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Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2018/12/28 17:34:02


Post by: gobert


So, back in September I broke my back, all should be good in the long run but I suddenly found myself with a lot of free time. In preparation for going back to work I thought I’d get back in to painting so that I can get used to sitting at a desk again. After lurking on Dakka for a few years I thought I’d start my own P&M blog to chart my progress. However, the combination of having a young family and not being able to sit for long periods of time means that progress will be slow!

First a bit about my hobby background. I first got in to WHFB through a school friend at the start of 4th Edition, quickly moving on to 40k with the 2nd Edition box set. After a few years I stopped playing but carried on the painting until I left home for work. A few years later I got back in to painting whilst at Uni and again about 5 years ago. Those forays only lasted a couple of months, so this one is already longer in time, if far less productive!

Money is quite tight at the moment so despite the temptation of new models I thought i’d limit my spending to paints and tools whilst I get through the massive pile of unpainted and poorly painted models I already have. I’ve got quite sizeable collections of High Elves, Space Marines, Empire, Imperial Guard, Orcs & Goblins and Orks, along with smaller piles of WHFB Chaos, Undead and Tyranids.

First up i thought i’d finish a model i started in my last foray in to painting. I think he was either a Space Wolf Captain or Wolf Guard in Power Armour, I just liked his cool wolf helmet and thought he could do with a better paint job. It’s not great, partly as i painted over my brothers efforts from +20 years ago, but its a fair improvement from my previous space marines. I’m also amazed at how much better marines look on the new 32mm bases compared to the old 25mm ones. Similarly, i think dropping the old goblin green base colour helps loads!



Alongside this guy are 3 Blood Angels Tactical Marines, I’ve tried thinning my paints, but looking at the photos i have quite a bit of work to do to get that right! It’s also my first attempt at edge highlighting which i’m quite pleased with even if its a bit messy in places. I might try and tidy them up a bit before i finish the bases. They’re currently all different colours as i’m trying to figure out which to go with. I’ve done a trial of the turquoise, on an empty base and whilst i think it looks quite good i think i’ll go with the desert colours like the Space Wolf







Next on my desk is a unit of High Elf Spearmen that are about 50% complete, a few Hormagaunts and another Space Wolf. I’ve also got an itch to paint some Chaos Warriors either a reddish orange or a metallic purple.

If anybody is there, thanks for reading!

Gobert


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2018/12/29 00:12:49


Post by: tzurk


Welcome back (no pun intended...)! Best wishes for the recovery mate - that's a terrifying injury, especially with a young family. You can always call your hobby 'art therapy'...

Those old minis hit me straight away with the nostalgia bat. For all the flak that the new GW monopose minis cop, the old monopose minis just feel right...You've picked a good colour for highlighting the red, which isn't always easy, and neatness/accuracy of edge highlights is something I've always struggled with too - but it does get easier with more practice. I love the turquoise base for the BA myself, but if you want all your marines to match the desert looks good too and won't clash with the SWs like the turquoise would.

Good luck with the project - I can't wait to see more classic minis!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2018/12/29 18:28:28


Post by: CaptainWaffle


Welcome back to the hobby! I hope you and your family are well and things look brighter with each day.

I'm sort of in a similar situation, although not as severe as yours. I think your head is in the right place - a productive hobby that you enjoy and take your time with is a boon. Don't make it a chore. In time, you'll have lots of miniatures to be proud of.

I look forward to what you have in store!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2018/12/29 23:31:33


Post by: gobert


 tzurk wrote:
Welcome back (no pun intended...)! Best wishes for the recovery mate - that's a terrifying injury, especially with a young family. You can always call your hobby 'art therapy'...

Those old minis hit me straight away with the nostalgia bat. For all the flak that the new GW monopose minis cop, the old monopose minis just feel right...You've picked a good colour for highlighting the red, which isn't always easy, and neatness/accuracy of edge highlights is something I've always struggled with too - but it does get easier with more practice. I love the turquoise base for the BA myself, but if you want all your marines to match the desert looks good too and won't clash with the SWs like the turquoise would.

Good luck with the project - I can't wait to see more classic minis!


Thanks Tzurk, i’d Intended the pun in the blog title so it’s all good! You’re right, the old minis just look good even though they’re very static with their sqauting poses. My daughter also reckons I should go with the turquoise bases. I picked the colour thinking it would contrast well with the red of the Blood Angels armour. Here’s my test base



I think I need to start with a darker turquoise and finish a bit darker too. All I did was keep adding Bleached Bone to the Hawk Turquoise. I might start with some black in the Turquoise then highlight up from there.

 CaptainWaffle wrote:
Welcome back to the hobby! I hope you and your family are well and things look brighter with each day.

I'm sort of in a similar situation, although not as severe as yours. I think your head is in the right place - a productive hobby that you enjoy and take your time with is a boon. Don't make it a chore. In time, you'll have lots of miniatures to be proud of.

I look forward to what you have in store!


Cheers CaptainWaffle, things progressed quite quickly to begin with, so it’s getting frustrating now that things have slowed down. Painting has helped me get back to work quicker so it’s doing well so far. I agree with trying to not make it a chore, so I expect to be mixing up what I paint quite a bit. All try to get some pics of my High Elves early in the new year.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2018/12/30 18:36:55


Post by: amazingturtles


I do like that test base! i look forward to more, high elves in particular have always been some of my favorites that i never actually had


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/01/06 01:29:09


Post by: gobert


Happy New Years! It’s been a hectic holiday season so there’s not much to update on.

The turquoise base for the Blood Angels has gone down well. The deciding vote going to my Daughter, so I have to do them turquoise now! I’ve done a couple more tests and base coated the 3 marine bases.



The right hand base started with some hawk turquoise mixed with chaos black then highlighted as before. It’s hard to see In the image but the other one had stripes of the dark base coat, black, brown, green and blue washes before highlighting again. The brown and green I think look best, I might have to let my Daughter decide which looks best!

Alongside messing with bases I’ve been progressing a regiment of High Elf Spearmen from the 4th Edition Box Set.



They’re not the most exciting of miniatures but I enjoy painting them. The scheme for these High Elf Spearmen was taken from a White Dwarf article, I think by Andy Chambers. It was his way of quickly painting up a HE army. I too wanted a quick way to paint my 2 starter boxes worth of High Elves! This regiment was probably started about 20 years ago, with the blue wash going on 5 years ago. The chap on the Goblin Green base is close to being the finished article.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/01/06 05:51:33


Post by: CaptainWaffle


My vote is on the left base. The details pop out more. The right base looks more like bluish slush, which I don't think you're trying for.

The High Elf spearmen are classic. Nothing wrong with a bunch of soldiers at attention in formation. Are they awaiting shields as well? The color scheme is definitely striking and effective, and evoke decades past.

Are you planning any games with them, or are these more for personal use for now? I rebased my White Lions and some of my spearmen for Age of Sigmar and the larger room on the 25mm circle bases gives a lot more room for artistry. I also have a box of built and primed-white High Elves from the old Spire of Dawn/Isle of Blood set that I need to get painted. I'll probably make it a project sometime this year.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/01/06 11:10:53


Post by: tzurk


G'day mate,
Nice to see you smashing through the BAs. I'm a big fan of the left base too - I think the starker highlights look great, and will pop more at a distance.

Love the high elves too - 20 years is some "quick" painting! The blue wash on the steel is a nice touch, and even as they are they look good in a bunch. Interested to see how they come together with a few more touches!

edit: just noticed the goblin green base - those things are unreal. Old White Dwarves are great to flick through and see the beautifully painted armies based with a slap of green and some flock. The old minis age might like wine, but the basing techniques age like milk...


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/01/06 15:20:32


Post by: amazingturtles


I like those elves. simple, yes, but still pretty tough and soldierly looking.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/01/15 23:40:34


Post by: gobert


Thanks for the comments guys.

Captain, Yes I’ve been trying to find some shields for the Spearmen. I’m nearly there and thinking a silver background with coloured washes for the icons. Sadly they won’t get to see any games though. You’re elves looks really cool. I especially like your sylvaneth not-ents!

Tzurk, I probably should finish off those BAs next time I pick up a brush so they don’t end up like the Elves and take 20years! The basing techniques people use really have come on a lots. I’m thinking of a lava theme for the choas warriors I have, so might go for ash/cold lava wasteland for the High Elves as though they’re approaching the Chaos dudes. I might try a test or 2 of that

Not much to update this past week.. I’m now back to work full time, which is proving tiring. Combined with the feeble physio exercise I now have, I’m pretty much wiped out by Tuesdays!

Mute bit of hobby time I did get was mostly spent finishing stripping some old marines in dettol. They’ve mostly come out ok, but they were previously in some fairy power spray for a few years which seems to have corroded them in a few places. I’ll basecoat them soon to see if the corrosion leeches through the paint. Once done I chucked a few Rogue Trader and Wolf Guard Terminators in to strip in a while.

In other news I bought a wet palette, I touched up some of the HE Spearmen and am impressed by it. Looking forward to trying it out some more!

Sorry for the lack of pics!



Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/01/20 11:30:42


Post by: gobert


So I actually managed to get some painting done the other night. I decided that my Elves needed some Shields so dug through all of my boxes of bits to find all of the shileds I could.



As you can see they’re in various states of painting and I hadn’t previously settled on a theme. Having fallen back in love with the bright metallic blue again I figured I’d carry that over to the Shields.



Again it’s fairly simple but I like the effect. The lighting seems to have made the coloured bits look less evenly shaded, in reality they look much less blotchy. I particularly like the Phoenix Shields which I think the front rank of Spearmen will get. I hope to finish painting the unit next week with basing the week after.

Progress on my Marines has been made, they’re all touched up awaiting unit markings and base highlighting. With any luck I’ll get around to them next week too, but that might be too fast paced for me!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/01/21 05:05:14


Post by: amazingturtles


It is a very nice color. There's only one, but i like how it turned out on the sword with the heart. Heartsword?


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/01/21 20:06:15


Post by: gobert


Amazingturtles, thanks! The Heartsword does look nice, I think it’s from one of the heroes I have. Either the Eltharion or the Silver Helm champion. Depending how these guys go I might get the others out to rebase too.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/01/21 21:19:13


Post by: CaptainWaffle


Those shields are going to look great on the soldiers. I've always found that doing too much with the aesthetics on large units makes them look much too busy, but your shields are not. You kept the painting clean on the designs, too, which will add to the elvish look.

Looking forward to seeing it all come together, in its time. I hope you continue to enjoy the hobby and find it relaxing. Life is busy and recovery, even the later parts, are not fun.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/01/21 22:48:06


Post by: Ezki


Just now hopping in.
Glad you decided to get back to the hobby!
Painting minis along with other crafty hobbies is a great way to relax and take the mind off things. It helped me to get over some really hard times.
I hope you find a good balance between hobbying and life. And hopefully the recovery goes well!

Regarding the painting, you are doing a good job.
I believe the wet palette will have a major impact on your painting skills once you get used to it.

Also avoid the same mistake I did: stressing about not making progress. Sometimes there just is no time / inspiration.
Find the pace that works for you and enjoy the hobby time


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/01/23 06:39:14


Post by: tzurk


Looking good mate! I'm a big fan of washes over metallics and it works well on the shields

That unit is gonna look ace all together.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/01/27 10:01:29


Post by: Midget Gems


Good to see some of the old models getting a fresh go. A nice nostalgia visit. One of my first memories of the White Dwarf magazine is a joke about a cat falling on a unit of High Elf Spearman. (taken out of context it seems a bit harsh but did make me chuckle at the time)

Keep up the good work


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/02/09 00:45:19


Post by: gobert


Thanks for all of the comments whilst i've been absent. Work has been crazy these past few weeks, but amazingly i've not being totally unproductive either! I've been wanting to paint more as it helps de-stress even if the ol' back isn't a fan of long sessions at the desk!

So first up, i've finished the 3 Blood Angels, all based up (in turqouise!), transfers applied and a company marking added to their knee pads






was it a Genesis video where they all span around in stop motion? Here they are on their own





Overall I'm pleased with how they came out. I can't decide whether to clean up their armour where the dry brush strokes hit. On the one hand they look like they're part of their environment, on the other hand pointless military discipline tasks like polishing your armour seem very Astartes! The honour stripes on their weapons are a new touch i'm liking especially alongside the Tycho honouring (though he's still alive in 2nd Edition!) company markings on the knee.

The High Elves have had a bit more paint too. They're all based up with only their spears and helmet gems needing painting before i attach their shields;



it seems the spearmen i put in the front row have the dullest bases of the lot, but I'm liking the dark volcanic wasteland look. It's kind of how i imagined Mordor to look, which has given me a bit of an idea for re-basing Eltharion on Stormwing, but that'll be for another time.

Thanks for stopping by





Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/02/09 02:09:53


Post by: kestral


I do like those elf shields!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/02/09 08:06:22


Post by: tzurk


Nice work mate! The bases look really good, nice contrast going on there. I'd personally leave the remnants of the base paint on the marine's legs - looks like they've been trekking through the sludge to get to the bad guys. Elves look great all ranked up too - can't wait to see them with the shields on!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/02/09 14:44:52


Post by: amazingturtles


Looking very solid, both the elves and the marines.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/02/10 01:52:56


Post by: gobert


My wife is away so I’ve managed 2 nights in a row of painting! In that time I’ve managed to finish my first unit since starting painting again and it feels great! So here they are in their 20 years in the making, Red & Blue glory;



I even managed to add the Shields, which is a first for me with High Elves! So here’s a side on view to show off the other ranks!



Now I need to figure out what to paint next. I have some Tyranid Hormagaunts or some Chaos Warriors, decisions, decision!

Thanks for looking!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/02/10 09:14:02


Post by: mcmattila


I'm liking those old-school marines, and solid work on the elves too (congrats on getting an "infinity project" finished!).

As for the basing colors getting on the legs of models, I'd leave it. As you said, it connects the model and the base. I sometimes drybrush some of my base's highlight color on the legs deliberately if I didn't do it by accident first Of course, if I splotch it on too much, I'll go back and fix it.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/02/11 03:24:44


Post by: amazingturtles


Excellent work on finishing the elves! it's not the time it takes, it's the fact that they're done. or something.

I like them a lot is what i mean.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/02/16 00:42:28


Post by: gobert


Amazingturtles - yep, it’s good to have finished a compete unit, especially one that stalled for so long! Glad you liked them too!

mcmatilla - cheers, the old school metal marines do have a certain charm, especially now they’re much better painted that I could manage all those years ago!

Keeping the progress going at a rapid pace... here’s something that was started probably 25 years ago! I’m liking these infinity projects at the moment. These guys are from the Battle Masters set, which I think I got for Christmas way back in my early teens. At somepoint a singleton Chaos Warriors joined them, probably from an issue of White Dwarf.

They never got anything more than a shoddy basecoat back in the day, but I fancied painting something a bit different. Even though I’m sticking with the wash over metallics but fancied giving them a go in purple (Slaanesh???). I found a nice tutorial for some metallic Emperors Children and thought I’d give it a go. This is just the first wash, of which I think there’ll be a couple more. I’m thinking a deep red for their capes maybe with a bit of gold trim. Apologies for the poor picture.



Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/02/16 19:47:22


Post by: youwashock


There is a lot to like going on here. The memories just come rolling back seeing these models. Keep at it. You can never see enough great old models getting another chance to shine.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/02/26 20:49:26


Post by: Captain Brown


gobert,

Nothing like finishing a painted unit.

Now go and do it again and reduce the unpainted!

Cheers,

CB


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/01 14:43:25


Post by: gobert


Youwashock - glad you’re enjoying the trip down memory lane, sadly I seem to have lost a few units over the years. Young gobert must’ve binned some of the worse paint jobs!

CB - it is good to clear a unit, especially when progress is as glacial as mine!

Not much progress since my last update. I think I’ve finished the purple washes so will be moving on with the warriors, I reckon black capes will look better than the red I was contemplating.





I had done some work on their bases, hoping to get a glowing coals effect. I was trying to get them to glow yellow in the middle transitioning to red at the edge but I can’t get it right . One base that was mainly an orangey red looks pretty good, so I think I’ll change them all to match that one.

My wife is away again this weekend, so if the kids get to sleep well I might make a good bit of progress on these guys.

Cheers for stopping by!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/01 19:31:16


Post by: amazingturtles


Those are definitely some classic guys, and i like that purply color. One thing I really do like about the old models is how robust they look. Tough as nails.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/02 17:23:34


Post by: gobert


Amazingturtles - Cheers, the recipe for the purple is simple but effective. Just boltgun metal and Druchi purple wash. I’m happy with the luck after 3 washes but I think godardc used 5 for his Emperors Children. These old BattleMasters Chaos Warriors really are solid, and a bit hunchbacked. It’s frustrating that some of the details blend together like thecboots and capes, but I guess that’s part of the charm of single part minis!

I made some progress last night, mainly blocking out the secondary colours. I think I also recovered the bases and am quite pleased with the effect. I’ll try to remember to get some picks before I start later.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/03 00:56:02


Post by: youwashock


Looking forward to seeing the bases and how they look with that purple armor.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/03 01:18:45


Post by: gobert


Youwashock - ask and ye shall receive! And thanks for getting me to page 2.

So 2 nights of labours have brought the unit close to completion and I’m pretty happy with them.





The lava was pretty simple in the end. I painted the base yellow in the centre, then orange, then red around the outside. On its own that didn’t look great after the first dry brushing with black so I applied a liberal wash of red before. I then did a couple more dry brushes of black, followed by a light dry brush of eshin grey and dawnstone on some of the more raised rocks. I’m really pleased how it came out, and I think it even looks good on the photos!

The warriors themselves are nearly finished. Their halberds need a different colour, I think I’ll leave the purple wash but dry brush them back to a more steel colour. Their shields also look a bit bland so I might try a freehand symbol. I’d like to get a bit more white on them too, but there just wasn’t any suitable space. ing up the freehand aside I’m hopeful to finish them off next I get a chance to do some painting.

Cheers for stopping by!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/24 00:47:10


Post by: gobert


So my stellar rate of progress continues and I’ve finished the Chaos Warriors from Battle Masters. These boys have to be more like 25 years in the making, but I’m pleased with how they turned out.






I’m really liking the bases, the front rank in particular have a decent glow to them irl. The purple armour turned out really nice and was really straightforward to do. I’m also pleased with my first attempts at freehand painting in 20 years on the Slaanesh symbol . Some turned out better than others, but overall I’m happy. The only thing that lets them down for me is that they’re a bit too dark. I’d have preferred them to be a bit brighter or get some more white on them though I’m not sure where that could be. Perhaps if I find the rest of the Battle Masters Warriors?

I also made a start on some hormagaunts too. I’m planning to use Ezki’s orange from his Swooping Hawks for them as my current thought is that they’ll be broadly based on Zog!

Cheers for looking!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/24 01:00:24


Post by: youwashock


Sweet! Another unit down! Good on you making it through the shields. That is a fairly tall order. The bases are cool. Or hot. Or cooling? Anyway, keep it up!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/24 01:16:34


Post by: MegaDave


Chaos Warriors look great! Love those old models


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/24 01:56:52


Post by: amazingturtles


Congratulations! They look great, and the freehand shields are just right.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/24 12:19:54


Post by: Ezki


That is some mighty fine paint work you've done.
Bases look very cool too!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/24 23:28:05


Post by: gobert


Youwashock- cheers! The Shields were pretty fun to do. I couldn’t quite get the crescent moon part right at the top of some of the symbols and it was a bit hairy as the metallic purple would be quite a repair job to match any touch ups! I like to think of the bases as cooling, eventually I’d like to have my Chaos minis facing up to similarly based High Elves who’s vanguard units are starting to encroach on the hotter parts of the plain, but that’s a way off yet.

Megadave - Thanks, the Battle Masters minis are my main reference for what Chaos Warriors should look like. Solid and Staunch!

Amazingturtles - the Shields are a pretty decent first re-attempt at freehand I reckon, cheers!

Ezki - Thanks, the more is look at the bases the more I want to paint some more! Hopefully my next batch of minis live up to your recipe I’m borrowing!




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So it seems I’ve made the Dakka home page with my plog. Not sure how it happens but it brought a smile to my face so I’ll assume someone in power liked it or felt sorry for me!

No progress today but I did manage to snap the Hormagaunts I started yesterday. They’re going to be mainly drybrushed so should come together quite quickly as long as I don’t get too over enthusiastic with the brush! They’re going to be loosely styled on one of my kids favourite book characters;

Having seen Ezki’s awesome orange swooping hawk wings, he kindly shared the recipe so I’ll be following that, though for some reason I decided to add a wash after the first dry brush layer. Here’s what they look like after that;



Plus a close up of the one on the right



Kind of semi miniature related, my daughter was distraught when she saw a tree in our garden being cut back. So much so I promised to make her a fairy play ground using the wood. Here is my first attempt; a fairy swing set



Not sure when I’ll next pick up a brush but hopefully get the odd dry brush layer in once the kids are asleep during the week.

Thanks for looking!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/28 00:15:32


Post by: gobert


I managed a bit of dry brushing time and got the basics of the Hormagaunts pretty much done. I quite like how they’re looking, but I’m regretting the wash as it’s made them a bit too brown.








Next up will be the claws and eyes. The claws I’m going to try got do as a pale bone, but I never had much luck with that in the ancient past, perhaps I’ll manage better this time. In the book Zog has white eyes, but I’m not sure that works for Tyranids, so might have to change that.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/31 22:51:22


Post by: gobert


A bit more progress has been made on my Hormagaunts. It’s a very simple scheme and is nearly complete. First image is pre-wash, then the rest are post wash.





And the whole gang together



I’m sure it’s not a revelation to most but the citadel shades are awesome! So easy to use compared to the old washes. 15 year old me took ages to figure them out, partly because that was pre-internet!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/03/31 23:36:45


Post by: MegaDave


Looking good, love the old hormagaunts. Swing is pretty nice for a first try, doubt I'd have the inclination to make one myself! Also, where is the fairy?


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/04/01 02:34:48


Post by: amazingturtles


Nice work! I love their angry little faces.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/04/01 17:57:37


Post by: youwashock


Nice bugs! The bone color breaks up that orange nicely.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/04/03 08:30:21


Post by: mcmattila


Not a fan of the old termagant models, but your paint scheme is solid! The slaaneshi Warriors are also impressive, kudos for painting all those shield icons!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/04/07 18:39:08


Post by: gobert


MegaDave - I was never really a fan of nids back in the day, but for some reason I was inspired to paint these in the style of Zog. The dry brushing I did really brought out the details compared to the poor effort my brother did c20 years ago, they really look like Aliens, nearly to the point of copy right infringement. Next time my kids play with their fairies out there I’ll try to get a picture, but I too wasn’t particularly inclined to build it but my daughter was so distraught at the tree being heavily trimmed it was all I could do to console her! Suffice to say there’ll be more to come when I find my hatchet...

amazingturtles - cheers, they are pretty angry, ready to devour all biomass!

youwashock - you’re right they were looking a bit bland before the bone went on.

mcmatila - likewise I didn’t like them, but the dry brush really brought out the Alien detail which has grown in me. The shield icons weren’t too bad in the end and were actually quite fun. I think I’ll keep any freehand simple for now though as it’s too easy to make mistakes


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/04/08 17:34:44


Post by: gobert


Last night i managed to finish my Zog themed Hormagaunts. There wasn’t much left to do after the last post, just some more bone painting, the eyes and their bases. In the books Zog has white eyes, but that wasn’t Tyranid enough for my liking so I went for a bright green. So without further ado, here are the pics;





There are a few close ups for those that want a better look at my shoddy brushwork in the spoiler

Spoiler:












I think they came out pretty well, I’m particularly liking the couple that are mid sprint with only the underside of their claws still on the ground. They look pretty rapid, dynamic and scary! I also hadn’t realised quite how sculpted and bumpy their heads were.

You may have noticed that their bases are similar to my blood angels, so I got a group shot



Whilst i was at it I thought I’d get one of the Chaos Warriors squaring up against the High Elves



Now I need to have a look in my box of random minis to see what to paint next. I had hoped to paint some Rogue Trader era Terminators but the dettol they were in must’ve been contaminated with water so they went all gunky. There are some more Elves that wouldn’t take much to finish off.

Thanks for looking


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/04/08 18:04:39


Post by: amazingturtles


Well done on finishing them up! i agree on the green eyes, it's the right choice.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/04/08 23:09:09


Post by: tzurk


Looks like you are really starting to unrust, Gobert! Those slaaneshi warriors are stunning, and the hormies look great too - nice to see the contrasting painting techniques still turning out top results. Your basing is really coming along too. Lava ones are inspired, and you can see the improvement from BAs to tyranids. Exciting times ahead


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/04/12 18:04:01


Post by: gobert


tzurk wrote:Looks like you are really starting to unrust, Gobert! Those slaaneshi warriors are stunning, and the hormies look great too - nice to see the contrasting painting techniques still turning out top results. Your basing is really coming along too. Lava ones are inspired, and you can see the improvement from BAs to tyranids. Exciting times ahead


Thanks tzurk, High praise indeed! I think I’m already better than what I could achieve back in the day. I think it’s a combination of a bit more patience and the magic of the Internet showing how to do new things and do old techniques properly! The basing is a good example of the latter, though I think the new turquoise ones look better for not having a discarded colour underneath the turquoise!

amazingturtles wrote:Well done on finishing them up! i agree on the green eyes, it's the right choice.


Cheers turtles, the green is quite nice!

I managed a bit of modelling in the week between looking after the kids for the school holidays. Nothing too exciting, just getting some Battle Masters Beastmen ready for priming. They had some pretty impressive mood lines and young gobert did a poor job of getting them off the sprue. It looks like I just snapped them out



Apologies for the poor pic. I reckon I’ll go for a mix of skin/fur/hide colours, probably painting the leader with white fur. Most will end up brown and blackish though. I’ll tie them in to the Chaos Warriors with purple shields and purple or goldish tummy armour (is there a proper name for the little round plate over their stomachs?). I need to figure out how to get some white and gold on them too. Maybe their horns could be white?

Thanks for stopping by


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/04/12 19:21:44


Post by: youwashock


More classics! Looking forward to seeing them develop.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/04/22 10:06:16


Post by: gobert


 youwashock wrote:
More classics! Looking forward to seeing them develop.


All I have are classic minis! I was nearly tempted by the plastic crack fiend, but brought myself back from the brink and bought painting supplies instead!

Sadly I’ve not much progress to report, been busy travelling to see family and hosting my mother in law these past few weeks. I managed to get an hour or so in last night and got the base colours and a wash done on the Beastmen. I decided to do a variety of furs to hide that they are all identical. Two of the colours seem to have come out nigh identical so far though. I guess I’ll have to differentiate them by their manes instead.

First up are the triplets, they started with Bronzed Flesh followed by a wash of Agrax Earthshade. I think they look pretty decent so far.



I then used gradually darker browns, next was a really old pot of snakebite leather. I added some water to thin it, forgetting it was already close to being an ink in consistency! Oh well, the second coat wasn’t thinned and gave a smooth enough finish for a wash of Agrax.



The next pair are a fair step different using Bestial brown



All of the above Beastmen will have darker manes, but the next pair will have lighter manes. I’m thinking one will have a reddish brown and the other more of a Doberman type colour. So far though, they’re just base coated black



The final Beastman is the unit leader. As my Chaos army is currently aligned with Slaanesh I thought I’d taint his fur with purple undertones. He started with a Space Wolf Grey base with a Druchii Violet wash. I’ll highlight him up to white though so it’ll only be the shade that has a purple tinge. I reckon on a black mane, perhaps his mum was a deamonette?



I also did the undercoat on their bases. This time instead of them individually glowing I tried to tie the whole unit as a single glow. The photo was taken just after I applied the red wash so the yellow and orange aren’t as visible. Last time the wash dried our showing more of the base colours, so hopefully it’ll do the same again!



Next I need to decide whether to dry brush or layer them.

Thanks for looking, comments and criticisms always welcome!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/04/23 00:00:20


Post by: amazingturtles


Purple is always a good choice! I like colorful beastmen. I once had the idea of trying to paint one of the newer ones with striped and polka dots but my skills failed me.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/04/23 19:20:17


Post by: youwashock


Shaping up to be a fun unit. Sprinkling a few off-color guys in there is a good idea.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/04/25 23:00:16


Post by: gobert


amazingturtles wrote:Purple is always a good choice! I like colorful beastmen. I once had the idea of trying to paint one of the newer ones with striped and polka dots but my skills failed me.


Hmm, stripes... I’ll have to think about that... The polka dots are definitely beyond my skills, though a Friesian cow type affair might be easier. My dry brushing on the black ones hasn’t gone very well, so I could change them up to zebra/cow Beastmen... I’ll see if I remember next I pick up the brushes.

youwashock wrote:Shaping up to be a fun unit. Sprinkling a few off-color guys in there is a good idea.


Cheers, they’ve been quite fun so far and the purple/white one is still looking quite bright purple now the drybrushing is done.

On a slightly related note I splashed some amazon vouchers on a cheap bookcase with the intent to fill it with models... that might take me a while unless I get out some old, less well painted models. I’m thinking I’ll get some acrylic sheets to try to keep some dust out, but worry it might warp. Has anyone had experience using it?



Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/05/04 08:35:58


Post by: gobert


It’s been a while and I’ve not managed much painting time, but I have made a little progress with the Beastmen. They’ve all had their dry brush highlights done on their skin now, with the black basecoat guys having a bestial brown layer added in after the dry brush didn’t really work how I wanted. They’ve all had a black wash applied to their head leg and chin furs. It’s quite basic, but they’re not exactly high profile characters!

I’ve also started on their hooves, horns and axe handles. All three areas had a coat of old school Bestial Brown, with the horns and hooves getting a striped layer of Bronzed Flesh in preparation for grading up to Bleached Bone and possibly Skull White.

Anyway, here are the Beasties:







Thanks for looking, comments and criticisms always welcome!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/05/05 20:11:32


Post by: gobert


Here’s where I got to last night with the Beasties;



I’ll pop their purple was on and do a bit of highlighting on their weapons. I’ll save the freehand on their Shields for another night though. Any suggestions for symbols to use? I could go for the Slaanesh symbol like my Chaos Warriors or perhaps a Beastman skull or maybe something from the Battle Masters stickers?


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/05/10 22:05:25


Post by: gobert


I finished up my Chaos Beastmen from the old MB Battle Masters game. I’ve kept with the Slaanesh theme from my Chaos Warriors, but given their lesser status their purple metal work only got a single coat of Druchi Violet. As their loin cloths are a dull white I decided to do their Beastmen Symbol in black, with the leader getting a mark of Slaanesh. At first I was quite happy with the Beastmen symbols I started seeing a Mr Incredible like man flexing his muscles, without a head though!








I didn’t think through the position on the base of the leader so his shield is invisible when they're all ranked up, so here is a shot of one of each flavour standing slightly apart so their shields are visible.



If you look closely their eyes are red which I quite like, especially after an Agrax wash darkened their eye sockets. As I don’t have any ponies for the Chaos Lords I only have a unit of Chaos Archers to do before I’m out of Chaos peeps for this small force.

Next on the desk are some more Blood Angels, they’re all based and primed. Three of the four were left in Fairy Power Spray for about 5 years and seem to have suffered some strange surface corrosion. I’ve also bought some Mephiston Red spray, so looking forward to seeing how they come out. Fingers crossed that the corrosion isn’t visible post priming!

Thanks for looking


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/05/11 01:10:24


Post by: amazingturtles


They came out excellent! I'm really just liking seeing all of these old figures come to life, and the varied colors work really nicely with these guys.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/05/12 14:34:03


Post by: tzurk


They look top notch togethe, and the skin of the leader is really impressive. Good stuff as always mate with a healthy dose of nostalgia!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/05/12 19:16:39


Post by: gobert


Thanks Amazingturtles and Tzurk, really appreciate it. I’m really liking how these Battle Masters Chaos types are coming out. Spotty Teenage Gobert was never inspired by them, but they’ve been great fun so far. Looking at the pics again though I seem to have missed a few mould lines, never mind I’m happy enough with them.

I managed a bit more painting again last night. Nothing major, just a touch up of the Mephiston Red and a bit of Agrax for the recesses on the next lot of Blood Angels. As I’d primed them up I also put some Shadow Grey on a bunch of Space Wolves. I thought I’d go darker on the wolves than I have previously so also gave their recesses som a Agrax too.




Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/05/13 20:13:21


Post by: youwashock


The beastmen turned out great. Sadly I cannot unsee the flexing guy on the shields, though. Keep up the love for old minis!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/05/13 21:22:10


Post by: Tyranid Horde


I like those really like those Chaos Warriors from an earlier post and those shields with the flexing guy on them are great!

Keep it up and I'm keen to see how these marines go!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/05/17 12:30:52


Post by: gobert


youwashock and Tyranid Horde, thanks for stopping by and sorry for ruining the Shields with the flexing man!

I’ve been away in Germany with work this week, but I did take the Blood Angels with me. Thankfully the paint didn’t leak in my suitcase, but I only managed to tidy up the washed portions. If I get the chance over the weekend I’ll get on with their highlighting... once I’ve fixed the arm that I forgot to wash and the one that fell off his base!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/05/17 18:31:42


Post by: amazingturtles


I honestly can't see the flexing man, unless it's flexing mothman?


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/05/19 13:27:13


Post by: Wirecat


Those old monopose beastmen.. much nostalgie, some tear. You did them very well and in the _right_ style. Thank You for memories and a chuckle!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/05/19 17:39:50


Post by: gobert


amazingturtles wrote:I honestly can't see the flexing man, unless it's flexing mothman?


I could tell you, but you’ll not be able to unsee it... see the spoiler if you want a description... you’ve been warned though!

Spoiler:
his arms are the horns and the mouth/nose part of the skull is his legs, Sorry!


Wirecat wrote:Those old monopose beastmen.. much nostalgie, some tear. You did them very well and in the _right_ style. Thank You for memories and a chuckle!


Welcome Wildcat, shedding tears is high praise indeed! Glad you liked them, I’ve got plenty more nostalgic minis where they came from. I might do some High Elf Silver Helms after these Marines.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/06/10 22:20:47


Post by: gobert


It’s been a while as RL got in the way in that I’m rubbish at keeping up the physio. As such my backs been telling me to not sit at a desk for too long. I have managed to get a highlight layer on the Blood Angels armour though. I reckon the finish is a bit smoother than the Marines off my first page, what do you guys think?

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Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/06/11 17:49:52


Post by: youwashock


Looking good so far. Great old models.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/06/12 20:55:56


Post by: amazingturtles


I think it does look a bit smoother. And every bit of paint is a step forward!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/03 13:24:17


Post by: gobert


amazingturtles wrote:I think it does look a bit smoother. And every bit of paint is a step forward!


Thanks amazingturtles, I’m happy with how the armour is coming along... I just need to not ruin it with the next colours! Hoping to make some decent progress this week

youwashock wrote:Looking good so far. Great old models.


Cheers youwashock, loving your old zoats too!

RL has gotten in the way quite a bit, with family visiting and actually having a social life for a change! I did manage to squeeze a bit of painting in and highlighted the armour. One of the Marines also has his black bits started.



I might get the chance to do the rest of them tonight or tomorrow too!

In other news I broke my promise to myself to not buy more minis until I’d painted all that I have (I know, now I’ve right!). I’ve seen too many good starts at Blackstone Fortress and fancied me a piece of that, so have the box coming soon! More stuff I don’t have time to paint! Yay!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/03 16:39:18


Post by: youwashock


Good to see progress on these old-timers. Will the others be getting shoulder pads?


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/03 19:45:56


Post by: gobert


Yeah they’ve all got pads, for some reason I decided to try painting whilst they had their weapons in hand but not their pads or backpacks. I figured it’d be easier to paint them separately I suppose!

The postie left me a Blackstone Fortress shaped present today too! The step up in detail on the minis compared to my old stuff is insane! Can’t wait!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/04 02:28:51


Post by: amazingturtles


Blackstone fortress is a blast to paint, i think you will enjoy it.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/04 17:44:22


Post by: gobert


Managed 2 evenings of painting in a row, might even make it 3 tonight unless work spreadsheets get in the way! Last night I base coated all of the black bits basecoated and a friendly Ur-Ghul decided to join them.



amazingturtles, I’m already enjoying building the models. Can’t wait to get some paint laid down, but need to figure out what to do with their bases. I’ve seen a few people doing glowing hexagons which look awesome. Tempted to do a twist and do something like the triangles on the box. Or perhaps try to replicate a compartment or two


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/06 23:12:39


Post by: gobert


I didn’t manage to make it 3 nights in a row, but 3 out of 4 ain’t bad. Pretty much got the Blood Angels done, just transfers and base to highlight and they’re done. I’m really pleased how they're turning out. at first I thought the fire dragon bright was too stark a highlight for the armour, but now I’ve got all of the other colours on it sits quite nicely. The green gems and eyes seem to look better than previous attempts too.



I reckon I’ll finish them off this coming week before moving on to the Space Wolves I started a while back. I’ve also got 4 Ur-Ghul built ready for basing and priming. I’d like to use the repeating triangle theme, I just need to figure out that materials to use. Card is looking the most likely given I don’t have any plasticard. Not sure it’ll give clean enough edges though.

Thanks for stopping by, C&C welcome


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/08 07:33:10


Post by: gobert


So I managed to get some painting done and to finish these Marines. I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out, a step improvement on the first batch from a few months ago, much smoother with neater (though not yet neat!) highlights. I particularly like the one with his bolster raised. He had some serious surgery on his arm which started life as a left arm but a hand and shoulder swap soon changed that!



The pics are a bit brighter than normal as I’ve applied a vivid filter which seems to make the colours less washed out, perhaps a bit closer to real life? Who’s for a bit of fratricide?



The knife guy has a bit of a ‘come at me bro’ stance and arm swap chaps button had been triggered one too many times! Here’s a few more




And a couple with the rest of the squad;




Now I need to find their sergeant, heavy weapons guy and another Bolter marine to finish the squad.

Next I’ll do the Space Wolves as they’re already started. Then I’ll reward myself with a bit of Ur-Ghul action. I’m thinking I’ll go dark with mine, probably a dark grey with a bit of purple/pink/turquoise/ice blue. I reckon the Chaos dudes will follow my WHFB chaos theme through when I eventually get to them!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/08 20:59:00


Post by: youwashock


Right on! Those Marines look great. The plans for the Ur-Ghul sound exciting. Looking forward to seeing you tackle BSF.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/08 22:54:35


Post by: Maharg


That's a nice squad of Blood Angels there, good work. Base colour contrasts nicely too. Look forward to seeing another take on the BSF models


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/09 01:36:30


Post by: amazingturtles


I like the idea of turqiouse on the urghuls! I had a lot of fun painting those guys in particular, they're small and monopose but a neat design.

Blood angels are looking great!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/09 13:57:33


Post by: gobert


youwashock wrote:Right on! Those Marines look great. The plans for the Ur-Ghul sound exciting. Looking forward to seeing you tackle BSF.


Cheers youwashock, I’m quite chuffed with them! Hoping to get on to the BSF bits soon once I’ve plodded through the Space Wolves

Maharg wrote:That's a nice squad of Blood Angels there, good work. Base colour contrasts nicely too. Look forward to seeing another take on the BSF models


Thanks Maharg, the base was chosen from a colour wheel, so thanks for noticing!

amazingturtles wrote:I like the idea of turqiouse on the urghuls! I had a lot of fun painting those guys in particular, they're small and monopose but a neat design.

Blood angels are looking great!


Thanks turtles, I’ve seen a few do different colours, so may mix it up with them. They are surprisingly small and skinny, their legs make skellybobs look a bit chunky!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/09 15:02:44


Post by: mcmattila


Congrats for getting the squad so near to finish! They look great as a group! I'm liking those stripes on the guns and the knee pads, great little details.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/09 22:40:53


Post by: gobert


 mcmattila wrote:
Congrats for getting the squad so near to finish! They look great as a group! I'm liking those stripes on the guns and the knee pads, great little details.


Thanks mcmattila, the gun stripes are meant to be a kind of kill count marking. They’re Space Marines so they’re probably in units of ‘000s! The knife chap is winning so far in that front!

Managed to squeeze in 30 mins of painting tonight and tidied up the Wolves following their wash.



My previous Space Wolves have gone straight to the old Space Wolves Grey, but these will be a bit darker with Russ Grey going in between. The SW Grey will then just be an edge highlight. These guys have a bit more detail than the Blood Angels, so that’ll be nice BFS prep!

Thanks for stopping by for a look


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/11 15:55:41


Post by: youwashock


Really nice to see those old CC weapons.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/11 17:51:19


Post by: Captain Brown


Great stuff gobert,

Now you can have them face my Rogue Trader and 2nd Edition Eldar and my friend can bring some of the cardboard terrain.

Cheers,

CB


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/11 20:00:16


Post by: gobert


youwashock wrote:Really nice to see those old CC weapons.


They’re pretty sweet, sadly I’m missing the end of one of the power axes. The bolters are gonna be a nice bright yellow to keep the retro going!

Captain Brown wrote:Great stuff gobert,

Now you can have them face my Rogue Trader and 2nd Edition Eldar and my friend can bring some of the cardboard terrain.

Cheers,

CB


Cheers CB, I need to find your old skool eldar blog by the sounds of it! I did have some cardboard terrain until last year when my mum cleared out my old bedroom last year. I have some 2nd edition box set orks with goblin green bases somewhere too!



Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/14 23:31:31


Post by: gobert


So the wolves had a little progress tonight. Sadly Russ Grey and the old Space Wolve Grey were far too harsh a contrast for my liking, and Russ agrey is pretty much identical to the old Shadow Grey (ok, maybe ever so slightly lighter). As a result I decided to stick with Space Wolves Grey as the main armour colour for my Wolves. One is done and two have had their Russ Grey done, for what it’s worth!



I honestly can’t tell much of a difference between the two on the right and the previous pic I posted!

Whilst I was at them I messed about with triangles for the BSF bases. I think I’ll have to print off some bits to cut out though as my freestyle triangles were way off what I had in mind


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/18 19:14:24


Post by: gobert


I managed a bit of painting and hobby setup progress last night. Sat down and got all 3 Space Wolves to the same point. On one of them I tried a bit of dry brushing, but the Space Wolves Grey is so thin that even when I thought it was ready it left streaks. So I went back to some good old fashioned layering. Metal work next I think, which should give me a chance to try out my new Dropper Bottles. I only realised after I’d ordered them That they had a thin neck. Hopefully they’re a good enough seal for the paint to not go off in the tube! Here’s a pic for proof of progress



Cheers!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/19 23:39:02


Post by: gobert


A bit more painting tonight, I decided to go for the yellow on the Space Wolves, getting a base coat or 3 of Averland Sunset down. I hate painting yellow but the coverage that Averland gives is pretty amazing. Joining the Wolves was a friendly griffon from my old painted pile



The griffon will be the first of my old Elves to get rebased in the new style matching my Chaos and High Elf armies. I found a rock in the garden to act as a rocky outcrop that will be over lava. In repositioning his feet I damaged the paint on his legs, so that’ll need re-working.

Thanks for looking!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/20 01:43:53


Post by: youwashock


Wow. Another decidedly old-school model. Is that Eltharion's griffon?


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/20 19:06:57


Post by: gobert


 youwashock wrote:
Wow. Another decidedly old-school model. Is that Eltharion's griffon?


He sure is, I’ve got Eltharion sat on the shelf, trying to decide whether to touch him up or just re-mount him. Sadly the new superglue I’ve bought doesn’t seem to be very strong, or perhaps it doesn’t like the “stone.” Stormwing keeps coming off it leaving no trace of the glue on the stone. I’ll give it one more try before finding some good old loctite.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/21 04:05:12


Post by: CaptainWaffle


Is the stone too hard to drill through? If not, pin the bird to the stone. An eopxy will work, but it will be difficult to layer it just right so extra doesn't ooze out and become visible. Great stuff gobert. Also, nice to see those elf spearmen completed.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/21 08:24:53


Post by: gobert


 CaptainWaffle wrote:
Is the stone too hard to drill through? If not, pin the bird to the stone. An eopxy will work, but it will be difficult to layer it just right so extra doesn't ooze out and become visible. Great stuff gobert. Also, nice to see those elf spearmen completed.


Hi CaptainWaffle, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you liked the Elves. I have a few more besides Eltharion waiting a bit of modernisation, including a rather goofy looking unicorn for a Mage to ride!

The stone seems to be made of cement and was surprisingly easy to drill. The griffon has a lead tab on one of his feet. I haven’t done pinning before so was hoping to avoid it. Having looked at the pot it’s called Contacta special, so figured I’d try a dab on both the stone and the feet. It takes ages to go off, so used my water jars to support him and touchwood he is stuck fast now! Just need to fill a few gaps on the base and figure out what colour I used 20 years ago to do his legs!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/22 22:02:32


Post by: gobert


Despite having a busy few hobby days I’ve not managed any painting. I have however transferred all of my paints to Dropper Bottles. I’d been fed up of watering down far too much paint and then it going to waste. so hopefully the droppers will allow me to control the volume and pre thin my paints. I also dropped in a glass bead to help get more consistent mixing. Fingers crossed that the narrow neck doesn’t undo my hard work! For the Oldhammer followers, here’s 3 generations of yellow through to red Citadel paints, plus a 4th thanks to Boltgun Metal (only the Metallics managed to survive the screw tops!)



I’m really amazed that some of my 20+year old paints are still going strong, though the Bad Moon Yellow is a bit watery!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/23 15:39:23


Post by: Captain Brown


gobert,

Yes, I still have a few Ral Partha paints from 30 years ago that still are being used.

Cheers,

CB


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/24 04:28:07


Post by: CaptainWaffle


I have a bunch of the black snap-top, polygonal pot GW paints from roughly 15 years ago. Blood Red, Space Wolves Grey, etc. Nothing that old, though. Still working on the griffon? I have that High Warden high elf lord riding a griffon from the Isle of Blood/Spire of Dawn set. I plan to paint him up to be a Freeguild General on Griffon for the upcoming Cities of Sigmar battletome. Curious what the size comparison would be between that and your griffon.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/29 23:11:53


Post by: gobert


Captain Brown wrote:gobert,

Yes, I still have a few Ral Partha paints from 30 years ago that still are being used.

Cheers,

CB


Wow! 30 years, I reckon 25 is my oldest paint. I have some Rogue Trader Terminators bathing in dettol the I bought at the same time as one of the paint sets. It’s probably time that I took them out and got to painting them!

 CaptainWaffle wrote:
I have a bunch of the black snap-top, polygonal pot GW paints from roughly 15 years ago. Blood Red, Space Wolves Grey, etc. Nothing that old, though. Still working on the griffon? I have that High Warden high elf lord riding a griffon from the Isle of Blood/Spire of Dawn set. I plan to paint him up to be a Freeguild General on Griffon for the upcoming Cities of Sigmar battletome. Curious what the size comparison would be between that and your griffon.


I only had one black snap top, mithril silver. I wonder if I skipped the black snap top generation of paints!

Your Griffon plans sound good, that Griffon has a pretty cool striking pose. My Griffon was looking at me funny tonight so decided to do a bit of work on him. I should’ve gotten something to measure him, but yours looks slightly larger based on the assumption that the riders are the same size.

Any way I’d say that Stormwing is pretty much complete. Though if I’m honest I could probably do a better job of them nowadays, particularly Eltharion. Still I think the base looks much better than just a plain Goblin Green plastic square. I tried a bit of lava under the outcrop, I think it looks OK, but not great by any stretch. The rocky outcrop looks pretty decent though. What do you guys think?







I also made a bit of Space Wolf progress too;



I think I might need to give up on my current yellows though as I can’t get the badmoon yellow on smoothly. I Ned to start Cole ting an order of hobby goodies

Anyway, thanks for looking


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/30 19:46:23


Post by: youwashock


Hot dang, there's no school like the old school. That is awesome. That yellow is the ticket on the SW, too. Really pulls them together.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/31 02:01:22


Post by: amazingturtles


As much as i still love goblin green i would say that yes, that base is lot better


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/31 10:28:29


Post by: howie


Stormwing has come on nicely, I'm currently painting a similar griffon and I've got the basic colours down, but I'm stuck as to where to take it next.

Looking forward to seeing more of your older High Elves.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/31 15:44:16


Post by: CaptainWaffle


That's quite a bright red! Perhaps it's the image's saturation. Whatever the case, he's a presence on the battlefield. Looking forward to more. The base fits well, too.

I've had success with mixing matte acrylic resin varnish (really, it's basically just the resin base for acrylic paints) or "glaze medium" with a little water to get yellow painting smoothly. Thin, very thin coats. Part of the trouble with whites and yellows is the chemical composition. The dyes used to get those colors have larger "grains" than other colors. If you work with it and take it slow you'll get it.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/07/31 22:55:18


Post by: Maharg


love the old school look to that griffon. Nice work on the base too


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/08/01 20:23:47


Post by: Captain Brown


gobert,

Griffon brings back memories of WFB.

Cheers,

CB


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/08/01 20:24:14


Post by: gobert


Wow! Eltharion (though more probably Stormwing!) got a lot of love, thanks guys!

youwashock wrote:Hot dang, there's no school like the old school. That is awesome. That yellow is the ticket on the SW, too. Really pulls them together.


T’is the best school! A young gobert was very proud of Stormwing and he still looks pretty decent by my current capabilities. I’m liking the yellow on their weapons but the shoulder pads are so lumpy it’s almost embarrassing!

amazingturtles wrote:As much as i still love goblin green i would say that yes, that base is lot better


It was proper goblin green without any sand, flock or any other fancy materials! A young gobert’s mind would’ve been blown to imagine such a base, why would you do anything other than goblin green sand highlighted yellow, that’s how you’re supposed to do them, white dwarf said so!!?!? I might see about making the lava bit all shiny with a coat of pva to finish it off.

CaptainWaffle wrote:That's quite a bright red! Perhaps it's the image's saturation. Whatever the case, he's a presence on the battlefield. Looking forward to more. The base fits well, too.

I've had success with mixing matte acrylic resin varnish (really, it's basically just the resin base for acrylic paints) or "glaze medium" with a little water to get yellow painting smoothly. Thin, very thin coats. Part of the trouble with whites and yellows is the chemical composition. The dyes used to get those colors have larger "grains" than other colors. If you work with it and take it slow you'll get it.


Yeah, I was half asleep uploading and editing those and hadn’t noticed just how RED it had become! It’s pretty bright in real life too, probably not helped by the minimal shading on the red. I might try to touch him up, but I’ll probably just move on. I’ve a few silver helms and a mage on a unicorn in my quick win pile, but it’s likely to be a while until I get around to them.

I haven’t tried adding a varnish or glaze medium. When I transferred my paints to dropper Bottles I got some airbrush thinner to help the flow. I think my sunburst yellow needs a bit more adding to the pot. Even so I added some to the pallets and i overdid it at first, but it would still not flow from the brush and was even drying too quickly in places. What varnish/glaze medium do you use? ‘Ardcoat and Lahmium medium?

Maharg wrote:love the old school look to that griffon. Nice work on the base too


Cheers Maharg, he’s scrubbed up pretty well I reckon!

Captain Brown wrote:gobert,

Griffon brings back memories of WFB.

Cheers,

CB


Likewise, he was one of the first major character models I got!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/08/05 12:43:54


Post by: Fifty


Love those Space Wolves


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/08/05 13:12:03


Post by: CaptainWaffle


I've used many brands. I can purchase Liquitex varnishes, flow aid, glaze medium, etc, in large bottles for the price of two of GW's small pots of the equivalent. It works the same. I also like Vallejo's offerings, both in large bottles and small droppers. Vallejo's are also visually convenient. You know exactly what you're reaching for due to the huge font.

GW's Lahmian Medium is a interesting. It's basically a runny matte varnish/really runny glaze medium. I have a pot but rarely use it anymore since I have alternatives.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/09/01 00:08:54


Post by: gobert


Fifty wrote:Love those Space Wolves


Cheers Fifty, hopefully you’ll like them now they’re finished!

CaptainWaffle wrote:I've used many brands. I can purchase Liquitex varnishes, flow aid, glaze medium, etc, in large bottles for the price of two of GW's small pots of the equivalent. It works the same. I also like Vallejo's offerings, both in large bottles and small droppers. Vallejo's are also visually convenient. You know exactly what you're reaching for due to the huge font.

GW's Lahmian Medium is a interesting. It's basically a runny matte varnish/really runny glaze medium. I have a pot but rarely use it anymore since I have alternatives.


Thanks CaptainWaffle, I’ll have to add some to my next amazon/minis order.

It’s been a while since my last update, mainly thanks to a 2 week holiday, but also forgetting to post the minor progress I made shortly after getting home! That progress though managed to get my Space Wolves finished. Most of the work was on their bases, at which point I also decided to base up some of my old models. That added a bit of time, but then I saw how MegaDave had done the power weapons of his Iron Warriors and decided to plagiarise his recipe. I don’t think they came out as nice as MegaDave’s but I like them, they fit quite well with the Wolves being Blood Claws too.






I also applied the new power weapons scheme to the guys I painted about 5 years ago. I also changed the Sgt from a Grey Hunter to a Blood Claw by painting over his shoddy Grey Hunter markings with yellow and adding the red claw transfer. Wolf Head Wolf Guard from my very first blog post got a demotion to Blood Claw with his own claw transfer added to his blank shoulder pad. Here’s the whole pack of Space Wolves that I’ve painted so far;




Having finished these guys I’ve decided that I’m going to reward myself with some Blackstone Fortress minis. If the weathers decent tomorrow I’ll be priming all of the Ur Ghuls, Spindle Drones and Beastmen along with one of the Marines. I’ve decided to I want the Ur Ghuls and drones to be dark grey/black with a colour accent, probably red. The Chaos minis will all follow my Warhammer Fantasy Battle Chaos scheme. I found a basing tutorial that I’ll attempt for all of them once they’re done.

Thanks for stopping by!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/09/01 00:45:42


Post by: youwashock


Awooooo! That's a page right out of a 2nd ed. codex, for sure.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/09/05 19:21:25


Post by: gobert


 youwashock wrote:
Awooooo! That's a page right out of a 2nd ed. codex, for sure.


Thanks youwashock, high praise indeed! I’ve got another special Wolf waiting for his base to be finished soon.

Managed to get a bit of painting in last night. I’ve done a really simple paint job on the Ur Ghuls to the point I’d call them game ready, apart form their bases. All I did was base them Abaddon Black, then drybrush with Eshin grey and Dawnstone. Their eyes and hands were simply a wash made from thinned down Blood Angels Orange. The pics were taken when the wash was still wet, unfortunately some of their “eye” holes seem to have had air bubbles, so I’ll need to redo that. I might also use a very light dry brush with a lighter grey to pick out some more definition.




I made good headway on my Spindle Drones. They too had a similarly simple paint job so far. Base coat black again then Dry brush their torso with Hawk turquoise, their armour carapace bits I drybrushed Shadow Grey and Fenris Grey, that came out too light so I gave it a black ink wash which I partially rubbed off. The legs have had Boltgun Metal applied waiting a wash and dry brush. I picked out their central lens with the same orange wash as the Ur Ghuls to represent a bit of a weird glow I guess. I think I’ll paint their lenses red.



Not sure I like the Spindle Drones but I’m happy with the Ur Ghuls given the level of effort applied! Beastmen next i think. They’ll get more attention though!

Thanks for looking!


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/09/05 21:52:43


Post by: youwashock


I think that works pretty well for the Ur-Ghuls. The black/dark grey with orange details reminds me of the Therians from AT-43.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/09/08 23:50:50


Post by: Maharg


Love those wolves, awesome old school look. Ur ghuls also looking good, particularly like the orange - goes to show you don't need a complicated paint scheme to get great results


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/09/10 19:41:03


Post by: gobert


Maharg wrote:Love those wolves, awesome old school look. Ur ghuls also looking good, particularly like the orange - goes to show you don't need a complicated paint scheme to get great results


Cheers, the Wolves were a bit of drag towards the end, but they came together pretty well in the end... though don’t zoom in on the gallery images! I’m really surprised how well the orange wash came out, will have to use that technique again sometime.

youwashock wrote:I think that works pretty well for the Ur-Ghuls. The black/dark grey with orange details reminds me of the Therians from AT-43.


I think I might call the Ur Ghuls done apart from their bases, which I plan to do as a large batch once I’ve painted all of the BSF minis. I’ve not seen the rains or AT-43 before, will have to check them out!

Had family over at the weekend and been away with work so no minis progress, hopefully back to it later this week


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/09/10 22:36:10


Post by: Captain Brown


Nice classic Space Wolves there gobert.

Cheers,

CB


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/09/14 00:25:20


Post by: gobert


Captain Brown wrote:
Nice classic Space Wolves there gobert.

Cheers,

CB


Cheers CB

I managed a bit more painting tonight. Painted the debris on the bases of the Ur Ghuls.




I also tarted up the Drones, giving their carapace an edge highlight with Russ Grey. Their legs got an Agrax wash and Boltgun Metal and Mithril Silver edge high lights too. To finish them off I gave their lenses a Khore Red base with Fire Dragon Bright and Skull white highlights.




I think I’ll call them done aside from finishing off their bases.

I also made a start on the 40k Beastmen, going for purple uniform and an attempt at a rusty steel I think. Might mix up their secondary colours, probably just black and white.

Cheers for looking by


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/09/14 17:09:07


Post by: youwashock


The drones are a success. Love the eyes.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/09/16 05:41:05


Post by: gobert


 youwashock wrote:
The drones are a success. Love the eyes.


Cheers youwashock, the lenses are my favourite bit too!

I made a bit of progress with the BSF Beastmen. I’ve been following a tutorial from Midwinter Minis swapping out some of the colours, but following the techniques so far. They dipped their Beasties but I’m probably just going to give them an all over wash of Agrax. Just need to get the metals on before the wash stage. The pale drybrush looks interesting so far, hoping it works out as well as the tutorial!.



Thanks for looking


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/09/16 13:11:36


Post by: youwashock


I imagine they will look pretty good. Cool colors.


Goberts Gubbins - 13 Sep 19 - WIP BSF Ur Ghuls and Spindle Drones @ 2019/09/16 20:12:58


Post by: Captain Brown


gobert,

Yes, another brown wash will make the Beastmen...well more beast like.

My two cents,

CB