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silverstu
08-05-2008, 10:39
Hi all, well in an effort to get more out the hobby by putting more in I'm giving this log thing a go. My main interests are dwarfs, 'nids, eldar and possibly VC/dark elves oh and I expect Jes' dark eldar when they come out. I also have a few armies mothballed- classic high elves, blood angels and some other classic mini's. basically I'll be trying to get painted armies together-no Golden demon entries for me!
Here is the work desk pic-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/Deskshot.jpg~original

some sample work-
nids
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/nidwarriors1.jpg~original

eldar-
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/direavenger.jpg~original

and of course my TOP dwarfs-
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/thunderers2.jpg~original

silverstu
08-05-2008, 10:49
As you can see I still need to get the hang of this posting pics thing. My main focus will be finishing my TOP dwarf army, deciding on my next TOP army-either the VC or darkelves- I'll probably do testers for both. Also I want to get one of my 40k armies painted up to decent standard- probably nids first as I find them quicker to paint and I have a good proportiion done already[although I am an eldar tart at heart!].
Currently working on-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/maywip.jpg~original

lurking in the background-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/avatarwip.jpg~original

Coments/suggestions and abuse[Hello Arhalien:D] welcome.

Gazak Blacktoof
08-05-2008, 14:45
Really like the dwarfs (I saw them on the TOFP log this morning) the scheme is really great, the muted palette helps the beards and faces stand out. The tyranids are pretty cool too but the dire avenger looks a bit grubby and needs his gems doing.

Your dwarfs remind me of the little blond piper dwarf from 4th edition that I've got sitting on my shelf, made me smile.

silverstu
09-05-2008, 10:30
Ta Gazak- yeah the eldar are probably the army I find the hardest to paint- shame really as they are one of my largest and most played army. That avenger was me trying to get into painting them- he's far from finished but i think i'll concentrate on the nids and dwarfs until my painting skills perk up a bit. I'm glad you like the dwarfs- I always feel the priority in painting dwarfs is armour-beards-flesh anything else is a bonus.I do hope to get get bak and finish the thunderers- most of the cloth is just flat colours and a wash and I'd like to do them justice as they are great mini's and I loved painting them.
Here are a few more flavour shots-
Rangers- which I feel in terms of my eldar are getting there-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/rangers.jpg~original

my nid drawer-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/niddrawer.jpg~original]

nidhorde- some of the little fellas-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/nidhorde1.jpg~original

and some dev gaunts-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/devgaunts1.jpg~original

apologies for the bad pics- the light was pretty bad and I had to fix the contrast in photoshop- but hopefully gives a bit of an idea of how my stuff is coming together.

Arhalien
09-05-2008, 14:53
Nice looking stuff Stu; it's good to see that you paint something other than the thrice accursed Stunties :p
I'm impressed by those nids; the carapace is very well done and constrasts nicely with the blue.

silverstu
09-05-2008, 18:59
Thanks Arhalien- witht the nids the body is a series of dry brushed highlights- quick as and then I try and take a bit of time on the carapace so it's nice you noticed! And the plan is to show a bit more variety than just dwarfs- I'll have to do something new for the next TOP anyway!

Harry
09-05-2008, 20:49
Stu ... you have a PLOG! :eek: What fun.

I didn't know you did 40K stuff aswell. Your 'Nids are great. Nice scheme.

Best of luck with this. I hope it helps you get stuff painted as much as mine helped me. :D

silverstu
09-05-2008, 20:56
Stu ... you have a PLOG! :eek: What fun.

I didn't know you did 40K stuff aswell. Your 'Nids are great. Nice scheme.

Best of luck with this. I hope it helps you get stuff painted as much as mine helped me. :D

Thanks mate- well i had been threatening to do this and it is largely down to being inspired your good self, Arhalien and many others[especially the TOP boys]. I feel like it's been good move- a bit of focus for my painting.
Hopefully keep you entertained with my efforts.

75hastings69
09-05-2008, 21:46
Good going Stu, I really like the Eldar rangers in particular. Maybe when we both have armies painted up we can get a game in on my 40k table (when it's finished!) or my WFB table (on which I have only suffered one (admittedly rather heavy) defeat!!)?

Keep up the good work.

silverstu
09-05-2008, 23:55
Good going Stu, I really like the Eldar rangers in particular. Maybe when we both have armies painted up we can get a game in on my 40k table (when it's finished!) or my WFB table (on which I have only suffered one (admittedly rather heavy) defeat!!)?

Keep up the good work.

Cheers- and you're on- i haven't played in ages myself so I'll be easy pickings[my playing isn't much better than my painting!:p].
I'd better get cracking on the painting so we get the game this year.....:D

silverstu
11-05-2008, 16:46
Quick update in an effort to give this a bit of momentum-
done a bit more on the TOP dwarf unit- 25 of the little buggers and doing them all at once is a tad dull but I've drybrushed the armour, flat colour on flesh and tabards and started on the gloves here and there but really next stage is beards.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/maywip2.jpg~original

Did a bit on the champion because he was annoying me- still a bit to do but at least he is looking tidier-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/maychampwip.jpg~original

started some more dev gaunts- they need a couple more highlights on the flesh and then I'll more on to the carapace. Generally I like to work in batches of 3 hence why the dwarf unit is killing me at the minute.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/wipdevgaunts.jpg~original

Strangers have arrived on the shores...

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/corsairs.jpg~original

Basically I'm thinking of doing darkelves for the next TOP, I really like this champion so I bought them to see if I can enjoy painting them and find a suitable scheme. Thinking pale and dark- I hate purple so no purple- might use the nids scheme but reversed..
wait and see.
any thoughts appreciated.

Kasrkin 666
11-05-2008, 17:34
Can't wait to see the DE's painted. Your 'Nids look awesome. Great bone color. May I know how you achived it?:p And your Eldar are awesome too.

-Sunny

Death Korp
11-05-2008, 18:22
I like the Dwarves and Eldar, they're sweet :)

DK

silverstu
12-05-2008, 08:35
Thanks Death Korp- glad you like them.


Can't wait to see the DE's painted. Your 'Nids look awesome. Great bone color. May I know how you achived it?:p And your Eldar are awesome too.

-Sunny

Cheers Sunny- just trying my best and enjoying getting in to painting again. The carapace is bleached bone with a dark ink wash and then blended up to white -lots of thin layers. After he brown wash you mix in a little of the brown into the bone- gives a brown/grey tone- then you just add more bone until it is just bone and then start adding in white. The important thing is too keep the paint thin- something I occasionally forget and end up with heavy paintlines. Thats probably not very clear but I'll take pics when i do the carapace on the gaunts and show some of the stages if you like.
Thanks for the interest.
Stu

Gazak Blacktoof
12-05-2008, 22:07
Ah those rangers are much better than the dire avenger IMHO the devourer armed gaunts are also lovely.

I hate block painting groups that large too, a few models work much better for me. Supposedly its faster to batch paint in big numbers but it only works if you can stomach painting the same colour for a couple of hours at a time.

That's a corsair champion witht the axe then? I've got my eye on that guy for a prospective hero or lord model but I'm not sure where it comes from.

I'll be interested to see where you go with the dark elf colour scheme as I'm about to embark on my own army too. Should get some test warriors done this week (no idea on a scheme yet).

silverstu
12-05-2008, 22:44
Cheers Gazak- yeah it's the alternative corsairs champion- I really like the model too-plan on using him as a hero model- great minds think alike! By the way i'd try and get him now if i where you- they are boxing everything now and I went into GW on friday there where very few blisters left[easiest way to get him i think]. Of course I've started him first which was a bit of a mistake- should have practiced on the others first but I'll post pics at the end of the week to show you how I've got on.

Gazak Blacktoof
13-05-2008, 00:02
I was thinking of getting one this week so hopefully they'll have one at my store. Its not a big issue if I can't find one as I'm sure the plastics will be great but its certainly the best of the current batch of corsairs.

Axes seem like a much better weapon for a ship's boarding party to me so when the plastics are released I might convert a few models or an entire unit with them.

silverstu
13-05-2008, 09:41
yeah i've always had a thing for elves with axes[it's probably that i'm a dwarf at heart!]- jes' elves used to have the odd axe on them- I have a really nice wood elf champ with one- might turn him dark.. or save him for a tree hugger army. I just got those corsairs for that model- I fully intend to wait for the new ones myself. Interesting idea to convert a few- break out the plasticard I guess- we'll have to swap tips on that one.

OnnO
13-05-2008, 11:28
Nice work on them Nids!

Could you give a rundown of how you paint them?

Czechsensation
14-05-2008, 06:33
Looking forward to seeing those Dark Elves start to take shape... :) You'll find those corsairs are very much fun to paint, so detailed and yet so uncomplicated at the same time...

the corsair with the Axe is my favourite in the entire range, has a ton of character and served a noble on foot in many a battle... that is before foot nobles became near extinct (but hey, Blood Armour, Seal of Ghrond, and a GW get's you a great little general in < 2K games)

Oh, and those nids are great!

Neknoh
14-05-2008, 08:58
Looking good, like the bone colour on your nids. Any chance for a tutorial on that? I also like the natural colours on your dwarf, makes him appear more... real

And I share your sentiment on the axe elf champion, I can really imagine those three standing on the shore, the body of a fisherman behind them and the dark ship being unloaded behind the body as the champion draws in the salted breeze, "Fresh lands my friend, fresh lands"
. . .
. . .
Damnit, now I have to start a DE army AGAIN! I've got enough work already!

mrtn
14-05-2008, 16:46
You have some nice stuff here, looking forward to seeing those old dwarves completed.
:)

silverstu
15-05-2008, 08:54
Nice work on them Nids!

Could you give a rundown of how you paint them?

Thanks- I'll post a little tutorial on sunday night/monday morning with a bit of luck.


Looking forward to seeing those Dark Elves start to take shape... :) You'll find those corsairs are very much fun to paint, so detailed and yet so uncomplicated at the same time...

the corsair with the Axe is my favourite in the entire range, has a ton of character and served a noble on foot in many a battle... that is before foot nobles became near extinct (but hey, Blood Armour, Seal of Ghrond, and a GW get's you a great little general in < 2K games)

Oh, and those nids are great!

really liking these corsair models- although the new plastic ones look amazing- the champion is definitely up for a hero slot in my army- hopefully will at least get him finished this weekend- it's been a while since I tackled elves and they are more demanding than my dwarfs...
Glad you like the nids too.


Looking good, like the bone colour on your nids. Any chance for a tutorial on that? I also like the natural colours on your dwarf, makes him appear more... real

And I share your sentiment on the axe elf champion, I can really imagine those three standing on the shore, the body of a fisherman behind them and the dark ship being unloaded behind the body as the champion draws in the salted breeze, "Fresh lands my friend, fresh lands"
. . .
. . .
Damnit, now I have to start a DE army AGAIN! I've got enough work already!

yeah the darkelves are looking very tempting- especially that new plastic corsair kit although these metals are great too. I had been going to give VC a go but evidently I'm easily distracted!
I'll try for a tutorial on the nids for sunday[only time I'll get painting I think!].
Thanks for the comments


You have some nice stuff here, looking forward to seeing those old dwarves completed.
:)

Cheers mate, hopefully more dwarf action later in the week- I also have an old bolt thrower to do and some classic imperial dwarf crossbows as well- great models.


Expect pics sunday/monday, thanks for everyones comments/interest and hey I've made it to page 2!!!:D

silverstu
18-05-2008, 21:43
hmm, not the best week- busier than i thought, been a bit ill and not happy with how well my attempt at darkelves went. But hey, why not post some bad pics anyway...:p.

Here he is- corsair champion- I like the scheme I'm just disappointed with my application of it- still it got to the point that I could either keep going over it or try and get the wee fella finished. I'm not happy with the black, the severed head and a few other bits, but I suppose for a first attempt it's not too rough. Snow base as usual but I painted this one grey to keep the whole dark light thing going. It's basically the same scheme as my nids.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/corsairchmp3.jpg~original

slightly different angle-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/corsairchmp2.jpg~original

I'll try and get the nids done in the next day or so to show the carapace progression. Hopefully i'll get a bunch of painting done on tuesday.
Thanks for looking,
Stu.

Arhalien
18-05-2008, 21:49
I have no idea what you see wrong in that Stu; I think it looks great; really good scheme and very well applied :)

silverstu
18-05-2008, 21:52
I think I'm just a bit jammy with the photos.. but thanks mate.

Slaaaaaanesh
18-05-2008, 22:15
The corsair champion looks great, all the little details like the cloak and war paint are excellent. Maybe the weapon handle could do with being a darker colour, and possible some blood on the axe.

G.Hawke
18-05-2008, 22:22
nice work silver! the corsair looks fantastic!

hawke

The boyz
19-05-2008, 09:06
That Corsair chap, looks fine to me Silverstu. I like him, particularly the colour scheme and the paint job on the Sea Dragon cloak and the flesh areas.

silverstu
19-05-2008, 09:21
The corsair champion looks great, all the little details like the cloak and war paint are excellent. Maybe the weapon handle could do with being a darker colour, and possible some blood on the axe.

Thanks- yeah I think some blood on the axe is pretty much required- unless he cleaned it off on the body..:D


nice work silver! the corsair looks fantastic!

hawke
Thanks mate- very good of you to comment.



That Corsair chap, looks fine to me Silverstu. I like him, particularly the colour scheme and the paint job on the Sea Dragon cloak and the flesh areas.

Thanks- I think it is just when you have a battle with a model[i had to redo loads of areas] all you end up is seeing where it didn't quite work.

So the colour scheme works then? Looks suitably dark elven despite the lack of purple?

i'll get some more pics up in the next day or so of nids, maybe another corsair and I'd better get on with those dwarfs..getting beard withdrawal!

Thanks again everyone for the comments- very much appreciated.
Stu

Gazak Blacktoof
19-05-2008, 09:56
Yeah I like it, the contrasting warpaint is a nice little addition too.

I'm trying to be critical to give you some useful feedback but I can't see anything wrong with it at all. Fingers crossed mine come out half as good, its been a while since I painted anything but necrons.

Good job Stu.

Harry
19-05-2008, 20:32
Flippin' heck Stu. That guy is fantastic. The cloak is the absolute nuts.

Have you got lots of Dark Elves planned?

silverstu
19-05-2008, 22:21
Yeah I like it, the contrasting warpaint is a nice little addition too.

I'm trying to be critical to give you some useful feedback but I can't see anything wrong with it at all. Fingers crossed mine come out half as good, its been a while since I painted anything but necrons.

Good job Stu.

Cheers mate- to be honest it was a fair bit of work- I'm used to painting dwarfs. Of course the big question is can I roll this out accross an entire army?


Flippin' heck Stu. That guy is fantastic. The cloak is the absolute nuts.

Have you got lots of Dark Elves planned?

You say the sweetest things:o
The cloak is a little rougher in real life though..

The plan is to try out a few more dark elves- maybe some witch elves and then perhaps a new army for TOP2.:angel:

Kasrkin 666
20-05-2008, 01:21
Badass Champion!

-Sunny

Czechsensation
20-05-2008, 15:40
I love the corsair... particularly the tattoo/marking over the eyes... I might have to 'borrow' that idea to spice up some of my own DE. That is, of course, if you don't mind...

An entire army like that would be fantastic and I support you joining the Druchii as we prepare to launch a massive invasion of Ulthuan on July 19th.

Death Korp
20-05-2008, 15:45
I like the Dark Elf guy, especially the scale cloak. That looks pretty cool :)

DK

silverstu
23-05-2008, 12:06
Badass Champion!

-Sunny
Cheers mate.


I love the corsair... particularly the tattoo/marking over the eyes... I might have to 'borrow' that idea to spice up some of my own DE. That is, of course, if you don't mind...

An entire army like that would be fantastic and I support you joining the Druchii as we prepare to launch a massive invasion of Ulthuan on July 19th.

glad you like him- will have to wait and see if i can sustain this accross a whole army. Feel free to nick the warpaint I use it in my eldar too.


I like the Dark Elf guy, especially the scale cloak. That looks pretty cool

DK

Thanks mate

Quick update- tester for a witch elf- still to be finished. The flesh tones were the hardest thing and what I really wanted to see if I could to do it. It's a bit messy but i like the effect- hopefully if i continue with the army I'll get tidier.-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/witch.jpg~original

She needs war paint possibly, still haven't got the hang of highlighting black and doing the hair.
With the champ-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/Darkelves1.jpg~original

Current state of my desk-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/deskchaos.jpg~original

And I really have to get stuck into these guys- have to be done for the end of the month.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/Dwarriorswip.jpg~original

Flat colours on beards- hopefully I'll move these on this week end and get round to doing the carapace on the nids.
Comments and suggestions welcome,
thanks for looking,
Stu.

silverstu
08-06-2008, 21:11
Hmmm- the witchelf seems to have been under whelming- ho-hum.

Well got my ToP dwarfs finished[ish] as usual. No shields and definately could have done better.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/dwarriors.jpg~original

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/dwarriors1.jpg~original

Army-
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/mayarmy1.jpg~original

No other updates yet- I have started work on the witch standard bearer I am also painting a few zombies and some graveguard. VC are now a possible army for the next TOP as I have about half an army and a good idea for some fluff, plus I seemed to be seeing alot of cool VC plogs about. The darkelves- I love painting, I could do with seeing more of the new stuff and I'm a bit worried about spending that much money on a new army..but they are really cool minis. I am waiting on the AoW sorceress, I may go and get some executioners[brilliant models..] Depends on wether I can get into painting VC[I hate zombies].
I'll post pics soon,
Thanks for looking.
Stu.

This post was brought to whilst listening to Elbow- the Seldom Seen Kid.

Gazak Blacktoof
08-06-2008, 22:09
Well I liked the witch elf and I thought I'd replied (but apparently not :angel:).

Anyway I still like the scheme and I think it'll look good rolled out across an entire army. As you mentioned the hair could do with a slightly better highlight, it probably needs something a bit more severe. I think an escher gang style white streak in the hair would look pretty cool too.

Aside from that the blade is the only other area that lets the model down (it looks a bit streaky) though it might look different in real life.

I have to say the dwarf army looks really cohesive and you should be very proud of the end result.

When is the tale of fantasy painters starting up again? I want in.

silverstu
08-06-2008, 22:28
A-ha feedback!!! Cheers Gazak, yeah the hair needs more- your mentioning of escher gangers gives me a few ideas..I'll work on the blade and the armour and get it up soon.
As for the next ToP- this is the last month of the current one so the next one starts in July-post your first finished pics at the start of Aug. You've signed up right? I'll see about PM'ing all those who have signed up to remind them when it starts.
Thanks again for the feedback- Dark elves make a nice change from dwarfs and I think I'd really have to improve my painting to do an army- nice challenge.

Gazak Blacktoof
08-06-2008, 23:17
I've just put my name down in the thread to do dark elves (I expect that'll be a popular choice). I didn't know the thread was up so thanks for that!

I see you're down as undecided in the TOFP list. Is that chaos undecided or just a general comment?

Looking at the list on the first page if only half of the painters make it to the last month that's going to be a lot of pretty armies come july next year.

silverstu
09-06-2008, 07:47
Nope -it's either darkelves or VC- if I had the time and money i would do both- VC have the edge as I have half an army lying around- less expense. The idea of blowing 150 to get a good start on darkelves is a bit of a worry- might get away with collecting them a bit at a time. At the moment painting wise the darkelves testers are much better then the vc- pics soon.

mrtn
09-06-2008, 12:01
I like both the witch elf and the dwarves, but I think you'd benefit from some picture correction software, they're quite dark. Photoshop is very good for this, if you can get hold of a copy. Obviously this is easier if you don't have any scruples. :p

silverstu
09-06-2008, 19:15
Yeah I have photoshop but i don't try to manipulate the images very much- I want to give an honest view of the painting[ish]. Plus sometimes I rush the images and don't alter them- bit of a lazy git! I'll post the latest DE work soon and then it will be cramming to get the dwarfs finished for ToP- 400pts!!

DarkMark
10-06-2008, 10:24
Some good looking stuff you're doing. Your metallics need a little work, and the 'black hair' problem. The first thing I think of when I see black hair highlighted with grey is senior citizen. Try using dark brown or a similar colour instead to highlight, your army won't look so dad's army then hopefully.

mrtn
11-06-2008, 10:05
Yeah I have photoshop but i don't try to manipulate the images very much- I want to give an honest view of the painting[ish]. Plus sometimes I rush the images and don't alter them- bit of a lazy git! I'll post the latest DE work soon and then it will be cramming to get the dwarfs finished for ToP- 400pts!!
I always open my pics in Photoshop and use the Image\Adjustments\Auto Levels tool. This usually makes the pic look more like reality. If it does I'll save it that way. It takes all of three seconds per pic.

silverstu
07-07-2008, 10:39
Ok time to resurrect this sucker[apt terms considering the change in direction in terms of the ToP thread]

Ok- lots of bad pics- apologies- bit of a rush at the mo and trying to kick some life back into this thing.
First off- dwarfs from current ToP thread-

BsB-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/dwarfbsb1.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/dwarfbsb.jpg

2nd Bolt thrower-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/2ndboltthrower.jpg

Organ gun-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/organgun.jpg


The light was crap when i took these- of course it is brightening up now...these were done in a rush to complete the current ToP thread- I can and will do better. Things have been a bit hectic- lost my weekends to weddings, MOT, a friends visit, playing with the cats and bad blind dates[DON"T ask].. and then trying to catch up with my work... arghhhhhhh!
Thanks for any interest/comments and thoughts it's been appreciated.

silverstu
07-07-2008, 10:47
More Dwarfs-

bolt thrower crew- great models- painted by a cretin and in bad light- still they are done after countless years of languishing in a box-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/throwercrew.jpg

WIP hammerers to finsh my ToP army-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/hammererswip.jpg

Tried filler with snow for a heavy snow base- I like it- need to develop this a bit-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/fillersnow.jpg

Right BIG news- the DE have been shelved- basically I have alot of VC stuff needing painting and as tasty as the DE are I couldn't justify spending loads of money on a new army. I have other commitments which I need to prioritize - so I'll spend a bit of money to complete the VC and save them from crying alone and unloved in their boxes.
Here is the VC vs DE evidence-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/vampsvDE.jpg

the pile of stuff on the felt is VC the small box on the right is DE- VC win through numbers..

Gazak Blacktoof
07-07-2008, 10:53
The latest batch of dwarfs are great. Are you all done with them now?

A pity you wont be doing more dark elves I really like the models you've done so far.

silverstu
07-07-2008, 10:58
So I now just have to figure out how to paint them up to a decent standard....
Going for a washed out look- pale fabrics and rusted armour on winter bases- thinking very cold theme- as if they bring the winter with them..
Going over a white base coat to make the most of the washes.
Here are some work in progress pics- 1st off a zombie- plan is a simple scheme cos I just want to blast out loads of them and spend my time on other models.
Here is BOB the zombie-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/bobzombie1.jpg

Here is a WIP skellie- wash of sepia over white- needs more but it's a start and I like it. The new skellies are ACE- great kit- I want a lot of them- will probably mix in the bits with my old plastic skellies[skeleton army and horde era]

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/skelliewip.jpg

Grave guard- LOVE this kit- really want to do them justice- pics don't do justice to the cloth shading- still needs work but getting there. Think the rust is working on the back.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/graveguardwip.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/graveguardbackwip.jpg

Want to do really good bases with these guys. Still need to develop them, sorry for the bad pics and pad paintjobs but just thought I'd better post something...And of course the sun is splitting the clouds now.. raining when i took the pics.

Right better get to work before I bankrupt myself...
Thanks for looking.
Stu.

silverstu
07-07-2008, 11:04
The latest batch of dwarfs are great. Are you all done with them now?

A pity you wont be doing more dark elves I really like the models you've done so far.

Nearly done with dwarfs for now- I could do another 2000 points- which I will do at some point - bring them up to grand army levels. Yeah it is a bit of a shame I can't do DE at the moment- really enjoyed painting them. But I just had to be somewhat sensible- I have 100 worth of VC lying around. The challenge is to paint them to similar standard as the DE- have a fair bit to go though as the WIP pics show...:p
Looking forward to seeing your stuff on the ToP[you're in right?].
REALLY have to get to work.....
thanks for looking- hope the VC will entice you in the future[when I get the hang of them] oh and I'm sure some DE will appear at some point- they have inspired me to have a crack at some of my eldar..
Stu out.

mrtn
07-07-2008, 11:43
I have that old bolt thrower, it's a great model, nice to see it surface after 15 (20?) years. :)

Gazak Blacktoof
07-07-2008, 16:12
Yep, I'm doing dark elves. Going to start slapping paint on properly tomorrow if I can pull my finger out and finish off the last 2 dark rider conversions for this batch of modelling.

I'm still having problems creating a scheme for the dark elf warriors that I like.

Good luck on the vamps. I think the issue with the cloth currently is that the washes go on a bit thick over a bright white and you get hard edges to the colours. If you use thinner coats or break the surface tension of the wash with a flow improver (I think some people use detergents too) then you'll get a more subtle blending effect. I think that's what is happening with the inks/ washes on the flat armour as well, my necrons went the same way.

Death Korp
07-07-2008, 18:17
Really nice stuff here, especially the Grave Guards. Nice work, keep it up :)

DK

silverstu
07-07-2008, 19:55
Cheers mrtn- yeah I love that model- that's what makes the army for me -having older models in it too. Think I'll try and get a few more bits and bobs too. I have a load of old stuff to be stripped for the next block of dwarfs- hopefully get round to doing them sometime soon.
Death Korp - thanks for the support- hopefully the vc will improve as I spend abit more time on them.
Gazak- interesting point on the flow improver..heres a pic of the grave guard from the side with no photoshopping maybe shows it a bit better cos it isn't too bad in fleshl[bones/shroud- what's the appropiate term for a wight?]. Still I like the sound of the flow improver- thanks for the tip.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/graveguardside.jpg

Any better? Still haven't got to grips properly with the VC as i have had to get back to finishing the dwarfs Hopefully when these models are finished they will look abit better.

Oh and as is tradition the pet shot-
Tink-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/stuff/tink.jpg

Angie-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/stuff/angie.jpg

Terrors of the tabletop and the source of hairs in my paint!!

silverstu
14-07-2008, 11:54
Right- I've finished the ToP!!! Here are the hammerers-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/hams2.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/hams1.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/hams.jpg

I could have spent a bit more time on them- buffing them up but I was losiing the will to live so they will have to do for now..

silverstu
14-07-2008, 11:59
Here is the army in all it's glory...

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/lastarmy.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/lastarmy4.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/lastarmy2.jpg

That's the dwarfs done for now- there will be more- they are my grand army and I have loads of other models I'd like to add to this army. Some need stripped etc- there is the rest of the hammerers, rangers and miners. I have slayers, cannons, flame cannons, quarrellers,, an anvil and I need to add more warriors, Ironbreakers and another unit of longbeards. But I think that can all wait...

NEXT!!!

silverstu
14-07-2008, 12:05
Next up- well I have to get a 40k army- although eldar are my main army- they are a b$tch to paint and I have made a pretty good start on my nids so i'll get a few of them done I think.
Here are a few I'm working on -
The rav needs a few more highlights, some detailing and a bit more basing-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/rav1.jpg

after a little more work-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/ravwip1.jpg
still a bit to do- plus he is going to need mates- otherwise first dhots of the game will be taking him down[the old -newly painted model gaming syndrome..]

This guy is also on the go- going to start his carapace soon-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/warseer/zoanwip.jpg

Also have batches of gaunts and stealers to do and some more warriors- but these are good place to start.

silverstu
14-07-2008, 12:14
And of course working on my prep for the next Tale..

I have been adding stuff to old skellies to bring them closer to the standard of the new ones so i can use them to fill out units. I have been doing two things- adding alittle greenstuff- torn fabric for now, and adding some of the new plastics.-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/oldskellie.jpg
This guy was rebased and I had a go adding fabric- basically I plan on doing a bit of converting- I want to fill out the skellie steeds I have with torn fabric and bit's of mail and armour to add the new plastic graveguard to. But that is way in the future..

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/reworkskel1.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/reworkskel.jpg

This one had lost his head and arm so I added some of the new skellie bits and greenstuffed some cloth.

moe plans to come but that is where I am so far. I've yet to get my testers to satisfactory state- but now the dwarfs are done I should be able to focus on them more.
I have some fiction fluff in mind for this army so i'll post that some time too.

thanks for looking,
Stu.

mrtn
14-07-2008, 14:47
Good work on finishing those dwarves, nice to see them old metals.

Good luck on the skellies, however I notice that the painted one has a mould line down his left arm.

silverstu
15-07-2008, 10:54
Cheers mrtn- i was really pleased to have finished the dwarfs- I have lots of really nice minis to paint when i revisit the small bearded ones and hopefully if i keep painting they should turnout better than these ones.
The skellies- yeah I hadn't noticed that mold line- I thought I was getting better at that!! Main thing is to try and do a bit more greenstuffing, I think i might keep the skellies and zombies really simple to leave me time for other stuff and maybe other armies.
Thanks again for the comments.

silverstu
31-07-2008, 20:07
Ok- update time!
For the ToP - The Dead of Winter

started on some skellies[basically to save my lovely GG from too many experiments.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/skelwip2.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/skellwip1.jpg

These are WiP pics- still experimenting- trying for pale pale blue for a cold feeling- there will be snow on the bases. Basically the fluff of the army is a female vamp is out for revenge and her cold fury reacting to all the dark magic round the army manifests itself as winter weather.

Here is the Graveguard i'm still fooling with- love these models-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/ggwip.jpg

They are progressing left to right as you look at them. Trying for the cold look- the last ones have mithril silver on their armour to lighten it. I thought boltgun metal left them too dark. Still a far bit to do. The robes are getting better.
The plan is by the time I finish the skellies i will have a better handle on the processes I'm using for the whole army. I was going to start with 50 zombies to get them out of the way but I wasn't looking forward to that particularly. The skellies are lovely models and i think will give the feel for the army straight away- I plan on adding another 15 to bring them up to 25 and there will be another unit with spears as the models are just too good.

silverstu
31-07-2008, 20:14
Here is a quick tester for the direwolves- not too bad- give the feel ok. Again pratice will help improve these guys[as will proper basing]. They'll look good as a unit and I think will fit in with the army very well.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/dwolfwip2.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/dwolfwip.jpg

Oh and full credit to spikedog- this is his scheme I nicked[hope he doesn't mind!].

Something a little different- Hastings has offered me a game on his new table so I've been working on geting my nids ready- finished 3 devgaunts, just need to finish the bases-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/3dgaunts.jpg

plan on getting these 3 done this weekend to bring the brood up to 16.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/nextgaunts.jpg

Then I'll get some more stealers done and finish up some of the bigger fellas..

Thanks for looking,
Stu [mostly listening to the Eels..]

Arhalien
31-07-2008, 22:30
Ooh, now that;s a lovely way of painting the dire wolves Stu. I wouild say that maybe some more contrast between the skin and muscle would be helpful; paint the muscle a bit darker maybe?

I am very impressed by those nids though; the contrast between the blue and cream is excellent

silverstu
01-08-2008, 09:07
Cheers Arhalien- good pint on the direwolf- he is a bit of a tester and does need a bit more- I'll give that a try. The nids are a labour of love- i paint them one at a time- the carapace takes about 30mins-hour depending on how I much i dare to rush it. The next three are drybrushed ready for the carapace- so should have them done this weekend. I have to restart my fex soon- that will be a challenge- I'm not so good at larger models..plus he's got a buddy waiting in the wings to be assembled.

75hastings69
01-08-2008, 09:43
Those skellies look like they are coming along really nicely, as are your nids. Lovely stuff here mate.

silverstu
01-08-2008, 09:53
Thanks hastings! trying to crack on with the nids- but very pleased with how they are coming on.

fluffystuff
01-08-2008, 19:35
Those skellies and grave guard look really nice and I love the colour scheme, it's got a harsh/cold feel to it. The bone and fur on the wolves also looks very impressive, not too keen on the skin colour though. I think the skin needs to be a bit less blue to make the bone and fur really stand out.

silverstu
01-08-2008, 19:53
Those skellies and grave guard look really nice and I love the colour scheme, it's got a harsh/cold feel to it. The bone and fur on the wolves also looks very impressive, not too keen on the skin colour though. I think the skin needs to be a bit less blue to make the bone and fur really stand out.

Cheers fluffy- big fan of your VC so it's a great compliment. Any idea's for an alternative for the flesh? I'm trying to keep the army very pale were I can- very washed out. Do you mean the exposed muscles like Arhalien? Perhaps a dark brown for a bit of contrast..or maybe scab red.. hmm time to experiment. Any suggestions would be appreciated but I am aiming for a limited palate of the army.
Thanks again,
Stu.

Count Sinister
01-08-2008, 20:13
Silverstu, those dire wolves are GOOD! You'll be including them in your Tale of Fantasy Painters Vampire Counts, I assume? I have to say, I see the plastic models (unpainted), and I'm far from impressed, but then somebody like you puts some paint on them, and they're transformed. Nice.

From glossing over your thread, it seems that you're painting your skellies and zombies over a white undercoat (to use the new washes to their best effect). Is that right? If so, I'm impressed. I've been torn between white and black undercoats, so you may have tipped the scales for me.

Excellent stuff!

silverstu
01-08-2008, 20:19
Cheers sinister! yeah all this VC stuff is for the Tale- been doing testers and experimenting to get the right feel for the army. I wasn't that fussed on the wolves initially but i've seen them done really well by others- namely fluffystuff[colourful] and Vicki[in the fantasy section-dark].
for the basecoat- I started going back to a white basecoat doing my dwarfs for the last tale- get alot out of washes that way- i use dark brown or back ink to line things. Works well so far- plus it speeds up painting a fair bit. My nids like their black coats though. Give them both a try and see what suits you.

Count Sinister
01-08-2008, 20:20
Excuse the double post, but Silverstu, you're from Belfast? Ok, well, I grew up in Dublin (although I'm living in the US now), and here's a question for you. Skeletons are skellies, zombies are, well, zombies, and ghouls are...ghoulies. The question is this - in your part of the world, does the word 'ghoulies' mean anything else? Even though I know it's childish toilet humour, I can't help myself, and I think it's hilarious to be able to talk about a unit of 'ghoulies' charging some halberdiers, or what-have-you. I told the local gamers here in the US what the word means in Ireland, and they use it all the time now. I'm like a cultural ambassador!

Count Sinister
01-08-2008, 20:23
Thanks, Silverstu. I'll give the white a try. I've been painting over a black undercoat for so long now that it's really a question of mind-set, more than anything else. I am very curious to see what the washes do over white, though, so I'll be experimenting for sure.

The nids are fantastic, by the way. One of my planned projects (and who knows when I'll get around to it) is a 3D space hulk board, which means lots of nids. I may be borrowing the bone-coloured heads/carapaces idea from you!

silverstu
01-08-2008, 20:23
I know what you men by ghoulies.. hadn't really thought of them that way before!! Very good! I'll be having a big bunch of ghoulies in my army!![I think we irish have a special gift for foul and amusing language- especially dubliners!!]. ;)
Oh another good army log to look at is voiceofthewarp's restless dead log in fantasy- brilliant stuff and his ghouls are the best I've seen[didn't like them when i saw them but Voice's ones are top notch- yes I like the look of voiceofthewarp's ghoulies...:p

oh and check out DV8's VC too they are excellent.. and keep educating those yanks!

Count Sinister
01-08-2008, 20:27
Excellent! An army of ghoulies! And you're right, inventively foul language seems to be an Irish specialty. I've had to tone things down a bit here in the US, although I am adding a few mid-western phrases to my catalogue!

Mooncow
01-08-2008, 22:15
Its a good thing goulies are undead, would be terrible to have to say someone broke your goulies...

Im from Belfast too:D

silverstu
01-08-2008, 22:18
That's true! but your goulies can crumble.....:eek:!! Nice to have another Belfast lad popping by[nice highelves by the way..];)

Harry
02-08-2008, 08:15
Now I like the Dwarfs but I love these undead.

The grave guard with more cloth to go at look even better than the Skellies i had already seen on the TOP thread.

... and the dire wolves scheme is great too.

This army is going to look fantastic.

Invest in some micro balloons for your snow effect bases.
Ask hastings. He found a good and reasonably priced supplier.

silverstu
02-08-2008, 10:24
Hi Harry- cheers mate- glad you like them. The grave guard models are amazing- I got the skellies so i could practice a bit before tackling the guard. I have plans for converting them into Black knights too- I have 10 old plastic undead horses so I'm planning some greenstuffing to add ragged cloth and bits of armour to the mounts, and then use the old skellies to build lower torsos again adding cloth.
I've actually surprised myself by how much I've gotten into the vc- still have to tweak the direwolf scheme a little-zombies are a bit of a concern and not sure about the bats..
I have some microballoons- just not sure how to use them yet.. I'll give Hastings a shout- I'm hoping to improve my basing this year too.
By the way do you have a spare heroquest crypt top? I'm thinking of scratch building a blackcoach- it's supposed to be the crypt of the vamps fallen lover[hence she is not best pleased..] and thought about that crypt sounded by candles..I could probably scrahc build something[or at least have a crack at it]. My other idea for a black coach is to do Santi Claws from the nightmare before christmas in his sleigh- like the idea of adding a bit of humour to the army..
Anyway- going to paint somemore today and buy some more skellies... thanks again for popping by..

Count Sinister
02-08-2008, 16:39
I like the idea of the Santi Claws slay/sleigh, Silverstu - that would be excellent! The crypt of the fallen lover is also a very nice idea, though. It's a dilemma, there's no doubt about it. So, you're having a black coach in the army? I thought about it, but I'm going for the zombie giant instead. And it needs to be said - your work on the VCs is fantastic.

Mooncow - broken ghoulies, crumbling ghoulies: all bad things. Of course, I also think it's hilarious that ghoulies cause fear, and that VC players can resurrect their ghoulies as well.

And Silverstu - looking forward to the snow bases. They are going to look excellent!

Czechsensation
03-08-2008, 22:20
Those undead are brilliant Silverstu! Can't wait to see them progress on the TOP...

silverstu
03-08-2008, 22:43
@Sinister- yeah think the blackcoach is essential to my fluff in one form or another[I might to both ideas with santi Claws as a bit of fun if i have time]. Thinking of having a Vargulf too- wraiths are nice models but the vargulf is nice and big- could be fun to run along with my Dire wolves.

@Czechsensation- cheers mate- glad you like them- I know you were abit dissapointed I didn't go with team DE- hopefully these will keep you entertained in their place.

Haven't had time to paint this weekend but i did get all my direwolves built- just have to mess with their bases,-and did buy more skellies so hopefully get them built and slap some paint on soon.
Thanks again for looking.

silverstu
13-08-2008, 21:16
Just a quick unpdate[sorry for the quality of the pics]. Been a bit busy with work and quite knackered- so not much done.

Last three dev gaunts are finished-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/lastdevs.jpg

With the rest of their little friends...

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/devguantbrood.jpg

The skellie unit nows has another 10 members including command and I've started slapping a bit of paint on too-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/skelfwip.jpg

I still need another 5 skellies- because I'm skint I'm planning on converting some 1st generation plastic skellies with greenstuff and bits from the new sprue like this guy-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/1stgenskel.jpg

I also have built all 10 direwolves- just green stuffing the joins. doing a few zombie testers and planning on painting up some stealers. Right I'm off for a few days for a holiday- hopefully kick on when i get back.

thanks for looking
Stu

de Selby
14-08-2008, 17:10
Very nice. The combi-skeleton looks good. Necromancers=kitbashers in the new book anyway. :)

Count Sinister
14-08-2008, 21:03
Those skellies are looking good - the 1st generation converted guy included.

Looking forward to seeing more (including the wolfies), but until then, enjoy your hols!

ReaperOfSouls
31-08-2008, 22:49
Sweet looking tyranids. really like the contrast between the "skin" and carapace. The skellies are really good as well, and I have always been a bit weak for snow bases :)

silverstu
10-09-2008, 11:45
Very nice. The combi-skeleton looks good. Necromancers=kitbashers in the new book anyway.


Thanks very much- shame i ran out of time- just did a quick bash on the other 4- no fancy green stuff.


Those skellies are looking good - the 1st generation converted guy included.

Looking forward to seeing more (including the wolfies), but until then, enjoy your hols!

Thanks mate- think you'll like my wip this month.. hope your feeling better[shoulder injury?].


Sweet looking tyranids. really like the contrast between the "skin" and carapace. The skellies are really good as well, and I have always been a bit weak for snow bases

Thanks mate- your nids are splendid and i'm looking forward to seeing your swamp bases[yes I am a bit of a fiend!]. Glad you like mine and if you like snow bases this is the log for you- i don't do anything else!

Right a couple of spare pics of this months ToP stuff-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/skelunit2.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/skelchamp.jpg

Not sure what I'm doing for this month but I got my battalion- corpse cart is very very nice and I'm pleasantly surprised by the ghouls- so inspired by/totally ripping off VoiceoftheWarp [his are much better- sorry mate!] here are a couple of WiP pics of my first ghoulie[just for Count Sinister]

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/wipghoulie1.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/wipghoulie.jpg

Needs work- more highlights/better shading and some blood splatters and the face done and snow added but you get the idea. Any opinions?? Blue hair to mix in with the army/abit like the wolfies.
Again I checked out Voiceofthewarps ones after doing this one and they are lovely- mine suck but aren't bad for a rush job.

anyway thanks for looking!
Stu.

spikedog
10-09-2008, 17:32
Your undead are fantastic SS. I know I have said it before but you really captured the cold feeling with the palette you have used. A whole army of these bad boys will look fantastic. You should think about doing a display base for them.

Your nids are great too, it is a very similar scheme to mine except yours look better to my ones!

Catferret
12-09-2008, 21:26
Ok, so I'll start paying attention to people's sigs from now on...

I'm here now and full of commenty goo.

The red tattooing on the Corsairs is a great touch. Simple but it really draws attention to the face. Adds a nice splash of colour to warm up the skin. The rest of the scheme is very cold (in a good way), you don't want a frostbitten nose. ;)

The classic Dwarf Thunderers are awesome models and that paint job is beautifully rendered.

The updated skellies look great. Little bits of GS and part swapping have tied them in nicely with the new skellies.

Nice shade of blue and great carapace colours on the Nidlets.

I miss anything? I promise to pay more attention from now on... :D

mrtn
13-09-2008, 10:43
Those undead are looking great. Maybe have some Chaos Wastes touches for the bases and such? Just an idea.

silverstu
21-09-2008, 17:46
Your undead are fantastic SS. I know I have said it before but you really captured the cold feeling with the palette you have used. A whole army of these bad boys will look fantastic. You should think about doing a display base for them.

Your nids are great too, it is a very similar scheme to mine except yours look better to my ones!

thanks Spike! Glad you like the skellies and the nids- as I've said before your log has been a big inspiration- it was nice to find someone else painting a similar scheme on nids- although I'm not sure mine are any better than yours! I like the idea of a display base hmm.. I'll give it some thought- I want to do movement trays and some themed terrain- might all come together in a base...


Ok, so I'll start paying attention to people's sigs from now on...

I'm here now and full of commenty goo.

The red tattooing on the Corsairs is a great touch. Simple but it really draws attention to the face. Adds a nice splash of colour to warm up the skin. The rest of the scheme is very cold (in a good way), you don't want a frostbitten nose.

The classic Dwarf Thunderers are awesome models and that paint job is beautifully rendered.

The updated skellies look great. Little bits of GS and part swapping have tied them in nicely with the new skellies.

Nice shade of blue and great carapace colours on the Nidlets.

I miss anything? I promise to pay more attention from now on...

Thanks for the comments! And you didn't miss a thing- full marks! Honestly with so many great logs I'm surprised anyone checks out mine and takes the time to leave comments- so I wasn't holding it against you! Very pleased you dropped by and feel free to do so again!


Those undead are looking great. Maybe have some Chaos Wastes touches for the bases and such? Just an idea.

thanks mate! Chaos wastes touches? care to elaborate? I have been thinking of twisted branches and some christmas parody stuff but I'm open to suggestions.

Right- update- it's abit pants but..been working on the ghouls- mostly doing the fleshtones as that is their standout feature. Done a few experiments- tried a dark flesh base of a couple- not good- so back to mixing a flesh base. Plus i'm still getting the hang of highlighting- they are getting better I think- I've got the flesh done on 7, 8 to go hopefully as a whole the unit will look passable. Plus the plan is to do another 15 so i should have a handle on the tones by then. On to the pics- sometimes I think they look good -sometimes I'm not so sure so posting these feels a bit dodgey- but they are WIP- no model is finished.
Here goes-
Front
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/wipghoulies1.jpg

Top
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/wipghoulies.jpg

Individual side view-
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/DSCN2869.jpg

The latest and best? two-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/bestwipghoul.jpg

Still have to do the bone details- I'm using the palate from the nids carapace to contrast with the skin, the hair/bandages have to have the blue white winter treatment and snow has to be added to the bases.

Ideas, probably for the next unit include giving the ghast's skellie a beard and santa hat and maybe have the unit dragging a parody of a christmas tree.. maybe.

Hope I've got the dirty pasty look going and hpefully i'll get better but they are time consuming. Have to do 10 wolves to go with them too for the TOP -bugger..

Anyway apologies for the visual pain- hopefully finished they will be more pleasing..
thanks for looking.
Stu.

fluffystuff
21-09-2008, 18:48
Love the blue on the skellies, it makes them really stand out. The ghouls are coming along nicely aswell.

mrtn
21-09-2008, 23:45
Chaos wastes touches? care to elaborate? I have been thinking of twisted branches and some christmas parody stuff but I'm open to suggestions.There's said to be a lot of undead in the chaos wastes, they're animated by all the resident magic. You could have some discarded chaos warrior stuff here and there, maybe a mutated tree/rat/skeleton, stuff like that? Crows and eagles? Three eared rabbits? :)

Ascanius
22-09-2008, 10:43
Those sellies are beautiful! :O

DarkMark
22-09-2008, 18:36
Great stuff, you should defo do the skelly on the back of the ghoul trick: the middle fella of the 'top' photo. A simple conversion thats quite funky I reckon.

spikedog
13-10-2008, 20:29
*Bangs on thread*

Updates!? where are you?

Ghouls are wicked and I want to see the unit finished! Also where are the wolves you promised us for the ToFP!

ReaperOfSouls
13-10-2008, 21:14
I second spikedog's comment. I seem to recall someone whining at me about updates this morning so maybe it's time for that someone to own up? ;)

silverstu
14-10-2008, 10:20
Ok! Ok! Stop the banging!
The ghouls are nearly finished- the skintones are all done- just have to do the details, I swaped the wolves for a necro as there was no chance of me getting them done in time[or really late apparently!]. I'll do my best to get them finished today.
Satisfied?

On a brighter note the gamezome direwolves and vamp arrived- I'll get pics up of them too.

Count Sinister
14-10-2008, 15:09
Ghoulies!

And they're looking good too! Seriously, the flesh is very nicely shaded, and has just the right dirty undead tone to it. The blue is also a nice contrast, and really 'lifts' the model. I had a quick look, but couldn't find a recipe for the ghoulie flesh. Care to take us through it?

Excellent stuff here - looking forward to more!

silverstu
16-10-2008, 21:35
Love the blue on the skellies, it makes them really stand out. The ghouls are coming along nicely aswell.

Thanks very much mate- I'm a big fan of your work- your VC put mine to shame -so I take that as a big compliment.


There's said to be a lot of undead in the chaos wastes, they're animated by all the resident magic. You could have some discarded chaos warrior stuff here and there, maybe a mutated tree/rat/skeleton, stuff like that? Crows and eagles? Three eared rabbits?

Interesting idea.. I see possibilities.. I like the three eared rabbits.. and might explain the winter weather that follows the army..


Those sellies are beautiful!

Thanks very much!


Great stuff, you should defo do the skelly on the back of the ghoul trick: the middle fella of the 'top' photo. A simple conversion thats quite funky I reckon.

I think I'll probably muck about a bit with the next 15 I do so expect conversions then. Great idea so I probably will pinch it.



I second spikedog's comment. I seem to recall someone whining at me about updates this morning so maybe it's time for that someone to own up?

Ok so I'm very slack on the posting department.. just trying to keep you painting..hope this lot is more like it.
Will do better..



Ghoulies!

And they're looking good too! Seriously, the flesh is very nicely shaded, and has just the right dirty undead tone to it. The blue is also a nice contrast, and really 'lifts' the model. I had a quick look, but couldn't find a recipe for the ghoulie flesh. Care to take us through it?

Excellent stuff here - looking forward to more!

Hi Sinister- glad you like them. With regards to the painting recipe for the flesh tones I use the original flesh tone[from the eighties] which really needs replaced. However what i will do this weekend is paint out the colour palette and tone progression so that you can maybe approximate it with the latest paints. Think you might find that a bit more useful.

Thanks everyone for the comments and the kick up the ****- I nearly jokered this month but you guys helped me push on.

Here are the ToP pics-

Army

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/vcarmyoct2.jpg

Necro-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/necro4.jpg

Yes her hair is blue- I'm crap at highlighting black so I went for the punk/escher ganger look[which I think I'll try out on the witch elves]. I left the eyes black because I tried to add the whites and she looked like a google eyed crazy frog- NOT the look I was going for. So dark eyes it is- very spooky I think. Oh and I'm thinking of having all the characters female.. possibly basically found some nice reaper and wyrd minis I might use. Don't know about what I'm going to do for a wight King yet though..

Ghouls-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/ghouunit1.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/ghoulstop.jpg

They turned out ok. But boy did they take a while- I messed up a couple[sometimes the same model repeatedly!] and experimented alot so there is a bit of variation in the tones. They need some blood splatters but I'm too chicken to try it out in case I mess them up. I'll get a tester sorted and give it a go sometime. But they are done for now. Quite surprised by how much I like the little fellas- I have to say I've never really liked ghouls[not big on the squishy side of vamps] and wasn't wild about these models when they came out. But I'm really keen on them now so I'll be doing another 15 for the army.

silverstu
16-10-2008, 21:40
A few more pics- the ghouls

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/ghoulunit2.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/ghoulside.jpg

necro-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/necro1.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/necro2.jpg


I'll post some more pics of what I'm attempting to paint next on sunday alongside some new purchases and a ghoul recipe for anyone interested.

C&C welcome.[be nice!]

Thanks for looking.
Stu.

75hastings69
16-10-2008, 22:21
Love the necro Stu what manufacturor is it by?

All looking superb so far mate.

silverstu
16-10-2008, 22:59
Cheers mate- it's a reaper mini. Trying to get some more as I really like the sculpts but the Uk distributed seems to be very slow. Apparently you're better getting them direct from the states although the shipping is pricey.

Dino
17-10-2008, 02:30
Nice work. I'm a big fan of ghouls and these just look plan cool. I also really like the necromancer. What reaper model did you use for it?

ReaperOfSouls
17-10-2008, 06:48
Now that's more like it. All your stuff is looking great. I like the ghouls but that necromancer is something extra. There's just something about that robe. It really ties her in with the rest of the army and everything gets that nice, cold feel :)



Ok so I'm very slack on the posting department.. just trying to keep you painting..hope this lot is more like it.
Will do better..


Well, the sad part is it seems to be working :cries: If things go according to plan I might be able to post up Rob tonight or during the weekend :)

fluffystuff
17-10-2008, 08:21
Love the ghouls stu. That pale blue really suits the army and ties in nicely with the snow bases. It gives the whole army a really cold/desolate feel. Very nice painting.

Catferret
17-10-2008, 08:52
For the Wight King, how abound a big undead Conan? Something very barbariany. But dead. Mebbe the AvatarsofWar Barbarian. With some extra chainmail. And mad glowy eyes.

No idea why, it was just the first idea that popped into my head.

silverstu
17-10-2008, 10:27
Nice work. I'm a big fan of ghouls and these just look plan cool. I also really like the necromancer. What reaper model did you use for it?

It's Hyrekia the sorceress by Werner Klocke. There are some really nice female reaper models -I've ordered a few but the others are on back order. Think the next time I'll just bite the bullet and order from the states- there are a couple of minis I want that aren't out over here. Going to get some nice lady dwarfs too- think my lads deserve some eye candy too.


Now that's more like it. All your stuff is looking great. I like the ghouls but that necromancer is something extra. There's just something about that robe. It really ties her in with the rest of the army and everything gets that nice, cold feel :)


Well, the sad part is it seems to be working :cries: If things go according to plan I might be able to post up Rob tonight or during the weekend :)

Glad you like the robe- I repainted it twice- still not sure- that mini needs alot more work i think. Glad to hear Rob is getting there -looking forward to seeing him.


Love the ghouls stu. That pale blue really suits the army and ties in nicely with the snow bases. It gives the whole army a really cold/desolate feel. Very nice painting.

Thanks very much mate- hopefully I'll get some more details into the army to push the winter theme.


For the Wight King, how abound a big undead Conan? Something very barbariany. But dead. Mebbe the AvatarsofWar Barbarian. With some extra chainmail. And mad glowy eyes.

No idea why, it was just the first idea that popped into my head.

Hmm possibly.. I have a few female minis in mind- just the excuse to get some nice mini's like these-

Wight/combat VC-

http://www.reapermini.com/figurefinder#detail/02725

casting vamp[love this mini]

http://www.reapermini.com/figurefinder#detail/03337

Definitely good wight/combat vamp-

http://www.wyrd-games.net/shop/product.php?productid=16133&cat=0&bestseller=Y

richy376
18-10-2008, 21:03
That's shaping up to be a really great Vampire army Silverstu. As others have said, the ice blue and the snow bases go together great.

I reckon the first figure fits best as a Wight/Vampire - there's quite a bit of ornate looking armour on her, plus theres some cloth to tie her in with your Necromancer. And the pose is great - it's like she's looking at the enemy commander with disdain, thinking 'right, so where's your army of skeletons then?'

Count Sinister
28-10-2008, 03:41
Excellent stuff, Stu! The ghoulies look fantastic, particularly with the bases all done, and that female Necromancer is brilliant. It's not just that it's a nice mini, it's a great paint job. You did a fantastic job of making the robes look slightly transparent. Really looking forward to more of this army!

silverstu
28-10-2008, 11:06
Hi Sinister- thanks mate- I'll get the paint scheme up for the ghouls for you soon. Work has taken up a lot of my time and energy at the moment- but I have got some more stuff built- think I'm going to do a Vargulf next- nice big model to get stuck into- he's built and undercoated -I'll get some pics up soon. you back painting yet?

@richy376- thanks mate- still waiting on that mini- hopefully it will come soon.

Pics soon.

silverstu
03-11-2008, 10:57
Ok very quick update- here are a few WIP pics of the vargulf- one arm is done and the fur is ok but the wings and the rest of the flesh have to be done and I have to base him. Thinking of fallen branches and stone on his base for a change. Hopefully get him finished in the next couple of days to get him into the ToP.
Apologies for the brevity of the update- more later with some tasters as to what might be next.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/vargwip2.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/vargwip3.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/vargwip1.jpg

Needs alot of work but you get the idea- the scheme is to match the wolves and will be on the fell bats too.
Right of to work now..

silverstu
03-11-2008, 10:59
Hmm i think I'll have to tone the blue down a touch too..

ReaperOfSouls
03-11-2008, 11:12
Hmm i think I'll have to tone the blue down a touch too..

I agree. The fur would probably benefit from being more white and less blue. other than that it is looking great :)

silverstu
22-11-2008, 22:12
Hmmm.. time to IoN on this log I think..

well I have had another crack at the varg- I tried to tone down the blue fur[hopefully this shows] and I've worked on the fleshtones- still have to base him[thinking of slate and snow- possibly some little character piece- snowman perhaps?]. Also need to do the wings,claws and teeth. Dunno about the eyes- red would be obvious- I'd like to do blue though for the cold.
Here's a couple of quick pics-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/varg2.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/varg3.jpg

Hopefully more updates soon.

Harry
22-11-2008, 22:48
Brilliant. I love this scheme. So striking. So different from every other take on these I have seen so far.

ReaperOfSouls
22-11-2008, 22:58
Skin is looking nice. Still not entirely sold on the fur, but it might just be the pic :) I believe that blue eyes might not stand out enough and kinda merge with the rest of the model, but I might of course be wrong. And maybe red would be too stereotypical :P Well anyways, i guess what I'm trying to say is that it's good to see another update from you. How much do you need to get done this month except the Varghulf? I'm trying to put the finishing touches on my hive tyrant myself so that i can finally be done for the month, and in time no less :)

Dino
23-11-2008, 00:36
I like it. Like Harry said it's different from others and very striking. Nice job.

Kasrkin 666
23-11-2008, 08:32
Those VC are looking great! I have some up for trade;).

-Sunny

spikedog
23-11-2008, 10:21
The Vargulf is looking great, loving the fur and the skin is wonderful!

Can't wait to see him based.

happy_doctor
23-11-2008, 16:16
I can't believe I neglected posting in your painting log all this time! Your undead have a very effective, unique colour theme and are a joy to behold!

The Varghulf's fur looks much nicer after you re-touched it. As for the eyes, have you thought of other, non-coventional colours? Purple or yellow, for example? (the purple reminds me of the undead in the Warcraft 3 strategy game...I faintly remember all units having a purple aura of sorts!)

Lord Azoth
24-11-2008, 09:25
Think the Vargh is ok, it fits your army colour scheme, but think you need to apply darker blues in the deeper parts and in some places to emphasize the shadows and different parts of the mini... near ears, areas between fur and skin and downside of the neck... this way the volumes of the mini wil be marked and the mini will have a darker mood

Catferret
24-11-2008, 09:34
The skin on the Varghulf looks aces. Regarding eye colour, the obvious red may not be such a bad idea. A fiery red-orange would certainly stand out well from the rest of the cold looking model. Really hammer home that evil/feral theme.

Welf VIII.
25-11-2008, 14:35
Well, that's great isn't it?

That vargulf really seems to *live*. Thank you for sharing it.

silverstu
26-11-2008, 11:10
Brilliant. I love this scheme. So striking. So different from every other take on these I have seen so far.

Cheers mate- I must say I'm really enjoying painting this army- I have ideas for more ways of pushing the scheme- hopefully i'll get round to it soon but as always your log has benn a massive inspiration in terms of fluffing up an army.


Skin is looking nice. Still not entirely sold on the fur, but it might just be the pic I believe that blue eyes might not stand out enough and kinda merge with the rest of the model, but I might of course be wrong. And maybe red would be too stereotypical Well anyways, i guess what I'm trying to say is that it's good to see another update from you. How much do you need to get done this month except the Varghulf? I'm trying to put the finishing touches on my hive tyrant myself so that i can finally be done for the month, and in time no less

Cheers- yeah the fur needs more work- I've tried the blue eyes in the pics below- hmm... not convinced yet.. thinking of green[like the stone on the necros staff]- nice cold colour. Planning on getting the fell bats and wolves done as well- aiming for around 400 points to get my joker back and give the army more substance. Looking forward to seeing your tyrant- did you get the Tguard finished?


I like it. Like Harry said it's different from others and very striking. Nice job.

Cheers mate- I appreciate the support.


Those VC are looking great! I have some up for trade.

-Sunny

Thanks- and that is quite a shameless plug!


The Vargulf is looking great, loving the fur and the skin is wonderful!

Can't wait to see him based.

Cheers mate- he's progressed a bit now and I'm working to get my bases as good as yours and Harrys- hope you like him.


I can't believe I neglected posting in your painting log all this time! Your undead have a very effective, unique colour theme and are a joy to behold!

The Varghulf's fur looks much nicer after you re-touched it. As for the eyes, have you thought of other, non-coventional colours? Purple or yellow, for example? (the purple reminds me of the undead in the Warcraft 3 strategy game...I faintly remember all units having a purple aura of sorts!)


Thanks- glad you dropped in! Still working on the fur- i think I did my usual when doing a larger mini and rushed trying to do large areas quickly and it looks a bit flat. Thinking of green for the eyes?


Think the Vargh is ok, it fits your army colour scheme, but think you need to apply darker blues in the deeper parts and in some places to emphasize the shadows and different parts of the mini... near ears, areas between fur and skin and downside of the neck... this way the volumes of the mini wil be marked and the mini will have a darker mood

Thanks for the comments- I think you are right- I'm going to try and work up the fur a little more- doing it all at once has left it a bit flat.


The skin on the Varghulf looks aces. Regarding eye colour, the obvious red may not be such a bad idea. A fiery red-orange would certainly stand out well from the rest of the cold looking model. Really hammer home that evil/feral theme.

I like the fiery orange idea! Going to try the green first[actually I might do one green and one orange and see which works best]. Thanks for the support.


Well, that's great isn't it?

That vargulf really seems to *live*. Thank you for sharing it.

Cheers mate- appreciate the support- hope you like how the work progresses.

Right a big thanks for all the comments- really appreciate it and has motivated me to push on with the painting. Onto the pics- STILL WIP - I have got quite into painting him so I'm not rushing- I still have to finish the folded wing, talons, teeth and spine. I'm reworking the fur to get a subtle change of depth. He is based but I'm thinking of adding some details- a few bits of static grass and some scattered bones. Oh and I'm thinking of doing his eyes green like the stone in the necro's staff to keep the cold theme but I'm open to the fiery orange idea of catferret.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/varg10.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/varg11.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/varg12.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/varg7.jpg

really pleased with how the out stretched wing turned out. Planning on doing the wolves[which i have started] and the bats basically since I am going to use the same scheme. And plus this model has given me plenty of practice.

Thanks for looking, comments appreciated.

[ps I removed smilies from your comments due to pic restraints- I should really post the pics in another post... doh!]

silverstu
26-11-2008, 11:12
P.P.S.- sorry for the quality of the pics- in a rush,bad light this morning and a rush to photoshop 'em!

Here's another [bad] pic-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/varg9.jpg

cheers!:D

Lord Azoth
26-11-2008, 13:39
maybe the eyes painted in red and with a little red glow will bring out them...

With the pale palette a saturated and intense green or red will fit perfectly ( I prefer red as the albine look of the mini)

Count Sinister
29-11-2008, 15:46
Wow! That's some of your best painting yet, Stu. It's not just the brush control and the shading and highlights, it's the choice of colours and how they compliment each other, creating a unified effect. The base is cool too!

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the eyes!

fluffystuff
29-11-2008, 18:30
Nice work Stu, love the colour scheme for the army.

Harry
30-11-2008, 01:59
That is top notch. I liked it before but with the extra highlights and contrast and the basing that is now a really stunning mini.

I can't wait to see the wolves. Same Blue fur I hope.

silverstu
30-11-2008, 03:59
maybe the eyes painted in red and with a little red glow will bring out them...

With the pale palette a saturated and intense green or red will fit perfectly ( I prefer red as the albine look of the mini)

I'll decide today but actually I think ruby red might be the way to go- I suspect that an emerald green might be too cold- i'll do one eye of each and then choose.


Wow! That's some of your best painting yet, Stu. It's not just the brush control and the shading and highlights, it's the choice of colours and how they compliment each other, creating a unified effect. The base is cool too!

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the eyes!

Cheers mate- I'm really chuffed with him- I'm hoping to continue this with my next batch of painting- go really into painting doing him- taking my time seems to be key.. How are you these days? Doing any apinting yourself at all? Life treating you well?


Nice work Stu, love the colour scheme for the army.

Thanks mate- i'm quite relieved you aren't posting a vargulf this month- you'd definitely put mine in the shade! Loving your thread by the way.


That is top notch. I liked it before but with the extra highlights and contrast and the basing that is now a really stunning mini.

I can't wait to see the wolves. Same Blue fur I hope.

Thanks mate- yeah the plan is doing the same scheme on the fell bats and the wolves- hopefully I'll have one of each done this weekend for you to check out- they are already started.

Harry
30-11-2008, 05:41
Wolves and bats ... Double cool. :D

fluffystuff
30-11-2008, 10:06
Thanks mate- i'm quite relieved you aren't posting a vargulf this month- you'd definitely put mine in the shade! Loving your thread by the way.





I was actually going to paint the varg for next month, but then the wife decided to pick my next model :)
Looking at your varghulf makes me realise that I'll have to step my painting up a notch or two. I'll struggle to paint mine as nice as yours. As others have said, you've got nice smooth shading and a good choice of colours that give an end result of a unique VC army. Very impressive Stu, keep up the good work.

BTW, I agree with the red eyes, oh, and I love the bone effect on the wings.

de Selby
01-12-2008, 21:48
Really impressed by the varghulf, it's a very original take. The general frozen theme is really coming accross and I like the back story too.

Count Sinister
01-12-2008, 22:45
Not too bad, Stu. Not getting any real painting done, though. Shoulder and neck injuries. Nothing terrible, but enough to make things difficult - things like painting! Still getting some Mordheim games in, though.
Of course, I'm getting to see all your great minis, so it's not all bad! Looking forward to more of this army!

silverstu
02-12-2008, 12:44
I was actually going to paint the varg for next month, but then the wife decided to pick my next model
Looking at your varghulf makes me realise that I'll have to step my painting up a notch or two. I'll struggle to paint mine as nice as yours. As others have said, you've got nice smooth shading and a good choice of colours that give an end result of a unique VC army. Very impressive Stu, keep up the good work.

BTW, I agree with the red eyes, oh, and I love the bone effect on the wings.

Well I'm glad your wife decided on Konrad- you are a hard act to follow! On the bone thing- painting 50 odd nids with bone carapace gave me plenty of practice! Using a limited palette pays off! Working on the red eyes too at the mo'.


Really impressed by the varghulf, it's a very original take. The general frozen theme is really coming accross and I like the back story too.

Cheers mate- glad you like him- hopefully I'll get round to expanding the backstory too.


Not too bad, Stu. Not getting any real painting done, though. Shoulder and neck injuries. Nothing terrible, but enough to make things difficult - things like painting! Still getting some Mordheim games in, though.
Of course, I'm getting to see all your great minis, so it's not all bad! Looking forward to more of this army!

Well glad things are getting better and you are getting some games in[something I must try to do myself!]. I'm sure your painting will take off when you can get back to it- in the mean time I will try my best to keep you entertained!

Haven't done too much more to the varg- need to sit down and finish him really- primarily I want to add detail to his base- tried static grass- not good- fell flat- any tips on getting it to stand up? Might try some fine wire for frozen long grass/reeds. I will be adding some bones- maybe a fallen branch?

Anyway I have been distracted by starting the wolves-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/Dw1.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/Dw2.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/DW.jpg

This last one I have done the most on- just this side and only the flesh- the fur is still quite blue as I have shaded it and need to highlight up. There will be ten of these fellas and I'm liking how they are starting to look but you get the idea. Mirrors the scheme of the vargulf.

I also have this young lady to do at some stage-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/Dvamp.jpg

I see her as the deranged daughter- the matriarch will be more in the blood dragon scheme- I have yet to settle on a model to represent her though but this model was so evocative I had to get her.

silverstu
02-12-2008, 12:51
I also working on bats, here are some pics of the first one-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/Fbat2.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/Fbat.jpg

Mainly just flat colours and washes- starting to highlight up- again-you get the idea- there will be 6 of these boys.

I also have these guys in my collection-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/wraiths.jpg

Thinking of using them as some wraiths? I love the current wraiths but these models are too good not to use- I suppose they would make good spirits..

And I have these two as well as a few others-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/oldies.jpg

I'm sure they will appear at some stage- nice models- I am trying to use female models for the characters though[basically an excuse to collect some nice models]. But these boys might fill in until I get other models.

Anyway, better get off and do something with my day,
thanks for looking.

EmperorNorton
02-12-2008, 13:12
After seeing your VC I can only look at my own with disdain.
Still I'm very much looking forward to seeing you paint that Gamezone vampire. I have that mini on my painting table as well, but I kinda gave up on her.

Count Sinister
02-12-2008, 14:27
Wow! Some fantastic work there, Stu! That colour scheme is great. The blue, grey, and bone on the wolves are absolutely brilliant! I also have to say that it's great to see those old Ringwraith models in your collection. I have the three of them as well, and I've always loved them. I had thought about using them as a spirit host, or some such, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with them. Oh, and the 'young lady' looks like a cool model - the pose is excellent!
Loads to look forward to here, until I can start painting again. Some time before Christmas, I hope. Until then - more undead!

mrtn
02-12-2008, 15:19
Nice painting, looking forward to those oldies.
:)

Lord_Dante
02-12-2008, 19:45
A little tip I found to get static grass to stand up is to glue it using superglue in patches and then before it dries turn the base upside down and flick it really hard. It should stand up a bit then.

Nice work on the VC too :)

Col. Wales
03-12-2008, 09:39
Nice OOP models, Exellent looking VC overall.

ReaperOfSouls
03-12-2008, 10:17
The wolves and bat is looking great, as is the varghulf. If I ever had any doubts about the fur they are now long gone. They fit together perfectly :)

Count Sinister
05-12-2008, 01:43
Dante's idea sounds like a good one - I've never been able to get static grass to stand up...

Lord_Dante
05-12-2008, 09:23
http://s3.zetaboards.com/The_Ammobunker/topic/7014366/

There are a few pictures where I've tried the above method. You can see for yourself :)

silverstu
05-12-2008, 10:25
After seeing your VC I can only look at my own with disdain.
Still I'm very much looking forward to seeing you paint that Gamezone vampire. I have that mini on my painting table as well, but I kinda gave up on her.

Nonsense!- I love your VC- very dark and brooding- really great dark red you use too. Just a different style than mine-i find your stuff very inspiring- especially all the little extras you do. I'll be looking forward to seeing your take on the Gamezone vamp when you get round to her. Glad you are liking my stuff- any suggestions/tips very welcome.


Wow! Some fantastic work there, Stu! That colour scheme is great. The blue, grey, and bone on the wolves are absolutely brilliant! I also have to say that it's great to see those old Ringwraith models in your collection. I have the three of them as well, and I've always loved them. I had thought about using them as a spirit host, or some such, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with them. Oh, and the 'young lady' looks like a cool model - the pose is excellent!
Loads to look forward to here, until I can start painting again. Some time before Christmas, I hope. Until then - more undead!

Glad you are liking them- haven't decided what to do with them yet- wraiths or spirit hosts- although I had thought of trying to scratch build a couple of ghosts myself.. hmmm we shall have to see. Good to hear that you might get back painting soon-ish- be sure to share when you do. Hopefully I'll have some new pics up this weekend but i do have to do my books this weekend- ick!


Nice painting, looking forward to those oldies.


Cheers mate- I love having a few older models- I think they always add a nice bit of character to an army.


A little tip I found to get static grass to stand up is to glue it using superglue in patches and then before it dries turn the base upside down and flick it really hard. It should stand up a bit then.

Nice work on the VC too

THANKS!!!!!! I'll give that a go- trying to pick up a few tips to tart up my bases so it is much appreciated. Glad you like the vc.


Nice OOP models, Exellent looking VC overall.

Thanks -glad you are liking them- hopefully the oldies will get some love soon.


The wolves and bat is looking great, as is the varghulf. If I ever had any doubts about the fur they are now long gone. They fit together perfectly :)

Cheers mate- glad you have warmed to the cold side:D- must check out your fantastic nids..


Dante's idea sounds like a good one - I've never been able to get static grass to stand up...

Yeah I'm going to give it a crack- i'd like to get some more bits and bobs- maybe some woodland scenics stuff.


http://s3.zetaboards.com/The_Ammobunker/topic/7014366/

There are a few pictures where I've tried the above method. You can see for yourself :)

Thanks for that- very nice painting there by the way- hopefully I'll show the results soon.

Ok- pics sunday/monday with a bit of luck.
Thanks for all the comments lads!

richy376
05-12-2008, 20:58
Really cool stuff Silverstu, the Varghulf is a great centre piece and the bats and wolves are looking cool too. Looking forward to more pictures from you!

spikedog
05-12-2008, 21:25
Ah fantastic you have the same classic vampire model that I used in my army. I love that model too, plus he looks like he is rocking out which makes it that much cooler!

I look forward to seeing your take on him.

silverstu
15-12-2008, 12:13
Tiny update-

state of the wolves-
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/DSCN3031.jpg

Still a fair bit to do to these guys and there is another 5 to do. By the way the bases are just white filler- the plan is to add some sand, paint them a dark peat colour and then add snow- although the do quite snowy already.


Well a few reaper mini's I ordered arrived-
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/DSCN3038.jpg

This is planned to be Lady Natasha-the vampire leading the army- blood dragon-ish. Think I'll probably start her soon- great model.

I also got this model because it's such a lovely sculpt-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/DSCN3037.jpg

I think she is going with the corpse cart- either leading it or in it and she'll count as a necromancer- I see her as the piper of the dead- re-animating corpses with the music she plays from her flute. A pied piper for the dead?

Might get some more painting done today and hopefully i'll sit down and write up some more fluff- I have a little story to set up the background for the army - just have to write it down.

thanks again for all the comments- hopefully the next update with have more pretty pics and some nice stories..
Cheers for looking.

[oh and I got a female dwarf runesmith from reaper too- well cool!]

Catferret
15-12-2008, 12:17
Puppies! :D

Wolves look pretty good. I did mistake the filler for snow until I read your post.

The Reaper stuff looks interesting. Should be nice when painted.

Edahlo
15-12-2008, 15:51
I like the color scheme for those dire wolves, makes them look really dead (or undead?). Keep at it! :)

- Edahlo

Anardakil
17-12-2008, 19:19
Great looking wolves :) I like your colour scheme.

DirtJumper
24-12-2008, 03:20
Awsome stuff. I can't wait to see those reaper minis painted up!

lorcan
25-12-2008, 21:43
Great start on your vampire counts, the colour scheme is great.

Regards
Lorcan

silverstu
25-01-2009, 21:05
Puppies! :D

Wolves look pretty good. I did mistake the filler for snow until I read your post.

The Reaper stuff looks interesting. Should be nice when painted.


Cheers mate- I actually really like the filler- almost a shame to paint it.. looking forward to painting the reaper stuff myself.


I like the color scheme for those dire wolves, makes them look really dead (or undead?). Keep at it! :)

- Edahlo

Thanks for much- glad you like them.


Great looking wolves :) I like your colour scheme.

Thanks very much- big fan of your stuff too so really nice to hear you like them.


Awsome stuff. I can't wait to see those reaper minis painted up!

They are on the to-do list- I want to do them justice.


Great start on your vampire counts, the colour scheme is great.

Regards
Lorcan

thanks matey.

Ok- the bad news- i had to stop working on the wolves- they were taking ages and I needed to get the points up for the ToP so I switched to bats. They will be done- probably with a vamp and i have added a gamezone zombie wolf as a doomwolf [crackin' mini!]. And they were starting to look good- too good to rush.

silverstu
25-01-2009, 21:11
Ok piccies!!
Fell bats- took ages doing the wings- trying to get them similar to the vargulf. i have one left to finish- just to do the underside of his wings, fur and skin.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/fbats2.jpg

The wings-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/fellbatp.jpg

And with their bases- 3 to be painted, all need snow and more grass..

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/fellbats.jpg

The long grass is field grass from woodland scenics- and I like it!

silverstu
25-01-2009, 21:25
But thats only 120 points I hear you cry.
Well I decided to bash out some zombies- not that wild about zombies but they are a necessary evil. It was nice to do some rank and file- just slap some paint on type of things. Initially I went for greeny ones but then i got the idea of frozen corpses to fit with the theme.. still WiP a few drybrushing layers to go and to finish the bases.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/zombies2.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/zombies4.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/zombies1.jpg

I think they look nicer in real life- the contrast is a bit better. I've done 20- going to add another 5- 20 is too small. I have another 35 to do next- should be sorted for raising. Anyway- hopefully get these fellas finished this week and more pics then.
Thanks for looking.
Stu.

Dino
25-01-2009, 22:14
Once again you've shown that reaper minis can be our freind. The models look good. When are we gonna see them painted up?

The bats and zombies are looking great as well.

Keep up the great work man.

EmperorNorton
25-01-2009, 22:49
I like the second Fell Bat from the right. Looks like it's doing ballet.
Good idea with the frozen zombies.
How did you do the greenish skin, though? I'm looking for ideas for my own shambling horde.

Count Sinister
26-01-2009, 00:49
Nice stuff, Stu! The Fell Bats are really nicely painted (they really tie in nicely with your Vargulf), and the bases look great. And of course, the zombies - great idea (the frozen dead, rather than the stinky rotting dead, I mean). I always have lots of time for zombies - I love that kit!

silverstu
26-01-2009, 22:45
Once again you've shown that reaper minis can be our freind. The models look good. When are we gonna see them painted up?

The bats and zombies are looking great as well.

Keep up the great work man.

Thanks for the encouragement mate- I would say expect the reaper mini's soonish- I have a lot of work coming up so I'll probably be doing characters for the ToP. i have started the gamezone vamp already.


I like the second Fell Bat from the right. Looks like it's doing ballet.
Good idea with the frozen zombies.
How did you do the greenish skin, though? I'm looking for ideas for my own shambling horde.

Cheers Norton, the zombie flesh was 50/50 camo green and rotting flesh, washed with camo green, drybrushed with 25/75 camo green/rotting flesh, then rotting flesh. Touched up the shading with thinned camo green /a touch of black wash then drybrushed finally with rotting flesh with a touch of white. A lighter version was a base coat of rotting flesh washed with camo green an then dry brushed up as before. Have a play1


Nice stuff, Stu! The Fell Bats are really nicely painted (they really tie in nicely with your Vargulf), and the bases look great. And of course, the zombies - great idea (the frozen dead, rather than the stinky rotting dead, I mean). I always have lots of time for zombies - I love that kit!

glad you like them mate- I am having more fun with the zombies than I thought- 60 doesn't seem like a chore any more!

@Lord Dante- used superglue for the grass- works a treat!! Thanks !

More pics soon.

Harry
26-01-2009, 22:47
The work on those bats wings is remarkable. They look fantastic.

Malenky_malchick
26-01-2009, 23:32
Your Vampire counts are really impressive. It would be a treat to play against such a well painted army.
Best of luck to finish it, in the meantime I'll keep watching.

skeeterskeets
27-01-2009, 04:43
silverstu your bats look awesome. How did you do the wings on the bats and the varg? Excuse me if it was posted somewhere, I looked through the thread and may have missed it.

Almindale
27-01-2009, 08:31
Goddamn, coming along very nicely Stu!

silverstu
31-01-2009, 15:17
The work on those bats wings is remarkable. They look fantastic.

You old charmer you... thanks mate- I did nearly go spare doing them- especially after finishing all 6 to realize I still had to do the underside..
Hopefully they will look the part in the army.


Your Vampire counts are really impressive. It would be a treat to play against such a well painted army.
Best of luck to finish it, in the meantime I'll keep watching.

Thanks very much- thats the idea- produce a good looking army for the tabletop. My long time oppenent has once more pick up his brushes so hopefully they will hit the tabletop soon-ish. Of course I will have to ensure the tabletop is up to it.. Hpe you like the updates.


silverstu your bats look awesome. How did you do the wings on the bats and the varg? Excuse me if it was posted somewhere, I looked through the thread and may have missed it.

I think someone asked but i may have forgotten to say.. glad you like them- the were a bit of a pain. They are undercoated white, base colour is bleached bone and then a heavy wash of devlan mud[great stuff that]. Then highlight up- start with a thin layer of bleached bone, then add layers mixing in white to take it up to white in places. I have the underside of one bat to do- I'll try and take progress picks to give you a rough idea- but no promises!


Goddamn, coming along very nicely Stu!

Cheers mate- the army is starting to shape up rightly now.

silverstu
31-01-2009, 15:29
Ok quick update- trying to get everything ready for the new ToP thread- the zombies are done- just have to add snow to the last 7 bases. There are now 25- a bit more hordey. The bats bases are nearly done - just have to finish the last bat.

Here are the zombies at the moment-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/zombiesC.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/zombiesB.jpg



Two things- I've added long dead grass to the bases and painted the edges brown[they need a touch up but you get the idea]. Thoughts? Previously I'd left the edges white?? The bases are also drybrushed- not a big deal but a nice touch.
Next up for them-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/zombiesA.jpg

I got the custom tray thing..[so eloquent!]. Hopefully get it done soon- thought these would add a lot to the army.
Expect completed pics and army shots tomorrow.

@count sinister- oh yeah the frozen theme also neatly helps me avoid the gooey and gore side of the vamps- not my thing. This scheme has got me loving my zombies which is something i didn't expect. Think the more blue ones there are the better. [when do we see your stuff?]

@everyone-Thanks for looking and the encouragement!

Stu.

happy_doctor
31-01-2009, 15:44
Stu, those zombies are brilliant!

You have managed to tie them in with the rest of your army using the "frozen" palette. Still, I was a fan of your white bases, they looked really good on the varghulf and your previous stuff.

Keep it up, you'll have a hell of an army when finished!

75hastings69
31-01-2009, 15:52
I haven't stopped by here for a while Stu, so I need to apologise for that. But what a treat for me when I stopped by today!!!!!

That Fell Bat unit is wonderful, it looks great so far, I think if you put some snow on those trees the unit will be brilliant. Excellent work also on getting the zombies to follow on with your scheme, I thought this was going to be really difficult, but you sir have nailed it!!!!

Also nice to see some characterful minis making an appearance on your log. It really is a shame that GW only saw fit to give us one new Mtd mini and a couple of pretty poor on foot minis, I wish they would hurry up and bring out some nice VC generic lord and also some Necro minis, until then the ones you have chosen will do nicely!!!

Can't wait to see this all together. Keep up the good work mate.

mrtn
31-01-2009, 16:06
I like both the long grass and the brown bases. :) Some of those bases need another layer of brown, though... ;)

Almindale
31-01-2009, 16:23
Great looking Zombies Stu, they fit in well with the army. About the bases, I'd paint the edges white like the rest of the army, I just think there's a little too much brown on the bases atm and it makes the unit stick out a bit. Just my two cents.

The unit itself looks awesome, the blues and greys of the skin works really well and carries over the theme beautifully. Keep up the great work :)

fluffystuff
31-01-2009, 17:45
Love the zombies Stu, especially the grey ones. Do you have a recipe for them please?

Dino
01-02-2009, 00:51
Really nice zombies silverstu. Most zombies I see in my area are kinda dipped quickly and usually not that great. Nice to see zombies with a good paint job.

Count Sinister
01-02-2009, 03:02
Those zombies are brilliant! The bases as well. Really, really nice stuff. The grass looks excellent. The movement tray is really going to finish the look. Will you have long grass on the tray as well?

My stuff, you ask? Hmm. Well, I started a new teaching job in August of 2007, and since then I've torn a rotator cuff in my left shoulder, dislocated a tendon in my right shoulder (twice, and I didn't even know you could do it!), and herniated a disc in my neck which is pinching a nerve, so.... I've had to shelve my grand army painting schemes. I was working on Vampire Counts too - actually, like you, I was shying away from the whole 'blood, blood, blood' idea and thinking of them more as very powerful Wights. Anyway, for a long time I haven't been able to paint, and now that I am, I'm sticking to small, easily finished things (Mordheim warbands!). I'm starting to get stuff done, so I'll get a log started and get some pics up soonish. Thanks for asking! Your stuff, by the way, is great inspiration. Those Undead are looking amazing!

Looking forward to seeing even more of these guys!

Harry
01-02-2009, 07:23
I have to be honest. I like the green ones better but I can't see how else you could have tied them into your scheme. Either way they are very nicely painted.

silverstu
07-02-2009, 13:36
Stu, those zombies are brilliant!

You have managed to tie them in with the rest of your army using the "frozen" palette. Still, I was a fan of your white bases, they looked really good on the varghulf and your previous stuff.

Keep it up, you'll have a hell of an army when finished!

Thanks mate- quite pleased with how they worked out- after doing the army shot I think I'm going back to the white edge- more wintery I think.


I haven't stopped by here for a while Stu, so I need to apologise for that. But what a treat for me when I stopped by today!!!!!

That Fell Bat unit is wonderful, it looks great so far, I think if you put some snow on those trees the unit will be brilliant. Excellent work also on getting the zombies to follow on with your scheme, I thought this was going to be really difficult, but you sir have nailed it!!!!

Also nice to see some characterful minis making an appearance on your log. It really is a shame that GW only saw fit to give us one new Mtd mini and a couple of pretty poor on foot minis, I wish they would hurry up and bring out some nice VC generic lord and also some Necro minis, until then the ones you have chosen will do nicely!!!

Can't wait to see this all together. Keep up the good work mate.

Thanks a lot mate- it's really nice to hear you like the army- I chickened out of adding snow to the trees at the 'mo. But I have a stack of them so I'll give it a go ona tester tree and if I get the effect right I'll retouch the trees. I think you are right- it would set them off perfectly.


I like both the long grass and the brown bases. :) Some of those bases need another layer of brown, though... ;)

Yeah I noted the brown was uneven- but I think I'm going to re edge them white- in the context of the whole army it's a better look. Thanks for the comment.


Great looking Zombies Stu, they fit in well with the army. About the bases, I'd paint the edges white like the rest of the army, I just think there's a little too much brown on the bases atm and it makes the unit stick out a bit. Just my two cents.

The unit itself looks awesome, the blues and greys of the skin works really well and carries over the theme beautifully. Keep up the great work :)

Ta very much thanks- yeah I'm going back to the white edges- works better- although the brown was ok. By the way loving your eldar- I'm looking at mine again now!


Love the zombies Stu, especially the grey ones. Do you have a recipe for them please?

Hi fluffy- glad you like the zombies- I posted the green recipe for Norton a while back. The grey blue is like this- over white- spacewolf grey, wash thinned shadow grey, dry brush 50/50 spacewolf grey/rooting flesh, then dry brush rotting flesh, then drybrush rooting flesh/skull white[about 50/50. Then I re-shaded the recesses with touches of washed out shadow grey and badab black. Then a final drybrush of spacewolf grey/white [50/50 ish]. Bit of a process- the last layer takes a touch of the greeny/yellow rotting flesh off. Rotting flesh is a good colour to muck about with- as a base coat then wash over with a green- tone down recesses with badab black. I experimented ALOT!


Really nice zombies silverstu. Most zombies I see in my area are kinda dipped quickly and usually not that great. Nice to see zombies with a good paint job.

Thanks mate- they are a bit rushed- but I did have fun and I really wanted them to fit with the rest and not detract from the army.


Those zombies are brilliant! The bases as well. Really, really nice stuff. The grass looks excellent. The movement tray is really going to finish the look. Will you have long grass on the tray as well?

My stuff, you ask? Hmm. Well, I started a new teaching job in August of 2007, and since then I've torn a rotator cuff in my left shoulder, dislocated a tendon in my right shoulder (twice, and I didn't even know you could do it!), and herniated a disc in my neck which is pinching a nerve, so.... I've had to shelve my grand army painting schemes. I was working on Vampire Counts too - actually, like you, I was shying away from the whole 'blood, blood, blood' idea and thinking of them more as very powerful Wights. Anyway, for a long time I haven't been able to paint, and now that I am, I'm sticking to small, easily finished things (Mordheim warbands!). I'm starting to get stuff done, so I'll get a log started and get some pics up soonish. Thanks for asking! Your stuff, by the way, is great inspiration. Those Undead are looking amazing!

Looking forward to seeing even more of these guys!

Looking forward to whatever you paint and show us. Are you getting much better? That's a fair collection of injuries! Glad you like the zombies -I think we have a similar feel for VC- wights and knights! Yeah I plan on ading movement trays to the whole army- all tarted up with grass, snow and a few other bits and bobs. Watch this space!


I have to be honest. I like the green ones better but I can't see how else you could have tied them into your scheme. Either way they are very nicely painted.

No... thats fine.. sniff...bit of dust in my eye.. sniff... I'll be fine.. no really..

It's all right mate- can't please all the people all the time can ya? Anyway the blue scheme is very important- it made the unit work in the army and made me enjoy painting them up. Having said that the greenies are important- I think a whole unit of blueskinned zombies would look a bit dull- the greenies set them off. I'll be keeping a 1/3 mix of green/blue so you will see some more greenies in the future.

Not sure what's next- probably vamps and wraiths, maybe some more troops- doing the army pic it was nice to look at the ghouls and skellies again. Having said that I have alot of work to do in the next 2 months so painting might take a backseat, plus I'm casting an eye over my eldar once more...

Thanks again for all the comments.
Stu

silverstu
07-02-2009, 13:39
Just some quick pics from the ToP thread-

The bats

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/3fellbats.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/felbatsfinal.jpg

the army-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/vcarmyjan.jpg


Thanks for looking!
Stu

Harry
07-02-2009, 15:42
I take it back. They look fantastic in the army shot.

Trees could use some snow I think.

But that is easily one of the coolest looking VC armies I have seen.

Dino
07-02-2009, 15:58
Very nice silverstu. Can't wait ti see the VCs painted up. Good luck.

Count Sinister
07-02-2009, 19:17
Harry's right - it's an amazing looking army, Stu. Two things make it great...ok, three things. All the units tie together, because of the cool paint job (cool in both senses of the word, of course - it's Punday, after all. Well, ok, Saturday, but...), and because of the bases. It's distinctive, and has a clear unifying theme. And the painting and the basing (and the attention to detail) are outstanding. This is an army to be proud of.

And you're right, on both counts, by the way. 1) I'm incredibly accident-prone. 2) We seem to have the same idea about the VC army. In fact, I think for me it all started with the way that all of the Undead creatures, etc. in The Lord of the Rings are presented - the Barrow Wights in particular. Scared the hell out of me when I read the books as a kid! But in my mind undeath and the cold were always linked. All the blood and long teeth is a bit....seventies.

But back to your army. In short - brilliant!

silverstu
07-02-2009, 21:59
I take it back. They look fantastic in the army shot.

Trees could use some snow I think.

But that is easily one of the coolest looking VC armies I have seen.

Thanks! I think when I retouch the photo's in photoshop[quickly] the colours get a bit exaggerated -the blue is a bit more subtle- hence the unit shot might have given you a wrong impression.

Nice pun by the way..:D
Oh and you are right about the trees.. fortunately I have a stack of them to test on..


Very nice silverstu. Can't wait ti see the VCs painted up. Good luck.

Cheers mate- she i a challenge- I'll maybe post wip pics tomorrow and show you where I'm going with her.


Harry's right - it's an amazing looking army, Stu. Two things make it great...ok, three things. All the units tie together, because of the cool paint job (cool in both senses of the word, of course - it's Punday, after all. Well, ok, Saturday, but...), and because of the bases. It's distinctive, and has a clear unifying theme. And the painting and the basing (and the attention to detail) are outstanding. This is an army to be proud of.

And you're right, on both counts, by the way. 1) I'm incredibly accident-prone. 2) We seem to have the same idea about the VC army. In fact, I think for me it all started with the way that all of the Undead creatures, etc. in The Lord of the Rings are presented - the Barrow Wights in particular. Scared the hell out of me when I read the books as a kid! But in my mind undeath and the cold were always linked. All the blood and long teeth is a bit....seventies.

But back to your army. In short - brilliant!

Thanks mate- definitely with you on the barrow wights- I see the vc as cold and pale- hence the theme. You are very generous with the compliments- very much appreciated.

The inspiration is entirely from these forums-looking at all the great work done by so many painters I really wanted to do something good. Getting tips and seeing work from Harry, Spikedog, Hastings, the ToP painters and soooo many others- really inspired me to up my game and own armies I could be proud of. So thanks to everyone for sharing their work.

Anyway- enough of Oscar speeches! Back to painting!

Catferret
07-02-2009, 22:02
Oooh, the Undead are really coming on nicely now. That group shot really shows them looking unified.

I agree with Harry about some snow on the tree. Aside from that, no complaints.

ReaperOfSouls
08-02-2009, 00:45
This army is really coming together nicely. :) The bats look good and their bases are excellent. And I love what you've done to those zombies. They look just like walking, half-frozen corpses. And staying away from the gory style zombies actually makes them look more menacing in my opinion.

But the best part of the army is how well it ties together. That group shot really makes them pop. Keep it up :)

silverstu
25-02-2009, 13:27
Oooh, the Undead are really coming on nicely now. That group shot really shows them looking unified.

I agree with Harry about some snow on the tree. Aside from that, no complaints.

Cheers mate- yep still have to do the snow on the tree.. been a bit lax with work commitments taken my time and energy.Hopefully I'll get them finished soon when I'm back in fullswing.


This army is really coming together nicely. The bats look good and their bases are excellent. And I love what you've done to those zombies. They look just like walking, half-frozen corpses. And staying away from the gory style zombies actually makes them look more menacing in my opinion.

But the best part of the army is how well it ties together. That group shot really makes them pop. Keep it up

Thanks mate- it's nice to hear that the scheme is working ok. Appreciate the support.

Wraiths- well I need something for the ToP this month- trying out a scheme on my wraiths- here is a wip- maybe needs a little more shading and extra highlights. Plus I'm hoping basing will add to him.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/wraith1.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/wraith1a.jpg

Too simple?

Another type of wraith...

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/wraithlordA.jpg

With a mini-me I painted in 2nd/3rd ed-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/Wlord.jpg

Been a bit distracted by my eldar of late- might be playing 40k in the near future and since nids look a bit wick in 5th ed and eldar are my mainstay army[but perversely the army with the fewest completely painted models] I thought I'd get back to them. Plus the prospect of Jes' sexy new jetbike on the distant horizon means i want to do them justice when they arrive. My army is a fiery Saim-hann colours- hot red/orange, dark blue/black and bone.
Anyway the undead are still the priority but i'm enjoying the variation..

thanks for looking.
Stu.

EmperorNorton
25-02-2009, 14:51
Not too simple IMO. I like the undead weightlifter.

Calibretto
25-02-2009, 18:27
Just had to say, each individual piece of the army is nicely painted but the overall army look is outstanding. Ill be happy if my new WOC army looks half as nice! Well done!

Forgot to add, looking at the stuff you painted years ago compared to now you have really grown as a painter. The difference is quite noticable.

de Selby
25-02-2009, 20:12
The army as a whole is looking great, and the wraithlord is pretty promising too. Are you going to highlight the red up to orange-yellow? Because I actually think the darker red looks seriously good as it is.

silverstu
15-03-2009, 22:32
Not too simple IMO. I like the undead weightlifter.

Yeah he's something else- goot love the old models!


Just had to say, each individual piece of the army is nicely painted but the overall army look is outstanding. Ill be happy if my new WOC army looks half as nice! Well done!

Forgot to add, looking at the stuff you painted years ago compared to now you have really grown as a painter. The difference is quite noticable.

Thanks very much! Always nice to hear- there has been a fair bit of a break in between the painting but I think i've picked up a few tricks along the way!


The army as a whole is looking great, and the wraithlord is pretty promising too. Are you going to highlight the red up to orange-yellow? Because I actually think the darker red looks seriously good as it is.

The red is still a bit flat- I'm probably going to blend up the orange- I think i've got the hang of it again. I really like the "hot" vibe it gives the army- goes with the eldar tech being suffused with witchcraft..

Anyway- time has been limited of late and the ToP is the priority at the mo' so here are the latest pics-

http://http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/wraithsA1.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/marchvcarmy.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/banshee.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/wraithG.jpg

silverstu
15-03-2009, 22:56
Ok and now current WIP

I decided to start on the graveguard. The kit was the tipping point that got me into the new Vamps and the first model I got the scheme for the whole army with[mr horns at the front!]. i put them off so I could do them right and since I have little time these guys will keep me motivated to keep painting. I don't want to do them justice.

Here they are- flat colours and a wash at the moment- I'll polish them up from here and add a full command rank. Snow and grass will be added too. I've used mostly mithril and boltgun metals, less golds to keep the overall cold theme. The main blending will be the blue/white robes.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/ggunitA.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/ggunit.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/ggunitB.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/ebikes.jpg

oh and me messing trying to get the eldar canopies going the first is my original form years ago the next is my first attempt and the last with the cannon is my last attempt. Didn't retouch i photoshop as the blending is actually subtle but the photos don't seem to get that.. anyway that is for another day.. this month is all graveguard[mind you my nids are looking interesting...].

75hastings69
16-03-2009, 08:48
Excellent stuff as usual Stu, those grave guard are going to be great, the tight theme of your VC army makes it look like a real unified force, something most people don't manage to capture with them. Looking forward to seeing them finished.

Steve

mrtn
16-03-2009, 12:46
Nice deadies.
:)

Dino
16-03-2009, 14:57
Your whole VC army is looking really good. I really like the look of the grave guard.

NowI think you need to paint some vampires.

bob_the_small
04-04-2009, 11:19
Looks great! Lovely painting! Keep it up!

sigur
06-04-2009, 21:00
Hmmm, I think I haven't had a look in here yet I have to admit. Very nice stuff there. The undead are looking very good, I especially like the bases of the bats. The colours are also chosen cleverly.

Eldar are looking mightily fine but what I really find impressive is your painting standard from 2nd/early3rd edition. For me, that was pre-internet time.

Good stuff overall, looking forward to seeing more!

silverstu
01-05-2009, 22:06
Excellent stuff as usual Stu, those grave guard are going to be great, the tight theme of your VC army makes it look like a real unified force, something most people don't manage to capture with them. Looking forward to seeing them finished.

Steve

Cheers mate- nearly done with the grave guard- really want to do them justice. I think they really will capture the essence of the army.


Nice deadies.
:)

Thanks!


Your whole VC army is looking really good. I really like the look of the grave guard.

NowI think you need to paint some vampires.

Cheers- a vamp is on the way too- the saucy gamezone one! Worth the wait I hope.


Looks great! Lovely painting! Keep it up!

Thanks very much- encouragement is very much appreciated.


Hmmm, I think I haven't had a look in here yet I have to admit. Very nice stuff there. The undead are looking very good, I especially like the bases of the bats. The colours are also chosen cleverly.

Eldar are looking mightily fine but what I really find impressive is your painting standard from 2nd/early3rd edition. For me, that was pre-internet time.

Good stuff overall, looking forward to seeing more!

Thanks very much for the nice comments Sigur- really appreciate that- I think my painting might have been better in the old days! Hope I make it worth a return visit.

On the subject of my eldar- I'm planning a revamp of the whole army- going for deeper reds rather than the orange tones. Bit of a step becuase i love some of the older painting but I can't paint like that now and I fancy a change. Expect pics in the future.

silverstu
01-05-2009, 22:20
back to the subject of the vamps- I have 16 graveguard done-ish. I've done the blue- i have some more highlights to do and finish and do the bases. Plus the command is nearly done- have to do the blues and finishing touches. Why not finished? Well bad month work wise and then the whole GoldSwords thing- I didn't want to touch my stuff for a while. But in a effort to get back on track I thought I'd share a few pics of their current state.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/GG1e.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/GG1d.jpg

I'm really pleased with how they are turning out- still need a bit but they are getting there.

The command look like this-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/ggcommandwip.jpg

A few minor conversions- had a quick crack at some greenstuffed horns for the champ- not bad.
Anyway hope to have these boys finished this weekend and a vamp done too[or at least progress on the vamp- she is started but not ready to be seen yet!].

mrtn
02-05-2009, 00:12
I don't like the blue horn on the musician (I'd prefer it verdigris/bronze), but they're looking very cool. :)

silverstu
03-05-2009, 21:34
I don't like the blue horn on the musician (I'd prefer it verdigris/bronze), but they're looking very cool.

Well each to their own- I went for the blue for the supernatural feel- the horns are the blast of the winter chill wind type of vibe.

mini Update- here is where I am with the GG- I've done the blue on the 3 command- I have one last trooper to do then it is touch ups and finish the bases. I also added rust to all the armour- thought they looked a bit flat.
Here are the pics-

Champ-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/ggchamp2.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/ggchamp3.jpg

Standard-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/ggstd.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/ggstd1.jpg
and yes there is a bad freehand skull on the banner..

silverstu
03-05-2009, 21:42
And the musician-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/ggmus2.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/ggmus3.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/ggmus5.jpg

And I'm still working on the eldar scheme trying to get a red I like..

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/Lordwip1.jpg

getting there I think- at least a good red base- waiting on some more vallejo reds to come in the post.

Anyway still working to do the GG and working on the vamp- wip pics tomorrow.

ReaperOfSouls
03-05-2009, 22:03
Afraid I will have to agree with mrtn. Not a big fan of the blue horn. but as you say, to each their own :)

The rest of the stuff is looking extremely good though. Especially like the banner you have made. Subtle, yet effective. Nice to see some progress on the eldar as well. Adds a certain warmth to the log with a bit of red as well ;)

Hope to see more from you soon! :)

silverstu
03-05-2009, 22:16
Afraid I will have to agree with mrtn. Not a big fan of the blue horn. but as you say, to each their own :)

The rest of the stuff is looking extremely good though. Especially like the banner you have made. Subtle, yet effective. Nice to see some progress on the eldar as well. Adds a certain warmth to the log with a bit of red as well ;)

Hope to see more from you soon! :)

Hmm 2 votes against the horn huh? Might have to rethink it..
And yeah I thought hot reds would be a nice change after the cold blues- the log will be hotting up in the future!;)
Thanks for the comments!

mrtn
03-05-2009, 22:18
I like the banner.

:)

Hjalmar Cirkus
03-05-2009, 22:49
Amazing work behind the grave guards!

silverstu
04-05-2009, 18:43
I like the banner.

:)

A-ha ! Progress! Cheers.


Amazing work behind the grave guards!

Thanks very much- glad you like them- almost done now.

Ok quick update- WIP pics of the vamp. Beautiful sculpt and quite a challenge to paint- still a fair a bit to do- more work on the cloth, hopefully get the face looking better, do the sword and hair. Anyway gives you an idea-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/vampwip.jpg

The rear view is quite ..ahem.. good..

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/vampwip2.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/vampwip3.jpg

The graveguard are getting near to completion too so hopefully more pics soon.
Thanks for looking.

ReaperOfSouls
04-05-2009, 18:58
Good job on that vampire. The... erm... paintjob is looking very... erm... sexy. Do I need to say any more? :p

Txan
04-05-2009, 19:47
Yes... well... umm... it needs more.... uh... shading.. yes.. shading... more in areas.... that i am not looking at the momment..

EmperorNorton
04-05-2009, 19:48
Fantastic job on the Grave Guard.
Any chance of a bigger picture of that Vampire?
I gave up painting that one pretty much just after starting, I found it so hard to paint.

silverstu
05-05-2009, 11:47
Good job on that vampire. The... erm... paintjob is looking very... erm... sexy. Do I need to say any more? :p

Ermm.. it does feel slightly wrong painting her...


Yes... well... umm... it needs more.... uh... shading.. yes.. shading... more in areas.... that i am not looking at the momment..

Shading? I'll see how she goes- was thinking of making her a touch paler..


Fantastic job on the Grave Guard.
Any chance of a bigger picture of that Vampire?
I gave up painting that one pretty much just after starting, I found it so hard to paint.

Thanks mate- as requested a larger pic of lady vamp- she is very detailed- I actually have a hard time working out what is fabric, hair and detail. very daunting to paint but I just what the hell- give it the best I can. Give her another go- I think washes will be help alot and use the point of a fine brush to pick out highlights.

Just a larger version of one of the pics-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/vamwpwip5.jpg

really have to get back to work now..

Txan
05-05-2009, 12:12
Shading? I'll see how she goes- was thinking of making her a touch paler..

Yes, thats what i ment, paler.

Harry
05-05-2009, 20:25
Ermm.. it does feel slightly wrong painting her...



Shading? I'll see how she goes- was thinking of making her a touch paler..

You just want an excuse to add another highlight to her butt. :D

So, those graveguard are wonderful! I love the standard.

I know I have said it before but the whole army is simply stunning. The most striking army I have seen in a while. I love it. I often see armies and think I would like to steal that idea or match that look but I rarely look at an army and think I would like to 'buy' that army.

silverstu
05-05-2009, 21:05
Yes, thats what i ment, paler.

Ahh - yes I quite agree- she's looking a little too "lively" at the moment..


You just want an excuse to add another highlight to her butt. :D
You know me sooo well!!



So, those graveguard are wonderful! I love the standard.

I know I have said it before but the whole army is simply stunning. The most striking army I have seen in a while. I love it. I often see armies and think I would like to steal that idea or match that look but I rarely look at an army and think I would like to 'buy' that army.

Well you never know.. selling them did randomly cross my mind the otherday.. have to finish them first though..;)

Won't be doing much to them til the weekend- updates then.

Isha
05-05-2009, 21:15
Amazing army you built yourself! I am impressed. As has been said before - you managed to get an interesting theme, a striking colour scheme, paint it at an high level AND keep it throughout the whole army - if that is not perfection you're quite close to it :)
(my fav award goes to the zombies)

Harry
05-05-2009, 21:42
Well you never know.. selling them did randomly cross my mind the otherday..
Well if it randomly stays in your mind for any length of time randomly send me a PM before you put it on ebay. :D

silverstu
05-05-2009, 21:59
Amazing army you built yourself! I am impressed. As has been said before - you managed to get an interesting theme, a striking colour scheme, paint it at an high level AND keep it throughout the whole army - if that is not perfection you're quite close to it :)
(my fav award goes to the zombies)

Wow- thanks very much- thats quite a compliment and is much appreciated. Glad you liked the zombies- it's a very simple scheme[actually the whole lot is but don't tell anyone!;)]


Well if it randomly stays in your mind for any length of time randomly send me a PM before you put it on ebay. :D

Rest assured you'd be the first to know.. oh and I'll get started on that knight soon- I haven't forgotten!

Sapphire
07-05-2009, 18:25
dude your stuff is amazing!!! i signed up just to comment and tell that it rocks :D
well that and....... to ask how you do your snow bases? ive looked through the thread but cant find it anywere else.

Thanks

fluffystuff
08-05-2009, 08:46
Love the horns on the champion and the standard looks smart aswell. I have to agree about the horn though, I think there's a bit too much blue. Maybe leave the horn blue and paint the skull either gold or bone colour, or darken the horn as it tapers to the end.
I still love that colour scheme every time I visit this thread aswell. Keep it up Stu.

silverstu
08-05-2009, 10:33
dude your stuff is amazing!!! i signed up just to comment and tell that it rocks :D
well that and....... to ask how you do your snow bases? ive looked through the thread but cant find it anywere else.

Thanks

Thanks very much! Very chuffed that you would sign up to comment- the snow bases- I use MD Supalite Microballoons[thanks again Hastings!] - its a fine resin/plastic dust and quite cheap- i got mine on the net- you should be able to find it by googling it. You add the microballoons to a PVA and water mix- it's really trial and error but I usually aim for a icing sugar type look and then add a bit more balloons. My associate Doi in the Tale of Fantasy painters uses baking soda in a similar way so that's another option for you. Good luck with the bases!


Love the horns on the champion and the standard looks smart aswell. I have to agree about the horn though, I think there's a bit too much blue. Maybe leave the horn blue and paint the skull either gold or bone colour, or darken the horn as it tapers to the end.
I still love that colour scheme every time I visit this thread aswell. Keep it up Stu.

Cheers mate- I think I'll repaint the end of the horn to match the skellie horn I did before. Thanks for the encouragement- glad you are still loving the scheme. Hoping to see more stuff from your good self soon.

silverstu
19-05-2009, 22:06
Quick update- basically the pics from the ToP- vamp is finished -ish and the command for the grave guard- the graveguard hav had thier bases finished with snow and grass too.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/vampf.jpg
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/vampg.jpg

GG command-[note the redone trumpet head lads...]
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/ggcommand.jpg

And the whole gang together..

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/ggcommandz.jpg

Next up- probably a vampire lord- the female knight from reaper.. thanks for looking..

mrtn
19-05-2009, 22:09
Looking good there mate.
:)

Txan
20-05-2009, 02:08
You have to do a pimp vamp... LOL

Dino
20-05-2009, 02:35
That vampire gives wood. Very hot. Unit as a whole looks great.

ReaperOfSouls
20-05-2009, 05:54
I really like the new trumpet thingy. The metal was that little touch that was missing before. Looking great now. Also the wood grains on the grave guard shields are looking ace :)

silverstu
20-05-2009, 09:42
Looking good there mate.
:)

Thanks mate- really appreciate your ongoing support!


You have to do a pimp vamp... LOL

Ahh but they are my ladies.. actually thinking of doing my escher gang as a next project.


That vampire gives wood. Very hot. Unit as a whole looks great.

I'm glad she has brightened up your day!


I really like the new trumpet thingy. The metal was that little touch that was missing before. Looking great now. Also the wood grains on the grave guard shields are looking ace :)

Thanks very much- yeah it was a bit same-y with the blue everywhere- still you have try things and thats the great thing about doing a log is getting suggestions and critiques. How are your nids doing- my random 40k painting has gone from my eldar- which where stressing me out abit[and I have work for that!] to a brood of termagaunts. Love the little buggers.

ReaperOfSouls
20-05-2009, 10:17
I have pretty much finished the tyrants base with water effects and everything. Right now I am busy putting the finishing touches to all of the spine gaunts and basing them + finishing the last bits on my first 3 hormagaunts. Planning to try and pass under the radar and then sneak in an update when all the gaunts are finished :)

silverstu
20-05-2009, 10:21
I have pretty much finished the tyrants base with water effects and everything. Right now I am busy putting the finishing touches to all of the spine gaunts and basing them + finishing the last bits on my first 3 hormagaunts. Planning to try and pass under the radar and then sneak in an update when all the gaunts are finished :)

Looking forward to seeing them mate. Trying to tart up my nid bases too actually- snow+barbed wire+marine bits? Interested to see how the water effects turn out.

ReaperOfSouls
20-05-2009, 12:11
Surely you mean snow, barbed wire, dead marine bits and lots and lots (and LOTS) of blood splattering on the innocently white snow? :P

As for the water I think it has turned out quite ok. I learnt the hard way though that it is hard to get a nice even layer of water, especially if you pour it too thick in one go. It tends to collaps and leave small "holes" in the surface. The annoying part is that each layer poured is listed as taking 24h to dry, so the process of making a single base is rather drawn out. So far I have been lazy and not added any water to any of the gaunts I'm woring on. Maybe it will be inclued on some f the future gaunts bases and, more likely, the bases f the gene stealers.

Anardakil
22-05-2009, 22:33
Damn I love this army silverstu :D

That's an impressive banner. I like how it's so subtle :) Creepy.

Isha
24-05-2009, 12:25
Vampire looks great! The contrast of the blood on the blade with the cold tones is just perfect! Good job! :)

silverstu
07-06-2009, 13:14
Surely you mean snow, barbed wire, dead marine bits and lots and lots (and LOTS) of blood splattering on the innocently white snow? :P



This is what i have yet to do to the gaunts- the debate is do I paint the bases like my VC and differentiate them with the barbed wire etc ot do i paint them a different colour then add the snow and different bits. Actually thinking about it the bases are mainly snow and extras which I'm definitely using.. will go with earth/snow/blood/bits/wire..


Damn I love this army silverstu :D

That's an impressive banner. I like how it's so subtle :) Creepy.

Thanks very much! Glad you like them- big fan of your armies too- I will hve some more stuff for my VC up soon[ish].


Vampire looks great! The contrast of the blood on the blade with the cold tones is just perfect! Good job! :)

Thanks very much mate- I'm quite relieved the blood worked ok- thought it might wreck the whole thing!

No VC in this update just yet- have a vamp lord in the works and building a corpse cart and some more ghouls. Just to keep up the general log kudos some 40k. Ok so the eldar I love but I need to figure out the reds and things and I thought I'd like some fun- hence the return of the nids. i have a bunch of gaunts painted already- painted up a batch of 12 termagaunts in the last 2 weeks- need their bases done but here they are-

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/nidterms.jpg

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/nidtermsB.jpg

I have another batch of 12 to build and paint which after I retouch up a few early efforts will give me 40 termagaunts. Thinking of doing the 40k Tale this year so I figured I'll leave the big stuff[warriors etc] and more costly troops[hormas and stealers] for the tale. The plan is do the nids to a similar level as the vamps. Thinking groovy snow bases with bits and the odd conversion.
Anyway hopefully more vamp/nids updates soon[might do a nid group shot or two to show the current state of the swarm].
Thanks for looking.

mrtn
07-06-2009, 13:31
Lovely bone colour on those nids (you never tire of bone, do you? ;) ). They're a bit dark, don't know if that's the pics or the minis, maybe pick out the eyes/teeth/mouths more with lighter colours?

The boyz
07-06-2009, 15:57
Nice work on those Nids. I like the dark blue tone to their skin, then the bright bone colour to their carapace, they complement one another very well.

silverstu
07-06-2009, 23:14
Lovely bone colour on those nids (you never tire of bone, do you? ;) ). They're a bit dark, don't know if that's the pics or the minis, maybe pick out the eyes/teeth/mouths more with lighter colours?

Yep- love painting those bone colours[although I actually learned doing the nids not the vamps!]. The pic is quite dark- i'm v.lazy when it comes to setting up pics at the 'mo- here is a blurry pic but you get a better sense of the blue- it is dark but I like the contrast with the carapace.

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk280/silverstustuff/nidstermC.jpg

Plus the snow on the bases will lighten the models still further.


Nice work on those Nids. I like the dark blue tone to their skin, then the bright bone colour to their carapace, they complement one another very well.

Cheers! I really like how the blue and the bright bone combine- it's great across a bunch of them- although perhaps they are a little "clean".

On a general note I had a look at the first 16 gaunts I did- hmmm might have to redo their carapaces too..they are a bit pants.
Anyway mini update over- hobby stuff this week will be basin these fellas and getting the vamps moved on.

Harry
08-06-2009, 06:45
Very nice scheme. They do look great.

As I look at my painting table then look at your stuff it is clear we should have got together to buy a paint set. :D

More snow on the bases? I guess if these match the VC bases you will only need the one table. :D

silverstu
08-06-2009, 10:05
Very nice scheme. They do look great.

As I look at my painting table then look at your stuff it is clear we should have got together to buy a paint set. :D

More snow on the bases? I guess if these match the VC bases you will only need the one table. :D

Yes the one table was an idea- but may be a tad tedious... hmm hoping to make the bases different, while incorporating the snow but I may just have to try a snowless base. I'll have a hunt around and see if I can get an ideas- I like the swampy/muddy theme- or maybe a grasslands theme..
In regards to colours we do seem to have differing colour palette:D - don't touch greens, yellow or purple.. next time you are buying a set gimme a shout and we'll go half-ers!

[Provehito in Altum]
08-06-2009, 17:55
I hope this question wasn't answered already, but what company is the female vampire lord from?

Great work!

silverstu
08-06-2009, 20:55
;3655814']I hope this question wasn't answered already, but what company is the female vampire lord from?

Great work!

Thanks- the female vamp is by gamezone- lovely model.

nkicik
28-06-2009, 22:30
Some really nice stuff here, love the blue on the VC and the bone effect on the gaunts is top notch. Keep it up!

LonelyPath
28-06-2009, 23:17
I love your VC army, the paint scheme is very different and really makes them stand out. A nice selection of vampire and necro mini choices as well. Nice to see another female-led VC force other than mine, to many seem to go for Vlad or Mannfred among the groups I liay with.

Also, enjoying the Nids and looking forward to seeing alot more of these armies over time :)

BoyMilla
29-06-2009, 07:13
Your nids are great.

Great colour scheme, and superbly executed! I hope you do the 40K tale cos I'd like to see more!

BM

Thalenchar
02-07-2009, 11:18
What a wonderful army your VC have become, Stu. Colour scheme is excellent and I love the banner of the Grave Guard. I also think the colours you have chosen for your 'nids work very well. I always prefer the darker colour schemes on Tyranids more than I do the lighter ones. Nice work and looking forward to seeing more!

silverstu
18-08-2009, 14:12
Some really nice stuff here, love the blue on the VC and the bone effect on the gaunts is top notch. Keep it up!

Thanks very much- I aim to please!


I love your VC army, the paint scheme is very different and really makes them stand out. A nice selection of vampire and necro mini choices as well. Nice to see another female-led VC force other than mine, to many seem to go for Vlad or Mannfred among the groups I liay with.

Also, enjoying the Nids and looking forward to seeing alot more of these armies over time :)

Glad you like the schemes- yeah I'm a big lady-vamp fan although I think some of her sons will be making an appearance sometime soon[thinking the mournful knights are way to nice to ignore!]. But never fear there will be some more ladies too.


Your nids are great.

Great colour scheme, and superbly executed! I hope you do the 40K tale cos I'd like to see more!

BM

Thanks! You will definitely be seeing more!


What a wonderful army your VC have become, Stu. Colour scheme is excellent and I love the banner of the Grave Guard. I also think the colours you have chosen for your 'nids work very well. I always prefer the darker colour schemes on Tyranids more than I do the lighter ones. Nice work and looking forward to seeing more!

Cheers- always nice to hear that people like the schemes- although I'm always tweaking them- and sometimes when I leave them for a bit I sometimes struggle to get the same effect..:angel:

silverstu
18-08-2009, 14:27
Ok- an update!
Real life has been a tad challenging of late so painting has taken a back seat. I didn't manage to get anymore done on the vamps so failed to complete the Tale of Fantasy painters. Fortunately I've decided to continue the army for the next fantasy tale. I have also signed up the 40k Tale with 1000 points of nids- not a lot but i'm hoping to improve the quality of my painting too and actually with 100 points each month for both tales my painting schedule remains the same.

Pics- first up for the nids- 6 stealers. They are sort of done. I struggled with the carapace scheme- I've been looking at hive fleet Moloch's Ouroubos[?] fleet scheme and I love how cleanly the carapace is done. Plus I felt that scheme was going a little too white on the gaunts.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/nidbroodA.jpg

Close-ups [not pretty so mind your eyes!]

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/stealerdetailA.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/stealerdetailB.jpg

I've added a few touches of red and gloss varnish to hopefully add to the icky factor. I'm hoping the painting will improve and get more sophisticated as the army moves on. Still have to sort the bases- I was thinking mud brown, static grass, long grass and battlefield bits/marine/people bits, barbed wire, water effects and maybe a touch of snow.
BUT SPACEHULK! thinking I might go more urban- grey rubble, pools, barbed wire etc to let me base the SH stealers and fit them in with the rest of the army. And I'm pretty sure there is no snow in space....
We shall see...
For the vamps[since my stuff for the 40k tale is more or less sorted] I'm going to finish painting this-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/corpsecart1.jpg

thinking grasping hands coming up from the base and the piper girl leading the cart on as a nercomancer.
I'll do a swarm shot for the nids soon and hopefully some more updates soon[maybe a test urban base]

Thanks for looking,
Stu.

ReaperOfSouls
18-08-2009, 16:35
What is this? Silverstu talking about doing bases without snow? What's happening to the world I know...

The stealers are looking great and I understand your idea of going with a more urban basing so you can use the space hulk stealers. Those seem to be great models. I almost regret going with my swampy bases for that same reason. I'm actually contemplating weather you could cut off the hulk stealers and magnetize the feet so you can switch them between the different bases?

Anyways, that corpse cart is looking nice as well. Can't wait to see it finished :)

Catferret
18-08-2009, 16:50
Yup, liking the 'stealer colours a lot. If I get Space Hulk I may have to yoink that colour scheme. ;)

Dino
18-08-2009, 18:53
Like the corpse cart stu. Hope you slap the necromancer on it. Also like the nids. Keep up the great work man.

silverstu
18-08-2009, 22:33
What is this? Silverstu talking about doing bases without snow? What's happening to the world I know...

The stealers are looking great and I understand your idea of going with a more urban basing so you can use the space hulk stealers. Those seem to be great models. I almost regret going with my swampy bases for that same reason. I'm actually contemplating weather you could cut off the hulk stealers and magnetize the feet so you can switch them between the different bases?

Anyways, that corpse cart is looking nice as well. Can't wait to see it finished :)

Cheers mate- yeah I know- in space there's no snow! I was thinking of magnetizing the stealers too- just be a case of getting the footprint of the bases right[and keeping them durable]. Still it's made me think about the bases some more.


Yup, liking the 'stealer colours a lot. If I get Space Hulk I may have to yoink that colour scheme. ;)

Pinch away mate- I know I have before. Really looking forward to getting the SpaceHulk stealers painted up in these colours.


Like the corpse cart stu. Hope you slap the necromancer on it. Also like the nids. Keep up the great work man.

Cheers mate- The cart is next up- I'll get an update on it soon. loving your stuff on the ToP- you are fairly flying through the work!

Wintermute
29-08-2009, 17:07
I'm moving this thread to the new Random Project Logs Forum.

Wintermute

silverstu
29-08-2009, 20:44
I'm moving this thread to the new Random Project Logs Forum.

Wintermute

Ta Wintermute!

Time for a bit of an update- been doing bits and bobs- started the base for the cart and started the necro too but nothing worth showing yet. Been stripping and messing with some of my nid warriors- still playing with the scheme- getting there slowly I think- going to do 3-4 warriors next for the 40k tale.
Anyway here is a few pics of Hive Fleet Tinkerbell-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/hivefleet3.jpg

Missing is an unbuilt fex, a box of gaunts, 2 warriors and a malanthrope.

little guys-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/hivefleet1.jpg

and the stealers-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/hivefleet2.jpg

and something different nid related next....;)

silverstu
29-08-2009, 20:54
Right.. I've been checking out warpshadow for inspiration [and of course rumours..]. Anyway I've loved how far alot of them take their work- Navarro, Mr Pink, Hydra and Moloch to name check a few. It always made me think I'd like to do something more with my nids- and also one of the reasons for doingt he log is to create a few very cool armies. SO I've had a wee crack at converting embracing the niddy need to evolve.. and hugely inspired by Hydra's award winning Lictor Bust I've started with a Feeder tendril stealer head. the plan is to do a whole brood with converted heads[at least 6- all of I've got at the mo'] and make them more animated and creepy.
Anyway- first attempt today-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/squidface3.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/squidface1.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/squidface4.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/squidface2.jpg
I've smoothed off the top of the tendrils at top of the head after seeing this last pic. Might slap some paint on him tomorrow and will definitely do another tomorrow.In my defense the head is very small and it's my first nid conversion.[I used the acid maw head BTW]
Thoughts anyone?

Thanks for looking.

Harry
29-08-2009, 21:07
Thats a good looking swarm. (I still can't settle on a scheme :D)

Great work with the greenstuff. Very successful.