Skuldrak, Khorgorath Of Khorne

Finally getting around to making a post on this guy. I had a very love/hate relationship with this model while painting it. It bothers me why I can’t figure out how this guys face works… is the skull his face? Or is the skull in his mouth? Are those horns or teeth on his head? So many questions… Anyway, even with all those unanswered questions I still like the model, it looks super menacing and is quite disturbing… Almost kingdom death-like, but yet very recognizable as Khorne. Technique wise It involved a ton of thin layers of different reds to get his skin tone to where I liked it, and I may Matte Varnish him at some point to dull down a few spots. All in all I think it came out the way I wanted. Really enjoying painting the bronze on these models, and I think I’m getting better at it, but still have some opportunities. As for the base I’m really enjoying using the darker flock and baking soda dirt. I think it gives a really nice look. And I’m content with my decision to paint the sides of the base black, I really like the almost outline like feature it gives to the whole model.

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Korghos Khul: Mighty Lord of Khorne

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So I’ll start this post off with saying that after painting this model I’ve decided that I’m going to Paint all the Bloodbound models from the set first. I’m so used to painting gold from painting my Ultramarines,  and the Stormcast are very gold…so it was a really nice feeling getting my hands dirty with some colors I’m not all that used to painting. I really like how the brass armor came out, I’m never a fan of using silver to highlight gold because I always seem to screw it up, but this looks pretty good. I love his skull helmet, very striking and I just can’t get over how cool it is that he has a chained flesh hound as an attack dog. I’m also very pleased with how his cape came out, I felt the highlights were very clean(I’m not always that good with those).

All in all I was itching to paint this guy, and as happy as I am to have finished him I’m sad that hes done…So I’ll definitely be painting a lot of red going forward to scratch that itch. Blood for the Blood God!

Lord Celestant Vandus Hammerhand

Well my first model from the Age of Sigmar starter box is finally complete. It was a really nice change of pace to paint something that wasn’t Space Marines. I have never really painted a mounted model, with the exception of some bretonians, so it was really cool to paint a cool Dracoth and a mighty Lord Celestant at the same time. I used mostly dry brushing techniques for the Dracoth and the gold armor, with a mix of washes and highlights.  I decided to go with a more verdant landscape as opposed to the thick black/grey gravel that I’ve been using for my Ultramarines. Not too thrilled by how the Stone the Dracoth is standing on came out, but I didn’t want the stone to be grey and blend in too much with the Dracoth.  I think it came out decent. There was a lot of white to paint on this and I used a few different techniques for it, the cape was just Uthuan grey then a highlight of Vallejo white, and the cloth on the Dracoth, and Vandus’ plume were done with a wash of Drakenhof Nightshade and then a layer of Ceramite white on the raised hairs. I like the contrast, I know some people would do a more suddle shadow, but I like the way the dark recesses look, and it makes the hairs pop. All in all I think it was a good start to my entry into Age of Sigmar, and I am super pumped to start on Korghos Khul, The Might Lord of Khorne next. Stay tuned for that. And please feel free to follow me on Instagram as I’ve decided to start posting WIP shot of the Minis I showcase on my Blog. If not you can still see all my completed work here.

 

Winter Assault.

This will be a short and to the point post seeing as how im away in Maryland for work this week. 

So this past weekend my wife and I took a trip to my cousins house down in jersey to see the family and play a bit of warhammer. Thought I’d share some pictures of the game.  It was between my ultramarines and my cousins tau.  It was a really fun game and I got to try out Guilliman for the first time.  He took a rediculous amount of fire and eventually was taken down, unfortunately before he was able to get into close combat.  Even he had a hard time weathering the “storm” of my cousins stormsurge.  Take a look!

Talon of the Emperor

My first Stormtalon gunship is complete. From the second I saw this model I loved it. Its nothing special really, but its just a really cool design.  Very similar to the futuristic gunship style vehicles you see in current movies and such.  So im so happy to have finally picked one up. It was very strait forward to build and even more so to paint.  I’ve got a pretty nice system of painting my Ultramarines vehicles which is basically a ton of drybrushing and then the final details. I basecoated it in Kantor blue.  Then a heavy drybrush of altdorf guard blue, and then a lighter drybrush of calgar blue. Once that is done its just the silver bits and transfers and such. Gets things done fairly quick. You may have picked up on the fact that I said first storm talon.  I dont currently have another one but depending on how this one does in game id like to pick up another to make a storm wrong formation with my Stormraven. Nothing cooler than two gunships flanking a flying landraider tasty to train down fiery death upon my unsuspecting foes. But let’s just take it a step at a time and we’ll see if I end up picking up another one.  You’ll also notice I did a bit more flair on the base for this one.  Id like to go back and So the same to my Stormravens base as well to make them look like the go together, but its not a priority…So here it is in  all is glory.  Hope you like it.

Roboute Guilliman Lord Commander of the Imperium.

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Quite the title, and quite the model. This guy is awesome. I loved this model more and more as I painted it. All the intricate details, the workings of his armor, the dead chaos space marine at his feet, everything about this model is cool.

And besides the fact I was totally going to get this model anyway, I really was not a fan of it when I saw him in the leaks online. I thought the pose was kinda goofy… But once I had it in my hands and had built it myself and seen it on the table I realized they took some super unflattering pictures of him. His pose fits his title, sword raised, gauntlet up, and knee bent. All I can picture is the masses of the armies of the Imperium behind him as he leads the charge against some horde of chaos. But that’s just me.

I think this model shows off some of my better skills and some of my worst. But overall, I couldn’t be happier. I know I say that a lot, and I think that’s because I never seem to take a step back. I seem to get better with every model I paint. Which totally makes sense, that’s just how that works… But anyway, I think the armor came out fantastic, and the head especially, I think the facial expression is very defined and human.  On the other hand I was disappointed with the sword. I actually used the short tutorial from games workshop on Warhammer TV and I don’t think it came out bad, just not all that great… This was a part of the model that was the victim of my insistent application of too thick paint… but oh well… I still think it came out pretty decent for a first attempt at a giant fiery sword. So I’m taking this as a win.

Sneaky Dudes

Completed my Scout squad the other day and I have to say I’m pretty impressed with myself. It’s really amazing how well you can progress in miniature painting. I couldn’t be happier with how my work has progressed over even just the past 3-4 years. I still don’t thin my paints as much as I should though… I have this intense compulsion to coat a model as quickly as humanly possible and thin coats are just really hard for me to do. It couldn’t be more important to thin them, and for whatever reason my default mind set is to try and coat it in one swipe. Its an uphill battle of getting myself to do it more regularly. I basically say “thin your paints” over and over again in my head while i paint. I’m getting there. Now these are a better example of me following that advice and trying really hard to break myself from one coat mentality. I think they came out great, I hope the photos do them justice, trying something new because the last ones came out really dull and dark. Think I need some better lighting. Oh well, we’ll see.