Monday, 9 January 2012

I'm back for more, Here to set a worse example..

Honestly the title is just because im listening to hollywood undead whilst i type this and i couldn't think of anything else to call it.. But as a bonus i do have those pictures i was threatening this blog with a while ago.. more alclad wonders for y'all.

Now it may not look like a huge difference, but thats kindve the point.. theyre still meant to look like my other marines, its just a whole crap tonne easier to produce in a short period of time that it was to do them the other way.. plus theyre shinier and stuff. (you cant really tell in the pics.. they look badass irl though, ill show sorrowshard next week and make him attest to how shiny they are)

Now this pic is a comparison for you.. new vs old.. i prefer the new ones, because the old ones caused me psychological pain, and tbh.. outside of that 1 tac squad ive been showing a fair amount.. generally arent very good (didnt strip them properly so obscured details etc... currently sitting in brake fluid waiting for the alclad happy funtime treatment)

oh and just because its worth noting.. my camera is a panasonic g3 compact slr...running on manual focus on 1/25s shutter speed and 16f for the aperture.. in iso800 with a daylight bulb and flash in a lightbox with a 2 second timer on the camera..

I highly recommend it. =P

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Fire Angels: How doing a fully metallic army breaks your spirit and how alclad saved me from alcoholism

The title is a little dramatic, but to be honest i found myself eagerly painting up wolves and looking at my templars thinking "i could paint you up all nice and shiny like" because the silver dudes with their silver ways only ever seemed to evoke a "meh" from passers by and my efforts to paint them were getting lazier and lazier at the expense of quality.

So with a new job.. less dedicated hobby time and a knowledge that the current marine dex is either mediocre or boring (and sometimes both) i was finding my hobby time to be directed at other stuff.. Now seeing as i have a whole bloody companies worth of marines waiting for the Fire Angel treatment this was a really bad position to be in, but the effort the painting took (prime, spray, zenith spray, gloss, wash, gloss.. for just the silver with no highlights) wasn't worth the end result after id slacked off..

Now i've spoken briefly about Mark Bedford and his Astral Claws.. for the few of you who dont recognise the name hes one of the head honchos at forgeworld.. I asked him how he'd painted them after getting vague answers from the fw web team at gamesday and sat on the recipe for a fair while waiting for a time when i A: had all the stuff i needed to try it and B: felt the need to do some fire angel stuff.

now this wall of text may seem like over indulgence but im just painting a picture of where im coming from..

in my search for the best method to obtain the results i wanted for the silver armour of my dudes ive explored damn near everything.. every combo of gw paints, the vmc metallics, revells aquacolour metallics, the vma metals, oil washes, every type of varnish and their effects on metallic paints and in the end i found out that i should have just bloody well listened to Mr Bedford.. stupid ass guy who does it for a living!

so i bought me some "dark aluminium" alclad because dark makes it sound cooler and because my dudes were ment to be all aluminium looking according to my brain.. I also got me some Rubb n Buff which sounds more sexual than id like.. especially when you're asking some old dear in an art shop.

So the experimenting went as such... gloss black primer, alclad, wash, drybrush with sexualised metal crap... look at results and go "Ah fuck.. i'm gonna need to order more of this stuff"

ill be uploading some more pictures of stuff thats been sprayed with the liquid miracle that is alclad soon.. but for now i need to go shopping.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

alclad 2: the revenge

rightio.. i said id post a pic of my messing about with alclad.. so here it is.

This is alclad dark aluminium with a quick dirty black wash (with added klear) then a quick run over with some silver rub n buff (ie based entirely on mark bedfords astral claw paint scheme) due to the nature of the alclad it means a whole lot less pissing about with metallics, is an incredibly fine layer of paint.

the legs look a little too drybrushed for my liking atm.. but that will be sorted out with some weathering etc.. overall im very impressed and need to buy more (and more gloss black primer too)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

back to the primative

only because back to the shiny doesnt sound good.. and its from an era from "days gone by"

yeah shut up.

This is khiros pretending to be an ironclad.. hence the massive hammer (its siesmic dont you know!) its also a bit self indulgent as ive not reduced the size of the image to see if uploading here is better than photobucket (who auto resize my stuff.. grrr!!!)

okay so this also reduces image size apparently.. god i hate the internet sometimes.. heres a 1:1 of part of the pic of khiros just for examples sake then.