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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Tue Dec 20 2011, 20:11

Thanks for the game this weekend, your models look even better in person. You sir need to start using a wet palette, not sure what that board is your mixing your paints on, but a wet palette will change your life.
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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Tue Dec 20 2011, 21:32

Nice work ESE. Can you do a snap of your whole army? Smile
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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Wed Dec 21 2011, 02:06

@SmallVictory wrote:
Thanks for the game this weekend, your models look even better in person. You sir need to start using a wet palette, not sure what that board is your mixing your paints on, but a wet palette will change your life.

So, using the box that my Nobs came in three years ago isn't doing it for you? Laughing I've heard nothing but good things about wet palettes and should really get off of my rear to get one. And thanks for the great game last Saturday! I'm still trying to figure out what to do about that worthless Archon...I'm hoping paint will improve my dice rolls.

If anyone here hasn't seen SmallVictory's cool bases, check them out here:http://www.thedarkcity.net/t2016-smallvictory-plog#21220
They are quite spiffy in person.

@Angrypeasant-I'll take an army shot when I finish my 1750 list that I played last weekend. I only need to paint my Cronos, Talos, 2 Raiders, 3 Grotesques, an Archon, and finish about 5 Wyches... affraid Okay, it might be a while. Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Wed Dec 21 2011, 02:30

I wonder if You considered NOT attaching "trophy racks" on Engines. I think their carpace may look cool with holes filled...
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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Wed Dec 21 2011, 03:11

@Local_Ork wrote:
I wonder if You considered NOT attaching "trophy racks" on Engines. I think their carpace may look cool with holes filled...

You know, I hadn't thought of that. Intriguing idea though; it would solve my only problem with both the Talos and Cronos kits! Hmmmm....might have to steal that. Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Wed Dec 21 2011, 08:55

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I love this model! Twisted Evil

I know what you mean, ESE. I have just finished painting my own Cronos and Talos (pics in a day or two), and I have to say they are great models! Surprisingly small in person, but there are ways to get around that too Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Mon Dec 26 2011, 17:58

Almost done!


Really hoping to finish this big fella up today and get started on something a little smaller before the New Year.

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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Mon Dec 26 2011, 19:38

Very very nice. This is the one kit that I still have to get.
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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Wed Dec 28 2011, 15:36

That is Way cool. it looks like some evil beetle out of hellraiser!
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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Sat Dec 31 2011, 04:12

@GAR wrote:
it looks like some evil beetle out of hellraiser!

My thoughts exactly! Very Happy
Finished it up the other day:




I guess that this will count as my "paint something frivolous" for my December monthly vow. Plan on finishing up painting another Grot tomorrow, maybe base coating my coven Raider to wrap up the year.

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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Sat Dec 31 2011, 04:25

You sir are a machine! You need to bottle up some of that productivity and send it my way. That thing is down right spooky.
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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Sat Dec 31 2011, 19:59

Cranked out the Grotesque with liquifier that I was working on:
(He's the one on the right)


I'm trying to figure out if I can salvage one of the two other Grotesques that I purchased through conversion work. I'm going to have to call GW customer service to get them replaced as the castings are awful. I've been really disappointed by the quality of these Grotesque models. These were two of the better of the five castings that I purchased, and they weren't good at all. Thankfully the Wrack castings that GW has been putting out lately look quite good.

I think that I'll get on painting that second Coven Raider before getting that Baron conversion in gear for next month.


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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Sat Dec 31 2011, 20:17

whats the recipie for the green.
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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Sat Dec 31 2011, 22:31

The stuff in the tubes is simply Orkhide shade highlighted with Snot green, then Scorpion Green, with a final highlight of thinned white for the edges.

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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Sun Jan 01 2012, 21:55

Your Cronos looks terrific ESE, the glowy bits especially. Your painting is very smooth.

Too bad about your FC Grots, these two that you have completed are excellent. Muted, yet still colourful. The bases are very nice.

I still can't fathom why GW produced a mono-pose fig for this model. Seeing five of these coming across the table looking pretty much identical just doesn't seem right.

Luv'ly work!
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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Mon Jan 02 2012, 03:22

@Gobsmakked wrote:
Your Cronos looks terrific ESE, the glowy bits especially. Your painting is very smooth.

Too bad about your FC Grots, these two that you have completed are excellent. Muted, yet still colourful. The bases are very nice.

I still can't fathom why GW produced a mono-pose fig for this model. Seeing five of these coming across the table looking pretty much identical just doesn't seem right.

Luv'ly work!

Thanks for the kind words Gobs! The mono-pose is annoying, though I'm a lot more annoyed by the AWFUL quality of the Failcastings. I don't mind doing conversions to add variety-having to do conversions to try to make miscast crap work is not cool. A quick call to GW customer service should clear it up tomorrow.



It was a productive Coven Christmas for me this month. I'm looking forward painting up that Talos this week.

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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Mon Jan 02 2012, 04:37

Wow, lot's of great production from you this month! I think you will find GW Customer Service easy to deal with. I've had to a few times myself.
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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Mon Jan 02 2012, 04:44

@Dez wrote:
Wow, lot's of great production from you this month! I think you will find GW Customer Service easy to deal with. I've had to a few times myself.
Yeah..grad school got out on the 10th, my classes that I am teaching got out on the 16th. I've had some time on my hands when not dealing with holiday shenanigans Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Mon Jan 02 2012, 16:29

WOW all I can say is wow! I am new to 40k or painting in general (besides walls lol) and your models have completely blown me away! Definitely gives me something to aspire to. My buddy came over this last weekend and showed me dry brushing and the importance of edging. Keep up the great work

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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Mon Jan 02 2012, 21:49

Some of the ideas and excecution are superb, well done you!

GW are releasing a plastic grotesque kit, but they're calling them Vargheists Razz
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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Thu Jan 05 2012, 06:15

thanks darkmark and Gdead909! I really had a blast last month painting.

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My buddy came over this last weekend and showed me dry brushing and the importance of edging. Keep up the great work

Having a friend help you when you start painting will save you YEARS of technique development. I started painting in 89-90, and didn't really learn any decent techniques until gaming/painting sites started posting tips. It took me almost 18 years of painting to learn how to make sure that my brush doesn't get too dried out when I'm trying to blend and paint smoothly. I try to dab the bristles in a small puddle of water on the palette, then dabbing off the excess water before reapplying paint. Sounds like a silly tip, but it really has made a world of difference when trying to put down smooth layers. ALWAYS ask questions if you see anything painted that you like in person. Only the biggest jerks will refuse to give you useful advice if you ask.

End of preaching Laughing

About 1/2 way done with the Talos. I'll post a progress pic tomorrow night. I'm going to have to get to that Baron conversion sooner or later for the Archon's Challenge...

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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Thu Jan 05 2012, 11:38

The world changer for me was wet pallet. Thats what really simplify things.
Thanks when i started to paint i look some good DVD of French miniature painter, that explains complicated things in a simple matter.

Thanks for him i wasnt stuck in base color/wash shading/extreme highlighting that GW seems to promote.

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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Thu Jan 05 2012, 16:41

@Azdrubael wrote:
The world changer for me was wet pallet. Thats what really simplify things.
Thanks when i started to paint i look some good DVD of French miniature painter, that explains complicated things in a simple matter.

Thanks for him i wasnt stuck in base color/wash shading/extreme highlighting that GW seems to promote.


I need a wet palette. Badly. Any link for the DVDs?

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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Thu Jan 05 2012, 17:10

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I need a wet palette. Badly. Any link for the DVDs?

I actually do not know how I painted before I got a wet palette. I literally cannot recommend one more. They are really easy to make aswell, don't buy an expensive one!

There are a few easy to follow tutorials on Cool Mini Or Not to make one. Can't post the link at the minute as I am a new member and do not have the capabilities Smile
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PostSubject: Re: An "Evil?" project log. 6/21 Don't call it a comeback!   Thu Jan 05 2012, 19:55

@Ythillan wrote:

I actually do not know how I painted before I got a wet palette. I literally cannot recommend one more. They are really easy to make aswell, don't buy an expensive one!

There are a few easy to follow tutorials on Cool Mini Or Not to make one. Can't post the link at the minute as I am a new member and do not have the capabilities Smile

I found some YouTube videos on making them. It looks so easy that I really should kick myself in the can for not trying one before. I'm trying a homemade version before I sink any cash into one.

Thought I'd post a WIP of my Talos:



Forgot about the little arm thingies on the sides and just primed them. I'm stealing Gobs idea of ditching the racks on top and just pinning in a pump/vial/whatever in each hole of the carapace. Just have to paint the carapace/vambrances, shade and do final highlights to get this big boy done! It's going to be really tempting to not assemble that second Talos, but I really do need to get the 1750 list painted that I've been having fun with.

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