Monday, 24 April 2017

Infinity - Aleph Machaon

The completion of Machaon brings my first incarnation of my Steel Phalanx force to a very close completion. I have to say, this has got to be in the top 3 models that i've enjoyed painting! I feel like i made a few 'painting leaps' when painting this model. I feel like i was able to push the contrast beyond my usual limit which has helped make the details and shades pop more. Let me know what you think!

The GunGrave

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Coils of the Hydra - Autilon Skorr

The latest addition to the forces of the Hydra! I set about working on this guy quickly after the last WIP post. As Skorr was an event only model i've had him laying around for some time (Horus Herey Weekender 2015 i think...) Now i'm building the Alpha Legion force, i could finally bust him out and get him painted.

Like the Dreadnought, i tried to better shade the metalics on this model without killing the tone of the pearlescent Teal armour. I tried out oil washes on Skorr, something i've used extensively in the past on my vehicles. I used some Burnt Umber wash on the golds, and some Lamp black on the metalics. I also gave the teal armour a pass with ther lamp black to try and deepen the shadows. Did it work? I'll let you decide!

Skorr is also known as the Hydra's Headsman. While i was doing the base i thought i would hint at this by adding a few helmets to the base, some of Skorrs latest victims! I stopped short of adding blood splatter and gore - its not a World Eater model!!

The detailing on Skorr really makes him pop and stand out. Lots of imagry of death with snakes and hyrda's coiling around it, brilliant!

More soon!

The GunGrave

Monday, 10 April 2017

On the Table

So i have a frustrating amount of un- finished mini's at the moment, but i do have a few things linned up!

Mr Alpha Legion himself, Armillus Dynat! I have to admit, positioning his arms was a huge pain! I'm looking forward to working on him. But first...

Autilon Skorr! The Alpha Legions headsman is next on the painting block to give me a suitable warm up for Dynat. I'm planning to mess around a bit with oil paints on this mini, mainly to try and enhance the shadding against the two tone paint i use on the Alpha's.

Less of a WIP but more of a 'just need to buy some bases'! This is another Infinity Myrmidon with Chain Rifle for my budding Aleph Steel Phalanx force.

Machaon is also completed and destined for service in the Steel Phalanx! Once i get my bases from Antenocitis Workshop i'll get them finihsed off properly and better pictures taken.

In other news i've bought myself a copy of Dropfleet commander from the awesome Hawk Wargames! I've had my eye on this game for a very long time (didn't get on the kickstarter bandwagon unfortunately) and now finally had a chance to pick up a copy. I'll be doing an unboxing a review of it when it arrives, hopefully this week.

The GunGrave

Friday, 7 April 2017

Imperial Guard Redeployment - to eBay!

Yes thats right, i'm selling off my Imperial Guard collection after the best part of a decades service. Its a sad day, but real life dictates that money must be raised - even if some may be sneakily diverted towards other projects!

So we have my Death Korps of Krieg army up for sale as well as my Elysian Drop Troops. All listings can be found

The Vostroyan Firstborn will also be up in about 2 weeks time.

The GunGrave

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Infinity - Aleph Myrmidon Hacker

Now I've had a good scratch of that Heresy itch, its time to get a bit  more Infinity done!

Next  up is my Myrmidon Hacker. I choose her as i'm playing around with some ideas for a Steel Phalanx force so i can finally take advantage of some link teams!! She will most likely find a spot on the roster. 

More soon!

The GunGrave

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

New Collaborative Blog - Infinitus Bellum!

I want to let you all know about a new blog that i have become part of: Infinitus Bellum!

Its a collaborative hobby blog with myself and two of my war gaming buddies contributing. Over the next few weeks you'll find a tonne of great hobby content over a wide range of game systems. I (shamelessly) recommend it for your future reading pleasure!

The link is below, so make sure you check it out and add it to your blog rolls!

The Gungrave

Friday, 24 March 2017

Coils of the Hydra - Contemptor Dreadnought Complete

This bad boy is now complete, and i'm very happy with it! This is one of  the models I've been quite excited over for my Alpha Legion force, and it didn't disappoint. 

I tried to transfer some of the things I've learnt from painting Infinity, in this instance shading black. It was a bit different shading black on an area of this size (Infinity models are tiny!) but i think it worked, and it helped me look at the technique in a different way.

There's so much detail on this model, its one of the main reasons i like it so much!

The Hydra's are just awesome!

Another Infinity carry over i tried was shading the metallics a bit more. I pushed the contrast a bit with some dark Vallejo metallic grey (Gunmetal i think) to try and achieve a better level of shading. Some refinement needed i think, but pleased with the result on this model!

This was a cracking model to paint, and good looking to boot! Highly recommended!

The GunGrave