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  1. Only got a little bit of painting in today but it was enough to mostly finish the red and yellow basecoat on my next Angry Marine. Its at the point just before adding the freehand and the minor details that it looks like a clown faction.
  2. Starting off the session I went back and repainted one eye on each Genestealer. Now they look a little better. I also highlighted their bases so they're done for now. Moving back to fantasy I selected the undead friar. Color choice for this one required an internal debate. It took a real effort not to paint the cloak/cassock brown or black (especially black as it fits my established undead color scheme). Wanting to do something different though I opted to paint it red instead, making it unique amongst my collection as red is usually just an accent color on my undead. Though I can certainly see myself painting another at some point in more traditional colors I'm really pleased with how it turned out. It still needs a bit of work but already I can see this becoming a real undead workhorse miniature. While waiting for things to dry I also selected my next miniature and quickly basecoated it's base with some leftover paint.
  3. Getting back to the genestealers today I was able to almost finish them. I'm a bit on the fence with a couple of the colors and a few of the techniques/steps need tweaking but overall these turned out almost like I wanted. The dirt still needs it's highlight color and I plan on redoing the eyes on both of them but otherwise they're done. Now I have to decide on what to paint next.
  4. As my first "pack" of Imperium arrived yesterday, containing my "free" third issue, I wasted no time in jumping back into the project. The first thing I actually did was transfer my newest paint into a dropper bottle (I actually did this with the brass some time ago but never posted). Before assembling the Assault Intercessors I quickly checked the codex for potential loadouts. To my great pleasure I found that they did indeed have a lot of options. This happened to include a few of my favorites too. Knowing I wanted to start off with one of my favorite melee options for the chapter I decided to start with a sergeant. Shaving down his power sword I made a passable Adamantium 2" X 4" with a Nail through it (And yes that is an actual chapter weapon and not even the most outrageous). Adding a purity seal to the weapon this slight conversion was finished. Moving on to the regular squad members I opted to exchange their bolt pistols for a second power sword rather than some of the more labor intensive weapons. This also had the added benefit of really specializing the squad. Liking the pose of this figure I went ahead and added his additional sword on the top of his pack. I figured it looked like a logical storage point that it could conceivably reach while also looking good. For the last figure I simply cut the bolt pistol away and attached a chainsword in its place. This made for a pretty nice pose I thought. I forgot to mention but I also cut away all the Ultramarine markings from their shoulder pads. As of yet I'm not sure if I'll attach some Angry Marine markings or not but I've got time to think on that as I won't be able to prime these for some time. For now though they're ready the moment the weather changes.
  5. I'm of two minds on this one. Though I'm not exactly looking for new miniatures or projects right now I would be interested in participating in the next circuit. As for when however I'm in no particular rush, I can wait or be ready immediately. I can certainly see the merits of waiting though as this past circuit very recently ended.
  6. Starting off the session I cleaned up the skeleton and highlighted the base effectively finishing it. Likewise I cleaned up the headless horseman, highlighted it's base, and added a glow in the jack-o-lantern's eyes and mouth. As I recently learned inks can easily create pretty good glow effects, so a couple quick coats later it was finished. Moving back into sci-fi I grabbed two figures I had intended to save for last. Unable to wait any longer though I started on the two Genestealer Cult figures. Having recently pulled these two from the box of goodwill they are technically the first two figures in my next army. Though at the moment I have no immediate plans to buy anymore it feels good to finally start my next big army project, even if it's in such a limited manner. As luck would have it I also came across a very helpful step by step painting guide that took a lot of the guesswork from color selection. I did need to find the Reaper approximations however, but that was easy enough. As with my Guard I prefer to start my army's with their "advertised" scheme before branching out into others (especially the outlandish ones). I only managed to basecoat most of them before calling it a night, but they're already looking very nice.
  7. Sorry but I don't and I couldn't find any pictures of them before gluing them into their bases. I was sure they came from a box of goodwill but after combing through all the circuits I was in I didn't find them. They were however metal slotta bases, so my best guess is Northstar miniatures but I couldn't find them on their site.
  8. Moving on to yet another sci-fi figure I grabbed the slightly modified 40K ork. Awhile back I was attempting to really learn greenstuff modeling without much success. One of the things I tried to make was a piece of turtle shell armor. Deciding to focus on the shell I slapped a basic paintjob on the rest of the ork and got to work. Using a reference photo I did my best to replicate a really vibrant shell. After working on it for awhile I realized it was just too small for what I was attempting. Scaling back to a very simple paintjob I almost got what I had been trying to replicate. Though it falls apart upon close inspection I think it does read as a turtle shell from tabletop distance. Going back to fantasy I selected my next two miniatures that I had started quite a while ago. Though they're not exactly a true batch I had started painting them together so it seemed fitting to finish them together. First up was a typical armored skeleton. Like most of my skeletons I had started painting him with a black and red scheme. This idea harkens back to a time when I had planned to do a ton of different miniatures in a similar scheme for use as a large criminal empire in D&D. Though the idea was never truly realized I still use the scheme quite a bit anyway. As the armor had already been painted I managed to finish it pretty quick. Next up was the headless horseman. Again I had originally planned to use the red and black combination. Seeing as there was no real reason to deviate from my original idea I stuck with it and almost finished the figure.
  9. Got back at it and quickly finished my second doctor/scientist. All it really needed was a wash to hide the sins of my badly painted white coat. Too close like this it looks bad but at tabletop it works. Choosing my next fantasy miniature I went ahead and grabbed the two chibi kobolds. Having a real passion for kobolds (even playing a couple over the years) they're a lot like skeletons for me, though I already have far too many everytime I come across a cool sculpt I pick it up. These two came from the box of goodwill at some point but I just never got around to them till now. I opted for a very simple color scheme but that might have been a mistake. Though it makes them more in line with "typical" kobolds perhaps a more grandiose scheme was warranted. In any event, though they're very different from the rest of my collection these two will probably be seeing a lot of use on the tabletop.
  10. Painting on and off throughout the day I was able to add four more miniatures to the finished pile. I started the day with a figure I pulled from the latest box of goodwill. Though it's a nice figure I mostly pulled it so I could steal its cowboy hat for my "Macho Man" Randy Savage commissar. That of course left this one with a GW commissar cap, but I don't think it changed the figure too much. I probably should have went with something other than the cliché man in black but I simply couldn't resist. Though the picture doesn't show it very well I actually used two different blacks and his pants are actually brown. Next up was another figure I pulled from the box of goodwill on a previous circuit. It's been primed for quite awhile and languishing on my desk. This whole time I thought it was a regular person with a ton of scars but I think it's actually supposed to be a reanimated corpse. I didn't discover this however until after I had painted the flesh. In the end I decided to stick with my original plan. I pulled this mostly because it reminded me of John Henry Irons. I mean who could resist painting up a Shaquille O'Neal Superman? Even with the stitches I think it came out alright. Moving on I pulled the sci-fi cowboy. I actually bought a large box of these guys quite awhile back and this was intended to be the test model. Other projects came up however so he sat on my desk for a long time. Once again here is another pull from the box of goodwill. Though I'm not certain I believe this is also from the most recent circuit. Going in I had no plans for its colors and just used what I had on my palette. That actually happens a lot when it comes to one off models but it usually works out. Lastly I started work on another doctor/scientist from Kaos Ball. I had recently painted one of these for my Stargrave crew but a backup is nice to have. Having already painted one colors didn't matter too much so again I went with colors I was already working with. All in all I think it was a pretty productive day. I even resisted the temptation to paint all day, instead opting to paint in small sessions throughout the day. Those breaks even had the added benefit of helping me catch up on a few other hobbies.
  11. I've found myself with a rare weekend alone with nothing to do. The wife and kid are away and I don't have anything to build or fix around the house or even maintenance on the vehicles. Knowing that definitely meant at least one long painting session at some point. I spent the first couple hours alone focused on some deep cleaning projects around the house. This eased my conscious a little, making it easier to justify so much time at the desk. It also came with the added bonus of catching up on some of the harder cleaning jobs that are easier with no one around. With my conscious clear I actually ended up at my desk around my usual time. First up I applied small amounts of two washes to my Knight. I was even lucky enough not to mess it up but heighten everything I already loved. Rather than drench it in a dark wash like I usually do I've opted to leave it as is and consider this one done. Moving on I grabbed my last three Imperial Guard psykers. These models were actually started on January 14th of 2020 when I first basecoated their Khaki coats. I simply couldn't resist and went back through an old thread to see just how long they had been unfinished. Well aside from my usual sealing and flock they're done now. Now it's just a question of what I choose next. So far bouncing back and forth between fantasy and sci-fi miniatures has really been working for me so I'll probably continue the trend. I won't deny this is working great as a project to help me forget my last one.
  12. Started off a quick session with a couple of washes that really brought the figures up a bit. The contrast of the desert-esque base also really helps them stand out. Looking at them now at roughly table length I've got to say these guys look really good. The blue looks great while the bits of orange simply pop. Though parts still need a bit of touching up I didn't want to wait for things to dry so I grabbed another model. Attacking it with only a rough idea for its colors I didn't expect to get it so far along. In short order everything was basecoated and even in this incomplete state I'm really happy with it. Hopefully my next couple of decisions won't be mistakes because if they are I'll put the work in to get back to this point. That's just how much I like the look of this paintjob so far.
  13. Now that my Ghost Archipelago project is complete it's time to start a new one. Like just about everyone else I have quite a few projects ready and waiting (maybe even too many), but after such a long project containing so many animals and monsters I wanted something different. If you were following my Ghost Archipelago project you may have seen a large assortment of random figures in the background of some of my pictures. That collection is comprised of figures that have been sitting on my desk for far too long, well that and my latest picks from the last box of goodwill. As you can see it's a pretty varied assortment. It's also not a crazy amount either, just a nice (hopefully) quick little project before jumping into something heavy again. Wanting something sci-fi after all those fantasy creatures I grabbed the two identical space soldiers. Unsure what I really wanted to do I played around with the idea of a straight policeman/peacekeeper scheme. Slowly that morphed into a peacekeeper/private security group based around a mining or space operation. With that in mind I thought blue armor with an almost orange jumpsuit would make for an interesting security force where both colors could make sense, even together. Looking at them basecoated I can't help but think of some of the X-men color schemes from the nineties. Certainly odd but not exactly terrible; the colors give them just enough personality that I can see using them for a lot of games/encounters.
  14. With the hounds complete this project is finally finished. Quite a few figures never recieved their final pictures though so I want to rectify that now. So that finishes my Ghost Archipelago project. It certainly took longer than I expected but I've ended up with a lot of great miniatures. This project has given me a lot of workhorse miniatures too from low level bugs, mounts, and even a few boss level monsters. The best way to close out such a big project has to be a group shot. I thought about using the kitchen table so I could really spread them out, but in the end I decided the painting desk was more appropriate. With a bit of luck this is the last time these figures will ever see it afterall.
  15. I didn't expect to finish the hounds for a few days. I really thought they were going to take a ton of work but after discovering a very quick workaround for what would have been a ton of painting they're finished. This wide shot of course doesn't do them justice, hopefully this closeup from just before basing them can. Instead of painting the red and yellow necessary to convey their fiery/lava like bodies I found a workaround. By just painting it all red and adding a couple coats of yellow ink I managed to finish these in just a couple hours. Perhaps I'm easily impressed but I'm very happy with the results. Now I don't for a second believe I've found an actual new method of painting lava. I did however stumble into a great time saver that was new to me and that discovery will certainly go a long way to reinvigorate my hobby passion.
  16. Once again I found a little extra paint time during the day, so I basecoated the crocs/gators. Working on them a bit more during my regular evening session I was able to finish them. They're fairly basically painted and I could have picked out more details or added designs to their hides, as I did with the larger dinosaurs, but I'm happy with them. Knowing they are going to be workhorse miniatures I figured a simple paintjob was better than something too complex as they'll be seeing a lot of use (which means quite a bit of handling and general wear and tear). Reaching for the final batch of the project I took one picture before I started basecoating them. These models will not be recieving any progress shots going forward. I'm not entirely sure if some of their sculpt counts as inappropriate (this arrangement and angle hid those potentially troublesome areas) so again I'll err on the side of caution. They are basecoated now however in black and its my hope that I'll be able to give them a nice fiery paintjob that does justice to these great sculpts.
  17. Managed to get back to the desk tonight and I'm glad I did. The regular snake is now finished. Getting back to the "elite" snakeman I worked slowly and actually got him pretty far along. I really took my time and methodically worked away and before I knew it he was practically done. It recieved all of it's washes though I made sure to hit it's armor very lightly. From tabletop this looks very good. The swords however will need and additional application to bring out those recesses in the blades. Other than that though I'd say he's done and I'm pleased with it. That brings me to a decision however. With only two small batches left I had to decide what to paint next as the final snakeman will take less than a minute next session. Deciding to stick with scales I grabbed two alligator/crocodile figures. As of now I believe I will paint the left one in a similar if not the same scheme as the snakemen, while the right one will be done in a brown scheme. For now that's the plan but we all know plans and color schemes can easily change, sometimes multiple times in a single session.
  18. Lucked into another extra painting session today during nap time but didn't get a chance to actually post the progress, so here it is. Starting out I managed to finish the first of the sword fighters. As I said only a few more touchups and reapplying the dark wash was needed so I finished it pretty quickly. Moving on to the second sword fighter I was able to knock it out pretty quick as well. Having already figured out what I wanted for the sword and shield certainly helped. I almost flipped the shield's color scheme to differentiate the two but realized their different poses were probably enough for me to keep them straight on the table. Even though I had one more snakeman I decided to finish the regular snake instead. It painted up really quickly but wasn't finished by the time I had to walk away. The base's dirt still needs a highlight and I'd like to get a wash on the fangs but other than that it's basically finished too. Lastly I started work on the final snakeman. Between the armor and the pose this one simply screams to me elite fighter, honor guard, body guard, or even general/commander so I'll be putting a little more work into this one. As I basecoated the scales already I spent my remaining few minutes today basecoating the armor and swords. It is my hope that I'll be able to really make something out of this one.
  19. Found a bit of free time while everyone napped, so I headed to the desk. Working steadily the spear fighter is now finished. Grabbing the next figure in line I continued working as I still had a bit of time before everyone woke up. I actually got it pretty far along. My homemade wash for it's gear was a little too thinned though so I'll have to reapply it. Aside from that and a couple touchups though it is nearly finished.
  20. Took a fresh look at the archer tonight and it looked pretty good actually. Aside from a couple touch ups and painting the eyes it was pretty much finished. So quickly knocking those things out I moved on to the remaining snakemen. Initially I has planned to paint these completely independent of each other instead of like a true batch. Though that is still the plan I went ahead and basecoated all the snake scales. That ends the batch painting though, going forward I'll finish each miniature independently. First up will be the Spearman, Spearsnake? I've always had a soft spot for spear fighters, something about them I guess. Whenever I see one I can't help but think about a spear fighter I created for Adventure League that just never worked. After trying him out three different times only to die every time it became a real joke. It got to the point other players would ask if I was trying my Spearman again and to "please just give it up". I however contend that the build works I have just been extremely unlucky when it came to the modules I tried to run it in and my poor rolls. Maybe someday I'll dust off the sheet again and give him another try.
  21. After a few unexpected days away from the desk, I'm back. Seeing just how close the first figure was to being finished I decided to focus on it. It's finished now aside from sealing (as usual). Not wanting to end a session so quickly I moved on to the archer of the batch. In short order it was basecoated and even got a couple washes but it still needs a lot of work. Hopefully tomorrow I can get back to it.
  22. Nearly finished the one off figure but messed up the highlights on the bone. Slightly frustrated I decided to set it aside and fix it another time. Grabbing one of the final batches of this project instead I got to work. Unsure if I can actually show the front of this miniature however I'm erring on the side of caution. Though it is fairly close to being fully basecoated I don't plan on finishing this model anytime soon. Good thing I've got plenty more to choose from.
  23. Got back to the desk today and almost finished the sloth and warthog. They're very basic paintjobs but I think they're serviceable. Oddly enough the most notable thing from today's session wasn't the painting, it was the loss of a brush. One of my main painting brushes actually snapped during today's session. I'm not even sure how I managed to do this but regardless of those missing details I doubt I'll forget this anytime soon. After two heavy years of use however maybe this is a fitting retirement though. This brush went down with it's boots on, so to speak. Pushing on with a new brush I nearly finished my last one off figure as well. Forgive the very wet wash but I wanted to grab a picture before ending today's session.
  24. Not much progress tonight as I decided to catch up on a show instead. They did however receive their first wash on the fur and a basecoat on their bases.
  25. Aside from a few touch ups and their bases getting painted the last three miniatures remain mostly the same. Which means it's time to start a new batch. They only recieved a brown basecoat tonight but it is progress. A lot of my time tonight was actually spent in the selection process. With only three more batches and a one-off figure it should have been an easy choice. Of course that's when I finally realized why the remaining figures hadn't been painted earlier; I'm just not excited to paint them. They all fit the project but these are the ones that are here only for that single reason. Oh well, probably best not to focus on that and just buckle down otherwise I may never finish.
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