Monday, February 25, 2013

Pre-Heresy Raven Guard 1st Company, Part 3

Quoth the Raven

The Banner Bearer for my Raven Guard terminator army is complete.  I tried for a banner that was elegant and generic, so if I decided to use it for something other than a Banner of Fortitude, I could.  I'm very, very happy with the results and while the Legion symbol isn't exactly right, it's pretty obvious what it is.

The bearer.  I went with a more dynamic pose for him.  It seemed to fit, though with the way I built the banner (WIP photos below), it's tough to get a good look at both the banner and its bearer.

To make the banner, I rolled out a slab of green stuff, then cut it into the shape I wanted while it was still uncured.  This way, if I messed up, I could fix it more easily and smooth out any places I got fingerprints or dropped something on it.

The banner pole was made with copper round stock and some plasticard.  I took a small section of tube stock and drilled a hole across the width of the tube stock to create the banner's cross support.  The hand was generously donated from a Cataphractii thunder hammer hand.  After everything was about where I needed it, I slapped a banner topper on and let everything dry overnight.

The completed banner.  I used another slab of cured green stuff to form the banner hangers.

A shot of the back of the banner and the bearer.  For ease of storage and versatility, I magnetized the shoulder joint.

Painting in progress.  Before painting white on a dark surface, I'll almost always do a grey base coat that's just a hair larger than whatever I'm painting in white.  This helps to blend the model's paint job and make the edge between black and white less jarring.

The banner's grey build up coat is done.  The tower on the bottom represents the Legion's fortress-monastery, the Ravenspire and the eclipsed planet to the right Kiavahr.

At last, the white coat.  And with a few finishing touches, the cloth portion of the banner will be complete!

Stay tuned for more pre-Heresy goodness,

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Building a Gaming Surface, Part 1

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Games Workshop's Realm of Battle gaming board is dead sexy, but I couldn't justify the $300 price tag.  So I started experimenting.  What I came up with was a set of six 2'x2' Sintra tiles, painted with lightly textured paint.  After that, I did two coats of paint, one for the basic desert color, the other a cream-colored drybrush.

It turned out okay for now, but it looks as though I'll have to redo some of the tiles, as the texture is too light for my liking.

If you're looking for an inexpensive and compact solution for your gaming surface needs, look no further.  If you're feeling particularly saucy, you can create corner hills to mimic the Realm of Battle board or add any other terrain features you please with some more Sintra, fiberglass resin, Bondo and imagination.

I'll post more of the gaming surface as I complete the project and am well pleased with the result.

Combing the desert,

Friday, February 15, 2013

Rapier Laser Destroyer, Part 2

Anne Hathaway is a terrible voice actress, but The Cat Returns is still one of my favorite movies.  The Rapier has paint and sealant on it, and I have taken photos of it with my cellular phone and posted them on the internet.

I painted some brass into the model to break up the black and silver scheme a tad.  I wanted this model able to be used in any of the Imperial armies I have.  The majority of the weapons I paint on my models are black bodied with silver details, and given that a Rapier is essentially a weapon with tracks, I wasn't too sure where else I could go with the paint scheme.

I may add some sort of control surface to the track unit on that back tab at a later date, but after I get nice photos posted, I'm calling this one done.  Speaking of photos, I still have to finish up my table sections and get some terrain for it.  Scenic Warhammer 40,000 photos, anyone??

As many of my readers are aware, I have what is probably the most economical painting method on the planet.  I prime, paint, wash and if I'm feeling particularly saucy, highlight.  Then comes the sealant.  The Rapier is no different.  Though I did get to try out what I'm assuming is the new Krylon Dual Paint+Primer, which worked really, really well.  I'm now using it for my Raven Guard.

When I say I have an "economical" painting method, I mean that, for the amount of effort I put into painting the models (relatively little), they look pretty good.  In dollars and cents, my method isn't very expensive, but colored primers can be a bit on the pricey side.

I added the copper color on the suspension coils just to break up the gunmetal color.  I wasn't sure what else to do, really, but it came out alright.

Almost done with the laser destroyer array, just have to add the paint on the optics.  Again, the copper color is just to break up the black and silver.  

And there we have the painted Rapier Laser Destroyer.  As time goes on, I'll take display quality photos for the blog and try my hand at scenic photography.  Hopefully you enjoyed the read, and I hope to see you next time, dear readers!

Die for the Emperor, or die trying,

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Rapier Laser Destroyer, Part 1

The Rapier Laser Destroyer from Forge World is a very tempting purchase, but I decided that I could get along just fine without spending the money on something I could make with the bits I had on hand.  After taking a look at the Thunderfire Cannon I got in a huge box of used Space Marine stuff I bought, I knew what my next project would be.

Not bad, if I do say so myself.  I'll have better photos when the project is complete, but until then, here are the work-in-progress shots.  The next post in this mini-series will very likely be painting-in-progress, followed by the completed model when I'm able to take nice pictures of it.

The gun carriage.  I didn't do anything to this part except remove the aquila from the front of the unit to make gluing an armor plate easier.  Did you know that the Thunderfire Cannon's turret mount is about the same size as a Razorback turret ring and the Aegis quad gun?

Scratch building some lascannons.  I thought I had more than I did in the old bits box, but that turned out not to be the case, so I broke out the miter box, razor saw and some trusty plasticard tubing.

For when one just isn't enough.

The almost-but-not-quite complete laser destroyer array.  I added some minor details and filled in some gaps to pretty the weapon up and make it look a bit beefier to better fit the track unit.

More to come in the next few days, so be sure to stay tuned.

With the Omnissiah's blessing,

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Death Korps of Krieg Army Showcase

Greetings once again, dear readers.  I've finally gotten to photograph my Death Korps of Krieg Engineers army in its entirety.  I present the Krieg 907th Siege Regiment, Engineer Company and Attached Support Elements.

Here we have a shot of the formation's command squad, consisting of a Captain and his special weapon-toting support staff.

Commanding officers in the Death Korps often wear more ornate wargear than their subordinates, both to make clear their position and for ease or recognition on the battlefield.

In addition to the golden Imperial Aquila on the Captian's chest plate, a gilded shoulder pad carrying the "C" command rune and a power fist mark him as the leader of the detachment.

Special weapon bearers like these offer direct fire support at the Captain's direction.

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The bulk of the detachment is made up of three identically armed infantry squads mounted in Chimera armored transports to provide them with superior mobility and fire support.

Multiple fire points allow a Chimera with a well-equipped squad inside to become a mobile fortress.

Hull mounted heavy flamers immolate the enemies of the Emperor.

An infantry squad begins to disembark from their trusty armored vehicle.

As befits his rank, the Captain goes to battle in a Chimera more ornamented than what is issued to enlisted ranks.  Note the skull device on the turret often used to denote command rank amongst the myriad forces of the Imperial Guard and the gold Aquila fixed beneath.

The Death Korps are proud to display their home world on their vehicles, both to strike fear into the enemies of the Imperium and offer penance for the sins of their forefathers, the price of which is death in service to the Emperor.

Heavy armor elements are often called upon to deal swiftly with hard targets.  Leman Russ Demolishers are up to nearly any siege-breaking task.

This thick dozer blade is excellent for moving battle debris from the tank's path.  It's bulk and size also provide a measure of extra protection.

This venerable tank perhaps sports a variant of Mars-Alpha pattern Leman Russ hull.  The tank's original records have long since been lost.

A Vendetta gunship adds powerful, mobile, armor-busting fire support to the detachment.

Three twin-linked lascannons tear enemy armor and heavy infantry to shreds.

While aircraft operating with the Death Korps are dutifully maintained, carbon scoring and other cosmetic damage is impossible to avoid while operating an aircraft in a war zone.

Marks from high temperature exhaust are difficult to remove, but are a consequence of normal operation.

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A snapshot of the entire aircraft, nose to tail.

The Vendetta holds station mere meters off the deck.

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A squad of Engineers disembark their Vendetta transport .

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen, my 1,000 point-and-growing Death Korps Engineer army.  Please let me know what you guys thought of the presentation, what you would like to see next time I do an Army Showcase and if there's anything you think I missed.

For the Emperor!