I was very excited to receive this model in the post; it is a Mantis Battle Suit. The model was sculpted by Martyn Wood who is starting up his own miniature company and I have agreed to paint this for his Kickstarter. You can check out his website, The Miniatures Apprentice, for more information about this range.
As you can see, model is made of metal and, I must say, the casting is flawless. Because of the size and weight of the model it does require pinning but other than that went together fairly smoothly. I am very much looking forward to painting this up over the half-term break.
I decided to make some wound markers for my Astral Claws as a quick Saturday morning project. Basically, the number of skulls/helmets represent how many wounds a character has remaining. The skulls are taken from a number of kits (if you own any GW kits then chances are you have some skulls lying around somewhere) and the damaged helmets were taken from Chaos trophy racks. I could have used regular marine helmets but these had battle damage already sculpted on and so saved me a bit of time.
The helmets were painted to match my Astral Claws models whereas the skulls were an opportunity to try out my new method of painting bone. Previously I had used Zandri Dust and Ushabti Bone for skulls, however, recently I have moved to using a basecoat of Baneblade Brown washed with Agrax Earthshade and then highlighted Baneblade Brown, Rakarth Flesh, Pallid Wych Flesh and finally White Scar. This produces a much paler, more realistic bone colour than the creamy/yellow look achieved with Ushabti bone. The ground texture was then painted to match the rest of my army.
I plan on creating a few more themed gaming aides in the future including some objective markers converted from the Space Marine casualty models. Watch this space.
Posted: April 13, 2015 in Dark Eldar, Lord of the Rings, Space Hulk, Terrain, Warhammer 40k, Work-In-Progress
Tags: Dark Eldar, Games Workshop, Genestealers, Lord of the Rings, Space Hulk, Terrain, Warhammer 40k, work-in-progress
Over the last few days I have been working on a number of different projects. I have managed to get these ruins finished for Lord of the Rings and continued to work on my Dark Eldar. I had hoped to get more done with the Dark Eldar but the weather conspired against me at the weekend and a combination of high winds and rain meant that I was unable to prime my raiders for painting. Instead, I took the time to work on Space Hulk and started to paint up some genestealers which have been primed and sitting on a shelf looking at me accusingly for a number of months now.
Below you can see my raiders in their various sub-assemblies. As I plan on airbrushing these I decided to keep them in a number of separate parts to make this easier. However, even if painting by hand it would make sense to paint them as sub-assemblies because of the number of fiddly components that would make certain areas hard to access with a brush.
Here is my first genestealer which was completed a while back as a test model. As you can see, I have gone with the traditional genestealer colours of blue and purple and tried to paint these in a dark moody style like those seen in White Dwarf. I have also tried to get a contrast in textures between the hard carapace and the softer skin by using sharp edge highlights on the carapace and subtle blending on the skin.
And here are four of his mates who I was working on over the weekend.
The raiders are going to have to wait until the weekend before I can airbrush them but hopefully I will get a chance to do a bit more work on these guys throughout the week.
Here is my raider converted to have wych crew. The gunner was simply swapped for the one from my venom while the pilot was made using parts from the wych kit with the original pilot’s arms. All in all a very simple conversion but one which will tie the model in nicely with the squad it transports.
When kitting out the raider I was inspired by the wych’s background. The codex describes them using their reaver jetbikes as weapons when fighting in the arenas of Commorragh and I thought that they would extend this philosophy to their transports on the battlefield. As such I have given it all kinds of aggressive upgrades such as chain snares, a shock prow and venom blades (represented by the spiky, thorn-like rails) to encourage me to use it offensively in games.
Hopefully I will get some time to paint this before term starts again next week.
Just a quick update to show the finished gunner who will be glued to the back of the venom when it is finished. As you can see, I have used a Kabalite gunner from the raider kit to build him rather than the wych gunner who comes with the set. This is because I plan on switching them around and using the wych gunner on a raider so that it matches the wych squad it will transport.
Here is my first completed model for my Dark Eldar army: a test model for the Wych Cult of Strife. Originally she was painted int he red and black colour scheme of the Wych Cult of Domination (see White Dwarf 241) as I wanted my Wych Cult members to have a different colour scheme to the rest of my Dark Eldar. However, the black and red was lacking something and so I repainted the armour green and bronze and added a purple sash.
A close up of the glow effect on the sword:
I have also done a little more work on the venom:
Let me know what you think.
Posted: April 1, 2015 in Random Musings
Tags: Games Workshop
Citadel Colouring Book
This morning the above image appeared on Tale of Painters. It purports to be a leaked image of the new Citadel Colouring Book and is clearly a light-hearted April Fools joke (you can read the full story here). I particularly liked one comment which read: “GW are also coming out with a giant box of Crayons to go with the coloring book. Every Crayon is an exact color match with GW’s paint line! I can’t wait!!” Obviously written by someone familiar with GW’s advertising rhetoric.
This got me thinking about previous hobby-related April Fools jokes, including a couple from Games Workshop themselves (although sadly there is nothing from them this year).
How to Roll Citadel Dice
Yes, hot on the heels of publications such as How to Paint Citadel Miniatures and How to Build Wargames Terrain it’s How to Roll Citadel Dice, your indispensable guide to the world of random-number-generating cubes!
Multi-Barrelled Citadel Spray Gun
Another one from GW, this time a multi-barrelled version of the citadel spray gun which can basecoat, highlight and shade your miniature all in one go.
How to Paint Bilbo Wearing the One Ring
The Citadel Colouring Book isn’t the first April Fools from the guys over at Tale of Painters, last year Garfy put together this tutorial on painting Bilbo wearing the One Ring. Possibly my favourite hobby April Fool.
Since penning this article this morning I came across this great April fool by GW’s publishing wing, the Black Library. To celebrate the release of the Skitarii they claim to be releasing their first binary novel. You can even read an extract in binary here.
Are there any others I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below.
A Hobby Detour
As is so often the case, my hobby plans have shifted slightly. Originally I was planning on allying my Harlequins with a Craftworld Eldar force. However, the brand-new Harlequins really showed up how dated the Eldar range is. Instead ideas started growing in my mind of collecting a Dark Eldar army instead. As luck would have it, the opportunity to purchase a sizeable Dark Eldar army at a significantly discounted price came up via a friend of a friend.
At the moment I am uncertain what colours to use to paint my Harlequin jetbikes; I want them to look like the deep purple jetbikes seen on the cover of White Dwarf but I’m unsure what paints to use to achieve this. As a result, I decided to put the Harlequins on hold and get started with the Dark Eldar instead, using the venom I assembled earlier as a test model.
The model is painted in the colours of the Kabal of the Black Heart. It was primed black before being given a basecoat using Incubi Darkness spray paint. Highlights of Kabalite Green were airbrushed on. The panel lines were shaded with Nuln Oil and a subtle edge highlight of Kabailte Green was applied (although they are hard to see in the photo). The next step will be to add further highlights using Sybarite Green before painting the details.
Posted: March 15, 2015 in Eldar, Harlequins, Warhammer 40k, Work-In-Progress
Tags: Eldar, Games Workshop, Harlequins, Jetbikes, Skyweaver, Starweaver, Venom, Warhammer 40k, work-in-progress
Over the last couple of weeks I have been slowly assembling the vehicles to go with my Harlequin troupe. Not only do the kits look fantastic but they are really well designed too and many of the components fit together so well that when dry-fitting them they remained in place even without glue.
The Skyweaver Jetbikes are the models that first attracted me to the Harlequin range and so it has been great fun putting them together. My one criticism of the models is that they do not attach to the flying stands very well and will need gluing in place. However, this is a minor niggle. For these models I have tried to match the masks of the riders to the ‘mask’ on the jetbike, so here both riders have skull-like masks to match the canopy of the bike.