Last night was one of those days when I looked at my desk and thought... I think I might be addicted... And I should really tidy this up! On my desk alone, we have Belisarius Cawl, 12 Imperial Militia, a mid-conversion Militia walkin Proteus, the Yncarne, a Culexus Assassin, a Wraithblade, Mortarion the Reaper and two Land Raiders!!
Yaaaaaay! Happy hobby space all round... But I will be tidying this up come the weekend I think! Saturday is going to be given over to tidying both the desk and also a few miniatures that are going to Warhammer Fest with me that just don't cut the mustard quite yet. The Yncarne's hair being one of those. Here's a few other snaps:
And in other news, you can see in the pictures above the progress I made last night on the second Deathwing Land Raider. Here's the last side by side picture I showed you:
And here is the side by side after an evening of work:
Obviously the lighting isn't as good! But I'm pleased with how far that came. All the highlights are needed now! Then I can work on the peripherals, once this beast is done, I just need to finish the bases off for the Deathwing termies and then you'll get a shot of the whole force :)
The Dark Imperium!!! Pre-orders are in June 3rd and the release is June 17th! This looks fantastic! Even if you don't like the Primaris marines in the fluff or in looks, everyone can get behind how beautiful those death guard are! For the price point that GW usually puts starter sets this looks to be great value for money, with a hard back rulebook as well!
I am very much in the mind for getting this and converting the shit out of those Primaris marines!!
Additionally they have confirmed the Index books that will update all of the codices until each faction has an individual book released:
This is EXACTLY what they needed to do for the release of 8th and they are knocking it out of the park.
AND they have also released info for updated Forgeworld books, starting with Chaos and Imperium.
Another minor update! This guy has really been sucking the life out of me I must say. It doesn't help that I realised I don't have any plasticard left so I couldn't make hay while the sun shines on his base, I had to settle for just gluing the grilled section down. I won't be adding to much to his base as there simply isn't that much damn room (go on a diet Bellysarius).
But the glow was pop colours were the final big hurdle anyway so I was pleased to get them done on this cranky old bugger. He's nearly ready to receive his true mantle of Anacharis Scoria and go and break games and primarchs over his knee.
On a side note, I am hoping with the advent of 8th edition and Forge World converting over to 8th that they will take the time to re-balance Scoria to a more palatable version for playing with. There a good few other things that I think need poking with 30k and 8th but that is a post for another time my friends.
Today I have a little update on my Imperial Militia force. I'm trying to really crack on and get these finished ASAP. Partly because they have been lying around for aaaages and partly because I really like the overall theme and I just want to play with them!!
As I've said before I'm very much rush painting these gals but part of that is making them look rough and ready where possible! Helps hide all the glaring mess and short cuts I've been taking :P! I've now painted 15 sniper scouts, a 10 man squad, 2 vehicles and 3 squads of 2 laser rapier destroyer arrays. All of these are third party made or converted from third party miniatures, so you'll have to excuse license I've taken with size and design...
Here's just a quick look at three of the infantry, with the sergeant in the middle:
And here are three of the converted Laser Destroyer arrays:
I still have a regular 10 man squad to paint, the Force commander and a 9 man command squad, plus 2 crew members for each Destroyer array - another 12. So that gives me 32 infantry to paint and 1 more walking tank to convert and paint.
That will be everything I own for this army painted... BUT I have recently received a back dated pay rise which will come through this month so I will be buying the rest of the force very soon! Which will involve 9 sentinels from an old plastic game (oooh mystery) aaaaand a giant walking tank to count as a Baneblade.... Oh yes.
Hopefully you are finding the variety in miniatures a little interesting if not the quality of the paint job!
More work on Belisarius Cawl!! Getting there... slowly getting there with this monstrosity of a model. By and large all the major components are done, the main stages left are to add colour where power is flowing through the model, this will mostly be in the shape of blue OSL to match the rest of the mechanicum, but I may throw an odd bit of green in there as well for a servo skulls eyes or such.
Secondary to that is making and painting the base to completion! Then I can glue the whole thing together and be done with it.
I've very much gone for a tired and knackered look to the whole model, nothing to clean about it, generally in keeping with the rest of my mechanicum and my painting style in general. This model has lent itself to that style well I think. I'm actually weirdly proud of the skulls colour on this model, just quite pleased with how the white turned out!
Looking forward to getting a splash of complimenting colour on it though, that should really make it "pop".
So I picked up Mortarion the Reaper from Heresy Trading on Facebook some time ago now. I had originally been planning to start a Deathguard force, but I decided that I was pushing my time and funds a little to hard with that endeavour! Especially since I have a chunk of Sisters of Silence lying in wait... I just need their vehicle to be released!!
But I have kept hold of him as a little painting project and I've decided to start work on him fairly soon, just little odds and sods in my idle time more than anything. I bought him without his scenic base and he was pre-built and undercoated so I still need to decided where I'm going with his colours and whether he needs to be re-under coated.
It is one oft he best Primarch models out there in my opinion and really gives off a sense of dread! I'm looking forward to laying some paint down on him very much. (Just noticed I'm missing an exhaust.... hopefully that is in his box somewhere!).
In other news I have got some way with all the gubbins that were missing from the Deathwing Land Raider in its last pictures. This one will be a crusader to make good use of the extra space and fill it full of terminators I'm sure!
Loads of odds and sods to do on this chap still. The lights will be getting some soft OSL added and I do need to retrospectively drill the bolters (my bad!), but overall its taking good shape :)
Belisarius Cawl is one of those models where you feel like you have spent ages adding neat little touches to it and yet you don't appear to have made any progress!! That said, the pictures below are very nearly complete. The book at his feet needs a few more highlights and the skin needs a few pallid touch ups. Mostly though I need to add some blue OSL to the many generator aspects on his carapace hide which will tie him into the scheme with the rest of my Mechanicum very nicely.
Before I can do that though I need to bring all the other gubbins up to scratch and glue them on, otherwise I might have to find myself adding glow to a single piece at once or worse, find that I've added glow where there should be shadow!
As seems to be the usual case with me for the past long time (accurate!), its just another quick update of where I'm going with a project. I've put off painting these Land Raiders for the longest time as I really dislike painting large flat surfaces if I can help it. I find tanks in general one of the hardest things to paint convincingly and well in my repertoire.
Fortunately, the general style of the Deathwing in this commission has been one of the battle worn, so I felt a little more comfortable not having to produce a clean result! This took a couple of hours to produce, but obviously all the turrets and sponsons need to be done separately, plus there is still highlights to do on sections of this.
Hopefully the client will be happy with the worn look!
Also, apologies if you feel I am inundating you with too many posts! Please do comment if it begins to grate terribly. I have also set aside, Saturday morning to answer my back log of comments! So if you have commented in the past 2 weeks I will have answered in on Saturday :)
In between working on the First Legion I've been slowly adding layers to my final Mechanicum model (for now). I've got most of Cawl built now, though there are quite a few bits still on the sprue as they are pretty much single piece add on parts and I'd rather not lose them! The two main arm are built but still lying in grey plastic as I want to get the base model painted and ready to go so I can just paint all the smaller fiddly parts in one go.
Not much of an update, but here you go!
The yellow is pretty much finished, I just need to add some extra shading and wash to some areas. The black armour is also close to completion, but needs a little bit of stippling with a silver to give it some wear and tear. Everything else is just in the under coat or base coat stages, so lots to do!
Short of the basing and a few bits of touch up, the Company Master for the Deathwing is finished. Photographs are always a harsh mistress when it comes to pointing out your mistakes! Quite pleased with the banner mind you. Just two Deathwing Land Raiders to go and then the bone will be picked clean! And the Black will rise...