Monday, 29 June 2015

Chaos Space Marines: Chaos Terminator #2

Hurray! This final Terminator means that I have now completed a full unit of five of them, making them properly legal on the tabletop (previously I had three, and then four, but they included a Heavy Flamer). A fun denouement to my Chaos Terminators, here.

Once again, I used a Space Wolf head and pallid flesh tones to make this chap look like a true Veteran Of The Long War. He probably needs a few vitamins.

I used the Citadel Technical Paints for some added griminess - some Blood For The Blood God, Ryza Rust and Typhus Corrosion on his joints and weaponry make for some really fun and easy weathering effects. I was really pleased with the results.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Chaos Space Marines: Chaos Terminator

My unit of Chaos Terminators has been standing at 60% strength for aaaaaaaages (3 is the minimum unit size for CSM Terminators), and so it is with great relief that I have finally finished procrastinating and made moves to round the unit out. The fourth (of five) Terminators is this chap here with his twin Lightning Claws.

I gave him an Icon Of Despair on his back, because it offers both a bit of verticality to the unit, and a visual focal point. Also, I flipping hate the trophy racks that the Chaos Terminators come with.

As well as the trophy racks, I hate those goofy, tusked helmets that the CSM Terminators favour. To counter that, I used some grizzled Space Wolf heads instead.

I painted the Lightning Claws to match up with my Chaos Lord from the other week. Hopefully it should tie them together nicely...

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Renegades & Heretics: Renegade Militiaman

I am just beginning with my forays into the world of Imperial Armour, and more specifically, Renegades & Heretics army lists. The other day I posted up a picture of my first Rogue Psyker, and today sees the first of the Grunts coming to parade.

The torso and head come as part of the Renegade Militia conversion set from Forge World, to accompany the Imperial Armour 5: The Siege Of Vraks Part 1 book, which has since been superseded by the compendium version. The legs and arms, meanwhile, are Cadian.

As with the Rogue Psyker, I tried to make this chap grubby and grimy. His homeworld of Balatha is a world built on the back of heavy industry and chemical processing, so he is dirty, pollution-smeared and... well... not very happy, I suppose...

Friday, 19 June 2015

Chaos Space Marines: Chaos Terminator Lord

The Chaos Terminator Lord kit was one that I had eschewed for quite some time. Firstly: I tended to use Sorcerors for my HQ choices. Secondly: I reeeeeeally don't like the detailing on the Chaos Terminator Armour. I find it to be too blocky and not detailed enough.

However, I wanted a straightforward, orthodox and (relatively) cheap HQ choice for my Sons Of Entropy, so I took the plunge... and I found it wasn't so bad after all!

Yes, the goofy armour decoration is there, and I'm not entirely sure what is going on with the enormous stone plinth that he is stood atop, but the model as a whole has a certain welcome feel to it. And the stone DOES help to elevate it above the rest of the Terminators.

I liked painting the cloak, and used plenty of Athonian Camoshade, to try and make it seem laden with mildew and mould.

The Lightning Claws were my favourite part, though - going from Incubi Darkness, all the way up to Ogryn Camo at the tips. There are some nice details to the model, if you look hard enough.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Chaos Daemons: Great Unclean One

For a long time, I have been lacking a real centrepiece for my Chaos Daemons army. I had focused on Heralds for my HQ choices, to buff my infantry units, but they lacked a bit of visual pizazz.

Sure, I've got a Soul Grinder, but the focal point of any army should really be the unit that the other units revolve around, rather than one of the useful-but-not-extraordinary Heavy Support units.

The Great Unclean One from Forge World is an excellent (and very very weighty) model, and is super-easy to paint. The vast majority of this guy was painted using washes.

This was my first attempt at using Blood For The Blood God - one of the Citadel Technical Paints - and I have to say I was pretty impressed. In the pot, it just looks like red paint, but once it is on the model you can see its translucent nature more clearly (geddit?)

The welts, sores and wounds on this chap are what help to give him an awful lot of character and depth. Every inch of his body is devoted to the grotesque.

There are even maggots infesting some of the open sores! Gruesome! This model was great fun to paint, and just like with my Rogue Psyker in the previous post, the hard work was done for me by the sculptor. This was basically just a 'colouring in' job. And with Nurgle, it doesn't matter if you colour over the lines!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Renegades & Heretics: Rogue Psyker

I have not had much of an opportunity to indulge in hobby fun of late, due to the arrival of a Mini-Primarch. However, I have finally gotten back on the wagon and have rounded off the first model of my small Forge World-heavy Renegades & Heretics force - my Rogue Psyker.

I absolutely love the models from the Forge World R&H range - inspired by the Imperial Armour Siege Of Vraks books. They all have so much character, and the level of workmanship from the sculptor, Mark Bedford, is absolutely fantastic.

This was one of those models where all of the hard work was already done for you by the sculptor. The details of the model almost seemed to paint themselves, and allowed for the kind of grimy, dirty look to work wonders. This really was the ideal model with which to rekindle my love of painting. NEXT!