Monday, December 30, 2013

See you 2013. Looking forward to 2014!

Its been a while since I last posted. There are various (real life) reasons for this including, but not limited to, children, a high intensity job, Guildwars2, and most recently: changing jobs, and intercontinental movements!  

So 2013 saw the blog authorship expand to include the talented Eldrad Vect. He's been doing some terrific things with warhammer 40k armies that I don't personally play such as dark eldar, and most recently the Carcharodons Chapter than I cannot wait to see more of!

Warpstone Flux started out for me as a chaos (marines and daemons) dedicated blog. It has long since out-grown this remit! With articles spanning a full range of conversions, painting, battle reports in 40k and several other companies also featured, the time has come to revise the remit of this blog. Hence there is a new banner in place for next year with the tag line "A tabletop gaming & hobby blog". I feel this new tag line is much more appropriate to my own and Eldrad Vect's interests.  We're now covering a great deal more materials than we ever used to on this blog and despite my lull in posting in the second half of this year, we'll be picking it up again in 2014. 

I might even start to cover my roleplaying interests in a bit more detail...

But that's all from me for now.  Thanks for following Warpstone Flux in 2013 and Happy New Year to you all - whatever timezone you are in.

-Jabberjabber

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Carcharodons - The First of Many

Hi everyone, Eldrad Vect here, crazy Christmas has passed and I thought it had been a tad too long since I last posted on the blog, anyhow I have been busy re-painting my Dark Eldar lately and to break up the monotony of painting thin glowing lines on segmented armour plates and pale flesh (well that one not so much) I began work on my Carcharodons Chapter.
It is by far one of my best paint jobs I've done, I'm not sure how it stacks up to other peoples works since I quite often think other peoples are way better but this is the standard I'm going to paint my Carcharodons from lowly Scouts to mighty Centurions.
The Carcharodon's iconography is by far one of my favourites as it incorporates my favourite animal in it, the shark, don't know what that says about my personality but all I can say is painting this free hand was extremely fun and very rewarding to see it play off. It also stands out, on the dark grey of the armour and black of the shoulder and knee pads it works well, catching the eye and adding a spark of brightness on an otherwise dark colour scheme.
I chose to use silver as the predominant metal colour on my Carcharodons, not sure if it is canon, but I always change colour schemes slightly to make my models a little different and stand out in their own unique way. I also used the Blood for the Blood God technical paint, it works so well and I think we can all agree, a blood spattered shield is pretty wicked looking.
I use glow effects quite a bit and on a dull scheme like this it was imperative that I have bursts of colour to break up the sea of grey. The eyes, wires and sensors on the model were done up with glow effects and came up quite well.
There are tribal markings on his knee pad as Carcharodons have shunned the Adeptus Astartes squad marking for their own, this also looks good when allied with my Space Wolves as they both use different squad markings. This is a first attempt so it does look a bit rough, I'm sure they will get better as I go. The Purity Seal is not blank because I'm lazy but left blank so that when this marine performs a heroic act or the likes of which, I will write it down, it adds more character to the model which I find is quite nice like naming models too. The base is done snowy, not only does it look cool but it contrasts the dark model on top making both the model and base stand out that little bit more. The snow effect (for anyone wanting to try it) was achieved by applying PVA glue to the base then adding Bi-Carb Soda to it, this also was a first attempt, so I did screw up a little and don't really know the exact way to pull of the technique, I'm still working on it, I apologise for that, but still it looks great and you just have to work out the best way for you to do it.
Once again, Blood for the Blood God works incredibly well and gives the Thunder Hammer that 'I've just pulverized so poor xeno/heretic' look. I usually paint weapons clean, as if ready for battle or hasn't yet reached the fray, but with the Carcharodons I wanted all their weapons to look worn out and blood soaked as if the were in the thick of it and hadn't bothered to clean their ancient (yet very effective) weapons.

Well that's it, my first fully painted Carcharodons Assault Terminator. Tell me what you think of it, I'm always open to some good constructive criticism.
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