Sunday, February 28, 2016

Algoryns - Painting up some Add-Ons

Hi everyone

A short post this week.  I have received some reinforcements for my Algoryn squads in the form of single miniatures that I am currently painting up.  These are now on offer at the Warlord Games site, so I suggest you go and check them out if you are interested in filling out your squads - at least until the plastics come out.

The first three miniatures will be filling out my two AI squads and my plasma canon support squad.

The other two belong to the AI Infiltration squad.  Actually they should be three models, but I will the reason the this omission for another post.

The models are in various stages of completion but I will display them in this blog altogether as a full unit.

That is all for today.  Until next week farewell and good health.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Basing My Algoryns

Hi everyone,

Well, as my Algoryn project nears completion, I thought I might write up a post on how I based them.

I waited until all my army as painted before I started basing them.  I did this intentionally because I wanted a homogeneous look to them.

I started by selecting the materials.  These were a fine sand and a fine gravel product I bought from a gardening shop. I mixed these together in a 3 parts sand to 1 part fine gravel and added some small stones.

The net step was to glue this mixture into place with some watered down white glue.  At this stage it is important not to get any glue on the models. Before the glue dries, sprinkle the mixture over the base and tap it gently to remove the excess. Then let it dry for a couple of hours.
When the sand and gravel have dried, it is time to give it a good paint wash.  At this stage you can use any type of paint.  I prefer to use diluted oils because it runs better and I have a lot of it.  To give you an example, with less than a centimetre of diluted pigment I based over 45 figure bases.
Once again let the paint dry properly, preferably over night.  In the case of oils, leave it for two days and work on something else.  When thoroughly dry it is time to dry-brush.

I dry-brushed these bases with two tones; a light beige and then an off-white.  This can vary according to taste and colour.  After your models are all dry-brushed it is time to add the grass/tufts/flock or whatever else you come up with.

I used some old GW tufts I had laying around.  I diversified them a bit by giving them different brown washes then glued them into place with white glue.

And viola! A nice and presentable force painted up to tabletop standard and ready to kick ass or get a good ass kicking instead.

Once again I come to the end of another blog post for the week.  Next week I will continue to talk about the Algoryn, so tune in if your interested.

In the meantime, farewell and good health.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Second Algoryn AI Squad Ready

Hi everyone,

So continuing from last week, I am presenting my last unit of Algoryn AI's as a small tutorial for a local friend who asked me how I painted them up.  All very simple and straight forward.

After cleaning off the enamel wash with a q-tip from the higher areas of the models, the next step is to give the models their first highlights.  This is very simple.  First go around the raised parts with the base colour and when dry go around them again with a lighter shade, but painting smaller amounts of the areas involved, i.e. the edge areas.

In my case, the base colour was carmine red, but I did not use carmine red as described above, but I used a Vallejo red instead.  This was an experiment in 'tone', and I think it worked, but you must be the judge of that.

As for a lighter shade I add light flesh instead of white.  I find it gives it more 'colour', while just adding white makes the red more chalky. Altogether both rounds of highlights took me about an hour.

The next highlight is solely around the edges.  Make a similar mixture for your highlight but add more flesh to lighten the shade of the base colour further.  Then carefully go around the edges.  This took me another 45mins.

After that add more flesh and a some white and go around the edges again, but only highlight the areas hit by light (the raised areas if your imaginary light source is from above - I recommend this for army painting).  At this stage I also highlight the white armour parts with titanium white.  This takes another 45mins.

The last stage is painting in the details.  In my case these are the green lights, the guns and the faces.  Once again this does not take long and I will not be covering it here as it is very basic stuff.

Well now my army is finished - well not quite! I still have to base all the army and paint up another SIX figures.  These are the add-ons for the AI squads, plasma cannon squad and the AI Infiltrator squad.  I want to bring these unites to full strength.

Well that is all for now, Until next week farewell and good health.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Last Two Algoryn Squads

Hi everyone,

So I am on my last two units for my Algoryn Combat Force. The first are the Targeter Probes, and the second are the stalwart AI squad.  I am still working on these.
So I will begin with the targeter probes.  I have to be honest and say these are some of the worst castings I have seen in a long time!  The amount of flash and misalignment - for lack of a better technical term - is astounding. Astounding because in this day and age of our hobby, I have not seen such bad castings since the eighties.

Nonetheless, I have bought them and I resigned to painting them, simply because I did not want to buy another blister pack.  This models are solely for gaming and their paint job reflects this.

Don't get me wrong, I really like the concept of drones for a futuristic setting, but I prefer the plastic drones of the Concord, which are much more cleaner.

Next up are the AI Squad. These figures on the other hand I like - and a lot.  Unfortunately, there are only 5 different models which can only be diversified by changing heads. Once again their are only 3 different heads, so the variation is slim.  Hopefully in the future, things will change with more plastics for the Algoryn.

Below, I have a small and short tutorial about how I go about speed painting them.  First I give them a good medium grey primer, after which I paint up the basic colours as neat as possible.  The less colour variation - the faster the process.

The next step is to give them an enamel or oil wash.  I prefer enamel as it dries faster.Don't over do it, and try just to direct the paint into the seems.  I went a bit overboard, simply because the Algoryn armour is a mass over overlapping plates.  This makes selective washes time consuming.
When the paint is dry, all you have to do is dip a q-tip slightly into odourless spirit, and gently wipe off the excess from the higher surfaces leaving the wash in the grooves.  At this stages I even tend to play with them, as they are more or less presentable, but I always go back to highlighting them.
For next week, I will go through the last of the steps.  Until then farewell and good health.



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