Thursday, 14 October 2010

Lizardmen Finished! (For the time being)

Hi gang,

well as the title suggests I've finished up painting the Lizardmen Battalion I purchased years ago, but which I only started painting maybe a month and a half ago. I had left the Cold One riders to last as they seemed like the most complicated unit, and thats what they turned out to be. I really struggled with finding a colour for the Cold Ones that I was really happy with, and eventually settled on the colour I had used on the skinks for their skin, and a grey colour for their boney crests. The riders were painted in exactly the same manner as their footslogging collegues, the only difference being that I went with red on their shields as I felt that the shields would blend into the Cold ones otherwise if I stayed with the blue. 
Cold One Riders Headlong Charge!

Cold One Riders Profile Shot
That unit polished off the battalion, but I did have a Lizardman hero which I wanted to paint to make this mini army at least playable if the situation ever arose. I did not spend too long on him and painted him to the same standard as the rest of the Lizardman army. He was taken from basecoat to varnish in a single day.

So that mini finished off my Lizardman experience for the time being. I took a couple of photo's of what I've painted over the last two months.
Overall Lizardman Army

Hero and Cold One Riders
Skinks with Blowpipes and Sauras with Hand Weapon and Shield

Skinks and Sauras with Spears
I'm very happy with how they have turned out, I really like my Sauras colour scheme and think they look very unique and striking.

Next project? Vampire Counts, starting with 60 zombies!

Friday, 8 October 2010

Large Scale Marine Update

Hi all,

its been a couple of weeks since I updated this blog, but I have got quite a bit of work done on the large scale marine mini from forge world. I undercoated the mini with army painter black, used vallejo masking fluid to block off the face and  airbrushed the whole head with boltgun metal.This was then followed by spraying the helmet with matt varnish and when dry, sprayed with hair varnish. When that was dry I then airbrushed the helmet with Iydanden Darksun.

First Iydanden Darksun Basecoat
Then using a brush with warm water I set about "distressing" the helmet, the warm water melting the hairspray underneath and removing the yellow paint in an organic sort of way.

Battle damaged yellow
  I then set about adding details such as highlights to the scratches and colours into the recesses using forgeworld weathering powders.

Battledamage/weathering effects
I then scraped off the masking fluid from the face and set about painting it.

Finished Face
I also finished off the working eye with green.

Finished Eye

Overall Head
I've started the legs, I wanted to add rivets to the legs and set about this by cutting the heads off of some nails I found in the garden shed and gluing them into holes in the legs which I created with my drill bits and knife. I also masked the knee pads with the Vallejo masking medium. All set for painting like the helmet.

Legs Front

Legs Back
So lots of photos! I'm looking forward to getting these legs painted, adding the rivets turned out to be really time consuming. and it will be nice to get some paint on them.

In the mean time I have also been working on the Lizardman Battalion but I am having trouble trying to find the right colour scheme for the cold one riders. Once I get that sorted I should be able to finish off the unit fairly quickly.

Until the next update, keep painting.

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