Screamers of Tzeentch

Finished up a group of Screamers of Tzeentch recently. I remember feeling weirded out the first time I came across them in a Hobbytown USA back around 2004. It took a while, but these guys grew on me by the time I got my Start Collecting box last May. To me, they strike a good balance of managing to be creepy without being too over the top nightmarish or gross.

A couple of takeaways:

1. Army Painter washes are awesome! I’ve used their Strong Tone a fair amount in the past and I’ve been experimenting a little bit with the other colors more recently, but I haven’t used them this extensively or effectively before.

2. I had a lot of fun painting these guys! There’s a fair amount of detail present, but not an overwhelming amount, and nothing that was frustrating to paint. Combined with the cool blending effects I got with the washes, I don’t remember the last time I had this much fun painting a miniature.

 

Painting Guide

Body
1. Prime white.
2. Base coat Reaper Master Series HD Blue Flame.
3. Apply liberal amount of thinned Army Painter Blue Tone.
4. Apply thinned Army Painter Purple Tone.
5. Re-apply small amounts of thinned AP Blue Tone to create more distinction between purple and blue areas.
6. Drybrush RMS HD Blue Flame to bring up highlights.

Teeth/horns/spikes/etc.
1. Basecoat RMS Linen White.
2. Apply light amount of thinned AP Soft Tone.
3. Drybrush RMS Linen White.

Eyes
1. Basecoat RMS Marigold Yellow
2. Highlight RMS Clear Yellow

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Adventures in Airbrushing – Part 3

I don’t think I’m ever going back to regular brushes or spray cans for priming again.

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Oh, the Horrors! Pink ones, Blue ones, and Brimstone ones — they’re all here!

 

Making progress on my Tzeentch army. The airbrush is just as fast as a spray can (that is, practically instantaneous),  but I feel like I get better control than with a spray can in terms of being able to manipulate the airbrush to reach all of the strange angles that you need to get when priming.

I went heavy with the primer on these guys because I’m planning on using washes directly on the primer instead of a basecoat, so I need them to start out a pretty solid white.

Entropy mat + terrain

Some pics of the new mat with terrain on it. In my mind, this scene represents a tear in the fabric of reality, with part of the mortal realm being overtaken and warped by the powers of chaos.

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These pieces were already existing ones in my collection that I made before creating this mat that I just decided to play around with. If I try something like this in earnest, I’ll try to make the effect even more convincing by experimenting with painting the edges of the scatter terrain to match the mat. I think this will make them blend in better and create the sense of movement and an ongoing process of change and mutation.

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I’m currently working on a new color scheme for my terrain that’s designed to go specifically with this mat, and I think it looks pretty cool. So stay tuned! 😉

I face a difficult decision today

Spent a few hours the last couple of evenings prepping my spiffy new Tzeentch minis for Warhammer Age of Sigmar/40K. Since the dozen or so readers of this blog represent a good cross-section of the gaming spectrum, a little background: One of the units in this army, the Pink Horrors, splits into two smaller units, Blue Horrors, when slain. I had mistakenly thought that they turned into a single Blue Horror and currently own a total of 10 of each. The crucial decision that now lies before me:

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If you’re a miniature gamer, or at least have a friend who is, you already know the answer to the question and that it wasn’t actually a difficult decision at all. 😛

…and another one today

From the U.S. this time, though. Although the box arrived in similar condition as the last one.

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These guys look like my kind of low-level soldier minis: fun sculpts that are relatively simple to paint, so it shouldn’t take too long to get them onto the table. Plus their description on the back of the box as “malicious progeny” struck me as being really funny for some reason.

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