If you managed to catch Friday's stream, you'll have seen me wrapping up painting of the first four Death Guard from the Dark Imperium set. These have been some of the nicest miniatures by Games Workshop I've ever assembled and painted; they go together like a dream and the scope of unique detail practically makes each a character in their own right. Absolutely love them and generally speaking that goes for most of the Death Guard/Nurgle Daemon range released recently. So much so I've been tempted into painting an Age of Sigmar 'Getting Started' box by 10th Feb for a local store challenge. I've been trying to start a small warband for Age of Sigmar but have never managed to keep it on the painting table [...]
Admittedly late to the party, well for 40K at least, the Death Guard being very much last years story but in my defence I've been trying to workout how best to make use of my original 2003 Death Guard force making them relevant again. I'm not normally one for re-working a previously painted army as never feel revisiting an old project is as productive or engaging as starting a new one and often just leads to disappointment. Quite apart from my painting approach having changed significantly during the intervening years, the miniatures are a completely different aesthetic and palette incompatible with my current range. That being said I do love a challenge and still love the direction I went with my Death Guard fourteen years [...]
Final episode of season one which includes the finishing of the Foetid Plague Drone and the intro for season two.
It's a whole new year, so I've been wrapping up two mini projects; the last of the Blood Angels from the Dark Imperium starter box (finally!) and a solitary plastic Escher gang member from the new Necromunda set. The Escher in particular was the focus of my December steams alongside the two Blood Angel Lieutenants and a single Aggressor. Since discovering a method for the red and gold I liked the Blood Angels has rapidly become my mainstream Imperium army for 8th edition throughout the year and shows little sign of slowing down anytime soon. I shunned the 'codex' approach for the Lieutenant's and avoided the split yellow/red shoulder pads or the helmet markings seen in the studio models, opting instead to stick with the [...]
My final Ultramarines Tarssis list post, for now. The Killbots. These were the unit I left until the very end to do as they were for me the bit that would I hoped tie the list together visually, providing a spot of complementary colour and breaking up the sea of blue and gold. The orange of the chassis and the poses were always going to be the most important part so I didn't want to rush them. Even less so them being technically one of my HQs. The Praevian Consul option allowed allowed me to include a maniple of automata as part of the unit and there was always only ever one choice; the Vorax. I loved the look of these the day I saw [...]
In my Ultramarines collection, these guys hold the joint spot for my favourite miniatures thus far. I loved painting these so much. Great shapes, textures, loads of dynamism about them. Not 'too many' sub-assemblies. Not like the Redemptor had, gods that was painful even though I was pleased with the end result. The Contemptors were a lot easier, especially once the arms were magnetised. What, you don't magnetise your Dreadnought arms? Seriously do so, makes them easy to store, fun to play and flexible/cost effective to equip. I did a short guide right here. I'm still chuckling at my 'armless' Contemptor sweeping an Alpha Legion Praetor (sorry Chris buddy, it was a suck roll but it made for an epic saga and a cool bit of [...]
I like Rhino transports, especially Deimos pattern. I like them a lot, they are part of the Imperium's DNA all the way back to good old Rogue Trader days. The M113 of the grimdark universe and just as adaptable. Sure they are laughably small for ten super-humans plus crew but I still love the little tuggers anyway. Technically I have two for the Tarssis force, but in reality I realised when I add them to the Mars pattern ones I did years back for 40K which are similarly weathered I actually have four plus a Razorback which is not a bad start at all. Include the Land Raider Proteus and the one with the missile launcher whose name eludes me right now and there is [...]
Back in the saddle painting the Blood Angels Primaris Ancient and talking all things Tarssis from the Heresy weekender in Cheltenham.
Plan for upcoming regular Wednesday slot is the redeployment of an old Imperial Basilisk artillery piece painted decades back to something fitting the current 40K grimdark. Of course with Nurgle in the ascendency anything could happen before then so subject to change.
Saturday's stream was all about getting my Blood Angels some Fast Attack spun up and ready to fight. Previously I showed the Assault Squad I put together for the Fate of Kronor gaming day and of course there are the Inceptors from the Dark Imperium box, but Blood Angels wouldn't be right without at least one Land Speeder so I figured I'd start with a biggie and roll out a Typhoon. To be fair it's only that variant because I found the missile pods in the bits box and figured "why not?". The pre-stream groundwork, other than assembly was to get the Speeder and crew primed and painted with the base colours which consisted of Vallejo Game Air Reds and black. This was all done [...]