Monday, 28 September 2015

WIP Update!

Just a quick update on the Dreadclaw project. I've finally finished the most tedious part of the painting! Hallelujah! Painting the metals and then doing the 3 layers of rust is harsh.
Here is the layering of the rust and how it looks going on.

You can really see the difference each layer makes as you apply it.  it really starts making the rust pop.  I also attempted one of the splashes.  I just had to know how it would look.  I've added a bit more to it since this picture but I am really pleased with how it turned out.  I'm really glad I tested this technique beforehand.
There you have it.  So far so good.  Tonight im working on the base and more details.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Death From Above! Dreadclaw WIP

With the Predator done and ready to paint I moved onto the Dreadclaw build.  After getting some great ideas from other gaming friends I went to work on building a base and mounting the Dreadclaw to give it some character.  I wanted to have it set up in a way that allows me to drop the fins when it has landed and raise them up when its flying.  With the ability to burn enemies when its flying and landing I wanted to incorporate that into the model.  Being Nurgle though I had to go with slime as opposed to fire.  This gave me the chance to work on a splash technique where the slime hits the ground.  Hopefully it all works out.
The first thing I did was cut a base out of wood.  I didn't really think it was going to be heavy enough to support the weight of the Dreadclaw so I was going to have to add to it.  After that I worked on a splash technique I found online to see how it would work out.
I placed a rod into a spare base and added cut up blister plastic to create the splash.  Ater that you add water effects to fill it out.  Because the water effects are clear I added a bit of different inks to give it some color but it ended up thining it out to much.  Once that was dry I added more of the water effects to get the desired effect.  My only problem with the way the test splash worked out is that I cut the plastic pieces a bit to big.  For the Dreadclaw I'm going to paint first then add the clear water effects.
Next up was figuring out how to place the model.  This thing has 8 engines on it and I want to have a couple of them burnt and rusted out which would cause it to list.  This was probably the hardest part because I had to drill out the engies (which are on an angle) then have the rods go straight down to the base.  Because of this I had to hold the model in place as best I  could to get the lengths and proper angles of each rod.
Once I had each rod cut I glued them all in place.  This isn't going to make painting any easier but if I didn't I wouldn't be able to sculpt the green stuff to the rods and engines.
Once the Super Glue dried I filled all of the drilled holes with green stuff so that I could fill the base.  I had a shit load of washers laying around so I decided to use them in the base to give it more weight.  I got the balance really good on the placement and didn't need to go to crazy with the base but I did anyways.  Now this thing isn't going to topple over unless you give it a pretty good shove.  With the washers in place I mixed up and poured resin into it to seal it.
 Once the resin was dry I started working on the base.  I have a few nurglings that I'll paint on the side that I can add later before pouring the final water effects.

 With the base gravelled and ready to go I worked on the green stuff sculpting of the slime and then the splashes.

 Now on with the painting!!!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Chaos Relic Predator WIP

Ah the good old days.  When they made predators that could really kick the pants off of things and for cheap.  A plasma predator you say?!  Well that just sounds nifty!

After Imperial Armour 13 dropped a friend of mine scratch built himself a plasma totting Relic Predator that put out a lot of damage for very little points.  I really liked it, and with the lack of AP 2 weapons in my army it seemed like a great idea.

So after winning a bid on Ebay for a turret mounted plasma cannon and a great find at a gamer garage sale I went to work.  Here is what I have done so far.  For less than 150pts here is my predator that puts out 3 plasma cannon blasts and 2 lascannon shots.  I'm not sure how necessary the lascannons are but oh well what the hell.

The tank and cannon bits

 After mounting the cannon

 A start on sculpting with green stuff to blend the cannon bits and add some nuglish bits to the tank.

Finished build!  I'm not entirely sure about the flag but i've had it in my bits box for so long and I love the way it looks.  Its magnetized to the back so that I can remove it if needed.  Now I just have to paint it.  I think that is going to wait however as I have a Chaos Dreadclaw here that needs some conversion love.  Yes Reid it's next!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Heavy Flamer!!!

Have I mentioned that I love the new Blood Angel models that GW released?!  Well I do.  They are awesome.  I got the Tac squad and actually finished painting it a about a week ago.  Now that i've found a decent place to take pictures in the house I figured I would share them.  I also decided on a paint scheme for the Scouts.  Its a tried and tested paint scheme and I really like the way it looks with the rest of the army.  Along with that I got my Sanguinary Priest finished and really love the way he turned out.  I still have to airbrush the jumppack to give it a burnt look but i'm waiting until I have more to airbrush instead of ramping it up for one quick job.  Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Blood Angels on the Block

This one will be a quick one I promise!
Just a little WIP post.  Recently I decided to get back into Blood Angels.  They were the army that got me into this hobby 15 years ago and with the new codex I figured what the hell.  I love this army.  There is so much color in it and the new miniatures are gorgeous.  I decided to do a Strike Force Mortalis with Baal Detachment.  So without further adieu here is the army I have collected so far and what I am currently working on.
 Scout Snipers getting their camo cloaks painted up.

Sanguinary Priest to run with my Sanguinary Guard.  Armour shading done.  Now to clean up the whites.

Librarian Dreadnought.  Not to sure where this guy is going to fit in but I have always wanted a Dread character and he lets me add some blue to my army.  I also decided to paint the entire body blue and not just the sarcophogus.
Hope you guys like what you see and stay tuned for the outcomes!

Still Chuggin'Along!


I'm still kickin' and painting like crazy!  It has been a long time since I posted anything and I thought I would just close this down and walk away.  This past year and a half I have built and painted quite a lot but hit a bit of a gaming funk.  My family and I have moved and I've started a new job.  Lots of changes lately and with it all I'm hoping to get the Blog back up and running.

So with the new place comes a new gaming group.  Thankfully with the interweb being what it is, getting into contact with other gamers is easier than ever.  After my third week in the new city I was registered and playing in a tournament.  Capital City Blood Bath!  It was a 2 day, 6 game, 1850pt 40k tournament that was a hell of a lot of fun.  The people were great and the games were fun.  Even if I rolled like crap and got my butt kicked in most games.  I played a Dark Angel army using a mix of Ravenwing and Deathwing, a Flesh Tearers/Sisters of Battle/Space Wolves army, 2 Daemon Armies, a Tau army and a Dark Eldar army.  I ended up going 2 - 3 - 1.  My wins were against the Space Marine mix army and the Dark Eldar army and I was able to tie the Tau on the primary.  Sadly I did not take enough pictures.

Here is the list I used.

Combined Arms Det.

Chaos Lord
- MoN
- Bike
- Power Fist
- Power Sword
- Blight Gren
- Sigil
- VotLW

Plague Marines x 5
- Power Fist
- 2 Meltaguns
- Rhino with Havoc Launcher

Plague Marines x 5
- Lightning Claw
- 2 Plasma Guns
- Rhino with Havoc Launcher

Chaos Spawn x 3
- MoN

- Baleflamer

Bikers x 5
- Power Sword
- 2 Plasma Guns

Obliterators x 2
- MoN

Allied Detachment
Daemon Prince
- MoN
- Wings
- Greater Reward
- Lvl 1 Psyker

Nurglings x 3

Blight Drone

Soul Grinder
- MoN
- Harvester Cannon
- Iron Claw
- Phlegm Bombardment

It was a great two days and I've now met a few people in the area that play.  Looking forward to gaming a lot more in the future.