Saturday, December 5, 2015

Snakebite Ork Boarboy

Slight diversions here...I had this guy on my shelf for a few weeks. I had been working on these Snake Bite Ork boys to go with my Deathskull Ork horde when the Horus Heresy box came out. I had this guy almost painted so I decided to finish him up while the washes were drying on my Ultramarines.

I really like the way the conversion came out. I want to do more with warpaint but I don't think it will work on this model with the way the armor covers the body. We'll see how the others in the unit come out.

Here is he, charging full bore. The parts are taken from various Ork boy and Nobz bits built onto the Warhammer Fantasy (or is it Age of Sigmar now? I'm not sure I care).

Horusy Heresy: Ultramarines Half Tactical Squad

Hello folks. A quick update on progress with the Ultramarines from the Betrayal at Calth box. I completed half of the first Tactical Squad. Sergeant, Missile Launcher, Flamer, and two Marines armed with Bolters. The rest need some detail work and highlights and they will be done as well. They're going slower than I would like, but I'm only doing this one Tactical Squad and the Five Terminators for my Ultras, so the whole force should be able to hit the table pretty soon.

Here they are as a unit.

I also magnetized the arms on the Contemptor Dreadnought so that I can switch weapons. I originally tried magnetizing the arms at the shoulder, but found this kind of wonky. Instead, I opted to glue the shoulder on and magnetize the arms at the elbow. It made for an easier job and I liked how they swivel. The Contemptor will be for my Sons of Horus, which I'll start on after these Ultramarines are completed.

Hope you enjoy the progress shots. Stay tuned for more...

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth

We interrupt this Badab War project for a new distraction... The Horus Heresy! I've been looking forward to this coming out ever since the rumors started appearing on Bell of Lost Souls. I've been a fan of the Warhammer 30,000 universe ever since they introduced it. It's been interesting to see the back story develop from hinted at rumors, to an Epic Scale game, all the way to the now fully realized conflict presented in the books being published by Games Workshop and Forgeworld. I'm a sucker for Space Marines, and the only thing cooler than them is them fighting each other.

As soon as the new Betrayal at Calth boxed game came out I picked up a copy. Then I decided one box wasn't enough so I split another box with a friend. So now I have a lot of Marines. And it is awesome. I haven't played the actual game it comes with yet, though I intend to. I am more interested in the miniatures. I should also note I will not be playing Forgeworld's version of the rules either. Nope, I plan to game Horus Heresy Disposable Heroes style using a heavily modified version of those rules. With that said, I'll probably give Betrayal at Calth a try just for fun.

So, for those that haven't picked it up yet, this box is packed with stuff at a pretty damn good price considering what it comes with. Plus knowing that this boxed game will be limited run and the contents split into their own more expensive releases was enough to convince me to drop the cash on it.

So here's what you get:

1 Terminator Cataphracti Captain character

1 Pre-Heresy Chaplain style character

1 Contemptor Dreadnought with optional Multi Melta or Assault Cannon

1 squad of five Terminator Cataphracti (with Storm Bolter or Lightning Claw options, and a Heavy Flamer)

3 ten man Tactical squads (with Heavy Bolter, Missile Launcher, bolters, Melta, Plasma, and Flamer

Lots and lots and lots of bits. Grenades, pouches, holstered Bolt Pistols (enough for every single Marine), Power Fists, tabards, combat knives, etc. etc.

Here's a pic of the box brimming with stuff.

Here's my attempt to organize all the bits into plastic organizers...too much stuff!

All of the Marines are in MK IV Power Armor. There are several different helmet variants, with two main types, and a variety of shoulder pads. There are ten different legs, but they are all pretty much the same pose (my only complaint actually). The models are excellent, and the way they have the sprues set up is great. Not to mention the bits. It would appear that they have settled on a winning sprue formula and I really hope they continue this with the other MKs of Power Armor. Especially the MK VI Corvus! (Please oh please oh please...)

I'm not the fawning Games Workshop type. I don't play their rules, I don't like their prices. I am indifferent to how they treat their customers. But, I love the background they have created and as a modeler, I can say this is some of their best stuff yet. So for me, this ticks those boxes and that's all I need.

So...what am I going to do with a box and a half of Horus Heresy era Space Marines?

Big plans.

I have the good fortune to have two other friends that are interested in gaming this (and a few I could probably convince). Two of them have picked up a box (one was split between us) and we have chosen our forces and started painting.

My friend Derek picked up a complete box and has decided to do the White Scars (unless he changes his mind...). So I decided to pair that force with a Sons of Horus army of my own. My full box will be the chosen sons clad in their immediately post Heresy pale green armor. After having started the Horus Heresy novels series this past summer (I'm only through the first two books), I really came to enjoy the character Garviel Loken. I like how the Sons of Horus slowly descend into darkness in their look. By the time of the Battle of Terra, the Cthonian gang influence and their betrayal is obvious in the Sons of Horus appearance. I plan to work that into how I paint my Marines.

Here is what I am going for:

 Here is my first attempt at this look on my first Sons of Horus sergeant. I tried using a Self Etching Primer that has a greenish gray hue as my base and then washing it with GW Athonian Camoshade and GW Agrax Earthshade. I really like the look, but to be honest, it isn't dark or greenish enough, so I had to start over.

Here is my second attempt. This time I primed as normal then used a base coat of GW Sybarite Green followed by the same washes as before. This time it came out much closer to what I was looking for. Though it is still a little lighter, I like it a lot.

No markings yet as I am waiting for Forgeworld to restock their Sons of Horus transfers. I really want to pull out all the stops on these for painting so I want to use transfers to get the look I'm going for. Plus hand painting is a pain in the butt...

Now, for the second half of the project, I will be using the half box I split with my friend Rob to do Ultramarines. He decided to do the Word Bearers, so I figured doing a Loyalist force would help with matchups for games with my friends. Plus I kind of like the Ultramarines.

Rob got a pretty good head start on painting his Word Bearers, so I started a full squad of Ultramarines after one test model of my Sons of Horus. I plan to alternate until both forces are finished.

Here is my first test Ultramarine Sergeant.

I'm going for a Rogue Trader era feel for the markings on this Marine. The blood drop markings and the black and white crest are inspired by a force of Ultramarines in one of the old White Dwarf issues. The black and white crest is a copy of the black and white helmet stripe used on Ultramarine veteran sergeants, and I figure the blood drops will be company numbers from one of the Ultramarines many chapters as an honor from a victory during the Great Crusade.

Here is the missile launcher. I love the nod to the original Rogue Trader era Space Marine plastic box set missile launcher. Love it.

So that's it for now. I have a full squad of Ultramarines well on their way to being completed and then it should be game time soon.

I'll post up a battle report either with the actual Betrayal at Calth game or our own scenario using Disposable Heroes. Whichever comes first.

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Badab War: Librarian and Melta Gun

More Badab War Mantis Warriors are flying off my workbench. The Librarian is a conversion of the current plastic Games Workshop model, but with Mk VI legs, chest, and helmet. The Force Sword was taken from a Grey Knight model. I really like the way the pose came out, though I'm not sure about the color or technique on the sword. Next up is a Melta Gun toting member of the HQ. I'm not up on the meta gaming aspects of Warhammer 40,000 these days (the last edition I played was 3rd). But I'm not going to be playing their rules anyway, so it won't matter much. Lastly is a Marines Errant assault sergeant I painted because I have so many Mk VII parts leftover from my collecting of Mk VI parts that I figured I might as well use them.

Here's the pics. Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Badab War: Mantis Warriors HQ WIP

Now that I've gotten some scenery off my workbench, it was time to get back to painting some Badab War stuff. I had already finished my Captain and Apothecary, so it was time to move on to the rest of the HQ.

The long time between work on these guys was partially because I was dreading painting the Company Banner. It had been a long long time since I free hand painted a banner for Warhammer 40,000. But, it wasn't going to paint itself and so I finally dove in. I wanted to keep my banner pretty generic for a company banner. Too many are over the top. I feel the Mantis Warriors would let their actions speak for themselves. This banner announces the chapter and company and pays homage to the many campaigns the company has fought and it shows the Endymion Cluster system on the back as the chapter's home system. There is the Maelstrom Warders badge in the center bottom to indicate the chapter's alliance with the other chapters defending the Badab Sector. Each of the campaign honors come from the Mantis Warriors source material.

I'm pretty happy with how it came out. This bit of painting got me on a roll so I finished a Marksman for the HQ as well. One more Marksman and a melta gun toting tankbuster left to go then it's on to the squads.

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Adeptus Mechanicus Research Station

Hello folks. I just finished a small Admech research station for our Badab War campaign. This little outpost sports reinforced walls, environmentally sealed windows, and a Astropath communication relay. A small garrison of Skitarri is stationed here to protect the Admech team sent to Bellerophon's Fall to research the feasibility of reclaiming the dead world for Mars.

Like the previous few buildings, this conversion is based on the Armorcast stucco buildings. These really make great building foundations.

Here are the pics.  Hope you enjoy!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Sci Fi Generator

Howdy folks! Up next from the terrain project is a power generator I finished the other day. This piece was made from the barrel of one of my son's toy laser guns. He kindly donated it to me to use as a terrain piece (though I had to promise to replace it with a new Nerf gun). I had plans to make it light up. A quick trip to the craft store and I came away with a color changing LED light, which I thought looked pretty cool. Here's the result! The rest of the parts are made by me from plasticard and wire.