Monday, March 30, 2009

Finished Koldun Lord

I finished off my Koldun Lord this weekend.

His face is still bothering me but I'm less annoyed about it with the rest of the model painted. The model as a whole is a little less vibrant and exciting than the Greylords but I'm happy with how he turned out and I'm glad to be done.

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Here he is with his bearded friends:

And here is the whole 500 points of Khador I've painted thus far.

I have a few different things I can do right now. I have a number of Crimson Fists that I could paint up as I work up towards 1500 points and a few single models lying around that I'd like to get some paint on but I think I'm going to do a few test models for my Imperial Guard. Stay tuned for some updates about that, hopefully including my first attempt at priming with gesso!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

WIP Koldun Lord

I started cracking on my Koldun Lord last night but I'm not thrilled with where he's going thus far.

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His face looks pretty good to me but I can't get past how bad I think his eyes look, especially the one on his left. I know the pictures don't look very bad but from most angles the left eye looks giant and misshapen. I'm also not thrilled with how the red and green turned out - I think they're a bit dull compared to the Greylords.

I still have the bright red on the front of the model to do as well as the metal bits and some glowy blue runes on his axe so hopefully there will be some vibrant color to make him pop. He's also got that giant beard for me to make white which might distract from the eyes.

What do you guys think? Does anyone have some good eye painting tutorials? These are the first eyes I've tried since I started painting again last year.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Second Rhino Completed

I had a bit of free time yesterday and I managed to put the finishing touches on my second Rhino.

I tried out a few new things on this one, including some heavy black washes on the exhausts and a slightly different color scheme on the mud. I'm not very pleased with the paint chipping that I did on this one - I think it looks a bit like leopard spots and less like chipped paint.

What this means though, is that I have my 1000 point army completed! I'm really excited about this because I love the look of a painted army all lined up and I'm always so proud of myself when I get to a good stopping point like this.

A friend and I have plans to meet up at a Games Day this spring / summer and I'd like to be able to bring a complete 1500 point list to that so once I complete the Koldun Lord for my Khador I'm going to plow through another 500 points of Crimson Fists.

My plan is to have 10 Sternguard in a Drop Pod (with three combi-meltas and a heavy flamer), fill out the assault squad to 10 men, and use the rest of the points to squeeze 5 scouts in. I have a few of the Sternguard already modeled and I'm waiting until April to buy the metal Sternguard and the Drop Pod.

combi-melta, heavy flamer, combi-melta

Monday, March 16, 2009

Imperial Guard Musing

Lately the tubes have been full of Imperial Guard rumors, models, and general excitement. I've always been interested in Guard because they represent (to me, at least) the best way to represent an actual military force on the table. With my Space Marines being close to completion (1000 points out of 1500 is close, right?) I figured that now would be a great time to start a Guard army.

One of the rumors I've heard is that the boxes of 20 guardsmen are going to be phased out in favor of 10 men boxes with more bits and a higher price tag per guardsman. I'd rather not spend a lot of money if I don't have to so I've been digging through ebay to see what I can find.

Recently, I stumbled across this gem.

When I won this auction I thought I had won 20 guardsmen on sprues. You can imagine my surprise when I opened the box to find about 30 models plus about 10 heavy weapons sprues in various states. This was way more than I thought I was getting and for a lot less than I would have paid. Obviously, this army is going to be largely on the back burner until the new codex comes out and I have finished my 1500 points of marines, but I've made a good start and you can expect to see a few test models start to pop up as I have some spare time.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My First 40k Vehicle - Part 2

My first ever Rhino is complete and the marines couldn't be happier!

I tried out a bit of weathering by adding some light mud around the tracks and a few scratches on the paint job of the hull. I used a sponge (the padding from a blister pack) to dab some black in a few places and then did the same thing on top with some Boltgun Metal. I followed that up with a quick hit of Devlan Mud. I think it turned out alright and I'm confident I can make it work better on the next Rhino.

I'm pretty happy with the little freehand bits on the parchment things and the banner above the door. I also think the red lenses on the turret turned out well.

Note: That is not a dollar sign, it is a very curvy five that didn't turn out so well.

I'm thinking about going back and black lining some of the seams around the armour plates and doors to try to bring some more contrast to the hull. I'm also considering adding some transfers to make it more obviously a Crimson Fist Rhino.

What does everyone think? I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I'm ready to do the second one better.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

My First 40k Vehicle - Part 1

I have never painted a tank of any sort. The largest models I've ever done are my two Warmachine 'jacks and they're about the size of a Dreadnought. Needless to say I was quite nervous last night when I sat down to get started on one of the two Rhinos in my 1k Crimson Fists army.

As it turns out I'm pretty pleased with how it is turning out. I gave it an undercoat of Moradian Blue and then based it with Regal Blue. It took 5 or 6 coats of paint (2 of the undercoat and 3 or 4 of the base) to get an even color which seemed like a lot to me.

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From there I gave it a very heavy drybrush of Enchanted Blue followed by a light drybrush of Ice Blue. I was a little worried about how this would look but the more time I spent with it the more I liked it. It was getting late at this point so I did the metals and then went to bed

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I have some detailing and the tracks left to do before I try my hand at a little weathering.

What does everyone thing? I'd love to get some feedback because I've never done anything like this before.

Monday, March 9, 2009

February Summary and Finished Greylords

As someone who enjoys numbers I like to have an idea of my progress in my hobby. To that end, I keep track of what I've been painting (using a points system) and the money I've spent on the hobby every month. I stole both of these ideas from lone pilgrim and so far they've been very helpful to me.

New Model Fund

Every month I budget $50 for my hobby. At the end of each month if I have any money left over I roll half of that money forward and lose the other half. At the beginning of February I had $15.18 in the fund and since I didn't buy anything, I'm going to lose half of that. Combined with the new $50 for March my current hobby funds are $57.59.

Painting for Points (title stolen from From The Warp)

Every model I paint has a point total associated with it based on the following scale:
  • infantry are 1 point
  • cavalry and bikes are 2 points
  • dreadnoughts and warjacks are 5 points
  • vehicles are 10 points
In February I painted the Captain of my Crimson Fists and a six man assault squad for a total of 7 points. My total for 2009 includes another seven Khador infantry models for a grand total of 17 points done this year.

Last night I sat down and finished off my Greylords.

Their faces turned out a little weird but I had a lot of fun with their beards and eyebrows. All that I have left for the Khador army is the Koldun Lord but I'm going to put him on hold and try my hand at a Rhino next.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Army Showcase - Crimson Fists

The last army that I have is a Crimson Fist army. I'm almost done with the first 1000 points - the only models left are two Rhinos (my first ever 40k vehicles).

The 1000 point list is:

Captain with jump pack, digital weapons, power sword

5 Terminators with assault cannon and chain fist

10 Marines with power fist, melta gun, multi-melta, Rhino
10 Marines with power sword, plasma gun, plasma cannon, Rhino

6 Assault marines with power fist

I've played three 5th Edition games with this army and have lost all three (to a space marine player). I learned that I don't know how to use Rhinos and that 5th Edition is not the same as 4th Edition so I should probably stop playing like it is.

plasma squad

melta squad


assault squad

jump captain

Once the two Rhinos are done I will be adding a 10 man Sternguard squad and some other goodies.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Army Showcase - Khador

After completing the Wood Elf army I signed myself up for the second round of the Tale of Painters challenge on Librarium Online. I decided to paint up two armies this time, Crimson Fists (coming soon!) and a Khador army for Warmachine.

I'm working towards a 500 point army with the following list:

Kommander Sorscha
Koldun Lord
Greylord Ternion
Man-O-War Demolition Corps

My initial attraction to this army was the gorgeous models. I've only ever played one game, which I lost, but I'd love to learn how to play well (you'll notice a recurring theme of me not playing much but wanting to).

the battle box (Juggernaut, Sorscha, and Destroyer)

Man-O-War Demo Corps in the back, Widowmakers in the front

the army as it stands right now

WIP Greylords

Once the Greylords are done I only have the Koldun Lord to get done before this army is complete.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Army Showcase - Wood Elves

This is the first of three army showcases that I'm going to do to over the next few days as a sort of introduction to where I am in the hobby.

I probably have about 2200 points painted with plans to add around 300 more in the form of a another Spellsinger and Alter Noble.

My 2000 point list looks something like this:

Wild Rider Noble
Alter Noble

9 Dryads
9 Dryads
9 Dryads
10 Glade Guard
10 Glade Guard
5 Glade Riders

3 Tree Kin
5 Wild Riders
7 Wardancers

6 Waywatchers

I painted this army as a participant in the first Tale of Painters at Librarium Online. This was the first army I painted to any sort of standard and at the end I had improved my skills as a painter by a ton.

Some of the highlights of it are:

Wild Rider Noble (the general of the army)


Wild Riders


Dryads (painted as Birch trees)

For some reason every unit I think is painted well also starts with a 'w.'

I've played three 500 point games with this army (and Fantasy in general) - two victories over an old Warriors of Chaos army and a loss to an old Dark Elves army. I learned that my army is fast, can shoot well, and can't take a punch in close combat.

If anyone would like to see shots of anything else please let me know.

Monday, March 2, 2009

New Blog, First Post

Hello internets and welcome to my little corner of the tubes. I'm hoping that this can serve as a place for me to document my forays into war gaming and miniature painting and to help me get involved in the online communities surrounding those things.

I've been involved in the hobby on and off for about 10 years, most of that off. It wasn't until two years ago that a friend of mine got me back into the hobby. We would play 40k in the Games Workshop store in Boston on weekends - I had a small Tau army and he had some Imperial Fists.

Once I graduated college the GW store closed down and we built a table and would play in our kitchen. We decided to start playing Warhammer Fantasy and over the course of last year I built and painted a 2000 point Wood Elf army. I ended up playing three 500 point games with that army before my friend moved to California.

Since then I've been mostly a painter - aside from three 40k games a few months ago I haven't played any games of any sort in a long time. I currently have a Crimson Fist army and a Khador army in the works, and tentative plans to start an Imperial Guard army in the spring / summer. I'd like to start using some or all of my armies to play games but without a car I'm having some issues working out the best way to do that.

There isn't much here yet but I'm hoping to fix that in the next few weeks with some pictures of my current armies and updates about what I've got going on.

Thanks for stopping by!