Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Been a while.

Wow! It’s been a while. Funny how blogging drops off once life gets in the way. 
Having said that, I have actually been painting and modelling etc, just not showing off :) Still, with that said, here’s a quick run down of what I’ve been working on.

Renegade Tank.
I had the bare bones of this Leman Russ sitting around for months until I finally decided to do something with it. If you don’t have any old lego, get hold of some. It’s a great modelling tool to construct superstructure. I usually use it to create the basic shapes of a model, then plate it completely with plastic-card to hide the ‘bobbles’. Most of my Chimera conversion models have been created in this way.

I wanted to create a machine that looked as though it had been stored in mothball for thousands of years, taken out of service by my renegade army.





Primaris Marines
I finally succumbed to the true scale revolution and got hold of a small detachment of Primaris Marines. I’m quite liking the larger look although I’m the kind of anally retentive chap who then says ‘but what about my old scale marines?’ I’m not planning to recreate those that I have already in true scale as I love the Mark 2 Heresy look too. These guys will do for now. They’re intended as some kind of Inquisitorial Kill Team. I spiced them up with a few extra seals, armoured panels and Grey Knight heads etc.







So that’s it. Hopefully I won’t leave it so long next time.

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.