30 Oct 2016

Dreadtober Project Finished! - Plastic BatC Contemptor Dreadnought

Hello, Happy Dreadtober/Halloween if you are that way inclined. Thanks for dropping in. Here is my latest addition to the Relictors Battle Company, this time the 4th Company. This is my completed Dreadtober Challenge plastic Betrayal at Calth Contemptor Dreadnought.
I cut the leg and re-positioned to give more movement to the rather static plastic pose, and twisted the model at the waist to give a more dynamic sense of movement, perhaps in the middle of a turn to confront a new emergent threat?
I used a few SM transfers and subtly weathered them. The lower leg one denotes veteran status and 4th Company.
 I chose to have the Assault Cannon in the downward position merely to reflect he is changing stance to confront the next enemy. The remains of a dead Necron lies on the base, blasted apart moments ago...
All my Dreadnoughts have a black right shoulder, this time I chose to do a facing of green, the 4th Company colour as well as the large '4's'!
I would just like to say a thanks to the other Dreadtober participants for the constant source of motivation and some inspiration and to Joe B at Broken Paintbrush for organising this years event. And to Greggles for the original idea.
Lastly, a close up of the simple heat stain effect for barrels and exhausts, just application of 4 washes over a bright metal barrel. Tutorial from Ron at From the Warp here Heat Staining, we miss you Ron!

24 Oct 2016

Dreadtober - More Progress with B&C Plastic Contemptor Dreadnought

Hello, welcome to my blog, I've been working on the plastic Contemptor dreadnought for my Relictors growing force. Good progress has been made this week, I finished off the base with a few dead Necron legs (it's last victim!) and some flock for some spot colour, in a similar scheme to the rest of my forces.
I also finished off the Torso, Engine and Head, the name on the scroll work is perhaps his name, "Strength of Will, Courage of Will" being the battle cry of the Relictors Chapter. Maybe I will have to do a brother of his named Courage of Will?!

Battlecry of the Relictors Chapter

I also decided that the armament will be standard for the 40K Codex entry, of an Assault Cannon and Powerfist, rather than model him as a Mortis or something, this way he can be my 'cheaper' Contemptor. I also coloured the shoulder black like my previous Dreadnoughts, but with a green facing, denoting 4th Company colours, as my 5th Company is huge and has a great arsenal already, my fledgling 4th Company can do with reinforcements. Still to add some heat staining washes to the barrels.

Should have him finished in the next week, thanks to the encouragement and motivation Dreadtober has given me. Cheers guys and gals.


19 Oct 2016

Chaos Daemonettes Commission by Rob at 30Kplus40K

Hello, as some who frequent this blog may know, I have a rather large To-Do pile, a great place to be no doubt, more minis than I have time for doing myself is not a complaint! So, what could I do? I work hard, earn a decent crust so why not help a fellow blogger expand their skill set and get something done on my To-Do pile at the same time!
Rob at 30Kplus40K messaged me a long while ago reference experimenting with possible commission work, I didn't check Google mail for ages (Soz Rob!) and when I replied, I said I'd be interested in getting some Daemons done and as it was Rob's first commission, I'd seen his own work, so gave him free reign in how they were painted. I specified that i'll do the bases to match my own and that I like the 'traditional' Daemonettes scheme.
Rob did an excellent job, kept me informed throughout and was a great price, one we were pretty unsure about as it was his first commission and I thought they were worth more! We came to a favourable price between us.

Has Rob started down the road of Commission painting for a job, or as a side project to fund his awesome Solar Auxilla force budget - who knows? But if you are interested in getting a UK based genius to do some of your To-Do pile for you, feel free to check out his blog and contact him through Google+.

I'm just finishing the bases of the 'Pink' Horrors he did for me too! You may have seen them on his blog, Tzeentch works in bright assorted colours indeed! Love them!

16 Oct 2016

Dreadtober - Progress with B@C Plastic Contemptor

Dreadtober continues and I am finding working to a challenge very productive and rewarding, something I might put off or not doing yet is getting done. Great news!
Here is the latest progress of the plastic Contemptor Dreadnought, I started from the base upwards, legs are done, now working on the torso and head and front chassis piece. Looking good to be finished by the end of October for sure!

You can follow more Dreadtober participants at Broken Paintbrush blog.

12 Oct 2016

The Beginnings of a Genestealer Cult - Space Hulk Hybrids

Hobby Butterfly strikes again! I still have my copy of Space Hulk (2nd Edn circa 1996) inside the box I have the Genestealer and Deathwing (circa 1990) expansions too, extra rules, tiles and more importantly Miniatures. In this delightful plunge into the closet of doom - I retrieved the beginnings of a Cult... the 2nd Generation Hybrids from the Genestealer expansion. (I've also two copies of Space Hulk Circa 2009 - one yet to be unwrapped!)
Here are the first of my Genestealer Cult miniatures, they will be mixed in with the modern Hybrid models and armed with a mix of old and new weapons, here they have the original 'chaos' Heavy Weapons for taking on the Deathwing Librarians in the Space Hulk expansion, Chaos Conversion Beamers, Missile Launchers, Autocannon and some Ork Bolters and Bolt Pistols, Ork Plasma Gun, RTB01 Bolters and an Ork Chainsword...
Also with so much Space Hulk, I still had plenty of Purestrain Genestealers on the sprues still, so 5 of them (there are about 50 more if needed!) will also move across to the Cult.

Hmm, what Hive Fleet, well I love the simplicity of the Hive Fleet Kraken tutorial from Tale of Painters and the scheme will allow me to fit my old Imperial Guard Leman Russ Tanks and Squad from way back when I fancied painting something different. These will be incorporated with some Genestealer Cult frame bits icons, and head swaps and Knives, then I'll finally actually have a use for them on the battlefield, I never was going to build an entire Guard Army!

Goodbye grand ideas of a Vraks PDF, and hello insidious Cult... thank-you GW! Awesome!
So, for the cost of nothing so far, I have the start of the Hive Fleet Kraken Genestealer Cult - an insidious beacon for the approaching doom... don't expect rapid progress like Mordian7th, my hobby butterfly flutters around jobs to keep me interested!

Right, off to go write a GW Gift List and email my nearest and dearest...

8 Oct 2016

Dreadtober - Late to the party but I'm IN

I need all the motivation there is to make a dent in the ever large To-Do pile, so this year I decided to join in the shenanigans of the Dread-tober, this year being run by the talented Joe B at Broken Paintbrush. It's not too late to join up (i guess) so need some motivation to get a Dread-like mini done and by a deadline? Check out the link above.

Greggles, the founder, is doing some IRL wedding and honeymoon stuff, so Joe B has taken up this years mantle. Here is a list of this year's Participants to date, I've just emailed to join today - late I know, but not too late to get one done this month!
I've decided to do the Plastic Betrayal at Calth Contemptor, shown here in an earlier post. HERE. And the photo above shows that I have done little since August! Hence, the great idea of getting motivated by Joe B and co. I've now glued the arms, drilled the barrels and stuck two stones to the base...

Come join the fun!

3 Oct 2016

Terrain and Scenery - Cargo Containers - Alternative 40K Scenery

Hello Readers, so today I have an alternative to the great GW Munitorum Armoured Containers scenery. These are more along the lines of the FW containers that FW keep adorning their terrain pieces with, however slightly larger than the GW ones and not as detailed or cannot be opened. But, if like me you want LOS blocking scenery - then these are ideal!
Here is the Imperial Space Marine for size comparison. 
See, these are the big brother of the Container scenery, a Land Raider can hide behind these easily.
(Image from King Fluff, blogger buddies at Battle Bunnies Blog - check them out! Great Pre-Heresy stuff everywhere!! - permission sought)

As you can see in the Battle Bunnies image above, the GW containers barely cover the Tech Priest, and a Marine can stand up inside, but no more.
These alternative scenery metal boxes can almost fit a Rhino inside, the hatch looks a little too small but the size overall easily hides a Rhino - an a disembarked squad for good measure.
And, for you Imperial Knight barons, yes, two stacked can easily hide your Knights! Where are these from you ask? They are from the European Company Gamemat.eu the same as the Battle Mat shown. Check out the site. I pre-ordered these ages ago before GW was producing their versions and I didn't know GameMat were doing a line in pre-painted scenery too. Lots of industrial buildings and they look good basically painted, ready to add the details and transfers to taste.
Speaking of the Game Mats, I have also purchased bags for both the mats I bought. £5 each. They deliver to UK and Europe and the US. Hopefully you found the review of the above useful and a possible alternative for your tables.

Cheers, Siph.

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