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Title: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers, Spirit Seer + War Walker
Post by: Looshkin on September 25, 2016, 06:05:16 AM
'Hey Loosh! What have you been up to for the past 8 months?' Asked nobody ever.

But I'm going to tell you. Or show you at any rate.

I haven't been busy, but I have plodded on with a few little projects in an ever futile mission to paint all of the unpainted plastic in the house. Some of these projects are of the '3 feet' variety. That is, I only want or need the minis to look good from 3 feet away. Others, I have spent a little more time and patience on.

So where to start? Probably chronologically. There are plenty of minis that I painted last year in a very busy 1 month stint. I didn't really paint anything over the other 11 months last year, to my shame. This year, it took me a fair while, but I finally went back to those miniatures and based them, touched up a couple of little details here and there and generally made them ready to hit a gaming table near you (Or not, I pretty much never game anymore. Such are the pitfalls of having too many hobbies, a 9 month old, a very busy job and generally not enough time.

So first up, some Deathskulls that I painted last year. I'm slowly piecing together an Ork mob made up of mobile Evil Suns and a more static Deathskulls element. I like painting blue and red. Those are colours that I can do.

So first off, I put together the Killa Kans. I wanted these to have a very battered look about them. The weapons choices are always incidental with these guys, I just picked whatever I thought looked interesting.

I believe (It is a long time ago) that my recipe was a leadbelcher spray base. Blue was coated with ultramarines, with a fairly heavy Calgary Blue dry brush. The white is just Pallid Wych Flesh. Everything got a very heavy Agrax wash.

I had tried some salt/hairspray weathering. It did not work. But it did produce a couple of interesting effects on the white.
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8464/29913714305_ad8583a5c6_k.jpg)
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8587/29287329753_3f083cae76_k.jpg)
On this one, note the pooling of the wash on the skull. I didn't care about that, in fact, I quite like it. That's the beauty of Orks. Make em as ugly as you want and it will still work like a charm!
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8210/29287309853_03fb2fea26_k.jpg)

Next up were some Grots. I like these minis a lot. Full of character - more so than most of the 40k range. There's an element of humour in there that has been worn away by the grim dark over the past 2 decades. Oaks were always supposed to be savage and warlike, but with a madcap nature inherent too. I think that the Gretchen are some of the few minis that still capture that feel.
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5262/29286223114_8692e12bb6_k.jpg)
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8345/29799515962_2c0b58b4f6_k.jpg)

Finally, I painted the Nobz. I should add at this stage that all these minis were from the Orks/Space Wolves set that came out a little while back. Great value for the amount of stuff that you got and I even refrained from selling the characters that were effectively Limited Edition at the time.

These guys I wanted to look a bit more angry. I also mucked about with the blue face paint, introducing a Braveheart type paint job and also a Batman one.

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8485/29913373195_6dc7a7b5cc_k.jpg)
I love this guy. Everything about him says 'You spilled my pint and now you'll pay'
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5619/29286998183_ca07428059_k.jpg)
Freedom??
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7770/29913686865_4a6131df9c_k.jpg)

And that's your lot for the moment. I've got a load of stuff to upload, but I'll space it out a bit so that you aren't scared away by my waffling.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: dog_of_war on September 25, 2016, 07:34:58 AM
Those orks look fantastic. I'm loving the blue paint jobs, as Deathskulls are near and dear to my heart.

It's a shame that GW went so grim with the ork models as of late. I loved the idea of green-skinned space clowns from the rogue trader days. That was the entire reason I started orks as my first army.
Don't get me wrong, the new sculpts are still great, but if you're going to give an army random and comical special rules, there should be a hint if that in the models.

Anyways, enough of my rant. Good on you for trying the checker board pattern on the kans. I've always had terrible executions myself, hence my aversion to painting goffs.

Keep up the awesome work!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on September 25, 2016, 07:50:36 AM
Anyways, enough of my rant. Good on you for trying the checker board pattern on the kans. I've always had terrible executions myself, hence my aversion to painting goffs.

Thanks DoW, I appreciate the kind words. As far as the checkerboard pattern, I pretty much figures that they didn't need to be anywhere near as clean as a Harlequin diamond - I can't really picture a Big Mek getting out a ruler to go with his spray can. As such, it's just slapped on. Badly. I think that is why it works ok.

Don't get me wrong, I were to do a check pattern on anything other than Orks...well, let's say that I probably wouldn't even start, as I'm not precise enough for that!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Cavalier on September 25, 2016, 08:23:22 AM
Wow looking great Looshkin. The paint jobs are just superb. Love the scheme overall... the blue on green looks so nice, especially with the splashes of white here and there. Love the boss poles they look great. But the grots are the probably my faves... the models are brilliant and all the warpaint on their little faces looks awesome. Absolutley love them.

GW really pours the love into the sculpting on the Orks. SO MUCH DETAIL. Anyway great stuff as always Loosh, glad you are painting again. These guys are killer
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Aurics Pride on September 26, 2016, 03:36:54 AM
Wow, there's some great painting there! Attention to detail is really good.
Gotta agree with Cav on the Grots though, such characterful models!  ;D
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on September 30, 2016, 02:58:40 PM
Wow, there's some great painting there! Attention to detail is really good.
Gotta agree with Cav on the Grots though, such characterful models!  ;D

Thanks AP! And yes, I agree with both you and Cav - Those Grot minis are just great sculpts and pack a lot of character into a very small surface. Bravo GW, more like these please!

Just a very mini update. After completing the Orks, I went back and finished up a few Rangers for my Eldar. I already have about 20 of these chaps, but well, Alaitoc. So there's that.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8459/29799726352_a4eed328a5_c.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5199/29830301081_b68582d62e_c.jpg)
So just a micro update. I think I actually still have to dig out backpacks for 3 of these guys, but that's a job for another day.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Irisado on September 30, 2016, 03:21:20 PM
The detail and colour on the Cameoline Cloaks is really impressive.  You've pulled off great work with the different shades of blue there.  Very subtly done.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Cavalier on October 1, 2016, 09:17:28 AM
So, so nice Loosh. Absolutely love Alaitoc Rangers. The blue and yellow is just so classic. Those paint jobs are just sick...the camo pattern on the cloaks is unbelievable. I'm jealous!

Ibushi who posts on here has some really nice success with his Rangers. He's found them to be very helpful in Maelstrom games as well. He's super gutsy with them too.

Did you pick up Illic Nightspear? I actually really enjoy running him but I've drawn real bad matchups everytime I field him. I did have trade shots with a Vindicare Assassin for a few turns which was really fun though.

Anyway great stuff Loosh, love it!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on October 1, 2016, 04:15:06 PM
Thank you Iri, really appreciate the kind words from an Eldar vet like yourself. The blue is actually probably the easiest part of the Rangers. It's been a little while, but it's basically Aliatoc Blue with an Asurmen Blue wash over the top, followed by a heavy stipple of Kantor Blue and some Enchanted Blue - sorry, can't for the life of me recall the new name. I just try to stipple so that none of the 3 colours really dominates.

So, so nice Loosh. Absolutely love Alaitoc Rangers. The blue and yellow is just so classic. Those paint jobs are just sick...the camo pattern on the cloaks is unbelievable. I'm jealous!

Did you pick up Illic Nightspear? I actually really enjoy running him but I've drawn real bad matchups everytime I field him. I did have trade shots with a Vindicare Assassin for a few turns which was really fun though.

Anyway great stuff Loosh, love it!

Cheers Cav, appreciate the praise from someone who produces Eldar at such a high rate and such a high quality.

And of course I have Illic! Here he is, dominating the battlefield in a way that only the best sniper in the universe can:
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5488/29422545513_ed3fd02f66.jpg)

In the distance, you can see the carnage wrought by...well, not by Illic!

I play very, very infrequently, but I've fielded him in a few games, and thus far I believe his kill total is...1 tactical marine. Yup. Best sniper in the 'verse, but guaranteed to roll more 1s than you've ever seen! I just have awful luck with him. To the degree that my opponent has completely ignored him the past 2 games we've played.

Anyway, a few more of Illic's friends. They've given me way more success. By way more, they've killed at least 2 tac marines! Kidding, they've been pretty solid and normally sponge a lot more fire the they really should.

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5240/30049512925_0a19487621.jpg)
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Irisado on October 1, 2016, 06:10:20 PM
The fact that you play 40K means that you play more frequently than I do :D.

You've got the yellow on those helmets spot on as well.  It looks suitably rich in colour, which is always tricky to achieve when painting yellow.  Did you manage to achieve that using a GW yellow or did you use an alternative manufacturer's yellow?
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on October 1, 2016, 06:28:47 PM
You've got the yellow on those helmets spot on as well.  It looks suitably rich in colour, which is always tricky to achieve when painting yellow.  Did you manage to achieve that using a GW yellow or did you use an alternative manufacturer's yellow?

Yup, GW yellow. I ensure I have a nice, even white scar base and then go with I think Flash Gitz yellow. Couple of coats, thinned slightly. The key though, is that I then wash the yellow with yellow ink or glaze. Really makes it pop. After that, the highlights. Fairly simple, but it's nice and bold.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Aurics Pride on October 2, 2016, 05:09:47 AM
Those Rangers are beautiful!  8)
Absolutely love the effect that you've painted on the Cameoline cloaks, really nice!
I'd kill to be able to get a finish like you have on the Yellow helmets too, even thinned down I struggle to get it looking so clean.
Would love to see more of these guys!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Cavalier on October 2, 2016, 08:10:47 AM
Ah there he is! He looks really good. Dang rangers are frustrating to use offensively. I wish sniper weapons were a bit better, almost like Fleshbane rounds or something along those lines, or a decent AP. Also I know the pain of rolling those 1's with Illic, so frustrating!

I do want to try using him with a unit Reapers at some point. However my primary interest does still lie in using him with Rangers as I'm dying to pick off all the special weapons in various Imperial armies. Particularly stacking shots on damn grav-guns. lol

Anyway looks fantastic Loosh. Love it!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: dog_of_war on October 2, 2016, 08:35:58 AM
Looking very clean and crisp. I love colour scheme you're using, especially the few alternates you did with the red face mask instead of opting for the traditional yellow. Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on October 2, 2016, 12:22:57 PM
Thanks Cav and AP!

Looking very clean and crisp. I love colour scheme you're using, especially the few alternates you did with the red face mask instead of opting for the traditional yellow. Keep up the good work!

I have a deep red as a spot colour throughout my army (which I must post at some stage), and it just made sense to have it included in some way in the ranger units. They don't have much that can be painted with a spot colour without it looking out of place, so the cloth masks were the obvious choice. Also, too much yellow in stealthy units feels somewhat wrong!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on October 8, 2016, 01:54:15 PM
Ok, so a bit of an update for you. But first, a few shots of the Ranger wing of my Alaitoc CWE army.

The assembled throng:
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7517/30102437881_caae768791_c.jpg)

Illic and the Direct only mini (I really love that particular sculpt. Definitely my favourite Ranger sculpt...and a damn sight better to work with than the finecast).
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5705/30152595566_b91c5d6007_c.jpg)

And a close up of one of the other rangers.
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5823/29558055583_708236ea70_c.jpg)

So there you go. I've had moderate gaming success with these guys, but they always attract way too much fire, leaving other elements of the army completely untouched. Which is nice.

On to new stuff.

I picked up the exclusive Skaven Warlord when I went to Gamesday a few years back - the year of the Island of Blood release. About a year or two later, I started painting my Skaven, and this was the last guy that I started working on. I finally completed him a couple of months ago - so in all, I think he probably took the best part of 3 years! In all seriousness though, I had based the skin over a black undercoat, that's all, but when I started work on him again, it probably only took a few hours spread over 2 days. More importantly, it freed up more room on the paint station!

A fairly dark exposure (which I quite like), that captures his dark menace, I think:
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5103/30072358292_91ab2b0a77_c.jpg)


And a few close ups. Hey, that's Loosh in the reflection! Everyone wave hello! And be glad I was wearing clothes when I took these...
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5827/29891326680_b02d34c66d_c.jpg)

I'll not lie, I didn't pay too much attention when painting this guy, but on reflection, I absolutely love the look of the shield. It just screams 'Ratty loot pile' to me:
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5073/30186822395_7790b02871_c.jpg)

So there you go. I have broad tastes. Orks, Eldar and Skaven so far. Over the next few weeks, I'll be unleashing those dang Crimson Fists in the title, a Knight and some terrain. Next up will be the High Elf Prince on Griffon from the IoB set. And I can't wait to show him off. One of my favourite minis so far.

Thanks for reading guys, if you have any questions about any of my colour schemes or techniques that I use (even if it's so you can avoid getting similar results!), then please ask. Cheers!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Irisado on October 8, 2016, 02:06:50 PM
Those Rangers look fabulous.  All the colours are shaded just right, and you've established just the right contrast between the yellow, blue, and brown.  The direct only miniature looks very impressive, I agree.  It's first time I've seen someone paint that.  Great work :).
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Cavalier on October 8, 2016, 02:34:24 PM
Wow so nice Loosh. Just love that Alaitoc scheme. You know it used to be a perennial favorite but I hardly see any of the classic Craftworld schemes except Saim-Hann these days. Just fantastic paint jobs all round. The yellow, the bone, the blue just such a vibrant scheme and certainly not easy to execute or repeat over so many models. Fantastic work on them.

The Skaven is awesome too. One of GW's best lines of miniatures and one of my faves from Fantasy. Great stuff there.

Very excited to see Crimson Fists and a Knight as well. They should look awesome together! Are you going to paint the Knight in Crimson Fist colors or give him a contrasting look. Can't wait to see them! Keep up the great work bud. Always great fun to see your minis
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on October 16, 2016, 05:43:08 AM
Thank you Iri and Cav for your kind words!

Very excited to see Crimson Fists and a Knight as well. They should look awesome together! Are you going to paint the Knight in Crimson Fist colors or give him a contrasting look. Can't wait to see them! Keep up the great work bud. Always great fun to see your minis

I'm afraid I'm going to make you wait a little bit longer.

This week, I'll show you one of my favourite minis. It's the IoB High Elf Prince on Griffon. IMHO, the finest push-fit mini that GW has ever produced. He was just a lot of fun to paint. I tried to go to town on things like the cloak and sashes - not in level of detail, but in the amount of blending that I did. I'll not lie, I'm particularly fond of the beak and claws of the griffon too.

Let me know what you think (And yes, I know that I really needed to green stuff the griffon's back - that's a side project for the future. When I painted this guy, I only had very limited kit with me. I will get round to it!)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8407/30152442256_d74984c674_c.jpg)
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7547/30186747265_878a815f1e_c.jpg)
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5265/29557986044_5cce28aa10_c.jpg)
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5699/30072321852_16d80199cb_c.jpg)
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5205/30186961185_118508049a_c.jpg)
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5532/30072393022_8e700a45a8_c.jpg)

Next time up, it'll be the Crimson Fists making their entrance onto the stage.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: malicant on October 16, 2016, 06:32:26 AM
That's a very clean and tidy paint job on the orks, and it still manages to look orkey :)

I honestly haven't seen many blue ork schemes.  Most ork armies seem to be red, yellow or some other vibrant colour.  Very interesting.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Irisado on October 16, 2016, 06:54:56 AM
The gold finish on that High Elf Prince is outstanding.  You've got that just right.  The regal blue alongside that looks very impressive as well.  I can see why that's one of your favourite models.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Cavalier on October 16, 2016, 07:44:33 AM
Ridiculously awesome paint Loosh. Wow, really, really glorious. This looks like it came right out of the codex! Love all the yellows, golds and browns and the contrast with the blues. I can feel your love for the mini, phenomenal work.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: magenb on October 16, 2016, 05:11:42 PM
The Elves have some really nice models. The blue just works, a lot of very nice work but those wings are a standout for me.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Aurics Pride on October 16, 2016, 11:26:57 PM
Oh wow, that High Elf Prince is stunning!
You've managed to get a really good balance of colour across the model and the finish on the gold is lovely!
You can tell that you enjoyed painting up that model, it really does look beautiful.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Alienscar on October 17, 2016, 07:17:39 AM
I'll not lie, I'm particularly fond of the beak and claws of the griffon too.

Let me know what you think (And yes, I know that I really needed to green stuff the griffon's back - that's a side project for the future. When I painted this guy, I only had very limited kit with me.

I agree with you Looshkin the beak and claws that you have painted look absolutely fantastic. I really like the way that you have painted the eyes as well. I don't know if the angle of the photograph is to blame but I think the rib cage of the Griffon could do with a highlight to make it a bit more three dimensional.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on October 18, 2016, 04:05:10 AM
The gold finish on that High Elf Prince is outstanding.  You've got that just right.  The regal blue alongside that looks very impressive as well.  I can see why that's one of your favourite models.

Thanks Iri. I would love to say that it was all my own work to develop the gold pallet, but I'd be lying. I dug out the 'Eavy Metal Masterclass for painting the version of this mini that was available on foot and followed that to the letter. I'll dig it out again and maybe throw on a step by step.

Ridiculously awesome paint Loosh. Wow, really, really glorious. This looks like it came right out of the codex! Love all the yellows, golds and browns and the contrast with the blues. I can feel your love for the mini, phenomenal work.

As always, thanks Cav. I really tried to stick to the colour scheme used in the photos, as I think that it works so well. The cool blue offsetting the warm gold, yellows and browns - much like your very nice use of a cool blue to contrast with the warm reds on your Eldar.

Oh wow, that High Elf Prince is stunning!
You've managed to get a really good balance of colour across the model and the finish on the gold is lovely!
You can tell that you enjoyed painting up that model, it really does look beautiful.

Making me blush here dude! Thanks ever so much, I really appreciate the kind words.

those wings are a standout for me.

The great thing about those wings is just how easy they were to paint. Seriously, I followed the High Elf Painting Guide, which gives you a finish only a little beyond what a Paint Splatter article can achieve. It was purely a case of base coat, wash and the dry brush. The model does all the work for you because it is so well detailed.

I don't know if the angle of the photograph is to blame but I think the rib cage of the Griffon could do with a highlight to make it a bit more three dimensional.

I think you're right. This was the part of the mini that I struggled the most with. I must have tried to paint it 3 or 4 times before I settled with what is a fairly flat finish. Actually, one of the problems I faced was that there isn't a lot of detail to paint. It's all very subtle.

 I'm a paint by numbers painter. See detail, paint detail. If you give me a raised edge, I can detail it. Give me a blank canvas and I struggle. It's something that I need to work on.

I don't do a lot of detail work with an airbrush (I'm more of a base coat save time kinda guy), but I think that I would have liked to have had access to it when finishing this model. I may well still go back to it because I agree that, whilst I doesn't detract from the model, it could pop a little more.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on October 22, 2016, 11:43:03 AM
Ok. I need to get painting. I'm starting to run out of backdated updates!

Anyway, I promised my Crimson Fists would get an outing, so I guess I better deliver.

I tried something new with these guys. Zenithal highlighting. Using my airbrush, I went up from a Kantor Blue base, through Calder Sky and up to Lothern for the top most parts of the armour. I then gave it a fairly heavy wash of Nuln Oil to get the crevices shaded and generally tone down the entire mini.

After that, it was simply a matter of picking out the details. I'm fairly happy with the results, seeing as it was a first try at this technique. Also, it's bloody quick! I based, highlighted and washed the minis in one afternoon. I then did the details over the course of about a week, working on them for only an hour or so per day. So to get that result in a week, whereas it would normally take 2 - 3 times that for me to brush paint a similar result, is something that I want to more of going forward.

Here we go:
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5563/29913650915_b58cb588bc_c.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8334/29913698465_9d68f3ceb2_c.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8678/29799486272_e973846dcb_c.jpg)

Now, I should add that I need to Lamina Medium the transfers before adding a layer of purity seal. So the transfers may look a tiny bit rough and ready. That'll not take long (although work is a bugger at the moment, so my hobby goings on have been terribly limited over the past couple of months), so as soon as it's done, I'll pop a picky up.

I also started working on some of the older, finecast, Sternguard. Unfortunately, something broke in the airbrush, or jammed, and I've been waiting for a while for a maintenance kit to turn up. Soon as it does, hopefully I'll get the conveyor belt of minis going again.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy these guys. I enjoyed painting them. Moreover, I'm pleased to get back to what was the first army I ever tried to paint. The results were shocking, just shocking. But I've always had a very special place in my heart for Crimson Fists, so look forward to putting to gather a small, fluffy force over the next few months.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Cavalier on October 22, 2016, 01:59:09 PM
Absolutely brilliant Loosh. Really love the way they came out. The Zenithal looks really nice... the dark shaded areas look very strong too. Great contrast and overall just stellar paint jobs. BTW what color are the eyes? Orange or yellow? They look fantastic...

Transfers look real good in the photos so I imagine they'll only look better after you touch them up.

Anyway great stuff Loosh I love em. Doesnt get more classic the Crimson Fists
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on October 22, 2016, 02:31:50 PM
BTW what color are the eyes? Orange or yellow? They look fantastic...

Cheers Cav, much appreciated. As for the eyes, they are a paint splatter staple; a white base coat with a layer or 2 of glaze over the top. In this case, the Bloodletter Glaze. As it pools towards the bottom, as with and wash type paint, it adds a fairly natural highlight. I never tend to paint the entire lens either - I leave the Nuln Oil shaded recess and just try to pick out the middle of the lens, that way they are able to pop just a tiny bit more. Hope that helps!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on November 5, 2016, 09:43:25 AM
Time for another update. On to a guy that is 90% complete. I just need to find time to put his base together.

I was absolutely stoked when GW decided to release the Renegade box set. I've long been a fan of the knight models and saw this as a perfect excuse to add a couple to my collection. I decided that, as I don't really have any Imperial armies with which to include him, that I would do a dual project between the knight and the Crimson Fists in my last update.

After fighting back from the brink against Waaaagh Snagrod, the Crimson Fists looked to take back their own system from the Arch Arsonist. Among those worlds might have been a world which was home to a Knightly Order. In fighting against Snagrod, they had their numbers whittled until only 1 remained, providing what support he could to the local PDF. When their hour seemed darkest, the Crimson Fists fell from the heavens to liberate the besieged armies and claim back another planet from Snagrod. His house destroyed, the Knight pledged allegiance to the Crimson Fists in their ongoing fight against the Ork hordes, changing his colours in respect to his saviours. Over the years of campaigning that followed a mutual respect grew, until the Crimson Fists bestowed the honour of wearing the Chapter Insignia upon the Knight.

So there you go. Some back story.

As to the painting of the knight, I wanted him to have a darker overall look to the Crimson Fists, so that any spot colours would pop even more. Also, I decided that this would be the model on which I would try sponge weathering. Some bits I am happy with - such as the Gold plating on the top carapace. Some I'm really ecstatic about, such as the shield. Other bits less so, such as the knees, where I just got too much paint on the sponge and didn't notice until it was too late.

Anyway, onto the pictures:

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5457/29286686303_1765575631_c.jpg)

Helm detail shot. There is a little heat weathering on the metal gun. Probably the most time that I spent on this mini was getting the gold right. I followed the same recipe as for the High Elf, but with a lot more blending. I also finished with Liberator Gold, so that the edges are far closer to Silver than Gold.
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5033/29799251162_31a4b8fe82_c.jpg)

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8707/29286214754_678e829f54_c.jpg)

Shield Details. First time that I've weathered a piece after the addition of a transfer. I'm going to be doing this an awful lot in the future I feel, because I am really happy with the effect.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8012/29618716880_99caaae6e7_c.jpg)

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8331/29287287003_8175542420_c.jpg)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8199/29878141526_77b725dc51_c.jpg)

Rear shot. I wanted to leave this as a fairly simple finish for 2 reasons. 1. I wanted the model to look full of pomp from the front, but when you get to the back, you realise it's all about function over form. Forget the bells and whistles at the back. 2. I felt that the mini needed a large area devoid of colour, otherwise it would look a bit garish.

Also, so many details, so little time - I did want to get stuck in a never ending loop of find detail, paint detail, weather detail, look for more detail. As such, a few Black and Yellow cables is about all the flourish that I went for.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5501/29285877064_68c8b96662_c.jpg)

So there you are. I hope you like the model. If you have any questions about it, fire away. I'll make sure that as soon as he is based, I get a completed photo up.

Thanks for reading.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Cavalier on November 5, 2016, 01:54:24 PM
Hey Loosh, phenomenal work here. LOVE the sponge work. I have to try that out! I don't know what the heck I'm waiting for! I think you nailed it. The transfer work, the paint scheme, the color choices and of course the actual paint job is just sick! Love the background story too. Perfect amount of motivation and detail for the alliance. I love it! Phenomenal stuff man. Keep up the great work, this stuff is coming out fantastic!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Aurics Pride on November 6, 2016, 12:31:08 PM
Wow, that looks awesome!
Love the weathering on it, really well done  8)
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Dread on November 13, 2016, 03:32:24 PM
The banner! The freakin' banner! It's so fantastic, I don't know why that detail grabbed me so hard but it makes a great center point and everythig around it is just awe inspiring awe to look at. Nice work and technique, color choices and just the gravity of him on a battle field must be something to behold.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on November 21, 2016, 02:15:05 PM
Thanks for the kind words guys!

LOVE the sponge work. I have to try that out! I don't know what the heck I'm waiting for!

Seriously, don't wait Cav. I know that most of your work is super clean, but it could really speed up any Necron weathering you do in the future! The only tip that I can give is to really work most of the paint off the sponge. A little really does go a very long way with sponging.

The banner! The freakin' banner!

Haha! I definitely have GW to thank for the awesome banner transfers. They really have a lot of detail that I would never be able to replicate. I knew that the banner would have to pop a little or it would get lost as an afterthought. I'm really pleased that you like it!


So. A change of speed.

In this case, from slow to cripplingly sloth like!

I decided it was high time that I started working on the Space Wolves from the Stormclaw boxed set. Again, I lead off with some Zenithal highlights. In contrast to the Crimson Fists that I posted though, I did add a tiny edge highlight to the front, sharp edges that the mini has. Just for a tiny, tiny amount of extra zing.

So I have been working on 4 so far. Left most is obviously WiP.
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5764/31125025676_b54532d1da_c.jpg)

The Chain Fist Wolf. I had a lot of fun working in the hazard lines and knee dags. I just wanted an excuse to add a little more yellow to the unit. It works so well with the Blue/Grey and as such, helps the unit pop a little more.
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5773/31160915845_15c6821484_c.jpg)

Assault Cannon Wolf. I beslubbered up a bit with this guy, managing to put him together in practically the same pose as the Chain Fist Guy. Hopefully it won't be so noticeable when I do the 5th guy in the unit (Not pictured).
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5553/30339829334_a28bcdf6f3_c.jpg)

Thunder Hammer McBadass. I really wanted to work on this guy's face, and am really happy with the results. I have been painting these at the same time as some Mantic Minis, and frankly the detail difference is shocking. GW really hit it out of the park while Mantic has a lot of flat, featureless stuff going on.
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5472/31160885885_598eab21c0_c.jpg)
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5740/31160919175_57eb83aa0d_c.jpg)

The Wolf Lord, or Sgt, or whatever he is. I'm painting these for fun, not gaming ;P
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5711/30353562673_527b3fcd35_c.jpg)
Pre-shading on the back for when I break out the Air Brush for the cloak work.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5325/31017252552_a6322a5174_c.jpg)

So there you go.

As I said, No.5 isn't pictured. I tried to be too clever with him, by spraying on the Agrax Earthshade recess wash. Needless to say, it wiped out the quality of the Blue/Grey that I had produced. I undercoated him again, but unfortunately the Air Brush broke, so I had to put him on hold. Hopefully I'll get back to him shortly, but I'm not holding out much hope...it's cold as balls out in the garage where most of my hobby stuff lives, and my wife would go harpic if I try spraying indoors!

Anyway, that's it for now. Hopefully be back with a big update soon, I have 1 more mini to complete a massive wadge of minis. Of course, I also have work to do, a kitchen wall to paint and a son to look after. So that 1 mini may take until February!!

Thanks for reading!



Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Cavalier on November 22, 2016, 06:48:13 AM
Wow such great work here Loosh. Totally, totally love the yellow! Such a great shade and so smooth. Super nice work on all the browns too. The Wolverine face on thunderhammer-man looks fantastic too. All around excellent work. These look like legit GW studio level paint jobs. Such nice painting here bud.

Thanks also for the advice on the sponge work I am totally gonna employ it.

Hope job and work around the house doesn't keep you away too long bud... I need moar!

Anyway great stuff my friend, keep it up and hope to see more minis soon!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Dread on November 22, 2016, 02:08:02 PM
So smooth, that in itself is a great thing. The work is stupendous with the "I'm a WOLF" vibrato in full swing. 2 thumbs up.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on December 6, 2016, 09:55:22 AM
Thanks guys for the feedback. I'm afraid that I put down the Space Wolves to work on a couple of other projects that had been bubbling away in the background for a long while. I also started 1 new project that I have been looking forward to since I was a kid. I just didn't know it at the time.

So first off, I had mentioned that I picked up Dungeon Saga, a game released by Mantic in the mould of Advanced Heroquest or Dungeon Saga.

Let me say here, that if you ever see me complain about a GW or FW miniature in the future, give me a massive slap. GW plastics are a dream to work with, while FW resins pack in so much detail that I'm always amazed.

On the other hand, Mantic, on this occasion, have made some fairly meh minis. They have detail, but a lot of it is hard to define, even after a wash. Also, by using a soft 'hard' plastic, you get a certain amount of bending and warping throughout the minis. I will say that this adds to the amount of differentiation within similar model types though, as they all come out of the mould differently. Ah, who am I kidding, they're a bit crappy.

Anyway, I painted up most of the rank and file way back in about March or April, but it took a while longer to do all the characters, and I only finished them a couple of weeks back. Am I totally happy with them? No. But they look fine from a couple of feet away and I was never planning on entering them into a painting competition, so they're fine. They'll be good to game with, which is all I was really interested in.

Zombie troll. Obviously. Because I guess that's a thing!
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5710/31460481445_0b88f364ee_c.jpg)
Oh yeah, and apparently a zombie troll shaman is a thing too...
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5670/31423193596_b5a2b0b4bc_c.jpg)
Wraith type banshee spirits.
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5574/31344811111_675241ab24_c.jpg)
Some of the shuffling Skeleton/zombie horde:
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5513/30652034223_74af713e23_c.jpg)
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5682/31423147356_e1664fb0a0_c.jpg)
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5596/31460434685_80d9e53941_c.jpg)
A couple of the Evil characters. A necromancer and the dead dwarf king. I used a little Nihilakh Oxide to show the mystical energies or some such.
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5725/31314441012_3f81db5abd_c.jpg)
Dead dwarves:
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5738/30652002283_5b164534e0_c.jpg)

I spent a little more attention on the Heroes...I guess they'll generally be alive a lot longer than any of the undead throng.

First up, the obligatory Barbarian character:
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5777/31344833961_eff773be0e_c.jpg)
Obligatory Dwarf:
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5595/31423118076_d01a45d66e_c.jpg)
Wow, an Elven Ranger. How very daring of you:
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5768/31344752891_ae151ee203_c.jpg)
And finally the Mage.
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5768/31089441090_6e43ac1001_c.jpg)

Yeah. Boy am I glad that painting those guys is over with. Not enjoyable at all really. When none of your painting techniques particularly work, it just gets frustrating in a hurry.

So I moved onto GW figures again!

First up, I finished off my Ork Warboss from the Stormclaw set. I had painted the actual boss a little while back, so just had to do the backpack and the Squig.

I love this guy. The amount of character in this mini is just brilliant. Orks really do have some of the best minis ever created.
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5573/31460495205_09dfe9906a_c.jpg)
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5473/31460512675_a519ef85ef_c.jpg)
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5580/31460743235_37af1a2fde_c.jpg)
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5552/31460473465_9172eb1c3c_c.jpg)

I've now taken up enough of your time. I'll upload the next few pictures later...and these guys I'm super excited about. This is the project that I would have wanted to do when I was 11.

Bloodbowl.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Irisado on December 6, 2016, 01:20:39 PM
I think that the non-GW figures turned out well, but I do see what you mean about some of them not looking that great.  The Ork Warboss is a standout from this group of figures.  He looks suitably ferocious.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on December 6, 2016, 02:28:00 PM
I think that the non-GW figures turned out well, but I do see what you mean about some of them not looking that great.  The Ork Warboss is a standout from this group of figures.  He looks suitably ferocious.

To be fair, the Mantic minis don't look terrible in the flesh, especially the characters. The lighting really washes out a lot of the highlights. I would love to go for natural lighting for my photos, but it is Winter and there was fog when I taking the shots, so the overly sterile glare of the bathroom is all I could muster. Thing is, some of the work, like the skin on the Barbarian, is some of the better work that I've done. It's lost in the photo and on top of that, the head is just a crappy mould. As are the legs. Frustrating!

The annoying thing about the Mantic minis is that it is totally up to you to work some 3D painting to the model. there aren't obvious foods and flaps in a lot of the clothing. Just a lot of flat areas. If you do a wash, there is nowhere for the paint to settle. As such, it takes a lot of work to achieve very little.

What I'm saying is, even if you're not a fan of skulls, GW produces fantastic miniatures that are invariably a pleasure to work with.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Cavalier on December 7, 2016, 07:28:11 AM
Hey Loosh great work as always. Yeah I feel you on the non-GW models. Doing comission work whenever I work on non-GW stuff I'm blown away by just how different it is... and different in a bad way. Not the hugest fan of the models pictured above, but I'd love them for D&D did you get them for a good price? I'd love to have something similar for my battle-mat, but I may just use ye-old Hero Quest instead... lol. At least the paint jobs look excellent if the mini's are a bit lackluster.

The Grukk Facerippa came out fantastic though! What a model, I love how huge his freaking mouth is. His Squigg is legendary too. He plays like a boss on the tabletop too if you can get him into combat. Fantastic work on him... been a fan of him since Scorpion82 took him on a million-game journey last year.

Great stuff as always bud keep it up!!!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Aurics Pride on December 7, 2016, 10:44:55 AM
Massive update!
Lovely painting as usual but I am another one that agrees when it comes to non-GW models. As much as I do love to complain about certain aspects of GWs business we are spoilt by some of the models they produce and they know that. There are very few companies that can even come close to the quality that GW are able to put out. I tried painting up some of the Mantic Forgefathers and to be honest I was really quite disappointed. Was wanting to make a Squat army but it didn't work anywhere near as well as I had hoped.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on December 7, 2016, 02:53:27 PM
Hey Loosh great work as always. Yeah I feel you on the non-GW models. Doing comission work whenever I work on non-GW stuff I'm blown away by just how different it is... and different in a bad way. Not the hugest fan of the models pictured above, but I'd love them for D&D did you get them for a good price? I'd love to have something similar for my battle-mat, but I may just use ye-old Hero Quest instead... lol. At least the paint jobs look excellent if the mini's are a bit lackluster.

I picked them up as part of the Dungeon Saga kickstarter. That meant I got a tonne of minis at way less than retail price. Which unfortunately means I have all the minis from the expansions out in the garage waiting to be painted. Seriously, some of those make the undead sculpts look like the work of a master artisan!

In reality, I think the quality of the Dungeon sage stuff is about on a level with the Advanced Heroquest stuff. Which is over 20 years old.

The rules and the game seem fun enough, if I ever get round to playing it, however I wish that I had known that GW was going to restart boxed games and the specialist lines. Had I known that, I would have just waited for the Silver Tower game which has some absolutely beautiful sculpts.

The Grukk Facerippa came out fantastic though! What a model, I love how huge his freaking mouth is. His Squigg is legendary too. He plays like a boss on the tabletop too if you can get him into combat. Fantastic work on him... been a fan of him since Scorpion82 took him on a million-game journey last year.

Great stuff as always bud keep it up!!!

Use a mini to play a game with? Interesting concept Cav, I may try it one day!

In all seriousness, I really hope to at some stage. I want to pick up a Gorkanaut at some stage to transport the Boss and Nobz that I posted earlier in the thread. I know it's a sub-optimal choice, but it looks a tonne of fun to paint, and I reckon it'll look super cool on the battlefield.

Anyway, thanks for the kind words Cav, the feedback is much appreciated.

Massive update!
Lovely painting as usual but I am another one that agrees when it comes to non-GW models. As much as I do love to complain about certain aspects of GWs business we are spoilt by some of the models they produce and they know that. There are very few companies that can even come close to the quality that GW are able to put out. I tried painting up some of the Mantic Forgefathers and to be honest I was really quite disappointed. Was wanting to make a Squat army but it didn't work anywhere near as well as I had hoped.

Yeah, I miss Squats too AP. I get that they didn't have a good theme for them in 40k, but I would love to see them make a return as they were my first ever army and absolutely kickass in Epic too.

I've seen some of the forgefathers stuff and was similarly unimpressed. There's no animation to any of their poses and the detail is so flat too.

Anyway. Enough of being bent out of shape about painting minis that weren't fun and came out worse than I had hoped, let's look at something more fun!

I mentioned that Bloodbowl was one of the things that I have been looking forward to. I remember picking up the game when I was a kid and playing as the Bright Crusaders against my Dad, playing the Gouged Eye. the early rules weren't great, but the minis looked ok and the Astrogranite pitch was cool too.

When the Bloobowl game came out for the PSP a few years ago, I lapped it up. Same when it came to the iPad. When Bloodbowl 2 came out on the PS4, I almost wept with joy. When I heard that the boxed game was being released, I almost had a very happy accident in my pants!!

So I asked my wife to get it for me for Christmas. She has. But that's for Christmas. So I have to wait to paint the somewhat cool Human team and then the mega cool Orc team. In the interim, I picked up the Skaven team and got round to starting the painting at the weekend.

All of my teams that I make will be based on NFL teams. I am a huge American Footballl fan. Have been since 1984, which I guess is why this game really sings to me.

So please meet the test model for Bloodbowl's newest franchise, based on the Baltimore Ravens:

The Biliousmouse Cravens:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5712/31314676232_a3b39c77c0_c.jpg)

The shoulder pad has been varnished using Ardcoat. I wanted that one bit of armour to look like it was provided by the team and almost taken care of in some way. Everything else would be rusty as hell. I will be adding a little weathering to the shoulder though, just wanted to let the Ardcoat dry properly before starting on that.

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5552/30652039893_85aafdfcfd_c.jpg)

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5673/31344794151_8ab8945f38_c.jpg)

Back view. On future minis, the triangular armour piece will also be purple. I think that the numbers will stand out a lot more, and it will also tie the model together better.
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5555/31314447932_60e7233a01_c.jpg)

Other side. Not that this shoulder is just a rusty piece of armour strapped on. I wanted it to look beaten up. Maybe that it has been taken from the corpse of another, less fortunate Line Rat.

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5615/31460483855_fc8dda31e6_c.jpg)

So there you go. The minis are a dream to put together. They're 3 pieces and have very little in the way of mould lines. I think that the best feature may be the tails on these guys. So expressive.

I have a little production line set up, so I'll take some WiPs. Hoping to have at least another 5 or 6 finished by the weekend, or at the end of the weekend at any rate.

Let me know what you think, what I can do to improve the painting or colour scheme. Any input would be fantastic. Cheers guys!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Irisado on December 8, 2016, 06:29:02 AM
Just a quick note on the Squats in Epic, as there's an army of them sitting somewhere among the massed boxes of Epic forces at home.  They were the only army in Epic I never managed to beat.  I remember my poor Chaos army in particular being thumped 83-10 in victory points to the Squats.  Their fire power made the Imperial Guard look feeble and that's saying something.

Back to your painting, and I really want to commend how well you use purple.  It's one of my favourite colours admittedly, so I am biased, but it looks great the way you do it.  That Blood Bowl team is certainly going to stand out in a very positive way in my opinion.
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Cavalier on December 8, 2016, 07:33:28 AM
@Loosh- Wow fantastic work as always Loosh. Love those Skaven models.... Skaven and Dwarves are my fave. fantasy faction. Killer paint jobs as always but how bout that basing? Love it! Really eye-catching.

About Squats.... I really love them. I wanted to have an army of them way back in 2nd but never got a chance. So jealous you had an army of them... and they were your first army? Thats serious 40k street cred my friend. Do you have any pictures?

I actually thought they had a pretty cool theme, with all the trains, mining etc. I guess its kind of generic, but the little fluff pieces were amazing IMO. Trucking along on high gravity worlds, battling amidst those huge mining convoys against Ork raiders. I thought it was really epic.

Anyway great stuff as always Loosh. Really wonderful paint jobs. Keep it up man always excited to see your various and sundry projects!

@Irisado- And I'm jealous of you too! Epic Squat army? What the hell? You guys have all the cool stuff. Wow I wish I could travel back in time and collect one of those rare forces... especially for Epic. So cool... that game you played sounds crazy. Anyway I wish you had a camera so you could take pics... I think I may have to send you my old digital camera thats somewhere around here!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on December 10, 2016, 10:01:22 AM
Thanks for the comments guys, it means a tonne that you guys are enjoying my work!

I did have a Squat army. It wasn't very big, it wasn't very painted (and what was painted apparently looked like Father Christmas...) but it was my first army. I only got into Eldar after White Dwarf 127 came out. The background for the Craftworlds was just so rich and vibrant, and the artwork that appeared in the issue of WD? Perfect. Well for me, that was and still is my favourite issue and the reason that I still play Eldar to this day and don't chase the Squat dream.

The Squat army that I had was probably 3 squads of the standard troopers, a bunch of Hearthguard with a Warlord in Exo Armour, supported by A Mole Mortar and Thudd Gun with a Living Ancestor in attendance. So not very big, but with some cool, iconic units. I think that the only times that I used them were against my Bro's Dark Angels/Crimson Fists, and I always used them with Eldar Allies. We used to commandeer the kitchen table for 2-3 days at a time, it was great! Not for our parents, but hey, at least we weren't doing drugs!

Right, a legacy update!

Back when the Olympics were on, I picked up some laser cut mdf terrain. Just one piece, so see what it was like. I instantly lost the instructions, so it was a little challenging putting it together, but it's a cool piece. I figured that it would be great for when Necromunda gets released, or if I do a city fight type board.

Hydrocarbon Power Plant Epsilon Gamma 67C, on the Imperial world Sanctus 4E:
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8311/29286175404_c81b6f1f90_c.jpg)

The turbine is attached to a motor, so rotates. Also, it has LEDs threaded through the entire building, so it lights up wonderfully (I'll do some photos to show this at some stage)
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8329/29287269273_1511b9026e_c.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8042/29286455624_52b66857f4_c.jpg)

Medivac point on the roof. I want to redo the blood effects, but it's a nice splash of detail and colour.
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8434/29913455935_bac4af98d0_c.jpg)

So there you go. It's quite big; bigger than a Knight quite comfortably, so it can also be used as a big, LOS blocking piece in 40k. It adds to my collection of terrain, so I can fill a board quite well. Although I do need to finish that cathedral that has stood half built for over 2 years now.......
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Cavalier on December 10, 2016, 12:41:28 PM
Wow, what a great piece of terrain! Fantastic looking kit and a fantastic paint job. Love the colors and all the lettering, hazard stripes etc. look equally awesome. Dang super jealous... my brother and I have been talking about getting enough terrain to do Cities of Death with ruins on the outer perimeter, undamaged buildings in the center. This'd be perfect... where did you get it? Are they still in business?

Also a cathedral? Gotta get us some pics of that!

Fascinating about the Squats too... hopefully they come back.

Great stuff as always bud, keep it coming!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on December 10, 2016, 01:45:28 PM
Wow, what a great piece of terrain! Fantastic looking kit and a fantastic paint job. Love the colors and all the lettering, hazard stripes etc. look equally awesome. Dang super jealous... my brother and I have been talking about getting enough terrain to do Cities of Death with ruins on the outer perimeter, undamaged buildings in the center. This'd be perfect... where did you get it? Are they still in business?

I'm glad you like the building Cav. The business is still trading, indeed they seem to be working on a new kickstarter at the moment which looks ideal for Space Hulk type games. I won't link them, because I think that may be in breach of forum rules, but if you do a search for wargame model mods, you should find it pretty quickly. They have a lot of stuff that looks really sweet, so I'll probably get another couple of pieces next year.

Also a cathedral? Gotta get us some pics of that!

Yeah. That thing is my White Whale. It's freaking huge, looks immense, but I have a lot of work to do on it. Hopefully I'll finish the modelling in the New Year, with a view to painting it in the Summer. I'll definitely post some WiPs when I get round to working on it!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Aurics Pride on December 11, 2016, 11:08:34 AM
Loosh those Skaven look amazing! The painting on those models is outstanding!
Love the terrain too, I really should start making some more terrain for my local club but I have so many models to make it's hard to justify the time!
Keep up the great work!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Looshkin on December 11, 2016, 04:26:31 PM
Thanks AP! I managed to get some more work done on the Skaven today (My 1 year old had a very unexpected 2 and a half hour nap, so I got busy!). I now have 6 more or less completed Line Rats and a lot of the base colours completed o the others. I'll try to take some photos during the day tomorrow and get them up.

Cheers for viewing!
Title: Re: Eldar, Crimson Fists, Orks and Whatever Floats My Boat
Post by: Dread on December 20, 2016, 01:41:17 AM
RATZ!!! I mean rats, nope I mean RATZ! 8) I love the purple, never thought about using purple on mine. Looks great. Drab and dreary but really makes the model feel good in a wicked kinda way. I love it. ;D
Title: Looshkin's Everything Thread: Skaven Blood Bowl
Post by: Looshkin on December 24, 2016, 11:25:52 AM
RATZ!!! I mean rats, nope I mean RATZ! 8) I love the purple, never thought about using purple on mine. Looks great. Drab and dreary but really makes the model feel good in a wicked kinda way. I love it. ;D

Thanks man! Appreciate the kind words. Fortunately, if you like RATZ!! then hopefully you'll love this update.

So, despite work really trying to get in the way, I set a goal for myself to complete the Skaven Blood Bowl team before Christmas. I know that I will be getting the Bood Bowl boxed game for Christmas and I really, really want to paint those minis ASAP. As such, I needed to finish the Skaven before Santa comes down my chimney, so to speak.

I will try to get more photos at some stage over the next couple of days, as I missed the good light window for the day, but hopefully these shots will give you a rough appreciation of the work that I have done.

Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing THE BILIOUSMOUSE CRAVENS....

And the Crowd goes wild!!!!!!
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The backbone  (or lack thereof) of the team, 6 Line Rats:
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Star Blitzer and Captain of the Biliousmouse Cravens Skatch Sharpfang. This Rat is one to watch, as he has been blessed by The Great Horned Rat with the number 13.
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Sketch's greatest rival on the team, with whom he vies for glory and the favour of the Horned Rat, Tretch Verminclaw:
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I decided with the alternate Storm Vermin, Thrower and Gutter Runner to do something a little different with their colour scheme. In this case, Tretch got a little bit of Bronze armour. As they are Skaven though, it needed to be battered, old and worn. As such, I applied liberal amounts of Nihilakh Oxide to the armour to represent the Oxidation of the metal, and then brought it back towards Bronze a little by sponging a little Screaming Bell back on.
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Next up, the throwers. Names are TBC with the rest of the team. Need to get my teeth into some of the Skaven Lore, or at least a Name Generator!! Just realised I only got shots of one guy. The other has more extensive fur, and Bronze armour too.
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Finally, the Gutter Runners. I wasn't overly looking forward to painting these guys, as I tend to work better with metal colours and weathering than I do cloth. As it is, I think these came out quite well. As is always the case, the blending looks really smooth to the naked eye, cameras are dicks, but hopefully you get the impression!
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And the opposite coloured Gutter:
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All in all, I'm pretty chuffed with these guys. They were a decent amount of work, but I think they came out looking like a cohesive team, albeit a massively ramshackle team! I'm going to go back and touch up a couple of things that I noticed whilst putting together this post (wayward sponging paint being the biggest rogue), but other than that, I'm done and can paint up the balls and other paraphernalia in my own time.

Thanks for dropping by, I look forward to hearing what you think and where I can improve.

Merry Christmas all, I hope you all get whatever Hobby gifts you've asked for from Santa!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Skaven Bloodbowl.
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 24, 2016, 05:01:24 PM
Just had a look through your thread and I love it! Tons of variety :)

Your stippling on the Ranger cloaks is excellent, and I love the weathering on your Knight too :)

Your latest bloodbowl team is great too :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Skaven Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on December 24, 2016, 06:57:53 PM
Just had a look through your thread and I love it! Tons of variety :)

Your stippling on the Ranger cloaks is excellent, and I love the weathering on your Knight too :)

Your latest bloodbowl team is great too :)

Thanks Ynnead! I tend to find I'm a hobby butterfly. I have painted stacks of Eldar, and quite a few Skaven too, but painting just 1 army bores me intensely after a while, hence the variety that you'll find on this thread (although I'll probably stick to GW variety in the future).

I'm glad that you like some of my work, and thank you for stopping by!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Skaven Bloodbowl.
Post by: Dread on December 24, 2016, 11:52:04 PM
You're so right, love the update. I'm a skaven player too as well as a few other fantasy armies, don't play AoS, just 8th tho. I send a pic or 2 soon of some of mine.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Skaven Bloodbowl.
Post by: Cavalier on December 25, 2016, 08:38:07 AM
Glorious! Wow... love the rust, oxidation and minor blood effects Loosh. Wow so nice! Did you use the technical paints? I've been using them and have fallen in love. So many nice effects and textures on top of the great color choices. Love the whole purple/brown balance... fantastic stuff as always.

Always a visual treat... Skaven are such an awesome faction. If I play AoS I'm definitely going with Skaven or Dwarves.

Anyway great stuff man and Merry Christmas!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Orc Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on December 31, 2016, 01:47:23 PM
Glorious! Wow... love the rust, oxidation and minor blood effects Loosh. Wow so nice! Did you use the technical paints? I've been using them and have fallen in love. So many nice effects and textures on top of the great color choices. Love the whole purple/brown balance... fantastic stuff as always.

Cheers Cav! Yeah, I absolutely love those technical paints. I use Ryza Rust and Typhus Corrosion on pretty much any model capable of rusting. I now actively look for excuses to paint brass too, so that I can break out the Nihilakh Oxide.

The only Technical that I haven't used yet is the Nurgle's Rot. But I'm fairly sure that when the right model comes along, I'll get amongst it.

Always a visual treat... Skaven are such an awesome faction. If I play AoS I'm definitely going with Skaven or Dwarves.

Yeah, I'm really hoping that they release some more plastic Skaven in the future. As is, I have a backlog of a Screaming Bell, a Vermin Lord and 20 Stormvermin to paint up. All of the plastic range just has so much character - I think that the Doom Wheel may be my favourite model that GW have ever produced. It was certainly the most fun to paint.

Anyhow, production slowed down over Christmas, due to relatives visiting and the like, but I got a chance to attack the Blood Bowl set last night and finished off my first test mini.

Again, I wanted to have a team that loosely links to the real world NFL. I didn't want to use an existing them, such as the Orcland Raiders, as they have a set colour scheme. Nor did I want to borrow from Mantic by using the Green Moon Smackers (Maybe the Green Tide Smackers or something, but I try to avoid yellow colour schemes likes the plague.).

As such, after a suggestion from my wife, I elected to keep things simple by creating the New Orc Giants.

Nobody wants to know what happened to the Old Orc Giants (Just the Orc Giants I guess!), but I think that the Giant ate particularly well that day...

Anyway, my first test:

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I may add a little more blue in future iterations. Not sure at the moment, but what I will do is vary which armour plates are metal and which are blue. That should help bring out the rabble nature of Orcs.

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Top down view because, well why not?

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Hopefully the colours on these minis are a little more true to life than some previous pictures. I grabbed a cheap light box that came through today and am really happy with the results. It also helped highlight to me that the eyes are pretty flat, so I will be going back and doing something to them to bring more life into the model.

Anyway, as ever I'd like to know what you guys think. Any input is welcome as it really helps me understand what other people think or would do in my place, therefore improving what I produce in the future.

Oh, and Happy New Year!

2016, you can get beslubbered!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Skaven Bloodbowl.
Post by: Cavalier on January 1, 2017, 07:42:04 AM
Fantastic! New Orc Giants... classic. Being a New Englander and despising all New York teams I hope they lose! (just kidding). Fantastic stuff man really love the color palette and the weathering as always is really, really nice. Love the mix of metal and cloth and they each have a nice texture to them... really nice brush work as always Loosh.

Also the base looks killer!

Anyway great stuff Loosh and happy new year! I hope you crush it in bloodbowl :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Skaven Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on January 1, 2017, 08:19:57 AM
Fantastic! New Orc Giants... classic. Being a New Englander and despising all New York teams I hope they lose! (just kidding).

Are you a Patriots Fan? If so, as a Dolphins fan from the age of 5, you are, I'm sorry to say, dead to me.

Fantastic stuff man really love the color palette and the weathering as always is really, really nice. Love the mix of metal and cloth and they each have a nice texture to them... really nice brush work as always Loosh.

Also the base looks killer!

Anyway great stuff Loosh and happy new year! I hope you crush it in bloodbowl :)

Alright, with your pretty words, maybe you aren't dead to me as such, but you are skating on thin ice  ;D

I'm glad that you like the bases, they're super simple to do, so I think I'll throw up a step by step later.

Anyhow, thanks for dropping by and I appreciate the input!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Skaven Bloodbowl.
Post by: Dread on January 1, 2017, 05:28:30 PM
Nice. I can't wait to see the cheerleaders and the squigball.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Orc Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on January 2, 2017, 02:59:55 AM
Nice. I can't wait to see the cheerleaders and the squigball.

Ugh, I remember that Orc cheerleader mini. It was disturbing; and that's a nice way of saying it!

So I mentioned that I would put up a step by step for my bases. Not because I'm doing it the 'right way' or that they're any better than what I've seen on here - far from it. However, they are a bit different from most of the bases that I've seen on the site, so why not.

Step 1:
This one is easy. Use a small amount of PVA on the base and use a brush or anything else available (I use the textured base paint tool - the plastic thing in the Citadel Sculpting Tool Set) to thinly spread over the base. Dip into sand. Shake off any excess.
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Step 2:
Allow plenty of time for the PVA to dry. I try to leave it either overnight, or at least a few hours to make sure. Then liberally wash with Agrax Earthshade. I load the wash brush really heavily so that by simply touching the base with it, it unloads and spreads without any need to 'paint' and potentially disturb the surface of the sand.
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Step 3:
Dry brush with Terminates Stone. Quite a heavy drysbrush to pick out all of the raised detail.
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Step 4:
Add static grass. I use super glue here, but PVA would probably be fine. I try to do several little dots or thin lines of grass, so that the muddy base shows through.
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Step 5:
This is optional. I add either Nordheim Turf or Middenland Tufts. I can't speak too highly of these products. They add height and character whilst being dead simple to use. Again, I apply using super glue (Just because I find it easier to work with in small, controlled amounts. I try not to go OTT with these; limiting myself to a maximum of 2 or 3 tufts per base - and the smaller size of tufts at that.
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There you go. A quick guide to how I do my bases. If you like it and use it, superb! If you don't, well that's cool too!

Thanks for stopping by!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Cavalier on January 2, 2017, 12:51:51 PM
Hahahah. Yep I'm a Patriots fan... but only in the loosest sense. I'm not a football guy and only watch like 2-3 games a year max. I'm an enormous Red Sox fan though and I watch a 100 plus games a year. But when the season is over I stop watching TV for the rest of the year lol  ;D ;D ;D


Sick basing instruction though bud. Really love the variety of grasses you use. Gotta get some myself! I think it'd look really nice on my Scorpions. Keep rolling buddy love all the stuff you've been sharing. Thanks! :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Alienscar on January 2, 2017, 12:58:03 PM
Thanks for the step by step Looshkin for hobby duffers like myself I find this sort of information really helpful.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on January 5, 2017, 02:55:08 PM
Hahahah. Yep I'm a Patriots fan... but only in the loosest sense. I'm not a football guy and only watch like 2-3 games a year max. I'm an enormous Red Sox fan though and I watch a 100 plus games a year. But when the season is over I stop watching TV for the rest of the year lol  ;D ;D ;D

Well, for my sins, I'm an everything Miami fan (it keeps holidays easy!), so I have to endure the pain of following the Marlins (Although I started following them in the 2003? season when we won the World Series), Panthers and Heat (Although we have seen a lot of Heat success over the last few years...this year, not so much!) and of course, the Miami Dolphins, which is what got my obsession with American sports fired up!

Sick basing instruction though bud. Really love the variety of grasses you use. Gotta get some myself! I think it'd look really nice on my Scorpions. Keep rolling buddy love all the stuff you've been sharing. Thanks! :)

Glad you liked it bud! Your bases look really cool, but if you try it and it propels you to Golden Daemon performances, I want some credit in the acceptance speech  ;D

Thanks for the step by step Looshkin for hobby duffers like myself I find this sort of information really helpful.

I think you're doing yourself a big disservice, but I'm glad you approve!

Anyhow. Mini update time. I've put the Orcs on hold this week (I got a few hours in with them on Monday, but that is all, so no updates there), as I've been working on a couple of other little projects. The first of these is the Skaven paraphernalia that comes in the box; that is, the balls and counters. I have a little Blood Bowl tournament coming up on Friday - which is exciting because I've not played a physical game of BB since I was about 13 - 24 years ago! I have played a lot of the PS4 version of the game though, so I hope to at least be competitive, if not good. They have votes and things for the best team though, so I thought I would put in as much effort as I could to pull down a few votes against what may well be stiff competition.

I wanted everything to match the team, so same colours, same techniques etc - no corners cut!
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Please excuse my thumb, it's covered in Mourning Brown. Not Nicotine...
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I also found out on Monday that you aren't just limited to the box contents when putting together a team, so I figured I needed to include a Big Guy, as I don't think a lot of others will and, as such, it may give me a little edge. Or at least result in my failing Wild Animal tests over and over and over again...

Trouble is, I didn't know where the Rat Ogre I wanted was, and only managed to find him by luck today. I'm not a quick painter. So I'm going to have to go against type and rattle off this mini in record time tonight and in a couple of hours tomorrow afternoon.

1955 GMT:
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2215 GMT:
I had a set back. I had to put my son to sleep and then Mrs Loosh decided she wanted to watch TV with me. So I'm probably about an hour behind. Gah!!
Base Colours:
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It's not going to be easy, but I'll probably try to keep you guys updated!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 5, 2017, 08:39:52 PM
I did wonder if you'd been practicing your technique on your nails!

Love the lightning effects on the balls. Very Skaven warpstone-like :) Big chappy's coming along nicely too! Do you think you'll be able to get him finished in time?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Cavalier on January 6, 2017, 07:19:31 AM
MIAMI HEAT FAN!? Now you are in thin ice with me. The Dolphins, the Marlins (I loved Josh Beckett till he wore out his welcome) I can abide... but Lebron!? Never! (even though he's back in Cleveland) lol Thats cool that you are a Marlins fan. Man they really cut the fans down a raw deal down there. Blowing up the team, constantly trading all their good players. Really soured the fanbase. Oh well we aren't here to talk sports!

Love the football and that cool little token. The purple and bronze/copper look really cool. But dear lord that Rat Ogre is sick! I absolutely love it.

I'm not a fast painter either so I feel your pain! Do keep us posted though. I really want to see that Rat Ogre when he's done :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on January 6, 2017, 07:36:32 AM
I did wonder if you'd been practicing your technique on your nails!

Love the lightning effects on the balls. Very Skaven warpstone-like :) Big chappy's coming along nicely too! Do you think you'll be able to get him finished in time?

Thanks Ynnead! The Warpstone was all done using Caliban Green as a base, followed by a Nuln Oil wash. After that, highlights on the raised edges using Warpstone Glow and then Moot Green, finished with a spot of White Scar where the ridges meet. The secret is the Ardcoat layer though, it makes it shine and reflect like glass, which really sells the Warpstone look IMHO.

MIAMI HEAT FAN!? Now you are in thin ice with me. The Dolphins, the Marlins (I loved Josh Beckett till he wore out his welcome) I can abide... but Lebron!? Never! (even though he's back in Cleveland) lol Thats cool that you are a Marlins fan. Man they really cut the fans down a raw deal down there. Blowing up the team, constantly trading all their good players. Really soured the fanbase. Oh well we aren't here to talk sports!

Mrs Loosh and I have watched the Heat twice, during the Big 3 era. She has a Chris Bosh T Shirt, while my favourite player has always been D Wade. Whilst I appreciate the skill of LBJ, I think that The Decision was probably about the most Douchy thing that anyone has ever done in sports...and as such, I can't really get past him being a bit of a conceited prick to the people of Cleveland at the time. And yeah, Loria sucks the fat one.

Love the football and that cool little token. The purple and bronze/copper look really cool. But dear lord that Rat Ogre is sick! I absolutely love it.

I'm not a fast painter either so I feel your pain! Do keep us posted though. I really want to see that Rat Ogre when he's done :)

The Rat Ogre is a cool mini for sure, but he's a long way from complete; stupid family time and double stupid work!!

1230 GMT:
I did, however, have time to wash him last night, using Agrax Earthshade. So very messy at the moment, but the next hour should sort that out as I'll be concentrating on tidying up his skin in a major way.
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Hopefully if I get some peace and quiet, I'll be able to crank this guy out. Fingers crossed!!

So, I rattled on with this guy, took some WiP photos, but ran out of time to post them on here, so I'll catch you up now.

So, having to put my son down for a nap and look after him when he woke and Mrs Loosh rested, it put a certain crimp on my painting time, but by 1515 GMT, I had got the Rat Ogre to this stage:
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Essentially, I had done 2 layers on the skin. The first was a straight Cadian FLeshtone layer, followed by a Kislev/Cadian mix. I had touched up a few of the details in rudimentary fashion too, but time was really against me as I had to finish him by 1700 in order to be able to get ready and get to the Blood Bowl games night at my local GW.

He isn't the best Blood Bowl mini I have done, but for effectively half a day's work (About 6 hours total), I'm fairly happy with him:
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I need to go back and retouch a couple of the highlights and pick out one or two other details, but he fit in and looked the part.

So I'm back now and the night was tremendous fun with a great group of guys.

I got paired against a hyper experienced player, called Mike, that has played numerous tournaments in the UK and overseas. He was using Skaven, which scared the Dickens out of me, as I know just how rapid they are. It was incredibly close, but he was a great guy that pointed out little mistakes before I made them and really tried to bring me along well.

Big mistake though, as my dice were absolutely on fire and I only had to burn 1 re-roll through the entire game. Mike, on the other hand, couldn't help but roll about a billion 1s. The Rat Ogre adamantly refused to suffer from New Model Syndrome as he clubbed half the opposing team into submission. I scored quickly to start the game and ground out the half to go into halftime 1-0 up. Mike got a little bit ruthless in the 2nd half and scored quickly to level up, 1-1. I then ground things out to score in my last turn of the game, just squeaking a 2-1 win. Huzzah!

The second game was against Tom and his beautiful Skaven team in which every player was named after a type of cheese. They were also painted to look a little like Swiss Cheese, or something similar. Great guy, but he was up against it after the first 4 turns resulted in 4 casualties for his team. Outnumbered and outgunned, I beat him 2-0. Tom took it all in good spirits and I had my first real Cavalier moment as I looked down on a board covered with stunning miniatures:
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Afterwards, we voted for the Most Sporting player and Best Painted. There were also prizes for the most touchdowns scored over the 2 games (1 guy managed two 5-0 wins, so was the runaway winner) and also the Most Deaths suffered.

A guy who I didn't know won the Most Sporting, while the winner of the Best Painted Team went to.........

.......the other Skaven player. And damned rightfully so. His minis were lovely and a deserved winner. I got some voted and placed in the Top 3 (Don't know if I was 2nd or 3rd, but it doesn't really matter, as the other Top 3 guy had some lovely Orcs).

Here are a few pictures of the other 2 Top 3 teams:
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And my guys on the field (Unfortunately, in the darkest corner of the store):
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So that was my little Blood Bowl adventure. I got on well with the other guys, none of whom I had met before tonight, and hopefully can get some games in with them in the future. Sorry for the obnoxiously long post, but I hope you enjoyed it!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 6, 2017, 08:05:25 PM
Stunning looking Rat Ogre :) don't know what you're talking about 'not your best Blood Bowl mini'. At least twice as good as anything I could cook up! ;)

Congrats on the performance in the games too :) well done squeaking (puns!) out the win against the veteran player ;) congrats as well for getting in the top 3 of best painted. Your team definitely deserves it!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Cavalier on January 7, 2017, 07:21:35 AM
Wow... legendary collection of pics here man. Wow! I can't believe how awesome all the minis looked. Really blown away. Super jealous... while I've gotten play some nice looking armies... nothing that looks THIS nice. Damn!

So happy you got to win your games Loosh. Really well deserved... new mini-syndrome always works the opposite for me where all the love and excitement charges them to Super Saiyan status and they usually go berserk. So stoked your Rat Ogre went around crumping guys and taking names. Glorious!

Great, great post Loosh. Enjoyed it a ton. What a fantastic update. Thanks for sharing bud
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on January 7, 2017, 05:00:59 PM
Stunning looking Rat Ogre :) don't know what you're talking about 'not your best Blood Bowl mini'. At least twice as good as anything I could cook up! ;)

Congrats on the performance in the games too :) well done squeaking (puns!) out the win against the veteran player ;) congrats as well for getting in the top 3 of best painted. Your team definitely deserves it!

Thanks man, I appreciate the kind words. I meant it about the Rat Ogre though, I need to go back to it at some stage and smooth out the transitions on the skin to make it more natural. I'm glad that you still think it's really good.

So, some of you may remember last year when my local GW did a secret santa. Whatever you got as your gift, you painted up for a competition at the end of January. Everyone bought something for £30ish and then it was packaged up and you drew out a gift at random. I drew my own gift, which was this guy:
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5624/23496878554_0302dca811.jpg)
After about a month of graft, I turned that into this guy:
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/2/1551/24207205403_35cb4523c3.jpg)
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1614/24740564561_844797887b.jpg)

Well, we did the same thing this year.

I drew my own gift again  ::)

I wouldn't mind if there were 5 of us participating, but last year there were 32, this year 20. That's a 1 in 640 chance of drawing your own gift both years!!

I don't mind though, as as with last year, I picked a gift that I thought would be great fun to paint.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/531/31316232513_5d3d6b361e.jpg)

Haven't done much to him, but I've made a start. I have 3 weeks.

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/1/318/31316289103_7ef973611b.jpg)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 7, 2017, 05:18:44 PM
Quick! Now's the time to start a Chaos Cultist swarm and throw out challenges left-right-and-centre. You'll crush all beneath your boots as your pitiful Cultist Champions strip the final wounds from Chapter Masters and burst forth into Greater Daemons!

Or, more likely given your results in the draw, every unit of Horrors you summon will instantly be vapourised by Daemonic Instability.

Still, it's a very cool thing to do :) if this year's work is anything like the last I can't wait to see the result!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Secret Santa Treelord
Post by: Looshkin on January 14, 2017, 02:31:56 AM
Haha Ynnead, you're probably right. I think next year I might place a few bets before the Secret Santa, so at least I might make my money back on whatever mini I buy!!

So just a tiny, mini update. I got some base colours down on this guy and thought I'd share. I have been following the Warhammer TV guide by Duncan - although the guide is for Durthu. I'm beginning to suspect that I may have to alter the colour palette quite a bit in order to achieve the effect that I want.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/349/32079989992_07f316b3ba_c.jpg)

I'm pretty happy with how the green runes are coming out, although I may add a further highlight to them, as I fear that they may end up getting lost in the background unless they pop a little more.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/301/31853169130_e65831f7a9_c.jpg)

Progress continues at a steady rate. I should have a big update on this guy by the end of the weekend.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Cavalier on January 14, 2017, 08:00:06 AM
Really sweet paintjob Loosh. Wow are these age of sigmar models gorgeous or what? I love the colors... the brown is sooooo nice. I like the blue too, its an unusual choice but I think it lends an air of high magic to the model. I do agree that the green runes need a little bump up in in color. Maybe its just the first photo but I didn't notice them till you mentioned it and I took a good look at the 2nd photo.

Fantastic wok as always Loosh. Excelellent paint job and great color choices. Can't wait to see him finished. He looks fantastic as is!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 15, 2017, 04:21:27 PM
Lovely work Loosh! One thing I've found about the latest Sylvaneth models is that they're an absolute joy to paint :) love the green glow of the runes. Subtle, but a nice touch :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Dread on January 16, 2017, 07:17:48 PM
I like it. Looks kinda KNOTTY and WOOD make lotsa people jealous. Now I LEAVE you with a BARKY farwell and shall STICK to my opinion for it is ROOTED in truth. Don't want to LOG down the post, just keep it growing.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on January 21, 2017, 10:13:32 AM
So, when I popped into my local GW last week, they had some nice news for me - nothing ground breaking, but nice nevertheless. The Blood Bowl tournament that I took part in and didn't win any prizes - well, I came closer than I thought. I had expected the cheese yellow Skaven guy to win the painting comp hands down. Turns out, he pipped me by 1 vote! Also, I came 2nd in the Most Sporting category too, also by 1 vote! So I didn't win anything, but I got some nice recognition, which is cool!

Lovely work Loosh! One thing I've found about the latest Sylvaneth models is that they're an absolute joy to paint :) love the green glow of the runes. Subtle, but a nice touch :)

Thanks Ynnead. I'm in full agreement over the Sylvaneth range. They have some beautiful minis that are a joy to paint, but also very easy for relative novices to get a great outcome on. I think that makes a pretty perfect mini, because it encourages everyone to give it a go. Even if you just do a bash, wash and dry brush, it'll still look striking.

I might take the runes up a notch. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I've made a change to the model and think that they stand out fairly well now. I'll reassess once I've done the final parts of the mini.

I like it. Looks kinda KNOTTY and WOOD make lotsa people jealous. Now I LEAVE you with a BARKY farwell and shall STICK to my opinion for it is ROOTED in truth. Don't want to LOG down the post, just keep it growing.

And that's why we don't do drugs kids!

Only kidding! Thanks man, I'm glad you like the work. Hopefully the update will bring out some more puns!

Really sweet paintjob Loosh. Wow are these age of sigmar models gorgeous or what? I love the colors... the brown is sooooo nice. I like the blue too, its an unusual choice but I think it lends an air of high magic to the model. I do agree that the green runes need a little bump up in in color. Maybe its just the first photo but I didn't notice them till you mentioned it and I took a good look at the 2nd photo.

Fantastic wok as always Loosh. Excelellent paint job and great color choices. Can't wait to see him finished. He looks fantastic as is!

Well, I hope you like the update...the blue is gone though. I decided it unbalanced the mini too much. Especially when I found a load more soft wood that I would have to paint blue.

The AoS range is tremendous. So many good models filled with character. I think the Death and Skaven ranges are probably my favourites, but the Ork, Ogre and Wood Elf range are fantastic too. The others have good minis, but none that hit the high notes of the armies I mentioned.

Onto this update:

As stated, the blue unbalanced the mini, so I went for a more neutral palette.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/284/31596860464_ffcc874c40_c.jpg)
I wanted to give the impression of a young Treelord. One that is only entering the Spring of his life, so verdant green and yellow leaves are the order of the day.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/305/31596831444_e67465ea81_c.jpg)

Those photos were from the start of the week and I've made a bit of progress as the week has worn on. Just tidying up a couple of bits and getting the mini ready for the next, big step.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/276/32319083921_402a936016_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/389/32319021431_5c73d3d8e1_c.jpg)

Hopefully I'll get some time over the next couple of days for some more, but I need to wait for the post to get some bits for the next stage.

Thanks for reading!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 21, 2017, 11:40:42 AM
Now that i really really like :) definitely prefer the more neutral palette over the blue. What a stunning looking dude :)

You've also done well at capturing youthfulness, both with the pose and the paint. He looks positively SPRITE-ly ;)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Dread on January 21, 2017, 05:43:02 PM
Wow now that just blossoms lots of Good feelings. Lovely color palette.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Cavalier on January 22, 2017, 07:38:14 AM
Wow... fantastic work. I love all the changes you've made... I think the lighter wood looks incredible, the brighter green on the runes and the yellow leaves are all incredible. Jeez, Loosh the tale of your painting greatness only grows. Seriously amazing stuff man. I love it
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on January 22, 2017, 10:48:38 AM
Now that i really really like :) definitely prefer the more neutral palette over the blue. What a stunning looking dude :)

You've also done well at capturing youthfulness, both with the pose and the paint. He looks positively SPRITE-ly ;)

Thanks Ynnead. I had been following Duncan Rhodes guide for painting Durthu, but that only worked up to a point. I knew that I wanted Spring type colours on this guy whereas Durthu is a lot of dark with the counterpoint of striking soft wood and glowing, fiery runes. Trying to make green/yellow work with that was a nightmare, so I copied the box  ::) I'm not too proud to admit that the Eavy Metal team very rarely get their colour balance wrong, so I may as well steal any and all ideas they have.

The pose was difficult. Because I followed precisely the standard Treelord build guid, but used Durthu's sword hand...well, it looked like he was firing a giant invisible gun. I had also failed to do a dry fit, so I'm an idiot! It took a fair bit of swearing and sawing to undo the wrongs that I had done to this mini!

Anyway, thanks dude!
Wow now that just blossoms lots of Good feelings. Lovely color palette.

Puntastic! Thanks man, means a lot!
Wow... fantastic work. I love all the changes you've made... I think the lighter wood looks incredible, the brighter green on the runes and the yellow leaves are all incredible. Jeez, Loosh the tale of your painting greatness only grows. Seriously amazing stuff man. I love it

I think you might be going somewhat overboard with the praise, but I'll take it anyway!  ;D  I just hope it all fits with the next stage of work that I'm prepping. Unfortunately I definitely won't finish him this week. We'll see what next weekend holds though!

Thanks everyone for the support!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Alienscar on January 23, 2017, 10:35:33 AM

As stated, the blue unbalanced the mini, so I went for a more neutral palette.

You are a much better painter than I will ever be but I really preferred the blue soft wood. I really liked how it gave the model an eerie other-worldly aspect.

Other than that I have to agree with Ynneadwraith and the way you have painted the buds/leaves totally captures a feeling of Spring time.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on January 24, 2017, 04:32:43 PM

As stated, the blue unbalanced the mini, so I went for a more neutral palette.

You are a much better painter than I will ever be but I really preferred the blue soft wood. I really liked how it gave the model an eerie other-worldly aspect.

Other than that I have to agree with Ynneadwraith and the way you have painted the buds/leaves totally captures a feeling of Spring time.

Thanks for the feedback Alienscar.

Going to the pale soft wood wasn't a decision I made easily. I tried to paint it again as a softer blue which was a little closer to grey, but that still didn't work with the green/yellow leaves.

As the end of the day, I had to make a choice on which was to go, the blue soft wood, or the green/yellow leaves. It was easier to combine something with the leaves and stick to the Spring motif than it was to try to find a leaf colour that complimented the blue wood. Also, there's more yellow coming, so that was also going to be a factor.

I really appreciate the input though, I love differing opinions, especially when they come with thoughtful arguments...and now I quite want to do another Treelord, but this time working a Winter theme, so that the Blue really meshes with the concept! Gah! Damn it!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Cavalier on January 25, 2017, 07:06:00 AM
I think you made the right call Loosh. While I loved that magical vibe offered by the blue... I love the final version. It'd match my GW trees perfectly! lol

However a winter tree with that blue wood would be incredible!

Also don't be so modest my friend. Your painting skills are phenomenal... I'm actually trying to mimic your style a bit... I want to soften and blend my highlights a bit more after seeing so much of your work. It really reminds me of Rankin and Bass animation where they do the outlines not in black, but in color... like magic swords with white blades  outlined in grey, blonde hair outlined in brown. Stuff like that. Anyway love it!

Are you doing a Sylvaneth army? They are supposedly beastly on the tabletop particularly Durthuu (not sure how to spell his name). Anyway great stuff man I love it!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on January 28, 2017, 05:48:18 AM
I think you made the right call Loosh. While I loved that magical vibe offered by the blue... I love the final version. It'd match my GW trees perfectly! lol

However a winter tree with that blue wood would be incredible!

Also don't be so modest my friend. Your painting skills are phenomenal... I'm actually trying to mimic your style a bit... I want to soften and blend my highlights a bit more after seeing so much of your work. It really reminds me of Rankin and Bass animation where they do the outlines not in black, but in color... like magic swords with white blades  outlined in grey, blonde hair outlined in brown. Stuff like that. Anyway love it!

Are you doing a Sylvaneth army? They are supposedly beastly on the tabletop particularly Durthuu (not sure how to spell his name). Anyway great stuff man I love it!

Thank you for the kind words Cav...I love that you're such a good, prolific painter...who I also try to emulate! It forces me to raise my game every time I produce something. Whenever I see your work it makes me not want to 'settle'...to look again and the model and try to see what I hate, not what I love.

As to your question...I'm not planning a Sylvaneth army at the moment. Maybe down the line (although if I try AoS it will be with Skaven) I will, but the Treelord is for something quite different. I'll update that particular project when I finish it, but not before. I don't have much to add, but what I add will take time and I don't want to give the game away. Much like last year's 'Naughty List' diorama for the Secret Santa painting competition, there's a twist with this model, so I want to wait until he's complete.

I have been working this week though. Actual work has been kicking my ass, as I've been out of the house for 13 hours every day, so it's been doing 20 minutes of work here and there late at night, but I've made decent progress with The New Orc Giants...all linemen complete, with only touch ups required:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/368/32444040431_6a6cc51aa5_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/293/32413617592_83cdf0864b_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/546/32525637016_57b802fdd0_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/560/31722608994_a1c0111e01_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/368/31722488344_fd87d2939b_c.jpg)
The checks are deliberately neat but sloppy. That is, an accurate grid, but poorly applied paint - heavy or thin...just slap dash and a bit orky. Or orcy...
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/278/32444044361_069bbe5102_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/469/31754658893_521e14ff44_c.jpg)

So there you go. As I say, a couple of touch ups required, but I'm fairly happy so far...especially considering I was ball-bagged when ever I was painting them.

In other good news, I've figured out half my team name when I get round to the Dwarf team!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Cavalier on January 28, 2017, 07:33:41 AM
Brilliant work again my friend. The textures are just fantastic... the difference between the metal and cloth is so tangible. The wash work on the pants, the chipping and scrapes on the metal... I love it! What fantastic models too... I love how huge the new Ork models have been. Hopefully 40k orks get similar treatment sometime soon. Fantastic work these guys are awesome
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Alienscar on January 28, 2017, 01:01:49 PM
I can only agree with Cavalier really Looshkin. That chequer pattern is just brilliantly executed and the damage is on the right side of awesome. The rust looks brilliant and more importantly there isn't too much of it. Cavalier is also correct when he says that these Orks look the part as well. As always your bases not only look good but they look like you have used real soil and grass, brilliant.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 29, 2017, 05:36:50 AM
Those are absolutely stunning loosh :) i am not worthy! ;)

Brilliant idea on the slapdash look of the pain on the checkers. Fits so well with the orky way of doing things :) i'm surprised more people don't do it!

First half of your dwarf team's name? After thr brilliance of New Orc Giants i can't wait ;)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on January 31, 2017, 01:49:38 PM
Wowsers! Thanks guys. I'm really taken aback by the praise for these guys. I'm just really pleased that you like them...they had kinda been staring at me for 3 weeks whilst I was starting the Treelord and I was struggling to bring myself to paint them, so to finish them and for the response to be so overwhelming...well I need to remember that whenever I don't fancy painting something.

You all spotted the stars of the show, though; the minis. GW absolutely knocked it out of the park with the Orc team. The Skaven team too. It's actually quite a shame that the Human team is only decent. Don't get me wrong, they're lovely models and such an easy kit to work with, but the Humans aren't nearly as dynamic as the other races so far...not even the Dwarf team.

So the models are the star of the show. I just try to paint the models in a way that allows the pose of the miniature to shine through.

Thanks guys!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 1, 2017, 06:46:46 AM
It's well deserved Loosh :) I get the feeling that doing a slapdash-effect painting is a little like a good actor trying to act badly (really tricky!)

I'll second your comments about the stellar minis though. The latest stuff that's been put out by GW (when it's not some spangly overwrought character) has been really mindblowing. There is a reason people stick with GW through all the various upheavals, and that reason is that at the heart of it they're a bl**dy good miniatures company :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Dread on February 1, 2017, 05:25:49 PM
Alright Looshkin, I really like what you've done on your team. They look great. So I got my team yesterday and it's your fault. Never played the game but now, well, after seeing yours, I have ratz. They're called the Ratfinks. Building now so hopefully start painting this weekend. And yup, your fault. Thanks  :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on February 2, 2017, 01:34:49 PM
Alright Looshkin, I really like what you've done on your team. They look great. So I got my team yesterday and it's your fault. Never played the game but now, well, after seeing yours, I have ratz. They're called the Ratfinks. Building now so hopefully start painting this weekend. And yup, your fault. Thanks  :)

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet! I'm so glad that you've hopped on the bandwagon! The Skaven are terrific models, hopefully you'll love them just as much as me.

Just be careful of the tails when assembling them. They're characterful, but relatively brittle. Not so much that they shatter as soon as you look at them, but definitely make sure you clip the tail off the sprue first, and be a little careful handling them.

Welcome to the chittering horde!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Bloodbowl Diorama
Post by: Looshkin on February 12, 2017, 08:43:28 AM
Well, I have been quiet this past week, haven't I? Fortunately, I've still been busy. Mainly with work, but then I got through a few bits to finish off my Secret Santa Painting Competition Entry. Yay!

Part of the entry requirements for the comp stipulate that you should mount your entry onto one of the big ass bases that Alarielle comes on...and if you know how damn big that model is, you'll know that I was acutely aware that a Treelord, on it's own, on that base, would look ridiculous. So I knew that the Treelord would have to have some pals on the base with him...but allies or enemies?

Enemies. Every time.

So I finished this chap:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2437/32733721451_3ccf0085e1_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/314/32857368765_87141439db_c.jpg)

You'll notice that his skin tone is just a little darker than the other Orcs, as he's a Black Orc. I didn't want to go 'cartoon' Black Orc though, I just wanted him to be a touch darker and more menacing.

'But Loosh', I hear you ask, 'why the heck is a Treelord being grouped with one of your Blood Bowl characters?'

Good question, to which there is an easy answer,

Meet Latharian Proudbranch, rookie Treeman for the Green Glade Thwackers!*

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/475/32857404605_2207f31135_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2497/32733707631_c2b98177d7_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2739/32733660121_fe91bc44a2_c.jpg)
Some of you may have picked up on the odd arrangement of colours on his...whatever it is...loincloth I guess? Well, it's because the arrangement forms his number: 2!
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3796/32857380835_bb99f638a4_c.jpg)

Add in a tiny Squig Ball to fight over (Not quite finished, a couple of minor details to add:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2919/32042716313_beb0f4b9ed_c.jpg)
I love this model. It even has an rather unsavoury chap, what-ho old bean? inflation hole modelled!
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/557/32816385546_096424c4c2_c.jpg)

I then cut some holes in plasticard many layers of plasticard, cleaned it up a touch and then based it in my usual way, with the addition of some detritus, such as torn off armour plates and some cool leaves that I found online.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/733/32816425376_be068a7ff0_c.jpg)

Pop it all together and you have the final result:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2913/32042705553_4a7744e318_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2303/32703936282_ceeb8882bc_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2158/32733677691_a77857be34_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2889/32042706943_1ee5c2e695.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2322/32733729931_58c6dc49ff_c.jpg)

So there you go! About 5 weeks of work, on and off. I've got to say that this is one of my favourite pieces that I've ever done. Dioramas aren't normally my thing, but the whole concept came to me and when I finally put it together, it matched that concept (Last year's entry didn't work nearly as well. I was a good idea, but a bit of the quality of painting just let it down). The other important thing for me was that I could pop the models out and use them for their respective teams.

I will be writing a back story to go with the Diorama that hopefully will tie everything together and get me a win in the painting competition. Even if I don't win, it was an absolute blast putting it together and a piece that I am immensely proud of.

There is still 1 week to the comp though, so if you can see anything that you think needs touching up or reworking, please let me know as I can no longer see the wood for the trees (pun intended).

Thanks for dropping by and fighting through this mega post!!

*Green Glade Thwackers/Green Bay Packers - even the colours are the same, Green and Yellow! Man I love working my way through NFL teams!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Cavalier on February 12, 2017, 02:16:12 PM
Wow... now I perhaps over use this term... but all I can say is: LEGENDARY! Absolutley legendary. This is why I go crazy for your work Loosh. Soooooooooo nice... the colors are absolutely beautiful. The brush work is so soft and vibrant and the basing and modelling is beyond superb! If you don't win this competition I will be FLOORED!

Dear lord, I just can't say enough about this diorama man... but let me pick out a few details that really stand out.

First off the leaves on the tree man are just sooo killer. The greenish yellow makes him feel like he's really blooming into spring. I love it!

The blending on the squiq/ball is just fantastic. It really feels like leathery skin... again I mentioned this but the distinct textures are incredible!

And the basing on the big mega base with all the leaves is really phenomenal. Never seen those fallen leaves before. Wow what an I eye-catcher.

Simply phenomenal stuff... something truly to remember and be proud of. Such great work my friend. Congrats on an amazing project completed. Cheers man!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on February 12, 2017, 03:44:23 PM
Wow... now I perhaps over use this term... but all I can say is: LEGENDARY! Absolutley legendary. This is why I go crazy for your work Loosh. Soooooooooo nice... the colors are absolutely beautiful. The brush work is so soft and vibrant and the basing and modelling is beyond superb! If you don't win this competition I will be FLOORED!

Cheers man, I really appreciate the kind words. This thing was just a blast to work on. I'm sure you will know how much easier and better it is to work on something that you're enjoying.

The blending on the squiq/ball is just fantastic. It really feels like leathery skin... again I mentioned this but the distinct textures are incredible!

The squig ball was a bit of an afterthought! Really simple to do the paint job too. It was just 2 thin coats (Duncan Rhodes would be incredibly proud of me) of Mephiston Red. I followed it up with my mandatory Agrax wash. After that, it was just a case of applying a little bit of Evil Sunz Scarlet to the most raised area. No real skill involved, it was just letting the sculpt do the work.

And the basing on the big mega base with all the leaves is really phenomenal. Never seen those fallen leaves before. Wow what an I eye-catcher.

I remember first seeing the leaves on something that Reecius (I think) was working on. I know that I thought 'that looks nice, but I don't know when I would ever be able to do something like that...'. Well, the time came and I thought it would just tie the whole base together nicely. I'm glad you approve!

Simply phenomenal stuff... something truly to remember and be proud of. Such great work my friend. Congrats on an amazing project completed. Cheers man!
Cheers bud! The great thing is, I get to work on my next project...and I seem to have a box of 3 Imperial Heroes and 3 Eldar Heroes too...Hmmmmmm...whi ch to choose?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Alienscar on February 12, 2017, 04:26:39 PM
I think Cavalier has nicely put what everyone else is thinking and it is hard to add anything meaningful after all of his enthusiasm.

Your Black Orc is brilliant and somehow the colour scheme really adds something to the aggressive nature of the model.

The diorama base is bloody brilliant. The faded white of the score line (?) looks just like a well worn footie pitch should and those leaves are some of the best basing material that I have seen. Did you have to paint them?

Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on February 12, 2017, 04:57:05 PM
I think Cavalier has nicely put what everyone else is thinking and it is hard to add anything meaningful after all of his enthusiasm.

Your Black Orc is brilliant and somehow the colour scheme really adds something to the aggressive nature of the model.

The diorama base is bloody brilliant. The faded white of the score line (?) looks just like a well worn footie pitch should and those leaves are some of the best basing material that I have seen. Did you have to paint them?

Thanks Alienscar, I'm really pleased you like the scene. I just hope that everyone down at my GW likes it too!

The basing material is a product called natural leaf litter, from http://www.greenworldstuff.com (http://www.greenworldstuff.com) - It doesn't require painting, just slap down some PVA and poor it on. I do need to add some purity seal though, as it has a slightly tenuous grasp on the base.

I also had to explain to my wife that I couldn't have just used Oregano. And no, it wasn't dried basil either. And no, we definitely aren't putting it in the meatball sauce...
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Alienscar on February 12, 2017, 05:07:37 PM
Your wife sounds like a modelling genius. Why buy expensive stuff when you can use stuff from your own kitchen.

Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: magenb on February 12, 2017, 08:22:46 PM
love the diorama, great job!

I wonder if anyone's converted the blood bowl orcs into their 40k army :)


I also had to explain to my wife that I couldn't have just used Oregano.

It is interesting to see what other people have used for basing material, there are some youtubers using the dried ground coffee and tea leaves.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on February 13, 2017, 02:45:05 AM
love the diorama, great job!

Cheers Magenb!

I wonder if anyone's converted the blood bowl orcs into their 40k army :)

That's a pretty good idea. They would have a pretty Mad Max feel to them I think. Even more Gorkamorka than Gorkamorka used to be! I think I'll leave it to Ynnead to try it though, as those conversions sound out of my league!

I also had to explain to my wife that I couldn't have just used Oregano.

It is interesting to see what other people have used for basing material, there are some youtubers using the dried ground coffee and tea leaves.


When I finally get round to finishing my Cathedral, I'm going to have to eat a lot of Pistachios for the effect that I want!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Aurics Pride on February 13, 2017, 06:04:27 AM
Holy Amphetamine Parrot! That thing is absolutely beautiful.
I'm actually a bit lost for words to be honest, I'd like to be able to pick out certain bits that I really like but every time I look at it I see something new and awesome!
Loosh, your painting is truly amazing.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on February 13, 2017, 07:50:41 AM
Holy Amphetamine Parrot! That thing is absolutely beautiful.
I'm actually a bit lost for words to be honest, I'd like to be able to pick out certain bits that I really like but every time I look at it I see something new and awesome!
Loosh, your painting is truly amazing.
Cheers man! I'm just trying to get a little bit better each time I do something. Whether that be through a new technique, or an improvement to an old one. In this case, it was try to make a scene that told a story; where everything fit thematically.

In that vein, I'm probably going to be wracking your brain about airbrushing at some stage (Not now though, my airbrush is in the garage and it's cold as balls old there!).
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 13, 2017, 09:57:32 AM
Haha! That's excellent! I can just picture the Tree(lines)man striding up the pitch with Orcs trailing off his ankles! Really nice work, and I love the little '2' on his tabard :)

The checkers on the base are excellent too, and as always the general quality of the paintwork is phenomenal :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on February 13, 2017, 05:56:33 PM
Haha! That's excellent! I can just picture the Tree(lines)man striding up the pitch with Orcs trailing off his ankles! Really nice work, and I love the little '2' on his tabard :)

The checkers on the base are excellent too, and as always the general quality of the paintwork is phenomenal :)

Thanks Ynnead. I really wanted to include a lot of little details like the No.2 on his loin cloth (leaf cloth?). Also, the addition of all the leaves around the base - I figured that this is the Orcs pitch and they bring destruction. The Wood Elves bring life. So I wanted that contrast...where the Treeman is, there is life; verdant grass, leaves blooming. Where the Orcs are, there is death...a torn up pitch, dead leaves scattered everywhere, discarded, battered armour. So it all works as a whole, but it has 2 definite sides to it too.

I also prepared a little something extra today, to hopefully push me over the top for the competition (It also gave me a chance to get all arts and craftsy for the first time since I wan about 8!).

A match report!
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2116/32846600646_09d52b415e_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/526/32733945532_29774d20d6_c.jpg)

Tea stained paper and a bit of burning for the win!

Furthermore, I was off sick today, so in amongst convalescing, I started work on Balisarius Cawl. He's a great model and I'm already enjoying working on him:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2671/32044692834_2d7fd8e4d3_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2495/32733951622_203d34163e_z.jpg)

Just the gold complete so far. I have started work on the robes and have just washed them. I have a few layers to go to get the robes done, but then it's just working on details from there. I thought this was going to be a beast to work on, but it's enjoyable and seems like I could get him done in a week or 2...and then there are a bunch of Eldar demanding attention!

Cheers for stopping by!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 14, 2017, 05:26:41 AM
Wow you really go the extra mile :) love the thought process that went into the basing. That's the kind of depth of thinking that really sets minis apart :) when the competition comes to it, make sure you slyly mention that as it's the kind of thing that's wonderful when you spot it, but not immediately obvious ;)

The match report is just the icing on the cake ;)

Oh man your Cawl's looking really nice :) between him and Cav's Tech Priest I'm getting a real itch to do some Ad Mech myself. The whole 'gribbly post-human cyborgs with futuro-clockwork tin men soldiers' thing really appeals to the inner steampunk in me :) only in 40k would the Borg be the 'good' guys...
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Cavalier on February 14, 2017, 07:02:04 AM
Oh wow, off to a real nice start! Love the gold... like the placement of it as well. Nice balance of silver and gold so far. Sweet! Also love the bat-rep scroll... the burned edges look really great and the writing is really good. Really reminds me of something I could read in the White Dwarf. The humor is spot on!

Great stuff as always Loosh... can't wait to see you paint up the Triumvirate... and more Eldar. I wish I wasn't so poor... I want new models!  :'( :'( :'( :'(

Keep it up bud! Can't wait to see the new stuff!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on February 14, 2017, 07:28:24 AM
Wow you really go the extra mile :) love the thought process that went into the basing. That's the kind of depth of thinking that really sets minis apart :) when the competition comes to it, make sure you slyly mention that as it's the kind of thing that's wonderful when you spot it, but not immediately obvious ;)

The match report is just the icing on the cake ;)

Oh man your Cawl's looking really nice :) between him and Cav's Tech Priest I'm getting a real itch to do some Ad Mech myself. The whole 'gribbly post-human cyborgs with futuro-clockwork tin men soldiers' thing really appeals to the inner steampunk in me :) only in 40k would the Borg be the 'good' guys...

Cheers man, you're right, I need to point out some of the little details prior to the painting comp...I know the references and what to look for, but that isn't always obvious to the casual viewer.

I'm glad you're liking the Cawl model too. It's the first time I've done sub-assemblies on an infantry figure before (even if he's a bigger model). It's making life so much easier. There are a tonne of little steampunk type details on the figure, it makes it very fun to work on.

Cheers Ynnead!

Oh wow, off to a real nice start! Love the gold... like the placement of it as well. Nice balance of silver and gold so far. Sweet! Also love the bat-rep scroll... the burned edges look really great and the writing is really good. Really reminds me of something I could read in the White Dwarf. The humor is spot on!

Great stuff as always Loosh... can't wait to see you paint up the Triumvirate... and more Eldar. I wish I wasn't so poor... I want new models!  :'( :'( :'( :'(

Keep it up bud! Can't wait to see the new stuff!

Once again, I would like to take credit for the Cawl paintwork, but I can't. Whilst I am the guy laying down the colours, all I'm doing if following the Warhammer TV guide. I do, however, wish I had Duncan Rhode's swooshy time jump thing. It takes him a minute to do a step, it takes me over an hour! Gah!

Thanks for the comments about the Match Report. I needed to come up with an explanation as to why there weren't any other Wood Elf minis present and it was only when I was sat typing it that I thought that, instead of having them all injured/knocked out, why not have them unavailable due to illness. The Elvian water was a natural progression of that. I love the humour present in Blood Bowl, so wanted to capture that feeling.

Cheers for stopping by man!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Aurics Pride on February 14, 2017, 08:01:26 AM
Nice little WIP there for Cawl, really do love that model and I can't wait to see your finished product!
On the airbrushing note, please feel free to drop me a message. I am far from being an expert (I need to practice a lot more with mine as it is!) but if I can help then I certainly will!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Irisado on February 14, 2017, 09:50:00 AM
That Blood Bowl report is both imaginative and very well executed.  You've produced something fabulous there.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants Bloodbowl.
Post by: Looshkin on February 14, 2017, 05:52:52 PM
Nice little WIP there for Cawl, really do love that model and I can't wait to see your finished product!
On the airbrushing note, please feel free to drop me a message. I am far from being an expert (I need to practice a lot more with mine as it is!) but if I can help then I certainly will!

Having seen your latest work, I will definitely be picking your brains at some point. Still far too cold to airbrush in the garage though, so I'll have to concentrate on my brush work for the time being  ;)

That Blood Bowl report is both imaginative and very well executed.  You've produced something fabulous there.

Cheers Iri. I don't often write any fluff, but this came fairly naturally. I think it must be due to my love of sports and stupid humour.

So, a little progress made. I had to stop on the robes, as I don't have any Wild Rider Red, but they're 80% there. Next will be the incredibly painstaking work of going through all the little details:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/313/32790306141_c6da2cef35_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/706/32790294981_27333dc7d7_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/754/32760364602_848f14a398_c.jpg)

There you go. Coming along nicely, but still a lot of hours to put into this guy.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Blood Bowl Diorama - Belisarius Cawl
Post by: Cavalier on February 15, 2017, 07:06:30 AM
Awww yeah. Looking super nice bud. Love the feel of the robes... really nice highlighting and shading there. Robes are tricky... I don't paint a lot of cloth and getting the highlights right can be tricky but I think you are nailing it. Good job on not going to heavy on the silver on the armor plates... its awesome being able to see that beaten textured look to the surface of the metal. Looking soooo nice. Keep it up man it looks killer!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Blood Bowl Diorama - Belisarius Cawl
Post by: Aurics Pride on February 15, 2017, 03:09:58 PM
Wow, you've done a great job on those robes!
The shading and highlighting of robes etc is always something that I've kinda struggled with. I managed to fluke a decent look on my Corsair Prince's using my Airbrush but I'm not sure I could replicate it! You've really nailed it here though, a good balance of colour with the metal parts too. Nothing looks out of place  8)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Blood Bowl Diorama - Belisarius Cawl
Post by: Looshkin on February 18, 2017, 12:15:23 PM
Awww yeah. Looking super nice bud. Love the feel of the robes... really nice highlighting and shading there. Robes are tricky... I don't paint a lot of cloth and getting the highlights right can be tricky but I think you are nailing it. Good job on not going to heavy on the silver on the armor plates... its awesome being able to see that beaten textured look to the surface of the metal. Looking soooo nice. Keep it up man it looks killer!

Cheers man. The silver being a little beaten/tarnished is a happy accident. It's just the Leadbelcher spray with an Agrax Wash. In the Warhammer TV guide, Duncan would have you then highlight it all with a dry brush of Necron compound. However, when he does it, quite a lot of silver goes on the gold parts that he has already completed. I can't remember who said it (think it was on your plog), but someone said that GW take their golds too far into the silver range. I agree, so I decided to leave it as a basic base coat + wash. I think it works and I'm glad you like it.

Wow, you've done a great job on those robes!
The shading and highlighting of robes etc is always something that I've kinda struggled with. I managed to fluke a decent look on my Corsair Prince's using my Airbrush but I'm not sure I could replicate it! You've really nailed it here though, a good balance of colour with the metal parts too. Nothing looks out of place  8)

I need to finish the robes with wild rider red and a tiny bit of fire dragon bright, but thanks AP. I tend to find robes quite tough too, but I'm fairly happy with this result. It's really quite striking up close.

Anyhoo. Update time!

Not a painting update, but an update on the Secret Santa Painting Competition!

Holy amphetamine parrot, did people raise their game this year! Last year, there were 6 entries, only about 2 of which were ok, and mine. I won most of the awards that year. This year, I'd be shocked if I received any votes for best painted. There were some seriously amazing entries on display!

People went all out. LEDs embedded into the dioramas, extravagant bases, a miniature copy of White Dwarf, UV Sylvaneth runes. Wowzers. My additional touches didn't put me out in front of everyone, they barely kept me with the pack!!

Here are some of the entries:

I loved this entry. Voted for it for Best Painted. I believe it came 2nd after a few tie breakers were thrown into the mix to break a deadlock at the top:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2207/32591820550_ab11503b0a_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2210/32128982294_04a81ee538_c.jpg)

This entry was lovely. Not quite as stunning as the last IMHO, but a really clean paint job and really well put together. He had mini propaganda posters and the tiny WD in an ammo crate (Sorry, forgot to get a photo). He won the Best Converted in the main competition:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2720/32972833985_a9017870f2_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2935/32158153003_e54aabb6cb_c.jpg)

This guy won Best Painted and Best Converted in the 'Haven't yet won a painting comp' Category. It was really nice. The paint work on the minis was excellent; I can see this guy competing for the top awards in future competitions:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/333/32128989294_1c8bbfdc3a_c.jpg)

This chap won 'Best Theme' in the 'Haven't yet won a painting comp' Category. It was nicely put together, had a strong theme and was well painted, just not nearly as well as the above entry.

This was the overall Best Painted. I'm not going to lie, it didn't really do it for me. I think it's very good, but not as proficient as either of the 2 marine entries.

That said, he painted it in 2 days. 2 freaking days. Insane.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/536/32932010486_df14aab9dc_c.jpg)

All wasn't lost though, as I managed to pick up the 'Best Theme' award in the main category (For folk that had won Armies on Parade etc). I was really happy with that, but I know that I have to up my game significantly in the future if I want to compete for Best Painted awards.

All in all, it was really fun, so I look forward to next year's competition!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Blood Bowl Diorama - Belisarius Cawl
Post by: Cavalier on February 19, 2017, 02:06:26 PM
Pure insanity! Wow... that top Diorama of the Ultra Marines defending the little fortification is absolutely my favorite! I'm in total agreement with you Loosh. The other two while certainly nice to me are just far less impressive, though I agree with you the cargo container one is insanely nice... and does a lot more for me that the Orc Dragon (which is beautiful to be sure).

Sorry you didn't win the overall prize man, but fantastic news to win best theme. To win best anything is incredible! Seriously congrats Loosh, that is some INSANE competition but you are right there with them my friend. Never seen ANYTHING like it at my local stores. Totally different ballgame... but ultra impressive nonetheless.

Again congrats my friend. So well deserved I loved your piece to death. Cheers!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Blood Bowl Diorama - Belisarius Cawl
Post by: Looshkin on February 24, 2017, 04:42:53 PM
Pure insanity! Wow... that top Diorama of the Ultra Marines defending the little fortification is absolutely my favorite! I'm in total agreement with you Loosh. The other two while certainly nice to me are just far less impressive, though I agree with you the cargo container one is insanely nice... and does a lot more for me that the Orc Dragon (which is beautiful to be sure).

I know, right? It's amazing. Apparently the guy that did it put in over 200 hours of work on the piece; it just bleeds through with the attention to detail off the charts. I feel really bad that the guy didn't win anything. It's a travesty of justice.

Sorry you didn't win the overall prize man, but fantastic news to win best theme. To win best anything is incredible! Seriously congrats Loosh, that is some INSANE competition but you are right there with them my friend. Never seen ANYTHING like it at my local stores. Totally different ballgame... but ultra impressive nonetheless.

Again congrats my friend. So well deserved I loved your piece to death. Cheers!

I'm not at all disappointed to not win the best painted diorama. The top entries were drop dead gorgeous and if I had taken even a single vote away from them, I think it would have been wrong. It just gives me something to aspire to moving forward.

Again, thanks for the feedback throughout this project Cav, I appreciate it and am just stoked that you are a fan of the piece (Which is currently sat in the window of my local GW, so if anyone sees it and thinks 'wow, that's cool', I'll be over the moon.).

So anyway, I made a little progress. I did some work on my New Orc Giants; hopefully they'll be finished by next weekend if all goes well. I also finished off Belisarius Cawl today. The painting was 99% there, I just touched up a couple of small points and based him.

I liked this project. After the initial rip roaring progress, I was actually quite dismayed by the number of details there were to paint. I probably could have done a few more, but started finding that the addition of extra colours was really drawing the eye away from the reds, silvers and golds that this piece was meant to exemplify.

Anyhow, here we go!

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/286/32713403240_41741c47a6_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3771/32968644331_75b28ebb1d_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3697/32713402930_c9eb701767_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3794/32939206572_f1779c89a3_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2934/32939437272_3033c820a9_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2855/32280264703_815b7e89c6_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2772/32939215752_00d2d027ed_z.jpg)

There you go. I'm particularly happy with the robes and the metal parts. I have a feeling that I'll have an itch to redo his gun at some point. The plasma coils or whatever they are just don't look as clean as I wanted, but I've tried to tweak them with little success thus far. When I figure something out, I'll rework it.

Favourite bits of the model are probably the servo skulls (Especially the one at the back holding the cable. I think of him as a weird bridesmaid, holding the bride's train off the ground...). I'm also fond of the spider thing at the front and just how detailed the robes are. They were a joy to paint.

Thanks for reading, I hope you like the model!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Blood Bowl Diorama - Belisarius Cawl
Post by: dog_of_war on February 24, 2017, 07:59:37 PM
Holy crap! The way you pick out all the details of the model with your colour scheme is unbelievable. The range of metallics you use is incredible and I think it's genius how the model is 75% metal and you still manage to make it the part with the most gradation of colour. Superb work! The best one of yours I've seen yet.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Blood Bowl Diorama - Belisarius Cawl
Post by: Aurics Pride on February 25, 2017, 02:46:26 AM
Woah.....
Loosh, that model is incredible. Like I mean seriously incredible. The detail on it is amazing, even going down to the highlighting on the metal plates on the book! You've got such a well balanced colour palette on this model, you've managed to get a really good Mechanicum feel to it without going dark and dirty like most people seem to.
I think this may well be my favourite of your work.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Blood Bowl Diorama - Belisarius Cawl
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 25, 2017, 04:36:15 AM
Wow that's impressive :) usually I'm dead-set against models that are busy as hell, but my one exception is Tech Priests as that's pretty much their MO :)

Painting is stunning Loosh :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Blood Bowl Diorama - Belisarius Cawl
Post by: Cavalier on February 25, 2017, 07:21:45 AM
Wow... what a freaking stunner Loosh. Seriously the paint job on this is incredible! Those dudes from the painting competition better look out Loosh is coming in hot next year! Perfect balance of colors... between the gold, silver and red. I always feel like special characters should have a bit more of the secondary colors which I think you pulled off brilliantly. Also I love the green wires and the blue energy effects... with blue and green being so closely related, they work together in terms keeping a cohesion of color scheme... instead of having two splash colors.

Lastly... the base. I love it! It really helps him to pop... and also ties in with the green wires and the blue energy effects. Simply fantastic Loosh. You are truly next level man... keep up the great work I'm blown away!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Blood Bowl Diorama - Belisarius Cawl
Post by: Dread on February 28, 2017, 02:45:04 AM
All I can say is what Cav said. Now I have to step up my game on mine.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants - Celestine
Post by: Looshkin on March 4, 2017, 02:44:31 PM
dog_of_war, AP, Ynnead, Cav and Dread, I'm sorry I didn't reply to your collective kind words sooner. As you all said similar things, all I can say is that I'm really humbled by your responses. I knew the model was quite good and I was generally happy with the result, but your words have made me really happy that I'm doing the right things in the right places and hopefully improving what I do.

The bar has been raised for me, so hopefully I won't let you guys down and I will keep churning out solid work!

I haven't been able to do much this past week, as I have been off work with a minging cold. Normally I'd paint my way through a cold whilst gorging on boxsets, but unfortunately my wife was also ill and our 15 month old decided to let us know who was really in charge!

That said, I got a couple of bits done.

First up, I managed to finish off the New Orc Giants. I'm really happy with how this project came out, as they really look like a team. No two are the same, but they're close enough to not be a cacophony of styles or colours.

The Throwers:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/584/33207467746_8145fb2638_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3754/32866087780_c84b18e123_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3750/33120679221_b11587fe1f_z.jpg)

The Blitzers:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3723/32866052090_cf8546b5b5_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2937/32405174674_36b6247497_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3940/33120728521_832e4477f1_z.jpg)

Black Orc No.2:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3944/32405101884_10b2836d04_z.jpg)

The New Orc Giants, in all their glory!

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3713/33207495056_393811912e_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3943/33120727831_bb3c8458aa_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/752/33207491246_bd09d276c5_z.jpg)

Next up, I decided to work on a few little bits of scenery. First in this line (and only, thus far), is just a little objective marker I'm working on. I blame Cav for this, as his board always looks so good, so I need to amp up my scenery game!

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3824/33120665671_84a7631b53_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3736/32434464533_49c62ac33c_z.jpg)

Finally, I decided to keep working on the Triumvirate. I know that I have a lot of Eldar that need love and attention, but I want to just do Celestine and her body guards first. Then I'll get onto the Summer of the Pointy Ears!

Not a lot done do far, just built, undercoated and then bases using the Retributor Armour spray.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3955/32434502653_d2dbdce376_z.jpg)
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(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/653/33120704791_3f9d9141c2_z.jpg)

So that's what I'm working on now. I don't think I'll have anywhere near the time to knock it out as quickly as I did Belisarius Cawl...for one, I have Horizon Zero Dawn waiting for me upstairs! Hopefully I'll just be pleased with the result...although there's an awful lot of white to paint on Celestine and white is pretty much my achilles heel. So we'll see!

Cheers for stopping by!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Blood Bowl Diorama - Belisarius Cawl
Post by: Ynneadwraith on March 4, 2017, 04:14:05 PM
No probs man :) credit where credit's due ;)

Your Orks are looking really really good :) you're dead right about them all being different, but still cohesive. Perfect Orky look :)

Love the objective markers too :) where are the bits from?

Oh, and can't wait to see what you do with Celestine and the twins :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants - Celestine
Post by: Cavalier on March 5, 2017, 07:48:01 AM
Sick! Congrats on finishing your BB team Loosh, they look fantastic! Love the objective markers too... glad I got you pumped for scenery... I've got some now rare Warhammer Fantasy bits to round out my objective markers on the way...

Also Celestine! Guess what bro? I'm working on the Triumvirate too! But I've got to paint her white for my client... this should be cool to see each of our models turn out. The scheme I have to do is a bit weird... but hopefully I can make it work.

Anyway great stuff man. The paint jobs are sick as ever... and I love the new objective markers. Can't wait to see you play some games and to see your board. Great stuff... keep it rolling and I hope you and your family are feeling better!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Blood Bowl Diorama - Belisarius Cawl
Post by: Looshkin on March 6, 2017, 05:34:51 AM
Your Orks are looking really really good :) you're dead right about them all being different, but still cohesive. Perfect Orky look :)

Love the objective markers too :) where are the bits from?

Cheers man, I appreciate the kind words!

It's all from the munitorum armoured containers set. I've been meaning to paint them up for a little while. I have absolutely stacks of barrels and other detritus from the battlefield accessories set, but I haven't done much with them - I just tend to use them as scatter terrain on the board. I'm trying to move towards having more set little terrain pieces that almost tell little stories. Whether that means having a single large container on a base with some barrels and cases around to represent a supply dump, or a ring of barrels/boxes/tank traps on a base representing a hasty barricade erected for a last stand. Just terrain that tells a story, in addition to looking cool.

Sick! Congrats on finishing your BB team Loosh, they look fantastic! Love the objective markers too... glad I got you pumped for scenery... I've got some now rare Warhammer Fantasy bits to round out my objective markers on the way...

Cheers man. The team took a lot longer than I had planned. Each mini just involved more work per stage than I had anticipated. I didn't mind too much though, as there are cool minis to work with. If I didn't think that I would like how they looked at the end of the process, I think I would have taken way longer to paint them up.

Also Celestine! Guess what bro? I'm working on the Triumvirate too! But I've got to paint her white for my client... this should be cool to see each of our models turn out. The scheme I have to do is a bit weird... but hopefully I can make it work.

No way! I have a funny feeling that you'll end up finishing the set before I finish 1 of the hand maidens (Horizon Zero Dawn is fantastic and I think I'm going to lose a lot of painting time to slaying metal antelope instead...)!!

Really interested to see how the white Celestine turns out. I find white to be the hardest colour for me to paint. Or maybe not the white, but the shaded elements. It always just looks a little bit wrong. If you manage to pull off that job and have it look amazing, you're a hobby God!

I hope you and your family are feeling better!

All good now thanks. Also, my wife and I have come to an accord. We will never both get sick at the same time ever again while we have a child in the house. That is some rough stuff to deal with!!!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants - Celestine
Post by: Looshkin on April 6, 2017, 06:00:40 AM
Wow. A warning about threadomancy for me posting on this thread. It sure has been a slow month!

I really got sidetracked by my PS4 and as such it's taken until this week to get back on track.

What didn't help is that, for whatever reason, I really found little joy in painting Celestine. She's a great model, with bags of character. It should have been fun, but it just wasn't. I think I got annoyed early on that I had stuck on the head and wings, when it probably would have been a better idea to keep them separate. On top of that, I then really struggles with the cream/white elements of the cloak. I just wasn't getting the result that I was after.

So I stopped painting her. I wish I could say I moved onto something else, but I didn't. It was only earlier this week when I got bored of the Saint staring up at me reproachfully that I picked up the brush again. I don't think it's my best work, but I'm not unhappy with the results. I have retouched the face since this photo - faces are still something that I have to work on. I am, however, really happy with the gold, silver and red elements of the model. Also, the spot colours on the roses and doves worked better than I expected.

There are loads of things a love about this model, there are several things I don't. After trying to retouch all of those things though, I'm not improving them...so I have what I consider an imperfect model. Which is fine. I painted her because I like the model and wanted to challenge myself. If ever I field an Imperial army, she would look fine at its' head. I'm not going to dwell on her though. I'll move on, paint something else and just take away the lessons that I've learnt.

Enough rambling:

Front on. The eyes look blobby in this light, from this view. They aren't, but it is one of the facets that I'm only 60% happy with. I still may go back and redo the face entirely...
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3839/33830459216_0965308d19_z.jpg)
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I like this view. Profile from the left of the mini. I think it shows up the doves well, while the face and hair look good from this angle. Thanks go to Cav for the hints and tips about the doves. I ended up using Nihilakh Oxide for the wash, as I preferred a slightly softer finish.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3856/33714977992_565b073b26_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2887/33057997913_5aef0a9fe7_z.jpg)
I won't lie. I got lazy with the freehand. I was going to do way more, but I just wanted the model finished so that I could move on to other projects that I might enjoy more. So you get some letters and that's it. If I can find some decent transfers, I may add them.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3952/33714952942_23797b634e_z.jpg)

So there you go. I still have work to do on her handmaidens, but I'll fit those in with other projects. I want to go back at some stage to do a little weathering on her, but for the sake of achieving anything in 2017, I really need to move onto other projects to get my mojo back.

I think I have a stupidly large pile of Eldar somewhere in the garage...time to investigate...
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants - Celestine
Post by: Cavalier on April 6, 2017, 07:01:57 AM
I think it came out great Loosh. I think the face, cloak and wings all look fantastic. The doves came out great too... glad that tip helped. Wish I had used the Oxide paint as I actually have it on hand.


You are right though... its a bear of a model to paint. The sculpting on the face is sooooooo soft its hard to get a wash on there, so many freaking angles on the model you HAVE to hit, there are no hidden spots... and the wings... oh the wings. What a nightmare. I really wish I had airbrushed the wings but like you I glued them on. Over all I've noticed really shallow details on recent sculpts, like the feathers on the various Aquilla and whatnot which means you can just hit it with a good strong wash... you gotta hand paint the shading on each feather etc...

Anyway I think it came out great. Really hope you do tackle some Eldar... I'm DYING to get back to my own models... but commissions come first  :'( :'( :'( Anyway bud great stuff. Keep it up!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants - Celestine
Post by: dog_of_war on April 6, 2017, 08:12:57 AM
Looks good to me Loosh. I can see what you and Cav are saying about the soft features and all the minor gradations in the sculpt. That makes you a very fiddly paint job. It would be very unsatisfying for me to paint her as well.

Forget the space elves, more greenskins for me please!  :D
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants - Celestine
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 6, 2017, 08:28:06 AM
'An imperfect model'? What are you wittering on about Loosh ;) she looks really really nice :)

I do get what you mean about the shallow details being much harder to paint. In general GW seem to have been moving more towards deeper detail which is much more wash-friendly but not Celestine apparently!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants - Celestine
Post by: Saim-Dann on April 23, 2017, 06:35:00 AM
A-ma-zing!! Your manipulation of colour is top shelf, Looshkin. Couldn't get past the first page without having to express the awe your work evokes... Now back to perusing.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Looshkin on April 25, 2017, 07:20:44 AM
Get a comfy chair, I'm afraid this is a wall of text and pictures!!

Anyway I think it came out great. Really hope you do tackle some Eldar...

Well, first off, thank you so much for your kind words. Celestine was just one of those models that, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get right...and it seems like a fairly simple model to do at first glance. The detail is so obvious and nicely pronounced, so it should be easy...but then that damn face. It's an area to work on.

I'm glad that the idea of me doing Eldar has piqued your interest...hopefull y this update will please you!

Looks good to me Loosh. I can see what you and Cav are saying about the soft features and all the minor gradations in the sculpt. That makes you a very fiddly paint job. It would be very unsatisfying for me to paint her as well.

Forget the space elves, more greenskins for me please!  :D


Thanks DoW, appreciate the kind words.

I'd love to oblige with the Orks...but my wife walked into our garage the other day and asked when I was opening my own branch of GW  :-\ I have shelves of stuff to work on and the things occupying the shelves are dominated by Eldar.

'An imperfect model'? What are you wittering on about Loosh ;) she looks really really nice :)

I do get what you mean about the shallow details being much harder to paint. In general GW seem to have been moving more towards deeper detail which is much more wash-friendly but not Celestine apparently!

Yeah, the detail is actually good on most of the model...and in fairness, they have absolutely nailed the facial features. If they were trying to get the look of a young, fresh, pure female face, they nailed it. It just makes it difficult for a glorified paint by numbers painter like me (and I stand by that assessment of my abilities, as you will rarely, if ever, see top level effects out of me. I've tried, I've failed. Simple blends, washes and dry brushing are my staples...and as long as you stay within the lines whilst using thinned paints, you get a good effect.)

A-ma-zing!! Your manipulation of colour is top shelf, Looshkin. Couldn't get past the first page without having to express the awe your work evokes... Now back to perusing.

Hurry up and get to page 7! A lot of the early pages were work from 2015 that I hadn't got round to finishing completely. I only really got back into painting late in 2016, so I'm really happy with the fact that, even though progress is slow, I'm working consistently and getting a bit done every week. It doesn't lead to the biggest plog, but hopefully I'll never have to use threadomancy...and hopefully I won't burn out like I did in 2014 when I painted so much I couldn't face another paint brush!

Anyway, onto the latest update...and it's the most noteworthy 6 figure update that I'll ever post because I had to exorcise a lot of daemons in order to get this lot done.

It was the time for tiny diamonds.

I have been scared as hell of the prospect of painting Harlequins for years. Ever since the finecast miniatures were released a few years ago, I desperately wanted to paint them...and always avoided them because, if I paint a model, I want to do it justice. I've churned out a lot of work that I'm happy with because it fits the style of the army, whilst knowing that it isn't my finest work, technically...such as my Orks and Skaven. I've also done things like Swordmasters of Hoeth and the High Elf Prince on Griffon that I know won't ever see the battlefield, but I wanted to paint them and I'm proud of the results.

But Harlequins always seemed a bridge too far for me. They scared me.

Until I decided that I needed to grow a ball sack and at least try them. It helped that I had thought about them so long that some of my ideas for weapon colours and the like had been mulled and discarded long ago...I was initially going to paint the weapons bone coloured, but think it would have looked out of place...and the gold that GW uses is a scheme that I like and have a lot of recent experience with. It also helped that when I painted the Skaven Blood Bowl Gutter Runners, I was really pleased with the black elements of the cloaks. So the black and the gold elements I thought would now be less daunting.

So the only real mental hurdles were the tiny diamonds...well, I would do them first. If they didn't work out, I would start again. And again. And again, until I had achieved something I liked.

I had previously assembled the minis. I left them as the legs stuck to the bases, with the torsos complete, but separate. I had blue tac on hand to put the minis together as required so that I could see if what I was doing was working or not - and to assess the balance of the miniature (colour wise) as I progressed.

Enough with the prattle, on with the pictures. First, some WiPs:

Assembled, base coated black. Any motley first based with Calder Sky, then 2 layers of Lothern Blue.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2860/34102709392_4102a99a41_c.jpg)

The tricky bit. Thinned Abaddon black lines painted on for the diamond shapes. This is the hardest step throughout the process. I had to redo this several times on a couple of the models. The trick was ensuring the paint was very thin and then I did one line at a time, snaking around the whole limb. Then a line parallel to that. Repeat as required. Then go at it from an angle about 45 degrees off the first line. Do another parallel to that, then rinse and repeat.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2949/33449838623_c418b19996_c.jpg)

Sorry for the next photo being a bit crappy. I then filled in the red diamonds using mephiston red. I wasn't too pleased with the result, but persevered.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2892/34219538176_aaa4f014c2_c.jpg)

I then cleaned up the diamonds slightly using Lothern Blue and Mephiston Red. That helped define the shape better. The key step was adding a highlight though. It really helped define the shape and make it pop a little:
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(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2825/33876061280_e7de7a6413_c.jpg)

I did the gold next. Retribution armour base, Agrax shade followed by he raised areas being picked out with Liberator Gold. A few fine highlights of Mithril Silver (Yup, still have some of that! But Stormiest works just fine) on the extreme points. I actually redid every weapon, as I highlighted everything too much and it washed out the colours.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2873/33449854663_8b89794ee5_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2863/34259761655_f4fd98449e_c.jpg)

I attacked the yellow cloth areas next. Averland Sunset base (what a great colour that is too!) with a Seraphim Sepia wash. Highlighted with Yriel and Flash Gitz Yellow. The masks were based with Celestra Grey (Holy amphetamine parrot Cav, you're right! What an amazing colour!).
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2887/33418357634_21af80d619_c.jpg)

I then gave the masks a wash of Asurmen Blue before applying White Scar to all the raised areas. I could have broken this down to Pallid Wych Flesh then White Scar for a more graduated finish, but didn't feel the need given the finish.
If you're wondering, the Neural Shredder is Kantor Blue, with Sotek Green, Temple Guard Blue and Lothern Blue highlights.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2821/33418375604_74a464d1d5_c.jpg)

At this point, I started working on the hair and the gems. Blue gems, using Kantor, Caledor, Lothern and Baharroth Blues, with a dot of white scar...only the Kantor and Caledor steps are shown. The hair started with Xereus Purple.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4179/34102704422_937307aeb6_c.jpg)

I'm afraid that, at this point, I got rather carried away. I totally forgot any more WiPs! So we'll have to leap to the finished article!!!!

The whole Troupe:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2854/34259464725_b78803bc29_c.jpg)

The Troupe Master. I desperately wanted to give him a crystal sword, but I just couldn't nail the feathering technique required to get the right effect. I'll try again in the future, but I want to enter these guys into a local painting comp next week, so don't have the time.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2945/34219247116_b3584d7ff8_c.jpg)

I airbrushed on the diamonds on the cloak using a stencil. I have to go back and clean up the part with the damage...I'm amazed, but I genuinely didn't notice the damage until after I had airbrushed. Attention to detail Loosh!!!!!!
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2826/34102391202_de9aece515_c.jpg)

The hair, after the Xereus purple base, had a thin Sotek green layer from 1/3 of the way along. Then a thicker layer of Sotek from 2/3 of the way along. Tied together with Nuln oil wash and then thin highlights of Slaanesh Grey to half way, Baharroth Blue the rest of the way.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2825/34219217646_ac431fda08_c.jpg)

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There's a lot more colour change in the red diamonds on the cloak, which isn't picked up in the lightbox.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2850/34259432395_f4484038be_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2812/33449524223_4c756d228e_c.jpg)
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Another of the whole gang.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2879/34219254756_094aa47c28_c.jpg)

Right. I'm exhausted. This is the longest post ever. I'm also knackered from all the painting. I'm also really knackered because I've spotted a gem that I need to paint (totally missed it FFS!) and also a few of the black highlights that I want to tidy up slightly.

These have been the most exhausting and most rewarding of all the models that I've painted. I like to think that I've challenged myself and I like to think that I've learned some valuable lessons on the way.

But yeah. Mainly I'm totally knackered!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants - Celestine
Post by: Saim-Dann on April 25, 2017, 08:26:01 AM
Your words on procrastinating before the harlequin job mirrors my current feelings towards them now. What a marvellous body of work, Looshkin. I'm impressed!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Irisado on April 25, 2017, 12:27:34 PM
You've painted those Harlequins superbly.  I am very impressed by the choice of colours, the contrasts, and the level of detail.  They have turned out exceptionally well.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: dog_of_war on April 25, 2017, 03:14:30 PM
Absolutely terrific Loosh! Forget about me asking for more orks, I can't get enough of these harlies. I simply love the colour palette you chose and your execution is superb. Bravo!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Killersquid on April 25, 2017, 03:54:15 PM
Masque of the Midnight Sorrow. Nice!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Dread on April 25, 2017, 05:02:31 PM
Well done! As they say, diamonds are forever!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: magenb on April 25, 2017, 08:11:44 PM
very nice work on the diamonds!
Loving the blended diamonds on the cloaks too.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants - Celestine
Post by: Looshkin on April 26, 2017, 06:25:00 AM
Your words on procrastinating before the harlequin job mirrors my current feelings towards them now. What a marvellous body of work, Looshkin. I'm impressed!

Jump in and try them Dann. I've seen your work, you're easily capable of doing them justice. It's a cathartic experience too...almost like striking something off the bucket list!

You've painted those Harlequins superbly.  I am very impressed by the choice of colours, the contrasts, and the level of detail.  They have turned out exceptionally well.

Yeah, I think I have to thank GW for the colour scheme  ;) It's really fun to work with such bold colours...and so many different bold colours too. I'm glad you like them Iri (Channeling the spirit of Cav here...but I don't suppose they might inspire you to break out a paint brush at all?  :o )

Absolutely terrific Loosh! Forget about me asking for more orks, I can't get enough of these harlies. I simply love the colour palette you chose and your execution is superb. Bravo!

Again, it's GW's scheme...I just try not to butcher it! You will get more Orks at some stage though, they're just too much fun not to paint...although I have currently run out. Or have I? Just remembered I haven't cracked into the Shadow Run supply!

Masque of the Midnight Sorrow. Nice!

I'll not lie KS, seeing your excellent army really provided a lot of impetus to tackle this project. Given how long it took to paint 6 of the guys, I think I can expect to paint an army over the course of the next...I dunno...7 years or so?

Really, your army is superb and I can only hope to have the perseverance and patience to put together something so good.

Well done! As they say, diamonds are forever!

Well, that's the trouble isn't it! It's what makes painting the buggers so damn time consuming!!

very nice work on the diamonds!
Loving the blended diamonds on the cloaks too.

Glad you like them Magenb. I was really on the fence with whether to do the cloak diamonds, but I'm glad that I did. Probably the most nerve wracking airbrushing that I've done...I was amphetamine parrotting myself with fear when I took off the masking tape!

Thanks all for your kind words. I just have to work out what I'm going to do next. I think I may well stick to Harlequins for a little while...although the draw of Ynnari Eldar is quite strong at the moment.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Cavalier on April 26, 2017, 07:31:35 AM
Absolutley phenomenal Loosh! Wow...  really show stoppers. I love the sort of diamond fade on the back of the coats... and the overall how large the diamond pattern is. It gives them really great definition. The colors overall are so vivid. Congrats man... this is a huge milestone for any Eldar player. Especially when they are executed so flawlessly. Seriously phenomenal work my man. Some of your best painted minis IMO and thats saying a lot.

Now your next mission... once 8th edition rolls around... get these guys into battle. I want battle reports and pictures damn it! lol

Again congrats bud, you nailed these!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - New Orc Giants - Celestine
Post by: Irisado on April 26, 2017, 09:38:09 AM
I'm glad you like them Iri (Channeling the spirit of Cav here...but I don't suppose they might inspire you to break out a paint brush at all?  :o )

Nope, since there is no way I will ever be able to paint to the standard I want and I find painting to be tension inducing.  It has, however, inspired me to do something else :).

Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Alienscar on April 26, 2017, 10:28:02 AM
Bloody hell Looshkin I am not sure what impresses me the most your painting or the amount of work you have put into this post. For me this is what a Project Blog should be all about. WIP, great pictures and the inclusion of your thoughts and feelings about the whole process. I am blown away.

The inclusion off how you lined out the chequer pattern before blocking it in is a marvellous thing to see from a hobby voyeur point of view as it really gets across how the technique works.

The finished product is just brilliant and for me one sign that you have mastered this technique is how quilted the finished product looks. The diamonds have a real three dimensional look to them. Brilliant.

 
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 26, 2017, 01:32:10 PM
These guys are stunning Loosh! Your fears were entirely unfounded, you've done them immense justice :)

You're absolutely right the little highlight on the diamonds really takes them that extra step, and personally I love the sort of scarred steel look of the Troupe Master's sword. It looks exactly like what you'd get from a sort of darker carbon-steel blade that's done a lot of cutting. You get these sort of lighter silver streaks as the metal gets polished by areas of differing pressure. Very realistic :)

Speaking of silvers, I've still got a pot of Chainmail knocking around somewhere. Wish my Mithril Silver hadn't dried up. That was a great colour :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Looshkin on June 6, 2017, 05:14:11 PM
Ugh. I got the 30 day warning when I hit reply. I need to update more regularly!

Absolutley phenomenal Loosh! Wow...  really show stoppers. I love the sort of diamond fade on the back of the coats... and the overall how large the diamond pattern is. It gives them really great definition. The colors overall are so vivid. Congrats man... this is a huge milestone for any Eldar player. Especially when they are executed so flawlessly. Seriously phenomenal work my man. Some of your best painted minis IMO and thats saying a lot.

Now your next mission... once 8th edition rolls around... get these guys into battle. I want battle reports and pictures damn it! lol

Again congrats bud, you nailed these!

Thanks Cav, it means an awful lot coming from you. I will definitely be trying to get some kind of gaming in when the new edition hits. I've been away from it for too long and am itching to dive back in.

I'm glad you like them Iri (Channeling the spirit of Cav here...but I don't suppose they might inspire you to break out a paint brush at all?  :o )

Nope, since there is no way I will ever be able to paint to the standard I want and I find painting to be tension inducing.  It has, however, inspired me to do something else :).

Well, you can't blame a guy for trying! I hope I didn't touch a nerve though. I know how bloody annoying it can be when people badger you to do something which you really aren't keen on. So I'll stop.  :)

Bloody hell Looshkin I am not sure what impresses me the most your painting or the amount of work you have put into this post. For me this is what a Project Blog should be all about. WIP, great pictures and the inclusion of your thoughts and feelings about the whole process. I am blown away.

The inclusion off how you lined out the chequer pattern before blocking it in is a marvellous thing to see from a hobby voyeur point of view as it really gets across how the technique works.

The finished product is just brilliant and for me one sign that you have mastered this technique is how quilted the finished product looks. The diamonds have a real three dimensional look to them. Brilliant.

I'm glad you appreciate the effort of the painting and the post. I agree with the sentiments on the projects...and I think for the most part, we do, as a forum, delve into the whys and whats of what we're painting. We sometimes just need to get better at the how.

I know that when I first arrived on the boards, I didn't post in the painting section for an extraordinarily long time because there were a handful of extremely talented painters that could effortlessly produce stunning results, seemingly with no effort. They also never explained their methodology...which made the board seem a little intimidating and impenetrable. I'm nowhere near as good as some of the guys from several years ago, but hopefully by explaining what I do, how I do it and why...well I hope that breaks down the barriers a little and encourages others to post and ask for help, or just show their own awesome minis.

Anyhow, thanks for stopping by...I'll try to keep things rolling to the same standards moving forward.

These guys are stunning Loosh! Your fears were entirely unfounded, you've done them immense justice :)

You're absolutely right the little highlight on the diamonds really takes them that extra step, and personally I love the sort of scarred steel look of the Troupe Master's sword. It looks exactly like what you'd get from a sort of darker carbon-steel blade that's done a lot of cutting. You get these sort of lighter silver streaks as the metal gets polished by areas of differing pressure. Very realistic :)

Speaking of silvers, I've still got a pot of Chainmail knocking around somewhere. Wish my Mithril Silver hadn't dried up. That was a great colour :)

Yeah, I'm down to the dregs of my Mithril Silver...Stormhost is terrible IMHO, while Runefang is only marginally better than Stormhost. I may have some duff paints, but you kind of fall in love with a good paint, don't you?

Anyway, I'm really pleased you like the work...I must admit that the swords were frustrated afterthoughts given the fact that I just could not do a crystal sword to save my life!!




Anyway. Onto the latest update. No long how to guide this week, as it was a case of more of the same. Real life was a dick this month and got in the way horrendously. Family illnesses left, right and centre, work kicking me in the slats and general life just grinding down on me left me with very little time to hobby. It took until last week to do more than about 45 minutes work on any given day.

As such, it took a while, but the 2nd Troupe for the Masque of the Midnight Sorrow is now complete:

This guy has the half skull mask. I did the black half with Abandon Black and then coated with 'Ardcoat to give a mirrored effect. It doesn't photograph amingly, but the effect is pretty cool irl.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4281/34756871430_04cf5a1347_c.jpg)
I also did something that I didn't do with the first troupe - I painted the inside of the greatcoats on both minis wearing them. This provides a very dark aspect when viewed from the rear, but a bit more of a riot of colour when viewed from specific angles.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4235/35012655551_dd56a4ab6a_c.jpg)

In every case, given the fact you have 6 sets of legs to work with and I hate converting, I tried to ensure that models had different weapons to their same leg counterparts, or at least were posed such that they were different enough that you don't just see the same model twice.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4247/35143609985_3e902684ec_c.jpg)

Excuse the underexposure, but this shot explains the above point. 2 identical legs, but the original on the right looks like he's flying in to kick the crap out of someone infront of him. Everything screams that melee is coming your way - and coming in a hurry! The player on the left is quite different though, to my mind. She seems to be leaping away from a previous kill. Or avoiding incoming fire. She looks to have sprung from the left of screen and is now looking for her next foe.

2 models, similar parts, totally different results.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4282/35012697441_dce24326bc_c.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4201/34978759402_1ddcc062b2_c.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4264/34978758802_42d01dd181_c.jpg)

The Troupe Master.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4285/34333501673_2919f93629_c.jpg)
Again, from the rear, largely a dark aspect.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4286/35012699561_b9d98bfb28_c.jpg)
But look from a different angle, and he's actually an absolute riot of colour.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4262/34333501253_ccfca74bc7_c.jpg)

And finally a group shot of the 12 painted Harlequins so far. I think I may finish this project in 2017, if everything lines up!
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4253/34333533963_9a12d5d589_c.jpg)

Overall, I'm pretty happy so far. I prefer some of the original 6, I prefer some of the most recent 6. I'm content that they look different enough to be moving on to the next thing. I hope that the next thing is a pair of Star Weavers for these guys. After that, probably some of the characters.

Anyway, this has turned into another mega post, so thank you for sticking with it to the end. And to those of you that skipped down to the pictures at the bottom...well I can't blame you! Thanks for stopping by all the same!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Cavalier on June 7, 2017, 07:36:49 AM
Absolutely sick! Painting the inside of the coat is unreal... and BTW I can see that black mirror effect on the mask! Ah man I totally gotta steal that from you. They came out great Loosh... seriously fantastic. Again the larger diamonds are totally the way to go. I can just imagine how well they'll stand out on the tabletop and when you look up close it really shows off the precision paintjob. Phenomenal stuff man...

Plus from everything I hear Harlies are BEAST on the tabletop. You picked the right time to dive in... especially going mech with them. Anyway great stuff man, so glad to see more Harlies. Keep it up bud you are rocking!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: murgel on June 7, 2017, 03:18:32 PM
I never really liked this scheme UNTIL now this looks most awesome. precice and dynamic really great. I envy you for those skills...
 :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Saim-Dann on June 7, 2017, 10:51:42 PM
G'day Looshkin!
For a bloke who doesn't like converting, mate, you certainly put a lot of thought into your works. They look amazing and your words bring them to life. I like the contrast from the back to front. You as the controlling player will have the view of the sleek black, while your opponents will be distracted by the flash of colours... Niiiiice!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Looshkin on June 8, 2017, 06:04:04 AM
Absolutely sick! Painting the inside of the coat is unreal... and BTW I can see that black mirror effect on the mask! Ah man I totally gotta steal that from you. They came out great Loosh... seriously fantastic. Again the larger diamonds are totally the way to go. I can just imagine how well they'll stand out on the tabletop and when you look up close it really shows off the precision paintjob. Phenomenal stuff man...

Plus from everything I hear Harlies are BEAST on the tabletop. You picked the right time to dive in... especially going mech with them. Anyway great stuff man, so glad to see more Harlies. Keep it up bud you are rocking!

Cheers man! I'm super stoked to be getting a Harly force together for 8th. I could never really run things the way I wanted to in 7th, as I wanted everything staring mounted...but the vehicles were too fragile and you couldn't mount the 6 guys from a Troupe, plus another character. As the Troupe Master is a separate purchase now, it gives me way more flexibility to go with my initial plan. The fact that everything is super fast, can advance and assault and also rocks a better Invul just puts the icing on the cake.

It'll take a little while before I have a workable force for 'normal' sized games, but I should soon be able to play 500, 750 and even 1000 point games.

Cheers for the comments!

I never really liked this scheme UNTIL now this looks most awesome. precice and dynamic really great. I envy you for those skills...
 :)

Wow, that's super high praise! Thanks Murgel, it means a lot!

G'day Looshkin!
For a bloke who doesn't like converting, mate, you certainly put a lot of thought into your works. They look amazing and your words bring them to life. I like the contrast from the back to front. You as the controlling player will have the view of the sleek black, while your opponents will be distracted by the flash of colours... Niiiiice!

I don't like converting. That's a documentable fact. I do it occasionally if I think that the model doesn't give me what I expect, or fulfil the vision that I have. Hence little things like the armour and chain weapon on the Blood Bowl Treeman I did earlier this year. I just think that in 99.9% of cases, GW has done a far better job of creating an image than I will ever be able to produce...so I let the models speak for themselves and just try to maximise the options afforded by the kits. I wish that I could take several disparate kits and create something wonderful like some of the guys on this forum are able to do (such as Ynnead). Maybe one day, but for now, I'm happy to show my respect to the excellent Harlequin kit and try not to butcher the paint job too much!

Anyhow, building on the first Star Weaver is now pretty much complete. I think I'm going to build the 2nd and then do them both at the same time. That way I can achieve a similar finish. If I work on them separately, I invariably forget how I've done something and they come out looking totally different...

In the mean time, I have also built and started painting the Munitorum Armoured Containers box. It really is a great kit and I think I'll probably get another kit in the future and then attack it with LEDs to really bring it to life. But that's a dream for another day!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 11, 2017, 05:16:41 AM
Go away for a couple of days and come back to Cav's flying beasty and these utterly fantastic harlies! I'll echo Saim Dann saying that I've never really warmed to the standard Harlequin colours, but these are beyond brilliant :)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4235/35012655551_dd56a4ab6a_c.jpg)

This guy, in particular, is absolutely fantastic. I love the bilateral split running the whole way down him, including the painted inside of the greatcoat :)

Sad to hear there isn't a solid light silver in the new paint range. They've been knocking it out of the park with their golds and dark bronze. Must remember to ration my Mithril now...

Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Looshkin on August 4, 2017, 06:04:07 PM
Sad to hear there isn't a solid light silver in the new paint range. They've been knocking it out of the park with their golds and dark bronze. Must remember to ration my Mithril now...

Thanks for the kind words Ynnead; sorry I only just thanked you for them!

It's not that Stormhost Silver and the like aren't good, it's just that they seem to have less pigment than the older paints. As such, doing a solid edge highlight in one go is...challenging. The paints are fine, but just not as good as they used to be (In this, very limited example. In most cases, they're way ahead).

Before anyone gets in any way excited, this isn't a true project update. Real life has kicked me hard in the nuts over the past 6 weeks, so whilst I've done a bit of hobby, I haven't got close to finishing anything. I have a couple of little bits that need some finishing touches before they get posted, but certainly nothing new on my Harlies. Which is frustrating.

No, there's another reason that I'm posting. It's in the name of charity and owning really cool miniatures.

The time has come again for the Nova Open, a tabletop wargaming convention that some of you may be aware of. As part of the convention, they raffle off some absolutely amazing miniatures painted by some of the best miniatures artists out there (although Cav is still waiting for the call I believe). I normally wouldn't post about this kind of thing, but the proceeds from the raffles go to charities such as Medecins Sans Frontieres, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Fisher House Foundation. Superb charities one and all.

Full details of the raffles can be found at the following link:

http://novaopenfoundation.org (http://novaopenfoundation.org)

Raffle tickets only cost a couple of bucks a pop, although there is a minimum $10 spend. However, you will be in with a chance to win some amazing minis, such as Duncan Rhodes' Magnus The Red as featured on Warhammer TV. There are some fabulous single miniatures (which knock Duncan's model out of the park as far as painting skill) in addition to some superb armies, as well as minis for other gaming systems.

It's all for good causes...and who knows, you may get lucky. Last year, I entered a few of the raffles and this guy came in the post a few weeks later:

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8156/29619447390_ad6d105c17_k.jpg)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8287/29799938672_c3f9568a49_k.jpg)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8195/29799867542_ba0e8efcdb_k.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5459/29878705336_da3f447430_k.jpg)

This miniature was not painted by me! I can only dream of having this level of skill and airbrush control. It was donated by Neil 'Zab' Szabo, who has his own painting blog (which you should check out immediately, because he has real talent.

But yeah...I bought tickets last year thinking that, worst case scenario, I was donating $50 to Medecins Sans Frontieres. I ended up with a truly inspiring mini that will always be on my paint station whenever I paint Ad Mech...and I sank the minimum $10 into tickets for this guy. In effect, I spent $1 over the regular purchase price for a top end, near Golden Daemon standard paint job.

I implore you to get amongst it, do a cool thing and help some charities whilst getting the chance of winning something amazing.

Thanks for stopping by.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Cavalier on August 6, 2017, 08:21:29 AM
Nice! Way to go bud. Wish I had the money to donate, but times are tough. I'd love to go to Nova or one of the tourneys one day though. That is a phenomenal mini though absolutley incredible! Congrats on winning it bud.

Yeah Stormhost Silver kinda sucks. Not sure why those silvers are soooo crappy. Their golds are all amazing now, whereas the silvers used to be the best. My 3rd ed. Mithril is a prized possession that I've faithfully maintained over the years.... and I'm glad I did.

Now onto my final point! We want updates! I demand more Harlies! lol... Just kidding bud. I'm sure you've been busy. But I am looking forward to seeing some more of your models bud. Hope you are doing well and take care. Good for you dontaing to the charity too  ;D
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Ynneadwraith on August 6, 2017, 05:20:13 PM
Sad to hear that life's been tough recently, but i'm sure it'll pick back up soon :) it'd better, your Harlies are too good to wait ;)

That raffle sounds kickass :) always good to do stuff for charity
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Looshkin on August 7, 2017, 05:39:44 PM
Now onto my final point! We want updates! I demand more Harlies! lol... Just kidding bud. I'm sure you've been busy. But I am looking forward to seeing some more of your models bud. Hope you are doing well and take care. Good for you dontaing to the charity too  ;D

Oh my God! You and more than my wife!

Haha, I know I need to update more often. In addition to life taking over, I think I lost my muse for a little while there as well.

Well, hopefully it's coming back, so I'll have more updates in the near future.

That raffle sounds kickass :) always good to do stuff for charity

I think that the people that donate the work for the charity raffle are saints. I can't even imagine pouring hours, days and weeks of effort into a project only to essentially give it away...but then, I'm an awful, self centred creature!!

Anyhoo, I have a mini update.

So, a while back, I mentioned that I was doing a couple of bits of scenery. I had the Munitorum Armoured Containers set and decided to slap some paint about.

I started with this little Objective marker:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4422/35623918133_682944fa56_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4436/36431629635_10bfffec65_c.jpg)

After that, I didn't paint for a few weeks. Then the new set dropped and the upshot was that it's far harder to attract the benefits of cover, unless you are fully within the terrain. So I decided to just create pieces that would be both easy to transport, would look good on the tabletop...and more importantly, I could definitely put my Rangers and Pathfinders in to gain cover saves!!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4360/35623917413_4f8e8a1782_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4401/35623917223_22105cdd04_c.jpg)
I have no idea why the Harlies want cover...just rely on your invulnerable dudes!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4361/35623918343_1b6f43f3e4_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4353/35623918263_e652a98098_c.jpg)

Finally, I dived into the latest 40k starter set. I figured that the Death Guard could be painted up super easily. I was wrong. 3 colours and a wash never left me satisfied...so I just carried on building up the detail and corrosion. This is the first model where I've used 5 different technical paints!

It's still not top end stuff, but then the Nurgle models were only ever meant to be a fun way of breaking from Harlies for a bit. They were never meant to take all my hobby time, so I did reduce the level of detail a bit. Without further ado:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4433/35623918223_fe60e8d59e_c.jpg)
The lighting makes the boney bits look quite yellow. They are, in fact, bone coloured  ::)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4359/35623929383_05dd95ef5b_c.jpg)
The Blood for the Blood God doesn't really pop as it should in the photos. But IRL it's quite rich and slimy and vibrant. There's a bit of Nurgle's Rot around the interface between flesh and metal. It blends it nicely together...again, lighting prevents the subtlety of that from coming through.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4382/36034960260_1b1d24abae_c.jpg)
I decided to go for grassy terrain infront of the Fetid Bloat-Drone, while there is dead grass and leaves in its wake...killed by the corruption before Papa Nurgle's bounty brings forth a more pestilent, corrupt blossom.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4351/36431635665_f09dc24517_c.jpg)
How the heck do those engines keep working? Nurgle doesn't own WD40 it would seem...
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4361/35623927343_538709b771_c.jpg)
And I made sure it also fit the new terrain...not worth having terrain that is totally unfit for anything to use!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4419/36034954790_a8f6ca89a3_c.jpg)

So there you go. I'm back in the foetid saddle. I have a lot of Star Weaver crew staring at me from the shelf, so I think that is what I'll work on next. Although a horde of Pox Walkers is quite appealing too...

Thanks for stopping by everyone!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Cavalier on August 8, 2017, 07:50:55 AM
Wow super nice! I love the terrain. I'm gonna show my brother for sure and show him how you put rust effects and the chipped paint with the metal underneath. He's gonna love that... and probably make me redo the details lol.

Also the Drone looks killer! I was wondering if you used the technical paints and you confirmed it. They are so fun to use. Typhus Corrosion is one of my favorites... but its a texture paint so be careful. I ruined a character with it once.

Also worth mentioning is the fleshy bits on the back. Killer job there too. So glad to see an update. Let us know if you get a chance to play any games too. I've been wondering what your impressions of the new edition are. Anyway keep up the great work and thanks for the update! Glad you got your inspirado back.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: dog_of_war on August 8, 2017, 09:23:06 AM
I think that paint job perfectly balances the organic and mechanic of the model. You've done a superb job utilizing the technical paints to achieve such a realistic look.

**furiously scribbles notes of ideas to steal**

The terrain is superb as well. You've done a great job keeping the static grass just sparse enough to make it seem barren, but still convey the idea.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Dread on August 8, 2017, 12:22:28 PM
I just have three words to say, fee, nomi and nul. Love it all, full rich and slimy.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Ynneadwraith on August 8, 2017, 08:07:11 PM
That Blight Drone is looking sickly good dude :) I love the contrast of the red blood/flesh, and the little red HAL lens at the front is excellent :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Looshkin on August 26, 2017, 04:57:06 AM
That Blight Drone is looking sickly good dude :) I love the contrast of the red blood/flesh, and the little red HAL lens at the front is excellent :)

Thanks man! I was working with more 'fleshy' flesh tones, but the balance just didn't seem right. In the end I decided that white, almost nectrotic flesh was the way to go. It's a cold colour to compliment the green, while the red sores adds a warm contrast that helps tie the miniature together with the warm brass colours.

The HAL lease was just a black base coat followed by Khorne Red, Mephiston, Evil Suns and then a couple of Oranges. Once that was complete, a little white dot in the darkest portion and a final coat of Ardcoat. It took about 5 minutes total.

Anyway, glad you like the mini, thanks for stopping by!

I just have three words to say, fee, nomi and nul. Love it all, full rich and slimy.

Thank you! I think that a little bit of Nurgle's Rot goes a long way to add a little character to a model. Thanks for the kind words!

I think that paint job perfectly balances the organic and mechanic of the model. You've done a superb job utilizing the technical paints to achieve such a realistic look.

**furiously scribbles notes of ideas to steal**

The terrain is superb as well. You've done a great job keeping the static grass just sparse enough to make it seem barren, but still convey the idea.

Cheers man! I was hoping to achieve that balance...wasn't totally sure that I had managed it, but I'm glad you're a fan!

As for the terrain, I try to make the ground look worn where it will look worn. My boards are a sea of static grass, but the terrain  which would see a lot of boots tramping over it...I want it to look a little bit tramped!

Anyway, I'm glad you approve!

Wow super nice! I love the terrain. I'm gonna show my brother for sure and show him how you put rust effects and the chipped paint with the metal underneath. He's gonna love that... and probably make me redo the details lol.

Also the Drone looks killer! I was wondering if you used the technical paints and you confirmed it. They are so fun to use. Typhus Corrosion is one of my favorites... but its a texture paint so be careful. I ruined a character with it once.

Also worth mentioning is the fleshy bits on the back. Killer job there too. So glad to see an update. Let us know if you get a chance to play any games too. I've been wondering what your impressions of the new edition are. Anyway keep up the great work and thanks for the update! Glad you got your inspirado back.

Thanks man! I'm stoked you like the terrain. You and your Bro put together some amazing pieces, so I'm happy that my stuff might influence your work - in the same way that yours always influences mine!

I can't believe you ruined a mini with Typhus! Lol! Such a rookie move for you Cav! It's a really good paint...I tend to find that it really is a case of less is more with Typhus. I've made some nice terrain look pretty amphetamine parrotty by overuse. I tend to just use a small amount and then drag it across the area I want with my thumb. It leads to a slightly more natural look than brush work. However it does leave you with a very mucky thumb!!

As I said to Ynnead, the original plan was much more pink and fleshy but I just couldn't see that working...so paid and sickly was the order of the day, with counterpoint sores to highlight the sickly pallor around them.

Cheers man!

A very mini update. I just got the new Madden game and am instantly addicted, so work has been fleeting over the past week. I did, however, get a couple of bit done.

First up, I finally got round to basing the Knight that appeared in this thread way back when. I just went for something fairly simple. A bit of ruin and a couple of barrels. It always seems a shame to me when a large imposing model has a flat, nondescript base...so I always try to add a little height to the piece...but without detracting from the model itself.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4366/35977073784_5139705746_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4422/36672115241_09a94b63e0_c.jpg)

Finally, I did a little work on some Death Guard. Just base colours so far. I still have the fleshy bits and bone to paint, but it's a start:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4415/35977073624_88580c8c12_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4427/36414826250_7102885c2e_c.jpg)

That's all for now, but hopefully I'll churn out a little more this week. Thanks for dropping in!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Cavalier on August 26, 2017, 08:27:03 AM
SICK! Love that Knight... it looks like it came from a Codex! Love the transfer work on the shield. Also dig the grassy base... very nice. I miss seeing grassy bases. It goes perfect with the blue knight, takes me back to the days of Adeptus Titanicus.

Really nice work on the gold trim too. Love the weathering near the melta gun.

Nurgle dudes are coming along nicely too.

Great work as always bud keep it up!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Ynneadwraith on August 27, 2017, 07:09:27 PM
Yeah liking the knight too :) you're right you don't see many grass bases these days, but you've absolutely nailed the realism to it. A carry-over from the Blood Bowl team ;)

Great start on the Death Guard too :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Saim-Dann on August 31, 2017, 06:13:30 AM
G'day Looshkin!
As I've mentioned with other forumites, have next to no time these days to read your commentary that goes with each image. Plus have only the time to look through and comment on one post per day. Tonight is your turn, mate. The paint that you, "slap about", has landed perfectly. Your models look amazing. The cargo container and other terrain pieces have come up trumps, and that Knight?... Niiiiice!

Browsing through this forum with artists such as yourself is just as good and inspiring as WD... Be well! 
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Looshkin on August 31, 2017, 01:53:13 PM
SICK! Love that Knight... it looks like it came from a Codex! Love the transfer work on the shield. Also dig the grassy base... very nice. I miss seeing grassy bases. It goes perfect with the blue knight, takes me back to the days of Adeptus Titanicus.

Really nice work on the gold trim too. Love the weathering near the melta gun.

Nurgle dudes are coming along nicely too.

Great work as always bud keep it up!

Thanks Cav...although it isn't a new mini. It's just the one from page 3 (maybe...around there anyway!) of this Thread. All I did was add the base. Still, I'm glad that you're still a fan I guess!

Yeah liking the knight too :) you're right you don't see many grass bases these days, but you've absolutely nailed the realism to it. A carry-over from the Blood Bowl team ;)

Great start on the Death Guard too :)

Thanks dude! I should have more on the Death Guard front in the next few days.

G'day Looshkin!
As I've mentioned with other forumites, have next to no time these days to read your commentary that goes with each image. Plus have only the time to look through and comment on one post per day. Tonight is your turn, mate. The paint that you, "slap about", has landed perfectly. Your models look amazing. The cargo container and other terrain pieces have come up trumps, and that Knight?... Niiiiice!

Browsing through this forum with artists such as yourself is just as good and inspiring as WD... Be well! 

What are you up to these days Saim Hann? You started off in the forum posting like Wild Fire...you must be rushed off your feet these days! Well, I hope it's something good happening in your life!

I'm stoked you're a fan of the new items...and incredibly flattered by your words. Hopefully I can keep my standards up and not let you down.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Dread on September 1, 2017, 12:11:43 AM
I love that green....I need to find some time soon to paint minis, for now it's been walls. I really like the metallic contrast with the green!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Killersquid on September 1, 2017, 11:53:00 AM
The nurgle dudes are great new models. Looking forward to what they end up like.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Death Guard and Other Surprises
Post by: Looshkin on October 7, 2017, 07:36:53 PM
Hey guys, I thought I'd finally post some progress on this thread before it ends up on page 2 of the project boards! So many great projects knocking about, with so much progress being made...well frankly, it's all been quite intimidating, which has led to me working very slowly recently.

Oh...and Destiny 2. That's sucked away far too many of my hobby hours recently!

I have, however, made some progress. Mainly on my Death Guard, but I've resurrected a project from earlier in the year and taken on a project that I didn't even know I would be doing until Tuesday this week.

So I'll start with what you guys already know I've been working on. Death Guard.

I won't lie to you, I thought I'd knock these out quite quickly. How hard could it be? Base coat, shade, highlight...right? Oh...but there's another detail there. And what about that doohickey? And you can't forget that thing there. Before you know it, it seemed like I wasn't getting anywhere. I'll admit that I somewhat rushed the last few elements of the last couple of miniatures. I'm happy with them as a squad, but I definitely will go back and re-do or touch up one or two bits on at least 3 of them.

Ok, so photos!

The whole Pustulant gang:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4479/37510860906_efbc320e95_c.jpg)

My favourite model in the starter set. Dynamic. Cool. Bells. What's not to like?
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4461/37558764011_d847f1682f_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4448/36889041983_e775d27e7a_c.jpg)

I enjoyed this guy because it allowed to work on a couple of different rust effects. Heavy for the blade, light for the chimney vent thing on his back pack.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4445/36889038803_6a32b514d2_c.jpg)

I like this guy's 'Come at me bro' stance. He was the first guy I started working on. I'm not overly happy with the skin face thing on his shoulder...or with any of them in this first batch, but it's ok and works for me at the moment.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4487/37300372680_ddb5fe4a60_c.jpg)

He's got antlers. Who doesn't want antlers?
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4446/37300376860_8a264c2551_c.jpg)

Very Death Korps vibe to this guy. You really get a sense of the slow, implacable nature of these dudes with this model.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4483/36889040843_4358dc9369_c.jpg)

This was my first try in a long time at Plasma effects. I wasn't 100% happy with the result, but it is the right feel. I wanted the centre of the plasma coils to be eye-achingly white. To really stand out...mainly so I won't forget him half way through a game!! But also, it's a different vibe, a different texture, so I wanted it to look and feel different.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4474/37300378540_18e27886a9_c.jpg)

Ugh. This guy.

If there is 1 model in the whole starter set that I hate, it's this guy. I just think that the front of the model has too much detail. It's too busy. It's a bit of a mess. And I'm nowhere near happy with how he came out. Although I somewhat like the fly thingy.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4483/36889038873_9389f4f7c1_c.jpg)

From the back though? Woah! That's a great mini! WTF? How is the front messy and the back brilliant? I think it comes down to the fact that there aren't really any dominant colours on the front. There are a riot of colours, but nothing says 'I'm in control here'. From the back though, it's clear that the robe and armour are calling the shots. Green and purple. Everything else is a compliment or a contrast. As it should be.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4512/37300378380_92d6e10182_c.jpg)

So there you go. A decent start. Not where I want to be later on in the project, but I've explored some ideas and found several things that work.

I really want to put together a small, flavourful Death Guard force now. I'm thinking of basing it around 3 units of 7 Plague Marines with supporting characters and tanks. It doesn't need to be very good on the tabletop, it just needs to look good.

Well anyway, Tuesday this week, I was getting my car serviced and to kill time, I went into my local GW and did some painting. Turns out that today (Saturday) is the Store's Birthday. As such, there's a load of hoopla, free stuff and some little competitions. One of the competitions was to draw 3 random Plastic Clam Packs out of a big box, pick one and then paint it up. All in a week. I wasn't going to go for it, because I like to take my time over models...but something was itching at me and I really wanted to know whether I could achieve a decent result in just 4 days...especially given that I would be working the next 3 days, looking after my son and generally being busy.

So I put my hand in the Big Box and drew out the following:

Lord-Castellant | Games Workshop Webstore (https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Stormcast-Eternals-Lord-Castellant)

Not a great start. I'm not a huge fan of Sigmarines to start with and I've painted a fair amount of gold recently by doing Celestine. I knew I could paint it up and it look ok, but the model didn't capture me at all.

Endrinmaster | Games Workshop Webstore (https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Kharadron-Overlords-Endrinmaster-2017)

Ugh. Any single other model in the Kharadron range would have been great...but this guy, I feel, is about the only duff model in the range.It was a proper let down to pull this guy out.

Blood Angels Chaplain With Jump Pack | Games Workshop Webstore (https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Blood-Angels-Chaplain-with-Jump-Pack)

Well. I've not painted a Blood Angel since Space Hulk...and I really enjoyed that. Also, black armour...I have all the Deathwatch to paint from the boxed set, so it couldn't hurt to get some practice in. Finally, that pose is mint.

I had a winner.

I also failed to do anything but build it on Tuesday. Wednesday came and went and it was only undercoated. However, 2 hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning, and the story was quite different.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4478/37558761611_e56f34497f_c.jpg)

I didn't realise it at the time, but the Plasma gun on the Death Guard was a test-piece for this guy! Far happier with how this one came out.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4472/36848579944_e0c737a28f_c.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4466/36889042033_625298e9a5_c.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4489/36889045483_72a7600af9_c.jpg)

Unfortunately, the black highlights are largely lost in these photos. All, the wings are far less striking than IRL. I was really happy with the wing...especially as I think it took about 6 or 7 thin layers to get the result where I wanted it to be.

There are a couple of things that I wanted to do, but ran out of time on. 1, clean up the bone on the helmet. 2, give him some eyes...It I tried to, but just beslubbered up the job, so I repainted them as black sockets and put in a gloss varnish. 3, 2nd and 3rd layers of highlighting on some of the black armour.

As it was, I got stuck in terrible traffic so I missed the deadline for entry...in fact, everyone had pretty much finished voting by this stage! I get on well with the Store Manager though, so he told me to enter it and let everyone know that they could take a look and if they wanted to change their votes they could...well a few people changed their votes straight away and a couple who hadn't voted threw votes my way, but most of the store carried on with whatever games they were playing and didn't even check out the mini...which was disappointing.

So, in short, I didn't win  :(

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4485/37527142852_17d44807cd_c.jpg)

I did come 2nd though! Do I think I would have won if everyone took a look at my model? Yes. Am I disappointed? Not really. The guy that won put stacks of effort into his piece and it really was nice. The best that he's ever painted for a competition. So I'm happy for him. More importantly, it gives me something to aim for next year!!

So what else is new on my Paint Station? Well, new and old first:

Celestine's Girly Gang:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4469/36889045183_bd754274f6_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4483/23706663358_41a458d6ae_c.jpg)

These have literally been the only constant on my paint station since I first built them. I just fell out of love with them after struggling with Celestine...but I'm trying to finally finish them off now. A little progress on them has been made. Should be able to finish them sometime soon.

Finally, I'm trying to continue working through my Death Guard:

Great model. Also, Celestra Grey is the king of paints. Sorry Mithril Silver, you had your day. Celestra is just so easy to work with. Totally forgiving on you too. It's the bomb.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4502/36889045763_f9d39e3799_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4481/36848583544_80eaaba330_c.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4502/23706664178_7dcc733bb4_c.jpg)

I should enjoy painting this guy a lot more than I am. Ugh.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4448/37558758931_73917f9b3e_c.jpg)

Right! That's it!

Thank you for sticking with me. Sorry it's a wall of text and photos. I really appreciate you stopping by to take a look though. Hopefully you see something you like. Hopefully, if you don't see something you like, you'll let me know why!*



*And no, Cav, 'I want Eldar' is not a valid argument!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Saim-Dann on October 7, 2017, 08:15:03 PM
Niiiiice!
What a visual feast, Looshkin. Have the same colors and technique on my Swooping Hawk wings, so can visualize just how the Chaplin's look IRL. The black on the armor allows the dark red and highlights to really shine. Magic job on the DG as well, mate. loving the different rust effects.

From the time consuming to the rushed comp job, very neat/ smooth and thought out. Thanks for sharing, Looshkin... Pointy ears forever!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Irisado on October 8, 2017, 06:18:26 AM
You've certainly been busy.  That was a very wide selection of painting updates to go through.  They were all excellent, but my favourite was the Plague Marine squad.  They look superb, even the one with excessively detailed front which gave you some problems.  They look suitably diseased, yet still with that sleek Chaos Space Marine feel to certain pieces of their armour.

The only thing that I'm not completely sure about is the plasma core on the plasma gun.  I cannot think of a way to improve it, but it just doesn't look quite right in terms of the colour to me.  It seems a bit too ice white, but that may be the lighting.   A more of an off white may achieve the desired effect a bit more.  Whether that's achievable though, I'm not sure, and it's such a small point, I'd say that it's best to leave it as it is.

I feel your pain regarding some the models that you pulled out of the sack too.  The Chaplain is impressive and you've done very good work with painting him, but the others were a let down, especially that Age of Sigmar model.  Steam punk pseudo Dwarf things are awful in my opinion.

I'm looking forward to see how the work in progress Death Guard turn out :).
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Cavalier on October 8, 2017, 08:55:24 AM
I'm not happy with this post at all.

Because I want ELDAR
And it is a valid argument

lol... WOW. MEGAPOST! I love it! This is what I'm talking about. Seriously... the project logs on this forum are freaking legendary. We need to change the title of this section to the Holy Hobby Crusade...

Such nice work Loosh. Not only am I psyched about the models you were working on but the paint jobs as well. The Deathguard look super awesome. Like right out of a White Dwarf and I really mean it. I love, love, love the rust effects on the blades and the detail work on all the little bits and bobs (shoulder pads and bells in particular). The highlighting and shading on the little chips, dings and pits on the armor are also standout. I'm super impressed with how you managed to highlight them so well, with all the trim. Thats usually a BIG stumbling block for me as I make my bones with my edge highlighting skills. But you managed to pick out just the right spots to highlight and shade with total skill my man. Its that kind of stuff that really makes me admire your work. I can always see that you've got the killer plan and attack it with a great balance of subtlety and visual punch when and where its needed. Also the glowing little wings on the bugs are SO sick. I absolutely love them.

Also I'm so freaking jealous of the grab bag! Damn I was just looking at the White Dwarf with that Blood Angels Chaplain this morning with my coffee. One of my fave Blood Angels models... perhaps my all time fave. So lucky.

My only two criticisms/suggestions would be to add just a touch of weathering to the feet of the Deathguard guys. Maybe just a bit of scuffing with a little metal showing and just a little film of dirt on there. Just because you did great weathering on all the other bits, I think it'd just add a bit of balance to the models.

My only other suggestion would be perhaps to hit red fleshy ribbing on the Blood Angels Chaplain with a dark little wash just to deepen the shading a bit. It may be the photos but that'd be my only suggestion. You killed everything else on that model with extreme prejudice. The wings and plasma pistol in particular are absolutley stunning.

Seriously fantastic work my friend. Always so stoked to see your updates. This one didn't disappoint. Would love to know your thoughts on my suggestions. Do let me know.

Alright bud keep rocking and next time... ELDAR
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Orange on October 8, 2017, 09:21:15 PM
Wow, really beautiful work. The highlighting and shading on everything is outstanding.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: dog_of_war on October 8, 2017, 09:38:57 PM
Awesome work Loosh. I'm with Cab though in the Death Guard. A tad more weathering may be in order, as those paint jobs are just to clean. Don't get me wrong, they are superbly executed. They just need a touch more disease and decay. A simple thing you could try is just add some staining to some of the larger patches of armour and coming from some of the holes. The rust effects a very well executed and you've done a great job not over doing it. I think what else is throwing me off is the bases. Green (alive) static grass and nurgle just doesn't scream pestilence. Besides that, I think you've chosen a great colour palette and I'm really enjoying the purple cloaks contrasting with the green power armour.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Dread on October 9, 2017, 01:29:35 PM
Nice, crisp clean work. I always love your style. Agree with the others on their points but in the end, you're the only one that has to be happy.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Looshkin on October 9, 2017, 06:00:17 PM
I'm not happy with this post at all.

Because I want ELDAR
And it is a valid argument


Lolz!



My only two criticisms/suggestions would be to add just a touch of weathering to the feet of the Deathguard guys. Maybe just a bit of scuffing with a little metal showing and just a little film of dirt on there. Just because you did great weathering on all the other bits, I think it'd just add a bit of balance to the models.

What?

What??

What. The. Actual. beslubber??!!!

What?

Criticism? Cav. Cav Cav Cav.

You are dead to me.

Awesome work Loosh. I'm with Cab though in the Death Guard. A tad more weathering may be in order, as those paint jobs are just to clean. Don't get me wrong, they are superbly executed. They just need a touch more disease and decay.

Agree with the others on their points but in the end, you're the only one that has to be happy.

It's a beslubbering revolt is what it is!

@ Cavalier, Dread and DoW

Yhwh-condemned it if you aren't all right.

I painted these guys doing super clean GW style paint jobs and just weathered some of the Brass/Copper/Steel elements to hint at the corrosion and corruption of Papa Nurgle. You're all right though...because it wouldn't stop there. These guys aren't maintaining their kit like a Space Marine would. Hell, some have completely rotted/rusted armour.

So I made some changes. Minor changes, but important nevertheless. I added some sponge weathering wherever I could fit my sponge. Only little bits, but enough to hint at an overall corrosive feel.

Knee and helm:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4462/37570330452_1326be429a_c.jpg)
Rear view of the same guy. Lower leg weathering:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4449/36932140773_bf15f8df83_c.jpg)
Penis Guard (In other words, I have no idea what this is called. Armoured loin cloth? Girdle? No idea...)"
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4444/36932136683_d53bcdbc12_c.jpg)
And lower leg of the same guy:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4446/37602702971_ea1b4afd03_c.jpg)
A little on the chest:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4473/37570324852_b75982e0fe_c.jpg)
And lower leg again on the rear view:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4483/37553744036_282bda3699_c.jpg)
I like how this one came out, with shin guard damage. Because we all know how much bashing your shins hurts, amirite?
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4505/36932136523_43771292f7_c.jpg)
Rear view, lower leg damage mainly:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4474/36932137513_17e8c25bda_c.jpg)
This guy, I went a little further. More blood effects on the power fist, with a little Tooth Brush-Flicking spatter.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4463/37570329052_71746a18fa_c.jpg)
I actually think the blood helps with the balance of this guy too, as the warm red is a brilliant counterpoint to the very cool fly wings.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4456/36932138813_734ca1d52e_c.jpg)

The only thing that I'm not completely sure about is the plasma core on the plasma gun.  I cannot think of a way to improve it, but it just doesn't look quite right in terms of the colour to me.  It seems a bit too ice white, but that may be the lighting.   A more of an off white may achieve the desired effect a bit more.  Whether that's achievable though, I'm not sure, and it's such a small point, I'd say that it's best to leave it as it is.

Et tu Brute?

When you're right, you're right though. Again Iri, you absolutely nailed something that I hadn't considered. Why does the plasma have to be blue? Is it because everyone just paints it blue? Well that's daft. This is a made up world and we can populate it how we want. And it's something that I hadn't given due consideration to until you raised the issue.

So I made another change. I decided to go with a purple plasma, because one of the spot colours for the squad is purple, so it could definitely fit. Much more than the blue which wasn't the same tone as anything else in the squad.

I really hope you like this, because I think it's a softer finish and the tone just works so well:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4464/37570325502_0d1be6c527_c.jpg)
The back of the same guy, with a little weathering on the legs and cloak:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4502/37602706881_62ed9f6907_c.jpg)

I think what else is throwing me off is the bases. Green (alive) static grass and nurgle just doesn't scream pestilence.

I get you, and I think you're right to an extent. However, Nurgle is also about bounteous growth. So a base with wild, unkempt growth would probably suit the theme too. In this case, though, I wanted the bases to fit with all my other models. I toned down the greenery on the Death Guard, but I still wanted some. My board and scenery are all themed about a (Very unlucky) Eldar Maiden world that is being protected by Alaitoc and her Rangers. I figure that if anything might be able to resist the pestilent charms of Papa Nurgle, it'd be the untapped purity of an Elder Maiden world. So not all death in this case!

@Everyone Wow. Thank you all for stopping by and commenting. Moreover, thank you all for being totally honest with me! I'm never going to get any better or grow as a painter unless I get told what I'm doing wrong and you guys have totally hit the nail on the head with several key points.

Thank you all so much, I really hope you like the adjustments that I've made.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 9, 2017, 07:23:27 PM
Dude! You certainly won't be getting any criticisms from me after this latest batch of weathering :) they're perfect ;)

Also, I'm with the static grass on this. I've got a bit of headcanon that underneath all of the rot, before all of the fethed up stuff that screwed up the galaxy, Nurgle was a fertility god. Wherever he goes, life blooms. Just not necessarily yours...

Good to have you back and posting anyway dude :) especially with an update as good as this :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Dread on October 10, 2017, 01:20:41 AM
Definitely love the plasma. I applaud the changes, looking really good.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Saim-Dann on October 10, 2017, 03:28:08 AM
G'day Looshkin!
Nice comeback, mate. Recall you saying you did the plasma the way you did so as to remind you to shoot them. Hope painting them the same color as the capes doesn't take away from that... Pointy ears forever!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Aurics Pride on October 10, 2017, 03:53:11 AM
Wow Loosh,
You've done some serious work! The weathering on those Death Guard is spot on, not too dirty to detract from the model but they don't look unnaturally clean! Love the Purple plasma too, as you say it fits with the model much better.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Cavalier on October 10, 2017, 08:08:24 AM
Lol... its an UPRISING!  ;D ;D ;D

Aw man fantastic touch ups Loosh. Just what the doctor ordered. If you pushed it any farther it would mess up the overall paint job. Killer work... some of that sponging couldn't be more perfect. Also the blood effect on that power fist is soooo killer. I wish my World Eaters weren't red so I could go crazy with that stuff. Now these models just have a huge amount of texture and so many little areas of interest to draw in the eye.

Looks so good man.

Also... that plasma... THAT PLASMA. SO SICK! Just killed it my man.

Yeah I always do my plasma and energy weird colors. I think I've done it all orange for my guys.

Just brilliant work man. They were phenomenal before and even better now. Love the little bit about why you based them that way... but you just had to tease some Eldar stuff. Now get cracking!!! lol Great stuff bud can't wait to see more. I love it.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: dog_of_war on October 10, 2017, 08:17:22 AM
That purple plasma is spot on and the weathering definitely brought the minis to that next plateau. I'm totally on board with keeping your collection consistent with your bases. It was probably just the combination of ultra clean paint job and base that just seemed off. Now with the chips and scratches in the power armour, combined with the rust effects, I'm sold on the fact that these guys are supposed to be centuries or millennia old. Their bolters still look like they've just come off the assembly line and not seem centuries of war, but now I'm being critic for the sake of pointing out a flaw in perfection  ;)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Irisado on October 10, 2017, 08:39:22 AM
The plasma effect is a great improvement now.  It looks much more ancient and flickering than it did previously.  Leave that clean blue finish for Eldar and Space Marines, Deathguard would have something less clear and clean, such as the look that the weapon has now.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Orange on October 10, 2017, 10:00:56 AM
Really liking that plasma. It's funny how we get in a bit of a rut with colours, just because we see certain things painted a certain way all the time. Good to see the mold being broken!

I didn't mind the clean Nurgle before :)

I think the little touches are good, you don't want to obscure such a sharp paint job under too much grime, even if they're supposed to be dirty.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Looshkin on October 13, 2017, 03:57:05 AM
Their bolters still look like they've just come off the assembly line and not seem centuries of war, but now I'm being critic for the sake of pointing out a flaw in perfection  ;)

There's a reason for that! I'm in the military and as a part of that, I'm required to learn every year about the Law of Armed Conflict. What you can and can't do in combat. One of those things that you can't do is modify your weapons so as to cause more suffering to your enemy. Smearing blades in excrement and the like is a big no no. Which is exactly why all of the Death Guard blades look as though they are smeared with filth. Rusty. Manky. Depraved. In order to cause as much suffering and spread of contagion as is possible.

But they still need to be able to shoot their guns, right? This is where I think that any Space Marine, whether loyalist or traitor, would fall into line. They would still care for and maintain their weapon. Now the bullets inside that weapon may have been tampered with in order to cause more suffering/spread disease etc...but the weapon itself? That would still be stripped and cleaned in order to be the weapon of death that it was built to be...not a filthy, temperamental instrument of bludgeoning.

@ Everyone Thanks you so much for taking an interest in these latest little projects! The feedback has been astounding and I can only thank you all for giving me guidance where necessary. I'm really pleased that you like the touch ups that I've done. Hopefully I'll have more for you sometime soon. Maybe even Eldar one day Cav....maybe...
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 13, 2017, 07:04:58 AM
Very interesting :) it's always interesting seeing how people real-life perspectives reflect in the models they make.

I quite like the idea of Death Guard with meticulously maintained weapons. Yes they're nurgly and mutated and rank, but they're still elite soldiers. The rabble and poxwalkers might neglect such things, but no Astartes would be caught dead with an ill-maintained weapon ;)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: vonny on October 14, 2017, 11:58:42 AM
That is indeed an interesting take on things. Something to keep in mind!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Looshkin on October 23, 2017, 05:19:20 PM
Hey guys, small update time (I thought it was better to have a small update than keep you waiting for 6 weeks again...).

I've slowed work on my Death Guard because I have a few other projects on the go as well. I'm whipping to make big progress this week as I have a quiet work week and my wife and son are off visiting her parents, leaving me with significantly more free time than I normally have!

Whilst Ive started work on a few things, I have still pottered away on the Death Guard characters and I managed to finish the Lord of Contagion:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4461/37857055542_34ab580956_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4457/37839826746_cc07bd9e5d_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4489/37178312474_0aea50f933_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4497/37857055432_91d97b89fb_c.jpg)

I'm aware that he looks a little clean in these pictures. I've added weathering to a few of the armour panels and to the cloak too. Unfortunately, my light box has broken and it's night sooooo....as soon as I fix the light box or replace it, I'll get some more pictures up.

I'll also start revealing the other projects that I'm working on as the week goes on.

Thanks for popping by!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: dog_of_war on October 23, 2017, 05:40:54 PM
Looking great Loosh. Love the gore on the axe. Forget everyone that mentioned the clean paint jobs (myself included). You have a cleaner painting style that really makes the details pop. I think you've done just fine having a hint of decay. Otherwise, you're going to take away from the gorgeous job you did.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Cavalier on October 23, 2017, 06:29:34 PM
Looks so amazing Loosh. I dont think it looks too clean either. When they have jobs tons and tons of trim on the armor its hard to weather and chip because it all turns into this dark morass. So on guys like this I think its perfect. Besides you gored and grimed up the axe beautifully which accomplishes a lot! I think to really weather this guy up you'd need to go Horus Heresy gritty which is not what you are going for.

I think this dude looks incredible. The cloak and the smoke are the show stoppers for me. Can you break down how you did that smoke? Cause I'm looking to do something similar with a pale purple.

Seriously killed this mini my man. Wouldn't change a thing! Is he gonna be your Warlord? Can't wait to see where this force goes. I love it
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 23, 2017, 06:39:48 PM
Here to add to the praise on this guy :) agreed that it's a lot harder to get weathering to 'stick' right with models that are busy with detail. Something I've been finding is that weathering is a great way to add detail and interest to otherwise quite basic-looking models (Marines, Guardians etc.), but if you do the same thing on busy models it all sort of blends into one (haha just looked up and Cav's said exactly the same thing!).

Intrigued as to what this new project might be... ;)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Harlequins
Post by: Looshkin on October 23, 2017, 06:57:02 PM
Looking great Loosh. Love the gore on the axe. Forget everyone that mentioned the clean paint jobs (myself included). You have a cleaner painting style that really makes the details pop. I think you've done just fine having a hint of decay. Otherwise, you're going to take away from the gorgeous job you did.

Thanks DoW! Glad you like it, especially glad you like the axe. I really wanted that thing to appear gross. Like the faintest nick could turn your innards to soup.

Looks so amazing Loosh. I dont think it looks too clean either. When they have jobs tons and tons of trim on the armor its hard to weather and chip because it all turns into this dark morass. So on guys like this I think its perfect. Besides you gored and grimed up the axe beautifully which accomplishes a lot! I think to really weather this guy up you'd need to go Horus Heresy gritty which is not what you are going for.

I think this dude looks incredible. The cloak and the smoke are the show stoppers for me. Can you break down how you did that smoke? Cause I'm looking to do something similar with a pale purple.

Seriously killed this mini my man. Wouldn't change a thing! Is he gonna be your Warlord? Can't wait to see where this force goes. I love it

I think he will be the Warlord and I plan on getting some of the Blightlord Terminators for him to roll with. Really pleased you like him Cav, it means a lot coming from you. I did add a tiny amount of weathering, but as you say, on such a busy model, it's very hard to do well.

As for the smoke and the cloak...they were probably the 2 easiest parts of the model!

The cloak is simply Screamer Pink base with an Agrax Wash. I then dry brush with Screamer pink before doing a very fine dry brush with Emperor's Children.

As for the smoke, I have a man in Liverpool to thank for that. We were in the city for a day whilst visiting relatives and I popped into the GW there. Saw this smoke on their Lord of Contagion. It's just a Celestra Grey base coat (a couple of layers to get a really clean finish). I then made a glaze using Coelia Greenshade (which is lovely - I'd never used it before) mixed with equal parts Lahmian Medium. I applied this by placing it on the 'tip' of the smoke and then dragging it towards the censors. This gives it a far stronger finish the closer to the origin you go. I then drybrushed  back up with Celestra Grey. I had planned on going all the way up to white but didn't feel the need.

Anyway, thanks man, really love that you're loving this guy!

Here to add to the praise on this guy :) agreed that it's a lot harder to get weathering to 'stick' right with models that are busy with detail. Something I've been finding is that weathering is a great way to add detail and interest to otherwise quite basic-looking models (Marines, Guardians etc.), but if you do the same thing on busy models it all sort of blends into one (haha just looked up and Cav's said exactly the same thing!).

Intrigued as to what this new project might be... ;)

Hey Ynnead, thanks for the kind words. I'm almost the opposite in my approach to minis! I love griming up the grimy models and leaving the clean ones super clean (or at least I do with my Eldar...I like to think that they use a small, latent part of their psychic majesty on repelling dirt and muck...gotta look good when you're slaying the forces of Chaos, right?).

All will be revealed with the projects (multiple) over the coming days...if I can get a new Lightbox anytime soon!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Death Guard
Post by: Cavalier on October 24, 2017, 07:44:03 AM
Wow, screamer pink with agrax? I love it! Would never have thought about doing that. Also brilliant on the smoke effects! Celestra Grey is my GO TO paint for doing white or anything bright on a dark model. I gotta get some more lahmian medium I've been out for ages! Super helpful... I'll make sure to let you know when I use that technique on an upcoming model. I'm gonna be heading up to the GW today so I'm gonna get some. Anyway thanks bud super awesome stuff. And like I said I love this model (especially for your warlord). So much interesting paint work that went into him and I wouldn't push it any further in any direction. Perfect balance on all fronts. Love it!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Death Guard
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 24, 2017, 11:14:18 AM
Haha I love the idea that eldar subconsciously using their psychic powers to preen themselves. While I'm firmly in the 'grubby like everyone else in the galaxy' camp, that's a brilliant piece of headcanon ;)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Death Guard
Post by: vonny on October 25, 2017, 09:31:23 AM
Love the way these guys look. It's pretty... and wow. and... uh.

-lost for words-
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Death Guard
Post by: Looshkin on October 26, 2017, 05:23:39 AM
Thanks everyone for your kind words!

Mini update.

I'm not quite where I want to or need to be with a couple of the things that I'm working on...so I did what I always do and procrastinated like a pro.

Ages ago...like 2007/2008 or something...I picked up this piece of terrain from Forgeworld (this was before GW released sick kits) and painted it up. I used the weathering powders from FW a bit. I used all manner of the flock that GW did back in the day. The result was this:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4471/37912276782_92f2474aba_c.jpg)
Excuse the terrible lighting...as I said previously, my light box is caput and I haven't yet got round to sorting it.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4451/37233538864_7a775308db_c.jpg)

Well, I rush job updated it so that it would fit with my other models and terrain a little better. Mainly just adding darker static grass and making the sand look less like it had just been dumped there straight from the beach.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4507/26167301649_59294e49ec_c.jpg)
As you can see, though, I did up the grunge factor on the piece, because it just didn't fit with the other stuff I've produced.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4477/24091857078_349a470347_c.jpg)

And now it gives my Death Guard somewhere to play hide and seek.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4510/37912276382_a122f9300d_c.jpg)

What I will say is that I love the texture of the model. I have no idea whether the texture was from the mould or whether I used the old grey texture spray you could get from GW...remember that one? You had to use it all in one go or the sand inside the can clogged the nozzle. Such a great idea, such terribad execution!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4460/37889881036_af6492b272_c.jpg)

So there you go. Mini update. I'll get back to the work I'm supposed to be doing!

Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Death Guard
Post by: Irisado on October 26, 2017, 05:50:24 AM
That's superb work on that terrain piece.  The texturing has turned out especially well and it's certainly very suitable camouflage for those Deathguard.   
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Death Guard
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 26, 2017, 10:25:54 AM
Loving the new, darker, grubbier terrain. Very fitting with your Death Guard :) excellent work!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Death Guard
Post by: Saim-Dann on October 26, 2017, 10:40:07 PM
Niiiiice!
Don't like Death Gaurd but like what you've done with your last piece. Cannot say any more than what has already been said. Can only agree with them.

The terrain piece?... Wow! When given a clear, plain surface to work with, you really go to town don't you? Hats off, mate... Be well!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Death Guard
Post by: dog_of_war on October 27, 2017, 08:08:55 AM
You really are the king of weathering. You've done a superb job on that piece. It was good before, but you really brought it to that next level.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Death Guard
Post by: vonny on October 27, 2017, 09:13:17 AM
That certainly looks like an old and used tank. Brilliant work on the weathering. And the update on the grass and sand is just what you would expect - bringing old, just-starting-out projects up to snuff with your current skills.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Death Guard
Post by: Cavalier on October 27, 2017, 10:04:54 AM
WOW! That looks incredible Loosh! When I stopped in the pics weren't available. Absolutely exemplary painting and weathering. I love how the grass and dirt sort of spills into it as well. Super nice work Loosh and very consistent with the weathering and "decay" factor of your Death Guard. Love it
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Death Guard
Post by: magenb on October 27, 2017, 04:46:09 PM
That looks fantastic!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Death Guard
Post by: Looshkin on October 28, 2017, 12:44:55 PM
That's superb work on that terrain piece.  The texturing has turned out especially well and it's certainly very suitable camouflage for those Deathguard.

Loving the new, darker, grubbier terrain. Very fitting with your Death Guard :) excellent work!

Cheers Irisado and Ynnead! I'm glad you think it fits in with the Death Guard, that was something that I was aiming for.

Niiiiice!
Don't like Death Gaurd but like what you've done with your last piece. Cannot say any more than what has already been said. Can only agree with them.

The terrain piece?... Wow! When given a clear, plain surface to work with, you really go to town don't you? Hats off, mate... Be well!

Hey, each to their own Said-Dann. I personally think the Death Guard have some of the best models in the game...and I never really liked any of the chaos aesthetics before now. Hopefully if I keep painting them, I can win you over!

Glad you like the terrain piece though!

You really are the king of weathering. You've done a superb job on that piece. It was good before, but you really brought it to that next level.

That certainly looks like an old and used tank. Brilliant work on the weathering. And the update on the grass and sand is just what you would expect - bringing old, just-starting-out projects up to snuff with your current skills.

Cheers guys! The weathering was a little more slap-dash than usual, but I just wanted to update the piece, not make it a masterpiece. I'm glad you like it; bringing my older models up to scratch is normally something that I avoid (It's nice to see an evolution in painting skills, I find), but terrain pieces don't have the same sentimental value, so it's good to do and something that I've been meaning to do for ages.

WOW! That looks incredible Loosh! When I stopped in the pics weren't available. Absolutely exemplary painting and weathering. I love how the grass and dirt sort of spills into it as well. Super nice work Loosh and very consistent with the weathering and "decay" factor of your Death Guard. Love it

That looks fantastic!


Cheers fellas! Means a lot for you to stop by and give me feedback.

Alright, enough of the backslaps, fun as they are to receive! On to the progress.

So...I have made no progress with my Death Guard.

Or the Sisters of Battle models.

Or my Harlequins.

So what the hell have I been up to?

Well, if you remember, it was the GW Store Birthday a couple of weeks back. At every store having a Birthday, they have a special Primaris Captain available to buy on that 1 day. He's only available in store for that 1 day, so if you don't live near a GW, you're kinda screwed. Well, at my GW, if you spent £150 on the day, you got him for 'free'. So I bought Gift Vouchers that I used the next couple of weeks on Shadespire and the Elder Codex...stuff that I was going to buy anyway, but by getting the vouchers, I could still buy them, but I got a free marine model...and boy is that marine model pretty.

I don't generally paint marines. I'll say that now; but again, the store was going to do a painting comp* for just that model, so I figured I'd give him a go and maybe he would be some sort of inspiration for the Crimson Fist army that I've always intended making.

Please note, he's not 100% finished. He's painted to a point that I'm (very) happy with him. However, there are 1 or 2 very minor bits I want to clean up. Also want to add a 2nd edge highlight to some of the armour panels (I didn't have any Hoeth Blue to do so).

Finally, I need your input as to whether I weather him!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4500/37990682101_4546ab2e9b_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4456/26214961379_aaeddff1c0_c.jpg)
Cloak detail. You can see a tiny bit of the white/grey on the red. That's one cleanup job to do.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4488/26214960749_e4b209ea74_c.jpg)
Come get some:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4474/24139733228_96a5ede211_c.jpg)

So, by the time I had taken those photos, I was actually questioning some of the things that I had done with the model, and whether they worked as I wanted them to.

I needed a comparison. I needed something totally different to contrast with the model and prove to me one way or the other whether I had made the right choices.

So I put together a little diorama to check whether it all worked...and I'm not going to lie, I love the result. It gave me a massive smile when I put it all together...so I really hope you like the next photo too (Sorry about the computer crap in the background, the lack of my Lightbox really hurts my composition!):

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4465/26215061339_4d994c0a33_c.jpg)

So there you go. 1 Primaries Captain kinda finished...hopefull y he'll be the start of a big Crimson Fist army. Who knows?

Please though guys, I need your help. Please answer the following questions:

What else do I need to do to finish this guy (Decals, more highlights, touch ups that you've seen...anything really)?

Should I weather him? It'd probably only be the boots (Dirt/Scrapes) and maybe the cloak (Dirt). Or should I leave him clean and a total juxtaposition to the Death Guard?

Thanks for dropping in fellas, I look forward to hearing what you have to offer.




*If you're wondering about the painting Comp...this week was also Armies on Parade for AoS and the guys working in the store had to be reminded that there was a Comp too! Also, no other entries...so that was disappointing; but a lot of folks liked the mini, so that was nice.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: Saim-Dann on October 28, 2017, 03:18:51 PM
G'day Looshkin!
Oh my, you've done a great job on him, mate. Yes to the weathering on the lower limbs and cape. Yes to a second highlighting, however, only on the areas that the sun would hit. Hold your model by the base and put your eye at the 12:00 pm position. Whatever edges you see, second highlight.

This technique really gives your model some depth and avoids that, "Tron in power armour", look. Really enjoying your posts, Looshkin... By the by. Am only ant-Death Guard because of the couple of hidings I've received from them. Once my lads get the better of them, I'm sure I'll think they're just lovely... Pointy ears forever!!   
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: Calamity on October 28, 2017, 04:38:47 PM
Awesome stuff Looshkin!  Really crisp and neat paint jobs on everything there.  :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: Cavalier on October 29, 2017, 08:09:44 AM
DUDE! That paint job has to be one of my favorites that you've ever done! Screw the painting competition, I would not change ANYTHING (beyond transfers). Absolutley GORGEOUS work on the blue... See I'm a huge fan of not overly highlighting things. I don't think everything needs 3 or 4 stage highlighting. I think keeping it darker makes him feel more like a Crimson Fist. Also by the Gods... that cloak. Its a thing of absolute beauty.

Also by comparison... the Nurgle dude looks so much more weathered and grimy.

I say to hell with the painting competition for the sake of your own collection I wouldn't change anything. Such a nice counter point between the Death Guard style and your Crimson Fist captain.

Again I say do so some transfers and call it a day. This dude is a grand slam. I love it.

P.S. Also noticed the orange plasma. ::High five::
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: Dread on October 29, 2017, 11:05:25 AM
Oh I thought it was the new primarius orange juice gun, haha not really, I do love it tho. As for the painting, all of the above. Tha busy bases are phenominal. And goo boy looks fantastik, I've been slowly assembling my slimy army since book dropped, sadly no paint tho.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: Ynneadwraith on October 29, 2017, 11:48:31 AM
Man that's a kickass paint job :) really crisp and great colour choices. Love the little diorama too.

I think you know what my opinion on weathering will be ;) nothing quite seems finished to me unless it's got at least a few little nicks and scrapes.

Nothing Death-Guard extreme, but a lottle muddying to the cloak hem and boots and a couple of nicks and scrapes on the armour would go down a treat ;)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: dog_of_war on October 29, 2017, 04:22:25 PM
I'm in the don't touch a thing camp. He's supposed to be all shiny and new, with that right off the assembly line look. I think he's in perfect juxtaposition to the Death Guard.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: Looshkin on November 1, 2017, 05:05:09 AM
Wow! Thanks for all the responses guys. I'm really pleased that you guys have given me feedback and some choices to ponder.

G'day Looshkin!
Oh my, you've done a great job on him, mate. Yes to the weathering on the lower limbs and cape. Yes to a second highlighting, however, only on the areas that the sun would hit. Hold your model by the base and put your eye at the 12:00 pm position. Whatever edges you see, second highlight.

Man that's a kickass paint job :) really crisp and great colour choices. Love the little diorama too.

I think you know what my opinion on weathering will be ;) nothing quite seems finished to me unless it's got at least a few little nicks and scrapes.

Nothing Death-Guard extreme, but a lottle muddying to the cloak hem and boots and a couple of nicks and scrapes on the armour would go down a treat ;)

Thanks for your input fellas. Those are top tips for any model highlighting and weathering from both of you. I especially like you tip Said-Dann about highlighting only what you can see from directly above. I think I have been doing that in the past when I do extreme edge highlights, but it's good having someone put it into words.

Oh I thought it was the new primarius orange juice gun, haha not really, I do love it tho. As for the painting, all of the above. Tha busy bases are phenominal. And goo boy looks fantastik, I've been slowly assembling my slimy army since book dropped, sadly no paint tho.

Glad you like the base Dread, this is the first real scenic base I've done. I still wanted it to fit with all the other bases in my army, but I think the elevation helped this guy tremendously. Looking forward to seeing what you manage with your slimy guys!

Awesome stuff Looshkin!  Really crisp and neat paint jobs on everything there.  :)

Cheers Cap!

I'm in the don't touch a thing camp. He's supposed to be all shiny and new, with that right off the assembly line look. I think he's in perfect juxtaposition to the Death Guard.

Cheers man. That was my thinking with the model. Fresh off the production line and onto the battlefield...I wanted that stark contrast to the Death Guard.

DUDE! That paint job has to be one of my favorites that you've ever done! Screw the painting competition, I would not change ANYTHING (beyond transfers). Absolutley GORGEOUS work on the blue... See I'm a huge fan of not overly highlighting things. I don't think everything needs 3 or 4 stage highlighting. I think keeping it darker makes him feel more like a Crimson Fist. Also by the Gods... that cloak. Its a thing of absolute beauty.

Also by comparison... the Nurgle dude looks so much more weathered and grimy.

I say to hell with the painting competition for the sake of your own collection I wouldn't change anything. Such a nice counter point between the Death Guard style and your Crimson Fist captain.

Again I say do so some transfers and call it a day. This dude is a grand slam. I love it.

P.S. Also noticed the orange plasma. ::High five::

Bad news Cav. The plasma is more red than orange. ::Mini Fist Bump::

Haha! I love reading your replies Cav because it's so enthusiastic and exuberant. It gives me energy to go back and paint more minis when the response is so overwhelming, so thank you.

There are 1 or 2 touch ups to do on the model, but I think I'm probably with you on this guy. Leave him as is. I know you like the darker highlights and it fits a Crimson Fist, but I'll probably add a couple (and only a couple) of added highlights to the extreme edge surfaces that would catch the light, as Saim-Dann suggested. It's one of the rare instances when the photo makes the highlights pop more than IRL, so I can afford to just accentuate it a touch I feel. Otherwise, just the transfers to add (As well as writing on the scroll work.).

So, thank you all for your input. I really do appreciate it. I think I've taken on board suggestions from all of you (even if only to confirm what I already thought)...except Ynnead. No weathering for you.*





*But as a special treat, I'll go and weather the cat, or my grandma, or a neighbour's car** or something.


** Can you imagine how disturbing/frustrating it would be to get to your car in the morning and find that it had seemingly rusted all to hell? Like it was stuck in it's own little Oxidation timewarp? Unsettling.***


***But probably not as unsettling as finding your Gran or Cat covered in Typhus Corrosion...
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 1, 2017, 08:05:24 AM
Thanks for the reply, Looshkin!
To have an artist of your caliber take on/already doing a technique I suggested is a real treat. Made my day, mate... Be well!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: Cavalier on November 1, 2017, 08:14:46 AM
@Looshkin- lol... its hard not to get pumped when seeing minis of this caliber! Yeah while I do play a good amount of games, I'm on a podcast I dont actually get to hang with my gaming buds in real life so I dont get to talk hobby with anyone but you guys. Therefore I unleash all my love for the hobby upon you all with the force of a thousand lions.  ;D ;D ;D lol! Anyway bud I'm glad I got you stoked for your captain. Seriously a thing of beauty. Keep rocking bud you are killing it!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 1, 2017, 10:07:13 AM
Haha no worries ;) well aware that my opinion on whether something should be weathered or not is...skewed.

As far as I'm concerned everythong should be up to and including someone's pets or elderly relatives if they sit still for long enough ;)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 1, 2017, 11:19:43 AM
I second what Ynnead said. Have some in-laws you could practice on. One of them doesn't even need weathering. Just use her as a guide... Bwahaha! Advertising's rule of thumb. "Mothers are sacred, however, Mother-in-laws are fair game.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: Aurics Pride on November 4, 2017, 06:33:22 AM
Oh snap!
Loosh that Primaris Captain looks freaking awesome! Such a clean paintjob on it and the basing looks spot on!
Please tell me what technique you use to do the white robes? I've tried everything that I seem to be able to find on youtube etc and I just can't seem to get a decent white without brush strokes and a lot of them in it. You seem to get such a rich flat white, it's really impressive.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: Looshkin on November 4, 2017, 06:03:24 PM
I second what Ynnead said. Have some in-laws you could practice on. One of them doesn't even need weathering. Just use her as a guide... Bwahaha! Advertising's rule of thumb. "Mothers are sacred, however, Mother-in-laws are fair game.

Yeah, I've got one of those too Slim-Dann. Although I think I'd probably be more likely to attack her with a hobby knife than a paint brush...

@Looshkin- lol... its hard not to get pumped when seeing minis of this caliber! Yeah while I do play a good amount of games, I'm on a podcast I dont actually get to hang with my gaming buds in real life so I dont get to talk hobby with anyone but you guys. Therefore I unleash all my love for the hobby upon you all with the force of a thousand lions.  ;D ;D ;D lol! Anyway bud I'm glad I got you stoked for your captain. Seriously a thing of beauty. Keep rocking bud you are killing it!

 ;D

Haha no worries ;) well aware that my opinion on whether something should be weathered or not is...skewed.

As far as I'm concerned everythong should be up to and including someone's pets or elderly relatives if they sit still for long enough ;)

I think I have accidentally used Ryza Rust on one of my cats before now...

Oh snap!
Loosh that Primaris Captain looks freaking awesome! Such a clean paintjob on it and the basing looks spot on!
Please tell me what technique you use to do the white robes? I've tried everything that I seem to be able to find on youtube etc and I just can't seem to get a decent white without brush strokes and a lot of them in it. You seem to get such a rich flat white, it's really impressive.

I cheated of course! I think I started with Administratum Grey through the airbrush and gradually added white as I went. Finishing with pure white scar airbrushed onto the extreme edges and raised parts of the cloak. There is one bit that I've touched up with the brush and I'm absolutely going to have to reattach with the airbrush because you can see the edge of where I was working to and it horrifies me utterly.

Glad you like the model though AP, means a lot!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Primaris Captain
Post by: Orange on November 13, 2017, 09:01:53 PM
Really love that captain man, Crimson Fists are one of my favourite chapters. They can have a habit of looking too dark sometimes, but with the highlighting and the use of white itís really brightened him up and made him pop.

I hope it is the start of another army!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire
Post by: Looshkin on November 23, 2017, 06:35:13 AM
Really love that captain man, Crimson Fists are one of my favourite chapters. They can have a habit of looking too dark sometimes, but with the highlighting and the use of white itís really brightened him up and made him pop.

I hope it is the start of another army!

You hope correctly Orange. It'll be something that I potter along with. The only army I tend to ever play/make lists for/wish that I played more is my Alaitoc army. Everything else is for amphetamine parrots and giggles and to create something aesthetically pleasing...and maybe so that I have something ready when eventually I do get round to playing a few more games and whatnot.

So, I haven't been idle over the last few weeks. I have been busy with work and visiting family, but I have managed to potter along and make a bit of progress with a few different things.

First up, I started working on the Stormcast from the Shadespire set. I like the looks of the game and the small warband size makes it a good set to get painted; much like the Blood Bowl set, I'm keen to get all of the basic sets painted up.

In this case, I wanted to try a colour scheme that I haven't touched before, but want to use on another project down the line. As such, I thought I'd give a Teal type colour a whirl.

I think in the future, matching Teal with Silver would be a better call. Teal is actually warmer in tone than I gave it credit for. As such, I think that the overall tone of the Stormcasts is a smidge too warm. Only a smidge though...so maybe Silver armour would cool them down too much and then they'd require another spot colour to bring them back into balance. As it was an experiment, I'm happy enough with the results and what they have shown me for my future project.

Also, a bit of weathering, because otherwise Ynnead's head may explode...
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4546/38540023196_cb0a100bcb_c.jpg)
This guy's head is lighter IRL. His skin tone is way closer to mine than what is pictured, so apologies for the crappy photo lighting.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4533/26820784179_df0e36a8a2_c.jpg)
Focus on cloak weathering:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/38564326722_9994ed2048_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4536/38597237651_4da619d35b_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4586/38540023166_32a99628a9_c.jpg)
Focus on shield weathering:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4551/38564326792_dc3b8c090f_c.jpg)

Well. After all is said and done, I still don't like the Stormcast models! I'm content with the paint jobs, but not happy. I may retouch and retreat in the future, but they can be used for gaming now, so it's all good.

Next up, I started working on the Primaries marines from the Dark Millennium boxed set. I had really enjoyed painted the Primaris Captain, so I wanted to get the ball rolling on these guys. The overall work is a step or 2 back from what I gave the Captain, but I didn't want to spend the whole of my life painting rank and file. I figure 1 week of a couple of hours a day should suffice for a standard squad.

A very dark photo of the whole squad:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4532/38597385861_7e2396d074_c.jpg)
I'm not going to lie, I love the dark and moody look for Crimson Fists.

I then took some deliberately bright photos so that you can see the work that I've done. Don't worry, they are nowhere near this bright IRL!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4529/38564471112_c0296b151d_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4581/24724998438_10d60995a1_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4520/24724999128_94987ab2e2_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4527/26820701859_e9b2e8d27b_c.jpg)
I beslubbered up with this guy. I painted his right hand red first...and then realised it's always the left hand that is red on regular guys. So I made him a veteran. I'll make sure that when I finish him, I give him appropriate battle honours or something to signify why he has the veteran status. I mean, even the Primaris Captain isn't a vet FFS!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/37709243565_c3f27a1bee_c.jpg)

So those guys are 95% complete. They need squad and chapter markings, but I don't have any transfers right now, or at least no idea where the transfers would be. Once they are marked up correctly, I will add a small amount of weathering to some of the shoulder pads. I don't want to go OTT all dinged up, but a bit of battle damage is in order.

I took a few of the edge highlights on these guys all the way up to Hoeth Blue (Kantor base, Nuln Oil in the recesses, Alaitoc on the edges, Hoeth on the sharp edges). I liked the result, so revisited the Primaris Captain. I think the change is subtle, but just allows him to stand out a tiny bit more:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4562/24724892858_5cff6ba6dd_c.jpg)

So that's the stuff that I've largely finished over the past couple of weeks. I do have a WiP though, returning to my Death Guard:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4568/38564471792_65c4d70318_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4551/38597386021_7c1a5dda04_c.jpg)

The flesh needs another couple of layers, I need to weather the model and I need to figure our a complimentary colour for the nurgling.

So there you go. A few different projects getting some attention...and the conveyer belt is still utterly packs with unfinished/not started projects. I need about 6 months of leave to manage this lot!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire
Post by: Cavalier on November 23, 2017, 06:53:20 AM
Wow what a sick update. I think those Stormcast models look just phenomenal. I just love your painting style Loosh. I wouldn't change a thing on those models, they dont look too warm at all to me. I think they have real nice contrast and wouldn't change anything. The weathering on the cloak is fantastic (how'd you do that?) I love the basing too. Damn those models look cool! I may need to check out Shadespire.

The Crimson Fists are just looking absolutley killer. The more I see the Primaris Marines the more I love them. They look super brooding... the design of the helmets are just great... these dudes just look like merc'ed out killers. 

Also I love that Death Guard guy. His feet are absolutely disgusting which is a total win.

Fantastic stuff Loosh... my Dark Angels are now crying out for Primaris reinforcements!

Also you'll pay for that comment on my sacred project log. 




 8)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire
Post by: Looshkin on November 23, 2017, 07:20:48 AM
Cheers Cav! As always, your feedback is especially appreciated.

Wow what a sick update. I think those Stormcast models look just phenomenal. I just love your painting style Loosh. I wouldn't change a thing on those models, they dont look too warm at all to me. I think they have real nice contrast and wouldn't change anything. The weathering on the cloak is fantastic (how'd you do that?) I love the basing too. Damn those models look cool! I may need to check out Shadespire.

Yeah, I think the cold basing helps too. I think a lot of it is that I want to try a silver and teal look. I think I'm at the point where I'm making excuses to try it!

As for the weathering, it's just some simple sponge weathering of Dryad Bark. The usual rules apply; less is more, make sure the sponge barely has any pigment on it before attacking the model.

The Crimson Fists are just looking absolutley killer. The more I see the Primaris Marines the more I love them. They look super brooding... the design of the helmets are just great... these dudes just look like merc'ed out killers. 

Agreed. I kinda want together a whole Primaris army because they look so very right. Regular marines seem tiny and insignificant when stood next to them.

Also I love that Death Guard guy. His feet are absolutely disgusting which is a total win.

Gotta give props to the sculpts again. They are tremendous. They really suit my paint by numbers approach of just sticking to the details, not going outside the lines. The whole DG range is one of the best out there IMHO.

Fantastic stuff Loosh... my Dark Angels are now crying out for Primaris reinforcements!

Get some! I would absolutely love to see some black DA Primaris marines. If you think the Crimson Fists look brooding...wow...I can't wait to see what you would do with them!

Also you'll pay for that comment on my sacred project log. 

 8)

Well...you say that...but you love me really!  :-*
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire
Post by: SeekingOne on November 23, 2017, 07:23:23 AM
Hi Looshkin!

Those Death Guard and Crimson Fist Primaris are great paint jobs! You really do the justice to those cool models. Keep it up! :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire
Post by: dog_of_war on November 23, 2017, 08:03:17 AM
Another solid update Loosh. I'm in agreement with you on the Eternals. You've got a solid paint job in them, but I think the issue is that they have very little texture in the sculpt, leaving very little opportunity to highlight the model, leaving it relatively drab. Where there is texture, like that scale mail, it looks freaking unbelievable. Great paint job on a poor sculpt.

The Crimson Fists are superb too. That additional highlight just took it to a 10/10. I use the same Alaitoc to Hoeth Blue on my Eldar, which looks awesome in person. Those two colours are a winning combo for sure.

Keep feeding us the eye candy Loosh, its been too long between my fixes.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 23, 2017, 07:13:09 PM
Haha glad you've got back into the weathering game ;) I notice the little mud splashes on the Fists' feet too. Definitely Ynnead approved ;)

Love the feet on the Death Guard too. There's something extra disturbing about painting gribbly tentacles in regular skintones which fits perfectly with Death Guard :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire
Post by: Dread on November 23, 2017, 07:44:25 PM
Oh, such gooey goodness. Just getting better and better. Don't change a thing.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire
Post by: Saim-Dann on November 23, 2017, 08:05:21 PM
OH-MY-GIDDY-AUNT!!
You have been busy, mate.Your painting skills are not only supreme but inspiring. My favorites are the primaris Intercessors. You say a sponge is used for the weathering? Smart technique and a very nice result. Especially on the Eternals shield.

The second edging on the Captain is the perfect touch. Still a little sensitive about the death Guard so as good as yours look, a hammer would finish them off just nicely. Thanks for sharing, Looshkin. Always learn something when you post, mate... Be well!   
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire
Post by: Alienscar on November 24, 2017, 04:11:51 AM
Like you Looshkin I am not normally a fan of Stormcast's. It is a credit to your painting style that you have made me look at the models in a different light. I don't know if it is your painting style or the models that you have chosen but you have somehow managed to impart an heroic feeling to the models that is normally missing.

Your Primaris Captain is so ridiculously good that I don't know how to describe it. The one stand out item for me is the belt. I really like how amongst all that armour you have managed to paint the belt so that it looks like leather. Brilliant stuff.

It is the same with the DG model. When a model is painted really well I find it is the smaller details that really stand out. In this instance I really like the way you have painted the inside of the bell as the patina of dirt around the clappers reminds me of old metal items that I have seen in real life.

I have said it before Looshkin but I really appreciate the effort and detail that you put into each of your posts   
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire
Post by: Looshkin on November 24, 2017, 05:47:29 AM
Those Death Guard and Crimson Fist Primaris are great paint jobs! You really do the justice to those cool models. Keep it up! :)

Cheers man! Means a lot coming from someone as talented as you...now quit wasting time looking at my minis and go paint up those Shining Spears. Go on! Shoo!

Another solid update Loosh. I'm in agreement with you on the Eternals. You've got a solid paint job in them, but I think the issue is that they have very little texture in the sculpt, leaving very little opportunity to highlight the model, leaving it relatively drab. Where there is texture, like that scale mail, it looks freaking unbelievable. Great paint job on a poor sculpt.

The sculpts aren't too bad...I'm just not really a fan of the aesthetic. The models actually give you a few sharp edges to work with along with a few larger areas where talented types could show off their freehand. The photos don't really do the models any favours, as a lot of the subtle highlights are washed out somewhat (Note to self, go for the black background next time!). Anyhoo, I'm glad you like the work I've done, even if it's not 10/10 standard.

The Crimson Fists are superb too. That additional highlight just took it to a 10/10. I use the same Alaitoc to Hoeth Blue on my Eldar, which looks awesome in person. Those two colours are a winning combo for sure.

Keep feeding us the eye candy Loosh, its been too long between my fixes.

Yeah, I hadn't used those 2 highlights together before. I actually have the Painting App to thank for the guidance on that one. Glad to hear you use it too. Also, Primaris marines are amazing to work on!

Haha glad you've got back into the weathering game ;) I notice the little mud splashes on the Fists' feet too. Definitely Ynnead approved ;)

Love the feet on the Death Guard too. There's something extra disturbing about painting gribbly tentacles in regular skintones which fits perfectly with Death Guard :)

Oh, such gooey goodness. Just getting better and better. Don't change a thing.

Bad news. I changed some things, which we'll get round to in a bit. Bad news Ynnead...it's the skin tones amongst other things. Just a bit more pallid...edging towards Necrotic.

Thanks for the feedback fellas!

You say a sponge is used for the weathering? Smart technique and a very nice result. Especially on the Eternals shield.

Yeah, it's just a torn off bit of the stuff that model cases are packed with. That way it gives a slightly uneven texture. I just dip the sponge into the paint and then dab away almost all of it onto a tissue or some kitchen roll. When I have the amount of paint that I'd normally use for a light dry brush, I go to work; dabbing it onto raised edges and other bits that may get bumps and scrapes. For metal armour, I do a brown usually, followed by a silver...but go easy with both, especially the silver. For cloth, I tend to just use a brown to represent dirt splatter.

The second edging on the Captain is the perfect touch. Still a little sensitive about the death Guard so as good as yours look, a hammer would finish them off just nicely. Thanks for sharing, Looshkin. Always learn something when you post, mate... Be well!   

Glad you're a fan of the Captain and the Intercessors. Sorry about the Death Guard. Best you look away now...

Like you Looshkin I am not normally a fan of Stormcast's. It is a credit to your painting style that you have made me look at the models in a different light. I don't know if it is your painting style or the models that you have chosen but you have somehow managed to impart an heroic feeling to the models that is normally missing.

Cheers man! I really don't know what I did or how it happened...but that's freaking great to know!! (Better to be lucky than good, I always say)

Your Primaris Captain is so ridiculously good that I don't know how to describe it. The one stand out item for me is the belt. I really like how amongst all that armour you have managed to paint the belt so that it looks like leather. Brilliant stuff.

I love that you're a fan of the belt of all things! It's one of the silly affectations of 40k that always tickles me. You're clad in adamantium or plasteel or psycho-reactive plastics or whatever...and you've got a leather belt from Top Shop or Macey's to hold up your Adamantium/Plasteel/Psycho-reactive plastic trousers. Ridiculous, but fun. It also gives the painter another texture to paint, so everyone wins. Except for the Grox that the belt came from of course...[/quote]

In this instance I really like the way you have painted the inside of the bell as the patina of dirt around the clappers reminds me of old metal items that I have seen in real life.

Woohoo! Score one for laziness!

Genuinely, I painted the bell with a base of Screaming Bell (clue's in the title after all). I then did a heavy wash of Agrax on the whole model. At that point, I'd normally watch for pooling and dab away any excess. With Death Guard, I tend to watch for about 2 minutes and then go off to do something more interesting than watching paint dry. As a result, it pools more often on my DG...and I don't do anything about it. In this case, it's a part of the model rarely seen, so I thought 'Why Bother?'. Also, it tends to provide a good transition to the darkest part, which I could only achieve with several coats and a lot of time.

I have said it before Looshkin but I really appreciate the effort and detail that you put into each of your posts   

Cheers man. I know I don't post as frequently as other guys on the plogs, so I try to make sure every post includes real, tangible progress. I also want my thought processes to go into the post because I love reading what other people are thinking when they paint. It's stoking the fire of creativity imo.

But mostly, I'm thankful for all of you dropping by to read me wittering on about nothing in particular...so I'd best make my random musings funny, insightful or just damn sexy to ensure that you'll come back for another dose later.

Speaking of which, progress time! I've been off work with an annoying cold this week, which has allowed me time to finish up several things and make real progress with others. Yesterday, I was able to finish off the Noxious Blightbringer. When I first started working on the Dark Imperium set, this guy was probably the one I least wanted to work on. There are just so many nooks and crannies. I also thought there might be too much detail and was worried the end result would be confused or messy.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4520/38574886092_7c9bc6f6f5_c.jpg)
Turns out, my fears were largely unfounded. There are plenty of spaces to get a brush through and actually there aren't too many textures going on...it's just armour, some metal, some brass, some cloth and some flesh. Concentrate on getting those right and it all ties in nicely...I imagine if you go crazy on the detail, you'll either win a Golden Daemon with this model, or it'll look like a toddler has vomited a rainbow all over it.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4536/38607538251_ed01aa9067_c.jpg)
Backside view...Ynnead, I'm afraid I lightened the skin tones quite a bit. Suck it up. (I'm kidding of course. I just wanted the tones to match the Lord of Contagion and The Bloat Drone I had already completed!)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4540/26830654349_50c959b347_c.jpg)

So there you are. Away from the harsh forum of a Lightbox and an iPhone, I reckon that this guy is my favourite Death Guard that I've painted to date. I hope you guys like him too...but if not, tell me what you don't like and why! I'm not too proud to change things!

Cheers everybody!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire
Post by: Irisado on November 24, 2017, 11:14:53 AM
Outstanding work on the Blightbringer.  The contrast of the royal purple with the vile green of the Deathguard is not only excellent use of colour, but also rather ironic when you consider how royal purple stands for all things lavish and resplendent.  The fact that it has been corrupted by the Blightbringer is very apt.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire/Death Guard
Post by: magenb on November 24, 2017, 03:58:17 PM
Putting the glow from the plasma onto the gun itself is a real nice touch too.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire/Death Guard
Post by: Ynneadwraith on November 29, 2017, 06:58:11 PM
No complaints from me! 100% Ynnead approved :) the whole added effect of the tentacles looking skin-toney is as opposed to when you see them in bright green or something like that. With yours it definitely looks like they're part of the Marine beneath which is what I really like :)

Absolutely love the rich copper tone you've got on the bell and trim. I've been looking for something good to highlight Warplock Bronze with and that looks just the ticket!

The little flashes of electric blue verdigris work really nicely as well :) all round top job!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire/Death Guard
Post by: Blazinghand on November 29, 2017, 07:46:50 PM
That Blightbringer looks amazing. The purple really pops and the model is a pleasure to look at.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire/Death Guard
Post by: Looshkin on December 3, 2017, 06:38:03 PM
Thanks everyone for the nice comments about the Blightbringer.

So. You know how I was worried all the detail on the Blightbringer would make the model look messy and cluttered? Looks like I was just getting ahead of myself and actually I needed to be worried about the Malignant Plaguecaster.

Seriously, I hate this sculpt...as such, I struggled to get interested painting it. It just has too much going on, too many features. The face is just weird and horrible to paint. The plague cloud is nice but...it just stops. If it came from his mouth, that'd work, but as is....nope. The cloak in the form of wings? Double nope.

Nope nope nope.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4585/23952519977_01064f24be_z.jpg)
Why does the cloud stop with a straight edge? Just why?
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/23952519187_6f5555929e_z.jpg)
I actually don't hate the rear view. It's the front of this mini that is just God-awful.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4536/38817095001_4a4a377d1f_z.jpg)

So yeah. I'm not happy with this guy, but I think that's because I never really wanted to paint him, so some of the work is sloppier than my other DG. Oh well. Can't all be Home Runs; you've got to hit a few singles to keep your average up.

I moved from that guy to 2 others that I wasn't looking forward to painting; the Geminae Superior from the Triumvirate set.

They're ok, but the faces aren't great at all. I need to replace my Pallid Which Flesh. It's not a good pot of paint. It left a granular texture on the skin. Me no happy. On top of that, unlike Cav, I found it really hard to find the definition of the eyes, so I must have repainted them about a dozen times. That's never a good thing. I like the armour and the cloth though, so it's not all a dead loss.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4515/38786516682_46a15ca501_z.jpg)
Also, the text on the parchment is...lacklustre:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4539/27041219749_b877e8cb83_z.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4578/23952522457_996484080e_z.jpg)

Fortunately, I did somewhat enjoy finishing my work on these Pox Walkers. Lots of little touches, lots of textures...but not so much that anything overpowers the mini. I think that my favourite aspect of these minis is the 'vibrant but sickly vibe'. They're bursting with life...but not in a good way!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4573/38786513832_7507871d93_z.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4547/37930809435_0384e7ae44_z.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4574/37930808955_c7fe8648c2_z.jpg)
Hugs?
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4562/38101034664_ac031fa61f_z.jpg)

I also revisited the Battlescape terrain piece that I painted a number of years ago. I was fairly happy with how this was painted, but after I varnished the piece, it left it shiny. As such, I wanted to weather it a bit in order to dull it down somewhat. Also, sorry about the crappy lighting throughout this update...that's what comes from a ritzy Lightbox and taking photos in the middle of the night.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4559/38786517012_f897728e11_z.jpg)

Well, some things from the past couple of weeks I'm not happy with, some I am. But how's about a few group shots to tie it all together:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4518/37930818925_64a479e0bf_z.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4520/38101036334_31f7ed6538_z.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4577/38101035654_6871146429_z.jpg)

So I only have 10 more Pox Walkers to work on. I may just spread those out though and work on them whilst addressing other projects.

I think I fancy some Blood Bowl next.

Maybe an Autarch.

Who knows...
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire/Death Guard
Post by: Orange on December 3, 2017, 07:31:27 PM
"Can't all be Home Runs; you've got to hit a few singles to keep your average up."

Great analogy... one I should try to remember next plate appearance!
I have found one similar which says "the perfect is the enemy of the good"--it's better to have something finished and painted well than a masterpiece that you don't finish or even start. He's still painted very well though!

The pox walkers look great. The problem I see with a lot of nurgle models is that they do the decay a little too well, and the models look a little boring as there is nothing to focus your attention on. I think the red on your guys really makes them pop.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire/Death Guard
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 3, 2017, 07:53:32 PM
Just read about you talking about not posting frequently so you make up for it with lots of content when you do and you're not wrong!

I've heard a lot of hate for the Plaguecaster sculpt. Usually when I see models like that I start thinking of how to chop them up to try and make them work, and it's pretty dire when I can't actually think of how I'd do it. Only other one I've come across is one particular daemonette model which is so ungainly I can't actually think of any way beyond chopping it at every joint to make it look graceful.

Not overly sure what you're on about with the final finish on the eyes there Loosh. Might have taken a few attempts, but they're better than any I've ever painted! Love the warpaint as well :)

Now, onto the best bit. Remember when you were talking about home runs? Absolutely love those Poxwalkers. They're so damn cool! Colour choices are perfect, from the sickly green to the faded pinks and verdigris-ed bronze. You're absolutely right about them being a great balance between lots of stuff going on and no one thing in particular being overpowering.

Great work!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire/Death Guard
Post by: Saim-Dann on December 3, 2017, 08:59:33 PM
Wow, Looshkin!
They all look amazing. You are far too hard on yourself, mate, with the eyes and the scripting and the skin tone and the home runs. They all look Micky Mouse to me. Agree with the plaguebringer.

I would have chopped the cloud off myself so good on ya for giving it a go. Thanks for the tip on the transfers on my Wolves as well, mate. Will grab a tub on my next splurge... Be well!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire/Death Guard
Post by: Dread on December 3, 2017, 09:15:17 PM
I second everything said. My bring to the table is the rich gold on the sister. So smooth.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire/Death Guard
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 4, 2017, 05:58:35 AM
Oh! Managed to gloss over the little diorama at the bottom of the post. Awesome!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire/Death Guard
Post by: Cavalier on December 4, 2017, 07:41:48 AM
What the hell is up with that Blightbringer? I've not seen a GW model look that bad in a long, long time. Something about the whole Death Guard release has seemed off to me. Like when they released the Dark Vengeance set they evolved the aesthetic... but with a lot of this Death Guard stuff it feels like its taken a step back to that more 90's look. I think you did an admirable job trying to make that mini work but jeez that is a terrible sculpt by todays standards.

But wow! Those Poxwalkers look amazing! What fantastic paint jobs you dropped on those dudes. The rust and red boils are just fantastic and the color choices on the clothing are excellent as well. What phenomenal minis and I just love the paint jobs.

Also the Gemenae look sweet as well. I love the purple rose on the one girl. Real nice touch. I hear you on finding those eyes... the sculpting on their faces is super shallow. I got lucky and nailed their eyes on this round, but the last set of them I did was a super struggle. Getting the brush under their bangs is a nightmare, especially on the girl facing left. If you dont get it the first time its gonna be tough. But all that said I still think yours came out very nice.

Also that battlescape terrain looks awesome. I REALLY want to get one of those... it'd really match my terrain. BTW is that a Dark Angels rhino or a Salamanders?

Anyway great update Loosh. Just great stuff all round horribly sculpted Blightbringer included if only for the paint job. And I vote AUTARCH! for the next project. We need some Alaitoc action here! lol  8)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire/Death Guard
Post by: magenb on December 4, 2017, 03:04:22 PM
As nice as it is to have trees with branches, it does make it rather painful to position models within the terrain, so you've made a great looking terrain piece that is actually functional, awesome job :)




Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire/Death Guard
Post by: Looshkin on December 5, 2017, 06:27:52 AM
I have found one similar which says "the perfect is the enemy of the good"--it's better to have something finished and painted well than a masterpiece that you don't finish or even start.

Absolutely. I always put off painting my Harlequins because, if I couldn't do the diamond pattern, why was I even trying? It meant that I had the models in boxes for years as I completely feared getting them wrong. Fear of failure...it was like I was painting like an English cricketer! The second I accepted that it wouldn't be perfect, but it would still be good was the second that I became brave enough too try...and we learn nothing without trying.

Anyway, thank you for your kind words, I'm particularly pleased you like the Poxwalkers!

I've heard a lot of hate for the Plaguecaster sculpt. Usually when I see models like that I start thinking of how to chop them up to try and make them work, and it's pretty dire when I can't actually think of how I'd do it. Only other one I've come across is one particular daemonette model which is so ungainly I can't actually think of any way beyond chopping it at every joint to make it look graceful.

Yeah...it's not good. I would totally have to change my style of painting to get a good result on that guy...and I'm not prepared to do that. It may look better than it does now, but it wouldn't fit into the force as a whole. As it only needs to look good from 3 feet away...well it can stay as it is.

Glad you liked everything else...even the mini diorama that I badly threw together!

Wow, Looshkin!
They all look amazing. You are far too hard on yourself, mate, with the eyes and the scripting and the skin tone and the home runs. They all look Micky Mouse to me. Agree with the plaguebringer.

I second everything said. My bring to the table is the rich gold on the sister. So smooth.

Cheers guys!

What the hell is up with that Plague Caster? I've not seen a GW model look that bad in a long, long time. Something about the whole Death Guard release has seemed off to me. Like when they released the Dark Vengeance set they evolved the aesthetic... but with a lot of this Death Guard stuff it feels like its taken a step back to that more 90's look. I think you did an admirable job trying to make that mini work but jeez that is a terrible sculpt by todays standards.

I've just amended your post to what I hope it should read. The Blight Bringer is the bell guy, the Plague Caster is the sorcerer. The bell guy is awesome. The Plague Caster is not!

See, I actually think that, for the most part, the redesign is terrific. I love the model range. There are a few Plague Marine heads that I'm not a fan of, but the way they've worked distortion and corrosion into the sculpt is brilliant. There are plenty of nice touches too, with pitting and defects worked to represent the 3 circle icon of Nurgle. I think the fly motif is largely well done.

I just think the Plague Caster is amphetamine parrot.

Really amphetamine parrot.

But wow! Those Poxwalkers look amazing! What fantastic paint jobs you dropped on those dudes. The rust and red boils are just fantastic and the color choices on the clothing are excellent as well. What phenomenal minis and I just love the paint jobs.

I'm not going to lie; when I first started painting the Pox Walkers, I didn't like them. You have to get them to the stage whereby the skin is washed and the boils painted before you start to like them. Before that, it seems like there's way too much detail again. Once those are painted though, it's a bit of cloth here, a weapon there. They become fun.

Also the Gemenae look sweet as well. I love the purple rose on the one girl. Real nice touch. I hear you on finding those eyes... the sculpting on their faces is super shallow. I got lucky and nailed their eyes on this round, but the last set of them I did was a super struggle. Getting the brush under their bangs is a nightmare, especially on the girl facing left. If you dont get it the first time its gonna be tough. But all that said I still think yours came out very nice.

I'm seriously considering painting all of my minis to completion...except for faces. I then package them up and send them over to you to do your thing.

I also seriously need to invest in a couple of 'Face' brushes. Super fine for the eyes...and maybe not clogged up with other paint because I'm terrible at having the discipline to wash my brushed correctly!!

Also that battlescape terrain looks awesome. I REALLY want to get one of those... it'd really match my terrain. BTW is that a Dark Angels rhino or a Salamanders?

Cheers man. As I said, it was an older piece that I painted, but it looked good before and I'm even happier with where I got it to. The tank is a Dark Angels Rhino. I painted it that way to match my Bro's DAs. It just looks a little more vibrant in the photos due to the lighting problems I'm facing at the moment.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4551/23983273987_a87f73c430_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4537/38817234132_0a89e8bb7a_c.jpg)

Anyway great update Loosh. Just great stuff all round horribly sculpted Blightbringer included if only for the paint job. And I vote AUTARCH! for the next project. We need some Alaitoc action here! lol  8)

You may just get your wish. I really want to start on my Alaitoc again. But I also have 2 Blood Bowl teams to paint up...especially given the fact that there's another team out this weekend. I don't want to get too far behind!

Anyway, thanks as always for you critiques and kind words, means a lot that you put so much effort into replying to my posts!

As nice as it is to have trees with branches, it does make it rather painful to position models within the terrain, so you've made a great looking terrain piece that is actually functional, awesome job :)

I'd love to take credit, but I really can't! It is the Games Workshop 40k Battlescape that was released a few years ago. It's a great bit of kit. No leaves allowed.

That's all for now. I'll have some more updates later this week I hope. Thanks for stopping by everybody!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Crimson Fists/Shadespire/Death Guard
Post by: SeekingOne on December 5, 2017, 08:23:52 AM
Great update, enjoyed the group shots ;)

I love how you handled the bursting cloud on the Malignant Plaguecaster. What paints did you use?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Looshkin on January 28, 2018, 09:56:33 AM
Great update, enjoyed the group shots ;)

I love how you handled the bursting cloud on the Malignant Plaguecaster. What paints did you use?

Thanks Seekingone. For all of the plague cloud effects/censor smoke effects, I based the area with Celestra Grey. I then washed the area with a thinned Coelia Greenshade. Following that, I did a Celestra Grey dry brush. I honestly can't remember if I took the Dry brush one shade lighter or not. I think the effect is better displayed on the Lord of Contagion.

Thanks for checking in!

Ok. So I've been quiet for a long while! Sorry!

I had intended to ride the hobby wave through Christmas and get loads done. Unfortunately, one the last couple of months I got a couple of Colds that totally wiped me out. Combine that with a somewhat busy work schedule, a hectic festive period and being old, knackered and having a 2 year old...well it all got the better of me.

I managed to get back into the swing of things in January though, so hopefully this will kick on to be a productive 2018.

I mentioned that I might get back to my Eldar (to the excitement of Cav), but that I may work on some Blood Bowl figures.

Good news Cav! I base coated an Eldar Autarch! Wooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

But yeah, I worked on the Blood Bowl Humans. Sorry Cav.  :-[

I had been meaning to get round to these guys sooner, but I'm really pleased that when I did get to starting them, I didn't rush the project at all...mainly because they're loosely painted in my team's colours (Not quite they're more Blue/Green than Aqua). So instead of the Miami Dolphins....

...Introducing the Marienburg Dour Fins!

Yup. I'm all about the bad punny type names...

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I didn't really like the Human Linemen sculpts when I began this process, but as the paint has gone on, I'm actually really impressed by how great they are for really showing off your team's colour scheme. The open stances lend themselves to that very nicely. Also, because of the number of armour panels and things, it allows you to have bare metal on some, team colours on others...it shows off the ramshackle nature of Blood Bowl.
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Blitzers; love these guys:
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I numbered them 5 and 4 in homage to my favourite player since I've watched the game; Zach Thomas (No.54 for the Dolphins). I'll have to incorporate his name into theirs somehow.
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Famed for his quick release, No.13, Daniel Constantine Von Marienburg, barely gets sacked and his passing rivals that of Elven teams:
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Maybe I could call the other passer Greasy Robert or something (After Bob Griese, twice Super Bowl Champion)...
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Facing off in very poorly lit conditions against the New Ork Giants:
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So there you go! Another of the Blood Bowl teams finished. I have still got to do the Ogre for the Dour Fins, but I really need to prioritise another project for the next couple of weeks.

'What project?' I hear you fail to ask.

Well, if you remember, every year, my GW does a Secret Santa. The first year, I pulled out the Zombie Dragon that I had put into the Secret Santa. Yup. Picked out my own entry, despite there being something like 32 entries. I turned him into this:
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So last year, there were something like 20 entries. Again, I picked out the Treelord that I had put in. (If you're wondering, the boxes are wrapped up, then a raffle ticket is attached. When it comes time to pick a prezzie, you pick out a random raffle ticket and the matching ticket is the gift you get to keep...so there is no way of deliberately trying to get a specific gift!).

I turned that Secret Santa into:
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(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2889/32042706943_1ee5c2e695_c.jpg)

So this year, they upped the Gift cost to £50 so that everyone could do a Start Collecting box. If you put in AoS, you could only draw AoS. If you put in 40k, you got 40k.

There were 6 AoS gifts, 9 40k.

I was the 3rd person to draw from the 40k side of things. Matt, the Store manager called me up to draw out a raffle ticket. I stayed where I was in the shop and said 'You draw it Matt, it doesn't really matter, it's going to be the Skitarii box that I put in anyway...'

Well. Wasn't I wrong.

It wasn't the gift that I put in...oh no. Yup. it was the Skitarii. Of course it was the Skitarii.

A 1 in 9 chance and I got my own gift again. 3 years running. A 1 in 5760 chance.

I need to go and buy a lottery ticket!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4715/39945835231_3879ef869f_c.jpg)

Well, we have a painting Comp on 10 Feb. So I need to paint up the 12 minis in the box. Thank God I didn't get totally caught up painting a Blood Bowl team and didn't only leave myself 2 weeks to paint.

Oh. Hang on.

I've made a start, but it's a slow start...hopefully I'll pick up the pace and get it all done in time!

Some base colours and a bit of a wash on the metal...but lots and lots to do!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4612/39945831611_6a62cdf0a6_c.jpg)

Thanks for stopping by guys! Really appreciate you trawling through the wall of pictures and text that I post. Hopefully I'll be able to make more regular updates from now on.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Saim-Dann on January 28, 2018, 06:53:55 PM
G'day Looshkin!
Glad your feeling better, mate. You have been busy though. Really enjoyed going through this post. Like the, as you say, ramshackle of the Blood Bowl players. The first four photos with the different angles looked like that training exercise I've seen in movies. The one where they're in that pose, shuffling their feet and all turning 45 degrees.

Yup! You're definitely going to have to buy a lotto ticket for your next secret Santa. Nice job on last years. Looking forward to seeing how the Skitarii turns out. We know you'll do an amazing job.

Good to see you back, Looshkin. Stella first posting for 2018... Be well!!     
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: magenb on January 28, 2018, 07:46:42 PM
A 1 in 9 chance and I got my own gift again. 3 years running. A 1 in 5760 chance.

I need to go and buy a lottery ticket!

You'll probably just win your money back lol.


Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Dread on January 28, 2018, 09:22:58 PM
Wow Looshkin this is great. I know how the cold thing is, had the flu 3 times since Christmas myself. Glad you're up and running again.

Funny, last year my friends got me a skaven team. Haven't played yet but new season about to start at store. Another friend got me both rule books and the skaven/dwarf stadium. You think they want me to play? Started painting last night.

Sold my Skits so you keep on trucking.

Enjoyed your wall everything is looking great.

Back to my Runewars game, which also has my brushes going now. Tourney on the 10th of February.

Until next time, keep 'em rolling.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Cavalier on January 29, 2018, 07:22:06 AM
Absolutely brilliant work Loosh. So glad to see you back in the threads bud. I absolutley love the Blood Bowl team. The name, the colors its all fantastic. Those shades of yellow and blue are just amazing. Perfect color choices, perfect execution. Just love it.

Off to a hot start on those Skitarii too. Man what are the odds on drawing your present 3x in a row? Oh yeah you gaves us those odds... lol... regardless its ridiculous and awesome at the same time! They are actually a ton of fun to paint. You can make them as super detailed or as simple as you want. I think Scorpion82 did a great job of finding that middle ground... and I'm sure you'll absolutely love them as you get on with the project.

Still can't wait to see some more Eldar, but I'm actually really stoked to see Skitarii and what choices you make in terms of putting an army together. Anyway great to see you back bud. Keep us posted and keep rocking!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Alienscar on January 29, 2018, 07:44:00 AM
Thanks for stopping by guys! Really appreciate you trawling through the wall of pictures and text that I post.

Always a pleasure and never a trawl to paraphrase a well known saying Looshkin. I always appreciate the time and effort you put into each of your posts and I like the little recap of your previous Secret Santa comps that you included in this post.

Your Blood Bowl team looks brilliant in your chosen colours and I like the way you have moved the yellow and blue colours around to add a little variety.

The Skitarii though are my favourite of this post. Even though you say you have got some work to complete on them they already look fantastic. From my point of view it is impressive how smooth all the paint you have applied looks.

I can't wait to see the Dominus as it is one of the models produced by GW that I really like.

Combine that with a somewhat busy work schedule, a hectic festive period and being old, knackered
 

Oh yeah on the subject of being old and knackered according to the site stats it was your birthday on the 16th so a belated happy birthday to you Looshkin.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Looshkin on February 2, 2018, 06:15:26 PM
First off, thank you all for the replies. It really is cool to see so many people interested in this thread. It's even cooler when I think that to view it, you've had to tear yourself away from the 20 or so other amazing, vibrant threads in the Projects...and it's helluva cool to see so many threads active all at once! Amazing!

Thanks for your kind words everyone about the Blood Bowl team. Although I was fairly surprised that there was even more love for the Skitarii (Who had only been base coated, washed and 2 other colours added! You must really love those models!!).

So how have I been getting on? Have I made significant progress towards the Start Collecting painting Comp?

I'll show you! You will be astounded!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4625/25176611847_2d865d652f_c.jpg)

Um. Yeah. So the King of Procrastination (Self-appointed) may or may not have become somewhat sidetracked.

Ok. I definitely became sidetracked.

New Year, same old me? Not quite. I decided in the New Year that if I started a project this year, I was sure as hell going to finish it...and there was one model left to paint for the human team. I couldn't stand seeing him on the paint station with barely a lick of paint, so I decided to add a colour. That colour became 2, became 3, became the sole thing I worked on for a couple of days.

But I'm really pleased with how he came out...so who cares that the Skitarii stood on the sidelines for a couple of days?

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All is not lost though. I did make a little progress with the Skitarii:

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Please note, this guy isn't finished. He's about 90%. He's also not up to the standard of some of my recent work; like the Primaris Marines or the Blood Bowl team. He has a bit of weathering to be added and also a couple of details to pick out...but he's mostly there. I finished him to check that the scheme works and that he looks good enough to be the baseline for the army. I can paint all the guys to this standard and then go back at a later date if desired and spruce them up a little.

I also got busy and built 5 Vanguard, the Dominus and also the Onager Dunecrawler. Those have all been base coated and I hope to make a significant amount of progress over the weekend. I need to, as time is running out!!

Anyhoo, a minor update, but hopefully you guys will enjoy it. Catch you later with more progress in a few days!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Saim-Dann on February 2, 2018, 07:29:36 PM
Niiiiice!
The Blood Bowl bloke looks like one of the front rowers I was second row to in high school. Fantastic progress so far, Looshkin. Everybody saw the potential of your Skitarii in your last post, mate, and you didn't disappoint. Really enjoying this journey... Be well!   
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Alienscar on February 3, 2018, 01:54:01 PM
Wow that Ogre looks fantastic. I don't know if the size of the model is making a difference or if it is the way you have used the blue but the colour scheme really pops.

I liked the Skitarri before but now I am blown away. I particularly like the way you have painted the metal.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Cavalier on February 3, 2018, 04:31:49 PM
Damn. Everything looks absolutley awesome Loosh. The Ogre is just fantastic and again... the color scheme is just rocking.

The Skitarri Range also looks sickening. Just killer work there. The red is spot on and the blue lenses on the mask are just expertly done. I love it.

Anyway looking forward to more. I dig the minor updates so keep them coming. Keep it up bud!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Looshkin on February 5, 2018, 05:58:05 PM
The Blood Bowl bloke looks like one of the front rowers I was second row to in high school.
In that case, I would have handed over my lunch money! Thanks for the kind words S-H, it's greatly appreciated.

Wow that Ogre looks fantastic. I don't know if the size of the model is making a difference or if it is the way you have used the blue but the colour scheme really pops.

I liked the Skitarri before but now I am blown away. I particularly like the way you have painted the metal.

Sotek Green is now officially one of my favourite colours in the range. Might even get close to Celestra Grey. It's easy to apply, looks rich and reacts so well to a Nuln Oil wash. I think that simply having a bigger canvas allows it to really come forth and shine.

As for the Skitarii, thank you very much Budd. The cloth is a work in progress. I think that the layers I used were too thick due to me rushing, but I'm trying to make amends with the next batch. I'm glad the metals meet your approval; they are the key feature of Skitarii after all...it would do to mess them up!

Damn. Everything looks absolutley awesome Loosh. The Ogre is just fantastic and again... the color scheme is just rocking.

The Skitarri Range also looks sickening. Just killer work there. The red is spot on and the blue lenses on the mask are just expertly done. I love it.

Anyway looking forward to more. I dig the minor updates so keep them coming. Keep it up bud!

Well, as I said to Alienscar, I think the red is a work in progress and I should have achieved a smoother transition, but I'm glad you like them...I must be doing something right, even if I'm not sure at times!

As for the minor updates...if I'm ever to get to 80-odd pages like you, I have to churn out more work! I'm getting there slowly.

So I had a pretty constructive weekend. Saturday was really good and then watching the Super Bowl until 0330 Sunday Night/Monday morning gave me another excellent spell to make some progress.

So first off, I took major steps towards completing the Skitarii Rangers. A bit of basing, transfers and then weathering to do...but all of that should take 30 minutes or so, so I'm leaving that for later in the week. Also one or 2 details that I've missed, such as highlighting the wax of the purity seals (spotted as I was writing this!)
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I like how eye-achingly bright the plasma looks on this guy. I certainly won't forget to shoot it during a game!
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On Saturday, I spent most of the day working on the Skitarii Vanguard. I could have done 10 Rangers, but I guessed that for a painting comp, more variety would benefit the look of the army. Playability be damned!
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I left the backpacks off these guys to help ease of painting. It's made a huge difference so far!
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Finally, I've been working on the Dominus in tandem with the Vanguard:
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Finally finally, I forgot that I had already put together the Dunecrawler and am going to paint it in 4 sub-assemblies.
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So there you go. Will I finish it by Saturday afternoon? I think it's touch and go at the moment. I just need a couple of good nights' work and I'll be ok. We'll see.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Saim-Dann on February 6, 2018, 12:04:18 AM
Absolutely blessed magic, Looshkin!
Skitarii looks to be your army, mate. You've got a real flair for them. At speed no less. Quickest posts, from you, I've seen in my short time on the forum. Everything looks so neat, and that Dominus?... Niiiiice!.

Good call with the plasma gun, as well, Looshkin. Nobody will be able to forget that blokes there. Great work, mate... Be well!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Cavalier on February 6, 2018, 07:15:36 AM
Dang Loosh! You are really cracking on these models... absolutely brilliant work! Its the perfect blend of that classic GW style with touches of the new-school like the glow effects. I absolutley love it man. I think one of the things thats really standing out to me is how smooth the paint job is on the metals. Did you undercoat these things with Leadbelcher Primer? Because it looks phenomenal! After painting 3 Cawl's priming them metal is definitley the way to go. When I painted up that yellow Skitarrii army I think I worked up from black and painting the metal was such a bear... and it didn't look great afterwards. But these look absolutley awesome...

Also I think the reds are fantastic. Whatever flaws you are seeing must be super up close... because I'm loving them. If you are worried about not having enough gradiant of reds on the cloaks/longcoats, remember folds and shapes of the cloaks are REALLY shallow... they feel more like rain coats then billowing robes or something, so there isn't too much room for shading... so it'll feel more like a solid color, which in my opinion is perfectly cool. But if you wanted to break it up a bit, maybe some weathering at the hem of the cloaks? Not necessary IMO... I wouldn't change them. I really dig the way they look big time. They look really striking.

Anyway great stuff as always Loosh. Your painting just keeps getting better man. Keep it up bud I love these updates. 
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Alienscar on February 6, 2018, 09:56:40 AM
Man I don't envy you having to finish all that work by Saturday, I really hope you get it done.

I am sorry to say I do not like your Vanguards as much as the Rangers stuff you posted. This is just my personal taste coming to the fore rather than your painting though. Unless it is different with the model in your hand I prefer the lighter red you achieved on the Rangers over the darker red on the Vanguards.

That white hot plasma is amazeballs.

The Dominus seems to be shaping up nicely but I am shocked by how yellow the gold looks at the moment.

Nice to see some WIP in a blog. Any issues putting the Dunecrawler bits together?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: magenb on February 6, 2018, 03:27:46 PM
Nice touch on changing the colour of the breather part of the mask and just above the eyes on the rangers.  Plasma weapons look smashing too.

Yeah painting these guys in separate parts helps, especially with the legs and underside of the coat.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Looshkin on February 6, 2018, 06:54:13 PM
Hey guys, progress report (But no pictures tonight...Boooooo!!!!).

First up, your replies:

Nice touch on changing the colour of the breather part of the mask and just above the eyes on the rangers.  Plasma weapons look smashing too.

Yeah painting these guys in separate parts helps, especially with the legs and underside of the coat.

Thanks man. There were just too many silver areas, so adding a splash of gold here and there helps break it up. I'm glad you approve. I also made sure that I only used Blue-Tac to attach them to their bases until I had painted the legs and inside of the coat. As you say, way easier!

I am sorry to say I do not like your Vanguards as much as the Rangers stuff you posted. This is just my personal taste coming to the fore rather than your painting though. Unless it is different with the model in your hand I prefer the lighter red you achieved on the Rangers over the darker red on the Vanguards.

Don't be sorry! Constructive criticism is how we learn and improve. In this case, though, I'm already way ahead of you. The robes on the vanguard have been based, washed and the first layer added. There are a couple of layers after that, which is why the more or less complete Rangers look lighter. I think, or at least hope, that you'll approve when I post some updates...hopefully tomorrow.

That white hot plasma is amazeballs.

The Dominus seems to be shaping up nicely but I am shocked by how yellow the gold looks at the moment.

Nice to see some WIP in a blog. Any issues putting the Dunecrawler bits together?

Thanks dude. It's not the easiest effect to achieve because you kinda need a perfect sculpt for it to work well, but it definitely works with these guys.

With the Dominus, the top parts of the gold haven't even been washed, let alone layered, hence the yellow appearance.

The Dunecrawler is a great kit. Very easy to assemble, so no dramas at all. The Ranger also slots in and out easily, so working on him should be really easy.

Thanks for all the input! Drop back over the next couple of days to see the infantry really taking shape.

Dang Loosh! You are really cracking on these models... absolutely brilliant work! Its the perfect blend of that classic GW style with touches of the new-school like the glow effects. I absolutley love it man. I think one of the things thats really standing out to me is how smooth the paint job is on the metals. Did you undercoat these things with Leadbelcher Primer?

Yes, yes and double yes. Leadbelcher base with a wash of Nuln and you only need to pick out a few edges with Mithril/Stromhost Silver and the metal is done. You're right too, it leads to a really smooth finish. I can't even imagine having to base coat these guys by hand with Leadbelcher...ugh!!!!!

Also I think the reds are fantastic. Whatever flaws you are seeing must be super up close... because I'm loving them. If you are worried about not having enough gradiant of reds on the cloaks/longcoats, remember folds and shapes of the cloaks are REALLY shallow... they feel more like rain coats then billowing robes or something, so there isn't too much room for shading... so it'll feel more like a solid color, which in my opinion is perfectly cool. But if you wanted to break it up a bit, maybe some weathering at the hem of the cloaks? Not necessary IMO... I wouldn't change them. I really dig the way they look big time. They look really striking.

Yeah, the cloaks are super shallow. The Vanguard set that I'm doing are way better. There are at least 2 cloaks that I've enjoyed painting!

I think the Vanguard cloaks will look better than the Rangers, but I'm pretty confident that the Dominus should blow them away. Really happy with how he is shaping up.

Anyway great stuff as always Loosh. Your painting just keeps getting better man. Keep it up bud I love these updates. 

Cheers man, means a lot coming from you, especially considering the kickass Ad Mech you put out last year!

Absolutely blessed magic, Looshkin!
Skitarii looks to be your army, mate. You've got a real flair for them. At speed no less. Quickest posts, from you, I've seen in my short time on the forum. Everything looks so neat, and that Dominus?... Niiiiice!.

Good call with the plasma gun, as well, Looshkin. Nobody will be able to forget that blokes there. Great work, mate... Be well!

Cheers man! Who knows whether I'll keep up the rate after this mini project, but hopefully I will. I can at least try! Thanks for stopping by!!

Alright...since you've been good, I'll post 1 picture to give you a sense of where the Vanguard are going. Be advised, there is a lot of tidying up to do, the lighting is harsh as beslubber and I still haven't painted a few of the additional details and colours that I need.

That's a lot of caveats!!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4755/40125050741_05f97f755f_c.jpg)

Thanks for stopping by folks!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Saim-Dann on February 6, 2018, 07:16:28 PM
Niiiiice!
Now stop posting and finish the blessed things. Only three more sleeps to go, mate. Would feel guilty if you missed the deadline for keeping us up to date... Gogogo!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Cavalier on February 7, 2018, 06:58:34 AM
Oh man. Super nice! Way to go picking out all the coils. I don't think I did that... but man what a difference. They really feel like elites with top tier gear with that little touch. Nice job on the squad leaders face plate too. Picking out that central bit with gold was a great call. Another awesome mini-update. I'm loving it! Keep them rolling bud it keeps me inspired to do that extra painting after commissions on my own stuff. Love it!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Aurics Pride on February 7, 2018, 05:57:03 PM
Loosh, that Ad-mech stuff is beautiful!
Most of the armies I see are painted quite dirty and weathered but I am loving your more clean look to them. The coils on the Vanguard's weapons look awesome!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Looshkin on February 7, 2018, 07:13:43 PM
Cheers Saim-Dann and Cav. It doesn't take a crazy amount of time to do these mini updates, so I will keep it going where I can!

Loosh, that Ad-mech stuff is beautiful!
Most of the armies I see are painted quite dirty and weathered but I am loving your more clean look to them. The coils on the Vanguard's weapons look awesome!

They will get a little bit of weathering, but only smattering of dirt on the cloaks. I figure that if nothing else, the Ad Mech factions would take very good care of their cybernetics.

I'm pleased you like the weapon coils. I think that the models need something bright and cold to offset from all the gold and red and the general darkness of the figures.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Aurics Pride on February 8, 2018, 02:25:09 AM
Cheers Saim-Dann and Cav. It doesn't take a crazy amount of time to do these mini updates, so I will keep it going where I can!

Loosh, that Ad-mech stuff is beautiful!
Most of the armies I see are painted quite dirty and weathered but I am loving your more clean look to them. The coils on the Vanguard's weapons look awesome!

They will get a little bit of weathering, but only smattering of dirt on the cloaks. I figure that if nothing else, the Ad Mech factions would take very good care of their cybernetics.

I'm pleased you like the weapon coils. I think that the models need something bright and cold to offset from all the gold and red and the general darkness of the figures.

Definitely agreed, you've managed to get a very nice balance there though. They are complimentary to the overall look of the model rather than overpowering like I have seen some people do with Plasma/Grav weapons.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Looshkin on February 10, 2018, 06:08:29 PM
Cheers AP, it's nice to get some good feedback from someone who understands model balance so very well. Cheers for dropping by!

So, update time!

Never never never never never never never leave these projects so late! FFS! I got it done...but I was working til all hours the last couple of days and then again this morning and even doing some work in the store minutes before the painting comp! I should never have finished that Blood Bowl Ogre!!!!!!

I didn't think it possible last night, but I managed to finish everything to a reasonable standard. The only things missing are the hatch for the Dunecrawler, a servo skull on the Tech Priest Dominus and a base for the Dunecrawler.

First up, the Skitarii Rangers. These were 95% complete, I just had to add some detail to the bases this morning and add transfers and then add a very, very light weathering of the hems of the cloaks:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4770/40192519011_1fd19622c2_c.jpg)
A rear shot to show just how light the weathering is:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4614/40159621822_22eb1f8339_c.jpg)

The Skitarii Vanguard. Again, mostly complete, but I got them to 95% on Thursday night, so today was bases, transfers and weathering:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4616/39480711374_63631ee456_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4754/40159621912_2f999a3ef6_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4724/26319662518_4038cdd58c_c.jpg)

Tech Priest Dominus. I worked this guy at the same time as the Vanguard, so mostly finished by Thursday night. A few details finished off yesterday and the base completed this morning. I think this is a pretty cool model. A mini Belisarius. The robes were fairly simple, but an absolute treat to paint because of the depth of the folds. I'd happily paint another 10 of this guy:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4706/28412295999_7cd1ba4b62_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4750/40159619862_3c7514dfdf_c.jpg)
The lighting washes out a lot of the depth of the robes, but it's quite a good transition from shaded Mephiston up to pure Evil Sunz Scarlet:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4710/39480707774_ccc81bdd6e_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4701/39480707664_113b4edf37_c.jpg)

Then there's this guy. At 2130 last night, I genuinely only had the Khorne Red of the top armour, the Zandri Dust of the legs and a silver base on the Ranger crew done. It was not looking promising. I worked 4 hours on him last night and then probably another hour or so this morning. Holy beslubberballs is it a lot of work. I still haven't finished it (There's some underneath work to do) and it needs a base, but I was happy enough that it was ready to go into a comp.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4760/28412295969_b60fe9b1c2_c.jpg)
I desperately need to drill out that Heavy Stubber barrel...
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4605/26319657848_5c5f3cde4b_c.jpg)
More work needed on the Skitarii's robes too...
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4760/26319657378_7ec52ef8b7_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4694/40159622702_bd6495baf6_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4710/40192517461_513bda3d83_c.jpg)

So that gave me the whole gang:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4759/39480711234_06dda0d6a5_c.jpg)

Which in turn led to:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4702/39480708764_bf02aecfaa_c.jpg)

You don't necessarily need to know that of the 15 original Secret Santa participants there were only 5 total painting entrants. You certainly don't need to know that they were only judging AoS Vs AoS and 40k Vs 40k. You definitely don't need to know that there was only 1 other 40k entrant. Or that he was about 12 years old. You don't need to know any of that. I beslubbering won. That's all you need to know.

why the hell did I pretty much burn myself out to beat a 12 year old??!!!!!!!  Gaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!!

Still. It's led me down a path that I've enjoyed walking. it's also given me a really nice starting platform for a full Ad Mech army. In fact, I just cracked open a box of Sicarians tonight...

Sorry for the poor lighting:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4617/39294358885_0a3c0c8763_c.jpg)

Thanks for sharing this little journey with me guys, hopefully I'll keep busy and have more to share in the coming days and weeks. Cheers all!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Saim-Dann on February 10, 2018, 06:45:07 PM
Magic stuff, Looshkin!
Going through all that to beat a 12yo is better than being beaten by a 12yo, mate. Told you to stick to painting rather than posting, but, nobody listens to me.

Out of everything, Looshkin, my favorite is the blood splatter on the logo. Was a hoot of a journey. Thanks for sharing... Be well!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Cavalier on February 11, 2018, 07:34:09 AM
Hot damn! Wow! These are all amazing Loosh... what a hobby explosion... I think this whole lot is a homerun. Damn so much I could say... the plasma effects in particular are AMAZING. A lot of times... the airbrush crowd make them look sort of dusty or grainy... these look like LIQUID light... just amazing color choices and execution.

Also the the weathering and transfer work is just fantastic. I really love the minimalist approach I think it was the perfect call.

The Dominus looks fantastic too. I love the blue color of his vials on his back and the robes look awesome.

Finally I LOVE the Dune Crawler... how did you do that weathering? I really want to learn that technique it looks so awesome...

Congrats on the win man, even if you were competing solo against a 12 year old! lol... its still a phenomenal bit of work that would be top tier in any competition. I know I'd  be very nervous seeing a guy rocking up with this army in a painting competition if I was competing too.

Its the technical and finishing details like the plasma which really separate it from the pack. Great stuff man congrats on the win, its a great feat and you just blasted through all of it which makes it all the more impressive. Keep it up bud and I hope you keep posting as much as you do... its super inspiring
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Alienscar on February 12, 2018, 05:29:52 AM
I genuinely have no idea what to say about this Looshkin except I wish I had an army that looked as cool as this.

The transfers, the weathering and just the overall look of the whole army screams technical brilliance and am I left feeling a bit jealous.

The Dominus, as I have said previously, is one of my favourite models and you have really done it proud. It looks creepy as hell and the photograph you have took of the models right hand side displays everything I think is awesome about your painting. The metal, the smooth finish, the shading it is all just brilliant.

I can't wait to see the Sicarian's as given the amount of metal on these models and the way you paint metal I think they will look amazing.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Aurics Pride on February 15, 2018, 04:45:15 AM
Loosh I am seriously in love with that Dunecrawler, the weathering on it is superb. You've managed to get a really good balance between clean/dirty that people seem to struggle with on Ad-Mech stuff.
Really loving your recent work!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Looshkin on February 16, 2018, 05:33:03 PM
Out of everything, Looshkin, my favorite is the blood splatter on the logo. Was a hoot of a journey. Thanks for sharing... Be well!

Thanks for the kind words Saim-Dann. That 'Blood Splatter' is actually just some everyday weathering gone a bit wrong. I had too much of the Khorne Red on my sponge and applied it...I tried evening things up with some silver. It didn't work. I'm going to apply some white so the the stripe is restored a bit as that spot is OTT.

Trust me...you'll know blood when I use it  ;)

Finally I LOVE the Dune Crawler... how did you do that weathering? I really want to learn that technique it looks so awesome...

It's sponge weathering Cav! I've told you how to do it a dozen times!! I don't know how to weather without a sponge anymore!!!

In all seriousness, I'm probably going to put together a tutorial at some stage so that it's there for reference. Yeah, I think I'll do that with the next models I paint...

Its the technical and finishing details like the plasma which really separate it from the pack. Great stuff man congrats on the win, its a great feat and you just blasted through all of it which makes it all the more impressive. Keep it up bud and I hope you keep posting as much as you do... its super inspiring

Cheers for all the amazing things you've said about my work bud. It always means so much and helps validate the effort. I'm glad that you like how everything has tied together. I'm super stoked that you look the plasma. I won't lie...if I was half decent with an airbrush, I'd have probably used an airbrush!! That said, I'm quite liking how dark the recesses of the Eradication Beam are...and that's not an effect you tend to achieve with an airbrush. Or at least, I haven't seen it.

Thanks Cav, keep hitting me up with your advice!

I can't wait to see the Sicarian's as given the amount of metal on these models and the way you paint metal I think they will look amazing.

First off, thanks for everything you've said Alienscar. Again, it gives validation to the hours and late nights put into these bad boys.

As for the Sicarians, hopefully what you see below will stoke your interest!

Loosh I am seriously in love with that Dunecrawler, the weathering on it is superb. You've managed to get a really good balance between clean/dirty that people seem to struggle with on Ad-Mech stuff.
Really loving your recent work!

I really think that, with the exception of Nurgle models, less is more. You only need a bit of corrosion to get across the hostile environments that these armies operate in...going all in makes it hard to work out how a machine would move...let alone fight!

So thank you too AP, for everything you've said!

Right, mini update time.

I gave myself a couple of days off after the last update. I didn't want to plunge in head first into new models and risk early burnout. After that, I made sure I only spent an hour or so per night building models...again, I fear burnout. Especially given that, as a hobby butterfly, I rarely stick to painting one type of model for longer than a few weeks. I want to paint all the Ad Mech I have and actually finish the first stage of this project...not put a load of models back on shelves and move onto the next thing.

To keep myself interested, I decided to vary my diet:

Sicarian Infiltraitors and Castellan Robots:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4758/25435659257_23e662b1a4_c.jpg)

I wanted to have quite different models to work on. One filled with large, rounded, flat areas to paint, the other fairly simple with a totally different, angular style.

So the robots were base coated black. I then (rather pointlessly) sprayed them Leadbelcher. Finally, a base coat of Khorne Red applied by airbrush for a nice, smooth finish. I'm worried that the shade of the red may be a touch lighter than on the Onager Dunecrawler...such are the perils of applying the red over silver, rather than black. We'll see.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4758/26434164278_ef5aea6492_c.jpg)

As a couple of you have mentioned the finish I get on metals, I thought I'd tear down the curtain and let you see the magic trick.

It's so dame easy that I feel almost ashamed that I haven't really let on how simple it is until now.

Basecoat with black. Multiple angles, 2-3 very short squirts for coverage from about 9-12 inches.

Basecoat with Leadbelcher. Multiple angles, 2-3 very short squirts for coverage from about 9-12 inches.

Wash fairly heavily (although watching for pooling and soaking up excess where necessary) with Nuln Oil.

That gets you to the stage below. All I'd then do is add a few (again, less is more) edge highlights of Mithril Silver. Use Stormhost/Runefang if you aren't like me and you don't hoard Mithril Silver like a demented Smaug.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4603/25435659217_fa68e06a03_c.jpg)

By the way, in case you're wondering, I tend to Blue-Tac the backpacks to the model so that I have ease of access for painting. I also Blue-Tac feet to bases if I need to get to the inside of robes. Always think ahead and don't rue the fact that you've glued and now can easily access the inside of robes.

Thanks for stopping by Gents, any feedback you have is always welcome!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Saim-Dann on February 16, 2018, 07:46:55 PM
Niiiiice!
Another journey but with a tutorial. This is going to be a hoot.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Cavalier on February 17, 2018, 07:35:19 AM
I love how this force is shaping up. Those robots are the damn business! Is that a Data Smith with the Infiltrators? Thats a real cool model. Great little tutorial on the metal too, thats exactly how I painted Cawl... all 3 of them lol

Also no problem on the compliments bud it was such great work. Plus its all in red so how can I not love it! lol... also damn! I keep forgetting about that sponging technique. I'd really love a tutorial but I may just dive in... been thinking of adding a touch of weathering to my Eldar... or definitely an additional weathering to my World Eaters.

Anyway really looking forward to see how you tackle the robot. The visor in particular tends to make the model... I've seen some really creative stuff done with those visors. Maybe some real glowy effects like you did on the eradication beams/plasma? Just a thought, anyway bud keep it up you are on fire!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Alienscar on February 18, 2018, 11:41:34 AM
Basecoat with black. Multiple angles, 2-3 very short squirts for coverage from about 9-12 inches.

Basecoat with Leadbelcher. Multiple angles, 2-3 very short squirts for coverage from about 9-12 inches.

Your finish is just sprays and a wash? I feel cheated.... Only joking thanks for the info. Is the use of multiple angles important?

As for the Sicarians, hopefully what you see below will stoke your interest!

Awesome stuff Looshkin as Cav said your army is shaping up to look incredible and the Sicarian's and Datasmith already look amazing and I can't wait to see them finished.

I will be honest I am not a fan of the way that the Kastelan Robots look as they remind me too much of Robby the robot. I am sure that you will paint them to your normal excellent standard though.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Aurics Pride on February 21, 2018, 10:04:58 AM
Oh snap!
I literally cannot wait to see what you do with the Castellan robots, as blank plastic they really look like boring models but with a good paintjob they can look incredible, with what you've done so far I really can't wait to see what you do with them!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 27, 2018, 03:43:10 PM
Well, it's been a while (skiing holiday) but I'm dead pleased you're doing more of your Ad Mech. Something about the silvers and coppers makes them look extra-clockwork which I really like :)

Can't wait to see more of them :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: SeekingOne on March 1, 2018, 11:51:58 AM
Love the look of your AdMech Loosh. Very good job overall, and those spots of luminous blue on plasma coils just brings the whole thing to life. Tried that several times myself, but couldn't get it right for some reason. Any tips?

Metal on those newer models looks great too, 100% natural. Did you ever try Nuln Oil Gloss? If you didn't, I'd recommend giving it it a go. It flows a bit better, and makes it easier to achieve more contrasting-looking recesses.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Looshkin on March 1, 2018, 05:34:19 PM
I love how this force is shaping up. Those robots are the damn business! Is that a Data Smith with the Infiltrators? Thats a real cool model. Great little tutorial on the metal too, thats exactly how I painted Cawl... all 3 of them lol

It is a Datasmith. The model is growing on me...and hopefully I should finish him in the next couple of days.

Anyway really looking forward to see how you tackle the robot. The visor in particular tends to make the model... I've seen some really creative stuff done with those visors. Maybe some real glowy effects like you did on the eradication beams/plasma? Just a thought, anyway bud keep it up you are on fire!

Yeah, you may be disappointed. I want the blue plasma effect to be the sole province of weapons...I genuinely think they'd totally overpower the Castellan Robot; it'd make the model way too 'top heavy' as far as drawing your attention. I just hope you don't hate what I've done.


Your finish is just sprays and a wash? I feel cheated.... Only joking thanks for the info. Is the use of multiple angles important?


You should feel cheated! You should also steal the idea  ;)

As far as multiple angles, when I spray my minis for a base coat, I always gives short sprays from very slightly above the model and rotate 90 degrees after each couple of sprays. I then let that dry before normally repeating the process from slightly below the mini. It just gives good, smooth coverage. The key is not to overdo any of the layers. Again, not in any way, shape or form difficult, but it makes a difference as far as I'm concerned.

Love the look of your AdMech Loosh. Very good job overall, and those spots of luminous blue on plasma coils just brings the whole thing to life. Tried that several times myself, but couldn't get it right for some reason. Any tips?

For the weapon coils, I start with a couple of coats of Caledor Sky. That gives the base colour and recesses something strong to work with.

I then dry brush Lothern Blue. I start densely in the centre of the coil and take it pretty much all the way to the edges. That will leave the Calder in the recesses at the edges while the recesses being lighter in the middle.

Then it's a dry brush of Baharroth Blue. Again, stronger in the middle, but this time stopping shorter of the edges.

Finally White Scar. This needs to be a lot lighter and focussed on raised edges and, again, the middle. It's important to try not to get any of the white in the recesses, as this ruins the overall effect. I actually need to go back and retouch some of the minis I've completed for this very reason.

Metal on those newer models looks great too, 100% natural. Did you ever try Nuln Oil Gloss? If you didn't, I'd recommend giving it it a go. It flows a bit better, and makes it easier to achieve more contrasting-looking recesses.

I didn't use the Gloss. I have used it in the past, but prefer the dull-oil effect that the matt gloss gives. The gloss is superb, but using the matt is a personal preference.

Anyhoo, thank you SeekingOne, Ynnead, Cav, AP, Alien and SD for your kind comments, it really fuels the fire!

Update time!

Only a mini update today. I've been away with work last week, where I got to do some amazing flying (I'm lucky, I get to fly military planes for a living) and not much hobby. I thought I'd share a couple of the iPhone photos I took of the Scottish Lochs though (mainly to show how cool my office can occasionally be!)*

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4665/39660624975_c32cf7a135_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4620/26691482998_0040d84dfd_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4672/40513026702_f7501dff70_c.jpg)

Anyway. You're not here for scenery snaps! Onto the minis.

I started work on the Infiltraitors, but put them aside to work on the big robots. I've got those about 90% finished. I think that basing them is super important to the overall finish, so I've ordered some supplies, but they'll take at least a week to arrive. Until then, you'll have to make do with the following:

Prior to any weathering:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4757/39660569895_c3d9ddf1c3_c.jpg)
Post weathering. Although I've added a bit more and done some other details since these were taken:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4630/40512999212_d0628d3ff8_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4752/25684931737_ba2e26be94_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4745/39660548435_7a2c0ab39a_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4605/39845163354_4c3a4e7f8a_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4724/40513026832_f5e56bab04_c.jpg)

So there you are. Little bits still to do with these guys, but I think that the bases (if they work as planned) should make sense of a couple of the painting choices I made.

As ever, thanks for dropping in on this little project of mine!





*Only occasionally though. I'll save you the images of me, taken this time last year...put it this way, the weather was far more inclement and I hadn't flown for 3 months. As a result, there are lovely images of my holding a bag contains about a pound of my own sick.

It's not always glamorous...in fact it rarely is!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Saim-Dann on March 1, 2018, 06:59:14 PM
G'day, Looshkin!
Lovely photos, mate. Your chosen carrier explains your focus and patience with your hobby. I suspect SeekingOne has a similar job. Just out of curiosity, what are those rings in the water being towed by a barge... I think. Anyhoo, thanks for the amazing pics.

Really liking the bots, mate. You say there is a bit more weathering to do? I may lose favor with this, however, am hoping that weathering goes onto the exposed silver. At the moment it looks like sprayed on silver paint. We all know your skill level, Looshkin, so am sure it is already on the drawing board.

Fantastic and unique post, mate. Keen to see these beasts finished. Thanks for sharing... Be well!
 
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Looshkin on March 1, 2018, 07:10:28 PM
G'day, Looshkin!
Lovely photos, mate. Your chosen carrier explains your focus and patience with your hobby. I suspect SeekingOne has a similar job. Just out of curiosity, what are those rings in the water being towed by a barge... I think. Anyhoo, thanks for the amazing pics.

Really liking the bots, mate. You say there is a bit more weathering to do? I may lose favor with this, however, am hoping that weathering goes onto the exposed silver. At the moment it looks like sprayed on silver paint. We all know your skill level, Looshkin, so am sure it is already on the drawing board.

Fantastic and unique post, mate. Keen to see these beasts finished. Thanks for sharing... Be well!
 

Cheers bud...I think the circles in the water are something to do with Salmon fisheries...somethi ng like that anyway.

I don't think I'll be doing any more weathering on the red. I think after the photos were taken I just tidied up a couple of the bits. As for the silver...not sure what to do. No way am I doing rust or corrosion. I may give some recesses a wash of Agrax to make it look a little more oily though.

Thanks for the input SD!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Cavalier on March 2, 2018, 06:55:46 AM
Wow! Amazing photos... truly jealous of your job. Absolutely amazing... whenever I think of pilots I always think of how amazed their ancestors would be. Some wouldn't even believe it! What an adventure. Anyway fantastic photos Loosh. Thanks for sharing.

The Robots look great as I expected. Yes I do understand the top heavy look... and finding the right color could be a bit tough. But either way I think these look awesome. I love the weathering to death, the shading and highlighting are awesome and the little bits of yellow and gold here and there are awesome. Also really dig the poses.

These robots are MONSTERS on the tabletop... I wish my poor Wraithlords were like them. If only the Wraithlords had some better weapon options... something altogether new. Visually the Robots add a ton to Ad Mech presence on the board. I'm really hoping they release some more robots and vehicles for Ad Mech. Its always been weird how they didn't lead off stronger with that from the beginning. I almost expected them to be a vehicle based army. But I guess getting definition for troops was probably the biggest challenge in terms of concepts. But they established that pretty well in my estimation. Ad Mech has really grown on me over the years after seeing a lot of SS82 bat-reps. Really looking forward to seeing where this force goes and I hope we can see it on the tabletop as well.

Anyway great stuff as always Loosh. Classic!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Aurics Pride on March 2, 2018, 08:29:27 AM
Came for the models....... stayed for the Scenery!
Lovely photos mate, the Scottish lochs really can be beautiful, especially on a nice clear day! I've wanted to take my Camera up there to do some proper landscape photography for a while but not had chance yet!

The bots are looking great too! As Cav has said the highlighting and shading looks really great and I love the weathering effect that you've got on them. Really curious to see what you are going to do with the bases!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Looshkin on March 3, 2018, 05:00:03 PM
Wow! Amazing photos... truly jealous of your job.

It's the same as any job bud...the good days are good, but there are plenty of bad days mixed in there to stop you enjoying it too much!

Came for the models....... stayed for the Scenery!
Lovely photos mate, the Scottish lochs really can be beautiful, especially on a nice clear day! I've wanted to take my Camera up there to do some proper landscape photography for a while but not had chance yet!

Ha, cheers man. I carry on meaning to take my 'proper' camera up with me at some stage and always forget. I've taken some (what I consider) truly breath taking photos using a humble iPhone...I really need to see what I can get with some proper hardware!

Cav and AP, thanks for the kind words on the robots. I'll make sure I hit you with an update as soon as I get the bases done.

Mini update time!

I continue to ignore the infiltrators in favour of anything else...they just don't seem to be coming together as they should. As a result, I slapped some paint on the Cybernetica Datasmith. I didn't like the look of this guy when I put him together, but he's going on me. Lots and lots of details to go crazy with if you fancy. If you just paint by numbers though, he still can look pretty cool.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4772/26728123728_838bc74626_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4602/26728123678_69ea7d24ec_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4713/26728123648_76ae0e6e37_c.jpg)

Hopefully this week I'll pull my finger out and get these Sicarian Infiltraitors finished...
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Saim-Dann on March 3, 2018, 06:18:25 PM
Magic stuff, Looshkin!
The detailing and colour choices on this piece are spot on. You've turned an awkward looking model into a center piece. Well done, mate. This army, when done, is going to be supreme... Dang, now I want pizza!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Cavalier on March 4, 2018, 06:42:33 AM
Another nice addition Loosh. Really nice work on the picking out the details on each little feature on his harness/vest. The glow effects are freaking awesome again as well. I actually like this model. I like the more weird support characters that aren't as "cool" as the big HQ's, like the IG regimental advisors and the DE Court of the Archon. I dig this dude. Great job as always Loosh
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: magenb on March 4, 2018, 08:02:00 PM
Very nice work, the blue and white transistions really stand out.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Aurics Pride on March 5, 2018, 07:38:42 AM
Wow, that datasmith is looking awesome!
I love how rich you are able to get that blue looking, it really stands out from the reds and metals without totally overpowering them. Great job!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: SeekingOne on March 6, 2018, 04:03:59 AM
Have to join the other here - that Datasmith looks really cool, probably the best I saw. Those bright spot colours look far better than the typical 'drab' style of AdMech characters.

Love the base too. What paints did you use on the sand/earth texture?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on March 11, 2018, 06:45:34 PM
Have to join the other here - that Datasmith looks really cool, probably the best I saw. Those bright spot colours look far better than the typical 'drab' style of AdMech characters.

Love the base too. What paints did you use on the sand/earth texture?

Cheers SeekingOne, seriously stoked that you like the Datasmith, I genuinely wasn't sure about him almost all the way through the process.

As for the bases, I did a tutorial earlier in my Blog:

Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii (http://www.40konline.com/index.php?topic=229892.40)

Simply put, it's sand, Agrax wash, Dry Brush Terminatus Stone, add grass. Done.

Again, cheers for the kind words!

Wow, that datasmith is looking awesome!
I love how rich you are able to get that blue looking, it really stands out from the reds and metals without totally overpowering them. Great job!

The dark blues aren't actually as 'poppy' in real life as they are in the photos. They're still colourful, but a lot more muted and subtle. The lighting in my photo box makes it look like I've been using every White Dwarf from 1992 as source material! Thanks for the comments!

Magenb, Cav and Saim Dann, thank you also for everything you've said. It means a lot that you like the work that I'm not sure about and offer criticism when I need it! Much appreciated!

So. Updates!

Quite a busy and productive week and a half tbh. I'm really pleased with how it's gone. Thanks to a couple of delayed flights, I've been able to work some late nights and get a lot finished.

In no particular order (because when I work, there is rarely an order!):

I located and painted up the servo skull for the Tech Priest Dominus. I think that the added height on the non-axe side of the figure balances him a lot more...which is what the designer intended in the first place, I guess. The only reason I hadn't painted this is because I didn't have time before the painting competition.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4774/39860510415_886a998c73_c.jpg)

Next up, I did the base for the Onager. I wanted this to have a little more height, because on a flat base I think it may look quite squat...I wanted the bad boy to stand out a little more; it helps that the addition of cool stone (well, cork board) helps cool down what is a very, very red model.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4783/39860510585_031e4b6553_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4780/26884525408_d8eb9191d4_c.jpg)

I had said previously that the Robots had greyish weathering because of something I wanted to do with the bases. Well that thing was adding rocks and the like. Unfortunately, when I came to try it, the posing of the models really only allowed it to be done with one. I may reattack the other at some stage, but not today.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4774/38944854460_500039bc92_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4785/39860510515_a0c8760537_c.jpg)

Finally, I finished off the Sicariian Infiltrators. There's a lot more detail on these than I first thought, so they took a while longer than I had bargained for. Again, the dark blues are a bit more muted IRL...
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4773/25884456977_477c5afe91_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4781/38944854470_5f010db439_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4795/40045260304_844469469c_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4792/40755102501_0262d09833_c.jpg)

Finally, 1 terribly lit group shot.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4777/39860513835_97f209fe26_c.jpg)

So that's that. I need to go back and repaint the Taser Goad on the Vanguard Alpha, so that it matches the Infiltrators. After that, I have 1 more box of Skitarii to make and paint. I'll probably do 5 Rangers and 5 Vanguard to bulk out those squads. I also have to get a move on because I'm hoping to get one of the Forgebane sets when they come out. The savings on those things look absolutely tremendous.

I've also got a knight lying around somewhere that kinda needs a Mechanics paint job....

As always, thank you everyone for your support, I'd love to hear your feedback! Laters!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Saim-Dann on March 11, 2018, 07:44:55 PM
Wow!
They all look Micky Mouse, Looshkin! Your right about the slate beneath the Onager. It does cool down the colouring just nicely. As good as models look posing on rock ledges and such, I don't do it myself for line of sight reasons. So visually my armies may look a little flat if not bland, however, tactically they're harder to hit.

I see where you were going with the weathering on the bots now. With the stone, they do look a lot less blotchy and more worn. Very nice.

Your infiltrators are so smooth. I really like them. My favorite is the detailing on the little screen. Not easy. Thanks for sharing, Looshkin. They all look amazing. You must be very proud... Be well! 
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Human Blood Bowl/Skitarii
Post by: Alienscar on March 12, 2018, 07:06:37 AM

You say there is a bit more weathering to do? I may lose favor with this, however, am hoping that weathering goes onto the exposed silver. At the moment it looks like sprayed on silver paint. We all know your skill level, Looshkin, so am sure it is already on the drawing board.

To be honest Looshkin I was all set to agree with Saim-Dann about the weathering on the Bots as it was so smooth and covered such a large area that it didn't really resemble weathering. Seeing your, as you put it, terribly lit pictures now though the weathering looks fine so I guess that in the original pictures the lighting must have influenced the brightness of the weathering.

The unit of Infiltrators look fantastic and they have really benefited from your metal painting ability. I also like how as a unit their poses make them look like they are all working together.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: dog_of_war on March 12, 2018, 09:19:36 AM
Knight??? Did I hear that right? I would love to see you tackle one of those.

I was with the other guys on the weathering of the bots, but the change in lightning does make it seem less like sprayed on paint and more like dirt. If you're going for actual paint chips, you may need to add some texture. I don't think you'd have to go as far as adding rust, but maybe just some typhus corrosion may give it a little more pop. Not to criticize your execution, as I've learned everything about weathering from you. It's just how it comes across in the photos. In real life, the weathering might be spot on, in which case I wouldn't touch it.

Another option is to add some grease or oil stains with some nuln oil dripping down, to break up the chips. That's probably just me channeling  my inner ork too much, as the mechanicus probably have much cleaner machines than the greenskins.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: magenb on March 12, 2018, 03:48:46 PM
Awesome to see them in a group shot :) Man that blue just pops love it!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Cavalier on March 14, 2018, 06:47:23 AM
Man just awesome! I love the basing on all of them. The rocks really add a lot. The color of the flocks vs. the rocks. (lol) really adds a lot while tying in with grey metals. Dig it. Also the Infiltrators look awesome. I love how prominent the blue glowy bits are. They look fantastic. Nice job on the Datapad on the Apha/Squadleader too. Really sweet details. Great stuff as always Loosh. This army looks absolutley classic!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Ad Mech
Post by: Looshkin on March 16, 2018, 06:58:35 PM
I see where you were going with the weathering on the bots now. With the stone, they do look a lot less blotchy and more worn. Very nice.

Thanks for all the nice things Saim-Dann! As for the bots, I think part of the problem is getting a good exposure. Against a white background, everything appears too dark. Against a dark background, it's all too light. Ideally, I'd have a game table backdrop but the lighting in my house is too poor for that until the Summer rolls round.

I weathered them as grey, with a dash of silver in order to give the impression of the Grey being where paint had chipped away...these things are ancient too, so it was always going to be a lot of paint! The silver is where the base layer of paint has also been chipped away to reveal the bare metal. I did it in line with GW's box art, but it's also the first model on a GW box that's made me think 'wow, bit over the top with the weathering there GW'. I kept the weathering grey to match the rock formations...necess ary imho given how much warmth the models have.

Anyhoo, thanks man!

The unit of Infiltrators look fantastic and they have really benefited from your metal painting ability. I also like how as a unit their poses make them look like they are all working together.

Hopefully the explanation above will give more flavour to the choices I made for the robots.

As for the Infiltrators, I would love to take the credit for the posing, but those bad boys are pretty much mono-pose, so hat tip to GW's design studio!

Knight??? Did I hear that right? I would love to see you tackle one of those.

I was with the other guys on the weathering of the bots, but the change in lightning does make it seem less like sprayed on paint and more like dirt. If you're going for actual paint chips, you may need to add some texture. I don't think you'd have to go as far as adding rust, but maybe just some typhus corrosion may give it a little more pop. Not to criticize your execution, as I've learned everything about weathering from you. It's just how it comes across in the photos. In real life, the weathering might be spot on, in which case I wouldn't touch it.

Another option is to add some grease or oil stains with some nuln oil dripping down, to break up the chips. That's probably just me channeling  my inner ork too much, as the mechanicus probably have much cleaner machines than the greenskins.

I may just take you up on the advice for the robots. One or two grease streaks would do wonders for them. I'll give it a go and show you the results.

As for the Knight? Ahem.......

Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus (http://www.40konline.com/index.php?topic=229892.20)

But I will be doing another, plus the 2 armigers should I successfully buy Forgebane when it's on sale tomorrow. I'll be trying a few new techniques with those guys, so it could be exciting or dreadfully frustrating times!

Awesome to see them in a group shot :) Man that blue just pops love it!

 :D

Man just awesome! I love the basing on all of them. The rocks really add a lot. The color of the flocks vs. the rocks. (lol) really adds a lot while tying in with grey metals. Dig it. Also the Infiltrators look awesome. I love how prominent the blue glowy bits are. They look fantastic. Nice job on the Datapad on the Apha/Squadleader too. Really sweet details. Great stuff as always Loosh. This army looks absolutley classic!

Cheers man! The data pad was a total afterthought and I want to go back and do it again, but will only do so when the rest of the army is complete.

Anyway, exciting news time!

Loosh played a game today.

Yup. You read that right. I put down the paint brushes and picked up some dice for the first time in 8th edition  ???  Seriously, how could I have not got a game in before now??

I won't do a full report, as I was just enjoying things too much and totally forgot to take any notes after the first 2 turns. I played 950pts (A weird amount, but I forgot that the Chapter Approved had dropped a few points, so my 1000 point list was suddenly a bit cheaper than expected and the only things I could use to bump the points were a Knight or Belisarius, neither of which I wanted to field).

My list was, roughly:

1 x Tech Priest Dominus, Eradication Ray and Macrostubber
10 x Rangers with 2 Transuranic Arquebuseseses and an Arc Rifle, Alpha with Mace and Arc pistol
10 x Vanguard with 2 Plasma Calivers, Alpha with Taser Goad
5 x Sicarian Infiltrators with Flechette Blasters and Taste Goads
1 x Cybernetica Datasmith
2 x Kastelan Robots with Heavy Phosphor Blasters
1 x Onager Dunestalker with Eradication Beamer and stubber
1 x Ironstrider Ballistarius with Autocannons

Matt, the store manager, was playing some Primaris marines plus Terminators, roughly:

1 x Chaplain in terminator armour
5 x Terminators with Thunderhammer/Stormshield
5 x Intercessors with Stalker pattern Bolters (Or something like that)
1 x Primaris Redemptor Dreadnought with gatling cannon and fist
1 x Landraider

And I instantly knew I was in trouble. I had nothing in the army that could easily cause mortal wounds (Saves on the Kastean robots maybe, but I totally forgot that rule anyway), and I didn't have many dice to throw at things like the terminators to force a bunch of saves.

We played the Relic, which was placed in the centre of the board which had a fair amount of cover. We also didn't worry about secondary missions and things, or even command points, just so I could concentrate on not getting too many rules wrong on my first taste of 8th.

Turn 1

So, at the end of Turn 1 movement, the board looked like this:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/796/26976577038_3cf6432033_c.jpg)
I should have given the Vanguard a bit more cover and I probably wouldn't dropped my Infiltrators onto the building where they are, as Matt had totally forgotten to put down his Dreadnought, which ended up slotted behind his intercessors.

I shot everything that was in range at the intercessors, and only managed to bring down 1...which would be a harbinger of things to come. I elected not to try a 10 inch charge with the Infiltrators, but that would have been better than what would happen next.

Viewpoint of my infiltrators. They may have been more effective if, when working out their shots, I hadn't worked out that 5x5=15. I'm really good at mental arithmetic, but I think I was somewhat flustered today!!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4784/25974765587_5f25d7c653_c.jpg)

Well, no photos from Primaris turn 1, with the Terminators plus Chaplain DSing as close to the relic as they could get. The intercessors also ran up in support. The Dreadnought carved up the infiltrators at range and then wiped them out in assault. I also lost a couple of Vanguard to some long range pot shots from the land raider.

Turn 2

Well, having played my Bro's Deathwing far too many times to count in previous editions, I had an unhealthy fear of the Terminators. I pretty much shuffled around my lines in order to get as many shots on them as possible, hoping to whittle them down so they were no longer a threat. I knew if they were next to the relic, I'd have no chance of getting to it.

And I brought the fury.

Oh...hang on...that's what I meant to bring, but instead I think I poked them in the nipples with a spoon. Everything bar the Dunecrawler shot at them and I only managed to take down 2. That was just an awful round of dice for me. I was hitting on 3s with a preroll of 1s due to the Tech priest...but nothing was getting through his saves...I either couldn't get him to roll enough dice, or he made saves like a hero!

The Dunecrawler shot the Dread, but only plinked off 3 wounds after Matt made a couple of saves on a 6 from the Eradication Beamer. Grrrrrr. Even more grrrrr? I realised 2 rounds later that the Dread was probably within 12 inches, so should have been taking no saves and 3xD6 damage.

Gotta learn my Codex!

In response, the Dread utterly butchered the Vanguard to a man. I also lost a Vanguard to a long range plink and then the Onager took 5 wounds, 1 away from dropping a stat line.

The scene before carnage started happening in my lines:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4794/25974761857_abd576abb1_c.jpg)

Turn 3

I managed to plink down a couple of intercessors with the Ironstrider. Other than that, I think everyone flubbed their attacks. I may have done a couple of wounds on the Dread, but he was firmly in my lines now.

In response, the Dread charged the robots and killed one. The Chaplain charged my Datasmith and reduced him to 2 wounds. The Onager got shot up and dropped a stat line and the Rangers took a couple of wounds.

Turn 4

The Intercessors started running away with the relic, while the Dread and Captain romped through my lines, killing the Dominus and the Dunecrawler. Again, I plinked off a few wounds here and there, but that was it. I think I took down 1 more intercessor though, leaving only 1.

Turn 5

The robot died, although he did get the Dread down to 2 wounds first. The rangers dies to a man. The Datasmith got punched in the face until he went down in a spray of oil.

But...

The Ironstrider killed the last Intercessor and only took 2 wounds from the Landraider.

At which point, the game ended. I had 'earned' a Minor Victory due to the fact that the Ironstrider was now closest to the Relic. A fact we found quite hilarious given the fact that Matt had a limping Dread, and untouched Chaplain, 2 Terminators and an untouched Landraider, while I only had a Chicken Walker with 4 wounds left!

Bwahahahahahahahaha haha!



Lessons Identified (Not learned. I've got to avoid making the same mistakes again for them to be learned):

1. Learn the units better. There were rules I totally overlooked. The ability to heal the vehicles each turn was totally forgotten. The reflective ability of robots to cause mortal wounds was forgotten. The fact that some models had invulnerable was totally overlooked.

2. Learn the weapons better. If I had remembered the full rules of the Eradication Beamer, maybe the Dread would not have run amok.

3. Slow down. I was trying to look good, rather than be good. What I mean is, I was trying to play a somewhat fast game, when stopping and checking rules would have been far wiser.

4. Fight someone who doesn't roll so many 6s. Seriously, for the first 3 turns, Matt could only roll 6s, while I was stuck with 1s and 2s, which leads me to...

5. Get better dice. Mine suck.

6. Play more. I had a total hoot. So did Matt (I think). I'll get the hang of things if a play a bit more and, more importantly, I really want to play more.

Cheers for stopping by everyone! Hopefully I'll have more updates in the near future!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Cavalier on March 17, 2018, 06:53:36 AM
Hell yeah Loosh. Good for you man! So great to see you get in a game and whats more walk away with a win! Yeah I've watched a lot of Ad Mech bat-reps and they are a difficult army to master. If you are looking to get a bit more familiar with them I heartly recommend watching Scoprion82 and WintersSEO. Scorpion82's codex reviews are absolute gold to listen to while painting. Thats where I come up with most of my list concepts by listening and re-listening to his codex reviews. The bat-reps are great too because you get to see them in action.

As for the bat-rep itself, from what I've seen aggressive play from the Rust Stalkers and Infiltrators is best, especially when they are at full strength and they dont need to worry about overwatch.

Also that Redemptor Dread is a beast. I didn't think it was but after seeing it in a couple bat-reps its really blown me away. I HAVE to get one for my Dark Angels.

Either way I agree with your list of things to focus on next time out. Definitley go slow, especially at a thousand points. If there is one thing I'd add is, pick 3 stratagems and really memorize them and have them assigned to play no matter the opponent.

But man its great to see you play a game. I really hope it continues... especially with your.... ELDAR lol! I want to see those dudes hit the table, Alaitoc is so good! Anyway bud great stuff and so glad you had a good time. Keep rocking man, you are on a roll with all things hobby.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on March 17, 2018, 06:33:25 PM
Cheers Cav. Time is still fairly tight for me as far as the hobby is concerned, but I'll definitely try to fit in a few Scorpion BatReps or reviews so that I can understand the synergies a little better. I'm just so used to the way Eldar play, every little wrinkle and additional rule feels like a massive shift for me. I'm an old dog, Ad Mech are a new trick and I fear change! Ha!

As far as the Redemptor Dread goes, Matt mentioned that he's only fielded it twice and both times it sucked and got destroyed fairly easily. I fell into the trap of thinking I didn't have to worry...right until the first shooting phase when he picked up a bucket of dice to roll...

I will get back to the Eldar at some point. I've got some ideas for painting them that I want to try out. The thing that is holding me back is that I don't like my current colour scheme, so if I start something new, I either have to go back and repaint everything (unlikely) or buy new...and I don't want to buy new until plastic Aspects come out. So you should see some progress in 2047!



Tiny Micro update time!

Work continues on some Rangers and Vanguard that I have. I've done most of the base colours, so should complete everything this week if all goes smoothly.

I have also ordered Forgebane and a load of airbrush paints from Forgeworld. That'll be a slightly longer project when it all arrives.

Yesterday, though, I found a couple of craters that I had been working on. I gave them a wash (Basecoats were complete), a dry brush and then did my usual basing technique round the edges.

2 complete craters (sorry about the bad lighting. They're craters, I couldn't get excited about setting up better lighting.)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/805/40158528094_f23087a87b_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4786/40825421272_8cfba1d004_c.jpg)

That's it for the moment. When I get more, I'll post it!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Saim-Dann on March 18, 2018, 04:37:02 AM
G'day, Looshkin!
Great batrep with a funny win. Good onya, mate! Have to second Cav's suggestion with the scorpion reviews/batreps. A lot to be learned while painting. Cavalier is also being humble. The Splintermind podcast is just as inspirational while painting.

Nice work, so far, on the next models in line. I missed out on buying those creators. Will have to hit eBay and see what's available. Thanks for the great read, Looshkin... Be well!! 
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Cavalier on March 18, 2018, 08:00:22 AM
I totally understand on being maxed for time. I usually watch Scorp's bat-reps over the course of a couple days.

Oh man thats a brutal feeling on your Eldar. I know just how you feel. When 8th dropped and I wanted to run my Guardians/Avengers and I saw the state of their paint jobs.... well lets just say I had to get that brush in action and give them a little love. I'd be fascinated to see what you do with them.

If you ever do feel like painting up some more Alaitoc check out this guy on instagram: Rob on Instagram: ?The sword of Khaine, the moon of Eldanesh ... and 9 rolls of (https://www.instagram.com/p/BfmUBntBq65/?taken-by=alaitocblue) I really dig his take on the camo.

Good for you on the craters too. My brother is demanding we paint up all the craters like you did there. I've redone one of them with some browns, flock etc and it looks so much better. Really like the crater you got there. Doing that extra bit of work on them really does wonders.

Really stoked to see you pick up the Forgebane set too. I know you'll do amazing work on the little knights. Such a great kit and the unit is rocking on the tabletop. Should give your ad-mech some lightning quick assault and anti-tank that'll go a long way.

Cheers bud. Really enjoying all the updates. Keep rocking
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Alienscar on March 18, 2018, 08:25:40 AM
2 complete craters (sorry about the bad lighting. They're craters, I couldn't get excited about setting up better lighting.)

They might just be craters but I really like what you have done with them Looshkin. In the first picture I really like how the use of lichen/static grass (something green) has added so much definition to the crater making the whole thing a lot more interesting.

I also like the wet look you have given to the rock and the mud looks suitably mud like. Brilliant stuff and I can't wait to see how you paint the Necrons of Forgebane.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on March 24, 2018, 04:48:06 PM
They might just be craters but I really like what you have done with them Looshkin. In the first picture I really like how the use of lichen/static grass (something green) has added so much definition to the crater making the whole thing a lot more interesting.

Thanks Alien, the flock is added so that it transitions more smoothly into the surrounding terrain on my board, which is largely grass (On another note, I need to redo it so that it's mainly dirt with some grass...). I'm glad you like the craters though. The wet look was achieved by just doing a mega heavy wash of Nuln Oil (I think). I didn't do anything after that because I figure that exposed earth would be wet. So yeah, I'm glad it works for you!

Oh man thats a brutal feeling on your Eldar. I know just how you feel. When 8th dropped and I wanted to run my Guardians/Avengers and I saw the state of their paint jobs.... well lets just say I had to get that brush in action and give them a little love. I'd be fascinated to see what you do with them.

I just think less colourful will be the key. Universal blue schemes with a grey/white spot and a something else spot...probably red. Ditch the Alaitoc yellow entirely. I'm not going to lie, doing the Crimson Fist Captain a few months ago really opened my eyes to what I wanted Alaitoc to be.

If you ever do feel like painting up some more Alaitoc check out this guy on instagram: Rob on Instagram: ?The sword of Khaine, the moon of Eldanesh ... and 9 rolls of (https://www.instagram.com/p/BfmUBntBq65/?taken-by=alaitocblue) I really dig his take on the camo.

It's nice. I'm going to see how mine comes out with adjusted colours, but his is definitely a way to go if I'm not happy with what I do. Thanks for the link!

Good for you on the craters too. My brother is demanding we paint up all the craters like you did there. I've redone one of them with some browns, flock etc and it looks so much better. Really like the crater you got there. Doing that extra bit of work on them really does wonders.

Haha! Sorry to make you do work Cav!!! Your Bro is really growing on me though  ;)

G'day, Looshkin!
Great batrep with a funny win. Good onya, mate! Have to second Cav's suggestion with the scorpion reviews/batreps. A lot to be learned while painting. Cavalier is also being humble. The Splintermind podcast is just as inspirational while painting.

Trouble is, I end up not painting. I end up flicking through Codexes. Looking for old art. Old stories. Dreaming up Army lists...you know, anything and everything that is hobby but is not painting!!

Glad you like the mini update, cheers SD!


So, another mini update (Micro Mini).

I've finished painting up a few more Skitarii Rangers, finishing the first squad at 10:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/786/40993087931_85d1dee4b9_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/788/40951604102_4b7f80ac91_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4784/26122311007_f1cc83b677_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/797/40100281875_56beae9cac_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/811/39183879390_e21a8b9789_c.jpg)

Next up, I'm trying to crack on and finish the remaining Vanguard:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4775/40993086371_b1a259fc9e_c.jpg)

Another little shot of one of the craters that I finished in the last update:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/810/40283953354_7d52b74346_c.jpg)

Most importantly, though, this bad boy arrived today:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4773/39183881600_b2e6e3acc6_c.jpg)
It comes with this pretty cool print on card:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/784/40283953024_b0601a65d4_c.jpg)
It is properly crammed with sprues:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4780/39183881540_36581e1701_c.jpg)
And this stuff in particular looks as though it'll be a hoot to work with!
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/789/40283957654_3983f0acae_c.jpg)

So there you are, another mini update! Hopefully I'll finish the Vanguard over the next few days so that I can get on with the Armigers guilt-free!

Thanks for stopping by.

Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Cavalier on March 25, 2018, 07:40:05 AM
Nice. Good call on those Snipers, those dudes are super nasty. Love the built up cork rocks you got there for him, it really adds a lot. The paint jobs as always are excellent!

Also I love what you described for your Alaitoc, though I'd be sad to see the yellow leave if you are replacing it with white/grey it could look incredible. A really dark Kantor with greys and white would amazing.

Nice pick up on Forgebane that is really gonna add a ton to your army. That little knight can go and repay all the paint that Redemptor gave you last game lol.

Great update Loosh, so stoked to see all these great posts. Keep the coming!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: magenb on March 25, 2018, 03:46:54 PM
The sniper setting up on the rocks looks awesome.

Are the stats for the mini-knights or are they just an oversized dreadnought?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Alienscar on March 26, 2018, 06:31:31 AM
Your ten strong unit of Rangers looks fantastic you must be chuffed when you see these on a board.

Speaking of boards I like the tray that you display your models on. Is that just for Parade purposes or do you use it when you are gaming?

Another little shot of one of the craters that I finished in the last update:

And it looks just as good as the other craters. It is probably just the lighting playing tricks but I like the lighter tone that this crater seems to have.

Most importantly, though, this bad boy arrived today:
So there you are, another mini update! Hopefully I'll finish the Vanguard over the next few days so that I can get on with the Armigers guilt-free!

Guilt-free you say well when you are busy painting your Armigers just think of everyone that was hoping that you would paint the Necrons first.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on March 26, 2018, 05:21:00 PM
Nice. Good call on those Snipers, those dudes are super nasty. Love the built up cork rocks you got there for him, it really adds a lot. The paint jobs as always are excellent!

Cheers man. I like to try to make models that are the same pose appear unique in some way...and I am NOT a converter! I need to draft in Ynnead at some stage to give me something unique...although, with that said, I don't think my Ad Mech are ready for A Cthulhu Unicorn rider with pogo legs and an aversion to light (kidding, of course! I love his work!).

Also I love what you described for your Alaitoc, though I'd be sad to see the yellow leave if you are replacing it with white/grey it could look incredible. A really dark Kantor with greys and white would amazing.

I'll be sad to see it go too...but I just think that the stealthiest of all the major Craftworlds should maybe not have banana coloured helmets...

Nice pick up on Forgebane that is really gonna add a ton to your army. That little knight can go and repay all the paint that Redemptor gave you last game lol.

Great update Loosh, so stoked to see all these great posts. Keep the coming!

All I can think of id Redemptor Dread Revenge. It's going to drive me through the whole process.

Cheers for your comments Cav!

Your ten strong unit of Rangers looks fantastic you must be chuffed when you see these on a board.

Cheers dude! I'm really digging their finish too. So happy with how they came out and vindicated my decision to go for this new army. I am, however, looking forward to painting the mini knights!

Speaking of boards I like the tray that you display your models on. Is that just for Parade purposes or do you use it when you are gaming?

I may use them for gaming to assist with faster movement phases. Mainly though, they're for display purposes. I wanted to get some now and try them out, because later in the year, when Armies On Parade rolls around, I fancy entering my Ad Mech. If I do that, I need to make a display board and would love to have the models 'sunk in'. That way they look a part of the board instead of models placed on top of the board.

If you wanted to look for some, a quick google search for irregular movement trays should lead you in the right direction.

It is probably just the lighting playing tricks but I like the lighter tone that this crater seems to have.

It's one of the original 2 craters that I showed. It's just a bit better lit. Glad you like it though!

Guilt-free you say well when you are busy painting your Armigers just think of everyone that was hoping that you would paint the Necrons first.

Damn it!

Cheers man!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on March 28, 2018, 06:43:56 PM
Hey guys, just a quick update on the progress that I've made over the last few days.

So, save for one backpack (I used one designed to go with the Arc Rifle), I managed to finish off the Skitarii Vanguard. I'm really happy with how they came out and how they will look on the battlefield. I normally struggle to paint loads of one type of model because something else looks far shinier and as such my interest falls off a cliff. This year appears to be different though and I stuck to it, even when the Armigers were looking shiny and fun. I hope you like the full squad:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/807/39272830730_a1f6281eb6_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/876/26210413607_938cf9dec2_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/866/39272830610_b4b8651099_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/811/40372683744_0c196895ba_c.jpg)

When I was in the closing stages of painting those chaps, I did waver slightly and start building my first Armiger. However, I made sure I finished the squad before adding any paint. Undercoat only so far, but you get the gist:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/899/26210412807_c2641bc4f0_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/891/26210411317_f020e42c7f_c.jpg)

Now, you may be thinking it looks a bit weird; well that's because I'm not a complete psycho and I like to paint these big pieces in sub-assemblies. It would be madness IMO to put it all together and go from there. As such, using my little friend Blue Tac, I should be able to work on the piece and assemble/disassemble to my heart's content in order to gauge progress and colour balance.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/877/27209466668_26713185ed_c.jpg)

So just a quick one. Hopefully I'll be able to make some good progress this Easter weekend...although my wife and 2 year old may have other ideas!!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: dog_of_war on March 28, 2018, 11:20:22 PM
Looking killer Loosh. Those transfers absolutely complete the squad. And as always I'm in love with your glowing effects.

Just wait until that two year old gets a little older. I've already got my five and seven year old painting my ancient pewter models that I'll just dip into green stuff again.

It'll be nice to have a painting and gaming buddy at the ready once they grow up a little. Start 'em young I say!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Dread on March 28, 2018, 11:50:35 PM
Oh I can't wait to see it painted, for that matter, I just found out it even existed. So far outta the loop right now. Your squads look great, I'm jealous.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Cavalier on March 29, 2018, 06:25:56 AM
Great stuff Loosh! The Vanguard look fantastic. The glow effects and the blue splashes are just sick. The transfer work is spot on as well. I like the gold casing on the guns too!

Also hell yeah on the Armiger. Can't wait to see you get it painted up. I know you'll kill it.

Great to see you gut it out through all the Rangers and Vanguard like you were saying. Even though I am a grinder when it comes to that stuff... it is not easy. It can be damn miserable at times, but when you have all the stuff you know you need done, working on the fun stuff is all the more enjoyable.

Anyway great stuff Loosh. Now give us MOAR!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Alienscar on March 29, 2018, 07:24:52 AM
I can only repeat what everyone else has already said Looshkin, the transfers really add something to the look of a model and when seen together the Vanguard unit looks really striking.

Seeing as you only got the Forgebane stuff last Saturday I am impressed that you have found the time to put an Armiger together and get it primed. Will you stick with the same colours as your Rangers and Vanguard or do you have to paint it in  particular House colour?

Hopefully I'll be able to make some good progress this Easter weekend...although my wife and 2 year old may have other ideas!!!

So I guess I am not the only one that thinks you should have painted some of the Necrons first.  ;D
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on April 1, 2018, 12:20:18 PM
Looking killer Loosh. Those transfers absolutely complete the squad. And as always I'm in love with your glowing effects.

Just wait until that two year old gets a little older. I've already got my five and seven year old painting my ancient pewter models that I'll just dip into green stuff again.

It'll be nice to have a painting and gaming buddy at the ready once they grow up a little. Start 'em young I say!

Cheers DoW! That's the plan, geek the boy up to the max so that I've got a little but to play games against, go to the movies with and all that stuff. He's cursed to a life of being a sport-loving geek!

Great stuff Loosh! The Vanguard look fantastic. The glow effects and the blue splashes are just sick. The transfer work is spot on as well. I like the gold casing on the guns too!

Also hell yeah on the Armiger. Can't wait to see you get it painted up. I know you'll kill it.

Great to see you gut it out through all the Rangers and Vanguard like you were saying. Even though I am a grinder when it comes to that stuff... it is not easy. It can be damn miserable at times, but when you have all the stuff you know you need done, working on the fun stuff is all the more enjoyable.

Anyway great stuff Loosh. Now give us MOAR!

Glad you like it all Cav. I'm stoked with how those Vanguard came out. I always thought that I would stick to Rangers for all of my troops and also on things like Ironstriders, but having painted the Vanguard, they're actually a bit more varied than the Rangers and a bit more fun. If I remembered the fact that 6s to Wound on their basic weapon explode into 2 wounds, well maybe I'd value them on the table top a little more too!!

I hope to hell I kill the Armiger paint work...I'm trying new things and...well...I fear change!!

Cheers Cav!

I can only repeat what everyone else has already said Looshkin, the transfers really add something to the look of a model and when seen together the Vanguard unit looks really striking.

Seeing as you only got the Forgebane stuff last Saturday I am impressed that you have found the time to put an Armiger together and get it primed. Will you stick with the same colours as your Rangers and Vanguard or do you have to paint it in  particular House colour?

Funny you should ask about the colour scheme. For a while now, I've wanted to paint a Knight in the colours of my Squadron at work. It's XXIV Sqn and they have a fairly basic Black and Gold motif to their Sqn flash. So incorporating that into a Knight scheme should be fairly simple. Of course, the inspiration to do this actually hit when I first the Big Knight Vs Knight game that came out a couple of years ago (Renegade??), so I've had time to think about it for a while...those first plans were to have a totally corrupted variant of the colour scheme as it was going to be the Renegade Knight...I never knew I'd end up collecting Ad Mech!!

Hopefully I'll be able to make some good progress this Easter weekend...although my wife and 2 year old may have other ideas!!!

So I guess I am not the only one that thinks you should have painted some of the Necrons first.  ;D

She's always saying to me 'Why aren't you painting Necrons Loosh? You should be painting Necrons!'. Or at least, that's what I hear. It may actually be something about vacuuming or cooking or cleaning or changing nappies. Maybe. But I like to think it's something about Necrons  ;)

Oh I can't wait to see it painted, for that matter, I just found out it even existed. So far outta the loop right now. Your squads look great, I'm jealous.

Well it's nowhere near finished, but hopefully this sneak peak can whet your whistle:

Bare-Naked-DorothyInRubySlippers-Armiger:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/877/27287522278_22f9d3d856_c.jpg)
Poorly lit exciting Armour Plates for your delectation:
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Such terrible lighting (It is my Man-Cave/Garage after all...(With bonus fuzzy Eldar hidden in the background for Cav)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/788/41161636621_642aa6d995_c.jpg)


Finally, a really boring shot of more of the movement trays that I've been buying in bulk. Mainly because the first set I ordered were 32mm and I needed 26mm...Gah! I'm trying to make sure these are a cleaner finish too, with no annoying bubbles of glue poking out of the side, which is all I ever see in those other photos. Must file them down and repaint!
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/804/40449016874_058dc7e078_c.jpg)

I reckon I'll have this Armiger ready to rock by the end of next weekend, if things go smoothly this week. Thanks for checking in!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Cavalier on April 1, 2018, 03:00:02 PM
Looking awesome Loosh. Are you doing the candy apple paint job on the carapace? If so SICK! And also... your Eldar look lonely out there. Give them some love damnit! lol Great stuff Loosh cannot wait to see how you paint that sucker. Its gonna be great I know it!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Alienscar on April 1, 2018, 04:41:39 PM
Funny you should ask about the colour scheme. For a while now, I've wanted to paint a Knight in the colours of my Squadron at work. It's XXIV Sqn and they have a fairly basic Black and Gold motif to their Sqn flash. So incorporating that into a Knight scheme should be fairly simple.

Is the red as glossy as it looks in the photo's Looshkin or is it the camera flash playing tricks? If it is as glossy as it looks and you are adding black and gold then this Armiger is going to look bloody awesome.

I'm trying to make sure these are a cleaner finish too, with no annoying bubbles of glue poking out of the side, which is all I ever see in those other photos. Must file them down and repaint!

I wondered why the profile of your bases weren't smooth. I just thought it was meant to look like that even if it looked a bit strange.

Is that April's White Dwarf I see on your worktop?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on April 1, 2018, 05:41:11 PM
Looking awesome Loosh. Are you doing the candy apple paint job on the carapace? If so SICK! And also... your Eldar look lonely out there. Give them some love damnit! lol Great stuff Loosh cannot wait to see how you paint that sucker. Its gonna be great I know it!

It is the Candy Apple finish (Never heard it called that, but it's absolutely the right description!). Looking to go glossy red, matt black and then the metallics. Just hope the combos work!

Is the red as glossy as it looks in the photo's Looshkin or is it the camera flash playing tricks? If it is as glossy as it looks and you are adding black and gold then this Armiger is going to look bloody awesome.

It's one time I'm not blaming the camera. It's as glossy as it appears. It utilises the clear airbrush paints FW produce, over a metallic base coat. I do some presides first, in order to get the depth of colour. Fingers crossed it all works out ok. If it does, I'll do a step by step on the next Armiger. Or maybe the knight that I hope to paint in the same scheme.

I'm trying to make sure these are a cleaner finish too, with no annoying bubbles of glue poking out of the side, which is all I ever see in those other photos. Must file them down and repaint!

I wondered why the profile of your bases weren't smooth. I just thought it was meant to look like that even if it looked a bit strange.
Nope, I was just being lazy and quick in order to get them ready for that first game. Much more care from here on out!

Is that April's White Dwarf I see on your worktop?

It is indeed. No spoilers, but I hope you like it. There's a decent spread of articles (not all of them painting!); some background on both the Idoneth Deepkin which appears to be good, although I've only glanced at it, some stuff on DE, a narrative battle report which is actually pretty decent compared to a lot that they put out...I'll let you get to it and form your own opinions, but I've already read more than the past 2 months combined I think!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Cavalier on April 2, 2018, 06:32:28 AM
Nice... love that you are doing that candy apple red. I've seen that done on a bunch of Ad-Mech stuff on the old Independent Characters forum and it looked amazing. I think I saw it done on the big train thing they have, a knight and some other stuff and it realy took the presentation of the Knights to a whole new level. Can't wait to see it finished, should look amazing.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 6, 2018, 10:40:00 AM
Man go away for a week and come back to all of this! Ad Mech are going from strength to strength, and congrats on clutching victory from the jaws of defeat in your game!

Can't wait to see the Armigers come together :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Dread on April 7, 2018, 06:54:41 PM
Hotrod painting! Perfect! Waiting for finish pics.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on April 13, 2018, 02:12:40 PM
Hey guys, thanks for the interest in the Knights...I had really hoped to show you a finished knight at the end of the weekend. Unfortunately, I learned a valuable life lesson: Never use Lahmian Medium over a Clear glaze finish as it makes it go cloudy. Alright, maybe it's not a life lesson as such, but it is a geeky lesson! Thank beslubber it was only really 1 shoulder pad affected, so I had to prise it off and then start the shoulder pad from scratch. The other small spots I should be able to cover up with some mild weathering.

That's the other thing, unfortunately, I had a family bereavement this week (she was old and it wasn't unexpected), meaning my planned week of hobby while the wife was away turned into a couple of days of frantically making arrangements and then sorting the house prior to my departure. Now that I'm with the family, I've actually been able to do a couple hours of work each day because we've sorted most things out for the funeral.

An added bonus of being with the family is that I'm able to buy tax free hobby goodness! So far I've just bought the Skaven Warband for Shadespire and an Ironstrider (Would have got 2 or 3 but they only had 1 in). Just don't tell Customs!!

I've taken a few photos of the 99% finished Armiger (Weathering to come). The lighting isn't the best, but you'll get the gist:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/892/26541792467_228a6accec_c.jpg)
Heat effects on the whateveritscalled.. ..Flame Spear??
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Come at me Bro:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/821/40517608865_118380fa61_c.jpg)

So there you go! I'm really happy with how he's turned out, but if you have any feedback or any way that you would improve the model, let me know...I have changed models before based on feedback, so I absolutely value it!

The great thing is that, because I've 'figured out' how to paint these guys,the second one is 90% complete. Just the basing, trans and any weathering to go. Something like 450pts or 24 PL added in a week!

Thanks for dropping in fellas!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Cavalier on April 13, 2018, 03:50:17 PM
By the Gods. You just wont let me win painter of the year on this forum will you Loosh. This thing looks AMAZING!!! I'm absolutley blown away... the gloss red is simply stunning. The split scheme was the last thing I was expecting... and the heat effects on the melta is just the best. The basing is fantastic too...

My ONLY criticism and its totally unnecessary is maybe just a bit more silver on the muzzel of the melta towards the back. Even just highlighting the back rim of it with a bit more silver would make the thing utterly flawless.

Either way Loosh you just annihilated this paint job. You just keep getting better... and you are played more games than me in the last month too. Is there a correlation??? lol... Anyway fantastic work man. Truly amazing. Keep rocking brother you are killing it!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Myen'Tal on April 13, 2018, 11:05:50 PM
That Armiger is next level amazing, Looshkin. I love the split scheme and the sudden switch in colors around the Knight's neck collar(?). Also that polished candy red finish really makes the entire Knight just pop right out at me. I can echo Cavalier's opinion about the gun muzzle, but the lack of silver doesn't bother me too much. I actually like the transition of colors you created on the muzzle, looks like a really cool technique to master.

Apparently, I need to be down in the project logs more often ;D.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Dread on April 14, 2018, 02:49:46 AM
I have to say, BLAM! Out of the ball park.....and 2nd everything said. Most definitely a hotrodder.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on April 14, 2018, 03:13:39 AM
By the Gods. You just wont let me win painter of the year on this forum will you Loosh. This thing looks AMAZING!!! I'm absolutley blown away... the gloss red is simply stunning. The split scheme was the last thing I was expecting... and the heat effects on the melta is just the best. The basing is fantastic too...

My ONLY criticism and its totally unnecessary is maybe just a bit more silver on the muzzel of the melta towards the back. Even just highlighting the back rim of it with a bit more silver would make the thing utterly flawless.

Either way Loosh you just annihilated this paint job. You just keep getting better... and you are played more games than me in the last month too. Is there a correlation??? lol... Anyway fantastic work man. Truly amazing. Keep rocking brother you are killing it!

First off, bless you that you think that either of us could ever win painter of the year with SeekingOne spewing out Golden Daemon level work. We're like people doing finger painting next to Leonardo!

I've added a slight highlight of silver to the back of the gun. You were right, it just needed help popping a little more and a thin mithril silver highlight works well I think. Thanks for not holding that back as it does make a big difference.

I'll make sure I get some well lit photos at some stage, but so far I'm really happy you like him. Thanks for the kind words Cav, always means a lot coming from a real pro like yourself!

That Armiger is next level amazing, Looshkin. I love the split scheme and the sudden switch in colors around the Knight's neck collar(?). Also that polished candy red finish really makes the entire Knight just pop right out at me. I can echo Cavalier's opinion about the gun muzzle, but the lack of silver doesn't bother me too much. I actually like the transition of colors you created on the muzzle, looks like a really cool technique to master.

Apparently, I need to be down in the project logs more often ;D.

So, funny story about the collar/spine split of colours. When I was working out what colour split I wanted, I envisaged 1 split right down the middle. The back and the collar are 2 pieces though....and I totally forgot which bit of the back plate was the front and which was the back! So it never should have had a further split. When I realised my error, I did a lot of swearing. Then I decided to just finish the pieces and see how it looked...and it worked. It just worked somehow.

I guess what ey say is true, it is better to be lucky than good!

Anyway, thank MyenTal for popping by and giving your feedback...and yes, you do need to come down to the project logs more! Even better, get a project going for your AoS armies when you start working on them. Cheers dude!

I have to say, BLAM! Out of the ball park.....and 2nd everything said. Most definitely a hotrodder.

 ; ;D
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Cavalier on April 14, 2018, 07:48:22 AM
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First off, bless you that you think that either of us could ever win painter of the year with SeekingOne spewing out Golden Daemon level work. We're like people doing finger painting next to Leonardo!

lol!!! Its true SeekingOne came in like an atom bomb. The guys from Tabletop Tactics were really praising him as a player and a painter big time on there No Retreat review.

Can't wait to see more of this Ad Mech stuff Loosh, its been awesome seeing you crank through it. But I do wonder what about your original Imperial Knight? He's from a different house if I remember correctly... are you gonna get a new one to match the Armiger?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on April 14, 2018, 08:12:59 AM
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First off, bless you that you think that either of us could ever win painter of the year with SeekingOne spewing out Golden Daemon level work. We're like people doing finger painting next to Leonardo!

lol!!! Its true SeekingOne came in like an atom bomb. The guys from Tabletop Tactics were really praising him as a player and a painter big time on there No Retreat review.

Can't wait to see more of this Ad Mech stuff Loosh, its been awesome seeing you crank through it. But I do wonder what about your original Imperial Knight? He's from a different house if I remember correctly... are you gonna get a new one to match the Armiger?

Well, that would be telling  ;)

And Iím going to tell you. Yes. Yes I am going to do another Knight. Already built the legs...and let me tell you, a Knight is not the kit that you want to lose instructions for  :o
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Alienscar on April 14, 2018, 11:47:18 AM
The Armiger is simply remarkable Looshkin. To echo Cavalier I love everything about it. The deep red glossy colour looks fantastic and the heat effects are a neat touch.

Does the weathering you are going to add include the oil drums?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on April 14, 2018, 02:32:20 PM
Thanks Alien. Yeah, Iíll be doing some very, very light weathering if the Armiger, focusing on the legs. The barrels, however, will get a far more drastic change, to really highlight the care taken to preserve the knights versus stuff found in the world.

Thanks for your comments Alienscar!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Myen'Tal on April 14, 2018, 10:10:29 PM
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Anyway, thank MyenTal for popping by and giving your feedback...and yes, you do need to come down to the project logs more! Even better, get a project going for your AoS armies when you start working on them. Cheers dude!

That's the second time someone has suggested I do just that (think it was Cavalier actually who said it before  ;D). Might actually think about doing it now, when I finally start. Would keep me motivated, I think.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on April 15, 2018, 02:46:31 AM
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Anyway, thank MyenTal for popping by and giving your feedback...and yes, you do need to come down to the project logs more! Even better, get a project going for your AoS armies when you start working on them. Cheers dude!

That's the second time someone has suggested I do just that (think it was Cavalier actually who said it before  ;D). Might actually think about doing it now, when I finally start. Would keep me motivated, I think.

Cav and I are the unofficial Project Board Pimps. Always pushing the product.

Thereís a reason for that too...this board was quite a quiet place for the longest time, especially after a few really good painters left after the site went down for a few weeks some time ago.

Now, we have 20 or so semi-regular, really talented posters sharing their work on the board. Itís definitely one on the more active portions of the site. We like that and want the projects to continue to grow and be a source, hopefully, of hobby inspiration for anyone who pays a visit.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Myen'Tal on April 15, 2018, 03:14:25 AM
Well, I might not be on the same level as you guys, buuut all of those tutorial videos on painting and techniques should count for something ;D. Maybe in the near future, sometime ;).

Also loving your Ad Mech!!! Skitarii are some of my favorite Imperial factions, but not enough to replace xenos ;). You do them great justice though!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Ynneadwraith on April 16, 2018, 01:12:11 PM
That Knight looks stone-cold awesome Loosh ;) and the double-split colours really works, even if it was unintended. Reminiscent of many medieval liveried shields and tabards :)

That heat-effect though. As a bit of a welder I've seen a lot of heat colouration and that is spot on ;)

Oh, and MyelTal you should definitely get on the plog train ;) one of the things I really enjoy is seeing people's painting skill develop over time.

As an example, I when I first started posting here I was ok I suppose. Basecoat, bit of drybrushing amd a wash. Now, after a lot of encouragement from these guys...my painting technique hasn't changed a bit. But just little tips and encouragement here and there has really helped me push my 'basecoat/drybrush/wash' technique as far as I can take it :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Myen'Tal on April 16, 2018, 07:38:44 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, guys, I'll think on it! I do have a painted squad of five stormcast I did a couple years ago. They have some mistakes on them that I hope I've learned from, but maybe I'll put some images up in the painting section for right now, I guess that could be a preliminary ;D.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on April 22, 2018, 04:06:51 AM
That Knight looks stone-cold awesome Loosh ;) and the double-split colours really works, even if it was unintended. Reminiscent of many medieval liveried shields and tabards :)

That's what I figured. if you're echoing medieval themes with Knight societies, well, you're probably doing it right. They're called Knights for goodness sake!

That heat-effect though. As a bit of a welder I've seen a lot of heat colouration and that is spot on ;)

You don't know how happy that makes me. That's one of the things that worried me, as it's quite bold and 'in your face'. I'm glad it doesn't look unrealistic.

As an example, I when I first started posting here I was ok I suppose. Basecoat, bit of drybrushing amd a wash. Now, after a lot of encouragement from these guys...my painting technique hasn't changed a bit. But just little tips and encouragement here and there has really helped me push my 'basecoat/drybrush/wash' technique as far as I can take it :)

I think you're doing yourself quite a disservice there Ynnead. Your painting style rocks.

The point remains, though, for MenTal. The Plogs are a tremendous source of inspiration, a great exchange of ideas and really everything that the painting/building/converting side of the hobby should be.

Thanks for the encouragement, guys, I'll think on it! I do have a painted squad of five stormcast I did a couple years ago. They have some mistakes on them that I hope I've learned from, but maybe I'll put some images up in the painting section for right now, I guess that could be a preliminary ;D.

You've dipped your toe into the waters...take the plunge and join us in the murky plog waters!

Mini update time!

Being away for a funeral has kinda turned everything upside-down for the last week and a bit. As such, I haven't managed to 'finish' anything. I'm 98% through with my 2nd Armiger. I just had the final basing to go (It's finished similarly to the other Armiger, but I want to do a little bit of techno-scrap on the base, which I haven't started).

In the interim, I'll show a few pictures of the Armigers that I took just over a week ago:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/882/26575092327_f640da23f6_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/799/26575091947_0a62f068e0_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/814/26575091887_85e1a4b605_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/878/27574577348_891cbe5de8_c.jpg)

If I can get some photos later today, I will. Both Knights are now complete with transfers and weathering. As I said, I just have final basing elements to do for one of the Knights.

I also started working on these guys for Shadespire. Great minis. Especially seeing as they're push-fit. Really great levels of detail.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/802/40732130094_7511522ffe_c.jpg)

I know it's not much of an update, but at least it's something!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Myen'Tal on April 22, 2018, 05:24:39 AM
Those Armigers... so... beautiful ;D! Also really love the new Skaven minis, so I'm glad you're doing them. Can't wait to see how those turn out!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Cavalier on April 22, 2018, 06:31:31 AM
Oh man, soooooo good. Those armigers just look fantastic! I LOVE the pose on the new one too. Mid-action poses are my fave. Love how the arms and the split color scheme are on opposite sides on each knight, that is a really awesome yet subtle choice. The paint jobs are just phenomenal as always Loosh.

Also Skaven! Damn! I'm working on AoS stuff on commission, Brian is working on his Shadespire gang and now you too Loosh. Everybody is tempting me with AOS stuff lately... I want to play! Damnit.... I'm sure this is gonna be glorious! If you exapnd out to army size you gonna get the Great Horned Rat model? That thing is absolutely insane. Skaven and Dwarves are my fave factions from AoS so I'm looking forward to following this. Anyway great stuff Loosh cant wait for more!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Grizzlykin on April 22, 2018, 06:53:36 AM
What kind of freaking monster are you!!!! Those arminger or what not... They are so insane... That's an absurde level of painting and patience for details. That's mind blowing.

Just how do you get so many blend of red and dark everywhere? Aerograph? Wash?

Very well done I'm looking forward to your next post that for sure!

I can't tell I'm as exited for the rats but it's bond to be cool looking so I'm still looking forward to them. This is bond to look cool.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on April 24, 2018, 07:10:44 PM
Those Armigers... so... beautiful ;D! Also really love the new Skaven minis, so I'm glad you're doing them. Can't wait to see how those turn out!

Thanks MyenTal! I'll be pottering along with the Skaven, but I have 1 more 'mini' that I want to cencentrate on before I work on anything else...

Oh man, soooooo good. Those armigers just look fantastic! I LOVE the pose on the new one too. Mid-action poses are my fave. Love how the arms and the split color scheme are on opposite sides on each knight, that is a really awesome yet subtle choice. The paint jobs are just phenomenal as always Loosh.

I find the models pretty dorky if you put them together facing forward; they're oddly proportioned for that kind of pose. Change an arm angle here or there and twist the body and they look a lot better. Anyway, glad you're loving them!

Also Skaven! Damn! I'm working on AoS stuff on commission, Brian is working on his Shadespire gang and now you too Loosh. Everybody is tempting me with AOS stuff lately... I want to play! Damnit.... I'm sure this is gonna be glorious!
I haven't touched AoS yet. Just putting together the Shadespire gangs as they're much more manageable. I have actually got a reasonable sized Skaven WHFB army that I only managed to use a couple of times before the change to AoS:

I will not miss ranking up these guys:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7530/15301027883_020d519bfd_c.jpg)
This guy was soooooooo much fun to paint though!
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2839/12858164695_9b1ceac499_c.jpg)

If you exapnd out to army size you gonna get the Great Horned Rat model?

Hahahahahahahahahah ahahahahahahahahaha ha! Aha! Aha! Aha! Aha! Ha! Ha! Haaaaaa........

Yeah. So if you didn't know by now, I vastly underestimate how quickly I complete projects. I try to be realistic, but my form of realism is 'If I can paint for 3 hours a day and pretend I don't have a wife and child, I can defo complete this in 2 weeks...'

But that means I also vastly overbuy models to work on. Check it out:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/944/41640386932_714d3ab823_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/950/39873209630_f7dac9e2cc_c.jpg)
But, as you can see in the top right, one of these boxes is a Horned Rat model. I think I'm just waiting for more Skaven units to drop in AoS, because I'm absolutely not a Plague Monk guy. I love my Storm Vermin and Warlord Clans too much! I'll work on him one day, but he's down the list of 'stuff I'm embarrassed I haven't painted yet'.

And yes, looking at those photos, while considering I have several other boxes unopened in my garage, I am hugely aware that I have a problem.

A big problem  :-[

Oh well...best go buy more miniatures to comfort myself  ;D

What kind of freaking monster are you!!!! Those arminger or what not... They are so insane... That's an absurde level of painting and patience for details. That's mind blowing.

Just how do you get so many blend of red and dark everywhere? Aerograph? Wash?

Thanks Grizzlykin, that means a lot!

As for the method, I plan on putting together a guide on how to achieve the effect when I paint my next model. So it should hit in the next 2-3 weeks if all goes well. In short though, it's a silver base with Forgeworld clear glazes applied in several layers over the top.

Thanks for the feedback all; as a reward (Or punishment, depending on your point of view), have a couple more. photos of Armigers. Hey, I'm building stuff...plastic glue and mold lines aren't photogenic!

Basing elements to come:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/968/41640393552_2becdafbd2_c.jpg)
Hints of weathering:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/980/41640393492_58f7b54ecc_c.jpg)
Just hints though, I wanted these to look pretty fresh:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/966/40789289945_7ca62f55d5_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/978/40789289895_0867625841_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/950/39873216370_5d7ae08e79_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/969/40969900964_10b2c031b4_c.jpg)


Finally, I sneak preview of the next item in production (Also the last of the Ad Mech type units for a little while...I'm getting burnt out by them!):
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/909/39873216160_bceff1e3cd_c.jpg)

Thanks, everyone, for dropping by and giving your support and feedback; you guys rock!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Irisado on April 25, 2018, 05:18:45 AM
The item that most caught my eye in amongst all that lot was your copy of Advanced Heroquest. Out of curiosity, did you ever get around to painting the models for that?  In my copy of that game, the models all came on round bases, even though it was a square based board, so if you were ever thinking of playing Age of Sigmar with Skaven, that would be one way in which you could use some on circular bases if you wanted to.  It does not unduly matter, as square bases work well enough, but it just crossed my mind.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Cavalier on April 25, 2018, 06:23:05 AM
@Irisado- Good eye! I totally missed that! Damn do I love Heroquest... never played or saw the models from Advance Hero Quest. I gotta paint mine up... I love that game to death!

@Looshkin- Great stuff Loosh, they look excellent with all the finishing touches. All the red touches on the chain sword, feet, shoulder pads are just absolutley killer. Couldn't have come out nicer. What a win this Ad Mech force is going to be.

I love your Skaven models as well. The wheel is phenomenal. Super jealous of your boxes of unpainted stuff. I wish I had all that fun stuff waiting in the wings...

Cant wait to see the Knight should be excellent! Great post Loosh, love the peak behind the scenes too. Keep it up!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Alienscar on April 25, 2018, 11:27:29 AM
Man that is an awesome amount of hobby stuff that you have accumulated. You must be kicking yourself every time GW releases something new.  :)

This guy was soooooooo much fun to paint though!

I remember when you painted that wheel back in 2014. It was awesome then and it still awesome now. I am sure your photo's were brighter back then as well.

Your Armigers look brilliant and the hint of weathering has pushed them to another level. Fan bloody tastic.

I am not a welder like Yneeadwraith but I have worked around metalworkers for most of my working life and the heat discolouration you have achieved on the weapons is so much like what you see on titanium it is unreal. Search for images of titanium heat treatment and you will see what I mean. Though given that you work around aircraft I am guessing you already knew this.

Have you painted the assassins yet? If not I can't wait to see what you do with them.

I like the way the oil drums look now that they are suitably dirty.

Is the Knight going to be painted in the same way as the Armigers?



Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Myen'Tal on May 3, 2018, 07:23:02 PM
*Hobby Overload*

Quite the collection you've stacked up, Looshkin, how has your hobby space not been swept away by the Grey Tide ;D? Makes me envious though ;), you have to assemble and paint up that Verminlord at some point!

I would seriously consider Skaven as an army to collect in Age of Sigmar, but their current faction divisions kind of puts me off until a new Battletome for them comes out. Long live Clan Mors (Or Verminous) ;D! That being said, their models look really cool and fun, would be interesting to see them fleshed out in AoS sometime.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Aurics Pride on May 4, 2018, 08:37:25 AM
Oh wow, those Armigers look incredible!!
I wasn't a huge fan of those models from what I've seen previously but you just may be changing my mind. The colour scheme works so well and the little details just look so good. I love the effect on the Melta weapons!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Dread on May 4, 2018, 03:24:50 PM
I picked up another plague claw and the filth box a few months back, still all nice and neat in their boxes. I've always played monks and furnace but unfortunately AoS has left me cold. I want to build and paint them but.  I'm trying to turn my attention to the Ynarri and haven't succeeded with them yet either.

So watching all of your guys work keeps me happy for now. So keep it up.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on May 6, 2018, 04:07:35 AM
The item that most caught my eye in amongst all that lot was your copy of Advanced Heroquest. Out of curiosity, did you ever get around to painting the models for that?  In my copy of that game, the models all came on round bases, even though it was a square based board, so if you were ever thinking of playing Age of Sigmar with Skaven, that would be one way in which you could use some on circular bases if you wanted to.  It does not unduly matter, as square bases work well enough, but it just crossed my mind.

I did get round to painting the minis. The quality of the sculpts isn't particularly great, but I'd be happy to use them in AoS if the need arises.

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2949/15454662066_8e94e70652_c.jpg)

I think at some stage I'll rebase all my Skaven, but that's a job for a long way in the future, when all the other jobs are done! Thanks for dropping by Iri...I appreciate you popping in when there isn't a single painted Eldar to be seen!

Though given that you work around aircraft I am guessing you already knew this.

Given that I work with Aircraft, I know what Oil spatter looks like. I also know that if I see fluid on the floor near the aircraft, it's best to ask an engineer to taste it to find out what it is, rather than taste it myself! Not a lie.

Have you painted the assassins yet? If not I can't wait to see what you do with them.

Unfortunately those Assassins were in the box that may or may not be somewhere in the Falkland Islands...so effectively lost for all time! Gah!

I would seriously consider Skaven as an army to collect in Age of Sigmar, but their current faction divisions kind of puts me off until a new Battletome for them comes out. Long live Clan Mors (Or Verminous) ;D! That being said, their models look really cool and fun, would be interesting to see them fleshed out in AoS sometime.

I think I'm waiting for them to do something with the Warlord Clans too. I like the steam punk aesthetic of the Storm Fiends but they need to expand the range or at least give everything a common theme. Plague Monks are not in any way interesting to me. I like the Wily Coyote style of madcap villainy that the Skaven bring to the setting.

I picked up another plague claw and the filth box a few months back, still all nice and neat in their boxes. I've always played monks and furnace but unfortunately AoS has left me cold.

Sorry to hear that Dread. I haven't touched AoS yet. I am planning to, as I think some of the model ranges are fantastic. I think I may have a bad taste in my mouth having finished a small force of Skaven and then having them immediately look out of place. Hopefully something will draw us both in soon!

Oh wow, those Armigers look incredible!!
I wasn't a huge fan of those models from what I've seen previously but you just may be changing my mind. The colour scheme works so well and the little details just look so good. I love the effect on the Melta weapons!

Is the Knight going to be painted in the same way as the Armigers?

@Looshkin- Great stuff Loosh, they look excellent with all the finishing touches. All the red touches on the chain sword, feet, shoulder pads are just absolutley killer. Couldn't have come out nicer. What a win this Ad Mech force is going to be.

Cant wait to see the Knight should be excellent! Great post Loosh, love the peak behind the scenes too. Keep it up!

Thank you everyone for all your awesome comments!

Sorry there haven't been any updates for the past couple of weeks. My hobby output dropped significantly, but I'm hoping it will pick up again very soon.

Unfortunately I've hit a brick wall with the Knight that I was prepping. The model is largely built and prepped. I have also undercoated and base coated it. I've even got round to doing the preshades for the armour plates.

But.

There's always a but.

Forge World have discontinued their paint range due to appalling sales.

No more Clear paints from FW. No more Angron Red.

 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

As such, I got some Vallejo transparent red. Not the same thing at all. The pigment is totally wrong.

So now I'm waiting on Tamiya Clear Red, which is apparently what the FW was based on...but I was avoiding using because it is alcohol, not water based and as such is a bit more of a pain to use. Hopefully it will arrive in a couple of days and then I can make some real progress.

Thank you all for popping by and leaving some great feedback. Hopefully your patience will be rewarded!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Irisado on May 6, 2018, 05:31:08 AM
Khorne will be most displeased by the loss of Angron red.  I will check for an angry horde of Bloodletters encircling GW's Lenton HQ next time I pass by on my way to work :D.

Thanks for posting the Skaven.  The miniatures are dated now, but I still think that they look pretty good for the era in which they were produced.  They are not as good as the plastic models made for regular Heroquest though.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Ynneadwraith on May 7, 2018, 06:35:57 AM
Aww man :( I wonder whether you can still pick some up from eBay or the like? Might be tricky with sub-par sales though :S

I have heard good things about Tamiya Clear Red though so hopefully that should work out nicely :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on May 8, 2018, 09:12:33 PM
Khorne will be most displeased by the loss of Angron red.  I will check for an angry horde of Bloodletters encircling GW's Lenton HQ next time I pass by on my way to work :D.

Do so. Hopefully at some stage they may revisit and release the paints as part of GW's Air range. I think maybe in this case, being featured on the FW side of things may have forced the paints into a niche subset of what is a niche market! Fingers crossed the Tamiya Red works well for me.

Thanks for posting the Skaven.  The miniatures are dated now, but I still think that they look pretty good for the era in which they were produced.  They are not as good as the plastic models made for regular Heroquest though.

I lost many a school lunchtime playing Heroquest with my mates. The minis were good. I'll not lie though, the depth of the Advanced Heroquest rule set was far more appealing to me and the heroes were actually pretty good. I painted them up some time ago and wasn't disappointed with the results...although they do, of course, fall far, far short of some of the minis created today.

Aww man :( I wonder whether you can still pick some up from eBay or the like? Might be tricky with sub-par sales though :S

I have heard good things about Tamiya Clear Red though so hopefully that should work out nicely :)

Fingers crossed it works. I've actually only found a couple of online retailers that carry FW paints and neither of those even had it listed. I've tried Ebay too. No joy. Fingers crossed on the Tamiya Red!!



Anyhow! Hello everyone and thank you for your continued patience as I very impatiently wait for my Tamiya Clear Red to appear! In the meantime, I put in some work on Spiteclaw's Swarm; the Shadespire Warband that I want to get used to as my 'main' war band. I'm not sure how anything can be a 'main' war band when you've only ever played a couple of games, but I'm hoping that now that I've invested more time in the minis, it'll give me the impetus to play a bit more.

Even with the babble, onto the minis. I think it's important to note that I wasn't trying to win any awards with these guys, I just wanted them to be presentable and look good as a collection.

Scritch Spiteclaw:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/903/41085679825_8820afdc97_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/959/41266970984_ec93a9fbdb_c.jpg)
I kinda love the posing of this miniature. It also allowed me the opportunity to use all of GW's technical grot paints on various effects! There's Rust, Depp rust, Verdigris, the Sewer water uses Nurgle's Rot and finally I got a little blood spatter going on the Halberd. It's a fun model to paint. When I update my Skaven army, I may well pick up another Skritch to use as a Warlord.
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/828/41085679765_3bc0f0992d_c.jpg)

Krrk The Almost-Trusted"
I love the little rats perching on this guy's shoulder
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/909/28114302838_310d5d3be0_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/830/28114302898_8f8b65f427_c.jpg)

Lurking Skaven:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/954/28114302938_14e975f5e0_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/964/41085664935_d93029401e_c.jpg)
I love the Top-Down view of the lurking Skaven. Everything about the pose works for me.
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/904/28114302828_4e22054f3f_c.jpg)

Festering Skaven:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/831/40178953410_010659c3eb_c.jpg)
Sorry it's a bit fuzzy. The photo. Not the rat.
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/945/41085664985_304ef7b43b_c.jpg)

Hungering Skaven:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/823/41266980574_0660aa8c62_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/946/40178983350_d628f34d2e_c.jpg)

The Rat Pack:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/965/28114318458_d1ca286fa1_c.jpg)
I think this photo helps show how well the models work together. They really look as though they were designed with the complete gang in mind for how the aesthetic would work...and I think the designers absolutely nailed it with this war band. The only others that come close are the Sepulchral Guard and even then, I think the Skaven work best.
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/832/40178983320_5e1d23a7c2_c.jpg)

So there you are. Not a lot of work, but I bashed these together over a couple of nights and am pretty pleased with how they came out.* Might have to pop into my GW on Friday and see whether I can get a game in against someone!

Cheers all.



*Massive shout out to Cav for the recipe for painting the stone. I was struggling with what to do with the bases and didn't really like the effect I got with the Stormcast a few months ago...then Cav's Morathi landed and I saw what I wanted to do; albeit with my own interpretation of the work. So thank you Cav!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Calamity on May 9, 2018, 12:19:18 PM
Oh my god Looshkin, those Skaven?  Those Skaven, oh my god, those Skaven.  Theyíre fantastic!  ;D
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: dog_of_war on May 9, 2018, 01:55:19 PM
Those bases are just spectacular. I'm in love with the wet, slimy moss on the rocks.

I see what you mean by how they look awesome in a pack. Not that they don't look great individually, but the sum is greater than the parts.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Dread on May 9, 2018, 04:44:12 PM
Squeak squeak squeakums. Grrr squeak plrplrplr. They look great. I need to get them.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Cavalier on May 9, 2018, 08:26:24 PM
Wow just incredible Loosh. Totally classic paint jobs, seriously man, look like they came right out of a White Dwarf. I really like the paint schemes too, they feel like they are out of the Old World... scavenged from peasants or something. Just fantastic!

The warlord is amazing... the Nurgle's Rot and blood is just so eyecatching. A real centerpiece. I love it!

Also so glad my stone recipe helped you. Really gratifying to pass on a technique to a good friend and a hobbyist I've got tremendous respect for. Cheers to you bud these guys look great!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Alienscar on May 10, 2018, 04:44:15 AM
Oh my god Looshkin, those Skaven?  Those Skaven, oh my god, those Skaven.  Theyíre fantastic!  ;D

This says it better than I ever could so it bears repeating.

It also allowed me the opportunity to use all of GW's technical grot paints on various effects! There's Rust, Depp rust, Verdigris, the Sewer water uses Nurgle's Rot

The sewage water on Skritch's base looks brilliant. Is that just Nurgle's Rot or have you used other techniques with the Rot?

I think this photo helps show how well the models work together. They really look as though they were designed with the complete gang in mind for how the aesthetic would work...and I think the designers absolutely nailed it with this war band. The only others that come close are the Sepulchral Guard and even then, I think the Skaven work best.

I think Magor's Fiends is another Warband where the designers created a really cohesive looking Warband. I agree with you though that the Skaven is probably the best looking Warband to date.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Irisado on May 10, 2018, 04:46:07 AM
I lost many a school lunchtime playing Heroquest with my mates. The minis were good. I'll not lie though, the depth of the Advanced Heroquest rule set was far more appealing to me and the heroes were actually pretty good. I painted them up some time ago and wasn't disappointed with the results...although they do, of course, fall far, far short of some of the minis created today.

I completely agree, which is why I opted to play Heroquest using Advanced Heroquest rules.  That makes all the quests much more of a challenge for the heroes, especially the later expansion packs, such as the Ogre Horde and Wizards of Morcar.

The Skaven look fantastic and the dynamic posing, particular of Scritch Spiteclaw is very impressive indeed.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Myen'Tal on May 13, 2018, 01:59:36 AM
Your Skaven turned out really great as I imagined they would have. Would be an excellent addition to any Skaven army that might pop up somewhere in the hazy-who-knows-when-future. Loving all of the use of those technical paints, you really pulled off a series of natural effects that stand out, but complement each other really well.

Great work, Loosh!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Ynneadwraith on May 22, 2018, 06:42:12 PM
I've been waiting for you to do these guys! I knew as a Skaven  guy you wouldn't be able to resist them ;)

I'm with you on how awesome the sculpts are too. I've been really enjoying the more recent models they've been bringing out for Skaven (Blood Bowl included), and you've done a cracking job on them :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: Looshkin on June 8, 2018, 04:24:33 PM
First off, everybody; thank you for your pretty much universal praise of my Skaven. I'm really pleased you all like them. They were a pretty swift paint job by me, so to get the levels of praise that you're all heaping on them is, frankly, overwhelming.

Secondly; sorry that it's almost a month since my last post. I've been pretty busy with work and at first I had little time to paint. Then I fell out of love with the Goblin Blood Bowl team I was painting (But won't take me too long to complete), so that was a kind of wasted week or so.

Fortunately, my local GW decided to do a late night gaming event. I never really get to go to these; 2 1/2 year olds and bedtime stories put pain to that, but as he's growing up, I'm getting a little more freedom.

"Hang on a sec, Loosh. You said late night *gaming*. You don't game."

You're right. I don't...but it's not because I don't want to! It's just a matter of time available Vs commitments!

Also, what really drew me in was the nature of the game:

Buy whatever you want up to a value of £70-85. Play with it. No restrictions. It could even be 5 Clam packs from totally different armies if you wanted. No. Restrictions.

Also, it was AoS...and finally I wanted to take the bait.

 I've been meaning to start AoS for the longest time, but was waiting for the Skaven Clan Verminus to get an update and release...I know that most of their stuff is new, but I at least wanted full rules and the impetus to paint soooo very many Clan Rats again.

So if you aren't doing rats, what are you doing?

Shark and Eel riding soulless Elf Muthaf*ckers! That who!

Yup, the Idoneth Deppkin blew me away when I first saw them and I knew that I'd have to collect them sooner rather than later...and the gaming night was exactly what I needed to get the ball rolling. The fact that I could spend up to £85 was good too...enough to commit me to the force, not too much to overwhelm me and drain me mentally, enough to try a few units that I might like.

First off, I had to find which enclave I wanted to run and paint.

What do you like in an army Loosh? Manoeuvrability and stealth.

What are your favourite colours to paint? I bloody love teal.

Good job there's an enclave for you then bud: Briomdar.

Genuinely, I saw the models, though 'I really want to paint those. I really want to paint them in similar colours to the Human Blood Bowl team I painted. I really want a stealthy army.' Boom. Everything fell into place.

That decided, I started buying units. 10 Namartii Reavers were first on the shopping list, followed by an Akhelian King and 3 Morrsarr Guard Fangmora Riders.

At first I just built the kits and base coated them so that I could use them in the games...but then the fever grabbed hold and I started work  painting up the Eels and the King. I got them to a decent standard by the time of the gaming night.

I didn't take any photos of the games played, but I will give you a very brief recap...it was all about fun and learning an army...and I hadn't ever played AoS before. The format was doubles, rolling for starting table corners, kill the opposing generals to win the game.


Game 1:

Me (Idoneth), Matt (Store owner and all round good guy with a Sylvaneth force headed by Duurthu with 20 Dryads and a couple of Spell Casters) Vs 20 Beastmen Gors, a Brayherd Shaman a Beast Lord, and a Ghorgon, allied with 3 Daemon princes.

Very different, very interesting armies!

The opposing team saw me as fresh meat, so the Beastmen player tried to ambush me on turn 1, with the Daemon player moving up in support. It all looked good for them until they failed their charges to start the game...

...and then everyone realised how bloody hard Idoneth can kick. After my turn 1, I had 4 dead Reavers. There were also 20 dead Beastmen Gors, a badly wounded Beastlord and a dead Daemon Prince. We were all pretty shocked.

The rest of the game was spent killing Daemon princes and chasing after the Shaman, who carried on summoning new Daemon Princes! I m use have killed about 4 of the buggers by the end, with Matt killing another 2 and the Ghorgon. I lost the Morrsarr Guard and 6 Reavers. That was it. Matt lost a bunch of Dryads and 1 spell caster.


Game 2:

Me (Idoneth), Dan (Store worker with Clan Moulder Skaven) Vs the 3 Daemon Guy and a gun line of 30 Empire Hand Gunners being buffed to the max by some characters. Plus an artillery piece.

Dan and I did not want to tangle with the gun line, as their buffs meant they would be hitting 1 enemy unit each turn on 2s, wounding on 2s...and they could overwatch 1 unit that charged them too! Gah!

Turn 1, the Daemon player moved toward the Skaven this time, while the Empire player took some long range shots at the Skaven. In our turn, the Skaven whipped the heck out of his Hellpit Abomination who then failed a charge on the Gunline...bad times. I, meanwhile, delighted in the fact that Idoneth Cavalry move 14 inches and can reroll charges with a musician...well...i t didn't go well for the Daemon player. I carved up 2 of his princes right there and then.


In turn 2, my partner's Hellpit Abomination got annihilated by the gunline. In our turn 2, we pulled off a big combi-charge with 4 Rat Ogres and my Prince hitting the gun line. The Empire player wiped the Rat Ogres off the face of the Earth with his overwatch...my Prince then went to town...I think in total, 22 gunners were killed or fled...and that was pretty much it.

The last Daemon Prince was taken down by the Reavers, while all the Empire except for a standard bearer were killed. My King also got killed. Boo.


So in total, over 2 games, I lost the King, 4 Morrsarr Guard and 6 Reavers.

I killed 20 Beastmen Gor, 1 Beast Lord, 1 Shaman, 7 Daemon Princes (Really, really felt sorry for that guy...), about 25 Hand Gunners, an Empire Captain and an Artillery piece.

Holy amphetamine parrotballs!

I now officially have the AoS bug...and at just the right time, with AoS 2nd Ed about to drop!



Anyway. You don't come here for tales of bravery, might and jammy dice. You come for the painting, I hope!

First off, the Morrsarr Guard. I thought these were finished, but having looked at the photos, I need to clean up the recesses of the Eels' flesh a little. It's too stark. it shows up way worse in photos, but I want these to be right.

The unit (Underexposed, because it's late in the day):
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1757/41778216545_962b063ed2_c.jpg)

Lochian Prince:
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Musician:
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I love how the shell turned out. It was mainly white, with some Kislev Flesh on in where the airbrush layer had gone a bit wayward...so I just decided to hit it with a heavy Casandora Yellow wash to see what would happen...I could always repaint it if I didn't like the end result. End result is, I like it a lot!
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1736/41959705984_5d34c41fc8_c.jpg)
The Standard Bearer:
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Nom nom nom nom nom...
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Next up, my King. He is NOT finished. I repeat, NOT finished. There's a lot of stuff I want to work on and touch up. More definition in the tail. The colour transition from Green to Sea Green to Blue. Shading the skin recesses. The cloak (so many bits of the cloak) The base. General touch ups. What the f*ck to do with the reins which won't align (Probably snip them off entirely, but open to suggestions).

NOT finished!

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Generally, I want to make the silver a bit more silver (because otherwise, too much teal!), tidy up those bits and generally make his paint fit for an Akhelian King!

As always, any input is gratefully received.

Sorry about the wall of text too...that really is a wall of text  :o
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Cavalier on June 8, 2018, 05:26:06 PM
By the Gods... battle reports AND insanely well painted miniatures? Brilliant!

Dang Loosh, so jealous those games sound like an absolute blast. AoS sounds like, so, so, so much fun and 2nd ed has me totally fascinated. I'm definitely going to play at some point and its project logs and battle reports like this that just keep amping up my interest.

So glad you had a good time man. You do such an awesome job on your minis so I'm really stoked that you got out and seize glory with them... and did you ever! Just a phenomenal run there man. Truly some awesome stuff. Sounds like everyone was having a great time. So good to hear.

But man... those paint jobs tho. Dude. NEVER would've thought that greenish yellow would work... but it looks AMAZING! I'm totally in love with this paint scheme... and the exdecution is just what I expect from you. Smooth, seamless, vibrant and eye catching with great little areas of subtlety thrown in for good measure. The fade on your King's Eel is just amazing man. I'm totally blown away. You killed these paint jobs man I honestly cant suggest anything... besides PAINT MORE OF THEM!

I'm so stoked for some of these Idoneth bits to show up on ebay because I've got some great kitbashes planned with them... Anyway just phenomenal stuff Loosh. Keep on rocking man... you continue to inspire me to push forward with my painting. I love it!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: Myen'Tal on June 8, 2018, 09:19:16 PM
Absolutely glorious, Loosh 8)!!! I'm loving the colors and patterns you have on your Fangmora Eels!!! Your work inspires me to take a bit more risk with my scheme :). Glad to hear that the Idoneth are presenting themselves strongly on the battlefield! How many of those Akhelian Guard are you running currently?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: dog_of_war on June 8, 2018, 09:49:26 PM
Oh my god, those paint jobs are B.E.A.utiful. I'm just blown away at how clean your painting is. Are you sure your not a robot? Seriously man, every one post of your posts I'm like "well, that was amazing, he can't every top that." And lo and behold, the next post knocks it out of the park. Just WOW.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: Dread on June 9, 2018, 12:38:53 AM
THUNK! That was my jaw hitting the floor. I just have to reiterate what's been said. Phenomenal falls short, I mean.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: magenb on June 9, 2018, 08:34:48 AM
wow you went all out mate, the stripe pattern on the hides and the transition are really nice, that white cloak is super clean too and the skin tone came out really well.

Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: Ynneadwraith on June 11, 2018, 10:02:04 AM
'I stress he is not finished'

*posts up a model I'd be chuffed to pieces painting...

So damn pretty Loosh! I must admit when I first saw the models I wasn't sold. Too much of the typical AoS frivalous detail, not enough Lovecraft.

Then, reading the fluff...there's the Lovecraft! Since then I've had a closer look at the models and they're gorgeous.

Absolutely cannot wait to see more of yours man, and great to see yours doing some serious work on the battlefield :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Looshkin on June 18, 2018, 06:26:06 PM
But man... those paint jobs tho. Dude. NEVER would've thought that greenish yellow would work... but it looks AMAZING! I'm totally in love with this paint scheme... and the exdecution is just what I expect from you. Smooth, seamless, vibrant and eye catching with great little areas of subtlety thrown in for good measure. The fade on your King's Eel is just amazing man. I'm totally blown away. You killed these paint jobs man I honestly cant suggest anything... besides PAINT MORE OF THEM!

Cheers for all of the kindness Cav! As for there colour scheme, it's just the one that GW use in their 'Easy Metal Masterclass from last month's WD. I've seen some pretty garish colours for the Eels (Some by GW...they are...not easy on the eye!) and when I saw this, and the fact it made the Eel seem softer and more natural as a result...well, I just had to give it a try!

Absolutely glorious, Loosh 8)!!! I'm loving the colors and patterns you have on your Fangmora Eels!!! Your work inspires me to take a bit more risk with my scheme :). Glad to hear that the Idoneth are presenting themselves strongly on the battlefield! How many of those Akhelian Guard are you running currently?

Again, check the last WD for the Eel scheme. It's actually a great step by step and they have loads of other animal skins styles to try out. In the games I played, I only ran with 3, as that was all I could afford under the gaming night restrictions. I'm thinking a force of 6 or so on outflanking duties (with a Soul Scryer, because Briomdar) would make a good shock unit. I'll then probably get a squad of around 6 Ishlean Guard to screen my main force. Or maybe even come in with the flanking force so that the enemy is forced to leave the main battle force untouched. Add in some Sharks and Namartii and go from there. I haven't actually put together a list yet, so I'm not totally sure.

Thanks for stopping by!

Oh my god, those paint jobs are B.E.A.utiful. I'm just blown away at how clean your painting is. Are you sure your not a robot? Seriously man, every one post of your posts I'm like "well, that was amazing, he can't every top that." And lo and behold, the next post knocks it out of the park. Just WOW.
THUNK! That was my jaw hitting the floor. I just have to reiterate what's been said. Phenomenal falls short, I mean.
wow you went all out mate, the stripe pattern on the hides and the transition are really nice, that white cloak is super clean too and the skin tone came out really well.

Beep boop bleep...

Cheers guys! You're definitely making me blush now!

'I stress he is not finished'

*posts up a model I'd be chuffed to pieces painting...

Haha, sorry Ynnead...I wasn't saying that to appear big-headed. It's just that often when I post a WiP, I get responses of 'why don't you do this' or 'that doesn't look quite right'. Understandable, but it's a WiP! I just wanted to make sure we were all on the same page!

Sooooooo....

Progress.

There has been some. But not where you might expect it.

So the Akhelian King hasn't received any love really since these pictures. A bit of Coelia Greenshade here and there, but nothing worthy of a photo. I will get back to him though.

I did start work on some Namartii Reavers, but I don't want to post anything until I've at least finished 1 totally. Ideally only when I've finished 5.

So what have I been doing?

Competition time!

Yup, it's another painting comp at my local GW. So I've decided to cobble something together for it. I don't think it'll be my best work ever, as time precludes that, but hopefully it'll be set up nicely and will be an intriguing diorama.

The competition is entitled 'AoS Duel'. I'm going out on a creative limb and will have 3 models on my base, where the rules kinda stipulate 2...but I'm hoping the 'Rule Of Cool' prevails and people like the work.

As for now, I just have a couple of WiPs of the base that I'll be using. The only stipulations was that the piece must be mounted on a Citadel AoS base. It is. After that, all of the bending of the rules begins!

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There you go. Not much, but it's a start. Since then, I've added some paint to the base and started early work on the skeletons. The other character on the base has already been painted.

The competition is on 7th July.

Ages right?

Wrong.

Only 3 more nights.

'3 more nights? Loosh, your maths are bloody terrible'

Yes...but unfortunately, I probably won't be able to paint for a while come Friday morning:

A normal (if underwhelming) Bicep, from yours truly:
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A somewhat not normal Bicep, from yours truly:
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I don't know how clearly you can see, but the bicep is essentially about 2-3 inches further up my arm. Such of the joys of a partially ruptured bicep tendon. I learnt a hard lesson about tackling in American Football and why you should get it right...

It doesn't stop me from doing much at the moment, although flying is one of those things. The strength is way down and there's an increased risk of tearing the whole bicep tendon off the bone. Yum. As such, I'm going to have a little bit of surgery on Friday in order to get it all reattached and looked normal (if underwhelming). Then that arm will be in a cast for at least a couple of weeks. Then maybe a a brace that restricts my movement.

All in all, my painting output is probably going to dry up a little over the next few weeks...sorry!

Thanks for stopping by to see the projects, thanks to those of you that stayed for the terrible tale of my old, pathetic body giving up the ghost!

Laters!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: SeekingOne on June 19, 2018, 05:53:28 AM
Oh well, Loosh... On one hand it's kind of bad - but on the other hand, your arm will be restored to a fully operational state again! Best of luck with the surgery mate. Modern surgery technologies are awesome!

Sorry for not stopping by in a while. But I did now and - my, what do I see! Just as Cav said, I'm also completely blown away by those Armigers, they are 150% pure awesomness. Everything about them is absolutely lovely. The only one miniscule change I might suggest would be to airbrush either a little black or a little silver onto the very tips of the muzzles of melta weapons. The former would imitate soot from burning, while the latter would imitate metal that has been completely discoloured by the repeated overheating. But I'm nitpicking really :) they fine as they are too.

Your rats look cool too, and your Deepkin are just lovely. Great stuff!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Adeptus Mechanicus
Post by: Alienscar on June 19, 2018, 06:06:01 AM
A somewhat not normal Bicep, from yours truly: As such, I'm going to have a little bit of surgery on Friday in order to get it all reattached and looked normal

See, this is why I think your Plog is one of the best on this site. Not because you hurt yourself for our enjoyment, but because of the entertaining and informative information that you include.

I hope your injury isn't as painful as the bruising makes it look and I hope the surgery goes well.
 
The competition is entitled 'AoS Duel'. I'm going out on a creative limb and will have 3 models on my base, where the rules kinda stipulate 2...but I'm hoping the 'Rule Of Cool' prevails and people like the work.

Only 3 more nights.

Wow I cannot believe you have given yourself so much to do in such a short timescale. I already love the 'Jason and the Argonauts' look that your terrain is rocking.

It looks to me that you have given yourself a serious challenge as the windblown cloak of that model is surely going to make the integration of two more models a real problem.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: Cavalier on June 22, 2018, 01:32:18 PM
Damn man thats horrible! I'm sorry that happened to you... Does it hurt? I'm actually worried because my left bicep has been hurting and after seeing your post I actually got a doctors apointment to make sure everything is alright. My left side is my weak side and the bicep is less pronounced but now I'm paranoid!

Anyway man hope you are feeling better soon. Good luck!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: Looshkin on June 24, 2018, 02:34:50 PM
The only one miniscule change I might suggest would be to airbrush either a little black or a little silver onto the very tips of the muzzles of melta weapons. The former would imitate soot from burning, while the latter would imitate metal that has been completely discoloured by the repeated overheating.

I think you might be right. I'll look at both options on the next melts weapon I paint. If I like the result, I'll go back to the Armigers.

You're right about the surgery too...what docs can do with your body is crazy now...but everything takes time to heal and the Bicep tendon takes bloody ages!

See, this is why I think your Plog is one of the best on this site. Not because you hurt yourself for our enjoyment, but because of the entertaining and informative information that you include.

I hope your injury isn't as painful as the bruising makes it look and I hope the surgery goes well.

But if you enjoy me injuring myself..well, that's a happy byproduct, isn't it!!

The injury wasn't horrible, pain-wise. Probably a 4 or a 5 out of 10...but constant. I've had broken bones, torn ligaments, multiples bone bruises and soft tissue injuries...pretty much all of them hurt more than this, but this was the injury that stopped me from doing my job!
 
Wow I cannot believe you have given yourself so much to do in such a short timescale. I already love the 'Jason and the Argonauts' look that your terrain is rocking.

It looks to me that you have given yourself a serious challenge as the windblown cloak of that model is surely going to make the integration of two more models a real problem.

Yeah. The timescale. That changed...but we'll get into that in a bit!

As for where the models go, it's all planned out. The minis go in each of the holes on the base, so I have no concerns about that. As far as the presence of wind...well, it just so happens that I forgot to check on the other models whether there was a 'weather flow'...but it just so happens I got lucky and it should all work!

Damn man thats horrible! I'm sorry that happened to you... Does it hurt? I'm actually worried because my left bicep has been hurting and after seeing your post I actually got a doctors apointment to make sure everything is alright. My left side is my weak side and the bicep is less pronounced but now I'm paranoid!

amphetamine parrot, I hope it isn't anything serious Cav. At least I knew what was wrong the second I felt the pop in my arm. Having symptoms and not knowing? Well, good luck man, I really hope it turns out you're ok.



So. Where were we?

Ah yes. I was painting for a competition and had 3 nights to get things sorted.

Except I didn't.

I was supposed to go in for the Op on Friday...except, when I rang in on Tuesday to confirm the report time, they casually dropped into the conversation that I'd be having the Op done on Wednesday! Gah! I then had 1 night and decided to enjoy my evening, rather than go crazy trying to do the impossible. The Op actually got delayed to Thursday due to an emergency surgery, but I did end up getting the model to a decent spot:

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Apart from a little tidying up to do, the base is finished! Yay!

This is a good thing, because apparently drilling through a bone, dragging through a tendon and stapling it to the far side of the bone*...then ensuring that there is no physical way for me to move the bicep and therefore damage the repair work...well it involves a lot of work and immobilisation:

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In the cast for 2 weeks, then into a brace that severely limits range of motion for about 6 weeks after that.

Good news though!

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I can hold the citadel grip that I treated myself to in my Christmas stocking last Christmas!

Now all need to do is either not be in pain so that I can paint...or be awake enough to paint! Seriously, I'm getting like 10-12 hours a night since the surgery and still need an hour or 2 nap on top of that during the day!

Right. Enough for now...this post took about a week of single finger typing to put together!

As always, thanks for stopping by.
*At this point, I should say that a crap load of Fentanyl and morphine does wonders for any insomnia that you may be suffering from. Wow. 2 and a half hours were just erased from my life. It's like the time didn't exist. I was chatting to nurses about how the medicine felt a bit cold in my arm and then instantly was in another room with my arm in a cast and talking about the NBA with a Philippine nurse. Her favourite player was Jordan, her son's LBJ. I know you were wondering...
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: Myen'Tal on June 24, 2018, 07:21:08 PM
Ouch, sorry to hear about your arm, Loosh! I hope you're due for a quick recovery :). As for what you managed to paint (and I think you're a hero for soldiering on without a bicep in one arm!), Got to say I'm loving how that Skeleton Leader is coming out. I love that model, it's so dynamic and the fact that it's one of the newer Skellies to be put out by Games Workshop lends hope to new Skeletons showing up on our battlefields soon@!

Also love that terrain that you're making, cannot wait to see the entire squad completed! Your Idoneth still going on alright?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: Dread on June 24, 2018, 11:12:25 PM
Heal quickly but don't take chances, especially if you're as hard headed as me. Be careful painting under the influence because black can become so many different pretty colors, haha! As for the work so far, supreme.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: dog_of_war on June 25, 2018, 07:45:43 AM
That terrain just pops! Looks great Loosh. I'll echo what Dread says and hope you take it slow with the recovery.

I know it will be painful for us waiting for more of your painting updates, but we'll survive knowing that you're on the road to recovery.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: magenb on June 25, 2018, 05:25:01 PM
Hope you feel better soon, tearing a tendon off sucks, my wife went through it with her ankle. The specialist warned that once its come off, it will be a bit easier to redo the same injury :( Find a good physio if you don't already have one, they'll help speed things along.

Terrain looks great, you could totally fill the holes in after the comp and rock it on a table.

How are you finding the citadel grip?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Now With Added Fishy Bits
Post by: Dread on June 26, 2018, 12:50:20 AM
I got one of those grips, it is fantastic. Helps especially with long painting sessions and saves my old hand.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Nighthaunt.
Post by: Looshkin on July 5, 2018, 02:26:22 PM
First off, thank you everybody that has read and posted...special thanks to everyone enquiring about my arm. To sum the experience up...it sucks. Some level of pain pretty much all the time and super special pain when I do something I probably shouldn't be doing! Even worse is th fact that we're going through a prolonged heat wave here, with the temperatures up around 30...or in the 80s for those that deal in Fahrenheit. May not seem like much, but we don't believe in Air Con over here, so we feel all of it...and the cast makes things that much more unbearable.

Next up, I've used the grip before and I think it's Really useful. Even more so since the surgery. It actually makes painting tolerable...althoug h still a touch painful. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone considering purchasing one.

Next up...I'm a day late, but to some of the folk on this site...
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To the Antipodeans and Canadians amongst you...don't get any ideas!

Next up, hobby stuff!

So, thanks to a good day last Friday, I managed to do most of the rest of my diorama. I finished the last couple of bits today.

I think I'm calling it: Easy Pickings?

The story of the piece is that the Skaven has been hunting the Skeleton Warband for days. Eager to behead the enemy beast by killing their leader, he stalks through the sewer system for days. When he finally emerges, he figures on an easy kill...not realising that he is in the burial ground of a human war band that met an ill fate some time ago...easy pickings, but for whom?
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A few close ups of some of the details:

Making sure the sewer elements of the Skaven base fit the overall aesthetic was a pain. Just a pain.
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So there you are. I'm pretty happy with how things turned out. I was hoping for something more dynamic, but my injury precluded doing the amount of work necessary for that kind of investment. Hopefully the guys at the store will like it too.

However, that's not all that I've been up to, as I managed to pick up my copy of AoS on Monday. Since then, I've been something of a busy beaver!

Please note, the intention is to do the minimum required to make the Nighthaunt army look decent. As such, I'm following  a guide I saw on BoLS last week. It's quick, it's simple and hopefully it'll look good.

So, today, having finished building the ghosts last night, I got to the first stages of painting:

Step 1:
The Corax White Undercoat.

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After a Corax White undercoat, the first stage is an airbrush base layer of Nihilakh Oxide. `Needless to say, airbrushing with a cast on 1 hand leads to...interesting results:
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This is exactly as uncomfortable as it looks:
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Step 2:
The Nihilakh Oxide Basecoat

Despite the pain, it leads to super fast results:
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I've actually gone 1 stage further and done a full model wash of Coelia Greenshade. Photos will follow for that.

So despite my limited physical capabilities at the moment, I'm making decent progress. Hopefully I'll have more to share over the next couple of days!

Thanks for popping by!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Nighthaunt
Post by: dog_of_war on July 6, 2018, 07:57:33 AM
Guess you can't keep a good man down. Wow Loosh, that diorama looks amazing. You've done a superb job on those cloaks and those rust effects are just perfect.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with that Nighthaunts army. It's the one force that might actually get me to start dabbling in AOS.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Nighthaunt
Post by: Dread on July 6, 2018, 11:44:18 PM
Ah HADES! Even broken you beat me to it. I just got the set, all assembled and primed. I thought, all right now, don't like AoS but these models are so cool. I also kinda read thru the new rules so maybe.

Now back to you. You're a constant surprise, even with busted muscles you're putting out amazing things, real inspiration you are! Can't wait to see what your gonna do with the green base coat.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Nighthaunt
Post by: Looshkin on July 9, 2018, 05:07:32 AM
Guess you can't keep a good man down. Wow Loosh, that diorama looks amazing. You've done a superb job on those cloaks and those rust effects are just perfect.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with that Nighthaunts army. It's the one force that might actually get me to start dabbling in AOS.

Cheers DoW. I wouldn't get too excited by my Nighthaunts...they are going to be the 'rough and ready' army. I just want them done and to look ok. If they look good from 2-3 feet away, I'll be a happy man.

Ah HADES! Even broken you beat me to it. I just got the set, all assembled and primed. I thought, all right now, don't like AoS but these models are so cool. I also kinda read thru the new rules so maybe.

Now back to you. You're a constant surprise, even with busted muscles you're putting out amazing things, real inspiration you are! Can't wait to see what your gonna do with the green base coat.

Really looking forward to seeing what you manage to do with the models Dread. They really are cool models. Maybe way down the line after I've done the rough and ready painting on them and finished all my other unfinished projects, I'll revisit them and show them some love because the Nighthaunt range is easily one of the best thematically that is out there.

So, mini update time (to keep the Plogs rolling during these slow Summer months!)

Update 1:

Boom, I'm more Bionic than you:
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Update 2:

I won something:
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In the end, there was only 1 other entry...but it was all kinds of cool:
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There were 2 prizes. The other guy won 'Best Theme' and rightly so. It was awesome. I got 'Best Painted'...which is cool. A lot of people really liked the work that I had put into my piece...but most of the plaudits went to the other guy because it's Rats on a Sky Pirate Ship. Nothing in this life will ever be as cool as that!

Step 3:

The Post Coelia Step:
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Progress continues on the Nighthaunt. Hopefully I'll have some finished models soon.

Thanks for dropping by everyone!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Nighthaunt
Post by: SeekingOne on July 10, 2018, 01:48:38 AM
Congrats on the Best Painted prize Loosh! Well-deserved, that diorama looks beautiful. Enjoyed every bit of it! Even just the old stones themselves are so full of that fascinating "proper fantasy" feeling of mystery and adventure. The composition depicting an assassin that, having just sliced one skellie in two, instantly leaps onto the next one, is brilliant.

The Greenshade effect on that Nighthaunt is spot-on too.

And does your bionics mean that your bicep already should've healed enough for you to flex your arm in the elbow?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Nighthaunt
Post by: Myen'Tal on July 10, 2018, 03:43:37 PM
First off, that Skaven Frigate absolutely deserves some props ;D, that thing is amazing! That out of the way, looks like you're on the mend, Loosh, which is great to hear! That Diorama is simply outstanding, love the backstory that the whole thing is built around. That coelia wash on the nighthaunt is already giving me those ghostly vibes, and you've only done two steps so far! Cannot wait to see these guys come into their later stages :).
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Nighthaunt
Post by: magenb on July 11, 2018, 09:24:15 AM
well done bionic man ;)

That transition effect on the sword is awesome. Aer you going for a light base/flock? Those rear feet look prime for a disappearing act :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Nighthaunt
Post by: Dread on July 11, 2018, 10:43:56 PM
Loving the colors. Keep posting updates, I'm  having to live vicariously thru ya'll right now. I just started a new job and trying to keep the tattoo shop going. New job is normal hours. It's weird getting up at 8 in the morning I've been a vampire for 23 years. Anyhow, love the direction your moving and your award, well you definitely earned it.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Nighthaunt
Post by: Looshkin on July 12, 2018, 09:50:11 AM
Congrats on the Best Painted prize Loosh! Well-deserved, that diorama looks beautiful. Enjoyed every bit of it! Even just the old stones themselves are so full of that fascinating "proper fantasy" feeling of mystery and adventure. The composition depicting an assassin that, having just sliced one skellie in two, instantly leaps onto the next one, is brilliant.

Cheers man...although I'll clear something up. The Skaven thinks that he has the drop on the Skellie commander, but actually, that 2nd Skeleton is rising from the earth to cut down the Skaven before he can pounce. Classic use of 'live' bait by the undead forces!

And does your bionics mean that your bicep already should've healed enough for you to flex your arm in the elbow?

Unfortunately not yet. The arm remains locked in position for a while longer. I have physiotherapy next week, so should find out more then. At the moment, all I can do is occasionally unlock the arm and move the arm with my other arm, so that it is not load bearing at any stage. It's all very frustrating!

First off, that Skaven Frigate absolutely deserves some props ;D, that thing is amazing! That out of the way, looks like you're on the mend, Loosh, which is great to hear! That Diorama is simply outstanding, love the backstory that the whole thing is built around. That coelia wash on the nighthaunt is already giving me those ghostly vibes, and you've only done two steps so far! Cannot wait to see these guys come into their later stages :).

Cheers dude. The Skaven Frigate really was amazing. Mine was definitely painted to a higher standard, but his whole concept blew mine out of the water. Just brilliant conversion work and little details throughout. I think my favourite touch was the Verminlord head on the prow of the ship. Just brilliantly thought out and executed.

Thanks for the nice words about the ghosts too!

well done bionic man ;)

That transition effect on the sword is awesome. Aer you going for a light base/flock? Those rear feet look prime for a disappearing act :)

Boom. We have our first contestant to spot that it's better to be lucky than good!

Genuinely, the sword is a mistake. I always planned to paint it silver. Just another piece of rusted metal. As such, I didn't feel the need to hit it with the Coelia wash. As such, it has a wicked fade on it...which I will probably intend to keep, as it looks ethereal as hell!

I assure you, if I had deliberately gone for that result, it wouldn't have looked half as good!

Loving the colors. Keep posting updates, I'm  having to live vicariously thru ya'll right now. I just started a new job and trying to keep the tattoo shop going. New job is normal hours. It's weird getting up at 8 in the morning I've been a vampire for 23 years. Anyhow, love the direction your moving and your award, well you definitely earned it.

Don't worry...I'm now living as a vampire in your stead! Being off work is all kinds of strange!

Update time.

I've continued to work on the Nighthaunts. I've largely finished the Chainrasp Horde and am about to start details on some of the other rank and file. Meanwhile, I'm doing each of the dry brush stages as a large batch, so I've got a couple more stages to show you. Hopefully, this means that, when I finally show you the Knight of Shrouds as complete, actually, the whole army will also be complete.

Step 4:
The Hellion Green dry brush step.
AKA the Deep-Fried-Dogamphetamine parrot stage.
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Seriously. I did this stage on all the minis and kinda wrinkled my nose at the results. I just don't like how it looks. It's rough and ready and too powdery and the transitions seem too stark.

Step 5:
The Celestra Grey dry brush stage:
AKA better. But still a bit...off...
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I think the addition of the grey makes things a bit smoother and less omg that is so green

Let me know what you think!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Looshkin on July 21, 2018, 06:35:29 PM
Hey gang. Sorry I've been off the grid for the last week or so. I've been somewhat busy!

Not with work or anything IRL...I still have my busted wing and the usual moderate to lava in my veins levels of pain that entails; mainly because it's becoming quite evident that the surgeon probably knicked a nerve when he was digging around, causing my pain receptors to go a little bit batamphetamine parrot crazy at times. Nah, don't worry, it was all hobby stuff.

Which is nice.

So, I've actually stepped away from the Nighthaunt this week because I had more pressing matters to attend to. There was a store event today that I wanted to participate in and to do so, I was going to need to get my painting boots on.

I had to paint a Knight in a week.

Now, it's not as bad as all that. I had done all of the prep work way back when I had just finished the Armigers. It was also the time when Forgeworld stopped selling their clear paints. That led to some hunting about and testing. In the end, I settled on Tamiya Clear Red, but it took weeks for it to come through the post, by which time I had moved on to the Idoneth and Nighthaunt and a couple of other projects that may see the light of day at some stage..

But it was still a lot of work to do, because a Knight is a lot of work!

I also wanted to paint it in my Squadron's colours again. Black and red. Only this time, I wanted to incorporate more elements of the Squadron iconography into the work.

I decided to incorporate the Squadron 'flash' into the design:
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At some stage, I'll also add the XXIV into each piece:
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And I managed it...although the Icarus Cannon thingy obscures it a little, when it's attached:
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I appreciate that the work isn't perfect. I was rushing and the paint hadn't totally dried, hence the 'damage'. That said, I've not yet finished the Knight, so it'll all be fine once touch ups and weathering have taken place. You'll not notice the shoddy bits of the work.

But enough flashing of thigh, I'll let you see where I have got to. Again, I'd reiterate that this needs touch up work and weathering plus some more work on the base (The green stuff was done at 0100 last night and I didn't have any time to make it look any better. I also need to source a groin plate. No clue where that thing has disappeared to!

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So there you go! 95% complete. Just some tarting up to do now.

Plus some critical decisions...which is where I need your help.

The Squadron Crest has the motto 'In Omnia parati'.

'In all things prepared'. Or, put another way, ready for anything. Apt for a 60' tall walking war machine.

That's easy to work in. Lady Omnia, Keeper of the 7th Vale. Baron Paratus, Guardian of the Blessed Rhubarb. That kind of thing. Easy.

Here's the difficult part. The animal featured on the crest is a Black Cockerel.

Am I really going to name the Princeps in charge of this Knight World 'The Black Cock'??!!!

I'm thinking of tweaking it to The Black Cockatrice. That should work.

So here's the question; Can anyone think of any transfer set in any system (from any company for that matter) that produces transfers (In white, as it's the only colour that shows up well enough), of a cockerel. Or, failing that, anywhere that allows you to design and order transfers (as I can't print white using my printer at home)?

Any help would be amazeballs.

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So I mentioned a store event that I was getting ready for. It was titled 'A Knight to Remember'. Formally known as the All Night Knight Night.

And hells bells it was a giggle.

A 6' by 8' playing area. 2 teams. 6 people. 28 Knights.

Twenty. Eight. Knights.

Pffffffffffffffffff fffffffffffffffffff fffffffffffffff.

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Turn 1 was about as good as it got for me. I moved up and claimed a couple of objectives (That granted rerolls or VPs depending on a D6 roll).

I also weathered a storm of 5 (5!) knights shooting at my brand new Errant. It only took about 2 wounds. Most of the shooting was from Crusaders too...so they were festooned with weapons. Seriously, we were joking that the shiny paint had been thrice blessed by the Omnissiah or something. People were whiffing shots or wound rolls left, right and centre.  If they did get through, I was rolling 5s like a champ. Nothing was getting through. It would be a good day. An all conquering day. A day of heroes. A day of valiant deeds.

Yeah, that was the plan.

Unfortunately,  the 6th Knight that shot it that saw things tumble off a cliff downhill for me! All 22 wounds stripped, an explosion and stripping half the wounds off the Armigers as a result. Yeah.

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Fortunately, you could recycle Knights for 1 VP, so my Errant (And my Warden, to a lesser extent) were able to take advantage of this as I was left facing the fury of 3 Crusaders, 2 Armigers and a Big Frost Wolf thingy every turn while my team swung round the left flank and won the entire game in a series of glorious engagements did sod all.
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Seriously, our dice were stone cold. Like the grasp of a bloody White Walker. Theirs, on the other hand, were red hot. It was crazy how badly we played and how monstrously they capitalised on it.

But, you know what? Nobody cared*. It was amazing fun. Seriously, if you can ever get some mates together for this kind of beer and pretzels crazy fun, just do it...and don't let anyone calculate a single points cost, because that would immediately ruin it.

Thanks for tuning in fellas, take it easy!

*Well, one guy cared. He only had 1 Knight and was the only guy that bothered claiming cover at any stage of the game and was rolling Tzeentch dice that nobody could decipher except him. I kid you not; he may as well have declared shooting, thrown some chicken bones into the air and then told you that everything was dead. Who the hell uses dice that even they struggle to read??!!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Myen'Tal on July 22, 2018, 11:58:31 PM
Knight Fight ;D!!!

That game looked like crazy hilarious fun, Loosh! Bet it took all night to play though lol. I think your newest Knight model has some cool flair in his stance as well as the usual amazing paint job. Good work, so when are you going to work on that giant knight with turrets on it's pauldrons and a cathedral on its back!? ;D

I think the Ethereal look on your Nighthaunt look great at their current stage. Hell, I would not have complained about how they looked in the early coelia greenshade stage! The Ulthuan grey does give them that ghastly wraith mist vibe though, really cool looking!

As for the Nighthaunt I'm planning on tackling sometime, I don't think the quick-and-dirty will be my style. I think I'd like some more color variation, so I'll probably follow some of the GW and White Dwarf tutorials and tips and see how that goes. Think there's some good chance I'll try another muted color scheme so brighter stuff will stand out more, like cursed blades or something!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Alienscar on July 23, 2018, 10:47:49 AM
Here's the difficult part. The animal featured on the crest is a Black Cockerel.

Am I really going to name the Princeps in charge of this Knight World 'The Black Cock'??!!!

I'm thinking of tweaking it to The Black Cockatrice. That should work.

What about Black Gallus or Galliforme? These being the genus name for cockerels. 

So here's the question; Can anyone think of any transfer set in any system (from any company for that matter) that produces transfers (In white, as it's the only colour that shows up well enough), of a cockerel. Or, failing that, anywhere that allows you to design and order transfers (as I can't print white using my printer at home)?

Any help would be amazeballs.

Not sure if they would work but nowadays you see a huge amount of stickers in card shops, W.H.Smiths & Hobbycraft shops that might include what you are looking for. Also it might be worth looking for Airfix decals online as maybe they have produced a decal for an aircraft that has used a cockerel as a symbol

As for getting your own printed have a look at Wessex Transfers (http://wessextransfers.com/custom-decal-printing/) and see what you think of them
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Cavalier on August 4, 2018, 11:54:41 AM
Wow... too much to go over in depth with these busted wrists of mine... but absolutley crazy stuff Loosh. The diorama, the knights the AoS stuff is just insanity! The AoS is the real show stealer for me has got to be the Death army though. The glowy ethereal is just phenomenal. Truly a masters touch.

My only crit. would be on the knight. I'd dial back the heat stress just a bit (its a little too rainbowy), but other than that I love it.

Anyway hope you are feeling better my friend. Take care and keep rocking you are putting me to shame in the hobby progress dept... but I couldn't be happier about it!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Looshkin on August 7, 2018, 11:17:45 AM
Hey guys, sorry I've been away for a bit. Currently on holiday and today is the first rainy day we've had out of 10, so it's the first time sat in front of a computer rather than lying on a beach!

As for the Nighthaunt I'm planning on tackling sometime, I don't think the quick-and-dirty will be my style. I think I'd like some more color variation, so I'll probably follow some of the GW and White Dwarf tutorials and tips and see how that goes. Think there's some good chance I'll try another muted color scheme so brighter stuff will stand out more, like cursed blades or something!

Yeah, I agree about the colour variation. I've since added a deep red to all my Nighthaunt so that there is some contrast going on and I think it works. I'll get some photos when I get back...the Nighthaunt are 95% finished though. Totally ready for games though, which is all I wanted in the first place.

Thanks for your input MyenTal!

Here's the difficult part. The animal featured on the crest is a Black Cockerel.

Am I really going to name the Princeps in charge of this Knight World 'The Black Cock'??!!!

I'm thinking of tweaking it to The Black Cockatrice. That should work.

What about Black Gallus or Galliforme? These being the genus name for cockerels. 

So here's the question; Can anyone think of any transfer set in any system (from any company for that matter) that produces transfers (In white, as it's the only colour that shows up well enough), of a cockerel. Or, failing that, anywhere that allows you to design and order transfers (as I can't print white using my printer at home)?

Any help would be amazeballs.

Not sure if they would work but nowadays you see a huge amount of stickers in card shops, W.H.Smiths & Hobbycraft shops that might include what you are looking for. Also it might be worth looking for Airfix decals online as maybe they have produced a decal for an aircraft that has used a cockerel as a symbol

As for getting your own printed have a look at Wessex Transfers (http://wessextransfers.com/custom-decal-printing/) and see what you think of them

Great ideas with the naming of the Knights Alienscar. I think that either sounds suitably Gothic, so I'll have a play with it at some stage and see what fits.

As for the transfers, Wessex looks frightfully expensive for what I want (Which is only a sheet or 2 of transfers), so I think I'll keep looking. Thanks for the tip though, it's given me some other ideas for projects!

Wow... too much to go over in depth with these busted wrists of mine... but absolutley crazy stuff Loosh. The diorama, the knights the AoS stuff is just insanity! The AoS is the real show stealer for me has got to be the Death army though. The glowy ethereal is just phenomenal. Truly a masters touch.

My only crit. would be on the knight. I'd dial back the heat stress just a bit (its a little too rainbowy), but other than that I love it.

Anyway hope you are feeling better my friend. Take care and keep rocking you are putting me to shame in the hobby progress dept... but I couldn't be happier about it!

You're not wrong about the Knight. The biggest problem is that I've lost the red and purple stages of the transition while the yellow is waaaaaayyyyy too large. I'll either redo entirely or look at dry brushing a lot of the yellow back to silver. That should work. I knew when I had finished that weapon that it looked off, but had no time to rectify matters. Thanks for the input Cav; as always, it's bang on point.

Anyhoo, back to my holiday I go, but hopefully I'll have Death Guard and Idoneth and Goblins and maybe even Adeptus Titanicus to show you. Cheers fellas!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: SeekingOne on August 10, 2018, 10:02:00 AM
That's an amazing knight Loosh! Top-notch job, just as it was on the Warglaives. The knightly melee report is awesome too.

I'm with Cav on the overheated metal topic. In fact, I kind of feel you don't really need yellow at all there - imho, it looks more natural when you start with bronze, and then proceed to purple etc.
Still, it's awesome job, and the fact that you managed it with an arm not fully operational borders on the Astartes level of super-humanity! :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Looshkin on August 13, 2018, 07:12:49 PM
I'm with Cav on the overheated metal topic. In fact, I kind of feel you don't really need yellow at all there - imho, it looks more natural when you start with bronze, and then proceed to purple etc.

Yeah, I totally agree. I will definitely reattach it when a chance arises. Thanks for the input!

So, quick and dirty update.

I have 95% finished the Nighthaunt. I have to do a fair amount of weathering on all but the chainrasps, but that should only take a couple of hours in total. So on to pictures:

Knight of Shrouds:
Probably the model I'm least happy with. I think I need to add another wash of something to the skeletal horse in order to break up the model a bit more.
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Lord Executioner:
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Guardian of Souls:
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Spirit Torment:
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Gringhast Reapers:
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Glaivewraith Stalkers:
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(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1820/43113065075_0b0b2f06c0_c.jpg)

Chainrasp Horde:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1837/29081831277_5cb8d3e5d5_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/929/43970544532_2ebd03db9e_c.jpg)
This shot shows the weathering that I'll likely repeat across the whole army:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/942/43300323624_4f9b724cc3_c.jpg)

I also managed to get most of the way through a squad of Death Guard whilst on holiday. Bases, weathering, blood effects and a few details (eyes, tongues and boils mainly...) here and there to do yet. Should be able to finish them before the weekend.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1794/29081834517_92fe70ae89_c.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1792/42210115440_1abba81d20_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/940/43300322144_85e0f57cbd_c.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1818/29081834807_bdb57cfe93_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/938/42210114950_0618e9cce0_c.jpg)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/930/43970544232_4acd70c174_c.jpg)

Who knows...maybe one day I'll even start painting more than I buy...

Thanks for dropping by.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Myen'Tal on August 13, 2018, 09:15:35 PM
I see you had a similar idea for your nighthaunt that I did, Loosh ;D. I didn't want to do the midnight black and just the ghostly wraith energies. Though you chose a slightly different color than what I was planning. I was thinking about applying the tutorial in the Nighthaunt Battletome for the dark pink curtains on the Black Coach to the robes of my models. I think I'll highlight them with grey to show that the robes are moldering, but I haven't decided yet.

By the way, those are some beautiful Nighthaunt  :), so many great models that you've painted to a glorious standard, hard to choose which one is my favorite. I think either the chainrasp or the glaivewraith stalkers.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Dread on August 13, 2018, 09:51:50 PM
Holy painting plethora! Awesome stuff going on there. I like seeing the the haunts in solid color for and the colors are perfect. The plague dudes are cool too. Rich colors, love seeing them.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Grizzlykin on August 14, 2018, 02:04:37 AM
Holly squeleton cow!!! You sure are a painting monster. These whole page of the blog is filled to the brim with insanely cool photo! I gotta say I was thinking nothing would top the skeletons because they look way too cool, but these wraith and stuff are just as good! It's a absolute fabulous work.

I do agree with the guy's that voted, this flying rat boat against the big bird is way too cool!

Now that I have some time to me again, I'm looking forward to be reading more from you!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Calamity on August 14, 2018, 05:50:20 AM
Iím in awe Loosh!  Iím in absolute aw of your paint jobs on these!  Absolutely amazing work!  ;D
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Irisado on August 14, 2018, 06:25:29 AM
Those Nighthaunt models are looking really impressive.  The haunting ethereal colours combined with the red is a very evocative combination.  It takes my mind back to the ball in the city of Mousillon and how that developed in the original story of the events on that night from Warhammer Armies: Undead.

Regarding the Knight of Shrouds, I agree that the rider looks to be too much part of his steed at the moment.  I'm not a good painter, so I don't have any advice about how you could rectify that, but I just wanted to assure you that it wasn't just your eyes seeing that :).  Nevertheless, I still think that he would look very good left alone.  I am pretty sure that you're a perfectionist when it comes to painting though ;).

The Plague Marines look incredible.  You have just the right shade of green and the attention to detail is amazing.  Nurgle will be most pleased with your efforts :).
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Calamity on August 14, 2018, 06:55:38 AM
A friend of mine is looking to do Nighthaunt in future.  He should see these.  Also, they might help convince him to sign up here too.  ;D
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Blazinghand on August 14, 2018, 04:27:32 PM
Those Death Guard minis look really impressive. The metal and bone effects are excellent!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: magenb on August 14, 2018, 05:08:11 PM
Both armies look fantastic, but the lantern flam on the Guardian of Souls is a stand out :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Killersquid on August 14, 2018, 08:17:27 PM
I agree, I love the use of colour on the Nighthaunts, I think it looks fantastic. Dark Red looks so good next to that ethereal effect.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Aurics Pride on August 15, 2018, 03:42:15 PM
Loosh, part of me just really wants to hate you. I know that it's only just a massive amount of jealousy though!
As much as I am not a fan of Age of Sigmar I can't deny they have some nice models in that range and man are you absolutely smashing it with the paint jobs!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: SeekingOne on August 23, 2018, 03:23:59 AM
Awesome painting Loosh, as usual :) Your army of ghosts looks gorgeous, and you really do justice to those cool sculpts.

Dunno why you're unhappy with the Knight of Shrouds - to me, the horse's skeleton looks very well defined as-is. In fact, if you make it stand out even more, it might clash with the overall ethereal aura too much and undermine the overall not-quite-material look of the model. Imho, that is :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Things That Go Bump in the Knight
Post by: Cavalier on August 23, 2018, 07:20:05 AM
Absolutley sick work Loosh. While he might be your least favorite the Knight of Shrouds is outstanding in my opinion. Phenomenal array of colors and the ghostly effects are insanely nice. Also love the DG stuff too. I was not a fan of those sculpts until I got to paint them on commission and now I love them. I do think they could be a bit more disturbing (sculpt wise) but I still love them. Great paint jobs and can't wait to see more from you.

Have you gotten in any games lately? I want to see you continue on the warpath. Also how is your arm? Any idea when you'll be at full strength?

Anyway killer work as always Loosh. I wouldn't worry on that Shroud Knight I think he's perfect!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: Looshkin on August 29, 2018, 09:41:20 AM
Myen'tal; I'm glad you like the Nighthaunt Myen'tal. I think that your idea for a dark pink accent would work superbly with the whole range. It'll also make it easier to tie in Lady Olynder and the Black Coach with splashes of pink everywhere. I look forward to seeing what you do.

Dread, Grizz, Blazinghand, Magenb, KS and Calamity Thanks fellas! I'm glad you like the ghosts and the Death Guard. I really appreciate you stopping by to give your feedback!

IrisadoThank you for your kind words about the Plague Marines. I really think that the range of models does all the heavy lifting in making these look good. It's just a question of applying a somewhat neat paint job and then hitting it with a wash to look good. Anything else you do to the model is just polish.

I'm still not certain what to do with the Knight of Shrouds...you're not quite right though. I'm not a perfectionist when it comes to painting. I'm a perfectionisht. I seek perfection...ish. I'm not good enough for perfection (Go see SeekingOne's plog for that!), but I try to get as close as my ability will let me.

It's the old 80/20 problem for me. It takes 20% of your time to get something 80% complete and then 80% of your time to get the last 20% complete...so how much effort should you go to. I probably try to get to 90% or so...that last 10% always busts my ass!

APIt's ok to hate me for the Nighthaunt. They'll have faded from memory long ago by the time I stop hating you (also out of jealousy) for your lush Harlequins!!

SeekingOneThanks man, I'm glad you approve of the ghosts. As far as the KoS, it's not the skeleton per de that I have issue with. It's the fact that the Knight's cloak and the horses...barding? Skin? are the same colour and tone. I think I need to do something in order to provide more of a contrast between the 2...it's just I'm not sure how at the moment.

CavThe Death Guard sculpts may not be disturbing enough for you, but I've already been told by my son that they are scary and as such, they've been consigned to the garage til further notice! They really are great sculpts though and I'm pleased you approve of what I've done with them. Your commission work really inspired me to get back into them and keep building the army.

No games to speak of, although it's looking increasingly likely that my store (along with the book shop opposite and the comics store next door) will be hosting Friday night games nights. Between the 3 places, they all independently support wargaming, RPGs, Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon. Hopefully it'll give me a chance to get my Geek on in several different ways. I've also got a game planned against one of the guys that works at my store as soon as the Ork codex drops. I just have to decide whether to take my Ad Mech or my Eldar...or maybe even Death Guard if I can get some serious hobby done!

All

So, I have shelved the ghosts for the moment. I do need to revisit them for some weathering, but my hobby butterflying has taken me elsewhere for the moment.

First up, I finished the Death Guard unit:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1876/29374333737_f6b48931eb_c.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1882/43592967864_fe01e9b37d_c.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1898/30443177128_92a7b1f009_c.jpg)

I've also got 80% of the way through 5 more Pox Walkers, with 5 others built and a couple of colour applied.

That leaves my Death Guard looking fairly (Un)healthy:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1842/44262270432_4ef430b7aa_c.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1864/29374332227_d3a02e6d8f_c.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1894/30443176628_48a281802c_c.jpg)

After that, I started work on Adeptus Titanicus! Man, what a box. It's heavy. It's absolutely packed. It seems to have a tight ruleset...and the minis? Beautiful...and complicated!

Here's a sprue from the Knights. This makes 3 of the little guys...but each one is over 20 pieces, forming a model slightly smaller than a Primaris Marine.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1895/30443176358_a5642a842d_c.jpg)
While I have largely finished 3 Knights, I still have to weather them to finish them off, so you'll get pics of those once I have done that. I have also been working on the Warlord Titan. Man...it is so crazy!
Body and legs (with one leg incorrectly assembled...I have since rectified matters, but it'll involve way more work for the base because it now doesn't stand up properly.Gah!)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1883/44310255761_53de7231c3_c.jpg)
Base WiP:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1886/29374336127_b95aa27328_c.jpg)
Some armour plates. Not all of them. Maybe about 60%. Yeah...there's a lot!
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1847/42502590410_c67f17b80c_c.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1848/30443177388_9812095054_c.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1881/29374350647_79de3cb969_c.jpg)

I've made quite a bit of progress since I took these photos, so hopefully I'll have finished updates later in the week. As always, thank you for stopping by and I look forward to your input!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: Irisado on August 29, 2018, 11:54:21 AM
The Death Guard look gloriously unhealthy in every way.  You have painted them superbly in my opinion and they most certainly look the part.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the titans progress.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: magenb on August 29, 2018, 05:04:56 PM
The Death Guard look disgustingly good :)


That is a lot of parts on the epic scale knights, does it give you more freedom on posing them?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: SeekingOne on August 31, 2018, 09:02:51 AM
As Mage said, your DG are disgustingly good indeed! :) Absolutely cool models, and those trays are very nice too! Do you use them in games?

Anxious to see your Titanicus stuff! WIP shots look very promicing.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: Myen'Tal on September 1, 2018, 03:25:45 PM
Death Guard are looking snazzy in all of that decomposition, Loosh :). I'm not of fan of the Death Guard green, but that's personal preference, not a complaint with your brushwork. The Guard look fantastic, cannot wait to see how you build up your force.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: Looshkin on September 7, 2018, 06:28:05 PM
All Thank you Kindly for your nice comments about the Death Guard, it's much appreciated.

So I'm a little later than expected with this update. It's the update concerning Titans and stuff.

So you know when you look at a painting project and think...huh, seems easy, should take a week. Well...it always takes 3 weeks, right? Same with this. Just every time I thought I was getting close, I thought of about 3 other things I needed to do to finish off the model, or at least get it to a stage where I was happy.

Anyway, I'll let you guys be the judge, but here's my take on Legio Gryphonicus:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1899/44485671892_f655a429a6_c.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1886/44485675472_cd16322c61_c.jpg)
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(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1850/42726540510_ee2f7cf0d0_c.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1887/44485670052_8bbef89835_c.jpg)
Because I mucked up the bud and put one leg on backwards, when I corrected the error, the whole body was angled like a limbo dancer. Hence me attacking the base with milliput in order to make the pose look correct. It was a good problem to have if I'm honest, as I normally don't much about with bases too much and it just pushed me a little bit. Also, I think the pose now looks as intimidating as hell! I love a happy accident!
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1872/44485667282_b481baff67_c.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1864/44485668222_b57fb45fb5_c.jpg)
I also pushed myself a little bit and sorted out magnets. In fairness, the kit is so well produced that there are little recesses perfectly designed for magnets, but I did do some work so that I could affix larger magnets, for a more stable build...although I haven't yet magnetised the waist. Not sure how I will do that at the moment.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1884/43817757494_805368b215_c.jpg)

I also painted up a lance of Knights. These guys were actually the test for the colour scheme. I love these little dudes. So much detail on something smaller than a Primaris! Great, if fiddly, kits.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1865/44485666492_f197e8568e_c.jpg)
A sense of scale:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1878/42726536570_6ff02d069e_c.jpg)
All the details are there!
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1884/42726543570_2a0878818d_c.jpg)

There you go. Any questions/feedback/criticisms are, as always, welcome. Let me know what you think...and also what my next project should be!!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: magenb on September 9, 2018, 05:03:20 PM
They look great Looshkin.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: Myen'Tal on September 9, 2018, 05:07:08 PM
I second Mage, great looking Knights and Titans, Loosh! ;D, love the color scheme too, makes them look very regal. Cannot wait to see what's next in your project line!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: Dread on September 9, 2018, 11:28:11 PM
 8) nice indeed! You've really got the details down. Great color combos, highlights and shadows. The checker board is my favorite touch. BTW, did you use cork on the base?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: Killersquid on September 10, 2018, 11:46:18 AM
Those Knights look awesome. I am very tempted to get a knight maniple and play. A few locals are building titans.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: Aurics Pride on September 10, 2018, 01:24:58 PM
That Titan and those Knights are looking amazing Loosh!
I've got to be honest I'm not as sold as others seem to be on Adeptus Titanicus but GW have smashed it out of the park with those models! The Knights particularly are pretty amazing considering their size.
You may have possibly inspired me to pick some up even if just for painting purposes!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: SeekingOne on September 13, 2018, 02:27:36 AM
Nothing to criticise really  ;D Those knights are lovely! Colour scheme looks really good.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: Calamity on September 15, 2018, 08:39:19 AM
Absolutely amazing stuff Looshkin!  :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on September 17, 2018, 06:15:27 AM
*Wounds self playing American Football so says he'll slow down painting

*Paints drop-dead gorgeous Nighthaunt, Plague Marines, full-size Knight, dinky little knights, and an awesome diorama

;)

Fantastic work dude :) I especially like the diorama. Very appropriately titled ;)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: Looshkin on January 9, 2019, 08:24:50 AM
Threadomancy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey guys. It's been a while. I have been dropping in and making a once in a blue moon comment, but I think I really burnt out a bit after last year's frantic Summer. Destiny 2 year 2 dropped, which occupied me for a month and then I got back into Magic: The Gathering (Why Loosh, don't you like money? No. I do not.) and then any time I picked up the brushes I just feeling it.

Well I'm back.

I had a look at what I achieved in 2018 and I'm fairly happy overall:

12 x Blood Bowl Humans
1 x Blood Bowl Ogre
10 x Skitarii Vanguard
10 x Skitarii Rangers
1 x Tech Priest Dominus
1 x Onager Dunecrawler
1 x Cybernetica Datasmith
2 x Kastelan Robots
5 x Sicariian Infiltraitors
2 x Knight Armigers
1 x Imperial Knight
5 x Shadowspire Skaven
2 x Shadowspire Skeletons
3 x Morrsarr Guard
1 x Akhelian King
33 x Nighthaunt
7 x Plague Marines
1 x Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Titan
3 x Adeptus Titanicus Knights

101 Models In total
91 Infantry Models of which quite a few were characters
10 'big' models...including some whoppers like the Knight

Looking back at that list, it's easy for me to see why I lost impetus. Especially when so much of the painting came in the middle of the year.

Well, over Christmas, I decided to make an effort to do 30 minutes to an hour each night; a feat that I managed to achieve. Nothing I had really grabbed my attention to paint, so I elected to try to finish several projects that I had started (plus 1 new one).

Pictures will come over the next couple of days, but I decided to carry on slowly building a Crimson Fists army, by building 5 new Intercessors (Just in time for the White Dwarf rules to drop). I also had Garrek's Reavers constructed, with a base coat and initial skin tone laid down, so I wanted to finish them. Finally, I had a Goblin Blood Bowl team in various states of painting. All base coated. Some with initial layers applied. A few with initial wash.

So that's where I am. I've finished Garrek's Reavers, while the Crimson Fists are 90% complete. Finally, I've managed real progress with the little guys, so hope to have them finished in the next week or so.

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year; here's to a productive 2019!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Knights and Titans and Death Guard, Oh my!
Post by: Myen'Tal on January 9, 2019, 11:11:03 AM
Welcome back, Loosh ;D! Your presence was missed! Also comparing your paint list to mine is like  :-[, haha. I've only painted a handful of models this year, but I'm seeking to invest more time into the hobby, now that I will have more time. Working a shift that goes late into the evening left me too tired to paint on the weekdays, and on the weekends I wanted to do some other stuff. Going back to normal hours, should help alleviate that problem!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Looshkin on January 12, 2019, 09:58:38 AM
Welcome back, Loosh ;D! Your presence was missed! Also comparing your paint list to mine is like  :-[, haha. I've only painted a handful of models this year, but I'm seeking to invest more time into the hobby, now that I will have more time. Working a shift that goes late into the evening left me too tired to paint on the weekdays, and on the weekends I wanted to do some other stuff. Going back to normal hours, should help alleviate that problem!

Haha! Cheers Myen'Tal. Stick with the painting. An hour each night (or heck, even 30 minutes) goes a hell of a long way. You'll be cranking it out in no time!

Update time. I managed to finish everything I was working on, which is great. I also have a new needle for my  airbrush turning up any day, so shouldn't see a drop off anytime soon.

First up, Garrek's Reavers.

I wanted these guys to have a warm tone overall, despite their light skin tones. Warm brass aplenty, ginger hair, the Toffee Apple Red armour plates, all hopefully offset against the light, cold skin and the steel colours. Oh...and then there's the blood!

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7837/45988962704_bb4c3b8d3b_z.jpg)
Mr Garrek? We're ready for your close up.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7892/45798486285_2ed4bd434c_z.jpg)
GW did a great job with Blood for the Blood God. Love the wet look:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7808/32838813958_51ee9df37f_z.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4857/32838814188_99bcd38e2a_z.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4808/45798487335_54d3860e42_z.jpg)
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(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7886/45988963394_9bf8c1eb6b_z.jpg)

So that I wasn't going crazy painting flesh and blood and all that, I also painted some Crimson Fists, which are far darker in person, but what are you going to do?
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4881/46661128042_e8622705e3_z.jpg)
I clearly still have transfers and battle damage to the torsos to complete, however, with no transfers, they'll do for now.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4899/46661127062_ecda45a17b_z.jpg)
I was pretty pleased with the face on this guy. Especially as it was just Kislev Flesh with a Reikland Fleshshade wash. Pick out the eyes and teeth and then I was done. I do need to drill out the boaters though. Although I have no idea where my small drill bits have got to...
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4814/46713715451_bd125e4865_z.jpg)
I wanted the helmet on his waist to have obvious damage, because why the hell would you take it off?
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7866/31772243637_fd1fa8e704_z.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4892/46713714261_2ec439d092_z.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7908/46713713931_02f74123b0_z.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7831/46661128572_289cb4a549_z.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7867/31772241107_1b2f1bcf90_z.jpg)

Finally, I've had an annoying Goblin Blood Bowl team that I just couldn't face painting. I was seriously underwhelmed by the thought of painting these guys...and then it just clicked and they became fairly easy. I'm really pleased with how they turned out.

I present The Pittsburg Steelers The Blurg Pit Stealers!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4847/31772232287_19956821af_z.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7836/31772232777_8b29800723_z.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7861/31772230607_3719c75da5_z.jpg)
There's loads of character with these guys, and despite there only being about 5 poses, the number of head types meant that no 2 models are the same. Add in different colours on back and front plates, or shoulders, and it means that there is true diversity in the team, whilst retaining a universal feel.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7847/31772229837_72a5a1ab04_z.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4837/46661342142_b193d8bb8f_z.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4888/46661341852_9ed5a887df_z.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7874/46661341292_1f3c11a511_z.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7849/46661340942_8bbab071d0_z.jpg)

So there you go! 2019 kicking off in fine style. Not even halfway through January and I'm cranking it. I think I just need to keep a varied painting diet and not churn out 33 dry brushed Nighthaunt and everything should be ok ;P

Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to your feedback.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: dog_of_war on January 14, 2019, 07:53:52 AM
Great stuff Loosh! You're a painting machine as always.

Just a few comments. I'm sure it's more to do with the photography than the actual paint jobs.

The reaver skin seems a little undefined, like it needs another wash to pull out those muscles. It's most likely just a result of a lighter skin tone not allowing the digital camera to pick up the colour variations. It's probably spot on in real life. Loving the blood for the blood god use. Certainly works well with these guys.

The power armour on the Crimson Fists is spot on. Can't wait to see them with full battle damage and transfers. They just need that little extra detail that all power armour does being monochromatic.

Gobbos are awesome too! Maybe a little rust effects on some of the armour plating, as I'm sure they don't take immaculate care of their uniforms as some of the oomies.

A solid start to 2019. Puts the rest of us to shame as always.  ;)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Myen'Tal on January 22, 2019, 05:28:10 PM
Oooh, snazzy! ;D What you achieved with the skintones across the three groups of models has me envious ;). Really digging those crimson fists, crisp highlights on the armor and sharp pick outs of the detail. I personally would have chosen another color for the shoulder pads, but that's just my preference, since the actual color scheme for the CFs is how you've done them.

Gobbos look great! Never thought I'd see yellow, orange, and goblin green mixed into one scheme, but you've achieved great results. Just a reminder that one must be creative! ;D
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Dread on January 22, 2019, 11:56:40 PM
 8) Dude! Do you sleep? Ah eat? Go to the restroom? Haha! You helped get me back at it. I just got the loon boss and gobbapaluza and Zarbag's gits, now assembled. Anyhow, I DO like the colors on your Gobbos, good mix, compliments. The Marines look sharp bur I agree, battle damage will add the something something. I hope to see more soon.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Calamity on January 31, 2019, 08:45:56 PM
Loosh your stuff is amazing!  :o

Btw, Destiny 2 has started taking up my time again as well.  ;)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 1, 2019, 12:22:08 PM
Good to have you back dude :) you certainly haven't been idle!

It's all excellent as always, but I'm especially fond of the goblins (and guest troll). Haven't come across them before but they're delightful :)

I don't game as much as I used to (can't seem to find the time), but I do follow new releases from a worldbuilding perspective and Destiny sounds like the sort of world I could very easily get lost in for hours and hours ;)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Looshkin on April 6, 2019, 04:34:28 PM
So, thank you to everyone that posted. It wasn't my intention to leave this thread for so long, but circumstances forced my hand.

So. Personal stuff first. I was away with work for a month and when I got back, Mrs Loosh had moved out with Loosh Junior. I'm not going to lie; I was crushed. I still am, but I'm coming to terms with things. Had to go to the doctors at work and have a good cry in front of them. Then the same with my boss. Then the same with the mental health practitioners at work. It was fairly brutal, but very necessary; my mind was taking me to very, very dark places and I wasn't sure where they would end up.

'Why the hell are you telling us this Loosh? I only came here for the painting and the eternal disappointment of not seeing you paint any Eldar on a predominantly Eldar forum.'

Well. It's important. It's also why it's here and not just on the Lazerous Penguins pages. Be open with things. Life gets rough. We all need support. Talk to people when it gets rough. Vent. Cry...just Feel; because if you don't speak to people and you don't show your emotions and you don't find the support you need, then you're alone. If you're alone, you are so much more likely to self harm. I always thought I was pretty robust, mentally...I'm in the military damn it and I play rough and tumble sports and work out and have facial hair sometimes and amphetamine parrot like that; but this year has seen me lose my Step Dad to cancer, put my Mum's Guide Dog down, get separated. It was all too much. Hell...I must have though up 100 ways to end everything on the first night alone...but I got the help I needed and hopefully, I'm in a good place now.

Hell...I've got a lot more time to do my hobbies now at least, so I must be winning at life [/endsarcasm]

Really though, I view this as an opportunity to work on myself. I've lost about 6kg (13lbs to you colonials) in the gym (not just stress, woo!). I'm eating better. I'm not getting so stressed at the moment. I'm not getting angry. Hopefully, that improved me will be enough for Mrs Loosh to want to move back in with me down the line, but if not, then I'll be a better version of me and more able to cope with whatever life throws at me.

So look after yourselves, is all I'm saying.






Right. Enough of that. You came here for painting, so Yhwh-condemned it, I'm going to give you painting.

When I was away with work, I managed to paint a few models in incredibly dark conditions. So dark that I couldn't really tell how well the paint work was coming together. Apart from a few faces and the odd detail, though, I'm pretty happy with things. I'll touch up faces and eyes at some stage over the next couple of weeks.

So, first up...another Blood Bowl offering. This time based on the Seattle Seahawks and their colour scheme from the 80's. I could never do their current colours...they are awful.

I bring you the Serra Tor Inner Sea Hawks

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You know how Cavalier always paints everything Red. Everything. I just realised that I'm the black to his white, the Ying to his Yang. I paint everything blue pretty much. There's got to be a hell of a reason for me to dip into another colour as the primary. It's my safe space.

So. On the Blue theme...more Crimson Fists!

This guy isn't new, but he did get a tiny bit of weathering to make him fit with everyone else. Also, because weathering is cool.
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Next up is the Primaris Captain is Gravis armour. I know his sword isn't painted. I'm waiting for inspiration on that. When I know what I'm doing with it, I'll make sure I update you. Sorry he's a bit dark:
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Next up, the Ancient with Standard. Man I hated painting this banner. I did it all in grey/white and it just looked wrong. Now that the front is in blue, I feel it works a lot better. The banner really isn't easy to paint, but I think with the transfers and a bit of weathering to tie it all in, I'm really chuffed to bits with him now.

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And I think that's enough for today. I have a load more photos to put on the site, but I'm quite burned out from all the typing and you know...emotions

Let me know what you think and above all, stay safe.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Dread on April 6, 2019, 05:32:40 PM
Loosh, my friend, I am so sorry to here all that. Life can be a bit-cha sometimes. Wish no one had to go thru that. Stay strong. Venting to your friends is good so anytime anywhere, I'm here for you. Lots of good vibes your way. Be at peace and stay happy.

As for the team, Holy cow! In the dark, huh. Well it shows that you work well in any condition, major kudos.blue is a great color, no matter what. It's comfortable and using it on every army, well it's perfect. We all dance around what will look better for us, believe me my DE stayed plastic for a long time until I found the purple to green shimmer paint. I like the gritty look on them.

The banner, not much to say but you went the extra mile on it and it shows, great work to show off. Definitely worth the effort. The whether ing is just enough, bet the army has a grand presence on the table.

I'll keep checking in on ya.  8)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Myen'Tal on April 6, 2019, 07:28:03 PM
First off, Loosh, I'm glad that you bounced back from such an ordeal and that you've found yourself a strategy moving forward. I'm also glad that you trust in us members on the forum here with such privileged information, and I'm honored by your trust. I cannot relate with the events you just faced, but I've found my own share of low-points in life. I think the way that we cope with these times is very similar :), though you're definitely more proactive about than I am! Just like Dread and I'm certain many others, we'll keep checking in on you and offering our support.

As for the painting, that High Elf Blood Bowl team is the definition of glory! Love the color scheme and how everything just comes together so well. Brilliant look for the High Elves to have, makes me think they hail from Lothern.

Those Primaris Captains look ace, as expected, and that banner is an incredible strawberry topping on that rich chocolate cake! May that Banner rally your Crimson Fists to many glorious victories!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: magenb on April 6, 2019, 09:09:57 PM
Sorry to hear life been kicking you around mate, but its good to see you've been able to find support and getting things back on track.


The red on the first too Primaris look different, the red on the first guy looks freaking amazing. IS it Mephiston red?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Alienscar on April 7, 2019, 04:11:02 PM
Many a time I have said how I think your blog is one of the best on here because you include more than just hobby stuff. This time I am sorry that you have to include such sad news. I emphasise with your loss as something similar has happened to me in the past and I honestly admire your strength of character for sharing something so personal with us. I am glad to see your sense of humour is still intact.

I really like the Captain and the weathering that you have added to the inside of the cloak, but for some reason I find am mostly impressed by the red flowers.

The banner on the Ancient is just sublime and I am particularly impressed by the writing.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Looshkin on May 17, 2019, 08:08:24 AM
Thank you all for your replies. Even though we're just interweb buddies, it's nice to know that there are people out there that don't want amphetamine parrot things to happen to you.

Life has been progressing. I haven't done as much hobby as I had intended, but I've been trying to piece together my life...so hopefully you'll give me a pass. Mrs Loosh and I are actually getting on really well. We're working on things and there is a desire on both sides to sort things out. It's not going to be quick or smooth, but it's a start and where there's a start there's hope. So for today, I'm a happy Loosh.

Hey Loosh, stop getting sidetracked. Last post you promised more Crimson Fists and then you poked off for more than a month. Where are those Fists??!!!'

Good question, glad you asked. These guys are all from January/February/March time with a bit of weathering when I got back in April. Swords to do and a few details to pick out, but I could throw them at a tabletop and not be displeased.*

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So that's where we are. I now have something like 10 Intercessors, 10 Reivers, 5 Hellblasters, 1 Ancient, a couple of Captains and a handful of Lieutenants. It's not the biggest collection, but it would make for a fine allied force.

Since then, I've moved away from blue. I've been painting up the scenery that came with Shadow War Armaggeddon. Mostly done, but for rust effects on a couple of pieces. I'll post when complete. I've also started working on some House Escher for Necromunda. Those kits are stunning and I'm taking my time so that I do them justice.**

Thanks for dropping by. Hopefully I'll be a bit more active in the coming weeks and months.



*Don't be silly Loosh, you don't ever play. Drat. You got me...

**All lies. I've just been doing other stuff and the creative muse hasn't grabbed me by the the Udders of Thoth and twisted yet.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Myen'Tal on May 17, 2019, 10:32:23 AM
Hi Loosh, I'm really happy that you and Mrs. Loosh are talking through it. Good fortune in your dialogues, man, hope they work out  :).

As for the minis, excellent job on those Crimson Fists. All of them look splendid! Really love the red glow on those Helblasters!

The lieutenants look superb!

Nothing much to add on that front ;D. Great work!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Dread on May 17, 2019, 06:39:07 PM
I was just about to message you and see what's up. Open channels, good to hear. Love the Marines but I really love the little flowers. Perfect add for diversity. Good to see ya.  8)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Splintered Fang
Post by: Looshkin on April 4, 2020, 10:42:29 AM
Well...I hit a hobby wall.

I also had more 'life stuff' happen...essentiall y, Mrs L and I worked hard to rectify things and it all looked very good. Unfortunately, she struggles with anxiety a lot and there were too many doubts on her end, which led to sleepless nights and her health taking a hit. Long story short, we're friends and we get along pretty well. We're concentrating on being the best possible parents to Loosh Jr and that's what's important.

After that, I just couldn't focus for long enough on painting to get anything started, let alone finished. I guess the last thing I worked on was starting to paint the Splintered Fang Warcry band. After finishing most of the war band, I was left with 4 models basically unpainted and zero inspiration or drive to finish them.

I poured more time and effort into playing Magic: The Gathering with a group of mates and that led to more of my time and money being directed that way.

And then the end of the world happened. Thank goodness for a Pandemic to refocus you on the unimportant stuff in life. I mean, I spent the first several days getting the platinum trophy on Bioshock for the PS4 because you have to have some life goals...but eventually the lure of painting drew me back in. That and I needed something to do while binging Tiger King on Netflix!

So, without further ado, I finished up the Splintered Fang and here they are:

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And yes, 40konline, I know this topic hasn't been posted in for 30 days. Cut me some slack with the warnings!

Thanks for dropping by fellas. Hopefully I won't leave it almost 11 months between updates next time...
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Myen'Tal on April 4, 2020, 11:05:33 AM
Hi Loosh, glad you're back! Sorry for the challenges that you've had to overcome, but I'm glad that everyone involved is able to move forward.

Glad to see such a triumphant return to the hobby! Those splintered fang look amazing! How did you paint the scale mail, the color is very interesting!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Looshkin on April 4, 2020, 11:12:26 AM
Hi Loosh, glad you're back! Sorry for the challenges that you've had to overcome, but I'm glad that everyone involved is able to move forward.

Glad to see such a triumphant return to the hobby! Those splintered fang look amazing! How did you paint the scale mail, the color is very interesting!

Thanks man, we all encounter challenges. Mine are actually pretty trivial compared to what life throws at a lot of people, so for that, I am am thankful.

As for the scale mail, it's pretty simple. Runefang Steel base coat, followed by a wash of the Akhelian Green contrast paint. After that, a further dry brush of Runefang to bring it back to a more silver finish.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Irisado on April 4, 2020, 12:39:19 PM
The 30 day message is a feature of the forum software, it is not specific to this forum.  The forum rules always take precedence over that particular warning message ;).

The quality of the colour really stands out for me on these miniatures.  The turquoise, greens, and purples are particularly appealing in this respect.  The scales on the snake and the armour have also turned out really well.

Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Dread on April 4, 2020, 02:02:52 PM
Dude! So glad to see you here. Youve been missed, but our aim is getting better...... ;Dhaha! It's good to see you haven't lost your touch, beautiful stuff as always. I know how you feel about the pandemic, I now have a new level 50 character on skyrim. I've been painting as well, just went out and primed my Tau KT. I think, hope, I may get to play tonight. Good to see ya.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Garrek's Reavers/Crimson Fists/Goblins
Post by: Cavalier on April 7, 2020, 11:49:41 AM
Hey Loosh like I mentioned previously sorry about everything that happened with Mrs. Loosh, thats very tough man, and regardless of how things shake out I'm wishing you the best.

As for your models, brilliant as always man. The colors are popping like a madman and the execution is simply flawless. Glad you are back in the saddle and painting again. Love your stuff to death and glad to see you painting again brother. Take it easy and keep painting man, looking forward to more.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Looshkin on May 6, 2020, 02:41:54 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind words about my models and your support for me generally, it means a lot; especially during these trying times when I don't have work to bury myself in and I don't get to see my son often enough (went to see him for 6 days for the first time in 6 weeks the other day...damn that brightens up your outlook on life!)

As for the rest of the time, I've fallen into a cycle of watching Netflix, going for a run, playing a computer game and doing a spot of painting here and there. Just trying not to only do 1 thing for an entire day to keep my interest levels up.

As for the painting...the last few weeks have been spent getting some girls ready for the gaming table. I've wanted to paint some of these for...hell...it must be around 25 years or so. I loved the models when they were first released and the new iteration of the game gave me exactly the excuse I'd needed to wade in.

Yup, one of my longest model crushes has been on the Escher range for Necromunda.

I haven't played this at all since the reissue, but when I put the gang together, I wanted it to at least be able to compete out of the gate and be visually correct...although the rule of cool absolutely took over in a couple of instances.

I'll not lie; these were more difficult to paint than I expected. A lot of difficult angles to deal with, a lot of different textures...too much leather. I'm going to reattach these in a couple of weeks, but I wanted to get them to a useable stage and then go from there later. I need highlights on the leather, I need to tidy up the boss' coat...but generally, I'm somewhat happy. I just feel like I need more...something on each mini to make them stand out a little more.

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When I get back to these girls, hopefully my proper camera will be up and running (No battery charge and I have no idea where the charger is...)...as it is, I apologise for the exposure. I tried a black and a white background and neither worked particularly well, so apologies!
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So there you go; House Escher pretty much set to retake some of the Hive. I do have to add some bits and bobs to finish them. Maybe some tattoos here and there. General tidying up in a couple of places (there is one model with very, very wonky eyes!). I also have to figure out a name for the Gang and come up with some suitably threatening names!

So what's next? It's back to something I built a long time ago, base coated and then lost all interest in painting...but I've made some good progress over the past couple of days:

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I've got to get these right, because Myen'Tal has been treating you guys to some very lovely Idoneth Deepkin recently, so it wouldn't be fitting to let the side down now!

Let me know what you think; as always I appreciate the feedback and I appreciate you taking the time to drop in on my little plog.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Myen'Tal on May 6, 2020, 03:01:41 PM
Loosh, those House Escher models look absolutely stunning! Are you doing all of this by traditional brush, because if so, that's insane!

I am loving the progress on the Namarti Reavers! I know you'll do them great justice  :), cannot wait to see Briomdar in all of its splender!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Dread on May 6, 2020, 07:56:30 PM
Looking really nice. Tattoos will add that extra umph! Get those elves done first, getting the ladies tattooed right now might not be safe, being the virus is still around...too soon? Anyhow, hope you get back to work soon and get to hang with the family.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: magenb on May 7, 2020, 05:54:03 PM
got to love that hair :) Really nice work, yellows not an easy colour to work with, but it come out great!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Calamity on May 8, 2020, 03:48:22 AM
Fantastic stuff Looshkin!  Excellent paint jobs all around, especially those house escher gangers!  Keep it up!  :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Cavalier on May 12, 2020, 11:06:01 AM
Everything is looking glorious Loosh. I've done yellow and black schemes before and I know how tough it is. But the yellow is popping like a madman and so is the hair. They all look gorgeous man. The skin is great too. I love it. Keep rocking man, cant wait to see what you get painted next
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Alienscar on May 14, 2020, 05:54:57 AM
I apologise for the exposure. I tried a black and a white background and neither worked particularly well, so apologies!

I am not a fan of black backgrounds as I think for the average amateur photographer they are too difficult to light and expose correctly. It is a technique that seems to be bleeding across from professional portrait photography.

Yup, one of my longest model crushes has been on the Escher range for Necromunda.

Nice! Your yellow looks brilliant and it really pops.

So what's next? It's back to something I built a long time ago, base coated and then lost all interest in painting...but I've made some good progress over the past couple of days:

These are looking great so far Looshkin. I really like the colour of the flesh as I think for people that are supposed to live underwater it looks suitably pallid.



Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Looshkin on May 17, 2020, 11:56:01 AM
I am not a fan of black backgrounds as I think for the average amateur photographer they are too difficult to light and expose correctly. It is a technique that seems to be bleeding across from professional portrait photography.

It's the problem of having very, very bright light colours (The skin, the yellow) and very dark darks (the leather) with nothing in the middle. Thus, on a dark background, the light colours are badly overexposed. On a light background, you get the opposite. It isn't helped at all by being restricted to my iPhone, not my Canon Eos. Oh well! Thank you for the input though.

All Thank you for dropping by to look at my minis and thank you so much for the feedback. I really appreciate the time that you take to read through my waffle and then post.

Loosh, those House Escher models look absolutely stunning! Are you doing all of this by traditional brush, because if so, that's insane!

All brushwork brother. I'm nowhere near accomplished enough to do anything other than scenery or vehicles with an airbrush,,,and even then...


Anyhoo, I previewed some Ideneth Reivers. So Idoneth you will get. I just wanted to knock these together somewhat quickly and with a solid paintjob. The bows and arrows I wanted to look as though they had been crafted from coral; I figure the Eldar work with Wraithbone, why wouldn't the Idoneth work with one of their most plentiful resources?

Other than that, I tried to stick to oceanic tones; blue/greens with a pallid, almost sickly skin tone, befitting the portion of the race whose should wither and die without their vampiric ways. It was all about trying to make the cloaks do the work, while the orangey/yellows act as a counterpoint.

Let me know what you all think:

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No basing done, as my basing kits are packed away in storage somewhere and I won't be able to touch them until I buy and move into a house. So many, many months away I should expect!

As always, thank you for stopping by!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: magenb on May 17, 2020, 05:56:17 PM
looking great Looshkin, what colour did you use on the bow and arrows?
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Myen'Tal on May 17, 2020, 10:59:40 PM
Wonderful, Loosh, I'm liking them as well!

I feel like all the colors strike a good balance, which is something I often take for granted lol.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Dread on May 17, 2020, 11:23:44 PM
 8)Deep! Smooth and so delicate with we are the champions of the world perspective. Good color flow and shows they're from the , well, deep. Always a pleasure to see like a certain other water elf collector here.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Alienscar on May 18, 2020, 11:26:18 AM
Let me know what you all think:

I think I am lost for words. Your choice of colours is sublime and the pallid skin looks brilliant.

As ever when it comes to really good painting I am drawn to the little things, and in this case it is the leggings. I dont know if it is trick of the light, or the method you have used to paint them (is there a grey highlight?), but I am amazed by how they look 'soft'.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Dread on May 22, 2020, 11:07:12 PM
Hey Loosh! So I did it, I got Drazhar. Ugh, $40 but I think it was worth it. I'll have pics up on my blog of progress when I get started on him.  8)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Calamity on May 23, 2020, 06:07:31 AM
I think your work is absolutely amazing Looshkin!  A real inspiration for everyone here!  Thanks for sharing!  :D
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Looshkin on June 2, 2020, 10:25:56 AM
Thanks all for your kind words!

looking great Looshkin, what colour did you use on the bow and arrows?

It's a screaming skull base with a Cassandora yellow wash. That's all. The bows were then dry brushed back towards a bone using screaming skull again.

I think I am lost for words. Your choice of colours is sublime and the pallid skin looks brilliant.

As ever when it comes to really good painting I am drawn to the little things, and in this case it is the leggings. I dont know if it is trick of the light, or the method you have used to paint them (is there a grey highlight?), but I am amazed by how they look 'soft'.

First off, awwwww..shucks, you gone done and made me blush. Seriously, thank you for saying the nice things!

For the leggings...as I always say, it's better to be lucky than good.

It's just an Abaddon Black base with a nun oil wash. Didn't do anything else. Let the models do the work.



So, progress time!

Not a lot to report really. I did a little work on the 3 Primaris Inceptors from Dark Millennium. Without their flying bases or real bases, I'm stuck. I don't like to do details/weathering etc without knowing how it will look with the base. Some models need a lot, some only a little, so I didn't want to go the wrong way with them.

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So they're about 85-90% done. Not much to do at all.

Next, I did a little more work on some Poxwalkers:

Some final highlights and weathering needed on these:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49956757427_3e1580d99c_z.jpg)

Whilst these are just hitting the table.
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Once these guys are all finished, I think that I'll have painted everything in the Dark Millennium box...which will be the first time I have ever completely painted a starter box! Just in time for the next edition *facepalm*

Sorry it's only a small update. I'm back to work now, so updates will probably be a bit slower.

Thanks, as always, for dropping by.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Dread on June 2, 2020, 01:31:33 PM
So clean, those marines. Just nice crisp lines, sweet! And the pox, the gooeyer the better and yours are getting there perfectly.

Glad to hear you're back to work, helps keep the sanity.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: magenb on June 2, 2020, 08:03:13 PM
The poxwalkers look great, but daaanng you made those Inceptors pop :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Necromunda: House Escher
Post by: Myen'Tal on June 5, 2020, 08:27:57 AM
Excellence personified, Loosh :),  really love those Crimson Fists. My favorite detail is that you made their fists crimson as well!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Iron Golem Warcry Warband
Post by: Looshkin on June 7, 2020, 11:13:05 AM
Thanks for the feedback fellas.

I managed to slap a little more paint on the pox walkers to get them finished (1 or 2 minor touch ups needed, but that can wait).
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I just wanted to finish them off so that I don't have them in the unpainted pile anymore. They're tabletop ready and that's all that matters; that and the fact that I have definitely finished the Death Guard portion of the Dark Millennium set. Building the DG into an actual force wouldn't require much effort at all and for the meantime they look good on the shelf and can take part in small skirmishes as required. I'll try to get a group shot at some stage.

Next in the drawer of shame, I found the Iron Golem war band from Warcry. If ever I play Warcry, I want to play with the Splintered Fang that you saw a couple of months ago. I wanted to paint the Iron Golem up to a good tabletop standard without going to too much effort. I had already base coated them several months ago and I had also hit the skin with the Darkoath Flesh contrast paint; I didn't want to spend ages on skin because...I just don't like painting skin!

I ended up painting a test model last Sunday...and just found the colour scheme easy and quick to paint. So, despite being back at work this week, with only a couple of hours a day, I cranked out the whole war band. I hope you like them:

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I forgot just how much I enjoy the simplicity of painting metals. I also totally forgot how fun Blood for the Blood God is to use; and how good it looks with just a blob here and there, smeared with a thumb.

Anyway, I'll be getting off. I have some Lizardmen to paint...
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Iron Golem Warband
Post by: Myen'Tal on June 7, 2020, 10:32:30 PM
Great job, Loosh, I love both the pox walkers (which are some of the best ones I've seen) and the Iron Golems. The Iron Golems maybe a quick and simple scheme, but you've painted in such a way that I do not even notice or think that.

Excellence as always!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Iron Golem Warband
Post by: Dread on June 8, 2020, 01:05:09 AM
I once won a painting comp with a model that took less than an hour to paint. Sometimes less means more, they look professional none the less, great work.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Iron Golem Warband
Post by: magenb on June 8, 2020, 06:02:30 PM
Every things looking great Looshkin. The red boils  really stand out on the pox walkers, you'll be able to notice that detail even on the tabletop.

Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Howling Banshees
Post by: Looshkin on July 4, 2020, 10:14:18 AM
Thanks for the feedback fellas! Glad you like the pox walkers and the Iron Golems.

Since then, I've started and aborted a bunch of projects. I went back to work and that has been hectic and busy. I also had to have 10 days fully immersed in The Last of Us 2. It took 10 days because I had to adopt the foetal position, hug myself and cry a couple of times...

In amongst that, I started work on the Lizardmen Blood Bowl team. You know the drill; I choose a real American Football team and try to match their colour scheme with one of the fantasy options. In this case, I decided to do the Detroit Lions. It was also my first real foray into using contrast paints for a large portion of the model (The skin):

On it's own, the skin looks great:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50074611583_ea79c35de7_z.jpg)
Unfortunately, that skin tone was totally wrong for the colour scheme:
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It's just too green. It would look brilliant as a base for a Miami Dolphins type team, but I've already done them. I've shelved that project for a bit, as I was waiting for ages for a blue contrast paint to be delivered (it wasn't and I had to wait for the shops to open again to pop to the local store to get supplies). I know what I'll do once I restart the project, but for the moment I've taken a break from them because they frustrated me a lot when trying my test scheme.

Next up, I dug out all of the Deathwatch minis from the standalone game from a few years ago. I decided, after watching a YouTube guide from Artis Opus, to do the black as a drybrushed scheme. They make it look very simple, so I picked up a box of their drybrushes (I already use their Series S detail brushes...which are superb) and got to work.

Unfortunately I didn't get far; I touched up the black airbrush base layer I put down ages ago and then stippled on a healthy amount of Eshin Grey as a zenith highlight so I wouldn't be working from a flat, black base:

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Please note the alarming amount of hair over each model...I swear, living in 1 room with 2 cats that barely go outside, even though the window is open for them 16 hours a day, is going to drive me potty. Hair everywhere all the time. My work space attracts it. It's a proper pain in the bum.

Anyhoo...that's as far as the project got. I'm waiting on anywhere to have Grey Seer in, as that's the next stage of dry brushing. So yeah...another failed start to a project. Gah!

Next up, I decided to work on something that might make some of you quite happy...

Eldar! Aeldari! Craftworlders! Banshees!

Yup, for only the 2nd time on this little log, I decided to work on what everyone else works on most of the time.

The main trouble in the past is that my colour scheme for my Alaitoc Eldar was too busy. I wanted all the troops to have uniformity, including all of the Aspect Warriors. It looks good enough on a tabletop, but it had too many stages to paint and when I look back on the models now, I think that they have too much going on.

For reference, my Alaitoc Autarch:
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Technically, it's fine. Indeed, I learnt a few things painting this guy and at the time he was one of my favourite models. However, the blue is very blue and clashes with the red that is really, really red...meanwhile the yellow is jostling for position. The only thing that isn't fighting is the bone coloured elements...and they aren't nearly smooth enough for my tastes now.

Compare that to one of my favourite models now:

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The colour balance is what stands out for me. There is only one colour contrasting with the blue and that's the iconic crimson. The gold elements are small enough to not grab attention, while the grey, whites and silver are all fairly cool colours and are colour neutral as a result. My ability with a brush has definitely improved in between painting each model, but not to a degree by which the Autarch couldn't look very similar if I used a better colour scheme.

So what to do about my Alaitoc?

The unfortunate answer was that the yellow absolutely had to go. I never thought it was anything other than silly that the stealthiest of all the craft worlds paraded about with bright yellow helmets. It's bonkers. I also decided to use the red only as a spot colour, not as a 2nd colour that dominates large portions of the model.

The result:

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So yeah. Even just looking at those photos while uploading, I've spotted a couple of tiny bits to touch up...I also think another armour highlight wouldn't go amiss in a couple of spots...but generally, I'm really happy. Especially seeing it's my first ever Banshee.

I had tried to do the Power Sword using traditional brushes and glazes and things...but my skills aren't quite there yet. I also don't have my wet palette for working on several models at once. So I attacked it with the airbrush. I try to steer clear of the airbrush for anything other than large models or base coats, but, for 45 minutes' work, I painted 8 swords in total and am somewhat happy with the results. Definitely an area to improve upon moving forward.

So she is my test model, but I have the other 4 in the squad with armour requiring a highlight, but with the power swords complete...so just all the details to do. Actually the quickest part of the models for me. Hopefully I'll bang them all out this week.

I did go back and do the swords on a couple of Crimson Fist Lieutenants and a Captain too:

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I was struggling a tiny bit with flow through the airbrush by the end, but I just wanted to do something with the marines so that they can stop nagging at me to paint their swords.

So there you go. 1 month, a lot of aborted projects, but 1 Howling Banshee that I'm really pleased with and 3 Crimson Fists that can go back on the shelf and stop haunting me!

I appreciate that this is an absolute wall of text, so thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my ramblings.



TLDR: I painted a Howling Banshee and failed to paint some other stuff.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Iron Golem Warband
Post by: Myen'Tal on July 4, 2020, 11:35:13 AM
Awesome work, Looshkin!

I love the color scheme for your banshees, very beautiful!

The Lizardmen Team are coming out very well, love the stone-colored skin you've given the Sarus.

Don't fret about the power swords, they look quite decent and you know what, sometimes you have to settle for decent when you're learning something. Same thing for me when I first started painting Idoneth :).
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Iron Golem Warband
Post by: Irisado on July 4, 2020, 12:06:51 PM
The Howling Banshee looks great and I agree that omitting the yellow does solve a lot of the problems with the colour palette.  The original Autarch that you painted actually looks good though, especially when you consider that a Rogue Trader and second edition colour scheme was very much all about clashing bright colours :D.  If you look at the paint scheme you chose in that context then it was entirely appropriate.  Of course, Autarchs were introduced in third edition, so it does not quite work as an argument, but I think that it can be stretched to fit in the name of artistic licence ;).

Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Howling Banshees
Post by: Cavalier on July 5, 2020, 04:54:33 AM
YES! Finally a return to Aeldari! So pumped about these Banshees, they look fantastic thus far (as do the other models!) and I really, really like the paint scheme. I do think the yellow does work, but there is no reason to implement if you dont like it yourself. This scheme you cooked up is perfect though! Its darker, more sinister and gives an almost 30k vibe... its still vibrant and popping, but far moodier and I love it.

Everything looks just fantastic as always Loosh, so happy to see your work man. I gotta get me some Banshees just amazing sculpts. Great stuff and super inspiring keep trucking brother
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Howling Banshees
Post by: magenb on July 5, 2020, 06:16:55 AM
They all look grat Looshkin!

I love the banshee swords, I see a lot of poeple try ti do a white line down the middle of the sword, but way you have done it is waaay better :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Howling Banshees
Post by: Looshkin on July 13, 2020, 01:08:34 PM
They all look grat Looshkin!

I love the banshee swords, I see a lot of poeple try ti do a white line down the middle of the sword, but way you have done it is waaay better :)

I'm just not skilled enough to do a consistent, thin white line down the middle of the sword! That's the reasoning!

But I think it's important to know your limitations and work to them, while occasionally trying to push them...you never progress without trying new things (hence the airbrush swords), but there's no quicker way to ruin a model than trying something way out of your league and getting it badly wrong.

YES! Finally a return to Aeldari! So pumped about these Banshees, they look fantastic thus far (as do the other models!) and I really, really like the paint scheme. I do think the yellow does work, but there is no reason to implement if you dont like it yourself. This scheme you cooked up is perfect though! Its darker, more sinister and gives an almost 30k vibe... its still vibrant and popping, but far moodier and I love it.

Everything looks just fantastic as always Loosh, so happy to see your work man. I gotta get me some Banshees just amazing sculpts. Great stuff and super inspiring keep trucking brother

Thought you might be pleased with the subject matter Cav! If I had more Aeldari sets with me, I would work through all of them, as I'm really liking the plastics at the moment. The Howling Banshees are a beautiful and, frankly, simple set to work with.

I think the yellow works...somewhat. I think that yellow, plus a rich blue, plus another spot colour...does not. That was the reason for dropping the yellow. I could have used it as the spot colour instead of red, but the red is more sinister, as you say, and to be honest, red is so much easier to work with than yellow.

My next project isn't Eldar, but hopefully I can slot them into the rotation in the near future.

The Howling Banshee looks great and I agree that omitting the yellow does solve a lot of the problems with the colour palette.  The original Autarch that you painted actually looks good though, especially when you consider that a Rogue Trader and second edition colour scheme was very much all about clashing bright colours :D.  If you look at the paint scheme you chose in that context then it was entirely appropriate.  Of course, Autarchs were introduced in third edition, so it does not quite work as an argument, but I think that it can be stretched to fit in the name of artistic licence ;).

Such now Iri with your pointing out of facts and colour scheme timeline...let's just say that it took me quite a while to move past all the painting lessons I learnt while staring at early 90s White Dwarfs!

Awesome work, Looshkin!

I love the color scheme for your banshees, very beautiful!

The Lizardmen Team are coming out very well, love the stone-colored skin you've given the Sarus.

Don't fret about the power swords, they look quite decent and you know what, sometimes you have to settle for decent when you're learning something. Same thing for me when I first started painting Idoneth :).

Glad you like the Banshees Myen'Tal. As far as the Saurus...the scales that I painted grey/white are going to likely stay the same. The turquoise skin is what doesn't work at all, so will be the number 1 thing to change. I will have to change the colours of some other things, but it'll likely be simple swaps like reversing the colours on the shorts (Otherwise, too much blue.).

Still, that project is on the shelf at the moment. I have more robotic things to work on!

So,, progress check:

The Banshees are finished:
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I did check the Games Workshop website and saw that they don't have any Banshees painted by hobbyists on the Howling Banshee shop page...I think I might just fire them an image on instagram and see if I can get these girls featured. That would be fun.

Also, I love the little Banshee Shrine that comes with the set. Better than the Dire Avenger Shrine that comes with that set, as it's more chunky and ridiculously easy to paint. It takes no time at all and is a very nice little objective marker for games.

Next up, more 40k. This time, horsies.

Kinda:

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Can I just say that I'm loving the Adeptus Mechanicus Grey spray as a basecoat? It's a lovely rattle can and the coverage is tremendous while allowing the detail to stand out.

I then hit the models with an all over Leadbelcher spray:
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And then brushed on Nuln Oil (Not the gloss version. I'm not a fan of the gloss finish...it kinda just looks like you've used too much shade and it's pooled, imho)
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It's very dark at the moment, but when I dry brush it back up, it should have nice depth and a lot more brightness too.


So there you go. As always, thank you for stopping by and thank you to those that have commented. Please feel free to drop your thoughts and any feedback or criticisms that you might have; I may not always agree with the feedback, but I'm certainly won't dismiss it and have often changed models drastically after people have hit me with some home truths.

Thanks all!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Howling Banshees
Post by: Irisado on July 13, 2020, 03:03:34 PM
The Howling Banshees have turned out magnificently.  The blue has a very deep and shadowy quality to it which really fits with Alaitoc, yet you have successfully retained the colour of the Eldar more subtly with the weapons and masks.  This is really high quality painting.

I would definitely write to Games Workshop to see whether your Howling Banshees can be featured.  You never know, someone there might say yes.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Howling Banshees
Post by: Dread on July 13, 2020, 06:58:41 PM
Hi! Man the banshees look great! I just got my first box of the plastic banshees, not assembled yet. I'm actually doing a commission of the ad mech horsie's and jump troops, can't wait to see yours done.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Howling Banshees
Post by: Myen'Tal on July 13, 2020, 07:47:51 PM
The Banshees look absolutely stunning, Loosh! Great work!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Howling Banshees
Post by: Alienscar on July 14, 2020, 10:35:04 AM
I did check the Games Workshop website and saw that they don't have any Banshees painted by hobbyists on the Howling Banshee shop page...I think I might just fire them an image on instagram and see if I can get these girls featured. That would be fun. 

A white background is a must, but your Banshees are without a doubt good enough to be featured by Games Workshop. Have a look at their The Model Photograph (https://www.warhammer-community.com/2018/03/06/the-model-photo-how-to-photograph-models-for-display/) article.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Howling Banshees
Post by: magenb on July 14, 2020, 05:04:58 PM
The Banshee's look awesome, it's a nice touch for GW to pop the scenery bit in, like they did in the Dire Avenger kit. I hope they continue it with any new aspect sculpts.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Howling Banshees
Post by: Looshkin on July 19, 2020, 08:05:56 AM
Thank you all for your kind comments about the Banshees. Let me clear up one slight misconception though; I'm not looking to get my models featured in White Dark or anything so grandiose. I think my minis are decent, but they can't hold a candle to the models that grace the pages of WD. All I'd be doing is taking a photo and tagging it with the hashtag on Instagram that makes the community team notice...and if they like it, they add a photo to the webstore page for the unit to show buyers how other people have painted their models. The ones I've seen are usually a similar standard or slightly worse than mine, so I'd be in with a shout. There aren't any photos for Banshees on the webstore page, so that's why I thought it would be fun. Nothing more, nothing less.

Anyway, moving on...

I made good progress with the Serberys Raiders and finished them in a week. Very rapid for me!

Pictures...with a caveat; my Lightbox has broken, so the lighting in my room is not very good so nothing can be done about that. Hopefully they still give a good impression of what I've done:

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Sorry about the blurriness in a couple of the pictures. To get the focus right I had to zoom in with my iPhone, but that just accentuates any slight instability in my model-holding hand.

So I now have a decision to make as to what I work on next:

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Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Howling Banshees
Post by: Myen'Tal on July 19, 2020, 03:26:16 PM
The Raiders look stunning, Loosh! Shame about the lightbox, I need to start using mine again, but I've been lazy lol. Mechanicus can be deceivingly complicated to paint, as while it's mostly metallic, there's so much filigree and then the robes. Good job finishing them in a week!

Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Howling Banshees
Post by: magenb on July 19, 2020, 04:56:30 PM
The Admech look great, and I  really like the splashes of dirt on their lower robes :)

As for the next thing to paint... both are amazing options, I would recommend magnetizing the war walker though.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers and Spirit Seer
Post by: Looshkin on August 1, 2020, 08:21:26 AM
Mechanicus can be deceivingly complicated to paint, as while it's mostly metallic, there's so much filigree and then the robes.

The main problem I find is just finding correct angles for the brush to hit all the nooks and crannies. I know you probably won't ever see those nooks and crannies...but I'll know and it would make me sad! I'm glad you like the Ad Mech!

The Admech look great, and I  really like the splashes of dirt on their lower robes :)

As for the next thing to paint... both are amazing options, I would recommend magnetizing the war walker though.

I try to add that little touch of weathering to all my models (except Eldar. They're too fancy for dirt) as I really feel it makes the model just that touch more realistic (Realism Loosh? How can you possibly make a Robo-Horse with Cybernetic Man rider from M41 more realistic? Madness!).

I am planning on magnetising the weapons, although my magnets are deep in storage and I'm yet to find suitable replacements.



Anyhoo, I made some progress! Apart from tidying up one or 2 highlights and adding an edge highlight to the Exarch's power weapon, the Dire Avengers are complete!

Mechanicus Standard Grey Base Coat. Head kept separate because it makes life way more easy.
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Kantor Blue airbrush base coat:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50176305847_d687270ea8_z.jpg)
The team, prior to Nuln oil recess shades:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50175512103_b8255f9207_z.jpg)
And then I totally forgot any progress shots. So the entire team. I really, really need to tidy up the Exarch's loin cloth. It looks terrific from every angle other than this one! Dammit!
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50176305822_05a596cc00_z.jpg)
Again, because it's zoomed in, the loin cloth looks a bit slap dash. I definitely passes the 3 foot test tough.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50176305832_cbe7bf0ea0_z.jpg)
This photo makes me realise I need 1 more highlight on the helm gem. FFS...these photos are just making me realise the models aren't finished! Damn!
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50176049186_9f59a5cb6b_z.jpg)

Can I just take a moment to praise the Banshee sculpts? There are amazing, with clean, crisp details. The Dire Avengers are fine. Way better than old models...but not a patch on the Banshees. A bit of a be-atch to put together too.The detail is just far more indistinct. I can't wait for the entire Aspect Warrior range to be updated to plastics as good as the Banshees (I know the Avengers won't be updated, but they're serviceable. Finecast is not.

I found a pair of bonus models too! One is an Autarch who is 50% complete. It'll stay that way too, as its cloak is in storage 100 miles away. Drat.

The other is this guy. He was lovely to paint:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50176049746_fe23df3baf_z.jpg)
I tried to make the cloak a bit darker and richer than the armour. I think I succeeded, but I'm aware that the edges need a smooth highlight on them to accentuate the richness further in.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50176305647_929abd57a8_z.jpg)
I just wanted all these updated Alaitoc to have a really clean, crisp finish. The blue and grey/white are such easy colours to work with; it means the red pops without dominating whilst the gold adds some warmth to what is quite a cold palette.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50175511773_c3827ef2e1_z.jpg)


Don't forget this thing, from the Dire Avenger box, plus a part from another old War Walker box (It was in the wrong colours, so I added it to this base and updated.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50175511848_958e35d9c5_z.jpg)

I also managed to crank out a lot of work on this guy:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50176049731_3b65f7d4c7_z.jpg)
Flat colours at the moment, but plenty of work still to be done.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50176304972_535d9cc65c_z.jpg)


So a busy couple of weeks at Loosh's hobby desk. Hopefully I can keep this enthusiasm rolling going forward.

As always, thank you for stopping by to take a look. Let me know what you think!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers and Spirit Seer
Post by: Irisado on August 1, 2020, 09:29:13 AM
Outstanding work on the Dire Avengers.  They have turned out very well, especially regarding the quality of the blue.

I'm most impressed with your use of white on all the models though.  You've really managed to get that spot on in every way.  It looks fantastic.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers and Spirit Seer
Post by: Myen'Tal on August 1, 2020, 11:47:31 AM
Hi Loosh! Very beautiful craftworlds army you're building. Though I do find it odd that their scheme is so close to the Crimson Fist! ;) Loving it! The spiritseer is definitely my favorite, so crisp!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers and Spirit Seer
Post by: Dread on August 1, 2020, 11:02:13 PM
That blue is so soft! Love it, love it! Such great presence.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers and Spirit Seer
Post by: magenb on August 2, 2020, 11:27:50 PM
looking awesome Looshkin! Love the way you are painting the blades up and the high gloss on the spiritseer helmet, too good :)
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers, Spirit Seer + War Walker
Post by: Looshkin on August 3, 2020, 01:27:30 PM
Thanks all for your kind comments!

I say all...but then this clown showed up:
Though I do find it odd that their scheme is so close to the Crimson Fist! ;)

How dare you?

How f*cking dare you?

Those schemes are wildly different. The Crimson Fists are Blue with red as a secondary and grey/white as a spot colour, while the Alaitoc Eldar are *clearly* Blue with grey/white as a secondary and red as a spot colour.

Totally different and I'll fight anyone that says otherwise.




Lolz. I'm rumbled. I can only paint Blue, Red, Grey/White, Gold and Silver. As such, that's all you get palette-wise...



Anyway, progress time! I've probably finished the War Walker. I'm painting in record time for me and to a consistent level, so I'm happy. I'm still mulling whether to weather the Walker. Not sure. Also, the weapons aren't attached. No magnets, so Blu Tac has to make do for the moment:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50185508457_302159cc1d_z.jpg)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50184708868_f92c8c2380_z.jpg)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50185255156_6c4999cbfe_z.jpg)
I haven't used lahmian medium over the transfers yet, so there's that to do to smooth them out:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50185508427_d8d772b541_z.jpg)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50185508422_fa96211929_z.jpg)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50185508367_c37514a12e_z.jpg)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50185508297_72cd91fb2b_z.jpg)

So there you go. I've got a Crimson Hunter on the go right now, so progress shots of that in the coming days.

Cheers for stopping by, leave your thoughts and any ideas below!

Let the autocensor do its work, so that you don't have to - Iris ;).

Sorry, Irisado, I've explained this before; I censor this way for a reason. One day my son will likely look at these pictures and threads and I don't want them littered with my own swearing. I don't apply the forum censor because I don't give a toffee what opinion he forms of everyone else, but I do care what he thinks of me and if I've told him not to swear and he sees me littering posts with swear words, it makes me a hypocrite.

So please, Ill ask you again, please don't over-moderate my posts for lack of bad language.

Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers, Spirit Seer + War Walker
Post by: magenb on August 3, 2020, 05:17:33 PM
Lolz. I'm rumbled. I can only paint Blue, Red, Grey/White, Gold and Silver. As such, that's all you get palette-wise...

lol aint no stopping a good thing :)

That's the best use of that war walker base I can remember, just awesome.


Might just be the light, but the triangle decals might need some micro set or micro sol to stop the edges from standing out so much.
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers, Spirit Seer + War Walker
Post by: Looshkin on August 3, 2020, 07:11:01 PM
Thanks Mage, I appreciate the feedback. I need some Lahmain Medium to both protect the decals and also knock back the edges; so what you're saying is absolutely right. Hopefully I'll be able to pick some up later in the week.

I'm glad you like the base too! I was somewhat stumped as to how to make it fit the theme of the rest of the army, but it seems to have worked. Or at least, if you like it, that's good enough for me!
Title: Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers, Spirit Seer + War Walker
Post by: magenb on August 4, 2020, 05:03:53 PM
Try looking for the liquitex version of Lahmain medium, for $3.50 extra I get almost 5 times the amount and it drips out :)