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

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Coils of the Hydra: Sicarian Battle Tank Complete

While i was getting the first Alpha Legion tactical squad off the ground, that special package from Fallout Hobbies arrived!  This meant that i could finish off the Sicarian. More on that in a minute. First up, here she is:

So as you've probably already guessed, i was waiting for some smart vinyl airbrush stencils from Fallout Hobbies to really finish this tank off. I went with Dragon Scales 2 to create this effect, which i am very happy with! Not only does it make the vehicle pop, but also really helps to break up all the metallic colour.

Sadly this Sicarian was afflicted with the common curse of all Sicarian tanks, wonky barrels. I tried my best to get them straightened out, but this was as good as it got.

The usual heat distortion was added to the Lascannon barrels.

Here is the Hydra family portrait so far! I'm really pleased with the continuity of the metallic Teal across the models so far. Hopefully i'll be able to maintain this. I'll also be coming back to all of these models later with some Forgeworld Alpha Legion Transfers once i get around to ordering them.

That's all on the Alpha Legion for now. Next up, some more dabbling in the world of Infinity, then back to the Alpha Legion Tactical Squad.

The GunGrave

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Coils of the Hydra: Heresy Alpha Legion Tactical Squad 1 WIP

Now that my Infinity itch is scratched and the Ordinatus Ulator is consecrated and ready for mass destruction, its time to slip back into the Hydras grasp and get some more mini's done!

Now you may be asking, dear reader, what happened to the Sicarian? Well, for all intensive purposes it is complete, but i am waiting for something special to arrive from Fallout Hobbies before i can call it finished. More on that soon!

In  the meantime I've turned my attention to one of two Tactical Squads that I've got tee'd up for the Alpha Legion.

Before i started i got the whole squad mounted on some wooden blocks for easy of painting. Not something I've usually bothered with before, but due to the amount of airbrushing the Alpha Legion require i took the time do get it done. This squad had had the Alpha Legion torsos and heads added. 

Right onto the painting. After completing the Destroyer Squad i wanted to see if i could achieve better shading during the application of the Teal base coat, which would of course aid the washes later on. So i decided to give zentithal shading/base coating a go.

When i tried to achieve better shading on the Sicarian i used black on a white undercoat. This made the Teal darker in the areas where the black was applied. Afterwards i thought the black made the Teal a bit to dark, so this time i'm going to apply the same principle but with grey. So i tried the whole process on a test model before i rolled it out on the rest of the squad.

Then i applied white to the areas that i wanted the Teal to be brighter on. In retrospect i should have been a bit more careful in the application here, but i pressed on.

Feeling rather good about things so far, i pressed on with a thin coat of my transitional Teal paint. And that was where the magic ended....the paint killed the whole effect and did nothing for the model at all!

Feeling despondent about my experiment, i tried to reverse engineer the effect by spraying on some Teal lightened with some white. This only went on to kill the teal effect and make the colour 'matt' rather than metallic!! Disaster!

Never mind, back to the original plan of white undercoat with Teal over the top then!

I'm glad i gave it a go, but to be honest, i think the paint selection let me down here. I think this effect will work much better with colours that are a bit more transparent (like washes or very thinned acrylics) so that the effect shows through. The Teal paint is a bit to heavy for it here. As I've got units on the go in this scheme as well, i can't face changing it now.

After the failed experiment i moved on to the squads bases. Urban rubble is the theme here (as it is for most of my armies!) I applied some green stuff to the bases first to give them a bit of texture, then sanded and sprayed. I may add some black oil paint wash over them as well to give them a bit more definition.

More on these and the Sicarian soon!

The GunGrave

Friday, 15 April 2016

Blessings of the Omnissiah: Ordinatus Ulator Complete!

The last WIP post on the Ordinatus Ulator saw the monster nearly completed. Since then i've added some minor finishing touches (but still not the crew, they'll have to wait!!)

Apologies in advance for the encroaching white of the light box - the beast was just to big for it to handle! And also for the lack of text, i'll let the pictures do the talking!

I finished off the control screens with some more shading t make them pop a bit more. I admittedly wasn't brave enough to freehand some detail onto them!

To finish off the tracks i hit them with some MIG weathering powder like the other Mechanicum Tanks.

Next up - Alpha Legion Sicarian!

The GunGrave