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Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/04/29 17:09:52


Post by: inmygravenimage


We discussed next game, which'll be 1000. He's avoided swooping hawks, perversely, because they're his favourite unit on the eldar roster. However, he'll be running them next time.

As for my pennies, I bought a monster case and a basic set of Vallejo game colour. A sound choice, if a little dull :(

However, if only to get a sense of productivity, and get tiny #2 to stop from trying to eat the sprues, I'm going to try rapid build/paint the LRC and GKs over this long weekend. I found an unpainted, un-mentored Libby when reorganising cases, so that's another fig for the Knights of the Mind (working name for the Red Knights). Castellan from bits is totally feasible, too, hurrah. Not much of a stretch to 1k from there - and I'm determined to have a fully painted army on the table!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/04/29 17:58:45


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Good choice in the end Graven (again, much as i want to see you take your hand to new models, it is the right choice)
looking forward to another bat rep too.
Knights of the Mind? hmm theres definitely potential there, not made my mind up yet (sorry ), but theres potential
btw:
get tiny #2 to stop from trying to eat the sprues

made me lol


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/04/29 18:24:27


Post by: inmygravenimage


It's a bad geek ref...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/04/30 00:28:04


Post by: Revenent Reiko


its no good, ive spent all day racking my (pitiful) brain and im not getting it. am i being extra stupid today?
PM me if you dont want to ruin it for anyone else btw


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/04/30 03:36:50


Post by: SebastionSynn


for the Knights of the Mind (working name for the Red Knights)


Yeah, I don't get it either. Although, something tells me I'm gonna kick myself because I should know this one.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/04/30 06:26:34


Post by: inmygravenimage


Dune - Mentats - Knights of the Mind.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/04/30 11:10:43


Post by: SebastionSynn


Dune - Mentats - Knights of the Mind

DOH!!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/04/30 17:51:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


Yup. Right down to the cherry red lips actually I think I'll go with Chevaliers Encarmine or some such. Maybe Blood Knights, GKs that specialise in taking on Khorne's minions. What do folk think? Might need to start begging for daemon leftovers?

I've got both kids today so no major progress, built the metal hurricane bolter sponsons without crying - just - built the purifier squad (1 little conversion) and GKd up the LRC a little. I'm going to use my steadfast favourite grey primer, rather than black, just for more depth. Oh, and #1 washed his grot tank ready for liberal multi-colour drybrushing.

Tried to take some better pics of the Mental Leejun grot bur just wasn't working for some reason.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/04/30 17:58:22


Post by: Miss Dee


I was thinking (dont laugh) how about something like what someone said about a wrist mounted like one of the RT Techmarines has will try and get a photo of him on sunday.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/04/30 18:02:03


Post by: inmygravenimage


Argh! Space phone fail. Anyway, I'll try to get other pics later.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/04/30 18:40:17


Post by: Miss Dee


Pm me with your address and I'll post him to you.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/04/30 19:52:03


Post by: BLACKHAND


I like the Blood Knights but be aware that people are already confusing my red knights for Blood Angels counts as....which they most definitely not!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/04/30 21:34:43


Post by: inmygravenimage


? Confused.


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@ Miss Dee that is.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/01 01:14:28


Post by: Knightley


Welcome to my world, Mine get confused with space wolves


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/02 20:44:10


Post by: Revenent Reiko


inmygravenimage wrote:Dune - Mentats - Knights of the Mind.

double D'oh i even thought of that but didnt go down the thought process enough


Blood Knights is a little close to BA, not sure of an alternative though sorry.
i bet you didnt do as badly as when i assembled my LRC hurricane bolters.....superglued them in upside-down bad times


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/02 20:50:56


Post by: inmygravenimage


Upside down, back to front, you name it...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/02 21:26:36


Post by: Revenent Reiko



to be fair i was only 14 or so and ogling the tank so much i wasnt paying attention


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/02 21:56:40


Post by: inmygravenimage


Know that feeling - I am a treadhead at heart, it's hard not to run a tank army (still, that's what my guard are for).

A wee update though pic free alas: on a whim I bought some humbrol spray grey primer as I was passing a modelzone. My considered opinion is that actually it's rather good, a shade darker than Vallejo, but boy does it run out fast. Still, LRC built and primed, and lots of marines prepped. This does of course mean I shall have to do some painting of course...

Did get WM360 and SolarLion's gms guys washed, so progress there. Also small fry #1 did some grot tank painting, much fun, he asked of we could use a sponge so we did some weathering which was jolly. Not much to show otherwise, bit of work on kitbashed ls tempest, and so forth.

Last question: I use d-style bases. Should I, for the sake of general playability, use standard ones for my GKs?

Later folks,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/02 22:21:03


Post by: Revenent Reiko


yeah its all about the tanks!
sounds like its time to pull out the brushes and get your painting on!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/02 22:54:46


Post by: Knightley


I'm drawing a blank, whats a D-style base?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/03 10:22:40


Post by: inmygravenimage


Chamfered edges; the rounded lip-edge as favoured by Warmachine, Malifaux, Helldorado (woo! Helldorado!) etc.

Back on the subject of purchases, I'm highly amused that my parents have offered to buy me something gaming related for the first time in 30-odd years. Taken that long to embrace their nerdling, I guess. So time to start making a wishlist methinks!

@Knightly: New avatar/dcm ranking? Love 'em.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/03 10:53:52


Post by: Gitsplitta


That's it graven... wear 'em down! :-)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/03 11:14:41


Post by: Miss Dee


@ Graven Bits in post.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/03 20:20:03


Post by: Knightley


Ah, D-style, makes much more sense now, cheers for that.

My parent's gave in a while back, once they realized I wasn't going to be running track, dancing with the stars or doing anything outside

I've been a DCM since March 16th and only just figured out how to change my title best idea I've ever had to support this site!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/03 21:22:33


Post by: inmygravenimage


Funnily enough I got roped into one of those dancing things.. But that's another story eh?
I'm being a little unfair, they did put up with my general geekness for some years I just think they assumed I'd grow out of it. Thing is, getting older just means you can afford to buy the toys you want yourself.

Anyway, a mini update, or rather a mini-me update: #1 son did some painting of his grot tank. I primed it for him (he chose all the parts from my bitzbox, I just did the gluing), and painted the gobbo green, he did the rest: he chose the yellow, drybrushed it, want to use a sponge for shiny bits (note chipping on dozer blade), muddied it (sepia wash) and then cleaned it yellow again (drybrushed highlights). Not bad for a 3 1/2 year old, eh?

Not that I'm a pushy parent or anything...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/03 21:25:45


Post by: Gitsplitta


Wow graven, that's really great! Please tell the young'un that he's doing GREAT and that his painting will improve greatly if he practices on dad's favorite minis!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/03 21:26:54


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Wow!! thats really impressive, especially for one so young very impressed with the weathering, that gets a special mention
i probably cant do half of that now...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/04 04:08:55


Post by: SebastionSynn


Not bad for a 3 1/2 year old, eh?

good god, the little mekaniak is gonna be a golden demon when he gets older. I like everything about that grot tank, I give it 5 dakka!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/11 21:23:34


Post by: monkeytroll


LOL, you're just making sure you get modelling pressies from parents and offspring aren't you?

Good job on the tank, and I'm impressed by his choice of bits too, I see a great future for ankle-biter #1.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/11 21:59:18


Post by: inmygravenimage


I know, I have bred well here it's actually so one say he can inherit dad's tarascus to make a gargantuan squigglgoth, I suspect. I look forward to recycling toy robots for gargants, too...

Sorry I've been a bit behind with updates, kids have had chicken pox followed by exorcist levels of vomit. Quel joi.

I have been priming like a maniac - I'm loving the coverage humbrol gives, I'm hating the cost - and working on several gms type projects, for Solar_Lion, WM360 and endtransmission. All received some paint and tlc today, though little worth photographing. I'm also going to see if I can kitbash a few more Knights Carnelian (a better name I think) from some DA parts, inspired by knightly's outstanding work. Suddenly they stop being an easy army build...

Apparently my FLGS friends tell me they read the GK codex and instantly thought of me, which to my mind is odd as I'm not usually a small elite army gamer. Said the born-again marine fanatic.

My fluff-ish for the knights is that they are a faction who work closely with the Inquisition against agents of Khorne, but especially World Eaters and Fire Dragons. Sound reasonable? Cur begging for bits of daemons...

Later,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/11 22:39:00


Post by: Llamahead


Some great stuff although I do find the idea of the Mentor Mod squad quite amusing and appropriate. The time turner idea is intriguing and the sculpted details great!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/12 00:15:57


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Hope the kids are feeling better Graven, i wish them well.
loving how 'suspicious' you are of ankle-biter 1, absolutely hilarious! (it is a good plan though... )
we all know priming is just the first step in many, so now you hve to get with doing the rest of the painting I like Knights Carnelian though (i did have to Google it just to check i wasnt missing anything subtle), and ive always seen GK's as the ones more likely to be wearing robes than DA.
Cant wait to see the GMS marines and your newly primed KC's!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/13 06:55:21


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well despite getting so throughly spewed on it filled my wallet (now that's a penetrating attack), actually got some painting done last night. I know, astonishing, really. I'll get more pics up later but, for now, some progress on Solar_Lion's Chapter Master:



Not done, certainly, but getting there...

Still to come: PIPs of the mole drill, WM's biker, and something extra special and secret too (Oooh...)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/13 07:45:55


Post by: Yggdrasil


So you can paint too?!? *tries to mimic your grin, but fails epic-ly*

Awesome job on the Grot tank, I have to get myself to doing that chipping thingy... If a 3.5yo "dude" can do it (though from a highly skilled family), it shouldn't be that hard...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/13 08:05:15


Post by: inmygravenimage


I can paint, I just can't take pictures
The skilled one in the family's actually the wife, she's got like actual art exams and stuff (as well as a being a dab-hand with sugar-crafting)...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/13 10:58:29


Post by: Gitsplitta


Nice graven! Wow... You've been holding out on us!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/13 22:09:54


Post by: inmygravenimage


I'll be honest, using blue and purple to highlight and shade red makes my brain hurt, but I'm really pleased with the results this far. Any tips, anyone? Anyway. More pics anon.


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Right, as promised:

First, better shots of Solar_Lion's Solar Lion Chapter Master:




As mentioned above, I find the use of colour opposites to shade/highlight really counter-intuitive, but I've very pleased with the results. I'll maybe put a pic of something I painted a few years ago (a Heroclix Hulk) and you'll see, I hope, some improvement! Anyway, not quite done, but nearly.

Next up, the ghostly biker himself, Brother Lacrimosa of the Weeping Angels, for WM360:


I am rubbish at keeping secrets (it's the sleep deprivation...) so for Solar_Lion, here's a little extra to say thanks for the jetbikes:


Very PIP - I haven't applied the purple/blue shading/highlights yet, but you get the general idea.

And lastly, in all its 1lb/454g glory, a Termite "Drop Pod":


Fun times! All C&C welcome as ever,
Later,
graven.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 06:52:57


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hey, quick update/query: the boy's working another tank, would WIPs be wanted?
On the subject of WIPs, in fact, a lot of the army is now primed: worth doing a group shot?
Last night's efforts included half a squad of GKs made from bits (da robed bodies+company champ torso+kitbashed incinerators) as I'm too tight to buy another box, plus finishing off the IA9 counts-as termie characters.
And a brief tale: I was cutting away at something and slipped - thought myself, "Wow, can't believe I didn't cut myself." 5 mins later wondered what the red gak on a mini was... No nerve endings in middle left finger tip after an incident with a jam jar in school...
Ah well.

Edit: missed an apostrophe. The shame. Bad teacher!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 08:44:35


Post by: Asylum_Inmate


You can never have too many WIPs at least in my opinion


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 11:57:31


Post by: Miss Dee


I stabbed myself with a scalpel still have the scar.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 12:29:49


Post by: whalemusic360


Biker looks very ghostly, and very cool. Looking forward to adding him to the collection.
I'm jelious of the Boarding Marine for SL, I haven't got mine yet (they are on there way though) and I think yours is the 1st Ive seen painted up so far.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 13:05:26


Post by: Gitsplitta


Those look fantastic graven, wow! Really love them... Going to need to contrive a swap at some point so's I can get me a "Weeping Angel" too!

And yes... WIPs of the little one's work would be great!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 13:35:02


Post by: Solar_lion


Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Thanks. Your too kind!

Your swap is almost done and I have to admit It's the closest to competition painting I ever done.. Best face I ever painted. Taking M. fontaine's painting class at adepticon really helped.

No pic's till done thou. Since I'm going for effect.

SL


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 13:59:36


Post by: Revenent Reiko


WIPs are always wanted! (that way i might be able to divine the method of ankle-biter #1 and how he makes such awesome minis at such a young age)

The GMS Marines look amazing graven, cant believe i missed seeing them before, sorry


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 14:15:35


Post by: inmygravenimage


Thanks for the feedback guys, much appreciated. I love the Boarding Marine and really wish I'd picked one up for myself now... Ah well. It's very fiddly to paint actually as the raised details (purity seals especially) are so heavily embossed.

Glad the ghostly rider is popular. The concept owes a lot Ygg's Reavers. I'm playing about with lots of whites just now in preparation for the mammoth task ahead of me in the Mentor Legion. I wonder about airbrushing the white (Vallejo air skull white) over my grey primer/black wash?

The boy's first stage of current project involves a shadowsword cannon on a stormlord bracket with a predator power cell on the back (which sit perectly against one another). I just let him loose in the bits box; he now has his own little tub of things he scavenges from there.

@Gits: if you want a Weeping Angel, we can figure something out. I'll need to grub up some more BA bits from somewhere. You could do me a certain MW Libby maybe ;-) ?

@S_L: Glad you like; least I could do. Really excited to see what you've done! I wish my face painting were remotely decent. Any hints much, much appreciated. Eyes are my downfall.

@Revenent: thanks - and holy heck, I've been sigged!

One request to the dakkasphere: anyone got a bike base they can spare? Can't find one anywhere, would be most grateful!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 14:23:22


Post by: Gitsplitta


inmygravenimage wrote:@Gits: if you want a Weeping Angel, we can figure something out. I'll need to grub up some more BA bits from somewhere. You could do me a certain MW Libby maybe ;-) ?

Yeah... be fun to experiment with him conceptually. I have your bike base. Can send it with the mantis head.

I feel your pain on the boarding marine. I bought one at Adepticon as a gift to my son... should have picked up a second one for me as I am unlikely to get to any other FW event this year. Live and learn...



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 14:27:02


Post by: Revenent Reiko


The Boarding Marine makes me think of a BT for some reason, but i really like him, you should make another for yourself (Company Champion maybe?).
I sigged you ages ago graven, i can even tell you when (just before Adepticon, when Gits was struggling to finish the MWs, possibly when he was ill as well). Feel proud


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 14:35:29


Post by: whalemusic360


You dont have to add a bike base to mine if it helps, I have spare.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 14:47:45


Post by: Miss Dee


Im waiting for a friend to send me one.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 17:57:56


Post by: Solar_lion


I bought 5 boarding marines. figured they do better as a special assignment squad.

Graven.. Not much kitbashing on the model. Not much can be done to termies, thou tied to base it out with some realism. Some of you guys are kit bashing extremists. Never had that gift.

Working on painting and effects.

SL


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 18:00:51


Post by: whalemusic360


5! I got 2 and thought I was going crazy!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 18:13:54


Post by: Gitsplitta


Can you even legally *take* 5 regular marines with TH/SS?? I just figured we might be able to put the one in Thing 1's command squad...



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 18:17:12


Post by: whalemusic360


I know DA vets can, so assume everyone else can, cuz the DA vets are horribad.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 18:18:53


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Yeah BA Vanguard Vets can too


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 19:20:33


Post by: dantay_xv


Where did you get the boarding marine?? I may have a bike base in my box if you need it... can send it tomorrow.

Your boarding marine looks stunning, if I can cconvince the wife I may buy some and wolfify them as wolf guard


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 19:37:20


Post by: Gitsplitta


dantay_xv wrote:Where did you get the boarding marine?? I may have a bike base in my box if you need it... can send it tomorrow.

Your boarding marine looks stunning, if I can cconvince the wife I may buy some and wolfify them as wolf guard


You can only get them by attending an event that FW is at and buying them in person. That's why I was lamenting buying only 1... no second chances.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 19:50:10


Post by: whalemusic360


Or eBay, but they are pretty crazy expensive.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 19:51:27


Post by: Gitsplitta


At an event you can get them for $20 (US)... on e-bay, you can expect to pay twice that... perhaps more.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 20:10:45


Post by: Knightley


Awesome boarding marine! I really like what you've done with WM360's biker as well, that white suits the theme perfectly


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 20:55:30


Post by: dantay_xv


Hmmmm...... if i have a friend going to Games Day I might see if they can have a nose about for me.

Nice but far too out of my price range, especially now


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 21:27:53


Post by: inmygravenimage


£12.50 over here. Worth it. Pretty...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/16 22:17:04


Post by: dantay_xv


Yes it is worth it at that price but I have to get to a FW event or pay through the nose on ebay.

Might send someone to Games day with £60 to make a squad of 5, should have saved some cash by then



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Let me know if you need that bike base


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/17 05:13:07


Post by: inmygravenimage


@dantay: it's ok WM has a spare, and that'll enable him to tie it to all the others in the gms. Thanks though.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/17 19:05:14


Post by: Solar_lion


whalemusic360 wrote:5! I got 2 and thought I was going crazy!


They were expensive, but It was my vacation money and I'm old so..." I do what I want!" ( insert Cartman's voice).

I come to regret in the past purchases that I passed over. So I'm a bit of a collector.

Now I spend my time working, Trying to get my mower working , Painting and gleaming off of Git's fame!

SL


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/17 19:18:43


Post by: Gitsplitta


You guys continue to way overestimate my influence. On purpose as you know it irritates me... b*stards...



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/17 19:19:44


Post by: Miss Dee


A friend of mine is posting my guy, cant wait to do an assault squad of MKIII's


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/21 16:48:21


Post by: inmygravenimage


Bet you're excited about the new assault marines!

Ok, so a sort of update. Things bit crazy here as it's #2son's 1st birthday tomorrow. No pics (yet... Maybe after kids in bed) but here's a rundown of currently on the workbench: if there's something specific you want to see, cast your vote as it were, and I'll make that a priority!
I've just about finished kitbashing a LS Tempest, Minotaur Termie Commander from IA10, Corteaz from djfrank's chaos warrior bits, half a squad of purifiers with home made incinerators, and the digger arm of #1's tank/excavator.

Answers on a postcard...


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Ok, so a sort of update. Things bit crazy here as it's #2son's 1st birthday tomorrow. No pics (yet... Maybe after kids in bed) but here's a rundown of currently on the workbench: if there's something specific you want to see, cast your vote as it were, and I'll make that a priority!
I've just about finished kitbashing a LS Tempest, Minotaur Termie Commander from IA10, Corteaz from djfrank's chaos warrior bits, half a squad of purifiers with home made incinerators, and the digger arm of #1's tank/excavator.

Answers on a postcard...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/21 17:47:54


Post by: Miss Dee


Congrats on the little ones birthday.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/21 18:49:21


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Happy Birthday to #2! (tomorrow)
I want to see a Mentor vehicle (unless i am being stupid and you've already done one :S), so i want to see the Tempest, pretty pretty please


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/21 19:47:40


Post by: Gitsplitta


Wooo-hooo! Happy birthday to the little one! :-)

That's a lot of stuff going on there graven... looking forward to pics!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/21 19:55:49


Post by: inmygravenimage


Ask and ye shall receive...



Very rough and ready, lot of clean-up to be done, but still - thoughts?

Also, enormous thanks to anyone and everyone who rated my Iron Lion in the gallery so highly! I'm dead chuffed!



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/21 20:04:16


Post by: Revenent Reiko


mmmm me likey! Thanks man!
The missile pods look so much better there than sticking out from the back, truly nice work as always graven The armoured cockpit is a nice touch too, as is the LOS Assault cannon.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/21 20:09:33


Post by: Reaper Man 2020


I like your take on the tempest, forgot to put any missiles on mine as it turns out!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/21 20:10:52


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well the side missiles, cannon and cockpit are what distinguishes a tempest from a typhoon. But I'm glad you liked


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/21 20:33:17


Post by: Revenent Reiko


inmygravenimage wrote:Well the side missiles, cannon and cockpit are what distinguishes a tempest from a typhoon. But I'm glad you liked


ahhh another example of my brain not working haha
still like it though man, it looks really streamlined (definitely more so than the standard Speeder)
@Reaper Man 2020, silly man! you always need more missiles


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/21 20:51:34


Post by: Popsicle


I think it has potential. Once it's cleaned and whatnot, it should make for an awesome model.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/22 00:13:57


Post by: Gitsplitta


Very impressive looking vehicle... I like the armored look... really effective & intimidating.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/22 07:30:28


Post by: Yggdrasil


Nice model indeed...

Can't wait to see it painted!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/22 08:15:46


Post by: inmygravenimage


Thanks for all the comments guys. Yeah, I wanted to do something a bit chunkier - and cheaper! - than the fw version. Not sure if I'll do another, but it's eminently replicable.

Anyway, more stuff.
Minotaur Termie special from IA10 (power spear, death ray):


Small fry's latest effort (wheels in "his" bits tub!)


And some Knights Carnelian, kitbashed GKs inspired by Knightly's awesome work:






Oh, and what GK horde would be compoets without Corteaz?


C&C as ever welcome,
Later, graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/22 08:25:36


Post by: Flying Pooo


Awesome Gks especially the Corteaz conversion.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/22 09:02:53


Post by: BLACKHAND


Looking awesome so far bud, and really like the armoured Tempest.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/22 10:09:02


Post by: Gitsplitta


Those kit bashes are tops graven! The same but.... different! Good to see Junior establishing his bits territory. It'll give 'im a sense of ownership. :-)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/22 10:30:44


Post by: Knightley


Hot damn, those kit bashes leave mine for dust! I can see idea's I'm going to try and pillage already


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/22 13:26:05


Post by: Revenent Reiko


a Cyber OWL!! Awesome work on all the kitbashes graven!
and small fry's work is still astounding me


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/23 10:43:23


Post by: inmygravenimage


Thanks guys.

@Knightly, hush, your stuff is awesome and as I've said a major inspiration.

@BH thanks bud, and now to shamelessly pinch your GK colour scheme...

@Revenant: Yeah, I love that owl, and it ties the GK/=I= to my Mentor Legion, too.

@poo: Cheers, one of those - I have the idea in my head, I wonder if this'll work? I'm very grateful to djfranq for the chaos warrior bits, more will probably become retinue.

@gits: Ta; and, yeah, he does like stealing my toys! Bits for a foamcore Stormlord that never quite happened, what's a guy to do eh?

I'm really happy with how the incinerators turned out, means I have a squad of 10 Purifiers with 4 burners, hurrah. I also made a Knight of the Flame from a Sternguard and Castellan Crowe from other bits.
I'll need to chuck my Paladins together (yes, they're grotesquely expensive, but they're damn near unkillable with an apothecary), which will be pretty vanilla - though the GKs were always supposed to be an easy side project for a quick, playable 1000 point army. And then there's the small matter of getting a Furioso to turn into a Psyfleman...

I'm going to make a list of everything still to do build-wise, as that might motivate me to get a move on (gulp).
Casting:
6 Owl helms
14 Winged pads
14 Chapter badge pads

Building:
GK Paladin Squad
IA9 special characters

Modelling:
Sternguard squads chains, clean-up
Jet bikes clean-up
Attack (jet) bikes
Tech jet bike servo arm, c-beamer, prow
MotF gs filling
Predator finish magnetising sponsons
Scout squad camo cloaks

Basing:
Dreadnoughts
Realm of Battle board (insofar as it needs to be textured to match my bases)

Painting:
Oh, everything.

Doesn't look quite so bad like that, does it?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/23 12:30:55


Post by: Solar_lion


Good to have a list to work from. Helped with my Adepticon build and give you something else to work on if you need a break for the current projest

Happy belated B-day to your #2



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/23 12:53:18


Post by: Gitsplitta


One project at a time my friend. That's the only way I get through it.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/23 14:11:22


Post by: inmygravenimage


Good advice my friends. My aim is to complete my builds of what's in front of me on the workbench, so that I clear that off for the next lot (which will be the sternguard and the jetbikes). IA9/10 guys will be a build project treat for another time, I think.

I forgot to add to the list:
GMS projects -
WM360: Weeping Angel biker (paint stage 2)
Gitsplitta: Weeping Angel Tactical marine (just hunted out the bits for him, I think I love him a little bit...)
Solar_Lion: Solar Lion chapter master Patroclus (paint stage 3), Solar Lion Champion The Iron Lion (paint stage 3)
endtransmission: counts-as Straken (paint stage 1)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/23 14:55:47


Post by: DarkStarSabre


Yep. You acknowledge the sage advice of one project at a time and reveal even more!

I approve. Very nice stuff so far, start to finish. I must say that Tempest is good stuff.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/23 15:42:22


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Hmm thats quite a list graven, but one thing at a time is the best advice there is (and already given by Solar, Gits, and Sabre).
cant wait to see it all unfold


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/29 05:37:30


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hey guys,
Just a quick apology. After a hectic week at work, I had hoped to get through my GMS stuff this weekend, but I spent yesterday in hospital having woken up with crushing chest pains in the middle of the night. Not good. Turns out, after much poking, prodding, zapping etc, that I've managed to pull the muscles on the left side of my chest, which is infinitely preferable to anything else it could've been, but bloody uncomfortable.
Anyway, I'll try to get some paint on toys over the next couple of days.
Later,
graven.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/29 09:22:25


Post by: Gitsplitta


Glad it's nothing more serious buddy, take care of yourself...

Gits


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/29 10:24:39


Post by: Reaper Man 2020


I'm also glad it wasn't anything more serious! A bit of R&R is needed.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/29 12:00:57


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Woah that sounded a lot scarier than it turned out!
Glad you are ok bud.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/29 18:46:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


Aw, thanks guys. Sore still but my bros-in-law are filling me with belgian wheat beer which helps vastly. Just a dull ache now really. I've got done stuff: paint 1 on counts-as Straken, painted interior of GK LRC, and 5 GK Paladins built (no tilt shields, they look rubbish, too busy). Next big build is a Furioso conversion to GK Ven Dread (Psyfleman/Psyflamer swappable) standing over a Dragon Lord dread wreck. Mebbe.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/29 23:58:10


Post by: BLACKHAND


Hope you feel better soon Bud, can't wait to see the GK Ven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/30 00:16:09


Post by: Revenent Reiko


inmygravenimage wrote:Aw, thanks guys. Sore still but my bros-in-law are filling me with belgian wheat beer which helps vastly. Just a dull ache now really. I've got done stuff: paint 1 on counts-as Straken, painted interior of GK LRC, and 5 GK Paladins built (no tilt shields, they look rubbish, too busy). Next big build is a Furioso conversion to GK Ven Dread (Psyfleman/Psyflamer swappable) standing over a Dragon Lord dread wreck. Mebbe.


You lucky lucky man, i have exams for the next coupleweeks (and ive been revising for what seems like forever) so no beer for me
Really glad you are ok tho
Looking forward to the next projects, but make sure you take it easy!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/30 16:22:06


Post by: inmygravenimage


The GK dread was a treat for myself - well, went into gw for a finecast Termie Lib with the family and the wife's reaction was, "Seriously? You've dragged me in here and that's all you're getting?" Sorry dear, I'll go buy more toys...
He's largely built, with magna grapple and swappable Flamer/Halberd and Twin AC arms. Need to get some GK iconography on him though, pics later maybe, tomorrow if not. Tilt shields may finally have a home on this bad boy.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/30 21:06:38


Post by: Reaper Man 2020


I just picked up that fine cast Terminator Librarian too! It's lovely model but I had a few bubbles in the resin. Unfortunately my wife did not have the same opinion as yours and dragged me out of the shop!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/30 23:26:45


Post by: Revenent Reiko


inmygravenimage wrote:the wife's reaction was, "Seriously? You've dragged me in here and that's all you're getting?" Sorry dear, I'll go buy more toys...

*shakes head in astonishment*
Lucky, lucky man......


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 12:40:49


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hey gang,
Proof that I have done some stuff when I should be prepping for a job interview:
endtransmission's count-as Straken. This is just a first set of colours, really.


And another view:

Need to clean that heinous mould line I now see on the bottom of the plas!

Just to show I haven't forgotten the great and glorious Mentor Legion, an experiment for the pack on assault marines:

Helm looks odd in photo, not sure why. Hmm.

And a slew of GK pics.

First, not a GK - a very old Callidus, now with some paint:



Obviously not actually a Callidus, but I think she does the job, no? Not sure how to do the pistol, thoughts?

Picked up a finecast Libby, as mentioned. No obvious blemishes/holes, easy clean up, takes glue well and seems to be happy to have bits added. More to come on this, but I'm pretty sold, tbh.


I was very impressed that I could shave the skull easily off the back of the hand and then attach it to the side of the sb. The resin is surprisingly durable.

And now this gorgeous beast. Furioso no more...

Bit of GS needed at the top of the blade on the lapel, and I'm not sure about the tilt shield/wings on the other lapel. The tilted up head, btw, is a nod to the fact that I conceived him as anti-air/rifleman.

L'il bit of cleanup needed here also, I know, I know

Weapon Loadouts. First up, Psyflamer version:


Point out the gap at the top of the flamer cable at your peril!

And the Psyfleman version:


Playing against the glass ninjas tonight, 1250, going to run:
Crowe
5 purifiers, 3 halberds/2incinerators
5 purifiers, 3 halberds/2incinerators
5 Paladins, apothecary, banner, falchions
Librarian, 2 powers, homer
LR Crusader.

Comes in at 1217, so I'll juggle, maybe gate the LRC. I'll let y'all know how it goes!

Later, and C&C as ever,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 12:56:51


Post by: Gitsplitta


All looking wonderful graven! :-) Nice to see your mentors getting some love.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 13:14:48


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Wow, some great looking minis graven!
that is a pretty bad-a$$ mould line on the Plasma
One thing:
Theres some flash or something on the Librarian's banner and on his outstretched fingers.
For the Callidus, isnt there a Termagaunt size devourer? (the cone shaped one with lots of little holes in it), ive always thought that would fit a needle pistol (it is meant to be a Needle pistol right? :S)
The Dread is fantastic! the autocannons especially really look good
erm btw...theres a gap at the top of the flamer cable........... sorry couldnt help myself


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 14:42:12


Post by: inmygravenimage


Must... not... kill... Reiko... with... spoon...

re: pistol - nice idea, though I kinda meant more how to a paint the one I've given her. Cheers for the spot on the Libby. Love my dread...

@gits: forgot to put this guy up for you, Brother Draven of the Weeping Angels:


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 14:56:59


Post by: Revenent Reiko


inmygravenimage wrote:Must... not... kill... Reiko... with... spoon...

SPOOOOONN!!!
Sorry dude, it had to be done


re: pistol - nice idea, though I kinda meant more how to a paint the one I've given her. Cheers for the spot on the Libby. Love my dread...


ahh i see, me being silly as usual in that case..... im no help at all im afraid.
No worries on the Lib, i have heard on the grapevine that the flash is fairly easy to remove. also, judging from some examples of finecast i have seen (not all, but quite a few, you have been a little lucky in getting a model with no flaws. Quick Question, did you have to check any others for flaws/miscast?
I love the Dread too


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 15:56:28


Post by: Gitsplitta


Looks beautiful graven... hope I can do him justice with my half of the trade.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 18:41:08


Post by: endtransmission


Straken is looking great, thanks! I'm getting an Arnie/Terminator vibe from the head, can't wait to see him finished. There's also a bit of flash on the end of the shotgun if you're going back to clean things up a tad

I took photos of your guy, but it seems I left the camera cable at work. Doh!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 19:41:19


Post by: whalemusic360


I thought Straken was an IG guy?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 19:41:37


Post by: BLACKHAND


Everything is looking great Graven, loving that rifleman!

I like the tilt shield btw.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 21:38:43


Post by: endtransmission


whalemusic360 wrote:I thought Straken was an IG guy?


He is, normally. His stats read like a Space Marine though, so I figured this would be an interesting use for a GMS Marine. As the Mentor Legion are known to send individuals out to train Guard forces, Graven has been a star and agreed to make me one


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 21:47:59


Post by: inmygravenimage


@endtransmission: glad you like him - and glad you like the arnie face! I'll fix that bit of the shotgun, sorry.

@wm360: endtransmission wanted a mentor for counts as. Certainly fits the mentor fluff.

@Blackhand: cool, and thanks for the on the tilt shield.

Played GKs v eldar tonight. Won, but not a terribly satisfying game: GKs felt totally overpowered. I know that partly this is a problem with Eldar, but, still. Hmm.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 22:06:42


Post by: Llamahead


Your Coteaz looks great. So didn't find the finecast to much of a problem to work with then? I haven't worked much with resin and I'm a little leary of it


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 22:09:23


Post by: BLACKHAND


inmygravenimage wrote:Played GKs v eldar tonight. Won, but not a terribly satisfying game: GKs felt totally overpowered. I know that partly this is a problem with Eldar, but, still. Hmm.


I'm not sure, because I have only played one game vs eldar and I thrashed them, but it may the GK. In the tournament I played in on the wekend there were 4 Eldar players and one of them took 1st place so they must be competitive to some degree.

Did your opponent take the Eldar fella that makes psykers take their perils test with 3d6 rather than 2d6? I would have thought that would give the GK justicars a bit of trouble, it certainly shut down my SM Libby something wicked.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 22:16:13


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Yeah i would have thought the Runes of Warding (i think its those runes) would have given you more trouble.
Congrats on the win, but shame it wasnt as enjoyable to play as you wanted.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/05/31 23:14:52


Post by: Knightley


Really liking the Psyfleman dread, but that might have something do to with the awesomesauce dread body.

Probably another dreadnaught I may have to buy and convert now.... why do you do this to me Graven, why?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/01 07:09:58


Post by: inmygravenimage


That's interesting guys about the psykers. To be fair, he assumed I was running SM or IG, so went without psykers and loaded up on Hawks, Scorpions, Reapers and Rangers.

Completely stuffed the Reapers and Scorpions deployment with 2 servo skulls placed strategically; general discussion among our usual crowd (SM, IG, SOB, and Daemons) was that at 5 points they're preposterously good.

Scorpions tried to put the hurt on Paladins but just got shrugged off. I have to say I wasn't overly impressed by the apothecary, at 75 pts he's a big buy when I could have another Paladin with Falchions.
Crowe took down Morgan Ra (sic) terrifyingly nasty.
Hawks managed to disable LRC, though not before being absolutely crucified by Hurricane Bolters (psybolt ammo on LRC FTW!)
Termie Libby did well, very versatile, wasn't sold on the paying for powers thing but it meant I could have maximum versatility (Sanctuary and Sith Lightning v potent). Purifiers were good but are, relatively speaking, quite fragile, so I'll need to watch that.
It was a good learning experience for us both but not necessarily a great game. Rematch in a fortnight though!

Oh, and @ Knightley: what can I say, I'm a bad person. It's actually a pretty quick and easy conversion, assuming you've got 4 IG ACs kicking about. Furioso lends itself well to the job (but just ask BH, I've been planning this for about a year!)

Later,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/01 13:44:49


Post by: Miss Dee


Love the Incinerator


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/01 13:47:18


Post by: Solar_lion


The last pic of the series shows a mentor with a red Right shoulder pad. I thought they were green? Is this a special desigination you use?

SL


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/01 14:52:40


Post by: inmygravenimage


@ Miss Dee: Cheers m'dear!
@ S_L: Well, that's the unit insignia pad (Clearly, in the magic space future, we don't have tech to do that for us :-? ); I've decided to colour code my units, with red tones for assault, White for sternguard, black for LotD, and blue or green for devastators. I'm using aobr for tacticals, so that's separate. Seem reasonable?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/01 15:09:18


Post by: Revenent Reiko


That definitely wasnt the most competitive Eldar army from what i have heard (about Hawks and Scorpions especially). Still, well done on the win. And regardless of what happens, analysing your own performance, and that of your units, is the best way i have found to improve (well i did way back in the day anyway).


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/01 16:32:47


Post by: Miss Dee


Welcome sweetie, care to say how it was made?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/01 17:56:40


Post by: inmygravenimage


It's the frag cannon from the furioso with the barrel cut off and a heavy Flamer wedged in the ensuing hole. Oh, and a tilt shield over the ammo feed.

Oh - hang on - did you mean that or the purifie incinerators? They are standard flamers with the barrel and lighter cut off, barrel turned 90 degrees and another barrel mounted side-by-side, and one lighter carefully mounted in the middle. Then I split a plastruct I beam down the middle to create a length of T-bar and added the cannister off a DA vehicle bit and the end of a spare force sword as a handle. Much less complex than it sounds!

On the subject of building stuff, this month's mini o the month is WIPs, of which I have many. Any thoughts which one is "best"? I'm considering either the Tech or GK dread.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/01 18:28:40


Post by: Revenent Reiko


The Dread i reckon, with all the different weapon attachments


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/01 20:37:25


Post by: Knightley


hmm, it would seem I need to some how find 4 autocannon barrels/ammo hoppers the figure out a way to make them into dread arms....

Gratz on the battle Vs eldar btw


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/02 06:20:38


Post by: inmygravenimage


I used the Furioso's blood claw arms for the TLACs. Cut out the arm from the shoulder and you're left with a suitable AC shaped recess; you'll need to use a knife to scrape back some of the detail on the inside edge, as it were, but that's easily done. As for the 2nd AC, Cut the nub at the back off and the winding handle off fluff to the barrel. For the Ammo Hopper, you'll need to trim it back one "bar" of the hopper, at which point it fits. For the left-hand ACs, you just need to neatly slice the hopper off the top, flip and gs the gap. Pretty easy, actually.

In retrospect, it might look better with Sentinel ACs rather than heavy weapon team ones, simply as they aren't as long. If you need shoulder bits, I have other dread arms I scavenged to make this initially, if you're wanting.

As for the Eldar battle, well, thanks for the grats and we'll see what the next one brings!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/05 18:08:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hey, not much done last couple of days. Reorganising paints, bits boxes etc. However, I did get over to Wappenshaw, and I've put up a thread about it with pics, including awesome 3D space hulk board:
http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/373968.page

I have built a couple of IA specials, to alleviate bits box boredom - if I can I'll get pics up later.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/09 16:39:52


Post by: inmygravenimage


Time for an update, I guess. Work+kids haven't left me much time this week, and I'm out the next couple of days. Might get some painting done Sunday, want to get GMS stuff sorted (on the plus side, have found a bike base for the Weeping Angel biker, hurrah!)

First off, one of weety's superb mugs:

Yay! Tea Owl Grey Hot!

Some Imperial Armour specials, to preserve my sanity. First up, Vaylund Kal, the Sons of Medusa special from IA10:


And some more; from left to right, Pellas Mir'San (IA10), Elam Coubray (IA9) and Zhurkhal Androcles (IA10):

I really want to make the Exorcist chaplain, but am struggling for ideas on how to do his armour made from bones of a xenos creature - any ideas, dakkasphere?

Lastly, also for your debating pleasure, which of these two pics should I submit of my MotF dread for the mini o' the month comp (it's WIP this month, and hey, I'm Mr WIP, never finish anything off me)?:


Obviously they're very similar; in neither can you really see The Claw, but how's the view of the C-beamer/plasma cutter? I place my future in your hands, my minions...

Later,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/09 16:59:04


Post by: Yggdrasil


Wow, those latest pieces are great!!!

Both dreads look perfectly customized, the individual characters have so much... character (hum) and the teleporter packs look great on assault marines!!!



(for both hands & feet)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/09 18:47:06


Post by: monkeytroll


New guys looking good, although Vaylund's hammer looks a little bent. I'd probably go with the second pic, bigger image, looks a little sharper to me, but the first does have a bit more of the detailing on the left side visible.

I'd take a look at some of the 'nid stuff for possible armour conversions. I used to have a couple of the old space crusade scouts sporting breastplates from the old plastic tyranid warrior, think I remember deciding those were the right size to turn into the front torso piece for power armour. Those are probably tricky to get hold of now, but I suspect there's something usable in the current range. Unless you want to try sculpting him from scratch of course


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/09 19:11:00


Post by: Revenent Reiko


ninja'd, kinda lol i was going to mention the bent hammer, but monketroll beat me to it.

The rest look great as ever graven, which chapter are they from btw?
For the Chaplain, maybe a kitbash between a LOTD and a regular Chaplain (for the weapons at least)? With added Nid exoskeleton (al la Gits' Mantis Warrior spikes)?

And the second pic for the Dread i reckon, shows off the shiny new weapon better


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/09 19:49:58


Post by: inmygravenimage


I was already leaning towards 2nd pic, so that's encouraging. I just worry that the servo skull with plasma cutter's not really obvious. I think that rotation's better, regardless.

The IA specials are Salamanders, Fire Angels and Fire Angels iirc. Mk4 helms continue my Badge of Honour for specials. Obviously, they also need more seals and other accessories. I'm glad y'all like the jump guy - those are biker legs, and I'm really chuffed with the pose.

I'd quite like to build the chaplain from bits. I was thinking BADC rather than lotd, just for availability. I had wondered about Nid bits; I was looking at an old plastic smelly horse's ribcage, too, for chest armour. Sanguinary legs might work maybe? as they are tapered, like femurs. A toughy.

As for the TH, it's the weird angle of the techie's arm that makes it look that way. I think I'll probably swap it for a fw bionic or a very old metal one I found the other day.

Lastly, on the subject of building stuff (cos, like, that's rare in this blog) I'm considering TAGK/paladin heads on PAGK/DA robes - or does that sound just daft?

Later,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/09 19:58:45


Post by: Miss Dee


the sons of medusa motf needs a bigger base a terminator base.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/09 20:09:31


Post by: inmygravenimage


Yeah, he was just on that to be vertical temporarily.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/09 20:15:54


Post by: Gitsplitta


Fantastic stuff graven! All those models look great but the dread really takes my breath away!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/09 21:09:14


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Can you do some photoshop magic and insert a small pic of the Servo Skull in the corner maybe?overlaid on the top of the main picture of that makes sense?

Thanks for the info on the marines (cant afford IA lol) They look like they will fit right in.

am i missing the pic of the jump guy...

BADC? Dakka glossary has let me down the 'smelly' horse rib cage is a great idea! might need a bit of a remodel to make sure it fits in proportionally. SG legs is a great idea too! A good bone paint job could easily make the tapered bits look like alien bones.
Just had a thought, how are your GS-fu skills at the moment? I was thinking that a small(ish) blob of GS, rolled out into a thin sheet and then cut into strips, gluing onto 'normal' PA legs to make bones? Or long thin rolls of GS so they are rounded but still prominent? That would take lots of work though.....but i know your good for it

Do they fit proportionally? (the TAGK heads i mean)

Fair enough with the Hammer, it just looked odd is all


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/09 21:23:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


@gits - thanks bro, means a heck of a lot coming from a pro like you.

@ Rev - I think photoshopping would be somewhat against the spirit of the thing! I'll just try to do that rotation at a better angle.

Jump guy is the one with the interceptor pack in the middle.

BADC=blood angels death company. Smelly? Damn you autocorrect! skelly, naturally. It's not my gs Fu that concerns me, it's more the general chunkiness, which I think would be better served by the SG legs.

I've changed the TH arm, gs drying just now. Couldn't find the fw arm but old metal one looks boss.

The TAGK proper head I think is too iconic, but I think the paladin head's a pretty good fit, actually.

Anyway, cheers for input!
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/09 21:33:20


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Haha i didnt mean photoshopping like that! just cropping the image of the skull from another pic and putting it into this one so it can be seen!

yup im being blind again. He looks great!

:double facepalm: an i call myself a BA player..... Yeah i was thinking about the chunkiness, it is a problem. The SG legs will carry it easily i think.

Autocorrect has caught me out worse than that before now, made me laugh though....

Glad the FW arm looks good, cant wait to see the finished product (now paint slave, paint!)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/12 08:45:40


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well plans for this weekend have got seriously messed up. Went out with my brothers-in-law last night and got food poisoning. Over the worst of it but still feel bloody awful.

Still, in other news, I won this month's DCM raffle for a battleforce of choice from the fabulous battleroad games (aka Empchild) so am very chuffed (seriously Folks, become a DCM, all the cool kids are doing it, it's like crack but doesn't make your heart explode).

So what to get? I think starting a 4th army is a bad idea - that way madness lies - so it's really between SM and BA (I have more IG than is seemly). My logic behind BA is death company come with a glorious array of bits which I can probably GK up; it also gives me bits for making the occasional Weeping Angel. But, what do y'all think?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/12 08:48:07


Post by: DarkStarSabre


I think I'm becoming DCM at the end of the month :3

And go with what you want - the idea of a Death Company that's ornate is quite different. You taking a different angle with them?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/12 08:57:59


Post by: monkeytroll


Congratulations, shame there's not a grot battleforce to boost Da Mentul Leejun BA would give you some fancy bits for converting.

For the chaplain have you looked at possessed CSM bodies, this one in particular



(sourced from da interwebz)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/12 11:15:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


That torso is awesome! Cheers mate. But now to get one! Hmm. I'm getting some nid bits, and I've got a set of Sanguinary legs, hopefully Death Company will provide some goodness also.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/12 18:57:56


Post by: Gitsplitta


Congrats graven! Sounds like you've got a good plan!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/15 20:06:12


Post by: inmygravenimage


Life and gaming are temporarily on hold, as wife goes into baking frenzy. Game on Tuesday got delayed, prob for a fortnight - my partner in crime, erithromycin, was off doing movie critic stuff (Edinburgh Film Festival apparently dross this year), and I was hostage to Cakezilla.

Still, got a couple of bits and pieces further forward, as well as stealing a cake box as an impromptu light box. I had hoped to be painting during my incarceration, but I'm largely tied to the sink. How the mighty are fallen.

Anyway, onwards:
A fairly simple conversion in progress for DarkStarSabre, a sternguard with Mentorised side-by-side combi-melta:


An experiment in (more) bits for an Interceptor:

Gold star to first person who can name all parts used! Do we think the model works as a whole?

And lastly, this guy. A long, long time ago, I painted a classic Ordo Malleus termie in thick gold and purple enamel. I've always wanted to recapture that feel, and so that's where this chappie's heading:


I love him. Say not a word against him, heretic. He will get a psycannon, once I find it from within the depths of my bits box.

Oh, and in other matters, I've taken a better pic of tech dread for the WIP compy.


I'm happier with this pic, I think.

What do we think of the impromptu/cake-based light box generally?

In other news, a crazy round awaits of sister-in-law's birthday, Father's day, and my own birthday in - ooh! a week - so time may be limited; however, I am one of those layabout, no-good, skiving, teachers, so roll on summer and actual painting of actual models a week on Monday!

Later,
graven.




Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/15 20:13:27


Post by: Gitsplitta


Graven: Love all of the builds! That first beakie is just such a nice mini to see revitalized. Love the interceptor, and no... don't have a clue what you used on him. The Ordo Termie is really well done. Love the hunch back effect with the high shoulder pads. Would be a shame to cover him up with thick gold and purple enamel. You might re-think that. And of course your dread is awesome... too bad the conversion beamer is such crap. Maybe next edition eh?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/15 20:26:10


Post by: inmygravenimage


I think that I'll stick to the spirit of the original scheme 20 yrs ago, not the execution! Prize pool still open...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/15 20:31:01


Post by: Knightley


Looking pretty good. Not entirely sold on the Paladin head on the Interceptor however, it looks slightly to big. but good to see what it might look like. I like your Ordo Malleus Term, It's very close to a conversation we had via PM however

Any chance of a pic of your light box by it's self? just to see how you put it all together?

Oh and I got your care package last night



Got to come up with ideas for the old school libby now..... and figure out ways to copy the drums to make 2 sets of rifle men arms


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/15 20:32:09


Post by: whalemusic360


You lucky battleforce winning sob! I did end up winning the FW boarding marine, my 3rd
I'd go with whichever battleforce you could get more out of. Or maybe ask Emp if you could get a box of GKT and PAGK instead? Whatever you need really is the best call.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/15 20:41:51


Post by: Gitsplitta


Lucky bugger... I keep hoping I can find someone attending a FW event so I can pick up one of those. I got one at Adepticon for my eldest but didn't have the wits to grab one for myself. (duh)



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/15 20:48:12


Post by: inmygravenimage


@Knightley: Blimey that was quick! Go on the commonwealth eh?! I think it's the angle, btw, on the interceptor that makes it seem slightly oversized (it's a paladin head - 1st blood to Mr K - but I take your point. Cake box now has cake in, boo.

@WM: gracias amigo. I've plumped for a BA box - I actually really wanted to ask Empchild for just that, but felt it was a bit cheeky to do so.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/16 10:44:38


Post by: DarkStarSabre


I find it highly amusing that our GMS Marines end up in a similar pose by fluke.

The GK Terminator is a very nice nod toward the original too.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/18 19:37:11


Post by: inmygravenimage


DarkStarSabre wrote:I find it highly amusing that our GMS Marines end up in a similar pose by fluke.

The GK Terminator is a very nice nod toward the original too.


Re: the latter - cheers mate. Yeah, convergence of GMS - weird...

@ Knightley: it's a standard 12" cake box, I'll try to get a pic up. Also, you're right about the Paladin head, it's been swapped for another.


Anyway, some serious stuff. As some of you know, this time last year my then 5-wk old was rushed to hospital with what turned out to be a hole in his heart. A week later - my birthday, no less - we were told that he had to have emergency open-heart surgery the next morning, the alternative being - well, there not being an alternative. The op was a resounding success however, and 2 weeks later had our baby home - and a year on, he's champion. But I just felt I needed to say a big thanks to all the folk who were such an enormous support to me, including (and I do apologise if I forget anyone, I'm a bit right now) Gitsplitta, Blackhand, Waaagh_Gonads and MeanGreenStompa, who even organised a support thread on DCM. This is why I love dakka (well, that and the toys): we're a community, and we're there for each other. So, yeah, as inarticulate as it sounds - thanks one and all.


And on a lighter note, the wife's latest creation, which was dern tasty. Cake or terrain piece? You decide:




Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/18 19:45:09


Post by: Gitsplitta


Damn graven, you scared the hell out of me... thought your boy had fallen ill again. Delighted to find out that I was wrong (my wife says I always look for the trouble in things). It's been a great year & had been a pleasure to get to know you. I have high expectations for the artistic ability of your boy, given the outstanding talents of his parents.

Best,
Gits


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/18 20:03:42


Post by: BLACKHAND


Yeah Graven, he should be able to hold a brush by now, get him painting!



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/19 21:15:07


Post by: Reaper Man 2020


Great post there, and I'm glad it all turned out well. I'm really enjoying Dakka too and you are right there is a real sense of community for those that join in!
On a lighter note, here is a pic of the cake I made for my brother's surprise birthday before he had to go out to Afganistan last year:



It is meant to be a Tornado GR4 with a tail number he actually flew! Not as neat as your wife but it tasted good!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/20 02:35:27


Post by: Gitsplitta


Now that's cool Reaper... bet he appreciated it too!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/20 02:55:10


Post by: whalemusic360


I somehow missed that Graven, but I am certainly glad he came out of it strong. May make a good story when he grows up. The community wouldn't be the same without you bud!

Did you get to play on your cake before you nom'd it?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/20 03:03:40


Post by: Knightley


I vote terrain piece! One that the 'Cake God's them selves have blessed!

In the grim darkness of the far future there is only cake.... Delicious cake...

Cake for the cake god!

Pastry for the pastry throne!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/20 13:44:11


Post by: Solar_lion


Best of wishes. Glad everything turned out good. You never know how truly strong you are unless you are faced with adversity. Enjoy all the sucesses along the way.







Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/20 14:22:42


Post by: nerdfest09


Although i've browsed your blogs and marvelled at your work, grinned at your posts and been amazed by your conversions, i've not made myself that known to you but I honestly want to wish you guys the best for your little tacker! i hope he stays strong and becomes a proud marine as sturdy as the rest!

keep up the good work too, maybe start a cake thread? i've got some beauties i made :-)

Nerdfest09


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/20 14:34:26


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Very glad to hear your boy is still going strong graven
the cake looks ace, terrain for a fairytale planet maybe?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/20 14:36:04


Post by: DarkStarSabre


Just saying, as like nerdfest I myself was not aware - glad he's going strong and clearly think you need to get a brush in his hands ASAP! Though the missus may not agree!

And that cake....is terraincake. Difficult nom not dificult anymore!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/22 21:00:16


Post by: inmygravenimage


Thanks guys - support has touched my wizened, dusty old soul. No real modelling progress, kids running me ragged BUT gearing up for impending geek-shower that is my birthday so hopefully much joy will reign. I've already, thanks to the mighty erithromycin, got some new Tamiya pigements and brushes, a bag of 28mm bricks (coming soon to an urban base near you) and 6 OWL DICE! Woo! Also, I've ordered some bits from modelbits.co.uk to see (a) how their service is and (b) pimp my GKs.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/24 21:39:27


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hey gang,
A wee post. Got a cracking haul from all and sundry, including a SR and emperor's champion from the wife, more PAGKs and terrain from the in-laws, so am very happy indeed. This has nothing to do with copious quantities of beer being consumed, or that this is teacher's new year (first day of school holidays)! My local GW is having birthday bash tomorrow as well, including a basement clearout sale, so gonna try nab me a bargain, or at least some interesting sprues.

Oh, and my amazing wife also happened to make me this tasty, tasty cake:



She used weety's mug as the model! Good times.

Later peeps,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/24 21:52:43


Post by: DarkStarSabre


And you managed to make a face like a loon! FANTASTIC!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/25 00:59:21


Post by: Knightley


Happy Birthday Graven!

That cake is awesome, you'll have to take more pictures of it for posterity's sake


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/25 02:18:16


Post by: Gitsplitta


Fantastic!

Happy birthday my friend!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/25 11:03:19


Post by: Disjointed Entity


Happy Birthday G! Hope it all goes/went well!

(You must know what Uni students are like, I can't even remember what day it is.)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/25 11:16:47


Post by: monkeytroll


Happy birthday graven, nice cake, nice tee, nice face


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/25 16:08:50


Post by: Miss Dee


So you are only 1?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/25 16:24:33


Post by: Yggdrasil


Happy birthday Sam...

Oh, and... Lovely Terminator Lord btw!!!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/25 18:20:48


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Happy Birthday graven!
Hope you enjoy yourself


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/26 18:48:18


Post by: inmygravenimage


Cheers folks. Yeah, I'm 1, mentally. Glad you like the tron T - and you can see why avatar is the manic grin at last! On the loot front, I've added TAGK and a Bastion, and treated self to an honoured imperium. Tomorrow plan (aside from cleaning house and doing washing, bah) is sort scenery and do GMS painting. Updates anon!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/26 19:39:43


Post by: BLACKHAND


Happy Late Birthday Bro, glad you managed to amass a decent amount of figs.... and enjoy the holiday we expect to see the entire lot of birthday loot painted by the end of it!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/26 20:22:29


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well the wife has declared that she likes Grey Knights shiny and pretty and metal and that so that might actually speed that up indeed (alas, Knights Carnelian, we barely knew thee...)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/26 23:08:08


Post by: whalemusic360


Happy (late) birthday dude! Hope it was a good one, sounds like you got quite a haul!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/27 12:01:33


Post by: inmygravenimage


Woo! Holidays!

A very productive morning (which does of course mean afternoon of cooking and cleaning, but there we are). I've build an Imperial Bastion, though not yet decided how to tweak it aesthetically yet. I also watched the Ultrasmurf movie, which to be honest wasn't completely awful. I can see why my nephew, theglassninja, loves it. I do feel like John Hurt was acting from the other end of a phone line, but there we are.

Anyway, on to some pics.
Knightley had asked to see what I'm using as a lightbox: a cake box.




Works pretty well, folds flat and all that. Yes, I have a lot of stuff behind it to paint...

On to the lots of very overdue stuff for other folk

For endtransmission:
Capt. Skaldeyes (counts-as Straken)


Mould lines fixed, tidied, even a bit of OSL. Not too shabby!

For Solar_Lion
The Iron Lion


And Chapter Master Patroclus Calabeck


Don't know what happened to the light here, and all a bit shiny - I blame the cake. The observant amongst will have guessed that I've acquired Pigma Micron pens; they are luverly...

For WM360, Brother Lacrimosa:




And, as a teaser, this guy for WarOne, for all his outstanding work with the fiction thread - =I= Heth Fenrix


Yes, that's a spirit level. Or rather, a Necron Spirit level. The fig is a Confrontation Witch Hunter

For the Chapter Conclave, a Star Scorpion, just for a bit of variety:


More recycled Confrontation figures, to be a Hereticus and retinue for my GKs (not sure what in his retinue, but still!)


And some more Grot lunacy from my 3 year old:

Freakin' genius... We went to our local GW at the weekend for their birthday bash and did some sprue diving, he scored himself baneblade wheels and chimera/LR tracks - honestly, you've never seen a bunch of teenagers and middle aged men looked so scared as when a tiny person at their knees yells, "Yes! I need these for my tanks!" Thanks to Silver Mk2 for some awesome orky bits, too.

I've got erithromycin coming over tomorrow and we're going to break out the RoB board and have a proper full on battler, I'll be aiming to take pics and get a batrep up Weds (with hangover - advanced warning!)

I realise that I'm still hiding from my airbrush, tut-tut, but I will be breaking out soon, along with doing resin casting experiments and getting more GKs built.

Ah well, domestic chores call,

Later,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/27 12:20:18


Post by: whalemusic360


Everything is looking aces graven. I like the cake box idea, small and collapsible, which is just what I need!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/27 13:10:38


Post by: Gitsplitta


That's all looking top notch graven...wow! Love that Iron Lion as well as the bike. Your weeping angels scheme just looks so good to me... just right.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/27 13:14:27


Post by: inmygravenimage


Thanks buddy. Gits kindly fixed the white balance on the Iron Lion image for me:


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/27 13:43:51


Post by: Yggdrasil


That FW Marine is oustanding!!!

And the Grot tank looks nicely balanced!!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/27 13:57:32


Post by: DarkStarSabre


That Boarding Captain is beauitul. Love the weathering on that. Love it!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/27 15:03:04


Post by: Miss Dee


Do you need that combi melta?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/27 15:31:50


Post by: inmygravenimage


Cheers guys! I am very chuffed with the Iron Lion.
@Miss Dee: what combi-Melta?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/27 18:43:23


Post by: Miss Dee


the one that came with the mini


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/27 18:53:42


Post by: inmygravenimage


Do you mean on the FW dude? It's an auxiliary grenade launcher. Was going to use it on a pre-heresy Blood Angel, though nothing made yet.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/27 19:17:24


Post by: Miss Dee


Oh looks like a combi melta to me....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/27 20:05:52


Post by: Knightley


Light box = awesome

GMS models = winning.

Short. Sharp. Simple


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/27 20:18:24


Post by: monkeytroll


Very nice graven, love the pale palette you're using. Nice use of the cakebox too...'Honey, I broke my lightbox, we're going to need more cake here.'

And the grot tank is ace, I forsee some awesome stuff coming from your nephew.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/28 08:55:31


Post by: inmygravenimage


Thanks lads and ladettes. The tank's my son's - my nephew's more of a fluff nut, and despite giving/threatening him with superglue, is a slooooooooooooooooow builder ( I'm talking to YOU theglassninja!)

Plan for today (shopping/washing done - hoovering house not) is set up RoB board, spray prime a few odds and sods, get another Paladin and 3 Strike GKs built (Hammer, 2 swordies), and, later, drink to oblivion.

Anyway, I wanted to say also, please swing by the mini of the month thread:
http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/379201.page
I'm not asking for your vote (wwweeeellllll....) but always good to support these things.

Later peeps,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/28 11:53:17


Post by: DarkStarSabre


inmygravenimage wrote:Thanks lads and ladettes. The tank's my son's - my nephew's more of a fluff nut, and despite giving/threatening him with superglue, is a slooooooooooooooooow builder ( I'm talking to YOU theglassninja!)

Plan for today (shopping/washing done - hoovering house not) is set up RoB board, spray prime a few odds and sods, get another Paladin and 3 Strike GKs built (Hammer, 2 swordies), and, later, drink to oblivion.

Anyway, I wanted to say also, please swing by the mini of the month thread:
http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/379201.page
I'm not asking for your vote (wwweeeellllll....) but always good to support these things.

Later peeps,
graven


Damnit.

I knew there was something I forgot to get done in time.

Sadness. My Finecast Lictor was not done in time.

Poor little Lictor. I even chopped him to bits.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/28 17:51:58


Post by: Moltar


Happy Belated Bday, Graven! Didn't even know it passed and I voted on your Mini o' the month, though it was a tough decision. Your dread is amazing, but there was some steep competition with Shoom and GiraffeX. I like your bday photo. Cake is awesome and I used to sell that Tshirt at my store. We still carry Ames Bros, but haven't had that Tron one in, in quite awhile. Good luck in the MotM comp and with your cake box bastion.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/28 18:33:14


Post by: Ghost in the Darkness


What model is the Iron Lion based upon?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/28 18:42:53


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Ghost in the Darkness wrote:What model is the Iron Lion based upon?

Its a FW (buy it at a Tournie only) Breaching Marine IIRC.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/28 20:42:32


Post by: GiraffeX


The Iron Lion paint job is really nice, cant believe I've only just found this thread.

I'll be watching this in the future and all the cake as well, excellent stuff.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/28 21:09:02


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Definitely forgot to say how much i like all the little bits and pieces you've done here graven!


They all look great


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/28 21:24:40


Post by: Miss Dee


Graven, do you want another S.H.I.E.L.D?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/28 22:37:48


Post by: inmygravenimage


You talk in weird and esoteric ways Miss Dee - what mean you with your marvel ref?
@ giraffeX / rev - ta!

Ps- beer.



A lot.



That is all.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/29 08:30:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


It turns out that the liver is evil and must be punished.

So, yeah, feel a bit rubbish, but such is the price for getting older and drinking to excess. Had a good night out with friends, and bagged a NDK, a set of Vallejo inks and Freikorps Librarian from Malifaux which is just a lovely, lovely fig and will probably get used as a Death Cult Assassin. I'm not crazy on Malifaux tbh, but I'll make an exception in this case.

Not going to get much painting/building done today, as decided to keep #1 off Nursery and take him to see Kung-Fu Panda 2 (why, I ask myself?!), and then wifey's off work for the next 10 days so I won't get back to doing proper stuff for, really, the best part of a fortnight. Oh, the pain of holidays.

Anyway, played a 1500 pt game yesterday. Erithromycin couldn't find his farseers, which he took as an omen that they had, in fact, forseen that they would get a drubbing and were hiding. So he asked if he could go a bit tank crazy with my IG. This was fine by my - though I literally had to dust them down - and I used this as an opportunity to create a list that would cause me problems with my GK build.

So, the Cydonian 9th had (forgive me if I forget stuff ):
CCS (Carapace, Power Sword, 2 Snipers, LC team, 2 Bodyguards, and a Primaris Psyker)
10 Vets/3 Meltas
10 Vets/3 Plasmas
10 Penal Legion (knifey boys)
Chimera HB/HB
Vendetta
Bane Wolf HB
Medusa HB
LR Executioner w PC sponsons and Hull HB
LR Vanquisher w HB sponsons and Hull LC

I had
Crowe
Librarian (Summoning, Might of Titan, Vortex of Doom)
2 x 5 Purifiers (Halberds/2 Incinerators)
5 Paladins (Falchions/Banners)
LRC
5 Interceptors (TH, Psycannon, PSs)

I broke out the RoB:

Hurrah! Just got to paint it now. Here's a better view of my Sanctum Sororitas:

That model really is a pain in the backside to build, hence all the aesthetic plastruct visible in the first shot.

We played Spearhead with control the objective. Erith got the first turn and set up:

Melta vets in the Chimera, Vendetta with the Plas vets in reserve.

At the other end of the table:

(pic shows starting to advance)

First turn, IG trundled forward, while dropping pie plates with the Medusa, which picked off a Purifier. In my advance, Interceptors got into position to leg it down the field to do tank takedown, other Purifiers occupied the bastion (a grave error), and I discover the rifleman is half an inch out of range (boo...)

Second turn, entirety of IG army eventually takes out the Interceptors.

On the one hand, they were a waste; on the other, they occupied his entire force for a turn and were always going to be a sacrifical pawn of one sort or another.
Purifiers in the Bastion fail spectacularly to do anything bar kill one Penal Legion bloke. Other Purifiers leg it into the building to give the CCS a kicking.

Third turn, the Vendetta shows up - mishaps, and ends up at the other end of the field (dodgy pic, sorry):


The Vanquisher disables the LRC, which is tedious but unsurprising:


The Rifleman gets summoned (hurrah!) and the Termies pile out. The Purifiers and Crowe destroy the CCS; the Purifiers in the bastion manage to knock a gun off a tank (gee whizz), whilst the Rifleman takes out another weapon on the Vanquisher.

Turn four, the Vendetta turbo drops the Vet squad into the building (visions of the guard crashing through cathedral windows). Rifleman loses an AC and the Penal Legion make for Crowe and the last 2 purifiers, but take a scattered executioner hit for their trouble.

In a moment of sheer joy/agony, the Librarian uses Vortex on the Bane Wolf, getting the Vendetta under the template as well - and manages to get "Explodes" on both of them! The ensuing hail of destruction tears into the Plasma vets, too. Crowe lays in to the Chimera, rattling it but not much else.



Turn five, the Penal legion jump Crowe, and manage to take him down with weight of numbers. He, and the Chimera, go pop. The Melta vets have piled out by this point. The Paladins swing round to shield the last of that squad of Purifiers and the useless other squad go occupy the objective on my side of the table. Victory, as they say, is mine!



All in all, a good game. Paladins continue to be a colossal points sink, though less so without the apothecary (though I will say, incidentally, that they took some wounds from the Bane Wolf spraying through the door at one point - forgot that). Purifiers are more fragile, relatively speaking, than I think, and you've got so few that they're all the more precious. Librarian, once again, is outstanding.

So there we are. Sorry if that was vague and rambling (well, even more than usual). I'm off to drink coffee.

Later,
graven


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Ooh - check this out - contest result!
http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/379584.page
I'm a very happy chap indeed, and am thrilled to have tied with so impressive an effort, too. Thanks to all of you who voted for me!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/29 10:06:08


Post by: Gitsplitta


I want to congratulate you both on the fantastic camo paint job both armies have. They blend right in with the table! Amazing!

And congrats on MoTM... well done my friend!



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/29 10:10:16


Post by: Knightley


Oh wow, You would have to be stoked you got tied for first.

Good to see a battle report of your GK's almost seems like they need a Grand master in there somewhere eh?

From what I've read Purifiers work quite well when they are provided with Rhino transports.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/29 10:11:17


Post by: DarkStarSabre


Gitsplitta wrote:I want to congratulate you both on the fantastic camo paint job both armies have. They blend right in with the table! Amazing!

And congrats on MoTM... well done my friend!



Grey Knights.

All in the name.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/29 10:50:58


Post by: Yggdrasil


Nice Batrep, the IG firepower looked terrifying indeed!!!

Great for the MoTM!!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/29 12:21:25


Post by: Miss Dee


Do you want the resin SHIELD?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/29 14:35:10


Post by: inmygravenimage


Oh! Lordy I'm dumb. Yeah, that'd be amazing. How come you have a spare?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/29 15:05:56


Post by: Miss Dee


I dont, He has a thunder hammer in one hand in the other the bolter.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/29 15:43:21


Post by: DarkStarSabre


Actually iirc the model's suppose have the shield standard with the option for the Thunder Hammer or Bolter?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/30 09:46:36


Post by: Knightley


Hey Graven, I've PM'd you about "You know what"



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/30 15:06:34


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Nice Bat Rep graven!
The liver is evil, it must be punished on a regular basis

@Knightley, now im curious....dammit!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/30 17:25:55


Post by: inmygravenimage


Cheers folks.
Yeah, Knightley is doing me a Grand Master to keep an eye on my pesky Khorne hunters, for he is a star.

I'm on the scrounge again for bits folks, Ven dread parts this time. Specifically, looking for sarcophagi (both rectangular and open arched), plus leg armour as well. I'm aiming to build my NDK with a fully enclosed pilot.

Am being subject to a Twilight movie tonight so will hopefully get some building done!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/30 17:37:38


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Oooooo interested to see how the GKGM comes out you lucky man!
Wish i could help with the bits situation as ever :(

DO NOT WATCH THE TWILIGHT
It will ruin any love of films you may have....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/30 17:46:02


Post by: inmygravenimage


Oh - and for bits naturally I have bits, pennies, services rendered...


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I teach media. You have no idea how much I hate those movies! At least the books get kids reading. Also, Twilight fans make Trekkies look normal.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/30 18:05:41


Post by: Miss Dee


Cant wait for the next JJ Trek movie


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/30 18:06:23


Post by: Revenent Reiko


inmygravenimage wrote:I teach media. You have no idea how much I hate those movies! At least the books get kids reading. Also, Twilight fans make Trekkies look normal.


QFT
Personally, i read a lot (like a ridiculous amount of books), but i also love films, and after watching the first (under threat of course), i vowed not to even read the books (which i know are better than the films, but still ).

And yeah, words fail me with Twilight fans....


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/30 18:08:54


Post by: Gitsplitta


Our local news reader is a Twilight fan... 'nuff said?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/30 19:16:14


Post by: whalemusic360


Grats on the win in the MotM contest!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/30 20:20:44


Post by: Knightley


I'll have a check in my bit's chest when I get home next (at a LAN for 2 days this weekend) I'm 99% sure I have plenty of the square chest dread parts and might even have some leg plates as well.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/06/30 21:54:10


Post by: inmygravenimage


Cheers buddy. I've realised that I'm also looking for a BA furioso Libby torso too... Argh!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/01 00:10:31


Post by: Miss Dee


inmygravenimage wrote:Cheers buddy. I've realised that I'm also looking for a BA furioso Libby torso too... Argh!


I have one of them.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/01 06:42:33


Post by: inmygravenimage


Oooh... I'll pm you and we can work something out.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/01 06:51:57


Post by: DarkStarSabre


Your stuff shall be in the post today - everything but th GMS chap who is still WIP!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/01 07:01:22


Post by: inmygravenimage


Merci mon ami!


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Had to endure New Moon yesterday - not as bad as Twilight, Michael Sheen's always good, but using Shakespeare like that smacks of supreme arrogance. Still, got 6 purifiers built with some modification. A non-geek today - off to see Avenue Q tonight! Woo!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/01 09:27:35


Post by: Miss Dee


Children of the gods arrived this morning, still waiting on B5 season 3 tho.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/01 13:10:35


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Now Avenue Q is a good choice. Got my mum tickets for her birthday last year (?maybe) and she loved it, hope you do too!

Well played on getting 6 Purifiers done though


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/02 11:14:06


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hey folks,
Wee apology, only just made it to Post Office but that's everything current now en route. Next up swap wise is a Weeping Angel for gitsplitta, Mentor for DarkStarSabre, something for Njal, and some conclave stuff - a pre- heresy BA and an Iron Hand tech, and a Star Scorpion for t'othsr conclave. Other stuff on my to do list is TAGKs - making my own draigo, thinking about using the fw mk3 shield (thanks miss dee!), sound good?

Won't actually get much done today but aiming to get my RoB under payed



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Argh!
Autocorrect!

Undercoated - though now it looks like rain. Bah, etc.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/02 12:28:48


Post by: Miss Dee


It arrived this morning (season 3).


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/02 12:52:17


Post by: inmygravenimage


Huzzah! I too got a package: big bag o chaos bits from DarkStarSabre: cheers matey!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/02 14:49:14


Post by: DarkStarSabre


You're welcome. Scary thing is? I have -more- Chaos Terminator Power Axes about.

I'm discovering unopened boxes with them!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/03 10:56:16


Post by: Miss Dee


can I get your address one more time?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/03 11:18:30


Post by: inmygravenimage


Pm'd.


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Well, that was frustrating. One can of citadel primer down and I have one tile and the edges of two others done - that's all. Bah. On the plus side, I realise that I've neglected to add any grit/basing material to tile, so I shall treat the one already primed as a test for that, shrug and move on.

I'm also going to try to get my other TAGK built. I'm a bit torn on loadout: currently I have 5 falchion paladins Inc apoth and banner. I'm considering making a Draigo and 4 more Paladins: one of each heavy load and another with Falchions who's overtly a justicar. Seem reasonable? That'll see my through Twilight 3, hopefully

I have had an awesome brainwave of a kitbash, too, but need the parts (which of course I've just used elsewhere): a single robed DA body, a pointing left arm and a right arm with power sword - all to make a Solomon Lok. Seems feasible, cut off back stud, gs and add new shoulders/accessories.

Easy as now I just to acquire the bits...

Later, graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/03 21:03:11


Post by: Gitsplitta


Over here we can get some low-cost primers from other companies. Usually they have less propellant so the spray is more sluggish than with GW, but they prime just as well. I've also used Krylon white primer before and that works pretty well for about $2.50 US a can. So,depending on how picky the object is that you're priming, their may be some inexpensive alternatives.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/04 13:44:08


Post by: Miss Dee


Posted yours, and the one to me arrived


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/04 16:27:21


Post by: Miss Dee


Im gonna make exorcists out of grey knights


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/04 21:06:09


Post by: inmygravenimage


Sweet. Red/blue GKs - very tasty.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/08 18:56:39


Post by: inmygravenimage


Well now, that's me back from my holidays in the Lake District.
Much fun with small people, got to see some owls (yay!), long walks, teaching kids to swim, eat lota of tadty food, yaddayaddayadda.

But, now, back into the p&m saddle, with a question or two about GKs for general wisdom.

Was in GW the other day, and the wife said "I like the shiny ones."
Me: "Oh they're Grey Knights, the stuff you got me for my birthday. I was planning on doing mine red."
Wife: (pause) "I like the shiny ones."

So, I'm going to be doing shiny GKs, cos after 8 years I can finally take a hint.

This may not actually be a bad thing. I'm worried that they're not going to look distinct enough from the Khorne bits that swarm their bases.

So the plan now takes me back to going to GW Oxford street as a kid, where I first learnt of the mysteries of drybrushing. Black, with progressively lighter silver tones, rather than full on grey (like Knightley's awesomeness) or silver as GW standard.

I am still intending to include rich reds in mix though, in the style of the excellent work done by Nerdfest:
http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/300/356350.page
I like the touches of red on his exemplars, and might thieve. To differentiate, I'm going to go much more orange (I think) for the chaos marine parts, in the style of the GMS BAs I did a while back:



I'd really like some thoughts on this gang!
Later, and it's good to be back,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/08 22:22:18


Post by: Knightley


Shiny GK's?

Graven say it isn't so mate.

Fight the power man, but if your dead set going down that track then I'll support you I guess.

Regarding the color. I saw a quite awesome paint job which looked pretty awesome. The guy based black, covered the model in mithril silver, then used 3-4 coats of badab black wash to dull it right down, you could try something similar but instead of mithril silver try chainmail or bolt gun with a couple of coats of badab to see if it give the grim dark feel (or if you like it)

Your GM will stand out quite a bit with a silver army at his back.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/08 22:26:05


Post by: Revenent Reiko


A man who notices his other half's hints??!! say it isnt so!

I've always liked the shiny GK's (not saying the red ones and the grey ones arent awesome too btw), im looking forward to seeing how this pans out.

The red/orange Khorne bits will look excellent if they are anything like the BA shown

Also, hope you enjoyed your holiday


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/09 19:14:12


Post by: inmygravenimage


@ Knightley: I know, like Starscream to your Megatron, Once again I have failed you I've done something very similar to what you suggested actually, I'll try to get a pic up later. I have a draigo built from bits so this is getting to be a really sizeable force!

@ Revenant: Thx bro. I shall try to meet your expectations and do them justice. Frightening that I listen to woman, but she did coerce her entire family in to buying me geek stuff this year. Yeah, hol great, Center Parcs with kids - tip top. Highly recommended.

I'm going try to get a ton of stuff based tonight, and make some Death Cult out of assorted fantasy minis. Also, on a very happy note, an outstanding payment for 2 lots of ICT work just came through (7&5 months late respectively); that's £180 I didn't expect that I get to waste on toys now! Game on!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/11 14:02:57


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hey gang,
I've just realised we've crossed the 20,000 view threshold. I'm a little in shock about this! But, it's a happy shock. Thanks to everyone for your continued support of the Bloggit! Anyway, on to business.

All my GKs are now built and based bar the NDK and some stuff I'll be doing from bits (I went a bit nuts in www.letthedicedecide.co.uk), including a homemade Solomon Lok (need a pointing marine arm - anyone? pretty please with the still beating heart of a heretic on top?).

The big news, however, is I've finally started using the airbrush. Big, scary stuff. Actually, to my delight - not at all. What I'm doing is using it, for starters, to lay down a layer of white over the grey prime/badab black wash on my Mentors. I'm really pleased:



So from L-R we have simple grey prime job (pre-heresy BA for Conclave), badab black wash (gms Mentor for DarkStarSabre) and airbrushed Vallejo White (Mentor LotD Sergeant). Tbh, the white's brighter than the pic suggests, but more importantly it's clean with a good gradation, preserving some of the shadows without getting bitty the way that drybrushing can. What I do need to get are some decent airbrush cleaning brushes and a stand. That's a job for tomorrow, along with more primer and black wash (I swear I had another tub somewhere).

And if I'm really feeling brave, I'm going to try doing some casting tomorrow, too. Gulp.
Later,
graven.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/11 15:07:40


Post by: Gitsplitta


Looking great my friend. Progress, progress, progress! Looks like you've got the airbrushing down pat. It'll help make things move along quicker to be sure.



Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/12 03:12:46


Post by: BLACKHAND


Oooh casting huh? This aught to be interesting


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/12 12:41:21


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Looking good graven!
The airbrush seems to be working out nicely


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/12 14:48:54


Post by: inmygravenimage


Ok folks, here goes. This is my working paint scheme for my GKs, incorporating elements of the Knights Carnelian idea and the wife's request of "Shiny":



It's my proper first attempt at the power weapon like that (and when you zoom it's pretty obvious which one I did first!), as well as using the Micron pen. Sorry you can't see more detail on the critter skull on the base. Please be ruthless with your C&C folks, I can only improve!

In other news, I did more priming of GKs and built (mostly) my NDK, for a game tonight. I realise after some experimentation it's not the baby carrier per se that annoys me, it's the lack of protection, so his arms are now armoured, and his legs soon will be likewise courtesy of some bits from Knightley. I'll let y'all know how the war goes (1k, Corteaz+Retinue, Interceptors, NDK).

Oh - didn't get round to airbrushing, but got a cleaning station, and didn't get round to casting (sorry BH) as couldn't find where the wife has hidden the talc (aka release agent). Bah, etc.

Tomorrow, might pic up some more Vallejo paints, we shall see. Probably another Chimera, depending on how tonight's game goes (it's one from my guard that's pulling double duty.

Later, and thanks for staying tuned and keeping me going,
graven.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/12 15:04:46


Post by: whalemusic360


Ruthless C&C time:

Ahem, I think the eyes need work, they are too plain at the moment. Also think lightning power weapons are meh (not your specifically, the whole idea of them). Also, is that an osl attempt on the crotch armor plate? Hard to tell in pic, but I think your painting style (along with my own) does not lend itself to that particular painting gimmick.

Otherwise, looks pretty good I like the scheme, and the modeling work looks solid.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/12 18:58:12


Post by: Reaper Man 2020


Overall I like him, but it is the helmet that doesn't do it for me, I agree with whalemusic360 that the eyes need a bit more work but also I can see some weathering on the helmet but it still looks flat. How about an inquisition symbol on the side of the snout and maybe make those two round bits, on the side of the helmet on the end of the bit that comes from the ear to the side of the snout, into lights? Could just liven the helmet up a bit. I quite like the power weapons and I went for a similar take myself on my word bearers army for the power weapons. I'm not entirely sure about the critter head on the base either if I'm honest.

I should say again that overall I like him and those are just some minor tweaks I might make if he were mine.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/12 22:19:26


Post by: tony_nids_10


I agree with WM360 and Reaper, I like the painting alot but the eyes just leave me wanting a little more. They almost seem flat and lifeless, fill those eyes with the ritchous zeal they are screaming for


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/13 06:12:15


Post by: Knightley


Likes:
- Dark red on the shoulder/weapon housing looks mint, I really like the dark effect. Have you done any edge highlighting on the plates at all?
- Inscription on the back banner, Micron pen usage is about location in my opinion. Style does come down to it and the way I work it is how long would a word normally be in their times? would they have any words which have bits that go below the line such as a y,g or a p then try to include that in the scribbles.
- The lightening on the blade, great start (see below for more)
- Love the dark metallic look of the armor!

Dislikes:
- The shin 'words' don't look to have anything different about them, even having them black would set them apart from the silver (this is unless you've done something like that but the picture doesn't show it)
- The eyes probably could have been a different color due to having red as your alternate scheme, a blue or green would have brought more focus to them, it looks like you might be missing a very small white mark in the far edges to give that illusion of reflection
- The helmet looks dirty while the rest of the model is clean, I have the inclination that you are trying to emulate the lighter tones of a helmet as I have, from what I can see there isn't much definition, I say this because as you look at the head the right hand piping/block the color is solid on the outside with no recesses darkened except on the inside (I hope this makes sense)
- The blade almost looks unfinished, you have the dark blue to medium blue with small bits of lighter blue however over all the blues don't 'pop' I hate to use that word btw where the forks spread out consider using a watered down light blue/white mix to accentuate the power swelling then splitting, you could do the same with the tips of the lightening as well.

Over all looking pretty good and as you say it can only get better from here


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/13 07:19:32


Post by: inmygravenimage


Cheers for the feedback folks!
To address issues: I need to fix light-balancing, as the fact that the wording on armour is all gold is just not showing at all, as are highlights on shoulders/sword. Glad folk generally like the sword (even if the lightning is somewhat passée - I've done it to differentiate from my power weapons, and to push myself.
I agree about the various issues on the head. Green eyes is a good call, and I'll see if that helps.

@WM360: the "OSL" is using pale blue to highlight red where the light naturally catches the model. I've avoided OSL as, I quite agree, it doesn't really suit my style of painting (well... I use it for plasma, but that's about it).
@Reaper Man: Critter head still needs work, I think. I might add some cables coming off it, actually, as it's part of broader "We crush you Dragon Warriors!" theme that runs through the basing (wait till you see the NDK's base...)

I'm really happy with positives - Knightley I know you weren't sold on the idea of metal GKs!

Last night was a really interesting game. There was a disaster beforehand when one of the clips on my monster case snapped off for no appreciable reason, sending GKs flying - only broke two halberds and a warrior acolyte, but still filled with mighty gaiju RAGE so off to store to rant today.

My opponent, who's a former staffer, was unimpressed about me playing GKs - "You have newest codex, you win by turn 2, this is going to be dull" - but actually we had an excellent game. He was playing Marines, running Scouts and Termies, and it was a very close run thing. Marines are a tricky match up for GKs, with their lack of AP3, though the Retinue with its 3 plasma toting Warriors and 5 Psychics did very well. The 2 Death Cult did nothing - but that was my fault, next time I'd run 2 Jokaero instead - and the Mystic was useless as I didn't realise that "on the table" meant "not in a transport". Ah well. Corteaz was awesome, taking out 2 LC Termies before going down. The Callidus was good, but not as vicious as before. The Strike Squad did far better than they had any right to, laying waste to scouts, and securing the main objective. The Interceptor squad were, again, sacrificial lambs, but did that very well. The NDK was brutal, though the DH pointless, really - better to spend points on Psyflame. Still, he took out a Dread and a marine captain. The combination of Heavy Incinerator and PT on the NDK was really the game winner, imo. 3 turns, and a good game all round.

Today, off to GW this morning, and try to get more painting done this afternoon - might try to fix those eyes.

Later, graven.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/13 10:47:44


Post by: Gitsplitta


@graven: I can noodle with your pic when I get back from my trip later today to get the color right (it's why I haven't commented to date). Exciting battle story, hope to have one of my own soon.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/13 12:30:35


Post by: whalemusic360


Wait, what about being "on the table"? My want to post in ymdc, but I'm pretty sure in a vehicle is on the table (in play), not that the model has to be physically touching the table.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/13 12:57:35


Post by: inmygravenimage


A-pparently it has to be physically on the table. He equated to scouts in a rhino with a homer wouldn't be on the table either. But he freely admitted that was a ruling made a gw staff tourney in 4th ed.

Anyway, redone, and reshot:

I've tried to adjust the gamma correction slightly, though it feels a bit grainy as a result. Improvement on helm?

Also, popped into GW as promised, went up to the manager and he straight swapped the case without even blinking - good bloke. But, GW Glasgow has a really ethic, so I'm not overly surprised.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/13 13:10:23


Post by: Miss Dee


got a test mini up (bottom link) pic not so good tho


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/13 13:13:22


Post by: whalemusic360


Yeah, pretty sure thats not the correct ruling anymore. Big mek with a KFF in a battlewagon makes the KFF have a bigger radius, not go away. Cant imagine it would be any different with whatever the case with yours would be (dont know the rule off hand, but never heard of anything like that)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/13 13:22:15


Post by: inmygravenimage


@Miss Dee: Can't see it yet?!
@WM360: Good to know. Happier with head now?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/13 14:42:59


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Looks great graven the helm does 'pop' now, i like the power weapon effects too (although its a bit dark IMO).

Interested to see how the base works out, i am officially intrigued...


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/13 16:30:09


Post by: Gitsplitta


Never heard that interpretation of the rules before... if it's on the table, it's on the table. Transport or not.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/13 17:11:11


Post by: Miss Dee


click on my started topics.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/13 20:55:07


Post by: Reaper Man 2020


The green eyes def suit it better.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/21 10:35:57


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hola peeps,
Yup, not dead, as the title says, though feel dreadful today. Wife's had a bit more time off in run up to our anniversary this weekend, plus other stuff - leaky roof that's going to cost me £5k, bee hive in living room wall, etc - so not got as far forward as I'd like.

Still, progress, with some (admittedly really shoddy) pics.

First up, a test on using vallejo greens for Mentor Legion - who've not been forgotten, I've just been trying to get my GKs done:

Left is the new green. Disregarding the shininess, I'm very impressed by the depth of colour: that's two coats of dark green over the airbrushed white layer. Blokey on right is the original test model for comparison.

Next up, a built thing (because we need building to keep us sane): I went on FW to order some bits, only to discover Solomon Lok's no longer on the site:

Quite pleased how he's turning out!

So, yes, painting. I've decided to block paint, which is soul destroying but forces me onward. Apart from the NDK and the LRC (and the Techmarine, but he's a slightly different case), everything has at least its first set of colours: Black/BGM/Terracotta/Fortress Grey. Be warned, photos are shoddy as I hadn't realised wifey had been fiddling with my camera to do cake shots till after.

Paladins:





Stern and counts-as Draigo (hate the "real" Draigo model)


Counts-as Crowe and Brotherhood Champion (wife liked the fig, had to do something with it!)


Ven dread, with ACs down the front


NDK - I've tried to avert baby carrier syndrome with additional armour from dreads


Incinerators (awful photo, sorry) - all my regulars are split into non-robed and robed to give me distinct squads


Psycannons


Halberds from squad 1


Halberds from squad 2


Interceptors


And lastly, a libby and a (very) wip techmarine with c-beamer that I threw together this morning



So, there you go! If anyone wants me, I'll be on the sofa with my magic space phone.

Later,
graven.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/21 10:47:27


Post by: Gitsplitta


Wow, that's an impressive amount of work!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/21 10:54:18


Post by: DarkStarSabre


Very impressive amount of work! I find myself recognising bits on bases


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/21 11:14:04


Post by: Divine Comedy


Nice models, especially the Techmarine.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/21 15:35:02


Post by: Reaper Man 2020


You have really made progress! Bummer about the house though :(


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/21 16:01:43


Post by: tipios


Very nice work. I like the extra armour idea on th DK.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/21 17:59:00


Post by: Revenent Reiko


Looking good graven!
real shame about the house, heres hoping it gets sorted quickly (and as cheaply as possible )

Really like the way the new green looks, very nice!
And you've got some great stuff otherwise too, the GK's are coming on nicely.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/21 19:18:03


Post by: inmygravenimage


@ gits/reaper: glad you think so. Somehow, because I don't have a finished mini to show for it (let alone the Mentors), it doesn't feel that way. Yeah, house is a bit of a swine, but I'm lucky to have very good, very professional builders to call on. The way I look at it is it's not £60k, which is a new roof, if left unattended. Yay optimism, etc.

@DSS: yup. -a-go-go baby.

@DivCom: Ta - I've had the model since xmas (again - wife liked the fig, so she got me it) but I've not really had a place for it in my Mentors (I have a ton o' Libbies) and my plans to run him in GK were scuppered by GK Libbies being Termie only. So, a solution was the Tech; also, I've noticed the lack of serious ranged punch in my GKs, so this might even fill a functional hole in the force! (great handle btw - Dante or Hannon? )

@tipios: Cheers. I wanted to echo the armour plating on the bodywork. I realised it wasn't the exposed head (hello? sergeants?) that annoyed me, it was just how vulnerable the rest of him looked dangling there. It's actually now got its terracotta and fortress on, too, thanks to 5 mins spare in the middle of making dinner (tandoori salmon ftw).

@Revenent: cheers mate. Glad you like the green; it's super crisp and really rich. I think it may be the future.

Now in theory I wanted to get my GKs done for Monday, or at least 1500 pts worth, when I'm playing erithromycin again (glass ninjas of doom though this time). Not going to happen *sigh* but I'm going to try to get the greys up to their white, at least (>sepia wash>50:50 Vj Dead White/GW fortress grey>Dead white highlights) which you can just about make out on a couple of them already (eg Crowe, or indeed the test fig way back).

Cheers for continued support me hearties: it's lifted me out of the blue funk I was in from block painting.

Later,
graven.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/21 20:00:07


Post by: Gitsplitta


You have my sympathy friend. We had our roof re-done two years ago and have a continual fight with bees in our kitchen wall... little fethers. Also birds drilling holes in the house and nesting in the walls... more little fethers.

If it wasn't for the kids I'd get some army surplus claymores and fix all their wagons!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/21 21:43:24


Post by: Knightley


Looking boss Graven!

Any chance of a closer/in focus shot of your NDK pilots shoulders arms? I'm interested in what you came up with there.

Over all great looking models thus far!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/21 22:51:02


Post by: Llamahead


Glad to see the Conf to Inquisitions going on. The Conversion Beamer's looking good and I like the darker GK scheme.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/22 08:22:20


Post by: inmygravenimage


@llama - well, we love a bit of conf, don't we?!

@Knightley - ta mucker. Ask, and ye shall receive:


The arm covers are furioso weapon covers; I removed the horns from the libby skull plate and added a wreath. I intend to use a FW brass etched GK shield over the right shoulder, and add text with a micron pen to the left.

The leg covers are dread leg guards stuck bottom-to-bottom, with the posts cut off.

Hope that's useful,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/22 13:48:36


Post by: Gitsplitta


That's impressive buddy... nice work!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/22 14:08:29


Post by: Briancj


You've definitely taken the edge off of the baby carrier look. That's just a stellar job. I really didn't think anyone could pull that off. Beautiful work.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/22 15:44:30


Post by: tipios


He's not gona lose any of his limbs in battle


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/22 16:01:52


Post by: Yggdrasil


Indeed, that's an astonishing amount of work... I really dig that red + metal scheme for the GKs, it looks really good (and "shiny" enough for your significant other )!!!

The kitbashed models also look very good, the robed bodies add a solemn tone to them that is pretty welcome!!

Nice job on the special characters too, especially on Crowe whose pose can't be mistaken!

Awesome job!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/22 18:48:29


Post by: inmygravenimage


Thanks guys; your comments mean everything!
@gits: ta! Still getting some stray bees...

@Briancj:

@tipios: well quite. Also, it's a conversion that's quick, easy and effective, using parts that are readily available - all things I like!

@Yggs: merci etc! Really happy with how the Crowe went down, yeah. Glad you like both the colour scheme and the mix-and-match aesthetic (though it owes a lot to Knightley's outstanding work).

Like I say, I really appreciate the support folks. Not sure if anything will get done this weekend as anniversary tomorrow and wife on a baking course Sunday - Might get #1 to help me drybrush the now gravelled and primed RoB board (1 bag of railway ballast and 3 cans of chaos black spray later) but that'll probably be about it.

Adios,
Graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/22 20:35:34


Post by: Llamahead


It's definitely a step up from the original. I'd be tempted to use the new Forgeworld Heresy Dreads if I ever wanted one myself (Well 2 my Nefarius Clone will do fine as far as I'm concerned!).


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/22 21:24:10


Post by: tipios


@tipios: well quite. Also, it's a conversion that's quick, easy and effective, using parts that are readily available - all things I like!


Yeah it's always nice when you find a part that fits nicely with little effort but looks very effective. You still need a good eye for detail to see this, and you have definitely got 1 (or 2)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/23 01:22:51


Post by: Knightley


Those arm plates are the business man! thanks for making a closer pic


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/25 19:32:44


Post by: inmygravenimage


Today I had a cheery game of 1.5k v erithromycin's pet glass ninjas. What a game, absolute bloodbath.
Here goes, I ran:

Mordrak 200
Ghost Knights 250 Falchions Banner
TStrike 130 Halberds Psycannon
Strike 130 Halberds Psycannon
Razorback 55 Dozer Psybolt
NDK 240 Jump Hvy Inc Psyflame
Callidus 145
Ven Dread 200 TLAC Psybolt
Interceptor 150 NDH Psycannon

1500

Apologies if that doesn't conform to army list etiquette! But hey, cut and paste from excel - pretty good.

We were playing quarters with 3 objectives, and I won the toss:

Foolishly, I scouted the Interceptors into the open, and then lost the initiative. They died, very, very rapidly:

Bladestorm yo-yo proved very nasty in this game. I thought it would be a bright idea to stick Mordrak in the middle of this to tarpit; they proceeded to get cut to shreds by the Fire Dragons, who would preoccupy me all game. My Ven dread didn't do much but draw fire (razorback did better, thinning ranks of the enemy), whilst the strike squad dutifully plugged away, eradicating the Striking Scorpions to a man bar one that popped with the Callidus:

I know there's a lot of hate on Strike Squads but, I gotta say, they've proven solid objective holders for me. Only thing I might do is switch to force swords just to keep the points lean on them.

The Ven dread finally bought it but, ultimately, had proved a target to absolutely everything so arguably a valuable resource. The NDK dropped in on top of the Pathfinder squad and eradicated them with a single shot (well... 3 ran away) while the strike squads gradually whittled down the Fire Dragons numbers, leading to the epic 3-turn Phoenix Lord v Callidus battle

Actually, it was more he was tied up, whilst occasional rending shots got through. Bless the Callidus, she's a stone-cold stunna.

NDK took out a squad of Dark Reapers, before the other squad dispatched him:


Callidus finally took down the Phoenix Lord, and ran a healthy sprint over to the remaining DRs, leaving us with this:


A great game, all round - very, very close, in fact. We both heartily enjoyed it, and learned a lot from it. In my case, do not leave regular termies exposed - weight of fire/high Initiative will ultimately do for you - and Mordrak's Ghost Knight ability's not as great as it seems. Also, Psycannons rule, razorbacks plug holes in GK lists neatly, and maybe one day, my interceptors might actually do something.

Garage clear-out tomorrow, not much painting will get done I fear. However, RoB is primed, as y'all can see: did a test tile with artist's acrylic, not happy, though entirely fixable; was going to spray it but airbrush seems to have a blockage. Boo, rubbish, etc.

Hey ho,

graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/25 20:09:33


Post by: Knightley


Cool BR Graven, I've found that my TLAC always has done me a solid almost every round (provided I'm shooting at the right targets) I find that its my scouts which are letting me down at the moment (May trash them for a Techmarine for my tanks)

I've also found that interceptors are pants as well, mine always fail to impress me.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/25 22:30:44


Post by: Llamahead


Interesting Battle Report shame about the Interceptors. Although why use their move so early? Surely the best use of them is to keep them back supporting your strike squads and then shunt them onto an objecctive at the very last moment?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/26 05:13:26


Post by: inmygravenimage


@Knightley: I think where I'm going wrong is thinking that models can survive after Deep Strike/Shunt without assaulting. As an assault army, to deprive them of that is a fundamental flaw (on my part). Roll on the Storm Raven! As for the TLAC, it was the lack of appropriate targets more than the TLAC itself, really.

@llamahead: I agree using their move early was a waste, but as FA they can't take an objective. However, I'm seriously considering giving them the option with a Grand Master instead.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/27 00:50:48


Post by: Miss Dee


Mate, got 3 of what you wanted, ..


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/27 05:08:56


Post by: inmygravenimage


Does this mean you have Halberds I can thieve then? Woop!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/28 19:35:18


Post by: inmygravenimage


Ah, happy days. This leads to a wee bits order, colour Sakura Pigma Micron Pens from the USA and a order with FW - not a whole lot for myself, the =][= brass etch and a IG general with flag for my =][= chimera (not seen the fig before, smitten). I would have ordered the imperial strongpoint, but it's not going to be available till mid August, so I guess I'll wait *sigh*. Could easily go crazy with bits from FW, especially for GK, but am attempting not to go crazy with pennies.

I have £30 in amazon vouchers kicking about so that'll either be more TAGK or another NDK - thoughts? If it helps I have the bits to make another 6 TAGK lurking in my bitzbox just now anyway.

I also picked up a lovely 28mm Discworld Librarian to be another Jokaero, they look great together, like some deranged simian double act.

On the p&m front, I have a big announcement, though no pics: all block painting of first stage colours plus sepia washing is complete!

Well, ish. A couple of paladins with book icons need the books painted, not settled on colour. Also, Interceptors need their jumps painted, not settled on green or blue, I keep dithering. Lastly, I've not put down the purple on any of the force weapons yet, but that's because it'll happen when I'm shading cloth.

2 weeks left of holidays. 6 days of painting, assuming (a) no DIY and (b) I don't keep #1 off nursery for a play day. Let's say 4 days of painting, realistically. Can I get the army, in its presbt form, done? Dunno. But I'm going to have a bash!

Later,
graven


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/28 19:50:45


Post by: tipios


I would go with another NDK, but thats just me and my dread obsession! I just got mine and it's gona become a CSM dreadlord


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/28 19:51:46


Post by: Miss Dee


you need GK pads as well?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/28 20:17:05


Post by: Knightley


My vote would be another NDK (only because your first one was pretty good)


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/28 21:07:48


Post by: inmygravenimage


@Miss Dee: if you've got them spare m'dear that'd rock my little world. Might have another of those giant horned skulls if you're needing.

@Knightley: Thanks bud. Yeah, I'm inclined that way too, if only so I can do a greatsword/hvy psycannon one. Or double ranged weapon, though that's yet more converting. However any NDK would also mean raiding bits stores and/or the kindness of strangers (aka swap shop) for 4 more furioso plates (anyone...?) to suitably beef it a la previous.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/28 22:11:23


Post by: Gitsplitta


NDK... no idea what it is but it sounds cool.

Sounds like you've got quite the task at hand graven... good luck old bean!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/29 03:42:15


Post by: Lord Kaesar II


Well, I always heard the ndk with a greatsword is always a great investment, considering the power of raw close combat devastation, so that's where I place my vote.

The painting of all, or a lot, of your stuff in 4 days, though... I dunno, a pretty big task. Though anyone who can do it gets a pat on the back from me, who hasn't quite finished painting/ repainting the force I've had for... how many years now?

Do whatcha gotta do to get whatcha wanna get. Kaesar II


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/29 05:57:06


Post by: inmygravenimage


@gits: NDK=Nemesis Dreadknight. Accursed acronyms! Cheers for good wishes.

@LKII (further acronymic joy ): I was underwhelmed by the Hammer - it seemed redundant, what with it attack as an MC, though it looks cool. It saves me having to work my gs fu on the sword I have to make new fingers, too, though it's not a particularly tricky job. As for the task itself, well, I think I'll just take it one fig at a time: I'm not going to go down the path of block painting again, for that way madness lies.


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/29 06:56:43


Post by: Yggdrasil


Can't believe you painted that much in so little time...

Good luck for your remaining 4 days!!!


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/29 11:57:12


Post by: Miss Dee


Got an extra heavy burner from the dreadknight?


Graven's Shelf of Shame 19th Oct: Spooky goings on, and some Amazons, again @ 2011/07/29 14:50:09


Post by: inmygravenimage


If you get a spare barrel on the box, then yup. Don't have my bits handy.

I've decided, incidentally, to get just a box of PAGK to bulk out units. Boring but necessary. I'll just gs fingers for the sword.