Archive for the ‘Work-In-Progress’ Category

Grim Hammers

I have started work on a set of dwarf ‘Grim Hammers’ from The Hobbit. I have used a couple of short cuts on these models and they have been very quick to paint, just a couple of sessions to get them to their current stage. Firstly, I undercoated the models using Tamiya light gun metal spray. I did this over a black undercoat as my tests found that this gives a better finish than applying it over bare plastic (although you can spray directly onto the plastic but you will need a couple of coats). I then washed the models with Nuln Oil and left them to dry thoroughly. Once dry I gave them a quick drybrush with Necron Compound and then blocked in the basic colours for the non-metal areas. I just need to apply a few highlights now and they’ll be done.

Grim Hammer

Inquisitor Necromunda Terrain

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:

Inquisitor Necromunda Terrain

Inquisitor Necromunda Terrain

And a model for scale:

Inquisitor Necromunda Terrain

Centurion wip

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.

Space Marine Centurion wip

A little more work on the Centurion. Almost there…

Centurion Devastator wip

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:

Centurion Should Pads wip

Hopefully I will be able to get him finished this afternoon. The bulk of the work is done now, just the details to paint.

Space Marine Centurion

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!

Centurion size comparison

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…

Space Marines

I’ve finished assembling a combat 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.

Space Marine

Space Marine

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.

Astral Claws Tactical 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.

The Tainted

I said in my last post that I was working on more Nurgle models. These are the Tainted, a Chaos  Space Marine warband described in Imperial Armour Vol. 7. They were one of the warbands that took part in the siege of Vraks.I really like the idea of having an army made up of different warbands who worship the same god. Also, it helps my regular Chaos marines stand out from the Plague Marines.

I went with a quick and dirty paint job on these in order to match my Death Guard. This was achieved through drybrushing, sponging and a wash with oil paint . Obviously these are still work in progress and need weapons and backpacks adding.

Astral Claws sergeant

Here is my as yet unnamed veteran sergeant to lead my first Astral Claws tactical squad. He is kit-bashed from Tactical Marine components and parts taken from the Space Marine Captain set to give him a suitably distinctive appearance.

Astral Claws sergeant

Astral Claws sergeant

Astral Claws sergeant

I’ve also been working on a Rhino. I must say, I’ve never really liked the Rhino kit. The design is very boring and I really didn’t enjoy putting it together. However, now that I have started painting it it is growing on me. The tank looks a little rough in places as this is its third paint job.

It started life as a Predator for my Death Guard before being converted into a Rhino for my Dark Angels and then stripped and repainted to join my Astral Claws. Also, a botched attempt to fill in the ubiquitous gaps along the edges of the tank adds to the roughness of the overall finish.I’ve tried to use battle damage and weathering to conceal some of the imperfections but I’m not too bothered about this as it is not a display piece and will only ever be used for gaming (if that).

Astral Claws Rhino

A close-up of the symbol of the hatch. This is a decal from Forge World. Applying decals of this size was a first for me and it took a bit of practice to get it right as they are much harder to move around without creasing or tearing them.

Astral Claws Rhino

Hopefully I will be able to get the rhino finished soon along with the final marine to finish off my first squad.

-Andy.