In between applying texture to the bases of load of 3mm units (the most boring process of the entire hobby!), I painted up a test figure from the Tainted Novan Elites range from Vanguard.
Another lovely sculpt and the small details of horns and villainous gold trim make him the perfect 90s Chaos Space Marine. I’ve painted him up as one of The Scourged, of which I painted a full sized figure probably about a year ago. I like their fluff; they went mad since they can only hear the truth and it turns out everyone is lying…… all the time!
Hopefully going to get some more of his squad painted up tonight.
Another squad from the Vanguard Cybershadow range, lovely crisp sculpts as always, they have now joined the ranks of my ever expanding force of robo-men. There is some more 6mm stuff in the queue, namely some Tainted Elites who I’m planning to paint up as the Scourged, my favourite hair-metalesque Chaos baddies after the Alpha Legion and Thousand Sons.
As the Lockdown grinds on, and appears set to continue in some form or the other for the foreseeable future, I’ve certainly had the opportunity to not only paint more miniatures but also take advantage of natural light when photographing them. This is certainly more effective that trying to put together a small set/simple backdrop on a cluttered painting table!
As a break from the very carful and steady hand needed for my 3mm project I’ve moved back to my Grim Fantasy AOS28 project and some Nighthaunt Chainrasps. I’ve had some Nighthaunt minis for a while from a small starter set and the Nightvault game, but it wasn’t until I got the Chainrasps which came with that super cheap Mortal Realms issue 1 that I actually re-examined them. They are actually rather good models, and at the promotional magazine price, they’re very good models! Although they have a pretty horrific visible gap across their hoods when assembled, a couple of coats of Liquid Greenstuff sorted that out fairly easily (I find wiping the wet Liquid Greenstuff with your finger gives a smooth and quick cleanup) and I painted some patches of Martian Ironearth to make their rags look a bit less ethereal.
Really pleased with the overall effect on these two and I’m actually quite looking forward to finishing off the remaining 8 figures. As usual, I’ve magpied the yellow colour from at least one other rather excellent example (I forget where) which used the King in Yellow as inspiration so an uncredited “thank you” heads out into the aether for that source of inspiration! I think the grimyness is evident, which I am hoping will be the uniting element for all of my 28mm stuff….. it may start to bleed over into the 40k pieces too, and the super simple NMM is working alright too – it’s not good enough to actually fool anyone, but it seems to make sense regardless.
Ok, well that’s enough of that, thank you all for sparing this a glance and as always please stay safe and well.
More tracked vehicles come tumbling from the production line! First of all are a trio of Tank Hunters painted up in a livery which was as close to the Sons of Horus as I could manage:
Not a Legion I have any real interest in, but I quite like their greenish colour and I’m just not in the mood to paint any Iron Warriors (the metallics are fairly tedious). Basically, I choose legions based on the colours I like, and the Sons of Horus look quite vibrant in Scale75 Surfer Orc Flesh with a Gauss Blaster Green edge highlight! So, since I’m doing mixed forces of colours I like you can expect to see some purple/pink, perhaps some metallic red and blue….. basically I’m just very easily distracted.
Alongside these are some transport for my Imperial Army grunts:
Now these IFVs have quite a different aesthetic from most of the rest of the range, in that they look a bit more modern/futuristic with a small, possibility automated, turret (with a hardwired skull inside obviously). I must say that I rather like them, and throwing in a yellow feature colour means that vehicles for the regular troops will from now on have this colour on them somewhere…… on a turret mostly.
In any case, that’s it for today but there is more on the way soon. Thank you for looking and please take care of yourselves.
A hurried recruitment drive has forced *ahem* inspired a new generation of young(ish), able-bodied(ish, if you ignore the odd extra finger or webbing) men and women to take up arms in the name of the Emperor! Or, more accurately, the Emperor’s chosen proxy the kind hearted Horus. Preparing to embark on a voyage to the exotic Istvaan system to show some rebels what for, a wealth of excitement and new life experiences await!
Again, the detail of these casts is ridiculous but in the end makes the painting much more straightforward. If you haven’t had a go at the 3mm Vanguard range (and think your eyes will survive the experience) I would heartily encourage you to pick up a set and have a go. Also, the eagle eyed among you may spot the new piece of painted scenery! It’s from Blades & Blasters range of 15mm scenery, perfect for a large silo at this scale (there’s a bigger one….. for a massive silo).
Roaring fresh onto the blasted wastes of the future is my first platoon of 3mm Novan Regulars tanks, the name escapes me but these are the standard ones (a wide range of other turrets are also available).
Once again they are beautifully cast and strangely adorable, which made them fairly straightforward to paint, I even felt the urge to dirty up the engine area at the rear. In reality the blue is slightly more grey in tone, but that’s fine since I’m pretty chuffed with them! I’m really looking forward to getting more of these done, along with some of the very cool variants that have sonic cannons, rotary cannons etc.
I’ve based and primed a few of the 40mm frontage stands with infantry, so those and some Novan Elites (this time in a garish green) are next on the painting table.
Yet more painted figures! This time some Novan Regulars from the always fantastic Vanguard Miniatures, but I’ve painted them up in red and metallics to produce some surprisingly effective Cybershadow or Mechanicus Tech Guard proxies. Vanguard will be releasing more if their Cybershadow range in 3mm at some point, but at this scale I think these guys work fine.
I’ve taken a close up so you can see the ridiculous detail on these casts.
In terms of basing, the round bases are what I’ve used until this point however I’m thinking of changing to a rectangular format for infantry and keeping the chunkier tanks on round bases. 18mm round bases are very fiddly so I’m thinking that a 40mm frontage would be a bit more manageable, so it seems these chaps will be joining my Iron Warriors force.
Anyways, stay safe everyone and thanks for looking!