The abandoned Chimera is a classic Forgeworld model that was originally available for pre-order way back in 2004.
Mine is a slight variation on the original model because the tank top doesn’t feature the sandbagged top hatch of the original casting. I am not sure it takes much away from it.
The excellent waterslide transfers from the
Mighty Brush feature on my take on the Imperial Guard livery and tank markings.
This was a purchase off eBay and whilst I am confident it’s a legitimate original casting, it was a bit bashed up and so there were a few repairs to it before painting, notably the hooks on the shed and spare tank tracks that were snapped off and were repaired with styrene.
I am relatively new to using weathering powders but have been really impressed with them so far.
Original Forgeworld casting was by Simon Harris.
(Product code TR-40K-S-058) was £28 when it came out in 2004. They’re going for a fair bit more than that now!
A really nice model which I enjoyed painting and which I feel makes a good addition to my Forgeworld scenery collection.
The Venomsalker has to be one of the better models released in the last few years. I enjoyed painting up the initial one out of the Shadowspear boxed set so I decided to get another one.
The downside with the model is the lack of pose positions out of the box and I take issue with models like that. This model was hacked about a bit to give it a different stance.
Pinned on the two legs that are the only ones holding the model up.
Did a few grim dark family reunion photos…
So this year…
Night Lords 19th Company
Finish the Fellblade – base coated Finish the Spartan Landraider – about to start edge highlights… Paint a Vindicator Paint a Predator Finish the 2nd Venom Crawler – Primer Rebase 10 of the existing Havocs Paint 20 new tactical marines House Liagaun
Paint and finish building these two Knights, bonus kudos if I manage the third one and the two war dogs
Paint some Sanguinary Guard Paint a Deimos Rhino Paint Mephiston Paint 10 Company Veterans Paint the Primaris Bikers Bad Moons Orks
Build and Paint 3 Killa Cans Build the Stormboyz Adeptus Titanicus
Build the terrain from Gregster’s Lab Build some ruins from the cast parts Paint the Forgeworld Scenery Paint the additions to Legion Ulricon and Legio Gryphonicus (what’s in the photo below, twice over). Finish the Warlord and Reaver Weapons
Build some buildings from cast Sector Imperialis parts 2020 in Numbers
In fairness, I think I managed to get a fair whack of stuff painted last year!
5 Bloodletters 1 Skull Cannon 3 Skull Crushers 12 Furies 1 Fleshhound
1 Shokk Jump Dragsta 10 Burna Boyz 2 Deff Dreads 3 Killa Kans 3 Mega Nobz 5 Ork Nobba 1 Ork Boss Mek – Buzzbob plus Nitnuckle and Lunk 1 Blitza-Bommer
Angels of Metatron Blood Angels
1 Primaris Captain in Phobos Armour – Metarc 1 Primaris Lieutenant in Phobos Armour 1 Primaris Captain in Phobos Armour – Metarc 1 Primaris Lieutenant in Phobos Armourv 1 Primaris Chaplain 1 Blood Angel Hero 1 Primaris Lieutenant 1 Primaris Shield Captain 1 Primaris Apothecary 1 Primaris Librarian in Phobos Armour 1 Primaris Lieutenant 1 Company Standard Bearer 1 Sanguinary Priest 3 Primaris Inceptors 7 Primaris Hellblasters 8 Primaris Intercessors 3 Primaris Suppressors 13 Blood Angel Terminators 5 Assault Marines 5 Tactical Marines 6 Death Company Assault Marines 1 Stormhawk Interceptor 1 Baal Predator 1 Land Raider Redeemer 1 Dreadnought – Brother Kelus
Skull Reapers 19th Company, Night Lords
1 Chaos Sorcerer in Terminator Armour 1 Chaos Sorcerer – N’Gath the Seer 1 Chaos Lord with Thunder Hammer 1 Dark Apostle – Karschb 1 Exhalted Champion – Nahvil the Exhalted 1 Master of Possession 1 Arch Lord Discordant 1 Venom Crawler 10 Havocs 10 Assault Marines 37 Tactical Marines 5 Sniper Specialists 2 Obliterators 1 Terminator 1 Terminator Champion – Thra-Kienn 2 Greater Possessed 6 Bikers 1 Deimos Rhino 1 Sicaran 1 Anvillus Pattern Drop Pod Vraksian 352nd Renegade Militia 10 Chaos Cultists 5 Rogue Psykers 6 Renegade Ogryns 5 Renegade Militia Snipers 10 Renegade Militia 1 Renegade Commissar – Rhur Diachenko 3 Firebrand Cultists 3 Heavy Weapons Teams
Scenery and others stuff
1 Destroyed Pill Box from Unreal Wargaming Studio 1 Underground Bunker Entrance from Forgeworld 2 Sets ion Tank Traps from Forgeworld 1 Sandbag Barricade from Forgeworld 1 Ammo Dump from Forgeworld 22 Genestealers 1 Brood Lord Full Set of Command Edition Scenery Made a load of hill/mountain/cliff type terrain
So back on New Year’s Day there was a plan to do the following. This is the review of which of the ambitions for the year were actually managed.
Night Lords: Skullreapers 19th Company
Finish the Greater Possessed
Rebase some of the existing Havocs
Build more squads – making a number of custom ones from various acquired bits
Interweave some of the 30 mark 4 armoured troops into the ranks – Base coated
Finish the Fellblade – base coated
Finish the 3rd Landraider – base coated
Finish the trio of Vindicators – base coated and some with detail
Finish the trio of Predators – built but base plastic
Finish the 2nd Venom Crawler – Primer
Blood Angels: Angels of Metatron
Paint the Stormhawk Interceptor
Paint a lot of the unpainted Warhammer Conquest Marines
Paint a lot of Crimson Spear Strike Battleforce boxed set contents
Build most of the rest of the Shadowspear boxed set
Bad Moons Orks
Paint half the Armageddon Killa Cans and both the Deff Dreads
Paint the Big Mek with Shokk Attack Gun – primed
Paint the other Mek – primed
Build Ork Mek Boss Buzzgob
Paint the Nobz in Power Armour – primed
Build (but not paint) the Stormboyz
Finish the Scorcha Squad
Finish the Burna-Bomba
Finish the terminators
Finish the genestealers
Build the terrain from Gregster’s Lab
Build some ruins from the cast parts
Paint the Forgeworld Scenery
Finish the Warlord and Reaver Weapons
Build some buildings from cast Sector Imperialis parts (but haven’t finished them)
Build some mountains
Wanted to end the year with some more Night Lords so here is the final claw additions of the year.
I was getting really unhappy about photographing on white because I could not get the colours to work the way I wanted them to. So I watched the
McCordall video on shooting black on black, made a new backdrop for the Lightbox and had a go.
I may try and get some black velvet felt for the fabric instead, but these already look better like this. Hard to believe that the only difference between these five and the last five is that the red in the Khorne half of the company shoulder pad is a shade darker.
All the other changes came from the backdrop fabric, the Lightbox on a lower light setting and a reduction in the camera exposure settings.
Looking forwards to more photos that try and capture the grim dark nature of these guys in 2021.
These five are a load more Bolter equipped models. I was pleased with the pose of the kneeling Plasma gunner too and this one with the sniper scope.
Another of the resin cast models, still not worked out what they are.
Adding some more traitor marines into the ranks. This was one of the targets for the year and the numbers have been pretty good.
One further squad of five to add before New Year, just a little left to do to get them finished.
I am not sure where the resin sculpt for the body and back pack of this one came from, the head is one of the amazing sculpts from Liberdaemonica imported from Russia. The combination works well.
Melta gun primed and charging,,,
Looking to the skies with the flamer.
On your toes trooper!
Used to like the look of this armour mark in the Games Workshop art work, but I don’t think the sculpt does the concept justice. Maybe it’s my painting though…
These have been sitting primed on the shelf for most of the year so made a push to get them finished.
They get a stealthier version of the 19th Company livery with no brass on the armour.
Some classic poses on these models even if they have no place in 40k I really like them as miniatures.
Slight modification to the backpack of this comms specialist.
Eye lenses and sights give great contrast to these guys.
Bit of leather work on display too.
Enjoyed painting up the tank crew conversions and decided that I did not have enough of the earlier marks of armour in the ranks of the 19th, so added in this squad.
Also don’t have any sanctioned marines, so it’s about time to add in some red-handed models…
Grimdark justice coming to an unfortunate planet near you some time soon if you are unlucky.
Classic bolters on show…
Another five added into the ranks of the tactical claws of the Skull Reapers 19th Company.
Another of the unknown resin models. Must do some research into these…
Classic original plastic space marine model head and torso…
Another plasma gunner
Blackstone Fortress Chaos Space marine model
Not so sure about this type of skull helmet but relatively pleased with how this has ended up with the crouched pose. I really wanted some more dynamic poses.
Finally completed another five marines to add to those completed back in April. Another bunch of lunatics with bolt pistols and chainswords.
Forgeworld tank crew member torso conversion with some fish hook meat hook conversion work. Quite proud of this one with the hook through the skull eye socket.
Blood for the Blood God is a great addition to the paint range and I try to use it sparingly.
Second Forgeworld tank crew member torso conversion with some more fish hook meat hook and chain conversion work.
More limb augmentics on display. I am not so sure with the running gait on this one, but stuck with it.
The classic Night Lords model converted…