Devils Run: Route 666 wips

Not too long ago I was asked to paint a boxed set for a game called Devils Run: Route 666. Not having heard of it before I did a little digging on the subject before I accepted, and found out that it was a rather interesting ‘Mad Max’ inspired game featuring heavily modified cars and bikes.  Being a huge car and Mad Max fan, naturally I felt compelled to accept😀
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The Mechanical Menace

This is a Necron commission that I have recently finished, A large army and quite a task to get done.
The customer picked a nice scheme with lots of metal showing (which should have saved me time on edge highlighting green, but the chipping and weathering soon ate into that)
The chipping was done with a mix of black and dark sea blue (vallejo).
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BrokenToad Mk2 Brushes

So, here it is finally, a review of the new Mk2 Brushes from BrokenToad!

First of all, if you’ve not heard of BrokenToad before, then you will soon, because the business is going from strength to strength, now with an impressive roster of busts to go along with the hobby supplies.

2 years ago BrokenToad started by selling a range of high quality weathering pigments (I think i’ve mentioned them in a previous post, but they are rather good) and then soon after branched out by offering what is now known as the Mk1 brushes.

Anyone that follows me on Facebook will know that I’m a big fan of these original brushes and have had several sets due to a great combination of quality, affordability and durability. I’m notoriously hard on my brushes (described by friends as ‘brutal’) simply because of the volume of models I paint, and it was nice to find something that wouldn’t break the bank when i needed to replace them, lasted longer and performed easily as well as Windsor & Newton’s series 7 (this is probably a point of contention for some of you, I’m aware that a brush is a very personal decision for a painter so just take this as my opinion based on my experience rather than gospel).

When BrokenToad announced the imminent arrival of Mk2 brushes earlier this year I knew I had to have some, and now, I have.

So how do they compare? Well, first of all they come in the same nice box that the Mk1 brushes had, with the same brush care note inside.

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Its off to a good start inside because the brushes themselves instantly look like a higher quality product, the lacquer on the handle is slightly thicker which gives a smoother, more professional appearance.

The brush handles are also slightly longer with a touch more weight at the end, this gives it more balance than previous versions.

At the business end of the brush things are also good, with longer bristles made from Kolinksy Sable and a slightly larger belly (the middle section of the bristles between the tip and where they meet the ferrule, also called the ‘heel’) on the size 1 and 2.

One thing I will note is that the 3/0 is a lot narrower now, making it a true fine detail brush rather than the general workhorse I’ve always used it for.

Here’s the results of me playing with the brushes.

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Remember that detail work is down to having a good tip to the brush rather than overall size and in this case all of the brushes have excellent tips

 

Its much easier to create effects like this with the new brushes
Its much easier to create effects like this with the new brushes

The bristles on the brushes have excellent flexibility and bounce back into shape nicely once pressure is released, if you have a brush that has no ‘bounce’ and is too soft you have no feel and can’t judge brushstrokes accurately.

Price wise the full set is the same excellent £24 for all four brushes, available from brokentoadstore.co.uk

All in all they’re an excellent improvement over the Mk1’s, even though strictly speaking you’d need to be painting 12 hours a day, 7 days a week to notice the extra weight, but as that’s what I generally do I though it worth mentioning!

Normally I try to pick up on any negative aspects when doing a review, to try and give the fairest, most honest review I can, but in this case there’s not a great deal I can say, my only comment would be that I’ll probably move from the 3/0 to the 0 as my workhorse brush, but even this is a personal choice based on efficiency as a commission painter, I pick the brush with the widest range of abilities that suits me best.

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I’d like to do more reviews, so if you have any thoughts about the review itself (too long, too short, way too wordy for a review of brushes?) let me know in the comments

 

 

New Golden Demon Website

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So, its been a long time coming, but games workshop have finally released an official Golden Demon website (golden-demon.com), the question is, too little too late?

 

In short, no. In fact, its probably come at exactly the right time, riding the crest of a wave of goodwill from the community, because at long last, GW are talking to us. And best of all, they’re LISTENING.

 

With a new CEO in the shape of Kevin D. Rountree, games workshop has done a complete 180° on it’s ‘wall of secrecy’ policy and have let each department set up a Facebook page where people can talk to them and feedback is taken on board (to a certain degree at least, it’s a business at the end of the day and you can’t please everyone). Because of this, the general vibe towards gw has been steadily improving, helped along by a wealth of new board games which happen to be cunningly disguised special offers, without having to cheapen the brand by using the words ‘special offer’ or ‘sale’ (the new knight Renegade box, two imperial knights for £120? That’s not a great deal more than the cost of a single knight). Going hand in hand with this new found acceptance and support of the community they’ve launched the Golden Demon website, ostensibly a gallery of previous winners, but who knows where they’ll take it.

 

Here’s what the Forgeworld team posted up regarding the new site;

 

“We’ve just created a new website to let you view the winners from the world’s most prestigious Warhammer painting competition: Golden Demon.
The entries for 2013 are in there now, but they will soon be joined by more from previous years, and of course, we’ll update it after Warhammer Fest so you can have a good old gawp at the winners.”

 

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Open category: Gold – 2013

Previously Golden demon entries have only been viewable through either a raft of different websites such as coolminiornot and Putty&Paint, or through Warhammer Visions, a monthly artbook featuring new releases, community models and generally a lot of golden demon entries (personally I’m a big fan of Visions, because I like lots of high quality photos and don’t game enough to require anything to do with rules). The problem with these options though is you’re either sifting through other models to get to the demon entries, or you’re paying for the privilege of having lots of nice photos in Visions.

 

I can immediately see what people will ask now, “why am I paying for Visions now when this new site has all the photos on it anyway?”

 

Easy answer too, the website seems to feature only winners, and also has only one image of each entry. If I’m honest I’m OK with this, it again comes down to the fact that gw is a business, and it doesn’t make sense to put everything onto a website when you’re trying to sell people a monthly magazine. I feel that the point of the new website is an archive of sorts and it allows people attending future events to see what has won in the past, or even just to tempt people into buying Visions because that has more entries at different angles and includes finalists as well as trophy winners.

 

Either way its a welcome addition, I quite often trawl through my stack of old white dwarfs and visions when I’m looking for inspiration, and having at least a small part of that accessible on a website is a lot easier (I certainly wouldn’t stop my old magazine sessions, but there are plenty of times I don’t want to start lugging hundreds of magazines out of storage).

 

So far they’ve started at 2013 and have plans for more galleries and also upcoming events which is especially of interest, as my major gripe is the lack of notice about upcoming competitions. However, it all bodes well and I look forward to seeing what they have planned!

 

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