Monday, November 30, 2009

Resin Goodness!


The Lords of Baal Secundus and Cretacia must be smiling down on me, because my recent Forge World order showed up today. Two key components of my Flesh Tearers army are now here: Dreadnought Drop Pods. Wee!


At first glance the kits look to be in good shape. The consignment showed up less than two weeks after I placed the order, and UPS didn’t even ask for duty/tax money. Can’t beat that! Sometimes you get lucky, I guess.


I’ve been itching to start a vehicle project for the Flesh Tearers, so cleaning/cutting/assembly of resin goodness is in my near future. I’m planning to magnetize the doors to ensure a good fit and to allow me to open/close them for games. I’m painting the main body black, and the fins red. I’m also going to take my first real stabs at weathering with these drop pods/dreads, so hopefully I can get some passable results there. Time will tell…


For Sanguinius!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Space Wolf Bitz are COOL

I LOVE that new two handed weapon bit on the Space Wolves frame. The Flesh Tearer on the left has a maul made from that bit, and a mace from the plastic Chaos Knights frame. It looks vicious and is totally in keeping with the theme I'm going for.

The scout head on the right works well for me as well- it just looks good.

This is what I got done yesterday for my Flesh Tearers- no painting unfortunately but at least I got these two guys done. FYI I paint the jump packs seperately- that's why you don't see them in the pic.

I've got a long weekend ahead of me, and I fully expect to get my Chaplain finished and at least one or two more assault marines from 1st Squad. I'd also like to get a Furioso assembled. We'll see how that goes...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

MkIV Right Arm + Melta = Cool

Whaddya think?

This is Forge World's MkIV Dreadnought Right Close Combat weapon, converted for use as the right CCW of a Furioso Dreadnought. The meltagun is from the Space Marine Commander's combi-melta. I used it because it's a little more compact than a full sized meltagun- in my mind it's just right.

I added a Forge World purity seal to cover up the spot where I cut some detail off. In that spot there used to be a skull, but since it would be upside down from that perspective it had to go. To complete the conversion I used a length of white metal tubing I purchased from Dragonforge Design. They make all kinds of cool stuff there which you'll occasionally see pop up in my blog. Drop by for a visit- you won't be disappointed.

I also have worked on my Chaplain bit by bit over the last few days, and have assembled a few more assault marines. So far, I've kept up the daily effort. Slowly but surely, this project is getting done.

Iron Painter

This is an event I'm really looking forward to, since I'm competing this time instead of working behind the scenes. I'll be painting Eldar from the Iyanden Craftworld, a Craftworld devastated by the Tyranids and on the edge of extinction. Because of this, they make extensive use of wraith contructs, and these will feature heavily in my army. Here's what I'll be painting for Iron Painter:


3 Spiritseers

30 Wraithguard

2 Wraithlords

I'm going to design some custom bases for the army based on the cool GW plastic Eldar Wraithlord base. I'll make molds of everything to make the process a bit easier, and to have the ability to cast more later for add ons. I've decided that all of my Wraithguard will be mounted on 40mm bases instead of the 25mm bases they are provided with. I really think they look 100% better on 40mm bases due to their large size. Hopefully if I ever use this army in a tournament or event run by someone else they will permit it.

I'll get a test model done, and verify the paint job can be done quickly enough to make it feasible for speed painting. Of course, I'll post that puppy up once it's done.

That's about it for today. I hope any projects you all might be working on are progressing to your satisfaction. Post here and let us all know about it! :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Decent Progress Thus Far

Sorry no fig photo today folks- completely spaced it.

The Chaplain is coming along nicely after some Hobby Night and weekend painting time devoted to it. All the bone is done, and all of the parchment has been highlighted up from the basecoat. All that remains is to scrawl the thin lines of black for writing.

I've also assembled 1st Squad's sergeant- I'll post a pic of him soon.

In other news, I'm very excited about the upcoming Iron Painter. I'm torn as to which army to start at this event. Iyanden Eldar, Necrons, and Raptor Space Marines are the current front runners. FYI I will definitely be going for the Iron Skull as well (1000 points of models instead of 500). What do you guys think? Suggestions?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pre Gaming Lunch

I'm a big pizza fan, and these guy have the best in Malaysia. See you soon at Legio folks...

Dice Are Finally Here!

The order from Chessex showed up with some dice I've had on order, including the last two sets for Rizal and Ivan. Hopefully these dice will treat me well, and honor the minis I'm going to be painting over the next couple of months or so. We shall see.

Last night I didn't get a whole lot done- some assembly work and organization for Hobby Night tonight. I'm planning on painting Chaplain Kilrus, hopefully to completion. If by some strange hobby fortune I finish him with time to spare, I'm going to begin assembling my first Venerable Death Company Furioso Dreadnought, Brother Guljor.

See you all tonight!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Progress Every Day

Howdy, fellow hobby nutters.

After preaching the idea of "constant progress" to all the naysayers that bleat "I can't finish an army!", I've decided to put my money where my mouth is and make a hobby pledge with my Flesh Tearers project.

No matter what, I will get at least some progress on my Flesh Tearers done every day, without exception until the initial 1750 list is complete. It's a tall order, as there are always days where I'm tired, busy, or otherwise occupied. However, I'm going to make this hobby oath and do everything I can to fulfill it.

Last night is an example of "some progress" on the army, as I merely painted the head of the crozius arcanum Scorched Brown (my favorite undercoat for gold these days). That's it. Not a lot, I know, I expect more of myself as time goes on and I get into a groove, but it is SOME progress.

How about you guys? Anyone up for joining me in this hobby oath, and finally getting that current pesky army project done? Or, perhaps a new one...?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Progress on Chaplain Kilrus

Well, I didn't get a whole lot done last night, but at least it's progress. I did a very light drybrush with Codex Grey over the whole model to pop up the detail and highlight the black power armor. I overbrushed a Vallejo Oily Steel basecoat over all the chains and the muzzle of the plasma pistol. Finally, I painted a Khemri Brown basecoat over all of the purity seals/oath papers festooned over this detail-rich model. We'll see what I can get done this evening after work...

Here's a couple more shots of the first test model, post Baal Red wash. Enjoy.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

40K Tourney Done

Wow, that was cool!

It took a bit of work to pull everything off smoothly, but our tournament went well. If you didn't get a chance to drop by, visit Legio Malaysia for the recap. For some great photos of the event, check out Azlan's blog. Good times.

So, now that I've done my duty for the Legion, I shall resume full time work on my Flesh Tearers. Stay tuned to this space if you're interested- hobby begins now!

For Sanguinius!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

This is Not a Hobby Post

As my friends know, I'm a big football fan (no, not soccer, FOOTBALL!). I stumbled across this video during a break today, and I think it's hilarious and cool in equal measure. I'm not sufficiently cool enough to grow and wear a mullet, but I wish I was...

What can I say? Badass, dude.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Baal Red is Da Cure, Yo

I got a Maelstrom package in the mail yesterday, with four different shades of Vallejo red. I tried them all on test minis, and at the end of the night, the simplest solution was the best. I simply brushed on a layer of Baal Red wash over the Mechrite Red basecoat/Blood Red highlights. The red is richer, the highlights are toned down a bit, and I'm happy with the results.

I also replaced the right shoulder pad with a basic one, painted with the single blood drop of 1st Company. It looks nice, and the miniature now looks like a line Flesh Tearer that I'd be happy to push across the gaming table.

So, the testing phase is over, and now it's time for production. I won't be doing much over the next few days, as we have our big tournament "The Inquisition Wars" coming up this Saturday. I still have a to finish up a couple more tables, and I also need to complete some paperwork/organization stuff for the tourney. However, once this beast is behind me, it's Flesh Tearers all the way!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Da Pic

Not the greatest shot, but it'll do.

The Imperial chainaxe (ooooh I love typing that!) is from the ForgeWorld Berzerker Chainaxes pack. I'm not going to use the "curvy" axes, as they look a bit TOO Chaos. The angular ones are up for grabs, and I'll sprinkle those throughout the army. On the side of the axe blade you can't see, I've glued and painted white a brass Imperial Eagle.

The armor is basecoated Mechrite Red, with some basic Blood Red edge highlights. Still not sold on this shade of red, and I'll definitely do at least one more model with a different shade for comparison. In the meantime, what do you all think?

The bases will be a desert theme- painted Bestial Brown, heavy drybrush/overbrush Bubonic Brown, medium Bleached Bone drybrush to finish it off. Texture is just fine sand, with a few bits of broken cork here and there for "rocks". The rocks get a Codex Grey basecoat and Fortress Grey drybrush.

Right knee pads will have squad numbers (in this case 1st Squad), as will the top right of the jump packs. On the top left of the jump pack will be the company symbol (in this case 1st Company represented by one red blood drop. Oh, and before you complain this guy's not painted as a vet, the Flesh Tearers don't have a veteran company- their vets are mixed in with the four line companies).

Left shoulder pad is the GW metal one- I grabbed a bag of those in Baltimore when I still worked for GW, and I've held on to them a long time. I'm glad I did. Right shoulder pad is the GW metal assault squad pad. After finishing the model, I quickly realized this was a mistake. All Flesh Tearers are ready to fulfill any role needed, and the assault squad icon is a bit too regimented. I think the best thing to put there instead is one blood drop for his company. What do you guys think?

Helmet is a Chaos Space Marine one- vicious looking without the horns and other wicked stuff that would go too far (at least for my tastes).

Finally, I have to admit something a bit embarassing. This model actually isn't finished. I meant to paint the chest skull gold and the jump pack harness Oily Steel. The Tin Bitz you see was just a basecoat, and I completely spaced that. I guess I'm just a bit tired this week, so go easy.

Other than that gaffe, what do you guys think of the scheme?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

For Sanguinius!

Well, I've just finished my first test model for the new hobby hotness- Flesh Tearer Space Marines. Sorry no pic, but the light levels are lousy in here and the image won't be very good. I'll snap a pic tomorrow so you all can see the first one. I'm not totally sold on the red yet, but it is growing on me. Version one is Mechrite Red- a bit darker than Blood Red, but the color looks a little washed out right now. Oh well- I'll wait until I get the pic up, and we can discuss. If you're local and coming to Hobby Night, I'm bringing him with me. Comments welcome...