Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from Pirate Viking Painting

Sadly no shiny models as I'm up in the wilds of Northern Wales on family business. Instead you get a totally genuiune (honest) carved pumpkin and a heartfelt happy Samhain to my pagan friends.

Sleep tight and don't let the killer mutant zombie bed bugs bite...

Friday, 26 October 2012

A Deluge of Devilish Daemonettes

Hi folks, we're well and truly back up to speed here at PVP HQ as I've actually got client models rolling off the production lines. Today it is a squad of the old metal daemonettes, much as I like the new plastics, these old ones really had something extra:

Haven't got too many pictures as I haven't got my light box set up yet (where it is going is nothing but boxes) and the colour of these ladies is a swine to capture with the camera.

I wanted to try and get a classic feel to these daemons so I had a quick read of my realm of chaos books. Daemonettes come in all colours but tend toward the pale pastel. Their eyes are usually described as black and they tend to wear gold and pastel silks. Well, that seemed like a starting point! The skin is the majority of the model and turned out to be pleasantly easy to produce. Starting from Rakarth Flesh and gradually highlighting with added Pallid Wych Flesh gave me a nice pale fleshtone. A thin wash of Druchii Violet gave me the pale purple toning I was after. I then worked up the claws from this colour into bone as I wanted them to look like part of the flesh of the daemon rather than afterthoughts.

This poor lass had lost her right arm - either long ago, in transit, or - to my potential horror - in the move. I decided to replace it and give the unit a focal champion by sculpting a new arm to join a Dark Elf Cold One Knight champion sword I had knocking around. A paperclip armature pinning the hand to the shoulder was then covered in ProCreate and shaped. Still not completely convinced by my sculpting but it is improving gradually. The pastel silks they wear was a total experiment. A clean layer of white was achieved with a couple of layers of the glorious Ceramite White, once dry I just ran glazes over them. Pink, blue and yellow were the colours mentioned in the Realm of Chaos so I went with those three. Care has to be taken to avoid pooling as you want a clean finish but this is the fastest way I have found to paint these pastel shades. The different silks give them a varied feel without breaking unit cohesion.

Well, that's it for another post, there are some more daemonic delights to come along with the Chaos Marines that march alongside them. Until then,


Friday, 19 October 2012

We're back!

Greetings all, after just 18 days we are back! The move is complete (all over bar the unpacking) and the pirate's lair is once more assembled - picutres to follow no doubt. The only wrinkle is the lack of internet - damn you BT Openreach! - until the 12 of November but we do have a friend whose internet I am pirating (author MJ Bridger, check out his books). So, news over, model time!

I'm using this dour fella as a mystic for my Grey Knights Inquisitor retinue. He's actually one of my favourite figures, so much character and such a quintissentially 40k model. I needed the quick fix to reboot my painting muscles and discipline before launching in to client painting again on Monday.

The real part of this that I am happy with is the pale flesh. This is using the new Rakarth Flesh paint with a thin reikland fleshtone wash over the top and grey highlights. I also mixed a bit of blue in with the Rakarth Flesh and used it to simulate veins on the translucent flesh.

The little computer he's working on is such a nice touch, that and the dreadlocks of wires.

I kept the robe colours understated to fit in with the rest of the warband. Well, that's all for now, sorry for the quick update but my days are somewhat busy at the moment!


Monday, 1 October 2012

Going dark in 3, 2, 1...

Hi folks, just a quickee. I had hoped to get a few bits finished and photographed for the blog before we went dark for the move but that hasn't happened. They're almost there but not ready! Sadly, it has gotten to the point where I am having to clamber over boxes just to get to my desk and so reluctantly I have to accept that it is time to box up PVP ready for the move. Hopefully we should be up and jogging again in 2-3 weeks tops and then it is a clear run until christmas. I will see you all very soon and until then, happy painting.