Thursday, January 21, 2016

30k: the last Titan

The Ultima represented one of the longest surviving members of Legion Aithon, with an ancient and illustrous history across countless battlefields. While classified as 'scout' titans, the legion's Warhounds were employed more as shock calvary. Exploiting the heavy firepower of their larger brethren to pin down opposition and then charging into the enemy's vulnerable flanks. The Ultima sported a mix of long range anti-armor weaponry with short range anti-infantry flamethrowers. 

Fresh off the production line is the final titan in my maniple from Legio Aithon. After pumping out a number of war machines in this scheme I was struck by fairly profound fatigue with the scheme and so this fellow has been staring at me accusingly.

As usual, bright and shiny was the order of the day, although I made sure to differentiate his scheme sufficiently from his brother titan to ensure he retained his own style. Given the sheer scale and logistics involved in the titan class, I always envisioned each being their own distinct work of craftsmanship, rather than just being a mass produced, disposable factory good like much of the rest of the equipment in the Imperial arsenal.

After my experience with the Syrian tanks I decided to 'rubble up' the base. I think I may also add black to the circumference, as that adds a nice extra level of contrast.

the Ultima and the Machiavi: brother pups.

In addition to the big fellow, I also did a bit more work on my heresy-era Smurfs, pumping out a couple of Spartans. Essentially Land Raiders on steroids.

Finally, I also figured out an urban scheme for my tau that I am happy with. A bit more cartoony than my usual style, but I think it really suits the animu weaboness of the Tau.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tinytanks for Syria

As many of you are undoubtedly aware, GHQ produces pretty much the highest quality micro armor (and some would say wargames dollies) on the market. Their sculpting techniques and casting quality is second to none and they often seem to produce models in 6mm that make similar offerings in 15 and 20mm pale by comparison. I've picked up a few various kits lately with an intention of making some modern microarmor for Syria, generic enough that they could be in service with any of the factions currently fighting in that hellscape. Here are a few I've completed thus far.

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For most of the conflict, T-72AVs have represented the most advanced tanks in Syria. They are mostly assigned to Republican Guard units as far as I can tell, although some elite army formations such as the 4th armoured may also have access to them.

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These are actually based on the Indian T-72M1 kit offered by GHQ. Currently there is no rendition of the T-72AV in 6mm. Nevertheless, using the aforementioned kit as a stand in requires only the removable of a couple features to make a passable resemblance. Most importantly these retain the iconic wedge shape layout of ERA on the turret.

T-62s are pretty ubiquitous throughout the conflict. I've always been a big fan of this tank over its smaller brother the T-55. Not really sure why, but I prefer the purely spherical turret and the mid-barrel fume extractor.

As always, I opted with a fairly robust regime of weathering on these guys. The trick was to not over do it and just make them look messy.

BMPs are another common staple of Syria. They seem to be extremely common on both sides and these will easily be usable by ISIS-types.

These particular models are recent resculpts by GHQ and the quality shows. Having dealt with the old GHQ kit, the level of detail permitted by modern casting techniques is extremely evident.


Like to AV, BMP-2s seem to be more common amongst elite formations in Syria like the RGs. These are older GHQ kits and you can really tell the quality difference between them and the above pictured BMP-1s.

With these I really wanted to have a nice messed up base, with lots of color, rubble and flock. I achieved this by painting a basic sandy undercoat and then feathered it with lighter tones and applied an oil wash. After this had dried I then applied a raw new level of 'rubble' flock, a mixture of various types of grit and small stone fragments. There was no need to paint this, as it gives a natural feel to the chaos that can't be contrived through conscious painting in my view.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Teutonian Tankhunters

More expansions on this epic Teutonians this week. Managed to get the German-esque camo pattern to a stage where I can essentially production line them. Afterwards its just a matter of weathering, painting the details and then applying an oil wash over glosscote.

I also played around with the bases a bit more to make them less uniform and more cluttered looking. Very necessary to get a semi-authentic urban combat look.

Annihilator Company -

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A Demolisher assault gun platoon, employing a mix of turrets. This is the only time I will likely ever employ sponsons on a tank :P -

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A Bombard Colossus company. Really really dig these last gen epic models, you can tell the obvious crossovers from the German Morsers of WW2. I've decided to go with Wehrmacht infantry from GHQ to fill out the manpower quotas, as I think these fit nicely with the wider aesthetic of the army -

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I've also done a bit more work on the 30k World Eaters force, pumping out a couple terminators. A number of people recommended I give the technical blood a try from GW, so I went a bit nuts with it to emphasize the psychotic nature of these fellows. I've found the challenge of painting white quite compelling. The trick is to weather it to an extent that it doesn't just look like a blank undercoat. The end result often comes out as a very bright and discolored grey.