Tuesday, 26 January 2016

30K Calth and FW bits Kit bashing.

I started on the calth plastics and mass of random resin I've gathered in preparation for blood angels legion building. My first batch of 20 is stuck, along with the contemptor which I cut to pieces before sticking back together in order to give it a less static pose more like that of the resin FW ones.


They contain bits from calth, palatine blades, FW MKIV legion assault marines, Ultramarine, Blood angels, Sons of horus headsets. They need some sand, helmets, rocks and other basing bits before being sprayed.

I popped some bits together to look like a Sons of Horus Reaver having been shot up and about to be trampled. I need to check the rules, perhaps I need to get one of the resin missile launchers, maybe a terminator launcher will do?

When I've got a little time these will be getting based and batch airbrush based.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Blood angels 30k Legion progress group shot

I often forget to take pictures of things as I go, most notably when I'm painting to take things to a friend's place for a game where my painted blood angels tend to live as he very decently uses his flat like a gaming club for us. This unfortunately means when I remember I meant to take a picture of my guys, they're not always with me! So I thought I'd pop up a group shot of all my heresy area marines so far:

I've got a mix of FW Iron, Heresy and Maximus armour. As well as a couple of Corvus chapter masters.



The MKIV guys were done before the legion shoulder pads were released so I've gone with the old freehand and a few metal 40K BA pads.

I need to start better planning on my weapons, hopefully they give us inferno pistols as I've stuck a guy with one.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The other blood angels 30k demi tactical squad!

 Here you can better see the brightness of these guys, my previous post made them look a little darker than in person.


A quick side shot better shows how the airbrushed basing blends the models into their bases. No time to clean your feet mid battle! A touch of free hand to fill the shoulder pad space where I didn't have enough FW legion pads.


More obligatory blood drops and a back view.


I really like how these are coming along and hope the different shoulder pad trim colour fits alright with my normal black trimmed marines!


Thursday, 14 January 2016

30k Blood Angels Iron Armour Demi Tactical squad


Here are the first few guys from my big airbrushed batch. Going to see if I can keep pumping them out as I've got a Calth and a whole box of bits of MKIV guys to get to once they're at least mainly done.
I went for slightly different angel colours, I tried black on the shoulder pads trim and it seemed too much so I went for a dark metal and washed it liberally with black instead. Sarge got some bronze trim.


I think the banner is supposed to go on the demi sarge... whoops.

I paint alot of blood drops to fill large spaces.

This mould line isn't so easily visible in real life but with the camera lighting it leaps out!

Another blood drop.

And finally the other guys!

Monday, 11 January 2016

GW Airbrush paints basing 30K Blood Angels


Just a quick post about the new (ish) GW Airbrush paints. I was pretty thrilled to see these come out as being able to colour match my guys and tanks using a brush or spray is great, I've previously used mephiston red spray but its a bit pricey and army painters dragon red slightly less if still pricey but dusty sprays to base my guys and then built up with paler reds to give the desired finish which has left me with a few different looks to my marines. Being able to spray on an undercoat, then the next two layers of red from a zenith to leave shadows ready to shade, highlight, weather and detail would save so much time! In fact I also went for airbrushing the bases to minimize time I'd have to spend on that too!


As you can see I was starting off with a mish mash of previously painted off ebay guys and some new fw suff with my normal kit bash mix of resin/plastic. I airbrushed on the black undercoat in vallejo black and then went in with the reds. Mephiston and then evil sunz scarlet.


The general coverage of the models was nice with good control, no blocking and spattering and a good even coat applied, without being too thick, straight from the pot. (Without a dripper pot I used a printer ink syringe to fill up the airbrush hopper on the go so I didn't have to stop mid way, this makes them trickier to use but then at the end you can put any excess paint back in the pot. So good and bad.)
The flow of the paint didn't cause any issues in coverage of the models but it did seem to clog up the airbrush quicker than a vallejo paint usually would. I find I periodically have to stop and clean my airbrush whatever paints I'm using, with these GW paints it was a little more often than with the Vallejo or MIG I've used before. Perhaps a less finely ground pigment issue?) Either way this wasn't a big deal other than it taking a little longer to get the batch finished. (Still alot less time than one by one using a brush mind!)

I went back and did the bases with browns another day, although I forgot to take a picture, sadly I didn't finish all my batch of Iron armour guys as I ran out of black undercoat! Doh! Still I got enough done to keep me going for awhile. I never finish anything I seem to start at the moment anyway so we will see how many I can get done before I distract myself again!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Valkyries for my Praetorian IG

I've had a bit of a turn around and decided to move away from the grey I did on my vendetta. It was done some time ago and I think my current desert colour scheme is better, more interesting to look at than something that's mainly grey and silver and ties in better with my tanks when they're all the same basic colour scheme.

This leaves me with somewhat of a quandry regards my older vendetta (and the other two I've got still siting in pieces in boxes some years after I did the first... sigh.) will I repaint the old one. Will I paint the newer two with the new colours. Should I stick to gunships being an imperial navy colour scheme and if so could I make it more interesting with some fenris blue-grey cammo and perhaps some sky underbelly? Anyway for now my three valkyries that I've had in a cupboard for about three years now are getting some desert cammo with sky belly love.

I've never done any masking before so don't really know what I'm doing, I've just used invisible tape as it was what I had to hand! Seems to have worked out really pretty well oddly/luckily enough..

The cockpits and interiors were prepainted by whoever I bought them off on ebay. They've got some fun colour helmets which I like even if they're not quite up to the standard I'd have done them I don't want to risk breaking all the canopy bits ripping them off so that's how they're going to stay.

I started off by masking off the cockpits and giving all three a coat of army painter leather brown on all the cammo areas.

You can make out my dodgey invisible tape masking, especially where I began to remove it before taking the shot! I airbrushed on some skyblue.

It actually came out quite well!

And again.

and again.

and once more for luck. You can better see the contrast here, I chose to do sidewalls in cammo with the idea the blue would be very visible if the plane was on the ground, I like how it looks even if its wrong!

I shaded in armour plate joins, rivets, random divits, etc. with sepia and used a little to make trails where grease, grime and rust might have been dragged out during flight.

Weathering proper began on one wing to check out it looked alright. I used a brush to do sharp thin strokes using rhinox hide and then metal along panel and wing edges where damage might be caused. I used sponge weathering to add lighter damage to the main parts of panels, perhaps where paint has distorted a peeled in the sun and finally small lines of highlighted semi circles containing a line of rhinox hide to represent where old chips and scratches had occurred trough the paintwork and then left to tarnish over time.

Another angle of this, overall it builds up to quite a nice effect.

The same effects on the underside of the wing... that possibly no one will ever look at again... sob.


Overhead shot, weathering complete.

Cockpit and nose shot with obligatory angry face painted on (pre weathering so the scratches could get it a little!)

Close up of mr grumpy.



The plane is going to fly a building around with it... its a bit large I know but otherwise the massive bases look rather empty with just normal flock and rubble on. A Praetorian casualty or two might have to find their way onto here but I'll paint them up separately and make sure the flight stand fits around them.
The flight stand will sit on the floor tiles.

The other side of the base.

I've started the hazard stripes around the jet engine intakes, wouldn't want anyone accidentally popping their fingers in before take off. Just these and the base to do to finish the first one... then just another two more!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Adeptus Arbites and repressor (space marine scouts with elysian forgeworld heads) campaign unit.

Has anyone one looked on ebay for adeptus arbite models recently? Wow they're expensive...

So I decided to use space marine scouts with shotguns and give them elysian heads from forgeworld. The aim was to look sufficiently grim dark and give a nod of the head to Judge Dredd.

I chose a black and grey colour scheme with bright spot colours to draw the eye a little. I wanted to speed paint these guys (complete fail on the repressor in that regard.) and I wanted to try out using my airbrush to zenith highlight these guys to save any painting with a brush before detailing.

I undercoated them in chaos black spray. (Thinking of buying a Vallejo air primer, anyone got any experiences of these? Good colours etc.?) Then used dark grey and light grey from above and on the base with a little sky blue mixed in to the dark grey (to go with my friends city board).



With some bright colours! the red and the yellow on the helmets are my nod to dredd's red rimmed faceplate and gold icon on the helmet.

Weird overhead shot! I added some sponge weathering to their armour and guns but apparently didnt take a shot of them on their own with this... oops.

The repressor. Initaly weathered black with the brass eagles and red guns it seemed a bit bland. Enter the hazard stripes (and the failure to speed paint!). I ended up adding the grey panels to try and help them tie into the arbite infantry as I ended up doing them much lighter than planned in my head.
The dusty weathering is just terminatus stone stippled on with a tank brush.

Front shot. The pretty badly obvious magnets are to attach the dozer blade which I did later.



Together shot

Overhead shot. I added more terminatus stone above where dust might have collected on the tank. The board is a pretty war torn city. Actually the forgeworld urban tiles with ruined buildings in a fenris grey tone.

I took quite alot of shots here...

Dozer blade. I lost my mind and went for more hazard stripes for my meatwagon. I like how it looks alot but it took longer than planned to get done.

The dozer blade in place. I'm really happy with how this came out and I'm looking forward to popping this down in a game soon. Just got to get another 5 Adepts done to fill out the squad... flamers for two of them I think. I wanted to have some variety in poses so was looking for my scout bikers as I know they have a fun 'waving my shotgun around by the grip' arm but I can't seem to find them at present..