Painting Update


Hobby update 2019 - part 1

Hi all, me again! It's high time I resurrected a weekly look at my hobby progress I think, and though I've not done a montage image yet for this year that's no excuse not to get posting up some pics of stuff!So far this year I've granted myself a little time off from my commission work, and have been putting several hours into my Swords of Dawn. As you may know, I'd got a scheme sorted for these guys and had just about finished all the Dark Imperium stuff when over Christmas I decided that I was going to change it all. Typical me that, I'm a true hobby butterfly after all!Read more »

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Blackstone Fortress: Ur-Ghuls

I finished up the first four (out of FORTY FOUR!) miniatures from the Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress box.(And they were the easiest ones, at that!).I partly did these ones to experiment with how I wanted to do the bases. I spent an inordinate amount of time cutting jagged little triangle out of plasticard and layering them up on the bases - to make it look like an uneven floor covered with shattered bits of the fortress - but then I painted the whole mess black and also added a small amount of gravel (which was painted purple and blue) and then painted some light blue and violet lines on triangle plasticard bits on the bases - to try and match the game boards... Now I'm not really sure the layered plasticard is even going to be noticed...Ah, well... maybe I'll be able to simplify the process, if they're not going to be noticeable anyway!Ur-Ghul - from Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress by Games Workshop.These are denizens of the Blackstone Fortress - they have no eyes and hunt by small and s

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A New Year, a New Direction

Hi All,so, that was 2018 was it? Wow that went quick!As ever at this time of year, I tend to look at my life (both real life and hobby life) and re-evaluate things, trying to figure out where I want to be at the end of the year, what I want to have changed and done differently, and what I want to improve upon.2018 was a year of huge change for me, moving to a new job after 16 years at my old place threw a lot of things up in the air and changed a lot of other things about my life, not least of which the 2 hours travelling a day I now do instead of about 10 minutes I did before.But enough about the real life stuff, this blog is about my hobby and I've neglected it over the last 11 months, something I very much wish I hadn't felt I needed to do. So whilst this post isn't about making 'resolutions' as such for my hobby life, it very much is about trying to reconnect with things I love about the hobby, and blogging is certainly one of those things.Read more »

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MORE Grey Knights

I finished up a few more Grey Knights...The lot of new ones. the dudes with incinerators are from that batch of ten or so that I got for $5. The extra guys with Nemesis Force Halberds I picked upon eBay to finish off two squads.I have a Justicar and a Brotherhood champion that arrived this week still to paint as well (after I finish stripping the old paint off) as a Brother Captain in Terminator armour (who is just about finished - he required some converting, but is almost done). The Justicar will finish two squads and the Other two will give me some headquarters options so they can be fielded as a Patrol detachment.I have to admit I actually just bought a SECOND Strike Squad or these older metal Grey Knights, and am on the lookout for a third so they could be fielded as "Battalion" detachment. I am a bit of an idiot - a month or so ago if you asked me if I would ever put together a force of Grey Knights, I probably would have laughed at you and asked "Why would I want to do that!?" All I can say is I'm a su

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Tigris Viridi - Warhound Scout Titan

A second, old Armorcast Warhound Titan arrived in the mail for me a week and a half ago. It's really all I've been working on since. By this past weekend I thought I'd settled on colours and had most of the green and purple painted...Then I decided the green was too dark after all...Not nearly enough contrast -and looked positively dull next to Pardus Purpura...And so I started again with MORE test bits and settled on a lighter colourAnd started all over again... mostly...I have to say I'm much happier with the lighter colour now.So this is Tigris Viridi. Commanded by Princeps Mozzer. The crew is rounded out by two Moderati; Moderati Joyce (Steersman) and Moderati Marr (Sensors, Communications, Weapons) and two Tech Priests Ro-Urk350 and Pom-Fret681.Tigris Viridi joins it's partner, Pardus Purpura in the Eritque Arcus Maniple of Legio Amare Feles.Pardus Purpura is commanded by Princeps Smythe. The crew is rounded out by two Moderati; Moderati Cooper (Steersman) and Moderati Gallup (Sensors, Communic

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Ordo Malleus Inquisitor

Last week Finnegan was sick. Earlier this week it was The Girl. Now I've been sick since Friday.... So production has slowed somewhat... I did managed to finish off this 40K Inquisitor - He's been lurking about my painting desk for the last year (I think I picked him up on Boxing Day...?). With the Grey Knights finished (or, at least, the first batch of them!), I figured they would need an Inquisitor to lead them into battle against the Daemons of the Warp! Originally I'd started to paint this fellows armour in black, but decided to change that up after I finished the Grey Knights so he'd sort of match... a bit... At one point I thought I might be able to pass him off as a Grey Knight champion, but then realized the combined-bolter is not something the Grey Knights use... Ah, well... they need an Inquisitor anyway...Inquisitor from Games Workshop.I really should have come up with a name for this fellow....Here he is consulting with another Inquisitor (the other one I own - that's painted!)And here he is with

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Grey Knights Kill Team

I know what you're thinking... "WTF, Tim!? ANOTHER Kill Team!? GREY KNIGHTS!? Where did these even come from!?"Well, funny story about that...A couple weekends ago there was a Bitz Swap organized by the local league at our FLGS and I went out to it... It was a little overwhelming. One dude had a 50L tub of random bitz people were sorting through. Others had stuff organized into baggies with prices on them, but there was just too much to look through. I did have a look at a few things and bought a couple bags of random imperial bitz, a huge bag full of Orky bitz (mostly arms, heads and shootas), a Marine with a heavy bolter... and then I found this bag full of what looked like older metal marines. There was eight or ten of them in there and the price on the bag was $5. I asked the fellow if it was $5  each of for the whole bag. He said for the whole bag - no one wants that metal 'junk' anymore... Well I wasn't going to pass up a bag o' ten metal marines - whatever they were - could have been chaos, for al

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Wall of Martyrs Bunker and Bugs

A few things rolling off the workbench this weekend...First, the Wall of Martyrs Bunker that came with the Wall of Martyrs Kill Zone. I still have a second section of trench and then a few more pieces that make up an "imperial defence emplacement" - all the sections are modular and can be mixed and matched with the trench bits...It seems like this bunker should be able to match up with the trench line - with the side doors, but the ends of the trenches and emplacement bits have slots and table to fit together - and the bunker lacks a slot for the trench/emplacement tab to fit into... I guess I could carve one into it...I also finally got started on some of the Rogue Trader miniatures - I am determined to paint these and play all the scenarios before jumping into Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress (which I and VERY excited about!!)! I've kind of started by cherry-picking some of the low-hanging fruit... there is SO MUCH DETAIL on all these Rogue Trader minis...The Eyestiner Swarm for the Gellerpox Infec

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Ironskull's Boyz and Wall of Martyrs

A few more things rolling off the workbench that I finished up over the weekend....First up; Ironskull's Boyz for Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire. These are for a friend of mine that bought into Shadespire last year. I painted the Stormcast Eternals over the Holidaze, got the Bloodbound Warband done a week later (so he could actually play the game). Then I got busy trying to get stuff done for the Shadow War: Armageddon Campaign.  Then I started dragging my ass on these and didn't get the Sepulchral Guard done until June... and I'd STARTED these around the same time... but then Imperial Knights (which I haven't even finished one of!)... and then Summer Holidaze... and then Kill Team... So I figured once ToonCon was over, these should be my FIRST PRIORITY! (Well, except for the rest of the Ad Mech Kill Team...)Ironskull's Boyz for Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire (from Games Workshop)Yeah, those are snowflakes on the ground... I like taking pictures outside in natural light. On

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Adeptus Mechanicus Sicarians and Tech Priests

Shortly after picking up Kill Team back in July, I picked up a box of Adeptus Mechanicus Sicarians. Though the box says Sicarian Ruststalkers, they can also be built as Sicarian Infiltrators. This is great as they are both options for a Adepts Mechanicus Kill Team and I could buy one box and have a few of each as options to add to the Mechanicus Kill Team that came with the Core Box. Last night I finally finished up the last few Rust Stalkers and Infiltrators (I had finished one of the Infiltrators when I was working on the Skitarri)New Adeptus Mechanicus SicariansSicarian Infiltrator PrincepsSicarian InfiltratorSicarian RuststalkersMore recently I picked up the Tech Priest Dominus Mechanicus Commander set when Kill Team: Commanders came out and I've painted him up as a commander. I also happen to have a regular Tech Priest that my friend Paul gave me for my birthday in February - presumably to serve with my Imperial Guard regiments - but as they turned out to be an commander option for the Mechanicus Ki

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Mechanicus Kill Team

Last night I finished up the last of the stuff I was planning to bring to the Kill Team game I am running at ToonCon this weekend.Adeptus Mechanicus Kill TeamOriginally I thought I might paint them the same as the ones I painted for John, but then I kind of liked the look of the way they painted them in the book, so I went with something similar to that. I had also considered doing them as Skitarii Vanguard (since John's left his Rangers here and I could make use of them anytime...), but then I decided to build them all just like the ones in the book - that have premade data cards and stuff...With the exception of the Sicarian Infiltrator lurking in the back, these all came in the Kill Team Coe Box.Dorox-0.4343 - Skitarii Vanguard Alpha - the Leader of the Kill TeamSek-XXVII Skitarii - Vanguard Gunner/Zealot Specialist (With Plasma Caliver), Kappic-Schoelendt-18.1 - Skitarii Ranger/Comms Specialist, and AR-99 Skitarii Vanguard/Scout Specialist.Mu-575 and Actus-1111 - Skitarii VanguardGryphonne-Reductus-089, D

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Heretic Astartes Kill Team

Another Kill Team ready for action - A band of Heretic Astartes and Chaos Cultists.Kill Team XanthalengKill Team Xanthaleng (all models are from Games Workshop)The team are worshippers of Slaanesh - These warriors exist to experience - and inflict - the most extreme physical and mental stimuli through the medium of spectacular violence. They are searching for an Arcane Prize - Despatched by their powerful master, this kill team must acquire and eldritch artefact for their master or die trying! They are also utterly insane - Whether guided by ineffable prophecy, or finally pushed past the final boundary of rational though, the deeds of tehi skill team seem like madness to their foes.Xanthaleng, Aspiring Champion, flanked by his two specialists Arngbaal and ZothirasXanthaleng, Aspiring Champion - Leader Specialist - Bolter, Bolt Pistol, Frag and Krack Grenades - 13 points. Xanthaleng is a True Believer; his faith in Slaanesh is unquestioning, his devotion absolute.Arngbaal, Chaos Space Marines - Veter

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Genestealer Kill Teams (and Other Bits)

I may have mentioned I picked up The Writhing Shadow - the Tyranid/Genestealer starter set for Kill Team. I thought it might be a good Kill Team to have as a loaner and use for the ToonCon game - it only comes with Genestealers so it's only ONE troop type to have to worry about and there isn't much variation at all between them - other than the specialist abilities. I know, I know... I could have use the Space Hulk Genestealers... I've actually painted these new ones to match the ones I already painted so they could be used together - including using the same 32mm Necromunda bases. I picked up the box set to get the cards and a little bit more terrain... (I apparently didn't have enough Sector Munitorum Terrain....?)Genestealer Kill Teamthis is actually only 88 points, so I could fit in one more (making it 99) and will likely just borrow one of Finnegan's Space Hulk Genestealers...The figures included COULD be built and assembled to make a team worth 96 points if they were all given Toxin

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MORE Moon Base Klaisus - STC -Ryza Pattern Ruins

I finished up the STC-Ryza Pattern Ruins that came with the Moon Base Klaisus box set. These are all the wall bits that came with the boxed set. The was also a crate with the  Inquisition symbol on it (who knows what they could be storing in there) and trapdoor/access hatch (which, I have just realized, I haven't yet painted... so this isn't TOTALLY done!?)I tried to do them in buildings sets with separate colours - for a little variety.As I was setting this out on the kitchen table to take pics (too big to set up outside in the better light...) Finnegan noted that there probably ought to be rubble as there weren't many weapons that would destroy walls, but leave no detritus behind... I agreed, but pointed out GW was probably trying to find a balance between "realism" and "playability" (and cost!).I figure this represents the remaining terrain that matters in the game - the stuff that gives real cover (although, arguably, piles of rubble could also give cover) but to model all that would make the set ver

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