Monday, 2 August 2021

More Contrast experiments, and a general painting update

 Greetings all.

Well I still haven't made any changes to the blog like I said I would. I will at some point, but tbh at the moment I'm just keeping it limping along as a little diary of sorts. That said, I have been doing a whole load of painting. Since discovering Contrast paints, my output has increased significantly, and my stress levels around painting have dropped. It's just nice to be getting stuff done without it feeling like a massive grind.

First up, I finished off some mutants and Star Players for my Skaven team, meaning the team is finally finished! I also painted up a new Rat Ogre because the Jes Goodwin one is absolutely tiny, even by Oldhammer standards...

I also blasted through some Blightkings that have been sat around in their undercoat for far too long. I tried a zenithal prime with Contrast on these guys, but I actually think it's a bit too dark in places. Might try a grey/white combo next time.

I also painted an updated version of my character Garrick Hagar from our Spero Secundus campaign. This represents a "levelled up" version of him from later in the campaign, after he realised his full psychic potential (hence the staff). Compared to his earlier self, he's a big lad!

I managed to pick up some terrain on the cheap, so I quickly bashed out some rusty scrap piles that I think will fit nicely with the rest of my sci-fi terrain when I eventually get to it.

Lastly, I've had this random Snakeman sat around unloved for a long time, so I splashed a bit of paint on him too.

That's it for now; till next time!

Edit: I also laid out all of my Frostgrave Chaos stuff, and it turns out a accidentally have a massive Barbarian horde for Dragon Rampant and whatnot. Very cool. Gonna add a few bits and bobs to it when I get a mo I reckon.

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Saturated Rat: Skaven team complete!

 Greetings all,

Well I still haven't refreshed the blog like I said I would... I will at some point, but that point is not this point. I have however been painting a whole bunch of stuff! As I mentioned before, Contrast paints have been an absolute game-changer for me. This is mostly a psychological change really; I find painting a real grind at the best of times, and being able to just sit down and get something finished, or at least make some significant progress, completely changes the way I think about it.

I've also been playing about with a bit of Zenithal priming and pre-shading on a few things here and there, which is significant for me. Given that I find painting such a pain, it's been a long time since I tried out any new techniques, so it's been nice to do just that.

To take a little breather from my Skaven, I painted up this chap with a Zenithal prime/Contrast combo. This is the first version of Scyla Anfingrimm, who I had planned on using as a Flesh Hound/Gore Hound. He's been sitting unloved for literally years, so he seemed like the perfect candidate to try out something new on. Very pleased with how he came out, especially as he still matches the rest of my Flesh Hounds quite well.

After that, I cracked on with my Skaven again and here they are in all their glory:

Technically they're not *quite* complete, as there are a few more things I want to add (newer Rat Ogre, Star Players, and a few mutants). This is the main team done now though, and I've already managed to get a game in with them (terrible pics below).

I've also had a bash with the new Stargrave rules (more terrible pics below):

We've been playing Frostgrave for years, so the rules weren't too much to wrap our heads around. Still plenty to learn though, and I'm looking forward to putting together a crew of space cowboys.

That's all from me for now, but I'll try to keep up the painting and posting. Till next time.