Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chaos Cultists of Dan-A-Thos

This week sees me finishing up another small 40K skirmish force. This time its the nomadic Dan-A-Thos cult who wander the ash wastes in search of victims. They are reinforced by the presence of one of Lorgar's faithful, a traitor marine of the Word Bearers. Now the whole crew is ready to spread the good news about the Gods of Chaos door-to-door.

Have you heard the Good Word about the Powers of Chaos?
These models are all primarily from the Dark Vengeance starter kit and most are simple plug-and-play models with a few that had their heads chopped off and swapped with a buddy. I think the most complex assembly was the Chaos Marine, who was easy to put together but had a lot of noodley bits to paint.

Kurzaad Clav of the Word Bearers.
Cult Leader
I gave the heavy weapon guy a new head - I just wasn't feeling
the original.
The melee component of the cult.
The vast majority of the cult are equipped for long range fighting.
The two crews ready to rumble!
Again, I really like the idea of exploring the smaller side of 40k, where one Chaos Space Marine is a highly dangerous foe and capable of influencing a whole uprising. In a similar vein, I'm super excited by the upcoming release of Shadow War: Armageddon. I hope its as much fun as I remember!


Monday, March 6, 2017

Hive Ganger Deep Space Crew Finished.

Last week was a really slow hobby week for me, at least the Monday thru Friday part. I'd just come home and flop on the couch instead of picking up a paint brush. Good for recharging, but bad for keeping hobby momentum! Thankfully, Saturday was super productive and I finished my Hive Ganger conversions.

The whole crew. Ready to rumble in the deepest Hive pit or the loneliest space dock.
I've been calling these guys Hive Gangers, but really I've been more imagining them as a rag-tag group of deep space miners/scrappers. Maybe they prospect for ore on rogue asteroids or hunt for archeotech aboard derelict starships in an interstellar Sargasso Sea. In any case, the ship's locker has plenty of weapons and they are more than ready to duke it out with anyone who gets in the way of earning a living!

This is The Foreman. He heads up any missions and gets the choicest of gear.
Bubba is the grenadier. For when things need to go "BOOM!"
Stubs is the heavy weapon operator.
Sarge is the chief of security.
Spud is the other security officer. He just joined to meet girls.
The real muscle is the mining servitor. I imagine it to be a lower tech Dreadnought - no where near as mobile but just
as crushey.

This was a fun little project that I spent waaaay too much time on. I'll be glad to not be painting Genestealer Neophyte bodies for a while, I think. Next on deck is to work on some Chaos cultists for these guys to fight.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

More Like Necro-FUN-da, Amirite?

Hive gangers battle it out with a Genestealer Cult
Necromunda is one of those iconic Games Workshop products that takes me back to my college years and always brings a grin to my face. Its not to say the game doesn't have a lot of warts, but by its very nature it created great stories and a real sense of immersion and attachment. Its been 22 years since the game was released and I can still remember those games vividly - my roommate planning a death-from-above attack with a grav-chute equipped ganger, getting so many Juves from Settlements that I could field 21 guys in my gang, so many memories.  

I wasn't aiming to exactly recreate the original buildings that came with Necromunda - more just the feeling of them.
The catwalks are just plasticard with plastic mesh glued on top. The plastic mesh is used for lining
the bottom of flower pots.
I finished up a small set of scenery that I built using some of the original plastic bulkheads that had come into my possession. The buildings and catwalks are made from scrap plasticard and were painted with lots of staining and dry-brushing. With some of the other 40k buildings I've made, I can cover most of a 4'x4' table. I'm looking forward to trying out some skirmish gaming on it. 

Adding some of my scatter terrain really ties it all together.
One thing I'd suggest to anyone is to vary up the colors on buildings. All grey or gunmetal
cityscapes are boring and un-realistic.

Next on deck is finishing up some my Hive gangers and then a small coven of Chaos cultists.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mixed Bag 6 - Hivomunda Edition

This has been a weird week for me hobby-wise. I've been "cleaning up" little projects on my desk while creating more stuff in my backlog. Every step forward seems to put me two steps back. First up, I finished 3 more Hive Scum for some 40k-themed skirmish gaming I plan to do soon. That plan has side-tracked a lot of my other projects lately.

Hive gangers, criminal scum, maybe a deep space mining crew? 

To add some muscle to my gangers, I'm adding a dude in power armor. I'll end up arming him with a bolt pistol and a mining pick from the Neophyte sprue.

The torso and legs are an extra Iron Hands Deathwatch marine,
the pack is from a Dark Angels marine, and the head
is from Puppetswar.

I've also started building some quick terrain from a load of Necromunda plastic bulkheads I acquired and some scrap plasticard. I still need to build some gantries and walkways to connect everything and get some paint on it all.

Added to my collection of buildings made from electrical boxes and this should make a fine Underhive.
Some elevated firing platforms.

Next up, I built some plastic Chaos cultists for more skirmish fun. This is a really nice kit that uses the two piece models from the 40K starter Dark Vengeance. I like quick to build models and they were easy to carve up and convert a bit with head swaps. I really like the idea of a single Traitor Marine leading a rag-tag group of degenerates in battles beneath a hive.

Still a few more guys to build and add.

Finally, after nattering on 40k stuff all week, I got around to finishing the last two Stormcast Retributor models that I needed to make the squad game legal. These guys are intentionally painted up simple - I just wanted a second force to throw down when playing Age of Sigmar. I used to do this a lot - making fast armies that friends can borrow or that I can play to keep games fresh. I really should get them all together and take some photos. Eventually.

Stop! Hammer time.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Hive Ganger Scum!

"Abdul Goldberg has crossed you for the last time - it was pure luck that your paths crossed on this isolated planet outside of Imperial control. He and his crew are relaxing down at Greasy Kim's Bar and Diner, unaware that you and your crew are ready to pounce. The Diner is mostly deserted, with only a few lonely vac-heads and spacers to witness the fight."  - Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader, pg 243-244.

"Look sharp, you space-rats!"
I really didn't get much hobby stuff done this week, mostly due to the fact that I was either exhausted or busy after work. I did manage to get a little paint on some Hive gangers/scum conversions I've been building. I really like the idea of exploring the grubbier side of 40k and the new Genestealer neophyte kits really evoke some of that civilian feel. I took some of the less "stealer-ey" bodies from an extra copy of Deathwatch Overkill and added some mercenary heads from and viola! Some spacers and vac-heads!

Just a small selection of the custom heads Puppetswar makes.
This was the first ganger I made. Just a head swap and some ammo from the Ork sprue.
Eat yer heart out, Starlord!
Duke Nukem' rounds out the last of this scurvy crew.
I'll probably do a gang of 12 models or so - I want to pick up one of the Neophyte squad kits so I can have guys with shotguns, heavy stubbers, et all. This should give me a nice little skirmish force for a Necromunda-style game.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Knight Warden marches off the Assembly Line

It is done and ready to deal hot death to tiny men across dinner tables everywhere. This is just a fantastic kit and probably the best fitting and logical build that Games Workshop has ever made. While it looks super intimidating on the sprues, this kit just goes together like a dream. I managed to get the whole thing built and painted in about a week and a half.

A noble knight of House HazArd is ready to take to the field.
Detail shot of the head.
Carapace detail. I added some comm antenna made out of florist wire.
I had wanted to mirror the pad on the opposite side, but the decals wouldn't allow it.
I was a super sad panda when I figured that out.
Detail of the chain-sword-fist-thing.
This thing is crawling with detail over every surface.

I had such a good time with building and painting this model. If you get the chance to ever work on one  I'd suggest you take it. My friend Marky let me build and paint this guy for him and I hope he has as much fun stomping his enemies as I had bringing this Knight to life.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Goliath Rockgrinder Done! Imperial Knight Begun!

I apologize in advance for the low quality of the photos in this post - I just didn't make enough time this week to get proper shots like I wanted to. That being said, I managed to finish up my Goliath Rockgrinder finished up and I'm super chuffed with how it turned out. It was a nice cap to my Genestealer Cult project.

All aboard!
I think the orange suits really tie the room all together, man.
Just when I thought I was done with hybrid neophytes - 5 MORE!
Love the dude about to huck a bundle of dy-NO-might!

I also started work on an Imperial Knight kit. Ever since it was released, I've been itching to paint one of these big goons; but despite that I seem to paint a bunch of 40K I actually rarely PLAY the game - so justifying the price tag to myself was a little tough to do. Turns out, my buddy Marky had purchased the Imperial Knight Renegade set and had two of these guys hanging around. He generously allowed me to paint and assemble one of his - so hopefully this gets it out of my system.

The kit assembles fast - I managed to get this far in less time than painting the Goliath.

When I started the build, I wanted to spray the whole thing a metallic color as base to start from. I knew Games Workshop made a Leadbelcher spray - but at $20 there was no way I was buying it from them. Thankfully, having worked on the professional side of the hobby, I know that all the major hobby brands are subcontracted out and that there HAD to be a comparable color available at my local hardware store. After a little sniffing about, I settled on "Aged Bronze" from Rust-oleum. Sprayed on after a black primer, the color was virtually indistinguishable from Leadbelcher.

Cost all of $5.
The main chassis sprayed and dry brushed with Runefang Steel. DONE.
Going for a sort of Howling Griffons classic color scheme.
All the detail on this model is just lovely.

So work will continue apace on the Imperial Knight for this week. Feeling good about getting him done by next weekend.