Sunday, May 21, 2017

Terrain: Sewers 002

The sections for my sewer are largely ready for paint and I decided to try something new instead of the usual PVA, paint, and water.
This stuff is pretty good. Your mileage may vary but I got all the main pieces of my sewers triple coated with spray primer. I think with extruded styrofoam sheets it will work better. The expanded polystyrene just has too much exposed area to do any less...
This is my fault. I gave this piece two coats of primer and didn't give it time to dry properly before giving it a coat of black. You can see I ended up getting a cool looking texture for my efforts. Seeing this patterning was enough to make me slow down and give the other pieces time to dry properly.
Overall I like this foam primer. I'll probably keep using it in the future since I have quite a few projects planned to use all this foam I've accumulated.



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday Workbench Update

This weekend finds me with a terrible need to organize. The Land of Unfinished Projects is full of unrest since its packed to bursting.

So I headed to the store and picked up a cheap shelf and some Rubbermade leftover bins. These are great and I've been using them for bits and projects for a couple years. If you decide to use these then go get new ones and don't loot em from the kitchen it helps for peace and happiness in the household.

I promise.

Creatively positioned bins to imply progress.
And there we go! Some of my mess is more contained. I've got plenty of room on these shelves to actually corral my ever expanding selection of bits for modelling and terrain construction. The leftover bins will be great for keeping projects together when I'm not working on them. Protip: sharpie wipes off these bins with a bit of alcohol on a tissue or whatever, so don't be afraid to write on them,

Everything else is on hold while I get this under control.



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Inq28: So Many Options...

I've managed to score on eBay, and in a big way.

This is the result of three lots and worth every single red cent I paid. When I started looking for priests for Witch Hunter Lutor's retinue, these lots crossed my radar and I couldn't help myself. I don't know whether these models will remain stock or be converted or even completely cannibalized.

I even got a Squat in there.,, my very first.



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Terrain: Sewers 001

Remember this from a couple weeks ago? Well most of it is still there but in different shapes. I've been at it with a big knife forming interesting sewer-ish shapes.

Here's the first one just about ready for some paint. I've used some scrap wire to make the cables attached to the wall, and flexi-straws to make the pipes. ½" metal cloth mesh I scavenged from somewhere or other is what I used for the guard rail, and thin card on the back side. This piece will sit on a 24" tile, one of the corners. All styrofoam pieces on the edges will be clad in cardboard to help protect it. The ladder is from the Cities of Death extras frame.

I don't plan an overly complicated sewer, and hopefully this will help me to finish this project in a timely manner... yeah right.



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

30k: Iron Warriors 002

Finally have some more progress to share on my Horus Heresy Iron Warriors.

The first 15 models have been basecoated with Rustoleum Titanium Silver spray. These should prove rather simple to get painted up once I get the hazard chevrons done. I really want to get some painting done on these models this weekend.



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Workbench Update

Just because I don't have a decent camera doesn't mean I've stopped working. My Abhuman Techno-heretics have gotten some reinforcement.

I've also gotten some ideas to coalesce from fragments into something actionable and have set upon this heap of styrofoam.

The Witchhunter's Retinue has a new member...

And I've got lots of new characters to paint up or convert. This is just a few of them.

I should have my good phone fixed this week, Stay tuned for progress on a few fronts.



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Five Years On...

I've been indigent, belligerent, and indifferent in turns over the past 60 months. Somehow I've kept on, and will continue to do so. I'd like to thank my followers and everyone who has contributed to the nearly 150k views I've garnered here so far.

Here are a few projects that I rather enjoyed over the past years.

Deathwatch Contemptor

Inq28 Mercenary

My abhuman technoheretics

(not) Creed

Some terrain

My Treadbikes

My many, many Mechanicus themed projects...

I'd like to say I've got five more fruitful blogging years coming but who knows? I'll take it one post at a time here and keep plodding along.



Friday, March 31, 2017

We Broke It!

By 'It' above I mean my phone, and by default my camera. And by we I mean me. Don't throw your phone at the bed, ladies and gentlemen.

I'll get it fixed in the next week or two, in the mean time content will be sparse.



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Inquisimunda: Van Saar Mercenaries

I have fond memories of picking up some Van Saar from eBay to flesh out a Hive Gang Militia unit for my Steel Legion army many, many moons ago. These guys came painted up in the standard Van Saar green and really contrasted well with the other hivers I had thrown together by mixing Catachans and Empire Militia. Sadly, those models are all long gone.

With the rumored return of Necromunda and the looming release of Shadow War Armageddon I decided to put together another Van Saar gang. I thought about picking up some first or second edition GW models and instead picked up some Vanderbilt Fighters from Mad Robot Miniatures. These resin minis capture the feel of the original gang perfectly in my humble opinion.

The Mad Robot kit included six adults and four youth. In the narrative I'm building my mercenaries are Mechanicus aligned. In that vein I armed my juves with Flechette Blasters and one of my gangers with a Radium Carbine. If I ever get to a game of Necromunda they'll count as more mundane weapons that look cool. For the Inq28 games I have planned (someday...) these guys will be armed exactly as they look.

The weather has been unseasonably nice these past couple weeks so I got some painting done. After a primer coat of Testors flat black acrylic I gave the models a coat of Orkhide Shade, then a coat of Snot Green, and finally a wash of Thraka Green. I haven't gotten any more done at the time I get this posted, but I do have a plan.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

StarCraft Remastered

Anyone not excited for this? StarCraft, along with WarCraft 2 and Diablo were some of the first games I completed (without cheating!) and some of the most fun for the longest time after. I played StarCraft before Brood War and until I finally lost my disc for the game. I remember going to the mall with a friend in high school and he purchased the Special Edition Protoss big box. My first copy of StarCraft came in the GotY box with WarCraft 2 and Diablo.

After 19 years StarCraft will be free. Not free-to-play, free period. I think this is a good move on Blizzard's part since if you have somehow missed out on this legendary RTS title you can check it out... and then hopefully be more amenable to purchasing SC Remastered when it launches.

One of the things I remember when getting into 40k was people complaining about how StarCraft stole the Space Marines from 40k. It didn't take me long to see exactly what they meant but I wasn't going to be butthurt about it. I started playing Space Marines in 40k during 3rd Edition, and most of the old fluff had already been retconned. Ah geek memories.

See the teaser page here.

I hope they bring back Tarpit D maps.

And I'm done waxing nostalgic this morning.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Planetary Empires 001: Hive Primus

I've been splurging on eBay for this and that lately, like the Chimera Bunker. The latest has been both the Mighty Empires and Planetary Empires sets, including the hive city tile and the wizards tower. The Mighty Empires set I really don't have a plan for too much past using the tiles to supplement my Planetary Empires set... and the plan there is to build a world (maybe more) for all my little plastic men to have adventures on. The first step in the plan is of course the Hive Primus for the world as yet unidentified.

I had an idea while I was clipping out tiles and putting things together. It struck me as an idea worth exploring for my Hive Primus.

I started by thinking about my project and hacking up these mountain tiles, then gluing them together. Next I set to cutting out the hive from the rest of its tile. It took quite a while but in the end it was worth it.

After a quick rummage through the bits box I started building up the base tile. I have a very specific inspiration for this hive...

I think I'm on the right track.