dimanche 6 août 2017

Randomness

So, I'm actually still alive and -somewhat- kicking. Here's a very recent pic of my desk :


If it looks like it's a random mess of whatever I felt like assembling whenever I had the time or will, that's because it's exactly the case.

All the Marines and Tyranids are from the "Deathstorm" box, released a couple of years ago for the Shields of Baal series. The Captain and Broodloord are excellent sculpts, crisp and dynamic, with the Broodloord completely dwarfing a Terminator. That's kind of big, yeah.
Unfortunately, while not as bad as the Carnifex featured previously, the other minis were kind of bad; the genestealer was a real pain to clean up, with thich moldlines over organic, detailed shapes. I'm not sure if I'll bother with doing the whole squad.

Last but not least, the trio of Sherman 105s was rushed in an hour, for a recent battle. If it's got tracks and a gun, it can fight !

dimanche 9 juillet 2017

A new Foundation

I actually finished these guys some time ago, but I have just varnished them and took some pics.

This is my first painted Primaris Intercesor Squad, from my "totally not Iron Warriors" new chapter:





I have to say, I'm quite happy with how they turned put, and I've decided that for these guy I'm nor gonna do much in the way of chipping and dirt, as I actually like them clean :)

samedi 24 juin 2017

And now, for something completely different... Eclipse Phase

This is a... different post from my usual fare, and not at all about painting (sorry about that). It was simpler for me to post this here instead of creating a new blog just for it, so... ^_^

English version of the post at the end! ;)



Finalmente, Edge Entertainment ha publicado la versión en pdf de Eclipse Phase, el juego de rol de ciencia ficcón transhumanista, conspiraciones y horror postapocalíptico. Este juego de rol se publica bajo la licencia Creative Commons. Para facilitar el acceso a los pdf, a continuación se incluye una serie de enlaces a las versiones actuales de los mismos. Aunque os animo a que compartáis estos pdf con cualquier amigo o desconocido con el que queráis hacerlo, también os animo a apoyar el trabajo de Edge (y el mío como traductor) y el de Posthuman Studios, de forma que todos juntos podamos ver a este juego prosperar :)

Libros en castellano



ENGLISH VERSION

The Eclipse Phase roleplaying game is released under a Creative Commons license. To facilitate access to the PDFs, I am providing a complete set of links to the current updated version of each on this page. While we encourage you to share these PDFs with friends and strangers, we also encourage you to support our work (mine as a translator, here ^^) and purchase them if you want to see the game thrive!


dimanche 18 juin 2017

Blame the father, not the children

Last week I got Forgeworld's Iron Warriors Decal sheet, and it's quite a thing. Big, chock full of cool stuff, and even decently priced, all told (Piranha Graphics' Heavy Gear ones were TINY, of worse quality and comparatively much more expensive, for example). So I decided to test them:



...and I'm quite happy with the end result, but not so much with the ease of getting there. The decals are much more... rigid, I guess, than regular GW ones, so they didn't fit AT ALL over the rounded shoulder pads. Had I not have Micro Sol and Micro Set, it would have ended in tears. But I had them, so after some applications the decals affixed right.

Also, yesterday I got the new Dark Imperium 40k 8th edition starter box, and assembled all the stuff. And as a test, I painted one of the new Primaris Marines using my IW paint scheme:






I must say that I'm very pleasantly surprised with the new minis. Yes, they are wayy bigger than the old SM minis, but heads, hands, shoulder pads and backpacks are all the same size, so really, they basically have fixed the proportions to something human-like instead of cartoony. Also, they are "truescale" now, if that is important to you (they would work lovely for Inq28 games, for example, IMHO).

As it is, I'm going to paint this new Adeptus Restartes as Iron Warriors, and "in-setting" they are going to be Primaris Space Marines build using the geneseed of the IV Legion (Primarch Gilliman has expressly forbidded Cawl to do that even though his experiments have shown that the traitor legion's geneseed was not tainted, and that them turning traitors was in reality due to their primarchs,but I don't expect Cawl would pay much attention to any order that is not "what I was already gonna do anyways", so... he'll just say that they are Ultramarine geneseed and go on with his work :p).

lundi 1 mai 2017

Doing the right thing...

... or doing it right now.


While most people outside of remote tropical islands can get easy access to undercoat sprays, if you happen to run out of black, dark green actually makes a very good replacement when doing a large stack of tanks.



Speaking of tropical islands and sprays, the latter have trouble with warm, high-humidity weather, which is remarkably common on the former. You can of course decide to do it anyway, instead of waiting a few months for the "dry" season, and go for the early-mid morning, where the air is the least humid, and the temperatures cool, as long as it's not actually raining, or about to rain. Which is often.

Assuming you've decided to brave the weather conditions, and you're going to have to if you want your minis base-coated this year, the common advice of testing it over some spare sprue remains crucial, if only to find the proper distance to spray, which tends to vary depending on weather conditions. You don't want that rough, grainy finish on your patiently-assembled, expensive, weeks-of-shipping-required minis, do you ?

So, as delicate as it can be to do it right, what happens when you just want to do it right now, ignore the above, and just take a chance in the 20 minutes you have before going to work ?
Well, you could manage the perfect base-coat, with a nice smooth finish, or as I just did earlier, get that dreaded grainy finish, and lots of cursing and swearing.

Fortunately, as long as it's not too bad, and you're working on minis with large flat areas, like say, tanks, a light, gentle sanding with very fine grit will smooth things out nicely, and leave you with a wonderful, flat, ideal base-coat you just want to paint over immediately.
Thank you Tamiya super fine grit !



From left to right, olive drab base coat, with the shade, and after clean-up.

The Sherman horde !

lundi 17 avril 2017

Old warriors still can fight

When I started this project I went and drafted most of the metal old SM armor mark minis I  had to help pad up the numbers of the units. These are about half of them:





The paint quality is a bit rougher, and the reasons are threefold: firstly, I did those in two painting sessions, and I had to stop the second one midway to run with my father to the hospital (it ended up being nothing serious, but we got a fright). Secondly, turns out I seem to have lost a lot of the training to paint metal minis, which are rougher than plastic, and it shows. And thirdly... well, I didn't want to spend too much time with these guys, truth be told ^_^. Even so, I think they look the part and they will do the job of padding numbers well enough.

dimanche 16 avril 2017

The final few

And that's the last lot. When the Faranwë Craftworld fell to a Tyranid hive, its Avatar was away with a small strikeforce. For some reason it did not shut down and although hurt and cooled down in places, it is still active. The rest of the army follows him on its strange errands. From the webway, the Masque of Joyful Lament sometimes comes to provide help and hope, but right now they are all that remains of the once proud Craftworld.

The meager forces left.

Guardians, with a missile launcher for these goddamn flying Hive Tyrants.

The Avatar, painted by Manu in (I believe) 1997.

Have I told you I loved airbrushing?

Audys the Swift on his jetbike.

Eldrad is a dick, but he pops up from time to time.

Still not convinced of the rifle colour, but I like how the cloaks turned out.

Anyway, that's all folks! 4500 points and I'm done. Beyond some decals and a few touch-ups, I don't plan to paint for the coming years, and I probably won't post here. Thanks for reading :)

dimanche 9 avril 2017

Big Brother comes to the fore

To mix things up a bit, this week I decided to change pace a bit and do one of the two Contemptor Dreadnoughts I have. This is the end result:





Nothing really spectacular, but good enough to play with, which is the objective after all.

dimanche 2 avril 2017

More bodies for the meat grinder

Well, another week, another batch. This time it's the first batch of Mk III armors:



They look way more brutal than the sleeker Mk IVs, that's for certain. It's a good look for the IWs, truth be told ^_^

dimanche 26 mars 2017

Eeeeeviiiiiiiiil

You've already seen the Archon of the Last Intermission Kabal. Here is the rest of them.

Beginner warriors. The models come from the 3d edition base box.

Veterans get a shiny golden spauldron. Can you see I hate painting faces?


Yes, I took Raiders to carry 10 harlequins at a time. But damn, the models are gorgeous.

The trueborn models come from the Raider's crew. Blasters are converted from harlequin's kisses and modern splinter rifles.

The full kabal, just about 1000 points.



Full feature

So the Masque of Joyful Lament is finally done. It took me about six months, including re-learning everything about painting, but the whole 2,5k points of them are here. Please enjoy.

The full masque, ready to be torn apart by the nearest flashlight.

Scorn's Revenge, Voidweaver squadron and just about the only firepower I've got.

Wind's Wing Stage Right

Wind's Wing Stage Left

From left to right: Day Troupe, Twilight Troupe, Night Troupe. Obviously.

samedi 25 mars 2017

The loyal soldiers stand fast

Well, it's not going too badly. I've finally managed to finish my first batch of Mk IV Maximus armor SMs, and to take pics of them with a more natural lightning (though it's quite cloudy today here). This is the end result:




In case anyone is interested in the "recipe", this is what I'm doing:

- Armor: Prime using Army Painter's Plate Mail Metal spray. Wash the whole mini with Citadel's Nuln Oil Shade. Clean up the armor with Army Painter's Plate Mail Metal Warpaint. First highlight of the armor/guns/stuff with Citadel's Runefang Steel Layer paint. Final highlights for the armor/etc with Citadel's Stormhost Silver Layer paint.
- Guns, knees and shoulders: Citadel's Abaddon Black Base paint, highlight mixing it with a bit of whatever white you have at hand (the shoulders are just black, no highlights)
- Pouches/gun holsters/straps: I've used Citadel's Mournfang Brown because it was the one I had at hand, but I'd use a variety, to keep them from getting too similar. Shade with Army Painter's Strong tone ink, clean up with base color again and highlight with a lighter brown with the same hue.
- Gold Highlights: Paint the shoulder borders and the CC weapons' handles with Citadel's Basthasar Gold Base paint, wash with Army Painter's Strong Tone Ink, and highlight with Citadel's Liberator Gold.
- Danger stripes: This is much easier than it looks: over a black base, just put the gun/chainblade at 45º and paint straight lines upwards using Citadel's Averland Sunset Base paint (two thin layers) and after that with Citadel's Yriel Yellow Layer paint (again, two thin layers to build up a rich yellow), trying to leave as much black as you're painting yellow. If you fuck up, just paint a bit of black again to clean up, and done.
- Glowy green visors: that's dead easy. Two thin layers of Citadel's Waywatcher Green Glaze paint over the metal you've already painted and highlighted. That's it.
- Weathering for guns/knees: Really easy again. Using the "sponge" method (in case you don't know how it works, there's a very good tutorial on it at Warhammer TV, look it up :P), just appli two layers, one with Citadel's Mournfang Brown Base paint and another using Citadel's Runefang Steel Layer paint. Apply with caution ;).

And that's it, folks. It's dead easy, TBH, mainly because that was my motto when choosing the scheme: "as fast and easy to apply on batches as humanly possible" :D

mardi 21 mars 2017

The Fourth and Terra!!!

After a whole lot of procrastination, I've finally decided to actually get started painting my 30k force. I finished assembling and priming my loyalist Iron Warriors infantry force (one each of a Calth and Prospero boxes, plus a lot of old metal SM minis, repurposed), and the whole lot looks like this:


Before that I did a single test model to see how the scheme would look:



Decent enough IMHO, and it has the perk of being a relatively fast scheme to paint.

Now, this is what my painting table currently looks like:



I decided to paint loyalist Iron Warriors for multiple reasons, actually. For starters... well, they are kind of easy to paint, which is certainly a plus :D. I also happen to like the no-nonsense attitude of the Fourth, and the fact that they approach war as a job they have to do, instead of some kind of art or any other nonsense like that.

Why loyalists, though? Well, I like the narrative: a reliable unit, known to to their job but not showy like other legions, that get scattered to the winds as time goes by because they do their job and don't complain. That ends up breeding resentment in their primarch, which makes him turn to Chaos along with his legion. But of course, with the legion so dispersed through the galaxy on garrisons and isolated warzones, a sizable amount of the legion did not turn and instead kept loyal to the Crusade and the Emperor. And that's what I'm going for here: a detachment of underdogs, shunned, isolated and decimanted by their own father, eyed with mistrust by their loyalist comrades, but still unbowed, still unbroken, and still with a job to do. And with a brand new war cry, to boot, albeit one as simple and workmanlike as they themselves:

THE FOURTH AND TERRA!!!