It's all just Work, Work, Work (in Progress)

I currently have three projects on the go, and I'd like to share some of my progress. I have taken a back seat to the Stage by Stage Guides this week and concentrated on blocking in base colours on a selection of models. All of the Stage-by-Stage guides I have published so far have been used in some capacity on the ongoing projects I have at present.

Kharis, Vampire Queen Bust from Kabuki Studio - An Unboxing

Today's post sees me unboxing Kharis, the Vampire Queen from Kabuki Studio. She's a 1/8th Scale bust made of resin and comes including a plinth.

WIP Warrior Priest: Part 4

A bit more work on the base this week, starting to add the light effects which was my main aim for this piece..

New type of paintbrush holder.

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As some of you all know I am a huge fan of the tools of miniature painting and have almost all of it whether I know how to use it not. I have been very lucky to be able to be around wile a new paintbrush holder was being created, from the first prototype to as fair as I know the finished thing By John Harrison and I am going to share with you all this new Item and all the incarnations that it has been through.

Stage-by-Stage Guide to... Painting Skulls.

This week's Stage-by-Stage is my guide to painting skulls.  I like to make my skulls and bones look old and tired, but still retaining a stark highlight.  I haven't gone with Screaming Skull/Ushabti Bone for this, but instead I have used Rakarth Flesh as my base colour, and worked it up to white.

This guide is pretty straightforward, and only uses a small palette of colours, which are shown below.

Diane Tianseen Part 1 - Cold Black

Welcome to Part 1 of painting Diane Tianseen from Scale 75. There are actually two variants of Diane at the moment - the large, 75mm version and the Fallen Frontiers 35mm version, which has recently been put up for pre-order on the Scale 75 website. While I have both, I'll be looking at painting the small, resin model opposed to the large metal one :)

Looking for an alternative.

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We live in a world where if you have a hobby and need something people will make something for the hobby and charge a fortune when you can normally find the same or an alternative for a lot less.  

Dimension Hop Tesla (54mm) from Infamy Miniatures - A Closer Look

Following on from last week's up scaled A Closer Look at Tundra from Wonderlands Project, it's time to look at the recent release from Infamy Miniatures - a 54mm version of Dimension Hop Tesla.

Stage-by-Stage Guide to... Painting Red Armour

This week, I will be looking at a quick and effective way of painting red, from a red primer. Again, this guide will give you an insight into painting a unit of models in a short space of time, but to a good tabletop standard.

As an added bonus, I'll try to explain my theory behind edge highlighting. Below are the colours I'll be using for this guide. All Games Workshop paints this week!

Unboxing the Mk3 Retribution of Scyrah Battlegroup

The new edition of Warmachine has been around for a little while now so I thought it was about time I unboxed the new Retribution of Scyrah Battlegroup set. All of the new Warmachine & Hordes sets are fully plastic, with each set's plastic colour coded by faction. As you might guess, the models in the Retribution set are an off-white colour.

Tundra from Wonderlands Project (Mauser Earth) - A Closer Look

So far on A Closer Look, I've been looking at miniatures in the 28-35mm scale. Now though, it's time to move up to 54mm with Tundra, part of the Mauser Earth range currently available through Wonderlands Project.

Painting Leather Stage-by-stage

I've been watching a lot (and I mean a LOT) of Joy of Painting with Bob Ross recently, while painting my Khorne. Those of you that have watched this program will be very familiar with the intro format. With this in mind, I'm going to run the colours along the bottom of the screen so you can paint along.

Cobblestone City Kraken Mat - Unboxing the Kraken Wargames Kickstarter

Last week I showed off the terrain I'd built but had to show it off on my Guild Ball mat as I was waiting for my mat from Kraken Wargames' Kickstarter. Well I'm not waiting any more - it arrived this week!

The Ant Queen from Ax Faction - A Closer Look

We've got a very special Closer Look today, and it's one I'm rather excited about - the new Ant Queen miniature from Ax Faction. Ax Faction as a store closed it's doors last year, but Paul is still keeping things ticking over on the back burner as a hobby, which leads us to this little beauty.

Painting Human Flesh - Stage-by-Stage

Stage-by-Stage Guide to painting Human Flesh.

This week I wanted to post some stage-by-stage guides for painting flesh.  The tone I wanted to go for is towards the pink-hue, and uses the Army Painter equivalent of old Games Workshop Dwarf Flesh and Elf Flesh.

Example of the Age of Sigmar Slaughterpriest

Building a Better City - Terrain Time!

Last week I had the opportunity to go to the Phoenix Lakeland Wargames Exhibition, which was the first wargames show in Cumbria. Along with a wander around, I took a load of photos, which can be found (hopefully) here on our Facebook page.

One thing that stood out for me was the quality of the boards on display for both the display games and the tournament boards for Batman. Pretty much as soon as I got home from the show, I started building some of my pile of MDF that I've acquired over the last few months. In just under a week, I've gone from nothing, to this.

WIP Warrior Priest: Part 2

A bit more progress on the priest this week, including the first look at a base for him...