Posts Tagged ‘Bad Moons’

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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.

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.

And it was all yellow

Posted: February 18, 2012 in Tutorial
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A few people were interested in how I went about painting the yellow armour plates on my Bad Moon ork so I took some step-by-step pictures. Essentially I just followed an ‘Eavy Metal guide on painting Bad Moon orks. Here are my thought on the painting process.

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First of all I basecoated the yellow areas with Tausept Ochre. Although GW’s advertising claims that Foundation Paints can cover any primer in one coat I find it much better to apply several thinned coats for a smoother finish. This stage is just to provide a solid base over which a much brighter, more vibrant yellow can be painted.

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I then painted over the basecoat with a 50/50 mix of Iyanden Darksun and Golden Yellow again using several thin layers. At this point the yellow isn’t much to look at.

Step 3

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The armour was then shaded with Dark Flesh to give it a deep, rich orange tone.

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I then reapplied the mix from step 2 and highlighted it by adding Skull White. I didn’t take pictures of both of these stages as I was painting quite quickly in order to prevent the paint from drying out ( I hate it when a paint mix dried during painting and you have to try and replicate it). The photo above shows the armour after the final highlight stage.

This was quite an easy guide to follow and, I’m pleased to say, my version ended up very similar to the example in the book. This is a good way to paint quite a difficult colour.

You can see the finished model here.


I’ve finished painting my Bad Moon ork in mega armour. This was primarily painted as an experiment in painting yellow and I’m very pleased with how it came out. I’m also very happy with other aspects of the model such as the ork’s skin and the metallic areas. I decided to do something a bit special for the base and made a scenic base for him. The base was painted to represent the deserts of Armageddon.

Although I have called this model finished in the title I’m still not 100% happy with him. I’m not sure what it is but I think something is missing. I might add a banner or boss pole in order to give the model a bit more height which might help with the overall composition. On the other hand I don’t want to overdo it and risk spoiling the model. If you have any suggestions please comment. I’d love to hear what you think.

The base was painted with Bestial Brown and drybrushed with the following colours: Bestial Brown, Snakebite Leather, Vomit Brown and finally Bleached Bone. The space marine helmet was painted in the colours of the Salamander chapter as I wanted to use a chapter that had fought at Armageddon but thought that red  for Blood Angels would be too distracting from the model itself whereas black for the Black Templars might end up not standing out. The green is neutral enough and also mirrors the green of the ork’s skin. The helmet was painted Knarloc Green, washed with Thraka Green and highlighted with Knarloc Green followed by Knarloc Green and Rotten Flesh. the grass tufts are GW’s Mordheim Turf.

Pictures of the base:

All the best,

Andy.

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Today I managed to make some significant progress on the Bad Moon ork nob I’ve been working on. I have finished the metallic areas and managed to paint and weather the armour. Because of the large areas of exposed metal on the model I decided to paint the metal in two colours: steel and brass. The steel areas  were basecoated Boltgun Metal and washed with Badab Black followed by Devlan Mud. They were highlighted with Boltgun Metal followed by Mithril Silver. The brass areas were basecoated using an equal mix of Scorched Brown, Tin Bitz and Dwarf Bronze. This was also washed with Badab Black and was highlighted by adding Mithril Silver to the original mix. The recesses were washed with a 50/50 mix of Dark Angels Green and Hawk Turquoise before a final highlight of pure Mithril Silver was applied to the most prominent areas.

The pistons on the hydraulics were painted with Boltgun Metal but, unlike the other metallic areas, they were not washed with Badab Black and Devlan Mud. The reason for this is that I wanted them to look shiny and oily as they are moving parts and would have to be kept in good condition in order to function. If they looked rusty and corroded they wouldn’t look very realistic. To achieve an oily look I washed them with Gryphonne Sepia followed by a mix of Thrakka Green and Ogryn Flesh.

I won’t go into how I painted the yellow here as I have taken some step-by-step photos and plan on adding a tutorial on how to paint yellow to the blog soon.

The chips on the armour plates were painted using the same tromp l’oeil method I used on the cracks of the Bloody Reaver. This involved carefully painting on the chips and highlighting and shading them. In order to get chips that appeared to be different ages they were painted a variety of different colours. To begin with I painted the chips on using a mix of the yellow basecoat and Skull White. I then painted inside this with Dark Flesh. Some of the chips were then given a fine line of Scorched Brown to make them look even darker and older. Newer chips were painted by applying a small amount Boltgun Metal to the center of the chip.

I also painted on some freehand designs in black. The black flames are a traditional Bad Moon motif and so I had to include those. The checks on the shoulder were painted on in order to break up the large area of yellow on the model’s left and to help ‘balance out’ the colours more.

All that remains now is to paint the details and create a base for him.

All the best,

Andy.

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Bad Moon ork – Part 1

Bad Moon ork – Part 2

I have made some progress on the Bad Moon ork nob. The black has been finished using my usual blue/black mix (Chaos Back and Regal Blue highlighted by adding Fortress Grey). I decided on a bluish tint rather than just highlighting black with grey as a nod to the classic yellow and blue colour scheme of the Bad Moon clan. The yellow has been blocked in using Tausept Ochre and the metalic areas have been given a basecoat of Boltgun Metal for the silver and a mix of equal parts Tin Bits/Dwarf Bronze/Scorched Brown for the bronze/brass.

Have a great week,

Andy.

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Bad Moon ork – part 1


Over the last few days I have been working on a Bad Moon ork nob in mega armour. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I recently received the ‘Eavy Metal Masterclass book which is a great source of inspiration. I wanted to try out the technique for painting yellow and decided to paint up an old ork model I’ve had lying around for years. I’ve always loved the aesthetic of the orks (particularly the Brian Nelson designed orks) but have never wanted to collect an army of them due to the high number of models I would need to paint so this will be a strictly one-off project to try out new techniques.

Painting Ork Skin

Because the ork is wearing mega-armour, pistons, hydraulics and armour plates obscure most of the skin and clothing of the model and so the only way to paint these areas is the ‘inside out’ method: starting with the recessed areas and building on these. This way the top ‘layers’ of detail will not get in the way of what is underneath. Therefore I started with the skin and trousers. The skin was painted Knarloc Green and washed with a couple of brown mixes (50/50 Dark Flesh and Catachan Green followed by a roughly 50/50 mix of  Scorched Brown and Catachan Green with a little Chaos Black added). This was highlighted by adding increasing amounts of Vomit Brown to Knarloc Green followed by Bleached Bone and finally Skull White. The areas around the eyes were painted by adding Regal Blue to the basecoat and the lips by adding Scab Red to the basecoat. They eye was painted Blood Red with a single Skull White highlight.

So far this has been quite a fun side project and I look forward to working on this model more, especially the crucial yellow stage (a colour I almost never use). Stay tuned for more.

-Andy.