ork (39-41) 48.8%
4 x Witch Hunters (15-17) 46.9%
6 x Black Templars (26-30) 46.4%
3 x Necron (11-13) 45.8%
27 x Space Marines (96-120) 44.4%
6 x Eldar (21-27) 43.8%
10 x Tyranids (34-46) 42.5%
6 x Tau (18-30) 37.5%
6 x Chaos Space Marines (16-32) 33.3%
6 x Chaos Daemons (16-32) 33.3%

With the exception of Tyranids, its clear to see which of the armies have a 5th ed codex release (in red).  Assuming you consider the Dark Angels a bit of an outlier, and Orks having a 5th ed codex if you will, the top armies are all the ones with the latest releases. Now, I'm not certain if this is in fact a result of codex creep or people wanting to play new armies, but its clear those are the books you need to focus on for tournament prep. Now, this is easier said than done as facing a DE army (volume of shooting) is going to go much differently than facing a Ork (horde/wagon rush) or GK (mid range shooting/rifleman dreads) army. There is however a common theme amongst the armies you'll likely face however, they will be mostly shooty in nature... By this, I mean they are going to be spamming Long Fangs, Rifleman Dreads, Venoms, Hyrda Flak tanks and Valkyries.

Now, lets look at the top 16 player at the Nova (courtesy Bald and Screaming - http://www.baldandscreaming.com/news/nova-open-coverage/):

Nick Nanavati (Grey Knights) versus Neil Gilstrap (Grey Knights)
Tony Kopach (Space Wolves) versus Rich Puig (Imperial Guard)
Dawson Hindrelet (Space Wolves) versus Mike Somerville (Imperial Guard)
Brad Townsend (Space Wolves) versus Andrew Gonyo (Grey Knights)
Mike Hoffman (Orks) versus Allan Hernandez (Grey Knights)
Adam Tricola (Dark Eldar) versus Aaron Aleong (Space Wolves)
Mike Taylor (Grey Knights) versus Devin Schafer (Blood Angels)
Justin Hilderbrandt (Dark Eldar) versus Casey Christopher (Tyranids)
 
Again, we see a trend that I expected but its become more prolific than I expected, nine were Space Wolves or Grey Knight players...

So, I will soon be posting my 1850 list which I believe will be able to combat the current meta. Until then, keep this info in mind as you prepare for your next tournament.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Painting the Sons of Sanguinius

Just prior to working on my wolves, I was in the process of rebuilding my beloved Sons of Sanguinius. By using the airbrush, I found I was able to an incredibly smooth looking red color using 4 or 5 coats of different shades of red.  These models were painted prior to the discovery of the battle damage technique I'm using on my wolves.
 

I tried using a another technique for battle damage (prior to experimenting with masking fluid) for making the BAs looks a little more battle hearty, but I found the rust colors do not work well with a red model, It was difficult to even see the effect. I would think however if I did it again with a black base and a silver/rust coat (similar to the use of the blazing orange and vermin brown from the battle damage tutorial), that would look great with the red BA models. If anyone tries this, let me know how it turns out...

Unlike with the wolves, I did begin to experiment with a "glowing eyes" effect on the BAs. While its not that prominent in these models, If you were to look at the model closely, it does portray a nice lens glow upon inspection of the helmet. I also thought the yellow helmets turned out incredibly well too, as Ive had issues in the past getting a nice clean yellow color (as im sure we all have). The key is to use a Bronzed Flesh base, or simply be patient in painting many thin layers of yellow (using a yellow ink helps too).

Now, before I leave this post to continue my work on the wolves, a little note on the BAs turnout at the Nova Open. For anyone who was following the Nova, you will have notice that there was only 1 BA player to make it into the top eight tables... Come on folks, I want to see the BAs win a GT! I was disappointed to read Jawaballs is turning to the Grey Knights for his "competitive army". I will speak more on this later... As for me and my flip to the wolves, that was more of a hobby choice than a competitive one. After seeing how the battle damaged wolf test model turned out, I knew I had to keep going with it. I do however wish I had tried the same technique on the BAs with the black/silver/rust combo as said above, as it may have kept me with the BAs.

Lastly, I have finished up my second commission. This time it was for a pair of BA razorbacks, with another BA las predator being ordered as we speak. So I am open for business folks, and Im working to make a fair deal for anyone who is looking for some commission work. Let me know if your interested!

Edit:

The results of the Nova Open per DakkaDakka. BAs did better than GK and Wolves on average!

5 x Dark Angels (23-17) 57.5%
22 x Blood Angels (97-79) 55.1%
32 x Grey Knights (140-116) 54.7%
25 x Space Wolves (106-94) 53%
21 x Imperial Guard (88-80) 52.4%
14 x Dark Eldar (58-54) 51.8%
10 x Ork (39-41) 48.8%
4 x Witch Hunters (15-17) 46.9%
6 x Black Templars (26-30) 46.4%
3 x Necron (11-13) 45.8%
27 x Space Marines (96-120) 44.4%
6 x Eldar (21-27) 43.8%
10 x Tyranids (34-46) 42.5%
6 x Tau (18-30) 37.5%
6 x Chaos Space Marines (16-32) 33.3%
6 x Chaos Daemons (16-32) 33.3%