Monday, May 1, 2017

BAM Shacka Lacka

I did it!  Officially the date on the pics is 4-26-17.  The unit was finished, and the challenge still on track.  I will admit that I did get an extra afternoon of paint time, being off from work.  I know, I know, I did use the time to get the squad done, but I also finished up the squad days early.  I tell myself I would have gotten the unit done anyway, but like I said in the last post, panic had set in.

Here are 2 of the guys close up.  The rock drill and  regular guy.  It took an extra layer to get the skin of this group to match the skin of the other group.  Not bad, that is the only blended color I use on the guys.  The rest of the colors are out of the pot, usually thinned with water (80/20) then blended up a shade (50/50).  When I am doing the Nids, the skin and carapace are both blended colors, so several steps include the color matching.

With the extra time I also got in a side project; The Magus and Crouchling.  Full disclosure: the Crouchling was actually a side project last month, when I was working on how to paint the "brains".  This is not the Magus from the Overwatch box, this is in fact an old school (2nd edition baby!) Magus. Thats right, way back in the day they had cult guard.  I like how the main features are still prominent in the model line.  Those who know me, know I like to use an old school model in all of my armies.  This is the one for the cult.

I recently got a new phone and have quite figured out the lighting to get decent pictures.  I went with the traditional red and bone for the Magus.  I didn't get any shots, but the bone armor on his back came out real nice.  The brains are hard to see on the crouchling as well, but I am happy with the way both models turned out.

With 8th edition of 40k on the horizon and big changes promised, I am tempted to "wait and see".  I have a company of marines, and 3 piles of bugs that need painted.  Who knows what will be viable/fun to play when 8th drops.   Rather than stop the paint challenge I am going to focus on grunts for the next couple of months.  I had wanted to paint up a character or 2, but, I think its a safer bet to stick to the grunts.  For painting cult I am going to work on the other contents to Overkill.  Worst case is I have painted models for that game. No matter what changes in 8th, I am pretty sure I will always need guants and acolytes.  My fingers are crossed the cult keep most of the same mechanics.  I really like there ability to move around the board and would love to play them into the next edition.  It would also be a kick in the wallet to have bought all of them and only play them for 6 months, wouldn't be the first time GW got me like that.  I guess they can always go on the shelf.  It only took 5 editions to play cult guard again, they can wait...

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Woah, its been 30 days...

Man how time flies.  It new I had not posted earlier this month, but forgot the last post was middle of last month.  Well my initial prediction was correct.  At that point I didn't get much farther on the second squad.  In fact it was just yesterday I looked at work table and realized I hadn't painted since before my work trip.  The "oops" moment was then realizing I got back over a week ago.  Looking at the bench panic set in at this point.  Having now only a couple weeks to finish the unit.

So where is were there were on Friday.  This is basically the pre-wash  stage.  Some of the minor details like pouches and rags are not done.  I got all the base layers on, then washed them.

  This is where they currently are.  The pants and details need several layers of highlights yet.  The skin also has another layer to go.  2 weeks to go in the month, I say its 50/50 at this point to stay on the challenge.  The blue part of the skin is done, that is one of the longer segments, but I still have the purple skin to go up 2 more layers and the minor stuff to do. I am really excited to see the squad as a painted 10 man, then the full 15 man. /fingerscrossed

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

First round hybrids

A couple days ago I completed the first 5 Acolytes.  The last couple highlight layers went faster than I expected.  I am happy the way flesh tones all turned out.  I really like the "classic" genestealer colors.  Here they are

Overall enjoy the look of the unit.  I can't wait to see the whole 15 man unit.

The yellow cabling helps pull the green out of the carapace and differentiate blue skin tone.  

At this point I am not sure if I can get another 5 knocked out this month.  I have work travel this month and will only have 2 weeks.  I have doubts working with the large color palette that I will get them complete.   

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Well how far did they get...

The genesteelers went really fast.  I debated on taking a week off to increase the gaming time, but I wanted to start painting up the GSC Acolyte hybrids. Since this was the first time I was painting codex color genesteelers, I got started right away.  In the end I am glad I did, I repainted the genesteeler carapace 3 times before I got the effect I was looking for.  It also showed that the Kraken color pallet was very quick to paint.  The Acolytes have a much larger pallet, about 3 times as many colors are being used.  The paint time for the unit is much longer with the Acolytes.

The major colors are all on and have the first layer of highlight.  The arm carapace is done, I like the outcome of this version.  I am thinking the flares/grenades will be red with yellow highlights.  It should bring "pop" points to the model.  I am also going with the overall Hivecult color scheme from the GSC codex.  Since I have over 30 to paint.  I am thinking 15 with this skin tones, then do another 15 with the Hive fleet Kraken colors.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Who is this? Whats your operating number?

Well its here, the mid point of the month.  This is the part where I report the models are about half done.  

BAM! Done!  That's right, its not a trick the next 5 man is done. I hit the same hurdle, that first layer of skin highlights.  When I got to that point, I did about 1.5 guys in a sitting.  Same for the second layer of highlights.  Had a couple good nights behind the brush and knocked this group out.  Below is a mix of the 5 completed guys and 2 from the first group.  Hopefully you cant tell which is which.

close ups of 2 recent guys

Up next I think I am going to switch gears.  Even though there are 5 guys left in unit to bring it to 15 man.  I think I am going to start some of the GSC hybrids.  I have 15 - 30 to paint up, depending on which list I play.  I think I am going to go with the Cult of the hivemind colors.  The red should pull the nids and cult together as an army.