18 Mar 2019

Terrain and Scenery - Barricade Scratchbuilt from Printer Spares

Hi All, thanks for dropping by. A simple piece of terrain I did for my Boss's son, He recently asked for Warhammer40K presents at Christmas, so as a nice gift to a newbie, I thought I'd help out his terrain collection and hopefully inspire him along the route of doing terrain too.
It actually came about from a conversation about the spare printer plastic (i think for adapting the printer to US Legal Size paper) and was going into the bin when I joked it would make a great Space Marine Barricade, and the boss agreed. I then thought "you know what, I'll do just that" and did.
I added two firing platforms from some spare Rhino top hatches and some resin vent casts as tank-trap dragons-teeth, cut the ramparts to size for the Primaris Marines on the firing steps.
I added a spare Skull from the Arcane Ruins, some Chaos Vehicle Accessory Chains and an interior screens piece from a Land Raider. I added a scope to the skull to make it seem like the screens were showing what the skull can see.
The barricade had sprue debris added and painted Mournfang Brown drybrushed Karak Stone earth and Skavenblight Dinge barricade. Dawnstone washed Nuln Oil debris and concrete. The wall was highlighted and skull painted Zandri Dust before washes in streaks to look dirty.
A few choice transfers from Baneblade Sheet and SM Vehicle Sheet and the printer plastic was transformed!
Not bad if I say so myself, it looks up to the task and quite a good terrain piece.
Terrain is often overlooked or thought to be expensive, well in all, this was pretty much free besides a delve in the bitz box and a hardboard offcut. Terrain is the third army on the table and really enhances the feel of games. Hopefully this inspires someone to have a look around the Office for suitable spares :)

Thanks for dropping by, Cheers, Siph. (5pts for Scenery)

15 Mar 2019

Chaos Daemons - Pink Horrors of Tzeentch

Hello one and all,

I've had some time away with work in hotels, so I picked my trusty case with models and paint, and finished a unit of Pink Horrors (and next weeks post too).

These were painted the same as my other 2 units of 10, just with different coloured tongues to make out the units in combat.
The pink was achieved with a base coat of Emperor's Children Pink over a white base, with then a wash of Carroburg Crimson.
A nice bright unit to go with my daemon force.

Cheers, Lord Halfpenny (10 points to the annual painting total)

11 Mar 2019

Legio Astorum - Forge World Warlord Titan Build #22 - Magnetizing the Arms

Hello Titanseers, continuing the build for the mighty Warlord Titan, every Titanseer has to answer the question "How am I going to mount the Arms", well this is my take. I intially chose a rack and pin horizontally, but when all constructed with the armour, a butterfly screw didn't have any room in the armpit area so I chose strong magnets. These have about 2.5 to 3Kg pull and hold the arms sufficiently.

The link to the whole Titan Construction process can be found HERE.

I chose 8mm x 30mm rod Neodymium magnets and drilled a suitable hole to recess the magnets in the arm. I chose to slant the Bellicosa Volcano Cannon slightly downward, hence the angle.
As you can see, to sit fluch to the arm recess, the magnet is slightly proud of the ribbed details, thus ensuring a contact fit with the arm mount magnets.
The arm mount magnets were two end to end 8mm x 12mm rod magnets giving me 24mm depth and the doubling up doesn’t give an equivalent pull of the weapon rod magnets, but I just chose smaller ones in case I had to come across the pins in the arms seen in earlier post Pinning Arms and Shoulders, but it was fine and doubling up ensured a strong pull but also a ribbed surface area at the join between the two magnets within the arm so a physical grip to defy gravity as well as the magnetic pull to suspend the arm, If you have room, 8mm x 30mm rods would be ideal too, giving a greater pull.
So a quick look of what is yet to do, plus the head and second arm weapon - yet to be started, I substituted the Mars Alpha head I had constructed for a Mars Beta WHW Exclusive head.
And some more progress on the armour plates, the Titan now has it's groin protection! Slowly getting there.

Dominus Victoria will Walk at the next UK Titan Owners Club event, where she will be battling alongside 80 (yes 80!!) other Titans! I will be sure to post lots of photos.  Remember to register your own Titans at Titan Owners Club, and if you want some cool Titan Owners Club merchandise they even now have a Spreadshirt Shop, all profits go to buying Titan sized terrain :)

Cheers for dropping in and thanks, Siph.

8 Mar 2019

Legio Crucius - Warbringer Nemesis Titan - WIP #8 - Rites of Colour

Hello! and thank you for stopping by!

I've making some serious progress with the Warbringer Nemesis now, this might be helped with a box I picked up last week (its big).

With regards the Warbringer Nemesis I have washed the endo-skeleton with Agrax to add depth, and then the slow process of washing/highlighting the armour panels.

I have also opted to use Agrax over the platform on the top of the titian, and over the Quake cannon. details were picked out with gold, and then will be washed/highlighted like the plates.
The head, I've gone for a 3 tone colour, using the 3 colours I've used over all my titans, edged with gold. The model has been prepared to allow the LED lights to be housed in the head, and the power pack in the body.
The legs have had all the pistons added, and then the brass hips have been washed and highlighted to match the Reaver titan.
Slowly getting there.
Thanks for looking! LH

4 Mar 2019

Legio Astorum - Forge World Warlord Titan Build #21 - Main Body Torso Painting

Hello Titanseers, more progress on the Warlord Dominus Victoria, a proper step forward, the main bulk of mass of the titan done. Although a lot of the endo-skeleton will be covered in the numerous Armour Plates, I still put a lot of detail into the superstructure.

The link to the whole Titan Construction process can be found HERE.

The main waist spotlights (I guess) were painted Stormhost Silver and layered with FW Angron Red clear red, the lower halves washed Reikland Fleshshade and Druichi Violet and then more Angron Red. I also painted the smaller lights in a similar fashion, the green (Starboard side) being Biel-Tan Green.
I picked out the inner piston tubes with bright silver and some grime toward the end. added the tertiary close-in weapon Mauler Bolt Cannons and Lascannons.
I chose to add Legio Astorum livery to the reactor vent ridges, and used Soulstone Blue on the Void Shield Projectors.
The rear deck guard rails were fitted and the door decorated with the AdMech black and white and the certificate number '104' so the embarking Princeps gets the correct God Machine!
The left hand door has a Legio Astorum halo, I picked out a few pipes and grills and added some red lights.
I thought the Gyro Stabilisers required a little touch of technical colour and a decal from the Imperial Knights sheet was ideal.
I fitted the rear facing defensive weapons. Only a Warlord Titan calls dual twin-linked Lascannons a tertiary armament!
The central carapace and the forward reactor cooling vents were also painted in the Legio Astorum livery to avoid a big mass of metal and will link in nicely with the Shoulder Pauldron armour plates.
So, some real progress made now, just a mass of armour plates, head, arms and secondary carapace weapons to do... haha, still lots to do, and this is where the detailing and decals will bring her to life.
It feels good to have the main constituents of the Warlord frame now completed, it no longer mocks me from the side of the room! I am on target to have it completed by the June Titan Owners Club UK Walk.

Dominus Victoria will Walk at the next UK Titan Owners Club event, where she will be battling alongside 80 (yes 80!!) other Titans! I will be sure to post lots of photos.  Remember to register your own Titans at Titan Owners Club, and if you want some cool Titan Owners Club merchandise they even now have a Spreadshirt Shop, all profits go to buying Titan sized terrain :)

Cheers for dropping in, Thanks, Siph.

1 Mar 2019

Legio Crucius - Warbringer Nemesis Titan - WIP #7 more paint

Hi one and All,

A crazy week here - steady progress with the Warbringer. with the parts starting to come together. I will need to finish all the gold trim and details, but slowly the Titan is coming together.

The panels aren't fixed into place yet. The AA guns are magnetised to allow movement of the barrels.

 The head has a very space marine sergeant feel with the 3 tone, Red, White and Black finish.
 The box of armour plates still to go...

 Fingers crossed that the next post will have the titan virtually finished! LH

27 Feb 2019

Squaduary 2019 Complete - Vanguard Skitarii and Ranger Snipers

Hello All, thanks for dropping by. I completed the Vanguard Skitarii Squad a week early and as promised I continued to progress with some more Skitarii whilst Squaduary was still in full swing.
This week I progressed with the next squad of Skitarii Rangers, these will form the firepower of 2 five man squads of Rangers used for area denial, with Transqueric Arquebuses (Arquebi? / Arquebusi? / Arquebus' ?) The long range of the Arquebus 60in and the Character sniper ability means they can be effective even sitting back denying Deep Strike. The secondary Ranger armament of Galvanic Rifles reaches out to 30in so again have some effective reach.
You can have 2 special weapons in a five man squad, three in a ten, so when I purchase another squad I will have enough for two squads of Five, just cheap effective anti-area denial Rangers with effective sniper reach, only at 65pts a squad.
So, that wraps up Squaduary for another year, thank you to all participants for the mutual encouragement, a few more blogs I can now follow and a special thanks to Rory at Stepping Between Games for organizing again.

Cheers All. (3 more painting points)

25 Feb 2019

Necron Dynasty - Army so Far - Feb 2019

Hi All, well amongst painting Relictor Space Marines, Titans and various other hobby projects when my HBS (Hobby Butterfly Syndrome) allows, I've been plugging away at the Necron Dynasty - slowly emerging from its Tomb World...
This was the state of the army back in February 2015, Scarabs, air power and Imotekh Stormlord, so since this I have heavily added to the Warriors and Destroyers and Immortals...
Three Night Scythes and an Obelisk should be enough airpower, Obelisks when Apoc first dropped were quite effective anti-air, but now I think it's quite nerfed...
Here is the Triarch Stalker and Tomb Stalker with a C'Tan Shard or in apoc games a Transcendent C'Tan and furthest right is the Forge World Tesseract Ark.
Here is a better shot of the Tesseract Ark and the Annihilation Barge, Canoptek Wraiths and the ‘line highlight nightmare’ Ghost Ark - kinda put me off getting a Dommsday Ark, but I guess I'll get one eventually...
Here is Imotekh the Stormlord at the head of the phalanx of Warriors, I like the idea that a Necron Army should have lots of Warriors so 55 so far, might stop at 60...
Then some Scarabs, 18 bases so I can spawn lots or have three maxed out units. I added at least six Scarabs to each base, many people play these with just four but they are meant to be a swarm so more the better imho.
Every Dynastic Overlord needs a bodyguard, so my Lychguard and Praetorians so far. Think I will add some Warscythe wielding ones too, or maybe another 5 'sword and board'.
In 7th you could field a Destroyer Cult, so I built one, now just lots of Destroyers and two Heavy Destroyers converted using Tomb Blade Gauss Weapons, and led by a Destroyer Lord.
My Canoptek beasts, Canoptek Wraiths, of which I have another 9 to do; Canoptek Spyders and some Forge World Acanthracites - the Canoptek Mosquitoes.
The Obelisk I made when they were more effective at anti-air, now I guess it will not get much use, another purchase in the future will be a Tesseract Vault - it's quite an imposing vehicle so will definitely be coming soon(ish).
The main guy himself, his rules in 5th were really good, somewhat nerfed now, but I like the mini, I can always play as an Overlord. The Lord behind is the spare from the Annihilation Barge kit, and Vargard Obeyron the ideal bodyguard flanks him on the right.
There you have it, not a bad looking force, second to my beloved Space Marine Relictors Battle Company but still a sizeable force.
Thanks for checking this out and dropping by.

Cheers, Overlord Siph.
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