25 Dec 2023

Merry Christmas All - from WeeMen


Merry Christmas All
from Lord TITANium Halfpenny and Siph_Horridus


And a great hobby filled New Year!

22 Dec 2023

Deathwatch Infiltrators and Incursors - DONE!

 Hello one and all,


Another week - another offering of Deathwatch goodies!

This week is a 10 man, Infiltrator/Incursor squad, designed to work with my othe Phobos armoured marines in a 'Tau' inspired Camo scheme.





 

I like the idea of the Deathwatch force utilising all tools they can get their hands on- in this case a Mech has located details for how to 'cloak' armour, those the scheme is phasing into a camo style, however I wanted it to look more cloaked , than camo thus the armour colour is dictated by what the boots are touching - if they are on a tactical rock, the boots and lower legs a grey into browns, if the boot is on the ground, the scheme will match. The phasing is done with dark to light blues, washed with a blue, then a white line for the top of the phase. 

I really like how these guys look as a group. LH (10pts)

18 Dec 2023

Horus Heresy 30K - Deathguard - Primus Medicae and Deathguard Scheme

Well, well. Yes it's a new army but one I have had for a while in the to-do pile, not jumping in Horus Heresy yet, just fancied a change of colour and watching a few YT videos to find a method and scheme I like. Here is my latest purchase, an eBay job painted as a White Scar Legion however with a change of trim and shoulder pauldron and a test of a YT 'Marine Juice' for weathering I give you a Primus Medicae in Cataphractii Terminator Armour.
So the original model when it was released I thought of one Legion and one only, it screamed Deathguard, its leather apron made the model look to have a distended belly like corrupted Deathguard, I liked it and once I had made my decision to choose a Legion, Deathguard it was - in some small part to this model which was then OOP... so I hunted for a fair priced one on eBay and the above was a good (enough) price and decent paint job. Instead of a strip and re-paint, I opted for a modification and wash.
Metal details were picked out in Decayed Metal - from Scale 75, a totally awesome metal for Deathguard Legion. The blood transfusion bags I opted to keep the turquoise wash the apron was and overpainted the apron with whites and contrast Skeleton Horde. The plain pauldron was a test for the Deathguard scheme, Deathguard Green (obviously), Nurgling Green highlight and edge of Kreig Khaki. 
The base was Stirland Mud with a Baneblade Brown drybrush and a black rim. Different from all of my 40K armies using Calthan Brown/Mournfang Brown base and edges.
The best thing is I really liked the scheme and the sickly green. I will get some test models done for Tactical Marines but before I forget or misplace the recipe I will be using:

Undercoat - Spray Chaos Black
Basecoat - Heavy-ish Zenithal spray Wraithbone
Greens - Deathguard Green, edged Nurgling Green, corner highlights Krieg Khaki
Metals - Leadbelcher, highlight Iron Hands Steel
Weapons - Black then Leadbelcher on metal parts, highlight Iron Hands Steel
Eyes - Blood Angel Contrast
Chipping - Rhinox Hide, White Scar on lower edges of big chips
Trim - Scale 75 Decayed Metal, washed AGrax/Terradon Turquoise 4:1 ratio, Balthasar Gold Highlight
Wash Everything - Marine Juice (Nuln Oil/Reikland Fleshshade/Lahmian Fluid 1:1:1 ratio)
Rust spots - Streaking Grime and Thinners
Base - Stirland Mud base, drybrushed Baneblade Brown, Black rim

Cheers, Siph (10pts)

15 Dec 2023

Deathwatch more additions!

 Hello one and all!

Apologise for the lack of comms - its been a crazy few weeks!

Up this week is 2 new additions to the growing Deathwatch force - maybe not inkeeping with the lore, however I'm going for things I like the look of!

First of all, is a slightly converted Contemptor dreadnought. I've had this guy for a while, and didn't touch due to the lack of the pose - this was the plastic 'custodes' version. I opted to chop the leg a little to give him more of a running pose, which was added by the position of the left fist. Really happy with this one!






Next up is an odd one - I opted for the Khyrabdis Assault Claw drop pod - previosuly this was painted blue, however I liked the idea of the Master of the Watch opening the vaults in a Deathwatch station to access the old tech from days gone bye due to the situation the imperial force finds them in.. the question is would they use the drop pod...





 

 

Thanks for looking! LH (25pts)

11 Dec 2023

Legio Astorum - Warlord Titan #4 - Work in Progress - Titan Banner

Hello Titanseers, thanks for dropping by. More progress on the 4th Warlord, okay as this is going to be finished way before number 3... The amazing Drake Seta at Battle Bunnies blog and co-founder of Titan Owners Club designed me another set of banners for Warlord 3 and 4. So, Raptor Astra now has a banner bearing its proud name. The pole was brass rod, the banner is printed on paper and sealed with watered PVA, then a chain was attached to the bar.
The chain is steel so magnetic and attached to the groin of the Warlord using two small magnets. The banner was bent into shape and applied PVA glue to seal in shape like the billowing wind.
Here's the magnets, just 2mm x 2mm is sufficient, and easy to remove the banner during transport.
Here is the banner in place inbetween the legs. A great addition to the Titan. Thanks Drake Seta! The Rites of Colour continue for "Raptor Astra" Warlord Titan no.258.

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

Cheers, Princeps Siph.

4 Dec 2023

Legio Astorum - Warlord Titan #4 - Work in Progress - Weapon Arms

Hello Titanseers and all, welcome and thanks for dropping by. I have been busy updating the excellent paint scheme on my fourth Warlord to better match my own Maniple colours as well as preserve the excellent job Alan G did on his Titan. I hopefully have accomplished that with the update to the blues which have been repainted to match my Astorum Blue (Kantor Blue) and the golds have been warmed up with a stipple of Vallejo Brass (my gold) and a wash of Reikland Fleshshade.

The above image shows from top to bottom: Updated new Belicosa, Warlord 104's Belicosa, Updated Sunfury Plasma Annihilator and my original Sunfury.
The original new scheme, I have just repainted a quarter to match the existing ones on Dominus Victoria and removed a few of the decals as there is a little too many for my taste. Plus the blue overpainting to darken the blue.
More work was applied to the Sunfury, with a quarter scheme to match my own, and an extensive repaint of the details on the metals and the main noticeable change of the Plasma Magnetic Coils to match my blue power coils and the power cables now green, a common theme across my Titans and Knights.

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

And finally, as this was a small update, I thought I would share the edited photo of Reaver Aquila Oculus, made by my mate Lee Marshall, (the Forge of Mars on YT). Thanks Mate!

The Rites of Colour continues, cheers. Princeps Siph

20 Nov 2023

Imperial Knights - Vassal Knights of Legio Astorum - Armiger Warglaive #3

Hello All, thanks for dropping by. Hot on the heels of last week's Imperial Knight Paladin, the bonus Armiger I bought with it was also completed in my Vassal Knights of Legio Astorum scheme. Meet Armiger Squire - Knave Erasmus riding Warglaive 'Cowards Bane'.
A mighty Thermal Spear, Melta Gun and an Armiger Chain Cleaver these nimble Knight Squires accompany the larger Knights, scouting for enemies and are quite effective in close combat too.
The Chain-Cleaver, a smaller derivative of the Reaper Chainsword of the Questoris Knights, but mighty compared to an Astartes Chainsword!
I added the accent colours of brass mirroring the Questoris schemes.
The Thermal Spear is a mighty Multi-Melta type weapon, easily melting armoured vehicles and heavy troops to molten slag. I added heat staining to both the Thermal Spear and Melta Gun barrels.
And now I have three Armiger Warglaives mirroring the three Armiger Helverins I also have. That makes 21 Knights in all so far... and I still have that box of Renegade to start and another Questoris Knight to complete...

Knight Seneschal: High King Lucius Darius riding Dominus Castellan 'Adamant Wrath'
Knight Baron: Baron Tybalt riding Questoris Warden 'Triumphal'
Knight Scion: Countess Joscelin riding Dominus Valiant 'Iron God'
Knight Scion: Sir Geraint riding Cerastus Castigator 'Heretics Bane'
Knight Scion: Alpha Augreus Vladimus riding Mechanicum Cerastus Atrapos 'Ryh-83'
Knight Scion: Sir Selwyn riding Questoris Crusdaer 'Honour Intractable'
Knight Scion: Sir Greigor riding Questoris Paladin 'Oathkeeper'
Knight Scion: Sir Olwyn riding Questoris Paladin 'Honoured Vigilance'
Knight Scion: Sir Karyx riding Questoris Paladin 'Unyielding Astra'
Knight Scion: Sir Taurus riding Questoris Gallant 'Carnivore'
Knight Scion: Lady Natanya riding Questoris Errant 'Gloria Fury'
Knight Scion: Sir Maximilian riding Questoris Errant 'Pride of Lucius'
Armiger Squire: Knave Izrael riding Warglaive 'Bane of Iron'
Armiger Squire: Knave Balthazar riding Warglaive 'Unalloyed Victus'
Armiger Squire: Knave Erasmus riding Warglaive 'Cowards Bane'
Armiger Squire: Knave Luxious riding Helverin 'Fury of Thaemar'
Armiger Squire: Lady Irmaa riding Helverin 'War Strider'
Armiger Squire: Lady Melandra riding Helverin 'Blue Jackal'
Freeblade: Gerantius riding Questoris Errant 'The Forgotten Knight'
Freeblade: Sir Hekhtur the Chainbreaker riding Questoris Preceptor 'Canis Rex'
Custodes Indentured Knight: Sir Hestor riding Questoris Errant 'Imperius Rex'

Cheers, Siph (5pts)

10 Nov 2023

Legio Crucius - WIP Warhound #3 - including 3D printed weapons

Hello one and all,

This week I've started working on my 3rd (of 4) Warhounds, potentially with the long term plan to run 2 squadrons of 3 Warhounds at Titan Owner Club Walks.
The main part of the build is complete, with the skeleton of the titan done, pinned and secured together. I've opted for a static pose. The pelvis/torso has had magnets added. I've added pins to all the leg joins to support the Titan, as well as the head - as I've had one or two issues with the first two resulting in the head falling off due to transit.
The weapons for the Hound is exciting! I've printed options for the Titan, with the Volkite Eradicator and Ursus Claw for some serious close firepower. I will have the same load out for Warhound 4. These have been printed using my Anycubic Phantom, the Claw as several parts with the additions of supports for the print. I am really happy with how these look, hopefully more progress soon!

I've also worked on options for a Conversion Beamer and Warhound Melta Cannon, below is the Conversion Beamer. I've used 2 different files, and then spliced them up to allow the construction of it. Pretty happy with it!
Thanks for stopping by! LH

6 Nov 2023

Legio Astorum - Reaver Titan Carapace TurboLaser Destructor

Welcome Titanseers and all, thanks for dropping by. After bemoaning the lack of carapace options for the Reaver Titan and having to convert my own TurboLaser Destructor and Vulcan MegaBolter converted from Warhound Titan weapons, and purchasing the OOP Imperial Redoubt Laser (*cough Reaver Titan but not ever released as) c'mon its a kit from 2006 and still only has one option and AT variants have several options - well, I came across a 3D printed TurboLaser Destructor clearly based on the design of the AT variant, so I got one of them too!
The kit was well put together, the supports all on the underside so a clean finish was shown on the top surfaces, the main body was three main parts, the shields separate and the mount and body are all magnetised so I can swap out the TLD with a converted carapace Plasma Blastgun when I get around to that, based on the Warhound weapon.
I painted the same as my existing Turbolaser Destructor with silver barrels and heat staining around the muzzle.
A beautiful sculpt/print.
A fantastic kit and I just wish FW can once again give Titans some love, now they have made Horus Heresy plastic range by main GW, it will free up some capacity to concentrate once again on the more niche large kits like Titans!

Cheers, Siph (5pts)

3 Nov 2023

Deathwatch Marines - Reivers and more Characters - Done!

Hello all,

A crazy few weeks, but have got several bits complete to add to the growing Deathwatch force. I've got done, a Captain, a Lieutenant, 5 Reivers and a DKK Siege Drill

Captain

I've completed a Deathwatch firstborn Captain with a Jump pack, armed with a Thunder Hammer and Shield, The perfect combo for full assault tactics! The Marine is from the Sons Of Medusa Chapter.

Lieutenant

This marine has been sitting in the pile of shame for some time - this was a Games Day I picked up years ago, based on the cover art for 2nd Ed (I believe..) I've converted the Left arm so that he now has the DW symbol on his pauldron. The model has been painted with the normal DW scheme, with touches of the original art - the flame patterns and Yellow Bolter!

5 Reivers

These guys have had parts from other minis added, and then used the same style of 'camo' as my Eliminator squad- with the Tau inspired camo phasing from camo to armour. Really happy with how these guys look. I am really happy with the Serg' who appears to be going 'SShhhhhh...' to his next victim.. very Ork Kommando-style!

Death Korps of Krieg Siege Drill

It was with the Krieg stuff years ago and I believe bought at a Games Day some 15 years ago.. I've opted for a DW style scheme for this - I can image the DW using it to penetrate a Necron tomb, or other Xeno threat! 

Thanks for looking! LH (30pts)

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