Wednesday, 22 May 2019

The Orks are coming!

Here's my first 40K figure in well over 20 years and I've thoroughly enjoyed painting it!

I'm leaning towards an Evil Sunz themed army and my paint scheme reflects this, i.e. quite a bit of red, but much of it is equally applicable to all Ork clans.

The recipe, starting from a black undercoat (GW Chaos Black), is as follows:
I began by drybrushing various metallic items (weapons, armour, etc) in GW Leadbelcher, GW Warplock Brass and GW Gehenna's Gold (use this last paint sparingly).  Do this first as it can be a little messy, then tidy up with black.  Be sure to leave some of the plates and glyphs in black as these can be painted later in clan colours.

Base Colours
  • Ork flesh - Foundry Dragoon Green shade
  • Trousers/Vest/Boots/Straps/Pouches - a variety of browns or leave some bits black. Good browns are GW Mournfang Brown, GW Scorched Brown, VMC Leather Brown, Foundry Spearshaft shade, VMC Flat Earth - just get a good mix of dark/mid/light browns.
    • Tip - paint any bits you definitely intend to remain black in a coat of black paint - I found that the GW Agrax Earthshade dissolved a little of the spray undercoat and turned some parts of the model cloudy!  A quick re-paint solved the problem but it's best avoided in the first place.
  • Armour, plates, glyphs, etc that are going to be red are first given a layer of a good red-brown, e.g. Foundry Conker Brown shade.  It covers the black easily and is a good base for the 'proper' reds. Follow with a couple of coats of GW Mephiston Red.
  • Any details that you'd like in yellow should now be painted in a light brown or ochre colour.  If your contrasting colour is different then just pick a slightly darker shade as a base.

This is nice and easy. Wash with GW Agrax Earthshade being careful to avoid any unsightly pooling of the wash then set aside to dry thoroughly.

Metals - highlight (drybrush very carefully) with the base colours but leave plenty of the grimy, washed base colour showing.  Be sure to pick out any sharp edges.  The GW Warplock Brass can look good with a very faint highlight of GW Gehenna's Gold but go easy!
Flesh - here I used the full Foundry Dragoon Green triad as I felt that getting the Ork skin right was key to the overall look of the figure.
Red - GW Mephiston Red then a few highlights of GW Wazdakka Red, again pick out any edges.
Yellow - I've used Foundry Ochre light (as it's the only yellow I have!)
Trousers/Vest/Boots/Straps/Pouches - highlight the base colour and maybe add a few very quick highlights of a very light brown (compared to the base) for some extra depth.  Black can be highlighted with a very dark grey or charcoal colour such as Foundry Charcoal Black (34B).

Add a few dags or checks here and there. Do this in yellow or black & white.  Glyph plates look good in colours that contrast the surrounding area, e.g. a gold or yellow glyph on a red background.  Pick out the teeth and claws with Foundry Boneyard shade & mid and the eyes with GW Mephiston Red.  These figures have lots of extra bits and pieces so take a few moments to pick them out.

I've opted for a desert theme as I think this will look cool and fit in nicely with all the desert style terrain I've built in the last year or so.  It's the same recipe as I used on my DAK.  A base of Americana Country Maple followed by highlights of Americana Tan, VMC Dark Sand and Foundry Boneyard light.  Then add a bit of clump foliage and a some tufts.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Dakka Dakka Dakka

The Orks are coming!

It's been almost 25 years since my last game of 40k. That was back in the 90s with second edition.  It all began back in the 80s with "Rogue Trader" - Tim had Space Marines and I had Eldar.  After that I collected a fairly sizeable Imperial Guard army to face his Orks.  Then we all played Gorkamorka which was an absolute blast!  Eventually these forces gathered dust and were sold on as I moved towards more historical games in the early 00s.

So why 40K now?  Well, quite simply because I love the models and indeed the whole background of the game.  I've had a desire to play something non-historical for a while.  I had hoped that Warlords of Erehwon and my Middle Earth Orcs & Goblins would fill that role but I really didn't enjoy the game so I turned from fantasy to sci-fi... I'd heard good things about Star Wars Legion but whilst I love the films I didn't actually fancy gaming them.

A friend and colleague, Rob, had recently started collecting 40K models through the weekly Conquest scheme published by Games Workshop.  He brought some figures in to the office and I think that kind of set the ball rolling... thanks Rob!  I soon found myself browsing the 40K ranges and doing a bit of reading to refresh my memory of the game background.  This is probably complete gaming madness given how many other projects compete for my rather limited hobby time... but you know how it is!

Some successful eBay-ing meant I had some funds to spare for hobby fun, so I jumped in and bought the rulebook, the codex and a box of figures.  All at considerably less than the usual GW prices too!  I'm not planning a large army; just enough to get some good games in.  Several friends also have 40K armies (Eldar, Harlequins, Marines, Chaos and Imperial Guard) so I shan't want for opponents.  I've still quite a bit of loot to sell on (e.g. some plastic Napoleonic cavalry, WW1 ANZACs, Normans, etc) so this will hopefully fund my expanding green horde.

Friday, 10 May 2019

Redcoats for Sharp Practice

Here are some fine fellows from the entirely fictitious Royal Somerset Regiment.

Six men led by their (Level 1) NCO, Sergeant Ebenezer Goode.

As with the 95th Rifles in my earlier post, I've painted these relatively quickly by limiting the number of layers to one or two.  I've also been a bit less "tidy" but at tabletop viewing distance it really doesn't notice!

Here's the recipe (from a Halfords grey primer undercoat):
  • Flesh - Foundry Flesh shade/mid/light
  • Jacket - Foundry Madder Red shade, Foundry Bright Red shade
  • Trousers - Foundry Slate Grey mid
  • Coat roll - Foundry Slate Grey mid/light
  • Backpack, Boots, Cartridge box & Shako - GW Black, Foundry Charcoal Black mid
  • Facings - Foundry Cornflower Blue shade/mid
  • Canteen - Foundry Night Sky shade/mid (strap in Rich Butternut shade)
  • Haversack - Foundry Boneyard shade/mid
  • Plume - Foundry Dragoon Green shade/mid
  • Musket - GW Scorched Brown, Foundry Conker Brown shade
  • Belts & Straps - Foundry Austrian White mid, Foundry White

Thanks for looking!