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wiggles
09-02-2009, 03:30
Hello! This would be my first plog, not to mention the first things I've ever really tried to paint (well, I ruined some blood bowl figures when I was around 11, but I'm not counting that), so expect many, many mistakes. I thought sharing my "work" with internet people would help motivate me, and I value your opinion more highly than my girlfriends, who's "that's lovely sweetie", while generous, doesn't really give me much to work with.

I began my return to the hobby with marines, rather predictably. These, without further ado, are the Penitent Legion. Everything you're about to see is finished, believe it or not, with the exception of the tank, which I intend to "weather" as soon as I figure out how.

Apologies for the flash photography.

Terminators:

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/DSC00040.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/DSC00039.jpg

Devastators:

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/dansstuff022.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/dansstuff020.jpg

wiggles
09-02-2009, 03:33
A tactical sergeant:

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/dansstuff024.jpg

His squad:

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/dansstuff029.jpg

And a predator:

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/dansstuff036.jpg

theimp
09-02-2009, 03:33
They're very clean and will look great on the table. Will you be adding chapter badges and company insignia? I think it would really take them to the next level.

wiggles
09-02-2009, 03:39
These blood bowl orcs were dipped. I'm curious to see how they compare to the marines, which I decided against dipping.

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/dansstuff039.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/dansstuff040.jpg

And here's what's coming over the horizon. The beginnings of my sinister undead horde:

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/dansstuff060.jpg

wiggles
09-02-2009, 03:41
They're very clean and will look great on the table. Will you be adding chapter badges and company insignia? I think it would really take them to the next level.

I certainly ought to. My freehand would ruin them though, so I'm on the lookout for a transfer that would fit my chapter.

wiggles
09-02-2009, 03:45
The Tau I hinted at in the title incidentally, are hiding in a box, assembled, primed, and shaming me with their matt monochromacity.

Godfiend
09-02-2009, 03:52
It looks like your marines could use another layer or two of highlights to me, but otherwise they're fine. I love your title, by the way :D.

wiggles
12-02-2009, 03:58
Midweek update!

This is the only painting I've done this week (told you I was slow), and I wanted to get some feedback on these two test paintjobs for my upcoming Tau army. They're both quick and dirty paintjobs, that I can add to at a later date if I want to. The aim, as always is to get the army to tabletop standard as quickly as possible.

My basic WIP fire warrior (still the optics and a final highlight to go):

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/dansstuff099.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/dansstuff100.jpg

The cloth on this guy will be getting an extra drybrushed highlight. I'd appreciate some advice on that, as I'm terrible with colour choices (colour blind). What would drybrush on right out of the pot over that knarloc green?

Then here's my basic Kroot.

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/dansstuff097.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa225/b-mot/dansstuff098.jpg

This guy gets a little bit more love than the fire warrior, but he's still very basic. I want a low-key, organic look on these fellas. I'm not a fan of the brightly coloured Kroot I sometimes see.

C&C welcome.

EDIT: Just realised I forgot to paint some of his bling. That will be done in either silver, to represent tribal jewelry, or the sept colour blue.

Daniel36
12-02-2009, 13:23
Well, from what you were saying I was expecting a lot worse. Seriously, your work really ain't bad!

In general though, your stuff could use some highlights.

For example, your Orc warriors, you gave them a nice dip. Now drybrushing with a lighter colour will make them look even better. I really like that orange blue bow type thingy on his head by the way!

Are you familiar with the technique drybrushing?

wiggles
12-02-2009, 14:09
Yeah, I just don't like doing it much. There are some drybrushed highlights on the Kroot (goblin green on the skin and bleached bone on the quills), and there will be more on the tau, I promise.

:)

wiggles
15-02-2009, 00:52
Oh noes! A disaster! My entire space marine army so far has been at least partially ruined by terrible white-out varnishing. I don't know if it's because I over-sprayed that stuff on, or because I was outside, and it was really cold, but they pretty much look like they're coated in white dust.

:(

If anyone knows of a way I can fix this, or just advice to ensure it doesn't happen again, I'd appreciate it, but I get the feeling it's a case of strip em and re-paint or live with it.

Maskedman5oh4
15-02-2009, 04:37
Oh noes! A disaster! My entire space marine army so far has been at least partially ruined by terrible white-out varnishing. I don't know if it's because I over-sprayed that stuff on, or because I was outside, and it was really cold, but they pretty much look like they're coated in white dust.

:(

If anyone knows of a way I can fix this, or just advice to ensure it doesn't happen again, I'd appreciate it, but I get the feeling it's a case of strip em and re-paint or live with it.

I know you first tested the varnish on a extra mini...:angel:

I have read and witnessed horror stories about aerosol varnishes. I know a guy who sprayed 30 Grey Knights and got the cloudy finish you are describing. I know temperature extremes can greatly effect aerosol paints; I think another culprit is humidity levels- I live in Florida and I cannot prime anything from like mid March until about October because the humidity is always about 80%+. I have put down newspaper and primed in the house before; made alot of friends doing it...

wiggles
15-02-2009, 12:00
I know you first tested the varnish on a extra mini...:angel:


:o

I'm just that reckless. I'm a maverick. But I get results, damn it!

Horrible, snow-covered results...