Thursday, September 28, 2017

Commission: Khador Greylord Forge Seer

Painted this model up for a local player as prize support for an event I ran over the summer. Cool model and fun to paint. Don't do commission painting often but it's always fun to try something new once in awhile.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Warhammer 40k: Scratch Built Space Marines Razorbacks Part 4

Finally, wrapping up this project.... well mostly. I still have one more tank to finish actually.
In Part 3 I had wrapped up all the building, casting, and assembling to complete 3 tanks. Without further ado, here is the finished product. As mentioned in previous posts all the weapons are magnetized so that they can be swapped out for assault cannons or heavy bolters.

I've mentioned before in most of my posts on 40k models that this is not my primary miniatures game. I've got plenty of other models to eat up way to much of my time to paint so I decided some time ago that my 40k stuff would be speed painted in a simple scheme. This is still the case for these. However, I think they look pretty good for some thrown together foam core and plastic for sale signs.

This mostly concludes this 4 year long project. Like I said before I do have one more tank all ready to put together as well as the original GW kit that I'll get to at some point later this year, probably after getting some other projects finished. Until then I guess I should try and get a game of 40k in soon.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Warhammer 40k: Scratch Built Space Marines Razorbacks Part 3

In Part 2 we covered casting the weapons loadouts for the tanks. In this part everything comes together and I now have 3 scratch built razorbacks ready for paint. I have one more tank that I'm still working on. 90% of the components are already made. I just have to put it all together. I'm also working on putting together the original kit as well so once I'm finished I'll have 5 in total. So, without further ado here's what I have.

As you can see I "stretched" some of the bits from the kit to add a few more finer details to each tank. All the weapon loadouts are magnetized and can be swapped out from tank to tank.

The next tank below is the first tank that I worked on in Part 1 and is a little different from the other two. Specifically, the side sponsons were scratch built instead of cast.

Next steps are to get some paint on these! Part 4 will wrap this project up with the tanks all finished up.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Warhammer 40k: Scratch Built Space Marines Razorbacks Part 2

Continuing on with part 2 of this post to address the weapon loadouts needed for the tanks. So, the basic shapes of the tanks are pretty boxy, angular, and consisting of mostly straight line; relatively, easy to recreate. However, the weapons loadouts like the twin lascannons are a little bit harder to build out of foamcore and plastic. When I started this project a I picked up an actual Games Workshop Razorback kit to use as reference for my scratch built tanks as well as providing some of the smaller bits to cast.

A few years back I picked up a product that I've used so many times to great effect called Instant Mold. This is a fantastic product that when heated in hot water becomes soft and malleable like clay but cools to a nice finish like hard rubber. This material is perfect for creating quick and relatively easy press molds for casting just about anything. Instant Mold makes up the mold and I use Milliput as the casting material.

Below you can see a freshly cast lascannon. It's not perfect, the process is very elementary, and the detail is somewhat diminished. However, once it's cleaned up and painted, it can be tough to tell the difference sometimes. Also, like all cast pieces there is flash to be removed.

For the assault cannons I cast the end of an assault cannon from a Space Marines Terminator model.

I ended up casting several pieces. I cast multiple lascannons, assault cannons, and heavy bolters as well as the side sponsons and top hatch pieces. This was somewhat time consuming as I only had a limited amount of Instant Mold to work with so I could only cast so many pieces at once.

Everything will be magnetized so that it can be freely swapped out for a different weapons loadout. The assault cannons will end up using the heavy bolters as a base which is why the front barrels have been cut off.

That wraps up this part 2. In part 3 you'll see what the tanks look like completed and ready for paint. I'll leave you with a shot of some of the scratch built components and the cast top hatches and a side sponson.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Warhammer 40k: Scratch Built Space Marines Razorbacks Part 1

Since 8th edition dropped recently I've played a fair few games of 40k with my modest space marines army. Space Marine Razorback tanks are a very good points value in 8th and it'd be nice to have a few to put in my lists.

Going back a few years ago I started scratch building a few tanks but never got around to finishing any of them. The pics below were taken 4 years ago when I first started the project. I used foamcore as the skeleton for the basic shapes needed and thin plastic sheet will cover the entire models to give it a nice finish.

To get started first the two sides for each tank were cut from foamcore and then covered in plastic sheet on both sides.

Then using a top, bottom, and the two sides everything is glued together to achieve the basic shape of the tank.

At this point I started in on trying to get one complete by getting the sides cut out of thick sheet plastic.

This is as far as I got on one tank when I stalled out on the project.

Now fast forward over 4 years later and after sitting around buried in a box in my closet,  I'm finally getting back around to them. Here's a little teaser for what's to come in part 2.

Here is the original link from 4 years ago. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Imperial Assault: Rebel Saboteurs

Enjoying painting the line of miniatures for Imperial Assault. The miniatures are pretty good for a board game but not so good that I feel guilty when I only throw a quick paint job on them. Anyways, anyone who's played IA skirmish knows how good these little guys are.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Imperial Assault: C3PO and R2D2

Finished these two quite awhile ago but just getting around to posting them. Been doing a lot of speed painting lately as it's a therapeutic break from high quality, detail work.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Warhammer 40K: Space Marines Bike Squad

Working on getting my modest Space Marines army painted. These are six bikes from two Dark Vengeance starter sets from last edition. Again, sticking to my process for speed painting that I've employed for my space marines. These are just base coated and washed in a heavy black of my own recipe.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Warhammer 40K: Space Marines Dreadnought

After doing the conversion to make this model have a dual autocannon weapons loadout, I took a little bit of time to get it painted up. It was a little bit of time too. This was one of the quickest and easiest models to paint. Only took me about an hour. For a speed painted model it looks pretty good on the table which is all I'm going for here.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Warhammer 40k: Space Marines Dreadnought Autocannon Conversion

With the drop of 8th edition the dual twin autocannon loadout for dreadnoughts has been very popular and for good reason. I've had two dreadnoughts for quite some time that came in the Assault on Black Reach set from a few editions ago. Decided to do a little cutting and scratch building to achieve the appearance of twin autocannons.

First I used a hotwire cutter to remove the previous weapon loadout on both arms. Using some round sprue from Malifuax models and a bit of brass tube and we're done.

Here you can see a side by side comparison of the original and the converted model.

All in all a very simple conversion and doesn't take all that long.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Legion Archangel WIP

This model is one of the best sculpts that Privateer Press has ever produced. I've wanted one for years but the model's rules in MK2 were pretty terrible. However, it's MK3 rules are pretty solid so I finally picked one up.

I've since stalled on this project, regrettably I've been pulled away to other projects. Hoping to get back to it soon to finish.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ice Themed Table for Warmachine & Hordes

Ever since I started my Legion army a few years back I've often thought of building an ice table complete with terrain, zones, and flags to match my ice based Legion army. Well, I finally got around to doing and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.

The base of the board is just foam insulation board that I purchased at Lowes. You can pick these up in 2' x 8' or 4' x 8' sheets. I cut a 2' x 8' sheet in half to make my 4' x 4' playing surface.

First steps involved creating some texture on the board. I started with a small tub of spackle and applied it unevenly to form some raised areas on the board. I also created a few crater like areas on the board.

In order to create some additional texture as well as seal the board, I used a mixture made up of Elmer's glue, snow flock, and water and painted the mixture onto the entire surface. This combination gives a nice texture to the board but is still relatively soft unlike other boards that use sand to create texture. I also created a good mix of terrain to match the board primarily out of again insulation foam or foam core board. (I don't have any pictures at this stage.) 

After the texture mix on the board dried, I painted the whole board using white Kilz paint to give all areas of the board a uniform shade before applying any other paint. I then coated the whole board in a light blue color.

The process for painting the board and terrain pieces was relatively simple and is pretty much identical to how I've done ice effects before with the exception of the use of crackle paint. Check out one of my previous tutorials here. Basically I just started with a base coat of a light blue color and dry brushed up a couple layers to pure white. 

The zones were cut out of canvas and work perfectly.

The last steps involved filling the crater like spots on the board with clear crackle paint. Once that was dry, the board, terrain, zones, objectives, and flags all got two coats of clear coat. Lastly, I added a bit of snow flock sparingly on various spots of the board and terrain.

All done and ready for play!