Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Zombiecide, more putty and a little painting.

Hi All,

Just thought I'd share what's going on.

We made it through the intro scenario, the zombies were worrisome. I got Clovis killed right before the end. The last room had 4 zombies in it. He had three dice to attack and missed all three. Was shredded by the zombies.

The second game was over quick. The necromancer and Abomination came out in the first two turns. Baldric took care of the Necromancer with a mana blast and Ann and Clovis burned the abomination with Dragon Bile. we were fortunate to find the bile and a torch pretty easily. I did wonder if we could use the inferno or fireball spells to ignite the bile.

Moebius Sphincter is coming along, I've got some ideas for working up his armor.

I fixed the gaps on the left arm and wings. It's still too hot outside to prime, so I'll do it in the morning.

I've also started mailing out the t-shirts.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Paint Table Saturday 137 - Some success, some failure

Hi All,

Enjoying Fathers day weekend. I got a little work done at the table today.

Got the Chaos Warriors primed. Success!

Started trying to smooth the Tamiya putty I glopped on after my greenstuff/milliput mix wouldn't work anymore.

Failure! In trying to sand it smooth it just flaked off the bones material. I'm going to have to go back in and chip it all out and redo it in green stuff.

Such is the hobby.

Happy painting everyone.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Puttypalooza - filling gaps on models

Hi All,

Ok so in the past I haven't really shown build logs, but I'm trying to use the blog as a project notebook more. So here goes.

So I started with the idea that I was going to make a 50/50 mix of Greenstuff and Milliput.

Yellow and Blue make Green, Yellow and Brown (I think it's supposed to be Grey) make Yellow.

Mix them together for a light Green. You may have noticed that I coat the surfaces of stuff that comes into contact with the putty with Vaseline to keep it from sticking.

I did the Chaos warriors first.mostly just the torso joins and hiding the gaps in the axe handle repair. I also used it to fill in gaps in the bases as i always have excess putty left when I do these things.

Next I got to work on the joins on the Cthulhu. I probably should have started with him. As I got to the wings and arms the lack of stickiness of the putty began to be a problem. I think I had been working for about an hour and a half and it was curing too much. I think part of the problem was that I had used a roller to squash my putty ball into a very thin pancake. This greatly increased the surface area and I think effectively reduced the work time. So only flatten what you absolutely need to.

Hmm, I'm not exactly sure what I was trying to show you here. This is where I gave up and threw out the remaining bit of putty as it had become very plastic.

After a discussion with some facebook friends I started using some Tamiya putty with a couple of "hitech" tools. They both had their uses but I was finding them inadequate in some situations.

I then remembered that i had a whole set of cheap sculpting tools that I never use. Apart from two or three favorites that is.

I ended up using these two plus my old palette knife. I find Tamiya pretty hard to work with, but you can sand it. I have some Squadron putty lying around somewhere. I'll give that a try some other time.

In hindsight I would say it would be better to glue on and putty each part individually working up from tail to head. I think it would have been a little easier to do.

Thanks for sitting through my ugly cell phone pictures. I didn't want to spend a lot of time on Photography for this.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Fall of Tropilium over at Talomir Tales

Hi All,

The latest Battle report is up on Talomir Tales here.

I've got a ton of news to share with you all, but I'll parse it out over the next few days.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Working with Color - Painting Notebook

Hi All,

As usual I'm kind of spinning around trying to keep several things at once going, and not really making progress on any of them. :(

That being said, one of the things that came to mind after the Abdul Goldberg challenge was a lack of taking notes, pictures etc about the process of putting out a finished figure. So I'm going to try, again, to use the blog as an online repository for my notebook. Since I can't seem to keep a regular physical one.

One thing I've been thinking about again since reading Blue's excellent blog is the idea of picking color schemes. I don't pretend to understand color theory, but there are a whole host of websites that will help you. Since I have taken the plunge with Adobe I found this one, what's cool about it is that you can upload a source image and derive a color palette from it.

Here's a youtube video detailing how:

If you don't do Photoshop you can skip that part.

I decided to use this tool to figure out a palette for my Giant Cthulhu (who is still unassembled).

I moved the point that is displaying on the right of the color bar off of black to one of the dark blotches on the octopus body. Interestingly not too far off from the colors I used on the Eldritch Demon.

Anyway, I hope you find this resource useful. Happy painting!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Paint Table Saturday - 135 Orcs, Cthulhu and Chaos

Hi All,

Busy with the last regular meet of track season, but I did get some figures washed and a little bit done on the orcs.

A little bit of work on these but still way too late. I need to push harder on these because I've signed on for a couple more competitions (maybe too strong a word) on Facebook.

For the Bazaar of Crooked Wonders group's "Big Things" comp. I'm doing a Reaper Cthulhu. He's a big bastard.

Foe Herohammer International I'm doing a Tzeentch themed Chaos Army. Here's a unit of 4 Chaos Warriors plus Champion. I finally got the majority of the paint off the Marauder figure on the right using Krud Kutter Graffiti remover. It was fairly cheap at home depot ~$7 and took off the paint in 5 - 10 minutes. I can't decide if I'm going to change out the shield or flatten his shield boss. My original intent was to try to recreate the original scheme my brother tried but couldn't execute.

Anyway, I need to have all this completed this month. Hmm.

Lastly, I processed these in Adobe Lightroom and added a graphic watermark. Just trying some things out. Any thoughts?


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