Switch Theme:

Share on facebook Share on Twitter Submit to Reddit  [RSS] 

mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/09/25 22:58:02


Post by: mcmattila


Hello Dakka! I've been a lurker for a while, but decided to start a plog of my own, mainly to share and document my hobby progress, but hopefully this motivates me to keep up at least some kind of painting pace I returned to GW miniatures around a year ago after about 15 years, and have slowly been building and painting 40k, Shadespire and AoS models. When I got back to the hobby, I decided that I was going to concentrate on the hobby side first and foremost, I'm not too interested in gaming. This allowed me to model and paint according to the "rule of cool", which is great after doing almost everything according to box art in my teenage years! I did end up getting Shadespire, mainly for the awesome models, but dabbled in the game as well and found it great fun. So maybe I'll get into other GW games as well in the future, who knows..

But enough talk, time for some pics. I'll dump all of my finished minis from the last year here in a chronological order.

First minis after the long break, five cultists. I had the spray varnish frost on me..


Some color tests with Battle for Macragge marines. A proper orange peel skin, courtesy of frosting. I haven't dared varnish my minis after these guys


Shadespire warbands. I nicked the SCE paint scheme from Tale of Painters' Banzai1000's Silver Lions.








"Shadowpike" 3d blocking terrain for Shadespire


Half of a Space Marine Tactical Squad. These were actually started right after the cultists, but I got distracted with Shadespire I'm currently working on the other half, hoping to finish it this week. Only a year to finish a squad..


Tomb Banshee. The model was a birthday present from my fiancé.


And the latest, Blood Reavers from the AoS starter set. I thought I'd try to get the set done in a reasonable time, so I thought I'd try speed painting by following an article in WD (Jan 2017), and just do basecoats + washes for the majority of a model. I did use a few more colors than in the article, with 4 skin tones and 2-3 colors for straps, cloth and fur. Worked rather nicely, and only took me a month Yes, I'm a slow painter.


So there, a year's worth of painting! Comments and criticism are greatly appreciated!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/09/30 10:01:18


Post by: mcmattila


I actually kept my schedule and finished the rest of my tactical squad! And just in time to participate in Azazel's September challenge, completing minis started at least six months ago I might end up changing the missile launcher for a plasma cannon and putting this guy into a devastator squad, but we'll see when/if that happens.



And a shot of the whole squad:



Also, a progress pic of the AoS starter set. Everything is built apart from the two leaders, and one mob is finished (as seen in the last post). I did a couple of conversions as well, see if you can spot them



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/10/07 16:30:19


Post by: mcmattila


I managed some progress on my Shadespire Orks. The armor is now mostly done, apart from some silver highlighting. This was my first time trying sponge weathering, and I got to say, it is awesome
I also based/sanded all my Stormcast Eternals this week, so they'll probably get primed soon.



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/10/17 09:17:05


Post by: mcmattila


Last week was not too productive, but some progress on the orks nonetheless. I basecoated and washed the small details like straps and trinkets and finished the clothes and the boss' cape and fur pelt. I also added some copper to the weapons and weathered the checkering. There's not super much to do anymore, I might actually get these finished this week!



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/10/21 11:25:09


Post by: mcmattila


Oh my word, I finished Ironskull's Boyz last night! Well, more like Copper'ead's Boyz I'm really happy with how these turned out, probably my best work to date, and I tried a couple of new techniques too! The recipes for the orange armor and the green skin came from Tale of Painters' Amy, big thanks to her!





I also dug out some of my old models from 15 years back and stripped them. The Space Marines and the Orks were half-painted, with paint straight out of pot and no primer. Now I got to clean the mold lines, drill the barrels and rebase the Marine sarge, and then I can paint them. I probably won't do anything with the two metal Marines as the casts are pretty bad (skewed), but the sarge from Battle of Macragge has a pretty cool pose, I'll just try to change his little shrine for a flag. The Orks are some of my favorite models that I converted and I always regretted not getting them painted. But hopefully I'll get them finished now, probably not in this Orktober, sadly, but maybe in Norkvember? The guy in the middle is apparently a 1st edition Warzone Capitol model, originally a model of my brother's friend. I don't have a clear idea what I want to do with him, but I think the model's pretty cool.



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/10/23 12:28:36


Post by: mcmattila


I did some work on the previously stripped old models, plus two oldies that I had only assembled. I cleaned up the mold lines, of which there were plenty and drilled all the plastic barrels (Very satisfying to do the big ork guns). The SM and CSM models were rebased to 32mm, and the SM sergeant got his flag. I even managed to remove the shrine without damaging it or the backpack! For the Warzone guy I also gave a 32mm base, and thought I'd try something other than sand and skulls for it. I really like the resulting industrial style base with steel floor, some piping and cables. I really need to get some copper wire though, the iron wire I currently have is tough to work with when it's cut short. With the industrial style base and reference pictures from a rulebook I found online, a paint scheme is forming in my mind: urban camo, black, gray and a US flag design on a shoulder pad.

In addition to these 7 models, I also primed my Stormcasts and the Khorgorath, so I've now got plenty of models ready for painting! I'm actually toying with the idea that I'd paint at least some of those orks this month, trying to finish a single model in a day or two, but we'll see how that goes..



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/10/23 21:36:49


Post by: JoeRugby


Cool stuff dude, love the undead


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/10/27 10:20:07


Post by: mcmattila


 JoeRugby wrote:
Cool stuff dude, love the undead

Thanks, the skellies are some of my favorite models too!

---

More orks for the Orktober! I finished the one Uruk-hai warrior I had unpainted. He's from the Two Towers paint set, so from around 2002? I worked on the guy for maybe two hours, so veritable speed painting for me! Though it has to be said that the model is tiny..





Better pic of the freehand-hand detail It was nice to paint as I didn't have to worry about being smooth.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/10/28 09:43:44


Post by: mcmattila


Painted up an old metal 40k Grot yesterday. This might actually be my first model ever that I painted from start to finish in one day I've been on a roll this month! This model was fun to paint apart from trying not to screw up the finished model while painting the base. It was also good practice for doing Moonclan Grot skin, if and when I get Nightvault and Zarbag's Gits.





mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/10/28 15:32:50


Post by: amazingturtles


Everything you've put up here so far is really impressive, it's tough to pick a favorite! Though yes, the skellingtons are exceptionally good. And I always love a good grot.

Keep it up!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/10/28 17:09:46


Post by: Captain Brown


Nice work mcmattila.

Cheers,

CB


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/10/28 22:34:05


Post by: mcmattila


amazingturtles wrote:Everything you've put up here so far is really impressive, it's tough to pick a favorite! Though yes, the skellingtons are exceptionally good. And I always love a good grot.

Keep it up!


Captain Brown wrote:Nice work mcmattila.

Cheers,

CB

Thank you amazingturtles and Captain Brown, much appreciated!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/10/28 23:55:11


Post by: Commander Cain


Oh wow that's a lot of awesome in so few posts! Great paint scheme on the marines and aos stuff!

It's nice to see a bit of lotr bits as well, I've always wanted an isengard army but have too much stuff to paint as it is.

Keep up the good work!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/10/29 13:00:42


Post by: mcmattila


 Commander Cain wrote:
Oh wow that's a lot of awesome in so few posts! Great paint scheme on the marines and aos stuff!

It's nice to see a bit of lotr bits as well, I've always wanted an isengard army but have too much stuff to paint as it is.

Keep up the good work!

Much obliged! To be honest, that Uruk-hai warrior will probably be my first and last lotr contribution, as I only had the one and I'm not too keen on those models (or, as keen as I am on WH stuff). I do have two or three sword-Uruks that I painted as a teenager, maybe I'll take and post photos of those some day. Would make for a fun comparison..


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/02 09:01:07


Post by: mcmattila


Some progress on two Ork Boyz that didn't quite make it in Orktober. Will probably finish them soonish..



I also started working on my old Ork Dreadnought by making a base for it. It was my first time making a cork base and I did the mistake that I put the rough side of the cork board up. Tried to fix it with a layer of PVA, but I don't think it did much. Well, live and learn. It'll probably be OK. The cork pieces are slanted a bit, inspired by the classic Space Marine Dread base. I also threw in a vintage tank trap piece from the 3rd ed. 40k starter set and an Ork helmet with the head scooped out.



I worked a bit on the Dread as well, cleaning up the leg bits. I'm so happy that we have nice plastic kits nowadays, as while the metal parts have nice detail, they have so much flash and mould lines that no part quite fits without a lot of filing. And then there's the additional work of pinning parts.. Anyways, I've been thinking about the color scheme and I think I'm leaning towards the box art with some alterations. While the orange would probably look nice as well, I don't really want to paint that much orange! And Dreads to me have always been very Goff! It's also a good piece to practice different blacks/dark metals.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/04 12:05:26


Post by: mcmattila


I finished building the Dreadnought today, and I got to say it was a pain. But I think the result is pretty good in the end. I've got a number of sub-assemblies: the legs, the body, the arms and the guns. I magnetized the big shoota and the rokkit launcha, so they're exchangeable on the right side of the Dread, the burna will be glued to the left. I'd like some sort of a handle for the body when painting/priming, but I'll see what I can work out.



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/04 19:53:38


Post by: amazingturtles


Man, that is a hunk of metal. That would probably drive me crazy trying to assemble.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/04 22:23:29


Post by: Ezki


Glad to hear you got back to the hobby after so long time.
I gotta say, amazing models!

It might be the nostalgia talking, but I kinda like the old Ork Dreadnought model. Looking forward to see it painted!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/04 22:44:58


Post by: mcmattila


 amazingturtles wrote:
Man, that is a hunk of metal. That would probably drive me crazy trying to assemble.

Yeah, it's a hefty one alright! I mean, one reason for the sub-assemblies was that holding the whole thing while painting would have probably been impossible I'm so happy were working with plastic these days, I'm hoping this is my last metal kit that I'll work on (single figures are okay though)..
 Ezki wrote:
Glad to hear you got back to the hobby after so long time.
I gotta say, amazing models!

It might be the nostalgia talking, but I kinda like the old Ork Dreadnought model. Looking forward to see it painted!

Thanks, it's great to be back! Seems like a great time to be in the miniature hobby!

I'm right there with you about the Dread! Might be a touch of nostalgia, but the model is pretty awesome and has aged well. The new plastic kit looks great as well and is surely much more fun to work with, but the old one's still competitive in the looks department! I'm trying to finish the model by the end of the month for Azazel's November challenge, and am hoping that it won't be that big of a job. But who knows..


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/05 04:12:39


Post by: youwashock


Solid paintwork, man. The marines are very cool, and I love how smooth the silver is on the Stormcast trio.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/05 17:02:35


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Some really cool stuff in here! I really like the Uruk-hai warrior you've done and those are some great oranges on your Orcs.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/05 20:23:14


Post by: mcmattila


youwashock wrote:Solid paintwork, man. The marines are very cool, and I love how smooth the silver is on the Stormcast trio.

Tyranid Horde wrote:Some really cool stuff in here! I really like the Uruk-hai warrior you've done and those are some great oranges on your Orcs.

Thanks guys, I really appreciate it! The marine scheme is my own, altered version of the Revilers, and I'm really happy with how it came out. The paint schemes/recipes for the Stormcast and the Orcs came from Tale of Painters' painters, so much kudos to them. When I eventually get back to my AoS starter box project, I'll have a whole army of Silverlion-sigmarines! Well, a small force anyway..


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/13 21:21:52


Post by: mcmattila


Last week was a bit more busy than normally and so a there's been less painting. And this week is not looking much different.. A small update however, I've been laying down base colors for the Dread. I did the checkers and the freehand today, though I'll probably go back to the skull. I'm not sure I like the ribbed horns, and the skull could maybe be slightly bigger. After that, next up on the agenda is to finish the base colors, shade it and do some sponge weathering/highlighting. Hopefully I can get to it in the weekend.



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/14 16:03:15


Post by: Ezki


That freehand looks really great!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/17 23:00:11


Post by: mcmattila


 Ezki wrote:
That freehand looks really great!

Cheers! I went back to it and refined it a bit, I think it's closer to the box art and I like it more than the previous version. I've got the base colors down now, minus some details, so the model is ready for some washes!



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/17 23:09:26


Post by: amazingturtles


Checkers! always fun to see. And i do think the skull looks best with the filled in horns, like that.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/17 23:14:15


Post by: King Thor


How did you paint the grey on your space marines?

They look very crisp!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/18 09:41:08


Post by: mcmattila


amazingturtles wrote:Checkers! always fun to see. And i do think the skull looks best with the filled in horns, like that.

Thanks, I prefer the solid horns as well.
King Thor wrote:How did you paint the grey on your space marines?

They look very crisp!

Thanks! The grey is standard GW recipe: mechanicus standard grey base, nuln oil on the whole model, layer with dawnstone leaving the recesses darker, edge highlight with administratum grey. Dawnstone is the longest step, it takes 2, even 3 coats at places to get solid coverage.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/18 09:59:10


Post by: SJM


Love your colour choices, your oranges really pop.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/18 18:11:03


Post by: JoeRugby


The dreads coming along great


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/18 22:52:28


Post by: IGtR=


Love the dredd - v orky!!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/19 11:30:04


Post by: mcmattila


SJM wrote:Love your colour choices, your oranges really pop.

JoeRugby wrote:The dreads coming along great

IGtR= wrote:Love the dredd - v orky!!

Thanks guys, much appreciated!

And we've reached page 2! This is a respectable thread now! I hope I get the Dread done soon so we can have some pictures on this page as well. Shouldn't be too long as I washed and weathered the model yesterday, now there's pretty much only the details and the base left to do before assembly. Of course, the final touches tend to take the longest, for some reason..


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/24 22:19:17


Post by: mcmattila


Just as I thought, finishing the Dreadnought took a bit of time. I only had a couple of painting nights this week, and actually got sidetracked for a bit with a miniature "rescue mission" (more on this later as I make progress).

But it's done now! Well, I still got to paint the rokkit launcha, but that can wait for now.. Really happy with how this came out, and how fast (by my standards) and simple it was to paint. I did almost zero edge highlighting, instead using the sponge weathering to highlight as well. The dark gunmetal also looks really good, I'll be sure to use that in the future. I think the base's colors ended up looking good, although I had a moment of doubt after basecoating the cork slabs Zamesi Desert. Looked like the Dread was standing on wedges of cheese! Amazing what a wash and drybrushing can do...

Anyways, pictures:









I really should get a small display board/mat and some scenery to do sweet action shots... Some day...


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/26 22:09:38


Post by: mcmattila


Okay, so I've been doing some building for a change. First, some Space Marine characters that I plan on painting next. The veteran sergeant was actually built more than a year ago but I finally got around to basing him. The captain I built yesterday. As some of you probably notice, I've tried to recreate the metal models from Jes Goodwin's 3rd-ed.-era command squad with plastic parts. I did take some liberties, but overall I think they're pretty good modernizations. I want to eventually make the standard bearer too, but I'll need to buy some bits before that can happen. I know the command squad is no longer a thing as such, but I'm doing this because the models are really cool to me. Part of the reason is perhaps that the command squad was, iirc, the second mini box I ever bought.



Second, the "rescue mission" that I mentioned in the last post. I had these two models in among my unfinished stuff from the teenage years, an Ork boy with a converted big shoota and a Chaos Space Marine with an Ork arm (that's some mutation!). As far as I recall, I gave the Marine for my cousin to try painting on, it was missing an arm so the Ork arm was attached from my bits box.. The Ork boy was kind of an awkward conversion even back then, so it never got painted. Well, last week I thought that as these guys weren't going to be of any use as is, I might as well try to rescue them by "de-converting", stripping and repainting them.

Before:




After:


The boy was an easy job with the arms and the gun cut of and new ones added. I reused the shoulder pad and the targeter. The Marine was a bit more involved: the arms and weapons changed totally (still didn't have a ccw arm, all of these bits are from the same exact box), the head changed, one shoulder pad made from a SM one and the body was realigned. I'm glad I finally found a use for the mutated head! While most of the mutation bits were a bit gak, this one was always cool, reminds me of Vic Rattlehead!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/27 03:17:12


Post by: Commander Cain


Great conversions! I really like the two marines in particular, they have great heroic poses without being too over the top.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/27 19:16:38


Post by: mcmattila


 Commander Cain wrote:
Great conversions! I really like the two marines in particular, they have great heroic poses without being too over the top.

Thanks Commander!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/27 21:18:49


Post by: amazingturtles


Ha! I remember making a big shoota conversion like that back in the day. Mine looked even worse i think. Nice restoration work!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/28 09:07:22


Post by: mcmattila


 amazingturtles wrote:
Ha! I remember making a big shoota conversion like that back in the day. Mine looked even worse i think. Nice restoration work!

Heh! Great minds think alike, eh? I got the idea of the extra shoota barrel from the Ork codex of the time, and made plenty of them from two shootas. This heavy bolter design was more experimental, and didn't really work as well in practice as I had thought it would. The heavy bolter was actually taken from a broken Land Speeder that I still have, maybe they'll be reunited in the future!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/28 14:28:40


Post by: Thousandeyes


Everything is coming along nicely, really a scattershot choice of what to paint eh?

Sticking to a single project is tricky for me as well.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/28 18:12:40


Post by: mcmattila


 Thousandeyes wrote:
Everything is coming along nicely, really a scattershot choice of what to paint eh?

Sticking to a single project is tricky for me as well.

Thanks! When I came back to the hobby, I decided that I was going to stay firmly at the modelling and painting side and not worry about gaming. Now I can paint any cool minis that I happen to like! I have made a small "army list" for the space marines, but I'm in no real hurry to complete it. As it stands, I consider each unit/single mini as a project, so I don't feel bad about neglecting a (bigger) project. I just enjoy making a dent into the unpainted pile of shame


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/29 00:00:13


Post by: King Thor


Love your thread! I find that having different projects on the go let's you jump around when you get burned out on any particular project. Looking forward to your next update...


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/29 00:22:07


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Your marines look great, I like the bases you've done on them, especially the one with the pipes sticking out. You've also done a good resto job on your Ork and CSM.

It's cool to see you've picked to go with the P&M side of things, can definitely get burnout if you paint too much of one thing. Looking forward to future updates!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/11/29 15:10:27


Post by: mcmattila


King Thor wrote:Love your thread! I find that having different projects on the go let's you jump around when you get burned out on any particular project. Looking forward to your next update...

Thanks! I definitely enjoy painting all kinds of different models!
Tyranid Horde wrote:Your marines look great, I like the bases you've done on them, especially the one with the pipes sticking out. You've also done a good resto job on your Ork and CSM.

It's cool to see you've picked to go with the P&M side of things, can definitely get burnout if you paint too much of one thing. Looking forward to future updates!

Cheers! Glad you like the bases, I've been lately trying to do a bit more elaborate bases than just sand, a skull and a tuft. Especially with the Dreadnought I felt it was a must, as a flat 60mm base would look very boring. The captain on the other hand needed a bit of a lift to stand out, and I felt it was a good opportunity to try broken flooring with random pipes sticking out.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/02 20:04:00


Post by: mcmattila


Time for another update! I got the sergeant from Battle for Macragge finished today. I started painting him while waiting for the veteran sarge's and captain's primer was drying (I like to leave it over-night), and as I had gotten to a good start, thought I'd finish him off before starting on the other two. As for the painting, it was pretty straightforward, the only challenges being that I had to freehand the banner's circle and scroll, and the face/eyes having almost no definition. I think the result is pretty good, although I do have a lot of room for improvement on the freehand department The "RAGE" text on the banner is a nod to his Macragge-origins, as well as a step towards naming all(/most of) my squads after video games.





mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/11 10:06:01


Post by: mcmattila


Last week I had only a couple of days to paint, so not too much progress. The veteran sarge got some paint on though, and with the armor finished and the yellow mostly done it's pretty much just details left now. Hopefully I can get him finished in the next couple of days so that I'll have time for one more mini before Christmas. The original plan was to paint the captain, but now I've been thinking I'd like to paint something red and festive.. Well, at least red.



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/11 11:00:03


Post by: Ezki


The Dread turned out great!
I really like the way you do yellow on those banners, well done!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/12 09:24:54


Post by: mcmattila


 Ezki wrote:
The Dread turned out great!
I really like the way you do yellow on those banners, well done!

Thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing your Dreads finished! The yellow is just standard GW recipe and I still can't get it as smooth as I'd like, but it comes out good enough. Works well with the grey, I think.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/12 20:51:21


Post by: neil101


You have a great eye for colour schemes . Love those Marines


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/13 17:34:59


Post by: mcmattila


neil101 wrote:
You have a great eye for colour schemes . Love those Marines

Thanks neil, much appreciated! Can't take all credit for the schemes, but at least the Marines are my own, even if very inspired by the Revilers


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/16 12:10:42


Post by: mcmattila


Finished the veteran sergeant last night. I had some trouble with the skull decal as the pauldron was touching the backpack's exhaust, leaving no room to insert the decal cleanly. I ended up cutting away part of the decal and touching it up with white paint afterwards. I also tried to blend the tufts to the base with a bit of agrax earthshade (a tip from Vince Venturella), but the result was not that great. The shade just dried to a dark clump and was too strong.. I have to try it again with some lahmian medium. But aside these small things, I'm very happy with him overall. I gave him a white mohawk as a nod to the original 'eavy Metal box art.





You can see from the rear that I gave him a mk4 backpack, which is basically an HD version of what came with the original metal mini.

Next up will be my Khorgorath, the captain will be put on hold for a bit. Need a little change from power armor, layering it is such a chore..


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/18 02:02:11


Post by: Ezki


Neat work, well done!
The face looks really good.

I like the pose of that model.
It's like he is saying "No! The fighting is that way!"


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/18 11:44:16


Post by: mcmattila


 Ezki wrote:
Neat work, well done!
The face looks really good.

I like the pose of that model.
It's like he is saying "No! The fighting is that way!"

Thanks Ezki! I like the face as well, I think it's the best one I've done yet.Also, it was much more fun to paint than the last one, which basically had zero sculpted detail And I agree with you about the pose. They make a fun pair with the captain, both pointing to different directions. "Onwards brothers!" "Sir, sir.. The fighting's that way."

I've been painting the Khorgorath and pretty much finished its skin last night. I'm following Duncan's tutorial pretty closely for this one. Some of the transitions and highlights are a bit sloppy, but as I'd like to finish this before the weekend I call it good enough. I've converted the model a bit as I thought the original was too busy. The headswap was inspired/stolen from Will Vale. The problem with that is of course that I now have to come up with some way to patch Korghos Khul's collar when I eventually get to building him..



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/22 10:43:23


Post by: mcmattila


The Khorgorath is done, and with it, my last model of 2018! There are a couple of dabs of paint in the wrong place, might go back to fix them at some point, but they're not too big of a deal. I had an idea of doing something like a dried out, cracked, river(/stream) bed in the middle and used Agrellan Badlands for it. It did crack, but so little that you can't really tell. I thought I put plenty of it on the base, but apparently not enough.. But no matter, I'm very happy with the model, as well as the speed that I managed to finish it!

Anyways, happy holidays for everyone!





mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/23 20:43:28


Post by: amazingturtles


He is neat! I like how you got the stormcast shield on the base, the way you painted the bony parts make it look a lot like it's really bursting out, nice and unsettling. Happy holidays!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/24 11:05:18


Post by: mcmattila


 amazingturtles wrote:
He is neat! I like how you got the stormcast shield on the base, the way you painted the bony parts make it look a lot like it's really bursting out, nice and unsettling. Happy holidays!

Thanks turtles! I desided to paint the shield in the colors of the Silver Lions, as I'm going to go for that color scheme on the SCE side of the starter. It was also fun to build the base, it was like a mini diorama, which I think is necessary for these larger bases. It was a bit expensive-ish, as I used greenstuff to create the mounds and bigger rocks Also, I'm glad that you like the bony bits, as that was the color that took by far the longest to paint!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/26 20:12:47


Post by: JoeRugby


Cracking Job mate

Hope you had a good Christmas Looking forward to what you do next year


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/27 19:17:37


Post by: mcmattila


 JoeRugby wrote:
Cracking Job mate

Hope you had a good Christmas Looking forward to what you do next year

Thanks Joe! I sure had, hope you did as well! I got Spiteclaw's Swarm as a gift, so that'll probably be my project for January. Also got a reprint copy of "Noidan Käsikirja", originally "Usborne Guide to the Supernatural World" and some nice beer, which might be good for inspiration



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/28 00:29:51


Post by: Tyranid Horde


That's a tremendous looking paint job on that daemon, the blending is really nice and the bone offsets the red really well!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/28 17:30:27


Post by: mcmattila


 Tyranid Horde wrote:
That's a tremendous looking paint job on that daemon, the blending is really nice and the bone offsets the red really well!

Thanks Tyranid Horde, much appreciated! I was surprised by how fast and easy it was to paint the skin using Duncan's tutorial.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/28 17:47:44


Post by: IGtR=


The spacemarines are great and sooo clean. Love the Khorgorath too - mine is missing a few bits so will likely steal the stolen conversion to try and bodge a new head for the thing as it seems to look pretty damn good like that!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2018/12/29 22:48:04


Post by: mcmattila


 IGtR= wrote:
The spacemarines are great and sooo clean. Love the Khorgorath too - mine is missing a few bits so will likely steal the stolen conversion to try and bodge a new head for the thing as it seems to look pretty damn good like that!

Cheers IGtR! From what I can tell, plenty of people seem to think the Khorgorath's original head is a bit silly, but happily that has led to some great headswaps! I like this eyeless daemon skull, as it reminds me of Doom's Hell Knights.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/07 22:36:07


Post by: mcmattila


Alright, a new year, time to rev up the hobby engine! Didn't get much done during the holidays as I was visiting friends and relatives, but I did manage to build Spiteclaw's Swarm and some scatter terrain / objective markers for Azazel's January challenge. I started painting the metals on the Swarm, the terrain pieces will be primed and painted some time during this month. Shouldn't be more than a couple of days work when I get to it.. BTW, it was cool to see that those Battle for Macragge force field projectors are getting a face lift in the Urban Conquest box that'll be released in two weeks.





mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/08 13:18:17


Post by: Ezki


Yet another success with that daemon!

Looking forward to see the rats painted. The metal pieces are looking good already.
Do you prime the metal parts with different color or paint straight on top of the grey?

Hope you enjoyed the holiday season


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/08 21:56:58


Post by: mcmattila


 Ezki wrote:
Yet another success with that daemon!

Looking forward to see the rats painted. The metal pieces are looking good already.
Do you prime the metal parts with different color or paint straight on top of the grey?

Hope you enjoyed the holiday season

Thanks Ezki! Holiday season was very enjoyable, and I even got to play a couple of games of Shadespire!

For the metals on the rats I followed RobPaintsModels' tutorial, I didn't really prime with different color, but basecoated with Rhinox Hide. Then a drybrush of Warlock Bronze and another of Leadbelcher. I then gave it a coat of Agrax. I still have to do a highlight of Runfang Steel, I'm thinking a light drybrush and maybe some selective edge highlighting.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/09 21:56:28


Post by: Tyranid Horde


That new urban conquest box is quite tempting. I don't have any terrain so some scatter would be good! Agree it's cool to see some of the old pieces get updated, although I'd say quite a few people won't recognise them!

Liking the metallics on the Skaven too, may be stealing the method.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/11 05:36:40


Post by: amazingturtles


I was surprised to the see the macragge terrain pieces in there, nicely surprised though.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/11 10:02:13


Post by: mcmattila


Tyranid Horde wrote:That new urban conquest box is quite tempting. I don't have any terrain so some scatter would be good! Agree it's cool to see some of the old pieces get updated, although I'd say quite a few people won't recognise them!

Liking the metallics on the Skaven too, may be stealing the method.

Thanks! Yeah that box contains some really nice pieces. I don't play the game though, so I don't really have a use for them, or the rules at least. Could be nice for photoshoots though, so maybe I'll eventually grab a set from eBay..
And go for it, we're all thieves here
amazingturtles wrote:I was surprised to the see the macragge terrain pieces in there, nicely surprised though.

I'm glad! They're remnants of my teenage hobby years, it's pretty cool to go back and pick up where I left off. I curse myself for throwing away the crashed lander though.. One day I'll get another!

---

Finished the metals, apart from some rust streaks that I'll add when the minis are otherwise done, and basecoated the furs. I'm going to go with more hairy rat-men than GW's naked man-rats, and a different color for each. Skritch was inspired by Adventure Time's Rat King, and Festering Skaven is obviously painted Eshin Grey. I'm now at the stage of painting where I'm doubting myself a bit all as all the different colors look really.. different. I'm sure washes, highlights and the team colors on the robes will tie everything together though.



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/14 10:57:30


Post by: mcmattila


I've finished the hairy bits on everyone except Skritch and started on the fleshy parts. I tried to do some hair-like texture rather than just regular layering, I think it worked out pretty good.



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/14 12:12:23


Post by: lipsdapips


Seconding all the comments about clean marines. Your paint scheme is really cool too - I love all the helms with the yellow halves. Just discovered this blog, made for very pleasant reading. Consider me subbed


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/15 10:24:12


Post by: mcmattila


 lipsdapips wrote:
Seconding all the comments about clean marines. Your paint scheme is really cool too - I love all the helms with the yellow halves. Just discovered this blog, made for very pleasant reading. Consider me subbed

Thanks lipsdapips, I appreciate you stopping by! It's cool to see that people seem to like my marines; there's not a lot of original paint schemes in this thread, but the marines are pretty much my creation! They're also a bit of a pain to paint, but the end result is worth it


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/21 10:06:33


Post by: mcmattila


Not as much progress on the rats last week as I would've wanted (=they're not yet ready), but I'm getting close. I painted all the brown straps and wooden bits and started on the purple cloth. Skritch's cloak is pretty much done, though I'm thinking of adding one more highlight for some added contrast. After the purple is done, it's only some detail work, minor clean-up and bases before they're finished.



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/22 17:17:42


Post by: IGtR=


Love the use of purple on scaven. Wouldn't have thought that it works, but nonetheless, I think it is great. And the metals are fantastic.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/23 22:33:35


Post by: mcmattila


 IGtR= wrote:
Love the use of purple on scaven. Wouldn't have thought that it works, but nonetheless, I think it is great. And the metals are fantastic.

Thanks IGtR, I appreciate it! Yeah, I could only find a couple of examples of purple skaven, though apparently there's an "official" purple scheme on Clan Septik. I thought I'd try it, as I really like the color and also I try to paint each warband/faction with a different spot color, and I'm glad it's working out. I did have my moment of doubt while painting though..


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/24 03:42:47


Post by: amazingturtles


That is a very good purple. I'm a fan of purple in general mind you, but it works very well with their fur here.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/25 21:36:06


Post by: mcmattila


 amazingturtles wrote:
That is a very good purple. I'm a fan of purple in general mind you, but it works very well with their fur here.

Thanks again turtles! I also think it's a very good purple I did add another highlight to it, and I think it made it even better!

I'm on the homestretch with the Skaven, with the rats basically done and most of the work done on the bases as well. I should get them done by the end of the weekend. We're having some guests over for the weekend, so that cuts on the painting time, but I'll be able to continue on Sunday at the latest.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/27 22:12:02


Post by: mcmattila


Spiteclaw's Swarm is finished, a week later than I hoped, but then again, a week sooner than I initially expected! These were a Christmas present from my lovely fiancé. She's not a fan of the rats, but got them anyway since she knew they were my favorites!

I had much fun painting the gang and choosing different fur colors for each rat. It did cause some minor headaches as couldn't paint the straps the same on each of them, but I think the end result is really nice. The color purple was something that I hadn't used previously, and other than Genestealer Purple being a bit of a bitch to paint, I'm a fan. Not the creamiest of blends on the back of Skritch's cape, but looks pretty sweet as far as you don't stick your face to it.I wanted to add some color modulation to my go-to "sandstone" bases, which I achieved by using a couple of washes, and painted some green around the sewer, to look like theres moss or something growing there. Finally, there was the problem of how to paint the water in the sewer/ditch. I didn't want to do the "radioactive green goop", and blue would've been weird by any standard. I ended up wet-blending some brown-green mess, washed it with Agrax and Camoshade and finished with 'Ardcoat. Not that visible in the photos, but I'm pretty happy with it.






Also, for 2019 I thought that I'd start a hobby bingo card, courtesy of Rob Hawkins. Got to stamp the "color scheme you don't normally use" box with the Swarm.

Spoiler:


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/27 22:20:58


Post by: Oshii


Skavens looks awesome, love them, great job.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/28 23:42:17


Post by: JoeRugby


Great job dude


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/01/29 11:30:22


Post by: mcmattila


Oshii wrote:Skavens looks awesome, love them, great job.

JoeRugby wrote:Great job dude

Thanks guys!

I've started working on the scatter terrain and objective markers by laying down some base coats and washes. I need to get a move on as I'm trying to finish these before Friday. Should be possible though, as these are mostly wash-and-drybrush kind of painting. The pallet might not get finished by that deadline as I forgot to prime it with the rest of the bits, but we'll see..



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/01 10:22:06


Post by: mcmattila


I finished the scatter terrain / objective markers last night, just in time to enter them in Azazel's January challenge. These were fun to paint and a nice change of pace, but I got to say that I did not like painting the models without bases. Having to wait for the paint to dry to is a bummer in a middle of a coat.





While I was looking for ispiration on how to paint the BfM markers, I looked at the original BfM booklet that I still have in my bookshelf. I noticed that they had used some pre-production models for the photos, I bet that wouldn't fly today!

Spoiler:


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/01 12:28:18


Post by: Theophony


Those skaven are fantastic. They are the set that had me thinking of getting shadespire and eventually building a skaven force....must resist.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/01 16:22:22


Post by: Ezki


Skaven look really good. The different colored furs give them a lot of character.
Also like the scatter terrain. Agreed that it's pain to paint something without a base. I usually am too hesitant to start painting the other side and get paint all over my fingers..

Good luck with the hobby bingo!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/01 23:31:24


Post by: amazingturtles


Ha yes, I just get paint on my fingers anyhow. Of course i do that when painting bases too.

They are all good, and i like the ooziness of the barrels.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/02 14:28:38


Post by: mcmattila


Thanks everyone!
Theophony wrote:Those skaven are fantastic. They are the set that had me thinking of getting shadespire and eventually building a skaven force....must resist.

Yeah, the models are brilliant! Sadly most of the AoS kits aren't up to that standard.. Well, maybe the sturdier models are better for large forces, Spiteclaw's Swarm is really fiddly! But anyway, I've got a couple of Plaque Monks in the pile of shame for a future project..
Ezki wrote:Skaven look really good. The different colored furs give them a lot of character.
Also like the scatter terrain. Agreed that it's pain to paint something without a base. I usually am too hesitant to start painting the other side and get paint all over my fingers..

Good luck with the hobby bingo!

amazingturtles wrote:Ha yes, I just get paint on my fingers anyhow. Of course i do that when painting bases too.

They are all good, and i like the ooziness of the barrels.

Yes, many fingers were painted! Not only by touching wet paint on the model, but by drybrushing and washes as well!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/03 08:29:22


Post by: Midget Gems


Good work on the scatter terrain, you have a really nice eye for detail with the little bits of weathering etc.

Love how the Skaven turned out, tbh the bases are wonderful and my fav part.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/03 11:18:10


Post by: aku-chan


Lovely job on the Skaven!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/04 21:09:03


Post by: mcmattila


Midget Gems wrote:Good work on the scatter terrain, you have a really nice eye for detail with the little bits of weathering etc.

Love how the Skaven turned out, tbh the bases are wonderful and my fav part.

aku-chan wrote:Lovely job on the Skaven!

Thanks for the compliments guys, I really appreciate it! The Skaven bases are one of my favorite parts as well, they were fun to work with and ended up looking great.

---

Azazel's hobby challenge is based around neglected models this month, which is.. well, we all have a lot of them I decided to go back to the AoS starter set and get the SCE Liberators painted. They will be done in the same Silverlions scheme as my Steelheart's Champions. During the weekend I did the armor and the black armor joints for the 10 Liberators. I decided, however, that I'm going to do them 5 at a time from that point onwards. Today I basecoated the red on the first group. If all goes to plan, I should have each group done in a week.



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/04 22:58:58


Post by: Tyranid Horde


To echo the comments on your Skaven, they look brilliant! I really like that you've gone for purple on their clothes, it bounces off the browns really nicely!

The objective markers look excellent also and I'm looking forward to seeing more of those Stormcasts!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/05 00:26:25


Post by: Ezki


Good start!
I bet these will look great when finished.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/05 12:30:13


Post by: mcmattila


Tyranid Horde wrote:To echo the comments on your Skaven, they look brilliant! I really like that you've gone for purple on their clothes, it bounces off the browns really nicely!

The objective markers look excellent also and I'm looking forward to seeing more of those Stormcasts!

Thanks! The purple was chosen mostly because I liked the color and didn't see a lot of it on Skaven, but I'm glad that it works well with the different fur colors. Of course, gray and brown being neutral colors it's pretty much a given.
Ezki wrote:Good start!
I bet these will look great when finished.

Thanks! I'm fairly confident as well!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/10 11:16:23


Post by: mcmattila


I got the first batch of Liberators done last night. I wanted to get these done pretty quickly, but as the main armor is quick to paint and there's not that much detail I decided to do basically the same steps as I took with Steelheart's Champions. I did skip the highlights on black though, and was a bit more lax with mistakes. I'm happy with the results, they're really close to the Champions, and were painted in much, much faster!

While I was painting/looking at these, I noticed that the 40mm bases would really need something more to them than just sand and a piece of gravel. The flatness of the base starts to show. The tufts did a pretty good job of adding interest, but in the future I think I need to do some proper landscaping on bases this size. These models were always supposed to be rather quick projects though, so it's fine.





The one thing I couldn't color match was the cloak on the Prime. It ended up brighter than on Steelheart, but I think I like this more, so no biggie.



The next five Liberators are next in the painting queue and should be done next week.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/10 13:21:02


Post by: Tyranid Horde


They look great! The flash of red really makes these guys pop. I see what you mean about bigger infantry bases, I'm working on some Sons of Horus and they're based on 32's and my usual approach of sand and grass wasn't going to cut it.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/10 20:04:53


Post by: IGtR=


I quite agree on the bigger bases, definitely a mixed blessing. Whilst they give you much more freedom to create a more diorama-style base, one does feel obliged to do it for every bleedin' model on a 32mm and above. It has really delayed the basing and painting of my Ork Nobz, and I'm starting to think it was a conspiracy to sell those sector mechanicus and hero bases


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/11 03:22:59


Post by: amazingturtles


The purple handles to the weapons are a nice touch. All i do in this thread is praise the purple bits but dang it they are nice.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/11 10:45:53


Post by: mcmattila


Tyranid Horde wrote:They look great! The flash of red really makes these guys pop. I see what you mean about bigger infantry bases, I'm working on some Sons of Horus and they're based on 32's and my usual approach of sand and grass wasn't going to cut it.

IGtR= wrote:I quite agree on the bigger bases, definitely a mixed blessing. Whilst they give you much more freedom to create a more diorama-style base, one does feel obliged to do it for every bleedin' model on a 32mm and above. It has really delayed the basing and painting of my Ork Nobz, and I'm starting to think it was a conspiracy to sell those sector mechanicus and hero bases

Thanks guys! I feel that on 32s sand, grass and skulls/stones still work, but definitely wouldn't hurt to add something more interesting. At some point in the future I'm planning on doing some models with scratch-built industrial style bases, which will also be pretty flat, but of course it's more appropriate in that case.
amazingturtles wrote:The purple handles to the weapons are a nice touch. All i do in this thread is praise the purple bits but dang it they are nice.

Thanks again turtles! Purple is a nice color (and this is a different hue than on the Skaven), so praise away! I don't mind

---

Yesterady I took a break from painting and finished building a Devastator squad that had been neglegted for ages. The basic models were finished around a year and a half ago, but they lacked accessories and basing. The sergeant's arms were also originally pretty awkward (raised too high), which I corrected some time ago. So last night I added a lot of grenades, pouches and purity seals to the squad, and the sarge got an auspex to represent the signum. I don't usually add a lot of the accessories, as the size of especially the big pouches and holsters are pretty huge, but I think it worked out okay with these guys.

As for the models themselves, I wanted to give them heavier armor than the standard mk7, and used the mk3 instead. I'm not much of a fan of the mk3 helmets or powerpacks though, so I used mk7 for them. My reasoning is that the more advanced helmets would have better targeting and the powerpacks would be at least as powerful as the old ones but in a smaller, lighter package.





I'll probably start painting these guys after the Liberators are done, so next week. I'd like to get them done by the end of the month, so I could enter them in Azazel's February challenge, but that might be a pretty tall order..


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/17 11:49:53


Post by: JoeRugby


Lovely job on the sigmarines dude


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/18 22:23:29


Post by: mcmattila


 JoeRugby wrote:
Lovely job on the sigmarines dude

Thanks Joe! Here's some more

So the next five Liberators are armed with swords instead of hammers. I happen to have a box of five multipart Liberators, and as it comes with both swords and hammers, decided to go for a simple weapon swap. Drilling holes for pins was a bit harrowing, as it left the weapon handles with 0.1mm walls, but amazingly I didn't screw it up on any of them. Finally, as I had access to a two-handed sword, I swapped one of the monopose models for a multipart one, and gave him the big sword. For some reason the arms were a nightmare to pose and required a lot of greenstuff.. The pauldrons were also really weird, so needless to say, my I didn't much like assembling a proper multipart SCE. Well, I still got four of them left for later, so I'll see if it gets better with a more standard loadout.

On the painting side, the only thing that differs slightly is, unsurprisingly, the swords, which didn't get a purple wash like the hammers did. I was originally a bit concerned that the large swords would be too similar in color to the armor, but the golden guards and leaving the wash off created suitable contrast. I played with the idea of some blue wash, but decided to leave it off as these are just standard swords.







mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/19 04:27:42


Post by: amazingturtles


Nice! The gold really does set the silver off well. A set of stylin' fellows.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/19 12:06:36


Post by: zahnib


Awesome work mcmattila! I love your remake of the old auspex marine from the 3rd edition command squad, one of my favourite models. Your Ork Dread is also great. You've got a very neat crisp painting style


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/19 15:29:11


Post by: Ezki


Good looking bunch! I enjoy the red cloths, well done.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/19 18:41:50


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Not a huge fan of the fantasy muhreenz, but I must say: very well executed! I love the richness of the red in particular.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/21 16:34:27


Post by: mcmattila


amazingturtles wrote:Nice! The gold really does set the silver off well. A set of stylin' fellows.

Much appreciated turtles!
zahnib wrote:Awesome work mcmattila! I love your remake of the old auspex marine from the 3rd edition command squad, one of my favourite models. Your Ork Dread is also great. You've got a very neat crisp painting style

Cheers zahnib! The auspex sarge is one of my faves as well, hopefully he'll be joined by the captain soon enough! As is probably evident, my painting (marines especially) has taken a lot of cues from WHTV, but staying "between the lines" has always been important to me. We'll see how my painting evolves as time goes on, but I'm definitely happy with neat and crisp! Thanks!
Ezki wrote:Good looking bunch! I enjoy the red cloths, well done.

CommissarKhaine wrote:Not a huge fan of the fantasy muhreenz, but I must say: very well executed! I love the richness of the red in particular.

Thanks Ezki and Commissar! The reds were a joy to paint!

---

On the painting front, I've primed and started basecoating the Devastators. There's not too much progress yet, so no pic this time..


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/25 09:40:05


Post by: mcmattila


Last week was more busy than normal on the "real life" side of things, so I didn't get as much painting done as I would've wanted. Still, even a little progress is still progress.. I got gray, black and steel basecoated and washed on the Devastators. Next thing will be to layer the gray armor with Dawnstone, which frankly I'm not really looking forward to, though the mk3 armor looks like it might be more fun to paint than mk7? We'll see.. One thing I've not yet settled on are the lips/trims on the armor panels: whether to paint them gray or metal. I'll start with gray, but if that looks dumb I'll repaint them to steel.



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/25 21:48:19


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Those Sigmarines look sweet! It's a nice break from the norm.

I have a soft spot for MkIII armour, if it wasn't for the fact Primaris marines are about, I'd want an army of them, heresy or otherwise. The only issue with them is the amount of edges!
I like the mix of armour marks too.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/02/27 07:57:52


Post by: mcmattila


 Tyranid Horde wrote:
Those Sigmarines look sweet! It's a nice break from the norm.

I have a soft spot for MkIII armour, if it wasn't for the fact Primaris marines are about, I'd want an army of them, heresy or otherwise. The only issue with them is the amount of edges!
I like the mix of armour marks too.

Thanks Tyranid Horde! I've seen some Primaris with mk3 helmets, they look pretty badass! I haven't got to highlighting the armor yet, but it seems to me that while there are a lot of edges, most of them seem to be so prominent that you can just use the edge of your brush, so they would be pretty quick to do.. The rivets though! There's at least 100 per model? You're bound to miss some..


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/03/03 21:32:48


Post by: mcmattila


Small update today, I've layered the Devastators' armors. Judging by the pictures, looks like nothing much changed, but nonetheless, it took me about 1,5h per dude.. I should probably change to a bigger brush? Anyways, next update will probably take some time/be a small one, as I'm on a holiday trip and won't be painting again until Saturday at the earliest.



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/03/04 01:22:35


Post by: amazingturtles


I can tell the difference! That's a good grey, and the lighting shows it off well. I think that armor is my favorite for marines and it looks especially good for these guys, all standing around and being tough. Possibly tuff.

Wait, no, never that.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/03/05 09:54:43


Post by: mcmattila


 amazingturtles wrote:
I can tell the difference! That's a good grey, and the lighting shows it off well. I think that armor is my favorite for marines and it looks especially good for these guys, all standing around and being tough. Possibly tuff.

Wait, no, never that.

Thanks! Tough armor for tough guys!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/03/09 12:17:09


Post by: JoeRugby


Coming along Great McMattila

looking forward to more progress pics


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/03/11 21:50:44


Post by: mcmattila


 JoeRugby wrote:
Coming along Great McMattila

looking forward to more progress pics

Cheers Joe! I'm hoping to get back on the painting track this week.

While I didn't paint anything last week, I did build a couple of models during the weekend! Long ago I stumbled upon Eric Sexton's Imperial Skaven, and wanted to give it a try myself. Now I have! I'm liking the sergeant, but I'm not a 100% sure about the neck/head pose of the rifle-rat.. I may try to reposition the head to be a little lower. Also, I'm going to go into a new and bold direction with these models, and paint the models and the bases separately! I built some industrial style bases which I'm pretty happy with, and should be fun to paint as well. Speaking of painting, the Devastators are still at the front of the queue, and I have yet to settle on a paint scheme for these guys, so it might be a while before they get any paint on them.





mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/03/11 23:30:53


Post by: Ezki


Oh these are looking mighty fine! That's a cool concept.
If I remember correctly, the Skaven are one of your favorite races? If so, this must be a fun project.

As a suggestion, the rifleman's head could be a little lower? As in a shorter neck.

Are you planning to make a bigger force out of them?


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/03/13 10:18:54


Post by: mcmattila


 Ezki wrote:
Oh these are looking mighty fine! That's a cool concept.
If I remember correctly, the Skaven are one of your favorite races? If so, this must be a fun project.

As a suggestion, the rifleman's head could be a little lower? As in a shorter neck.

Are you planning to make a bigger force out of them?

Thanks Ezki! The Skaven are up there, yeah! I don't know if I'll ever collect a whole army of them, since I don't really fancy painting hundreds of rats, and a lot of their core models are really starting to show their age.. But, with this project I get to explore them a bit, along with the Imperial Guard (towards which I have very similar feelings ). My plans are to do something Kill Team-sized (around 10-15 models), though as I don't play the game and don't know much about the rules, this will be more like building a bunch of cool models. Currently, I have bits to do three more rats and the next one will be armed with a flamer. For the final two I'll have to decide if I'll make more rifle-rats or something else. I'd like to make a sniper using a Skitarii rifle and a heavy bolter team (I know they're not legal in KT, at least not yet..), but don't have bits for those yet. I've also been thinking about a Commissar to lead them and maybe a Sentinel or a Chimera for support (again, waiting for that eventual KT - Vehicles expansion!).

On the hobby side, I ripped the head of the rifle rat, cut it a bit more and repositioned it, I like it much more now. I still have to greenstuff him a new neck/collar. I also got some painting done: highlighted the Devastators' armor and washed all the rivets. I'll post more WIP photos when I get some more P done..


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/03/17 13:21:31


Post by: mcmattila


Okay, time for another update. The Devastators are coming along pretty nicely, though there's still plenty to do. I've now basecoated and washed pretty much everything except the sarge's head and the bases.



And I did some more work on the Skaven. As I mentioned in the last post, I repositioned the riflerat's head (still the same head, the skull's showing on the other side). I also built the next rat, with a flamer as intended. Came out great, I think, the head especially is fitting. Now after sculpting the necks and collars of the two rats, I've been thinking about redoing the sarge's neck as well. Doesn't need to be reposed, but maybe giving him a collar like the rest.. We'll see..



Closer look at the sculpting:


The group so far. I think they look pretty good together.




I'm also counting these guys as a square for the bingo card. They could have worked for a lot of different squares, but I'm going with "sculpt something on a model".
Spoiler:



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/03/18 13:59:23


Post by: amazingturtles


Those skaven are neat! The one with the head's pose changed looks a lot better, a lot more natural.

Also i missed seeing that bingo card, it's a fun idea.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/03/18 22:26:11


Post by: gobert


Cool idea on the skaven, the flamer dude and the sergeant look a particularly good start!

Nice looking Devs too, crisp and clean highlights are coming together already


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/03/19 13:16:43


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Clean and crisp Devs, great job on splitting the colours on the helmet. Add me to the list of people liking those Skaven! I'm impressed with how well the guard arms fit to their bodies.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/03/19 19:00:23


Post by: mcmattila


amazingturtles wrote:Those skaven are neat! The one with the head's pose changed looks a lot better, a lot more natural.

Also i missed seeing that bingo card, it's a fun idea.

Thank you! I very much agree with you on the repose! And yeah, the bingo card is a fun incentive! I found it at the tail-end of 2018, and thought that I'd try to fill it in 2019. Curiously, Warhammer Community also seemed to find the bingo card a good idea, as their Middle-Earth Hobby Bingo card looks suspiciously close to this Rob Hawkins one..
gobert wrote:Cool idea on the skaven, the flamer dude and the sergeant look a particularly good start!

Nice looking Devs too, crisp and clean highlights are coming together already

Thanks for the compliments and for dropping by, gobert!
Tyranid Horde wrote:Clean and crisp Devs, great job on splitting the colours on the helmet. Add me to the list of people liking those Skaven! I'm impressed with how well the guard arms fit to their bodies.

Cheers! To be fair, the guard arms are attached to guard bodies! But there was a possibility of the heads not fitting in when the arms were attached. Some arms probably won't work, but thankfully the flamer fit just fine (had to do some minor cutting where the head touches the flamer strap).


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/03/27 23:07:47


Post by: mcmattila


Finally! The heavy bolter Devastators are now done!
Not much to say about the painting, it was a bit of a slog, the gold shoulder pad trims especially took a little back-and-forth (Auric Armour Gold is terrible..). My Raphael brush that I had been using for general purpose painting lost its tip (or got so bad that I didn't tolerate it anymore) while I was painting the lettering on the banner, so I pulled a fresh one for the face. Oh my word, I think I never had this good tip on the last brush! Well, I probably ruined it right the first time I used it.. But this was the first time I could paint the eyes without having to clean up the eyelids afterwards! Makes me kind of want to try and do eyes with dark outlines, like the big boys do! Just got to keep this one in good shape..





The next project will most likely be an Ironclad Dreadnought, as I've had one in my queue for a long time and it happens to fit Azazel's April challenge. Though I'd also want to do something really quick for a change, as the Devs took a whole month, so I might paint some one-off model before painting/finishing the Dread..


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/03 07:51:44


Post by: mcmattila


Okay, I ended up doing a quick project before the Dread (though I have built it). I thought that my one Warzone 1st ed. figure would be perfect for this. It’s either a Capitol Special Forces Trooper with M516D Shotgun (according to the Warzone rulebook), or a Light Infantry Captain #2 (Prince August).

Painting him was pretty fun, and as this was a single miniature, I could try out some techniques that I wouldn’t have tried with a whole squad. I painted a camo pattern on the clothes, chipping on the armor and a freehand shoulder pad design. I’m very happy with the chipping and the armor panels, but the camo pattern didn’t work out as nicely as I had envisioned. Part of the reason I think is the fact that the sculpt was completely flat (and weirdly blocky), so that washes didn’t really help.

I thought about the paint scheme for a good while (the figure had been primed since last October!). I originally thought I’d go for an urban camo, but when I found PDF-copies of some Warzone rulebooks, I spotted a cool illustration (see below). The American flag design really caught my eye, and I decided to go for it. The camo pattern might not be the best fit for the base, but it’s not an impossible match. The trooper could be in some industrial complex in the middle of a jungle.





Inspiration:


Again, one square off the bingo card! I’m calling this guy a pre-painted model, as I don’t think I’m going to repaint any factory pre-painted models any time soon..
Spoiler:


Okay, back to that Ironclad..


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/03 14:01:01


Post by: Maharg


Gem of a blog here - great variety and all really well painted. Looking forward to seeing what you do next


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/03 17:58:10


Post by: amazingturtles


He is excellent and very american. Possibly overwhelmingly so.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/04 07:43:49


Post by: mcmattila


Maharg wrote:Gem of a blog here - great variety and all really well painted. Looking forward to seeing what you do next

Thanks for the praise Maharg, and welcome to the blog!
amazingturtles wrote:He is excellent and very american. Possibly overwhelmingly so.

Cheers turtles! I was humming the Team America theme song the whole time I was painting him


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/04 15:39:26


Post by: Ezki


Wow, I really enjoy the shoulder pads!
Infact the whole mini looks very good. Very close to the source image.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/07 17:32:05


Post by: gobert


Cool mini, that shoulder pad is so neat and smooth, great work!
The Devs finished up really nice too


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/07 18:32:58


Post by: aku-chan


The chipping on his armour looks great!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/08 13:35:09


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Great stuff since I last checked in. I honestly hadn't realised those were guard bodies on your skaven! I'm blind apparently


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/10 07:22:15


Post by: mcmattila


Ezki wrote:Wow, I really enjoy the shoulder pads!
Infact the whole mini looks very good. Very close to the source image.

gobert wrote: Cool mini, that shoulder pad is so neat and smooth, great work!
The Devs finished up really nice too

aku-chan wrote:The chipping on his armour looks great!

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate it! Painting the freehand design was fun, and the chipping really tied the model together. I maybe went a bit overboard with it, as I originally was going to just do something very subtle. But it was so fun to do that I did a bit more, though I don't think it's too much..
Tyranid Horde wrote:Great stuff since I last checked in. I honestly hadn't realised those were guard bodies on your skaven! I'm blind apparently

Cheers Tyranid Horde! It's probably nothing serious, but I'd get your eyes checked just to be sure!

---

Haven't had too much time to paint lately, but there's some progress at least. The Ironclad has now been started, with the steel done and gray basecoating started. I hope to get the "clean" version done by the end of the week, and then do some weathering with my new chipping skills! I just have to try and keep it pretty subtle this time, as the rest of my marines are all clean.

Modelling-wise, the Dread will be very basic and utilitarian, which I think fits the brawler nature. I thought about magnetizing the hunter-killer missiles and some other accessories, but I should've done that before gluing the body together, so I ended up not doing it. Also, I'm not too keen on the Ironclad faceplates, but as I don't have any others on hand, I used a small dab of super glue to attach the current faceplate so I can later easily change it if I want to. Maybe the design grows on me though..



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/16 15:14:46


Post by: mcmattila


Work on the Ironclad continues, and I feel pretty good about the progress. The armor is now basically done (apart from that one edge on the right arm that I missed when highlighting..). Layering took a whole lot longer than I had anticipated, but at least edge highlighting was fun and easy. Next up will be the weathering, and after that just a couple of small details, lots of rivets, the base and assembly.

One important thing to note! If you're using MicroSet/Sol when applying your decals (you should be), don't be lazy and apply some gloss varnish before laying down the decal and the chemicals. I wanted to try if it was really necessary to use gloss varnish first, especially as I had only smooth surfaces on the model. Everything went fine until I decided to use a paper towel to dry some excess MicroSol. I noticed that MSol had softened the paint as well, as the paper rubbed of some paint (fortunately I didn't touch the decal). Now, this wasn't a serious issue, I just waited for the chemical to dry off and repainted the spot, and then gloss and matt varnished the decals. But it is something to keep in mind, and from now on I'll be sure to always use gloss varnish before applying these chemicals.



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/16 18:12:05


Post by: Captain Brown


Wow mcmattila,

That is a very smooth grey finish on the Dread.

Good advice on the transfers, I always take the extra step with the GW ard'coat before first applying them.

Cheers,

CB


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/17 22:38:39


Post by: mcmattila


Captain Brown wrote:
Wow mcmattila,
That is a very smooth grey finish on the Dread.
Good advice on the transfers, I always take the extra step with the GW ard'coat before first applying them.
Cheers,
CB

Thanks CB! The gray did take some doing, but I got there in the end I had also used 'ardcoat every time before this one, but it was late in the night, I was lazy and a bit curious.. Won't be skipping that step anymore!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/17 22:43:13


Post by: Ezki


Wow, that gray looks oh so smooth!
Thanks for the tip regarding the decals. I will keep that in mind if I decide to use them in the future. Never have tried them before, but there is always a first time.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/19 17:50:34


Post by: mcmattila


 Ezki wrote:
Wow, that gray looks oh so smooth!
Thanks for the tip regarding the decals. I will keep that in mind if I decide to use them in the future. Never have tried them before, but there is always a first time.

Cheers Ezki! Decals are really nice to use if you can find suitable ones. Of course, you miss the opportunity to hone your freehand skills..


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/29 08:11:39


Post by: mcmattila


Alright, another model done! This guy took quite a bit longer to paint than I though it would, it's a fairly simple model after all. But I did lose two weekends to travelling, and a couple of days to a flu (insert a Nurgle joke here). And as I said, layering the armor took ages! Well, it's ready now and that's all that matters. Overall this was a fun project. I tried a couple of new things and learned some important lessons.

This was my first vehicle in my current Space Marine collection, and I thought I'd have to do some battle damage so it wouldn't look too boring. I'd have to keep it from going too extreme though, as my marines have no weathering. I think I overdid it a bit, again, but I'm happy with most of it. Another new trick I tried was masking: I did the soot on the flamers/exhaust pipes after finishing the (clean) armor, and not wanting to mess up that I tried some Faskolor tape that I have left over from my RC hobby. Worked out nicely!

In hindsight, I probably should have improved the base a bit with some fine sand and such. Well, at least I've got an example of the OG (at least to me) pre-molded scenic base in my collection!











Finally, as with most of my models lately, I was able to claim a square in the hobby bingo: "paint a vehicle".
Spoiler:


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/04/29 16:05:03


Post by: amazingturtles


Excellent and congratulations! And i like the advice on decals from earlier, i've always been so bad at applying those that i usually never try


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/01 13:37:42


Post by: mcmattila


 amazingturtles wrote:
Excellent and congratulations! And i like the advice on decals from earlier, i've always been so bad at applying those that i usually never try

Thanks again turtles! I used to be wary of decals too, but when I started painting these marines, and wanted to give them proper insignia too, I knew I had to give decals a serious try. Happily it has been working out really well! I still have to check if I can leave the chemicals out on flat surfaces, only using varnishes. Reducing the number of steps is always good!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/01 19:04:34


Post by: gobert


Nice dread! Though it’s bugging me where the spent brass on the base came from. Did his enemies fumble a reload in fear of his awesome visage!?!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/02 11:27:18


Post by: mcmattila


gobert wrote:
Nice dread! Though it’s bugging me where the spent brass on the base came from. Did his enemies fumble a reload in fear of his awesome visage!?!

Thanks for the comment gobert! I did think about the brass on the base while painting. To me, they're just random debris on the battlefield. And while the shells seem big enough to fall close to the gun (assault rifles and such throw the casings pretty far), they could be anyone's, friend or foe. I thought about drybrushing them with the base's highlight color to make them look dusty, like they've been there a while, but then thought that they would look better from a visual point without it.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/04 15:44:50


Post by: Ezki


Really crisp paint job on that dread! Love the weathering

That's a classic duel setup right there. I'm cheering for the Ork dread


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/04 16:07:08


Post by: gobert


 mcmattila wrote:
gobert wrote:
Nice dread! Though it’s bugging me where the spent brass on the base came from. Did his enemies fumble a reload in fear of his awesome visage!?!

Thanks for the comment gobert! I did think about the brass on the base while painting. To me, they're just random debris on the battlefield. And while the shells seem big enough to fall close to the gun (assault rifles and such throw the casings pretty far), they could be anyone's, friend or foe. I thought about drybrushing them with the base's highlight color to make them look dusty, like they've been there a while, but then thought that they would look better from a visual point without it.


Given how close he is to the Ork Dredd I guess he’s catching some brass from the Autocannon!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/05 22:11:18


Post by: mcmattila


Ezki wrote:Really crisp paint job on that dread! Love the weathering

That's a classic duel setup right there. I'm cheering for the Ork dread

Cheers Ezki!
Trash can vs. washing machine, an epic battle!
gobert wrote:Given how close he is to the Ork Dredd I guess he’s catching some brass from the Autocannon!

Haha, you might be right!

---

I've been working on my Captain for the Revelators. And it's about time too, I built the model last November! I wanted to try some new techniques with this one, as it's going to be sort of a centerpiece model. Inspired by a Ben Komets video, I wanted to try out some panel modulation. Not really NMM, but maybe a bit more reflective armor than what I've done so far. This was a relatively easy model to practice on, since I didn't need to do the backs of the legs! Painting the armor was surprisingly enjoyable, and felt like I got it done pretty fast. I don't think it was faster than what I normally do, but I don't think it took that much longer. Also, I only used a wash for the three studs on the collar! I'll probably do some blacklining at places, but I was surprised that I didn't really need washes for any part of the armor.

I also wanted to do a freehand design on the cape, so as not to be too boring. I was a bit nervous about painting a white design on black, but it worked out pretty well. I did put the small triangular rays to the wrong place and need to correct those, and do some refining, maybe an extra highlight on the black, but it's coming along nicely.

Still have quite a lot to do, and I'm not quite sure about all the colors on the small details, but I guess I'll just have to lay down some basecoats and see how it looks. All comments and critique are welcome!



mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/08 17:18:46


Post by: Maharg


Well done with the new armour technique, looks really effective. None of the reflections look out of place so you have a good eye for this style. Maybe the left shoulder pad could do with an extra highlight to my eye. Good job with the free hand too, particularly as it's on a wavy cloak surface. I always chicken out of doing this sort of thing on an already highlighted surface as I don't want to have to rematch the highlight mix when I cover up mistakes, hope this doesn't give you too much trouble when you fix those triangles


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/09 11:26:32


Post by: mcmattila


Maharg wrote:
Well done with the new armour technique, looks really effective. None of the reflections look out of place so you have a good eye for this style. Maybe the left shoulder pad could do with an extra highlight to my eye. Good job with the free hand too, particularly as it's on a wavy cloak surface. I always chicken out of doing this sort of thing on an already highlighted surface as I don't want to have to rematch the highlight mix when I cover up mistakes, hope this doesn't give you too much trouble when you fix those triangles

Thanks for the comment Maharg, it's much appreciated. There's a highlight on top of the left shoulderpad, which isn't showing on the photos, but I think you're right, it could be enhanced a bit. I got the freehand fixed without too many issues, though I guess it helps that I only used two colors on the cloak (I did add a third after it was done.)


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/09 17:06:08


Post by: gobert


That’s a really nice finish on the highlighting technique, you’ve executed it really well. Looking forward to seeing him complete with head!


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/09 17:38:07


Post by: amazingturtles


I think the freehand bit looks great! it is very smooth and well defined.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/10 08:22:45


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Great looking dread and the base makes it pop nicely!

Keen to see more progress on the Captain, that freehand is very nice


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/10 09:18:52


Post by: mcmattila


gobert wrote:That’s a really nice finish on the highlighting technique, you’ve executed it really well. Looking forward to seeing him complete with head!

Thank you! Shouldn't be too long before I get this thing finished..
amazingturtles wrote:I think the freehand bit looks great! it is very smooth and well defined.

Cheers! It's even better now, I reckon.
Tyranid Horde wrote:Great looking dread and the base makes it pop nicely!
Keen to see more progress on the Captain, that freehand is very nice

Much obliged! You're in luck, here's a progress shot:



I got the body basically done, just have to fix one finger and maybe some other stuff. I'm pretty happy with it, though there are a couple of things that could probably be improved. The weapon sling for one. I also wasn't sure about the yellow rope, as it's on top of the gold aquila. But I think it works well enough. Now it's onto his backpack and banner, followed by the head.


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/10 22:25:26


Post by: Maharg


Looking great now with all the details added and good job fixing the freehand. Finished model is gonna be awesome


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/15 05:41:09


Post by: Ezki


The freehand on the cloak is looking really good.
I love the effect on the armor, good job.
I gotta check out that tutorial and give it a shot


mcmattila's hobby projects - 40k, AoS, Shadespire @ 2019/05/15 18:05:41


Post by: mcmattila


Maharg wrote:Looking great now with all the details added and good job fixing the freehand. Finished model is gonna be awesome

Thanks! It's finished now, and it is pretty awesome!
Ezki wrote:The freehand on the cloak is looking really good.
I love the effect on the armor, good job.
I gotta check out that tutorial and give it a shot

Thank you! I do recommend the tutorial! Even if you don't end up following it, it's amazing to see mr. Komets paint such a nice model quickly, and make it look easy!

---

The Captain's now finished! A couple of unexpected work days slowed me down a bit, but no matter. With this, I’ve finished what roughly equates to a Start Collecting! box plus some extras, giving me a game legal army (at least what was legal back in 4th..). I’m not planning on playing any time soon, of course, but that’s neither here or there..

I've talked about painting the armor already in previous posts, so not much more to say about that. The backpack of course had more flat surfaces, which had to be approached a bit differently, but I think it looks pretty good. With the face I decided to try doing the "eye liner" to define the eyes more. Worked out well enough, though doing it was somewhat messy.





I also took a picture of my Revelators collection so far. They're starting to look respectable! Just look at all them banners!



And claimed a square in the bingo card, by painting a new version of one of my old character models:
Spoiler: