Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Couple Quick Fixes and Something Potentially Disturbing

As long as I was finishing up the Leman Russ troop, I figured I could get the other two tanks I have "modernized" as well.  The first thing was the rust red army stripe. Some masking and a quick spray and that was done. Then some decals and a little upgrade on the weathering.

So here's the Devil Dog.

For the Stug- once again a Basilisk- I'd considered adding a barrel, but decided against it. Instead I did some cutting, sanding and repainting so the gun could elevate. Also added a new number decal and buffed up the weathering. I'm pretty happy with its final incarnation.

And as a side project I've been trying to figure out how I want my little band of noise Marines to look. Here's the beginning of what I have planned....

The inset will be flayed flash with nasty things written in blood. And yes, if you search on google images you can find photos of thing made with or covered in tanned human flesh.  You can find almost anything.  Search for "distended stomach" and the like if you need nurgly inspiration... or want to lose your lunch.  Nasty... but helpful.  With this guy I'm kind of making it up as I go along, but I'm thinking about some more flayed flesh as a sort of crest or top knot.

I could go on and on about how I am not a fan of the whole "Slaanesh has to be pink and kinky" feel that is going on these days. But I won't.   This guy will be dark irridecents (think beetle shell or bird feathers) with the flayed/tanned flesh as highlights and probably bronze. Still have a good deal of work to do on him and have to figure out a better backpack. Am I the only one that dislikes Chaos backpacks?

One more Leman Russ on the painting table, which will hopefully be done in the next day or so.  I'm chipping away at the painting backlog. Probably will keep at it for the next couple weeks until I get past an event we're having at my out-of-the-house job, then I'm going to build something. Not sure what, but I'm seriously jonsing to build something.  Death Guard Codex is in the mail along with a couple other goodies and I still have to pick up the Chaos Marine codex.  Since I'm not actually playing its no major thing, aside from my love for books.  Hoping to change that "not playing" thing next month.  That's it for now....

Cheers ya'll!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'!!

More tanks done.  First, the command tank. If I wanted a tank commander, I'd point to the smiling deamonic hatch. ;)

Cultist/conscript for scale.

"I think you have something stuck in your engine"

The "Beauty" shot. This one has magnetized sponsons and main armament. The guy below has two OLD plasma sponsons, but a magnetized main gun. I can do 2 Plasma Executioners.

One more to go, then the Leman Russ Company is done.  There may be some tweeking to the other 2 tanks I have as well. At the very least new number decals. But that's it for now.

Cheer's ya'll!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Odds, Ends and Irma.

Well, here in the land of swamps, alligators and Mickey Mouse we currently have us a Hurricane. I figured I'd try to sneak in a post before we lose power and such.   Needless to say, prepping for the storm took up a lot of my time this week but I did start chipping away at the painting backlog.  First up, my Leman Russes.  There are 4, which have been "mostly done" for some time, so finishing them off- as well as camoflaging my Raptor tactical Marines - has been what I've been up to. 

I magnetized some of the weapons options for 3 of the tanks, so here are the ones that needed finishing up.

There were a few odds and ends that needed doing on my Standard Russ.  I added a lascannon, finished the sponsons and added some weathering. This one is DONE.

And this is the next hull I'm working on. Started the detailing process, first layer of weathering. Lots still to do - infected engine tentacles and gribblies, stowage and then ding it up. Then 2 more.  

That's all for now.

Cheers Ya'll

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Raptor Redux

With the challenges done, I've been working on some of the painting backlog.  Not too much to show.... yet, but lots of details to finish on vehicles that have been @ 90% done for 2-3 years.  In the meantime, I've decided to go ahead with updating my Raptors Space Marine army, which will get some Primarus reinforcements as well as scouts and others. I did some airbrush camo on the vehicles a few years back when I originally painted them and thought about doing it on the marines as well, but decided against it.  Then I washed most of them down a year or so later with varied amounts of Althonian Camoshade, going for the "low-vis" markings.  And now a 3rd upgrade.....

  Raptors 3.0 compared to Raptors 2.0

And an all around on the test scheme...

Its a little piddly, but not bad. Simple dark Olive (which is mixed, but mostly Privateer Press Battledress Green) and Vallejo Iraqi Sand (which is very close to the Model Master Iraqi Sand I used on the vehicles many moons ago)  The problem afterwards is reproducing some of the weathering/chipping and the like I have on the originals, but I'll just have to go in with a tiny brush and be picky.

More camoflaged goodness to come. Raptors and tanks on deck.  I finally picked up the Guard index.   Oooooooooo, the evil. :)

Cheers ya'll!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

August Arena Challenge: Done Poxin'!

The 10 Poxwalker conversions are DONE! And with a little breathing room.  I honestly didn't think it was going to happen, especially after being unable to paint all day Monday.  But here's the whole gang!

The look good together. I'm a bit anxious to do some of the stock Games Workshop ones now to mix them in. But since I'll really need a hoard if I ever play them, there will be lots more converted. Here's some close ups. The Pox Orks.

The Pox Cultists.....

The Pox Zombies......

The Pox Tau.....

AND... the Pox Kroots.

That is the first time I've completed not one, but TWO challenges in as many months. I was going to do one for September, but there are some medical things coming up for me and the critters, so I'm sure that will cut down hobby time.  I have decided to tackle my painting backlog through the rest of the year, since we still have 3 more months of hurricane season to deal with and the more dreaded Christmas retail season.  

Normally, I don't do this here, but if you are the praying type, give some for the folks in East Texas.  If you have a few extra bucks the American Red Cross and/or the Houston SPCA can use the donations even more right now.

That's all for now,

Cheers ya'll!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August Arena Challenge: Pox Men Walking

The sculpting and construction of my 10 poxwalkers is finished. Finally.  I'm about 7 days behind where I wanted to be, but I think its achievable. They will get based and primed today and painting might start later tonight.  Here's the gang.  First up, the Pox Tau.

They turned out a little disturbing. Which in this case is a good thing. And if you have Pox Tau, you need some Pox Kroot.

The one on the right has really got it bad.  Next up, the rehabbed Pox Zombie Guardsmen.

The skin hanging from the arm on the guy on the left is my favorite part of the bunch and it was a happy accident with putty that was not quite soft and sticky enough.  Next, the Pox Cultists. 

I'm thinking about painting these guys as Tzeentchy cultists. Ya know, because Tzeentch is an asshat.  AND last but not least, the Pox Orks.

Even as Poxzombies, Da boyz gotta argue.  Really happy with the way the tentacle arm came out. That was sort of a happy accident too. I had something else in mind and that started out as the first layer, but I liked the way it was going so there it is. His leg was a bit of a bitch, because the putty was getting to where it didn't want to cooperate. I always, always mix too much.  Its better in small doses, gang.

Thanks to my buddies at Kromlech I have solved my search for new Noise Weapons.  What I'm going to do with the other things I ordered, who knows.  The Orks can probably use them :)

These are their Legionary Heat Ray weapons. I think they really look the part and with a little tweeking should be really cool. Plus, this way it opens up some more modelling possibilities for the Sonic Blaster wielding guys. So, in the months to come I'll be putting the Slaaneshi detachment together.

I'm wrestling with joining another modelling challenge in September or trying to get to my painting backlog. I also have tons of artwork to do, some of which is for fun. I'm trying to learn a couple new pc programs too, which can sometimes be a laborious process for an old pencil and paper dinosaur like me.  But, that's it for now. 

Cheers ya'll!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August Arena Challenge 2.0: Poxwalkers

School has started here, so getting my teacher spouse all set up and such has put me a little behind where I wanted to be on the build part of this project.  I'm about 3-4 days behind where I wanted to be, so I'm dropping the hammer and squeezing in the time.

Sculpting has begun.  A few of the guys are done, though there is always the chance I'll add some more once these dry.  Here's what I have so far....

Unfortunate cultists...

These two are probably done, though I may do some detailing.  Next up, we all know Tau suck in close combat....

This guy is likely done. Pretty pleased with him.

There's still a little work to do on this one, but he's definitely having a bad day.
And, the first of two poxkroots...

I'm thinking this guy is finished, though I might goiter out his throat a bit more.
Last but not least, the first of probably many poor unfortunate Guardsmen.

He is still a work in progress, but the leg is coming along nicely.  I still have another four more to start sculpting on, hoping to get to that sometime today and definitely through the weekend. But that's where things are at with this project now.  After this I have to decide whether to enter another challenge or try to catch up on my painting backlog.  I'm kind of leaning toward the latter.

Cheers ya'll!