It’s a Bug Hunt!

With the new release of Codex Tyranids the studio got their hands on some Genestealers and there was a lot of thought of just how should they be painted up. There have been some fantastic colour schemes in the past, including a pure bone colour, but in the end the traditional scheme won.

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There has always been a lot of love for the classic painting style of the Space Hulk colour palette. With the genestealer always lurking in the shadows of the derelict hulk they are camouflaged to blend in with the darkest recesses of a corridor, ready to leap and tear apart a Space Marine.

These six Genestealers are going to be posted as an auction on eBay and are priced to sell, to why not bid on them and pick them up to add to your Tyranid army, or even to your set of Space Hulk.

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Iyanden Farseer eBay Auction

G’day gamers!

Today sees a brand new eBay auction. Seismic Studio has an Eldar Craftworld Iyanden Farseer up and the auction has seen a lot of traffic so far.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/331101361573?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

 

This model is such a beautiful sculpt, it just epitomises the alien realm of the Warhammer 40k universe. It has always been my view that Iyanden are THE craftworld of the Eldar race. Their craftworld is a symbol of a dying race and their wraithguard troops are ghosts of a once thriving civilization.

I have really enjoyed painting up this Farseer and after I get some commissions done I will maybe have time to paint up a squad of guardians and maybe a wraithknight. In the meantime, check out the auction on eBay. Make a bid today.

 

New Year, New Models On The Horizon…

It’s been a little while since the last post from the studio as Christmas comes up so fast and then a week later we see in the new year. There are a few things I want to discuss about the hobby, my hobby and where we see things going for the year to come. First, a little housekeeping to take care of:

At new years resolutions are always made and it is about this time after new years most people made ones that they realise,  are far too unrealistic to accomplish. I never make resolutions and I mean I NEVER make resolutions, but I think it is time for me to break this trend and make one:

PAINT MORE MINIATURES.

There it is and without (as they say) further ado, here is the first of my many miniatures to be painted up this year:

Eldar Farseer.

This model is just having the finishing touches put to it, but it is basically done and will be up for sale in the next few days. It’s a model that evokes such imagery of the 41st milennnia and the alien races that lie outside the grasp of the Imperium.

Genestealers.

These classic models are some of the first that I picked up way back in 2nd edition 40k. They have been refined since then and I finally got my hands on a few to paint up. Expect these to show their ugly faces in the upcoming week.

It very exciting to see a new codex, so we will see what it reveals.

So they are just some of the newest miniatures to come out of the studio. I thought I would discuss the news of the finecast production discontinuing, albeit a little old, but we still see the odd model come out, made in resin, so I thought it apt.

It’s from my understanding that I heard the finecast range is finishing up production and I have just a couple of thoughts.

The first thing that comes to mind is just how many people I heard online voicing their opinion about the resin material. I think that it is a huge step for such a massive company like GW to just pull the plug like that. It must have taken a lot of complaints for the company to just cease the manufacturing. Now, I understand that there must be a large portion of the GW product line still to come, but I wonder how long it will be before we will see it completley die off.

I personally only purchased one model from the Finecast range, since there was just so much that I had already to paint, it seemed silly to just run out and add to the huge pile that I have going on, but the one model that I did buy, i has little to no problems with. Two issues I did have was trying to get a power axe bet back straight, even with the use of hot water, it just doesn’t sit straight. The other problem I had was that there was no evidence of bubbles, but, once I began cleaning up the model of mould lines, then I would reveal bubbles and they just kept on coming.

I will be sad to see a product line die off, before, I think that it had time to really reveal it’s potential, but maybe GW cut their losses.

Something else that has piqued my interest is the recent release of the Escalation and Stronghold Assault books. I finally can use my Thunderhawk in regular games, but at what cost? From what I see, the balance is nonexistent and I have two schools of thought on this release.

The first thing is that this is GW and balance had long gone out the window many editions ago. There is some semblance of balance starting to reappear in the newest 6th edition, but that died as soon as allies came into the scene.

The second is that I really feel like this is a great release to spur the recent momentum that I feel that GW have had with the strong Tau, Space Marine, and subsequent digital codex releases. This is a great way for most of us to breathe somemore life into our hobby while the Wintery months are here and we are all stuck inside.

Oh and by the way, speaking of Winter, it was -38 degrees Celsius, with windchill here in Ottawa today, good reason to paint miniatures.

Whet The Palette Shall We?

I thought I would discuss something that was a complete eye opener for me; the wet palette.

Back in the day, when I was beginning my painting hobby, I used many things to mix my paint onto. At first it seemed a ceramic plate was a great way to go about thinning and mixing my colours, I soon realised that I needed more of a flat surface, so I moved up to a kitchen tile. That worked for a while, actually for the longest time that’s what I relied upon and only that. I tried other things like paint extender medium, and using mixing pots (which became VERY expensive). I am happy to say I have now seen the light; wet palettes.

As I traveled the Golden Demon award circuits, year after year I witnessed the painters that were on show there using a wet palette. I know the theory; you need to keep the paint moist so you can blend two or more colours on the miniature. It’s just, well, I wasn’t into blending on the model. Maybe I was just stubborn, but I would be the type of painter that used lots of colour gradations on any one space to achieve my desired effect, and would also utilise feathering of my colour(s).That worked for me for a very long time until I realised that wet palettes can serve another purpose entirely.

If anyone has ever experienced the pain in the neck of just how tedious a tile is to mix their paints on and then work against the clock to get that mix used for all your painting, before it dries up and then having to clean it off, know probably just how useful a wet palette is.

For those of you who have no idea what a wet palette is, its basically a shallow container that contains something that soaks up water, but on top of this material, whether it be a sponge, or kitchen towel, you lay your actual palette. This palette is made from a material that through a capillary action, draws water up from the sponge below and keeps the paint you are using most and the best thing, is that it reduces evaporation of your mix. You can get acrylic paper from any art store or you can even use parchment paper, but I have has more success with acrylic paper. It has worked wonders for me and if you have a container that comes with a lid of some sort, then you are able to seal out the outside environment, preserving the paint in a useable form.

It is just so freeing to know that you can work with a colour for as long as you need to, seal it up and then come back after lunch and pick up where you left off.

The wet palette is super easy to make. It doesn’t need to be overly expensive and the cost saving in dried up paints comes back to you very soon.

There are a few things you will need:

  1. A container that has a depth of 1″ to 2″ and can be as wide as you want. Make sure it has a lid that encloses firmly. Mine is about 7″ long, 5′ wide and 1.5″ deep This can be found at a “dollar store” or type of equivalent near to where you live. Usual cost is $1
  2. Cheap kitchen sponges. The thick kind. These can also be found at the same place as the container, so you can easily judge on the quantity of sponges needed. A bag of them should also cost you around $1. Try to find sponges that come to just below the height of the container you will purchase.
  3. “Handy Palette” acrylic paper.The one I found was made by a company named Masterson. This was the most expensive item at round $5.09. This is a little harder to find, but any quality art supply store will stock these.
  4. 5 minutes to construct the palette (time is priceless, so this may cost you more than you were bargaining for)

How to make the palette;

  1. Gather all components (see above) and firstly look at how many sponges you may need.
  2. Place the sponges in the container and cut any to size, to ensure that the entire container has a layer of sponge and leave them in the container.
  3. Take out a sheet of acrylic paper and cut to size to fit on top of the sponges. I like to cut a few at a time as extras for later. Set them all aside, but one.
  4. Take that one sheet of paper run it under HOT water and soak it for about 1- 2 minutes. The paper should become semi-transparent.
  5. Wet the sponges until they are completely soaked.
  6. Take the semi-transparent sheet of acrylic paper and lay it onto the sponges. It needs to stay moist (thanks to the sponges), but not saturated all the time (thanks to the sponges). Initially, if there are large pools of water, just soak them up a little with a paper towel.
  7. THAT’S IT!

You should be able to now place your paints onto the paper that’s moist and you can paint with this same colour, blending  and mixing your heart away for hours and hours. When you need to leave, just seal the container with the lid and NEVER let the paper dry out. just keep adding water to the sponges and keep the level topped up. You can also get more life out of the paper, but washing it off and then flipping it over to use the other side.

Happy painting! Feel free to post you experiences with wet palettes in the comments section below.

Hot Off The Press (well the brush)!

Today we have another addition to the Seismic Studio blog family. Seismic Miniature Painting Studio is pleased to announce an Empire Warrior Priest. One of my most favourite models in the warhammer fantasy range ever released, sometimes the model doesn’t need to be big and imposing, with multiple components; a simple model can inspire us to great painting jobs. this miniature just got his final few brush strokes mere hours ago.

Image This magnificent sculpt is such a characterful model. The anger in his face tells us such a storied history and it seems like he has been wronged in his past. Armed to the teeth with two warhammers, he’s ready to take on all his demons.

I decided to paint his heavy plate armour  and also the two warhammers with NMM techniques and this brings out the amazing sculpt. There are some more photos to check out.

In addition, take a look at the current ebay auction for this new model:

 

Another First

Huge announcement. Seismic Miniature Painting Studio has just listed its first Ebay auction since launching the Blog and Facebook page.

What better model to list than the highly acclaimed Black Templar Chaplain in Terminator Armour. I have had much positive feedback about this piece and to top it off it was a joy to paint. I got some beautiful effects on the parchments and armour and the model has such a sinister look to him. He’s ready to enter any battle and smite the foe of the God-Emperor.

Check out the auction for yourself and make a bid while you are there.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/331086971306?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

A New Milestone For The Studio!

I want to officially announce the launch of the studio’s Facebook page! I am really excited to have this aspect of social media to complement this blog. From the page I am going to be adding events that I am attending, photographs of games that newly painted models are participating in and so much more.

In addition to this as I am painting new and exciting pieces, I will document it there and from time to time you will be able to find the miniatures under the side bar entitled ” At The Drawing Board”; a constant feed of instagram pics. You can also find new photos of my own personal models that have recently had photographs taken of them.

So if you wish to find some new work from the studio, take a minute and check out the new Facebook page www.facebook.com/seismicpainter

In addition to this the studio will soon find a stronger presence on Pinterest and Twitter, so stay tuned.

See you there!

Jonathan Palermo

Lead Artist