More rust and grime

Here’s a shot of the remaining terrain pieces I’ve been working on.  The two alchomite stacks were completed prior to the furnace.


Here’s the journey, commencing with the bright orange mess made by a brush.


It costs a lot to look this cheap

So, my first real content since my hiatus, and it’s not old lead.  GW’s new found ‘decency’ has taken the edge off my nostalgia and really opened my eyes to the quality of their plastic products.  This Sector Mechanicus terrain is a joy to handle.  It fits together snugly, is superbly detailed and hold’s paint like a boss.  It’s worth the mortgage on your wallet!

Anyway, here’s my journey into and beyond the Ferratonic Furnace…

Still on the sprue after a nice dose of Chaos Black spray.  GW spray is also good (I’m turning into a shill, HELP!!!)


I’ve assembled the furnace and dry brushed the parts I want to have a metallic finish.  Leadbelcher and some Necron Compound edges for the silver, Balthasar Gold (it’s bronze!) and Sycorax Bronze for that big grimdark skull.


After masking the metallic section, I’ve sprayed the furnace, door and top-piece (is it a ‘roof’?) with VGC Charred Brown (Rhinox Hide), VMC Amaranth Red and VMA Brown in varying concentrations.  The dereliction is starting to take shape thanks to this rusty cocktail.

I then gave the furnace and door a nice coat of hairspray, which is why it looks a little glossy in the picture


My inspiration for the sickly green blue panel colour is from the industries on the Harkonnen homeworld of Giedi Prime in David Lynch’s Dune.  Unfortunately I neglected to capture an unweathered photo of it, maybe due to the beer I was drinking at the time.

This wonderful concoction is a unrepeatable mix of VMC German Uniform, VMC Light Sea Grey and VGC Glacier Blue.  I love it – but I don’t even know what to call it.

I tried to spray one even coat because the paint will tear during the weathering process if it ends up too thick.  It looks rubbish, trust me.

Anyway, I’ve been using the green kitchen scourer – a fresh one in this case to gently rub off this top coat, maybe about 15 minutes after the spray was completed.  It lets the paint cure just a little as to not come off too easily but not dry enough to make it too much work.  Dab on some water and start scratching!


After removing the masking tape, I painted on some rusty streaks with a watery mix of Agrax Earthshade and Amaranth Red.  I don’t like to over do this, mostly because I’m lazy, but also partly because I have PTSD from an earlier attempt to paint this type terrain with a brush.  Some masochists do though!

I’m also a recent convert to dry pigments, and the furnace has a mix of Vallejo Pigments Rust and Burnt Umber, applied liberally around anything rusty, and onto the metallic areas.


All up it took about three hours, half of which was spent cleaning the airbrush.  Even then, it’s still about a million times more fun than using a regular brush.  Really.

I haven’t completed the furnace roof yet, so I put the base of an alchomite stack on top for the pic.

He’s not dead, he’s frozen.

I’ve always been a hobbyist with a purpose.  No purpose, no hobby. Minis are a means to an end, I don’t do vanity projects or dust-able objects.  After a fairly solid six years of regular Blood Bowl, I burned out over the course of one league season. I was struggling to find teams that I enjoyed playing, Specialist Games was still dead and I couldn’t see anything fresh on the horizon to keep me interested.  I longed for a game that could offer new content and a shifting meta, something alive! And so, the minis collected dust and some of the paints dried up.

So what did I do with the few daily scraps of spare time instead? I re-discovered video games, and rapier-ed, rolled and saw-cleft my way through Dark Souls, Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne (BEST GAME EVA).  I bought a fitness band and started running.  I played more board games, and I immersed myself in the near-future dystopia of Android Netrunner.  I ran two Store Championships for Netrunner at Spieledeluxe.

In this time, Games Workshop had a changing of the guard – the misanthropic dinosaur Tom Kirby fell on his power sword, and a new era began. Specialist Games was reborn, the company began to treat its customers more like valued clients rather than battered wives or money sacs and started engaging them using 21st century media. What a turn around!

The ice in my hardened heart is still melting – there are a few barbs of angst regarding the re-releases of Blood Bowl, Necromunda (drip feeding rules via thin paperbacks) but by and large everything seems largely positive from this quarter.  It’s a strange feeling to speak of Games Workshop without descending into incandescent rage and frustration. Tomorrow I might wake up to a community post informing me that Citadel is migrating their paint range to dropper bottles.  What a world that would be, and I could believe it!

Trump in the white house? Right-wing nut jobs in the ascendance the world over? Brinkmanship on the Korean peninsula?  Might as well fork out for some Sector Mechanicus and a box of Shadespire, what have we got to lose?


Enter the Blight

Mal Blight, compensating.

Mal Blight, compensating.

…And we’re done. 14 months after arriving in the post the second of my warriors of Poxton is done and dusted. Given the four month lay off since finishing my last Pestigor, I thought he turned out well. The miniature quality helps tremendously, Jes Goodwin’s work is always a joy to paint.

This chap is named Mal Blight, after Australian Football coach Malcolm Blight, who happens to have a particularly Nurglesque name. Two of my Warriors will be roadblock types while the other pair will take up killer roles. With his zoidberg claw, ol’ Mal here’s a killer.

The colours I used are:

FLESH: VMC German Green, VMC Light Sea Grey, VGC Elf Flesh
PURPLE: VGC Black, GW Xereus Purple, VMC Fluoro Magenta, VGC Squid Pink, VGC White
BONE: VGC Charred Brown(?) VMC Flat Earth, VGC White
RED: GW Khorne Red, GW Evil Sunz Scarlet, VGC White
INK: VGC Red, VGC Brown
BASE: VGC Charred Brown, GW Agrellan Earth

And the wheels begin to turn once again

I’ve managed a couple of small sessions this week, the first since October last year Muscle memory is a wonderful thing, and I finally have a little bit of content for 2015.

This delightful chap is a converted Nurgle Champion from the Jes Goodwin stable of greatness, circa 1988.  I’ve snipped off his mace and replaced it with a monstrous claw. I think there’s an original shot of him around somewhere as well…


I’ve seen the future, and it’s pink

Nothing awakens the desire to paint better than the purchase of manky old lead, this time in the form of some Pink Horrors.  Said desire of course must be harnessed quickly before it fades – and these blighters end up on the pile.

I’ve long harboured a desire to use Kev Adam’s and Trish Morrison’s Horrors on the Blood Bowl pitch.  Some Quebecois chap put together a Slann team out of them (along with a Lord of Change) some years back, and with this being the internet I thought I’d slavishly copy him.

I have also home-brewed a roster, (which I’ll share in time) for a Daemons of Tzeentch team that I plan to run in a fun, unscheduled league against other people’s creations in a few months.  I feel like the roster is a bit similar to Underworld on the power curve, slightly more resilient than the Skaven/Rat combo but not nearly as bashy.

I actually have a huge swag of old Horrors in a box somewhere, these pinks are the cherry on the top.  Now, to the bath with you!

PinkHorrorsRawFront PinkHorrorsRawBack

Fassbinder’s year in review

Well, its a quiet end to the year – as previously mentioned.  The Melbourne Blood Bowl Season is done, my Poxton Stranglers finished a creditable 3-3-1 (W-L-T) after facing a pretty difficult schedule.  The side has developed well after taking some early hits, and I look forward to stinking it up further in the new year.

As far as painting goes, I want the team ready by July for Eucbowl.  2014’s Chaos Dwarves unfortunately didn’t sit well my peers and I didn’t place in the painting, after taking out the title in 2013.  Not fielding a big guy may have been a mistake, in hindsight. This won’t be an issue in 2015!  The minis were also perhaps a little petite.  When submitted to peer judging, paint jobs and minis need to be more Kate Upton and less Kate Moss – if you take my meaning.

So to all my (7,lol) readers (or the people who just search for pics of Dorjak Sureclaw and Galmen Goreblade), have a wonderful Christmas/Hannukah/Whatever. I plan on lying in, drinking coffee, overeating, playing with my daughter, playing a Blood Bowl 7’s tourney, doing cryptic crosswords, having a six player game of Twilight Imperium with my friends and generally not a lot of anything else for the next couple of weeks.  It’s going to be great, I can’t wait!

See you in 2015.