Monday, February 27, 2012

decent of angels - deepstrike fail

Recently witnessed a 1500 pts game - blood angels vs eldar and this was what happened. no joke...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tyranids! Ommmm nommmmm noommmmm

With the Tyranids new models being released, thought I would take this opportunity to showcase some of the models from last year. My own and others that I have played against. 

2011 Sporecon army. It took me awhile to build it up but having a target really helped. I have to thank the ABO guys for helping me tweak this army.

 Drama shot! The Nids are coming for you!

 Army shots during the tournament interval. The above is mine.

4 Nid armies which is quite impressive. Strange colour schemes too.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tyrannofex and Tervigon Finally Released

Looks like a proper sneak peak at a model that I have been waiting for since the Tyranid book was released. I have not seen the pictures for the Tyrannofex yet but from this kit alone, I reckon I will be getting 2 kits for the Tyrannofex first as I do not have anything to fill this role. 

Took the following pictures from Beasts Of War. You can see a flying creature in the background! Looks like I will have to bring out the Tyranids soon!


So what do you think? Like it? 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

WIP: Black Orcs and Savage Orcs!

Have been working on these bad boys over last week. Fully based up and now working on their armour using Chainmail. Next step is to Badab Black and Devlan Mud wash their armour to create a darker rusted look. Once these 10 are done, I can focus all my energy into my Savage Orcs. 

So I started working on a few concept models. Skin is a large part of the models so I had to ensure that the build up of colours was not laborious. So I tested using 2 methods.

The model in the picture above was painted using the following layers:

  1. Knarloc Green to all skin
  2. Thick wash (i.e. undiluted with water) with Devlan Mud
  3. Knarloc Green on raised mucles
  4. (Missing from the above picture) Highlight with Goblin Green

The model above on the right is a product of the process above except I have added one extra layer to bring it to Level 2. The final highlight of Goblin Green to all raised areas so the model look like they POP!

The model on the left was painted using the following:

  1. Goblin Green to all skin
  2. Washed with Badab Black
  3. Washed with Devlan Mud
  4. Washed with Thraka Green
  5. Highlight using Goblin Green
So which do you guys like better? Let me know in the comments below! 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Product review: Citadel Devlan Mud Vs. Vallejo Wash Umber Shade

The magic wash. The revolution. The lifesaver. The cheater. There are many names we hear them being called. When Games Workshop put their range of washes out it basically changed the way 28mm Games Workshop 'Hobbyists' life forever. Funny though as washes have been part of miniature painting since god knows when. I guess most GW fanboys/purist are indeed in their own bubble. And I must admit I fell into the aforementioned categories once upon a time.....

Enough of my rant and on to the juice of this article. Like I mentioned my painting and hobby has progressed a lot since my fanboy days and I have expanded my hobby way beyond the offerings of GW. In fact, with the damning GW EMBARGO imposed since JUNE 2011, I have had no choice but to look at alternatives to my painting needs. Refusing to pay ridiculous local retail prices I not only moved away from GW supplies but away from anything GW unfortunately.

Here I have recently acquired a bottle of Vallejo Wash Umber shade. I have also bought the black shade and sepia shade to try out. But in this article I shall focus on Umber shade as it's the closest to our beloved GW Devlan Mud wash.
Here I have tested it on my Flames of War Soviet Tank riders. The one on the furthest right is GW Devlan Mud. And the other two on the left is Vallejo Umber Shade.
Here's a back view. Devlan Mud on the left. And Umber shade on the 2 miniatures to the right.

So what's my verdict? Devlan mud is slightly darker however the difference is minimal. I never use my washes straight out of the pot as it is always too thick and dark. I always add a small drop of water to thin it down a little, and I have done this on both washes in the examples I've shown here. Basically I feel that the Vallejo Washes behave very similarly to the GW ones. With the only exception that they dry REALLY MATT. It's like you sprayed your entire mini with a thick coat of dull coat. Nothing really wrong with this for me as washes are normally a first stage for my painting so there will definitely be more layers of paint going on them and the effect won't be noticeable when your miniature is completed. However if washing a miniature is the final step of painting (I know many who use washes as a final step) then maybe you need to take note of this.

Price is a no-brainer for these as vallejo paints are always so much cheaper than GW ones. So that's a plus point.

Overall I am happy with the results and can safely say that once my current pot of Devlan Mud runs out I will be switching over to Vallejo's washes for my painting needs.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hobby: Dollar Store Train Tracks for Flames of War

Train tracks are always a nice feature on gaming tables and with my current impetus towards FoW I have been very eager to have enough terrain to be able to play my own FoW games at home. This post is about how a visit to the dollar store, which happens to be called DAISO in Singapore. And each item actually costs $2 singapore dollars. I visit the store often to get my stationary supplies, small storage items and of course, terrain and modeling needs.

So while walking through the toy section I came across this nicely detailed train tracks, yes I know they are highly modern electric tracks. However I thought that with a little strategic modeling and a nice coat of paint I could pass it off as train tracks used in WW2. After all the main structure of the rails have remained the same. So I picked up a couple of packets ($6sgd worth) and brought it home to 'fix it'.
This is the pic of the packaging (for those who has a Daiso in their country or am looking for a reference to what I bought), I bought a cross section but decided not to use it. Maybe I'll revive it sometime later, for now its gonna be in cold storage.
Here are the tracks all laid out and ready for priming. I primed them black and got to work, I simply dry brushed the whole thing with GW Bestial Brown. And painted the metal tracks individually with GW Boltgun metal. I know its a tedious task, but it did help to achieve the professional look I wanted to get out of these cheap toys.
All nice and painted and ready for the next step. Flocking.
I used Woodlands Scenics Medium Green Static Grass and flocked the sides of the tracks.
Yay a simple task but adds a whole dimension of realism to it!

Next few shots will be them on the table with my Soviet army rumbling all over them.

All in all it took me about 3 hours and $6sgd for eight 8" straight sections and four 6" curved sections. More than enough to cover the entire length of a 6x4 table!

Monday, February 6, 2012

WIP: Black Orcs and Mangler Squig

Spent a good weekend working on my Black Orcs and Mangler Squig. While the completed Black Orcs are only at Level 1, I am happy I got to this level for our March ABOE. The other 10 have also been constructed over the weekend.

To take the Warboss into consideration, I have built two Black Orcs purposefully for him. The Warboss is just too large to go next to a normal Orc. So now no matter where the Boss goes, they go too. Sort of his passe. It makes quite a lot of sense too.

And of course the Manglers. A very expensive model but I got them in the end. Spent quite a lot of effort on the skin. Still have a another layer of Blood Red I want to add for the highlights. It is WIP!


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