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Tyranid Test Color Scheme

Posted in Tyranids, Warhammer 40K on September 9, 2010 by BrentS

As with most gamers, I have a hard time focusing on a single hobby task/goal.  In exploring the 40K world, I knew I wanted to get a “playable” and painted army on the table as quickly as I could.  I enjoy playing games with painted miniatures so much more than without them!  I started with the Orks and thought that I could get there quickly; however, despite my relatively simple color scheme, I realized that I would take much longer building my Ork army than I had thought.  I wanted to take my time with some Orky vehicle conversions and just didn’t want to “rush” these guys through the painting.

So I was off to select another army… enter the Tyranids.  Sure, its another Horde army and will still take me too long to get it ready (plus a I needed to invest a several key units available only in metal).  However, I found some disposable eBay related income and went off and got a Tyranid Battleforce, a box of Raveners (thought they looked cool), a Trygon, Carnifex, and finally a Hive Tyrant.   Add in some more Termagants from trades made on the internet and I had a big stable of plastic (except the Tyrant) ‘nids.  I assembled most of the models pretty quickly and started a basic test paint scheme.  I liked it so much, I got a bit carried away and started painting the lot.

Here’s a few WIP shots – still need to figure out the basing color scheme and paint the teeth and tongues.

Here’s a run-down on the simple painting scheme:

1) Undercoated using a Krylon Spray Paint (‘Pebble’ Satin finish)

2) Painted the Fleshborers with Snakebite leather

3) Washed the “skin” and flesborer with Gryphon Sepia

4) Painted the Carapace, Talons, and Hooves with Regal Blue

5) Washed the blue areas with Baddab Black

6) Paint thin lines along the Carapace and talons with Ice Blue

That’s it!  Pretty quick for sure.  I’ll paint the tongues with some sort of red and pick out the teeth and fangs with Bleached Bone I think.  After spraying dull-cote I’m going to use ‘ard Coat on the model as well.  Just not sure if I want the Carapace to be shiny or the fleshy parts.  I’d love any feedback people have to offer.

I hope to post a lot more of the Tyranids in the near future.  In the meantime, I still need to get them on the table too!


Captain Sicarius: A Birthday Gift

Posted in Space Marine, Warhammer 40K on September 8, 2010 by BrentS

I’ve blogged before about starting to learn, build, and play 40K over the last few months.  Well as part of this new hobby experience, I’ve been doing this with my son and a friend of his.  My (first) army was the Orks (I’ve blogged a bit about them).  My son fell for the Chaos Gods and has been building a Chaos Army with a distinct Khorne and Nurgle theme.  His friend stuck with the tried and true Space Marines.

We’ve made some progress building our armies and learning the rules.  My son’s friend’s birthday was approaching and I suggested to my son that maybe his friend would like a new model that he could use in his games.  After making a few trades with one of my friends from the Lord of the Rings Community, I acquired the Captain Sicarius Model that was a limited edition Games Day model (I think).  Its a great looking model and features a pair of lightning claws and power armor.  My son is infatuated with the lightning claws on his Chaos Terminator so it seemed like a great model to give his friend.  When I received the model,  I came up with the idea of giving him a nicely painted model (or at least what I think is a nicely painted model).

This is the first Space Marine Model I’ve painted, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

His birthday party is later this afternoon.  Hopefully he’ll like the model!

Ork Boyz

Posted in Orks, Warhammer 40K on June 29, 2010 by BrentS

Well thanks to everyone’s comments as well as polls running at Adeptus Windy City and Da Waaagh!!! there was an overwhelming majority for selecting Paint Scheme “C”.  Here’s the breakdown of the schemes:

  • Scheme A: White Primer -> Basecoated -> Thrakka Green Wash (skin) and Devlan Mud Wash (everywhere else)
  • Scheme B: Black Primer -> Basecoated -> Thrakka Green Wash (skin) and Devlan Mud Wash (everywhere else)
  • Scheme C: White Pirmer -> Basecoated -> Minwax Antique Walnut “Dip” to the whole model
  • Scheme D: Black Primer -> Basecoated -> Minwax Antique Walnut “Dip” to the whole model

My Basecoat scheme was:
Skin: Goblin Green
Teeth: Bleached Bone
Clothes/Shirts: Khemri Brown
Pants: Astronomicon Grey
Yellow Armor: Golden Yellow
Belts/Straps: Leather Brown (Reaper Master Pro Series)
Arm Wrappings: Khommando Khaki
Boots: Snakebite Leather
Metal: Mithril Silver

I painted up a few more Boyz using this scheme.  My Waaagh is growing, albeit very slowly!

Deciding on an Ork Paint Scheme

Posted in Orks, Warhammer 40K on May 17, 2010 by BrentS

I’ve been building my Waaagh!  over the last few months.  I’ve built dozens of ork models and have neglected to put any paint on them.  Whell that changed this weekend as I tested out four different “schemes”.  I’ve got four slugga boyz each painted with the same basecoat and varied the primer base and style of wash that was employed.  My goal is to find a scheme that lets me paint hordes of boyz pretty quickly and with a decent table top quality.

Here’s each scheme (click and image to see a much bigger version):

I’d love to hear what you think of these options.  If you’d like to way in, please leave a comment!

Chaos Space Marines from an 11 year old

Posted in Chaos Space Marines, Warhammer 40K on March 1, 2010 by BrentS

I mentioned a few weeks back that my son was going to start playing Warhammer 40K.  After a few hours at one of our local Games Workshop stores he settled on the Chaos Space Marines.  With his birthday coming up, I was able to get him a nice little collection of models to start his ventures into tabletop gaming.    After his first day in the shop he walked out with the 5-pack Chaos Space Marine Squad.  For his birthday, he got a CSM Battleforce Set (15 Space Marines, 8 Khorne Bezerkers, 5 Possessed Chaos Space Marines, and a Rhino).  In order to make his army legal, we also got him the Plastic Chaos Terminator Lord.

Hoping to get him started down the right path, we started  with the Academy.  He’s had his first two lessons, the first focusing on building models and the second on painting them.  Here’s a couple pictures of his first few models: 

Obviously, these aren’t Golden Demon models, but hey I’m proud of my son and I’ve been having lots of fun helping him out.  He does most of the things that you’d expect of an 11 year old – he couldn’t care less about mold lines and he just wants to build the models that make them look as “cool” as possible.

So, this week I’m taking him to his third Academy lesson.  This lesson will focus on army building and the fourth lesson will be learning the rules and playing a game.  He’s really, really looking forward to those lessons.  He’s been dying to star tplaying games.

Stay tuned to my blog for future updates on the World of Chaos Space Marines

P.S. I spent part of my weekend building my own Ork models.  I’ve got about 35 assembled so far

40K anyone?

Posted in Chaos Space Marines, Orks, Warhammer 40K on February 9, 2010 by BrentS

Most, if all not virtually all, of my posts have been in regard to my endeavors around the Lord of the Rings game.  However, over the last year I’ve been feeling the pull towards Warhammer 40K.  I’ve been buying a few things here and there and the next thing I know, I have a near full blown Waaagh on my hands with Orks.  As I get close to finishing up my army and trip to Phoenix, I think my next project is going to get out there and build (and paint) a full fledged Ork army for 40K.

During this same time, my son is going to be starting to learn 40K (along with one of his friends).  He’s signed up to start the Academy Program at one of our local Games Workshop stores.  He’s been looking through the army books and has settled on Chaos Space Marines.  I thought for sure he’d pick Tyranids but in the end, the access to both monsters and “tanks” won out and he’s settled on Chaos Space Marines.  His friend is building up classic SMs so they should have fun bashing each other in.

In the near future, I hope to expand this blog to cover both of our forrays into 40K.  So you’ll see being seeing both Mordor Orcs and 40K Orks.  I’m definitely looking forward to getting my Mek’s tools out and starting my Waaaagh.  I hope to bring a little Lord of the Rings flair to my own 40K projects.  More to come!

P.S.  New on advanced order are the new Ork Deff Dread and Killa Kanz.  I couldn’t resist and I pre-ordered both of them.

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