Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Some more pics

Some more pics

And so I got my trust iPhone5 camera on the go again for a few more piccies. Enjoy!

Oh, I finally ordered the base for this as well. Matches the Phantom Titan one. Nice big oval pine wood plaque from Amazon.

Monday, 3 December 2012

The Titan takes some paint

So I got a few hours of airbrushing in over the past few days and this is the quick pic I managed to take.
Along side the main carapace, I have also done the same scheme on the main armour plates on the legs and groin too.
The yellow head will follow the same style as the IF, although will have a gloss finish to it rather than a matt one. It still needs some yellow glazing work
The blue is a Night Blue base coat - 2-3 coats covered the black nicely. Its then Imperial Blue leaving the darker shade in the recesses. Then a thin strip of Enchanted was done on the angular points. This was actually quite a stark colour change which I was not keen on. So it was then muted down with several glazes of Tamiya Clear Blue. I then did some swirly patterns with purple and blue inks (current GW glaze pots actually) before some more Clear Blue over the top. When it all dried, 4-5 thin coats of gloss varnish were airbrushed on.

Since the picture, I have began to paint all the trims in brass.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Campaign success

So, having recently attended a GW Campaign - The Sacking of Gaios Secundus - at Warhammer world, I thought a quick blog entry on this would be good.

So 5 games, 3 wins and 2 losses (both losses being determined on the final dice rolls of the game - as it should be) were all awesome! I managed to kill over 1000 points with just 2 models shooting in the2k doubles game and we had 5 zooming flyers trying to get air superiority over the battlefield. True scale Aeronautica style!

I also walked away with a best army nomination for my Eldar, and won best Vehicle category for my IF Storm Eagle. Which was most excellent indeed.

So next years campaign has already been set by GW events - Vidars Fate: Darkfall which should see more attendance and more fun games once again in 2013. And those events are going to allow Forgeworld models of any type providing they fit into the points limits.

In the mean time, that means getting some Titans ready for combat! So, time to press onto getting the Warhound done.

More priming since last updates here, so again, shots of a non fully glued, but pinned to buggery shots coming up:

Since taking those, I have since primed the head section in Filthy brown - ready to follow my yellow recipe for the Imperial Fists, and everything else is gunmetal or night blue/imperial blue/enchanted blue pretty much now.
Still need to order a base though.

Team Staines!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Legs 11

So last night after a good wash of the leg sections in soapy water, and dried off, the prime coat went down on the leg and hip sections.
That is all...

Photos to come soon!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Still here

After some interesting times with work of late, I thought I would check in. I am still here, but lack of hobby time over the past 14 days has been quite restrictive in progress.
I have however, done some glue work on the Warhound leg sections but that is about it.
The feet, lower leg and mid leg sections are now all glued together.

Next up will be the hip and upper leg sections.

I can then paint those as 3 individual sections (2 legs and hip section) before doing each of the pistons for the hips and ankles before final gluing on them as well.

This weekend i'll be prepping my forces ready for the campaign weekend at WHW on the 24th Nov, ensuring any breakages are fixed and finalising my mustered forces!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Legs 11

So this weekend I got some more time on the Warhound construction. Preparation is everything with any FW kits, especially top heavy big walking ones. Pinning with 3mm brass rod throughout on this fella, so hard cutting disc and 3mm drill bits on my mains powered dremel have been out in force drilling, cutting, test fitting, posing the model to get the striding forward foot slightly raised look I wanted to get.

I have pinned all the actual pivot points which does not give much vertical support admittedly, but does ensure that the leg sections are rock solid. A final couple of pins through the base into the foot and up into the lower legs should secure the whole model.

The top torso will be removable, as will the top carapace armour to show the innards. Too many cool details not to show this off (which makes a change for me) such as weapon servitors, crew and techmarine console etc,

Anyway, pics tell all there is...

Saturday, 27 October 2012

A Hounding Time

With the arrival of my Warhound kit, it was time to have a play with the feet sections and see how these are such a nightmare from all the reviews I have seen.

So some cleaning up and some drilling later, I am able to reinforce all the pivots with 3mm brass rod.

1. Drill the pivots out with a dremel and 3mm bit right through the centres.

2. Run the brass rod through as a test - obviously I next need to cut to size. The pistons are not glued in as you have to cut these to size depending on how you assemble the foot as it can angle in all kinds of ways due to being double jointed. Once the angle is determined, the feet can be glued, then the pistons added afterwards as the length will be determed at that point.

3. Drill the foot bad to receive pins to connect to the toe joints

Another storm brewing...

Three quick shots of the Storm Talon thats now finished. Adding to the flyers for the IF this week is the Storm Talon configured in an anti armour role with twin linked Lascannons. With the prolicication of flyers these days in 6E games (and obviously here to stay for some time) most of which are AV10/11 some good skyfire high strength can be useful to take them out in a single shot rather than the standard "glance attrition" that many go for. With the Assault Cannons this also provides some rending S6 options as well, which should be good to top up any bad roles on the damage table from the Lasccannons. If there is no aerial threat in the game that he deploys in, then of course, the option to hover, gain BS5 or continue to zoom and harass is still there to fall back on.
This brings my IF airforce to the Talon, Eagle and Ram now.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Delivery day

Well all that talk of a Warhound Titan got me so excited. Then the courier arrived with it today! Exciting times ahead folks, exciting times...

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Double posting day!

So, now that you have pictures to look at in todays update (and for some reason you do not frequent the ForgeWorld Facebook page, the SWC forum, the Tempus Fugitives, or Warseer) you can see whats been done for the last few weeks :) A labour of love as is most larger models, and suitably Heresy era grime infested - but subtly less grimy than any of the IF Flyers I have done for fear of them not being airworthy.

So what else is happening in my hobby world?
Right now on the desk is the makings of a GK Draigo Wing. 20 Paladins, Draigo, Librarian Terminator and 3 Dreadknights are being assembled still. So far, 13 Terminators, both Characters and a Dreadknight are built. The rest will be done over the next 2 weeks or so I guess. Then it will be a mass prime session followed by a group base coat session with the airbrush before I look at the marvellously detailed GK painting guide provided by my mate Garfy over at the Tale of Painters blog site. I shall be drawing heavily from this, although the GK iconography for this force will be taken from the Tempus Fugitives Orange and Blue scheme rather than the common white and red we have all seen from the 'Eavy Metal team and Codex.

Additionally, I also have a Storm Talon that has been kicking around since it was released...yes I am a sucker for buying new shiny things like most hobby doers. I have nigh on finished this one though, just the pilot, weathering, canopy and base to complete.

Before the paint has even dried, I have put in a new order to FW this week for a few new things.
First up are 10 Cataphractii Terminators and a mix of weapon sets. This is my Christmas present from the wife to me for this year, so will not be able to work on these until the new year (after my amazing holiday to the Maldives of course!!)
To go with that I have got the Heresy book coming my way as well.
And just a small addition, I have ordered a Mars Warhound Titan with Turbo Laser and Plasma Blaster options....Finally a proper super heavy to add to my Imperial forces when the time for the big games is available/ Need to work on what Titan Legion to draw inspiration from so I can work on colour schemes for it. I know this is going to be hard work, I hear the leg pistons are a bitch, and the moulds are a bit old and thus resin leakage and so on means lots of prep work, cutting, sanding, filling etc will be required. Still, I am always up for a challenge. And of course it will be right here on my blog.

I am Spartaaaaan!

So its been about 3 weeks since the last updates on my blog, and once again I have zero excuses.

Anyway, lets get you excited with pictures of the completed Spartan for my ever growing Imperial Fists Heresy force! I know you love pictures...

Monday, 1 October 2012

A little more action, a little more paint

So the weekend has been and gone, and I have done some more work on the Spartan. I finished the airbrush layers of brown through bone, the brown Mig Oil ink shade and then attacked with yellow ink glaze to turn the pale brown to imperial yellow.
The pics below show the stage before the yellow glaze, which I'll add to the blog soon enough.

Also coming to the blog soon enough is the new project currently being devised. As a member of the Tempus Fugitives since the beginning, we are about to hit our 10 year anniversary in 2013 as a group of 8 guys who attended a WHW campaign weekend with a singular themed task force. That fateful day we took elements from 8 Companies of Howling Griffons to "Badab" which incidentally we actually won best Task force for.

Since that time we have also taken the 50th Royal Volpone Imperial Guard, Orks, and other forces before GW stopped running these weekends, and we did our own, peaking in 2009 with over 140 attendees.

So bringing that back to basics, the original 8 are going for an elite Grey Knight army with a view to attending whatever GW campaign weekend is being run in November 2013 (subject to availability of the event, and all 8 of us being alive, with painted armies, with permission from our wives to attend).

I myself am planning a pure DraigoWing army with pure Paladins and Dreadknights and a LIbrarian. 2000 points, 23 models. Simples! Already in the pile of purchases are Draigo, The Librarian, 5 Grey Knights and a Dreadknight already. Construction beginning soon.

Anyway, you are here for yellow stuff right now...

Friday, 28 September 2012

Spartan Assembly

So this week has seen some progress on the Spartan with assembly, and some paint applied.

Here are the pics!

The tracks really did not fit

So they needed work and voila

Then the rest of the build using clamps to hold while the glue set

And then some paint

Monday, 24 September 2012

A brief pause in the robots...

So this week sees me take a break in the Necron project. There is only so long I can sustain the same army without a break of some kind and to paint something else.
So last night it was time to break open the Forge World packets of the Land Raider Spartan I got in july and start cleaning up.
Not a bad kit to assemble but one of the track sections is quite badly miscast due to what looks to be a large air bubble that must have formed and wiped out the end linkage. Not difficult to repair to be honest, but annoying nonetheless.
The reason I wanted a break was also to ensure that this model was finished with a view to using at the upcoming event at WHW in November I am attending called the Sacking of Gaios Secundus. I will be attending the campaign with 3 or even 4 different armies for the various points games they are running, hopefully with the intention of competing for Best Army.
So a contingent of Eldar, Necron, Blood Angel and Pre Heresy Imperial Fists will be in attendance. I am thinking the Eldar will be better at the 750 points game with the BA and Necrons for 1000/1750/2000 and the IF for the 2500 where I can bring along things like the Storm Eagle. I expect some kind of allied use here though, perhaps with Eldar for their flyer options.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Weekend gaming and other fun

So this weekend just gone saw 60 odd players attend "The Great Waaagh"campaign event and Malestrom Games in Mansfield.
Awesome event for which my taskforce of Eldar and Dark Eldar comfortably won the event with 25 games, 22 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. Not bad I thought for the team of 5! That included killing Biotitans with rending Harlies, and taking on custom built Mechanicum lists from a Codex developed by the Tempus Fugitives - the guys behind these campaigns.

In the meantime I also painted up these for the Necrons. Taken quick with my iPhone.

Talking of iPhones, I have ordered my iPhone 5...have you?!