More minis from the Emperor’s Knuckles
Jarl Kurk Thunderfoot in artificer armor. Since I use pistol weaponry as the rifle versions, I had to hunt down an old style plasma pistol to differentiate between which was which.
Barney here is a Rogue Trader era (1987) Dreadnought with twin linked autocannon arms made from imperial guard heavy weapons team autocannons, greenstuff and some extra eldar weapons shields. I think I went a bit overboard on the knotwork.
People will often criticize the old style of 40k, but with just a bit of conversion, it can still be usable with the newer models. I’m quite pleased with how the conversion part of this build went as well as the final look of it. I will have to go in and clean up the highlights at some point before I can actually call the piece finished.
And last but not least are my sniper scouts. These are completely unaltered Ratling Snipers. I’ve seen the older ratlings, and these guys are much more dwarfish in size than they are. It’s almost as if they were intended for Squat snipers and were quietly reclassified by Games Workshop so they could still be released without causing a fuss. I absolutely love the little sculpted details about the minis here. One has an eldar soulstone as a charm. Another has a half eaten bag of apples and cheese behind him and a discarded apple core at his feet. Some of them have little rat skulls collected as trophies (I imagine they’d be hard to hit at a distance with a sniper rifle, thus would the skull prove their skill with the weapon). They also come five to a $20 blister, which is one of the few bargains you’ll still find from GW.
Slowly working my way through painting 23 ork grots/gretchin/snotlings/runtz/whydotheyhavesomanydifferentnames. I don’t even play orks or plan on using them as allies ever, so I’ll probably sell them once I’m done. Thinking about auctioning them off for charity. I usually do something for Toys for Tots every year, so I’ll probably donate the proceeds to that. Heh, “Grots for Tots”, anyone?
Anyway, this little guy is mostly right off the sprue from the kit, minus the extra bits from the base. I drilled out the barrel of the big pistol and swapped out the whackin’ stick for the pointing hand. The base is covered with various grenades, a promethium tank, a small bomb and a meltabomb on a timer currently at 0:03. The gretchin is pointing at his wonderful find of ‘splodey ‘tings and calling out for his buddies to come look. I like making scenes that tell a story.
I do need to get a better camera for macro shots (between papercrafting and gaming its about all I shoot). This was hell to get a steady shot from a borrowed Sanyo X1400. I’m thinking of picking up a Cannon Elph.
Grot with looted Blood Angel armor
I took some leftover space marine bits and a plastic ork gretchin miniature and kitbashed them together to make this guy. The head had the rounded part of the neck filed flat and the back section drilled out to fit the grethin’s neck. Two holes were drilled in the sides and I carved the ears off of one of the plastic gretchin heads and glued them in. The chainsword had the middle section removed and was drilled and pinned together to replace the metal pipe the grethin was holding. The space marine bolt pistol was an easy swap since I just had to remove the big pistol upper half and could keep the same hand and handle. The backpack was a pain since I has to cut off the lower two exhaust ports, chop out the middle and fuse the left half to the right side. A little bit of sanding and a lot of liquid greenstuff helped. I drilled a hole in the underside of the pack as well as on the gretchin so I could mount it on his back. I added the frag grenade to his belt and modified his feet to fit the sloped terrain I made for the base. This little guy is now my favorite kitbashed miniature I’ve made.
Da Red Gobbo
Here’s my paint job for The Red Gobbo. A friend over at the local game shop gave me this figure a few weeks ago. I discovered that Gobbo here goes for $40 to $60 online, and the mini I was given was in perfect condition in the box. I told the guy who gave it to me and he lets me keep it anyway provided I don’t plan on selling it.
The Purplecrons now have a MONOLITH. Well, sort of. It’s paper. Twelve sheets, to be exact. Three more and I could have built a ‘friggin Thunderhawk. So many sub-assemblies and layers. Took quite a bit of ink to print out the swatches to match the paint colors too.
Closeup of all dem deathmarks. I first tried out the color scheme for the army on one of them, and it sold me on it.
The plain Necron lord with Rez orb was an interesting piece to build. I never do seem to get any good photos of the sculpting work on the cloak.
a shot showing the regular necron warriors. Painting 32 of these guys was an effort. 8 points of white, 18 points of silver, 7 points of green, 2 shade washes and 2 spots of black were applied to each figure.
The auction is still up on ebay right now. Please feel free to bid on it.
Larry The Haemonculus, some Wracks and T-Pain
I’ve had these finished for a while now, but broke them out last night for some photos. T-Pain (Short for Talos Pain Engine) works amazingly well with my allied Wraithlord. Larry here usually bites the dust after he and his wracks burninate a squad, but Anthanaz and T-Pain are amazing in 6th ed. Need a bastion smashed? Warlord wrecked? Dominate a daemon prince? They’re up for it.
Selling the Purple Necrons
To help cover the cost of rebuilding and replacing things from the fire, I’m selling my Necron army I’ve been painting for the past few months. It’s up on ebay now at the following link:
There’s more pictures on the ebay page. The auction is for 2 night/doom scythe fleyers, 2 Catacomb/Annihilation Barges, a Necron Overlord, a Necron Lord with custom sculpted cape, Two Finecast Cryteks, 9 Deathmark snipers, 32 Necron Warriors and the new Codex: Necrons. I’ve got over $300 and thirty hours put into the project, and while I did enjoy building and painting it, I’m hoping to get a bit money out of it.
I’ll try and swap out the pictures tonight with some more recent ones. The bases have all been covered with black sand drybrushed in dark grey to look like ashes with a few skulls and bones scattered among the many bases. One of the barges pictured here is not finished in the picture, but it has since been completed. All the vehicles are magnetized to accept either vehicle option. The auction included additional paints and boxes to carry the figures and vehicles.
I decided to add some craftworld allies to my Dark Eldar army. Went for a white and red color scheme. The little dragon skull is a pain to paint on everything.
I still need to do a bit of work on the wave serpent. I plan on using it to shield my wraithlord and talos while they trudge across the board since it’s AV12 and hard to score a penetrating hit against.
Here’s my wraithlord, Athanaz. Went with a single brightlance for the weaponry. Its nice that the kit comes with multiple arm poses, but I really wish they would have done the same with the legs. Had to chop them up into segments, drill a large hole in the lower thigh and upper shin to pin it together with a hollow metal tube that could be bent to the desired pose and greenstuff the joints back. Hollowed out the front knee section and popped it back on. That’s a whole lot of work for just a slight change to the pose, but it does make the model look more interesting. The brightlance is held onto the handle grip by two metal pins so I can swap it out for the other weapon options. If I want to use the wraithsword, I’ll just leave the brightlance on since I used some leftover talos bits to make an in-built executioner blade on the end. The spiked forearm guards from the talos kit fit unnaturally perfect over the wraithlord’s shins. They snapped on without glue and the cuts in the edge slide perfectly over the soulstones in the sides of the lower legs.
Another shot of Athanaz. I used the metal spikes and blades bits from the talos kit in place of the back “wings”. This gives it more of a corsair look that helps it fit in with my dark eldar forces.
My Dire Avengers. I like how they look, but they’re less effective than kabalite warriors while costing several points more. I built an exarch for them, but the bladestorm ability is overrated in my opinion. Using just five dire avengers is the cheapest option for allied troops in terms of points, so I guess the serve their purpose even if they perform lousy in-game.
My farseer on jetbike. I call him Ohno. The jetbike is made from the front plate of a new style reaver, the main chassis and guns of a craftworld eldar jetbike, leftover blades from a dark eldar raider and the engine from an old style dark eldar reaver. I used a 40mm base and a modified building buttress as a stand. I never really spent too much time on basing, but I tried some new things with these guys. The little green tuft things look ridiculous when they’re just in your hand, but make convincing shrubbery once applied to a textured base.
More painted miniatures
Here’s two figures I painted up for a friend at the local gaming shop. Dude painted his Black Reach dread up so bad I told him I’d re-paint it free of charge just to help him out. My thought was that if he had a nicely painted centerpiece to the army, he might try and take a bit more time painting the rest of it to match instead of just splotching white and red paint on his figures in a few areas. He mentioned wanting to try out a chaplain, so the figure here was built from random leftover parts in my bits box. Plague marine head modified to be a skull helm, Fantasy staff and backpack decorative bit made into a crozius. I like to modify the backpacks on chaplains to have skulls for the exhaust vents. You can see the freehand on his chapter symbol shoulder, but there’s also a neat looking painted skull that takes up his entire right shoulder as well. All in all I’m pleased with how they came out.
I still have to go back and make the jewels inserted into the left skyboard orange, but other than that, these two hellions are now done. THe one on the right is riding the decorative skyboard from an earlier post.
Here’s my take on Duke Sliscus. The main portion of the figure is Yriel with one hand spliced to hold a venom blade and the other arm replaced with a DE kabalite arm holding a blast pistol. The second venom blade is hung from a sheath on his belt.
I painted GW’s finecast version of Lilith Hesperax in my army’s primary colors. I hate how the resin impaler spear and flag post can never stay straight. I’m tempted to just cut off the impaler and replace it with one from the plastic wych kit.
Here’s a hellion gang that adopts the colors of the bulk of my army. The other two gangs of five are in red/orange and green/white respectively. The fluff has them all in various cliques that randomly work together with the cabals, so I paint my Reavers, Hellions, Wracks and Scourges in gangs of 5. It gives the overall army a sort of flying circus look.
Here’s one of the green/white skyboards. I’m still working on the rider. This group is supposed to be Baron Sathonyx’s personal retinue, so their boards are in an inverted variation of his own.
For people who’ve been asking me what colors I use, I’m not sure how much the answer will help you. Other than washes, I never touch GW paints. These are done with Delta Creamcoat paints I pick up from various craft stores local to my area (Ben Franklin’s to be specific). The blue color is Liberty Blue. I add small amounts of white or black to it for shading. The first coat over grey primer covers the entire mini in blue. I then go over the exposed flesh areas with Santa’s Flesh, which, when properly thinned, shows up much paler than normal, thanks to the blue undercoat. I go back over it with a thicker paint for the highlighted areas of the face and arms. The oranges are some other cheap acrylic paint brand. Apple Barrel or Folk art or something. I use tow shades of purple, with a third highlight color mixed consisting of the lighter purple and white.