Monday, 16 October 2017

Heresy Death Guard: Contemptor Dreadnought (DreadTober 2017 - Part 3)

It's DreadTober 2017 Week 3 and my aim for this week was to block in the model with colours - no shading or highlighting, just base colours so everything would at least suggest the final look of the model.

So, things definitely don't look too spectacular at this stage, but as I'm really just working out where each colour will fall I'm happy enough.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Blood Bowl: Skaven - "Skavenblight Skumbags" (Part 6 - whole team)

For my final post on this project I present the whole Skavenblight Skumbags Blood Bowl team:

I am soooo glad to have completed these guys. 25 years of guilt flushed away.

Now all I have to do is finish everything else in my Cupboard of Shame and I will be a happy man.

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Heresy Death Guard: Contemptor Dreadnought (DreadTober 2017 - Part 2)

It's week 2 of DreadTober 2017 and things are going to schedule.

My collection of bits & pieces has now been assembled into a viable model. The model is intended to represent a dreadnought for the Death Guard Legion from the Horus Heresy so I have added a very few Nurgle-y embellishments (a few buboes on the top, a bit of Nurgle's Rot on the left foot and (just visible from the rear) a suspiciously fleshy-looking gash on the left hip.

As the old Rogue Trader dreadnoughts came with two different lengths of legs (yes - really. You can see one of the taller versions as part of my other Marine army here) and this is the shorter version of the two, I needed to boost it up a bit. Anyway, they were quite a bit smaller than a modern dreadnought model. So, I've used the builders' foam to build a rocky base to give the model a bit of loft.

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Heresy Death Guard: Contemptor Dreadnought (Dreadtober 2017 - Part 1)

Woohoo! It's Dreadtober time again!

I had a blast doing this last year and have been looking forward to it again since.

I'm only doing one model this time.

One of my (many) projects at the moment which is just getting underway is a Death Guard army to represent a Heresy-era Legion.

My intention is to (as far as possible) build this legion using models from the Rogue Trader period - First Edition Warhammer 40K stuff.

So, with that aim in mind, I've been digging out all my old RTB01 Marines and picking up bits and bobs from eBay.

For DreadTober, that manifests as a Contemptor Dreadnought, armed with what were (in the day) twin-linked bolters on each arm, but (using current rules) will count as a pair of close-combat fists with a storm bolter on each.

Here is the pile of bits I'm planning to use:
You can probably spot some RTB01 Marine parts and a chunk of
builders' foam in the pile. These will form some basing details.
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Monday, 18 September 2017

Epic Ultramarines: Warlord Titan 4

I almost forgot this guy!

I painted him months ago along with three other Warlords and a Reaver. For some reason he got overlooked when I photographed the other Titans. All the other Titans got put away, along with their interchangeable weapons.

When I realised I hadn't photographed this model, he ended up set to one side as all the weapons were put away.

Anyway - I stumbled across him a few days ago and decided to right that wrong.

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Vampire Counts: Zombies (Part 4)

You gotta love a Zombie.

Well, I guess it's not actually compulsory, but still...

This is the final batch of Zombies for my Undead/Vampire Counts army. These guys are presented here as a unit, but really form part of the first Horde I've ever painted.

I've never been too sure of the value of Hordes. When you consider the trade-off in the monetary expense of purchasing a large number of models, each of which is actually very weak on the table, combined with the large amount of effort in assembling and painting them all it's always left me dubious of making that sort of investment.

However, when you rank them all up (which I'll do in a later post) they do look impressive and very imposing!

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Vampire Counts: Zombies (Part 3)

Wow - I didn't realise it was March when I last produced anything for this army.

Anyway - in a mad burst of activity, I've blasted through all my remaining Zombies which I'll present in three posts; this one, the remaining models, and the whole lot as a horde.

I've loved working on these models, which was unexpected.

There were two things that put me off:

  1. The sheer quantity of models required to build a Horde; I've not based these in the regular "one per 20mm base" method; I've included a lot of 40mm bases which have either two or three zombies plus a gravestone or two. This looks, I think, quite atmospheric and stretches the number of models out (in this last batch, I've based enough models to represent 47 Zombies using only 33 models).
  2. Looking at the painted examples in the Vampire Counts rulebook, I've never been too taken with them. I always thought they looked a bit "Scooby-Doo", if that makes sense. Cartooney and sanitised for younger players.

So I wasn't really expecting to enjoy the process of churning out (all told) about enough bases to represent 100 models.

I was wrong - I loved it.

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Monday, 4 September 2017

Blood Bowl: Skaven - "Skavenblight Skumbags" (Part 5 - specialists)

The remaining four models pictured below complete the team.

A Blocker, a Stormvermin (a.k.a. a Blitzer) and two Throwers round out the squad nicely:


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Blood Bowl: Skaven - "Skavenblight Skumbags" (Part 3 - Gutter Runners)

My Skaven Blood Bowl team continues to grow with the addition of four more models - this time it's a group of Gutter Runners (Catchers).

The team was bought as a boxed set many years ago and the team membership isn't necessarily ideal as it simply consists of what was in the box when they were bought. I haven't yet got the playing experience to determine the best balance of models but four catchers might be less than ideal.

Time will tell.

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Blood Bowl: Skaven - "Skavenblight Skumbags" (Part 4 - More linemen)

As I mentioned in my last post about these guys, the lineup of this team was entirely determined by what happened to be in the boxed set when I bought it. As a result of that I have a total of eight linemen, and these guys are the remainder of them.

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Nurgle Knight Titans - Part 14 (Maniple)

The Knights of Nurgle march forth - it's a good job you can only see them and that the internet doesn't yet (though I believe it's intended for the next release of the iPhone) carry smells!


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Nurgle Knight Titans - Part 13 (Third Knight Finished)

The third and final knight for my Renegade Knight army is complete.

I've built this one once again from an eBay purchase and there were bits missing. The autocannon is missing its mount so is just glued in place and the shield is absent. 

The missile pod on the carapace was entirely built by me as a showcase for how poor my sculpting skills are. Still,  it does the job.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Blood Bowl: Skaven - "Skavenblight Skumbags" (Part 2 - Some Linemen)

Finally! This monkey (well, rat) is off my back!

This team has been causing my guilt gland to seep for over 25 years.

I bought them and let them lie for years. When I did get started on them, I got part way through and then let them lie again. Then a few years later I did a bit more and then set them aside again.

When I next looked at them in decided I liked the red and yellow colour scheme but wasn't satisfied with the work I'd done. So they went into the Dettol and there they sat.

But now I have at long last given them the attention they deserve and have taken them to the workbench long enough to actually finish them!

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Friday, 4 August 2017

Blood Bowl: Skaven - "Skavenblight Skumbags" (Part 1 - Test model: Rat Ogre)

This Blood Bowl team has been hanging over my head like a (literal) lead weight for about 25 years. I bought them way back during the 2nd edition of the game (about 25-30 years ago I would guess) and made a small start on them, then got bored, dropped the entire hobby for a while and since getting back into Wargaming about a decade ago have been feeling guilty about not finishing them off.

Well, their time has come. I'm working my way through my cupboard of shame, bit-by-bit and now it's come around to these guys.

Oddly enough, I've chosen to start with the one model I added to the team most recently, which is a Rat Ogre. It's not even a Blood Bowl Rat Ogre, but a Warhammer Fantasy Battle model. Near enough, though.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Saga: Vikings (Part 5 - Levies)

Hot (well, lukewarm) on the heels of my previous Viking unit for Saga comes this motley bunch - some Levies bringing my army up to four points!

I think Gripping Beast have done a great job with these minis. Dynamic poses, great faces and so inexpensive! If I was to make any negative comment at all it would be that some variation in the clothing would be good. Maybe a bit of fur or a leather jerkin here or there. As it is every model is basically wearing the same tunic.

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Saga: Vikings (Part 3 - more Hearthguard)

I made it to the dizzying heights of 2 points of troops! Woohoo!

Progress on the Saga Vikings has been a slow, steady affair due to my current thing for project-juggling instead of just knuckling down to complete one army. It's a very slow way of working but, if I'm honest, probably a more enjoyable one as I've not reached the point of burn-out on an army where I'm bored of looking at them.

I do go through fads where I do more than one unit for a particular force as I'm "in the groove", but then I feel guilty for ignoring something and switch tracks.

It's working for me so I'm going to stick with it for now. As such it might be a while before I get to point #3! Anyway, without further ado: Hirdmen!

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Orks: Nobz unit #2

"Ze Nobz! Ze Nobz! Ze flashing Nobz!"

For those of you that don't get the reference, it's from an old BBC TV show called "'Allo 'Allo!" which was based around a Cafe in WWII Occupied Paris.

Anyway - without further ado: Nobz

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Orks: Nobz unit #1

Back to the Orks! Waaaaaggghhh!


I'm trying to cycle through a bunch of unfinished projects and the Orks came back around on the rota. So, I've painted up a couple of small units of Nobz. Here's the first one:

And - yes - I know. There is a mixture of Goff and Evil Sunz markings on the armour. What can I say - I like them both so I used them both.

I intend these guys to be used as Evil Sunz, but by the same token the checkers are so iconic I don't want a checker-free army *and* I also have an old Ghazgkull model I'll be using too. If this offends anyone's sens of "fluff" I will say:

  1. Sorry
  2. Get over it - they're 2'' tall plastic soldiers to be used as playing pieces in a game. 

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Epic Ultramarines: Bike squad 1

It's been a long time coming, but a modicum of work has been picked up on my Epic-scale  Ultramarine force.

I have to say I dislike the Epic bike models - I've always avoided actually painting them. I've not put a huge amount of effort into these as I simply couldn't be bothered so they've been given a basic "tabletop standard" paintjob.

All that said, one of the models is slightly different than the others: the rightmost model  on the centre base is a metal bike. Back in the day, GW used to bundle a metal model in the blister of any model you bought (buy a Titan, get a randomly selected model (might be a Marine, Bike, Thudd gun etc.) for free).

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Nurgle Knight Titans - Part 12 (Second Knight Finished)

I have completed (almost - I think I'll have another go at the freehand on the banner at some point) my second Nurgle Knight! One more to go.

I have photographed these on my standard (and getting very tired now) backdrop. Some of my other recent models are visible - either ignore them or please let me know your favourite theories why these knights are fighting a battle with Mortarion (not too much of a stretch), a Death Guard Marine (again - easy peasy), some fantasy Zombies (erm - you could make that work), a Kharadron Overlord (creaking significantly) and some Vikings (Medic!).
You'll notice from the photo above that this model is missing its shield and autocannon. That's not intentional - those parts were simply missing from the model when I picked it up second hand.

Left Flank


Right Flank

The Gruesome Twosome
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Nurgle Knight Titans - Part 11 (Second Knight Started)

The second of my Chaos Knight conversions is firmly underway. I''m not planning to churn out as many blog posts to cover this knight as I did for the previous one as it is broadly following the same pattern of work.

As such, my first post finds me firmly half-way through the work with the model based, all the green-stuff work done and painting complete on the lower-half of the model:

Any of you who are keen eyed may note that the waist on  this model ends in a flat surface which is not usual for a knight. There's a good reason: I bought this model second-hand (thanks again, eBay!) and had utterly failed to notice from the photos posted on the auction that the model's previous owner had (for reasons only known to him/herself) attached the upper half of the model so that it was facing backwards.

Honestly. So the model was hack-sawed in two ("Cleft in twain" for Fantasy-oriented readers :) ).

It was nicely painted, and all the modelling work on the base is as it was when I bought it so I can only assume I got it from an experienced modeller. I guess it was probably a gaffe - the mini was clearly part painted before assembly (all the detail behind the face-armour had been painted) so I think it was probably mis-assembled at the last gasp. It must have been gutting for the previous owner and is probably why it ended up on eBay.

The model before I started reconstruction.
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Friday, 2 June 2017

Saga: Vikings (Part 4 - Warriors)

My last post on this project was at the beginning of January. It's June now. I've completed another unit - in Saga terms that is one point. A unit of 8 Bondi (Warriors).


Anyway - here they are (Not much to show for five months, eh?):

I promise it won't be five months before the next point is completed.

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Kharadron Overlords: Arkanaut Admiral

Another day, another army.

That's how it seems to be going at the moment - I have 10 (yes - ten!) different wargames projects on the go at the moment. I have to say none of them seem set to come to an end any time soon so I'm juggling them on a rota basis.

Anyway - the 10th project (and I swear I'm not starting any more until something gets completed) is underway with a modest start. I own one (I counted him twice) model for this army at this point in time and here he is - the Boss Man for my Age of Sigmar Kharadron Overlords army:

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Stormcast Eternals: Test model

OK - it's official. I've lost my mind, gone fishing, out to lunch. Bats in the belfry, a total nutjob, flibble, wibble, gibber, gribbly.


I've been looking at the Kharadron Overlord models that GW have just released for Age of Sigmar. Now I've never played AoS. No reason other than I've not had an opportunity. I've been very impressed with a lot of the new models that GW have released for it but until now - knowing I have no chance to play at the moment due to "life" - I've not picked any up.

That's been bugging me. I consider GW to be the Microsoft of the gaming world - ubiquitous, unescapable and not always responsible for the best products out there. That said, I've been a GW man since the early days of Warhammer - I started shortly after the 2nd Edition was released. I was sad when they dropped it even though I could see why they did it.

And I've just not made the jump yet.

Then the Kharadron guys came out. Wow! I like them!. They got me thinking in all sorts of ways: AoS (obviously), Squats (and I know a lot of others have had the same thought), Forge Fathers (for Mantic's Sci-Fi setting).

So I resolved to grab some.

I started by picking up some rules - I ordered the Kharadron Overlords book as well as the "Order" and "Chaos" Grand Alliance books. I ordered the Arkanaut Admiral model and an AoS "Getting Started" booklet. I was busy working on other things when the parcel arrived so other than reading through the books I didn't get a chance to start working on the Kharadron model. The "Getting Started" booklet arrived late. Timing: It arrived the day I finished working on another mini. So as always, my plan to get underway with the Kharadron was scuppered by the fact that the booklet - when it arrived - had a free Stormcast model attached.

So I painted him, and here he is:

Friday, 19 May 2017

Heresy Death Guard: Primarch Mortarion

I was browsing around ebay looking for viable models to represent Mortarion when I stumbled across this guy. He is apparently a model made by Reaper and now long OOP. Being a pewter model he has some serious heft to him!

I stripped off the original paintjob which was, to be honest, a bit of a mess. He was disassembled, drilled, pinned painted and reassembled.

This model (especially as I am using him as a Heresy-era Mortarion) is clearly in a post Isstvan state - Nurgle has visited many gifts upon him. I kept him painted in regular Death Guard colours as I wanted cohesion on the tabletop.

Wings? Why not. They sprout from his backpack and clearly have mechanical elements to them. To my mind they make him look a lot more impressive and they can represent his "fleet" rule.

"Silence" his war-scythe is clearly represented on the model, but - sadly - "The Lantern" his hand-gun isn't.

You can't have everything, I guess.

I've photographed him alongside my test model in order to show scale.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Heresy Death Guard: Test model

Again! I've done it again! What a muppet!

So here I am with a whole bunch of active projects on the go, and I have added more to my worksheet. Why? Because I made the mistake of starting to read the Horus Heresy series after picking up the first 15 novels as eBooks due to the "Humble Bundle" charity. I'm afraid this particular bundle is over now, but the site is well worth keeping an eye on.

Anyway. A few years back I decided to start a Heresy army. I wanted to do it (as always) on the cheap. I'd also just signed up to the "Warhammer 40K Rogue Trader Style" Google+ Community so I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I spent a small amount of money on a large amount of models (thanks again, eBay) and added them to some models I already had.

The promptly went into "the dettol-bucket of shame" and have stayed there since.

Until now!

I proudly present my test model for the army: a metal model from about 30 years ago. He will most likely become the sergeant for my first tactical squad.

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Nurgle Knight Titans - Part 10 (First Knight Finished)

So here is my fist completed Nurgle Knight!

This fella was great fun to build and paint. I'm really looking forward to doing the other two to join it on the battlefield. It turned out exactly the way I wanted it to and I'm dead pleased. I'm normally happy with the way my models turn out but they often don't actually turn out the way I'd envisaged. This model is exactly what I'd hoped for.

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