Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Master of the Chapter - Part 2

For the second weekend in a row, I sat down to do some Warhammer 40K painting.  This is the second of four "Masters of the Chapter".  After nearly a year of not painting, I find I am still a little frustrated when it comes to fine detail.  With this miniature, for the first time I tried using the lighted magnifier.  Not so much for the magnification, but it was cloudy and dull, so the lighting helped.

First stage, undercoating.  In order to get to the fine detail, I prefer to paint the pieces separately, unlike when I am doing a mass-production army.  You really need to let the undercoat dry on the metal pieces, as the undercoat comes off very easily if it is not fully dry.

Next, I painted the individual pieces.  Head, backpack, body and right arm with shield.

There was quite a bit of fine detail on the body and axe.  I decided to also put a few bits of red on the axe, representing some blood.

I was not entirely happy with the white highlights on the shield.  For some reason I just could not get them right.  However the bolt pistol holster did come up alright.

 So there we have it. A second Master of the Chapter.

So, that is two down, two to go.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

A Master of the Chapter - Warhammer 40K Painting

It has been a long time since I've done any Warhammer 40K painting.  So today, I sat down and got to it.

Here is one of the four "Masters of the Chapter" cast in metal.  It took around 8 hours on and off, and turned out alright.  There were five main pieces; left arm holding the helmet, right arm with the sword, head, backpack and body.

Unfortunately I couldn't find my camera, so the phone photos aren't the best.  The handle of the sword is a bit off-kilter as it was broken in the box, and I had to glue it back on.  I may need to fix that later.

Pieces ready for undercoating

A Master of the Chapter

Note the bent handle on the sword.  Not visible, there are some nice details under the arm

Again, you can see the bent sword

A Master of the Chapter

A Master of the Chapter

I always have trouble with the faces, but in the last photo, my iPhone put a square around the head of the miniature.  Probably more a trick of the light than any good management on my part.

There are three more figurines in the Masters of the Chapter set, so hopefully I will look at those later.