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A while back I mentioned having purchased some new objectives for my Eldar army. Well, I’ve finally managed to get round to painting them. The models are ‘Space Elf Bunkers’ and were sculpted by James Rossillon (aka semajnollissor) from over at the Tactical Command forums. What I really like about these models is the fact that they fit in with the aesthetic of the Eldar army without being direct copies of Games Workshop’s designs.

I don’t believe that the Eldar wage war from fortified positions in the same way that the Imperial Guard do. Instead I imagine that these bunkers form part of a listening post designed to keep tabs on the movements of other races and report back to the Craftworld. In order to add to this feel I slightly converted the ‘Tower Bunker’ by attaching a sensor array to the tower made from part of the backpack of an old Eldar artillery crew model.

Landing Pad Objective

Bunker Objective

Sensor Array Objective

Painting

The Wraithbone structures were painted Dheneb Stone and washed with Devlan Mud to shade them. I then highlighted them by adding increasing amounts of Skull White to Dheneb Stone all the way up to pure white for the final highlights. At this stage they looked rather boring but this is where the fun begins: painting the glass effects.

I really enjoyed painting the gemstones and windows on these models. The gems were painted Scab Red followed by highlights of Red Gore, Blood Red, Blazing Orange and finally Vomit Brown. I’m sure you’ve probably seen articles on painting gems in White Dwarf or on GW’s website but for those who haven’t I’ll briefly explain the process I used here. When painting gems you need to highlight the underside of the gems away from the imagined light source. This produces the effect of the light shining through the object rather than simply bouncing off it (as with an opaque object). Hold a coloured glass bead up to the light and you will see what I mean. The effect was them completed with a dot of Skull White on the top of the gem were the light would strike it followed by a coat of gloss varnish to add a nice sheen.

For the windows I used the same technique, ignoring the window frames at first. This time I started with a base of Regal Blue followed by Ultramarine Blue, Ice Blue and finally Space Wolf Grey. As you can see from the close-up below, I added white reflections to each of the three top window panes that would catch the light rather than just to the top as on the gemstones. I then went back and carefully painted in the window frames with Dheneb Stone before gloss varnishing the glass.

The models then had a mixture of different flocks and clump foliage added to the bases to match my Eldar army.

All the best,

Andy.

Recently I have been working on a couple of different projects. Firstly, I have returned to the Space Wolf which was started some time ago. Initially I was dissatisfied with this model and it sat on my desk untouched because I couldn’t quite work up the motivation to finish it.

However, I have worked out what it was about the model that I wasn’t happy with; the warm yellow colour on the shoulder pads clashed with the cool blue/greys of the rest of the piece. Because of this I decided to go back and repaint the shoulder pads black and add the heraldry of Logan Grimnar’s Great Company (which came from one of GW’s new Space Wolf decals).  I think this decision has really paid off and the whole model looks a lot better for this change.

Applying Decals

I have not always been a fan of using decals on miniatures. There are a number of problems which can occur with them if not applied correctly which can ruin a model. Firstly, the backing material shows up as a faint glossy outline making the decal very obvious and, secondly, they do not always follow the contours of a model and can look creased or uneven. Fortunately there are a couple of tricks which can be employed to combat both problems.

The first trick for successfully applying decals I learned from Imperial Armour Model Masterclass vol 1. Apply a coat of gloss varnish to the surface where you wish to place the decal. This serves two functions: 1) it provides a smooth surface for the decal and prevents the problem of having air bubbles trapped underneath it. 2) it helps to hide the glossy outline of the decal.

Second, Model Scale Industries produce two products specifically designed to help with the applications of decals. These are Micro Sol and Micro Set. These help to soften the decal and make it more malleable so that it fits the contours of a model. Begin by applying a thin layers of Micro Set over where you want the decal to be. Then place the decal on top and slide it into position using a damp brush. You can then use a brush loaded with Micro Sol in order to soften the decal and shape it to the model. You have to be careful when doing this as the Micro Sol actually melts the decal and can make it very fragile and easy to tear.

Once the decal is positioned leave it to dry and then apply a second coat of gloss varnish. This both protects the decal and completes the process of hiding the glossy film around the edge. Once the gloss varnish has dried I dull it down with matt varnish. For this I use a bottle of brush-on Testor’s Dullcote Lacquer, although any matt varnish would do. I prefer the brush-on varnish rather than the spray as it gives you a greater degree control but it’s up to you which kind you use. For the Space Wolf the varnish actually ended up being a little rough looking and so I sanded to down with very fine emery paper (Tamiya’s p2000 finishing paper). Anything too abrasive will simply sand away all your hard work.

 

Epic Orks

I have also been continuing with my Epic ork army. Below is a test model for my Evil Sunz blitz brigade. The red took me a little while to get right as at first it looked a little too flat and I ended up working back and forth lightening and darkening  the red until I was happy with it. Below are roughly the steps I used to achieve the finished look:

1)Basecoat the red areas with Mephiston Red (you may need to use 2-3 thin coats to ensure even coverage).

2) Highlight this Blood Red.

3) I then washed it with Baal Red and shaded the recesses directly with Devlan Mud.

4) Then I layered it up with a several thin coats of Blood Red in order to produce a vibrant red.

5) This was then highlighted with Blazing Orange followed by small edge highlights of Vomit Brown ( a nice yellowy-brown colour, pure yellow would be too bright) on only the most prominent raised areas and sharp corners. Be careful no to overdo it or the whole model will look too orange.

Now that I have the basic method sorted out to my satisfaction I have started work on the rest of the formation. Here is how they currently look:

Tomorrow I’m off to Grasmere for the week in order to do some work with Wordsworth’s manuscripts but when I get back I will try and get these finished.

Have a great week,

Andy.

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Despite the lack of updates this month I have not been totally idle. I have finished painting up the first of my Kult of Speed formations for my orks. These are really nice detailed models from the Epic 40k era and were a joy to paint. First of all the models were painted with Boltgun Metal followed by Washes of Badab Black and Devlan Mud. Over this I applied Mephiston Red to the armour plates and highlighted them using Blood Red followed by Sqig Orange. I then embellished the buggies with a bit of freehand in order to add some more visual interest to the models. This mainly took the form of dags, checks and yellow flame patterns.

Some close-ups:

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Blitz Brigade

It hasn’t just been the Evil Sunz that have been receiving attention this month. I also painted some Gun Wagonz for my Bad Moonz. So far I only have four finished but I plan on adding more along with some Oddboy characters and some flakwagonz.

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Social Networking

In other news, I am experimenting with social networking and Miniature Miscellany is now on Twitter. Hopefully this will allow me to keep you updated on what I’m doing when it doesn’t warrant a full blog post. You can follow me or contact me, should you so wish, @Mini_Miscellany on Twitter. The Twitter feed will also be visible on the Miniature Miscellany homepage.

All the best,

Andy.

Here are some flak gunz for my Bad Moonz. I wanted to include some AA fire but I didn’t particularly like the idea of including vehicles in an all infantry formation. Fortunately Forge World sells these mounted Flak Gunz for their Aeronautica Imperialis range which fulfill the role perfectly. In a game I will simply count them as Flak Wagonz.

Next I might take a break from painting all this yellow and work on a different clan.

Have a great weekend,

Andy.

I have finished my first submission for the ‘Tale of Epic Gamers’, Da Killin’ Moonz. Here are four stands of nobz which complete my Big Mob giving me my first legal formation for my ork army. Well, I say finished, I have left the banners black at this stage because I haven’t decided exactly what to do with them. I was planning on applying some decals but the decals I have are very old and will not come off the sheet. Have other people experienced this problem? I think I might buy some of the new Forge World ork decals to replace them. Does anyone know if any of the decals on the sheet are the correct size for Epic?

Anyway, here are the models:

I plan on adding some flak to this detachment but that will have to wait until next month now. I’ll post pics as soon as they are done.

All the best,

Andy.

 

Tale of Epic Gamers

“All right, listen up ‘oomies! We’ve had enough of this pointy-eared nonsense – da boyz are back in town.”

Ahem, sorry about the interruption. These guys are probably just being impatient due to the fact they have been sat on my desk for some time now while I’ve been putting the finishing touches to some of my Eldar. However, I though it was time to photo some of my orks. These are for my ‘Tale of Epic Gamers’ thread over on the Tactical Command forum. The  ‘Tale’ is a group painting project designed to inspire Epic players to get their armies painted by painting up 500 points blocks on a monthly basis. Hopefully painting up my army alongside some talented painters on the forum along with the challenge of monthly deadlines will help me stay motivated throughout this project and paint up a force.

First up is a ‘big mob’ or orks. Unlike the strict compositions of Eldar formations, ork formations come in three basic sizes ‘normal’, ‘big’ and ‘huge’. These take the basic formation (two nobz, six orks and four grots) and double or triple it in size. In addition to this you can add all manner of upgrades which can be added in virtually any combination.

Dreadnoughts

“Da dreads are dead killy in kombat. Dey look real flash wi’  der bright yella paint job, showin’ da uvver orkz who’s da richest!”

For this formation I have added some dreadnoughts in order to give the formation extra punch in assaults.They were painted using my usual technique for painting yellow. I think the bright colour works really well and certainly makes these models stand out on the table.

Da Boyz

“We orks are da tuffest fightas in da universe – don’t let dem beakies tell ya any different!”

Here are a few pics of the infantry stands just to get an idea of the variety of the ork models. These follow the same paint scheme as my test models. I am particularity pleased with how the Runt Herder came out. There are no rules for a lot of the ork characters which were released for Epic 40,000 but they add diversity to the regular stands (and ork armies should be nothing if not diverse). These were quite fun models to paint up and I think they look great all together.

I only have four stands of nobz to paint now and I will have my first legal formation for my ork army.

All the best,

Andy.

I have been working on some more Aspect Warriors. Here are my Howling Banshees and Fire Dragons. As with my other Aspect Warriors I painted them using their traditional Aspect colours in order to make them easily identifiable on the battlefield. I have also tried to work red into each of the colour schemes to tie them in with the rest of the force.

I painted the Banshees Dheneb Stone washed with Ogryn Flesh. This gave then a reddish brown tint. They were then highlighted using Dheneb Stone followed by Dheneb Stone and Skull White. I painted the Exarch red to match the 40k scale version painted by the ‘Eavy Metal team. I used Mephiston Red shaded with Baal Red. This was highlighted with Mephiston Red followed by Blood Red.

The Fire Dragons were painted the same way as the Banshee Exarch but with an extra highlight of Blazing Orange. The yellow was painted using my technique for painting yellow. However, I omitted the stage where I shaded them Dark Flesh because of their small size.

I have also painted some temporary objectives. I say temporary because, after having used them in a few games, I have realised that they are too small. I have an idea for something special for my objectives but I’ll keep that under wraps for now.

All the best,

Andy.

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In my previous post I mentioned that I played a game against Gus’s Steel Legion Imperial Guard on Friday. Since then Gus has posted up some pictures of the battle on his blog. You can see my army in action here.

I have finished another Windrider Host. Well, I say finished, they are still in need of some freehand on the canopies. The ideas was to use different designs on each of my formations in order to distinguish them from one another. My previous formations use the two symbols commonly associated with Saim Hann: the cosmic serpent and the two entwined serpents. I have yet to decide on what to use for the third unit. Has anyone got any suggestions?

Here are all of my jetbikes together:

That’s a lot of jetbikes but then it is a Saim Hann army.

In addition to the jetbikes I have also painted up some Eldar Rangers. These have been finished a while now although I have yet to field them in a game. I put fewer models on each stand and tried to make them look as though they were moving through dense terrain, hence there are more ruins and bushed on the bases than on my Guardians.

I only have three grav tanks to go and I will have finished my first 3,000 points…

-Andy.

On Friday I had a game of Epic against my regular opponent, Gus  from over at Epic Addiction. I faced his Steel Legion and even managed to win (although I can’t boast too much given that this is, to date, my only Epic victory). This, along with some encouragement from Gus, has inspired me to paint up the unfinished formations in my army. For these models I tried a different approach to painting than I did with my earlier formations. The main reason behind this was the new paint range and a desire to try out a few of the new colours. For the red I used Mephiston Red which is an absolutely fantastic paint. Before painting these models my interest in this army was waning because of the difficulty of painting red, which was quite an ardous and time-consuming colour to paint. My previous grav tanks took around six coats of paint in order to build up the colour. However, Mephiston Red covers brilliantly and is a really nice, deep red colour (trust me, as soon as you’ve tried it you’ll be waning to paint an army of Blood Angels or Saim Hann). These vehicles were very quick to paint (the Vyper only took a couple of hours from start to finish).

The vehicles were first basecoated using VMC Black Red. I then layered Mephiston Red over this avoiding the recesses. This was then highlighted Blood Red followed by Sqig Orange. The whole thing was then glazed using Baal Red with a little Lamian Medium. This added depth and richness to the colour and toned down the highlights. For the Falcons I decided to use white stripes as a contrasting colour simply for a bit of variation (my other grav tanks use black). The inspiration for this came from White Dwrf 366 which shows a 40k Night Spinner painted in a similar  colour scheme.

The Farseer riding a Vyper is from the Epic 40k ‘Supreme Commanders’ blister pack which contains Farseers mounted in Vypers and Falcons. Although in the current incarnation of the game there are no rules for these units they are nice, characterful models which add a bit of diversity to Epic formations.

I have also painted some test models for various  Aspect Warrior units. I intend to paint up stands of Aspect Warriors from each temple in order to allow me to adapt my formation to different roles. Here are some  Dark Reapers, Howling Banshees and Fire Dragons:

In terms of what’s next, I have ordered some more grav tanks in order to complete my Falcon formation. I also have a formation of jetbikes to paint and then I will have completed my first 3,000 points.

More soon,

Andy.

Here are a few models that I painted up in order to test my colour scheme for my orks. I opted for the traditional yellow and blue colours of the Bad Moonz klan. I am happy with the look of these models and plan to roll out the colour scheme for the whole formation. These models are also noteworthy as they are the first models that I have painted using the new Citadel paints and I have to say that I was very pleased with them.

Here you can see the new paints that I used for painting the orks’ skin. I chose these colours as they are really nice natural muted greens rather than the bright garish greens you sometimes see on orks and this fits my style better. I based the skin with Loren Green and washed this with Athonian Camoshade. When this was dry I highlighted the orks using Straken Green, a colour that is specifically designed as  a highlight for Loren Green. Having different variations of the same colour like this really makes army painting easier. The paints themselves were very smooth and provided good coverage. The new paints come in pots that are superficially similar to the previous edition paints although GW have fixed the problem of the pots not staying open by themselves which is a very welcome change (no more sticking bits of sprue under the lid to hold it open).

Here are some close ups of the orks:

Well, that’s three stands down, only a few dozen more to go…

Have a great weekend,

Andy.