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Austin's First Foray into Painting!

posted May 29, 2012 05:03:15 by Wolfshadegm
This is my first attempt at any painting, so all of these models are still very much WIPs. I haven't finished any of the basecoating yet, so I haven't had a chance to try washing or highlight as of yet. Would love any thoughts and helpful advice! Thanks!





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cb_rex said May 29, 2012 10:06:29
Your painting is really neat, I'm sure you'll have no problem with practice producing some really nice figures. I'm looking forward to seeing more.
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MichaelJordal said May 29, 2012 16:14:32
It is a good start. Can't wait to see some finished models.
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Greg2thePerson said May 29, 2012 21:44:10
Wow - you certainly are bold starting off with a Chariot - I hate painting chariots! :-)

The base coats are looking nice. It's a very neat/clean job and the paint looks to be smooth. Many people are messy and use paint that is too thick (not watered down) when they first start, but you aren't one of them!

Keep us posted on your progress.
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Wolfshadegm said Jun 01, 2012 06:11:02
Thanks for the kind comments, all! I've decided I don't like the tin bitz (yes, I bought all my paints before the switch, so it'll be some time until I make the transfer to the new range) on the warriors, so I'm in the process of repainting the warriors to boltgun metal.

I'm assembling the remainder of my marauders onto a modular base for a horde, and I decided to work on some unit fillers--I bought a box of ironguts for one of my warshrines, and I'm using the other three along with bits from a box of river trolls to make some converted chaos ogres. In my mind, my nordic tribe of marauders have a long history of revering and worshiping a small, local tribe of chaos ogres that they constantly feed and ply with beer as they march to war. So I thought I'd have some men on the same bases tempting the ogres with treats.

It'll add some nice height variety to the marauder horde, and sure has been fun to convert.

He's going to be holding a standard with the left arm--but I'm waiting to finish painting the body first before adding that arm.


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Greg2thePerson said Jun 06, 2012 10:30:07
The converted Ogres look nice! The river troll arm fits particularly well onto that model. It seems from the pictures that you need to remove mold lines, especially on the arms. This can be achieved by taking an xacto knife and holding the blade at a 45* angle to the model, then scraping in the same direction as the mold line. Hmmm... I'm not sure if that explanation makes sense, let me know.
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Wolfshadegm said Aug 29, 2012 02:25:28
Thanks Greg, that does make sense. Sadly, I keep forgetting about mold lines... I love assembling and converting, but have too often forgotten to remove the lines prior to the primer and too often the painting. Something I'm definitely trying to do better in the future.

I've been busy over the last couple months, and I have a few WIPs to share. I've just gotten sidetracked gluing magnets on my bases that my wonderful girlfriend surprised me with this week!

The first are my Chaos Trolls. I've decided to base with a mix of rocks and murky swamp. I have never done any kind of basing, so I thought I'd start with cork rock first, as a first learning experience. The empty basing will be swamp, and the open spot is for Throgg... aka Bane Lord's Vortun, Troll Jarl... who is shipping from the UK.



The next are Chaos Ogres I pictured above. I haven't finished painting their stone, so they are baseless--quite tasteless, too, but then, Ogres are rarely raised with proper manners, and none worse than Chaos Ogres...



I've also worked on my Chaos Sorcerer on a Disc (the Lord is still in conversions).



And my favorite WIP is my first Warshrine. I still have to add skulls and heads piled against the reliquary in the center of the shrine, but once I've done that, I can finish the painting.




Still plugging and chugging with more Warriors and Marauders and Knights and such. I definitely had painters ADHD, but I am thoroughly enjoying the process and try to paint every day, even if just for a bit.
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Wolfshadegm said Aug 29, 2012 02:29:13
Sorry for the bad lighting, I'll try to fix that in the future!
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Wolfshadegm said Aug 29, 2012 05:43:08
On the topic of mold lines, when do people remove them? Before assembling? After? Thanks!
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BooZeFienD said Sep 10, 2012 06:33:27
I remove mold lines after I assemble but before I prime, I figure no point cleaning mold lines people can't see
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Greg2thePerson said Sep 13, 2012 00:01:19
I usually remove them before assembly, right after I clip the bits from the sprue. The WiP shots are quite promising. The Warshrine is a neat conversion - how did you make it?

By the way, did you saw your "first" Warshrine? You sir, are a cheesy git! ;-)
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Wolfshadegm said Sep 14, 2012 14:51:55
I've been trying both methods you guys mentioned... removing mold lines really is the only part of the hobby I've found tedious so far.

Greg, the warshrine was made using a Chaos Spawn, the ubiquitous Corpse Cart, and then a C'tan Shard of the Deceiver from Necrons army in 40k (who is mounted on bits from the watchtower kit).

Oh, I won't actually be fielding 2 warshrines--I'm just a glutton for the assembling and converting. I bought all the parts for a second before I discovered the cheese that is 2 shrines+FotG+chosen horde or chaos knight bus, which isn't any fun for me to play.

My current army list is 2 blocks of 18 warriors, a block of 7 chaos trolls, as much chaff as I can afford, 2 chariots, and the warshrine, Tzeentch BSB, and Death lvl 4. No chosen (well, I am using my chosen for halberd warriors--the models are just so gorgeous!) and no Favor of the Gods. *grins*
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Greg2thePerson said Sep 14, 2012 16:40:52
In that case I thoroughly approve!

And I agree, the Chosen models are fantastic.
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BooZeFienD said Sep 30, 2012 22:11:55
Yeah to me mold lines are now the zen part of the hobby, now for bigger more important models I do clip them off off the sprew them shave them down with the edge of my knife, actually thinking back, I believe I even did my 160 Games workshop zombies shaving the mold lines off every little arm head leg body, ugh maybe it was just some repressed memories that I hoped I did it a faster way
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Wolfshadegm said May 21, 2013 04:50:14
It has been many months since I lasted posted, but I have been busy painting, trying to improve my fledging skills. I've settled (mostly) on a list for my first GT coming later this year, and can now focus on actually finishing an army! I'll soon have my basecoating finished, and am ready to move onto washing and highlighting. Here we go!

Warriors: Hand weapon and shield; some of the unfortunate warriors lost additional hand weapon arms to some hungry trolls. But they have every hope to regrow them with shields. I've just started with a glow effect (a la Mr. Saturday), but I'm not sure I have the technical skill yet. Thin paint and lots of patience to come!



Trolls: Changed my color scheme on them, plan on highlighting the scales up.



Throgg: I love Mierce Miniatures models; I've had this one long before the new Throgg model, and love it to death. I messed up my first attempts as washing on him, and have to go back and clean that up.



Gorebeast Chariots: WIP with basecoating. Got too excited with the new models and assembled them before thinking about how awful painting them assembled would be. Living and learning...



Skullcrushers: Rather ubiquitous for WoC, and the models are simply wonderful.



Daemon Prince, and WIP chaos spawn (for the EotGs chart)



My converted Hero on a Daemonic Mount, crushing a hapless marauder chieftain under the his giant rock. I plan to freehand runes and symbols all over the rock (in part to hide some of the clumsier green stuffings around the bottom of the rock). I've started two so far.



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Wolfshadegm said Jun 06, 2013 16:14:03
My first attempts at some WIP free hand on my BSB's stone monolith. I'd like to smooth out the colors with a bit of blending (like I started to do on the 2nd pic). But one advantage for me is that these are meant to be cruder runes and symbols of power placed on the monolith, so my amateur start fits the style!



Random chaos and Tzeentch/Slaanesh symbols


The beginnings of a power vortex or daemonic gateway.


Elder Futhark (runic alphabet from the 2nd-8th centuries for Nordic peoples) with a rough translation of, "A Man must journey to attain wealth and sacrifices. Thus may he be gifted with godhood!"
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