Showing posts from March, 2016

30k Fluff - The Knights Errant #1

Given I now have Nathaniel Garro, This little fellow will now become my Knight Errant model. I have worked on the sword, the face and started work on the robes.

More to come.

Krom Dragongaze #2

Progress continues of Krom. First up with Vallejo Model Color Brass. Next a wash of Vallejo Game Color Wash Sepia, the usual recipe for the rest of the gold areas.

The axe head had a base of Vallejo Model Color White and I put a base of Vallejo Game Color Dwarven Flesh, for the face.

The axe head then got a dilute shade wash of Vallejo Game Ink Blue. The face got a wash of Vallejo Game Ink Flesh Wash.

More to come, soon.

Horus Heresy 30k Vlka Fenryka Praetor #4

Dagr is complete. Just a coat of varnish, tidy the base border and a single decal, for the shoulder pad, and he is ready for the tabletop.

It's a long way from his humble beginnings, in grey plastic, hey?

30k Fluff - Nykona Sharrowkyn #7

So I was reading through Angels Exterminatus, and I eventually came to the conclusion that I had to do something about Sharrowkyn's backpack. Initially I painted a MkIII backpack, the I decided that wasn't right, so I painted a MarkIV backpack. Then, after finishing Angels Exterminatus I just bit the bullet and went for a Heresy jump-pack, kit bashed from the Sanguinary Guard jump-pack. Sharrowkyn does way too many cool vector thrusts with his jump-pack whilst grabbing the Maugetar Stone from Lucius not to display it.
Bearing this in mind, I cracked out the green stuff and set about customizing the look of the jump-pack.  Below are a few shots of how it has turned out, thus far.

First up building a raven across the shoulders.

Second, I added a Raven Guard icon to the centre line of the exhaust housing.

Oh and about that sword that broke, I am working on the replacement. Luckily I had pinned the old one into place, so when I couldn't recover the hand, I just removed the whole p…

30k Fluff - Nathaniel Garro #3

So I kind of hinted that my Garro might end up a bit of a generic Knight Errant, in favor of the real thing. Well you guessed it. I got my hands on the real "Nathaniel Garro". Things being what they are with me, I wasn't the biggest fan of how Libertas was a trailing after thought, so I repositioned the sword arm to take centre stage. The following picture is how I am currently thinking of positioning Garro, looking down Libertas' blade edge.

What do you think?

Happy Zombie Emperor Day ...


30k Fluff - Nykona Sharrowkyn #6

What do you do when you're about finished on a model and somehow it gets chipped or broken?

Darn it! Is probably the first thing you say, maybe with a few more colorful expletives. Now I have to go and carefully snap off the broken sword, find a replacement, paint it up and reattach. 


More to come.

Krom Dragongaze #1

A few years ago, Games Workshop came out with the Stormclaw boxed expansion set, featuring the Space Wolves of the Drake Slayers and an Ork horde. 

As part of this Krom Dragongaze was the first character figure produced by Games Workshop in many years. I picked one up at the time, but never got around to painting him. Given all my recent activity painting the Wolves, I thought it was probably high time to dust off the grey plastic and slap a coat or two of paint down.

The usual recipe. Vallejo Dark Grey Polyurethane primer, Vallejo Game Air Sombre Grey base.

Following this, I layered in Vallejo Game Color Wolf Grey, followed by an extreme edge highlight of Vallejo Game Color Ghost Grey.

Time to dig into the detailing.

Space Wolves Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought #15

Almost done. Just need some decals and maybe a little paint chipping, after I seal the miniature with some satin varnish.

Maybe I should also tidy up his eye, too.

Ulrik the Slayer #2

Progress on Ulrik continues.

Starting with grey Vallejo Grey Polyurethane Primer, then Vallejo Model Air German Dark Grey, shade washed with Blacklining wash.

The black of the armor is complete, basics of the gold shaded and just needs highlighting, fur skins blocked in.

I even got time to work on the cloak. This time I used the airbrush for more subtle highlights.

Still more to be done, but the finish line is getting closer.

30k Fluff - Nathaniel Garro #2

Progress on my take of Garro continues. 

Initially I wanted to paint him a Dark German Grey and highlight up, but looking back at the Forgeworld images and listening to the Audio books, it is more apparent that Garro runs in unadorned gunmetal armor.So I switched from a dark grey to the silvered look.

Still more to come on this one. Maybe I will play him as a stock Knight Errant with stats from Book 6. Why not play him as Garro, you may ask ? Well that's because I might have the real one coming.

Stay tuned.

General Ramblings #21 - New Army Painter Tufts - What are your thoughts?

So recently Army Painter updated their line of Tufts and I thought I would get my hands on the new line and give it a bit of a comparison.

First up I should caveat this, I am in no way a critic or affiliated in any way to any of these companies and more importantly, this is just my point of view.

The previous line of Army Painter Tufts was a rather random hodge-podge of tufting on a plastic backing. I say hodge-podge because they were totally random shapes and sizes. To some this may have been a little infuriating, but the random shapes worked quite well. For example, this is how they looked on a 40mm Terminator base.

The newer Army Painter Tufts have changed in color, adding a dark brown shade of tufting.  To be honest the color is somewhere between the old swamp and winter tufts. Additionally all the sizes a uniform, being small medium and large tufts. Overall, you get more tufts and you can mix them up so you have different sizes, but the changes in coloring does affect continuity …

General Ramblings #20 - What to Play?

So it's a slow afternoon, and you have a few games sitting around. You're a little burnt out by the speed of what 40k is expanding at, so you look for a little more control over the situation.

Well, on this particular, I reached for the self-contained world of the board game, namely Betrayal at Calth. Now a lot of critics say that this game is just a "kitty grab" for plastic Heresy miniatures, I would say otherwise. There is actually a pretty good game in this box!

Betrayal at Calth (B@C) is James M Hewitt's first outing at Games Workshop.  After moving over from Mantic and working with  Jake Thornton on Deadzone, Mr. Hewitt's first game has distinctive hallmarks of his style. But with Games Workshop behind him, there has been a lot more polish. Unfortunately, in the rush to get this strong game into printing, the rules book fluffed a few points, which has been later picked up by their latest B@C FAQ.

All in all, B@C is a fun romp, when you play through the c…
Overall progress on the Vlka Fenryka, thus far. Two squads of Grey Hunters, Veteran Tactical, and a Contemptor. 

I will post up better pictures once I finish up with the decals.

Now if I add my twenty (20) 40k Bloodclaws, which could double as Destroyer Squads, I might have a the basis for an army. 

Oh heck who am I fooling, I need a transport, for the table top, otherwise I go hard into Zone Mortalis.

Horus Heresy 30k and the Vlka Fenryka #20

Second squad is done, shoulder pads and backpacks.

Looking back and thinking about it, I might fix the left shoulder pad trim, put on some brass detail. Once I have finished that up, I will get onto the decals.
More to come.

Horus Heresy 30k and the Vlka Fenryka #19

Shoulder pads and back packs on the first squad are done.

Time for doing the decals. I think I will make that into a whole new thread, as decals can be a bit fiddly.

General Ramblings #19 - Painting sticks

So what do you do, when you have to airbrush thirty (30) backpacks or shoulder pads? 
Unfortunately they are all small and fiddly, difficult to manipulate and paint at the same time.

Enter the paint stick. A rod with poster  pins and blue-tac/poster-putty. 
How do you make one? 
Simply go down to you local Lowes or HomeDepot and visit the paint section. They have paint stirring sticks at the counter, that are free. Grab a few of them. Poke as many poster pins as you can fit, leaving about an inch between each one.Grab your poster-putty break off little portions and roll them into balls, finally push them onto the  tops of the poster-pins. Once you have done this, attach your backpacks and shoulder pads and get stuck into priming and painting.

Horus Heresy 30k and the Vlka Fenryka #18

Progress on the Grey Hunter Sergeants continues. Base coats are down and I have started blocking in some details.

I have to go back in and finish off the silvers and reds, highlight the brass and tidy up the studs. Maybe accent the power fists.

More to come.

30k Fluff - Nykona Sharrowkyn #6

Continued progress on Sharrowkyn. This time work on the second sword and extreme edge-highlights.

Time to get stuck into the detailing.

Hobby Backlog #1

All hobbyists like to collect. And in that collecting you end up with a few more models than you can work on at once. With new releases this number continues to grow, and you end up with a backlog.

Bearing this in mind, I decided to make an attempt to clear some of this backlog.  Assembling, cleaning mold-lines, washing in warm soap, etc.

Below is the first lot ready to go for priming and base-coating. The remaining Blood Claws, Cataphractii, Wolf Scouts and about twenty (20) cultists.

More to come.

General Ramblings #18 - Podcasts - Part -5 - Best of the Rest

In this actually my final installment, Part-5 of 4. Yup, I can't count, but that's just because there are just too many good podcasts out there.

Best of the Rest 40k Podcasts
Roll to Seize- A very entertaining monthly podcast, that is still relatively new to the scene. Their seizes of the month is always a great to listen to. The cover the whole gamut hobby, games played, news, reviews - PG Rated / Family Friendly.Combat Phase - Combat Phase is actually a long running podcast and regularly interviews Black Library writers and explores the hobby - PG Rated / Family Friendly.Facing the Grey Tide - This group talks about all things hobby. They do have a general malaise with the current edition of 40k, but still play some competitive games. Can contain mature content.Rolling the Dice - A new podcast covering general hobby, gaming, news and reviews.Imperial Vox Cast - Somewhat infrequent, of late. Can contain Mature content.Adeptus Infernus - This podcast covers hobby, games played, …

Horus Heresy 30k Vlka Fenryka Praetor #3

Brief progress on the Praetor.

Just detailing left on this one, before he is table top ready.

Space Wolves Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought #14

I practiced doing some barrel bluing for the Contemptor Dreadnought Kheres Assault Cannon.

I still have to go back in and re-silver the lower portion of the barrel structure. It looks like it kind of worked ?

More to come.

30k Fluff - Nykona Sharrowkyn #5

More progress on Nykowna. First shading washes, some initial highlighting and work on the first power sword.

Stay tuned, more to come.

30k Fluff - Nykona Sharrowkyn #4

Progress continues on Sharrowkyn. This time colors are blocked in, ready for shading.

I will have to go back in and mask off the power swords. I am still wondering what graduation I should paint them, either red to black or green to black. 

More to come.