With my week-long cold I unfortunately didn't manage to get much miniature painting done at all, but I DID paint up my second batch of combat gauges to match my Into The Dark terrain, with a dirtied-up rusted side and a clean side. Weirdly, on the dirty side where I did the rust pigment I actually went a bit too heavy-handed with the matte varnish and it actually dried white in places (or maybe it reacted with the pigment or something? All I know is that I didn't have this same problem when doing my actual ITD terrain) but it's totally worked fine anyway and just added some extra wear!
I also made the ITD "barricades" look at least somewhat better with the application of some airbrushed silver, a dunk in The Army Painter's "Dark Tone", and some drybrushing.
Also after our last game of Kill Team (https://virtualwolf.org/media/posts/2542), I decided I wanted to add a bit of extra pizzazz to my Into The Dark terrain because it looked a bit dull next to my friend's set that he put a fair bit more effort into.
One of the things he did that I particularly liked was adding hazard stripes to all the walls above where the doors are, because it's VERY easy to miss the fact that there's a door there and suddenly your opponent opens one right next to one of your operatives and you're like "...oh, shit." Very happy with my hand-painting efforts for the hazard stripes here, I also did some drybrushing with silver (I had done zero drybrushing at all until this point) and used the MIG brand rust pigment to add some extra grime and wear, and it looks mint. Left is before, right is after.
Now I just have approximately twelve million more pieces of this terrain to do. 😅
After our last game of Kill Team (https://virtualwolf.org/media/posts/2542) I figured I should probably paint up my Plague Marine who has the double plague knives because he's a beast in close combat and against Genestealers my ranged Marines weren't super-useful. I re-primed him using a zenithal highlight and got him fully painted this weekend, and am very happy with how he came out! There's zero drybrushing except on the sand on the base, it's entirely Contrast paints and manual highlighting.
I also realised that I've been painting Plague Marines long enough that I have essentially the three stages of evolution of my painting technique. On the left in the second photo is one of my first Plague Marines from nearly six years ago now, using regular paints which looks fine but takes so long. In the middle is my second batch from eighteen months ago where I was using Contrast paints to greatly speed things up, but still had a plain white undercoat and the highlighting was still done by way of drybrushing. And on the right is this latest guy, with the full zenithal undercoat and manual highlighting!
Earlier this week I painted one of my converted Space Marines as a test to make sure the colour scheme worked, and man am I glad I did only one as test because I hate it. 😫 Despite deciding to paint them in Blood Angels colours and using the Contrast paint called "Blood Angels Red", there's FAR too much orange in that colour, I don't like how the backpack came out with it being black, and I don't like the base either (I DID do an absolutely bang-up job her face though, particularly the eye).
I did a second one and finished it tonight (the one on the right) using my trusty old Flesh Tearers Red, painting the backpack the same colour, and using the muddy terrain texture, and it looks SO much better. Definitely going to use that for the rest of them.
Sunday night Kill Team tonight was a three-player match, Death Guard versus the Space Marines of Strike Force Justinian versus a Tyranid squad of just Genestealers, on the Gallowdark map. My friend who was playing Genestealers actually used the xenomorph miniatures from one of Aliens games and it looked SO COOL having them lurking around inside an old ruined starship!
We only got through three turns rather than the full four, the Genestealers won 5:4:4, but it really could have gone any way, and I was in with a pretty solid shot of winning if we'd had time to play the final turn. Most ridiculous moment of the game was one of my regular Death Guard Warriors being on two wounds left, getting smacked in the face for five melee damage from a Genestealer, and rolling FOUR successful Disgustingly Resilient rolls so he only took one wound so he had a chance to hit back and take the Genestealer down from its starting 8 wounds down to 3. There was also a very cinematic moment of the Genestealer leader fighting in close combat against the Space Marine leader (the Space Marine leader got utterly shredded).
Yesssss, got my converted all-women Intercession squad assembled and undercoated!
Extremely stoked at how well these have come out, in particular the one from each squad with the grenades since none of the sculpts actually have them holding grenades (one of the operatives for the Assault Intercessors is specifically a grenadier and I wanted to make it obvious which one that was, and if I don't take her I'd be taking the regular Intercessor with grenade as an added equipment). I even went to the level of detail of chopping off the grip from one of the spare holsters and fitting it properly onto the empty pistol holster that the grenade-lady from the Assault Intercessors has, since she's holding a grenade instead of a pistol. I also chopped off all the helmets and attached them to the belts of every single one of them, to show that they still HAVE their helmets, they're just too cool to wear them. 😛
I'm going to paint them in Blood Angels colours, mostly because the red and black scheme is quite striking and I've never painted Blood Angels before.
Had a game of Kill Team tonight, my trusty Death Guard versus the Space Marine Intercession squad. I lost 17-14, but it really could have gone either way. I was let down at the very end by the Death Guard's lack of movement, and I can take solace in the fact that I completely wiped the Space Marines off the board. 😛
I think I might FINALLY make use of the female Space Marine-looking heads I bought almost two years ago (https://virtualwolf.org/media/posts/1966) and put together an Intercession squad myself, because that squad is apparently a pretty good one to use to really get used to the rules (I've played a reasonable amount but just CANNOT keep in my head all the ploys and TacOps, I don't know what it is but I just can't do it).
Had another game of Kill Team at @[email protected]'s place tonight. In news that will surprise nobody, we only got through two rounds, and I lost.
The first round started well, but it all fell apart in the second. I'm pretty sure the only time I've won with the Voidscarred is when I've played a horrendously imbalanced game against one of the not-very-good Compendium teams. 😕
First night of a planned fortnightly #KillTeam gaming session at @[email protected]'s tonight! There were four of us, one hadn't played before so I played the introductory game with him, sans Tac Ops and equipment. He was playing the Adeptus Mechanicus Hunter Clade, versus my revolting Death Guard. We got part-way through the final turn but called it because I was up 7-4 and he wasn't going to be able to come back from that.
He really enjoyed it though, and I'm keen to start playing more regularly so I can actually properly remember the rules (and also learn how my Corsair Voidscarred play, because the miniatures are SO GOOD but I don't feel like I have a good handle on them yet).
There we go, the first half of my Breachers are done and fully varnished! I'm such a fan of that Nihilakh Oxide paint for the verdigris effect on the armour, it looks SO good.
I've got another seven miniatures to go (a full squad is only twelve miniatures but I'm going to be painting all three gunner variants so I can swap them out depending on the mission) and I'm going to ATTEMPT to get them all batched painted in the one go. Usually my limit is five, so this might end up being split up into two lots, but it'd be good to get them smashed out.