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I was reminded the other day that I haven’t updated the blog in a while. This is because I haven’t really had much hobby material to show. Work continues slowly on the ork fleet but their isn’t much to see at this stage which is significantly different from the pictures already published. I’ve just blocked in a few colours prior to shading and highlighting. However, something I have been working on is more space marines for my Astral Claws. These guys have become my go-to models when I’m between projects.

The space marine kits are great fun to assemble and the newer tactical squad kit is no exception. I won’t write a review as these models have been out nearly a year now but the kit has very crisp detail which far surpasses the previous incarnation of the tactical marines. There are some subtle details which might be missed when looking at the photos in White Dwarf. The poses are more upright making them appear taller and the unarmoured heads are ever so slightly smaller, giving the models better proportions than the older kits. One thing I also really like about the kit is the number of early armour mark bits included in the kit and I have made full use of the mk4 and mk6 components to add variety to the force.

So far the silver armour is complete on these models and I will be moving on to the blue and gold detailing. More to follow.

Venerable Dreadnought

I have finished my Venerable Dreadnought. Thanks to everyone who commented on my previous post, your suggestions were much appreciated. As you can see, in the end I did decide to swap one of the armour panels and repaint the other in order to make the overall appearance less blue. I decided that this was worth the effort (and risk of damaging the model). I think it just shows that there are times when, despite the time and effort you have put into a model, you need to go back and do things again in order to get the best finished result. He now looks like a proper Astral Claw and not an Ultramarine.

Venerable Dreadnought

Venerable Dreadnought

The left panel was carefully removed and replaced with a new one which was then painted silver. This was done because the other one had already been given a coat of gloss varnish in preparation for a decal and so I couldn’t repaint it without it looking a mess. The panel on the right then had two strips of silver painted along each side to leave a stripe of blue down the middle rather than the whole panel being blue. Not only does this tone down the effect of the blue but it also better matches the Forge World artwork which shows the Astral Claws with blue vertical stripes on their vehicles to break up large armour panels.

Venerable DreadnoughtVenerable Dreadnought Engine

The engine was painted to simulate heat discolouration on the metal. In order to achieve this I painted the engine stacks Leadbealcher and, when dry, applied a number of washes. There were, in order, Seraphim Sepia, Ogryn Flesh, Leviathan Purple and Agrax Earthshade. The trick is to use less wash each time so that some of the previous colour is still showing. I also used this technique on the end 0f the plasma cannon working towards the front of the barrel. The soot at the top of the stacks was painted on using Typhus Corrosion followed by a wash of Nuln Oil. I’m really pleased with the dirty, grimy look which has real texture to it.

Venerable Dreadnought Plasma Cannon

As this is a Venerable Dreadnought I decided to try and reflect the chapter’s history on the model. I used the original Astral Claws heraldry rather than Huron’s personal heraldry which was later adopted by the chapter. For this I used a Forge World decal over a blue stripe. I imagine him as an old veteran from when the chapter was fleet-based and that it was during this time that he fought against the Tyranids and ended up entombed inside a dreadnought (hence the honour badge on the sarcophagus). I also painted the name of the chapter’s new homeworld to his other leg as a nod to this later stage of the chapter’s history. this reflects the way that in the background the dreadnoughts are living embodiments of their chapters’ histories.

Astral Claws Heraldry

Venerable Dreadnought

His power fist also has a blue stripe painted down it to help balance out the blue areas elsewhere on the model. Originally I was going to paint blue stripes on the shoulders (as Leeman suggested in the comments) but I decided that as I had already painted blue onto the power fist I would leave them plain so as not to over do it on the blue again. Instead I added a small Imperial eagle decal to provide a bit of interest and painted on some freehand battle damage. The blue stripes on the storm bolter ties it in with other weapons carried by marines in my force.

Venerable Dreadnought

And that’s it. Overall I am very pleased with how he turned out and it was definitely worth going back and redoing certain parts to get the right result.

-Andy.

 

 

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

I’ve finally finished my Astral Claws drop pod. This has been quite a time consuming project, partly because of the size of the kit and partly because of the number of sub-assemblies required to paint the kit while still allowing access to interior details and other hard to get to parts.

Initially I was worried that the model would look too silver but i think the blue stripe breaks this up nicely and matches the Forge World artwork. The weathering also adds an extra dimension of detail to the large, flat areas and makes them more interesting. Overall, this has been a very enjoyable and rewarding project and it was very satisfying to glue together the various sub-assemblies and finally see the finished result.

Astral Claws Drop Pod

Astral Claws Drop Pod

Astral Claws Drop Pod

Astral Claws Drop Pod Astral Claws Drop Pod

Currently progress on a drop pod for my Astral Claws.

Nazgrub

This is one of my favourite Games Workshop models of all time, Nagrub Wurrzag, ork scrap prospector. This is an old model from GW’s Gorkamorka range which has been in my collection for many years but I’ve only just got around to painting him. However, reading some old White Dwarfs  has reignited my interest in Gorkamorka and so I thought I would paint up a few models with the hope of maybe getting a couple of games in at some point. I kept to a fairly muted natural palette like the original Gorkamorka models.

Keep checking the blog for more Gorkamorka models soon.

-Andy.

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

Astral Claws Centurions

It’s taken a while but I have finally completed my Centurion Devastator squad. I really like these guys and as soon as I had read the battle report featuring them in September’s White Dwarf I knew that they would fit the Astral Claws theme perfectly. They are utterly brutal and great Space Marine killers, exactly the kind of unit that would be deployed during the Badab War.

As the sergeant can choose to target a different unit to the rest of the squad I decided to arm him differently and in the end opted for a pair of lascannons as they look really cool. It also adds a bit of variety to the squad.

The Servo skulls were added for a bit of fun. I had a number of them left over from my Devastator set and wanted to paint them up.  Servo skulls are really evocative of the artwork and I can remember pouring over pictures in White Dwarf many years ago wondering what all of those little flying skulls were long before GW released any information regarding them. If I ever use these guys in a game then they will double up as wound counters.

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

Space Marine Centurion

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.