Sunday, October 22, 2017

Primaris Captain

I've been moving several painting projects forward (slowly) on the hobby table this week. Today, I said, "Screw it, I'm finishing something." So, off the table comes a Primaris Captain from the Dark Imperium set.

The piece was painted in three parts: Body, Cape and Backpack, and then assembled at the end.

A fine figure, like all of them from the Dark Imperium set. And the Dark Angels force grows, hopefully in time to head down to the Las Vegas Open in January.

To that end, I've been working on other projects. None of these are done yet...but all are part way there. Starting with: a squad of Terminators.

A Repulsor tank.

A squad of Inceptors.

And finally, an Ancient and two Lieutenants.

Should have more figures coming out soon.

'Til next time.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Redemptor Dreadnought

Well, it's been some time since I've posted, and honestly, it's because I haven't done any painting for the last few months. No excuse...just got out of the habit.

Regardless, a new model rolled off the hobby table this week: the new Primaris Redemptor Dreadnought. 

This kit could be built with a lot of articulation...kind of like a super action figure. However, in order to withstand handling during games, I glued all the points of articulation into place.

Overall, a very good kit, and it posed no problems during construction. It painted up nicely as well. Lots of detail...but not tooooo much. The decals were scavenged from a couple of different Dark Angel sheets.

I also finished another objective marker a few weeks back. Just an ammo dump, but it gets the job done.

Elliot and I have been playing 40K. Here some of his Dark Eldar are swooping in on my unpainted Repulsor tank.

In this game, I was using a mix of different figures to get to the 2000-point force threshold. That's why I've got Dark Angel Primaris marines fighting alongside Word Bearer tacticals,

Slowly working towards finishing my Las Vegas Open 40K force.

'Til next time.

Friday, July 28, 2017

10 More Primaris Marines

Continuing to work on my Dark Angels Primaris Marine infantry. This week finished off 10 new squad members.

First, a squad of Hellblasters, armed with Plasma Rifles.

And another squad of tactical marines...which are called Intercessors, or something like that. Unlike the last squad of these I did, I'm happier with the red bolter casings this time. Decided to spray down the base red instead of brushing it on, and it, of course, turned out better.

More assembly projects on the way.

'Til next time.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

40K Objective Markers

Spent the week working on objective markers for 40K.

The first one was this simple but effective model from the Sector Imperialis Objectives box: the Cognition Shrine.

Then, the Exterminates Device.

The Orbital Vox Array.

The Xenos Stasis-crypt. I like that this came with clear plastic to represent the container.

The Lucius Pattern Escape Pod (nice interior detail on this one).

A munition dump.

And finally, this tank turret from the heroic bases set. I spent the most time on this one.

Loved working on the weathering. Got to do rust, mud splatters, paint chips and more.

'Til next time.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Secret Weapon's New Line of Weathering Paints

A few years back, Secret Weapon put a line of weathering acrylics. Loved them. Last year, they were supposed to release wave two in the line, but it never came out. Well, never say never, because 15 new paints were just released. And here they are...

First up, a set of five weathering colours for engines. Grease, oil, engine fluid, rust. Cool stuff.

And stuck in the line is a nice set of four metallic colours. Some awesome metallics here.

Three shades of verdigris. Good for weathering copper and bronze.

A nice surprise: three heat-tinting colours for distressed metal.

So, in case you are unfamiliar with Secret Weapon's previous line of acrylics (which I use constantly), here they are.

Starting with a great line of rust tones.

Dirt and dust.

Three fantastic natural wood colours.

And finally a line of tire rubber paints.

All these guys are airbrush-ready, though I'd recommend thinning them just a little before blowing them through your 'brush. Great and very useful colour set.

'Til next time.

First Game of 40K...EVAR

Couldn't wait to paint up my Dark Imperium miniatures (Dark Angels), so invited Elliot over for my first game of 40K and used my Betrayal at Calth miniatures as a practice army. Here's the terrain set up.

Elliot and I played the introductory scenario (Only War or Total War, or something like that). We set up 4 objectives and then started deploying units. Ultramarine squad standing by.

I took the first turn and started to cross the street towards all the objectives strung across the centre of the battlefield.

Elliot's 3rd and 5th edition Dark Eldar took advantage of my exposed position, and swooped in with warrior-laden flying transports.

A depleted Space Marine squad fell back and clustered around the central objective as the Dark Elves closed in.

Meanwhile, my Terminator squad teleported in behind the Dark Eldar lines and moved in to seize another objective. By this point, I was way ahead on objective points (we were playing a Domination variant where we scored VPs at the end of every turn). However, Elliot was beating the crap out of my troops, and my numbers were dwindling away.

Elliot's own deep-striking Eldar moved in to stem the flow of objective points to me. They were eventually polished off by my Word Bearers and Dreadnaught.

In the end, my VP grab didn't matter. On the bottom half of the final turn, Elliot finally tabled me (taking out the last of my Terminators with Incubi), and he had fought back on the victory point side to overtake me by a point as well. Good game, Elliot! And a great introduction to 8th edition, and 40K in general.

So, thinking about it, I really like this set of rules. As a novice, I found the rules to be intuitive, and the game was smooth to play. There was tactical variation, and we had fun all the way through (the Rye helped). In the final analysis, I'd say I enjoyed these rules more than Warmachine. And that's saying a lot. I've been playing Warmachine for over 10 years.

More 40K to come, I'm sure of it.

'Til next time.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

First Primaris Space Marines

Well, here is the first Space Marine squad finished out of the new Warhammer 8th edition Dark Imperium boxed set. I've decided to paint my marines up as Dark Angels, 3rd Company.

The process for painting these guys was the same I used for the Word Bearers from the Calth boxed set last year (but green marines this time, instead of red). I started with assembly, and then pinned everything for easy handling.

Flat black primer coat.

The a gloss black coat to take the next metallic layer better.

Next, two shades of silver. Gunmetal for the "upwards" spray, and Duraluminium for the "downwards" spray. This is pre-shading for the Minitaire Ghost Tint spray coming next.

A coat of Green Ghost Tint.

That was followed up with the start of detail painting. Gold, sliver, leather, red, etc.

Bases were painted, decals were added, arms were glued in, final weathering scratches applied, figures based, and, there you go.

Squad number one is off the table. Much more to come.

This past week I also finished off one of the Hammerhal hero figures. A Chaos Lord, or Mage or something. Not sure what it's called.

Nice figure, though. I like it. Looking to play some Hammerhal in July.

Up next is more Dark Imperium Space Marines.

'Til next time.