Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Orders sir?

     So I lied, just a little. I decided to throw another update up before my computer was fixed. The reason for this? I've completed my commander! I really... REALLY like the way he turned out. I was a little hesitant as it's another HQ model. You always want to put your best foot forward when it comes to HQ models. This one, even though he's just a plastic model out of a command squad box, was no exception. I spent a lot of time on a few areas, and I think they paid off. These areas were the face, the blending on the armor, and the free hand on the right shoulder.

     The freehand was really simple, but it turned out exactly how I pictured it in my mind prior to putting the brush to the model. That gives me a pretty good feeling. Up until now, my freehand has been limited, to say the least. I've been inspired to try it a bit more, as I have a few ideas for some fun stuff I'd like to throw on some vehicles. I needed something on this model to show his rank. I've placed skulls on my two veteran sergeants, so his shoulder had to be a bit fancier. Fun stuff!

     Of course, given this long void of blog posts, I had mentioned that I wasn't idle on the painting table. As requested, here are some pics of my second Veterans squad that I completed  a while back. Enjoy:

 Yes, that's a Space Marine scout head... Big whoop, wanna fight about it?

Some bones from a Vampire Counts skeleton box given to me by a friend. 

 Some scratches and nicks on the armor that I dig. I'm starting to dig the weathered look

Wounds for my meltas? Look! I green-stuffed some bricks, the red ones. Sculpting skillz.

     That's it for now. The army is really looking good as it builds up on my table. I've got the rest of the command squad to paint, then I'm in vehicle territory. For those, I'll need to go buy a compressor for my airbrush.

     Been putting a lot of thought as to what Space Marine army I'm going to do as my next army (much further down the line) and I'm pretty set on Red Scorpions. Should be fun. I wish those damn Imperial Armour books for the Badab war were not so freaking expensive.

     Thoughts and comments are always appreciated! I'm still contemplating the name for my Guard army. The best I've come up with so far is the Hive Rats. Since they are an urban, more elite force style army, I thought that might work. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I couldn't find an established Guard regiment that had a similar color scheme, so if you know of one, do tell. Thanks for tuning in.


Ash said...

That's pretty amazing work. Did you just use a piece of gravel on the base or is it painted?

Sam said...


The answer to your question is: Yes.

Painted gravel!

It's slate from the 40k basing kit. One rock is actually resin. You might be able to see the krak rocket in the dirt. That rock was part of that little piece of terrain from the 40K basing kit as well.

Ash said...

I did see the rocket. I was thinking that he might want to focus less on giving orders and more on Situational Awareness. . . .

Sam said...

But that's "Rocky" his lucky rocket! Never leaves home without it!

Scott said...


Tiffany linked me to your blog this morning, and I shared with an IG friend of mine. Needless to say, he's envious of your skills with the brush.

Paint Fu aside, in the less than 24 hours I've been following your blog, I've seen references to LOLcats, Strongbad and FF.

You sir, are awesome.

Scott said...

Editors Note: FF = Fruit Fucker.

Have a Happy New Year.