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Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/13 11:45:33


Post by: inmygravenimage


Dr H wrote:Good work, Graven'.
Right proppa dirty like.

Thanks bud. We're having a filth off, you and me
monkeytroll wrote:Niiice! Really liking the icon bearer, although obviously I have a soft spot for the Lord and his tentacles....
Even have me playing with some Papa related ideas...

I can say with full confidence you have already obliterated my annual record

Mwahahahaha! Well, as for records, it's just about pushing yourself I think to whatever you want to do that's a challenge. It's not a numbers game... Honest

Slinky wrote:The poxwalkers are looking great - That paintjob suits them soo much more than the bright colours of the official GW models.

Thanks mate. There's lots of colours in these fellas, but to me they have to be muted and decaying or what the heck's the point?
Didaskalos, the Teacher, Chaos Sorcerer Lord in terminator armour





And Stentor, the Herald, icon bearer





Very happy, all things considered. Which means first wave done!

Something else for a bit of variety now. Not sure what, but something.

Suggestions?
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/13 12:05:03


Post by: Gitsplitta


Everything looks great Graven. I do like the crustyness... it's a nice effect rarely seen other than on bases.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/13 14:15:42


Post by: Camkierhi


Wonderful catching up on this blog, so much fantastic work. These crusty are amazing fantastic to see.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/13 15:25:57


Post by: monkeytroll


Lovely stuff

Definitely digging the icon bearer as my fave.

As to numbers, whilst it would be nice to finish some things off, I'm just happy to be building again, and let's face it, choppin' and gluin' is always going to take priority over colour with me


What next? Not sure what you have on your pile at the moment, think we've had Nurgle, teenage alien football turtles, and some Gotham dudes all recently.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/13 22:55:48


Post by: Anvildude


Here's the big thing, I think.

Variety. Not massive, harlequin-esque variety, but enough to draw attention to and highlight the desired detail.

For example- these guys are all crusty- great. But in order to off-set that, in order to really draw attention to 'They're crusty', why not try to add in a spot or two of highly-polished material? A bit of their armour that wore shiny, or a portion of gut or tentacle or bloated flesh that's smooth and glistening, in contrast to the rough and crumbly everything else.

Similarly, with the colors, having a scrap of 'still bright' somewhere would do a good job of emphasizing the muted nature of most of their surface- bright purple bruise, or orange rust, or a dribble of bright yellow puss running out of one of their ulcers.

You've got SOME blood there, but I feel it could be brighter, as a start. Maybe mix in a little white for puss.

Having those points of contrast (smooth, bright, clean) helps to emphasize the nature of the overall paintjob as well- it says "Look, I've deliberately made them look like this" instead of "I had a dodgy batch of primer and couldn't be bothered to fix it".


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/15 19:42:10


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Everything looks great Graven. I do like the crustyness... it's a nice effect rarely seen other than on bases.

Well, by accident, not design. But many thanks.
Gitsplitta wrote:Everything looks great Graven. I do like the crustyness... it's a nice effect rarely seen other than on bases.


Camkierhi wrote:Wonderful catching up on this blog, so much fantastic work. These crusty are amazing fantastic to see.

Thanks mate. And look after yourself, great to hear from you.
monkeytroll wrote:Lovely stuff

Definitely digging the icon bearer as my fave.

As to numbers, whilst it would be nice to finish some things off, I'm just happy to be building again, and let's face it, choppin' and gluin' is always going to take priority over colour with me


What next? Not sure what you have on your pile at the moment, think we've had Nurgle, teenage alien football turtles, and some Gotham dudes all recently.


Well a degree of chopping is certainly called for to make the rest of the Poxwalkers, but I'm waiting on some fantasy nurgle plague dudes for bits first. I love the icon bearer too. Proof of what you can do with a pile of assorted crap. My favourite
Anvildude wrote:Here's the big thing, I think.

Variety. Not massive, harlequin-esque variety, but enough to draw attention to and highlight the desired detail.

For example- these guys are all crusty- great. But in order to off-set that, in order to really draw attention to 'They're crusty', why not try to add in a spot or two of highly-polished material? A bit of their armour that wore shiny, or a portion of gut or tentacle or bloated flesh that's smooth and glistening, in contrast to the rough and crumbly everything else.

Similarly, with the colors, having a scrap of 'still bright' somewhere would do a good job of emphasizing the muted nature of most of their surface- bright purple bruise, or orange rust, or a dribble of bright yellow puss running out of one of their ulcers.

You've got SOME blood there, but I feel it could be brighter, as a start. Maybe mix in a little white for puss.

Having those points of contrast (smooth, bright, clean) helps to emphasize the nature of the overall paintjob as well- it says "Look, I've deliberately made them look like this" instead of "I had a dodgy batch of primer and couldn't be bothered to fix it".

I see where you're coming from. I think more blood and glistening tentacular goo is a very good shout. I think I've been so focused on saving them that I've lost sight of variety. Good shout!

Speaking of variety, some more terrain and so forth.

Decided to make some trapdoors. Sewers feel ridiculous sometimes in BMG, because they can go on rooftops also. So...

Bases and coffee stirrers. Simple but effective.

And new billboards, continuing the Batman Beyond aesthetic.




And finished the lazarus pit, at last

Working on it in situ.


And made another barricade.



Some RL stuff happened (nothing to see here, these aren't the droids you're looking for, move along).
Spoiler:

I had a nasty wake-up call with someone screwing me over on a payment for stuff and leaving me suddenly very in the red with PayPal.

I have some self-control issues. Got into a lot of debt in the past. Damn near wrecked my marriage.

Now I knew I could fix the PayPal issue fairly quickly - had someone else owe me lump of £ for other builds - but I saw that I was on a slippery slope.

I'm getting sucked back in very deep, very quickly into geek - I need to step back a bit.

Plus, I feel like I'm not spending enough time with my kids. Again, priorities.

Lastly, one of my other very close friends (not the £ guy) is making his marriage, kid, and friendships implode. I've put up with a lot but he also totally let me down last night. I'm at my wit's end with him, and am not going to go down the same path. There but for the grace of God go I, and so forth.

It's definitely all been having a negative effect on my mental health, if I'm being ruthless. Kudos, btw, to Cam for his honesty over on his blog. It's forced me to take a long, hard look at myself.


So, I think I need to refocus my priorities.
What does this mean in real terms?

Probably less frequent updates, for one thing. Sometimes, I think dakka becomes as needy a form of self-validation for me as those idiotic Snapchat obsessives.

No more new toys for a while. Yes we've all heard it, and we've all said it. But, seriously, I have 160+ unpainted models on the shelf alone, certainly more than enough for every game I play.

No commission stuff. It's tempting, and flattering, but I'm not going to risk getting burned again. Plus, I want to paint for me, on my terms, to no-one else's deadline.

Less reviewing. Well, ish. No new companies, certainly.

And, slightly riskily, less time playing. Kids' activities have changed, so geek Tuesday is going to go for the foreseeable. Maybe it's a sign. Besides, I can just teach my kids - win-win, right?

Having sat on this for most of the day, I'm sure I'm doing the right thing. Time will tell, eh?
Best,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/15 20:55:41


Post by: Gitsplitta


I can empathize graven, though not for exactly the same reasons. My blog went from a monster to almost non-existent... that wasn't an accident. However, in the ensuing years I think I've found a nice balance... but I made a promise to myself years ago never to skip out on anything I could do with my kids when the opportunity came. Life got better after that. Hobby time got better after that too.

Best of luck my friend.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/15 21:01:49


Post by: CommissarKhaine


I can fel your pain graven. Got sucked into battletech lately (at least that kept the costs down ), but I do feel the need to tone it downa bit as well.

Nice models as always, and we'll see updates when we see them!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/15 21:05:48


Post by: monkeytroll


Pretty pics

For the rest, sensible choices you make my friend.

Hobbies are part of our lives, our life is not a hobby. Focus on the right things and everything else becomes better too.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/15 23:02:38


Post by: Dr H


Good work on the Nurgl-iness, Billboards, Pit and Barricades.

All sounds sensible. Do what you must to keep the real world happy. We'll be here whenever you have time to indulge.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/16 02:43:03


Post by: Camkierhi


Spoiler:
Nothing is more important than family.

Though we are family too, maybe that weird smelly uncle that teaches you naughty jokes and gives you sly drinks. We are here, as I am finding out, you are all amazing. And most importantly do not judge us for prioritizing.

Funny, I often hear how this hobby is expensive, can steal away money. Yet I am poor and chose this hobby because I can go for months without spending a penny.

Rambling on a bit here, lost the plot somewhere back there, anyway I think I was trying to say, totally agree with you, right choices. Head down the rabbit hole is not good. Pull back a bit. As to numpties screwing you over...got an address? Smelly uncle is good for something else too! Above all things, take care of yourself and your beautiful family. Will look forward to seeing you about here when you can.

Oh yeah, models are looking good, love the trap door idea, brilliant and simple.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/16 19:42:04


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:I can empathize graven, though not for exactly the same reasons. My blog went from a monster to almost non-existent... that wasn't an accident. However, in the ensuing years I think I've found a nice balance... but I made a promise to myself years ago never to skip out on anything I could do with my kids when the opportunity came. Life got better after that. Hobby time got better after that too.

Best of luck my friend.


Thanks old son. You're an inspiration on many levels.

CommissarKhaine wrote:I can fel your pain graven. Got sucked into battletech lately (at least that kept the costs down ), but I do feel the need to tone it downa bit as well.

Nice models as always, and we'll see updates when we see them!

Took me a minute to realise you meant the computer game. And thanks.

Dr H wrote:Good work on the Nurgl-iness, Billboards, Pit and Barricades.

All sounds sensible. Do what you must to keep the real world happy. We'll be here whenever you have time to indulge.

Cheers mucker. Or should that be mucky?
Camkierhi wrote:
Spoiler:
Nothing is more important than family.

Though we are family too, maybe that weird smelly uncle that teaches you naughty jokes and gives you sly drinks. We are here, as I am finding out, you are all amazing. And most importantly do not judge us for prioritizing.

Funny, I often hear how this hobby is expensive, can steal away money. Yet I am poor and chose this hobby because I can go for months without spending a penny.

Rambling on a bit here, lost the plot somewhere back there, anyway I think I was trying to say, totally agree with you, right choices. Head down the rabbit hole is not good. Pull back a bit. As to numpties screwing you over...got an address? Smelly uncle is good for something else too! Above all things, take care of yourself and your beautiful family. Will look forward to seeing you about here when you can.


Oh yeah, models are looking good, love the trap door idea, brilliant and simple.

Cheers, thanks and you're not that smelly

Thanks all, in brief.

Variety continues to be the key. And I want to feel like I'm making progress... So I batch highlighted all my BMG and DCU stuff.

As you do.
Plus, finished Bane for #2's birthday.


Decided to paint my TIE silencer, as it's just been sitting there.


And no pics of this, but primed up Mr Freeze crew (final commissions for a looooooong time), Yndij team for Dreadball, this year's walking dead promo pack (Walker Rick!!) and plaguebearers with some brown primer, as a further experiment in coloured primers.

So quite a lot for cutting back. but actually it's just mixing things up, preparing to clear space and staying sane.

Cheers for everything, once more,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/17 02:27:38


Post by: Theophony


It’s a good thing to take stock time to time. I’m also glad everyone is sharing. Seriously I felt like a sobbing idjit for a long time moaning about what was happening to me/my family, I’m glad others feel “safe” enough to open up. I think time helps but you have it prioritized correctly. The kids will get excited I’m sure and you’ll get games in with them. Win-win as you said. The friend exploding...always difficult. Take notes. Seriously, then when he is busted up for real and asks what went wrong and starts blaming others you can snap him back with “but you said...let’s not kid ourselves and let’s get this worked out.”

I’m being a good stalker and watching....not being a good commenter though. Sorry.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/17 02:50:10


Post by: Gitsplitta


Always good to see the variety your blog offers graven. Given my own current situation... it's very reassuring.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/17 09:36:00


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:It’s a good thing to take stock time to time. I’m also glad everyone is sharing. Seriously I felt like a sobbing idjit for a long time moaning about what was happening to me/my family, I’m glad others feel “safe” enough to open up. I think time helps but you have it prioritized correctly. The kids will get excited I’m sure and you’ll get games in with them. Win-win as you said. The friend exploding...always difficult. Take notes. Seriously, then when he is busted up for real and asks what went wrong and starts blaming others you can snap him back with “but you said...let’s not kid ourselves and let’s get this worked out.”

I’m being a good stalker and watching....not being a good commenter though. Sorry.

Don't be daft mate. We all do our share of lurking and abbreviated commenting.
As for the opening up: there's an odd security here. It's the pseudo-anonymity, I think. BigGreenStompa very accurately observed that part of the problem with t'internet is that Anonymity breeds Aggression, but sometimes, for us, it can be enable empathy, also.
As for the friend ...
Spoiler:


His wife bought him a pair of tickets for a gig (Ben Folds in concert); I was to go with him, as his +1/ as a 40th present. I don't care about that per se - beyond the fact that I'm a huge Ben Folds fan, and have only previously missed him twice in the last 22 years - but my wife had orginally planned to get us VIP passes to the gig for my 40th (there's a pattern here) so we could see it and meet him also, but she abandonned that when the friend invited me to go with. So, she's even more pissed than I am.
*sigh*


Gitsplitta wrote:Always good to see the variety your blog offers graven. Given my own current situation... it's very reassuring.

Cheers mate. Yeah, we need to mix things up to stay sane. Loving YouRTube

Speaking of mixing things up. It really annoys me how mono-pose the new DG Termies are. They're lovely models but there's very limited poseability. Some cutting required, I think.
The Plague Marines, fortunately, are a bit more varied. Before I build them, a bit of 8th logic needs applied, I think, so any advice gratefully received:
Currently, from DarkImp, I have 7, including a Champion with PF and Plague Sword, a Plasma Gunner, and my kitbash Icon Bearer with bolter.
From what I can deduce (and with good advice from Yorkright) I think a gun-blob unit and melee-blob ( I say blob - 7, because ) makes sense:
So, Gun Blob:
Champion with Plasma Gun (because he can take one, so why wouldn't you? - reckon I'll be converting this from a DarkImp guy, quick hand swap).
PM w Plasma Gun
PM w Blight Launcher
4x PMs w Bolter
7 gives me room for a bit of attrition, mixing a PG and BL gives me a little flexibility. I don't think they need an Icon Bearer (reduces LDR by 1 on enemy w/in 6") because although they're for taking and holding objectives, I'm not convinced it's as important on a run (well, steady walk) and gun unit.

Melee Blob
Champion with PF and Plague Sword
PM Icon Bearer with axe (this will require another hand swap, as he's got a bolter atm, but also allows me to take on board Anvildude's excellent point about bright splash colours).
5x PMs with various large melee weapons - a flail, a bubotic axe, and other assorted others.

Does that seem reasonable, mighty dakkasaurus? On the one hand, it loadout doesn't really matter - it's not like I actually play but on the other, you want it to work in theory, right? Right?!
Cheers,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/17 11:55:57


Post by: monkeytroll


Hmm...I'm thinking that Bane could do with a bit of tinkering from the meks and doks, and a tinge of green......

I agree the pseudo-anonymity can be a help in opening up, peeps on here can be close enough to be considered friends (I still consider quite a few peeps here to be friends even after I've been absent for several years) but also have enough distance to not trigger false threat signals that so often prevent us from being open. I know back when I was diagnosed with depression I had no qualms about sharing it here before sharing with some of the people I know IRL. Although this is a hobby space, we do get to know something of each other, and it is healthy to share with our peers.


With the load-outs - no idea whatsoever as to what is even legal anymore, and I think I'm now at a point that I'm not really bothered. I always tried to ensure that I could field my toy soldiers if I ever came back to playing, and it may just be the long break that has changed that, but certainly with my current builds I only have the very vaguest idea of what they could be in-game. So, in short, can't help you there much


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/17 12:54:56


Post by: CommissarKhaine


@ Theophony: like Inmygravenimage said: don't worry about it

Spoiler:
Sorry to hear about your friend; if he's blowing up stuff everywhere around him, have you considered a good old-fashioned intervention? We did with a friend of ours, got him to,open up about the real issues, helped getting him patched up afterwards.


Not a clue bout the loadouts, about to play like my 5th game of 8th ed; tonight, but it seems sensible to me . Bane is looking great, and loving the variety in here!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/17 17:02:49


Post by: Theophony


I like the intervention idea if you need to borrow the Tetsubo I’m making, I’ll just ask for postage and you clean it up before you send it back .

Can Deathguard use powerfists? I just read another post somewhere saying that they forgot how to use them even though the models come with them . I don’t 40k, so totally oblivious.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/17 20:32:13


Post by: Red Harvest


Tetsubos are outlawed in the UK, Theo. Cricket bats do well as a substitute

The hobby. I buy hobby related things twice per year, and only twice per year, as Christmas and Birthday gifts for myself. This effectively reduces all impulse purchases. Something to think about to cut back on spending. Make and keep a wish-list, and ruthlessly prune it. You may be surprised how much you remove after a few weeks or so.

Yes, more time with the family. I think I mentioned, somewhere, a friend who built his dream shop in his basement, then came to hate it quickly enough, because he was in it alone while his family was upstairs. So, he abandoned the shop and went back to the cramped desk in the family room.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/17 21:21:02


Post by: youwashock


The eternal struggle. The quest for balance. We all face it. Keep your chin up. All will be well. And those billboards look awesome.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/18 05:48:45


Post by: Yorkright


Whoa I dont check in and Graven has done more incredible work, all of it looks quite gribbly when it needs to be and very DC comics too. Big compliments on Bane I absolutely love your take on him, wow is he a monster and well done to boot. As for slowing down why not, you pour yourself into this or any hobby and it can detract from what is most important in life. Recently I have take a break from painting 40k and have loved not worrying about having to have the latest and greatest thing for my DG (of course it is all still in boxes squirreled away but thats another story). Keep us updated as you need.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/20 13:18:41


Post by: inmygravenimage



CommissarKhaine wrote:@ Theophony: like Inmygravenimage said: don't worry about it

Spoiler:
Sorry to hear about your friend; if he's blowing up stuff everywhere around him, have you considered a good old-fashioned intervention? We did with a friend of ours, got him to,open up about the real issues, helped getting him patched up afterwards.


Not a clue bout the loadouts, about to play like my 5th game of 8th ed; tonight, but it seems sensible to me . Bane is looking great, and loving the variety in here!

Tried an intervention, got nowhere unfortunately. So, I'm ignoring him for a bit. I'm hardly WAAC with 40k so I'm happy enough to just trust my plaguey gut


Theophony wrote:I like the intervention idea if you need to borrow the Tetsubo I’m making, I’ll just ask for postage and you clean it up before you send it back .

Can Deathguard use powerfists? I just read another post somewhere saying that they forgot how to use them even though the models come with them . I don’t 40k, so totally oblivious.

Yeah, they get them for filling your opponent's face with power pus.

Red Harvest wrote:Tetsubos are outlawed in the UK, Theo. Cricket bats do well as a substitute

The hobby. I buy hobby related things twice per year, and only twice per year, as Christmas and Birthday gifts for myself. This effectively reduces all impulse purchases. Something to think about to cut back on spending. Make and keep a wish-list, and ruthlessly prune it. You may be surprised how much you remove after a few weeks or so.

Yes, more time with the family. I think I mentioned, somewhere, a friend who built his dream shop in his basement, then came to hate it quickly enough, because he was in it alone while his family was upstairs. So, he abandoned the shop and went back to the cramped desk in the family room.


Very good advice on the twice a year thing. I'll hard think on that.

youwashock wrote:The eternal struggle. The quest for balance. We all face it. Keep your chin up. All will be well. And those billboards look awesome.

Cheers mucker yeah they were fun.
Yorkright wrote: Whoa I dont check in and Graven has done more incredible work, all of it looks quite gribbly when it needs to be and very DC comics too. Big compliments on Bane I absolutely love your take on him, wow is he a monster and well done to boot. As for slowing down why not, you pour yourself into this or any hobby and it can detract from what is most important in life. Recently I have take a break from painting 40k and have loved not worrying about having to have the latest and greatest thing for my DG (of course it is all still in boxes squirreled away but thats another story). Keep us updated as you need.

Thanks mate, I enjoyed Bane. As you'll see I'm happy to be back doing a spot of BMG generally.

What's been going on? Well, Joe's 8th birthday has made things a bit busy. Still, my wife is master of the dwarven cake forge:

Quest for balance indeed

Other than that, tidy ups and touch ups.
Redid the Icon Bearer to a more melee loadout:


And this chap got an upgrade:

Don't think the hand being swapped sides is noticeable, thanks to new GS fingers and grip flattened out.

And came up with a test scheme for my Yndij:

All natural muted colours for the tree hugging forest dwellers they are, with a couple of spots to pop. Yes there's a mould line, tough

And started on the 90s movie colour scheme Freeze Crew:

He wants the goons in mucky creamy white.

Freeze himself a bit further along.

That's me, move along now,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/20 14:58:01


Post by: monkeytroll


Someone wants to be reminded of that movie???

Infinity cake ftw, now if she can figure out how to make cake last for infinity....

No sign of a hand swap from here.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/20 15:02:04


Post by: Gitsplitta


That cake is amazing. Once again your wife proves that she's the real "king of cakes".

That last guy reminds me of the Dr. Who episode "The Library".


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/20 21:13:37


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:Someone wants to be reminded of that movie???

Infinity cake ftw, now if she can figure out how to make cake last for infinity....

No sign of a hand swap from here.

Cake is almost entirely gone, alas,though the stones remain... anyway, my kids always get 2 cakes, one for the party, one for the day - reece' s peanut butter meltdown on the way
Gitsplitta wrote:That cake is amazing. Once again your wife proves that she's the real "king of cakes".

That last guy reminds me of the Dr. Who episode "The Library".

Vashta narada? scary stuff. Great episode. Yeah, he does a bit actually.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/21 00:41:32


Post by: youwashock


That cake is art of the highest quality.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/21 20:51:58


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Tried an intervention, got nowhere unfortunately. So, I'm ignoring him for a bit. I'm hardly WAAC with 40k so I'm happy enough to just trust my plaguey gut


Ah well, in that case I can only wish you strength!

That gauntlet-cake is pretty amazing. Oh, and the models are looking good as well!



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/22 21:54:50


Post by: inmygravenimage


youwashock wrote:That cake is art of the highest quality.

Tasty too

CommissarKhaine wrote:
That gauntlet-cake is pretty amazing. Oh, and the models are looking good as well!


Cheers, buddy.

Just touching base.
Got the Freeze crew done to my buddy's requirements.

<Insert ice pun here>

Apparently, KM are getting their act together again and sending me goodies. We'll see *shrugs* given that I'm scaling back, it's good and bad. Free toys, woo, but again too many toys brings out my worst tendencies. Am getting on with the Yndij, going ok. Not sure what's next, any suggestions gratefully received.
Best
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/23 12:23:01


Post by: Skalk Bloodaxe


The Freeze team looks awesome. I've never seein these in IRL, how do they scale up next to a circa 1996 GW Necromunda figure?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/23 19:06:45


Post by: Slinky


The leader guy is suitably spooky...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/23 21:54:28


Post by: Dr H


Nice work, Graven' and Mrs Graven'.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/25 19:48:05


Post by: inmygravenimage


Skalk Bloodaxe wrote:The Freeze team looks awesome. I've never seein these in ITL, how do they scale up next to a circa 1996 GW Necromunda figure?

That assumes I own any however, a scale shot of sorts:

CommissarKhaine wrote:Looking good.

Short and sweet, ta

Slinky wrote:The leader guy is suitably spooky...

LOL trying to balance the silliness of 90s Batman with the gothdark of BMG, so thanks

Dr H wrote:Nice work, Graven' and Mrs Graven'.

Cheers. Yeah, she's scary talented.

As I was in a bit of a Mr Freeze place worked on Mayor McCheese (some freis with that?) to complete the (tournament legal!) Fry Guy crew:

Decidedly less scary in retrospect might do away with the silly eyes and just go back to white glasses. Bit rough and ready generally, but fine to be going on with.

I've not forgotten about the btw, just snipping things off sprues merrily. Lots of bits with the set, which is fun but it's the classic I NEED MORE LEGS problem. Still. It's not like I don't have plenty of other stuff to work on

Speaking of which, playing with some colour scheme ideas for Dreadball Teams. I want them all to have clear, distinct colour identities on pitch. I'm thinking in terms of skin tone/main gear/accent colour
Just now we have:
Teratons - Ochre Skin, Dark Red Gear, Turquoise accents
Yndij - Dark Brown Skin, Miltiary Green Gear, Red/Grey accents

Yndij:

That's them done I reckon. Glad I didn't indulge the whimsy and paint them blue (Na'vi from Avatar)

Here's my thoughts on others:
Forge Fathers (Squats) - pink skin, muted gold gear, Bright blue accents
Marauders (Orks & Gobs) - green skin, purple gear, black accents
Neo-Bots (hi-tech robots) - grey "skin", red gear, white accents
Zees (space chimps) - black/grey "skin", bright green gear, yellow accents
Veer-Myn (space skaven) - brown/grey fur, orange gear, green accents
Corporation (humans - don't have a full team yet, but thinking ahead) - varied skin, blue gear, silver accents
Does that sound distinctive and varied enough?

So, a bit quieter, but still stuff getting done. 51 models this month. S'okay
Saw Solo with the kids, really great fun, western/heist movie, very Firefly vibe - and has a genuine shocker right at the end

Spoilers...
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/25 20:20:49


Post by: monkeytroll


Everything seems to be in the quantum realm in that scale shot.......

Back to the glasses I think

Need more legs? Now, obviously, that's a query I understand, but if someone needs three (or more) someone else just had to go without.... That is what you were asking right?

How about introducing red or brown skinned marauders into the mantic-verse? I've always liked non green-skinned greenskins

Albino veer-myn? Just because I had a favourite skaven I had painted as an albino way back when.

But sounds alright otherwise


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/25 20:40:53


Post by: Gitsplitta


Loving the new offerings graven! Great stuff!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/25 21:22:23


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:Everything seems to be in the quantum realm in that scale shot.......

Back to the glasses I think

Need more legs? Now, obviously, that's a query I understand, but if someone needs three (or more) someone else just had to go without.... That is what you were asking right?

How about introducing red or brown skinned marauders into the mantic-verse? I've always liked non green-skinned greenskins

Albino veer-myn? Just because I had a favourite skaven I had painted as an albino way back when.

But sounds alright otherwise

Lol dammit!


And fixed the eyes:


Like the albino veer-myn idea. I was actually toying with Blue orcs, a la Warmahordes.
Gitsplitta wrote:Loving the new offerings graven! Great stuff!



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/25 22:45:41


Post by: Yorkright


Sorry I have not dropped a note lately, but I have been checking in. The deathguard is definitly my fav of your recent stuff, all that crackly grossness will look great on the table. Mayor McFreeze is so much fun, cant wait to hear how he does in game.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/26 08:29:13


Post by: inmygravenimage


Don't be daft mate, pleasure to hear from you but we all lurk at times. More goodness to come soon. I built my Marauder, Forge Father and Zee teams last night, just the Veer-myn left. But Tallyman was started also, and FINALLY all other bits have been clipped, so we're ready to build the laughing boys
On another note, we're at 150 models painted so far this year. Gonna bust 2017's total out the water

Still to come...
Spoiler:

BMG/DCUMG
Pyg & Dollotrons (3)
Wonderland crew (4)
Captain Marvel
Nightwing
Black Adam
Bats AO
R'as
Batgirl New 52
Batgirl btas
Batman btas
Raven
Frank Miller Joker & dolls (3)
Super Woman
Power Ring
Monster T
Militia (2)

Warriors (3)
Debbie

TWD (23)

Forge Fathers team (17)
Marauders team (13)
Neobots team (11)
Veer-Myn team (14)
Zees team (17)
DB2 ref, eye in the sky, tracker, balls (5)

Putrid Choir (6)
Blightlords (5)
Typhus
Mortarion
Plagueburst crawler
Tallyman
Plaguebearers (10)
Pox walkers (10)



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/28 15:44:16


Post by: Dr H


Good work on the McGang.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/28 20:24:23


Post by: inmygravenimage


Dr H wrote:Good work on the McGang.


McThanks

So, a nice sunny long weekend has meant much pottering about and not much p&m.

Did get the blightlords and plague marines built:


Quick and rubbish pics, sorry.
Whilst I like how much personality these have, it really, really annoys me how limited a range of poses you have. The body sculpts are so heavily dictated and the arm/hand combos are not interchangeable really on the Plague dudes. I'm sure it's partly to disrupt the second hand market but it really limits you when building. Not any less time consuming either. Never mind. They're done now.

Oversaw a cracking game of Dreadball with the boys today.
Wee fella playing fast light Yndij All-Stars, big one playing brutal slow Teraton Avalanchers (turtles). Lots of to and fro, lots of fouling each other (yay!), players getting sent off, sin binned, ko'd - riotous good fun for our first game with all the rules ( bar team captains).
And how did it end?

Well folks, it's the bottom of the 9th and All-Stars have opened up a mighty big lead, but they're certainly shell-shocked from the beating they've been taking off the Avalanchers. Off the subs bench and that Striker is going straight for the Visitors end! And here comes the other Striker, steals the ball right from under the Jack's snout and OH MY GOODNESS the crowd goes wild for that pass fully halfway up the pitch and what's this? He's going for the far score! He's going for the bonus - he can't - he won't - HE DOES! And the crowd can't get enough of this! Landslide win to the All-Stars!


So, yeah, good game

Now, of course, they want me to paint the other teams
Later peeps
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/29 00:38:53


Post by: Red Harvest


 inmygravenimage wrote:

Now, of course, they want me to paint the other teams
Later peeps
Graven

Hmm, From what I can see, their hands are not broken... if you get my drift.

150 so far. Impressive. Also, insane.

Carry On.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/29 02:48:31


Post by: youwashock


150. Mind blown.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/29 08:27:55


Post by: Slinky


I see what you mean about assembling the new DG stuff, very limited posing options - I guess that is the price for all the extra tentacles etc...

Good to see your boys enjoying a game, thus far mine have mostly played Talisman, but they have done some of the starter games from both the 40k and Mines of Moria starter sets


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/29 09:02:47


Post by: inmygravenimage


Red Harvest wrote:
 inmygravenimage wrote:

Now, of course, they want me to paint the other teams
Later peeps
Graven

Hmm, From what I can see, their hands are not broken... if you get my drift.

150 so far. Impressive. Also, insane.

Carry On.

Fair point. I think that getting them to do the Neo-Bots (robots in football gear), in particular, will work. Amazing what you can do with drybrushing and washes, after all.

Yes, insane. But of inconsistent quality. Some, like the Mayor, are rather slapdash, and part of the point was to raise my game generally.

youwashock wrote:150. Mind blown.

I've probably got the same again sitting waiting to be painted though.

Slinky wrote:I see what you mean about assembling the new DG stuff, very limited posing options - I guess that is the price for all the extra tentacles etc...

Good to see your boys enjoying a game, thus far mine have mostly played Talisman, but they have done some of the starter games from both the 40k and Mines of Moria starter sets

Tentacular spectacular, no less. There are enough bits flying about to do some more things, but, for instance, you only get 1 Mace of contagion to 2 bubotic axes, which makes exactly zero sense. Also, the heads are a bit too samey for my taste. I mean, the grinning grill is perfect for my Greek Masked Chorus motif (these are the "Comedy" chorus), but still.

Yeah, we like Talisman, but takes ages. Ticket To Ride and Settlers, of course. Walking Dead: All Out War is a firm favourite with the boys, X-Wing too but again, takes absolutely yonks to set up, play and take down. DCU is always surprisingly quick. For super quick fun, it's King of Tokyo every time. I've got Puppets War to play with them too, but not got around to it yet.

Mostly it's about teaching them right. My plan is to make Wednesday nights "Mum goes to cinema with your Auntie, boys play games once your sister is asleep" night


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/29 13:21:06


Post by: Gitsplitta


I understood about half the words in the plly-by-play... but as long as everyone had fun.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/29 20:38:05


Post by: Syro_


Wow! 150 models, and not even a full halfway through the year yet. That's really impressive. I hope your wrists aren't regretting that dedication?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/05/31 16:32:58


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:I understood about half the words in the play-by-play... but as long as everyone had fun.


It's such a great game. And so much better than first edition, which never worked for me. Let's see if I can clear things up a bit:

Well folks, it's the bottom of the 9th
The game has 14 turns or 'Rushes'. It's IGOUGO, with the home team always starting. 6 players on the pitch per team, 5 action tokens to use per turn; any one play can only have two tokens used on them per turn, but there's various ways of getting free actions. For example, quite often you'll spend your first action token to buy a card from the game deck, which are usually free actions but can also be random events, or be discarded for a reroll.
Normally, all dice rolls are done with 3 dice, and you are aiming to beat 4+ (on average) on a single for a success, or on more than one to "double" which typically gives you a free action. If you score, or drop the ball, your rush ends immediately.

and All-Stars have opened up a mighty big lead,
Scoring is about points differential, with the tracker going up and down. There's 3 scoring zones in each team's end, the near 2 scoring zones being a 1 point if you throw it through the end hex, 3 if you do it from the bonus (furthest) hex), whilst the far scoring zone is worth 2 or 4 points in the same way.

but they're certainly shell-shocked from the beating they've been taking off the Avalanchers.
The Teratons (Avalanchers) are all about pummeling your opponent into the ground. They're not particularly quick, but they're strong, tough, and very hard to take down.

Off the subs bench and that Striker is going straight for the Visitors end!
You have an entry zone at your end, so can run players on to the pitch as an action. When someone has been injured or sent off, they got into the Sin Bin boxes marked 1/2/3 (depending on severity of injury or how badly you got caught out) moving up one box a turn.

And here comes the other Striker, steals the ball right from under the Jack's snout
There are 3 positions available: Striker (very good at picking up the ball, stealing it off other players, and throwing), Guard (very good at slamming into opponents, but can't pick up the ball), and Jack (okay at everything, good at running interference). Some teams don't have all the positions, depending on their species (Teratons have no Strikers, for example, though they do have access to have special kind of Guard called a Keeper).

and OH MY GOODNESS the crowd goes wild for that pass fully halfway up the pitch
The longer the pass the more difficult; a 9 hex throw triggers a fan check (as do various other impressive things like Tripling dice rolls or particularly impressive fouls), giving you a free card or a bonus die to spend as you see fit.

and what's this? He's going for the far score!
The far score zone being worth 2 points, you may recall. Normal movement is a run (up to your Speed (~5), freely changing facing) or a sprint (double, but a point of movement to change facing), but you can also Dash, rolling to add a hex of movement at a time - and Jacks get a bonus die on this - but if you fail, you trip, fall prone, and drop the ball if carrying it.

He's going for the bonus - he can't - he won't - HE DOES! And the crowd can't get enough of this! Landslide win to the All-Stars!
If you ever achieve a 7pt difference, you immediately win.

That help?
All 5 remaining teams are now built, though some conversions needed (Marauders and Forge Fathers need Keepers, for instance), some gap filling on a couple of figs, and a lot of mould line scraping required generally.

Syro_ wrote:Wow! 150 models, and not even a full halfway through the year yet. That's really impressive. I hope your wrists aren't regretting that dedication?

Funny you mention that. My right wrist, and up through my palm into ring finger (the damaged section of my hand) has been a bit twinge-y lately.
Still , pleased to be where I am for the end of May.

Built the Tallyman (heymrtallymantallymebanana) and Typhus, having misplaced the instructions. That was... fun Repositioned Typhus's head and the leg, just for a bit of variety, though it's a lovely model regardless. Didn't attach the Tallyman's nurgling, too useful for another project at some point, or maybe riding the plagueburster, not sure yet. Also been adding orange to start the rust on various DG. Nothing to show really though.

It occurs to me that I don't need much else to make this a really substantial, robust army. Ten more plague bearers would be useful (well, eleven, because then I have a multiple of seven ), to go with the ten old school metals I have, and of course I've got Mortartion, the plagueburst crawler (still need to work out how to do the arm to suspend the bell from), blight drone 2 and the rest of the pox walkers to build/chop/paint - I don't own a biologus putrifier or foul blightspawn, which are nice but not necessary, though potentially kitbash-able: the idea of a guy with wheezing bellows certainly fits the musical theme, whilst a putrifier would add a fair bit of punch to the cc unit of plague marines (don't like the official biologus model, so a more likely candidate for kitbash). Nor do I own any myphitics, 3 of which seem irratatingly necessary (but I'm not actually ever going to play, now am I?!). I may do other bits, Daemon Prince perhaps, though I don't like the extant models at all, Helbrute (very impressed with monkeytroll's) etc, but these will evolve from bits and as the muses are upon me.

Little one's been poorly, yet again (this is what I get for summoning ) so not got much else done, off with her today. Plus, life has been complicated by my dad ending up in hospital with a detached retina, so a lot of to-ing and fro-ing (they live about 2 hrs drive away in St Andrews, on the other side of Scotland).

Target for June is finish painting plague marines and blightlords, cut up pox walkers, get teams tidied, prepped and primed. Maybe some bat action, though having a break has been good for me I think.
Later
Graven



Automatically Appended Next Post:
Oh well. Maybe one pic:

Just as proof


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/01 05:18:05


Post by: Gitsplitta


Yeah, that's awesome graven. One question... what's a pitch?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/01 05:43:36


Post by: inmygravenimage


Pitch, field, gridiron, board Dreadball is played on a hex board that's about 20x40 hexes.

Converting up a captain and keeper:

Getting my Marauders ready for the new season. Thinking purple and yellow accents, because the moustache made me think of Wario and Waluigi.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
On a separate note, I sat down to build Plague bearers and convert up the Biologus to discover I have no slottas or 40mm bases?! How is that even possible? Baffling.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/01 20:33:01


Post by: monkeytroll


Yep, I can definitely see Wario orcs being a thing

You haven"t by chance painted some slottas brown, and had some particularly crunchy chocolates recently?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/01 20:52:15


Post by: inmygravenimage


 monkeytroll wrote:
Yep, I can definitely see Wario orcs being a thing

You haven"t by chance painted some slottas brown, and had some particularly crunchy chocolates recently?

Lol if I ate chocolate that would perhaps be a concern (well, I do occasionally eat in, but I'm not fussed about it, certainly).
Plan with the orks is to prime them all ochre (orches?), as that should be a decent base for the green skin, and build up the armour as purple, but reversing on the captain. I'm also planning on priming the Veermyn that way because I think I can get a better fur tone by layering different washes over that, much as with the death guard. The exception will be the captain, who'll be albino.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/02 03:35:43


Post by: Yorkright


150! Amazing amount of models painted in 6 months, are you sure your not revving up to start your own painting service?Glad to see your still working on the Death Guard, did I miss Morty or is he still on the shelf of shame?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/02 08:35:32


Post by: inmygravenimage


Lol absolutely not! Did consider it, but I have too much of my own stuff. Very occasionally for friends, that's all. Morty is still in the box, along with crawler and the other drone.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/02 20:01:46


Post by: Solar_lion


Wow.. I have a lot of catching up to do.

loving it!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/04 19:35:30


Post by: inmygravenimage


Solar_lion wrote: Wow.. I have a lot of catching up to do.

loving it!

Thanks and great to see you again
I feel like looking at my shelf I have lots of catching up to do...
Just dropping by. Busy busy busy in RL.
Good day Saturday, Dad on road to recovery.
Sunday involved a lot of painting of MDF. Don't get excited, it was my new shower room. but, I was very impressed by the lovely kitbashes of Dakka, and especially as I say of monkeytroll, so began work on the Biologus:
Needs a proboscis of sorts, and I need to harvest some fantasy vials and phials for his potion racks (for which I'm using scythe blades). Oh, and find a 40mm base, obviously.


Can't really prime at the moment, other than by hand, as the garage is out of commission. Probably should actually paint some stuff rather making new occupants for the shelf
Best
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/04 19:51:24


Post by: whalemusic360


Woah, am I in the right spot? Is that 40k?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/04 20:03:27


Post by: inmygravenimage


Lol aye, did you not see I've been seduced by ?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/04 21:07:51


Post by: monkeytroll


Oh stop it, you'll make me blush

I like it, and the idea of using scythe blades for the racking is very nice. Not sure how well it fits on a nurgly head, but I recall using a horn nabbed off some chaos helm or another for a termie tongue. Or are you thinking more of a straight needle/mosquito type proboscis - which makes sense given the whole fly thing, but this is chaos, and sense is not always an option


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/04 22:02:14


Post by: Slinky


Looking very good so far


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/04 22:24:57


Post by: Dr H


"No, don't suck my brain out of my ear with a straw... AAaarggh"

Good job.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/05 09:53:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


Slinky wrote:Looking very good so far


Dr H wrote:"No, don't suck my brain out of my ear with a straw... AAaarggh"

Good job.

exactly. Proper brain sucker.

monkeytroll wrote:Oh stop it, you'll make me blush

I like it, and the idea of using scythe blades for the racking is very nice. Not sure how well it fits on a nurgly head, but I recall using a horn nabbed off some chaos helm or another for a termie tongue. Or are you thinking more of a straight needle/mosquito type proboscis - which makes sense given the whole fly thing, but this is chaos, and sense is not always an option

Well the "real" model has this as fluff in the GW store:

"Even the breathing apparatus on his helmet features a proboscis-like extrusion – all the better for sensing the results of his experiments."

So he doesn't necessarily need one, just part of that model's design (it's not in the codex fluff). I might just go with a long... appendage

I need to drill some holes into the legs, and get some ichor dripping. Glad you like the scythe/racks. Anyone know a kit with good vials/flasks/death heads? I'm so out of the loop on GW bits.

Hey ho,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/05 11:42:06


Post by: Sneshy


Some fantastic art pieces.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/05 18:06:50


Post by: monkeytroll


Kits like the dark eldar haemonculi and talos have lots of gribbly vial type things. The deepkin seem to have a number of interesting containers.

But I'm even further out of touch with GW than you Really need to spend some time looking at their site I guess to see what else I've missed. Over the last few weeks I've found Necromunda is a thing again, genestealer cults are back, marines have hover tanks - and apparently have some bigger, more true-scale brethren now, sea-elves have risen from the deep, and there seems to be some plastic 30k in existence....... Most of this would have been considered laughable fantasy before I dropped off the radar


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/05 19:17:15


Post by: inmygravenimage


Sneshy wrote:Some fantastic art pieces.

Thank you kindly, and welcome to my little foetid corner of Dakka!

monkeytroll wrote:Kits like the dark eldar haemonculi and talos have lots of gribbly vial type things. The deepkin seem to have a number of interesting containers.

But I'm even further out of touch with GW than you Really need to spend some time looking at their site I guess to see what else I've missed. Over the last few weeks I've found Necromunda is a thing again, genestealer cults are back, marines have hover tanks - and apparently have some bigger, more true-scale brethren now, sea-elves have risen from the deep, and there seems to be some plastic 30k in existence....... Most of this would have been considered laughable fantasy before I dropped off the radar

I thought about deldar stuff actually, from the Cronus. But then I'd have to buy stuff. Tsk.
Yeah it's both weird and thrilling to see gw finally embracing the nostalgia £.

Built, mostly:

I'm happy with the proboscis, and how it's sniffing around the equivalent of a pint of beer. Craft beer, this is still not sure if the legs need more details (beyond a GS tentacle here and there).
Definitely using that nurgling also, the codex fluff specifically mentions Putrifiers being followed around by nurglings making lists.

And likewise, the back is done, barring a bit of GS work.

I do wonder if there's enough jeejaws hanging on that side. Maybe the answer is some sort of GS flasks.

The other side is better

Fun fact, I used a lizardman tail for the injector pistol's needle

So maybe do some GS detailing.
Meanwhile, I've dug out some chaos warrior bits and I think I'm finally ready to start on my other pox walkers. Other stuff has stalled somewhat.

Can't decide what Batman stuff to do next. Any requests?

Spoiler:

Of what's built and primed

Pyg & Dollotrons (3)
Wonderland crew (4)
Captain Marvel
Nightwing
Black Adam
Bats AO
R'as Al Ghûl
Batgirl New 52
Super Woman
Power Ring
Monster T
Militia (2)


Cheers
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/05 20:16:12


Post by: Yorkright


That is quite the conversion Graven, going to go the crackly route with this one too or more conventional?

I am voting for Nightwing first and superwoman 2nd.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/05 20:43:45


Post by: Gitsplitta


Nurglemen look great my friend.

"Black Adam" sounds so horribly non-PC... you should do him next.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/05 22:27:56


Post by: monkeytroll


Maybe some purity seals putrid scrolls if you have no more vials?

Legs look fine, but tentacles are never amiss

I quite fancy either pyg or the wonderland crew, although superwoman and power ring would be a good couple...don't recognise Monster T....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/05 23:12:47


Post by: Littletower


Putridly great!

Can't be of much help with the vials bits question besides the already mentioned Thalos kit.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/06 05:54:50


Post by: OneManNoodles


lol at the lizard tail. It works really well.

I thought Kleptomania was an affliction of Tzeentch (and the blood ravens)
Looks great so far, I don't think I can add anything to the parts that others have, not sure you could fit any more on tbh. If you think the legs are bit plain, you could add some rivets to the left shin.

Are the scythes supposed to be the vents for the backpack?

I choose "Pyg & Dollotrons"


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/06 08:58:23


Post by: inmygravenimage


Yorkright wrote: That is quite the conversion Graven, going to go the crackly route with this one too or more conventional?

I am voting for Nightwing first and superwoman 2nd.

Votes noted! Crackles will only happen at the will and whimsy of old Papa N. But my garage is currently full of my new bathroom, so priming is out. He may get hand primed though, as bits of him are already done. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the whole prime-on-sprue thing when kitbashing so hard. I think that that will be really irritating when customising the plagueburster.

Gitsplitta wrote:Nurglemen look great my friend.

"Black Adam" sounds so horribly non-PC... you should do him next.

evil ancient Egyptian superbeing; The Rock is playing him on screen. He's a great villain, and brutal in game
monkeytroll wrote:Maybe some purity seals putrid scrolls if you have no more vials?

Legs look fine, but tentacles are never amiss

I quite fancy either pyg or the wonderland crew, although superwoman and power ring would be a good couple...don't recognise Monster T....

Monster T is the gangbanger that Joker kills for leering at Harley in the SS movie. Putrid scrolls is a neat idea, and very fitting, also. You can never have too many tentacles!

Littletower wrote:Putridly great!

Can't be of much help with the vials bits question besides the already mentioned Thalos kit.

Thanks I'm actually wondering if I can carve some from thin sprue.

OneManNoodles wrote:lol at the lizard tail. It works really well.

I thought Kleptomania was an affliction of Tzeentch (and the blood ravens)
Looks great so far, I don't think I can add anything to the parts that others have, not sure you could fit any more on tbh. If you think the legs are bit plain, you could add some rivets to the left shin.

Are the scythes supposed to be the vents for the backpack?

I choose "Pyg & Dollotrons"

Actually, weirdly, they don't have backpacks. Totally threw me. Cheers, I've ripped open the shin a bit.

So Votes:
Nightwing 1
Superwoman 4 (edit with votes below)
Power Ring 1
Black Adam 2
Captain Marvel 1
Pyg crew 2
Wonderland crew 2
Militia 1

I am properly freaked out by Professor Pyg. Fun fact, he's the only villain that Batman is scared of. Guess him and his dollies are next! Keep voting though...

Meanwhile, as promised, I started on the Poxwalkers. Looking at the sculpts, there's a pretty clear line between the legs and torsos. Why they're not multi-part kit is beyond me (actually, that's a lie - see previous rants about current GW kits). Anyway, a quick snip and...

So everything got sorted into legs, torsos, and (where necessary) arms and heads removed also.

And then, the first 4 reassembled:

Couple of chaos warrior weapons snuck in there, but fundamentally just swapping part for part. Decent, I think. Full credit to monkeytroll and Dr H for inspiration.

Onwards,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/06 09:23:28


Post by: Slinky


New bathroom? Someone's doing well


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/06 09:24:11


Post by: alabamaheretic


Im going to have to say superwoman, thought I don't play the game I do enjoy how you paint them up, I think my favorite was croc though


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/06 09:28:03


Post by: inmygravenimage


Slinky wrote:New bathroom? Someone's doing well

Not really, it's just we've been in the house 9 years this summer, and that was supposed to be the first thing we did finally just going for it. We've had a shower room put in first, so we at least can still function.

alabamaheretic wrote:Im going to have to say superwoman, thought I don't play the game I do enjoy how you paint them up, I think my favorite was croc though

I'm surprised, tbh, how popular she is as a character with folk. Pretty obscure (this is Earth 3 Superwoman, not Rebirth Superwoman, though). Interestingly, she and Black Adam have almost identical colour schemes - black, yellow/gold trim, yellow/gold lining of cape - so I might do them in a one-r. Yeah, I still love KC (hence the profile pic), and there may be a new croc coming soon...ish.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/06 15:30:26


Post by: alabamaheretic


oh colored me interested in the new croc


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/06 19:19:27


Post by: Syro_


That Nurgle boy is looking great, I love all the conversion work. The scythes look great, I like the tube running from his mask to the head he's carrying. I know next to nothing about 8th edition, but is he a Chaos Lord or Nurgle?
My vote is for Supergirl too, or the militia.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/06 21:22:15


Post by: inmygravenimage


alabamaheretic wrote:oh colored me interested in the new croc

He's an absolute beast, biggest model in the game, on a par with Darkseid and new Bane.

Syro_ wrote:That Nurgle boy is looking great, I love all the conversion work. The scythes look great, I like the tube running from his mask to the head he's carrying. I know next to nothing about 8th edition, but is he a Chaos Lord or Nurgle?
My vote is for Supergirl too, or the militia.

Thanks. He's an elite for Nurgle, plague bomb maker and tester, upgrades all your plague marines' grenades. Nasty chap. Yeah, very happy with the proboscis.
I really should finish my Militia crew, noted. But Superwoman is the clear winner !


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/06 21:46:42


Post by: alabamaheretic


The bane you just previously painted? he was lovely as well. or is there another one? I liked him very much too...

Huzzah on Suparwoman, as a note after her and your very lovely nurgle guy maybe do the wonderland crew cuase dudesdman my two cents being superwoman a character, your nurgle guy while an elite is still a character and the wonderland guys will be a break. just a thought.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/06 22:21:29


Post by: monkeytroll


Ah, gotcha....he's the guy everyone thought might be the Tattoed Man.
With Superwoman my thinking was I'd like to see Power Ring, I seem to recall Owlman was done and I'm guessing Ultraman too, so let's see the full Crime Syndicate.
I think Pyg can be quite divisive, he's pretty disturbing at his best (stuff like Batman Eternal, but I also seem to recall some stories where he was just laughable. But then again, it's fairly easy to make s mess of lots of the bat-villains.

Good idea with bisecting the poxies, that should add some variety on there


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/07 02:01:25


Post by: Anvildude


For Nurgle, can't go wrong with a nice clubfoot.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/07 02:01:58


Post by: youwashock


SHAZAM!!!

(Captain Marvel and Black Adam, please.)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/07 10:30:08


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:Ah, gotcha....he's the guy everyone thought might be the Tattoed Man.
With Superwoman my thinking was I'd like to see Power Ring, I seem to recall Owlman was done and I'm guessing Ultraman too, so let's see the full Crime Syndicate.
I think Pyg can be quite divisive, he's pretty disturbing at his best (stuff like Batman Eternal, but I also seem to recall some stories where he was just laughable. But then again, it's fairly easy to make s mess of lots of the bat-villains.

Good idea with bisecting the poxies, that should add some variety on there

Yeah, the other 3 are done (Johnny Quick also) so I should really finish the team. Very true about the mess that is easily made. Anything by Judd Winnick makes me (such as his excruciatingly bad Catwoman run).

Anvildude wrote:For Nurgle, can't go wrong with a nice clubfoot.


That's true enough, and an easy gs job.

youwashock wrote:SHAZAM!!!

(Captain Marvel and Black Adam, please.)


Lol well Teth-Adam does seem to be gaining ground. Billy B I think needs a juice cup before painting, thanks to the movie poster I picked up Uncle Dudley also (raffle prize woo!) so I might do them together.

Also, as you have maybe realised, I'm trying to keep up the chat momentum if not the strict P&M churn. Hope that's cool with folk,
graven.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/07 18:13:28


Post by: alabamaheretic


Graven its your plog you run it as you see fit keep it as OT or Off topic as you want.


Not sure who Uncle Dudley is but cool win on the raffle.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/07 19:09:09


Post by: Skalk Bloodaxe


1- WOW! Grandfather Nurgle does let his children run amok into other fancies, but they always come home.

2- Captain Marvel (the original, not that 'Dr. Who.. the hell is she?" crap) One of my all-time favorite DC heroes. Was wicked jealous of Billy when I was a kid. Can think of plenty of times where I wish I could have yelled "Shazam!" and then knock the snot of the person bullying me.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/07 19:55:22


Post by: inmygravenimage


alabamaheretic wrote:Graven its your plog you run it as you see fit keep it as OT or Off topic as you want.


Not sure who Uncle Dudley is but cool win on the raffle.

Noted Uncle Dudley was a conman who ended up being part of the Marvel family (and outsmarted Adam once to defeat him). He's a ridiculously expensive/tournament exclusive, so nice to have, even if not brilliant in game

Skalk Bloodaxe wrote:1- WOW! Grandfather Nurgle does let his children run amok into other fancies, but they always come home.

2- Captain Marvel (the original, not that 'Dr. Who.. the hell is she?" crap) One of my all-time favorite DC heroes. Was wicked jealous of Billy when I was a kid. Can think of plenty of times where I wish I could have yelled "Shazam!" and then knock the snot of the person bullying me.



Funnily enough I've never really been sold on the character, apart from in Kingdom Come. But, duly noted.

Meanwhile, made another Street walker for Street Wars:

I think I'll call her... Foxxxy
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/07 20:45:42


Post by: alabamaheretic


digging the lady of the night. does she have a man in apurple suit following her around? you know you need a man in a purple suit now just saying...


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Post by: inmygravenimage


Mayyyyyyybe:



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Thanks man: D


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/07 22:32:33


Post by: monkeytroll


I read something else recently in which I quite liked the Captain Marvel character.....can't think what it was though, possibly an 'elseworlds' (are they still called that?) adventure....going to bug me now. But I was never a big fan either.

Foxxy and Flyguy looking good


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/08 03:02:39


Post by: Gitsplitta


Foxxy Brown, dead on graven!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/08 10:00:56


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:I read something else recently in which I quite liked the Captain Marvel character.....can't think what it was though, possibly an 'elseworlds' (are they still called that?) adventure....going to bug me now. But I was never a big fan either.

Foxxy and Flyguy looking good

Well, Kingdom Come is Elseworlds-y? Not really my bag, baby. But Black Adam is a great character, especially as he is increasingly an antihero.

alabamaheretic wrote:very nice



Gitsplitta wrote:Foxxy Brown, dead on graven!

Cheers, her and Debbie should do well together on the mean streets of NYC.

Finished off the poxwalkers; here's the rest:

Glad they're done, enjoyed the fact that I could get creative and not be bound to how they "had" to be.

Went to both my regular flgs and the new one that's opened locally... neither had bases, 25mm (which is less pressing, need some for the plaguebearers, but they're wayyyyyyyy down the paint queue) or 40mm (for the Biologus).

I'm not being unreasonable expecting something so basic, am I, really?!

Sigh.

Anyway, with the poxies (and Foxxy) built, I'm going to look at getting some paint on stuff So the paint queue is

Superwoman
Power Ring
Black Adam
Shazam!
Pyg & dollies
Nightwing

Though not necessarily in that order - I imagine Superwoman, Black Adam and Nightwing will get attention first, as they're going to be layered black washes, and I like consistency.

Cheers
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/08 13:09:47


Post by: Syro_


I like the green stuff work, you have truly unique poxwalkers (which is always more fun). I'm looking forward to what you have in the works, but more than that I hope you get the chance to be creative on more models soon, like with the poxwalkers.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/08 21:19:53


Post by: inmygravenimage


Thanks matey. Well the next wave of have begun...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/09 05:48:16


Post by: Briancj


And now, to torment Graven.

One of these things is not like the other...

Spoiler:






Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/09 06:30:06


Post by: inmygravenimage


@alabamaheretic: and dribbly
@briancj: nice motor pool you have there. And took me a minute to spot the car in... stealth mode.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/09 06:37:33


Post by: Briancj


No, sir. That's a nice motor pool *you* have.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/09 06:52:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Briancj wrote:
No, sir. That's a nice motor pool *you* have.

Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/09 07:07:51


Post by: Briancj


Can you tell me how tall the average bat-figure is?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/09 08:16:48


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well, 35mm theoretically. It's definitely a heroic scale game. Some female figures are completely tiny, and some are comically (as it were) huge, like Ra's Al Ghûl.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/09 13:02:00


Post by: Briancj


Perfect, thanks!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/09 22:44:26


Post by: Dr H


Good work on your Poxie conversions.

Like the GS 'fro you did.

What hasn't been voted for yet? I'll vote for that.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/11 18:57:31


Post by: inmygravenimage


Briancj wrote:Perfect, thanks!

Slightly dreading whatever you have planned...

Dr H wrote:Good work on your Poxie conversions.

Like the GS 'fro you did.

What hasn't been voted for yet? I'll vote for that.

Well, very much inspired by your own take on the poxies, so thanks. Re: Fro thanks, that was the second attempt. Good excuse to watch classic blaxpoitation stuff.

you're a bad person There's always more DC to do. After what's listed there will be animated Bats, Batgirl (who's also a major repair job, as she was a freebie from a friend because she's snapped through the ankles), Raven and Uncle Dudley. So I'll move Raven up the list, there you go. But, anyway, before I start the next BMG wave, I do want the current stuff done.

However, a lovely hot weekend got in the way, and some other RL stuff.

Spoiler:

If you've been around this blog a while, you'll know a few years back I began to experience crippling muscle spasms in my right hand. Not good as a teacher or hobbyist; looked like carpal. Lots of tests later revealed that it's not carpal, not neurological (phew) or anything else - instead, over time the muscles from my right ring finger down through my wrist are very slowly detaching from the bone and ligaments. Not fixable, but manageable in the short-to-mid term with careful pain management, occasional steroid injections and just not overdoing things. Long term, very not good, but hey, that's life and old age. Worked back into painting, gradually, through repainting spess-sheeps and then trying to raise my game through bmg.

It's started being twingey again. Part of the reason I've been away from BMG is not having the level of manual control I need to do models justice - vid. Mayor McCheese; I know I can do better.

Frustrating. But, generally, feeling a bit better, so will get back to the BMG soon (hence, the voting).

Which is all fine - except at the weekend I casually opened a drawer with the ring finger on my other hand, and collapsed in pain on the floor. It's over in an instant, but utterly excruciating, and leaves me feeling nauseous (and whenever I catch it slightly on something, the pain is not as intense but the nausea is very real). So that interferes a bit with doing anything with my hands, as although I'm right handed, of course we always use both when hobbying along.
:Salt:
"Fun" *sigh*
:Violin:


As I say, onwards with the

Tallyman progresses


As does typhus:

I do like the FW powders, the method I'm using (dry powder onto wet wash) gives me a finish I really like; great to finally figure out a way to get powders to work for me. Shame they're stopping doing them, but there's always other powders out there.

Oh, and the Biologus also


Kitbashes always look better with a dash of paint.

And the rest of the


The Blightlords are a step behind, as they've not had powders or next layer of grimy wash (which is Earthshade/sepia/fleshshade in roughly 4:2:1, and I'm out of Earthshade now):


So that's where we are at
ttfn
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/11 19:47:20


Post by: Gitsplitta


Spoiler:
Sorry to hear that you're having renewed issues my friend. I had CT at one time due to my job at the time... that wasn't fun but in the end was easily fixable ("without drugs... life itself would be impossible"). Your long-term prognosis is a lot tougher and its greatly to your credit that you're driving through it. You are inspirational in many ways my friend. Keep at it. Do what you can for as long as you can. You won't get the time back. Wishing you the best... Gits.


You're really doing a number on the Death Guard there matey. Good to see as always. Makes me want to jump in my private jet and pop across the pond for a bit of a to-do.

I'll let you know...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/12 05:03:05


Post by: Red Harvest


Hand pain. I have the arthritis, especially in my left thumb. The digit I need to hold things steady while working... I empathize with you. I have found that it pays to be creative with clamps and hold-fasts and that sort of thing. Do not be afraid to experiment and modify your hobby work area.

Remember too, one of the Perry brothers who lost a hand, and yet still found a way to continue. I met them at a Gamesday: Baltimore many years ago. Great guys.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/12 07:29:56


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:
Spoiler:
Sorry to hear that you're having renewed issues my friend. I had CT at one time due to my job at the time... that wasn't fun but in the end was easily fixable ("without drugs... life itself would be impossible". Your long-term prognosis is a lot tougher and its greatly to your credit that you're driving through it. You are inspirational in many ways my friend. Keep at it. Do what you can for as long as you can. You won't get the time back. Wishing you the best... Gits.


You're really doing a number on the Death Guard there matey. Good to see as always. Makes me want to jump in my private jet and pop across the pond for a bit of a to-do.

I'll let you know...

many thanks old chum. And I hope to get stateside again some time, it's been many years

Red Harvest wrote:Hand pain. I have the arthritis, especially in my left thumb. The digit I need to hold things steady while working... I empathize with you. I have found that it pays to be creative with clamps and hold-fasts and that sort of thing. Do not be afraid to experiment and modify your hobby work area.

Remember too, one of the Perry brothers who lost a hand, and yet still found a way to continue. I met them at a Gamesday: Baltimore many years ago. Great guys.


Yikes. I empathise, that's a nightmare. And I'm aware that folk manage in far worse circumstances than mine. Just having a moan

Anyway, filthed up the Blightlords

Decided to use VJ smoke with the powders. Which seems to have worked.

And started something... Super:



Black Adam and Superwoman. Starting on the joy of yellow.
Woo.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/12 13:27:46


Post by: Gitsplitta


"VJ smoke"??!

Wow... you Brits are crazy... and... your women must be even hotter than I realized.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/12 13:50:30


Post by: inmygravenimage


 Gitsplitta wrote:
"VJ smoke"??!

Wow... you Brits are crazy... and... your women must be even hotter than I realized.

Filthy mind, you have there. Vallejo Smoke, as well you know
Also my wife is very , thank you


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/12 16:26:00


Post by: Gitsplitta


LOL! My life is now complete...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/12 18:18:45


Post by: alabamaheretic


nice start graven. you know they say where theres smoke theres fire...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/12 18:24:40


Post by: monkeytroll


Tallyman looking great so far. I never tried the FW powders, but the Mig range is excellent.

Yellow is also looking good


And sorry to hear the hand's flaring up, but don't apologise for the moan - better to let it out.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/13 08:43:48


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:LOL! My life is now complete...

*Bows* I'm biased, naturally The fact that she can still fit into her wedding dress after 12 years and 3 kids continues to impress me.
alabamaheretic wrote:nice start graven. you know they say where theres smoke theres fire...

Cheers. And, fnar.
monkeytroll wrote:Tallyman looking great so far. I never tried the FW powders, but the Mig range is excellent.
Yellow is also looking good
And sorry to hear the hand's flaring up, but don't apologise for the moan - better to let it out.

Thanks man. I really did need to let it out, actually; it's reinvigorated me, strangely. I've struggled to get my head round powders for a long time but I'm finally in a place where they really seem to work for me. I've got some Tamiya and Humbrol ones so more experiments may be incoming. And Tallyman will feature powders AND yellow (because tallymebanana). I'm in quite a good place with yellow ATM; I've got to get Batgirl (New 52) right though, I've been putting her off because she demands a very rich yellow.

I decided to crack on with the villainous threesome. In the end, I got fleshy: all primed BMG/DC models got flesh tones done (apart from Monster T, because I wasn't doing dark skin tones), as did 2 of the remaining Warriors and Debbie for Street Wars.
And meanwhile:

Very pleased with how these are coming along, especially all that black. Doing the super ramped highlights with white is always... Fun Tidying up required here and there, especially on Power Ring. But decent progress, and good to feel in a good place again about BMG.
Onwards, if not upwards,
Graven.




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Post by: Yorkright


Deathguard looking rusty and crusty, really like how those powders work. I have villain envy, those are very well done.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/13 14:31:37


Post by: alabamaheretic


Veryu nice on the dc folks, greenlantern came out ace in my book


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/14 08:25:51


Post by: inmygravenimage


Yorkright wrote: Deathguard looking rusty and crusty, really like how those powders work. I have villain envy, those are very well done.

Thanks on both counts. Next up will be experimenting with other powders, I think. They are very easy to make a mess with though, and I'm not the tidiest of workers at the best of times.
alabamaheretic wrote:Very nice on the dc folks, greenlantern came out ace in my book

Cheers. Power Ring is a deeply weird character, I don't really buy into someone who is complete coward wielding a ring (even if - or especially if - it's the First Ring of Will). But then one of the current Earth GLs has anxiety (not well-written, even with Tim Seeley at the helm), so what do I know? Ironically, the best of the new GLs run has been when they revisited Power Ring as a character recently (any excuse to see Singularity Jane in action is good in my book).
Sorry, went full DC Nerd there, didn't I?
Any-hoo, happy enough with these 3:

Possibly more to do. But I'm going to take a step back before I do anything else with them.

And more progress on Typhus

He's going rather well I think. Deliciously crusty. Just to prove, really, that I'm still working on the The next big job with them is adding the lighter armour colour (Flayed One Flesh).

The other big job on my desk right now (of the many) is stripping mould lines from DB teams. Veermyn and Marauders first, because they're getting khaki prime.

Had a lovely moment yesterday. As school winds down for the year, there's very few senior pupils in. Found one lad sitting in class painting Cadian heads (very well, I might add), and had a great chat about the hobby. It's the little things

I've just realised, as I was editing the OP, that today is the 8 year anniversary of this blog. Crikey. Thanks for your unwavering support, whether you've been here since the beginning, are a newcomer or have boomeranged back and forth. You guys are the best.

Hey ho, and to the future,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/14 16:22:49


Post by: Yorkright


Congrats on your 8th year on Dakka!

Typhus and that base is looking purty kewl.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/14 18:25:25


Post by: monkeytroll


Congrats on the blog dakkaversary

Typhus looking well, or rather, unwell.

Adam and the CSA looking good, although I was hoping for a more interesting sculpt of Power Ring, maybe cowering down whispering to the ring or something.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/14 19:20:56


Post by: youwashock


Happy Anniversary!

Typhus is looking amazingly nurgly and the terrible trio looks ready for many dastardly deeds.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/14 20:21:15


Post by: OneManNoodles


Well done old man

The Biologus fits in perfectly, with the rest of the range, nicely done!




Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/14 21:05:17


Post by: Briancj


Let's increase Graven's sensations of imminent dread.

Spoiler:




--Brian




Automatically Appended Next Post:


I can't tell if she's holding her purse, or her underwear.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/14 23:16:54


Post by: aku-chan


Happy blog-iversery!

The villains are looking very nifty, particularly Black Adam.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/15 04:47:21


Post by: Gitsplitta


8 years! Graven that's awesome... and your blog is only getting better and more relevant day by day. Congratulations my friend!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/15 06:05:57


Post by: Camkierhi


8 years of fantastic wonders. Thank you sir.

I am truly loving your Nurgle. Got me itching in a good way.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/15 08:46:33


Post by: inmygravenimage


Yorkright wrote: Congrats on your 8th year on Dakka!

Typhus and that base is looking purty kewl.

Thanks Yeah, I found that bit of FW brass and thought ooooooooh just the thing to offset the big fella.

monkeytroll wrote:Congrats on the blog dakkaversary

Typhus looking well, or rather, unwell.

Adam and the CSA looking good, although I was hoping for a more interesting sculpt of Power Ring, maybe cowering down whispering to the ring or something.

Cheers. Re: Power Ring That would've been epic! Yeah, it's a great Green Lantern sculpt (much better than the real Hal sculpt, actually, and before I did John Stewart I'd planned on converting him as such) but not a great Power Ring.
youwashock wrote:Happy Anniversary!

Typhus is looking amazingly nurgly and the terrible trio looks ready for many dastardly deeds.

Thanks. He's very crusty. Need to get started on the veridgris at some point. The terrible trio are going to be devastating together; Black Adam is possibly my favourite DCU villain piece in terms of game balance and versatility (he's right in the sweet spot of value-for-money 12 & 13 point characters).
OneManNoodles wrote:Well done old man

The Biologus fits in perfectly, with the rest of the range, nicely done!

Oi! Yeah I'm happy with him, and the sack of mysterious things culled from a night goblin seems to have filled a back-gap well.

Briancj wrote:Let's increase Graven's sensations of imminent dread.

Spoiler:




--Brian




I can't tell if she's holding her purse, or her underwear.

Wait, what?! I'm so confused. And scared... You're not the only one tormenting me, I keep getting cryptic messages from Mabrothrax about an impending myserious package.

It's a rope of golden barbed wire, actually, as she's the evil Wonder Woman. But yeah, I thought purse initially, too.

aku-chan wrote:Happy blog-iversery!

The villains are looking very nifty, particularly Black Adam.

Cheers muchly.

Gitsplitta wrote:8 years! Graven that's awesome... and your blog is only getting better and more relevant day by day. Congratulations my friend!

That's most kind, especially given that you've been here since day one (well alright, day 4, but page 1 )

Spoiler:

18th June 2010
Gitsplitta wrote: This is gonna be a great thread... looking forward to it! Hope the baby is in the hospital because it's "new", not because it's ill. My best wishes either way. - GS


So yeah, 8 years on, the little tank is fine, basically indestructable, no fear at all - he's been dead once, didn't see what all the fuss was about, clearly


Camkierhi wrote:8 years of fantastic wonders. Thank you sir.

I am truly loving your Nurgle. Got me itching in a good way.

The itching is entirely Papa's doing With your passion and skill at weathering I can't wait to see what you do with

Thanks, all, for the kind words. Work is all kinds of cruddy, despite it being the end of term (new timetable is a carcrash), but hey, I'm taking kids paintballing in a week, so that's ample opportunity to vent my frustrations

Not much to show. All the mold lines scraped off the Marauders and Veer-myn, ready for priming; Poxwalkers primed this morning; and started on the next set of colours for the adding spot reds and violet wash for eyes, cloth and iconography. Then GW pinks/sepia wash for tentacles and nurglings, base VJ turquiose and gw edge blue for verdigris and blades, VJ sick green/gauss green for any spot bright greens, VJ Ivory/fleshshade for the various horns, and VJ ochre with camoshade for pustules. It's good to have a system

Father's day coming up, but no geek this year. Shares in Brewdog instead. Mmm, cheap beer
Best
graven




Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/16 00:32:39


Post by: alabamaheretic


Huzzah lets keep to another 8 years!

typhus is lookin rather gross in a good way

yea you did hit full dc nerd out lol its cool though it happens to the best of us... the figures came out quiet will so good one.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/17 16:24:00


Post by: Solar_lion


Congrats on the 8 years. It's a testament to your skill and popularity for you to be going so strong still.

Thanks for sharing and allowing us to be a part of your hobby as well as inviting us into your family moments both good and bad. It's been touching and we are better friends for it. We look forward to the next 8 years as well.

SL


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/17 18:49:46


Post by: Red Harvest


Indeed. Congratulations on the first eight years, and may there be many more.

"Move me closer, so I can hit it with my purse." has a nice ring to it, eh?

That typhus, a very big mini. Progressing nicely.

Say, Graven, have you ever used fluorescent paints?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/17 20:25:08


Post by: Dr H


Nice work Graven'.

Good luck with RL. Paintballing with kids... that won't be cheap, first time I went (at school age) I spent 50squid on paintballs alone.
Last time I went, some of us got together and bought a box (that the place gets from their supplier) of 1000 paintballs... was cheaper in the long run... kind of.

I was going to comment on whether that was a handbag... but this...
Briancj wrote:...I can't tell if she's holding her purse, or her underwear.
...nearly made me empty my nose onto my keyboard.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/17 21:04:27


Post by: Knightley


Gratz on the 8 Graven, my time has flown!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/18 10:36:57


Post by: inmygravenimage


alabamaheretic wrote:Huzzah lets keep to another 8 years!

typhus is lookin rather gross in a good way

yea you did hit full dc nerd out lol its cool though it happens to the best of us... the figures came out quiet will so good one.

Cheers. Yes, I am a nerd. The geek shall inherit the earth, and so forth.
Solar_lion wrote:Congrats on the 8 years. It's a testament to your skill and popularity for you to be going so strong still.

Thanks for sharing and allowing us to be a part of your hobby as well as inviting us into your family moments both good and bad. It's been touching and we are better friends for it. We look forward to the next 8 years as well.

SL

Aw thanks mate.

Red Harvest wrote:Indeed. Congratulations on the first eight years, and may there be many more.

"Move me closer, so I can hit it with my purse." has a nice ring to it, eh?

That typhus, a very big mini. Progressing nicely.

Say, Graven, have you ever used fluorescent paints?

I haven't. I'm a bit scared of them, like colour shift paints. Not that there's anything wrong with going outside of my comfort zone.

Dr H wrote:Nice work Graven'.

Good luck with RL. Paintballing with kids... that won't be cheap, first time I went (at school age) I spent 50squid on paintballs alone.
Last time I went, some of us got together and bought a box (that the place gets from their supplier) of 1000 paintballs... was cheaper in the long run... kind of.

I was going to comment on whether that was a handbag... but this...
Briancj wrote:...I can't tell if she's holding her purse, or her underwear.
...nearly made me empty my nose onto my keyboard.


Knightley wrote:Gratz on the 8 Graven, my time has flown!

I know, right? Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away...

So Father's Day came and went, without really any geek time (booooooo) because trying to find new bathroom lights (), but there was a very large breakfast and a case of beer to go with my beer shares so I can't really complain (well...) Nevertheless, progress is being made on the :deathguard: tentacles are pink, pustules are ochre, blades are turquoise. Starting to come together. And the remaining poxwalkers are now primed, also, though I'm holding off on the Khaki priming of Dreadball stuff just in case, heaven forfend, more invades in the next
week or so from the darkest recesses of mabrothrax's bitsbox, because he's an evil soul.

Having only painted 3 models this month, so far, I feel very behind, but then again I'm making progress through these as a batch, and that's another 15 if I get through them, so June won't be a write-off. 165 by halfway through the year? That's not bad given that I was 187 last, and whilst I doubt I can keep up this pace (May was a very good month!), I'd like to aim for 200 at least this year. 47 to go Oh, and apparently, there's a parcel from Spain waiting for me, wonder if it contains any (dark) Knights...

Later, and thanks for the support as ever,
graven.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/19 07:34:05


Post by: inmygravenimage



All base colours and washes now done, pretty much.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/19 07:48:38


Post by: Slinky


Niiiice! The picture rewards a bit of zooming in, there's a lot to see


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/19 08:19:13


Post by: inmygravenimage


Cheers mate it's just a quick phone snap to prove I'm actually doing stuff, so zooming doesn't really hold up
Things that still need done:
1) Bone highlights up to white.
2) Armour plates with Kreig Khaki
3) All the damn flies on Typhus and the fly-bits on the fly terminator.
4) Crackly wickedness on the bases.

Generally happy with how they're going, but window renovations on the downstairs begin today so I may have to pack stuff away (temporarily). Will I finish in June, that's the question?!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/19 20:55:49


Post by: Yorkright


Those flys on Typhus took a bit of work for me, patience and a good magnifier helped me. I do want some close ups when they are done ;-).


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/20 21:17:47


Post by: inmygravenimage


Yorkright wrote:
Those flys on Typhus took a bit of work for me, patience and a good magnifier helped me. I do want some close ups when they are done ;-).

The horror. I've only got his flies left actually.

But the rest are done; Tallyman:


The book may have the song lyrics written on it

Blightlords


Melee squad, with the Icon Bearer and original commander.


New ranged dude for filling out that squad.

Aw, he looks so lonely

Biologus as he stands, as it were, as he currently doesn't have a base

Need to find that pesky nurgling too...

And Typhus


Done, i think, apart from the flies. No idea how to do them, I wonder about bluebottle look to give a good contrast?

And what, I ask, is this?

That's a box of DC goodness and badness that is. Not including the stuff that's going to go into a mahoosive prize draw on my bigcomicpage.com bog, there's: Lobo with his Hawg (and dawg), Justice League Dark (Swamp Thing, Deadman and Black Orchid), New TV Green Arrow, a resin Superman to convert into Bizarro, Green Lantern (Hal), Mera and... Well... Supposedly Harley Quinn with Bud &Lou, her hyenas, but open up the blister and...

Amazons. Which I don't own, which is cool, if a bit odd I guess it's a sign from the universe to convert up a full Dark Trinity (Red Hood, Bizarro and Artemis, one of the lost tribe of Amazons) and be done with it. one of them is also missing a head, but I've got a spare from Ravager that should work. Artemis will be needing a bloody great Axe anyway (none of this lasso nonsense). KM are sending me a replacement Harley anyways, so no great loss.
I choose to be amused, and slightly despairing.

Feeling pretty phlegmatic about turning 40 on Sunday. Mostly as I suspect there will be more toys
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/20 21:22:16


Post by: youwashock


Exciting! Do kindly push Swamp Thing to the front of the painting line, please. Thank you.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/20 21:23:04


Post by: alabamaheretic


woo shiny loot! I bet the song lyrics are kumbya...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/20 22:40:29


Post by: monkeytroll


Yeah, metallic blues and greens for the flies. They are Nurgles' shinies after all.

Tallyman looks great, as do the rest.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/21 00:36:44


Post by: Gitsplitta


"Come Mr. Tallyman, tally me bananna..."


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/21 09:16:01


Post by: inmygravenimage


youwashock wrote:Exciting! Do kindly push Swamp Thing to the front of the painting line, please. Thank you.

I promise nothing. I don't get the level of fanaticism he inspires, my editor on bcp is obsessed with Swampy. But each to their own, and it's a lovely fig.

alabamaheretic wrote:woo shiny loot! I bet the song lyrics are kumbya...

haha nope
Gitsplitta wrote:"Come Mr. Tallyman, tally me bananna..."

That's the ones
monkeytroll wrote:Yeah, metallic blues and greens for the flies. They are Nurgles' shinies after all.

Tallyman looks great, as do the rest.

Ok, well they've had a layer of silver, red eyes, thinned flayed flesh on wings. I *think* a layer of thin blue - either VJ air or asurmen - followed by nightshade. That sound good?



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/21 13:59:43


Post by: monkeytroll


That sounds spiffing....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/22 08:31:05


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:That sounds spiffing....

Actually ended up being really difficult to get to a point I was satisfied with.

Thin layers of (in order) VJ Silver, Gulliman Blue, Waywatcher Green, VJ Violet, VJ Sick Green, Nightshade, Druchi Violet. Ultimately, it worked though, I think.
And a couple more of the big fella:



So that's Wave 1 complete!

Biologus not pictured, as he's not based; also, needle fell off so I may redo with the rod and gs - but on the plus side, found the nurgling for his base when, you know, I have a base for him

Still, that's 18 models in June so far, taking total to 168. Not bad, not bad. Unlikely to get anything else painted I suspect as it's all now covered in dust sheets (continuing work on the house).
Merrily we roll along,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/22 09:37:48


Post by: monkeytroll


Okay, that's more layers than I was expecting - guess the tiny size affects the effect.

I like it though, they do stand out from the rest of the model.

Group looks suitably grimy and diseased.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/22 13:52:07


Post by: Gitsplitta


That's fantastic work graven! Very impressed by both quality and quantity. Maybe I'll send you some of MY models to paint... how do you feel about yellow??


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/22 13:52:58


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:Okay, that's more layers than I was expecting - guess the tiny size affects the effect.

I like it though, they do stand out from the rest of the model.

Group looks suitably grimy and diseased.

Well, partly it was to achieve a sense of that iridescent colour shift. But I think also over the silver it just required... more.
At least they stand out
I wonder if generally everything could benefit from a bit of Nurgle's Rot though? Just to add some sticky pus-filled neon goodness?

Gitsplitta wrote:That's fantastic work graven! Very impressed by both quality and quantity. Maybe I'll send you some of MY models to paint... how do you feel about yellow??


You're a bad man, gits.
Thanks, I'm aware of my limits though. Not in the same league as some of the serious painters here. Just a happy dabbler.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/23 04:31:42


Post by: youwashock


 inmygravenimage wrote:
youwashock wrote:Exciting! Do kindly push Swamp Thing to the front of the painting line, please. Thank you.

I promise nothing. I don't get the level of fanaticism he inspires, my editor on bcp is obsessed with Swampy.


Personally I attribute it to old movie nostalgia and the mighty Bernie Wrightson. That Nurgle group is very impressive.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/23 12:35:39


Post by: monkeytroll


That makes sense, my initial thought was just metallic blue rather than iridescent, which is obviously songbird insects anyway
I've been thinking of your guys as more rusty and corroded rather than actually pus-ridden, but there's never any harm in a bit of goo on Papa's favoured is there?

I was a big fan of the initial run, leading on to Alan Moore's run, never really picked it up after that though.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/24 13:02:11


Post by: JoeRugby


The DG look awesome dude, LOVE typhus (that sounds weird when you say it out loud)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/24 17:19:57


Post by: Gitsplitta


Happy birthday graven!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/27 20:49:10


Post by: Dr H


Great job on Typhus.

Happy belated Birthday for you and the blog.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/30 19:14:53


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hey gang, sorry for the radio silence.

youwashock wrote:
Personally I attribute it to old movie nostalgia and the mighty Bernie Wrightson. That Nurgle group is very impressive.

Cheers . Yeah, true enough. Likewise the weird fascination with man-thing I suppose.
monkeytroll wrote:That makes sense, my initial thought was just metallic blue rather than iridescent, which is obviously songbird insects anyway
I've been thinking of your guys as more rusty and corroded rather than actually pus-ridden, but there's never any harm in a bit of goo on Papa's favoured is there?

I was a big fan of the initial run, leading on to Alan Moore's run, never really picked it up after that though.

Newer appearances have been interesting. Great in Batman, but Tom King is generally on a real hot streak just now.

JoeRugby wrote:The DG look awesome dude, LOVE typhus (that sounds weird when you say it out loud)

Sexy beast, isn't he?

Gitsplitta wrote:Happy birthday graven!

Thanks mate.

Dr H wrote:Great job on Typhus.

Happy belated Birthday for you and the blog.

Thanks on both counts !

So summer is here, and it's baking hot. 30 degrees in Glasgow in June is frankly a bit much

Massive amount of work on the house getting done just now means can't get into study or garage, hence no new geekery. Birthday loot had good comics (Dark Nights Metal, Pirate Fun, some Cullen Bunn horror, Slaìne: The King), lots of random Star Wars stuff (lightsabre umbrella is a standout) and some toys (a Beast of Nurgle, which is very cute if extremely rubbish in game, but may get converted into a helbrute, and Dreadball Event Deck/Tour expansions). Even my parents got in on the geek with Dumbledore's wand
Oh, and a lot of beer was consumed, which was a bit messy, but led to a reconciliation between 3 of my oldest friends who've not spoken in over a decade. Because beer is awesome.

However, sunshine has meant some priming done.

That's the Veer-myn and Marauder teams done. Veer-myn are getting bloodletter glaze on the armour and a range of different browns on the fur (except the captain, who'll be albino). Marauders (orcs&gobs) are getting yellow and purple but not sure which will be the main and which the secondary. Green skins regardless. Probably purple armour, yellow accents, reversed on the captain. Thoughts?

Hey ho, will try to get back into things soon as, but won't really be till the tail end of next week
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/06/30 22:05:50


Post by: Slinky


Don't see enough purple on miniatures in general, so I reckon the Marauders will look pretty swish. My old Skaven blood bowl team were purple and yellow, worked nicely


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/01 04:00:05


Post by: Yorkright


A very good month Graven, looks like the paint que is full again.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/01 04:44:59


Post by: inmygravenimage


Slinky wrote:Don't see enough purple on miniatures in general, so I reckon the Marauders will look pretty swish. My old Skaven blood bowl team were purple and yellow, worked nicely

Cool, good to know. The mighty rhubarb and custards will rise again!
Yorkright wrote:A very good month Graven, looks like the paint que is full again.

I don't even want to think about how full it is tbh The study window gets replaced Monday... ish. I'm hoping to get some paint time Tuesday morning, as the boys are staying over at my folks' Monday night and I'm not getting them till Tuesday lunchtime.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Started, currently, are:
Batman (modern age)
Dollotrons (3)
Batgirl New 52

The Warriors (3)& Debbie

Doesn't mean that they're going to be finished next, but in theory, they're the most likely.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/03 20:37:07


Post by: inmygravenimage


Ahoy chums,
So rather inevitably, as such things are want to, work on the house is taking longer than anticipated.
Still had a couple of hours spare today, no kids, and unexpectedly no builders so got on with some stuff. Apologies for the dodgy lighting, time and space were limited.
Sorted the Biologus Putrifier's base.

Not finished, but coming along well I feel. I also added a little nurgle's rot to the proboscis for added sheen and very pleasing it is too.

Finally got on with my Warriors and even made a start on Debbie:


Cracked on with some BMG also, getting over the hump:

Still freaks me out

Started my Wonderland gang

Going quite Disney/classic DC with the Tweedles, which also fits the McDonald's theme (they can be used with Joker also).

Started painting up the White Rabbit model as March Harriet.
despite the name White Rabbit has never been a member of the Wonderland gang, whereas March Harriet was effectively leader in Tetch's absence.
The model is actually a very good representation of WR but works equally well for MH. The game rules for her, on the other hand, are underpowered for WR but good for MH. Hence the choice of colour scheme. Of course I now need to resist the urge to convert convicts into Lion, Unicorn and Walrus...

And even got some bat on


Quite happy with how the cape in particular is coming along.

So again I don't know when I'll get more time to do anything. Study is basically out of action; wife's off work the next couple of weeks, we're away on hols for a bit, so don't expect much graven action. Still, I would like the above stuff finished this month. 13 more models, slow month, but given that I'm taking about the last week of the month only, don't think that's unreasonable.
Cheers chaps and chappettes
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/03 22:51:43


Post by: monkeytroll


Got his friendly scroll carrier with him now

Warriors look ready for a rumble

Pyg looking very much like a disturbed individual in a pig mask. Are the dollotrons still bandaged up?

Dee and Dum look good in classic, but the sculpts look a little small? Can't recall much of Harriet, but she is a better fit for the Wonderland Gang.

And Bats looking suitably brooding. Bat logo plain bat or yellow background?



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/03 23:27:46


Post by: Theophony


Excellent progress all around. Loving Batman with the cape that would get him caught in a jet engine (Edna From incredibles would not approve ).

Your plague guys are soooooo disgusting that if you play against someone I think you should tell them they have to remove the models they kill. You’ll win since they won’t touch them.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/04 11:00:57


Post by: Slinky


Pyg is my favourite from the current batch, a proper loony


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/04 11:41:44


Post by: aku-chan


Yay! Wonderland gang!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/04 12:50:28


Post by: kestral


I really need to rewatch the Warriors movie. Great job there!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/04 19:58:07


Post by: Theophony


 kestral wrote:
I really need to rewatch the Warriors movie. Great job there!

....yeah....me too.....right after the movie Debbie was in .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/05 13:24:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:Got his friendly scroll carrier with him now

Warriors look ready for a rumble

Pyg looking very much like a disturbed individual in a pig mask. Are the dollotrons still bandaged up?

Dee and Dum look good in classic, but the sculpts look a little small? Can't recall much of Harriet, but she is a better fit for the Wonderland Gang.

And Bats looking suitably brooding. Bat logo plain bat or yellow background?


Baffles me why the "real" model doesn't come with one as it's explicitly part of their fluff, but there we go.
Come out, come out, to playyyyy...
Yeah, bandaged dollies. I'd prefer comic ones, or some of the others (Farmhands, Deathwing or not-Robin) but you take what you can get. Besides, these dollies just act as extra wound tokens for Pyg. Hoping for other mechanics for other types.

Dum and Dee are indeed on the small side :/ glad MH looks the look

Yellow bat, classic Neal Adams 70s, baby!


Theophony wrote:Excellent progress all around. Loving Batman with the cape that would get him caught in a jet engine (Edna From incredibles would not approve ).

Your plague guys are soooooo disgusting that if you play against someone I think you should tell them they have to remove the models they kill. You’ll win since they won’t touch them.

Lol not sure that's a house rule other folk will get behind
Yes, that's a ridiculous cape. NO CAPES!

Slinky wrote:Pyg is my favourite from the current batch, a proper loony

Hand on heart, scares me more than any other mainstream villain.

aku-chan wrote:Yay! Wonderland gang!

Knew you'd be pleased. Wait till you see the plan for the bases...

kestral wrote:I really need to rewatch the Warriors movie. Great job there!

Cheers, there's an anniversary edition just out packed in a vhs case
Theophony wrote:
 kestral wrote:
I really need to rewatch the Warriors movie. Great job there!

....yeah....me too.....right after the movie Debbie was in .

Might have had to double check that one for ... research


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/05 14:05:24


Post by: monkeytroll


What would Barman be without a splendiferous cape to blow magnificently in the cold Gotham winds?

Think it was Black Panther who got asked about his causing problems once and he just pressed a button to retract it back into his suit.

Yes, was hoping for the red-haired dollies, maybe they'll do a Circus of Strange?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/05 15:56:39


Post by: Gitsplitta


Lots of good work on display there graven. New bat looks really good.& you're right... excellent work on the cloak.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/05 20:57:33


Post by: Dr H


Good work all round.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/06 07:52:34


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:What would Barman be without a splendiferous cape to blow magnificently in the cold Gotham winds?

Think it was Black Panther who got asked about his causing problems once and he just pressed a button to retract it back into his suit.

Yes, was hoping for the red-haired dollies, maybe they'll do a Circus of Strange?

Ah, the Amazing Barman, now there's a superhero we can all get behind Black Panther
That reminds me, once he's done and BTAS is done I'll have all the Batmen done!! I'm sure a group shot was requested.
Gitsplitta wrote:Lots of good work on display there graven. New bat looks really good.& you're right... excellent work on the cloak.

Thanks kindly
Dr H wrote:Good work all round.

Ditto!




Automatically Appended Next Post:
Debating what to work on nex, after these guys are done. Any suggestions? Anything random folk would like to see?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/06 16:13:46


Post by: Yorkright


Good stuff, but I got to say your batmans are always top notch.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/06 22:05:52


Post by: monkeytroll


Barman has a great cape, made of towelling so he can soak any spillage instantly. I have noticed that my stupid auto-correct (which insists that auto-correct itself should be anti-virus) keeps changing bat to bar (did that time too). However I think I may have been on my laptop when I posted that...in which case pure Freudian slip

Group shot of Batman in the Bat-verse would be cool. How many versions are there?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/07 01:35:00


Post by: Solar_lion


Bat is spot on. Your DC minis must be huge by now. give me a group shot.. Maybe a good shot vs Bad shot.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/08 03:32:00


Post by: Yorkright


Concurring with others, a few group shots please!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/10 19:29:15


Post by: inmygravenimage


Alright dudes?

Yorkright wrote: Good stuff, but I got to say your batmans are always top notch.

Thanks sir. No pressure

monkeytroll wrote:Barman has a great cape, made of towelling so he can soak any spillage instantly. I have noticed that my stupid auto-correct (which insists that auto-correct itself should be anti-virus) keeps changing bat to bar (did that time too). However I think I may have been on my laptop when I posted that...in which case pure Freudian slip

Group shot of Batman in the Bat-verse would be cool. How many versions are there?

16 I think. I don't own the promo alternate sculpt of Zurr-en-Arrh, that's all. I've not collected the alt sculpts generally, not that fussed, cool as they are. Got to be reasonable after all realised that I haven't yet painted Arkham Origins Batman either though, which is annoying he's going to jump up the queue

Solar_lion wrote:Bat is spot on. Your DC minis must be huge by now. give me a group shot.. Maybe a good shot vs Bad shot.


Like a shelf of shame shot? Will do. Yeah, my collection is fairly preposterous

Yorkright wrote: Concurring with others, a few group shots please!

Will do. There's going to be a massive reorganization of stuff soon, start of August most likely, going to order a couple of kr cases and go from there.

So home again, briefly, and time to tidy a couple of bits and bobs. Annoyingly, some of my washes dried really inconsistently because of the heat, so I had to redo some things. Sigh. Anyway...
Biologus Putrifier, finally.






All in all, delighted with the sticky bastard.

Realised that adding to my Wonderland woes, my Rabbit's face was miscast. Bit of GS recovery required!

So a bit more progress on them.

Oh, and a couple of additions to the motor pool.

The camper has a detailed interior and looks like it will be ace for Walking Dead. The ice cream van is getting Jokered.

Pyg and dollotrons done, I think.





As are the Warriors 3.




Particularly happy with the various base details, coke can, etc for warriors, bloody tools for dollies .

Debbie done.


Really struggled to get a remotely decent, or even indecent, pic of her.


And Batman might be done. Not sure.

So there we are. 10 more. 178 so far... The aim is to try to do 9 more in the last week of July, so equalling 2017's total.

The 9 to-do are:
Batman Arkham Origins (bugger...)
Batman Animated Series (not even based or primed!!)
Tweedledee
Tweedledum
March Harriet
... And 4 more
No guarantees but likely
Nightwing
Shazam!
Mad Hatter
Raven (also not primed, but the boys are hassling me )

Anyone care to take a guess at what the total for 2018 will be?

Adiós,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/10 19:37:24


Post by: Red Harvest


So who would win in a fight, Batman or the Warriors? I'm amazed to see the minis.

Batman's eyes need a bit of shading, if nothing else. Give him the approrpiate brooding look.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/10 19:55:05


Post by: alabamaheretic


nice stuff man really like the warriors and the playmate...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/10 20:37:19


Post by: inmygravenimage


Red Harvest wrote:So who would win in a fight, Batman or the Warriors? I'm amazed to see the minis.

Batman's eyes need a bit of shading, if nothing else. Give him the approrpiate brooding look.

Good shout on Batman I'll address that on my return. The Warriors models are... Not... Strictly... Legit. But they are very cool. And the rule of cool always wins, right?

alabamaheretic wrote:nice stuff man really like the warriors and the playmate...

Fun to do, cheers. She's a bit of a nightmare so, again, may get a bit of tidying. Still, progress is progress.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/10 21:50:54


Post by: Fango


I'm loving the progress on the Batman stuff, Graven. Also, the Warriors do look fun...are they for use as thugs in Batman games?

I'm currently working on minis and terrain for Ash Barker's Last Days: Zombie Apocalypse (28mm survival skirmish game), and am on the lookout for emergency type vehicles that fit with this miniature scale...they tend to be 1/43-1/48, or thereabouts...

Also, I've seen you and a few others on here turn their P&M Blogs into an ongoing shelf-of-shame, instead of the traditional sticking to one project and go at it until completion....this really fits my gamer ADD personality well, so I think I will be doing that on my Blog going forward. Just trying to decide the best way to make the individual projects easy to follow. Summaries on page one with links seems to be the best solution...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/11 00:00:43


Post by: Theophony


Debbie’s been done dude , yours just still looks good after you finished her (sorry PG blog ).

Pyg and company look great, so does bats .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/11 01:35:55


Post by: Red Harvest


Spoiler:
 Theophony wrote:
Debbie’s been done dude
I thought it was that Dallas was done. By Debbie. Spoilered 'cuz it ain't a PG-13 or even an R reference.


Warriors, yes, rule of cool must prevail here. Are you going to try and paint their colors on the backs of their vests?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/11 01:47:56


Post by: monkeytroll


Bats looking nice and moody, but yeah, maybe hit those eyes up to get full brood on.

Bases for Pyg and follies are suitably wrong, as are they


Everything else looking smooth too


We eagerly await the final two Bats.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/11 13:30:58


Post by: inmygravenimage


Fango wrote:I'm loving the progress on the Batman stuff, Graven. Also, the Warriors do look fun...are they for use as thugs in Batman games?

I'm currently working on minis and terrain for Ash Barker's Last Days: Zombie Apocalypse (28mm survival skirmish game), and am on the lookout for emergency type vehicles that fit with this miniature scale...they tend to be 1/43-1/48, or thereabouts...

Also, I've seen you and a few others on here turn their P&M Blogs into an ongoing shelf-of-shame, instead of the traditional sticking to one project and go at it until completion....this really fits my gamer ADD personality well, so I think I will be doing that on my Blog going forward. Just trying to decide the best way to make the individual projects easy to follow. Summaries on page one with links seems to be the best solution...



Sadly there are no generic thugs in BMG. However, the Devils Outcasts gang in Street Wars are closely modelled on the Street Demonz for BMG (which I own), so my SWNYC Outcasts gang has a whole lot of extra dudes also, there are BMG scenarios that need civilians, so they're useful for that.
Dollar stores (to use the foreign argot) are your friend. 1/48 or even, at true 28mm, 1/52, work well. The mantic accessory pack for Walking Dead is excellent, very reasonable, loads of great post apocalyptic scatter/objectives, and comes with 2 bashed cars and 2 dented pickups; the pickups have roof lights so I just chopped them off one and stuck them on one car to make Rick's cruiser.
Yeah, I did a sort of page one summary, though Gitsplitta is the master. I think a lot of us need the hobby ADD because just one project becomes a grind. I've seen that with BMG, and hence the big switch to Equally, I've still not mustered the energy to tackle wave 4 of TWD (and let's not talk about all those Dreadball teams!)

Theophony wrote:Debbie’s been done dude , yours just still looks good after you finished her (sorry PG blog ).

Pyg and company look great, so does bats .

cheeky boy and thanks!

Red Harvest wrote:
Spoiler:
 Theophony wrote:
Debbie’s been done dude
I thought it was that Dallas was done. By Debbie. Spoilered 'cuz it ain't a PG-13 or even an R reference.


Warriors, yes, rule of cool must prevail here. Are you going to try and paint their colors on the backs of their vests?

Possibly the guy who makes the game has done transfers for the official gangs. I'm trying to convince him to make a set of Warriors ones as a promotion
Once I've done Cleo, I'll try to get a shot of both girls with Randall St James (the Flashman - dealer/pimp) as well; although each player only needs one civilian and one Flashman, I want to be able to have two full sides, so a Warrior will likely do double duty, probably the guy by the barrel. Also I have another promo warrior already painted, might even do a full SWNYC group shot.

monkeytroll wrote:Bats looking nice and moody, but yeah, maybe hit those eyes up to get full brood on.

Bases for Pyg and follies are suitably wrong, as are they


Everything else looking smooth too


We eagerly await the final two Bats.


The only thing that puts me off is that this is bright shiny comic bats. But a bit of Nightshade probably wouldn't go amiss. Glad you approve, whilst I cave (batcave?) to bat-related peer pressure

I did a quick count. At present, I have 155 unpainted models:
Spoiler:

To-do, July (9)
Captain Marvel (primed, base layer, skin)
Wonderland crew (4) (3 part-painted; Hatter primed, base layer, skin)
Nightwing (primed, skin)
Bats AO (primed, base layer, skin)
Raven (grey prime & basing tbd)
Batman btas (grey prime & basing tbd)

To do, onwards
DC (25)
Monster T (primed, base layer, skin)
Reverse Flash (primed, base layer, skin)
Militia (2) (primed, base layer, skin)
R'as (primed, base layer, skin)
Carrie Kelley (primed, base layer, skin)
Batgirl New 52 (primed, first yellow layer, skin, first layer)
Frank Miller Joker & dolls (3) (grey prime & build tbd)
Uncle Dudley (grey prime & build tbd)
Deadman (grey prime & build tbd)
Black Orchid (grey prime & build tbd)
Swamp thing Rebirth (grey prime & build tbd)
Lobo / mounted Lobo (grey prime & build tbd)
Mera (grey prime & build tbd)
Batgirl Btas (grey prime, build / repair - snapped through ankles - tbd)
Bizarro (Superman conversion, not even started)
Amazons of Themiscyra (4, inc 1 to convert to Artemis; not started)

Street Wars
Cleo (grey prime tbd)

TWD (23) (primed, various)

Veer-Myn team (14) (Khaki prime)
Marauders team (13) (Khaki prime)
Neobots team (11) (grey prime tbd)
Forge Fathers team (17) (grey prime tbd)
Zees team (17) (grey prime tbd)
DB2 ref, eye in the sky, tracker, balls (5) (grey prime tbd)
DB expansion stuff (build and grey prime tbd: 4 cheerleaders, 3 coaches, medi-bot, mvp, trophy, commentators)
(79)

(24)
Mortarion (Khaki prime, unbuilt)
Plagueburst crawler (Khaki prime, unbuilt, to be converted)
Blight Drone (Khaki prime, unbuilt)
Plaguebearers (10) (dark brown prime)
Poxwalkers (10) (Khaki primed, crackle basing)
Beast of Nurgle (Khaki prime, unbuilt, to be converted into Helbrute)

(3)
Kore Thinking 1/43 cars (resin not even cleaned up...)


Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/11 16:31:45


Post by: monkeytroll


I think I may have more than that just in the 'partially built' section of my stuff. ....

Interested to note Black Orchid in there, constantly impressed by the range of characters that are represented.


Hmmm....I hear you on Bats, but even through the 70's he had a brooding look around the eyes I feel. A shade around them helps make the white lenses pop a touch. Only version that wouldn't benefit from similar treatment would be Adam West era.... All personal preferences of course.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/12 01:20:51


Post by: dsteingass


Warriors need a train car...just sayin Looks great!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/12 02:00:11


Post by: Fango


Thanks for the advice Graven, I’ve checked out Git’s P&M Blog and will be taking some of his great pointers and applying them to my own Blog.

155 unpainted minis?! That is totally doable. I can’t even make a rough estimate on my Vault of Shame yet...but I hope to get a realistic view in the next couple of weeks as I inventory things and add them to my to-do list.

Keep chipping away at them, you are doing great!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/13 10:40:06


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:I think I may have more than that just in the 'partially built' section of my stuff. ....

Interested to note Black Orchid in there, constantly impressed by the range of characters that are represented.


Hmmm....I hear you on Bats, but even through the 70's he had a brooding look around the eyes I feel. A shade around them helps make the white lenses pop a touch. Only version that wouldn't benefit from similar treatment would be Adam West era.... All personal preferences of course.

Funnily enough West was my first Batman mini.
Black Orchid - yes, but there'z still a few classic roster gaps, notably Man-Bat, and classic evil magic users like Felix Faust or Morganna Le Fey. I like getting new/obscure characters and bundling them with fan favourites is smart. A bigger issue is that you get free agent saturation (just 2 "special" characters are allowed per team, usually) in BMG; there's only one hero team and, whilst lots of villain teams, there's serious paralysis of choice.

dsteingass wrote:Warriors need a train car...just sayin Looks great!

Lol so true. My mate Iain (who created the game) has an amazing L-train board with warriors theme so it's there in spirit

Fango wrote:Thanks for the advice Graven, I’ve checked out Git’s P&M Blog and will be taking some of his great pointers and applying them to my own Blog.

155 unpainted minis?! That is totally doable. I can’t even make a rough estimate on my Vault of Shame yet...but I hope to get a realistic view in the next couple of weeks as I inventory things and add them to my to-do list.

Keep chipping away at them, you are doing great!

Ooh! My first ever rollover! Manage to recover your comment though I'm cheating slightly. I'm not including "board game" pieces, which includes puppet wars minis.

I know that actually it's not a huge amount by most folks' standards, but still


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/14 15:53:18


Post by: Dr H


Good job on the Biologus, looks legit.

Like Pyg and the dollotrons.

Good job on the warriors and cheeky Debbie.

and the latest Batman is looking good.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/15 17:30:42


Post by: inmygravenimage


Cheers on all counts old son.

On me holidays in Majorca, very nice. What's a guy to do but chat to random folk reading white dwarf by the pool eh? Had a good blether, talked weathering powders, and scored his copy of WD when he left haven't seen a WD since the SoB codex issues. It's a pretty thick tome for £6, and that's a fair price given the state of print media industry right now (sorry, ever the teacher you can take the teacher out of the classroom, but you cannot get them to shut up...)
Whilst I might not buy it regularly, I'm actually surprised that I would consider buying it occasionally if there was stuff of interest. The painting step by steps are decent, the batreps illustrate the gameplay, and the showcase stuff is shiny. I don't really look at AOS stuff, for instance, and I hate the gw site, so looking at the Lord of Blights was interesting and gives me some pesky ideas also. I hadn't really twigged, either, that my colour scheme is eerily like that of the csm on the cover of The Lost and The Damned.
So an interesting read, as it turns out even if it is a glorified catalogue


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/15 17:37:14


Post by: Theophony


I haven’t picked up a copy of that rag in years. It sounds like they may have finally turned a page sort of speak and gotten better again. I have about 100 copies in my collection that I haven’t looked at in years.

Have fun on your holiday .


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/15 17:45:01


Post by: inmygravenimage


Cheers mate
Also, the mighty nerdfest is having another nerdacademy contest:
https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/760377.page
The theme is More than meets the Eye - something painted, essentially as something from another faction - and I have an idea:
A single Primaris marine that's fallen to big Papa Nurgle. I mean I don't own any but...
So I need to get a stock intercessor mini. Because I convert everything, this will be unconverted, not reposed, nothing more than some scratching or other damage - but mostly going to force myself to really go for it in the paint job. Fallen smurf, lost to
That sound ok?

Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/21 14:14:15


Post by: Dr H


Sounds like a plan, Graven'.
You could have the blue fading and turning green in places, collecting dust and oozing goo from joints and cracks.
I agree with keeping it stock though, convert it too far and you've just built a plague marine and not a primaris painted as a plague marine.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/22 05:58:45


Post by: Anpu-adom


60+ metal Sisters and various other Echesiarchy... 3 guard platoons, and 12 Necron warriors and 10 Praetorians... and that's not even to my orks (which is just a disgrace)...
You are doing damn good with less than 200 models unpainted.
Did you see the trailer for Shazam! today? Makes me super interested in that character.
Graven... you keep doing you, because you is pretty awesome.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/23 16:07:19


Post by: inmygravenimage


Dr H wrote:Sounds like a plan, Graven'.
You could have the blue fading and turning green in places, collecting dust and oozing goo from joints and cracks.
I agree with keeping it stock though, convert it too far and you've just built a plague marine and not a primaris painted as a plague marine.

Yeah, reconciling these two things will be the challenge.
Anpu-adom wrote:60+ metal Sisters and various other Echesiarchy... 3 guard platoons, and 12 Necron warriors and 10 Praetorians... and that's not even to my orks (which is just a disgrace)...
You are doing damn good with less than 200 models unpainted.
Did you see the trailer for Shazam! today? Makes me super interested in that character.
Graven... you keep doing you, because you is pretty awesome.

Thanks, you make me feel better
Really enjoyed the Shazam trailer. Aquaman too.

Hola peeps
So I'm back, and gearing up for 3 weeks of fun with the kids - but I'll be sure to get done some proper geeking out too.
Starting as we mean to go on, getting the other Poxwalkers started:

And progress on plaguebearers:

Plus some modifications to the duplicates:

Hate milliput but no GS to hand. Turns out that milliput is Krieg Khaki coloured do love the old metal plaguebearers. Wish I had more than ten still, there's always the plastic kit I guess, which will give me bits to kitbash a couple extra (because multiples of 7!)

Not much else to show - anniversary today. 12 years with Mrs Graven. We don't do gifts, though had a nice lunch.

However, did by chance get this from Knight Models today:

Um, my shelf of shame may have grown...
Hey ho,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/23 16:50:40


Post by: Littletower


By chance, indeed. Pretty good luck, I'd say!

Happy aniversary! Congrats to both of hoy!

And nice progress too!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/23 21:20:53


Post by: monkeytroll


Congratulations.....she is obviously a saint

Dark metal bats? Looks like the bat-a-thon photo finish has just been put back....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/24 18:55:03


Post by: alabamaheretic


OOOOO CROC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/25 20:32:30


Post by: inmygravenimage


Alright gang?

Littletower wrote:By chance, indeed. Pretty good luck, I'd say!

Happy aniversary! Congrats to both of hoy!

And nice progress too!

Thanks, thanks and more thanks

monkeytroll wrote:Congratulations.....she is obviously a saint

Dark metal bats? Looks like the bat-a-thon photo finish has just been put back....

Well evil bats don't count for batquestI reckon
alabamaheretic wrote:OOOOO CROC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah. Need to decide which head though. Leaning towards crocodile Waylon rather than regular comic Waylon.

Busy doing prep work. Lots of cleaning, building and priming.


Started work on my next Dreadball team, Veer-myn team I'm calling Industrial Disease.

Team Captain

And a Jack (which will be the scheme for most)

Bases aren't set in stone yet, just marking the threat zone. Pretty happy though. The plan is to enslave #1 son to do the armour: bloodletter glaze, drybrush averland sunset, sponge VJ gunmetal view and drybrush edge yellow (whatever it's called today). Then I'll hazard stripe, block in the fur colours for him to wash, and do the lenses. That way he's learning techniques and I'll gradually give him more and more to do. They're going to be his team, so he gets some ownership on the paint job. Plus, these are good techniques to learn for his XWing ships.
Likewise, #2 is going to drybrush the neobots team light grey, and I'll block the armour in blue (his choice of colour) for Blue Streak, which will be his new team.

And yes, that's BTAS, Raven, Uncle Dudley and Foxy Cleo primed also. Forge Fathers (Squats), Zees (Space Apes), cheerleaders and other staff all in just now, halfway done.

It's funny, it doesn't feel like I've done that much, but actually not bad.
Hospital tomorrow :( I've had a persistent wracking cough for 6 weeks, so because I'm over 40 I have to get checked for lung cancer. Fun. It won't be anything, it's just a precaution and I'm glad of it, but still. Dr reckons it's just a naso-pharyngeal infection, she just wants to be safe, so I'm full of steroids, antibiotics and antihistamines. God bless public healthcare.


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These should all be done by the end of the week, means I need to set foot in a GW to get more Earthshade but hey pick up a primaris while I'm there and try to crank him out for nerdfest's contest .
Till anon
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/25 21:45:01


Post by: youwashock


Darkseid. Can't wait to see that one done.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/26 18:27:05


Post by: inmygravenimage


^ DARKSEID IS.

Yeah, and compared to the nightmare of the metal version, he's a wee dream.

Meanwhile, yet more (more) plague progress:


Nearly there!


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All that's left is Earthshade on the bases and judicious application of various technical paints. Doable tomorrow, off into town with the boys to see Lego Wonders of the World exhibition... and pop into GW.
All remaining KM cleaned up, only to discover I'm missing a body for one of the Swat they were very apologetic but their QC really is shocking.
Remaining dreadball teams, coaching assistants etc all primed and the commentators washed and built (real actual resin... yuck ) - fine but had to hold in a clamp to dry.
Not much else to show. Spent the day having limited success stripping a century of paint off all the window fittings with nitromors. Fun.
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/27 11:23:58


Post by: inmygravenimage


It has begun!

So, to begin, painted as a stock smurf. Now, to let papa corrupt him...


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And using typhus corrosion (what else? ) To mark the area to be corrupted.

Crucially, none of which can be seen from the front of the model, more than meets the eye, yaddayaddayadda


And he's now had some GS work. All you can see is the edge of a sculpted skull and U...

Side with skull insignia


Side with chapter badge


And rear


I'd started to powder weather but realised I really want to get sculpting with him...
Fun to do, and I think making decent progress.




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Meanwhile, the Plaguebearers are... done!


As are... the Poxwalkers!


And all together

And because you need multiples of 7, and what if you turn a marine into a poxwalker...

Because papa nurgle's work is never done
Later
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/27 18:59:56


Post by: monkeytroll


Liking the hidden corrosion

Nice poxmarine too.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/29 18:51:30


Post by: Dr H


Good work on all the Nurgle-i-ness.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/31 13:17:52


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well hello again my fairly lovelies,
monkeytroll wrote:Liking the hidden corrosion

Nice poxmarine too.

Lol thought you'd like the kitbash. The big tidy has begun, started digging out bits for you sunshine
Dr H wrote:Good work on all the Nurgle-i-ness.

Ta

A funny old month in the end. Didn't get done what I expected this month, but such is gamer ADD

July (33)
Biologus Putrifier
Debbie
Warriors (3)
Pyg and dollotrons (4)
Batman Modern Age
Veer-Myn Captain
Veer-Myn Jack
Plaguebearers (10)
Poxwalkers (10)

and my entry for nerdfest09's More than meets the Eye Contest... The 7th Smurf!


Many more pics below
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Really happy with how this guy's turned out. Lots of use of technical paints, powders and a lot of blending/highlighting techniques on the "regular" side of him to get him quite GW-standard scheme looking. The reverse is much more me

Got a great mail drop from Mantic, with the new Nameless starter (space-cthulhoids) and Outbreak rules for Deadzone:



We have giant crabs, tiny critters and everything in between. 18 models in a mix of resin and plastic, for a ridiculously reasonable £25.
Aesthetically, I love the Nameless. I freely admit AoS with its crazy Sea Elf critters made me smile, but somehow it's far more... logical here. I can't quite explain why but they just fit sci-fi setting better, somehow. Maybe I read too much Aquaman, but these models pulse with character. Also, I plan on using one of the little Scuttlers for a pitch invasion in Dreadball at some point.
The models are well cast, with few appreciable mould lines on either the plastic or the resin. The single piece plastics are dynamic enough, and the material feels solid, not at all rubbery.
In game terms, well, I'm new to this so, really, what do I know? From my first impressions, they seem like a very focused army, really suited to the new player (I know I keep saying that, but it’s true): to be honest, I have previously found Deadzone tricky to get my head round, whereas the Nameless just seem to make sense to me. Clearly defined battlefield roles, evocative sculpts, and a range of tactics: exactly what I’m looking for to get into a game.

Also a look at their new resin big critters for KoW
Abyssal Chroneas (demon of fire and shadow):

Winged Slasher (wyvern with orc rider)

Now I have had some minor issues with Mantic resin in the past, some warping - nothing that boiling water and a clamp wouldn't fix, and not Forgeworld levels of horror, but still - but I'm pleased to say the resin pieces are really neat and shapely (oooh), minimal flash or pitting. Everything is very clean, logical and lines up well with minimal filling in order.
I honestly can't say which model I like more. On the one hand the Abyssal is glorious, treading the fine line between distinctively characterful and universal; an exciting prospect to paint, above all. The Slasher on the other hand is just a great, iconic piece that would sit proudly at the centre of any greenskin horde. I think that the Slasher just edges it out for me, but only just; something about it speaks to the wee lad who played Orcs 25+ years ago, I think.

Also got the jumbo Terrain crate, Dungeon Depths
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1 Brown Cabinet
2 Brown Candlesticks
2 Brown Piles of Books
1 Brown Parchment
1 Brown set of Candles
1 Brown set of Potions
1 Brown Ladder
1 Brown Desk
1 Brown Comfy Chair
1 Brown Mirror
1 Brown Orrery
1 Brown Owl on perch
1 Brown Scrying Pool
1 Brown Wooden Round Table
2 Brown Wooden Rectangular Tables
2 Brown Wooden Chairs
2 Brown Wooden Stools
2 Brown Wooden Benches
2 Brown Debris Barricades
2 Brown Piles of Debris
2 Brown Skulls
2 Brown Braziers
2 Brown Wall Mirrors
1 Brown set of Tankards
1 Brown set of Bowls
1 Brown Rat
1 Brown Rat Swarm
1 Brown Lever
1 Brown Trapdoor
1 Brown Blade Trap
1 Brown Poison Gas Trap
1 Brown Spike Trap
1 Brown Ladder
1 Brown Carpet
1 Brown Tapestry
2 Brown Fancy Chairs
1 Brown set of Barrels
1 Brown Pile of Crates
1 Brown Pile of Logs
1 Brown Crate
1 Brown Coffin with removable lid
1 Brown Iron Maiden/Sarcophagus
1 Brown Skeleton
1 Brown Mummy
1 Brown Torture Rack
1 Brown Torture Table
1 Brown Surgical Tray Table
1 Gold Plinth
1 Gold Crown
1 Gold Goblet/Plate
1 Gold Sword in Stone
1 Gold Pile of Chests
1 Gold Pile of Armour and Weapons
2 Small Gold Piles of Treasure
2 Large Gold Piles of Treasure
1 Gold Coin Pouch

That's a lot of fantasy scatter.

Enjoying the summer.
Had a great, day-long game of DCU with the boys yesterday. 50 levels (not quite a maximum size game, which is 60, but still their biggest yet) with Rifts (closing world-eating magic portals) as the scenario
Heroes (Kid#1): Raven, Cyborg, Impulse (Kid Flash), Arsenal (new Green Arrow), Ravager, Starfire, plus our custom Beast Boy chicken token.
Villains (Kid#2): Sinestro, Enchantress, Killer Croc, Reverse Flash (Zoom), Deathstroke.
Lovely terrain thanks to lovely Camk.




Lots of fun, villains just edged it at the end. Highlights included Ravager dealing with her daddy issues and Sinestro throwing Killer Croc at Starfire for the win!

So, on to August. Dreadball minis, and too many Batmen
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/31 13:41:40


Post by: Slinky


Great, well done - Very productive month in the end then

Love the perverted Ultramarine, excellent idea there!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/31 18:50:29


Post by: monkeytroll


Excellent job on The Smurf Turns, great interpretation


Seems like a pretty good month, especially considering holiday.....even if it ended up a different list to planned

Some of those Nameless look like they have potential, may have to look at that set sometime.

Looks like a fun game was had on a nice board.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/07/31 20:35:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


Slinky wrote:Great, well done - Very productive month in the end then

Love the perverted Ultramarine, excellent idea there!

Cheers, blame nerdy, his contest got me thinking

monkeytroll wrote:Excellent job on The Smurf Turns, great interpretation

Seems like a pretty good month, especially considering holiday.....even if it ended up a different list to planned

Some of those Nameless look like they have potential, may have to look at that set sometime.

Looks like a fun game was had on a nice board.

The Nameless are great but unfortunately now I really want their team for Dreadball. I'm very grateful to Cam for the excellent board, it's fab and the fact that you can wreck/lob scenery about in DCU meant it was perfect (as well as atmospheric for our magical-rift themed game). Yeah, lists are never quite the same, are they?!

Which reminds me, list of shame time:
Spoiler:
To-do, August (9)
Captain Marvel (primed, base layer, skin)
Wonderland crew (4) (3 part-painted; Hatter primed, base layer, skin)
Nightwing (primed, skin)
Bats AO (primed, base layer, skin)
Raven (grey prime & basing tbd)
Batman btas (grey prime & basing tbd)

To do, onwards
DC (25)
Monster T (primed, base layer, skin)
Reverse Flash (primed, base layer, skin)
Militia (2) (primed, base layer, skin)
R'as (primed, base layer, skin)
Carrie Kelley (primed, base layer, skin)
Batgirl New 52 (primed, first yellow layer, skin, first layer)
Frank Miller Joker & dolls (3) (grey prime & build tbd)
Uncle Dudley (grey prime & build tbd)
Deadman (grey prime & build tbd)
Black Orchid (grey prime & build tbd)
Swamp thing Rebirth (grey prime & build tbd)
Lobo / mounted Lobo (grey prime & build tbd)
Mera (grey prime & build tbd)
Batgirl Btas (grey prime & build tbd)
Bizarro (Superman conversion, not even started)
Amazons of Themiscyra (4, inc 1 to convert to Artemis; not started)

And now...
Harley Quinn with Bud & Lou (unbuilt) (3)
The Batman Who Laughs (unbuilt)
The Dark Knights: The Drowned, The Red Death & The Merciless (unbuilt) (3)
Commissioner Gordon & SWAT (unbuilt) (4)
Flash (Ezra Miller) (unbuilt)
Green Arrow (CW TV) (unbuilt)
Darkseid (unbuilt)
Steppenwolf (unbuilt)
Parademons (unbuilt) (6 - 3 resin, 3 metal) (yes, went a bit crazy there, shaddup)

Street Wars
Cleo (grey prime tbd)

TWD (23) (primed)

Veer-Myn team (14) (Khaki prime)
Marauders team (13) (Khaki prime)
Neobots team (11) (grey prime tbd)
Forge Fathers team (17) (grey prime tbd)
Zees team (17) (grey prime tbd)
DB2 ref, eye in the sky, tracker, balls (5) (grey prime tbd)
DB expansion stuff (build and grey prime tbd: 4 cheerleaders, 3 coaches, medi-bot, mvp, trophy, commentators)
(79)

(4)
Mortarion (Khaki prime, unbuilt)
Plagueburst crawler (Khaki prime, unbuilt, to be converted)
Blight Drone (Khaki prime, unbuilt)
Beast of Nurgle (Khaki prime, unbuilt, to be converted)

(3)
Kore thinking cars (resin not even cleaned up...)

(24)
The Nameless Starter set


I am my own worst enemy.


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Cloth and accents will be yellow, but the rest is done with washes. Another one I want the kids to be able to do.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/01 03:25:23


Post by: youwashock


Lots of cool stuff on the horizon, it seems. Love the look of that DCU battle.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/01 08:20:47


Post by: inmygravenimage


Much fun was had. Time consuming, but well worth it.
As for the horizon, well, I'm now at 201 minis this year - best crack on!


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Speaking of which, test scheme for the Marauder team, the War-auders (Wario/Waluigi inspired)


Enlisted the kids to do the wash layer on these, the Veer-Myn and the Neo Bots:

Unimpressed cat is unimpressed.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/01 16:54:25


Post by: Yorkright


Wow so much has happened since I last checked in! Love all the nurgle stuff, especially that perverted/ corrupted Ultramarine. When with Rowboat get on the side of the good guys?

DCU stuff looks so cool I may see if I can get one model and give it go too.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/01 18:43:47


Post by: JoeRugby


looking forward to seeing what you do with your Namless and the Terrain Crate


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/01 18:51:09


Post by: Theophony


I am impressed even if unimpressed cat isn’t. Cats are by definition unimpressed with everything we human servants do except use our opposable thumb s to open the cans of food.

The lavender color is definitely an eye catcher.

Nurgle smurfs are a redundancy as Ultras are a plague on the marine history already.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/01 21:03:27


Post by: Gitsplitta


... and the machine churns on...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/02 08:08:34


Post by: inmygravenimage


Yorkright wrote: Wow so much has happened since I last checked in! Love all the nurgle stuff, especially that perverted/ corrupted Ultramarine. When with Rowboat get on the side of the good guys?

DCU stuff looks so cool I may see if I can get one model and give it go too.

Cheers mate. DC is a great game, a good balance of fluff and crunch, and you never need more than half a dozen models to play. With the new resins that much cheaper, it's a good to time to get in Basically, pick your favourite characters, and go from there. It's pretty balanced, no-one breaks the game (apart from Bat-Mite, but he's a promo anyway), points are well balanced (and they've tweaked the ones that aren't) and nothing's unstoppable because there's counters to pretty much everything (Ravager, who's neutral, can negate abilities, Dr Fate can do it for heroes, and there's an evil character who can too). My next challenge is to build a proper Parademon invasion force, now I have Darkseid, Steppenwolf and 6 parademons (3 resin, 3 metal) - parademons have the Horde rule which means that they're non-unique. The kids don't know it yet but my next big game planned with them is Apokolips Rising!
JoeRugby wrote:looking forward to seeing what you do with your Namless and the Terrain Crate

Love the Nameless. LOVE THEM. Like, might actually spend money on some more
Theophony wrote:I am impressed even if unimpressed cat isn’t. Cats are by definition unimpressed with everything we human servants do except use our opposable thumb s to open the cans of food.

The lavender color is definitely an eye catcher.

Nurgle smurfs are a redundancy as Ultras are a plague on the marine history already.

Eye Catcher good, eye catcher bad?

Gitsplitta wrote:... and the machine churns on...

Quantity, if not quality, baby!
Started the horrible process of tidying up. Bought some Feldherr boxes, and things feel a bit better, but my god is it tedious Still, progress.

Found this:

Seriously over-packaged for a tub of cherries. Still, got to be useful for something, right?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/02 08:12:04


Post by: Slinky


Wow, it does look like something you would get charged a fiver for on a terrain MDF site

You're right, there must be something that can be done with it...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/02 12:37:47


Post by: monkeytroll


You need a Blackgate Penitentiary to go with Arkham surely? Looks like a good start to the yard right there.....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/02 14:17:46


Post by: inmygravenimage


Lol so true. Tbh I'm thinking about making it into a dice tray. A necessity when gaming with kids


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/02 19:38:48


Post by: Red Harvest


Is that really a pdf crate? Sheesh. We get everything in ziplock bags hereabouts, except those nice clemenulos. The come in 3mm plywood crates.

That table looks excellent. Cam really does good work, eh?

Happy belated anniversary.

The Veer-Myn attracted kitty's attention eh?

Ah, one last thing, this shelf of shame bit. Stop. Until your production drops into single digits, like mine , you cannot rightfully claim any shame.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/03 07:28:25


Post by: inmygravenimage


Yeah, a £5 box of (really beautiful) cherries. Preposterous.
Cam is a freaking genius, a true treasure of dakka.
Yeah, she was totally after my mees-es!
Ok, ok. It's actually more so I can keep track of stuff myself, tbh.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/04 08:12:34


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hola

Enslaved children to do the washes on the Dreadball teams:


Whilst I'm adding some details, I'm not going to crazy - I want the kids to have a sense of ownership, plus want to get them on the pitch soon as
Slightly alarmed at how the Dreadball teams have spiralled out of control going to need storage case of their own You might notice ANOTHER team at the left-hand edge of that pic. Yup Matsudon, sumo space dragons. Of course. they're going to get a camoshade first, I reckon. I've also got the Revenants coming too, essentially Borg, made from other teams - lots of opportunities for customs and kitbashes.
As I'm running low on space, did a bit of a bit juggle and a tidy and feel like my workspace is more organised. Picked up a couple of Feldherr boxes (one for the Nurgle, one for the walking dead), they're great things.

Tempted to get another one for Batman stuff as space is rapidly running out there. Again, it's more organisational than anything else.
Need to get stuff built, but can't prime anything for the next week as I have a batch of ale a-brewing in the garage. It's a fair trade-off
Only one more week of summer left hard life being a teacher.
Results day on Tuesday, so that'll be the morning and then Ant-Man & The Wasp in the afternoon to celebrate/commiserate (delete as applicable) - wife's managed to get a cheeky half-day. Not much else planned, maybe Teen Titans Go to the Movies, probably a wee Dreadball tournament with the kids. #2 son is desperate to play "his" Neobots, 'Blue Steel', so I'm going to try to get him to finish them this weekend. #1 is still set on playing the Yndij, 'Forest Fliers', who are all painted anyway (although I'm going to redo the threat hexes with the semi-standardised traffic light coding that's commonplace, apparently).
Till sometime soon
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/05 19:54:19


Post by: insaniak


 inmygravenimage wrote:
Lol so true. Tbh I'm thinking about making it into a dice tray. A necessity when gaming with kids

Dress it up with some towers on the corners and details on the outside, and it can still go on the table as an impassable terrain piece...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/08 17:32:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


insaniak wrote:
Dress it up with some towers on the corners and details on the outside, and it can still go on the table as an impassable terrain piece...

I've been thinking for a while about such things generally. Until my kids started gaming, I never saw the point in dice towers and trays. I'm starting to think they're a necessity generic urban near future needs to be the look, I reckon, as I would like something that's an in-keeping for bats as 40k. Urban Gothic I guess. Or, you know, a restaurant called Holy Bat Guacamole.
Sorry I'm a bit sporadic at the moment. The perils of having to parent
Still, been getting some Dreadball on with the boys, lots of fun.

So, I've been doing the key tokens for Dreadball, plus the Medi-Bot because it was within reach and I had an idea for it.

That's the Strike (score) tracker, Referee and Eye in the Sky (turn) tracker. Weird using metals again. Don't use them for BMG, and only fleetingly the 40k stuff. But the younger wanted a very difficult specific look for his Neobot team, so I broke them out again - and, to be fair, they do suit the dB aesthetic I think.

Speaking of which, the Neobots, Blue Steel:

I did some touching up here and there but it's nice that the wee fella can see his hard work. He went a bit overboard on the silvers so I had to do some tidying up.
As for the base edges, I've decided to do something a bit different. The consensus in the dB community is that you traffic light the threat zone (front 3 hex edges), typically Red for Guards, Orange for Jacks and Green for Strikers. The new bases have 5 ridges along the thread edges, and I'm toying with just marking the ridges, then further marking the centre of the front edge with a single blue line for a captain, and possibly the centre of the other edges purple for Keeper (specialist Guards). Given that it it's about clarity for novices, I don't know whether that's better or not. For example, the captain is front and centre in the above pic, but the blue isn't that different to the green. Might do white instead.
Also, more progress on Veer-Myn, plus a couple of other bits built:

Looking forward to playing these, bit more of a finesse team (read: designed to spend the game fouling), I suspect they'll be mine. Also built the cheerleaders, found both my squat teams (giving one to a mate) with enough bits left over to make their MVP, and 7 unbuilt Corp humans for a bare-bones but playable team, plus filled some gaps etc.

Not done much BMG of late. Did make progress on my Wonderland gang.

Not done yet, and basing idea is still unfinished. Added in my spare High Security henchman as a Cheshire Cat thug: you can give 3 goons Alice-themed masks, and giving this guy climbing claws and Stealth is beyond terrifying when he can already start anywhere on the board after everyone else is setup. Plus his existing restraint worked well as a grin, I think.
I've started Arkham Origins Batman. No pics yet, I need to see if the idea will work: working up from very pale grey, shading and washing. Going for a very monochrome bat this time.

On the subject of the Bat, I need your opinions. I'm going to run a contest, probably when I hit page 300, probably with a BMG prize (starter set or similar) as you've all followed my bat antics so loyally and supportively.
My initial thoughts are something with quite an open format, called I am The night or The Shadow of the Bat or something. That covers everything from AoS undead, Malifaux nightmares, Wayne (dice) tower, and everything in between.
Thoughts?

Back to school Monday

Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/08 18:26:10


Post by: monkeytroll


All looking good, nice to see the littl'uns getting in on the colouring in.

Cat thug works just fine.

Bats comp sounds okay to me.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/08 18:53:13


Post by: Theophony


I like the blue steel effect on the neos.

How about for a title of the page 300 “Bat to school” . Graven’s school of hard knocks. (We don’t condone taking baseball bats to school...unless your on the team ).


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/08 19:47:48


Post by: Red Harvest


How about Tetsubos to school?

Dice trays are a good thing. Towers can be a bit unwieldy. Igenerally like to have one building on the table that has enough space on the top to serve as a dice tray. And it makes seeing the dice easier for all. For RPGs, I have one of those Vaultz pencil boxes for storing dice. Open it up completely and the lid serves as my dice tray. Very convenient.

That is one claustrophobic space, Graven. The Batman lunchbox is a nice decorating touch.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/09 17:17:53


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:All looking good, nice to see the littl'uns getting in on the colouring in.

Cat thug works just fine.

Bats comp sounds okay to me.

Cool cheers. Haven't made it to post yet btw, little one bit poorly, will do so tomorrow.
Theophony wrote:I like the blue steel effect on the neos.

How about for a title of the page 300 “Bat to school” . Graven’s school of hard knocks. (We don’t condone taking baseball bats to school...unless your on the team ).

Lol. That's painfully accurate I have a very long metal pole that is for winding my skylights open and IN NO WAY have I ever used it to poke a child.

Red Harvest wrote:How about Tetsubos to school?

Dice trays are a good thing. Towers can be a bit unwieldy. Igenerally like to have one building on the table that has enough space on the top to serve as a dice tray. And it makes seeing the dice easier for all. For RPGs, I have one of those Vaultz pencil boxes for storing dice. Open it up completely and the lid serves as my dice tray. Very convenient.

That is one claustrophobic space, Graven. The Batman lunchbox is a nice decorating touch.

Space works ok for me. Cosy. Anyway, I'm but a rank amateur. Lunchbox has all the sharps in it, was a gift from erithromycin (who funnily enough is the recipient of said Dreadball team).
Got another team today I *may* have a problem. Along with 2 more MVPs, a coaching assistant and the other Squat captain (well, it's a mining drill - comedy gold )
...
Yup, definitely a problem


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I've primed up the dice tray/scenery... Thing. I'm thinking of hazard tape, condemned / keep out signs, graffiti etc


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/09 21:44:49


Post by: monkeytroll


Not to worry, it's not like I have a shortage of bits here..... Little one is far more important.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/11 06:45:57


Post by: inmygravenimage


On its way
Into the last days of school holidays
Nothing terribly exciting to show, in many ways, but some proof of progress
I had planned to do a lot of bmg building yesterday, but thought I'd get the next layer on my Veer-Myn team first. However...
I had one of those moments.
Spoiler:

Must be my age

Just opened a large and mostly full tub of earthshade, clipped it with the end of a brush and spilled half a pot over my paint area.
:Salt:
So, a change of plans.
Sigh.
Veer-myn all got their next layer.

They're actually coming along ok. Fur needs attention, some other wee highlights and tidying, then just threat zone colours.
But so did the Matsudon and the Zees (not pictured).

Next a thraka green wash on their skin. Not entirely sure about their (very lovely) armour, I'm toying with black, with Red and gold trim, Edo armour style (and a red oni mempo for the captain).
So that's a start on the next two teams (28 minis) too.

And, separately, I came up with a scheme for my forge father team that I'm pretty happy with.

I like the crimson wash on the grey, I think.
And while I was painting stuff started playing with other ideas -base colours begun for Cleo, my other junkie ho for Street Wars, and Raven for BMG/DCU.

The purple will act as a base for layers of blue to get it really rich. I think Cleo's dress is going to be lime green, like the poster for Foxy Brown.

And then I stuck a couple more layers on my grey batman.

He's going to take aaaaages. Many, many thin layers of darkshade, druchi violet and VJ black patina.

August in numbers, a slightly different way of shelf of shaming:
Painted so far (17)
Neobot team
Medi bot, ref bot, eye in the sky, trophy

WIPs etc (40 "active" WIPs)
Wonderland gang - 4@ 90%
Veer-myn team - 14@ 70%
Forge fathers test model - 1@ 50%
Arkham Origins Batman - 1@ 30%
Raven - 1@ 20%
Street Wars Cleo - 1@ 20%
Zees team - 16@ 10%
Matsudon team - 12@ 10%

Plus
Yndij / Teraton teams - threat zone repaints
Dice tray

Good to have something to get on with wouldn't do to get bored
Later
Graven


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Better shot of Squat

Also, mad hatter is in the WIP pile.
Ttfn!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/11 10:53:39


Post by: youwashock


Raven is going to be sweeeet. Also loving that stunty. Cool model, cool paintjob.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/11 14:59:57


Post by: Theophony


Indeed, the crimson wash on the gray is a nice change of pace. Also makes it a warmish gray, like it’s coming out of a fire. Kind of appropriate for not-dwarves in space.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/11 16:12:59


Post by: OneManNoodles


Spilling paint everywhere is why I stopped using Citadel paints ... didn't stop me spilling liquid glue everywhere though!

I now religiously attach blobs of blue tack to the bottom of any open bottle that I'm dipping into, significantly reduced my instances of ruined trousers, keyboards, cutting mats etc.

Good to see such a variety crossing your painting table still.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/11 20:03:16


Post by: Red Harvest


There are no disasters in painting, Graven, only happy little accidents. It's a Bob Ross quote. He used to do a show on TV here called the Joy of Painting.

And here you are proving him right


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/11 20:14:12


Post by: inmygravenimage


youwashock wrote:Raven is going to be sweeeet. Also loving that stunty. Cool model, cool paintjob.

They are great, the first wave of squats. Not only that but they're perfect for blood bowl as well... And a have motorized drill as one of their captains still need to build that though
Theophony wrote:Indeed, the crimson wash on the gray is a nice change of pace. Also makes it a warmish gray, like it’s coming out of a fire. Kind of appropriate for not-dwarves in space.

Yeah I wanted a warm glow cheers. It's a very very very quick paintjob to do as well. Which is a bonus
OneManNoodles wrote:Spilling paint everywhere is why I stopped using Citadel paints ... didn't stop me spilling liquid glue everywhere though!

I now religiously attach blobs of blue tack to the bottom of any open bottle that I'm dipping into, significantly reduced my instances of ruined trousers, keyboards, cutting mats etc.

Good to see such a variety crossing your painting table still.

Yeah, I'm basically a disaster area
It's a wonder that the wife let me a ladder to clean the windows at the top of the house today.
Not much done today, but, progress on Jervis Tetch:


Wait, what's that? A cup of tea?

Cotton wool and superglue. Pretty happy with the effect.
Need to ramp up the highlights on the cloth.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/11 20:14:58


Post by: Camkierhi


Busy boy here. well done.

All looking good.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/11 20:43:49


Post by: Theophony


Sh only let you go up the ladder because the life insurance is paid up .

Jervis is looking pretty good


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/12 12:48:53


Post by: inmygravenimage


Camkierhi wrote:Busy boy here. well done.

All looking good.

Cheers mucker. Got to keep busy eh?!
Theophony wrote:Sh only let you go up the ladder because the life insurance is paid up .

Jervis is looking pretty good

That is very true, but then who'd do all the cooking and childcare in the school holidays?

Veer-myn team, Industrial Disease, finished!
Ready to foul their way to glory

Really looking forward to get these guys onto the pitch.

And... Anyone want some tea?



Love how the steam turned out, if I'm being honest.

36 so far. A good month. Wonder if I can get anything else done? Back into normal routine tomorrow...
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/12 16:05:33


Post by: Gitsplitta


Sweet work my friend. Love the leprechaun.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/12 18:42:38


Post by: Slinky


The playing card bases really work, nice one!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/12 20:25:33


Post by: monkeytroll


Industrial Disease look pretty sweet there

Hatter gang are great, those bases are a nice touch indeed.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/12 22:08:43


Post by: nerull


Nice work on the wonderland gang. The Mad Hatter is my favorite Batman villain other than Killer Croc. The playing card bases work well and the cotton steam is a nice touch.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/13 00:06:12


Post by: monkeytroll


Also, forgot to mention earlier I agree with the comments on the forgefather armour, works very well.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/13 06:48:45


Post by: Red Harvest


Bases and the "steamin' cuppa" work out very nicely.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/13 18:04:21


Post by: aku-chan


Nice job on the Wonderland gang!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/13 19:41:24


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Sweet work my friend. Love the leprechaun.

Thanks, turned out the little green Bugger was an absolute joy to paint. Crisp, well cast, just fun to do all round.
Slinky wrote:The playing card bases really work, nice one!

Cheers, totally had the fear with them but they've worked out ok in the end.
monkeytroll wrote:Industrial Disease look pretty sweet there

Hatter gang are great, those bases are a nice touch indeed.

Thanks, my eldest said to me, "I'm really glad I helped with these." Bless him. Yeah, I like them, and they're a fun team to play, fast and dirty, totally cheat to win!
nerull wrote:Nice work on the wonderland gang. The Mad Hatter is my favorite Batman villain other than Killer Croc. The playing card bases work well and the cotton steam is a nice touch.

Thanks, and welcome, new croc coming sometime soon... ish!
monkeytroll wrote:Also, forgot to mention earlier I agree with the comments on the forgefather armour, works very well.

Lol ta. Some of the team will be getting chopped a bit before painting. Can't think why
Red Harvest wrote:Bases and the "steamin' cuppa" work out very nicely.


aku-chan wrote:Nice job on the Wonderland gang!

Cheers dude! I think I've worked out also how to do my queen of hearts, so stay tuned

Nightmare first day back at work, my media colleague off unannounced with stress, no idea when he'll be back. Not good.

SO LET'S PAINT SOMETHING!!
Sometimes you have to go back... To the origin.



A little experiment in achieving a warm monochrome using many layers of darkshade, violet wash, black patina and flesh tones over a grey base rather than black, grey and white paint. Interesting to do things differently.

Got a maildrop from monkeytroll today. Not fully had a chance to rummage yet but it looks...

Adios
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/18 16:31:44


Post by: Dr H


Good work.

Yeah, the steaming tea is a nice touch.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/19 11:15:59


Post by: inmygravenimage


Cheers mate

Back at work. Bit nightmarish, timetable an omnishambles and my work other-half off with stress. Gee, thanks.

Hence radio silence, but such is the way of things.

Nevertheless, work has been done.
More on Raven's cape


Just lots and lots of layers to get a really rich colour.
On the subject of BMG, touched up Bats


Still plugging away at the occasional bit, with the poxmarine:


Ultrapox

And a lot of Dreadball.
Got my Coach Splinter done for my Teratons:




Started test schemes for the Matsudon, Kaiju Rage, and Zees, Cheeky Apez:



Yes, ridiculous mold line

And got my Forge Fathers team, the Breeze Blokkrs, done (apart from base colour codes):
Guards -

Jacks -

Strikers -

Captain, prone and MVP -

And the team as a whole -

Not bad going. Obviously, I'm very much in the Dread-zone, though I can't seem to muster the energy to finish my Marauders (orcs & gobs) team; I've also got human and Koris (weird teleporting aliens) team to build and a cyborg team to paint. I've also started Shazam, finally (no pics worth sharing) and I think I might be about ready to swing back round to BMG generally. Just about taking my time.


And my kids hassled me into some work on the Marauders:




And then they hassled me some more...

Jacks and captain with the fabulous tache


Guards and Keeper (with claw)


Finished team!

It's really just army painting. Not my sort of thing usually but needs must. 2 teams, 2 test models and a coach, 31 more Dreadball models down. 68 so far this month, new record. 269 so far this year.



Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/20 14:07:05


Post by: shasolenzabi


Nice looking teams, Bats in stone camo also cool! and that Alice in Wonderland gang for the Mad Hatter, good theme, I saw Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, and the White Rabbit, but the knife wielder??? forget who he is.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/20 16:55:48


Post by: inmygravenimage


Thanks, and thanks
it's not white rabbit it's march harriet! ahem. It IS the White Rabbit model, but she's not part of the Wonderland gang (whereas March Harriet is). And the other guy is painted with a Cheshire Cat mask.
Next WIP, finally getting on with Cleo:

Not done yet, need to file down the sleeved arm a bit more, but she's coming along. Not bad for spare bits and green stuff though, I think.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/25 14:07:30


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well, here we are again. Sorry it's a bit intermittent!
Work saga rumbles on.
Spoiler:

Sooooo my other half guy is off till mid October at least.
Good news: his classes are lovely, bright and interested, and came up stuff they'd like to study all by themselves.
Bad news: they've basically not been taught key parts of the course

In the meantime, poxmarine is done!


Really enjoyed this, from Kitbash to completion
By contrast, not enjoyed these guys:

Not good minis, lumpy plastic, poorly cast. They're done, and playable, but I see why so many folk were dismissive of early Mantic plastics. Still, another 15 done.

Speaking of Dreadball, had a great game on Tues with metropolis using just the starter box teams and deck. Total convert: like me, not a fan of sports or sports games, but once he got his head round the mechanics, he was hooked and promptly handed me my arse good times
I'd been feeling fairly despondent about the fact that I won't get to my usual club on a Tuesday anymore (because kids) but, on reflection and discussion with metropolis, we both kinda feel we've moved on - our gaming group has pretty much fallen apart between friends' divorces, mental health issues and just plain old work, and we'd rather just play in one another's houses. We have all the terrain in the world, we've started investing individually in games (he's all in on SW Legion, for example) so we play with one another's stuff, etc, etc. Life moves on I guess.

What's next on the desk? Well, going to try to get yet more dB built, but rather than teams coaching staff, cheerleaders etc.
. Human and Kalyashi (deldar) skin test. Liking the Kalyashi skin
Got a Rebs team to build and they're pretty cool models, but might do a giant for fun.
Equally, starting to get back in the Bat groove. Not rushing it, as I know that way madness and burnout lie.

And, Raven:


Beautiful model to paint. Really glad I took my time with her. Face could do with a little bit more tidying perhaps.
Still. 86 in August, 285 so far.
Nearly at September! How did that happen? Reckon I'll cyall then,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/25 14:40:01


Post by: Theophony


gRaven looks wonderful, and would be a great base for an old style Psylocke conversion for marvel.

ultraPestilent Marine is also a nice bash together of bits and the choice of the mace is perfect for him.

Can’t say much about the DB stuff as it never struck a chord with me. The colors are good and painting is great though.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/25 20:12:43


Post by: Syro_


Raven is looking great. And I wouldn't have realized it until Theophony said it, but yeah that would be a great base for a Psylocke conversion. Do you have anymore of that model?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/25 20:21:10


Post by: youwashock


Azarath Metrion Zinthos-ariffic.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/25 21:16:35


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:gRaven looks wonderful, and would be a great base for an old style Psylocke conversion for marvel.

ultraPestilent Marine is also a nice bash together of bits and the choice of the mace is perfect for him.

Can’t say much about the DB stuff as it never struck a chord with me. The colors are good and painting is great though.

I see what you did there. Kitbash was loads of fun to do. Glad you like the Zees, I know I'm in the minority here on dakka with it but I think it's a brilliant game and it's cheap as chips.
Syro_ wrote:Raven is looking great. And I wouldn't have realized it until Theophony said it, but yeah that would be a great base for a Psylocke conversion. Do you have anymore of that model?

I got rid of my spare, alas. I'm not a Marvel boy at all though, I am DC all the way. But I can see what you guys mean.
youwashock wrote:Azarath Metrion Zinthos-ariffic.

I actually get that I had thought about trying to do crackling black electricity out of her eyes. But no idea how to do it well.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/25 22:10:08


Post by: Gitsplitta


Nice work on Raven 'ol son. Looks great!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/27 11:34:24


Post by: monkeytroll


Nice poxmarine.
Another team done.
Skin is good.
Raven looks great.

Short is sweet.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/27 18:22:03


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:Nice work on Raven 'ol son. Looks great!

Thank you kindly sir!

monkeytroll wrote:Nice poxmarine.
Another team done.
Skin is good.
Raven looks great.

Short is sweet.


That's what I tell my wife yeah, some progress. Trying to get the teams that are at least primed done before I start the next batch...

Decided to start on coaching staff for each of my teams.


And some star players, plus a giant and the mining drill for the dwarves

The dwarves really do get the most ridiculous specials, there's also a power armoured guy with a thunder hammer (essentially) called Ragnarok and a giant that's basically a Dreadnought

Continuing with BMG, also: progress at last on my resculpted Nightwing.

Now I'm happy with the results of the leg sculpt, and the Jim Lee pose. Not sure how to base him though. Suggestions welcome. I'm considering something paired with Batgirl, although her pose is running:

Just lots of yellow glaze so far. Sigh. She's hard work, and weighs a bloody ton.

Still, on we go
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/27 20:28:09


Post by: Dr H


Good work all round.

That poxmarine is giving me RE3: Nemesis flashbacks.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/27 20:43:48


Post by: Red Harvest


You're getting to be an old hand at painting capes. That's a bat-a-marang? in Batgirl's hand?

A technical question: the alligator clip holding the mini. Do you find that the mini slips and spins as you try to paint it? I have a terrible time using alligator clips to hold minis for painting.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/27 21:04:54


Post by: inmygravenimage


Dr H wrote:Good work all round.

That poxmarine is giving me RE3: Nemesis flashbacks.

hadn't even crossed my mind. Totally see that now though.
Red Harvest wrote:You're getting to be an old hand at painting capes. That's a bat-a-marang? in Batgirl's hand?

A technical question: the alligator clip holding the mini. Do you find that the mini slips and spins as you try to paint it? I have a terrible time using alligator clips to hold minis for painting.

Yeah. It's based on a new 52 cover illustration.
I don't do it often, is the answer. Only when positioning very awkward models. Luckily it has very tight clamps.
Yeah, I feel like I'm getting there with capes. Might even get better at the rest


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/27 21:46:13


Post by: Bash the Bosh


Graven, I give up trying to catch up with what you do. You churn out more stuff the the ‘eavy metal team held at gunpoint.

Lovely stuff, especially Raven.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/27 22:46:46


Post by: monkeytroll


Well he could be standing there non-plussed as batgirl runs off....

Or standing on a cheeky spiral motif...

Standing in the shadow of the bat...





Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/28 10:05:12


Post by: inmygravenimage


Bash the Bosh wrote:Graven, I give up trying to catch up with what you do. You churn out more stuff the the ‘eavy metal team held at gunpoint.

Lovely stuff, especially Raven.

Lol thanks mate I've seen your motor pool though I know how prolific you are.
monkeytroll wrote:Well he could be standing there non-plussed as batgirl runs off....

Or standing on a cheeky spiral motif...

Standing in the shadow of the bat...



Mmm, Spyral? Interesting. I'm now thinking of cutting up a gothic bit of CoD scenery across the two bases.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/08/31 21:47:43


Post by: inmygravenimage


Alright troops?

So another week, another minimalistic update. Very little midweek progress on anything.

Made this guy, a Queen of Hearts goon for Wonderland:

Quite chuffed with him a bodyguard for Mad Hatter, with a bulletproof vest and the Heart mask adding extra action economy? Sold.

Painted Nightwing, who I'm happy with, and Batgirl, who I'm not.

Went with a Gotham rooftops theme for the bases in the end. Gotta love Cod bits.






So yes, it's 2 more this month. That's 88 in August; 287 overall.

But... feels rushed.

I feel I've lost my mojo a bit. Partly it's I'm in block painting mode, partly it's one of the early old metals, but I'm under no illusions that it's just not the standard that I'm capable of. Ah well. Guess I just have to use it as motivation to get stuck back into the bat!

But I did just get a supply drop, on the other hand: offloaded a pile of mantic bits I had lying around for some Dreadball stuff.

Not much.

Just some star players.

And a giant.

And... five more teams

(But it was really only 3 teams and 2 half-teams to complete ones I was already working on ... )
So now I also have Brokkr (dwarf miners), Zzor (insects), Asterians (eldar), Corporation male (average humans) and female (faster lighter humans).

As if that wasn't enough, I also picked up a copy of 40k Conquest. I wasn't particularly fussed about it tbh, but I was in the supermarket and they had it - £2 for 3 Primaris, 3 paints and a brush? Sure, I'll bite. The Primaris will go with the other corrupt Smurf, and I'll probably pick up at least the next issue for £5 for 3 Deathguard and paint; less fussed about the final 2 retail ones (do I need Reivers or more Poxwalkers for £8, really, when that's not really cheaper than RRP?)

So that's me for August.
Wonder what September will bring?
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/01 16:50:39


Post by: aku-chan


I think they both look pretty good, but has a bit of paint rubbed off on Nightwings arm?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/01 16:59:21


Post by: youwashock


I don't mind Batgirl at all. We are always so critical of our own work, though. The leg work on Nightwing worked out just fine.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/01 18:10:26


Post by: inmygravenimage


aku-chan wrote:I think they both look pretty good, but has a bit of paint rubbed off on Nightwings arm?

so it has. Buggeration. I'll be fixing that.
youwashock wrote:I don't mind Batgirl at all. We are always so critical of our own work, though. The leg work on Nightwing worked out just fine.

Cheers mate


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/01 21:20:24


Post by: Dr H


Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na Good work Graven'.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/02 19:45:07


Post by: monkeytroll


We all have models we just don't do our best on, even when they're ones we were excited about - I don't count that as loss of mojo, just the ups and downs of modelling life, and indeed, just life.

Been keeping my eye out for Conquest as it seems a steal - at least for the first two, but no interest in the mag itself.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/02 21:28:44


Post by: Camkierhi


Ah, nice catch-up, lovely work sir, lots of win going on here.

As a by the by, what is the dimensions of a Dreadball pitch.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/03 10:59:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


Dr H wrote:Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na Good work Graven'.

I see what you did there

monkeytroll wrote:We all have models we just don't do our best on, even when they're ones we were excited about - I don't count that as loss of mojo, just the ups and downs of modelling life, and indeed, just life.

Been keeping my eye out for Conquest as it seems a steal - at least for the first two, but no interest in the mag itself.

Thanks mate, good advice. Yeah, I'm all about the cheap stuff.

Camkierhi wrote:Ah, nice catch-up, lovely work sir, lots of win going on here.

As a by the by, what is the dimensions of a Dreadball pitch.


Thanks mate. Hmmmmmmm 750mm long, not sure how wide, I think 250mm but I'd need to check. This shows the pitch as a whole: http://www.manticgames.com/mantic-shop/dreadball/accessories-staff/product/gruba-tek-vii-coliseum-deluxe-dreadball-pitch.html


BMG still. But something different, and I think about done. A model I've put off doing for ages, the Animated Batman:

Tbh I'm delighted with how he's turned out. I wasn't sure I could capture that cel-shaded look but I'm really pleased.

Wasn't sure if I could pull of the cloak and spot highlights but I think they've really worked. It actually makes me want to go and (a) repair and paint my BTAS Batgirl - she's snapped through the ankles - and (b) get the other BTAS models (Green Arrow, Black Canary, Catwoman, Harley Quinn). Model Count for September: 1!

Next on the desk is Matsudon team for Dreadball. Blocking in the black on their armour, nothing much to see, just a long and tedious process - but once done, the rest of the paintjob will be really quick to do, certainly by the end of this week.
Adios,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/03 12:06:25


Post by: monkeytroll


Very nice, captured the look well in my opinion

I'm going to have to re-vist TAS - I can't recall seeing Green Arrow, so that's as good a reason as any


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/03 20:36:31


Post by: inmygravenimage


Thank you kindly sir. The Green Arrow is from the last series iirc. The mini a punch arrow BTAS is wonderful, and all on Prime. Hurrah for Amazon nostalgia!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/04 05:00:05


Post by: youwashock


Totally convinced by BTASBats. Straight off the screen. Nicely done.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/04 12:38:14


Post by: Gitsplitta


The legs and chest sculpts are hilarious!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/06 11:00:47


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:The legs and chest sculpts are hilarious!

Yip, and I love em

youwashock wrote:Totally convinced by BTASBats. Straight off the screen. Nicely done.

Thanks mate. It's a great fig, totally nails the aesthetic doesn't it?

So bits and bobs, ticking over this week.

Working on The Tailor (a pretty generic bodyguard with a good moniker), aka Queen of Hearts:

The more I think about it, the more logical it seems that The Tailor would be part of Mad Hatter's crew. Very pleased with how his Heart mask has turned out. Suit will be fawn, blue tie, black gloves, maroon shoes - it's his "stock" scheme, which isn't like me at all, but I want to it to be clear which base model is being used - or at least being counts-as, because I'm actually using one of the Grin Twins (Joker cosplay thugs from SS movie) with an identical pose to the actual The Tailor mini.

And settling on my Matsudan team colours:

I think the belts need to be more leather than cotton, and I'm debating some gold accents, possibly on the back poles. Wondering about the Captain's mempo, whether the horns should be... horn or gold also.

Other stuff ticking over. Think I've settled on a scheme for the Nameless, modelled on Yeti crabs. More to follow!

Best to you all,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/06 17:46:25


Post by: monkeytroll


If you add gold accents to the backlinks then gold for the horns, otherwise horn I'd say.

They look !one they might make interesting bases for some nurgley dudes.....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/07 06:38:49


Post by: Red Harvest


Well, well, well. Look who made it to 300 pages.

Quoted for the page roll.
 inmygravenimage wrote:
Gitsplitta wrote:The legs and chest sculpts are hilarious!

Yip, and I love em

youwashock wrote:Totally convinced by BTASBats. Straight off the screen. Nicely done.

Thanks mate. It's a great fig, totally nails the aesthetic doesn't it?

So bits and bobs, ticking over this week.

Working on The Tailor (a pretty generic bodyguard with a good moniker), aka Queen of Hearts:

The more I think about it, the more logical it seems that The Tailor would be part of Mad Hatter's crew. Very pleased with how his Heart mask has turned out. Suit will be fawn, blue tie, black gloves, maroon shoes - it's his "stock" scheme, which isn't like me at all, but I want to it to be clear which base model is being used - or at least being counts-as, because I'm actually using one of the Grin Twins (Joker cosplay thugs from SS movie) with an identical pose to the actual The Tailor mini.

And settling on my Matsudan team colours:

I think the belts need to be more leather than cotton, and I'm debating some gold accents, possibly on the back poles. Wondering about the Captain's mempo, whether the horns should be... horn or gold also.

Other stuff ticking over. Think I've settled on a scheme for the Nameless, modelled on Yeti crabs. More to follow!

Best to you all,
Graven


Here's to 300 more.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/07 10:57:46


Post by: inmygravenimage


monkeytroll wrote:If you add gold accents to the backlinks then gold for the horns, otherwise horn I'd say.

They look !one they might make interesting bases for some nurgley dudes.....

I think gold is go then. But very shiny gold on the horns, less so on the back bits.
Red Harvest wrote:Well, well, well. Look who made it to 300 pages.

Quoted for the page roll.

Snip!

Here's to 300 more.

Thanks kindly sir!

Some BMG done? Surely not!
Got The Tailor, aka Queen of Hearts, done:


Wonder-ful...

Every Milliner needs a Tailor, right? Might run Pyg with this lot, as he sorta fits the Alice motif

I finally got Professor Zoom done in Rebirth colours, really happy with him... and pics look awful. Cannot get a decent shot where he doesn't look like a blur. Going to have to break out the Laika...

See? Looks dire.




I wouldn't call him done if I wasn't happy. Just frustrated because he looks a lot better in RL.

So, 300 pages? Crikey. Let's take stock then, in a slightly different way:
September model count
Painted: 3
On paint desk:
DB Matsudan team (12 models)
4 DB Cheerleaders, in various stages
2 DB Coaches, ditto

On paint shelf (mostly primed, odds and ends started)
DC
Shazam!
Uncle Dudley
Monster T
Miiltia (2)
Robin, Boy Wonder
Robin - Carrie Kelley

DB
Azure League Trophy
Azure League MVP

DZ
Misc. Nameless (18)

which should do for now

I'm not going to build anything else just now, mostly because I'm out of almost all primers and my cheap source has stopped stocking it anymore The only primer I have is Dark Brown, and its uses are limited: I'll be using that on the flying Nameless bugs and Z'zor (insectoid) Dreadball team, probably (unless I go nuts and invest in iridescent colour shift paints, or something). So whilst I have half a dozen unbuilt teams and about two dozen unbuilt DC figs, they'll have to wait. September goal is to try to clear what's on the desk atm.

Aye right

All the best, and who knows: maybe a contest will come your way soon for page 300?

Cheers
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/07 13:57:48


Post by: Camkierhi


Grats on 300, well done, and have to say 300 quality pages as well.

Obviously speedy is vibrating with speed and thus blurry.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/07 14:06:35


Post by: monkeytroll


Yep, makes perfect sense to me.....you can't capture a good pic of a speedster without advanced tech


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/07 15:51:45


Post by: Dr H


Zoom by name, zoom by nature.

Good work and congratulations on 300.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/07 17:04:11


Post by: Gitsplitta


Congratulations on reaching a great goal!

Excellent work on heart-head's suit and the skin on PZ.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/09 13:36:26


Post by: inmygravenimage


Camkierhi wrote:Grats on 300, well done, and have to say 300 quality pages as well.

Obviously speedy is vibrating with speed and thus blurry.


monkeytroll wrote:Yep, makes perfect sense to me.....you can't capture a good pic of a speedster without advanced tech

Clearly, that is indeed the problem
Dr H wrote:Zoom by name, zoom by nature.

Good work and congratulations on 300.

Cheers mate
Gitsplitta wrote:Congratulations on reaching a great goal!

Excellent work on heart-head's suit and the skin on PZ.

Thanks on all counts

So on we go, with the Matsudan team, Kaiju Fury (sounds better than Kaiju Rage), now with brass and washes.



I like the violet wash over the black, it adds to the lacquer effect and gives a bit of depth.
More generally, I am really looking forward to playing with these guys, as they have the unusual combination of high strength, high skill. They may be slow, but they are very good with the ball.

And a couple of cheerleaders too


The colour scheme is official Digby (Dreadball Gaming Board) blue, so the idea being they're generic cheerleaders that can be hired by any team. Kinda wish I'd left the skirts off though, they look a bit meh.
Anyway, this means another 15 models done, making 304 this year so far, so over 300 by page 300 - not bad

I also started my test model for The Nameless for Deadzone:


I saw this wonderful picture of a yeti crab that looked ochre with verdigris; wanting to go with an authentic yet alien scheme deep, trench life seems a perfect fit. It's also really nice to be painting other stuff. Just need to decide on the base, I'm thinking rusted metal. Plain Concrete is pretty standard for Deadzone but dunno.

Also, I realise I quite forgot about having a Bloat drone, Mortarion and plagueburst crawler to paint, which are all primed on sprue

Onwards...
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/09 14:02:31


Post by: Theophony


300pages of awesomeness . Liking the Kaiju Fury a lot. Just make sure they don’t become the Kaiju Furry....whole other thread there .

At first I thought Zoom was skiing , but he turned our great.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/09 14:35:42


Post by: CommissarKhaine


300 pages? Congrats are in order!

Kaiju is looking pretty nice, and Matsudan are shaping up nicely.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/09 15:40:26


Post by: Llamahead


Looks far better than the official scheme. One thing Mantics got right is the wide variety of none Tolkien races in Dreadball hopefully more of them will get into Deadzone as full fledged races as it go's forward and congrats on the 300 by the way


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/09 20:29:01


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:300pages of awesomeness . Liking the Kaiju Fury a lot. Just make sure they don’t become the Kaiju Furry....whole other thread there .

At first I thought Zoom was skiing , but he turned our great.

Shocking! thanks mate. Yeah, I'm really happy with my Matsudan, they were a lot of fun to do.

CommissarKhaine wrote:300 pages? Congrats are in order!

Kaiju is looking pretty nice, and Matsudan are shaping up nicely.

The crab Ogre? Thanks. He does have a Kaiju vibe too actually

Llamahead wrote:Looks far better than the official scheme. One thing Mantics got right is the wide variety of none Tolkien races in Dreadball hopefully more of them will get into Deadzone as full fledged races as it go's forward and congrats on the 300 by the way

Yeah. I love the range of races. Their fantasy is rather generic, sadly, but the Warpath universe is great.

Aaaaand the Ogre's base is done, so he is finished:

Agrellan badlands, green ink (possibly redundant), Black ink, astrogranite, wolf grey. Happy with that. 305...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/10 03:10:39


Post by: youwashock


This is Sparta!

I like the large crustacean and cheerleaders. Very fun models.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/10 22:12:24


Post by: monkeytroll


Yep...Still getting a tingling of Nurglitch from the Matsudans.....might just be because that's what I'm looking for in everything at the moment though

Big crab guy is nice....you could probably do something with some 'nid bits to create some brethren....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/11 18:34:20


Post by: Fango


Congrats on reaching 300 pages! That giant crab guy is reminding me of Fallout...and how much I'm REALLY trying to resist buying into that game....aside from that, well done!



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/11 19:24:59


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Crab ogre is totally a Kaiju

Looking good all finished up!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/12 06:43:37


Post by: inmygravenimage


youwashock wrote:This is Sparta!

I like the large crustacean and cheerleaders. Very fun models.


Yeah Mantic have some really characterful sculpts. I wonder, in retrospect however, if I should've gone for white uniforms, so I have two "home" cheerleaders and two "visitor" cheerleaders (red). Given that I'm going to take the skirts off though I still might do so.

I do wish that there was more variety sometimes though. Hence, some crustacean chopping:

Slight repose, just chopped through the elbows to more of a Knuckle dragger look.

monkeytroll wrote:Yep...Still getting a tingling of Nurglitch from the Matsudans.....might just be because that's what I'm looking for in everything at the moment though

Big crab guy is nice....you could probably do something with some 'nid bits to create some brethren....


It's the big green bellies I reckon I might have some more bits for you btw. That's an interesting idea with nid bits, actually, particularly for the other prawns

Fango wrote:Congrats on reaching 300 pages! That giant crab guy is reminding me of Fallout...and how much I'm REALLY trying to resist buying into that game....aside from that, well done!


Buy into Deadzone, much cheaper lol. And thanks, buddy.
CommissarKhaine wrote:Crab ogre is totally a Kaiju

Looking good all finished up!

Cheers mate. Need to crack on with the rest !

So, got the core colours down on the rest of the plastics:

Not sure what do with the guns, whether to do them coral pink, or silver or... other? Officially they're silver with lime green crystals. I've decided to leave the armour plates as the same chitin colour as the ogre, although the knee plates on the assassins (guys with the big claws) seem overtly riveted.

And a little mid week bmg distraction.

Monster T, the gangbanger Joker kills in Suicide Squad for eyeing up Harley.

He's a ridiculously expensive (£, not in game) promo, so obviously rather than reselling I've ruined it with paint he's actually ok in game, not broken like most of the other promos, just decent. Got a nice slot for him in my penguin list, he has the Goad ability which forces people to move towards you; it's an uncommon ability but both Penguin and his Lieutenant have it so, you know, like many games trait optimization through saturation.

Oh, and...
Mrs G said to me last night, "Have you heard about this Warhammer magazine thing?"
"... Um, yes, why?"
"Do you think the boys would like it?"
Mwahahahaha!

Lovely local gw are keeping me their last one (advantages of former pupils being gw staff)... for free talk about knowing how to corrupt the youth. Picking it up later , plus issue 2 for myself (deathguarddeathguarddeathguard)

Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/12 13:32:17


Post by: Gitsplitta


That jacket looks a bit Michael Jackson-like...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/12 18:58:40


Post by: monkeytroll


My vote is for non-metallic weapons, maybe match bits like those kneepads with them.... Bone might work, but not sure if it would stand out against the chitin? Coral pink might work, but as you already have pink in places I can't decide whether it clashes or complements...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/12 20:11:59


Post by: Llamahead


You've got the pink and pale blue for contrast how about another green?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/12 21:09:20


Post by: Theophony


What are you planning for the base color? I like the idea of green weapons, but if you do a grey base like what most ocean floors look like in the oceanography videos I’ve seen, then you could do grey there on the weapons with your lime green crystals.

Monster T looks good, I thought he was Mr. Terrific from Arrow before I read your post.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/13 10:18:39


Post by: Cleatus


Congrats on 300 pages of awesomeness. Kaiju and cheerleaders look great.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/13 19:04:32


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Ice blue weapons might be nice? Keep at it


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/15 06:16:40


Post by: inmygravenimage


Gitsplitta wrote:That jacket looks a bit Michael Jackson-like...

Ha! So true.

monkeytroll wrote:My vote is for non-metallic weapons, maybe match bits like those kneepads with them.... Bone might work, but not sure if it would stand out against the chitin? Coral pink might work, but as you already have pink in places I can't decide whether it clashes or complements...

Actually, yeah, I like the bone idea. It's violet, not pink, so that could work
Llamahead wrote:You've got the pink and pale blue for contrast how about another green?

Well, I think the eyes will be a stronger green.
Theophony wrote:What are you planning for the base color? I like the idea of green weapons, but if you do a grey base like what most ocean floors look like in the oceanography videos I’ve seen, then you could do grey there on the weapons with your lime green crystals.

Monster T looks good, I thought he was Mr. Terrific from Arrow before I read your post.

Man, if he didn't go for £40+ is totally try that! I like your grey idea but that's where I've gone with the basing.
Cleatus wrote:Congrats on 300 pages of awesomeness. Kaiju and cheerleaders look great.


CommissarKhaine wrote:Ice blue weapons might be nice? Keep at it

Possibly, but I'd worry they'd get lost against hand tentacles.

So...
Went with coral pink for the guns and added more flayed one flesh for spiky bone spikes.

Pretty happy, I think. Turquoise wash next, then violet and sepia etc.

Had some fun starting out with the Primaris with the boys. For allegedly easy build, push fit models, not that impressed. I mean they look ok but we had to remove the pegs in the torso and glue, and in places GS too. Did a couple of arm swaps - at least there's a degree of modularity, and the heads are posable. Did a torso swap too, with some trimming and gs to fill. Of course, now I need to get the kids some Marine stuff and of course they want Dreadnoughts and tanks too, just like dad. Sigh. Going to see if I can't find some bits, do some conversions.

I was more surprised by the DG - decent push fit and genuinely useful as extras, with almost more modularity than the regular kit! (I exaggerate slightly, but still) I'd actually consider buying another set at that price. Because clearly I don't have enough tbh other than plaguebearers I really don't need anything at all for my

In other news. Finally got the urge to put paint on Shazam! and Uncle Dudley.

Whites and reds started. Yellows (gulp) to follow.

Plus, found an ideal model (in terms of pose, rules and cost) to get my Wonderland team to 350 (Zsasz not pictured), one of the Arkham inmates with some GS and rod work, to make a REAL White Rabbit:


Love this gang. Not that competitive, but a lot of fun and fluffy. At some point I'll make Walrus, Lion, Unicorn & Carpenter too. Mebbe.

Oh, and speaking of DC, a maildrop arrived ...

Whilst I shan't be keeping everything there, that's still
King Shark
Booster Gold
Blue Beetle
Zurr-en-Arrh promo
Nightmare Batman promo
Poison Ivy Rebirth
Joker's Clowns
Joker's Daughter
See? It's only another 7 models! See?!?!?!?! I mean I've not assembled the previous lot but still and I don't have any more storage space but that's fiiiiine
I know, I know very poor form moaning about free stuff. But then I get the wife complaining about it and you don't so

Not sure what I'm getting done this weekend. Will try to get something finished.
Later
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/15 19:17:43


Post by: Theophony


You need to do some write ups on storage bags and get free storage bags for your models . Then they can send you all sorts of freebies and your wife can’t conplain.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/15 19:50:48


Post by: Viktor von Domm


300 pages of productivity....i bow for so much achievement...honestly....shelf of shame?...even if you amass even more yet not painted stuff....you chuck out so much goodness to name that thread that way...

congratz matey!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/16 19:21:04


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:You need to do some write ups on storage bags and get free storage bags for your models . Then they can send you all sorts of freebies and your wife can’t conplain.

this had genuinely never occurred to me. You, sir, are a freaking genius! On it

Viktor von Domm wrote:300 pages of productivity....i bow for so much achievement...honestly....shelf of shame?...even if you amass even more yet not painted stuff....you chuck out so much goodness to name that thread that way...

congratz matey!

Thanks old son. Boxes of shame. Sigh... Still, I'm at 307 minis so far this year. Got to keep counting, or else.

But I'm feeling motivated, as a result. Or, at least, panicked. so blocking in some other colours.

A bit more on Shazams; Brainwave with the last two militia: I realised I hadn't done any Mirakuru crew members still in prison oranges. The fact that it's guys with batons and, in one case, a riot shield, just makes more sense; And started Ra's al Ghûl, Carrie Kelley and 60s Robin.

That's everything which is primed at least started. I count that as progress I don't normally show my WIP2s but, proof of life, and so on.

The Nameless are all a bit further on now.

I just love the aesthetic of these guys. They make my little Lovecraftian fanboy heart sing. Sepia on the boney bits and green on the crystals to follow. On the home straight after that. To save time/effort/experiment, they're just based with a layer of astrogranite. This will then get washed black and a drybrush. Interested to see if it's any good for the kids, really.

A shameless plea, on that note: any marine bits gratefully received. Got to keep the boys loyal somehow! So any stuff will be a big help, especially at customising interminable Primaris

Well now, I promised you a contest, didn't I, for putting up with 300 pages and 8 years of me.
And here is the plan:

Graven's 300 Contest: I Am The Knight.

What do you have to do?

Paint something. Anything. Any system, any scale, mini, scenery, converted, unconverted... Anything.
But.
It must be somehow be knightly, or something to do with the night.
And what makes it a winner?
Well.
Whether you're a regular or a newcomer, give it your best. Rule of cool always trumps painting, in my book.

Give me a

I'll start a separate thread, and post your ideas, your WIPs, and send me final pics by October 31st - nice and easy to remember.

And what would a contest be without a prize? Or indeed, a choice of prizes?

I wanted a BMG prize, because that's my niche, innit? But I wanted something that would be useful to everyone, so how about some classic 70s mobsters? Yup, Carmine Falcone, The Holiday Killer, and his crew of goombas - all yours. Or, because it's my new jam, if you'd prefer, a Dreadball team.

How do we feel about this my loyal, loving minions?
Best
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/16 19:31:39


Post by: Theophony


When you do the review of the bags you need to do ludicrous stuff like throw them out a second story window, or out of a moving school bus, something different than everyone else’s I dropped it down the steps . Also put some models inside that need a good kicking anyways so people know that your not going gentle on them.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/16 20:28:53


Post by: monkeytroll


Marine bits I can do....I believe I have a few more DB bits for you, so I should be able to get a care package out to you next weekend

I'm thinking I could just do a pair of Batman's eyes...an all black box, with just the two white spots.....I reckon I could probably finish that in time


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2018/09/16 21:06:20


Post by: inmygravenimage


Theophony wrote:When you do the review of the bags you need to do ludicrous stuff like throw them out a second story window, or out of a moving school bus, something different than everyone else’s I dropped it down the steps . Also put some models inside that need a good kicking anyways so people know that your not going gentle on them.

Genius I tell you!
monkeytroll wrote:Marine bits I can do....I believe I have a few more DB bits for you, so I should be able to get a care package out to you next weekend

I'm thinking I could just do a pair of Batman's eyes...an all black box, with just the two white spots.....I reckon I could probably finish that in time


And, thanks