Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Coming Soon

It has been a bit busy at home just lately and you will have to forgive me while I get caught up,on life stuff.
On the modelling side I am having a new workstation built which I cannot wait until it's done. This will be my first ever purpose built area.
 On the blog side I have some great products that are desperate for reviewing. I've started work on my Army Painter products and I also have some new Da Vinci brushes - I've never seen anything like these, but I will leave that for the review. 
Some time away is the order of the coming weekend so I doubt there will be much for a week or so, presuming I do not get anything posted before I go. I may get chance to update on Army Painter Quickshade, with any luck.
Here's to busy times ahead and thanks to all those who have been tuning in.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Gokan - Tartan

What you see is my first attempt at tartan and it has taken an age to get to something I am reasonably happy with.
The system I used was to paint the kilt purple, add the highlights and shading before starting on the black. I worked the thick black lines first, then added the thin lines.
This made everything look quiet stark in contrast and I wanted to ' pull the colours together '.
So I used two colours from the Scale 75 Black and White set, petroleum grey to work the shadows, covering both black and purple, then using rainy grey to work the highlights.
This has created the desired effect.

I have also base coated some of the leather and metal. I will be aiming for a NMM copper, with a bit of weathering. The leather work will also show some wear. 
My thoughts with this figure is that he would not have much in the way of different materials, leather and copper being the armour and a fair bit of leather for his footwear and straps.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Army Painter

I have taken delivery of a great bundle of products from Army Painter and I will be looking to testing these out and providing review. 
There were some great items that I am keen to try, the paints are new to me and are the spray primers and interestingly a matt varnish spray, curious to see how this works. There is also some Quickshade which I am keen to try on some Uruk Hai I have.
I will be giving these a going over and shall update a review in about a week.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Gokan - Skin and Hair Finished

I am almost confident that the skin is finished. I may need to push a touch of dark blue into the deepest areas, but I will wait and see for the moment.

From the moment I saw this sculpt in the flesh I knew the hair had to be ginger. In reality it is not quiet as orange looking as the photo suggests. I think that now this in place you can see the framing of the face. It is giving height to the sinister look he portrays.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Gokan Update

Done a little bit more work, now applying reds to push the shading.
The back has taken some work getting a smooth finish across this area which is surprisingly large
More to follow soon

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Gokan Started

At last I have made a start on this, my first non Lord of the Rings figure. So far I've given him a solid base coat and applied the first layer of shading. I have positioned the eyes but may do a little more with them. I see him as having light blue eyes.
Lots more to do though but he is proving a welcome change from all those goblins which I have given a rest with 12 left to do.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

EFGT Update

Just in case you were wondering what I was up to, here are my goblins so far. 21 have been done and another 17 left.
Thats the main part of them with the Goblin King and his scribe to complete the evil side.

I am pleased with the way these look and surprised at how quickly I have churned them out. In the next week I hope to complete the last 17.

Friday, 2 January 2015


This is a quick snippet on a future project I will be working on. Gokan by the excellent sculptor Olivier Bouchet. His blog is well worth a visit.
I will be working on this as part of a Cool Mini or Not competition.
It is actually a bit of a landmark for me, my first non LotR figure.
Back to the figure you can see how it was packaged in a protective plastic case. When I opened the air tight bag I could smell the release agent, it was that fresh.
 Three parts complete the sculpt. I can honestly say I have not found a single flaw in the cast, very high quality 54mm figure. I paid 28 euros for this and that included delivery.
Very well worth it and I can't wait to get cracking on it.
I cannot recommend Olivier enough. His work is first rate and his contact throughout the order has been attentive.