Friday, December 14, 2018

Space Marine Heroes: Celestial Lions Sgt (Part 2)

Heads up! 

Here is the Celestial Lions Sgt mostly done, but let's not get, um,  ahead (cringe) of ourselves; here is the Work In Progress steps for this model.

Mid-coats on the stones.
The stonework on the base was basecoated in Craftsmart Graphite before being brought up using Apple Barrel Pewter Gray.  A discrete wash of Nuln Oil was applied, with a more concentrated application done on the joints and cracks. A final highlight of Apple Barrel Country Gray was dry brushed over all of that. By the way, this is pretty much my Imperial Guard Paint Scheme also.

Stonework finished.

The pteruges* were basecoated in Khorne Red, then highlighted on Pink Horror then washed in Carroburg Crimson. I was unsure how this red would look on this model, but I like how these turned out.

The Redding of the pteruges.
This was coming along nicely, but I was unsure about that chainsword. I decided to add some scratches and splash on some Blood for the Blood God and called it done.

Blood for the Blood God!!!
I added a decal for the Tactical symbol which I painted over. But the lion icon I decided to be brave and hand paint it freehand as opposed to digging out the template I made for it last year. I am also pleased with how this came out.

Progress on the icons.
So here he is mostly done. I think you can figure out what I have left to do...

(Hey, the model  came with two and I am indecisive).

* Thanks to Siph_Horridus  for finding out what these things are called.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Pods to Drop Lands to Speed (Part 16)

And I have completed this model! But first let's go through the final steps that got me to this point:

"Which way to the fight?"

As I talked about in part-15 I put some focus onto the Typhoon Missile Launchers. Again, these are the plastics from the Dark Angel sprue, escaping their inglorious fate to be installed onto Space Wolf vehicles where they will carry out missions worthy of the Sagas.

Typhoon Launchers primed. 

Typhoon Missile Launchers basecoated.
As I put the final layers on the missiles I did another pass over the whole  vehicle making sure I got the highlights where I wanted them and that I didn't overlook any details.
Finally, I applied the decals. Always a tedious mission and I am always thankful for Micro-Set!

Then came the mounting of the Typhoon Launchers. This act formally completed this model!
Front view.

All-in-all, I think it came out very well!

Passenger side view.

Again, this is Landspeeder Typhoon 2 of 3. However I am numbering them backwards. #1 is going to be completely built from the start as it is still on the sprue. I am thinking I might make that one magnetic  like I did the Celestial Lions Land Speeder back in the previous winter.

Rear 3/4 view of the icons.

Here is a hobby tip regarding the flight stands: petroleum jelly. Vasoline. I know you guys have this stuff on hand, but here is an application for it that I find works brilliantly for the ball joint that came with these old Landspeeders. Apply/smear some onto the ball and snap the ball into the joint. Rotate it around gently and slowly to coat the interior well. You will find that the model will hold up fine with it and that you can detach it from the flight stand without the ball joint snapping off inside of the well. (That was a hard lesson learned BTW).

A handy tip. 

Here is the glamor shoot. I had hoped to get a natural lighting pic from outside, but at this time it is snowing, cloudy and wet, and I would rather not mess this up. Shame, cause it has been awhile since I took any Space Wolf pics using a snowy background. So here is a "top of toolbox red" pic instead.

The glamor shot.
For those keeping count, I have another Landspeeder Typhoon in this series, another Landraider Crusader, about 3 more Drop Pods. I have not a glimmer of a time table on these things. But I will say it will likely be a whim when I do get back this series. Meanwhile, I have three other Space Wolf projects I am actively working on: Primaris Intercessors, a squad of Scouts, and the occasional Wolfguard Terminator. Until then,

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Space Marine Heroes: Celestial Lion Sgt. (Part 1)

Assembling of a hero...

Hello. Way back in the winter of 2018 (it's been a long year for me) I bought a Space Marine Heroes Sergeant from Ebay. At the time this range was exclusive to Japan so he made for a cool rarity to have. Also with the arrival of the Primaris range of Space Marines, the classic style of Space Marine didn't seem likely to ever see any additional releases. And I wanted this guy to lead a unit of Ultramarines that I wanted to build around the color scheme test miniature I painted in the summer of 2017.

Materials included with the Japanese release.
Fast forward to now, and this range has been mostly relaunched for the rest of the world. I say "mostly" because some of the Japanese miniatures are simply not part of this release. Those "missing" miniatures have been recast in uniquely colored plastic and included in a game you can get from Barnes & Noble (tip: get a B&N coupon!) if you really must have these guys.

The release for my part of the world.

 So I bought a few boxes, and as my luck typically runs, the first box I open is another Sergeant!

The sprue right from the box.

Clearly I had options available to me, but the one I decided to go with is to make him into another Celestial Lions Sergeant. I made my Celestial Lions for the previous incarnation of Kill Team, and if my schedule ever allows it, I hope to use them for the current version as well. Having an alternative Sgt doesn't seem at all like a bad idea to me, and who knows, maybe I can now break them into two smalls squads for allies or something in a proper 40K game? Regardless, options are good!

Primed and (mostly) basecoated!

So I started with basecoating the sprue with a gold spray paint. Pretty simple way to start. Then I detached the parts and focused on the base first. Applebarrel Graphite for the rocks and Terracotta for the dirt.

Coats for the base. Basecoats. 
Next up it was an application of Chaos Black to the areas that will be metallic or black. These are the joins between the armor, weapons etc.

The parts are gathered and basecoated. 
Next I used Chestnut Ink in the armor recesses to create depth in the tone. I then applied a dark blue to the shoulder and knee pad areas. I'm a bit torn on how to paint the leather loin cloth strappy thing... going to have to think about as well as which head I want to use. And I am also wondering if I should do something different with the chainsword this time also. Hopefully I have made up my mind in Part 2 and we can get this hero assembled.

Progress thus far.

Until then, thanks for checking out the start of this one.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Pods to Drop and Lands to Speed (Part 15)

All coming together.

Continuing on from last time, I kept on adding layers to the hull. Space Wolves Gray was thinned down to blend in with the Russ Grey mid-coat. A solid layer of Space Wolves Gray was applied to the edges to tighten it all up before the final highlight of White Scar was thinly painted onto the edges. The left shoulder pads were painted up from Fiery Orange to yellow using thin-to-thick layers of Sunburst Yellow. And the bronzey bits were painted using a base of Tin Bitz, followed by new color I recently got called Hashut Copper with a highlight of Shinning Gold.

Highlights added on the hull.

The Grey Hunter pack markings were sketched onto the side using a red micron. This was more like a guide line though...

Micron guide line. I just free-handed over this with Scab red and Chaos Black. Mephiston Red was the final color applied to this.

Grey Hunters pack marking.

Up to this point I had not looked at the first Typhoon model I painted way long ago (not directly anyway) so I thought it was time to dig it out to compare it. All in all, it's pretty damn close! The biggest difference, paint scheme wise, is how I highlighted the front plate of these speeders. The older one is a tad bit darker, but it's not too contrasting I think.

Typhoons together again.

And yes, the real difference is the lack of Typhoon Missile Launders on the newer model. In fact there is a bit of a story here as to why that is. You see, ages ago I bought 3 blister packs from GW of the metal versions. However, these are very solid and heavy accessories and they bust off of the finished model a lot. You may notice the missiles are a bit crooked in the above pic because the last time they were glued on it was during a game; a battlefield repair if you will.

The original pewter Typhoon Missile Launchers.

So my set of missile launchers have been kicking around in the Portable Neverness Kit  for years now and I just couldn't bring myself to do a second one of these things that I would have to repair all the time. Enter the Dark Angels Accessory Sprue:

The plastic Dark Angel Typhoon Missile Launchers.

Light weight, multipart,  better detailed and fairly easy to build... it is the perfect solution! Added bonus: no lame Dark Angel nonsense that would need to be scrapped off! Now, let's see if I can get it painted in our next part.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Pods to Drop and Lands to Speed.(Part 14)

When I left to go out of town on a few recent trips for business, I took the Portable Neverness Kit with me. My intention was to work, once again, on my neglected drop pod  as well as the intercessors I started on back in October. However, while getting everything set up for a round of furious painting I discovered a basecoated Landspeeder Typhoon within my portable kit. For some reason I was more compelled to work on this than the intended Drop Pod. Go figure.

Base coat.
You might recall that I have always intended to produce three of these things. The first Typhoon was completed back in the early days of this blog. I guess I had always intended to work on this model while I was on the road for work, but usually I found that I was tired from traveling to get much accomplished. This is why that 2nd Drop Pod has been an exercise in tedium. Also, I rarely travel to the degree that I stay in hotels all that much anymore, so the chances to work on it are far less frequent.

Russ Grey layer.
Now, during one of my recent travels my phone, a Samsung Note 5, decided to brick itself. Just dropped dead and died. It happened a few hours before I was supposed to catch a flight home which made that trip quite challenging indeed. Luckily I had my tablet with me so I was able to communicate to some extent. I lost all of my photos, some of which were saved for future blog posts. They just were not backed up to Google Photos like I thought they were. No worries, now I have Samsung Note 9 which I am just loving. However the camera is far more advanced and I am having some adjustment struggles. You can see in these photos that, despite their clarity, they tend to be a bit washed out. I assure you that the model isn't this bright in reality.

Tin Bitz base. 
Following the steps I usually take for painting Space Wolves, the hull and armored areas are now pretty much done. Just need some final highlights. I have decided not to go with the orange-to-yellow scheme on the aquila chest plates of the crew, but instead go with a metallic scheme. I think all of my Space Wolves will go this way ultimately as I simply like this look better (as well as the fact that they are much easier to paint). I use Tin Bitz for the base coat of this scheme.

Space Wolf Grey layer. 

With time a precious and fleeting commodity as of late, and my struggling with getting anything done, I have persisted enough to be able to show off some progress here. All that said, I hope to get more done on this thing (and other things) soon.

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!