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June 30, 2008

TUTORIAL: Plaguebearer Speed Painting by Goatboy

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Hi all,

Its time for a new painting article. Goatboy is back to show us his speedpainting technique yet again. While we all want to have beautiful Golden Daemon quality armies, at the end of the day I just like to get a nice paint scheme on my minis that is easy to do and looks good on the tabletop.

With that in mind, I've asked one of BoLS good friends Goatboy to show us what can be done by any one of us, regardless of painting skill level. His tough assignment was to paint up a squad of minis in 2 hours. He was to use methods that are easily replicated and look good on the tabletop. He accomplished it with flying colors. I present:

Speed Painting Plaguebearers in 12 Easy Steps!

Goatboy take it away:

Step 1
Black base. A broken ankle means I have to hand paint black. It sucks. I don't really try to cover the whole model all that well. The plaguebearers are heavily detailed and it makes it a little bit annoying to get all the nooks and crannies filled with black. I try my best, water down the paint etc. Good thing I use a lot of washes to fill in the spaces


Step 2
Here I start the layering of brown. I decided to go with scorched brown as my first layer. It is pretty dark, and it has enough red to make it a more interesting brown. This is a heavy dry brush layer. What that means, is that I didn't really pay attention to pull the brush along the raised edges. I wanted to cover the majority of the model and have tiny bits of black showing. It is easy, just do it messy


Step 3
Next I dry brush a layer of Calthan Brown. I go not as heavy as before, but enough to pull up the color from the scorched brown.


Step 4
Next up on the brown, is Vomit Brown and I dry brush a bit lighter and pull the brown to a higher color again.


Step 5
After that is Bubonic Brown. The dry brushing is lighter and pulls the color up higher, making the brown a gross throw-up color.


Step 6
Next I used the new wash Devlan Mud to darken the model and fill in the recesses. It brings the overall color down. It also unifies the browns, by placed a thin colored layer over them all. The biggest thing I have found with the washes, is that they do a great job of bringing all the colors together on the model.


Step 7
Here I added a contrasting color. This makes the model pop more, and gives it a much more interesting look. Just like my plague marines before, the red shoulder pads break up the monotony of the color scheme. Here I added Warlock Purple on the tongues and other fleshie bits. This is a good dark base, and for a purple color, and it really isn't too guady.


Step 8
Next I did a highlight of Tentacle Pink on the warlock purple. This is just a lighter color, used to create a start contrast. Start contrast help make things look wet or gooey. Thus the reason I put it on tongues and other rotten flesh bits.


Step 9
Here I created another contrast color on the model. I painted a Snot Green on the edge of the swords. I wanted to give an otherworldly look to their plague swords.


Step 10
Next I highlight the green with an even more neon green color. I don't know what the name of it would be in GW's pallete, but shoot for something even brighter than the base color.


Step 11
Here I finished off the final highlight using my tried and trusted Antique white. I used it lightly to pull the highlights to the final level.


Step 12
Finally I add the Flesh Ink wash to the crevices of the model. This brings the dark parts down and creates even more of a 3d effect. Also the Flesh Ink creates more contrast within the shape of the model, and creates a nice sort of rusted, old look.


Total time to finish these five guys: 2 hours. If I had five more, it would have been about the same, due to having more of an ability to control the drying times. I find 10 models to be the best to work with in this assembly line manner. Once you get up to the 20's it might be harder, but easily doable if you keep layering system fairly simple.

~The basic drybrushing with tight detail added in last is easy to replicate across a ton of different colors and models. This technique seen here in a brown color scheme lends itself well to CSMs, Orks, Tyranids, Necrons, IG, and many more. Almost any army out there that needs to look like its not factory fresh or parade ground polished can get from your hobby desk to the tabletop in record time with these methods. Lets hear it for Goatbay, and by all means go check out his blog for even more of his techniques.

SNEAK PEAK: Forgeworld and Black Library Tidbits

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Dread Pic brought to the community by Warseer's: Gereth

Hi Guys,

A few little things here to keep you informed.

First up we have this great shot of a Forgeworld Death Guard Dreadnought being released for the upcoming Siege of Vraks Part 2 hardcover.

In the number two slot we have yet another shot of a collector's range Kroot mini shown at Games Day: Canada.

We also hear word from Black Library that due to continued interest in many of their background books (such as Xenology), a compilation book may be coming down the pipe (yay!!!). They are still working this one through and deciding which books would be most desired for the compilation project.

~Once again, Forgeworld comes through with a phenomenal mini. That Death Guard Dread is amazing, from the abandoned skeleton atop it to the pockmarked skulls chained to its waist. Siege of Vraks 2 seems to shaping up to be quite nicely.

June 29, 2008

FLY WIRE: Tyranids and 5th

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Hi guys,

Take a look over at the Fly Wire section to check out Mkerr's 2 latest posts on his newest Tyranid list.

Tyranid List
After Action Report

He's convinced that Nids are the new tournament "killer list" of 5th editon and I'm sure would love to hear some feedback regarding his list and your own Tyranid experiences in 5th.

~He's apparently working through some teething problems (such as Bulwark's army), but I know you guys have a lot of good advice to give :)

June 28, 2008

Blood Ravens Logo Sheet

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Did someone say Blood Ravens? You all asked and you shall recieve.

I have been noting (again) that GW does a great job of covering the major 1st Founding and select 2nd Founding chapters with their decal sheets. However, there are a number of great looking 2nd and later founding chapters who get a good amount of back-story and have great alternative uniform colors that never have had decals produced for them. In the interest of promoting diversity in the Marine community and encouraging players to branch out beyond the "big 4", I keep knocking out logo sheets for some of these other chapters who I think look great and have no GW decal support.

The Blood Ravens have gotten a lot of GW attention and were the top BoLS reader requested logo sheet by far so here they are. Here is the link to the PDF file for the decal sheet you can freely pull down and use:

Download Here

The sheet is designed for printout on Decal printer paper which is easily available online. These decals are designed for the CLEAR decal paper. The procedure is as follows:

CLEAR PAPER: If you use the clear decals, the decals need to be applied to a light colored surface to be visible at all. The procedure for applying the "outline only" decals is to apply them to a white surface, and wait till they are fully dried. Then using the outlines as a guide, paint in the darker color around the decal if needed. It is odd, but gets the job done.

Click here for a detailed Custom Decal Tutorial

Size wise, the larger decals towards the top are best used for super heavies/terrain, and move down in size to the large array of Marine Shoulderpad towards the bottom.

In any case, enjoy and I wish you the best in using this set for your forces.

~Please feel free to leave comments if there is a special Chapter, Craftworld, or something else you would love to collect, but have no GW decal options, and I will see what I can do.

June 27, 2008

GW 5th Edition Launch Events

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Hi guys,


Here is a flyer from GW describing the launch-day events surrounding 5th Edition. These events are happening all over the place at participating stores and independant retailers, so give your local FLGS a ring and ask them if they are taking part.

June 26, 2008

SNEAK PEAK: IG and Black Reach Tidbits

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IG pics brought to the community by Warseer's: vladsimpaler

Hi guys,

A couple of things for the weekend. First up we have this nice oversized pic of the back of the Black Reach boxed set. Its a newer version of the one released earlier this week, and we can now see the templates, rulebook, measuring sticks, and read all the text on the back.

Secondly, we have heard some very early Imperial Guard related rumors a little while back. While its not confirmation , these 2 pics lend some credibility to that earlier post. Here we see a "Commissar-Lord" who might definately be considered a new HQ, and the interior shot 3-d from the rumored Valkyrie kit.





~Its starting to feel like the IG rumor mill is beginning to rumble...

TEASER: Macharian Heroes and Villians

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Hi everyone,

I think this is a great time to formally announce the winners from our Create a IG Regiment Challenge. Below you will find 2 sample pages from the Macharian Crusade campaign book. The first is a rundown of our winners! Take a look at that page and give it up for your fellow BoLS readers who threw down the conversion gauntlet and came up on top! CONGRATULATIONS!

Secondly, I think its time to give some love to all of you xenos/heretic players who want in on the Macharian action but don't have an IG army. Never fear, because this time around, there is a lot of cool information and ICs for all you bad guys. Is there anything more fun than playing a nefarious scheming villian? Of course their is; playing a nefarious scheming 40k villian!




~Enjoy the ICs, and consider this an open thread so have at it guys. Remember no chairs! Oh, I almost forgot... You can expect the Macharian Crusade to be out hot on the heels of 5th edition, in July. It's almost time folks!

June 24, 2008

NEWS: Assault on Black Reach Box and Pics

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Images brought to the community by Warseer's Wrath, Kaldanesh, and Hatemonger

Well look right here:

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a box.

We also have a nice set of additional pics of the sprues, including nice closeups of the Marine Captain, Ork Warboss, and the ork boyz.










~I'm really impressed with that Plastic Captain, and Dreadnought. that is just great work for press assembly plastics. The pics on the back of the box would also seem to settle once and for all, the mini contents of the box.

NEWS: Games Day Canada:2008

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News brought to the community by warseer's: Maxis Lithium

Hi guys,
Here are some pics and quick news coming out of Games Day Canada:

Minis
First of all, check out the pics brought to us by an intrepid BoLS operative of the Assault on Black Reach Marine Captain and Ork Warboss. Word is that the others pics of the Blood Angel, Space Wolf, Tau, and Runts minis will be direct order minis available in July.

News
Jervis was present and there was confirmation that work on Codex Imperial Guard is underway, but not much else. There is also talk within the studio of expanding the playtesting cycles which go into codices (yay!).

Apparently to the shock of all, he brought up Squats!!! The crux of the conversation was that GW has a 5-year plan to hit every army that was not addressed in 4th and bring them up to speed for 5th Edition. Apparently Witchhunters & Daemonhunters is towards the tail end of that period. Once that is finished, if GW can spare design resources (which they cannot do now), they may look towards re-introducing the Squats as a completely re-imagined new xenos race, with a total break from their Rogue Trader original concept (so perhaps the Demiurge concept).








~I gotta say, WOW; that Squat thing is just out of left field, but hey, more races are always better. Also, extra cool points for the torn up armor on that Blood Angel. I'm confused... is it a bad thing if GW resets the Squat-Clock themselves?

June 23, 2008

Mentor Legion Logo Sheet

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Its been too long since BoLS has kicked out a logo sheet, so it was time to tiptoe through my backlog of requests.

I have been noting for a while that GW does a great job of covering the major 1st Founding and select 2nd Founding chapters with their decal sheets. However, there are a number of great looking 2nd and later founding chapters who get a good amount of back-story and have great alternative uniform colors that never have had decals produced for them. In the interest of promoting diversity in the Marine community and encouraging players to branch out beyond the "big 4", I keep knocking out logo sheets for some of these other chapters who I think look great and have no GW decal support.

I've gotten a few requests for the Mentor Legion (really!), with their old school Rogue Trader era original logo so here they are. Here is the link to the PDF file for the decal sheet you can freely pull down and use:

Download Here

The sheet is designed for printout on Decal printer paper which is easily available online. These decals are designed for the CLEAR decal paper. The procedure is as follows:

CLEAR PAPER: If you use the clear decals, the decals need to be applied to a light colored surface to be visible at all. The procedure for applying the "outline only" decals is to apply them to a white surface, and wait till they are fully dried. Then using the outlines as a guide, paint in the darker color around the decal if needed. It is odd, but gets the job done.

Click here for a detailed Custom Decal Tutorial

Size wise, the larger decals towards the top are best used for super heavies/terrain, and move down in size to the large array of Marine Shoulderpad towards the bottom.

In any case, enjoy and I wish you the best in using this set for your forces.

~Please feel free to leave comments if there is a special Marine Chapter you would love to collect, but have no GW decal options, and I will see what I can do.

June 22, 2008

SNEAK PEAK: Images from Crusade

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Hi guys,

Its dead on the news front today, so I thought you would like to see some porn. 40k porn that is. One of the things that I've been working on is bringing up our picture quality for our mini-dexes and campaign books. Its a tough one, and lately I've been playing less and lugging around my Canon and tripod a bit more than I like. Here is a small set of pics from the Macharian book I think you guys might like.

We have new regiments, some of our old favorites, an Imperial air-wing courtesy of Gentleben, and yet more images of the Imperial Guard smashing their way to the Galaxy's edge.







~So let me know, how am I doing? If you like the pics it can't be all that bad. Anything in particular stand out?

June 21, 2008

NEWS: Sunday Tidbits...

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Hi guys,

Mkerr and I are back from Seattle and settling back into things. We had a great time at the Bellevue Bunker and wanted to say thanks to all the staff who were just great. Chaosgerbil showed up and got to look through the Macharian Crusade book and wowed us with his 4 BOXES OF CHAOS SPAWN!!! I'm not sure what he has in mind, but if you guys ever need a rampaging horde of dozens of spawn to smote your enemies...he's your man!

Anyway, onto the daily into.

Launch Accessories
Following up on the Laser Pointer, its definitely a laser, not a LED. The laser works in such a way that when it appears there's a cross-hair; and while odd looking it also has a purpose. The idea is that if any part of the cross hair is obscured on the target model then you get a cover save. The Laser image can be seen at distances of 10-15 meters in low light and is easily visible on a tabletop.

We have also heard of the recall of the new GW "flamer airbrush". Apparently there is some issue with a plastic hose that can crack under extended use, and they have been pulled. We have no info on future reintroduction plans.

Latest Future Releases Rumors
We are now hearing that the Space Wolves are not scheduled for the DEC/JAN slot, but have no additional info. This could just be a slight re-jiggering of the release schedule, as many sources say they are well underway.
2nd Wave of Orks are in JAN (Zagstruk and Co.)
2nd Wave of Daemons are in March (rumored to be plastic Plaguebearers)
Imperial Guard is tentatively scheduled for May next year

~Standard Caveats on the release schedule rumors (as always). Mkerr and I had a great 5th edition game up at the bunker (my foot eldar > IG in centaurs), but now that we are really getting a feel for 5th, the floodgates will soon be opening. Mkerr is just bursting with his latest set of TACTICAS for 5th that sound both awesome and full of dirty tricks. Expect those to start rolling in here soon.

June 19, 2008

TUTORIAL: CSM Speed Painting by Goatboy

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Hi all,

I think its time for a painting article. How about You? Now I know, I know... we are all busy poeple and lead busy productive lives. That said, we all find time to collect that ever growing pile of non-painted GW minis that builds up in our hobby rooms and mocks us day and night.
We all want to have beautiful Golden Daemon quality armies, but really, at the end of the day I just like to get a nice paint scheme that is easy to do and looks good on the tabletop on my minis.

With that in mind, I've asked one of BoLS good friends Goatboy to show us what can be done by any one of us, regardless of painting skill level. I gave him a tough assignment. He was to paint up an entire 10-man squad of minis with their dedicated transport in 2 hours. He was to use methods that are easily replicated and look good on the tabletop. He accomplished it with flying colors. I present:

Speed Painting CSMs in 10 Easy Steps!

Goatboy take it away:

Step 1
Paint em black. Cuz that fits for my coloring style and my own choice for doing any kinda of design. Some people prefer white, but I like em painted black first.


Step 2
Dry brush with foundation color Knarloc Green. I dry brushed it fairly loose and thick in places to give it a nice chunky look. Like bits of flesh and to create more texture on the form.


Step 3
I dry brushed using foundation Gretchin Green to bring up the greens. These initial stages are not meant to be that detail intensive, they are just there to create varying shades of color and small bits of texture due to the amount of paint hitting the model.


Step 4
I used the new Thraka Green wash on the model, as well as added a layer of bubonic brown to the zombie flesh bits to bring up that color and make it stand out from the rotten old armor.


Step 5
I used the Sepia wash on the models in order to try and pull the recesses darker and create more shades of the model. Washes are great, because they double the amount of colors on the model with one swipe. Lets say you have 3 layers of green. An ink or a wash, will create 3 new shades based on those 3 greens. The wash/ink will darken each color, thus creating a new color. The old colors will still be there, maybe not as bright as before, but they will be there.


Step 6
Here I added tin bitz as the base color for the metal. Tin bitz works great as a beginning rust color. It is dark enough and has enough of a purple in it to help with any rust colors you want to add in later. IE Flesh Wash ink and anything else.


Step 7
Here is where things start to look like my normal minis. My tried and true, super cheap Antique White dry brush. I like the cheap paint, because the amount of pigment is very light, thus it allows me more control over the drybrushing and overall detail work. Antique white is the same color as bleached bone, so you can use that as well. I use the models texture and forms that were already created, to gently put a lightened layer of white on top, to highlight the model.


Step 8
Here I add detail work, such as a new highlight color to break up the monotony of the form. I picked red, due to the fact a lot of my army has red shoulder pads, and it helps keep it a part of the Chaos Undivided theme that I want to play with. I start with a foundation paint Mechrite Red, go to a Blood Red from there, and then end with a small bit of drybrushing of Fiery Orange.


Step 9
Almost finished, here I add a bit of Flesh Ink to the zombie bits and red parts of the armor. This brings down the color, and gives another grimey shade to the flesh. It also breaks it from the armor more and helps make it look like the armor and flesh parts are leaking some kind of brown, brackish liquid. If you put Boltgun Metal on your metal parts, using the flesh ink on it, will create a rust type of effect that looks pretty good. You can see this on my Ork Nob Bikers.


Step 10
Here there are finished, after putting in one more layer of Antique white/Bleached Bone on the flesh parts and basing the models. And I used a fine point Sharpie pen in order to create lines of black in parts of the armor. This will help it stand out more and give a nice bit of contrast to the model. Thanks to Bigred for the tip on this.


If I did this at home, and not at work, most likely this would have been a 2 hour job at most. If you do models in batches of 10, most of the time you can finish the last model and the first model you started should be dry by now. But yeah, there you go, a nice table quality squad in 2 hours. Hell if you had 20 models you could most likely finish them in 3 hours or so.

~Yes, I know...more Death Guard. But the basic drybrushing with tight detail added in last is easy to replicate across a ton of different colors and models. This technique lends itself well to CSMs, Orks, Tyranids, Necrons, IG, and many more. While I wouldn't go for such a rough look for Eldar, almost any army out there that needs to look like its not factory fresh or parade ground polished can get from your hobby desk to the tabletop in record time with these methods. Lets hear it for Goatbay, and by all means go check out his blog for even more of his techniques.
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