Bane of Forges

With the new Forgebane box-set being recently released (pitting the might of Mars in the form of the Adeptus Mechanicus against the dynasty of destruction that is the Necrontyr), it presents a opportune time to add reinforcements to my forces of the servants of the Omnissiah (or their Dark Mechanicus masters).

Having built up a household of Knights, I’d consciously painted them so they could be loyalist or traitor (with a paint scheme in homage to the Legio Mortis), and so that they could lend support to the Ad Mech force I was building. I was able to get in four games at a tournament with a Renegade list of three Knights (as pictured below) when 8th Edition was first released, and it was a really good experience to learn the mechanics.

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In picking up the new box, I was particularly enthralled by the Armiger Warglaives, as they are a wonderful hybrid between Ironstriders and Knights, which add a nice alternative option to an army list. I’d seen a nifty conversion on social media that channelled a particular vehicle from Star Wars, and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to do the same – having two Dunecrawlers needing to be built provided the impetus:

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With a similar connector, it means they can be usefully posed on either set of legs – and further still makes them look sufficiently alternative that they could be from another forge world, perhaps with dubious loyalties…

*Edit – I’ve now built the tops of the Armigers, and here they are on the Dunecrawler legs (similar to Defilers):

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I’ll look forward to painting them in a similar style to my other Knights, and look to tie them in with the usual spot colours and Martian basing scheme.

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Cognisance

I became conscious that I hadn’t posted an update to this blog in ages – and felt that this should be rectified! Since the last post (April 2016), I have not been inactive in the hobby – and have plenty to show, both Death Guard and otherwise! With the recent release of Codex: Death Guard and the new Edition of Warhammer 40,000 (8th Edition), there is an entirely new range of lovely models to build and paint, including the Death Guard Primarch, Mortarion himself, in plastic. This should mean in due course I’ll be getting lots of the newer sculpts painted up in the traditional scheme in order to get them ready for the tabletop.

From a gaming perspective, this has mostly been dominated by games in the Horus Heresy, including a few narrative campaign weekends, such as Throne of Skulls. My Heresy-era Death Guard have therefore have become suitably battle-worn, to match their paint-scheme, and have grown yet further. The next project for them will be an Orbital Assault Drop-Pod list, as I’m looking to flesh out possibilities for running different Rites of War depending on the game or the event. To complement my Death Guard, I’ve been working through a number of Mechanicus/Mechanicum elements, which have been suitably themed to have potentially questionable loyalties, as to whether they may or may not be Hereteks… as not everything’s allegiance is binary…

This aspect of the hobby began in early 2016: I started initially with Skitarii Vanguard, putting together a core of six units – one of which will have three Plasma Calivers, and the rest will have three Arc Rifles:

In order to get a correct number of Arc Rifles, I bought extra from the Kataphron sprue – and with a cut Radium Carbine, and a small piece of plasticard, we were in business!

This progressed quickly, as I look to paint them in a Ryza-based scheme: the use of orange would appropriately tie in with my Death Guard, as well as being a lovely bright colour! After construction, I looked to get things sprayed grey (including a few other notable additions, such as the Dominus and the Kastelan Robots) to go with the pre-built and sprayed Ruststalkers and Infiltrators (which lurk in the back of the photograph…):

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Working then from a base layer of orange on the Vanguard, Robots, Datasmiths and Dominus, it was good to get the main colours on and blocked, before starting to work in on the lovely details:

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Metals and their first wash:

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Carbines and bases:

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Starting to pick out details:

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En masse:

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Then, wanting to venture further into the Heresy side of all things mechanical – I picked up some initial bits to start off with and to form the core of the army:

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I then worked on a larger selection of robots, in a variety of sizes. Some Kastelans:

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A mixture of 30k Mechanicum: Thallax, Castellax, Ursarax, a Domitar and a Thanatar, and associated Datasmiths and Priests:

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I’ve also focused on thematic basing, which I believe captures a suitable ‘Martian’ or technical off-cut style, completed with broken cogs and gears, a few tufts of hardy grass, and set around the Ironearth/Ironcrust Technical Paints:

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A close-up example:

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To lead them, I added and started to paint a Magos (to be used as Scoria for competitive games), and added another Thanatar for fire support:

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Here are a few WIP photos of Scoria:

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It was around this time that I added (yet) another Thanatar, and kept trying to keep everything cohesive, by tying in similar spot colours among the overarching scheme:

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Here’s a photo of the (ever-)growing Cohort:

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With a couple of pictures of the Thanatars complete, next to their master:

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To make sure my Legio Cybernetica Cohort remain legal, I did require some more Castellax to fulfil the core of my army, so had to bulk that up further. I tried to match those armed with four Dark Lances, with four more toting Heavy Bolters:

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As well as then thinking about the other things to start adding, such as an additional Magos Dominus and some Tech Thralls:

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For a Bolter & Chainsword event, Loyalty and Treachery, I also pledged to add a number of further options, including Vulturax, Krios Venators, and more Thralls. A few photos of them in progress are included below!

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For my Thralls, I wanted to pick out all the details as they are such great models (despite their relatively low points cost on the tabletop!). I’ve picked out all of the cables in different colours, and used these to help tie them in with the rest of the robots. I chose to do these in yellow, rather than orange, just to reflect both their semi-human nature and to be reminiscent of Hazardous Materials suits. A quick progress photo:

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More final details:

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The support cohort together as completed:

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Having completed this, I now have somewhere in the region of 4,000pts of Mechanicum (and a reasonable amount of Mechanicus, to be totalled), which has expanded into quite a sizeable amount of support units. Bar the Vulturax and the Krios Tanks, I’ve been able to magnetise a case to fit all of the above Mechanicum in – with a quick example shown below too:

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It has made things very usefully portable! I’ll follow this blog-post with a few photos of it in action: it plays very differently to the Death Guard within the Heresy setting, and will hopefully be a useful contrast and supporting element in future. With the new Forgebane boxed set having just been released, I’ll show some WIP photos of the Armigers, before looking to turn my focus back towards the Death Guard. Until next time!

Continuing to Escalate!

Following my initial vow, our Escalation forces have rumbled on – and I found myself needing to add another 500pts already! Although there’ll be quite a few things that I’ll need to paint in due course, I thought that given the games so far have mostly been Zone Mortalis, it might be nice to add some close-range punch. As such, for my next two vows, I’ve opted to do two Terminator squads – one armed with near basic weaponry, and the other, more lethally, with paired Lightning Claws…

Two more units to vow as part of the B&C’s Loyalty and Treachery:

Vow 5 – 5-strong Terminator squad, with combi-bolters and Power Fists, Heavy Flamer and two Chain Fists.

Vow 6 – 5-strong Terminator squad, all with Lightning Claws

The thought of adding these to my already rather sizeable Cataphractii contingent was too good an opportunity to pass down – and potentially using a load in either ZM, or in future definitely appealed. The aesthetic of their armour very much suits everything I like about the Death Guard – so happy to get more of these fantastic models built and painted for the cause. Armament wise, I’ve gone for two distinctly different squads, in order to fill up the gaps in my current Cataphractii – namely, Chain Fists and Lightning Claws! This ensures I do have a variety to choose from, as and when required.

A photo of them prior to painting:

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Here’s my first WIP photo, blocking out main areas of colour, such as shoulder pads, ptergues and trim:

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And finally, the finished product!

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Glad to have that complete! I’m unsure what I’m going to paint explicitly next, but I think it’s worthwhile considering a 2.5k list and working towards playing more regularly. Watch this space for plans and actual painting!

Otherwise, I’m thinking ahead to things I both need and want to do more broadly. If you’ve ever wondered, this is what a couple of hundred Mantic Zombies look like clipped off the sprue…

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One of the next projects!

That Escalated…!

I’m lucky enough that my local club and clubmates are running a 30k Escalation league, allowing for a relatively slow grow project – which suits me perfectly! It allows me to work my way through a lot of lovely Heresy models, and get them looking ready for the tabletop. Combined with the B&C’s Loyalty and Treachery, I can work on a number of units – as well as being able to paint some larger things outside of the Escalation league, to really progress all things Heresy-esque.

I’ve gone with the following 500pts to start – whilst this may not see the table particularly frequently, it begins to fill the void in my 30k army: that of Troops! I had previously invested in some of the nice frills, such as Contemptors and Terminators, so to return to the ‘bread and butter’ of Legion-based armies is great:

Legion Chaplain – with Artificer Armour, Melta Bombs, Plasma Pistol – 115pts
Legion Tactical Squad – with additional CCW, Sergeant with Melta Bombs and Power Fist – 190pts
Legion Tactical Squad – with additional CCW, Sergeant with Melta Bombs and Power Fist – 190pts
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Pictured below are the models all on sprues:

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And they look lovely when built:

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And with one eye on the future, I also built some Terminators:

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As I wanted to do something outside of that, I wanted to also paint the Death Guard’s gene-sire, Mortarion:

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Who I’m very pleased with:

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Now, I’ve finished my initial vow too:

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With a couple of close-ups:

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Lots of progress to report on at least – and on to the next thing!

 

 

 

Mantis Creations Kickstarter Cases

I’ve been a big fan of Kickstarter over the last few years, backing probably twenty-odd projects, and have generally been delighted with the result – and I can safely add another to the list.

Mantis Creation’s Kickstarter for Model Storage funded in August 2014, and although it’s taken a little while to get the rewards after the campaign outstripped the predicted levels of interest, I can tell you that the wait has been worth it. I went in quite high, for eleven cases in total – lured by the fact I could choose all of my own foam. In hindsight, perhaps I didn’t even choose as widely as I could’ve – but I focused on the amazing 56 model infantry trays (four to a box… massive storage!), as well as the heavier infantry, a set of Bikes/larger models and some pick and pluck to fill the remainder. I know some people were very adventurous – and if there are such options for a future one, I may look into this too! Was very pleased to find it exactly as requested (minus one topper, not a huge deal!) – and superbly packaged, delivered safely by DHL – thank you!

I’ve got a case from nearly every major foam/bag/storage solution on the market over the years… Games Workshop, Battlefoam, KR, Figures in Comfort… All in varying sizes, with different trays, for the myriad things I’ve collected over my lifetime. I’d liken these boxes probably closest to KR’s – they’re made of what looks and feels like hard cardboard, but clearly built to withstand, and with a carry handle made of plastic. The foam itself is robust: it’s hard to compare to the other brands that are out there, but it’s somewhere between GW’s and Battlefoam’s products – it retains shape well, and is definitely harder than some, but with more give than others. It is kiss-cut down the middle, so I can theoretically halve it, and mix and match more depending on my needs. Each can take up to about 140mm worth of trays – which is sizeable, roughly four depending on each tray’s depth!

The boxes themselves have the great Mantis logo on, and look incredibly professional:

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The 56 infantry trays are superb – perfect for a Space Marine, or 28mm equivalent model – a Plague Marine and Von Schill modelling this:

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224 models in a single case?! Two companies worth?! Ideal!

The heavy infantry trays are perfect for those larger models (Terminators, etc.):

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And the Bike Trays are great too – I’ll probably also utilise these for larger models (maybe even move my Deathshroud here!) – comfy:

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I’ve not posted pick and pluck photos – simply because I’ve not put anything in them yet! I’ll update it when I do – probably for my Tantive, Transport and Lambda…

Rather than the sort of pallet they were delivered in, I thought it might be worth showing the stack of trays:

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I don’t think my collection will ever be tidier once I’ve finished putting them in here!

To conclude, it was definitely worth the wait – Tyron’s put together a superb campaign, and his second will no doubt be just as good. The quality is worth it, and I absolutely cannot argue at the price for what I’ve got! Definitely keep an eye out for future campaigns and this company!

 

A New Year Beckons…

It’s crazy that this blog hasn’t been updated in awhile – I thought I was getting good at posting regular updates and content, and clearly failed – so at least there’ll be a veritable truckload of posts over the coming weeks. Life has inevitably been in the way of hobbying, which is good and bad in equal measure! That said, since the ETL, I’ve been doing well at ploughing through unit after unit, and creating some really good things that I’m proud of – and continuing to clear my backlog!

As ever, the Bolter and Chainsword ran the Call of Chaos in the run up to Christmas – an irresistible challenge for a batch painter like myself. I went all out:

“I, Chaeron, will answer the Call of Chaos and vow to complete twenty one units, all before January 15th 2015. If I do this successfully I will receive the Mark of Postulant Glory and continue on the path to ruin. If I fail I’ll wear the Mark of the Lost and I expect no mercy on my soul!

  1. Forgeworld Great Unclean One
  2. Forgeworld Great Unclean One
  3. Forgeworld Great Unclean One
  4. Five Plague Marines with Aspiring Champion and special weapon.
  5. Five Plague Marines with Aspiring Champion and special weapon.
  6. Five Plague Marines with Aspiring Champion and special weapon.
  7. Five Plague Marines with Aspiring Champion and special weapon.
  8. Five Plague Marines with Aspiring Champion and special weapon.
  9. Five Plague Marines with Aspiring Champion and special weapon.
  10. Five Plague Marines with Aspiring Champion and special weapon.
  11. Five Plague Marines with Aspiring Champion and special weapon.
  12. Five Plague Marines with Aspiring Champion and special weapon.
  13. Five Plague Marines with Aspiring Champion and special weapon.
  14. Five Plague Marines with Aspiring Champion and special weapon.
  15. Five Plague Marines with Aspiring Champion and special weapon.
  16. 1 Obliterator
  17. 1 Obliterator
  18. 1 Obliterator
  19. 1 converted Fiend of Slaanesh
  20. 1 converted Fiend of Slaanesh
  21. 1 converted Fiend of Slaanesh”

It was a pretty big vow – the largest in terms of units pledged, with plenty of familiar faces also participating to suitably encourage and provide the criticism to help progress everything!

There are pre-photos of all of the pledged units:
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And with that, the next Black Crusade commenced!

I began with the three Forge World Great Unclean Ones – arguably, some of the best models produced and one of my all time favourites.

I started with a Rhinox Hide base, getting in everywhere fleshy:

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Proceeded to then drybrush Averland Sunset – trying get that tone and depth between the recessed areas, and make it look similar to elephant skin, wherever possible:

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Then, started to pick out all the flesh ‘disturbances’ in Screaming Skull (of which there are many):

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And all three had that done:

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I then worked on the flesh further:

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With the first one’s flesh coat done:

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And then together!

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So then, I started highlighting…

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And adding gore:

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Some assembly required:

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Up close and personal:

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I don’t even know the collective noun for three Great Unclean Ones – suggestions welcome:

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They all have quite questionable hygiene too:

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Once I got to this stage, I needed to throw in a WIP of something a bit different – those Fiends did nicely:
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Before I began blocking colours on my Obliterators:

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Once those steps are done, things go faster:
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And naturally I had to get the ext batch ready:

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And then get them painted!
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And now with flesh and weapons done:

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Before, finally, after a monumental effort: I completed it all! I went back and did a few extra things on all of the above, making sure everything was of a very good standard, no missed details etc. – which left me with one of everything:
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A nice side view:

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The ‘big guns’:

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The right side:

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The left side:

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Phew! Quite an effort – really pleased generally as the vast majority of the Plague Marines were salvage jobs, hence why there is some discolouration in places. Overall, a new lease of life – so I’m pretty delighted I’ve rescued them for the army.

And with that, the Call was complete. Now to begin preparations for the ETL, and a review of the year in general. Best wishes to you and yours for the year ahead!

Angron

I’ve loved the Forge World character and Primarch series, and the first I was lucky enough to get my hands on was Angron. I had hoped that by painting him under ETL conditions, I could make him into my pièce de résistance…

I was able to put in a good shift early on, which really helped. Some excellent blogs out there really did help on the armour, although I did admittedly cut a few corners and adapt it (like all painters should!) to start getting the effect I really wanted.

Leading, ultimately to:

A model I can very much be proud of!