Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ms Charlotte Update: The Carapace Edition

I knew it had been a while since I posted but didn't realize it had been 20 days.  Yikes!

Hobby time has been limited by the real world and the puppy, but I've managed to get Charlotte's carapace parts finished.  It took numerous layers of shades/drybrush/shade/highlight/shade/shade. I'm not sure how many. I would do a layer or two a night and then get back to it. The result is a very deep color which the pictures really don't do justice. I has a natural sheen to it, but I'm still considering a clear coat.  Here's pics......

Depending on how the light hits it it can be deep or that glorious bullfrog brown. Soft bits in between the legs and claws/horns to go. THEN.... I have to do her base.

Cheers ya'll!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

There is Chaos, then there is puppy Chaos.

Its been pretty eventful lately here at Casa D' Rednekk.  Daenyrs Stormborn (Dany) has brought some much needed vigor into the house, along with a lot of trips outside, terrified/pestered kitties and the chewing.... the constant, constant chewing. On everything and everyone.  She is smart. Diabolically smart. Which is great on the potty training front, but can also get her into trouble. And she is growing at a crazy rate. Tonight, she went for her first nightly fitness walk with me and only made me stop once. (The circle I live on is conveniently 1 mile) Not that it actually tired her out, as hoped.  As you can guess... she is spoiled.

  While "Game of Thrones" Dany is "The Mother of Dragons" our Dany is "The Chewer of Dragons.

Since I'm up at 6am for doggy duty, hobby time has taken a hit.  Well, that and I've spent much of that sketching - more on that soon. With her wings done, I've moved on to layering Ms Charlotte's carapace. I literally spent @ 20 minutes just staring at it and turning the model around in my hands before I decided on a course of action. Then I began with an undercoat drybrush of light green to bring out the edges. Then layers of GW Althonian Camoshade often mixed with GW Druchii Purple.  Some of it was stippled with a fairly worn out old flat brush and here's what it looks like so far.

I'm liking the color and the texture. I'll be doing some more drybrushing to pick out the details, then more layers over that, but this gives you an idea which direction the color pallette is going. More to come.

Cheers Ya'll!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Charlotte's Wings

If you want to introduce Chaos into a household, get a puppy. Though I'm sure a small child will do the same... and for much longer, but I'll take the puppy.  Needless to say, Daenarys Stormborn has been taking up a LOT of my time, but.... I mean.... look at this face.

I have put some time in on Ms. Charlotte. The next of the unfinished minis on the list.  I've been doing a layering process on the wings. Accents with thinned paints, then shades. This image kind of gives you an idea.

So after about 8-10 layers of this kind of thing here's what I ended up with.....

Also put a base color down on all the carapace, which will be the next step. After that, nails and claws and on to the base.

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A post on the Ides.

OK, the holiday madness, family surguries, new animals and all the assorted craziness is over and life is almost back to normal.  Well at least until tomorrow, when this one arrives....

And her name shall be Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons. Or Dany for short.

In the meantime, this has happened.....

Task Force Jordan is done and soon to be mailed to the snowy hinterlands of New York. Here are some close ups of the last two tactical squads...

I should have a very happy 12 year old nephew, by all accounts... and he doesn't know they are coming (unless for some reason he's reading this blog......)  Hopefully, he and his buddies can start playing and learn how to have fun and not be WAAC power gamers. Well... he won't be with this army anyways.

Naturally, the next question is "What is in store for 2018, Oh glorious Boss of da Rednekkz?

WEeell'sir, I have an enormous project I have undertaken concerning my "professional" life and it will spill over onto these pages.  Mostly in some sort of gore and pus ridden glory. While I intend on whittling down my miniature stocks, I've also decided after a basic inventory, to rehab (where necessary) my oldest army- The Templars of DOOooom.  This will include short stories, background, maybe some fiction, comics "serious artwork and .... of course, miniatures.  Any completed miniatures might get a little touch up, but there are WAY more in progress that can be adapted.  So... hopefully, you'll enjoy MY take on the whole thing.  I'll be posting most of it here (esp. the miniatures), but there will be constant in progress shots from the workbench on my INSTAGRAM . so check that out , if you are an Instagram person. Some of it will be posted on MY WEBSITE as well, but there will be links from this blog. 

In the short term, those filthy blue loyalists are off my workbench, so of course... I HAD to start working on The Pox Joker.  Here he is, so far....

Lots of details to go, but I'm definitely working off the "Dark Night" Heath Ledger Joker for mood and colors (of wardrobe).  Also began work on this young ladies underwings....

But yes, everything's coming up Nurgly!!! One concept I've always loved was the Garden of Nurgle idea, though I've envisioned it in the stories I'm working on as more of a forest ... and not really of Nurgle, but with very similar themes.  More details will unfold as the project marches on, but you'll definitely start seeing parts from things like Dryads and trees and such.  The one hurdle I was having is the basing materials I've been using, but ... as often happens, my wife suggested "What if your guys are infecting this dry place?"  -the dusty world of Crixus where I have set my armies up.  So in the retrofits, I'm going to try to show this "nuglewood" infecting the landscape.

Overall, I think 2018 is looking like a fun and productive year and I want to thank you for coming along for the ride!

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Damn you, Games Workshop.

I've been doing so well not spending money on miniatures since I don't play anymore.  I knew eventually it would happen. And here he is... if you haven't seen him yet.  Damn you, Games Workshop.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Task Force Jordan: Gallery so far.

A couple set backs on the timeline for my nephew's Ultramarines, thanks to an unexpected hospital stay, so they'll be an "after Christmas" Christmas present.  But here's the finished (tabletop quality) miniatures so far. 

First up, the Chaplain.

Next up, the bikes.

And the Terminators...

The Predator.....

 And the humble Rhino

I have 2 10 man tactical squads to go and I can ship the army off to New York.  Pretty pleased with all of it so far. :) I'm not sure if there will be another post until after Christmas (my part time job is retail and this weekend is going to suck) so Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Solstice and whatever other winter holiday you might be celebrating.

Cheers ya'll!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

From the Workbench: Task Force Jordan

Suddenly.... I'm told my nephew is interested in Warhammer. I have to admit this made me a little giddy. Granted, he's @ 1500 miles away, but still. And here I sit with a bunch of minis I'm thinking of getting rid of. His dad tells me he likes the Ultramarines.  I shudder... throw up in my mouth a little, then run out to find some blue spray paint. Thus began, Task Force Jordan.

I'm told he may or may not be actually playing the game and not to go crazy with the painting. So, we have what I'm going to call "table top" quality - a bit less detailed than my usual. I assembled a bunch of guys together that were in my unpainted boxes, built a few to flesh out the squads and knocked out a Rhino and Predator. So, it consists of...

Slappy the "Come at me, bro" Chaplain
2x Tactical squads
5 Terminators
3 Bikers

So, if he ends up wanting to play, he actually has a playable force to start with. Plus, what kid wouldn't like tanks and bikes? Armed with my ultramarine blue spay can I went into the garage. Gloves would have been a good investment.

I'll be in the next Bond film. Its called "Smurf Finger"  The priming came out very well and I started with the tanks.  A few details and decals and they will be done.

I started some of the metalics on the bikers. Slappy McSlapster back there was actually mostly painted (I did him a few years back)  So, for him there will be some touch ups and blue shoulder pads and done.

And here's the rest in their smurf blue primed glory.

I'm going to try to get this done and in the mail by the 15th or so. The best part is, the kid has NO idea its coming (as long as he doesn't look at my blog or instagram....which I'm fairly sure he doesn't...otherwise...Uh  Merry Christmas!....uh Surprise!)

So at some point after the hell that is working retail during the holidays (even part time, it just sucks) and painting these loyalists, I'll get back to Chaos and other such nasties.  The upside being, it'll "clean my eyes" and let me look at things a new.  All sorts of mayhem possible in 2018.

Cheers Ya'll!