Why does real life take up so much time?

I cannot believe that it’s the middle of June and until a couple of days ago the only painting I had done was painting the kitchen!  That said, the transfers on my Death Guard got done a few months ago and have turned out really nice, it’s worth taking the time to cut as much of the clear film out and use MicroSol and MicroSet when you apply them.  The past few days have seen me finish off the last highlighting on the metallics and paint the bases up – pictures to follow soon.

A couple of months ago I purchases an iPad, my profession as a web developer has meant that I really need to learn to get to grips with tablets as yet another viewing platform.  Unfortunately one side effect has been much wasted time with games, however on a positive note, posting photos to this blog is a lot easier as there are apps that make it really easy to do this.

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Making good progress

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In comparison to how long it normally takes me to paint, my first squad of Death Guard are progressing really quickly.  As you can see from the above picture, I have got the airbrushing, initial details and varnish done on the first fifteen.  I’ve done the washing on four and done the first metallic highlight on two (the front two on the right).  The way I’m doing it is really fast, effective and changes the marine from very bright to a dirty brown marine as suits a Death Guard. As you should be able to see from the left-hand marine (and ones in the back two rows), the washes just make the whole miniature ‘pop’.

It’s my hope to get all of the washing done by the end of this week and to get the shoulder pads ready for priming and undercoating.  One thing that will make a massive difference is oil weathering them, which I intend to do when the shoulder pads are painted and glued in place so that the weathering is done in a controlled cohesive manner.  Then it’ll be some weathering pigments around their feet and a matte varnish to bind everything together.  Unfortunately I’m away with work Saturday through to Tuesday so can’t see me getting these 15 finished for a couple of weeks.

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.

 

 

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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