Thursday, 28 November 2013

Mechanicum Thallax Cohort

Just a quick & dirty shot I found on my camera.. 
I use these guys as spawn in my Iron Lords csm army.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Nurgle Daemons win best painted at Emperor's Legion 2014!

I recently took my pure Nurgle Daemons to the Emperor's Legion tourney at Tin Soldier in Penrith.
It was a great event with a solid turnout. Lots of great games were had by all!
Highlight for me though, was winning best painted!
So, here they are in all their revolting glory!




I used this guy as a great unclean one.

Borrowed this guy from my good mate Luke from Sound of Machines commission painting.
For those who are so inclined, the army list:


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Paint to sell: Helldrake

Im not a fan of this model.. but it was a lot of fun to paint & they are great on the table.
I needed one for a tourney, so I built & painted this guy.
Took me 3 days, start to finish.
Wings & base are removable for transport.
Problem is, it doesn't fit the theme for the rest of my army (I have other plans for counts helldrakes.. but they are on the backburner).
That means im going to sell this one. If anyone is interested in buying it, get in touch via the comments & we can work something out.
Otherwise, its going to ebay!


This is the first mini that I plan to sell painted.. keep your eyes peeled for more in the future!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Hobby tips: Take better pics, easily!

Looks like crap right?
Something that I see time and again, is people who put a lot of effort into their painting, but who cant do justice to their work when taking photos.
That's fair enough. If you wanted to be a photographer, you'd have started that as your hobby instead. But rest assured, there are some simple steps that will dramatically improve the quality of the photos you take!
First up, the tools you'll need:
All you need is some blue tac, a paint brush or similar, a piece of plain paper (grey is a good colour as its not too dark or too bright) & somewhere with some decent indirect light.
Note: the tripod is optional. 
A separate note on lighting: avoid warm or frosted lamps as they will change how the colours of your mini show up.
Get some clear light blubs & point the lamps directly up rather than at your mini.
I use $5 lamps from a discount store with $2 bulbs from the supermarket. I have one set up either side of my desk. Its also worth noting that all these photos were taken at night..

Next, setup: 
Blue tac your piece of paper to a wall as shown above.
Put another wad of blue tac underneath the paper & stick your hobby tool in it (this helps get the angle of your mini right for the pic).
Place you mini so its in the middle of the paper, above the tool (it should be on a bit of an angle).
Lastly, take the shot:
Get in close.
Real close.
Keep your camera steady (if you are not using a stand, try putting the camera on a flat surface in front of the mini, or balance it on a paint pot, spay can lid etc.)
Note: be careful your shot only includes mini & background. This helps to ensure that the camera has the white balance & focus correct by reducing the amount of things in the photo.
That's it!
Cameras these days (even the one in your phone) are so good, that they will do the majority of the work for you if you just give them something decent to work with.
Now, go on & take some good photos!