From the trenches: 08/17/09 update

Hi all!

well, I have been very busy! There is a painting challenge over at Chamber Militant which I am taking part in. My pledge is to get my Sisters of Battle Immolator painted up in full glory by September 5th. I have made a start on her, which you will see in a moment. As I don’t have an airbrush (argh!) this particular vehicle is being done ‘old skool’ ie ‘by hand’. The bulk of the vehicle will be in the purple of my Order, with cream accents. I am currently also sketching up some freehand devices that will be adorning the armor plates. They are, after all, Battle Sisters. I am still undecided as to what color to paint the roof section, so if anyone has any ideas…. let me know!

Burn baby burn!
Burn baby burn!

I have since painted the back ramp and the exhaust housing in the purple color as well. Obviously there will be weathering and scripture aplenty too. More to come on this as I do more.
I recently finished my first squad of inducted Imperial Guard, my 32nd Inquisitorial regiment, here’s a sneak peek:
Yesterday saw me, Joe, Evan and Colin doing some kitbashing to build some more scenery for our cause. It’s hellish fun, as it’s total improv. You don’t know what you’re going to end up with! I went full tilt and made a huge ruined building, with a few nooks to hide troops, open enough to have firefights, but with enough to break up LOS from the outside. Here are a couple crappy pictures I took with my phone:
If you look at the rear shot here, you’ll see wome sandbag/barb wire barricades, so you even get a little cover outside of the building. I’ll be interested to see how this is utilized in future games.
All of you GW follwers out there have probably heard the news, and seen the pictures now for the new (and limited) copy of Space Hulk. Space Hulk was one of the games I loved when I first got into the hobby. Being a huge ‘Aliens’ fan, this was perfect, although the miniatures were something to be desired. Clunky, ugly, and looking like a turd with a pole stuck in the top, and that was just the Termies!
On the offchance you have’nt caught wind of this upcoming release (release date – September 5th), here is a link for you to drool over. Note the superb minis:

Space Hulk

Certainly a great item, but not too sure about the $99 tag price. Or, for that matter, the ‘limited availability’ thing. I got my pre-order in today….

Thats about it for now, thanks for reading, stay tuned for further transmissions!

Forces of the Imperium – Ave Imperator!

I have, indeed, been working behind the scenes, and I wanted to post some finished pieces instead of all the WIP posts that have peppered WCF recently. I have set myself monthly goals, with certain minis to be completed in one month. This is the minimum, and if I can get more done, well, thats obviously a bonus. If I can complete my quota per month, then I reward myself by taking me and my long suffering girlfriend out for a sushi dinner. A fair trade, methinks? 🙂

This month’s objective was to complete any 3 Sisters of Battle and 5 random Cadian troops which are to be inducted Imperial Guard in my SoB forces. I decided against the usual green/brown scheme for the Cadians, and opted for an urban camoflage scheme that befitted the cityscapes that me and the lads usually fight across. They will get insignia on the shoulder pads, but i’m waiting for the new Imperial Guard Codex this weekend before deciding on what to have.  As we have already seen with my other Battle Sister, the colors for The Ancient Order of the Exalted Saint Boudicea is purple and cream. I completed 2 heavy weapons and one bolter Sister. I decided on this self imposed monthly ‘quest’ a couple of weeks ago, so I had limited time to complete them. Hopefully in the upcoming months I will be able to finally knock some sizeable holes in my ‘to do’ list. See what you think, and, as always, c+c are welcome!

‘Suffer not the Witch to live…’

I know I know it’s been a little while since I posted something, about a month i’d say? Thats not to say I haven’t been feverishly working behind the scenes on my mini’s. I have been more constructing and assembling than painting. We are having some nice days weather wise, so I have been taking advantage of it and undercoating loads of my mini’s. As a side note, I have tried a whole bunch of different spray undercoats recently, Games Workshop, Armory and some others, but I think I have found one that seems to work well across the board and has good coverage. Krylon make a paint called ‘Fusion’ which is what I have been using. It’s about $8 and is available from JoAnne Fabrics and any other good art/craft/hobby stores. Here is a direct link to the stuff I use:

http://www.krylon.com/products/fusion_for_plastic/

So I have finally settled on a color scheme for my Sisters ‘Order of the Exalted Saint’.  It took me about 10 seconds to realise that it was basically the same as the traditional Protectorate of Menoth scheme, but I figured, ‘hey, if the caps fits, wear it…’ So, my zealous warrior women will be decked out in maroon-ish armor, with beige-ish robes.  I’ll probably have my Seraphim in a vaguely similar scheme too, maybe with less maroon though, to distinguish them a little more.  I’m excited to have settled on this now, as the wheels can finally start to turn and I can get my Battle Sisters on the field. I assembled my Immolator the other night and I can’t wait to get this painted up in the colors i’ve chosen, especially with the golds and all that, it should look quite impressive. Not a bad thing to take in before being sentenced to a heretics death at the muzzle of twin linked multi-meltas…

sisters-bargeavvie

 

Ave Imperator!

Completed! the AoBR Dready!

By the Emperors Y-Fronts I thought this thing would never get finished! I estimate 10-15 man hours spent on this, from sprue to the finished item. It totally made me sure that I would NEVER want to paint another AoBR dread, EVER!

So, here it is! C=C welcome!

New page added – the work of Matt Crump

Hi all!

I’m very excited as it would seem that my humble page is getting a lot of traffic, so thank you to all those who swing by here to check out the handiwork! Please feel free to leave c+c on anything here!

My good friend and long time wargame compadre Matt has sent over some pictures of his work, including his Golden Demon 2008 single figure category winner ‘The Masque’, so throw some smoke cannisters and charge on over to https://whencannonsfade.wordpress.com/in-battle-there-is-no-law-the-work-of-matt-crump/ and check it out. I am hoping this will be the start of a collaborative effort, and that Matty will grace us with some more pictures soon *hint hint* 🙂

Cheers!

From the vaults – Forge World Nurgle Dreadnought

While clearing out lots of unused stuff on my computer I found these pictures of a Forge World dready that I painted a few years back. Alas I no longer have him, he made his way to my buddy Matt back in the Motherland, and he now watches over it. I feel I should have at least finished the base on it, but oh well, I am sure Matty has finished the job!

I will probably end up getting another one at some point, as Nurgle has always held a soft (read: rotting) place in my heart. The deathguard will return once more, i’m sure.

This weekend I plan on picking up some green stuff so that I can fill the gaps on my Black Templar dready, and then I can prime him! I really want to get on board with constructing my Templars, but I need the upgrade kit, and $30 just isn’t available right now. Still, I can do some basic marines that haven’t received their full robes yet I guess.

Matt Crump will be putting a page up here soon, Matt was a Golden Demon finalist recently, in the Warhammer Single Mini category. He asked if he could put a picture of his entry up, so I offered him to do his own page here at WCF, as his work is stunning!

More to come!

WIP – AoBR Black Templars Dreadnought

I recently went in on the Assault on Black Reach set with my buddy. He snaffled the Orks and a couple of SM bits and I had the remaining Space Marine figures. I want to do a Black Templar army and figured this would be a good way to get some troops and whatnot.

First up on the construction block is the dreadnought. The snap-fit assembly of the AoBR stuff is great, although some gaps are apparent. There is still a part of me that thinks that these snap-fit mini’s are somewhat ‘cheap’, but slowly I am suppressing that train of thought.

This fella was put together very quickly, and was very easy to do. I yoinked a couple of pieces from my Space Marine Battle Force sprues to add on as well. Unfortunately the casting of this dreadnought is such that unless you are prepared to do some really, and I mean really, intense converting, repositioning etc, he is in a kinda boring pose.

I added a couple more purity seals, a scroll on the left arm/shoulder area, a loin cloth and a banner. I am still undecided as to whether or not I should add a smoke grenade launcher just in front of the banner pole. 

I added a couple of pieces of debris to the base, not too much, as I don’t want it to detract from the final model. I have some ‘green-stuffing’ to do and some battle damage that I want to add as well. Watch this space for further developments!

For the Emperor!