Thursday, April 17, 2014

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Predators and Scorpius painting begins

Been getting beat up by Real Life(tm) for the last several weeks, so there hasn't been time for hobby stuff of late. Snatched an hour after work today however and banged out the base red on a trio of heavy support units!

Standard red recipe - Dark Flesh basecoat, heavy drybrush with gory red followed by a lighter drybrush of blood red, and then the whole shebang gets a wash of carroburg crimson. These will need to dry for a while, but next up will be the bone color step. Going to be doing the various inset panels on the front and sides of the rhino chassis, as well as the weapon housings on the turrets - looking forward to getting stuck in!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Heavy Support Squad Painted

Managed to get in a little hobby time over the past week, and put some paint on the heavy support squad I built a little while back!

I'm holding out for FW to make shoulder pads with the Thousand Sons symbol, which means at the moment they look a little dark overall - the bone color will brighten them up a bit.

Originally the missile launchers were all boltgun metal and gold, but at the last minute I went with bone white instead. As a little decoration I added a little curlicue as though the barrel is an hieroglyphic eye.

The models all have a little bit of a blue spot color on the eyes as well as the hoses on the backpacks. I'm thinking that perhaps a little bit of static grass on the bases might provide a bit more splash to them, thoughts?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Imperial Guard - Mordian 7th Regiment Superheavy Tanks

While I've been pulling out models to photograph in order to get some stuff up on the auction block, it came to light that I never actually took any painted shots of the two superheavy tanks I'd finished up for Feast of Blades late last year. Since I had the camera out, it seemed only fair to rectify that situation!

First up is the Macharius Omega. I've always loved plasma weapons, gets hot rules and all. What better way to celebrate that than with a huge honkin' plasma blastgun!

And no imperial guard army is complete of course without including a Baneblade! This is, I believe, the seventh baneblade I've built over the years (and the eighth I've owned). Fair to say that I love this tank, and the plastic kit is a joy to assemble!

I'm still awaiting full discovery on how dire the upcoming pillaging of my finances is going to be, and sadly it's not inconceivable that the entire Mordian 7th army might have to go on the block to help offset the costs. That's going to be a last resort however - other armies I've done have come and gone (with startling frequency I'll admit) but the thought of having to put the 7th up really does not appeal. That said, the first salvo of miscellaneous sales have gone live, and there's a second wave of more esoteric findings from the depths of the Closet of Doom to come...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Spireguard Painted

Real Life(tm) continues to rampage though my free time, which has meant that over the last week I've barely put brush to miniature. However, I was able to polish off the Spireguard:

Overall I'm quite pleased with them! A friend of mine has suggested that I ought to paint the hieroglyphs to represent debris from recently-destroyed Tizcan architecture, which sounds good but I fear may make the bases too busy. For now I'm going to leave these models as-is, and perhaps try out a test base to see how it looks.

Unfortunately I've been levied with a huuuuuge financial burden that come out of left field, so expect to see large chunks of my miniature collection going up on the auction block soon to help offset the bills. Not what I thought I'd be doing this week, but needs must...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Spireguard painting in progress

Just a quick hit today - I decided to take a little break from working on the knights and took advantage of a relatively warm day to primer the Spireguard and set to painting!

Fairly straightforward, though updated slightly from the test models paint scheme. The greatcoats are red with a bone-colored interior, and the trooper's trousers, gloves and epaulets are done in a blue-white. A dab of gold here and there, and all that remains are some final fine detail and the bases!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Adeptus Mechanicus - Knight Paladins painting continues

A bit more forward motion on the knights!

Finished the trim on the second paladin and starting sketching in some livery ideas in pencil. The upper right shoulders will have a quartered yellow and white/red striped pattern, which will add a little spot color to the blue and yellow armor plates.

Was able to get the second paladin assembled as well. At this point it's all detail work and basing, but the heavy lifting is done!

I'd snapped a couple pics early on in the build process and apparently never posted them. Here's a shot of the GW knight as compared with the 28mm Dreamforge Leviathan Crusader. The Crusader is significantly larger, and pretty much cements my intention of running it as a proxy Warhound (which means I need to build a second arm weapon).

They're quite comparable to my BigDaddy/Blight Wheel knights, perhaps a little smaller but not appreciably so! Overall I have to say I'm in love with the GW kit, and I'm sincerely hoping that they (or more likely Forge World) end up doing some of the other variants. The codex does mention the Lancer and Castellan which gives me hope! Forge World has confirmed that the Knights will be included in their upcoming Heresy books, which I'm rather happy about. Pretty much assures that they're going to be doing upgrades/potential full kits!

...Man I'm gonna be broke!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Adeptus Mechanicus - Knight Paladin(s) panting in progress

Well it should not come as no surprise that I ended up picking up a couple of the new Knights! I started with a pair of Paladins, to get a feel for how the kits go together before I tried any serious conversion. While the kit allows for quite a bit of pose options with the upper torso, arms and head, the legs are more or less required to be built in the standard pose (unlike the Wraithknight which just requires a little peg removal to 'unlock' the legs). The ankles are essentially cast at an angle, so will require a bit of engineering to reposition.

I followed the suggestion to leave the armour plates off in order to allow easy painting of the under-structure, which does definitely speed things up. Super fast metal basecoat/wash/drybrush and it's 90% done!

I decided to go with the colors of House Krast (see minor rant below), as I thought the blue and yellow would set off nicely against the red and white of the Adeptus Mechanicus I planned to ally them to in my Heresy armies. 

The plan is to paint one up as a squire and one as a knight, and the third as-yet-unbuilt one as a senechal. The squire will be predominantly blue, the knight in alternating halves, and the senechal will be in a quartered pattern.

After getting the silver edging on one set of armor plates, I tacked them together to see how it looked - I quite like it! I still need to add in the various striping and iconography, which will add in a little spot color and flair.

...And now the minor rant. I was pleased to find the copy of the Knight Companion book I'd ordered when I stopped home for lunch today, and I was eager to read up on the expanded fluff on house Krast. Flipped to the relevant page and surprise! Their livery is now apparently red and white. What the?! The fluff all ties in well with the little tidbits that were previously alluded to in the old Epic materials, but there is absolutely no mention (that I can see) about the old paint scheme. They are mentioned as having sworn fealty to the Mechanicum during the Heresy, so I'm going to be justifying it as the blue and yellow being their original scheme prior to their re-dedication (when they would presumably change their colors to the new red and white). Problem solved!