Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hordebloods - Carving Forsaken Fennblades


The unit of Fennblades are planned to be Forsaken (undead) in my Hordeblood army. Originally, I think I hit a strain in my process and just decided that I'd paint the Fenns undead-like and that would be enough.

I'm in the process of revisiting some of my units and making sure I've done what I can to convert them. The Fennblades needed some work.


Here's the unit before I did any work on them. Just regular ol' Fenns.

Now, it's time to cut...

I streamed this work live on Twitch (Which you can watch a recording of.) and will probably stream the work this evening while green stuffing.
For the unit attachment leader, I removed his jaw and upper right-arm.

The jaw, I'll clean up and his arm was replaced with a pin. (Which I'll green stuff to make bone-like.)

Gave him a hair transplant undead-style by drilling a bunch of holes in his head and gluing in guitar string for a spiked look.
On one of the infantry, I've carved away the flesh of his jaw, down to bone. Lips are removed and gums / teeth are where it's at on the lower portion.

Slicing the skin on the side of his face, I got under it to make a flap.


For the guy below, I've cut in and revealed (carved) his shoulder blade.


This poor fellow had the whole of his right side removed. It'll get some gorifying done once I'm painting and gelling.


I'm a huge fan of how this one turned out. Still a little hard to tell in the photo, but he's got a spine running down his back and tendons pulling away from it.
The drummer's a pretty solid piece of metal, but I gave him something new to beat with.








Below, I removed these two guys heads. Looked through my bits for some skulls, but found these chaos heads instead.

They're inhuman enough that I think it's believable they could have been trolls at some point.. maybe flesh pulled against their skulls.

Finally, the leader got impaled with some rebar. I'll probably green stuff on some concrete.

For an added touch, ran a chain from the bar, around his foot and to the back. I used some super-thin glue on the chain so it's frozen in motion.




Take a look at my Step by Step page for the entire Hordebloods project.

Here you will find each model broken down into links showing each step:
Concept, Works in Progress, (for both modelling and painting) and Final Shots


Monday, July 07, 2014

[UPDATED] FANTASTIC SECRET for Pinning


After a day filled with marching Hordeblooded armies, did some work pinning a Carnivean.

I tried a little something to help drill the metal models and was blown away by how well it worked.

To that end, I've updated my pinning article to talk about it.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Coming Soon: Tradecraft Live

In the near future, (See: As soon as I figure out the best way to mount the webcam  that keeps it out of the way but lets you fine folk see everything, and I have a few ideas.) I'll begin streaming my painting sessions live to the world. They'll be in HD, at least if the old computer next to my painting station can handle it :) Hoping to get things going in the next day or so to be honest. I figure as long as I'm painting, might as well stream it while chatting with anyone who wants to watch about what I'm doing and answering questions live.

You'll be able to watch here:

http://www.twitch.tv/WargamingTradecraft

If you click "Follow", you'll be emailed whenever I go live. This will also give me an idea of how many people are interested in what I'm doing and the validity of possible future plans.

I'm also hoping this will assist my own focus. If I'm broadcasting, I can't be distracted by MEDIEVAL LAND FUN-TIME WORLD now can I?

For now, I won't be posting video tutorials. It takes long enough to write tutorials here to the quality I hold myself to, I'm sure video ones would be even more time consuming.


Monday, June 23, 2014

[REVIEW] Custom Templates from Greenman Designs, Inc.



A little while ago I was contacted by Josh from Greenman Designs, Inc. wondering if he could send me some examples of his work. I'd been dealing with some crappy customer service around then, so my first reaction was "This is awesome! A company that's contacting ME to offer service!" From there, I was only impressed over and over.

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Greenman Designs has a great selection of templates, tokens and markers for various games like Warmachine / Hordes, Warhammer and Infinity They also do custom work if you've got your own ideas you'd like to see come to life. Parents, they even sell gift certificates. I love the artistic edge that he adds. When I saw the Eldar template set, I knew I was dealing with someone who could make my ideas for the Hordebloods come to life.

You can take a look at their shop, but prices are competitive. Custom jobs cost more depending on how much work is involved.

If you want to keep up with the latest stuff he's working on, take a look at the Gdesigns Inc Facebook.


I gave Josh some designs and he sent me a sample of his work. Right away I started planning the rest of what I was interested in. His laser cut templates can create extremely fine details. Working with him and planning the templates was quite an easy process. I tried with a few other custom template companies a while back and their customer service was just poor.


I planned my order like this:
  • Filled in Horde Symbol shaped markers with room for text for buffs, spells, etc.
  • Smaller Horde Symbols to act as Fury tokens.
  • Small, coloured totem symbols for status effects:
    • Red: On Fire
    • Yellow: Knocked Down
    • Green: Corroded
    • Blue: Stationary
I also picked up a set of his templates for measuring blasts from models directly hit.

You'll notice the detail is sharp and the cuts are clean. Text for buffs is small but readable. Even the eyes in the totems have been cut out and those are tiny. (You can see the scale in the photos.)
If you think the close-ups look good, look at the photos below to see how they really add style to the army on the battlefield!




The only downside to using custom buff / spell templates is they're a little more to manage. It's easy to place a template and write a buff on it but with custom templates you need to look through the pile for the templates you need as you need them. To solve this, I keep the templates for my main list together and pull them out with the rest of my dice, tape measure, pen, etc. before the game starts.

Overall, I'm extremely pleased with the work Greenman Designs did for me. Easy to work with, fantastic detail and the Hordebloods look absolutely fantastic on the field with the extra flare that these templates and tokens add. Josh definitely brings an artist's eye to precision gaming.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Chieftan Bearka Concepts


So, there's a new model released from Privateer Press... allegedly. I'm seeing all sorts of people posting pics of their painting of it and his rules are in War Room... but I don't recall PP releasing info about him, he's not on their website and I can't google pics of his model.

Anyways, it's a big angry troll riding a big angry bear. The model looks pretty much like the concept art I've shown here. So I've been thinking - how does this fit in to my Hordebloods? Wasn't really sure, until I came at it from another angle - Borka is the character I modded in to a Tauren. What do Tauren ride? That's right...

KOOOODOOOO!!!!

It'll take a lot of work and I'm not sure if I'll sculpt on top of the bear or build a kodo for Bearka to ride, but I'm thinking of going full 9's... Kodo, armour, war drums, etc. Nooo idea when I'll do this. Really trying to focus on painting right now. Don't even own this (alleged) model yet.

So, just throwing out a bunch of ideas and grabbing some inspirational pics.
When I do get around to him, it'll be epic.






















Take a look at my Step by Step page for the entire Hordebloods project.

Here you will find each model broken down into links showing each step:
Concept, Works in Progress, (for both modelling and painting) and Final Shots




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Kickstarter: Pop-Up MIniature Terrain


I just want to bring some attention to an awesome looking Kickstarter... pop-up terrain kits. My wife LOVES this idea because of how easy to store these things look.

The pricing is also very reasonable.


  • $15 - PDF versions you can print yourself.
  • $32 - Full set printed on sheets, some assembly required.
  • $160 - Full set, assembled.
    (Which gives an indication that assembling might be a days worth of work, not too bad.)


Check out the Kickstarter



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