Friday, July 28, 2017

Pride of the Legion

Hellllllllllllllllllloooooooooooooooooooooo

No, I am not dead, just horribly overworked :)! I'd like to just say thats for bearing with me and my general posting tardiness of late. Unfortunately, the blog has been somewhat out of my thoughts given real life.

Suffice to say I have been cracking a way on several 30k/40k projects, so can put them on display over the next few weeks. I have also recently committed to being Flytrap Factory's inhouse painter for their upcoming modern ranges, so this will be a good excuse to dive headlong back into the modern wargaming stuff I built this blog on!

For now, however, here are the first of the latest series of fellows I've been working on - some XIII legion veterans from the Shadow Crusade.



One key feature I really wanted with these was to have them look quite grimey and battered, due to their prolonged conflict with the Word Bearers and World Eaters. This was a pretty stark choice, as the Ultramarines are typically presented in an illustrious clean style.



The fluff of the UM seem to indicate a wide (500 in fact) range of recruiting worlds. This allowed me to maintain the ethnic diversity I had employed in the World Eaters and just gives each of the models a bit more individually and personality.

In addition, I also revamped the Praetor a little bit, adding some new red accents, glow effects and blood and gore for extra grimdark



And finally, I also couldn't resist doing up a regular power armored Praetor, utilizing the body of Loken I had left over from another project combined with a range of UM-specific bits from the 40k range and a spare head from the new Primaris marines to make a very unique set of artificer armor :)



Anyway, plenty more to come! Thanks for baring with me!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hosting advice?

Hey there followers,

So I've been very busy this year and have unfortunately been rather neglectful of the old blog.

In my absence I have noticed that photobucket have decided to pull the old switcheroo and demand money to enable third party hosting. Basically this means that all my old posts are now inaccessible and I will need to figure out a new host, as they want to charge 400 dollars annually for what was previously a free service - yea, nah.

As such I am reaching out to the community for any advice they might have on free hosting services I might employ from here on out? I have a bunch of stuff I have been working on, but need to figure out a place I can now put it!

Any advice is appreciated :)

Taco

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Good guy Knight

To complement my previous insectoid traitor knight I did up a loyalist fellow in a much more illustrious scheme in an attempt to convey a countervailing sense of rugged nobility. For this I picked a warm pallet of gold and orange with taupe trim.

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As with the previous fellow, this one gave me some gratuitous opportunities to play around with airbrushed glow effects.



Big panels also lent themselves to extensive decal use and rain marking!

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BRRRRRRT

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unlike the previous mech, this one had to find a happy medium between the bright colors and extensive weathering.

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Of Lords, Butchers and Fodder

In addition to the rather large fellows I've been working on for the past couple months, I've also been slowly grinding away at expanding my various heresy-era forces.

The first addition was to my Ultramarines in the form of a rather badass looking Praetor model I picked up from the same guy who sold me the knights. I believe this is a conversion from the Minotaurs lord model - a very unique looking guy. Originally fully gold, I gave him a bath of Simple Green and repainted him in legion heraldry.
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Next up were some butchers for my World Eaters. Rather than have them lug the rather unsightly stock power axes, I decided to swap out their basic weapons for a range of gladiatorial instruments which I feel suit the legion's background quite well - hammers, flails, cutlasses, scythes and even halberds. I intend to flesh this unit out to its maximum size in the coming weeks.

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Finally, I also did a bunch of testers for my traitor guard to accompany those renegade tanks I posted some months ago. These were a combination of plastic Soviet greatcoats by Bolt Action Miniatures mated with various accessory parts from Victoria Miniatures. I'm quite pleased with the end results. The scheme was simple and meant to reflect the mass produced nature of these poor conscripted bastards.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Silent Knight, evil Knight

First of all, apologies! I have neglected the blog for a couple months due to work - rest assured I have not been hobby idle and have a fair amount of content to share over the next couple weeks.

Lets start this with a big one. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to come across a bargain sale of two Forge World knights from a lovely chap in my neck of the woods for a mere 50 AUD each. Now, I've never had any particular interest in knights, but at this price I simply couldn't resist. For one hundred dollary doos I picked up a Cerastus Knight Atrapos and a Cerastus Knight Castigator. This week we will take a look at the former.

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The kits themselves were in solid condition, although Atrapos required a little bit of TLC to get him fully back on his feet, as he was missing a few parts. In the end, I decided to evil-i-fy him up to fill in the gaps, adding some emerging spikes on his armor along with a few patches of emergent mutated flesh to represent the slow seeping in of Chaos taint.

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Rather than go all polished and illustrious looking, as I had done previously on the epic titans, I decided to go full hot with weathering on both knights. Rust and grime, oil and scratches showing a heavily used and battle hardened killer mech.




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Figuring out a scheme for this guy was also a bit of a trick. After briefly considering a red/yellow pattern, I picked up a pot of GW's airbrush-ready Caliban green and was not disappointed. The color modulated very well and had good flow and consistency. I'm definitely tempted to pick up some more GW-air stuff in the future, as the colors are quite striking and build up well.

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I never really realised how big these guys were, even when compared with a regular GW knight. I would estimate their height is close to a match for a Warhound.
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The Atrapos seemed especially apt to the evil aesthetic. With its very rounded and insectile hull, the beast already exudes a sinister vibe. This is of course not even considering the lore, with its use of black hole tech weaponry.
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Of course, with a canvas this big I wasn't going to hold back on any wanky techniques and employed the airbrush glow effect I had previously used on the Leviathan on both weapons :)

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Similarly, the greave plates were just begging for heraldry and battle honors.

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Overall - a very fun project and good stress relief over the past few weeks! A welcome addition to my renegade forces.

Stay tuned

Friday, January 13, 2017

Aerial Chainaxe Delivery System

This week we have a Heresy World Eater assault squad on display. I wanted to get these airborne maniacs done and dusted before the big apartment move I have to do next week, and just managed to scrape by with them, phew! With this squad finished I have now got a fully operational 30k force, ready for the tabletop!

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I think dual-wielding 'come at me bro' guy is my favorite of the lot

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As with previous efforts, the trick was to keep the white as dirty as possible

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Ready to split some loyalist heads (still need to add a few tufts)

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Lord of Iron

I've always had a fairly big soft spot for the Iron Warriors. They were one of the first complete armies I finished in my youth and the Siege of Hydra Cortanus was one of the more memorable 40k tales to me. As a result, I was always interested in trying to tackle the legion's founder, Pertuarbo and decided to bite the bullet a few months ago and pick up the model.

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As with Angron, I decided to eschew the standard scheme on the model and opt for a sea grey base over the usual burnished metal we expect in the legion. This allowed for a bit more variance, with the joints, gunbarrels and other areas retaining their metallic finish distinct from the rest of the panoply.

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Once again, I opted to bedeck the Primarch out with a helmet, as I felt it really suited the overall imagery of this walking tank. The Iron Warrior upgrades of the MK III Iron Armor seemed to fit suitably, with its enhanced optics.

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I must say that the kit itself is a bit odd. Despite his HUGE base, the default position of perty actually has him leaning greatly to one side in a manner that suggests he is about to tip over. I tried to fix this a bit, but he still seems a tad imbalanced.

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Even compared to his other contemporaries, Perty is a large lad. He positively dwarfs Angron, even without the added height advantage of a dead Knight.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

30K: Traitor tank platoon

Another big pile of resin powered through this week in the form of a traitor Russ platoon for 30k. These guys were a treat to paint with lots of space to work with on 28mm vehicles.
 
 
 
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As I wrote on the Stormhammer, I wanted these guys to radiate a degree of normalcy and not just be reduced to the usual trope of evil, drooling madmen so common in GW imagery of traitors. The idea was to integrate certain aesthetic elements of chaotic influence, while at the same time retaining a degree of humanity within both the individuals and the equipment they used. Its rare that a cadre of warriors sees their own cause as anything less than noble, so I wasn't particularly sold on bedecking the tank in skulls and the flayed skin of five year olds. Instead, I went with some chaos iconography that would be applied as a rejection of Imperial dogma, alongside more banal markings like unit numbers and quaint tank names.

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Similarly, I wanted to leave the crew themselves as normal as possible, rather than giving them a spiked tail or what have you.
 
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The crew themselves were actually drawn from Bolt Action's range of Soviet tankers. I've always been a fan of the softcaps worn by Russian tankers and their clients and felt the look went well with the clunk of the Russ.
 
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All tanks were based on the Forgeworld Mars-Alpha hull. I always much preferred this to the standard plastic GW kit, as it gives the tank a sense of more even distribution and realistic proportions.
 
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The scheme was actually an upscaled version of the disruptive camouflage I employed on my Epic Krieg some time ago, mixing olive drab with a muted sand tone. I felt these went really well together and certainly seemed like they would work effectively in a muddy, trench warfare setting.
 
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Pintel weapons were drawn from Victoria Miniatures range. These have a lot more character than the standard GW affair in my very humble opinion.
 
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The Incinerator was by far my favorite of the three. Taking the lessons learned from previous projects on affecting glow effects, I gave the barrel a nice white-red heat glow to simulate the beam coil powering up for a blast.
 
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As ever, 28mm remains a joy to weather, the scale allows for so many different little touches!
 
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I also used the time to revisit the Stormhammer and give it a tank commander to really hit home the sheer size of the thing.
 
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