Tuesday 31 March 2015

(Hobby) Life Goes On

Just an update. Nothing new or exciting I'm afraid. Just life, and hobby (which are one and the same IMO), continuing. 

Epic comes into its own once you have Titans stalking the battlefield, I think. No point in Epic without huge behemoths hurling ordnance capable of flattening whole cities at each other. It brings a real sense of scale. And they are just plain cool! 

I've done some more work on the Rapax Dominus. It's been slow because I've not wanted to make mistake (there are plenty) and because I've been trying to channel the late '80s/ early '90s style of eye watering brightness. The next major thing are the banners. For a hint of what I'm going for think of '80s heavy metal album covers. I'm happily humming Twisted Sister's We're Not Going To Take It as I type this.

Sixty scouts all done. These are head and shoulders taller than the tactical marines. Clearly they were made long after the other parts of the range.

Twenty terminators. They are much, much bulkier than the normal marines so they stand out nicely. 

And the current project; three Knights. The total lack of variety of these has made them a bigger challenge than I expected. The easiest way around that is to do different heraldry on each but that means lots of freehand work that I'm not really in the mood for. I've been sorting through old decal sheets tonight so that may offer a solution.

The red is much better. More martial, more honour guard. I need to nail the skin though. It'll need to be pale but also still living. Some blue-greys I'm thinking. And a bright red bionic eye to draw the viewers eye. 

It's amazing how hobby, like life, goes on without you noticing it sometimes.

Tuesday 17 March 2015

The Hobby Shuffle or In Search Of Inspiration

So I've been kinda stalled with the cult. I'm not happy with the one I've done and it's stopped me moving onto the others. It's the pants I think. This is why the blog has been silent for so long. I've been cracking away at other hobby but I'm not sure anybody is interested in that. I certainly feel some pressure to post only Inq28 stuff here but I've only been inspired to work on other stuff. You'll have to put up with it, I'm afraid 😉

Red and black pants?

So since my last missive I've been up to all sorts. I entered the Golden Barry painting competition at Arc40k (the biggest 40k tourney in the country) and placed third in the single miniature category with my Dark Elf Sorceress and second with my Inquisitor warband in the squad comp. Not bad. The single was won by Meg Maples of Privateer Press studio fame and second was Mark Soley the last Australian Slayer Sword winner. 

Miniature painted by me, photo by Sam Benson. For more pictures of the other winners check out the Golden Barry Facebook page. 

At Arc I picked up a couple of models from the forthcoming locally produced game Twisted by Demented games (again, check them out on Facebook) I'm not really a fan of Steampunk but these models are truly exceptional. 

This is Nouveau sculpted by the mind meltingly talented Sebastion Archer. He's supposedly a take on Neo from the Matrix so I thought green would be the thing for him. After feedback from the Golden Barrys I was really trying to push my highlights and to use the dreaded "colour theory" on him. So, it's a snot green base worked up with yellow and white for highlights and shaded with blues all the way to a strong purple. Not sure I've gone far enough yet so it's another project shuffled to the side for now. 

I've also made some more headway on my Epic stuff. 

Sixty scouts and twenty terminators that just need basing. 

And some old plastic Dreadnaughts based and done. That should push me over the 4500pt mark. I keep thinking I should do some army shots for you. Next inline are three knight Paladins, six mole mortars and the banners for this big boy

I've also played -- and won, to my great suprise-- two more games of SAGA. 

These shots are from the last game where Dean was beginning to work out how to use the Anglo-Dane battle board to his advantage. Not sure how to deal with him next time. The Normans are one trick ponies and I don't think it'll take much to neutralise that trick. Still, it's a great game even when you are loosing. 

In a different vein I'd like to thank KrautScientist over at The Eternal Hunt blog for the nice words after I posted him some old stuff. Very kind, Mr KS 😊

Are these pictures better? I bought Camera+ for my phone and it seems to have made a difference. Well worth the few dollars it cost. Here are some random test shots. 

That's about it for now. If any of you care to see what I'm up to outside the Inq28 realm let me know and I'll try to be more motivated to make this a blog of my general hobby progress.