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Flamers of Khorne – WIP

Starting to slide into a time crunch: just a bit over two weeks until the Battle for the Cure, so I need to wrap up everything I’m going to bring.

I’ve finished my first octet of Blood Horrors.  Need to post pictures of the final product… but I need to get around to taking them, first.

I’ve started converting up some Flamers: I played a game with them proxied on Tuesday and was very happy with them.

They’re clearly primarily Gors with Gargoyle wings stuck to their backs.  If I’d been thinking, I’d have taken some photos of the hacking / drilling / greenstuffing done to make that work.  (More than I’d expected, but I failed to do the usual amount of damage to my thumb that normally accompanies this much chopping so I can’t complain.)

To make them look more shooty and dangerous than the Blood Horrors, I’m giving them autocannons for right arms: they’ll be getting grenade launchers  for their left hands (just like the Horrors).  Unfortunately, I miscounted my grenade launchers: I’m going to have to wait on a bits order to turn up before I can get that far.

One thing I’m not sure about is how to base them.

25mm bases seem… a little small.  40mm bases are bigger than they’d normally get, and seem too big.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to put them on 25mm bases, but am uncertain enough to entertain dissenting opinions.

Anyway, here are some other pictures of the WIPs:

Painting Progress – 20110102

I’ve gotten surprisingly little done.  Given that I’ve had two whole days in which I’ve worn nothing but pajamas, uninterrupted, you’d think I’d have annihilated anything and everything that crossed my painting table.

Instead, I’ve been reading (wrapped up Prospero Burns*, started Empire in Black and Gold), napping and time wasting.

I’m mostly done with the second batch of Gremlins.  At this point, just a few things left to do.  Should be an afternoon’s focus to wrap up.

I’m less motivated to knock them out, though, because I had the realization that my company’s holiday party is the night of the Malifaux thing at Huzzah Hobbies… that’s probably too much for me to try to fit into one day.

At this point, though, I might as well finish them.  Be a shame not to.

Wanted to throw up another WIP of Som’er Teeth Jones.

God, what an ugly model.  In some ways, that’s good; he ain’t suppos’d t’ be purdy.  In other ways, it’s annoying: he doesn’t look anything like any of the other Gremlin models.  It also looks like he’s not wearing anything underneath that coat, and that’s just gross.

Also, I finally took a stab at converting up some Pink Horrors (Blood Horrors?)

Nothing fancy: I don’t think it needs to be fancy.  I’ve certainly learned that, for me, the more involved a conversion gets the less likely I am to finish it, much less paint it.

They’re basically Ungors with bow-hands removed and replaced with grenade launchers.   Some green-stuff goes into gap-filling and making the two pieces “fit” together better.

I’m doing basically the same thing with a Gor for the Changeling.

I did do some extra sculpting around the heads: Ungors have a big gap between the torso and the head that I filled in.  Also I smoothed things out between the shoulders and the back of the head to make things look more hunched over and less… weird.

Easy to put together.  I’ve got another box of Ungors, but have to wait on some bits to show up before I can finish a second octet.

* Micro-review: Actually a solid enough book but utterly a failure as a book titled, “Prospero Burns,” billed as a book about the annihilation of Prospero.  Also, I thought the end was cheap and disappointing.

Paintification Progress – 20101214

Managed to block out all of Sunday to do catch up on some much-needed hobby work.  Things, as I’ve said, have been unbelievably hectic lately so it was a really great feeling to slap some paint around.  Particularly on these, since I hope they’ll go over well at the Battle for the Cure.

I took some pictures while doing the ribbons; I hope to throw together a quick walk-through on how to do them and post it tomorrow.

Before I do just a dump of pictures, I wanted to call out a specific one that kind of breaks my heart:

This was accidental.  I used all of the bald heads ’cause I’m not crazy about the wacky Daemonette hairstyles.    All of the Daemonettes, being Slaaneshi are supposed to be androgynous; given this is GW… that’s expressed by making them extremely feminine but only giving them one breast.

In the context of a model painted for a breast cancer awareness event, however, I see: the determined, resolute face of a survivor.  The bald head of a chemotherapy recipient.  The results of a mastectomy.  The rest of the model is pretty ridiculous, sure, but it hits a lot of buttons.

Also, the larger batch of Daemonettes came out a bit lighter than my test model:

I’m okay with that.  I think the tone one the larger batch looks much better.

Anyway, here’s the rest of the models.

Other than that: I’m working on a mini for my D&D game (for what qualifies as a “recurring villain”, I suppose) and I’ve finally assembled Skulltaker’s Chariot so I’ll probably start painting him soon.

I had big plans for hitting the Dogfish Head Alehouse a mile from my FLGS that I just learned about (their 60 Minute IPA’s been my default beer for something like six years, now) before heading into game (I’ve got a couple of hours between when I boogie out of work and when people start showing up for games)… but forgot my wallet at home.  Maybe next week.

I’ve also made some breakthroughs on automating my Hobby Status spreadsheet, so I hope to have that available for consumption in the next week or so.

Painting Progress – 20101120

Past week or so, I’ve been jammed up, waiting on hobby time to make itself available and for some bits to show in the mail.
The bits finally showed up, so I made sure some hobby time presented itself.
First on the list was Skulltaker’s Chariot; I’d been waiting on some wheels to complete the chariot and the juggernaut to pull it.  All of that came together splendidly, until I realized I’d forgotten to order a base for the whole thing.  D’oh!  That should hopefully show up next week.
Tonight, while waiting on some code to checked in so I could compile it, I got the ball rolling on the rest of the Daemonettes.  (I think I’m going to call them “Bloodbrides” or something goofy.)
Speaking of Slaanesh: I’ve started on my first non-Khornate unit for my Daemons.  (The Daemonettes don’t count: they’re for the tournament only.)  I hadn’t set out to shift to an ecumenical list, but a deal turned up where I could buy two Varghulf for $10 each.  Ended up grabbing some other kits from the guy, one of which I was immediately able to turn around and trade for a third Varghulf.  One of those Varghulf turned out to have a fairly miscast arm, which meant a call into GW for a replacement.  
So, with a good amount of greenstuff work, I’ll be fielding four slightly converted Varghulf as Fiends of Khorne.
Not much going on here.  Because they’re so mono-posed, I wanted to do something to make them each a little more unique… and more Khornate.  I’m not entirely satisfied that I’ve made them sufficiently less mono-posed, but I think it’s probably the best I’m going to be able to manage.
Basically, I just stuck some Bestigor horns on their heads.  Lots of greenstuff work, though.  Tons of gap-filling, too.

Painting Progress – 20101108

Did a lot of random work over the weekend, mostly due to being stuck at my desk while remodeling trucked along.

For starters, I assembled SKULLTAKER and the chassis of his SKULLTAKER CHARIOT.

I need an auction to come through for some bitz before I can go much farther than this, so we’ll have to see how long that ends up taking.  Might be a bit before I finish him.  The chariot’s got something of a wider profile than the pair I built last month: the spikes are the wider, larger sort, and they’re angled out instead of parallel.  Skulltaker’s not a little dude and steps needed to be taken to fit him into his ride.

Briefly considered having the Mouth of the Abyss pull the chariot… but even though its about the same size as the Juggernauts it just looks so smaller, so that’s not going to fly.

Also, got some good deals on some stuff.  I’ll post about most of it as it comes together, but I did snap up a box of Daemonettes to paint up for the Battle for the Cure next year.  Part of the appearance scoring calls for a squad painted pink: after some thought about painted up an octet of pink Bloodletters, I decided it’d be better to just run a squad of pink Daemonettes.

So, I played around with some approaches.  Found one I liked.

In some ways, it’s not perfect.  Red on pink?  Ick.  It was key to me that they tie in with the rest of my Daemons; this is pretty much a one-off unit.

Anyway, as a result, most of the colors are done the same way as with my Bloodletters, etc.  I’m extremely happy with the pink flesh.  Probably more appropriate for Pink Horrors, but whatever.

Pink Flesh
– 3:1 Baby Pink (Apple Barrel) : Dheneb Stone basecoat.
– Ogryn Flesh wash
– 3:1 Baby Pink : Dheneb Stone heavy drybrush
– 3:2:2:1 Water : Baal Red : Matte Medium : Leviathan Purple wash
– Dheneb Stone extreme highlight

The Baby Pink / Dheneb Stone mix isn’t exact.  Each time, it started out with a 2:1 mix that I added more pink to until it looked right.  I ended up keeping some of the dried, unused paint to help get the ratio about right down the line.

The wash is spectacular.  Man, I’ve really started to love putting matte medium into washes that I’m watering down.  It works miracles to keep things from splotching up.

Also, for the heck of it, I put a little pink ribbon on it.  It was an easy little pain in the ass to do.

It’s checkbook receipt onion paper sliced extremely thin.  Brushed with superglue and then wrestled into shape.  That part was the hardest: such a small thing to do.  Then hit with some Tentacle Pink, highlighted with Baby Pink and washed the pink wash above.

I’m very happy with how they came out.  I’ll have to paint up another seven at some point: I won’t need them until March, but it’d be nice do knock them out while I can remember how I did the first one. :)

Finally, I did a good bit of work on three more Bloodletters.  I need a non-Icon-bearing Bloodletter for two of the squads and an Icon-bearer for the third.  Hopefully, I’ll wrap them up pretty quickly: I think I’m a little bored with painting them.

Chariots of Khorne

Finally finished off the Chariots of Khorne.  They’ve sat around mostly assembled for a couple of months, but only took about two weeks to paint.

The model itself combines a lot of kits:

  • The Heralds are from the Forgeworld Khorne Daemon Prince and Herald kit.
  • The left arm on each of the Heralds is from the plastic Bloodletter kit.  The resin Herald is holding a corpse, and there isn’t really room for that in the chariot.
  • The juggernauts are from the Khorne Chaos Lord on Juggnaut kit.  I wanted it to look different and more awesome than the juggernauts being ridden by my Bloodcrushers.
  • The Chariots are, for the most part, scratch-built.  The bulk of them are spare knuckles from the Soul Grinder kits with some plasticard providing the floors, sides and axles.  
  • The wheels are from the Chaos Chariot.  This is the most annoying thing about the model; it’s kind of a waste.
There’s kind of a lot of brass, so I decided to break it up a bit by painting blood splatters on the juggernauts to match the splatters on the Heralds.

Chariot of Khorne WIP

Today’s been the blissful, low-key day that I’ve needed for a bit.  So, it was only natural that I spent the bulk of it painting.

I’d been taking step-by-step pictures until I hit a point where I just… stopped.  So, there’s not much point in sharing those.  However, since we’re about to call it a night here, I figure I might as well document where I’m at.

I’d say I’m more than halfway done.  I need to highlight/wash the base and do the little hair tuft on the juggernaut’s chin and I can call the chariot part of this thing finished*.  Then, the Heralds themselves will be pretty quick work.

Not bad for a day’s work!

* Aside from whatever bloodsplatters I decide I need to do.  I can’t really start on those until what’s underneath is painted.

Escalation League!

As I’ve mentioned, we’re starting up an escalation league at the top of November.

I’ve been noodling about what I’ll be running through the league.  Plans will, no doubt, evolve as the league proceeds… but it’s nice to have a rough plan to have around to evolve.

Roughly, I don’t see a lot of painting work to do.  Just:

  • Heralds of Khorne w/ Chariot x2
  • Bloodletter x2
  • Bloodletter w/ Icon x1

That’ll cover pretty much everything I could potentially run in a mono-Khorne list.  Not really angling for fully-painted points or anything… it’s just I’m so close, there’s no excuse to be anything less.

It can be tricky throwing these things together: I’m sticking with Khornate units and Khornate numbers (powers of 2: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16).  That basically ensures there’s no clean progression from list to list: they can’t “grow” from one to another, which is a shame.

(At least not until Bloodthirsters start sounding reasonable: they come in convenient 250 point packages.)

I’m not entirely happy with them but, as I said, stitching these things together while such awkward numbers are involved can be tricky.  Lots of Monstrous Creatures: given that it looks like there are going to be a lot of Guard players in the league… that’s an unfortunate necessity.  Armor’s such a problem for the army.

If it looks like there’s a strong Dark Eldar presence, that’ll have to change.  I’ve yet to flip through the preview copy of the book, yet, but I’m pretty sure they’ll just tear through high T models.

Anyway, here we go:

500 Points

Elite
Bloodcrushers x4 – Fury, Icon, Instrument

Troops
Bloodletters x8 – Fury

Fast Attack
Flesh Hounds x8 – Karanak

750 Points

HQ
Herald of Khorne – Chariot
Herald of Khorne – Chariot

Troops
Bloodletters x8 – Fury
Bloodletters x8 – Fury

Fast Attack
Flesh Hounds x8 – Fury

Heavy Support
Daemon Prince – Flight, Iron Hide

1,000 Points

HQ
Bloodthirster

Troops
Bloodletters x8 – Fury
Bloodletters x8 – Fury

Fast Attack
Flesh Hounds x8 – Fury

Heavy Support
Daemon Prince – Flight, Iron Hide
Daemon Prince – Flight, Iron Hide

1,250 Points

HQ
Bloodthirster
Bloodthirster

Troops
Bloodletters x8 – Fury
Bloodletters x8 – Fury

Fast Attack
Flesh Hounds x8 – Fury

Heavy Support
Daemon Prince – Flight, Iron Hide
Daemon Prince – Flight, Iron Hide

1,500 Points

HQ
Bloodthirster
Herald of Khorne – Chariot
Herald of Khorne – Chariot

Troops
Bloodletters x8 – Fury, Icon
Bloodletters x8 – Fury

Fast Attack
Flesh Hounds x8 – Fury
Flesh Hounds x8 – Fury

Heavy Support
Daemon Prince – Flight, Iron Hide
Daemon Prince – Flight, Iron Hide
Daemon Prince – Flight, Iron Hide

1,750 Points

HQ
Bloodthirster – Unholy Might
Herald of Khorne – Chariot
Herald of Khorne – Chariot

Elite
Bloodcrushers x4 – Fury, Icon, Instrument

Troops
Bloodletters x8 – Fury
Bloodletters x8 – Fury

Fast Attack
Flesh Hounds x8 – Fury
Flesh Hounds x8 – Fury

Heavy Support
Daemon Prince – Flight, Iron Hide, Mark of Khorne
Daemon Prince – Flight, Iron Hide, Mark of Khorne

Thoughts?

Painting Progress – 20101013

Finally finished off those 10 Clanrats that have been totally jamming me up.

So, that’s an enormous relief.  That puts the unit of Clanrats at:
So, 11 plus the standard and it’s done.  I’m not doing it, though!  I’m refocusing on Daemons.
Next up on the painting table:  Heralds of Khorne in Chariots.

Hobby Progress – 20100922

My slog through painting Clanrats & Slaves has bogged down pretty thoroughly.  Work and a pleasant upswing in tabletop gaming haven’t helped, either.

Here’s where I’m at on Batch #5:

The flesh is the really tedious part, so once I sit down with them again, they should cruise along pretty quickly.

I did find the time and motivation to finish constructing my second Herald of Khorne.  I’m telling myself that as soon as I’m done with Batch #5, I’ll paint these up.  I probably shouldn’t wait, though.

Finally, an eBay’d bitz order that I’d forgotten placing (and had gotten lost in the mail) turned up with some Stormboy bitz.  So, I started fiddling with them.  The result: DOOMROCKET.

The real tragedy is that I’d really like to trick out and convert up the mini.  It’s a Hero, after all, and I’ve got a ton of random bitz… no excuse to have him looking unique.  Except that the model is so detailed… there’s really not much I can do with it.