Saturday, July 31, 2010
Well after the Maelstrom orders we still have forest and hills left to make. So today I went to Art Friend to check out what they had. And boy was I surprised! They had a truckload of Woodlands Scenics stuff in stock! Two whole shelves of it! From rubber molds to entire terrain kits and so much others! Even all the shaker bottles of all kinds of flock were in stock. Guys in SG please do check it out. I bought myself some underbrushes for my Empire army, felt kinda bored with the usual static grass. Want to achieve abit of the historical minis look. Been very much inspired recently.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
I'm pretty pissed at gamesworkshop... their tau crisis suit designs and production models are possibly the toughest models I have ever attempted to model.
firstly, lets start with the design aspect. I thought crisis suits were supposed to be piloted by a tau pilot. With the model, there is physically no way a tau can ever fit inside. If it were a suit of external armor systems, the tau pilot must have a stance as wide as a buffalo (nuts included) to fit into the suit's pelvis stance. From whats shown on the forgeworld site, a normal tau without armor looks more like a tall lanky disco junkie from the 70's afro, bell bottoms and all in full glory... how do they sit inside that god forsaken suit I do not know... btw, there seems to be no torso movement at all, can you imagine living life doing everyday things without being able to rotate your waist?
I think the tau suit idea is a good one... but like most imitators, the execution is an epic fail. Since the tau designers have proven that their IQ is roughly congruent with that of a cabbage, I hereby nominate my garden gnome eddy mc to undertake the next tau codex' suit designs entirely. With all due respects, leave the robot designing to the Japanese.
Secondly, lets go over the quality of gw products, how many times have tank panels not lined up symmetrically with the corresponding sides? how many forgeworld doors have you bought that seem to suffer from more shrinkage than penis on a cold day if ice fishing? how many tau suit heads have dents on the smack middle of the top panel? (see picture, red circles marks the spot)
Now gw wants to charge $24.03 (nyc tax included) for this crappy model? how can I quantify this fact and have it make sense in the most marginal manner? Thats almost like saying Catholic priests do not molest underage boys and that the pope does not look like emperor palpatine... This makes me re-think all holy truths and everything else I've been taught...
Being calm now, I must say normally i never buy any fake goods as I believe people should get dues for what they put out on the market but this case is different... clearly we can see that even with the high premium gw is already charging, they still cannot afford a proper quality control team to oversee their products... and yet all nations rip on china for bad quality... I think from now on, I will only buy 1 box or unit of whatever I need, fix that up and just re-cast my own master molds into however many pieces I need. At least that will save me a lot of time than trying to make good something that's defective.
Arcane Ruins 1
Temple of Skulls 1
Basilica Administratum 2
Sanctum Imperialis 1
Shrine of the Aquila 1
For those who have contributed, please check your personal emails as it will have a complete list of items, prices and terrain we are trying to build.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
With 36 fire warriors, sniper drone team, 18 drones & 9 stealth suits done, the outstanding units are 10 crisis suits with an armada of tau tanks.
Since last week, camo and basic coloring for the 6 tau tanks are done. final posing and mods to the battle suits are also done awaiting basecoating in black.
The reason why the tau are partially red is because to be frugal, I bought all the tanks and the battle suits 2nd hand for a huge bargain. I guess the kid who put the models together did it in a rush. All of those pre-owned models were basically gut up into bits and pieces, filed down, reposed, joints modified and converted and then put back together in my style of assembly.
I decided to take a break from my space wolves to work on the tau for a change. Being a huge gundam/mecha fan, my experiences with building and modeling tau has really allowed me to feel really in my element of talent whenever I work on these models. I want them to look like they jumped out of the appleseed universe. Lets hope it all works out.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Heres a simple how to on tau camo.
1. My tau are themed based on the sa'cea sept color pattern made up of pure shadow grey (darker tone) & a 50/50 mix of shadow grey & spacewolves grey. (lighter tone) I've decided that the darker tone will be the primary color where as the lighter tone will be the camo pattern. First Airbrush the lighter tone evenly over the target surface.
2. tape rows of masking tape onto a self healing cutting mat with the rows touching eachother forming a larger sheet surface. (see picture) then use a ruler and score out intercepting diagonal lines throughout the sheet until you have irregular angles.
3. Using the irregular shapes, tape them onto the target surface in the desired pattern.
4. airbrush an even layer of the primary color (darker tone)
the reason why your masking isn't working can be 1 of the 3 reasons below:
a. your airbrush regulator needs to be pumping out less than 1 lbs of pressure. anything stronger will blow off the masking tape or cause the paints to seep in.
b. you need to be hitting the masking tape with the airbrush on the top or "face" surface. if you hit it from the sides. paint will build up between the edge of the tape and the unmasked surface. When you peel off the tape, the edges will look shit.
c. your masking tape probably has dust or dirst stuck to the edges. buy a new roll.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
The High Elves are the noblest of races, the remnant of a once-mighty civilisation that spanned the globe. The titanic destruction unleashed by the Daemons of Chaos and the monstrous betrayal of the Dark Elves left their nation a shadow of its former might and glory, and yet the High Elves fight on. For millennia they have stood sentinel against the depredations of Chaos, thwarting the machinations of the Dark Gods over and again, and though their population has dwindled, the skill and determination of their armies remains steadfast.
In battle, the armies of the High Elves are a glorious sight to behold. Ranks of elite soldiers clad in unspotted white and glittering silver stand against the dark tide of the Forces of Destruction. With a mystical grace and agility that is incomparable to the lumpen, slothful gestures of lesser mortals, they cleave through the foe with spear and blade - their skill and speed a match for any foe. Volleys of white-fletched arrows are sent slashing into the foe, accompanied by the heavier, deadlier shots of the Eagle Claw Bolt Throwers, which can punch through even the thickest armour. Powerful High Elf Mages direct the ebb and flow of the Winds of Magic to smite the foe with incandescent flames, or protect their allies with the dazzling power of Asuryan, the king of the Elven gods.
For more information about the High Elf releases in October, watch out for future newsletters, keep an on the Games Workshop website and check out October's issue of White Dwarf.
I met up with enrgie yesterday and we bought some really nice Mycetic Spore proxies (there are no official models for them spores yet ;) He suggested i put up my old Hive Fleet on the blog. I do indeed recall some fond memories of my old Tyranid army, and successfully located them in storage. I couldn't find some of my other 'Nid minis, they may have scuttled off on board a passing Space Hulk.
These were painted in 2002 (i think). There was this guy at Soulcraft at Paya Lebar MRT who taught/gave me painting tips on highlighting and using washes. The Tyranids here are my first attempts at putting that advice to the brush :)
The Hive Tyrant, The Terror of Hive Fleet Mandasar
Front view. His age shows i thinks...
Side view. Here he is hobbling to the front lines, hungry for a biostuff snack.
Dental shot of his deadly gums.
Great buddies these two. Always accompanies the Hive Tyrant. Shields sometimes used as makeshift fans for the Tyrant if weather is too hot.
The Tyranid Warriors, aka the Synapse Brothas. I couldn't find the other six. They must have gone on their musical tour. Two are armed with Venom Cannons and the rest i think have Deathspitters.
When not being trampled underfoot by their bigger cousins, they fulfill their role in swarming over the enemy, or distracting their fire...
The Lictor aka Lord of Surprise. Also another surprising thang is that the flesh hooks are still attached. I remember how flimsy those metal chest arrows can be.
The Carnifex, the most feared tank bustin' bone cruchin' critter of the Hive. I always loved the Screamer model of olde.
The 'Fexes sharin' a private joke. The one of the left is armed with 2 sets of scything talons, but suffers from rubber claw syndrome(RCS). He always fluffs the penetrating result roll. The one of the right is armed with a barbed strangler and talons.
Love at first psych! I think these models stand the test of time. Still awesome sculpts today.
The unearthly combination of Tyranid and Ork genes. They do look 'orkish' in the big or rather slack-jawed kinda way.
Not sure if i want to repaint them, probably not haha! It was however a pleasant trip down memory lane for me, hope you enjoyed the pics too.
With the purchase of the Mycetic Spore proxies, there is some motivation to reorganize my Hive Fleet again...Time will tell ;)
Friday, July 16, 2010
If S$30 is too much or for some reasons you don't want to contribute financially, you can donate a decent size terrain piece (eg: DIY ruin building) and some paints/spray paints(2 cans) to the gaming group, the terrain piece can be DIY or bought, it just got to look decent and not some lame ice-cream sticks glue together crap.
For me I will be contributing S$30 for the terrain day fund and also giving my woodland-scenics trees (around 10 pine trees) for DIY forests.
A brief count, we may have 6-7 people willing to contribute. That will come up to 6-7 pieces of gw terrain if we buy all gw terrain kits. Including the DIY terrains we will have more than enough terrain for both 40k and fantasy.
Edit- So far the contributors are the following
A piece of good news, maelstrom is giving 17.5% discount again till 1st august 2010. We should decide and purchase the stuffs before the discounts ends.
Your 17.5% off UK RRP discount voucher ends on the Sunday of the Perfect Storm birthday weekend, the 1st of August 2010, at midnight (GMT)
Your voucher code is: THE-PERFECT-STORM
Feel free to add ideas to this post or comment below if you are contributing.
Head on over to http://picasaweb.google.com/enrgie/RayVsKrom# for the battle report between Krom and myself. This was a 1500 points of Space Wolves vs Tyranids.