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Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/08/14 01:37:49


Post by: catbarf


Hi all, I had the fortuitous timing to invest in a decent number of Chaos Renegade Militia from Forge World right before they went out of production. Whoops.

So, I'm building towards a 1k pt list to start with, using Astra Militarum with the Catachan doctrine as I find the current Renegades & Heretics list incredibly disappointing.

For colors, I was heavily inspired by the Renegade Militia of a player by the handle of 'Mika' about ten years ago. Their models used a mixture of green, greys, and browns to produce a motley appearance while still tying the models together with a unified palette. For my guys, I made some simple rules:
-If the model has a tunic (extending down to the thighs), it gets painted green, to look like a military uniform. If it does not have a tunic, then its shirt/coat is painted a non-green.
-Pants are a roughly 50/50 mix of green and non-green.
-Hoods are green if the rest of the model has no green, otherwise they're non-green.

With those rules in place, I took a Heavy Stubber team and three of the five models from the Command Squad, to test colors and paint technique:








I was quite happy with this test, so proceeded with the remaining two models from the command squad. I decided I wanted the commander to serve as a counts-as Straken, so I gave him an appropriate cap, replaced his chainsword arm with a bionic hand and scratchbuilt knife, and added a double-barreled shotgun made from plastic stock/tubing and a Krieg lasgun:



And painted up:



If you look closely on the banner, you may be able to see how the paint wrinkled when I applied a wash to it. I believe this was due to inadequate preparation of the resin, despite vigorous scrubbing with soap. For future models, I gave them a dusting of Testor's Dullcote before applying primer, and switched from brush-on gesso primer to airbrushed Badger Stynylrez, and it seems to have solved the problem.


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Next up, the basic infantry. I'm using Forge World's Renegade Militia conversion set (torsos + heads) and Renegade Militia weapon arms (the arms), which left just the legs to sort out. Typically, I've seen them completed with Cadian legs, so I bought some Cadian legs from eBay and started assembling them. However, when I put the models with Cadian legs next to the FW complete models like the Command Squad and Heavy Stubber team, it became apparent that they didn't really match up. The Renegade Militia models are much closer to truescale compared to the chunky, 'heroic'-scaled Cadians, and it seemed a shame that the details on the Cadian legs were not up to the standards of the rest of the models.

So I started looking for alternatives, and ran across Victoria Miniatures. Their Arcadian legs looked very similar to the Cadians stylistically, but with better proportions. I decided to take a gamble and order a mix of Arcadian legs and Combat legs. Here's a set of Arcadian legs next to their Cadian equivalent:



There's a slight optical illusion in the picture- the Arcadian legs are leaning back due to flash on the bottom, so they appear to be taller than the Cadian legs. In actuality they're exactly the same height and exactly the same pose, but the Arcadian legs have more detail and slimmer proportions.

They're more expensive, too, at $16 for 10 sets of legs, but with the current price of Cadian legs on eBay being upwards of $12 per 10 sets, it seemed well worth it. The Combat legs are also interesting in that they're the exact same sculpts as the Arcadian legs, just without a tunic, so the two styles mix readily.

I also decided to add some armor plating, to better match the other sculpts. The Renegade Militia Command Squad has four normal troopers, with varying mixes of homemade groin armor plates and kneepads. I used plastic card and putty to add some plates to my infantry.

Also, after painting the command squad, I decided I was rapidly getting sick of trying to get an even coat of Vallejo Model Color Natural Steel, so I elected to try out the Vallejo Metal Color range. I used a 50/50 mix of Metal Color Steel and Metal Color Silver. It provided perfect, smooth coverage in one coat, and while the end result came out a little darker than the previous recipe, I think it looks a little better.

Here's the first squad of eight, completed by the addition of the previously-painted Heavy Stubber team:






(Oh, I should mention- I'm counting the awesome Heavy Stubber team as Heavy Bolters for gameplay purposes. It seems more fitting, considering how enormous the weapon is compared to the one-man ones used by GSC and Chaos cultists)


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And lastly for tonight, here's a tutorial on the method I devised for painting this guys, because I'm still surprised at how well they turned out for how little effort I put into them.

I started, as mentioned before, by scrubbing the models with soap and water, letting them dry, giving them a light dusting of Testor's Dullcote, letting them dry again, and then finally airbrushing on a thin coat of grey Badger Stynylrez. And then letting them dry.



First, I apply the base green uniform color, since this dictates the color choices for the rest of the clothing, and the base brown color of the mud, because it's easy:



Followed by the rest of the base colors (exact list at the end of the post):



So, with all the base colors in place, I do a single round of highlights on everything but the leather and the base. No blending, no glazing, no mixing, just quick and dirty rough highlights using a lighter paint:



Next, I wash the leather using Vallejo Smoke, which is more akin to a technical effect than a traditional paint, and the metal with a mix of Smoke and Black Glaze. This provides a bit of shading, but mostly gives a gritty look to the leather and a worn, oxidized look to the metal:



Now the magic- Vallejo Black Glaze, which despite the misleading name is my absolute favorite wash. It's dark enough to shade effectively, thin enough to settle in the recesses, and viscous enough to have a slight darkening effect all over but leave edges more or less untouched. I apply this stuff all over the models, but one section at a time so that I can prevent pooling. It provides shading and ties the sloppy highlights into the base colors:



At this point, only details remain. I paint the eyes through a simple process (fill eye socket with light orange, dot center white, fill eye socket with transparent orange, wick away until the center dot is just visible), paint the plasma coils with a couple of orange washes over white, and drybrush the base with a lighter brown:



And just the varnishing and final touches. Soak with Testor's Glosscote, spray with Testor's Dullcote, glue on grass tufts, dust the models with AK Interactive Ultra Matte through an airbrush until they're consistently matte, and lastly use some Pledge Floor Finish mixed with dark brown ink to make puddles on the bases:



That's it.

Full paints list:
(All non-metallics are Vallejo Model Color, all metallics are Vallejo Metal Color)

Green cloth- Grey Green (886), highlight Pastel Green, wash 2:1 water/Black Glaze
Brown cloth- German Cam. Med Brown, highlight Cork Brown, 2:1 water/Black Glaze
Light grey cloth- Light Grey, highlight White, 2:1 water/Black Glaze
Grey cloth- Neutral Grey, highlight Light Grey, 2:1 water/Black Glaze
Dark grey cloth- Dark Grey, highlight Neutral Grey, 2:1 water/Black Glaze
Hoses- Dark Grey, drybrush Neutral Grey, 2:1 water/Black Glaze
Metal- 1:1 Steel/Silver, drybrush/highlight Silver, wash 4:1:1 water/Black Glaze/Smoke, 2:1 water/Black Glaze
Leather- 1:1 Flat Brown/Cork Brown, wash 1:1 water/Smoke, 2:1 water/Black Glaze

Mud- Flat Brown, wash 2:1 water/Black Glaze, Drybrush German Cam. Medium Brown

Plasma- White, wash 1:1 Transparent Orange/water (repeat until 3-4 layers reached)
Lenses- Light Orange, dot White, wash 1:1 water/Transparent Orange (wick off excess until the dot of white is just visible)

Puddles- Wash 2:1 Pledge Floor Shine/Secret Weapon Armor Wash (any dark wash will do)

Hope this is useful, and I'll have more models up over the next couple of weeks. All C&C appreciated, and if you have any questions feel free to ask.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/09/23 18:35:21


Post by: catbarf


Well, thanks to moving into a new house it's been a delayed update. Since the initial post I've gotten the Renegades fully assembled.



As stated before this is a 1000pt list using the Catachan rules. It broadly consists of:
-Straken
-Company Commander
-Priest
-4 Infantry Squads (2 with flamer, 2 with plasma/heavy bolter)
-3 Bullgryns (with Brute Shield, as the 4+ invuln seems a good analogue for combat drugs)
-Hellhound
-Leman Russ
-Leman Russ Annihilator

However, I also have decided to continue with assembling and painting a Death Korps army I initially bought over a decade ago, and thus have renamed the thread.

Here's what I have assembled so far. With the addition of another Earthshaker (and 3 more crewmen), it should constitute a decent 1000pt list under the Death Korps rules.



The list is:
-2 Field Officers
-1 Marshal
-3 Infantry Squads (plasma)
-10 Engineers with a Hades mining drill
-5 Death Riders
-5 Grenadiers (2 flamers, heavy flamer) in a Centaur
-2 Earthshakers
-Cyclops demolition vehicle
-2 Heavy weapon squads (one all twin heavy stubbers, the other all heavy bolters)

While I've painted some of the Death Korps already (as seen in the image), the layering recipe I used for them was a little slower than what I'd optimally like, so I elected to paint a test model using the same quick-and-dirty method as the Renegade Militia. I think it came out pretty well and will make a good counterpart to the Renegades.



That's all for now, more to come.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/09/23 19:25:39


Post by: Spiky Norman


Look great for such a simple recipe!
Looking forward to seeing more of your work :-)


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/09/23 22:38:53


Post by: shmvo


That's a great looking colour scheme! I love how grimy it is.

The Straken conversion is very nice too.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/09/24 00:04:40


Post by: Tyranid Horde


These look fantastic, I'm always a fan of DKoK but its really interesting to see these renegades. Following to see what you do next!


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/09/24 11:31:04


Post by: Snrub


Absolutely fantastic armies, mate. Your method of painting the renegades, combined with your 3 rules is super effective in execution.

Digging your natty Straken conversion too. The sawn of shotgun is quite subtle.
Not much more to say other then it's a great looking traitor force you have assembled. Same goes for the DKoK too. But they hold less appeal to me then the renegades do.


I too picked up a squad of militia and the ogryn boss, when they were LCTB and i've regretted not getting another set or two of the militia torso and the command squad/enforcer pack ever since, as they are fantastic sculpts. Guess i'll have to just scour ebay for some.
Good choice on using Victoria Minis legs. They match up really nice with the militia torsos.
For future reference (if you're not already aware of them) Mad Robot Miniatures do some good leg sets too!

Here's a few i've been considering using for my renegades.
Spoiler:

Anvil Industries might also be worth a look too. They mostly do more high tech looking stuff, but they have a few civilian legs too if you wanted to add some non-military style guys to your force.


A question regarding your paints though. What brand of gesso do you use for undecoating? And how do you apply it? I've played around with using gesso but the results i've had are.... lacklustre at best.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/09/24 12:55:18


Post by: Elnibbus


Wow, excellent colour schemes and execution in their application.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/09/24 15:20:15


Post by: catbarf


Thanks all the for the kind words- I tend to experiment a lot with technique and procedure in painting, so I'm glad to hear that in this case it's been worthwhile.

 Snrub wrote:
Good choice on using Victoria Minis legs. They match up really nice with the militia torsos.
For future reference (if you're not already aware of them) Mad Robot Miniatures do some good leg sets too!

Here's a few i've been considering using for my renegades.
Spoiler:

Anvil Industries might also be worth a look too. They mostly do more high tech looking stuff, but they have a few civilian legs too if you wanted to add some non-military style guys to your force.


Huh, if I'd known about those totally-not-Blood Pact legs I might have gotten a bunch of those. The nice thing about the Arcadian legs, at least, is that they're close enough to Cadian to pass for GW at first glance. Around here my best place to play is a GW store, so using bits that can fly under the radar is helpful.

 Snrub wrote:
A question regarding your paints though. What brand of gesso do you use for undecoating? And how do you apply it? I've played around with using gesso but the results i've had are.... lacklustre at best.


I used Liquitex grey gesso, thinned slightly with water. I've found that clear gessos are too gritty, and the white ones don't cover very well without the addition of some black paint as a binder. At the same time, undiluted gesso is too thick and tends to form bubbles, but thinning the gesso too much compromises its coverage. So, grey gesso diluted with just a bit of water (about 2:1) is about optimal, applied by slathering it all over the model with a large brush, and then using the same brush to wipe away the excess and flatten any bubbles that formed.

Now, though, I've switched to airbrushing on Badger Stynylrez (who came up with that name?), as it's much quicker to get a smooth coat of primer. I haven't tried applying the stuff with a brush, but I suspect it would work fine (and the instructions say you can). It's water-based and pre-thinned so easy to work with, and a pretty good value in terms of volume for the price.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/09/25 14:09:41


Post by: mdeceiver79


A great pair of armies, cheers for the tutorial also


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/09/26 02:47:42


Post by: Snrub


catbarf wrote:
I used Liquitex grey gesso, thinned slightly with water. I've found that clear gessos are too gritty, and the white ones don't cover very well without the addition of some black paint as a binder. At the same time, undiluted gesso is too thick and tends to form bubbles, but thinning the gesso too much compromises its coverage. So, grey gesso diluted with just a bit of water (about 2:1) is about optimal, applied by slathering it all over the model with a large brush, and then using the same brush to wipe away the excess and flatten any bubbles that formed.

Now, though, I've switched to airbrushing on Badger Stynylrez (who came up with that name?), as it's much quicker to get a smooth coat of primer. I haven't tried applying the stuff with a brush, but I suspect it would work fine (and the instructions say you can). It's water-based and pre-thinned so easy to work with, and a pretty good value in terms of volume for the price.
The stuff i've used previously is a tub of Mont Martes black gesso primer. It does fine for terrain, and works well enough when watered down for undercoating bases. But it's probably not as good as the high end liquitex stuff is.
But yes, as you say, suffers from coverage issues if thinned too much, which I think you need too do to paint actual miniatures with it.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/09/26 19:52:26


Post by: Das_Ubermike


Wanted to pop in and say how much I love those Renegades. I always felt like they were near perfect designs and it was a shame that they never seemed to get the same love and attention from the community that the DKoK received. I had long wanted to put together an army myself, using the FW torsos and legs/arms from a 3rd party manufacturer, but FW discontinuing the line put an end to those dreams. Looking forward to seeing more, keep up the good work!


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/10/05 21:31:26


Post by: catbarf


I had a go at painting up a squad of Death Korps. In the process I also experimented with a new-to-me technique of applying gloss varnish before the all-over wash.

Here's the full squad:



Now, one of the models in the back, second from the right, was done without this gloss layer, just like how I did the Renegades. Here's a side-by-side of with the gloss layer (left) and without (right):



The varnish appeared to do exactly as expected: The wash flowed more readily into the recesses, staining the raised/flat areas less.

However, as an unsurprising consequence, this means the highlights are less blended into the basecoat, and the shading is noticeably sharper in the recesses. In other words, it behaves a little more like a traditional blacklining wash, and less like the one-step magic that I love Vallejo's Black Glaze for.

So, I'm a little bit of two minds about it. On the one hand the sharper shading makes them pop a bit more at tabletop distance. On the other, to my eye it looks a little messier, and in some areas (particularly creases on coats) it seems like it might be too dark.

(If this sounds like nitpicking and/or overanalyzing, welcome to my painting process!)

Thoughts? I may try quickly painting up my last three artillery crewmen without the gloss wash just to test, then move on to a squad of the Renegades as planned.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/10/05 23:09:31


Post by: Tyranid Horde


I know it's common practise in scale modelling of tanks and the like where this technique is used heavily with oil washes in particular. I really like what you've done with the models though, they look excellent.

I think if you wanted to do the technique again, you could wick away the pooled wash in the recesses you don't want to be as dark. I quite like the effect it gives, especially from a squad perspective.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/10/15 22:22:00


Post by: catbarf


I gave the varnish-before-wash technique a go on a squad of Renegade Militia. I also washed each model in its entirety at once, which in retrospect was a mistake, as I had better results previously by being a little more methodical in application of the Black Glaze. Guess I got a little impatient here.

I'm also still trying to figure out the best way to take photos. I've been using a lightbox with my phone (Pixel 2) camera, and trying to get everything in focus has been a pain. I'll probably spring for a cheap DSLR, and spend some time to remove the now-quite-obvious cat hair from my backdrop.

Anyways, photos. Note that the squad has two plasma gunners, because one of them is actually to be exchanged with the autogunner from the Command Squad, so that I can have a dual-plasma Command Squad for some light fire support.






Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/10/15 22:37:20


Post by: Excommunicatus


They're pretty ridiculously good.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/10/16 02:56:27


Post by: amazingturtles


I'm really loving these guys, and the use of yellow throughout,


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/10/17 07:51:00


Post by: Snrub


Yeah the use of the yellowy orange really makes these guys stand out. The simple earthy colours used throughout both the models and bases help really bring the whole force together.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/10/18 10:41:53


Post by: acrowsperch


Agreed with the yellow comments, especially with the helmet lenses, makes them pop from the drab colors on their clothing-- fantastic stuff


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/10/24 16:21:29


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Echoing everyone else on the yellow, great job and it makes them really stand out!


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/10/25 15:19:08


Post by: Ketara


I'm seriously digging this. Thanks for the tutorial!


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/10 06:27:21


Post by: catbarf


This isn't a proper army update, per se- this year I'm surprising my three closest friends with painted Forge World models for Christmas, specifically a Great Unclean One, a Kill Blasta, and a Fire Raptor. I've just finished the GUO and while it won't be part of my army, I figured I'd post it up anyways.







I had a lot of fun both practicing zenithal highlighting on large areas (and, in retrospect, learning that I need sharper gradients than I thought) and using selective applications of gloss varnish to get a properly slimy effect.

Also, this is by far the grossest model I've ever painted.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/10 15:40:28


Post by: tinfoil


Great looking Unclean looking Great Unclean One! Very viscous.

And then (I'm arriving late at the party here), I love the color scheme for the renegades. Fantastic contrast, and a very vivid feel. Nice work!


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/19 04:38:24


Post by: catbarf


Continuing the theme of 'stuff not related to the title', here's #2 of the Christmas gift list, an Ork Kill Blasta:






I currently have zero motivation to assemble/paint the Fire Raptor, so next up will be DKoK Earthshaker and the remainder of the artillery crewmen.

Also, as much as I like the color scheme and aesthetic of the Renegades, I'm finding that the Death Korps look better on the tabletop with their bright colors and sharp contrast, while the Renegades blur into a bit of a dark green-brown blob. It's a bit annoying that a scheme that looks great under the painting lamp and in photos becomes much less compelling under normal gameplay conditions. Has anyone else dealt with this?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/21 20:45:35


Post by: Tyranid Horde


That is a fantastic GUO and the Kill Blasta is brilliant!

As for your problem with your renegades, in my experience stark highlights and bright colours generally grab the attention on the board. I honestly wouldn't worry about it too much though, they look brilliant and if anyone looks up close at them. Do your yellows not provide enough contrast?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/25 17:48:22


Post by: catbarf


 Tyranid Horde wrote:
As for your problem with your renegades, in my experience stark highlights and bright colours generally grab the attention on the board. I honestly wouldn't worry about it too much though, they look brilliant and if anyone looks up close at them. Do your yellows not provide enough contrast?


Thanks for the feedback. The oranges do provide some contrast, but because most of the eye sculpts are recessed, they're sometimes hard to see from tabletop distance. I'm also running into the issue that as much as I love the sculpts, the army has been a little boring to play on the tabletop. Not a showstopper, it's just dampened my enthusiasm a little, so since finishing the Kill Blasta I've been working on the Death Korps artillery I mentioned instead.



Next up will definitely be the Fire Raptor. I'm not looking forward to assembling it, but at least the painting should be easier than the Kill Blasta and GUO.


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I also, just for the fun of it, took a couple of photos showing the simplicity of my painting process on the artillery crew.

1. Just basecoats and a single layer of highlights for everything but the leather, which received a Smoke wash.
2. Gloss varnish, then Black Glaze applied.
3. Matte varnished, bases drybrushed and finished.

Piece of cake. The varnishing step is really what pulls it all together IMO, as it evens out the finish and lightens the otherwise significantly darkened models. It may not win any Golden Demons, but I've yet to find a technique with as much return on time invested.



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/25 18:45:02


Post by: King Thor


Stunning work, especially love the eyes on your Renegade guard.

Feels like they are straight out of a Black Library novel!


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/26 00:34:58


Post by: monkeytroll


Great looking armies, and a beautifully simple way to paint them too


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/26 01:01:39


Post by: Commander Cain


Loving everything so far! The renegades in particular are very menacing. I picture them stalking through the darkness with only with creepy yellow lights showing, very cool.



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/26 08:47:59


Post by: Ezki


Really good looking stuff! The yellow contrast works really well and loving the colors on the kriegsmen. I'm amazed with the results of such an quick paint job. Very efficient!

The earthshaker might need a bit more weathering, but maybe that's just me. I like my Krieg muddy and rusty.

I can also relate to your problem with the renegades. I try to paint every detail, but sometimes it takes too much time and no one even notices when I place the models on the tabletop.
A friend of mine has a different tactic: his models look mediocre up close, but absolutely amazing from the opposite side of the table. I've yet to find a middle ground in all this. What I have learned though, is that over the top highlights give good definition to the shapes, so the models won't blend into each other that much.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/27 05:26:06


Post by: Minigiant


You have a really cool painting style, I am digging it.

I look forward to seeing more, it might just encourage me to get passed the bulk assemble I am doing to finally add some paint


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/27 15:02:13


Post by: catbarf


 Ezki wrote:
The earthshaker might need a bit more weathering, but maybe that's just me. I like my Krieg muddy and rusty.


I did go back and forth on whether to weather the Earthshaker, but ultimately decided that I'll reserve the heavy weathering for my Renegade vehicles.

Speaking of which, I marathoned one of the two Leman Russes in the Renegade force last night, and realized that the greens from the infantry applied via zenithal highlight, with an additional lighter edge highlight, accidentally created a spot-on Death Guard scheme. So, I guess these guys are Nurgle now. Tonight I'll finish up the weathering and get some pics.

Minigiant wrote:
You have a really cool painting style, I am digging it.


Ah, that wonderful moment when my over-use of one speed-painting technique turns into a 'style' In all seriousness I really appreciate the feedback, I put a lot of R&D into figuring out how balance quality and time spent per model so I'm glad to see it's paid off.

In other news, the secondhand Fire Raptor I got on eBay is a warped, unsalvageable, likely recast soon-to-be piece of terrain. It was basically a bonus in an army lot, so I'm alright with cutting my losses. Instead of trying to cobble it together, I ordered a Redemptor Dreadnought as a substitute, so I'll be building that and painting it up in Deathwatch colors once it arrives.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/28 03:56:02


Post by: catbarf


And here's the first Leman Russ- probably the most enjoyable painting experience I've had to date.

The same colors that I used on the infantry worked well here. Basecoat Green Grey, then a zenithal highlight of Pastel Green straight down. I then got a lighter green, almost an off-white and annoyingly also called Green Grey, and edge highlighted the whole thing. Metal bits got painted in with the same metallic mix as on the infantry.

Then I applied Smoke via a sponge for weathering, and painted the treads in Flat Brown. Then the whole model got gloss varnish, two thin washes (1:5 Black Glaze/water), drybrush on dirt, the same sequence as infantry for the lenses, and it was done.

Took all of six hours. I'm very pleased with the results.





Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/28 21:06:19


Post by: Ezki


Really crisp paintjob! Looks very realistic.
Painting leman russes, or pretty much any Astra Militarum vehicle, sure is enjoyable.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/11/29 09:20:35


Post by: Ilgoth


Lovely work throughout the thread. Hoping to see more.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/12/01 22:54:33


Post by: catbarf


Got the last of the three Christmas presents done- a Redemptor Dreadnought for my buddy's Deathwatch army.

I'm not very pleased with how the macro plasma incinerator turned out. VGC Gory Red and Bloody Red are both awful, terrible paints, simultaneously excessively thick and insufficiently pigmented. I know reds are generally bad, but I don't remember any of Citadel's reds being this bad.

That said, this is my first time ever applying decals, so I'm quite happy with how those came out, as well as the zenithal highlighting.



While I had the lightbox out, I took the opportunity to photograph all the painted Renegade Militia:



Making progress! I think my plan at this point is to focus on painting up the rest of the renegades (to-do: two infantry squads, two vehicles, two characters, and a unit of Ogryns), then assess from there what I want to focus on.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/12/03 08:31:52


Post by: Snrub


That's a really sharp looking dreadnought. Very clean-lined. I feel you on the VGC reds though. When ever I use them I need quite a few layers for even really small things, and i'm normally just doing squad icons and gak. It's unfortunate, because the rest of the VGC paints i've used have been stellar.

Your renegarde force is really quite smashing when assembled like that. Lovely cohesive look to them, without just every model being painted exactly the same way. And with the lovely glowing eyes they start looking like the creepy zombie dudes from fallout: NV with the green eyes.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/12/03 15:57:56


Post by: catbarf


 Snrub wrote:
That's a really sharp looking dreadnought. Very clean-lined. I feel you on the VGC reds though. When ever I use them I need quite a few layers for even really small things, and i'm normally just doing squad icons and gak. It's unfortunate, because the rest of the VGC paints i've used have been stellar.

Your renegarde force is really quite smashing when assembled like that. Lovely cohesive look to them, without just every model being painted exactly the same way. And with the lovely glowing eyes they start looking like the creepy zombie dudes from fallout: NV with the green eyes.


Thank you! Hmm, I've been meaning to replay New Vegas, I never played the DLC with the zombie guys. Was that in Dead Money?

I thought I had posted this, but I guess I forgot- someone pointed out to me that Deathwatch canonically have silver left arms, and typically the right shoulder pad is from their original chapter. The intended recipient is big into lore accuracy, and I also wanted to fix up the macro plasma incinerator, so I went back and tweaked the model.

Also, I'm extremely pleased with how the transfers have turned out. I'm just glossing the transfer site, applying the transfer after soaking it in water, and then glossing again. Once the final matte varnish is applied there's no visible seam.




I've just primed the remaining Company Commander, Priest, and Ogryn Berserkers, so those should be next.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/12/04 10:26:09


Post by: Snrub


Yeah, Dead Money sounds about right. The one where you're trapped in the resort/casino place.

The dread looks much better with the silver arm and blue shoulder.
I personally like the look of the red casings. It looks sort of rain-washed, like what you've got going on on the silver arm.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/12/15 21:00:49


Post by: catbarf


Time for an update, and back to my armies. I delivered the Christmas gifts last weekend, since the recipients were in town for a mutual event. All were pleased with their gifts, and the new owner of the Kill Blasta has decided to pick up a few boxes of Boyz and start an army.

I'm trying to gauge what my painting output looks like and how much I can realistically do in a week, so I started all these models on Sunday and have finished them today (Saturday), just in time, with ~10-12 hours total. I think treating a batch of this size as a two-week project seems more sustainable, so at this rate I should have the Renegade Militia done by mid-January.

Anyways- Renegade Ogryn Berserkers. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out, but if I were to repaint them, it would be with the thinner wash I used on my vehicles rather than the thick one I use on my infantry, which looking at the skin on the Ogryns was a little too thick. On the bright side, it's perfectly fitting for them to look extremely dirty, so I'm not too fussed about it.

















And as part of this batch, I also did the remaining two characters- a Priest, and a Company Commander (converted from an artillery crewman).





Also, in light of Chapter Approved, I got some Ad Mech and am planning to do at least 1K of them, while the Death Korps will likely go on the shelf until their rules get sorted out a bit better.

The only thing I dislike about the Ad Mech range is the Skitarii. While I like their design concept and aesthetics, the flat/untextured cloaks aren't particularly interesting, and I like the old fluff of Skitarii as no-frills cyborg killers, basically augmented Storm Troopers. So I got some bits and tried the fairly common Skitarii/Genestealer Cult Neophyte kitbash, with some modifications to the Neophyte bits:



I'm not yet sold on it. The ribbed armor doesn't match the plate style of the Skitarii bits, and the Neophyte armor and clothing is very non-uniform. I've also got some Scion legs and torsos on the way, so I'll probably give those a go as well. Thoughts? Suggestions on alternate kitbashes? Commentary that I'm crazy for not loving the stock Skitarii models?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/12/19 21:04:30


Post by: Ilgoth


LOVE THE OGRYNS! Well done.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/12/24 03:23:49


Post by: catbarf


I'm about halfway through painting the Hellhound and second Leman Russ, but couldn't resist painting up a test Skitarii Ranger.

(link to full-size image)



What do you all think?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/12/24 05:51:17


Post by: Ezki


Looking very good!
I really like your painting style with the matte surfaces (from the wash?) and crisp highlights.

Good work on that skitarii. Can't wait to see more!


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2018/12/31 20:17:13


Post by: catbarf


Thanks Ezki. The matte finish is entirely from the AK Interactive Ultra Matte at the end; it takes a bit of time and effort to get a consistent flat finish but I think it's worth it.

In other news, I was able to put the AdMech stuff away for long enough to finish the second Leman Russ and the Hellhound. This was also a test for a lighter wash method; rather than a 1:2 glaze/water wash on the infantry or two layers of a 1:5 wash on the previous tank, I just did one 1:4 wash on everything, like I did on the Skitarii test.

I'm inclined to say it worked reasonably well, and didn't dull the highlights as much, but since I didn't use as extreme of a highlighting gradient as I did on the Skitarii, the final result is a little more flat/bland. I also made a few mistakes when applying the wash. Lessons learned.

Just two units of infantry to go and then I'll be done with the 1K of Renegades.









Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/01 18:15:19


Post by: catbarf


And just for good measure, the full current state of the army:



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/01 18:44:50


Post by: Ilgoth


Stylish, very much so. What we are seeing next?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/01 22:54:08


Post by: catbarf


Ilgoth wrote:
Stylish, very much so. What we are seeing next?


Current plan is to marathon the last twenty renegades to complete the army. Once that's done I'll probably start painting up the 1K of AdMech I've been slowly assembling.

I have an outline for expanding the renegades to 1500, which is to add a squad of veterans, some sentinels, and a couple of Chimeras to partially mechanize the force, so I'll be coming back to them sooner or later.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/02 08:48:33


Post by: Singleton Mosby


Wonderful looking renegade army! Just love them.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/09 05:30:20


Post by: catbarf


After a week long marathon, I got them done! More pictures (and the full army) tomorrow, but one shot for now.



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/09 14:51:32


Post by: Not Online!!!


catbarf wrote:
After a week long marathon, I got them done! More pictures (and the full army) tomorrow, but one shot for now.



It is beautiful!


To bad FW stopped producing them.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/10 00:02:22


Post by: catbarf


And here's a photo of each discrete infantryman (full resolution here).



I forgot to mention in my last post that my wife got me a DSLR camera for Christmas, so these are my first attempts with a proper camera rather than my smartphone's camera. They're coming out a little oversaturated here, but I think I'm figuring it out.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
And lastly, here's the full army:



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/11 05:16:42


Post by: amazingturtles


An amazing set of little men, well done. It's hard to pick a favorite out of them, they're all so... nicely creepy.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/28 00:44:42


Post by: catbarf


Little bit of a delay since my last post, but I've got a first squad of Skitarii done.

This process involved, at one point, getting sufficiently annoyed with painting red that I repainted the two arquebusiers to grey before deciding I was better off with red anyways. That made them take a little longer than they should have.

I did learn in the process that Pledge Floor Shine, which is also becoming my staple gloss varnish, is an excellent thinner for paint. It's more viscous than water but reduces surface tension, so it allows the paint to be a little thicker than if diluted with water, but flows and self-levels to avoid leaving streaks. This was the key that allowed me to highlight the red without driving myself insane.



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/28 10:58:44


Post by: Singleton Mosby


Those are very nice and tempt me to get some of these myself. Love the bases as well btw.

Edit: checking out the GW skitari they look differnt. What parts did you use for this build?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/28 11:55:50


Post by: Haighus


 Singleton Mosby wrote:
Those are very nice and tempt me to get some of these myself. Love the bases as well btw.

Edit: checking out the GW skitari they look differnt. What parts did you use for this build?

They are very nice. I think GSC neophyte bodies and legs, Skitarii ranger arms, and Skitarii rustalker heads.

It looks like the ribbed areas on the neophyte armour has been filled in and smoothed off (with some kind of filler?), I know this possibility was mentioned above It definitely matches the Skitarii aesthetic better.

I think they nicely create a more battle-worn look. Would also be a very good base for a Dark Mechanicus Skitarii force with the more varied appearance.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/28 15:42:02


Post by: catbarf


Haighus has it- GSC Neophyte bodies and legs, Skitarii arms and backpack, Sicarian Ruststalker heads. Note that pretty much all the bits besides the arms have been modified, to various degrees.

The armor was filled in with a plastic slurry made by dissolving sprue in plastic cement. I used a sculpting tool to scoop out gobs of the stuff and smooth it into the armor. I recently picked up a cheap set of syringes which should make it a little easier to control.

The Neophyte bodies were also adjusted to be more upright, primarily by bending the legs at the knees and ankle to remove some of the hunch.

The cowl around the head/neck was trimmed down, as was the little bit of armor overhang on the sides (it interfered with the Skitarii shoulder pads).

I also sliced the backpacks off the Neophyte torsos, to replace them with Skitarii backpacks with the dangling cables removed.

Lastly, I removed the hoses from the Ruststalker heads, and replaced them with a simple nub of plastic rod for a respirator. Then I filled in the heads with putty since the sculpts aren't the complete heads, then I could attach them to the bodies with a blob of putty to form a neck.

...You know, I originally bought the AdMech thinking it would be nice to have an army composed of all plastic kits that I could just assemble without having to do a ton of work. What happened to that? Well, I've got another 15 Skitarii and the rest of the army already converted and assembled, so now it's just building five more Vanguard and then they're all built. Once that's done I'll do an army shot so you can see what other conversions I've cooked up.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/28 19:38:01


Post by: Haighus


The plastic cement-plastic gloop is a brilliant idea- I am going to have to use that one.

Did you just chop the sprue up small and dunk it in, or sand the sprue into dust?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/28 19:44:22


Post by: catbarf


 Haighus wrote:
The plastic cement-plastic gloop is a brilliant idea- I am going to have to use that one.

Did you just chop the sprue up small and dunk it in, or sand the sprue into dust?


Whole chunks of sprue, and with a bit of stirring they completely dissolved within a day or so. I did end up adding a bit of pure acetone to the mix to thin it slightly so that I could spread it more easily, but varying the mix of sprue and glue is a good place to start.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/01/28 19:57:47


Post by: Haighus


catbarf wrote:
 Haighus wrote:
The plastic cement-plastic gloop is a brilliant idea- I am going to have to use that one.

Did you just chop the sprue up small and dunk it in, or sand the sprue into dust?


Whole chunks of sprue, and with a bit of stirring they completely dissolved within a day or so. I did end up adding a bit of pure acetone to the mix to thin it slightly so that I could spread it more easily, but varying the mix of sprue and glue is a good place to start.

Thanks!


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/02/10 17:16:25


Post by: catbarf


Two weeks, and another squad done- feels like a good pace.

Vanguard, this time.



I picked up a box of GSC Neophytes with some interest in collecting a small army of them, so I might give those a try next before returning to AdMech.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/03/28 02:10:44


Post by: catbarf


These took me a lot longer than anticipated, due to getting distracted by other projects.

I also tried something a little different- instead of glossing the models with Pledge and then washing, I mixed the Pledge directly into the wash. Unfortunately, I think it worked a little too well- they're not as dark as the previous models, and some of the shading is a bit too stark for my taste. I might try reducing the proportion of Pledge slightly and see what it does.



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/03/28 10:35:17


Post by: Ezki


Beautiful stuff oncce again.

I really liked the group shot.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/04/05 13:23:42


Post by: catbarf


After a little more experimentation I think I've got the wash behaving the way I want it to. There's a little bit of unwanted pooling, but overall it's giving a good mix of shading recesses and blending transitions.

So, here's my Grenadier suicide team. They never last longer than the turn after jumping out of a Centaur, but usually that's all they need to make their points back.



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/04/28 02:49:10


Post by: Captain Brown


Beautiful work catbarf.

A great scheme and wonderfully painted.

Exalted.

Cheers,

CB


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/05/04 18:58:15


Post by: Fifty


These are wonderful. They manage to be gritty and grimdark without being dingy and black and hard to actually see.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/05/05 13:57:21


Post by: Qyleterys


These are all really good. Query: on the last picture what gun is the lead soldier carrying?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/05/05 14:08:40


Post by: Haighus


Qyleterys wrote:
These are all really good. Query: on the last picture what gun is the lead soldier carrying?

It is a hot-shot lasgun of the pattern carried by DKoK (I think a Lucius-pattern).


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/05/12 18:08:03


Post by: catbarf


Thanks all for the praise! I'm really happy that all the time I spent with R&D has been worth it, as the scheme is quite simple to paint- mostly just basecoat, one highlight, wash.

Fifty, you basically read my intent perfectly. I think the bright, vibrant WW1 French uniforms are a perfect base for weathering and mud. I really feel it does the sculpts a disservice to paint them in dark colors that hide their details.

Qyleterys- Haighus is right, it's a hot-shot lasgun (or hellgun), standard armament of Grenadiers. Because the BBQ squad is otherwise kitted up, only the watchmaster (sergeant) is actually carrying one.

Anyways, after some general reflection I came to the conclusion that while I really enjoyed converting and painting the AdMech sculpts, a whole army isn't for me. I've sold them to a guy who was looking to get into 40K, so they've gone to a good home, and instead I plan to paint some Tyranids, returning to my first army. I'm taking the approach of not having more than one box of Tyranids in my backlog, so I'll buy them as I paint them and see how committed I end up being.

Here's a final test scheme for the tentatively-named Hive Fleet Karkinos. It's mostly painted with washes, and the only traditional highlighting is on the eyes and teeth, so this makes for a low-effort and relaxing diversion from the Death Korps.



I'm simultaneously working on the Death Korps officers (two Lieutenants and a Marshal), so I should have those up next.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/05/13 17:56:52


Post by: Haighus


That scheme looks amazing!

catbarf wrote:
low-effort


*Looks at model covered in tiny dots*

My own painting efforts are lacking


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/05/15 14:17:37


Post by: Ezki


Really well working color scheme for Tyranids! Loving the vibrant colors.
Looking forward to see those officers.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/05/15 18:15:55


Post by: Boss Salvage


Great painting, and great plog It's a joy to hear your thoughts and see your progress as these armies really come to life. Like these lads:
catbarf wrote:
And lastly, here's the full army:

Have an exalt months after the finish

Nid looks great, going to be another tremendous army.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/05/29 04:37:51


Post by: catbarf


Small update, and a bit of a thought process ramble.

I've been procrastinating on the Death Korps officers- they're nearly done, but my attention has been largely focused on the Tyranids. I liked the test scheme I did, but it bothered me, and I couldn't figure out why. After much experimenting, it occurred to me that the problem was that it was basically the same color palette as my Death Korps- blue, dull orange, dark grey, khaki. I want to try something new.

I was still really taken by the idea of a 'crab' theme, since I feel that a crustacean theme is under-used in comparison to the ubiquitous insectoid themes. So I got to searching Google both for color schemes I could take inspiration from, and various crabs. I learned two things.

First, crabs typically aren't blue. Most are either orange-brown, or green-brown. The Atlantic blue crab is the most famous blue-colored example, yet it's predominantly green on the carapace. This got me thinking that an orange scheme would be worth pursuing.

Second, crabs typically don't have neat color-coded segments like we have on our models. Normally Tyranids are painted with one color for the carapace, one color for the exoskeleton, one color for the details, one color for the weapons/claws/hooves. It's very nice and neat and reads well at tabletop distance, but it's not especially close to nature. In the two-page spread of color schemes in the 3rd Ed codex, some of the more interesting ones used color gradations across the entire model, making no distinction between the exoskeleton and carapace. I liked the idea, but I felt it also squanders the detail inherent to the sculpts by treating them as one big homogeneous surface.

So, summary of findings: Try an orange scheme. Depict a difference between the carapace and exoskeleton, but not by just painting them different colors. I liked the dotted effect I did on the test model, so I figured I could work that in there.

This was all going nowhere especially productive (I've painted the same five Termagants about, oh, thirty times now), until I found a fortuitous result in Google.

Meet the coconut crab.





This thing is just weird. It's the largest arthropod in the world, clocking in at up to 10lbs. It's wholly terrestrial (and will drown if placed in water), climbs trees, and can exert over 400lb (!!!) of crush strength. They occasionally eat birds, and may have eaten Amelia Earhart as well.

That brief summary provides tons of fodder for army theming, but it's the carapace pattern that really interested me. I love the progression from dark brown, to red, to orange, up to khaki, with spots breaking up the colors. I simplified it a little by dropping the red (reserving reddish tones as a detail color), and then did some test painting:



I'm quite happy with how this first model came out. The patterning may look complicated, but it's basically just two colors layered over white, then dots to break up the transitions. The details are just a red wash, the claws and hooves are two black washes, there's a bit more simple highlighting and shading on the carapace, and then everything except the grey areas gets two layers of a custom wash mix. Overall it's not a lot of effort for something that I think comes out pleasingly intricate. With the beach-themed base I'd say I've finally nailed the crab aesthetic.

Anyways, that's enough fluff, let me know what you think! I promise the next update will be the Death Korps officers.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/05/29 15:20:39


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Wow, wow, wow. I don’t know where to start, there is so much coolness here in just three pages.

1. I love the renegades, DKoK and AdMech. They all look great. The renegades in particular have such a unique look and just ooze character.

2. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and methods. I definitely want to figure out to finish models faster and yours both look great and have a simple system. I have taken some notes and I plan to try some of your techniques (just need the right models). I also appreciate your trialing different techniques in the same army to get faster and better instead of feeling locked in. And it gives us the chance to directly compare the techniques and learn.

3. The new Tyranid scheme is really nice. Very natural, very unique and very bold/interesting on the table I’m sure.

This blog has been a huge inspiration. Keep it going!



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/05/29 17:37:44


Post by: Not Online!!!


i am most impressed at the crabanids- now i kinda want to see a carnifex painted up that way, with the claws.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/05/30 06:32:17


Post by: Ezki


Wow. Just wow.

That color scheme you tried out is magnificent.


catbarf wrote:

The patterning may look complicated, but it's basically just two colors layered over white, then dots to break up the transitions.


I think this is one of the best ways to paint an army. Finding out a "simple" pattern / scheme to paint, that either fools the eye or simply makes the colors dance in harmony.
Not sure if these were easy or quick to do (for me that would take ages), but they look very good.

Very original scheme and I love the idea of using a real arthropod as an inspiration.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/05/30 13:08:32


Post by: Boss Salvage


The coconut crab scheme is great, love hearing about the process you went through as well. Funnily enough I'm 45 minis into a ghost crab inspired scheme on a Kings of War army, so I suppose I'm particularly invested in crab-based paint schemes


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/01 17:01:09


Post by: catbarf


Alright, after a month of procrastinating I did finally complete the Death Korps officers.

The Field Officers were pretty easy as they're pretty much the same uniform as the Grenadiers, but the Marshal was a tough one. The coat in particular required a couple of tries, as striking a balance between standing out from the rest of the Kriegers, looking good on the model, and not deviating too much from the army color scheme proved difficult.

First I tried blue, and it looked too much like the rest of the army. Then I tried brown leather, and it blended in with the boots and scabbard, turning the model into a brown mass. Then I gave black leather a go, but it was too similar to the armor.

Ultimately I figured the khaki color is bright enough to stand out, while still being used elsewhere in the army, and is otherwise only used on the gas mask so it still preserves the definition of the piece. It reminds me of Rick Astley, but it works.

I wanted to give the model a little extra pop, since it is the general, and originally I was going to make the medals a multicolored assortment. But then I figured that The Death Korps don't seem the type to have gaudy decorations, so I went with white on the (sash? not sure what it is) instead, then decided to add red for a bit more color.



Next I'll be getting back to the Tyranids- likely putting together a tutorial for the scheme, since a number of people have been asking for it, then finishing the rest of the brood.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/01 19:50:58


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Fantastic officers. I think you definitely got it right on the coat and sash. That is the benefit of being willing to experiment and make changes until you are happy. These guys look so, so good.

-Rids


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/04 01:16:57


Post by: Dynas


Wonderful work. As a fan of Nids and DKoK I'm digging your work log.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/04 01:18:32


Post by: catbarf


I posted the Hormagaunt on my social media circles and got a bunch of people asking for a how-to, so yesterday I went through painting another and took a bunch of tedious photos along the way.









The all-over wash isn't quite behaving how I'd like it to, as it tends to leave tide marks, and could stand to shade a bit more strongly. I'm going to experiment with slight variations on the other members of the brood; probably just a single wash of straight 1:1 Soft/Light Tones on one, and using Army Painter's wash medium as the thinner on the other.

Still, the paint scheme really is not a lot of work so I'm pretty happy with it. At this point just minor tweaking before I can call it perfect.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/04 06:45:31


Post by: Ezki


Very clear tutorial, hats off to you!
Even though I don't paint Tyranids, this still gave me some ideas.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/04 13:05:44


Post by: Dynas


What colors did you use on the DkoK?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/04 13:38:22


Post by: catbarf


 Dynas wrote:
What colors did you use on the DkoK?


From my painting notes (all colors are Vallejo Model Color, except metallics, which are Vallejo Metal Color):

Coats- Grey Blue, highlight Pale Grey Blue
Leather- German Cam. Medium Brown, highlight Cork Brown, wash 1:1 water/Smoke
Metal- 1:1 Steel/Silver, highlight Silver
Bedroll/Mask/Puttees- German Cam. Beige, highlight Ivory
Grenadier Skull- 1:1 German Cam. Beige/Ivory, highlight White
Armor/Helmet/Hoses- Dark Grey, highlight Neutral Grey
Pants- Neutral Grey, highlight Light Grey
Mud- Flat Brown, drybrush German Cam. Medium Brown after wash (below)
Brass- Gold, highlight Chrome, wash 1:1 water/Smoke

After all of the above (except the mud drybrush), wash whole model with 4:2:1 water/Black Glaze/Pledge

Let me know if there's anything there that isn't clear.

Edit: Forgot to mention that on the Marshal's coat, I added an intermediate highlight step of 1:1 German Cam. Beige / Ivory.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/05 19:59:27


Post by: Haighus


Wow! I bloody love the Crabanids scheme. I really really hope you paint a bigger beasty with crushing claws in that scheme. I want to see some true crabanids

Coconut crabs are brilliant.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/05 20:35:00


Post by: Flapjack


Your 'nids look very menacing. Almost makes me want to do some just like that, so thanks for sharing your tutorial. Very clear and helpfull.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/06 02:59:39


Post by: Snrub


Seriously nice DKoK army there Catbarf. Glad to see you're almost done with them as well.
The Marshals came together really well. Good choice of colour on the coat, the khaki works so well. That sash as well, a fine choice. Makes him pop but doesn't make him crazy gaudy.


And those nids. Wow. Those are amazing. So simple, yet so striking and different. Would love to see that pattern on some larger beasties!
With the dots, how did you do them? Did you use a toothpick or fine pointy thing, or was it just gentle dabs with a brush?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/06 12:10:35


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Love the colour scheme on your hormagaunt and the tutorial along with it is really handy!

Really nice Death Korps too, great looking trench coats.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/06 12:14:19


Post by: catbarf


Haighus wrote:I really really hope you paint a bigger beasty with crushing claws in that scheme. I want to see some true crabanids


That's definitely the plan. I'm going to work my way up there to make sure I can translate the scheme to larger models intact, but I have a strong desire for an Old One Eye and a bunch of Tyrant Guard with claws.

Snrub wrote:Seriously nice DKoK army there Catbarf. Glad to see you're almost done with them as well.
The Marshals came together really well. Good choice of colour on the coat, the khaki works so well. That sash as well, a fine choice. Makes him pop but doesn't make him crazy gaudy.


Thank you; although I'm not sure I'm almost done. According to my painting log I still have two infantry squads, the second Earthshaker, the Hades, Cyclops, Engineers, and Death Riders to go, so I'm a little over halfway done with the Kriegers. Not overwhelming by any means, and I intend to intersperse them with the Tyranids so I don't burn out on any one thing.

Snrub wrote:With the dots, how did you do them? Did you use a toothpick or fine pointy thing, or was it just gentle dabs with a brush?


Brush. I was using my Raphaels at first, but some of them are having trouble holding a point (disappointing, to say the least), so I switched to a small, cheap synthetic and it's doing a great job.

I also found that adding a bit of surfactant, like my ever-present Pledge Floor Gloss, really helps the paint flow off the brush and makes it easy to produce clean dots without applying any pressure to the model.

Oh yeah, guess I didn't mention, but I'm now batch-painting the remaining ten Hormagaunts for the brood. So far I'm about two and a half hours in and have just finished applying all the dots, so I think I'm on track for a ~30 minute per model painting time. That might change if my intended experiment with water effects doesn't go well; we'll see about that.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/06 17:10:22


Post by: Captain Brown


Very nice tutorial catbarf.

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers,

CB


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/08 23:58:20


Post by: catbarf


And now I've finally completed the whole brood- I am quite happy with how these turned out, aside from a mishap with the bases.

On about half of them I painstakingly carved out holes in the bases, and built up green stuff on the underside to create pools. After I finished painting, I filled these small pools with water effects- specifically Envirotex Lite, a two-part epoxy resin, to avoid the shrinkage and durability problems of acrylic water effects.

Well, it turns out that capillary action is really strong, and the nice little pools of water crept up into thin layers of shiny goop spread across the surface of the base. It seems the stuff is really better suited for deeper areas with more of a defined border between 'land' and 'water'.

Fortunately, since it was still tacky, I was able to dump some sand on them and turn the water features into just more sand. Unfortunately, after painting this sand there's still a little bit of weirdness where it meets the already-painted sand. Oh well, live and learn. Not sure if I'll try water effects again on a larger base, or just stick to sand, rocks, and seaweed as the main basing elements.



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/09 13:42:33


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Thanks for taking the time to do the excellent tutorial. Those Tyranids are looking very, very good. I love your stuff, keep it up.

-Rids


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/09 16:00:01


Post by: mcmattila


That coconut crab scheme kicks ass! I might have to steal it, if I ever get to painting 'nids..


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/12 09:59:34


Post by: Snrub


A stunning brood of intergalactic stabby space bugs!

Now for the whole army!


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/12 14:35:41


Post by: amazingturtles


I love 'em, so adorably vicious.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/16 19:21:17


Post by: catbarf


After assembling these Warriors, I started painting on Friday night, finishing the carapace patterning. Saturday afternoon I did all the washes and basing, and then this morning (Sunday) I did the last details and they were done. All in all not too much work.

I'm still learning as I go. The bases look a little sparse, as I followed the same pattern as the Hormagaunts, but they have a lot more surface area to cover. I'm still experimenting with water effects to find a result I like, and I think a combination of more rocks and water effects should break up the sand. I have another two unassembled Warriors to add to this brood, so with those I can add what these lack.

I'm also still getting the hang of the wash mix. On these I did an equal parts mix of Soft Tone, Light Tone, Quickshade Wash Mixing Medium, and water. It produces a better gradient effect than the prior mix, but it flows so well that I have to keep wicking away excess until it fully dries, else it pools. In a couple of places, that's exactly what happened, particularly on the magnetized weapons which I had to paint at weird angles.

On that note, because the weapons are all magnetized, this is the first time I've painted a large number of magnetized pieces separately. I stuck them to a small strip of sheet steel, but I'm thinking that's an inadequate solution, because it made many of the parts hard to get to. On the next batch I might use putty to affix magnets to toothpicks or something, and then I should be able to manipulate each individually rather than painting on the strip.

Still- I'm happy with how they turned out, and I now feel confident about how this scheme extrapolates to larger models.






Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/16 19:26:11


Post by: Flapjack


Very cool addition to your 'nids. They look stunning. Perhaps one of the best patterns I've seen.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/17 13:28:11


Post by: Boss Salvage


Yessssss I've been looking forward to seeing you bring this paint scheme to other Tyranid beasties, might look even better on these warriors due to having more of the spotted carapace patches. Coming back to this thread, I've also grown quite fond of the black blades and may give that a shot on some Bloodletters I'm eternally working on.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/17 14:59:57


Post by: catbarf


Thank you both! I've got a Malanthrope up next and am excited to start on that, and I may have found a water effects technique that works at this small scale, so should be more coming soon.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/17 16:50:08


Post by: Theophony


This is turning into easily one of my favorite Tyranid army schemes.

No way you just need a few objectives with coconut trees on them, and the mysetic pods being large coconuts(okay the first not the last).


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/21 05:28:49


Post by: Neverwinter27


This is a Golden Daemon artist


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/21 06:56:29


Post by: Bschwi1


I know I'm a bit late, but those dots are amazing!


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/21 12:53:58


Post by: catbarf


Malanthrope! With water effects! Water effects which took three days to clear up, eventually involving use of a food dehydrator to accelerate the process.

I didn't like how the model comes with a flying stand that gets in the way of its silhouette. With the tail still touching the ground, it looks superfluous, but really it's there for structural support.

So I took another approach. Since I've been pinning all the Tyranids so far to their bases, I figured I might as well drill as far up the tail of the Malanthrope as possible, and just pin it. So, the paperclip that secures it to the base goes all the way up to where the tail starts to bend forwards. There's a tiny bit of wobble to the mini, but it feels sufficiently secure, and I can't imagine it's any more likely to break now than with that fragile little flying stand peg.




Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/21 13:38:51


Post by: Boss Salvage


Yea man, that's legit I like how dark the carapace gets on the back spine and spires, adds even more weight to the larger critters as opposed to the lighter, smaller ones. Good call on the flight stand too, always felt that was a weird / bad choice on FW's part.

EDIT: Those pink exposed bits down the tail, so good.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/21 13:46:55


Post by: Theophony


Gorgeous, the pink is really a nice accent to the color scheme.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/21 16:16:37


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


WOW! The more you do with this scheme, the more I love it. I can't believe it looks that good and you can bang them out that fast. Very impressive.

-Rids


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/22 00:05:12


Post by: Snrub


The effect looks brilliant on the warriors, but it's absolutely gorgeous on the malanthrope.

It almost takes on a comic/cartoony look on the big beasties. It's quite an interesting result.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/06/30 18:28:13


Post by: catbarf


Termagants are finished. With these guys I think I've gotten the hang of water effects, so intend to use a lot more water going forward.

One thing I'm really focusing on for on this project is basing. In addition to all the little details like the starfish and seaweed, I really wanted to make the models look like they were interacting with the terrain, and the way bases are usually totally flat bugged me. To that end, every base has something that affects verticality. About a quarter of the bases have rocks, a quarter have water (in depressions cut out from the bases, so that the top of the base is sand level), a quarter have both water and rocks, and the last quarter have neither. Then about half the bases, including all the ones that have neither water nor rocks, have putty built up to make mounds and gentle hills. The end result is that none of the bases are perfectly flat, so when I then pin the models, there's some natural variation in height. Coupled with adjusting the poses, I think it adds a dynamism that hordes often lack.

Since I got the water effect working here, without the capillary action problems I ran into on the Hormagaunts, I'll definitely be using it more going forward. I'm actually using the thick, gel-like 'water effects' from Woodland Scenics, not the thin 'still water' typically used for water. The water effects doesn't shrink nearly as much when it dries, stays where it's put, creates a nice surface texture, and allows me to build up effects at the same time. I just applied globs of it with a brush, then smoothed it out.

As always, more lessons learned:
-Trying to build up a solid coat of white with primer is really tough. From now on I'll be doing two quick shots of Stynylrez to get some tooth, then airbrush on white paint to get full coverage.
-Because I built up a solid coat of white with primer, the surface was a little toothier than on previous models, and so the all-over washes didn't produce as strong of a shading/highlighting effect.
-Anything that fills in the texture of the sand- like, say, white paint to cover up where a wash spilled over from the model- dramatically affects how the sand looks after it is washed. I think painting the bases separately from the models might be the way to go.
-A food dehydrator is excellent for helping to dry water effects more quickly, or fully cure varnish so that I can safely handle the models. It likely would have taken 2-3 days for the water effects to clear up, but in the dehydrator set to 50C, it only took six hours.
-It's safe to matte varnish the water effects, as applying a layer of gloss afterwards clears it back up. I like to have a model completely done before I varnish, so this helps.







All C&C appreciated! Next up on my list is a Carnifex.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
And while I'm here, one month of progress collected:



On the to-do list, in anticipated order of completion:
-Carnifex #1
-2 Warriors, 1 Tyranid Prime
-Tyrannofex
-Termagant Brood #2
-Carnifex #2

Which all comes to 1000pts, and then we'll see where I go from there.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
And now, looking at the photos, I realize that I forgot to paint the eyes on the Fleshborers. Whoops. Doing that now.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/07/02 05:33:35


Post by: Ezki


Oh man, they look even better in a group.
Nice details on the bases. They really bring some more life to the models and make them stand out even more.

Looking forward to see more big nids!


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/07/03 00:42:42


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Really beautiful. Great sense of realism in the scheme. Also distinct, unique and - as you showed - practical and paintable.

-Rids


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/07/04 16:42:50


Post by: catbarf


Thank you both! If you're looking forward to big 'Nids, you're in luck. I don't often do WIP photos, but I figured I'd take a shot of what I'm gearing up for right now.

I had a lot of trouble painting the arms for the Warriors, as I had treated them the same as the magnetized Leman Russ bits. Which is to say, I stuck them all to a long strip of sheet steel, and painted them on that.

Well, that works fine for gun barrels, but the geometry of the Warrior arms made it really awkward to get all the angles, and I ended up having to carefully hold them with my fingers while painting.

Surprisingly, despite the plethora of tutorials on magnetizing minis, there's a real lack of documentation on how people actually hold the bits for painting. So I'm trying something new- I've stuck paperclip sections into pieces of cork, stuck the bits to the paperclips with their magnets, then used a tiny dab of superglue to hold them in place. When I'm done painting, I'll break the paperclips off, then gently file off the superglue residue and paint.



I've also started priming, and the new method seems to be working much better. I did two light passes with Stynylrez for tooth, and with just one layer of VMA White I've got pretty good coverage. Another layer, maybe two for some bits, and I should be good to go.

Oh yeah, and you may notice the pair of Tervigon claws. I figured those plus the larger pair of scything talons would make for a great Old One Eye. The only bits from the Carnifex kit I'm not painting in this batch are the heavy venom cannon, stranglethorn cannon, and deathspitters, as I don't anticipate using them much- my 1000pt list right now contains Old One Eye and a Stone-Crusher (currently on the way from Forge World), but I'll have all the painted bits needed to sub in a crushing claw + devourer 'Fex or a Screamer-Killer for one or both.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/07/04 16:58:18


Post by: Not Online!!!


So you make the crab

Finally, i honestly can't wait to see the finished stuff.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/07/27 20:47:58


Post by: catbarf


Man, talk about a delay- around the time of my last post I started coming down ill, and ended up being out of commission for basically the last three weeks.

I'm feeling better now, though, and resolved to get the Carnifex finished. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. In particular, and this is a minor thing but it's something I really wanted to get right, I really like how the splash effect turned out in the water. It gives the model a nice sense of weight.









The only parts from the kit that I didn't magnetize are the adrenal gland/toxin sacs (never had WYSIWYG complaints on those), the Thornback spikes (too fiddly), and the Heavy Venom Cannon, Stranglethorn Cannon, and Deathspitters, as I am not particularly keen to run gunline Carnifexes.

Since I've already gone to the trouble of magnetizing and painting all these bits, I could just assemble and paint the torso of my other Carnifex and have enough bits to fully equip it. But I've got the Forge World Stone-Crusher Carnifex conversion bits sitting here in a back, so I'm going to be doing those.

The current to-do list remains:
-12 more Termagants
-Tyrannofex
-Second Carnifex
-2 more Warriors and a Prime

Haven't decided which I'll tackle next.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/07/27 20:54:16


Post by: Not Online!!!


So this is the first crabnifex?
I adore it.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/07/29 14:14:47


Post by: Boss Salvage


Brilliant, and impressive to magnetize out your carnifexes. I love the stronecrusher claws, excited to see those in action, especially with the crab theme


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/08/03 22:49:56


Post by: Ezki


Just, wow!
The fex is looking freaking good.
The base turned out well and I really like the splash effect.

Glad that you are feeling better.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/08/07 02:27:50


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


I’ll say it again: this stuff is brilliant. The paint scheme works equally well on the little critters and big beasts. The splas effect on the base looks perfectly done. Great idea.

-Rids


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/08/16 22:10:17


Post by: catbarf


Two more Warriors! I also painted up a bunch more magnetized weapons (not pictured), including all the stuff I need for a Prime.

The Prime itself, armless and just primed white, is sitting on my desk. When I get the chance I intend to record the painting process and make a video tutorial out of it.



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/08/27 22:53:56


Post by: catbarf


Tyranid Prime is done. I did record the painting process, so I'll be seeing if I can make a usable tutorial out of it over the next couple of weeks.

At this point I've completed enough models to build the Armies on Parade board I have in mind, but I think I might push myself to get my second Carnifex done in the next couple of weeks, as I feel it will really add to the presence of the swarm on the board.





Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/08/28 13:37:59


Post by: Boss Salvage


catbarf wrote:
Tyranid Prime is done. I did record the painting process, so I'll be seeing if I can make a usable tutorial out of it over the next couple of weeks.

At this point I've completed enough models to build the Armies on Parade board I have in mind, but I think I might push myself to get my second Carnifex done in the next couple of weeks, as I feel it will really add to the presence of the swarm on the board.



Nicely distinguished from the other warriors - dig the inverted eye in his gun

Still smitten with this scheme, and do need to give those black weapons a shot, very cool effect.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/08/30 01:14:12


Post by: catbarf


Thanks! I didn't remember until you mentioned the eye that I had, once again, forgotten to paint the Deathspitter eye on my previous Warriors. I seem to be making a habit of that.

Anyways, while I was doing the initial priming and basecoating on the second Carnifex, an eBay order came in- some of the old 3rd Edition Stormtroopers, a set of models that I'd always really liked but never gotten around to actually buying for myself.

I modified the Death Korps color scheme, adding in green as a secondary color (for grenades and the lens) and pushing the highlights just a touch further, and then used the same basing scheme as the Tyranids for contrast. I'm toying with the idea of setting up a Tempestus Drop Force as an antagonist to the Tyranids, theming them as the airborne QRF of an ocean world.

Well, I think I've succeeded in making it a little more colorful than the rather monochrome Death Korps, while still keeping a gritty/realistic tone that I think suits the models. But I'll let you guys be the judge.



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/08/31 03:14:36


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Very cool. The bright green targetter eye piece looks good, like it has night vision. To me, Imperial Guard vs Tyranids is definitely one of the best, most flavorful matchups in the setting. I would love to see a Force if these guys against your Crab Nids on a beach battlefield.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/02 01:34:36


Post by: catbarf


Thanks! I've decided to incorporate a small squad (five models) of these Stormtroopers into my Armies on Parade entry, so that should be fun.

I also got the tutorial I promised completed. This should be a little clearer on the process than my previous Imgur guide.




Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/04 16:01:07


Post by: Captain Brown


Nice work and thank you for sharing catbarf.

Cheers,

CB


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/06 01:48:29


Post by: catbarf


The Stormtroopers are now complete, so at this point I intend to blitz through the Carnifex and then get to building the Armies on Parade board.

I had some annoyance getting through these guys, as I kept clumsily dropping the models and having paint chip. The sculpts are also pretty rough in some areas, so I kind of had to make the best of it, but I think the end result came out okay.








Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/06 02:22:01


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Beautiful work, as always. I love your style. And the nice photography always helps.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/09 13:33:13


Post by: Boss Salvage


Great looking squad, will be fun as part of the bugs' display board. Also fun fact, that plasma pistol sarge is weirdly one of my favorite Imperial minis. At the time his armament - two guns and no ccw?? - and helmeted head were really novel to me for a GW champ figure, who were usually waving oversized knife-swords and screaming. I suppose I've carried that affection through the ages (and should really paint mine up some time )


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/21 03:49:07


Post by: catbarf


The Stone-Crusher Carnifex is done! Now I can get to actually building the board, but I might divert slightly to do a basing tutorial first.





Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/21 11:43:22


Post by: Gordy2000


I could look at these minis all day. The painting on this blog continues to be outstanding and original.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/22 01:59:16


Post by: catbarf


Thanks Gordy2000, much appreciated.

Today I got started on the display board. I glued a piece of 2x2 insulation foam to a piece of 1/4" MDF, set up my models in a mockup of the final layout, and then drew in the intended terrain features.

Using the drawing as a guide, I glued down cork for rocks, used acetone to melt out some depressions for tide pools, and used a hot wire foam cutter to define the shoreline.



Since I need to wait for all that PVA to dry, I took a look at the plastic palm trees I bought for the project. At $13 for 30 trees, they were certainly affordable, but the appearance unsurprisingly left much to be desired.



However, with a bit of airbrushing and drybrushing, I was able to get them looking considerably more natural.



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/27 00:37:15


Post by: catbarf


Another WIP: the display board is nearing completion.

Once the resin is fully cured, it's just a matter of adding water effects to the top (for waves), cleanup, and painting the edges of the display.



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/27 02:25:25


Post by: Theophony


That’s a magnificent looking board, and it’s nit even done yet.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/27 13:56:17


Post by: Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll


That is a surprisingly simple technique for quite a good-looking board!


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/27 21:56:28


Post by: catbarf


Thanks! With how easy this has been, I'm thinking I might get some more foam and make a proper beach table.

I've just applied water effects to the top of the resin, so now it's just a slow and patient waiting game for it all to dry. I dare not put it outside in the sun for fear of getting pollen embedded in the water, so it might take as long as a week to clear up sitting indoors.

It's not even October yet, though, so I have plenty of time.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/28 17:23:00


Post by: Shadenuat


How do you do splashes of water like under nyd feet? Pour resin/water effect and then drag it around with a brush?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/29 02:27:10


Post by: catbarf


So from the project logs list I can see a reply after the one above, but when I open this thread, my post is the last one. Very strange. Can anyone confirm that there is a post between this one and my previous one?

Anyways, I had some free time today so I finished editing and uploading my beach basing tutorial.




Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/29 08:29:36


Post by: sockwithaticket


Nice job on the re-painted palms.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/09/29 19:16:12


Post by: catbarf


 Shadenuat wrote:
How do you do splashes of water like under nyd feet? Pour resin/water effect and then drag it around with a brush?


Oh hey, now I can see the posts. That was weird.

If you check out the video I posted above, I apply the Water Effects around the 6:00 mark. It's a very thick product, so if I have an idea of where I want the model's foot to go, I can easily shape the Water Effects into a crater, then tease it out higher to form a splash.

Once it's dry, I drybrush the splash white, then put a small blob of Water Effects in the middle of the crater, and attach the model (pinned via the other foot). The blob of Water Effects works as a glue for the foot, and helps bridge any awkward gaps between the already-rigid crater and the foot.

In other news, this should be my last WIP before the display board is completely done. I just need to paint the water effects (the white parts are not fully cured yet), paint the rims, attach a name plaque I got laser-cut on Etsy, and do some minor touch-up.



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/01 16:34:16


Post by: catbarf


I lied. I've decided to flip the board composition around, so that the Stormtroopers are on the beach, and the Tyranids coming out of the 'jungle'. I think this will produce a more natural flow to the board, rather than having the trees in the way.

With that in mind, the placard I had laser-etched- 'Terror From The Deep'- no longer seemed fitting. I did have the idea, instead, to draw from cheesy monster movies and make an ironic tiki-themed welcome sign as the placard.

Well, after designing a sign (using some freeware tiki fonts), printing it out, and gluing it to plasticard, I made the mistake of covering it all in a thick layer of Pledge- which, while it did a great job of sealing up the paper, also started to leach the ink out of the print.

So, I decided to roll with it. A spatter of blood, some random chipping, and the addition of a backer board and legs made from popsicle sticks, and now I have a billboard to insert just ahead of the treeline.



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/02 00:59:02


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Beautiful. Gorgeous. Well done. What else can I say?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/07 13:16:31


Post by: catbarf


I've had an enormous amount of positive feedback to the coconut crab scheme. One of the recurring questions has been how to adapt the technique to paint cool colors, where the brown wash isn't suitable.

So, I did an experiment, painting a Termagant in a 'blue coconut crab' scheme. I basically used the same technique, but with blue patterning rather than orange/brown, and a black all-over wash instead of brown.




I've recorded the process and will be putting together a video tutorial while I wait for the board to finish curing.

Since I've still got almost two weeks before Armies on Parade, I'm also working on another brood of Termagants and an old FW Hive Tyrant (which the base in the basing tutorial was for!), so if I can get them knocked out quickly I'll be able to add them to the display.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/07 13:48:39


Post by: Boss Salvage


Waiting for final display shots before gushing, but I love where it's at, and appreciate that you flipped the swarm's orientation to have a last stand at the waterfront for the troopers.

'Cold' termagant is adorable too. Inverted eyeballs included (which I'm pretty sure the crabs have too, but they stand out more here).


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/07 19:48:54


Post by: Excommunicatus


Chrome just gave me a random notification about your new coconut crab scheme on that there Reddit that they have now.

catbarf wrote:


Given that this is almost exactly how I hope my agitprop posters will work out, would you mind awfully going into a little more detail?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/08 01:35:34


Post by: catbarf


 Excommunicatus wrote:
Given that this is almost exactly how I hope my agitprop posters will work out, would you mind awfully going into a little more detail?


Oh sure. There's not really much to it.

So first I worked up the design on my PC, and printed it onto ordinary printer paper.

Then I cut the sign out carefully with scissors, and scored and snapped a piece of plasticard to the same size.

I glued the sign to the plasticard with a thin smear of PVA, and let it sit an hour or so, until it was firm.

I used a toothbrush to apply the spatter of blood, first flicking it on, then dabbing a bit with the bristles.

At this point, it looked like this:



So then, I brushed on a thick layer of gloss varnish- well, the Pledge floor gloss that I use as gloss varnish.

I figured this would provide a real saturation coat, to seal up the paper. Well, it did that, but it seems that a saturation coat of a water-based varnish is sufficient to leach the ink, so that's what caused the bleeding effect.

That's really all there is to it. Standard inkjet printer ink + tons of gloss varnish = a sealed, faded, ink-bleeding mess.


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Got the blue coconut crab tutorial together quicker than anticipated. I'm not switching my army color scheme or anything, but figured it might help people looking to build their own scheme.




Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/09 12:24:36


Post by: catbarf


The board is tentatively complete!



Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/09 22:07:35


Post by: Theophony


Top stuff stuff.

I can just see the guys arguing on wether the Nids can swim or not.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/12 15:03:13


Post by: catbarf


While I wait for Armies on Parade, I decided to work on a sample for another Tyranid scheme.




Basically what I'm doing is iterating through a couple of unusual Tyranid painting concepts that I came up with through the 30+ schemes I tried before settling on the orange coconut crab scheme. As with the coconut crab scheme, they're all easy to paint, but do some unusual things with the models to make them interesting.

Once I've put together a set of samples and tutorials for each, I intend to produce a video guide tying them all together by explaining the underlying theory behind color selection, patterns, and keeping the models individually quick to paint.

That's the long-term goal- in the meantime, after Armies on Parade I'll be getting back into the coconut crab Tyranids. Next on deck are another brood of Termagants, and an old Forge World Hive Tyrant, which together will get me to 1000pts.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/14 13:43:25


Post by: catbarf


Here's a tutorial on the scheme:




Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/16 13:01:13


Post by: catbarf


Did a quick test of a Genestealer to see how it would look in the scheme. Please excuse the mold lines I missed; this was something of a rush job.






Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/16 13:14:58


Post by: Boss Salvage


 catbarf wrote:
The board is tentatively complete!

Stunner of an army and display This shot is particularly cool as it shows the built up water - the waves are still crazy good looking to me.

Genestealer looks solid! Dig that dark spine it shares with all its siblings.

I had a question for you re: using large amounts of AP wash. I heavily washed a pretty big model a week or so ago, using AP Strong to tint Contrast green on roots and tentacles and whatnot, and discovered last night that parts of the wash had dried white. Some research showed this is because during heavy washing the medium separates from the shade, and tries white. In retrospect I've had this happen before while heavily washing (with AP), but assumed that was the Reaper Bones I was painting's fault. Anyway, have you experienced this? Do you know how to fix it? Simply wash the white parts with Strong again?


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/16 13:37:29


Post by: catbarf


 Boss Salvage wrote:
I had a question for you re: using large amounts of AP wash. I heavily washed a pretty big model a week or so ago, using AP Strong to tint Contrast green on roots and tentacles and whatnot, and discovered last night that parts of the wash had dried white. Some research showed this is because during heavy washing the medium separates from the shade, and tries white. In retrospect I've had this happen before while heavily washing (with AP), but assumed that was the Reaper Bones I was painting's fault. Anyway, have you experienced this? Do you know how to fix it? Simply wash the white parts with Strong again?


Hmm, I haven't had that issue at all, and I lay it on pretty heavily on the black/grey parts. I know that the wash is more likely to break if you mix it with just water, so if you're diluting it that could be the culprit. Other than that, how much are you shaking the bottles before use? I find they tend to separate over time and need some vigorous mixing to re-integrate.

When this same issue happens with varnish, a successive application of gloss varnish cleans it up, and then it can be re-matted. You could try doing the same- it'd have to be a lacquer or enamel, though, so that the carrier is 'hot' enough to reactivate the paint.


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/16 13:52:30


Post by: Boss Salvage


 catbarf wrote:
Hmm, I haven't had that issue at all, and I lay it on pretty heavily on the black/grey parts. I know that the wash is more likely to break if you mix it with just water, so if you're diluting it that could be the culprit. Other than that, how much are you shaking the bottles before use? I find they tend to separate over time and need some vigorous mixing to re-integrate.
Frankly it may be that I'm washing for such an extended time that the bottle settles between coats, so when I run out I'm droppering in badly mixed stuff as the process goes on. I recently washed a ton of bone colored crab dudes (purely a coincidence ) and didn't have an issue, but I also wasn't doing multiple coats like on my current green stuff.

I'll give rewashing a shot and hope that's enough. I'm worried the ink will just make the white pop or something


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/16 18:48:10


Post by: Theophony


Still wonderful work, love the army shots.

I can’t help but think that the genestealer needs some color on his head though


Catbarf's Random Assortment (Renegade Militia, Death Korps, AdMech, Tyranids, Odds and Ends) @ 2019/10/18 13:09:12


Post by: catbarf


I put together a quick video on how the coconut crab scheme is applied to Genestealers. Nothing earth-shattering here but it explains the logic and shows the process.





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