Wargaming Tradecraft: March 2012


Weekly Update

Last Week at Wargaming Tradecraft

Some more work on my Krielstone Warlocks this week, including a little bit of a disaster... working on the recovery though, and I guess it's goin well..

Last Week in the Community

Hordebloods: Krielstone Warlocks 3 - And then disaster struck...

Inspection of the gel this morning, looks like I saved him...
 Dropped it... WHILE a layer of gel was being put on... arg...

I'm saving the build of this Voidwalker and all the layering for a single post... but here's a teaser... to share last night's frustration...

All that airbrushing and blending... :(

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

Hordebloods: Krielstone Warlocks 2

So, just a quick post tonight... I keep meaning to post progress reports but haven't really had the time lately.

Modelled after Tier 2 "Nemesis" armour, I've almost completed him... better photos and Warcraft comparison when I complete him... soon...

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

Weekly Update

Last Week at Wargaming Tradecraft

Firstly, I launched my new blog, Tech Tradecraft. My sharks teeth came in, so I finished up the Impaler. And a little amusement before the weekend.

Also, Loquacious interviewed a bunch of people for some gaming articles she's been writing recently. The transcript of our full interview is now available.

Last Week in the Community

The Tarkus Landraider

I totally [wiped as much of the event from my mind as I could] forgot to post about this last spring... When my apartment flooded, a lot of our records were destroyed, among other things. When tossing them, we came across this one...

Hordebloods: Impaler Completed

 Well, my sharks teeth came in, which meant it was time to complete my Impaler! This, this was fun :)

Tech(nological) Tradecraft

As some of you are aware, painting wasn't my first interest. I'm actually a computer geek, which is the area that I've followed through with professionally. My actual title is "Broadcast Engineer" as I work at a media company and take care of a few offices and a bunch of radio stations. That means I'm responsible for pretty much everything that has electricity running through it and then some.

Breaking past that whole left brain / right brain barrier, I'm pretty good when it comes to both tech and artistry.

In the course of my job and home life, I'm occasionally required to perform the odd technological wizardry, and I've decided I've gone long enough without sharing these things with the Cloud.

SO, I've launched a new blog: Tech(nological) Tradecraft
If you hop on over there, you'll find a much longer winded introduction with more of my tech and backgrounds.

A few differences to note between Wargaming and Tech Tradecraft:

  • I'm not shifting any focus away from Wargaming Tradecraft. This still is and will continue to be my primary blog.
  • Tech Tradecraft won't be regularly updated. It's more of a journal as I come up with interesting solutions in my day to day life. I'm expecting to post at a minimum twice a month, maybe twice that.
  • Tech Tradecraft is NOT aimed at non-technical people. While the tutorials will be the same quality as you're used to here, and might be followable by non-techy people, trips over there may take you to places within computers and other forms of electronics that could be dangerous. (to the equipment or yourself)
  • There will be the occasional written musings, which anyone with an interest in tech may find interesting.
  • Wargaming Tradecraft is aimed at a variety of hobbyists, so I've kept the content appropriate for most ages. (no swearing, graphic photos, etc) However, I'm not going to censor myself on Tech Tradecraft, so there might be the occasional language that's not appropriate for younger audiences.
  • If you email me there, asking for tech support, I may or may not help you... I can't make any promises, not knowing the sort of response I could get, and the difficulty of tech supporting by email. Buuuut maybe I can point you in the right direction, or turn a more complication or interesting issue in to a post of its own.

And, I know it's crazy off-topic for most of my readers, but if you feel like linking it on your own sites, thank you muchly :)

Weekly Update

Last Week at Wargaming Tradecraft

Just a quick little post on a tip for holding open GW paints.

I've actually made a lot of progress this week painting up my Voidwalker Stonebearer, but I want to save it all for a single post, because, well, it looks really good... and I want to show the method off all together.

Also, tomorrow comes a new announcement, so hold your breathes!

Last Week in the Community

I also want to take a moment to mention for those who might not of seen,

Jean Giraud, aka Moebius passed away this week:

I remember his work way back to Arzach and Blueberry from the original Heavy Metal comics and movie. He's got a great style that's hard to forget. You're probably at least familiar with some of his art in Silver Surfer, Little Nemo, Alien, Masters of the Universe, Tron, Willow, The Abyss, 5th Element and even some in Star Wars.

Holding open new GW paint pots

Games Workshop's had a checkered past when it comes to their paints. Even though I'm mostly buying P3 paints now, I still have a lot of GW ones, and P3 doesn't get too bright.

That's why I have some colours like this red one. I love the fact that the new pots are clear, so I can see what colour's inside. Win. Less awesome, is the lack of a tab to hold the tops open wide enough to easily fit a paint brush in.

Weekly Update

Last Week at Wargaming Tradecraft

I completed a nice little tutorial on stippling with sponges. Also, it was Old Stuff Day! Time to highlight some older posts.

Also, just about finished my Impaler...

Last Week in the Community

WIP: Impaler 10, nearly done

 The Impaler is just about finished... all that's left are the spear heads.

I tried grinding stones, but they were too hard. Much harder than the blue stone I used on Madrak.

Then, I tried smashing and chiselling stones... which also didn't work.

Now I have some fossilized sharks teeth on order.

While we wait for that, here are some of the finishing touches...

Old Stuff Day!

Image created by Tamara "FirstKeeper"
Once again, we've come to the day where our local section of the blogosphere revisits some of our old posts in order to shine a light on things we don't want people to miss out on.

You should also be able to find some other blogs celebrating Old Stuff Day, like Warhammer 39,999 , Creative Twilight and possibly even House of Paincakes. (from the people who've mentioned it's coming up)

Last year, I mostly linked posts where I mused over various aspects of the hobby and a little blog-fu.

My Postapocalyptibuggy was a very fun project, and you can see all the build steps.

To paint my Mauler, I even had to reference my airbrush thinner post to remind myself how I made my mixture.

There were a couple neat posts where I featured a few comparisons between the first models an artist has painted, and where we're at now. I was hoping to get more examples and thoughts to share, so if you haven't already, feel free to send me your own. I've also got steps for newer painters on quickly making tabletop quality minis.

Previously, my post on Bringing a New Style to the Hobby was my most read post here at Wargaming Tradecraft. Lots of great theories on painting styles in the hobby... and y'know what? Part of old stuff day is also for us writers to look back at what we've done in the past... I never made good on my intent to explore some of the styles I discuss here. That's going to change.

I actually only mentioned it because now, thanks to a contest at Blood of Kittens, I seem to have a collection of Warhammer 40k Memes that in the last year have rocketed to most read. Clearly this is an under-serviced niche of the wargaming hobby.

Then there's also a few practical posts we can all learn from - tips on Lighting Your Hobby Area to ensure your colours look as correct as they can be, and Preventing Super Glue from Drying Out to... well, you get the idea.