19/03/2023

Warhammer: Teutogen Guard- Part 2

It seems like an eternity but the Teutogen guard is finally done! It is incredible that this joint project took 2 years to see the light.

The genesis of the project can be seen HERE.



If you want to see more work in progress process you can see it HERE.


How the project started:

The project started as a way of sharing the love for the hobby with a very good friend. I started the concept, came about with a colour scheme, painted a couple of models with him to coach him into improving his miniature painting and in the meantime having an awesome time.

In the picture below you will see arrows pointing at the figures I painted for him to act as a reference. 

The standard bearer, the high priest of Ulric Emil Valgeir and one rank and file teutogen guard were fully painted by me as they were the most complex pieces and would be the miniatures drawing the most attention. As a get together painting day, I showed him how I paint faces -you can see the sample face at the right of the picture.

Once he had the references he would be flying!


Something I didn't envisioned is that the project would take this long to see the day of light , 2 years!

On the other hand, my friend has done a fantastic job and he has improved his miniature painting a great deal. I can say with confidence that this project saw him levelling up as painter.

If you are reading me: WELL DONE!!! I hope you keep the momentum going 😊

We had so much fun having this joint project done that we are now going to develop another one, this time a Vampire Counts unit !

Teutogen Guard in all its glory:












Looking forward to the Vampire Counts unit 😏

Best regards

Gimnir



05/03/2023

On the future of the Blog

Long-time no see.


I have been thinking long and hard about the future of this blog. As you may have noticed I haven’t posted anything in these pages for almost 2 years.


So, the question that inevitably raises is …why? And even more important…am I finally closing the blog?


The answer to the first question is that a lot has been happening in my personal life: changing jobs, changing cities, then changing jobs again, then go back to London … keeping the blog active was a challenge on top of all that.



The changing landscape of social media:


Then another one of the reasons is that I lost sight of the blog's purpose. Why keeping a blog alive instead of just posting my work in the likes of Instagram, Facebook or YouTube?


This is a difficult question to answer as this blog was born to be a personal happy diary of my progress and a vehicle to allow me to express myself personally and artistically while at the same time connecting with other hobbyists.


The raise of social media has revolutionised our little hobby corner and how we share our art with each other.


When I look at the likes of Instagram or Facebook, I must give credit when credit is due: it is incredibly easy to share any content in the platforms, and connecting with other creators is now as easy as double tapping a screen.


On the other hand, the use of these platforms comes with big flaws that make them very unattractive to make them my "hobby corner". 


Some of these reasons are things like the current trend of pushing short format videos like Reels (Instagram) or Shorts (YouTube) which pretty much fit the criteria of mindless entertainment.

For the likes of Instagram, I have experienced an atrocious home feed with almost 50% of the content in it being either reels with no connection to the hobby or advertisement of all sorts.


But I promise this is not a post about the pitfalls of social media… Rant over.

Another thing that I noticed is that a lot of the blogs I used to follow have now ceased to publish new content...which is a shame!

 

I don't know this for certain, but highly likely this is connected to the raise of social media and the ease at which art can be shared in those platforms.



What is the plan ahead?


So, the question I asked at the beginning was: is this the end of Gimnir’s Brush? 


Answer is Definitely NOT!


In the future I would like to create more content that is suitable to you and can help you become better in this hobby, while I share my projects as I become better in this wonderful craft we share...


As a Warhammer Fantasy Dwarf player, I love lost causes!



Please let me know in the comment section if there are any blogs out there that you enjoy reading, I would love to add some to my favourite blog list.


Best regards


Gimnir


P.S. I recently discovered a new blog: "The old-world Army Challenge", just love it! 

11/07/2021

Last Sword Miniatures: Elven Lion Prince

 


This is the first ever 3D printed miniature that I painted. The miniature that you see is from the Spanish Brand LastSword Miniatures. Just before I continue please bear in mind that I am not sponsored in any kind of way by them.

When I was contacted for this commission I was quite nervous about the possible quality of the model and the quality loss due to printing. In the past I have had excellent renders losing a lot of quality after printing the model (but that was quite a while ago, probably approx 4 years-Technology has improved quite a lot).


As you can see in the photos, some of the printing layers can be seen-This worried me a lot prior to do any painting-last thing you want is to see printing layers coming through once the miniature is finished.


Once that the miniature was primed, the printing layers were barely noticeable which was a great relief. As you can see in the first picture of the post, once that all the different paint layers have been applied and the miniature was done these layers could not be noticed at all. 

The proportions of the miniature are great, with very fine details in it.

I hope to paint more miniatures from this company in the future as their concepts are great and the quality is excellent. On top of that, the cost of the miniature was very good value at only 8 Euros.

For the base I wanted to try some marble effect that match the background of the elf prince.



All in all it was a very pleasurable experience, if you are like me and are not sure about the quality of the printed miniatures of this brand , give them a go-you won't regret it.

Regards

Gimnir



23/05/2021

My new Warhammer Army: Orcs & Goblins

 

Collecting a new army for Warhammer

In this post I will go through my experience since I first started in the hobby and why today, after the Old World was officially murdered I am deciding to collect an Orc and Goblins army...for the second time.

The initiation

It was 2001 and something huge was about to happen, the release of the Lord of the Rings: The fellowship of the Ring. As a teenager with a prior interest in Fantasy I absolutely loved the first movie.

Another 3 years passed, now 2008,  I remember meeting my friend and sleeping over at his. The conversations flowed and he started describing how he used to play something called Warhammer Fantasy.

A description of the key features of the main races of the old world followed, and then we played a very simple game over a desk…wizards throwing fire bolts!? Heroes performing, well…heroic deeds!? Skeletons fighting!? Necromancers resurrecting skeletons!? Skeletons resurrecting skeletons!?  I was all in.

Not even in my wildest dreams I would have imagined where this hobby would take my imagination in the coming years.

After diving-in in the rich lore of the old Warhammer world I decided that Dwarfs were my army. Move forwards a couple of months consuming all the lore I could get my hands on while continuing purchasing boxes of miniatures and discovering hobby products.

Collecting Warhammer can certainly get out of control

Fast track another year while Games Workshop continued promoting their products and they did their job, I was convinced that I wanted I needed a new army. I didn’t know then but I was infected by a new kind of disease: Plastic addiction. 



Soon I started collecting many other armies: fantasy orc and goblins, dark elves ,40k eldar ,40k dark eldars…at the end of the day it is good to paint new things...righttttttt? It took me probably one further year to feel completely overwhelmed by the amount of plastic and white metal I got myself into.

I had so many miniatures that the simple action of choosing what to paint next became a challenge on itself.

I needed to reassess what I was doing as I felt absolutely overwhelmed by the task I set myself(also known as  painting all the miniatures that I owned) , it was simply too big of a task to get tackled…with good reason: It would take me over a decade to paint the first 2.000 points of my Fantasy dwarf army.

Setting a road map for army building

The key take away from the above is that building a Warhammer army can be a big commitment both time and budget wise. It has taken me approx 12 years to build roughly 2.000 pts of Warhammer Fantasy Dwarfs. I can see the appeal of Age of Sigmar, with smaller bands and less overwhelming forces...but nothing can compare to a rank and file army!

I always loved the lore and esthetic of the orcs and goblins army and after careful consideration I got to the conclusion that now that the core of my Dwarf army is ready I was up for the challenge of a second army. 

The reasons why I wanted to go for an Orcs & Goblins army are the following:

  • Orcs and Goblins are goofy in stark contrast with my Dwarf army which is pretty much a contingent of grim and disciplined warriors
The work of Victoria posted in CMON-A huge inspiration

  • I want to go for a rank and file army of converted and colorful miniatures full of personality-I will first create a narrative that will help me build the army around it.
The army will be inspired on the “Bloody Spearz” boys on the Western part of the Mad Dog Pass and the silver Road- fully detailed map of the Fantasy old world can be seen here.
  • I am useless an absolute beginner on modeling and sculpting-Due to the difference in anatomy of Green skins I can get away with more mistakes than I would with humans or “human like” minis like elves . The intent is getting better in sculpting thanks to this project. I will start very small and build from there. Join me to see how I suck at it for the next couple of years.
  • Paint the whole army with the highest painting standard that I am capable of
First unit of the Bloody spearz tribe-Hopefully the whole army will be at this standard

Obviously there is an elephant in the room, I hear somebody saying “WTF Gimnir, Fantasy is dead, what are you speaking about!!?”

While Warhammer Fantasy has been discontinued from Games Workshop catalogue there is a wealth of resources and communities playing Warhammer Fantasy : Warhammer 9th era, Warhammer Reforged, video games like Warhammer Total war , Warhammer Chaos bane, Mordheim or even now Games Workshop attempt to claim back the Fantasy world. Dead!? We will see about that…and if it is dead what is stopping me to find joy in a personal project?

The first step is to set up the core of the bloody spearzs army list in which I can focus, or what I like calling a road map.
I personally love the Warhammer Reforged initiative due to the love and respect for the Fantasy Lore and the principle of the game being having a good time with your opponent and not exploiting ultra competitive gaming. 

Based on the 3rd edition of Warhammer Reforged Orc and Goblins army book this is how it looks:

·        Army General: Orc Megaboss mounted on Wyvern

·        Orc Warboss standard Bearer

·        30x Night Goblins

o   2 fanatics

·        5 Goblin Wolf riders

·        5 Goblin Wolf riders

·        20 savage orcs

·        5 boarboys

·        5 Squig hoppers

·        5 squig hoppers

·        2x Goblin Wolf Chariots

·        20 Big boys night goblins with heavy armor and clubs

·        1x Mangler Squig

·        1x Goblin Doom Diver and crew

·        Total points: 1997pts

·        Miniature count: Approx 160 minis (mounts, riders & machines counted as individual minis)

I am under no delusion that painting a full Orcs&Goblins army is a monumental task, and now, unlike what happened to me 10 years ago I am fully aware of what this project will demand in terms of time and effort.

Goals for the Bloody Spears

My idea for the army is hitting 3 main goals:

  •  Personalizing the army as much as possible, converting and sculpting. This will allow me to learn and develop my sculpting skills. The whole idea of building a narrative into each miniature and unit fills me with energy
  • Keep exploring color and new techniques, i.e. becoming a better painter. Every single miniature will grant me the opportunity to learn something new or improve something that I already know. It is inevitable to fill excited about the prospect of improving
  • Record my progress in a series that I will call the “Goblin Diaries” where I will be able to document struggles, challenges and any other related stuff to this project.

It is now 2020; almost 12 years have passed by since the last time that I tried to build an army of green idiots. Now I am a little bit wiser and know what this project will require.

I am aware of some hobby traps that I will try to overcome and not fall into as I did in the past. Dying of plastic overdose and shooting at too many projects at the same time comes to mind .

If I make some quick numbers assuming that each mini in the army will take roughly 10 hours (prepping, sculpting, basing and painting) that means that I will spend 1.600 hours building and painting the core army list of 2000 points.

Being optimistic, and allowing myself 1h a day EVERY SINGLE DAY (no holydays, no days off) to dedicate to the hobby it will take me approx. 4.5 years to build a basic army of 2.000 points.

Every cloud has a silver lining-Black Orc Boss, Standard Bearer and 2 Black Orcs are already commanding my green idiots

But now let’s be realistic, I won’t dedicate all my available hobby time to my orcs and goblins…My dwarfs will require some attention as well and from time to time I will flirt with larger scales and genres…all in all I would expect to spend the next 8-9 years building the core army.



It is almost scary thinking of such a long term project but there is no better place to log the beginning of the journey than in my personal blog. Regularly posting on the Goblin Diaries will help me to stay accountable.

I realize that there is a motivational pitfall  in any war-game army building and that I will most likely go through several valleys but all is part of the process.

I would love to know what have been your struggles when building your army and what the most rewarding part of the process is.

Best regards Waaaaagh!!!

 

04/04/2021

Enough-Why is time to stop buying miniatures

 


I know it, I shouldn’t be buying any more models, for God’s sake!? How many miniatures do I  even have? I don’t want to even count them but … Sitting at home comfortably. You are perusing the internet.

You know that this would be the perfect time to practice your craft; you could use this spare time to get some painting done and learn a new technique or try something new…

But instead you go on a rampage of collectionist consumption. You will spend the rest of the day perusing eBay looking for old school minis, games workshop store, Amazon and other miniature online shops. Finally you find something that will look amazing when (eventually) get to prep, paint and base it. You press “process order” and you feel a warm sensation of excitement in your gut -definitely you cannot wait for the plastic crack new blister or box to arrive home.

A pair of days have gone by now, maybe even one week and life kept happening, you are busy and there are some chances that you even forgot that you did it again. You open the mail box and you find a parcel with your name on it. Suddenly the warm feeling wraps around you and so you proceed to delicately remove the packaging.

Now you have the plastic sprues in front of you, you visually caress every single part of it and let your imagination wander about the million universes and possibilities that lay within the grey plastic.

It is time to wrap up because you have to make dinner, prepare for tomorrow’s work or watch Netflix, whatever... and then you carefully put back the box together and store it with all your other unpainted and/or unassembled miniatures.

16/03/2021

Warhammer: Teutogen Guard-The path to execution Part 1

 

First mini painted to test the colour scheme for this collaborative project with my friend.

Looks like he is quite happy with the colour and the result. 

Now that we have a baseline it is time for him to try emulate the same result.

I must confess that I cannot wait to see what he will deliver trying to copy this scheme, this project is super fun!!

In the meantime he is executing the base with the concept develope in my first entry , this is what he has so far-Promising!




Regards




25/02/2021

Warhammer: Teutogen Guard-Concept

 

Not many times in one's hobby life you come across a great opportunity as recently I did. One of my closest friends was lucky enough to get his hands in almost a brand new bundle of 15xTeutogen Guards with an Ulric warrior priest and Emil Valgeir, the Ar-Ulric of Middenheim .


My friend's little treasure

WARHAMMER LORE:


If you are into Warhammer Fantasy lore, their background goes as follows:

 

The Teutogen Guard are the elite bodyguard of the Ar-Ulric in his role as Elector of the Empire, accompanying him both at state occasions and on the battlefield. Unlike the Greatswords who are drawn from the State Troops, the Teutogen Guard are instead selected from the ranks of the Knights of the White Wolf by the orders of the Grand Master and the Ar-Ulric himself.


They are often members of the Order's Inner Circle, although the selection process takes account only of merit and not rank and ordinary brethren are just as likely to be chosen if they are worthy. Being selected for a tour of duty with the Teutogen Guard is one of the highest accolades that a Knight of the White Wolf can receive, and the warriors already fearsome resolve is strengthened still further by the weight of the honour and duty he bears

 

Emil Valgeir was the previous Grand Master of the Knights of the White Wolf, but ascended to the position of Ar-Ulric after his younger brother, Jarrick Valgeir, fell from grace during the revelation of a conspiracy involving the Cult of the Purple Hand. A warrior as well as a priest, he fought alongside the Teutogen Guard against the Beastmen of the Drakwald, and in the Empire’s campaigns against other foes, winning the grudging admiration of Reiksmarshal Kurt Helborg.


THE INCEPTION OF THE CONCEPT

 

This models are such a relic and are so rare that they are now sold on ebay for small fortunes, with prices ranging from £30 to £60 per miniature as they are really a collectionist's treasure.

 

Covid-19 has had an impact in the world as we haven’t seen before, and of course it affected me during this time. I found myself isolated with not a lot of people to share the love for the hobby with. After my friend told me that he got these miniatures I offered him to develop the concept of this unit and bring it to life as a shared effort.

 

The idea of doing a project together is great and the way I planned to execute is that I will suggest a Concept to help him release his imagination: My friend is not a very imaginative person, he struggles to try new things and usually gets stuck trying new concepts, colour schemes or new techniques in his miniatures. He usually follows the paint schemes displayed in the boxarts displays in the boxes. This is something normal, specially when starting in the hobby-the fear of failing trying something new.


Sharing this project will help him breaking the fear of trying new things, will teach him new skills and above all, two friends will have the chance of sharing their passion for the hobby and have a great time doing so! 😉

 

THE CONCEPT


These miniatures are valued an small fortune each one of them, so for the unit I want to implement both a display and the capacity of playing with them. For that reason I will suggest using a display plinth with removable bases to fit the need.

 

To enhance the display and ensure that all the miniatures are well displayed we have 2 options, either spread them on a flat surface allowing separation between models so they can be clearly seen or…..displaying them on a slope. This is not the first time that I do this, you can see examples of this display design Here and Here

 

Now is time to build some background and history to these bad boys. In my mind, these sturdy warriors are going to battle , they have been called to aid one of the empire Generals in the region and to do so they are moving through one of the Middle Mountains mountain passes.

 


 Map of Middenheim and the Middle Mountains


To represent this we will be sculpting a rocky mountain pass and we will enhance the northern look of it by using snow…lots of it!

 

 

For the display base I would like to give eminent positions to both heroes, Emil Val Geir leading the unit at the front and the Ulric Priest at the back. This display will allow us to give more display space to the front line of the display.


I suck at sketching 😢

PAINTING:

 

For the painting, I would like to reflect the northern and cold aspect of the Teutogen Guard to the project. To help me achieve that  we will follow an Split complementary Triad with the key colours being

·         Blue violet for armour plate

·         Blue green for arms (We will have to see if it works)

·         Desaturated orange for the base




Wheel of colour, you can get them for next to nothing on ebay

The intention of using an split complementary scheme is to give a lot of tension to the colour palette but at the same time reducing it compared to a strict complementary scheme . How it will look??? I don’t know, hopefully it will work…in my mind it does 😂.

 

For the exposed skin of the warriors, we will use as reference some of Adrian Smith Illustrations. They fit with our scheme background and display a kind of suntanned skin that only people surrounded by snow can get.

 


 Artwork by I think  Adrian Smith 

 

For the snow we will use andrea model snow and Gloss varnish.

 

Inspiration


One of the biggest inspirations for this unit is the magistral work done by the creator Alexi Z, with her awarded Golden demon unit in 2005. For some reason I couldn't find this pictures in CMON and I had to go into the deep web to rescue them:


Alexi Z won in 2005 one Golden Demon with this stunning work

Unfortunately over the years I completely lost track of Alexi Z, she was one of my first references with really jaw dropping work. Let me know if you know if she has done any recent work.


Wrapping up


Now that we have a road map it is time to discuss this with my friend and see where our skill takes the both of us and these wonderful miniatures.


Most progress to come.


Regards

19/01/2021

Warhammer Gloomspite Gitz Squig hoppers-Goblin Squig Hoppers

 


The project called "The Goblin Diaries" officially kicks off with this blog post.

In the Goblin Diaries blog series I will be documenting the progress through 187 miniatures that will form the basis of my classic Warhammer Fantasy Orc and Goblin army .

I wanted to start easy just bringing color to these miniatures before getting myself into a lot of trouble with what is to come.

They are ready to kiss the table and I will sure have a lot of fun with them.

Regards

27/12/2020

Warhammer 40k-Imperial fists Tor Garadon

 


Painted Tor Garadon as a little break from my traditional "gusto" for Fantasy miniatures. Very lovely miniature with a lot of character. I shaved the sides of his head to enhance the militaristic look of the mini.






Regards


22/11/2020

Warhammer Fantasy Dwarf Anvil of Doom

 


Here we have the classic Warhammer Anvil od Doom released on 1993 by Games Workshop in all its glory.


As mentioned in previous posts I tried to have a go an reinterprate the clasic artbox by GW with more current and modern paint style. I think that although there are a lot of primary colours in the same paintjob, overall the boxart still holds.



Above you can see some takes on reflective NMM. Works?? Up to you to judge.







Regards