Saturday, 22 September 2018

Sector Imperialis: Sanctum

Here's the final piece of the terrain build, the Sanctum. It's dull, a curious shade of grey, and literally rotting from within. I felt that was an appropriate metaphor for the grimdark Imperium.

There's blood splatter, control panels, candles, posters, gang markings and old papers. I do love adding the detail on these.


Saturday, 15 September 2018

Sector Imperialis: Schola Progenium

This building represents a ruined training facility for the Adeptus Ministorum.

An execution against a proclamation, more gang graffiti, torn down posters and everlasting candles. Details, details, details.

I've had a lot of fun with some of the smaller details, like the blown out windows having dust gathered in the corners.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Sector Imperialis: Administratum

The speed is coming back a little now ... so here's what's left of an Administratum.

Some fairly major damage here, literally just a corner of this fine establishment left now. They even blew the bloody doors off. Few shots with the interior detail featuring a ruined terminal, clutter, gang graffiti and a functioning control panel.

And the mobile-shot mold angle.

I enjoyed painting this such a dull and boring colour, then working out how to add life and character. The Martian earth basing scheme I've applied across my models works really well here in contrast, but keeps the warm feeling.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Church Tank: WIP #3

I couldn't decide how to mount the cannon onto the tank. Problem solved this weekend when I realise it's the right width to fit inside a Rhino hatch. Glued in place, then the back of the hatch has been sanded down, so when the cannon's mounted, there'll be a little tilt upward. Pleased to have solved this puzzle.

Threw a few more pieces of ridiculousness on the tank and it still looks perfect 40k. Smoke launchers where the old turrets were, lights from the Imperial Sector box, and a few ornamental statues.

Inside there's more lights, some cogs, ladders, lions, tigers and oh my!

Straws? Of course there are straws. I love straws. They're roughly glued into place, and all the glue will be painted to look like an abundance of ugly weld marks and verdigris.

A point to note about the scenery build. On the top of each post is a small but important detail that should be the correct way up.

Can't see it?

So when assembling the church, I realised this just in time and had to flip several over of these inserts to be the correct way up before the glue set. Detail, detail, detail.

Now we're at the point where the tank will need priming. Just need to get the airbrush working and a free evening to make this happen ...

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Sector Imperialis: Synod Outpost

Building names outside the scenery sets are far and few between, so I've called this my Synod Outpost. It's deisgned to be a small bunker for the priesthood, albeit ruined.

Random blood, hazard striping on the doorway threshold, a crude attempt at an Amiga Workbench 1.3 ROM screen on the display panel, little posters on the back of doors - where you'd literally never see it. This is the kind of detail I love adding.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Kill Team: Cult of the Rusted Claw WIP #3

A week of mixed success, but progress has been made nonetheless.

Time taken to paint up the bases helped enormously. I have a stash of Sector Imperialis bases, and while larger scale figures like Marines sit much better on 32mm, these smaller 25mm are perfect for the human-scale figures like Cultists and Skitarii.

There's something very pleasing about seeing all the bases lined up when they're completed. Although since taking this shot, I added a little stippling to the grey for more interest.

The Cultists are coming together, and now they're on the bases with heads, it feels a little more real.

Lot of detail still to do, but these really are lovely sculpts to play with.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Church Tank: WIP #2

So things have moved on a little. There's now a top and a front, but look below to see there's even an inside too!

My mad little preacher, for it is he who will inhabit this monstrosity, would live in the tower and preach from the pulpit at the front. I'd like to think this tank has seen a lot of action in its life, and so the tower is heavily damaged from battle.

You'll notice the front pillars are ruined, to reflect incoming damage I'd expect a vehicle like this to take. Plasticard has replaced the

Yes, the cannon isn't fitted into the hole yet. Haven't worked out to do with it yet!

My traditional problem is remembering to add detail. So there's an inside to this tank. I picture it being servitor heavy, as they work the engines and cannon while the mad preacher exhorts the enemy to repent.

To carry on the theme of the damaged tower, I've used a broken panel for the floor as though a projectile had crashed right through the tank.

The pulpit is the more ornate terrain from the Kill Team box, but wrapped around the more practical box constructed from older, Imperial Sector flooring. I like the image of the Adeptus Mechanicus building something, only for the Ecclesiarchy to take it away and put gaudy, gothic detail on it.

Couple of small details added onto the pulpit. One corner is full of melting candles, and the other is a religious book that I'd imagine the preacher will be screaming reading from.

At this point I haven't committed to gluing tank to tower. There may well be magnets. Ideally I'd retain access to the insides, but we'll see how that goes!

Kill Team: Cult of the Rusted Claw WIP #2

I won't bore you going colour by colour, but this felt like a reasonable landmark to share. All the major colours on the figure, and I think the combination is looking good.

We aren't aiming for competition level here, they just need to be on the table and ready to play soon as possible. Over the khaki/white mix, I've applied washes of brown, orange and sepia to pull up the detail quickly, and provide nice contrast to the darker elements of the metallics and blues.

All ten of the Neophytes are at this stage in about ten hours total, at a guess. That feels reasonable, considering some of that time has been tinkering with options. From this point, the shoulder pads need bringing up to pure white, then we need to add squad markings. After that it's picking out the individuality of the figures ... oh, and the small matter of all the heads.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Kill Team: Cult of the Rusted Claw WIP #1

So, the Kill Team starter set happened. Let's gloss over the fact that I've already got several other projects running in parallel. What could possibly go wrong? Anyway ... a combination of factors, but I've embraced it and want to get my Genestealer Cultists running as quickly as possible.

From the rulebook and official GW force, I really liked the look of the Cult of the Rusted Claw.

Then I saw one actually painted up by a non-GW'er ( and thought they still looked great! I'm sold on the idea, so off we go ...

Much cutting, clipping, swearing and gluing later ... I have a force assembled.

You'll notice there's a Skitarii force in the background too. Let's ignore that, and it can come as a wonderful surprise when I actually paint them up.

After priming, I realised the basecoat needed to be significantly brighter, or my planned colour scheme wouldn't work. So over the black goes a 50/50 mix of khaki and white, then it's a case of starting to fill out the darker items of clothing - starting with the boots.

Heads will remain unattached until I'm happy that the inside of the hoods are finished.

It was at this point I realised there had been an error, and there's a slightly graininess to the primer on the models. That'll teach me for using a rattlecan on figures, instead of saving the cans for scenery.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Church Tank: WIP #1

This is a little bit of playing catch-up, as these shots have already made it to Instagram - but were lacking a detailed description.

I picked up the Kill Team starter box last weekend as I thought the scenery was suitably gothic for this project. The sheer amount of scenery you get in the box made it a real steal for the price point. The extended length of the pieces compared to the older Imperial Sector kits gives everything a grander feel. Coupled with an old, original Baneblade that was gathering dust in a cupboard ... we have the start of the project.

Constituent components being clipped out and lined up to gauge what we want to do. You'll note some of the older Imperial Sector pieces here, as I have a second box of these still to build at some point - so was looking to incorporate some of the more military themed items.

I want a grand front to this tank, so we start with the largest arch, then add panels behind it to reinforce the church theme. By the end, they'll all be stained glass ... hopefully!

Dark chocolate digestives are essential on larger build projects. But it was a reminder that I do need to start running again, because they're giving me a winter coat ...

So at this point we have the main structure. It's literally the chassis of the Baneblade, as the turret and front plates over the tracks meant it felt too tanky and not churchy enough (technical term). It still feels like a box on top of a tank though, but we're heading in the right direction.