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Monday, March 07th, 2011
7:59 AM
Well, I promised more yellow dreadnoughts, and here's the first of two: Veteran Sergeant Kohl.



If you're not aware, seniority in the 40k universe isn't just shown by insignias, but also by the amount of flare you have on your uniform.  So while Brother Merus is relatively undecorated and thus younger - Kohl is almost a full blown "venerable" dreadnought.



I really tried to improve my "scroll-work" and I think adding the large introductory letter really helps.  The Tyranid head with the sword through it is painted in the Hive-fleet Leviathan scheme - a force the Imperial Fists helped defend against.



I tried to keep the decoration on the legs on the simple side, the shield on the left re-enforces the veterancy markings on his helmet (red with white stripe).  The right side shows campaigns where Kohl won honors (I made up Tolac and Kyre, though Miral is a planet where the IF's fought against the previously mentioned Leviathan Tyranids.  Finally, a cluster of blue crystals and a skull (of course) help break up the black base.




Fact: Guns without purity seals miss 38% more often.



~Dave








Thursday, March 03rd, 2011
2:03 PM
Something occurred to me the other day: I have quite a few minis painted that aren't mentioned at all on this blog.  So in an attempt to correct this, I'll be doing a number of catch-up posts (hopefully one a week).

Here's the first one; a Rune Priest and Chooser of the Slain from my Space Wolves.



The Rune Priest is a potent psyker (magic user) who can be accompanied by a Chooser of the Slain.  In 40k fluff the Chooser is normally manifested as a raven familiar who aides the rune priest.  I thought a simple mini of a bird would be a bit on the boring side.  I instead opted to create my own (surprise!) and looked towards the Space Wolves' Norse leanings for inspiration.





"Chooser of the Slain" is actually a translation of "Valkyrie" which was an angel like figuer in Norse myth that would lead fallen vikings to Valhalla.  To create her, I took a Tiriel figuer from Reaper Miniatures and added seperate wings.  Her feet were also re-positioned to make it look more like she's flying.



I used greens to tie the valkyrie together with the rune priest's weapon and shoulder insignia.



The green disk under the Valkyrie is actually a metal washer used to help balance the figuer.

All in all, their not the most complex of conversions, but the valkyrie came out pretty much exactly how I had imagined her.

~Dave







Monday, February 28th, 2011
8:15 AM
So what's better than 1 bright yellow, genetically enhanced, super-human, plastic space guy on a motorcycle?

6 of them, of course!

It's hard to say how long these guys took me, though I did watch all of Battlestar Galatica (not just one season, the whole thing)...


Pale horses; these are not.







Each bike also features a unique display:

I think the radar sweep is my favorite.

Obligatory Sergeant wheelie pose:




I took Mike's advice and added some blue crystals to break up the bases and add some contrasting color.
So for those keeping score at home, that's 6 bikers down, 25 to go...

Coming up next - more big yellow dreadnoughts!



Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
6:55 AM
It's been way too long since my last post, so last night I decided I'd snap photos of whatever I had done - finished or not.  So here it is, all the progress I've made on the first of three 6-man bike squads.



The yellow is completely done on all of the models.  I hand-brushed pink on the (what are now) yellow parts first, then used an airbrush to paint all the yellow on top of that.  I then washed and high-lighted them using the same method as the scout bike.  All that's left is, well, everything else.

The squad contains 2 marines with melta-guns and a sergeant with a combi-melta (I've lost count of how many of these things I've made) for anti-tank duties, although all bikes retain their twin-linked bolters for anti-infantry shootyness.  You can also spot an almost-done biker in the bottom right.



Here's a bit of a teaser of the first finished member of Squad Mortis.  He's about 99% done with just a few details left and sealant coat.  I can't wait to see all six of them done together - let alone all 31 (total number of bikes that will be in the army, including characters).



Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
7:55 AM
So it's  been awhile since my last update, but I've been fairly busy with the holidays, night classes, and assorted other time-sinks.  I am happy to say, though, that I've finally finished a full squad of Dark Eldar warriors.


More spikes than a barrel of porcupines.

The squad features 2 special weapons: a splinter cannon (featured bellow) and a blaster (2nd photo down).  I also did a bit of free-hand on the squad's banner.  All three of these models (cannon, blaster and banner) have magnetized arms for possible weapon swaps.


One of these things is not like the others...


Grrr I'm mad.


Nothing fancy with the free-handing, but I think it works.

I didn't really like the Obsidian Rose symbol GW came up with, so I did my own.  I was aiming for an abstraction of a rose with black stem and red petals, but also wanted it to look like a chalice filled with blood - because in the world of 40k a rose is never just a rose.

Also, I should really thank my friends, Jess, Nils, and Q who have been sending me updates on their work for motivating me to get back into the swing of things.  Keep up the awesome work, guys!


 
 
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