12 Dec 2012

Scenery update

My Warmill cargo containers are all done now. I'm glad I did the transfers because it finishes them off nicely. Kudos to the guys on the infinity forum who did the corporation logos that I swiped! ;-)

5 Dec 2012

Dystopian Legions Scenery

I've been able to make a bit of progress on some of the scenery I've brought for DysT' Legions. So far I've finished the Dunny and the Stable and the other buildings are all undercoated white. I think I''m going to try for a southern European feel with white-ish walls and orangey roof tiles.

I'm quite pleased with how these have turned out really. I tried to mottle the wood of the walls to age them and I think it turned out okay. It was fun and simple to do using a flesh wash and brown ink.

29 Nov 2012

New Scenery

Warfare is always bad for my wallet. Fact.

There is a cliche' about having an Angel and a Devil whispering in your ears. In my version I had three Devils; Von, Silverback and Junta were all egging me on to buy more and more Warmill stuff. They know how weak I am!

Anyhoo I ended up with four of the new Warmill shipping containers and very nice they are too. Not the simpliest of kits as you have to be very careful with several place specific parts that are very similar looking. Like Ikea on acid! Nice models tho'.

I also got some of the cheap Warbases modular building to be scenery for our upcoming games of Dystopian Legions. Under £30 got me nine buildings. They needed roofing but that is a quick enough job. Especially if you take them to work and do them in your lunch breaks. It's okay.....my colleagues know I am a nerd. In fact they are so accustomed to it that all that is left is a casual interest in what I am actually doing ;-)


26 Nov 2012

Transport for grots

So thanks to Fark for access to his trash box of discards.  I spent the afternoon raiding my Ork bitz box and cutting plasticard to create some grot tanks.  I also split open a water filter cartridge to get the small balls to make the nuts and rivets on the various plasticard plates.

Added with some Kromlech turrets and I think I have avoided paying £60 to forgeworld for three of their Grot Tanks........

So what do you think?



I won a prize!

At Warfare a week ago I entered a prize draw from Spartan Games for Dystopian Legions. Imagine my surprise when on the Monday I got a message saying I'd won!

Here's my prize:

Yep more stuff to paint and a whole new game system to learn but what the heck: I'm a wargamer and shiny stuff is what I do!

 
Also found a new objective marker in the local toy shop; just need a couple more...
Just what the Doctor ordered. Yes. I went there.


Crossing the 4000

If you remember I am in the middle of trying to paint up 6000 points of World Eaters for March 2013; assuming the Mayans got it wrong obviously...

The original army list I had was just over 6000 and included everything I owned for this army. After a few games that list has, of course, completely changed and now if I was to paint everything I own I'd have over 7000 points. Eek.

Last week was a holiday week so I was able to concentrate on the army for a good few hours every day.

Here's the first model completed in that time: say hello to the Maulerfiend with Lash Tendrils (cos they look cool!)

You will note he seems to be crawling over a ruin and you'd be correct. He has a special rule called Siege Crawler which means he can move 12" and ignore difficult terrain so rather than plant him on a bare base I decided to get a little more creative.
Still a fair bit of work to complete the base and currently he's just balancing for effect. The intention is to use magnets so he can be transported more easily and to help out should I meet any unscrupulous players who decide that TLOS means they can see him on his elevated base.
He was a lot of fun to paint although if you do build one I'd advise leaving the engine chimneys and shoulder pads off to paint separately. Mine eats Grots apparently but dislikes Obliterators.

He was so much fun to do that I opted to add his cousin to the army even though I didn't have the model until Thursday last week! Say hello to the Forgefiend with Hades Autocannons.


What else have I added then? Well you saw the Aegis Line previously although I should probably get some more pictures of the completed version.

The main additions this week have been another 10 Combat Cultists who are now built and undercoated so that I can have a squad of 20 marching up the board with Kharn. I've also treated myself to a Decimator Daemon Engine from Forgeworld who no doubt will get some pictures eventually.

One thing I'm finding with 6th Edition is that large blobs of Infantry are the kings of objectives; hence the Cultists. However, I'm now changing the army to include 2 x 16 Khorne Berzerker units to see how they do. One item that just has to be added is the Icon of Wrath! The ability to re-roll my charge range with these large squads is absolutely vital. I got hold of the Banners of Rage from GW and two of them were completed today.

So what else have I added then? 10 Chaos Space Marines with Icon of Vengeance, Heavy Bolter and Plasma Gun were also built, undercoated and basecoated in the lovely Humbrol Desert Yellow. These boys are Troops and can man the Aegis Line or Bastion. With the Icon of Vengeance they are Fearless. So now I have a Troop unit that will stand still to operate a Skyfire gun and hopefully capture objectives.

Normally I'd add a Power Fist to any unit but with this army I'm now moving away from that idea. Why you ask? Champion of Chaos rule. Essentially whenever we get into combat (we're Khorne so it's going to happen right?) any Chaos Champion has to either Issue a Challenge or Accept a Challenge: they have no choice.

A Power Fist is great but in a challenge you're going at initiative 1 and probably dying. I want to keep these boys alive or at least give them a fighting chance so I'm re-thinking Power Weapons and/or Lightning Claws.

So here's the Champion for the new Chaos Space Marine squad. Yes he has 2 Bloodletter arms as the Hellblade sword is gorgeous.
And as that worked I've now set about creating 2 new Berzerker Champions for the large 16 man units both armed with Power Weapons. The first one below uses a Power Sword from the new Chaos Raptor boxset as I'm going to build mine as Warp Talons I had this weapon spare.
 
The other one is actually going to be armed with 2 Power Swords for that extra attack because, well, because he can. He also has a Hellblade and a standard CSM power sword. He costs 5 points more than having a Power Fist but as Champion number 1 above is 10 points less than with a Power Fist it still fits the army list. And 2 Power Swords is cool right??
My current total painted has now crossed the 4000 point mark! I will post the new list and what's done next time but for now I need a rest so back to work Monday and take stock again tomorrow evening.

What next for the painting table? Haven't a clue!

13 Nov 2012

Chaos Drive Continues

My drive to paint as much Chaos as possible continues! I've now got myself into a fairly good routine of an hour or two of hobby time every night of the week (except Tuesday's which are gaming nights!) and then some good hours at weekends. It helps that I've started popping over to Triple every couple of weeks where hobby time is an absolute.

So first up here are the 10 Cultists from the Dark Vengeance boxset with Autoguns. Lovely figures considering they are a starter set and very easy to paint.

Say hello to my Little Friend
I've tried to use very similar colours to the World Eaters without making them look exactly like the Berzerkers. So lots of Mechrite Red just like the Berzerkers but then Tausept Ochre rather than sand. Again though a very small pallette to keep things simple and plenty of washes.
Right. Where's that Aegis Defence Line they promised?
Experimented with the new Washes on these chaps and they don't look too bad. What it did show me though is that the new Carroburg Crimson wash is a good deal darker than the old Baal Red. Not good as the Red wash is the colour that finalises my scheme.

A quick trawl of eBay and I found someone in Glasgow with 10 pots of Baal Red on buy it now. Sorted. That should keep me going for a while.
Nice Mask. Gun's not too shabby either.

And as I wait for the bases of the Cultists to dry I've plonked the Maulerfiend on the painting table and started work on him. He's another model that perhaps some pieces should have been left off originally until painted - like the shoulder pads... Still sure it will be fine.

My right side
I also decided to break him off his base so I could properly paint him underneath and then give him a proper designer base when ready.... must be some more Howling Griffons I can accidentally add!

Experimenting with the new Khorne Red paint instead of Mechrite and then I'll use a bit of Mephiston Red to brighten it before plastering on the washes.
My Other side
Brilliantly I have a week off work next week so I suspect that providing the list of things to do around the house isn't too long that I should get some good quality hobby time. Wahoo!


12 Nov 2012

Teeny tiny update....

One quad gun.

Now I need a defense line to go with it!

30 Oct 2012

The Cultists and the Dragon reach No1

Just a quick update to say that the Obliterators and Aegis Line were completed in time for Sutton Coldfield last weekend and both did me proud. I'll get pictures up just as soon as I can.

In the meantime I've been busy... again....
Heldrake is completed although the light in the photo has washed it out a bit. Still take it from me that he's done with just the basing (including some weird peppers terminator kindly donated by Eddy ages ago) to be completed. Should be able to complete before Sunday.


And because I was waiting for the wash to dry on the Heldrake I decided to get some Cultists added in. Why these first and why the Autogun squad? The Aegis Line. In Sutton I was manning it with 5 Berzerkers which just felt so wrong so instead I'll let the mad frothing loonies go and do what they do best and add these Cultists into the protection of the Aegis.
 

I need to apply highlighting to the red and grey pieces plus pick out any cables but essentially he's done. Just block painting with Mechrite Red, Tau Sept Ochre, Adeptus Battlegrey, Rotting Flesh and Boltgun Metal. Then wash the Red/Grey/Black with Earthshade; the Ochre with Sepia and Red and the Flesh with Red.

Here he is stood next to a friend who has been block painted so you can see the difference the washes make. I love the washes and I think these boys (the mob is in the background as you can see quite blurily) will turn out just right and look right at home with the World Eaters!

No I'm not aiming to have these done by Sunday as well as I have to sort my own event out for Saturday and cover Year End at work this week. Suspect finishing the Heldrake and these guys is a little bit of a tall order...

What follows the Cultists? Probably the Maulerfiend and then I want to get Zhufor up and running as I like to throw in a character as a reward after painting troops.

And then I have quite taken a fancy to a couple of Forgeworld pieces that are not on my army list. See what Father Xmas brings shall we :-)

22 Oct 2012

WHHHHOOOOOOSHSSSHHHH!

I have been making that noise a lot in my study over the last few days.

This was a luuuverly model to put together. I seem to be saying that a lot these days which must reflect on the general standard in the hobby nowadays.

Really looking forward to popping this on the table!

Warmill Pods!

I managed to get time to paint up the lovely scenery set the GoGs had brought me last week. Sadly the photo from my phone doesn't show it very well but this is a great kit!!

It makes me feel like dancing!!!



What turning into a shelf tidying exercise turned into me making another building for the table. 

Oh and another 24 grots and 4 slavers painted.  Including these 2 cheerleaders ... both of whom are having a wardrobe malfunction like Janet Jackson :)

21 Oct 2012

Is that a Fortification?

Thought I'd drop in and provide an update on my progress to the 6,000 points of World Eaters.

Remember that list I presented last time and suggested it might change? Well it has. I've decided to add an Aegis Defence Line as frankly flyers are a bugger to deal with and anything that is Heavy4 Twin Linked stands a chance of, at the very least, forcing them to evade.

This week's challenge is...
You'll see I've added a couple of things to try to make it a little unique. Spikes (of course), Khornate Symbols and some statues/banners from various kits that I had lying around (as you do). I have razorwire to add once it has all been completed.

I have Skyfire and Interceptor don't you know?

With a Tournament looming in Sutton next Saturday I desperately need to get the Aegis and 2 Obliterators done! We're using the old Chaos Codex for this one so the HelDrake was able to step down the panic requirements.

Mind you he's needed for the weekend after Sutton across in Bristol. I do so like a deadline to work to!

Here's Tiger and his pal. All done except the bases and some skin highlights. Love the faces on these guys as they seem to be smiling: or have gas. Hopefully get them completed this week. The Aegis will probably not be fully done by Saturday but it should be close enough so I can take it along. Aiming to have it to the point where the basing is required and then finish it in time for Bristol.





And finally the Heldrake. Only the red wash to go and he's tabletop ready. Ideally want to get a highlight onto the actual deamon flesh but that can wait - just as on the Obliterators.



So yes it has been a very busy week and weekend. More to come during the week as I push to complete the models for the next couple of weekends and then I can take it a bit easier! Yeah. Right. Like that's going to happen with 2,500 points to paint in 5 months.








17 Oct 2012

Imperial Guard allies

Well, new 40k certainly has me flitting from project to project, all before the last one is finished.  My sisters, chaos, dark eldar and orks all need updating to take advantage of the exciting new 40k rules......

.....and in the case of all except the sisters, actually get me 1,500 points of painted stuff to use on the table!  I was quite ashamed when I realised all those half painted models hanging around armies I thought I could use.....

.....But anyway, who managed to elbow their way rudely to the top of the pile?  Imperial Guard did.  Yep, those chaps who I have about 4k of stuff painted for decided that they wanted more stuff.  So I went with the flow and they are, currently, at the head of the painting queue.

So what was I doing for them?  Tanks?  Nope, I have plenty of those.  More Guardsmen?  Nope, I also have plenty of those. More flyers?  No, I think 2 is quite enough for our little group :)

It's actually a project that I thought about a long time ago, but new 40k has given it a new lease of life.  I'm talking about Inducted Beastmen.  As I'm from the Rogue Trader era, I remember the White Dwarf Guard army list with beastmen squads sent forward armed only with two hand weapons and a bad attitude to duff up the enemies of the Emperor in penance for being filthy mutants.  What fun times they were :) Beastmen then disappeared from the canon in the recent editions unfortunately, but I had decided to convert some up to serve as line guardsmen.  Sadly I just didn't get around to it as they would have just been more of the same line guardsmen that I had already.  So, why did new 40k change things?  Two reasons, the first being the re-emergence of "accepted" stable mutations in the big book which included beastmen and allies.  I had a chance to do the beastmen, make them different from a rules perspective and have them legal.  Perfect :)

So I chose Orks with shootas.  Why?  Because it fits.  I could arm them with lasguns which they blazed away with, buring out the power packs and being wildly inaccurate compared to the disciplined shooting from the line Guardsmen, hence the reduced BS and the fact they have shoota profiles instead of lasgun ones.  They are also tougher than guardsmen and enjoy a fight more, so the profiles worked perfectly.  So, here are the fruits of my labout so far


Fear us!  We come fresh from a number of other projects...
 So, lots of beastmen bodies from a previous army (warhammer doubles circa 2009) and catacan arms and I was away.  As the beastmen figures have their arms swept back, I mostly used the arms holding the gun in one hand where possible, but converted and gree stuffed others when I ran out, as shown below

We have water bottles and nifty pouches
 I also added as  many imperial water bottles, knives and pouches as I could to further add to the Imperial Guard feel of them.

I also then added some brass etch imperial eagles after filing down the eight pointed stars or skulls on their belt buckles
Our belt buckles say we love the emperor
So, next up is painting and the tabletop!  I'm mulling a couple of ideas for the Nob and mandatory HQ you need with allies (most likely a warboss) but I'll add them to the next blog post.

15 Oct 2012

Madness. World Eater Style

Madness. Sheer, absolute madness.

Not the Eighties group but what I've managed to talk myself into. You see the standard state of a wargamer's army is incomplete and somewhat huge. Why buy just what you need for the 1500 point army when 8000 points will do? Right?

3,300 Points of World Eaters
The GoGs are no exception and we've been marvelling at the size of Eddy's... (quiet at the back)... armies for some time. His Howling Griffons and Eldar are massive and both well over 6000 points painted I suspect.

Kharn's Current Kill Count. Not the Enemy. His own side!


Current unit of 10 Berzerkers. Icon of Wrath now required!
We also keep saying that we must take advantage of the tables at the WHC more often and thus was born the desire to pit the 6000 point armies against each other. Now, for most people that would be enough: 2 x 6000 points going to war: not the GoGs obviously. No. We want at least 24000 points on the table thank you very much.


See this Axe? It's really a Mace. Honest :-)
Which brings me to my current madness. You see I want to take the World Eaters to this as I'm loving the new Codex, I have new units to add and I adore the paint scheme that came about a little by accident.


The Stuff that needs to be added. Minus the light that snuck in!
HelDRAKE! A bit fiddly to paint is an understatement
My current points level is about 3,300 painted. A quick piece of maths shows a deficit of 2,700 points that is required to be completed. I would say I need to buy the balance but actually I have about 6,500 points of World Eaters sat waiting in various stages of buildingness from in sealed boxes to basecoated. We have decided to set a deadline for Easter 2013 for this.


Remember Tiger the Obliterator? He's Back!
I therefore have 5.5 months to complete 2,700 points. Or as we like to call it: Oh Bloody hell what have I just volunteered for??!


Zealots! These guys should last ages on the battlefield. Or not.
Look what the Guys bought me! Thanks Chaps!
So a quick order in to GW for some more World Eaters shoulder pads + some other bits and an order to Triple Helix for a box of Berzerkers and a single Chaos Bike sees me with everything I need to complete the task. All I need now is to knuckle down and crack on...

The Possessed are back out of their box of shame!
... expect regular updates as the months countdown.

I'm a Maulerfiend. I'm new. I like to wave at my dinner.
Paint for the Paint God!

Here's the current plan of an Army List. It may change as time progresses or if new kits come out!

HQ
Kharn the Betrayer (Warlord) (done)
Chaos Lord (Terminator) (done)
Daemon Prince (done)
Chaos Lord (Zhufor - Terminator)
Chaos Lord (Dark Vengeance Power Armour)

Troops
Khorne Berzerkers x16 (9 done: new Icon Bearer)
Khorne Berzerkers x16 (9 done: new Icon Bearer)
Khorne Berzerkers x10 + Rhino (9 done: new Icon Bearer)
Khorne Berzerkers x9 (8 done: new Icon Bearer)
Chaos Space Marines x15
Chaos Cultists x10 (built)
Chaos Cultists x10 (built)

Elites
Possessed x8 (built)
Terminators x5 (done)
Chosen x6 (built) + Rhino
Helbrute (done)
Helbrute (done)

Fast Attack
Raptors x10 (done)
Warp Talons x5
HelDRAKE (built)
Chaos Bikers x6

Heavy Support
Land Raider (done)
Land Raider (done)
Vindicator (done)
Maulerfiend (built)
Defiler (done)
Obliterators x3 (built)

8 Oct 2012

Apparently there's a new Codex on the block

Zooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Whizzzzzzzzzzzzz
Whooooooooooooossssssshhhhhhhhhhhh

Sorry. Did you say something? I was a little distracted by my new pet dragon.

Yes I have a brand new Heldrake for my World Eaters army. Picked him up on release day (Saturday), built, undercoated and basecoated Sunday. He's very nice although the wings are a bit of a pain with a single ball joint trying to hold a lot of weight: let's see how long they last.

He goes out tomorrow for his first outing with the new Codex and we'll see if he gets passed turn 2...

He is bringing a little friend along as well:

That's right he's bringing his own pet Maulerfiend to the party.



I have no idea whether these two units are any good in the game but I love how they look and that will do me fine when designing an army list.

Tomorrow the forces of World Eaters and Word Bearers will unite. Let's see how many skulls we can collect as we try out our new Codex.

Blood for the Blood Dragon!