Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sherman M4 + Warzone + terrain building


It's still summer so as mentioned previously and farther back - there's more oldie Warzone stuff served but not only! In fact there are some pretty new bits (at least for me) so with no further babbling here're the toys.

For starters - Ilian's High Templar.
This particular model was purchased second hand early this year or about last winter, but the sculpt has special place in the history of my hobby:
this was the very first model I saw in the flash back in 1996 in the local book store. I still remember the moment when I saw it, my first thought was something like:
"Woooah! That's fucking amazing! How can anyone paint such tiny thing?"

The second thought was:
"What??? 6 zł?!? (*back then it was $2,15) Who'd ever pay so much for a toy solider???"

A month or so later I got my answer for questions above...
After all those years I still like the piece - it's nothing fancy but just cool. And it made my blood coursing faster while painting so apparently Warzone stuff is good for health. Apparently.

Color scheme was based on "official" colors spotted in Mutant Chronicles zine and I like the final result. I am bit disappointed about the red eyes and "vents" - was hoping to achieve more glowy effect, but all in all I can live with that. There are still 6 or 7 more old templars in the lead pile - too bad there were only 2 sculpts available. So, here it is:

The next thing is something I haven't done for a long time: terrain piece.
I always liked trees made basaically of twisted wire and sponge so finally decided to give it a try. What I achieved is definitely test piece - tho the result is far from what I was expecting I think I learnt quite a lot about: twisting trunks, applying foliage, composing whole thing.

Next ones will surely look better: I am going to make my own sponge-foliage and built more european looking trees. These two look like taken from some sort of tropical garden at best.
But still they are fine for gaming purposes: there's clear line of "wood" and I can easily place there even tank size model. What I actually did on the top photo.

For leaves I used 5 different color sponge sets, that's the reason from above the terrain looks like puddle of puke but still - that's great cover agains aerial attacks ^^

And the cherry on the top of the cake: Sherman M4 tank!

I wanted to paint something from Bolt Action range for a long, long time and I must admint I had lots of fun working on this one. I tried not to get carried away with weathering (like on this one) so model turned out pretty "fresh".
For my standards that is...

The plan was to paint it close to official paintjob but it turned out the only olive tone which didn't dry totally was yellow olive from Vallejo Game Color range so it was base color. I realised adding some browns or greys I can nicely modify base color and the result is just nice. I like this toy.

Deeply hope to paint another model from US army range when I am back home next week - those half tracks have always been tempting me. And with 2 vehicles painted I'll have to add some G.I.'s to assemble basic fighting Bolt Action fighting force!

Hope you like my new wheels.
Seeya next weekend!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Warzone: Billy and Nepharite of Muawijhe

Hello again,

Half of summer break has just passed (of course for those who have summer break...) so as I wrote in the previous post - more Warzone goodness arrives.
This time there are 2 evil-doers: special character Billy and nepharite of Muawijhe.
I am far from judging someone else's sculpting work (especially all I can use modelling mass for is filling gaps) but let's be frank - these two are not the most fortunate models from the old range (diplomatically speaking). And that's even for old WZ standards.

But since I had them in the lead pile and used to field nepharite many, many times in the back days (this cocker had 6 action points!!!) they sure deserved some care and attention.

So let's start with Billy.
This little pest is just really medicore special character. Thats's it: pity characteristics, special rules aren't mindblowing either. As for sculpt - well, you can judge youself (his face looks bit like Jack Nicolson's, pretty badass. The best part of the model).
I cannot recall I've seen it in action ever, in fact I purchased the models last year (?) together with some missing stuff and decided to give it a try.

I tried to paint it close to the artwork: red pants, black/violet leather jacker, blue jumper. Horrible combination, definitely worthy devoted chaos cultist.
Painting this one was nice and easy, I am pretty satisfied about the final look and had lots of fun working on face, but once again metalics got screwed. Even though in the flesh it doesn't look horrific I am more and more convinced to try nmm (or anythig similar) to take decent photos. Maybe on the next one. Adding grey paint to silver maybe.

See? See? Shining!
"Here's Johnny!"

And the other dude: nepharite of Muawijhe.
This model was must-have unit in my old battle groups - 6 action points says everything. Sadly despite cool artwork and nasty game stats the model looks for me like sort of cosmic granny wearing bath cap... (yet it's still better than Billy).

The model you can see is the second copy in my possession - the one I got in the 90's suffered severe damage from failed conversion experiments so best thing I could do was leaving it under lead burial mound.
I remember I tried to arm it with brotherhood sword and added 6 horns which ended up with thumb amputation. As for horns - back days I didn't have small drill so I carved "sockets" for placcy horns with modelling knife. Result was just fucking drastic...

As for painting - again I tried to stay close official color scheme. It's just really striking and in my opinion fits well servant of the Lord ov Ultimate Madness. Watching at the piece in the glass case I think this idea has lots of potential and it would be great to see it's modern incarnation - with all those chains swirling around and maggots looking like maggots, not like bucket of noodles.

That was for you, guys from Prodos, you hear me? Poland demands new nepharite! ;-) 

Hope you like this update. Next time there should be something about terrain building.
And more Warzone!

Friday, July 22, 2016

19 years in the war zone...


As mentioned last time summer belongs to Warzone. That's it. (I actually have some theory about it but don't think anyone is interested in reading it).
I was hoping to paint something from Dark Legion but all in all I chose bauhaus seregant.
The pose is just sooo static, but the sculpt has special place in my heart: 
it was one of the very first models we had in home back in 1996 or 1997 (I remember it was winter), when my brother purchased bauhaus captain, seregant, heavy machine gun operator and 4 troopers.
Though my bro quickly quit gaming there was no hope for me and purchasing my first models was just the matter of time. Short time.

I've always liked official bauhaus color scheme - clean and crisp painting. I have no idea how were those models painted and was the "flashy" effect the matter of painting only or maybe varnish / photography. Nevermind.

As it happens my old friend is having birthday shortly so I though painted model would be nice gift. Solid plinth and statue pose of the model makes thole thing nice paperweight.

The text on base says:
"35 years on the planet, 19 years in the war zone: respect!"
So happy birthday, you old bastard!
Prepare youself for solid spanking on the gaming board shortly!

And something more.
Something really old and nice: oldhammer classic!
Recently I finally recieved Warhammer Fantasy Battle rulebook, from it's ancient era. The tome is just full of lovely artwork and color pages with lots and lots painting ideas.
That brings back memories of WFRP gaming when I was still in high school. Looking back those were such carefree time, sometimes I think it was just like another life.
And it probably was.

Take care, hope you are still Warzone hungry!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Warzone Death Angel


It's July so it's high time to paint old Warzone stuff.
Last year it started in July, but it's kind of tradition that every summer I move some Warzone models from ye pyle ov humiliation to the bright and colorful side, side of the painted ones.

There are lots or WZ oldies I'd just love to see painted but this time I chose Death Angel - Brotherhood combat buggy. Back days, when we were still into Warzone gaming, I thought this unit was pretty ok: 
- fast
- well armed
- useful special rule.

In fact I didn't even mind the sculpt itself. But none of my opponents actually had this piece in the army. I got this one last year from my one, true wargaming foe so painting the piece was just fun and pleasure.

To make the task easier model was painted in parts: first cart on base, then hmg, statue and the last - inquisitor. I think the best part is the statue - it's nothing fancy: drubrush, some glazing and dry pigment but the final effect is much convincing than I was expecting initially. What I learnt is I must practice painting red more - I like the color on cart but I was hoping to get really bright and striking red on inquisitor (like on original Bonner's art). Maybe next time I'll do better. There'll be occasion - there's old culexus assassin in the bucket ov shame waiting to be taken care, it'll be Necromunda special character called Red Death.

So here it is - Warzone pr0n. Hope you like it and hope there are still painters working on old Warzone junk. Little bit more Warzone oldies should appear shortly:

But there's more!
Recently I managed to expand collection of hobby stuff a bit. This time there are Warhammer 40000 2ed army books, Oldhammer rulebook, Nagash annnd Bolt Action stuff.

I just love 90's period in wargaming - there was the time I was getting into the hobby so I think it's the reason of fondness for this "era". And artwork of Mark Gibbons, Paul Bonner, Wayne England and others is just mindfuckingblowing.
Old army books are full of great drawings so I am trying to get all of 2ed codexes: so far I got 4 of 10. Hoping for some more.

Nagash is also piece of history - I didn't have it when we were still into WFB but I always wanted to field this monster. Also wanted to check, is it possible to paint is the way it's head doesn't look just ridiculous (not the best piece I've seen, let's be frank about it). But I am damn far from naming it the worst model ever or anything like that - Nagash has some (deeply hidden) character and for me is breath of fresh from all those 3D designed models and non-GW rip offs in every second wargaming olnine store.

Bolt Action is not much oldhammer, but we decided to give this game a chance - demos I've seen were quite promising, rules seem to be quite easy and game is fast. Besides I like "Saving private Ryan" and "Band of brothers" and haven't painted anything from WWII range for a long time.

The haul:


Monday, June 20, 2016

Tutorial: "Mjolner" - Necromunda siege tank


Last night, while waiting for washing machine to finish the job, I managed to paint the tank commander and therefore - finished another Necromunda dedicated vehicle: "Mjolner".
It's another tank after "Dagon" Hellhound which will join very slowly arising warband based on Valhallans models. I've always liked siege tanks - Vindicator, Griffon or Demolisher but converting own model is bit more fun than just painting, so here's short walkthrough.

It already has some fluff, stats and spec rules made up but I'll keep it for further post - the beast has to pass some serious field tests in the gaming spot.

So I started by getting secondhand Rhino - previous tank was based on Chimera so it was now time for change. Not much more to add at this stage.

Lucky for me the previous owner wasn't too generous with applying superglue - ripping off all the junk was no problem.

At this stage I had more less the idea what do I want to achieve in the end - story is field mechanics replaced front crew section with cannons, engine was moved to the middle and the 2-men crew sits in the back. Cannon exhausts were made of steel mesh.

PCV sheet was used to fill the front gap and back wall - it's cheap, easily available and really easy to cut and glue.

And some more bits were added:
dozer blade from Chimera, Rhino hatch, Hellhound fuel tanks, oldie Imperial Guard commander plus some other small bits. I tried to keep the construction simple and believable (that it was constructed in the field etc).

I tried to apply paint similar way to Dagon so the job was done with airbrush, 3 brown tones and some masking filter. The idea is simple: you paint basic tone, then apply some masking filter, another tone, more filter, final tone aaand...


Model was way to cute so some decals were applied, some chipped paint applied and washes.

More chipped paint...

Mooore... This time also some chalks were added.

And it turned out I've overdone the dirt. Wanted to keep it more-less clean but what the hell, it's fully operational, working battle engine.

Model waiting for the commander...

And here it is!
Once again I had some problems with getting proper camera settings - I think taking pics while daylight is available might be better idea than working with artifical light about midnight.
All in all I think I like the final result, the next time I'll try to apply less chalk. Hope you like it.