Tag Archive | Warhammer 40k

Mean and green

Squeezed some actual hobby work in-between working on The Campaigner and building a path from our carport to the back veranda. That, though, is a totally other story.

I undercoated the Necron Flayed One a couple of days ago, and blasted through the painting today. It probably took two hours tops to paint the whole thing. It was probably slightly quicker than a normal miniature, because this is a single ‘character’ piece. So I could attempt some techniques that I normally wouldn’t do on miniatures that go into an army, since I didn’t have to try to replicate them across multiple pieces.

For this one I decided to explore painting the whole thing ‘wet’. So basically, not waiting for the whole thing to dry before I add extra layers or colours, which let me blend some of the sections. I don’t want to give too much away, as to how the miniature looks. It is supposed to be a surprise for the recipient. But I feel this little technique experiment worked really well on the flayed skin sections. Especially when I added some thin green glazes to the flesh and base, to give it this kind of swampy, slimy feel.

I will show you the base, though. My love affair with water effects continues on this miniature. A thin layer of water effects mixed with Snot Green was added to the base, with a layer of regular water effects that followed roughly twenty minutes afterwards. I also brushed a thin layer of the Snot Green water effects over the legs and feet of the model. Once this layer of water effects dries, it may get one more coat of a Snot Green water effects mix.

As well as this I have been working on another project too. This one is not related to Warhammer at all.

I bought this plastic model of The Hulk a three or four years ago, but never got around to doing anything with it. Until now. I have cleaned up the pieces so far and glued them together. Then I have used greenstuff to fill the gaps and create a smooth transition between the different sections.

He comes with a fully moulded base, but I am going to mount him to an old trophy stand instead. It will make a nice little character piece.

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Necron-tastic

I am taking part in a Mini Swap over on The Under Empire Forum. My sender posted me out a Necron Flayed One, which is pretty cool. I haven’t ever painted a Necron before.

My sender has allowed me a little creative freedom, so I have decided to make a nice scenic display base for the model. This model isn’t going to go into an army, so it can be quite individual.

At the moment it looks a little like this.

Since we are here, don’t forget about The Campaigner. Work continues on the first issue, as well as on the foundations for Issue 2. While the issues are coming together quite well, more submissions are always appreciated. So if you have a thing for writing about this excellent hobby, and lets face it that is most of us, then you can do worse than giving writing for The Campaigner a go.

Aqua Dragon, submerge!

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Remember these guys!?

Since my Bretonnians are nearing some kind of completion I figured it was time to get this other lot of miniatures into the stripper. I plan to work on the Skaven next, but a tight financial situation means that I am planning on being a lot more economical than I originally intended. There are some Zombie pieces in this box that could contribute to a slave unit or two, as well as various other pieces that may come in handy.

This box only just fit into the paint can. The dragon takes up a bit of room. I have basically put the dragon in first, and then dropped in miniatures around it, shaking the can every so often in the hopes that this will help some settle in the gaps. When I had put the entire box in there was about 20mm sticking above the surface. Adding the rest of the Simple Green sorted this out.

As most of these are just miscellaneous miniatures I have collected over the years, there is no rush to get them all out and stripped in a certain time frame. I’ll just do then as I feel the urge to.

In regard to my Bretonnians, I spent the last couple of days finishing off basing the 40-odd miniatures that needed it. I also have been working on the Battle Standards horse, which is nearing completion. After that is done, only 3 Knight of the Realm, 2 Knight Errant and 2 Damsels remain. I also have the second Damsel to convert, and I have a spare Pegasus to make a Pegasus mounted Paladin with, and I want to add a Trebuchet, but the army is edging towards some kind of a finished stage.

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Two of my mates, Jarryd and Brad, splashed out an bought me this. Dawn of War 2. Nice fellas, yeah?

I assume it’s because Brad is all up in the Dawn of War 2 at the moment, he’s like that. Time for Dawn of War 2, but no time for WAR. Figures. It’s all those lasers he is shooting himself in the head with, I bet.

Somehow I doubt this will urge me onto getting a 40k army, though I must admit, the Orks have had some really sweet kits released recently. But I have far too much self control to just go out and buy a new army. Self control, and no money. Which helps, too.

But back to the game.

It’s actually pretty good. I have played through about 5 missions so far, and the control system seems pretty intuitive. It took me a little while to figure out what all the little icons meant, and what certain abilities and weapons did, but after some practise I think I have got a hold of the basics. I’m not sure exactly how the cover system works, though. You are supposed to be able to send your troops towards cover, and they use it to hide behind. But sometimes you send troops towards what is pretty much a wall directly in front of an enemy, and some marines will stand on the opposite side, the side with no cover!

I can only assume that clicking on the cover provides them with the cover, regardless of if they are actually behind it  relative to the enemy or not. Otherwise, they have managed to program some pretty stupid troop AI. Another thing that seemed odd was the my Devestators walked faster than my Tactical Marines. Surely the Devestators should be the slow, ponderous ones?

So overall I am quite enjoying the game. I’m looking forward to trying out some multiplayer matches, as well as playing some of the other races in the single player campaign.