Salamanders Deimos Pattern Predator Infernus

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I am quite pleased to have finally (after 9 months) completed this model, as it’s been a complete pain in the arse. The cast was fairly poor (bad enough that I could probably have got a replacement if I’d wanted) and I struggled with the paint job, thanks to my bad habit of assembling the model too much before painting (specifically, the exhaust pipes on the side) which meant that I had to mask off and respray a few areas to cover up the places where I’d got paint where it should not have been.

I magnetised all the weapons, so I can swap the Flamestorm Cannon for a Magna-Melta, and maybe also change the sponsons if I pick up some alternatives at a bits site or elswhere. I’ve also made some plastic doors that fit into the sponson and turret sockets, so I could even use it as a Rhino or Razorback if I wanted.

More pictures below.

Kavan Bor’seth, Chapter Master of the Salamanders, Regent of Nocturne (M35)

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Kavan Bor’seth was Chapter Master of the Salamanders during the 36th Millenium. After a distinguished career as a Sergeant in the 3rd company, he was elevated to the ranks of the Firedrakes, ultimately rising to lead the First Company and assume the mantle of Regent of Nocturne. He was presumed killed after many years of service, when his strike cruiser Sentinel of Hesiod was lost in the Warp en route to the Diadin sector.

Bor’seth wore a legendary suit of Artificer armour dating back to the Great Crusade. The suit was the subject of many legends: some say that it was wrought by Vulkan himself for one of his favoured commanders, others say that it was claimed as a trophy from the decapitated corpse of a traitor legionary during the Scouring. Alas, due to the loss of the Sentinel, this relic of the chapter is now lost forever, taking its secrets with it. The suit’s backpack includes an integrated auspex and teleport homer – technology once common during the Great Crusade but since lost to the Imperium.

Bor’seth’s preferred armament was a finely-wrought Thunder Hammer (with a similar pedigree to the armour he was clad in) and a regulation combi-melta, a weapon he grew fond of during his time in the Sternguard squads of the Firedrakes.

As soon as I saw it, I realised the conversion possibilities of Armillus Dynat (from the the Horus Heresy Character Series) and decided that I wanted to give it a go. The scale-pattern of the Heresy-era Alpha Legion works just as well as drake-scale in my opinion. And given how distinctive (and expensive) the model was, he couldn’t just be a veteran sergeant or company captain, so I decided to write a biography for him and place him far enough back in history as to avoid any conflicts with canon.

More pictures below.

Battlefleet Gothic Necron Fleet, Resurrected

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You may recall that last year I painted a Cairn-class Tomb Ship, which inspired my to repaint the other ships in my fleet. Well, there they all are!

The colour scheme is based on the same bronze and gold scheme I’ve used on my Epic- and 40K-scale Necrons, so there is consistency across all three games.

More pics below.

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Scythe-class Harvest Ships.
Scythe-class Harvest Ships.
Shroud-class Light Cruisers.
Shroud-class Light Cruisers.
Jackal- and Dirge-class escorts.
Jackal- and Dirge-class escorts.
The assembled fleet.
The assembled fleet.

Bray’arth Ashmantle, Venerable Dreadnought of the Salamanders

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It’s kind of silly that it’s taken me more than four years to paint this model, but I’m so glad that I finally did! Soon after I bought it, I primed it using Army Painter Army Green, the same as all the other models, but I quickly realised that it was a mistake and that I should have primed it black instead; and it’s taken me this long to get round to stripping it and re-priming it using the airbrush.

Bray’arth is a great centerpiece model and counts as an HQ choice for Salamanders army. I’ve designed my Salamanders army around Vulkan He’stan in that I have a lot of meltas, but there’s no reason why I can’t take both models as long as the points limit allows.

More pictures below.

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Adeptus Mechanicus Assault Company

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1109-Copyright Games Workshop, Imperial Guard, Jump Pack, Retro Review, Rogue TraderHere is my company of Assault infantry for my Epic Adeptus Mechanicus/Tech Guard army. Yes, they have jump packs! Imperial Guard Assault infantry were equipped with jump packs back in the days of Rogue Trader (they also had access to Rhinos, Land Raiders and other stuff that are nowadays reserved for Space Marines).

These troops will be deployed using either Gorgon assault carriers or Valkyries, depending on the mission. Those will be the subject of a future post.

Classic Necron Lords

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Here is a pair of classic metal Necron lords. I picked them up in a bag-o-bits that I bought from vidpui on Twitter, as a result I’ve customised them a little bit.

I’m rather pleased with how the cloaks turned out; although the effect doesn’t really come over in the photos. I drybrushed them with a sequence of greys of various shades, then mixed a glaze using the ancient blue ink I used on the C’tan shard with some Vallejo Model Air yellow and painted it over the grey. I then highlighted the raised areas with a bright, slightly metallic green.

More pics below the fold.

Battlefleet Gothic Necron Cairn-class Tomb Ship

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I picked this model up for a (relative) song on eBay. A couple of days ago I had a catch-up session with the airbush, to prime a bunch of models that had been sitting there waiting to be painted, and the Cairn was one of them.

I have been thinking about repainting my BFG Necron fleet, which currently has a rather uninspiring paint job, so I tried out a new colour scheme on this model. The scheme is based on the same bronze and gold scheme I’ve used on my Epic- and 40K-scale Necrons, so there is consistency across all three games.

More pics below!

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How To Assemble a Capitol Imperialis

The Capitol Imperialis is a monstrosity: old (more than a quarter of a century), heavy (at least half a kilo) and made of actual, proper lead, as in Pb-82, as in, it’s actually poisonous.

Not only that, it dates from an era where assembly of such objects was left to Real Men Who Didn’t Mind Losing A Finger Because The Bloody Thing Is So Blobby That You Need To Take A Dremel To It To Remove All The Excess Metal.

I make no claim to being such a man, but I was able to assemble my own Capitol Imperialis, to my own satisfaction at least, thanks at least in part to Mike “The Welsh Wizzard” Hobbs. And so for posterity, and the benefit of those who come after, here is how I did it.

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The Return to Epic

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Here is a small sample of the models from my next hobby project: infantry and armour support for my Imperial Knights. This has been on the To Do List for a couple of years, before I got distracted by Salamanders, the Reaver, and upgrades to my Necrons.

In this photo:

  • Leman Russ tank company
  • Earthshaker Company
  • Thudd Gun Company
  • Deathstrike Battery
  • Gorgon Squadron
  • Ordinatus Armageddon (kitbashed)
  • Leviathan (actually a model from Troublemaker Games)
  • Various knights and titans

Not shown: a Capitol Imperialis, and lots and lots of infantry!

My Completed Warhammer 40,000 Necron Army

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Here is my Necron army (all 4,000 points of it), completed after nearly six years (I started it in late 2009).

Obviously, no army is ever really finished. I expect that I will probably buy and paint new pieces as the whim takes me, but I now have enough stuff that I can have a few options when playing at 1,500 points and higher (rather than simply taking everything I own).

More pictures below the fold.

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3,000 Point NetEpic Necrons versus Eldar

Back in February I met up with my occasional opponent Pete at Dark Sphere in south London for a 3,000 point NetEpic game. Once again I took my Necrons, while Pete used his Eldar army for the first time. Once again, I lost, due mainly to poor deployment and use of my Monoliths, although since Pete volunteered that he thought that the Eldar knights (proxied using 40K Wraithguard) were overpowered, I’ll use that as my excuse!

Some photos from the game are below. My army was:

  • Venator Legion:
    • 1x Necron Lord
    • 1x Warrior Phalanx (8 stands)
    • 1x Immortal Phalanx (6 stands)
    • 1x Monolith Triceps (3 Monoliths)
  • Immortal Phalanx (6 stands)
  • Monolith Triceps (3 Monoliths)
  • Doomsday Ark Triceps (3 Doomsday Arks)
  • Praetorian Phalanx (4 stands)
  • Praetorian Phalanx (4 stands)
  • C’tan Shard

Necron Overlord

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Here is my version of the new Necron Overlord released with the new codex. The new rules allow you to equip your Overlord with any wargear you like so I took a couple of bits from my bits box to make him unique.

He’s on a 40mm base which I think works quite well for characters. I’m tempted to rebase some of my other characters on the same size base so that he doesn’t stick out. He got the same basic paint job as all the other models in the army.

It occurred to me that his pose is somewhat reminiscent of Usain Bolt’s signature pose, what do you think?

More pictures below.

Necron Immortals

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Nothing especially unusual about these guys. I already have a unit of Immortals with Tesla Carbines so I chose to give these guys Gauss Blasters for diversity purposes.

The Army Painter Chainmail spray went on a bit too thick in places — I’ve been spoiled by my airbrush — and a couple of the models have distinctly featureless faces. I decided against repainting for the simple reason that although I’m a big fan of Necrons, my aim with this wave of reinforcements is to get the army into a usable state, rather than produce a work of art.

More to follow…

Necron Deathmarks and Old-School Wraiths

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I’ve just finished these models, the next wave of reinforcements for my 40K Necron army.

It’s been an interesting experience to paint models to match the colour scheme I developed more than five years ago; getting the green hue on the shoulder blades of the wraiths to match the original models was quite challenging. My ability as a miniature painter has improved a bit in the years since I started my Necron army, and it’s interesting to compare “before” and “after”, and realise what I would do differently if I were to start again now.

Anyway, these are done now, but I still have a few more models to go: some Immortals (with Gauss Blasters), Triarch Praetorians (with Particle Casters and Voidblades), a Doom/Night Scythe, and a dozen bases of scarabs. Stay tuned!

Kitbashed Epic-scale Necron Skimmer Tank

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Years and years ago, someone on the Tactical Command forum posted a photo of a prototype Necron tank, kitbashed from leftover parts from the Lychguard/Triarch Praetorian box. When I saw it, I immediately wanted to build some of my own, but never had access to the parts. But when I bought two boxes of Praetorians for my 40K army, I knew that I’d finally get a chance.

More photos after the jump!

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2014: The Year of No New Models

51K1Od+SYdLAt the beginning of this year I made the decision to try to go for an entire year without buying any new miniatures. As today is the last day of the year, I thought I’d look back on the last year to see how I’ve done.

The first thing to say is that I successfully achieved my goal: during 2014, I haven’t bought any new miniatures! I was given a Sternguard squad and some 40K scenery for my birthday; I spent a fair amount of money on a KR Multicase storage and transport system at Salute (a good investment in my opinion), and I also been replenished my hobby supplies: tools, glue, brushes, and of course paint. But no new models.

In terms of hobby, this year was all about my Salamanders army and the Reaver. The Salamanders are virtually finished now (just a dreadnought and a Terminator squad left unpainted) and at Apocalypse strength, so I don’t see them getting any more attention in the coming year. Once the Salamanders were finished in May, I set to work on the Reaver, and finished it at the beginning of December.

I also found the time to bring my wargaming terrain up to scratch, what with my local gaming store closing at the end of 2013. With the help of my great buddy Steg, I resurrected my old Ziterdes gaming boards with a new textured surface and colour scheme which matches the basing style for my Necron and Salamanders armies (and the Reaver). And I also finished a set of Cities of Death terrain to go with the refurbished boards.

I was quite happy to get a few games of 40K in during 2015, as well as the first game of Battlefleet Gothic I’ve played in years. I also got to try X-Wing which I loved and hope to play more of next year.

Plans for 2015

The New Year means that I am allowing myself to buy new models. I won’t pretend that I haven’t found myself quite excited at the prospect! But having spent a year restraining myself, I feel that I’ve developed a level of perspective that means that my hobby plans for the coming year are much more focused. Specifically, I plan to focus on two projects:

  1. Upgrading my 40K necron army to be at least 3,000-3,500 points so I can play Apocalypse games with the Reaver. To that end I have ordered boxes of Immortals, Deathmarks, Lychguard, a Nightbringer and another Night/Doom Scythe. I may also pick up a Tesseract Vault/Obelisk later in the year.

  2. Finishing my Epic Knight/Ad Mech army. I needed a few bits and pieces (mostly infantry) to flesh out this army, which I’ve ordered from Troublemaker Games and Exodus Wars. I’m looking forward to getting back into Epic and maybe even playing a few games in 2015.

I’d also quite like to build a small Inquisitorial detachment with a Valkyrie and some Tempestus troopers serving as Henchmen. One of my Christmas presents this year was the gorgeous Justice Sedante from Hasslefree who will be my Inquisitor (perhaps serving as a proxy for Amberley Vail).

Reaver Round-up

2014-12-16 09.04.07-1I started working on the Reaver in May, and finally finished it at the beginning of December. That’s six months!

I am generally very happy with how it’s turned out. There were a few glitches along the way but as is the case with any hobby project, those problems that did come up were fixable.

The paint scheme is, of course, the same one I have been painting my Epic titans for 25 years. Here’s a quick run-down of how it was achieved:

  • Prime with Vallejo black primer (via airbrush)
  • Mask off armour plates leaving edge banding exposed
  • Airbrush Vallejo Model Air Brass on banding
  • Wash with Army Painter Soft Tone through the airbrush
  • Remove masking and remask to expose quartered sections
  • Spray with Citadel Skull White spray

The exposed metal of the superstructure was primed black as above then sprayed with Army Painter’s Chain Mail, then washed with Strong Tone through the airbrush. Weathering was achieved using Citadel’s Nihilakh Oxide, Typhus Corrosion and Forge World weathering powders.

The base is a simple cake base with a belt of plasticard around the outside. It’s supposed to match the basing scheme I’ve used for my Salamander and Necron armies and the Leviathan. There is a layer of cork on top of the base to allow me to create depressions into which the titan’s feet can be placed (to create the effect of the ground sinking beneath its feet). I added some crushed up aluminium foil and some craters from Amera Plastic Mouldings to add relief. I then painted with PVA and applied sand. once dried, I sprayed the base with a mix of Army Painter leather and Plasti-kote sprays, drybrushed with a few GW paints and then added static grass (GW’s Dead Grass).

Overall, I’d say this project is pretty straightforward, requiring a lot of technique but not much skill: for example, knowing how to pin the leg joints in the most effective way. Since the model was painted almost entirely using the airbrush, the amount of masking required was pretty exhausting and very boring indeed!

Reaver Update #6: Invictus Ferrum

Adeptus Mechanicus Collegia Titanica
Legio Pantera <Black Panthers>
Battle Group ΔVII <Delta-Seven>
Omega Crusis Maniple 533
"Invictus Ferrum" <Invincible Iron>
Mars Pattern Reaver class Battle Titan
Chassis Serial #MCCCXLVI
Currently on operations on Severus Ultis, Vastus Sector

The Reaver is done! Check out the rest of the photos on my Facebook page. I will post them here (along with a post-mortem of the build and paint) in a few days.

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Reaver Update #4

Work progresses on the Reaver. I’ve finished painting the sculpted detail on the carapace; here’s a photo I posted on Twitter:

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The text on the scrollwork is Latin cooked up by Google Translate from the following:

IN THE NAME OF THE GOD EMPEROR AND THE HOLY OMNISSIAH, LET THIS MIGHTY
ENGINE OF WAR BRING FORTH ITS WRATH UPON THE ENEMIES OF MANKIND. LET ITS
LEFT HAND BRING FORTH FURIOUS HEAT TO CLEANSE THE GALAXY OF THE UNCLEAN
AND THE ALIEN. LET ITS RIGHT HAND SMASH THE TRAITOR AND THE HERETIC. LET
IT RAIN DOWN DESTRUCTION FROM THE QUIVER UPON ITS BACK. LET NONE STAND
BEFORE IT. IN THE NAME OF THE GOD EMPEROR AND THE HOLY OMNISSIAH!

which apparently translates to:

IN NOMINE SANCTAE DEI ET PRINCEPS OMNISSIAH DIMITTE IRAM SUPER TANTO
MACHINA HUMANITATIS INIMICOS FERAT. PURIFICATIONEM EIUS GALAXIA CALUERE
ACCONGERO SINISTRA POLLUTUM ET ALIENUM. FRANGIT DEXTRIS EIUS TRADITOR ET
HAERETICUS. DE EXCIDIO PHARETRA STILLABIT SUPER SE SIT. NEMO RESISTERE
EI. IN NOMINE DOMINI DEI AD CAESAREM OMNISSIAH ET SANCTA

Reaver Update #2

I don’t have much to say, so here’s a bunch of photos:

Here’s one of the titan crew on foot, He came out of the blister with a little lean, which needed fixing:



Here’s the Tech-Priest, who I magnetised so he can go inside the titan’s torso, or on his own base:



Here’s the assembled legs, compared to the Leviathan:



Completion of the legs and armour (everything is still in pieces as I still need to do varnishing and priming):



Work on the base:



Miscellaneous photos:


The Reaver Titan Hype Cycle

hype_cycleThe consulting firm Gartner is famous for its eponymous Hype cycle which tracks the development of new technology.

I’ve come to realise the my project to build and paint a Reaver titan also fits onto this graph. This time last week, I was definitely in the Trough of Disillusionment, as my frustration with the complexity of the leg assemblies (pistons! So many pistons!) overcame my enthusiasm.

Now, however, I have started working on the torso, head and weapons, I feel like my determination to get the bloody thing finished so I can get on with other things is reasserting itself, and I’m approaching the Plateau of Productivity, at which point, the Reaver will probably end up being finished fairly quickly.

Here’s hoping the hype cycle holds true this time!

Reaver Update #1

As you might imagine, the Reaver is a big project, hence the lack of updates. I won’t bother giving you a blow-by-blow account of how I have been working on it; instead I’ll just point to the blog posts that I’ve been working from instead:

As with the Leviathan, the legs are definitely the trickiest part of the model, and you need to take a lot of time testing out positioning. The general procedure is: measure twice, then measure again, then check on the Internet to see if anyone else has done it the same way, then measure again, then cut!

One innovation that I haven’t seen anyone else write about is the magnetisation of the “helmet”, or the roof of the Titan’s head. I did this by drilling holes in the appropriate places (you’ll notice that I had to do this a couple of times before i got it right) and inserting 3mm magnets that I bought from Gladius Game Arts.

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Most of the leg and pelvis of the Titan has now been primed black, and the superstructure will then be sprayed using Army Painter chain mail. I tried a variety of white metal Vallejo model air paints but decided that none of them looked right over a black primer.

I’ve finished some of the interior parts: here are the wall panels that will sit inside the Titan’s body:

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I also have plans to give the Titan a base, although it would probably be fairly impractical to use it for gaming, so it’s probably just going to be for display purposes. I found a 36cm-diameter cake base which looks like it will do the trick:

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As I should probably have expected, I’ve made a few mistakes along the way, the most annoying of which was the realisation that I’d glued this plasticard logo onto the knee pad upside-down!

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In the process of removing it I caused a fair bit of damage to the surface of the knee pad which I then made worse through clumsy application of a rotary tool. So exactly how I fix that will be the subject of a future post.

More to follow!

Warhammer 40,000 Cities of Death Terrain

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I bought some terrain for Warhammer 40K a few years ago, but never bothered to make it usable on the tabletop until recently, because I had No Mans Land on my doorstep: if I wanted a game I had access to the gaming tables and their vast array of terrain.

Unfortunately, NML is no more, but now that I’ve moved house I now have a dining room (with a big dining table) to play games on, so in advance of a four-way game a couple of weeks ago, I decided to refresh my modular gaming boards (which I’ll blog about soon) and paint the terrain pieces that I’d assembled all those years ago.

The paint scheme is very simple: after a black undercoat, the walls were drybrushed with Tin Bitz and then Army Painter, Gunmetal, then washed with Army Painter Strong Tone wash shot through my airbrush. Then I applied some Forge World Light Earth weathering powder at the base of the walls. The plasticard bases were covered in PVA glue and acquarium sand, then sprayed with Army Painter Leather and then drybrushed.

More pictures below.

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Salamanders Storm Eagle “Vulkan’s Wrath”

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This is the Salamanders Storm Eagle Vulkan’s Wrath, the personal transport of Captain Dac’tyr, Lord of the Burning Skies and Captain of the 4th Company.

As is common among Salamanders vehicles, Vulkan’s Wrath has been modified by its master, who added a stabiliser wing with forward-facing flaps to function as an air-brake: this allows Vulkan’s Wrath to rapidly decelerate after a high-speed orbital insertion.

More pictures below.

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Vulkan He’stan, Forgefather of the Salamanders

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This model is a real bugger to paint and he’s not turned out anywhere near as good as I’d have liked. It’s the first model that I actually wish I had in Finecast instead of metal. The quality of the cast is actually fairly poor, and all the spiky bits and sharp edges are a recipe for having the paint chip off, and to try to prevent that, I’ve had to overload on varnish. Plus, I made the mistake of assembling him before painting, meaning that it was much harder to get into all the nooks and crannies.

Anyway, he’s done now, and while he’s not as good as I’ve liked him to be, at least he’s tabletop standard.

More pics below.

Salamanders Rhinos/Razorbacks

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Here is a pair of Rhinos which can be converted into Razorbacks. When played as Razorbacks they use kitbashed weapons: a twin-linked Heavy Flamer (ideal for Salamanders) and a twin-linked Assault Cannon.

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The side doors on Number 1 are magnetised: I’m planning on kitbashing some sponsons and a turret so that it can be converted into a Predator.

More pictures below!

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A Brief History of Imperial Knights

It looks like Knights are about to return to Warhammer 40,000 in 28mm scale. Before they become the new hotness, I thought it might be fun to run through their history.

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Salamanders Assault Squad

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I wasn’t planning on building an Assault squad for my Salamanders army. I bought a box of Assault marines because I wanted to mix the legs and torsos into the Tactical squads to make them a bit more distinctive.

But I had some spare bodies — Rogue Trader-era metal Mark VII marines — so I thought I’d try fitting the modern arms and jump packs on to them to see how they’d turn out. The end result is pretty good I think. The Sergeant is a modern plastic miniature who’s carrying a Chapterhouse Studios thunder hammer and storm shield.

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Salamanders Apothecary

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Here is an Apothecary for my Salamanders army. The model is a 1990s era(?) 3rd or 4th edition that’s still available in Finecast: I picked this one up, in metal, for £2 at a local wargaming store.

He was painted along with two Tactical squads and an Assault squad: I painted them all in a production line rather than one at a time, and have therefore managed to 26 models in the same time that it previously would have taken to paint two Terminators.

I’ll be posting pictures of the Tactical and Assault squads soon: keep ’em peeled!

Salamanders Tactical Test Model

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Here’s the first completed model from the two Tactical Squads I’m working on for my Salamanders army. He was painted in basically the same way as the Firedrakes: Army Painter Army Green basecoat, washed with a mix of Thraka Green and Devlan Mud, edge highlighted with AP Army Green, and so on.

There are a couple of points to note:

  1. Despite several attempts, using both Revell Decalsoft and Microsol, to apply the Games Workshop Salamanders logo to the shoulder pad, I couldn’t get the transfer to apply smoothly without wrinkles. I blame this on the crappy quality of GW’s transfers. Therefore I’ve had painted the logo, which looks pretty crappy, but hopefully my freehanding skills will improve as I’ve got another 24 to do!
  2. Realising that a simple green and black colour scheme would look boring, I painted a flame effect on the other shoulder, which seems to work quite well.

More pictures below.

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My resolution for 2014: no new models

51K1Od+SYdLLike (I suspect) a lot of wargamers, hobbyists and collectors, I always feel a twinge of guilt when I fork out for shiny new toys. You don’t have to be in this hobby for too long before you end up with a backlog of unpainted models, sitting in their boxes, getting progressively less shiny and new as time goes by*.

As I am sure you know, I recently bought myself a Reaver Titan. These are not cheap: the body alone is £425 (US$695) and the weapons are £54.00 each, so you’re looking at a cost of £587 (US$959), not including painting and modelling supplies.

Splurging that amount of cash on a single (albeit fully and totally awesome) model triggered a certain degree of introspection on my part, which was further fuelled by my wife’s (accepting but skeptical) response when I told her how much I’d spent. Of course we all realise that if we keep buying more than we can paint, the pile of unpainted models is only ever going to increase. This time, however, I’ve decided to do something about it.

I’m not going to buy any new models in 2014.

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MCCCXLVI

The nice man from UPS dropped by today and delivered my Reaver titan! Here is the certificate that came with the enormous pile of resin that’s now sitting in a box under my desk:

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Mine is the 1,346th Reaver Titan to roll of the Forge World production line, so I’m going to be using MCCCXLVI as part of the decoration of the model.

Now, if you excuse me, I have a lot of resin to wash and several pages of instructions to read…

Finally…

After years of dithering, I have finally taken the plunge and ordered one:

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After the success of last year’s Leviathan I finally decided that I had the painting and modelling skills to take on the ultimate hobby project: a Forge World Reaver titan. I have bought the body only for now: I’ll pick up the weapons when I’ve finished the body. And of course, I’ll be blogging my progress. I plan on painting it in the same colour scheme as my Epic Titans, but obviously the level of detail will be far higher. I’m very excited!

Salamanders Terminator Assault Squad

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I’ve finally finished the second of three Terminator squads in my Salamanders army. The first took about a year, painting one model at a time. I chastised myself for not using a “production line” which would have saved me a lot of time.

So of course, the second squad, which I used a production line for, still took about the same amount of time, thanks to the disruptions of a new baby, moving house and prevarication (due to the amount of work required).

I think I’ll leave the last squad of Terminators until later. I now have two ten-man tactical squads and a five-man assault squad to do. I think these will actually be easier as although there are more models, there are fewer details.

More pictures below the fold.

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Epic Stormblades on Flames of War bases

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Back in January I mentioned that I was painting a company of Stormblades and said I’d post when I’d finished them. Somehow that post never materialised, but since I’ve just rebased these models onto Flames of War bases (which are perfect for Epic models) I thought I’d fulfil my promise.

These super-heavies will (along with the Ordinatus Golgotha) provide the backbone of armour for the Skitarii force which supports my knights and titans. I have a Leman Russ Tank Company and a Skitarii Mechanised Infantry Company also in the works, and the colour scheme on the Stormblades will be replicated on the Leman Russ tanks and Chimeras of the mechanised infantry company. These models will also be based on Flames of War bases.

Battlestar Galactica

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While my hobby activities were in limbo waiting for the house move, I decided to take a sideways step into scale modelling. I’m pretty sure that I was building scale models (mainly Star Trek starships) before I got into wargaming, but I’ve been doing both for so long that I don’t really have a clear memory.

I went into my local Modelzone during their closing down sale and picked up the model kit of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica for less than twenty quid.

After assembling the main sub-assemblies, the model was sprayed with Army Painter Army Grey primer. After this, it was highlighted with several different shades of grey mixed with Army Painter Chainmail, starting out slightly lighter than the basecoat and getting progressively brighter.

Then, the armour panels were given a semi-drybrush with a lighter shade of grey (about 2/3 Coat d’Arms Mid Grey to 1/3 Slate Grey). I used Citadel Scab Red to paint the stripes, and then applied gloss varnish to the areas that would have decals.

Once the decals had been applied and sealed, I added battle damage using a brybrush to create scorch marks, and then applied a generous amount of Forgeworld Black Soot weathering powder to add texture to the model and soften the edges of the scorches. Then the weathering powder was sealed by spraying the entire model with Army Painter matt varnish.

The base was sprayed black and then drybrushed with Tin Bitz and Gunmetal.

More pictures below the fold.

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Updates to NetEpic

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Some interesting things are going on in the NetEpic world. Despite the “Gold” editions of the core rules and army books being fully released, Pete Ramos (better know as Primarch), the co-ordinator for NetEpic for more than 17 years, has initiated a new round of updates and improvements.

I’m pleased to say that I have been helping out, and have been nominated to edit the Necron army list. Fortunately, we have Stephane’s fantastic Necron army book to work on. This book actually won the vote to become the “Gold” version, but due to lack of playtesting wasn’t chosen. But as of now this book is now the “official” army list for NetEpic 6.

If you love Epic gaming and want to help make NetEpic as good as it can be, head over to Tactical Command and lend a hand!