Just like the Death Guard themselves, there has been a slow but steady march of XIVth Legion across the painting table the past week. I've not had as much hobby time as I'd have liked due to work, but more than enough to get the heavy lifting done on the three Rapier Quad-mortars. Similar to the infantry I primed these black/grey and gave them a base of Vallejo Model Aged White before masking off to add the green markings in GW Castellan Green followed by GW Air Elysium Green. To help set up the weathering I applied patches of Vallejo masking fluid with an old brush and scrap of sponge before the green was airbrushed on so once dried the masking could be removed revealing the base [...]
A quick "state of play" update today. The Ultramarines have reached 90% completion with all 2500 points assembled and painted bar the Vorax. There are a few final weathering touches still to apply to the infantry, walkers and tanks which I'm purposefully leaving until after the MKA Painting event in June as it may change how I approach finishing the army. Plus it makes sense to apply any new skills I pick up. I will show the finished force here in detail after those last touches have been applied, so apologies to leave things hanging if you have been following my foray into 30K with the thirteenth legion, but I promise they will return in a couple of months in full ready for the Heresy Event weekend. [...]
It's far too nice weather to be inside, so naturally I am. At least until the beers have chilled and the pizza dough proved and then all bets are off. In the meantime however I've been doubling down on progress, pushing on with a new squad for the Ultramarines in the form of a Locutarus Storm squad, or at the very least my take on them. Predominantly I've used Mark IV as a base with the occasional Mark V field repair and used the Invictarii helmets which I think mark them out nicely as a XIII Legion specific unit. Although the Mark IV Forgeworld jump packs would be the obvious choice I'm not a big fan of them on any Legion other than the Blood [...]
I was actually searching through the boxes for a head but found a foot ... I guess now I found it I ought to see if there is more and paint it someday.
I've been avoiding the blog lately and just posting straight to the FB page. Partly because it's just that bit easier to share quick photos from the workbench, but mostly if I'm being honest because the fething database got corrupted by scrapcode and over 75% of the image links broke. No idea when, or why but it's a royal pain in the proverbials. Only seems to effect posts beyond a certain date but the fact it's there bugs the heck out of me. So I've been slowly fixing them. By hand. One-at-a-time by re-uploading and linking the images (where I have them). By now you should be getting a sense of my frustration and possibly understand why I've been avoiding the whole mess. But it's not [...]
I'm not really one to get all juiced up about assembling flat-packed furniture, unless of course it's tiny little #Hobbyzone furniture which gives me more space in the workshop for even larger resin models. Now that I can get behind. Ok, not literally behind but who doesn't like bigger resin models right? On the hobby front I'm still pushing along nicely with the Ultramarines having broadly completed the Cataphractii Terminators, Whirlwind Scorpius, the Contemptor Talon and assembled the Caestus Assault 'bus' for the aforementioned Terminators. This is on the workbench as we speak for some quality time with the airbrush. I've also made a start on my final HQ unit, the Praevian Consul with Vorax maniple support. Fiddly little buggers to put together but [...]
Back when I played 40K Breachers didn't really exit, but back during the Great Crusade and into the Horus Heresy they were most definitely a 'thing'. I couldn't really do a force from the thirteenth legion without including a unit of Breachers, for one they fit the Ultramarine aesthetic really well. Style wise the formation is a bit of a hodge-podge of the first Forgeworld boarding shields and weapons with the current (non-Ultramarine) Breacher set, which hadn't been released when I started these. I'd like to say they were an absolute joy to put together, but I'd be lying; they were an utter sod to get the guns and shields lined up in any way a satisfactory manner. The newer set was marginally better as the [...]
The countdown clock has been set, muster called and oaths sworn. The seventh company will reinforce their brothers of the XIII Legion on Tarsiss IV for the taking of Nervia Glevensium in September. So I'd better get a bloody hurry-up painting them then. Yes, I've thrown my lot in to commit to painting (at least) 2500 points of Ultramarine Legion for a 30K Horus Heresy two day event in the autumn. Organised by Geno Five Two podcast and to be held at Incom Gaming in Cheltenham this will be the first time I've played 40K ... sorry, 30K for over a decade. I've a bit of catching up to do it's safe to say. Fortunately the local Heresy scene are a friendly bunch and I'm pretty confident I [...]
As I sit here coffee in hand I can't help but reflect what a **** year this has been for me blogging wise. Truth be told 2016 has been a pretty rough year for a whole host of reasons, none of them hobby related it has to be said but all have had an adverse impact on this site nevertheless. I've always been pretty good at maintaining a separation between my work life and home/hobby life, rarely letting the former creep into the latter when it comes to my posts. True to that ethos I'm not going to start now, but wanted to set some context as it can't be denied the pace of events at work have left me with precious little energy or appetite for anything [...]
Much to my surprise the weather's a bit of a corker today with blue skies and nary a cloud in sight. I'm not used to that for a UK Bank Holiday so whilst some lovely hangar and ribeye steaks marinade for the grill table later I've moved outside to assemble these chaps for an Age of Sigmar warscroll. Glue now, beer later.