Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas, All

Merry Christmas, and God bless us, everyone.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Red Scorpions: Off to a Great Start

Greetings, one and all. With a very kind gift from a dear friend of mine, both Rhinos are done for my 500 pts list. I've also painted up the magnetized marine from a previous post to cement the color scheme, and given him a base I'm quite happy with. Pictures follow, please enjoy!

Red Scorpions Battle Brother

Side View

This Astartes has earned his Terminator Honours
and displays that fact on his shoulder pad

The same Astartes with a flamer

The base is designed to look like rubble,
strewn over a marble floor.

I really dig the way this marine came out, especially his base. Although I'm not yet familiar with Forge World's redone fluff about the Battle of the Palace of Thorns (the final showdown between loyalist Astartes and Lugft Huron, Tyrant of Badab), I designed the bases of my Red Scorpions to look like they were fighting inside a ruined palace or cathedral, with nice marble flooring, etc.

Here's a couple photographs of the Rhino I did up for the list.

Red Scorpions Rhino. This vehicle belongs to the
Chapter's second company

Side View. Someone has written a litany of protection
on this Rhino's side door

Top View. An Imperial Aquila sits atop the company marking

A Red Scorpion disembarks from his transport

There wasn't a whole lot more than what's in the instruction pamphlet that went into this particular vehicle. I made sure not to glue fast the top hatch, just in case I want to run it as a second Razorback one day when I have the bits to to so. One thing that I did do differently was to magnetize the storm bolter (that I'm not sure whether or not comes standard with the vehicle, seeing as I'm given the option for a stormbolter for 10 points. Does this mean I can have two?), pictures of the magnetized areas and an explanation follow.

Automated storm bolter

A storm bolter sits atop a rhino, disconnected

I did this one pretty much last minute before I went to class. This consists of the slotting you see above with a 1/16" magnet in the center of the cross, and a magnet of the same size on the storm bolter mounting. Just drill your hole, check your polarities, and slide the magnet in.

A Red Scorpions Razorback, armed with
a twin-linked Heavy Bolter

Front view. This vehicle also belongs to the
Red Scorpions second company

This Razorback's Heavy Bolters track an elevated enemy

Razorbacks can also be armed with twin linked Lascannons

A Red Scorpion advances, covered by his Razorback

Rhino/Razorback kit with all of its interchangeable parts.
Many of the parts are magnetized

Close-up of the Razorback turret's parts

Magnetizing the Razorback was done with great help from Oni. He's got a bunch of tutorials for magnetizing the crap out of Space Marine vehicles. Be sure to check them out.

Painting all of the above models was pretty simple, but despite the simplicity, I spent a ton of time on each model. I used Krylon dark grey primer to base coat the models. After that, came the mustard yellow, for which I used Iyaden Darksun foundation paint from GW. Next came Chaos Black, then Chainmail. Optics and the details thereof were done in Mechrite Red and Macharius Solar Orange foundation paints, with a spot of Skull White to simulate light glinting from the glass of the optic. And of course, who can forget about the finishing step of applying Testor's Dullcote matt varnish.

Whew! That was a long post. I hope you all enjoy the photos. As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to use the box below. I'll leave you with a group shot of all the models featured in today's post.

All the best,

Now that I actually understand the rules for Rhinos, I've had to do a bit of modification to the models. A hatch got removed from each of the two vehicles. The Rhino without a storm bolter slot got the appropriate bits and magnets, and the Rhino that had a storm bolter slot already got a different hatch, seeing as I used the other one for the other Rhino (if that makes any sense).

The condensed version: Both vehicles can now have magnetized storm bolters.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Magnetized Space Marine Weapons

Something to try for all of you Space Marine players. Working on the Red Scorpions project, and certainly not wanting to spend more than I absolutely had to, I came up with the idea of magnetizing everything I could ever even think of swapping on all of the models. Here's the result of my toying with pin-vices and magnets.

Looks like your standard, bolter-armed, poorly photographed Astartes, right? Well, in the photo below, he's got himself a flamer. Emperor's teeth! How did that happen!? Was it forgotten tech-lore from a bygone age? A new piece of holy STC equipment?

Nonsense! Magnets are the key!

This conversion's easy, just grab some 1/16" x 1/32" magnets and a pin-vise with a 1/16" drill bit. Assemble your space marine as normal, but leave off the weapons. Now, drill a hole in the top of your marine's hand and another hole where you cut off the bolter's grip. After checking your polarities, stick your magnets in, then you're good to go. If you look closely at the photo, you can see where I put the magnets.

I say again, CHECK YOUR POLARITIES! You'll learn to do so the hard way if you don't check 'em before-hand.

I like to drill my holes a bit deeper than 1/32" and get the magnet a bit lower than flush. That way the weapons sit flush with the hand. Be careful drilling out the holes for the magnets. You've got a bit of wiggle room on the hand, but not too terribly much on the bolter, and it's very easy to screw up.

I'll have a real, not "I did this in 10 minutes" tutorial up sometime later in the month, most likely after my Forge World order comes in so I can actually start work on my marines.

As always, all the best,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Red Scorpions Color Scheme Test

Hello again, folks! When I checked out FROM THE WARP today, I was very surprised to find a link to my blog on the Tuesday Top 10. Needless to say, I was massively humbled to be included in what I consider to be an honor roll of talent within the Warhammer blogging community. Many, many thanks to Ryan and the rest of the crew from the FTW Blog!

Dakka-con is coming up at the end of January, and the event is taking place at Showcase Comics in Media, PA. One of the events I'm interested in is the 500 pts 40k tournament taking place on the 22nd. Forge World rules are generally frowned upon at organized events, so the Elysians will be spending the day at home. This, however, gives me an excuse to start a new project: Red Scorpions.

The list I'll be bringing to the tournament will be something along the lines of two Tactical squads, two transports (either rhinos or razorbacks, depending on how many points I've got to work with) and a land speeder to contest those objectives last minute.

Here's a photo of an Assault on Black Reach marine I painted up to test out the Red scorpions color scheme.

A Red Scorpion marine with Missile Launcher

I'm not terribly proud of this miniature, but he served his purpose. A friend of mine gave me this mini to work on, but he primed it red before-hand. It's tough to go over bright red primer, and even tougher to get into all the nooks and crannies without blotting out fine detail, especially with Krylon grey primer. I think I'll have to get some Adeptus Battlegrey foundation paint; to me the Codex Grey looks a bit too bright against the grey primer. Otherwise, I like the colors. I'll have to work on my Space Marine eye techniques, though. The Blood Red color doesn't really cover (anything) quite as well as I like, so I'll be picking up some Mechrite Red foundation paint.

Take care, all,