1 Apr 2015

Shadowsword - Iron Warriors

Hi guys - I have a new toy to share with you today; a Shadowsword super-heavy tank.

Its hard to tell now, but this is actually Siph's Shawdowsword that he converted back in 2009, but never got around to painting it - so I kindly re-purposed it for my Iron Warriors (not that I can really use it in games other than Apoc or 30k as Tormentor).

Siph had done some awesome work converting the tank to be 5 out of the 6 Shadowsword variants, although I ended up gluing the hull in the rear position, so its now not 100% accurate as the Banehammer and Doomhammers - but close enough for me.

I filed off the filthy imperial aquilas from the sides of the tank and anywhere else I could find them (other than the tracks - because...just no) - so it fits in with my Iron Warriors, although there is now heraldry on there.
 I actually started working on the tank back in Autumn last year - but got interrupted by a Titan, so promised myself that this would my next priority to get finished.
I treated the paint job in exactly the same way I would a normal Iron Warriors tank - just like a giant Rhino really. Which was fine until I got round to painting on all the edge highlights/scratches - which admittedly took me ages.
I'm pretty happy with how the weathering came out - I was a little concerned about the sheer flat expanse of some of the surfaces; even as detailed as they are, painting them as bare steel left it looking very sparse, but that wasn't really a problem after all the mud had gone on.

I hope you like - I can't wait to get it in a game and start blasting holes in Siphs Titans.

13 Mar 2015

WIP- Ultramarine Sicaran

Hi All,

Here is an update with another Ultramarine project- a Sicaran Relic tank.
I've painted this the same way as my WIP Centurion, with several blue paints to build up the colour, I'm really happy with the overall look of the blue base colour- the combination of washes and glazes give a more natural colour, rather than it looking quite flat.

I've opted to mount the lascannon's on this tank, the perfect tank hunter.

To add to the 'relic' nature of the vehicle, I've add a number of scrolls and honours- all adding to the overall venerable feel. I intend to add transfers to the tank, including reference to the XIII legion, and potentially further honours/kill markers etc. Left to do is to complete the lenses of the windows, and weathering.

Thanks for looking! 

25 Feb 2015

Chaos Warhound Project - blog post compilation

Hi all - to finish off this series of blog posts (until I get better pics or have a game with the Warhound) I thought I would compile the links to all 18 of the the posts in chronological order to a) hopefully help out anyone else looking to tackle this sort of project and b) so I can easily find and remember how to build my second Warhound when I finally get on to that project.

Starting the Warhound project
Building Feet and more build guides
Two Warhound Titans!
Building the Legs
Building the Torso
Interchangeable Weapons
Painting the Torso interior
Finishing the Torso interior painting
Painting the Armour Panels
Painting the Legs
Finishing the Torso and Head build
Painting the Head
Painting the Carapace
Finishing the Torso
Attaching the Torso
Plasma Blastgun
Vulcan Mega Bolter
Canis Ferrum lives - the finished Warhound

Hope you find it useful and it inspires you to tackle your own Titan project - looking at you LordH!

21 Feb 2015

Chaos Warhound Project - Canis Ferrum is alive!!!!!

Well, its been the biggest (geek) project I have ever undertaken, coming in at over 3 months (starting on 05/11/2014 and finishing on 18/02/2015) worth of planning, prepping, building and painting, but the Chaos Warhound is finally complete! I kind of wish I had a mini bottle of champagne to launch it with...

I'm going to try and get some good photos taken when I can (its a bit too big for the normal A3 background and daylight bulb...), but I couldn't not share a few pics now could I???
 I'm really happy how she turned out in the end  - loads of care went into it and I only hope that if I can get her onto the tabletop she doesn't get blown to pieces in two turns (which tbh, is going to happen...).
I hope you like the name - was a bit of an easy choice and compliments Siph's Canis Bellum and Canis Praetor Warhounds. I think will also have to follow his lead on storage solutions...

So now that I have an empty hole in my life after only working on this for so long, I need to work out what to do next... I have lots of fun toys in the backlog, as well a pile of Dark Vengeance Cultists I ashamedly keep using despite them being unpainted...of course there is always the other Warhound...

19 Feb 2015

Chaos Warhound Project - Vulcan Mega Bolter

Hi guys - not many posts left now before this project is complete!

Today I'm showing off the Vulcan Mega Bolter that is now finished:
 As with every other piece of the Warhound, the weapon is packed with detail...
 There's not much more I can say about the painting at this point - it was just more of the same Warhound fun!

16 Feb 2015

Necron Canoptek Spyder #3

The weeman room is out of commission at the moment and work is taking up all my time as I am away from home at the mo and in the middle of moving too, so blog posts will be few and far between until the new one is ready!
That aside, I've managed to do the third and final Canoptek Spyder for my Necrons, they are a Codex Unit of 0-3 Spyders, so now I have three to get across the board and use that monsterous creature status to good effect, one just dies trying...
Like the second one seen here, he is a basic gribbly, no particle beamers. As i am scheduling this post, the Necron Codex will hopefully be out by now and maybe these haven't been nerfed.
Thanks for stopping by, cheers. Siph

12 Feb 2015

WIP Ultramarine Centurion

Hi one and all, thanks for stopping by.

Here is a quick post showing my WIP Ultramarine Centurion Sergeant, with Grav Weapon- the first of a squad of 6, all with Heavy Grav with a combo of Missile pods and bolter chest weapons.

I've spent some time perfecting the 'Blue' for my marines- with this being the look I wanted.. (only taken 20 years..)This is a combination of 7 steps:
  • Choas Black/Abbadon Black undercoat
  • Macragge Blue spray
  • Wash of Drakenhof Nightshade
  • Layered UM Blue (oringial colour)
  • Dry brush of Codex Grey (x2)
  • Glaze of Gulliman Blue
With the blue complete I then added details to the weapons, trims and 'the bling' etc.

As you may have noticed I did a head swap, and used spare heads from the Grey Knight kit, so much better than the marine/terminator helmet. I have also added some modelling putty to the 'neck' so that the head is slightly higher. The other minor swap is that I have altered the 'arms', instead of using them as pairs (similar heraldry on the fists to mark a pair) I selected them as to the pose I wanted- and am happy with the results

 I also tried to add some 'light effect' coming from the grav weapon, (above)  I need to finish this off, making it a little more brighter, and 'effective'

Left to do are the cabling, little details here and there and a banner/ominscope- then on to the other 5...

thanks for looking! 

9 Feb 2015

Chaos Warhound Project - Plasma Blastgun

With only the weapons left to paint up, I'm really on the home stretch now and even closer to the end of the project now that the first weapon is finished.
I was looking forwarding to painting the Plasma Blastgun; it was a chance to really throw a bit more colour onto the model and lighten it up a bit.

Painting-wise it was no different from the rest of the model and I used the same blue plasma-lighting effects so it ties in with the rest of my Iron Warriors army.
 A little tip - I covered the nut attached to the weapon in masking tape to make sure the paint didn't clog the threads and the weapon attaches to the arm smoothly.

5 Feb 2015

Chaos Warhound Project - Attaching the Torso

Morning peoples - after a bit of a lull, we are back to making progress on the Warhound.

The last post was about finishing the torso paint job, so now we need to look at attaching it to the legs - but first the head needs attaching and some cabling needs connecting between the head and torso.

The head was simple enough, I had already drilled it and pinned so that I could dry-fit it - so this only needed gluing.

The cables come in long 6inch straight strips, so its up to the modeller to measure, cut and bend as needed. I purposefully cut mine long and then out came the hairdryer to heat and bend to shape. It was then much easier to trim the final mm's off to get them to fit. Lastly they were painted up in the same style as the other cabling on the Warhound.
Nicely fitting cables!

Next up - attaching the torso to the waist. I had already drilled and pinned where the parts would meet (you can see it in various pictures of the torso and legs, so that it sat relatively securely, but the single pin still allowed for rotation (which we don't want). So I drilled a small pilot hole in an obscured divot (you can just about make out the pin shining a little in the pic below - directly above the waist line with squares bits) for pinning laterally. This meant that when glued, I could drill and pin from another angle to make the model even more stable.
 Lastly, now that I no longer needed to be able to place the torso on its roof, the spikes were painted and attached.
And there you have it, all of a sudden the Warhound is looking pretty darn close to complete! Just the weapons left...

2 Feb 2015

Necron Army Progress So Far

Hello All, ;)  Just a quick update shot of where the Necrons lie so far, I am rather pleased how the scheme has turned out and now need to concentrate on some Immortals and a few more Annihilation Barges, maybe a Ghost Ark and a Command Barge... but I'll keep adding :)
And not forgetting the Apoc only Obelisk!
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