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!