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BBWags
14-02-2010, 00:45
Hello all!

I am setting up this project log to help me keep track of my progress (or lack thereof), receive some encouragement (hopefully) and constructive criticism.

First, not that this is extremely important or that anyone really cares, but I will start by sharing some pictures of my workspace and my baby, the Badger 155.

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Project%20Log/IMG_3147.jpg http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Project%20Log/IMG_3149.jpg

As you can see, my workspace is located in my garage. May not be real bright and cheery, but its my own space and my wife never goes in there :-) Also, I don't know anything about the various kinds of airbrushes, but I gotta say, I love them, especially the one I have. I'm just a beginner, but the simple fact that I was able to base-coat 4 vehicles and about 30 models with my own mixed-color in the space of an hour makes it worth its weight in gold.

Of course, in the first picture you'll notice all the terrain that has yet to see paint, so looks like that Badger is going to be getting ALOT of use sooner rather than later.

Below you'll see my progress over the last year or so in my approaches to painting -

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Front2.jpg http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Back1.jpg

I like this Blood Claw, but my attempts in painting it were pretty heavy handed without very good highlighting. It's tabletop ready, but not very satisfying.

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Space%20Wolf%20WIP%201/IMG_3115.jpg

This guy is a step in the right direction, but not fully there. I tried to darken things a little so that my puppies weren't the kind that you would find on a baby's night-night. I used a black wash to try to get some natural shading, but I applied it with the aforementioned airbrush, but the pressure was too high or I was too close and so instead of falling into the creases naturally, it was spread much more evenly and instead became just another coat of paint that simply darkened everything.

BBWags
15-02-2010, 00:53
Just recently I found a 3 part series by a guy called . . . BeastofWar, I think? on Youtube and he really helped me to understand the proper use of washes and drybrushing.

Here is my first attempt since watching him.

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Project%20Log/IMG_3159.jpg http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Project%20Log/IMG_3160-1.jpg

I think this is a real good step forward and I'm very much looking forward to painting the rest, though I have a lot more to do.

like this -

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Project%20Log/IMG_3150.jpg

ALOT left to go :-)

More updates as I progress!

havokas
15-02-2010, 13:21
Your off to a great start for a darn fantastic Space Wolves army, and a great WIP log.

i really like your latest attempt at the space wolves, i think they are still missing some shading, probably as simple as carefully putting badab black wash into some of the crevices such as the vents on the SM's legs.

I'll defiantly Subscribe to this.

BBWags
16-02-2010, 01:13
Here I have a very basic conversion that gives this guy a runic weapon that would then identify him as a rune priest in terminator armor.

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Project%20Log/IMG_3154.jpg

Here we see the terminator rune priest with his wolf guard. The storm shield/wolf claw terminator on the right is my favorite. I modeled him so that at board-high perspective, it appears that he is holding the shield up to protect himself and the rune priest from enemy fire while he views the battle through one of the cut-outs in the shield. I'm very much looking forward to painting these, but I'm not sure if they are the best loadout tactically speaking. I suppose that is a conversation for another section of Warseer, though :-)

BBWags
23-02-2010, 02:50
Ok, so as these things go, it's been a little while and I haven't gotten much done. Only one guy that I did today, in fact. But hey, that's what happens when life throws stuff at ya.

I think this guy came out pretty good. I did an asurmen blue wash and then a badab black wash. Not sure if you can tell a difference between this guy and the last one. I was fairly liberal with the wash and I didn't try to be too technical with the drybrushing. It may just sound like an excuse not to have to do a better job, but I think that some mottling (to a certain extent) simply makes the armor look more "lived in." I'm thinking my Wolves want their armor functional and don't care quite as much about cleaning the crud off of it. This "mottling" is more pronounced in the second picture below on the helmet. I thought that looked cool. Perhaps he caught a shock wave or something from a nearby explosion which accounts for the discoloration on the helmet! :-) Haha.

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/IMG_3170.jpg http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/IMG_3175.jpg

I would also like to mention that I HATE YELLOW PAINT!! This looks ok in the picture but in real life it seems very fuzzy. I laid down two layers of iyanden darksun (if memory serves, that's what its called) and then sunburst yellow. The sunburst yellow wouldn't lay on smoothly or evenly. Very frustrating. Anyone out there have any tips?

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/IMG_3172.jpg

And here are my two grey hunters together. It always helps me to see the finished products together. It gives me incentive to keep going so that the group of good looking and vibrant models gradually grows larger and larger. At least, in theory it will. Oh, and just because I know someone will eventually mention it - yes, I am planning on basing these models. But I'm thinking about snow bases (Space Wolves, duh, haha) and I want to wait until I have at least a full unit to do them all at the same time.

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/IMG_3176.jpg

I've also started playing more often, about once a week, instead of once every few months, so that is helping motivate me to paint as well.

Well, please feel free to leave critiques and feedback of any sort, as always! Thanks!

P.S. I was thinking about using the pelt colors and trim colors as pack markings. What do you think about this? Like, one grey hunter pack would have brown pelts like the ones above. A second pack would have grey, another black, another almost like a tannish/blondish, etc etc. Do you think that would look good on the table, or would it be weird?

I also thought about having the geometric claw shapes on the should pads pointing in a different direction to mark packs. Like the ones above are pointing upward. Another pack, they would point down, front, back, diagonal, or whatever. I'm just trying to avoid numeral markings. I don't think my Wolves would resort to that sort of domestic marking system. What say you?

eltanko
25-02-2010, 20:31
They are looking really good. The latest efforts are very nice indeed. I like all of the bronze in your colour scheme.

ElTanko

BBWags
04-03-2010, 02:58
Ah! I am competing for the slowest growing Project Log ever and yet I have still attained an all-time speed record! 2 Space Marines done to satisfactory condition in a single night!!

Not too bad for a guy working two jobs with a wife, a 2 year old, another child on the way, and in the midst of higher education, to boot! Now if I can just find a spare minute to play the darn game! :-)

So here we have the wolf guard for this particular pack of Grey Hunters. I like him, though I wanted to make his hair grey, but I couldn't because I already have his head on the first guy I painted with grey hair. So until I get a different shade/variation of grey to use, I had to go with brown.

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Expanding/IMG_3191.jpg http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Expanding/IMG_3193.jpg

And then a guy I've been looking forward to for some time. This guy is the one that has the mark of the wulfen. Instead of trying to do any particular conversion (which I'm not exactly proficient at anyway), I figured I'd just model him with the basic bolter to show he fights in CC with his fists and "claws." Also, the smearing of blood across his dome, I think, helps this idea, though I think it is more ceremonial red paint rather than actual blood. Kinda like warpaint. In my thinking, my Wolves trust their wolf-brothers who have the mark of the wulfen, but they still like to have something that makes them stand out a little more so they can keep an eye on them, just in case.

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Expanding/IMG_3208.jpg http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Expanding/IMG_3204.jpg http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Expanding/IMG_3203.jpg

And last but not least, a picture of the fledgling pack getting bigger and bigger. I fearsome group of wolves, to say the least! Or at least, I hope that is how they look!

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Expanding/IMG_3210.jpg

What do you think? Any improvements I could make?

eltanko
04-03-2010, 08:21
Great work, they have vastly improved since that first pic. The latest two are looking really good. The only improvement I can suggest is to base them!!

ElTanko

bugbait_nz
04-03-2010, 08:44
WOW they look great.
I cant give you any advice because I cant paint that good!

How do you do your skin/faces, looks very good.

Bugbait subscribed

BBWags
04-03-2010, 10:57
How do you do your skin/faces, looks very good.

Honestly, the skin/faces are the easiest part! It is simply tallarn flesh foundation paint with a light wash of devlan mud. That's it. No further hightlighting or anything. The wash settles in perfectly.

The MotW guy only took me an hour to do. I know that's probably alot longer than many veterans can do, but it's lightspeed for me. And its all due to drybrushing and lots of washes!

BBWags
08-03-2010, 01:58
Next guy done. Not particularly happy with this one. Not sure what to do with the flamer.

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/IMG_3221.jpg http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/IMG_3222.jpg
http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/IMG_3224.jpg http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/IMG_3223.jpg

And the whole crew together. I think when I get this pack done, I'll do a Land Speeder or something to shake things up.

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/IMG_3225.jpg

Tulkas
09-03-2010, 08:38
Good looking bunch of Wolves there mate. You've come a long way since that first Pup you posted :D Good thinking about that MotW guy too, 3rd edition mentioned ritual tattooing for the guys that showed the MotW. I do the same with my Wulfen (see avatar).

For that flamer, try darkening the nozzle. If you wanna know what it should look like I say stick a spoon end or something in a flame (matches, candle etc) and see how the coloration goes (mind you don't hold it too long, metal gets HOT!)

Or you could just look for other flamers here on Warseer too. But I'm in favor of the pyromania.
And last but not least: yes. Yellow sucks to paint.

Aulbath
09-03-2010, 19:53
Cool looking Wolves, mate!

BBWags
10-03-2010, 12:50
My first trial of blond hair. Iyanden Darksun plus Sunburst Yellow = way too bright for hair, so I had to tone it down with a thick dry brush of Anita's Butter Yellow (or something like that).

At any rate, this guy is my first Wolf Lord.

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Wolf%20Lord%20Delryn/IMG_3226.jpg http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Wolf%20Lord%20Delryn/IMG_3237.jpg

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Wolf%20Lord%20Delryn/IMG_3229.jpg http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Wolf%20Lord%20Delryn/IMG_3230.jpg

And the obligatory group photo!

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo54/BBWags/Wolf%20Lord%20Delryn/IMG_3234.jpg

I'm thinking about getting this pack done and taking a break and working on some terrain. Anyone have any good tips on fast effective ways to paint the ruined buildings?

logan054
24-03-2010, 23:45
nice space wolves army, its nice to see someone do someone other than ragnars company

Lothlanathorian
10-04-2010, 05:56
I use Snakebite Leather to go under my yellow. So far, I have yet to find a GW yellow that isn't a pain to paint. I usually lay it on rather generously and in at least two coats.

Horst1234
10-06-2011, 23:19
The freshly painted models are looking great. the difference is huge compared with your older models.
You spoke earlier about the beastofwar video; do you have the link somewhere?
i think it would help me a lot too.

Horst

sprugly
11-06-2011, 07:19
Lots if good stuff here. Overall I'm liking everything you've done,good Jobs all round.

The only tip I could give would be to put a little black wash over the metallic areas. You can then re highlight with mithril to bring up the edges. The place this would really show is your wolf lords sword.it would really bring out the runes on the blade.

Look forward to seeing more from you soon.

Sprugly