Thursday, 21 September 2017

An Army Review and Projects New

Hi All,

As you may have seen from the most recent Weekly Progress Report, I’ve been looking into starting a new Legion as my Iron Warriors are sitting at a fairly happy amount of points and I’d like a second army that plays differently to them. Before I go rushing off into exciting new projects though, I thought I’d take the time to go back through the Iron Warriors who are by far the largest painted army I’ve ever amassed (Usually I’m struck by a bad case of hobby butterfly and can’t stick with a project for long!).

I was shamelessly bullied into building a Heresy army by Darien, who I hold solely responsible for the ruinous amounts of cash Forgeworld now extracts from me! I started out with a fair few models at once, which in hindsight was not the best idea. I painted a few Tactical Marines up before quickly becoming bored and looking for another project, which meant that the army was stalled for quite some time before it got going. The army pre-dates the Burning of Prospero, so there's a lot of resin!

I soon bullied Ahmose into starting Heresy as well, and before long I was having regular games with both he and Darien; I found this was a great way to keep up the painting motivation and the army progressed a little more steadily. Ahmose and I signed up for the Heresy doubles event at the start of the year, and I suddenly had to have 1000pts painted up and ready to game; with about a month to go, I started painting them properly and managed to have the army completed in time to get utterly crushed at Warhammer World…

My crowing achievement has to be spending weeks and weeks gathering enough plastic Cyclone Missile Launchers to build my ten Tyrant Siege Terminators, then painting them all up just in time for Forgeworld to preview their own kit...

Unperturbed, the army carried on growing and I eventually painted my very first Primarch – They’re amazing kits; if you’ve not done one, you really should!

I decided to convert up a model as my Warsmith, and after lots of planning, Astraeus Dyradon was created… next time I’ll use bits from a smaller number of kits!

I continued to get regular games in with the army and they’ve slowly crept up to around 3500 points of painted models…

It's at this stage I find that I don't actually have a full army photo of them... I don't have a board at home so you'll have to wait until I next visit Warhammer World and borrow one of their tables!

At present, the army stands as:

10 Terminators
20 Tactical Marines
10 Havocs
10 Tyrant Siege Terminators
Spartan Assault Tank
2 Rhinos

The Iron Warriors have been a brilliant project to catapult me into the Horus Heresy; I've learned a lot from doing them, and will be making some changes to how I will be approaching my next Legion project. I may add more to them over time, but for now, I'm pausing the project to focus on something new.

Looking back through the photos of the army has been quite fun, and I've picked out only a handful here; I'll certainly be taking plenty of photos of my next project, which I'll be discussing in my next post!



Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Necromunda terrain: White fuel stack

Hi all

I have been progressing on some terrain after finishing my two Warhounds. The gantries and stanchions are very long winded to paint, so between work on these, I have been working on the Promethium assets. 

Here is the first Fuel tank/chimney device I have finished. 

The recipe I used was a simple one. 
Corax white spray all over then I painted the metal work Leadbelcher and pipework Warplock Bronze. 

I then painted the gold plates retributor gold and commenced weathering. 
To chip I made a mix of equal parts Dryad Bark, Warplock Bronze, Abaddon Black. This was then sponged on using reverse tweezers to reduce hand ache. 
I then covered the white pieces with a wash of equal parts, Nuln oil, Agrax Earthshade and Klear (floor polish) with a splash of water. Before it drys on each face/segment, with kitchen towel splodge it off and also make down ward wipes to add a look of streakiness to the white faces. This method if do swiftly also leaves a modest amount of the wash in the recesses. 

Further streaks are done using a mix of Seraphim Sepia and Lahmian Medium. 

Thanks for reading. 

Drake Seta

Monday, 18 September 2017

No Retreat Horus Heresy II: Army List and Photos


You may have seen one of my previous posts about SN Battle Reports No Retreat Horus Heresy II event that I am attending in just under 2 weeks! I finally got around to playing with the army in it's final form and I was also able to snap an army photo to share with you.

The list follows many of my standard ideas when it comes to my Sons of Horus First Company. It is based around The Justaerin standing by Horus' side. We will walk and deepstrike then hit things until the die from it!

I am using Primarch's Chosen RoW. We will all be using 3000 points for the event, an increase of 500 points from the first version of the event that I attended. I have used exactly the same army as before but adding in 500 points more!

Chaplain with power fist

9 Justaerin
9 Justaerin
10 Justaerin

Contemptor multi-melta, fist with heavy flamer, extra armour
Contemptor Mortis, 2 Kheres

Fast attack
9 Reavers, 2 power fists, 3 power swords, dreadclaw drop pod.

The Justaerin are armed with a mix of weapons. 1 squad had 5 combi-meltas and multi-melta, 1 has 5 combi-plasma and a heavy flamer and the third has 2 reaper auto cannons. The melee weapons are a mix selection of axes, fists, chain fists and dual lightning claws.

I'm getting exciting for the event now! Just need to work out how I'm going to transport the models this time around as they won't fit in the case I took last time, the dreadclaw causing the biggest problem! I think it will have to go in the hold of the plane possibly! 

Any one else heading to this No Retreat or been to any others? 


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Weekly Progress Report 17/09/2017

Hi all. 

Another week of hobby progress. 

Ahmose has slowly started working on Magnus this week.  He's hoping to have him a lot closer to completion by tithe end of next week.

Darien started the massive project of painting his 6x4 Zone Mortalis board! Many spray cans were used! He also built most of a Rhino for his Emperor's Children.

After fixing up his airbrush, Ikthelion has been testing out new undercoats and paint schemes for another legion project - watch this space!

Aveinus has started to base his ork boyz this week and should have the first squad done and ready to post very soon

I have been quite low on the time for hobby front this week, but still found time to get some work done on some ladders. 
Expect to see lots more Shadow War Armageddon posts these few weeks. 

Drake Seta

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Citadel Paint App Review

Hi all,

I thought I would take the opportunity to review the Citadel Paint App this week, as it has just launched today.

I have downloaded the App on my iPhone and will be using the iOS version for this review. Having said, that it is also available for Android and Kindle.

Firstly, the App is free! Upon seeing that it was free, I initially thought the App would essentially be a glorified shopping basket for buying Citadel paints. You'll be relieved to hear its much more than this!

Upon opening the App you are greeted with a menu screen. You are presented with options to paint by colour, paint by miniature, paint bases, inventory and wish list as well as a get started tab.

If you select the get started tab, you progress to a further menu where the whole range of techniques utilised are listed, with instructional videos for each. It also lists all of the different brushes offered by Citadel, providing detailed information as to why you should use them for each specific technique. If you've ever wondered about the the composition of your shade brush - the Omnissiah has heard your cry!

The paint by colour tab opens up into a further menu of generic colours. If for instance you select red, it opens up a further list of varying shades.

In this instance I selected bright red and was greeted with a list of paints required to achieve the colour, providing a different recipe whether I was dry brushing or layering. All of the colour schemes are represented on Space Marine backpacks.

If you open the paint by miniature section, you are presented with just over fifty different models to choose from. The currently available options offer a good balance between Warhammer 40k and Age of Sigmar. It would seem that GW are planning on expanding this over time though. No Horus Heresy schemes yet.

If you select a model, you are presented with a close up labelling the major colours used.

You can then click the individual colours and are presented with the same layout as found under paint by colour option.

If you select the paint bases tab, it provides you with a list of different styles.

When you select one it again lists the paints you need and the techniques needed to replicate the effect.

In review, I would say that this is a cracking App by Games Workshop - all the more so when you consider it is free. I would wholeheartedly recommend downloading it today! Especially given they are giving away five sets of the entire paint range next week to five lucky individuals who download the App!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Emperor's Children Update 5: Fixing a Storm Eagle

Hello all!

When I first started in the Heresy a few years back I feel in love with the Storm Eagle model and promptly ran out and purchased one! I knew I should leave building it until I was more experienced working with resin but I couldn't resit. I set about building it for my Sons of Horus army. It went badly!

You can see the big gaps that I left in the front! I hadn't worked out that a hairdryer is a Forge World's fan best friend. I also realised that I managed to glue the front wings on the way! I also glued the heavy bolters up the wrong way! >.< The front and rear hatches were also some what disastrous!

The Storm Eagle had originally been intended for the Sons of Horus, however I never really found a place in the army list. I contemplated selling it off but while playing around with lists and campaign ideas I decided that it would fit in well with the Emperor's Children.

Now that it was staying in the collection it needed some serious love and attention! I set about fixing it! First up I snapped the front wings off and tidied up the glue on them. Got them back on the right way, as well as up the right way! Next I dealt the front ramp and the crazy gaps I had left. I scraped the glue out from around the bottom of the ramp and managed to free up the all sides so that I could close the gaps. Then out came the hairdryer to warm up the sides and get them bent back in place. 

I fixed the rear ramp and the bent a few other bit and pieces back into shape. Now it looks like it should! Well nearly, not a lot a could do heavy bolters being up the wrong way. It's now ready to join the ranks of the Emperor's Children. The only thing I have left to decide upon is whether to go with etched brass or transfers. 

Anyone else managed to make a mess of building a model? Did you manage to fix it?

Happy hobby! 


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Warhound Titan Seething Hunter of Legio Mortis Finished

Hi all

Thanks for following my progress with the two girls. And now Seething Hunter is finally finished!!

Seething Hunter is known for her temperament. She has a bellicose spirit, just like her Princeps Jani Filmak. Quick to temper and slow to give up a grudge, Seething Hunter will stalk her prey and enact her wrath upon her foe, as though she were a Battle Titan, not a scout class. This results Seething Hunter often being recovered from the field of battle by rescue barques and Secutarii recovery teams, but more often they will find her atop the corpse of a larger engine. This is often facilitated by Canticum Malitiae as a shield stripper.


Seething Hunter marches!!

 I completed the banners a short while ago and am pleased with the results.

 Seething Hunter with her twin Canticum Malitiae.

 A powerful engine and ready to deal death.

Thanks for following my progress.

And here I give you the current Bloodmire Maniple. 

Bone Garland, Canticum Malitiae and Seething Hunter. 

For Legio Mortis I now want to paint my Secutarii, Reaver and an assortment of Legio Mortis Mechanicum support. But I need to get some terrain and my gaming room done first (partly due to my 2 and a half year old almost taking out the 3 Titans with a "Vortex Pillow". . . I need a display cabinet. . . 

Drake Seta

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Thousand Sons Contemptor

Hi all,

I thought this week I would showcase my Thousand Sons Contemptor.

The Thousand Sons are lucky enough to have a legion specific model, and it is easily my favourite sculpt across the whole range!  It is unmistakable in belonging to the XVth Legion. 

 The kit itself was a joy to put together, as with all Contemptors, with minimal flash or warp slippage.  I ended up pinning all of his major joints as insurance, as it is almost impossible to repair the red should a joint shear off.

I was torn on what to arm him with, but I eventually went with the dual Volkites.  I was initially met with some skepticism as they are far from being the most popular choice. 

In the end though, the rule of cool won out.  I have to admit I have been pleasantly surprised as to how well they have performed.  They are rather good at popping light transports, especially if the said transport has had misfortune cast on it!

I’d love to add a second Contemptor to my army, but I have to admit I am starting to look longingly at new projects. 

I still need to finish my Castellax, and then I have Magnus left.  That will take me to a nice round 3000 points.  I might start a new project at that mark, but am still somewhat undecided!

Happy hobbying!