Well, last night’s post really did encourage me to get some hobby work done.
Firestorm Armada/Noble Armada
The first thing I did was prime a couple of ships for each game, testing out the bit of Gesso that Andrew let me borrow. This product looks to be the hobbyist’s answer to winter/poor weather that would otherwise foil plans to prime.
It worked out well, so far, and today I started work on one of the Firestorm Armada Terran Frigates, as seen in the picture. For my first test model, I washed the gesso-white-primed model with some GW Badab Black, then painted some areas with P3 Cygnar Base Blue. The next step will be to throw in some P3 Pig Iron, and any other accent/detail colours I have yet to determine. I don’t mind how it’s looking so far, but I think I’ll change it up a touch for my next test model, as I’m not sure if I prefer the ‘carbon-scoring’ look of the washed white over actual white. We’ll see in the next few days, I guess.
Heavy Gear Blitz
As surprising to myself as anyone else, the other project I worked on was my HGB squads. After just a couple of test games a few months ago, we (Rob, Andrew and I) pretty much dropped the ball on this project. I figured this was something that a few nights’ worth of actual hobbytime could lead to completion, so I brought them off the shelf and did some work.
First I added the remaining details on the big guys, the Fire Support Cadre. Then I washed them with GW Devlan Mud, giving them a warmer feel than the other unit, who got Badab Black.
I also base-coated the remaining three models in the Strike Cadre, using P3 Trollblood Highlight, which everyone got.
Both units use a lot of the same colours, but for the most part are not otherwise uniform. For instance, the backpacks of some were kept Trollblood Highlight, while others have Ironhull Grey packs. Etc. Etc. This arose from testing out different looks between different models, which I just kept in the end. And, sadly I have to admit that I’ve done a pretty sloppy job on them. Meh, I figure these guys are not going to see much action on the tabletop any time soon, so does it really matter?
Well, that’s the work I’ve done so far this year. In the long run it’s minimal, but it’s more than I’ve done over the past few weeks, so it’ll count for something. Plus, it’s a good omen for 2012 if by Day 2 I’ve already got two posts, and some work to post about.