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Artel W Miniatures: Angron, the Red Angel

Well the last one finish first, I guess. (The Emperor is getting ready, and I have trouble with Magnus‘ cape.)

I worked on his face and arms for a little bit more and decided he was finished. (My approach of painting skin tones is to start with dark, and layer on increasingly lightened skin tones, wash, start over, and keep doing it until something approaches acceptable comes out.)

A bit chaotic method, but it is mine.

I know it is not a Golden Demon contender, but I am really pleased how the armor came out, and I even like the skin on this guy. The mini itself is simply great; it is well-cast, has great detail, easy to assemble, and more importantly: it captures Angron’s rage while does not simply paint him as a monster. You can see his pain behind the rage – unlike in the Forgeworld version where he looks more like Gene Simmons with an alternative facepaint. (The book Betrayer is a great one about his character.)

Artel W Miniatures: Angron, the Red Angel, WIP

I normally do not do WIPs for figures because a.) I am not a great painter b.) they are not the main focus of this blog.

But since I have been working on a few since, well, for a while now, I decided to do three WIPs. This is the third: Angron, the Primarch of the World Eaters by Artel W Miniatures. Who did plently of wrong but he never really had a chance. I like his character because he actually had a reason to rebel, and did not just get a lame “touch a daemon possessed sword- boom, you are corrupted” treatment.

I much better like Artel W’s interpretation of him than Forgeworld’s

It just does not look as good

…not to mention the pose is the exact same one as Kharn’s… They both look like they are in a hurry to reach the end of a queue.

The armor was a combination of AK’s True Metal paints in several layers, with washes and oil paints. The leather was done using different browns, and the skin is left to be painted. (I tried oils on there as well, but they did not stick.) I added some chains to the chain-axes (as a gladiator he chained his weapon to his wrist, a custom that was followed by his Legion -and Sigismud, of all people.)

I just need to finish his skin, and I am all set. (I also have Artel W’s bust of him… back when I had more disposable income :D)

This guy will be featured here for sure. One day.

Smart Resin Models: Ethernal Eagle (the Big E himself), WIP

EDIT: sadly the company behind this mini (TAGO Collectibles) stopped honoring their kickstarter pledges to their backers. I cannot really recommend purchasing anything from them. If you are interested in an Emperor Figure, Mystic Wargames has one for you. This has been an expensive lesson for me.

I normally do not do WIPs for figures because a.) I am not a great painter b.) they are not the main focus of this blog.

But since I have been working on a few since, well, for a while now, I decided to do three WIPs. This is the second: The Emperor of Mankind, The Saviour of Humanity, the Epitome of Perfection, who, nevertheless, severely lacked basic parenting skills despite of being, you know, The Epitome of Perfection.

The armor was a combination of AK’s True Metal paints in several layers, with washes and oil paints.

The mini comes with several heads (helmeted, serious, angry, cool -I call him “the Dude”, Space Jesus) and some extras as I ordered the pre-order version; I magnetized them, so they could be switched. (You can order the set in three sizes -this is the smallest, 28mm one. I really wish I had the largest one, but unless I get lucky in the EuroMillions, it will not happen.) I also ordered a set of power claws after the fact to switch it for the flaming sword. (I hope they will come out with a post-heresy version of the Emperor, too.)

I painted the stand using oils on an acrylic base. (Dark primer and blue oil paint.) I am pretty happy with the results – I think I will use oils a lot from now on. The cape is still need to be painted… it is still a bit sticky of the oil paint I used, even though it has been drying for three weeks now- obviously I need to learn a bit more about using oils, and the extra bits also need to be finished. I am pretty happy with the flaming sword- I used oils to make smooth blends here, too. It seems like an easier way than using acrylics.

Forgeworld: Magnus the Red WIP

I normally do not do WIPs for figures because a.) I am not a great painter b.) they are not the main focus of this blog.

But since I have been working on a few since, well, for a while now, I decided to do three WIPs. This is the first: Magnus the Red. Who did nothing wrong. (And I stand by this statement.) This is the pre-heresy form of him; not yet a broken daemon thing with boob-horn-armor.

I left out the whole swirling rubble-thing from the kit because I do not find them convincing; essentially he is done. His knee horn got missing over the years (I started him in the UK a long, long while back), and he has “only” his coat left to paint. Which is going to be challenging, as it has iridescent feathers, and I am not very good with coats anyhow.

I am experimenting with oils for blending.

The armor was a combination of AK’s True Metal paints in several layers, with washes and oil paints.

I quite like how the dark, broken, iridescent glass turned out to be -again, oils dabbed on.

Avunculus Fragili

OK, so here is this imperial knight conversion. My 18 month old daughter, when she first saw the “skeleton” without the armor on (pretty hideous sight) cried happily “Uncle Fragile” (or “mister Fragile”, depending on the translation), and started hugging it. She had a concept of my toys being fragile and that it was a male… She is very empathic, by the way. I have Angron himself under painting, and she calls him “Uncle Crying”, and keeps kissing the figure telling him not to cry. Which is both sweet and funny.

Anyhow, this is how the knight looks like presently. I do not like it at all; the paintjob is just the base so it is not finished, but I am not convinced it actually looks the corrupted, twisted parody of its original self.

I wanted to introduce him to the world, and I also welcome any suggestions how to improve it with further painting/weathering; I do have some ideas. We will see how it turns out.

Airfix Bentley box cover

I bought a half-assembled 1/12 Bentley for 25 quids on Ebay quite a while ago. I ran into several problems with the kit (it was quite botched, I did not manage to build it into an acceptable model), but the box itself was quite something. For one, it looks good. And it is also from 1974… someone bought it in Harrod’s, for the sum of 4.5 GBP…

I had to frame it.

 

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Anyhow, once I get myself to finish it up, I will post some photos, just to show it. The chrome parts look less-than-chromish, as they were narred by glue, so I had to sand them, and re-spray them -while they were on the car. (As I said it was half-assembled.) The chassis is warped, so there are fit issues, and the surface of the model was covered with thick paint I had to polish off and then re-spray it; the results are less than smooth, unfortunately.

I had to order new decals and a new tire from Airfix, which they promptly sent. (Great customer service for sure.)

As for the rest of the builds…

The Markgraf is finished (sort of… no rigging is installed yet.) In the near future I will finish up the Centurion, the T49, the Sheridan, and the T-90 from the 1/72 range, the Das Werk radar I received as a review sample, and the Hobby Boss EBR-10. I also started to work on the Takom Panther, as I noticed some spider actually built a web inside the hull. Once that is done, the RFM Panther will be the next, and then I will do a second comparison review. With all that I also have a couple of Warhammer figures to finish -I finally want to learn “proper” painting. I managed to do a quite nice golden armor on Magnus as a study for the Emperor figure, so I am actually quite looking forward to it. (There is also a Horus figure waiting to be finished; the mace he held was broken during the move to Hungary, and after a few attempts of re-gluing it I just gave up on that figure. He may get the second sword Big E comes with; he already got a new head, after all…)

This will keep me busy for a while I assume.

Games Workshop Abaddon… old-school

So I like Abaddon, and have several figures of him. (More coming up later.) It’s not like I have a problem or anything…

Anyhow, since the new Games Workshop figure is coming out, the original, the real figure suddenly appeared on the market for much lower prices than before. This is THE figure of Abaddon- the one spawning memes and ridicules: Abaddon the Armless, Failbaddon and the rest.

I had to have this figure, and for a small sum of five Euros I did get him (from Greece, of all places.)

This is the ebay photo that made me fall in love with him… This is what a five Euro deal looks like…

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I basecoated it with Vallejo German Grey primer, and started working on the details. The dark grey primer is dark enough to be black; however the Heavy Metal style of painting demands highlights everywhere… something I did not look forward to.

So I did the best I can. (Obviously.) In this case I went with the flaming sword look, since the previous Abaddon had a bluish-purplish daemon sword.

Games Workshop – Thousand Sons space marines

Well, two Thousand Sons space marines, both post-Heresy. The first one is a Rubric marine belonging to Ashur-Kai (Talon of Horus, The Black Legion).

Pre-Herey colors with one pauldron painted black, indicating his aliance to the Black Legion.

The other is just your run-of-the-mill Rubric Marine.

Grim Skull Miniatures – Chaos Conqueror Lord

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Now this mini came out as a disappointment. It’s entirely my fault; the mini is awesome, as you can see- and the unpainted, assembled model looks incredible. Too bad I can’t paint.

The only thing I like is the human hide cape; that part came out well. As with yellow, it seems like I really have hard time painting red. And picking up all the tiny details is proving to be impossible. Some serious steps are needed to develop my painting skills for sure. (OK, the camera does not give a fair image of the mini, since you normally do not see this close, but still.)

 

 

 

 

 

Grim Skull Miniatures – Lord of the Night (Konrad Curze)

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Grim Skull Miniatures have issued a couple of really cool alternatives for WH40K characters over the years. This one is obviously the Primarch of the Night Lords legion, Konrad Curze. He is a mixture of a psychotic Batman and Maugli; a Primarch who grew up alone in a crime-ridden society, and obviously has serious mental issues. (I guess the eviscerated body he is holding and the human skin cloak kind of hints this.)

Forgeworld has its own version of him, which is also pretty cool (and I was about to buy it when this model came out), but I honestly like this one better. The filigree on his armor, the face and the pose are just right- not too over the top, but still very much showing his character. I may still get the Foreworld version later, although I will have to start taking learning miniature painting seriously.

In short: the filigree does not leave too much continuous surface to work with, so I just painted everything the same shade of dark blue (mixed with Vallejo’s metallic medium), and then I painted the raised parts first with Vallejo’s oily steel, and used AK Interactive’s True Metal Steel to create shining highlights. (Looking at the photos, some adjustments are needed still.)

The face was first painted white, then added a glaze of bone, and then a very diluted brown wash. No, I did not paint the eyes; I was happy it came out as it is.

The cape got a few layers of snakebite leather, and I used several layers of different filters on the different sections to create slightly differing shades. Once done I used the base color on the stiches.

 

One mistake I made was to attach the jump packs upside down. It is a simple mistake, which was not really my fault (yes, that age old excuse): the compressor blades of the engine/jet/whatever it is that provides propulsion are supposed to be on the top, on the intake side, and not on the bottom – so this is how I installed them.