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Progress With Papa Nurgle

Two weeks since my last post. So much for my goal of posting once every calendar week. Still, I actually have hobby progress for the first time in a long while, so I’ll go with it.

This week, I’ve managed to start work on my Nurgle Chaos Marines, getting the Plague Marines, the Daemon Prince, and a Sorcerer assembled. All were Finecast, and happily without any noticeable flaws beyond a small gap on the Daemon Prince (which could have easily existed in the metal version), and for the most part they went pretty quickly.  The arms on a couple of the Plague Marines were a bit fiddly, but otherwise they were about as simple to assemble as it comes. I touched up their backpacks with a bit of Liquid Green Stuff to make them a bit less pristine. I hope the effect works when I get around to painting them.

One thing that surprised me about the Daemon Prince is how small he is. I mean, sure, he’s big compared to a marine, but I had this image in my mind of a much more hulking model. My kitbashed Slaanesh Daemon Prince is taller, although definitely thinner. Still, he’s about the size of a Dreadnought, so he’s not tiny, and he’s still beastly in combat. He had Bendy Sword Syndrome, but a hit with a hair dryer and a quick dunk in cold water fixed that right up. The gap in his model is right behind his head, and you can see where I’ve tried fixing it with more Liquid Green Stuff. Not as successful here, but I have time to give it another go.

Who are you calling small, man?
Who are you calling small, man?

You might notice that I haven’t attached his smokestacks/bone tubes/whichever yet. That’s because I haven’t decided on if I’m giving him wings or not. Technically, I should, since he’s more awesome with wings, but I also haven’t decided on a solution. One possibility is to give him the fly wings off of the Plague Drone kit. I’ve seen a couple of examples of this, and it looks about the right size, wouldn’t be too unwieldy, and would be thematically appropriate. The other is going Mantis-Style, like this conversion on BoLS. I even have a friend who has a pair of hive arms I can use. I’m undecided, though, especially after seeing how small the model is. Of course, the plastic Daemon Prince might not be that much bigger; I haven’t seen one up close. Still, I think I like the insect wings… or I might just keep him stock. I’m still undecided.

The Sorcerer was a last-minute purchase, and the easiest build; I just did a head-swap for the Nurgle Aspiring Champ head from the standard CSM box. Looking him over, the rest of him is easily Nurgle-able with the right paintjob.

This week, I should be getting some Forge World Plague Marine bits I procured off of eBay (from a US vendor, and they’re still in the clamshell, so they look to be legit), and that’ll give me a good 17 Plague Marines to play around with. I’ve got extra Chaos Marine bodies as well, so I can probably Nurgle up another 3 and make it an even 20. Between that and the 20+ Cultists I’m going to devote to the cause (if not more), I should be good on Troops. Also, I broke down and grabbed the WHFB Nurgle Lord (the mini is too good to pass up) to get 40K-ified. Between that and everything else I have, I think I’m good to go on this project (for now, anyway).

Black Templars: Project Complete!

templars_october_crusadersWhat you see above is the last 9 models I had to paint to complete my Independent Characters 2014 Painting Challenge. They were half-finished on my workbench two weeks ago, but now they’re all finished and ready for the tabletop. This finally completes the army I started working on 10 months ago. Actually, I started on this army in April of last year…

black_templars_projectBut after I got it assembled and primed in August…

kr_multicase_03…I stalled out for a few months. Thankfully, the IC Challenge kicked my ass into gear, and now, a year and a half later, I’ve turned those boxes into this:

templars_complete_01It’s been a fun project, and I’ve had opportunities to practice things like freehand details and a bit more weathering than I normally do, so it’s been a good learning experience. That doesn’t mean my Templars army is done, though. I still have to paint:

  • Chaplain Grimaldus and his retinue
  • A power fist Chaplain
  • A Marshal (well, a Captain/Chapter Master now)
  • 10 Honor Guard
  • A Drop Pod
  • A Dreadnought
  • A Stormraven
  • 2 more Rhinos/Razorbacks

That could easily keep me busy for a few more months, but other than the Honor Guard and Drop Pod (which are already on their way to being finished), I can take a break for a while and get to my other armies (like my Chaos Marines, which have a number of units in post-priming limbo). Well, I might squeeze the Stormraven in; gotta add a flyer for fun. 🙂

Black Templars: Helbrecht Complete!

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 I completed my High Marshal Helbrecht last night/this morning. He’s not quite up to par with the official ‘Eavy Metal paintjob, and the Finecast model ended up being rougher in spots than I’d originally thought, but all in all I’m very happy with him. Technically, this would have finished my painting challenge army, but since the new codex changed things up I have mode models to build and prime this week.

Also, last weekend I picked up the new Tactical Squad, Sternguard Veteran Squad, and Vanguard Veteran Squad boxes, all to ensure that I have enough bits to make my add-ons, including the Honor Guard I’m planning. So many cool bits in the two Vet boxes, so I should have no problem making my Honor Guard look awesome, especially with all the spare Black Templar bits I have floating around.

Imperial Guard – Getting My Feet Wet

IG_haulWhat you see above is a lot of Imperial Guard minis that I just happened to luck onto at an amazing price. Now, what’s there in this picture is slightly converted for making Traitor Guard, but I’ve decide to forgo that path (my Slaaneshi Chaos Marines already have daemonic allies) and instead turn them into Steel Legion (or something looking vaguely like it) to ally with my Black Templars (which gives me an excuse to eventually get a Baneblade for Apocalypse). Here’s what I’m looking at so far:

  • Chimera w/Multilaser and Heavy Flamer
  • Leman Russ Executioner/Demolisher (have both turrets) w/Plasma Sponsons and Heavy Bolter
  • Vendetta
  • 10 Cadian Hostile Environment Troops w/ Sergeant and Voxcaster (to use as Veterans)
  • 40 Cadians w/ 4 Sergeants and 4 Voxcasters (some missing limbs, so I’ll need bits)
  • 3 Cadian Mortar HWT
  • 1 Sanctioned Psyker
  • 1 Master of Ordinance

On top of that, I already have a Death Korp of Krieg Quartermaster from Games Day to use as the Company Commander…

Yeah, he'll do.
Yeah, he’ll do.

And so I have the basics for a small IG force. There’s some repairs that need to be made – the Vendetta is missing a fin, and some guys are missing limbs – and there are conversions that need to be done. For example, if I’m going Steel Legion, Cadian heads are a no-go. Fortunately, there’s about 20 or so Pig Iron Kolony Militia heads, either loose or already on models…

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So that’s a start. I’ll need to buy more, as well as possibly the command versions, but it’s a good start to getting them looking at least partially the part. I’m no good at sculpting, so giving them all coats isn’t in the cards, but I think this will be good enough.

The next step is figuring out what I may be lacking. I’ll probably want a couple of Company Command Squad boxes to flesh out the platoon and company squads, possibly 3 so I can get 3 plasmaguns. I’ve got three metal meltagun bits already, so I’ll want to convert those onto the veterans; might need to buy more bits for that as well.  After that… more heavy weapons teams? More Chimeras? More Leman Russes (and/or alternate weapon bits)? Some artillery (so tempted to get Basilisks, just because they look awesome)? As I embark upon the start of my 6th army (Tau, CSM, Daemons, Eldar, Black Templars, and now IG), I wonder what I might have gotten myself into…

Black Templars: Land Raider Crusader, and the Future

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For August, I had a Land Raider Crusader to add to my Black Templar army, and it is done. Even though it was only a single model, as crazy as this month has been (I still haven’t posted photos from Games Day, and I’ve totally ignored my blog), I got it done just under the wire. It’s a nice addition to the army, though, and I managed to avoid the “police car” effect that my Razorback had.

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I went with the same kind of illuminated script detailing that I put on my Venerable Dreadnaught; I figure that, like a VenDread, a Land Raider would be an ancient piece of tech with a backstory, and the Templars seem like the types to put that story on the equipment itself. One thing I am surprised at, though, is that on the Space Marine vehicle transfer sheet, there’s not a single large black Maltese cross. There are white ones (and I put one on top of the chassis), but no black ones, which I wanted to put in the large white area on the Land Raider’s front right. To get one, I’ll have to order a BT transfer sheet from Forge World. For now, it’s no big hurry.

Also, regarding my Razorback, I managed to de-police-ify it by painting in some of the white:

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I’m much happier with this version, and it matches the Land Speeders and Land Raider in just having a couple of spots of white rather than big panels of it.

As for what I’m painting this month, I’m not sure. Saturday sees the new Space Marine codex released, and with the Templars officially being de-codexed and rolled into the main book, it’s going to change up the list I’ve been painting. I’m not sure how much at this point, although I imagine my five-man Las/Plas crusader squad will probably go. Points costs will need to be re-evaluated (although hopefully things got a bit cheaper). Wargear will be changed up. My first priority will be re-calculating and seeing what I need and what I’ll have to add to make things legal (as opposed to the things I’d like to buy eventually, like a Stormraven and some Sternguard).

I’ve also added another army to the mix; I managed to luck upon an amazing deal that got me a Leman Russ Executioner (and a Demolisher turret as well), a Chimera, a Vendetta, and about 40 or so IG infantry, including 3 Mortar Teams. I haven’t quite figured out exactly what I’m going to build with them list-wise, but I know I’m aiming for something Steel Legion-esque in appearance. There’s converting to be done!!