Sunday, May 17, 2020

US mortar section

Back to olive!

After all that colorful recent Rackham stuff finally my trusty Bolt Action force got some support. This time it was light mortar: cheap, reliable, pain in the ass unit (already love it...).

Last night there was a brutal combat between the US boys and German invaders at my place so finally I got opportunity to see long awaited light mortar in action. I also tested new way painting on that team:
it's not only about the color choice (way brighter) but the fact uniforms (trousers and jackets) were painted with airbrush and washed with oils. The general idea was to make painting as fast as possible without loosing much of desired quality. 
Must say I am pretty satisfied about the result and hope to paint whole 10 men strong similar way shortly which would make US army project closed.

Below you can see whole mortar section serving in my force. Papa Nurgle is clearly standing behind the project...

And some close ups of the light mortar - freshly fried. Looking at the photos I think some stronger shading on the trousers should have been applied but apart from that my likey. 
If anyone needs more shots of other mortars can be found here (heavy mortar) and here (medium mortar). Now back to planning...

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Dasyatis clone (Rackham)

"Only a Syhar could concieve them..."

I still cannot get myself to start painting US army stuff although one more nasty mortar is something my trusty Bolt Action force would definitely benefit from...

That was bad news. Good news is one more model from fantasy range left the painting station and once more it's Rackham beauty:
Dasyatis clone from  Alchemists of Dirz faction.

Back days (when Rackham was still alive...) painted models from this range were making my jaw drop every time I was looking at whole that georgeous NMM and freehands (check Trovarion's stuff for example). Obviously I didn't try to match or beat Rackham's vision of this faction but rather have some fun. The model is quite unique for what I usually deal with because it's mostly bare flesh and it's alive ^^

So the idea was to make it look rather warm than dead, and standing on bright, striking base. At first I was quite scared of painting huge amount of flesh but all in all oil washes and patient glazing were more than helpful. I don't have many occasions to paint fresh blood on my minis but this one was definitely worthy few drops of Tamya's Clear Red.
The sculpt is totally badass!!!

As mentioned before next time I hope to paint something from Bolt Action range once again:
while painting recent Rackham stuff I got some ideas about painting US uniforms which requires testing. If that works I might wanna refresh and repaint the basic infantry so about 30 them might hit the black market shortly...

Monday, May 4, 2020

Black troll (Rackham)

"They call me the Shipwrecker..."

Hey again, once more I had opportunity to paint something nice from long-dead Rackham range. Working on Goreth the Massive was so much fun I dug out another piece from Goblins of No-Dan-Kar faction: the mighty black troll.

Just like in case of the previous Rackham piece I didn't try to reach or beat official paintjob, but rather to paint something radical different then US stuff for Bolt Action.

Fantasy stuff (especially big like this one) gives opportunity to learn and practice some new things. On this one I tried to work with oils on the armour but for me you need larger and more flat surfaces to get the right result - all in all I ended up weathering and rusting the plates.
I also tried darker pigment on the base which was imo good idea: stronger contrast with bright flesh.

Hope you like it! 

I like rusty spoons...

And the official, supercool paintjob: