Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

No Crisis Here... Tau Battlesuits Complete | WH40K

With a laaaaate night flurry, I managed to finish the batch of models (those being all the battle suits of various configurations) of the commission Tau army I have been working on.

I did minor to major conversions to all suits and also tried to add some interest in posing, etc.

Not the best pics, but in my defense I had been up most of the night finishing these and had to get boxed up for shipping...

I am really pleased with how the basing turned out also.

Riptide: Sadly, I did not shoot a shot of the magnetized interchangeable main weapon. I built a new/bigger head and added a flechette launcher I had laying about to left arm; other than that it is pretty much stock

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Nurgle Furies Complete | WHFB

Here are a couple of pictures of one of my two updated Nurgle Furies Units (the second is basically the same, forgot to shoot pics of them - duh).  Really pleased with how these turned out, IMHO the buggy eyes make the Drone Head look how they should have been the first place.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Nurgle Daemon Projectors [counts as Skullcannons] finished | WHFB

Recovering after painting these [and all the furies and Drones as well as repainting 50+ plaguebearer and nurgle beast bases. Oh yeah, and scratch building all the movement trays and completing them] the week prior to Northstar.

Had a good tourney, my goal was to win at least 2 games [and to have fun in all, which I did...], ended up 3 wins and 18th of 88 and 2nd best army overall, which I was really pleased with [considering I flitted away some points I could have gotten for my display board]. I have been out of the Warhammer tourney scene for quite a while. The painting/army bar has been lifted pretty high now. I am much better at historical wargaming, have trouble with magic and what-not, army building has always been more my bag. Johnny Hastings, a fellow Handsome Point Boy [our local game club, just go with it], took best overall and players choice. His army is a freakin' masterpiece. All I can say is game on for next year, when I will be rocking some Chaos Dwarves. I plan to pretty much build every thing from scratch and kit-bash.

I took a lot of pics at Northstar and will post a game by game summary in the near future.

Here are some pics of my finished Nurgle Projectors, I decided to rename them;  I feel projectors are more accurate for what I built. I am really pleased with how these turned out and the level of paint I was able to accomplish in the short time I had.

Here is Projector #1

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nurgle Daemon Vomitus [Counts as Skull Cannon] | WHFB

Sorry for the delay in posting, been busy with work, and well, this. Threw it (and another, no time for pics 'til finished) together over the weekend. I forgot how much fun it is to dig through the bit box and just wing a conversion.
I had an idea about some kind of a pump wagon contraption and ended up with this. The second one is very similar, but looks like a unique construction (no factories for Papa Nurgle) along the same path. My intent is that these tie in with the drones and furies I did already. Note the bug eyes I did on the drone head I used on the Grand Maggot (as good a name as any :) ), I did the same to my drones and furies and they look way better. 

Now I have 10 days to paint all of them.  At least they all have the same color pallete. Wish me luck.

As always, thanks for looking 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Nurgle Furies 2.0 WIP | WHFB

Here is some progress on my updated Nurgle Furies.  Used Apoxy Sculpt to flesh out the bodies.

The holes in the side are for legs (from Goblin Spider Rider spiders). I like how the texture on the skin turned out. In hindsight I should have modeled in some gashes, etc. but I think they are fine without them also. Still want to do something with space where the third eye was (I have no idea why GW made it 3X the size of the other 2...), perhaps a little horn or a carapace bit. I am also considering adding a vestigial/unformed 2nd wing to further the emage that these are related (or young versions of) to the Plague Drones.

I will use a similar technique on the last 2 large models I have to do to finish the Nurgle upgrade. More on that later...


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Time to Suit Up | WH40K

Starting work on the Crisis Suits for the Commission Tau Army. This is the fun bit...

Decided to do the Commander first. In an Iridium Suit, his sargear includes Twin linked Fusion Blasters, Multi Tracker, and Fragmentation Launcher. I am a huge fan of WYSIWYG and this army is for a newer player.  I believe it is important that if the model has a multi tracker is on the figure. For a new player, it is very helpful to be able to look at the model and know what is has instead of having to refer to your army list.  With no real plan but WYSIWYG in mind, this were I went. The bands (which won't look so huge when everything is the same color) and spare larger shoulders from the Broadside Kit represent the armor upgrade to Iridium armor. which would be apparent when next a normal Crisis Suit. I love double wepaons (back from Battletech days and the Warhammer Mech...), so that worked well and obvious. I thought about combining the two weapons, but it was too awkward. I made a new head from parts left over from the Broadside Kit. The multitracker is a stock bit. I used spare missile bits on the shoulders to represent the Frag Launchers (I will repeat those on the other couple suits that will have them.).  I also reposed the left leg to make the suit stepping forward. Lot of clean-up and never ending mold lines (these older kits are absolutely terrible, its like the mold lines grow back, I swear they do). Next-up, the 2 Bodyguard suits...

Broadside Suit in progress. I really did not like the whole giant infantryman holding a rifle vibe the stock kit had, so...made a short barreled version of the railgun by mashing the pod arms and railgun barrels and, of course, made a matched set to carry on the theme. 

Made a new, larger head vs. the 3 various pea sized heads that come with the kit (you'll see those on some Crisis Suits as they are the same size). Not sure if it will end up with right arm on the side or up in the John Woo shooter pose (second picture). Kit is much bulkier, many parts are left off to accommodate painting. 

Will have twin plasma guns on the left shoulder, and the head, multitracker and plasma guns are all in line with left gun, as if they all swivel with the head as it aims. I reposed the left arm to make the straight arm. Clean-up left to do. I like to mash up the model when I am on a roll, and then go back and finalize prep for painting. 

I kinda like the shooter...

Thanks for looking. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Nurgle Furies 2.0 | WHFB

Changing Channels...

Working on 2 Units for Nurgle Furies for my "update" of my Nurgle Daemon Army.

I feel these are dated as Bell Bottoms, Frankly I paint a lot better now and I want to bring my furies in line aesthetically with the new(ish) Nurgle Plague Drones.

Nurgle Furies 1.0 (circa 2007)

Here is (very WIP) where I am headed. I will do 2 units of these. I had to account for them needing to work 1/2" apart and close order. Still to add Stingers and legs (from Goblin spiders, as in V1.0).  I plan to use the brass rods as before, really no room (or time for that matter) to work in alternatives, such as trees, etc. to suspend the figures. I think it will be fine. 

 Nurgle Furies 2.0 
Thanks for looking

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Kurt Knispel Memorial Tournament | FOW

With a rush of painting I finished up the Welsh Guards Armored Recce in time for the Knispel Memorial Tournament on 21 Sept.  Tournament specifics: Late War Tanks! (only one non-armored unit allowed per army), Awards for most Tank Kills as well as over all, etc. Fast paced event, only shot a couple of pictures with my phone.

1IC cowering in the woods to contest the objective...
Achilles laying in wait for the omni present Tigers
Cromwell Platoons getting ready to hit the Kill Box. 
This Event was a blast, I had three great games against Germans, learned a lot on how to run this particular Army (first time using these, a blast to use). Cromwells are really just fast Shermans that look cooler.  Ended up as top allied General and Tallied up 21 Kills.

I really like how these turned out for maybe 20 hours total (box to tabletop). My press-molded Hessian strips worked great, on the board they look just the ones that come on maybe three cromwell turrets in the Army Box set I scored on ebay.

I will shoot some better pics of these lads when I get a little time,

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tau Update | WH40K

Added Back Banners on the Squad leaders and Tau Cadre models. I figured the Tau are so practical that they just wouldn't have banner, it would do something else also. The banner top gizmo could be just about anything in the game, I will paint the black bit up as a lens.  I wanted it look like it could close up and retract, etc. Might add a little more detail, but not sure it is necessary. I will give the Crisis Suit Army Commander (he will get 2, as he is the commander), his bodyguard, and all the other Suits the same type of banners. IMHO this will really pull the Army together. 

Banners are Brown Stuff putty, rolled out on a plastic baggy, allowed to set a bit, cut to shape and then draped on some paint brush barrels to fully cure. Easy Peasy, well a bit finicky... I hate paper banners BTW... 

Here is the reworked Kroot Shaper, I did a new cape and found a better weapon for him. 

And now I present to you: the Shaper's Posse. I had forgotten what pain these are to assemble, but they are done. 2 of them have silver (for now) marine shoulder pads will be painted as looted Black Templar armor. My client will get this :).

Will be taking a break on the Tau for a bit to finish up some other projects. 
Next Tau installment, I will show how I go about batch painting units, especially the prep that eases and speeds up the process.

Thanks for looking 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Armored Recce | FOW

Bouncing Back and Forth between TAU, Flames of War, and Nurgle Deamons...

Need to finish these bad boys by the 21st for Late War Tournament @ The Last Square in Madison,
20 tanks [Cromwells, Crusaders, Archers, Stuarts] no infantry.  Will add infantry for Roc-Con in October.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Poor Bloody [TAU] Infantry | WH40K

Made some good progress on the TAU Commission. 90% of the Infantry are assembled and prepped for primering, etc. Without a doubt the most tedious part of the project, but time spent in preparation is paid back in spades when it comes to painting. Bases are resin. Shoulder pads are modified to take a decal for the Sept badge [frankly, I have a very hard time painting the little raised Tau symbols, I learned the hard way 10 years ago...]. I will paint the figures, shoulder pads, and bases separately, which means a whole lot of labeling, etc to get the right Tau on the right base as all figures are pinned into the bases for durability on the game table.

Tau scheme will be a deep red and dark grey with cream/white as the accent color. Lens [lots of them!] will be green for contrast.


Fire Warrior Squad 1: Drone didn't make the picture. Pin on back is for leader's banner, still undecided on style, probably a Samurai type affair with a horizontal pole with some kind of Tau gizmo at the join. These are really old models, but the quality of the design and pose ability still has legs.  Arms are hard to get aligned properly, thank goodness the left shoulder will be covered by a pad [not pictured].

Fire Warrior Squad 2: The guy with the grenade throws like a girl, you can tell.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

TAU Mold Line Hades | WH40K


I had forgotten how bad the mold lines are on the (dated IMHO) Tau Fire Warrior Sprues... It is taking me forever to clean them off. I clean one and find two more (Mold line Two Step?) I purchased a scraper from Squadron, it is handy for smaller areas. Trusty hobby knife for the rest.  

Is that a Mold Line or are just glad to see me?
Bases are resin from Battleroad Games. BTW, I did the Masters. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

For the Greater Good | WH40K

Diving into a full army commission for a Tau Army.

Drying after a tedious de-mold release scrubbing.
Notice how empty the older FW sprues look compared to the newer ones. 

Army will include a new style Broadside (sweet), a Riptide (even sweeter!), and a slew of Crisis Suits. Time to get hot for the greater good.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Plague Drones WIP II | WHFB

Back from a wonderful Vacation in South Dakota with my better half; time to get cracking on the Nurgle models I need for the Northstar Tournaments in November.  Got a lot of work done on the Plague Drone riders this past Sunday.... The more I work with this kit, the more I like it. Plan to do another unit of 3 without the long snouts and model the riders with the Death Heads option....

I wanted to give them a heavier looking weapon, used marauder banner poles. The plasticard blades will match the other models in my Army.  I reposed the center rider quite a bit. I used heads from the infantry plaguebearers, I really like the horned one (musician head from plaguebearers set).

I really, really do not like the clear plastic stands, I will conceal the brass rods a bit with branches, etc. from the GW woods set. Still need to add a standard, will more than likely be a back banner on the model on the viewer's left.

Close up... Tongue may have to go though.

I made a fourth model to give me some options for the unit.

All four together...

Thanks for looking. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Plague Drones WIP | WHFB

Here are some WIP shots of my first plague drone unit. Four drones with Standard. These will have the Plague Proboscis option. The large stingers are from spawn bits and could represent the stinger option (not that I would use that over the poison from the proboscis).
I rotated the abdomens of the left and right models slightly to break up the lines and add to the movement I am trying to depict.  The center model will appear to be "pulling up and back a bit as the outermost are moving forward. The one in the back is a bit more generic. Next bit is pinning on the wings (unglued as I will keep them off for painting).

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Beasts of Nurgle Finished | WHFB

All done, aside from a movement tray and some Grass Clumps once I figure out what I want to do on all the army. The units also rank up to form a unit of six. Not a 100% pleased on these, but they came out okay.  Will probably go in and glaze the shells to take away the chalky look...

Unit one:

and Unit Two:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Beasts of Nurgle WIP II | WHFB

Back after a short trip to Texas, finally made some more progress.

Went ahead and added a 6th Beast, gives the option of running a big unit of beasts in a bigger game, etc.  Just need to clean up seams and putty up bases.

And from the back... I have also added a "stinger" on the back since I shot the pic.  Pretty happy with the look overall.

Getting ready for primer and paint. There is no way I can paint around all those tentacles.  I didn't cement them in so they would pop out fairly easily.  Here the tentacles are glued to bases for priming and painting. Hmm, they look like one of the sculptures from Beetlejuice (as if anyone gets that reference anymore).

I spent a lot of time bending tentacles (sigh..) so I needed a reference to reassemble them properly. Sooo... I shot pics of each side of each model (really, I did).  I will be able to throw them up on the iPad  to follow when it is time to put them back to together. I will paint the bodies, tentacles, and bases separately. This will make the painting process much faster.

thanks for looking

Monday, June 10, 2013

Beasts of Nurgle WIP I | WHFB

Been a long time since I have posted by step a project as I am working on it [I am endeavoring to do better...]. I am working on updating my Nurgle Daemon army to the new army book.  First in the chute are 5 new Beasts of Nurgle, gives me several options on deployment depending point limits, etc. From my test games with them they are a non-brainer IMHO in a Nurgle Daemon army. My friend, Joe Rogers converted some off of the Plague Drone model and did a smashing job on them.  Before [well you'll have to take my word on it] I saw Joe's I had already ordered the bits to do the same. I  am going into this one seeing where the models take me.


Here I have sawed the drone bodies in half and reposed them to add some height, etc. I used plastic tubing to make a couple taller than the others and then GS'd the missing bits up.  I will clean-up gaps. etc. at the end with liquid GS and smoothing.

From the side.  The poster putty is very handy for posing tests, etc.