Greetings! After a quick flight to Malaysia for business and a week filled with work I got myself to having some quality time both in the hobby department and in the company of friends. I also received the large package I ordered from Oversoul related to their recent business changes to add to my mountain of kits… what a backlog this will create! Hop in to see what I’ve been up to in my absence after the jump.
The round trip to Penang in Malaysia from Istanbul takes about 22 hours. That’s pretty much a day spent on the road and is quite taxing on the body I must say. Within 2 short days I managed to traverse over 15oookm (!) and that without even a moment’s rest for sightseeing unfortunately. So, pretty uninteresting aside from the fact that the manufacturing facility I visited along with our clients was amazing.
Last weekend we had another get-together with my pals from high school and this was quite a gathering of WH40k nerds. Necron, Space Marine and Grey Knights players along with myself had a good time painting, sharing techniques and obviously having fun. One thing I see however is that this is a little counterproductive for good progress on models as meetings tend to be sidetracked into other activities like board games. All in all, good times.
Alright, let’s start with the WIP progress.
Nothing too exciting here. I am slowly fleshing out the colors I want on the piece and decided to go with a green cloak. Started out dark with Caliban Green and it took me some time to get the correct coverage. It seems the paint does have less coverage than I remember. As it’s pretty uninteresting at this point, I have no pictures. Let’s look forward to next time’s session.
I decided to move on to the base for the first mound of daemons and fleshed out the majority of it. The classic rock colors with Eshin Grey, Dawnstone and Celestra Grey in drybrush allowed me to make quick work of it. Then with several shades of Agrax Earthshade I tried to change the hue of the ground. Not quite content, I decided to muck up the base a little with Nurgle’s Rot (aptly used here I guess) for a little interesting bits here and there. This worked more as an experiment really. My first try is not quite satisfactory unfortunately, as the places I used the paint generously didn’t really give me the effect I was looking for. Maybe I’m using the paint wrong or I’m too stingy with it. Here’s the progress:
Again, not a huge progress here – just basecoated the metals with Leadbelcher. However it gave me some perspective as I now see it makes sense to finish the model entirely and then work dirtily on the base. That should give the model the appearance of trudging through sand (looking for a yellow desert theme here) and not look unreal like what I did on the Dreadknight. This should have some more updates for next time in order to deliver the late gift to the owner.
Whoa! Where did that come from? It’s part of the last shopping I did with the Oversoul sale and I was actually looking forward to having a good model to present in the coming competitions… because there’s no way I can finish the other project I was planning for at good painting standards. Let’s root for next year for that piece. Back to the Daemon Prince… a very straightforward kit with manageable amounts of mould lines, it was easy to put the pieces together and prepare for primer. I found that attaching the torso with the legs as well as the wings and armor plates works well as the wide legged stance and the sheer size of the model is enough to work around with the brush. Obviously I left out the head and the arms for painting. It was a tough call to pick between WHFB or WH40k princes but in the end I opted for the 40k variant. I’m planning something very special for the base. Lots of OSL. Hopefully.
Salt Water Giant Arachnoid
Another surprise here. I’m showing the finished version as this is not really a kit that can be painted but would work quite nice as a prank item. Finished this quite recently in about an hour, very straightforward. Watch this space for a review incoming.
Right! With WIP progress done let’s take a look at the goodies I received from the ridiculous sale by Oversoul. As the cover page suggests there’s a LOT of kits, so here’s the tally of items.
Two super-heavy tanks, the old models of Baneblade and Shadowsword. This was a great bargain at half the price almost and was a no-brainer. I’m planning the Baneblade for my Chaos army (corrupted or renegade) and the other will be Imperial for display. Now I need to figure out where to display them!
Quite a bargain here. Got the Skaven Grey Seer, Skaven Warlord, a couple of Cadian Snipers, Captain Stern of the Grey Knights, Urien Rakarth, the older Dark Eldar Archon and a classic Tyranid Broodlord.
Also branched out a little to use store credit I accumulated at Oversoul. I ordered some German army units as well as a starter set for Bolt Action which I hear is also very cool in the 28mm scale miniature and game-wise.
Finally, a pretty important milestone for me and the Workshop – the blog is now 1-year-old! Well technically the birthday was last Thursday but it’s fitting to celebrate this with more content if possible, right? Here’s to many years on the web with my dear viewers and followers, a heartfelt thank you to all who made this possible. Special mention goes to my wife of course, who copes with the clutter and supports me throughout the journey!