Friday, January 14, 2022

Kill Team Christmas Challenge - part 3

 

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

Now with more plasma!  Greetings and welcome back to my WIP series on the Kill Team Christmas Challenge over on Goonhammer.  This week I pushed on with painting all the various details on these troopers.  They are starting to look really good now.  The next step in painting will be to highlight everything and clean up any remaining mistakes.  I also have a few details to complete, such as the medic's hand bag and the "chaplain's" book and rosary.  There are other details too that I want to spend time on as I move to close on the project.

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

For now, the team leader's power sword is painted along with the plasma effects on hist plasma pistol and the Gunner's plasma gun. The metals have been shaded and the eye lenses o the masks painted in. But before I could get more paint done I needed to take a drastic step that would no doubt end up in tears and some fix up so I didn't want things to be too 'finished' at this point.

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

When I assembled these models, I did not intend to put them on any special bases.  But once the challenge kicked off, I knew I had to paint these on trench work bases to match my original Death Korps of Krieg army (as seen in this blog's title pic above).  So at this stage, I decided to go a head and remove the models from their plastic bases and insert pins in preparation for mounting them on new resin bases (Now OOP from Secret Weapon Miniatures - who says hobby hoarding is bad?).

Fortunately, the surgery went very well with only one snapped off foot...and I bet you won't be able to tell which model lost a foot from the pic above.  

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

Here are the new bases, still drying after a round of heavy shading.  Some dry brushing and a few minor details will see these ready for mounting.  I'll likely put some water effects in the puddles once I've figured out where the models will be mounted on each.  That should finish things off nicely. Not a typical kill team base, but these well detailed models really needed to be displayed in their battlefield element. I also like the notion of being able to field them in some future hypothetical game along side their resin brethren.

So I'm gaining on the end game with the project, but there's still plenty to do.  I have to stay focused, as I'm already looking ahead to Squaduary and Monster March...


Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!



Friday, January 7, 2022

Kill Team Christmas Challenge - part 2

 

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

Greetings!

The Kill Team Christmas Challenge project continues.  The lads are looking much more Krieg-like now.  There is SO much detail here though.  So things are going a bit more slowly than expected and I want to do a good job on these guys, as the Krieg are near and dear to my start in bogging here.

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

The bedrolls and gas masks were painted and shaded.

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

Then the armor and other metal bits painted green (certain canisters, the radio, shovel blades) got a base coat as shown here. I took a break to get the new bases primed so they would be ready when it comes time to paint them up.

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

Then it was time to get back to the veterans. The armor was shaded, and some black laid down on the weapons and tool handles.

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

The Sergeant's power sword got a brass hilt and his helmet a brass Aquila.  The rank and file get silver Aquila latter. He is a veteran sergeant after all! Everyone got brass buttons, though they aren't evident in this pic.

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

Moving to 5-man close ups to show the details better.  Aquilas are painted now, as are the metal details on the gas masks and metal areas on the various weapons.

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

No additional shading of these areas yet.  Some little details on the radio take shape.

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

The gas mask hoses are painted and the eye lenses.  Next up, all of that will get shaded.  But there are still details to get an initial base coat before I break out the shades.

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

I think the Flamethrower fuel tank needs a red canister in the center, so that remains unpainted as I noodle on that for a bit. Otherwise the gear is taking shape.  So much highlighting yet to do...

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korp of Krieg WIP

And here's the squad all together again as they stand currently.  Still a lot more to do,but plenty of time I feel.  They are starting to look just like my old squads, so I've managed to keep the recipe consistent even with a few little tweaks and different techniques used here and there.  I've come a long way in my painting since those first Krieg squads were painted.

Check back next week for more updates.  I've very psyched to get these guardsmen painted up!

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!
 



Friday, December 31, 2021

Kill Team Christmas Challenge - part 1

 

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korps of Krieg WIP

The folks over at Goonhammer have sponsored a Kill Team Christmas Challenge, and I simply can't pass up a community painting challenge!  So I brought out the Veteran Guardsmen kill team from Octarius that I had earlier assembled. It is finally time for 262krieg to paint up some Death Korps of Krieg miniatures.

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korps of Krieg WIP

Not a ton of progress so far.  It has been good fun looking over the original formula, digging out the old paints and doing my best to recreate the process and the colors of my original Krieg minis.  And so far, so good!  Gotta love dropper bottles.  I've had these Vallejo colors a long time now and they are still usable. At the end, I'll post a comparison pic with the old an new minis together.

Kill Team Veteran Guardsmen Death Korps of Krieg WIP

The main change to the paint scheme was to use Vallejo Surface Primer Gray for the primer coat rather than going straight to Uniform Grey from The Army Painter.  While it takes longer, I chose to paint the great coats by brush this time around.

The challenge runs to February first, which is great since I'll then switch to Squaduary 2022, even if it is a private challenge again, as it was this year. Check back next week for more progress.  I expect to finish well before the end of January if all goes well.  I'm also contemplating popping these guys off their stock bases and putting them on trenchwork bases from Secret Weapon Miniatures, extras of which I still have kicking about. Not a great match for a Kill Team board, but fun for old times sake and blends the models with my existing collection of Krieg minis.

Best wishes for a safe and very Happy New Year!!

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Dahyak Grekh - Black Stone Fortress Explorer - TO DONE

 

Blackstone Fortress Explorer Dahyak Grekh

Greetings and welcome back. Today I'm sharing my completed work on the Blackstone Fortress explorer Dahyak Grekh.  He's been a fun challenge.  Lots going on with the model, and a wide departure for me from my normal work on the Imperium's finest.  In fact, you don't see many Xenos here on 262Krieg at all.

Blackstone Fortress Explorer Dahyak Grekh

I fussed about a lot with the right eye, until I had the brilliant idea to use the Micron .001 markers. I used brown for the iris, and black for a pupil.  It's not going to win any awards, but is far and away better than I was accomplishing with a brush (of any size...).

Blackstone Fortress Explorer Dahyak Grekh

The details probably come through better if you click through to the original images, then you can zoom in a bit.  I ended up with a mix of studio color choices and my own selections.  The fee were pretty messed up when I cut the model from the original base.  So if you compare this model to other examples you'll see he's a bit club-footed here, making it difficult to pick out the claws and toes effectively.

Blackstone Fortress Explorer Dahyak Grekh

Overall, I'm proud of the results though.  I've picked Grekh up and put him down many, many times before finally steeling myself to complete the project.  I think I missed an opportunity here to practice with textures on the model - especially with the cape which could have done with some texturing to give it more of a fabric look and less of a plastic/vinyl look. I love the cape color though.  Given the base I chose, I like to think the cape is Grekh's way of bringing a little hunter's camouflage to the Fortress.

So another big seal o' DONE for this hobby season.  I'm going to try for one more explorer before I close out 2021, but it's a stretch goal with the Holidays upon us.  Check back after Christmas to see what I take on.

What are you working on to end out the year?  Feel free to share in the comments.

Happy Holidays!

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Friday, December 17, 2021

Dahyak Grekh - Black Stone Fortress Explorer - WIP

 

Blackstone Fortress Dahyak Grekh WIP

Greetings!  I spoiled an image of Dahyak Grekh earlier in the week.  After a couple more evening painting sessions he has advanced some more.  There is just so much going on here.  I just keep picking away at the various details. 

Blackstone Fortress Dahyak Grekh WIP

I'm most pleased by this ridiculous turquoise cape.  Quite a contrast to the relative drab look at Dahyak from the other side.  Since the spoiler was shared, I've been adding details, like the skull on the base as well as refining existing details like the highlighting to leather areas and the rifle.

Blackstone Fortress Dahyak Grekh WIP

 I didn't have a plan going into this model, other than to hew closely to the published studio art for the miniature. That has been both good and bad.  Good, because it's been a fun freeing painting project; one where I can flirt about with the model without constraint.  But bad for all of those same reasons.  It's difficult to determine what's done and what's not...and I've had to repaint or retouch various areas as I realize one thing or another didn't work, or because I couldn't get to some area without messing up another.  I should have followed my usual "inside-out" methodology and really didn't here.


Blackstone Fortress Dahyak Grekh WIP

The spines on the head went in a totally new direction from where I thought I was taking them when I started.  That''s been part of the "freeing" nature of the project.  And the cape lining has come out much more brown than red as things wind down there. Speaking of the cape, it was at this point that I realized the wide armored collar at his neck was actually his bare back showing above the cape...doh.  At least I caught it before completion. :)

Taken in all, though, this is a fun model to paint and I've enjoyed working on it.  I think in the end he'll be a very satisfactory example of a Kroot mercenary and will look quite nice on a future game board. 

I expect he'll be wrapped up next week just prior to the Christmas holidays. 

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!