Example The Standard Template Construct: February 2010

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Hobby: Some Blood Ravens Terminators.

Some shots of my Blood Raven terminators.

Apolgies for the average photos. Will try to get some better ones with less glare up soon.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Hobby: Firestorm Armada, The Terran Fleet is mustering.

So, having recently heard of Firestorm Armada on the d6 Generation, I deceided to take the plunge and jump on it.

Now, I wont have anyone to play with until I return to Australia in August, but I thought it would be a good idea, and just plain fun, to get 2 different fleets painted and ready.

So I ordered myself a Terran Starter Fleet + Carrier and a Dindrenzi Starter Fleet + Carrier.

I got mine from Wayland Games, who were as always very fast and even threw in a spare Battleship for me! :D

Anywhere here are the ships. These were acheived with a simple mordian blue (GW) drybrush followed by enchanted blue (GW) and finally ice blue (GW).
The details were then picked out with boltgun metal(gw) washed with Badab Black (gw) and then highlighted with Chain main and mithril silver, both GW.

You take 'Squadrons' of ships in this game, for example a squadron of cruisers is 1-3 ships. And being able to tell squadrons apart is an important game mechanic.

To this end I painted each with squadron markings in astronomicon grey, and then space wolf grey. I also painted number markings into the ship free hand. And painted the Terran Alliance fleet symbol on them.

These are still work in progress and not quite finished yet!


I tried to use the green laurels here to denote squadron command. 


I put names on the bases of the ships as its cooler in my mind to say, "I broadside the Defiant!" rather than say 'I broadside that one."

All the ships have their names painted on the sides of their hull too, but that might be too hard for an opponent to see easily in a battlefield!

Comments encouraged as always!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Hobby: Valkryie in 2 hours.

I gave my brother a Valk for Christmas, and he asked me to paint it up for him, as his painting skills and painting motivation leave something to be desired.

I however am on vacation and have a very busy scheduale, not to mention a girlfriend who doesnt want me doing much hobby on vacation.

Either way, my brother assembled the Valk, and left it on my doorstep. With a grey valk, a bottle of paint, my brothers choice of 5 citadel colours (orkhide shade, white, red gore, shadow grey, chaos black) and just two hours to paint in, I set about my mission.

This was painted in 2 hours, including drying time for the prime, applying transfers, basing, and i had no spray gun, just one tank brush and one large drybrush and one fine detail brush.

The effect was easy to acheive, and simply involved a basecoat of ork-hide shade. After this I slowly applied more skull white to the orkhide as I blended up towards a final very light brush of pure skull white. Painted a few details, did a simple basing job and the model was complete.

My brother took it to his local games day with his friends the following day and proceeded to blow a land raider out of the battle with it. All because of the paint job, I think. ;)