Wednesday, December 28, 2016

30K: Traitor tank platoon

Another big pile of resin powered through this week in the form of a traitor Russ platoon for 30k. These guys were a treat to paint with lots of space to work with on 28mm vehicles.
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As I wrote on the Stormhammer, I wanted these guys to radiate a degree of normalcy and not just be reduced to the usual trope of evil, drooling madmen so common in GW imagery of traitors. The idea was to integrate certain aesthetic elements of chaotic influence, while at the same time retaining a degree of humanity within both the individuals and the equipment they used. Its rare that a cadre of warriors sees their own cause as anything less than noble, so I wasn't particularly sold on bedecking the tank in skulls and the flayed skin of five year olds. Instead, I went with some chaos iconography that would be applied as a rejection of Imperial dogma, alongside more banal markings like unit numbers and quaint tank names.

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Similarly, I wanted to leave the crew themselves as normal as possible, rather than giving them a spiked tail or what have you.
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The crew themselves were actually drawn from Bolt Action's range of Soviet tankers. I've always been a fan of the softcaps worn by Russian tankers and their clients and felt the look went well with the clunk of the Russ.
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All tanks were based on the Forgeworld Mars-Alpha hull. I always much preferred this to the standard plastic GW kit, as it gives the tank a sense of more even distribution and realistic proportions.
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The scheme was actually an upscaled version of the disruptive camouflage I employed on my Epic Krieg some time ago, mixing olive drab with a muted sand tone. I felt these went really well together and certainly seemed like they would work effectively in a muddy, trench warfare setting.
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Pintel weapons were drawn from Victoria Miniatures range. These have a lot more character than the standard GW affair in my very humble opinion.
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The Incinerator was by far my favorite of the three. Taking the lessons learned from previous projects on affecting glow effects, I gave the barrel a nice white-red heat glow to simulate the beam coil powering up for a blast.
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As ever, 28mm remains a joy to weather, the scale allows for so many different little touches!
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I also used the time to revisit the Stormhammer and give it a tank commander to really hit home the sheer size of the thing.
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Monday, December 26, 2016

People's Liberation Army

What's this? Modern miniatures in a modern wargame blog? Heresy! I've found that since returning to the Sci-Fi fantasy scene I've had only a smidgen of a desire to return to the subject matter, however, my interest was recently re-piqued when I found myself randomly browsing the Empress Miniatures catalogue. Having always had a bit of a closet interest in the Sino-sphere of military affairs, I was quite struck by the quality of these fellows and in particular their 28mm scalings. With that in mind, I picked up a few packs to play around with - nothing overly committing ;)
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As previously, I opted for a Central Asian desert 'digital' style over the more familiar grey/forest camo we see in most PLA propaganda. Obviously, the scale up allowed for a bit more complexity in the patterns.
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I also did up a couple special weapons dudes, with an LMG and a DMR.
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As yet to come are another fire team and a RPG team. I think my next purchase will be an APC for the full squad, then I'll look at fleshing out a Platoon's worth of dudes, along with a tank.
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Smurf Deredo: When bae says she needs more dakka in her life

Another quick one this round! A Ultramarine Derredo dreadnaught - basically a walking devastator squad!

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Spartan Butcher Taxi

What is the optimal way to deliver ten heavily armored psychopaths to the centre of a frontline conflict? If you selected "place them in a hundred-ton armored behemoth and set gears to forward," you've probably just qualified for some butcher's nails and a place in the 12th legion! This round I tackled the Land Raider's big brother, the Spartan.

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Working on a vehicle this large really gave me a lot of room to play in and I didn't skimp on the weathering, beating the hell out of the thing with mud, grime, oil and lots and lots of plate corrosion!
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Given that this thing is going to be used to transport Butchers, I was actually tempted to string some chains across the assault ramp, just to emphasise the 'barely contained maniacs'ness of the beasty, in the end I just went with a decal, as who would unlock the chain???

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I was especially happy with how the mud turned out on this one. For texture, I've employed some of MIG's new rough texture paste, which really hits the spot in terms of imitating earth chunks. For the color I began with spraying some Vallejo US field drab out of the airbrush and then going over it with AK interactive pigment and fixer.

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It actually took me quite a bit of pondering and research figuring out what to paint the crew. I was aware that the 40k vehicles have their drivers and gunners done up in Mars red to emphasize their connections to Mars, but from what I've been able to deduce, the legion marines just wore their traditional colors - correct me if I'm wrong.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Leviathan: bone and meat counts as fortifications, right?

This big beast is ready to go and grind some skulls into powder. Truly, one of my favorite 30k models out there, it really just embodies the 'metal as fuck' motif I've always associated with Warhammer.
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Given his World Eatery affiliations, I was tempted to go with dual CC arms, but there is something about the graviton gun that just calls to me. Instead of painting it in metallics as I normally would, I decided to try out the 'glowy' effect again with my airbrush. Rather than green or red, I decided purple/lilac seemed to fit the black hole theme better.

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One tip I discovered in his construction - do NOT glue down the top panel if you wish to paint the head separately. After doing precisely this I was dismayed to find out the head could no longer fit through the aperture and I was forced to cut it down in order to get it through the slot. Luckily, I was able to pose him in a manner where this wasn't very obvious, but for my next Levi (Ultra style this time), I will make sure not to fuck this up!

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Arms were left unglued and magnetized so I can fiddle around with the pose when I get bored.

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I really wasn't prepared for how big this lad was until I saw him in person. He positively dwarfs the Contemptor. Perhaps I should invest in a larger base :p

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Rampagers gonna rampage

the next unit in my latest batch of painted things was the completion of the Rampager squad. These guys were very fun to put together, as the models allowed for a great degree of dynamism in the poses.
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From a lore standpoint, these gentlemen are essentially a bunch of borderline psychopaths who eschew ranged weapons in favor of gladiatorial instruments on the battlefield.
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I tried out a slightly different mix for the blue, employing Vallejo's Enchanted Blue. In all honesty, I feel like the older mix was better, so will probably stick with that from here on out.
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As with the other World Eaters, I decided to not use homogenous armor mark types, but instead mix and match the various components, as I feel this is a much more appropriate, rag-tag theme for the World Eaters, who would constantly be losing bits of kits and having their techmarines just stick whatever was available/scavenged back on in place.
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MVP: Stabby McStabberson here
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Ultramarine Tartaros Termis

So, after painting up the rather unfortunate Ultramarine on Angron's base a few weeks back I was inspired to continue my venture into cerulean central and continue work on the 13th legion. With the release of Prospero I was really impressed by the Tartaros terminator set, but felt that their aesthetic didn't necessary suit the World Eaters particularly well and that they would be much more effective done up as some Ultras.

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After the persistent nerve wrack that is painting the World Eater's white, I've found blue a far more chill color to work with and these were by far some of the most fun minis I've done in some time.
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Weathering was a tad more muted this time around; nevertheless, I felt the chipping still suited them quite well. At the same time, I tended to avoid the out-and-out rust and grime I employed on the WEs
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The Tartaros set itself was very impressive, offering even more options than the Cat termis, including a full spectrum of heavy weapon options. The only thing missing were combi attachments for the bolters.
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Base scheme was Vallejo air Ultramarine blue modulated up to Vallejo Light Sea Blue. I then hit it the unsealed figure with a filter of AK interactive blue black oil wash for further toning.
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The light brass effect was achieved with a 75/25 mix of Vallejo Old Gold and Vallejo model air Steel. I then applied straight Steel to highlight the edges and points of weathering.
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Overall, very fun and a good force to mix up with the WE's to preserve my sanity :)