Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Happy Possessed gun welding Christmas & new year!

Merry Crimbo people!!

as its the silly season, aka running around getting stuff sorted and then monging in front of the telly eating crap and chatting shite to people you only see once in a blue moon.. I figured I'd better get "something" done....

So the best looking and some great bits for converting within a chaos army but rules wise pretty naff

now I trusted the colour circle thingy (thats in the back ground) for a opposite colour for the purple and it looks pretty good personally, the orangery yellow was a right bugger to paint but after a bit of trial and error it came out lovey

I'll be stealing two of the choosen for a kill team that a chap from my local shop has written, over all it doesn't seem too bad some cheese has already emerged and I'm sure that'll be stomped out or people won't bother playing them! anyhow link to the rules and all that gaff..


One of the guys has mentioned that he'd fancy trying his hand at infinity and as myself and Spencer (who hasn't updated his blog for months) really enjoy the game I've decided to dig out my old stuff and crack on with some finishing off,

so this is whats done at the moment...

4 line kazaks
2 spetnaz snipers
1 veteran kazak

some repair work is need on these bad boys! 

and the "new" batch I've had most of these for ages but with the new interest in the game I'll get these banged out before I run the demo, so you've got...

2 veteran kazaks with T2 rifles
1 line kazak with rocket launcher
1 doc
1 moblot
1 fox trot ranger
1 para with HMG

that lots gonna take me way past the 200 points that we normally play but the models are so cool and it'd be rude not to paint them up,

but I feel that I might be picking up even more as in between leaping around in front of jay's xbox Kinect myself, Dave and Spencer where looking at various bits for our respective armies, mine being Ariadna, spencer having nearly every model for the Yu Jing (mostly in the blisters!) and dave getting his claws into the new kids on the block Alpeh, but we'll see how it well it goes down at the local shop.

Now as I've not had a challenge Ant for a while and with the Grey knights looming in there drop pods Spencer wants me to do a step by step on the following model.... 

I think once I've done that I'll wash myself in bleach like in the crying game, bloody imperial marines AND grey knights!! 

As its nearly the end of the year and I'm not really going to get the chance to update before the weekend I figured I'd do my final count for the "pledge"

so totals...

Bought      Painted      Differance
   469           513             44

So I made it! I painted more than I bought and boy didn't I buy & paint alot!

So highlights painting wise for me was...

  • Painting a 40k deamon army for the tale of ex-gamers, I'd managed about 2000 points when most of the others have done about 800! 
  • Getting my Dindrenzi Fleet box done
  • Doing a 35 point Skorne chain gang list in about 5 weeks
  • Painting a orc and goblin army only to find that I remember why I don't play fantasty!
  • slowly working my way through the chaos with only a few bits left to do, the nurgle rhino, Slannesh rhino and oblitertors are still my faveroute models I've painted for that army this year
  • Painting Dannys Legion in record breaking time for the nationals and winning sportsman award!
  • getting into 6mm modern stuff, this has really made me look at other era's apart from the usual sci-fi and blogs like... napoleonic connoisseurs club really inspirering! 
  • Ploughing though the dark eldar and the reversed vemon becoming uber popular! nearly 2000 hits so far! 
So what about 2011....

I've a feeling that I'll be getting more into malifaux and IF the legions codex ever arrives then contining with my chaos, I'll more than likely finish off the retribution and continue to get told what I should be doing with them...

But the curveball will be picking up a napolenic army, more likey the Frence as Lee plays the British, but we'll have to see on that one as there is alot of models needed for one of those armies!

and most importantly play more fun games!!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Raiders of the lost archon...

well its been an intresting week....

Came down with a wicked cold that knocked me off my feet workwise and gaming wise, I had to cancel three games! thats a rare moment for me.

but I did manage to get a bit of painting done

 Now for what ever reason I decided to paint the three raiders at the same time? and they look "ok"

tabletop wise they'll look fine, when you look at them up close the ink didn't quite have the effect that I wanted, and the big flat panels where a ball ache to get right, as for the white sail I tried it quite a few times keeping the paint watered down but the actual brush marks made it look shit, so I decided to ink it with green and then use a sponge to give it a mottled look.

I might go back to then and do bits here and there but I just wanted to get them knocked out really, 

Now these guys where lovely to paint, and after spencers suggestion with the horns on the helmets aka get rid of them, I think these look so much cooler!

So a 99% finished lilith just go to do the flag on the base and she's good as done, might use her as a witch leader though as she's crap against T4 space marines! 

 and the Archon just the base to do and again he's done and dusted!

So after a three week break, the "machine" is back, just in time for a shag load of time off work over the crimbo period, that should give me enough time to get finished what I've been meaning to do for a while...

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Slacking.... Anton style....

Well I've managed to get bugger all done in the last two weeks....

this is mainly to do with being a lazy ass and catching up on all the American hotrod & choppers that I've missed, thrown in with a bit of "V" the new series and that put an end to painting for a while!

However  every cloud has a silver lining and thanks to some ambush alley action against Dave a couple of weeks ago I decided to grab myself a crashed huey from the battlefront range and use this as a day of the rangers objective for the downed super six four black hawk, so that shouldn't take me long to bang out... (in theory)

But whilst grabbing a little bit of me time inbetween "real life" I've stumbled across some real gems...

anyone got $350 spare??


this looks awsome! a real contender for a titan size warmachine for 40K!

Orcy combat power claws...


nicely done and they also have some funky looking swords as well.

but this one really has got me thinking.....


Grotesque? replacement... either that or a oblit conversion waiting to happen!

But the real surprise over the last couple of weeks was the response to the venom conversion I posted some pic's on heresy online as well as warseer and From the warp wanted a collaberation post with regards to the dark eldar some how I managed to clock over a thousand hits from that one artical alone! now in geeky terms thats made me well proud!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Dark Eldar Venom Reversed Engineered.....

Ok so going on the picture of the Home grown venom that I found,

I decided to reverse engineer it and make my own, now I've tried to find how the original chap is so that he can get the glory for the initial conversion but to no avail? So if you do find him lurking somewhere on the net let me know ;)

What you'll need:

1 Viper kit
1 Raider Kit

So I decided to start off with the rear of the model first I clipped off the side panels and marked out where I was going to cut them

So after a bit of chopping and what not I stuck the rear part togeather...

And decided to start work on the engine block, again I marked where I was going to cut

I then grabbed the first part of the viper I was going to work on, again marking where the cut was going to go

And after a bit of a dry fit it looked like the following, Now I've removed the runes as I figured that the dark eldar wouldn't really have them all over there transports its more of a eldar thing, but looking at the picture I did miss some!

a differant angle of the above

And a quick dryfit of the actual viper or whats left of it..

And with the meduim of blue-tac what its roughly going to look like..

Now I didn;t really want shuriken catapults on the model due to the fluff factor and I like little details like that as they give the model the "pop" factor, so again the place where the cuts are going to take place, i.e. a slither of plastic to be used as a filler for the underneath of the viper weapons area.

So this is where I'd gotten to so far.. (I decided to change the pilot later on rather than using the basic eldar guy)

close up of the engine block stuck to the rear of the model, I'd stuck some addational engine bits from the other floor part that I hadn't used as a filler so that the gap wasn't too much

and after ripping the upper torso and arms off the orginal guy I cut one of the crew at the waist and used the drivers arms and clipped the "handle bars" away from the control panel

After a bit more dry fitting I put some more engine parts to hide the gap and these would be visable if you looked at it straight on, kinda giving the impression of air inlet ports?

So I decided to take the plunge and stick it all togeather, by this point I'd clocked up about 2/3 hours worth of conversion time but most of that was sussing out how the other chap had done his and most of the time was spent on the engine detail

a differant angle from above, I'd also started sticking the first of the spikey bits on

and a shot showing the underneath,  now I used the new style flying base housing from the raider kit and used the gun shield to bulk up the main viper bit that joined the engine block, I then had to go into work which helped as I wanted the basic model to be nice and dry when I worked on the next parts

Ok so after a hardcore shift at work I decided to crack on with the rest of the venom, but I forgot to take pictures as I was going along (I was way too excited about getting it finished!)

so all thats changed on this picture is...

I've used the rudders from the raider kit to give it a bit more of a "dark eldar" feel.
put some spikey bits round the rear and along the front of the viper canopy.

Converted some splinter cannons from the heavy weapons and stuck normal rifle bits on the front, these are differant lengths but still look cool.

Put some chain bits on the side of the gunshield.

A couple of more blade's on on the rear so that it extends the point of the rear blades but decided to leave a gap, so that it kinda fits in with the theme from the bikes. and an addational pair of blades on top of the viper wings and where the raider bit meets bit the angle of the pictures you carn't really make them out?

and thats it one venom!

not overly complicated, but looking at this model I'd reduce the spacers between the engine block and the rear of the viper, also make the rudder blade a bit further apart rather than nearly touching at the front.

But I'll sort out those bits on the second one that I'm planning on doing, now one thing that I did notice when looking at the codex on the throne (as well all do don't deny it!) is that the venom can take two splinter cannons thats a whopping 12 shots hitting on 3's and always wounding on 4's very nice me thinks!

Anyhow, what do you think? what would you change? or is that plently enough conversion wise??

Friday, 26 November 2010

More Dark Eldar....

well its been a productive week to say the least!

I've managed to get the 2nd warrior squad done as well as the wyches,

so the second squad is armed the same as the first lot aka, blaster & cannon, this time the squad leader is armed with the agonizer whip rather than the power weapon for a bit of a change, I've painted them in the same technique as the previous unit but managed to get them done a little quicker now as I know what I'm doing with them, 

now with the wyches I wasn't too sure how to do them as they wear half armour, half kinky pvc...

so thats 2 10 man warrior squads and a 10 man/woman wyche squad, only the transports to sort out and a blantiant rip off of...

home grown venom

a superb conversion and really got me juices flowing so I picked up a raider and a viper to hack to bits, and just for good measure a squad of incubi to occupy it!

but before I sign off I'm gonna vent my anger....

I wanted to get hold of...

so rather than doing the smart thing and pre-ordering via the website I figured that I'd pick one up on Monday from my local shop but this wasn't to be as some gypsy thieving bastard decided to clear out the shop of all of the webway portals and if you have a gander on ebay at the moment they are going for the best part of £20!! frigging money grabbing dicks. Well I'll just make my own! ;)

anyway comments etc welcome as always,

Cheers Ant.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Dark Eldar Warrior Squad & some friends....

So after the test model I figured I'd better crack on with the actual army...

So this is the first unit of my Dark Eldar I also managed to make it onto the from of the Heresy forums with the step by step guide which I was quite chuffed with and been asked to do more step by step's which I'll be doing for Spencers next "Challange Ant"

Anyway onto the pictures... 

I've done the crystal chambers in a jade colour to break up the gun and to pratice painting that colour as Spencer has given me a really cool idea that I might just have to steal ;)

Unit leader with power weapon or agoniser depending how flush I'm feeling, I really like the sculpt of the head as it reminds me of a dire avenger

So the "friends" I finially got round to finishing the extra members of the noise marines to take them up to the fluffy 6 man squad and Lucius never tried him on the tabletop but always liked the model. 

So all I've got a little bit left for the chaos so shouldn't be long before it's finally finished off, I'll have to sit down and work out the points at some point but I must be approaching 4ish thousand!

Anyway time to crank out another unit of warriors... ;)

Friday, 12 November 2010

Dark Eldar Warrior Test model

Well it was going to happen as soon as I could get my grubby little hands on them!

So after sticking togeather all the bits and bobs that I've managed to get I decided to get a test model painted up, now I used to collect Dark Eldar a long long time ago and these where a nice dark purple, the Incubi I painted in a dark red and I remembered how cool they looked at the time, so I decided to follow the old school path and go really dark red,

Step 1

Spray black & when dry scab red as the first coat, now the trick with this point is don't worry about being too neat and getting the paint into all the creases and folds of the model (you'll see why later)

Step 2

Red gore over the armour nice harsh highlights on this bit...

Step 3

Blood red edging highlight I keep mine a little watery so that I could semi-blend

Step 4

Ink the armour with Badab Black, and once thats dry I started on the detail, Brassy Brass for the Brassy bits and chaos black and boltgun for the first coat of the normal metallics

Step 5

Highlight the brass bits with Brassy Brass & chain mail. Highlight the dark boltgun with chainmail, and I did the skin loin cloth with dwarf flesh highlighted with bleached bone

Step 6

Ink the non armour areas with Devlan mud and I decided to go for a desert themed base as I was getting bored of "normal" looking bases and the lightness of the base is a complete opposite to the darkness of the model so I think it suits it well.

I was tempted to go down the resin route with regards to bases but I'm still in two minds on that one, also I showed Spencer some pictures earlier via my phone and he's suggested painting the oval chamber thing near the rear of the gun in a differant colour, agree or disagree??

Anyhow hope you found the above useful and as always comments welcome,