Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sword Brethren Have Arrived

The first five of my Sword Brethren for my 30K Imperial Fists are completed. I need to add five more of these cats to make a 10-man unit, but when I do they should be a pretty powerful presence on the battlefield. All of them are armed with power swords and carry shields which confer a 5+ invulnerable save in melee. Pretty diesel.

"We are the Faithful. Guardians of the Temple. Champions of the Emperor Himself! To War!!"

These guys were made using the standard MKIII plastic Marine kits, with the shields and swords added  as resin bits from Kromlech. They needed a little chopping and drilling to work, but it wasn't too much effort. The black color scheme was a really nice break from the ordinary all yellow scheme. 

I'm pretty chuffed with the face on this guy.
This shot gives you pretty good look at the shield.
And who doesn't like a good vexilla shot?

The plan is to add 5 more for a 10 man squad, but that will have to wait. This week, I'm going to add 5 more heavy bolter Marines to my Support Squad to round them out to 10. That'll give me time to order the next round of swords and shields.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

More Gangers Set to Explore the Under Hive

In April of last year while I was at Salute, I picked up a couple of blister packs from Lead Adventure's Astropolis line and had every intention of painting them up immediately. Welp, nearly 10 months later and I've only now gotten around to laying color onto them. D'oh!

These are really fun models and with Necromunda being the latest hotness, I'll use them as part of my Salvage Crew Hive Scummers. 
First up are a pair of the ship's crew - Initiate Boslo and Iron 'Ed. I'll probably end up
counting these cats as Juves - that'll be a good reason if they seem undersized to GW sculpts.
I really dig all the little gribblies on these models. They make them feel "lived
in" and a part of something bigger.
My cybernetic contingent will consist of Bacotron 9000 and Karlborg P-34.
I figure Bacotron can be a stand-in for the upcoming "pets" and Karlborg…
well I don't even know what the hell is going on with Karlborg. Are those car
batteries for hands? 
Finally here is Skull Head-13, some kind of combat servitor. The core
of the model is a leftover Sector Mechanicus skull crane, with an Ork Killa Kan arm
and pair of melta gun arms from a Contemptor dreadnought.
I love the little power socket in the back. Once the rules for "Brutes" are
released for Necromunda my plan is to use this guy as a stand-in
for one. 
I had a ton of fun doing these guys. I really love how they capture the wacky yet nightmarish feel of the 40K universe and they are perfect additions to kind of projects. Also, in less sexy news; I finished up a set of Bulkhead doors I bought as an expansion for Necromunda. These combined with what I have and the two Ryza Pattern Ruins I have should allow me to damn near create my own Zone Mortalis board. I just need to create some cool corner pieces to join them up. Efforts are being made on that front. Top men are working on it. Top. Men.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Mixed Bag 9: The Bag is Full!

I haven't updated my blog in almost two weeks. Not for a lack of hobbying, but more because I wasn't sure that each thing I was working on would really make a single compelling post. Instead, I've opted to just throw it all together in a super post. Not much of an improvement, but it feels less like spamming junk out into the world this way.

The first thing I cranked out was painting up the scenery that comes with the latest edition of Necromunda. I still haven't touched the gangs yet, as I'm using the Orlock legacy rules for my Hive Gangers in a local campaign. I'm sure I'll get around to them - they are super nice models and it would be fun to approach them in a way where I'm not looking to build them for optimum game play.

The Foreman gets ready to beat down a slimer from below!
I'm really looking forward to the rules for a Genestealer Cult in Necromunda. Hoping that comes sooner rather than later.
All the barricades. I kept these all in a similar color scheme to what I have done for my Ryza Pattern ruins. That way, I can use them all together and it all feels cohesive.
Control panels and a shrine. Lined up, these look like the loosest slots in all of Necromunda.
Some doors. Yep. Doors. Super exciting.
All the crates and the much sought after Priority marker.
Then I jumped back to my Horus Heresy era Imperial Fists to complete a Tactical Support Squad for the army. The whole bunch is now around 2000pts and I'm starting on plans for the next 500pts. I should have known better than thinking I could just dip my toes in a game system. Sigh.

10 Meltaguns should give any opponent pause. I've got to paint up a Rhino APC next to make sure these cats make it into the actual fight. 
I also managed to crank out four more Plague Marines for my Death Guard army. These guys will be split up and added to existing squads, bringing them from 5 to 7 man units. As it only correct by the standards of Papa Nurgle.

I kit-bashed these out of another set of Dark Imperium. Just to give a little variety. The parts mixed and matched pretty well, I think.
While painting up the Plague Marines, I also stumbled upon an old metal Ursarkar Creed model and painted him up for fun. While I don't play the Astra Militarium at the moment, Creed is a great model for use as an Imperial governor or other high ranking functionary that are good for rescue or escort scenarios. And he's just a lot of fun to paint!


And finally, I put the paint to a second bunker model that I picked up. I'm glad I grabbed this - I just know that if I hadn't, I'd be lamenting only having one and needing a second at some point in the future.

So yeah. That's been my last two weeks. How about yours? Hopefully getting lots painted as well!


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!