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Dreadtober 2017 – Genestealer Cult Sentinels – Pilot’s lounge

Posted on October 20th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I think these are almost done now, which is why I’m picking out some of the finer details in the cabin. A quick Incubi Darkness drybrush, followed by Dark Reaper is all I wanted to do.Then the dials and lights, just simple RAG rated [in reverse 😉 ]. Hindsight I could have added some yellow on the inner walls so that just the console equipment was black but I’ll live with it as is.

The other console on the left, just glowy dials. It’s fiddly to get in so this was the best I was after.

I then decided to add some Gunmetal scratches and scuffs, particularly on the feet and ball joint.

Really glad I did now as I think it adds a lot. Ordinarily I might have applied some extra shading behind it but this looks more natural than I usually do. You can also see I’ve started to edge the base with Valejo Heavy Red, so you know they’re almost complete now.

I think the Flamer is a bit too grunged and the fuel tanks are slightly incongruous but some scuffs and Typhus Corrosion have blended it back into the whole a bit.

The exhaust stacks had a little Abaddon black drybrushed on the ends, for soot.

The pilots look identical, they’re both ‘Turqs’ [vat-bred genetic-xenos hybrids]. I had some fun with my lime green paint making the glow effect on the visor and controls.

The pilots have both been varnished with Army Painter Anti-Shine, ready to be glued in place once the Sentinels have also been varnished. While I’m at it I’ll get the Deathwatch done too, which begs the question – what next? I probably have enough time to do the new AoP base, but having dismissed the possibility I now feel less inclined to make the effort…

Dreadtober 2017 – Genestealer Cult Sentinels – Moar grunge

Posted on October 18th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

So the decision was made and I sadistically chose the finest number out of them all. I spent a significant amount of time cutting it out as a stencil and then the Martian Ironearth texture rendered it almost useless. What I could see of the black that …

‘nids part 228 – Genestealer Cult Sentinels – Shading and the return of the abomination that is Seraphim Sepia

Posted on October 16th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Last Fridays post and we left the Sentinels ready for some definition. I was feeling a little disheartened I’d covered some of the Red Oxide underpianting but hoped a fine sepia shade might fool the eye into thinking the yellow was warmer than it had b…

‘nids part 227 – Genestealer Cult Sentinels – Jaundice

Posted on October 13th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I was pretty pleased with myself at this point the mix of Iyanden Dark Sun and Gamboge was producing some half decent results and I could be as messy as I wanted to be so there was a lot of freedom in the process.I’m not sure the subsequent set of high…

‘nids part 226 – Genestealer Cult Sentinels – Base/Basecoat

Posted on October 11th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

The last thing I did the other night was a Strong Tone wash on the bases so it could dry and I’d Red Planet BASE! them the following night. Jetek Suberei’s base was also in the mix. You can see I’ve completed the four sets of highlights on the red and …

‘nids part 225 – Genestealer Cult Sentinels

Posted on October 9th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I must confess [because it’s the name of the blog] I was starting to get a little antsy that these guys had remained without progress. I’d asked on the Facebook group whether it was daft to have saved so much on ebay with the two sentinels only to buy three bases for £8, near enough wiping out the savings and Marcelis pointed out ‘a saving is still a saving’. So I ordered the three Battlefield Debris 60mm bases from bases4war.com. They still appear to be the best value resin bases online. The range hasn;t grown but what they have are great quality, great designs and most of the lines are comprehensive in whichever size you need. It was about five working days delivery, but it’s sent second class post which is FREE, so can’t complain. I really didn’t imagine using the big cog base on the right but it worked so well with the pose I had to use it. You can also see I removed the cab framework. The top of the framework was missing and I’d seen plenty of examples go down this route, it seemed the quickest solution that try and source a replacement.

You will also note that after the Red Oxide primer I’ve used some extra products. I have some Valejo Red Oxid [sic] paste, if you’re after texture paint and need a decent quantity you can’t go wrong with this. I used it to fill in some of the flat areas around where I’d sanded the base to attach the feet. I also thinned it down to add rust texture on the body. I then added Martian Ironearth in places because these are going to be all kinds of battered.

This is the plan – I’m going for a very battered yellow, which I appreciates fits very differently with colours of the rest of the Free Radical Collective but these are all construction vehicles and just because you’re driving around in a CAT or JCB doesn’t mean your work clothes are bright yellow.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonvscanon/6411013369

Bottom line I want to do yellow vehicles, I may live to regret the decision and the Red Oxide looks cool so far it seems odd to make it yellow but I will push on regardless.

‘nids part 225 – Genestealer Cult Sentinels

Posted on October 9th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I must confess [because it’s the name of the blog] I was starting to get a little antsy that these guys had remained without progress. I’d asked on the Facebook group whether it was daft to have saved so much on ebay with the two sentinels only to buy three bases for £8, near enough wiping out the savings and Marcelis pointed out ‘a saving is still a saving’. So I ordered the three Battlefield Debris 60mm bases from bases4war.com. They still appear to be the best value resin bases online. The range hasn;t grown but what they have are great quality, great designs and most of the lines are comprehensive in whichever size you need. It was about five working days delivery, but it’s sent second class post which is FREE, so can’t complain. I really didn’t imagine using the big cog base on the right but it worked so well with the pose I had to use it. You can also see I removed the cab framework. The top of the framework was missing and I’d seen plenty of examples go down this route, it seemed the quickest solution that try and source a replacement.

You will also note that after the Red Oxide primer I’ve used some extra products. I have some Valejo Red Oxid [sic] paste, if you’re after texture paint and need a decent quantity you can’t go wrong with this. I used it to fill in some of the flat areas around where I’d sanded the base to attach the feet. I also thinned it down to add rust texture on the body. I then added Martian Ironearth in places because these are going to be all kinds of battered.

This is the plan – I’m going for a very battered yellow, which I appreciates fits very differently with colours of the rest of the Free Radical Collective but these are all construction vehicles and just because you’re driving around in a CAT or JCB doesn’t mean your work clothes are bright yellow.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonvscanon/6411013369

Bottom line I want to do yellow vehicles, I may live to regret the decision and the Red Oxide looks cool so far it seems odd to make it yellow but I will push on regardless.

Deathwatch/wing – Librarianism

Posted on October 6th, 2017 under , . Posted by

With Ennox Sorrlock [Iron Hands] and Ortan Cassius all but complete the only remaining squad members are Jetek Suberei [which we always knew would be an issue] and the Librarian Jensus Natorian. And so I returned to my Space Hulk Librarian in Terminato…

Deathwatch/wing – Librarianism

Posted on October 6th, 2017 under , . Posted by

With Ennox Sorrlock [Iron Hands] and Ortan Cassius all but complete the only remaining squad members are Jetek Suberei [which we always knew would be an issue] and the Librarian Jensus Natorian. And so I returned to my Space Hulk Librarian in Terminato…

1500pts battle report – Tyranids v Necrons

Posted on October 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Games have become quite a rarity since 8th edition hit. You’ve seen my views shift over the half dozen or so games I’ve played thus far, in particular the last game with PeteB helped move me to a position of acceptance and understanding. I think most o…

1500pts battle report – Tyranids v Necrons

Posted on October 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Games have become quite a rarity since 8th edition hit. You’ve seen my views shift over the half dozen or so games I’ve played thus far, in particular the last game with PeteB helped move me to a position of acceptance and understanding. I think most o…

Deathwatch – "Woah, we’re half way there"

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 under . Posted by

These guys are essentially complete at this stage. Ordinarily I’d have saved the pictures for their ‘To Done’ shoot but I had to take pictures for a 2 month painting challenge on the Tyranid Hive forum and as I’m short of content I may as well share. I…

Deathwatch – "Woah, we’re half way there"

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 under . Posted by

These guys are essentially complete at this stage. Ordinarily I’d have saved the pictures for their ‘To Done’ shoot but I had to take pictures for a 2 month painting challenge on the Tyranid Hive forum and as I’m short of content I may as well share. I…

Dreadtober

Posted on September 29th, 2017 under . Posted by

Thanks to my own Hobby Season committments it;s always been very difficult to fit in the various hobby challenges that go on throughout the year but somehow I realised my AoP Sentinels may well fit the bill for Dreadtober and luckily Todd agreed I shou…

Dreadtober

Posted on September 29th, 2017 under . Posted by

Thanks to my own Hobby Season committments it;s always been very difficult to fit in the various hobby challenges that go on throughout the year but somehow I realised my AoP Sentinels may well fit the bill for Dreadtober and luckily Todd agreed I shou…

Deathwatch! – Patience is a virtue

Posted on September 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ll be honest, I’m getting a little tired of these. Every night an hour, hour and a half and there still seems so much left to do. As Marcelis says though there’s the law of diminishing returns though and I’m of the opinion to just let some of this st…

Deathwatch! – Patience is a virtue

Posted on September 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ll be honest, I’m getting a little tired of these. Every night an hour, hour and a half and there still seems so much left to do. As Marcelis says though there’s the law of diminishing returns though and I’m of the opinion to just let some of this st…

Deathwatch! – Momentum

Posted on September 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’m having to play some wonderful mind games with myself at the moment where I try not to think too mcuh about what I’m doing lest the whoe project grinds to a halt. Luckily with so many different elements on the Deathwatch I can quickly jump from one …

Deathwatch! – Momentum

Posted on September 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’m having to play some wonderful mind games with myself at the moment where I try not to think too mcuh about what I’m doing lest the whoe project grinds to a halt. Luckily with so many different elements on the Deathwatch I can quickly jump from one …

Whats on my palette?

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under Posted by

Bless me readers for I have sinned, it’s been nearly 3 months since my last confession.

For the most part you all knew what was on it anyway. I pushed on through the Genestealer Cult and felt like I was casually getting into the Deathwatch, however that’s now become something of an urgent task.

My To Do List has down my Armies on Parade board. This is nothing grand, just a new red planet 2’x2′ that has an area that has been tiled with large pre-cast concrete slabs. I have some sheets of MDF that have nice pre-painted tiles on. They came from my Great-Aunt’s house when it was sold and I thought one would make an interesting base for the tile. But Armies on Parade begins on the 23rd October, which means it’s just 4 weeks away. In this time I need the Deathwatch done, which is doable. I expect them to be complete in a week or two [although I have my doubts about the White Scar biker Jetek Suberei, but no loss if he doesn’t make it].

But something that would make the theme of my Cultists attacking the Deathwatch defending a small storage compound so much better – these two. Now getting the board, Deathwatch and Sentinels completed in 4 weeks is nigh impossible, for me that is. I might make two but three is a stretch.

So the priority will be Deathwatch and Sentinels. I can try and print a new backdrop, as that won’t impact my hobby time at home and potentially one of my existing flat Realm of Battle boards will suffice if there is no time to create a new one. Obviously that will mean I flatly abandoned my To Do List goal, but if the Sentinels get done that will more than make up for it. But with just 28 days until AoP time management is key and by the looks of it I have quite the challenge given the speed I paint.

In a future post I might be looking at AoP a bit in more detail as new information is on their website for this years Parade. In particular the new categories are of interest:

  • Young Bloods (up to 15 years old)
    Celebrating great armies from our youngest generation of hobbyists
  • First Army
    No matter how old you are, if this is your first fully painted army, you can be in the running for this award.
  • Monsters and Machines
    For those of you with armies of Monsters, Knights and Behemoths
  • Best Theme
    Whether the inspiration is from a Black Library novel, a piece of artwork, or a classic force from the background and lore, this is one for those of you who love to represent a narrative with your armies.
  • Best Scenic Board
    For those who love to create spectacular scenery for your displays
  • Best Painted
    For you painters out there – fill your displays with your finest work to compete for this award.

Not entirely sure where mine fits in, possibly best theme, but it seems clear that although there are now plenty of opportunities to win its clear you can now only win, no second and third place awards. Everbody gets an entry pin which is great because I think it’s taking part that is key, I’m just disappointed that it looks like there’ll be no bronze medals anymore and I so wanted one to complete my set…
Anyway, we’ll look again nearer the time.

Whats on my palette?

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under Posted by

Bless me readers for I have sinned, it’s been nearly 3 months since my last confession.

For the most part you all knew what was on it anyway. I pushed on through the Genestealer Cult and felt like I was casually getting into the Deathwatch, however that’s now become something of an urgent task.

My To Do List has down my Armies on Parade board. This is nothing grand, just a new red planet 2’x2′ that has an area that has been tiled with large pre-cast concrete slabs. I have some sheets of MDF that have nice pre-painted tiles on. They came from my Great-Aunt’s house when it was sold and I thought one would make an interesting base for the tile. But Armies on Parade begins on the 23rd October, which means it’s just 4 weeks away. In this time I need the Deathwatch done, which is doable. I expect them to be complete in a week or two [although I have my doubts about the White Scar biker Jetek Suberei, but no loss if he doesn’t make it].

But something that would make the theme of my Cultists attacking the Deathwatch defending a small storage compound so much better – these two. Now getting the board, Deathwatch and Sentinels completed in 4 weeks is nigh impossible, for me that is. I might make two but three is a stretch.

So the priority will be Deathwatch and Sentinels. I can try and print a new backdrop, as that won’t impact my hobby time at home and potentially one of my existing flat Realm of Battle boards will suffice if there is no time to create a new one. Obviously that will mean I flatly abandoned my To Do List goal, but if the Sentinels get done that will more than make up for it. But with just 28 days until AoP time management is key and by the looks of it I have quite the challenge given the speed I paint.

In a future post I might be looking at AoP a bit in more detail as new information is on their website for this years Parade. In particular the new categories are of interest:

  • Young Bloods (up to 15 years old)
    Celebrating great armies from our youngest generation of hobbyists
  • First Army
    No matter how old you are, if this is your first fully painted army, you can be in the running for this award.
  • Monsters and Machines
    For those of you with armies of Monsters, Knights and Behemoths
  • Best Theme
    Whether the inspiration is from a Black Library novel, a piece of artwork, or a classic force from the background and lore, this is one for those of you who love to represent a narrative with your armies.
  • Best Scenic Board
    For those who love to create spectacular scenery for your displays
  • Best Painted
    For you painters out there – fill your displays with your finest work to compete for this award.

Not entirely sure where mine fits in, possibly best theme, but it seems clear that although there are now plenty of opportunities to win its clear you can now only win, no second and third place awards. Everbody gets an entry pin which is great because I think it’s taking part that is key, I’m just disappointed that it looks like there’ll be no bronze medals anymore and I so wanted one to complete my set…
Anyway, we’ll look again nearer the time.

eBay purchases I shouldn’t regret

Posted on September 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

Iapedus at Languor Management recently did an inventory check of all the models he had to paint with the rather drastic result of entering into a 12 step programme to try and curtail his relentless hobby spending. As a self-confessed hobby addict myself I could understand his situation. Thankfully my hobby spending is rather more controlled. I’m sure we’re both getting top bargains, which is part of the fun side of scouring ebay but I’m always mindful of what I already have knocking around. That said I have vision in my head of things I want to do and at times that requires a purchase to then turn that fantasy into a reality.

Anyway, when I was commenting on his blog I was eagerly eyeing up a few Buy It Nows that would get me the parts for a ‘Crayon’ Whirlwind, a Land Speeder and a Sentinel all for around £24! But then I saw this auction for the Whirlwind, plus original Rogue Trader Rhino. The result being I was able to snap it up for £6.10, [plus £2.90 postage]. A couple of quid more than the Buy It Now, but with a legacy ‘relic’ tank to go with it! I must explain the two elements to this – number 1 as I have Rogue Trader tanks I feel aesthetically bound to continue with those, which is a shame as I really like the new Rhino model. Secondly this Whirlwind variant has always appealed to me, not for the relatively silly crayon rockets but the marine in the turret that echoes the Land Speeder Vengeance gunner. For this reason I’ve been
hungering for this model for quite a while, which again is a shame as I like the current Whirlwind to. But, for £9 that’s not a bad deal and again I got the adrenal kick of a real auction, sniping in the last minute.

I then followed up with another purchase. Sentinels for my Genestealer Cult, I love the concept and aesthetic of the these. Two with flamers and close combat chainsaws. Sadly missing weapons on one and their canopies but I can live with that. Final auction price £15.10 [plus £2.90 postage]. Again a pretty good bargain at 40% off. The missing weapons are unfortunate but I’ll pick them up at some point.

However, the purchases have made me think, in much the same way Iapedus tool stock. I have plenty of models now and I will therefore not be getting any more for the foreseeable future. My To Do List has me covered so new models are just going to be sat waiting to paint and I want to keep my spends down too.

That said there are a number of exceptions. I have some Amazon Vouchers, which would allow me to pick up some more Acolytes. This would give me plenty of options for my second set of Deathwatch Cultists – making them far more intersting and divers compare with the standard set I already have. Additionally I have £40 of vouchers for Wargames. I’ve earmarked that for the Tyranid Codex, rumoured for October/November. In addition I’ll be ordering a box of Empire Flagellants. I’ve always loved them from back when they were only available in metal. I loved their rules and figures and the plastic ones look fantastic. I’m planning to convert them into my Genestealer cult so I have even more random diversity – a heady mix of [chaos] cultists, mine-worker cultists, fanatic cultists and maybe even some Guard Cultists one day – to illustrate how the cult infiltrated all manner of Ferron society.

In the mean time it looks like I have a lot on my palette…

eBay purchases I shouldn’t regret

Posted on September 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

Iapedus at Languor Management recently did an inventory check of all the models he had to paint with the rather drastic result of entering into a 12 step programme to try and curtail his relentless hobby spending. As a self-confessed hobby addict myself I could understand his situation. Thankfully my hobby spending is rather more controlled. I’m sure we’re both getting top bargains, which is part of the fun side of scouring ebay but I’m always mindful of what I already have knocking around. That said I have vision in my head of things I want to do and at times that requires a purchase to then turn that fantasy into a reality.

Anyway, when I was commenting on his blog I was eagerly eyeing up a few Buy It Nows that would get me the parts for a ‘Crayon’ Whirlwind, a Land Speeder and a Sentinel all for around £24! But then I saw this auction for the Whirlwind, plus original Rogue Trader Rhino. The result being I was able to snap it up for £6.10, [plus £2.90 postage]. A couple of quid more than the Buy It Now, but with a legacy ‘relic’ tank to go with it! I must explain the two elements to this – number 1 as I have Rogue Trader tanks I feel aesthetically bound to continue with those, which is a shame as I really like the new Rhino model. Secondly this Whirlwind variant has always appealed to me, not for the relatively silly crayon rockets but the marine in the turret that echoes the Land Speeder Vengeance gunner. For this reason I’ve been
hungering for this model for quite a while, which again is a shame as I like the current Whirlwind to. But, for £9 that’s not a bad deal and again I got the adrenal kick of a real auction, sniping in the last minute.

I then followed up with another purchase. Sentinels for my Genestealer Cult, I love the concept and aesthetic of the these. Two with flamers and close combat chainsaws. Sadly missing weapons on one and their canopies but I can live with that. Final auction price £15.10 [plus £2.90 postage]. Again a pretty good bargain at 40% off. The missing weapons are unfortunate but I’ll pick them up at some point.

However, the purchases have made me think, in much the same way Iapedus tool stock. I have plenty of models now and I will therefore not be getting any more for the foreseeable future. My To Do List has me covered so new models are just going to be sat waiting to paint and I want to keep my spends down too.

That said there are a number of exceptions. I have some Amazon Vouchers, which would allow me to pick up some more Acolytes. This would give me plenty of options for my second set of Deathwatch Cultists – making them far more intersting and divers compare with the standard set I already have. Additionally I have £40 of vouchers for Wargames. I’ve earmarked that for the Tyranid Codex, rumoured for October/November. In addition I’ll be ordering a box of Empire Flagellants. I’ve always loved them from back when they were only available in metal. I loved their rules and figures and the plastic ones look fantastic. I’m planning to convert them into my Genestealer cult so I have even more random diversity – a heady mix of [chaos] cultists, mine-worker cultists, fanatic cultists and maybe even some Guard Cultists one day – to illustrate how the cult infiltrated all manner of Ferron society.

In the mean time it looks like I have a lot on my palette…

Deathwatch! – Pound puppies

Posted on September 18th, 2017 under . Posted by

The Deathwatch continue, slowly. As alluded to in my last post at certain points I have begun to focus a little on each individual model once shared elements have been done. Amusingly the model I felt most compelled to take forward was the Space Puppy …

Deathwatch! – Pound puppies

Posted on September 18th, 2017 under . Posted by

The Deathwatch continue, slowly. As alluded to in my last post at certain points I have begun to focus a little on each individual model once shared elements have been done. Amusingly the model I felt most compelled to take forward was the Space Puppy …