Zooooooommmm!!!

I finally painted five raptors.  This may seem sensationalist, but I got these raptors for Christmas (at the same time as my terminators in fact) so finally getting round to finishing them is a big deal.

Here they are in all their glory:

Finally done

Well… not all of them.  I accidentally kitbashed 12 of them, so I’m less than halfway through them. How did I get to this place?

Anyway, lets take a closer look at these models:

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The main thing is the lightning claw effect.  I tried to do some quasi blending with thraka green wash.  I simply painted the claws white and then layered over the wash, just covering less and less.  At tabletop distance they look pretty good, but up close they look blotchy and a bit ‘off’.  A good first attempt methinks.

Yes, he doesn’t have a name (yet)… I will accept suggestions in the comments below.  I may ignore them…

…I’ll probably ignore them.  But you peeps have fun anyway.

Special weapons

Flying special weapons bod:

Walking special weapons bod:

The ‘normals’

(I’m just going to lump them all together)

Again there’s one flying and walking, flying form the raptor kit and walking from the assault marine kit.  Nothing too special going on here,

I’ve also been working on some other things, including this vindicator conversion:

Scrubbing this Helbrute:

I’m slightly disappointed that I didn’t get many pictures of the conversion in action.  It’s my first conversion that isn’t kitbashing.  As in, there was cutting involved

The origin of it is 1) the new traitor legions book, which incentivises ordnance weapons and 2) I had a rhino lying around.

The first thing I did was try to find the sprues that are sold with the vindicator set.  But these are impossible to find.  So the next thing was the big momma cannon, but that was just ridiculous in size and price.  Expensive to the point where I may as well have bought another vindicator.

From somewhere came the idea to use the defiler cannon.  Really I have no idea where it came from just suddenly I thought ‘I wonder if that would fit’.  And lo, it did; and I saw that it was good.

The basic steps are here: Cut a rectangle out of the top right corner of the rhino front panel.  Then slip the defiler cannon in the gap, gluing the top of the cannon mounting to the front of the top part.  Next, up-armour the front by gluing the plates and the window armour on the left hand side and placing the cowling from the defiler kit around the cannon (this nicely covers any rough edges from the cutting).

Then I chaosified the rest in the normal way 😉

And I’m starting to experiment with basing…

I’m going for salt flats a la Star Wars 8

Here’s where we’re at so far

The front half is based red and the other Ulthuan Grey.  Then I put Agrellan Earth over it, using different thicknesses to see how the cracking works.   I quite like the deep cracking over redThen Ulthuan Grey over the top of it all.  I quite like the deep cracking over red, but I’m not quite sure where to go with it – maybe some ceramite white layered over, maybe use more texture paint?

Anyway, I’m off to watch an 8th edition battle report and deliver my musings on how my iron warriors are going to fare.

See ya!

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The first Warpsmith!

Well, I think I’ve finished the first model for our little game.  The HQ.

I present…

Master of The Forge Volga Mir-Ghazi.  I picture him as a sullen and unrelenting master.  He drives the great forges to produce the physical material of war: bombs, bolts, shells, tanks, armour, blades, and the like.

He’s painted in basically the same as all my normal dudes – spray, do metallics and black, wash, hazard stripes and details.  Now I am particularly pleased with him because of the scanners/sensors/lenses around his head.

The first time I’ve successfully used a Duncan (may His coats be thin) technique that worked

So they were done by painting the lens white and then applying a shade of the required colour (green, blue and red, respectively).  This dude is one of my favourite models so far XD

I also added some (more) dakka to my force.  Namely four autocannons:

Shout out to Stu at Southampton Sluggaz for setting me up with the converted autocannons; all I did was glue the dudes together

This addition brings my infantry based shooting to: two obliterators, four missile launchers, and four autocannons.

AND….. after all that kitbashing, I found another three models worth of bits to make some extra peeps to bolster my special weapons/sergeants.  I’m feeling the plasma pistol will be a great sergeant for my havocs.

That’s all for now – have a good one!

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I need your clothes….

…your boots, and your motorcycle

That’s right, I’ve been working on some terminators for my grand company.  And they’re not doing too bad – nearly halfway through my terminator annihilation force in a blur of action that has not matched my previous apathetic mood.

This apathy was brought on by one particular model…

…and my inability to recess shade my vindicator 😭. Especially when Duncan makes it look so easy 😕.

However – I clearly got my mojo back XD

Quick question anyone know how to wash a smooth surface well? Would really help me finish this Deathwing shoulder pad

And how do you get the shade good on a smooth surface
Is the stripe meant to be green?

(also – is that about the correct colour scheme?)

Well, the train is about to pull in so I will lose my wifi

Happy war games!

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Update on the walking rot

Well my army creation has ground to a near standstill only because of the dreaded four letter word… Work.
I have been working for asda as a delivery driver which takes up time as well as being tasked with doing all the sound for a feature length film.

The movie

I can’t lie I’m very grateful for being allowed to work on it, but it is a lot of work yet it is ready fun.

Paint needed 750pts only on the shelf

The army is out and just in need of a lick of paint!

Harry out

An Iron Update

So, as always, life gets in the way during the run up to November/December.  But nonetheless, stuff has been happening for the 66th Grand Company and the point of this is to share what’s been happening.

Thing the first:

I had my arse handed to me.  Which is not unusual.  Deep striking imperial guard totally outgunned me.  Now, I can’t remember my list exactly; except I was trying out using chosen CSM squads as troops – as the black legion codex will let you do.  The reason I bring this up is it sort of compounds my more general thoughts about the CSM codex.  Namely, compared to imperial space marines, everything *seems* sort of expensive.  Does anyone else find this? Do I just have a bad list? Am I the only one who feels short of ‘tools’.

Thing the second:

I finally finished painting my defiler!

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Isn’t he pretty… I mean I hated painting him, but I’m pleased with the final result.  He’s all packed away now; or at least until I have need to scrap an imperial knight (did happen – one round of combat XD opponent was not pleased).

Thing the third:

Terminators! I now have basecoated enough terminators to deploy a terminator annihilation force (WIP below)

Hopefully this helps with thing the first.

Thing the fourth:

I have some models that I’ve been jones-ing for: A Warsmith and a Warpsmith.  They’re both kitbashed and held together with copious amounts of bluetac.

There’s also a second Warpsmith kitbash that’s happening but the bluetac wasn’t playing ball so I couldn’t photograph it.  Now I just need to name the lot of them.

See ya next time

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Basing models

Now that my brother has displayed how simple his army is to paint I’ll show both him and you how easy it can be to base models.

What’s basing?? I hear you cry

Well basing is when you apply some sort ground to the base of your model. It use to be this complicated faff involving PVA glue and sand or fake grass, and by the end your models looked worse then if you just left them standing on nothing.
Although this has changed for the better you can now buy base paint’s which look good on your models base’s. I personally use the mud coloured one.
So it’s super simple, don’t believe me? you just simply paint it on.


 

I tend to put a bit on the feet as I believe it adds a bit of authenticity to the mud.

Super easy right.
Harry out

Iron Within! Iron Without!

Well, now my brother has started the ball rolling on this I suppose you how I give my models their “beautiful” look.

First you need some models – I’m using the Dark Vengeance chosen models because they’re pretty and they’re what I’ve been painting recently.

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Onto how it’s done:

  1. Base them with leadbelcher spray, so that you get a nice even coatdsc_0703
  2. Then pick out the metal details with gold (I use gehenna’s gold). Also, doing the tabard in brown and anything you want to hazard stripe in blackdsc_0706
  3. Now you wash it all black 🙂 and then it looks all lovely like thisdsc_0708(Also, the horns were done afterwards – white washed with sepia or devlan mud).  Then you just have to details, like the eyes – I do them yellow, along with the eyes on the daemon shoulder plates.Happy painting