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Genestealer Cult Magos

I picked up a Genestealer Cult Magos miniature to paint for Finnegan to use in his Genestealer Cult Kill Team/Necromunda gang. I used contrast paints for everything except the metals (but I washed those with contrast painted!). It was FAST - honestly I spent more time waiting for layers to dry than actual painting. It isn't the most beautiful painted figure I've ever done, but it's done and it matches the rest of his Genestealer Cult minis... Genestealer Cult MagosThe Genestealer Cult so far...Now to get this gang on the table!!Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog:Spyrers. I finished them up. I'll probably post pics later today...

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The Aeldari

Now then,I collected an Eldar army way back in the early 90s when I was but a youth. Since restarting my 40k addiction last year I have tarted them up somewhat. There were lots of broken models, all chucked in a box, and left for years. Ive always liked the models so it seemed a shame.The mainstay of the army are of course the guardian squads. Mine are made up of very old metal miniatures from the late 80's and early 90's.Supported by war walkers and a wraith lord.Leading them in battle are the farseer and warlock conclave.Of course no Eldar or Aeldari as they are called these days, would be complete without Aspect Warriors. The most common type are of course the Dire Avengers, led by their Exarch.Next up we have the Fire Dragons. Led by their Exarch with his fire pike.Now we come to one of my favourite units, the Warp Spiders. Swooping Hawks, useful troops, but fragile.Striking Scorpions. My largest Aspect squad, useful as bodyguards for my characters or to be left lurking in the shadows, waiting t

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New Apocalypse Battle Game

Wow no updates on this blog for a year+. Still gaming though real life does get in the way of games..The gaming group decide to get together again and get some GW 40k games in. With the recent release of new 40k Apocalypse it was a good time to take our armies out for some big battles.Scenario: Apocalyptic CarnageCrazyrat: Chaos 200+PLEngie: Blood Angel Strike force 330+PLSkanwy: Iyanden Warhost 300+PL                                                             We omitted the warzone portion as all of us are still learning the rules and just want to play a vanilla apocalypse game. Anyway we stop the game at end of turn 2 as it was getting late and the Lyanden will triumph eventually as Chaos and BA were withering each other down.IMO what I like about the new 40k Apoc are:very streamline game play, much faster and the system allow a player to not b

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Showcase: Dark Angel Reivers and Intercessors

I recently announced the cancellation of my subscription to Conquest, that has left me with some odd sized units. I'm a devoted son of the Lion and that just won't do for such loyal and noble warriors. One week later and I have four more warriors, completing two of my units to the full complement of ten models each. After the jump a quick note on how I'm going to be organising my hobby from now on.More after the jump

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Angels - Ravenwing Dark Shroud part 9 - Almost there

The Dark Shroud is almost complete now, for the life of me I don't know what all the fuss was about. The DJ has his orange targeting lenses done, you can also see some of the scribbled oaths of moment on the front of his booth. I spontaneously decided to edge it in red, I don't know why. It harks back a little to the Typhoons, as their launchers are edged red but it really wasn't that considered.The Icon of Caliban had its Ferron marble painted. It might be a little busy looking but I can live with it. The Calibanite ruins had a wash of Waywatcher green just add a little mossiness to the effect. I kept the purity seals pure white, that might be a mistake, but again I'm past caring at this stage - I can always add a sepia wash later on.The glow FX on the battery are a little clunky, not so much on the barrel but the plasma coils. I can always tweak them but I can't imagine using them anyway so it doesn't deserve any more effort at this stage.The anti-grav glows far more effective and almost the same as my Typh

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Armageddon Steel Legion, Necromundans, and an Imperial Fist

Clearing a few more things off the painting desk...Four Armageddon Steel LegionnairesThe missiles come from the Departmento Munitorum like that. The forge world that produces them paints them so for to easily identify which is which (nothing is more embarrassing, not to mention wasteful of the Emperor's precious munitions, than blowing up a single dude in the middle of a large quad with a Krak missile, or having a Frag missile ping off the side of a tank...), but with little concern the intricacies of tactical stealth considerations. Normally a team of veterans, such as these, would repaint them in theatre immediately after issue, but with the rapidly changing situation of this deployment, they didn't have time (or perhaps paint!) to do so between rearming and heading out on the next mission!The full squad of them. This would be a veteran squad - as it contains additional Special Weapons.Initially I just picked up one or two of these guys because I like the models. I thought I'd put together a mixed team of a

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Adeptus Arbites

Last spring I painted up a bunch of old I-Kore Void figures and called them "Adeptus Arbites". In truth, they would be better stand-ins for Local Enforcers... The Adeptus Arbites, I have since figured out, are more like a "Federal" police force - like the FBI in the United States or the RCMP in Canada (except that the RCMP are also detailed to do local law enforcement in large parts of rural Canada...), whereas Enforcers are more like local/municipal police forces.I imagine the Adeptus Arbites, though there certainly would be some posted on Necromunda, would give very little care for anything going on in the Underhive - they would be keeping their eye on Lord Helmawr and the big movers and shakers in the upper hive or spire that might be committing Imperial crimes... I guess they might show up in the Underhive to chase down a particularly nasty criminal that's tried to elude Imperial justice by escaping downhive.Adeptus Arbites! Most of these are old metal models from Citadel Miniatures on newer Sector Imperi

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Dark Angels - Ravenwing Dark Shroud part 8 - Windows and lenses

Work continues gradually on the Dark Shroud. I'm sure you had thought the 'stained glass' windows had looked a bit rough around the edges and will be glad to see they've been cleaned up a bit. The window frames still need some tweaks but I need to varnish, Tamiya Clear Red X-27, highlight black and varnish the frames [possibly] again.The cockpit windows also got highlights. It's doubtful any of these highlights will be noticeable, if at all visible with the pilot in-situ, but the process must be done.The 'DJ' is mostly complete, just need to do his targeting lenses, although his helmet lens is done.As is the gunner's. And the pilot. They're all a bit rough around the edges, and I don't mean the slight OSL I usually apply, but the quality isn't what I normally manage. However, the eye-lenses are somewhat smaller and harder to define than usual so I've done the best I can considering - just need to move it forward.A mixed bag of the remaining bits, the Plasma Battery has had a first pass of orange, while t

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Delaque Gangers

I finally finished up the Delaque Leader, so I thought I would post pics of the entire gang... I do have three more to do, but all three require some converting, and it may be some time before I get to them, so...The One-Eyed Red SnakesThe entire gang, so far...All are old school Necromunda metal figures from Citadel Miniatures.Artifex is the Leader of the gang. Artifex is a master dealer in information and prohibited substances (mainly obscure and spook - which he sells as red and blue pills). Artifex is kitted out with Flack Armour, Photogoggles, a Bolt Gun, a Power Axe and a Stub gun.Skills: Mentor225 creditsRisternina (Champion) is Artifex's right hand man.He is kitted out with Flak Armour, Photogoggles, Lascannon with monosight, and a Stub Gun.Skills: Marksman330 creditsMus and Rotis. These Gangers are equipped with Flak Armour, Photogoggles, Lasgun, Stub Gun and Stiletto Knife.110 credits eachOraculum and Mutatio. These Gangers have Flak Armour, Photogoggles, Shotgun (Solid and Scatter ammo), Stub Gun,

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Dark Angels - Ravenwing Dark Shroud part 7 - Highlights complete [mostly]

I followed up the Incubi Darkness with Grim Reaper, but forgot to photograph just that stage. I then added a pale blue craft acrylic fine highlight. It's not a particularly opaque paint which I think helps thin it.All the Ravenwing badges were highlighted too up to their final white. Its a very odd model to paint in sections. I have the Speeder, the gunner [who snapped off his legs], the driver, the 'DJ booth' the 2 magnetised guns, the 2 Plasma Battery's and the Shroud Icon emitter. It's quite and eclectic mix, different sizes, different requirements. But the black is mostly done, just some tidy ups to do.I threw on some green for dials and displays. It's a slight departure and a little 'disco' but what the hell. I also spotted I hadn't finished some more of the bronze elements so added a little more highlights. I've another highlight to add, a sepia wash to age it and then verdigris for patina. I did get carried away and started the orange glow FX on the Plasma Battery, not having done the verdigris, so I'l

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Genestealer Cultists

These are actually Finnegan's figures. He's picked up a few Genestealter Cult minis over the last year. He started with the Deathwatch: Overkill boardgame/box set, which he picked up at the Sentry Box in Calgary. Later, when the new Kill Team game came out, I gave him the Genestealer Cult Kill Team from the core box I'd picked up. He's done nothing with them since.Recently, I convinced him to assemble a few and I thought I'd experiment with the new Contrast® Paints on a few. Once I figured out a quick way to do them I sat down and we tried to bang out a squad of them one afternoon. They've been sitting the last few weeks, languishing in a state of ever-so-nearly-completed. So, this afternoon, I decided to just finish them off for him. They only needed a few touch-ups - a few spots that were missed and a couple things that needed metallic paint...Genestealer Kult Gang/Kill Team from Games Workshop/Citadel Miniatures.I have no idea how many points these are or if it is enough to make use of as either a Kil

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WIP: Silver Skulls Librarian in Phobos Armour #1

Hey guys, it's been a bit quiet from me "thanks" to a combination of hot weather, outdoor activities and a slight lack of hobby time. But I'm chugging along with my Dark Elves team for our #taleoftuesdays project and also started working on this Vanguard Librarian (or Prognosticar as they are called within the Silver Skulls chapter) to bolster up my Silver Skulls Kill Team with an HQ choice. Silver Skulls wear dark metallic silver armour, so I thought it would be cool and a bit novel to paint the Librarian's armour with a metallic blue as well. It's a basecoat of Vallejo Mecha Colour Metallic Blue (the metal paints of this range are fantastic, they are acrylic based, super smooth, boast great coverage and work with both brush and airbrush), an all-over wash of 2:1 Nuln Oil Gloss and Drakenhof Nightshade plus a gentle drybrush of Metallic Blue and a bit of Vallejo Mecha Color Light Steel [Stormhost Silver].I thought of painting his coat in a classic bone/linen colour instead of camouflage, but I'm not complete

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Arch Enemy 2019 - Warhammer 40k Doubles

Arch Enemy had great numbers of 30+ even though a few teams had to remain home due to the nasty flu that is going about mid winter (Nurge was rife). With the doubles format popular in Auckland we took the opportunity to run a event scaled up to 900pts each to test for the upcoming GuardCon 2019 convention. This meant that in a 2v2 it would be 1800pts vs 1800pts on a standard 6x4 table.We saw some interesting combinations for teams and everyone took a bit of variety to the competition. Doubles is always a great starting point and guaranteed fun when it comes to 8th edition 40k. The atmosphere was lighthearted and friendly all day. Great place to catch up with regular faces or meet new players.Here is the results for the day.Arch Enemy 2019 - 40k Doubles resultsp.Normal {margin:0.0pt; margin-top:0.0pt; margin-bottom:0.0pt; margin-left:0.0pt; margin-right:0.0pt; text-indent:0.0pt; font-family:"Arial"; font-size:10.0pt; color:Black; font-weight:normal; }     ITC Tie S    

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Ooops

The box with these in them tipped off the edge of my desk and they ALL broke. There was a big heavy Screamer Killer at the other end of the box and when it got picked up, this lot forgot how to fly. One of the disadvantages of lead figures, they don’t bounce. Mind you if the Screamer Killer had hit the floor instead, I reckon he would have put a dent in it… Not a big deal really, they all need painting anyway and these are not going to make it into my starting Tyranid 75 power army.

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Dark Angels - Ravenwing Dark Shroud part 6 - Highlights

I've documented how difficult the Dark Shroud has become and in part this is lack of time to focus and overcome elements in one sitting. Ideally I want to do all highlights in one go, it takes a mental effort to stop partway through. With only an hour an evening I just couldn't come to terms with that. However my eldest is away at Oxford University for four nights and having pushed to get Y'lthari's Guardians complete I had planned in advance to capitalise on the extra time in the evening to break its back. Incubi Darkness edge highlighting is the task at hand, but keeping that hand steady is the real challengeHowever, I was quick to tidy up any overzealous highlights with an application of black. Foolishly I used Army Painter black instead of Abaddon Black. When applied it's not a problem but you can see clearly when its dry [around the filler caps] it is completely different to Abaddon. Fixable, but annoying. Also annoying is the bane of long-term projects that have been put on hold - dust! I tried dusting

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