Thursday, June 2, 2011

May Summary

The month of May in review

Painting Points
Got the following painted up this month:

Deathwing Command Squad
Deathwing Squad 2
1 Hive Guard
1 Zoanthrope
1 Hormaguant ( Huge, I know...)
Grand Scrutator Severius
Menoth Attendant Priest
The Fire of Salvation

That brings me up from 47 points last month, to 67 at the end of this month. That's 15 points ahead of what I managed to get done all of last year.

New Model Fund
I totally blew the model fund. I completely forgot about it....That being said, I think I will add a new sidebar to the blog, to remind me that I need to log my purchases and deduct them from my monthly total. I've decided to add 100 dollars a month to the fund. I get paid twice a month, so 50 bucks every two weeks should serve my purposes just fine.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fire of Salvation, Finished

I painted up the Fire of Salvation a few days ago, but its been a busy time around here, so I've just now gotten around to snapping a picture of him to post up here. Really just the standard fare here, nothing to special other than the fact that he is a character jack. I did have to break away from my 4 color palette for this mini though, the fire would have looked stupid if it were any color other than the color of fire, if you ask me.

Up next for the Protectorate is probably going to be either the rest of my min choir, an Exemplar Errant UA, or a Reclaimer solo, or all 3. Who knows..

Friday, May 27, 2011

Deathwing Squad 2, Finshed

Finally getting around to posting up pics of this squad. They have been finished for the better part of 2 weeks now, I just get distracted working on other stuff. Oh well...
With the completion of these 5 mini's, that brings me to 935 points of fully painted and table ready Deathwing.

Up next for this army will be finishing up the Chaplain. Unfortunately, the brush I use for doing the edge highlights on the army has pretty much died on me. With that being said, I need to find a replacement brush to continue work on the army, so who knows when that will be.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fire of Salvation, built

Title says it all, this monster is ready to receive some primer and begin its journey to stardom!

The arms aren't glued in, just the pin is keeping them in, for ease of painting. They will get permanently attached later on after the sloppy mop job is done.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Menoth Attendant Priest Finished

Another random miniature I've had laying around for a while, is this Attendant Priest. Since he is actually a Mercenary figure, and not in the Protectorate of Menoth force book, I'm going to be using him as a counts as Heirophant attachment for my casters. I don't play in any tournements, so all my games are friendly house games where that kind of stuff is no problem at all.

Up next for the Protectorate is going to be the Fire of Salvation model. I've been itching to put some paint on him for awhile, as I need him for the eKreoss tier list I someday want to put on the table.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Deathwing Apothecary Finished

Finished up the Deathwing apothecary for the Command Squad last night. With the completion of this little fellow, the only remaining terminator to paint is the chaplain. Once that is finished, I've got a Land Raider Crusader and 2 Land Speeder Typhoons to paint up, and that will have me sitting pretty at 1500 points!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Grand Scrutator Serverius

Continuing with my theme of a Deathwing break, and as a result of my past few gaming sessions, I have found myself rekindling my interest in Warmachine. In order to kick off my resurgence into the game, I decided to start things off in grand fashion and paint up my Grand Scrutator Serverius that I've had laying around for a while.

Unfortunately, my Menoth army is painted to a very low standard. I was pretty much blind when I started painting the army, as I had just had Lasik eye surgery. I couldn't see anything when I was painting, everything was just a blur while my eyes were healing. It makes for a nice break though, since I was able to paint him to completion last night before the half way point of Braveheart.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tyranids Finished

Managed to get the Tyranids done that I was working on last night. The beauty of this army is they are a 3 color minimum in the truest sense. The only colors on them are the tan skin, the blue chitin, and the black blades. The Zoanthrope is the one exception, I put a Baal Red wash over the exposed brain parts.

So with these 3 minis painted, it brings me a 100 and something points closer to the 2000 point list I've got planned out for them. Whenever I get around to it, I've got a Carnifex kit laying around that will be converted to a Tervigon, and some gargoyles still left before I need to make some more Tyranid purchases and continue the growth of the Hive Fleet.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Tyranid Update

Decided to take a minor break from the Deathwing extravaganza I've been having for the past month, and continued working on some gribbly little monsters that have been lurking around my desk for a while (since Christmas).  First up, we have a Zoanthrope, the first one I've added to my Hive Fleet. I'm excited to try him out on the tabletop, Strength 10 AP 1 Lance is quite nasty!

Next to the Zoanthrope, laying in pieces, is a Hive Guard. I already have 1 in the Hive Fleet, and adding a second one will be absolutely lethal to Rhinos, Chimera's, Dreads, and anything of that nature. Especially since Line Of Sight is not needed!

And last but not least, a lone Hormaguant that somehow slipped through the cracks when I did a mass painting of them a few months back.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Deathwing Progress

I just realized, I still haven't posted up pics of the 2nd Deathwing Squad that I finished last week. My bad on that one. That post will come soon. Anyways, onto the meat and potatoes of this particular post. I received in the apothecary parts from the Grey Knights sprue that I ordered from The Warstore, and so work has begun earnestly on the last terminator from the Command Squad.

I've also began working on the 2nd HQ choice for the army, an Interrogator Chaplain. The Terminator Chaplain model has to be one of my all time favorite sculpts from Games Workshop, and I'm really excited to finally get around to painting him up.

I still need to do another layer of Badab Black over the current layer, to darken it up a bit, then I'm planning a Devlan Mud wash over the entire model, hoping that will bring the color of the model in line with the rest of the Deathwing force.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Quick Update

No pictures tonight, just a quick update on what I've gotten done in the past few days.

1. Deathwing Squad 2 is finished and just awaiting their photo shoot.
2. I ordered a resin casting kit from Micro-Mark, and eagerly await its arrival.
3. I managed to trade some extra Marine items for a 2nd Escher Heavy w/ a stubber
4. I scored a few cheap Chaos Marauders from ebay, and so its pretty much official I will be collecting more for that army.
5. I took a vacation to Waikiki, so that's why I haven't been posting.

That's all for tonight, tomorrow I should have time to get the terminators in the light tent and snap a few pics of the finished squad.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Resin, A journey into

I have officially decided to foray into the world of casting my own pieces. More specifically, my own bases. The recently acquired Daemons army, along with maybe the Tyranids, I would like to mount on lava bases. Problem is, I'm getting to the point where I'm too lazy to model an individual base for each Bloodletter a 100 times over again. Enter the casting kits.

I asked the question on my local gaming forum a few months back, in preparation for when today came. I received an excellent response from one of the members that pointed me in the direction of Senji Studios. In that post, the author of the blog reviewed several (a lot) of different kits available to the budding resin caster.

I'm still shopping around though. I still want to go look and see what Micro-Mark has to offer, along with the FLGS, The Armchair Adventurer, has to offer. If any of you have been to Honolulu, and been in that store, you know how much stuff is hidden in there.

If anybody out there knows of a good kit, that they might have some experience with, I'm willing to listen to any and all suggestions.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Warriors of Chaos, Test model 2

I've been busy beavering away at this guy alongside the 2nd Deathwing squad. So far I'm really happy with the way he is turning out. I might want to take the edge highlights up to a Mithril Silver, instead of Boltgun Metal. I really like highlights that you can see on the table when the mini's are actually being used, as compared to only when the mini is on the shelf and somebody picks it up and looks at it then.

So far I've gotten just the armor highlighted, and the fur has been dry brushed with Bleached Bone over a Devlan Mud wash, which in turn was just over the gray primer. The model is no where near complete, but so far I'm digging the way the model is shaping up.

One thing I really can't make up my mind on, and one I would like some second opinions on, is which shade of red should I go with? In the top picture, on the inside of the cloak, is a deep red, on the outside, a lighter red. I lean more towards the darker red, but I'm not entirely sure.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Deathwing Squad 2, built and primed

Squad 2 is well on its way to completion. Just need to pic out the non bone colored parts with Codex Grey, then wash them liberally with Devlan Mud. After that, its just highlighting and picking out the details. Simple as pie.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Warriors of Chaos Test Model

With my recent acquisition of a Khorne themed Daemons army, I think my thought process's have been tainted by the warp a bit. I was sitting at my desk working on the Deathwing last night, and I felt the call of the Chaos Gods. I've had some chaos warriors kicking around my house for a long time, as I use some of the parts to spruce up the Deathwing, but I've never taken the time to put one together, much less felt motivated to paint one. That all changed last night.

So far all I've done is clean him up and prime him, but that's a start. I think I'm just going to go with the classic look, black armor, red cloak and light brown fur. Either that, or red armor, since my Daemons are servants of Khorne.

Anyway, I'm excited to paint him either way. I'll just poke around for a bit and see if I can find some inspiration somewhere.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Deathwing Squad 2, All cleaned up

Began work on the second Deathwing squad tonight. I had to strip an earlier attempt at painting Deathwing, which was an all together way too long process and one that could only result in the army never getting painted. Which, as you can see by browsing my blog, is exactly what happened.

Now I just need to file down 4 more shoulder pads, and clean off the paint that the toothbrush couldn't get off, and they will be ready for primer and painting. This will also be my last squad for a while, as I don't have the required pieces left to make a full 3rd squad. I'm going to need to Ebay some more shoulder pads for that. 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Deathwing Command Squad, Finished

Finished up the Deathwing Command Squad tonight. This is the first of 3 squads planned for the army, along with another Land Raider and a terminator Chaplain. I'm still waiting for the apothecary bits to arrive, so thats why the squad is missing its 5th member. His body has been built, and is ready for the arms and head though, so it won't take long to get him finished and on the table.

I'm not terribly happy with the way the banner turned out. All I did was the broken sword over a bone background. While that is the symbol of the Deathwing, I will probably end up stripping the banner and starting over once the army is complete and I have more time to spend on a single model.

These guys will be rolling around with Belial and the Chaplain, once I get him painted that is. The next squad of Deathwing is already in the works. Tomorrow they should be done with their simple green bath, and after that, ready to be repainted in the current Deathwing scheme. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Deathwing Command Squad, Part 3

The Command squad continues to inch closer to completion. The Sergeant on the left is actually completed, along with the banner bearer, minus the banner obviously. The main work left on the squad just comprises of the Thunderhammer and Storm Shield terminator, and the Apothecary when the bits get here.

Speaking of the Thunderhammer terminator, I swapped out the storm sheild for a Chaos Warrior shield from the fantasy kit. I really do love that kit, so many useful bits for Chaosifying my Dark Angels.

I'm also at a loss for what to put on the banner. I've looked at the Deathwing company banner, and there is no way I can paint that. So with that ruled out, I'm unsure of what I should paint on to it. I don't want to end up with just a plain green banner, so I want to add some sort of iconography on there. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Deathwing Command Squad, Part 2

Got some work done on the Command Squad. The Devlan Mud wash has been laid down on all the mini's and now they eagerly await the Bleached Bone highlights. After that, I'll highlight all the darker gray areas, fill in some Mechrite Red on the lenses, and that should about do it for these guys. 

The banner bearer will take the longest however. First off, I'm not sure what symbol or design I even want to put on it. Second, I'm using mostly washes to paint just about everything in this army, so it takes a long time inbetween coats. Still, I've got high hopes for the model and I am pretty excited about how it will all turn out.

As a side note, the Sergeant (far left) will be entered in a local painting competion! My first ever, so we will see how it all works out.

As a second side note, this is The Unforgiven's 50th post! All of you who follow my random ramblings, I appreciate it. Its nice to know somebody is listening.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Choir of Menoth

Painted these 2 Choir Boys up awhile ago, back in April. Unfortunately, they are the only Choir models I currently have, the store didn't have the leader blister when I purchased these, so I can't even use them in a game yet. Oh well, some day I'll get a min sized unit on the table and sing some hymns to my warjacks of divine righteousness.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Deathwing Command Squad, Built and Primed

I put these fellows together Saturday afternoon, while my wife was at work. There are only 3 at this point since one is already finished, and I'm going to order some of the Grey Knight Apothecary bitz from The Warstore so I can make an apothecary, obviously.

I'm really pleased with how the Standard Bearer turned out. Just a simple hand swap is all it took. The banner itself and the pole are from the Chaos Warrior box set. I use bitz from that box a lot, as I  like my Deathwing to look a little Chaosy.

I'm looking forward to getting some paint on these guys, and I'm really pleased with how fast work is progressing on this army.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Belial Finished

I actually finished Belial two days ago, but this is the first chance I've gotten to snap some pics and get him on the site. Not a whole lot to say about painting the model, other than the fact that drilling out Lysanders head almost made a 23 year old father of 2 children cry....

Anyways, here are some pics:

I'm really pleased with how the cape turned out. It almost has me convinced to try some more serious blending, perhaps venturing into the world of wet blending. Maybe I'll try that on my Khorne Daemon army, whenever I get around to doing that. 

Saturday, April 30, 2011

April Summary

Here is my month in review. April was a bit of a powerhouse for me.

Painting Points
I mangaged to paint up the following:

Land Raider Crusader
2x Choir of Menoth
1 Terminator with Cyclone Missle Launcher and TH/SS

All that brings me to 47 painting points, which is only 3 shy of what i painted last year. Not to shabby if you ask me.

And now I have decided to incorporate a monthly hobby fund, for 2 reasons.
1. I was inspired by Stuck Between Stations
2. I buy too much crap.

New Model Fund
So taking 50 bucks for a new month, plus my random cash pile, gives me 76 bucks to spend on hobby items for the month of May.

Land Raider Finished

2 weeks in the making, this post marks the finishing of the first of two Land Raiders I've got que'd up for my 1500 point Deathwing list. I've still got alot to finish for the army (pretty much everything but this and Belial), so its going to be a while before they can all take the table painted and looking glorious. Anyways, without further delay, here are the pics.

I'm very happy with the way the vehicle turned out. I actually learned a few very valuable lessons while working on the Land Raider.

  • When working with washes on large flat surfaces, use the biggest brush available. This will prevent visible brush strokes.
  • Never let the edge of the wash dry. This will prevent lines showing up after the washes dry. It will also save you from ruining a spot by leaving brush spots on a partially dried wash.
  • Wash everything at the same time, so all the parts turn out the same color. Most of you will probably have noticed that one of the door panels and the sponsons are a slightly differant color. Washing everything at the same time would have prevented that.

Well thats all for now, thanks for stopping by. In the very near future, I'm going to have some posted pics of finished Belial. Whats after that, who knows.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Skulls for the Skull Throne

As I mentioned yesterday, Tuesday night I completed a trade with my good friend Adam. I sent his way 2 MK1 Rhino's, 1 MK Razorback with the Las/Plas turret, and 1 MK1 Predator Annihilator. In return, I received this pile o mini's:

Among the Necromunda terrain and my mobile painting station, you see the following:

Fleshhounds (Khorne Dogs as I like to call them) x 5
Old metal Daemon Prince x 1

This army is still a ways off in the future. I'm going to finish my Tyranids and Deathwing before I get started on these daemons, but I can't possibly be more excited to start them. I also haven't decided if they will be for Fantasy or 40k, or both with some Gale Force 9 movement trays for the circle bases.

"The Dumpsters" Part 3

The 3rd member of The Dumpsters to recieve some paint is Taylor Rayne. Armed with an autopistol and a sword, she has been carving her way through Delaque and Scavvies like its cool (which it is). I think it goes without saying, that Taylor is assigned to The Dumpsters close combat division.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Land Raider Part 3

I made some major progress on the Land Raider tonight. I managed to get the Assault Cannon shield and the Hurricane Bolter shield all highlighted, along with half of the remaining Hurricane Bolter itself. All the other bitz of the vehicle, the actual assault cannons, the camera's and the other half of the Hurricane Bolter, have all been base coated and washed, and only need the highlight to finish them off.

I also worked on Belial in between washes drying on the Land Raider, but I forgot to snap a picture of him. For what its worth, I laid down the green on his cloak, and almost finished highlighting his armor too.

Last night was also a awesome trading night for me. More on that to come tomorrow, once I finish taking pictures of everything that swapped hands..

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Land Raider Progress

Just a quick update on the Deathwing Land Raider thats been kicking around my desk. Today I managed to get half a sponson  and the assault cannon mount done.

I still need to do the gun site and camera for the sponson, and the actual assault cannons. After that, I've got the other sponson and the multi-melta. Once that is all done, this bad boy should be about finished!

Monday, April 25, 2011

"The Dumpsters" part 2

Continuing with the theme of The Dumpsters, here is our next gang member to receive some paint. This lovely little lady goes by the name Priscilla, and is part of The Dumpsters fire support division. Again, this model was painted by my wife, known around these parts as The Warhammer Widow.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Necromunda Gang " The Dumpsters"

With the kick off of a brand new Necromunda campaign last week, my wife decided to paint up the Escher gang I've had laying around for the better part of 10 or so years. So far she has gotten the leader done, which we named Teagan. Here she is in all her glory.

So far after 2 games she has taken 4 enemies out of action, and is responsible for the death of at least 1 scavvy ganger. Definitely the top performer so far in The Dumpsters.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

City Fight!

Last night, while I was waiting for Belial's wash to dry, I started working on my newest terrain project!

So far, it is what you see. 6 2x2 squares painted black. Not to impressive, I know. I'm hoping today after work though, I will be able to make it to the local craft store and pick up some plastic canvas to cover the table with. Once I have that down, and painted silver, the base of the table will be complete.

My plan eventually is to be able to use the modular squares to have either a city or space hulk terrain set up. I still haven't worked out how I'm going to make corridors and such, but its still a ways off, so its not a huge deal right now.

I also saved this piece of cardboard like substance from the ravages of the local trash man. It came from the bottom of my wife's new steam cleaner box, but to me, it looks a whole lot like some sort of manufactorum or something. In the next week or so, after the table is done, I'm going to take some time to slap some paint on this as well. I think it will do just fine as a center piece of terrain for a battle somewhere in space. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Beginnings of Belial

Started to paint up my version of Belial tonight. Seeing as how he is what makes Deathwing a legal army, I figured I should get him painted up and ready for the tabletop.

So far, I managed to get the armor washed with Devlan Mud to give it the appropriate color, and that's about it. It takes a good 45 mins for the wash to completely dry, so I didn't have much of a choice but to let him sit and dry for most of my painting time tonight.

Tomorrow I should be able to get the cloak painted green, and all the bells and whistles on the armor painted the appropriate colors. I'm hoping on Friday to do the highlighting on the edges of the armor and cloak, and that should finish up the mini. Lets see if it happens though...

Monday, April 11, 2011

Deathwing Progress

I've been busy for the past week or so working on my Deathwing army, even though in the last post I said I would work on Tyranids. I've got plastic ADHD, I can't help it. Anyways, I've always wanted to make a Terminator with a cyclone and thunderhammer with stormshield, so I did it. And I must say, the end result is a pretty spectacular looking Terminator.

Work has also began on the 1st Land Raider for the company. I have yet to get to doing the sponsons or assault cannon , but the hull and 1 door is 99% complete. 

Hopefully in the next couple days, I'll be able to post up some pics of a finished Land Raider, and then maybe I'll get around to actually working on the Zoanthrope.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hormagaunts Done

Finished up my first batch of 18 Hormagaunts last night. That should leave me with...32 more to finish for my planned 2k list that I someday want to put together. That seems like a lot to finish, but between the 25 Termigants and these hormagaunts that are now completed, I'm over half way done with my gaunts.

Up next for the 'nids is my first Zoanthrope. I've already got him assembled, just need to prime him and throw some paint at him and hope it sticks. Although, I do have a squad of Deathwing that needs to get painted up, and they are looking awfully tempting...I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.

Friday, March 25, 2011

What I've been doing

Just a quick update on what I've been doing hobby-wise for the past few months. I've been busy continuing work on my Tyranids and I've slowly started to work on my Imperial Guard. I've managed to get the 'Nids to a painted and playable 1000 points, minus the Hormagaunts you see there that are still gray, but I'm working on that.

The Imperial Guard on the other hand I haven't actually painted anything new for them, mostly just been doing repairs on mini's that have been broken over the years. I actually just got those Ogryn's in the front in a trade yesterday, and Monday I will be getting a squad of Rough Riders too, so I'm pretty happy about that. 

Anyways, that's all for now. I know I don't always have time to post on the site and keep content coming regularly, but when life permits I like to take the time to post up what I've been working on and share my projects with all the bloggers out there.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Its been awhile since I've posted on here it seems. But I'm not going to bore anyone with my life story for the past few months, so I'm here to just ask a question.

Can anyone recommend a good starter kit for resin casting? I need 21 60mm bases to mount the old metal IG heavy weapons teams onto, and I really don't want to buy them. Best I can figure, it would probably cost about the same to get a kit as it would to buy all the bases separately.