Raptors with Meltaguns

Added some paint to one of the built-but-not-painted Raptor squads.

I used the red accents on the weapons with one of my Havoc units and liked it, so tried the same again here. Not sure I like it as much. They just feel quite busy.

When edge highlighting I went a shade lighter than normal and didn’t like the outcome. In the end I toned it down with a couple of basecoat washes.

Still need to do some talon equipped breatheren. Next time I do jumpy dudes it’s happening!

Raptors Ancients

I’ve a backlog of raptors assembled and waiting for paint. This unit was already assembled and painted as a unit of 8, yet was in need of a refresh.

Searched the bits box for the relevant parts and assembled the two missing squad members.

Pleased with how these came out and now thinking about converting a squad of the others into Warp Talons…

Armigers

This has been sat almost-built and I painted waiting to be finished off for months!

These are the House Liagaun colours I came up with when I invented the household. They seem to have worked pretty well across the range of model sizes so far.

So that’s a pair complete, better get on with the bigger knights at some point…

Breacher Squad

Finished up the Breacher squad.

I bought a few more shields for converting some more in future, but a squad of 10 seems like a good starting point.

I reckon they work well with the Leviathans.

Work in Progress: August 2018

As always seem to have a multitude of models on the go. They’re sitting at various stages of complete, but some need more work or motivation than others and get reprioritised in favour of something that’s a bit more inspiring.

I decided that I wanted some dedicated close combat terminators and as part of a job lot of figures ended up with some Cataphractii Terminators. These one are all equipped with a pair of lightning claws and in addition to these I’ve five chaos terminators who are going to get clawed up too. Plus I’ve started gathering bits for some thunder hammer and storm shield troops too.

Then there’s the Chaos Warhound Titan. The one that’s sat in a box under the table for months. That was sold as a complete finished model and arrived in bits. Well the new base for that is underway and I’ll start thinking about pinning and gluing it back together now. Just mulling over whether to magnetise the waist joint…

First of the Jumpy Dudes

When you’ve been into 40k since the game came out and your engagement with the hobby has ebbed and flowed with time, you begin to forget what you read and when and indeed whether the memory of that was something that has been warped by the passage of time. Anyway at some point back in the day, I’m fairly sure that one of the traits of the Night Lords were plenty of jump pack equipped marines.

Having been slaughtered at the hands of some jumpy Ultramarines in Games Workshop Norwich in the late 1990s it was clear that I needed some, so I’ve gradually being amassing units. One was actually painted previously, but needs an overhaul and thus those below are the first unit. Yes, another ten man squad.

These came out of a job lot of figures I acquired and were preassembled and primed in chaos black. I liked the poses and the terror squad heads so they went straight to paint, no mods.

Five of the troops are equipped with chainswords and bolt pistols. I can live with that, there’s going to be plenty of variety so I can live without chainaxes on this occasion.

I’ve been feeling the need to have a go at weathering, so tried some on the chainsword bars. I used a dark purple and then two shades of silver. I think that the effect needs some more work, but it’s a start.

The other five troops in the unit carry power maces – not my power weapon of choice, these are not 40k monks or tech priests. That said, I will cast aside my ecclesiastical association with these weapons and hope they will be equally useful in smashing their way through armour.

Chaos Warhound Titan: Basing

After months in storage an Instagram post by @swinter_uk inspired me to crack on with sorting out a model I wanted for many years and finally bought earlier this year, a Chair Warhound Titan. The starting point for this was to get it standing and on a base.

A 300mm 1/2″ plywood base was soon drilled and layered with Welsh slate (i’ve been collecting a bucket full this for the last 6 months) and greenhouse dried sharp sand (because it’s always damp in the plastic bags that come straight from the quarry).

The ply base and the large piece of slate were both drilled. The underside of the base was then recessed so the head of a 6mm bolt would sit flush. The bolt I used had the head around down to 1.5mm thickness so there wasn’t too much ply removed. This and the slate was then epoxied into place forming a peg that sticks up about 30mm. The right foot was then drilled on the pillar drill so the peg can mount into it.

This bottom half had broken into three parts. I had adjustment on the left leg at the hip and right leg at the knee. These were manipulated to work with the terrain and then pinned with sections of stainless steel bicycle spoke and epoxied. Toe adjustment was next.  Three of the six front toes were snapped off, but non of these or the rear toes were fitted flush to the rest of the foot. the resin pegs on the back of the toes had been slotted into the foot but left a 5mm gap. So they all got chopped off and it was time to pin and epoxy to make things right.

Adjusted a few of then toe sections before pinning and glueing by snapping the original glue (fortunately not the resin) and then repositioning to work with the terrain.

New Tactical Squad: Proof of Concept

I’ve been working on some ideas for a new squad and have now finished a proof of concept.

I’ve been heavily influenced by Kari from Ironsleet (Instagram @Koltti) and an incredible force of Red Corsairs.

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As part of a bulk buy of figures I’ve ended up with three squads to form into tactical units of ten, probably out of a Betrayal at Calth set. I wanted to find a way to develop some unique features for the squads.

Spiked shoulder pads are formed by drilling the pad with a large bit in the pin vice, such as 3.5mm.

Cocktail sticks were then taken and the tips chopped off. That gives two spikes straight off. The others were cut and whittled from the same stick with a scalpel.

Helmet plumes in the mark IV armour pattern are heavily influenced by Roman centurion helmet designs. I think they look a bit rubbish so turned mine to run from to bak with a bit of shaping. A skull was then modded to fit at the front. Just need to build up the motivation to do a load more.