Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Succundus Long Range Group

So I recently came into possession of a box of original metal Kasrkin. I'm not really a fan of the usual Cadian heads so I thought I'd try my hand at the venerable old head swap. Metal is considerably harder to work with that plastic for obvious reasons but I think I managed to get the point across.
The heads are from good old Victoria Miniatures and I added the rebreather sections from Vic's backpacks.

Quite simple conversions, but I'm not that much of a fan of the usual Cadian look. If GW offered alternative IG heads and backpacks etc, they'd be onto a winner.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tales of a Sump Grubber

There's no telling what you can find in the various junk heaps that scatter the Sump. The detritus of the various Spires all ends up as the bottom. As the old saying goes, the grot flows down hill. That is until it reaches the Sump. No wonder so many of the cults around these parts are so well equipped. I swear sometimes that those Spire dwellers have no idea of the wealth that they throw away.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Secundus Spire Guard a-painted

I never really liked GW's obsession with Red so I thought I'd use a more muted tone for my Spire Guard. Seccundus is after-all a planet coated in ash wastes and storm driven mud flows etc. Add to that a bit of brass etc and I'm pretty happy with these guys.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Seccundus Spire Guard

Although I’m much more of a fan of the more “realistic” takes on the Imperial Guard, I’ve always had a bit of grudging admiration for the Vostroyan models. I think it’s the rebreather thing / Napoelonic inspiration, although I’ve never been happy with the moustache look.

To that end I thought I’d grab a pack to represent some kind of higher echelon, Spire Guard for my Seccundus Hive setting. I sawed off the un-protected heads and replaced them with something that I thing looks more fitting. However, the main conversion was with the weapons.

I’ve always thought that the combination of ornate barrel and stock etc, and fairly ordinary looking muzzle didn’t quite work with the Vostroyans. I wanted something that looked a bit more in keeping with their style, and hit upon the 15th Century Arquebus. These weapons had very little exposed muzzle at all and were incredibly ornate. To this end I snipped the exposed barrels off and replaced them with watch parts. I quite like the idea that each weapon is a unique construction.

Overall, fairly innocuous conversions, but ones that I think add a fair amount of character.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Exalted Brethren & body guards

++ When harvest arrives we shall be among the first. The people will line up. Offer themselves. We will be at head of wave, leading the believers to paradise. ++

With the eventual fate of any gene cult sealed, I liked the idea that as the harvest draws near, the level of fundamentalism within a cult steadily ramps up, eventually leading to a whole class of Neophyte hybrids who believe that they deserve the chance to lead the followers to their promised salvation. 

These Neophytes will often fight to the death any challenger, and it is for this reason that, once chosen by the cult, they are assigned personal body guards, to ensure that their holy purpose remains steady and pure until the time is right. They are often the best equipped of any cult members and are rarely seen in public until the "big day", even then appearing in masks that hide their true visage. 

When salvation is at hand and all hope for an infected system is lost, then the Exalted Brethren make their appearance.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Once More Unto the Temple

So here's the latest addition to the Temple of the Lizard. Now that it has been thoroughly taken over by the gene cultists as was originally intended, the Temple can start to show themselves a little more.

This chap is intended as a kind of recruiter, travelling the now-conquered hives of Seccundus, gathering followers and leading the hunt for those who have refused the Temple's message and gone into hiding.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Crucidier, the Hoplite and the Treader of Dust

Three more characters here for the Rogue Trader retinue.
I had quite a number of spare bits and bobs lying around after hacking apart that box of Ruststalkers I posted recently. Coupled with a few spare Chaos Cultist legs and torsos and I managed to spin them out into three new Rogue Trader members and a messenger droid.
Still can't quite get that flame effect right.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Indentured Murder Servitors

These chaps are intended as a small Mechanicum unit attached to my Rogue Trader retinue. They're a basic conversion with only head and arm swaps.

Not sure if the photo shows it clearly, but bottom left has a little vestigial arm ready to slam another magazine into his weapon.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Melta Culverine

Here's the latest Rogue Trader henchman. I wanted this guy to be armed with something a little more obscure and toyed for a while with using one of the Chaos Defiler gun mouths on his weapon.

Ultimately I thought it looked better as a Melta type device.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Henchman are a'painted.

So I had some time at the weekend to get these three characters painted up. 
I liked the idea of the Swordsman being armed with two arced-ceramic blades, one dark, the other light. A little Ying Yang idea there.
Otherwise, they were all a fairly simple paint job, plenty of wash layers, plenty of highlighting.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Swordsman and the Technocrat

Two more personalities here for my growing collection of misfits who accompany my Rogue Trader retinue. I've been pretty inspired by the new Genestealer cult bodies. They have a really nice Harkonnen feel about then.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Rogue Trader Reinforcements: rreacher

This chap is intended as some ancient preacher who has been plying the trade lanes for years, until eventually falling in with my Rogue Trader and his retinue. He's one of several such characters that I'm going to be making in the coming months. I like the idea that the's somehow tied in with the Pilgrimage that's been taking place, perhaps he set out too late or was left behind by his fellow travellers.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Labyrinth & The Ruins

I finally managed to complete the labyrinth a month or two ago and I’ve just realised that I didn’t share any pictures of it. The idea, as you’ll remember, was heavily influenced by the wonderful Yggdrasillium board that came to fame a year or two ago. It’s taken me that long to put together first the shore line, then buy enough Zone Mortalis boards to finish it off. That said, it’ll be an ongoing project. You can never have enough Zone Mortalis.

In addition to the underground labyrinth, I also started putting together a smaller board to represent the surface of Seccundus. It took me a while to work out what to use as a basing material for these pieces. Then I hit upon Foamex. Foamex is used to create graphic signs and can be picked up quite cheaply at any printer’s or online. Unlike foam board it is solid all the way through, so it stays rigid and is much lighter than the equivalent width of MDF. It takes superglue and paint really readily too.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Chimera Quad launcher

So here's my latest conversion kit for the venerable Chimera. I've always liked the idea of mobile mortar batteries. Whist the Thudd Gun is great I wanted something that was mounted inside a turret of some kind.

Once I've got enough of these kits lined up I'm looking to get hold of a vacuum chamber and start trying to reproduce in resin. This one is a two part kit, it slots in neatly into the  back compartment of the Chimera.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Cult Familiars - Gene Experiments

These last critters are the final pieces of the Gene cult that I've been putting together. I've not been keen on the idea of them being manifestations of latent psychic power so I thought that as a Gene Cult, the members would obviously be tinkering with some form of genetic engineering. These being the result. I quite like how the old Ghoul heads work on them.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Secundus Mining Vehicle

I've never been too much of a fan of the whole idea of Genestealer Cults riding around in pimped out sedans like a group of Mafia Dons. The whole idea of the Genestealer Cult is that they are a hidden force, operating in the shadows until the time is right to make a bigger against their host society. Surely anything that draws attention to them would be a bad thing in their eyes, cool looking pimp-mobiles included.

Since the latest background for the Cult seems to focus on them taking over mining planets I thought a much better solution would be for them to ride around in whatever they could get their hands on. Hence the vehicle below. A salvaged mining vehicle, press ganged into APC duty.

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Wave Draws Near

Sedeecion Kane, Constable of the Watch, Seccundus Hive Alpha.
“Your Assembled Honours, may I interject?… Thank you… Whether the horrors unleashed upon us these last three revolutions have a material origin, or an immaterial one, is a moot point: they die. With great difficulty it must be said, but they are mortal flesh and blood. Your problems, however persist and as certain members of the Holy Congregation have made clear, they do indeed threaten the very existence of not only this Hive, but the entirety of Seccundus herself. As far as we know six mines have fallen, ten more have slipped from the communications grid and must for all intents and purposes be regarded as lost. Your concentration of power now resides within these spires themselves. No longer do we control great swathes of the Northern Wastes as we did barely one week ago. I am receiving reports of a rebellion at the main space-port and several brigades of Ash Rangers have either deserted their posts or disappeared altogether.

If you will allow me to go on… Speaker, it is vital that I go on… Thank you, your patience will not go unnoticed …

To further add to your woes, just this morning I received reports from the network that the outer gates at Periphery Level One have been opened by agents unknown. Contact has been lost with the security detachments on those levels and I am hearing of habitation zone riots in several sectors down there. Our personnel are struggling to contain the rebellion but it is well organised and highly motivated. Clearly, the enemy is upon us. With those doors open, he is welcome to enter at his own leisure. As far as blame can be apportioned, this may be the work of low-born scum. On the other hand it may represent the beginning of a hive-wide rebellion. Several of my informers have told of great banners being borne aloft by the crowd, purporting to show a six limbed lizard. I am sure that such iconography needs no explanation amongst your learned selves, and if true, represents a whole-sale failure of the cull that this Administratum elected to undertake.

I am sure that you will agree that the speed of these occurrences has taken us all by surprise. What defence is there against an enemy that slips in unannounced and turns our own population against us? This is where we find ourselves. Make no mistake gentlemen, this hive has fallen. The population has been absorbed by something that neither we nor I suspect the Inquisition herself can stop.

Yes Gentlemen… We must consider a final end-game. That is why I suggest off-world extraction followed swiftly by orbital bombardment.

I know… I know… These are cataclysmic times that require cataclysmic measures. I have taken the liberty of informing the Holy Inquisition and several assets have been stationed in orbit around the third Orbus for several days. Their orders are simple, to save whomever is willing to be saved… and to leave nothing else alive. The time for planning a ground response has passed. We have been overrun.

Gentlemen, gather your loved ones about you and make no mistake, this night will be a long one. Pray that it ends.”

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Shadow Approaches

Unknown Hive Medicant attached to the Holy Cloisters
In the Fall of that Imperial Year our Astropathic section’s long range augers perceived the shadow and shimmer of something leaving the Warp at the edge of the our Holy system. A Hulk.

The Ravenous Fortitude, or so we named her, appeared set upon a course that would bring her in-system, between the orbits of the first and secondaries. Although it was charted to pass many millions of miles from our orbus itself, and although we provided many hours of reassuring sermon, her presence made those among the higher echelons within our planet’s Administratum nervous indeed.

Our Early Warning buoys at the outer rim revealed nothing that caused immediate concern, but at seventy nine miles stem to stern, The Fortitude was an imposing proposition. Her sheer size alone, seemed to suggest that some abominable insanity lay at the root of her inauguration. What none could tell, least of all our Psyker Orchards and ranks of Teller Friars, was if she had indeed entered real space in her entirety, or if a portion of her still existed in some other dimension. We were tasked with trying to ascertain this as a matter of priority.

As the hulk slowly and innorexibly fell in-system, a small flotilla of naval vessels was dispatched to provide escort until she either left us entirely or fell prey to whatever strange and unwholesome tides she had already spent untold centuries coasting. Thus far, she had appeared relatively stable. Upon drawing closer to the central star, however, she lost several decks of superstructure due to expansion and contraction, and a cloud of debris, some of it quite large in size, began to accompany her.

Still the Astropathic adepts could sense none of the subtle tugging that so often accompanied such visitors from the Immaterium. And so we waited. And we listened. And we watched.

Loquastus Sil: First Assistant to Cloister Master Benedictus
The Desiccant Hermits sensed it first they did. Usually the Psyker Orchards were silent, but with the passing of She Who Soon Departed, those strange and spontaneously forming genetic Constructs took to screaming day and night. Reminded me, the noise did, of when my old Cloister Master, the Emperor anoint his soul, had performed a live dissection on a gangrenous Gutter Martinn. These noises disturbed me more than a little and I confess that I found myself gripping my Rosarius more tightly whenever I had cause to pass the Orchard.

Of what they spoke terrified me. It was not unusual to hear short passages of speech from the auto-forms, various mumblings about some dim half-memory that they recalled from the network, but never had I heard of such sustained semantic patterning. Never had those words imparted such portentous interpretation.
They spoke of shadows and corruption, of things that reproduced and spread, of things that could threaten the very purpose of our divine presence upon Seccundus herself. I wondered if the Orchards had become corrupted, whether the Emporer’s cleansing flame might be the only solution.

It was about this time I suppose that the first of the mine’s went silent and I confess that my master’s attention was soon fully occupied with this issue. It was not long after the rain of stars, that others said were nothing more than orbital debris, but I suspected to be portents of a most unholy kind.

It was not unusual for a mine to go silent. Not unusual for a storm or other such ne’r-do-well to render communication a thing of tricksy rarity. Not unusual at all for an outlier to slip from the network entirely if the Emperor decreed it. Took two weeks it did, for more learned minds to notice that the planetary beacon had also vanished. Now someone’s head will roll for sure. The crowd calls for arco-flagellation, for examples to be made and we must please the crowd, mustn’t we?

We passed messages up the chain like good and trusty servants. Saw that they were pored over by the Monks and Servitors who advised those strata above us. Hoping to have our fears laid. I confess that, despite the warnings and portents, I was unprepared for what came next.

We saw vid-feeds, most of less than 30 seconds, patched through. Dock gates, mining stations, habitation levels. We saw barricades of metal and plas-steel. A hodge-podge mess of welds and structures for strength. Strength that had ultimately failed and given to disarray. Great tears, great rents in the walls. Of people, nothing to be seen.

What does that? What makes those marks? Only the Emperor himself could tell, although I have heard the rumours from other locales as I am sure most have, of things that make wet messes of human beings, of a cult that uses the image of a Lizard, of things in the Underhive, seen only in hints and glints of shadow.

Those above us decreed the vids Unholy. No more watching, no more viewing. No more interpreting for ourselves.

Now the whispers are of action. The people call for arms.

Now there is more screaming than ever.