Monday, 27 June 2016

Secutarii are coming! Hoplites and Peltasts

A lovely Bulletin from FW has just gone up. Here are two images of the Secutarii units. 

Secutarii Hoplites

Secutarii Peltasts

Now I really want to get a beautiful cohort in Legio Mortis colours. Let's hope we see them Inferno!!

Drake Seta

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Weekly Progress Report 26/06/2016

Hi everyone

Welcome to the weekly Progress Report this is what the Bunnies have been upto this week.

Drake has been working on his Death Guard Contemptors in preparation for his Purokar League battles. He started them over 2 years ago!

King Fluff has managed to squeeze in a little hobby this week, finishing off 3 more Mechanicum units. Next up for the Scions of Graia will be something altogether bigger than what's already been done.

Aveinus has spent this week applying transfers to his tactical marines which you will see in his next post. He's also working on one of the new praetors for the tenth legion!

Kaelo has had no progress this week but has managed to finally get some games in. He will be finishing his Raven Guard veteran squad in the next 5 days and will be posting about his MKIV Raven Guard squad on 30/06 so look out for that.

This week Tylar has been moving forward with the back ground preparation for a scenery project and has 'Legionised' his Praetor Tribune. Go and check his earlier post to find hints and tips to do the same to yours.

Darien has been working on 11 Justaerin, he has now conpleted the red on them all and the started doing the silvers.

Atia continued to work on her Brass Scorpion - she started to paint the details - still alot to do, but mhmmm, embodiments of sacrificial souls ...

Please let us know what you think and Thanks for reading.


Legion Praetor Tribune - Make him Yours

So if you were lucky enough to get your hands in one of these yesterday, or hoping to get one today what are you going to do with it....?

Here's what I did with mine:

In true kit-bash and conversion fashion, which I know followers of the blog will recognise as my 'thing' I decided to make him mine...or Dorn's, depends on your lean. LOL. 

I'll take you through what I did and why. 
So first thing is how do YOU out there in the blogosphere follow my lead?

It's easy. Keep it simple. Pick a few things that signify your legion, where they've come from or what a signiature trait is you want to use. And then if you want to go that next step create a back story.

For me there's nothing more significant than the Unification Eagle which ties in with the lightning bolts already on the mini. Plus the back story of the Praetor Tribune rank comes from the post Unification, Great Crusade apex era. 

Also for my own table 'Avatar' I've taken the back story of a Phalanx Warden promoted into the elite Assault Cadre of Senechal Rann. So the crossed axes from the Phalanx wardens needed to feature also. 

The easiest way for me to do that was to use a press/push mould of some Imperial Fist detail I have and then add some etched brass. 

First thing....wash. 

Surprisingly there was either no or very little mould release so after only a few hrs I was happy it was clean. I did use a tooth brush though to make sure. 


So after cleaning I also selected a 'better head' and one that fitted with my theme. 
Now I'll be honest at this point. I really like the model and the pose. The head though is awful. 
I chose the Phalanx Warden Vet Sgt head as I had it spare and I love the shouty pose. 

So make him an Imperial Fist. 

That required adding some legion etched brass, which meant some detail removal. Don't be afraid to remove detail some times. Whilst you're moving away from the 'original' mini, your sole intention is to make it yours anyway so a small removal adds more benefit in the long run :)

Now the first thing I did when I got home was pull out my push moulds and additional detail 'bits and bobs' so I mixed up some green stuff straight away. 
After this had cured for about 3-4hrs I pulled them out while it was still on the softer side of curing. 

Now the moulds I will have to go through at a later date but if you google search for 'Blue-stuff' you'll find what I've used and there are some tutorials knocking about too. 

Here you can see the Phalanx Warden shield detail taken from the Warden kits shoulder pad. This small addition adds to my theme and narrative. Small but effective.

Another small addition of etched brass continues the VIIth legion theme. 

So all the parts ready for assembly. Now I had to file down some of the detail on the rear of the head for it to fit in the space again I was willing to take the hit to get the look I wanted. I had one final detail to add. 

I removed the tiny bit of central detail on the chest piece to make space for my Unification Eagle head. 

There we have it glued pride of place surrounded by lightning. ;)

Here you can see a test fit. I ALWAYS do this to ensure the pose and parts fit and match the look I'm after. Best to be safe.

Final dry fit poses. Just goes to show a little can go a long way :D

So there you go guys. I hope you like what I've done and you can take inspiration from it. As ever I'll happily field questions or help with ideas and modelling tips. 
Enjoy your Tribunes and make them YOURS ;)

- Tylar

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Pre-Heresy Death Guard: Contemptors WIP

Hi all

Just after the battles I had for the opening of the Purokar League Campaign; I have decided to finish off a pair of Contemptors I started 2 years ago and some other units for extra stopping power. 

As they stand. I decided on doing one generic and with the most common Death Guard armament (Multi-Melta and power claw - See Betrayal) as well as another one which is plasma heavy (mainly as there was an image of Heavy support Legionaires sporting Plasma Cannons in collected visions). 

White and purity seal. 

Burnt Umber oil paints (and a few raw sienna streaks too) slightly thinned with white spirits so paintable. The streaks are done from rust or grime spots. 

Leave to bed in for 2-5 minutes. 

Then with a clean brush with a bit of white spirits on it, we thin the streaks by brushing down over them so that it takes the paint away. Clean your brush regularly with a kitchen roll. 

You can add slightly oil tainted white spirit pools too at the bottom of armour plates to give it a brighter towards the top vibe and grimier towards the bottom (see how it looks on the Contemptor's left leg in pic above (right leg on photo)). 

As always, practice on something first and do it in a well ventilated area. 

Drake Seta

Friday, 24 June 2016

Painting Guide: Faces

Hello all!

Whilst painting Horus' face I thought it would be a good idea to provide a step by step guide to help out anyone that might be struggling with faces. I know that I did a lot of searching trying to find a guide I liked. In the end I settled with the below, the key is to keep each layer watered down.

First up is 2 layers Cadian Fresh Tone:

Then a wash of Reikland Flesh shade:

2 to 3 watered down layer of Cadian fleshtone were added, except to the deepest recesses. It is important to water the paint down and add layers. You may want to add one thin coat all over, so that the dark areas aren't to dark. The idea of the watery layers is it keeps the paint slightly transparent which allows the layers underneath to show through which adds depth to the face. 

You will want to keep your watered down layer on your pallet and then add Kislev Flesh to the mix in around a 50/50 ratio. This is then applied to the highest areas of face in several layers again. I also apply it over most of the face that I covered above to lighten the overall look.

Now we start adding even more Kislev to the above mix so that it gets to 25/75. Then apply to the same areas as above. Adding more layers to the raised areas to lighten them up. 

More Kislev added to the mix and again applied in layers to the raised areas only this time. It should almost be pure Kislev now. 

To finish the flesh off I added some white scar to the mix to create a very light final layer which is only applied to the tip of the nose and eye brows. 

The last step is to add the eyes. I watered down white scar and added a very very small amount of the flesh mix to the white to make it slightly off white, only very slightly though. The very final step is to add the black of the pupils. You need to make sure that this goes from the top to the bottom of the white as this will look more natural. 

That should provide you with a decent looking face!

Happy hobbying!


Praetor Tribune, Tylos Rubio and Blackshield Transfers!

Howdy Guys and Girls - just a quick post about some new releases this weekend!

First, you can get the limited Praetor Tribune at your local store tomorrow - I already got mine, so let's take a look:

He is done in FW resin (not! Finecast), very well cast, maybe the molding on the shoulder is on a weak spot, but shouldn't be too hard to remove.

He also got unique rules for your 30k games - I think they are a bit too restrictive but if you plan to use him as he comes, it's quite cool!

Kaelo was able to hold one painting in Ultramarines colours when they were at Warhammer World. I think he would also works great with Emperor's Children or White Scars colours.

Also up for pre-order today are some new bundles for painting, aswell as Rubio ...

Kaelo already painted his Rubio, you can check more pics of him here.

... and the Black Shield transfer sheet. It's pretty awesome, although I think Forgeworld should have added a guide for what warbands the different transfers are. I can make out Dark Brotherhood and Ashen Claws!

What do you think about the release and pre-order of this weekend? Will you get a Tribune? If so, for what Legion will you use him? Tell us in the comments below :)

Lady Atia

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Lady Atia's Scorpion - progress!

Howdy Guys and Girls :)

Little post today about my progress so far this week:

I re-worked my Brass Scorpion - last time I was in a hurry and wasn't really happy with the outcome, so I stripped the parts and did it again - I really like the plates now. The technique is the same as last time, but i focused the pre-shading over the trim instead of next to it.

To sum up what I did so far:

- Metallic Basecoat
- Random lines with Gal Vorbak Red
- Pre-shading with thinned down Calth Blue - spray it over the trim!
- If you like to, you can also do another pre-shade with Mortarion Green where the deepest shadows would be
- Several thinned down layers of Angron Red - no worries if your first layers look weird, it will cover at the end

The trim was done with Castellax Bronze, Valdor Gold and Runefang Steel.

I also want to note, it's kind of hard to take pictures as the high gloss surface reflects the light, but I quite like the effect =)

Hope you like it so far! I still need a base - so if anyone has an idea what to use for it, I would appreciate it!

Lady Atia