Death Guard Apothocary

Where the hell has January gone?  I can’t believe that four weeks ago today was New Years Eve and I was looking forward to a quieter year with more modelling opportunities crammed in…  The last ten days have been really bizarre for me and a lot of the UK in general.  My other half managed to badly sprain her ankle which resulted in her having to be at home (on crutches) for two working weeks.  This incident was rapidly followed by the UK receiving quite a bit of snow, we had a good 10 inches over the period of a couple of days which hung around for quite a while and then froze solid.  Unfortunately I walk to work so rather than getting a few nice snow days, I put on substantial boots and trekked in.  The weather has now suddenly become much warmer and much wetter so it looks like huge parts of the country are going to flood – again…

Thankfully other than more rain, everything has once more settled down.  The other half is back to work full time again and the snow is starting to become a distant memory (until next month when I personally reckon we’ll get more).  Yesterday a large portion of the day was spent tidying things up and sorting things out, which means less to do when I get in from work.

DSC_0814-2The intervening days between my last post and this one, have however been quite productive.  As you can see, the Apothocary that I’d airbrushed using a white undercoat has now received the various washes and such like and I’m now working on the details.  The picture is actually a few days old, as I’ve pushed the shadows deeper and painted more of the details (pipes, lenses etc).  This model is without a doubt the way I’m going to do all of my Legion.

Saturday I made the most of the rare sunlight and my first 15 marines have been primed grey and under-coated white and are now ready for airbrushing.  Additionally (see I told you I’d been productive) my Cataphractii Terminators are now half assembled.

I must be honest and in comparison to the MkII marines, the Cataphractii are a bit of a mare to assemble.  The torso and legs need pinning and filling to ensure a good join and the overhang on the vambraces (the armour panel on the forearm) means that regular gun weapons are a pig to get lined up.  In real life you’d actually have very little mobility to turn your hand.  I have managed to magnetise one though so that I can use the Heavy Flamer, Reaper Autocannon or Plasma Blaster.

 

 

Second Tester (and Third)

Second AttemptWell I’ve been trying to finish off a post for the past week but just don’t seem to have found the time – sorry!  The fact that the blog ate all of the entry on Tuesday didn’t help… I have however managed to get a bit painting in.  My second Death Guard tester went really well – however upon comparing it to various pieces of artwork and other painted miniatures I realised that it’s too dark and although there is depth, there isn’t enough “colour” and interest on the model, which results in it looking really quite bland and boring – as you can see!

To this effect I’ve started a third tester (an apothocary) and gone with a white undercoat rather than a grey one.  The airbrushed layers have been exactly the same (Rakarth Flesh > Pallid Wych Flesh > Ceramite White) and the end result is much brighter and clean.  My next step is to paint the green (then sponge weathering) and metallic areas and then a quick coat of varnish so I can apply some washes.  With luck the washes will tone everything down sufficiently.  Rather than just flinging on a Nuln Oil wash, I’m going to thin it down 50/50 with water and apply it into the recesses and carefully apply over areas, then the same with Agrax Earthshade.  Fingers crossed it’ll all go OK!

Happy New Year!

2012 is now firmly behind us and overall was pretty crap.  That said I am on the whole an optimistic person and I did manage to get two very significant projects completed (the Stormlord Tank and Space Wolves Contemptor) and ended the year with enough cash in my hobby pot to collect most of a Death Guard Forge World army.

My Christmas break flew past and didn’t actually start until mid-day on Christmas eve (the afternoon was taken up with present wrapping and delivering).  Sadly because of this and other commitments, the number of free days I had was really low so I didn’t get as much done in way of hobby activities as I would have liked.  I did manage to get 15 marines washed, tidied up and gaps filled and glued together so have the core of a squad.  Unfortunately the heads from the Command Squad upgrade pack were quite badly molded so I’m going to have to phone Forge World and get some replacements.  I was going to magnetise the Nuncio Vox but didn’t as I couldn’t work out how to magnetise the head (which needed replacing anyway) decided to just construct them as a regular squad.

Squad One - Death Guard

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Washing!

I took the first of my Forge World miniatures home last night and washed the first ten marines whilst my other half was doing some baking.  This is the first time I’ve properly inspected any of the miniatures and overall they’re not too bad.  There are some bits that will need to be green stuffed in order to remove mold lines and a bit of knife work needed on others.  One of the shoulder pads does have a fault on one of the rims but with a little bit of work this can be modified to look like battle damage (which is quite in keeping with the Death Guard).  One of the barrels on the Rapier might have to be returned as the mold has slipped slightly in the casting – although there is a chance that I might be able to sort this out with a knife.  Decidedly less work than a metal miniature would have and even some plastics.  One thing I have noticed is that Forge World sculpt realistic sized feet, the plastic marines tend to have overly large boots :s

It’s likely that I’m going to be working on Sunday & Monday installing a new server, so will bring in some tools and glue and begin to assemble my first squad, which I’m quite looking forward to.  One of the nicest things about purchasing 30 marines at once is that you can actually vary the combination of legs and arms to get a bit of uniqueness to them.

One thing that I’m really impressed with is how Forge World label the “matching” parts.  For example the left and right arms need to be used in pairs – so on the actual flat part that glues onto the body, they’re labelled with dots, so the first pair has one dot each, the second two and so on.  The Terminator bodies and legs are also labelled in the same way, it’s so simple but highly effective as it means you don’t cut the label off when you remove the sprue.

I do however have one gripe.  Although I appreciate that resin miniatures are prone to the odd air bubble and mold line, I really think that Forge World need to up their game another notch.  When Forge World first started there weren’t many companies that produced resin miniatures, over the past few years this has changed and many companies produce exceptionally fine detailed miniatures in resin – Studio McVey produce resin miniatures for around £12.50 for a model and the quality is pretty much faultless, the same goes for many companies that produce sculpted bases.  Forge World are competitive in their pricing (unlike Games Workshop), but the quality of miniatures isn’t quite on par with other companies.  In the grand scheme of things, 30 marines of 6 components each (180 individual components) I’d expect around a 1% or 2% rate of  – so between 2 and 4 components.  I’ve already

The Beginning of a Legion

Well Forge World have really done a good job on the pre-Christmas delivery and I have a rather large box of resin sat next to me at work.  Considering I ordered this last Friday, it’s arrived in less than three working days which is actually faster than I’ve ever received an order previously.  Although I’ve not fully unpacked, the quality seems quite good and I can’t wait until I can start putting them together.

My order consisted of:

  • 30 Marines in Mk2 Legion Power Armour = 250pts + 150pts
  • 5 Cataphratii Terminators (with power fists and a heavy flamer) = 210pts
  • 1 Rapier Laser Destroyer = 40pts
  • Decals

Hmm, when you list it like that it’s quite scary how much this stuff costs…  However this does give me my two mandatory troop choices plus two elite choices and a rather sizeable 650 points worth of Legion.  If I put some of the marines together as a Seeker Squad then this would actually increase my pointage too.

What I intend to do is to place a second similarly large order next year, but I’ll wait until more miniatures and options are about.  I want to be able to pick up a heavy squad (with either Heavy Flamers or Multi-Meltas), a specialist squad with Meltaguns and likely a squad with Flamers, at least one Contemptor and finally a squad of Death Shroud.  I’d also like a unit of three Medusa although these may have to be converted from Basilisks if a Legion variant isn’t released.  I’m also going to need a Legion commander of some kind.  Ok, I may be doing two orders and selling a kidney…

Deathshroud are here

deathshroud1Every year Forge World do a Christmas jigsaw puzzle of one of the releases for the early part of next year.  There’s been some discussion about what it is, but they’ve just released the last piece and it’s Mortarion’s favoured – The Deathshroud.  And they’re lovely miniatures too, absolutely full of character and uniqueness.  They’re wearing custom Terminator armour (an regular Terminator armour – not Cataphractii) and are equipped with Power Scythes and hand flamers that are fixed onto their gauntlets rather than separately held ones.  Of course these can be upgraded to chem-weapons if you wanted…

The only thing I’m not keen on is the armoured front panel ‘loin cloth’ as the previous artwork has only ever shown leather straps like on the Cataphractii.  However I’m guessing the reason for this is so that the armour types looks suitably different.  I’m most certainly going to have a unit of these in my Death Guard army!

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Forge World Seminar 2012 – Horus Heresy Roundup

The Forge World seminars are always a wonderful source of information and pleasure.  Because Forge World are a smaller team, much of their work is planned months in advance and they’re not bound to the same ‘tight lipped’ secrecy that has become synonymous with Games Workshop.  I think some of this is because Forge World caters for the slightly more mature hobbyist who accept that release schedules do slip and don’t publicly chastise them for this.

My memory isn’t fantastic, so I’m sure that this isn’t a complete list of everything mentioned!

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