Painting Update


2019 - Q4 Plans

This weekend I have my Necromunda gaming weekend coming up and have been working feverishly to try and get everything ready for that. Despite that, I've already been casting an eye towards what's coming next... For the last... well... decade (or MORE!?), I've generally tried to come up with a PLAN for the year. You can see them in the labels off to the left there, Starting with Game Plan 07 (of course the labels include updates and addendum throughout the year, so if you click on one, you're likely to get the last update first and have to scroll through a few pages to find the original plan - although the last one might be a "Year in Review" post, which will usually include a link to the initial plan...). While I absolutely believe that it is always good to have a plan, I've been finding, however, that it's getting harder and harder to stick with one plan for an entire year. It's been harder to gauge what will hold my (and the family's collective) interest - hence the regular addendum! I've been thinking that

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Dreadtober 2019!

Greetings all! It's been a very long time since I posted anything on my blog, for which I am a very sad panda, I really wish I had the time to dedicate more effort to posting, but at the moment that's just not going to happen I'm afraid. I am determined to get something posted up for Dreadtober though, after all, I bought the Conquest 40k Redemptor Dreadnought specifically with this in mind!So, without further ado then, here's my Swords of Dawn Redemptor, Honoured Brother Barbaliam, in his current 'glory', along with a pic or two of his finished partner in crime in the Fifth Company, Honoured Brother Zimaseo.Honoured Brother Barbaliam. He says he feels quite naked at the moment.Apparently being a painted dreadnought feels much more distinguished

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Wooden Peg Warriors

Because I don't have enough projects on the go, I thought it might be fun to paint up some wooden peg characters. I thought the kids might be into it as well, especially Keira. She is ALL ABOUT making things these days. Every single day she sews or knits something. At times I wonder if they're too intimidated by all the miniatures they've purchased over the last couple years - and not yet painted! Like, maybe they are self-aware enough to realize that there skills aren't at the level to make the miniatures they own look they way they want them to look when they're done? If that makes any sense?! I mean, I'M intimidated by the details on some models, and I've been at this for 35+ years!!So I ordered some pegs from Amazon. They batch it got was about 60 of them in three different sizes (55mm, 43mm, and 35mm) for about $17CAD (can't go wrong with the price!) - of course then I went out and bought some Milliput to add bits - but that was only about $12 and it will go a long way!Initially I'd thought these would b

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A Few More Genestealer Cultists

Just a quick post - I cranked out a few more Genestealer Cultists for Finnegan the other evening. His cult has been slightly more successful in our Necromunda Campaign and was in need of new cult members, but just wasn't getting to painting them up.They're not the prettiest minis I've ever painted... but they were super quick to paint and now they're done and the dude has painted minis on the table... These were painted (almost) entirely with GW Contrast® paints.Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog:If I had to guess, I'd say it was probably going to be: RAAAAAAATS INNNNN SPAAAAAAAACE!

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An Unusual Assortment of Odd and Sundry Items

I've been painting. Some of it's been further experiments with Contrast® paints.So... eight and a half years ago I bought a pile of these dirt cheap 1/35 scale Maschinen Krieger (Ma.K) models... and haven't really done anything with them. Through long and convoluted series of circumstances and thoughts and ideas, I got to working n a few of them this last week.My general idea was that these could be part of a Rogue Trader's personal retinue. The equipment might be of Xenos origin - having been out beyond the imperium for so many years (decades... CENTURIES...!?) they've taken on equipment of xenos manufacture or design - to replace equipment that was lost or broke beyond repair along their journey. Either that or possibly a unit of mostly human mercenaries working in the employ of the T'au...?I did try converting a few to incorporate actual 40k weapons... but they mostly ended up looking goofy. The most I've left with their original weaponry and just repainting and adding pilots to the ones that are opened up

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Assorted Stuff

An odd and unusual assortment of stuff rolling off the workbench this week...Not all THAT odd and unusual: A couple of Necromunda figures - a Van Saar Juve and an Escher Ganger.The Van Saar Juve was a test figure to see if I liked the purple body suit for them. I do. I didn't want to do th standard green as my Cawdor gangers are all in Green. I was planning to do the Orlocks in mostly blue. The Redemptionists are Red. Escher are multi-coloured and Selaqure are black. Yellow and Orange are just a pain in the ass to paint.... so... purple...Speaking of Purple... an assortment of crates and drums in purple... just for a bit of variety.A couple of Hired Guns/Bounty Hunters for Necromunda. The guy with the plasma gun will have to be a Bounty Hunter as Hive Scum can only have items that are Rare (7) or lower. The guy with the twin bolt pistols COULD be Hive Scum... but he just looks a little too bad ass... so I guess they'll both be Bounty Hunters!Still 40K, but not necessarily for Necromunda... an old Psyker figur

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Necromunda: Walls, Doors, and Karloth Valois

This past week I've mostly been working on Necromunda stuff. In particular walls and doors.These are what the walls are looking like on the game board.Both here and elsewhere, a few people have asked for close-ups of the wall graffiti, so, here you are...End/Corner Bits Side OneI have about 24 of these...? Maybe 26...? But I'm only taking pictures of the ones I've done some graphiti on. I didn't do a LOT on all sides as at least two of the sides will always be covered. Same goes for all the others.End/Corner Bits Side Two.See what I mean? Some sides get nothing.End/Corner Bits Side ThreeEnd/Corner Bits Side FourLong Wall Sections Side OneLong Wall Sections Side TwoThese are also a bit of a work in progress... I may still paint something on those two blank ones...Long Wall Sections End OneLong Wall Sections End TwoShort Wall Sections Side OneShort Wall Sections Side OneShort Wall Sections End OneShort Wall Sections End TwoKarloth Valois - Infamous Rogue Psyker of Necromunda - with the ability to telepathically

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Necromunda Walls

Having a go at making 3D walls for Necromunda: Underhive. This is very much a work-in-progress. I still need to make another 14 pillar/post/end-bits. Need to lightly sand down the tops a bit and do a second coat of black. The sides will all be grey and eventually I'll get to mucking them up and adding graphiti and wanted posters and such. I was going to say "weathering", but are the walls in the deep, dark Underhive ever actually exposed to "Weather"...?Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog:Progress updates on these walls...? Space Rats....?Who knows? Got a lot of proverbial irons in the fire at the moment!

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Spyrers

I finished up some Spyrers this week. It seemed like a fun idea to get them. Spryers are, generally, high-born nobles - residents of The Spires - that done Spyrer rigs to go hunting down in the Underhive. Sometimes it's youths, going to "prove themselves". Other times they are the devoted servants of the Spyre Lords, sent down to retrieve or take out something or someone - as was the case in Blood Royale (the first Kal Jericho novel by Will McDermott and Gordon Rennie). In fact I blame that book for inspiring me to get these... The seemed so bad ass...There aren't rules for playing Spyrers in the current Necromunda Underhive (2017) rules (well... not YET!). But I thought I could come up with some stats/special rules for them and use them as the focus of a scenario ("Spyrers have come down hunting for sport - lets show them that they shouldn't MESS with Underhivers" sort of thing...).Of course then I got them and... I blanked... had no idea how to paint them. Wasn't loving samples I found online... s

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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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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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More Necromunda Barriers and a White Scars Primaris Intercessor

A few items rolling off the workbench this week - More Necromunda Barriers and a White Scars Primaris Intercessor!MORE Necromunda Barriers! I really cranked these out!I have 27 of these now!? In addition to using them in Neromunda - they would make great barriers for any sort of post-apocalyptic game! (I probably should have added in some crates and barrels and other detritus... but you get the idea...)White Scars Primaris IntercessorI picked up a pack of three intercessors back in January or February to paint one up as a Salamander - as Keira had planned to play a Salamander Primaris Intercessor in our Wrath & Glory Game Weekend - if, y'know, we'd actually gotten to the Tier Four adventure...A year ago I painted a White Scars Tactical Marine to use as Trojon Kull - one of the pre-generated characters for use with Blessings Unheralded - the Wrath & Glory Quickstart rules and adventure that was published for Free RPG Day 2018. I liked the look of the White Scars marines, so I decided to do on

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Kasrkin Storm Troopers and Necromunda Barriers

A handful of things rolling off the workbench as we roll into a long weekend her in Saskatchewan...First, some old metal Kasrkin troops [ainted more like modern Tempestus Scions (which effectively replaced the Kasrkin in 8th edition... and maybe 7th...?)I got these are part of the BIG IMPERIAL LOT I recently picked up, and, actually, most of these were already painted... and I didn't mind the paint job (it was well done and I thought was close enough to my own style that, with a bit of re-basing, would fit in well with my own minis). So that's all I've done is re-based these and finished ONE that was only partly painted. All the others were completely painted, but one was primed and the blue was painted and nothing else?! Weird that one out of the unit would be left unpainted!? So I tried to match the paint job on all the others... Can you tell which one it is?Necromunda barriers. I'm just quickly cranking these out to get them done. I'd considered adding graphite and stuff... but I just want to get

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House Cawdor Gangers

and back to Necromunda...I finished up a Cawdor gang for Necromunda this week...The New MinisWell, newly painted... these are old Citadel metal minis for Necromunda. The more recent ones are all plastic now - and have quite different armaments! Luckily there are still rules for all (well, MOST) of these armaments - or something "close enough" that I should be able to do then.The whole Gang (with the six others I previously painted). Almost enough for TWO Gangs... I briefly considered it, but the decided, since I only have one Heavy, I'd probably best just keep them all together. If ever I got a handful more (Including another Heavy) I might split them up - repaint the fringes of their tabards different colours to identify which gang is which.House Cawdor is the stronghold of the Cult of Redemption on Necromunda. I didn't want to just do these guys in red and/or purple to match the Redemptionists... Somehow I came up with green...!?The leader of the gang; Willem Campbell - a dour firebrand who leads from the f

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