Thursday, May 28, 2015

Milestone passed - 10,000

May 2014 I started a new blog dedicated to my painted work which focused on old "school" models and games.  It is now 12 months on and I've passed 10,000 page views from the many people who visit my blog.

My blog is primarily lots of pictures.  I'm and average painter, although some think my work is exceptional.  With my advancing years I'm just happy to be able to still be able to paint and have them presentable enough to play with.

I have to thank Glen T who dragged me out of my fugue state last year and set me on the road to collecting and painting models that are amongst the classics.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ork Nobs and Warbike

Progressing through the Orks for 40K has been great fun.  The early Citadel figures had so much character, something that is lacking in much of their modern work.  The Nobs I have had for quite some time, a few were acquisitions from recent haggling, but the majority are those I have had since they first hit the shores.

I have at present 11 unique singulars, three that you can see in a previous post.  The bike with Nob has been given a wash a re-base, small touch ups and it now fits in with my current paint style.  I'll hunt through my archives for a suitable banner or even cobble one together for the banner pole on the bike.

Still lots more where these came from, three old dreadnoughts but all the small versions, heavens knows what I did with the middle sections.  They must be somewhere amongst my storage boxes!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Modernizing your past work - to do or not to do?

For those who have been painting and modelling for a long time there comes an age old question.  Do you modernize your artwork from decades ago?

My painting skills started in the 1970's and I'm still painting today.  Some of my work from the past I'm still happy with, some I cringe and wonder what possessed me to think this was better than other people's work at the time.  (Mind you some of my recent stuff I worry about as well.)

For example I have the following model sitting on my table at present.

This model was painted when it first hits the shores in Australia so I can't even hazard a guess as to how old it is. Looking at these figures I find that I have two options, strip the lot and paint to fit into an existing army or just touch up and repaint certain sections.

I'm swaying towards touch up and repaint.

The infantry figures are not badly painted.  I can highlight and apply wash to bring them up to my current standard of painting.  The wagon colours I don't mind, again a highlight and wash is all that's needed, the horses though...  The horses will have to be stripped and done again, I have no idea what I was taking at the time to come up with that colour scheme but it sucks.

Of course I could just strip the lot and start again, yet my track record with painting stripped work is not inspiring.  It just seems like more work than just reworking a piece.

I guess in the end it comes down to just what you are prepared to do.

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Squabble of Orks

Making progress through my 40K Orks.  These are all the single cast orks that I have at present and painted.  There are about 16 nobs to paint, which I shall share shortly.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Squats for Warhammer 40,000

My collection of Squats is quite small, some 9 warriors and 6 in exo-armour.  To think I almost traded these away not too long ago.  While not of any number to effectively use, they will go towards my increasing Rogue Trader era miniatures.

My collection of 6 exo-armour Squats.

These three are from the above.

Nine Squats including command.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Ultramarine Army for Warhammer 40,000

I'm slowly working towards painting up an old model army of Ultra Marines.

More details a bit later, but here's the army painted to date.

Monday, May 4, 2015

March of the Undead

I finished these last week but due to some minor flooding I've only just been able to get around to posting these.

One is a unit of mixed hand weapons, some with shield and others with two handed weapons.  Some classic old metal that I have wanted since I parted with them years ago.  Big thanks to Aaron T and Simon G for assisting me rebuild my old model collection.

The second unit is spear, armour and shield.

A very cluttered studio, all the carpet ripped up.