Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Chimera Artillery conversion kit

So the Chimera Artillery conversion kit is finished. I've added two weapons to this piece One with a smaller bore than the other. The weapons to be cast separately but have been curved on the base to fit the mounting correctly.








Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Chimera Stug conversion kit for sale



As of today, the Chimera / Stug conversion kit that I put together is now on sale through Master Crafted Miniatures.

http://mastercrafted.co.uk/shop/vehicle-conversion-kits/vehicle-conversion-kit-assault-gun/

I really can't thank Ben at Mastercrafted enough for doing stirling work on the casting of this piece. From the looks of his photos, it's looking like a really crisp reproduction. Plus, the discount code dakkastug gets you a 20% discount until end of July.

Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of it now.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Grey Knights Dreadknight conversion


So following on from my general rant about the limited poses available in many GW models, I thought I'd post a pic of the Grey Knights Dreadknight that I've just finished putting together.



The pose for this one was inspired by Arsies Spanish Golden Demon Dreadknight (http://arsiesweb.com/2011/07/dreadknight-trailer.html). His version is quite amazing and really proves that there is more to this model than the over the counter version.

I wasn't happy with the arm mounted weapons so I've amalgamated them into one giant flame weapon. I'm quite happy with the results.

A note about the pose: The legs for this piece are annoyingly cast as one piece so a bit of cutting was required to get it to stand more dynamically. The pilot also needed chopping to get his legs to look as though they were still attached to the harness. Luckily the plated armour hides most of the joins.
In order to get the arms to hold the weapon appropriately I had to lengthen them with plastic tube.

I think this piece probably needs a bit more work around the weapon. I'm thinking more tubing, feed-lines etc. Also I might remove the fuel tanks and replace them with a bespoke one. They look a bit puny next to that massive muzzle.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Forgeworld Chaos Decimator


Another model recently completed, a Chaos Decimator of Nurgle.



As far as the paint scheme for this model went, it really is a conglomeration of different wash layers, starting with a base coat of bronze, then built up with washes of snakebite leather, sepia, orange, and finally turquoise for the verdigrid look. The armour was painted with a layer of Tamiya light green and then washed again several times with the above colours. I chose two identical weapons for the arms, although I removed the large blades as I thought they looked a little goofy.

I love the fact that Forgeworld designed the legs to be completely dynamic, allowing for different poses. It's a method that GW as a whole could benefit from. I know the IG Sentinel is similar, but some other models (I'm looking at you Eldar Wraithlord and Grey Knights Dreadknight) could really do with this modular approach. I'm guessing that the design of those two models only really lends itself to static poses, but do they have to be so boring? The Dreadknight in particular seems to look a though it's suffering from a few pints too many, on the brink of falling over.



On a wider note: does anyone else think that the new Chaos daemon engine models look a little ... well ... meh? To me they look like something I would have gone nuts over in the 80s, when I was 8 or 9, but to an ... ahem ..... grown up painter / collector they look a little childish. I think it's the perfect paint schemes they seem to paint them in, coupled with the perfect lines and ultra clean finish. To my mind the Chaos should be about hulking, monstrous machines, damaged by years of decay and fetid warp pollution. The models coming out of GW at the moment (the 2 Fiend models, the Helldrake and that god-aweful Khorne Tractor thingy being released next month) look far too finely engineered, far too clean and frankly far too ridiculous.

Forgeworld on the other hand seem to known exactly what they're doing. I love the idea of a Daemon vessel, wrapped in chains and strapped to the back of this model.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Forgeworld Horus Heresy range

At first I wasn't going to get into the Forgeworld Horus Heresy range. I've never been a fan of Space Marines in general (I know. Heresy itself) for much the same reason that I've never been a fan of superheroes. Compared to more human type characters (such as the Imperial Guard or Cultists) there's little actual jeopardy. You know they're always going to succeed in any situation they may find themselves in.

That was the plan anyway.

Until Forgeworld released these guys.......


I'm now £30 lighter. Damn it.