Feel the Heat

This addition to the massive Imperial Fists army gave me a chance to test out a few new things… the addition of weathering powders (I didn’t have those years ago when I last painted the old dreads), and the Secret Weapon “Heat” paints.

This guy was painted to match a number of previously painted Imperial Fists vehicles from years past.
Here’s a link to some of the older stuff:

http://wappellious.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-eagle-has-landed-first-set-of.html

It had been so long, I had to go back through the blog to find the images and get a sense of what they really looked like. ūüôā

The view from above shows how much heftier this is than those old plastic dreadnoughts.

Ground level!

And then a few peeks at those Secret Weapon Miniatures “Heat” paints. ¬†They are even more fun on metallic paints. ¬†They are very translucent, but still highly saturated. ¬†I have started using these with my fluorescent paints to create Object Source Lighting, because they have a very similar consistency.

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Waterfall

As promised, the final images of the waterfall base!  This was originally painted in a facebook live session:
https://www.facebook.com/james.wappel/videos/vb.1056181987/10210396618125888/?type=2&theater

The video shows how the base was painted with Badger Stynelrez primers, and how the foliage was selected and added.  Once that was set up, I went ahead with the planned waterfall effect, using the Liquitex Heavy Gloss Gel.

It takes a while for it to dry, depending on how thick it is applied.  However, it is very strong and solid, and really holds its shape!  You can see in the image on the right that I could even have some water overflowing the edge of the base itself!

This is also a less expensive option than the usual Vallejo Water effects which I have used.  Please check out the link to the video and see how that all worked out!

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Off to the Races

This is one of several converted chariots that I created for my Tomb Kings army.  
I sculpted the “blanket” for the horses out of green stuff, which was then cast once cured. ¬†This meant that I could make more of them in a lot less time!

To make the cast, I smushed some green stuff into my mould, and placed a sheet of tin foil over the top, cut to size.  Not only did this allow me to get the green stuff out of the mould more easily, it let me position it as I wished.  The tin foil gave it stability as it cured, so that it would not sag, etc.

It also gave it strength while I was painting it, so that it didn’t move around with each brush stroke.

I believe this was inspired by the image on the cover of the Tomb Kings book, which showed chariots pulled by horses with this kind of blanket.

The chariot and crew are also here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/322555016571?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

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Skyfall

This group shot is comprised of Algroyn units from the Gates of Antares universe.  As you can see, I was experimenting with a few different color schemes!

This post features one of the infantry units, done in an ice theme:
http://wappellious.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-ice-warrior.html

I also did a facebook live episode on painting the skimmers, and the freehand involved:
https://www.facebook.com/james.wappel/videos/vb.1056181987/10209514481873033/?type=2&theater

To show how I made the bases for the figures, I did this facebook live session:
https://www.facebook.com/james.wappel/videos/vb.1056181987/10209658916083798/?type=2&theater

The Algoryn skimmers were the perfect shape for those animal faces!  I have a few other predatory critters that I will be doing, such as birds of prey and a dragon face.

I had a lot of fun with the jungle foliage as well!
You can find these figures on the Warlord Games site here:
https://us-store.warlordgames.com/products/algoryn-starter-army/?utm_campaign=jamiet&utm_medium=click&utm_source=fbba

Here’s another video episode on how the C3 Transporter freehand was painted:
https://www.facebook.com/james.wappel/videos/vb.1056181987/10209626582475478/?type=2&theater

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Stop, Thief!

The adventuring party shows its darker side with this thief from Reaper Miniatures.

I did some basic non metallic metal with a purplish gray, mixed with lighter seafoam green to lighten it.

Just like other members of the party, I used the Green Stuff World leaf punches to create some nice ground cover.  Remember, if you are going to utilize those punches, you always want to have a nice collection of dried, pressed leaves handy!

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The First Age

I only painted a few of the First Age Gondor figures, but it was an interesting challenge for the NMM phase.  First, these guys are pretty tiny, and only a few metal surfaces actually show!
Also, they have a lot of dark blue, and that has to be reflected into those metals, along with the ground color and as much sky as possible. ¬†I never played a Gondor army… mostly since it was what I was fighting against most of the time!
I opposed it with my Easterling/Khand alliance, and even my Mordor force.

He’s also here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/222544843592?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

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Leviathan of the East

In the process of evolution, some branches of that tree tend to snap off.  That happened with the multiple turret style tanks that had been developed prior to WW2.
Obvisouly, they tended to be very slow, and the multiple turrets created a very high profile, and made things a wee bit hectic for the crew. ¬†I suppose that the could have worked best as dug in bunkers… but in any case, they are still very fun!
This is the Trenchworx version of the massive T-35.  As with all Trenchworx vehicles, you have excellent casting, and a very helpful instruction sheet!  These are extremely helpful, especially with a more complex kit such as this.

https://trenchworx.com/product/soviet-t-35/

A quick look at the parts shows you what you will be working with.  There is minimal mould line and flash nastiness to deal with, which saves a lot of time.

A closer look at the resin bits…

Now for the assembled tank!  You really get the sense of how giant this was.

I am still pondering a winter appearance for this T-35, since I have seen so many green versions so far.

Given all the vertical surfaces on the T-35, I thought that might be a great way to show some weathering, with streaked whitewash, rust, mud and even some icicles!

For those of you how might be wondering, this is 1/56 scale for Bolt Action.  A penny included for a size comparison.

As with all Trenchworx vehicles, the added luxury of magnetized turrets! ¬†Not having loose turrets bouncing around inside my cases of painted miniatures is always a plus ūüôā ¬†It even makes some of the final weathering and painting easier.

An added bonus is the magnetized main gun!  They think of everything!  

Some final views of the vehicle prior to the priming phase.  That has since been completed, and I am hoping to paint this in one of my facebook live sessions soon! Stay tuned.

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Savage Saurus

My original Saurus cavalry unit was comprised of the old metal and plastic kits.  The Saurus riders were all metal, which certainly made them top heavy!  When the all plastic versions came out, they required far less counter balancing.

Keeping with the same color scheme made them blend in with those original figures nicely, giving the unit a more diverse look.  It did require some shifting of puzzle pieces to get them to fit on the same movement tray however!!

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The Ranger

It was pretty funny painting this dark green ranger after painting a number of American and British WW2 vehicles!  I guess I must have had this particular shade of green on my mind!

I didn’t get crazy with any freehand this time around… heck, just like all the British tanks that have virtually no markings on them!!

The leaves were done with the Green Stuff world leaf punches, as usual.

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Halt!

We return to the front lines with the Warlord Games winter American figures.  This is a metal set which contains 10 sculpts.  There are also a number of support and command sets to complete the army.  
This was my first experience in using oils to paint an entire unit of ‘regular’ miniatures. ¬†Up to that point, I had only used them on vehicles. ¬†It was a lot of fun to use the oils on infantry figures, and this link shows you some of the steps involved.
http://wappellious.blogspot.com/2017/02/oil-slick.html

There are a number of obvious advantages to the oils, such as the extended drying times.  Another upside to the oils is the ease of initial blending, and the ability to mix right on the figure!
I also used the Secret Weapon Miniatures crushed glass for the snow effects.

Also, the use of oil paints makes getting the muted tones quite easy, since you are already mixing the colors quite frequently.  I will be using the oils on subsequent armies, such as my Italians.  That extended drying time is ideal for working on mass amounts of figures all at once, keeping more consistency in the colors from one to the next.
Being able to come back after a few days to continue painting the figures means that I can be more relaxed in the approach, as the paint on the palette and the figures will still be workable for quite a while.
I will be incorporating more materials in the oil painting process, such as the Mig AMMO OilBrushers.  Stay tuned!

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Barbarian Blades

The past becomes the present once again with a very old figure that I believe is from Excalibur. ¬†I seem to recall that eventually parts of this line became Celtos… a line of figures that I really loved back in the day!
This figure might be over 17 years old, and long out of print. ¬†Again, I can’t be sure, but it was something that I had run across on ebay 15 years ago. ūüôā

Painting older figures like these is always a reminder of how things evolve and change in the miniatures industry over the years. While today’s poses tend to be far more dynamic, that does lead to more interactions with mould lines. ¬†“Simpler” poses such as these tend to offer more protection from those lines, as it is easier to ‘hide’ them.
There are some larger, bulkier surfaces, and these offer some opportunities for subtle color varieties and even freehand designs.

He’s also here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/222539250589?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

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