Craters

Made from the most brittle resin known to the Imperium, behold the crater set. Well okay not the full set, one of the small ones is missing but I have two of the larger ones.

The catalogue entry read “Huge craters are often torn in to the battlefield by artillery , bombs and other heavy weapons, and can provide a convenient form of cover should a squad find themselves under fire in otherwise open terrain.”

Humour seems to be dead in 40k these days but the smoking boots in one of the small craters always was a good conversation point.

Dating back to at least 2002 with a master model by Simon Harris and a set that sold for £18 when new.

Forgeworld product codes: FWK004/MO then TR-40K-S-002

Barricade

This is one of the three pieces that make up the Warhammer 40,000 Barricades Set 2. A complete set is made up of three piece resin barricades with each section approximately 6″ / 150mm long. Based on the photos I have seen I have the two curved sections (of which this is one), but not the straight middle bit.

The catalogue entry read “There are times when Imperial forces must make do with the materials at hand to construct barricades to help fortify areas to defend, and repel the enemy.”

Master model by Simon Harris around about 2002. The full set sold for £14.

Forgeworld product codes: FWF025 then TR-40K-S-022.

Fuel Dump

Another really nice bit of Forgeworld scenery, the classic fuel dump.

From factory in Nottingham this model saw too much resin in the mould and hadn’t had enough time on the belt sander after and so there was a good 4-5mm edge below the sculpt.

I added a piece of plasticard underneath to increase the base size by about 20mm all around and then built it up and blended the edge with various grades of sand before paint. Added insome additional bits of plasticard, skulls and imperial bits for effect too.

Master model by Simon Harris around 2002.

This was £12 when released.

Forgeworld Product Codes: FWF016 then TR-40K-S-017

The listing read “fuel dumps store the fuel required for each Imperial vehicle operating in the area. This one piece resin model makes a great objective for your games of Warhammer 40,000”.

Imperial Water / Fuel Tank

Not even Forgeworld could work out what this model was so it was listed as both a water tank and a fuel tank when it was available for sale.

This model was a bit bashed up when I received it so there are some photos in my Instagram feed of the repairs to it. Thin bits of resin snap easy so a bit of patience with plasticard to fix those. It turns out that bicycle spokes were perfect for the replacement of the runner bars at the top of the tank.

Master model by Simon Harris around 2005.

This was £20 when it was first released which for a big bit of resin seems really cheap and good value.

Forgeworld Product Code TR-40K-S-056

Pretty pleased with how that came out in the end. More use of the excellent waterslide transfers from the Mighty Brush featured here along with some Mechanicus decals from an Imperial Knights sheet too.

Small Barricade

Some time just little things can be good fun to paint up.

I am pretty sure that this piece is from the City Fight Barricades Set. This was a two part set.

I may well have the other part from the set in the box of bits but it has only been as I’ve written the post I’ve worked that out from the Forgeworld catalogue. I will need to have a rummage!

So I’m going to roll with that for now. The original blurb in the catalogue says:

There are times when Imperial forces must make do with the materials at hand to construct barricades to help fortify areas to defend, and repel the enemy. Two barricades made from oil drums and creates.

The two part master model by Simon Harris was originally £9 back in 2006

(Product Code TR-40K-S-008)

Forgeworld Ruined Chimera

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.

Venomstalker

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…

Final Claw of 2020

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.

Night Lord Claw Additions

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…

Sniper Squad

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.