I found some more time to work on a Tactical Squad Sergeant, for the World Eaters.
(Apologies for the blurriness of the pictures). The lower half and head is from an AoS: Wrathmonger. Chest and Bolt-gun from a Chaos Beserker. Axe and vambrace from a Skullreaper.
I also reused the backpack from the Chaos Marine Aspiring Champion.
So what do you do when Plan-A goes astray? For example, the liquid effect on the base of the Genestealer Patriarch. Unfortunately that "ring" mark around the edge just doesn't seem to want to come good. Below is what it looked like after 3 days of trying to cover over the "ring".
Unfortunately, this just didn't meet the cut. So I switched things up, and cut out a portion of the base and rebuilt an new false base. So the idea is to paint inside the base then pour the liquid effects inside.
Here is what the underside looks like. I had to make it a little water tight for when I pour in the liquid effects.
Snaffled some more time and bashed together these bad boys, taking the squad to eight (8), the number of Khorne. Hehehe. I little bit of green-stuffing is still required to hide some gaps, but these fellas are about ready to be washed, rinsed and hit the spray booth
So the first attempt on the water effects had mixed results. You can see that it formed a small lip where the tape was. So while I was thinking about how to fix this up, I added some GW Technical Nihilakh Oxide into the ridges of the pipe.
In the end I topped up the ring with more Water Effects.
Now I just have to wait for it to dry, so I can then come back to trim and clean up the rim.
Been busy doing some landscaping about the house, but I did manage to get some time in, between meetings and appointments to continue building some World Eater Rampagers.
First, I will start with this squad's Sergeant. Initially I posed this fella to be jumping down on some poor soul's head. I might still do it. Just have to build an appropriate base.
Next up are the rank and file. But I just want to show you a little of the process I go through, when building these blood-thirsty mad men. Initially you have an AoS miniature, and you cut the shoulder off, add a chain weapon to bring it into the 30k universe. The only issue with this is that it just doesn't quite have that sci-fi fantasy feel, yet.
A quick snip and addition of a Chaos Raptor bolt-pistol, et voila. Psychotic post-Istvaan World Bearer Rampager, wielding Chain close combat weapon and bolt pistol.
I got so excited about a Traitor unit, that I thought I would build a second model, this time a Character model to lead the Rampager, if that is even possible.
Now this may look fairly easy, but cutting the shoulder, and shaving a retro-fit marine arm was a real pain in the ass, so much so, that I had to crack out the green-stuff to make it all work and fit together. That cloak setup has a really small tolerance.
I am thinking I will play the axe as a Paragon blade, in axe form (it is Khorne, you know) and I am still trying to work out what I want in his other hand. Either a Volkite pistol or a bolt pistol. I think I will have fun trying to work out a white and blue paint scheme on this too. White panels with blue borders? They haven't retreated to the Eye of Terror yet, so I figure they'll still mostly use company colors, of blue and white.
So whilst I was lamenting over my conversion woes, I dug out some AoS miniatures and took a good look at whether I could adapt them to 30k, either as cultists or Marines post-Istvaan. Given the amount of armor on these miniatures, or lack of, I was going to simply turn them into a cultist detachment. But looking at them more, I came to the conclusion, that I would use them for a small World Eaters Rampager/Khorne Beserker Unit. Below was my test. Adding a 40k Khorne backpack and Beserker Chain axe arm and Shoulder pad, bolt pistol on his hip.
And boom! Done.
Maybe I will pop a helmet, mag-locked, to his belt, but really I likethe dynamic crazed feeling that this guy has. A real "I don't need no stinking armor, because I am going to bury my axe in your forehead," kind of vibe.
So I was sitting around staring at my Dreadnought kit-bash, half admiring it and half hating it. It was while I was pondering why I had fallen out of love with the conversion, when I came to the realization as to why.
Hmmm, why? Was it the time taken to make it? Nope. Was it the time it took to paint it? Nope. Does it look like crap? Not really. So what gives?
I came to the conclusion that it is the size of the conversion.
Now, a lot of blokes will tell you, size matters. Well, jokes aside, size does matter in a table top miniatures war game. You see there is this thing called line of sight, and another gotcha-ya is proxy laws. Having a miniature proxy for Bjorn that is so large complicates things. You see this puppy is nearly the size of an Imperial Knight Titan. Nearly 10mm taller than the Contemptor conversion shown above. The original Bjorn is a sawn-off CastraferrumPattern box Dreadnought. He barely is as tall as the Contemptor's chest so if a proxy needs to be within the same f…
Just wanted to make a big shout out to Age of Darkness Podcast!
They were nice enough to call out one of my grey paint recipes for the Vlka Fenryka.
I posted back on March 5, mentioning their podcast. I also still maintain they put on one of the best Heresy podcasts out there. A little more politically correct than the Eye of Horus, and more irreverent than the Imperial Truth. Their box of shame and JP's constant warming of it, is a highlight.
Thank you, Fellas.
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My incarnation of Bjorn was looking a little too clean, so I started adding some weather effects to him. It has been so long since I did the drop pod, I almost forgot how to do it. Long story short, this is how it turned out.
As you can see the legs, feet, shoulders and arms are fairly heavily chipped and scuffed now. there is a bunch of oil staining added to the mix. To be honest I think this is about as far as I will go with this fellow. He's been a great journey, fun project to tick off the list, but I am liking my Contemptor conversion over this one.
Almost complete on my Knight Errant. Just some minor details left, like the laurel on the right shoulder pad and I have to finish his backpack, which was ready, but I decided to add an Iron Halo to it, to fit the rules.
Progress continues on the Cataphractii Terminators.
So I used the usual recipe on the Cataphractii. Vallejo Polyurethane Dark German Grey primer, Vallejo Model Color Pale Bluegrey, Blacklining wash, then first highlight Vallejo Game Air Wolf Grey and final highlight of Vallejo Game Air Ghost Grey. I also started the furs and bone fetishes, with Vallejo Game Air Bleached Bone.
The golden areas are also the usual recipe, Vallejo Game Color Brass, shaded with Vallejo Game Ink Sepia, first highlight drybrush of Vallejo Game Color Brass.