Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Interruption to Service...


Its been in the pipeline for a while now, but me and Mrs GunGrave have bought ourselves a house!! Its our first house, and thanks to being in senior positions in our respective workplaces, we've been able to bag ourselves a good one! Most importantly, it has a rather large basement, perfect for my new hobby cave!

However, before this hobby wet-dream can come true, we need to move. This means i'm having to shut down the Forge for the relocation and while my new Forge is being renovated.


The basement requires damp proofing, plastering, a new ceiling plus lighting and a new floor installed. It also needs new windows (pesky UK fire regulations...) Its no small task, but i have builders coming in 2 days after we get the keys for quotes! No messing around here, i want this new Forge operational ASAP!

In the meantime enjoy the hobby content that will remain on AGGTG, and i hope to be back online in a few months. I may be able to sneak on pics of the building work as it happens, so watch this space!

The GunGrave

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Infinity - ALEPH Naga with Monofilament Mines

With the Infinity ITS tournament just around the corner, its time to keep pumping out those Aleph units. 

One of the most important things to do in an Infinity game is to control the moments of the enemy soldiers as much as possible. A great way to do that is with mines! Monofilament ones tend to be particularly nasty, and the model is quite nice as well!


I was a bit more restrained with the shading of the black on this model, and tried to keep it to the very apex of the shaded areas. This would help me create better contrast.




Hopefully he'll be clogging up the enemy advance very soon!

The GunGrave

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Infinity - ALEPH Agema with Multi Sniper Rifle

Once the Deva was completed, i ran out of models for my Aleph, so it was time to go shopping!

One of the big problems i've had in games is loosing men to ARO's, especially from snipers! Time to get some revenge of my own! An Agema with Multi Sniper Rifle should fit the bill nicely (and its a lovely model to boot)


I really enjoyed painting this guy. Everything just felt like it came together really well, and i was super happy with the end result!




Lets just hope he performs in games!

The GunGrave

Friday, 20 May 2016

Infinity: ALEPH Deva

The next step on the Infinity train is the Deva from the boxed set.

Deva's are the 'human' face of Aleph, assigned to or tactical liaison roles. In game terms, they are a cheap lieutenant, and can also take a synchronized Devabot for fun!

As they are the human face of the Aleph, i used darker, more realistic skin tones for her, rather than the pale synthetic look the other models have.



The detail on this model is comparatively basic to what I've done so far. It was still a fun model to paint though!

The GunGrave

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Coils of the Hydra: Tactical Squad Pt1

So a quick break from all the Infinity madness lately in the form of some Tactical Marines for my budding Alpha Legion.


I split the painting of the squad into 2 to make sure i could get them done in one sitting. The first 5 came out pretty good considering the time it took!

I'll probably use the next set of Tac' marines to break up the Infinity painting. I've rather enthusiastically signed up for an Infinity ITS tournament in June, so I've got a lot to get done before then!

The GunGrave

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Infinity: ALEPH Dakini Tacbots

While the proverbial Infinity iron was still hot, i've decided to crack on with my 3 Dakini Tacbots from the starter set.


These are the basic line troopers for the Aleph. Points wise they're reasonably cheap and come in a variety of flavors. These are the basic Combi Rifle flavor. I applied all the airbrush work as a batch, then did the detailing individually.


The reverse of the models are all done the same, so here's a sample of one, and also a closer shot of  the front.


The completion of these three Dakini's gives me a small but playable force to practice with! I've only had a few small games just to get the feel of the game, but i'm loving it so far!

More soon.

The GunGrave

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Infinity - ALEPH Naga

So this is the second Aleph model from the starter set i bought a few months ago. Admittedly this guy has been sat, mounted, prepped and ready, on my desk for a while as i was working on my Heresy Alpha Legion. However, a few spare evenings of painting presented themselves which i gave over to the much neglected Naga!

I felt that i achieved a better paint job on the Naga than i did on the Asuras. I think this is just down to being more used to a new way of painting, and also painting this level of detail. Suffice to say, i am very pleased with the outcome!




My Infinity journey is really only just beginning, so i am analyzing every brushstroke at the moment in the hope of improving my painting with every model. So this time around, the things that went well:

  • The colour transitions were much better with the shading, especially with the black and the grey of the arms, areas that i was really pleased with. 
  • A consistent tanned/bone colour was achieved with minimal effort on the legs and shoulders. 
  • I managed to get the base looking nearly exactly the same as the Asuras base. 
Things i need to work on for next time:
  • Although the colour transitions were better for the shading, i think the colours themselves need to be applied more consistently. By that i mean the pigmentation is the same for the colour all over the area that it's applied. I find that this becomes more of a problem the more i thin a colour, so i'll have to watch out for that next time. 
  • Be more patient when using glazes! I tend to slap them on a bit thick if i start to get impatient which is a no no! This was really only a problem on the face (which i hate doing anyway!) Thin, fine layers, patiently applied. Easier said than done for me, but i will try and achieve this next time. 

As a parting shot, this is the Aleph family so far! Next up is the Deva from the starter set which is mounted and primed already. Once she's done i'll probably do the Dakini Tacbots as a batch to get them squared away.


The GunGrave