Sunday, 18 June 2017

WIP Astra Militarum Heavy Mortar Artillery Crew Conversions

I have been sitting on three Imperial Guard Heavy Mortars for over a year and always meant to get round to them, however I have only ever had a collection of the old basilisk metal artillery crew to man them and had been meaning to convert some up for ages.

I finally managed to donate some time to them and here is what I have managed to come up with.



I used the Death Korps artillery crew as inspiration for poses and mixed in a few of the old basilisk crew to bulk out the numbers.




 It will be interesting to see what 8th edition has in store for these guys. They haven't been super competitive for a while (super fun though!), but I think we may see he return of these very soon.
Next up painting... and some artillery tractors!


Friday, 16 June 2017

White Scar Bikers- Forgeworld outrider squad

I have long admired the outriders Bikers from Forgeworld. They are a pricey unit money wise, but they are absolutely fantastic looking models. I have been planning a Kharadron Overlords army for Age of Sigmar, so I was desperate to get the

First things first I had to create the bases for the squad, matching my Imperial Palace theme.

I used the new oval bases for these rather than the slim line bases they where originally supplied with, I felt they were a bit more cinematic, and actually where a great size. 
 As per usual with the white scars, I have broken the painting down into sub assemblies for the airbrush stages. I have previously always hated doing units like cavalry or bikes due to the extra components, but the airbrush has made this very straight forward.
 I have magnetised the guns so that I can swap between plasmas and bolters, as I may want to use these in 40k games.


And the final shot. I will try and get some better shots of the army over the summer as I will be able to use the better light and I will have more time off. 

Generally I am quite pleased with how the army is developing. I am really looking forward to my first horus heresy game soon!




Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Because Coteaz is cool! A quick painting update.

`Progress on the blog has been slow, but in the real world there have been a whole host of changes. I have been decorating the new house, getting to grips with the new job, buying new cars, and preparing for life as a newlywed. I have squeezed in a good amount of hobby, but very little in the way of gaming.

Here is a quick pic I took on my phone of one of my favourite models that I recently had a go at painting. I first painted this model shortly after it's release. I then sold it and I have regretted my decision ever since. This was one of the fine cast versions, but I have to say, it was a joy to paint, and there was very little in the way of bubbling.

That's all for now. More soon! I'm glad to be back.




Monday, 6 February 2017

White Scar Cataphractii Terminators- Betrayal at Calth Almost completed

So the Lightning Claw equipped Cataphractii Terminators are complete, leaving just the Contemptor Dreadnought, Chaplain and Praetor to finish off and my Betrayal at Calth set is completed!
I will post up better pictures when I have my camera and lightbox unpacked from storage, but I am pleased with how these came out. I have finally become confident with the marble bases, so I will be posting up a tutorial for how to build and then paint these soon. 

I used the new GW technical gemstone paints for the lightning claws. These are very easy to work with and produce a nice finish. Fits what I was after very well with minimal effort. The paint can be very gloopy though!

The keen eyed among you may notice the sergeant has a different tabbard (I think that is what they are called) between his legs, it is taken from the space marine commander plastic sprue. This was only because I lost the original, but actually it turned out quite nice, and adds a little bit of movement to the miniature that wasn't there before. 

A group shot of the completed miniatures so far. Quite pleased to get all this infantry out of the way.

I have also had a go at painting the interior of my Deimos Pattern Rhino. I will be getting two more of these down the line, but for now, I am resolved to finish what I have before allowing myself any more toys. 

 
This was quite a quick paint job, couldn't justify spending too much time on it. 

I might add some chevrons around the yellow. I mean who doesn't love yellow and black chevrons. 

To be honest, I think I need a little break from white before I finish off any more of this legion. Perhaps I need to dig out something a bit different for my next project. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Horus Heresy: White Scars Legion- Tactical squads 2 and 3 completed

I have finally plowed through the second and third squads of tactical marines from the Betrayal at Calth Boxed set. These Mark IV sprues are fantastic. I am really excited to get to work on some of forgeworld units now that I have the troop choices under my belt. Here are a few images of what I have so far:
Above is the second squad, all finished bar the weapon options that are magnetized, but I will do these as I need them I think. For now, plasma and chainsword will suffice.
 Third squad has a combi melta armed sergeant. Again, he has extra options, but will keep the Melta for now. 

And finally everything I have all together. The terminators still need bases, unit markings and the lightning claw scheme sorted out (still working on some nice effects).

I'm really chuffed with how the bases have turned out. That's all for now. I'll get some non grainy phone pics ready for next time. 


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Astra Militarum- Amphibious Assault Craft

This is a little project I have had on the back burner for a while, but I wanted to share it with you all as I have the time. May be a while before I get back to work on this, however, I have always wanted to make a few landing craft from Chimera chassis.

As you can see I have only used the tracks, trimming down the bulky side pieces. I have added a prow which is also hinged as a ramp. The driver compartment has been added above the heads of the troop bay. A lot of detail is still to be added, and I hope to make between three and five of these.

Where the hatch usually sits I am planning to add a turret, similar, although taller than the one I use on my armoured car like THIS. Detailing will involve rivets, internal stowage and maybe a guard rail around the 'bridge area' I am also thinking about a walkway/platform at the rear. I'll play around and see what looks right. 

As I said above, this may take a while before it comes to fruition (desperately trying to get my white scars off the ground), but when it does, expect a D-Day themed battle report!!





Friday, 30 December 2016

The Man Cave 2.0

The man cave is dead, Long live the Man Cave!

As I moved back with my parents last year to save up for a mortgage, I had to give it up, and have been living somewhat of a hobby half life since then.

Well, the new house is mine, and although I am not allowed little soldiers in the house, I have been given permission to turn the garage into a shrine to my hobby... Introducing the Man Cave 2.0!

Above is a little panorama shot. The ceiling is very high and there is plenty of space for a gaming area, seating area and workshop space. 












I couldn't resist setting up a gaming table. I couldn't fit one in my last room, so it's nice to finally have the space for it.


At the moment, my little Nissan Micra is enjoying the garage, but soon it will be relegated to the drive.



I have big plans, although they will take a long time to get right. First thing to sort out is a bit of heating and some insulation solutions. It can be quite cold as it is a large space, and only single brick. (any Ideas welcome!) Currently I'm considering some kingspan boarding and some loft insulation overhead, but I'm a bit worried about damp, so ventilation may be required. 

There is plenty of power to the garage, and the windows and side door are double glazed. Even the shutter door is thick and well sealed. 

As for heating I may look into a wood burning stove (professionally fitted of course, as they can be a dangerous to novices i've been told). Also considering if it is possible to use the old oil central heating system that is still in place as the house was converted to gas a few years ago.

Anyway, more soon, I will be working on this for a while, so plenty of time to weigh up my options. 

I'm always on the lookout for inspiration. :)




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