Saturday, 21 January 2012

Pleasure pain theory...

Finally at long last I've managed to assemble my vampire counts skeleton army!
The delay has been a mix between my love for painting my zombies and the sheer frustration of trying to stick these little buggers together - id imagine these are going to require some more concentration to paint the small details so I'll probably start with warbosstae's
Tutorial and go from there

They do look fab but I'm not sure I'd venture on another box of them yet. However I may change my mind once I start painting!

They have had their skull white base coat and are ready for action

Monday, 16 January 2012

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Two more to join the ranks!


Originally the first zombie I painted was my favourite, but a new zombie has stolen my heart!

Have finished my 3rd and 4th undead and now beginning to look like a pretty hardcore horde!

I'm glad I have a skelly army to work on as I can imagine the 16 more zombies I have would get slightly repetitive - however as I was able to build them how I like, their all very different anyway so I'm happy to have more to paint!

I'm keeping a uniform colour of blues/greens and browns for clothing.

My new favourite zombie is my collector, as I call him. He's a blood thirsty trophy hunter and as you can see, has his collection very much started! With a decaying human head and the top half of somebody's husband, father or brother... He's a pretty happy zombie! So am I - he took longer for the details but well worth the effort, even with the nails hammered into his weapon, think it really improves the model

Anyway, enough talk, as usual pictures and videos below

3rd zombie:

The collector:

Saturday, 14 January 2012


So after watching several videos of people painting warhammer figures I decided to try a method a little different from what I've been using;

With my previous two zombie figures I've painted each colour with precision! Ensuring its perfect before moving into the next colour touching it - if I went back over the colour previous, I'd redo that and then move on - etc etc

Well on my latest zombie I went for a style id watched on a few videos, just getting the colours in the right places with no real caution and then tidying up later...

And the result? I'm sticking with my slow and steady method! It was really frustrating and seemingly slower doing it the latter, and felt really 'out of order' skipping from shoes to shirt to skin etc

Spent three hours on a figure today and not finished yet, should get it done tomorrow and hopefully another one too

Pics and video tomorrow

Imagination has no ability to wait!

So... I crumbled to the new vampire counts releases - believe me if have brought one of every vampire counts release by now and probably the beastmen too but I'm trying not to dive head first into this hobby - despite so far feeling that this ones a keeper

So I'm still assembling my skelly army and painting up my zombie army - I'm limited to weekends for painting as I work and commute far so I'm never back before 6pm despite leaving for work at 7am - by the time I'm back and fed and watered and entertained the dog it's too late and I'm too tired to paint - so as far as production, it's all fairly slow, but I like to think its quality over quantity with my work!

I did manage to pick up the finecast Isabella von carstein model - and she does look amazing! It's likely she will sit and watch me paint my others before I touch her, hopefully developing my skills before I get to her

So - for now - back to painting, my
Zombies await!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

A growing army

Zombie number two has been raised!

Similar methods to previously - I really feel the washes make the most of the vampire counts mini's - they really bring life (or death) to the zombies!

As ever I enjoyed this poor soul as I painted - found myself making less mistakes with the brush (invester in better brushes!) and can feel the confidence in me building - still taking things slowly though, this one took about two and a half hours - I'm really keen to try and reach a high standard with the painting - but for my
Second ever figure, I'm pleased.
Bases on both models are not finished, I'm waiting for some materials to be delivered which I think should put a finishing touch to the work

I added some dry brushing to the club to pick out the highlights - I also used some gloss on his wounds to really have them shine like a fresh wound - I like the effect

Growing with this figure as with the first I used the tutorial on YouTube by WarBossTae and copied colours etc and even used the same model - this one I built and chose colours etc myself, the hair I wasn't sure I could make look very good - I might change later but I think for now it suits the model

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Inspiration and reasoning

One of the main reasons I'm such a hobby butterfly is my dad! He's always been the same and now I proudly follow in his footsteps!
A big plus for me painting the warhammer fantasy figures is not only because of how great they can look, but so I can join forces with my dad!

He currently making the diorama for my VC range, starting with a haunted house and I'm sure I'll get him to expand it into a graveyard scene and then once the vampire counts models have their home - I have ideas for the Beastmen armies to live in some dark woodland areas....

So my dad builds his models from scratch, and has a blog as mentioned above with the progress of his haunted house... These two blogs will likely run together so thought it was worth adding the link - plus I'm super impressed with all his work, and I just know this house is going to look fantastic!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Sticky bones..

That was certainly some of the least fun I've had so far!
A challenge in itself is assembling a skeleton army! Very tricky sticking virtually nothing to nothing! Not much contact made for the stick so it was really tricky and somewhat frustrating!

I managed to get the one fully assembled and a few of the legs down to the bases, I'll continue tomorrow

Wanted to get the skelly army assembled so I could flip between painting my zombies and skellys for some variety - just hope the glue does its job!

Picture below - seems pretty solid so should stay that way

Monday, 2 January 2012

Zombie one - officially raised!

So my first real attempt at warhammer figure painting and my first Zombie from my forthcoming army is officially raised from the dead and ready to be joined by other unlucky souls!

It took ages! A good 2/3 hours work but I really wanted to perfect what I could and pay plenty of attention to detail - I've been so impressed by some works I've seen online and really want to work towards such brilliant painting results

A few pictures below and a HD vid just because it picks up details better than the pics

The colours used:
Dheneb stone
Tallarn flesh
Shadow grey
Karmi brow
Chaos black
Calthan brown
Scorched brown
Experimented with all of the washes in the range

I'm always welcoming to constructive feedback and tips! I'm here to learn :-)

Huge credit to WarbossTae - YouTube him for some excellent tutorials and paint work. Used his zombie tutorial and likely to do the same with my skelly army!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Time to raise the dead!

All based and ready to go - i really am a beginner so im self teaching (and learning) I've sprayed my zombies with what I think is enough to coat, without putting too much paint on to clogg up the details, I also used white instead of a black base as I'm going for a lighter scheme of colours.

Pictures below and all being well a video too!

Army assembled

Rise! Riiise! RISE!!

Zombie army assembled - I found myself wishing I had more parts because of all the fantastic gruesome combinations I found myself making while creating my army - all as deranged and blood thirsty as each other.

Hoping to give them all a base spray with skull white later today - I thought I'd easily get bored of the construction but actually I loved creating the army - although my zombies often created themselves!

A few pictures below - hoping they will photograph better once they have been base sprayed - otherwise I'll get the camera out as all the pics currently have been taken with my iPhone