Sunday, 31 January 2016

Ash Waste Nomads and More Iron Warriors

Straight in with the pictures today!

 The last two Juves and my "Come and 'ave a go!" ganger (amusingly armed with a lasrifle, making him ... not the best ... in close combat).

 The West Wall Raiders! This is one of every Ash Waste Nomad released by Games Workshop; ideally I'd like another complete set so I can have a few more weapon options for campaign play, but I'm not complaining. Just wishlisting.

 Blood for the Blood God! In the absence of Tamiya Clear Red, I extemporised with Dark Flesh, Khorne Red, Blood Red, and Flesh Wash, with a lot of stippling, and then a little bit of gloss varnish to make some areas look wet and sticky. This pleasant fellow will lead the Iron Warrior Bezerkers that I'm going to (eventually) get. More tea, vicar?

And the last three members of Anvil Squad; bringing them up to 10 Iron Warriors armed with boltguns and two plasma guns. I really like the way the mutant's head turned out, purple and pink are a good combination for Slaaneshi types.

Whatever happened to that retrospective? I dunno; I got painting or something. Next up are a mix of more Iron Warriors and more Necromunda stuff probably.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Return to the Underhive

OK, so I've been a busy chap since I finished those Black Templars. I went rummaging for Stuff To Paint (no shortage of figures in this flat) and happened to open my Necromunda drawer.

Aha, thought I, here's a project I can pick up!

So I mass-undercoated all my bare metal Ratskins, Orlocks, Escher, Goliaths, Scum, and so on and so forth, and am going to steadily work my way through them.

To start with, I've been focussing on the Ash Waste Nomad gang I bought for an absolute song some time ago now (in fact I think I picked them up around about the same time I moved into this flat, which is nearly four years ago now).

 L-R: Nomad Leader, ganger with autorifle, ganger with double-bladed knife and autopistol.

L-R: Juve, ganger with long rifle, heavy, ganger with club and autopistol, heavy.

Just three more to finish. These chaps have been nice and quick because I'd bought them essentially painted, so really all I've done is rebase them and touch them up, with a little bit of repainting here and a bit of polish there to bring them up to my standard.

Oh, and I've been working on a few other odds and ends too, like this fellow:

He is the Apothecary of the 6th Cohort, 12th Grand Company, Legio IV Iron Warriors. Otherwise known as my Iron Warriors army. Anyway, he worships Grandfather Nurgle, the god of disease and decay and entropy. Rather apt, for a medic, I thought. If all else fails, pray to the god of disease that your injury doesn't go gangrenous and drop off.

Or become a tentacle.

Or develop a nurgling infestation.

Next up - more Ash Waste Nomads, another 'hero' of the VI Cohort, and then... more Necromunda!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Black Templars - Finished...

...for now.

As with all armies, they're never really finished. At least, not until you have at least one of every option available to you in the army book. That's my argument and I'm sticking to it.

Anyway, here you go:

 Neophytes from Crusader Squad Kinereich...
 ...and Crusader Squad Kinereich in all it's black and white glory. DEUS IMPERATOR VULT!

 Assault Squad Lachlan, with Reclusiarch von Stahl. 11 frothing 8' tall superhuman religious maniacs, hopped up on zeal and belief and armed with automatic RPG pistols and monomolecular teethed chainsaw-swords, propelled by nuclear fusion powered jump packs and wearing powered armour suits that will stop pretty much anything short of an anti-tank weapon. Oh, and don't forget the napalm-throwers. Two of those. Just in case, you know, they meet anyone they think is a heretic.

Protip: that's pretty much everyone. You heretics.

 A terrible close-up, but this at least shows off the cool Forgeworld Rogue Trader style flamer. 

And an even worse close-up! I must say, hand-painting Maltese Crosses is... something I am glad I don't have to do for a while.

And that's that! 1,500 points of Black Templars for 4th Edition 40K. I really should actually play a game with them at some point.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Abhor The Alien!

I've been painting Black Templars! Well, actually, Neophytes. This batch of figures were made in the late 1990s during the end of 2nd Edition 40K and were, originally, intended for my Righteous Fists army. But let's be honest, they make better Black Templars. Certainly easier to paint, anyway...

 Neophytes with shotguns... and Geordi LaForge.

First Crusader Squad. They look pretty awesome if I do say so myself.

Well, still on my painting table are five more Neophytes and 9 Assault Marines. Then that'll be a 1500 point Black Templar army for 4th Edition 40K - finished! Crazy, eh?

Saturday, 23 January 2016

More Iron Warriors!

I have been quiet for a few days because of life, but I have not been idle...

 Noise Marines - the cult troops of Slaanesh, bound to the 12th Grand Company's Warlord by ancient vows and shared experience. Surprisingly fun to paint, although all the gold detailing made me put off painting them for - ooh - about a year?

 First half of the second Crusader Squad for my Amalthean Crusade Black Templars, with their natural allies, the Sisters of Battle.

 Warsmith Koczan, one of the officers of the 12th Grand Company, commander of a squad of Iron Warriors, and veteran of the long, long war. He remembers the Gates of Terra, and the Imperial Palace burning. He remembers these things, and many others, and has long since given up all ideas and hope. Now he kills because he always has, he fights because he knows nothing else.

The Cult of the Many Ways (or at least most of it, I need another six figures for this unit) - Tzeentchian cultists utilised by the 12th Grand Company as a mix of cannon fodder and distraction. Held beneath contempt by the Astartes who direct them, the cultists care only that they are serving the Gods themselves.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Abhor The Witch

More Black Templars, because I'm on a roll now, and the Tau are filthy xenos. Anyway.

This fellow with the very big sword is known as the Emperor's Champion, and his role is to find the biggest, hardest, nastiest enemy and try and kill it. Sure, he's probably going to die, but the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Imperium.

Monday, 18 January 2016

An Open Mind Is Like A Fortress With Its Gates Unbarred

With that charmingly cheerful title out the way (it's all these Black Templars that I've been painting, I tells you!) I have come to share a blog post that is full of Extremely Useful Information, from a fascinating and particularly joyous blog, the Realm of Chaos 80s by Orlygg.

I have lots of Space Marines to paint strip. My preferred strip medium, Fairy Power Spray, was watered down and rendered useless last year, so I turned to the internet, and now, thanks to Orlygg, I know that what I need is DETTOL. Specifically, antiseptic brown Dettol.

I'll ask my artist partner Sarah to get me some next time she's in town.

Now, it's back to the painting table - I want to see if I can get the Emperor's Champion finished today. Imperator Dei Vult!

PS: The Imperium's Thought For The Day is probably my very favourite thing about the 40K universe.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Black Templars - ATTACK!

Well, I was going to post some Tau, but then I spent the day painting Black Templars, so instead...
Castellan al-Rahman, Amalthean Crusade, Black Templars Chapter

Initiates, Crusader Squad Barabas, Amalthean Crusade, Black Templars Chapter. Maltese Crosses are an absolute pain to freehand. Also of note is that the senior Initiate has parts in him from 1st edition (RTB01 powerfist), 2nd Edition (Cypher's left arm and a Valhallan bolt pistol), 3rd Edition (body and upper right arm), 4/5th Edition (legs, right shoulder pad, and head) and 6/7th Edition (back banner).

Next up is the Emperor's Champion and some more Initiates. I then need to paintstrip 9 Assault Marines and and 10 metal Scouts. Anyone got any advice for a replacement chemical instead of Fairy Power Spray? I hear good things about Dettol, but I don't know what type of Dettol...

Also, if anyone fancies giving away a NiB Land Raider Crusader, do please let me know.

And finally...

Friday, 15 January 2016

Retrospective Day 6 - More Varingr (and more Black Templars)!

I have another squad of Varingr, this time armed with boltguns, a heavy stubber, and a grenade launcher, to provide a bit of mid-range fire support for the rest of the auxiliaries. I really really like the grenadier, which is a fantastic example of Kev White's sculpting genius.

Excuse the glare, I couldn't be bothered to open the display case...!

And in terms of new stuff, I got home from work, wrote some poems, and then finished my Black Templars' Sword Brethren Assault Terminator squad:

I like the way the freehand Maltese crosses turned out; they're a right pain in the bum to paint. Next up is going to be the Castellan, then the Emperor's Champion, before I start doing the basic Initiates.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Retrospective Day 5 - Varingr Mercenary Infantry... (and some Black Templars!)

Many moons ago, the good folk of decided to revitalise the concept of the Squats - basically, space dwarves - and this gave rise to the Varingr. The Varingr, it was argued, was the name that the Squats had for themselves, and that they were not all destroyed by the Tyranids. For one thing, there would have been many Varingr in the wider Imperium, and many more on board mining ships, transport vessels, and so on and so forth. So what was their place now? With their wider society wrecked by monstrous alien super-predators, Orks, and other opportunistic raiders and aliens, not to mention the ultra-xenophobic Imperium of Humanity, what would the survivors do? Well, the most likely option is that some would carry on working for the IoH, and most would become nomadic traders and mercenaries.

I liked this idea, of nomad miner-mercenaries, trading and fighting across the galaxy, and so I came up with some rules for them which can be found in this thread here and then... did nothing.

That was in 2009.

So, six years later, I finally got off my bum, and did something about it - et voila:

A squad of Varingr mercenaries carrying bolt carbines, supported by a flamer, in Tau service! Figures from the inimitable Kev White of Hasslefree Miniatures.

Oh, and just to prove I have in fact been painting other things...

Black Templars! AMEN AND ATTACK!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Retrospective Day 4 - Tau Human Auxiliaries

Over the last couple of days I have been working on some Black Templars. You'll see them soon enough, but for now I want to show you a squad of renegade Imperial troopers who started out as a Chaos-aligned Imperial Guard Veteran Squad Kill Team waaaaay back in the dawn of 4th Edition, and then moved on to become a Traitor Guard Veteran Squad, before finally actually getting re-equipped and painted up as Tau Gue'vesa'la (lit. human helpers).

The squad originally carried three plasma guns and the sergeant type had a boltgun. Nowadays he totes a standard issue Tau pulse rifle, and the squad has swapped its plasma guns for more rifles and a grenade launcher, because frankly I think the grenade launcher is a brilliant weapon oft-overlooked. I like the way they turned out - a grizzled bunch of survivors and pragmatists, mixed in with a couple of idealists, and all of them fighting for the Tau because the Tau, for all their faults, are slightly better at hearts and minds than the Imperium.

Which is, of course, heresy.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Retrospective Day 3 - Tau Firewarrior Squad

Missed a day - I got all caught up in assembling my second IKEA 'Detolf' display cabinet and putting toy soldiers into it (my Tau, and the painted bits of my Iron Warriors, Necromunda and Inquisitor stuff, and my Warhammer Empire army).

Anyway, here's the first of my Tau army's troops choices - a simple squad of 12 Firewarriors with pulse rifles, led by a Shas'ui with bonding knife.

I do eventually want a second squad of these chaps, along with a nice big fat squad of Kroot with all the trimmings (Shaper, Krootox, Kroot hounds, all that palava). The general theme for my Tau is that it's a defence/garrison force from a Third Sphere expansion world, so there's a lot of auxiliaries - humans, squats (Varingr), Vespid, kroot - to bulk out the Tau presence.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Retrospective Day 2 - Tau Stealth Team

I quite like these little fellows in their drab all-over-brown stealth field. I've seen lots of these painted up as though they're in the middle of turning their fields on or off, but I thought I'd just do them in a flat brown to mimic the desert they're standing on (and in).

Nothing special really - two burst cannons and a fusion blaster with markerlight and hardwired multi-tracker. I decided against putting any markings on them because, frankly, the Tau are advanced enough to have automatic IFF systems and such details on HUDs.

In other news, apart from an Emperor's Champion, I have enough figures in my bits box to make a 1,500 point Black Templars force to support my Sisters of Battle... so that's what I'm working on at the moment.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Tau Army - HQ - Retrospective Day 1

I thought, seeing as I have just finished the XV-88 'Broadsides', that I may as well start my retrospective look at 2015 with the rest of my Tau.

So here's the HQ; a Shas'O and his two XV-8 Shas'Ui bodyguards (and his drones: a shield drone and a marker drone).

The camouflage is Zandri Dust with Graveyard Earth and (I think) Waaaagh Flesh, details in red and green with gloss varnish. The paint scheme is nice and simple and easy to do, if a bit time-consuming.

I will, I think, eventually add an Ethereal with Firewarrior bodyguard, just because it'd be rude not to I suppose. Tomorrow I'll show you the Stealth Team.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Further Proof of Life

I painted myself a Tau army last year.

Yes, a whole army. Well, a good core force anyway, for 4th/5th Edition 40K. I didn't, however, have any of the XV-88 'Broadside' battlesuits...

...until now:

Bask in their awesome firepower! Pray that their notoriously weak ankles don't snap, forcing me to pin them!

(And, yes, that is Arch-Confessor Kyrinov behind the Sister of Battle on the right.)

Painting Points: God knows anymore. I'll call these chaps 6 points? Or something.

It Liiiives!

Igor - quickly - the electricity! To maximum power!

Ahhh! YES! Yeeeessss! It liiiives!!


So it's been a while, eh?

Well. Sorry about that. Life got a bit strange. I'm doing better now. And I haven't been idle. Since I last wrote on here I have finished a Sisters of Battle army, almost completed my Imperial Guard army, and done a load of other stuff.

Which I'm going to showcase over the next few weeks, a unit a day, starting tomorrow. Just thought I'd build the expectation really. I know, I know, I'm evil. Mwahahahahaa and all that.

Here, have some links to keep you going!

The Molgravian Gazette - my 18th Century Imagi-Nations Project
Patrick MacLeod Cullen - my poetry corner

And a music video that I really like:

I listened to that one a lot when I was painting my Sisters of Battle.