Saturday, September 28, 2013

Howling Griffons Sternguard Squad, Part 3

The first of two regular Howling Griffons Sternguard Veterans.  This guy (and the other) will be toting combigravs.  This squad will exist for the sole purpose of killing Oni's Wraithknight if I ever meet it upon the field of battle.  They will be accepting applications for other Monstrous Creatures as well.

The combigrav consists of a Phobos-pattern bolter, the top half of a Volkite Charger and half of the drum from a Terminator's storm bolter.

The goal throughout this small project has been to spend a little money as possible.  These five guys are made from the various Space Marine bits I've had laying around for years and will serve as a nice interim project until my horde of Death Korps arrive in the mail.  

If you look closely, you can see the occasional Grey Knight and Blood Angel bit on the model.  The bolt pistol holsters are cut from chunks of green stuff and had pistol grips glued in the right place.  This quick idea came from Ron, of From the Warp fame.  Sadly, I can't find the tutorial in his archives.

More to come,

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Howling Griffons Sternguard Squad, Part 2

Because somebody has to carry into battle the guns that warp the fundamental constants of the universe.

In my quest to not spend money on this squad, I used a pair of Volkite chargers from the Heresy range on Forge World.  They get the job done.

More to come,

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Howling Griffons Sternguard Squad, Part 1

I was under the impression I wouldn't be painting any more Space Marines in a quartered pattern, but I was wrong.  After rifling through the bitz box, I managed to scrape together a 5 man Sternguard squad with two grav rifles and three combi-gravs.

In order to paint the chest eagles, I left the weapons out and am painting them separately.

I used more gold instead of white and silver.  This shows their veteran status, along with the tabard and ornament on the backpack.  I'd considered making the helmets white to show veteran status, but dividing the model evenly into two colors is most impressively shown on the helmet.  I'd also considered painting an olive wreath onto the helmet, but that would have been far too easy to mess up, thus ruining the model.  Know your limits!

The pistol holsters for all of the models, which will be shown in later updates in the series, are all sculpted out of green stuff with a pistol grip added after the sculpt had dried.  They turned out well enough so you can tell what they are, which is the important part.  I added them to the model to add a bit of bulk around the midsection, which always looked far too thin to me.

More to come, stay tuned,

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Howling Griffons Tactical Marine

Over the weekend at our post-gaming meal, Oni remarked that he'd like to see someone do a Howling Griffons model.  So I dug up a tactical marine from the 5th Edition starter box that I had primed and had at it.  This is a one-off marine and I don't intend to do any more in this paint scheme.

Anyone who has an entire army of Howling Griffons that looks even halfway decent deserves a round of applause.  This guy took me four and a half hours to get done from prime to varnish.  That being said, I think he looks amazing.  Only thing I would change on the model is using a Sepia wash instead of TAP Strong tone--I think I gave away my last pot of Gryphonne Sepia wash a few weeks ago--and having a water transfer for the shoulder pad.

"Emperor help me, I will end the first Chaos 
worshipping whoreson who scuffs my armour!"
-Brother Tomas, 2nd Company, 3rd Squad

Stay tuned for more!