Sunday, December 13, 2015

WIP: Iron Warriors Leviathan.

Hi guys, The Leviathan Wow!!, I've had this kit for a few weeks now but didn't do much with it apart from clean it up etc, I ordered it on pre-order but had to wait for a replacement left leg as the one I had that came with the kit was all floppy rather like rubber very strange.

So then how to Iron Warrior's the life out of it and make some of those clean lines blend in to fit the style of my other walkers (only have one painted so far but there's more on the way) well it seems all you need is rivet heads and yogurt pot's.

As you can see I've not gone too mad with the the strips of plastic (cheers Muller light) this is mainly due to me liking the general shape of the Leviathan and also the old adage "less is more" got to know when to stop right.

Just like the Contemptor the miniature is very poseable and so with that in mind I thought I would have the big guy stepping up slightly looking to take a pot shot at something.

Little shot of how the Leviathan looks on the base, not all the modifications were made to the Dread at this point.

All the parts ready for priming just got to wait for a break in the weather, Still waiting on a part before i attach the knee armour plates.

Monday, November 16, 2015

30,000 Views for Sons of Sotha.

Well then not so sure it's a good figure to celebrate not like 10, 50 or 100,000 thousand would be but hey any excuse right.

So here's mine, I've recently got into painting 30k mini's....that's it!, I did say any excuse.

So then what more to say ...well I'm really happy with how my paintings progressing, I'm in no way a golden demon class painter but I think my neatness has improved a lot as has my choice of colours/shades when painting, I think the books I bought some time ago have helped me loads with learning different techniques on different aspects of minis then pulling it all together as one.

Airbrushing for me has been a new fun and sometimes frustrating piece of kit to learn but there's no going back now, It's so much quicker to get the basecoats down on miniatures and the use of zenith highlighting I find really effective and easy.

Moving forward I expect to crack on with my Pre-heresy Iron Warriors and also start another chapter with the mini's left over from my Betrayal at Calth boxes...maybe Raven Guard I'll see, Also my Scythes of the Emperor tut tut they have seen no love from me for the longest time since I've been in this hobby, I've got a few ideas for them as well as a small Tyranid hive force, Can't have Scythes without Nid's !! any excuse you see.

Well fellas thanks for viewing my blog and I hope to bring you lots more, Cheers X.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Unboxing: Betrayal at Calth box sets.

Hi guys, Well then I've been down to my local Games Workshop today to pick up the new GW Horus Heresy game Betrayal at Calth ...well two boxes actually.

I'm really chuffed with these sets, The plastics like you would expect from GW are excellent with no chapter iconography but still highly detailed.

I think GW has played a blinder with this product, The game which I've played a couple of times last week is pretty good on it's own without the fact that you get loads of miniatures which could and most probably will be used for 30k or 40k.

For most though these will be the left over products which I think is a shame because as I said the games quite good, The Rule book has good background information and six game scenarios you also get four game boards dice transfer sheet and a pack of cards plus markers etc all very high quality.

Incidentally this weeks White Dwarf has an extra game scenario so hopefully if people like this product and units move well and it continues to be supported by GW we might see more GW Horus Heresy plastics on the way.

Well after all that I've said this is the reason that most including me bought the game, Two boxes gives me.

10 Terminators, loads of different weapon options.
60 Tactical Marines, Including heavy weapons combi and special weapons.
2   Contemptor Dreadnoughts.
4   Character miniatures.

Not bad for £190 certainly alot cheaper than Forge World that's for sure, For me moving on I'm going to use 10 Tac's as Iron Havocs also 10 Terminators both for my Iron Warriors, The rest..... well I need another 10 Terminators so I'm already seeing about a possible trade to acquire them then whats left over will be made into a small Raven Guard insertion force ...well that's the plan right now but that could change.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Forge World: Leviathan Dreadnought Release.

Well then guys this is the thing of beauty that I've been waiting for and yippee I have one on order...cant wait to get my hands on it and Iron Warrior the thing up.

The leviathan Dreadnought can be fitted out with various weapons, I've opted for the Storm Cannon and Grav-Flux Bombard but you can also buy a Siege Claw and Drill, As with my Contemptor I'll be magnetising the arms so in time I'll buy all options but for now I'm happy with whats on order.

Forge World Leviathan Link.

Here's a few different shots of the beast with different weapon configurations and chapter colours, Really like the pose of the Raven Guard Dread.

Monday, November 2, 2015

SHOWCASE: Iron Warriors Contemptor Dreadnought.

Right then guys time for all out Awesomeness!, This is the first of my three Iron Warriors Contemptors that I've painted with plans to paint the other two to complete the talon, Definitely going to make and paint another Kheres Assault Cannon Dread but not so sure about the third.

It's the first time that I've used Ink's through the airbrush and think it's worked out pretty good on the Assault Cannons.

A rear view and close up on those smoke stacks...really happy how they have turned out.

I've experimented on a lot of different base types for this project and glad I did so as I finally painted something that I'm really happy with, I think the dark earth and red tones of the weathering powders  complement the Iron Warriors armour perfectly also very happy with the spent shells and barbed wire think it adds a little more interest to the base.

On with the other two.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

WIP: Kit-bash, Iron Warriors Master of Signal.

Hi guys, Just a short post but as promised earlier last month here's a photo of the finished Master of Signal kit-bash for my Iron Warriors.

I've used various parts from the Forge world and Games Workshop range of miniatures with a little green stuff for good measure.

I wasn't that sure at first of the little effort atop both aerials but they've grown on me now so I'm keeping them, The most nerve racking part of this build was having to cut both the Master of Signal helmet and the Iron hands torso, which had the helmet attached, in half.

I think the mini has worked out quite well and I like the pose a lot, To my mind I see him with his foot up on some earthworks just about to input vital targeting data for a squadron of Medusa's...Awesome stuff.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Dreadtober 2015.

Hi guys well I came to this party really late but as they say better late than never.

Greg over on Feed your Nerd has been running this thing called Dreadtober for a while now, It's basically any Dread sized walker that you need to get painted up buy the end of October, As I say I came late to the event and cant see my effort been completed on time but that's life shit happens etc.

Here's my entry:

Anyway guys whats great about this thing is the amount of awesome Dreads and Walkers that are up on Greg's site, I really recommend you all take the time to look as I did, There's loads of inspiration for people looking for ideas from these well painted models, Have fun.

Here's the Link.....Dreadtober 2015.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

WIP: Iron Warriors Contemptor Dreadnought.

Hi guys just a little update on the Contemptor, Really liking this miniature so much so that I'm craving a few more.

Still got a bit to do as you can see but I'm liking it so far guys, The Assault Cannons are up next after I've sorted some barbed wire for the base.

I used two transfers from the new Forge World Iron Warriors sheet and one from an old Imp Guard sheet.

Really happy with how the Iron colour worked out on this lager model, I was a little bit nervous as I've only painted Tactical Marines thus far using this technique and wondered if it would work so well up scaling to the larger miniatures.

I used an idea that I found in one of the Forge World Masterclass books for the exhaust pipes, It's really easy to follow and I think it looks so effective, For this project I will be doing all the pipes this way whether they are on Tanks or Dreads.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Iron Warriors: Typhon Siege Tank, tracks on!.

Happy days the Typhon Siege Tank has arrived!!.....well at long last anyhow, I've been waiting for this replacement Tank for so long.

Anyway I'm not going to bitch about it too much (crappy postal system) as it apparently got lost in the post, The guys down at Forge world were great as always and after my final call last Tuesday I received my package on Friday and what do you know it had a little added bonus something throw in, Trouble is I already own the Narik Dreygur miniature but I'm sure he will be used at some point in the future and it shows what a bit of cheekiness can achieve ;)

Just a side note about the guys that answer the phone at Forge World, I know they are there to sell products take orders etc but sometimes I've been on the phone over 30min's just talking about the hobby what I'm doing their doing and so on, They take a genuine interest and i think that's great, Always a pleasure when I ring them.

Joy of joys Tracks on folks!

Yeah that's right Guys the new tank arrived with moulded tracks, So glad I don't have to fiddle with that nightmare again, Cutting bits of track and so on really got on my nerves after the three Proteus tanks.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Iron Warriors: Contemptor, Love these Cannons.

Hey up guys I've only gone and done it...gone and bought my first Contemptor Dreadnought and it's an awesome bit of kit, Can't tell you why it took me so long to buy one of these beauties but I think I'm spoilt now as I don't think I'll be going back to the old 40k Dread any time soon, It's that good!.

The kit is so poseable to the point that I found it a little daunting at first, I tried to make the model look as natural as I could and think I've done quite a good job of it.

I've opted for Kheres Pattern Assault Cannons all be it with a little twist with the weapons, For the conversion I used Punisher Cannons from Forge World instead of the standard barrels that came with the kit and think they look the business.

I magnetized both arms with 4 by 2 mm magnets in case I want to change the weapons at any point, Also bought these twin-linked Autocannons for longer range shenanigans.

Plan is to build and paint three of these, all magnetized with a selection of different weapon arms.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought.

Yeah WOW!!

Well then guys I think my Iron Warriors simply can't do with out at least one of these fantastic miniatures from the wizards at Forge World, To say I like it would be an understatement and to put it bluntly this things made for my 30k chapter.

Totally loving the look of those quad Auto-Cannons, I'm really excited to see what pans out weapon wise for these guys over the next few days and weeks, definitely having some from Santa this year.

Some more pic's of the Leviathan Dread, You can just about make out the Contemptor chassis underneath the bulk of the added armour....Awesome.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

WIP: Iron Warriors tactical squads.

Well only a slight update fellas not done so much as I've been really busy of late decorating my house but I have found time to test hazard stripes on these three marines chest and leg plates.

I've been taking inspiration out of HH book 3 for their placement and have been trying to keep them muted so's not to overpower the metal/iron armour, They are probably a little too over worn for my liking but when the squads are all together fully painted it should look the part in that some marines look more battle worn than others.

Not really got the hang of this batch painting lark because most of my bits are at different stages lol, Also I'm missing around 15 marines on corks just need to stick the torsos legs arms and packs together bang them on corks and get the primer on, Hopefully then get everything to pre-wash stage over the next few days.

It struck me with the weather changing that it may be a good idea to get some primer on everything else Iron Warriors related that I own, Not going to start these tanks till the marines are done but I prime outside with canned car primer and the colder weather can really mess with the finish, Forward thinking ?...that's not like me lol.

So I've corked these weapons up last night, Still waiting for the Typhon FW!!

Well that's it for now guys except to say that I've been working on a IW's Master of Signal kit-bash which I hope to bring to you shortly so watch this space.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Iron Warriors: Scimitar Jetbikes.

Right then guys these Scimitar Jetbikes are not exactly the hard hitting tanks for which the Iron Warriors are famed for but they look the business and even more so when you have them in your hands, Such gorgeous lines I just love them.

Every Legion used them so that's how I'm squaring their inclusion, Kind of like out riders with out wheels going hard on the flanks spotting and eliminating any threats that might pose concern to the main thrust of the force.

My main Iron Warriors army will be made up of MkII marines and what do you know the bikes come with different Mk armor riders, Problem solved with the aid of my good Lady's hair dryer and six legs/body's from the Marine bundle I bought, I'm going to keep the arms they aren't strictly MkII but still passable plus it's easier for me, Pretty happy with how the legs turned out, Not so sure about the added helmet effort and so might give that a miss.

Got most of the riders sorted now although I did run out of legs so ordered another MkII pack from FW, Also guys don't know if you have noticed but I've carefully removed the eagle off the front of all the bikes, The Aquila is not so prevalent in pre-heresy so I'm trying to sick to the fluff/story as much as possible.
Anyway thats all for now, back soon.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Trip to new look Warhammer World.

Well yeah better late than never, I know it's been re-vamped for some time now but I finally got my chance a few weeks ago to get down and have a look around for myself and WOW!! haven't they done a great job fellas's really awesome!, I took loads of photo's far too many to post up here so I'll just pop up the ones I like the most, and of course I dined out in style at Bugmans.

Monday, October 5, 2015

WIP: Iron Warriors, paint palette sorted.

So then guys over the past week or so I've been scraping mould lines off  30 MkII Marines with a view to building two 10 man tac squads and one 10 man plasma support squad for the Proteus Land Raiders, It's been truly time consuming effort I can tell you but one that needs to be done for the best possible results.

On with the test miniature, After a couple of fails I finally settled on a colour scheme and felt brave enough to try it on one of the FW mini's, It's a first for me using Tamiya paints but I think the fininsh is really good and I was surprised how easy they were to use in the airbrush although they are quite smelly.

The base that the miniature is standing on is one that I think I'll go with, again after a few test pieces.

I'm pretty happy with the look of both model and base and how they sit together well in contrast of each other, I will however be blending the lower half of the leg plates (shins) in with the base slightly using the same powders as is on the base itself.

A few other pictures of the final test Iron Warrior.

Right then now the hard (fun) work starts, I've got the colours and method sorted so on with the other 29, Already started pinning minis to corks and given a few of them the first coats, Should hopefully have the first squad up soon.