Monday, February 19, 2024

On the Workbench [February] - Deathwing!


Dark Angels Deathwing WIP

Greetings and welcome to another edition of the Workbench.  This month, I've been working on models from the new Deathwing Assault box and updating some older models with some of the new upgrade bits from that box...oh, and a new Terminator Chaplain.  All-in-all this is my Deathwing terminator core - and...other stuff.

Captain in Terminator Armor WIP

So one cool thing about the Deathwing Assault box is early access to bits for the new Terminator scale models that first appeared in the Leviathan launch box. Above is the push-fit captain in terminator armor form that box.

Dark Angels Deathwing Captain in Terminator Armor WIP

And here it is updated with a new head.  When my terminators go into battle they wear their damn helmets. ;) I know it's a small thing - but he has a nice cape and will read more like a member of Deathwing this way.

Leviathan Terminators WIP

Next up, I upgraded the Leviathan box terminator squad. Above is the original push-fit models form the box. Below, it the upgraded squad.

Dark Angels Deathwing  Terminators WIP

Now with a plasma cannon, chainfist, pointy hand, some various relics, and an upgraded sergeant.  The sergeant received a new sword arm, belt relic, and tilting shield.  Again, small things that hopefully sell the Deathwing motif better in the end. The plasma dude also got a head upgrade to have a fun targeting eye. The pointing arm made the one striding terminator more interesting and the chainfist just makes the squad more useful. Overall, I hope that when painted up these fellas blend in with the new Deathwing terminators - the main difference just being a lack of embossed chapter icons on the right shoulders.

Dark Angels Chaplain in Terminator Armor WIP

The new Chaplain in terminator armor got some small upgrades too, with an eye to adding more Dark Angels flair.  The chapter icon back banner is an obvious add, along with a Deathwing tilting shield and relic bit on the belt. The BIG upgrade was swapping the extra Deathwing knight shield for the original to make a new Deathwing relic shield.  Some slight modification to the shield, arm and skeleton relic allowed the whole thing to be assembled more or less like the original. I neglected to take a pic of the shield but you can see here that it IS a Deathwing Knight shield and not the original relic shield.

Dark Angels Deathwing  Terminators WIP

The Deathwing terminators were loads of fun to build.  I built them to be a full squad of ten with a "second in command" that could serve as a "counts as" sergeant if I field them as two squads of five.

Dark Angels Deathwing  Terminators WIP

 The first demi-squad is pretty straight forward with Sergeant, Missile launcher, and two chain fists.

Dark Angels Deathwing  Terminators WIP

The second demi-squad fields a sergeant w/chainfist to serve as the counts-as Sergent. he had the upgraded head and a Deathwing tilting shield w/sword as a Lieutenant might, indicating his elevated rank within the squad.  I felt this was better than giving him a sword, but then saying the sword was something else in a game where he was in the ten man squad. Easier to say the stand out model w/the chain fist is holding a "power weapon".  This will become very important during all the games I'm not playing... 😂

Dark Angels Deathwing  Knights WIP

I like the new Deathwing Knights a lot.  Very fun and flavorful; easy to build. I never liked the old models and feel they were diminutive even from when they were first launched. These fellas look the part, and stand even with their other terminator armored brethren.

Belial Grand Master of the Deathwing WIP

And last, but certainly not least, we come to Belial, Grand Master of the Deathwing. He got a decent upgrade having crossed the Rubicon Primaris and can stand tall amongst his brethren. Scale creep is real, but it IS a much better miniature than anything that has come before. I'm lookign forward to getting some paint on him.

Oh, and there is the Librarian in terminator armor from the Leviathan box set. I didn't make any modifications there.  We'll let the paintwork sell the Dark Angel/Deathwing membership. Taken in all, that's a lot of terminator bodies to fill out the Deathwing in my collection. Thanks to the new book, I have Sternguard Veterans and more Bladeguard to bulk out the first company as well. I'm going to need to paint the six Ravenwing outriders I have as well or risk the Ravenwing getting petulant over all these new bodies in the first company.

And that's more painting projects in the queue for years to come, no doubt.  I really like the updated models and look forward to working on them soon.  For now, I HAVE to finish this Primaris Repulsor and then thing about MonsterMarch, when I was expecting to try out a Leviathan Tyranid beast, probably the Screamer-Killer. It'll be nice to paint an actual monster for MonsterMarch, for once. 😅

I hope your projects are going well.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Dark Angels Primaris Repulsor WIP

Dark Angels Primaris Repulsor WIP
Greetings and welcome back.  The Dark Angels Primaris Repulsor continues toward done...slowly.  I've managed the transfers and completed the base.  More highlights have been applied and some additional details.  Let's have a look!

Dark Angels Primaris Repulsor WIP

This Repulsor serves with the 5th Company and is honored to be the first vehicle in its squadron. I finally found something broad enough to use the 'Vengeance' scroll transfer on. 😂

Dark Angels Primaris Repulsor WIP

As the lead Repulsor, this machine is honored to transport Company leadership and elites. I imagine that is why it has the flashy doors. As a hobbyist, I honestly am just trying to use the cool transfers.

Dark Angels Primaris Repulsor WIP

It's important to know which transport one is boarding, so the 5th company makes this clear here.

Dark Angels Primaris Repulsor WIP

So, with the transfers in place and covered over with some Lahmian Medium, I looked to other details.

Dark Angels Primaris Repulsor WIPDark Angels Primaris Repulsor WIP

I decided to play about a bit with all of the view ports on this tank, partly as a means to add a spot color other than red/green/black/metal.  I hope ot have captured a reasonable window/lens effect here.

Dark Angels Primaris Repulsor WIP

I wanted the base complete so I could stop having the tank roll about on the desk.  It's an interesting mount in that you can connect/disconnect the vehicle easily and it's still fairly secure. I like how you can rotate the base to change the angle of the vehicle some.

I'm having a great time with this project, but boy am I taking my sweet time with it.  I can't really explain that except that it's tough feeling a sense of urgency when I know I won't be going with this piece any time soon. I really need to get on with buildings for AT so I will either pull this one in or leave for some time. I really don't like allowing myself room to give up on a project in progress - it gets too easy then to give up on all of them.

Regardless, I'll have progress on *something* to show for my next post.  I am full of hobby inspiration!

Cheers and Happy Gaming!