Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Missing the target...

Well another month has passed and, as the date of the post will allude to, I wasn't able to complete this project on time, although complete it I have:

Now was this because I didn't have the time? Possibly
Was it because I have found faith/god: Yes!

Having recently found faith the void that wargaming would try to fill has been filled and as a result my interest in wargaming has waned; don't get me wrong I'm still going to carry on playing with and painting what I have but as it stands the drive isn't as dominant, and it's a liberating feeling.

As such I have no planned project for June, also because I took so long to finish my May project. I may set one for July, so watch this space.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Painting: Games Workshop: Warhammer 40k: Genestealer Cult: Purestrain Genestealers & Familiars

These have driven me insane!

Especially as it's such a simple and straight forward process!

The process I followed was as follows:
  • Undercoat in black
  • Paint all areas of flesh with GW Daemonette Hide 
  • Wash areas of flesh with AP purple tone
  • Highlight flesh areas with GW Slaanesh Grey
  • touch up chitin areas with GW Abaddon black
  • Drybrush Chitin with Vallejo game colour Stonewall grey (72.040)
  • Paint tongue with Vallejo game colour Hexed Lichen (72.015) 
  • teeth with either Vallejo game colour Plague Brown (72.039) or Vallejo game colour Bonewhite (72.034), then washed with AP strong tone
  • eyes with GW Iyanden Darksun
  • Matt varnish was then applied all over except for the claws and tongue, those were covered with Gloss varnish
  • The base was covered with GW Astrogranite debris; once dry it was washed with AP dark tone and the edge of the base was painted black
For the familiars there was the addition of GW Mephiston Red for the cloth which was washed with AP dark tone.

So quick and simple however touching up the black areas just drove me insane! Thankfully this is the last of the purestrain genestealers for my force, so I don't need to worry about doing this for a little while.

April - Overcoming an aversion to black

So with April at a close I can proudly announce that I have overcome my aversion to black and as a result finished all the planned projects!

So onwards to May; My planned projects are as follows:
Master Gunner & Sentinel 

Saker Cannon & Crew (inc engineer)


Painting: Pike & Shotte/Pikemans Lament - English Civil War: Foot Dragoons

In this post I will outline how I painted 12 ECW foot Dragoons, the important part (in my opinion) is that I didn't use black at all!

The paints used were from the Vallejo game colour range, unless stated otherwise.

I started by undercoating them all in grey.

I used the following process, which was consistent on all of them
The coats were paint with GW Mephiston Red
The musket stock was painted with Scorched Brown (72.045)
The musket barrel, trigger and lock was painted with Vallejo Model colour Gunmetal grey (70.863)
Musket fuse was painted with Plague brown (72.039)
Flesh was painted with Tan (72.066), then Dwarf skin(72.041)
The collar was painted with White primer (72.002)
Any Sash was painted Imperial Blue (72.020) then highlighted with Magic blue (72.021) then washed AP Blue tone
Sword hilt was painted with Chainmail silver (72.053)

Trousers, areas of leather and hair were all painted differently using any of the processes listed below

Leather (including shoes and hats)
  • Beasty Brown (72.043), then Leather Brown (72.040)
  • Beasty Brown (72.043)
  • Leather Brown (72.040)
  • Scorched Brown (72.045)
  • Scorched Brown  (72.045) then Beasty Brown (72.043)
  • Plague Brown (72.039)

  • Sombre Grey (this was also used on the cuffs of the (red) jackets) (72.048)
  • Plague Brown (72.039)
  • Desert Yellow (72.063)

  • GW Iyanden Darksun
  • GW Macharius Solar Orange
  • Scorched Brown
  • Beasty Brown
  • Leather Brown
  • Earth (72.062)
  • Cold Grey (72.050)
Once the model had been painted AP Strong tone was applied all over except for areas of skin, muskets, Sword hilt and trouser painted with Sombre grey.
Areas of flesh were painted with AP Flesh wash
Muskets, sword hilts and sombre grey trousers were coated with AP dark tone

The command group was painted using a similar method with some changes/additions:
Bright Bronze (72.057) then Glorious Gold (72.056) on the jacket trim and the sword hilt
Chainmail silver (72.053) on the halberd blade

Drum skin: Bonewhite (72.034)
Drum trim: Imperial blue, AP Blue tone
Drum string:Plague brown, AP strong tone, Bone white (72.034)

Standard bearer
Standard pole/Lance: painted beasty brown

once all the models have been painted I covered the bases in sand, painted it scorched brown, then covered it with static grass

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

So close and yet so far...March objective failed

So for the first time, so far, this year I didn't finish all my intended projects for the month.

I completed the ECW cavalry (Click here for details) and the Genestealer cult Patriach, but couldn't find the time to complete the 4 genestealers and 2 familiars.

In light of the above, my objective for April is the following:

  • Complete 4 Genestealers  (From March)
  • Complete 2 familiars (From March)
  • 12 ECW Dragoons on foot


Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Painting: Pike & Shotte/Pikemans Lament - English Civil War: Parliamentarian Trotters

I have completed part of this months target, the English civil war parliamentarian trotters.

As ever the majority of the colours used are from the Vallejo colour range, unless indicated otherwise.

I started with a grey undercoat.

I painted the riders first, starting with the tunic using Plague Brown (72.039), then the pistols wood with Beasty Brown (72.043), the metal for the pistol was painted with Gunmetal grey (70.863).
Leather including the sword scabbard was painted with Charred Brown (72.045)
Boots were painted with GW Abaddon black
Any other metal (armour, gauntlet, buckles, helmet etc) was painted with Chainmail Silver (72.053)
The sword hilt was painted with Bright Bronze (72.057) then Glorious Gold (72.056)
The sash and trousers were painted with Imperial Blue (72.020)
I tried to paint the hair differently; one in GW Iyanden Darksun (Foundation Yellow), one in Beasty Brown (72.043), one in GW Abaddon Black, One in Leather (72.040), one in Earth (72.062) and one in Plague Brown (72.039)
Flesh was painted with Tan (72.066) then highlighted with Dwarf skin(72.041), then washed with AP soft tone
Once all the base colours were on and the riders were tidied various washes were applied.
Tunic & light colour hair: AP soft tone
Leather and dark hair: AP Strong tone
Pistol and sword hilt: P3 Armour Wash
Sash and trousers: AP Blue tone, then highlight with Magic blue (72.021)

The horses were painted using the instructions found here:;WCXUpNenjyCUgKJzdezUQ8OoDFofCMQkon4oQ84B0pOdtxhD32KlJ3FeFNWFrbkTjgvWCyN9HpY~-.bps.a.2094007537507166.1073741883.1691782607729663/2094009374173649/?type=3&theater
The paints indicated in that link are all GW paints so I used the dakkadakka forum paint conversion chart
With the exception of Eshin Grey which I had to make by mixing black and Cold Grey (72.050).
The saddle and various straps were painted with Charred Brown (72.045). On some of the horses I then painted the saddle with Beasty Brown (72.043). The saddles were washed with AP strong tone.

The bases were then painted Charred Brown (72.045), covered in PVA and dipped in sand, once dry the sand was painted Charred Brown (72.045), covered in PVA again and covered in static grass.

  • Tunic: Plague Brown (72.039) wash with AP Soft Tone
  • Sash and trousers: Imperial Blue (72.020), AP Blue tone, then highlight with Magic blue (72.021)
  • Leather gloves, straps and scabbard: Charred Brown (72.045)
  • Pistols: Beasty Brown (72.043) & Gunmetal grey (70.863).
  • Sword hilt: Bright Bronze (72.057) then Glorious Gold (72.056), P3 Armour Wash
  • Helmet, Buckles, stirrups: Chainmail Silver (72.053), P3 Armour Wash
  • Flesh: Tan (72.066), highlighted with Dwarf skin(72.041), then AP soft tone 
  • Hair: GW Iyanden Darksun (Foundation Yellow), Beasty Brown (72.043), GW Abaddon Black, Leather (72.040), Earth (72.062) and Plague Brown (72.039)


Monday, 4 March 2019

Painting: Games Workshop: Warhammer 40k: Genestealer Cult: Clamavus

As per my previous updates I have finished the Clamavus

Now the thing I have learnt with the Clamavus is that this model should be painted on the sprue!. I am a firm believer in building models and then painting them as this usually creates a better bond on the contact points. However I wish in this case I had made an exception as there are lots of awkward areas that can't be reached once the model is built and I know they are there...mocking me in their unpainted...nay! naked form!

Anyway...moving on.

This model was painted using mostly Vallejo colour range paints, unless stated otherwise.

I started undercoating the model in Grey

Next I painted the cloth with GW Mephiston Red
Then I painted the staff with chainmail (72.053) but I wasn't keen so I painted it bright brass, which was still too bright so I rummaged through my paint collection where I found a dark metallic paint called Tinny Tin (72.060) which was exactly what I was looking for!
The speakers, control panel and backpack were painted in chainmail
Next I painted the pistol holster, tapes, cable to the speaker staff, boots and any straps in GW Abbadon Black
I painted the radiowave locator in Stonewall grey (72.049)
Then I paint a button on the tape deck and some cables with GW Mephiston Red
Next I painted the remaining cables in Iyanden Darksun (GW foundation yellow) then added black stripes
Then the flesh was painted with Tan (72.066)
The exterior of the book under foot was painted with Charred brown (72.045),, and the pages painted with plague brown (72.039)
Next I washed the whole model in AP dark Tone

Once the dark tone was dry I highlight the armour with Stonewall grey (72.049)
The cloth was highlighted with Bloody red (72.010)
The flesh was then painted with Dwarf flesh (72.041) and highlighted in GW Elf flesh

The base was then coated in GW Astra Granite debris, washed with AP dark tone, then highlighted with stonewall grey, and the edge of the base of painted black.

A brief summary
  • Cloth, some wires and a button on the tape player in GW Mephiston Red
  • Gun holster, straps, tapes & boots in GW Abbadon Black
  • speaker, backpack, control panel in Chainmail (72.053)
  • Radiowave in Stonewall grey (72.049)
  • Cables in GW foundation yellow & GW Abbadon Black
  • Book Charred brown (72.045), with the paper plague brown (72.039)
  • Cult symbol bright bronze (72.057)
  • Flesh: Tan (72.066), AP Dark Tone, Dwarf flesh (72.041), GW Elf skintone highlight