Saturday, December 29, 2018

Deathwatch Kill Team Complete

As the year draws to a close, I finally finished my Deathwatch Kill Team 12-man campaign roster. I'd completed 5 of these guys finished the last 7 today.

And here they are. Team now includes 2 Primaris figures: one Intercessor and one Reaver.

Well, a fun project. I like how each member of the Kill Team is completely different from all the others.

Now onto something new.

'Til next time.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Traitor Guardsmen from Blackstone Fortress

I'm currently painting up the Blackstone Fortress set from GW. Here are the 14 Traitor Guardsmen from the box.

Great set of figures. Excellent poses and lots of character. The whole set is good.

'Til next time.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Stormsire's Cursebreakers

Just completed the Stormsire's Cursebreakers warband for Nightvault. Actually, these are the first Stormiest figures I've ever completed (started many for AoS).

Nice figures, as expected from the Underworlds series. Lots of great animation (particularly cloth animation) in these sculpts.

I've started into Blackstone Fortress as well. First figure off the painting table is UR-025.

This is essentially Iron Man in the 40K universe...or maybe Cylons!

'Til next time.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Magore's Fiends

I started playing Shadespire again. The new Nightvault edition of Warhammer Underworlds has invigorated the game environment. I looked through the available warbands, and decided to put together a Fiends deck. 

I was able to assemble and paint the Fiends miniatures very quickly (two hobby days total). Who doesn't love a project that only requires four figures!

The warband plays very straightforward, and it's super-offensive-oriented. I like the play style, so I'm going to work on learning these guys for a while.

'Til next time.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Catching Up On Some Terrain Pieces


I haven't posted for a while. I've been slogging away on a couple of large projects...all having to do with Kill Team terrain. First off, I wanted to paint a Kill Team board. I started with this section of the Realms of Battle board. It's 2' x 2'...and it took forever to paint.

I've also spent the last couple of months working on this Basilicanum terrain piece, on and off.

Very happy to finally call it done. It actually is a cool model, and I'm happy to add it to the collection.

I experimented with some marble painting effects for the interior floor panels. Not perfect, but it gives me a direction to work in for future projects.

I also painted this small ruins piece from the Kill Team boxed set.

The Death Watch Kill Team expansion came with some alien trees, which were pretty fun to paint up as well.

I feel like I'm finally getting to a place where I can play some Kill Team with some nice painted terrain.

For scale reference, a few Primaris Marine models.

'Til next time.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Deathwatch Figures for Kill Team

All right. Time to get some Kill Team on the game table.

My first set of models for KT is this group of Deathwatch figures. To get the black armor, I sprayed Oil Discharge (a dark blue-black) Ghost Tint over silver. Then a final coat of Nuln Oil was sprayed over top of that to darken it down. I picked shoulder pad options that kept the red-white-black theme going for the entire team.

The Deathwatch 5-man kit is perfect for putting together a 100-point Kill Team.

Sergeant with Multi-melta and Power Sword.

Black Shield with Power Maul.

Veteran with Deathwatch Shotgun.

Veteran Gunner with Heavy Bolter and Flamer.

And another Veteran Gunner with Frag Cannon.

Next, I have to get some terrain finalized.

'Til next time.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ten Hellblasters

I'm re-working my Dark Angels list for the LVO tourney coming next February. Should be a little more competitive. We'll see, as I start playing the list this Fall.

First off the table is a squad of 10 Hellblasters.

Now that I've got this paint scheme down, the units are taking less time to churn out.

Next up, a new sub-faction for the list: Imperial Guard. Right now, I'm looking for head swaps for the models. I don't like the standard Imperial Guard, we'll see what comes out of the bits box to replace them.

'Til next time.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Aggressors and Inceptors

It was raining today, so I was able to finish off some figures on the hobby table.

Today, we have Dark Angel Aggressors and Inceptors. First, the Aggressors. Love these models. Lots of wires and hoses on the backs of the figures to keep them visually interesting from all angles.

And here are the Inceptors. Again, really nice figures. Kinda week in-game...or they seem that way anyway. But who cares...very cool models.

'Til next time.

Weathering a Servohauler

This sweet little model is one of the ski-fi tractors in the Galvanic Servohauler boxed set from Games Workshop. I really liked this guy, so I thought I'd spend some extra time on it and turn it into another sic-fi vehicle weathering tutorial.

Assembly is first, and straightforward. There are only a handful of parts in this model. Next, the whole thing is base coated brown.

Next came a sponge application of latex mold builder. The latex was focused on raised edges, and areas that would have seen a lot of wear.

In a few minutes, the mold builder was dry. The model was then oversprayed white to prepare it for the yellow base colour.

Spray yellows!

In a few minutes, the yellow paint was dry, and it was then time to rub away the latex. Using my thumb and fingers, this was just a matter of rubbing away the rubber. This revealed the "rust" brown base paint underneath.

Next, all other details were painted in. This included the tracks, antennae, exhaust pipe, engine block and so on.

The fuel tanks for the torch-laser thing were painted red and blue. A lot of weathering paints were coming the bits I did not want weathered were left to be painted at the very end. This included the rubber hoses, headlamp and external wires.

To start the weathering process, the model was sprayed with a clear gloss lacquer. The whole thing was then given a light wash of Agrax Earthshade.

Much weathering ensued...and you think I would have taken some photos. Well, here are the colours used in progression instead. Left to right. Where ever there was going to be rust, Snakebite Leather went down first. This was watered down, applied, and then "erased away" with a damp brush. Same for the Orange Brown that went down next. And the Scorched Brown. Walnut Brown was used for deeper pits on the chassis surface. Finally, Yellow and off-white were mixed and used to highlight the upper edges of the major rust chips in order to represent caught a reflected light.

The model was also treated with Corrosion and Rust technical paints. Corrosion in the deepest recesses, and Rust on the end of the exhaust pipe. The engine block, and some greasy areas of the model surface were also treated with these vallejo weathering acrylics to represent oil and fuel spills.

I should also mention that the tracks were painted with Vallejo Track Primer, washed with Nuln Oil, given a few spots of rust, and then finally dry brushed lightly with silver.

And, there you have it. As mentioned, at the end, hoses, wires and the headlamp were painted in.

Really a fan of neat little models like this. They add a lot of character to a game table.

As you can see, when the rust colours were applied, they were streaked down the sides of the chassis.

There are two other models in the servo hauler set. I'll do one other for sure (have it assembled and primed now).

'Til next time.

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Finally finished up the Eisenhorn figure I picked up two months ago. Resin, and with a few problems that resin brings (e.g., warped staff), the sculpt is nevertheless very detailed.

It came with a nice base too.

I'm not a big fan of game fluff, but I've really, really enjoyed the Eisenhorn books by Dan Abnett, along with his Ravener and Pariah series.

'Til next time.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Warscryer Citadel

Games Workshop recently re-released their Skullvane Manse terrain kit as an AoS piece called Warscryer Citadel. Whatever you call it, it's a unique and cool terrain piece. I've just recently finished mine.

To move this large kit along, the airbrush was used extensively. Starting with the stonework of the citadel.

This was the paint progression for the worked stone.

To get the worked stone visually separated from the surrounding rock work, I painted the natural stone starting with purple, then worked up to lighter colours with more tonal variety.

Thus, this paint progression for the rocks.

Anyway, after those base colours were laid down, and I had sprayed the wood sections, everything else was brush-painted. And honestly, it went pretty quick.

Lot's of cool geometry in this kit.

Don't know what I'll be using it for, but I desperately wanted one right after the original kit went out of print. Happily, it came back!

'Til next time.