Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mk II Crusade Armor, wip

While I quite like the look of the Forgeworld legion armor kits, I was quite put off by the price of them. $86 for a squad was a little outside of my current hobby funding situation, and besides, an enterprising chap could knock up something that looks somewhat decent.

My attempts
Something of what I'm going for

This is my incomplete attempt to bodge something together. I still have a bit of work to go on the legs, but I think that once a few more beads are added, and some primer, it will look quite nice. I didn't even want to attempt the heads, but I was saved by my compatriot who was making an order from Max Mini. He is picking up a pack of resin heads that should go quite well with these bodies.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Space Wolves Heresy-era Praetor in Cataphractii Armor WIP III

Here is my boy, with a new emblem on his chest and the ribbed shoulder work in place. I was working on a leather strip tabard, but it looked terrible so I put this chain piece into place. Not sure if I'm going to keep it, or try the leather strips again?

I'll probably be adding some wolf furs to him, either hanging from or over the top of the shoulder pads.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

WIP Space Wolves Heresy-era Praetor II

I had a chance to add some rivets and armor plates onto my Praetor-to-be.

I ordered some of the "ornate shoulder pads" from Anvil Industry, along with a few other samples and bits. I've never handled anything from them before, but they have a number of really cool looking pieces. I especially like the Negotiator sniper rifles, and ordered a set of them to build some power-armored snipers fellows.

My Praetor has magnetized arms like most of my other Terminators, making weapon swapping an easy matter. The different shoulderpads will make that look a bit silly unless I keep the sets coordinated. I'd like to kitbash a gun arm that looks like the plasma type weapon on the cover of the Rogue Trader rulebook:

If shipping times work out properly, I should see the pieces soon after Thanksgiving. I'm quite looking forward to it! Luckily I think I can get some paint on the Praetor, and put the shoulder pads on later. 

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

WIP Space Wolves Heresy-era Praetor

While I don't have the book in my hands yet (Merry Christmas to me!), I'm quite excited about getting together some fun Heresy-era models. I searched through my bits box and gathered some parts to assemble a Space Wolves Legion Praetor in Cataphract armor.

Since I was starting with a Chaos Lord plastic kit, the first thing I had to do was file down a lot of arrows and spikes. A bog standard terminator torso bit with the wings and crux shaved down was next. The torso is mounted up a touch higher than a normal Terminator torso, with the rest filled in with green stuff. The normal heads wouldn't fit in the socket, so I cut down a Wolf Scout head until it looked good. I don't believe that crotch skulls should be an inherently Chaos accoutrement, so I left it in place. One of the very first rogue trader metal terminator captain models had a rather larger crotch skull, so I figure it must be the fashion during the Heresy to show your badassitude.

I want this guy to do double duty as a Wolf Guard battle leader in Terminator armor, so he gets the combimelta and Power Fist. While you can't see the back of the power fist in this picture, I filed it down flat so that I could paint on those sweet hazard stripes I did on the TWC power fist guy.

To do: I want to add a number of studs and rivets to his armor, as well as come up with some shoulder pads of the appropriate type. I have heard good things about both Max Mini and Anvil Industry, so I'll be looking into those. Any suggestions for further modifications and additions?

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thunderwolf Cavalry family portrait

Everything is done, barring the freehand on shoulder pads! After I got my new models to the point that I felt good about them, I brought out the older figs and did some cleanup and updating of paint. Better black lining, more uniform highlighting, etc. I scratched off the old decals on their shoulders, and repainted them as the base yellow I've been using on the recent models.

I'm trying out a new method for my Space Wolf chainswords in this unit. I tried it out on one of the new guys and liked it quite a lot. Orange teeth and hazard stripes added a nice bit of color to the otherwise boring metal chainswords.

There are still a number of small details that could use attention, but at this point I'll leave that up to the whim of the paintbrush to determine when I get to it.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

WIP Thunderwolf Cav with Storm Shield

I got some time at the workbench this last weekend, and I got some more of the detail work on my Thunderwolf Cavalry finished up. I took several pictures, but this is the only one that came out at all. I really need a proper tripod and photo setup!

Most of my progress this weekend was hitting the older Thunderwolf cav figs, and doing cleanup on armor highlights and shoulderpad colors. I'm updating all of their chainswords to the same look that this guy is carrying. I really like the orange chainsword teeth (matching my power weapons styles), and the hazard stripes. Maybe I'll remember they have rending now?

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Friday, November 9, 2012

WIP Thunderwolf Cav.... soooo close

They're at least looking somewhat presentable now! Once they have faces painted I always feel a little better about the models I am working on. The golden Stormshield came out pretty nice. I was really missing my old Brown Ink! I need to pick up a new bottle, as my chestnut ink is just too red without the brown to balance it.

Next up is power weapon effects, some snow on the bases, and freehand shoulder pad designs. I have a few more models to finish by next weekend, so I better get to work!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

WIP Thunderwolf Cavalry, down to details!

Here they are as they stood this morning.

To do:
  1. finish up metals
  2. faces and hair
  3. power weapon glowy orange effects
  4. shoulder pad freehand designs
  5. snow on bases, clean up base rim (usually the final step)
  6. Thunderwolf eyes
  7. At least one bloody maw on the wolves
  8. gems get the final treatment
And after that, I need to make a new Thunder Hammer arm for my Wolf Lord, who recently donated his Wolf Claw to a Battle Leader. Okay, I took it away from him for his failures as a combatant, but don't tell him that!

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Friday, November 2, 2012

WIP Thunderwolf Cavalry

I got a little more paint onto my Thunderwolves. At this point, I can finish up the bases and then glue the wolves in place, since most of the dry brushing and other messy stuff is finished.

The eye sockets are just flat black right now, so I need to paint up the eyes, and the claws need a wash to bring the highlight back down.The metal is base-coated, washed and ready for a highlight.

I'm planning on doing some fun blood stuff around at least one of their maws. I want to use the fishing line/super glue technique for some flying spittle or blood. What better figs to use it on? :-)

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