Sunday, December 30, 2012

Season's Greetings

Hello guys, I hope you are enjoying the festivities. Here's a photo from the recent xmas party at Old Fogey's place, as you can see it was packed, though some commented that it was a bit dead. And somebody trod a few leaves into the place, not to mention spilling red fluid on the carpet - I hope it was just red wine but suspect otherwise. Mrs Fogey says I am not allowed to invite my strange friends ever again!

You will be seeing a lot more of these fellas in the new year, I have got the army painting bug at the moment. I'm sure it won't last too long, but if I could add another 60 bodies to this lot, I would be very happy (well, maybe less grumpy than usual). I will get some more pictures posted in the new year. Until then, I wish you 

onnellista uutta vuotta

feliz año nuevo

gott nytt år

Happy New Year!

(hope Google translate works)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dark Vengeance progressing

Happy new year folks!

Long story short - the weather forced me not use any primers outside, so I needed to paint something that was primed earlier. I truly am not a fan of these chosen models (they are just too detailed for my eyes) and working on with these was a bit painful because the detail forced me to do extra job all the time... argh. I like simple stuff. Like rocks.

I didn't want these warriors to be a part of any Chaos chapter, but more like a mix of many chapters. I think the Red Corsairs, Alpha legion and Black legion chapters are visible here... You decide what you want to see. Here you go:

And again, this space dude with a better picture (last time when I uploaded this fella here I was in hellish hurry). I really like him!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Early Santa

Hi, it's Turska here again.

Lately I've been sorta busy with a new incomer in my life, my nephew (who has also been busy with irritating diapers and listening to uncle's (ME) blabbering and random noices to get him satisfied again...)

Nope, not so many moments to dig out my paints and start doing something with my unfinished forces.
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Now, let's talk about hobby syndromes; I think we hobbyists share a common syndrome which we could call 'not getting anything finishes because I have too much other warhammer stuff to do' or, 'lack of motivation', or simply; 'laziness'. Also I got introduced to a new syndrome called 'random act of kindness'. I met an old friend at the movie theatre when I was going to see the Hobbit for the first time, and this old friend of mine asked me if I still was painting miniatures (ehrm, slowly but yes). He said to me that he has some spare hobby stuff at his flat, and he wanted to get rid of them as soon as possible...

So, here's something he gave me totally for free. 

- Space Marine Drop Pod (untouched)
- Space Marine Whirlwind (untouched)
- Plastic Terminators
- Tactical Space Marines
- Ork boyz
- random old paints and basing materials (all paints still good!)
- old washes (Only badab black was opened)
- Mumakil with a load of missing parts

The fish is only for entertainment.

I don't know how desperate man can be if he want's to give all this pile of gold for free to a no-lifer. Of course there's an option for me to sell these goods, but as we know for a hobbyist it's almost impossible to say that we don't need some parts of the kits for future projects, and I also think I'll keep this stuff and try to make them a part of my Dark Angels force (work in progress). This act of kindness is a double edged sword - it's cool to own these toys but owning them means it's even harder for me to finish anything ever.... Argh.

Towards the brighter times! Christmas ahoy! Spare me some time to get miniatures done! And thanks for the secret Santa who gave me all this plastic soldiers!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Last one for the year (for Erik)

Dear readers,

This will be my last entry for this year. I have just completed 4 nurglings. The new one from the PB plastic kit has been converted (á la Mr.Saturday) with a hot needle. I really like the expression on them but the pic toned down the layers so they look a bit to contrasty. Well well can't have it all:

Well throwing an update for a mere four nurglings is not that impressive, so I thought that I would give an early Christmas present - namely revealing the mystery of the round bases. Lo and behold ladies and gents a movment tray!

As you can see there are still plenty missing, and to be precise - this is not even the right movement tray. There will be another one for these warriors which might even be bigger so plenty more nurgly goodness to come! I hope you have enjoyed these so far, I certainly have. So happy holidays and see you on the other side //Cheers

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Still alive... somewhat

Wow real life is really trying its best so that I can't have time/energy to paint. However I thought that I should post something just to show that I'm alive and that I'm still working on these.

Wip left and center, the right one is done. Nothing big on the conversion just a quick headswap and a hood made of gs. Far left dude got a new polearm and a nice grabby hand from the new plaguebearer kit (love it!).

I also missed the deadline of TWF conversion challenge, but here is the final product. This dude will be the standard bearer for the regiment. Made from a black orc body, head and foot from the plaguebearer kit etc. Really like his jolly look.

 Hope you like these (small) updates. - cheers

Monday, December 10, 2012

Let's get techy

So another weekend past and some more minis to show. I finished up two more warriors for the chaos regiment that is starting to shape up rather nicely. I always loved the guy to the left and it was a treat to paint. I was unsure how to paint the staff but in the end I decided to go with simple rusted metal.

The guy to to the right was hard to paint as there is so much detail that I was unsure of what it represent, especially the fur was hard to get right and I'm not 100% pleased with it. I might redo it when I go back and add the finishing touches on the minis and fix the basing.

Friday, December 7, 2012

adding to the ranks

Just a quick update with three more fellows or the merry bunch. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Just something quick for today...

Here he's , the Lord of the herd , the bigger beastman around.
It was painted some time ago , but I think he's still cool.
Not so far from the nurglesque theme that I'm using on my chaos warriors.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Two more for the team

Another Saturday, another day were I actually had time to paint :D and to celebrate - here's two more or the warrior block. I never liked the sorc mini when it was released, but with a quick staff swap it looks way better and I really enjoyed painting it. This might not look as much progress but I had one of these unorganized sessions were I panted a bit here and a bit there on many minis. So far only the flyface is done.

The red gems are a test to incorporate a bit more red in the regiment. there will only be a few more places where I add them but I think that it will give a nice contrast - however I'd love your views on it.

And  here's a WIP on a palanquin. It's very inspired by the story about Valnir the Reaper from libre chaotica. So far it is quite hard to make out what has been added but when the basecoat is on it I think it will show. The idea is to paint this one for the Massive Voodoo painting comp. We will see if I have time to finish it to the quality that I intend.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ok , this is a very cool (and big) mini that I had the pleasure to paint on commission for a very nice german guy :)
Don't know way  , but it's been very hard to take good pics of this beast , maybe is because of the big wing creating shadows  , the lightning ... I dont know. The base was build totally from scratch , somekind of ancient ruins....
So, here's this "faceless demon" for your viewing pleasure !

Monday, November 26, 2012

Some more warriors done

Phewww I just had a few hours to finish these trio of oldies today. Nothing fancy and the photo is in bad quality as well. Good news, I'm done with the first 10 nurgle warriors, I also primed 6 more today and got most of the skin done on one more dude. Progress is floating along nicely as I'm trying to finish the first regiment by mid January. I feel like I'm starting to get a better feel for glazes and working with mediums, It actually makes painting skin 'fun' again :D

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mr. Bargainer

Okay, I found my Badrukk model from the forgotten pile of miniatures and I gave him new looks with some random plastic parts. Nowadays he's the richest guy from a planet that has only sand and ferocious tentacle monsters under it's surface - He is the guy who makes a fortune by selling tuned up weapons and fancy clothing - Only things he totally understands are the value of good bullets and fabric... He is the fanciest mutant around. You can call him Mr. Bargainer if you wish, he also ha the names like Mr. Shinystuff or Galactic Business Mutie.

He's made to serve my 40K chaos fanatics from the DV set. Conversion and painting took about a day to finish.

Well....How F*****G cool is that beast ?!?

Ok , just got this the other day....and guys i'ts AWESOME and HUGE!!
The upper teeths are not glued yet , as they are so long and will block any further access to the inner mouth.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A rush of inspiration - FW toads more or less done

Hello folks!

I had a ton of inspiration the last days and with the gorgeous FW plague toads in front of me I went to work. The minis have great detail and FW really lives up to the high standard they claim to have. However the choice of minis might have made issues like airbubbles hard to spot due to the nature of the miniature (as well as that I did not have to assemble/clean/glue them). The toads have plenty of character and they have good differences in skin texture which makes painting them a treat with plenty of different boils, wounds, sores and other goodies. My least favorite is the one with closed mouth, I can't put my finger on what bothers me with it but like that one the least of them.

I tried some new brushes from DaVinci  - nova synthetic line size 0 and 0,50. I really like them and only used a smaller brush for the last details. I also used tons of matt medium for the skin and gloss varnish for the gore/blood as well as glazes for texture and fades. I am still learning how to use these techniques but I enjoyed painting with them and I feel a big improvement with each mini completed.

The slime effects were also new for me and created with a contact glue. So far I like it but very few minis will have it as it can easily go OTT. I added it to these as I wanted something to give a feel of them being working hard (like horses froth when they pull stuff etc.) - I hope you get my drift.

The minis will be pulling chariots so they are not 100% done but last touch ups will be added when the rides are done.

Thanks for watching

Competition Time?

Oooh, shiney new blog header pic, nice!

Anybody thinking of entering the Warhammer Forum Conversion challenge? It's just for fun of course, but I thought it might be a nice bit of friendly competition between us. There's only three weeks to the deadline, so it would have to be done fairly soonish. I am hoping to enter my very basic conversion of a chaos army standard bearer, based on an Avatars of War figure. Maybe you proper converters could show me a thing or two?

Another one to consider is the Massive Voodoo Bananalicious Contest. As I understand it, you can enter up to five pieces, at least one of which must be new. So you could pick three or four of your previous jobs, paint up one or two new figures and enter. A chance for the grimesters to show the painting world what we are made of! What say you?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Plague marines anyone ??

Ok , just a few wip pics of my always on  wip state  W40k chaos marines.

Life in the old dog still

Hello guys, number four signing in.

I have been around for a while now, some of you will know me from the Warhammer Forum, where I contribute as Old Fogey. I also lurk and occasionally add to a few other forums, under various names such as Bagpuss, Nord, Soulseeker and TheGreenMan. Some of you might even know my ancient website, Griffin Painting. It's hardly surprising I get confused so easily! On the basis that I am most likely to remember the name I have used the longest, let's stick with Old Fogey.

One of the problems of old age is PILES. I do have a severe case of piles. Every time I sit down, I jump up again in discomfort, muttering to myself, "I must get those piles of unpainted figures out of the cupboard". So I shamble off, down the corridor, turn right, then left, then realise I am in the toilet so turn back round and go to the cupboard. I open the door, and there they are, glistening dully in lead heaps, piled high in dusty boxes of unclipped sprue, or hidden away behind my precious copies of Pipe Smokers Weekly, Caravan Adventures and Which Walking Stick. Where do I start?

Hopefully, the young uns in this ere blog will be able to help out an old duffer like myself. I have several ongoing army projects that I am likely to add to, mainly Chaos (in all three forms of Warrior, Daemon and Beast), Dwarfs, Orcs and Goblins, and possibly even, I can't say the E-word in this grimey place. I also have a simmering desire to paint up hordes of grave guard, zombies, ghouls and yes, I literally do have skeletons in my closet.

So that's what you can expect from this old idiot. Bad jokes, rambling posts and maybe even a bit of painting now and then. Oh, and that picture, it's not really me, though I do have slippers just like it!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ribbit Ribbit FW toads a comming

Hello folks

I will take the opportunity to welcome our latest member ;) and I will celebrate it with posting some WIPs on the commission I'm working on. These are some lightly converted FW toads with added beastmen chariot harnesses. I added some gs for fat folds etc. to make the harnesses fit more with the toads. The colors were first chosen to match the nurglings but they turned our far to bright and fleshy so I went back and after a dozen of glazes and washes they looked far better. I finished with adding some slime effects (first time for me) with glue around the tongue/ mouth - I hope you like it I'm quite happy with it. There are some details to be fixed but most of the paintjob is done (except the wood etc which is obvious). Final touch ups will be done when the toad gets some wheels.

Thanks for watching

4 horsemen of apocalypse

....Galloping this direction!

Okay folks! Our crew has grown again with another grimelover, and now we can officially say that our paintsniffer group is international - and the painters in this site share few common things what comes to this hobby and especially to painting. So now there's people from Sweden, Spain, Great Britain and Finland, but there's still some countries to conquer and unite the grimers!

Let's see what future will show in form of Brushes United (name still in under construction), so stay tuned fellow hobbyists!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Nurgle Chaos Lord

Hello guys , I'll show here a bit of a step by step of how I did my Nurgle Lord.

First I used some GS to make the horns , tentacles , etc :

Then from a black priming and white base coat I started to applying very thin layers of inks and very diluted paint, untill I started to reach the desired tone for the skin.

Then I created a cool display base for him to rest there while he's not killing and crushing enemies :)

And here are the final pics:

 Hope you like and please feel free to comment !