Sunday, 31 July 2011

Stripy Goodness

I'm thinking I'm well overdue an update, so here I am... updating. Even if just to prove (to myself more than anyone else) that this isn't just another project that's going to get started and then lost in the warp (cupboard) with all the others.

Anyway, haven't had much modelling time lately (I won't bore you with the details), but I have started making some progress on the LandRaider.

As you can see I've been getting my stripe on, slowly but surely building up the bass coats (I like to paint in sections then glue everything into place when I'm happy... then just go round touching up the seams).

Unfortunately my daylight bulb packed in, so I can't get any good shots till morning. And excuse the sloppiness, I'm yet to go in with the second (third and probably fourth) coats of black, and tidy the whole thing up a bit (a lot).

I have also started building up some greenstuff on the blade.

The green is really just structural, as I'll probably go in with some miliput for the finer details, although I left it quite rough when I did similar work on my vindicator and that ended up looking suitably chaotic, so I'll decided when it's dry and I can have a good look without ruining it.

That's all for now, more updates when I get the light on my side.

C&C always welcome.

- Dave :)

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

The Ministry for the Interior...


After a long night of non-sleep I made some steady progress towards getting my new 'Raider finished.

Like a fool I forgot to take pictures BEFORE gluing in the cockpit, so what I have to show are "atmospheric" and "arty" [read: awkward and unsteady] shots.

(I'll get some better shots when I dig the good camera out, these are just phone jobs)

Monday, 18 July 2011

The Thing About Landraiders...

Big targets, fairly slow, expensive and limited in their weapons configuration (the chaos ones anyway).

They're also spiky, heavily armoured and usually filled with heavily armoured spiky things... and I LOVE EM!

Given the opportunity I'd quite happily field a Land Raider for all three of my heavy slots. 30 Berzekers wrapped in a blanket of steel and lascannons, not too shabby... through in a havoc launcher and a dozer blade to stop em getting stuck on rocks n stuff (and cos they look cool) and you're in business.

Unlike those silly Imperial types, us Chaos chosen don't have access to a billion different types of 'Raider, so we have to get creative. Most of our war engines date back to the Great Crusade itself, and this allows (as with most things Chaotic) A LOT of scope in terms of customisation and conversion work.

I love how Stempe over at Brush And Miniature Torture has retrofitted his Iron Warriors 'Raider with "old school" side sponsons (scratch built and bang on the money), and Hortworth's Khornate offering is simply jaw dropping!

I myself am still plodding away with my own dozer clad war machine, and hope to have it finished in the coming weeks (preferably before the new baby arrives and takes the last  of my free time from me).

What I really wanted to say in this post, is don't be limited by just what's in the box. Even for those Imperialists out there, there's still plenty of inspiration like the ones found in this Bolter and Chainsword thread. (I especially love the mini dozer blades, a rather elegant solution to the "assault ramp" problem)

So don't be content with just opening the box and gluing it together, whilst this can be great, there are greater things out there if you're willing to put in a little build time, and plenty of tutorials and simple conversions for those who aren't as accustomed to chopping up plasticard and fiddling with green stuff as others.

Remember, inspiration is just a google away.

From The Warp - FTW!

I'd just like to take a moment to thank Ron over at "From The Warp" for adding these humble pages to their blog roll.

I've stuck a link over on the side bar ---------------------------------------------------------------------->

So if you have a moment, go forth and revel in pages upon pages of gaming loveliness

- Dave :)

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Getting Pist (on)

Finished the basic rig for the dozer. Just gotta add some cabling here and there for the hydraulics etc and slap on a bit of paint. All in all not too shabby, even if I do say so myself

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Dozing on the Job

FINALLY started building the framework for the "hydraulic" lift for the dozer blade. It's gonna be a fiddly one so don't expect too much when it comes to build speed.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Champion of Blood and Iron

Finished painting up the Champion last night, just gotta make the base. Not sure what to do with that yet, but will definitely post pics when I do.

Overall I like the paint job, bit patchy here and there, not gonna win any awards but is certainly tabletop quality, and has been a good one to ease me back into the habit of things.

I don't know if you can tell (I can tell but I don't know if it's just because I know... Y'know?) But I took the effort to drill out the muzzle holes on the barrel (and the barrel itself but I couldn't get a good shot of that with my phone), anyway... I think it turned out well and would encourage others to give it a shot, All you need is a pin drill and a steady hand for a quick but effective addition to your bolters :)

Thought I'd try a bit of bone white for the powerfist (just for a change), I think it works well, at the very least it gives a bit of variety to the character, and allows for the addition of some more "fluff", maybe he was an Apothecary before the days of the great uprising? 

... and here he is, in all his spiky glory :)

More fuel for the fire

Just thought a quick update was in order. Been painting up the foot sloggers, more pics coming soon(ish)

Monday, 4 July 2011

LED test

Quick test of the led placement before I wire it up properly

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Daemon Engine WIP

An update on my Daemon Engine for the Land Raider.

I''m fairly happy with how it's looking. Needs a bit more detailing like chains and stuff, and obviously the LED needs fitting into place, but I can't do that till it's glued into place and I can't glue it till I've painted it up and assembled the rest of the interior (which is next on the to-do list).


note: I know the stripes are shabby... but as it say's in the title, it's a work in progress :)

Friday, 1 July 2011

The Teeth of Khorne

I was having a wander round the web... killing warp spiders and the like. When I heard mention of a long lost band of Khornate warriors known as "Teeth of Khorne". I HAD to investigate, and low and behold a few clicks later I found myself reading the World Eater army list entry for devastator squads, found in ye olde rulebook: Realms of Chaos - Slaves to Darkness

2 per army, armed with Heavy Bolters and Missile Launchers:

Fluff wise this revelation bodes well for the Iron Helms. Especially the description "As the teeth of the World Eaters, Devastator Squads rarely limit themselves to tactical support. They are often found in the thick of any fight, taking blood with as much abandon as their comrades in arms"

This coupled with this note on the Iron Warriors (found on the Lexicanum website) "They are also fierce close range fighters when they must come to grips with the enemy, witnesses comparing their ferocity to the berserkers of the World Eaters traitor legion or the loyalist Blood Angels.", makes for an interesting chunk of back story for me to build upon

HOWEVER! being fairly stuck in my bloodthirsty ways, and a firm believer of "If you can't use it in close combat then it's not a real weapon..." I am rather short on Missile Launchers. In fact I only have one, here he is blowing something up:

I do however have a fair few Heavy Bolters. So watch this space...

Iron Helms of Khorne

With use of the absolutely brilliant Chaos Space Marine painter made by those clever chaps over at The Bolter and Chainsword (the painter itself I shall add to the warp (links) section of this blog in tribute to its sheer awesomeness), I've made a rather GW looking mock up of a typical Iron Helm of Khorne for all to enjoy (with hazard stripes added via some photoshop jiggery-pokery, which I'm sure you can do the same if you really need to)

note: there is a "loyalist" marine painter available too for all you non believers out there, but as I refuse to tarnish my homepage with such filth I shall post the link for it HERE instead