29 Jun 2018

TitanOwnersClub Walk UK Preparations

Hi One and All!

Quick post, I've been working towards the first UK 'Titan Walk' link below, with both my Reaver project and on going Knight projects.

As you can see I've put together a sizable force with 18 Knights, and the Reaver of course! I've not added any transfers yet- The plan is to see how they fare in battle and award any necessary honours they score during the battle.
I will be posting pictures from the event next week.



25 Jun 2018

Relictors - Thunderfire Cannon and Techmarine Gunner #2

Hello Readers, thanks for having a look-see. This is my latest addition to the ever growing Relictors Battle Company arsenal, another Thunderfire Cannon and Techmarine Gunner. The first was a metal kit done as the box instructs (HERE), but for variation between Gunners, this kit I chose something different.
The cannon was a Finecast version bought secondhand and then painted to match the first exactly, the console is in the wrong place, however it was stuck there by the previous owner and looks fine, so it stayed.  The finecast kit was nowhere near as straight or solid as the metal kit and lacks the nice weight the metal kit provides, but once painted you have to look carefully to see. I now snatch this one from the tabletop expecting a heavier weight! lol.
The Gunner is a mix of parts, FW Iron Hands Medusan Immortal body, a Techmarine Auspex arm, a Onager Dunecrawler bionic 'arm' and a Pauldron from a SM Vehicle sprue, a BatC Plasma Pistol 'cutter', an old metal Techmarine backpack and 'Flamer' pincer plus a ammo hoist arm from the original Techmarine Gunner set holding a Thunderfire Shell.
I cut the Mechandrites from the original backpack, inserted the Thunderfire arm and then reattached at a steeper angle to look more natural. Here you can also see the cut down Plasma Pistol as a counts-as Plasma Cutter on the end of the rather fitting Ad Mech Onager Dunecrawler arm.
The older Techmarine Backpack fits in seamlessly. I love that this Medusan Immortal has a Bionic Leg.
I also painted the right hand holding the Auspex/Targeter as a Bionic Hand, this Gunner is close to the Machine God!
And here is the Thunderfire Battery as it stands, shame in 8th these are separate Heavy Slots now, but the Tremor Shells Strategm is useful to slow fast dangerous enemy units and the Thunderfire is a great multiple shot weapon.
Lastly, I added numeral indicators to the guns so I know and the enemy knows what one is what. Thanks for looking, hopefully I gave you some potential ideas for a Techmarine conversion and cheers for dropping by. Thanks, Siph. (5pts for Vehicle rather than 10 painting points for a Character)

22 Jun 2018

Kytan - Daemon Engine of Khorne

Hi All!

The growing Daemon force is added to this week with the addition of the Kytan Daemon Engine!
This model I decided to pose mid-fight, with the model jumping between combat. The left leg is pinned into the base to support the pose. The arms, weapons and head have been angled to support the motion of the model. The two shoulder pauldrons were slightly angled to further add to the movement of the model.

The original pose I thought didn't add anything to the model as was very static in a model that should have a lot of motion in it.
I've modelled a dead T'au Ghostkeel to the base, using a similar scheme to the T'au forces I might be going up against... (Cheeky, Siph). The model was hacked and re-posed into a crumpled, dead position as if the Kytan has just smashed the Ghostkeel in two! The Chaos Gods care not for stealth trickery.
The model had a metallic red base, with the edges painted in brass - very Khorne like! with then a good coating of Blood for the blood god over the axe head.
The spaces within the torso and eyes were painted a bright Orange - to represent the fires of Khorne burning inside!
Hope you like!

Cheers, Lord Halfpenny (and 20 painting points)

18 Jun 2018

Imperial Knights - Adeptus Custodes Indentured Questoris Knight - Freeblade

Hi Readers, thanks for dropping in. Check out my latest addition to my Questor Imperialis Imperial Knight's force, a departure from the intended Vassal Knights of Legio Astorum, but when I saw these parts over at Tale of Painters Blog, I ordered them from Shapeways and set about creating an Indentured Imperial Knight of the Adeptus Custodes, meet 'Sir Hestor' riding Imperial Knight Errant 'Imperius Rex'.
I love the talon fingers of the Thunderstrike Gauntlet so had to have him armed as such, reminiscent of the Emperor's gloved Power Fist. The pose had this front and centre, the raised Thermal Cannon follows this direction with the Stubber and Head looking to the left.
The heraldry was simple, keep it white, stylised eagle and thunderbolts - the banner has a nod to the Adeptus Mechanicus with the cog, but a wing in the centre. I used a smaller winged sword from a SM transfer for Ravenwing to echo the main heraldic shield, from the Baneblade transfer sheet.
I love the Fan-Plate hamstring protectors on the knee joint and the Custodian styled Greaves. I chose to keep the base fairly plain to not detract from this one-off Knight.
I painted smaller armoured plates on the main body gold, to link in with the main armoured panels, and the toes too. This Shoulder Pauldron has scrollwork on it, the other plain.
The Thunderstrike Gauntlet has kill markings, as does the shield of the Thermal Cannon, both red lined with gold to continue the pattern of the Shoulder Pauldrons. This one bearing the Aquila made from two halves of the Aquila on the Imperial Knight sheet, and painted to look like a whole Aquila - thunderbolts added fromthe Baneblade transfers.
Close up of the 3-D printed talons, the rough texture on this side ensures a smooth bladed edge on the reverse, and is kind of fitting antique looking.
An upward looking shot, showing the Groin armour and the original chest piece scrollwork honouring his new allies. The top of the hips also has Tassets, overall 15 piece kit from Shapeways compatible with the plastic Imperial Knight kit. Pricey, but a unique looking Imperial Knight.

I intend to run him as a Freeblade, with suitable traits of unshakeable loyalty or faith or whatever the Codex yeilds and maybe the Thunderstrike Gauntlet Relic.

Thanks for checking this out, cheers, Siph. (20 painting points)

15 Jun 2018

Chaos Daemons - Khorne 40k Additions

Hi One and All,

A quick post on some additional completed daemons for my daemon army, this time of a Khorne flavour!

Samus, Daemon Primarch of the Ruinstorm

I opted to paint Samus with a beast look, with his skin brown rather than the normal 'red' appearance. The model was also built up on a base to change the overall look of the pose. The armour was painted with the same metallic style as the Brass Scorpion and Kytan, and then the model had several coats of Blood for the Blood God over his body. The dead marine was painted in the style of a Dark Angel, I plan to add addition helmets to the model as he kills models in battle as trophies.

This model I've had for ages, and have done before as Skulltaker on a Juggernaut, however 8th Edn has seen an end to that with GW not issuing rules for it now. I've used the same scheme as before with the flame sword to match my other Bloodletters. 
Uraka, The Warfiend

Again, this model has been sat on my 'to do pile' for ages, and finally had time to complete the model. This was painted over a black undercoat, with the skin painted red like my Bloodthirsters. I've tried to paint the model so that it fits with my Khorne units, however it stands out, the horns were painted black, different to the brown/cream horns I've done previously.
Again, I've saved space to add additional helmets/skulls for major kills in game.

Skull Cannon

This Skull Cannon was painted in 2 stages, the cannon and the Bloodletters. The cannon was drybrushed grey, then silver over a black undercoat. The Bloodletters completed as per my other Bloodletters.
The new units on the battle board
Thanks for looking!


35 points to the annual painting total!
  • 10 for Samus, Daemon Primarch of the Ruinstorm
  • 10 for Skulltaker
  • 10 for Ukara, The Warfiend
  • 5 for Skull Cannon

11 Jun 2018

Legio Astorum Forge World Warlord Titan Build #17 - Re-Base

Hi All. Thanks. Continuing my slow progress with the Warlord, I have had the wooden base in the WeeMan room for nigh on two years and for some reason I never quite liked it... so I changed it.
The newer base still provides stability, and the characteristic circular shape my other Titans have, but now the footprint is smaller as the Titan pose is fairly stable anyway, this will stiffen up the two legs, the base providing the third side of a triangle, thus making the pose strong and stable.
It is also a lot thinner, 6mm MDF rather than wood which would require a lot of filler to make smooth edges. This is more in line with the other Titans too.
Here is Dominus Victoria's bare legs... nice and stable, I've saved room by offsetting the centre of the foot to be away from the centre of each circle, but still leaving a larger surface area than the feet alone giving extra stability.
And the edge is nice and smooth, ready for priming and sand and PVA sealing before painting my characteristic Calthan Brown (Mournfang Brown) basing.
As a comparison, here is Canis Bellum's base, nice and thin and circular. I think the smoothed out indentation on the Warlord will improve the structure of the base, no weak point at the point where the two circles join - Rich Gray used something akin to laminate on these bases, so stronger than 6mm MDF, hence the change.

Construction Guide:  Link to Warlord How To Build - Index Page

Thanks for checking out my progress, any nods of encouragement are greatly received, my hobby butterfly gets distracted easily! Cheers, Siph.

8 Jun 2018

Chaos Daemons - Slaanesh 40k Additions

Hi One and All,

Another week, another post. This week I'm posting my completed Slaanesh units, 3 squads of 10 daemonettes, 5 Seekers of Slaanesh and 3 fiends.


The 30 Daemonettes were all repainted- having purchased these from that well known auction site. I started by using a base coat of Zandri Dust, and then painted the silver detail with Runefang. The hair was picked out with an old pot of Warlock purple. The entire model was then washed with druchii violet, a simple but effect scheme. The banner was painted with a base of purple, and the slaanesh symbol painted with a light blue to stand out.


These 3 again were purchased off 'that site'. To finish these I completed the bases as per the other units. 
These 5 models and steads were painted the same as the Daemonettes, again happy with the look of these - looking different to the 'normal' but very Slaanesh still..

Here are a few pictures of the new units on the battle board,

The daemon force is slowly coming together, thanks for looking!
Cheers, Lord Halfpenny

41 points to the annual painting total!
  • 30 for 30 daemonettes
  • 1 for 3 Fiends (re-based)
  • 10 for Seekers (Terminator Sized)
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