Monday, 25 June 2012

End of Orks, and Onto new Things

..and with him painted, thats the end of the Orks for now. Its been quite fun to just bash some "tabletop standard" figures out for Ewan, and I'm sure I'll do some more in the future, but for now it's onto a new plan. With a little bit of careful Ebaying, I've got both the Ork and Space Marine Codexes, and am now planning on putting together moderately balanced 1000 point forces for both factions for us to play with. For the Orks this is pretty easy, but for my Blood Ravens slightly less so, given my eclectic purchasing habits.

So, I've ordered another tac squad, and a command squad to round them out, and will get to building and painting. This will also be the time to crack open the new paints I've picked up too, so its all change for the next few months!

Friday, 15 June 2012

Quick 'n' Dirty Orks

So, as I think I've mentioned previously, my eldest has a growing Orky Horde and whilst he's happy splodging paint around on them I've nicked a few to paint up myself. Now other than messing about with some of the AoBR Boyz way back when I started painting again.

So I've swiped some Burna Boyz, and gone for a quick approach that is fast and understates a lot of the detail. Because the thing that I've noticed is that Ork figures are covered in straps and furs and stuff, which can make them look very cool, but I can also imagine that it will get quite frustrating for a novice as it hugely multiplies the number of passes they need to make on it. So for these guys, sod that, and I've tried to keep the colour blocks simple and aim for a "straight to the tabletop" look.

This means - body colour is blue, leather gloves and boots are brown, and the metal work is tin bitz. Where its on the outside of the model (ie front and centre to the eye) I've added highlighting and detail work, but really what I want to do it give them back to him and say "this is what you should be aiming at" without them being so detailed he'll be defeated before he starts. I want to encourage the idea that if you just get the paint "between the lines" as it where you can do a lot with a simple basecoat - wash - highlight. I can save the fancier stuff for my Blood Ravens! ;-)

So they look like this:

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Tau Piranha: COMPLETED

OK, so after some wailing an gnashing of teeth I pretty much just sucked it up and went back to the Piranha, and finished it off as best I could. I think it's fine overall, but I still feel slightly annoyed with not being able to realise the original plan. Also, you don't half get bored of painting drones quickly.

Anyway, pics after the cut.