I spent a good part of the three day weekend assembling a Fire Raptor. It was a royal pain in the butt, but here it is; mostly assembled.
Hey everyone. I’m Erik, the newest contributor to LUMP. I started war gaming back in about 1988 when Rogue Trader was still out and continued to play 40k until shortly after 3rd edition was released. During this period, the internet was virtually non-existent, and the only place to learn to paint seemed to be White Dwarf. Because of this lack of insight, I was painting right out of the pot with terrible Testors brushes. Needless to say, my results were less than spectacular. After 15+ years without gaming I noticed a GW store open up right near my home a little over a year ago. I couldn’t resist checking it out and now I’ve once again been bit by the 40k bug. This time, I’m using the internet to become the painter I always wanted to be.
I failed as a blogger and took essentially no pictures from the TLGT this past weekend. Luckily my partner Keith snapped a few pictures, which I’ve included below and will add the rest in part 2 tomorrow. Sorry for some of the depth of focus, I suppose I can’t complain since I didn’t take any shots. As I mentioned before there was a ton of Tau, and here are some of the better Tau armies as well as a nasty Space Marine army.
It seems we hear this phrase a lot in the miniature painting world. I’ve even said it myself a time or two. Even more often when we come into a time of year where there are plenty of other distractions to take our attention and time away from modeling and painting. I decided to actually time myself tonight just to see how long it takes to get a combat squad of 5 Space Marines mostly covered in their base coat. I’m kind of cheating since a major color in the paint scheme is black which I’ve painted using black spray paint from orchard supply hardware. Using other colors from the army painter line or using an airbrush you can do a solid basecoat of a single color in about the same amount of time for whatever your color scheme may be. Some automotive parts stores will even mix up a can of spray paint to color-match, which is what people do for painting over scratches on their car.
Over the weekend the League of Painters attended a local Warhammer 40K team tournament. The event also had a painting competition hosted by the game store running the 40k event. In coordination with the launch of the new Space Marines codex, Olde World Gaming challenged its customers to paint a Space Marine. Any chapter, loyalist or traitor, on foot, mounted, in terminator armor or in power armor. Stephen and I both decided to paint librarians. In fact, this event has spawned a three-part challenge between us (more on that later).