Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Tutorial

Work has been progressing steadily on the Knights Bellicose squad. This week, I've finished the power sword on the sergeant! What do you think about how it came out?

As promised, I've used the painting of this power sword to post a new tutorial in the How To section! Also, I re-uploaded all of the previous tutorials as PDFs to help make the images look better. There's a little paragraph and image about it in the How To section. Check it out and let me know what you think!

All in all, it's been a pretty big update to the tutorials. I'm pretty excited about how it's all turned out and I hope you are too! So until next week, have fun painting!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Knights Bellicose Progress #2

This week, I was able to make a little more progress on my Knights Bellicose squad. My job is changing a bit and hopefully it means I'll get more time for painting. Hopefully, that means more substantial updates each week to show you!

Check out how the squad is going so far! The heavy bolter marine is completely done. This time, I put the squad markings on the shoulder pad instead of on the leg (how it was for the Ultramarines). This should help make close combat a little easier. What do you think?

Completely finished heavy bolter marine

Here's a good shot of the urban base. It's rather plain for the
regular squads. Elite and HQ choices throughout the chapter
will get more ornate versions.

Tactical squad marking

Knights Bellicose chapter marking

All my squad leaders will have power swords and bolt pistols, as
opposed to chainswords and plasma pistols with the Ultramarines

Beakie with an auspex
Feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think. Until next time, have fun painting!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Terrain Table Progress

Not long ago, I finally got an airbrush to work on my terrain table. I've only done three of the boards, but here's how they look so far:

I'm still thinking about adding in some static grass anyway, even though I said I wouldn't. The road and the dirt spots look fantastic, but I think that having some static grass will make it all look more realistic. What do you think?

Here's an image of the airbrush I used. It took me a little while to figure everything out, but I really like how this little guy works!

Tune in next week to see how the Knights Bellicose turned out (and may be to see some more progress on the table). Until next time, feel free to leave some comments to let me know what you think of the table. Have fun painting!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Knights Bellicose Progress

Today will be a shorter post. There's not a whole lot to talk about today because I've been focusing on just one project. The good news, however, is that work is progressing steadily on my first Knights Bellicose squad! Check them out!

The squad is coming along nicely!

Close-up of my two current favorites
The Knights have always worked as single models and I was always worried about how they would look as an entire army. So far, I think they're looking really good! What do you think?

And now, do you remember the terrain problems I've been having? My wonderful wife has suggested that instead of trying to fix it with more brushes and paint, that I should just go ahead and get an airbrush. After reading tons of tutorials, watching some videos, and talking to other painters, I'm going to go ahead and get one. The terrain project is on hold for the time being until I can save up the $100 for one, but it should be a good investment when I finally get it.

After the three tables are finished, I'm hoping to continue using the airbrush to prime all my models. No more paint cans leaving blotchy spots on the models. No more obscuring details. From here on out, I'm planning on having nice, even, thin coats of primers. I'm also hoping that it will make vehicles easier to paint. Once I get it all figured out, I'll be sure to post a tutorial for you guys! Keep checking back to see how it all turns out!

Until next time, have fun painting!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

KB Update, Terrain Problems

Not too long ago, I went down to my local Michael's and bought enough paint to continue working on the terrain table. I really didn't want to have to go back, so I made sure to buy plenty of paint.

When I got back, I went to work on the terrain table. The general idea is to drybrush the colors on, to create a layered effect like I have on my bases. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out so well.

It came out a little blotchy for my liking
I'm not sure how I'm going to fix it, but I'm not exactly happy with how it looks right now. At least I have plenty of paint.

On the bright side, I was able to devote some time to my first squad of Knights Bellicose. I like how they're turning out! What do you think?

Current project next to the test model

Two different patterns on the purity seals

If you have any ideas for what I should do with my terrain table, feel free to let me know. Either way, keep checking back to see how the Knights Bellicose turn out!