View Full Version : Spikedog's all-in-wonder-log! 40K, Fantasy and maybe some Necromunda!

Pages : [1] 2 3 4

04-02-2007, 15:43
<UPDATE: 24.07.08>

So most of the pictures in the first half of this thread as well as most of my other threads were kept on my old server, which has now moved and so all the links will appear as broken. I simply do not have the time to go back and change all the links but the pictures I have moved accross to my photobucket account which you can find here:


It is broken down by army so you should be able to find most of the old pictures of mine with relative ease.


Well I have decided to condense my few army diary threads and many other random painting and modelling threads into one big log of stuff.

I will update it as I get around to painting or modelling anything to do with my few armies or anything else I may get up to doing.

Currently the armies I have on the go are:

Necrach Vampire Counts (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50703)
Skaven Bubonic Court (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15034)
Home Chapter Space Marines
Tyranid Hive Fleet Hiyoki (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37670)

Also I may have a commission army (My first btw :)) that I should start work on soon, you can see the test piece for it below.

Well first up I thought I would bring the latest pics of the above armies maybe that some of you missed first time they were around, plus under I will have a few pics of stuff that I haven't posted yet.

First up we have an overall shot of my Vampire Counts army as it currently stands, the banners have to be finished on the 2 Skeleton units and one of the Black Knight units. (Can be clicked on for larger view)

http://www.neoteros.com/site/imgs/warhammer/armys.jpg (http://www.neoteros.com/site/imgs/warhammer/armyl.jpg)

Also I just finished making this Empire Cannon (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67627) which will be used as a DoW cannon in my army, I wanted something to try and bring a unified look to the army and I think the green of the metals does that quite well.


Here we have my heavily converted Tyranid Carnifex based on the Forge World Herophant Biotitan model, took me quite a while but I think it looks pretty imposing when standing over my hoard on the table.


Thats pretty much my last few projects to date so it should give you an idea of my armies as they look at the moment, I linked the above text to the original threads just in case anyone wanted to look back at them as well.

04-02-2007, 15:44
OK and here are what I am working on at the moment,

My test Dire Wolf model using a Chaos Warhound, still not so sure about this one but we will see how it turns out when I am done with the little details.


Also here is my Empire themed Spirit Host, I used 1 model from the existing Spirit Host, plus a Flagellant and a Great Sword. I have 2 more bases like this and when lined up together I think they look pretty good as a set of Empire ghosts. The other two are not painted at the moment however but I will be sure to update you all when they are.


Finally we have the commission work I was talking about in my first post. Some of you may remember my Zombie Giant that I made for the Japanese Games Day last year. (Link here) (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34558)well I decided to sell it on eBay a few weeks back and the gentleman who bought it was sufficiently impressed that he asked me to do a whole Zombie Ogre army to go with it. Well here is the test model for the army that I have just submitted to him. Hopefully this will get me the go ahead to start working on a whole army of these bad boys.


Well that's pretty much it on my desk at the moment, hopefully you all can drop in now and then and give me some encouragement (and criticism, as you can't improve without it) to help me keep going on the many projects. Plus there will be no need for me to keep making random threads every time I start something new!

04-02-2007, 15:46
that carnifex is absolutely mind-blowing..and warping ;)
the verdigris on the cannon is amazing.
i am subscribed

The Laughing God
04-02-2007, 15:48
That carnifex looks awesome!:eek:

Looks like you have a lot of stuff to do,
Now go get painting!:p

04-02-2007, 16:04

Looking ace as always yo dawg! :p

05-02-2007, 00:10
Wonderfull Bronze!!! how do you do it?

05-02-2007, 00:16
Yay, more Zombogres. I did a unit of them a while back but are no where near as good as the one you've done. I can't wait to see an entire army of them.


Hideous Loon
05-02-2007, 08:22
Yay, another Spikedog blog! Don't we all love 'em? I am quite fond of the way you've made your Spirit hosts unique, yet combined. Kudos.

05-02-2007, 11:25
Good work, as usual. :)

The side of the ogre's beard looks quite flat and boring. Not your fault of course, but maybe you can improve it?

On seeing the chaos doggie again I think that the horns look too much chaos for a dire wolf. The emaciated look is good, but the horns just scream chaos to me. Maybe it's possible to carve them off and resculpt the fur?

Keep up the good work!

The boyz
05-02-2007, 12:13
Fantastic work Spikedog.

I love the look of the Cannon. Your Unded army looks very nice aswell. That Carnifex is superb, he truly is a monster. The greenstuffing on the Ogre looks great, I like exposed muscle.

Look forward to seeing more updates.

05-02-2007, 12:52
The zombie ogre is fantastic, and I hope you'll use a lot of these as unit fillers.


05-02-2007, 13:54
@ Gonfrask - The patina is so easy it would make you laugh. First you paint the surface with "Brazen Brass" (Yes I know it should be Copper but it just doesn't look as good as the brass) Next you wash the whole area with a very thin wash of "Jade Green" (This is an old Coat'd'Arms colour that GW no longer does unfortunately) Finally you drybrush the surface with "Brazen Brass" again, if you start light you can keep drybrushing until you reach a level of patina you are happy with.

@ mrtn - Yea you're right the Ogre's beard is a little on the flat side, I may add to it in a while but for now I am planning and starting to construct the rest of the first Bull unit. As for the wolves yea I know the horns aren't great, not exactly wolfy but I'm going to see what they look like painted before I do anything about them.

@ Voronwe[MQ] - Although I plan to at some point make some Zombie Ogres for my own zombie units (When I get around to buying some that is) these are for a commission army I am working on.

Thanks to everyone else who has commented so far, it is your comments that will help me finish my huge pile of models some time before I am 40 (That's quite a while yet btw)

No pictures this update but here's what I have been doing today.

First up I have cleaned up all the pieces for the first unit of Bulls as well as planning a few of the conversions, some big, some small. I should have some pictures tomorrow. Also the customer asked if I would magnetize the Bulls so that he could change between the iron fist things and a club so I have been drilling out and fitting magnets this afternoon. I will get some pics of that soon too.

Also my first squad of Elysians arrived today, 8 of the shotgun armed Hardened Veterans I got in a trade. Along with a command squad when I get around to ordering them these will be my Necromunda Retrieval Squad. My gang for hire in a new Necromunda campaign that a few friends and I will be starting here soon. I am dry fitting and cleaning them as we speak so hopefully I can have a test model for you soon.

EDIT: 500 posts, woohoo!

05-02-2007, 15:24
Wow. Awesome undead!

05-02-2007, 20:53
Thanks Spikedog, don´t worry i have already Jade Green (in fact, two :P)

Alex Under
07-02-2007, 08:24

Great idea to join all the spikedog goodness in one thread! I've subscribed :D The cannon fits in so nicely in your VC army and your painting style in general is probably not the best in fine-art standards, but if you ask me, you have a great personal touch on all miniatures and by far I consider you the best painter/sculptor on the forums. Continue the good work!

Btw, I'm anxious to see the actual Vampire! Any ideas for him yet?

PS: This post doesn't mean that I don't hate you, I profoundly do; I can't even sculpt a **** with GS...

07-02-2007, 10:09
The cannon and spirit host I like particularly. The spirit host works really well, I think because of the base. Normally, I find that "ghostly" spirit hosts look like they're just unfinished, being uncoloured and all, but with such a colourful base they really do look like ghosts. And using the different models was a clever idea.

The direwolf I'm not so sure of; mainly, it's the horns on his head. They just look too openly chaotic, I'm afraid. The chaos hound model is much better than the direwolves though, so it would probably be worth filing/sawing the horns off and filling the gap with greenstuff.

I like the look of the zombie ogres - forward to seeing more of them (or of anything else ;)).

08-02-2007, 13:36
Im lucky enough to play against these figures, and its a joy! I just wish spikedog would paint faster!!!

The undead are great though cos the army is nearly finished and I think the greeny copper adds a nice spectral glow to the army-its very unique, not the typical red and black and purple...also note the bell theme!

I play ogres, so the cannon is there especially for me I think. Also I like the fact that now spikedog has the chance to cut up and mangle ogres...I think he will take a perverse pleasure in his twisted revenge:skull: ...

he hates ogres so...

cant wait till we start playing necromunda...give spikedog enough encouragement and he might make another battlereport!!!

08-02-2007, 13:52
Oh, and the oxide on the cannon could be a little more white-ish in the recesses, you know the color of the liberty statue or so, would make it look even older, as now its just a plain green colour

08-02-2007, 16:01
@ Alex Under - Wow thanks for the (very) kind words. I don't think I am anywhere close to one of the best painters here but just knowing that someone out there thinks that makes my works that much more enjoyable.

As for the Vampire himself, I do have a model, it is the current mounted Necrach on an OOP skeletal horse. He is sitting there in a ghostly shade of Skull White undercoat at the moment as I am not sure what I am doing with him just yet but I do plan to make him look good. Expect some WIP shots when I start on him.

@ McMullet - Yea I agree about the spirit hosts, I think the bases set them off nicely and when more than one of them is lined up they really start looking good.

The first Zombogre regiment is nearing completion so I should get some pics up in the next few days.

@ Mooncow - The cannon was indeed just for you buddy but now that our "other" regular player has decided to jump on the ogre-cheese bandwagon I foresee it getting a lot of play. I guess I should start work on some crew for it really.

The Necromunda is on its way, I am working on the test figure now so again expect pictures soon enough.

@ sLai - Indeed it could possibly look a little older but I like the way it is at the moment plus it fits my knights. To be honest these are just base coats on most of these models to get them to a playing standard, none of them are varnished yet. When I have the time I intend to go back and hit them with a few more highlights.

Well onto today's (picture!) update.

First up I finished another Spirit Host, 2 down only 1 more to go: (for now:D)


Also I had a chance to finally slap some paint on some of the banners in my army, they are without highlights at the moment but they should give you an idea of how they are going to look when they are done:


Finally we have a little piece of scenery I decided to pick back up after starting it ages ago. It is pretty much the first real piece of scenery I have ever made so please be gentle but the new Fantasy buildings inspired me to finish it. Obviously it is still missing a roof and detailing but I think it looks pretty good for now:


As always comments are welcomed and encouraged!

dave is the best
08-02-2007, 16:18
Wow, that building is great.


Alex Under
08-02-2007, 17:47
:( I can't see the pics on the latest update! :(

09-02-2007, 01:05
wow was that it? relegated to the second page already...

The pics are working for me, can you see the pictures in the first post?

09-02-2007, 01:07
The house looks good. I may have to steal the idea.


09-02-2007, 10:20
That house would make a lovely piece of terrain for Mordheim. :)

The banners are good, but I would suggest that the colours should be toned down a smidgen; they are meant to look like they've been buried underground, after all (what with the grass on top of them :p), so a more faded red would, perhaps, be more appropriate.

Alex Under
09-02-2007, 19:14
Don`t understand it... Everyone can see the pics, but I'm getting the odd white box with the red X in the middle. I'm right clicking on the images and clicking on "show image", but no results... Very weird, I can see pics on other threads and I've tried opening yours with Explorer and Firefox, with the same result... :( Probably some other forum master-painter has read my comments and doesn't want me to continue watching your work! :(

10-02-2007, 00:57
Try right clicking on this link:


Do you see the picture then?

Alex Under
10-02-2007, 14:20
Nope... At the moment I'm at my fiancee's house, might be a problem with her server... When I get back to my home I'll let you know. Thanx!

11-02-2007, 11:50
Well the first unit of Zombogres is pretty much done, a little cleaning up here and there plus basing and they will be ready to be shipped out to the customer.


Oh also the left hand weapons on the 3 regular Bulls and the Champion are magnetized so that they can be swapped between the iron fist thingy and the extra hand weapon as you can see on the next picture:


So what does everyone think?

Hideous Loon
11-02-2007, 11:57
I think they look cool, and magnetising their arms is a nice move.

11-02-2007, 12:39
They look great, well done, thats going to be one happy customer.



11-02-2007, 14:40
Nice!! I like the bellower with his eye dropping out! Do you still have any birds from the giant sprue-a crow eating an ogres shoulder could be a nice touch,

Anyways Im sure they will look much clearer when painted up...

now get some necromunda stuff done!!

11-02-2007, 15:00
Buah, how many brains must those monters eat at day?¿?¿? XD

Great models, no doubt

Alex Under
11-02-2007, 18:17
Brilliant! Love the ogres, I wouldn't have a heart to convert something to that standard and ship it to the customer.

Now that I'm at home and can see the pics (must of been a problem with my fiancee's server) I must say that the Skellie SB is great, I love the detail of the earth at the top. Real cool stuff, keep it up!

13-02-2007, 11:52
Hey all,

Not much in the way of updates at the moment I'm afraid. I have started work on the 3rd and final Spirit Host (For now anyway) it should be done either tomorrow or the day after.

I also have started work on the next Ogre unit, this time it is 4 Leadbelchers.

I did however have a chance to try out another Dire Wolf model:


Obviously this one is a totally different style, much darker and more like the GW colour scheme. It is slightly lighter than this picture shows so it really is more grey than black.

Finally I went out and bought a new model for my Vampire army, I am still in the process of GS'ing the joints so I can start painting but here is a little sneak peak, can anyone guess what it is?


It's not hard I know. :D

13-02-2007, 13:19
I think I prefer the ghostly pale hound-it better fits the spectral theme of your army I think...and the hounds being ghostlike can explain all the growths and horns and stuff*think ghostbusters!*

cant wait to see secret project X!! it must have worked well for you last week!

Dat Wildboy
13-02-2007, 14:22
is that Zachy the Everliving there as your secret project?

14-02-2007, 14:30
Another day, another test Dire Wolf, I don't think I like this one as much as the other 2. Mostly because I screwed up the blending on his skin but also I just don't think the colours make for a very interesting mini. Still what do you all think out there in Warseer land?


And here is a little picture of them all lining up together for a group shot:


I did also manage to finish off the last remaining Spirit Host:


And here they are with their brothers:


Comments? Suggestions? Pie?

14-02-2007, 14:33
Superb carnifex, and great spirit hosts there. Consider me subscribed :)

oops, missed the second page. :)

I really like those zombogres; great idea and really good greenstuffing. Those hounds are looking good too.

14-02-2007, 15:02
Have a pie for that gravestone. :)

I like wolf #2 best, the darker one. I'm still not sure about the spiky bits (I suppose one could, in a delightful piece of symmetry, call them "dog-spikes" :p), but the models are still much better than the godawful plastic ones. I like the way the teeth and claws contrast with the darker fur, and some wounds (where the wolves were starting to decompose and stuff) would also stand out well.

The ogres are just sick. :D

14-02-2007, 15:20
Excellent work - i used many of the same ideas - my dire wolves are also chaos hounds, and my spirit host were random imperial models, now replaced with wood elf conversions (copied from the WD, yes).

In a word: Keep it up.

14-02-2007, 16:18
In a word: Keep it up.
thats siggable, frankly :p

i like the middle dire wolf, although dark i think its the most striking of the three.

the spirit hosts look great too, i like all you're work and i'm glad you've started a PL for it all :)

EDIT - regarding post below: ;)

14-02-2007, 16:21
Thanks for the suggestion SchoolCormorant :) :p

Cadian 21st
14-02-2007, 17:33
- Stunning models, once again. I really like the converted Spirit Host (the regular ones look pretty silly on their own). I third(?) the vote for the second Dire Wolf. Great Zombogres; any chance of a close-up?

14-02-2007, 22:06
Awesome as always!

like the pale hound best, fits the army much more then the other darker ones

My 1 cent.

14-02-2007, 22:57
Wow, that carnifex rocked my world :)

15-02-2007, 15:50
@ McMullet - Thanks for the pie, when you get more Lizardmen done you can have a slice! :p

@ Cadian 21st - I have more Zombogres on the way so I will sort out some close ups on these ones. They are done in pretty much the same style.

Everyone else, thanks for the kind words and the votes on the different hound schemes. I am still not sure which one I am going for but today I removed the horns from one of the hounds and GS'ed the sides so when I paint the next one in which ever scheme it may be I will see what it looks like without the horns.

Well today I 'ave bin mostly playin' Zelda Twilight Princess. (Wonders if anyone will get the quote) but I did get a chance to do some more work on the Ogres (pics soon I promise) and start a new batch of Skeletons:


They are obviously WIP but I though I would show you anyway. Also I finally got around to making a test movement tray, and by make I mean flock but it looks OK so I guess I should start with the next 5...


Finally for anyone who didn't get my huge hint as to what I am working on at the moment character wise here is another:


If you don't get it from that then you will never know!

15-02-2007, 16:24
Well today I 'ave bin mostly playin' Zelda Twilight Princess.
Jesse's Computer Gaming Habits, anyone?

Are those coffin lid shields from the box? They're very nice. I like the movement tray, having a few rocks dotted around on it looks very nice.... *adds to stealing list*

And the character... It's a Necromancer, right?

15-02-2007, 20:14
The character is probably a zombie balrog...:wtf:

I prefer the darker doggies. :)

15-02-2007, 23:12
Nice work that wings, what did you use? heat?

16-02-2007, 04:06
Like those coffin shields. I think I saw them once in a White Dwarf, can they still be found at GW?

btw Necrach Vamp on Z. Dragon?

16-02-2007, 07:17
Are those coffin lid shields from the box? They're very nice.

Like those coffin shields. I think I saw them once in a White Dwarf, can they still be found at GW?
Coffin lid shields can be found here (http://uk.games-workshop.com/storefront/store.uk?do=Individual&code=9947020708301&orignav=301116) at a healthy 50p each.

I've got about 30 at home that i brought years ago, and never got round to putting them on my skeletons - i fell out of love with them when i realised that they are no-where near as large as the skeletons holding them!

But Spikedog uses them to good effect here!

16-02-2007, 15:17
@ McMullet - It was indeed Jess!

To everyone that mentioned the shields, Jedi152 was correct. I bought them from GW and plan to mix them in with my other units just like I mix in different weapon types. I think although the units will look like disorganised rabbles they should look more like they have just been raised and have picked up whatever weapons or armour they were buried with.

@ silveryfox - You are correct, it will be a Necrach on Zombie Dragon, although to everyone who said Dragon in one way or another, you were correct so give yourselves a cookie.

Today's update!

Here are the much talked about Leadbelchers in all their glory.


I'm sorry for the big picture but I thought you would all like to see some of the details on them. Noticeable highlights include:

Ogre with his guts having been ripped out and stuffed in cannon.
Ogre on fire.
Ogre with exploded cannon!

There is still a little cleaning up and a few bits I missed when modelling to be done on them though.

Also I did "another" test Dire Wolf. I was thinking about what some people said about the lighter ones fitting in with my ethereal models and thought I would see what it would look like if the Wolves were painting in a similar way.


So hit me with it people!

EDIT: Thanks for reminding me mrtn, this is the Wolf that had its horns removed and GS'ed.

16-02-2007, 16:04
The non-horny look is much better. :)

The colour works too.

Oh, and great ogres. ;)

16-02-2007, 16:14
NICE zombogre leadbelchers! Wonderful details throughout, the one who loaded his guts into the cannon is fantastic. Also, I should have a burning leadbelcher in my proper ogre army, with how often they misfire and shoot each other :(

The latest wolf is my favorite I think, though I'm guessing it's quite WIP, as the head especially needs some loving.

- Salvage

16-02-2007, 16:23
i really likes 'dem belcha's !
the hair is awesome :D

keep up the good work

16-02-2007, 16:47
I like the wolf, though it does maybe look a bit too "ghostly" - I'm sure that'll change once the mouth, claws, etc have a little colour on them. The lack of horns is a great improvement.

The Ogres continue to be very very nice. :)

16-02-2007, 19:31
Without horns are the way to go according to me too ;)

Adding some pale bone colour onto the claws, teeth and perhaps the exposed skeleton would make them look a little more finished, they appear a bit incomplete atm, as the fur clashes with the pale ethereal look of the rest

16-02-2007, 19:44
Enjoying them Ogres...

Paintwork shines as well...

Great stuff.

17-02-2007, 02:05
@ mrtn - Yea I like the non-horny look too, I am going to start removing horns from the rest of my wolves now.

@ Boss_Salvage - Cheers, I was chuckling to myself when modelling the gut-shooting Ogre. The customer liked them too so I'm happy.

@ schoolcormorant - Ta, I wasn't too sure how the hair would look considering most Ogres are bald but I think it really helps to show the Ogres surprise at his weapon misfiring. Oh and you probably saw my post in your thread, well reading your thread has made me want to start working on my own Marines who have been sitting in the cupboard just being undercoated for ages. Damn you schoolcormorant! *Shakes fist*

@ McMullet and sLai - Yea the wolf is very ghostly, I was sitting with my army in front of me and putting each wolf next to it to see how it looked and this one just seems to blend it the best with the look of the army. I really like the dark black wolf but when put in my army it just stands out a little too much for my tastes. For now though I have lots of horns to remove so I don't have to decide just yet.

@ Nife - Thanks :D

Well next on the block is a unit of Ironguts for the Ogre army, the customer wants extra "Zombification" for these guys so I'm going to do a little more work on them, expect some pictures at the end of next week hopefully.

As for my own armies well I need to go out and get some putty for the base of a certain Dragon but once I have that I can finally finish GS-ing the joints and get to painting this beast. Also I have those Skeletons to finish up. So plenty of work to be done!

Oh and thanks to schoolcormorant I should have enough Elysians to finally start putting my Necromunda gang together!

17-02-2007, 08:31
Great leadbelchers there; the greenstuffing is excellent.
The hound/wolf also looks great; good contrast between the black and the pallid white.

Keep it up :D

18-02-2007, 13:38
@ Gonfrask - Sorry I missed your comment with my last couple of posts, the wings were not done with heat but rather with a sharp knife a file and a lot of lost skin...

On the topic of the Dragon I have finally got enough of the beast put together so that I can start painting it. I am putting it together in a few pieces to make it easier to paint, there are the 2 wings, the body with both legs and the left arm, the head and neck and the right arm. A lot of parts but it should make it easier to paint. (I hope) Also I didn't want to start to paint it before making sure it would sit on its base without trouble.

Here is the Dragon as it stands at the moment and his base. The base obviously will be sanded (Is that a word?) and flocked. The Zombie Dragon sits a little smaller than its brethren from other armies so I thought it needed a small podium to help it look larger. What does everyone think?


I'm still unsure as to what colours to paint this monster model so if anyone has any suggestions I would be happy to hear them. At the moment I am thinking pretty much the GW colour of grey but maybe with white scales.

Also I started work on my Thrall's horse for games under 2k. As he will go with my Black (Green) Knights I want him to fit but look lordly, now this is still WIP but what do you think?


Finally I have to thank all of you who said I should remove horns from my Dire Wolves, while doing this I managed to rip a huge chunk of flesh out of my left thumb which is making it very hard to model or paint anything but as I have a commission to do I am ploughing along.

Here are the Wolves as they stand at the moment, as you can see there was far too much work needed but I guess they will look good when done:


So fellow Seer's cheer me up with some comments please!

18-02-2007, 13:46
Great work on that horse there Spikedog; I can't wait to see the rider :). Those wolves are also excellent.
I presume that the gaps in the dragon are where you haven;'t stuck it together to mkae it easier to paint?

I shall look forward tos eeing more :)

18-02-2007, 14:12

I don't know what's better, your painting or your GSing skills!

Love the greeny Copper color!

18-02-2007, 14:43
Sorry about your thumb... :(

However, if it's any consolation, that's all looking pretty awesome. The new wolves look very good (the GS blends in with the original very well), the dragon looks good on his rocks (especially the way the tail is curling around the bottom, that is very cleverly done) and the Thrall's horsie is spot on.

Get a plaster on that thumb and paint through the pain!

18-02-2007, 15:04
Very nice work on the skeletal armoured horse for your Vampire Thrall, and the same goes to say about your Dire Wolves.


18-02-2007, 16:43
GS King as usual Spikedog!

18-02-2007, 16:55
The building is amazing, considering how you really gave it a liveable interior (minus furniture, etc of course) and the rusted armor on the horse looks phenomenal!

Is that last leadbelcher supposed to be on fire or something? Love the exposed muscle greenstuffing, but... cant tell whats coming of that last guy

19-02-2007, 08:13
Gah. The dire wolves look so much better without the horns ... but mine are all painted.

19-02-2007, 13:07
@ Arhalien - Yea all the gaps you can see on the Dragon are where it is being held together with blue-tac. They will all be filled with GS when done.

@ Destris, Voronwe[MQ], jasevx, - Cheers :D

@ McMullet - Thumb was plastered and pain was worked through. Thanks for the sympathy ;)

@ dugaal - Yea the last Ogre is on fire. The detail doesn't come out too well in the pictures.

@ Jedi152 - Yea I think they look pretty good, I'm not looking forward to stripping and cleaning up the test wolves to remove their horns.

Well no pictures today I'm afraid, due to the fact there isn't much to show. Today I was mostly working on cleaning up the next Ogre Bull unit and magnetizing the weapons. They are all done and ready to receive Zombification now so tomorrow comes the damage!

The Dragon had an undercoat and received its first go at flesh, I'm going for a grey skin scheme but I'm still not sure about the scale's colour. Any ideas all?

I have decided to go with the ghostly blue scheme for the wolves to tie them in with the Spirit Hosts so I started work on the next 4 of them today as well, should get some pictures up of them tomorrow.

Until tomorrow all, stay squeaky!

19-02-2007, 14:17
this is excellent, excellent stuff! more please!

19-02-2007, 18:51
Brilliant, that horse got so much life in it! or, lack of life, ermh.. it looks vigorously alive.. hmm, it looks like a dead and buried armorerd horse filled with hate. That made no sense, but thats me..

Oh, and you should GS some tattered bronze armor for the dragon, to tie it with the other parts of the army, even small bronze collars could be nice for the hounds, to make it look like they where guard dogs once.

And that horse is looking awesome! I said that already? oh..

19-02-2007, 19:47
All new stuff looks great!

The only fault I can find is that thumb job, sounds sloppy...


Dead orc
19-02-2007, 22:40
Fantastic stuff so far dude! Don't push your injury too far but don't let your project slip away!

20-02-2007, 09:44
Looking good Spikedog!

I agree with SLai's idee to add some tattered remnents of bronze armour to your dragon. It would definitely help to stregthen the whole old bronze theme. Which is coming along really well on that armoured horse.

About the Zombie Ogre's, are you thinking about building some for yourself after you finish up these for your customer?
I think they would make a decent Dogs of War addition to your army.

20-02-2007, 16:22
@ sLai - Thanks, I thought about the armour for the Dragon as you were not the only person to suggest it to me but in the end I have decided not to go with it. I like the Dragon model so much I decide I just want to leave it as is. However I intend to do more than one Dragon for this army in the end so maybe for the next one!.

@ mrtn - Yea the thumb job wasn't my best work.

@ Hawkmoon - Funny you should mention the Zombie Ogres for myself because I was thinking the same thing today as I was making up the next batch. I don't think if I did I would use them as a DoW unit though but probably as unit fillers for zombie regiments.

@ Dead orc, Angelwing - Thanks!

Onto today's update,

Dire wolf regiment is done for now, I'm thinking of adding details to the claws, eyes etc but for now they are done enough to play with:


Also I did some more work on the Thrall's horse, I was trying to do gems hanging from the chains but they didn't turn out too well:


Finally I have started work on the Dragon's skin. Now these pictures really don't show the highlights well at all, they are a little softer in real life plus a bit more defined but it should give you an idea:


Well all, comments kudasai!

20-02-2007, 16:24
Grea painting on those Dire wolves; I really like the ethereal look you;ve achieved. I can't wait to see more on the dragon :D
Keep it up!

20-02-2007, 16:25
Ack! Those Direwolves look really good!

I'm almost tempted to say leave them like that; they look ethereal, rather than reanimated, but they also look great. Colouring the eyes/mouths/claws to make them look "real" instead of ghostly might spoil them... *dilemma*

It's hard to make any decisions about the dragon yet... I'll wait and see I guess. ;)

20-02-2007, 16:41
Spikedog, every time i click on this thread you've done half an army's worth of incredible painting, and put me to shame.

i am blown away by the verdigris effect on the horse and the cannon at the start of the thread, everything you paint or model is just awesome.

can you tell me how you do the verdigris, i mean, technique wise?


21-02-2007, 00:38
@ Arhalien - Cheers!

@ McMullet - Yea I know what you mean about the wolves, I am tempted to leave them like that too, I think I will use them for a while and see what I think after a wekk or two, I haven't varnished them yet so it is still easy to add things.

@ schoolcormorant - Just for you!:

Spikedog's Patented Recipe for Patina/Verdigris.

The patina is so easy it would make you laugh. First you paint the surface with "Brazen Brass" (Yes I know it should be Copper but it just doesn't look as good as the brass) Next you wash the whole area with a very thin wash of "Jade Green" (This is an old Coat'd'Arms colour that GW no longer does unfortunately) Finally you drybrush the surface with "Brazen Brass" again, if you start light you can keep drybrushing until you reach a level of patina you are happy with.

21-02-2007, 01:30
Thankyou spikedog

For giving your undead armour that isn't all new and shiny, but old weatherbeaten and corroded like it should be, you have captured the antquity, especially with the copper on that skeletal horse. Keep at it I cant wait to see what else comes off your painting table.

21-02-2007, 12:50
Looking great! the direwolves are so nice with the fur...maybe just slightly glowey eyes could be good for them?

I think the dragon will be great...I know you want to have the rider removable but some kind of chain reins from the mouth would look so cool!

21-02-2007, 13:57
@ nanktank - You're more than welcome, I too dislike new looking armour, on anyone but especially undead.

@ Mooncow - Chains would be cool but as you said I want the rider to be removable so it may be too difficult.

Well not much of an update today because well I haven't really done anything worth showing. I did a little more on the next unit of Ogres and that was about it. I went to GW to play a game of Fantasy with a fellow Warseer and had my ass handed to me so that was nice. Maybe he will take a bow. Its always good to see your brand new painted unit blasted before they get a chance to do anything. (Dire Wolves) But its all cool, 'twas a good game says I. Arrr...

Anyway, when I got home I tried out a little scale idea for the Dragon that I was thinking of, I want the scales to be a different colour to the rest of the skin but not to stand out too much. Anyway So I thought grey would be good or maybe white. Here are my two quick tries, the highlighting isn't very smooth as it was just a quick test and the pics could be better but hopefully they should be enough to give you an idea. So Warseer, which do you think lookss better, A or B? (B is a little lighter than it seems in the pictures in real life)


EDIT: Now there is C to chose as well! (This one looks similar to B but is in fact half way between A and B in real life)


21-02-2007, 14:30
Nice idea on the scales! I choose A, I like subtle painting like that.

21-02-2007, 14:35
Not a fan of the luminescent effect on the dire wolves, but loving everything else about them.

The vedigras is awesome, and so are the ogres.

I say go for C, just looks right to me.



21-02-2007, 14:41
Great stuff so far...

I'd have to say C as well...

21-02-2007, 15:22
Like Sheep said, C just looks right. Looking forward to the seeing the beast done.

- Salvage

21-02-2007, 18:58
C for me as well; I prefer the more subtle highlights compared to the other two.

21-02-2007, 19:12
Yup, C for me, although some slight change in hue would be good to seperate them from the skin, washing some brown/purple/red/green over them or perhaps the skin to make it look a little less greyscale would make it look better according to me atleast ^^

21-02-2007, 19:15
A for me


Cadian 21st
21-02-2007, 20:21
- Option "A" for me. The darker grey seems so much more natural and fluid to the scales. I love those wolves and the grayed hide on the dragon.

21-02-2007, 20:23
C looks best to me too =)
Great looking undead.

22-02-2007, 14:50
@ sLai - I'm considering doing as you said and washing a small amount of purple and/or blue over some of the flesh and/or scales to give it some depth in places. I will wait until I have painted some of the raw flesh to see what it looks like first.

@ Everyone Else - Thanks for your votes and kind words. As you can see in this update I have decided to go with option C.

I have also started work on the wings, they still need some highlighting and blending over what I have already done but I think they are looking good at the moment.

What does everyone else think?


22-02-2007, 14:52
Those wings look very good, especially those scales. Nice work :D

23-02-2007, 11:53
Any special plans for the base-like tombstones? or a snail?

23-02-2007, 12:41
@ Arhalien - Cheers, glad you like it.

@ Mooncow - Mr. Snail might just make an appearance on this base, see if you can spot him later on. ;)

Well guts and muscles were painted today and after I glossed them I sat back to admire my work and realised that when I matt varnish the model the gloss would get crapped up. So I was thinking of masking off the gloss areas with blue tac or something. Has anyone ever sprayed matt varnish over gloss? What happens?

Well anyway here's a picture of the work today plus a real close-up to show the layers of detail.


23-02-2007, 13:17
Very nice work!

Matt varnish over gloss varnish: This is the best way to protect metal minis, actually; a layer of gloss varnish for protection, then a layer of Dullcote to take the shine off. Spraying different varnishes over each other has no bad effect I know of - other than negating the effect of the previous layer, of course. :p

Masking the gloss with blutac is a good idea though, it'll save you having to put another layer of gloss on afterwards.

23-02-2007, 13:42
Loving the dire wolves! The addition of some more fur makes them look alot better. Can't wait to see the dragon finished too.

Keep up the great work!



23-02-2007, 15:51
That exposed flesh is just NASTY! Brilliant!

The whole undead army looks cool, just one thing.. your black knights really look good, so does the thralls horse.. but they dont really fit together well do they? One is in a sort of medieval gothic style.. and the other is more of a renaissance (<--- that word sucks! ) stylish .. kinda thing.

Maybe if you post a picture of the horses together I might change my mind.
It looks horribly good though! Keep it up!

23-02-2007, 18:03

coming along nicely, good working pace you got too :)

24-02-2007, 14:52
@ McMullet - In the end I was so annoyed with paint keep running off the model as I was working on it I gave it a quick blast with the matt varnish anyway, it seems to have protected it quite well without taking too much of the gloss away. However I will be re-applying it when I finish the whole model.

@ Zodiac - Actually he fits in pretty well, the green really helps to unify him with the unit but the rider is not painted yet so the look of the model may change when he is done. When I have completed him I will post a picture of him with his unit so you can see what I mean.

@ CMDante, sLai and everyone - Thanks, as always you comments are what keep me going.

Well today we have quite a bigish update. My plan of doing an Ogre unit each week is so far on target, so for this week I have been working on the second unit of Ogre Bulls. You can see the champion below and if you want to see a picture of the whole unit then just click the picture:

Zombie Ogre Bull Unit 2 Champion:

The client for this army also said as he didn't like the current Yeti models (Who does?) that he wanted some Werewolf conversions to use instead. He was suggesting using the Yeti models as a base but I had seen some great conversions, here in fact, of ones based on the new plastic Rat Ogres. So as I happened to have a couple lying around I knocked up a quick test to give him an idea of what they would look like. Here it is:

Werewolf test model:

As for my own work I am still plodding along with the Zombie Dragon and today I managed to get his head and second arms glued on, GS'ed and painted like the rest of the model. Now the wings are just held on by their own weight in this picture so they will be GS'ed at the joints so you shouldn't be able to see it. Even so here she is:

Zombie Dragon so far:

She also decided to take revenge on me today for talking on the #warseer channel rather than painting her. As I was chatting I reached over next to her and she fell over with her mouth landing right on my knuckle! Luckily no damage was caused to either the model or my knuckle.

However I have hit of a little bit of a snag when painting her, this is my current (test) scheme for her many claws, horns and teeth but I'm not sure if I like it. What does the mighty Warseer think?


And just for anyone who was in the #warseer channel today. (http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s298/spikedog_woof/Joustpwnd-1.jpg)

24-02-2007, 16:13
Great looking werewolf conversion there so far Spikedog! Brilliant greenstuffing for the hair. I also like the colours you've used for the muscles and flesh on the dragon; dark but different enough to add come contrast.
I look forward to seeing more!

25-02-2007, 00:17
Loving those converted ogres, the GS work is top notch. The yhetti conversion is cool but I think it would look so much better with one of the metal chaos hound heads rather than the plastic wolf head as the detail isn't too sharp on those ones.



25-02-2007, 03:12
Looking good Spikedog! You are a GSing maniac!
I agree with Dante that the chaos hound heads would look good on the werewolves, you could also use the direwolf heads as they seem an easier conversion. But those wolf heads you have now are fine as well and I'm sure they'll look great once painted.

As for the Dragon claw. I like the look you have now but maybe you could try to make it look just slightly more aged and decrepit.
Back when I ran Lizardmen I found this biology site that had pics of specimens and whatnot that I used for reference. There is an example of lizard claws half way down the page that may be some help.


All in all though It's coming along nicely.

25-02-2007, 12:55
Neat, but I think you can do the horns and bones better, I'm thinking pale green, ever seen bones of dead creatures like cattle out in nature? Often it turns pale green / bone(no ****!?) coloured, would fit nicely with the red and gory bits methinks.

25-02-2007, 15:39
Nice werewolves! Very nice indeed.

For the claws/horns/etc, I like to layer up as follows: Scorched brown, snakebite leather, bleached bone and finally skull white. It looks to me like you're doing something like that without the snakebite leather, which adds quite a lot in my opinion.

I like Hawkmoon's idea of non-standard claws though, might be worth a test...

25-02-2007, 16:35
the werewolves are excellent. looking forward to the finished dragon as well.

25-02-2007, 16:47
all of your project logs have inspired me- but none so much as this current vampire counts one. You have rekindled my desire to buy and paint one... shame on you :P

also: the werewolf could have more hair, and a larger head ( <-- this may be very hard to do). other than those two critisims, all of the zombie-ogre army looks fantasitc, including the zombie giant.

keep up the amazing work- i look forward to it!

Alex Under
26-02-2007, 09:48
Awesome stuff, as usual. Love the werewolf and the dragon; the muscle 'n' gut areas are sooo realistic. BTW, just had an idea for one of your Zombie Ogres, one with the top half of his head removed and a gnoblar picking on the brains; I got the idea as I saw Peter Jackson's early B-Movie "Bad Taste" yesterday :D

Cadian 21st
26-02-2007, 16:46

- I agree with SLai and Hawkmoon in that the claws and horns would look really sweet if they were done in a greenish colour. I love the dragon as a whole, and I can't wait to see the finished horsemen! I tried that aged bronze look on some Black Knights, but gave up in the end.

- The werewolf is a really nice conversion! Just some points: the top teeth look too "square" to be a wolf. Maybe touch them up a bit? Additionally, it may look good with a bit some hair on the outer thighs, and perhaps even the backs of his hands. Lol, I'm not quite sure how well ogres and werewolves will get along, but they'd better be good!

26-02-2007, 17:28
Nice zombie ogres, and great werewolf conversion. You've got me looking at the rat ogre box again, and this is one of the best of the conversions I've seen recently using those big ugly rat things ...

- Salvage

26-02-2007, 17:45
That werewolf conversion is simply fantastic! Very nice GS work, you are making me crave to try to start using the stuff too!

27-02-2007, 09:41
@ CMDante - I have some of the metal Dire Wolf heads which I will be trying out on the next Werewolf, stay tuned for updates on that matter!

@ Hawkmoon - I looked at that site thanks, I even tried out a couple of the claw designs they had on there. Dark brown/black looking ones. Although they are certainly more realistic when I put them next to the model I think they don't stand out enough. Even so thanks for the tips and site.

@ sLai - I'm going to try out some of your ideas soon, I will be looking at doing a green tinted bone colour claw and horn soon. I will post here if they look any good. Thanks for the idea!

@ McMullet - Like we talked on #Warseer I have looked at different claw schemes and have and will be trying out a few new things soon.

@ F4113N - Glad to have provided some inspiration to you. I enjoy doing these threads and its great to hear about people that enjoy reading them. The next Werewolf will have a different head and a slightly different style so look out for it and tell me what you think.

@ Alex Under - Nice Idea about the Gnoblars, I'm not sure if there will be any in this army yet but your idea is great. Have to love cheesy films. Maybe I should do some Braindead zombies as well. :D

@ Cadian 21st - The teeth are rather square but after you pointed it out I sorted it by cutting them into shape.

@ Boss_Salvage - Thanks, I would love to take credit for these but I got the idea after seeing some similar ones done by people on Warseer. I like them so much I may even make a unit of them for myself to count as DoW Ogre Bulls.

@ Arhalien, Angelwing, RAM_mit - Cheers all!

Just a minor update today as I have been busy last couple of days. I played a game where my Zombie Dragon had a chance to chomp on a few Ogres, 'twas a good game.

Anyway I started work on the next unit of Ogres, this time it is a unit of Ironguts and there will be some MAJOR zombification going on in this unit so it should be interesting.

Painting wise I have started work on my 2 Necromancer models, just the skin worked on at the moment but I would like to hear what you all think. They are slightly greener than it shows in the pictures, I was going for a gaunt, malnourished look.

This one has not had his eyes painted on yet (I nicknamed him Kurzon Dax):

Where as this one has (She has red iris with black pupils but I know its a little difficult to see on the picture):


I got a bit more done tonight so I may aswell update this post with it:


27-02-2007, 13:09
Ogres were indeed chomped! curse your zombodragon!

The white on the spectres and dire wolves looks really really clean and ghostly IRL, really nice! and actually the dragon has enough skulls and jangly bits that it should not need armour plates to look snazzy!

Im loving the necromancers-especially the witches eyes, they look awsome, like she really is an old hag!
think you should go with the married couple idea, give them a pair of skull rings:D

I await the ironguts...

Cadian 21st
27-02-2007, 17:18
- I like those necromancers! I really love the liver worts on Kurzon! Two points I notice are on the old hag (which is so haggishly delightful!) that her eyeliner (;)) seems to be leaking down her right cheekbone - I do liked the dark circles under her eyes, mind you, and I hope you repeat it on her hubby. The second point is that the inside of her ears, and just under her nose seem just a tad too flat - maybe it's just the lighting?

28-02-2007, 13:07
@ Mooncow - Cheers bud.

@ Cadian 21st - The lighting on this model seems to cause shadows that make the eye appear screwed up no matter which way I face the model. I think it is the fact that I am using artificial light. I will try to get some pictures with natural light whenever I can. So as per your comments, the eye-liner on the actual model does not run down her cheek however the insides of the ears and under the nose are indeed a little flat, I may touch them up a little when I get the chance.

Well even if these models don't seem to spark anyone's interest I'm going to keep posting pictures of them because I like them. So there! :P

Here is the witch pretty much done, few bits to touch up maybe but complete enough to play with.

28-02-2007, 13:57
As ever, that base sets the model off perfectly. I love the little details like the leaf.

The broomhandle and rags are textured very nicely, but I think the face is looking too flat; it's so pale in comparison to the rest of the model that it loses definition. I think a tadge more shading, keeping the brightest parts as they are now, would help a lot.

28-02-2007, 14:26
Superb. I'd long considered this for one of my necromancers - it sure beats the old Warhammer Quest one i use into a cocked hat (for the record i use the Mordheim Warlock too).

Once again your undead has remarkable similarities to mine Spikedog - i too use those birch seed leaves on my bases.

Oh, apart from the fact that yours are painted better, of course! :D

Cadian 21st
28-02-2007, 17:43
Here is the witch pretty much done, few bits to touch up maybe but complete enough to play with.

- I love that model! I can't wait to see the second one :evilgrin: .

dave is the best
28-02-2007, 17:45
Those vimpire counts are really good keep it up.


01-03-2007, 10:03
@ McMullet - Aye, extra depth and shadow will be coming when I get the chance.

@ Jedi152 - Another person who has a dislike for the GW necromancers aye? They are pretty horrible but these models I really like. I would like to see some of your undead some time Jedi?

@ Cadian 21st, dave is the best - Cheers people. :)

Well I got the second Necromancer done, and here he is:


Also I was bored so I decided to do a little photoshopping of the happy married couple:


Try not to mock my photoshop skills too much ;)

01-03-2007, 10:09
I like those necromancers, they stick out from the rest of the army while still being very subtly painted.

As for the photoshopping... I'm trying not to mock you. But it's hard.

Hideous Loon
01-03-2007, 12:29
Very nice, Spikedog, like I told you before.

That Necromancer looks like Bill Nighy, does he not?

01-03-2007, 14:08
Excellent work as always Spikedog! Love the Necromancers.

01-03-2007, 14:34
Very nice Necromancers thereSpikedog :). I know the witch is a Mordheim model, but what is the other? I saw him in the BRB but he isn't on the VC miniature gallery.

01-03-2007, 15:18
Very nice, Spikedog, like I told you before.

That Necromancer looks like Bill Nighy, does he not?

Woooooot! Lol!

Spikedog, awesome! Love your miniatures and the photoshopping works like a charm.

( next time , no sun. I repeat. No sun :P )

05-03-2007, 21:03
any updates spikedog?

07-03-2007, 15:57
@ McMullet - Your words hurt me, they really do. :cries:

@ Arhalien - The guy necromancer (http://uk.games-workshop.com/storefront/store.uk?do=Individual&code=9947110700101&orignav=300808) is from Mordheim as well, however I'm not sure if he was first in normal Warhammer because he is also on the back cover of the Vampire Counts book.

@ Zodiac - Yea I know, it really should be a darker pic but it was one of the first I found and I was just testing, next time it will be darker I swear.

@ Hideous Loon, 75hastings69 - Cheers

@ John - Well since you asked so nicely...

Well sorry for the lack of updates this week everyone, over the weekend I was Initial D drifting around the mountains of Japan with some friends and a new car. Since then I have been fixing/upgrading my PC so have not had a chance to upload any new pictures but as of today that has changed!

First up we have the much talked about Iron Gut Zombogres:

This is just one of 4, I need to take a picture of them altogether which will be done tomorrow but for now:


I am still working on the Vampire counts however this weekend I have a small 40K tournament here in Japan. Now as much as I would love to have taken my Tyranids I would like to stand a chance at winning, plus I don't have 1500 points of them.

There are not as many people that play the hobby out here so the tournaments don't have any painting restrictions so I have decided to take my Space Marines. For those of you who didn't see the thread I posted 1000 years ago with my scheme here it is again:


And here is the army as it stands at the moment:

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s298/spikedog_woof/Warhammer/Space%20Marines/marinesmall.jpg (http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s298/spikedog_woof/Warhammer/Space%20Marines/marinelarge.jpg)

All the Special weapons on the marines are magnetized so they can be changed for any of the following; Bolter, Plasma Gun, Melta Gun, Flamer. Also every one of the tanks is fully magnetized so it can be; Rhino, Razorback, Predator, Whirlwind with any of the weapon configrations available to those tanks. So that when I'm playing for fun I can make the list a little more varied and interesting.

Here is the list I should be taking to the tourney:

Chapter Master, Master Crafted Combi-Plasma Gun, Artificer Armour - 125
4 Command Marines, Plasma, Plasma - 80
5 Marines, Flamer, Flamer - 100
Razorback, Smoke, E. Armour, Stormbolter - 88
6 Marines, Plasma, Plasma - 115
Razorback, Smoke, E. Armour, Stormbolter - 88
6 Marines, Plasma, Plasma - 115
Razorback, Smoke, E. Armour, Stormbolter - 88
5 Scouts, 4 Snipers, 1 Missile - 95
5 Scouts, 4 Snipers, 1 Missile - 95
Landspeeder Tornado - 80
Landspeeder Tornado - 80
Predator Annihilator, Sponson Lascannon, Power of the Machine - 175
Predator Annihilator, Sponson Lascannon, Power of the Machine - 175


I know it is a big block of powered armour cheese but as you can see I still have a fair bit to get built and primed.

Well thats all for tonight, tomorrow is Marine building and priming day!

His Master's Voice
07-03-2007, 18:31
The Irongut is GREAT! Those ribs sticking out from the wound look pariculary nasty, almost as if he was "scratched" by a cannonball. Can't wait to see the other three...

07-03-2007, 19:32
A-ma-zing ! Really something special. The irongut is fantastic!
Like H.M.V. Said.. the intestines and crap are so amazing! The ribs, the organs.. beautiful. The marines look good also.
I wish I had your sculpting talent! :D

07-03-2007, 21:42
Wala! Amazing!!!

07-03-2007, 23:31
Ugh! I wish I didn't look at that zombie ogre after eating a big bowl of oatmeal. I think I feel a bit sick.
Great scultpting though! The client wanted zombification and thats some serious zombifiying you just gave him.
Hey, how about you have one of his eyeballs hanging out of his head! I know it's a bit cliche but what the heck!

I like that paint scheme on your marines, very clean. My only suggestion is that it could use a little more colour. As is it's a bit drab. Maybe add some colour to one of the shoulder plates? All in all great work.

And yes, that's some serious cheese you got going there, but after what you said about the other players I suppose "When in Rome...".

08-03-2007, 13:59
Loverlyness indeed!

Only thing about the ogre would be that his belt and gutplate would fall off, as the belt is ermh.. a bit "no longer" on the mashed side, but its a big zombie ogre from an alternative reality thats got a cannonball through its tummy, so who will complain ('cept me that is :P )

I'd love to see an ogre with its head hit by a cannonball, long strips of flesh and sinew holding some squashed bits of the skull and jaw hanging, would fit nicely methinks!

08-03-2007, 14:27
Can we have a few tips as to your amazing sculpting technique?

I'm having trouble using GS for anything except filling gaps.

08-03-2007, 14:38
Excellent zombogre Spikedog. I love the hole in his belly; great idea and well sculpted

I look forward to more :D

09-03-2007, 14:29
@ Hawkmoon - I had an Ogre with his eye hanging out in the last batch. I will probably do another one at some point in the next lot as well. As for the marines I know they are a little drab, I'm trying to work out how to brighten them up without bringing in too much colour. I'm thinking of going with a light coloured base, like desert or something. Originally I was going to go for cityfight but having mounted my test model on it, it looks even more plain than it did before. :(

@ sLai - I know what you mean about the gut plate but..... artistic license! :p

@ Jedi152 - Sculpting tips aye.... Well I would love to say I have some big secret or something but it is simply not the case. The first thing I ever really sculpted was the Zombie Giant. I too had only ever really filled gaps with it before. I think the best way to learn is simply to plan a project (Nothing too advanced) and go for it. I find that natural/organic things are easier to start with. Try things like flesh, fur, hair maybe cloth and then move up to armour, faces and other more difficult things. As for tools, it is good to have a set of sculpting tools but to be honest I do 90% of my sculpting with the same tool, a small sharp slightly hooked pin shape tool, like a dentists pick. It is the best for small details and is good for pretty much anything but flat surfaces. I know its not much but I hope some of that will be useful to someone. Maybe one day I will do a picture tutorial of some of my work.

@ His Master's Voice, Zodiac, Gonfrask, Arhalien - Thanks all! As usual it is your comments that keep me interested in updating this thread. Keep them coming please.

Well not much going on today, I had to get the rest of the marines ready for the tourney tomorrow. I know that "ready" is very loose term to apply to undercoated only models but it is ready enough to game with at least.

You can click on it to see a larger pic:

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s298/spikedog_woof/Warhammer/Space%20Marines/marinesmall2.jpg (http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s298/spikedog_woof/Warhammer/Space%20Marines/marinelarge2.jpg)

Also I don't work for Sabol or anything but seriously, their cases are the MUTT'S NUTTS! How else could I fit so many models in such a small space:


I expect that I only will need another 2 trays to fit the whole army, crazy.

09-03-2007, 14:50
The turrets are magnetic? Very clever! The weapons too?!
Now lets get some more fantasy stuff..

.. *waits*.. .. .. *looks at watch*

*whistles a bit*


12-03-2007, 10:50
@ Zodiac - Well as you wish, back to Fantasy we go...

I started work on the Dragons horns, man are there a lot of these on this model and each one takes a hell of a lot of layers. Still here we stand at the moment, just the head horns done at the moment:


Also I thought I really should get my Thrall painted so that I can field a fully painted army at 1000 points so I started work on him today as well. Just skin done at the moment but what do you all think?


Pictures came out a little.... yellow, I think it is the white undercoat and a white background, I tried to sort it out with colour balance but it didn't really work. Hopefully when it has some more colour on it it will look better in the pictures.

Also Warseer, I was thinking of doing one of the skulls on this model (Either in his right hand or on top of his left hand staff) like a gem, either in Ruby Red of Emerald Green, what do people think of that idea?

Hideous Loon
12-03-2007, 11:13
If you're going to do a gem-like skull, use the skull at the top of the staff, as it's more likely to be something other than an actual skull, the skull in his hand could be a trophy, or a skull from one of his ex-enemies.

The vampire's skin looks great, too.

12-03-2007, 12:14
It's tricky to tell how that skin's going to be without the rest of the mini being painted, but I reckon it looks pretty good. I agree with loon about the skulls, the one on the staff would be a prime candidate for geminising.

Nice to see some more work on the Dragon, though if I were you I wouldn't continue the dark lines quite so far along them; I think it'd look better if it was lightened a bit (while still being darker than the surrounding colour). If you get me (please note my brain isn't quite working today).

By the way, the icky exposed muscles are looking particularly nice from that angle. :)

12-03-2007, 13:37
@ Hideous Loon, McMullet - Seems like consensus is to go with the top of the staff for the geminising ;). It was already what I was thinking so that's cool. It will be the last thing I do on the model but look out for it here at a later date.

Well with help from the great guys in #warseer chat I did a bit more work on the Vamp tonight so I may as well show it off before I go to bed.


12-03-2007, 15:23
Looking nice Spikedog; the dragon's coming together nicely and the red on the vampire's cloak is very good.

Looking forward to more :D

12-03-2007, 15:35
Spiky: those early pics of the thrall are actually pretty blue to me, which can screw around with a predominantly yellow image pretty bad.

Nice work, btw ;)

13-03-2007, 14:01
Vamps skin looks realy nice-I can just see how it will be creepified with shadowy eyes and stuff...

The cloak looks really nice too, very rich and decadent-just right for a vamp!

15-03-2007, 10:42
@ Arhalien, Althanan, Mooncow - Cheers y'all!

Well I have been working on the Vampire Thrall slowly but there is not much in the way of progress to show at the moment so I will hold off pictures until tomorrow maybe.

However yesterday I was out in my local hyakuen shop (Dollar Store) and I saw one of those plastic display boxes (http://www.hobbylinc.com/gr/amt/amt8226do.jpg) for toys and what not and thought I could make a cool little Mini-Diorama in a box for keeping a few models on display.

So I bought it as well as some styrofoam and got to thinking and as I am such a nice guy I decided to make a tutorial of the diorama as I did it, and here it is!


1) This is all I bought for this diorama, grand total of 300Yen or about £1.50.

2) I cut the foam to the right size to fit inside the display box and picked out and placed the models I wanted to display on the foam.

3) Next I drew around the bases to mark out where they would stand on the final thing.


4) I cut the holes for where the models would stand, make sure to keep the squares of foam that are left as these will be used later.

5) Next I trimmed the surface of the foam so that it was a slight hill and so that it wouldn't be too flat or boring when complete.

6) Now I took the foam squares that were cut from the holes in step 4 and trimmed about 5mm from the bottom of each one. (You want to cut them down so that the model's base is almost flush with the top of the foam)

7) Finally I put the models back in their holes and made any adjustments to the hight of the blocks below or the terrain.


8) Now I covered the whole thing, from the edges to holes and inside them with PVA white glue. This is to seal it and make it stronger as well as when I come to spray it with varnish it won't melt. When the glue is dry I added another layer just on the areas I wanted to texture and then covered them in sand and rocks.

9) When the above layer was dry I painted the whole thing with a mix of Scorched Brown + Brown Ink + PVA Glue + Water. About a 20/10/30/40 mix respectively.

10) When the above is dry I drybrushed it randomly from Snakebite Leather up to Bleached Bone and painted the rocks Chaos Black + Skull White dark grey mix and highlighted them up to a lighter version. (I really should buy some grey paint)

11) Finally I glued on the same static grass and Birch Seeds I use in my VC army.

Taa Daa!


That's without the plastic case over the top.

15-03-2007, 10:43

And that's with the case, pretty nifty for a couple of hours work and only £1.50 in outgoings!

I'm thinking of adding a broken down, cemetery style fence around two of the sides to add a bit more detail but for now its good enough.

bram kuijpers
15-03-2007, 10:44
good job dude

Cadian 21st
15-03-2007, 11:42
- That's a nifty little diorama! I love the thrall's skin ;).

15-03-2007, 13:17
Excellent Diorama; that's some very good work :D

15-03-2007, 14:17
Holy crap! You built that FAST! Nice work there. I really dig the way you do the ground on your models. The patchy grass coupled with the leaves gives it a late Autumn feel that fits well with the Vampire Counts.

Where did you get those leaves by the way?

His Master's Voice
15-03-2007, 15:06
The Dragon and Vampire are indeed nice and that diorama is fine but you promised us more pics of those zombie Ironguts. So, were are they? Where are those lovely, decayed, stinking wretches with cannonball sized holes in their guts?

15-03-2007, 15:07
Spikedog, i love you, as usual.

That's exactly the look i went for with my 'counts, down to the grass colour and leaves.

I'm sure you mentioned this in another thread ages ago, but how did you do the tree?

@Hawkmoon: Not sure where SD got his from, but mine were from here (http://www.barrule.com/Workshop/scratch%20builders%20paradise/leaves,%20feuilles,%20blatter,%20fogli.html).

15-03-2007, 15:13
Whoops, you are right HMV, I did indeed forget to post the rest of the Irongut pictures. Well if you are interested you can see them in my Photobucket account here:


@ bram kuijpers, Cadian 21st, Arhalien - Thank you very much.

@ Hawkmoon - Yea it was pretty speedy, almost like I was doing it to get out of doing work on things I should be doing, like the Ogres. :D The leaves are birch seed which can be found from the wonderful shop of "The forest floor" or you can buy it at hobby shops such as here. (http://www.barrule.com/Workshop/products%20leaf%20litter%20Ivy%20Leaves%20and%20le af%20flake.htm)

EDIT: Sorry Jedi152, you posted at the same time as me. I think it may have been your VC that gave me the inspiration to use the leaves, I think I remember seeing them here on Warseer, if it wasn't then there is a 3rd person with the same scheme as us. :D Also we buy our leaves from the same place too! The tree was done with White Stuff, wrapped around a brass wire frame, here (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1060287&postcount=44) is my original post with it in.

His Master's Voice
15-03-2007, 15:20
Ahahahahahahaha, the one with a bolt stuck in his belly is hilarious. I love your works.

15-03-2007, 15:21
Sadly i haven't had chance to post any of mine, so there must be a third ... When i find my camera lead i'll try to post a few.

I love Antenociti's Workshop - i plan to buy a load of their vines for use as ivy with an upcoming autumn WE project.

Keep up the good work!

16-03-2007, 09:22
@ His Master's Voice - Cheers, I liked the bolt thrower one too.

@ Jedi152 - I guess it must have been someone else then... oh well just means there is another person on Warseer with good taste.

Well more work being done on the Werewolf Yhettis for the commission today however I did get a chance to do more work on the Thrall.

He is pretty much finished now, just a bit of cleaning up in places and some things like finger/toe nails that need painting and he can be called done.

Also I tried the gemstone skull thing, considering it's the first time I have ever done anything like it I don't think it turned out too badly. What do you all think?


Here he is on his mount:


And finally in his unit, someone asked for a shot of the horse in the unit ages ago:


16-03-2007, 11:37
When I saw the Vamp all on his own I wasn't sure, but on that horse - superb! The green and red are both very subtle and natural, and make the model look very alive (irony!) without giving it a rainbow warrior look.

Nice cartwheel on the base as well. :)

16-03-2007, 13:38
And finally in his unit, someone asked for a shot of the horse in the unit ages ago:

Thank you, That would be me :) .
He looks mighty fine sir.

17-03-2007, 12:05
Looks great, as always.. *yawns*

Only thing would be the skintones, I'm not a fan of those - personally I think that it went a bit more to the grey. Would fit better with the army theme and just look less.. yellow? Sorry, just what I think

But hey, it does look fantastic otherwise :)[dice0]

17-03-2007, 18:51
Looking very nice Spikedog; the red on the vampire is superb and looks great with the green of the armour.
The horsemen conversions are very goiod too; how did you do them out of interest?

18-03-2007, 13:49
@ McMullet - Cheers man, glad you like the wheel.

@ Zodiac - I'm glad someone remembered who it was that asked, I have a memory like a sieve.

@ sLai - Yea I know the skin colour is unconventional, it turned out a little different than I pictured it when I started but I like it. My whole army is a little different to normal so I guess he fits.

@ Arhalien - Ah the horses, they are pretty simple yet take bloody ages. I take Empire armoured horses and cut away all of the living horse parts from underneath. Next I trim down the edges of the skeletal horse and he should fit nicely inside. You need to cut a hole for the tail to poke out as well. The neck barding is a little more difficult, you have to cut away most of the horse part without hitting the top barding part. Takes a lot of work but I like the way it looks.

Right onto today's update.

I decided that I wanted some magic cards for the necromancy lore so I downloaded the ones from the GW site, man how much do they suck? Well i decided to make my own and came up with these:


They are inside plastic trading card cases at the moment and were printed on photo paper. I think they look pretty neat considering that they only took me 30 mins with photoshop.

Next up I painted a wraith, I wanted to make it fit with the other ethereal creatures so I painted it in the same colour scheme. Again its not your usual paint scheme for this model but then very little of my army is. It was a pretty quick paint job so it doesn't look as smooth as the rest of the characters but still I quite like it, probably because it is so different. :D


Finally next up on the painting block I have these bad boys:


What skin tone shall I go for with them, I was thinking the same as my necromancers but maybe the same as the vampire would tie him in with the army more?

Thoughts Warseer?

18-03-2007, 14:07
Give them a really dark and dank grey look. With blazing orange eyes. Or scorpion green.. that would look really evil. With some blood effects stuck on and rusty weapons. .. * Hmmmmm*

18-03-2007, 20:43
Perhaps paint them to fit with the lovely Zombie Dragon? White eyes would look nice making it look like they rolled back. Oh and copper weapons anyone? :P


Love the timeglass, but I the scythe looks a bit boring, spice it up with a bronze blade or something?

19-03-2007, 07:58
@ Zodiac - Although I agree with you that dark ghouls would look really good, especially with glowing eyes I don't think I want to go too dark with them. Its the same reason I didn't go with dark for my Dire Wolves, even though the test one came out well it just stood out from the army too much. Thanks for the idea though.

@ sLai - Copper weapons coming up I think, watch this space. As for the scyth on the Wraith, yea it is a bit boring now you mention it, maybe I will copper it up as well.

Well I knocked together a test Ghoul this morning, it is pretty much the same skin tone as the Necromancers although not highlighted up quite so far.


19-03-2007, 08:23
I prefer the 'pale ghouls' look, like the creatures in The Descent.

Love it, as usual, SD.

19-03-2007, 13:36
@ Jedi152 - Thanks, glad you like them.

Well, I'm an updating machine today, 2 updates in one day?!?! What is Spikedog smoking?

Anyway, all the Ghouls got the skin job (Hehehe... that sounds dirty) today, tomorrow will be detail time hopefully.


Also I finished the Yhettis-Werewolf unit for my commission project:


And I liked the look of them so much I decided to make a unit for myself as DoW Bulls. (Just in case I don't have enough rare choices already) Here is my first one for myself:


19-03-2007, 13:39
Excellent Spikedog; they look superb as a unit :D

19-03-2007, 14:14
The Ghouls and wolves look great. The white undercoat is giving a really nice bright look for your skintones, whilst still being nice and subtle.

I think the wraith needs a more ghostly look for scythe though; the ethereal look is very well done (again :)), but with the entirely non-ethereal weapon, you lose the ethereal vibe for the whole model, and the cloak just looks very pale. And then I end up having to overuse the word ethereal. :(

19-03-2007, 14:27
There was a test ghoul?!? I seem to have missed it.. NOOOO! :'(

Looking good, but some black/brown/grey/(red-purple?green?) heavily dilluted wash would be nice on the skin, making them a little darker in the recesses, to add some more depth to the skin, it looks ok on faces and hands, but these are showing too much skin without barely any shading. Dont know if you where going to do it anyway, just my thoughts

PS. the g-string they wear makes me understand the grimace they are doing :P

19-03-2007, 15:00
Awesomeness! And the ghoul looks better this way ;) Good job!

21-03-2007, 14:18
@ Arhalien, Zodiac - Thanks, always nice to hear people are liking my work :D

@ McMullet - Yea I know the wraith could do with a bit more work, I'm thinking of repainting the scythe with the same brass style I have done other metal but for now I'm going to leave it and get to working on finishing my first 2k. Thanks for the comments though.

@ sLai - Looking at the models now, with some more details and basing I agree with you that some areas need more shading. I'm going to hit parts of them with a wash tomorrow, just got to think of what would be the best colour for it now.

Well I worked more on the ghouls and they are nearly done. There are a few things I need to do such as a darker wash in parts to bring out the models and I have yet to do the g-string ropes between their cheeks. But for now here is the updated Ghouls:


21-03-2007, 14:42
...the g-string ropes between their cheeks.

Those things just look like they chafe. :eek:

The ghouls are looking very good there, though I would suggest that a little more shading for the flesh might be in order - there's not a huge amount of contrast on the models even under the strong light you're using for photos, and at arm's length/under poor lighting it might get lost. The details look very good though, can't fault the verdigris. ;)

Cadian 21st
21-03-2007, 16:20
- I agree with McMullet's point on the skin.

- Otherwise, your werepuppies are big and nasty, and I like those ghouls!

21-03-2007, 20:40
The ghouls are looking really awesome, the weapons are probalyy my favorite.

I think they might just need a little more contrast in the skin as already said...

The werewolves are awesome, reallly cool idea, gsing is superb (as always)

21-03-2007, 21:43
*Mumbles about McMullet stealing his idea* =.=

Seriously though, its looking as good as ever, some shading might be in place as noted, and perhaps a little blood and grit to make them feel a bit more real - 10 newly washed ghouls with the scent of rose petals just doesnt cut it, know what I mean? :]

I know you're keen on getting the army done, so do I :) but I dare you to do some GS work on some few ghouls in the future, or if you're doing more of them, like a bit of hair on some or a reposition (maybe just bending will be enought, or some simple cutting and paste job with a saw and GS) but then, I wouldnt be suprised if you've done that one already.

22-03-2007, 07:52
@ McMullet, Cadian 21st, GabrielAngelos - Well the Ghouls got a green/black wash over any parts where there should have been strong shadow, under arms, on the chest details, on the feet etc. It looks good but could do with a touch up here and there however for now they are good enough to field. Thanks for the comments guys.

@ sLai - All the Ghouls were bent into different positions so no two are the same and I think they looks pretty different as they stand but maybe for the second unit I will add some more hair as detail. Who knows?

Well I decided to set the army as today as normally when I paint something it goes into the transport case as I don't have room to display any of it really. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I have actually got painted so far: (You can click on the picture for a larger version)

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s298/spikedog_woof/Warhammer/Vampire%20Counts/sofar.jpg (http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s298/spikedog_woof/Warhammer/Vampire%20Counts/sofarl.jpg)

This is what I have built/own but not painted fully at the moment:


On top of this I have to get:

1 Box of Skeletons (3 of which will be used for the cannon crew)
1 Box of Zombies
9 ghouls
2 Werewolves

And my army will be at a position where I can consider the first 2,000-2,500k done with a few options in the list. I may add to it after this but to be honest I am a sucker for new armies and will probably end up doing something new. I have a few ideas rolling around in my head but we shall see which one comes out on top.

22-03-2007, 12:10
Amazing stuff Spikedog, I'll be PMing you shortly about this lot...

Will you be making any Grave Guard?

22-03-2007, 12:41
Dawg, that is a helluva nice looking army! And your "To do" pile looks pleasingly small! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARINZLOL

22-03-2007, 12:52
Wow! That's an even more impressive army when you see it all in one shot. It's great how the colours tie them all together. Great stuff!
Would be nice to see some Grave Guard in there. That was always my favourite unit for the VCs. The image of heavily armoured undead warriors with glowing rune swords is just so cool!
How many Werewolves do you plan on making?

23-03-2007, 14:30
Army Looks AWSOME!!
really nice, cleany done and original to boot!
Youve really proved yourself, no more whining from me about unpainted minis....
cant wait to play against it:D

23-03-2007, 15:26
@ Voltaire, Hawkmoon - When I started this army, one of the first units I made was a unit of Grave Guard. However back then I wasn't sure in what direction I was taking the army and did them based on Bret M@A. Looking at them now they just look out of place so I'm thinking if I do another unit at some point I will make them like non-mounted Empire Knights, however this is not high on the list of things to do so I wouldn't hold your breath for anything any time soon people. Thanks for the comments though.

@ McMullet - Thanks as always Mc, that pile is almost a lot smaller as well but I will wait until tomorrow to show you all that as it is not quite finished yet.

@ Mooncow - Thanks man but the day you stop moaning about my army will be the day hell freezes over. I worked it out though and I can almost do a 2K list without the Dragon/Lord fully painted! Get your Giant painted and we can do another battle report.

Well as well as working on my own stuff I have been doing more on the Ogre commission. I have completed the 2 Butchers.

First up we have the fairly normal looking Butcher (Despite being a zombie and all that):


And next we have a more tribal looking Butcher, he has stitched up skin for an apron (One of the pieces is also Lizardman skin from a certain other member's army):


Enjoy fellow 'seers.

23-03-2007, 16:12
Would this 'other member' 's name happen to start with M and end with cMullet? :p

Very nice work: excellent greenstuffing and the final product looks great :D

26-03-2007, 12:51

The aprons look great, Spike, especially the tie around the back. Very well done. And the exposed ribs work very well.

02-04-2007, 13:51
@ Arhalien - How did you guess?

@ McMullet - It was done out of love for your army dude. Also maybe it is a portent of things to come. :evilgrin:

Well not much going on at the moment due to real life work taking up all of my time and commission work taking up the rest. However I did get a chance to paint the remaining Skeletons up to gaming standard. Obviously they still need detailing, weapons and the shields painting but they can at least sit in the units to make up numbers.


I also maybe have another 40K tourney coming up and if I go I will be taking my 'nids (Not at all due to having sold my Space Marines after their performance at the last tourney) so I have been making up the points in models. When I have them all built I will take a picture to give you guys and gals an idea of how far I am with the army and how far I have to go.

02-04-2007, 15:41
looking good! I like how the wood of the coffin lids/shields look old and partially rotted. Good work there.

What do they look like ranked up?

02-04-2007, 21:14
Nice painting there. I echo what Hawkmoon said about the shields, really nicely done. The ones with holes in them look very nice. Let us know how the tourney goes :)

03-04-2007, 12:20
@ Arhalien - How did you guess?

Intuition of the insane :p

Very nice Skellies; I like the improvised bone club that the one at the back is using :)

07-04-2007, 13:08
@ Hawkmoon - Cheers man, the wood on the cofin lids is not finished yet but I'm glad you like it already. I mix them into my existing units so the units have even more variety now. Next up on the block will be some empire armoured Skeletons to mix in with the rest.

@ GabrielAngelos - Thanks, I will update with tourney results here, it is next Sunday so I still have a week to get things ready. Just 12 Hormagaunts to go.

@ Arhalien - Yea I liked the bone club too, it is from the fantasy command sprue in case you were wondering. I have about 5-6 Skeletons armed in the same way.

Well no painting been going on lately due to real life getting in the way. *grumble* So any free time I have had has been going into getting this Ogre project complete. I have now done all but one of the character models and here is the latest one plus a Gorger:

Metal Zombie Tyrant, nice model but an **** to put together and cut up for converting.


Next up we have a Zombie Gorger, much easier to work on due to a lot of exposed flesh to cut into but still much harder than the plastic bits I have been doing up till now.


Finally we have probably the next thing I will be painting. It is held together by bluetac at the moment just to work out the pose but I thought I would share it with you all.


It is a fantastic Heresy model of a giant spider. I will be using this in a D&D campaign I am running, also I would just like to say here what a top class company Heresy are. Not only do they do wonderful models but have excellent service too. I look forward to getting more of their stuff in the future!

Cadian 21st
07-04-2007, 19:01
- Mmmm, spiders. I love the Tyrant and the Gorger(?) Is neat. Good work on the metal models!

09-04-2007, 18:24
Ahhhhhhhh that's a lovely giant spider, nice to see it without paint for the first time. Can you tell me what the scale is like on it? Maybe a comparison shot with an ogre next time you've got the chance? I have a bunch of spiders from other companies, and I'm always on the look out for more of the gribblies.

Also, the zombie ogres continue to be impressive, and nice work hacking into those metal models. On the gorger though, I loath the gorger heads so much that I think I would have made him a candidate for a 'head blown off but keeps on fighting' conversion myself :P

- Salvage

10-04-2007, 11:55
Man your GSing skills just keep getting beter and better. I guess practice really does make perfect. What little GSing I've struggled through has been on plastic so I can only imagine how much more difficult it is to work GS on metal. My hat is off to you sir.

Wow! That spider looks bad news. Was it the same spider that was trying to eat me during the last adventure? Somehow I have the feeling we'll be seeing more of him. What esle did you get from Heresy?

10-04-2007, 12:49
@ Cadian 21st - Thanks bud. :D

@ Boss_Salvage - Just for you I have another pic, check at the bottom of this post. As for the Gorger, I didn't mind the head so much, it is pretty deformed but then this is an army of Zombies so I think he fits in quite well!

@ Hawkmoon - Cheers dude, a year ago I did nothing with GS apart from filling gaps but seriously just pick some up and try it, even if what you make sucks it will be a learning experience and you can only get better. As for the spider, it is a bit bigger than the one that was munching his way through your arm and promptly got cut in two but as I like critters and vermin you can expect it won't be the last 8 legged fiend you find! I didn't get anything else from Heresy this time but I did make a huge order of other critters so watch this space. (Although by doing so you might end up seeing a little of what is to come adventure wise ;))

Well not much to update with today. The Ogre project is done minus the final model which is taking bloody ages but I think is looking pretty spanky. I will post some pics of him soon enough. I am getting a huge amount of VC models in a trade which should be enough to push my army up to 4-5k so all you Fantasy lovers expect plenty more where that is concerned. While I wait for these to arrive however I am getting the last few bits left over done, so I stripped the test wolves and de-horned the whole unit. I also stripped an fleeBay model which is to be a 3rd Necromancer when I play more competitive games: (an e-cookie to anyone who can tell me where he is from, and no solegends cheating!)


And just for Boss_Salvage here is a size comp for the spider:


10-04-2007, 17:34
I love Undead and some of what you've done is just plain gorgeous even as WIPs. (that first Direwolf...) Being the DIY addict that I am, I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing more work on them.

11-04-2007, 14:10
That is an old marauder necromancer isnt it...

Looking great as usual...cant wait to see the vampire tyrant!

spider is huge too!!! youd better wait a few levels before unleashing it...;)

11-04-2007, 18:35
Thanks for the pic Spikedog, and the spider is suitably massive isn't he? I don't even know if I can jam that on a 60mm, but perhaps with some nice overhung rocky terrain bitz and such ...

But a vampire tyrant is on the way? Great!

- Salvage

14-04-2007, 15:06
@ St.Germaine - Thanks, come back tomorrow to see some more Direwolves then!

@ Mooncow - Give that man a cookie, it is indeed a Marauder Necromancer, I really like the model, dispite him being one of the classic "Fighting Mages". I think he has aged very well and I am enjoying painting him up. Expect some piccies next week some time.

@ Boss_Salvage - Yea the spider is big and to be honest you are supposed to bend the legs out more, I just left them all straight while I posed him. So when he is stuck together he will be even larger! As for the new Vampire Ogre...

Taa Daa!!


Detail shot:


I quite like the way he turned out, very "Classic Vampire" pose but still very Ogre-like. I didn't want him clutered with detail but still have enough interesting things for the eye to look over. I would expect the customer to paint some sort of patern or symbol on his cloak but it is up to him I guess.

I was also going to show some Dire Wolves today but I didn't have time to finish their bases tonight so it will have to wait until tomorrow after my game with Hawkmoon.

EDIT: As usual the pictures pick up things you don't see with the naked eye, the vamp needs a little smoothing and/or filing in places.

Scribe Enzo
14-04-2007, 18:39
That is simply very very cool! The pose, scupting and overall look are great. And I totally wasn't expecting the final model to be a vampogre! Your commission person is very lucky.

Great stuff,


15-04-2007, 10:26
Hehehe :D

Excellent conversion Spikedog; wonjderfully characterful and the greenstuffing is well done :)

Are you painting these as well or is the commission just to convert them?

15-04-2007, 12:14
Wow... this IS a interesting log, why haven´t I noticed it before?

15-04-2007, 14:45
@ Scribe Enzo - Why thank you, I liked it too.

@ Arhalien - Just conversions for these lot, no painting involved. I have asked the client nicely to send me some pictures of the models as he paints them so with his permission maybe I can post some of them at a later date for you all to see.

@ hertz - Who knows? But now you are here so everything is alright in the world. :)

Well today I had my ass handed to me by Hawkmoon (again) with my Counts but it didn't put me off from finishing a few bits off when I got home. Namely the Dire Wolves, and here they are:


And all together with thier friends:


I have a whole load more VC stuff on the way as I said before but until then I have a Dragon to finish off, as well as his rider and a 3rd Necromancer.

15-04-2007, 23:50
That vampire-ogre is wonderfull!!!

16-04-2007, 10:01
I love the Vampogre - you've really got the balance between ogrishness and vampirishness just right. The thing that, for me, lets that model down is the weapon - it just looks too big and unsubtle for my likes. I think either swapping it for a smaller, but equally unsubtle, weapon, or something equally large but with a bit more finesse (Cathayan Longsword?) would improve it a lot.

The direwolves look great. :)

Keep up the good work!

Cadian 21st
16-04-2007, 19:34
- Love the ogre, especially the attention to details like the ruffles on the tunic :D. I agree that the sword's a little...Orky...Anyways, great modelling, and the Ghost Puppies really fit in!

20-04-2007, 11:27
@ Gonfrask - Glad you like it!

@ McMullet, Cadian 21st - Yea I see what you mean about the sword, I tried to change the look a little with the crystal and it is my hope that the customer plans to put some ornate design on the sword to make a little more enchanted look to it, but I guess we will see.

Well not much work due to real paying work taking over but I have had the chance to work on the weapons on the regualr Skeleton units. Now everyone has a copper weapon which I feel really ties the army together, something that to this point I think the army was a little lacking in. Well those of you that have been following the log may not see that much difference in the Skeletons as I never really had any close ups but here they are anyway:



Also I have a question for those of you reading and would appriciate it if you could give your opinions. I have the bits to make up the crew for the cannon I built earlier in the log but am not sure whether I should make Zombie or Skeleton crew, so what do you guys and gals think?

20-04-2007, 13:06
maybe some empire look-a-like zombies for the canon?

it is a empire canon right?

20-04-2007, 13:14
Good stuff spike! The weapons look great.

I'm leaning towards skeletons for the crew; as memory serves, skeletons are actual warriors raised from the dead, whereas zombies are any old corpse that happens to be nearby, which have forgotten all of their "skills". The crew of a cannon would need to retain the ability to use the cannon, just like skellie warriors still know how to use spears and suchlike.

20-04-2007, 13:41
Erm one of the skellies is coming out of the ground facing the wrong way :p

I really like the corrosion on the copper weapons :)

As for the cannon crew, I think that some slightly rotted Empire Crewmen would work, as if they were killed then ressurected immediately by the necromancer to use as slaves to man the cannon. Personally I think it'd look better than skeletons or normal zombies.

20-04-2007, 14:08
Use a skeleton crew. :)

20-04-2007, 14:30
Skeleton crew, with McMullet on the reasoning. That and it seems more classy, and I can't recall that you have zombies in this army ... though perhaps I'm just enthralled by the new skeleton pics above ;)

- Salvage

Dead orc
20-04-2007, 15:45
Skeletons with empire clothes 'slightly' burnt by the cannon?

21-04-2007, 05:49
Great work on all those skellies! I always feel embarrassed putting my unpainted hordes down on the table with such a sweet looking fully painted army on the other side. :cries:
I really need to get painting.

As for the cannon crew. How about a mix of both? You could have them mostly skeletal with bits of burnt and charred flesh clinging to their bones.

But whether you go with zombies or skeletons , I second Dead Orc's suggestion that you make them a bit singed or burnt.

His Master's Voice
21-04-2007, 10:55
The Vampire Ogre looks like a Pratchett character. You know, Detritus in and opera costume or something like that. Love it.

Dire Wolves are nice but a bit... chalky? Maybe its because of the photo but they look like stone statues rather than (un)living cretures.

26-04-2007, 14:01
@ John - Yea it is an Empire Cannon, you can see it in the first post.

@ McMullet - Very good points about the two choices, Skeletons do seem like the logical choice background wise.

@ Arhalien - I have Empire crew that I plan to mix up with Zomnie parts if I go that route. Also the backwards Skeleton has been fired, sorry for the confusion.

@ mrtn, Dead orc - Cheers for the votes. ;)

@ Boss_Salvage - You are correct, I don't have any Zombies in the army.... yet!

@ Hawkmoon - Don't worry about your models dude, it takes time to paint an army and what you have done so far is stunning so taking your time is more than allowed.

@ His Master's Voice - Thanks for the kind words about the VampOgre, he is now flying his way to his new home in Ireland. As for the Wolves, they may seem a little chalky but I don't think it is quite as bad IRL. Also I think the photo was taken just after I matt varnished them so that didn't help.

Well not much going on this end lately. Mainly due to me only actually having 2 or 3 models to paint for the army and me having completly lost focus with the Dragon. He will get done it's just I don't want to risk going at him when I'm not at 100%. Case in point would be the Necromancer that I have been painting. He is for a tourney I have coming up and I need 3 of them ( :cheese: I know). I don't really like how he is coming out so he may be taking a dip in some stripper after the tourney but here he is WIP:


The highlighting is sloppy and the colours don't really work on the model. :(

27-04-2007, 13:37
I think he looks ok (read:great) just the brown leather bags thats a little out of place colour-wise, I'd change it to something brown/Khaki to make it look aged, or made out of linen. Also the tie/scarf thingy he got hanging might need a little repaint.

PS: Did you miss a spot of white under his right arm? on the black robe that is

28-04-2007, 15:06
@ sLai - Thanks for the comments, always happy to hear people's opinions. The leather bags I quite like as I feel they break up the bland colour scheme but I can see how they could stand to look a little older, maybe for the next one. Yea I wasn't really sure what to do with the scarf thing and it shows on the model. As for the white thing under his arm, it was/is an unpainted scroll however it is done now as you can see from the next picture:


I'm still not 100% happy with him but he is good enough to be used in the tourney so I have to move onto other things for now. I was thinking of making the top of his staff into a crystal/gem or something. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

Also I have made up a couple more Black Knights so I can make a unit of 10 for my tournament list:


I have until the 13th to get them both painted so I don't think it will be a hard job. I am still waiting on my VC shipment to arrive and when it does the next thing on the painting block will be some Zombies, but I will of course let you all know when I start them. ;)

28-04-2007, 15:17
That looks rather good actually. I guess it doesn't pop like some of your other models, but it's still very nice.

I'd leave the staff as it is, I think the end looks good with the verdigris.

28-04-2007, 17:08
I like the conversions from the empire knights you;ve done there Spikedog :)

His Master's Voice
28-04-2007, 18:22
Curse you Spikedog, curse you! I had the exact same idea for my friends Black Knights. Now I'll have to think up with something that will be at least vaguely different. Guess some Greenstuffing inventiveness will be in order.

29-04-2007, 02:24
those knights are looking very good. May i ask, whats with the grey stripes on the left hand horse? it seems to follow the mould lines.

29-04-2007, 17:26
hey spikedog!
First of all thanks. Thanks for all the comments you gave me already and will hopefully give me in future! =) I really appreciate it.

Second....wow. It is a real pleasure to see someone who can make some quite well not very nice fis look amazing. I really like your style and your use of colour. The only thing I'd change would be the skin, it is too yellow for me but if you did that they would be too similar to mine so...keep it so! :p

great stuff really.

30-04-2007, 04:30
I see youre going for best army in the tournie...

I really like the marauder necromancer the way you have painted him-esp the jade gem on his head and the metal effect works really well on his shortsword and staff.

Just watch out in teh tournie-the rules where the enemy can eliminate some of your army...they could remove all 3 of your wizards, then youd be screwed right???:cheese:

02-05-2007, 05:57
wow nice work
your GSing skills are excellent
keep up the good work


02-05-2007, 06:01
really loving the way you paint those bronze weapons

02-05-2007, 17:44
This log is amazing. I hope your glad to hear that this will be a log I frequent.

05-05-2007, 15:08
@ McMullet, Arhalien, the_dark_sarge, titan136, bluebugs - Cheers guys, as always your comments are valued.

@ His Master's Voice - Hey man I don't mind, if you had the same idea I say go for it! just make sure you show us all some of the pics when you get some done!

@ Angelwing - The grey lines are because that particular horse was part of a trade and wasn't flashed when it was sprayed so I had to remove them and thats why you can see lines.

@ janos - Thanks for the comments, as I said in your thread. Keep going with it as many people are reading it and loving it.

@ Mooncow - Ta dude, I wasn't really going for best army just trying to get everything painted in time. The second round rules however just seem stupid. You can seriously cripple almost any army with them and that will just make it crap to play. I guess we will have to see how they turn out.

Well I had the pleasure of playing a 5k game this weekend. It was 3k Of my VC plus 2k of a friends Beastmen vs. 2.5k of Orcs and 2.5k of Beastmen. I got to try out a few units I don't usually think about taking such as a Black Coach, Fell Bats and Wight Lords. After how they did I am going to be adding all 3 to the army so look out for them soon.

Well my large VC trade arrived so I have plenty to be doing although not much time to be spent doing it. I have started by putting together some Zombies. One thing that always really annoyed me about the GW Zombies and the reason I hadn't got any up till now was the way the arms join to the body. The ball and socket method made the zombies look really strange and unnatural. (I'm aware a walking corpse is hardly natural to start with however) So I am going to be green stuffing every single zombie arm joint to try and improve the look.

This is how far I have got:


Almost half the first unit of 20 done.

I also started work on a test Zombie, obviously it is just his skin at the moment and he looks a little lighter in real life but what do you all think so far:


Cadian 21st
05-05-2007, 17:06
- I love the skin! What colors? Nice conversions on the zombies too, of course ;).

06-05-2007, 10:14
I like that skin; looks nice and putrid (well, when i say nice... You know what I mean ;))

06-05-2007, 11:51
hi it's me!:D
Nice work on the zombies but somehow I'm a bit meh on the skinjob. It is a bit to green for my likings, but thats taste. Will the green of the zombies (I guess you want to paint them all rather similarly skinned) match with your rather yellow skinned vampires and ghouls? I'm sure they are going to look great when finished but try bringing im some pinky parts or a little grey that would look good I guess:p


06-05-2007, 13:03
@ Cadian 21st - Thanks, the skin was washed out Camo Green over a white undercoat. Washed with thin Green Ink and Brown Ink and highlighted from Camo Green up to Rotting flesh and a little Skin White in places.

@ Arhalien - Cheers, glad you like the rot!

@ janos - Well funny you should mention the skin tones. I think I am going to try out a mix in the unit. They will all be close to each other in tone but I'm going to do some grey and some yellow ones as well. Maybe even some brownish ones. I like to include all races in my evil plans... :evilgrin:

Well I finished putting together the rest of the Zombies with green stuff an I even did a Fell Bat for after the Zombies.

Also I finished the first zombie to see what he would look like with some detail:


What do you think?

06-05-2007, 13:36
Very nice, love your zombie. My zombies are used as corpses, all kind of greasy, icky corpses lying around on the battlefield.


06-05-2007, 19:57
Awesome zombies spikedog! I love the skin recipe!

But can you please make a picture of the last two black knights?!
Those were awesome!

07-05-2007, 09:26

Very putrid! ;)

10-05-2007, 13:44
@ janos - Cool they sound great, got any pictures?

@ Zodiac - I will get you a picture of them just as soon as I have them painted!

@ Arhalien - Cheers. :)

Hey all not much work going on but I did paint the skin base coats on the other 19 Zombies and gave them a few washes of various colours. Just need the highlights and the skin will be done and I can move onot the clothes and details.


The idea behind the different shades was that they are all in different stages of decomposition, not sure how they will look in a unit at the moment as they seem quite light but this is mostly due to the models having larges patches of white from the undercoat on them.

As you can see by the different colours I used no race is safe from my evil plans :evilgrin: and also for some reason neither is the strange grey looking Zombie... :wtf:

10-05-2007, 14:21
Woah! Thats awesome! Nice variation of skin tones you got there...
Mostly different but coherent all together. Amazing!

Not too sure about the duo in the back on the left.. A bit 'too' green.. :p

10-05-2007, 15:29
Wow, this is a really great army. I read the all the posts and btw the pic of the zombie giant has gone :cries:

I think the zombies are looking great, as is everything else. The green rust (dunno what it is called) on the weapons is awesome, how did you do it?

The zombie ogres are also very nice, for your first commision you are setting a very good example:)

Keep up the good work

10-05-2007, 17:06
kinda reminds me of these zombies...

10-05-2007, 17:28
Looking fantastic Spikedog :D (Have I ever posted anything that doesn't say that? :confused:) ;)

13-05-2007, 00:26
Very nice combo of colors, gonna look putrid enought when finished ;)

13-05-2007, 17:48
Like them a lot. Now finish them and all will be fine:D


18-05-2007, 15:39
@ Zodiac - Thanks, glad you like them. I know a couple of them look a little green but they should look lighter when highlighted.

@ Ninners - Yay! Another person who enjoyed the log! The green was simple and has been explained here (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1272995&postcount=12). Yea I was happy to get such a big first commission and even happier with how it turned out. I can't wait to see some pictures of it painted.

@ N810 - One of my all time favourite MTG cards, I love the Ice Age set.

@ Arhalien, sLai, janos - Always a pleasure to hear from you all. :D

Well no work been done since last update due to real life work projects coming to a close. However now I have a couple of weeks off so I have plenty of time to catch up on the backlog of models I have obtained recently. In fact here is a shot of what I am out to do in the next couple of weeks:


In this shot we have, 40 Skeletons, 20 More Zombies, 24 Classic OOP Grave Guard, 13 Fell Bats, 6 More Black Knights, Various Chracters in Blisters.


And here we have LOADS more characters and a Black Coach, oh and about 3 Banshees.

As you can see there is plenty to do, starting with stripping it all!

I am also (slowly) starting on my next army but this one will hopefully be of showcase quality. I am really going to take my time with each model. It will also be quite small and only around 1k but enough yapping, here is a WIP on one of the models I am working on putting together at the moment.


See you in a few days people with hopefully a real update and not a total cop-out!

18-05-2007, 16:10
Wow... stuff! Lots of stuff.

The zombies look good (though I still reckon the multicoloured unit might look a bit incoherent), and I'll trust you that the two at the back won't be quite so GREEEEEN when you're done. ;)

I'm looking forward to you Orcky army, though I'll have to start with a little criticism: That axe just looks too big. Maybe this is a matter of taste, but I find that GW's stuff is the limit of scale-heroic-ness that I can take. The sculpting and design are great, but it could do with being a tadge smaller for my likes.

Good work nonetheless, and I'm looking forward to being entertained by your two weeks off!

20-05-2007, 17:49
Good god I can't believe I've missed this log before now! :wtf:

Great work Spikedog!! :D

21-05-2007, 14:36
@ McMullet - Hey Mc, well if you dislike that axe and out of proportion things in Warhammer you are probably going to hate my new army as I plan to do a very old skool Orc army with lots of Trolls and oversized faces/weapons.

@ Paulus - Thanks and welcome onboard!

Well today I was out in Akihabara and Shibuya with a friend so not much painting for my first day off. :(

I did however start stripping all the Grave Guard and bought a Savage Orc Shamen to go in the Orc army. He will be my test model as I have never painted an Orc in my life. Stay tuned to see my no doubt shockingly bad results.

I did get a chance to knock up a quick Grave Guard this morning before going out to test out the scheme, I quite like it although it still needs detailing:


I think it should help tie the (not so)Black Knights to the rest of the army when I have a unit of these bad boys stuck in the centre of my lines.

21-05-2007, 14:38
now, that is cool. i love it alot.!!! funny thing is, we took the brass stuff off the front door yesterday and thats the exact colour.


21-05-2007, 15:11
@ McMullet - Hey Mc, well if you dislike that axe and out of proportion things in Warhammer you are probably going to hate my new army as I plan to do a very old skool Orc army with lots of Trolls and oversized faces/weapons.

Well, well. We'll see I guess. If anyone can make it work then I guess you're a good candidate. ;) How'll you be painting the Orcs? Old-style bright green or something a bit more natural looking (as far as that's possible with Orcs)?

Love the grave guard though, he looks fantastic!

21-05-2007, 16:21
Stay tuned to see my no doubt shockingly bad results.

I beg your pardon?! A spikedog figure that is not beautiful?

They dont exist.

( yet ) :D

Cheers man, love the graveguard.
*now show me the @$^&@#* black knights! :p*

21-05-2007, 18:48
Wow. Fantastic painting Spikedog :D

That model is also lovely (far better than the current ones IMO). Are they available through GW atm or only through other sources?

21-05-2007, 19:26
Uh me like a lot!:D
My patina bro'.
It looks real ace even if it isn't finished yet completely. Very nice.


21-05-2007, 22:27
dude that graveguard looks osome!


21-05-2007, 23:23
Never thought I'd consider Vampire Counts as my fantasy army (if I ever get around to playing), but you've got my thinking hard about it. I think it was the verdigris that pushed me over the edge. :D

Lovely stuff!

22-05-2007, 13:13
Wow... Loads of posts to reply to today, glad everyone is enjoying the log!

@ schoolcormorant - Heheh cool, I did look a quite a lot of pictures of brass before trying out the painting method so I'm glad it looks realistic to you.

@ McMullet - Well hopefully today's update will shed some light on your question (not that the MSN convo didn't cover anything this post will ;) )

@ Zodiac - I'm touched, no really I am. I'm frankly shocked that some people hold my skills as anything other than average. I have never thought of them as anything more than that. Especially when looking around great sites such as this one. But I digress, glad you like my stuff and I have plenty more to come. I will get around to those Black Knights eventually I promise. I have to try and finish things before starting something new.

@Arhalien - Yea I love these Grave Guard models. Much better and decayed looking than the current ones. They are still available from the US online store in the collectors section but strangly not in the UK one.... Anyway I got 24 of these badboys from a nice trader on Bartertown for a very reasonable price so I am happy. I don't however have a command for the unit and you can't buy them anymore so I am going o have to either convert something or find some models that will work.

@ Pekel - Happy to hear I may have pushed someone over to the dark side. Come join us, you will love it, I promise! :evilgrin:

@ janos, MF3000 - Thanks for the kind words as always!

Well in todays painting session I got 6 more Grave Guard armour up and done, just got the grey cloth on these and then detailing on these and the one from yesterday and the first 7 will be done. Just 17 more to go.


Also as promised here is the start of the Orc Shaman I was talking about yesterday. Now please go easy as this is the first time I have EVER painted Orc skin.


I found that painting highlights like I normally do just didn't work as the details on this guys arms and legs just didn't stand out enough so I went for a strange stripey watermelon look.

Now he will have tatoos going on him at some point but I'm unsure as to what type I'm going to do. Originally I thought of some sort of Maori tatoos (http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~tonyf/explore/maori.jpg) but after how the skin came out I'm thinking maybe something a bit brighter may be in order.

If any of you are wondering about the background of my Orc tribe then basically it is that they are from Lustria. They live in the jungle and get their jollies from stealing Lizardmen gold and then fighting with the Lizardmen hunting parties that come to get it back from them. So they will be based with vibrant tropical plants and be adorned with nothing metalic except for Lizardman gold and gems and of course stone weapons.

So opinions on anything above anyone?