Chaple construction continues…

I’ve done a little more work on the chapel. I pulled off the mold from the shingles and it looks pretty good. There are a few tiny bubbles in it that surprised me, but they are really quite small so no worries.

Building the rear section took longer than I expected. I wasn’t really sure about how to incorporate the sloping roof from the main building to the new addition. I originally was going to keep it shorter, but it just seemed to grow on its own. Then I had to cut down the roof height of the extension to make it look more aesthetically pleasing and better shaped.

Now I will need to think about how to dress it to make it match the feel of the chapel. I’ll be edging it in wood (brick seems to heavy for a suspended piece) and I’ll be using another cast for the rear. But the sides are quite broad. I’ll need to add some windows of course. I’ll tackle the dressing next session.  I’ll see how I can use the dormer windows from the mold I made of the original from the kit.

Matching the GW style of wood is going to be a touch tricky since its got such deep grain that is really tightly spaced. I’ve done some testing and I think I have a method that will work well. And the nails on them are really prominent. I may need to use some kind of pins perhaps. They really stick out… ??

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2015 Unplugged GT – Save the date

I know it’s early for most people to be thinking about the 2015 Unplugged GT, but as the organizers we have to!  haha.

Next years event will be held on April 25th and 26th.  Same venue.

Tickets will go on sale Jan 1st.  There may be a sign up ahead of that.  If so we’ll let you know here and by email (if you sign up for the mailing list by clinking the link on the left side bar).

Details about scoring, comp and all that jazz will be coming later this year.

Hope to see you all there in 2015!

Cheers.
Jon

WIP Wednesday – DE for Crossroads 2014

Hey All,

A true Work in Progress this week.  I am scrambling to paint my models for crossroads after submitting my list last weekend.  My current unpainted list is:

  • Peg + peg rider
  • 10 Dark Riders
  • Dreadlord on Horse
  • Mage on Horse
  • 5 Harpies
  • Movement trays and touch-ups

As you can see, there is plenty to do and only ~2 weeks left.  Tonight, I am working on both the harpies and the Pegasus.  The Pegasus is my very first conversion from over a year ago now.  Looking back on it, its pretty terrible, but the model is assembled and will be played in at least 1 tournament haha.  The peg itself is a chaos chariot horse with re-positioned rear legs and Morathi Pegasus wings.  The rock its on was sourced locally (this makes things sound more delicious as restaurants so maybe works here?) from my backyard.  As you can imagine, this thing is HEAVY.  The main goal is a basic basecoat and wash and I will deal with highlights post-tournament.  Here are the current pics:

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Item number 2 on the painting table is my unit of harpies.  These models were graciously provided by Mr. Conroy, and I believe they are demonette bodies and gargoyle wings.  My plan with them is to make them silly and bright.  I chose a bright purple for the wings and a darker purple for the bodies with appropriate highlighting.  Technique is meant for speed here, so I primed white and am basically washing until I reach desired color.  As you can see in the first picture below, I am currently debating between light (left wing) and dark (right wing) on this test model.  Leaning towards dark as it helps even out any inconsistency in priming.  Second pic shows how they “fly” on the bases.  My hope is that this adds just a little bit of pop to my otherwise dark army (and that they look better than my current harpies/beastmen furies made BEFORE I was born).  Let me know what you guys think!

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Ethereal Through the Ages

With the 2014 Crossroads GT rapidly approaching, I have a decent amount of painting to accomplish. The first order of business was a pair of Tomb Banshees. I opted to use the “Noisy Ghosts” models from Titan Forge, as they are simply too fun to resist. When I set out to paint them, I got to thinking about the various ways to achieve an Ethereal look.

There are several Ethereal units in my army. I have painted these models at varying points over the past five or so years. Each time I set out to paint one such model, I took a slightly different stylistic approach. My general theme is to use white as a base, with black shading and green glazing. Playing the levels of these three can create rather distinct results.

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The swirling Banshees on the unit filler for my Crypt Horrors have a strong, uniform green glaze with dark black shading.

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The Banshee on my Black Coach model has no green glazing, but has a few spot colors to add interest.

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The Noisy Ghosts that I just painted up have a light shading and a light green glaze.

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This Cairn Wraith has a transition from white, to green, to black.

Which style does everyone prefer? I seem unable to make up my mind!

WIP Wednesday – Daemon Prince Beginning

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She’s a laaaaady….

So I’m working on this bad boy in pink above.  With baby/toddler/exam etc I’m happy to be painting 20-40 minutes here and there starting these past two days.  I’m going to attempt to push myself outside of my comfort zone (base and wash, attempt at a highlight) with some better highlighting here.

 

I’ll be working on the skin for a bit first.  So far in the picture this guy has gotten his flesh basecoated with a light purple/red mixed wash over the skin.  I started last night also reapplying the base color over everything but the recesses last night but I think my paint may be thinner than I intended.  We’ll see, I’m just going to keep plugging away at it and see where I end up.

 

Eventually the metals will be the gold the rest of the army has.  I’m on the fence on the symbol on his chest (might do that in a regular gold paint) and the cloth and wings.  I’m thinking do the cloth darker grey/black light the leather/cloth in the rest of the army and then try and do lighter grey wings… really iffy on the wings.  No rush on that decision though.

Mordheim Monday – Wimply

Hey all,

I will be posting pics of my Mordheim warband as I paint it for our upcoming campaign. I’m running a halfling warband that will be counting as Marienburg Mercenaries, which seems fitting since they’re decked out in turquoise, purple, and more scorpion green than any sane person would ever own let alone use. Here’s the first of my two youngbloods, Wimply. Owing to being poorly cast/sculpted, his eye was all puffed up so I painted it like he had been decked in the face, and is crying quietly in some corner of the battlefield. Bad pics ho!
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Hoping that everyone else will jump in on mondays to share how their warbands are coming along as well.

Gearing up for Crossroads

After playing my Orcs and Goblins at the past few GTs with limited (gaming) success, I settled on brushing the dust off the Vampire Counts for Crossroads. I decided to stick with the style of list I was running about a year ago, but made several improvements to account for the shift in the meta and the unique scenarios that Corey runs. The result, I think, is rather decent. This list will play very conservatively: I will focus on picking up objective points and keeping my big points safe. I also love that I didn’t field a single Vampire character!

Master Necromancer: Dispel Scroll; Level 4 Wizard; Lore of the Vampires (General) 225
Master Necromancer: Obsidian Lodestone; Book of Arkhan; Level 4 Wizard; Lore of the Vampires 270

Necromancer: The Cursed Book; Dragonbane Gem; Lore of Death 105
Tomb Banshee 95
Tomb Banshee 95

20 Zombies: musician; standard bearer 70
20 Skeleton Warriors: Standard of Discipline; spears; Skeleton Champion; musician; standard bearer 145
25 Crypt Ghouls: Crypt Ghast 260
5 Dire Wolves: Doom Wolf 50
5 Dire Wolves: Doom Wolf 50
5 Dire Wolves: Doom Wolf 50

29 Grave Guard: Banner of the Barrows; great weapons; Seneschal; musician; standard bearer 428
8 Crypt Horrors: Crypt Haunter 314
2 Fell Bats 32
2 Bat Swarms 70
5 Vargheists: Vargoyle 240

2,499 points

Warhammer in New England