Monday, 3 September 2018

Ryza adeptus machanicus army takes shape.

Greetings all.

Thought I would share my latest hobby offering. I decided to go with ryza for admech - I like the fluff, the name and, most of all, the colour. For the cloaks I went with a layer of troll slayer orange over jokaero and then shaded and highlighted with fire dragon bright and carroburg crimson. Lastly, a glaze with an old lava orange ink brought it all together. For the robots and other vehicles I used alclad candy lacquer with an airbrush. Tricky to get right as the coverage has to be total but worth it. The airbursh was also useful for the plasma effects. Lastly, they were all ryza transfers apllied then based with the martian texture paints, varnished (gloss for the bots). They are complete aside from some highlighting (ran out of time) and thus I will probably now move on to assembling the rest of the army. Very happy with the results and how they performed at the tournament, 


Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Imperial Knights take to the field

Greetings all.

I've finally pulled my finger out and got these guys magnetised and assembled. What started as a single freeblade back when knights were first released has now grown into a small army. I purchased the Renegade box a while back but was never quite sure how to split it - I wanted one knight to be mechanicus and another to be chaos, which left me with my original freeblade. However, the advent of forgebane, the helverins and now a second copy of Renegade (new version) has left me able to still retain a knight each for chaos/mechanicum and still start a knight army.

I decided early on that I didn't want a whole knight army painted in the same colour as my ryza mechanicus, and thus I have adopted the colour scheme of my original knight freeblade. This is gold skeleton, black armour with silver trim and flames painted on the panels. I found an airbrush to be relatively useful in getting this done quickly, though my inexperience with it did result in several blockages. Of course, before embarking on a spray-fest I fully magnetised them all.

Fluff-wise, these chaps are called the 'Knights of Avalon' and I have used them as Taranis thus far as it fits with what I wanted for them. They are a band of freeblades, exiles, lone survivors and knights who have answered the call. They believe themselves to be on a holy crusade following the Emperor's will as divined by the Imperial Tarot. Upon forsaking their original oaths they repaint their armour - this is to represent the gold of the Emperor encased by black night, and flames to mark his eventual resurrection. They are named for Arthurian legend.

Ultimately I would like 12 Knights, (as in the number who supposedly sat around the round table, though this varies wildly) but am setting a milestone of 10 for end of the year - the last two probably to come when GW updates knights again or from FW. I have 7 thus far and the addition of a valiant, castellan and preceptor with make up the numbers. Only one of them is painted in the flame scheme thus far but more to follow. CHeers.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Latest projects hobby update - thousand sons, knight and eldar.

Hi guys,

I've been in a bit of a hobby lull for the past 2 months without much progress on things. I was supposed to be participating in a tale of gamers project with others at the gaming club but unfortunately failed my first months pledge of thousand sons terminators, but instead completed a custom heldrake. I was supposed to then complete the terminators for the second month but have barely done a thing to them due to working on our club scenery and also making a start on my knights. A bit of work on dark angels and eldar to prepare them for games has also drawn me away. I guess it's not as if I've ultimately done no hobbying, just focussed more on gaming and other projects not on the schedule. 

On the plus side I've hit a hobby milestone by finally investing in an airbrush, the results of which can be seen above with my scratchbuild Heldrake. I'm pretty pleased for my first effort and hope that once I get a decent extractor setup I can do more airbrush projects. As for conventional bursh painting, below can be seen my finished scarab occult terminator and a WIP custom autarch 'Kayleth' base on dawn of war 2. Speaking of airbrushing, I've made a start on expanding my knights collection. I previously had a freeblade knight and a couple of unassembled knights from renegade and a pair of armiger warglaives from forgebane. I've now started to basecoat these chaps using the airbrush so hopefully won't be too long til I have my custom house comprised of various outcasts and freeblades ready for action. 

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Imperial soup army - Ultra-Mordians. Plus Thousand Sons.

Hi all. Though technically this isn’t exclusively a non space marine army I just wanted to share it and haven’t updated this blog in a few months. Sidetracking for a moment, I’ve organised a tale of gamers type event at my local club with 12 of us participating, mostly 40k. This is to incentivise is all to regularly commit to painting up and gradually building an army of choice. Although I still have a couple of outstanding hobby commitments (namely admech and imperial guard) I’m trying to move on to chaos stuff now and this seemed a good way to do it. My first fully painted model can be seen below. Another aside, I will share pics of my genestealer Cult army in a post soon. 

Back to business. I chose this army as I wanted to paint a few marines to base standard and some imperial guard also. I’ve always loved the Mordian models and so though lt a small detachment of them would be great. In addition, I have the Guilleman model but have never used him in battle so now seemed a good time. Hence the ultramordians were born. It was a 1500 point battle and I think at this points level g-man, beast that he is, is a little too pricey relative to the overall army cost. I won one game and lost 2 (one of which was to the overall winner) but had a great day and feel I made a good achievement getting everything painted to tabletop standards. Cheers.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Adeptus Custodes are here!

Custodes today folks. I started out with a set from burning of Prospero and magnetised them to switch between options. The talons of the emperor boxed set seemed like such a good deal that I got a set except I sold on the static contemptor and got ahold of one of the snazzy fw ones to proxy, though now it seems you can use them anyway. A few more additions came along with advent of their glorious codex doubling the size of my force to what you now see. 

They’ve all been basecoated with the good spray except for the 5 original ones who were painted the same gold but then washed and highlighted. Originally I had intended on an industrial theme using sector mechanicus for the bases but now there are so many models of different base size in the army I decided to change themes and try something new in the form of a textured rolling pin of ancient ruins. I think it turned out pretty well - finished ones can be seen below. 

That’s the army for now. First few ventures with them have been fun and I hope to further expand them once the Forgeworld list becomes available. The new 30k shield captain and the hover tank are the items I’m eyeing up.  Cheers. 

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Hobby update (well it's about time) - Tau!

Well, remember how I said this year would be about finishing off a few marine projects then getting stuck into other imperial/xenos things before turning to chaos about halfway through the year? It's kind of happening but as usual a bit more haphazard and slower than anticipated. The marine projects are all but at an end now and so I'm free to crack on with other things. These have been to build a few Imperial guard, get all my scenery assembled and base-coated and to get the Tau complete. I'm using the codex release schedule as a rough guide so expect a few necron characters and scarabs to get done over the next few weeks with dark eldar rebasing after that. For now though, here's what's been going on with the Tau.

This army was started about a year after I got back into 40k (so around 10 years ago) as my first stint with 40k ended in 2nd edition before the Tau were dreamed up. I liked the concept and aesthetics of them and so bought a few of the army boxes. I've added to them gradually over the years - generally speaking by adding one of every release (plus the awesome Supremacy suit). I've a few models that I wish to one day add - namely vespids and shadowsun, but other than that they're done. One dilemma I have with them is that I can't decide between ochre and desert yellow as a colour scheme. Either way I won't give them any more colour until I have an airbrush setup, but they're ready for the tabletop now. Cheers. 

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Goodbye 2017 - and welcome 2018

Greetings folks. 

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and the end of 2017 is nigh. Non-marine projects have been pretty low key this year as expected but there's still been some love for them. To recap, my grand plan is to finish my Marine armies to a stage I'm happy with (which I hope to achieve by June latest next year - see my other blog) and then move on to non-marine/non-chaos projects before selling my soul to chaos entirely. Here's the run down:

Talons - I built up a couple of boxes of Talons and had a great game with them a few weeks back (land raider is a beast) - they look awesome on the tabletop and are rock hard in combat. Hoping to get more games in next year. 

Harlequins - Finally assembled the death masque sets and had a bit of a painting disaster when my corax white spray peppered them all. A day of stripping paint solved it and then I got a game in against death guard. Wow, they're fast but flimsy. One of my favourite model ranges GW produce. 

Eldar - When the codex dropped I split my Alaitoc force up to give me a smaller Alaitoc army and the beginnings of 4 smaller forces each representing a main craftworld. I aim to bolster these over time. The new codex makes Eldar a lot of fun to play with and I've got a couple of games in with them so far. I finally reassembled my poor, broken Phantom and got him sprayed up. Now I need to find somewhere to store him!

Necrons - earlier in the year  I had a Necron hobby sesh and now there are just a few scarab bases and characters needing a spray left. 

Genecults - The army I've been working on most recently as between Overkill, a FB trade buy and a couple of the Xmas box sets I've got a decent sized army. Only a few infantry and vehicles left to assemble and I can start spraying them up. 

Scenery - the past week I have had a good go through, assemble and spray of all the scenery I have to make it more tabletop friendly. Still missing LOS blocking terrain sadly but next year I am aiming to add a realm of battle to my collection and now I have scenery to populate it with. It will get its own post in the near future.

Going forward into 2018 I hope to transition from marines to non-Chaos armies in the first half of the year. The two armies I want to address mainly are Guard and Admech, both of which I have sitting in boxes waiting for some love. Towards the end of the year I then want to start moving towards Chaos, starting with Death guard. Obviously GW will throw some interesting releases out there over the next year (Sisters please!) so that's sure to shake things up a bit. As well as  getting the rest of the codexes updated and focussing on secondary games like Necromunda and Titanicus, I'm really curious to see what the next year holds for GW releases. Predictions: Khorne marines, Sisters of Battle, Arbites, more Primaris, Slaanesh daemons. We shall see.
All the best folks.