Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Kings of War: Ogres (Ogre Captain)

I figured it was about time I picked up work on my long-neglected Ogre army for Kings of War.

To date I own 63 models for this army and have only painted a grand total of six. Not great progress (though I am pleased with what I've actually painted - does that count for anything?)

Anyway - I have painted up the Ogre Captain that will lead the force taking my grand total from six to seven models done. Occupational hazard of juggling armies, I guess. Especially when GW start releasing new stuff (like Kharadron Overrlords) and I've been nudged into picking up a project I did some collecting for a couple of years back but never started (Heresy Death Guard). That brings my roster of currently live projects to 8 forces. Way too many.

But fun.

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Kings of War: Ogres (Warriors Unit 1)

So I've started another army! That gives me 5 different forces I'm  working on all at the same time!


Anyway - this time it's a set of Ogres from Mantic for Kings of War.

Kings of War is a great game - Mantic have done so well with this ruleset. Great fun to play.

So I got me some Ogres. I like Mantic's Ogres - I grew up with Citadel minis and these models hark back to the aesthetic that Citadel Ogres used to have before the design studio re-invented them as having big wobbly tummies.

They're made of Restic (Mantic's Resin) and - if I'm honest - they don't fit together too well. There was a lot of brute strength required to stick these guys together.

Mantic are very generous with parts though - several heads and arms are supplied so you can build them as either hand weapon and shield or two-handed weapons. There's not much room for poseach variation, however.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Nurgle Knight Titans: Part 8

Onwards and upwards - time to get the upper part of this model sorted out.

I've constructed and painted the main torso section and got the head and the cowl around the head sorted out.

I'm enjoying the process of modifying this model - sculpting the buboes and gashes and so on is good fun. I've got no idea what I'm doing, but I'm enjoying it.

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Nurgle Knight Titans: Part 7

It's finished!

Well, from the waist down anyway.

I've managed to squeeze in the armour panel that I was blocking with the Nurglings - a tentacle and horn had to go and I had to tie it fast with string whilst the glue was drying to stop it levering out of place but it worked and it's now in place, along with all the other leg armour.

I've added my usual mix of basing materials too and I think it's looking pretty good:

Time to start on the upper half!

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Nurgle Knight Titans: Part 6

OOOooooooohhhhhh!!!!!! Getting proper excited now!!

Since my last post I've done more work on the metals (more drybrushing and some washes), completed the Nurglings and painted and attached the first of the armour plates (upper legs).

It's starting to look exactly as I'd hoped it would!

I still need to solve the issue of the Nurgling near the foot - I think I can just trim it down a little and squeeze the leg armour in so I'm trying not to do anything too drastic at this stage.

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Nurgle Knight titans: Part 5

Finally I am at a stage where some paint can start to go on the first Knight. To say I'm elated would be over-egging it a little, but not by too much.

So at this stage I've put an  over-brushed basecoat on the Nurglings, drybrushed the rubble and ground on the base and applied a load of metallic drybrush-work in three different shades to the mechanical bits of the legs:

For my next trick I'm  hoping to complete the Nurglings and get the armour plates done.

One thing I've realised is that the Nurglings near the left foot of the model are going to get in the way of the leg armour. I'll mull that over and decide on a course of action.

Stay tuned.

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Nurgle Knight Titans: Part 4

The corrupting power of Nurgle has finished working it's rotten magic (in other words the modelling phase is complete)! Everything is ready for a spraycan undercoat.

Here are some photos of the mutated armour sections of the Knight taken just prior to being undercoated:
Legs, base & decorative Nurglings. The white bits are insulating foam
Right Pauldron

Left Pauldron

Shin plates


Head armour

Thigh plates

Knee plates

Codpiece & Hood

Chest plate

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Monday, 27 March 2017

Nurgle Knight Titans: Part 3

More Green Stuff! Mooore Greeeeen Stuuuuffff!

I'm having a ball working on these conversions. I'm no sculptor (I'm sure you can tell!) but I'm really enjoying the business of layering up the various layers to make 3D amendments to models. It's not something I do very often and I do tend to get a bit nervous about it but I'm having fun so I will keep going.

It's difficult for me to decide how far to go. GW/Citadel have produced these highly detailed, intricate models. I can't hope to match the skill of the original ladies & gents that had a hand in designing and modelling them, so I don't want to go too far with my own crude sculpting, but by the same token I do need to try to represent the Chaos and Corruption of the plague god so I can't pull it back too far.

Constructive criticism is welcome - especially if you have an idea for a feature that I can add to the model besides the buboes/ruptures/etc. that I've already done.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Nurgle Knight Titans: Part 2

I have made a tentative start on corrupting one of my Imperial Knight models.

I have very little in the way of skills with green-stuff which is kind-of the point of doing this exercise - I intend to go totally mental with it in order to try and force myself to improve.

So I've kicked things off by adding a few details as follows:

To start things off I simply glued a few Nurglings to a base...

Then added some Chaos-death-spikey bits modelled to look like they're erupting through a fleshy skin...

More spikey bits, a few buboes, some Nurgle's rot and a gash...

Some more spikey bits, buboes and rot on a pauldron...

And I hacked some holes in some head armour and added a gash here too
I'm not done with this lot yet. I want to add more detail (I need to work out how to sculpt some maggots for a start-off), Nurglings and all sorts of claws and flesh-effects.

It's a tentative start so far, but I'm happy enough. It's obvious already that this project is going to take a while from start to end.

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Vampire Counts: Zombies (Part 2)

I present here another small unit of Zombies.

I've followed the same practice as in my previous unit of mounting a mixture of 2- or 3 zombies on 40mm bases with a few Renedra grave markers scattered amongst them.

I think the not-ranked-neatly approach works well for Zombies. I'll probably do the same for my Ghouls, but they're a way off yet.

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Nurgle Knight Titans: Part 1

I did it again.

Instead of staying focused on the various projects I was already working on, I started another one.

"What a maroon!" as Bugs Bunny might have said.

So what am I up to this time? Well, I bought three Imperial Knight models off some nice people on eBay and I'm planning to go mental with Green Stuff and turn them into Knights of Nurgle.

I bought this guy, who was a BNIB still on sprues chappy. I'm not quite finished building it:

And this guy who was partially constructed. Only one problem - the carapace-mounted multi-launcher is missing. I might have to get creative (it's more fun than just buying from a bitz store):

And this guy. Fairly nicely painted - looked promising on the photos. I would have repainted him anyway, but that's not the point. The point is that I should have looked closer at the photos. The person who built it, did a nice job with one exception. They glued the fully constructed, painted-before-they-glued-it-together legs and torso the wrong way around so his chest was facing backwards. I had to hacksaw it in two.

I'm looking forward to building and getting creative with this bunch. It will test and hopefully force me to improve my sculpting skills and should be a good laugh to boot!

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Monday, 6 March 2017

Epic Ultramarines: Veteran Squad 1

Just before I completely derail myself again by starting a project that is going to detract from the projects I'm already working on, I thought I'd test my willpower by completing a couple of the jobs I'm actually supposed to be working on.

So I have a unit of Veterans here for my 6mm  Ultramarines, and I'm hoping to next complete a unitof Zombies for my Undead.

Then I will fall off the "I've been behaving myself for a while by staying 'on-task'" bandwagon by starting something I've been resisting for a while. Nurgle Knights for 30K/40K.

It will entail going totally nuts with greenstuff and developing/testing my sculpting skills to the limit, but it should be fun.
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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Epic Ultramarines: Devastator Squad #1

I've completed (almost) another unit of foot for my 6mm Ultramarines.

I say almost as when I built them I was working from memory.

My wife tells me my memory is terrible, but I don't remember ever forgetting anything.

Until now - my recollection of Epic unit sizes was that they consisted of 3 x Rhinos and 5 x stands of infantry. I was browsing through my NetEpic rules, however, and found that I'm wrong about that and there should be 6 x stands.

So I owe this unit another stand of Devastators. I'll redress the balance when I come to do the next unit.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Orks: Gretchin Herd #1

The Orks are back!

I've not lifted a digit on this army since last year so I thought it was high time to add another unit.

So I renovated a salvaged unit of Gretchin and Runtherd and got them painted up ready to hit the table.

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Epic: Ultramarines - Tactical Squad #1

Two weeks without a blog post! Wow. Don't think I've ever done that before.

I decided I was well overdue to add some infantry to my Epic Ultramarine force so I dug out and repainted some of my old tactical marines.

They are shown here alongside three of the Rhinos I've already completed as this is most likely how they'll be fielded.

I'll carry on in a similar vein, I think, as apart from anything else I have squillions of Rhinos and this will stop me painting more than I need.

More Epic Ultramarine stuff:

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Vampire Counts: Unit Fillers/Objective Markers

More distractions - I must try to focus. Still - it's a happy distraction and it is more or less related to my undead army build...

Anyway, I'm aware as you may know if you've seen my earlier post where I showed the Zombie unit I've built that Undead/Vampire Count armies are very much "Hordes" and as such require a very large number of models. Regular viewers of my blog will also know that I'm a cheapskate skinflint.

As such I didn't want to just spend money hand-over-fist on making millions of Zombies/Ghouls/Skeletons etc. but wanted to play a little, make something that looks a little different but still achieves the objective.

I decided to have a go at building some unit-fillers - bases that don't contain the regular model-type for the unit but that can be used in many places to bulk out a unit.

A bit of googling led me to some inexpensive grave markers made by Renedra - I bought a couple of sets and have used some here, I will use more to bulk out other units (I'm thinking Ghouls) and more still are being reserved for a scenery piece I have started working on.

So I built these:

It occurred to me when I'd finished that I could also use these as Objective Markers.

Then I stood them all side-by side:
And found I had an impromptu graveyard!
Then I remembered that they were actually intended to be unit-fillers:
There is one back-left and another on the back row just right of centre - they blend in well, I think
Now that's how you get your money's worth out of a small purchase and a quick bit of painting!

And before any of you post "but the monuments have Christian symbols on them and that's not right for Warhammer/Kings of War", please be aware that I don't care. It's a game of toy soldiers, not a way of life/religion in itself.

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Kings of War: Ogres (Warriors Unit 2)

I've completed a second unit for my Mantic Ogre army.

I'm mentally debating what to paint next - either a unit of Red Goblins or some Shooters (Crossbowmen).

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