Sunday, January 3, 2016

Warpsmith finished

So there' a theme happening if you noticed... time to stop building and start A LOT of painting.  Who am I kidding?  I can't stop building but I can slow way down, and in that regard the Warpsmith is finished minus the static grass.  It was a real pain to paint at times since it is whole with no subassemblies.  Old school I guess, build it then paint it.  The biggest thing I've learned, from the Sorc and this model,  it have it mostly together but not all the way.  Its makes things so much easier.  Lesson learned, it took awhile but it stuck.  Enough so that I haven't fully assembled my Havocs... legs, torso, backpack, gun arm, and gun are all together leaving the shoulder pads, and support arm off... so I should have an easier time getting to everything I want to reach.

Here's the final product.  A few things to note, it is much larger than it needs to be.  It sits on a 40mm base, and stands much taller than a marine.  So game wise it's a sitting duck, but with a 2+ save it should be ok most of the time.  Either way I didn't want a Finecast version of the Warpsmith because of the fragility of Finecast.  I've had smaller diameter pieces just snap right off and didn't want to shell out $30(US) for something that could break easy.  So all the tentacles are from a Necron Doomscythe and guitar string for strength and stability.


A lot of firsts on this model.  First time using oil based rust effects.  Loved that.  It can have a nice subtle rust effect that can be built up and if you want to add some more orange to it's nothing to add water to a small amount of Ryza Rust and dab that in place.  Used Nurgle's Rot for as well, and it's interesting but I don't see using it for anything else beyond what I've done here.  Accents for seepage or tissue breakdown.  The red was really simple, but so effective.  It really was just using GWs paints... Mephiston Red for the base, first layer of Evil Sunz Scarlet with an edge highlight of Wild Rider Red.  Layers were applied very thin, think translucent, to build up the color.  Once that was all dry, a glaze of Bloodletter was put on the red to pull it all together and it came out great.  Super pleased with how simple it was.  The metal and skin were completely different stories however, and involved a lot of touch up and a few restarts.  

At the time of this writing, I am currently finishing the base for one the Rapiers and I'd like to finish the other Rapier this evening.  Another Hellblaster Volley Gun is on the way to finish out the battery at 3 strong.  My beloved Auotcannon Havoc squad was rebuilt yesterday and a new Havoc unit built using Forgeworld's Legion Autocannon set I got forever ago.  Love those guns, hate the ammo feeds.  If you get them, plan on rebending the belts a few times to match up.  Also if you want to use Chaos backpacks, you'll have to trim them down a little so the ammo boxes fit.

Nifty trick if you don't want to use your Betrayal at Calth heavy bolters as heavy bolters, just clip the barrel off and glue an auto cannon barrel on.  Super easy conversion for a, IMHO, better gun.

So yeah, more painting and less building.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Chaos Sorc finished up... finally.

A few of you may remember this picture from awhile back.  It was from a post about using magnets and different heads as a way of showing Marks of Chaos on your models.  Well, I finally was able to get this Sorcerer and all the heads painted this past weekend.  So what we have is a Black Legion Chaos  Sorcerer, the only Finecast model I wanted to get... ever, with a back pack and helmet from Forgeworld's Sons of Horus upgrade pack.  All the other heads come from the Chaos Chariot kit.  But enough with that technical mumbo jumbo, here's the mini...

So here's a similar shot as above but painted...

Chaos Undivided...

Mark of Nurgle...

Mark of Slaanesh...

and Mark of Tzeentch...

So one model with 4 very visual ways to represent the Marks it might have on the battlefield.  Which is great for me because I kinda need WYSIWYG for my army so I remember what the thing does!  For being a Fincast model, which I dislike for it's fragility over anything else, it was very characterful and had a good amount of detail without being over the top.  All the bare heads used the recipes for my Demons so they would tie into each other visually.  Except for there Tzeentch head, with that one the recipe came about from this model so I now have a nice, subtle, blue to work with for later.    One of the details I did get into was the demon faced shoulder pad...

That one thing was a lot of fun to do and I will be using this same type of structure for any leering demon face on Chaos armor that isn't in the trim.  Like on all the Dark Vengeance Chosen.  This model was also upgraded to a 32 mm base using Eccentric Miniatures Size A Adaptor Ring.  It just needed a very  minimal amount of GS for the gaps but otherwise worked great.  They are cast in polystyrene from 3D printed masters.  You can see the printing detail once you get them, but after 3 thinned coats of paint on the rim you barely tell at all since the paint smoothed out the surface pretty well.  The only thing I *might* go back into would be the rips/vents in the cabling with the same coloration I used on the demon tongue.  Maybe.  

What do you think, did it turn out ok?

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Knight progress

Things have been moving along, a little slowly but still moving.  The semester will be over in about 2 weeks and then it's time for Christmas break!  Which this year has the ungodly length of ~6 weeks.  In 5 years of teaching I've never seen a break that long, and I don't remember ever having a break that long as a student either.  Anyway, with that large chunk of time I'm hoping to get the Knight finished and probably primed.  Having multiple spray booths on campus is a huge plus during the winter.  Not only do I want to finish the Knight in this time, but I'd also like to get my Chosen squads finished and magnetized with ranged weapon options.  When I say ranged weapons, it's really just plasma and melta guns.

I think this is a doable amount of work in the time I have for break.  On to the Knight...

Here it is looking about the right height.  This puts it at just about 6 inches (~15 cm) which is about half an inch short for a standard Knight.  So it's close.  Close enough that a Knight base with some cork should put it right about where it needs to sit.

I started thinking about how I wanted the power plant to look, and proceeded to tac those exhaust pipes in a few different configurations before seeing this one kinda pop out at me.  It just needed a few cuts and a little bit of filler plasticard and they looked great.  Add a few bits, some Mechnicum bits from my buddy and that Ork tank on the bottom that I've had for years... YEARS... and it's finally getting used!, and it's a working engine on a condensed chassis.  There will be some green stuff work to gap fill and plastic tubing to continue some of the hoses to finish the engine out.  I know it has a very Warjack feel to it, and I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing yet.  I do know there's no way this will be the exact same size, I can get close but not exact.

Now the shoulder pads are a huge discrepancy.  The standard Knight shoulders are really large, but the Maulerfiend top carapace plate is a decent replacement that I can use with a little modification.  I don't know how exactly, but I'm thinking some plasticard fringe and trophies might do it, sort of mimicking the Cataphracti Terminator shoulders.  We'll see how it goes.  The rest of the armor plates have been getting the filigree shaved off and Choas brass etch is adorning those plates now along with the spikes the Chaos trim seems to love.

Right now this is where the build stands currently.  I'm still kicking around about how to bulk out the middle effectively.  Theres a lot of shocks left over from the Leviathan kit, some guitar string and demon bits and I might be in business.  I also was able to splurge a bit and find the 15mm cannon, saw blade, and plasma cannon arms for this project.  For some reason they were more difficult to find then I thought they'd be, and took much longer to find.  But they got here about a week ago, so I'll be getting those together over break and getting some pictures of that.  I know it looks a little weedy now, but I think once the armor and weapons are in place it'll look much better.  The mutations are starting to creep in as well.  In the photo below you can see some of the mechanical toes have been replaced with claws.  There will be some more touches like that, but not a whole lot.  I want more machine and less demon but not be have demon elements completely absent.

It's definitely a more streamlined Knight.  If anyone has any ideas/suggestions... I'm all ears, let me know what you think, I always appreciate it!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Building a custom Knight, first steps


So as I had stated in the previous post I wanted to work on the knight conversion this weekend.  I was able to get a jump start on that yesterday.  This is to be a combination of the 15 mm Dreamforge Leviathan Mortis and standard Knight legs and exhaust pipes with plastic tubing to help bulk it out.  The legs were surprisingly easy to modify for bit more range of motion for posing.  Cutting the knees apart, while the legs were still in halves, with a jeweler saw or coping saw took all of 5 minutes for all four halves.  A really nice part was after some thinking, I was able to bulk out the hips with plastic tubing.  Then clip the peg off the thighs, use successively larger bits for the holes and the thighs now fit snugly onto the new hips of the Leviathan.

The trickiest part was actually clipping down, and hollowing out, the ankles of the Knight lower legs to have the Levithan feet fit into them.  Again, a Dremel tool was used and by going slow it was no problem to make spot for the feet to sit in.  My Dremel is quickly becoming one of my favorite tools to use and I can recommend one enough for extensive conversions like this.  I will probably have to clip a few more odd sections of piping/brackets off the feet for them to have a better range of motion.  The ball socket of the Leviathan feet still move, but they look good and definitely have a Chaos Raptor like appearance to them.  This is good because I imagine a fallen knight as being more feral looking than what Forgeworld has done with it so far.  Additionally, I'll go back through and take off some of the regular embellishments on the trim to Chaosify it a bit more with extended points and teeth like the Chosen from Dark Vengeance.  This really only applies to the thigh, knee, and lower leg armor plates though.



The hip tubing, I used a piece of plastic trim to make up for the difference in diameter of the inner and outer tubing and make them fit snugly together.

should be able to get time later today to get the torso built and dry fit with tubing to establish the height.  The Leviathan feet already give it some additonal clearance, but ultimately I would like it be as close to a normal Knight in terms of size; as possible.  Add a little more scenic of a base, and I think it won't be any problem at all to reach that goal.  

Now what I'm left to ponder is the idea and story of this model for my army.  I thought about having it be a relic left over from House Devine, using a Naga motif to show the house before the unification with the Imperium, but I have also thought about taking it a little further and going full Slaanesh Subjugator with it as well.  It wouldn't be to hard to make claws from Tyranid scything talons and the back guns would be a fun thing to build as well.  Or, since the Mortis comes with a claw hand, get the other claw hand and have a single back cannon, since I'm leaning toward a Paladin anyway.  Or just do a Gallant with the back mounted autocannon and then visually all the bases are covered.  I know I'm still getting started with the the chassis, but it's starting to be more complete in my mind and that makes the build go faster.

I'm excited to see where this will go in terms of a finished model, and it's all I can do to not blow off everything and work on it for the rest of the day and well into the night.  But I want to help out with the the bronze pour at school and wrap up a few loose ends before the weekend to really get started on this later this evening.

*I'll edit the format once I'm home, I wish I could center the pictures on my iPad.*

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Resuming operations... well, blogging at least

So it's been awhile and it's mostly from life stuff cutting into the majority of my time.  The job has kicked up a few notches mostly from a colleague and dear friend passing away last October.  So, to say I've been busy would be an understatement.  Running a glass studio is like owning a house, there's usually something wrong or you're just generally keeping it clean.  Imagine your house with 40 kids/young adults... and the house is on fire... you get the picture.

 However, I was always making some time for the hobby mostly as a way to keep me grounded through out the entire affair.  This involved a lot of building and some painting, but mostly building.  There was a lot of progress made on certain projects, new ones started, painting recipes tried out, and many; maybe too many; purchases.

The Leviathan Knight project is still alive and well.  However due to the size of the 25mm kit I have decided to "upgrade" it to a Kytan demon-engine.  This makes more sense for the scale of the beast and the torso and legs are attached and super glued in place as one unit now.  So really there's mainly finishing/detail work on connections and the like.  Hose connections, more wires, and many more skulls need to be added.  Additionally the right pauldron will need to be studded to match the lower left leg armor.  The middle has been bulked out so it looks less flimsy and more sturdy.  To go with this kit I picked up a pair of Mauler Claws for a house-ruled, non-gun version at some point.  It's a little pricey at 525 points but it is something you don't want getting to your line an making a mess.

I really enjoy the look of theLeviathan kit.  To me, it looked superior in every way to the Imperial Knight. I'm not knocking GW's kit, my buddy has two and they are nice, it just never really appealed to me.  That being said, I did go ahead and order a Mortis Leviathan for a Knight conversion.  It is a little smaller but with some smart bit swaps I think I can bulk it out reasonably well.  For example using the GW Knight legs but the Leviathan feet should give it an almost Chaos Raptor like appearance.  The 15 mm scale is a little intimidating just because everything is so small but I think it is more than doable.  I also plan on using plastic tubing to bulk out the middle and hips, iron work from the Chaos Warshirne kit for the shoulders and some Mechanicum bits for a more arcane feel overall.  The idea is to make a Knight cheaper than the FW model with select replacements and bits box rummaging.  It should be fun, and I'll probably start that this weekend.

A recent purchase was the Chaos Rapier Platforms from The Dark Works.  This gentleman does stellar work and they ship with magnets so you can change the guns out for any load out you want.  Currently, he only has the conversion beamer(sold out) and ecto-plasma cannons but the auto cannon  option should be coming soon.  They look the part without any conversion work, which is fabulous.

I also backed The Others:7 Sins on Kickstarter as way to bolster my demon models and cultists/renegades.  At the time of this writing I believe they are still doing late pledges so don't wait too long or the pledge manager will be launched effectively closing any buying.  The amount of miniatures you get for $100 US is simply staggering.  They are at 30mm scale so a little bigger than but it shouldn't be too noticeable.  Some of the add-ons are fantastic as well, check out the Apocalypse box for Demon Prince proxies and you'll see what I mean.  The various other team boxes could be the basis for Inquisitor war bands as well.  All around a super value for the money.

Well over a year in the waiting, the Creature Caster KS is finally gearing up for production and those demon miniatures are fantastic.  If you haven't seen them yet you should really go over and take a look.  The length of the wait is annoying but they will get to me eventually and I have enough keeping me busy until they show up.  Which, once they do will put me at A LOT of Greater Demons counting the 4 models I got from Mierce Miniatures this summer as well.

On the Forgeworld front, my buddy and I took advantage of the free shipping promo and I got the 40k Nurgle Sorcerer, Kor Pharon, and Erebus.  I'm still figuring out what to do with Kor Pharon but Erebus is a stunning model and I have plans to turn him into the ultimate Dark Apostle.  That Nurgle Sorcerer just needs a Palanquin and he will be all set.  If you have the chance sometime I highly recommend a level 3 Nurgle Sorcerer on a Palanquin rolling on Biomancy with a demon weapon.  He can become an untouchable killing machine, yes it's dependent on good Biomancy rolls but if you get them... heads WILL roll.

Using FW's lovely legion bits, I was also able to convert the CSM plastic champ and magnetize him with almost all the options.  Super pleased with the whole mini, need to get him primed soon since we have a break in the weather this week.  Again, the dremel made hollowing out the collar super easy for the resin head to fit.  That thing has a made a bunch of modeling projects way easier.

For a side project I've started an Inquisitor Warband and have a ton of fun converting a rag tag group of ImperiL lap dogs.

As far as painting goes, I think I've finally found a way to paint my Black Legion well and quickly.  This isn't my recipe, I found it online poking around B&C and was pointed here, but it works wonderfully.  Super easy to do too!  The general recipe is as follows...

Prime black
Base coat Leadbelcher, I used the spray 
Thinned black wash all over, allow to dry
Thinned sepia wash all over, allow to dry
Dry rush with Necron Compound
Detail Mithril Silver on the trim edges
Fill in armor plates with a mix of black and Lahmian Medium while being careful to avoid the trim, apply twice if needed.

This is general recipe which get them painted quickly.  It works really well for the Dark Vengeance Chosen so the "normal" CSM go even faster.  Then all the details, eyes and hoses in red, loin cloths in brown for leather, edge highlight armor plates with Incubi Darkness and then base.

The back-fill technique in full effect on a test mini

So a very sort of up and down summer as it were, but it feels good to be back, talk to you soon.