Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mixed Bag 8: Tying Up the Loose Ends

This past week was kind of my first week back in the real hobby world, as opposed to having time off and spending most of it painting. As a result, it was more about finishing things up than anything else, but I managed to get a lot of projects off my painting table and into a cabinet or case.

First up was finishing the Plagueburst Crawler. I was super close to finishing last week, but couldn't quite make it. But here it is in all its glory(?).

Fun. Easy build. I am trying to resist adding another to this army.
As I was building this, I was having flash-backs to 20 some odd years ago and assembling Leman Russ tanks and Chimeras. GW has learned a LOT in how to make construction of the track sections easy and fun as compared to the old days.
Standing by to deliver the BOOM.
Also really close to done was my Inquisitor kit-bash, Serevina Krauss - Inquisitor of the Ordo Xenos. I finished up her scanner and then threw her on a resin base I had left over from my Deathwatch: Overkill project.

Tireless hunter of alien filth, Serevinus brings the Emperor's Light
to every corner of the galaxy.
And this is her backpack.

At the beginning of the week I had also gotten in a bunker from the Wall of Martyrs line. I guess GW "found" some old stock and was selling it direct. It came in a bag with no instructions, but it was pretty easy to figure out how to build it. After assembly, it was a quick prime of black and then a spray of gunmetal and I was off to the races.

"Push the dead to the outside, Trooper Smythe! Its starting to smell in here!"

I left the footings off the side doors so it will connect with the wall sets
from the Wall of Martyrs kit.

Its a neat little kit and looks great from any angle. Definitely a great starter
bunker for any young Astra Militarum couple just starting out.
I also polished off my second Foetid Bloat Drone for my Death Guard. After doing the first one, I learned to build and undercoat this one in sub-assemblies which cut the painting time in half.

Bzzzzzz. Wrong Number.

I know a lot of people would convert the second drone, but I really enjoy the regimented look of the same models. I dunno, must be why I like painting Napoleonic stuff as well. 

Over on Twitter, I've been participating in #hobbystreak (at least 30min of hobby a day, see how long your can get your streak to go) and I finally missed a day after Day 63. But, having done something paint-related everyday for 2 months I think I earned a night out of drinks with a friend. I'm not sure I'm going to track it again, but the next day I was working on the Bloat Drone so I'm not ready to rest on my laurels just yet.

Next up is some Imperial Fist stuff to bring my Heresy army to 2k pts.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Week In Progress

Welp, after a short break its back to the regular routine of life. That means that, comparatively, I haven't made a ton of progress on stuff this week. I've managed to carve out a little time each night to maintain momentum and keep up with #hobbystreak. First up is some work on an Inquisitor conversion that I built a while back.

I built her using the body of Inquisitor Greyfax, a head of one of the
Seraphim bodyguards of St. Celestine, and weapons from
the Ad Mech.
I've still got to complete her scanning device and build a base for her.

I've also been working on a Plagueburst Crawler for my Death Guard. I manage to work on one while the other dries. The 'Crawler is a nice kit and shouldn't take to much longer to complete.

If somebody makes a kit with a dozer blade that I don't want to put hazard stripes on, I don't wanna meet it.

Just tracks and sponson weapons to do.
The mortar mechanisms are pretty sexy bits. 

If I can keep it up, by mid next week I'll also have done some kind of hobby assembly and/or painting every day for 62 days. Two months straight of at least 30 minutes of hobby a day! I think I may ease off for a little after that, but maybe I'm kidding myself.


Monday, January 1, 2018

Death Guard Are Shambling Into the New Year

I had a nice little winter vacation and I managed to get a ton of painting done on my Death Guard. I'm at about 50ish Power Levels right now (man, I can't wait till they just start calling them Points and get rid of the old system…) and I've still got another Bloat Drone and a Plagueburst Crawler on the way. Here's what a week of being a painting hermit got me:

First up were the Tox Trooper by Anvil Industries. I'm using these guys as Cultists in my army. They are 3 piece resin models and painted up like a dream!
Next up was Squad Festus, the first unit of Plague Marines. I opted to make them 5 man units when I ordered a set of the Easy-Build guys which came in a box of 3. 
Squad Poulox was the next in line. For "Easy-Build" models, these guys came in as many pieces as the Dark Imperium set. I guess just adding posts and not needing glue makes them easy. Still, nice kits and putting a sarge, a basic trooper and a special weapon guy in there to make two squads out of what I had was greatly appreciated.

With the troops all out of the way, I was able to focus on my Lord of Contagion -
Enoch Globulus, Master of the 14th Company. This model is crawling (literally) with
detail and was a joy to paint! I loved every second of it.
Here's a line up of the characters - Vermix Toadbreath, Malignant Plaguecaster; Enoch Globulus, Lord of Contagion, and Romulus Scrotox, the Noxious Blightbringer.
Finally, I finished up Bzzz Blightyear the Foetid Blight Drone. He was a lot of fun to paint;
but I should have tackled him in more sub-assemblies. I plan to do that on a second Drone,
so live and learn I guess.


So all my Death Guard models from the Dark Imperium set are now done. I'll take some army shots once I add a few further units. Then, I think its onto Necromunda stuff and a few last odds and ends for my Imperial Fists Heresy Era stuff. 

Over the last year, it looks like I painted some 220ish models (not including scenery) for various projects. This is both very cool and very sad. :)  Hope I can at least equal that amount in 2018!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

'Twas the Knight Before Christmas

"T'was the night before Christmas, and all through House Krast
not an engine was stirring in the forge world so vast,
The Princeps were snug in their MIU sarcophagi 
dreaming of war and ordering Moderati.

I in my kerchief and the Forge Master in his wrap,
had just settled down for a long winter's nap.
When up on the orbiting PDF platform, there arose such a clatter;
I ran to the vox caster to see what was the matter. 

A searing Lance beam burst gantry, ladder and boiler;
I knew at once, it was Abbadon -  the Despoiler.
I heard him cry out "On Mayhem! On Murder! For Horus!"
As "Blood For the Blood God!" rang out in chorus.

"Fire up the reactors at once!", I criedAs the Machine Spirit activated in the heart of the hive.
The Knights strode for forth, ready to drive.

With rocket, with chainsword, and one huge gun; 
The Knight slew heretics by the ton. 

"No fair! That's OP!" Abbadon swore. 
Did he forget that in the 41st Millennium there is ONLY WAR?

With Void Shields flickering,the traitor's asses it was kicking.
The Black Legion fled, 
taking a few of their dead,
and I swore as he left, I heard Abbadon exclaim -
"Just wait till I get my own Knight, and then you'll feel pain!"

I just finished up another Knight for my buddy Chris, in payment for him generously giving me the terrain from his Shadow War set. Oddly, he wanted pretty much the same build and paint job I gave to the knight I'd previously painted for my buddy Marky. As always, a fun kit and paint job.

Happy Holidays to all!


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Necromunda Board Complete!

While I've had a bunch of projects on my desk lately, one of the major things that I've been working on is completing enough Sector Mechanicus terrain to fill a 4'x6' table with Hive World scenery.

This is basically the Necromunda table that I've wanted since the game first came out in the 90s.

I've still got some stuff to do and add here and there, but for the most part the board is totally playable now. Almost half of the kits used were purchased by my buddy Marky, who has been a huge help and motivator to get this project done.

A genestealer cult pushes across the sludge river.
The mining crew confronts a pair of cultists on the gantry.
Miners, cultists and genestealers collide in battle!
The Foreman squares off against the Word Bearers champion. It doesn't look good.
Close combat cultists ambush an Abberant? Who's got the drop on who?
More genestealer cultists lay down cover fire.
These guys are still ready to fight!
More cultists are ready to pounce!
Another view of the battlefield. 

Besides the Sector Mechanicus stuff, I also added some of the new ST Ryza-Pattern Ruin kits into this set up. I really like those kits as well - moreso because they aren't covered in skulls and eagles and you get a fair amount for $30US. Well worth it and usable across a bunch of scifi settings.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Malignant Plaguecaster

I've been mostly working on small terrain items this week and showing a huge amount of self-control by not just immediately painting up one of the gangs from my new Necromunda set. I've been trying to keep focus on painting up the Death Guard models from the Dark Imperium box set, and have just finished up a second character - the Malignant Plaguecaster.

He's blowing ya some gnarly kisses.
I painted him using the same techniques as my Noxious Blightbringer.
I wasn't so sure about this model when I first saw him, but he was a ton of fun
to paint up.
My force so far...

I've assembled the seven Plague Marines that come in the box, so they will be up on deck next. 


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Another Fallen Brother Joins the Battle

My Imperial Fists Horus Heresy army can now field a "Talon" of 3 Contemptor pattern dreadnoughts. I like to think of this as the one totally "bullshit" unit in the army. It feels right to have one of these total nonsense units in a Heresy Era force to me.

Three little piggies...
I used the plastic Contemptor kit for this guy. I embellished him with
some more crusader-ry elements than his brothers.
The Lascannon arm is Forgeworld - an easy enough conversion - and
the extra bibs and bobs are all off the Terminator sprue. 
The shield on the right arm is an extra plastic one I had laying around.
Its all about that 'bot.

With The Three Stooges done, I'm ready to back burner my HH Imperial Fists for a little bit. My plan  is to add a unit of Breachers to the army cuz they are cool as shit - but I will wait until January when I can use a free shipping coupon I lucked into from Forgeworld. So I get a little break from painting yellow.