Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Shard of the Void Dragon


Bit of a one off project this, but a fun one! As you surely have seen by the title, it's a Necron C'tan Shard of the Void Dragon! Personally I thought this was the most impressive GW mini released last year, so I was excited to have a go at it. Surprisingly it was quite an easy kit to build, and feels like it's fairly sturdy on those crazy lightning arcs. Overall I was impressed, and I felt like I needed to do a pretty decent job of it! Hopefully I have achieved that, but I'll let you decide...

I'm pleased with the result, and I hope you all like him. Stay safe!

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Kraken Tyranids Wave Two - Done!


Wave two of the (mostly contrast) Kraken Tyranid project is done! Ta da!

Flying Hive Tyrant, Exocrine, Gargoyles, Genestealers and some cheeky Ripper Swarms! All painted with the same method as before, except the two big monsters, who got a bit of extra effort with another layer of bone highlight over the skin.

There we go, that's two waves of Nids done, and sent off to a (hopefully) happy customer. I'm really pleased with the result based on a fairly quick and efficient scheme. Contrast paints are proving to be a valuable tool for me, and with a little bit of extra effort they can really pop. Hope you all like them, and stay safe out there.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Death Guard - Hobbypocalypse Month Three


Back with more Death Guard! Once again, I've been painting about 250 points (ish) a month of 'dry' Death Guard to 'play along' with the DZTV Four Horsemen of the Hobbypocalypse. Month one covered some troops, while month two expanded on that and added some characters. This month I decided I needed a leader, and that I needed to see what the scheme looked like scaled up...

So here's what I've done, a Lord of Contagion, a Plague Burst Crawler, and two very cheeky Nurglings! Let's look at the Warlord first:

Of course, the 'sassy' Nurgling is the real star of the show, so I had to put him on the Lord's base (in front of some of his squished brothers). The Lord's scheme was looking a bit... basic, with just the sponging and rust powder, so I put some extra Flesh Tearers Red on his axe as a big of gore, and got the Hexwraith Flame out for his noxious fumes.

Next up, the PBC:

I had a lot of fun doing the weathering on this tank, as well as piling up the sand on the dozer blade and on the tracks. However I knew with limited gross nurgly bits, it wanted a little something extra to stand out, so que the exceptionally brave purple Nurgling in the barrel. I think he's just the disgusting cherry on top the crawler needed.

So that's what I've been up to this month of the Hobbypocalypse, and here's my stamped card to prove it:

All in all, the project is going along well. I'm not entirely sure what to do next month, but I think it'll be a big blob of Blightlord Terminators! Until then, here's the full force for now, just about still fitting in the light box! Hope you like them, and stay safe!

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Narrative Wargamer Podcast - Warzone Charadon - Act One: The Book of Rust


Another Narrative Wargamer Podcast with me on it! This time it's about the recent 40k supplement, Warzone Charadon - Act One: The Book of Rust. It's a very 'crunchy' episode with a lot of rules talk - but not so much all the matched play rules that you'll undoubtedly have heard all about all over the internet already, but mostly focusing on the campaign and Crusade rules that somewhat flew under the radar. 

I'm still not sure if I'll buy the book myself, it does seem a lot of fun to play some of the special missions and or put together a Mechanicus defence cohort, but I'm not sure how much use I'd get out of it. I hope GW does make more of this kind of book though, a supplement that's truly optional, not essential.

Anyway, hope you like the podcast. Stay safe!

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.