Sunday, 11 April 2021

Legio Mortis Warhounds DONE!


As a bit of an impulse purchase I recently grabbed a couple of extra Warhound Titans for Adeptus Titanicus off eBay. In 40k they may be mighty behemoths, but in Titanicus they are annoying little imps that dance around the bigger engines and annoy them to death, and I love them. They've served me well before, but two is hardly a proper pack is it?

So, once again I magnetised the weapon options and went for a mostly black scheme, with weathering and slightly subdued gold trim. I changed it up a bit though by adding some more battle damage, including some big dangling cables from broken sections and a hole in one of the big exhaust grills. I wanted to play up the slow corruption and decay of these war engines, as the Legio Mortis would eventually fall to Nurgle after all. In addition for a bit of variety and Nurgliness I gave them green eyes instead of the red glow of the old pair. Anyway, here they are:

And as mentioned, now I have four of them! So I took the opportunity to photograph the whole pack, with some attendant Knights. Sadly I couldn't fit any of the bigger ones in the lightbox at the same time (I've do another full army shot one day!) Now I just need to be able to play games so they can run down some loyalist prey!

Hope you like them, and stay safe out there!

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Narrative Wargamer Podcast - Flashpoint Charadon


After a bit of a break, I've been on another Narrative Wargamer Podcast, this time about another White Dwarf series - Flashpoint Charadon. This seems to be a cool little series with a bunch of different sets of Theatre of War rules each with a series of battlefield rules and some Crusade content for if you win games in them. Narratively they take place in the Charadon Sector, representing worlds and areas not covered in the main GW supplements, but there's no reason you can't use them to spice up pretty much any game.

Using a picture here of SorcererDave's Sisters because as I mention in the community spotlight section, he has been using some of these Theatres of War in his recent 'solohammer' battle reports. While they aren't as much fun as having a real opponent there for the banter it's still good to stick on for a few hours of painting.

As usual, this post is pretty much just a 'I did a thing' post for completeness, so I've not got much more to say, other than I hope you enjoy listening to the podcast and stay safe.

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Forge World Custodes Completed!


In between painting Tyranids and Death Guard, I've been working away at an Adeptus Custodes commission project - a bunch of Forge World units painted to a comparatively higher standard than my usual. This was a bit of a challenge between Forgeworld instructions, painting three different schemes and resisting my urges to cover everything in dirt and battle damage! The background behind these guys is that they come from a variety of different Shield Hosts, making a combined force of individual warriors, rather than a neat regimented army like other Imperial forces.

First up, Aquilon Terminators, painted in the 'standard' gold with red - I'm not sure if they represent a specific host, but I thought I'd get my eye in with the 'default' scheme.

Two sets of them, with the weapons mixed over so three with bolters and claws, and three with the fists and fire pikes. I tend to prefer a warmer, redder gold so that's what they got, I think complementing their red bits and the fiery lava bases. Highlights over the gold was a mix of dry brushing and edge highlighting over the larger plates like the pauldrons. I wouldn't have that luxury with the others though...

Contemptor-Achillus of the Shadowkeepers Shield Host. A bit of a challenge to build and pose - I originally intended for a two handed thrusting pose but it was hard enough getting one hand to clutch the spear so we've got a striding one handed lunge type move. Lots of posing options on these kits but the size of a dreadnought does limit the dynamism of it. Regardless, I'm happy with the paint job, particularly all the gold which, on black, was easy enough to correct mistakes...

Final member of the team is this Contemptor-Galatus of the Solar Watch. I really like this model and the scheme for it, the white and gold really makes them stand out, but damn, it was frustrating to paint! I ended up doing several passes of washing the gold, then touching up around it with bone/white, then repainting some gold, then washing it again, etc. The end result is a bit messier than I'd like, but I'm still happy with the overall effect of being off-white rather than full on bone like the Deathwing or clean white like the Tau box art.

So with that, here's the whole crew together:

Ta da! I hope you like them, I'm pleased with the result and I think the client is happy. I've been comparing these to some of my other work of recent years pre-lockdown, notably my Legio Mortis Titans, which have a similar scheme to the black Contemptor, and though I haven't really gone out of my way to improve my painting, I definitely have!

Thanks for looking, and stay safe out there.

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Death Guard - Hobbypocalypse Month Two


You may remember I started a Death Guard army for both New Year, New Army, and the DZTV Hobbypocalypse - going 250-ish points a month. I'm not sure if it's going to be an army I use or just a fun painting project, but in any case it's been a good excuse to have fun with the sponge - as described in my WIP post for these guys.

So, here's the completed set for month two - another unit of Plague Marines and a couple of characters, the Malignant Plaguecaster and Noxious Blightbringer (and his nurgling!):

I'm still really pleased with the overall effect of these guys, nice contrasting colours along with a strong theme - dry and rusty rather than wet and gloopy. I'm particularly pleased with the result of them all together...

That's month two done, and here's the card from Stylus:

Hope you enjoyed this look at my progress. Next time I think I'll be building some artillery. Thanks for reading, stay safe!

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Kraken Tyranids Wave One - Done!


As mentioned last time (in kind of a step by step tutorial), I've been painting up some Kraken Tyranids, mostly with Contrast paints. I've now completed the first wave of them, which works out to a patrol detachment coming to just under 1000 points. It notably features the Swarmlord (aka Kevin if you are a Winters SEO fan) who got an extra bit of love as you will see below. Anyway, here's the whole lot:

Here they are. 'Kevin', eight Genestealers, twelve Termagants, twelve Hormagaunts, ten Gargoyles, three Hive Guard and two Screamer-Killers...

As mentioned above, the Swarmlord got some extra care, being the big boss bug and all. I followed the same scheme initially, then added on another layer of highlights on top, tidying up the skin and giving extra definition to those carapace markings. I also had some fun with the swords making them look like (I hope) weird, alien weapons. Since he was special, I went and put him in the light box...

So there we are, hope you like them! I'm certainly happy with the result. Next I'll have a bit of a pallet cleanser with some interesting Forgeworld units, before I start of wave two (or possibly more Death Guard). Thanks for looking, stay safe!