Friday, May 19, 2017

Warhound Titan Commission

So, I took time off of my stuff to do something really big.

Adam bought himself a Mars Pattern Warhound Titan and I got to paint it.  You know, I thought there's be more to the blog entry than that, but that's really about it.  Let's go to some pics.

Not a big shocker here, but I started with the legs.  I probably could have started with the plates, but I wanted to see how this particular resin would react to cutting, pinning and the like.  I was also pretty concerned about the overall weight that the legs would be supporting.  I may have been over cautious, but I tried to put them as square as possible and pinned them with large paperclips after realizing that my original idea of using screw nails wasn't feasible.  Like I said, I may have been over cautious.

All in all, I found the legs to be basically hell to put together.  All of the pistons being cut to fit makes great sense for pose-ability, but it's a lot of work.  I felt like every time I tired to put another piece on, there were another five pistons to fit, cut and glue.

After a couple of false starts on the plates, I got them attached to the legs and crotch.

Weapons were next.  The blastgun was my first experiment with the glow effect on the plasma coils and also my first attempt at using washes in the airbrush.  I think learning experience is a pretty safe description.  The weapon looks good at 3' which is what you want for table top, but it's probably the part of the model with which I'm least happy.  I also had to grind out the vents on the barrel and these do look a little rough.

The carapace/hull mostly complete.  Given the importance of this section structurally, I did put it together with screw nails.  That's after Adam indicated the interior detail wasn't important to him, so the carapace is not removable.

The model assembled before the final application of sponge chipping for weathering and weathering pigments for certain areas.

All round pictures of the final assembly.

The most important thing though is 'How did Adam like it?'  Well.....

I can't be sure, but I think he digs it.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Grand Master Voldus

Thinking I may add Voldus to my 1500 point list, I got him painted up.  No drastic departures from my current Grey Knights scheme at this point, though I may apply some actinic glow to the hammer and helm down the road.  I decreased the amount of gold I picked out on the armour since the previous models I painted tended to be pretty blingy.  The golds here are all done with sepia and yellow washes over Reaper Honed Steel which was new for me and worked quite well.  I did find that a final black wash to cover the recesses was pretty much a requirement as well.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hobby Progress

With the various conventions and my upcoming move, my hobby progress has been fairly erratic.  I've been concentrating on blocking out pieces and just working with the airbrush.

I've largely finished my Lucius Pattern Dreadnought Drop Pod.  It still needs some weathering and possibly some transfers, but it's definitely ready for the tabletop.  I think it's safe to say that I've got my base yellow figured out at this point.

I played around with some shading and highlights on these containers.  I'm at the point where I'm reasonably happy with the red and it's time to move on to some detail work.

I tried some yellow gradients in the armour plates for the Warhound which are going to be hazard striped in the near future.

After that, I worked on some red gradients for the red armour plates on the Warhound.  I'm going to have to go back over the metals, but that's life and the reds look reasonably good at this point.

Finally, I used the airbrush for metallics for the first time.  This is also the first time I mixed right in the airbrush reservoir using backflow.  It was quick and easy and the first time I've worked successfully without pre-mixing paint.  It was certainly the way to do those hydraulics on the Warhound.  I don't even have the legs assembled and I'm already tired of those.

I'm planning to try hazard stripes next.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Comic Readers 40K Escalation League - End of Month 1

I had a pretty significant change from month one to month two.  That being that I completely changed armies.  While I'm still working on my Imperial Fists, I came to the conclusion while on a trip to Ottawa that I realized I was short time to paint my list for Month 2.

For the second month, my original plan was to move to a Combined Arms Detachment consisting of a Conversion Beamer Techmarine, a Lascannon Tactical Squad, a second Tactical Squad with melta in a Drop Pod, three Grav Cannon/Grav Amp Centurion Devastators, a Fast Attack Drop Pod for them to ride in and a Siege Claw/Siege Drill Leviathan Dreadnought in a Lucius Pattern Drop Pod.

The issue with this list was that at the time, I had the Techmarine and Tactical Squad painted and still had to turn around 3 Centurions, 3 Drop Pods, a Lucius Pattern Drop Pod and a Leviathan Dreadnought in two weeks.  With my current commitments, it simply wasn't going to happen.

The bright side was that I'd only played one league game to that date.  I wanted to have a chance to make the tournament in May and I didn't want to rush my Imperial Fists.  To that end, I decided to move to an army that didn't require any painting from me.  That meant Sisters, Inquisition (which I was toying with initially and would have gotten me out of this mess), Orks or Grey Knights.

In the end, I decided on Grey Knights since I could field a variety of builds and don't 'have' to paint anything.  It has been some time since I put them on the table, but I remember them reasonably well which means I can get games done quickly.  It didn't hurt that a new Grey Knight model was coming in March that may be worth painting.

So, I put together a list consisting of a Level 2 Librarian, a Terminator Squad with a Nemesis Daemonhammer and a Psycannon and a Dreadknight with a Nemesis Daemonhammer and a Heavy Incinerator.

I wound up getting three games in and went 3-1 for the month (I won my Imperial Fists game too, but points are reset when you change factions, so that one is gone).  Good, quick games all.  My last game against Larenia and her Tyranids was probably the most entertaining with janky reserve rolls and odd things happening.  It came down to a melee between the last two models (Larenia's Hive Crone and my Dreadknight on his last wound) in Turn 7.  In the end, the Hive Crone couldn't shift my Dreadknight and I took the game, barely.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Comic Readers Escalation League - Season 6 - Month 1

Another year and another Escalation League at Comic Readers.  I'm still entertained that I've transitioned from the fairly heavy tournament play in Barrie to the League play here as readily as I have.  They're both great ways to play, but I have to say that I think the league model is a bit more suited to my painting habits and time available at this point.

At any rate, I'm bringing Imperial Fists this year.  I went through the options for a 500 point list and the one Predator I did up for the start of the year combined with my love of painting Techmarines to get me to an Anvil Strike Force.

To that end, I built up a Vindicator, a Predator and two Techmarines.  I added a pair of Servitors to allow the Servo Harness Techmarine to repair on a 2+ and went to town.  The list is going to play quickly, get some long range shots in and have the ability for up to two Demolisher shots per turn.  At 500 points, there are going to be lists that can't deal with it.  There are also going to be lists that can.  Either way though, I'll be able to shoot my tanks at stuff.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

First Model of 2017

Admittedly, I got a start on this one last year.  It began its life with me as an Ork Battlewagon I purchased from eBay.  The conversion job was descent, basically a secondary gun deck made of balsa wood added to the back.  I often used it as a gunwagon when I was starting out and had to fill up points.  As my collection grew, I used it less and less until I finally decided around a month past to strip it and use it for my Imperial Fists.

So, I started by soaking the model in Simple Green, then disassembled what I could.  The sponsons were removed since I was short a lascannon and wanted to save points.  The Dozer Blade was also cut back since it was broken.  I replaced the spiked front blade with a more traditional blade.  Finally, unable to do much about the front glacis being installed upside down, I took the view port off and added a piece of brass etch for coverage.  After that, it was just a matter of painting and weathering, which I did on New Year's Day.

Admittedly, I still have some work to do on the front lights and the forward smoke stacks.  I'm not really settled on what to do with either yet, so I'm holding off until I make that decision.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hobby in 2017

In terms of hobby quantity, 2016 looks pretty similar to 2015.  In 2015, I painted 55 models at 3221 points.  In 2016, I painted 56 models at 3116 points.  Fewer Blood Angels for Adam this year and lots of Imperial Fists and Orks as well as my first Knight getting completed.

The last model of the year turned out to be the Forge World Chaplain Dreadnought that I picked up from eBay.  I had to do some work on the Iron Halo up top.  Like most Dreadnoughts, I had a blast painting it up.

The arms on this models also represent the first time I really got airbrushed yellow right.  I started off with three colours of bone, then went over them with a light coat of Vallejo Game Air Gold Yellow.  It's replaced the various washes for my Imperial fists.  I also added a bit of etched brass to this model in the form of the Imperial Fists icon dead center on the tilt plate.

For 2017, I'm going to keep working away at my Imperial Fists.  The first models on the desk for completion at two Predators, a Vindicator and two Techmarines.  I'll be adding a couple of Dreadnoughts and Drop Pods to the army as well just as part of the Escalation League.  As part of that league, I also have a Warhound Titan to complete for Adam.

Aside from that, I'm going to be completing a Skaven Blood Bowl Team for Nic and I'm going to try to get some terrain and another Knight finished up.  From there, it's going to be more Imperial Fists and hopefully some Sisters of Battle.

Warhound Titan Commission

So, I took time off of my stuff to do something really big. Adam bought himself a Mars Pattern Warhound Titan and I got to paint it.  You ...