Posts

Painting Fire / Flame

Image
Tale of painters Tutorial on FireI like this tutorial - I general use a similar technique of washes, but I will try this one out the next time I need to paint flames or a fire!
In this tutorial I'll explain step by step how I paint fire. The camp fire model is from the Hobbit miniature range and is included in the Troll box set. This guide will work for any model.  If you're familiar with Tale of Painters' tutorials then you may have noticed this is a different format to what I usually post. Because I had already completed these areas without taking step by step photos I'm unable to post the tutorial in the usual format. 
This tutorial assumes you have a basic understanding of how to paint. For the beginners, I will explain the techniques as I go along. Each picture below shows four chronological steps. Underneath each picture are the corresponding instructions. Each step shows the paint I used during that step.

Paints you will need for this tutorial:
Black Undercoat
Mephist…

Painting Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress. Round 1

Image
I am starting the daunting task of  painting the figures in the Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress set. I am thrilled as this is set in the Warhammer 40k universe, something I have painted very little of. I want more Space Marines (I know, I'm in the minority here, probably) but am excited to get started.

I chose the Beastmen, the droid-like Spindle Drones, and the four-eyed Ur-Ghuls first.












Painting Blackstone Fortress Bases

Image
Sci-Fi Labyrinth Set   Manufacturer: Warcradle Studios   Product Line: Warcradle Scenics - Bases (Warcradle)   Product Note: 44 pcs.   Condition: MINT/New   Quantity: 1   Price Each: $16.95 USD
I wanted special bases for my Blackstone Fortress set and found these from Warcradle on Noble Knight Games.
They have wonderful patterning on the MDF base. They are very lightweight as somewhat thin. They look great but present a problem in how to attach the figures to the base? The figures have large tabs for slots in the GW bases. I have researched options and elected to cut each tab down, and to drill and pin when the figure can support that, and to glue the tab directly where that is an option. Another option I will try is to cut the tab into a small pin shaped plastic bit and try to use that to secure the figure to the base.
I am painting the bases fully before attaching figures, and the adding additional grit/texture where necessary or desired.

Mechanicus Standard Grey   Any debris areas …

Blitz Bowl Halfling team - Arboreal Apple Advocates or Vicious Vittle-Chasers (haven't decided)

Image
I was happy to go with a simpler scheme for my next Blitz Bowl team. This is my 7th team in 2020 and the last team, Sea Elves, used some imagination and new techniques. I'm back to work full time now so I have less time to spend on painting and it felt comfortable to tackle a straight forward pitch with little Stunties on it. The Halfling team is apparently the worst team in Blitz Bowl. The goblins would be the obvious pick but seem like they are decent, with a shifty ability and 'cheating' nature by having 8 gobbos on the field. We will have to find out!

The Golden State Warriors played a small roll in the color theme. I started with Dark Blue, then added deep navy for the pads, and yellow was a choice for an accent that would stand out.



















Blitz Bowl Sea Elf (Elven Union) team - Southsea Coast Breakers

Image
My motivations for this Elf team came from the the idea of Sea Elves. Both Dungeons and Dragons 5e and the Warhammer Age of Sigmar feature Sea Elves. {Editor's Note: Apparently so did the Warhammer Old World, I just didn't know it until after!) They are very different in narrative, but that is not important -- visual inspiration was my goal and I meshed ideas for the look for these elves from both sources. Greenish skin, a cold facial look, but colorful hair and "good guy" colors... a mish-mash of Blood Bowl elves, Idoneth Deepkin, and Forgotten Realms "Sword Coastal" elves.



I would like to see a High Elf or Sea Elf team from Games Workshop. But doubt it will be coming... I include my old 1990's High Elf team at the end of the post here for comparison. I was so proud of these guys back in the day... I'll make a separate post for them someday soon -  just for fun.



Base:
Ionrach Skin {greenish pale skin}
Thousand Sons Blue {blue armor}
Retributor Gol…