A perfect example is the post archives for this site. I didn't have an "Archive" before so I started looking around at was was out there and found a calendar. That's cool I thought, I just need to add this little bit of code to the site and then that modification there... and like that I was back at it again. And then I stopped. I'll just add the basic Blogger widget since there is nothing wrong with it and it will give folks a way to see what I've done so far.
And to make sure I keep on track, I added the one sentence that I can to my header as a reminder for myself.
This first post (outside of the intro) is really nothing more than two finished projects I completed recently... but never had time to post with everything else that was going on.
Believe it or not, I've got a little bit of stuff backlogged that I'll be posting here in the coming weeks as I get caught back up to speed with my current commission work. I'd forgotten how quickly I can progress through things when I can sit down and work on them uninterrupted.
And my Wife is still getting used to having me around and not on the computer all the time. We actually went out to lunch today.
I've had a long standing commission from a friend of mine who gives me plenty of freedom and lots of time. Two things you love to have as an artist. This squad was done to expand his army and I've got another one similar to it that I'm working on now.
They are painted up to a tabletop standard to match both the scheme and quality of all the other models I've painted so far for him. Getting these guys to stand out on the table from the regular tactical troops was done with a simple change in their armour color scheme. The regular guys have purple armour with black shoulder pads. All we did was reverse that here to make these guys look different, but still blend in with the rest of the force.
The Apothecary was fun to do, but I've found that after using the metallic paints on my brushes, they seem to get gummed up quicker. I never really noticed it before, but now that I pay closer attention to my brushes, it dawned on me. The jump pack exhaust vents were given the obligatory soot stains like all things in 40k seem to have. It is a cool effect though for such little work.
I never realised how cool purple marines looked until I started painting these guys way back when. I would have never thought it could look so good, but now I know why people start up Soul Drinkers and Emperors Children armies. I've got a few more models to include a cool conversion I'll be working on in the coming weeks as part of this same army.
And I finally snapped some pics of the Raven Guard squad I've been working on for some time now. I've been posting some pictures of them as I made progress to show people and to get some feedback. These guys are painted up to a higher standard than usual for me. I never realized how much work went into a squad like this. The time involved in painting something to a standard above tabletop is incredible. Once you get into three and four line highlights, shading, blending, etc, the time adds up fast. Faster than you realize sometimes.
In the end, I'd say it's definitely worth it though. When you see the unit all together, they really do stand out as being painted up with an eye for all the little details. Instead of just glancing over them and saying "Oh it's another tactical squad," you stop and look at each guy. It makes me want to start my own Raven Guard army and if it can do that, I figure it's a successful paint job.
If I were going to to Games Day this year, I'd be inclined to enter them as a squad. With a bit more work, I think they stand a chance of possibly picking up maybe a Bronze. But they'd still need some work as I figure they're about half way there now.
Now I have their drop pod to paint up. It'll be the first one I get to assemble so I'm off to find some tutorials on how to do it since I remember hearing that they can be quite problematic if you don't do certain things in just the right order.
I do know of a good site to get a bunch of tutorials from.