Saturday, November 10, 2018

Neverness goes to Warhammer! (In Richmond VA)

The title says it all, right?

 Actually it doesn't as this visit was very fun and engaging, even more so than the other Warhammer stores I have visited. Regular readers will note that I haven't posted much lately and that is due to the copious amount of training I am doing for my new job. The latest training has taken me to Richmond Virginia, and after I got here I decided to look and see if there was a Warhammer store nearby -and sure enough there was! After locating it, I was immediately impressed by how warmly I was greeted by the Manager (Bree) and the store's patrons. The conversation was easy to get going, as 40k-geekdom is a language unto itself!

Warhammer: Richmond.

After a brief introduction and tour of the store I asked Bree, the manager, if it was OK to take some pics for this blog and she enthusiastically said yes. These first pics, as one would expect, showcase the starter sets for Warhammer 40,000 and WH: Age of Sigmar. As a new customer or first time patron would likely see these as their gateway into these game systems, they are placed right at the front of the store.

40k starter diorama.
Bree was painting Harlequin miniatures in Christmas colors for an "elf on the shelf" event shelf is doing soon to promote Secret Santa event that the store is hosting. We had a fun discussion lamenting all the gems on those Harlequin models and the Joy's of painting them all...

Age of Sigmar diorama.
But the really fun models are always the staff/customer showcase models and miniatures. That Stompa is particularly inspiring!
The Stompa dominates the case!

As were these obviously Khorne themed mods.
Lots o' Blood for the Blood God!
I found this next one to be particularly inspiring. To encourage and inspire her younger patrons she asked her regular customers to bring their first, or earliest, painted model or miniature to put on display. Most of us look back, usually fondly, at our earliest painted efforts as a measure of just how far we've progressed in our craft and talent over the years. But more importantly we can show the newbies that, hey, don't worry if your first efforts aren't Youngblood trophy winners, you will only get better as you paint more and more. I thought this was awesome for Bree to have in her store!

Everyone starts somewhere! 

Next up we have a few fantasy models painted by Bree herself. The giant is particularly awesome. I have this model, unbuilt and unassembled, and I am always shocked at how small it is compared to the box...anyway, hers turned out very well indeed. The image with the yellow cloak is rather striking as well!

Towards the back of the store there are charts, rules, graphs etc. where the various campaigns and leagues are being tracked. There is a Kill Team area and a rather big Age of Sigmar campaign. Bree told me about the unique missions that she made for it and how engaged her players were in their participation. Sounds like lots of fun, and it made me wish I could participate.

The Shyish Campaign.

After talking rules and GW history with the folks there I made a purchase (an audiobook, for the ride home) and wished everyone well. I have found out that 40k day is Thursday nights so I hope that when I return to town next week (yay, more training) I will be able to stop by on that night and see what the action is like. If you live in this part of the country, or are passing through, go and pay the store a visit. I am sure you'll leave inspired like I did!

To find out out more about this shop and what they are doing with events and games, you can follow them on Facebook. Thanks again to Bree and her friendly customers for making me feel right at home!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dreadtober Blood Axe Dreadnought (Part 5)

At the end of the part 4, I promised some outside natural lighting pics. And today I was able to find a moment to make that happen.

Natural lighting in a sea of moss.
I still may or may not toss a few decals on this thing but time has yet to be available to do so. And I am OK with that simply due to indecision on my part. So for now this shall remain as is.

Check me out on the good side here..

The olive drab does cameo this model well, something that other orks shun but the sneaky Blood Axe gits totally get a kicks out of.

And that wraps up this year's Dread/Ork-tober event for me. I am thinking next year I will paint up a traditional Goff Ork Dreadnought, but my mind could change by then. Thanks again to the guys at the Dreadtober page for inspiring and organizing this year's challenge!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Intercessors of Fenris (Part 2)

I was recently able to do some more work on the new recruits for my Space Wolves. I worked up the bases for the Intercessors, but while doing so I found that I had the desire to double-up and so I built another squad.

More recruits.

This are the starter guys from the starter set. I built these guys and applied a few Space Wolf flourishes (or do you guys prefer "accessories"?). So after I glued gravel, and a few skulls, to their bases it was time to prime them. But I needed a new place for priming models. Finding some unused cinder blocks and a slate from a recently retired (i.e. destroyed) dog house, I created this Alter of Priming.*

The Alter of Priming. 
OK, so before I get called out on it, the first sacrifice to the Alter of Priming, if you can tell from the big green spot, was actually the Dreadtober Blood Axe Dreadnought. I just didn't think about taking pics or discussing it until I was about to start priming miniatures for this project.

The Primaris Marines await their priming.
After the primer was fully dried I decided to just jam out a single marine. Sadly I didn't get further than the basecoat, but so far I am digging how it looks like this may turn out. Hopefully by the time I post Part 3 this model will be finished.

Base coat on the first Intercessor. 

*It can only hope to aspire to achieve the legendary status of The Brick of Scrutiny. -Gotta have goals!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Dreadtober Blood Axe Dreadnought (Part 4)

Finding a few fleeting moments last week, I have managed to complete this model. Well mostly anyway. I have some decal ideas I want to try out. But here it is 95% done.

Done but for the decals.
The finals steps to get me here are next. The first step being painting the hatch. This didn't take hardly any time at all.

Hatch applied and painted.

Next I painted the windows. It still cracks me up that these dreads would have windows, but hey, there they are!

Windows painted.

Then I focused on the weapons. I chose to make this one's fuel tanks a brighter red that last year's dread.

Fuel tank painted.

After a few touch-ups, I decided that this was actually done! So after finishing the painting of the base, grass tufts were added.

Tuft love.
There are two skulls, 'umie of course, that had to be finished also.

More grass tufts.

Pretty much done! 

I hope to get some outside natural lighting pics soon, however it was raining when I last had the opportunity to do that. Since I have some decal ideas this is probably for the best anyway.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Terminator Basing (Part 4)

Here is Joshi Krakenbite, completed sans decals. He brings the fire and thunder to his unwitting foes.
Joshi Krakenbite, assembled for battle!

I tried to make the flame patterns on his Heavy Flamer as seen on the 40k 2nd edition era Space Wolves Codex.  I think it's pretty close... but I will let you guys judge how well it's turned out. You can view that cover back in Part-3.

"Fire! Fire!!!"

Rear view.
It didn't take much from the previous post to get this guy done. Well done sans decals anyway. I won't decal these Wolf Guard until I get them all done.

If I had a hammer...
Next up is Bori Stonepaw. This guy carries a Cyclone Missile Launcher. I had hoped to have him a bit futher along for this post, but I hope you can appreciate how far he has come along regardless.

Bori Stonepaw
Progress shall continue, but in the meanwhile I have a Dreadtober pledge to finish up...

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Intercessors of Fenris (Part 1)

Greetings! Recently I split a boxed set of Tooth and Claw with Doctor TSG taking the Space Wolf half. I originally wasn't going to incorporate the Primaris into my aging Space Wolves force, having decided a year ago to use them with my Ultramarines instead. But the decision to split a set ot Tooth and Claw, and the release of the 8th Edition Space Wolves Codex have changed my mind. I like the fluff aspects of them being reluctantly accepted into the Space Wolf ranks and the majority of them traveling to Fenris to take the Test of Morkai to prove their worthiness. So despite the fact they are not true Fenrisians, it is cool that they are embracing the styles and customs in an effort to assimilate properly into the Space Wolf ranks.

The gathering.
 I really enjoyed building these guys. Despite their limited options, I was taken back by how advanced the multipart Intercessors kit is. The squad leader has a lot of arm choices especially.

Spuad Leader.
 My favorite guy is probably the auxiliary grenade launcher. His pose seems to me to be the most aggressive. Also, it is nice to see the auxiliary grenade launcher return after all this time.

 This guy came out good too. I think this is a Mordheim head from the old Mordheim boxed set. Regardless, I think it looks good. This Intercessor has fully embraced the Fenrisian style.

This guy is the most standard looking one of the group.  I call him Steve. I chose to arm these guys with standard Bolt Rifles as they seem to be the most versatile option. I really like the other two options and If I get more of these guys I might make some with those options.

This guy was tricky to assemble but ultimately I sm satisfied with the results.

To make them easier to paint I am leaving their backpacks off for now.

I added some bitz from the Space Wolf Primaris Upgrade sprue. The leader of this pack has gotten the bulk of the goodies.

Extra heads are nice for an assortment of different things and since my first RTB01 marines back in '89, I like to put a helm on the belt of the bare-headed marines. Too often you'll see Space Wolves modelled or depicted in art without their helmets and I marvel at the wreckless and vain nature of this practice.

That is it for now, weather and time permitting, I hope to get these guys into the painting queue soon.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Dreadtober Blood Axe Dreadnought (Part 3)

The month Is still young and I have made more progress on this thing. Remember, the spirit behind the Dreadtober event is to try to get at least one Dreadnought (or Dreadnought sized/class) model fully painted in the month of October. Here is it's current state, followed by the steps that got it this level:

Current stage. 
Moving on from the previous post, I picked out some areas in black that will likely be painted in a metallic color. I also went hog wild on the base, almost finishing it.

Black basecoats and a mostly painted base.
 Next I decided to darken the recesses and grooves by applying some ink. I mixed a classic Citadal Green ink with black Game Color Wash, with another dot of yellow. The result didn't turn out the way I though it would however. I wasn't sure quite why. And since it was still wet, and colors can look distorted while still wet, I decided to sleep on it and check how it turned out in the morning.

Dark green ink...
 Looking at it in the morning, it was apparent to me that had unintentionally performed an amateurish faux pa so grievous that could lose my art certifications: I highlighted the lowlights and lowlighted the highlights!!!

Luckily I immediately determined the solution. I went over these areas again using Agrax Earthshade. And wow, and I am super pleased that I did! This really kicks up the Olive Drab while also giving a dirty/rusty/worn vibe to the whole thing.

Agrax Earthshade to the rescue.
And this is where we are at currently, we will see where it is at come the weekend or next week. I say that because I have a careeer change occurring this week that may challenge my hobby time.