29 Nov 2016

Castellax Battle-Automata w/ Power Blades #3

Hello Readers, thanks for dropping in again. Here is my latest addition to the Mechanicum force, another Castellax Battle-Automata, this one armed with a Multi-Melta and Power Blades
 A quite effective 4W Monstrous Creatures with Power Blades for extra CC attack at base S6 AP2 with Rending. Oh and a Multi-Melta, and two Flamers - not forgetting its a Monstrous Creature - Smash Attack at S10).
This was a part-painted purchase I made at cost price as the old owner wanted to move on to another army and have made the scheme more Ad Mech than the original green US Army style the previous owner had started, but I liked some of the green bits, so chose to keep the torso and fists green.
 I have a final Thanatar Siege Automaton with Plasma Mortar to finish off these big robots. Here is a group photo of the three with Power Blades and the force so far. For a playable 30K force I am still needing some units but as my blogger buddy Col H says "Fire of Cyraxis, the next Imperial Armour book? 40k Mechanicum... Delicious!"
Thanks for reading and dropping in. Some Necrons up next for me, the hobby butterfly flutters about once more! Cheers, Siph.

25 Nov 2016

Necron Destroyer #6 w/ Gauss Cannon

Hello Readers, thanks for dropping by. Another Necron Destroyer armed with the Marine killing Gauss Cannon, completed and off the To-Do pile. Working my way towards a Destroyer Cult Formation.
The Cult Formation restrictions mean fielding three squads of three Destroyers plus a Destroyer Lord and 0-1 squads of Heavy Destroyers, so three more to go until I can field the Cult. The Destroyer Lord can be found HERE.
Still battling the transfer clear film, not too bad a job here, a little frosting from this angle, but flat and smooth. Used a coat of 'Ardcoat after two applications of Micro Sol and it still slighty frosted... frustrating to say the least! But this army won't win any painting awards, it's quick clean and something different from painting grey Marines.
My pot of Brazen Brass finally became too clumpy, so I invested in a pot of Fulgurite Copper which I must say is lovely and smooth and a great colour for the capacitor coils.
Here is a shot of the Cult so far. So, a quick post and simple miniature addition to the ever-living, ever growing Necron Army.

21 Nov 2016

Captain Mordaci Blaylock "The Stormbreaker" Space Marine Terminator

Hello fair Reader, continuing from my long ago post (January!... doh!) about using Betrayal at Calth miniatures in 40K, I eventually got around to getting the Captain off the To-Do pile and in the painting queue. I hope you like the results!
Lord Halfpenny suggested that the Captain Aethon in BaC could be used for a character found in Forgeworld's IA9 Badab War Pt1, Captain Mordaci Blaylock - ideal as he is armed with Storm Bolter and Chainfist called Foe Ripper.

I removed the Combi-Melta and added a modern '40k' era Storm Bolter and a Iron Halo and done. Captain Mordaci Blaylock - The BaC Captain is an ideal miniature for this Character of renown, has blinged up Termie Armour and a cloak, his special rules also make all Terminator Squads Scoring Units - in 7th we (WeeMen) interpret that as Obj Sec as everyone can score these days.  He has I5 and Captain Stats plus an Iron Halo making him not a bad addition to my Relictor force.
I kept the scheme a simple one, but as a nod to his original Novamarine heritage, I quartered the scheme with bone white and Relictor grey, instead of Nova Marine blue and white. In the fluff, he is the Captain of the Novamarines 1st Company and featured during the Badab War, saving the remnants of the Howling Griffons from extinction at the hand of the secessionist Executioners Chapter.
The cloak was done following most of my Relictor characters, kept plain on outside and red inside, the photo has washed out some of the shading, irl it looks a bit better.
I also added the traditional Relictor black on the shoulder pads, amongst the bling gold and used two smaller skull transfers from the Imperial Knight transfer sheet, and the 'Halo' star pattern above the belt buckle as a further nod to his Novamarine heritage.
I thought it was about time I got some of the Betrayal at Calth box set completed, the birthday and Crimbo fairies may resupply with Burning at Prospero box set soon... the earlier Dreadtober Contemptor can be seen HERE.

Thanks for dropping in.

17 Nov 2016

Genestealer Cult - Leman Russ Battle Tank

Hello Readers, long time readers of the WeeMen blog may recognise this as one of the long overdue Vraks PDF Leman Russ tanks from the Emperors Fist Battle Company started a long time ago in 2009 - seen here WIP. As I never had the time or patience for an entire Imperial Guard army, I sold 6 tanks and kept the others for a small allied force - perhaps.

With the release of the Genestealer Cult I saw a great opportunity to use older Space Hulk Hybrids, Purestrains and the few completed IG models I have.
So on to the first of my Cult completed models, a re-purposed Leman Russ Main Battle Tank, I finished off the painting, added weathering to tracks and rivets using the Typhus Corrosion liquid - these are no longer being maintained as they once were.
I added Cult Icons and 'burnt' off or defaced the remaining Imperial icons, adding some paint drips as necessary to complete the illusion. The front Aquila was removed using snips and a Genestealer Cult Icon put in it's place.
Here youcan see the defaced Squadron Numbers, overlaid with a tack-welded Cult Icon. I left the recognition numbers and lesser icons on the sponsons as the Cult has little time for these trivial matters.
Finally, the driver was made from a FW Vehicle Crew torso and a head from the Genestealer Cult upgrade sprue, I painted the skin Kislev Flesh with a Purple wash to give a slightly pale alien vibe. I will repaint the IG Squad hands and faces to match too. He also got a freehand Cult Icon on his armour shoulder pad - I will replicate these on the squad when they get new heads and allegiances...

Hope you like my transformation of an Imperial Vehicle to the subverted Cult of the Four Armed Emperor...

13 Nov 2016

Mechanicum Castellax Battle-Automata w/ Mauler Bolt Cannon #2

Hello Readers, thanks for dropping in again. Here is my latest addition to the Mechanicum force, another Castellax Battle-Automata, this one armed with the Marine killing Mauler Bolt Cannon (lke an AP3 Heavy Bolter) and Bolters in the fists, plus the fact that he is a 4W Monstrous Creature with Shock Chargers (S6 AP2 and Monstrous Creature - Smash at S10).
This was a part-painted purchase I made at cost price as the old owner wanted to move on to another army and have made the scheme more Ad Mech than the original green US Army style the previous owner had started, but I liked some of the green bits, so once again I chose to keep the torso and fists green.
I painted the red plates, the details and lenses and weathered the metallics, weapons and did the bases to my usual standard. The paint job before was rather limited and no details but was fairly neat so I didn't need to strip and start again as such, so the undercarriage was pretty much done for me.
I used the Ad Mech transfers on these to tie all the Ad Mech, Skitarii and Mechanicum forces together, I have 5 Castellax, one more to finish and another Thanatar Siege Automaton.
Here are the completed Castellax so far. Can't wait to use them soon. At the moment I've only used them as proxy Kastelan Robots in the Ad Mech force.

Thanks for reading. Some Genestealer Cult traitors are on the workbench, amongst other things...

9 Nov 2016

Chaos 'Pink' Horrors Commission by Rob at 30Kplus40k

Rob at 30Kplus40K messaged me a long while ago reference experimenting with possible commission work 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'd do the bases to match my own and that the Pink Horrors should reflect the madness of Tzeentch.
What could be more mad than green 'pink' horrors! Love it. The tongues are all vibrant different colours and the feathers also. I particularly liked the flame effect morphing from the flesh.
This was the second squad of this initial commission work, done very speedily and value for money to a great standard. The Daemonettes he did for me can be found HERE.
And the Daemons I have so far look like this, a riot of colour, far removed from the grey monotone Relictors army who will be summoning them from the Warp. (for those who don't know - Relictors fluff says they use Chaos to fight Chaos, much to the ire of the Inquisition!
Thanks for dropping by to have a look-see. Cheers, Siph (currently painting some more grey marines...)

5 Nov 2016

Dreadtober - Final Showcase Pict Capture

So I finished my pledged Dreadtober Contemptor Dreadnought on time and with a final flourish, Joe B at Broken Paintbrush suggested we took a Showcase photo. As I had already submitted a photo under bright light and a photo booth background, I thought I'd have some fun with my last submission. The photo above uses a simple soft focus around the Dreadnought to make sure it is him who is the centre of attention.
### Relictors Dreadnought "Strength of Will" striding through the battlefield on Craxus III, a hive world in the outer rim of the Eye of Terror, a region of realspace the Relictors have been charged with defending from the forces of chaos, heretics, xenos and traitors... the Contemptor advances, punching a hole in the arch-enemy forces with well aimed bursts from his Assault Cannon and Storm Bolter Powerfist, alongside the Grav Cannon armed Devastators and Tactical Squad, all of them 4th Company. ###

Here is a similar shot, but without the blur, the Dreadnought can be somewhat lost in the battlefield, but pictured here is the Relictors advance alongside his Brothers in the 4th Company and who he will be fielded with on the future battlefields.

Hope you like. Thanks to all participants, Joe B and thank-you readers for dropping in on my humble part of the blogosphere. Here's to a successful Dreadtober 2017! Cheers, Siph.

2 Nov 2016

Dreadtober 2016 Ultramarines Submission - Lord Halfpenny

Hi One and all,

Its a shocker- I'm adding to the blog! Siph will be happy! there are lots happening with both my Ultramarine force, and Daemons- more posts to follow.. promise.. (been far to long lost in the Warp my friend!, Siph)
I spotted Siph's posts for Dreadtober 2016, and I thought I had to add my dreadnoughts to the event - it would give me a reason to finish the dreadnoughts I had started but never really finished completely.

So, for October I have finished:
  1. 2 Contemptor Dreadnoughts
  2. 2 Deredeo Dreadnoughts
  3. 1 Chaplain Dreadnought
  4. 1 Ironclad
  5. 2 Venerable Dreadnoughts
  6. 3 Dreadnoughts
These have been seen on previous battle reports, however all weren't finished and needed to be complete - Dreadtober gave me the incentive to get on with the job!
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