I think we can all agree with the above picture. You get to the end of one project and its easier and easier to get distracted into other projects and other things you want to work on. And Deathwatch overkill came at just the right time to distract me further after the cultists of last.
Tyranids were technically my first army. Back before 2004 with the 4th edition codex I still have. I liked the idea of the unrelenting monsters and still do. I painted them Kraken because thats what on the front cover but Id always looked more fondly at the ice blues, high contrasting colours of the fleets. I painted a few, wasnt playing the game and left shortly thereafter, having my stuff sold off.
I’ve been fairly inactive over the last bit, but I have been working on things in the background and Id like to share them today.
The first thing I worked on and finished was the Contemptor out of Calth. I did some minor customization to it, adding chains, skulls and the skin parchment to make it look a little less generic and more Word Bearer-like. After I did all the scribbles on him I remembered that Calth had come with some that would have made it easier. Whoops.
He had a name in mind when I wrote it in some semi runic scribbles on the front, but that was back in December / January and I have since forgotten what the name was meant to be. I think in future I would like to do the Helmets completely black, but here I have done a black strip down the centre for something different and rune lord brass sigils with the white scribbles. Looking at the picture here the left leg with the brighter red lines has come out much more brighter than I expected, I don’t know if its the camera or what but its annoying me. I decided on the 40k logo of the Word on the front as I felt it looked much better than the 30k one in its place.
Id like to challenge all the fellow bloggers who stumble across this post to “Forge the Character” over the next month or so. Though I expect to end up being the only one doing it, its quite simple; Make a character and tell us his back story, play a few games with him and describe his feats. It can be anything from a Dreadnought or Tank Captain, to a Helbrute or Eldar Autarch. It doesnt matter what race or what, just to make a character and tell us about him. You dont have to build something new if you dont want to, you could just tell us of the Nid Warrior that solo’d a space marine captain.
I am building something special, here is my Ultramraines captain, the marine to lead the my Ultramarine force. I have built him from the Solaq captain. He is exactly what I was wanting out of this kit and I cant wait to paint him up. I am still working on what to do for the backpack, and I am a little stumped with it, torn between having one and not having one at all. Perhaps someone from a command squad standing to next to him? As for Name, Exploits and lore background, Ill get to that eventually.
Originally I wanted to talk about both Solaq and Calth in this post but I might have ranted on about Solaq a bit more than I expected, So I think Ill leave it like this now and do another post on Calth,which will hopefully be a bit smaller.
In the Shadow Force Solaq, you get the following: Contents from the Sternguard box, Vanguard Box and a Land Speeder. A shiny new Captain and some special rules. Unfortunately this box is not as good as the previous ones that Games Workshop has released, and strange that they then have done something like Calth after it where they’ve got some good savings on what you get.
So here are the first things I worked and finished since the break. Been awhile but it was good to add these guys to the line up. These were done in the same way as the Bloodthirster and turned out pretty good. I think its definately going to turn into a whole army of Albino Khornate daemons. More pictures after the bump.
Starting a style of posts which is currently named The Lab. I like list building, from things that may appear competitive, to game breaking things I would ban in a minuet, to the fun and the silly. And Id like to share these. This one being the first also allows me to show off a squad sitting in the painting que that I converted up a bit.
Looking at the picture, Im sure you can see where this is going, so click through and I shall continue.
The rules are great, sure they could be better but I really feel like they are a nice price point for what they do. 3 Sentinels with 9 S6 Shots out flanking you can be a terrible thing to deal with, and thats at sub 100 points. 150 points gets you the 3 man Suicide Squad, Armoured Sentinels with Plasma Cannons, risky but fun.
Painting them is great. If you ever wanted a test model for just about anything, to see how the colour works on armor. Sents are great for that. Open Topped for people inside, variations of different armour types, pistons and an expossed engine block, several weapons and various lights, antenna etc etc.
All of these make for a good test bed. Up the top, the lead sentinel was the testbed for my Chaos Knight I built when the Knights first came out – who I will show off later in a more Chaos Guard focused list. The pure white one is my Snow theme ideas and the grey is a more urban based. Finally the blood spattered one is Luna’s testbed for painting Horus Heresy World Eaters.
I’ll do a post dedicated to my Chaos Guard and Knight later, but over the jump to see more pictures of the sentinels!
Issue #75 Of the White Dwarf came with a Stormcast Eternal Model, I wanted to convert into a Blood Angel Captain.
Blood Angel’s Captain Kit Bash is the following:
Stormcast Eternal Model from the White Dwarf
Thunderhammer and Storm shield are from the BA Terminator Kit
The helm and jet-pack with wings are from the Sanguinary Guard Kit
BloodLetter Head is from the Grey Knights Terminator sprue (However, The grey knights hand was clearly clipped off)
This model counts as a Blood Angel Captain with Artificer Armour, Thunderhammer, Storm Shield and Jet-Pack
Overall I am fairly happy with my conversion, I’ve been wanting to do a model in the style of gold that I like painting.
I’m definitely going to make a full squad of Sanguinary Guard, Due to it being FUN!!! to paint.
To be honest, I now want to own as many models as possible in BA army Listing
(Currently making a FleshTearers Army but I’ll see what I can do adding these fine beasts into the mix)
So I have finally finished(mostly) painting one of my favorite conversions that I have ever done. The Dark Apostle. First time doing some free hand drawing, with the help from a tutorial from another word bearer painter
A few things to note on him; His shoulder guards are not 100% done, on his left one I am unsure of what name to put in there, or even how to do writing on silver. If you know how, please reply! And his right I want to get transfers from Forgeworld to put on there but that will be in the distant future. Lastly I need to dirty up his book a little more. But its finished enough to post some pictures up and Ill revisit him a little later.
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