Bribery: Not such a horrible thing, methinks.

Okay, so awhile agoI received a bribe. The girlfriend decided that I was complaining about her lack of painting too much, so she bought me a little present. I’m now the proud owner of a Librarian Terminator. Sure, I had no plans for one, but one has to learn to adapt, right? I was hoping to get it done this weekend, but alas, it is not to be. Soon though, soon. For now I have to concentrate on finishing off the pieces that are going in the small army. That means doing the base of the Dreadnought.

I must admit though, I’m excited. I think the Terminators are going to have a different paint scheme.

On a completely unrelated note, If anyone out there wants pictures of their armies posted, send me a message. I’m willing to put it up there for all to see.

It’s a good news day.

Now then, I realize it’s been awhile since the last post. I warned you it would happen.

 Great news! The girlfriend finally decided to start painting her Tyranid army. With any luck, I’ll see them before I turn 100. She’s got some great ideas, so I have high hopes for them.

 Oh… and if you have large ammounts of disposable income, (who doesn’t, right?) GW is having a sale at their online store. I was drooling over the Masters of the Chapter set, ($35) while the girlfriend was way more excited about the Endless Swarm – 120 gaunts. ($175) They’ve got more deals there, and it’s worth looking at them anyways. In my case, it’s nice to dream. If anyone buys any of it, post a message and let me know how awesome it is.

 I swear, I don’t work for GW. Sometimes I find it hard to believe.

Thanks for taking the time to look the page over, and double thanks to everyone who has posted a comment. I’m hoping I have more time to post after my midterms.

Sorry…

Sorry folks, it’s been busy times. I think we all go through them, what with most of us needing jobs to support our “habit” and some of use still attending school. It simply caught up to me. I’ve not given up on this, simply had to put it on hold, but rest assured, I will come back with more as soon as I am able. Until then, send me a message, let me know what you’d like to see.

Cheers,

Andy

Again, a quick post…

I’m just going to pose a quick question to the people who read this: What army(ies) do you run? I’m just curious, because everyone I’ve seen so far is running Space Marines. I really don’t want to fight Marine to Marine this often, and I may have to start a new army.

 If you’re feeling really ambitious, post your army list in the comments. Thanks for reading guys, and expect a Battlefleet Gothic update this week.

Andy

The 500 pt. Space Marines Army

So I promised I’d post my 500 pt. army, and try to explain why I have what I have. So, here it is:

HQ – 90 pts – Captain with Plasma Pistol and Power Weapon (Store Link)

This was the piece I was least sure about. You would think that since it is so important I’d be sure this is what I wanted, but there were just so many choices. So I kept him simple, not wanting to put too much into him in case I get rid of him later. Still, he is able to hold his own, which is always important.

Troops – 2 groups of 9 Space Marines (151 pts./Squad – 302 pts. total) (Store Link)

While I was considering specializing the core of the army, it just seemed like I’d be better off with a bit of flexibility. Again, keeping it simple, it’s just 18 Space Marines, each squad having a flamer and a launcher. The Sergeants have the basic pistol and close combat weapon. The hardest part of this was figuring how mobile I wanted these squads to be. Right now we’ve spent 392 pts on the army, leaving 108. 108 pts will get you two Rhino transports. Mobility is usually good. But, instead, as we’ve seen in previous post, I went with…

Dreadnought with Smoke Launchers – 108 pts. (Store Link)

More than mobility, the army needed a centerpiece. Let’s face it, when there is a large piece on the board, people want it gone, and fast. Is the Dreadnought more deadly than the others? Well, yeah. However, the others used together can be devastating, and if they aren’t hurt by enemy fire, they can do more than the Dreadnought can by itself. (Mobility, again.)

So there it is. Is it simple? Yes. It’s supposed to be. Is there some grand strategy that’s going to enable this to win every time? No. Is there any obvious strength to it? No. Is there any glaring weakness to it? No. So all in all, I’d call this a successful core to an army. I won’t actually know until I test it, and test it again, but that’s how things work.

Leave a comment, and let me know what you think.

Sorry…

So, I jammed my thumb during a football game with some friends, so it’s been difficult to type, or do anything with the models. However, the good news is that a friend of mine took some excellent pics of all the pieces, which I’ll be putting up in the next few days. I’ll also have the 500pt Warhammer list and the Imperial Navy strategies up later this month. To everyone who has been visiting, thanks for taking a look. Comments are appreciated.

 -Andy

The fun stuff

Now last post I explained the “pre-color” or “pre brush work. Now we get dirty. (Kind of.) Here is where we left off:

Chaos Black primed Dreadnoght.

Now, this piece is a giant hunk of metal, so the first color we have to put down is a metallic silver.  We’re going to drybrush it on, with some heavy parts on the flat surfaces. This is so that when we paint it red, the metal will show through a bit. It also helps us choose what should be metallic later or not. This step shouldn’t take long, two quick passes should be perfect. If done correctly, by the time you get to the end of the piece, it’s ready for it’s next color. (Kids, that means start at the top and work your way down, then do it that way the entire time.) So once we have our plan, we coat with Mithril Silver, and it looks like this:

bigdsilvered.jpg

Like I said, quick. But it helps you visualize what the final piece will look like. I see that I definitly want the wires and such to be metalic, and that the piece is going to look (expletive deleted) cool when it’s done. Notice the heavier metallics on the “leg shields” and the left chest panel. This will make the red that is going to be on top come out brighter. Now, if I really wanted to make this look clean, I’d probably do the entire piece in silver, but clean isn’t the style I’m going for.

Now for the red. I have three major tips for this stage of the painting.

Tip 1: Save yourself time. Use a large brush.

Tip 2: Don’t worry if you get red where you didn’t want any. It can be fixed.

Tip 3: It’ll take a few coats to get it right. Make sure the previous coat is dry before you add another.

That’s really about it. Just go over the parts you’re going to want red. After three or so coats, it looks like this:

bigdred.jpg

Now we detail. We do bits here, bits there, different colors, whatever you like. For this one, I added a white “racing stripe” to the left chest panel by masking off the painting lane with tape. (Clear scotch tape at that.) Now, because of the bumps in the details it didn’t come out perfect. That’s okay with me. With that done, the piece now looks like this:

bigdpre-arms.jpg

Though it’s hard to see, I used Skull White, Mithril Silver, Fortress Grey, Bleached Bone, Boltgun Metal, and Shining Gold. Once this phase was done, I did the arms the same way. Then I had to dirty it up.

Now, this part is difficult to explain. The short story is, I had some 4 year old paints that had dried up a bit. I slowly added some water to reconstitute the paint. It’s kind of a sludge really. Then I just slop Tin Bitz on where I think the dirt should go, and it gives you a good dirty effect. Like so:

dnaughtpainted.jpg

Now all that’s left is the fine, nitpicky detailing. I haven’t actually done this yet, but it’s simply cleaning up his medals, and perhaps a quick ink wash. But as you can see, it’s not bad as is. That’s all I have for now, but I’ll have another post soon detailing my 500 pt. army.

Priming of a Dreadnought

So I had hoped to have a step by step painting tutorial on how I painted my Dreadnought. It turns out, I really don’t have that kind of patience this week, but I did manage some pictures, which I’m going to split into two posts. I use this same process for all my models, with a few added tips and tricks here and there. I’ll add them in later, but unless otherwise noted, this is my standard method of painting.

 This post is going to focus on the pre-color work.

Step 1: Assemble the Model

Not everyone would agree with this. I suppose if my Dreadnought was going to be scrutinized as a work of art, I would paint each piece seperately. It’s not. I didn’t. So, I found a pose that worked, and glued everything in place. (Except the base, which I will cover later.) Why do I prefer this? I don’t want to do a ton of detailing. I normally don’t have a lot of time, so if I can shave a few minutes here and there, this is good.

At this point, this is what it looks like:

Dreadnought Front No Arms

Step 2: Tape off any parts that you don’t want painted.

This is very important. No matter how good you think you are, TAPE OFF ANY PARTS YOU DON’T WANT PAINTED. I can’t count the times where I say to myself, “I just won’t paint that, and glue it later.” Then I go and paint it. Then I have to file the paint off, usually compromising some part of the model I wanted to keep whole. Any kind of tape works. Really. Save yourself the headache.

Step 3: Prime the Model

Okay. I’m not going to be a stickler for the paints sold at the GW Store. If you don’t want to use Citadel Colors, that’s fine. (I do, but you’re not me.) However, use thier primers. They don’t melt the plastic pieces. They stick to the pewter pieces. I’ve had these problems with other primers, and you may think your saving a few bucks, but when you have to clean the pieces, then go and get the Citadel Primers, you really haven’t. Take my word for it, they’re the best.

Now, as for the actual priming. There are three rules for priming any piece.

Rule 1: Multiple thin coats of primer are better than one thick coat.

Rule 2: There is no coat that is “too thin.”

Rule 3: Once satisfied, let the primer cure for 24 hours.

These are very important to follow. Rule 1 keeps you from losing detail in the piece, while rule 2 keeps you from spraying too close to the piece and wrecking Rule 1. Rule 3, however, saves you pain later in the painting. IF you paint the piece BEFORE the primer is dried THEN you will ruin your brushes and paintjob. Primer doesn’t come off as easily as the other paints. I’ve had a few conversations (read: arguments) with people as to how long is safe. I had one tell me an hour, one 45 minutes. I, in turn, told them I waited a full day. They looked like I had said something bad about thier mothers. I thought about doing so, then decided I had shocked them enough. But I do. Waiting 24 hours means that I have time to look at the piece and finalize how I want to paint it, and that I know the primer is completely dry. Wait a day. Think about how cool your piece(s) is(are) going to look. After 24 hours, just before painting, the Dreadnought looked like this:

Chaos Black primed Dreadnoght.

Next Post: Initial Coloring

A quick note on Space Marines

My girlfriend couldn’t understand why I liked the Space Marines so much. She said the models were plain, and their rules weren’t that exciting. Well, my answer was, versatility. Sure thier models cost twice as much, points wise, as her precious Tyranids. However, even the most basic Space Marine can handle a variety of situations. Shooting at a distance? Sure they can handle it. Incoming close combat? Sure, they can handle that too. I found in my many rounds of Battlefleet Gothic that my foolproof plans were vulnerable to some small factor that I’d overlooked.

Oh, and then again, there’s always this.

New Post?

Sorry, I haven’t had time to post this weekend. It’s been hectic. Rest assured, I will make every attempt to post extra in the coming days. The Dreadnought is still sitting, waiting to be painted. If I have time I’ll start tonight. I’m also attempting to work out some space so I can show Imperial Fleet tactics. (Hint: Full speed ahead, and damn the torpedos.) However, that’ll get done when it gets done. Thanks to everyone who checks the blog on a semi-regular basis. (Both of you.)