Sunday, 23 September 2018

Ancient


He doesn't look very ancient to me but then he's a Primaris Ancient which probably means he's about 27.  Okaaay, the Indomitus Crusade has been around for a while so he might be 127.  He's very fastidious too and spends a lot of time polishing his armour.  For a wonder, I haven't named him and he's just called 'the Banner Bearer'. 


You've got to have a banner bearer in your army if you're playing Warhammer.  It's just a thing.  Technically, I think that it's the battle standard which is ancient rather than the bloke carrying it and every member of the chapter would willingly sacrifice their life to protect this relic.


In my case it's more of a tournament distraction really and a blatant attempt to claw my way up the painting scores.  I definitely went balls-to-the-wall with this one and painted it in no less than 4 sub-assemblies.  It was actually quite fun and different to do and finally gluing the separate parts together was a definite dopamine rush. I got a bit bored doing the back of the banner but no one looks at him from behind anyway.


In other news, Cpt. Precarius is back in action with a newly pinned base.  I used a brass rod, super glue and polystyrene cement to hold him in place this time.  That bastard is never coming off now.  Nailed to his perch!! However, his Iron Halo remains lost to the Warp and probably gone forever.  In an act of desperation, I swept the garage floor in an attempt to find it (something I never normally do; living in squalor is good for the immune system) but I uncovered nothing more remarkable than Tyranid nail clippings and an old piece of green coloured chewing gum.  No trace of the Iron Halo. I suspect the Chaos Gods are currently using it in a blasphemous game of Horse-shoes.


Undaunted, I forged him a new one out of my last remaining Nemesis Force Stave and the pommel of a Dreadknight sword.  A worthy combination of blessed artifacts.  I'm not sure it looks nicer than the previous incarnation but it's bigger, flashier and better painted so I'm ok with it.


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

When the men on the chessboard get up and tell you where to go


Scouts are finally done! Man, that was a ball-acher.  I like the models so much that I couldn't allow myself to rush or cut corners so it was driving me nuts towards the end.  However, all's well that ends well and 10 scouts are now ready for patrol.  Of course I've named them.  I was bored with names from the Aliens franchise and decided to use monikers from one of my other favourite films.  From left to right they are O'Neill, Bunny, Barnes, Elias & King.


I finished the 1st Squad second and did the 2nd squad first.  This is why I never win games of 40k.  I am numerically dyslexic (Not really, but apparently its a real condition called Dyscalculia.  "As thick as two short planks" was the medical term floating around in 1970's Manchester however).


I now have 5 squads in my army list. 1 & 2 are Scouts, 3 & 4 are Intercessors, 11 is Hellblasters and the Inceptors are squad 13.  I have no idea if this conforms to Adeptus Astartes military structure and frankly I don't care.  Games Workshop's retcon of their lore to introduce Primaris marines was about as subtle as a brick so I think we're all just pretty much making it up as we go along at this point.

Personally I would have released the Primaris figures as updated Space Marines without fanfare.  I've been running out-of-print Necron Wraiths in games alongside the newer versions for years and nobody gives a shit.  Why not just allow you to use your old OR new marines interchangeably?  What a crazy idea!  But then I don't work in marketing and try not to board the hype-train wherever possible (with varying degrees of success).  You've got to admit that 8th edition 40k generated a lot of attention in the wargaming world which undoubtedly led to increased sales.

"Excuses are like assholes, Taylor, everybody got one."

"I told the Padre the truth, man. I like it here."

"Y'all know about killing? I'd like to hear about it, potheads."

"the worm has definitely turned for you, man."

"It's all gravy, everyday the rest of your life, gravy."

A full shot of all 10 Scouts is in order.  These are my favourite marines ever.  Which means that they will last about 30 seconds in a tournament game.  It doesn't help that Astartes neophytes are as squishy as burst haemorrhoids and even a few Ripper bases are terrifying to them.


I am now worryingly close to my deadline for the Fields of Blood tournament.  Technically I only have to paint a lascannon and the Primaris Ancient and I'm done.  Oh, I should probably get the Apothecary to attend to Captain Precarius at some point.  However, I've been dicking around with scenery again and would like to get this finished too.  As Rolf Harris used to say, "Can you guess what it is yet?"



Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Deep Cover


Ok, it took an extra day but I finished it.  The lighting in the garage is terrible so I set up in the living room to see what it looked like really.


I think I've got enough terrain to safely cover an entire board and I have gratefully retired the Evolution Chamber which I always sort of hated.


The fixtures and fittings took the longest.  There's a huge amount of detail on the Kill Team terrain, which is great because it almost paints itself.  However, I completely misjudged how much time it would take to weather the brass and iron furnishings.


I'm not going to bother basing the ruins because it will take too long (and I want to keep it modular for Kill Team) but this allows me to do interesting interactions with other bits of scenery.


Now I have to finish my Munitorum Armoured Containers kit.  I want to put Red Scorpions heraldry in there to show that its a Nids vs. Space Marines scenario.  Additionally I'm going to use this as my display board at the tournament.  I put about 20 hours into this, I really like it and so I reckon I should use it.



I couldn't quite replicate the darker blues of my original sector mechanicus terrain but its not a glaring mismatch and at some point you've just got to call it done.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Going off-piste


Done no work on the Scouts since Tuesday.  I bought a Deep Cut Studios neoprene mat from Mighty Ape instead.  I paid an extra $20 for the mat bag but I quite like it.  I've been trying to work out an achievable paint scheme to finish the Kill Team terrain in time for the tournament.  I've used one of the small ruins as a test model. 


It was primed with a Zandri Dust rattle can.  Dry brushed with Ushabti Bone, Leadbelcher and Sycorax Bronze.  Washed with Agrax Earthshade.  Dry brush highlighted with Ushabti/Ulthuan Grey and Necron Compound.  Bronze wash of Sepia, steel wash of Nuln Oil.  Then I added Nihilakh Oxide and Typhus Corrosion.  I don't like the Typhus Corrosion so I'm going with AK Light Rust to bring in more brown tones.


I'm going to do the floor panels in the same colour as my existing Sector Mechanicus terrain (Black, Thunderhawk Blue, Fortress Grey (or Astronomican?  I can't remember!)) to try and marry up the two different types of terrain in an aesthetically pleasing manner. I think its doable.  I'm going to try and finish it this weekend.  This may require me to stay sober, so I promise nothing.


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Oh dear


"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men, Gang aft a-gley".  I was on schedule to finish the Scorpions in time for Fields of Blood on the 29th.  But that's all thrown into a cocked hat now.  On Tuesday evening I sat down to edge highlight the second squad of scouts and had a mini nervous breakdown.  My favourite brush (Daler 00 pure red sable) was frozen into a stiff, paint encrusted point because I had forgotten to clean it.  It's basically useless. I managed to get the dried paint off but somehow the magic had gone out of it.  I can't even seem to apply a base-coat cleanly with it now.  My other brushes weren't really up to the task so I threw the brush pot across the garage in a fit of pique.  20 minutes and a large glass of wine later,  I felt a bit better but then I noticed that I had accidentally knocked Captain Precarius off the shelf in my infantile rage and this had happened to him:


I had a complete tanty at my workstation. Cursing roundly and obscenely, I think I made a few new words up.  Looks like I picked an apt name for my captain and I still haven't found his Iron Halo.  The 40k fairies have apparently taken it.  I definitely wasn't in the mood to patiently add pencil-thin lines all over a bunch of models at this point.


A much needed break from Adeptus Astartes was required.  So I opened the Kill Team starter set which was an impulse buy from 2 weeks ago and all my happy thoughts flooded back in.  Completely ignoring the models and rules, I spent the next 4 hours building scenery.  Now I want to take it to the tournament.  This is madness.  I already have a completed gaming board with enough terrain to spare and that's what I was planning to take to FoB.


I haven't even played a practice game with my marines so there is no reason whatsoever to add to my hobby workload.  There's just no way I can finish all these extra buildings in time given the speed at which I paint.  On the other hand, I'll probably never get round to painting it without a hard deadline.  Maybe an orgy of dry brushing is just what I need to counteract the painstaking, delicate process of highlighting scouts.  We'll see.  I'm already thinking I need a new neoprene mat to go with it though.  Maybe everything happens for a reason.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Post Human Scouts



Yes, I'm a sad bastard and I've named them all.  I was going to call the last one Crowe but something about him reminds me of Prodigy's front man.

left to right: Frost, Drake, Hicks, Vasquez, Flint

I've only given one of them a camo cloak (folded up under the backpack) which probably makes them worthless in game as scouts.  I considered green sculpting some cloaks on them all but a) I don't like camo cloaks, b) I spent a stupid amount of time edge highlighting the armour and covering it up would be blasphemy, and c) I'm not that good at sculpting.

Have you ever been mistaken for a man?  No, have you?

Additionally, Red Scorpions don't really do camouflage anyway.  Imperial Armour IV: The Anphelion Project is quite explicit about it:

I guess she don't like the cornbread either.

"The Red Scorpions are known to have a profound dislike of covert operations in favour of meeting and defeating an enemy in open battle.  They consider this secretive kind of warfare as well as its attendant trappings, such as the use of camouflage and infiltration, as fundamentally dishonourable and shun them unless strictly needed."

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit.

Which begs the question, why did I put a camo pattern on my Razorbacks?

Man, you look just like I feel.
Yeah. I might be overthinking this one.  Oh well, on to the next squad.

I'm the trouble starter, punkin' instigator


Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Primaris Scout Conversions


 This is my third attempt to add cheap troops to my Red Scorpions.  This time, they aren't that cheap but who's counting? (apart from the T.O.)  My first attempt was a Tactical unit cobbled together from all those starter kits that I never seem to finish.  I've not even built all the models in the Dark Vengeance box which was my initial attempt to force my kids to play with me.  This first founding of marines were pretty horrible and I couldn't even bring myself to paint them.


So I bought a box of Horus Heresy Mk IVs and that was better but I got distracted and Rory distracted me even further by suggesting I go all Primaris and gave me some Sniper Rifles to convert some scouts and I bought some 2nd hand Reivers and I liked them so much I bought some new ones and here we are.


I'm pretty happy with these and swear by The Holy Emperor's Bedsores that I will start painting them immediately.  I've gone with a mixture of loadouts, mostly because I got bored with kitbashing sniper rifles.  I wanted to do two of the Horus Heresy missile launchers but had to use one from the scout squad kit which was a bit of a downer but I'm really happy with how he turned out.


I've left two of them as Reivers and will just pretend that they've got shotguns and go unnoticed.  I've got half an eye on Kill Team and would definitely want to build a Red Scorpions squad so I'm keen to have a variety of marines to use.