Friday, October 15, 2021

DreadTober 2021 Week 2 Progress

Adeptus Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP

Greetings and welcome to DreadTober 2021 week 2. I've been able to get a fair amount of work done on the Telemon Heavy Dreadnought.  I started off the week by washing all of the gold with GW Reikland Fleshshade.  Once thoroughly dry from that, I did some edge highlighting on all of the gold according to the paint recipe on the tab above.  Time consuming but definitely worth it.  The the red was also edge highlighted.  

Adeptus Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP

I painted in the rockets as well and added some highlights to the tips.  With the Fleshshade applied, the gold has taken on a darker, richer hue.

Adeptus Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP

Next up, I added silver highlights to the darker metals.  I also added more shading to the shoulder armor, attempting to achieve a gradient from light at the top to darker at the bottom. Then I got started on the two fists.

Adeptus Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP
 

At this point her starts to look like a finished model and all the work thus far is really paying off. The fists got some shading and highlights to match the torso and things there are in pretty great shape. The fists still need the final silver edge highlights on the gold.

Adeptus Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP

I put some Scale 75 Black Metal on the pair of Storm Cannon and that was as far as I got for week 2.  The main body and both fists are 98% complete (there's always room for more) and I've begun work on the last four weapon options.  That'll take me into week three, leaving week four to complete the base, final mounting and any last minute cleanup.  Oh, and Decals/transfers!  Can't for get that. 

 Until next week; stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!



Friday, October 8, 2021

DreadTober 2021 Week 1 Progress

 Adeptus Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP

Welcome to week one of DreadTober 2021.  I started the week with a bunch of assembled, but not primed, resin.  So the first step was to clean the bits, prime them black with Vallejo Surface Primer Black (using an air brush), then get to work.  After laying down base colors over the primer, I had this to show for my efforts.

Adeptus Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP

Not a bad start.  Now the brush work begins.  I started by cleaning up the red over-spray on the shoulder armor trim. Then I moved to the head so that I could get the upper carapace and shoulders finally glued down.  While I could continue in sub assemblies, at some point I wanted to get things where they belong so that I wouldn't mess up any paint gluing things down.  Also, I wanted finishes and highlights to look right and that can be tricky with painting bits separately.

Adeptus Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP

Next up, I worked on the metal skeleton under the armor, including the flexible seals where the legs join the hips. Then I moved on to painting silver details on the armor.

Adeptus Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP

Fancy!  Next I laid down some GW Nuln Oil over the skeleton and silver areas I had just painted. I needed time to let that dry, so that paused my progress for the week.You can see the results of the shading in the title pic above.  Here's a shot at the back, with the model propped on a paint bottle to help get good lighting for the picture.

Adeptus Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP

When I sit down to the project next, I'll lay down some GW Agrax Earthshade over all the gold.  I'm not sure I'd go this way if painting this color scheme for the first time; my thoughts and techniques have changed.  But I'm following the recipe set down by previous Custodes projects so the model will fit in with the rest of the force when its complete. 

So that's where I'm at so far. I hope your projects are going well.  Best wishes to all the other DreadTober challengers out there!

Stay safe.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!




Friday, October 1, 2021

DreadTober 2021 Project Kick-off

 

Image credit: https://dreadtober.blogspot.com/

Welcome to DreadTober 2021 at 262Krieg!  This year I'm painting a Legio Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought from Forge World, including two of each arm weapon. And I got it built just in time to get painting.

Legio Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP

I started the build with the legs.  I always have in mind some awesome dynamic pose when I start these projects.  And I seem to always end up with something...less.  Either I retreat to a typical static pose, or I end up with a pose akin to a stumbling drunken sailor. I'll let you decide for yourself how I ended up here. 😂

Legio Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP Legio Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP

If you aren't pinning things together, it's a good idea to scribe a cross hatch pattern on ball joints (and even other areas) with a hobby knife, as I've done here.  This gives the glue something to grab onto.

Legio Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP
Testing the Model's Balance

Here the Telemon is not glued to the base, nor has the torso been glued on.  Everything is just dry fit and free standing. I will build up a suitably interesting scene on the base for the Telemon to stand on at some point during the challenge.

Legio Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP

I cannot get enough of magnets, so the missile launcher has been magnetized as shown here so it can be swiveled or removed entirely.  It was already cast for magnets. I doubt we'll see optional carapace weapons released for the Telemon at this point, but I'm ready! The top of the carapace isn't glued down yet, to allow me to get to the head when it's time to paint.

Legio Custodes Telemon Heavy Dreadnought WIP

The shoulders and arms were also cast with sockets for magnets.  So the effort to get all the arm options set up was trivial in the extreme. 


Still standing on its own with all the armor fitted in place. The shoulder armor locks the top of the carapace in place so it won't get glued down until I get things painted to a point where the carapace lid can be permanently glue down. I may even paint the shoulders as sub-assemblies since they will be a different color from the main body.

I plan to paint this fella in the stock red and gold color scheme.  Not very imaginative but it matches the rest of my force, including a Contemptor-Achillus I painted for DreadTober 2018. I'll get to see what if anything has changed/improved with my techniques over the last three years.

I hope you'll check back throughout the challenge to see how I get on with it.

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!





Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Grey Knights Strike Squad - TO DONE

 

40K Grey Knights Strike Squad

The Grey Knights squad is finally complete. Aside from some clean up and tiny details here and there, I had one major task to bring these guys to the finish line - shoulder pads.  The Grey Knights carry individual heraldry on their right shoulder pauldrons to signify various significant honors and deeds.  Fortunately there is no specific documented heraldic scheme for this so a painter has a great deal of flexibility.

40K Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP

I started by painting the shoulder pads white.  When this dried, I went back and painted on a design in either red or black. The sergeant and 2nd in command both have fancy pads already, so I didn't need to paint heraldry there.

40K Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP

Once the basic design was dry and appropriately touched up, I went back and touched up the rims and any raised detail on the shoulder pads.  After this was done, I applied decals (skulls and swords) from my collection to various areas on the shoulder pads.  I used no fixed scheme here, but did borrow from examples in the codex for inspiration. After allowing the decals to dry overnight, I brushed on some gloss varnish and allowed that to dry.  I then finished up with a coat of GW Nuln Oil, making sure to draw excess paint from the surfaces of the shoulder pads, to the recess around the raised details and rims.  I didn't take pictures of this, but the results can be seen in the final light box pictures below. 

With the personal heraldry complete, I applied matte varnish to the squad and moved the project to the TO DONE pile.  I love the results and was pleased to add this squad to the display cabinet, joining the handful of characters I have completed over the years. This is my first completed squad of grey knights. For pics of the final results, scroll on down to the photo shoot after the break.

Now on to DreadTober 2021!

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP - Part 4

 

Grey Knight Strike Squad WIP

Greetings!  The Grey Knights project continues to draw to a close.  There seems to be always something more to look at with these guys.

Grey Knight Strike Squad WIP

The first combat squad is shown in more detail here.  I have highlighted the armor and weapons. 

Grey Knight Strike Squad WIP

I finally got around to putting some paint on the skull on the sergeant's base.

Grey Knight Strike Squad WIP

The head was more-or-less completed with an eye and some additional shading.

Grey Knight Strike Squad WIP

Here is a more detailed look at the second combat squad. The armor is highlighted, but I still need to highlight the weapons.

Grey Knight Strike Squad WIP

This fella is carrying the head of a Daemonette of Slannesh. I have a little more to do here, primarily with the eyes.

Grey Knight Strike Squad WIP

The second in command got his skull painted as well. Might add some more shading and highlights there.

Grey Knight Strike Squad WIP

The second-in-command also got some eyes and additional shading/highlighting on the face/head.

That's where I'm at so far.  Another session, maybe two and I'll wrap these guys up.  I've been casually picking away at them rather than going all in on long intense focused painting sessions.  This is nice here and there to prevent burnout.  I don't treat every project like that; otherwise I'd get much less accomplished.  September has been a busy and distracting month, making it a challenge to really focus on the hobby, so the break in intensity has been nice.

This will change as I enter DreadTober!

Thanks for dropping by, and stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!