Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Marcovians are here!

After weeks of waiting I have finaly received my Marcovians! These are my first non-GW minis and I'm not quite sure what to think of them. The detail will probably be more vivid after base coating them. They do seem to be very soft though, the weapons bend pretty easy, however they also bend back pretty easy so that's no big deal. Pricewise these minis are unbeatable. I'll probably try to make some long coats for them with green stuff, which will be interessting, as I've never "made" anything with Greenstuff. Just stufft it in to some gaps and holes, which didn't turn out quite as well as I hoped, anyway here are the Marcovians:

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Oh Captain my Captain!

As I'm within my shedual for all my assignments and my girlfriends out of the house for the weekend, I figured I'd use the spare time on my hands to do some painting. The Space Marines were in dire need of a brush up, as there were (and still are) loads of little things that needed to be done. One of them was getting all the purity seals and other bits and bobs that these guys write on in shape. I must say I'm very pleased with the way that worked out. The aquila on my Veteran Seargents waist cloth looks pretty cool.
As I'm a huge fan of Graham McNeils Ultramarines Novels, I decided a long time ago to have Uriel Ventris lead my Ultras. So I am presenting to you today, my new Master of the Fleet, Captain of the fourth company, Uriel Ventris! I realy like the way he's turned out, he's nothing out of the ordinary, just a powersword and a Bolter, but I find it works quite well. The only thing I'm not happy about is the Banner. I realy need to work on my freehand work and maybe should check out some tutorials on the subject.
I've put some thought into how to paint my imperials. The armour is all going to be white, but i want them to look used. So they'll be muddy snowy, and very weatherd. I'm still debating about which technique to use. On my Ork vehicles I base coated the models in Black. The I would cover the model again in Boltgun Metal. I would then apply two washes. First I used a brown and covered the entire model, to take the shine of the metal. I would then in parts apply a black wash. After that I would paint the model in the desired colour, leaving out some parts to let the metal shine through, creating a used look.
I find this method works realy well for orks. However when I'm using white I think I might have trouble covering the metal. It will possibly be easier base coating the model in white and then use metal, brown and orange tones to create a rusty oily effect, coming from screws and edges. In regard to infantry, I'm probably going to paint them in the clasic Cadian colours, and then I will weather them down, drybrushing parts of the uniform white to get a frost effect. I'm flying to the UK next week and while I'm there I'm probably going to get myself the Imperial Guard Codex, for one I want to see if I can get any "inspiration" and new ideas for my army in terms of colours etc. I'll also find some stuff regarding the conception of an army.

Monday, 9 January 2012

A case full of goodies!

Last saturday a good friend of mine came by for a couple of beers and with him came a case full of miniature goodness! As a kid he collected some minitures and as he has no use for them now he decided to give them to me! With the case their came a bunch of Orks that still need to be painted and assembled, a bunch of pretty old space marines and imperial guardsmen. An Ork Warbuggy and something that looks like a kind of ork pickup on tracks. Sadly most objects have been drowned in paint, and much detail has been lost. I'll have to figure some way of getting the paint off the plastic withour melting away to much detail.
The Ork vehicles will suit my army just fine. Along with the case there also came loads of barrickades and tank trap kind of structures. I bet I could use those for a looted tank conversion of sorts. I also got two Necromunda figures that look pretty cool and as they are metal i'm sure that cleaning them will be easier. One little gem in the box is a metal Space Wulf Seargent with a powerfist, the poor chap is missing an arm but i'm sure I'll find him a plastic one of sorts. I realy like the Guardsmen and will try to give them some kind of airborne theme, three of them have paitn on them though so I'll need to clean them up first. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the incredibly ugly hill that came with the box. Hopefully I can convert it in a way to look...well...better. As some parts have a "made in West-Germany" imprint, I figure that the content of the case is pretty old. Anyway I thought I'd share my newest aquisition with you!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Hello and Welcome to Forge Uriel!

Hi everybody this is Forge Uriel! My new Blog on painting and collecting miniatures. I've been painting minitures based in the Warhammer 40k Universe for four and a half years now, however I have been on and off the hobby quite regulary due to other activities. I figured I'd start a blog as I recently came to learn about a miniture blog of a dear friend of mine and find the idea pretty cool.

At present I am the prowd owner of two 40k armies. The first army I finished (Or at least which reached a status of compliance with the 40k rulebook) are my Ultramarines, the first models which I painted back in Summer 2007, when I was introduced to the hobby. I finished the army during my time at University in the United Kingdom. My second force is an ork army which consists mainly of infantry and was great fun to paint. Although both armies can be used and come up to roughly 1.500 points each, I do not consider them finished, as I will most certainly keep on building and enhancing them.
My next project will focus on the Imperial Guard,
however I will probably not have the time to start work on the miniatures until the beginning of february. In contrast to the other armies, this new project shall include a significant number of armour and other bigger support vehicles. I am therefore planning on buying an airbrush for the vehicles. In general I want to put some thought into this new project and therefore and will be updating the blog with some ideas concerning the guard. So you'll have to be patient in regard to first pictures and work in progress update until I start painting. Models I have acquired and that are still boxed up are the Cadian Force box of GW and a Chimera Troop transport.
I have also orderd a Royal Empire Marcovian Conscript Squad from Steel Crown Productions, as I want the army to have a mix of different infantry units. The models have a similar theme to the Death Corps Models of Forge World but are only one fifth of the price, so I'm very curious about the detail on the models. So that is all for today. I'll keep you updated on my thoughts regarding my Imperials! Cheers and all the best!