Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Stormcast Eternal by Eve Hallow Miniatures

There's so much amazing brushwork floating around the Internet, and for me, it's not about the quest for the perfect miniature. What I love to see are the little flourishes of personality that distinguish one painter from another. That's why I've decided to start sharing some of my favorite minis from around the Web. With that in mind, I thought I'd start out with the model that inspired this little project  – Eve Hallow Miniatures' Stormcast Eternal.

Stormcast Eternal by Eve Hallow Miniatures

Lately I've been realizing how lazy I can be when it comes to painting metallics. This mini has utterly shamed me. This isn't a plastic model; it's a rock solid, hulking, clanking brute. The subtle brown tones give the model the warmth that's often lacking with metallics, but they're executed with a level of self-control that I find impressive. The armor looks used, but not corroded, and with my own overly-grungy painting style I admire the ability to convey a sense of age while maintaining an overall "clean" look. There is clearly a lot of brush control involved here. It's heavy, worn, and skillfully executed.

Check it out at Eve Hallow Miniatures.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Bronze Bull

My Dreadtober challenge is now complete with two weeks to spare. Hopefully this will go some distance toward clearing my reputation as a slacker... Thanks to Greg for organizing the event, and to Joe and John for the glamour shots!

The Bronze Bull, Relic Contemptor Dreadnought

wash me

The Contemptor Dreadnought sardonically titled "The Bronze Bull" by brothers of the Death Guard was devised by Mortarion not as a means of rewarding faithful service, but as punishment for the legion's worst breaches of discipline. Beyond the standard motive, weapons, and life support systems, the armor carried a compliment of stimulant injectors, neural whips, and other pain inducers, so that every moment inside the suit would be constant agony for its occupant. In addition, the armor was fitted with an enhanced voxcaster that broadcasted the pilot's screams of rage and pain. In order to make room for these modifications, the armor's sensor package was diminished, so that in combat the pilot will tend to engage the enemy directly to his front in a thundering charge.

Not many wore the bull throughout its short history in the Death Guard, for it was a terrible punishment indeed. The armor was occupied at the end of the Heresy, however; abandoned on a backwater world, forgotten for millennia, now become a god of tyranny crusted in the grime of the ages...

I had a lot of fun painting this guy, I learned a lot, and it's my first Chaos Space Marine model, so technically I started a new army. Not bad for a few weeks of painting.

More angles after the jump:

Saturday, October 17, 2015

I'm Thinking About Skeletons

I ran across this picture of a skeleton unearthed from the ruins of Pompeii and I immediately thought of miniature painting. For me, this is a good reminder not to take painting shortcuts. If I was to paint a skeleton, chances are I'd pull out an antique white or cream tone and call it a day. The bones in this image have very few of those tones and are much more visually interesting. That's not to say this style of painting would be appropriate for every project – a new skeleton in a dry environment will look different from an ancient skeleton that's been buried for thousands of years, obviously (although to be honest I'm not too bothered about realism; I'd rather make choices based on things like color palette, etc.).

Regardless of painting philosophy, it's good to remember to be careful about relying the way you think something should look, and instead go out and see how things really look.

On a related note: stop looking at painted models in codices and on box covers!

i bet this lady never thought her mortal remains would become a reference for toy soldiers

Sunday, October 11, 2015

(Not Another) Dreadtober Update

Painting continues apace on the first model for my Chaos Space Marines allied contingent. The hull has been painted and I've laid down the first level of weathering. Now it's just the details and another layer to tie the weathering together:

you mess with the bull, fill in the rest

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

#Dreadtober Update

I snapped a few pictures of my Dreadtober project this afternoon. I was going to leave the model a secret until the end (not like it's a unique conversion or anything), but since the other participants are sharing their progress, I've decided to do likewise. I opted to go for something simple, classic, and relatively unconverted this time – here's my Death Guard Contemptor.

he doth bestride the narrow world like a colossus

That's my interpretation of a butcher cannon, which sounds to me like it should be a brutal, ugly weapon. The bit itself is from an ork flakk gun, I believe. While I didn't want to go too crazy on conversions, I physically can't put stock models on the board, so in addition to his armament he'll get a new head.

And here's a closer look at the base, also in progress:

I'll spare you the Meghan Trainor jokes

Since I've been antsy waiting for the final parts for the Contemptor to arrive, I took a small detour to work out a basing scheme for 2016's first project. I was so happy with the outcome of the initial test that I started assembly line production:

all hands on deck

That's it for now. back to watching the mailbox.