Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Workbench Progress - Lucius Pattern Drop Pod

Hey everyone, as promised I finally managed to get some pictures of my Space Wolves Lucius Drop Pod on here for you to see along with my Crimson Fist Lucius.

I still need to do the weathering on the Crimson Fist Lucius but otherwise it’s done, I have to say that the Lucius is not a difficult models to construct but it can be hit and miss  how much cleaning and filing you need to do.  The Space Wolves one needed straightening which was not unusual for Forgeworld but two of the pylons were miss cast so the two halves of each looked misaligned so lots of filing and sanding and green stuff was required before construction could start.  This time the casting was good so it was just the warping that needed fixing before I could start painting, in preparation for construct I masked off a few key contact points before I set to undercoating everything.

Once the undercoat was dry I got to work applying  Mccragge Blue  to the pylons and doors and Leadbelcher to all the exposed metal work , I then cleaned up the black areas and added the rivet and Aquilia details.  Once all this was done I added a shade layer of Argrax Earthshade to each rivet and the Aquila’s then a generous coating of Nuln Oil over the metal work.

Just to finish I painted the guide lights on the ramp Mephiston Red and gave them a lick of gloss varnish.

I now have ten Sternguard and one Dreadnought left to paint and 24 more days to get them done, I don’t see it being a problem so be sure to check back soon to see my workbech updates leading up the the tournament.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Workbench Progress - Crimson Fist Tournament Build

Hey everyone hope you all had a good weekend,

I received a box of forgeworld models last Friday, just a few bits to help me with a codex Space Marines tournament force I am working on.


10 MKV Heresy Space Marines (Umbra Ferrox Boltguns)
1 Ironclad Dreadnought
1 Lusius Pattern Drop Pod

Now I am on a bit of a deadline for these models to be finished I think the count stands at 26 days until the tournament so I figured I would get everything cleaned up ASAP.  I started by washing everything in warm soapy water to get rid of any residual release agent and then got started building the Ironclad Dreadnought over breakfast on Saturday.

I have always been a big fan of the Forgeworld Dreadnoughts and I have the Space Wolves themed one already, I don't have anything against the GW version of the Ironclad but I do think this version looks much more menacing.

I made sure that the arms were able to be removed but I glued the Meltagun and the Heavy Flamer in place, the other weapons like the Assault Launchers and Hunterkiller missiles will be magnetised at a later date.  The Seismic Hammer needed a small amount of green stuff just to flatten out the top of the hammer head and the side armour and I used a little  more to clean up the claws on the right hand side other than that the model was a very clean cast.

I will get some texture on the base and get it undercoated ASAP, I plan to do all the machinery within and behind the armour in Leadbelcher with a coat of Nuln Oil then I will get the Armour blue and add some shades and weathering, give him a big red fist and a gold hammer head and that should do it :)

Here are my first five MKV Marines who will be acting as my Sternguard, I have another five still to build.  These guys have all got magnetised Boltguns using 1x2mm magnets which were bloody tiny so I had to make sure I was extra careful not to misplace any as magnets are very dangerous if swallowed by pets or children.  These Marines needed vertually no cleaning up and the mold lines were nowhere to be seen, all I really needed to do was tidy up where they were joined to the sprue if you can call it that, way faster to build compared to the standard GW Tactical Marines box.

I have already finished the Sternguard Drop Pod and I am currently working on the Lucius so that along with the Space Wolves Lucius will be up on here tomorrow.  I have a test game on Wednesday evening so I will also post my updated list and some pictures before the end of the week.

In other news Eldar are coming very soon, so far the only picture of the models is the following image of a plastic Farseer, now all we need is a Seer Council on Jetbikes or Chariots.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Dreadfleet - Skabrus

Good morning all, I sat down with the intention of just getting the base colours on the Skabrus but then I just got carried away and finished it in one evening.  The truth of the matter is that it was mostly base colours and washes so once I had finished getting those base colours on it really did not seem worth leaving the washes for another day.

I started with the seascape base as the internal organ details of the Skabrus are also on the base, I gave the guts a coat of Mephiston Red and then a shade of Druchii Violet, then I moved onto the water, this is where I paste in the usual instructions for doing the water so if you have read my other Dreadfleet posts you can skip the next paragragh.

The base was first painted in Macragge Blue, then I dry brushed in Altdorf Guard Blue followed by Calgar Blue and finally a very light dry brushing of White Scar.  The whole base was now washed in a shade mix of equal parts Nuln Oil, Drakenhof Nightshade and Biel-Tan Green and then given a coat of gloss varnish once it was all dry.

The main bulk of the Skabrus is skin so I applied a liberal coating of the base colour Rakarth Flesh, Then I used Balthasar Gold and Leadbelcher on the metal details and Mournfang Brown on the decking.  I then added a layer of Ushabti Bone to the exposed skeletal detail along with the teeth and spines.  To finish off the base colour work I gave the mast a coat of Steel Legion Drab and the flag a lick of Mephiston Red.

It was now time for the shades/washes I used Seraphim Sepia all over the skin avoiding the teeth and spines, then I used Nuln oil on the small amount of leadbelcher details like the bell and Argrax Earthshade on the Red and Gold details.

After all that was done I realised I had forgotten the tail so I added a dry brush of Altdorf Guard Blue and then gave it a wash in Nuln Oil and that was everything done.

All the ships from the Dreadfleet are now finished so only the Swordfysh and Seasdrake are left unpainted which is great news as they are both my Favorite Ships and will be great fun to paint.

With a bit of luck my Forgeworld order will turn up Wednesday or Thursday, I will have to proxy a few models in my tournament list test game on Wednesday night but thats not a problem, I will draft in my Space Wolves Lucius Pod and a few Grey Hunters as Sternguard.

I will do an un-boxing post when my Forgeworld bits turn up so check back soon.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Workbench Progress - 33 days until the Tournament

Evening all, I just finished the Drop Pod that I intend to use in a tournament I am taking part in next month, I have spent two days working on it and it's now ready for action.  I should get the rest of the stuff I need that's coming from Forgeworld delivered to work this week, the order includes an IrconClad Dreadnought and Lucius Drop Pod and ten MKV Marines with Umbra Ferrox Boltguns.

This is will be the 1st tournament I have ever attended and I thought it was time for me to add a few unit combinations that I have read and heard are effective in competitive play, well that's not entirely true I already have a Lucius Drop Pod for my Space Wolves and I know how good that can be at getting me 1st blood but the Sternguard are something I have not really used before on mass.

The plan for the Sternguard is much the same as how I use my Wolfguard Terminators, I will drop them in close to a high value enemy unit and open up with massed combi plasma, the Sternguard will be a full unit of 10 with 8 combi plasma's and 2 Meltaguns.  I have Pedro Kantor leading the force so the Sternguard will count as scoring which I guess makes combat squading useful after the drop if objectives are close by.

I am tempted to have Pedro drop in with the Sternguard to buff their attacks and give them a little more punch but in my experience old Pedro is not great in a fight on account of him swinging last with his Power Fist and only having a 4++ save.

My list will be the following

Pedro Kantor 

Ironclad Dreadnought (Seismic Hammer, Dreadnought CC Weapon, Meltagun, Heavy Flamer)
Sternguard x10 (Combi Plasma x8, Meltagun x2)

Tactical Squad x10 (Meltagun, Heavy Bolter)
Tactical Squad x10 (Meltagun, Heavy Bolter)

Lucius Pattern Drop Pod
Storm Talon (Twin-Linked Assault Cannon, Skyhammer Missile Launcher)

Stormraven Gunship (Twin-Linked Multi Melta, Twin-Linked Lascannon, Stormstrike Missiles x4)

This force has 4 units that could start on the table and I could still put half of those in reserves as the flyers and Drop Pods don't count towards the 50 percent of units that must deploy at the start of the game.  I think I will start one of the Tactical Squads and the Hyperios Platforms on the table then have Pedro join the other Tactical Squad onboard the Stormraven and drop in via Skies of Blood.

The Ironclad can drop in on my turn one and try to smash something and maybe get me 1st blood then the Sternguard can drop in later, as they are scoring a delayed deployment will allow for more desirable enemy targets to present themselves while helping reduce the number of turns of return fire they have to endure.

I expect  will added some yellow chevrons to the ramps but it won't be before the tournament unless I finish everything way ahead of time.

Feel free to comment if anyone has some useful insight into using this list that I have not yet spotted.

Well I cant see my Forgeworld order arriving much before Wednesday so I guess that gives me a few days to make a start on my 7th Dreadfleet ship the Skabrus.

Be sure to check back mid week for another post unless some interesting Eldar news lands in which case I will post sooner.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Dreadfleet - Curse of Zandri

Hello again everyone,  my Dreadfleet project is now on the home straight with only the Swordfysh, Skabrus and Seadrake remaining.  I am about to start some 40K models for a local tournament  so I am going to be painting the last ships on the side as I race to get the following painted in time.

10 Forgeworld MKV Space Marines as Sternguard
Drop Pod (should be finished tomorrow)
Ironclad Dreadnought
Lucius Drop Pod

I will make sure I post up the pictures as things start to roll off the production line, with the tournament deadline about 30 days away these models will be finished soon enough so's not to delay me from starting my Space Wolves.

Why not take a look at the other ships I have painted

My cabinet is starting to look very full now.

I have a full set of Dreadfleet custom foam from KR Multi Case so everything is safely stored and fully transportable.

Check back soon and have a good rest of the weekend.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Dreadfleet - Black Kraken

Hey peeps as promised I am back with another Dreadfleet post, not much of a 40k blog right now but the break from painting Space Marines was much needed in order to recharge my batteries before returning to my Space Wolves. 

Anywho on to the Black Kraken which took almost no time to complete due to it not really having many colours and mostly being black with Balthasar Gold and Leadbelcher details washed using a shade mix of Agrax Eathshade and Nuln Oil, I added some green to the eye like portholes at the front to jazz things up a bit and then gave them a coat of gloss varnish.

The base was first painted in Macragge Blue, then I dry brushed in Altdorf Guard Blue followed by Calgar Blue and finally a very light drybrushing of White Scar.  The whole base was now washed in a shade mix of equal parts Nuln Oil, Drakenhof Nightshade and Biel-Tan Green and then given a coat of gloss varnish once it was all dry.

The Kraken is the only submersible in the game and is first seen in the 3rd mission in the main rules which is the next mission me and the wife are going to play, mission three also requires the Flaming Scimitar and Grimnir's Thunder so as they are already done we are good to go.

Its a great looking ship which will look amazing on the seascape  and I'm sure it will bring the pain in our next game.

Why not take a look at the other ships I have painted

So what's up next? I have almost finished the Curse of Zandri and I see the whether might be set to improve next week so with more natural light around I should be able to get my Space Marine army on parade pictures done and posted.

Bye for now

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Dreadfleet - Grimnirs Thunder

Hey everyone, it’s been longer than I would have liked since my last post but I started a new job last week and it has left me a bit preoccupied,  now don't take my preoccupation as meaning that I got no hobby progress done, my production line may slow from time to time but it never stops.

I have been having some issue getting any good photos of my Codex Space Marine tournament army so the army on parade pictures are still not done, the sun just never comes out in this cursed country.

I have managed to get another two Dreadfleet ships finished and today we will take a look at Grimnirs Thunder, only four ships now remain before I can get back to painting my Space Wolves army full time.

This model is like the Space Marine of Dreadfleet with its 3+ armour and impressive weapons, its got  reasonable speed and handling characteristics and if I am honest it's one of my favourite of all the ships both in looks and rules.

The colour palette I used was quite small as most of the model was painted using Leadbelcher and Balthasar Gold.  I used Waaagh! Flesh for the green details on the Main ship and again on the hull of the Airships and I think it was Pallid Wych Flesh that I used for the gas bladders on both Airships.

I mixed up a shade that consisted of half Agrax Earthshade and Nuln Oil which I then applied to the whole of both the main ship and the airship and once that was dry I added a small about of additional highlighting to the gold on the main ship using Gehenna's Gold.

The seascape base was first painted in Macragge Blue, then I dry brushed in Altdorf Guard Blue followed by Calgar Blue and finally a very light drybrushing of White Scar.  The whole base was then washed in a shade mix of equal parts Nuln Oil, Drakenhof Nightshade and Biel-Tan Green and then given a coat of gloss varnish once that lot was all dry.

Why not take a look at the other ships I have painted

I will post again very soon showing the Black Kraken and if I come across any Eldar or Space Marines news in the meantime I will post it up straight away.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Workbench Progress - Speed Painted Crimson Fist Scouts

Hey everyone, I guess many of you will have the new Tau codex in hand this weekend so that's got to put a smile on some faces right? I see GW have already started to run out of Tau models for release day so you Fish-boy fans must be spending big and who can blame you, one word RIPTIDE!

I have spent the last two evenings speed painting a 5 man squad of Crimson Fist sniper scouts for a local tournament that I am attending next month, they are a bit rough and you can see I rushed them but on the tabletop they will look cool enough.  I really don't like scouts as a general rule but this is a tournament and that means what I usually like is not really my 1st concern.  I need a cheap "deckchair unit" to hang out in my Aegis line and man the the Quad-Gun and score a home objective where possible,  I have given them a missile launcher for some punch and camo cloaks for the +1 cover save.

Not to bad for a few evenings work.

They should look respectable on the table.

I tried to use mainly base colours and shades to speed things up.

Like my Crimson Fist Marines I went for armour damage rather than edge highlighting which also saves a ton of time while still looking cool.

Next I have to finish the Dwarf ship from Dreadfleet and the last details on my Space Wolves Lucius Pattern Drop Pod so I will post them once they roll off the production line.

Later everyone.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Workbench Progress - Ork Dakkajet

Hey everyone I trust you all had a good Easter.

I have been painting up a few weapon options that I want to use at a local tournament in a month or so in the form of a Typhoon Missile Launcher to replace the Twin-Linked Heavy Bolters on my Stormraven and a set of Skyhammer Missile Launchers for my Storm Talon then I finished a fourth Hyperios Missile Defence Platform,  I also placed a Battlefoam order for my Ork Speed Freak army and off the back of that I went and finished the first of my three Dakkajets.  I bought these things the day of their release and had them built and red within a week but they have not been taken any further until now, I have marked this first jet as the Squadron Leader with some cool freehand squig shark teeth like on the cover of the Deff Squadron Graphic novel.

I have been a fan of the Deff Squadron for years now and jumped at the chance to represent them on the table top, they will offer great Dakka support for my Trukks and Battle Wagons as they race towards the enemy.

My first Ork Fly-Boy reporting for duty.

I managed to get the canopy on without getting superglue all over it.

 I used a lot of Mephiston Red getting all three base coloured and to be honest the only other colours I used were Leadbelcher, Khorne Red and Balthasar Gold with along with the usual shades Agrax Earthshade and Nuln Oil.

I added as much battle damaged as I could with chipped paint work, bullet dings and exhaust stains.

I am going to try and get the other two jets and a 2nd Battle Wagon finished ASAP as I have not used my Orks in 6th Edition yet and I want it all finished in time for a new codex :)