23 Nov 2020

Legio Astorum - Reaver Titan "Aquila Oculus" - WIP #8 - Weapon Arms and Power Couplings

Hello Titanseers, more progress on the Reaver No.2, Aquila Oculus now has some arms to fight with! I chose a 'disco' Reaver, two triple-barreled Battle Titan Laser Blasters and a carapace mounted dual-barrel Turbolaser Destructor. As you can see from the above WIP pictures, I have used 8mm x 30mm rod magnets for the arms and small 2mm x 3mm for the hose connectors. A trick is to mark the poles different colours so you dont mess up polarity - this way I can swap out and exchange weapons between Battle Titans (Reavers and Warbringers).
The cross hatching and no paint ensures a strong bond for the Armour Plates, and the magnet sits flush with the gun casing so the Arm mounts have a strong connection. The slot on top of the weapon fits snuggly with the Armour Panel so they sit in the correct position for the Arm mount and magnet. Simple to do.
The weapons come with right angled hose connectors, these are the re-modded Battle Titan weapons, I find it easier to glue the hoses to the torso and add the hose connectors to the hoses rather than the individual weapons, meaning the weapons simply pulls downward at the arm joint and lifts away leaving the hoses on the torso - a simple clunk into place, the hose magnets ensure the hoses sit correctly on the weapon mount regardless whether it is a left arm or right arm - the weapons are interchangeable - if the right angle connectors were fitted, they would not be exchangeable between left and right.
The hoses are pinned for strength at the torso connection point, and a small magnet in the dome of the hose connector to fit into the concave of the weapon mount.
In preparation for the coming together of the Rites of Construction, several of the Armour Plates were also finished off. The Aquila is red to match the red half Aquila heraldry on Aquila Oculus.
And the completed 'Disco' Arms, two Battle Titan Laser Blasters, I kept the blue armour free from kill markings or star map motifs as these are both completely interchangeable between left/right and Reaver/Warbringer. The Armour plates were painted separately and then clamped and glued into place afterwards, making sure to roughen up the surfaces for the JB Weld to better adhere.

The metal is simple, Leadbelcher washed with a mix of Nuln and Agrax, drybrushed with Necron Compound (oh the heresy!), gold is picked out with Vallejo Model Colour Brass (70.801) which is an almost perfect match for Citadel's Retributor Gold and washed Reikland Fleshshade. The central barrel sections had a drybrush of Soulstone Silver and further Nuln Oil at the extremities, to add some interest.
The muzzles received the same heat staining effect as the carapace Turbo Laser Destructor, just a simple drybrush of black around the muzzle, then a sequential washes of black, blue, purple and sepia - Nuln Oil, Drakenhof Nightshade, Leviathan Purple and Seraphim Sepia going backwards along the barrel. It adds some much needed colour and interest to plain barrels.

Just the base (not required but all my Titans are based for extra stability and the base acts as a third side of a triangle making the legs super rigid and strong) and the main torso section to complete now before it all gets sanctified and Walks! I'm hoping to have this Titan completed before the year is out - I may not be the fastest but this is 3.5 times faster than my Warlord build time! :)

Cheers, Princeps Seniores Siph

16 Nov 2020

Relictors Chapter Space Marines - Primaris Aggressors Squad

Hello All, thanks for dropping in. Today I would like to showcase my latest addition to the growing Primaris reinforcements to my Relictors Chapter - some well needed firepower - Primaris Aggressors.
Even though these are the 'firstborn Centurions' of the Primaris range, they are a lot easier to paint and I did in a main assembly including the head which needs to be in place before the cowling; power cables and shoulder pauldrons.
Here is the Sergeant, I didn't see that the model has a spare set of skull adorned Boltstorm gauntlets until I'd fitted one, so he just has one 'badge of honour' on his fists. The box allows all three to be built as troops.
And here is the first of the troops, I intend expanding the squad in the future as they are just so effective on the tabletop.

Cheers, Siph (6pts)

9 Nov 2020

Relictors Space Marines - Company Champion

Hello All, thanks for dropping in to have a look. This is a rather special post to me - my official completion to my Relictors 5th Battle Company! This is the special limited edition Army Box set Veteran Sergeant model, converted and re-armed to be the Company Champion.
The Combat Shield comes from the 2nd Edn metal Terminators, the arm from a 3rd party Emperor of Mankind model, the power pack from a Limited Edition Sternguard Sergeant metal model too. I added a plastic arm and voila. The original arm with the raised Storm Bolter is on my Veteran Squad with Storm Shields and Storm Bolters.
I used a 32mm adapter ring to increase the base size. The Power Sword was layered with Kantor Blue, Sotek Green and then edged with Templeguard Blue and Baharroth Blue at the tip.
The purples were Contrast Shylish Purple highlighted Daemonette Hide. The power nubs on the reverse of the shield were coated with Nihilakh Oxide.
The traditional Company Command Squad now complete, Veterans, Ancient Banner Bearer, Apothecary and finally the Champion - I have an extensive Battle Company as sold in the Battle Company Box Set now OOP -
  • 2 HQ Characters - Company Captain plus one
  • 1 Razorback
  • 1 Command Squad - 2 Vets, Apothecary, Banner, Champion
  • 6 Tactical Squads and Rhinos
  • 2 Devastator Squads and Rhinos
  • 2 Assault Squads
However it was never officially complete without a Company Champion, so finally after 11yrs I did it (with a lot of extra Armoury additions and a fledgling 4th Company and Primaris reinforcements...)

Cheers for stopping by, Siph. (10pts)

2 Nov 2020

Adeptus Mechanicus - Technoarcheologist Daedalosus

Hello All, thanks for dropping in. Daedalosus is an Adeptus Mechanicus Technoarcheologist, who is charged with uncovering and analyzing the technological relics of Mankind 's dark past. This has led him to scour the frontiers of Imperial territory, where he has picked through scrap worlds and ancient battle-zones in search of hidden wonders.

I bought this at a fair price online as it is only available in Blackstone Fortress stuff which I neither have the time or inclination to get into, however his stats and cost are too good not to use on the battlefield - +1 to Hit for Units near him and on a visible enemy within 24in of Daedalosus, so park him with your big hitters and you get a juicy bonus for hitting the enemy!
It's a nice sculpt, the aerials were a bit fiddly and didn't survive first contact with the carpet when dropped, but otherwise cool wargear and Eradication Pistol (Ray Gun!)
His other hand is a super-Auspex-Omniscope, the Omniscanner and in his satchel/holster must be the Archeotech Device he can use once per game to either heal friendlies or mortal wound the enemy.
The robes were Mephiston Red, washed Agrax, layered Mephiston Red, highlighted Evil Sunz Red.  The copper is Fulgurite Copper washed Agrax and highlighted with base colour. The leather Mournfang Brown, washed Nuln and highlighted Balor Brown. The one leather glove is Doombull Brown and Wazdakka Red.

A lovely little addition to the AdMech Forces, and a cheap boost unit character. So many little details to bring out and make the AdMech quite pleasant to paint - until I have to do more of my Skitarii Squads!

Cheers, Siph (10 points)

28 Oct 2020

Dreadtober 2016-2020 Recap - Six Dreadnoughts in 5 Years

Hi Dreadtober-teers, thanks for dropping by, since I finished this year's pledge a week early I thought I'd continue my Dreadtober posts this week with the re-cap of my offerings over the years of participating with this fine friendly hobby event - as you can see from the photo above, the event has been fruitful and I am six Dreadnoughts better off for my five years of participation.
2020 - Relic Leviathan Dreadnought with Grav-Flux Bombards

2018 - MKIV Ironclad Dreadnought from Forge World

2017 - Modern Deredeo with Space Marine Casualty

2016 - Plastic Contemptor Dreadnought with re-posed legs

Cheers, and great work to all the Dreadtober-teers this year, thanks for the inspiration and the Dreads! And not forgetting it was run by Marc (Old School Gaming) so a massive thanks to him for keeping the hobby event alive for another year! And thanks to the founder Greggles, and Joe B and Todd (Sincain40K) and Joel (Mordian7th) for their contributions through the years too.

Cheers, Siph.

26 Oct 2020

Necrons - Canoptek Scarabs and Canoptek Reanimator

Hello All, thanks for dropping by. I started on my Indomitus Necrons and the first out the box was the 'War of the Worlds' Canoptek Reanimator. Love this new aspect of the Necrons, very alien looking, great miniature. But first, I painted the new Canoptek Scarabs.
The new Canoptek Scarabs come as blobs of Scarabs to look more like the swarms they are, a vast improvement on the single 4 Scarabs per base of the old Warriors. I added at least six to each of my bases to make more swarm-like. But these look great 'out of the box'.
To blend them in to the masses of old Scrab bases I have, I added some old spare Scarabs and some of the smaller spare Scarabs from the Tesseract Vault.
The new piles of Scarabs look great
Here is a shot of the entire Swarm of Scarabs, they fit in nicely. 
And the new addition to the Necron forces, a Canoptek Reanimator, to boost the reanimation protocols of the nearby units. I added more spare pieces of a Kastelan Robot to the ruins of the base, a head unit and a spare arm-thumb piece.
I love the tall gangly looking aspect of this one, so much different from the rest of the Necron range, I can't wait for his bigger brother, the 'Canoptek Doomstalker' with the 'Doomsday Blaster' cannon atop - coming soon, who doesn't want a 48in Heavy D6 S10 -5AP D6dmg gun. OOoooh-LAAaaaa (War of the Worlds ref.)
Image from Games Workshop Warhammer Community
Here you can see the unfortunate Kastelan robot, he is slowly being phased away by the feeder tendrils of some Scarabs. converting his mass into energy.
I added two spare Tesseract Vault Scarabs to the base on the re-bar and Kastelan head. There are two more small Scarabs moulded onto the base as well. My second Canoptek Reanimator will have some scrap Necron Warrior parts on the base to substitute this terrain and a spare head from the Canoptek Spyder kit to make both models different.
"No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinised, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us." (War of the Worlds)
Dun Dun Durr.... Dun Dun Durr....

Cheers, Siph (17pts)

21 Oct 2020

Dreadtober 2020 - Week 3 - Pledge Complete - Relictors Leviathan Dreadnought


Hello Dreadtober-teers!

Dreadtober is an annual event held over the month of October where hobbyists pledge to do a dreadnought-sized model from the to-do pile and get it finished, going throughout October and hopefully completing 31st Oct (Halloween/All Hallows Eve) with lots of progress shots and encouragement along the way :) Check out the Dreadtober Blog in the Sidebar >>>>>
So, I really knuckled down and before I knew it, I had finished the pledge ahead of time! Meet the newest addition to the 4th Company Relictors Space Marines, a Relic Leviathan armed with twin Heavy Flamers and two Grav-Flux Bombards! Close range heavy-death for anyone who strays too close, heavy infantry, hordes and Imperial Knights, we care not!
The Grav-Flux Bombard received some brasswork and green 'grav' gubbins akin to the rest of my force's Grav Weapons, all which have a brass muzzle and green workings - stands out from the blue Plasma effects elsewhere.
The Green is also replicated in the 4th Company's codex compliant coulour markings, along with some big '4's if you were in doubt!
The base received some slate chips unpainted just drybrushed with the base highlights of Karak Stone and Ushabti Bone to link it into the rest of the base, simple and effective. 
The base also got some "Gamer's Grass" tufts and a big giant skull from the Box of Skulls kit. 
The black kneepad is the Chapter badge, white skull on back field. (For ease I used the decal skulls, not a sideways skull as Relictors should really have but I have 10yrs of Relictors - I'm not going to change anytime soon! - until GW supports with decals?!)
I have also magnetised the Grav Flux Bombards so I can re-fit with Close Combat or Melta Lance dependent on the battle and delivery in a Dreadnought Drop Pod.
And here he is alongside his Brother from 5th Company, two 'thicc chonky bois'... Thanks for dropping by and keep going Dreadtober-teers! Another week to progress where you are at!

Cheers, Siph (5pts)

19 Oct 2020

Legio Astorum - Reaver Titan "Aquila Oculus" - WIP #7 - Legs Complete

Hello Titanseers, the legs for 'Aquila Oculus' are now completed. She will soon Walk... just the small matter of Torso, Weapons, a base and power coupling hoses to do...
Last month, this was where I was, matching pairs of Leg Armour, each pair has a larger indent and a smaller indent piece, and the pairs match up so both the larger indents go in the inside leg.
I used rattle can sprays to achieve a red fade and a vinyl stencil for flames. Spray all the plate black, the top end white, then spray entire plate red except the upper most section. This gives a natural darkening to the base, getting brighter up the plate. The top was then sprayed Yellow. The white makes the uppermost flame parts brighter yellow. The red underneath, slightly orange yellows. Then stencil for flames was placed over the yellow/red fade, and the bottom half masked off. Then the stencil and top half is sprayed black, then brushed blue. Peel off the tape and stencil and you have the classic Legio Astorum flames - yes I know natural flames have yellow hearts and dark red extremities, but the Legio Astorum flames are red fading to yellow at the top, to contrast against the blue field.
A great effect and not an airbrush in sight, I must actually use it at some point, I've reached my zenith when it comes to rattle cans now!
The groin hoses were a bugger - all needed bending via a hair dryer and shaped into place, I then drilled and pinned and painted, then glued into place. The photo makes the hoses look 3D printed, they are not - they are ribbed and the light tricks the eye in the above photo.
Here you can see the drilling for the pins and the paint scratches for the other groin armour plate, this ensures a strong bond with the JB Weld onto the roughened resin surface, not to the paint layer.
And here are the final Legs posed in a stride forward (to the left in above image). The hip pistons will be counter-angled to ensure the torso is not leaning over so the movement is clear but the balance is not compromised.
Here you can see the stride out more clearly and the nice red fade. A nice set of legs...

Cheers, Princeps Seniores Siph.
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