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I did not finish him this past weekend. While Friday was unmatched, it still was, and is, very warm and I just haven't had the energy to do much. I did paint the skin of the nob, and lay the base colors for his shirt and pants, as well as the pants of the boyz. I'm jumping around as to knock out things with what time I have, just to keep things moving.


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July has been a warm month, and the heat has sapped my energy to paint. I'm made some progress here and there, and am confident that I'll have the vow complete to a table-top level. Yes, I do mean I won't have them finished to my full standard, but it will fulfill the vow and I'll go back to finish them. After the Summer.

I need a place with A/C.


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Yeah, the heat has been hampering my painting plans too all summer. Hard to focus on such delicate tasks. Not sure if I'll still make a new small vow or not. The heat levels aren't going down at least for another week. 



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The heat is a bitch. I lived in Phoenix for 8 years, where the summer days are often 105F/40C, with several in the 116F/47C range. But Phoenix also has central A/C standard and square footage to go around. Living in LA, where the former isn't present in most affordable housing and the latter is at a premium, I've never been more uncomfortable with heat. Add to that the time commitment my new son demands, and, well, it's easy for me to see why I haven't yet finished my vow.

But I did get the warboss up to tabletop, so I'm calling him done for the ETL!

 

Warboss Table-top

 

No basing as I haven't based any of my orks yet*, and the oranges/yellows/all metalics need a lot more work for me to call it totally finished, but I now have a Warboss of my own painting I can put onto the battlefield! That just leaves the weirdboy and the boyz unit to complete for the ETL. The weirdboy is just metallics and a wash away from joining the Warboss in tabletop land. Finishing this guy before the boyz taught me a valuable lesson I'll be able to apply to the boyz: get the skin and faces 100%, and you can cut corners on the rest.

 

*=The grot gunners ealier in this thread were based, but that was a test basing using the exact same style I use for my Blood Angels; I'm not committed to doing my Orks like that yet.


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Nothing to show on the ETL front. I did finish the faces for the boyz, and will have them complete tonight or tomorrow. Still on track.

I want to take a moment to talk Kill Team. I picked up my copy today, and immediately starting thinking of what I wanted to build. After reading the rules and quickly skimming the the campaign section, I think I've got the framework I want to build my Ork Kill Team in. A spanner is leading some orks and grots on a scavenge run, looting some part of a recent battlefield. Caught up in this glorious find, they venture too close to enemy lines. Just as they are about to be ambushed, a kommando nob bursts from some unforeseen shadow, and begins to tear into the enemy. The scavengers whole-heartedly jump in, and in the aftermath, pumped up from the battle, they follow the kommando as he looks for new enemies to krump. Only, this particular nob isn't all there.

And with that, I've got the basis for a kill team. Thinking the Kommando nob, either as the leader or a veteran specialist, 3 boyz, 5 grots, 2 burnas, a loota and a spanner (the leader if the nob isn't). This would be a real work of love and passion, with each model intended to be extensively converted, named, and carefully painted. Should be cool.

But first, the ETL vow.


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ETL6 is finished, and I'm happy to report that I completed my vow in time. Sometime this weekend, I'll take proper photos of the group and do a post-mortem about my experience in the ETL, with the different skin tones I was testing, and other things. For now, check out this spoiler for the quick, dirty pic of the Weirdboy and boyz:

 

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Today, I started work on my Ork killteam. As previously mentioned, I plan to extensively convert this orks, pushing my meager converting skills to their limit. I decided to start with a loota, that I'm thinking will be a heavy specialist. The ability to move and shoot without the -1 to hit may prove useful, meaning he should always be able to find a target. It may come down that he always is suffering a -1 due to obscured targets, in which case the ability to move and fire won't matter, as a 6 always hits in KT. But, for now, that's my plan.

For the loota, I knew I wanted to do something different than the shoulder-mounted deffgun. In truth, I'm not a big fan of the Loota model, as I dislike that there are only 4 different appearances and they are all mounted on the ork the same way. So, I choose to move the gun from his shoulder to being underslung under the ork's arm. The first bits laid out:

 

Heavy Loota WiP 1


The plan was to cut the pistol off, mount the pistol arm on top of the gun, remove/cover the loota arm under the gun, and use greenstuff to make shoulder suspender-straps. I took the ammo hopper for this deffgun off the left arm and mounted in on the gun to cover what remained of the loota arm. I like that it looks like the ork just throws handfuls of ammo* into the hopper. Pictures of the mostly converted gun:
 
Heavy Loota WiP 2
Heavy Loota WiP 3
Heavy Loota WiP 4

 

Now, as cool as I think that looked, I knew right away that I was going to have an issue with how low it was going to hang. The obvious solution was to build up the base. Now, I'm a 25mm base for anything smaller than a Nob for 40k, but since the KT box of lootas/burnas comes with 32mms, I decided I would match it for my killteam. Luckily, I purchased 100 extra 32mm bases when I was rebuilding my Blood Angels this spring. Using a left over bit from a Dakkajet, I gave the base some height, and it looks like a scrap heap, fitting into the fluff for my killteam:

 

Heavy Loota WiP 5

 

Of course, this also meant I had to change the legs. Now, my dear frater, I don't have a lot of experience cutting and reposing limbs. I decided to play this one save, and cut the right leg at the hip, rotate it slightly, and extend it with greenstuff to fill the gap. Doing much more is certainly out of my comfort zone as it stands. I added another bit to the base to make it so his right foot was just hovering in the air with just his ankle on the scrap.
 

Heavy Loota WiP 6
Heavy Loota WiP 7

After that, I pinned the arm to the torso, and the torso to the legs. Considering the pistol arm and ammo hopper is pinned to the gun, this guy has more hard rods in him than an adult actress. I attempted to make the suspender-straps out of greenstuff, and I'm fairly happy with how it turned out. This is how the loota looks right now:

 

Heavy Loota WiP 8
Heavy Loota WiP 9

I have the head picked out. Nothing special, one of the loota heads with the eye-reticle thing, screaming. I still have to figure out what to do with the left arm. While typing the line above with the *, I realized I could probably use a shoota left arm, and make it look like he is holding a handful of bullets to throw into the hopper. Also, do I want to give him ammo bags? Choices, choices.

This weekend, I'll be playing some KT. I might take pictures, but since this is the first guy I'm building, the rest of the team will just have to be replaced with regular orks from my army.


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ETL6 Post-Mortem
 
I wanted to take better photos, but I'm just not getting around to it. Since World of Warcraft's new expansion launches in less than 5 hours, I'm just going to write this post now, as I will definitely not be getting around to anything for a bit. My finished vow:

 
Mek Gun 1 Total

Warboss Table-top

Weirdboy and Boyz

 
Again, that was a Warboss, a Weirdboy, 10 boyz with a nob, and a Mek Gun. I chose a small first vow, as I didn't want to bite off more than I could chew. I wasn't planning on starting till June, and despite beginning a week earlier than planned, I only barely managed to complete that vow. A combination of a lot of travel, caring for my infant son, the heat, and playing a lot of WoW's beta meant I had to cut corners to finish the vow. In the end, only the Mek Gun and gunners were finished to my standard, with the rest of the vow merely painted to a basic table-top standard.

Even so, I'm pretty happy. First and foremost, that tabletop standard isn't as bad as I feared it would be. I may paint all my boys like this, until I have a proppa green tide, and then go back from time to time to finish highlights, weathering, and the other details. For just this lesson, the ETL was a success, personally.
 
The big, planned experiment was airbrushing different skin tones on the boys. In all, I did 5 different skin tones twice, with two different shades, as well as another skin tone on the nob (though it wasn't airbrushed). The first was using the same colors that I've painted all my orks with prior to this, just with an airbrush instead of by hand. The summary is that only one of the skin tones did I not really like (the palest one), and I couldn't really tell a difference outside of one of the tones between the two different shades. This is great news, as I can easily add variety to my orks by just switching out skin tones easily while airbrushing. I also think their skin looks fine, and I'll continue to use the airbrush on boyz and grots to speed up the mobs.
 
As for the ETL itself, I enjoyed the community aspect of the event. Many, many other places do painting goal events, but they are always individual. The community part of the ETL is great fun, and I think it motivated me a lot at the end. Next time, I'll start with bigger, more expensive, but fewer things, like vehicles, instead of just a horde of greenskins, so that I could make a mark. I also think painting ork vehicles is both the most fun and quickest part of painting an army.

Edited by toaae, 13 August 2018 - 05:07 PM.

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Haha. Well you did finish before the end! We fight even harder next year!


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Oh boy, an update:

 

WoW's expansion has me firmly in it's grip, but I'm starting to feel the WAAAGH!!! brewing in my soul again. I've got to finish building my killteam and then getting those suckas painted, and I want to work on basing and "finishing" all the orks I currently have painted. I'm not sure how I want to base them. I did the grot gunners in the same method as my Blood Angels, but I'm think I wanna do something different. Going to do some research.

With the codex coming next month, I want to get prepared for whatever they drop on us. I'll definitely be picking up a few of the new vehicles, and one to two of the Warboss trikes. I'd ideally like to round out my shoota boys to 60 (I think I need like 9), get 30 choppa boys up, get my other two mek guns and gunners painted, and grow my grots to at least 30. Which is a tall order for my slow painting, but it's good to have goals, huh?

Finally, I'm going to be going to the SoCal open in San Diego at the end of October, and just managed to get a ticket to the Las Vegas Open in February. I simply cannot get 2000 points of Orks ready in time for SoCal, especially without knowing what the codex is going to do. If it made Deff Dread mobs viable, maybe I'd have a chance. But I'll probably be taking my Blood Angels to that one. But LVO is 100% going to be greenskins.


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