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EmperorNorton
24-06-2009, 19:05
Since I can't focus for long on any one given project and because spreading what little progress I make over several logs makes it look all the more pitiful I have decided to start a new log for everything. Everything!

While I am not a great painter I try my best and even more to get better. Please keep in mind that mediocre painters have feelings, too.

I will forego the usual picture of my workspace as that's frankly not all that interesting.
I also can't provide the customary pet picture on the grounds that I have no pet. Although I very much would like to have a hamster, but don't allow myself to have one, for the potential hamster's sake as well as the eventual emotional trauma due to a hamster's short lifespan.

What I can provide, though, is a list of projects that I am currently working on, as recently there was some interest voiced in such a list which promted my own interest to take inventory, so to speak.
This list will be split over the next couple of posts, sporting the occasional picture to adorn the text, giving the current status of my various projects. My plan is to update the status of everything I'm working on to reflect any progress, the goal being to get the status of each and every project to "painted", which I'll take the liberty to mark in red.

EmperorNorton
24-06-2009, 19:06
Warhammer Fantasy
(You can find some more pictures in my old log here (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=119635).)

Bretonnia
Army size: approx. 7000 points
Current status: complete disarray

Daemons of Chaos
Army size: 2000 points
Current status: The horror!

Dark Elves
Army size: approx. 5000 points
Current status: partially painted

Dwarfs
Army size: approx. 7000 points
Current status: 1 unit painted, some partially painted, the rest mostly assembled

Empire (Middenheim) [updated 31.7.2012]
Army size: approx. 6000 points
Current status: about 5000 points painted
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02171.jpg

High Elves
Army size: approx. 6000 points
Current status: about 2000 points painted

Ogre Kingdoms [updated 31.7.2012]
Army size: approx. 6000 points
Current status: about 5000 points painted

Orcs & Goblins [updated 31.7.2012]
Army size: approx. 4000 points
Current status: about 250 points painted

Skaven [updated 31.7.2012]
Army size: approx. 4000 points
Current status: partially assembled

Vampire Counts
Army size: approx. 5000 points
Current status: about 1500 points painted, the rest mostly unassembled

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01485.jpg

Warriors of Chaos
Army size: 6000 points
Current status: mostly unassembled

Wood Elves
Army size: approx. 6000 points
Current status: about 3000 points painted, the rest partially painted or at least undercoated

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01457.jpg

EmperorNorton
24-06-2009, 19:07
Warhammer 40K
(You can find some more pictures in my old log here (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=106957).)

Black Templars
Army size: approx. 3500 points
Current status: partially assembled

http://www.hcrealms.com/gallery/data/500/Razorback_2.JPG
(Shiny!)

Blood Angels
Army size: approx. 1500 points
Current status: assembled

Dark Eldar
Army size: approx. 1500 points
Current status: partially assembled

Witch Hunters
Army size: approx. 3000 points
Current status: mostly assembled, partially undercoated and ready to be painted

http://www.hcrealms.com/gallery/data/500/Seraph1.jpg
(test for my colour scheme, slightly altered in the meantime)



[U]Lord of the Rings (SBG)
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01468.jpg
(my latest acquisition, to complement my Rohan force)

Dwarves
Army size: approx. 500 points
Current status: still in box

Gondor
Army size: approx. 800 points
Current status: assembled and undercoated

Harad
Army size: approx. 350 points
Current status: still in box

Isengart
Army size: approx. 700 points
Current status: partially assembled

Moria
Army size: approx. 650 points
Current status: partially assembled

Rohan
Army size: approx. 900 points
Current status: assembled and undercoated

EmperorNorton
24-06-2009, 19:07
Mordheim

Beastmen Raiders
Current status: undercoated

Kislevites
Current status: assembled

Middenheim Mercenaries
Current status: partially assembled

Outlaws of Stirwood Forest
Current status: partially painted

Pirates
Current status: partially painted

http://www.hcrealms.com/gallery/data/500/Pirates.JPG

The Possessed
Current status: partially painted

Sisters of Sigmar
Current status: painted
http://www.hcrealms.com/gallery/data/500/Sisters_of_Sigmar_2.JPG
(the bases have been done since I took the picture)

Undead
Current status: undercoated

Witch Hunters
Current status: undercoated



[U]Necromunda

Adeptus Arbites
Current status: undercoated

Escher Gang
Current status: unpainted

EmperorNorton
24-06-2009, 19:08
Blood Bowl
(You can find some more pictures in my old log here (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=136542).)

Amazons (‘Erengrad Snow Foxes’, using Phil’s Phigs Valkyries)
Current status: painted

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC00923.jpg

Chaos
Current status: partially painted, nameless

Dark Elves
1. GW minis
Current status: partially painted
2. Shadowforge Wicked Elves
Current status: unpainted

Dwarfs (‘Cheery Littlebottoms’)
Current status: painted, some reserve players unpainted

http://www.hcrealms.com/gallery/data/500/DSC00762.JPG

Goblins
Current status: undercoated, nameless

Halflings (‘Southfarthing Suicide Squad’)
Current status: painted

Humans
1. Converted Bretonnians (‚Carcassone Grail Seekers’)
Current status: painted
2. Shadowforge Females
Current status: unpainted
3. GW minis, metal, newer version
Current status: unpainted; planned to be painted in Packers colours

http://www.hcrealms.com/gallery/data/500/Team_complete.JPG

Lizardmen
Current status: planned to be converted from Fantasy minis lying in that corner over there

Norse
Current status: recently stripped, need Ulfwereners

Ogres
Current status: Ogres converted from Ogre Bulls, partially painted; Gnoblars instead of Snotlings, conversion not finished

Orcs
1. GW plastics (‚Angmar Aardvarks’)
Current status: very badly painted, retired
2. Shadowforge Female Orcs (‘Brutal Beauties’)
Current status: painted

http://www.hcrealms.com/gallery/data/500/DSC00766.JPG
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01165.jpg

Skaven
Current status: partially painted, nameless

Vampires (‘Midnight Kiss’)
Current status: painted

Wood Elves (‘Ariel’s Angels’, using Shadowforge Female Elves)
Current status: painted



Various

For the most part this means terrain.
Aside from an assortment of terrain pieces from GW and others (like two buildings from Tabletop World) I am currently working on a Cities of Death board for 40K with a friend and using Hirst Arts moulds to create Mordheim scenery.

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01172.jpg
(the only picture I have currently available, showing my first try using the Hirst Arts blocks)

There's a good chance Uncharted Seas will make an appearance in the near future, too.

PaleRaven
24-06-2009, 19:19
Hey there!
Heh, it looks like I finaly found somone has has as many varied and sporadic plans as me, I have lost count of what iv'e tried to start only to leave pitifully unfinished...
Anyway, I love the look of your vampire counts army, from what I can see there are some truely intuitive conversions done there that need the as much praise as possible! You also have incredibly impressive wood elf collection with what looks like a suberb and clean colour scheme and the treeman looks amazing, what did you use for it?
How you can say you have mediocre painting skills I will never know but from what I can see mediocre is nowhere to be found!
Look forward to seeing more, keep up the good work!
Raven

EmperorNorton
24-06-2009, 19:41
Hey there!
Heh, it looks like I finaly found somone has has as many varied and sporadic plans as me, I have lost count of what iv'e tried to start only to leave pitifully unfinished...
Anyway, I love the look of your vampire counts army, from what I can see there are some truely intuitive conversions done there that need the as much praise as possible! You also have incredibly impressive wood elf collection with what looks like a suberb and clean colour scheme and the treeman looks amazing, what did you use for it?
How you can say you have mediocre painting skills I will never know but from what I can see mediocre is nowhere to be found!
Look forward to seeing more, keep up the good work!
Raven

Thank you.
The treeman is a Tree Lord from Ultraforge Miniatures, beloved by me, hated by many.

Now on to the things that are currently on my painting table.
First there are the Augur and Bertha Bestraufrung for my Sisters of Sigmar warband. Pictures forthcoming once they are finished.

Then there's a Giant for my Middenheim army:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01465.jpg

And I have started precursory work on my 40K Witch Hunters, which I am thinking about entering in the next Tale of 40K Painters, if they'll have me:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01478.jpg

For the next Tale of Fantasy Painters I plan on starting my Warriors of Chaos, which I'll also play in a Warbands campaign at my FLGS.

Since I change my plans about eight times a day (as this overabundance of projects illustrates) I might decide to do something entirely different, though.

Arduhn
24-06-2009, 21:25
There's something very disturbing about those female orcs, lol. Lots of cool stuff. I vote you paint Dark Elves or Empire next. :)

Godfiend
24-06-2009, 21:45
You should start a Tomb Kings or Daemons army, as you're running low on stuff to paint.

nkicik
24-06-2009, 22:31
Some really cool stuff there, love the female orcs but honest to God how can you afford it? Lottery win?

Gargobot
24-06-2009, 22:36
You sure have a whole lot of stuff, good luck with the painting!
Love the unusual BB teams. :)

BoyMilla
25-06-2009, 05:21
Wow, I thought I had a lot of stuff to get through! This log is going to running until you're old and grey (unless you already are old and grey, in which case it'll probably see you to the end:D).

What grabs my attention are the Mordheim pirates, nice models and solid paint job!

All the best with the various projects!

BM

Lord Dan
25-06-2009, 05:26
We need more Empire logs.

Anardakil
25-06-2009, 10:45
DAMN you have a lot of stuff! You have enormous armies of like everything o.o

EmperorNorton
28-06-2009, 18:42
You should start a Tomb Kings or Daemons army, as you're running low on stuff to paint.
Actually I have been considering a Daemon army for some time.
As well as an Imperial Guard army and a small Ork force centered around bikes.
Putting together a complete list of all my projects for the first time has put a damper on that, though.


Some really cool stuff there, love the female orcs but honest to God how can you afford it? Lottery win?
I wish. In that case I wouldn't be painting myself, but paying somebody to do it for me, as I think it's a bit of a chore.
Considering all this stuff was bought over the course of six years and hardly anything at full price the expenditure wasn't that extreme.


You sure have a whole lot of stuff, good luck with the painting!
Love the unusual BB teams. :)
Thanks!


Wow, I thought I had a lot of stuff to get through! This log is going to running until you're old and grey (unless you already are old and grey, in which case it'll probably see you to the end:D).

What grabs my attention are the Mordheim pirates, nice models and solid paint job!

All the best with the various projects!

BM
Thanks!
I guess it wouldn't hurt to start eating healthier so I'll live to finish it all.
Just so whoever manages my estate after my death can throw it all away...


DAMN you have a lot of stuff! You have enormous armies of like everything o.o
Nah, there are still a bunch of armies I don't have and don't have any interest in.
However, I once thought the same thing about 40K in general, Ogre Kingdoms, and Empire. Which leads me to...


We need more Empire logs.


There's something very disturbing about those female orcs, lol. Lots of cool stuff. I vote you paint Dark Elves or Empire next. :)
Regrettably I won't have the time to enter the next ToFP with an army that needs a lot of troops, so my Middenheim army is out.
I thought maybe the Heraldry book would leave me so impressed that I'd do it anyway, but to the contrary I found it underwhelming. Picked it up from the store on Friday, "read" through it in twenty minutes and don't think I'll ever feel the need to look at it again.
Well, there is the giant, as a teaser of things to come.

And these two are kinda Empire-ish:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01488.jpg

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01487.jpg
I forgot Bertha's eyes, which I'll do tomorrow, as well as a number of minor fixes.
I think they turned out fairly well.

Arduhn
28-06-2009, 18:50
Regrettably I won't have the time to enter the next ToFP with an army that needs a lot of troops, so my Middenheim army is out.
I thought maybe the Heraldry book would leave me so impressed that I'd do it anyway, but to the contrary I found it underwhelming. Picked it up from the store on Friday, "read" through it in twenty minutes and don't think I'll ever feel the need to look at it again.
Well, there is the giant, as a teaser of things to come.

And these two are kinda Empire-ish:

[...]

I forgot Bertha's eyes, which I'll do tomorrow, as well as a number of minor fixes.
I think they turned out fairly well.

Ya, I hear ya on the no time thing. I have my last year of Uni to finish, and I have to still work during that time...and I paint very slowly. I know what you mean on the heraldry book as well. I liked it, but I was expecting more from what people were saying who had seen it.

Bertha and the Auger(?) look good. I have those models as well, but I'm not entirely sure what I'll be doing with them.

Daniel36
28-06-2009, 18:50
Oh my goodness, you have to tell me where those pirate cuties come from... Those minis rock!

And good luck with chronicling all your different projects... I do so as well, and so far it's only made me happy!

EmperorNorton
28-06-2009, 18:59
Ya, I hear ya on the no time thing. I have my last year of Uni to finish, and I have to still work during that time...and I paint very slowly. I know what you mean on the heraldry book as well. I liked it, but I was expecting more from what people were saying who had seen it.

My plan is to finish my dissertation until next June. I'm not sure I have time to eat or sleep...


Bertha and the Auger(?) look good. I have those models as well, but I'm not entirely sure what I'll be doing with them.
Thanks.
That's indeed an Augur and she has her own story, nay, legend (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=204825)!


Oh my goodness, you have to tell me where those pirate cuties come from... Those minis rock!

And good luck with chronicling all your different projects... I do so as well, and so far it's only made me happy!
All of them are from Reaper, except for the one on the right, which is from Hasslefree.

Arduhn
28-06-2009, 19:16
You could save time if you could just figure out how to sleep-eat.

mrtn
29-06-2009, 09:41
Nice Augur, and good luck with those tons of models.

EmperorNorton
04-07-2009, 18:49
Small update:

I need to get 500 points worth of core units done this month for my Vampire Counts to succesfully finish the Tale of Fantasy Painters.
Hence I'm working on some Ghouls; so far they have only been basecoated in a light grey and I hope a wash or two will make them look halfway decent.
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01494.jpg
The rest should be skellingtons, but since I'm starting a summer job on Monday as well as some additional voluntary work chances are slim that I'll actually get this done.

Especially since I feel more inclined to paint something else. I have put a third, lighter layer on the giant's skin:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01498.jpg
Probably needs a fourth and a fifth, though.
I want to make his nose a little red, which I'm not sure how to do. And I never know how to paint lips. Any pointers would be appreciated.

And as Mordheim is currently the only game I get to play, I started working on my Witch Hunters:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01493.jpg
A bit too bright and colourful at the moment, but a healthy dosage of Devlan Mud should fix that.

In the background there's half a dozen ruined brushes. It's rediculous how fast I go through brushes, really, and I'm not completely sure why.

Arduhn
04-07-2009, 18:52
Nice work! Keep it coming. I like the bases on your mordheim stuff.

Lord Dan
05-07-2009, 06:13
Diggin' the talabecland theme there.

richy376
09-07-2009, 22:22
That is indeed a lot of projects! At least you know if your bored of painting one style you can try something else out. The warband is shaping up really nicely.

I think I know what you mean about the brushes. Do you usually use the GW ones? I do, and they tend to last about two months each if I'm lucky.

EmperorNorton
20-07-2009, 19:27
Nice work! Keep it coming. I like the bases on your mordheim stuff.
Yeah, I thought those'd work well for Mordheim. I love Back 2 Base-ix, they make wonderful stuff.


Diggin' the talabecland theme there.
Purely coincidental, I'm afraid. It was not a conscious decision to paint them in Talabecland colours, but why not.


I think I know what you mean about the brushes. Do you usually use the GW ones? I do, and they tend to last about two months each if I'm lucky.
Ususally I use brushes from the art store, but I think I'll try those new GW brushes. Maybe I should stick with the cheaper ones, though, as I'll ruin them anyway.


After I had finally finished building all these skeletons:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01500.jpg

- it rained for three or four days straight, giving me no opportunity to undercoat them. I just did it now as I have no idea when I'll have a chance again:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01502.jpg

Turns out it's still too humid to get a proper result. But as my Skull White spray seems to have been standing around too long it doesn't really matter.
To top it off my camera's batteries died after taking these two pictures, although I had just recharged them yesterday. Today's not my day.

EmperorNorton
23-07-2009, 19:47
While I should busy myself getting those skeletons done - only ten are ready to be dipped so far - I've been sidetracked a little:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01504.jpg
Regrettably I ran out of daylight before I could get him finished (and of course I've now seen lots of things more in the picture that need to be fixed than I saw before.

Here he is discussing celery with his future employer:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01510.jpg

Arduhn
23-07-2009, 19:50
Aww, look at the little guy! Hehe, celery.

Dark Apostle
24-07-2009, 09:09
cute! love the smile on his face.

Fredmans
24-07-2009, 13:07
I sense a soulmate. So many projects, so many figures, so little time. Great to have you aboard the 40K tale this year. I really liked your fantasy armies this year. Looking forward to more.

/Fredmans

EmperorNorton
26-07-2009, 19:55
Aww, look at the little guy! Hehe, celery.


cute! love the smile on his face.

He is adorable, isn't he?
And it's a great mini, especially considering its age. It must be more than 10 years old, I think, but in terms of design and casting quality it beats newer stuff like Battle for Skull Pass by a country mile.


I sense a soulmate. So many projects, so many figures, so little time. Great to have you aboard the 40K tale this year. I really liked your fantasy armies this year. Looking forward to more.

/Fredmans
We'll see how the 40K thing goes. I've never even played a game and I'm hardly able to write an army list. And I'm afraid of painting tanks, but maybe that'll be easier than I imagine.

Some shots of my preparations:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01528.jpg
I bought an Ogre army on ebay, mainly for the metal figures, which have since been stripped, but there were a bunch of badly painted core troops as well, so I'll try repainting them. I have already rebases them and you can see where I scraped off the mould lines where the grey is showing. They have since been given a light black undercoat. Fortunately Ogres aren't all that delicate. For them I'll do three units of Iron Guts first.
I'm not sure yet if I'll include the Giants or if I go with 5 Maneaters instead. The Giants, which wouldn't let themselves be stripped, have now been undercoated with Fanatic's Human Flesh spray and hopefully there won't be any detail lost either. But one of the parts fell off and has to be glued on again, so I hope my shipment of Zap A Gap arrives soon.

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01530.jpg
For my other two armies I have a bit of a headstart, but it's only base colours so far. And I'm very close to running out of Codex Grey, but not as close to running out of Teutogen.
The original plan was to do a unit of 20 for the first month of the Tale, but I'll push for at least 24, as I like to field them in a unit of 25, including the BSB (which isn't even included in my list at the moment). Should I get more done, all the better. Maybe I'll even go for two units of twenty each.
For my SoBs it'll be a unit of ten each for the first three months. After that I don't know. I might go for Penitent Engines and Repentia, as those seem to be the most fun to paint, but aren't really playable as far as I hear/read.

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01533.jpg
First there are these to finish, though. Twenty or so are ready to be dipped, but those were the ones that just had weapons to be painted. Apart from the sand on the bases I haven't managed to get much done, so I doubt I'll be able to finish them until the end of the month.
I have several days off mid August - at least I hope I do! - so maybe that will save me.

Siam-Tiger
27-07-2009, 21:12
How did you paint the SoBs? White with a sepia wash?

richy376
27-07-2009, 21:31
The halfling looks cool - I can see why you'd be distracted from your stacks of skeletons to paint him. Back to work now though eh? :D

EmperorNorton
27-07-2009, 21:40
How did you paint the SoBs? White with a sepia wash?

The undercoat is Fanatic's Skeleton Bone spray, then a sepia wash. Highlights will be done with Bone White and maybe extreme highlights in off white.
Not sure if this'll work on the vehicles, though. I dread painting huge plain areas in Bone White.



The halfling looks cool - I can see why you'd be distracted from your stacks of skeletons to paint him. Back to work now though eh? :D

Actually I continued procrastinating, starting with the base coat on the Ogres.
And tomorrow I likely won't have any time for painting, as I'm going over to a friend's place, where we'll work on a Cities of Death board we started months ago.

Gonfrask
27-07-2009, 22:05
Jejeje, a lot of projects Norton, you remember me someone :P

And Also, that colour scheme of your sisters of Battle by the way...(yep, you told me something about that in my log months ago)

EmperorNorton
28-07-2009, 14:00
Jejeje, a lot of projects Norton, you remember me someone :P

And Also, that colour scheme of your sisters of Battle by the way...(yep, you told me something about that in my log months ago)

And I hope that finally I'll get this army past the testing phase.
If it ends up looking half as good as yours I'll be happy.

EmperorNorton
31-07-2009, 17:57
A shot of what I have to get finished this month:

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01537-1.jpg

There is some progress compared to the previous pictures, but not all that much.
And of course missing from that picture are the 60 skeletons that also await completion.
Currently I'm still somewhat optimistic that I can manage to finish those 101 minis this month. In fact I'm also planning on building and painting quite a bit of scenery during August.
We'll see how long this optimism lasts.

Dark Apostle
31-07-2009, 19:52
Nice scheme for your sisters! btw, Is "optimism" a german word for crazy :p

EmperorNorton
31-07-2009, 20:51
Nice scheme for your sisters! btw, Is "optimism" a german word for crazy :p

No, it is not, which should become apparent soon enough.
The optimism may wane, but the crazy will stay.

Siam-Tiger
31-07-2009, 20:57
Small question along side, any german boards you are visiting (ttw, gwfw or so?) and your nick there?

EmperorNorton
07-08-2009, 17:53
Small question along side, any german boards you are visiting (ttw, gwfw or so?) and your nick there?

None, I'm afraid.

One week in and I have my first ToFP crisis.
Because...
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01538.jpg
...painting twenty of these was fun. Painting fourty, not so much.

Here's what's supposed to come in September:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01539.jpg

And the artillery train:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01541.jpg
I have one more of the newer style metal Helblasters, so I'll probably ditch the old ones.

Problem is, I had wanted to have the skeletons done by now. That obviously has not worked out. I also had planned to have the next two weeks off, but work doesn't allow that. I might have the week after next off, but that's hardly enough to do all the stuff I wanted to do.

EmperorNorton
18-08-2009, 19:17
Finally I have a few days off, but still I can't get anything finished, because I'm all over the place.
Yesterday I spent at least two hours trying to assemble the metal Steam Tank. At first I was really happy, because the first five parts I glued together (the sides and the bottom) fit perfectly. Then I tried to put on the top, which didn't fit at all. That meant I had to break apart the stuff that was already glued to fit everything together somehow. Meh.

Today I spent some time undercoating the vehicles for my Witchhunters:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01543.jpg
The skeleton bone spray is not my friend. It has left a very coarse coat in a lot of places and some details are pretty much ruined or at least will take a lot of work to recover. I haven't seen behaviour like that in any other spray.

Still I love the colour sprays, as I hope that they will save me some time.
My Repentia were undercoated in fleshtone:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01544.jpg

And here's a box of knights, undercoated in silver:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01547.jpg
Somehow it feels more like varnish than a proper undercoat, though, so I'll have to see how it goes.

Since I got bored of the Teutogen I started working on some warmachines and a sorcerer:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01549.jpg
Not sure how one is supposed to paint these sorcerers, though, because the robes are in the way to paint the front. That'll be...interesting.

EmperorNorton
18-08-2009, 19:23
The closest to being actually finished it my Forgeworld well:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01545.jpg
The wood parts need a drybrush and a wash and there are some details on the roof I still need to do. And for the first time I'll try using a water effect.

Last week I got my new Hirst Art moulds. Here are the first results:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01554.jpg

Bigger picture of the big piece from the other side:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01555.jpg
Now I only need to get my Mordheim group together again.

silverstu
18-08-2009, 21:17
mmm.. don't think you got enough projects on the go:D

Looking good - you don't do things by half! Really like the scenery, the gunnery division and that huge pile of knights. Keep at it mate and you'll give Harry a run for his money!

Wintermute
29-08-2009, 16:10
I'm moving this thread to the new Random Project Logs Forum.

Wintermute

EmperorNorton
03-09-2009, 19:02
mmm.. don't think you got enough projects on the go:D
Good thing then that there are a couple more things I want to start.
I got Space Hulk today, as well as my first fleet for Uncharted Seas. And some stuff to hopefully turn into a Kislevite warband for Mordheim. And the Temple of Skulls.


Looking good - you don't do things by half! Really like the scenery, the gunnery division and that huge pile of knights. Keep at it mate and you'll give Harry a run for his money!
I'm afraid that I won't. While I know that I can't match his quality, I thought I could at least match him in quantity, but I seem to lack the sheer determination.
Case in point, of my grand plans for August, this is pretty much all that came of it:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/Empire1.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/Empire2.jpg
One unit of Teutogen awaits finishing touches, which I hope will be done before the week is through.
Minimum for this month is to finish the second unit of Teutogen and 2 core units.

EmperorNorton
06-09-2009, 16:30
And the Teutogen:

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01609.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01611.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01614.jpg
Still need some work on the banner and some minor details.
I hope once they are based properly they'll look nicer.

silverstu
06-09-2009, 18:06
The Teutogen look great- good work on the varying beard colours[nice "red" beards in particular] and I love the freehand wolf on the banner. And the artillery look the part too- nice blue scheme working well.

EmperorNorton
19-09-2009, 19:29
The design on the banner is no freehand, it's part of the mini, although a bit hard to pick out.

Aside from my second unit of Teutogen, I'm currently working on some handgunners:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01621.jpg
According to my plan, they should have been finished last Tuesday. Maybe I'll have the basecoat done properly tomorrow...

On the side I have been spending five minutes here and there on some more warmachines, so hopefully I can churn out some big points fairly quickly should the need arise:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01624.jpg

Winter is coming, as my ole friend Eddard used to say. So I took the opportunity of a couple of warm and dry late summer days to prepare. About 120 brave (and blue) men of the Empire:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01620.jpg
I thought using the coloured sprays would save me time, but I had to realize that painting the undercoat takes, I dunno, about half a minute per mini? Since my average is 2+ hours per figure that really isn't all that much.

And my temple of skulls:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01622.jpg
This shows a bit of a downside to the coloured sprays. Occasionally I have some left over without any particular use for it, so random things get undercoated in unusual colours.
I have a birthday coming up and I hope I'll get an airbrush, which I want to try out on the temple.

Siam-Tiger
19-09-2009, 19:55
Is that the armypainter color spray? I have heard a lot of bad things about them, but they seem to work out fine for you.

I am a little bit confused about the blue empire soldiers, does that work out? especially for metals or skin?

EmperorNorton
19-09-2009, 20:10
Yes, it is the armypainter spray. There are some problems with it as it occasionally gives a rough finish. Some of my Empire guys suffer from that and especially my Sisters of Battle, but it's okay for my standard of painting. You have to shake the can a lot and clean the nozzle often to minimize the risk of getting a rough finish and I don't think it can be completely prevented, so probably not something a painter with higher ambitions would be happy with.
I've had the most trouble with the Skelleton Bone spray (regrettably the one I use/need the most) and some with the Blue, no problems to speak of with Necrotic Flesh, Human Flesh or Army Green. The Platemail Metal spray is probably best used as a very thin coat over a black undercoat, not as an undercoat itself.

Using Tallarn Flesh makes painting the skin over the blue undercoat easy enough and metals should be okay with two thin layers as well.

Dino
20-09-2009, 00:29
Like the Empire stuff. Cannon and mortar look good. Really like teutogen guard. Can't wait to see the wizard.

Hope to see more soon.

Elazar The Glorified
26-09-2009, 07:31
Wow! You've got a lot of interesting projects on the go. Have to say I'm still feeling slightly disturbed by that female Orc with the Goblin in a headlock for your bloodbowl team! Hehe :D
I really like your Teutogen Guard but I've commented on them in the ToFP thread so will point out the other things I really like. Top of that list has to be what you've done so far on the Marauder Giant. Love that old mini and yours is looking very good indeed.
Like the colour scheme on your Sisters of Battle as well, looks really nice. You don't see a great many blue undercoats on Warseer but looks like it will be a great time saver for getting all of your Empire painted! :D

Keep up the good work! :)

EmperorNorton
13-10-2009, 19:47
Finally something that looks like an update (well, when the light is right and you squint your eyes a little...)

I did indeed get an airbrush, but I don't seem to be able to handle it properly (which makes it remarkably similar to an ordinary brush), but I try.
So far it has come in handy experimenting with some scenery:

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01630.jpg
Regrettably the airbrush clogged before I could finish these, but still it was quite a bit faster than painting these trees with a normal brush.

One thing I tried and I'm actually happy with is my first fleet for Uncharted Seas:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01628.jpg
Still have to paint the cannons and the sails, which I started airbrushing, but will probably finish without it.

My second fleet luckily has no sails:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01629.jpg
Not sure if I should use the GW metal paints with my airbrush, though.

Not shown are a bunch of things that I tried to airbrush, but which didn't turn out well, for example a unit of Flagellants, which I wanted to spray the skin colour on. That was quite a mess.
Because of that I decided to not airbrush these bad boys:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01626.jpg
Problem is I'm terribly afraid of ruining them (which, one could argue, I do to most of my minis, but at least most of those are easier to replace than the Space Hulk minis) and since they are so detailed it'll take me forever to get them done.

Gargobot
13-10-2009, 23:18
Problem is I'm terribly afraid of ruining them (which, one could argue, I do to most of my minis, but at least most of those are easier to replace than the Space Hulk minis) and since they are so detailed it'll take me forever to get them done.
I know how you feel, for the same reason I've never had a single game with painted Heroquest minis.
But I've yet to see you ruin a mini, so I've no doubt you'll do them justice.

Bladelord
14-10-2009, 19:08
A lot of stuff. Good stuff.

As for the fleet, it does look good, but don't let it escape without some colour! Historically, ships (especially naval ones) often where minor shows of colourfullness with green and reed fields, markings of all kinds etc. No matter which era or culture, most ships didn't leave shipyard without something to spice it up. One can't look at wood all the time, eh?

Arabian trade dhows might be an exception, as well as viking longboats, but generally large ships looked far from monotone. There's someone else on Warseer that has done a human/Imperial Uncharted Seas fleet, and the colour spots really bring the ships to life.

Just a tip and a thought. :)

EmperorNorton
19-10-2009, 19:46
A lot of stuff. Good stuff.

As for the fleet, it does look good, but don't let it escape without some colour! Historically, ships (especially naval ones) often where minor shows of colourfullness with green and reed fields, markings of all kinds etc. No matter which era or culture, most ships didn't leave shipyard without something to spice it up. One can't look at wood all the time, eh?

Arabian trade dhows might be an exception, as well as viking longboats, but generally large ships looked far from monotone. There's someone else on Warseer that has done a human/Imperial Uncharted Seas fleet, and the colour spots really bring the ships to life.

Just a tip and a thought. :)

Thanks for the tip. I didn't know that, but after looking at some pictures of ships I have to agree that something not as monotone looks nicer.
Not sure if I'll do it, though, as the appeal so far has been that it was easy to very paint them. I guess a bit of colour could be added at a later point, though.
And I totally have to look for that log with the Imperial fleet. I saw that some time ago and in fact it's what got me to try Uncharted Seas. For that the guy deserves my thanks.


I know how you feel, for the same reason I've never had a single game with painted Heroquest minis.
But I've yet to see you ruin a mini, so I've no doubt you'll do them justice.

Either you haven't been paying close attention or this will be a first...

Vallejo, whose paints I usually prefer, have a line of washes that they put out some time after GW made theirs, among which they have big pots (200 ml) of their Black and Pale (that's brownish) washes. As I go through the respective GW washes quite fast I ordered these, because they are quite a bit cheaper. The pots are big enough that you can dip minis in them, speeding up the process.
I tried this with my Uncharted Seas Iron Dwarfs and it turned out okay:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01634.jpg
(Still need to go over the metal parts and paint the cannons bronze.)

At the beginning of the month my friendly local gamestore closed, to my great regret. While I got some minis for cheap in their closing sale - the next one shown among those - that clearly doesn't make up for the loss, and the first problem came about sooner than expected. I ran out of black primer and since I can't just drop by the store to get a new can now, I'll have to go without until I order something online, which will probably be late November at the earliest (Skaven, yes-yes).
Hence I sprayed my minis white and dipped them in the black wash.

Again, worked out okay for this guy:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01636.jpg
WIP, obviously. Since I somehow need to get 800 points of Empire done in the next ten days I'll paint up some characters (which, of course, will lead to problems later on, as I won't have time to paint lots of troops then, either, but I'll worry about that when I come to that point).

Then, and here is where the ruining starts, I did the same with my Space Hulk Genestealers:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01632.jpg
And for whatever reason the wash, although I tried my best to shake of any excess wash on the minis, dried as a thick, rubbery, cracking, detail garbling, crappy mess.
It's disheartening. I don't know what to do with them, nor can I think of any colour scheme that could help with masking the problem a bit. :cries:

Gargobot
19-10-2009, 21:58
It's not over 'til it's over!(?)

Actually that looks like you attempted the Alien look with your Nids, and that could be a way to bring this to a happy end. Maybe if you'd use some of the wash with a brush on the places where it's still a little bright and later apply varnish, you'd end up with the Alien look. (I'm not so sure about this, because I've never done it, but certainly there's a Warseerite not far who knows more about it.)
Or you could strip them.

EmperorNorton
19-10-2009, 22:49
That's what I thought before the wash dried. When it was still wet it looked quite a bit like Giger's Alien. I'd like that, so I'll try a test piece with some more careful washed.

As these are plastic, how would I strip them?

Elazar The Glorified
20-10-2009, 08:20
I think Gargobot could be right, you could put some gloss varnish on them and maybe get a real Giger Alien look from them.
As for stripping plastic models, there are lots of schools of thought. For stripping all of my models (metal or plastic) I put them in a bowl of quite hot water and washing powder mixed up and leave them to soak for an hour or three. The chemicals in the washing powder are brilliant for loosening the paint and then if you get a stiff bristled brush (I use a scrubbing brush) and give the minis a quick going over the paint comes away quite easily. Then I'd give them a proper rinse with clean water just to remove any residue from the washing powder.

GomezAddams
20-10-2009, 19:37
Theres a few things for stripping - simple green, fairy power spray - but your in germany so any suggestions might be a little wasted...

I use an airbrush for color undercoating, mainly because I got fed up of army painter letting me down in its consistancy. Can I ask which airbrush you have and what sort of propellant/compressor you use? I might be able to help out a little bit as I had similar problems early on.

EmperorNorton
20-10-2009, 20:08
I have been looking for Simple Green before, as I read good things about it, but it doesn't seem to be available here. Not sure about Fairy Power Spray, but then I don't usually hang at the cleaning products aisle.
I'm a bit surprised to hear that washing powder works. Usually I use white spirit and even that doesn't get everything off most of the time.

This (http://www1.conrad.de/fas6/fh.php?fh_host=http://www1.conrad.de&fh_session=/scripts/wgate/zcop_b2c/~flN0YXRlPTMzNDc1NjIzNDU=?&fh_pic_url=//media.conrad.de&layout=b2c&finder=&fh_params=fh_secondid%3Db2c206582%26fh_location%3D %252f%252fb2cconrad_de_b2c%252fde_DE%26fh_view%3Dd etail%26fh_reftheme%3Dpromo_138532288%252cdetail%2 52c%252f%252fb2cconrad_de_b2c%252fde_DE%252f%2524s %253dairbrush%26fh_refview%3Dsearch%26%26fh_search %3Dairbrush&insert_kz=PS) is the airbrush set I got. Not the cheapest thing, but nothing special either.

mrtn
20-10-2009, 22:19
Does "green soap" exist in Germany? According to Avian that's good for plastics.

GomezAddams
21-10-2009, 10:40
Can't see which one - I'll send you a PM so this thread doesn't get totally derailed :D

EmperorNorton
27-10-2009, 20:24
After being sidetracked by Uncharted Seas, Space Hulk and suchlike (none of which has been finished, either, I'm afraid) I try to concentrate on the Empire again.
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01639.jpg
My artillery train, crew on the right still being worked on.

A little further progress on the Griffin banner:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01641.jpg
I thought he was closer to being finished than one would guess from that picture...

And since one BSB is not enough, here's another one:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01642.jpg
Quite a lot of details still to do, but I'm positive I'll have something to post for the Tale in November.

EmperorNorton
06-11-2009, 21:00
I finished my stuff for the ToFP, more or less.
It's rubbish, so I won't repost it here, except for this guy, who I think is almost okay.

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01675.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01680.jpg

As usual, now that I've seen the pictures I'll have to go over it again, mainly the banner.

Durek
07-11-2009, 01:10
wow looks like you have quite a huge colections of projects on the go. Good luck on its completion.

I have heard of three products to stripe plastic minis.

1. Simple green [by far the most popular, tough i have never tried it]
2. Castro Super Clean: engine degreaser [used well by myself in the past]
3. Brake fluid [used well by a freind of mine and my next purchase]

Hope this helps. As always test on a poor unsuspecting trooper.:D

Jer

Dino
07-11-2009, 15:40
Very nice work EmperorNorton. I can't wait to see the whole unit of Teutogen Guard. Best of luck.

EmperorNorton
14-11-2009, 18:27
Thanks for the tips and comments.

This month I'm trying to be more disciplined, finishing what I need for the Tale first, doing whatever strikes my fancy afterwards. So far my progress looks promising, although there probably won't be much time left for side projects after my Empire obligation.

On the Middenland side of things it's time to finish the rare units to get my point total back in line:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01689.jpg

For Middenheim proper I started some Flagellants, which are pretty nice to paint:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01691.jpg
It's an awesome kit, although I'll probably curse their little pouches, chains and ropes before I'm done. I'm keeping these simple, though, for the most part just the base colour with a healthy dose of black ink/wash, to give them a proper ragged and dirty look.

Then there is my Army Standard Bearer:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01694.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01695.jpg
The cloak needs some more work, the banner as well.
I wonder about the prevalence of eyepatches in Middenheim, though. Boris Todbringer and the head honcho of the Knights of the White Wolves wear one, too. I guess I'll call my ASB Kelso.

If I find the time I'll finally get my Kislevite huntsmen done as a kind of bonus:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01696.jpg
They have been awaiting completion for a long time now.

Dino
15-11-2009, 00:41
Very cool work. I like the giant and teutogen guard standard bearer the most. But I can't wait to see the steam tank finished.

richy376
15-11-2009, 11:11
You really do have a lot on the go! I like the middenheimers in particular, they look good as a block of troops and the standard bearer is very nice too. Good stuff.

EmperorNorton
20-11-2009, 17:22
Thanks guys.

Although "almost done" seems to be the perpetuate state of my models, here are some pictures of the Flagellants, a good bit further along:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01697.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01698.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01699.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01700.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01701.jpg

For the most part I only need to do some cleanup on the skin and paint some details that I have forgotten previously (like that hourglass).
I'm beginning to think that they look too dirty, though, especially when the wash pooled where it wasn't supposed to.

Dino
20-11-2009, 18:17
The flaggies are turnning out pretty nice. I tried my hand at them a while ago but never finished them. How was it painting yours?

EmperorNorton
20-11-2009, 18:26
While I find painting troops fairly aggravating most of the time (like the handgunners last month) I found painting these fun.

GomezAddams
20-11-2009, 20:47
The kislev kossars look excellent, those pants are seriously bright and the blues nice and muted next to them.

Although I'm annoyed I missed the sisters a page back - hopefully there next on the cards... pretty please?

EmperorNorton
20-11-2009, 20:52
Nah, they have been put on the backburner.
I'll be lucky if I manage to get my Empire stuff done at the moment (although some smaller side projects might make an appearance next week, depending on when the Empire stuff is finished).
I saw your SoB in the Painting Support Group thread. Looks good to me.

Gargobot
22-11-2009, 20:42
Really nice flaggies, makes me look forward to when I paint mine. :)

EmperorNorton
30-11-2009, 17:08
Finished stuff:

20 Flagellants:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01702.jpg

1 BSB:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01708.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01707.jpg
Obviously I forgot to give him a pupil in his one good eye, but I'll fix that ASAP. Regrettably the writing on the banner is absolutely lame.

1 Giant:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01705.jpg
I think the picture makes him look better than he actually does.
To prove that he actually has two eyes:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01706.jpg

EmperorNorton
30-11-2009, 17:14
And, to bring it to a close, the Steam Tank:

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01712.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01711.jpg
This is one horrible, horrible model and I doubt it will last a whole game before falling apart.

So that's about 800 points in one month, not bad.
And I'm actually okay with how it turned out, although it could be better, of course.
I'm kinda getting tired of the Empire, though, and no doubt when my latest order arrives I'll want to switch to the Underempire.

This month I didn't allow myself to be sidetracked for once, but then I didn't have time for "fun painting", either.
Except for an hour today, so I picked something I have been wanting to paint for some time now. Just the base colours so far, but it should give you an idea.
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01713.jpg

Gargobot
30-11-2009, 19:05
Nice work, everything looks great especially the stank.
I don't know how the giant really looks like, but on the pictures he's downright awesome. :)

Dark Apostle
30-11-2009, 19:20
I love those flagellants - tell me how you painted the flames. Now! Or else.. :p

EmperorNorton
30-11-2009, 20:34
I love those flagellants - tell me how you painted the flames. Now! Or else.. :p

That was extremely easy and I am surprised they turned out as nice as they did.
Base colour is Iyanden Darksun, drybrushed with Fiery Orange and then another careful drybrush with Blood Red. Took about half a minute for all the flames in the unit.

EmperorNorton
03-12-2009, 17:21
Christmas came a little early...
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01717.jpg

Now that I have my presents I should really get started on getting presents for some other people. No clue where to start.

In the meantime I busy myself with more Empire stuff, but the Skaven are so tempting...

Siam-Tiger
03-12-2009, 17:37
Thats quite a backbone for an army. You will have your joy with the screaming bell. I am currently converting mine into a war altar, amazing kit.

Looking forward to see those painted ;)

GomezAddams
03-12-2009, 18:04
I'll take one of those bells as a present if you like :D

Looking forward to seeing these painted

Gargobot
03-12-2009, 21:48
Not touching those while you work for the tale will be quite the endurance test.
Anyhow; Merry Christmas! ^^

Dino
04-12-2009, 03:34
Christmas came a little early is an under statement here. But I can't wait to see it all built. I think i'm starting to have a weakness for the ratmen.

EmperorNorton
05-12-2009, 18:19
Thats quite a backbone for an army. You will have your joy with the screaming bell. I am currently converting mine into a war altar, amazing kit.

Looking forward to see those painted ;)

I read your review and saw the beginning of your conversion, which will be great. Indeed I'd be tempted to steal the idea, if I hadn't planned to go in a completely different direction with my War Altar (which I just can't find the parts for).


Not touching those while you work for the tale will be quite the endurance test.
Anyhow; Merry Christmas! ^^

Thanks. And Merry EmperorNorton Christmas to you!
I didn't say anything about not touching, though, did I?
In fact I assembled my Screaming Bell today, at least as far as possible without making painting it impossible.
It's a great kit and building it was easier than expected. Less parts than I expected and they all fit together nicely, which isn't the matter of course as it should be with GW products. Still took me two hours, though.
Two things I didn't like, however. First, the plastic, which was somehow softer than usual. Easy to cut too deep when removing mould lines. Second, the surplus parts won't be as easily converted as I had hoped, but I should still be able to use them for what I had planned.

To prove that I'm still working on the Empire:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01730.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01728.jpg

And because everything is better with pirates:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01729.jpg

Dino
05-12-2009, 18:25
Everything looks really good so far. I painted up a unit of knights of the white wolf a few years back and found it rather fun. Though if truth be told my wolves hammers were bigger then yours. The wizards facinate me a lot. I only painted a blue my lore of heavens wizard. What your doing with what I think is a bright wizard will definetly make him stand out. I'm wondering what do you think of the new archer models? They look OK to me but I would like to hear what you think. And I do like the pirates too.

EmperorNorton
05-12-2009, 19:10
Everything looks really good so far. I painted up a unit of knights of the white wolf a few years back and found it rather fun. Though if truth be told my wolves hammers were bigger then yours. The wizards facinate me a lot. I only painted a blue my lore of heavens wizard. What your doing with what I think is a bright wizard will definetly make him stand out. I'm wondering what do you think of the new archer models? They look OK to me but I would like to hear what you think. And I do like the pirates too.

Not sure what to say about the White Wolves' hammers. These are just the standard plastic knights. I have some old metal ones, too, which will be my knights of the inner circle. Painting the knights has been fun so far, but I'm not so sure about the horsies. I'll have to read up on that.

Currently I have four of the plastic wizards, because I like the kit. The robes make them hard to paint, though, because you can't reach the inner parts well enough. I know the different lores have different colours associated with them, but I didn't want my wizards to stick out like a sore thumb, so I'm trying to do them all in different shades of blue (and purple for the one from the College of the Amethyst).

The archers are a nice kit, which allows for some great poses. I had a lot more fun with the parts from the kit I did not use to build the archers themselves, though. More about that in a future update.

Gargobot
06-12-2009, 15:32
To prove that I'm still working on the Empire
This will keep the ToFP-Stasi away for some time. ^^
I'm interested in seeing your all blue-ish wizards and of course the pirates. (Are they for the tale as well?)

Putty
07-12-2009, 07:20
your empire stuff is looking fantastic!

gives me added incentive to work on my own when i am able.

EmperorNorton
13-12-2009, 14:24
For the last week I have been mostly assembling Skaven:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01733.jpg
The pile in the background contains 20 Storm Vermin, 40 Clanrats and a couple of Lizardmen, which are supposed to become a Blood Bowl team, but I don't know how to make them Blood Bowly.

The Rat Ogres need quite a bit of work...
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01735.jpg

And so Gargobot doesn't go and hunt me down, some Empire(ish) things:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01736.jpg
I have decided to have some Free Company from Kislev in my army, which will pull double duty as a Kislevite Mordheim warband. That's why there is a freakishly large bear (it easily towers over the Rat Ogres). The figures in front are a Kossar command group. The standard bearer had the standard removed and now wields a huge morning star. The two youths for the warband were converted from the Mordheim Middenheim youths. The rest of the warband was built from the Mordheim mercenary/Free Company set, with various bits added in, most noteworthy the Kislevite heads from the Archers set. I usually go light on the bits, because with the number of unpainted minis in front of me I don't really see the point in adding unnecessary detail. I went in a different direction with these, though, and pretty much went all out with the bling. Regrettaly that makes them somewhat hard to photograph properly (which, in short, means that I don't have pictures at the moment).

I have also started airbrushing the Screaming Bell, but that's not particularly worth seeing yet.

EmperorNorton
17-12-2009, 16:59
Yet another work in progress:

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01738.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01739.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01740.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01741.jpg

I had wanted Be'lakor for some time and when I recently got him in a trade I couldn't resist.

ScytheSwathe
20-12-2009, 15:31
Nice! I think you need to be a bit more confident in your work, You may not paint like GeOrc, Radium, or some of the other masters on here; but I dont think that should dampen your spirits, this is all excellent.

If youre still after paint stripper for those stealers, i use brake fluid, but whatever you get, test it on some sprue or something first, i have no idea of composition changes between companies, and wouldnt want to be responsible for ruining anything!

My only constructive criticism would be that some of the time the painting can look a bit flat, notably the flagellants skin, the giant, and belakors chest. Try blending more the colours more to get a smoother transition, and some more striking highlights

Keep up the good work

EmperorNorton
01-01-2010, 16:51
Thanks for the comment.
I completely agree with your constructive criticism, but I'm not sure how to implement it, since I can't do blending (when I use paints that are that much watered down, they will go everywhere but where I want them to be) and I think more striking highlights done with layering look bad.

Despite the encouragement I couldn't bring myself to paint much over the last two weeks, so I have to pull out some characters for the Tale to not fall behind.
First we have Boris Todbringer of Middenheim (counts as Karl Franz in my army as the rules for Boris are so out of date):
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01748.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01751.jpg

Since I was ahead in points with my Middenland army, they only get a lowly priest of Ulric:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01743.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01745.jpg

And since I wasn't painting, I had to spend my hobby time in another way. The rumours about the new Ogre Kingdoms book got me to assemble the rest of my Ogre army:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01742.jpg
Looks kinda small. Makes me wonder if I should add a couple more units, although waiting for the new book - and hopefully new minis/units - is probably the smart choice here. I'm tempted to get some Rhinox Riders just to distract from the fact that most of the army is basically the same model, but I hope GW will release them in plastic.

Dino
01-01-2010, 17:44
Boris and the priest looks really good. I think you need to add some more character to the barding on his horse though. But thats just me. The ogre army looks pretty big. I think you may need some gnoblars but that could just be me.

EmperorNorton
11-01-2010, 18:28
Boris and the priest looks really good. I think you need to add some more character to the barding on his horse though. But thats just me. The ogre army looks pretty big. I think you may need some gnoblars but that could just be me.

You are definitely right about the barding on the horse. I think I'll try a blue rim.
Not sure I agree about the Gnoblars. I have quite a few of them, but can't say that I like them. Aside from a unit of Trappers I'd prefer an army without Gnoblars, but I guess I'll have to wait for the new book and form an opinion then.

In the meantime I have a couple of horsies I can practice getting the barding right on:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01754.jpg
As you can see I made the same mistake with some of these as I did with the Genestealers, i.e. dipping them in the Vallejo wash. Even after thinning it down with water and dishwashing detergent (I read somewhere that's supposed to help) that stuff is worse than useless.
So far the horses have been painted in a diverse variety of base colours. I think a drybrush and a wash will be enough to make them look decent enough.

As for riders I'm currently concentrating on the older metal knights, which will serve as Knights of the Inner Circle in my armies:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01756.jpg
For whatever reason I had gotten it into my head that I had to have the old metal models. Now that I have them I think they are, well, not particularly nice models at all. And I'm not really looking forward to painting the panther cloaks. Which will be leopard cloaks anyway.

pililuk
11-01-2010, 18:42
I really do love your belakor, Consider this thread subscribed :D

EmperorNorton
17-01-2010, 15:37
Thanks for your interest.

I have been assembling some more Chaos stuff.
First, there are two Spawn:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01766.jpg

What excited me most about the Spawn kit are the possibilities you have with the bitz that are left over.
Although I ended up using them sparingly, they are what brought me to build some Chaos Ogres:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01757.jpg

EmperorNorton
17-01-2010, 15:41
The Champion, looking down on whatever puny lifeform has the misfortune of standing in his way:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01762.jpg

The musician and his skull brother:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01763.jpg

The Gutburster:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01764.jpg

Nobody has told him yet that the Gods gifted him with a tail. Ogres can be cruel that way.
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01765.jpg

A big head and big claws to scratch it with in confusion:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01759.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01761.jpg

Dino
17-01-2010, 16:11
The spawn have turned out well.

The ogres are looking really good. Very creative. Will you be adding more armour to them?

EmperorNorton
17-01-2010, 17:34
I hadn't thought about it, but considering their equipment listed in the armybook, I guess I should.
Since I can't sculpt I'm limited to add some leftover Chaos bitz, though. Probably shields in the way Ironguts have them.

EmperorNorton
29-01-2010, 18:52
My new, (hopefully) improved horsies:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01768.jpg

Now with kniggets:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01770.jpg

Leopard cloaks are easier than I thought:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01773.jpg

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01774.jpg
I have left the shields on the sprue for now, in case I find the courage to try some freehand big cat heraldry.

Dino
29-01-2010, 21:51
The panthers look really sweet. But when are we gonna see the white wolves?

Siam-Tiger
30-01-2010, 08:03
The horses are nicely done. Is it basecolour and then a wash applied?

EmperorNorton
31-01-2010, 17:55
The horses are nicely done. Is it basecolour and then a wash applied?
Basically yes.
Some have been drybrushed once or twice before being washed.


The panthers look really sweet. But when are we gonna see the white wolves?

These guys?
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01779.jpg
I have been working on them on the side a bit. Hopefully I'll be able to get one unit done in four weeks time, but I'm getting pretty sick of the horses.

The last thing I have for this month are my Kislevite Huntsmen:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01776.jpg
They have been a long time in the making and regrettably it shows. And not in a good way.
I'll have to call them 'good enough' and move on.

Gargobot
31-01-2010, 19:23
I'll have to call them 'good enough' and move on.
Often 'good enough' paintjobs turn out to be just 'good' after basing. :)
Nice Knights Panther btw.

Anyhow, how exactly did you do the white horse? (Yeah I know they're called greys...)

EmperorNorton
31-01-2010, 19:32
Anyhow, how exactly did you do the white horse? (Yeah I know they're called greys...)
Hey, I didn't know that.
I believe it was basecoated in Khaki, drybrushed with Bone White and drybrushed again with Off White, but I'm not really sure.

BoyMilla
31-01-2010, 19:36
Very nice work on those knights, the horses especially are great.
Gonna look even better based!
Keep it up.
BM

Gargobot
31-01-2010, 21:21
Hey, I didn't know that.
I believe it was basecoated in Khaki, drybrushed with Bone White and drybrushed again with Off White, but I'm not really sure.
So you use Vallejo colors? I only got their Scorched Brown, which tempted me to switch lines, but I'm still undecided.
What's your opinion on the two product lines?

I know what Khaki and Bone White look like, but is Off White the equivalent to Skull White?

EmperorNorton
31-01-2010, 21:47
So you use Vallejo colors? I only got their Scorched Brown, which tempted me to switch lines, but I'm still undecided.
What's your opinion on the two product lines?

I know what Khaki and Bone White look like, but is Off White the equivalent to Skull White?

Most of the paints I use are from Vallejo. They are cheaper, they don't dry out. Only downside is that I have to order them, but since my local store closed GW paints don't even have the advantage in that department anymore.

Off White is somewhere between Bone White and Skull White, so it's not pure white, but has a slight yellow tinge to it. Makes it a bit more natural looking than Skull White.

EmperorNorton
01-02-2010, 19:00
I've spend another hour or so on these guys, adding some more highlights and minor details I missed:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01783.jpg

Regrettably, this is the best of the bunch:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01780.jpg

Dino
01-02-2010, 21:06
The huntsmen look nice. I don't see why you dreaded painting them so much.

As to the white wolves I can see why you would hate painting them. I hate painting them as well.

EmperorNorton
06-02-2010, 18:32
I don't mind painting the knights so much. In fact I have about 30 knights done, except for minor details. The horses, however...

Anyway, lets continue with unflatterin close-ups:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01787.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01785.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01786.jpg

A simple, but I think nice conversion from a Mordheim Middenheim Youngblood, to serve as a Kislevite Youth as well as part of the Free Company for my army.

Grisnik
06-02-2010, 20:07
Wow.. liking those Kislevite Huntsmen.. an army of these would look great..

Also looking forward to seeing you getting your Ogre forces done.. am working on mine slowly for the last few years.. and also looking forward to seeing what happens with GW's release schedule of new army books..

richy376
07-02-2010, 16:38
That is a lot of knights, they look good. I've always liked the knight pather model. I like your youngblood conversion too, simple changes are often the best ones.

Gargobot
09-02-2010, 01:46
I don't mind painting the knights so much. In fact I have about 30 knights done, except for minor details. The horses, however...
With me it's the other way round. You start with the horses and when they're done you don't want to paint the knights at all.

Anyhoo, nice Kislevite Youth!

EmperorNorton
10-02-2010, 19:28
Also looking forward to seeing you getting your Ogre forces done.. am working on mine slowly for the last few years.. and also looking forward to seeing what happens with GW's release schedule of new army books..
The rumours about the new book have me excited, I just hope it will be released soon.


That is a lot of knights, they look good. I've always liked the knight pather model. I like your youngblood conversion too, simple changes are often the best ones.
Thank you.


With me it's the other way round. You start with the horses and when they're done you don't want to paint the knights at all.

Ah, I start with the knights.
Mainly because if I started with the horses I'd give up before anything is done.

I've lost motivation yet again, so I started something new to hopefully get it back.

Jonas Kane, from Reaper's Master Series (a.k.a. look at the guy who hates painting doing a mini for display purposes):
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01790.jpg
I assembled him a bit differently than they do in the promo shots. Usually he faces the other way, but I liked it better like this, because of the height of the skeletons at the sides.

Undercoated:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01791.jpg
Due to assembling him differently, I had to cover a gap with some grit.

After about two hours of painting (the wash is still drying, but you can see where it's going):
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01794.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01796.jpg
The cloak doesn't look quite as bad in person as it does in the pictures, but I might still redo it completely.

Dino
10-02-2010, 20:09
Dude looks really sweet so far. I need to do more painting here soon.

Gargobot
10-02-2010, 23:55
I see green, I see red - I love it.
Looks like you're off to a good start.

EmperorNorton
26-02-2010, 19:26
I'm pretty much fed up with painting right now.
I wanted to put some more work into Jonas Kane, but the glazes I tried made the cloak look worse rather than better.
Then I realized that the month was half over already, so I forced myself to finish these:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01799.jpg
I hate the Empire warponies now. Three evenings spent inking the armor and then giving it another layer of Boltgun Metal, one evening painting nothing but saddles, one evening painting blue and red lines on the rim of the armor, one evening painting only hooves...it gets old.
The one sunny day between weeks of snow and the subsequent incessant rain I used to undercoat my Ogre army. Then I wanted to put my airbrush to good use and spray on the base colour on their skin, only to find out that the damn thing is broken after being used five times.
Add some personal matters and I'm pretty damn frustrated right now.

Gargobot
26-02-2010, 22:10
Well at least you got the ponies out of the way, so there's something to smile about. :)

EmperorNorton
28-02-2010, 17:53
Well at least you got the ponies out of the way, so there's something to smile about. :)

You're right, I guess.
So now, warponies with kniggets:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01804.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01807.jpg

The knights were further along than I thought, which means I'll be able to present something tomorrow to my own surprise.

I also got a new airbrush, which I seem able to handle better than the old one, so that's good. Already sprayed some Ogres yesterday.

EmperorNorton
03-03-2010, 20:59
There be Dragons:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01818.jpg
Okay, that picture is a bit pointless.
After posting here last, I noticed that my camera's battery was only "half full", which usually means I can take three more pictures and the battery dies the moment I want to upload them to my computer. My camera is a bit erratic. Since I didn't want it to die on me while taking the pictures for the ToFP, I decided to empty the battery, then recharge.
After taking about fifty pictures of my floor as well as shooting a little movie, the battery still did not give up, so I photographed dragons.

Afterwards, cavalry:

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01863.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01865.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01866.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01867.jpg

EmperorNorton
03-03-2010, 21:05
Airbrushed Ogres:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01860a.jpg
Not particularly exciting to see, but I'm fairly excited about how quickly this was done.

And now for something completely different.
I bought a bunch of these bases:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01819.jpg

To place artillery on them, like so:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01820.jpg

Now I thought it might be impractical to attach the artillery on there permanently, in case I want to deploy them on a hill, so I thought pins might be the best solution:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01821.jpg

One problem, though. Since my army will have snow bases, I figure there should be tracks in the snow, but I'm not sure how to accomplish that. Green stuff the tracks beforehand, maybe? Not sure if that'll still be visible once the snow flock is glued on.

Dark Apostle
05-03-2010, 09:14
One problem, though. Since my army will have snow bases, I figure there should be tracks in the snow, but I'm not sure how to accomplish that. Green stuff the tracks beforehand, maybe? Not sure if that'll still be visible once the snow flock is glued on.

You could try not to use snow flock in the tracks, but rather paint them brown, like mud? Maybe throw in some static grass, PVA and water efects to create a nice slush?

King Thor
06-03-2010, 22:03
EN, your stuff looks awesome. Keep them coming! I too am in the same boat as you, many armies except unlike you I don't have much painted. I will be following this log closely.

P.S. Is this army collecting thing a pattern among the Germans?
:)

rikard
09-03-2010, 16:54
I've got to hand it to you, having had a look through at the severe amount of painting work you've got lined up, I know most people would have ignored it but you've making some serious progress and to a good painting standard too.

EmperorNorton
09-03-2010, 20:32
You could try not to use snow flock in the tracks, but rather paint them brown, like mud? Maybe throw in some static grass, PVA and water efects to create a nice slush?
That's the solution, thank you! It didn't occur to me to paint the tracks like mud, I thought about making it look like ice, but that didn't seem right.


EN, your stuff looks awesome. Keep them coming! I too am in the same boat as you, many armies except unlike you I don't have much painted. I will be following this log closely.

P.S. Is this army collecting thing a pattern among the Germans?
:)
Thank you.
I don't know that many players, regrettably, but the ones I know all have more than one army. But they restrict themselves to two or three; I doubt that many reach the level of insanity that seems to have me in its grasp.


I've got to hand it to you, having had a look through at the severe amount of painting work you've got lined up, I know most people would have ignored it but you've making some serious progress and to a good painting standard too.
Thank you. I just need to paint faster than I buy new stuff, which has worked fairly well for three months now. I just have to spent a couple of hours sorting through the unassembled and unpainted stuff I have lying around to numb the urge to get even more.
The Sanguinary Guard still looks very tempting, though...


Currently I'm working on this:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01902.jpg
Once again I'm getting a bit frustrated, as I had planned to get the cannon and mortar done by last Sunday, but the crew turns out to be a bigger time sink than expected.
It keeps me motivated to know that there isn't that much left to get at least one of my ToFP armies done, though. This is all that's left:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01906.jpg
I might switch out the wizard pictured for another one, because I don't seem able to get the blue flame right.

The other army will be more difficult. And then I have to base everything...
Well, one step at a time.

rikard
09-03-2010, 20:39
Well if you get bored or run out of things to paint then I've got plenty of zombies you could help me with. :P

Dino
09-03-2010, 20:40
All the knights look really cool. Bet your glade their out of your way.

The cannon, mortar, and crews look like they are comming along quit well. Nice to see yoiu have so little left to paint. I have a lot more then that to paint for my dwarfs.

Keep it up man. Your almost their.

Gargobot
09-03-2010, 21:00
Time sink? Looks more like a rewarding time investment to me.
Those old metal war-machines look way better than the current ones, especially the crews. Love the icy blue by the way.
I wish I was that close to finishing the rest of my ToFP stuff. Unfortunately I've cheated my way through with characters all the time, so I still have a lot to do. :(

richy376
11-03-2010, 18:53
Looks like really good progress, thats a lot of knights you've got done. The bases for the artillery are a neat idea. Did you make them or did you pick them up from somewhere?

biginbelgium
11-03-2010, 19:48
The knights are a truly impressive sight. great work

keep it up!

cheers, Tim

EmperorNorton
16-03-2010, 20:25
Well if you get bored or run out of things to paint then I've got plenty of zombies you could help me with. :P
Your offer is very kind, but the chance of me running out of something to paint is rather slim. Case in point, I have my own box of zombies lying around, which I kinda gave up on last year.


All the knights look really cool. Bet your glade their out of your way.

The cannon, mortar, and crews look like they are comming along quit well. Nice to see yoiu have so little left to paint. I have a lot more then that to paint for my dwarfs.

Keep it up man. Your almost their.
Thanks.
There are about 40 minis left between both armies, but they're all halfway done. So it's still a bit, but manageable.



Time sink? Looks more like a rewarding time investment to me.
Those old metal war-machines look way better than the current ones, especially the crews. Love the icy blue by the way.
I wish I was that close to finishing the rest of my ToFP stuff. Unfortunately I've cheated my way through with characters all the time, so I still have a lot to do. :(
Considering the crew still aren't done I think it's appropriate to call them a time sink.
And I'm guilty of taking refuge to expensive characters as well. When all 4000 points are done they'll be spread over the rather low model count of about 160. You could easily take that many in a 2000 point army.
My attempt last year was even more extreme, though, and likely next year's project will be even more so. My current plan (likely to change) is 6000 points of WoC, with half of that in characters. Unless of course the rumours about the 25% cap on characters in 8th Edition is true, which I would not like one bit.


Looks like really good progress, thats a lot of knights you've got done. The bases for the artillery are a neat idea. Did you make them or did you pick them up from somewhere?
They were bought from a German online store. Not sure who makes them, though.


The knights are a truly impressive sight. great work

keep it up!

cheers, Tim
Thank you!

Current WIP picture:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01909.jpg
As the work on the artillery crew keeps dragging on, I put my second unit of Teutogens on the table to have some variety. I had done the base colours already when I painted the first unit, so now I have to do details, washes, drybrushing and clean up. It scares me that the month is half over already and I feel like I don't get anything done despite keeping to my schedule of painting at least one hour every evening (except tomorrow, will go out for a few pints then).
Aside from that my enthusiasm for Warhammer is way down, because I'm very disappointed in how GW treats Fantasy, and I haven't even played in months. Last time was a 500 point game back in October, I believe.
At least this has put a damper on my urge to add to my collection and I have even thought about selling some stuff (although that thought was promptly dismissed).

EmperorNorton
26-03-2010, 20:49
I had to put the Teutogen aside again, because I ran out of the washes needed. Which in turn meant I had to order some more, which lead to...well, more on that at a later date.

Instead I was forced to work on some more characters.
I finally pulled myself together to finish one of the wizards:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01911.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01910.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01913.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01912.jpg
Painting the inside part of the robes wasn't that bad, actually.
The back of his robe looks somewhat dirty, but I think it works. Usually I'm not one for extreme highlights, but I like the effect here (I like it more in person than in the pictures, though).

And another Warrior Priest of Ulric:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01915.jpg
The paint keeps chipping off at the edges, which sucks. Other than that I like him, though. Still need to paint his horse. Yippie...

EmperorNorton
29-03-2010, 17:30
Saturday I moved my painting stuff from my winter painting place (under the lamp) to my summer painting place (under the window). In the process I found an unopened pot of Devlan Mud I had forgotten about, which was nice. It also means that with some daylight I might be able to take decent pictures.

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01922.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01921.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01919.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01918.jpg

Gargobot
30-03-2010, 16:59
Seeing those daylight pics, I have to say photos taken from your winter painting place don't do the minis justice. They look very good in the sun. :)

Lord Dan
06-04-2010, 03:26
Your death wizard reminds me of Slash. Great work!

EmperorNorton
20-04-2010, 10:59
I'm having a horrible month. One less serious factor that is the most important for my painting is that my painting area is getting new flooring. It was supposed to take "a day or two" and not inconvenience me at all. It's been close to two weeks now and there is no end in sight, meaning I can't paint at all at the moment.
At least I could build some stuff:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01925.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01924.jpg

Yep, couldn't resist the Blood Angels bandwagon.

orlanth1000
22-04-2010, 07:14
I've just found this thread.......It's awesome!

I'm in the same boat as you mate, want good quality table top grade miniatures at a fast rate.

Very inspiring, consider me subscribed.

EmperorNorton
07-05-2010, 15:32
I've just found this thread.......It's awesome!

I'm in the same boat as you mate, want good quality table top grade miniatures at a fast rate.

Very inspiring, consider me subscribed.

Thanks.

For a couple of days now I have finally had the use of my painting area back.
So far I couldn't muster the will to start painting again, though (rainy weather is a good enough excuse - I need more light!), so just some pictures to keep the log alive until I can bring myself to pick up a brush again.

First, Terminators:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01929.jpg
These are for my Black Templars, except for the Blood Angels one, obviously.
A great example for my tendency to go overboard a little.

And then there's this prototype:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01930.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01931.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01932.jpg
I somehow got it into my head that I want a Deamons army centered around Daemonettes and spiders. A good while ago I saw a conversion in a log here that made spider centaurs from metal Daemonettes and the BfSP spiders, so this is my take on it using the plastic Daemonettes. Like everybody else I hated them at first, but they have grown on me. So these spider centaurs will serve as Seekers of Slaanesh, while some Reaper models will be used as Beasts of Slaanesh. Ideally these will be placed on dark, spooky forest bases (that I don't know how to make yet).

Gargobot
08-05-2010, 13:30
Wow, that's quite a few termies. Good luck painting all of these!
The drider (if I may) looks cool, though I'd think about GSing over the skull motif on the spider body. It seems a bit cartoony which is fine with silly gobbos, but looks kinda out of place with the daemonette imho.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to this. :)

EmperorNorton
09-05-2010, 19:27
The drider (if I may) looks cool, though I'd think about GSing over the skull motif on the spider body. It seems a bit cartoony which is fine with silly gobbos, but looks kinda out of place with the daemonette imho.
Huh, I did not know about driders. Interesting.
I see your point about the skull motif, but I think I'll keep it.
True, it's not exactly subtle, but if it's the evilness in a cartoony way, I'm okay with that.

And now for something completely different.
The friend I play against and I have recently upgraded our fleets for Uncharted Seas.
My Iron Dwarfs:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01934.jpg

His Thaniras Elves:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01933.jpg

We decided to play with everything we have, which had my Dwarfs fighting against a superior force:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01937.jpg

The game is afoot. From turn 2 on it started to get chaotic:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01940.jpg

With some creative ramming attacks the Elves could make good use of their numbers, although the Dwarfs managed to sink more enemy ships:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01942.jpg

It was only turn 4 when I decided to wave the white flag. While we were close pointswise there wasn't really a chance for the Dwarfs to come out ahead:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01944.jpg

I spent all my hobby time today playing and yesterday preparing for the game.
From tomorrow on I'll try to force myself to get back on track with the Tale of Fantasy Painters. While I still have 42 minis to do (not counting horses) all of these are at least halfway done. Just need some determination to push through.

Hatemonger
10-05-2010, 15:32
Like everybody else I hated them at first, but they have grown on me. So these spider centaurs will serve as Seekers of Slaanesh, while some Reaper models will be used as Beasts of Slaanesh. Ideally these will be placed on dark, spooky forest bases (that I don't know how to make yet).
I first saw that conversion on an ebay auction and quite liked it, actually. Just very weird and spooky, which is 100% win for daemons IMHO. The only problem I've had is that one friend pointed out they are a much smaller profile than the "real" seekers; obviously I was not modeling for game advantage here, but I think his complaint is valid to a degree when talking about true LOS is 40k. I'm not sure what to do other than cut and re-pose all the spider legs, which I don't want to do. :(

What Reaper models are you using? I found this one (http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/spider/sku-down/03465#detail/03465_p_1_af) that I'll be using as a Daemon Prince(ss).

I just noticed the other spider centaurs, but if they're the same size, I'd think they're a bit too big for fiends, which are on 40mm bases.

- H8

EmperorNorton
10-05-2010, 15:50
I didn't even think about true LOS issues in 40K, as my primary concern is Fantasy.
I do want to at least have the option to play them in both systems, though, so I guess I should put some thought into it.
Shaerileth is on my to buy list, so far I only have this one (http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/spider/sku-down/03085). It's not assembled as of yet, but size might be a concern.
Looks like I didn't think a whole lot of things through here...

Hatemonger
11-05-2010, 17:15
Most of Reaper's pictures don't include other minis for scale, so there's not a lot of planning you can do (I would very much like to know the size of that new colossal spider demon). I know I just bought the Shaerlith model and prayed. ;) It looks like it will be ok, although it might be a tight fit.

Most people will be ok as long as they believe you are not doing it intentionally for advantage. If they are ok with using non-GW models, they will probably be ok with the conversions.

When you have that one built, could you post a picture next to some bases for comparison?

- H8

biginbelgium
12-05-2010, 11:46
That fleet looks impressive. Is the game anything like BFG if I may ask?

good luck with the termies!

cheers
Tim

EmperorNorton
17-05-2010, 18:14
When you have that one built, could you post a picture next to some bases for comparison?
Will do, but that might take a while. I made an attempt at assembling it a couple of days ago and it proved more difficult than expected.


That fleet looks impressive. Is the game anything like BFG if I may ask?
Since I have never played BFG I can't really say. My guess would be no, though.

Now for an update with some paint for a change:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01945.jpg
Once again I'm copying a page from Harry's playbook. He recently posted in his thread that the best way to get back into painting after a while of, well, not painting is doing a couple of single minis, as you have something to show for it relatively fast and thus get motivated.
Sounds like a plan and it so happens that I still need two characters for my Middenland army, so there's Ar-Ulric and a wizard. Since I forgot where I put the mounted one I started the one on the right, but I have found it since.

That Ar-Ulric is one seriously busy mini:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01947.jpg
Not sure what those thingies on his back are for, or what the tip of his staff is supposed to be.
Also, white hair and a light grey fur coat are a tricky combination.

Gargobot
18-05-2010, 20:22
I guess the tip of the staff is supposed to be a "U" for Ulric and that third tip could be representing the "Winter Flame" in Middenheim.
I wouldn't worry about the hair and fur, they are quite distinguishable.

I'm wondering did you happen to acquire the grey wizard on ebay? A couple of weeks ago?

EmperorNorton
18-05-2010, 20:31
I'm wondering did you happen to acquire the grey wizard on ebay? A couple of weeks ago?

I did get him on ebay, but something like two years ago.
In fact I got the whole box (including the wizard, a barbarian, a ranger of some sort, a witch elf, the halfling seen earlier in this thread, and one more I'm forgetting) for a whopping 1€ plus shipping.

EmperorNorton
19-05-2010, 18:59
A little further progress:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01953.jpg
Aside from a few selective washes I haven't done anything with Ar-Ulric, so that's probably not very exciting (as if anything in here were...)
He's probably closest to being finished, but somehow I don't really like him.

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01952.jpg
This guy is a tremendous pain to paint. Maybe I'll just let him be for now and use the other wizard.

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01949.jpg
Speaking of the devil...he still needs a layer or two of highlights and I need to find a way to fix the areas where the blue wash pooled in a funny way. Oh, and figure out what to do with his staff. There are also some gems on there, but the detail is pretty bad (overall I think it's a good mini, though, considering it is plastic and fairly old).

Not to forget that I have a second army in the works as well, more knights:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01955.jpg
Ah, Middenheim's greatest warriors.
I'm still gnashing my teeth thinking back how much I paid for these on ebay, because I wanted them badly. Now I think the old metal models are actually worse than the not very impressive plastic knights.

And a little something I got the other day:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01958.jpg
That's a dwarven airship for Uncharted Seas, which I wanted to get my hands on since it was first announced months ago. I absolutely love it (aside from a small casting error - there are supposed to be small bolts showing on the metal rim, but the detail on one side was so washed out I had to file them off completely). I hope to get my Empire stuff done soon so I can start on this.

With the airship I also got a new copy of the Daemons armybook. I already had one at one point, but sold it. Then came the idea with the spider demons and I needed a new one.
Problem is that I thought I could collect the army slowly for once, but then around comes GW with a new price rise. I would need about 6-8 boxes of Daemonettes, which I don't feel inclined to buying, honestly. I like the spider centaur, but I could probably only field two units of those, and I'd have to have three blocks of regular Daemonettes as core troops. Thinking about this made me realize that I don't really like those enough to do that. So now I'm considering cancelling that project, but I'm still undecided.

EmperorNorton
22-05-2010, 12:41
When you have that one built, could you post a picture next to some bases for comparison?
My plans for a spider demon army have been canned for now, but here you go:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01968.jpg
That's a 40mm base, so you can fit it on there, but barely.

The wizard is finished:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01962.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01963.jpg
The gems aren't well done, I always have trouble with those. Apart from that I'm quite happy, though.
100 points in the bank, a bit over a week left to finish the rest.

Hatemonger
22-05-2010, 18:43
My plans for a spider demon army have been canned for now, but here you go:
Sorry to hear you've scrapped your idea, but thank you for the picture!

BTW, if it barely fits across the corners of a 40mm square, then it won't fit on a 40mm round. Corner to corner of 40mm square ~57mm; maybe ok for a daemon prince though.

I'm not sure why they made the fiends so small. Other chaos 'beasts' (Nurgle, juggers) are clearly 50/60mm now. :confused:

I think I will try converting my spider-cav into fiends now though.

- H8

Gargobot
23-05-2010, 00:02
I did get him on ebay, but something like two years ago.
In fact I got the whole box (including the wizard, a barbarian, a ranger of some sort, a witch elf, the halfling seen earlier in this thread, and one more I'm forgetting) for a whopping 1€ plus shipping.
No harm done then. A bargain on ebay? Congratulations are in order. :p

The wizard looks quite nice. I think you could've left more of the darker red visible, but you can make them look better without redoing anything. Put a little dot of White in a corner (I'd suggest the upper left), and put a coat of varnish on it after (the whole gem not only the white). Though it looks more than tabletop worthy already.


Edit: Just realised, it looks best if you put on varnish first and the white dot on top of that. Though I've done both and both look fine.

EmperorNorton
23-05-2010, 18:52
Edit: Just realised, it looks best if you put on varnish first and the white dot on top of that. Though I've done both and both look fine.

I'll try that when I get around to it.

For now, here's the finished Ar-Ulric:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01971.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01970.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01974.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01975.jpg
Still don't like him much, though.
Maybe I should redo the blue ribbon on his staff.

EmperorNorton
26-05-2010, 18:50
I actually got to play a game (my first this year) last Monday, so the men of Middenland marched off to meet the High Elves in battle:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01981.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01982.jpg
Regrettably my whole plan was destroyed by a group of Shadow Warriors I had forgotten to take into consideration, which restulted in the darn pointy ears mopping the floor with my Empire troops.

The setup of the battlefield reminded me that I should finish my Temple of Skulls after my enthusiasm vaned very shorty after starting to paint it something like eight months ago.
So I gave it a massive black wash, which took about a half hour, with me just pouring half a pot of wash on there at one point.
After letting it dry I drybrushed the hell out of it for two hours, which resulted in this:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01984.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01986.jpg
A greyish-white mess with no contrast whatsoever.
So I guess my next step will be giving it another wash and hoping for the best.

Since my thread does not garner as many replies as I would like and I can't deliver what usually makes project logs thrive, i.e. a big increase in quality, I have decided that one of my next updates will include what every artist lacking talent takes refuge to: nudity.
Not my own, mind, so stay tuned.

Gargobot
26-05-2010, 19:45
Not my own, mind, so stay tuned.
Just when it got interesting. ;):p
I think a little sand and static grass might break the temples monotony, and give you a chance to tie it in with the forest.

Looking forward to the update.

mrtn
27-05-2010, 00:40
The temple looks much better than in the game picture, but some coloured washes would be good I think. There's usually some colour in most rock.

EmperorNorton
27-05-2010, 15:30
Just when it got interesting. ;):p
I guess I'll save that for when I don't want anybody to look at my log again, ever.


I think a little sand and static grass might break the temples monotony, and give you a chance to tie it in with the forest.

Not sure if I want to glue sand on there now, but some static grass will be used later on.


The temple looks much better than in the game picture, but some coloured washes would be good I think. There's usually some colour in most rock.
Right you are.

After another black wash I tried a brown wash to dye the stone a bit:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01987.jpg
I think it looks more interesting now.

Menacing in the shadows:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01989.jpg

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01990.jpg

mrtn
27-05-2010, 15:53
Yeah, that brown tone is better. The nude's a bit small for my taste. ;)

Hatemonger
27-05-2010, 17:59
The brown looks much better.

I have one of those pieces in exactly the same state: excited to start it ~8 months ago and ignored since, for much the same reason, i.e. trying to get the various areas to look like 'rock' but not be one big monochrome blob.

One thing I've contemplated is doing some kind of 'tint' to the rock, but I don't know a good way of doing something like green-gray rock or reddish-gray rock.

- H8

richy376
29-05-2010, 18:19
I think the time spent on that scenery has been well spent, that does look like a good terrain piece. Your wizards are nice too, the grey one especially for what is quite an old figure now.

EmperorNorton
02-06-2010, 17:48
Thanks guys!


The nude's a bit small for my taste. ;)
She's sbout 28mm, I'd say.
Would have liked to take more pictures of her and her friends (yes, there's more than one!), but my camera's batteries gave out after one photo, which does not include any nudity:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01999.jpg
Finally, more kniggets! The muppet faced gold company of the revered order of the White Wolf. Who, for some reason, all suffer from a mean case of unibrow.
Yeah, my enthusiasm for these sculpts has reached a new low. And they don't even rank up properly...

Putty
03-06-2010, 10:06
Cavalry units are like that... The new plastic Chaos Knights are particularly troublesome because they are big and spiky.

Nice job with them White Wolves... I wonder if I'll ever paint my Outer Circle Knights...

Jormi_Boced
03-06-2010, 16:01
My plans for a spider demon army have been canned for now, but here you go:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01968.jpg
That's a 40mm base, so you can fit it on there, but barely.

The wizard is finished:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01962.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01963.jpg
The gems aren't well done, I always have trouble with those. Apart from that I'm quite happy, though.
100 points in the bank, a bit over a week left to finish the rest.

This guy turned out really nice!

Schmapdi
07-06-2010, 05:04
Good lord... so much stuff, and you keep getting more! I don't know how you motivate yourself to paint with such a sea of minis crashing against the coast wave after wave.

I'd be paralyzed by such a task. I have about 1/50th of what you have and about the only way I can get myself to paint anything is by forcing myself to "just...thin... the pile."

Kudos on managing to get so much done in the face of such odds. But for the love of god stop getting more stuff!

EmperorNorton
08-06-2010, 12:39
Cavalry units are like that... The new plastic Chaos Knights are particularly troublesome because they are big and spiky.
Yeah, I know, it's not the first unit I painted that doesn't rank up properly. It just makes me mad every time.


This guy turned out really nice!
Thanks. I think the frontal picture makes him look really nice, even if it's a bit flattering.


Kudos on managing to get so much done in the face of such odds. But for the love of god stop getting more stuff!
Yes, it's a bit much. Several factors are coming together that influence this. First, I hate spending a lot of money on things that get consumed, e.g. I couldn't possibly enjoy an expensive bottle of wine. That means I like to spend my money on things that last, like minis.
Second, this is my only real hobby, which I started as stress relief. So whenever I've been stressed in the last few years, I bought some minis to make me feel better. Looks like I was stressed a lot.
Third, the rise of the great discount online stores and a favourable exchange rate made ordering from the UK so darn cheap by comparison. And this also happened to coincide with me having disposable income for the first time in my life.
Money's a bit tighter now, though, and I'm beginning to realize that I will hardly be able to get all of this stuff painted. I doubt that there will be no new additions to my collection, though. Since I recently got the Legends of the High Seas rulebook the chance of some pirates to make an appearance soon is rather high.

Enough babbling, more painting! On to the blurry pictures!
After being out of town for a couple of days I came back with an urge to paint Mordheim beastmen. Here's the warband:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02028.jpg
I bought these two years ago simply because these are very nice minis. Now that I see the picture it occurs to me that I forgot the minotaur, I'll have to see where I buried that one.

I did not like the Chaos Hounds from the Mordheim range, though, so I got some from Gamezone:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02030.jpg

And finally, more nudity:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02019.jpg
I even have a specific use for these in mind, if anybody cares to venture a guess.

EmperorNorton
09-06-2010, 15:57
I have exchanged the Beastmen pictures in the post above with some slightly better ones.
I have also found my Minotaur and found him to be a great excuse for procrastinating:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02029.jpg

Putty
11-06-2010, 08:56
he looks really angry.

O_O

EmperorNorton
13-06-2010, 13:05
he looks really angry.

O_O

That's pretty much par for the course as far as minotaurs are concerned, though, isn't it? At least I can't recall a mini of a particularly happy minotaur.

While there are certain difficulties presenting themselves in finishing my Empire army, I at least seem to have come to a conclusion which army to do next:

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02032.jpg

Siam-Tiger
13-06-2010, 17:15
Thats a nice collection of chaos characters. The khorne hero on juggernaut is one of my favorites among them, ordered a 60mm skull round base for mine.

Keep it up, looking forward to see them painted ;)

EmperorNorton
13-06-2010, 20:02
Thats a nice collection of chaos characters. The khorne hero on juggernaut is one of my favorites among them, ordered a 60mm skull round base for mine.

Keep it up, looking forward to see them painted ;)

So you are keeping him as a display piece?
Assembly was a pain. The back left leg was bent and I couldn't bend it back completely, as I'd have needed to use pliers, destroying all the detail in the process. And the small skulls on spikes...the "assembly guide" on the back of the box did not do a great job explaining where to put them.
That aside it's a nice model. And one of the few that's new, whereas most of these I got on ebay, which means there are some small minor defects. As the picture shows some of them couldn't be stripped completely. The Lord of Khorne was missing some horns for his horse, which were easy enough to replace (with some bitz from the Spawn kit).

While watching football I started slapping some paint on Archaon:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02035.jpg
First thing that happened was that his arm came off, but that's my own fault, having pinned it and used green stuff only and no glue.
Then I noticed that he, too, is missing a part, the left side of his reins:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02036.jpg
Should have seen that before, it would have been easier to fix before I started painting. Not sure what to do now.
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02037.jpg
I want to try some dark and muted colours to make my Chaos force look menacing and dangerous. The flashlight kinda defeats that effect, making everything look several shades brighter.
Especially the armour looks very silvery, but it's painted with a mix of about 50% black and 50% chainmail, which I rather like. Looks a bit like wrought iron.

Siam-Tiger
13-06-2010, 20:18
I am an Empire player and i am not going to start another whfb army, as i have real problems justifing the costs. But i really like some of the miniatures from the other races, so i bought this one as a display miniature. As well as some other miniatures ^^

Archaon is a great miniature as well, but in my opinion pretty expensive.

EmperorNorton
13-06-2010, 20:24
Archaon is a great miniature as well, but in my opinion pretty expensive.
Absolutely, which is why I didn't buy a new one, but rather a lot on ebay which cost me the same as a new Archaon would have, but also included a few other metal characters, several metal marauders on horse and a bunch of Chaos Warriors, which I hope I can salvage (although they are painted fairly badly - even by my standards!).
With GW's prices in mind I work around a few kinks of cheap second hand minis rather happily.

Gargobot
18-06-2010, 23:18
Ui, nice Chaos Hounds, the skin on the mino looks quite good too.
So does the chaos character gang mean you'll do an all-heroes army for the next ToFP?

EmperorNorton
19-06-2010, 16:40
No, it mainly means that the troops aren't assembled yet.
Due to time constraints I'll probably have to restrict myself to character models for the first few months, though. (And they are just so damn cool!)

EmperorNorton
24-06-2010, 18:49
As the ToFP draws to a close, my Empire army is nearing completion.
Some of the last troops:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02043.jpg

And a little closer:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02044.jpg
This was an unfortunate choice of colour. Highlighting took ages and since I once again started from too light a colour it actually hurts the eyes to look at them. They should blend in nicely with the snow on their bases, though, which was the intention.

My second unit of Teutogen is almost finished as well and I will use the last month of the Tale to finally do the basing and get an army shot. So far even I haven't seen the complete army standing together. I'm looking forward to that.

After I thought I had decided on Chaos for the next tale I'm not so sure anymore.
As I usually get (too) excited for new releases, it might be wise to play into that to get some more momentum.
Meaning: I could do 2000 points each of High Elves and Skaven.
Or 4000 points of High Elves, which for some reason I fancy currently.
I even just did a quick test piece. My old idea for a colour scheme, with lilac being the main colour, did not work because it looked too Druchii-like.
Several months ago I was watching the sunset (quite by accident) and I thought: That would be a nice colour for my High Elves. So here is a mock-up, in comparison with the previous test model:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02040.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02041.jpg
It's very sloppy, but you get the idea.
I rather like that, but I'm not sure which colours to use as secondary and tertiary. Maybe a dark blue as secondary, but what to use for the belts, pouches and quivers and such?

Downside to painting Skaven or HE is that I couldn't finish a complete army, whereas with Chaos I'd try to paint my complete collection in one go.
Same with Ogres, who are also a contender.

Decisions, decisions...

orlanth1000
24-06-2010, 19:00
I just bought a Chaos army to go with some old miniatures I have, but I'm including some ogres in there to be converted to Chaos ogres.
Perhaps you could have the best of both worlds and combine them ( I'm throwing in a Beastmen contingent in there, as a nod to the Chaos undivided days, and the beastmen are the one pose plastics for the authentic retro look. And a regiment of the old plastic chaos warriors that look more like space marines than WFB. Will probably look terrible, but anyway....).

EmperorNorton
24-06-2010, 19:04
I just bought a Chaos army to go with some old miniatures I have, but I'm including some ogres in there to be converted to Chaos ogres.
Perhaps you could have the best of both worlds and combine them ( I'm throwing in a Beastmen contingent in there, as a nod to the Chaos undivided days, and the beastmen are the one pose plastics for the authentic retro look. And a regiment of the old plastic chaos warriors that look more like space marines than WFB. Will probably look terrible, but anyway....).

My Chaos army does include some Ogres, pictures of which are a few pages back.
My urge is not so much to paint something of everything, though, but rather getting complete armies out of the way.

juicytomatoes
26-06-2010, 04:30
wow very crisp painting and vivid colors! Me like. Btw, the Empire archers look all creepy without their 'eyeballs' painted in... ;)

MalusCalibur
01-07-2010, 00:10
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01930.jpg

I somehow got it into my head that I want a Deamons army centered around Daemonettes and spiders. A good while ago I saw a conversion in a log here that made spider centaurs from metal Daemonettes and the BfSP spiders, so this is my take on it using the plastic Daemonettes.

That log wouldn't have been mine, would it? :D

Glad to see the idea caught on!

EmperorNorton
02-07-2010, 20:48
wow very crisp painting and vivid colors! Me like. Btw, the Empire archers look all creepy without their 'eyeballs' painted in...

They have pupils now, see below. A lot less creepy.


That log wouldn't have been mine, would it?

Glad to see the idea caught on!

Indeed it would. Credit where credit's due.

My final ToFP entries:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02051.jpg

A little closer:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02056.jpg

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02053.jpg

And again a little closer:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02054.jpg

And as I said, there was a strong possibility of pirates showing up:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02047.jpg

Based and with a first bit of paint:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02052.jpg

EmperorNorton
05-07-2010, 17:51
A bit more paint on the pirates:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02061.jpg
The effort to get them painted is a bit uncoordinated at the moment, though. I guess I'll have to paint them up individually instead of just picking one up at random when I have some paint left over on my palette.
This one is closest to being finished:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02059.jpg
They aren't overly detailed, which makes it easier to paint.
A hope I have for my Chaos army as well, at least my first few forays make me believe that they'll be easier than the Empire (but then it's a trap I fall into quite often... "Sure can manage another army, they are easy to paint, they're basically all green/fur/armor...")
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02057.jpg
The armor for my Chaos troops will be painted in a mix of black and boltgun metal, with a quick drybrushing of boltgun metal over that. Fast, easy, and nice (I think). It'll probably be finished with some gloss or satin varnish to give the armor a bit of a sheen.
Oh, and I started working on this guy, too:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02060.jpg
Maybe I should try painting some core troops instead to test my enthusiasm...

Gargobot
10-07-2010, 15:38
Maybe I should try painting some core troops instead to test my enthusiasm...
I think that would be for the best, core troops are always the biggest obstacle.

I'm looking forward to see what you do with the AoW Chaos dude and the Shaggoth.

EmperorNorton
18-07-2010, 17:30
I think that would be for the best, core troops are always the biggest obstacle.

I'm looking forward to see what you do with the AoW Chaos dude and the Shaggoth.

Not sure about the AoW guy, really, as there's so much detail...too much as far as I'm concerned.
Due to the heat I barely dare go to my painting area in the attic anyway.

A small blurb in the new rulebook reminded me of some Ogres I had planned to use in my Empire army, so when I managed to do some painting the time was spent on these:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02089.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02093.jpg
Not finished yet, but slowly getting there.

Dino
18-07-2010, 17:46
The ogres are looking rather nice. Can't wait to see them based.

Gargobot
18-07-2010, 18:50
Wow, those are really nice! Great job on the skin, and first time I ever say this: Their lips look awesome! (I feel weird now... :wtf:)

orlanth1000
18-07-2010, 22:29
Awesome job on the skin mate, any chance of a quick tutorial?

juicytomatoes
19-07-2010, 15:12
those ogres look great! the metals on the helmets are very nicely done and the overall effect of the paintjob is a very vibrant look.

I notice that you undercoat in white. I've been thinking of trying that for some time now (just that my armies were all undercoated black before this and I try to keep it consistent). Any tips on painting with white undercoat?

btw, Peg leg for the win!

EmperorNorton
19-07-2010, 18:08
The ogres are looking rather nice. Can't wait to see them based.
Thank you.
Basing is a bit of a problem, because I still have my whole army to base with snow, but in a whole year I haven't even managed to mix the snow for a test piece.


Wow, those are really nice! Great job on the skin, and first time I ever say this: Their lips look awesome! (I feel weird now... :wtf:)
Thanks!
The lips are kinda important. I didn't like the paint job at all before I painted the lips in a different colour, but that worked out rather well.


Awesome job on the skin mate, any chance of a quick tutorial?
No problem, it's incredibly easy.
Basecoat for the skin is Vallejo's Filthy Brown, washed with Ogryn Flesh.
Then a highlight with Filthy Brown, followed by another wash with Ogryn Flesh.
After that again a highlight with watered down Filthy brown and some extreme highlights (mainly knuckles and nosetips) with Bronze Fleshtone.


those ogres look great! the metals on the helmets are very nicely done and the overall effect of the paintjob is a very vibrant look.
That's kind of you to say, but the metals were simply painted with Boltgun Metal and then washed with Badab Black. I think the light simply hits them right.


I notice that you undercoat in white. I've been thinking of trying that for some time now (just that my armies were all undercoated black before this and I try to keep it consistent). Any tips on painting with white undercoat?
Actually I don't even remember why these are undercoated white, as normally I would have undercoated them in black. Maybe they came undercoated, since they were one of my many ebay purchases.
While I do undercoat some stuff in white that's mainly things with mostly bright colours. The problem with a white undercoat is that you have to be more thorough. While you can leave the black in the recesses and hard to reach places, you can't do the same with a white undercoat. I can't imagine that that would be a problem for you, though.

Nowadays (when I'm not using one of the coloured primers from FAP) I tend to undercoat black and give it a dusting with white.
Good painters say it helps with blending and OSL, both of which I have no idea how to do.
Me it helps in making out the details of the mini. Being blind as a bat is not the best qualification for an aspiring mini painter.

Siam-Tiger
19-07-2010, 18:31
Ar(rr)e those pirates for LotHS or Freebooters Fate?

Those ogres remind me of some other stuff i absolutely have to paint ^^

orlanth1000
20-07-2010, 23:01
Whats the equivalent of Filthy Brown in GW paints mate?

It's hard to get Vallejo down here.

EmperorNorton
21-07-2010, 07:47
That would be the wonderfully named Vomit Brown.

Here (http://www.miniaturewargaming.com/index.php/mwg/comments/vallejo_citadel_paints_comparison_guide/) is a chart for future reference.

Daniel36
21-07-2010, 09:22
Please don't add eyes to the big-breasted pirate girl. She looks wonderfully vampiric this way!

orlanth1000
22-07-2010, 01:24
That would be the wonderfully named Vomit Brown.

Here (http://www.miniaturewargaming.com/index.php/mwg/comments/vallejo_citadel_paints_comparison_guide/) is a chart for future reference.

Excellent, thanks for that :)

EmperorNorton
22-07-2010, 14:28
Please don't add eyes to the big-breasted pirate girl. She looks wonderfully vampiric this way!
Alas, she's not supposed to, so she'll get eyes one of these days.


Ar(rr)e those pirates for LotHS or Freebooters Fate?
They are for LotHS. All the Freebooter's Fate coverage woke my inner pirate, but I'm not really a fan of the FF minis, especially since the ones I got instead cost about 20% of what Freebooter charges.

To keep this log properly random I started working on another of the Chaos characters. No wonder I have tons of half-finished stuff.

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02096.jpg
Started working on him yesterday and after an hour I thought I was almost done, but then I realized that some parts I had painted in gold were supposed to be skin. So today I spent some more time painting the princely buttocks.
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02097.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02098.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02101.jpg
My biggest fear is gluing the shield arm on, because that's just a perfect oportunity to spill glue all over it and ruin the whole thing.

EmperorNorton
23-07-2010, 13:58
Continuing to work on Sigvald, I added some deeper shadows to the stomach area:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02103.jpg

Fixed the left side of the face:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02104.jpg

And did the cloak:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02105.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02106.jpg

Not really happy with that yet, though.

EmperorNorton
23-07-2010, 18:45
Speaking of cloaks, a little extra I want to finish for my Empire army before I move on:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02107.jpg

The only Valten mini I have, and since my Empire and WoC armies are losely based on the Storm of Chaos, I think it'd be fitting.
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02109.jpg

Extreme close-up:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02110.jpg

mrtn
24-07-2010, 08:25
Sigvald looks good, but his left eye looks a bit starring. A slightly larger pupil would be good I think.

juicytomatoes
24-07-2010, 09:24
princely buttocks indeed! very disturbing!

Is that empire model one of the Valten models from the time of Storm of Chaos?

orlanth1000
24-07-2010, 23:11
Sigvald is one of my favorite models, I've seen some great conversions of him as well.

How do you find painting the shield arm not attached?

Gargobot
26-07-2010, 04:47
Great work on Sigvald, his skin and hair look excellent.
I'd leave the cloak as it is right now, unless you want it to become a distraction from the rest of the model, right now I think it's perfect.

Hals- und Beinbruch mit der Klebernummer später. :yes:

orlanth1000
26-07-2010, 07:20
na wunderbar, eine schöne Arbeit

( sheesh, I hope that's right and it doesn't translate into my mother is a Camel or anything )

EmperorNorton
28-07-2010, 15:44
princely buttocks indeed! very disturbing!

Is that empire model one of the Valten models from the time of Storm of Chaos?
Yes, it is. What gave it away? Me mentioning it in my post? ;)


Sigvald is one of my favorite models, I've seen some great conversions of him as well.

How do you find painting the shield arm not attached?
I can't recall having seen any conversions, but that sounds interesting.
Although I usually hate painting parts before gluing them together, it was necessary in this case and not all that bad. When painting a shield it's usually a problem how to hold it, but the triangles on Sigvald's shield make that a little easier.
I now wish I had left the shiled arm off of Wulfrik, too. That's gonna be tough.


Great work on Sigvald, his skin and hair look excellent.
I'd leave the cloak as it is right now, unless you want it to become a distraction from the rest of the model, right now I think it's perfect.

Hals- und Beinbruch mit der Klebernummer später.
Thanks. Shouldn't be too bad, at least the shield still fits...I was worried that because there's some paint on the joint it wouldn't fit anymore.
As for the cloak, I gave it a glaze or two with a purple wash and like it much better now.


na wunderbar, eine schöne Arbeit
How dare you, sir! :eek:
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Nah, just kidding. :p


Anywho, I can't really find the time (or motivation, really...there's always time if you want to make time) for painting. So I can only update that my daemon army is a go again, because I recently found a lot on ebay that I could not pass up on.
It puts the "horde" back in "daemonic horde":
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02113.jpg
That's a bunch of 5th Ed. Horrors, which I have always liked. They remind me of a Hieronymus Bosch painting. Having only ever seen them in a catalogue before, I was surprised at how large they are. Ranking them up properly will be problematic.
Also included in the lot I bought were some old Flamers of Tzeentch:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02115.jpg

Then I remembered that I had this guy lying around:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02117.jpg
Bought him a couple of years ago for a pittance with the intention to make him the head coach of my Chaos Blood Bowl team. Since that team has remained in a state of being half finished for about four years now, I think it's okay for him to go looking for a new job.
Does anybody have an idea how old this mini is btw.?

So that's close to 2000 points of daemons right there, and with the new plastics I can slowly add to that.

Dino
29-07-2010, 02:27
Neat. Bravo on getting so many daemons.

Gargobot
29-07-2010, 04:25
Are those 72 horrors? That certainly qualifies as a horde.
Do you have a color scheme in mind yet?

According to SOL (http://www.solegends.com/citcat912/c20249rcchange-h.htm) the LoC seems to be from 1991.

Anyway, good luck painting your daemonic horde.

juicytomatoes
29-07-2010, 10:44
Yes, it is. What gave it away? Me mentioning it in my post? ;)


Ah yes, that must have been it! Nah, sorry, I was too busy looking at all the pretty pictures I must have missed it...



http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02113.jpg
That's a bunch of 5th Ed. Horrors, which I have always liked. They remind me of a Hieronymus Bosch painting. Having only ever seen them in a catalogue before, I was surprised at how large they are. Ranking them up properly will be problematic.


Did they just come back from the World Cup?

Goat of Yuggoth
31-07-2010, 00:55
Uh-oh, I think I'm having a nostalgy-gasm, and a major one at it, too! Always liked the older Tzeenchian mini's the best. Beaks and feathers, and skip the tentacles!

Dimitrios
31-07-2010, 11:58
Your painting is really good mate!!! The clock on valten and sigvald are canned awesome!!

EmperorNorton
03-08-2010, 19:05
Neat. Bravo on getting so many daemons.
Thanks, it was a really good deal.


Are those 72 horrors? That certainly qualifies as a horde.
Do you have a color scheme in mind yet?
No, the back rank isn't complete, so it's only a measly 68.
I'm fairly sure I'll go with a combination of pink and blue horrors, like they were back in the day. One colour alone would be boring.
The Armybook mentions that if one uses blue horrors they should be two on one base. Looking at the minis that's simply physically impossible. They are a nightmare to rank up as they are.


According to SOL (http://www.solegends.com/citcat912/c20249rcchange-h.htm) the LoC seems to be from 1991.
Thanks, I hadn't looked that far back.
Explains why he is so tiny.


Did they just come back from the World Cup?
Not a single vuvuzela among the lot of them, so I doubt it.


Uh-oh, I think I'm having a nostalgy-gasm, and a major one at it, too! Always liked the older Tzeenchian mini's the best. Beaks and feathers, and skip the tentacles!
Not that I'm averse to tentacles on principle (which will be seen in my WoC army) I have to agree.


Your painting is really good mate!!! The clock on valten and sigvald are canned awesome!!
Thank you. Lately I think I've actually gotten better at this.

So now that I've decided to do three separate armies for the tale after all, I started a bit early, although I shouldn't be spending any time on painting right now.
First, Ogres. Should be a piece of cake, my armylist as it stands now has a mere 25 models. And the first one is the head honcho:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02120.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02122.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02123.jpg
Started painting him yesterday and he's fairly close to done already. His Gnoblar still needs some paint, though.
Not sure what to do for a colour scheme. I guess the skin colour and the metals would tie them together enough without them having any kind of uniform clothing, which I'd find strange for Ogres anyway. I'm tempted to give him striped pants, but chances are I'll mess that up quite badly.

Due to the new starter set I'm also jumping on the High Elf bandwagon.
A more delicate centerpiece as opposed to the one above:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02124.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02126.jpg
She was started yesterday as well (I've been procrastinating...) and is also fairly far along, although the details need work. Once I figure out what some of those details are supposed to be, because I have no clue. There's that thing directly below the golden phoenix...just no clue at all.
Considering it was a sunset that inspired me to do the colour scheme I have in mind, I think it's fitting that my army stems from the Citadel of Dusk, the High Elf colony at the southern tip of Lustria.

Now those of you who have been paying attention might ask: "Aren't you forgetting something?"
Yes, I still have to base my Empire army. And finally I've done my testing with the snow bases:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02131.jpg
Hopefully it should be done by the middle of the month.

bluewolf74727
03-08-2010, 19:49
looking good sorry i haven't posted here before love your painting

BlueWolf74727

juicytomatoes
05-08-2010, 03:19
I really love the way your models look painted. It's bright and vivid. I must learn...

Dino
05-08-2010, 14:16
Tyrant is looking rather good. The elf looks nice as well. I could see a golden phoenix with a golden flame trim around the edges of her gown. That would look cool.

Gargobot
06-08-2010, 01:13
Only 68? That's nothing! You should be ashamed of yourself, trying to pass those few tiny daemons as a horde. :mad:

Joking aside, I wouldn't bother with the blue and pink horror drama, just put all of them on equal sized bases.

When you say you will paint 3 armies for the tale, is the third one going to be WoC or DoC?

Nice skin on the ogre btw. And your HE color scheme looks good and... girly, which is of course not an issue for HEs.

Good luck with the tale!

EmperorNorton
10-08-2010, 12:29
looking good sorry i haven't posted here before love your painting

BlueWolf74727
No apology needed, just don't let it happen again. ;)


I really love the way your models look painted. It's bright and vivid. I must learn...
Seeing how many great painters are here on this site, I'm sure I'm not the one you want to learn anything from.
The brightness and vividness has a lot to do with how the minis are photographed. I don't have one of those fancy light boxes with daylight bulbs and whatnot. Instead I have...a windowsill. Come winter my minis will go back to being bland and dark...


Tyrant is looking rather good. The elf looks nice as well. I could see a golden phoenix with a golden flame trim around the edges of her gown. That would look cool.
That would indeed look cool and I might even be tempted to try it if it were a flat surface. With all the folds something like that is well beyond my capabilities, I'm afraid.


When you say you will paint 3 armies for the tale, is the third one going to be WoC or DoC?
The third one is WoC, the Daemons won't happen for a long time yet.


Nice skin on the ogre btw. And your HE color scheme looks good and... girly, which is of course not an issue for HEs.

Girly, eh?
I'd argue that only someone who is very certain of their own martial prowess will go marching to war dressed like this:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02135.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02133.jpg

Lord_of_end_times
10-08-2010, 14:12
I am loving the sun set inspired color theme for your high elves. Keep up all the good work. One Love

Dino
10-08-2010, 14:40
Their elves so I think they can get away with it.

Gargobot
10-08-2010, 17:01
Girly, eh?
I'd argue that only someone who is very certain of their own martial prowess will go marching to war dressed like this:
Or someone who's sense of the aesthetic is incredibly far off. I dread the day you pick up some White (or is that pink?) Lions. :D

Actually I think the color scheme works remarkably well, although it has a certain eye raping slaaneshy quality to it. :p
How are you going to do the bases, and more importantly what hair color will they have?
Hmm, apparently I really want to see them done. :)

EmperorNorton
13-08-2010, 17:10
I am loving the sun set inspired color theme for your high elves. Keep up all the good work. One Love
Thank you, your lordship.


Their elves so I think they can get away with it.
So do I.
Not sure what to do with my Shadow Warriors, though, as those wouldn't benefit from cloaks in sunset red (I'm avoiding the p-word...).


Or someone who's sense of the aesthetic is incredibly far off. I dread the day you pick up some White (or is that pink?) Lions. :D

How are you going to do the bases, and more importantly what hair color will they have?
Hmm, apparently I really want to see them done. :)

There aren't any White Lions in the list I have planned for the tale, but that can change at any moment. Especially when I like the new models, but I have enough of them sitting on my desk at the moment.

To give you a clearer idea of what they are supposed to look like when they are done:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02148.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02149.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02150.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02151.jpg

Overall they were supposed to be a tad darker, but I can live with how this one turned out.
The sand on the base will get a drybrush to hopefully make it look a bit more like sand, and I'll add some grass and maybe flowers.
And I have to find out how to paint wood grain, to make the bows a little more interesting.

EmperorNorton
15-08-2010, 16:35
I was fed up with High Elves for now, so I slapped some paint on some more Ogres.
Which, it turns out, is rather boring.
WIP shot of Iron Guts:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02154.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02155.jpg

I have to figure out how to paint rust.

And the first of my Maneaters, a little further along than the Iron Guts, but equally boring:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02152.jpg

nedsta
15-08-2010, 17:04
well i've gotta say this log is looking bloody good, cant wait to see the ogres finished, what range are the pirate figures as they are awesome and i wouldn't mind picking some up,

biginbelgium
15-08-2010, 22:38
The ogres look fine. I understand why they are boring to paint. Had the same problem with mine.
keep it up!

cheers
Tim

Dino
15-08-2010, 23:54
Ogres seem to be comming along well. Can't wait to see the next update.

EmperorNorton
17-08-2010, 18:07
well i've gotta say this log is looking bloody good, cant wait to see the ogres finished, what range are the pirate figures as they are awesome and i wouldn't mind picking some up,
Thanks.
The pirate girls are from Black Scorpion and the rest is from Black Cat Bases (who, for some reason, offer far more minis than bases).


The ogres look fine. I understand why they are boring to paint. Had the same problem with mine.
keep it up!

cheers
Tim
Good to know it's not just me.
And to be honest, I can't stop painting ogres at the moment, despite it being quite boring.
My procrastination streak is going strong...


Ogres seem to be comming along well. Can't wait to see the next update.
And here it is.
Just some more WIP shots, though, of yet more stuff I started. Considering I only need a little over two dozen models for an army, finishing my ogres should be a piece of cake.
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02158.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02157.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02159.jpg

juicytomatoes
19-08-2010, 12:45
To give you a clearer idea of what they are supposed to look like when they are done:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02148.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02149.jpg


Ooer... this guy is giving a very sinister look here. another disturbing miniature you've painted there. I can't imagine what he must be sneering about while patting those arrows in his quiver.

The ninja ogre is lookin' good. Hm, I must get down to finishing the conversion on my ogre bloodbowl team and then start painting them to find out why you say they're boring to paint. :D

EmperorNorton
20-08-2010, 12:59
My Empire armies from this year's ToFP:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02171.jpg

Putty
20-08-2010, 13:26
I really need to work harder on my Empire army...

Dino
20-08-2010, 14:17
Nice. Makes me want to start work on my empire agian. Can't wait to see the ogre army you have started in a full and complete army shot like this one.

biginbelgium
20-08-2010, 22:45
Lovely epic empire army. Would love to play against your army. Looks awesome.

cheers
Tim

Gargobot
21-08-2010, 01:07
You rock!

(I need to learn prioritizing from you.)

Siam-Tiger
21-08-2010, 07:32
I really need to work harder on my Empire army...

I have to second that, i am incredibly lazy on my empire army as well.

EmperorNorton
22-08-2010, 13:43
I really need to work harder on my Empire army...
Sure, because you don't have enough on your plate as it is. :p


I have to second that, i am incredibly lazy on my empire army as well.
Same as above.
That's an army I'd really like to see finished, though.


Lovely epic empire army. Would love to play against your army. Looks awesome.

cheers
Tim
And I'd love to play with my army, but I don't have time...or the one guy I can play against doesn't have time...frustrating...


You rock!

(I need to learn prioritizing from you.)
No, you really don't. My priorities have been totally out of whack lately and I've spent way too much time painting while neglecting things that are more important.


Nice. Makes me want to start work on my empire agian. Can't wait to see the ogre army you have started in a full and complete army shot like this one.
That will take a while, but here's the "before" shot (missing some characters and gnoblars):
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02177.jpg

And here's my test model for rust and verdigris:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02182.jpg
While I like the effect on the blade, I have to tone down the verdigris considerably.

Gargobot
22-08-2010, 20:41
No, you really don't. My priorities have been totally out of whack lately and I've spent way too much time painting while neglecting things that are more important.
Ok, that's a different story then. I at least did have plenty of time, but just didn't paint.

That's gonna be an impressive ogre army. The rusted sword looks great, but I agree with you there seems to be a surplus on the verdigris.
How'd you do the rust?

EmperorNorton
23-08-2010, 18:23
How'd you do the rust?
The weapon was painted with Boltgun Metal, then a bit of orange dabbed on (I used Syhar Soil, a Rackham paint, which I use for the bases. Horrid stuff, really.), then washed with Chestnut Ink, then dabbed with a bit more orange and finally carefully drybrushed with Boltgun Metal.

A quick drybrush seems to be the remedy for the verdigris issue:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02187.jpg

And then I spent some time working on this guy:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02183.jpg

Never understood why there is so much hate for the sculpt, but now that I have had a close look, I tend to agree. Not a good mini, and my unfortunate colour choice might just be the last nail in the coffin.

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02184.jpg

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02185.jpg

The blue wash seemed to be a good idea at the time, but it didn't quite work out the way I had hoped.

Lt Dougheim
24-08-2010, 00:23
Your ogres look really good. I really like the blue/green tarnish on the gut plates. How did you do that?

biginbelgium
24-08-2010, 09:55
Great work on the rust , that is one damn good looking ogre army.
The gorger sculpt isnt all that. It reminds me of those Roald Dahl giants from the gvr. Still it doesnt look out of place

Cheers
Tim

juicytomatoes
26-08-2010, 00:21
wow, until I read your thread, I didn't even know what verdigris was! Ah, what an educational hobby. I must share with my Minister for War and Finance so that my hobby leash can be lengthened.

Now that I do know what it is, I must say you did capture the idea of it quite well on the mini. Rust and verdigris! Will they be on every bit on metal on every ogre?

hellharlequin
26-08-2010, 16:06
my suggestion for painting rust
1.) paint it as usual
2.) stipple(tupfen) it vermin bown, blazing orange and terracotta
(or a 1:1 mix of dark flesh an bleached bone)
If you want ill show yow a skelleton with that rust

EmperorNorton
30-08-2010, 14:00
Your ogres look really good. I really like the blue/green tarnish on the gut plates. How did you do that?
Thank you.
The tarnish was done with a wash mixed from turquois and green, but I've now ordered a special glaze from Vallejo that hopefully will help me enhance that.


Great work on the rust , that is one damn good looking ogre army.
Thanks.


wow, until I read your thread, I didn't even know what verdigris was! Ah, what an educational hobby. I must share with my Minister for War and Finance so that my hobby leash can be lengthened.

Now that I do know what it is, I must say you did capture the idea of it quite well on the mini. Rust and verdigris! Will they be on every bit on metal on every ogre?
Yes, I'll try to have it on every bit of metal, otherwise it'd look inconsistent. It's a bit of a pain, though.
That you didn't know what verdigris was probably means that you're the only person on Warseer who doesn't follow Lew's log (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=250907) religiously. Without that I wouldn't even have tried it on my Ogres. His Ogres are in a whole other league, though.


my suggestion for painting rust
1.) paint it as usual
2.) stipple(tupfen) it vermin bown, blazing orange and terracotta
(or a 1:1 mix of dark flesh an bleached bone)
If you want ill show yow a skelleton with that rust
Thanks, I'll try that. I think it's more important how you apply the paint rather than which shades of brown and orange you use, though.
I should also try some pigments to maybe get a bit of texture.

Here's my second unit of Iron Guts, nearing completion:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02190.jpg

The problem with weathering and the reason I have never done it before is that it's so difficult to make it look believable, i.e. random enough.
Basically I try to paint the guys cleanly and nice, just to turn around and smear them with dirt.
Most of my Iron Guts come from a lot bought on ebay. They were painted horribly, but thanks to their low detail level I could repaint them. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference, though, between their former sloppy paint job and my attempts to make them look grimy and gritty.

hellharlequin
30-08-2010, 17:51
Thanks, I'll try that. I think it's more important how you apply the paint rather than which shades of brown and orange you use, though.
I should also try some pigments to maybe get a bit of texture.

no Problem. a pleasure



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The problem with weathering and the reason I have never done it before is that it's so difficult to make it look believable, i.e. random enough.
Basically I try to paint the guys cleanly and nice, just to turn around and smear them with dirt.
...

a good advice I heard and Personally find quite helpfull is studying Weathered objects. and knowing HOW most of it happens. I.E. Rust and the like start in
wrinkles and then go to the "peaks" ( because the water gathers there)

juicytomatoes
30-08-2010, 23:37
nice Guts! I've just finished looking through Harry's log, and now there's another 50 pages of ogre goodness on Lew's log to plough through? :p

Thanks for the link. I'll be lookin' through all that for the next few days.

Gargobot
31-08-2010, 02:52
The problem with weathering and the reason I have never done it before is that it's so difficult to make it look believable, i.e. random enough.
Basically I try to paint the guys cleanly and nice, just to turn around and smear them with dirt.
I think the hardest thing about weathering is mustering up the courage to potentially ruin a perfectly good paint job. But if done correctly it's very much worth the hazzle.
Which in your case it seems to be, though what really amazes me is how smooth the skin on your ogres looks. I have troubly keeping it that smooth on the faces of my Empire minis, and ogres (sadly) show a lot more skin. So kudos to you. :)

EmperorNorton
06-09-2010, 15:59
As usual I couldn't stay focussed for long, so I started painting some other High Elves:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02196.jpg

I was not sure if the Shadow Warriors would work at all with my colour scheme, but I think it's alright.
(Yes, I messed up the faces while trying to put in the eyes...)

And because it's fun, heroes:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02199.jpg

Then I got something in the mail on Saturday and was sidetracked:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02194.jpg

Although I probably won't be able to convince anybody to play Malifaux with me at this point, I could not pass on Colette and her gang.
Although she's still very much WIP I'm a bit proud of how the base turned out. It's marvelous what you can do with two coffee stirers and five minute's time.

And then there was yet more mail today...
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02200.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC02201.jpg

About one and a half hours for the base colours, that's not too bad. Looking at how they did the feathers in the studio paint job, that's probably gonna take weeks, though.

juicytomatoes
07-09-2010, 16:17
That's a lovely Maulifax mini. Paint job is lookin' promising. Any pics of the rest of the gang?

nedsta
07-09-2010, 16:22
wow what scale is the Maulifax fig? elf lord is shaping up nicely, can't wait to see it all finished

Grisnik
08-09-2010, 09:07
Very cool maulifax model.. always did like that range of models.. though have to agree that it is hard to get more people interested in new games.. but get the gang painted up and maybe a second rival gang and you would be surprised how many people will be up for a trial game :D

Looking forward to seeing your progress on the HE Lord.

mrtn
08-09-2010, 10:45
Since the last three posters have disturbed my Spelling Sense (I was bitten by a radioactive spelling bee when I was small), I'll have to say that's a nice looking Malifaux model. It's not a mauled fax. :p

nedsta
08-09-2010, 18:56
:o curse my poor speeling :D

Daniel36
08-09-2010, 19:29
You get a lot of mail...

I like that one chick. She looks cool and nice paintjob on her.
And mrtn, DON't give me a good reason to start photoshopping a Superhero for you!