Orc Warlord #1 – Sketching

It has been a long time! But despite everything, I manage to keep painting, and I keep coming back.

I should have a little more time now and in the next months I’m going to focus on Orc & Goblin characters, and a few Rackham Wolfen.

I’ve begun working on this orc warlord on foot – the old Grimgor, with a simple headswap from, if I’m not mistaken, the old orc warlord on boar.

Everything needs more work, but so far I’ve sketched in more or less all the colours and started on the skin and the armour.

As you can see I’m trying a black – petrol blue – turquoise and light grey NMM. Still a lot of contrast to push, but I’m happy so far.

The axe will be a bit of a headache, I’m afraid, as I don’t have a clear idea of where to put NMM highlights on an axe, especially when held more or less parallel to the ground… Also, I can’t really make it the same as the armour, but I still have to find a matching colour scheme for it.

Anyway, I’m happy about the project and I hope I’ll be sharing more greenskins soon enough.

Nomads #6 – Mobile brigada and complete Nomads starter set

Not the easiest model to paint in the set, also because I was feeling a little burned out, but here is the Mobile brigada in all its microscopic redness.

The multi-rifle with flamethrower has been especially tricky: for some reason I couldn’t get it to look like metal, and even now it’s not completely there.

Unlike for the Zero, I kept the effects somewhat understated. But the figure is done to an acceptable standard, and the sculpt is awesome enough, I hope, to qualify for Azazel’s Awesome August community painting challenge.

Here’s a picture of the complete starter box. After a few more tyranids, I’ll be taking a break from sci-fi for a while and go back to orcs and wolves.

The Hive #3 – Termagant Brood

I have been touching up some of the termagants I had painted years ago and I was trying to figure out how to do the bases when I stumbled upon the concept of 40k unit fillers.

The jungle plants are mounted on bases and they could be used as fillers and removed as casualties, but could also be used simply as scatter terrain outside of units.

Who could say there’s not a termie hiding behind those ferns, anyway, and who would want to check? But I did put a couple of critters dashing out from one of the bushes just to make the point.

In any case, I think they help blend the smaller broods together with the bigger tyranids and the large plants. I like the idea and I think I’ll be thinking about 40k unit fillers for other armies as well.

The Hive #2 – Old One Eye

For the next tyranid model I wanted to have a go at some of the big creatures, but I did not want to get into a major figure like a tyrant. So, here comes the old Old One Eye.

I had made a minor conversion using two devourers from the metal raptors and I was using it as a regular Carnifex when I still used to play. I like the clunkyness of the figure and the fact that they sculpted some battle damage. The pose is a homage to the ancient Screamer-killer.

This is the kind of model you could paint for ages. I put in a fair amount of time and at the moment I am satisfied to leave it like this: yes, I could push the contrast on the flesh, freehand some patterns on the carapace and blend the claws until my eyes bleed… but right now I’d rather paint more models and work toward a mass effect. I can always come back for more detail later.

I reinterpreted the barnacles (has this guy spent some time on the bottom of the sea?) as “space limpets” which, apart from spit-shining the carapace, provide some contrast colour to the mini.

For the base I used the same combination of very fine natural sand and aquarium plants, this time including some smaller ferns, and a couple of flowers, one made from a dried clove.

And here’s a group picture with the tyranids painted so far and a sneak peak of the next stage of the project.

Nomads #6 – Zero

Here is the Zero from the Nomads starter set.

It was my favourite Nomad miniature to paint and possibly my best paint job so far.

It’s also my submission for Azazel’s Jewel of July 2019 challenge: thank you for all your efforts to bring the community together!

Ouch, the paint has chipped off!

And here is a group shot of the Nomads so far, one more to go…

Nomads #5 – Alguaciles

I have finished the other two Alguaciles in the Nomads starting box.

These have been the least pleasant to paint of the whole set, but by no means unpleasant. While the woman in the centre is about the best I think I can make from these models, the other two could be improved, but for the moment I am happy to leave them like this. There are more versions of the Alguaciles with different equipment and poses and I may end up painting some more in the future.

Nausicaa 14 – From the Isba

First of all, some atmospheric music, but keep in mind that my feelings about war are very much closer to those of Mario Rigoni Stern’s Sergeant in the Snow

I have finished the Warmachine Khadorian solo Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich, that is going to represent one of the loyalist Commissars.

I am planning to have a Commissar model, or some other model to the same effect, for every squad: regiments from Nausicaa were notorious for resisting orders even before most of them openly rebelled.

Side by side with this bear of a man, the GW Commissar looks puny and his cloak seems to be made from compressed trash. Also the earlier paint job is quite poor in comparison. I think that I should help myself to more Khadorian models for the other Commissars and eventually replace the GW one. If I ever want to have a Commissar coming from one of the central planets, he (or she) will have to be much more impressive…

Now here’s a shot of the two squads together, with the chocolate Chimera in the background. I imagine the Vostroyans to be an earlier “batch” of soldiers, already a few years into their service, and equipped with better weapons, while their brothers have just arrived and, as the war tears into the resources of the sector, have been given only some old disused lasguns and no protections to speak of.

I’ll be putting the project on the back burner for a while, but next I think I should have a go at another tank model, so that I can get more practice and perhaps find a way to improve the Chimera. Also, I was thinking of adding some Skitarii or Skitarii conversions at some point.

Nausicaa 13 – Garrison troops: Squad complete

I finally managed to complete the Khadorian riflemen squad for my project.

Next, I’ll finish the Commissar model – also a Warmachine sculpt – and prepare a group shot with all the miniatures in the project so far.

And now for something completely alien…

Recently Imperial Rebel Ork has launched a Tyranid project reviving an old interest of mine. So I thought it would be nice at least to show the state of my old ‘Nids collection. I may be painting some of them during the summer, so if they’ll pop up in a post you’ll know where they’re coming from.

This was an (almost) exclusively close-combat army I played a lot, experimented a couple of paint schemes with, and mostly left unpainted. In time, different models from different ages of the game got mixed together, and I dabbled at converting a little, so that the result is quite heterogeneous – some wild gene splicing and assimilation has been going on.

These I used to call “lamps” and they were meant to try to cope with vehicles. These are perhaps the most complete models of the lot. You can see the green skin, blue brains and spotted sand-coloured armour that I tried to apply consistently to all other models.

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Here’s some “new” Tyranid warriors, with lighter green insect skin and a painfully intricate camo pattern on the back plates.

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Some of the transitions on the skin are brutal, but these are also almost done, at least to a basic standard. I may just clean them up, try something on the bases and see whether I’m happy with them.

This was my “arachnid” tyrant, which most often than not counted as flying. A wonky conversion that seemed cool enough to me in my childhood to overlook how difficult it was to transport.

And this is the new tyrant with leash and bone sword. The pose took a while to figure out, but I like it still.

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Old One Eye, used as a regular carnifex.

The… Green Terror, which I used as a regular Mantis.

Some old metal raptors with an alternate scythe build that I think makes them look more dynamic.

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A small swam of new Gargoyles (Gorgons? I can’t remember) – very nice sculpts, the best in the new gant series, I think.

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Now these are some of the oldest models: three old plastic warriors, and a metal hive guard, two more metal warriors in the plastic bags and ten metal termagants that are probably my favourite gaunt sculpt ever. In the back a squad of genestealers which is trying to pull off the colour scheme and doing poorly at it: green genestealers just don’t seem to work.

Some new termagants, which would probably need some extra work on the chitin, but otherwise just need to be based.

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An old metal hormagaunt built as it was originally intended, but alas poorly painted.

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For the rest of the squad I went for a mix of old and new models, with some basic conversions.

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As with the warriors, I went with some patters on the armour plates and sometimes they turned out nicely.

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Here’s a couple more warriors in this dark green colour scheme, plus a conversion whose reason for existing is lost on me now.

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If you’re still here you won’t mind seeing another box of partially painted horma/gants and a final shot of a box of assorted cannon fodder.

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I think it would make sense to try to finish the warriors and zoanthropes and maybe have a go at the new tyrant and see how I feel about them. It’s not the kind of project I can bring with me abroad, so whatever I can do on them will have to be by the end of the summer.

Anyway, I’d be glad to know what you think about the colour scheme (anything you would change or improve?) and whether you have any particular mini that you would like to see painted.