Thursday, February 11, 2016

Saga Viking Archers

It's been about 3 years since I last worked on my Dark Age Vikings for Saga. I purchased these Black Tree Viking Archers several years back with the intention of including them for the 2015 Grand Melee at Adepticon but ended up taking Normans instead. In the interest of finishing my paint queue backlog, I finally got around to finishing them up. Enjoy!

These two sculpts are my favorites - their faces are so expressive.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BTD Commission Work: Saxons & Normans

I'm proud to announce that I've completed my first commission work for a miniature company. It was a little daunting to get started on these (as I tend to be my own biggest critic) but, it's nice to see them finally complete. I want to thank the guys at Black Tree Designs for giving me this opportunity and for being so patient and look forward to doing more work for them in the future.

These figure packs are available for purchase here and have the following codes:

DA1025 Gambison Normans with Hand Weapons

DA1019 Unarmoured Saxon Axemen

Monday, February 8, 2016

Italians @ Malta, 1942: Light AT, Medic, & M13/40

Finishing up more minis that have sat in my paint queue for the past couple months, this time it's the last of my Operation Herkules Italians - my converted light AT gun, medic, and M13/40.

I actually forgot the specific paint colors for the basic Airborne uniforms (not the camouflage, which I have premixed in its own jar), so the khaki is ever so slightly too dark in comparison to my other non-camouflaged Paracadutisti. Otherwise, every thing is spot on. The AT gun and M13/40 are done a completely different way then I normally do heavy equipment as well. I usually do everything with an airbrush, then highlighting with a brush, decals, and finally oil weathering. This time I laid down both the basecoat and highlights with a brush, completely skipped doing decals, and weathered with an acrylic wash to save time (mostly because I have 30+ minis being painted right now!). While I like the effect, it's a little too bright for my tastes. 

I just realized I forgot to paint the M13 headlights! Whoops. Anyway, I feel like I'm in a good place right now with my Italians - they were a fun army to assemble and paint. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Winter Camo Tigers

The last of my repainted Tigers that sat around 90% complete, this time I did an experiment in winter whitewash camouflage using pastel chalk. The miniatures are painted as normal, sealed and decaled. Once dry, I took a piece of white pastel chalk, ground it up into a dust, and added water with a small amount of flow improver and matte medium. I then roughly painted this over the entire mini, leaving the tracks, running gear, and areas around insignia bare and allowed it to thoroughly dry. Once dry, the chalk forms a semi-translucent coating - almost similar to pigment, but not quite as strong - that can be wiped off with your finger to simulate areas of heavy wear (around hatches, near running gear, and around the exhausts). To fix the chalk, I gave the minis a light coating of flat spray sealant. I then painted and weathered any crew, stowage, cables, running gear, and exhausts and gave it a final flat seal.

I like the result and will be using this again in the future....

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Road To Rangoon - Burma, 1944: Completed Jungles & Wrecks

Well, for my first foray into building removable jungle bases, I'm actually pretty happy with the result. To make the plastic trees "pop", I drybrushed the tops of the leaf canopies with lighter shades of green. The juxtaposition between tall, vibrant palms and low, leafy evergreens really evokes the feeling of thicker jungle without cluttering each base with foliage that would make them a problem to maneuver troops through.

It's hard to replicate the soil of SE Asia in miniature since every photo I've seen has a slight reddish-brown hue, but tends to dry in a light biege. Painting it in a basic brown would look too dark, almost like a European soil; while painting them in a light biege would look too much like desert terrain. The bases themselves are painted with a light brown latex paint, then heavily painted with a burnt umber ink wash, and finally drybrushed with Territorial Biege acrylic paint. I then finished them with flocking, static grass, and some old dry herbs to simulate leaf scatter. 

The wrecks turned out pretty well for a quick camouflage pattern paint. I used an English Ivy color for the green, Chocolate Brown for the brown, and a Biege-Bright Yellow mixture for the striping. Once dry, I used a heavy wash of Burnt Umber acrylic ink and drybrushed areas around the tracks with the Territorial Biege I used to drybrush the bases with. Smoke damage was simulated by stippling with Pavement Grey and heavy Black ink washes.

Next up are the terraced rice paddies and the Buddhist Stupa....