19 Mar 2018

Necron Deathmarks - Hunters from Hyperspace - Squad #2

Hi All, thanks for having a look and feel free to have a look around our humble corner of the blogosphere... Here is the latest addition to the Necron Dynasty, another 5 man squad of Necron Deathmarks. Now I can (maybe) make a punch with a larger squad of ten if desired. Their only outing so far for the first Squad was a Deep Strike mishap - something i will not miss in 8th!
I followed my own scheme from before (seen HERE) so these slot right in with the others, I really like the sombre blacks these pseudo snipers are adorned in - must be some sort of Necron-trickery xenos-tech camouflage?
I was relieved to see these still have some tricks up their 'sleeves'/pistons in 8th Edition, Hunters from Hyperspace survived so these can effectively Deep Strike, but the Ethereal Interception rule is the funky one, where these can Deep Strike (outside of 9in, but within 12in of an enemy who arrived during the game through perhaps Deep Strike themselves) and attack that enemy unit as if it was my own shooting phase. Coupled with 24in Rapid Fire, means now I can have 20x S4 Character aimed shots which on a wound roll 6+ is a Mortal Wound in addition to any other damage.
And finally a shot of the rears, 'cos you don't often get to see the other angles ;)  Cheers for dropping by, thanks, Siph. (5 pts for these Troop sized chaps)

16 Mar 2018

Abaddon the Despoiler - WIP

Hi one and All,

Slow progress on a couple of projects, the Reaver is coming along, and the plague toads are about complete also. I've also started working on a WIP conversion - Abaddon, based on the Horus model.
I've taken the key elements from the fine cast version of Abaddon and added them to the Forge World model, The moment I saw the Horus model I knew I wanted to try to do this conversion- There was always that thought that Abaddon was a clone of Horus - so why not build on that! I've changed the left hand weapon so that its the daemon sword rather than the maul - which was quite a straight forward conversion. The model then had the two skull racks added, these were cut to fit in with the curve of the wolf carcass. I've used the original head which fits in perfectly with the model.
I've tried to sculpt the chest piece, with the 4 pipes that run into a skull, these I intend to work on a little more as this was my first go and sculpting rather than filing. Also added was the chaos symbol which was cut from the fine cast model and filed to fit.
And finally the claw, I've taken the claws from the fine cast model, and swapped them with the original Horus claws- these are slightly bigger, I separated them as I wanted to curve them around the space marine head that is in his hand- as if Abaddon is about to crush it.. Next thing will be to swap the thumb claw, and have it crushing the helmet also. The model will also have the cape from the original model which is left off for painting.

I am yet to decide on the base, whether to keep this one, or to build a base of skulls etc. for him to be standing on.

Thanks for looking!

Cheers, Lord Halfpenny

14 Mar 2018

Chaos Daemons - Plaguebearers of Nurgle - by Nick at The Burning Eye

Hi All, thanks for dropping by for a look-see. In my second installment showcasing my recent blogger buddy commission work, and aptly following on from my resin Greater Unclean One, Greater Daemon of Nurgle, here is my newest Nurgle unit, more Plaguebearers of Nurgle. My plastic GUO will have the Doomsday Bell, so nearby Plaguebearers will benefit, hence a second unit. My first unit HERE were an alternative colour so I asked Nick to paint me a classic Nurgle skin tone.
Nick did a great job on these, and matched my basing colours, added Nurgles Rot pus from the open sores and Nihilakh Oxide to weather the Plagueswords and Standard. I think Plaguebearers are my favourite looking Daemons, they really show the madness of the grimdark...
I particularly like the fly headed Plaguebearer. Thanks to Nick for another excellent addition to my ever growing Chaos Daemons army, I must post a family picture in due course! If you like what you see and want some decent above-table top standard commission work, feel free to check out The Burning Eye blog commissions page and ask Nick if he is doing more commission work.

Thanks, have a great week, Cheers, Siph.

11 Mar 2018

Chaos Daemons - Nurgle Greater Daemon - Great Unclean One

Hello Nurglings, Papa Nurgle here, okay it's Siph... Here is my latest addition to the Chaos Daemons force that is slowly building up forces under the radar like a tumorous growth or pus filled boil... I think finishing this GUO even made me have a queasy belly one evening :)
Before you congratulate me on a Golden Daemon (Ha!) worthy paintjob, I admit, it's not all my work. I bought a resin GUO from eBay, fairly priced and less than getting it new from FW, bargain I thought - on arrival in the post it rattled... bad... on opening it was shattered in several places, all horns, tongue, sword and tentacles were shattered, not snapped - shiny glass-like fractures - I think, no, I am certain it is a Chinacast as FW resin is lighter coloured, heavier and does not shatter leaving glass-like fracture surfaces.
I challenged the seller but they say they were not aware, which might be the case so I will give them the benefit of the doubt, and as it was a decent paintjob which I could patch repair and a decent price - I stopped being angry and got hobbying! So onward and upward. I rebased on to a 130mm round resin base and covered up the join with sand and PVA. I then started the week long repair process. I rebuilt the tongue a few times, so brittle and had to really roughen the surfaces to bond and used greenstuff to add a tip as that was lost in the post.
Paintwise, I toned down the shine, added a yellow wash for the fatty tissue which really bought the wounds out in technicolour, added Blood for the Blood God for the open wounds which really made them pop (pardon the Nurgle boil pun), added Nurgle's Rot for others and sores, added a Typhus Corrosion slime/filth trail and 'Ardcoated it for a wet look nearer the GUO. I repainted the tongue red and added a sickly yellow eye.
I also added a central horn where there was one missing, using some greenstuff I moulded and scored to look like bone. I then repainted all the horns to match and had darker patches to look aged and worn. Some of the fracture surfaces which could not be repaired were painted like antler. And I repainted the toenails to match.
I had to touch up the extremities where they had rubbed off the paint in the post, frustrating to say the least. The horns alone were in four pieces, the tongue and sword - hmmm... a nightmare, eight pieces in all! Still feels fragile as its an inferior resin (i think) so I am careful when handling. But the majority of the green skin didn't need attention, it was a good decent job.
I was careful not to add flock vegetation or dried grass where the GUO had passed, to show the disease and decay blighting the earth on his passage, and the foul trail of ichor slime left behind.
I repainted the sword, added the metallic tones to it using Necron Compound and Brass Scorpion and redid the strapping with Karak Stone and Agrax wash. The whole model was matt sealed before going back to gloss the wet wounds and slime and add the Blood for the Blood God and Nurgle's Rot.

There you have it, a great rescue job and a decent palette to work from. I will be ordering the new plastic GUO and the paints in accordance with Duncan's WarhammerTV tutorial and attempt my own from scratch - the plastic lacks some of the detail the FW sculpt has but I think I'll do a decent job on this ones brother...

Thanks for popping by. Cheers, Siph. (Only half points (5) for this Character effort - not all my own work)

8 Mar 2018

WIP Nurgle Plague Toads

Hi everyone,

Hot on the heels of my Custodes, I making progress with my Plague Toads. These started with a Nurgle Green base, washed with Agrax then Biel-Tann all over to create depth of colour. I then added details to the horn and mouth, eyes and teeth of each one. Each was then given a wash with Nurgle Rot, Typhus Corrosion and then blood for the blood god around the mouth.

 Happy with the progress so far..

To complete the details around the eyes and teeth need a final coat or two of paint, and then the base needs completing and dry brushing.. I am going to try and blend the mud base into the feet- these guys don't care if they get a little mud on them after all!

Cheers LH

7 Mar 2018

Chaos Daemons - Bloodcrushers of Khorne - by Nick at The Burning Eye

Hi All, thanks for dropping by. As regular readers may know, I have a rather large to-do pile I am currently painting my way through, but I have also a hankering for a colourful army which is totally different from my grey Relictors Power Armour, or my silver and blue Necron Dynasty.  My hobby butterfly affliction means I also start a fair few armies, namely Tau, Custodians, Genestealer Cult, Ad Mech, Grey Knights, Sisters of Battle - needless to say I have plenty to keep me busy.

So, I farmed out some Daemons to blogger buddies who were branching out into Commissions to help them develop their painting styles and fledgling business. Nick Thrower at the Burning Eye has done some before for me, my Fateweaver and Screamers of Tzeentch  Rob Hill at 30Kplus40K has also painted my Daemonettes and Pink Horrors - thank-you both. Please check out their blogs and ask if they are doing Commissions if you like these.
Anyway, on to the Bloodcrushers! Love the raw brutal power look of these beasts, they look great on the newer oval bases, a lot more presence, and I love the glowing sword straight from the heat of the fires of damnation Nick has achieved, the middle Bloodletter rider really is keen to crash into the mortal ranks somewhere!
These look really great, I love the fact that Nick went the extra mile and painted from a white undercoat so the internal glow of yellows and oranges retained its brightness, I think he regretted that decision tho! Nick even based them in my usual colours and style, I just added my flock mix.
I am absolutely pleased with my latest Commission units, Nick has also been working on a unit of Plaguebearers, a Fiend of Slannesh and a unit of Seekers of Slannesh, which I'll be posting in due course. I mailed straight from GW to Nick, so he also prepped and built these all.
Here's a shot of them in their new home, in the WeeMen room at casa Siph. Great additions, really pain free and smooth transaction with Nick and he is a pleasure to do business with. Very reasonable rates too, I guess I also got a blogger buddy discount! Top bloke - check his commission page out if you require something commissioned. Cheers mate.

Thanks for having a look-see, Cheers, Siph.

5 Mar 2018

Relictors Corvus Armour and Relic Armoury Mk1b Rhino - Old School Cool

Hi All, thanks for checking out these, its now after Squaduary 2018 where I finished my second squad of RTB01 Tactical Marines, and thought I'd share a picture of my newest reinforcements with last year's efforts too. Now a nice alternative core of troops to use if I require them.
Last year's Squad is shown on the left, the newest Squad is on the right. I'm rather pleased with these, a monkey off my back and another Squad off the to-do pile. Great stuff :)

Currently working on a Jet Bike Captain and some Necrons.

Cheers, Siph.

2 Mar 2018

Adeptus Custodes - Shield Captain - Ixion Hale and next WIP

Hi everyone, next up is my completed Shield Captain, based on the forge world Ixion Hale model.

This model has been painted like the other 10 Adeptus Custodes, with a deep Red to contrast with the Retributor Gold armour. Details are the same with regards gems and weapon colour schemes using Soulstone Blue over Stormhost Silver.
The only difference is the cape colour, which I've opted to go for a deep purple - to add a little regal character to the model rather than the same colours throughout, marking him out as a higher ranking Custodian.
Next up off the vast to-do pile... I've build Captain-General Trajann Voloris, great looking model, just needs colour!
The Lion cloth I've not attached yet, as I feel it'll be easier to complete them separately.
Thanks for looking, Cheers Lord Halfpenny. (10pts for a Character, wicked stuff, Siph)

27 Feb 2018

Squaduary 2018 - Relictors RTB01 Tactical Squad - Showcase

Hello All, thanks for dropping by and having a look-see, I am glad to report my Squaduary 2018 pledge is complete, based and sealed. I had a blast doing these guys, sometimes a lack of great detail akin to modern plastics is refreshing and helps keep a good pace!
What is it all about - a bunch of hobbyists getting motivated to do long overdue Squads... Rory at Stepping Between Games blog has done a great job corralling us all again this year to pledge to get some paint on our to-do piles. I loved it and the motivation of seeing everyone's efforts really helped me keep fairly focused (HBS aside) - Rory will be posting the final results report Thursday I think - loads of great minis completed or progressed further I hope!
So, here is Squad Cato of the 4th Company Relictors Chapter, hence the green on the banner. Sergeant Cato is a veteran (of the to-do pile!) so earnt Terminator Honours displayed on his banner and the bone colour of his helmet marks him out as a Veteran Sergeant.
I swapped the flamer nozzle for one from a combi-flamer which fitted nicely to the RTB01 sculpt, and added a banner from the Terminator Squad kit atop the Sergeants power pack, topped with a icon also from the Terminators kit. I coloured the gem with Soulstone Blue over Stormhost Silver.
The Flamer Specialist Marine also has some additional Promethium canisters taken from the combi-flamer bits I chopped up. The colours are my usual Dawnstone washed Nuln Oil, highlighted Administratum Grey with 'Ardcoated black Pauldrons and Leadblecher rivets. The Combat Blade handles were Scab Red washed Nuln Oil and highlighted Wild Rider Red and gold was Retributor Gold washed Reikland Fleshshade highlighted Auric Armour Gold.
I was lucky enough to have saved and entire Squad back in the 90's when ditching all my Orks and Marines :( when I put my belongings in storage etc, keeping only Squats (now sold) and these, plus Necromunda and Space Hulk. (So many Orky Looted Vehicles...) This squad has the Missile Launcher and a number of Boltgun accessories, blades and Chainblade attachment. Finally I can now stop saying "I'll paint these guys someday..."
As you can see, I stripped back most of the extra pouches, clips and knives and pistols they all had on every limb my younger self had attached, and where possible kept the lower limb greaves free of additions. The Sergeant has a Mk1 Auspex and the Missile Launcher specialist has some spare ammo on their lower greaves.

That's all for now, I'll post a few pictures together with my first RTB01 Squad from last year's Squaduary and the Mk1b Rhino for an old school cool collection. Thank-you very much fellow Squadu-teers and to Rory for this most excellent event of my hobby calendar - here's to Squaduary 2019... time to hunt for another Beakie squad? Ha Ha

Cheers, Siph. (10 painting points)

25 Feb 2018

Imperial Agents - Astra Telepathica - Primaris Psyker

Hello All, thanks for dropping in. Amongst my to-do pile and whilst I should be concentrating on the finishing touches of the RTB01 Squaduary Squad, I got distracted and finished this guy. He was going to be a Psyker with my fledgling Imperial Guard but as they have found a new home with the Genestealer Cult and the one true Four Armed Emperor, this left this Psyker without a force.
I'm not yet sure how forces work with army building Imperium units in a force but this guy could feasibly be in a battlefield role with my Sisters of Battle or Inquisition Forces, even my Grey Knights? He has the Factions - Imperium - Astra Militarum - Astra Telepathica and Scholastica Psykana so I'm sure I can use him somewhere.
He could even mount up in a Taurox with 3 DKK inspired Ogryns as they amount to transport capacity of 9 leaving a spare space for a Commissar or Psyker... and come to play in bigger battles with a Baneblade or two. But for now, it's good to have another loose thread of the to-do pile finished.

Cheers, Siph. (1 painting point)

23 Feb 2018

Adeptus Custodes - Custodian Guard - Completed Squad #2

Hi one and all, thanks for swinging by. Up next, another completed squad of Adeptus Custodes Custodian Guard.
As a repeat of the previous post, I've completed a further 5 Custodian Guard, but this time armed with Guardian Spears.
Again, as the sentinel blades, I've painted them with Soulstone Blue over a Stormhost Silver base - which gives a really nice effect.
Really happy with the overall look of these guys - the red and gold really contrasts nicely. Bases were done the WeeMen classic way of Mournfang Brown, drybrushed Karak Stone and Ushabti Bone.
Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers, Lord Halfpenny. (Excellent Progress mate - 10 more painting points, Siph.)
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