Monday, December 7, 2009

Playing Catch-Up

I haven't gotten much done on the computer over the last week (in fact virtually nothing), but I have gotten some hobby deeds accomplished. I've also committed myself to a new project for the upcoming "Kindred" Legio Hobby Tournament. More on that in a sec.

Flesh Tearers

I've been doing mostly jump pack assembly work along with a few individual jump pack troops. The most significant thing I've done lately is rig my first Dreadnought Drop Pod with rare earth magnets. I've placed these at the center top of all three doors, with a matching magnet in the upper engine assembly. Hopefully once the drop pod is assembled, the magnets will keep the doors from unexpectedly dropping open. We'll see.

As you'll read in the next two entries, the Flesh Tearers are going to get placed (temporarily) on the back burner. Given the upcoming Iron Painter and Doubles Tournament, two projects have taken precedence. First let's check out my upcoming Iyanden Eldar

Craftworld Iyanden Eldar for Iron Painter

Here's the first complete test model, which I'm a bit disappointed with. The model took too long- almost an hour to paint. If I'm going to get the Iron Skull by painting 1000 points, I'm going to have to speed this up A LOT.

The other problem is the paint job- it's not really up to snuff for what I usually do. The highlights are a bit extreme, and not as crisp as I'd like. Speeding up AND improving the paint job could prove to be difficult. I'm going to have a think on this and see what I can manage.

Ordo Hereticus Strike Force for the "Kindred" Doubles Tournament

I'm VERY excited about this project! I'm partnering up with Azlan, who's going to do up an ad hoc Imperial Guard force. The theme we're going for goes something like this:

A critical Imperial hive city has been invaded by a massive, overwhelming horde of Chaos renegades. The city is about to fall, with virtually all of it completely under Chaos control. A badly mauled force of the "Order of Our Penitent Lady", an Order Minoris of the Adepta Sororitas, have taken temporary refuge in the lawless underhive. There, they come across a ragtag group of gangers, refugees, and even some retired Imperial Guard who want to fight, but don't know what to do.

The Canoness then swears an oath that if these people will set aside their differences and fight with her and her Sisters of Battle, victory can still be won. The citizens agree and together the unlikely force storms off into the hive to deliver Imperial retribution!

I think it sounds pretty cool myself, and I've already got the models coming my way. I'll be using a Canoness, a Priest, a squad of standard Sisters, and some other choices that should sufficiently reflect the character of the Order of Our Penitent Lady... ;)

While I was running the Wild Card tournament I completed 7 25mm round base masters and 1 dreadnought sized base master for molding. I made these bases with plasticard and bitz to represent the hive city streets. Once the molds are done I'll cast them in resin, and both Azlan and I will use these bases for our armies as a way to unify them. Should be cool- once my SoB figs show up I'll get something done straight away so you can see the scheme I'm going for and the bases in action.

So, that's about it. How are your plans coming along for the doubles tournament? How about Iron Painter?


  1. I like the tabard on the Wraith Guard. The yellow is bright though, very bright. What yellow is that. Anyways, can't wait to see them bases cast up. I'll see you in January my friend. Till then, drink up, eat up and be jolly.


  2. my Kindred army list is still on concept phase, still awaiting a sprinkle of cheese and a pinch of fluff here & there..

    as for Iron Painter, I think I'm decided on my Asrai..

  3. I think the problem with the Wraithguard is that it lacks the shadowing aspect. Well, I would admit that it is seriously TOUGH to paint Eldar. Which is why I've never finished painting my Eldar army.

    For Kindred, I'll obviously be bringing my Orks, since I want to play them in the League for the next season.

    I still can't decide what to bring for the Iron Painter... Either do my Orks and settle for the Iron Skull and have a chance at the Purity Seal, or go for Adamantium Mantle by doing Black Legion.

    By the way Jeff, the last sentence of the Iron Painter post needs to be fixed. It says:

    "Adamantium Mantle"- Complete requirements for both Iron Halo AND Adamantium Mantle.

  4. Yeah, the yellow isn't quite where I want it to be, but I will say the picture is unflattering compared to the "real deal". I'm going to have a think on this...

    Alvin, thanks for the heads up. I decided that I want to reserve the "Crux Terminatus" as a future Legio honor for killer service, incredibly awesome deeds done, etc. (basically like an uber Purity Seal), so I changed the Iron Painter awards. I forgot to modify the last sentence, but your keen eyes spotted the mistake.

  5. @Ivan- The yellow is two layers of Vallejo yellow ink over white primer, with thin highlights of pure white.

    @Vuel- Sounds like you've got a good plan there- looking forward to seeing your Wood Elves painted up!

  6. Escher gangers, redemptionists, flagellants, retired praetorian atop his trusty steed ... yes!

  7. Hey Jeff, looks like everyone is going after the purity seal for Kindred. Better bring your A++ game dude :)

    It should be awesome seeing all those nicely painted and themed armies! I can't wait!!

    Better spice up the hobby judging form.

  8. I have a shitty timetable for 2010....and I can't confirm my attendance for any of these events yet.
    I have a evil plan in mind...there is a friend of mine who is intrested in wargaming, so I will get him to buy a battleforce of his choice and I will paint it for a small fee. Yes, you guys guessed it right...during Iron Painter!
    I might get awards for Iron Painter and also get paid along the way.....hope my evil plan is safe wih you guys.....Haa haa haa *cough cough*.Evil laugh didn't work.

  9. @doc: you're too nice to be evil :)

    @jeff: elves, whether it's fantasy or 40k, has too many's a bit tough to paint 20+ elves in 2 hours..and for fantasy, 20 elves doesn't even reach 500 points..but despite of that, I shall not back down from the challenge, or else I would never get my Wood Elves painted..

  10. @Vuel- There is a nice pic of wood elves painted in a snowy setting in the Warhammer rule book. That should give you some ideas. But as you say, elves are difficult to paint with all the details.

  11. @Vuel- Wood Elves would make an excellent dip army dude. All those browns, greens, and flesh tones would be perfect for da dip, yo. Why not bring a few primed elves tonight and we can hobby them a bit? Do a test dip even?