Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bridge is Done!

If you follow me on Google+, you may already know that I have been working on my first terrain project. I found instructions in a Games Workshop "How To Build Terrain" book on building a wooden bridge. I finally finished it and I think it looks pretty good!

Here is the How To:

First off, you will need a few tools and materials.

~X-acto Knife
~Adhesive (I used rubber cement, but I think a hot glue gun would have been easier)
~Balsa Wood
~Card Stock Paper

You'll want to decide how big you want your bridge to be. Mine is only big enough to fit 2 miniatures side by side, but if you want your's larger, the process would be the same.

Once you decide what size of a bridge you want, cut the balsa wood in strips to mimic wooden boards. I don't think this type of bridge is supposed to look perfect, so I cut the strips uneven and crooked. 

After cutting the balsa, You would want to shaved off pieces from each board to create imperfections. This will make the bridge look like it was built by hand. Plus, it will also look much better when you go to dry brush.

Next, you glue the wood to a strip of card paper randomly to make the bridge look less uniform. You would want fold the ends of the bridge to the height you want it to be.

The last thing you have to do when building the bridge is add the posts. 

Once you have your bridge built, it's time to paint!
Here's how I added color:

I first painted the entire bridge black. I didn't think about it until after I started, but this step could easily have been completed with a layer of spray paint.

From there, I painted a layer of brown all over, not really worrying about making it look perfect. 

Then, I dry brushed a lighter brown over the entire bridge. I also did a very light dry brushing of white.

From there, I created a dark brown wash and applied it all over.

Last, I dry brushed another light layer to accent the features and created nice highlights.

If this is a project you were looking to do and need more information, feel free to reach out to me. I had lots of fun building my first piece of terrain and hope that this post will inspire others to try similar projects! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Violet Execution

My third executioner looks very similar to the others. It has the same theme, which is why I think my next one will look different. I really like the colors I used so far, but I want to switch things up and experiment with different techniques. I'm not planning on playing war games with these minies, so I don't mind if they don't all match.

In any case, here is my most recent. I can definitely see improvement! Let me know what you think!

Update on Executioner #2

So, I just made a quick update to my second executioner. If you noticed with the first post of #2, the sides of his base were painted white. It was pointed out to me that leaving the sides unpainted might create an attractive contrast. I agree completely. Here are the results!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Executioner #2

Second Executioner finished... 10 more to go! I did the base on this one a little different because my clumsy self spilled all my flocking on the floor. Oops! Basically all I did was paint the base with Bestigor Flesh, then used a technique new to me, called stippling, to dab white onto the base and create a textured look. After that I added the only flocking I didn't spill, Olive Green Bushes, and lightly painted some white on them to make it look like they had a dusting of snow. I am definitely not entirely satisfied with the base, but as for the rest of the figure, I am please. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Finally Finished

Okay, I know it has been a long time coming, but I have completed my first Har Ganeth Executioner! I love how the cape turned out and I really like the armor! I was hesitating to paint his armor because I had not clue about how to paint black and make it look nice. So what I decided to do was leave the black base coat then simply dry brushed Runefang Steel on the edges, making it look worn. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Only Arms Left

I know it has been a very slow progress but I have been taking my time with my first executioner. Here it the next look at my first Dark Elf. 

I have to say, I absolutely love how the cape turned out. That is definitely my favorite part of this mini right now! I would love your opinion!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Working on the First Executioner!

So, I have been doing a little painting this morning and have been experimenting with a color scheme I like a lot. So far I have been using naggaroth night purple and balthasar gold mostly. So far, I think he looks pretty good. I have been having so much fun painting him. One thing I am worried about is how I am going to make the armor look good, look metallic. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Har Ganeth

I am really excited! I just got my hands on a set of Har Ganeth Executioners! Just primed them and waiting for them to dry. I will update soon with my progress!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Trying a New Look

This is my third (and probably last for now) Tyranid that I have completed. Instead of doing the blending from black to light green on the carapace like I did on the previous two I painted, I tried out a slightly different technique. One this one, I did a base layer of black, then a layer of medium green. From there I actually washed the carapace with a very dark green wash. After that dried I highlighted the edges in light green. This way was much easier, and it looks much cleaner in my opinion. Although I did have much more fun painting them the other way.

Check Out that Base

Finished my second Tyranid! I decided to add some red to him rather than making him only green. I also opted to use sepia wash, rather than a green wash. I think he definitely turned out much better than the first try! Plus this time around I actually spent a little extra time on the base than I have before. It was nothing fancy, I simply added additional flocking in hope of making the miniature more aesthetically pleasing.