Sunday, November 22, 2015

Chaos Bikers (part 4)

I finally moved on to working on the rest of my Chaos Bikers and I have begun the process of repairing them.
Awaiting the Superclean bath

Here they are awaiting their chemical bath, to be cleansed of the superglue nightmare that bound them together. I am using that purple stuff, Superclean, to remove the superglue. I let them soak in the stuff for a few days, but I'm convinced that the zipkicker abuse that these models went through will have to require more effort to get off. Luckily a few scrapes of an x-acto blade was all that was requried. 

Unfortunately the builder of these models also went over board on the plastic cement as well, which the Superclean doesn't touch, and I had to resort to some drastic measures. Using my jeweler's saw I hack-sawed the square bases right off of them. Although some of the tires got a bit damaged in the process, when I am done with the model you'll never know the difference!

And here is the temporary waiting area for these bikes, in all their various bits and pieces awaiting for more attention from me. The original owners were horrible not just in the construction of these models, but in the assembly prep as well, and I am finding, and removing,  a depressing amount of mould lines on these things.

Next up, the rebuilding process...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fenrisian Wolves (part 1)

A few years ago, the exact weekend the ork Fighter Bomber kit was released, I took it, and a handful of other models that I had that were awaiting their turn for priming, out to my poach and primed them. One model was an ammo runt, which I finished a few months ago, and the other 5 models were Fenrisian Wolves. The day was 6/3/2012.

I figured I would paint them quickly since they consisted of mostly hair and should be easy to dry brush.

"Quickly" only applies however if you actually do more than simply prime them. Which I didn't, as I started on that Ork Fighter instead.

It didn't help much that in the first game that I used them, and every game since, they were horribly ineffective. (Examples: relic-fight, When-sisters-make-you-hot,  To be a Lone Wolf, and War-returns-to-Johnson-City.)

When my fiance and I went to Warhammer at Turkey Creek she bought me another box of Fenrisian Wolves (she loves wolves!). This means that I definitely need to get this unit painted up finally, especially now that they might actually be effective in the game as a pack of 10 models. I will try not to let their humble deaths in previous warzones interfere with their completion... and you never know it might even lead to me working on and playing with my Space Wolves again.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Sven's House.

"Sven's House", is a clever nick-name for an Imperial Bastion that I built with a Space Wolves theme. This is a post that I simply forgot about. Not sure why, it just happened that way. So while reviewing some older posts I found a pic of this thing and remembered that I never actually wrote about it. I guess I was hoping to finish it, and then do a single post chronicling it's creation. However either I have lost some of the photos, or I just never took them to begin with.

This is one of those models that I painted on the sprue first. I painted it quickly and somewhat feverishly, and the assembly went fast as well. The first pic shows me beginning the process of assembling the 2nd level.

This pic shows my complete painting of the front door and the gun sponsons.

Next I assembled the 2nd story and used rubberbands to hold the whole thing together while the glue was curing.

The top level was fairly easy to paint, and it makes sense to paint this model as you put it together, as there are some areas that are just easier to paint this way.

Finally the walls on the roof were added, and the whole thing has come together rather nicely.

I am surprised that I don't have pics of one of the side joins that I messed up on and had to fill in with Green Stuff. No matter, it looks good now, and one really has to seek out this mistake

 It has some rust streaks and a few other details, but other than that, I haven't done much with it. I used it in maybe two games, and I was grossly unimpressed, and even deflated, by the rules for it, and apart from a few photo shoots...

"Home sweet home!" hasn't gotten much attention from me. I just preferred the rules in the original Planetstrike book, and rules for it in both 6th and 7th edition, have quite frankly, made the thing a point-allocated deathtrap.  So until the day that fortifications are able to fire at multiple targets, this model simply doesn't have rules based in common sense. Still, I like the model and I want to one day finish it.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Neverness goes to Warhammer

Last weekend, the fiancĂ© and I took a much needed weekend retreat to the Smokys, and on our 2nd day we decided to romp around Knoxville. Knowing of a favorite restaurant that I wanted my lass to try, I googled it's location only to have Google show me, rather prominently, that the place of my search was a block away  from Warhammer.

Warhammer? Games Workshop opened a store in Knoxville? After a more intensive web search I confirmed that yes, indeed, they did! It's only been open for about a month now, and from what I can tell, doing very well! Thus a planned excursion to the Turkey Creek area of the Knoxville metroplex was plotted and carried out.

So by luck, on the day I went, the store was show-casing it's first Armies on Parade event!

I was immediately captivated by the displays and dioramas that were located around the store, and after asking the proprietor, Mik,  for permission to take photos, I immediately began snapping pics. In fact, I was bit too enthusiastic about doing so and took way too many pics, so after some consideration I have decided to show you the highlights from the pics that I took.

This first thing that caught my eye was this impressive Dwarven fortress:

The army was nice, but the fortress that it's mounted on simply overwhelmed me. So many cool details in this thing.

The dwarven statues fascinated me, and I wish I knew where he obtained the dwarf statues or if he made him from scratch. Either way, very cool!

Next up was a scene featuring Chaos daemons vs. the Adeptus Mechanicus.  The models are nicely done though I found the setting was a bit simple compared to some of the other armies on display.

 Next up, here are a few models that seem to follow a Halloween theme. I dig the brashness of the Headless Horseman style jetbike rider.

More Halloween theme: Dwarves in a graveyard!

I spent a long time looking at this next army, perhaps pondering my own neglected Space Wolves?  However, mine aren't nearly as blood soaked as these chaps! I reckon a whole bottle of Blood for the Blood God was used on it!

I looked at the Space Wolf flyer for a long time. I have contemplated getting one of these for a long time now, but have been hesitant about it. I like the way this one turned out, and maybe I may cave sooner than later and finally get one for myself.

This isn't the first Space Wolf Imperial Knight I have seen (online I admit) but seeing this in person was very inspiring! Very nice result here!!!

Next to it was very bright green Necron army!

I particularly admired how he was able to get his green light effects to match the necron rods in the gaus guns. There are a lot of unique elements in this scene, and it was quite awesome!

Another Ad Mec army that was very fun to look at. I was particularly captivated by the multicolored robots..

Next up, Bretonnians! How cool it is to see this flashback to Warhammer 5th Edition and to Perilous Quest too (in fact, some of the card stock is from that campaign set!)

 Age of Sigmar! The models are well done, but the bases almost steal the show from them. Very interesting concept though...

Here is a BIG chaos army! Lots of details going on here,

But I have to save my favorite for last. I shall hold my comments, just look at the Eldar army by Zeke; simply phenomenal:

No doubt that's some nice airbrush work, and the results just speak for themselves! Very cool!

Well done to all who participated, it was a joy letting me, and everyone else, admire your work! I'm not sure I could display my figs like this, I am so paranoid about people touching, breaking or stealing my models, that I commend your bravery in participating and I hope nothing bad happened to any one's models. .

So, while spending my time all google-eyed and fascinated by what I beheld, I saw what the jaded nay-sayers in my local area would probably not expect: A lot of people buying Games Workshop, a lot of people engaging each other about these games, products and the modeling and painting hobby. Indeed there was a about a dozen or so teenagers and young adults feverishly painting armies at the table in the center of the store. It was very cool watching them do this. Mik was tremendously grateful to everyone he encountered and very helpful. There was no dumb questions to be asked, he was there to help and help all, regardless of age or knowledge. Compared to the last GW store I was at, the energy level in this place was just awesome! I hope the Turkey Creek Warhammer Store, and Mik, prosper and stick around in East Tennessee for a very long time!

How could I not be glad to see these old books?
And yes, I picked up some things. An audiodrama that I am eager to listen too still, Warhammer Visions (only the 2nd issue I have ever picked up, but the new size enticed me) and my fiancĂ© got me another box of Fenrisian Wolves (yes, I was inspired by the Space Wolf army!)  And I got a free pen!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Arise Cerastus, arise!!! Part two (guest post)

As you saw in the the previous post Doc TSG has been working feverishly on his Cerastus Knight Titan. So far, it's looking most impressive with it's base illustrating how it crushes anything in it's path. This first pic shows how he modeled the impression of the Cerastus' great weight, by having it crushing and bending the metal of a fallen Land Raider.  

However, this is only the framework of his vision, as he wants to have the tracks appear to pop and burst from the pressure of the war engine's weight. But in order to achieve that look, he needed more track pieces than he had available...

The solution: the greenstuff mold! By making a simple greenstuff press-mold (something I have always wanted to try out BTW), he solved his problem. He was able to model them around and get them to conform in a way that the existing plastic bit might not allow him to achieve. I will let the next batch of pics speak for themselves:

You can see how the greenstuff track links look like a slackened belt that has slipped it's gears. I like the buckling effect particularly. It's a lot of detail for a base accessory that's not part of the main model, but that's the point, everything you see is the model, and the base should help not just as a support for the model or a playing aid for the game, but to serve as part of the story for the model. Which this will do once completed. 

And here is the whole model up to this point.

And yes, those guns and arms are magnetized.

In part 3, which I already have pics for, the good Dr adds more texture to the base...

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Chaos Bikers (part 3)

Here's the completed model of my Mark of Khorne Chaos Space Marine Biker, racing across the moss-lands of Backyardistan IV in search of more skulls.

"And blood. Don't forget the blood!"

Now, let's see the rest of the progression that got him up to this point since I wrote part 2,

With the bike mostly complete, especially the Blood Red armor of the bike and the rider, it was time to focus a bit on that mutated arm. I recall base-coating it with Dwarf Flesh and painting it up using one of the new range pinks (I don't recall the name, but it looks a bit like Pepto Bismol in color).

Then I used one of the new Citadel inks (the name escapes me and I can't find it on GW's site) to put the red back into it. Also during this stage I finished up the (human) leather seat. (Eeew).

Next up I tightened up some details and proceeded add 'chrome' to the exhausts, handle bars and areas that I hope are interpreted as recent battle scars.

And here he is mostly done. Mostly.

But you can't be done with a Khorne model without some blood FX right?

Here, a rather liberal splattering of 'Blood for the Bloodgod' was applied to the wheel spikes, side spokes and to the front of the bike. Especially that jugger-axe head. I am pleased with the results!

Now, for the longest time I was going to stick with using the old square cavalry bases for my chaos bikes, more out of frugalness than anything, but thankfully my sanity came back to me and I decided to go with the 40k bike bases. They truly do look better!

 And finally, the decal. Using decal solutions (I keep promising to talk about this stuff don't I?) to assist with adhering the decal to the Space Marine shoulder pad, I was able to get the decal to go on rather well. However the Micro-Sol has a habit of over-softening the decal and distorting the colors so I still had to touch it up with a dab of paint or two.

And presto, it's done!

Here he is once again racing across the mosslands...

...and through the Tzeentchian wastes of the Daemonworld Unicoi.

This post does not end this Chaos Bike series however, as I stated in chaos bikers part-one. I intend to next re-model, restore, and paint the rest of my Chaos Bikes in the up coming months as Black Legionnaires. Stay tuned!