Bit of a Dog

1988. Adaptus Titanicus came out and many afternoons and evenings were spend playing epic scale 40k with mates. Then a few years ago Forgeworld started making 28mm scale Titans. Now they make a Warlord sized one for the price of a car.

This was not the price of a car, nor is it a warlord but it’s a great model that’s currently out of production. Unfortunately did not travel well. Needs a bit of Warpsmith fettling.

Lesser Daemons Part 1

Probably picked up some of these Bloodletters back in the mid-1980s. I think they’re just cracking figures. I’ve picked up all the different variants that have come out since but as I expand this unit including the new plastic ones which are the closest to the original ethic so far. When I saw these come up I. decided to pick up some more.

Paint looked nice from afar but was far from nice. I’ll not be winning a golden demon award anytime soon but I think I can do better than this:

Time for them to take a bath in acid. In the Warhammer universe they’d probably like that.

Chaos Nutters Part 2

Finished the painting, based the renegade chaos cultists up messed about a bit trying to remember how to take reasonable photos of small figures…

Then these additions arrived courtesy of the bay of E. So started a bit of work on them. The band’o’nutters is growing…

Chaos Nutters Part 1

Turns out that these days in 40k you need some surprisingly dangerous in large number type units to distract your enemies and to camp out on those objective markers.

Chaos cultists, renegades or whatever you want to call them seem to be the go to unit so I thought I’d raid the old miniatures box and see what I could dig out and found these…

Yes that’d be three metal figures (L to R) namely a Guardman, a Scavvy and a Bratt. Horrendously painted (in possibly enamel) with what appears to have been a decorators paint brush by a person with no talent. When you get a box of random figures it can be lucky dip. Time for a bath in paint stripper…

Stripped back to bare metal and in need of a bit of final scalpel work to get the last remnants of paint off ’em. Then onto a bit of conversion work and raiding the bits boxes to make these:

Time for paint and to get some better photos…

The Journey Starts Again

In 1987 Warhammer 40,000 came out. It was known as 40k almost immediately. Those of us who grew up playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (AD&D) and then Warhammer Fantasy Battle and other games like Car Wars were quick to make the transition. I’ve never looked back and although over the years the time spent on 40k has waxed and waned the enjoyment of the hobby still remains.

The beginning is the most important part of the work – Plato

pillars (2)

 

Work in Progress

The legs are made out of ballpoint pen tubes. The upper legs are a sheraton.com hotel chain pen (picked up on a business trip). These pens are dual core construction in that there is a shiny white outer and a blue inner. This means that not so much green stuff is needed to infill the tube so that it is snug around the wire.

The lower legs were from an anti-crime campaign the local police were running and was a freebie. The tube is quite thick (2mm) but soft plastic that is easier to work with in terms of sculpting (it has a high ketones content so you get that smell of pear-drops when you cut it up). The knee guards are made from stock 2mm thick plasticard that is softened up by a lot of bending around the handles on my jewellers files before being glued in place.

I think I have spend about 4 hours on this at the moment.

Stage 4…

I need to sand down the greenstuff added last night next and decide how to progress next. I am now waiting from a bits order from GW which I placed last night (so they’re at least 8 days away) which includes the head and some other bits for the base. This gives me a couple of options on what to do in the meantime, including more greenstuff on the arms, right hand and shoulders, adding details to the legs and working out how to do the feet and what they’re going to be like. Current thoughts are raptor like claws or marine boots…

I spent about another two hours on this tonight. A bit more work on the arms, but most of the work went into the legs and a little on the Kai gun, with an addition of a battery pack.

The upper legs (thighs) seem a bit long at the moment, but that’s because I haven’t done any work on the waist and groin area yet. There’s a plan for this, but I need to do some more work elsewhere on the model first.

Off on a business trip for a couple of days now…

Daemon Prince WIP

I’ve become a bit bored of repainting recently so over the weekend I put a bit more time into the Daemon Prince I’m working on. As the 19th Company is a basically some Night Lords who follow Khorne, this miniature can take reference from both spheres of influence. He’s going to have some scratch built Raptor style jump packs hence the dynamic pose. Not much to show at the moment, but here’s where things are up to.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Looking fairly rough at the moment and it’s hard to see the pose at the moment, but bear with me on this…

Spent a bit of time working with the green stuff tonight. Here’s the result:

And a scale comparison: