Thursday, April 20, 2017

Of Lords, Butchers and Fodder

In addition to the rather large fellows I've been working on for the past couple months, I've also been slowly grinding away at expanding my various heresy-era forces.

The first addition was to my Ultramarines in the form of a rather badass looking Praetor model I picked up from the same guy who sold me the knights. I believe this is a conversion from the Minotaurs lord model - a very unique looking guy. Originally fully gold, I gave him a bath of Simple Green and repainted him in legion heraldry.
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Next up were some butchers for my World Eaters. Rather than have them lug the rather unsightly stock power axes, I decided to swap out their basic weapons for a range of gladiatorial instruments which I feel suit the legion's background quite well - hammers, flails, cutlasses, scythes and even halberds. I intend to flesh this unit out to its maximum size in the coming weeks.

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Finally, I also did a bunch of testers for my traitor guard to accompany those renegade tanks I posted some months ago. These were a combination of plastic Soviet greatcoats by Bolt Action Miniatures mated with various accessory parts from Victoria Miniatures. I'm quite pleased with the end results. The scheme was simple and meant to reflect the mass produced nature of these poor conscripted bastards.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Silent Knight, evil Knight

First of all, apologies! I have neglected the blog for a couple months due to work - rest assured I have not been hobby idle and have a fair amount of content to share over the next couple weeks.

Lets start this with a big one. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to come across a bargain sale of two Forge World knights from a lovely chap in my neck of the woods for a mere 50 AUD each. Now, I've never had any particular interest in knights, but at this price I simply couldn't resist. For one hundred dollary doos I picked up a Cerastus Knight Atrapos and a Cerastus Knight Castigator. This week we will take a look at the former.

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The kits themselves were in solid condition, although Atrapos required a little bit of TLC to get him fully back on his feet, as he was missing a few parts. In the end, I decided to evil-i-fy him up to fill in the gaps, adding some emerging spikes on his armor along with a few patches of emergent mutated flesh to represent the slow seeping in of Chaos taint.

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Rather than go all polished and illustrious looking, as I had done previously on the epic titans, I decided to go full hot with weathering on both knights. Rust and grime, oil and scratches showing a heavily used and battle hardened killer mech.




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Figuring out a scheme for this guy was also a bit of a trick. After briefly considering a red/yellow pattern, I picked up a pot of GW's airbrush-ready Caliban green and was not disappointed. The color modulated very well and had good flow and consistency. I'm definitely tempted to pick up some more GW-air stuff in the future, as the colors are quite striking and build up well.

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I never really realised how big these guys were, even when compared with a regular GW knight. I would estimate their height is close to a match for a Warhound.
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The Atrapos seemed especially apt to the evil aesthetic. With its very rounded and insectile hull, the beast already exudes a sinister vibe. This is of course not even considering the lore, with its use of black hole tech weaponry.
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Of course, with a canvas this big I wasn't going to hold back on any wanky techniques and employed the airbrush glow effect I had previously used on the Leviathan on both weapons :)

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Similarly, the greave plates were just begging for heraldry and battle honors.

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Overall - a very fun project and good stress relief over the past few weeks! A welcome addition to my renegade forces.

Stay tuned