I haven’t posted much in the last year or so, because of two things: first, I have been getting less hobby time due to personal reasons which I won’t bore you with, but also because it’s so much easier to just throw a photo up on Twitter.
But I really should be posting stuff here more, so I thought I’d throw up a few posts with some of the highlights from the recent fallow period.
First up, here’s Lorgar, who (as you might expect) is the leader of my Word Bearers army for The Horus Heresy:
My Word Bearers army is based on the models from the Betrayal at Calth box set, here is the test model that I painted:
After I assembled and base coated most of the army I made a decision to commission a local freelance painter to finish the army for me: when it’s finished I will post pictures, but if you check out the Facebook page on that link you will see some Work-in-progress links.
I’ve just finished repainting some of my Imperial Navy fleet for Battlefleet Gothic. The old ships (as you can see) were not painted in a consistent colour scheme, so I decided to strip them off and repaint them.
About half of the original fleet remains unpainted. I think that I will turn them into a Rogue Trader fleet: I have some old Space Fleet ships which are quite characterful and would work well in that faction.
One innovation in my painting technique for these ships was the use of Sharpies metallic pens to do a lot of the metal. It’s much faster and easier than brushing on paint, and the finish is perfect. I recommend investing in some!
Long time no see! I won’t bore you with the tedious details of why I haven’t been blogging much (too much Real Life getting in the way), but although I haven’t posted here in over 10 months, I haven’t been idle: I’ve just finished the titan legion I posted about last June:
The legion consists of four Warhounds, three Reavers, four Warlords and a repainted and refurbished Warmonger (which still needs a bit of attention as one of the Hydra turrets has lost a barrel).
with the exception of the arm weapons on the Warmonger, and the Carapace weapons on the Lucius-pattern Warlord, every single weapon is magnetised, meaning that I can customise the weapons load-out of each titan as I see fit. In addition to a lot of classic metal and plastic titan weapons, I’ve also included some of the weapons from the Defeat in Detail Cybershadows Leviathan models to proxy as various different weapons.
These titans are painted in the colours of Legio Crassus – a titan legion that was loyal to the Warmaster during the Horus Heresy. None of the titans show the corruption of Chaos – but that might change in the future! For now, they are just a Heresy-era traitor legion, and wear the Eye of Horus proudly over their metallic green armour.
Last night I finished a few new units for my Adeptus Mechanicus army. Above you can see some Knights Warden (more french chevaliers) that have been blocking my painting queue for far too long: the gun barrels on the arms were extremely fragile in resin, so I decided to replace them with new ones made from plastic tubing and brass rod. Because that was an awkward and fiddly job, they went straight into the “To Do” drawer, which has stopped me from painting any more Knights for probably a couple of years! So it’s good to be able to finish them.
Below, you will also see another company of Stormblades, and a Heavy Artillery Company of Basilisks.
Here is the magnetised Reaver that I showed a video of in my last post. You will not that its colour scheme doesn’t match my other titans: this is because I have decided to build a new legion; because of the increased interest in Epic in my local area, I’ve been playing more titan-versus-titan intro games, and I want to have two different legions for these games.
The colour scheme is an old one: I had a few titans painted in this colour scheme many years ago, but repainted them as Legio Pantera (something I now regret!).
I’m currently working on some Warhounds to go with the Reaver, and then a Warlord or two thereafter. I’m planning on magnetising them all!
I made this for the benefit of a friend who just acquired a job lot of plastic Warlords and has no idea what the weapons are. For copyright reasons, the NetEpic rulebooks don’t include any images of the weapons; so new (or returning) Epic gamers often have a hard time identifying the weapons (and why they should use them on their titans). But it seems fair use to me to include low-res images in a simple document such as this:
At Salute last year I picked up Operation Icestorm. I’ve just finished the PanOceanian models from that box. The anime/manga-influenced style of Infinity is well outside my grimdark comfort zone, and it was pleasingly challenging to paint the models in the same style. I won’t pretend that they’ve come out great; but they’re definitely good enough for the tabletop. And as usual, my inability to paint faces has made itself apparent!
My friends and I are planning a big all-day Epic game next month and I decided that I needed to reinforce my Necron army. I picked up some Ghost Ark proxies from eBay – turns out I need another couple in order to field two legal units! D’oh!
I also painted up some more kitbashed Doomsday Arks, similar to ones I made a while back.