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Hello everyone! If you haven't noticed, I kind of dropped off the face of the forum at the end of last Summer for a number of reasons! Life has a strange way of throwing more things at you than you can juggle at once, but luckily, everything's finally slowing down enough to where I can paint minis, and spend wayyyy too much time posting my meager struggles for all of you awesome Reaperites to witness.

 

First, a few things:

1. An Apology

- I'm apologizing to everyone for not getting a previous exchange done until now. I believe it was the Fall Exchange, in which I was supposed to send Marsya an exchange. Again, life snowballed and I was unable to complete the project in any sort of reasonable amount of time. However, I am happy to report that the project is complete, and should ship out tomorrow! Marsya, again, I am so very sorry it took so long to get it out to you. Hopefully I was able to knock enough brush rust off and send you something worth of the delay! I have pics so once it arrives, I'll add them to my  Miscellany of Miniatures...

 

2. I've missed you guys! I've been lurking on and off the board over the past few months (not posting) and I love seeing how much progress everyone has made (and by comparison, how I've made no progress! LOL!) It's good to be back!

 

SO, to that end, here's one of the latest projects. A friend of mine plays 40K... A lot... I've never played 40K and really don't know too much about it, but I figured, what they hey! So I'm going to attempt to learn how to play 40K and decided to choose the Space Wolves as my starting army. I'm not going to post all the fancy-dancy pics until I finish the "Start Collecting Space Wolves!!!" box in its entirety, but I'll probably post WIPs and ask questions here as I really have no idea what I'm trying to attempt with 40k stuff. I have the new rulebooks and the Space Wolves Codex, so there's that. I looked at GW stuff when I first started painting, but haven't looked at it since due to price,. However, I figured one set couldn't kill me. I MUST say, however, that I much prefer METAL to that finecast or whatever it's called.

 

Anyway, here's the first two that I managed to finish, along with an experimental base.

 

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They aren't completely done in this pic as they still needed their decals on the shoulder pads and the guy on the right needs some touch-up to the rune on his helmet... which is waiting for the paint for that layer as I work on SW #3. Left-hand guy is Captain Claws. Right-hand guy doesn't have a name. #3 will be known as "Punchy." The base is the standard round base that comes with them, coated in crackle medium (or whatever it's called. I'm too lazy to get up and check) and painted with my "Earth" mixture and shaded with various liqitex inks to get that crazy green look. The snow is a combination of Secret Weapon snow effects and Army Painter, um, "snow." Or something like that...

 

Here's a close-up of a completed Capt. Claws, sans fancy background:

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Anyway, please comment, critique and ask questions! I don't think I'm going to be a very good table top 40K painter as I fuss over these things too much. I think it took me a week to just get these two done so... yeah.

 

Enjoy!

 

-K

 

P.S.: It looks like I took a few WIP pics of these two. If anyone's interested, I can post those and comment as well.

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Welcome back!!! ^_^ Glad to see you around again, it stinks when life blows up.

 

I think the minis you posted look very nice indeed, especially for a tabletop level (which I gather is what you were shooting for...?), the highlighting and blends in particular look quite good.

 

Good to have you back and in the painting seat again! :)

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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Thanks OneBoot! I think I was shooting for tabletop level, but honestly, I think I'm just having to learn how to work with GW stuff. I've done pretty much all metal up to this point, with the exception of that rocket for the rocket rider guy I did a while back. Assembling all that stuff is a pain! LOL! I'd like to pick up the pace some, but I've really only done art for art's sake, not to build an army. The only this I ever did to experiment with table top and speed was Speedy the Gobbo. Still, once I knock off the brush rust, I'm sure I'll get faster... Maybe! 

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Welcome back. It is rough when life gets in the way. I like the "snow" effect of the bases. Looks pretty convincing. I have two tips that might help. Decals are best applied over a coat of gloss. Decals also do well soaking in warm water. I do look like the look you have going for them.

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