Tuesday, 22 January 2013

How to assemble a Kameel Remote - part 1

Kameel Remotes are some of the best miniatures in the Haqqislam faction, and arguably in the entire Infinity range.  They are also, as I found out recently, a complete bastard to assemble.

Look at them, all smug and Tachikoma-like
Knowing this would be the case, I decided to document my pain to serve as a tutorial (and warning).  Note that I've chose a very specific way to solve the main problem with the remotes (the base extensions) that might not be to everyone's liking.

  • A scalpel or craft knife
  • Superglue
  • A small hand drill
  • A small metal file
  • Brass rods (for pinning)
  • Epoxy Putty (aka Greenstuff)

Friday, 30 November 2012

When everything goes wrong - November Oath Complete

I've had a hell of a month.  Between working late hours and weekends doing repetitive physical tasks, running, and attending an after-work training course, I've had little time to paint.  When I do snatch a few hours, I'm rushed and stressed.
Ugh. Awful. Look at that mould line.
 So it's little wonder that this month's Oaths are some of my worst paint jobs ever submitted.

Monday, 12 November 2012

A budget lightbox and a birthday haul

This weekend I discovered that you can make a more that serviceable lightbox out of a white plastic bowl and a single swing-arm lamp

Not only is it super easy to set up and use, but it appears to work better than my (probably over-large) "proper" light-tent.

Plastic bowl on the left, light-tent on the right.

Much less glare, and much less photoshop needed to make the colors true-to-life.  I may have to buy another bowl just for photography.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

November Oath WIP

Well, my Dark Vengeance Chaos Lord finally arrived, just in time for me to Oath something completely different for November.  The winner of the Infinity quarterly prize decided that it should probably go to someone that actually plays the game, so a special challenge was added for November. 

Anyone that paints an Infinity model goes into the draw to win October's unwanted prize.  Something I had to take advantage of.  Rummaging through my collection, I decided on an eclectic mix for this month - The Guild of Harmony Yi Ling I won with my Fire Imp, a totally-not-Nick-Frost-in-Hot-Fuzz "PC Sam Ford" from Hasslefree, and a Hassassin Mujib to qualify for the Infinity prize.

Monday, 15 October 2012

October odds and ends

So much for October.  The Dark Vengeance Chaos Lord I won on ebay is still in the post, but since it's already half way though October, I won't have time to Oath it.

Mine isn't going to look half as good as this.
It's a shame, I was really looking forward to getting a Nurgle color scheme on what is frankly a gorgeous miniature. 

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

September Oath Complete - Part Two

Because this month was a Quarterly Prize month on the Something Awful Oath Thread, extra prizes were up for grabs if we painted markers of some kind.  Turn markers, objective markers, wreck markers, camo markers, whatever. 
This ain't no place for no hero...

Because I already had a fine set of camo tokens from Warmill, I decided to paint up some objective markers for my Haq forces*.  And since I'd been playing a lot of Borderlands 2, what better objectives than these lootable crates from Fenris Games?

Monday, 1 October 2012

September Oath Complete - Part One

Oath complete! And as usual I was painting right up to the deadline.

Like a less murderous Charlton Heston
The final product isn't too dissimilar to the last WIP I posted , but everything has been pushed a little further. Final orange highlighters were added to the top edge of each cloak plate, and black ink was carefully brushed into the grooves.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

That's it, I give up

"It's just a jump to the left!"
What is this I don't even... Is she dancing?  Why would a diplomat dress like that?  What? Who? Why?

You know what, I got nothin.  The figure speaks for itself.

Especially when compared to all the other new releases.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

More September WIP

Painting continues at my usual torturous pace, I can't seem to find the motivation to paint after or before work, then weekends are spent being social and/or being lazy.  But I'm confident I'll be able to finish this guy up on time, he's turning out to be quite a joy to paint.

Last time I'd given Nemesor Zahndrehk an all-over silver drybrush to bring out the details.  The next step was to bring out his golden armour, which was a simple matter of drybrushing with Dwarf Bronze, Burnished Gold, then finally Golden Griffon..  A Gryffonne Sepia wash smoothed out the highlighting and added more shading and depth.

Monday, 10 September 2012

September Oath in progress

A quick rundown on what I'm painting this month for the Something Awful Oath thread.  First up is Nemesor Zahndrekh, the Necron HQ choice.  I picked him up on a whim, mainly as a way to play with some more Verdigris techniques.

Unlike most of the painting I've been doing recently, I started with a black undercoat.  I then gave the entire figure a Mithril Silver drybrush, both to bring out the detail to make it easier to paint, and to act as a kind of under-highlighting.