Sunday, December 22, 2013

Second Protectorate Vassal of Menoth

     Just can't beat the Vassal for 2 points in my POM army and often want two. Problem solved.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Legion Heavy Beast Kit WIP

Been working on my Legion force; making a priority of getting my beasts finished. Did a little repose on the heavy beast plastic kit and mounted it up on some "rocks" I made out of blue foam. The arms and heads have been magnetized so I can use it as a Carnivean, Scythean, or Ravagore. I'm doing the same with the Carnivean that came with the 2 player battlebox.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Custom Miniature Transport Case

     I've never liked the idea of foam carrying bags for my miniatures so when I had to face the inevitable dilemma of transporting my miniatures, I decided to magnetize everything and use a custom made case.I seriously considered just dropping the cash on a Tablewar case as they ARE beautiful and nicely functional but they cost a small fortune. Below is what I've settled on and works beautifully.

I used this case (pictured below) for about a year and a half without any major problems. I made it from a case that housed a Ridgid palm sander at one time and a bit of sheet metal. However, I've never been completely satisfied with this solution and have been ever on the lookout for something better.

     Recently I stumbled across the containers shown below at Target. They are only $8 each! I promptly bought two (which is four actual containers) and took them home to see if I could make them work for my purposes. After brainstorming a little I decided they were worthy and got started.

Here's a pic of the packaging in case anyone wanted to look them up for themselves.

Basically I just made a paper template of the inside shape of the containers and used it to cut some sheet metal to shape. I painted it black and then glued it to the bottom of the container.

A few of my models like Harbinger are a little too tall to fit into one container so I cut half of the bottom of a second container out so models could pass into the height of the container on top.

I use one container to carry all my accessories

And here it is with all my Protectorate models ready to go

Plenty of room for expansion. I'll probably pick up some more of these containers for future models.

My upcoming Legion army

       I used the case for the first time this week and I'm very pleased with it

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Legion of Everblight Paint Scheme Test Model

Been slapping paint on spare models to try out different paint schemes for my Legion force I'm working on. I think I've settled on something and I painted up a Shredder to try it out on. It's not based yet and I'll probably touch up a few more things on the model, but I think I like the scheme. I am finding it difficult to photograph the blue. Lighting and background have to be just right in order for the colors to come through accurately in the picture. This is the best I could get. The colors are relatively close but the contrast in shading on the blue is a little lost and the scales just look dark red when they are really closer to a dark magenta. Anyways, I'll figure out how to photograph it better/photoshop it so it's more accurate to seeing it in person.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Starting a new army with Legion of Everblight

     I've been toying with starting a Hordes faction for awhile now. I had initially settled on Circle but as I researched both factions I finally decided on Legion. I picked up the Hordes 2 player battlebox, 1 heavy beast kit, Angelius, 2 deathstalkers, sheperd, forsaken, Thagrosh 1, Absylonia, and Vayl 2. The semester's almost over and I'm looking forward to getting these all painted up.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Guardian Warjack finished

Found some time to finish up this conversion. I had originally intended to just do a quick simple conversion but in the middle decided I wanted to convert the whole model while I was at it. I ended up increasing the height of the model significantly by adding some material to the mid section of the jack. Kind of like what I did with my magnetized Reckoner/Sanctifier/Castigator jack awhile back. I also reposed the right arm and the left leg and put it on an incline to make it kind of look like it was charging down an incline. It looks immensely better to me now as the Protectorate jacks have always looked a bit short and squaty.

Here are a couple WIP shots

And, all done

back to Crusader

Monday, October 28, 2013

Guardian Warjack Conversion

With my bits order of halberds for my Cinerators conversion, I picked up a few Guardian bits as well to make my Crusader jack a Guardian also. Pretty easy conversion and I'm not worried about all the decorative filigree and what not. I think the lance and banners scream Guardian just fine without all the rest. I did get the arcnode bit as well but I may or may not use it. The idea though was to pin the lance and banners so that I can still switch it back to use as a Crusader. I think it looks fine and there's no mistaking it for a different jack.

I just cut the mace head off, pinned it, and now I can still switch back to the mace

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pix from a couple games

Had two matchups against Khador yesterday and played against Butcher 3 for the first time. Both games I used Severius 1. Nearly assassinated Butch with Severius fully loaded on 9 focus (wrack) with death sentence cast on Butcher (rerolls to hit). Had some sub par attack rolls and not any great damage rolls and left him with 5 boxes. REALLY wanted to say I killed Butcher with the old man. Alas, it was not to be. 
Second game was versus a high armor Karchev list running three heavies and a min unit of shocktroopers and a min unit of demo corp. Close, grindy game but in the end between some zealot bombs, a couple Immolations, and a charging Blessing of Vengeance (my last jack left of three), Karchev fell.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cinerators to Bastions Conversion WIP

Sigh, I've been waiting, and waiting and......... waiting on Privateer Press to release a unit attachment or solo or something that made Cinerators worth using over Bastions. After a year and a half of waiting and nothing, I finally bit the bullet and just decided to convert them to Bastions. I really was hoping to use them as is since I love the models. Oh well, here goes. Lot's of people have done this conversion and done it a few different ways. This seemed the best way and I first saw the idea in this thread by Plarzoid. For this conversion the halberd from a Devout warjack was used. I just bits ordered them for $1.50 each. The work was relatively simple but still took a couple hours to get to this point. The halberds are just sitting in place and are not glued yet so they may be a bit wonky. I'll be using green stuff for adding some ribbons and filling in gaps where I reposed some arms, priming and painting, and then I'll glue everything together.

Here's the Devout halberd as it came

I then lined it up roughly with where the Cinerator's hands would grab it and cut it.

Used pins for putting everything together. This is a Cinerator hand with a pin through it.

Here's the first one done. Like I said it's a little wonky cause it's not glued

Here's all five. I'm planning on keeping the shields and gluing them on their backs like Plarzoid did but I think I'll keep just one up front.