Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Massively Converted Slaanesh Defiler Painted and Finished

Probably my most ambitious conversion to date, this bigger than an imperial knight beast has been sitting idly by waiting for paint for about 4 years or more. In fact, I remember talking about it at the time as being about the size of a knight titan before they were ever actually released!

Anyway, with my latest push to finish some of my Chaos off and get my Emperor's Children back in shape, I finally got the thing finished. The airbrush helped to get It done as I was able to basecoat the silver and purple bits with reasonable speed and with less pain than otherwise might have been felt if I had to di it all by hand; especially considering it was fully built and had to be painted as one big chunk!

The conversion itself uses almost exclusively parts of the defiler kit, but it has all been reposed, cut and chopped together to walk upright. I did a lot of restructuring of the torso and everything as well. I'm really excited to finally finish it too. My Emperor's Children are never going to take to the field without him!
There are a couple of other pictures below. I recently finished a Warpsmith as well, so they should work together well and be very thematic too!

Helbrute shown for scale purposes

 Is it too late to claim them both as an incredibly last minute Dreadtober entry to go with my Dragoon?

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Emperor's Children Warpsmith

Death to the False Emperor!.... I mean erm..., more chaos stuff incoming.

This is my converted Warpsmith. I built the model recently from a spare Plague Marine model that I got on eBay a little while ago. It took me a while to get around to building him, but I'm really glad that I did. I really like the paint job too, which I think has helped to make sense of the model as it is encrusted with so much detail that in bare plastic his chest just looked like one massive lump or something.

His head is from the heresy white scars upgrade bits (which I bought just because they're cool). I was lucky in that I had a spare axe head from the tech priest dominus in my bits box after I built my 40k Skaven conversion, and it just seemed like thee perfect part to use.

With 8th edition, lists favour having 2 HQ choices, so I know I'll get a lot of use out of him. That and his stats, equipment, and the ability to fix vehicles are pretty good; especially considering his fairly reasonable points cost.

Overall, I'm really happy with how the model came out. I'm almost surprised myself that he used to be a plague marine!

Monday, 29 October 2018

Emperor's Children Helbrute

More Chaos incoming this week!

I thought I'd start things off with my Helbrute. I've had the model since Dark Vengeance was first released, and I actually painted it not that long after. The only problem was that I've had my army so long now that I've updated the colour scheme a few times. As such, the big fella was starting to look a little dated.

Lucky for him, I've been on a Chaos rampage for the last few weeks, and as part of that I've been updating a lot of things in the army and finishing various projects. My Helbrute was lucky enough to be the first thing to get a fresh coat of paint.

To break down the changes, I updated the purple and gold to a more appealing scheme. I also repainted the green areas from the old style. The only thing I didn't retouch was the skin, but I did go in and add some washes to it and blood/colouration in areas to add some depth.

Another job well done. More chaos tomorrow where I'll unveil my finished converted Warpsmith.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Slaanesh Chaos Lord - Converted, Painted and Finished

Behold the glory of Blazmodeus! It's rare that I spend this long painting a model, and even rarer for me to name it after myself, but I'm really happy with this guy!

He was one of my best conversions; possibly the best, but he ended up sitting on a shelf unpainted. In fact, he was such a good conversion that I almost didn't want to paint him for fear that I wouldn't be able to paint him well enough to live up the model itself. I made a bit of an attempt to paint him a few months ago, but ultimately gave up as I couldn't get the result I wanted.

I started again recently as part of my latest Chaos push, and he is finally finished and ready to lead some of my Emperor's Children in to battle.

Overall, I'm really happy with the model; in particular the mix of colours came out really nice on him, and I like the blend on the armour. He is actually the first model in my Emperor's Children to be painted using the airbrush, but he definitely won't be the last!

For me, he really looks the way that I envisage Chaos marines should look. I think that the mask being torn away from his face came out well in the end too, which is cool.

I think I'll be using this guy as my general for many years to come.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Converted Warpsmith

I realised something about my Chaos recently; I need more HQ choices. I have several different Chaos Lords that go way back over the years, but not a lot else. I was looking in the codex, and I remembered that shortly after 8th edition dropped, I was planning to convert a Warpsmith out of one of the new plague marine models. I still had all the parts, so I decided to finally make the project a reality.

Anyway, the miniature shown above is the fruits of my labour. I'm pretty happy with how he came out, and one of the things I love about converting characters is that he was basically free, as he was entirely made with stuff I just had laying about the place. I did buy the plague marines though, but I got them as a set shortly after Dark Imperium was released, and they were cheap as hell on eBay.

While I was at it, I finally greenstuffed and based my unit of Slaanesh marines that I converted from the other plague marine models, so I'm planning to undercoat and airbrush them together in a batch soon. I'm really happy with them though, and I think that they look great.

One more post to go for this week, and I think I've saved the best till last. It's cool custom chaos lord time, and he's fully painted in all his bangin' glory!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Dreadtober - 40k Skaven Dragoon, Complete!

Well, I really wasn't expecting this to be my first proper update. I had planned to do more work in progress shots, but I kept thinking "I'll keep painting and take a picture tomorrow". At some point, I realised that I was too close to finishing, and that I might as well just get it done and do one final post.

Anyway, here it is; the final product of my labours:

I've painted it up to match the rest of my 40k Skaven, so I went with the same teal/blue colour. It was pretty challenging in the end, as it is quite a big thing with a lot of details. I was quite inspired by the conversion though, so that helped. As usual, I started flagging towards the end, but somehow made it to the finish line without getting too distracted by all the Chaos that I've been working on.

I could probably go on and on about this thing, but I figure pictures are probably more interesting than my rambling, so here you go:

Well, that finishes my entry for Dradtober. See you all again next year!

Don't forget to check everyone's progress on the Dreadtober Blog:

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Daemonette Squad Finished (Juan Diaz Metal Sculpts)

Another unit finally finished. I've been working on these for some time. I've got more units to get through too as I stocked up on 2 another 20 when they went back into production for a limited run. These are all the ones that I collected earlier, and I had gradually painted 6 of them to finished about a year ago. I finished the last 4 recently.

I really like these metal sculpts. I actually do like the plastic ones as well, but I particularly like the fine details these ones have; in particular I actually like how they scale with other models in the chaos range. They look small and delicate next to your marines, which seems fitting somehow.

They look great as a unit too, and I know that I'll get a lot of use out of them now that they're finished. They don't cost that many points, so are the kind of unit you can afford to take in a lot of lists. Obviously, their survivability isn't that good, but I tend to play a mostly shooting oriented force with my Emperor's Children, and they're more likely to be used for counter-assault than anything else.

I'm posting again tomorrow, but It'll be something different. I finished my piece for Dreadtober, so I figure I better put that on the blog. After that, more Chaos!

Monday, 15 October 2018

Slaanesh Female Raptors - Finished

I finally finished my all-female Chaos Raptor squad. I think it has been about a year since I last worked on my Chaos, but I'm back in the saddle again and trying to finish off some of those units that were nearly there.

I'll forgive you if you can't remember my last post about these models. They are made by Prodos Games for a game called Space Crusaders. I picked them up as a random purchase at Salute 2 years ago and it's nice to get them out of the cupboard of shame at last!

Style wise, they're a bit excessive and buxom; so basically perfect for Slaanesh. Sure, they won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I really like how they look. They're really well cast too; easy to build, clean and have great detail. In particular, their faces were a real highlight to me. They weren't hard to paint and I think they look awesome and very expressive.

On the other side of things, all of that gold filigree and baroque detail was rather time consuming to work on! It also took a while to paint the bases and thing that were more detailed than usual. I actually built the bases myself using some tyranid egg sacs that I got from my brother. I have no idea what sprue they are from though, or if they're even still in the kits.

I've also been working on more of my Chaos, and I'll be posting another unit I recently finished tomorrow, so check back soon! I've actually managed to get a post together for every day this week, so look forward to it!

Monday, 1 October 2018

Dreadtober - 40k Skaven Dragoon - The Build

I've done it again, and I'm rather proud of this one. As with all of my work, I wanted the Dragoon to still be recognisable for what it was whilst also being rather different (and with a rat-man riding it obviously).

I decided beforehand that I wanted to change the Dragoon to have an upright body, and that it would probably have arms and a rider. Other than that, nothing was set and I went into this one knife in hand and ready to carve out the model one piece at a time.

With only a rough idea of where things were going, I built the legs stock as I wouldn't be changing those. I then cut the torso to remove the hip section and added all of that together to make a base to work from. I cut off the servitor driver as I wouldn't want him in there and then I flipped the body section so that the saddle actually formed the stomach of the beast. It also gave a nice neck form and a bit of shape. Overall, it was way too skinny though, so I kept building and adding parts to bulk it out, and his chest plate is made from the gun shield in the kit.

Sorry the photos aren't better, I was in a bit of a rush after spending so much time building it!

Overall, the conversion uses about 70% original parts from the Dragoon/Ironstrider kit. The largest part borrowed from another source is the front of a dreadnought (well it is Dreadtober after all!), which I used to build his shoulder pads as well as the command throne. There are also a few Killa Kan parts in there to build the arms and for some of the additional details. Don't ask me what else though, as it's a bit of a blur and I'm not sure I could name everything I've used. It was also quite a lot of work trying to shape the rat-pilot up top, but I like the big lever now that it's done!

In the end, the model probably took about a day to build, but I actually worked on it over 2 days to spread out the work and to give it time to dry in the middle there.

Style-wise, I've tried to keep it true to the rest of the force with combined Mechanicus, Skaven and Ork parts. I always try to give the models a bit of an evil look or edge to them too, as Skaven should look pretty bad to the bone. I'm always wary of keeping it looking futuristic though, and not going too all-out Skaven on things, as I never want the army to look too much like their fantasy counterparts.

Originally, I had thought of mounting the pilot lower down on its back, but after I added the exhausts I knew he wouldn't fit. I quite like the face that having him "up top" sort of echoes the position of the rider on the Doom Wheel for fantasy, so it adds a little throwback too. It does make the whole thing quite tall though, and I'd be interested to see it side by side with a regular Ironstrider.

Anyway, that concludes the build, which should give me about a month to get it painted. Hopefully it shouldn't be a problem, but it is a rather detailed model (and quite large now!)