Thursday, 21 January 2021

Ghaz and Dave - the Warlord and Deathskull Stompa!


Follow up from the last entry, I saved the big boyz to the end. The Warlord himself, Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka, and the Lord of War, the 900-ish point Stompa, affectionately known as 'Dave'.

Let's look at Dave first. As with the others I went for mostly bare metal with some splashes of blue, and I opted for a more ramshackle look with lots of rust and different blue-ish colours to contrast with that.

I had a lot of fun with weathering on Dave, using a sponge for paint chips and soot, and some rust weathering powder mixed with water to go in the gaps and streak down from rivets etc.

Dave also has magnets, so the arms and head can be removed for transport:

I also took the opportunity to put Dave alongside my own Stompa, Da Toof Krusha, painted years and years ago. While I do love the slightly cartoony charm of mine, the improvements in my dirty rusty metal techniques are quite considerable. Also mine is being ridden by a grot with a hammer, so that's something.

So speaking of technique improvements - I put all of that sponging experience into painting Ghazghkull to go alongside these Deathskull gitz. Obviously Ghaz is a Goff, so he's not going to go around covered in blue paint, but he might use a few 'borrowed' bits from his new allies.

I'm really happy with how this model came out, all the rust and chipping just looks right to me, he looks 'blue' but not super Deathskull, the face stands out appropriately without being too bright (a personal pet hate of mine - when the Warboss has lighter skin than the boyz due to more highlight layers.) Just absolutely nails what I like my orks to look like. I have to admit when he was voted model of the year I was a bit skeptical, but having got my hands on it, Ghaz is a fabulous model and I think I want one myself!

Look how chonk he is compared to his lucky grot Makari!

And here he is leading his 'council' of Deathskull bosses! No question of who's da biggest!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this little Orky project. I know the client is happy with them, so that's the main thing, but it's also good to paint some proppa minis again! Also, this might not be the end of the Ork blog content...

Stay safe!

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Deathskull Ork Characters


First commission of 2021, and a fun one! A whole bunch of Ork characters (and something a big bigger...) turning up in a rokk from across the Atlantic. The brief for these was that they are Deathskulls, usually, but not quite as blue - obsessed as many of their kin are. The existing scheme is largely dark clothes and bare metal armour, so I'd be adding colour a little more selectively than my Boyz or the last Ork thing I painted. As usual, I was asked to not do the bases. Other than that I was given fairly free reign, so here's what I did:

First up is this rather savage looking Warboss, mildly converted from the AoS Megaboss. As he looks pretty primitive I decided he'd have no paint on his armour at all, and instead the colour would just come from the corrosion of the various metals involved. A splash of warpaint and I think he looks 'blue' enough if you squint a bit.

Next a couple more Warbosses, each given a bit of blue, worn down paint on their armour or straps and cabling, as well as a big colourful squig. The purple one is probably my favourite part of this whole batch of minis, it's a real character. I also couldn't resist painting a Redtoof glyph on it's master.

Some Mega Armoured ladz next - two Nobz and two big Meks with assorted gear. Plenty of rust and grime on this armour, and once again the blue cabling came out to add that splash of colour. Conveniently also contrasting well with the areas of rust.

The Painboy took the 'blue cabling' idea to it's logical conclusion with blue pipes carrying blue toxic goo. Also note that all the dried blood is from the contrast Flesh Tearers Red, which added that nice extra touch to the model. 

The weirdboy, another favourite. Glowing eyes and staff were fairly simple - the former effectively a 'reverse highlight' of the eyes, going from dark blue to white in a few steps, the latter a light green with Hexwraith Flame liberally slapped over it. The smoke was also nice a simple - I think I painted it Rakarth Flesh then washed with Space Wolves Grey contrast.

Finally, a couple of grots! That's the very festive Red Gobbo and the very lucky Makari. And you know if Makari is about...

Anyway, hope you like them, I had fun getting back to Greenskins. Next post will be a bit like this one, but bigger. Much, much bigger...

Stay safe!

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Genestealer Cult Limo


First model of the new year, and it's one for me - a Genestealer Cult Limousine for overthrowing the oppressors in style!

This was a Christmas present from the wife, who had a friend 3D print it (from here). I received it without guns so I built it a little turret to be attached by magnets - the cult will need to operate under cover before they go fully armed! I imagine running this mini as a Golith truck in games, so the turret has a twin autocannon (spares from the Onager Dunecrawler).

I kept the paint job fairly basic, using a stippling effect for the highlights on the bonnet and wheel arches and used washes in the recesses to avoid looking too 3D-printy, as an all over wash or drybrush might have done. The green windows were a bit of fun though - a few layers of successively lighter green then hit with Dark Angels green contrast with the centre of each window cleared with a damp brush. I think it's quite a convincing eerie glow. The whole thing was done in a day, which was nice.

With the ride complete, I had to take some photos with the passengers. I thought these lot looked cool, hybrid bodyguards for the Magus striding out like a celebrity at a (blood soaked) red carpet event!

This was a fun little project, and it's always nice to get something completed in a day. Hope you like it, and stay safe.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

2020 End of Year Hobby Review


At the end of 2019 I did a little hobby review of what I'd done during the year, what I'd put on the blog etc. - mainly for my own amusement. Since 2020 is now over (much to everyone's relief) I thought I'd do a similar thing for the year just past. In spite of everything, there were still plenty of nice moments to look back upon.


My total number of blog posts slightly pipped 2019's 55 posts with 57, suggesting I was equally as busy in the hobbY. I was a little surprised at this, thanks to various lockdowns and restrictions, but I did manage to play quite a lot of games before it all really kicked off and in the 'safe' period between the first two UK lockdowns. I also painted quite a lot of stuff - a good chunk of it not for myself. For quite a long time I've been wondering about doing 'commissions' for friends as a way for the hobby to pay for itself, and this year I took the plunge. Aside painting and gaming, I also got into the Podcast game, joining in on a few episodes of the Narrative Wargamer, which was a blast. 

Battle Reports:

Not quite so many on camera this year, with a global pandemic putting the Reuvengrad campaign on hold, but a fair few of the pics and text versions. The start of the year saw a couple of tournaments, a local at Grim Dice and a big one at Warhammer World, then in the middle of the year I had another spurt of them after the release of 9th edition 40k. A couple of my favourites were this matched play game against John's Necrons and this Crusade battle against Tony's Orks. It's been a fun year for games, but obviously I would have loved to play a load more!

Hobby Stuff:

The 'big project' of the year was expanding the Lizardmen/Seraphon - I've still not played a game with them but I'm happy with how they came out, especially the big dinos. After that I did some Admech additions, then cleared up a few older projects before starting work on other people's minis, most notably the big Space Wolf project. Overall I'm happy with the quality and quantity of minis I've painted this year - I did have a bit more free time thanks to the various restrictions, though as a key worker I've been working as normal the entire time, so it's not that far off what I could achieve under normal circumstances. I think the grand total is 132 miniatures painted, including some fairly hefty models.

Other Stuff:

I did manage to get in a game of Titanicus in February, and got a bit into the weird world of Turnip28, but the blog content was dominated by 40k this year. Outside of the blog I got a few 40k games in on Tabletop Simulator, and have been playing a load of D&D over discord to while away the lockdown evenings, but for the time being that isn't being recorded for posterity. Not much LARP going on, since hitting each other with latex swords isn't very social distancy. 

Looking Forward:

I think we're all hoping for a better year ahead of us, but I'm working off the assumption the the first six months are going to be a bit of a write off in terms of playing games. I will have much painting to do however. Having cleared my personal painting backlog, I gave in and bought the Tyranid box for Christmas (from me to me), plus a couple other things that arrived from Daddy Chrimbo's sack. I might finally do that Tyranid painting guide! There's also of course a whole load of fun stuff I'll be painting for others. Of course with any luck GW will release a load of new Codexes, some of which might be for me, so I could be playing games later in the year with another new set of rules, hopefully up to the standards of the Space Marines and Necrons.

So thanks to anyone reading this for sticking with me though that hell-year, and please do stay safe in 2021!