Monday, December 30, 2013

Chaplain Demetrios Kit Bash.

Scythes Chaplain............
Demetrios now finds him self to be the head Chaplain for the Scythes of the Emperor Chapter after the demise of first Chaplain Segas at Sotha's last stand before the withdrawal, Demetrios is a troubled soul who is known to be aggressive and hateful, it is said that he carries an "ever present threat of violence" and is always the first marine in any fray, he is very well respected by the Scythes first company.

Hi guys this kit bash chaplain will be my second Scythes HQ model i'll paint and I cant wait, I love the look of him, to me he looks almost gladiatorial with his right shoulder armour that has the extra little plate also the helmet fits perfect for this look in my opinion, its mostly forge world parts with a few GW bits.
Anyhow fellas here's a picture before its painted, hope you like it as much as me.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Chief Librarian Tormal.

First 40k HQ model painted.........
At last I've got my first HQ Scythes model painted, its a mish mash of various different kits (kit bashed as they say), its good how you can do this with space marines you can truly make something unique and personal.

I've gone for a slightly darker blue which I think fits better with the black of the Scythes, anyhow guys im happy with it and here's a few pictures to look at.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Scythes Terminators.

Salvation Teams........

Salvation teams are often accompanied by Terminator Marines whilst aboard derelict space craft/Tyranid Bio-ships and space hulks, they are tasked with the job of recovering valuable artefacts as well as more mundane pieces of war gear like power armour and bolters that will then be used by the Neophytes after gene-seed implantation and training regimen however these teams have also found several cocooned survivors on board Bio-ships usually in terminator armour, it is unclear why they were kept alive.

Well then guys here's my first completed terminator squad and I've got to say im well chuffed with them, I've gone with the assault cannon as I think its the best looking heavy upgrade and also given him a chain fist, why not!, I had a slight wobble over the base colour scheme but in the end decided to run with and not change it as I thought the light colour complemented them in contrast to the dark colour scheme of the Scythes, I've also added long sun bleached grasses to these and all my other Scythes models and think they break up the base and add a little more interest.

Anyhow guys here's a few pic's.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thunderfire Cannon.

Immense Power............
Hi guys, well yesterday I spent over ten hours putting together and painting this dam thing so I would have another fully painted piece to field at the start of the progressive campaign at my local games club, I had to leave the tech for another day as my eyes and back were knackered after that!.

The model itself is ok and quite easy to put together, the finecast isn't too bad although two of the rim's on the track wheels were so thin they just fell away, not good!, I didn't need much green stuff which was a good job as I hadn't the time to let it dry, I painted it in eight parts before gluing together, the two tracks, side panels and lower cog plates that hold the gun, the main body with rear supports and the main gun.
For speed (LOL) I used GW's black and white spray undercoats and Army Painters demonic yellow undercoat, I find the AP's demonic yellow great for my Scythes it speeds painting yellow up a great deal.
Painting the TFC itself is straightforward enough there's loads of metal parts so I just tried to keep it neat and add the detail such as lenses ect afterwards.

As for its immense power, it gave me first blood wiping out a unit of 14 Termagant's in one pop! in my first round of shooting, it also did this again in another round and also kept a couple of units moving slow using subterranean blast in two other rounds, to say the thing was a beast is an understatement and was well worth putting the effort in to get it painted!.

Anyhow guys here's a few pic's hope you like it.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Librarian Tormal Kit Bash.

Last of his kind............?
Chief Librarian Tormal was the last of his kind to survive the Tyrannic war's that decimated the Scythes of the Emperor chapter and their home world Sotha, Tormal is one of only a few last remaining senior officer's that still proudly serve the Scythes and Chapter Master Thrasius.

I will be using this character as my first HQ choice in a progressive campaign im about to start at my local games club, it starts at 500 pts and increases 250 pts every month until 1750 pts is achieved, I hope to bring you the painted 500pts force soon and also maybe an update or two on my progress during the campaign...............

Friday, November 1, 2013

Chapter Master Thrasius Kit Bash.

  a possible weapons set up..........

Hi guys its been a long time since I've made any headway into my Scythes 40k army, shame on me anyhow I can tell you there's a couple of units near completion so more on those latter, however for this post im concentrating on their Chapter Master "Thrasius".

Thrasius was the commander of the third company before the onslaught of hive fleet Kracken and was considered by Thorcyra (the scythes first chapter master) to be the most level headed and consummate strategist that the Scythes had to offer although on occasion his rage did descend and all those that have laid in his path have paid the ultimate price, it was in fact he and Thrasius that planned the near impossible evacuation of Giants Coffin (a large rocky outcrop on deathworld Miral) with help from the returning Battle Barge "Honours Might".

And so Thrasius became the Scythes second Chapter Master, Thorcyra (now believed dead) stayed behind on Miral fighting a rear guard action along with his honour guard and numerous sternguard units with enough ammunition to serve a chapter twice over, all so it was possible for a hundred plus Scythes to break through on thunderhawks to the newly named battle barge "Heart of Sotha" to carry the fight and rebuild the chapter .............

So to the weapons, well, taking into account the relatively new Chapter status of the Scythes i'm thinking weapons and such that could be made by techmarines/master of the forge on board the heart of sotha, and so have modelled an example of what could be Thrasius with his weapons set up............

Firstly a chainsword, not a huge leap to assume a forge master couldn't make a larger faster sharper version of such a brutal close combat weapon and the same can be said for his bolter and so I've armed him with the Teeth of terra and Primarch's Wrath.
Also his armour, with all the boarding actions on various hulks and abandoned ships its not beyond possible that various suits of armour could not of been found and amalgamated in to one, so again I've made the leap and given him the Armour Indomitus, along with Digital weapons and the rest of the standard Chapter Masters personal kit he costs 255 points, although Aritficer armour could be used to save 40 points on occasion.

Alternative weapon load out.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Tau..Remora Drone.

Remora Drone Stealth Fighters........
Hi just a quick post, found out today that my good lady does listen to me when im chatting about my hobby and model preferences, I had a look in a small brown cardboard box that i hadn't noticed before and low and behold two Tau Stealth Fighters, happy days!!, I took them out and examined them because through reading other sites ive learned that forge world kits often have substandard parts due to the moulding process, im happy to report except for a couple of issues the parts are fine and im looking forward to building and painting them, but for now their back in the box and put back in the naffest hiding place you could think of (she's really got to work on that) as i assume they are for my birthday, so i'll update you guys further in a couple of weeks.

Friday, October 11, 2013



Hi, this time I thought I would paint up a Devilfish for my twelve strong squad of Firewarrors that are near completion (more on those later), firstly I have to say you get a whole lot of kit for the price, meaning its rather large and quite substantial in comparison to the Space Marine equivalent, the Rhino, its also very easy to put together the only trouble I had were the engines, they both came in two pieces and didn't quite match up perfectly, but with a little back scraping and a small amount of green stuff I had it sorted in no time.
Again I went heavy on the damage/wear, I really like the look of this method for my Tau I can imagine they have been on a campaign for months, possibly years and as a result their kit and vehicle's/craft look severely battle worn.
The kit comes with a cracking transfer sheet and so offers loads of different variations to keep everyone happy, I didn't go too wild with the base for this model because it sits quite low, so I kept it simple just a few rocks of various sizes and two clumps of long sun bleached grass.

Monday, October 7, 2013

KR miniatures case.


Hi guys, I have just had delivery of my very own KR al 200 figure case from a buddy of mine Alan who runs his own on line miniatures business called Fat Spider, at a good price I might add, and I've got to say im quite chuffed with it, it came in a choice of two colours black with silver trim or all silver, as you can see I opted for the silver, it came with three 36 section trays big enough for 40mm bases (terminator sized models) and four 40 section trays suitable for 25mm bases (firewarriors/space marines ect), it comes with two combination locks a carry handle and carry strap.
The quality's good at the price although I did think it was a bit light but I suppose it should be as its aluminium after all.
I had a look on the official KR site and I think some of those custom trays will have to be bought for my larger models/vehicles and so on, all in all im really happy with my purchase, its just what I needed for my models transportation requirements.


Monday, September 30, 2013

How to.... Martian Bases.

Hi, this is my first "how to..." , first of many i hope, most of the techniques I've used here can be found elsewhere on the net, so im not making out like im an expert or anything just an enthusiastic amateur, anyhow ive brought it all together here for you guy's to look at, hope you enjoy it.

Stage 1 preparation.

I wanted my broadside to be standing on something on top of the base and so decided on a large plastic cog that i removed from a child's broken toy, with the broadsides legs not been able to reposition easily  i also needed to build a small mound so the model didn't look too lopsided on completion.

I used three pieces of 1mm plasicard, each slightly smaller than the other the top one only slightly bigger than the broadsides left foot. I then glued them into position.

The theme im going for is rusted battlefield debris on a red martian planet, and so i cut at angles two pieces of what i think look like a variation on construction RSJ's and also a ammunition box from a 40k tank kit, i added a handle from different ammo box for extra detail and stuck it to the exposed side of the large box.

After the gluing process i used green stuff to smooth out the small mound and pushed it up against the other various pieces of detail I've added, trying to make it look like when the sands added that it has blown up against them, i also drilled and glued in two small metal rods, from a paper clip, to aid the gluing process when both the model and base are finished.

Stage 2 undercoat.

I then used blutac to stick the base to a makeshift paint stick and sprayed it with GW's skull white in a well ventilated area.

You could just as easily of used the black undercoat spray, i used white because its better visually for this article.

Always use a proper mask when using aerosols.

Stage 3 basecoats.

I basecoated all the areas i wanted rusted with Rhinox Hide, i also painted various bits of detail on the ammo box with Leadbelcher and the strap on the handle with Steel Legion Drab.

Stage 4 stippling / ink wash.

I stippled in turn Mournfang Brown, Troll Slayer Orange and Leadbelcher to random areas that are painted Rhinox Hide, i also paid attention to the edges, be careful not to add too much, its supposed to be rusted and so mostly shades of brown, i then washed the entire area with Agrax Earthshade.   

Then i edge highlighted with Leadbelcher and added a little highlight to the ammo box strap with Karak Stone.

Stage 5 sand.

Using PVA glue and a old bush i carefully painted the base where i wanted the sand to go, (this is where a black undercoat spray would of made it better to see the glue), i then placed a few stones/rocks on and sprinkled sand over and left it to dry.

Stage 6 martian basecoat.

When the PVA was dry i painted the sand area my red martian colour which is a near 50/50 mix of Khorne Red and Skrag Brown, slightly more in the browns favour.

Stage 7 drybrush.

I then drybrushed the whole red martian area including the rocks with Cadian Fleshtone, and painted the sides of the base black.

TIP, the long grasses that i've stuck to my base in the completed model picture i had to make for myself, trust me i couldn't find any like that anywhere, they where made by cutting small clumps from an old shaver's brush and gluing to the base using PVA.

A final wash of GW's Reikland Fleshshade dull's the pinkish highlights down and add's depth and shade to the base, sorry no picture for this stage.




To go along with my firewarriors I decided the next model I would build/paint would be a Broadside, I really like these models they look extremely imposing and can imagine can dish out a world of hurt to those that wont sign up to the greater good!.
It is however a shame that the legs are static, in one pose, for the other two I have planed I will twist the torso different ways to try to avoid them all looking the same, I have so far and will be fitting them with all the missiles they are legally aloud to have and so will look very menacing indeed.




For my second project ive opted for a Tau army, after quite a few test pieces I decided on a blue and white colour scheme, I also went heavy on the battle damage/wear, not something you see too often with Tau army's, I also purposely left the Tau sept marking off but used a slightly lighter shade of blue for the Shas'ui.
I will be adding six more to this squad and also paint up another box of them, hopefully post them soon.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Beginning.....

Hi, this blog is for me to share with you all my journey from start to finish the creation of my version of the Scythes of the Emperor SM chapter, along the way I hope to show you all how I create and convert different models and vehicles for their chapter as well as side projects to keep me sane from all the black and yellow.

I am new to the 40k hobby, painting and playing, so are in no way an experienced veteran but during my journey I hope to show you my progression.

Anyway enough of the flannel, down to brass tac's, so far I have completed a tactical squad and rhino for them, starting small ive kit bashed a few of the tac's using forge world parts my favourite being the SM with the sniper bolter, and I have used a couple of scopes from a landraider kit for my rhino along with some chains on top, note the little scope overlooking the rear door, I used the tubing from a meltagun as a cable conduit on the back of it.

The red martian bases were finally settled on after many test pieces, I can imagine that the Scythes have searched for a suitable planet to colonise and have picked this one, maybe for mineral/fuel resources to replenish and continue there search of the hive fleet Kraken on board the Heart of Sotha, the Scythes last remaining Chapter fleet starship, or maybe to establish a new home world after the fall of Sotha.

For a little interest on the bases I have used bits of shaped plastic bought from my local hobby store, I cut and angled them in such a way that it looks like odd bits of metal and battle field debris partially covered by the red martian sand, I think I will add more of these to future model bases as I now think applying them to 3 in 10 bases isn't enough and looks a little too sparse.