Thoughts on the painting of, and playing with, toy soldiers.

Necrons

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.


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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Necron Triarch Praetorians

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Here’s the last of the infantry reinforcements for my Necrons. The Voidblades on these Triarch Praetorians were a bugger to paint and in the end I pretty much just gave up on them. But they look OK if you don’t look too closely!

Now I just need to paint the Night/Doom Scythe, and I can finish this project and get stuck into some Epic!

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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!


C’tan Shard of the Nightbringer

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Here is the first finished model from the wave of reinforcements to my Necron army. I’m fairly pleased with the opalescent effect I accidentally achieved on the robes (which is the result of using an ancient Citadel ink over black drybrushed with grey), but the drybrushing on the torso could be better.

More photos after the jump…

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Necron Cryptek

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I just finished this Necron Cryptek. Because, y’know, Veil of Darkness is just too much fun not to use in my Necron army.

Paint scheme as per all my other necrons.


Review: Puppets War Cyber Beetles (Canoptek Scarab proxies)

I came across a post on TGN about some cyber beetles produced by Puppets War (not to be confused with Puppet Wars). They’re obviously cashing in on the newfound cheesiness of Necron scarabs: other than the scarabs you get when you by a box of warriors, the only other way to get scarabs is to buy them from Forge World at £1.33 each. By making pretty reasonable proxies at about a third of the price, I am sure they are doing quite well.

Seeing how I sacrificed most of my cache of scarabs to make Epic scale destroyers, I am pretty short of the beasties, so I decided to buy some. They just arrived today, so here’s a picture of how they turned out:

The casting quality is pretty good, with only a small amount of flash or warpage (and where there is any, it’s to the underside where it’s not likely to be noticed). The detail is pretty good and the size in comparison to Games Workshop’s scarabs is pretty good. So they’re not a bad alternative to the official models.


Illuminated Necron Monolith

I’ve now finished the centerpiece of my Warhammer 40,000 Necron Army: an internally illuminated Monolith:

Front View

Front View

This is what it looks like when you turn the lights down:

Front View

Front View

To build it, I pretty much followed the instructions in this article on Librarium Online. The only difference was my use of small pieces of paper, which I glued behind the green plastic rods to make the light more diffuse. Here’s what they look like from the inside:

Interior shot showing paper filters

Interior shot showing paper filters

You can also see the big wads of Green Stuff I used to plug the holes around the Gauss turrets in each corner. Here’s a couple of pictures of the lighting rig:

CCFL Lamp and Transformer

CCFL Lamp and Transformer

CCFL Lamp and Transformer

CCFL Lamp and Transformer

I bought the CCFL system from Scan.co.uk: the components cost me less than a tenner, which is pretty amazing. I am thinking about buying some more to use in some future terrain pieces.

After being sprayed black, I painted the outside of the Monolith in Tin Bitz using some home-made foam brushes of various shapes and sizes:

Foam Brushes

Foam Brushes

I then drybrushed Brazen Brass over the Tin Bitz using a large drybrush, and then picked out the edges in Shining Gold. I used Devlan Mud to add some weathering and dirt, especially to the parts that I’d given a coat of Boltgun Metal to add some contrast.

Side and rear shots:

Side View

Side View

Side View

Side View

Rear View

Rear View

Rear View

Rear View


Necron Destroyers and Heavy Destroyers

Here are some photos of the my Destroyers and Heavy Destroyers. I decided to wait until I’d painted them all before doing the bases, so that there was consistency. I painted the bases in the same style as the troop bases: Snakebite Leather washed with Devlan Mud, then drybrushed with Bronzed Flesh and Tallarn Flesh, with GW’s Dead Grass applied on top.


Necron Warriors Finished

Necron Warriors - First and Second Phalanxes

Necron Warriors - First and Second Phalanxes

I’ve just finished the second phalanx of Necron Warriors for my 40K Army. This is the first set of models I’ve done with the new basing style, which you can see here:

Necron Warrior

Necron Warrior

The base texture is fine sand glued to the base with PVA. This is then painted with Snakebite Leather (as is the side of the base), and then washed with Devlan Mud. This is then drybrushed with Bronzed Flesh and Tallarn Flesh. Finally, I applied some of GW’s Burnt Grass using a Noch applicator.

The first picture shows both phalanxes together, the first one is on the left. Here’s a close-up:

Necron Warriors - First Phalanx

Necron Warriors - First Phalanx

I had to re-base these miniatures, using a razor saw to remove them from their old base. Here’s the new phalanx:

Necron Warriors - Second Phalanx

Necron Warriors - Second Phalanx

These two phalanxes form the core of my Necron army, which is just about finished: all that’s left is a couple of Heavy Destroyers that are nearly done, and then the centrepiece: my internally illuminated Monolith. More to follow!


Quick tip: future-proof your bases

It’s been a while since my last post. After a few weeks of very pleasant weather, which made it possible for me to undercoat and varnish a huge pile of stuff, the Traditional English Summer has put in an appearance and it’s been raining for the last few weekends, so I haven’t had much to show off.

I wanted to share a quick tip which might make your life easier in the future: I have decided to rebase all my 40K scale Necrons, as I wasn’t happy with the appearance of the basing material I was using (a very coarse saw dust). I quickly realised that this would be a particularly tough challenge for my plastic Necron warriors.

I was a scale model maker before I was a war gamer, so for as long as I can remember, I’ve always used polystyrene cement (specifically Revell’s professional liquid poly) for assembling plastic miniatures. As I understand it, a lot of miniature hobbyists use superglue instead, but using polystyrene cement welds the plastic parts together, meaning that you can shave and file the join down until it’s invisible.

So naturally, when assembling my Necron warriors, I used liquid poly to glue them to their base. I’ve now realised that if I’d used superglue instead, it would have made the job of rebasing much easier.

So: always superglue plastic miniatures to their bases, even if their bases are also plastic! Here endeth the lesson.


Necron Wraiths

I’ve been pre-occupied with Epic recently but I still have a 40K Necron army in the works. I did once have a modest Space Marine army (made up mostly of plastic Mark VI and VII marines from Rogue Trader and 2nd edition, and with an old-style Land Raider) and even played games with them – a total of 2 – but I haven’t really been interested in 40K since the early nineties. But at least one of my friends is, so I agreed to build a Necron army to play against him.

I finished a squad of Necron Warriors and a Lord last year, but progress stalled due to problems with some Destroyers that were damaged by the Plasti-kote spray I was using. While painting my Epic army, I found that Army Painter chainmail spray gives a better finish, so now that the Epic army is pretty much finished, I’m ready to have another go at the 40K army. Here are some Wraiths I just finished:


Hobbyist fail, Dettol win!

Last year I posted about a test Necron warrior I painted, to see how easily I could make the process a “production line”, to get my planned 40K Necron army painted as quickly as possible. My plan was to use Plasti-cote silver spray, followed by Citadel ink washes (click on the link to see the results).

The experiment was a success (I can get the amount of time required to paint an individual miniature down to about 45 minutes), but also a failure (note the “last year” at the beginning of this post!). However, I have now finished my first squad of Necron warriors, and a Necron Lord:

It’s not all good news, unfortunately. I built three Necron destroyers, but managed to screw up the spray coat of silver: either I didn’t shake the can enough, or the air was too wet, but whatever the reason, the destroyers came up covered in a thick blobby coat of silver, and looked awful.

Necron destroyer

Necron destroyer

So based on recommendations from my friend Mark, I performed an experiment: I gave one of the models a week-long dip in Dettol (a British household detergent):

Dettol bath!

Dettol bath!

After a wash and scrub with an old toothbrush, the final result was an – almost – stripped model:

Stripped destroyer

Stripped destroyer

There is still a silvery coating on top of the bare plastic, but the lumpy crud has gone, and it should be good for another coat, and painting.


Test Necron

I’m planning on building a Warhammer 40,000 Necron army. Earlier this year I bought a box of Necron warriors, but due to real life interrupting, have only just finished the first test model. Here it is:

Click to embiggen. I designed the painting process to optimise for speed: once prepped, the model was sprayed with silver spray paint bought from my local Hobbycraft store. The next stage was to give it a thorough wash with the Citadel Devlan Mud wash, however the finish of the silver spray meant that the wash didn’t adhere, so it was given a coat of Purity Seal to give the wash something to stick to. A couple of washes were added, and the base painted with Snakebite Leather. Total time involved: about fifteen minutes!