Sunday, September 28, 2014

Nurgle Chaos Champion - Completed (thanks to the help of Matte Medium)

Prostrate thyself and behold - Frankenberry, Chaos Champion: Harbinger of Doom and Tooth Decay.
My prior post highlighted a first attempt at free-handing an old school shield design.   I was so geeked out over the shield that I rushed to post the pictures, but I wasn't really happy with the rest of the mini.  For years, I've been using a magic wash (distilled water, future floor polish and usually a payne's grey artist's acrylic) for finishing my models.  However, I wanted to experiment a bit with matte medium for and glazes and ink washes.  My chalky, over-highlited Chaos Nurgle Champion was just the justification I needed to use the ubiquitous 30% off coupon at Michael's . . .

Here's Frankenberry, standing in front of a foam core building I made a few years ago.  You'd think the Ultramarines would be able to come up with a better construction material than foam.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Oldhammer Shield Design - First Attempt

Ever since I read one of the short "Painting Citadel Miniatures" pamphlets from years back (cover price was one GBP, but I'm pretty sure the game store was giving them away), I've wanted to try my hand at painting one of the old scary face shield designs that were a hallmark of Warhammer in the 80's.

In fact, I think I originally stumbled on Orlygg's seminal blog a few years back looking for shield designs and his recent post (putting the faces on armour - GENIUS!) inspired me to finally have a go at it.

So, here's my very first Oldhammer shield design:
Anyone hungry for Frankenberry cereal?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Building a (Tiny) Mordheim Board - Part Two

Here's a quick update on the small Mordheim board on which I've been working, as discussed in a previous post.  Sorry for the subpar photos - while my "lightbox" for minis has been improved, the lighting in the rest of my workshop leaves something to be desired. 

Before gluing down the foam, I first cut out the three stairs sections, carved out each of the steps . . . 
. . . then fit the stairs back in.  Each step is about 1"x1", which will allow the minis to stand on the steps.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Saving Your Oldhammer Rulebooks From Certain Ruin - Part Two

My last post discussed restoring an Oldhammer rulebook with a few loose pages and a split binding.  In this post, I'll show my restoration process for a rulebook with an entire section having fallen out.

This book is in great shape, but for . . . .

a section of about 12 pages having fallen out.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saving Your Oldhammer Rulebooks From Certain Ruin - Part One

My Oldhammer rulebook collection is growing.  However, like many of you, I have a problem with pages falling out.  The binding method that Games Workshop used in the late 80's seems to have cut a few corners.

Say want you want about the soulless corporate rulebooks of today, at least they're build for the long haul.  The 80's rulebooks certainly were not.  Of course, you can still find WFFB3rd or Rouge Trader rulebooks on eBay for less than the $50 going rate of a modern codex.  So, they're quite a bargain actually.  However, some restoration seems to be in order.

My Rogue Trader rulebook only had two loose pages.  My WHFB3rd had about a dozen loose pages.  Below is a photographic journey throughout the magical restoration process for Rogue Trader.  I will show the WHFB3rd process in a following post.  
Required Materials:  Rulebook.  White Glue.  Plastic Wrap (or wax paper).  Beer (preferably Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA).  Also, a paintbrush will be helpful.