Archive for October, 2010

Wargames Factory Shock Troops FINISHED

When I took the time out of packing for our move to set up my lightbox and shoot my finished Tau and finished Steam Golem, I also shot finished photos of the finished Wargames Factory Shock Troops that I test painted. I did two test paints: one in a desert color scheme and one in darker olive color. I really like how they both turned out, and I think I’ll be painting the rest of the box in both of these color schemes.

The desert-themed Shock Trooper

Once you get them put together (which is a little more fiddly than I would like, arms-wise) and get them sprayed with your Krylon Camouflage paint (which acts as both primer and basecoat), they paint up pretty quick. I mainly used washes and a few other colors for boots and gloves, and then it was some drybrushing and painting the base and there’s your finished figure. I think it came out pretty well for a test piece, and I’m glad I wrote down the steps (or “recipe”) that I used to paint it, so I can paint eight more of the guys in the box in this same theme.

Two views of the "olive" Shock Trooper

I really like the test I did using the Krylon Camouflage “Olive” color, as well. Again, a very simple color set, but with the Games Workshop washes and a little drybrushing for the metallics and the mud on the boots and the bottom of the coat, it can be very effective. I’m going to paint up eight more guys in this color scheme as well, and then I’ll have nine of each of the color schemes and that’ll be the whole box of 18 figures all finished. Hopefully by then, they’ll have the new Shock Troop heavy weapons team available for sale, and then I’ll have another project.

Finished Tau Firewarriors

A few weeks ago (before moving into the new house and all of the activities that involves) I finished my Tau Firewarriors. I now have 12 standard Firewarriors (with pulse rifles) and two “leader” Firewarriors with differently painted shoulderpads. This allows me to field two squads of six standard Firewarriors, or two squads of six standard Firewarriors with leaders, or a full squad of 11 standard Firewarrirors and a leader, or a full squad of 12 standard Firewarriors, etc. You get the idea.

A bit of a gaggle

They turned out pretty well, I think. Using the colored spray primer from Duplicolor, and the quick orange spray from above, they painted up pretty quickly. I can’t stress this enough when painting a big squad or many figures for an army: write down your recipe for the figure. The “recipe” is the steps you take to get it from start to finish. You paint yourself up a test figure or two, and make notes as you go, step-by-step. Include names of paints and how many coats. Did you drybrush this step, and where? This really, really helps if your memory is as lousy as mine, and probably even if it isn’t.

The red-orange avengers for the Greater Good

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out for how quick and easy they were to paint up. You gotta love the Tau, with their smooth surfaces and simple details. No skulls. No wings. No skulls with wings. Just easy lines and a generally monochrome nature, if the official artwork and fluff is to be believed. Perhaps I’ll post my step-by-step recipe for my Firewarriors at some point so you can see how quick and easy I ended up making them.

As a side note, I need my photos to get better. I don’t know if I need to redesign my lightbox for taking photos, or if I just have to get my settings dialed in a bit more, but the photos just aren’t quite where I want them, yet.

And now, what am I working on? Kroot, of course. For those not in the know, the Kroot are mercenary “savages” that work for the Tau (kinda) and are much, much better at hand to hand fighting than the shooty Tau. They’re unarmored and wear little more than skins and very little else. They carry longrifles that also double as slashing clubs, and they’re the descendants of bird-like reptiles or something like that. They look cool, and the models are neat. In game terms, they’re the speedbump that assault armies will have to plow through before they can properly defile my poor Firewarriors / Crisis Battlesuits / Hammerhead tanks and whatnot in hand-to-hand combat. Hopefully the Kroot sacrifice will allow my shooty troops to get at least one more shot off at their foes before they get sawed in half, but we shall see.

Painting Test – Oxidized Metal COMPLETED

For reasons I don’t rightly understand, this article is usually one of my most read, according to the stat tracking I have available here on the blog. I’m not sure if it’s because of readers’ interest in my painting technique, or maybe just some random combination of words that give Google the vapors, but it consistently gets read more than any of my other articles. Therefore, just before packing up every thing I own in the whole world and moving into our new house, I decided to shoot photos of the finished figure.

The finished steam golem

I’m pretty happy with how he turned out. I used a bunch of different techniques to make this paintjob work and look properly like distressed and oxidized metal. I used a number 2 pencil on some of the sharper edges to make the edges look worn, and I used some of the Tamiya powders to make the crevices have some rust build-up in them. I also tried to add a little patina with some light green watered-down paint. The important thing about treatments like these is that you have to varnish them quickly or they’ll rub off, especially the powders.

Overall, I learned some things about simulating corrosion  and oxidized metal surfaces (which will be very helpful for my brand new non-Tau secret project) and I look forward to (someday) painting the other two figures I bought from this set.


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The Statistics – 2013

Minis games played:
• WH40k (1850 pts):
   BT/GK vs Kevin (Eldar/DE) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Jason (D.E.) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Kevin (S.W.) LOST
Minis finished:
 none yet
Terrain finished:
 none yet
Cons attended:
 Fire & Ice
updated 28FEB2013

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