Sunday, August 29, 2010

Librarian Progress - More WiP

Hi guys,

Got a little more done on the Librarian. I ended up removing the giant book on top of his shoulders as it was just looking a bit too chunky, so I swapped it for something smaller.

Here are a few more WiP photos.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

GW Whats New Today - I am in it today!!!

Hi Guys,

I am really excited by this so I wanted to share.

I entered my Ork Watch Tower into the new Games Workshop Competition "The Great Gameboard Giveaway", and had it published in the GW "Whats New Today". My cat Dala is also there (if you click on the picture).

Here is the link:

Some more pictures (including WiP) can be found on my blog here - BLOG LINKY HERE.

Anyway I am just over the moon on this one. It will be very cool if I can win something but I am just really happy to make it onto the corporate website. Now I am going to have to crank out some more terrain. :)

In other news - I will be heading to England soon and will be spending a couple days in Nottingham. Needless to say I will be spending at least a day (or two) at Warhammer World. I will take plenty of photos and if you live over that way and want to have a pint at Bugmans - feel free to drop me a line.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Librarian Progress - More WiP - Face done

Hi guys,

I have been working on the Librarian over the past few days and made some progress.

I am really happy how his face has turned out and slowly working on the other details. I am trying to cover all the details and get them to pre final highlights stage. I went with the librarian yellow on the front of the tunic - as per the codex but decided to go with the red on the back side of the tunic.

I will have a go at some basic free hand detailing to put something on the edges of the red parts of the tunic. Probably just a basic border detail to help break it up.

Initially I really hated painting this model. I guess it is probably due to the amount of detail over the figure but he is starting to grow on me and I am starting to enjoy painting him.

He is still a fair way off but I wanted to share what I have been doing.

On a side note - I will probably not be entering him in at the local painting competition at GW Brisbane. I need to confirm this with the manager - however I have had a few 'discussions' with the staff and now I am lead to believe I will have either purchase a $22 figure in store or have a receipt of one to enter the comp. I explained to the staff member that there is absolutely no mention of this in the flyer (and proceeded to show the staff member said flyer) and they said that I would not be able to enter. I also explained that a mate of mine was planning on entering in the FW Renegade Psyker model - but without a receipt it's a no go.

Anyway...without going on a rant I told them kindly that if that's they way it is they can stick it up their bum in not so many words. The discussions I had with the manager was that these little painting comps were to help foster some community within the store and get gamers excited about the hobby side of things - but again GW turns it into another opportunity to gouge customers...and frankly I can't be bothered pandering to that. Their loss I guess. Anyway - more updates to follow soon.

Monday, August 2, 2010

GW Brisbane Mini-Deamon: Librarian Progress - Vallejo Primer

Hi Guys,

I finally got to try out the Vallejo Grey Primer through the airbrush yesterday. Since the Librarian model will painted a much brighter blue than the rest of my Crimson Fists I thought it was a great time to have a go at using a non-black undercoat. This is a huge change for me as I have never used anything but a black undercoat for 15+ years.

Here is a quick picture of the Librarian with the grey primer applied.

I am really happy with the result and I think you will agree it came out quite nicely - as primers go. :)

Now just a tiny review of the Vallejo Grey Primer.

Before I used the primer I added a small clear plastic bead to use as an agitator (like I do for most of my paints - especially the Vallejo paints) to help mix the primer fully.
On the instructions it says it can be put straight through an airbrush with out any thinning required. This was in fact true, however in my experience I noticed I had much more success at higher pressures (of around 35psi) with the primer as it seemed to start to block up the airbrush at the sub 30psi pressure. I was worried it would have a powdering texture as It didn't come out quite as smooth as I was expecting but as you can see from the photo - it worked perfectly.

I think next time I will see how it reacts with a slight thinning agent (like Windex) as I am hoping it will help with flow a little bit. Either that or increase the pressure above 35psi again.

Overall I am really impressed with the Vallejo Grey Primer and would recommend you to give it a go. I have had a lot of bad luck of late with spray cans so I have started to explore other products that I can use through my airbrush - mainly for that extra layer of control. I will let you know how I go with the Vallejo Black Primer when I do some more regular marines.
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