General Ramblings - I'm still here

Hey All, if you've been wondering where I have been for the past few weeks, I just wanted to let you all know that I am still floating about, just hit a small snag on the hobby front.

Renovations. Given the recent heavy rains in California, a few things sprung a leak at my place requiring fixing, remediation and replacement, hence my hobby area has looked like this for over a month now. Additionally, my airbrush and painting station is packed up and non-existent whilst materials are being stored in that area, too.

Suffice to say, it has been a bit painful not being able to hobby, but hopefully things will be back on track at the end of April.

Stay tuned.

Horus Heresy 30k - XII Legion World Eaters Anvillus Dreadclaw #2

So on the CK Studios course, they covered heat scorching methodology. And I practiced this on the Dreadclaw. Here are the results.

So how did I do it?
Well it is pretty simple, really. First up turn the pressure down on your air compressor around 15psi.
Grab some Sepia Ink, Daler Rowney or Dr Ph Martin's is perfect for this.  So when making a burn/scorch mark you need to start about two thirds (2/3) of the way down the area.

For the second step, I use purple ink and overlap the sepia, about 50:50 on the sepia, and the silver. Vallejo Game Ink Violet does the trick here.

Then the final step  is to use a blue. First tip, leave a small portion of the silver showing right at the "tip". Fill in the blue like the purple and make sure you leave a bit of the pure purple ring visible. I use Vallejo Game Ink Blue, and this is how it should turn out.

Just remember to lower your psi pressure and control your spray.

I will go back in after this, and edge highlight and chip the panel inte…

Horus Heresy 30k - XII Legion World Eaters Anvillus Dreadclaw #1

I have a 2,500 point World Eaters 30k list. It has two Anvillus Dreadclaw Drop Pods.
Assembly of this kit can be a bit of a pain, however, they seemed to go together pretty easily. Just remember your clamps.

So after assembly I primed with the usual Stynylrez Black primer. I left this to dry for about 1-2 days, then came back in and put a base coat VMA Hemp.

Next coat was the first layer of VGA Cold Grey. Now I am layering this color using the panel coloring method, a slight variation on color modulation.

 Then the final highlight of VGA Stonewall Grey. A funny thing when painting white, you don't really paint with white. Maybe an extreme edge highlight with VGC Dead White right at the end, but not yet.

Then I started to block in the signature blue coloring with VGA Imperial Blue. I haven't finished with the blue yet, but I haven't quite worked out what direction to take it. Modulate or Panel highlight.

 Then VMA Steel was used on the claws, pipes, engine and control vanes.

 And …

Horus Heresy 30k Adeptus Custodes - Constantin Valdor

So I have been working on a little miniature that will be Constatin Valdor for my Custodes force. Here is a WIP on the progress.

It all came from a post that I saw on G+ that got me thinking about how to build an Apollonian Spear.
Starting out with the following three test pieces. First I tried using a Xenophase blade.

Then I tried a Sanguinary Guard Power Blade.

Then I stumbled across an idea using an AOS Stormstrike Glaive.

Finally I settled on using the Sanguinary Guard Power blade, for the winged motif, with the spike from the Stormstrike Glaive. From there I got stuck into the rest of the miniature kit-bash.

Once I sorted out the Spear I sorted out the base. You may recognize the ForgeWorld Garro base. Yup, I stole it from Garro and used it for my Valdor. Well he does out rank him, right ?

Then I worked out the stance. you'll notice I was iterating through the weapons and stance during this stage.

I was not quite happy with the initial pose the left arm just didn't float my boat…

Horus Heresy Characters - VI Legion Hvarl Red-Blade #1

It finally happened, Book VII Inferno dropped. And being the VI Legion fan boy that I am, I just had to build a new Praetor. Hvarl Red-Blade. 

You'll notice a familiar miniature, the ForgeWorld Tribune in Tartaros armour. Couple that with a BoP Mk III Heavy Bolter, Tartaros Sergeant Shoulder Pauldrons and Wulfen Axe and rondels. Some liberal cutting, re-posing and green stuffing.

I still have an issue with what head to choose, but I believe I will settle on the one below.

And this is how he looks, ready for paint.
More to come.