Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dwarf Test Model, Mark II & III

I sat around looking at my Dwarf test model and I decided I'm not happy with it. His beard isn't right. I also thought the Dwarf Bronze on the weapons was a bit much. I tried two other plans for the beard, but I'm torn on which one I think turned out better.

Even though I already did a post about my original test model, here he is again, photographed under the same conditions as the new ones for comparison. Note the Mithril silver edging on the weapons now. I think it looks much better this way.

Original test, orange base.

The more I sat on it, the more I thought it looked poorly done. You really can't tell there is more than one color on there, let alone 3. So my first step was to base him using a brown.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

40k 6th Edition Leak!?

Anyone who's been on the internet in the past few days has by now heard that there's a fairly legitimate looking leak of the 6th edition 40k rule book floating around. Fake or not, it looks just like the rule book ought to look, so even if it is just someone's made up rule book- A for effort. It looks great.

I'm working on the assumption, though, that it does too many things right to be a fake. Most likely, it's an old playtest copy. I read it over and I was only able to think one thing:

Where did I put my Daemons!?

They've been collecting dust.
So, so many of the changes are amazing for my Slaaneshi Daemons list.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Dwarf Slayer Test Model

Believe it or not, I finished prepping my Dwarfs. I still have a bit of priming to do, but there are 30 Slayers ready to paint. Well, 29, actually because this guy is all done!

He likes Skittles.
I think he turned out pretty well. I was hoping his hair might come out a little redder, but you can't beat it for its simplicity. I used Macharius Solar Orange for the base, a wash of Baal Red, and then a light brushing of Blazing Orange on top. It's not spectacular, but the rest of them will paint up pretty quickly.

I haven't done any flesh tones outside of my two Dark Elf Corsairs, so his skin was interesting to do. I started of with the Tallarn Flesh and then I used Reaper's Fair Shadow over it, followed by Reaper's Fair, and an Ogyrian wash on top. I don't think it turned out too bad, and it didn't take forever and a half. I think I am going to experiment with different tones to give the army some variety.

He's not based yet because I'm trying to do something a little different than I have before, and I haven't had a chance to get them started. The blue stuff on his foot in the photos is just some putty I used to help stand him up. I'm going to use some slate and use some "gems" to decorate the bases eventually. It's not a solid concept yet, just a work-in-progress idea.

I also have a test model with chainmail that I am going to try out soon. I want to do gold chainmail, but Hubby says it's going to be a pain in butt to make it look right. I think it will look awesome, so we shall see. I don't have that many models with chainmail on them, so even if it takes a while I think it will be worth it. I really like the green/gold combination.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 Mish Mash in Review

*Edit* This post came over from my first blog, since it involved some wargaming goals too.

I did a lot of things this year. In roughly chronological order, I started my Etsy page, started this blog, moved, got married, got a dog, and got a fancy, new sewing machine. In between those bigger milestones, I also managed quite a bit of quilting, Warhammer, and cooking.

There were never any planned goals with all of this when I started, but after seeing my friend Richard's Year in Review post, I think I should step up my game a little. It'll also serve as a reminder throughout the year that I need to get my butt into gear. I'm not really one for New Year's Resolutions, but I am a fan of setting goals.

2012 Goals:
  • Blogging - I will post consistently. I'm trying to get ahead of the curve so I can have a few posts waiting in the wings in case I need a little time off (when I inevitably get sick, for example)
  • Dwarfs & Fantasy - Dwarfs will be painted, based, and ready for action. I hope it won't take me all year, but my Daemons took about 18 months to be fully finished, so we'll see.
  • Finish projects - I have too many (more than 10) unfinished projects. Only some of them have introduction to the project posts. I will finish them all. Or else...
  • No new projects - This one will be hard. Very hard. But, I will not start a new project until all of the ones carrying over from 2011 are done. I have a new machine, so this won't be too difficult, right?
  • More recipes, more photos - I haven't been the best about taking photos of my recipe posts, nor have I had too many of my own recipes up. I'm to post a little more about my own creations, and I'm going to make the time to come up with them.
This may be a little too much to kick off with, but once I get into a stride I should be able to tackle some outstanding things while keeping up with my new projects. Plus, now that the apartment is clean, it'll be easier to work on projects!
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