zondag 26 augustus 2012

Necron Project - Part 3: small step for man...

Neil Armstrong has passed, rest his soul. And as he is taking the last giant leap man can take, I take my own personal small steps in the Necron project. I promised often but small updates, didn't I?

In order to be creative and spontaneous enough to create interesting, divers bases, I needed to do some doodling into the style of the forms of Necrons. Which meant drawing different parts from Necron models (mainly vehicles and such).

I soon found I had a bit of a grasp of what Necron style looked like, and I started to work some more on small bases for my first unit. I did the first ten this weekend. They still need some sculpting, finishing works and such, but the hardest part is done.

Well, about 30 small bases still to go...
Also, I did some preliminary painting on that first unit of Immortals. Nothing fancy yet just some metal and washes...

zondag 19 augustus 2012

Necron project - part 2: of Playmobil and basing

I want to give you guys some more regular updates on this; i.e. whenever I worked on it, I'll show the progress, however small or insignificant...

A couple of days a friend of mine gave me an idea for a relacement for the glow sticks in the Warrior's weapons (Gauss Flayers). I don't like them, it makes them look like Playmobil. Anyway, this friend said to replace them with thin metal wire, bent like a small lightning bolt of sorts. I made an sample of that and well, it was not bad.

But somehow I felt it made the weapon look...fragile. Thin. Hollow. I don't know. So this friend and I went back to discussing, and he showed me how he is going to use the Gauss weapon from the Annihilation Barge to replace the weapon on the Heavy Destroyer. That made me think: would it be possible to replace the Playmobil sticks for parts from the Immortal's Gauss Cannons? Today I did an experiment, and seeing it being a huge and yet simple succes, I converted all 20 of my warriors as such. I even replaced the underslung axe/blade/halberd for the blade from the Immortal's  weapon, and made the whole thing more menacing, and more in tune with the style of the rest of the army's weaponry.

Not only did I do these conversions, I also fumbled around a bit with some bases, and finished on the three 40mm bases for the Tomb Blades. The larger size is fun, as you can really take the thematics way further than on those tiny 25mm's. However: it is a hell of a job to do!

woensdag 15 augustus 2012

New 'Over My Head' project - Necrons

As faithfull followers know, I had my Dark Angels army up for sale a few weeks ago. In the meantime, they have been sold, and so I am left with an empty shelf, without a proper 40K army.

So I started to think about a new army. And since I was fed up with those damned Space Marine shoulderpads, I wanted something I had not done yet. Most great painters would immediately grab some Eldar models to test their skills on, but nooOOoo, not me!

In a funny mood, I thought up a ridiculous concept. Something that would make the guy at the other end of the table keel over just to look if he is seeing this right. And probably laugh his ass off. And then tell his friends about it.

I wanted to do a Necron army, that was made of wood...

Yeah, that's right: WOOD! Just try to imagine the talks I had, where friends encouraged me to do this. "Oh, and you know what would be fun? If you'd do...and maybe even..." People shouldn't encourage me like that, because soon after I acquired my first fuckload of Necron models. So much, that turning back now would not only be a waste of money, but would also make me look like a fool.

That said, I started planning this thing. I conjured up some semblance of an army list, where the looks of the models had priority over the effectiveness in game. I knew that I had to do a great job on the wood-likeness, because some stupid thing like this should be done properly and awesome, or not at all. Ever tried having people laugh WITH you instead of AT you with a ridiculous theme painted in a crap way?

So I did some testing on a single Necron Immortal. At first, I did this effect where the cracks of the wood were accentuated. Although the colorscheme looked good, I felt it was just not spot on. Friends and onlookers were divided in their opinions, which only confirmed to me that this was not the way to go.

I took a look back at a single model from the Wood Elf line years back, where I painted it's sword with wood grain. A really simple concept, but very effective. So I went back to the test model, and tried to recreate that. And I feel so much more content with this!

Now the basing is another problem altogether. First off, I thought that a nature-themed look would do good - actually simple sand-grass-leaves or something. But that felt tacky after a while. Another stupid 'way-too-much-work-for-such-stupidity' idea popped in my head: I'd do a Tech/ Cybertronian/ Necron Base Star/ Tron kind of thing. So with some quic work with plasticard and tubing, I created a great looking theme for basing. Although I painted the base three times over just to get the right look, the end result is fitting, exciting, and original.

...and so much work...

These are most of the needed bases during the very first step: a single layer of plasticard just to make it a smooth, flat surface. Still needs some different levels, tubing, details, gizmos, and what not. Oh, and putty to smooth and even out the rims.
I figured I needed to do the bases first, as I figured painting the bases with the models on would prove to troublesome. Which means that I will not even have an unpainted army to game with - it will be playable only when finished!

Damn...what did I get myself into now?

Stay tuned for more on this project as I progress...slowly...

woensdag 1 augustus 2012

Tryout for spinning model

Hell, I have GOT to try this one for myself!

It may not be the smoothest turn, but now I know that even I can get these nifty shots :) Want to do spinning pics as well? Check out THIS post by Tim Davis.