11 Dec 2017

Mechanicum Ursarax Shock Troops

Welcome All, thanks for dropping by. Today I want to show off my latest addition to the Mechanicum forces, the very last of my Mechanicum units from the to-do pile, awaiting the release of Fires Of Cryaxis so I can merge them with my Ad Mech 40K forces!
According to FW, the Ursarax were developed as a heavy, rapid-moving close combat unit. They use a fusion of existing technologies sacred to the Mechanicum, they are formidable, even monstrous, killing engines.
Like the Thallax, Ursarax are thralls rather than servitors. Selected from suitable human candidates for conversion, their living components retain a consciousness and dim recollection of their former humanity, providing them with superior tactical abilities and the instincts to kill. 
Each Ursarax’s frame is outfitted with a powerful, chest mounted Volkite Incinerator - a weapon deadly at range, but decidedly lethal in close combat – I envisage the Ursarax leaping at its enemy, grabbing them and forcing them at close range into the chest area before detonating a volley at point blank, before tearing through the enemy ranks with pairs of armour crushing power fists or flesh shredding lightning claws.
I armed the first two with Powerfists and the third with Lightning Claws, I'll aim to get more Ursarax to bolster the numbers and more Claws as they look great, the Powerfists for more hardened targets. You can see the Gamers Grass tufts on these bases along with my usual coloured patches of flock.
The scheme matches the rest of my Mechanicum units, and was quite easy to reproduce, a drybrush Leadbelcher over Chaos Black and armour painted in Khorne Red and Evil Sunz Scarlet. The fists were Catachan Green. I used Stormhost Silver and Soulstone Blue for the upper arm extensions to add interest.

Hope you like my additions. I plan on doing a review of my Hobby Goal post and see what I managed to paint this year. I did okay I reckon. Thanks for dropping by, Cheers Siph.

8 Dec 2017

Legio Crucius Reaver Titan - WIP #20 - Lasers?

Hi One and all,

Its been a slow week on the Reaver build, as my attention was taken to how to build an additional carapace weapon.

I took delivery of a Twin Turbo Laser Destructor, and started looking at options to mount it, and which way. The easiest solution would have been to flip the lasers over, and use the arm mount into the carapace- however the sights and marks would be upside down. I've opted to have it the correct way round, but this had 2 problems.

The hole and how to mount it.
 For the hole I used a 28mm base which fits nicely in the void. I will then use on of the mechanicus seals over this so it doesn't look out of place.
 The mount, surprising I found the perfect option- the gun sits really well on the mount for the rocket launcher, so my plan is to pin and magnetise both weapons so that have I both options. This would also be the solution if I get a plasma weapon for the reaver as an option.

I'm really happy with the look of the weapon- it looks right on the Reaver- I just need some good weather to spray it..

Cheers LH

4 Dec 2017

Necron Triarch Praetorians w/ Void Blades and Particle Casters

Hi All, thanks for dropping by. I recently finished these little gems, not sure how effective and whether Rods of Covenant are better, but I picked these up built on eBay and painted them myself. I chose the gold torso to mark these out as High Ranking Necrons and to match the Triarch Stalker.

The weapons were painted with blue accents, linking with the rest of the army, and the gauss weaponry the usual reds.  I even got to add a few clumps of Gamers Grass to add some interest and height to the bases. As I re-base my Marines to 32mm bases I will add a number of these tufts too - each tuft is actually cut down from the tufts supplied, either a quarter or half to keep the size small.
I like these sculpts, I will probably get another squad of 5 with Rods of Covenant, just to be sure... Ha Ha, thanks for dropping in and checking out the Necron additions.

Cheers, Siph.

30 Nov 2017

Legio Crucius Reaver Titan - WIP #19 - More Construction

Hi one and all,

More progress on the Reaver, this time with the legs.

I've glued in place the pistons and lower armour plates, I had thought after I should have done a stage by stage picture show of how I did this as its a pain! Basically the piston had a little glue added to the indent, and also into the hole where it sits, the bracket and the ankle support had glue applied. The armour piece was then positioned, with a set of tweezers used to pull the piston into place- as the piston needs to be slightly lower than intended to fit within the bracket.
Also this week I've added further washes to the knee join to make them more 'bronzed'. This will have a drybrush of bronze before a few washes of nuln oil. The joint space will be picked out with silver.
Thanks for stopping by, next week I am looking to have started with the toe pistons, and will look to have pictures of that as I go. Cheers, Lord Halfpenny.

BTW - This week its Happy Birthday to Siph!

27 Nov 2017

Necron Tomb Stalker on Ruined Dreadnought Base

Hello All,

Thanks for clicking. Here is my latest addition to the ever growing Necron Dynasty, a Forge World Tomb Stalker on a ruined Space Marine Dreadnought base, very apt after completing in the recent Dreadtober 2017!
With a FW model of this size and complexity, you are free to make an interesting base for it, every segment is separate so there is quite a lot of flexibility in the pose, along with 24 legs to individually choose and position twenty of them, plus mandibles, secondary velocitators (little legs) and then the base itself.
I chose to keep the armoured segments a shiny clean look, with a little grime in the creases, but the legs and inner workings got the usual Necron greasy look, a wash with Agrax and Nuln Oil over AP Platemetal (like GW Runefang Steel) spray.
This other-world look of the high shine contrasts well with the blue of the dead Dreadnought, so I felt I could do without the usual Kantor Blue of my Necron scheme.
The Gauss was painted the same as my Warriors and the head Copper the same as all my Necron Constructs, I also added Copper capacitor coils on the Gauss weaponry, like the rest of the army.
I quite like the leering nature of the construct, bearing down on its next victim! I did think about adding a suitable fearing Techmarine, but ATSKNF meant he would have to be braced for attack and that would take away from the Stalker itself, this isn't a diorama after all.
I added some Necron Glyphs on one segment for interest, but chose to keep the carapace distinctly clean looking.
Here is the poor unfortunate long forgotten or abandoned, awaiting salvage, dead Dreadnought - the old metal Dreadnought which weighs a ton, I picked up cheap in a job lot (HERE) and certainly gives this model a hefty weight to it! I'll have to remember to pick it up via the Dreadnought, not the Stalker itself, otherwise I risk pulling it off the base! It's firmly attached by nine feet but the surface area is small.
Why Ultramarine? Well, I wanted the blue and Lord Halfpenny my blogger buddy is often my table top enemy with his vast UM Legion! Something for him to fight over! The last battle we had a Warhammer World involved these Necrons and his Ultramarines and Roboute Girlyman in a massive Fond Farewell to 7th Edition.

Thanks for reading, cheers, Siph.

24 Nov 2017

Necromunda Underhive Arrived!

Hi All, just a quick one to show what I'll be up to this weekend! Christmas or rather Birthday has come early in the Siph Horridus Hive... YEAH! Been waiting years for the relaunch of Necromunda, very excited to get a few gangs made and maybe rope in some unsuspecting persons to give it a try!?
First thing I saw was the very welcome return of Templates, 8th may be great and all, but these have been 40K staples along since I started, almost. I have the cardboard colour ones from 2nd still. Great stuff. And mmmm, the smell of fresh boxed sprues... love it!
Under the sprues, a handy card how-to guide for the two gangs included.
The terrain... not much but good for the basics of the game before I buy the supplement to use the original card buildings once more! Seen here: Getting Ready for Necromunda
Mmmm fresh tasty sprues... better pictures on GW pages and WintersSEO You Tube, check his unboxing out!
Hefty rulebook, special dice, lovely detailed bases to match the game board. Counters on punch card and plenty of game tiles and cards.
Wedge of game tiles, ruler and some baggies for the gang cards and stratagem cards.
Nine reversible game tiles. Makes a 3x3ft board.
Best bit here, blank ganger cards for all my other gangs!

Cool beans, thanks for drooling along with me and happy ganging! Siph. Well Chuffed.

23 Nov 2017

Reaver Titan - WIP #18 - 'Compare the Reaver dot com'

Hi All.

Not much progress this week due to reasons IRL, so I was keen to compare the Reaver Titan to other 40k models I have recently painted and some are a nice size comparison... here are my results! Enjoy some hobby pictures.

Reaver Vs Magnus the Red
 Reaver TitanVs Roboute Guilliman
 Reaver Titan Vs Imperial Knight
 Reaver Titan Vs Yarrick and a Space Marine
 Reaver Titan Volcano Cannon vs Marine
 Knee Pad Vs Marine
As you can see the Reaver kit is sizable, and has taken a load of time and planning to get to this stage. I'm definitely thinking a Warlord in 2018 could be a fun project... Maybe.

Hope you enjoyed this size comparison album, Cheers, Lord Halfpenny.

20 Nov 2017

Assassin Execution Force Complete - Vindicare Assassin

Welcome Readers, thanks for dropping in. Following on from the Callidus Assassin, the Eversor Assassin and the Culexus Assassin I bought ages ago, here is the final Assassin of the Execution Force - well, this one isn't, this is an old metal Vindicare I painted myself recently.

I never got a copy of the Assassin Execution Force game on release however, plenty of assassin models appeared on eBay shortly after and now they get their own blister packs. I didn't want to fund the money grabbing greedy re-sellers at the time, so I bought a pre-painted decent set from an artist/hobbyist instead. But, I preferred the older Vindicare to the newer one sulking behind a ruin, my Vindicare can hide in plain sight!

I re-based him using a 32mm adapter, I did a monochrome scheme all over, and then furnished with a few bits of colour to bring the scheme to life, a too realistic monochrome scheme wouldn't really pop.
And here is the Execution Force in all it's full deadly glory. I think they look great. Thanks for dropping in and having a look-see. Cheers, Siph.

16 Nov 2017

Reaver Titan - WIP #17 - Slow and Steady

 Hi Everyone,

Thanks for popping by, another week, another Reaver post.

I'm slowly making progress with the edging the armour plates, there is a load of armoured trim to be completed. I'm really liking the look of the white/black with the gold trim.
I've also started putting the leg armour plates together to check the fit- the feet will be glued into position once the pistons are in place first.
 The cod piece coming along nicely.
The lower leg plates have only had one coat of gold, still another to go before washes and a highlight. The armour is tacked into place here - which is why it looks a little 'elephant' like.
 Standing Reaver without arms.
 And weapons loaded! Really happy so far with the build.

Thanks for looking! Cheers, Lord Halfpenny.
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