Wednesday, December 31, 2014

WIP: Dreadknight pt6 - Paint, Paint, Paint

I set a goal to finish my DK by the end of the year.  Anyone want to place bets if I'll make it?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

H.O.W. TO: Jungle Bases pt.1- Sculpting Vines and Leaves

As requested, here's the tutorial for how I do my jungle bases for my Grey Knights. This will be a step-by-step on sculpting vines and leaves, followed by pt2 with the whole painting process.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WIP: Dreadknight pt5- Base Work

Lots of work on my Dreadknight base this week. After last week I was pretty worried about the chipping medium shown in last Friday's post, but I may be in the clear. Let's check it out.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

WIP: Nemesis Dreadknight pt4- Premature Chip-ulation

A little more progress on the Dreadknight since Monday and experiments with a new product.  Good news and bad news.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

WIP: Dreadknight Base

Quick update today on the Dreadknight. Spent most of my hobby time this weekend working on the base.  Check er out.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The grey tide

Not as bad as some collectors... but still, it's starting to stack up.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WIP: Nemesis Dreadknight pt.3- Now with paint!

OK, so that picture doesn't relate to the title at all, but who wants to see a bunch of silver crap on sticks in the header image? I'm super excited to get paint on this guy. Base coats done! Let's check the progress.

Monday, December 1, 2014

What do you watch when hobbying?

My iPad is my constant companion when hobbying. What do you watch when working on your favorite models?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you celebrate the holiday, may you be surrounded, like Sgt. Octavius, by "friends & family"!

Regular posting will resume on Monday.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WIP: Nemesis Dreadknight pt2

All the work traveling has kept me away from the modeling table for a few weeks. Was happy to finally make a little progress on my Dreadknight. Check out the latest after the break.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

REFERENCE: Lizardmen

Work has had me traveling like a madman lately and haven't had any hobby time in weeks other than a great game with Trip on Sunday.  Last week I found myself in Mexico City with a little extra time on my hands so I stopped in to their National History Museum.  They've got a great collection of Aztec and Mayan art: perfect reference for that Lizardmen army I've been dreaming of.  Picture time!

Monday, November 17, 2014

WIP: Necron Army - Part 9: Ghost Ark Complete!

Finally! I've wrapped up the Ghost Ark, and even got to use it in a game this weekend! Pics after the break.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

REVIEW: Sabol Armytransport: Motorpool

I've been using Sabol foam trays for pretty much my entire two years in the hobby. I finally ponied up for an actual case.  See my thoughts after the break.

Monday, November 10, 2014

WIP: Necron Army - Part 8: The Ghost Ark

It's the project that won't end! I intended to finish this thing (and thusly, the battleforce box) this weekend, but my newly minted parenthood intervened. Progress pics after the break.

Friday, November 7, 2014

SHOWCASE: Aegis Defense Line and Imperial Pilot

Deet posted his Aegis last week, and as I needed something to fill in for Darian's post while he's busy with Star Citizen, I thought I'd share mine.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

WIP: Necron Army - Part 7: Operation Overlord

I've completed the Necron Overlord that came with the Catacomb Command Barge. Progress pics after the break.

Friday, October 31, 2014

WIP: I need a name for my Chaos Warband

Painting a Chaos army was something I had always wanted to do but really never found it suited what I wanted to paint.  That is, until I read The Talon of Horus.  In my opinion it's one of the best 40K novels thus far.  It's essentially about the inception of the Black Crusades, and what happened to Abaddon after the Heresy.  10,000 years later, perhaps some of the message was lost, but Abaddon makes it sound like he has - or at least 'had' - noble intentions.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SHOWCASE: Aegis Defense Line

After spending months on the last model, you gotta love a project that paints up start to finish in just days. I decided this time to focus on weathering techniques, as this is a model that's easy to fix if it gets screwed up. I learned a good bit on some of my tools. Check out the full results after the break.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

H.O.W. TO: Aged metal using an airbrush...well...not completely.

I don't think I'll ever finish this gorram Reaver Titan.  I always had this philosophy that if I paint a model for someone else, it would prevent me from actually getting one.  You see, part of the main reason why I buy so many Forge World models is largely because I want to paint them.  PAINT ALL THE MODELS!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP: Aegis Defense Line

I've been stealing Trip's Aegis for over a year whenever we play.  It was well past time for me to get my own.

Monday, October 20, 2014

WIP: Necron Army - Part 5: Ghost Ark and HQ

More progress on the Ghost Ark, as well as the HQ from the Command Barge kit. Pics after the break.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NOTICE: Reference Images

This week's post is a quick one. I've added a new link on the toolbar above for reference images. I've been collecting images for years of interesting surfaces, patterns, or just things I want to remember for future art projects.  Problem is I never had a place to put them, so they've all just disappeared in to the depths of 3 different computers' hard drives.  I went to Nashville last week for a few days and found a wealth of inspiration, from weathering metal and wood to OSL.

This collection is pretty modest for the time being, but I intend to add to it, and invite the other blog contributors to do the same (it's in the pages section rather than the posts, gents). You can't paint what you can't picture in your head.  I hope these images and the ones to follow can help all of us get better with our painting.


Monday, October 13, 2014

WIP: Necron Army - Part 4: The Ghost Ark

Work Begins on the vehicle included in the battleforce box, and more in-progress pics of the squads.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

SHOWCASE: Blood Angels 2nd Company

I recently found in my closet a completely unopened Blood Angels Battleforce, Space Marines Command Squad, and a few other unopened kits.  I have no recollection where they came from, when I got them, or how I ended up forgetting about them (I once bought the Macragge boxed set and there was a Command Squad sprue included in it accidentally.  Score!).  So needless to say, I dove in with reckless glee and thought I'd share some of the results.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

REVIEW: Tamiya Weathering Master

Been a little while since we put up a review.  Today I'd like to share my initial thoughts on a product I've just started using: Tamiya Weathering Master.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

WIP: IX Legion Astartes - Blood Angels

Forgive me for the tardy post.  Changing jobs and the chaos involved had taken up more time than I had anticipated.

This entry started off as a showcase post, but after looking over my models realizing most of them were only 80-90% finished, I had decided to do a WIP post instead; especially after Wednesday's Grey Knights Stormraven  hotness post.  That's a tough one to follow.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SHOWCASE: Grey Knights Stormraven

Put a fork in it.  The Stormraven is done! At more than 2 months and who knows how many hours, this is easily the most time I've ever put in to a single model. Pretty darn happy with how it came out, and I can't wait to field it! Dangerous amounts of model porn after the break.

Monday, September 29, 2014

WIP: Necron Army - Part 2: Creating immortals from warriors

This week we discuss how to get both immortals and deathmarks out of the battleforce box. Let's have our cake and eat it too.

Friday, September 26, 2014

H.O.W. TO: Gold NMM tutorial

While not strictly 40K-related, I thought I'd do a quick write up on how I stumbled through painting Gold NMM on this Liche Priest's weapon for my Tomb Kings army.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SHOWCASE: Culexus Assassin - Speed Paint

The one problem with a hobby blog is that it can make it tough to surprise your opponents, especially when your primary opponent is on the blog with you. I decided to speed paint an assassin before a game with Trip a week or two ago, here's the results and my thoughts on his rules.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

H.O.W. TO: Airbrushing a vehicle using the Pre-Shading method.

Today I wanted to share a technique that radically changed how I paint minis.  Airbrushing has completely altered how I paint, what colors I use, and how I go about painting a model from start to finish, especially vehicles and walkers.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WIP: Grey Knights Stormraven- Stay On Target

I set myself a lofty goal of trying to finish the Stormraven two weeks ago.  That was a little shortsighted with the release of Destiny.  I spent enough time sprawled awkwardly on the couch with a controller in my hand that I pretty much destroyed my back (true story).  Still, I'm pretty happy with the progress I've made and have kicked my case of paint-job-disappointment.  Let's see where I've gotten.

Monday, September 15, 2014


One year ago this week, we started our blog. Let's take a moment to recap what we've accomplished.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FEATURE: New Painter

H.O.W. is proud to introduce another new painter into our family.  Born to Trip and his wife on Friday night!  He'll be taking over Saturday posts starting in 2022.  His painting style is a little sloppy at the moment due to his inability to see color or much beyond rough silhouettes, and the death grip he puts on his brush whenever it gets near him makes his lines a little squiggly. In time he'll serve The Emperor well and we look forward to his contributions.  

Congrats Trip!

Friday, September 12, 2014

SHOWCASE: Primarch of the XII Legion World Eaters - Angron Thal'kyr, the Red Angel

I had a rather lengthy tutorial planned on airbrushing a Blood Angels and Grey Knights Stormraven; however, the portable drive I had saved those images to were left at a friend's house this week and I haven't had a chance to grab it.

Since it looks like we have a wide range of different topics of posts, I thought I'd try to hone my Friday posts with a certain theme.  I primarily focus on the Horus Heresy setting for my hobbying; therefore, the majority of my posts will most likely encompass the Forge World models for that game setting.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FREEBIE: Grey Knights Decal Sheet

Since the Stormraven didn't come with any Grey Knights decals and this Tau player doesn't even have any spare Space Marine ones lying around, I decided to make my own.  Buy yourself some decal printer paper, and you can use em too!

Monday, September 8, 2014

WIP: Drones and Hatches complete

Thanks to last week's holiday, I was able to finish my Tau bits and custom hatches.