Saturday, 16 August 2008

Vallejo Game Colour Thinner

I've been trying out this product on a couple of recent miniatures.

Previously I'd thin with water, but that will change the density of the colour. This thinner claims to thin without loosing opacity of the colour (it says so on the bottle). After trying it out, it certainly does do this well, retaining the intensity of the colour. However, an unexpected side effect is that the paint then goes on with a shiny, satin finish which may or may not be what you were looking for. All in all, it's good at what it does, but I'm really only going to be using it for certain things that I don't mind ending up a bit shiny. The shine may disappear of course if you matt varnish the miniature, so this may be a non-issue, but most of my minis just sit on a shelf and don't ever leave the room they were painted in so I don't normally bother with varnishing.

Nurgle Rhino

This is my completed Nurgle Rhino. I've tried out some of the new Citadel washes on the model and they've turned out OK. The whole model had a Thraka Green wash (straight from the pot), then the gribbly bits had an extra wash of Devlan Mud. The wash went on a bit wierd, it looked a bit foamy in places, put it was fine once it dried off.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

What I've been doing

Been up to a few game realted bits this week:

-Nearly finished all three books of Dan Abnett's Eisenhorn trilogy. It is really, really good, I've struggled to put it down.

-Caught up on a few podcast whilst driving endless to things for work. Listened to a mammoth D6G episode, new 40k Radio, new Podhammer, and a couple of GW Design Philosophy podcasts. All great, except the GW ones, which are a little flat.

-Painting wise, my Chaos Rhino is finished. I'll post up some photos when I get home.

Monday, 4 August 2008

40K Priest

As promised, here's the first piece for my Witch Hunters army. The picture hasn't come out that well for some reason. It's a test for the colour of the armour for my SOBs. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with it.

Spending spree!

It was my birthday last week, so I've spent the cash I got on some new paints and minis.

Firstly, I bought a Chaos Vindicator to round out my 1500 point list for CSMs. For my Witch Hunter army, I bought the Inquisitor Coteaz box set and I really, really like the Lord model. I've also picked up a few bits from bitzbox to convert the Inq Lord. I'm going to drop the eagle and hammer he comes with an substitue it with a power sword and combi-weapon or something similar. I may add some green stuff to his head, I'm thinking an eye patch would be cool :)

I've also bought some new paints, including the new GW wash set. I have tried them out before in a GW store , and I really like them. They gather in a much nicer way than the old inks, and you get less of the tide mark effect you got with the old ones. I've also bought some Vallejo white primer. I'm intending to prime my SOB in white and then wash with Devlan Mud from the wash set to provide deep shading and black lining, something I'd normally get from a black undercoat.

I've also picked up the first 7 books in the Horus Heresy series as they were well cheap on

Painting wise, I've put a couple of coats on my CSM rhino, which have come out a bit too thick really. I've also finished an Imperial Priest which is a test figure for my WH army. I've got some photos of him but the photos suck, whereas the painting is not that bad really. Once I can wrangle a decent photo from my camera I'll post it up.