10 May 2021

Relictors Primaris Firestrike Servo-Turret

Hello All, thanks for dropping by. The Primaris Force I have is slowly growing, and this was a nice stocking filler I picked up for myself, done in a couple of sittings and is really nice addition.
I chose the Las Talon weapons as some decent strength and AP can't do any harm, the Accelerator Autocannon are double the range S7 -1AP and 2 Dmg, whereas the twin Las Talon is a short range Lascannon.
I love the fact the Techmarine Gunner is fused to the machine, seeing through its auspex and data spike plugged in one side and the other loose, and his bionic arm plugged in too.
I chose to do my Techmarine's red armour to honour Mars but grey arms and helmet to honour the Chapter. Its a scheme replicated across the three Thunderfire Techmarines with various grey and red sections.
There is a lot of detail in this kit even though its a push-fit kit, you can't really tell and its done well.
I've also raised the platform slightly on a clear perspex stand so the Gravatic Ventral Plates hover just above the ground.
A view the enemy doesn't want to see, I've chosen Heavy Support chevron, it's primarily a defensive weapon, the Firestrike Servo-turret lays down withering volleys of fire to secure flanks or the Space Marines’ base of operations and can move position on the gravatic ventral plates to gain better positions as the fires rage on.
The perspex mount fits nicely into the base.
A nice effect achieved with minimal work, not sure why they didn't include a rod - maybe the push-fit compromise?

Cheers, Siph (5pts)

3 May 2021

Hobby Update - Whilst Away Working - Survival Kit

Hi all, thanks for dropping by, I often have to work away from the WeeMen Room and all my hobby goodness, so when I have to go away I take a little hobby with me. This is my simple set up at work, during downtimes at sea I can get the chance to get out the hobby - just so I don't forget why I work!
Manage much? Nope, but that's not the point - the point was to chill in the evening and take 5mins out of the day to forget the ship and duties and focus on something a little smaller. This is about all I managed to construct of a Warbringer Nemesis Titan for AT. I sprayed the sprues black before deploying so it was a case of trimming and filing and a little gluing.
This is my little hobby kit, few brushes and tools in a biscuit tin, some paints - limited but enough to progress a Titan if needed.
I also managed some of the prep work for some weapons, a Warlord Macro Gatling Blaster and a Mori Quake Cannon ready now for scrubbing and then painting.

I also was sent in the mail a small Necron kit to have, so I took advantage of the time to get that ready for painting when home.
Now home for a bit, I can hopefully get more done, here was the progress with the WBNT, ready for some sub-assembly painting at this stage.
And just so I could justify taking all those paints with me - I painted a Reaver Chainfist arm for my Mortis Reaver.

Not much, but all progress is good progress on hobby projects! 

26 Apr 2021

Relictors Sternguard Squad w/ Heavy Bolters

Hello All, thanks for dropping by, not only have I been busy with Titans of various sizes, I always come back to my first love, my ever expanding Relictors Chapter Battle Company. Long overdue are some Sternguard Veterans.
These are made from a variety of kits including the Sternguard Boxset, Horus Heresy plastics, old metal Sternguard set and some Dark Angel Veterans. The skeleton adorned back packs was a set of back packs from the old Cypher and Fabius Bile metal miniatures released as a blister pack of 10 for a short time to get rid of stock I guess. I have used them across several Veteran Squads.
The Sternguard Sergeant is based on a Betrayal at Calth marine with a Sternguard cloaked rear torso and head. I rather like his pose, swishing back the cloak.
The above Sternguard are from the plastics (left) and metal (right) Sternguard boxsets. I love the Special Ammo Bolter Sternguard on the right, so that made this squad Special Ammo Bolters and Heavy Bolters rather than Combi-Weapons.
The two Heavy Weapon Sternguard are based on Dark Angel Veterans (left) with Scout Heavy Bolter and modern plastics Sternguard HB (right). The ammo back pack also gives him a lot more height.

Two of these had been painted a long time ago, (Sep 2010 and Mar 2009) so its about time I finished the squad!

Cheers, Siph (3pts)

19 Apr 2021

Warlord Titan - Mori-Quake Cannon - WIP #1

Hello Titanseers, thanks for dropping by, a quick post on the progress I made on my additional Titan armaments, the Mori-Quake Cannon is the main armament of the Warbringer Nemesis Titan and Forge World have also made it for the main arm weapons of the mighty Warlord Titan.

Construction is easy enough and a large 8mm diameter by 30mm rod magnet in the arm coupling provides ample pull to stay firmly in place hanging from the Warlord elbow. 
I also added Aquila symbols from a Warhound kit to the Ammo Hopper, to re-affirm my loyalty to the God Emperor of course and bless the ammunition!
Size wise, a lot stubbier than the Belicosa Volcano Cannons, as long as the Sunfury Plasma Annihilator and a wide fat girthy barrel says alot about the damage potential of this beast of a cannon - large calibre shells which in game (AT28mm rules and AT) can knock the enemy Titans sideways or backward, literally, messing up their fire control solutions and against an un-shielded opponent, massive damage.

Cheers, Siph

12 Apr 2021

Adeptus Titanicus - Legio Mortis Reaver Titan

Hello all, thanks for dropping in. I have finally after a long time procrastinating and painting the big Titans, gotten around to painting some of my Adeptus Titanicus boxed game mini-Titans.
I plumped for a traitor Legio to contrast my main 40K Titan force of staunch loyalist Legio Astorum, I did think about recreating them in miniature but the draw of painting something different and a different mindset was too great. I also love the Mortis scheme of classic blacks/reds/gold which looks effective, also over a black basecoat is quite quick to do. 
As you can see the titan has been fully magnetised for weapon swaps, each weapon has a 5mm x 1mm disc magnet, the arms two 2mm x 2mm rod magnets and the left arm swaps out with magnets so the close combat arms can replace the ranged weapons. Seen above with the Titan Power Fist.
I bought several sheets of Legio Mortis decals from Forge World (I learnt my lesson from FW withdrawing the large Titan decal sheets - I have plenty) and the main colours are Abaddon Black, Retributor Gold and Mephiston Red, all washed with Agrax.
I also wanted a break from my usual Mournfang Brown bases, and chose something quick and smaller grain sized to help with scale, so GW Texture Armageddon Dust, washed Agrax and highlighted Ushabti Bone and a black bevelled edge - a departure from my normal is refreshing and this different game system allows a change.
It is rather refreshing all round painting a Titan in only a few days and having different schemes, loyalties and bases. I am happy with my choices.
I will have to think of a suitable treacherous name for this traitor Engine! Onward and upward, I have another Reaver, two Warlords, two Warhounds and a Warbringer to add for starters. I'll look forward to some games of AT in the future when back in the country.

Cheers, Siph. (5pts AT Titan)

5 Apr 2021

Legio Astorum - The Emperor's Halo Maniple Titans and Vassal Knights - Showcase

Hello Titan fans! Just a quick post today to show the Titan Maniple as it stands now, in all its Golden, Yellow and Blue livery! Yes I am suitably proud of myself, I added my own schemes to the three first ones painted by Richard Gray (three on right) and they all look great together! 

They are: 

Rear L to R - Reaver Aquila Oculus; Warlord Dominus Victoria and Reaver Honorum.

Front L to R - Warhounds Lupus Regent; Canis Victrix; Canis Praetor and Canis Bellum.

And just to top that! Here they are with the supporting Vassal Knights of Legio Astorum! 

(Happy Titan noises...)

Cheers, Siph.

29 Mar 2021

Adeptus Custodes - Caladius Grav Tank

Hello all, thanks for dropping by. My latest offering from my scheduled pile, is a Custodes Caladius Grav-Tank, not to be confused with the Callidus Assassin! Both deadly.

This tank is armed with the fearsome double-barrelled Iliastus accelerator cannon, an advanced weapon which was to become the precursor to the main weapon of the Legiones Astartes Sicaran Battle Tank. The Grav-Tank is also armed with a twin-linked Lastrum bolt cannon, exemplars of bolt-weapon technology whose bolt shells are customised mass-reactive heliothermic warheads... they hurt.
The decals were from the FW Custodes decal sheet. The red is a clear red over the gold base colour, giving a nice metallic red finish. The gold is Retributor washed Reikland and a highlight of Auric Armour.
The design at the rear is similar to the modern Impulsor and Repulsor craft, probably lifted from this by Belasarius Cawl. The gold in this picture has been washed out by the camera, but is the same as the surrounding areas.
Completely different from the rest of the Imperial stocky bulky un-streamlined vehicle range, which I really like, sets the Custodes apart more than a 'gold' Land Raider! I drilled a hole in the bottom, added a perspex rod to mount the skimmer, I did add magnets but they came away from the rod and now two reside up in the hull... but the rod acts as a decent enough support without magnets. The base was done my usual recipe Mournfang Brown / Karak Stone / Ushabti Bone and slate chip from garden.
I may have to get a few more in time, but a nice addition for now to my fledgling Adeptus Custodes force.

Cheers, Siph (5pts)

22 Mar 2021

Relictors Space Marines Primaris - Impulsor Transport - WIP

Hi all, thanks for dropping by. I'm away with work so these are coming as scheduled posts for as long as I have progress and can get a wi-fi signal in far away places. 

I was a big fan of the Impulsor 'swift attack grav-transport, the legendary flying Rhino in my mind, however I wasn't a big fan of the half truck open back but saw a decent enclosed kit from Models and Minis for a good price too. Seems that it's a one-man business and he has a massive backlog of orders, so there was delays (expect long delays) but after some correspondence and explaining his predicament I was happy to wait, and not disappointed, high quality kit and sweet look too. Compatible with the top turret ring connection and I easily magnetised the ring to swap out turrets.

The kit was half built to this point so I could spray the grav plates Leadbelcher and paint the struts easily. I recommend this approach with most vehicles, speeds up the painting and you can get to all the fiddly bits.
Here is where I am with the kit at the time of writing, just an aerial and the Icarus Missile Pod turret not pictured, they are sprayed black as my turrets are often black on the grey hulls. 

With the enclosed hull, I REALLY like the shape of this kit, and can't wait to get a few Gladiator tanks too, in my opinion much nicer than the floaty-Land Raider Repulsor. This feels like a decent modernisation of the Rhino kit (now its enclosed) and if you don't mind a wait (again at time of writing - may improve), I thoroughly recommend getting this conversion kit.

Cheers, Siph

15 Mar 2021

Relictors Space Marine Rogue Trader Predator - RTB08

Hello All, thanks for dropping by, my latest (and somewhat ancient) addition to the 4th Company Relictors is an old school cool RTB08 Space Marine Predator Assault Tank.
(I remember buying these boxes from Oxford Street Plaza Games Workshop)
I added my usual shield boss skull face all my Relictors vehicles have, and a modern front rake and a sensor and grab rails from AdMech kits. The long side rails are missing but thats totally usual with second hand kits.
The original box art had small pennant flags showing Chapter Icon and Company/Squadron number so I obliged with some paper banners and decals, on paperclip aerials as the original were in a bad way.
The kit when received was heavily coated in thick chalky paint, no idea what it was, not acrylic or enamel, probably craft paint and thick white to cover up... anyway, the worst bits got sanded down flat but I just overpainted the majority as it was too difficult to remove - just adds to the charm.
The model was sprayed Uniform Grey from Army Painter, metallics picked out with Abaddon Black and tidied up with Codex Grey (Dawnstone) and metals a variety of Leadbelcher, Warlock Brass and some black sooting on exhaust stacks.
I added some purity seals to this relic of the Chapter and the spare crates on the rear marked with Company green and numeral 4, and Chapter badge white skull on black field. The pennants followed suite.
Here it is with my other 4th Company vehicle, a Mk1b Rhino.
And next to the modern variant.

Cheers for checking this old school beauty out. Cheers, Siph (5pts)
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