19 Feb 2018

Imperial Agents - Grey Knight Brotherhood Champion

Hi All, making good progress with my Squaduary pledge of a Tactical Squad “Beakie” RTB01 Marines and as a distraction from the job in hand (fellow sufferers of HBS Hobby Butterfly Syndrome will understand) I saw this.

Thanks for dropping in. Good to get another mini off the to-do pile, a Brotherhood Champion actually painted by The Pirate Viking at The Beard Bunker and bought as a job lot with some Terminators and a Strike Squad plus unpainted Interceptors. And the Grey Knight Rifleman Dreadnought, the only one not still in the to-do pile from Jul 2016
I've just satisfied my Hobby Butterfly and got this mini rebased to match my own and extended with a 32mm adapter, and off the to-do pile.
I quite like the black Force Sword look with lightning effect and gloss varnish, look like obsidian blades. And yes, this is actually the Castellan Crowe Purifier HQ model, but painted as a 'normal' Grey Knight - so is now my Brotherhood Champion, eagerly awaiting some reinforcements... after Squaduary we'll see what else the to-do pile presents before the Hobby Butterfly once again flutters away to other projects... might even paint something myself for once ;)

Cheers, Siph. (No painting points for a simple re-base)

16 Feb 2018

Adeptus Custodes - Custodian Guard - Completed Squad #1

Hi everyone,

Firstly, thank you all for the constant encouragement, return visits and look-see’s, from all of us at WeeMen, this humble corner of the blogosphere just hit 800,000 page views, sincere gratitude and cheers from Siph, Lord Halfpenny and the elusive 6thDegree. Anyway, on to the latest additions to our WeeMen!

I've been making steady progress on my Adeptus Custodes, recently, and have just finished the first 5 Custodian Guards.

These are armed with Sentinel Blades and Storm Shields. There is also one armed with the Custodes Vexillla.
I'm really happy with the way the 5 Custodian Guards look, the combination of the gold armour, with the bright red really pops, as well as the blue hue of the weapons contrasting with the gems.
For the lenses of the helmets, I've painted them with the Soulstone Blue gem colour, over Stormhost Silver, it gives the lens a really nice, natural look rather than the painted blue lens.
Thanks for looking! Cheers, Lord Halfpenny. (10 painting points - great job, Siph)

14 Feb 2018

Squaduary 2018 - RTB01 Tactical Squad - End of Week 2

Hi All, end of week 2 for my Squaduary pledge and I've made some decent progress I reckon, not as much as a few blogger buddies (Nick, Michael) but getting there - and thats the important thing, getting paint on this bit of the massive to-do pile.
Here is the progress so far, besides having to do bases and I've done the basecoat spray on all. 4 Squaduary members of this Tactical Squad down, and arguably the two most complex, the Veteran Sergeant Cato with 4th Company banner and the Heavy Weapon Specialist with the Missile Launcher. Pluss, two Bolter armed Marines meaning quite good progress I think for halfway through, I should make my pledge :)
What is it all about - a bunch of hobbyists getting motivated to do long overdue Squads... Rory at Stepping Between Games blog has done a great job corralling us all again this year to pledge to get some paint on our piles of grey (in this case cream coloured) plastic. Loving it so far this year, really helps seeing everyone else's work - Rory will be posting the halfway progress report tomorrow.

Cheers for stopping by, and keep up fellow Squaduary-teers! Your progress motivates me to keep to the schedule ;)

Cheers, Siph.

12 Feb 2018

Terrain and Scenery - Aquila Landing Pad

Hi Everyone, thanks for dropping by to have a look-see, the latest addition to the gaming table is an Aquila Landing Pad. I am busy this month with getting a squad of RTB01 Marines ready for Squaduary, but in the margins I finished this fairly simple terrain piece. I like terrain as an enhancement to the gaming experience, not to steal the show from the miniatures - so simple effective schemes are the way forward.
I sprayed the model Chaos Black and then a light metallic spray of Leadbelcher, then weathered the top with a blend of Agrax and Nuln Oil before a quick drybrush of Necron Compound.
I picked out the Aquila with Tau Sept Ochre and Khorne Red and a stencil made from tape meant I could paint the white identification numbers.
An effective method of lifting up the scheme was using Stormhost Silver washed with Soulstone Blue for the armoured shield lights and red Bloodletter Glazed lights for the underside and the landing pad itself.
I picked out some details with Retributor Gold just to make it more 40K and yet functional, and the large lamps with Khorne Red and a weathered drybrush of my usual basing brown.
There you have it, simple, effective and functional scenery. Hopefully it inspires you to get some of that grey bare plastic scenery lurking in the to-do pile out and finished, it really enhances the games!

I've a second one of these which arrived warped and half extruded so will be ideal for a ruined building with bombed pad - and thanks to Games Workshop for replacing it free of charge with this one, giving me the opportunity to make a characterful damaged one.  Cheers, Siph.

10 Feb 2018

Reaver Titan - WIP #19 - Weapons Up!

 Hi One and All!

Another quick post- work has been pretty crazy again with 4 days away from home..

I've started work on the different carapace options for the Reaver, having both the Twin Laser Destructor and Plasma Blastgun options to go with the Apoc launcher. These are the warhound weapons which I've converted to fit the reaver.
 I've opted to use 2 pins for the join, I had considered magnets, however after dry fitting the weapons I spotted that the pins work well to hold the weapon in place as its quiet a tight fit. I might add magnets to be sure though..
The pins were glued into the Launcher base- I felt this looked right for the weapon stand, and allows rotation of the weapon. I then did the old trick of painting the top of the pin and then pushed the weapon on top to mark where to drip into. This worked really well and is a trick I've used for years..
 Final results- just need to add some paint to it!
thanks for looking!

Cheers LH

7 Feb 2018

Squaduary 2018 - RTB01 Tactical Squad - End of Week 1

Hello All, thanks for checking in, so... progress has started on the RTB01 Space Marine Tactical Squad. Honestly, close up these guys needed a lot of work, my younger self cared not for moldline cleaning and thought nothing of cutting these from the sprue with blunt scissors! He was also very generous with Poly Cement and accessories on shin Greaves - as the now smoothed scars will attest to.
What is it all about - a bunch of hobbyists getting motivated to do long overdue Squads... Rory at Stepping Between Games blog has done a great job corralling us all again this year to pledge to get some paint on our piles of grey (in this case cream coloured) plastic.
Pictured here is my soon to be Sergeant with a Terminator Honours squad banner and his helmet on, like a sensible squad leader... and next to him a slightly modified Flamer specialist, I've used the nozzle from a combi-flamer rather than the funnel the kit comes with - this echoes my first squad modification of a Grav Gun specialist, adding a modern and recognizable weapon to these old miniatures - I really thought the old flamer nozzle was a bit naff. He also got two small Flamer canisters from said combi-flamers mag-locked to his left thigh (hidden in this pic, sry).
These middle one of these troops shows the Chainblade accessory to the Boltgun and you can see the moldline scraping I've been doing to all. I've also had a few in pieces, straightening or strengthening the old poly cement joins.
Here is the original paintjob I attempted all those years ago, now moldline scraped so looking worse for wear. The paint is thin enough and the others base coat is thin all over not to need stripping.
Finally, the Missile Launcher specialist with his iconic over the shoulder missile launcher and the remaining Bolter troops. As you may have noticed, they've all had 32mm adapters fitted and the seams liquid greenstuffed and sanded smooth - all ready for the next stage of painting.

May the progress continue next week, Cheers, Siph.

5 Feb 2018

Re-basing Characters to 32mm Bases from 25mm - TTAdapters

Hi All, cracking on with Squaduary this month, will be posting progress later in the week so in the meantime just some housekeeping on the side, HBS (Hobby Butterfly Syndrome) hits again, and I need to clear some of my niggly to-do pile. So, I re-based some of my SM Characters, deservedly so, if there was any character that needed a bigger base it was the Chaplain with Jump Pack, a top heavy metal sculpt!
Three more here, love the Chaplain pose above and the Librarian with Jump Pack I think looks awesome. I re-based the Captain ages ago, a true Relictor hero with a Daemon Weapon fighting Chaos with Chaos - the other two keeping a close eye on him ;)

Only another 120 Marines to re-base... I wrote a quick tutorial HERE and the adapters are available HERE if you fancy them. Cheers, Siph. (and 1 pt for re-basing these Characters)

3 Feb 2018

Adeptus Custodes - Custodian Guardians - WIP

 Hi one and all,

I'm slowly making progress with my Adeptus Custodes, with only the final few details to complete before these guys are done.

There are 5 Sword Bearers, and 5 with Guardian Spears, as well as the Forge World event model Ixion Hale who will make a perfect Shield Captain HQ choice!
I've gone for a bright gold finish, with a bright red should guards and helmet plume.  I've also tried to use the 'emerald blue' colour to the silver painted blade- I really like the effect - as the blade shimmers in the light. I've used contrasting red and green gem colours on the armour and Guardians.
Thanks for looking! Cheers, Lord Halfpenny.

1 Feb 2018

Squaduary 2018 - Great Hobby Motivation - It's that time again!

I often join blogger buddy Hobby events, I find they help me focus my Hobby Butterfly Syndrome for at least a month anyway - In February last year I completed a squad of RTB01 Marines.
In September I participated in Spartember and finished a long overdue Spartan Heavy Assault Transport.
And in October its the annual Dreadtober event, my previous entries were a Contemptor and a Deredeo...
So, this year's Squaduary will see me painting up my last remaining squad of RTB01 Marines seen here in a pre-clean up and a light white undercoat from 1989, one has the paint job I first ever attempted as a homebrew Chapter that never was, it's not actually that bad, neat job at least anyway, but he'll serve once more in the new guise as a Relictor - as I stated in 2010 - I will paint these someday - well that day has FINALLY come!
Check out the updates and other hobbyists progress over at Stepping Between Games. Wish me luck, cheers, Siph.

29 Jan 2018

Relictors Terminator Tactical Squad No.2

Hi All, I'm continuing to hit the to-do pile this year, a long time delayed squad, I converted the metal Chaplain, now fittingly skull faced Relictor Sergeant to have plastic legs years ago. The Genestealer Cult Sentinel I got last year came with a Missile Launcher I thought would look good as a Cyclone Missile Launcher, so the seed to get these finished was again bought forward.
These two are from the Space Hulk set, I must have shaved off twenty or more blood drops off of these! I cut away the bases they have so they could be mounted on 40mm bases and swapped the arm on the pointing Terminator to a less elaborate Storm Bolter arm - the original went to the Sergeant.
The amount of detail on these monopose sculpts is awesome. They are quite detailed enough to be Sergeants, or in this case decorated Elite Veterans. I like that they both are pointing in opposite directions.
The Sergeant is a conversion using the older metal Chaplain torso and head with plastic legs to give the correct height. I had to use the plastic waistband of the newer marines too, the older terminators were tiny. I chopped up the metal banner pole and used the banner top as his standard - I don't use banners for Terminators, preferring the smaller more compact and practical adornments.
Here you can see the Space Hulk arm for an unusually lowered pose and the plastic waistband. I also used Cullen's shoulder pad as its got loads of details.
Here are the two remaining squad members, both from AoBR plastic Terminators, I added a Chainfist Arm to one, the other received an old RT era Cyclone Missile Launcher targeter arm  - cool bits box use I think. The Sentinel Cyclone Launcher looks suitable for the Terminators I reckon.
Here is a close up of the Targeter arm.
And the Squad all together, checking the arcs left and right, great addition to the Relictors army.
And next up for me will be starting this years first hobby event, February's Squaduary! Can't wait to get cracking, this year I am again painting up another squad of RTB01 Marines I have loafing in the to-do pile. Check out the event at Stepping Between Games blog.  Here was last years results:
Thanks for dropping by, Cheers, Siph. (Termie Squad nets me 10 painting points)
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