Posts Tagged ‘Forge World’

Astral Claws Captain

Here is my Astral Claws Captain. he is converted from the Master of Rites model. The inspiration for the conversion came from a Golden Demon entry, the only thing I have done differently is add some of Forge World’s Astral Claws shoulder pads.

Here’s a wip photo of the conversion:

Astral Claws Conversion wip

One of the things I really like about this model is the expression on his face: he has a ‘sneer of cold command’, to quote Percy Shelley, which is perfect for an Astral Claws captain. This, combined with the pose of the Master of Rites model, exudes an air of superiority and arrogance. This illustrates how a simple conversion (just a head and arm swap) can dramatically alter the dynamic of a model.

Astral Claws Captain

Astral Claws Captain

Astral Claws Captain

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

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.

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.

Blight Drone

Some of you may have seen my Death Guard army from a few years ago. Well, while reorganising my study in order to accommodate some books I moved out of my old office I discovered this Blight Drone at the back of a shelf. The model was painted quite some time ago but I’d never finished the base. A quick bit of drybrushing and the addition of some basing materials soon sorted this out. Now that the model is 100% complete I thought I would photograph it and show it off on the blog.

Blight Drone

Finding the Blight Drone has inspired me to paint some more Nurgle models. Keep an eye on the blog for these in the near future.

Andy.

Astral Claws Assault Squad

This squad really showcases what I love about Space Marines, the huge range range of interchangeable kits produced by both Games Workshop and Forge World provides great scope for customisation. Although this squad is primarily based around the mkIV Assault Squad from Forge World, I wanted to maintain the eclectic and individual look of each of the Marines and have included a number of plastic parts as well. I have mixed up different armour types so that only one marine has a full set of mkIV plate whereas the others combine parts from different patterns of armour. I imagine that each chapter maintains older types of armour and wargear but, over time, parts become irreparably damaged and pieces from different types of armour are combined to make up full suits. This also leaves me with a number of spare parts to be scattered through other squads.

With this squad I have gone with the ‘rule of cool’ rather than think strictly about rules and army lists. As a painter and modeller I’m more concerned with the aesthetic of my models than the game. I know that Assault Squads cannot take hand flamers but they look great and that’s the main thing. If I do ever play a game with them I’ll probably just count them as flamers.

Click on the pictures for larger images.

Warriors of Chaos army

Over time most of us will accumulate far more models than we will ever get around to painting. We often buy loads of minis in the first fit of excitement at the prospect of a new army and, when enthusiasm for the project runs out, the models sit in a box gathering dust. For this reason I have decided to have a bit of a clear out and sell off some models I know I will never get around to painting or gaming with.

For sale is the Warriors of Chaos army pictured above along with a couple other bits (including a Forge World Plague Toad). You can check out my auctions here.

Update

This item has been relisted. The buyer who purchased the army was clearly a time waster and did not pay and I received no communication from them.

The auction will now end on 20 March. You can see the auction here.

-Andy.

Pre-heresy Death Guard

This model was created for an online hobby challenge on Twitter called #BitsBoxChallenge organised by Andy Tunley (@atunley). The challenge, as its name suggests, was to create a model using only those parts found in your bits box. My idea was to create my version of a pre-Heresy Death Guard marine in the modified mkIII Iron Armour that they are famed for. The inspiration for this came from an illustration in one of the fantastic ‘Index Astartes’ articles in an old issue of White Dwarf.

The inspiration.

The inspiration.

I used a spare Forge World Death Guard torso which I had left over from doing my Chaos marines as the basis for the conversion. The chest plate had to be cut away and replaced with a suitably Heresy-era looking chest plate taken from the Tactical Squad set. I then had to sculpt the neck area in green stuff. The plastic arms are also from this set as is the studded shoulder pad. At first I was uncertain over which shoulder pad to use. I was toying with the idea of using one from the Chaos Space Marine set as it matched the look of Forge World’s Iron Armour more closely. However, in the end I decided to go with the ‘rule of cool’  and use the studded pad instead which looks much better.

Pre-Heresy Death Guard

The bolt pistol and backpack are ones that I have had in my bits box for a very long time and come from the previous Space Marine range (before the release of the current line of multi-part plastics). The legs are from an old metal veteran model which was sawed in half. The gaps were filled with green stuff and parchments and grenades from the Space Marine set were used to cover the join.

What started out as an idea for a simple kit bash became one of the most ambitious conversions I’ve attempted to date (I usually just build stuff straight out of the box). There was a lot more sawing, filing and sculpting than I anticipated. I really enjoyed this little project and hope to get him painted up soon. The next #BitsBoxChallenge is scheduled for 6th May so check out the hash tag and get rummaging through your bits box!

In other news, I have made some more progress on my Dark Angels army and I hope to share this with you soon.

All the best,

Andy.

I’ve finished my apostate preacher of Nurgle from Forge World. As I mention in an earlier post, I experimented with glazes on this model. The green cloth was glazed with Liche Purple in the recesses in order to help define the shading and to ensure that the green worked with the purple robes tonally. I also used Seraphim Sepia glazes on the green to put back some of the warmth that was lost through highlighting. Similarly the flesh was glazed with reds and purples to help tie the different areas of the model together and to provide an unhealthy and suitably Nurgley appearance to the skin. The metal areas also had glazes of brown, green and turquoise applied randomly in order to give a tarnished feel and introduce a little interest to the metal.

All of the glazes were made by mixing Citadel paints or washes/shades with Lahmian Medium which gives great control over the glaze. The idea is to use an almost transparent glaze and to build up the colour with several applications rather than one heavy one.

The scenic base was also great fun to do and I think it really adds to the mood of the piece by giving the character a setting and complementing the final look of the model. This was made from a jar lid (in this case from a M&S spice jar which make great bases for 28mm models) following the same method as I used for my ork. Of course, I had to add the obligatory Nurgling. This guy is one of the old Trish Morrison designed Nurglings from the ’90s which I think are still among the best. They are such brilliant, characterful little models which combine just the right amount of comedy and menace.

As always I’d love to hear what you think.

All the best,

Andy.

My apostate preacher is now nearly finished. However, I’m going to hold off showing him until he is completed so as not to spoil the finished effect. Also, I don’t think that a work in progress shot at this stage would give you anything that the finished model won’t. Instead here is the scenic base I constructed for him.

The preacher has taken me longer to paint than anticipated. The reason for this is that I was lucky enough to win a copy of Dark Vengeance in a competition on Twitter and I ended up getting sidetracked and painting up some Dark Angels which I hope to show you in the near future.

Stay tuned,

Andy.