Monday, October 13, 2014

10/13/14: Welcome to Fort Hope Armies on Parade Display

Howdy folks!

This is my entry for the upcoming Armies on Parade contest Games Workshop holds every year! Got it done early as an upcoming commission is going to eat all of my time until the event. Enjoy the pictures (and my dining room set) and be sure to leave a comment below!

I present 'Welcome to Fort Hope'!

The access to the LED switches is magnetized for easy concealment and access. 

And the board with the completed army!

Had a lot of fun with this project, and I'm already constructing some new ideas for next year. Scion kill team, methinks?

Anyways, I have a big project start to show off on Tuesday, so stay tuned!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

10/7/14: Finished: The Fecund Host of the Plague Father Nurgle Daemons Army

Hey guys!

This has been a project months and months in the making. Back in April, before moving from Durango, I traded that old Ork army I'd had lying around for a group of beat up Nurgle CSM and Daemons. I've always wanted to play with the new Plaguebearers, so as soon as I saw 30 of them, I was super excited! Some additions, cleanup, conversions, and some love with a paintbrush, and they're now a rockin' group of daemons that'd make Papa Nurgle proud! This army was mainly an exercise in using the airbrush on smaller models and using washes to achieve sickly, rotting areas.

The Great Unclean One, the Warlord of the force. I hate GW's metal/resin blob, so I opted for the FW's Mamon model. Works so much better, plus the detail on him is amazing!

Dat Nurgle hottub!

The first of three Heralds. I'm missing a picture of the 3rd one, but he matches the one above. The one below was part of the original lot, hence the missing antlers and reclining Nurgling. It bothered me enough to pick up a third one!

The palanquins were simple conversions of cutting the top of 2 Nurgling bases flat and adding two wooden chits on top! Those were weathered and rusted quickly, and two rare earth magnets were added to them and the bases of the Heralds. Quick and easy! 

Two groups of 20 Plaguebearers! Running these with a Plagueridden, Plague Banner, Instrument, with the Heralds attached. Heralds have the Locus of Fecundity, so they become a 21 man tarpit that can execute characters and eat their way through nearly any unit in the game! 

A selection of the Plaguebearers so you can see detail. 

Everyone needs Nurglings! Have another two bases waiting for finishing touches. These guys will be objective campers on the back of the board for sure. 

Two Daemon Princes; both count as Nurgle with Wings, Armor, and Mastery Level 2 and a Greater Aetherblade. Both are repurposed from trades and old models, and the green one was done to tie in with the Nurgle Chaos Marines. Still works for the Daemons though!

My favorite units in the army are these bad boys. Picked up two boxes so I can run them as 2 groups of 3 or one big group. Nurgle needs a fast unit, and these guys definitely take the cake!

Some individual shots too! The wings are my favorite part, they just came out so nice!

By turning heads and limbs, you can get them an even greater look of movement!

Ah, the little Herald that comes with Mamon. I'm actually running this as a Beast of Nurgle. 

He received the staff from Festus the Leechlord to add some height and interest to the back of the model!

And, because I couldn't resist, I had to pick up a Blight Drone. This guy painted up super quickly and looks great with the rest of the army! The huge tracts of rusted metal is a big contrast from the overly fleshy tone of the army. I'd love to pick up another one and make them a bigger unit, but we'll see!

And with some Plaguebearers for scale; this fellow is huge!

And last, but certainly not least, the Soul Grinder! This is the Forge World Plague Hulk model I'm using as a Soul Grinder, this guy provides the AA and vehicle killing power the army needs! Plus the model is amazing!

Gotta arm him with the Phlegm upgrade, it'd be foolish not to!

I also mounted him on a spare Valkyrie base for good measure and to keep the feet from chipping!

Don't have space for a full army shot yet, but I'm hoping to remedy that at some point! I had a lot of fun working on this army, and I'm currently working on an Armies on Parade board to show them off! I don't get to play 40k that often anymore, so we'll see what happens with the army after that! May hold onto them for the occasional game and display more than anything!

Alrighty! Back on track, October is gonna be packed with one HUGE, TITANIC model. I'd rather not spoil too much yet, but I'm very excited!

Stay tuned!


Friday, October 3, 2014

10/3/14: Finished: Imperial Fists Pre-Heresy Felblade

Hey folks!

Next up on catching up on blogposts is a giant yellow tank! Client has a Pre-Heresy Imperial Fists army *drools* and wanted his Felblade done up as a centerpiece for it! We did some talking, and he wanted to break up the yellow, yet still keep it recognizable as an Imperial Fists vehicle. Enter weathering powders!

The beast in all her glory! I started by priming the model black, the spraying it brown, then dusting with white and grey. Black areas were masked off, then weathered with the rest of it. 

I used a combination of dark brown, light brown, grey, orange, and black weathering powders on it, working mostly into crevices and front edges to show weathering and dirt coverage. Several coats of varnish were applied to keep the powder on the model. 

The Fist is some leftover Brass etching I got from a commission a LONG time ago. You can also see, through the dust, the name 'Hammer of Dorn'. I tried to imitate the scrimshaw that the Imperial Fists become known for. 

The decals are from the Baneblade transfer sheet and the blocky, Bauhaus-style font really works for the Imperial Fists. 

I had a ton of fun with this model, I may have to do another one in the future sometime! Just need to find a Marine chapter I want to work on for a bit! Iron Hands? Crimson Fists? Rainbow Warriors? Oh help us!

Working on yet another Knight Titan at the moment, still waiting on the Reaver to fully arrive. Should be really interesting, I love huge Forge World models! Still need to show off the Nurgle Daemons too! Man, I really am behind!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

10/2/14: Finished: Raven Guard Vehicle Group

Why hello again folks!

I have been really bad at updating the blog the last month or so! I've been incredibly busy, and its easier to update Facebook than to write up a post! I'll do a big backlog of stuff, but for now, I've got a group of Raven Guard vehicles!

The Land Raider is definitely not something you see in a lot of Raven Guard armies! Lots of weathering to break up the huge tracts of black and white on this guy, and freehanding and decals also help to add texture and detail to the surface.

Little raven is little!

The Mechanicum shoulderpad also breaks up the black and white! 

The side guns are magnetized too for ultimate versatility!

Ah, this is more like the Raven Guard! The first Drop Pod! Again, weathered to break up the black and white, and the freehanded Raven and decals add interest to the surface.

All guns are magnetized too, albeit a little snuggly. 

And number two! 

The Raven Guard assault a Nurgle fortress!

The last picture is a hint at a project I've been working on lately too. I've never lived in an area where Armies on Parade was a viable idea...until now! Expect pictures after the event, but I've been chugging along on the board! Its nearly finished, just have to do some final touchups and figure out army placement!

Alrighty! I've got some back pictures to show off over the next week or so, as well as some projects on the table at the moment. October is going to be packed though with something, well, TITANIC!

Stay tuned!