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Made in fi
Regular Dakkanaut





By the Emperor, a huge thanks for all the comments! Really made my day!

Clouds wrote:Wooooow!!!!, mind blown, amazing work, extremely talented.

Thanks a lot Clouds, and welcome to the plog!
RobertsMinis wrote:Those space rats are great! Love the colours and weathering.

Cheers, I'm glad you like them! And thanks for taking a look!
IGtR= wrote:Rats looking fab and a great rag-tag little squad going on
Thanks for sharing

Thanks! My pleasure!
Viterbi wrote:Really digging the group shot. And love all the different cloth colors with their scarves (?). Looks a bit, like they raided a washing line along the way

Haha! That's more or less what I was after Though it's getting harder and harder to come up with new designs/patterns. Maybe the Skaven-y triangles? Or the classic "white-with-red-hearts-undies"...
gobert wrote:A stellar return and that group shot is awesome!

Much appreciated gobert!
Guardling wrote:Awesome rats, can't wait to see more!

Thank you very much Guardling, and welcome to the plog! I'm currently all out of assembled space rats, but they'll pop up again, hopefully before too long.
Ezki wrote:That is a wonderful collection!
These guys really ought to be an official kit!

Cheers Ezki! That would be neat! Maybe something like the ratlings or the ogryn. But, from the cost point of view, buying a box of plague monks and two boxes of cadians probably isn't too far of from what 20 new cannon fodder figs would go for...
MobileSuitRandom wrote:Oh wow, these are great! I like how they still look like legit Imperial troops while being gruesome ratmen at the same time, very 40k.

Much obliged! Yeah, it's really nice how the bits go together! And thanks for taking a look at my plog!

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I've been trying to get my hobby mojo back and during the last couple of weeks think I've got it! I've had a lot of fun painting the first couple of models from the Indomitus box: two Necron warriors and two scarab swarms.



Now, I'll be the first one to admit that I'm not the most imaginative of artists, and the paint scheme on these guys is no exception. I was pretty close to going with the default Necron speed-technique of wash/drybrush/done, but when I saw Trovarion's tutorial on "easy 9th edition Necrons" I knew I had to try them out! Trovarion's own take on the scheme was right up my alley - mostly neutral colors (steel, brown, cream) with one bright and bold accent color (orange). I wonder what the dynasty's called... Trovakh?

Trovarion Miniatures' Necron painting tutorial:
Spoiler:


I actually started the models by painting up the bases. The bases I made for the Necrons are once again wasteland-style, but I wasn't sure on the color. I tried a reddish brown and my usual bone-recipe, and while both of them work (and are surprisingly close to the Necron's paint scheme), I'll go with the reddish ones. At some point I might experiment with some orange washes or pigments to make the bases more vibrant, but I think this is my starting point!

A note on making the bases: the idea was first to just do my default "sand and stones/skulls"-type of wasteland bases, but as I had more time during my winter break I thought I'd add "just a couple" of details to suggest a battlefield surrounding. In addition to rocks and skulls I put on various pipes, steel beams and barbed wire. I also had the idea to put on some left-over Necron arms and Space Marine helmets, but forgot about them.. I'll do those with the bigger character models! But all in all, I'm very pleased with the bases. I think I got a good mix of different textures and details (maybe a few too many pipes if you think about it...) and they didn't take all that long to make.



Painting the actual models was pretty relaxing, and for the most part didn't require much accuracy. Two basecolors (steel, cream), some dark brown chipping applied with a sponge, and then a lot of selective washes. After those a few quick highlights and painting the glow-y bits white (a mix of ink and paint makes quick and smooth work of this). Finally quite a lot of layers of orange fluorescent paint and a tiny bit of red (the normal kind) to finish the model off.



I'm mostly very satisfied with the result. More importantly, I enjoyed the painting process, which is great as I now have quite many Necrons to paint. The OSL effects are not quite there yet (which is fine, it was my first try), but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it after a couple dozen models... I've now actually finished the four WIP models in this post, and started working on eight more warriors and one scarab swarm. The bases are done and the metallic basecoat applied. I'll see if I can finish a couple more models during the week, before posting some showcase photos for you guys.

My P&M log here on Dakka [WIP and finished work]
My blog on Wordpress [Finished work] 
   
Made in ca
Discriminating Deathmark Assassin






Gorgeous warm colours! The brown dirty cream is beautiful.

See what's on my painting table Now painting: Idoneth Deepkin Namarti Thralls 
   
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Charging Dragon Prince






Cool scheme, the cream and orange work well together. The weathering really sells that they are ancient machines

Goberts Gubbins - P&M Blog, started with Oldhammer, often Blackstone Fortress and mini-Marines, Indomitus soon... hopefully! 
   
Made in fi
Regular Dakkanaut





Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll wrote:Gorgeous warm colours! The brown dirty cream is beautiful.

gobert wrote:Cool scheme, the cream and orange work well together. The weathering really sells that they are ancient machines

Thanks guys! Yeah, it's an effective color combo!

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Okay, another kind of post today. One of the reasons I’ve been a bit less active with the Warhammer hobby this year is that I’ve been preoccupied with another hobby of mine – computers and gaming. I’ve been building a new computer for myself, and after quite a long while of buying parts and assembling and tweaking, I’ve finally finished the build for the time being. And just to make sure it’s appropriate(ish) for the plog, it’s a small form-factor PC which makes it quite a bit tinier than the average mid-tower



Due to the current situation in the world, the PC part market has been in a sorry state for quite a while now, especially with processors and graphics cards. Because of this, it took me around three months to get my system up and running. I started buying parts on Black Friday last November, and got the final bits ordered (the GPU and some other stuff) at the end of February. Not an eternity in the grand scheme of things, but certainly a far cry from just going to a webstore and ordering all the parts when you feel like it.



Assembly was rather simple for the most part, but I did have to do some rotary tool alterations to one piece. Ended up working just fine! I might try to further clean up the interior at some point, but it’s not hugely important right now. I got the system running pretty much inaudibly under light loads, and even under demanding workloads it’s tolerable. It does run pretty warm though, but that’s to be expected with such a small case.



I’m also really enjoying all the wireless peripherals I’ve acquired for this setup. My headset, mouse, keyboard and the Xbox controller are all wireless which helps cleaning up the desk and allows mobility. I have to plug them in for charging every week or two depending on the use, but it’s not so bad.



Games are running great for the most part (1500+ fps in Doom! ) and to be frank they have been drawing me in lately more than painting. While you don’t get the same tangible results from gaming as you do from painting up a model, some instant gratification is fun every now and then! But yeah, as I said in my last posts, I’m slowly getting back to painting as well. I’m making progress with the rest of my first Necron squad, as you might’ve spied from the first photo in this post.

My P&M log here on Dakka [WIP and finished work]
My blog on Wordpress [Finished work] 
   
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Freaky Flayed One





New Westminster, BC - Canada

Great work all around, I love how you are able to make subtle chipping that looks extremely convincing and really adds texture without overwhelming the model.

Excellent!

-- Arhurt
Wargaming Rebel - My Personal Blog

Dakhma Dynasty - My Necron army with unique convertions
 
   
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Bonkers Buggy Driver with Rockets





Houston, TX

Those Skaven Imperial Guard are seriously amazing. The conversions are excellent, the painting is excellent, the weathering is excellent, the freehand is excellent, even the photography is top tier. Just wow...

I just had my kids watch the Secret of NIMH recently (first time I had seen it since the 80s) and seeing these large, intelligent rats is making me think of it. Maybe the Secret of NIMH is how it all started and 38,000 years later you get rat-men in space?

EDIT: I did not include the bases in my list of "excellents" above because they were so good, I figured they had to be bought. I just went back and see they are also scratch-made. Another excellent. This unit gets 5/5 stars from me!

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Project log and campaign featuring Orks, Imperial Guard, Marines, Tyranids: http://www.xhorikwar.blogspot.com/
Currently focused on our Horus Heresy campaign with White Scars, Death Guard and Imperial Militia.  
   
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Longtime Dakkanaut






Necrons are looking great, can't believe that is a quick scheme The chipping is what really makes the models, they really look like they've been awakened after their million year sleep.
   
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Regular Dakkanaut





arhurt wrote:Great work all around, I love how you are able to make subtle chipping that looks extremely convincing and really adds texture without overwhelming the model.
Excellent!

Thanks a lot arhurt, and welcome to the plog! I'm glad the chipping looks alright, it's done by sponging and I'm still kinda getting a feel for it. Sometimes I push too hard and make too big of a chip/blob, but with these guys I try to call them "happy accidents" and work with them rather than paint over them and try again. It's good that I have many models to practice on, haha!
The Riddle of Steel wrote:Those Skaven Imperial Guard are seriously amazing. The conversions are excellent, the painting is excellent, the weathering is excellent, the freehand is excellent, even the photography is top tier. Just wow...
I just had my kids watch the Secret of NIMH recently (first time I had seen it since the 80s) and seeing these large, intelligent rats is making me think of it. Maybe the Secret of NIMH is how it all started and 38,000 years later you get rat-men in space?
EDIT: I did not include the bases in my list of "excellents" above because they were so good, I figured they had to be bought. I just went back and see they are also scratch-made. Another excellent. This unit gets 5/5 stars from me!

Wow, that's high praise indeed Riddle! You're making a grown man blush! But seriously, thank you and I'm glad you like them, they're one of my favorite projects as well.
Huh, I'm not sure I've ever seen NIMH... Maybe as a kid, but don't remember it. Might have to check it out...
Viterbi wrote:Necrons are looking great, can't believe that is a quick scheme The chipping is what really makes the models, they really look like they've been awakened after their million year sleep.

Cheers! Well, quick is a relative term after all! It is for me, or at least feels like it (which is most important). I haven't clocked it, but I think it's something like 2hrs per model, at least for now. Totally worth it for the result, in any case!

My P&M log here on Dakka [WIP and finished work]
My blog on Wordpress [Finished work] 
   
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War Walker Pilot with Withering Fire





Finland, Espoo

Liking the direction where you are heading with the Necrons!

Yeah the PC market is in a bad spot right now. Been building a couple of computers for friends over the last year, and especially acquiring the GPU at a reasonable price poses some difficulties.
Liking the small case and you have done neat work with it! Boy do I love neatly stacked sleeved cables!
Should be pretty quiet with those Noctua fans?

Video games tend to temp us away from painting, but that's not a bad thing if you enjoy it!
You could always buy a slower hard drive and paint during the loading times!

   
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Dipping With Wood Stain






You say you are not the most imaginative of artists but I think this blog proves otherwise.
Regardless the execution of the scheme on those necrons is phenomenal, I really dig them.

 
   
 
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