Friday 31 December 2021

Yet another mixed update

 Greetings all, 

I keep saying I'll refresh this blog and then never do, but I'm definitely not ready to let it die just yet. I'll make this a fairly quick post just to bring it all up to date again and then consider what to do next. 

As per usual I haven't been showing anything off or writing about it, but I have been painting a decent amount, and even playing a few games.

I'll go through it in reverse order, because there actually is a good amount to get through, thanks to my new best buddy "Contrast paints".

First up, I finished something that's been sat in its undercoat for literally seven years, and that's this daemonic "aegis defence line". It's been so long that I can't even remember where I got it from, but it's very cool. I painted it up to match my chaos bastion from years back. They're both in Word Bearer friendly colours because I had always planned a little Word Bearers army, but that never really got off the ground. Dark red is generic enough to fit with most evil factions though.

Next up I painted a Lord of Plagues that I've also had sitting around for a while. His shoulder spikes were damaged so I repaired those and slapped some contrast all over him till he looked good. Unfortunately I really like how he turned out (and his Blightking friends from before) so I'll probably have to paint some more of them.

I also added a couple more players to my Chaos Renegades team (which is more or less finished now).

In between all the proper painting I rebased some RT minis, which I think really improved their look.

I also added some 3rd edition (best edition) Blood Bowl Skaven Blitzers/Stormvermin to my team. These guys are a bit beefier looking than the 2nd edition ones.

Finally I used my best friend Contrast to fairly quickly paint up a Death Guard Kill Team. I've been meaning to get into KT for ages now, and the new edition seemed like the perfect time. I have an absolute mountain of DG minis that I'll probably get to as and when I feel like it. They're perfect for Contrast and they look great when they're done. The only thing holding me back is that I don't have much of a desire to play 40k these days!

And that brings it all up to date. I've currently got a few odd bits and bobs on the table, as well as a Nurgle Blood Bowl team that I got for my birthday, and I'm trying to get it painted rather than let it sit idle for years! I think next time I'll do the usual retrospective post, with a bit of a forward look to my 2022 plans.

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.