Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Armies on Parade - Part IV

I call it "Chocolate Cake Edition".
At least that's what my girlfriend calls it since I painted it dark brown. With chocolate sprinkles.

Anyway: She's wrong.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Painting Manufactorum

Currently a ruin of a manufactorum is part of my Armies of Parade presentation.
"Currently" because it's constantly changing over the last weeks.
Luckily this is a good reason to paint buildings. I bought an imperial sector box last year and build the buildings but never got further than priming them. Only having painted minitures before it was kind of frightening to see how much details you have on a building. I assumed that I'll never finish only one building because it's really dull and you don't see an end anywhere near with a basilica four stories high.
Okay, maybe it's (again) a bad idea to take the pictures of Games Workshop's Shoppage as an example. They are really detailed.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Decision time!

It's really hard to avoid "Winter is coming" ;)

But it's a fact: Temperatures are dropping really fast now. Not so long ago we had over 30°C and now we are lucky to hit the 20°C.
So the window to prime outside with a spraycan is getting very small. And somehow it got me by surprise.
My primed "To-Do"-List is pretty small. Some leftover Gaunts, Space Hulk, a Whirlwind and some terrain. That's it. Not enough to get through the dark winter times with lots of time to paint.
I feel a little bit like the grashopper from the fable "Ant and grashopper". So I had to make a decision what to do in winter.
I decided to go with Imperial Knight and some Skitarii.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Armies on Parade - Part III

Weekly Update about my Armies on Parade contribution

Last week was the messy week.
I shaped my hill with a wirebrush to get smoother edges.
My floor looked like a blizzard rolled in and I like a snowman.

First step to make it look nicer was applying some plaster. I thought that the first roll of plaster would be enough, but I messed up applying it, so I had to take of my rubber gloves, cut the second one in pieces and applied the second one. It looked like, well, plaster after it dried.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Execution Force: Chaos

You've seen the good guys. Now it's time for the bad guy.

Starting with the cultists...

...continuing with the three Chaos Space Marines...

Monday, 7 September 2015

Armies on Parade 2015 - Part II

Execution Force finished! Time to get serious on Armies on Parade.

I set up the layout for the display. Looked like a snowstorm in my room after I cut (and broke) the foam for the hill.

I left a little more space at the upper layer to change the slope of the hill. I'm also planning to make so kind of path through the gap between the Defence Line. I'm also not sure about the position of the craters.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Assassinorum Execution Force: The Assassins

Just in time I finished my Standalone Boardgame "Exectution Force".

Presenting today: My Asssassins.

I'm pretty happy how the turned out.

Click to get the others

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Armies on Parade 2015 - Part I

The race is on.
I finally decided to take part in this years Armies on Parade.

It took a while for serveral reasons.
One was that I couldn't decide what to make. If you look for "Armies on Parade"-Boards there seem to be just to kinds

  • Superimpressive like the ones from Mike Gupton
  • Not so superimpressive like a flat 24"x 24" Board with some drybrushed paint and the Army standing on this board
To me most of them just present the armies (Well, maybe that's why it's called "on Parade" Mr. Hazamel...). I don't want to do that. I had a more scenic presentation in mind. My army in action.
Or my swarm because calling my hivefleet an army? I don't know.
First idea was to build a manufactorum. But I think this is the thing this year. Everybody seems to build a manufactorum this year. And it doesn't leave a lot of room for my swarm. And that's what I want to focus on: The swarm-thing.
Lot's of Tyranids attacking (okay, that shouldn't be to hard with 70 Gaunts...) one last desperate outpost.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Lens Upgrade

Taking good pictures of my minis is always important to me.
But the smaller the things, the more you have to do to get some good pictures.
Last year I bought a lighttent which works like an umbrella. But it's pretty big so it's always a lot to do, to take some picture:
Clearing to dinnertable (cause it's the only one that is big enough), setting up up to three lamps, setting up tripod an camera and so on...
So I was pretty happy to find this Foldio 2 by Orangemonkie a few weeks ago.
It's big enough for most of my minis and it comes with backdrops an two LED-Lights.

Results were better, but I wasn't completly happy about it. My girlfriend already suggested that I need another lens for my camera. This time a macro-lens for all the tiny stuff.

Well, I tried and tried to aviod this, but finally I caved in an bought a macro-lens at a local shop.

It's jawdropping.

Instead of struggling with two close or slightly out of focus something like this comes out.
It's great. I already like it.
And I've a feeling, that this one will be my new most used lens.