Archive for the ‘Work-In-Progress’ Category

Ork Fleet

I recently decided to start a new fleet for Battlefleet Gothic. I’ve always had a soft spot for Battlefleet Gothic; the miniatures are great and have really stood the test of time. What’s more, I really enjoyed painting my Imperial Fleet and, with a few simple techniques, the models are quick and easy to paint. For my second fleet I settled on Orks as I have always liked the race and I really like the models with their ‘aquatic predator’ look. I also managed to pick up a few ships quite cheaply on ebay (which, coincidentally, work out at exactly 500 points) which was pleasing as a number of BFG ships sell for crazy prices since the game was discontinued.

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One thing that is worth noting about both my Ork and Imperial fleets is the way I have based them. Although I have used the standard GW flying bases I have replaced the fragile stems with lengths of brass rod. This gives the stands increased durability and, although cutting and filing all of that brass rod was a real pain, is definitely worth the effort. As I think BFG stands look better painted black anyway it does not matter that you lose the transparency of the plastic.

If you are going to do this than I suggest you find a thickness of brass rod which fits snugly in the hole in the base of the stand and then use a drill bit to widen the sockets on the ships. Don’t worry if the rod is a bit loose as you can always secure it with a bit of putty.

Battlefleet Gothic Customised Bases

BFG models really benefit from drybrushing and washing which are the main techniques I have employed here. The models were basecoated with a 50/50 mix of Leadbelcher and Tin Bitz. After this they were drybrushed Leadbelcher before being washed with Nuln Oil followed by Agrax Earthshade. A quick drybrush of Necron Compound brought them to the stage you see here. Not bad for an afternoon’s work. Now all I have to do is paint in the details.

BFG Orks  Ork Terror Ship

 

Mordor Uruk Hai

Just a quick update to share some Mordor uruk hai that I am currently working on. As you can see, they are all in various stages of painting. In the background are some Men of Gondor who I have also started.

And here are some other projects I have on the go as well. I never seem to be able to stick to one thing for long. Is anyone else a ‘hobby butterfly’?

Work in Progress

Astral Claws Dreadnought

Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@Mini_Miscellany), will have seen this already. I’m quite pleased with how he’s coming along but I’m not entirely sure about the blue panels on the front. I think they make him look a little too blue when viewed head on. However, I am reluctant to go back and change them at this stage. I think today I’ll take a break from him and focus on some Lord of the Rings miniatures instead and come back to him later.

Astral Claws Drop Pod Astral Claws Drop Pod

Currently progress on a drop pod for my Astral Claws.

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…