Who are you call'n VENERABLE?!!!
This bad-ass old School mini has been appearing in my army lists pretty much since the day I sealed him! He's old, but definitely has a lot of character. I got a pair of these over a decade ago (ebay I think?). I can not recall what color this one was, I just remember it was in a bowl of paint stripper within the hour! (The other one is Ultramarines blue, and I have left it untouched and gave it to my brother for his Ultramarines army). All of the Space Wolf Icons are hand painted, and the runes were done with a micron. I painted this up around 2000-2001.
I get a real kick out of the 'Taz' look these older Dreadnought had. I know there is a, mostly-dead, guy stuffed into it, and I have often wondered just how much of the guy is in there...any way, he's on the proper sized base, however, as time rolls on I'm less impressed with it. Rubble made from a chopped up sprue looks OK I guess, and the tube cut from a thick drinking straw does too I guess, but it's bit distracting. However this is the thin base from the Epic range, and the newer thick bases are a lot more appealing.
Those of you familiar with this classic model, will realize that the twin linked lascannons are not the ones that it came with. The guns provided for this model sucked (except for the missile launcher, it was cool). If you read my previous post (Space Wolves Gallery part 2) you'll know that I had an old Predator Tank that I opted not to use the lascannons, glued them together to look similar to the original Land Raider's twin-linked lascannons, and stuck 'em on 'Venny'. (note that I had painted 'Rex' on the model, but everyone else always calls him Venny... usually right before their Tyranid MC rips his Dreadnought CC off and beat him over the head with it, but I digress...), Back in 3rd Edition, the Spotlight was an extremely valuable vehicle upgrade, and it made sense to have it on a thing that was totting a twin-linked las cannon (I sometimes count it as a twin-linked Autocannon, I mean, who can tell right?). There was an awkward smooth spot on the top of the top cannon to allow for the swivelling effect of the sponsons on the original Predator kit. The spot light fit in that spot perfectly, and just ups the coolness of this model in my opinion.
Ok, how's this for old:
The kids are all going OMGWTF? when they see this little bastard hit the table. Especially when it starts throwing flamer templates about. This is the original RT era Space Marine Land Speeder. It even as the original hex flying stand! I have recently affixed that hex base to current scaled flying stand for both balance and game purposes, but I have yet to model it up. I painted this up right around the time I painted up Venny. (2001?). The 2nd edition version was bigger and had less of a suicidal-fast-moving-chairlift-with-guns -look about it -It had big metal plate in the front!
The banner is the from the '89 Space Marine Paint Set booklet. It's OK, the other side is smaller and has a black trim. I'm thrilled about that, but I've moved on enough to not let it bother to the point of wanting to redo it. Maybe when I do up the base I might redo it...
Hope you enjoyed this!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
OK, what we have next are a pair of original RT era plastic Predator tanks. This kit was discontinued in the early days of 2nd edition along with with the Land Raider ( and for no real good reason that I ever heard). The Predator tank was eventually re released as a plastic/metal hybrid kit, but I never thought it 'felt' right.
As with the vindicator, I have hand painted the scroll work and used a technical pen for the lettering. 'Embrace Death" was a random line from one of the rule books and it seemed simple and threatening enough to put on a tank. The twin-linked bolters on top (admittedly, a poor man's attempt at a Storm Bolter) are just that: two Rhino tank bolters stuck together. The original RT era rules had only a single gun on the top, but it's been a Storm Bolter in the rules since 2nd edition.
A good side view here of the mighty lascannons. I have always preferred this incarnation of the lascannon over all that followed it. It just looks like a mean piece of sci-fi weaponry to me. The sponsons themselves are quite a bit wonky, and serve more of a toy function (i.e. the cannon moves) then a true 'model' function. Not long after it was pulled, the Imperial Guard Leman Russ hit the market with it's very much more awesome sponson design.
This particular tank was a bit lighter, again using elf grey in parts, which I later chose to move away from. With this next tank you can see that I have gone to a darker, more dabbled effect for the paint scheme.
Although the Grey Hunter pack markings are still there, they aren't nearly as flamboyant as they were on the Vindicator or the previous Predator. This tank was something special. Back in the '90s there was a 40K mailing list that was all the rage and a member of it was constantly hosting auctions. When I won this tank it arrived on the day my younger brother graduated High School. I opened the box to find that it was busted all to hell. It was painted olivedrab and had a few decals on it. I did not clean off the paint, but just painted straight over it. It was a single layer and spray-painted on, so I saw no harm in just using it as a primer. However I was careful to paint around the decals on the turret, which were from the very rare original RT era decal sheet, not the 2nd edition one.
Again, I turned the Rhino bolters into a Storm Bolter. The light to dark tone works marvelous well on this kit, especially the turret. The side sponson I took from a 2nd ed era Predator Annihilator kit, as by this time it was 3rd ed and side sponsons were just a bad idea (the Annihilator is still not built, let alone painted. It's on the short list! LOL). However, I really like these metal sponsons, even though they don't join up to the model as well as they should. The original sponsons were just ruined by the previous owner (probably why I used these) and the lascannons got used on another model (which I'll share with you next time).
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I was recently asked "when are you going to show us some Orky love?" So, knowing I was going out of town and wanted to post some gallery pics, I took a few pics of some more recently finished ork models.
The powerklaw is from the 3rd ed metal Ork Dreadnought. I just hacked off the attacksquig, pinned it, put an old plastic Space Marine comlink over the hole, and green-stuffed the join on the leather bit connecting to the arm and klaw. I'm thrilled with how well this model came out.
Here's a fantasy ork from the 6th ed Warhammer Fantasy Battle starter set that I'm quite proud of.
The rust on his blade (sword of tetanus) I'm particularly fond of. This was given to me by a friend who was flirting with becoming an Outrider with GW, but ultimately dropped the idea. He did something cleaver by using metal rods that holds the torso to the body allowing it to be separated from the legs and joined to another set of legs on a war-boar:
Quite ingenious, and very handy in the WHFB game as well!
Probably a good spot to talk about the flesh tones that I use for the Orks. The first Ork models that I ever saw painted in White Dwarf look a lot like this, and the guy who convinced me to play Orks (Trev) had a pre-painted fantasy orc that he got from a shop in England. We based our technique off of that model. Over the years i have refined it as so: Base Coat of Dark Angels green, a thin semi-watered down coat of bilious green, followed by a solid highlight of bilious green. Then a I generate a mix of green and yellow ink, mixed to about the same color of anit-freeze. I thin this and use it as a glaze. I will then pick out the highlights with bilious green again, apply a highlight of Applebarrel Kiwi, and lastly a very thin highlight of sunburst yellow. As you can imagine, it takes quite a bit of time. Here's a unit of troops I've been dabbling on for close to 2 years now:
I hope you enjoyed this. I will return with more Orky Love in the future, but it may be awhile as I'm currently focused on finishing up some Space Wolf items, which I can only get to between business trips it seems...
Friday, May 20, 2011
This color scheme is a direct copy of my pal Trevor's original Necromunda army (from the back of the original Rogue Trader era plastic box). He was happy with his paint scheme and got me to paint a few units for him, I thoroughly enjoyed painting these guys, and when my brother picked up a 2nd ed Cadian army, I chose to use that same paint scheme and it worked really well. However this is the only troop model I painted for it (I ended up painting some odd-ball models for it like Primaris Psykers etc.) In recent years I have bought the army from him and I have also bought a Valhallan army as well that I'm also testing this paint scheme on. I think they might mix well. Meanwhile I'm trying this color scheme on current plastics.
Although they were only a full-blown army briefly in 2nd edition, I have always been fascinated by these guys since their White Dwarf Magazine appearances in the late '80s. I have a full 10-man squad of these guys comprised mostly of original '80s era metal marines. I entered this squad in the '99 Baltimore Games Day but they were unloved by the judges...
The Eldar have been my eternal nemesis since my first Rogue Trader game in late '88, but over time I have developed a fondness for them. My old pal Mark has an Eldar army that he's been collecting for about as long as I've been collecting orks, and has had me painting the odd model of his off an on for years. Saimhann has been his army craftworld of choice and I got really good at painting them. So much so, that I started a small army of my own. These guys are what my base troops look like.
This is my Codex: Space Marine army of choice based upon the awesome background that GW developed for the 3rd war of Armageddon campaign. I whipped up this guy for a local painting competition (I lost to a vastly Superior painting of Typhus) but I guess the lack of challenge in the paint scheme sort of bored me so I have the rest of the models hanging out on the painting table. This will be a small army that I don't intend to make too big, but allow me to use models and tactics that aren't available to my Space Wolves. Shame that I accidently cut the back-banner out of this photo, I think some of you might have appreciated it....
I loaded up on this army 10 years ago when Serious Hobbies closed down (they weren't so serious after all apparently) and it's where I first met my pal Charlie whose first words to me were a comment on the mountain of Dark Eldar that I had in my arms ("They die in droves you know..."), However, I never did anything with this army, but with the new Codex and models, I'm very keen to get this army going. This is my first paint scheme attempt that I recently completed on one of the original plastics from the 3rd ed starter box. I like it a lot (although I'll probably not go so over-board with the cast-light glow from the eyes on future models.
Other armies that I have that I haven't got around to building or painting example of yet are the Sisters of Battle, Chaos Daemons, and Tyranids.
I hope you enjoyed this,
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I've managed to come a long way with this since my last post, staying up later and tinkering away at it. Actually, this stage tends to go fast for me, assuming I actually apply myself. The pic above shows the mid-coat on the hull, but here I actually mixed with 1 part brown ink, 2 parts flesh wash ink, and 2 parts water and ink wash over all the tracks. In the next pic you'll see why I did this, as the Frag Defender explosives that attach to the front of the track section was blending in way too much with the tracks.
The next batch of photos show the application of the mid-coat along the hull sections:
In between this stage and the next, I dabbled a bit on the Lander Speeder crew and one of the crewmen for the Land Raider:
Next I applied the same technique as I did for the mid coat to the top coat. I did this by taking GW Space Wolf Gray, watering it down, and liberally 'dabbled' it on top the areas of the mid coat closer to an edge. At the edge I applied a solid line of Space Wolves Gray.
Oh, and I assembled the front twin-linked Assault Cannons as well!
The Space Wolf Gray stage went fairly quick, the next stage will be to add the highlight of Skull White to select edges, and the bolts,then the hull will be done and at which point I'll have the final detailing to do. (Have you noticed all the skulls dotting this damned thing?) Also I want to add either a unit marking or something else colorful on this tank, as I want it to look a bit more interesting than it currently does...
Let's see what I can get done before I leave town again for business...
Sunday, May 08, 2011
And here is a snap-shot of both sponsons staying on the sides of the tank. BTW, I had to tear apart and rebuild the first sponson since I last posted due to how stiff the guns moved. It is now no longer an issue!
Ok, since my first blog post (Genesis) I've bought a new cam, and tonight I retook pics of the minis in that post. Here they are:
I intend to show-case more of my miniature collection as this blog continues. Enjoy!
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
So what do you think of the new camera?
BTW, if you know me but don't know Corey, check out his blog:
It was the inspiration for doing this one!