Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Inception level sidetracked

The trouble with plans is that they go awry.  I was already bored painting Skitarii and decided to change the recipe to make it more efficient.  Hagen mentioned using contrast paint over layer paint rather than the base coat and I thought I'd try it out on Vallejo silver.

It looks pretty good although I still had to highlight the brass and silver edging.   So not much time saved but I was on a roll and decided to try Cygor Brown on the rifle instead of the 2 step Skeleton Horde and Rhinox Hide.  Finally, I changed up the spot colour, using Warlock Purple and Pink horror instead of red.  I threw a Reikland Fleshshade glaze over the top and put a coat of it over one of the finished bases to make it match the more reddish brown marble effect on my vehicles more consistently.  Not bad, not bad at all.  I was now ready to paint the next 10 Skitarii with my new and improved recipe.

Then the LVO reveals came out on the Warhammer Community page.  Batplanes, Cowboy Skitarii and Flying Monkeys!  Very excited!  My wallet started to weep uncontrollably in my pocket.  I ignored its plaintiff cries and began fantasising about what heresy I could achieve with the new models.

This got me in a converting mood, so I went back to the Spider Onager and started thinking about weaponising it.   I built the various options from the original Onager and decided I liked the Icarus Array the best.  A couple of spare autocannon thingies from the Lord Discordant kit will do nicely.  But then I got bored and nothing about it seemed as exciting as flying monkeys.

I felt the need to destroy something, so I chopped up the legs from my second Armiger kit and messed around with different poses.  Nothing seemed right and a short spell on YouTube watching films about sprinting ostriches seemed like a good idea.

This got the creative juices flowing and I've now got the basic shape and idea for my Nurgle themed Armiger Warglaive.

The pose I want will be quite difficult to achieve since the whole model has to be balanced on the toes of one foot.  I'm going to have to run a shitload of brass rods through that leg to make it work.  A solid base was needed to work from so I cut up some more scenery and created a bit of scaffolding to hold up the torso while I work on the leg.  The scaffold slots into a hole in the base.

Then I realised I had made an unholy mess.  Distraction upon distraction upon distraction and nothing finished.  My paint station looked like a medieval torture chamber.  I need to calm down and take stock.

But sometimes when the ideas come you've just go to go with the flow.  Discipline is for the servants of the False Emperor!

Wednesday, 22 January 2020


I should just go all out and play Chaos really.  Several people have mentioned it. I wouldn't have to kitbash horns on my dudes; they come ready made.  But where's the fun in that?  And what Chaos army has a Mindflayer Enginseer? Huh? Huh!? (Ok there's probably one on Forgeworld somewhere).

R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

I'm a wizard!

Last of the Mohicans

Right! Time to stop dicking around and get back to assembling/painting Skitarii!

Oh dear God no, not Kill Team!

Monday, 20 January 2020

Caving in to Contrast

 I'm a contrary git when you get right down to it.  I often have a perverse desire to do the opposite of what I'm told and sometimes cut my nose off just to spite my face.  When all the hype surrounding the release of contrast paint was hosed directly into my hobby feed for months on end, my knee jerk reaction was to completely ignore it and buy more models instead.  I doubt that GW were particularly concerned about this decision and I was still spending money on their product in one form or another anyway.

However, now that the furore has died down and everyone has made their mind up, I feel a perverse desire to try it out.  The fact that I need to build and paint 30 Skitarii for my Dark Mech army may also have been a contributing factor.  The thought of painting so many models which (at the time) I didn't think were all that interesting left me cold.  My previous attempts to paint entire blocks of troops for various armies has produced mixed results.  I still haven't painted all my shitty Termagants for the Tyranid army and hate those gribblies to this day.  Buying 96 more or less identical models and having to build and paint them is completely overfacing.  Choosing a bad colour scheme and having to start all over again is beyond the pale.  I liked the colours for my Zombies in the Kings Of War undead army but again I bought too many models and bit off more than I could chew.

I really liked the colour scheme for my Space Marine army.  However, edge highlighting every single footsoldier nearly drove me insane.  I have no desire to do any more and think I set the quality bar too high.  The Necrons were a success and my carefully planned and scheduled speed painting exercise worked out well.  But painting a Necron army in two colours isn't particularly exciting and I went for a rusty effect in order to hide mistakes.  The end result makes the whole thing look drab.

Therefore, it was time to try something new. The vibrant colours and 'one thick coat' approach of contrast paint seemed like it would both save time and produce something pretty.

The 'Teal' contrast scheme on the Citadel paint app caught my eye.  The spear carriers of Helforge Monkeychuka will march into battle wearing turquoise!  It doesn't match the paint scheme of my vehicles but it's close enough.  I did a test model which seemed alright and ended up painting 10 of them.

Based with Grey Seer, one thick coat of  Terradon Turquoise is added to the cloak.

One thick coat of Basilicanum Grey is added to the metal parts.

One thick coat of Skeleton Horde is added to the rifle, base and purity seal.

Brass effects added with Hashut Copper and Liberator Gold. Silver effects added with Runefang Steel and Vallejo Steel.  Nuln Oil gloss washed over the top.  Wraithbone painted on inside of cloaks and pants.

Cloak highlighted with Sotek Green and Temple Guard Blue. Red detail added with Khorne Red, Evil Sunz Scarlet and Agrax. Wraithbone dry brushed on base.  Rhinox Hide used on base rim and rifle.

Once I started to build the Skitarii I quickly warmed to them.  There's lots of options in the kit even though the way the torso/cloak and legs fit together is mono-pose.  The steam punk, retro-future vibe is pretty cool.  I even managed a bit of kit bashing and reposing on a couple.  I don't think I'll begin to hate them until I've done at least 20.

Sunday, 12 January 2020


"Heretek is the name given by the Adeptus Mechanicus to those Tech-priests who turn their backs on the teachings and strictures of the Cult Mechanicus in pursuit of usually dark and forbidden technologies linked to the Warp and the Ruinous Powers of Chaos" according to Google.  At least that was the only reference I could find.  The rest of my search results pointed to the 'Heretek' expansion for the 'Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus' game on Steam.  I'd almost forgotten about about the DLC and wasted several hours surfing that particular wave.  It turns out that the final boss looks a bit like this fella.  Coincidence?  I think not, and will take this as a sign that I simply must buy the game.  For research purposes.

I've tentacled him up and found a use for an old Dreadnought base together with a dreadnought greave as an armoured cowl.  He's definitely a bit chunkier than your average Tech-Priest.  Lots of mechadendrites lurking under his dress which make him look creepier although I may have gotten a bit too enthusiastic.  I gave him an arrow head tail made out of a Trygon tongue which I think adds an insolent touch.

He's ready for paint but that's going to have to wait.  I've only painted vehicles in this particlar army (and a partially naked Drider) and the base colour was 'Psychotic Illusions' colorshift paint.  I'm not sure that will work on the troops.  Their robes would get all stiff and unwearable with armour paint.  So I'm going to have to figure out a colour scheme for my footsoldiers.  The Heretek has robes as well as armour plating and metal.  I was thinking they should be a teal or turquoise colour but I'm sure I will constantly second guess myself until I end up in a tailspin of indecision and just go back to watching The Witcher on Netflix.  Dear God, I'm going to have to actually build some Skitarii as test models!

Not much progress on the Dunecrawler; the reason I bought these kits in the first place.  I solved the problem of working out dimensions by buying an actual Dunecrawler, partly assembling it and putting them side by side.  I spent the kids leftover holiday money on this endeavour and there's a special place in Hell reserved for people like me.  Goddammit, I'll have put them both through university!  They owe me.  Anyway, I think I'll get away with my spider dunecrawler if I pimp up the arse end a bit.  I will of course finish the genuine version (as well as paying the kids back).  I'm told that Onagers come best in pairs or threes anyway.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Counts as: Darth Maul

I returned from a family visit to the UK this week with my sons. This year produced a reasonable haul of plastic for Christmas, including 2 Lord Discordant kits.  Lots of ideas for converting but I had to wait until I got back before I could start cannibalising the parts.  The 35 hour journey home was pretty gruelling and quite eventful towards the end.

We couldn't get back into New Zealand with our Kiwi passports (I bought the tickets using our British ones and lost the visa confirmation letters which had arrived 1 day before our outbound flight.  Actually I didn't so much lose them as throw them away after drawing a probability matrix on the back of one during a family game of Settlers, whilst explaining the statistical likelihood of rolling a '7' on two six sided dice). However, it was obvious that we were NZ citizens from our documentation so we got through passport control.  Then my youngest son filled out his customs declaration incorrectly and we got pulled out of the line. Having only slept 5 hours out of the previous 48, I appeared to have lost the power of coherent speech and the authorities became suspicious.  Then the bio-security sniffer dog went crazy over my hand luggage.  I explained to an increasingly annoyed customs officer that I had spilled half a bottle of apple flavoured vape juice inside but she was having none of it. "This dog is trained to ignore vape liquid, sir."  I love how minor public servants can make the word 'sir' sound like 'asshole'.  I half expected an Arbites Enforcer to appear out of a side door with a rubber glove fitted up to the elbow. "Step this way, sir.  We'll soon get to the 'root' of the problem."  But they let me go shortly after they discovered my soiled underwear which I had changed after the 13 hour flight from Abu Dhabi to Sydney.  HAFE is a clear and present danger on long haul fights.  They must have decided to let it slide, so to speak.  Chaos is good.  We can fight Chaos with Chaos.  Just like Inquisitor Eisenhorn I believe that I am slowly descending into the radical philosophy.

I wanted to make a spidery Onager Dunecrawler out of the disco lords but have been struggling with it.  I've got a basic body shape which is not quite what I envisioned and I'm worried it might be too small.  I think an Onager is about the same size as a Redemptor Dreadnought (4" tall?) but this thing is only 3.5" and despite having more legs, it doesn't have the bulk of the dunecrawler.  I'm tempted to just go and buy one and find out.  The 'Start Collecting' admech box is quite reasonable.

When you're stuck for ideas it's best to do something else, so I started mucking around with the leftover legs from the kits. I stuck them on the bottom of a Tech Priest and bingo, the model was pretty much done!

It sort of reminds me of spider Darth Maul.  The resemblance isn't striking but I like to think this is what Maul would look like if the Chaos Gods swallowed him whole and shat him out of the Eye Of Terror upon an unsuspecting Imperium.

At the risk of sounding banal, I think it needs more tentacle.  Or at least tidying up around the legs and hem of the robe.