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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wolf Scout Sergeant

So I'm cranking these Wolf Scouts out one at a time this week.  I base coated them this past weekend, but am giving each a couple hours each weekday evening for detail work.  This gent will be the sergeant.  A couple things to note:

I vastly prefer this snow, which is Gale Force Nine's, to Army Painters.  The difference is very noticeable even from a distance, in that Army Painter's snow is made of large grains which stand out from one another.  GF9's snow is made of smaller pieces, which go on more realistically and give the ground here a frosted, light snow look that I wanted. 

I plan on glazing the sword as a power sword, but wanted to try out the new GW glazes, for kicks.  I probably won't get my hands on that new paint for a couple of weeks. 

The eyes are painted and the gun barrel is drilled, as always.  You can't see those details as well due to the angle of the picture. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekend Update: March 26th, 2012

Another busy weekend!  I seem to be a bit stuck on painting, not in the sense that not much is getting done, but in the sense that my output seems small because I'm taking longer for each model.  While it's really nice to have nicely done models, it is sometimes disheartening to have less things done.  

Anyway, I played some Mouse Guard yesterday, and enjoyed it very much, and also managed to finish painting another Space Wolf Scout.  I've been working on improving the bases, and hope you'll enjoy them as much as I do. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Display Boards / Hobby Organization

After working on my first new army case/display board a while back, I decided to overhaul my hobby room and reorganize my models using these new boards.  I have quite a few models, so this took some work.  I started by spraying a few more sheets of steel and assembling a few more cases. 

Yellow and brown for the sand bases, and green and brown for the grass bases. 

I put in some more shelves in my office closet, and blam, things are a heck of a lot more organized.  The best part is, you can grab each individual army off the closet shelf in a case or two, reorganize a case to hold your current army list, and go. 

Should make life a lot easier!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New GW Store in Raleigh Has Opening Date Set

Looks like the GW store opening here in Raleigh will have its grand opening on April 14th.  They've got some grand opening events and free stuff, and I may have to make it over there to check things out!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Space Wolf Scout

Welp, for some reason I cannot get the picture rotated properly, so everyone just put your head on your right shoulder. 

I've had the Wolf Pack sprue for a while, and have always thought it was awesome for the sheer amount of bits it comes with, but what got me going on a little Space Wolf kick was the release (and my winning) of the Thunderwolf Cavalry and Fenrisian Wolves.  I started playing around with the Wolf Pack kit, and ended up putting together five Wolf Scouts.  I used to run a Raven Guard Scout army back in 4th Edition 40K, and really enjoyed it before Scouts were nerfed a bit in 5th Edition. 

Anyway, the basing is dirt, followed by grass and fall leaves, and then some snow.  This base's snow came out a little thicker than I would have liked, but I hope to get it down to a lighter frost look. 

I seem to be distracted by side projects lately, and need to finish up the current Wood Elf project at some point, but I've also got four more of these Scouts, the second half of a Bretonnian knight, and a Ghorgon to finish.  Right now, randomness has the best of me. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Weekend Update: March 19th, 2012

So a lot of hobby stuff went down this weekend.  Mainly, I've been working throughout the week, and especially this weekend, to redo my office/hobby room.  I pulled everything out of the desks and closet, and have been reorganizing, getting rid of stuff I don't use, and putting my models into the movement trays / storage bins I've been building.  I'll have pictures later this week. 

I've also had my Wood Elf project temporarily derailed by some dirty Space Wolves, of all things.  The new Thunderwolf Cavalry and Fenrisian Wolves boxes really tickled my fancy, and I ended up picking them up with my winnings last weekend.  I then got into a couple Space Wolf Pack boxes I had, and ended up making some models, and painting my first Wolf Scout.  He'll be up on the site this week as well. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Weekend Update: March 12th, 2012

It was a triumphant hobby weekend, with my Beastmen kicking butt and taking names at the WFB Brawler Bash Prep tournament to bring home first place.  I went through Ogres, VC, and Dark Elves on the way to the top.  Like Rudy, my Beastmen have gone from worst to first, and I'm hoping to sign their story to a movie deal soon.

I also put some Space Wolf Wolf Scouts together, and tried out some new basing materials in an attempt to make some unique basing for them.  We'll see how it all turns out.  

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Adding Bow Strings and Arrows to Glade Guard - An Easy Conversion

After putting my Glade Guard together and painting them, one of the things I really didn't like was that there was no string in the bow and no actual arrow.  I mean, this guy here is in the "shooting an arrow" pose, yet he's pulling back on nothing and just holding a bare bow like a jerk.  I decided to correct the problem.

First, I drilled a small hole in the "pulling" hand, which is bare plastic with no detail on top anyway.  I got some thread from the sewing section at a local store, and ran it through the hole.  I figured out roughly where the string would meet the bow on the top and bottom, and ran those sections of the thread, one at a time, through some superglue.  Then I wrapped the string around the top part, and once it had set repeated the process on the bottom, cutting the thread each time with scissors. 

I got some small needles for the arrow, and clipped them down to the proper size.  They're glued at the hand, so that it looks like the feathered part of the arrow is under his hand, and glued again to the bow.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Painted Treeman

Getting the Treeman done finishes up the "Wood" part of my Avelorn army for now.  What I have left to do on the Wood Elf side consists of Glade Guard and Eagles for now, and then I hope to either work on the High Elf side of Avelorn, or another army altogether for awhile.

I got this model in trade for painting an Arachnorok a while back, and made some small modifications.  I removed one of the legs in order to give the Treeman more of a "striding forward" look, and added in some of the Treekin parts to give him more short, aggressive limbs.  In painting the model, I continued to try and add as much color as possible, and pushed color on the base as well, even adding in some flowers.

The army as a whole is really starting to come together, with only a few models left to do.  In other news, this picture was taken with the IPhone 4S camera, which I mentioned yesterday.  I'm pretty amazed at how well it turned out. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Oh, the weekend.  Somehow, you have plenty of time on Friday, and then it all flies by.  Oh well!  I got a Treeman painted, and some work done organizing my hobby room.  I've also been working to improve my Glade Guard with some modifications I hope to post later in the week.

Interesting thing:  I've always used my wife's fancy digital camera for taking pictures of miniatures.  It's a great camera, but I've found that the Iphone 4S' new camera actually takes better pictures of small objects.  That's a great value. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

GW Store Coming to Raleigh, NC

Games Workshop is opening a store in Raleigh, NC.  While no official date is set, the two previous dates listed for store openings are for March and April, so this Spring/Summer seems likely.

I can't see a downside to having a GW store in the area.  I don't think it's likely to hurt the two stores I really like, which have a lot of diversity to their product and don't rely solely, or even a great deal, on GW products.  These stores also offer discounts which will keep their customer base happy and intact.

What having a GW store around will definitely mean is having a greater access to Finecast products, which I generally have to order online from GW at the moment.  It also is another potential spot for tournaments, if it's a larger store, and should give our local group access to some of the contests and promotions that the GW stores sometimes run.

All in all, it's a good, if not earth shattering development for the local GW community, and I look forward to the store opening.

Here's the link from which I got this information: