Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WIP Thunderwolf Cavalry

I broke out the airbrush to do the base coats on the Thunderwolves. Here is the result of my experiment.



Looking decent, I think! I have some dry brushing to go, then on to details. This is my first time applying a wash via the airbrush. That went on quite well, and resulted in a more subtle filter.

Thanks for reading,
Magnus

Monday, October 29, 2012

WIP Thunderwolf Cavalry

Just a short update today! I had a chance to mount the TWC and Battle Leaders onto their bases with pins, so I can paint the bases separately. The figs are all assembled and posed. The two Battle Leaders will be getting their bling now. That involves capes, cloaks, pelts, knives, and other assorted stuff to show how badass they are. Its a more time consuming process, but now I can actually play a few games with them and not feel silly pushing empty bases around the table.


You'll notice one painted Wolf Claw arm in the mix. That used to belong to my Wolf Lord, who has shown himself to be rather ineffectual with it. I am fiddling around with bits to get him a more badass weapon. I'm thinking Thunder Hammer due to the availability of right hand bits for it, but I seem to recall owning at least one right-handed power fist so I could just magnetize them. :-)

Thanks for reading,
Magnus

Friday, October 26, 2012

WIP Bases for Thunderwolf Cavalry

 Back in April or May (was it really that long ago?) I picked up a few boxes of the new Thunderwolf Cavalry models. I put together one in the mean time, but it seemed so small on its plain black plastic base. When I decided to put the rest together and run a proper Thunderwolf Cavalry army, I first needed to come up with some more robust basing.

Resin added, putty being worked in.
I had my mold for the rune stone bases I did for my Terminators a while back, so I made a few shallow casts of the mold using Smoothcast 305, a slower curing resin. While it was still soft, I pried out the thin pieces (only the stonework, none of the 40mm base) and chopped the pieces into smaller chunks that weren't as obviously round 40mm basing.

After they had fully cured (and washed to remove mold release), I glued them onto the 60mm bases, and worked some brown stuff into the edges and interior spaces. A toothbrush used with a stippling motion gave plenty of texture for the parts that would remain exposed after the sand was added. After the putty had cured, I added sand and gravel.

Sand and gravel added, TWC pinned.
They aren't my most exciting work, but they were quite fast and will look nice when painted up. They'll tie in with the terminator basing as well as the rank and file Grey Hunter basing. With such large bases on these models, its important that they aren't just boring flat sand. I want them to accentuate the effect of the finished model, instead of drawing the eye with obvious boringness.

Since I have 10 or 11 bases that I could redo, I may put a little more time into making some more "ruined stone" pieces that I can cast and use on 30mm, 40mm and 60mm bases, or just add to the existing TWC bases to make them more interesting.

Thanks for reading,
Magnus

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WIP Wolf Priest (now with wolf head)


Here is a little more progress with my new Wolf Priest, alongside my older Wolf Priest fig. You can see the recent addition of the wolf pelt and wolf head, along with the new wrapping on the handle of the horn. He has more pelt work to go on the back.

Thanks for reading,
Magnus

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WIP Wolf Priest

I wanted to create a new scratch built Wolf Priest, as my current version blends in too much with his brethren. I frequently run him with Runic Armour, so I wanted something visually distinct, but cannot give him  Terminator armor due to the Saga I often give him. I decided to go for the "true scale marines" look, like the cover of the Horus Heresy books often depict.

A little styrene sheet, brown stuff, and some bits, and my new Saga of the Hunter Wolf Priest has been roughed out. I still need to do a considerable amount of green stuff work to make his extensive pelt, cool belt buckle, and the Wolf Amulet.


I'm extending the chest plate and adding the armor cables later. With the pelt across the shoulders, this is going to be a very bulky and tough looking model. Lots of work to go!

Thanks for reading,
Magnus

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wolf Priest Fingyr Fartraveler




I did a little more detail work on the fig I'm using for my Wolf Priest this Saturday, up at Gamers Haven. He was a little too monochrome, with a pretty strong black/gold thing going on. Since I've been painting up power weapons, I did the skull of his Crozius Arcanum up in the same color scheme as I do the blades of my power weapons.

He also got his shoulders done up with some cool runic symbols. For the right shoulder, he got the same design he has on his knee. All in all, he looks a little more badass, which suits him quite well. He is rocking the Saga of the Hunter, and he spends a lot of time outflanking form the sides of the board and then putting that Runic Armour to the test. You can see a few of his posse behind him (one awaiting his shoulder insignia): a full pack of plasma-armed Grey Hunters led by a Terminator Wolf Guard packing a Combiplasma and Power Axe.

I'm looking forward to Fingyr's exploits this weekend. He is beginning to establish a legendary saga of invulnerability in his many duels with opposing characters. That 4+ invulnerable save has saved his bacon quite often.

Thanks for reading,
Magnus

Monday, October 15, 2012

Aegis Defense Line with Autocannon



I finished up my Aegis Defense Line that I'm using this weekend at The Harvester, up at the Gamers Haven in Spokane! I decided I'd try out two competing mirrored color schemes in one kit. Not sure how I like it, to be honest.

This is my first attempt at hairspray/salt weathering, and it turned out decently but not spectacularly. I had to do a lot of washes and black lining, and then an ill-advised dry brushing, to get it to a point that I felt comfortable with it. In the end, The blue was both too similar and too different from the Wolves colors, which makes me quite peeved. If I were to do it again, I'd go for a bright green or yellow color instead.

Thanks,
Magnus