Monday, 27 August 2012

More Metal Skeletons

Well I hit that "I'm fed up with painting Necron Warriors" wall yet again, so I decided to get on with painting something else:

Immortals!
Yup, I decided to get a move on with my Immortals. On the plus side their guns were glued on before I undercoated them so I got the arms and guns could be painted simultaneously with the rest of the models, which is great apart from the fact their bodies are much harder to paint because of the obstacle they present. I'm also pretty happy with how the barrels of the gauss blasters came out, I accidentally stumbled on a simple way of painting them today which I'll share at a later date.

*Sigh* As much as I love my Necrons, what with trading Immortals with my many, many Warriors, I kinda feel like this:

Word.
But otherwise, you all remember that lonely scarab base I painted as a distraction? Well I decided to start on it's mates. Behold!

40k basing kit. Because Scarab flying stems are SO 3rd edition.
Yeah yeah, the Scarab bases are missing a Scarab each, I will add them when I can find the sprue in my "Necrons to-do box". I actually enjoy putting these together so I may do some more before long.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Phaeron of the Imhotep Dynasty

Nemekh the Summoner
So I decided to spend all my free time today starting and finishing up my main warlord and Phaeron of my Necron Dynasty, Nemekh today. Overall, very happy with the results but far more of a colour palette needed than with Trazyn. I had a lot of fun doing this one and, if anyone is interested in this character's background, you can check out his fanon fluff here.

I've had a few people ask me how I do the gradient metallic blue effect I've done on Trazyn and now this model. I will likely put up a tutorial on how I do it sometime in the future. Until then, that's all from me today!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Tutorial: Painting Necrons

Well I've had plenty of good feedback on my Necron painting and enough people have asked me for my method that I've decided to post up the recipe here on my blog. If you fancy your hands at painting Necrons my way, you'll need to pick up the following if you don't already have them:

Chaos Black Primer
Leadbelcher Paint
Abaddon Black Paint
Necron Compound Dry Paint
Runefang Steel Paint
Nuln Oil Shade

Okay, got all that? Brilliant! Let's start:

Step 1/2
Step 1: First things first, spray up your Necron fella with Chaos Black undercoat, then do a 50/50 mix of Leadbelcher/Abaddon Black and liberally coat the model. No need to be neat, just cover the damn thing! I find it useful to mix up a whole pot of this mix and watering it down to the consistency of milk... you'll be painting up a lot of these warriors afterall!

Step 2: Nothing too flashy, just coat the model in Nuln Oil, again, do it liberally, this is just the base coat! (Please note that I actually used the old Badab Black, so results may vary).

Step 3/4
Step 3: Okay, now get out of the mindset of just throwing paint at your miniature, this step is very slightly more delicate. With very slightly thinned Leadbelcher, paint a coat of silver on the model ensuring that you leave the indents with the darker metal mix we made in step 1.

Step 4: Time for another wash of Nuln Oil (again, I used Badab Black) but not quite as heavy as the last coat. A moderate wash should be all you need this time around.

Step 5
Step 5: Unfortunately you may find that, although the last coat mutes the intensity of the silver, it also looks slightly too dark and patchy. To fix this give the model a quick drybrush of Necron Compound. You can do this however you want, however, I tend to drybrush down only to give the impression of light shining down on the Necron.

Step 6
Step 6: Finally, add a highlight of Runefang Steel to the edges of the model (as you can see, I used Mithril Silver, but since you can't buy that colour anymore, it is the closest thing).

Step 7
Step 7: Marvel at the new Necrons about to reek havoc on the galaxy. Don't they look happy together?

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Warriors & Scarabs

Okay so I'm updating a little later than I would like but that's largely down to real life getting in the way (damn you real life!), but I have been working on my Necrons and have even taken to visiting the Wood Green store in London to concentrate on my painting. So my main priority has been to at least get a minimal force up before I concentrate on the meatier units, and since I already have Trazyn painted up as a HQ unit, that means assembly lining my 32 Necron Warriors with another 10 Immortals lined up... *sigh*. I am pretty glad I have a simple colour scheme and that I'm not collecting Imperial Guard right now.

Four warriors almost done!
Sorry for the poor picture quality. I actually have 9 warriors now painted excluding the arms at the moment and, as much as I love painting them, I kinda got bored with the monotony of warriors yesterday and needed a break. So in one sitting I was able to paint up a base of my minor converted Scarabs and, overall, I'm pretty pleased with the outcome!

Is that a tank they spot? Om nom nom nom!
I decided to put the 40k basing kit I bought years ago to good use with the Scarabs. I did contemplate the whole moulding the scarabs and making huge swarms on one base idea but I didn't go through with it for a few reasons:

  1. I can't find any milliput to buy to make decent, cheap moulds.
  2. Every man and his dog seems to be doing this nowadays.
  3. Most importantly - I couldn't be bothered.
But I quite like the effect I got regardless. I definitely feel I got the look of Scarabs rusting and breaking down debris, which is what I was going for. Also notice the red helmet on the left. I will be painting all dead Space Marines in red colours from now on because, as everyone who knows me well knows, I hate Blood Angels.

So that's it for now, I suppose I better get on with my Warriors! Peace out.