Rhino-Plasti…….. or, my continued effort to make a 15mm Rhino

A little update on my progress. I’ve added some more plasticard to the surfaces – Yeah, I know, it’s all a bit wonky but don’t judge.

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During one of those “what on earth am I going to use for wheels on my tank” moments, which I’m sure we all have, my eyes settled on a piece of work related detritus.

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Indeed, the trusty edding 55 Fineliner! Being subject to much abuse from my students the crippled husks of these workhorses litter the department as a warning to other, more sensitive writing implements. Needless to say I thought it could serve me well and promptly tore it apart………….. resulting in some perfectly(ish) sized little wheels.

The machine still needs a bit more work but I’m already planning my next one, with maybe putting a bit more effort into trying to line stuff up. Maybe.

Thanks for looking.

Rhino-Plasti…….. or, my continued effort to make a 15mm Rhino

Some Works in Progress – this time it’s Death Guard

Welcome back. Once again my inability to fully commit has reared it’s ugly head once again and I’ve changed my mind about which 30k legion to paint. I liked the idea of the pre Magnus Thousand Sons, but the painting wasn’t that much fun so I’ve decided to have a go at 30k Death Guard instead. The idea being that the opportunity to get them dirty will be a bit more enjoyable. Here is the base layer for the colourscheme:

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I’ve started with a yellowy brown base and aimed at a kind of bone white as the basic colour for the armour – as opposed to the usual white. I’ll be making him all grubby and dirty next and having a go with some new inks I purchased at Salute yesterday. Very much looking forward to cracking on with this.

I recently read somewhere a wonderful piece of advice which basically states that when converting and painting Space Marines, you have to try and think of them each as having their own individual personalities and histories. Now this may seem obvious, but to a dullard like me it was something of a revelation and to that end I have decided that I will convert every single figure to varying degrees. hopefully this will keep the project fresh and interesting, as well as the fact that I hate painting the same model/pose/uniform over and over again. Here is the first slightly altered marine (still needs a bit more work):

DG Mod

Yesterday I also managed to buy a load of bits from the likes of Anvil Industries (very lovely people) and the discount packs of Kromlech and Spellcrow from Dark Sphere. So now I’ve got some dynamic and bionic legs, different arms, jet packs and torsos to play around with – I’ve washed a few already! Basically I’m planning to get a squad of Death Guard and a squad of Night Lords (I know, they’re dreadful douchebags but I find the fact that they hate each other almost as much as their enemies quite entertaining) all painted up to maybe play the new Shadow War Armageddon game with.

Thanks for looking, more to come.

Some Works in Progress – this time it’s Death Guard

15mm Iron Warriors – A finished squad!

10 days have passed and I’ve actually got something to show for it:

Painted squad

A real life finished 10 (post-hu)man squad. I think they’re probably a bit too shiny and clean, but I’m not fussed about that to be honest. In my mind a legion which has hazard stripes as part of their livery is no doubt fastidious when it comes to tidiness – as well as Health & Safety.

My Iron Warriors only commit to battle when overwhelming superiority ensures complete victory (so far, so canon)and once ALL relevant risk assessments have been completed…. in triplicate. A process which can often take weeks, by which time a besieged enemy has probably surrendered. You will note in the photograph that at least one heavy weapon specialist is not wearing the mandatory high visibility support harness. A lack of due care and attention to basic H&S will often be punishable by death. The paperwork alone for such a sentence is an ordeal in itself and more than one tactical comms officer (responsible for checking the forms) has put themselves in harm’s way in a desperate attempt to put an end to the tedium.

In other news; I’m starting to paint a 28mm Death Guard marine to experiment with a paint scheme. The idea is a yellowy brown going up to a bone white, then lots of weathering and so on which I’ve never done before but looks like fun. I quite like the idea of a staunchly loyalist Death Guard army who are completely ruined with disease but refuse to acknowledge their corruption, partly on account of their militant atheism as well as their stubborn refusal to give in to any form of contagion. Anyways, best get the sample done then I can start some conversions.

Thanks for looking.

15mm Iron Warriors – A finished squad!

Hearts of Iron – 15mm Iron Warriors

Nothing painted this time, so instead I’ve been doing some prepping. I’ve been wanting to do a bit more 15mm stuff for some time now, I just keep getting seduced by 28mm aspirational toys….. I’ve even been browsing the Forgeworld website! I suddenly realised that I wasn’t willing to get into the organ harvesting business in order to fund my hobby – which was something of a reality check >sigh<.

However, since I’ve been enjoying a great deal of 30k fluff and stuff, I thought I’d have a go at 15mm Heresy. Painting the metalwork on the Thousand Son last week had me hankering for some Iron Warriors (that and a trip to the beach on the weekend which reinforced the joy of watching a child systematically devastating my Emperor’s Palace of sandcastles with alarming ruthlessness), coupled with my commitment issues and sudden fiscal horrorshow (only added to by the impending Salute) I had a rootle through my 15mm hoard.

And found these chaps.

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For the Marines I’m using Ion Age Prydian Retained troops. They’re pretty lovely models actually who have an element of Rogue Trader era nostalgia about them. I also quite like the generally more human proportions of the figures which again harks back to RT and the impression that the designers and artists hadn’t quite fully decided what they wanted Marines to look like.

Also, they only cost £12.50 for 26…….. and if you buy 3 sets you get a 10% discount! I’m definitely going to be getting more of these since there are quite a few legions I would like paint such as the Death Guard, White Scars, Alpha Legion, those total freaks in the Night Lords to name just a few. There are also female Retained troops who I’ll also be adding into the mix, I’ve got some somewhere.

To go with the squad I’ve added a Dreadnought, who isn’t finished yet but I’m pretty chuffed with him. He’s a Warmachine light Warjack (bought about eight years ago with a plan to use it as a titan) who was missing some bits but I used a Skitarii head, Genestealer Cult mining laser (I think), and a clawed powerfist. I need to add more things to him but he’s basically all there.

I’ve also made a boxy shape for my APC, as a basic mockup to see if it looks ok and that it’ll be simple for me to build myself some more. I’m pleased with the basic structure so now I’m going to start detailing it – although my plastic-card cutting skills basically just infuriate me! Anyhow, it’s a super cheap little build using cork tile and plastic card.

Thanks for looking, more hopefully soon.

Hearts of Iron – 15mm Iron Warriors

Pre-Magnus Thousand Sons test painting

Once again, another huge delay snce my last post. It’s just been one of those periods of time which have somehow been very difficult in terms of focusing on a particular project – to the extent that I even bought a load of 6mm stuff from the HLS sale just as a means of distraction! Oh well, there’s still some space in my 6mm drawer so they can be hidden away for some future whimsey.

Not all is lost however, as I managet to assemble a 28mm MKIII armoured Space Marine. And even get some paint on him………. I know! Totally unexpected!

There he is, still some work to do like the lenses and some more highlights on the blingin’ metalwork (hey, he’s an Achaemenid, Xerxes hung gold all over a tree since it looked so rad) and maybe some weathering……. but I’m not too sure how mucky I want him to look. Perhaps he could use his Psycho-Force powers to clean his armour every now and then, I know I would.

So why a pre-Magnus Thousand Son I hear you cry (Well, he’s not actually from the pre-Magnus times, he’s actually part of a group who had wondered off somewhere while Prospero was totally wrecked and now dream of the good old days before psychic Hellboy turned up and bartered their souls away to some demon God). Basically I always quite liked the idea of the Thousand Sons as a Legion – A bunch of Post-Human super soldiers slinging Psy powers about like some kind of heavily armoured Darth Vader…… with guns. What’s not to love?

Also I really like the early background fluff. The fact that they were primarily recruited from the Achaemenid Empire (the first to sensibly acknowledge the Emperor as the new man in charge without any fuss), ironically on account of their genetic stability. To me this Achaemenid link makes them a bit more interesting than most legions and I’ve always been a bit disappointed that they are quite so Egyptian in their representation, although I guess it kind of makes sense in terms of being readily accessible and the clear occult links with 19th Century Western mysticism (Golden Dawn et al).

I’ve got a bit of an idea for my gang’s background. They were out and about with a Mechanicum Explorator fleet (a Cybernetica one with whom they still enjoy a close alliance) while Prospero was attacked. Once the shock of the news passed they sat down and took a long hard look at what they had become. Their conclusions were:

1 – Magnus was a charlatan who sold them out by using his parlour tricks to commune with obnoxios and unknowable Demon Gods. The legion was better off without him as the flesh change was a trap set by Tzeentch and there would have been another way to cure it.

2 – The Emperor (beloved by all) is a Machivellian douchebag who makes the Alpha Legion look like children playing hide and seek when it comes to keeping secrets and making stuff up.

3 – There may be something in this “Motive Force” which their Cybernetica pals are always banging on about.

Now they, and the Explorator fleet, are just cruising around space exploring stuff, fraternising with aliens and busting baddies’ chops while doing their best to help out the little man (or little alien man) who is eternally getting dumped upon by an entire galaxy stuffed full of maniacs, sadists and zealots.

In an ideal world I’d like to get a bunch of these painted up, but I’m already hating the process of assembling plastic kits. One of the great things about 15mm is the fact that most figures just need a little flash cleaned up, then they’re good to go…. basically I just want a simple life! That said, I’ve chopped up some pieces using an age of sigmar knight doing hocus pocus with his hands who’ll be a character for my Thousand Sons. Just need to put the damned fellow together.

Next up – Some Ion Age 15mm Prydian’s who’ll be playing the part of Space Marines, still using them as 30k but more Rogue Tradery – when no one could quite agree on what the Space Marines should look like. Just need to figure out which legion, hmmmmm, my new metallic paints are suggesting Iron Warriors……. maybe.

Oh, and I’m also scrachbuilding a 15mm scale Rhino because it’s the cutest APC ever. No debate.

Thanks for reading that stream of consciousness.

Pre-Magnus Thousand Sons test painting

28mm painting warm up – Skeleton

It’s actually been an entire year, more in fact, since I last painted a 28mm figure and I’ve been starting to miss the Scale. Now I’ve got quite a few sets of plastic figures, one of which is Mantic’s Sketeton warriors and they’re very cool sculpts and economical to boot! Perfect for a bit of a refresher painting practice.

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I’m quite pleased with the results, as usual it took too long but that was mainly due to extraneous circumstances. Most importantly, I really enjoyed painting once again at a larger scale. I’m planning to use him as part of some nurgle raised from the dead warband, one of the horde of fodder, for the setting I’m making on a mysterious boggy deathworld. I quite like the name Motte for the planet, I also love the title Mott Irregulars (from the Malazan books by Steven Eriksson) and I think that’s what I will call my motley kind of imperial forces on the planet.

So basically I need a bunch of semi imperials (a start has been made) and a Death Guard and friends force (just because I want to play with chopping and putty).

Sounds fun!

Thanks for looking.

 

28mm painting warm up – Skeleton

Playing with some new paints, a 15mm sample

Since I’ve been stuck at home all half term while my small human has been on antibiotics I turned to the internet and shopped. Damn this modern age and it’s accursed convenience.

Among other things I purchased a selection of Scale 75 paints, basically because I’m a sucker for anything slick which promises awesomeness. Not only that but I’ve found myself getting a bit disappointed with my results recently, and being quite a lazy painter I thought some different paints would rekindle the love of painting a bit. Also I have decided to drastically reduce my palette, how many different browns and greens and blues do I actually need? Turning instead to a much more limited array of quite bright colours since I was losing myself and miniatures in a sea of bottles and pots! (there must’ve easily been more than a hundred from various manufacturers – things like a Deck Tan which I only used once and didn’t in fact like very much, as well as things like German Camo Green, Field Grey, Russian Uniform and on and on).

So, without further ado, here are a couple of minis. The figure on the left is painted with Scale 75 and the one on the right with Vallejo and GW.

So why, I hear you ask, go to the troble and expense of getting new paints? Well sometimes I have to literally purge and then start again from scratch. I was increasingly becoming a bit frustrated that no matter how much I tried to brighten a colour, it always looked a bit chalky or if I didn’t choose to highlight then the figures would look as dull as dishwater once away from the daylight bulb! As a result I thought -to hell with it – and bought some of Scale 75’s Fantasy range, which I had heard were formulated to be brighter than their more sensible offerings.

In a word I’d declare myself to be happy with the results. The colours I chose were surprisingly free flowing (even when thoroughly mixed with a stick) and I was surprised how well they covered – and they really do dry to a very matt finish. Adding white seemed to brighten the colour as opposed to bleach it, something which has probably been a personal painting problem – but these paints seem to make my life a bit easier.

While I totally understand people wanting realism and grittiness in their painting, I personally prefer a bit of Jazziness. Also, miniatures are quite small (particularly the 10mm ones) and my heart always sinks a bit when I get them out to play with and find them so much less striking once taken away from those many hours under the painting lamp.

Thanks for looking

 

Playing with some new paints, a 15mm sample