Here's a couple of photos from my more recently painted Wolves, a pack of Wolf Guard terminators. The bases were lots of fun to make. I'd bought a Basilica Administratum a few years ago and have been using it in my basing only. As my friends have much more scenery than we will ever need I've never needed to build anything to play with, so it makes my miniatures more interesting to use it on the bases and kind of ties them into most of the scenery I'll be playing with.
This is them:
For some reason I magnetised the Storm Bolter arm on the last WG, don't ask me why I did that because I cannot remember why I thought I needed to do that, or any advantage it'd give me.
As a quick parting shot, here's my real life wolf:
One thing I can't understand, and it seems as though it's been happening throughout my time with painting minis and playing war games; how is it that I can become better at painting without having any practise?
Every time I take a break from the hobby my painting is better when I return to it. There's absolutely no reason why this should be the case but for some reason it is! I'm not saying that I suddenly became the best painter ever, just that I am better than I was before with nothing in the middle to suggest why.
I wonder, has this happened to other people before?
So so very long away, and I do apologise to anyone seeing this that it has been so long without any updates at all. Four years to be exact, which didn't feel that long while living it, but looks negligent on paper.
I've just been very busy is all. Work, family, everything seemed to take up more time than I even had available for a while.
However, with the imminent release of new Space Wolves, my interest has once again been kindled!
This guy, the guy whom I named my blog after. He has a miniature now, a part of the limited edition Stormclaw release. It was an epic set, and if you got your hands on it, you definitely know the value that you got. The set was a HUGE saving against buying the miniatures individually and it also included two limited edition (so far) characters. One was an Ork, Grukk Face-Rippa. The other was the handsome fellow you see above, Krom Dragongaze.
Now, I was not able to purchase a Stormclaw set myself but luckily I have a friend who was willing to trade me for Krom.
This weekend the new SW fliers are released and rumour (well, confirmed by photo leaks already) has it that we will get the pre-order for the codex and a Dreadnought multi kit capable of creating THREE different options.
So, in the past week I've learnt a couple quite cool things;
1. Simple Green is one of the most amazing things on the face of this planet. While being a great cleaning product in itself, if you soak a plastic miniature in a jar of it for a few days you'll be able to use an old toothbrush to get 99% of the old paint off.
This comes in super handy when you inherit models from friends, as we all will from time to time as people's interests shift.
I've tried it out over the past few days and it was great to be able to remove the old, not so great paint job, but it was nice to see that the detail of the model hadn't been touched at all!!
2. Take transport when playing Space Wolves.
It was an embarrassing game on Saturday night. Ill prepared and under experienced, I showed up for the weekly game (which I haven't been able to make in quite some time!) and promptly got my ass handed to me. It's not quite as bad as it sounds; this was my first game of 40k that wasn't Apocalypse.
I'll follow with a better report in the next few days, but beware, it's a grim grim story!
100% done, or as close as I'm going to get to it! I really liked the way that this one turned out. The Forge World conversion kit looks amazing when painted semi-decently, there's some amazing detail there.
Today I also assembled some more Wolf Guard, the new Terminator box. Apart from the fact that one of them looks as though he's in mid stumble, I really like the new kit. So many different options to choose from. I decided to make them up as kind of ranged instead of the TH/SS or dual Wolf Claws that the other ones all have.
Got alot of painting to do ahead of me, but it's finally underway now, and I'm loving it.
So here's the 99% finished Wolf Guard from yesterday. I had to take the cat to the vet today and waited around all day for a phone call.
Yeah, I had a bit of free time!
I think that this came out really well in the end, I tried to highlight it both subtlety and strongly. I'm slowly getting the hand of taking alright photos of these things...new lighting setup and taking multiple shots definitely helps.
In a few days I'll do a step by step of my painting process, It's probably very similar to everyone else's, but it might help a few people.