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!



Friday, September 17, 2021

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP - Part 3

 

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP

Greetings!  I've been hacking away at these Grey Knights making slow but steady progress.  A couple local friends starting playing a new online co-op 1st person shooter and I allowed myself to get drawn in.  While fun to hang out online and shoot bad guys with friends, gaming can definitely be a big time sink.

Quite a bit of detail work has gone on here. I lined all the book icons in red, highlighting the purity seals in the process. The sergeants' heads got some paint and the bases are just about done.  Oh and the final highlights on the power weapons are finished.

 
I started with a bit of a pink shade to the skin that was just too...well...pink.  Some GW Gryphonne Sepia on top filtered the pink to a more natural pale skin tone.  These guys wear helmets...a lot...and are otherwise in ships or fortresses.  So I'm not imagining them getting too tanned. never mind whatever goes on with the plastic surgery and what not to address their horrific wounds.

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIPGrey Knights Strike Squad WIP

A close up of the second sergeant illustrates further the hardening result of adding the sepia over the softer looking pink/magenta shading. Features are no more defined in the bargain. Time to put some eyes in and clean up the mouths, etc.

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP

The combat squads are otherwise coming together. It was good to get the bases done. I have yet to highlight the armor or weapons. I'm playing around with white and blue shading on the hammer and staff, trying to get a bit of a power glowing effect there that compliments the swords and halberds.

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP

Not sure if I have the effect right yet. I'll share some close ups at some point.The swords look like this.

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP

I am using the same formula/recipe for everything now, starting with my Custodes after watching Duncan's (now old) GW YouTube video.  It will help everyone fit in when viewed as an entire force. The halberds came out looking like this.

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP

Hopefully, I will call these guys done by the end of next week.  They are very close to complete.  I love how they are coming out and find Grey Knights a pleasure to paint in general.  It's a fun pallet of colors and all the bling makes each model stand out. If following my journey with these guys is proving tiresome, hang in there.  I have a nice big meaty dread coming for DreadTober 2021 to mix things up a bit.

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP - Part 2

 

Grey Knight Strike Squads WIP

Greetings! I have a short post today to share the latest progress on the two Grey Knight strike squads that I began last week. Over the holiday weekend I was able to spare some time from family pursuits to get a little painting done.

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP

I decided the sergeant would have a white shield with black sword.  It's a little plain, but he IS just a sergeant after all.I painted in all of the brass/gold details on weapons and armor.

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP

Then, I got to work on the helmet eyes and power blades. I'm using the same blade recipe as the Custodes to keep things reasonably consistent should the forces meet on the same tabletop one day.

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP

The I painted copper bullet jackets visible in the ammo boxes and finished the purity seal wax.  Oh, so many purity seals on these guys!  Yikes...

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP

Last up, I hit all the tabbards, parchment, purity seals, and brass/gold details with a healthy coat of GW Agrax Earth Shade.  Now these guys are looking like Grey Knights. Next I have to finish the power weapons, paint the two squad leader heads, and highlight everything.  Last up, I'll paint the bases.  So a decent amount of work a head of me, but things should wrap up pretty soon. Certainly I'll be done in plenty of time for DreadTober 2021.  Hopefully I can even squeeze in one more project before the end of September.

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!



Thursday, September 2, 2021

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP - Part 1

 Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP

Greetings!  With the recent release of the 9th Edition Warhammer 40K Grey Knights Codex, I decided to paint up a Grey Knights Strike Squad.  Well, two five man squads, really.  I'm painting them so they can be played as a single squad or broken into two separate squads as needed for games (that I currently don't play 😂).

Grey Knights Strike Squad WIP

I have a decent number of Grey Knights models resting comfortably in foam trays on my hobby shelves from releases prior.  These lads were all mounted on the original 25mm bases with custom cork and all.   When marines went to 32mm, I swore I wasn't going to redo those bases.  I had just based the whole army, after all.  But time heals old wounds and it was now easier to consider re-basing.  I pulled them off the old bases and built new 32mm bases for them to stand on, using the same cork and railroad ballast method as before. The squad leaders got a skull with Sergent getting the largest skull to single him out in a 10 man unit.

I drilled holes and pushed the models into the bases so I could texture the cork with Vallejo Black Lava.  This allows the models to look like their weight settles them into the earth, rather than having them float on top of the texture.  After spreading the black lava around their feet, I pulled them back off and cleaned their feet before the texture paint dried. You can see the results above. Once the texture was thoroughly dry on the bases, I primed the bases black before gluing the models down permanently using 2-part 5-minute epoxy.

Then the individual five man units were separated and the painting began in earnest. Since I had already base coated the armor years (?!) back, I could get right into shading with 60:40 GW Nuln Oil and Lahmian Medium.  The shading mix was brushed all over starting at the top of each model and working down to the feet. Then things had to sit over night to be sure everything dried well and didn't get messed up with finger prints, etc..

When painting resumed, I started with black on the weapon shafts, grips and casings. I followed that with the parchment color on cloth, purity seals, and book icons.  The full recipe is available on the appropriate tab above, if you are interested.

The second squad was treated similarly.  I'm batch painting both squads at once as a single group of 10 models.  I have a couple characters done already, so these will add a couple troop choices for a small detachment. 

At some point I'll continue with Purifiers, Terminators, Paladins, Dreadknights, etc..  That's a far distant future though. Kill Team 2.0 gives me hope that I can put some painted models on the table for a game soon, though.  It seems very easy with the new rules to simple pluck a couple models from a collection and put them right into Kill Team games, since the rules favor building models out of a basic troops box. 

Next time I share these models there should be some color to break up all the silver and black.  The 2021/22 hobby season is under way! I had to go back and add a Grey Knights unit to the season To-Do list, though, since I was going off list first thing otherwise! 😁

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!