Thursday, July 22, 2021

Dark Angels Intercessor and Heavy Intercessor WIP - Part 3

 

Dark Angels Intercessors and Heavy Intercessors WIP

Greetings and welcome back.  The Intercessor project has continued. I managed to get the chest eagles painted and shaded.  Then some gold details and purity seals were painted, followed by some shading with GW Agrax Earthshade.

Dark Angels Heavy Intercessors WIP

Then I started in on the green armor highlights.  I'm pretty slow with edge highlighting, and there is A LOT to do with these Primaris marines.  As a result, I managed only the five Intercessors so far.

Dark Angels Intercessors WIP

So it's back to the five Heavy Intercessors to complete the armor highlights.  Then I'll start highlighting the rest of the details (weapons, leather work, etc.). once I get through that it'll be time for transfers and final cleanup...oh and let's not forget the bases! Still plenty to do, but they are already looking like proper Dark Angels marines now. 

Posts have slowed a bit as there isn't much to show day-to-day when batch painting like this.  I only put in a couple hours a night and there's no need to bore you with one detail at a time.  I'm likely riding the edge of boredom here as it is. 😂 Hopefully there are still enough readers out there that appreciate seeing how another painter works, stage by stage.

Until next time,

Cheers and Happy Gaming!



Friday, July 16, 2021

Dark Angels Intercessor and Heavy Intercessor WIP - Part 2

 

Dark Angels Primaris Intercessors WIP

Greetings.  Not as much progress to share as I expected early in the week, but progress none-the-less.  The various weapons have been painted and then the models were heavily shaded with GW Nuln Oil.

Dark Angels Primaris Intercessors WIP

While painting the weapons, I also painted other metal details like the sergeant's arm computer and various backpack vents and nozzles. The various colors I'm using are available on the paint recipe tab above, so I won't go through all of that again here.  I'm using Monument hobby paints for this project, rather then the original colors I started with.  I've made notations anywhere that's relevant in the recipe.

Dark Angels Primaris Intercessors WIP

The dark shading really dulls them down. However, additional layering and highlighting will brighten things back up appropriately.  I definitely paint in a subdued, drab style, make no mistake.

Dark Angels Primaris Heavy Intercessors WIP

Funny thing about the Heavy Intercessors. Somewhere in the priming and base coating process I really gummed these guys up.  It's not super obvious (I hope) here on the screen, but when you handle these guys it stands out.  I almost tossed them in some Simple Green to strip, clean and start over.  But I decided to stick it out and complete them. It's not awful, but the savvy will notice where the details are not as sharp as they should be. I suspect I got a little carried away during priming, since I used a rattle can this time around. We'll see what the paintwork can do to compensate.

Dark Angels Primaris Heavy Intercessors WIP

So that's 10 marines further along the path to done. Next will be adding all the details that get shaded in brown instead of black (gold, purity seals, etc.).  Then I'll kick in all the highlighting.  I maintain that progress should pick up now, if I can make the time available to get work done. It's summer and my girls are getting older and going to bed later so my evening painting window has shortened a bit.

How are your projects coming along?

Cheers and Happy Gaming!



Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Dark Angels Intercessor and Heavy Intercessor WIP

 

Dark Angels Intercessor Sergeant WIP

Greetings.  The next project is launched.  I decided to address a need for troops to join my growing force of Primaris Dark Angels.  Rather than batch paint one squad of 10 Intercessors (an easy go-to project), I decided to batch paint a five man squad of Intercessors and the five man squad of Heavy Intercessors I recently assembled.  I mean what could be more fun?  Right?!

Dark Angels Intercessor Squad WIP

I haven't made all that much progress so far, but I didn't want to go too long without sharing some progress. So here we have the five Intercessors.  They have been based using Black Green Pro-Acryl from Monument Hobbies. I painted the leather equipment and the eye lenses on top of this to end the first session of the new project. As a bonus, spot the one Intercessor I shaded with Nuln Oil before recognizing I should wait until more of the base colors are on so I can shade everything that needs Nuln Oil at one time.

Dark Angels Intercessor Squad WIP

The five Heavy Intercessors were painted at the same time and in the same manner.

Dark Angels Heavy Intercessor Squad WIP

Having five different models (OK, not THAT much different) breaks the monotony of painting a full squad of 10 models that are basically the same. And in the end I'll have two squads instead of one complete, which is a nice bonus.  I'll come back and paint another five Intercessors at some point to fill out that squad.  Not sure about the Heavy Intercessors.  Five might be just fine for the games I'm not playing. 😂

Dark Angels Heavy Intercessor Squad WIP

So that's that for session one of the new project.  More progress will happen this week and the two squads should be much more interesting when I share them next. I like the Heavy Intercessor Sergeant with the hand up signalling a halt or cease fire.  It's something we expect a squad leader to do that is rarely modeled.  I really didn't plan to use the new Primaris line to usurp the traditional models from my Dark Angels force.  But they really are just so fun to build and paint. I haven't regretted the project one bit.

Stay safe out there.

Cheers ad Happy Gaming!



Wednesday, July 7, 2021

On The Workbench [July] - Reaver Titans for Adeptus Titanicus

 

Adeptus Titanicus Reaver Titan WIP

Greetings.  On the workbench today, we have two new Reaver Battle Titans for Adeptus Titanicus. The one of the left will reinforce Legio Ignatum, while the one on the right will reinforce Legio Tempestus.  They are currently not named, but the rights of naming will begin soon.

Adeptus Titanicus Reaver Titan WIP

My current Legio Ignatum force consists of one close combat Reaver, and one fire support Reaver.  So this new addition will provide additional fire support. The new Reaver brings me to one Warmaster (not built), 1 Warlord, 1 Warbringer, 3 Reavers, 4 Warhounds, and a Warlord-Sinister ally.  Decent enough options for fielding various maniples, especially if I sub the Warlord-Sinister in as a normal Warlord from time to time. 

Adeptus Titanicus Reaver Titan WIP

My Legio Tempestus force is in the opposite situation, with two fire support Reavers. So this addition will be used for close combat, and will bring the force to 2 Warlords, 1 Warbringer, 3 Reavers, and 4 Warhounds. Also a decent enough mix.  If I build two War Masters, then Tempestus will get one.  But Legio Ignatum is what I see as my main personal force to play with.  I'm maintaining Legio Tempestus engines as a second force so I can invite friends to game with me. So they don't get all the cool toys, unless I need it for balance. And my point here isn't to play mirror matches, either, despite having a pretty equal number of engines in each Legio.  I just want to be flexible enough to try various maniples out with either force.

The real issues is how far I'm starting to slip behind in my engine painting.  I have 1 Warlord, 1 Warbringer, 2 Reavers, and 2 Warhounds assembled but not painted at this point...and the Warmaster waiting in the box still. Further, the Warlord, Warbringer, and one Reaver are for Tempestus, which is a time consuming painting project with the many stages required to do the camouflage. 

Expect to see many more Adeptus Titanicus project posts here as I work through this backlog.  I don't intend to add any new titans beyond this - but then I don't know what will be released for the game either.  If we get new titan classes, then I'll be adding them, no doubt about that. Oh, and there are the weapon options which I hadn't mentioned yet.  I have amassed a large collection of weapon options which are also largely unpainted.  So that's something else that needs to get done! :)  And the terrain, can't forget that...

Anyway.  I love me some Adeptus Titanicus, so there's no worries there.  I have a lot of great hobby projects to look forward to.  I haven't decided yet which game system or force I want to tackle next. It just might be you'll see one of the unpainted engines up here soon.

That's it from the workbench this month.  Now back to painting.

Cheers And Happy Gaming!



Thursday, July 1, 2021

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought - To DONE

 

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought

Greetings!  After some finish work, I'm calling this project DONE. Since my last post, I added more script to the purity seals and dry-brushed the base. I also applied some weather powders around the feet.  The protective lacquer wiped that out, but I still like how the beast came out so I'm letting that go for now.  Perhaps I will apply some again with a little pigment fixer when I come back to add some heat staining to the weapons. I noticed while putting this post together that I had foolishly forgotten that in my rush to complete the project.

Those gaffs aside, I'm going to assign a big stamp of DONE for the hobby season and happily move on. Scroll down for a full set of studio pics from the light box.  This is a case where the finished work really matched my vision of how things should turn out when I started. It was a fun model to paint and a good way to continue practicing the craft.

That's it for today.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!


Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreanought WIP - Part 3

 

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

Greetings and welcome back for more pics of this Redemptor dreadnought that I've been working on.  As promised, the project has accelerated now that I've stopped distracting myself with cool things to build.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

I dug around in my xenos bits bin and found a few scraps left over from building an Ork kill team. So those got added to the base with the skulls. Simple stuff, but I like to have a little narrative going on with these bigger bases.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

After finishing a few of the details, GW Nuln Oil was added all over to shade the model.  I avoided a few areas that I wanted to be more brown than black (like scrolls and gold/brass stuff). When that dried, I got to business with the highlighting...so much highlighting...

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

Here the white, red, green, and silver have been highlighted.  The plasma coils have also been shaded and highlighted.  I am always wary of too cartoon-y a look, so my highlights are generally subtle.  I am pleased any my progress here though, with none of the edge highlights coming out blotchy or pudgy.  Pretty decent effort, I must say.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

 At the back, I have the Cog Mechanicum painted in the traditional half-black-half-white color scheme. Oh, and the brass/bronze areas have been highlighted here as well. The beast is battle ready for sure, but let's keep going a bit.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

With the highlights completed, it was time for decals/transfers.  This walker will join my 5th company forces and bears the company icon on the left knee to match the troops.  Additional honors have been added to mark the marine within a combat veteran of the chapter, worthy of such a fine suit of armor.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

I was pleased to find a decal of writing on an old Sisters of Battle sheet that fit the left thigh perfectly. The rest of the decals come from a Primaris Decal sheet or the GW Dark Angels sheet.  I collect decals like models and have a decent sized collect to pull from, which helps spice up these projects a bit.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

I felt obliged to add a vehicle number, and since this is the first Dreadnought for the force...and of course this also pays homage to the First Legion roots of the chapter. I put a little attention into the scroll next.  Due to its windy, flappy nature, no decal was going to help here.  So I broke out the Pigma Micron 005 (0.20mm line) pens.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP
Looked at this close, it's a bit rough.  But taken at it's normal perspective on the table things look just fine.  I'm no good with a brush like this yet.  So the pens REALLY help.  The point here was to give the impression of some fancy script.  I was not attempting any kind of award winning freehand drawing here! 😂

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP
With decals applied, it was time to prime and paint the base. As shown here, the base has been painted and shaded.  I went to work on the Orky bits with some GW Ryza Rust technical paint.  I left this to dry for the night, and during my next session, I will add highlights and touch up a few things like the skulls. Then the dreadnought will be glued down (and possible pinned) to the base for good.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

 Here's how things look all put together so far. I am quite satisfied with the results. The models is imposing on its own and so much more dynamic that the standard marine dreadnoughts. Even Contemptors have to take a pause when this dude stomps by.  I didn't love some of the models look when it was first released, but it has totally grown on me.

So, a few more bits and bobs and I'll post up the TO DONE post by the end of the week.  Then what next?  I'm really looking forward to painting more titans so that is quite likely...but there are also three Blackstone Fortress adventurers for my little party that now look quite drab next to Janus Draik. And of course I have loads of Horus Heresy Dark Angels in the queue...

Well, stay safe out there, and check back later to see where this crazy train stops next.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!





Friday, June 25, 2021

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreanought WIP - Part 2

 

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

Greetings all.  The Redemptor project continues on a piece. I'm almost done blocking in all the base colors so I can begin shading. So far, so good.  I like how this dreadnought is taking shape.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

The model is still in sub assemblies for painting.  I'll be gluing some things into their final positions once the base colors are laid down.  I plan to shade and highlight with the model in its final pose so I don't end up putting highlights on something that is in shadows, etc.  The right arm weapons are magnetized and will be the only bits not glued down in the end.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

I built a custom base with pieces of cork board to give the model a little extra height and presence within the collection.  I use wood glue to fix everything down and a mix of model railroad scale ballast to fill in blank areas on the base and provide additional ground texture.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

I used pencil to trace around the feet when adding texture to the surface of the cork. You want your model to sink into the terrain, not float over it.  The effect lends weight to the model and helps trick the eye a bit, perhaps.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

Here is how the base looks with the dreadnought standing on it.  I decided on some Ork skulls for interest. If I can locate some other Ork stuff in my bin of xenos bits I might add more.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

I'll leave you with a peek at the interior detail so far.  Still a lot to do in there. Over all, the project is going well and should accelerate now that I've stopped building 30K stuff. 😂 I *really* like building models and sometimes I just can't stop myself to make room for painting in my limited hobby time. But it's all hobby right?

So that's that for now.  Check back next week for more on this project.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!




Wednesday, June 23, 2021

First Legion Heavy Support for Horus Heresy

 Horus Heresy Heavy Armor WIP

I've been watching various Forge World kits for 30K going out of stock recently and decided I better settle up with a few of the kits I've been holding off buying. I picked up a Legion Javelin Attack Speeder to support my Scimitar Jetbike squadron and the Land Raider Armored Proteus shown above.  Most of the Sicaran variants are no longer available, so I went to eBay and rescued this Sicaran Venator.

Legion Sicaran Venator WIP

The venator was in great shape, although it bears a traitor's eye.  I had to repair the pintle mounted heavy bolter and the sponson lascanons. But the repairs were minor and the rites of purification have begun.  Once complete, this beauty will be ready to sport First Legion colors and begun once again hunting enemy armor. 

Legion Sicaran Venator WIP

I have a decent amount of foot marines at this point, and some reasonably support in the form of dreadnoughts and skimmers.  What I lack is mobile anti-armor. Problem solved.  Further, I love the main weapon here which fits well with the First Legion's special access to some of the more esoteric weapons of war from Old Night and the early days of the Great Crusade.

Land Raider Armoured Proteus WIP

And the force was always going to have a Land Raider.  This iconic heavy transport is a must for every Space Marin army whether 30K or 40K. This old pattern holds a special place in my heart for the early days of 40K.  I put my original plastic version on eBay some time ago, but it was fun to get it back updated in resin.  I chose the armored pattern since the sponsons would be less fragile, and I'd most likely play it with extra armor add-ons in a game anyway.

Land Raider Armoured Proteus WIP

These additions make the force generally playable now, even without the skimmers assembled.  I have a rhino and an anti-infantry predator. So I can move some troops around, foot slog the rest, and generally lay down some decent fire on other heavy targets.  Of course, this is all in my head since I have only one friend with a 30K army, little time for games in any case, and we're still not ready to join folks indoors for games besides. Maybe once I get my wee ones vaccinated.

Regardless, the hobby sirens call and I must obey.  Building and painting is really why I'm into all this anyway.  Games are just a great perk for me at this point, when they occur. 😂

Now, it's past time to put these distractions aside so I can return to painting the 40K Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought.  Expect to see more of that by the end of the week. So many fun things to hobby on!  This heavy armor will appear back on the blog before long, though, you can be sure of it.


Cheers and Happy Gaming!





Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreanought WIP - Part 1

 

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

Greetings and welcome to another Dark Angels WIP.  I decided to put together a Redemptor Dreadnought to support my recently completed group of Primaris Dark Angels. Regular readers likely already see that I have a soft spot for Dreadnoughts and other walking war machines.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

 A simple stock build was followed with the application of a few Dark Angels icons. The only magnetization I did was the connection for the main arm weapons.  It was hard not to since the kit provides two complete arms and has already been designed to allow the parts to friction fit without magnets.  I used 2mm x 3mm rod magnets here because the friction fit wasn't tight enough to keep the plasma arm from falling out.  You can see the small magnet set in the mounting post on the Gatling canon arm if you zoom in, above.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

A little gentle persuasion (and copious amounts of plastic cement) allowed me to form the DA chapter icon over the rounded shoulder armor so it sits flush to the curves.  You can see a signs of stress in the icon from the bending and gluing, but after paint this isn't noticeable at all.  Nothing cracked, at least.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

 A skull from a Forge World Dark Angels icon pack went on the opposite shoulder along with a winged angel symbol on the right side of the sarcophagus. A smattering of other plastic purity seals, icons and scrolls finished the look.

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

Next I tried out some zenith highlighting using the new primers from Monument hobbies.  I started with the green primer (which is more of an army olive drab), than sprayed white down from above.  I still don't see that this adds much, but I'm hoping there is a subtle difference that shows, even if my old eyes don't get it. 👴

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

Here is what the dreadnought looked like after a healthy coat of Pro Acryl Black Green (a reasonable substitute for GW Caliban Green).

Dark Angels Redemptor Dreadnought WIP

I'm sure the top surfaces are lighter than the underneath surfaces in some way, but I'm not sure it is worth the time and clean up for the white zenith coat.  But hey, at least I know the machines is good and primed. 😂 I likely need to use a lighter hand with the base coat to really appreciate the pre-highlighting. I'll keep working at it from time to time.  So far I have only tried it with this dark green and black. Both are dark with solid coverage that doesn't show much underneath.  Liekly, I need to use a thinned down base coat?  Anyway - I got to where I'm used to regardless, so the project goes on.

Next will be shading with GW Nuln Oil, followed by the edge highlights and then the usual detail painting for the rest.  Check back towards the end of the week to see more progress. Blue-Tac is holding the torso and legs together, and the arms still have some articulation so the pose will shift as I complete painting and glue everything to set the final pose.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!