Monday 26 May 2014

More Terminators??!!

Time for another post I think...

Had an eventful couple of weeks of late, i've ended up back at work for the first time since august, celebrated my 5th wedding anniversary and saw Nine Inch Nails for the 3rd time (spoiler, they fucking killed it).

That plus GW dropping 7th ed 40k makes for a pretty eventful few days. I'll leave the analysis of the rules to others better suited but with every edition I seem to be falling further out of love with 40k gaming, though i'll always come back to the figures and world. I've got too many army projects i'd like to see come to fruition to simply drop it right now. Most of my dice throwing comes from Bolt Action these days, and given that Warlord is working on Rick Priestley's new Sci-Fi game based on the Bolt Action mechanics, I can see that becoming one of my go to games in the future.

During that time I managed to finish up another 5 Death Guard Cataphractii and start working on the first HQ for the army, Typhon.

The Cataphractii are set up in a similar way to the previous unit (well, the first half of the unit as it's now 10 strong) with a plasma blaster, combi-plasma and a power fist in addition to the combi-bolters and power axes. Should make a mess of most things they come across.

Seeing as i've made it this far without adding a HQ to the force, I figured it was about time. I wanted to add a cheap Master of Signal to add to the armies overall firepower but didn't have the energy to convert one up.

I did however, have Typhon sat in his box since he was released so though now was as good a time as any to work on him. I did manage to make a monumental cock up in tearing off the pipes that run from the top of his armour - as I was test fitting the left arm I pressed a little too hard, causing my thumb to skip over the top of the figure, shearing off all 6 of the tiny pipes. Not impressed at all. I wracked my brain trying to work out how to replace them (all 6 were lost in the carnage) but didn't want to risk cocking up even more so decided to leave the tanks smooth. 

One last thing I did was to make up a new base for him, seeing as i'll be using him more as a gaming piece he'll be based in the same way as the rest of the force. More on that later.

Next on the workbench will be a trio of Primarchs - i've got Mortarion to do for myself, and Mortarion and Horus to do for a client. I'll be adding pictures of all 3 as I work on them so stay tuned for those.....

Monday 12 May 2014

Once more into the Breach.....

It took me a bit longer than planned to get this post up, but here it is.

The Breacher unit, a project started back in august last year, is finally finished. About bloody time too as i've very nearly shelved them a couple of times during the build and painting, for 2 reasons -

  • Game wise, Breachers are over pointed and not as useful as most other 30k squads. For example, my 10 man Breacher unit is 10 points more expensive than a 20 man Legion Tactical squad, and not quite as survivable, even with the shields.

  • Secondly, i've never liked painting things with shields - they always have a tendency to get in the way if you glue them on before painting, or as I found with the Breachers, are a pain to glue on when you've finished painting them.

Don't get me wrong, now i've finished them I think they look ace, but can't see me using them that often.

I've got the second half of the big Cataphractii unit in front of me now begging for paint - they've had some basecoats and chipping applied, a few more basecoats then they'll be ready for washing. I'll look at getting a pic or two for the next post.

Wednesday 7 May 2014

I've been Liebster'ed!

Be warned. No miniatures tonight, just a lot of text. Will have the Breachers done in the next couple of days, promise!

For those that have never seen it before, the Liebster is a great way of recognising blogs people enjoy, while promoting new and exciting ones. I've found plenty of great blogs in previous Liebster lists, hopefully I can pass a few more on today.

Many thanks to Jimmy Grill over at Voyage au Centre de l'enfer for adding me to his Liebster list.

Each nominee is asked to state eleven truths about themselves, answer eleven question set by the blogger that nominated them and then to set eleven questions they would like eleven other bloggers to answer. I've got no idea why eleven is the magic number, so here goes nothing.....

Eleven truths

  1. I'm medically classed as a giant.
  2. I don't read nearly enough. My current reading list is nearly as tall as I am.
  3. I procrastinate far too much.
  4. I'm a big fan of extreme metal, the nastier the better.....
  5. ......but I'm also a Prince fan. Purple Rain is a work of genius.
  6. My wife and I are coming up on our 5th wedding anniversary.
  7. I'm a huge cat lover. We've currently got 3 - Tank, Lilith and Bryan.
  8. I've got a very puerile, base sense of humour. Nothing is too crude in my eyes.
  9. I'm the current chairman of my local gaming club, Ammobunker: South.
  10. I love to cook.
  11. I can unashamedly say I like the Alien Vs Predator movies.

Eleven questions to answer

1. If you could wish for one thing except for more wishes, what would it be?
Easy one this, health and happiness for my family. As long as I've got my wife, cats and the right people around me I don't need any wishes. Big stack of cash would be nice though ;)

2. What was the first miniature you painted?
I don't own it anymore but it was a RTB01 Space Marine that I painted as a Blood Angel.

3. What was the best miniature released last year?
There were loads of cool figures released last year, however, this was easy - Calas Typhon from Forge World.

4. What was the latest movie you watched in the cinema?
A showing of the Lamb of God documentary As the Palaces Burn.

5. Would you rather die now or live forever?
Wow, ok. Mmmmm, pros and cons to both I 'spose. Not sure I could make that call though.

6. Whom do you consider the worse geek, yourself or the hobbyists around you?
I'm a pretty big geek, but there is always one bigger depending on what exactly your geeking on.

7. The discontinued GW game you wish GW would bring back the most?
Probably Necromunda, im a big fan of small skirmish gaming. An up to date Necro would kick so much ass.

8. How many DVD's would the internet take up if you removed all the porn?
4. One for the cat pictures, one for the various miniature forums, one for fail videos and another for whats left.

9. In how many years will tabletop miniatures be 3d holograms?
Hopefully it won't happen. If it does i'll be looking for a new hobby.

10. If John Blanche and H.R.Giger had a child together, what would it look like?
Hmmm, well, it would certainly be overly phallic, probably with bionics, a big gun and puffy sleeves.

11. I accidentally the box. Is this bad?
Probably. Unless you wrecked the box in which case my cats won't play with it.

Eleven blogs to check out (in order of the last update)

Sublime Brushwork, superb blog by Stuart Thomas, member of the 'Eavy Metal team during my formative painting years.

Sprokets Small World, Slayer Sword winner David Soper. Great natural painting style.

A Galaxy In Flames What the Aussies lack in cheap toys they make up with awesome ones. Great Horus Heresy related blog.

MiniaTEXTures, the blog of Jacob Rune Nielsen. My personal painting hero.

Badab Rising A great Astral Claws/Badab War blog.

INQ28 One I've contributed painting work to, Molotov has been leading the charge with getting into the seedy underbelly of 40k with some great narrative gaming. Beware with this one, it's a pretty deep rabbit hole you're stepping in....

The Painting Bunker Another Aussie Heresy blog. Must be something in the water?

Sheep's Forlorn Hope the last Australian on the list, Sheep churns out pure hobby gold.

Mengel Miniatures Blog of Tyler Mengel, US Golden Demon winner. More beautiful Astral Claws.

Dylan Gould Some great old school figures and painting.

Razza Mini Painting Blog of Darren Latham, figure designer and ex 'Eavy Metal painter.

Eleven questions for the mentioned 11 blogs

  1. Who is the painter/artist/sculptor thats made the biggest impact on your work?
  2. Whats the one tool you couldn't live without?
  3. Whats the last album you listened to?
  4. Do you use a single particular brand of paint or do you mix ranges?
  5. Whats your biggest inspiration away from miniatures/wargaming?
  6. What else do you do for fun?
  7. Whats the worst movie you've ever seen?
  8. What initially brought you into the hobby?
  9. Have GW entered their 'Golden Age' yet or is there even better to come?
  10. When the apocalypse comes, what form will it be in?
  11. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Another short one?

Another quick proof of life post this evening to show the current state of the Breachers. They've now had all the basecoats and chipping applied, now comes the oil wash and the clean up of said wash before detailing them.

To make up for the hideously short post (should I bother in future?), below are are a few pics of the Terminator squad I recently finished to accompany the Lord from the last post.

The first Terminator squad in the army was kitted out for 5th ed wound allocation shenanigans, with everyone having a different load out. The only constant of the squad was the combi melta for popping a tank on the turn they dropped in.

This squad have been kept tame in comparison, with the only extravagances being a single chainfist and a reaper autocannon.

As i've mentioned before i'll be going through the existing army at some point in the future and documenting the process of refurbishing them, this chaps and the Contemptor previously shown are the start of the project, as longs as I don't get bogged down on other things first.......

Friday 25 April 2014

Well ok, just a small one......

A quick post tonight, for some reason felt inspired to throw something up.

I've been procrastinating as per usual the last day or so and in doing so, made mistakes. That'll be the Breacher's shields into the stripper then. I didn't let that stop me though, and got the transfers and armour basecoats done on them so I can now move onto the chipping.

WIP Death Guard Breachers

Also had a package of Cataphractii Terminators turn up today so i'll move onto those next, taking the squad to 10 strong. Might have to change some of the weapon fits around on the current squad, the idea of two Reaper Autocannons is quite appealing.....

Normally I wouldn't feel too bad about leaving it there but I feel the need to show off a figure I finished recently (well, over xmas) that im quite proud of.

I fancied doing a small project over the xmas period as I had the time off and thought a new lord for my post Heresy Death Guard would fit the bill, Typhus can't be everywhere after all. Wanted something cheep and cheerful to lead a Terminator unit so out cane the Burning Brand and a Power Axe.

Conversion wise he's quite involved, using parts from FW's Death Guard Terminator and Lugft Huron kits, a handful of parts from the Terminator Lord kit and a head from the recent recut Tactical Squad sprue. A few extra Nurgleish details and he was ready for the brush.

If i've got nothing worthwhile to say next time I post i'll throw up some pics of his Terminator buddies. Reminds me, I really should do a run of articles about the post Heresy Death Guard at some point....

For now, thanks for reading.

Monday 21 April 2014

Rising, in a zombie like fashion.......

For some reason (well, after seeing my blog pop up on the small but perfectly formed blog roll of A Galaxy In Flames, cheers fellas) I decided it'd be worth a new post to show off a couple of things i've done recently that im particularly proud of.

First up is a freshly painted unit of Grave Wardens for my Heresy era Death Guard army, some of my favourite figures from Forge World's Horus Heresy range. They've been sitting in a box waiting for paint from release day but for various reasons only got a look in over the last couple of weeks.

Grave Wardens, Death Guard Legion Astartes

Chem Master

Heavy Flamer

Chain Fist wielding lunatic

Twin 1

Twin 2

Not the last of my trip back to 30K, or the Death Guard for that matter.....

The second thing I wanted to showcase was a project i've had on my mind for the last year or so, well, at least since I saw the Death Guard Legion Contemptor. I knew I needed to corrupt it to fit with my 40K Death Guard, I just needed to decide how.

Thematically I wanted to tie the Contemptor to the same look as the Death Guard Terminator kit by Forge World, primarily using the spikes on the top of the body, the broken pipe work and the boils.

I had a lot of fun putting it together, the next one will be in the white of the 30K Death Guard. I had though of keeping the weapon loadout the same on both pre and post Heresy machines but a Mortis with two assault cannons is too cool a weapon to pass up. I might have to play about with some magnets.......

Lastly today, a peek at what im working on next. Just before christmas I finished the first 5 figures for a Breacher squad, though it might be time to finish them off before moving onto something fun.

Command elements and special issue weapons, Death Guard Legion Astartes Breacher Squad

Thanks for reading, with any luck (and some appropriately placed pressure) I might try and keep the blog updated a little more regularly.