Creating the battlefield part 3

Heya people.

I’m back with another part of my current project. So far it’s been a lot of fun and it hasn’t stopped with the last 2 tiles.

The next tile I will be showing you is a little different from the previous one, meaning: this tile doesn’t represent a desert-located part of the battlefield.

I present to you: the Manufactorum. Now this tile is just packed with details. And the previous were already so detailed, but let me tell you, this is just gorgeous. From the massive manufactorum building at the center of it all to the small coolant valves and the energy generators on the side and back, this tile was just a treat to paint.

For the basic street I was going for a somewhat darker grey than what I intended for the building, so the tile was first painted in a medium grey, along with the building. Then, everythung EXCEPT the building was washed down with a dilluted black wash, 50/50 wash to water. Then, after everything was completely dried, I filled all the lines in between the  street tiles with a black wash. The piles of rubble were also washed black. Then, when all washes were completely dried, I drybrushed the piles of rock and rubble, and the building, with a light grey. This would accentuate the concrete structure the building has and bring up the level of debris.

After all that was done, I progressed further on details. Everything metal was painted with a mexium iron metallic, washed blue and then drybrushed angain with medium iron. The brass parts were painted in a medium brass, than washed with a brown earthshade wash, drybrushing it again here and there with the medium brass. The red was done painting it with a medium to dark red, then a crimson wash, followed by light drybrush of the same red paint and ultimately drybrush lightly with a medium iron metallic, ton gve it a nice, weathered, chipped look.

And then the only thing left was small detailing. Looking closely to board you will find all kinds of computer sscreens, buttons and such. So these were painted using z variety of colours, but not to much, as I didn’t want it to look like a rainbow fest gone mad. For the standard buttons, like keyboards and such, I used a white painted, while for screens I used mostly red en green, washing them with a dilluted wash of a matching colour. Even clear psints were used, though mostly only Tamiya’s Clear Red.

Ventilator shafts and such were painted using a medium iron metallic, washed with black and then drybrushed with medium iron, to give it a sense of depth. Then, when eveything was finished, the last step was environmental weathering, using the same drybrush specific paintnI used for the desert styled tiles. Mostly, thix drybrushing was focused all around the manufactorum, and from that base I just drybrushed some random spots, varying from big spots to small. Here and there, a variety of weapons were laying around, so these were painted in Iron Warriors colours to give a link back to the other tiles. And that’s it.

If you scroll down you will find the pictures of the Manufactorum. I hope you like as much as I do, because I just had a lot of fun painting them, and these tiles alltogether have been some of my best work I have done so far, if I may be so bold to say so.

Leaves me with 3 mire tiles to finish. And they are coming out really nicely. So I hope I will be uploading those soon.

Untill then, enjoy!

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Creating the battlefield part 2

Heya guys.

Last time I uploaded a post, I showed you the first piece of a board I am painting that will be mostly used for Horus Heresy games. In this post I will be showing you the next piece of the board. I had a lot of fun painting this, not only because the tile is so detailed and such, but because it came with a small personal challenge. The surface of this board would have to be painted in the same way as the crashed Thunderhawk so that both tiles could be laid next to eachother and not see any difference in shade, texture and such. And I am very pleased to say that it worked out very well.

The piece I am talking about is the Primus Redoubt, redubbed the Iron Redoubt to stay in theme. The surface of the board is, explained, painted in the same theme as the crashed Thunderhawk tile, a desert styled environment. I knew I wanted the bunker itself to be a medium light grey so it could be drybrushed with a light grey so I could give all the edges and detail some extra attention. And don’t think the bunker is just some straight-on, flat surface, because when you would look at the bunker closely, you can easily see the very concrete-like look it has.

This tile has something more than the CT tile, which is a certain amount of craters and piles of rubble. These were painted in a medium grey, washed with black shade and drybrushed with a lighter grey but leaving the inside of the craters untouched, giving the idea that the inside is where the missile/projectile has exploded and the ground has not recovered from it since.

All the metal on the board, like gantries, ventilator shafts and such, were painted in a medium iron metallic, washed blue and drybrushed again with the medium iron metallic, then a soft drybrush of light iron metallic to add more chipping effect to it. Ultimately, the entire bunker was then drybrushed with a very light sandcolor drybrush paint on places whereyou could imagine the wind would have swept up sand and landed on the bunker itself, so mainly the outside of the bunker close to the ground and here and there some patches on the inside, to help give it a nice weathered look, like it’s already been there for a while.

And then there is the ”eyecatcher” of the redoubt, the Double-Barrelled Destructor Cannon. This one is very similar to the one you would find on a Legion Falchion, so very cool.

I painted it in the colors of the Iron Warriors Legion. First painted it in a medium metallic iron, the washed the entire thing blue and drybrushed it back in iron, giving it a nice, cold metal kind of look. Then, I painted the black and yellow hazard stripes on the major ”hull” so it would really stand out from the bunker. Next ¬†painted all the small details like computer and stairs on the side in the same medium metallic iron and, using GW’s glazes and tamiya clear colors, painted the screens themselves in the colors of my desire. Then, I painted the trims in a brass color, washing them with a sepia multiple times untill it was the shade I wnted it to be. This gives it a real nice weathered, old look. Then ultimately, when the entire cannon was completely painted, the last thing to do was decals. I found an old sheet of GW’s Chaos Space Marines decals and took the Iron Warriors emblem from it twice, one for each side. I applied it using Humbrol’s decalfix. Then I took a decalsheet from the Imperial Guard Baneblade set and cut out the number 23. This alsonwas applied using decalfix. After that was dry, I used a brush and a small amount of black paint and covered the edges of the decals, blending it in completely to the model, no edges visible anymore. The cnnon and the bunker are now dedicated to the Iron Warriors Legion, 23rd Grand Battallion.

If you find that the hazard stripes give you some trouble, go check my previous post on the Chaos Warhound dubbed ”Titan from the Warp” I explain how to paint hazard stripes very easily. You van apply them on anything of your liking and this way has helped me a lot. It may take a while but I am sure you will find the endresult most pleasing.

So that’s it. Down here you will find the pictures of the Iron Redoubt. Go check them out, and next time I will be uploading the next parts of the board.

Untill then, enjoy!

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Creating the battlefield

Hey people.

It’s been a very long while since I last posted something here. I’m sorry for that. Reason is that I took a break of unknown length from everything Warhammer 40.000 and Horus heresy modelling, painting, etc. But guess what…. I’m back!!

A while ago, I ordered some tiles from forgeworld to create a gaming board. Now, we all know that the tiles forgeworld sell all look very cool and detailed, and so you can imagine I was/still am a bit worried I can do these tiles justice looking at the amount details, both structural as well as enviromental. But guess what. I finished 2 tiles already and the comments so far are surprisingly exceeding my hopes. So I figured I would show you what I’ve been working on and see what you guys think of them.

First up is the Crashed Thunderhawk. I had a huge amount of fun painting this tile.

I chose to paint it in the colorscheme of the Iron Warriors, as these tiles will be mostly used for Horus Heresy games, plus I just love their colorscheme. The enviroment itself was painted in a more neutral look, not dedicating it entirely to a specific planet or location so the gaming board could be used to recreate all matters of battle missions, from the desolate wastes of Isstvaan to the sludge infested grounds of Tallarn and so on.

I hope you guys enjoy how it looks. More will be uploaded soon through the course of the coming weeks. I promiss I will keep you updated on this as much as possible.

Untill then, enjoy!

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