Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Heresy Era Mechanicum - Things just got a little out of hand...

As I'd mentioned earlier I may have had a mild lapse in judgement and it appears that I ended up buying a titan!

Each of those toes is a little bigger than a marine. What on earth have I gotten myself into?

Yeah, it's a Reaver. Or more accurately, a Reaper War Walker. Completely custom sculpted by Sci-Fi-Guy Modelworks (there are some fantastic sculpting pics), it's a loving homage to the old Armorcast Reaver, with some design elements akin to the updated take on the beast from Forge World, notably the head and the overall size. Having owned an old AC Reaver back in the day, I can assure you this thing is significantly bigger, but surprisingly lightweight for its size. It's no feather, but I'd expected it to be far heavier than it is. We'll see if I maintain that position once it's all assembled, I suppose!

The kit comes with three weapons, the carapace-mounted apocalypse launcher in the earlier pic, and a choice of gatling, laser or plasma arms. I ended up going in for some extra weapons, and ordered two of each of the arm weapons for flexibility in armament. The arm mounts also can be mounted on the carapace, though it doesn't appear as though it's possible to mount the apocalypse launchers on the arm mounts.

There was unfortunately an issue with shipping and the USPS absolutely botched the process, mis-directing it from Denver to Memphis and back again before it made it to me - by no means is that a slight on the seller, he was as concerned as I was as we watched it carom across the nation for no apparent reason. The gorillas in the shipping centers managed to mangle the box something fierce and it appears that somewhere along the way one of the upper legs went missing. I spoke to the caster and he assured me he'd get a replacement part out to me straight away, he's been very helpful throughout the process, and an absolute joy to deal with. Overall I couldn't be happier with the kit, and I'm really looking forward to getting it assembled! Now to figure out what to do for a base for it - I'm scheming on trying to incorporate a somewhat beat up Battlescape terrain piece I inherited, but will need to wait for the leg piece before I can really tell if it'll be large enough for the stance of the titan!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Heresy Era Mechanicum - Caleb Decima's command Land Raider build in progress

Still trying to recapture my hobby mojo, nothing really appealed painting-wise recently so I decided to indulge in a bit more build time. This time around it's the dedicated transport for Caleb Decima, intended as a more aggressive HQ unit in one of the various lists I'm batting around for use at the Las Vegas Open coming up in February.

The Mechanicum Land Raider in the FW heresy lists is quite the interesting beast. It's got a veritable smorgasbord of options, though it's not an assault tank. Sooooo, the older variant of the Achilles supplied the central hull sans assault ramp, extra armour plates, and the twin-linked multi-melta sponsons (because how can you go wrong with that?). However, the Thunderfire cannon that comes with the kit isn't an option, so I'm going to have to build something appropriate to slot in there. I'm leaning towards a Graviton Cannon from a Rapier, but I guess we'll see how well it'll fit in place when the next package of joy arrives from across the pond!

The tank got some brass etch from the Iron Hands set, and I'm planning on adding some further cog-tooth pattern trim here and there as well. The Explorator Augury Web upgrade is represented by a Helios scanner, which is magnetized in place for transport and storage.

In other news, I may have had a moment of weakness recently...

...Ominous Horns!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Spireguard Shadowsword build continues

The last week and a half has been pretty rough, so not a whole lot of hobby time or mojo unfortunately. I did get a package in the mail yesterday which included the alternate sponsons from Blood and Skulls Industry, and after a soak and scrub overnight I snuck in a half hour after work to get them assembled and fitted:

Still need to figure out what to do for the targeters to sit on the sponson tops though - eying some various bits on ebay, but nothing has jumped out at me yet. Suggestions welcome!

With the passing of my usual 40k opponent and sorting through all of his hobby stuff, I've been reassessing how much hobby stuff of my own I don't REALLY need. With my general focus on Heresy-era gaming, I've decided to part ways with the most recent rendition of the Mordian 7th regiment, along with a number of other historical treasures dredged up from the depths of the Closet of Doom. Expect to see a bunch of hopefully interesting stuff going up on eBay over the next few months as I try to thin out the shelves somewhat. It was a bit of a struggle to put the 7th up on the block, but they haven't fired a shot in anger in over 3 years, and I can't justify building a new version until the old one's gone, right? Haha!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Spireguard Shadowsword

My copy of Conquest arrived a little while ago and I've finally had a chance to sit down and give it a proper read. The Solar Auxilia list is very interesting - while not the 'generic Imperial Army' list I'd hoped it would be, it's nonetheless a very solid and thematic army. With some squinting the Spireguard will function well under its auspices for now! That said, I've been itching to jump back into the army and thought I'd treat myself to some build time since I'd finished the Ursarax recently. Something... Big.

The Shadowsword has always been my favorite superheavy, so it was a no-brainer that the army would get one eventually. The model itself is one of the numerous un-finished projects that Dave left behind and bequeathed to me - he'd planned on doing an Iron Warriors army, and this was to be the basis for Tormentor, Perturabo's personal transport/superweapon. Sadly he never got a chance to build it, but I wanted to ensure it was put to good use in some fashion!

The power turbines, treads, and engine exhausts are all from the inestimable talents of Tom McBride of Blood and Skulls Industries, and also make for a nice nod to the previous Thousand Sons Shadowsword/proto-Falchion that Tom had built for me several years back.

Was poking around on his ebay page and ran across these alternate side sponsons that he'd made when I wasn't looking. Instantly ordered and am awaiting their arrival, seems like they'll be perfect for Heresy-ing up the model a little further! I just need to come up with some good targeters to go on the top in lieu of the Lascannons and we'll be ready to go!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Heresy Era Mechanicum - Ursarax painted

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it, and hopefully a decent Thursday for everyone else! As I had the better part of the day off today I decided to jump in and paint the Ursarax, and snapped a few pics on the way through the process.

We had an unseasonably warm day a little while back and they got the base black primer, followed by a heavy drybrush of boltgun metal and a black wash.

Next up all the red panels got a Dark Flesh basecoat. I tried to be quite careful at this stage, don't want to slop red onto the metal endoskeleton where possible.

Next they got a heavy hit of Red Gore, then a blood red highlight focusing on the upper-facing surfaces. Once that was dry they got a Carroburg Crimson wash to tone it down and tie in the layers.

Next up was blocking in the power cables, the gold on the jump packs, and the base orange for the Volkite weapons.

Then more washes and highlights to darken down the blue and gold, lighten up the Volkites, and clean up the faceplates on the heads. They're starting to look like something now!

The penultimate stage sees the cog-tooth pattern applied to the shoulders, the roman numerals onto the right fists (their right shoulders where the numbers would normally go being obscured by the weapons), and the bases getting painted which always goes a long way to making the models snap into focus, as it were. If the weather holds tomorrow, I'm hoping to get the static grass on these as well as the Adsecularis from earlier and get 'em sealed!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Requiescat in pace - PalpaDave 1969-2014

Some sad news I'm afraid - Last week my best friend and closest gaming buddy David lost a lengthy battle with the Big C. We'd known each other for over twenty years and met on the very first day he set foot in Boulder back in '93, in a local gaming shop where we happened to strike up a conversation about 40k - 2nd edition had literally just released and we were both drooling over the contents of the box (a huge change from the Rogue Trader system we were both previously familiar with). Was the first day in a long friendship and hundreds if not thousands of great gaming memories - Dave was the one who originally taught me how to paint, and was always a source of inspiration, ideas, feedback and laughter over the years.

Our fantastic group of gaming friends played countless games of D&D and Star Wars under Dave's peerless game mastering over the years (where his moniker Emperor PalpaDave came from), and in countless more 40k:RPG games that I'd run with him as a player. Dave and I weathered six editions of 40k together and dove in to the heresy with both feet, culminating in a trip across the pond to visit Warhammer World and play in what ended up being one of the last Tempus Fugitives events. As time went on Real Life took up more of everyone's free time but Dave and I always managed to get in a couple games of 40k in a year, our annual July 4th game was a source of much revelry and months of smack talking both before and afterwards. We've attended GenCon every year for the last decade, meeting up with some of our old gaming buddies who have scattered across the globe. Gonna be a bittersweet trip to indy this coming year, but we're going to have a good time lifting a pint in his honour.

We'll roll some dice and push some lead on the other side, buddy. You're going to be missed.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Heresy Era Mechanicum - Ursarax build complete!

Got in a little hobby time last night and finished up the Ursarax build!

Not a lot of change from the front, other than the bases getting textured and a bit more trimming and scraping here and there on the fists.

Utilized some guitar wire to make some power cables on the back - the power fist bits came with a number of plastic power cables, but after some attempted test fitting I knew I didn't want to try and cut and bend all that plastic to fit.

We're scheduled to have an uncharacteristically warm day today so I'm hoping I can get these guys primered this afternoon!