Tuesday, 12 December 2017
I am working on a couple of Grey Knight figures for The Trooper at the moment and Voldus is the first to reach completion. That is despite an overwhelming amount of detail! The Trooper had requested for me not to add too much gold to the scheme, so I was able to cut a few corners this time. If I got some for myself though I can see them taking me months to paint.
One of my jobs was to drill out the barrels, which I always find a nerve-wracking job, particularly with stormbolters. When there are two holes that you need to drill in relation to each other it is easier to see mistakes, but I haven't done these two too badly. I drilled small pilot holes for these ones using a hobby knife, followed by a smaller drill piece, before using the bolter barrel sized drill piece.
The head was really fun to paint, with lots of interesting parts, i.e. the cap, hose, eyes and beard. I have never painted a bearded marine before, I think next time I will paint the head before I assemble the model.
Looking at this photo I think I will need to touch up the purity seal on the shoulder pad: the joys of miniature photography! There is also a spot of red that shouldn't be there, I'll give you a biscuit if you can see it :-)
I am pretty happy with how the robes turned out, even though I didn't spend all that much time on them. I also had a bit of a giggle giving this guy a Big Black Book. I'm sure Voldus can rules-lawyer some daemons into oblivion :-)
So, apart from a few little touch-ups, I'm calling this guy done. Next up I have 5 Grey Knights and a Predalien (!) to paint, as well as some fun stuff for my Nids. I am also hanging out for the release of the Dark Angels Codex!!
See you across the table,
Thursday, 7 December 2017
My mate KuriboGoomba came over a few days ago and was searching through out Facebook messages to see when it was that we agreed on this paint scheme. To my chagrin, it was over four years ago! That is a long time to sit on the shelves unloved. Ahhh well, apart from some decals, I'm finally calling them done.
For those of you who do not plat Battletech, here is a quick rundown of what you see:
Armed with a suite of pulse lasers and a very powerful engine, this little guy runs circles around just about every other Mech and fires highly accurate shots.
2) Horned Owl (conversion from Shadow Hawk IIC stock)
A bit slower than the Incubus, but with extensive jumping capability it doesn't need to run circles around anything. It just jumps behind you and cores you out with its pulse lasers.
A tad slower than most Mechs its size, but more resilient, the Grizzly continues the theme of delivering highly accurate pulse laser fire. In addition to this close range punch, it can also snipe with its gauss rifle and LRM 10 launcher.
4) Stone Rhino
With two gauss rifles, this beast is a head-capping nightmare. Taking it out is extremely difficult, as it is massively armoured.
Sheer brutality in Mech form. Eight extended range medium lasers are enough to destroy just about anything in the game with a few volleys. Add to that an ER Large Laser for sniping, two Streak SRM 6's for punching holes in vital bits and an Ultra AC 20 autocannon for DELETING things, and you have yourself one hell of a totem Mech.
Now for my next trick: Grey Knights!
See you across the table,
Saturday, 2 December 2017
Today I took a trip to my favourite hobby shop: Combat Company. I was on the prowl for a Christmas present for Sgt Waz (more about that later) and some curios. All things considered, it ended up being a very fruitful visit.
Combat Company is one of those shops that I could pitch a tent in and stay for the weekend. They supply a whole bunch of different miniatures games and loads of conversion parts, terrain, bases and playing aids to go with them. They also sell paints, brushes, hobby tools and rare earth magnets. As someone who really loves kitbashing and conversions, I go a little bit crazy. So many possibilities!
Being no great fan of the Tyrranocyte spores, and aiming for a Jormungandr feel, these "Hive Lurkers" from Micro Art Studios caught my attention. They are about the right size, they are borrowing nicely, have armour plates that fit the Nid aesthetic and for $23 AUD for two... well, I couldn't say no.
I think those eyes will look great with the glowing green effect I use on my Tyranid figures. The material is a light plastic foam, so I am not game to spray undercoat it. Just to give you an idea of scale, here is one next to a termagant:
They have double the footprint than the Tyrannocyte, which may cause some troubles with placement at times, but I think that is a small price to pay for something so characterful. Obviously I won't be rocking up to GW with these.
I also picked up a couple of Aliens themed objective markers from Secret Weapon, to go with the Tyranid Warriors I am working on.
Finally, I picked up some simple, industrial-themed bases, for a squad of Deathwing Terminators that I will be adding to my Space Hulk collection at some point. With new rules coming out for Genestealer Cults in Space Hulk I am really looking forward to playing a few more games. It'll be a good excuse to pick up some Hybrids as well!
When I haven't been buying stuff, I have been working hard on the "Paint My Present" projects I blogged about a few days ago. I am getting close to finishing one of them, which I am hoping to post about tomorrow.
See you across the table,
Monday, 27 November 2017
With Christmas looming, it is time to take stock of the projects I am working on for my mates. Ideally, I want to get all of these done before Christmas Day, which is going to take some shenanigans. Thankfully, I am only two weeks away from school holidays, which should give me some free time.
1) Grey Knights
The Trooper has been on a real painting kick this year, getting heaps of models finished for his Blood Angels army. I gave him these Grey Knights a couple of years ago as a moving in present (to ward off lingering Daemons and all that...), and he decided to have a craic at them too. With all of the base colours and the most important washes done, these guys are ready for some detail work. Included in this lot is Grand Master Voldus, who I would like to spend some extra time on.
2) Haramaki Zensenbutai with Missile Launcher
This guy is a left over from last year's epic 300 pt Yu Jing speed paint-fest. After playing his Infinity army a couple of times proxying a missile launcher, The Trooper actually went out and bought one of the blighters. Having painted a couple of them last year, I am pretty confident I can knock over this job quickly. I am not looking forward to taking him on again on the tabletop; last game this model sniped from a rooftop and took out the majority of my Ariadna force single-handed.
3) Ghost Bear Mechs
These miniatures for Battletech are long overdue, but I have been making quite a bit of progress with them. I'm hoping to get the last three finished for KuriboGoomba by the start of next week. Just a dozen or so tiny lenses to go...
4) Guija Yu Jing TAG
Sgt Waz got up to this stage before running out of steam; all airbrushing and washes by the looks of it. To free him up to do some more pressing projects, I have agreed to finish this one off for KuriboGoomba as well. NMM is the standard for these figures, so I am going to go slightly crazy painting this one.
5) Sapphon, Dark Angels Master of Chaplains
Something for me! This guy is going to have a jump pack and bounce around with my newly reformed Assault Squad. I have been using this model on-and-off since I started playing the game; super excited to be finally painting it ;-)
See you across the table,