Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Imperial Agents: Sisters of Battle (Part 1 - Rhino)

I haven't gone totally mad this time. Not totally. In as much as I haven't started a totally new army, that is (I'll leave you to make your own minds up about the cucumber and the claw-hammer).

No - not a whole army, just a small allied force to occasionally add some colour (well, black, mostly) to my Marine and Astra Militarum forces, from time to time. Aside from this Rhino, there will be one Seraphim squad, one Battle Sisters squad and one Canoness. And that's it.

Just because.

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Monday, 19 March 2018

Scenery: Ruined Buildings (part 4 - other two finished)

To finish off this mini-project (which has, unfortunately, caused me to get the "scenery bug" - so more scenery projects will be forthcoming), I present the other two buildings from this four building set.

Four buildings is not bad for about £3 of foamcore, a £1 emulsion matchpot, some cereal-box card, a drinking straw and some sand. I'm very pleased with these and itching to do more, but I've made promises to myself and have other commitments. I've got some games coming up that I need to prepare for and made a New Year's resolution to complete some models I started a decade ago.

Trying hard to stick to my guns (mind you I've done that before - superglue can be a pain).

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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Scenery: Ruined Buildings (part 3 - first two finished)

Well, I broke my promise to myself (I'd said I was going to let this project lie and go back to completing the work I'd been doing to prepare myself for my upcoming Warhammer World visit) and completed the work on these models.

Here are the first two (the others need some finishing touches):

Am I happy? Yes I am!

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Friday, 9 March 2018

Scenery: Ruined Buildings (part 2)

Now here's a project I really enjoyed! I wish I had time at the moment to do more, but as this was a distraction from stuff I should really have been working on, I guess "more" will have to wait (a little while, at least).

So, since you last saw these constructions, a few things have changed:

  • They've been given two coats of my home-made textured paint (a dark grey tester-pot of emulsion with some PVA and sand added),
  • They've been mightily drybrushed,
  • Some additional details like windowsills and lintels have been added (there were a few missing!),
They're far closer to being ready for the tabletop now and I'm very, very pleased with them.

Building 1 - Outside

Building 1 - Inside

Building 2 - Outside

Building 2 - Inside

Building 3 - Outside

Building 3 - Inside

Building 4 - Outside

Building 4 - Inside
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Monday, 5 March 2018

Scenery: Ruined Buildings (part 1)

I've distracted myself again!

There I was, happily plugging away with getting some models ready for a get-together with my mate Mike at Warhammer World, when in a moment of idleness I decided to watch a Terrain Tutor video.


I selected a random video (I get emails from TTT's youTube channel and just picked one at random and followed the link within) and watched him hacking bits of foamcore apart for about 15 minutes, then painting them up with some home-made textured paint.


Thoughts of building my own inveigled themselves into all the little grooves and channels between the sensible bits of my brain. I started thinking about brickwork, drainpipes, floor tiles and corrugated iron sheets. Worse than that, I then started thinking about what I could build afterwards. Viking longhouses, factories, cooling towers, pipelines - the list goes on and on. It didn't help that I recently read a great blog post by Stiubhart MacChollie about making dirt roads and wanted to do that too!

Worse was to come. On a day out with the family, I had to drive past the very shop I could buy everything I needed to get started.

But I'm strong - I resisted.

Until we were on the way home again and it was 10 mins before the shop was due to close; then I caved. I went in and came out carrying foamcore. Strong my hairy (yet surprisingly pert) ass.

I hate myself.

Anyway, I've made a start on four buildings and will post progress  reports as I progress.

So far, they look like this:

Sorry about the crummy photos - I'll improve on them for the next update.

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Monday, 26 February 2018

Imperial Agents: Eversor Assassin

As a minor departure from larger projects (plenty of those on the go!) I figured I'd do a couple of bits and bobs that I'd always wanted to get around to but never did.

I've not long ago finished reading the Horus Heresy novel "Nemesis: war within the shadows" which deals with assassins from the four clades.

I'd always liked the original assassin models but never got around to actually picking one up. Inspired by the book, I hit ebay and grabbed an Eversor model - one of the original metal models, not one of the newer plastics that came out with the "Assassinorum: Execution Force" game.

I was a little annoyed when it arrived to discover it was missing a backpack - a detail I'd overlooked from the item's description. Never mind - I created a rudimentary replacement from greenstuff.

So, here he is, the lovable little amped-up, drug-fuelled, psychopathic, frenzied killer:

Now that I look  at him photographed, there are a number of things I might go back and revisit about this model. At the moment there are other things I want to work on more and he's certainly tabletop-ready, so I'll bookmark him for a possible later 2nd look.

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Kharadron Overlords: Grundstok Thunderers

My model-painting rota has come around once again so I get to have a second look at the Kharadron Overlords.

This time around I want to get on to other things, so I decided to just paint one small unit: 5 x Grundstok Thunderers.

I found the business of attaching the arms/weapons to these guys very fiddly. In fact one model  has a left arm that's a little dislocated as a result.

Still, I think they painted up OK.

Next time around (which might be a while - there's a lot in the queue) I'll probably tackle a bigger set of models in order to make a proper dent in this army.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

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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Monday, 12 February 2018

Stormcast Eternals: Part 4 - Liberators 1

My mini Stormcast-binge comes to an end with this unit. I have more models to work on, but they will have to wait their turn.

Not my favourite models, these guys.

Not enough detail to make them interesting, and a lot of the detail that is there is ill-defined (I'm talking about you shoulder-pads).

The Liberator Prime is an exception - I enjoyed painting him.

I've done my usual here and stuck to a very limited palette - I try to use as few colours as possible when I work as I feel that too much colour just makes things look confused. So here it's basically red, blue and metals.

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Monday, 5 February 2018

Stormcast Eternals: Part 3 - Lord Relictor

Another model rolls out of the workshop - I'm still on my small Stormcast binge and this time it's the
turn of the Lord Relictor. I'm putting off the batch I have to do next (some Liberators) as I find their models a little "flat" - there's not enough detail on them and they're a little dull to paint. What detail there is on the shoulder pads and tabards isn't sharp enough for my ageing eyes to do the best job on.

Anyway - it's not by accident that these guys are painted after a vaguely Ultramarines style. I've always like the bright blue of the Ultramarines, it just seemed a bit daft on a battlesuit in a setting where long ranged combat is king. I'd much rather be invisible than wearing a 8' tall "SHOOT HERE" sign.

In a fantasy setting I think there's more scope for colour, especially on a "high fantasy" force like the Stormcast. Maybe not so easy to get away with on something like Goblins or Ogres.

Enough burbling - here's the model:

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

100,000 hits!

Wow! 100,000 hits!

When I started this blog I had no idea that it would ever be viewed by so many people.

I'd previously written a website using a HTML editor - a painful process that was an utter failure in that the website never got more than a couple of hundred hits.

So as the hits started racking up on this blog I was stunned.

Thanks to everyone who has ever checked in - I'm grateful you've taken the time to do so.

Whilst I'm here, here's a photo I've just taken of the Stormcast Eternals I've painted so far:

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Monday, 15 January 2018

Stormcast Eternals: Part 2 - Decimators 1

And so here we are with the second real post showing my Stormcast offering.

I was intending to post up my Lord Relictor at this point as I was working on him and envisaged completing him before I completed these guys. It didn't turn out that way - there are still a few outstanding details on the Lord Relictor whilst these happy chappies are finished.

So here you go:

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Stormcast Eternals: Part 1 - Prosecutors 1

The painting rota has rotated on a step and told me it's time to paint some Age of Sigmar models. As the Stormcast are slightly higher up my list than the Kharadron they get some attention first.

Stormcast seem to be fielded in quite small unit chunks so I'm doing a batch - their will be some Liberators, Decimators and a Lord Relictor to follow on from this post. Then probably a bit of W30K Death Guard and then back to AoS for some Kharadron.

Anyway, without further ado, here is the first "real" unit for my Stormcast Eternals:
The unit

Front - just one model

Rear - just one model

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