Azazel‘s monthly painting challenges are partly the reason I started this blog, and now it’s time to present my entry to January’s challenge – Terrain & Centrepiece models.
This is more of a token entry, something small that I painted up in a couple of days. As most of the month was spent on Spiteclaw’s Swarm, I had to employ some (warp) speed painting, but I managed to pull it off, and the result is not half bad, if I say so myself.
I painted a set of objective markers from the old Battle for Macragge box set and a few pieces from the even older 40k Battlefield Accessories set. I can’t remember which of these sets I’ve had longer, but they’re both from around 2004. I was seriously amazed when I found out that the Accessories are still sold, but I do think that the barrels are nicer than in the new container set. The tank traps are pretty bad though..
The painting was mostly just washing, drybrushing and sponging, which was a pretty nice change of pace. The pallet got some extra love with freehand hazard stripes, and while they’re not super neat and even, I think it adds some much needed interest to an otherwise very plain piece. The fusion core from BfM was also painted a bit more carefully, and I thought it would be a good place to practice OSL. Not really visible in the pictures, but I’m not super satisfied with the result.
Phew! Challenge completed with almost half an hour to spare!
“Skritch is the greatest, yes-yes!”
Time for the first proper post, showcasing finished minis! I got this Shadespire warband as a Christmas present from my lovely fiancé. I had looked forward to these rat-men for a long time, and promptly made it my main painting project of January. I’m really happy with how they came out!
I had done some planning on how to paint these guys even before I got the kit. I wanted them to wear purple, since I like the color, hadn’t painted it before and as far as I could find, there’s very few purple Skaven around. I also wanted each of the fighters to have a different fur color. Skritch would be an albino, since the idea of a purple cloak reminded me of Adventure Time’s Rat King. The assassin, or “Festering Skaven”, was obviously going to be painted Eshin Grey. For the rest I chose another gray and a couple of browns.
The bases were painted in my go-to “sandstone” scheme, but I wanted to add some variation to the color. The tiles made this easy, I just painted random ones with Seraphim Sepia and Reikland Fleshshade. For the arch on Skritch’s base I dabbed some thinned done shades in random places. I also painted some green around the gutter to create the impression of moss or some other growth. The water in the gutter was painted with a mix of greens and browns, and given a gloss coat, and I think it works well with the base.
Finishing the Swarm also allowed me to stamp the first box in a hobby bingo card courtesy of Rob Hawkins) that I thought I’d try to fill up this year. Okay, so I’m definitely not going to get it all filled up, but I’m hoping to score a bingo or two at least..
Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m mcmattila, a miniature hobbyist from Finland. I’ve been pondering about starting a blog to showcase and keep a record of my hobby accomplishments for some time now, and what better time to start than at the start of the year.
So, the aim of the blog is to showcase my miniature painting and modelling work. At this time I collect Games Workshop models, so the majority of the models in the blog will be from Warhammer 40k, Age of Sigmar and Warhammer Underworlds. That being said, there might be the occasional model from other manufacturers, game systems or perhaps even scale models or such. We’ll see where this goes. My plan is to keep this blog for finished work only and try to update weekly, but me being a relatively slow painter, I might not be able to keep that up for too long. Again, we’ll see where this goes.
I also have to note that this is my first crack at blogging and WordPress, so the outlook of this site might change as I figure how stuff works, and how I’d like the pages to look.
To finish this post, I’ll leave you with a picture of my workspace. A proper showcase post to follow soon(ish).