Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Librarian of the Imperial Fist

     So in my ongoing progress to build the whole 3rd company I've been working on all the command units. Most recent progress is on the 3rd company librarian using bits from my original librarian conversion and some grey knight bits. (ie: staff and psychic hood) I don't know how often I will use it but I'd like to at some point play a fluffly list with as much of the Sentinals of Terra present as possible (ie: librarian with bones of Osrak)

     I have to say this is definitely way better then that DV librarian conversion. Next goal is to get my chaplain and command squad finished. But that's a for a later day. In need this guy to give support to some of my shootier squads. Figure lascannon dev's with a divination librarian and tank hunter should be able to kill any tank without effort. That's the plan anyways!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Xbox One break!

     So been distracted for a while with the release of the Titanfall xbox one bundle among other things. To say the least the game is awesome and I'd like to do a review for it once I have time. The Xbox One is definitely the most expensive  single "recreational" purchase I've made in a long time and I was really worried at first it wouldn't offer enough over the 360 that's server me well for so long. Needless to say now that I've had a few weeks with it I fully welcome this new console generation and look forward to what games can be put out on this and it's rival system.

     The game I've played the most so far is Titanfall but I also have Thief, Peggle 2, Ryse, Zoo Tycoon, and Tomb Raider on it thanks to some friends who had acquired some copies from GDC. My goal with the games on this system is to 100% the ones I have if I can before getting new games. I would also like to keep as many games and addons digital if all possible as not needing to switch out disc or have another dozen cases on a shelf in my apartment I think will be nice. The future is going all digital so why not embrace it!

     I'm also hoping this console generation I can keep up with the games as the release. Towards the second half of the Xbox 360's life space I started to wait several months before getting games. Generally waiting until they went down to the 30-40 dollar range. Granted some games just aren't worth a full 60 to some people. So nothing is really wrong with waiting. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Knight Titan (part 2?)

      So while I realize I'm now running a bit behind I wanted to post pics of my Knight Titan from painting it. Won't go into to much detail on my absence lately but I've mainly just been very busy. I have been getting painting done though and my desktop is now mostly fixed so hopefully I can get more blogs done.

Torso primed black and painted leadbelcher. Coated with
lots of nuln oil afterwords.

Top of carapace. Primed black and then based red,
then taped off and primed yellow. Black hazard striped
are penciled in and then filled with abaddon black.

Base was primed last as I wanted to put a lot of stuff on it.
HAving such a large empty base would have seemed wrong.

Carapace all detailed up!

Legs starting to get details and armour plates.

hazard stripes on knee pad are horrid. Will be redoing that

Almost done!

     Finished Knight Titan. Would like to someday field several of these around with the Legio Metalica in apoc. Someday! In this pic I you can see I finished the transfer's on the model including random awards and kill marks. The banner is left almost blank as I want to put a tally mark on it every time it kills another Knight class model. (ie: dreadknight, wraithknight, riptide, knight titan) Someday I might also go back and touch up on the shading a bit more. Those of you who paint these and want to save time, I'd get the silver/leadbelcher style primer from army painter and a can of quick shade. Maybe a can of the red primer for the front of the armour plates. This would have saved me a lot of time and a lot of leadbelcher.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Knight Titans

     Picked up a knight titan, every one else has one why shouldn't I. That was my logic anyway.  I saw the model in my game store and it was the last one so I decided to just break and get it. A little bit of buyers remorse but then I opened the box and man is it awesome. Lots of big pieces and tons of little tiny detaily bits. 

     Pics of the sprues. The set has 3 sprues in it and isn't the biggest kit ever. I would say if you were to judge the amount of plastic in the kit compared to say the LR they'd be about the same value. Now this kit is a lot more detailed and complex which does get it some justification towards higher price point but still not enough to justify the almost 70 dollar difference from GW. But that's just me. Still an awesome kit. .

The base is huge. That's all there is to be said about it.

     The transfers I can see GW has improved upon a lot and I can't wait to see the ones the new chaos kits are suppose to have. These ones form better to rounded surfaces and have a lot less of that clear blank space around each transfer sticker.

Base and legs size.

The base of the body. Here you can really see the complexity
of the frame.

Frame with no armour plates all assembled.
          Armour plates left off for painting. Gonna be a long process and I wish I had more colors of army painter primer. Having their metal base coat primer would be really awesome for spraying down the frame quick. But guess I'm going to have to suck it up and use a brush. Armour plates will all be red for Mechanicum based knight house. But more on that in a later post.....

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Bray'arth painting (part1?)

     So started painting Bray'arth and while He's far from complete I'm very happy with the progress I've made. The model isn't glued together at the wast, arms, and flag pole for making painting easier. Left some of the other random gubbins off as well. Hopefully that doesn't cause me any odd issues later. Model is undercoated black with a later layer of warboss green for the base coat.

Lightened up the warboss green with "snot green" or 
whatever it's called now. Filled in the planet and the drake
head icons.

Base layers of gold on the gold bits and Averland Sunset
where the fire will be.

Fire drybrushed orange and then very lightly with red.
     At this point the body is mostly done apart from highlights and a few random details. Plan to start working on the arms maybe this weekend sometime. Main priority paint wise right now is my high elves as I have a game on Sunday and don't want to pay points tax for unpainted models.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Skulls for the skull tank & Bray'arth Ashmantle

     So while still putting off painting this Land Raider for my world Eaters, I've still been adding skulls of my fallen foes to it. The new edition is the head and helm of Commander Shadowsun who died in a challenge with Kharn. In the end the Tau managed to get a victory but it came down to if Kharn would die to over-watch fire against 4 fire warriors. He did sadly.... But still killed shadowsun so that's what matters! Skulls for the skull throne!

     I also started work on the model for Bray'arth Ashmantle which I'm painting and then probably giving back to my friend. Or I'll keep it and it can sit on the shelf next to Vulkan. Not sure yet, but starting Salamanders isn't something I want to do, models are cool, just don't want to much power armour on the shelf. 

Left Dreadfire claw

The base and legs. Needs some dirt and gravel on it
to complete it other then that I think it's good.

The torso!

Right Dreadfire claw

     And finally here it is held together by sticky tac just so I could make sure I have the pose right. Need something that looks like fire coming out of those barrels I think so might search on web later. I like the idea of old Bray stomping on chaos and xenos and just torching everything.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Minor updates

     So finally got most of my apartment set up minus the gaming table, which is okay for now because I don't have any good terrain yet. Still working on that... Did manage to get my shelves all set up though so I can have my armies on shelves instead of boxes now. Will need to rearrange some stuff to free up another shelf for Titans and Knights and other cool Mechanicum related stuff. 

Death Korp of Krieg shelf. This shelf has the most
painted models on it probably. The others look sad.

Ork army. Needs some love.....

Most of my Chaos. Have more berserkers I need to
put on the shelf. Shelf also needs more skulls.

    Another thing I've been working on again as I mentioned in my last post is progress on my fantasy army. Trying to get them all up to at least a 3 color minimum. These guys are all being batch painted and now have grey dry-brushed on and leadbelcher on the blades. Next I will probably pick out all the red details and paint the faces. Should be close to done with them by that point.

     This is the 4th tactical squad with the models cleaned up and base coated yellow. Haven't done much with them since the initial base coats and probably won't any time soon. I'm a bit burnt out on painting yellow marines and need a break to work on other things.

     Lastly the base to my High Elf prince on Griffon. It needs a bit of flock and some other details but I think the fallen and bloody dwarf banner is a nice touch. Will certainly attract attention from my friend playing as dwarves in our fantasy campaign. Which is mostly the point of this. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


     So I'm finally moved and entirely lacking internet in my new place at the moment so may continue to be slow on the updates. Nothing to show today and not a lot to say. Will probably be placing an order this weekend for some of those fancy new knight models, and some terrain since I can finally have a dedicated gaming table. The real question is do I want just a few knights as allies or a whole force? Oh the important questions of tax return time....

     In the meantime should be some updates on my fantasy army as I try to get it ready for my groups Blood in the Badlands campaign. Don't like paying 10% painting taxes for unpainted models and can't afford to let those pesky forces of destruction to have any advantages....

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Another tactical squad.

     Probably last actual hobby update before I move on Thursday. Everything is packed up and these models are about to be. Was at the comic/game shop in town and they had 1 tactical squad left so decided to pick it up. First tac squad from the new sprue and I'm really impressed with the bit selection, though a bit sad about how many MK-VI armour. I'm probably one of the few people that doesn't like the beakie helms..

Squad assembled.... mostly...

Squad Sergeant

Special Weapon and Heavy Weapon guy.

     Full squad actually assembled. I did use all the set of mk-vi armour. I can't stand mixing armour marks in most cases. Not sure why but it bugs my OCD. Might post one or two more updates that are smaller before moving but doubt it. But as soon as I'm moved I'll have a better set up for both modeling/painting and gaming. So it's all worth it.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Iron Warriors Predator (CSM)

     A random spur of the moment project for my upcoming game using my CSM these Sunday was to paint the spare rhino I had for my Iron Warriors. This tank only has magnetized sponsons unlike the Imperial Fist one and I wasn't able to chaos it up very much do to the spikes blocking the mobility to the turret. Also the Iron Warriors never liked fancy things anyway preferring bare function to anything else.

     Tank all primed and based painted. I tried to tape off sections on the front to do the chevrons and whatnot that make the Iron Warriors vehicles stand out. But that got mucked up a big so I ended up filling those spaces in with black and redoing all those details by hand. The sponson las-cannons also have the black and yellow stripes on them, and those were also painted by hand. Those lines were a pain to free hand.

     Then lastly I started working on dirtying up the tank. Can't have clean tanks for Iron Warriors. Chaos or not they're in the trenches doing the dirty work. Looking forward to fielding this alongside my world eaters as the heavy support. I've always like the color scheme for Iron Warriors but they don't quite have enough going for them to make a complete army of them.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Imperial Fist Transports and Armour

     As I've mentioned before I've been making progress (slow progress) on finishing up my the paint jobs on my Imperial Fist. Right now the main focus is taking the vehicles and getting them looking nice since before they were at best 2 colors (yellow/leadbelcher). First things done were the drop pods which aren't actually done yet but playable and identifiable based on company. The red one on the right is 3rd company for use with Sgt Garadon and his tactical squad. The black one is first company and is generally used for my Ironclad so the inside was left empty. Sometimes it's used for Sternguard though.

     Second thing I did work on was tanks. I still want to put markings on the top hatches of each rhino, just haven't gotten around to it. The main thing was marking them as 3rd company transports for tactical squads. The Predator was also marked as third company with a devastator squad marker on it to show it's use as a heavy support option.
     Last thing I did on the predator is get all the guns painted. Also have sponson lascannons, and lascannon and auto cannon turret options magnetized to fit the tank. Then did some random other details like adding the roman numeral 7 to the side for 7th legion/chapter. Very happy with how the tanks turned out an now just need to do some shading on them, followed by some weathering.

     Lastly I finished my centurions. I might do some weathering around the legs. Some grey weathering powder or something to help represent the rubble they're striding through. Other then that I think they're pretty much done. Next up will be finishing my Terminators and Sternguard, who have sate half painted for a very long time.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Armour through the Ages/HH paint schemes

    Hey all, another update and first one in a while move next week and have a decent amount of stuff packed up so post will be slow until after moving is done. Played a around a bit last week with testing some rough color schemes for a Horus Heresy army. I'm determined to make one of the armies from Betrayal, which one is still up in the air. The above model is a conversion I did for fun as a model for Saul Tarvitz. Sometime down the line if I pick up more HH Emperor's Children I will probably redo the model but for the time being this model works. I also still have 5 Phoenix Terminators sitting in a drawer unbuilt and unprimed.

     Here I started working on painting my armour through the ages. Here they are with just base coats on them of their main colors. The Death guard is primed white with "Warboss green" on the shoulders. The World Eater is primed white with 2 coats of Army Painters "deep blue" I believe it's called with trim outlined in "balthazar gold". The Emperor's Children is primed "Alien Purple" (Army Painter) which is an awesome primer for those who paint purple armies. Then lastly the Sons of Horus model is primed black with a few thin layers of Army Painter "Army Green". I would like the point out that this armour through the ages set is probably as old as I am.

Almost finished World Eater.

Almost finished Son of Horus model. 

     All of the guys completed (minus bases) sitting on a laptop. My painting lamp burnt out and so I had to find a new light source for pictures. In the mean time my main focus lately has been touching up my Imperial Fist and getting my World Eaters playable. Using them this Sunday in a 1500 point game and hoping they do well. But won't hold my breath. But more on that later.