Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Necromunda terrain: Platform painting guide

Hi all

Kaelo and I are putting some time in to complete a collection of gaming terrain before Necromunda is released (hopefully for or before Xmas). 

We have between us:
2x Shadow War Armageddon boxes
5x Ferratonic Incinerators
2x Galvanic Magnavents

That should give us a decent amount of terrain for the upcoming release of Necromunda (hopefully before Xmas). 
I was given this scheme (and shown in detail) by the studio painter of the Shadow War Armageddon terrain range. He was gracious enough at Warhammer Fest to give me a very appreciated demonstration there. Great guy too. 

 1) Undercoat Chaos Black. 

2) with a Games Workshop Scenery brush, do a heavy drybrush of your base colour (Death World Forest in this case) in circular motions clockwise over the whole surface and then repeat anti-clockwise. This way it hits from all angles and leaves a good Shadow in the recesses. 

3) with a small drybrush, do a targeted drybrush of a brass, dark gold or silver (your choice) onto the mechanical pieces protruding through gaps in the walkway. 

4) Drybrush in circular motions all over in both clockwise and anti-clockwise rotations, screaming skull lightly (see pics for the level you are aiming for. Yes even over the brass.

5) We need to make the brown wash mix: Take a pot of Mournfang brown and give it a good shake. Open a new pot of Lahmian Medium and take the Mournfang Brown, the amount of paint you want to transfer is "two plops" of Mournfang brown tipped to drop into the open Lahmian Medium (as this is a Base paint it is quite pigment heavy so won't just pour out). Then when you have the two plops in the Lahmian Medium, give the mixture a good shake. 
6) Get some Andrex napkins to hand. 
7) With a large wash brush, flood (not paint as you will get tide marks) a large section on the terrain piece with the brown wash concoction you made, then immediately with the tissue, quickly wipe the surface to remove the proud surface detail, this should leave a nice brown grime in the recesses here and there. It is best to do a landing piece at a time. 

8) Allow to dry. 

9) sponge a nice dark brown here and there. Tip I was given/thing to remember is; if you keep a plain piece of paper to hand, and press the sponge with paint onto that, it will give you a true representation of what it will look like on the terrain piece. This means you will have the opportunity to check out what you are about to put on the terrain piece (which helps you avoid sponging too heavily or firmly).
I personally like a mix of 1:1:1 Abaddon black, Dryad Bark, Warplock Bronze as it quite realistically looks like the chipped grime you may see on the back of Lorries. 
Sponge this sparingly but feel free to build it up here and there. 

10) now this is going to be difficult to explain, for this go down to the last picture then come back up. 
Ok so you see how the right of the picture looks browner than the left, this is done by a feathering technique. Firstly open your Lahmian and brown mix. Get your Large wash brush. Dip it in 75% in to water then pull it out so it is holding a bit of water but not flooded (not dripping). Then dip 30% of the brush into the Lahmian and brown mix. This means that the tip will paint brown, but the rest of the brush will be mostly clear. Now put the tip into the corner of a platform segment and keep the brush almost horizontal and feather it back and forth whilst slowly pulling away from the corner. The brown will get thinner and thinner as you go over the water so it looks like the grime builds up in the corner fades away towards the centre. See pic again for a full understanding. Fun fact, the Studio painter also used this technique on the cover pieces of the Shadow War terrain sets, even the recesses on the big tanks.
11) enjoy because all is done.

Well as you can see we are happy with the result. Next time: Stanchions

Drake and Kaelo

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Death Guard - Sicaran Venator

Hi all,

It's just a quick post this week as I still have a bit of a painting backlog for the upcoming Throne of Skulls this weekend.  As I write, I still have two HQ’s to finish, a squad of ten Veterans to base, as well as needing to apply transfers and weathering pigments.  Nothing like leaving it to the last minute! 

Anyways, I thought I would talk about my Sicaran Venator this time.  

First off, I love the menacing appearance of the kit and how it shares the same squat look of tank destroyers from the Second World War.  The kit itself was a nice easy build that went together very smoothly.  I would definitely recommend keeping the gun separate whilst you paint the hull, especially if you are spraying it.  The neutron beam laser itself simply slots into a rather chunky hole and is fairly robust.  The cables are simply glued on top and can also easily be added once everything else has been painted.

The Venator was the first tank I got for my Death Guard, and I have used it in nearly every game.  It has always struggled to make an impact though, as I seem to be jinxed with bad dice rolls for it, with every shot always missing or bouncing off the enemy's armour.  

It has spent multiple games exchanging fire with Darien’s Venator, both harmlessly pinging away at each other for the entirety of the game.

I know some in the community are not a fan of the new Punisher variant and how the gun is supported on the turret of the tank.  I initially didn't like it, and thought they should have mounted the rotary cannon into the hull, much the same way they did with the neutron beam laser on the Venator.  However, after seeing the Punisher on Sunday at the Forgeworld Open Day, it has grown considerably on me, to the point where I’d quite like to buy one.

What have your experiences with the Sicaran been?

Monday, 14 August 2017

Kaelo Rylanus - August Hobby Update

Good day Bunnies!

First I would like to apologise to the readers and authors of the blog for my absence over the last 8 months. With moving homes, change to job role and, to be completely honest, a loss of hobby enthusiasm, it has been hard to find the time and motivation to complete any projects. My hobby priorities have changed so many times over the last 8 months that I feel more like a hobby bluebottle than a hobby butterfly lol. However, the release of a new Warhammer 40,000 and the progression of the story has really excited me in a way I haven't experienced since Forge World announced that they were going to be doing the Horus Heresy. I thought that the 40K setting had died for me. I was wrong. So lets take a look at my update and what I have been working on.

Kaelo's Bite of News!

Stories I think you may find interesting.

Alan Bligh:

I know it has been a few months now but I wanted to offer my deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and colleagues of Alan Bligh. He was an incredibly talented man and I have some very fond memories of him. He will be sorely missed at events and in seminars.


There are images floating around the web of the next Daemon Primarch to be released from GW. If you haven't seen it yet here is a picture of him.

From what I have seen so far, I am a massive fan. I think the paintjob is too clean and doesn’t do the model justice however. I look forward to seeing him painted differently.


This is a game that I really enjoyed as a teenager and I am mad excited for it. However, the suggestion is that it won't follow the same rules as it's previous edition (now used for Shadow War) which is a massive blow for me. I'm sure I will give it a go anyway. Skirmish games are awesome!

Chapter Approved:

I don't know a massive amount about this book but it seems like it is going to be extra rules and scenarios etc. This can only be a good thing in my opinion but I am worried that 40k is going to start getting book heavy again. Already books that people got in the last 3 months are out of date and although I am glad for the swift updates there is a real risk of GW alienating it's fans over it. Warscrolls were free for AoS when they had a reboot. I believe that the Indexes should have been digital and free. Just my 2 cents.

Generals Handbook:

Awesome. Everything about this book is awesome, from the 80s inspired GW video to the information constantly being given by Warhammer Community, this sounds like it will be great. You can expect a review of it over on Age of Warhammer, our sister blog for all things fantasy, when it comes out.

Kaelo's Most Wanted!

Top 3 models on the horizon I am most looking forward to.

  1. Primaris Reivers - I wasn’t a big fan of the single pose Reivers but the multi-posable plastic kit look awesome! 
  1. Primaris Aggressors – I really like the look of this kit. While not as iconic as the old terminator armour, I think it is a great kit that I can't wait to get my hands on.
  1. Redemptor Dreadnought – I know the jury is still out on this model but I really like it. It is an updated design of the old dreadnought and just fits with the new fluff. If you haven't already watched Duncan's paint guide, take a peek – it gives a really good close-up look at the kit.

I have ordered all 3 of these kits and will be adding them to my projects over the coming weeks.

Kaelo's 'Getting Ready for Battle!'

Units and projects worked on since my last update.

Here are some pictures of my work in progress Primaris Intercessors and Inceptors:

I am not a big fan of the Inceptor design so I have kitbashed my own. Let me know what you think!

Kaelo's Strategium!

A quick look at some of the rules for recently completed projects.

Unfortunately I only received the codex today so I can't discuss it at this time :(

Kaelo's Gaming Adventures!

All gaming that has taken up my time recently!

Warhammer 40,000

I managed to get my first game of 8th edition against Aveinus’ brilliant looking Orks. We played a 700pt game which ended in a draw. I love 8th edition, it is a fast-paced game which can be as simple or as complex as you like. I love modifiers for the various weapons - which harks back to the first editions of 40K I ever played - I feel it shows the difference in guns and armour far better than the AP system ever could. I would like to do a proper post on 8th edition in the future so I won't go into too much depth here. We had a great game and here is a picture (models and scenery weren't finished buy we were desperate to give the game a go lol.

Mass Effect Andromeda:

I have always enjoyed the Mass Effect franchise since I played ME2 and platinumed it on PS3. The end of ME3 was disappointing but as a whole there have been more highs than lows for this franchise. I have now completed Andromeda and can say it has been an awesome game. There is a lot more freedom in the exploring of the different planets and it really promotes some great ideas for future 40k scenery projects. It also made me want to do a Tau army lol…

Deus Ex, Mankind Divided:

I have played the other Deus Ex games and even though I have always enjoyed them, I always felt like, although there are many ways you can play the game, the game promoted one particular way over others. Largely, I feel that this game avoids that and truly offers a variety of ways to play it through. The story line is great and moves at a solid pace as do the various side missions which are really varied for a change. The game is great and again, well worth playing.

Warhammer Vermintide:

Cannot get enough of this game. It's great fun to play with friends online but equally enjoyable with BOTs if you have no friends (this is my default method of play lol). The game explores a time period just before the End Times, so is set in the brilliant ‘Old World’. There are 5 playable characters and each one plays quite differently, from the sniper shooting of Wood Elf to the hammer swinging Empire dude, there is a character that anyone can find enjoyment from. Great game!

Mordheim, City of the Damned:

My second recent trip to the Old World comes I'm the form of the digital game based upon GWs old Fantasy skirmish game. The game is very slow to start but I am now totally engrossed. I have even started to create my own expansion on AoS: Skirmish so that I can play it with my Danariel, Avienus and Ghroll on Age of Warhammer. If you like turn based strategy games you will find enjoyment from it. I would wait until it is on special offer though as you may feel short changed to start with. With a bit of time though you will be slaughtering other gangs with ease and building up an awesome hoard of Wyrdstone lol. 

Kaelo's Planning Stage!

Projects that I am currently looking at starting.

Grass board:

I literally have no complete scenery in my house for any games or pictures. It's quite frustrating really because I spend all my time planning or painting, the biggest area of the hobby I tend to ignore is scenery. This must change and I will be showing my progress as I complete some trees, realm of battle board and some hills over the next month or so.


I managed to get a 1000pt Skaven army, unpainted for about £25 so this has moved to a project I want to complete. With all the Vermintide and Mordheim I have been playing, I have grown quite fond of the hairy little bastards…

Kaelo's Sound of Violence!

Books that I have recently been listening to.

The Crimson King:

Good book. I found that it started to lose me in the last 3-4 chapters and I was just wanting it to end. This is probably because I had a long break between the first 3/4s of the book and then the rest. If I had continued through without a months break (for work) I probably would have not lost my way.

Perturabo, The Hammer of Olympia

This was a fantastic book and Guy Haley is quickly becoming my favourite Black Library author (watch out Chris Wraight and ADB lol). The book shows the absolute tragedy of Perturabo’s story and he becomes a character that a lot of people will see as far deeper than previously believed. He has gone from a Primarch I cared little for to a real contender for most compelling traitor lol. Get it. Read it. Love it!

Kaelo's Events!

Upcoming events that I am attending.

None, there are no current events I am going to.

Contact Kaelo!

How to contact me.

Facebook - either message the Battle Bunnies Facebook page or add me on Facebook - Kaelo Rylanus

Email me at

So I hope you have enjoyed my post. I would love to hear your feedback!

Until next time, stay fluffy!


Sunday, 13 August 2017

New Doors!

Hi all

Its food to see the Deimos pattern Rhinos are actually getting side doors! I have wanted these for so long.

And look Dark Angel ones!!

Ikthelion and Ahmose

Vlka Fenryka Cataphractii model

Here is a lovely looking model. Not sure if it is a Praetor or the Varagyr, but it is promising.

Ikthelion and Ahmose

New Necromunda models

Hi all

Thanks to Ikthelion and Ahmose for the pics of the upcoming Necromunda release:



Colour me fully impressed. I have always been a massive fan of Necromunda. The new models look incredible too.
Ikthelion, Ahmose and Drake

Coming soon: Necromunda - Underhive

Here we go

Your Forge World & Specialist game Openday coverage starts here. Firstly this:

It is the Boardgame, the computer game is called Underhive Wars. 

Darien Vasco & Drake Seta

Friday, 11 August 2017

Regal Imperial Knight Artwork

Hi all

I have just seen this lovely piece of artwork on Facebook of a fantastic looking Imperial Knight that I thought I would share. You can see a Legio Custodes in the foreground for scale.

It has a fantastic design which I hope to see on the tabletop one day. A lovely Solarite Power claw and some form of esoteric cannon.
Hope to learn more of it soon.
Drake Seta

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Legio Custodes Squad Lothair


Here is our second Custodian squad that Drake and I have been painting up for the group. This squad is headed up by a Sheild Captain.

Shield Captain Lothair
Custodian Berengar
Custodian Enyu
Custodian Hor-Aha
Custodian Leszek

Squad Lothair spent much of the early Crusade fighting in the vanguard of the Emperor's forces and have had the privilege of fighting by his very side during a campaign. Shield Captain Lothair and his squad have specialised in Zone Mortalis battles and were called to action by the Emperor during a boarding action against onto a Ork hulk. The battle against the Green Skin was fast and violent. Each smash of the shield and slice of the sword bring down one or more Orks. The Shields of the squad used to enclose, protect and attack as one with the Emperor. The fighting in this campaign earned each of the squad a new name. 

Lothair's squad found themselves again in close quarters fighting at the outbreak of the Webway war, this time fighting in ancient Eldar cities with the Webway. Once the scale of the war became clear, bases of operation had to be established and this fell, in part, to Lothair. He lead the way through unknown streets, fighting the Neverborn at every turn. After weeks of endless fighting contact was lost with Lothair. It is unknown whether he and his squad still fight on in the name of the Emperor and Terra. 

All kinds of Neverborn joined the fighting, creatures on 2 legs, 4 legs and even flying. I did not matter to Lothair they were all cut down. 

Happy hobby! 


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Forgeworld and Specialist Games Open Day goodies

Howdy Guys and Girls :)

Quick newsflash about all the awesome goodies from the next Open Day!

Love the Orion and it looks like it's HUUUUGE!

Rogue Idol is back :)

Also ....

What do you think about these products? Are you excited for the Open Day? Write us in the comments below =)

Lady Atia