Plague Marines commission completed!

Finally, I can share some photos of the commission work done lately!

It came to me in two parts – Dark Imperium Nurgle minis and Renegade Knight + Armiger Helverins. While painting Dark Imperium was really quick and easy – standard miniatures, on a Basic Table-Top level, the Knights detachment was little more challenging 😉

My main assumption when painting for a Basic standard lvl is to make things really quick and easy, as much as I can, but with a good, clean and well-looking finish, at least at the first sight 😉
Citadel Washes and Contrast paints are just perfect for that, and I used them a lot here.

To achieve the certain shade of green, I started with painting Plague Marines’ armour using an airbrush, then painted some details and metallics, and then, almost dipped whole miniature in Agrax Earthshade to create shading and dirt.

The Bligh Drone was painted using the same techniques as the Plague Marines, it just took some more time to paint such big surfaces 😉

Then, the time has come for the horde of Pox Walkers – only 10 of them are in the pictures – It’s half of the amount I’ve painted, rest are just exactly the same 🙂

They are almost 100% Contrast Paints, with the solid coat of Agrax Earthshade at the end to make them fit better with Marines.

As I said Before – the real struggle begun with the big boys. They are not only very big and detailed miniatures, that comes in many, many parts – I also had to customize them a little bit, to fit the Chaos standards better and please the Papa Nurgle. Nonetheless, they are still in Basic lvl painting (and modelling), so nothing so very amazing or unusual here, just some spikes, horns and pimples 😉

Da Biggest Boi n da Hood was in need of the fourth arm, to make the emperors minions evaporate even faster!
So, I had to build one from the scratch, using some modelling putty, bass guitar strings, plastic pipes, and some old bits and rubbish.

Of course, all of his arms are magnetized to make weapon swaps quick and easy!

That’s all for now, but some very cool and exciting projects are in progress, so stay tuned for more, cheers!

Dark Imperium Ultramarines army and something new

It’s been quite some time since I had anything interesting to write about, and even longer since I had anything new to show. And while this army from the Dark Imperium set is not really mine, I am proud to show this piece of team work and explain why.

Training that paid off

I can’t remember if it has been already mentioned or not, but we’ve been training hard to streamline our painting processes and optimize efficiency. Our cooperation with Mixed Dimensions allowed us to improve many things in this field and train a team of artists, who in addition to having their own styles and skills, also can work as one team, as a single well-oiled machine and produce large projects, which still remain coherent in style and quality.

Ultramarines from Dark Imperium boxed set

What we have here is an army that was a part of the Dark Imperium set. It is a perfect example of such cooperation. While models in this army have been painted by several team members, sometimes even a few of them working on one unit (or even one model!), I think we managed to keep a consistent look throughout the whole project.

As pictures say more than words, here is a picture of the army:

And here are some shots of individual units:

I am really happy with the result! And so are other team members, so here is another shot of the whole force. 🙂

So what?

Hmm, what does it mean to you?
It means we are fully capable of handling large projects, no matter how we assign the work and tasks. Months (if not years) of training allow us to officially admit we are also a team, not only a group of individual artists.

This can allow to handle your requests better, faster and potentially more affordably! Of course, if you insist that a particular artist takes care of your models, it’s totally doable. We just have more options than that!

We will be explaining it in more detail soon, but for now I just wanted to show these Ultramarines. And if you would like to try our team with your own project, you can always contact us about it. And in the meantime we’ll start working on building a gallery of similar team-work projects. 🙂

Nameless Guard

I am slowly rebuilding my gallery. Over the next days, weeks and maybe months you will be bombarded with pics  of minis I have painted over the years.

Nameless Guard
Nameless Guard

 

Nameless Guard was a special project, my attempt to have a fully painted army – something I have never achieved.

It took me few months of heavy work, but I have succeeded. The army was based on Death Guard / Plague Marines models and a sacred Nurgle’s number (7).

Nameless Guard - Squad Decay
Nameless Guard – Squad Decay

Nameless Guard - Squad Rot
Nameless Guard – Squad Rot

 

7 units, each with 7 models, plus a chaos lord Nameless making for a total of 50 miniatures.  On top of that, 7 war machines. Most of them are converted.

Some of these you can see in this post. Here’s the link to the full gallery of the Nameless Guard.

Nameless Guard - Land Raider
Nameless Guard – Land Raider

Nameless Guard - Hellbrute Dust
Nameless Guard – Hellbrute Dust

 

If you wish to learn more how this army came to life, there’s a thread on Chest of Colors forum.

Nameless Guard - Nameless

 

And if you wish to take this army to battlefields of the 40th century, contact me. It’s not brand new but it has never been used and is ready for sale!

Tale of Gamers – Pirate Orks by Arctica

Now don’t you think that Chest of Colors is only a painters community! We game and we love pictures of painted units doing their best on table tops.  Here at our forum we’ve got a special section called Tale of Gamers, and our friend Arctica posted his Pirate Orks there for us all to see.

Tale of Gamers – what is it about?

In this part of forum any member (if brave enough 😉 ) can start his own tale.  Every thread is devoted to one miniature project. There are no deadlines, no gaming system restrictions and everyone sets his own point goal. As an example it can be:

  • 2250 points Ultramarines army for Warhammer 40000
  • 200 points Lost war band for  Hell Dorado
  • 45 points Khador battle group for Warmachine
  • any Malifaux or Freebooter’s Fate skirmish band
  • Space Hulk, Dreadfleet or maybe Super Dungeon Explore… own point goal

And yeah – you can start as many tales as you wish 🙂 The point of a Tale of Gamers is to motivate each other to paint and finish collections of models.

Tale of Gamers

 

To show you an example of such a Tale, let’s take a look at Arctica‘s Pirate orks, and read what he said about this project:

Pirate Orks by Arctica

So I first came up with the idea of ork pirates when my friends started playing Necromunda, they wanted me to get involved and join in. So I looked through the current range of models and actually I was not really a fan of any of the gangs so I decided to make a customized gang.

Since I’ve always liked orks but knew there were too many for me to do a sensible force this seemed a good opportunity and the release of the conversion bits for ork pirate heads seemed liked a good time to try this project.

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Pirate orks assembled

Plans and preparations

I put the models together and primed them and decided to go for a slightly different approach to the models to break up my usual state of painting. So going for a white primer rather than a black one was to challenge myself and see why other painters took this route.

After painting the first miniature I found it super fun and I was really excited to actually move onto the next model. The encouragement of the painting community here on Chest of Colors miniature painting forum and my own eagerness pushed me through the whole gang very very quickly. My original intention was to use the ork gang to break up any monotonous army painting but I quickly found that the orks were much more interesting than anything else and so I focused everything on them.

In many ways I would say that having 1-2 projects on the go is a good thing but I think for those exceptional projects you never need more than that one. And I kept posting my work up and getting group shots of the whole lot being completed one at a time made me really feel good about a project so I kept rolling with all that drive and motivation and pushed the project to completion very rapidly.

I always have plans for many things, but for now I have plenty of Warmachine models I want to finish so that I can compete at tournaments etc. I have another gang idea floating about but I need to work a few things out first.

If you would like to see Arctica’s tale or even comment it, here is the link to it.

Watch the progress

The most interesting part in having a tale is to watch the progress of an growing army. Here is an example how Arctica did it.

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End of the Tale

Enjoy the photos  of each member of pirate crew.

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Pirate orks warband ready for gaming!

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Join us – start your own tale!

Did you know that painted miniatures do on table top battlefields much better? And for sure they look better on the shelf. 🙂

So are you a gamer? Does the possibility to play with painted miniatures motivates you to paint? Join other painters that try to turn metal piles of lead soldiers into battle ready killing machines. We help, comment and discuss about our armies and the most important we motivate each other.

Remember, there are no rules or strict schedules here. This forum section is always open for anyone who wants to challenge himself with any army/war band/ battle group. It is just simple fun helping to win one big prize – your own fully painted army.

And finally: what do you think about this kind of projects? Are they interesting to you? Are they motivating and encouraging? Why don’t you leave a comment to tell us if you want to read about our other tales and share your other suggestions with us. Thank you!

— sea.man