Saturday, July 22, 2017

40K Objective Markers

Spent the week working on objective markers for 40K.


The first one was this simple but effective model from the Sector Imperialis Objectives box: the Cognition Shrine.


Then, the Exterminates Device.


The Orbital Vox Array.


The Xenos Stasis-crypt. I like that this came with clear plastic to represent the container.


The Lucius Pattern Escape Pod (nice interior detail on this one).


A munition dump.


And finally, this tank turret from the heroic bases set. I spent the most time on this one.


Loved working on the weathering. Got to do rust, mud splatters, paint chips and more.


'Til next time.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Secret Weapon's New Line of Weathering Paints

A few years back, Secret Weapon put a line of weathering acrylics. Loved them. Last year, they were supposed to release wave two in the line, but it never came out. Well, never say never, because 15 new paints were just released. And here they are...


First up, a set of five weathering colours for engines. Grease, oil, engine fluid, rust. Cool stuff.


And stuck in the line is a nice set of four metallic colours. Some awesome metallics here.


Three shades of verdigris. Good for weathering copper and bronze.


A nice surprise: three heat-tinting colours for distressed metal.


So, in case you are unfamiliar with Secret Weapon's previous line of acrylics (which I use constantly), here they are.

Starting with a great line of rust tones.


Dirt and dust.


Three fantastic natural wood colours.


And finally a line of tire rubber paints.


All these guys are airbrush-ready, though I'd recommend thinning them just a little before blowing them through your 'brush. Great and very useful colour set.

'Til next time.

First Game of 40K...EVAR

Couldn't wait to paint up my Dark Imperium miniatures (Dark Angels), so invited Elliot over for my first game of 40K and used my Betrayal at Calth miniatures as a practice army. Here's the terrain set up.


Elliot and I played the introductory scenario (Only War or Total War, or something like that). We set up 4 objectives and then started deploying units. Ultramarine squad standing by.


I took the first turn and started to cross the street towards all the objectives strung across the centre of the battlefield.


Elliot's 3rd and 5th edition Dark Eldar took advantage of my exposed position, and swooped in with warrior-laden flying transports.


A depleted Space Marine squad fell back and clustered around the central objective as the Dark Elves closed in.


Meanwhile, my Terminator squad teleported in behind the Dark Eldar lines and moved in to seize another objective. By this point, I was way ahead on objective points (we were playing a Domination variant where we scored VPs at the end of every turn). However, Elliot was beating the crap out of my troops, and my numbers were dwindling away.


Elliot's own deep-striking Eldar moved in to stem the flow of objective points to me. They were eventually polished off by my Word Bearers and Dreadnaught.


In the end, my VP grab didn't matter. On the bottom half of the final turn, Elliot finally tabled me (taking out the last of my Terminators with Incubi), and he had fought back on the victory point side to overtake me by a point as well. Good game, Elliot! And a great introduction to 8th edition, and 40K in general.


So, thinking about it, I really like this set of rules. As a novice, I found the rules to be intuitive, and the game was smooth to play. There was tactical variation, and we had fun all the way through (the Rye helped). In the final analysis, I'd say I enjoyed these rules more than Warmachine. And that's saying a lot. I've been playing Warmachine for over 10 years.

More 40K to come, I'm sure of it.

'Til next time.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

First Primaris Space Marines

Well, here is the first Space Marine squad finished out of the new Warhammer 8th edition Dark Imperium boxed set. I've decided to paint my marines up as Dark Angels, 3rd Company.


The process for painting these guys was the same I used for the Word Bearers from the Calth boxed set last year (but green marines this time, instead of red). I started with assembly, and then pinned everything for easy handling.


Flat black primer coat.


The a gloss black coat to take the next metallic layer better.


Next, two shades of silver. Gunmetal for the "upwards" spray, and Duraluminium for the "downwards" spray. This is pre-shading for the Minitaire Ghost Tint spray coming next.


A coat of Green Ghost Tint.


That was followed up with the start of detail painting. Gold, sliver, leather, red, etc.


Bases were painted, decals were added, arms were glued in, final weathering scratches applied, figures based, and, there you go.


Squad number one is off the table. Much more to come.


This past week I also finished off one of the Hammerhal hero figures. A Chaos Lord, or Mage or something. Not sure what it's called.


Nice figure, though. I like it. Looking to play some Hammerhal in July.


Up next is more Dark Imperium Space Marines.

'Til next time.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

8th Edition 40K: The Madness Has Begun

The new edition of 40K was released to the public today. Picked up my gear at Thunderground. Thanks Roy!

So, having played miniatures-based tabletop games for 40 years, I've never played a game of 40K...but this is the edition where I will start. Felt like I had to get loaded for bear, so pretty much picked up one of everything on release day. Also, a little paint to keep the cupboards stocked.


Inside the boxed set, there's a pretty spectacular array of product. A separate box of minis, decals, assembly guide, core rule fold-out, Space Marine and Death Guard guides, and the full hardback rulebook. A pack of dice and ruler round out the set.


Well, I'm off to the back yard to start clipping out miniatures. No time like the present to start into this monster.

'Til next time.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Blightkings for Hammerhal

Hammerhal adversaries are now done, with these five Blightkings walking off the painting table. Gotta say that the models were pretty spectacular, with lots of detail and character.


I probably spent too much time on them, but they were very fun to paint. The skin was airbrushed on in three tones, then given several washes for shade and bruising. And, of course, there were lots of passes for seeping wounds, pustules, and blown on sprays of inks and blood for good measure. Anyway, lots of fun. And now I'm looking forward to the Nurgle models in the upcoming 40K box.


Speaking of fun...got together with Alan and Elliot for a 3-way game of Armageddon last Tuesday night. It was cultists vs orks vs sisters. A good game, and lots of terrain to play with.


Now, bring on 40K!

'Til next time.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

More Hammerhal

The new Warhammer 40K boxed set drops next weekend. That will be a big painting project that will blow everything else off of my hobby table. So, with that in mind, I'm racing to get my Hammerhal stuff done. This weekend, I put the Kairic Acolytes to bed. Base inserts are from Cool Mini Or Not.


Earlier in the week, I was spraying on the skin tones to all the remaining Hammerhal figures I was going to do. So, this is what the Acolytes looked like with their skin done (and an Acolyte from Silver Tower to act as a guide model).


I was also working on Blighking skin.


And some of the player-characters from the Hammerhal set. Just skin at this point.


Anyway, 10 figures down this weekend, and 8 more to go to finish off everything I'm going to do for the Shadow Over Hammerhal boxed set.

Bring on 40K 8th edition!

'Til next time.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Painting is a 4-Letter Word Episode 5


Trying to catch up on posting audio captures of our paint night get-togethers. Episode 5 was recorded back in March. I'm building Hammerhal stuff. Ward has his AMPSA Beaver Bust out. Barry is on Blood Bowl as usual. Steve is painting a commission work. Mike has trotted out his new PHR fleet. All the while, Tom and Elliot are playing a game of Dropfleet.



'Til next time.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Armoured Containers

For Armageddon, I've built painted and weathered a set of Armoured Containers.


These GW models come in a box with a number of other items; notably, ammunition crates and oil drums. Haven't painted those yet...but I suppose it's just a matter of time.


I think this teal green crate turned out the best. The weathering paints and powders I used seemed to show up best for this base colour.


I built this one with one of the container doors in the down position.


And both doors down on this light blue one. This is the one I'm least satisfied with. The light, bright blue just didn't take on the weathering very well.


'Til next time.