Despite being very busy with my new teaching job I have been able to get some hobby time recently. Most of this has been spent with foamcore, plasticard and PVA glue in hand. Here is the first fruit of my labours: a pumping station for use in games of Necromunda or Inq28. Terrain building is an oft-overlooked aspect of the hobby, particularly in these days of GE’s pre-made plastic terrain kits. However, it is something I have recently really started to get into.
The pumping station was just a simple project to get back into the swing of things with terrain making. It is based on the kind of classic 40k terrain that formed the backdrop to all those pictures in White Dwarf I used to spend hours pouring over as a kid. Perhaps this is part of the reason why I love old-school homemade terrain so much. that andf the fact it is so much fun to build.
Anyway, on to the pictures:
And a model for scale:
My second Centurion is now complete. I decided to use a bare head on this model and I think I prefer the look to the helmeted one. Other than that he is painted pretty much the same way as my previous Centurion. Just the sergeant to go now and the set will be complete.
My second Centurion is assembled and ready for painting. I really like the pose on this model, it has more movement in it than the other two and really conveys a sense of the weight of the battlesuit as it lumbers ponderously towards the enemy.
My Space Marine Centurion is now complete. This was a great model to put together and paint. I can’t wait to get started on the other two.
A little more work on the Centurion. Almost there…
I’ve made quite a bit of progress on my Centurion this weekend. The armour is done and I have begun filling in the details. The blue stripes on the legs help break down the large areas of silver.
The shoulder pads:
Hopefully I will be able to get him finished this afternoon. The bulk of the work is done now, just the details to paint.
If you follow me on Twitter you will have seen this already. I have finished assembling my first Centurion who will be joining the ranks of the Astral Claws in order to crush the life out of any loyalists.
I really love this kit, from the pre-Heresey stylings of the shoulder pads to the old-school Terminator style helmet. I also like the fact that GW have reintroduced grav weapons into the game. However, unlike in the old Rogue Trader days they are no longer non-lethal weapons and pack quite a punch (they used to simply impede movement).
The model went together nicely and, despite the detail and complexity of the kit, it was very easy to assemble. Certain parts are merely blu tacked on at present to aid painting. The layered detail and overlapping parts would make this a nightmare to assembled as a single piece. I did, however, make the mistake of gluing the arms on which may make painting the legs tricky due to the hanging cables. Never mind, I’ll know for next time.
By the way, did I mention that this guy is huge!
Initially I thought the bases were the standard 40mm but they are actually 50mm. This is great news as it means that there is now some middle ground between the 40mm and 60mm bases. Often I would find 40mm bases a tad too small for certain models (such as the Mordor Troll) but 60mm way too big. This should fit that gap perfectly. Also, it does perhaps suggest that GW are planning on producing more heavy infantry in the future. Time will tell…
I’ve finished assembling another demi-squad for my Astral Claws. I’m particularly pleased with the knife-armed marine (affectionately dubbed ‘Mr Stabby’) as he looks really dynamic and adds a bit of variety to the poses in the squad.
Speaking of Space Marines, I’m very excited by the new releases, especially the revamped Tactical Squad which must be one of the best core infantry sets to be released and really improves on the already considerable variety of parts available to the Space Marine player. I also love the new Centurion battle suits which look great and should add some considerable firepower to my force. Hopefully I will be able to pick some up after work next week.
Yet more Space Marines stride forth in the silver and blue livery of the Astral Claws. This six man squad is kitted out for anti-infantry duties and so have been given weapons with high numbers of shots. At some point these guys will get a Forge World Razorback to ride in and so will stay at six men rather than being expanded into a full Tactical Squad.
I added a power sword as an opportunity to paint a crackling lightning effect across its surface. Not only does this look cool but it also helps the sword blade stand out from the silver of the rest of the model.
Another fun detail is the marine throwing a grenade. With the reintroduction of thrown grenades in the latest edition of the game I thought it would be fun to represent this ability on a model. It also adds variety to the number of poses in the squad.
Just a quick update to show my progress on the next Tactical Squad for my Astral Claws. These guys were built using GW parts along with some Forge World mkIV helmets left over from my Assault Squad. As you can see, they are at a very early stage of painting. The armour needs highlighting and the details need painting. Hopefully I can get these guys finished over the weekend.