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post #1131 of 1276 (permalink) Old 11-23-12, 06:16 PM
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What always impresses me nearly as much as your painting is how you get the best poses out of your models. Posing seems like a simple thing, but you always manage to get them conveying a sense of motion and menace, just like in that rapier crew model. Excellent as always.
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Stunning as always mate, how many armies do you have on the go at the moment??

and ofc +rep if I can :p
Hush, we do not talk about such things.

In all honestly though, current list of projects and ideas look something like this:
  • W40k - Pre-Heresy Night Lords - Active Project
  • W40k - Imperial Guard/"Grey Knight Henchmen" Allies Contingency - First planned for the Brethren but now going to be included into the Night Lords Battleforce instead - Active Project
  • W40k - Chaos Daemons - Semi-Active Project
  • W40k - Brethren of the Phoenix - Put on ice.
  • W40k - "Commissions" for friends - Semi-Active Project.
  • WHFB - Chaos Dwarves - Put on ice.
  • Specialist Game: Mordheim - Human Warband - Put on ice.
  • Specialist Game: Inquisitor - Warband - Planning Stages
  • Specialist Game: Dread Fleet - Put on ice.
  • NEW! Specialist Game: Battlefleet Gothic - Night Lords Fleet - Planning Stages
  • NEW! Privateer Press - Hordes - Legion of Everblight starter - Planning Stages
  • NEW! Privateer Press - Warmachine - Cryx starter - Planning Stages

So I have more than enough on my plate if that's what you're asking.

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I'd love to see the Caestus, but that is just the brute in me talking liking the big shiny thing. Same for the scimitars - I've not been a fan so far, and I'm hoping your painting sways me.

However on both those counts, they are centrepiece units and deserve love and attention; with large flat areas on to do the lightning design on, I can't help but feel you might need a bit of practise. I have a bit of love currently for LaserDestroyers. They are pretty effective at countering anything short of a Spartan.

As you need the Rite of War requiring you to take anything Rhino or Land Raider shaped under a Thunderhawk Transporter and anything else requiring a Drop Pod; getting started on them ASAP seems like a bright idea. Especially when you then place a S6 AP3 Flamer in some Marines arse.
I'll start with my Thunderhawk Transports then... Oh, wait! I wasn't supposed to tell you guys that!

Good idea about starting with the Laser Destroyers though, will probably be a good enough test subject for the technique on larger miniatures. It's also a logical step seeing as how I'm painting the Destroyer crew now anyway.

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"You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to xenobiotic again." Dammit.
Stunning work as always. I would say finish up that squad, then work on the assault ram.
Going to take me a while to finish of the squad so I might have enough inspiration for the Caestus once they are done

No need to worry bout the rep, I manage fine without it!

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What always impresses me nearly as much as your painting is how you get the best poses out of your models. Posing seems like a simple thing, but you always manage to get them conveying a sense of motion and menace, just like in that rapier crew model. Excellent as always.
I'm actually very glad that you mention it because I spend a lot of time when I pose my miniatures. Some of them do turn out somewhat wonky because of the inherent restrictions of the miniatures but as time has progressed I've started to hone my skill in doing just minor alterations yet still change the poses radically. Thanks for the comment!

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There has been a remarkable lack of updates lately. I am however not dead. I also did not get a hobby burn-out or rage-quitted due to some unforeseen event. Although you could argue that I'm approaching a state similar to death seeing as how I appear to be spending more and more time not getting anything done at all. In all honestly work has been taking a load out on me and since I've just recently started working at a new hospital I'm commuting weekly and I have no paint set-up at the place I'm staying at the weekdays (yet). As soon as I put together a small transportable painting set-up I'll be able to get some painting done each day even when I'm working - possibly giving me more time to be creative at the weekends when I'm at the home base. That's the plan anyway...

I did manage to finish the 5th member of my first Night Lord Legion Tactical Squad. I still have 14 members built (and 4 in different stages of painting progress) so there's a lot left to do before I'm even close to finish them off. This excluding all the other infantry I've got planned for the army.


And here's the current squad in all it's glory. This also happens to be the newest army picture - surely haven't grown a lot the last month. Hopefully I'll be able to remedy that over the course of this year.


Other things I'm working on is putting the first part of the assault squad together (the first 10 marines). There's a lot of cleaning up and posing involved in this process and since I've gotten so many miscast pieces from FW lately there's a lot of gap filling and re-detailing seeing as how I hate to let pieces go to waste (free miniatures when the replacements arrive!).



And finally I'm toying with some concepts of a Night Lord Legion Champion. I took the Forge World miniature as a base and did some thinking. At the moment I'm mostly trying to see if my plan has any chance of coming together nicely. First change was to lean the miniature forward to get a better interaction between the jump pack and the pose of the legs. I do think it's working so I'm going to cut the base of and replace it with something else the champion can step on (such as a fallen enemy perhaps). For weapons I'm thinking lightning claws but I have yet to settle on which kind to use.



Till next time (hopefully sooner rather then later)
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The wings seem a little too organic to me; I feel they would fit the armoured look better if some of the ribbing was smoothed and trimmed to make it more stylised.
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Finally, a new post of you :D
This long time of wating nearly made me cry!!!
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Finally, a new post of you :D
This long time of wating nearly made me cry!!!
Seconded. Good to see some new models.
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I'm still rather new here and I just read through the 114 pages of glory of which you call a Project Log. I thank you for the inspiration to get back into the hobby in full swing.

I don't agree with Mr Hobbit the wings look pretty damn awesome, if you look at GW Nightlords they all have the huge ribs but theirs are thicker, I especially like the "tails" at the end of the wing as they give the model an element of flow.

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The wings seem a little too organic to me; I feel they would fit the armoured look better if some of the ribbing was smoothed and trimmed to make it more stylised.
I might trim away the cables on the wings but parts of the organic feel has to stay in order to keep the visage of the Night Lords. Most of the ornaments they have are rather organic even in the non-possessed units (such as the skulls and bat wings the chaos miniatures have on them now). I imagine much of that imagery would hail from a similar pre-heresy source even if it has been exaggerated with time after the Heresy.

Think of the wings as a substitute for the sanguinary guard angelic wings and you are close to the concept. I might do minor alterations close to the connection with the armour (possibly add some minor watch gears or similar which might make it more convincing).

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Finally, a new post of you :D
This long time of wating nearly made me cry!!!
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Seconded. Good to see some new models.
Thank you both, always nice to have a faithful followers And please don't cry, surely you have better things to do rather than longing for my updates!

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I'm still rather new here and I just read through the 114 pages of glory of which you call a Project Log. I thank you for the inspiration to get back into the hobby in full swing.

I don't agree with Mr Hobbit the wings look pretty damn awesome, if you look at GW Nightlords they all have the huge ribs but theirs are thicker, I especially like the "tails" at the end of the wing as they give the model an element of flow.
Well, then you are officially mad by now, must have taken quite a while to plough through, no?

Indeed, and I'm stealing my ideas from the GW Nightlords so the similarity should be evident if I've done it correctly. I'm probably going to do some minor tweaks though to sell the wings as an adornment/piece of the jump pack rather than an organic mutation / demonic influence.

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Not much painting done lately, I spent my weekend building 11 Mk III marines from the "only legs on bases"-state to the "all things attached"-state. Takes a remarkable amount of time when your trying to make the miniatures interesting and doing tiny extra details like the ones I've done below.

Here's the squadron command element of the Legion Tactical Squad - Sergeant, Nuncio Vox Caster and Vexilla Bearer. Pretty straight forward builds all in all but I took the opportunity to make them more complicated because I felt the squad deserved some attention (and differentiation between the mass of miniatures that will fill it out). The Sergeant has a sheathed power sword (Red Scorpion Honour Guard sheathed swords) and a plasma pistol (rule of cool - apparently you can't have them both in the HH:B rule-set for Legion Tactical Squad Sergeants).

The Vexilla bearer got a slight modification in the form of exchanging the pole to steel wire instead of resin thus freeing the details on the vexilla from the pole. While looking at the scroll work on the vexilla I decided to make it actual scrolls instead of stylized scrolls hence giving them a sense of movement by bending them slightly in the direction dictated by the movement of the miniatures pose. Hopefully the effect will come to life fully as the miniature is painted:

The antennas on the Nuncio Vox was so fiddly I realized that - 1. They would snap sooner or later - 2. They would be next to impossible to repair if they did break - so I did a pre-emptive strike and replaced them right away with steel wire with copper wire details and tiny glue blobs on the tops. I also took the freedom to add some details to the helmet since it's quite obviously a Mk II Nuncio Vox helmet (I don't get why they didn't make a Mk III version bet hey) and I wanted it to get a slightly different look which I think I achieved.

The sergeant got Mk V arms instead of MK III, mostly because I have a lot of Mk V arms over but also because I found it fitting that a sergeant - if anyone - would probably be the one to get newer pieces of equipment as they started to spread parts around. Evidently I also magnetized the pistol arms so that I can change between Bolt pistol and Plasma pistol as I see fit (ie if I need to).


Hopefully I'll have some painted pictures to show in the future.
Till then, cya around,

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You know, there is a reason I love this log.

one thing I want is the ability to split my fire everywhere, it makes no sense that a squad of 10 guard or marines or whatever all have to fire at 1 target with everything, is the guy with the lascannon not smart enough to realize maybe he would be better off firing at the massive tank looming overhead instead of the little man no bigger than a squat running at him, or is that far too complex for the 10yr olds?

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As always.
STUNNING! AWESOME! not enough words....
Love your sergeant, really majestic pose!!!!
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You know, there is a reason I love this log.
And that reason would be..?

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As always.
STUNNING! AWESOME! not enough words....
Love your sergeant, really majestic pose!!!!
I'm glad you like him, I like him a lot myself, really came together well. Although from a game play perspective I should have let him kept his bolter but them plasma pistols look so sexy!

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I don't have much to show. I've been working way to much (as usual) and to top it off it has been evening/night shifts + weekends so hobby time has been pretty much non-existent.

When I actually was at my home base with my miniature I spent the time continuing my build of Mark IV Assault Marines along with some airbrushing as well to truck along with the Night Lords. I decided to try the batch approach as far as I'm able to make it stretch. I've also decided to document the process for those interested, some of you might find these updates boring but it's better than nothing in between completed miniatures. Otherwise the updates would probably be very sparse and far between in the following year.

So, for those interested here's how I paint my Night Lords - Part 1.
Primer and Black Basecoat

Hairspray

Basecoat - Chaos Black / Abbadon Black : Mordian Blue / Macragge Blue - 1:1

First Highlight - Mordian Blue / Macragge Blue

Second Highlight - Mordian Blue / Macragge Blue : Astronomican Grey - 3:1


And that concludes the first airbrush stages of the paint scheme.
More to come as I manage to progress with the brushwork.

Till next time
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