Friday, April 27, 2012

Weekly Finds #78

Where I Get Inspiration From by LuckyNo.7 from Eye of Error - Some weird images... almost surreal in nature. They would all easily fit alongside the work of John Blanche. If any of my Imaginary Friends are into these sorts of images for inspiration should head over to Tears of Envy. Not only does she have several images of John Blanche on her blog but also the works of many other artists. Note that some of the art on Tears of Envy is not safe for work or children or prudes...

Adepticon by Brian from A Gentleman's One - All of these tables look great. None of them are out of place in the grim darkness of the 41st Millennium. My favourite tables are the two matching ones pictured below. With some miniatures and some photoshopped smoke they would look like a real war zone... a city or settlement that has suffered the scars of battle. The industrial zone also looks great. Can see where Brian has used elements from the Heroes of Armageddon table from last year.

How to Paint like the 'Eavy Metal Team by James from Tale of Painters - Part II can be found here and follows on with using glazes and painting the dread white and black.

The Army Painter Warpaint Inks by Stahly from Tale of Painters - Stahly continues his review of different paint ranges. This time with Army Painters Inks which seem like a great replacement for the old Citadel inks that have now been long out of production.

Battle Damage to Plain Metallic by Ron from FTW - The same technique as regular battle damage. However, Ron goes about using white to help make the battle damage pop. The picture below emphasises his point. However, this would only work for silver metallics. Gold and bronze would require a unique approach. In the case of bronze this would be a verdigris effect.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Prometheus Viral Video: David 8

Ridley Scott's Prometheus is a certain-to-be-epic movie.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Weekly Finds #77

Seven Quick Tips & Tricks for Best Painting by Ron from FTW - Some great advice for those just getting into the hobby or those who want to take some steps towards decent table top. And with the new Citadel Paints it is all the more easier to turn out some great looking miniatures...

Tyranid Red Terror Conversion by Garfy from Tale of Painters - I'm a big fan of Garfy's Tyranid Hive. This Red Terror conversion is no different. I like how his scheme has changed over time as his skills have developed... sort of like how Nids adapt to their surroundings.

Imperial Fists with New Citadel Paints by Tyler M. from Mengel Miniatures - Following on from last weeks traitor guardsman is this Imperial Fist with the new Citadel Paints. It is hard to imagine that yellow was once a colour left for the experts... of course the glaze method comes nothing close to the sort of results that DV8 and others have produced.

Painting Bone by Subtle Discord from Legion Rising - Subtle Discord has one hell of a Chaos Army. His army is full of individuality from the conversions to the paint job to the plasticard work on all his vehicles. The level of detail into painting the bone shows just how much effort gets put into creating this work of art.

Tutorial on Making Banners from Transparent Foil by Androsch from Tower of Heroes - A very quick and effective method to creating durable banners... relatively durable when compared to paper or cardboard banners.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dishonored - Debut Trailer from Bethesda

Tears of Envy does it again with her unique skill at posting trailers to things that WILL be awesome...

Did I mention I'm a huge fan of British Steam Punk?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Weekly Finds #76

Review: Citadel Paint Range by Stahly from Tale of Painters - With the release of the new Citadel Pain Range the interwebz have been flooded with the opinions of many. This is one of the best I've found. What jumps out at me the most about this review is that Stahly has looked at the history of Citadel Paints and how this has impacted on the new paints. Something that nobody else has looked at...

Triage Documents by Headologist from The Bolter & Chainsword - I'm two months into working in an Emergency Department and this was amusing when I saw it. Just as amusing as the doctor that goes around with Umbrella Corporation logos on all his equipment...

Apocalypse Primer: Hosting a Game by Chris Donohue from Apocalypse 40K - With the addition of the Land Raider Achilles to my collection I've turned my attention to Apocalypse. Without any Titans or Super Heavies in my collection these rules don't directly apply to me... but they may be something to bring up next time I partake in my FLGS Apoc Games.

Whose Voice Drowns Out All Others by Tyler M. from Mengel Miniatures - An awesome tutorial on painting yellow with the new Citadel Paints... it has turned yellow into one of the quickest and easiest colours to paint. It doesn't look as good as DV8's Lamenters. However, considering that yellow was a colour left for the professionals this will change things up dramatically.

Vostroyan Pained with New Citadel Paints by Drathmere from 40k Hobby Blog - Another miniature painted using the new Citadel Paints. This time the entire miniature was painted with the new paints. Nothing jumps out except for the vibrant red... with just a single glaze the red has become amazing.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Forge World Open Day 2012

The guys over at What's New Today have managed to post their pictures of this years Forge World Open Day several days behind the rest of the world... as always my own looney thoughts are in purple italics.

The other weekend was the Forge World Open Day here at Warhammer World and for those of you that got to pay us a visit, you'll know just how busy it was. Damn my forefathers for leaving England... if only I lived there to visit Warhammer World. For many it was an opportunity to get their hands on the latest Forge World models, for others it was a chance to chat to the designers about their latest creations. For most it was both.

In the Forge World Studio area many of the designers, writers and artists were busy talking about their latest work or showing off their craft. As you can see from the pictures above, Rhys Pugh and Sam Lamont were busy working on their latest pieces of art - we weren't quite sure what they were creating, but it looked dark, evil and fiery - an upcoming Warhammer Forge book perhaps?

Will Hayes chatted about his latest designs while a nearby Phantom Titan watched over the growing crowds. There was even a fully painted version on the Doom of Mymeara display board. If you look at the picture you'll get an idea of the huge scale of the model - that tiny speck next to its foot is an Eldar Guardian. Very cool display...

Darren Parrwood tried to avoid having his picture taken, but sadly for him he didn't quite escape in time - don't worry Darren, it's a good picture, you handsome devil. If you scroll towards the end of the gallery you'll see a picture of his latest project - an Imperial flier... which makes me think of an Imperial version of the Warthog with it's nose mounted cannon.

Two men that need no introduction are Mark Bedford and Phil Stutcinskas (though I have inadvertently introduced them now...). When they're not designing new miniatures, Phil and Mark sometimes run Painting Masterclass' at Warhammer World. Damn you Forefathers. They are also working on Imperial Armour Modelling Masterclass Vol.II, a mighty tome full of useful modelling and painting information - a must-have for all serious hobbyists. We'll keep you updated when we find out more about it.

Next to Mark and Phil were Blake Spence and Alan Bligh. Blake is the man behind the Zone Mortalis - the latest scenery pieces from Forge World. But Blake isn't finished yet - he's still got plenty more scenery to work on, some of which you'll see later this year. Meanwhile, Alan was chatting about his latest books - Tamurkhan and the Monstrous Arcanum. He was also sitting proudly next to one of Forge World's latest kits - the Storm Eagle. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on one of those kits.

Many of you thought that it was an April Fool's joke, but no, it's real and available to pre-order on the Forge World website right now. In fact, here's a video to show you a bit more about it:

On another note, Forge World will also be present at both the Salute and Adepticon conventions which take place at the end of the month. Adepticon is held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Inn from 19th - 22nd April, while Salute will be taking place at the ExCell Centre in London on the 21st April. If you're attending the Salute event then there is still time to reserve Forge World products before you go. Simply give them a call and their Customer Services team will be more than willing to help you out.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Weekly Finds #75

Knights Who Say Morr by Dave Taylor from Dave Taylor Miniatures - I am a huge fan of Dave Taylor's projects. They each have their own unique character. And this Procession of Morr looks like it will be no different. He has avoided the horrible looking Empire Knight mounts by using the more dynamically posed Chaos Mounts. Can't wait to see what else he will come up with. Hard not to imagine that this will knock his Artillery Train of Nuln dead... especially, with the new release of Empire miniatures.

Imperial Cruisers by James Wappel from James Wappel Miniature Painting - I may not play or own any Battlefleet Gothic but I love the idea behind it and many of the miniatures from the range. James Wappel's own miniatures highlight why I love this range. They are just awesome and despite their small size they are still open to conversions and full of detail. Despite what the poorly painted Games Workshop miniatures suggest. I also love the look of the bases...

Forge World Open Day II by Loken from Apocalypse 40K - These Apothocaries are awesome and will find their way into my collection. Along with the new Assault Marines and the Storm Eagle. I'm not sure how I feel about the new Terminator Mk. It is both cool and too different at the same time... it may grow on me over time. I guess it also depends if the helmets are interchangeable with the current Mk.

Brush Care and Cleaning by Winsor and Newton - One of the guys at my FLGS was asking on Facebook how to go about cleaning his brushes. I've used this article in the past so linked it for him. Also, if you don't want to buy hobby specific products such as this can always use your hair shampoo and conditioner. It is something my partner uses to clean her professional make up brushes.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

White Dwarf 388 April 2012 - Citadel Paints

Inside this months issue:
The All-New Citadel Paint Range: We introduce the most comprehensive and expansive Citadel Paint range Games Workshop has ever produced.
Citadel Miniatures: Painting Guide: Part One: In the first part of this painting guide, the Hobby Team present 24 stage-by-stage guides to using the new paints in order to achieve different effects.
Sigmar's Heirs: The Empire is the greatest nation in the Old World, its army a bulwark against the forces of Destruction. We look at the various forces that make up the army of the Empire.
The Reign of Karl Franz: The Emperor Karl Franz is a statesman, but he is also a famed general. In this article we showcase one of his most famous battles, and present an extract from Warhammer: The Empire.
Battle Missions: Death Worlds: In this exclusive new set of Battle Missions, games developer Phil Kelly presents rules and scenarios for fighting in the most inhospitable of battlezones.
Battle Report: The Wolf and the Kraken: The White Dwarf team try out the new Death Worlds Battle Missions, pitting the Space Wolves against the Tyranids.
Army Project: Space Wolves: Following on from his Thunderwolf Cavalry last month, Steve Bowerman shows you how to paint an army of Space Wolves from start to finish using the new Citadel Paints.
You'll also find full details of all the latest releases and news, plus a directory featuring all of the hobby activities in your local area.