Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mike's Knight of Bal Timorea, part 1


I got really inspired by John's Knights of Bal Timorea and looked forward doing something cool. After thinking a bit I decided on a disillusioned knight, coming back from years of battle with the never ending ork hordes. I envisioned my hero to be grumpy, old, hurt and dirty and all his glamour from the olden days is gone. With him walks his servant, a guy he picked up on his travels and who carries his stuff.

here's the knight. I started with a Bretonnian leg set. on top of that a torso from the Vampire Counts Blood Knights. Very cool bitz and very easily made into 'good' guy-stuff.
The head is from the Imperial Guard Bitz Pack Bare heads, very useful, pick it up if you can.
The left arm holds the reigns for his horse. His right arm holds a shield, which is Bretonnian with an old lion bit John had laying around. I had to change the arm, because the shield had a left arm attached.
The horse is allright, I did damage some of the clothing
here's the servant. Again an IG head, looking down and out.
The body is from the Vampire Count Grave Guard, again easy to reuse in different armies.
The left arm is an old Bret bit.
The right arm that is holding the lance is actually from a LOTR Minias Tirith Towerguard set. Very useful as the elbow is exactly what I wanted.
The lance itself has an different flag on it, cut out from a Skeleton banner.

Here it is, I am super excited, hopefully you all got some inspiration from this!

Mike

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Knights of Bal Timorea!


Once Long ago in days gone bye, there was an alliance of noble warriors forged in the great meeting halls of Bal Timorea.

These great Warrior Kings assembled from near and far agreed to dismiss any petty grievances and pledge an oath to rally together and fight as one against any great evil that might threaten their good people.

Only in times of dire need are these brave Knights summoned, and with stout warhorse, and steady lance, each great kingdom sends out their finest Knights from across the land, proudly bearing the heraldry and colors of their many honored families.

When these great Knights assemble, none can stand before them.........

Hail the Knights of Bal Timorea!


Are you ready to join the knights of Bal Timorea?

For the next month we will be host a multi blog project focusing on building Knights on horse, and anything related.

We invite you to take part in this project and build a Knight of your own, use the email address at the upper left of the page, send us to your post and we will add all related links to the Knights of Bal Timorea Miniblog Roll.

I have invited some friends to take part in this project and it looks to be a lot of fun.

Even if you have only ever had an interest in 40K, here is a great chance to try something a bit different, enjoy a model for the sake of fun and get creative.

This project will also have a second level of participation.

Anyone who builds a qualifying model and sends it to me, will then be entered in a drawing to win ALL the models that are sent in as well as a Bretonnina army book and a Pegasus Knight as a start to your new Fantasy army!

Participation Level 1=
To qualify to be added to the blog roll just email us with a link to your blog post, any model on a horse or related tips are fine and if it's a Knight with a lance even better. The blog project will run for 2 months.

Participation Level 2=
To qualify to win the army, you will have to build a model of a Knight on horse with lance that can be used in a "Good" army and mount it on a standard size cav. base. The model must be painted and based to the best of your ability and the base must be in a medium brown dirt and may include other small details and light grass if you like. Please keep in mind that the models will all be fielded together and should be able to be ranked accordingly.

All drawing entries should be mailed to me before the drawing at the end of November, all entries will be listed with a corresponding number and the winner will be chosen at random on December 1st.

I will pack all the models up and ship everything to the winner anywhere in the world.

You may build and send in as many models as you like, if there are sufficient entries, I will draw multiple winners.

I would also like to encourage folks to pitch in and buy a box of knights with some friends and do it as a group project, also feel free to use the Barter Bucket to source some needed bits or models. We will have a special Barter Bucket for just this project.

I will be researching into my family history looking for inspiration for my builds and hope you do to. If you document your research and find some good resources, be sure to share them on your blog so we can all follow your projects progress.

Will you answer the call?

Will you take the pledge and join.......

The Knights of Bal Timorea !

John

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Santa Cruz Warhammer Game Night = Success!


We love our small town but the smaller the town, the fewer options you have as a gamer. We don't have a GW store very close to us, and both of the local gaming shops are fairly small with limited room for tabletop gaming.

We have been getting emails here at the blog from local folks who want to meet up and play so we decided to step up and do something.

The local Community Hall was contacted and a room rented, and we figured "if we build it they will come."

I have to say that I was a bit worried that Mike and I would be the only people that showed up, we set some flyers out, and sent out some emails but it was a Friday night and we had not really got much feedback.

We packed up the cars with our gear and hoped for the best, and I am happy to say that we were very surprised by the great turnout.

I met lots of new people and had a lot of fun. Blog readers and local gamers wandered in through the night and we were happy to have them.

As usual, both Mike and I didn't remember to bring a camera to capture this momentous night, but luckily a nice guy named Josh snapped some pics and sent them to us.

I charged myself with running some Wings of War WWI games. I brought out a bunch of planes and was glad to have a couple of games with all new players.

There were two 40k tables running and a large table of Fantasy.

the fantasy table guys pouring over the new rules.

Mike's Bishkek Guard Vs Chaos Marines

It was great to see the owner of the local game store show up for our little game night. I even got in a game with him and had the pleasure of having my Focker DVII shot down by him.

I fumble with damage cards as my fighter goes down in flames.

Frank sold me my first Warhammer models a long, long time ago, he's a great guy with a real love for the hobby, and all types of games. I hope we get to do some fun stuff with Frank and Game A Lot in the future.

The Community Center worked out well and had lots of tables and gave us a really reasonable rate for 4 hours and the parking worked out well also.

Thanks to everyone that made it out, and supported some free local gaming.

With the success of our first attempt we are very much looking forward to the next game night in the end of October, stay tuned for the date and some new features.

If you have any input or ideas to make it even better, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.

We had a great time and would like to encourage some of you readers out there try something like this in your town and get to meet up with some like minded players.

John

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Barter Bucket: Saturday, September 25th 2010


Welcome to the Barter Bucket!

Are you looking for a bunch of Space Marine helmets to adorn your Warboss' Battlewagon? How about just one more combi-weapon for that custom command squad you've been building? All this and more is exactly why the Barter Bucket went live; gamers helping other gamers with hard-to-find bits, regular pieces, and whole models. It's a place to trade in your old stuff for new, or to get that one piece you need without buying it as part of a much more expensive kit. This concept is fueled by the cooperative spirit of the gaming community as a whole.

If you see something below you can help out with, or see something you're interested in picking up, please contact the individual directly through their listed email address.

___________________________________________
joshua.bacon at lcc20.navy.mil is new to the bucket, and is looking for:
  1. Rhino interior display console (as many as you are willing to share)
  2. Rhino top hatch doors (as many as you are willing to share)
  3. Land Raider interior squad display monitor piece (3+)
  4. Imperial Bastion ‘escape hatch’
  5. Imperial Bastion permanent point defense emplacement (not the three-legged piece) (6+)
For trade he has:
  1. Various wood elf bitz
  2. Various lizardmen bitz
  3. Various Space Wolf Bitz
jackal at lglogan.com is looking out for:
  1. Either the bits for both Las Cannons for a Land Raider
  2. ...or the bits for the Assault Cannon on Land Raider Crusader
  3. Mega Armoured Orks (any)

For trade they have:

  1. Space Marine bits
  2. Several Eldar Models
  3. Daemon Hunter/Witch Hunter Henchmen models
  4. Imperial Assassin Models
mjsconnection at gmail.com has a request, they're looking for:
  1. Space Marine Librarian in Terminator armor
  2. SM Librarian staff weapon
  3. SM bike wheels, x4
to offer in trade they have:
  1. SM bits and models, various
  2. Space Wolf bits and models, various
mb.prophecy07 at gmail.com is looking for the following:
  1. Hordes Trollblood (preferably warbeasts / warlocks)
  2. Eldar, any
  3. Space Wolves, new models, any
  4. Space Marine vehicles
  5. Techmarine/Iron Hands misc.,
  6. OOP Vor: Maelstrom models
for trade they have:
  1. WHFB OOP Beastman Chariot, NIB
  2. Chariot wheels, x2
  3. Boars with unique heads and riders, x2
  4. OOP Wood Elves stuff (various stages of completion)
  5. OOP Wood Elf Ariel model
  6. OOP Wood Elf Orion model
  7. OOP Wood Elf War Eagles
  8. OOP Wood Elf Dryads
  9. OOP Wood Elf Treemen
  10. OOP Wood Elf Forest Dragon model
  11. Chaos Space Marines, plastic, Khorne, x12
  12. WHFB Vampire Counts Army Book
  13. NIB Tau Devilfish
  14. Tau Stealth Suits, plastic, primered
brandondudley93 at yahoo.com is looking for:
  1. Space Marine Land Raider Redeemer (x1)
  2. WHFB Tomb Kings Halberd (x1)
mike.tess at charter.net (Mike from SCWarhammer) is looking for:
  1. Fabius Bile
  2. OOP metal demon (in the back of the 'how to paint citadel miniatures'-book), black one
for trade he has
  1. so many Black Library books, just email what you want
miksminis at gmail.com (Gyro from SCWarhammer) could use:
  1. 5th edition Space Wolf Codex
up for trade:
  1. bits, parts and accessories, various and sundry
  2. many other goodies, just ask
___________________________________________
I'm the guy with the bucket on his head, Mik of Mik's Minis, welcome! To participate, all you need to do is send me an email to miksminis at gmail.com listing what you are looking for, or have as surplus that might help someone else out. Make sure your email is in list form with plenty of detail, including the quantities of each you're looking for. Emails I receive by Thursday will post that weekend here at Santa Cruz Warhammer, otherwise they'll get queued up for the following week. Thanks, and remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Mik

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Santa Cruz Warhammer Gaming Night Coming Up!


This coming friday, September 24th, we will hold our first Santa Cruz Warhammer Gaming night at the Louden Nelson Center in Downtown Santa Cruz! We will play all kinds of games, including Fantasy and 40K, Wings of War and boardgames, like Settlers of Catan (which is totally addictive). Card Gamers are welcome as well.

We will help you play
John and I will be hosting games and we will have mentors for Fantasy, 40K and Wings Of War to help people get through a game in an easy and happy way. For Wings Of War we have many models available to play with, it would be great if everyone would be able to play a game new to them!
here's the Flyer, click on it to get a better read and print it out and help us promote this event.

Just letting all of you know, we won't charge anything to anyone and we are not out to make money! We just think games on a table are where it's at.

Painting Table and other modeling stuff
John has decided to create a painting table where everyone gets a FREE model and get's to paint it up and TAKE IT HOME!
Mike will be displaying his Bishkek 2nd Imperial Guard Army (which is an ongoing project); the idea is mainly to show how much pleasure a fully painted army can give you after putting in countless hours.

The evening is family friendly if you don't mind a bunch of geeks all having a good time.

here's a link to google maps for the Louden Nelson Center in Santa Cruz. Please come and enjoy the company of lots of nice people!

Questions? Do you want to book a table for your Game? Email us!!
scwarhammer@yahoo.com
(both of us)
av8hotrod@yahoo.com
(john)
mike.tess@charter.net
(mike)

Hope to see you Friday!

Mike

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Barter Bucket: Saturday, September 18th 2010


Welcome to the Barter Bucket!

Are you looking for a bunch of Space Marine helmets to adorn your Warboss' Battlewagon? How about just one more combi-weapon for that custom command squad you've been building? All this and more is exactly why the Barter Bucket went live; gamers helping other gamers with hard-to-find bits, regular pieces, and whole models. It's a place to trade in your old stuff for new, or to get that one piece you need without buying it as part of a much more expensive kit. This concept is fueled by the cooperative spirit of the gaming community as a whole.

If you see something below you can help out with, or see something you're interested in picking up, please contact the individual directly through their listed email address.

___________________________________________
jackal at lglogan.com
is looking out for:
  1. Either the bits for both Las Cannons for a Land Raider
  2. ...or the bits for the Assault Cannon on Land Raider Crusader
  3. Mega Armoured Orks (any)

For trade they have:

  1. Space Marine bits
  2. Several Eldar Models
  3. Daemon Hunter/Witch Hunter Henchmen models
  4. Imperial Assassin Models
k.lewison at comcast.net is trying to track down the following:
  1. 2x Imperial Fist / Crimson Fist shoulder pads (the ones with the fist on them).
  2. 2x Dark Angel shoulder pads (winged sword on pads).
  3. 2x Blood Angel shoulder pads (blood drop & wings on pads).
  4. 2x Space Wolf shoulder pads (with space wolf chapter mark on pad).
  5. 2x Deathwatch shoulder pads, preferably the metal ones, but plastics are fine.
  6. 2x Space Marine backpacks, preferably the 'blank' ones with no skulls, etc.
  7. 2x Space Marine missile launchers.
  8. 2x Space Marine robed heads, helmet or not doesn't matter.
  9. 4x Space Marine Bike wheels.
  10. 1x Space Marine Rhino.
  11. 1x Land Raider/Razorback weapon 'turret' plate (round bit with the slots in it), weapon attachment bit (to attach to the round bit) & armored shroud (goes over the weapons and attached to previous bits).
  12. 1x Wolf from Goblin Wolf Riders set, with head & tail.
they have available for trade the following items.
  1. 6x OOP metal Dark Reapers (missing one missile launcher)
  2. 3x OOP metal Eldar support weapon platforms, 1x missile launcher, 1x plasma/d-cannon, 1x lascannon
  3. 1x OOP metal Eldar Howling Banshee
  4. 2x OOP metal Eldar Swooping Hawks (drilled for pinning in a flight pose)
  5. 3x OOP metal Eldar Guardians/support weapon crew (including arms, and an assortment of plastic weapons options)
  6. 6x OOP metal Space Marine Terminators (1 assault cannon, 1 cyclone ML, various powerfist/chainfist+storm bolter combos)
mjsconnection at gmail.com has a request, they're looking for:
  1. Space Marine Librarian in Terminator armor
  2. SM Librarian staff weapon
  3. SM bike wheels, x4
to offer in trade they have:
  1. SM bits and models, various
  2. Space Wolf bits and models, various
mb.prophecy07 at gmail.com is looking for the following:
  1. Hordes Trollblood (preferably warbeasts / warlocks)
  2. Eldar, any
  3. Space Wolves, new models, any
  4. Space Marine vehicles
  5. Techmarine/Iron Hands misc.,
  6. OOP Vor: Maelstrom models
for trade they have:
  1. WHFB OOP Beastman Chariot, NIB
  2. Chariot wheels, x2
  3. Boars with unique heads and riders, x2
  4. OOP Wood Elves stuff (various stages of completion)
  5. OOP Wood Elf Ariel model
  6. OOP Wood Elf Orion model
  7. OOP Wood Elf War Eagles
  8. OOP Wood Elf Dryads
  9. OOP Wood Elf Treemen
  10. OOP Wood Elf Forest Dragon model
  11. Chaos Space Marines, plastic, Khorne, x12
  12. WHFB Vampire Counts Army Book
  13. NIB Tau Devilfish
  14. Tau Stealth Suits, plastic, primered
brandondudley93 at yahoo.com is looking for:
  1. Space Marine Land Raider Redeemer (x1)
  2. WHFB Tomb Kings Halberd (x1)
mike.tess at charter.net (Mike from SCWarhammer) is looking for:
  1. Fabius Bile
  2. OOP metal demon (in the back of the 'how to paint citadel miniatures'-book), black one
for trade he has
  1. so many Black Library books, just email what you want
miksminis at gmail.com (Gyro from SCWarhammer) could use:
  1. OOP 2nd edition metal SM Terminators with storm bolters, complete, x3
  2. OOP 2nd edition metal SM Terminator power fist and storm bolter arms
  3. 5th edition Space Wolf Codex
  4. 5th edition Imperial Guard Codex
up for trade:
  1. bits, parts and accessories, various and sundry
  2. tactical Space Marines, assembled only, x10
  3. Space Marines assembled (only) as Sternguard, x5
  4. many other goodies, just ask
___________________________________________
I'm the guy with the bucket on his head, Mik of Mik's Minis, welcome! To participate, all you need to do is send me an email to miksminis at gmail.com listing what you are looking for, or have as surplus that might help someone else out. Make sure your email is in list form with plenty of detail, including the quantities of each you're looking for. Emails I receive by Thursday will post that weekend here at Santa Cruz Warhammer, otherwise they'll get queued up for the following week. Thanks, and remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Mik

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Road to Golden Demon 2011, Part 3


After finishing the old Arbite, I started working on the Winged Vampire Lord, the main guy in my Hordes of Vormond. I saw an image in the White Dwarf of a paintjob by Anya Wettergren and it blew me away. Here's that guy:

So I figured I would try my hand on the armour. But I realized soon that I am not up to the task; the model is hard to paint, awkwardly positioned and lot's of tiny details that I want to gloss over and don't have the patience for. So I scrapped that idea. Then I realized that for my blending practice, I should use the wing instead, nice and big and with lots of room to work. Using a wet palette and about 2.5 hours in total I came up with this:
It still looks a bit dirty and not nearly as clean as Wettergren's model, but I do feel good about it. The photos alway look worse anyway.

I tried to go from purple to bleached bone, making the contrast between the two really obvious.

After the wing I wanted to quickly finish the guy off, so I can start working on my Knight of Bal Timorea, but looking at the cape I figured I could do a bit more fancy footwork. I painted red with a fat green wash over the top. On one side I am working it up to orange, on the other side I am keeping it dark and shaded. Not done, but trying to formulate ideas. It's not easy.
Thanks ALL of You for commenting and giving tips, I have looked at it ALL and love the feedback from painters with more experience.

Cheers!
Mike

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Join The Knights of Bal Timorea !



The Knights of Bal Timorea is multi blog project open to anyone who would like to participate.

This was inspired by meeting all the guys from the Storm Wardens Project in Baltimore, it was great to see all the different approaches to building the models for that project so I figured I would do something to invite ANYONE who wanted to take part.

With hopes of encouraging folks to model outside of their comfort zone, and perhaps try a Fantasy model, without starting a whole new army, I would like to invite everyone to participate.

All you have to do is build a knight on a horse and blog about your project. I will have a mini blogroll added with all of the blogs featured that are building a model.

Wait, there's more!

All those that build a model and send it in, will be entered to win ALL the donated knights and some extra goodies to start your own Warhammer Bretonnian Army.

Grab a box of plastic knights, split them up with some friends and join The Knights of Bal Timorea!

Stay tuned for rules and details.

John


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Golden Demon Painting according to our readers!


I posted a little tirade about my adventure in painting land and received some really thoughtful and helpful comments. Not wanting to have all these tips be invisible in the comment section, I have put all these wonderful tips in a short list. I edited some of the words to make it work and took out duplicates. If you want to visit these bloggers yourself, go to the comment section of this post.

What to do if your primered model is grainy anyway?
an old mini that might have oxidised slightly will have a powdery surface to begin with. a bit of a rub with gentle wire wool should sort that

and

If the metal's not smooth enough, use a file carefully.

How do you keep your paint from drying up too quickly after you have mixed it to the color you want?

If you cant complete a colur in a single sitting a wet palette might help. a quick google should show you some you can buy or build. they can keep paint wet for days

and

If you have problems revisiting shades, maybe paint a section at a time? aka, do the arm from dark to light, then a leg, etc. (I don't actually recommend this, as I prefer to do a single colour/shade at a time.) Maybe try thin washes between each layer to help blend. I also _always_ paint with a wet brush so that I'm never painting solid colour on. Takes longer, but blending gets more gradual.

and

Pre-mix your colours, and store them in an empty paint pot (one which is clean). Or else, keep practicing your blending.
A colour wheel may be a helpful reference guide. Or just mix your blend on top of the previous day's until it's the same.

And here are some links to check out:

There are lots of good sites for inspiration, Mike. My favourite is the Finnish painter Vesa Makela's:

http://nomadpainter.blogspot.com/

Here's a brief tutorial specifically on blending:

http://www.jenova.dk/Blending.htm

And the Citadel books on how to paint miniatures are helpful as well. I refer to Mike McVey's old one all the time.

Other than that, there's no substitute for practice and study.

My primer is sandy and grainy. What's going on?

"
>Sometimes that Just happens. It can be down to the weather, the paint, the distance you hold the can from the mini, a lot of things. most commonly though, a powdery finish is caused my particles of paint drying on the way to the mini, was it hot when you primed? wait till it's cooler, or hold the can closer.

and:

When it comes to spray primers - they are too touchy (same with spray sealers). If the model has got to be really nice and you don't want to run the risk of ruining it before you begin - or when you end - paint prime with non-diluted gray/white/black Gesso and paint seal with non-diluted well shaken Matte Varnish. I love the convenience of sprays myself, but for army commanders and characters I take a spray-less approach.

and

I use gesso to undercoat miniatures. It's the undercoat you use for proper acrylic paintings. (Using Google Images for 'Gesso warhammer' brings up some good examples). You can buy Gesso in black or white; and thin it with water as with regular acrylics. Or you could just use regular white acrylic paint and thin it with water. I based my miniatures that way for years.

Hope this inspires!

Mike

Sunday, September 12, 2010

My Road to Golden Demon 2011, Part 2


Well, what a difference a few weeks can make. Still on a high from John stories from Baltmore 2010, I started out planning the roadmap to Chicago 2011 and trying to make it through the first cut at Golden Demon there. I started out happily (here), but now, being swamped with work and frustrated at slow results, I am doubting it...already.
Here's the model, I finished it up (not the base) as a test model but it took will power to not toss it in the garbage.
Obviously the range goes from enchanted blue through white with blue and black washes for shading. I tried to make red the 3 point spot color. I tried shading the kneepads which actually worked out allright, the photo doesn't show that.
OK, here were my problems. Maybe all of you have tips or similar experiences:

1. my white primer is kind of grainy. right from the start if you look close, it looks unsmooth and after I had primed it there was not much to do about it. Should I gloss coat it first? use a specific one?

2. my paints are older and really dry. I bought slowing medium but it still started to look like drybrushing really soon after I applied the paint.

3. I have a lot of problems analyzing the next shade of color and density, esspecially after I start on the model the next day and I have to remix the paint to try to get to the shade where I left off. I messed up my previous work multiple times because I misjudged the shade of color and instead of blending lighter, it was actually darker or vice versa.

4. if I add too much water, like they say in the White Dwarf, it suddenly takes over the entire surface, I panic and wipe all of it off with my hands...

5. I wonder if plastic is easier to paint on then metal, it doesn't seem that smooth of a surface.

On this guy I didn't really keep a coherent lighting effect, I just played around with different effects. In that respect, the helmet came out allright.

For my Hordes of Vormon I am painting the winged vampire and while this model is too difficult for me yet to really do a good job on, the wing is manageable and I will practice more blending on that part, here's the basecoat on that part.
It's snakebite leather with Devlan Mud and the purple and red washes for some accents. Now I will work my way up to bleached bone.
Sorry for the whining.

Mike

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Barter Bucket: Saturday, September 11th 2010


Welcome to the Barter Bucket!

Are you looking for a bunch of Space Marine helmets to adorn your Warboss' Battlewagon? How about just one more combi-weapon for that custom command squad you've been building? All this and more is exactly why the Barter Bucket went live; gamers helping other gamers with hard-to-find bits, regular pieces, and whole models. It's a place to trade in your old stuff for new, or to get that one piece you need without buying it as part of a much more expensive kit. This concept is fueled by the cooperative spirit of the gaming community as a whole.

If you see something below you can help out with, or see something you're interested in picking up, please contact the individual directly through their listed email address.

___________________________________________
k.lewison at comcast.net is trying to track down the following:
  1. 2x Imperial Fist / Crimson Fist shoulder pads (the ones with the fist on them).
  2. 2x Dark Angel shoulder pads (winged sword on pads).
  3. 2x Blood Angel shoulder pads (blood drop & wings on pads).
  4. 2x Space Wolf shoulder pads (with space wolf chapter mark on pad).
  5. 2x Deathwatch shoulder pads, preferably the metal ones, but plastics are fine.
  6. 2x Space Marine backpacks, preferably the 'blank' ones with no skulls, etc.
  7. 2x Space Marine missile launchers.
  8. 2x Space Marine robed heads, helmet or not doesn't matter.
  9. 4x Space Marine Bike wheels.
  10. 1x Space Marine Rhino.
  11. 1x Land Raider/Razorback weapon 'turret' plate (round bit with the slots in it), weapon attachment bit (to attach to the round bit) & armored shroud (goes over the weapons and attached to previous bits).
  12. 1x Wolf from Goblin Wolf Riders set, with head & tail.
they have available for trade the following items.
  1. 6x OOP metal Dark Reapers (missing one missile launcher)
  2. 3x OOP metal Eldar support weapon platforms, 1x missile launcher, 1x plasma/d-cannon, 1x lascannon
  3. 1x OOP metal Eldar Howling Banshee
  4. 2x OOP metal Eldar Swooping Hawks (drilled for pinning in a flight pose)
  5. 3x OOP metal Eldar Guardians/support weapon crew (including arms, and an assortment of plastic weapons options)
  6. 6x OOP metal Space Marine Terminators (1 assault cannon, 1 cyclone ML, various powerfist/chainfist+storm bolter combos)
redhands5of10 at live.com has:
  1. many of the 54mm scale Inquisitor figures, complete in the box
  2. email if you are interested
mjsconnection at gmail.com has a request, they're looking for:
  1. Space Marine Librarian in Terminator armor
  2. SM Librarian staff weapon
  3. SM bike wheels, x4
to offer in trade they have:
  1. SM bits and models, various
  2. Space Wolf bits and models, various
mb.prophecy07 at gmail.com is looking for the following:
  1. Hordes Trollblood (preferably warbeasts / warlocks)
  2. Eldar, any
  3. Space Wolves, new models, any
  4. Space Marine vehicles
  5. Techmarine/Iron Hands misc.,
  6. OOP Vor: Maelstrom models
for trade they have:
  1. WHFB OOP Beastman Chariot, NIB
  2. Chariot wheels, x2
  3. Boars with unique heads and riders, x2
  4. OOP Wood Elves stuff (various stages of completion)
  5. OOP Wood Elf Ariel model
  6. OOP Wood Elf Orion model
  7. OOP Wood Elf War Eagles
  8. OOP Wood Elf Dryads
  9. OOP Wood Elf Treemen
  10. OOP Wood Elf Forest Dragon model
  11. Chaos Space Marines, plastic, Khorne, x12
  12. WHFB Vampire Counts Army Book
  13. NIB Tau Devilfish
  14. Tau Stealth Suits, plastic, primered
brandondudley93 at yahoo.com is looking for:
  1. Space Marine Land Raider Redeemer (x1)
  2. WHFB Tomb Kings Halberd (x1)
mike.tess at charter.net (Mike from SCWarhammer) is looking for:
  1. Fabius Bile
  2. OOP metal demon (in the back of the 'how to paint citadel miniatures'-book), black one
for trade he has
  1. so many Black Library books, just email what you want
miksminis at gmail.com (Gyro from SCWarhammer) could use:
  1. OOP 2nd edition metal SM Terminators with storm bolters, complete, x4
  2. 5th edition Space Wolf Codex
up for trade:
  1. bits, parts and accessories, various and sundry
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I'm the guy with the bucket on his head, Mik of Mik's Minis, welcome! To participate, all you need to do is send me an email to miksminis at gmail.com listing what you are looking for, or have as surplus that might help someone else out. Make sure your email is in list form with plenty of detail, including the quantities of each you're looking for. Emails I receive by Thursday will post that weekend here at Santa Cruz Warhammer, otherwise they'll get queued up for the following week. Thanks, and remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Mik

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Making Your Wildest Dreams Come True


This post will follow my process of resin casting a custom Space Marine shoulder pad.

This project was inspired by a post on Miks Blog and conversation I had at Games Day with Ron Saikowski of From the Warp, in which he told me that he would never turn away a commission job, no matter how weird or difficult it might seem.

Ron's comment made me think of some of the stuff I have done that really pushed me to do better and improve my skills.

I have to say that I work best under pressure, and when I am deep into a project and keep thinking that I just can't make it work, something kicks in and pushes me over the wall and gets it done.

From that point on, I can look back and figure out why it worked and use that in the future.

You will be amazed at what you can do when you push yourself, and the feeling of accomplishment you have afterward is awesome.

Enter Mik's new Space Marine chapter.

I was prepping up to make a mold to cast some shoulder pads for another project, and I figured I would just whip up a shoulder pad for Mik and toss it in the mold, theres always a bit of room for friends.

Mik sends me the art.

by Biscuit

WAY more complicated than I thought it would be, lots of tiny details, all to fit in 6mm or so of a shoulder pad. I cant imagine how the toy designers respond to the artists concepts, but I imagine they work big and shrink most things down to tiny. This is not an option for me.

What have I gotten myself into? If I back out I will look like a jerk. If I suggest to modify the art, it will loose its awesomeness, and the artist will be unhappy, so I suck it up and get to work.

I must have gone through 10 trials before it started to come together its sooo much in such a small place. Must make it work smaller. Curse the artist, how could he do this to me? has he ever used green stuff?

This one didn't make it, legs too short and head too big

A favorite way to approach the impossible is to break it up into manageable smaller jobs.

In this case I will break it down in segments. 6mm to work in and the legs are about half, and the biggest problem for me.

I break them into 4 little rolls and stick the tops down and arrange the legs where they need to go. It works.

Then I make the triangle that is the top half, trim it to size

Then sculpt the eye and small details, and it works, on the 10th or 11th go.
Looks kind of weird, but it's going to work.
The next step is looking at it from a manufacturing standpoint, will this work in the resin casting process? Deep areas in the molds and under cuts will collect bubbles and make casting a real problem, I use some spot putty ( reddish stuff) to build up a few problem spots and smooth things out.

Resin casting can be easy, even the mold making.

I don't even use Lego or make a fancy box.

I use a little Dixie cup. A bit of super glue to tack them down to the bottom, and then mix and pour the silicone.
I use Alumilite in the 1lb tub kit. 1Oz mixed with half a scoop of the pink stuff is enough for this mold. Pour it and wait overnight to demold.

tear off the paper cup
and pull out the master parts.
The mold is very flexible, and easy to work with, make sure the cat doesn't take off with the masters
I use Alumilite resin in the little bottles, and a Dixie cup and a craft stick. It can be messy, and don't get it in your hair (or the cat's)
It's a good idea to dust the molds inside with a bit of baby powder with and old paintbrush and blow them off real good, I like to work the molds a bit to get some of the bubbles up, and I use the mixing stick to skim off the extra resin before it kicks, to cut down on the flash.

Here is the casting with a bit of wash over it so you can see the detail
and with some blur

I decided to paint one up to see how it takes the paint, and to match it up to the art, ignore the untrimmed flash.

and the Pepsi challenge

Not too bad, Mik I hope it makes your wildest dreams come true, or at least adds a little something to the troops for your new army.

If any of you out there need a little something for your army to make your dreams come true, let me know, perhaps I can help.

John

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Barter Bucket: Saturday, September 4th 2010


Welcome to the Barter Bucket!

Are you looking for a bunch of Space Marine helmets to adorn your Warboss' Battlewagon? How about just one more combi-weapon for that custom command squad you've been building? All this and more is exactly why the Barter Bucket went live; gamers helping other gamers with hard-to-find bits, regular pieces, and whole models. It's a place to trade in your old stuff for new, or to get that one piece you need without buying it as part of a much more expensive kit. This concept is fueled by the cooperative spirit of the gaming community as a whole.

If you see something below you can help out with, or see something you're interested in picking up, please contact the individual directly through their listed email address.

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redhands5of10 at live.com has:
  1. many of the 54mm scale Inquisitor figures, complete in the box
  2. email if you are interested
mjsconnection at gmail.com has a last minute request, they're looking for:
  1. Space Marine Librarian in Terminator armor
  2. SM Librarian staff weapon
  3. SM bike wheels, x4
to offer in trade they have:
  1. SM bits and models, various
  2. Space Wolf bits and models, various
dunfordm at gmail.com is looking for the following:
  1. Space Marine Land Speeders
  2. SM Attack Bike sidecars (any)
for trade they have:
  1. darn near anything Space Ork, Tactical Space Marines, and Devastator weapons
brandondudley93 at yahoo.com is looking for:
  1. Space Marine Land Raider Redeemer (x1)
  2. WHFB Tomb Kings Halberd (x1)
mike.tess at charter.net (Mike from SCWarhammer) is looking for:
  1. Fabius Bile
  2. old metal demon that's in the back of the 'how to paint citadel miniatures'-book, the black one
for trade he has
  1. so many Black Library books, just email what you want
miksminis at gmail.com (Gyro from SCWarhammer) could use:
  1. all the SM hooded heads you can muster, they can be with helmet, no helmet; whatever as long as it's hooded
  2. plastic SM Dreadnought Multi-Melta
  3. WHFB Vampire Counts Dire Wolves, x2
  4. SM Flamer, x1
up for trade:
  1. tons bits and accessories, various and sundry
  2. various chapters and the like, just ask
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I'm the guy with the bucket on his head, Mik of Mik's Minis, welcome! To participate, all you need to do is send me an email to miksminis at gmail.com listing what you are looking for, or have as surplus that might help someone else out. Make sure your email is in list form with plenty of detail, including the quantities of each you're looking for. Emails I receive by Thursday will post that weekend here at Santa Cruz Warhammer, otherwise they'll get queued up for the following week. Thanks, and remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Mik

Thursday, September 2, 2010

My road to Golden Demon 2011, part 1


After seeing all the great models from Games Day 2010 and John's endless stories over the amazing paint jobs that he saw there, I decided to enter a model into Golden Demon in Chicago next year and try my hand at it. My goal: pass the first cut.

So I have planned out a long road map and decided to first practice blending on models that I have laying around gathering dust. Mind you, I have never ever mixed paints, left alone blending. I am a painter of harsh contrast and for a lot of models that works great. But to get to a higher level, I have to step back and start over.

So here is an old (but great) model that came to me painted through the barter bucket. I decided to try to do some blending on it's right leg (blue to white) and the back of his pants (grey to white). This little bit took ages and the left back leg still looks like @#*. I don't really know what I am doing and it's a little scary, but fun nevertheless.

I am taking this model camping next week and do some more painting on him.

My goal is to end up feeling comfortable dreaming up a cool model and come up with something halfway decent. But that is for much, much later.

Hope you will follow me along on this (scary) path.

Mike