16 Oct 2017

Dreadtober - Relictors Deredeo Dreadnought - End of Week 2

Hi folks and fellow Dreadtober-teers, reporting in after the halfway point, some progress has been made and the details are coming together nicely. I've chosen to work on the pieces separately as this speeds up the painting for me as the underlying superstructure needs messy drybrushing, so being separate I can get to the nooks and crannies.
Progress is progress, slow and steady, and I consider some of the more tricky pieces complete, the missile racks lend themselve to be painted separately indeed, and the head is done - that was basecoated white and finished in Ushabti Bone and Sepia recess wash.
Now I need to get on with the main body and legs and positioning so I can get ahead with the base, lots to still do, but I'm pleased with my work after a quite busy week at work IRL and late finishes. Next week will be busier so any progress I make will be a bonus - even if I use the time to wind down before bed, I get a few moments to relax and paint, I'm certainly no speed machine like some of the Dreadtober-teers, looking at you Mordian7th! That man can paint fast! :)

Great to see other participants progress, enjoying being along for the ride. Cheers, Siph.

13 Oct 2017

Reaver Titan ~ WIP #12 - Paint!

Hi All,

Another week, and another Reaver update, I'm slowly pacing the painting to make sure I'm happy with the overall look of the Titan.

The rear portion has had black/white hazard strips added, I just need to tidy up a few of the lines where the paint has bleed into the other colour.. happy with the look of the two colours together.
 The legs I've added the same brozen coloe to the knee joint as the hip- the next plan is to spray the lower portion of the leg black- this will be hidden behind the armour plates.

 The main carapace has had several sprays to get the look 'right' I've got another round of black spray to complete the look- where I've had 'white spray over'...
 Finally the front pelvis armour piece- this was a demo test (I had 2 pieces in the 1 set..) Again there is a little bleeding of colour- this will be painted silver for battle damage.
Thanks for stopping by and looking! LH

9 Oct 2017

Dreadtober - Relictors Deredeo Dreadnought - WIP week 1

Hi folks and fellow Dreadtober-teers, reporting in after a week of work, mainly IRL work, but managed some Dreadtober progress in the evenings, all trimmed, washed and one green stuff repair to the Aiolos Missile Launcher pod where bubbles had weakened around the vent and the vent had torn a piece off. Salvaged.
I had to straighten the barrels of the Anvillus Autocannon Array, but that was expected, and I took the step t magnetize the top Aiolos Missile Launcher so if in the future I want to field with either no array or an Atomantic Pavaise sheild thingy, I will be able too.
That's all, by the way I used JB Weld two part epoxy resin Plastic Bonder, it's the nuts! Can't recommend more - its super strong and dries within 15min, great for resin models. It's been used for my Warlord Titan and I love the strong bond, so much better than superglue which is brittle.

Click on the sidebar widget (at the top >>>>) for all the other Dreadtober updates at the dedicated Dreadtober Blog. Cheers for dropping in. Siph.

5 Oct 2017

Reaver Titan ~ WIP #11 ~ time to add some colour

Hi One and All,

I've started adding a little paint to the titan, whilst time to work on a scheme for moving forward.

Here are a couple of WIP pictures.

The Hips I've add a brass colour to the hip- which was done by masking around the area- This will then get washed to add depth to the metal work.

The Interior has had a base of boltgun metal, ready to by detailed

The weapons have had a couple of base coats added over the silver- I just need to fill in where the masking didn't do its job.. oops

The shoulder joints- like the hips have had a brass basecoat added.

I've also added colour to the lower leg armour..

Here is the titan standing to attention- with the arms in position.. There is a deliberate change from the earlier posts.. anybody notice?

I'm not a fan of these pictures of any Reaver without the leg armour- they look so skinny!

I've got a few plans for the rest of the titan, but will need to think about how I can achieve it without wrecking the head too much.. I'm also looking at building my our stencil for some patterns over the armour plate- I did try some I purchased online- however the results weren't as good as I hoped.

 Thnaks for looking! Any thoughts on the potential Legion?


2 Oct 2017

Spartember - Relictors Relic Spartan Heavy Assault Tank

Howdy All, thanks for clicking and having a look-see. So, after a few torturous weeks of track link hell, I managed to pull the Spartember challenge out of the bag! Albeit, right up to the line, I messaged Turkadactyl at 1hr to midnight on Sept 30th that I had just the green power cables of the left sponson left to go! Ha Ha - finished at 23:55 with only spray varnishing and photographing to do the next day.
Firstly, I'd like to thank Turkadactyl and NafNaf for putting together this hobby challenge and inviting other bloggers, through our mutual support and encouragement I feel we get more done and I have a fine Spartan that would have otherwise stayed languishing in the pile of To-Do for another few years... and I would consider them both Blogger Buddies :)
So on to my latest addition to the rather huge Relictors Battle Company transport pool, a Relic Spartan Assault Tank. This was scavenged from the battlefields of Thetus VI, a long lost Dark Angels Spartan, restored and sanctified by the Relictor Techmarines and passed through the Rites of Colour with some of the Heresy Era Dark Angels livery restored out of respect to their fore-bearers - Relictors are gene-breed from Dark Angel and Ultramarine geneseed.
From the front you'd be forgiven thinking it was a Heresy DA tank still, but the bone colour muzzles and grey shielded targeters hint to something else. The skull emblem is what I use for the Relictors Chapter Badge throughout their build, my freehand was not up to doing a side skull in 2009.
Only from the sides the true Relictor qualities start to show, the familiar Relictor Grey (Army Painter Uniform Grey/Codex Grey/Dawnstone washed Nuln Oil and highlighted Administratum Grey). I drybrushed the tracks last with Leadbelcher, Mournfang Brown and Agrax Wash stippled. The black areas were drybrushed Eshin Grey and Dawnstone.
The normal white Relictors badge was replaced with the black version from the FW SM Decal Sheet to link the black sections with the sides. The numeral 5 shows this vehicle is attached to the 5th Battle Company, the Company codex colour is also Black.
A rear shot showing the mighty engine reactor and exhaust towers. Every Space Marine backpack has two lights/sensors/nodes behind the head, I have always painted these red and blue, so the to sensors on the bottom of the engine got the same treatment, this is a nice addition to the tank, to link again to the force. I painted the exhaust stacks separately and attached once painted.
The hard work I went through with all the tracks really paid off and they look great IMHO. I am very pleased with my results. This is a great addition to my Relictors Armour pool, speaking of which...
Here are my Land Raider heavy support tanks and the Spartan - a nice dose of Heresy-Era relic to the motor pool. Thanks for following my Spartember progress and thanks for dropping in. Cheers, Siph.

Now i'm free to start my Dreadtober Dreadnought hobby challenge :)

30 Sep 2017

Adeptus Custodes - WIP


Thanks for popping over.

I've recently been working on a small unit of Custodes, the first 5, plus the Event model I started to use the last 7th battle with Siph at WHW. however I've decided to finish them off, as well as an addition 5 with sword and shields.
I've gone for a basic scheme, with gold sprayed as a base coat, then washed with Reikland flesh Shade then a few dry brushes of gold and silver to highlight.
The sword/spear tips I've tried something different by using soulstone blaze over a silver base layer which adds a nice finish to the blade.
Thanks for looking! Cheers, Lord Halfpenny.

28 Sep 2017

Dreadtober 2017 - Deredeo Dreadnought Pledged

So the highlight of the hobby year is here again! (Other than Spartember, Squaduary and Monster March) I love these motivational group hugs, and found last year's Dreadtober very rewarding, made some new Blogger Buddies and added some fine blogs to the Blogroll. And not forgetting my plastic BatC Contemptor I completed for last years pledge, seen above!
Here is this year's pledge, a FW Resin Deredeo Dreadnought with Missile Pod and dual twin Autocannons, and Heavy Bolters too! Lots of lovely firepower. Shame I didn't wait out and get the Heavy Lascannon variety but who knew in 8th that the humble Lascannon would return to be king.
So there you have it, Greg Todd and Joe have done a fantastic job this year and set up a dedicated Dreadtober Blog. Click on the LINK or the picture in the sidebar and get onboard with your unfinished Dreads, Large Creatures, Dreadknight, or similar....

Cheers, wish me luck, have a Spartember Spartan to finish up first!  Siph.

26 Sep 2017

Spartember - Week 4 - Finally Making Progress

Hi All, thanks for dropping by to check up on my progress. So, it seems like I am at where NafNaf and Turkadactyl were on Week 2... so I finally got the track units fitted and shaped.
I am rather pleased with my labourious endeavours, a seamless track on both units, so glad I took the time to trim and fit over and over again.
I've left off the exhaust towers so I can paint separately and get them weathered nicely before adding to the engine unit.
Then came the fitting of the sides to the hull, looking at Turkadactyl's efforts, I took the tip and made sure the track units fitted and were parallel, before clamping in several places to ensure a tight fit. I roughed up the adjoining surfaces to provide a better bond.
And the next day I had the fruits of several frustrating weeks, a solid straight tracked Spartan!
Next up was the start of the Rites of Colour, as this is a Relic Spartan, I decided not to spray completely Relictor Grey, I fancy a two tone Black and Grey scheme, so the outside of the track units were masked off and sprayed Grey, the main body will be black and I'll drybrush the tracks. I am thinking of painting the Aquila Red, to symbolise that the tank was once 1st Legion Dark Angels Black and Red colours, adapted by the Relictor Techmarines when recommissioning the long lost relic (Relictors were founded from DA and UM geneseed).

So, good progress has been made, I am happy if this is as far as I get with Spartember, it's built(!) but progress will continue this week, I've still a few days of Spartember left!

My fellow Techmarines progress is also continuing:
Kharybdiss is advancing with his Salamanders Typhon, it's looking great, metallics down and just looks like details to do.
Turkadactyl has his first Carcharadon Greys down and is advancing with his scheme too. Looking great!
Thutmos has also advanced some of his scheme for his Typhon but progress slowed due to visiting AdMech emissaries visiting the Forge.

NafNaf is lost to the warp - his Navigators are struggling with the Warp Storms created by the rift, so will report back when able. In the meantime, the forces of Space Wolves are amassing for Dreadtober perhaps?

Thanks for dropping in, more progress soon I hope. Cheers for looking, Siph.

23 Sep 2017

Reaver Titan WIP ~ #10- Pistons

Hi one and all,

A quick Reaver update- I've made steady progress with the pistons for the legs/pelvis joint. Before fitting I added 6 pins drilled into the ball joint, and then pinned in place. These holes are hidden under the pistons. 

 The pain was having to cut 3 of the pistons to allow them to fit under the joint due to the leg position- Something I hadn't foreseen before building the legs, however due to the shape of the join you can't see where I've cut at it.
 Hopefully there will be some paint added to the body for the next post..

Thanks for popping by! LH

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