No Pain(t), No Gain, Part 1

It’s been ages since I’ve sat down and done any model painting, and it’s not for lack of stuff; I have a whole backlog of plastic and metal dudes who have yet to even feel the sweet aerosol kiss of a black spraypaint undercoat. Well, I’ve made a resolution to start getting stuff painted, even if it’s only spending ten or fifteen minutes an evening.

So armed with new brushes and a set of GW paints, I woke up early on Saturday, switched on 4Music’s Top 40, and had a pretty chilled and relaxing few hours painting. The very WIP results are as follows…

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Chaos Helbrute for a planned/aborted Tzeentch warband. Fuckin’ love silver and blue. I was going to do a heavy blue wash on the silver to make it look all metallic blue and arcane-y, but the blue wash I picked up from GW is like slightly tinted rat piss and it barely left a mark. Bleh.

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Finally painting up my Khador ‘jacks from that starter set I got years ago. My Khador are going to go with a drab olive scheme, because I’m in love with the idea of making them look like actual real-life military machines. I’ve also always liked the “default” paint scheme that Privateer Press used for the Kodiak, another Khador ‘jack.

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I’ve made the mistake of painting up the way more interesting ‘jacks first, rather than leave them as a treat after completing the fairly boring Man-o’-War Shocktroopers. As for my warcaster, well I need to hurry up and actually order a model of my favourite psychopath…

 

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I like to name my ‘jacks. This Juggernaut will be Iron Valour, and the Destroyer Fist of Zhaikev. Eventually, I’d like to get a Decimator – a Juggernaut-chassis variant with a giant buzzsaw and revolver-cannon – but that can wait for now; I’ve got more than enough Warmachine stuff to paint before I start buying new stuff!

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Some Chaos Cultists. I’m currently considering buying Deadzone, and I’m wondering if I can use these guys as an alternative to the Plague, or maybe even house rule them in as a new faction, some kind of local militia gone bad. I went for a rather subdued, “military” style paint scheme of olives, tans, khakis, browns, etc, so as not to show their affiliation with any Chaos God in particular; ironically this just makes them look like Nurgle cultists. Damn it.

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I made the smallest of small starts on these Super Dungeon Explore! heroes, intending to resurrect the HeroQuest 2014 project I’ve left on the sidelines. These models are a pain in the arse; their deformed proportions mean that they have tiny bodies, utterly cluttered with details, which is a nightmare for a below-average painter like me. Also, big anime eyes; I normally try to get away without  doing eyes; I usually slap on a black ink wash and hope for the best. But on these guys… eesh.

More updates to come as I continue to tackle the stockpile of unpainted little dudes!

Gareth

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