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Surrey, BC - Canada

Tyranid Horde,

Completing a squad is always a great feeling and the enjoyment of fielding a painted force is always worth the time it takes to paint.

Cheers,

CB


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Sneaky Striking Scorpion





Midlands, UK

Congrats on getting Phil on the GW site. It seems just typical that they'd select a model that you consider one of your worst!

It's cool to see the support weapons too. They're so rarely seen, but I've looked at them occasionally and thought that I should get some. I look forward to seeing the finished result.

 Tyranid Horde wrote:

Just thinking about the guardians in this platform kit really makes you think about how badly the current guardian kit they throw into every Eldar box needs an update. Aspect Warriors are badly in need of an update but guardians and dire avengers need it more.


I don't think they're too bad - I'm still very fond of them aesthetically (hey, it's Jes Goodwin, the man can do no wrong, even though they're all in that legs-apart "taking a poop standing up" pose that GW seems to love), though that may partly be because the current guardians were my first ever 40k models back when the set was fairly new in 3rd ed. The main thing that I do find annoying about them is the lack of options on the sprues, and even that's mainly for the weapon platform crew which is a much newer part of the kit than the rest of them. I hate that you just get the four arm options for the gunners. The regular guardians all holding their shuriken catapults ready/aiming is sort of OK to be repetitive, but it annoys me that from the kit, every squad must have a pointing gunner, must have one holding the shuricat up in the air, etc. Enough that I bits-ordered a few sets of the regular shuriken catapult arms just so I could give a few platform gunners a regular shuricat pose instead. But I suppose that's a strike against the general lack of plastic amongst eldar infantry that we just don't have the bits for kitbashing. Like most folks I've also got a marine army and it's just so easy in comparison, so many kits with compatible parts.

   
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monkeytroll wrote:Good work on getting an old excavated paintjob on the site

Cheers! Still scratching my head as to why he got picked!
youwashock wrote:Congrats on the 'Fex being posted. That is legit. All the work on the Eldar is looking good.

Thank you kindly!
Ezki wrote:Good work all around!
That old Fire Prism turret looks so much better than the new in my opinion.

I share my opinion with you regarding the Guardian kit. They are just so static compared to many other (non Eldar) kits.
One of the main reasons why I attached wych legs to some of them.

Almost have forgotten that those heavy weapon platforms even exist.
Good to see one being worked on though! Would like to see how they work on the tabletop.

Also grats on getting your model on the GW website

Cheers Ezki! I do like the old prism kit better, although I think I need to dump some ballast into the tank to weigh the front down, it points into the sky as soon as the turret gets mounted! They are indeed quite static, which I don't mind so much, but a variation in arms would be nice. Unfortunately, I don't see myself playing just one support platform, I need more!
Captain Brown wrote:Tyranid Horde,

Completing a squad is always a great feeling and the enjoyment of fielding a painted force is always worth the time it takes to paint.

Cheers,

CB

You're quite right Cap, that squad always sees play and to have them finally done is a huge boost for me mentally.
Bellerophon wrote:Congrats on getting Phil on the GW site. It seems just typical that they'd select a model that you consider one of your worst!

It's cool to see the support weapons too. They're so rarely seen, but I've looked at them occasionally and thought that I should get some. I look forward to seeing the finished result.

 Tyranid Horde wrote:

Just thinking about the guardians in this platform kit really makes you think about how badly the current guardian kit they throw into every Eldar box needs an update. Aspect Warriors are badly in need of an update but guardians and dire avengers need it more.


I don't think they're too bad - I'm still very fond of them aesthetically (hey, it's Jes Goodwin, the man can do no wrong, even though they're all in that legs-apart "taking a poop standing up" pose that GW seems to love), though that may partly be because the current guardians were my first ever 40k models back when the set was fairly new in 3rd ed. The main thing that I do find annoying about them is the lack of options on the sprues, and even that's mainly for the weapon platform crew which is a much newer part of the kit than the rest of them. I hate that you just get the four arm options for the gunners. The regular guardians all holding their shuriken catapults ready/aiming is sort of OK to be repetitive, but it annoys me that from the kit, every squad must have a pointing gunner, must have one holding the shuricat up in the air, etc. Enough that I bits-ordered a few sets of the regular shuriken catapult arms just so I could give a few platform gunners a regular shuricat pose instead. But I suppose that's a strike against the general lack of plastic amongst eldar infantry that we just don't have the bits for kitbashing. Like most folks I've also got a marine army and it's just so easy in comparison, so many kits with compatible parts.


Thanks, Phil definitely isn't the worst of my 'Nids, but he's not the best! The worst spot is reserved to my other Carnifex, who I may show off at some point.
Don't get me wrong, I love the aesthetic of the models, they were the first Eldar I'd painted up and I have a real soft spot for them. I think my main issue is that the kit is quite tired now, the details are quite soft and the lack of options in terms of posing is something that could be worked on. Unfortunately, the way GW seem to be going is limiting the ability to swap parts between kits outside of head swaps and weapon swaps based off Primaris and Death Guard models. Conversions are going to be a thing for dedicated modellers out there and the average Joe (for example, me) will be miffed with the inability to make a unique looking army. The 1k Sons boxes came out with loads of options but that release makes me think that was a series that were a good bit older than Primaris marines.

Update time!

Hey all,

It's that time again folks, another late night semi-coherent ramble from ya boi. The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway and I'm just about sorted with presents for the family and the girlfriend. Painting time has been cut considerably with all the interruptions occurring nigh on all the time now so any I do manage to do is reserved to after 9pm and the blog updates are after 12am. I don't mind too much though, it's a nice way to wind down before hitting the sack.

The local gaming store is basically a comic book shop with a Warhammer stand but recently there have been a good few new entrants into the hobby and after having a bit of a chat with the owner, he's interested in getting someone to paint up a few models and a board to show off the game(s) in the new year. Might be a potential commission job for me seeing as I'm not the worst in the world and I could churn out a starter set in no time! I don't know where I'll be in the new year in terms of jobs but if I'm about I think it'd be cool to dip my toes into something like that, I've never been paid for doing what I like so it could be an interesting side job while I hunt for one relevant to my Masters degree. Speaking of which, I'm officially graduating on Wednesday so I have a flight to London booked and I'm almost ready to go.

Also, I can't believe I've hit four pages on this P&M blog, this has been a massive motivator for me and the other blogs on this site are also great to get the ideas flowing.

Anyway, what has the Nid player come Eldar player been doing since his last update? Well I mentioned I was at my LGS during the week and they had a big box of old 40k books selling for a Euro each! Here's what I found:


Honestly I just had to get it, I love old 40k books and seeing this blast from the past will be a great source for inspiration. The book is older than me with it being published in '94 (I was born '96) and seeing the development of the fluff from this codex to 4th edition to the current edition has been really interesting. Exodite dragon knights sound cool as hell by the way and I really want to make some! Jes needs to get his finger out and push yet another species of Eldar just to get some Exodites on the board.

I don't have any photos as it's pretty dull, but I've been fiddling with my diorama for the Painting Challenge. Mainly chopping into the foam that I've made a design on top of to give the piece some undulation and some height. The plan is to have a wire fence with a telephone mast to add a vertical element to the diorama because that's important apparently for a good diorama. That'll be behind the tank on a slight verge above the road.

I've been working on getting the base for my wraithbone down on the host of models I have on the table so while it's not hugely interesting, it's a good bit of progress that's helping push these models closer to completion. The poker chip bases also got some treatment and I tried out the poker chips on something bigger than a 25mm base. I'm seeing issues with the fact they're circles so filler might be needed to fill the spaces between the chips. Might lead to some nice patterns though!


I'm getting to the final stretch with the fire prism now, I painted up the canopy on it and the hull canopy as well as doing some bone detailing. I couldn't remember how many stages I did last time when I painted up the canopies so I think I went with around 6 colours to bring it up to the grey final colour.



I'm also just about done with the scatter laser turret, just needs some layers of bone and a final highlight and I think that'll be it.


The support platform has seen the underside get a basecoat which took ages over black primer, something I won't be doing again!



Finally, I've been working on the Farseers, one of which has received more attention than the other. I'm worried that I'm putting too many colours onto the model, the inside of his cloak will be a bleached bone colour with dark green on the outside which is fine but I'm wondering if that clashes too much with the robes under the cloak? Then the green helmet might just be a bit too much. Let me know what you think, it's early development so the grey areas will be blocked in and hopefully it'll look better.


That's all for now, I keep saying I need to update more regularly but life gets in the way annoyingly. Thanks for reading!

-TH

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Great find with those old 40k books, they are fun to look back through. That's a lot of progress of your Eldar too.

   
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Nah, not too many colors on the Farseer. He looks good. I love that Codex. Played many games from it.
   
Made in ca
Longtime Dakkanaut





Surrey, BC - Canada

Tyranid Horde,

You can never have enough colours on a Farseer.

Cheers,

CB


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Emboldened Warlock





Finland, Espoo

Firstly, congrats on graduating! If you don't mind me asking, which field were you studying?

There are definitely some strong power metal vibes on the older artwork. Great stuff!

Making money out of something you like might be really interesting!
If you get into it, just be careful not to overdo it. At some point the thing you love might start feeling like a chore, which takes away from the joy of doing hobby stuff.
I'm not saying that it will come to that, just a heads up!

Really good work on the models, still rocking it with the canopy!
I think the bone color works well on the cloak, does not clash at all.
The green helmet on the other hand might be a bit too much as you said, not sure. Maybe try a little darker shade?

   
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Upstate, New York

Eldar are looking nice, farseer is fine the way he is.

Grats on graduating. Big step.

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Midlands, UK

Congrats on graduating, that's fantastic.

Almost as fantastic as that 2nd edition codex.
   
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Agile Revenant Titan





London, UK

Cheers Syro, I may go back and pick up some more of them, great source of inspiration for me!

Thanks youwashock and Captain Brown, there may be a few more colours on it yet so I may have to tone it down a bit

Thanks Ezki! I've graduated in Petroleum Geoscience so that should be a good start into exploration geology! You're quite right about overdoing things, I burned myself out last time painting stuff I didn't want to paint and I didn't touch a brush for three years. I think I'm in a better place mentally now than I was then so I think this time I'll know when to stop. I don't think I could paint as a full time job. Might be fun as a side project but full time I wouldn't like.
The canopy this time round is a little lopsided but it looks decent enough I think. Thanks for the feedback on the helmet too, I think I might have to tone things down to match the scheme.

Thanks Nev, pleased with the eldar and pleased with myself, time to find myself a job!

Hahah quite true Bellerophon! Can't quite match the brilliance of that codex, it's a classic

Not much of an update from be but it's been a few days so I figured I'd throw up a life update/painting update.

I haven't painted anything but I did do some work on my diorama before I left. I'll throw up some photos when I'm home as I'm posting from my mobile. I'm currently on a train from Dublin to Belfast this morning after a 15 hour journey from London to Dublin last night by boat and by train I managed to get unlucky and had my flight home cancelled due to the drone shenanigans at Gatwick with no flights available at short notice. My car is in Belfast hence the journey up there this morning! Not the best way to end my graduation but these things happen, and at least I'll be back before Christmas!

I've been notified by the delivery company that my new airbrush has arrived in the post office so that's a lovely thing for me to play with over the Christmas break. I spent ages researching what the best airbrush would be for my price range and skill level and I decided that a Harder and Steenbeck Evolution would be the best for me. I've read a lot of reviews on Dakka and elsewhere that say the Ultra us a really good brush for the price but has limitations and the Evolution is an all round better brush. I got the set with a 0.2mm and a 0.4mm needle so I have options to play with! I was considering the Iwata HP-CS and the Badger Krome as I'd found them in a similar price range but I think the versatility of the Evolution might be better from the get go?
I guess if anyone has any tips on airbrushing with a gravity fed brush I'd really appreciate it!

-TH

Edit: It turns out I do have some photos I uploaded but tired me forgot I had them!



Y'all like fences? I like fences.

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 Tyranid Horde wrote:

I've been notified by the delivery company that my new airbrush has arrived in the post office so that's a lovely thing for me to play with over the Christmas break. I spent ages researching what the best airbrush would be for my price range and skill level and I decided that a Harder and Steenbeck Evolution would be the best for me. I've read a lot of reviews on Dakka and elsewhere that say the Ultra us a really good brush for the price but has limitations and the Evolution is an all round better brush. I got the set with a 0.2mm and a 0.4mm needle so I have options to play with! I was considering the Iwata HP-CS and the Badger Krome as I'd found them in a similar price range but I think the versatility of the Evolution might be better from the get go?
I guess if anyone has any tips on airbrushing with a gravity fed brush I'd really appreciate it!


Cool, I'll be interested to hear how you get on with it. I've been meaning to venture into airbrushing at some point and that's one of the models that I'd looked at.

The diorama looks like it's coming along nicely.
   
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Bellerophon: Yeah it'll be an interesting set of experiments! I'm terrified of touching the airbrush right now, it's so dainty compared to my cheap one!

Update time

Hey all,

Merry belated Christmas! I'll be making this a quick one as it's gone 2am and I need to catch up on my sleep, but I've spent the past few days maniacally working on my Panzer and it's accompanying diorama base whenever I can dodge the family for any extended period of time.

I got to have a look at my new airbrush today. It's a Harder and Steenbeck Evolution 2in1 so it comes with two lovely nozzles for me to play with. I'm pretty nervous about getting it out to start using it as it's not the cheap one I currently use! It's quite weighty, which I really like and the finish is really nice too. I picked up a bunch of stuff with it like thinner and cleaner as well as a hose to connect to my 25L compressor! I think I'll be seriously considering a smaller compressor with a tank in the new year as the current one is rather large. The parents bought me a big LED desk lamp that comes with a magnifier attached which is pretty sweet and I'll have to try that out at some point to work on my coordination. I've been using two small desk lamps for the longest time and this new lamp is a life changer, I can see so much better now! No one asked, but here's my painting set up as is in my bedroom:



It's not the tidiest or the biggest, but it serves a purpose. The rest of my paint, bits and modelling materials get stored in a number of wave serpent boxes beside the desk. And speaking of modelling materials, I'm planning on making my own weathering powders from a set of hard pastels. I see other people choose soft pastels but as long as they're not oil I don't think it'll matter too much. I've ground down a few colours so I can make some colour mixes and apply it to my tank. It's very boring grinding down pastels and next time I'll just chuck them into a coffee grinder but here they are with the set I've bought and what they turn into:




Before I do any of that thought, I'd like to show off another WIP of my tank and the diorama. I've done some light weathering so far but I need to add some scratches and the aforementioned powders before I can call it done.







The base itself:



Thanks for looking! C&C welcome on the build so far, I need to find something to cover the foam on the sides but I don't have anything suitable to hand right now I think.

-TH

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Tank and diorama look ace!. While you could put something on the sides, I think they actually look pretty good as-is. The colors are soft and don’t distract from what’s on top.

Weathering powders and airbrushes are things that I rely want to try some day, but there are a lot of reasons why I don’t. Always fun to see others experiment though.

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Finland, Espoo

That diorama looks really good, well done!
The different grades of sand and some scarce vegetation really make it look realistic.

Something that comes to mind would be to paint the edges black, but that is not mandatory.

I found a great article while doing my armies on parade board which had some good examples on how to build a base for a diorama.
This article (in the spoilers) is in finnish so sorry for that, but it has some really good images.


Long story short, the guy in the article made the edges from 1mm thick polysterene board and the frames from wood batten(?).
This is something that takes time, so it might be a bit too big of a project for the dakka painting contest, but wanted to link this nevertheless.

Looks amazing as is too!

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Great work on that diorama, I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks after weathering.

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The diorama is looking great. Your work space is a lot cleaner than mine, but I thought it was funny to see that it looks like you took the magnafying glass off your "helping hands" pose-able alligator clip stand just like I did. That's an interesting way to store paint brushes too, how's it working for you?

   
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Thanks Nev, I appreciate it! I was thinking of just leaving the sides as is but there was a few paint runs that I couldn't get rid of easily so a cover up was the compromise. Airbrushing is good to get into but I'm currently a little nervous about using my new one! As for the powders, I'm going to be using them all the time now, they were super cheap to buy and they'll likely last me years.

Cheers for the link Ezki! I've bookmarked it for the next diorama build, I'm kinda kicking myself for not doing that part first as it would look so much better blended into the base itself.

Thanks for stopping by mcmattila, glad you like it!

Thanks Syro, although I must confess, I tidied my desk up substantially to show it off! Yeah, not a fan of magnifying glasses, I prefer just using my eyes but I reckon if I practised a bit with them I'd train myself and it'd make me more accurate in the long run. The brushes are just tacked onto the wall, not pretty but it functions at least!

A rather small update this evening, I finished the model and took some photos. My lightbox was too small so the desk got cleared for some flattering photos:

Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf F









Thanks for looking!

-TH

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Wow! Turned out really great.
The edges make it look a lot cleaner. Weathering also works wonders.

Glad the link was helpful.

   
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Cheers Ezki!


Update time!

Hey all,

Welcome to the my last blog post of 2018 and this one may be a little bit lengthy due to me making this a bit of a year review (well, since September anyway), so if you'd like to see the Fire Prism and the Farseer WIP, scroll on down for the photos!

Year review
Ah 2018, a year which saw quite a substantial change for me in both my personal life and my hobby blogging life. In my personal life, I have achieved a distinction in my Masters of Petroleum Geoscience and my thesis is currently under review for the Earth Model Award run by Halliburton, both of which are huge milestones for me and adds to the fact I'm rewarded for the effort I'm putting into my subject area. There are lots of other things that I could talk about but this is a hobby blog!

This year saw me return to my favourite hobby that is the painting and modelling side of Warhammer as well as the gaming aspect. It might seem strange to some, but I had a severe case of burnout that caused me to leave the hobby for almost three years and leave Dakka, a website which I frequented heavily over the years. What brought me back I think was the urge to do something different with my spare time. Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering was fun and all but it didn't have the creative side of things that I really longed for in a hobby, and I kept feeling the itch to come back after catching up on some of the lore that preceded 8th edition. I also had a hell of a lot of free time after finishing the coursework side of university!

Since September, I've made a point of painting up lots of the eBay models that I'd bought down the years with some intermittent spells of working through the pile of shame. I said originally that I wanted to paint up a small Dark Eldar force to make a soup for my larger Eldar force and truth be told, that objective failed pretty miserably! I've fully painted a grand total of 11 Dark Eldar models and still have those Wyches at a mid stage towards completion! That being said though, I've finished a lot of models in my Eldar army and I can officially say that I've got a fully painted playable army with some pretty potent elements in the fire prisms and the wave serpent(s).

I've also made an effort to teach myself some new techniques and improve my patience when painting. I've never been very good at painting, but since I started again, I've felt myself improve in terms of the techniques I'm using and the speed at which I'm painting models. Before, I'd never attempted layering in any serious fashion and I'd never considered blending or airbrush highlighting at all. Now that I'm improving on these techniques I think my painting is much better than before. In addition, I feel that I've made some improvements in my basing techniques and it helps my models stand out a bit more. It's allowed me to make up a diorama from scratch and not have it be a mess!

Finally, I have to say that I'm really happy that I started my blog and more recently my hobby instagram page. I get so much inspiration from the blogs here on Dakka and it makes me push myself to improve and bring something new to the metaphorical table. Writing up a blog gives me objectives to achieve and deadlines to meet without being super stressful and the feedback I get improves my work considerably in return.

I could probably waffle on a lot more but that'll do I reckon. In the new year I'll do a "Plans for 2019" post at some point to give me some objectives that I may or may not achieve.

Onto the P&M side of things, I finished the classic metal fire prism today to what I think is an acceptable level. There are a few glaring mould lines, which if I could get rid of I would! I'm not worried enough to file them down and repaint those areas however! I'll take some light box photos for the next update but the shots from the table now that I have the lamp isn't too bad really. The balance of the tank is bloody awful and tilts back as expected. I need some weight in the front somehow but it needs to be concealed.




I also finished the forgeworld scatter laser turret alongside the fire prism so that will most likely replace a falcon turret for my competitive games of 40k but here it is on top of the fire prism hull:




Finally, we're moving onto the Farseer. I spent a good while trying to wet blend this guy's cloak to an acceptable degree and it's still in progress. I got some great advice from queen_annes_revenge on improving the blending in places and brightening the green on the flapping part of the cloak but I'm very happy to accept more advice on the cloak and the rest of the model! It seems that as I paint the characters of my army, I want them to be of a better standard than my line guys as more people will be likely to look at those (or so I hope).





Apologies for the blur on this one, I hope you can make out the general details:


Thanks for reading, I hope you all have had a great year and hope you all have a happy new year!

-TH

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Hapoy New Year to you as well! Farseer looks good and I am glad you found your way back to the hobby.
   
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USA

Happy New Year! And wow, congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment in university, I hope you win the award
Like youwasshock, I'm glad you're back in the hobby too, and your reason for returning is the same reason I stay with 40k and D&D, I need that creative outlet too. It's been fun reading you're blog, and I'm looking forward to what you will accomplish in 2019.

   
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Keep at it, Tyranid. 2018 was a good year for ya, and the fruits of your labors are bountiful. The green on your Farseer's cloak looks vibrant. The "flapping" part could use a little more highlighting, as could the top of the right leg's edge and the tops of the sleeves. Not as much as the flapping part, but a bit more I think to make the leader really stand out.

Wonderful colors. Looking forwar to seeing the army all come together.

   
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Finland, Espoo

Seems that you had a great year!
It's always a good feeling when you get back to a hobby after a while.

The Farseer is looking very nice!
As you said it yourself, your painting skills have improved a great deal during the time you have been writing this blog!

Hopefully the next year will be even better!

   
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Longtime Dakkanaut





Surrey, BC - Canada

Tyranid Horde,

Keep up the battle against the unpainted.

All the best in 2019.

Cheers,

CB


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Sneaky Striking Scorpion





Midlands, UK

I enjoyed reading the Year Review TH, it's great to see your reflections and also that you feel you've improved - that's all any of us can wish for.

I'm enjoying the latest models too, the cloak on the farseer is looking really cool. Reminds me of painting that exact same model and also feeling really proud of the cloak. I think the sculpt just begs for some beautiful layering and shows it off really well.
   
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Agile Revenant Titan





London, UK

Ah cheers guys! I really do appreciate the support! Glad you guys like the cloak, rather pleased with it at the moment and I reckon I'll get a few photos up tomorrow. I have a second one of these which I'll get round to, but seeing as this one is the stock model it opens the other up for some converting!

Can't really call this an update, but I cleaned and assembled a squad of old Steam Lords from Anvil Industry that I got six years ago... And never touched bar a coat of paint on a pair of legs. They'll be entered into January's Painting Challenge: Bonds of Fellowship. I don't really have a set colour scheme for these guys as they don't really fit my old BT army and I don't fancy painting them black so suggestions are very much welcome! I'm going to make a small diorama for them too as they'll be more of a display piece than anything. Suggestions for the theme of that are also welcomed!


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Agile Revenant Titan





London, UK

Hey all,

It's been over a week and very little of that week has been spent at the hobby desk unfortunately! Any hobby time I have spent since the start of the new year has been spent going back and forth between dark green and light green as I try to blend out the Farseer's cloak! It seems to be working though, with the feedback I've been getting here and elsewhere have been really helpful and I do seem to be making it work. I'm tempted to leave the cloak as is now, but if you catch anything that could be improved, please do say so! I've also worked on making the spear look good with some blending, may as well put some effort into making the model a high standard (for me)! I may need to repaint some parts of the inner robes as some of the sepia wash I used for the wraithbone bled into the crevices.









I took a few proper photos of the classic Fire Prism too, which was heartbreaking considering it's lovely habit of tilted backwards like a rearing horse.




So, what are the plans for 2019?

I said back in my OP that I wanted to improve my painting over the course of this blog and I'd like to continue that into 2019 as the overarching goal. I have a few points I'd like to stick to for 2019 so here's a list:
1) Do not buy any new models, but if I do, I want to paint more than I buy.
2) The eBay pile I want to reduce, if not eliminate by the end of the year.
3) I want to try more historical scale modelling, meaning aircraft and tanks mainly, with the potential for making some dioramas.
4) I want to finish off my Craftworld army. No army is ever truly finished, but I want to try my hand at something non-Eldar.
5) Learn airbrushing!
Misc: More gaming, more fluff writing!

I could go on and on with goals and aims but I reckon 5 points is enough to keep me going. Some of them are quite ambitious, but others are more manageable.

Thanks for looking,

-TH

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The Seer is looking really good. Only thing you could do to work it further is push the value scale even more, darker in the recesses, lighter at the edges. I don't know how far you want to take the contrast though.
   
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Emboldened Warlock





Finland, Espoo

Looking ace! You are really improving from what I can tell.
Blending always takes a lot of time, especially when trying to figure out different techniques. Atleast it does for me, as I'm not an expert at it.

Seconding what Youwashock mentioned: painting the lower areas a tad darker might give a little more definition. Something similar like in the lighter areas of the front robe.

The cloak is very good nevertheless!

Good goals I think. Would be cool to see the whole Craftworld army finished.
It's always good to try and paint more models than you buy. Something I have started doing only a year or so ago..

   
 
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