40k shenanigans part 3- Chaotic evil

Something with a slightly different flavour today, a Chaos Space Marine.

I keep trying to get into painting more 28mm figures, but always get a bit despondent with the results. So, since I’m progressing at a reasonable pace with the 6mm, I thought I’d spoil myself and have a go at some big scale units for Kill Team. I quite like the small unit idea since each figure can be a ‘character’ and you can throw together a range of disparate specialists in the same unit, creating an almost ‘Dirty Dozen’ vibe.

To this end I’ve decided to go with Chaos as quite a enjoyable starting point as they are, by default, a bunch of misfits and sociopaths. This also means that I can make a few different Chaos Kill Teams since they’d no doubt be happy to fight each other over pretty much any perceived slight! The new Chaos Space Marines are rather good fun and, since I’ve only painted Chaos forces in 6mm before, would be a very different experience to paint. Initially I’m going to just assemble as per instructions due to there being a fair bit of variety in the set, and they’re quite over the top anyway, and focus on improving my painting technique……. keeping it quite loose and ‘painterly’. Additionally, a mixed grouping of Chaos renegades will give me a chance to paint a variety of different colours to reflect their individualism and whichever chapter or Legion they may have fallen out with.

I’ve gone with the “Scourged” chapter for this chap, the fluff about them only being able to hear the truth instead of lies and being driven mad by it is pretty entertaining.

I experimented a little with the painting on this fellow, using some water soluble oil paints over the acrylic base colours. It turned out to be a really interesting step forward and something that I’ll be working on quite a bit more. When I work out a proper approach I will definitely try and post a tutorial of some sort.

Currently putting together some more members of the team and planning a Thousand sons oriented Legion with a nautical theme!

Thanks for looking.

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40k shenanigans part 3- Chaotic evil

6mm Sci Fi – Blades and Blasters Flatbed Hovertruck

It’s all about 6mm at the moment and I recently made an order from Blades & Blasters  for some of his 15mm scenery, which looks perfectly suitable for 6mm. I’ve only just started on the scenery, so more about them in another post.

He has, however, been experimenting with some 6mm civilian vehicles…… and I think they’re rather splendid. Here is the first one which I’ve painted, a flatbed hovertruck perfect for far flung colonies as well as inner city deliveries:

Here’s a picture to show it’s scale against some Vanguard figures:

I love the boxy aesthetics and hope that this will be the start of a wider range of civilian vehicles (I’m lucky to have a combi van and bigger rig type truck) although to be fair they could quite easily serve as military motor pool with a different paint job. Tho only thing missing in my life then would be a 6mm Sgt. Bilko!

6mm certainly does not lack tanks, hover tanks and speeders so it really exciting to see something a bit different being experimented with.

Thanks for looking!

6mm Sci Fi – Blades and Blasters Flatbed Hovertruck

6mm Sci fi – Skinnerz Commandos

Finally got around to painting a fraction of my Skinners horde, a unit of Commandos who are perfect for Blood Axe clan proxies. The red skin makes a nice change since I can never decide what green to use on Orks.

These chaps are marginally less detailed than the newer models but they do paint up to a decent standard fairly quickly, all in all good fun to paint!

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6mm Sci fi – Skinnerz Commandos

6mm Sci Fi – Mechanicus Rangers and a rough foamboard building

“Yet another unit?” I hear you exclaim. Yes gentle reader, your eyes do not deceive you. These Cybershadow Protector infantry are ace little sculpts and for £6.50 you get 40 of the heartless robomen, more than enough for the infantry of a sizeable army. 

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I’ve also had a go with the magniband thingy on a couple of them, and it’s produced some pretty neat closeups. It’s interesting to see a 6mm figure on such a large scale but there’s a ton of detail sculpted onto these guys.

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I’m having a crack at making some buildings too, just the basic blocks so far but the thought of having structures as opposed to scatter terrain is quite appealing. Here’s the first rough build using 3mm foam board, lots of detailing to do and I’m going to paint a rough texture onto the surfaces.

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Thanks for looking!

6mm Sci Fi – Mechanicus Rangers and a rough foamboard building

6mm Sci Fi – Mechanicus Close Combat Servitors

I’m a huge fan of the humble Servitor. The hijacked robo-zombies which are weirdly macabre background noise of life in the grim dark future. I mean things are bad enough, then there’s the horrific and inescapable fact that your taxi driver, hair dresser and (emperor forbid) gentleman’s gentleman are all lobotomised cyborgs with all manner of useful appendages. I love them! The idea of fielding an entire army of the mindless wonders has always been a dream but, for shame, there are only a few models purpose made for the role…… although I’m sure some graft would cobble together quite a few relatively quickly.

Needless to say I’m a realist, and a relatively lazy realist at that. In the time it takes me to paint a single 28mm I’ve painted an entire 10 meatbag unit!

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These are the relatively new Cybershadow Labour Drones from Vanguard miniatures, and they’re beautiful to paint…. flash free and great poses. Wielding big grabby claws (perfect for carrying things) and plasma electro whips (perfect for, erm, whipping things) these guys and gals are perfectly equipped for any warehouse staffing needs. There will be at least a couple more units of these in time and their HMG toting siblings are even better looking. 

Thanks for looking.

6mm Sci Fi – Mechanicus Close Combat Servitors

6mm Sci Fi – Cultists and Mechanicus

While I will always love 28mm, they were after all my first foray into miniature painting and collecting (all those years ago in the corner of the top floor of Hamleys and the very strange Games Unlimited in Kingston) – 6mm and 10mm are probably my favourite scales. Epic Space Marine and Warmaster enabled me to collect whole armies which reflected, in a modest way, the scale of conflict in these exciting worlds.

I’ve never had the time or will to properly do a 40k or Heresy force, although I have rather too many models (impossible!), 28mm seems better for creating characterful individuals. 6mm will, I think, be ideal for 40k solo battles with the new rules and could also be used for Kill Team. One more recent advantage is the great range of miniatures out there to use as proxies, particularly Vanguard and Onslaught.

Anyway, enough mouth wobbling and on to some pictures. First up is a unit of cultists who can be used by any baddies, using the older Cybershadow militia sculpts but I think they make a perfect ‘rent-a-mob’ of expendable deluded fools:

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Next is a Tech Priest type chap accompanied by a trio of heavy Cyborgs. I’ll count these as Kataphron Destroyers for game purposes:

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More coming soon along with some scenery bits and bobs!

Thanks for looking.

6mm Sci Fi – Cultists and Mechanicus

40k Shenanigans -Part 2: Yu-Sec cyborg trooper

“With great wealth comes a great ….. many covetous bastards trying to steal your creds and planet destroying super weapons!”

-Darius Yutanovitz 

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Picture taken using the rather fun Magniband strapped onto an iPhone

The vast holdings of the Yutanovitz Corporation are tempting targets for Xenos, Pirates and even the Imperial authorities and those meddling kids in the Inquisition. Such assets need protecting by reliable and loyal employees.

The Yutanovitz Security forces (Yu-Sec, obviously) is the sole provider of security for the entire Corporation. A huge private army and navy employ a wide range of technical specialities from ship and Lab Security to hostile takeovers, espionage, sabotage and even brazen (or subtle) assassinations. Many members are highly paid and loyal, willing to execute any order no matter how ruthless or morally bankrupt in order to enjoy the benefits of extremely generous pension schemes. Many are cyborgs who could be considered similar to the Skitarii of the mechanicus, but with more independent thought. There are also the many products of the Corporation’s laboratories, such as the Bio-Weapons division. Contracts are also issued to freelancers, who are always willing to risk a great deal for the staggering payments on offer.

There have even been rumours of Astartes being seen in conjunction with Yutanovitz Corp. operations. Although these can only be wild speculation as such paragons of virtue would surely never be seen dead with such an obviously self serving organisation.

Pictured is a Yu-Sec Cyborg Trooper, well equipped to protect his employer’s interests:

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The figure is leaning over a little awkwardly on his base, he was a bit of a eBay bargain and had a broken leg so my repair work is somewhat shabby I’m afraid. Let’s just say he’s dodging some incoming fire! Quite happy with how he turned out though and pleased with the light blue armour. It was my first time using a Hataka paint (the light blue is Hataka, the rest is the usual scale75, GE and Schmincke white) and, although a bit watery and slightly glossy, really like the light grey blue which it produced. The model is a combination of a Forgeworld Tech Thrall (such a cool sculpt) and Tempestus Scion arms and hellgun. I’ve got one more of these chaps nearing the end of assembly so he’ll be painted up soon.

There is lots and lots more to come, including a wider variety of Security troops, operatives, Lab-Technician/guards, mutants and other weapons. I’ve even purchased some of those new Chaos Space Marines since I’ve always wanted to paint some Night Lords (they are such utter douchebags and I enjoy the idea of really snide egomaniacs who want to get one over each other, all the time). Much longer term will be the super sneaky Astartes allies of the Yutanovitz Corp.

As always, Thanks for looking.

40k Shenanigans -Part 2: Yu-Sec cyborg trooper