17 Sep 2018

Vorax Battle-Automata WIP for Blogger Buddy Zzzzzz at DevosIV

Hi All, thanks for dropping in, busy with a few unfinished projects at the moment, a half painted Armiger Warglaive to make the pair, a Reaver Titan Carapace Weapon, a Squad of Necron Warriors and these Mechanicum Vorax Battle-Automata amongst other numerous projects - never can tell where the hobby butterfly takes me...

Blogger Buddy Zzzzzz, a frequent commentor here and owner of the fine Brick of Shame at Devos IV Blog is a very generous chap - or devious, can't work that one out yet ha ha.

When the Custodes first hit I purchased a number of squads - languishing in the to-do pile - and Zzzzzz had no use for his so gave them to me free on the promise I would one day return in kind with a favour... that time has come ;)

In the post came a box of resin joy and here is where I am so far. Quite fiddly and main superstructure legs are now done, bodies and arms also ready for painting just leaving the task to glue/heat/bend the ammo chutes which looks challenging, but do-able.

I'm looking forward to painting these in a differennt scheme than mine (painted by Mordian7th) so to accompany Zzzzzz's Legio Astorum Titans, like mine, I will be painting these in similar colours - like Legio Consorts, ranging ahead of the larger Titans, fixing larger targets and assassinating smaller foes ahead of the Titan God-Machines!

Soon have some colours laid down and we can go from there. A fair exchange for Custodes I reckon.

Cheers for now, Siph.

14 Sep 2018

Reaver Titan - Transfer WIP

Hi one and all,

To complete the Reaver I've decided to try to produce my own transfers. Currently there are no Decal sheets produced by GW, thus I opted to try something new.

I have purchased some water slide decal sheet paper, and will be trying this out over the weekend.

However I decided to print out some 'transfers' to test the size and fit, as well as location. I will be printing off the Legio Crucicus symbol with various sizes to go on the carapace, knee pad and on the weapons. I will also be adding the Titan Owners Club heraldry to the model, which will also have the date for any Titan Walk events the Reaver attends- as well as kill marks.

I will also try to print out scroll work text for the scroll on the Knee pad and top carapace.

The issue with these transfers is that the printer will not print 'white' so I will have to make sure any white needed will be applied to the model prior to adding the decal.

Thanks for Looking! LH

10 Sep 2018

Legio Astorum Reaver Titan "Honorum" Up Gunned - WIP - Titan Carapace Weapon Conversion

Hello All, thanks for dropping by. So with TitanOwnersClub UK Walk completed I couldn't help notice that the opposing Titans were maxed out for Titan killing with Turbo Laser power - making me feel mighty Honorum Apoc Launcher has a place, but not on the Titan Vs Titan battlefield... so the trusty Tech Adepts have sourced some new firepower. That said, it was the Apoc Launcher that finished off a wounded Warlord, earning Honorum a lovely battle honour - yet to do - I'm thinking crossed axes to denote Warlord kill.
As Titan lovers know, the FW range of Reaver Carapace Weapons does not extend very far at all, however thankfully the "no rules for minis we don't produce" has not reached as far as the FW Imperial Armour Index. The dual Turbo Laser Destructor is a hefty S16, ideal for wounding the T16 Warlord, Reaver triple Laser Blaster are only S10 - so the ideal weapon for the Carapace is a dual Turbo Laser Destructor. The choice was either buy the FW Imperial Primus Redoubt for a pricey sum and sell the board - its weapon was initially designed for the Reaver - or buy a Warhound Laser and convert, for less money I also picked up the Reaver Volcano Cannon too, up-gunning the Gatling Blaster arm....
So using a tube cap at the requisite diameter, spare weapon cowlings from a Stormtalon and some greenstuff and a magnet, I fashioned the mounting.
To cover the arm slot on top (for Warhound) I used a spare top of the Galvanic Magnavent as a hatch piece, some range ruler offcuts, some Leman Russ bits and a bit of sprue.
The illusion that this was always here was with the addition of a ladder from the Sector Mechanicus kits, and a functional access to the hatch.
I angled the small cuts on the lid to get a slight downward tilt so the rear would clear the Carapace when rotated,
I then constructed the rest of the barrels as normal using JB Weld and some clamps.
As you can see, it does the job nicely, once painted to match will look the part. I still prefer the Reaver, ahem, I mean Primus Redoubt turret, but that will be for the next Reaver... dual Triple Laser Blasters and dual Turbo Laser Destructors - 8 barrels for Titan slaying like our opposition Lynden P's glorious Engines.
I know, a Titan progress, but wrong Titan...a departure from doing the Warlord which is slowly progressing, but couldn't resist having a play getting a believable Warhound arm as a carapace mount. It should look good enough once painted up.

Hobby Butterfly Syndrome takes me wonderful places, time to get back to the Warlord... perhaps. Cheers, Siph.

7 Sep 2018

Whats the conversion?

Hello one and all!

I thought I'd drop a post to show you a current WIP converted model.
So, the question is.. what is the conversion? Answer as a comment below.. more next week..

Cheers for looking! LH

3 Sep 2018

Terrain and Scenery - Sector Mechanicus - Galvanic Magnavent

Hi, welcome and thanks for dropping by. So, with the re-release of the Imperial Knights Renegade game I thought as before I would crack out the scenery before attempting the Knights. The previous Sanctum Imperialis can be seen HERE.
As usual I based the scenery on 3mm Hardboard (Fiberboard) and added the sand and PVA, the Galvanic Magnavent was put in the middle of the gantry so Tech-Adepts can service and monitor the machine spirit.
I used tape to mask off the guard rails and painted hazard stripes, initially on two panels but I liked it so much, I did every panel. I added a ladder for access and the kit comes with various chains / pulley / cranes / pipes etc.
Gotta love the skull head davit crane thing of the 41st Millennium... You can also see the centre Magnavent is washed with the magic Lahriam Fluid with 2 drops of Mournfang Brown wash mix, for a rusty aged look.
The gantry itself was a simple black undercoat, drybrushed Leadblecher and Trollslayer Orange, similar to my previous Mechanicus themed terrain pieces. I added a rock to the base for interest, the base was marked out where the gantry and vent sat, then painted and sand/PVA applied etc separate from the building, for ease of detailing the underside etc.
I weathered the fan assemblies and hazard stripes with Agrax Earthshade over the Tau Sept Ochre base.
I painted the Magnavent main chamber to add some colour and a few pipes and wires for interest.
I even picked out a number of the indicator glass valves, whilst the crane derrick skull was given a different glaze to the gantry to show the functionality.
Each guardrail had the Mechanicus Symbol picked out in black and white and Leadbelcher, with the numeral plaque in brass.
The walkway had a simple drybrush with a few cog symbols picked out, functional colour scheme.
The exhaust apparatus was given a soot finish and here you can see the surface area, plenty of room for entire squads to get a good view of the battlefield from up here.
The main Magnavent Control Panel received some detailing.
And even in the 41st Millennium its nice to see some Health and Safety at Work firefighting equipment, a nice extinguisher.  That will help when you stand in the fan assembly on the deck treads and lose a foot...

Hope you like this new addition and see how simple and effective a drybrush finish over this terrain can be. Cheers for stopping by, thanks, Siph. (5 points - Scenery)

31 Aug 2018

WIP Marines - Redemptor Dreadnought and Repulsor

Hi One and All,

This week I've started to work through my vast collection of Primaris stuff- this was a sizable pile I've not touched since 8th was released..

So I've started building both the Redemptor dreadnought and the Repulsor tank, I've opted for the heavily armed options with the Repulsor. I've built the tank with the grav sections removed to aid with painting the armour of the tank. The tank itself was ok to build, however I do think this wasn't the easiest of tank builds. The doors haven't yet been added as I've got the Ultramarine doors from FW to add. 

 The Redemptor Dreadnought was a good build, opting for the plasma weapon option. The waist is not yet glued as I think it'll be easier when painting it.

Thanks for looking! LH

27 Aug 2018

Chaos Daemons - Nurglings of Nurgle!

Hello Readers, thanks for dropping in and having a look-see. My latest offering was a small distraction job, a set of Nurgle Nurglings I bought on a whim to add to my growing Daemon force. I really like these characterful cheeky little b&st&rds!
A rather in Nurgle taste shot of their backsides... The bases come in three interchangeable rows of Nurglings, I used Zandri Dust or Corax White as a basecoat before washing with Agrax. I picked a few Nurglings out with Deathguard Green and washed with Biel Tan Green wash.
I picked out the horns with Ushabti Bone and washed Sepia. Guts with Screamer Pink and Pink Horror I think. I added Blood for the Blood God after matt spray sealing, and then added Nurgles Rot too - both kept their gloss wet shine. I also added some 'Ardcoat over the guts and tongues.
This base I added one of the individual Nurglings that come with the kit, atop the others. The kit is very customisable, no two bases of Nurglings should ever look the same.
This base had a pair of piggyback Nurglings front and centre. Not sure the one pulling out his entrails and licking them is right in the head...
And here they are in the Battlefield, thanks for dropping by,
Cheers, Siph. (6 painting points)

24 Aug 2018

Ultramarines vs Daemon Battle Report 60 Power Points

 Hi One and All,

Me and The 6th degree caught up recently, and we decided to have a small battle, this was the 6th degree's first  battle in 8th, so we opted for a small battle.

We went for an Ultramarine force, vs a dameon horde force.

Turn 1 Ultramarines
  • Dreadnough killed 2 fiends with las fire - killing unit - first blood!
  • 2 Bloodletters with assault cannon fire
Turn 1 Daemons
  • Skull cannon took a wound from the Terminator squad
  • Flaming Chariot took 2 wounds of the Dreadnought
  • Screamers took 2 wounds from the Rhino

Ultramarine Turn 2
  •  Dreadnought takes 5 wounds of Flaming Chariot
  • Terminators take 3 wounds from Daemon Prince
  • Tactical squad kills 2 Screamers
  • Rhino removes a wound from Daemon Prince
 Daemon Turn 2
  • Pink Horrors kill 2 tactical marines with Smite
  • Flamer Chariot destroyed the Dreadnought
  •  Skullcannon killed a terminator 
  • Skulltaker charged the vindicator, taking 7 wounds!
  • 1 Bloodcrusher killed with over watch fire, the resulting combat sees one terminator die in close combat to the bloodletters, then the bloodcrushers will the remaining 3 Terminators with their Horns!
We then realise we hadn't done any moral checks! oops... so we rolled for them all at this point, so:
  •  last bloodletters who failed the check
  • Pink Horrors lost 2
  • remaining Bloodcrusher
  • 2 Tactical marines failed
  • Screamer survived!

Ultramarine Turn 3
  • Sicarius charges Skulltaker, and kills the daemon
  • 1 Flamer killed by Libararin
  • More Pink Horrors are killed
Daemon Turn 3
  •  Skullcannon killed Sicarius with fire
  • Flaming Chariot kills Vindicator with firepower
  • Flaming Chariot charges and, takes Librarian to one wound in cc

Turn 4, we review the battle field, and call it - a draw! Daemons claiming 2 objectives, and slay the warlord - 3 points, Ultramarines having 1 objective, slay the warlord and first blood!

Great Battle!

For me, the Flaming Chariot (of Doom) was a beast, taking multiple units out the fire, and the skull cannon did really well with kills via shooting each turn. LH

Thanks for looking!

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