Okay so I have been working on some things and will have to put up pics of them soon. I had completed a Blood Angel Battalion that I converted into Death Company. I took a few pics and they didn't turn out as well as I would have liked.
Pic with old set up.
This picture is not horrible, but it does not look as good as I would have liked. So I have spent the last few weeks looking at different ways to take pics.
I wanted something that would be easy to store and easy to use. I had bought one of those mini collapsible photo booths, but I only used it a few times. Its bigger than I wanted and took a bit of space to set up.
I really wanted something that could be set up in my painting cabinet and then pulled down when I was done. I looked at using cloth backgrounds, but could not find a color of cloth I liked. I had decided on using painted foam board and just setting that up and pulling it down.
So having decide to try out the foam board I went up to my local evil empire mega mart and was looking around. I started off looking at spray paint for the boards, but could not find a nice color. I then stumbled across this
Cheaper than the spray paint and some different colors with a internal brush to boot.
Then I grabbed a tripod for my camera. A gorilla pod or something like that, I already tossed the packaging
So I went to grab my foam board and stumbled across these
These looked promising, and I didn't even have to cut em to fit. Even better
So I tried out the color testers on a extra board
and decided on which color to tryout.
And got everything set up
So this is what my pics looked like before
And these are taken with the new setup with painted canvas background
Much better if you ask me, what do ya'll think?
So I will be going back and retaking pics of my Death Company and posting them up next week.
This past couple weeks I have been working on a couple projects that I cant show off yet. So, instead of model pics I had to come up with something else.
While taking breaks from drilling holes in my fingers I began to update my cookbook.
Per Dictionary.com: cook·book: noun a book containing recipes and instructions for cooking.
Well this is not a cookbook for cooking, but a book containing all my recipes for any models, custom color combos, etc. This is particularly helpful when you are painting armies for war games. It allows you to put all your color combos in one place, so when that new model you have had your eye on finally comes out you have your recipe so you can match your already painted models. I did not keep a record of my colors originally, but after the first time I could not remember how to match a existing color scheme I began to write things down.
Now, you can write these in any format you choose. I originally kept just a regular note pad with my colors and mixes wrote down. I have used this method for many years now. But, the problem is that sometimes paints go out of production, or existing paint lines update their color range.
Scaly green, Terracotta, Tentacle Pink, I am looking at you...
So while I was looking around at brushes at Hobby Lobby last week (they were on sale...) I saw the area for sketch pads and such for line drawings, etc. for the thousandth time. But I also saw some pads for watercolors. Well I decided to pick one up since I was looking to update my cookbook anyways. This is what I grabbed.
It was a bit more expensive than I would have liked, but it was on sale to.
I picked it up hoping that I could paint color swatches directly onto the pages, that way I would have a paint name and also a swatch to match the color if the paint happened to be discontinued at some point in the future.
And here is the back of that same page.
Sweet no bleed through. So now As I get time I will be migrating all my recipes over to my new book. I would suggest that you also keep a record of your mixes, etc. You may never know when you might want a particular color again. And by keeping a record you can also begin to stray out from straight outta the pot color schemes, and find a color that is truly unique. Just be sure to guard your secrets well, you may never know who is waiting to steal your colors...
I have spent the past few days working on some new bases for my ogres. I have been using some new stuff I found in my cabinet. A while back I ordered a basing kit from Skullcrafts. This kit included what he calls black texture paste. I am trying this material out instead of my usual concrete patch.
So far I like using this stuff. It is a lot easier to work with than the concrete patch. It leaves a similar texture, and is easier to spread and smooth out. I did find one minor quibble with my first batch I did. I found that I did not spread the paste as evenly as I would have liked. I ended up with this.
Very patchy, If I remember correctly it did not look that bad when i put it on. So I need to go back and fill in some of the more glaring gaps. I did some figuring and decided the problem was that I was spreading a black paste on a black base.(brilliant deduction I know)
So I very lightly primed the bases with white primer(Duplicolor FTW).
Doing this made spreading the second batch much easier.
But know I am out of paste, I am waiting on my order to come in from Skullcrafts, I also ordered some static grass from them. They have a better selection of colors then I can normally find around town.
Damn three posts in a week, That's some kind of record for me. So this past weekend was the release of the next 8ed Warhammer army book
Ogre kingdoms, which was my third completely painted army (and if rumors are true, when necrons come out in the fall, all three of my first armies will have been re-released).
So I am excited about this new release. I needed something to get my juices flowing again for Warhammer. I will leave the reviews of the book and new units to some of the larger sites on the web like:
I pulled out my army case early last week to take stock of what I have.
Pretty good sized army. I decided I did not like the basing, being one of my original armies. All it was is WoodlandScenics ballast glued to GF9 magnetic bases. So I picked up a bunch of 40 mm bases and added magnets to 'em. and tried some stuff I got a while back from SkullCrafts. The Black texture paste, to be exact. This is a pic of my old base on the left and a half finished new base on the right
So far I like the new base, but I am waiting on some different colors of static grass to come in to finish it off. I also am glad I got my cookbook for colors or I would never match the original scheme. (which gives me a idea for a post for next week) The only problem is I have to update, due to the GW inks being OOP.
I also made a early trip into work and grabed this on Saturday (took me two stores)
I think I am going to pick up a battalion at some point, so I can put together a horde unit.
The BFG campaign that was being run at my local GW just finished recently. I was at the bottom of the pile, but still I had fun. I had to flake out of the last few turns due to work and life getting in the way, which I hope they won't hold against me to much.
Anyways I was playing the original Tau fleet from GW(not the Forge World fleet). The models look a hell of a lot better on the table than those horrible pics on the GW site. I ended up using almost the same exact color scheme that was on them before I stripped 'em and started over. The fleet is cool, I think my problem is its not really my play style. That being said I am going to go ahead and add a few more ships to the fleet, Warspheres and Demiburg to be exact. I also want to get the Forge World ordnance markers eventually.
(The pics are not the greatest, didn't have my lights set up right I guess)
Explorer Class Battleship
Merchant Class Cruisers
Hero Class Cruisers
Orca Class Escort
Single Defender Class Escort
Group shot of Defenders
Messenger Class Escorts
Few Shots of the Entire Fleet
I think they turned out fairly well, I wished I would have had them finished before the end of the campaign. We all know painted models do better on the table.
I also put a magnet in the base of every flying stem,
I have not really put the magnetic transport to the the test yet, but the only one that might give me some problems is the exploerer (be hunk on metal on a itty bitty stand.
I made a couple of large navigational compasses to
I took the compass and enlarged it and glued it to the bottom of a Battleship sized flying base, Pretty slick if you ask me.
Well I am off now. I need to look at getting another fleet finished. I don't know which I have bitz and pieces of several. I may just try something new.