7 Dec 2016

Necron Immortals w/ Tesla Carbines

Hello Good Readers, thanks for dropping in. Today I am showing the latest addition to the Necron Force I have. Seen here Feb 2015. A squad of 5 Immortals armed with Tesla Carbines.
These guys have been knocking about on the To-Do pile, albeit somewhat down the pile now for two years. I posted an article on how to get your monies worth out of a box of Immortals converting them with Warrior Torso and the spare Gauss weaponry to get ten from the box of five - Here.
I added more of the accent Blue than on the Warriors as these are higher up the pecking order, so the Blue and Gold reflect that. But still less than the HQ choices, so I limited the Gold to just a head stripe. The copper capacitor coils was done using the Citadel Fulgurite Copper, a lovely metallic paint with great coverage compared to the older Brazen Brass I was using. It was washed with Agrax Earthshade to darken it a little.
And finally, the whole squad. I plan on a lot more Gauss Blasters with the remaining 15 Immortals I have as you can never have too many Gauss weapons! This squad will probably drop in in a Night Scythe to hit smaller objective holding units in the backfield - using the extra Tesla shots to good effect - looking at you SM Scouts...

And please don't forget to hit the "JustGiving Sponsor Me" button in the side bar to donate to a good cause and qualify for an entry into the weemen-500000-page-views-Charity-Raffle, details at the link, thanks.

1 Dec 2016

WeeMen 500,000 page views. Thanks - Blog Giveaway time!

A huge thank-you to all our readers who pop in and say hi to our corner of the blogosphere. So in WeeMen tradition and other blogger buddies who I encourage to do similar, (and do, well done guys!) I thought a rather nice prize giveaway was in order.
500,000 number
We started the blog as a place to share between us what we were up to, and anyone else could drop in if they wanted. Lord Halfpenny and I don't live in the same town. 6thDegree joined us and lives further away so the blog helps us keep our hobby mojo going and share our interests. The blog is also 8 years old and 700 posts - my first post is one on basing made simple and we hit half a million page views at the end of November! (Although, no idea how many are bots...)

Now for some bigger blogs out there where I frequent, looking at you fantastic Battle Bunnies, Tale of Painters and Faeit212, 500,000 page views is probably a monthly occurrence! But for us, its a nice purely arbitrary milestone.

As you can see, the blog readership is growing over time, thanks in some part to Reddit links which is nice, but more importantly, we have met some wonderful blogger buddies through the blog and especially BlogWars (Cheers Alex at From the Fang), used their talents for painting (Mordian7th, Pirate Viking Painting, Blue Warp Studios and recently 30Kplus40K) and even met up for a battle (Admiral Drax) and arranged meet ups at Gameday but missed due to queues (soz Drake Seta, Col H).

And a shout out to a few blogger buddies, who keep coming back and commenting, or inspiring . Nice chaps all, please check out their blogs for more hobby goodness. And apologies if you don't see your name, I haven't listed everyone, in no particular order:

Dave Taylor at Dave Taylor Miniatures
Dave Weston at Confessions of a 40K Addict - thanks for the picture of 500,000 too!
Zzzzzz at DevosIV
Corrm at St Andrews Wargaming
Joe B at Broken Paintbrush
Andrew and Col F at Iron Legions
Rictus at Recalcitrant Daze
Shadow and Drake (again) at Titan Owners Club
Nick Thrower at The Burning Eye
Rory Priest at Stepping Between Games
NafNaf at Objective Secured
Ron at FromTheWarp - we miss you mate!

See loads of positive hobby great stuff out there!

Now about that giveaway - what to do to get your hands on a chance to win the prize. Well, it could be subscribe, or write some fluff, but I'd rather use this to do some good at this time of year (of course these will be good too, please follow the Blog or put us in your sidebar!). I will post up who the lucky single winner is around Christmas, so please donate for a chance to win this giveaway prize! Thank-you. And it is a sad state of affairs when you have to put quasi-legal speak on a charity giveaway, but that's the way of the world...

Check out the link below or Charity Button in the sidebar >>>>> to the Just Giving page to 'sponsor' me giving funds to Cancer Research UK.
JustGiving - Raffle!

Only one single prize of a Collectors Edition Space Marine Terminator Chaplain BNIB, entry to the prize raffle is via a one pound donation, each single pound will qualify for a single entry. Winner chosen by me using random number generator and winner notified by a BlogPost here on the blog jsut after Christmas Day 2016. No cash alternatives, items lost in post will not be refunded, i will obtain proof of postage and post to wherever the winner notifies me via the comments on the blog or PM via Google etc. Its a charity giveaway - I bought the prize already, the charity gets all the funds via Just Giving.com

DONATE to this fantastic cause, close to my heart, for a chance to win!

29 Nov 2016

Castellax Battle-Automata w/ Power Blades #3

Hello Readers, thanks for dropping in again. Here is my latest addition to the Mechanicum force, another Castellax Battle-Automata, this one armed with a Multi-Melta and Power Blades
 A quite effective 4W Monstrous Creatures with Power Blades for extra CC attack at base S6 AP2 with Rending. Oh and a Multi-Melta, and two Flamers - not forgetting its a Monstrous Creature - Smash Attack at S10).
This was a part-painted purchase I made at cost price as the old owner wanted to move on to another army and have made the scheme more Ad Mech than the original green US Army style the previous owner had started, but I liked some of the green bits, so chose to keep the torso and fists green.
 I have a final Thanatar Siege Automaton with Plasma Mortar to finish off these big robots. Here is a group photo of the three with Power Blades and the force so far. For a playable 30K force I am still needing some units but as my blogger buddy Col H says "Fire of Cyraxis, the next Imperial Armour book? 40k Mechanicum... Delicious!"
Thanks for reading and dropping in. Some Necrons up next for me, the hobby butterfly flutters about once more! Cheers, Siph.

25 Nov 2016

Necron Destroyer #6 w/ Gauss Cannon

Hello Readers, thanks for dropping by. Another Necron Destroyer armed with the Marine killing Gauss Cannon, completed and off the To-Do pile. Working my way towards a Destroyer Cult Formation.
The Cult Formation restrictions mean fielding three squads of three Destroyers plus a Destroyer Lord and 0-1 squads of Heavy Destroyers, so three more to go until I can field the Cult. The Destroyer Lord can be found HERE.
Still battling the transfer clear film, not too bad a job here, a little frosting from this angle, but flat and smooth. Used a coat of 'Ardcoat after two applications of Micro Sol and it still slighty frosted... frustrating to say the least! But this army won't win any painting awards, it's quick clean and something different from painting grey Marines.
My pot of Brazen Brass finally became too clumpy, so I invested in a pot of Fulgurite Copper which I must say is lovely and smooth and a great colour for the capacitor coils.
Here is a shot of the Cult so far. So, a quick post and simple miniature addition to the ever-living, ever growing Necron Army.

21 Nov 2016

Captain Mordaci Blaylock "The Stormbreaker" Space Marine Terminator

Hello fair Reader, continuing from my long ago post (January!... doh!) about using Betrayal at Calth miniatures in 40K, I eventually got around to getting the Captain off the To-Do pile and in the painting queue. I hope you like the results!
Lord Halfpenny suggested that the Captain Aethon in BaC could be used for a character found in Forgeworld's IA9 Badab War Pt1, Captain Mordaci Blaylock - ideal as he is armed with Storm Bolter and Chainfist called Foe Ripper.

I removed the Combi-Melta and added a modern '40k' era Storm Bolter and a Iron Halo and done. Captain Mordaci Blaylock - The BaC Captain is an ideal miniature for this Character of renown, has blinged up Termie Armour and a cloak, his special rules also make all Terminator Squads Scoring Units - in 7th we (WeeMen) interpret that as Obj Sec as everyone can score these days.  He has I5 and Captain Stats plus an Iron Halo making him not a bad addition to my Relictor force.
I kept the scheme a simple one, but as a nod to his original Novamarine heritage, I quartered the scheme with bone white and Relictor grey, instead of Nova Marine blue and white. In the fluff, he is the Captain of the Novamarines 1st Company and featured during the Badab War, saving the remnants of the Howling Griffons from extinction at the hand of the secessionist Executioners Chapter.
The cloak was done following most of my Relictor characters, kept plain on outside and red inside, the photo has washed out some of the shading, irl it looks a bit better.
I also added the traditional Relictor black on the shoulder pads, amongst the bling gold and used two smaller skull transfers from the Imperial Knight transfer sheet, and the 'Halo' star pattern above the belt buckle as a further nod to his Novamarine heritage.
I thought it was about time I got some of the Betrayal at Calth box set completed, the birthday and Crimbo fairies may resupply with Burning at Prospero box set soon... the earlier Dreadtober Contemptor can be seen HERE.

Thanks for dropping in.

17 Nov 2016

Genestealer Cult - Leman Russ Battle Tank

Hello Readers, long time readers of the WeeMen blog may recognise this as one of the long overdue Vraks PDF Leman Russ tanks from the Emperors Fist Battle Company started a long time ago in 2009 - seen here WIP. As I never had the time or patience for an entire Imperial Guard army, I sold 6 tanks and kept the others for a small allied force - perhaps.

With the release of the Genestealer Cult I saw a great opportunity to use older Space Hulk Hybrids, Purestrains and the few completed IG models I have.
So on to the first of my Cult completed models, a re-purposed Leman Russ Main Battle Tank, I finished off the painting, added weathering to tracks and rivets using the Typhus Corrosion liquid - these are no longer being maintained as they once were.
I added Cult Icons and 'burnt' off or defaced the remaining Imperial icons, adding some paint drips as necessary to complete the illusion. The front Aquila was removed using snips and a Genestealer Cult Icon put in it's place.
Here youcan see the defaced Squadron Numbers, overlaid with a tack-welded Cult Icon. I left the recognition numbers and lesser icons on the sponsons as the Cult has little time for these trivial matters.
Finally, the driver was made from a FW Vehicle Crew torso and a head from the Genestealer Cult upgrade sprue, I painted the skin Kislev Flesh with a Purple wash to give a slightly pale alien vibe. I will repaint the IG Squad hands and faces to match too. He also got a freehand Cult Icon on his armour shoulder pad - I will replicate these on the squad when they get new heads and allegiances...

Hope you like my transformation of an Imperial Vehicle to the subverted Cult of the Four Armed Emperor...

13 Nov 2016

Mechanicum Castellax Battle-Automata w/ Mauler Bolt Cannon #2

Hello Readers, thanks for dropping in again. Here is my latest addition to the Mechanicum force, another Castellax Battle-Automata, this one armed with the Marine killing Mauler Bolt Cannon (lke an AP3 Heavy Bolter) and Bolters in the fists, plus the fact that he is a 4W Monstrous Creature with Shock Chargers (S6 AP2 and Monstrous Creature - Smash at S10).
This was a part-painted purchase I made at cost price as the old owner wanted to move on to another army and have made the scheme more Ad Mech than the original green US Army style the previous owner had started, but I liked some of the green bits, so once again I chose to keep the torso and fists green.
I painted the red plates, the details and lenses and weathered the metallics, weapons and did the bases to my usual standard. The paint job before was rather limited and no details but was fairly neat so I didn't need to strip and start again as such, so the undercarriage was pretty much done for me.
I used the Ad Mech transfers on these to tie all the Ad Mech, Skitarii and Mechanicum forces together, I have 5 Castellax, one more to finish and another Thanatar Siege Automaton.
Here are the completed Castellax so far. Can't wait to use them soon. At the moment I've only used them as proxy Kastelan Robots in the Ad Mech force.

Thanks for reading. Some Genestealer Cult traitors are on the workbench, amongst other things...

9 Nov 2016

Chaos 'Pink' Horrors Commission by Rob at 30Kplus40k

Rob at 30Kplus40K messaged me a long while ago reference experimenting with possible commission work and when I replied, I said I'd be interested in getting some Daemons done and as it was Rob's first commission, I'd seen his own work, so gave him free reign in how they were painted. I specified that i'd do the bases to match my own and that the Pink Horrors should reflect the madness of Tzeentch.
What could be more mad than green 'pink' horrors! Love it. The tongues are all vibrant different colours and the feathers also. I particularly liked the flame effect morphing from the flesh.
This was the second squad of this initial commission work, done very speedily and value for money to a great standard. The Daemonettes he did for me can be found HERE.
And the Daemons I have so far look like this, a riot of colour, far removed from the grey monotone Relictors army who will be summoning them from the Warp. (for those who don't know - Relictors fluff says they use Chaos to fight Chaos, much to the ire of the Inquisition!
Thanks for dropping by to have a look-see. Cheers, Siph (currently painting some more grey marines...)

5 Nov 2016

Dreadtober - Final Showcase Pict Capture

So I finished my pledged Dreadtober Contemptor Dreadnought on time and with a final flourish, Joe B at Broken Paintbrush suggested we took a Showcase photo. As I had already submitted a photo under bright light and a photo booth background, I thought I'd have some fun with my last submission. The photo above uses a simple soft focus around the Dreadnought to make sure it is him who is the centre of attention.
### Relictors Dreadnought "Strength of Will" striding through the battlefield on Craxus III, a hive world in the outer rim of the Eye of Terror, a region of realspace the Relictors have been charged with defending from the forces of chaos, heretics, xenos and traitors... the Contemptor advances, punching a hole in the arch-enemy forces with well aimed bursts from his Assault Cannon and Storm Bolter Powerfist, alongside the Grav Cannon armed Devastators and Tactical Squad, all of them 4th Company. ###

Here is a similar shot, but without the blur, the Dreadnought can be somewhat lost in the battlefield, but pictured here is the Relictors advance alongside his Brothers in the 4th Company and who he will be fielded with on the future battlefields.

Hope you like. Thanks to all participants, Joe B and thank-you readers for dropping in on my humble part of the blogosphere. Here's to a successful Dreadtober 2017! Cheers, Siph.

2 Nov 2016

Dreadtober 2016 Ultramarines Submission - Lord Halfpenny

Hi One and all,

Its a shocker- I'm adding to the blog! Siph will be happy! there are lots happening with both my Ultramarine force, and Daemons- more posts to follow.. promise.. (been far to long lost in the Warp my friend!, Siph)
I spotted Siph's posts for Dreadtober 2016, and I thought I had to add my dreadnoughts to the event - it would give me a reason to finish the dreadnoughts I had started but never really finished completely.

So, for October I have finished:
  1. 2 Contemptor Dreadnoughts
  2. 2 Deredeo Dreadnoughts
  3. 1 Chaplain Dreadnought
  4. 1 Ironclad
  5. 2 Venerable Dreadnoughts
  6. 3 Dreadnoughts
These have been seen on previous battle reports, however all weren't finished and needed to be complete - Dreadtober gave me the incentive to get on with the job!
Thanks For Looking!
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