Friday, 30 May 2014

Epic: Chaos Marines - Warlord Titans - WIP (Part 4c: Third Titan painted)

The third in the series about painting Warlord Titans for my Epic Chaos project (See here for the First Titan and Second Titan).

This one is my favourite of the three Titans, I think. I like the impression of movement that the hair strands on the head, coupled with the tabard thingy dangling between it's legs gives it.





Nearly finished on the Titans now - just the interchangeable weapons to do.

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Epic: Chaos Marines - Warlord Titans - WIP (Part 4b: Second Titan painted)

Following on from my previous post about completing the paintwork on my first Titan, here are some pics of the second finished model.

Similarly to the first one it's being shown without weapons which I'm still working on.

This one took a little longer to finish than the first as it's got more conversion work on it. The eye detail on the right leg caused me some consternation as I couldn't get it painted in a way I was happy with. I'm still not 100% happy with the way it is now, but it'll do.

I'm particularly fond of the tentacles I sculpted for the carapace on this model.

This leg detail is intended to be an organic open wound

The Chaos icon, covered in tentacles

another angle on the icon

and one more view

My biggest issue with this model is the fragility of the tentacles on it's head - you can see here that one (upper left) has broken off. Again.





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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Epic: Chaos Marines - Warlord Titans - WIP (Part 4a: First Titan painted)

Here is the First of my three Warlord Titans all painted up.

I'm really pleased with how this has turned out - I wasn't quite sure where I was headed with it once I got past the "spray it black" bit. I've actually ended up with a colour scheme almost identical to the one that was used on my Warhammer Warriors of Chaos army. This was completely accidental - it's just kind of "where the paint led me".

I had a go at modelling some chaosy bits...


...I'm very happy with them!


The head was taken from a Chaos Spawn kit

Another view of the head

Another view of the tentacles bursting out of the carapace

A daemonic face (blowing a raspberry). I'm totally chuffed with how the greenstuff went.
Obviously you can tell from these photos that this guy is (literally) unarmed at the moment. The weapons and tails and suchlike are something I'll turn my attention to once the other two Warlords are painted.

More news as it comes in...

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Friday, 23 May 2014

Epic: Chaos Marines - Warlord Titans - WIP (Part 3: More Green Stuff and some Bitz)

The final part of the "construction phase" of my Epic scale Chaos Warlords is complete.

In my previous post I mentioned how much I'd enjoyed working with the Green Stuff and that I was planning to add some more to the models.

Well, I've added a couple of Chaos widgets from my bitzbox and a little more green stuff finished them off nicely.

For my first Titan I added a "butt-flap" (actually a bit of Beastman accoutrement) to his "loins" with a little greenstuff to extend it...

...and an eyeball with tentacles to his Carapace!

My second Titan also got a "butt-flap", some horns (from a Chaos Warrior's helmet) & chin-tentacles...

...and a big Chaos icon (actually a Chaos Warrior standard top) on his carapace, held down by tentacles.

The third Titan was already looking Chaotic enough, I think, so I didn't add any more to it:
As shown in my previous post
Next phase - painting!

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Epic: Chaos Marines - Warlord Titans - WIP (Part 2: Green Stuff)

Next in the process of getting my Titans ready for the table comes the part I'm most nervous about - adding Chaosy details with Green Stuff.

I'm no sculptor. Any successes I have had so far have tended to be with Milliput. I've always found Green Stuff hard to work with - it seems to constantly stick to my tools and work surface, no matter how wet I make things.

I was determined to give it another go, though, as I like the fact that when it's cured it's still got a pliable plastickyness to it which makes it less prone to snapping and abrasion.

So I got stuck in and for some reason, it all went better this time. I don't know why - it just did. I really enjoyed myself!

I added a mournful face to this shin-pad...

...and a big, organic gash to this one...

...an eye over here...

...and this fella with his tongue out here...

...and then I decided to see if I could model some tentacles bursting out through the carapace. That's obstructed a weapon mount-point, but they're in plentiful supply on these models anyway.

I was so enthused by how the work went, that I got carried away and did more, which I'll show in my next post.

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Epic: Chaos Marines - Warlord Titans - WIP (Part 1: Magnets)

Any good (or Chaotic) Epic-scale army would not be complete without a few Titans strolling around, stomping on tanks and killing folks as though they were germs. Mine is no exception.

Being someone who likes to game "on the cheap" and also enjoys exercising his minimal modelling skills, I decided to create my Chaos Warlord Titans from some old, broken, Imperial Warlords that I have.

For those of you too young to remember, the weakest part of these 20-year-old models was always the ankles. I have about a dozen of these things and at least half of them broke at that point.

I decided that the easiest thing for both strength and portability was to make use of this "feature", so instead of repairing them, only to break again, I installed magnets so that the main Titan model could be detached from its feet (and the base). this should make packing into a case easier too.

Magnets installed into the feet...

...and into the bottoms of the legs (photo shot from beneath)
Tails. Gotta have tails. A magnet inserted in the Titan's butt:

And some in some spare Chaos Spawn tails - job done!
I also decided to Chaos-up the close-combat weapons a bit. I'm using some old Fantasy Chaos-Spawn spares here to represent the Power-Fist weapon (there are other CC weapons available for Titans, but I'm not that great a modeller that I can come up with a variant for all of them). These are magnetised to attach to a magnet placed inside the carapace.

In order to still be able to attach other weapons should I want to, I magnetised the little adapter widgets (which I forgot to photograph) which normally push-fit into the hole in the carapace that now contains a magnet so I can still mount regular weapons too.

And this is what I've got so far - I've actually got three Titans I'm working on but these two pics should give the gist of what I'm getting from the magnets.

Please ignore the paintjobs on these as they are going to be over-painted - where paint can be seen it's years old and represents these Titans in their original battlefield role as Imperial, not Chaos Titans.

In my next post or two I'm planning to get busy with some customisations courtesy of some more items from my bits-box and some greenstuff.

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Thursday, 15 May 2014

Epic: Chaos Marines - Death Wheels

Following on from my previous post about building these Death Wheel models, I've painted them up and I think they're looking fairly good, for something that's made out of slottabases and scraps!




I think it must be time to start working on a Titan or two. I have a bunch of old, broken Imperial Warlord Titans which I'll start conversion work on shortly. Stay tuned.

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Epic: Chaos Marines - Death Wheels - WIP

These models are a complete kit-bash from bits of scrap.

I started by glueing some standard round bases together. First up were 3 x 40mm bases (two bases aren't broad enough to accommodate the tracks). Then glued into the center of those were 2 x 25mm slottabases. I then attached some spare Imperial Guard Chimera track around the outside edge:
The fact that the track doesn't meet up on the right of the photo is irrelevant as that's going to be the bottom of the model and will be obscured by the base.

Next, after a rummage in my bitz box, I turned up some old W40K Chaos Weapons sprues and a few nuts & bolts. These were attached as follows (the ammo box is being used to represent a void-shield generator):

Lastly, I cut some thick plasticard to make bases and used a bit of milliput to create some ripped-up earth. I used another bit of spare track to make an impression in the putty behind the models so as to show the damage caused by these rolling behemoths. Some PVAed on sand covers the rest of the base:

Very simple and very, very easy to build. I'll follow up this post with another in a short while to show them painted.

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Monday, 12 May 2014

Epic: Chaos Marines - Minotaurs Squad 3 & 4

Here are the final two detachments of Minotaurs to accompany my Chaos Marines.

They will most likely be fielded as part of a "Daemonic Company" alongside my Trolls. Quite why Minotaurs and Trolls make up a Daemonic Company is beyond me, but I don't write the rules.



In my next post, I'll show some of the work I've been doing to kitbash some Death Wheels.

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Epic: Chaos Marines - Minotaurs Squad 1 & 2

Here we go with another couple of units to add to my growing Epic: Chaos Marines force.

This time it's the turn of the Minotaurs.

Spot the deliberate mistake (4th from left)


And the answer to "spot the deliberate mistake"? I forgot to paint his loin-cloth. Now corrected.

More Minotaurs coming soon.

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Friday, 2 May 2014

Epic: Chaos Marines - Trolls Squad 2

Here is the second of my two detachments of Trolls.


I'm now officially nearer the end of this project than I am to the beginning.

I only have some Havoks (Devastators), Commanders (all painted, just need basing), Minotaurs (all painted, just need basing) and Beastmen left to complete all my infantry. Then there are some odd Khorne tank-wotists, Titans and Death Wheels to do to finish all this off.

My plan is to finish the Minotaurs over the weekend, then get cracking on the Death Wheels which will be a scratch-build. Titans will get left until last - I want to do some converting there and am still thinking my way through it.

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Epic: Chaos Marines - Whirlwinds

Here we go with a couple of detachments of Whirlwinds for my growing Epic Chaos Marine force.


Of all the models I've painted so far these are the ones I've enjoyed the least. Apart from getting them from a seller on ebay for a song, everything else I did went wrong on these:

  • I ran out of spraycan primer before they were fully basecoated,
  • My second can of spray was faulty and dribbled paint from underneath the nozzle all over my patio whilst I sprayed - I only noticed when I felt my hand was cold and wet and looked to find my fingers (and shoes!) were covered in black paint.
  • My drybrushed purple just wouldn't go on for some reason - it took about 6 layers to get to the finish you can see in the photo. When doing the Rhinos and Landraiders earlier in the project I did it in one layer.
  • I then had a nightmare painting the white paint on the missiles - just couldn't get an even finish.


In the end I gave up with a "these'll do".

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