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Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/10/28 22:04:02


Post by: Bellerophon


Hello folks, here I’m going to cover my Biel-Tan collection as it grows. Biel-Tan was my first 40k love back in the mists of time, but I’ve somehow never ended up with a proper army. I’m in the process of changing that now. How did that come about? I’m going to type it up because I find it interesting – the tale of a lad, an issue of White Dwarf and anti-40k parents – but it’s quite long and tangentially related to the topic at hand so I’ve put it in spoiler tags. Read on if you dare!

Spoiler:

I first became interested in 40k when I started secondary school (11 years old) and made some new friends who introduced me to the hobby. This was around 3rd edition era. One of them had rather a lot of Ultramarines due to his very generous pocket money, the other was starting Dark Angels. I decided that I needed to do something that wasn’t space marines and I can’t remember what led me to pick Eldar. Especially since there wasn’t the wealth of information online that there is now, and there was no GW store in my home town. All I remember is that another guy in the class gave me his copy of White Dwarf 236 – which is the issue that covered the release of the 3rd edition Eldar codex. It had various articles and designer’s notes on the codex by Gav Thorpe, a bit of fluff and a battle report – Biel-Tan vs Imperial Fists and Legion of the Damned.

I spent some of my pocket money on a box of guardians and a starter paint set at a local store – not even a game store, but they carried all sorts of model kits and a small selection of 40k. I built them up and tried a few colour schemes that 11 year old me thought would be cool – mainly involving reds, blacks and golds – but in the end I decided that they didn’t look as good as the models in that White Dwarf. So I repainted them as Biel-Tan. Badly. I thought you ought to be able to paint a unit in an afternoon with a handful of paints, no primer and a starter brush – I imagine a lot of us have similar stories.

A few weeks later I decided I wanted a Falcon, so I clutched my pocket money and headed off down to that local store. They didn’t have a Falcon. Disappointed me stared at the shelves for a while. I wanted something new for my army. There wasn’t much Eldar at all. I didn’t want more Guardians yet, so pretty much my only other option was Jetbikes. I didn’t have the Codex and didn’t know what the rules were, and I couldn’t see any guns on the regular jetbikes. I don’t know what would have made me think that there was a model with no offensive output whatsoever, but I did. So I bought two of the Shrieker ones – the jetbike kit with an extra metal shuriken cannon and metal rider torso. When I got them home my mum was surprised to find that I’d bought models that weren’t even the ones I’d gone in for. Perhaps she could see the beginnings of a plastic crack addiction. Perhaps she knew. Perhaps she was horrified at the way I was blowing my pocket money. She immediately banned me from buying any more GW. Nothing I said could dissuade her.

You know how being told you can’t have something makes you want it more? I wanted 40k. My friends at school got bored of it and drifted out. I was annoyed. They were allowed to collect 40k and they couldn’t even be bothered to! I read that old White Dwarf cover to cover so many times. It’s seared upon my memory. And throughout the whole issue, nearly every photo of an Eldar model was Biel-Tan. That issue fixed my idea of what Eldar should be, what they should look like. At the start of 3rd Ed, it was just after the plastic guardians had come out (16 man battle squad, £12!), and the 3rd edition Chris Fitzpatrick spade-head Howling Banshees (£2 each! Phone Mail Order now!). I know a lot of people hate the middle aspect warrior sculpts. I agree on the Dragons and Scorpions, they’re awful. But those spade-headed Howling Banshees were the only Banshees I’d known, so they’re the only ones that look right to me. Amazing the effect that a single issue of White Dwarf can have on a young mind.

Eventually when I went to University – to a city with a GW – I figured I’d start 40k again with my new found independence (but on a student budget). I just so happened to make friends with a guy in my accommodation block who was big into WHFB, and managed to convince me to do High Elves instead of Eldar. I don’t think I needed much convincing really, I was always interested in WHFB too and I’m still fond of that army. Over the years I built my High Elves, added Orcs and Goblins, and Lizardmen, returned to 40k with some homebrew Astartes, did a bit of BFG. But for some reason never returned to the Eldar. I dropped out of the hobby for 5 years or so. Missed the introduction of finecast, and the discontinuing of WHFB. Then I went to visit that same friend, who had just got hold of Death Masque. I sat studying the sprues in detail. The bug bit me again. I decided I was going to do Salamanders.

Another year later and loads of Salamanders and Deathwatch under my belt, I finally started hitting up ebay for metal Aspect Warriors. It was finally time to do Biel-Tan, the army that I’d wanted to do all those years ago. It was going to happen. I was ready.


So, I love Biel-Tan, want to finally build an army, and oh yes, I want to avoid Finecast wherever I can. Not making things easy for myself there, given the state of the Aspect Warrior lines. Over the last year or so I’ve been scrounging ebay for metal versions of the Aspect Warriors. Generally I’ve been buying the metal versions of the current sculpts – with the exception of the Howling Banshees where I’ve been buying the 3rd edition spade-heads. As I said in the spoiler wall of text, they were the current design when I first fell in love with the army, and fixed my idea of what Banshees should look like. At that point in time the other Aspects were all still the original Jes Goodwin sculpts, and since the current versions are essentially updates of Jes’ original designs they’re the ones I went with (honourable mention to the old-timer Warp Spiders!). I’ve also been scouring ebay for old metal seers. Biel-Tan isn’t particularly seer focused of course, but once again back when I fell in love with the army the Autarch wasn’t even a thing and seers look great in green and white. I’ve gathered together a ridiculous seer council of pretty much every Farseer and Warlock model that ever saw a wide release.

Which altogether means I’ve got a pretty good selection of metals to be getting on with. Mix those with the current plastic and it’s a lot of space-elf bodies. What’s the eventual goal? There isn’t really one. I’m more of a collector and painter than gamer (I’ve played exactly one game of 8th edition…) so I’m mostly just buying and painting things I like, while also wanting to be able to make a viable army out of it if the need arises. I also like many of us have the tendency to go overboard and buy far more than I ever strictly need.

Amongst the various things I love about the army is how varied the paint scheme can be and still be obviously Biel-Tan. The official models *usually* show guardians and wraithlords with white body and green head, while seers and wraithguard are usually inverted at green body and white head. Any of those variants can be used at any point. One squad of guardians white body green head, and another green body white head? Why not? Then there’s the vehicles, usually in a much darker green but there’s no reason I couldn’t do some in white, or white with a green stripe, or green with a white stripe, or…

I intend to paint the Aspects in their shrine colours, but those can vary of course shrine to shrine. Some I will paint in the same schemes that GW use in the main photo shoots, others I will create my own variations based on that Aspect’s wider colour palette. Sashes and the like will usually be green or white, to tie them into the army a bit more. Paints will be mostly Vallejo and Army Painter, with a bit of Citadel Tehcnical. Basing I’m going to do a fairly arid tan sort of basing, using AK Interactive Diorama products, to match with my Salamanders and Deathwatch. I know some folks pick a different basing scheme for each army, but I originally created this basing scheme with my Eldar plans somewhat in mind and I like the idea of my armies matching. Eventually I’d like to make a modular board that matches the basing scheme of my armies, if I ever find the time to do it.

So that’s the plan.

I've been working at this for a while already, and I've got a whole bunch of models in various different states of completeness. I'll start the thread off with my first four finished units. What better way to start than with my favourite 3rd ed Banshees? I've painted them in the same scheme as the ones in that very first WD that I fell in love with. A unit of 10 including an Exarch.



Next up, my first squad of Swooping Hawks. Again, 10 including an Exarch. These are painted essentially in the studio scheme. I'll probably craft an alternative shrine for my second batch when I get around to those.



My first completed Guardian squad. I always feel that a Guardian squad looks better when led by a Warlock, especially in Biel-Tan colours, so I've finished my first Warlock along with these guys. The heavy weapon platform is magnetised, even though I barely actually play the game.



And a Wraithlord. He's also magnetised on all four gun mounts and on the wrist to attach the Ghostglaive, so I could run him as any of the allowed weapon loadouts. I've seen some really cool re-posed Wraithlords around here, but this one is fairly standard I'm afraid. I'm pretty pleased with how the gradients came out on the Ghostglaive and the head.



More to follow as and when I get them done!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/10/28 23:57:59


Post by: Commander Cain


Loving everything so far, everything is really nicely painted. Must be nice getting to play with lots of paint schemes in one army


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/10/29 04:42:59


Post by: youwashock


Well, I love everything about this. Top to bottom. That Wraithlord is a thing of beauty. Keep it coming


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/10/29 18:57:07


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks both! I'm very pleased with how these have come out, though they were very time consuming to paint. I've got a few things in the nearly done stage, so I may well be able to update fairly regularly for a little while, then see how fast it goes once I've got those all finished.

It's largely because I was waiting to matt varnish a whole bunch of them at once, and now I'm just working through the final touches that I didn't want to be covered by the varnish - like metallics and spiritstones. Though having said that, the wraithlord's head still clearly has a bit of a shine to it in those pictures, so maybe I didn't get that much varnish on.

The others close to being finished are some Wraithguard, several Seers, some Dire Avengers and a War Walker. After that I've got plenty of Aspect Warriors and Seers primed and ready to slap some paint on, but so much to do that I suspect it will be a while before I get them done.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/10/29 21:48:01


Post by: Fifty


That is a really lovely painted set of models. I'd love to see an army shot.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/10/29 21:59:59


Post by: Captain Brown


Bellerophon,

Very nice start to your army. Loving forward to see how it turns out.

Cheers,

CB


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/10/29 23:15:28


Post by: Bellerophon


Cheers guys. I'll look to sort an army shot once I've got the other nearly-finished models actually finished.

The next ones that I've just finished off since posting yesterday are my first 5 Wraithguard. I considered putting some runes onto the cloth, but I kinda like how they look clean.



Also, because I find it interesting, I've still got those very first Guardians that I got back in 1999, back when the set was pretty new, "Battle Squad", 16 dudes for £12, no weapon platform. I painted them utterly terribly as most young painters do with their first models. I dug them out many years later (2006ish?) and wondered how much I could improve them just by going over and tidying up the paint that was already there. I only did that on a few of them as an experiment. So that means I've still got some that appear as they did when I first painted them, some that appear as when I "upgraded" them, and of course the brand new ones that I've painted recently. I think it makes for a nice image of progress.



Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/10/30 01:46:18


Post by: amazingturtles


I like the progress picture, it's kind of funny in that the stance seems to get more determined from one end to the other, too.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/10/30 02:52:36


Post by: youwashock


Decidedly awesome. It is like watching someone's kid grow up.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/10/30 07:52:13


Post by: theCrowe


I feel like our stories are mightily similar. My first collection was Harlequines and 15 years (7 armies and countless other projects) later I've collected a small force but haven't really finished the project.

I think maybe Eldar just benefit from a tonne of experience and maybe it'll be my magnum opus in my retirement.

You're Biel-tan are looking sharp, look forward to seeing more.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/10/30 23:07:20


Post by: Bellerophon


amazingturtles wrote:I like the progress picture, it's kind of funny in that the stance seems to get more determined from one end to the other, too.

youwashock wrote:Decidedly awesome. It is like watching someone's kid grow up.

Thanks both. Young me didn't put too much effort into posing the kit, so there were a fair few funny-looking ones in there. Then when I decided to 'upgrade' the paint on a few of them I think I picked the less-daft ones to work on. As a more *ahem* mature modeller the new ones were much more carefully posed - it does make for a double improvement I guess, in painting and building (the old ones had mould lines to make you shudder).

theCrowe wrote:I feel like our stories are mightily similar. My first collection was Harlequines and 15 years (7 armies and countless other projects) later I've collected a small force but haven't really finished the project.

I think maybe Eldar just benefit from a tonne of experience and maybe it'll be my magnum opus in my retirement.

You're Biel-tan are looking sharp, look forward to seeing more.

Glad to have reached a kindred spirit! I think you're right, all models benefit from more experience but something about Eldar seems like they feel that benefit a bit more than other factions. I can't quite put my finger on why, perhaps the sheer numbers of organic shapes in everything are a bit tougher to pull off well than the harder lines of some other model ranges. I'm still a bit confused about how I managed to go so long without starting a real Biel-Tan army. In a way I'm glad that I waited long enough that I could do it justice, but then on the other hand it's meant that all my metal models have had to come from eBay rather than off the shelf. Swings and roundabouts I suppose. There's something special about going back to your first army, I don't think any others can quite compare to the first one you fell for.

No new pictures for the moment, I've been too busy today to pick up a paintbrush. But when I do I've still got some nearly-finished models which shouldn't take much more time. Having this thread now gives me that little bit more motivation to get them done.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/01 20:32:46


Post by: Fifty


The progress shots are really interesting. I need to put some comparison shots up too, probably. Biel-Tan is a beautiful colour scheme, I think.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/01 21:04:05


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Some lovely looking eldar, and it's cool to see the comparisons to your older models. I tried the Biel-Tan scheme when I was 13, the guardians look pretty similar to your first one. Haven't actually gone back to them, maybe I should give them a tidy up!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/01 21:14:48


Post by: theCrowe


Also, that's my favourite Oldschool Warlock miniature. Just dripping with classic Eldar badassery!
Looks great in Biel-tan greens and greys. (Mine's in a Siam-Han red and white)
Look at that stance! He's just poised and ready to strike. What a sculpt!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/01 23:03:23


Post by: karimabuseer


Awesome. Great clean work. Looking forward to seeing your war walker, massive soft spot for that model. I am tempted to follow you with matte varnishing, but worried my Black Legion will be too shiny


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/03 01:09:12


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks again folks!
Fifty wrote:The progress shots are really interesting. I need to put some comparison shots up too, probably. Biel-Tan is a beautiful colour scheme, I think.

Indeed, like I said in the first post I love the variety and the ability to change around which colour is more dominant model to model. Dominant white with green secondary, dominant green with white secondary both work and are both used in official schemes for various different models. Compared to say yellow and blue, where which one is the more dominant is the difference between Alaitoc and Iyanden. It gives a lot of scope to change things around, keep things interesting and yet still be clearly part of Biel-Tan. Not to mention having all the Aspect Shrine schemes to play with. On the whole not an army I'm likely to get bored of painting.
Tyranid Horde wrote:Some lovely looking eldar, and it's cool to see the comparisons to your older models. I tried the Biel-Tan scheme when I was 13, the guardians look pretty similar to your first one. Haven't actually gone back to them, maybe I should give them a tidy up!

Thanks - the tidy up was a cool process I seem to remember, even though it's years since I did it. It felt like a great way to demonstrate my progress to myself at the time, that I could take something that I think I must have been pleased with originally and make it better.
theCrowe wrote:Also, that's my favourite Oldschool Warlock miniature. Just dripping with classic Eldar badassery!
Looks great in Biel-tan greens and greys. (Mine's in a Siam-Han red and white)
Look at that stance! He's just poised and ready to strike. What a sculpt!

He's my favourite too, which is why I finished him first out of all the old Warlocks I've got. They're interesting models in general since aside from the one holding the sword out in front they're all one piece and you can see the design constraints of trying to get the model 'flat' for the mould. You can usually tell that the pose is designed for the moulding process, but with this one that design constraint doesn't appear quite so obvious, the pose just looks great in addition to being easy to cast.
karimabuseer wrote:Awesome. Great clean work. Looking forward to seeing your war walker, massive soft spot for that model. I am tempted to follow you with matte varnishing, but worried my Black Legion will be too shiny

I'm really pleased with how the War Walker is turning out, and hopefully I'll be able to get it finished fairly soon. As for the varnish, I'm not sure what to think really. I used Army Painter Anti-Shine from a rattlecan, but it doesn't seem to have actually made that much difference to the sheen on the models and left a few stringy bits on the finish that I've carefully removed with tweezers where I've found them. I think I may have to experiment to find an alternative. If I eventually get around to getting an airbrush there's a few varnishes that I'd like to try that way.

So, no War Walker just yet but I have got some Dire Avenger photos. The pricing for a box of 5 annoys me since I'd quite like a fair few of these guys, but I managed to win one of the old boxes of 10 on eBay, new in box, for less than £20 - so that was nice. I built them up as two MSU squads of 5 with dual catapult Exarchs, since I figured if I ever get around to having a game that's how I'm likely to run them. I'd still like to get plenty more and make what I would view as a more 'classic' full-size squad with a Diresword Exarch - possibly with another squad or two of MSU and... well. One unit at a time.

I painted both of these squads in the same scheme. I painted them in a darker blue than I first planned, then decided to give it a more extreme highlight than I might normally, and I think it's quite effective.

First Squad



Second Squad



And a detail of the 2nd squad's Exarch's banner. I know that Aspect Warriors don't normally bear the markings of their Craftworlds - and I've always preferred them in their shrine colours rather than some folks who like to paint all of their models in the same scheme - but I couldn't resist freehanding a Biel-Tan rune on the banner. I think it came out pretty well. I've also tried to incorporate some subtle touches to tie them in, like painting the bit that runs down the middle of the shuriken weapons green to match all my others.

Not sure how keen I am on a big blown up picture though - while I think it shows off the freehand well it also shows up all the little flaws with my painting that you just don't notice with the naked eye - like just now noticing that I've missed the gemstone dangling from the shuriken catapult on both Exarchs. Sigh - I'll do those the next time I pick up a paintbrush.



Steadily working through this backlog of nearly finished models - more to come soon!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/07 22:39:10


Post by: theCrowe


Man, Dire Avengers. Still so cool. Your paint job is pretty sharp, and I really like your freehand banner. Nicely done indeed.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/07 23:43:49


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Good job on those dire avengers! The freehand on the banner is lovely, very well done and the darker blue is definitely a nice change from the normal shrine you see. MSU is the way to run them these days unfortunately, it's just so much better to spend points on Wave Serpents and Fire Prisms!

I remember when they changed the box from a 10 man to a 5 man and kept the price the same, absolutely ridiculous and it still is. I still have a box of 10 in my pile that I'll eventually get round to. GW chuck 5 man DA squads into a few of the Eldar boxes so that's a reasonable way of amassing them.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/08 00:06:14


Post by: Bellerophon


theCrowe wrote:Man, Dire Avengers. Still so cool. Your paint job is pretty sharp, and I really like your freehand banner. Nicely done indeed.


Tyranid Horde wrote:Good job on those dire avengers! The freehand on the banner is lovely, very well done and the darker blue is definitely a nice change from the normal shrine you see. MSU is the way to run them these days unfortunately, it's just so much better to spend points on Wave Serpents and Fire Prisms!

I remember when they changed the box from a 10 man to a 5 man and kept the price the same, absolutely ridiculous and it still is. I still have a box of 10 in my pile that I'll eventually get round to. GW chuck 5 man DA squads into a few of the Eldar boxes so that's a reasonable way of amassing them.


Thanks both. I'm very fond of the Avengers and pleased with these. I actually planned to make the blue lighter to begin with, but I started with some darker blue paints and liked how it was turning out so I ran with it. For future squads I think I'll do some variations - I quite enjoy the Sable Helm shrine (dark blue body / black helmet / white faceplate), so I might do something similar, and I also like the idea of a squad with dark red helmets and white faceplates. But that's a while off since I don't actually have any more DAs at the minute and plenty of other things in the painting queue.

And yeah I totally agree on how ridiculous the change from 10 DA to 5 DA in the box was. Despite the fact that I feel like a large number of DA's should be the core of my Biel-Tan collection, I'm not all too keen on buying the 5 man boxes even at FLGS discount, even though I'm often paying more per figure for the metal aspects on eBay. I'm still kicking myself that I didn't snap up some of those Skyblade boxes in early 2017 - the ones with 5 DA's and a Wave Serpent. I reckon I'll pick up at least one of the Christmas Battleforce since all the stuff in there I either don't have yet (Wraithknight/Vyper) or wouldn't mind more of (everything else). I'll see how far my willpower goes as to whether I stick to just one box. It's tempting to max out on discounted stuff, but at the same time I've already got a painting pile that will take me months if not years to work through so adding a lot more to it doesn't seem the smartest move.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/08 03:19:19


Post by: youwashock


Great looking Avengers. That banner is a marvelous touch.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/08 09:26:02


Post by: Ezki


Very crisp paintjob so far, very well done!
Biel-tan is not the easiest of Craftworld themes to paint, as white can really be a pain.
Even though I like to paint darker, more muted color themes on Eldar, it's great to see the "official" scheme for aspects done well.

Also read your story and boy did it bring back some memories!
I can remember borrowing some white dwarf - magazines from a library when I was ~12 years old. Browsing them on the floor and dreamt of buying all the cool models "someday when I'm old enough and have some money in my pockets".


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/09 15:07:13


Post by: Bellerophon


youwashock wrote:Great looking Avengers. That banner is a marvelous touch.


Ezki wrote:Very crisp paintjob so far, very well done!
Biel-tan is not the easiest of Craftworld themes to paint, as white can really be a pain.
Even though I like to paint darker, more muted color themes on Eldar, it's great to see the "official" scheme for aspects done well.

Also read your story and boy did it bring back some memories!
I can remember borrowing some white dwarf - magazines from a library when I was ~12 years old. Browsing them on the floor and dreamt of buying all the cool models "someday when I'm old enough and have some money in my pockets".


Thanks both, I'm glad you like them!

For the white I've grown really fond of Army Painter Gorgon Hide. I love the shade, and it goes on better than a lot of their other colours. Just off-white on the cooler/blue side, and lets me highlight up to a pure white if I want to. For the Aspects, I generally plan on having a squad of each in the "official" studio scheme - or close to it - and then for other squads paint alternative shrines - either ones that have been shown officially or ones of my own devising using the normal colour palette of that Aspect. In fact, my favourite look for Fire Dragons is a deep red body, dark red or black helmet and gold fusion gun. That's another thing that stemmed from that old White Dwarf. It's amazing to think back to not having this wealth of online information at my fingertips to a time when all of my 40k knowledge came from one issue of one magazine.

So, I'm going to be busy for a while and probably won't get much of a chance for painting, but I had some seers ready to photograph so I thought it would be a shame not to post those now. Like I said in the first post, I think Eldar seers look great in green so despite not being the most seer-heavy Craftworld, I'm going to paint a lot of them.

First off, three Warlocks. One you've already seen, but I thought it would be a shame not to photograph the three finished Warlocks together.



Next, the Bonesinger that I picked up in the Made to Order run a year ago.



Onto the Farseers. Three of these - the current plastic one, and two metals. One I picked up from eBay and one from the Made to Order run.







All the Farseers.



And finally, a family shot of Seers!





Just the War Walker to go now before that batch of nearly-finished models I mentioned are done. I've also laid down some basecoats on 10 Warp Spiders. But like I said, I'm going to be busy and probably won't get much chance to continue for a while.

Let me know what you think!





Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/09 17:37:16


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Quite the seer council you have there. Loving the crisp painting!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/10 13:00:31


Post by: youwashock


Lovely psykers. That green is a fantastic color and you really have a handle on it.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/10 23:56:04


Post by: Tyranid Horde


You've got a great looking council, the reds really contrast nicely with the greens and you've got the green down.

Really like that Bonesinger, it's a model I'm constantly on the hunt for.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/11 10:33:36


Post by: Fifty


I am envious of how quickly you seem to be able to turn out clean, crisply painted models with lots of layers of paint. It takes me forever to do something even nearly as good.

I like that one of the seers has a black robe to distinguish him and make him look more important.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/11 22:00:18


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks again everyone. The green was fairly time consuming but I love how it came out. There's a lot of layering gone into it. Starting with VMC Luftwaffe Camo Green, then layering up through VMC Medium Olive, Olive Green and Lime Green (with a few mixes in between), then the whole thing glazed with Citadel Waywatcher Green to add a bit of richness and blend it together a bit better.

 Fifty wrote:
I am envious of how quickly you seem to be able to turn out clean, crisply painted models with lots of layers of paint. It takes me forever to do something even nearly as good.


Please don't be tricked into thinking I've painted all of these over the course of the last few weeks, some of them have been WIP for months! Everything I'd posted so far I'd gradually got to a 'nearly finished' state where I was just waiting to hit them with a varnish, then finish off the metallics and spiritstones, but it was ages before I actually got the varnish out. I was actually waiting until I upgraded my spraying stick - I had been spraying models by blu-tacking them onto a piece of pine stripwood, but I all my models have magnets under the bases so that I can transport them in a steel toolbox. I realised that if I bought some steel flat bar that I could take advantage of the magnets and dispense with the blu-tac when spraying. The steel I bought was thin and floppy, so I ended up cable tying it to the pine...

Like so!


What I've been doing over the last few weeks I've been posting this thread is gradually finishing off all of those models that I had a headstart on. The only one that's left now is a War Walker, so once I've done that it's back to painting things up from scratch and I'm sure the pace will slow.

 Fifty wrote:
I like that one of the seers has a black robe to distinguish him and make him look more important.

One of the things that I wanted to do with the Farseers was use some slightly different colours from one to the next since they're all individual important characters and I wanted them all to have some differences, but tying them all together with prominent use of the Biel-Tan colours and making all of the Ghosthelms white with a black faceplate. So one of them ended up with the black robe and green cloak, the others ended up with red and black cloaks etc. I shall have to see what colours I end up picking for the others - because I've just about every metal farseer that ever saw a wide release sitting in the painting queue! Those models in the photo are maybe a third of my total seer council... yeah okay, I admit I have a psyker problem.

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Today's project has been creating a better base for my Scorpion super-heavy grav tank. If you're not familiar with the Forgeworld kit, it comes with one of the regular clear plastic flying bases just like the regular grav tanks, and a little lump of resin to go between the base and the tank. It's... unsatisfactory to say the least.

I'd already replaced the flying stands for my as-yet unpainted Falcons and Wave Serpents by taking a regular 60mm base and sticking a bolt up through it, then fixing some nuts inside the tank. So rather than riding on that flimsy plastic stick, my tanks literally screw down onto a steel bolt. I posted a thread on it a while back. They look like this -



For the Scorpion I wanted a bigger base, more like Knight size, with a taller bolt so it could sit higher, and I wanted the whole thing to be sturdy and basically everything that the base you get with the actual kit isn't. And I have access to a 100W laser cutter. So I grabbed some 6mm and some 2mm MDF, drew up some files, and this is the result:




I think on the whole a much more suitable base for the size of this thing, and much sturdier. The scary part will be when I actually drill into the Scorpion to fit the nuts!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/13 15:57:05


Post by: CommissarKhaine


That's one hell of a painting stick . Good idea on the nut and bolt btw, just might steal that.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/14 03:22:38


Post by: CaptainWaffle


The bolt/nut thing is a really great idea, and I might stand on your shoulders and use it in the future. Is the bolt meant to be that long? When you stated you want the Scorpion to sit higher than the standard clear base allows I thought you meant just a little higher. But, are you going for "soaring through the air" high? Do Scorpions do that? I enjoy Eldar, but I don't know much about the Forge World options.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/14 22:48:20


Post by: Bellerophon


I very much like the nut and bolt method. Overkill for most models, but I'd rather do that than leave them on that little plastic stick.

 CaptainWaffle wrote:
The bolt/nut thing is a really great idea, and I might stand on your shoulders and use it in the future. Is the bolt meant to be that long? When you stated you want the Scorpion to sit higher than the standard clear base allows I thought you meant just a little higher. But, are you going for "soaring through the air" high? Do Scorpions do that? I enjoy Eldar, but I don't know much about the Forge World options.


I was more thinking about looking good rather than the practicalities of a gaming piece. There's a Mymaera Scorpion in the Warhammer World exhibition hall that sits really high off its base, and I thought it looked great. I've got a photo around here somewhere, I'll spoiler tag it since it's not mine...
Spoiler:

Fluff wise grav tanks can fly higher than just hovering above the ground, and there's a strategem in the Codex called 'Cloudstrike' which lets you deepstrike vehicles, explaining that they're sometimes deployed in the lower atmosphere rather than ground level, so you descend onto the battlefield to deep strike.

Anyway, I deliberately cut three bases when I had the laser running, because it didn't take that much longer and I wanted some options. First, to know that if I feth up gluing one together and sanding it for a nice edge, I'll have some spares. But I also thought that I could do a high-off-the-base one and also one at the same sort of height as the rest of my grav tanks. Having three bases also means I can be prepared for if I end up buying a Cobra at some point... heh.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/15 08:49:07


Post by: theCrowe


What I want to know is Who are these guys? Does your Biel-Tan force have any backstory? That's what really makes them come alive.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/18 22:04:18


Post by: Tyranid Horde


The nut and bolt method is a great thing to do for a model of that size. I've never seen the build of a scorpion so I'm really interested to see how it goes!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/20 00:01:06


Post by: Bellerophon


theCrowe wrote:What I want to know is Who are these guys? Does your Biel-Tan force have any backstory? That's what really makes them come alive.

I don't really have a backstory for them, unfortunately. I guess the story is much more the real-life love of Biel-Tan that I've carried over the decades but for various reasons never actually having a collection of them until now. I'm just loving painting all the different models at the moment.

Tyranid Horde wrote:The nut and bolt method is a great thing to do for a model of that size. I've never seen the build of a scorpion so I'm really interested to see how it goes!

I'm terrified of ruining a £160 hunk of resin when I start drilling into it! Probably won't be many updates on it for a while, I'm juggling different bits of projects. I had a long weekend with a lot of hobby progress, including assembling a Guardian squad and a Wave Serpent, working on painting my first squad of Warp Spiders and priming two Wave Serpents and a Falcon. The Scorpion is still waiting, and I still haven't finished off that War Walker...


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/20 11:01:23


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Welcome to the mechanized Eldar club

Grav tanks are just that bit more fun to paint than War Walkers, it's why I've still not gotten past the first highlight on my squadron.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/20 22:54:59


Post by: Bellerophon


 Tyranid Horde wrote:
Welcome to the mechanized Eldar club

Grav tanks are just that bit more fun to paint than War Walkers, it's why I've still not gotten past the first highlight on my squadron.


Indeed, I've had these in the queue for a while, just not got around to any yet. As it stands the motor pool is two Wave Serpents, two Falcons and the Scorpion, but I can see many more grav tanks in my future if I'm not careful. I mean I already have enough infantry to justify quite a lot more transports, and I don't even have a singe Fire Prism yet. Then the Night Spinner, which I seem to recall reading somewhere (that I can't quite find now) is popular on Biel-Tan, which would make sense since they're supposed to be the only craftworld to operate the super heavy Void Spinner variant.

For a change from my normal scheduled wait-until-it's-finished-to-post-it method, I feel like I ought to add a new picture here, so here's a shot of my messy workbench at the moment -





Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/21 00:01:50


Post by: CaptainWaffle


Yeesh, clean up your bench. Unless it's meant t be organized chaos, in which case keep at it.

Which specific paints do you use for your Biel-Tan? Or have you posted that before and I missed it?


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/21 02:39:47


Post by: youwashock


Wow. That's a lot going on. I like what I am seeing with those Warp Spiders.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/21 18:06:04


Post by: theCrowe


Man that bench is a beautiful sight. I dream of a bench of a bench like that! My man-cave was banished by the realities of fatherhood many moons ago and I mostly work out of a couple of small IKEA baskets on a shelf like some sort of refugee hobbyist in exile.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/11/22 18:44:41


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Only an Eldar player would call that messy - you should see my proppa greenskin messy worktable . looks like a nice diverse set of models - I always liked the background of the warpspiders, curious to see how they'll turn out painted.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/01 18:07:21


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks all! I find the varying reactions to the bench somewhat amusing. I'm not the tidiest person so while I might occasionally have a major tidy-up, within a few painting sessions it'll be back to looking like that again so I tend to leave it like that. Just this year I moved out of a small rented flat where I had to literally shove my computer mouse and keyboard out of the way on my PC desk to have a tiny amount of space to hobby in - and bought a house where I now have a dedicated man-cave with two huge office desks - one totally dedicated to hobby. I'm still enjoying the fact that I can spread out and not need to clear everything away again at the end of a session.

 CaptainWaffle wrote:
Which specific paints do you use for your Biel-Tan? Or have you posted that before and I missed it?

I think I mentioned paint ranges but I haven't mentioned specific shades before.

Green: These can vary a bit depending on what I'm painting. If it's something where I want a darker green such as the folds in seer robes or the middle of vehicle panels (I like Biel-Tan vehicles in a darker green when compared to the shade used for things like Guardian helmets) I start with VMC Luftwaffe Camo Green. Highlight/layer up through VMC Medium Olive, VMC Olive Green and then a final fine highlight of VMC Lime Green. If I want to go really in depth I'll do a few mixes as intermediate steps, particularly a 50:50 between the Luftwaffe Camo Green and the Medium Olive since there's a fair difference between those two, similarly between Olive and Lime. Army Painter Green Tone wash on standby if the model calls for it. Then an all-over glaze of Citadel Waywatcher Green to bring a bit of richness to the colour and blend the layers a bit better.

For things like Guardian helmets where I'm looking for a lighter shade and not as much depth, I'll start with VMC Medium Olive, highlight with Olive Green or Lime Green, wash with AP Green Tone if needed and glaze with Waywatcher.



White: Much simpler! It's Army Painter Gorgon Hide, which although a lot of Army Painter's range leaves a lot to be desired I really like that shade and it goes on fairly well for a really light colour. It's carefully lined (often a few rounds of back and forth to tidy it up to an extent I'm happy with) using VMC German Grey. I often don't bother with a highlight on the whites, but if I do it's VGC Dead White. If I'm painting cloth I'll use VMC Pale Grey Blue in the recesses for a bit of depth - I often use that as an intermediate stage anyway because it covers well and I usually work from grey auto primer.

Blacks: VMC German Grey, AP Dark Tone wash, AP Uniform Grey highlight. If it's a cloak or something I'll work in several different shades of grey for layer highlights.

Metallics: I've generally gone for a dark gold sort of look. Really simple - VMC Bronze with an AP Strong Tone wash. Where I've wanted them lighter I've usually picked VMC Gold instead of the Bronze.

Spiritstones: I do these in a gradient of metallics and then use the Citadel Spiritstone paints.

Basing: Rims in Army Painter Monster Brown. Texture paint is AK Interactive Light Earth, with some patches in AK Interactive Light and Dry Crackle Effects. Those textures have a slightly lighter shade than I want, so I give them an all-over wash from a massive pot of VGC Sepia Wash. Then I've got a selection of tufts that I picked up from ebay - generally a mix of light green, dry and dead grass/scrub/bushes. I'm going for a sort of arid steppe kind of look.

I won't go into all the individual Aspect shrines - unless you want to know?


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Sorry for the lack of updates. I take a long time over painting and generally started this blog off by only showing finished pieces. But I suppose some WIPs can't hurt. Posting here helps motivate me to keep going so thanks for all the feedback folks, I appreciate it.

So, I've said often enough that I have a War Walker in progress and nearly finished. It's still nearly finished. It literally just needs the basing finishing, the eye lenses doing on the pilot and the canopy gluing on. Yet I've been working on other things! I really need to get that one sorted. The Warp Spiders you can see in that shot of my workbench - I've been working on them the past couple of weeks and they're also nearly done. Just spiritstones, patterns on the warp jump generators and basing to go. I've got the basecoats down on three windriders. And finally - I've been putting a lot of work into that Wave Serpent that you could see in the last shot.

I've been following that green recipe that I listed above. Like I said, I like Biel-Tan vehicles with dark green panels and fairly bright highlights. So all the panels are Luftwaffe Camo green at their centre, then gradually edge highlighted up through 4 separate layers, starting off with a really thick highlight of 50:50 Luftwaffe to Medium Olive, then through progressively thinner Medium Olive, Olive and finally a thin Lime Green. Green Tone Wash, Waywatcher Glaze, and a couple of coats of VMC Matt Medium because it had picked up a bit of a shine from somewhere that I still haven't completely killed off. It's currently looking like this:



The lighting for the photo perhaps makes it look a bit brighter than it really is - in person the panels look darker. Anyway I'm really pleased with how it's coming along even if I have made loads of work for myself with the sheer number of layers of highlight. Still got plenty of things to do before it's finished - the weapons are behind the rest of the tank so I need to sort those. The canopy, metallics and any spiritstones need doing. Plus my first attempt at Biel-Tan thorn patterns and getting the Biel-Tan rune onto it. I'm not sure whether I'll freehand another one - I enjoyed doing it on that Dire Avenger banner - or use one of the decals. The worst thing after spending all this time on getting the green right is the thought that I could ruin it by messing up my attempts at thorn patterns or runes!

Then once this one is done, I've got to go through the whole process again on another Wave Serpent, two Falcons and a Scorpion...


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/01 19:37:42


Post by: youwashock


That is a ton of info. Thank you for taking the time to share so much of your process. And the results are evident in that glorious green.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/01 20:13:52


Post by: Tyranid Horde


That's an excellent thorough explanation of how you do green and I may end up robbing the methodology for my own craftworld's helmets. Citadel's lighter greens have really poor coverage so maybe I ought to make the switch to Vallejo.

Your wave serpent looks gorgeous, I wish I had the patience to do that much layering on my own tanks! Are you planning on doing the thorny vines like you see on Biel Tan studio armies?


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/01 20:40:51


Post by: Fifty


The multiple layers must be time-consuming, but it is worth it. It looks as alive as a leaf on a tree!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/01 23:01:44


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks all. I'm really pleased with how it's turning out. It's taken ages, but it's what I had in my head before I started so I'm really happy about that. It wasn't especially difficult either - the panels on the tank are a lot easier and less fiddly to edge highlight than the troops
- it just took a while.

 Tyranid Horde wrote:
That's an excellent thorough explanation of how you do green and I may end up robbing the methodology for my own craftworld's helmets. Citadel's lighter greens have really poor coverage so maybe I ought to make the switch to Vallejo.

Your wave serpent looks gorgeous, I wish I had the patience to do that much layering on my own tanks! Are you planning on doing the thorny vines like you see on Biel Tan studio armies?

Yeah I'm going to have a go at the vines. The only thing that worries me slightly is if I make a mistake or don't like how it looks, after spending so long getting the green right I don't want to ruin it. So I reckon I'll hold off on the wave serpent for now. I'm also painting 3 Windriders and I've got them to the stage of having finished the basecoats. I'll get their green finished and then try the vines on the jetbikes first since they'll be less time-consuming to repaint the green if I mess up the thorns. Hopefully that should make me happier about doing it to the Wave Serpent.

The VMC Greens are really nice and cover well, and the ones I've picked make for a good natural gradient from dark to light. I think they're not as rich as I would like (presumably that's great for real world military modellers though), which is why I add the glaze as the final layer just to add that bit of extra saturation to the colour. I've fallen in love with the VMC range in general really. When I got back into the hobby a couple of years ago, all my old Citadel paints had dried out. I bought myself an Army Painter Mega Paint Set because it was cheap (like £60 for about 50 paints), and just used that for a while. It was inconsistent, some of the paints were good but others were pretty useless. Picked up some Vallejo and now Model Color has become my go-to range.

I almost wish I was happy doing faster paintjobs on my Eldar but I wouldn't be happy with the end result knowing that I could have done them better. Which means that my collection will take forever to paint - I've got a big enough queue as it stands and I've just pre-ordered 3 copies of the new Battleforce. I know a lot of folks found the Battleforce really disappointing through some combination of being old models they've seen so many times before and having non-competitive stuff. But from my perspective I'll take all the Dire Avengers I can get - I feel that Biel-Tan should be built around Dire Avengers but simultaneously the price of a 5-elf DA box annoys me. I don't have any Vypers yet, and a squadron of 3 seems like a good number. I've got 6 windriders, but I'll welcome 9 more - especially if I convert some to Shining Spears (just need to decide on a conversion I'm happy with). Wraithknights, I wasn't a massive fan of until recently, but staring at the model on the GW site when I knew it was going into the Battleforce and it really grew on me. I think I could do some cool things with them, and 3 seems a suitably excessive number (next stop, Titans!). I'll take more guardians - I've got 20 already so 30 more gives me the option for two big Guardian bombs if I wanted it. And the Farseer - of course I've already got that model once, but I'm weirdly excited to see what sort of kitbashes I can do with it to make some unique farseers. It's like having just about every metal seer model isn't enough and I need to concoct my own. I'm picturing mix-and-match between the infantry farseer, the new Spiritseer, Eldrad and the jetbike farseer, with extra bits like shuriken pistols from the Harlequin troupe and potentially diving into my old High Elf bits box.

Finally, in another attempt to get around my irritation at the price of Dire Avengers, I managed to find 5 sets of legs-and-tabard on one of the bits sites for a good price. Given that the Exarch has a separate torso, head, weapon options and separate things to stick on his back, the only thing you need is another set of legs to make 5 regular DAs and 1 exarch from each 5-man set. I had 10 already, 15 coming with the battleforces, so with the 5 extra sets of legs I'll be able to make 5 more DA's. It's the little wins that make me smile.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/01 23:53:18


Post by: tzurk


Beautiful blog, in terms of minis and in history. You've got some nice clean lines going here and the green on the vehicles/robes/wraithguard looks gorgeous.

It's crazy to think how old some of these minis are, like the metal Warp Spiders, and - despite the lack of poses - just how well they hold up to the new plastics.

For your DAs, it might be worth it to keep an eye out for DA heads on ebay/bits websites, and whack them on regular guardians. You can buy the individual heads for €1.25 each here: https://megabitzshop.com/navi.php?qs=dire+avengers+head (I am Aussie and not affiliated with this site in anyway - it just popped up in google!)

I know the DA bodies have a few more extras than guardians, but if you can whack 2-3 of those in each squad you're laughing!

The Empire Wizard kit might also have some useful bits to make warlocks/farseers...


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/04 16:08:07


Post by: CommissarKhaine


That's some dedication to the green - really worth it IMO though. And good find on the bitz, I tend to do the same with my ridiculously oversized bits box


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/14 17:10:38


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks both. On the bits front, I suppose I find it a bit amusing that I go to such lengths to eke out the contents of the Dire Avengers box - yet I've got such a pile of unfinished stuff that will take me ages to get through with the rate I paint. Like today - I've finally got around to doing the last few touches on that War Walker. That's the last model out of the Start Collecting box I picked up over a year ago. If it took me that long to get one start collecting finished, I dread to think how long it will take me to get through 3 Bladehost Battleforces. Never mind, and keep painting I guess!



I'm not sure I'm totally happy with the walker, while simultaneously being unsure exactly what it is that I'm unsure about. Never mind, it'll do. This is also the first showing on this blog of how I decided to do the vehicle canopies. I didn't want to just leave them clear, but I also haven't picked up an airbrush yet and I didn't want to try a gradient by hand painting. So instead I've just glazed the inside surface with VMC transparent blue. I can go back and paint the outside later if I feel like it.

I've also got those Warp Spiders and 3 Windriders nearly finished, so hopefully it won't be long before they appear up here. The Wave Serpent isn't all that far off either, and I'm halfway through layering up the green on a Falcon.

Anyway, I seem to recall a few posts back promising an army shot once I had the War Walker done, so here goes, taken on a tabletop that sort of matches my bases:





I'm rather pleased with how they look when they come together.



Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/14 17:34:08


Post by: youwashock


Magnificent, man. Nothing like the army shot to get that feeling of accomplishment.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/16 21:33:14


Post by: Bellerophon


 youwashock wrote:
Magnificent, man. Nothing like the army shot to get that feeling of accomplishment.

Cheers. It does feel great seeing them all together, though the fact that I can so easily fit them all into a photo reminds me just how much I still have to paint.

Some more progress today, I've declared the first 3 Windriders finished. I've painted these with my same green recipe that I've used on that WIP Wave Serpent further up the page. I wanted to get these finished first as a bit of a testbed for the Biel-Tan thorn patterns. I think they've come out pretty well so I'll use them on the other vehicles. I also tried various different of the Biel-Tan rune decals. I think maybe the big one looks a little too big, and I may feel the need to add a grey outline to the black one. But on the whole I'm pretty pleased and I'll leave them as they are for now. They're loaded with shuriken cannons at the minute, but they're magnetised so I've got the other options handy too. For bases I've used the standard 32mm bases rather than the clear plastic flying bases. I was never keen on the fact that flying bases were different in style to normal bases, I'd already adopted 60mm standard bases for my grav tanks to fit the nut-and-bolt mounting method, the 32mm bases are virtually the same size as the small flying bases and they allow me to fit magnets underneath for transport in my steel toolbox. So a no-brainer really.




 Tyranid Horde wrote:
The nut and bolt method is a great thing to do for a model of that size. I've never seen the build of a scorpion so I'm really interested to see how it goes!

Ask and ye shall receive. I've built it this afternoon.

All the parts laid out:


So, the underside has a convex dome-shaped spot which is meant to take that dome shaped bit of resin that you can see under the pulsars in the first pic. That's the way it's designed to stand off the base. Obviously I wasn't using that. I was planning on using several nuts for stability and drilling a bit further in to the body, but some quick fiddling told me that trying to use multiple nuts resulted in the alignment between them not being perfect and causing the bolt to get stuck. So one nut it was. I was kind of relieved because that meant I wouldn't need to do any more drilling. I grabbed a penny washer and superglued the nut to the inside. The washer wasn't quite big enough to go on the outsides of the opening, so I glued it to a slightly larger washer and then packed out the opening with milliput - if the superglue were to fail on the nut it could come off and rattle around in there which would be somewhat of a disaster. This way it's firmly held in place once the millput cures.




Gluing the engines on:


I decided that I was going to pin the pulsars with some 2mm steel rod. Good thing I've got a set of bolt cutters (my biggest hobby tool!) to cut them down to size. Some very careful drilling with my power drill -




What you haven't seen is the 5mm magnet I've stuck on the peg on the bottom of the turret, and another in the hole on top of the body. I had to chop down the turret peg a bit to make room for the magnets, but now the turret firmly stays on the tank even if it's tipped upside down. Everything glued together and the turret magnetised on:



Final thing left to do was the heavy weapon mount on top of the turret. It uses the Wave Serpent style heavy weapons, but it doesn't stick a peg through the hole, I think you're just supposed to glue one in there. I wanted to keep them swappable, so I drilled through one side of the mount to let me use another short bit of 2mm steel rod to slide in and through the hole in the side of the weapon. Leaving just enough steel showing to pull it out with a pair of pliers if I want to change the gun.



And the end result is a complete Scorpion. Welcome to the painting queue! Part of me wants to get on and paint it because it's such a cool model, but I'm also tempted to paint a few more 'regular' things first. I basically never play but I feel like I should concentrate on getting the models that would be more useful for a normal game done. On the other hand...

One more thing on the modelling front is that I feel I may want to bend the pulsars a little bit more. I managed to get them close to being level and equal, but one is ever so slightly higher than the other. Hopefully my substantial pins will stop them from coming off the turret in the process.






Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/16 23:36:11


Post by: Tyranid Horde


First of all, I have to say that's a gorgeous army you've got there. The greens mesh together so well and and the bases make the whole thing pop. Definitely jealous!

Liking the War Walker, interesting use of the glaze to colour the canopy, it's quite a cool effect.

The thorns on your jetbikes look great and the transfers went on really well by the looks. All of my jetbikes are the old kind and even though the new ones have been out for years they still look new to me.

That scorpion is such an impressive lump of resin, I didn't think the top and bottom were one piece, which in all honesty is a bit of a godsend! In regards to whether you'll paint that first, it's totally up to you, but you'll be at it a very long time looking at the way you paint tanks (albeit worth every second)!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/17 23:47:35


Post by: Bellerophon


 Tyranid Horde wrote:
First of all, I have to say that's a gorgeous army you've got there. The greens mesh together so well and and the bases make the whole thing pop. Definitely jealous!

Liking the War Walker, interesting use of the glaze to colour the canopy, it's quite a cool effect.

The thorns on your jetbikes look great and the transfers went on really well by the looks. All of my jetbikes are the old kind and even though the new ones have been out for years they still look new to me.

That scorpion is such an impressive lump of resin, I didn't think the top and bottom were one piece, which in all honesty is a bit of a godsend! In regards to whether you'll paint that first, it's totally up to you, but you'll be at it a very long time looking at the way you paint tanks (albeit worth every second)!


Thanks sir. I'm very pleased with them, it's just taking a long time. One of my mates is plotting not buying a single model in 2019 and working on his pile - I'm starting to think I should do the same, though realistically I'd never make it through the year.

I was quite surprised (and relieved) when the body turned out to be one giant lump of resin. It's certainly got a fair bit of weight to it. I was afraid that I would have to stick the body together, and having to bend the parts into shape first so that they lined up, but one piece meant that wasn't a problem. The only real bendy resin problems in the kit were the pulsars and the little aerial thing that goes below the cockpit. Mainly the pulsars, because they need to match for it to look good. Like I said, I'm still not quite happy but they're pretty close. A minor bend should sort it.

As for the next models, I've been putting some finishing touches to the Warp Spiders tonight - should get them photographed tomorrow probably. I've got a production line of grav tanks going (one Wave Serpent nearly done, one Falcon with the green just about finished, another Wave Serpent with basecoats only) and I just started putting down the basecoats on another group of 10 guardians. I think I'll look to start some Fire Dragons and Striking Scorpions soon as well. That lot ought to keep me busy painting well over the Christmas period.



Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/18 00:44:58


Post by: Flinty


I still maintain that the Scorpion is the best tank that FW have ever done Both in its own right, and I how it copies the aesthetic of the Falcon.

Looking good and looking forward to it I all its greeny glory


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/18 00:57:25


Post by: Ezki


Woah!
Looking better and better by every model you paint. Liked the army shot.

The Wave Serpent and the War Walkers look astonishing!

You really pulled it off with those thorns, keep it up.

Can't wait to see the Scoepion painted.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/18 18:53:48


Post by: Captain Brown


Bellerophon,

Good progress. The work on the Jet Bikes is beautiful with the vine pattern.

Army shot has be exalted!

Always like to see larger model builds with magnets shown with photos in case I ever want to reference a build that was successful.

Cheers,

CB


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/18 23:42:28


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks all. I really appreciate the comments, it helps to keep me motivated to keep up the rate of painting.

 Flinty wrote:
I still maintain that the Scorpion is the best tank that FW have ever done Both in its own right, and I how it copies the aesthetic of the Falcon.

Looking good and looking forward to it I all its greeny glory

I totally agree there - I love the thing. I wasn't necessarily planning on getting one, but I was wandering around the Forge World shop at Warhammer World and noticed that they had one on the shelves. I tried to resist, but after sitting in Bugman's for a while I had to go back and get it. It's really a lovely model and I'm looking forward to painting it. It may be a little while before it gets to the top of the painting queue though.

 Ezki wrote:
Woah!
Looking better and better by every model you paint. Liked the army shot.

The Wave Serpent and the War Walkers look astonishing!

You really pulled it off with those thorns, keep it up.

Can't wait to see the Scoepion painted.

Thanks very much! I'm very pleased with how the green came out. One of those recipes where after getting a feel for the individual colours I just thought that they would work well layering up to the lime green with a wash and a glaze, and it came out if anything better than I'd imagined.

Captain Brown wrote:
Bellerophon,

Good progress. The work on the Jet Bikes is beautiful with the vine pattern.

Army shot has be exalted!

Always like to see larger model builds with magnets shown with photos in case I ever want to reference a build that was successful.

Cheers,

CB

Thanks Captain! There aren't actually that many magnets in it, just on the bottom of the peg that mounts the turret and the matching magnet in the tank body (just to hold the turret more firmly onrto the tank than gravity alone) and similarly under the heavy weapon mount at the back of the turret (again to hold it on more firmly while keeping it rotatable). Both of those cases the peg was about the same depth as the hole so I needed to cut the pegs down a little bit to make space for the magnets.

The only other modifications are the ones I showed, with the 2mm steel rod pins in the pulsars and the little bit of 2mm steel rod I used in the heavy weapon mount to make it swappable.

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Today I've got the promised photos of the Warp Spiders. It was about time that this blog called 'Power Metal' got a bit more actual metal in it - and substantial metal too. There's enough mass in a metal warp spider that each one has two 5mm magnets under the base to hold them steady in my steel toolbox for transport.

They're painted rather similarly to the studio standard scheme. Much like the Hawks, Banshees and Avengers I've set out to do my first batch similar to the studio scheme, and may well mix it up a bit for subsequent ones. For the Hawks, Banshees and Spiders I've got another squad of each primed and ready to paint (I really have spent too much time and money on ebay), but I won't do any of those until I've painted at least one squad of Fire Dragons and Striking Scorpions, maybe my Dark Reapers too.

Anyway, the photos:



And for the back, one of the last things I did was paint on the web designs:


Since these guys are mostly red, I switched to the green spiritstone paint rather than the red I normally use.

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So, what's in the queue right now?

In Progress

- 2 Wave Serpents and a Falcon - at various stages of completeness. The first Wave Serpent is down to just needing the small details, thorns and decals doing. The Falcon isn't far behind, the green is finished, the white isn't lined with grey yet. The second Wave Serpent is basecoated on the green and white. I'd like to get these done - the army shot up above is somewhat lacking in larger models and vehicles with just the Wraithlord and War Walker finished so far.

- 10 Guardians & weapon platform - slowly building up the white coat by coat. That would take me to 20 painted. I fancied getting a few more troops done, and gives enough for a full 20-model guardian bomb. Coupled with the fact that I've got 30 more on the sprue I figured throwing a squad of guardians into the queue every now and then would be a good idea.

Next on the List?

The list is always flexible, but I'd like to get a squad of Fire Dragons and a squad of Striking Scorpions done. They're the only aspects for which I have enough models for more than one squad where I haven't painted a single squad yet, and they're also Aspects that I've always been quite fond of. For these I might deviate from my pattern of doing the first squad of an Aspect close to the studio scheme.

The Fire Dragons in particular were always my favourites. I think I've said before that the old White Dwarf that introduced me to so much eldar stuff had the Fire Dragons painted in a deep red body, with a really dark red/black helmet and gold fusion gun, and so to me that's always been the 'proper' Fire Dragon scheme even though most of the studio models have always been orange/yellow. So I reckon I'll do my own version of that. I've got enough Fire Dragons to do 3 squads, so I'll probably make one of the subsequent squads in the orange/yellow when I get around to it. For the Striking Scorpions I'm not a massive fan of the bright yellow details that the studio scheme uses. I'm tempted to do one squad using a brighter green and a deep ochre, and the other squad in a really drab army green sort of scheme to reflect the fact that bright colours aren't really the best idea for ambush tactics. I'm still a bit undecided which to do first.

Both the Fire Dragons and Striking Scorpions are a bit different to the Hawks/Banshees/Warp Spiders in that I don't have the exact number of models to make exact nice 10-model squads. Pretty much, I have more Exarchs than 1-in-10 models. For the Fire Dragons I have 2 Firepike Exarchs and 1 Flamer, to 21 regular FDs. I think I may make them into a squad of 10, one of 8 and one of 6 (or maybe 10/7/7). In practice if I used them in a game they'd probably only be 5 or 6 model squads anyway, it will let me do 3 different colour scheme variations and I'd like to do at least one full squad of 10 for modelling/painting reasons. For the Striking Scorpions I have 2 Scorpion's Claw Exarchs and 1 Biting Blade, with 18 regulars. What I'm thinking of doing there is making one 10-model squad with a Scorpion's Claw Exarch, and then for the others painting the remaining 9 regulars and 2 Exarchs all in the same scheme so that it can be one 10-model squad if I leave out an Exarch, or it can be 2 MSU squads.

You can probably tell I've thought too much about this.

After those, the plan gets a bit more vague. I rather enjoyed those 3 Windriders, so I might be tempted to build and paint some more fairly soon, maybe some more Dire Avengers, a Wraithknight, or finally get around to painting the Scorpion or the Avatar!



Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/18 23:50:43


Post by: youwashock


Stellar job on the Spiders. Love that web on the shell. Excited to see what happens next, especially if it involves Dragons, Reapers, or the Avatar.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/19 09:06:16


Post by: Thousandeyes


Loving your work, the green on the falcon in particular.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/19 09:09:02


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Yep, those Spiders are gorgeous, giving me inspiration to do my own!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2018/12/19 17:52:05


Post by: Captain Brown


I like the web pattern on the back of the armour.

And it is a full unit of ten!

Cheers,

CB


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/03 23:52:16


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks again for the responses folks, I'm glad you like the spiders. I was really pleased with how they came out.

I've been a bit quiet recently, mainly because I went to visit my parents over Christmas and New Year. I took my painting gear with me, but when I have to take over the kitchen table to have a painting session rather than just sitting at my hobby desk at home, I didn't get much done.

However I've just had a session on my batch of grav tanks and I thought it was worth a post to show that I'm still making some progress. Before tonight I'd got them all to the point where the green was fully layered up and finished, and the white also done. Tonight I've done the thorns on the first Wave Serpent and also applied a couple of decals. Studio Biel-Tank grav tanks usually have a white rectangle next to the cockpit with some fancy variation of the Biel-Tan rune. I wanted to emulate that so I painted on a white rectangle, cheated a bit by using one of the decals which have the rune in black, and then embellished it somewhat. I think it came out quite well. The only thing I'm not really sure about at this point is the blue glazed cockpit. It looked really good when I was doing it, but putting it on the tank I'm not sure whether the colour draws too much attention and whether I might have been better off going with a black/smoked look.

All I've really got left to do on the Wave Serpent is decide whether I want to pick out any of the bumps as gemstones. I'm normally quite sparing with the number of gemstones I like to do since I think that too many can make the model too busy, but I feel like I should at least do a couple.

Anyway, the photos. So, the centre Wave Serpent is the nearly finished one, the Falcon and the other Wave Serpent are just a bit behind, needing the thorns and decals (and the canopies and weapons putting on).





Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/04 00:47:00


Post by: tzurk


Hey mate, green looking beautiful as always. I'm actually a fan of the blue canopy as well, it's a nice focal point that draws the eye and then lets it run over the nearby details - I think it enhances the paintjob rather than distracting from it. Love the vines on the serpent too!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/04 04:57:40


Post by: youwashock


I like the canopy, too. The color stands out, but not so much that it competes with the green. I think when they are all done in a similar fashion it is going to look really good.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/04 20:33:22


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks both. I think the longer I looked at the photos and the actual physical models, the more I felt that the blue canopy was OK, so I think I'll leave them like that. Time for a painting session!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/06 13:43:04


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Great to see the progress on your trio of wave serpents, they're looking really good. I also have to say the blue canopies are growing on me the more I look at them, as tzurk said, it draws the eye well.

Keep at it!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/06 22:26:39


Post by: Bellerophon


 Tyranid Horde wrote:
Great to see the progress on your trio of wave serpents, they're looking really good. I also have to say the blue canopies are growing on me the more I look at them, as tzurk said, it draws the eye well.

Keep at it!


Thanks sir! I shall.

I bought new models. I'd been thinking of ordering a couple of Start Collecting Craftworlds sets online in an FLGS's new year sale, but I decided against it through the idea that it would leave me with an absurd amount of unpainted plastic and that it wouldn't be that much more expensive to wait and buy them when I actually needed them. Then I heard about the upcoming price rise so yesterday I went off down to my local FLGS to pick up a couple of boxes. I particularly wanted them for the Wraithlords and War Walkers - I feel like those work quite nicely in threes. Not necessarily in game, just in a collection, and until yesterday I had one of each. Plus I felt that I needed more Wraithlords given that I've now got three Wraithknights from three copies of the Christmas Battleforce, and that I should at least have as many of the smaller wraith construct as I did of the bigger. These are the convoluted justifications that go through my mind for buying more models. It also takes my Wraithguard/blades count up to 20 - enough to do one squad of each type.

So that's brought me up to an absolutely ridiculous quantitiy of miniatures to work on, to the extent that the pile seems overwhelming. I'll work through it gradually! Given the quantity of sprues I have sitting around, the last few days I've been doing a lot of assembly. Somehow it seems better to at least get things assembled even if it will be months before I paint them. I've built a Crimson Hunter Exarch, 3 Windriders and a squad of 10 Dire Avengers. I actually picked up another box of DA's yesterday, as if having 20 to build wasn't enough. The issue was that I wanted to build two squads of 10 - one with a Diresword Exarch, and one with Glaive/Shield - and paint them in different schemes so it's not like I could make them interchangeable. The issue was that after buying those 5 sets of legs as bitz, out of the 20 DA's I could build, 3 needed to be Exarchs. So I figured if I bought another box then I'd be able to do those two squads of 10, and one more MSU squad. These plans just seem to multiply, and it's a lot quicker to think them up than it is to carry them out!

Anyway, I built the squad of 10 with the Diresword Exarch today. I think I'll do these in a scheme with traditional blue body, a red helmet and white faceplate, somewhat inspired by Asurmen and by one of the alternative schemes in the 2nd Ed Codex. At the miniute I'm thinking when I get around to Glaive/shield squad I'll do them closer to the box art, and the other MSU squad with dark blue armour and black helms.

I've also done a bit of work on my second batch of 10 Guardians, bringing the white up to scratch. I'm jumping around a bit between the 3 Grav Tanks, the 10 Guardians and assmebly at the minute.



Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/06 23:58:23


Post by: youwashock


New models multiply at an alarming rate sometimes. I do my best not to think about it as things left undone but more as potential for the future. It works most of the time.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/07 19:53:42


Post by: Captain Brown


Bellerophon,

The temptation to buy more is always so strong when you hear GW is raising their prices again.

Good luck with your painting.

Cheers,

CB


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/11 21:01:49


Post by: Bellerophon


Indeed. This collection has swelled at an alarming rate – partly metal Aspect Warriors that I’ve grabbed from ebay when they turned up at the right price (got to get them when you can, right?), and then more recently things like the Christmas battleforces with FLGS pre-order discount. Suddenly before I knew it my Craftworlds collection is literally 10k points, possibly depending on how I equip things or kitbash one kit into another. And as you can see from this blog - which features all of the completed models to date - only a small fraction of it is finished.

Talking of Christmas battleforces, I started building a Wraithknight. Fully planned on magnetising it like I tend to with all of my vehicles, but I couldn’t decide how I was going to do it so I’ve gathered a pile of cut and cleaned pieces with very little gluing. The problem is that although I can see how it would be simple enough to magnetise, I feel it would be quite a lot more time consuming to fully magnetise it to a ‘perfect’ state that I’m happy with. I’ve seen a lot of magnetised models where it’s pretty obvious where the magnets are or when some aspect of the pose is sacrificed for modularity. I’m very particular – I like my magnetised models to be totally incognito, where you wouldn’t realise it was magnetised until you pull one of the bits off.

Like for example, some of the folks who magnetise WKs, when they’re making the right arm gun swappable between the HWC and the Suncannon will only make the main barrel swappable, and will glue the HWC bits all over the rest of the gun housing (so that it matches the other one) and who cares if the ancillary bits and pieces aren’t right when they use the Suncannon? Me, that’s who. I care.

So, I was scratching my head trying to figure out how I was going to do a perfect, hidden magnet job and started to wonder whether to bother at all. That thought seems weird to me because it’s been a long time since I haven’t magnetised a big model and general wisdom is that it’s such an expensive model that you’re doing yourself a disservice by not magnetising. But because I bought three Christmas battleforces, I’ve got three of the things. So I could just build up one suncannon WK, one sword and board, one with dual HWCs.

And given that
a) I basically never play the game anyway and if/when I do play it would be a very casual game.
b) Any game small enough to care about the loadout I doubt I would ever want to field more than one WK (I’m still fundamentally Biel-Tan and want Aspect Warriors first and foremost), and if I’ve built all three types then I have all 3 options to choose from anyway
c) Any game big enough where I would want to field more than one is getting towards Apocalypse type stuff where it’s more about throwing the models on the table – and a trio with all the loadouts is a pretty cool group to put on the board.
d) I could probably pull off some cool poses more reliably if they were fixed rather than magnetised.
e) Building fixed loadouts instead of making the main arms/guns swappable would drastically cut down on the build and painting time, which would be nice considering the sheer number of models that I have in the queue.

I’m leaning towards not bothering with the magnets. Like I said, feels weird. Anybody want to tell me I’m being an idiot?

In either case I’ll probably put the cleaned bits into a box for now. If I’m building them with fixed loadouts/poses, I kinda want to build all three at the same time to concentrate on getting three different poses that suit the loadout and look good as a group, and I reckon that’s going to work better if I do them together. So I'll put those pieces aside until I feel like clipping and cleaning the next one - or until I change my mind and decide to go with magnets after all.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/11 22:59:52


Post by: youwashock


I agree completely with all your reasons for not magnetising.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/12 06:11:04


Post by: Arakasi


 Bellerophon wrote:
I like my magnetised models to be totally incognito, where you wouldn’t realise it was magnetised until you pull one of the bits off.
I totally agree. I'm not familiar with the Wraithknight Kit (currently working my way around the Imperial Knight kit) - but as much as I like to magnetise everything I agree with youwashock - your reasoning to not magnetise, for you, in these circumstances, is perfectly sound to me. General wisdom is just that - general - it should not be applied to all circumstances all of the time


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/13 09:05:49


Post by: Fifty


I agree. Don't magnetise.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/13 11:52:23


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks folks. I guess the thought of not magnetising was so different to what I normally do I wondered whether I was thinking straight. Anyway, I've clipped and cleaned all the bits from one WK kit and put them away in a box for now. Like I said, I think I'd like to glue all 3 WKs together simultaneously so I can sort out the posing for each at the same time.

No photos today, because I've still been on my assembly mission. Grey plastic is grey plastic and mine will look much the same as anybody else's. The last week or so I've built a Crimson Hunter Exarch, 3 Windriders, 10 Dire Avengers, 5 Scytheguard, and stripped and assembled 10 metal Striking Scorpions. I think I'll put the glue aside for now and get some more painting done. Hopefully in the next week I'll be able to finish those grav tanks and guardians, and get some photos up.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/13 23:56:15


Post by: Ezki


The grav tanks look amazing already!
Seems you've been really busy building stuff. It's good to build a bunch at the same time so one can focus on one aspect of the hobby at a time.

Also quite a collection of space elves. Sometimes the amount of grey plastic just piles without even realising it.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/19 23:52:39


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Seeing the pistol and diresword reminds me that the next batch of Avengers I make must have an Exarch with that loadout.

Agreeing with you and others that not magnetising for your reasons is reason enough.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/19 23:54:24


Post by: Flinty


3 wraithknights together... surely the only appropriate way forward is to recreate the Charlie's Angels logo


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/20 20:23:37


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks again folks!

Latest additions - finished those 3 grav tanks. They took a while, but I'm pleased with the results:















I also finished the next 10 Guardians. I decided to mix in a few more green and black faceplates with this group, vaguely based on the proportions of faceplate colours used in the guardian squad that was on the box art 20 years ago when these models were released.



What's next? Just started working on a squad of Fire Dragons.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/20 23:00:37


Post by: Meer_Cat


One of the maxims amongst the old guard Napoleonic figure painters was "In mass lies perfection". By this they meant that one could paint a single figure to a decent tabletop standard, but once you multiplied that by dozens- or even hundreds- the assemblage took n a quality all its own.

Here, you have achieved both individual high standards and perfection 'en masse'. The Biel-tan colors, combined with individual vine patterns makes each tank special and part of the whole. I know that's the purpose of Craft World themes, but you've carried it off well, here.

Great work!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/20 23:58:28


Post by: youwashock


The grav tanks look great. Such a clean finish. Love 'em.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/21 18:35:30


Post by: Captain Brown


Bellerophon,

The tanks are beautiful. Exalted that post.

Cheers,

CB


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/21 18:46:45


Post by: Ezki


Absolutely gorgeous! The vines look spot on.
The guardians are also looking good. Yet again, the whites are so clean


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/21 23:47:30


Post by: Bellerophon


Cheers all, I really appreciate the comments. It's reassuring me that all that time I spent on the green was worth it!

I can only imagine how long it's going to take to do the same thing on the Scorpion. Speaking of which, I've moved that one tiny step closer to painting by having another go at heating and then bending the pulsar barrels. They're not totally perfect but they're probably as close as I'm going to get them and most importantly they're level with one another. I still need to finish making the base before I prime and paint though.

I've made a bit more progress on the Fire Dragon squad this evening, but still at the stage of blocking out colours and putting down the first washes, so there's quite a lot yet to do on those.



Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/26 17:01:47


Post by: Bellerophon


Right, I've got the Fire Dragons done. After such a long period juggling painting 3 tanks, a guardian squad and also building various things, it's been nice to just concentrate on painting one squad and getting them finished in a relatively short space of time.

I've already made a fairly big deal of how big an influence WD236 was on me as a lad as my only source of information for quite a long time, and I've based the squad colour scheme on the Fire Dragons in that magazine. It's also the same scheme that's shown on the back of the 3rd Edition Codex and is also similar to the scheme they used for Fuegan (not only is his sculpt ancient, the paintjob they show on the webstore is almost as old as the model is!). For the longest time I thought that it was the 'official' scheme for Fire Dragons and had no idea that most of the time the studio painted them orange/yellow. It looked like this:



That's always been what I think a Fire Dragon ought to look like. So my squad looks like this:



I pretty much went for copying that old scheme, with the sash things in green for a little tie-in to the Biel-Tan colours. I'm quite pleased with how they came out, though I'm not sure whether I could have used a slightly brighter highlight on the helmets. As ever I think they look better IRL than they do in the photos, but that's probably a common problem that we all wrestle with. There's more depth to the shades/highlights than there appears to be in the photo, probably because of the lighting.

I've actually got enough Fire Dragons to make two more squads. I wanted this first squad to be 10 strong, not particularly for game reasons, just that I've been painting up 10-strong squads where I can, depending on the number of models I end up with after my ebay hauls. That leaves me with 2 more Exarchs (one firepike, one flamer) and 12 regulars to split between them, so I'm thinking either a squad of 8 and one of 6 (which fits in a Falcon), or two squads of 7 (which would fit in a wave serpent with a 5-man squad of something else to perfectly fill the 12-model capacity). Either way, I'm thinking one squad in a scheme closer to the studio's orange/yellow, and one squad in a really dark red with black helmets and really bright faceplates to contrast. Or alternatively, I've also seen some FD's with bone helmets that looked cool. I'll make my mind up when I get closer to painting them.

For now, I'm about to start on some Striking Scorpions. I'd like to get one squad of each type of Aspect Warrior painted - at least the ones that I have. I've also got some Dark Reapers to do, and a Crimson Hunter Exarch. The only Aspects I don't actually have are Shining Spears (don't want the old bikes and haven't got a conversion for the new jetbikes that I'm happy with yet) and Shadow Spectres (I want to buy the Exarch with the squad, and the Exarch seems to have been "temporarily" out of stock for about a year). I'd also like to get more Dire Avengers done soon.



Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/01/26 17:34:40


Post by: youwashock


An excellent recreation. Lovely looking squad. In my mind, it is hard to beat the original models (Jes is the man, and when you add nostalgia, well...), but that Exarch is a really cool figure.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/16 21:59:29


Post by: Bellerophon


 youwashock wrote:
An excellent recreation. Lovely looking squad. In my mind, it is hard to beat the original models (Jes is the man, and when you add nostalgia, well...), but that Exarch is a really cool figure.


Thanks again sir, I appeciate it. I love Jes' originals too, and I think principally the reason that the 'current' aspect sculpts appeal to me is because they're largely an update to his 2nd ed designs, keeping the same overall look.

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I've not updated this Blog for a couple of weeks, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been busy. I've just completed some Striking Scorpions.

Like with all my Aspects I've been buying the metals from Ebay rather than the finecast. I'd managed to get my hands on 18 regular Scorpions, 2 Exarchs with Scorpion's Claw and 1 Exarch with Biting Blade. So I decided that I would paint them up as one squad of 10 with a Claw Exarch in one colour scheme, and the other 9 regulars and 2 Exarchs in a different scheme. So they can be run as two small squads, or they can be a squad of 10 with a choice between claw and biting blade for the Exarch. That's the squad that I've painted first. I had a moment of horror earlier when I dropped the Biting Blade Exarch and bent the blade right back, but a bit of careful and determined bending got it back into shape. Thank goodness for the malleability of metal! Luckily it dropped on carpet and the paint didn't chip.

Anyway, some photos:







I'm also currently in the middle of painting 3 Windriders, 10 Dire Avengers and 5 Dark Reapers, so hopefully it won't be as long a wait until I finish something else. I'm also thinking it's about time I took another army shot, since the army has expanded quite considerably since the last one.




Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/16 22:40:18


Post by: Tyranid Horde


I don't know how I managed to miss an update, let alone three! Those are some lovely tanks and the vines are great! Your Guardians are superb, I like that you've gone for some green faceplates, I did that on mine too when I tried out Biel Tan!

Digging your colour choices on your aspect warriors, I really like the red and it's serving as inspiration for my own Fire Dragons! I like the dark yellow faceplates you've gone for on your Scorpions, it breaks the colour up nicely.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/17 01:34:16


Post by: youwashock


Yikes! Nothing quite like losing your grip on a freshly painted model to tighten that lower GI tract.

Looks like no harm done, thankfully. Another sweet looking squad down. Looking forward to that group shot.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/17 02:49:29


Post by: Captain Brown


Bellerophon,

Beautiful Fire Dragons and Striking Scorpions.

You should try and track down a copy of WD 127, when the Jess Godwin models were introduced and the initial background was added.

Cheers,

CB


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/17 16:04:57


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Ooh, my favourite aspect warriors . Looking good!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/17 20:59:12


Post by: Bellerophon


Tyranid Horde wrote:I don't know how I managed to miss an update, let alone three! Those are some lovely tanks and the vines are great! Your Guardians are superb, I like that you've gone for some green faceplates, I did that on mine too when I tried out Biel Tan!

Digging your colour choices on your aspect warriors, I really like the red and it's serving as inspiration for my own Fire Dragons! I like the dark yellow faceplates you've gone for on your Scorpions, it breaks the colour up nicely.

Thanks sir - I've missed plenty of updates myself on blogs that I follow, so I think it's easily done! I've definitely put quite a bit of thought into what colours I wanted to use on the Aspect Warriors, so I'm glad you like them. I'm planning on doing other squads in different schemes like they come from different shrines, so that ought to be fun. The red on the Fire Dragons is VMC Carmine Red, washed with AP Red Tone then edge highlighted with VMC Vermillion. The helmets are AP Chaotic Red, washed with AP Dark Tone and highlghted with VMC Carmine Red. Not exactly the same look as the old squad that I was emulating, but close enough.

On the Scorpions I wanted to do something close to the standard studio scheme with the yellow markings on the armour, but I didn't want to make them too bright, so I picked a yellow ochre. I also remembered seeing one of the old metal Autarchs painted up Biel-Tan with a green helmet and a dark yellow faceplate and always thought it looked really cool, so it was quite an easy choice to use for these Scorpions. As and when I get around to my other squad I'm contemplating doing them in a really dull/dark scheme that I feel would suit their role as stealthy ninja-elves somewhat better than bright colours do. That's part of the reason I didn't want to make the yellow too bright on this first group.
youwashock wrote:Yikes! Nothing quite like losing your grip on a freshly painted model to tighten that lower GI tract.

Looks like no harm done, thankfully. Another sweet looking squad down. Looking forward to that group shot.

Cheers - yeah I was pretty worried for a few moments there. Not least because at first I couldn't see where the model had bounced to. I'm sure a lot of us have experienced that, moving around absurdly carefully and watching every footstep just in case the model happens to be underneath it. It certainly happens to me pretty often when assembling things, when a part pings off somewhere and manages to hide in the carpet.
Captain Brown wrote:Bellerophon,

Beautiful Fire Dragons and Striking Scorpions.

You should try and track down a copy of WD 127, when the Jess Godwin models were introduced and the initial background was added.

Cheers,

CB

Thanks - I'll have a look for that one. I'd been gathering up all the old Codexes from eBay, and I'd been considering looking for some relevant issues of WD.
CommissarKhaine wrote:Ooh, my favourite aspect warriors . Looking good!

I find it so hard to choose between them, they're all so cool.

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I sorted out some army photos this afternoon. This time they're on my table tennis table. So I quickly set them up and put them away again before they faced any danger of stray ping-pong balls. Not the best lighting unfortunately, but I still think they look pretty cool together. I've got an army list spreadsheet and I've been using it to keep track of the size of the fully painted army, and it's about 2600 points currently. So that's about a quarter of the total then. There's a lot of work to do.











Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/17 21:12:42


Post by: Tyranid Horde


That's a gorgeous looking Swordwind host! Thank you for the recipe on the red, I may have to borrow it!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/18 14:08:49


Post by: Meer_Cat


What a terrific looking army group- nice balance of forces and colors- really well done!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/18 20:41:00


Post by: youwashock


Loving those army shots. Fantastic looking force, man.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/19 20:25:37


Post by: Ezki


That really is something to be proud of!
They look really good together. I can only imagine how it looks if and when you get them all done someday


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/19 20:32:41


Post by: CommissarKhaine


Impressive army, really something to be proud of!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/19 23:00:30


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks everyone, I'm really pleased you like them, it adds just that extra touch of motivation to my painting knowing that you guys are here.

I'm very proud of this army and the effort that has gone into them. I'm definitely sacrificing speed and any chance of getting through the pile at a reasonable rate, but I wouldn't be happy with myself if I let the standard slip. It's got to the point where the pile has grown to be rather daunting. I don't really regret buying it all, but at the same time I recognise the psychological pressure of having so many models still to finish. To list them all out:

Finished:
- 3 Farseers
- 3 Warlocks
- 1 Bonesinger
- 10 Dire Avengers
- 10 Howling Banshees
- 10 Striking Scorpions
- 10 Swooping Hawks
- 10 Warp Spiders
- 10 Fire Dragons
- 20 Guardians
- 5 Wraithguard
- 1 Wraithlord
- 1 War Walker
- 1 Falcon
- 2 Wave Serpents
- 3 Windriders

On the painting bench right now:
- 3 Windriders
- 10 Dire Avengers
- 5 Dark Reapers

Built/Primed:
- 10 Howling Banshees
- 10 Striking Scorpions
- 10 Swooping Hawks
- 10 Warp Spiders
- 14 Fire Dragons
- 1 Crimson Hunter Exarch
- 5 Wraithguard
- 1 Scorpion Type II
- 1 Avatar of Khaine
- 5 Farseers
- 4 Warlocks
- 1 Spiritseer

Unbuilt:
- 3 Wraithknights
- 2 Wraithlords
- 2 War Walkers
- 3 Vypers
- 15 Dire Avengers
- 30 Guardians
- 1 Falcon
- 9 Windriders
- 10 Wraithguard
- 7 Farseers
- 2 Warlocks
- 1 Farseer Skyrunner

Yeah. That's a lot of stuff to do. Pretty much double the number of Aspect Warriors that I've done already, and even more of everything else. The huge number of Farseers is because I've been deliberately collecting the old metal ones, as well as buying multiple boxed sets that have the current plastic one in them. By the time I'm done, I'll have pretty much every metal farseer they ever did, and a bunch of kitbashes off the plastic one. I'm very much looking forward to finishing this ridiculous seer council!

The scary thing is that even with all of these models there's plenty of things in the Codex that I don't have yet.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/20 18:41:34


Post by: Captain Brown


One or two models at a time Bellerophon...one or two models at a time.

Cheers,

CB


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/20 23:19:04


Post by: Dysartes


Nice work, Bellerophon - this blog is one of the reasons I'm looking at putting together a small Eldar force with some old school models...


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/22 09:50:14


Post by: Bellerophon


Captain Brown wrote:One or two models at a time Bellerophon...one or two models at a time.

Cheers,

CB

Indeed. I tend to do two or three squads at a time, jumping between them, like when I want the same colour on all three or when I'm waiting for a wash to dry or something. It often leaves me going a few weeks in between getting anything finished and feeling like progress is slow, but then there's a rush of completed stuff.

At the moment the next batch of Windriders are nearly done, and the Dire Avengers and Dark Reapers are up to the stage of edge highlighting.

Dysartes wrote:Nice work, Bellerophon - this blog is one of the reasons I'm looking at putting together a small Eldar force with some old school models...

Glad you like it!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/02/22 17:54:00


Post by: youwashock


Looking forward to seeing those Reapers.

You're definitely a contributing factor in me painting my own old Eldar. Even have me mulling over whether or not I want to slide a few Fire Dragons onto the table.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/10 18:44:52


Post by: Bellerophon


 youwashock wrote:
Looking forward to seeing those Reapers.

You're definitely a contributing factor in me painting my own old Eldar. Even have me mulling over whether or not I want to slide a few Fire Dragons onto the table.


Thanks very much, it's humbling to hear that I'm inspiring anybody to paint some Eldar.

As for the Reapers, it's been a while since the last update, but I've got them done along with the Dire Avengers and Windriders. I've just slotted them into the "points total of all totally painted models" army list spreadsheet, and the total is now approximately 3K points.

First, the Reapers. I've picked a scheme very similar to the studio scheme. These are the only Reapers that I have, and they were among the more expensive of my ebay purchases, presumably given that they're somewhat in demand this edition. So I was keen to own some in metal, but not keen to buy more than a squad at elevated prices. The batch that I won actually had the Tempest Launcher and the AML with it. I chose to equip the Exarch with the Tempest Launcher not for any game reasons, but purely because it's a weapon unique to the Reaper Exarch and I can get AMLs elsewhere if I want them.



Next, 10 Dire Avengers. I built my first 10 DAs as MSU 5-Eldar squads with dual catapults, which I suppose was a nod to the meta-state of the best way to run these guys. Even though I've never once played a game with the army. I sometimes wonder why I pay as much attention to the rules as I do. Anyway, having got that out of my system I wanted to build a 'classic' squad - 10 strong with a Diresword on the Exarch. My previous ones had been painted in a dark blue body/white helmet scheme, so I wanted to do something different and decided on a red helmet with a white faceplate, somewhat inspired by Asurmen's studio scheme. I was going to make the hair crests striped, maybe white and black, or white and green. I was going to paint them white and then add the stripes iater, but after I painted them white I realised that I quite liked the way they looked so I left them like that.



And my second batch of Windriders - nothing particularly new here, they're pretty similar to the first 3 I did, even down to the same selection of Biel-Tan rune decals on the jetbike bodies. Once again they're magnetised for all 3 weapon options and I've photographed these with scatter lasers.




Finally, about two weeks ago I was alerted to the fact that the Shadow Spectres Exarch was back in stock on the Forgeworld webstore. I'd fancied a squad of Shadow Spectres before, but I hadn't wanted to get any if I couldn't get the Exarch to go with them. I don't even know how long that one model had been out of stock (it felt like a couple of years), or why. I mean, it had been so long I wondered if they'd broken the mould or something and hadn't got around to making up a new one. But it was back, and perhaps a little irrationally I wondered whether it might be there for a day and then disappear for another year. So the same day it reappeared, I ordered a squad, the Exarch and Irrilyth. To my horror the postie left the box out the front of my house behind the bin, but luckily it was still there and in one piece when I got home from work.



Not much more to show on those. I've just been cutting and cleaning the pieces this afternoon. With getting my hands on these guys, the only Aspects that I don't have are Shining Spears. I think I've said before - I'll look to convert some on the current jetbikes if I figure out a conversion I'm happy with.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/10 20:29:10


Post by: youwashock


Lovely new additions. Reapers are always good to see, and I really like the deep red on the Avengers' helmets. Never owned Spectres. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/10 20:49:47


Post by: Fifty


That really is an army shot to be proud of. I am really looking for to seeing those spectres too.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/11 14:57:56


Post by: Ezki


Love the new additions!
Really looking forward to the spectres. I think you can do them justice!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/12 20:13:44


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks guys. I'm definitely looking forward to doing the spectres. I expect it will take me quite some time to get them done (there's so many things to work on!), but I'll probably work at them a little bit here and there. So far I've cut and cleaned all the pieces (fresh blade in the hobby knife and stabbed myself at least twice in the process...), but I haven't got as far as bending the prism rifles straight yet.

I've been doing a bit of building, and I've got another batch of Seers WIP on the painting bench that I should be able to get finished reasonably soon, to add to the ridiculous Seer Council. Also started putting some paint on my Avatar.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/12 20:37:51


Post by: Captain Brown


Bellerophon,

The army is progressing quickly.

Love the vine effects on the Wind Riders.

Cheers,

CB


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/17 21:58:26


Post by: Bellerophon


Time for another update. I’m trying not to take too long between these, but I’m also not really into sharing WIPs. I guess that just means I need to finish models faster.

Today I’ve got Phase 2 of my planned *Ridiculous Biel-Tan Seer Council*.

First off, another pair of Warlocks. I’ve got one of the older ones with the antlers and singing spear, and one of the newer ones with witchblade and shuriken pistol. Although of course ‘older’ and ‘newer’ are relative terms in this instance since the first is Rogue Trader 1991 and the other is 3rd ed 1999. Huh, I guess that means the 2002 Seer Council Box Warlock is the only one newer than 20 years old! Nothing spectacular on the paint schemes, just what you’d expect for Biel-Tan and the same way I've done my previous warlocks.



Two more Farseers – the pair from the 2002 Seer Council Box. I’ve actually got another pair of these, so I’m contemplating whether to convert them. Anyway, these first two I’ve done as-is. Farseers are one of the models so far where I’ve used some additional colours than just green and white (see the red, black and ochre on the cloaks on my first batch), since I figure their gear will be a bit more personal rather than standard issue. In that same spirit, I decided to give one of them a purple cloak. So that it didn’t end up looking too much like an Il-Kaithe scheme, I made the cloak lining white to tie in with Biel-Tan. The other one is pretty standard white/green.



Finally, the current Spiritseer from Wake the Dead. Nothing special done to this one, just built according to the instructions and painted in my standard scheme. It’s a nice model and I was pleased to see Craftworlds get a new release, even if it was just one mini. I was also happy that it was a proper Craftworlds themed model, since I’ve been a bit worried that GW might start making all new Eldar releases Ynnari, much like Primaris taking over from classic marines. Of course they might still do that, but we shall see.

As it happens the Finecast Spiritseer is one of the few that I don’t actually have, just because I’ve been avoiding Finecast. As far as I know that one was never metal, so I suppose I should pick up the Finecast one while it’s still around – they could quite easily decide to ditch it once the plastic one gets a separate release, and I don’t want to go buying second hand finecast on ebay. Metal’s fine because I can just dunk it in acetone! If I'm trying to get every seer model then that one needs to be part of it. I also may convert one of my many identical plastic Farseer sprues into another Spiritseer using the spare head from the Hemlock kit (I built the Crimson Hunter) and some High Elf bits. Maybe. Eventually.



On to group shots.
I’m going to repost my photograph of *Ridiculous Biel-Tan Seer Council* Phase 1:



And *Ridiculous Biel-Tan Seer Council* Phase 2:



All the Warlocks:



All the Farseers:



Finally, *Ridiculous Biel-Tan Seer Council* Phases 1 and 2 together:



I expect there will be at the very least a Phase 3 and Phase 4, just to get through the psykers that I already have, let alone any others that I may acquire along the way. Of course nobody would ever need that many for playing a game, but then this has always been more of a collection than a tabletop army.

As for other progress, I’m partway through painting my Avatar, and I’ve just started on 5 D-scythe Wraithguard. I’ve also built another 10 Guardians, and a War Walker. The Shadow Spectres are all washed and cleaned, just waiting to be stuck together.



Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/17 22:05:40


Post by: youwashock


Wow, that post was absolutely psykotic.

But seriously, they look really good. That white is nice and crisp, the green rich, and that purple cloak is a nice splash of extra color. Can't wait to see the Avatar!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/17 22:06:34


Post by: Fifty


That is really awesome!

I am soon going to post photos in my blog of my ten strong Warlock Conclave that I am going to paint next. I converted a few warlocks slightly so I have ten unique models. I hope I can make mine look as good as yours!

Also, that finecast farseer was available in metal. I know, as I own one. Sadly only one though, or I'd let you have one cheap. Look out on eBay though.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/18 06:11:29


Post by: Dysartes


That's a good looking Seer Council, dude - will you be doing a mounted group as well?


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/18 21:31:15


Post by: theCrowe


That warlock in the middle, the fella with the sword in two hands, that's my guy!

What a great classic sculpt. You did him proud.

You did 'em all proud. Great job as ever.

:edit: aaaand I just realised I totally gave you the whole "squee I'm a total THAT-warlock fanboy" bit on page one. Haha, well great job on the whole collection anyway. It's an impressive amount of Eldar character minis.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/18 23:56:02


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks everybody! I'm pleased with how they look, especially as a group. I already think the group looks like total overkill when posed together and there's plenty more of these guys still to do. I'm tempted to keep going on seers to keep dialling up the absurdity, but I feel I should paint a few other things first.
youwashock wrote:Wow, that post was absolutely psykotic.

But seriously, they look really good. That white is nice and crisp, the green rich, and that purple cloak is a nice splash of extra color. Can't wait to see the Avatar!

Cheers, I appreciate it. I've fallen in love with my own green recipe on these guys, haven't got tired of painting it yet.
Fifty wrote:That is really awesome!

I am soon going to post photos in my blog of my ten strong Warlock Conclave that I am going to paint next. I converted a few warlocks slightly so I have ten unique models. I hope I can make mine look as good as yours!

Also, that finecast farseer was available in metal. I know, as I own one. Sadly only one though, or I'd let you have one cheap. Look out on eBay though.

Thanks! 10 Warlocks sounds great, just my kind of collection. I look forward to seeing them. Do you mean the spiritseer? I've never seen it in metal, to the point that I'd largely accepted that I'm going to buy it in finecast. It can't be that bad, right?
Dysartes wrote:That's a good looking Seer Council, dude - will you be doing a mounted group as well?

I plan to. I probably won't do more than 3 or so, just because the price would add up rapidly buying many of them, and I've only got one so far (still on the sprue). The old start collecting with the farseer skyrunner, windriders and fire prism was pulled just before I started buying up eldar in earnest, otherwise I might have grabbed a few copies.
theCrowe wrote:That warlock in the middle, the fella with the sword in two hands, that's my guy!

What a great classic sculpt. You did him proud.

You did 'em all proud. Great job as ever.

:edit: aaaand I just realised I totally gave you the whole "squee I'm a total THAT-warlock fanboy" bit on page one. Haha, well great job on the whole collection anyway. It's an impressive amount of Eldar character minis.

I don't mind a second round of gushing - in another repeat of the first page, I love that sculpt too. Very purposeful and poised, a total classic.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/19 09:10:29


Post by: Tyranid Horde


I've been waiting ages for that Exarch to come back in stock! Hopefully it's still there next week! I've missed a few updates but those Dark Reapers are really nice!

Digging the Seer Council too, My collection is very much going the same way, although I don't have as many Warlocks. I think you're correct about the Spiritseer, that one was always resin. I'd have picked it up otherwise!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/19 19:51:33


Post by: Fifty


Hey, sorry, misread. I mean the Farseer. Don't know about the Spiritseer, sorry. Dumb me.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/20 18:16:25


Post by: Captain Brown


Very nice work Bellerophon.

Cheers,

CB


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/28 19:31:18


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks everyone.
 Tyranid Horde wrote:
I've been waiting ages for that Exarch to come back in stock! Hopefully it's still there next week! I've missed a few updates but those Dark Reapers are really nice!

It appears to still be available now, so I guess it's back for good rather than briefly like I feared. They must have needed a new mould or something.

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Something new!

After working so much on my Seer Council, I figured it was time to do what I consider to be the iconic Biel-Tan HQ – the Avatar of Khaine! In my case - the Forgeworld version with the sword.

I bought this chap the first time I visited Warhammer World about this time last year. I went into the Forge World shop with a few models in mind but not totally sure what I was going to buy. If you haven’t been there, they have display cases all around the store with the models assembled and unpainted so you can see them in person before picking one up. I picked up the Avatar on my first pass through the store. I knew I wanted it. I felt like I wanted to buy more things and spent the next half hour or so going round that store looking at the models trying to decide what else I wanted. I couldn’t make my mind up – there was plenty of stuff I liked but perhaps not quite enough to want to buy it then and there. But the Avatar was never in question, so in the end that was my only purchase that day. And I’m so pleased that I got it when I did since it went OOP something like a couple of months later.

It was unassembled for quite some time, then assembled but not primed, then primed but not painted…

Then I bought the Shadow Spectres, the Exarch and Irrilyth, and realised that between those, the Avatar and the Scorpion I was acquiring quite a lot of £’s worth of Forgeworld models and I hadn’t painted a single one of them. The Avatar was the first in the queue, so I decided it was about time I got painting.

Given that’s it’s one of my favourite models and a thematic centrepiece to any Biel-Tan collection I’ve put a lot of time and effort into this one, and I’m really pleased with the result. My only regret is that the sword is ever so slightly bent, and I wish I'd realised and straightened it a touch before assembling it. Never mind though, I'm still really proud of the model otherwise.





Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/28 19:35:16


Post by: youwashock


Oh, that is the MONEY right there.

Love it. He even has the traditional green/white Biel-Tan plume. Too good. If you are feeling adventurous, a soft touch with a hair drier (very soft) may help you with your sword.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/28 21:16:23


Post by: Ezki


Now that is gorgeous!

The green looks fantastic and has a nice contrast to all the other colors.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/28 21:45:22


Post by: petrov27


Excellent Avatar - love the paint work!

Surprised that it is no longer produced though - sad as it is one of their best figures...


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/29 11:41:44


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Absolutely stunning paintjob, I'm disliking how Forgeworld aren't keeping their models in stock, sure, they're a little older and may not sell, but if the moulds are in okay condition why wouldn't they keep them in stock?

You're really tempting me with forgeworld models!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/29 11:57:26


Post by: Bellerophon


youwashock wrote:Oh, that is the MONEY right there.

Love it. He even has the traditional green/white Biel-Tan plume. Too good. If you are feeling adventurous, a soft touch with a hair drier (very soft) may help you with your sword.

Thanks! I thought that maybe I could have a go at bending it now, but I don't want to make a mess of things and it's close enough that it's not a major annoyance - so I figured best to leave it alone.
Ezki wrote:Now that is gorgeous!

The green looks fantastic and has a nice contrast to all the other colors.

Thanks very much! I've been enjoying painting green on this army, I've fallen in love with my own green recipe.
petrov27 wrote:Excellent Avatar - love the paint work!

Surprised that it is no longer produced though - sad as it is one of their best figures...

Cheers. Yeah, I think this one disappeared from the FW store with pretty much no warning. I don't know why because I agree with you - it's one of the best models they produced.

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The other thing I did yesterday was finish making the new base for my scorpion. The one I'd done a few pages ago was an oval, but I realised that meant that screwing it on and off the mounting on the tank the weight of the base wasn't centred so it was going to put stress on the mounting point. I decided to make a round one instead. Like the other one, it's a 6mm 'frame' MDF bottom part and a 2mm MDF top, laser cut. I stuck a bolt in the middle and held onto the bolt while holding my Dremel (with sanding attachment) against the outside edge, allowing it to spin the base. So I got a nice, symmetric sanding to even the base out and give the edge a touch of slope to be a bit more like regular 40k bases. It's a little rough so I may have a go with some finer sandpaper by hand. Not the best photo, but...



I'm still tempted to do a bigger base (I've already lasercut one) and put a longer bolt on it, to be more of a display base. I've 3d printed a Dreadnought wreck I found on Thingiverse that might make nice basing material with a Scorpion soaring high above it...


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 Tyranid Horde wrote:
Absolutely stunning paintjob, I'm disliking how Forgeworld aren't keeping their models in stock, sure, they're a little older and may not sell, but if the moulds are in okay condition why wouldn't they keep them in stock?

You're really tempting me with forgeworld models!

Thanks! This Avatar isn't even out of stock - it just vanished entirely. I'm quite miffed because it's one of my favourites but at least I got one before it went. I wonder with some of them whether they just get to the point where the mould is worn out and decide that it's not worth it to make a new one?


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/03/29 13:37:21


Post by: whalemusic360


This is a good looking army project. I'll follow along for sure!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/04/16 18:36:03


Post by: Captain Brown


Bellerophon,

Beautiful Avatar.

I also ended up making heavier bases for my Eldar tanks...I ended up doing a simple double large plastic rod system to steady the tanks and handle the extra weight on the front of the tanks from the FW resin parts.

Cheers,

CB


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/04/17 22:24:07


Post by: Bellerophon


whalemusic360 wrote:This is a good looking army project. I'll follow along for sure!

Glad to have you on board

Captain Brown wrote:Bellerophon,

Beautiful Avatar.

I also ended up making heavier bases for my Eldar tanks...I ended up doing a simple double large plastic rod system to steady the tanks and handle the extra weight on the front of the tanks from the FW resin parts.

Cheers,

CB

Thanks Captain. As much as I love Eldar grav tank sculpts, the flying bases leave a lot to be desired.


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It's been a while again since I last updated but I've been busy in the meantime. I've completed another 5 Wraithguard, a Wraithlord and a War Walker. For the Wraiths I decided to invert the colours from the ones I used on my first wraiths. I've said before that I love the way that you can invert the colours on Biel-Tan and it's still very obviously Biel-Tan, and that applies to the wraiths more than most - I think because they've been painted in both inversions in studio schemes over the years. For the first ones I did the Wraithguard green with white heads and the Wraithlord white with a green head, mainly because that's the way the studio tended to paint them back in 3rd.

So, the Wraithguard - This unit have D-scythes, and since my first unit was green with white heads, these are white with green heads.




And with the first unit:



The Wraithlord - again, fully magnetised. Since I've shown most stuff with Shuriken Cannons I decided to pick some random heavies to put on this guy for the photo. For both this guy and the War Walker I decided that I didn't want to use the scenic bases in their default state, since I've got three Wraithlords and three War Walkers and realised that 6 identical bases would be a bit much. I made rock formations over the broken eldar architecture/missle/whatever-it-is using milliput, and made some rock formations for them to stand on, mainly out of sprue for that nice poly cement bond to the model's foot. For the Wraithlord I've seen a lot of cool chopped and reposed ones, but since my first one was sort of walking, I fancied a classic standing pose - and raised one foot on a rock a little bit to make it a touch more interesting.



And the two of them:



The War Walker - like the Wraithlord I made a sprue-based rock formation to put one foot on. In this case it's almost like it's launching forward off a sloping rock. I'm not a massive fan of the way the War Walker looks when it's posed with one foot in the air, but I wanted a slightly more dynamic pose than the standard, and I think this works. It's got some movement to it, and it keeps the stability of having both feet firmly poly cemented down. As with the Wraithlord I disguised the scenic base with milliput rocks. Once again magnetised, and photographed with bright lances.



Two of them:



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Finally, I've been on ebay again. Why does this always happen? This time I've been buying Autarchs. I didn't have any up to now, but since I've collected all the seers I felt the urge to start on these guys. Which is irritating because they run pretty pricy. I picked up the current plastic hawk wings one and won an auction for the limited edition 2006 army box fella. I then found somebody selling the old metal warp jump generator and the metal swooping hawk wings model. I was a bit suspicious that they had both of them, and when they showed up I became pretty sure that they're recasts. Oh well, it's not like I could buy these brand new from GW anymore, and the detail is pretty good so I don't feel too bad about it. The only slight irritation is with the hawk wings model where some of the feathers came out short. They're not perfect but I'll rate it as better than not having them.

I need to stay away from ebay.

Here they are, glued and primed:



I was pondering whether I ought to enter one in this month's Art of War challenge, but then I realised that I won't have much chance to get one painted up in the couple of weeks that remain of April given that I'll be quite busy. Maybe, if I get a chance.

Related, I was also wondering about what I would do for a paint scheme. Clearly a combination of whites and greens, with maybe some reds on cloaks and stuff - but particularly I thought of this old studio paintjob on the warp jump generator model:
Spoiler:

I always thought that looked really cool, particularly the yellow colour on the faceplate and the way it pops with the white and green. It's what inspired me to pick a similar colour for my first group of Striking Scorpions, and now I'm kinda tempted to adopt it as a linking theme on my Autarchs - to give them all yellow ochre faceplates. I mean, it's got me wondering about Biel-Tan faceplate colours in general. Like the old 16-man guardian box on the box photo had mostly white faceplates, four green and one black - it left me wondering whether it was purely an aesthetic thing or whether it was meant to represent some sort of rank or battle honour. I have no idea, but I liked the mix so I've maintained it on my own guardians. And this yellow Autarch faceplate... I might try it. Maybe a couple of them white with green helmet, a couple green with white helmet, and a yellow ochre faceplate for all. Make it the signifier of 'Autarch' for my force. If it doesn't work I can always paint over a couple!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/04/18 11:19:31


Post by: Tyranid Horde


It was you! You pinched the WJG Autarch before I could get in on it! I'm surprised they're recasts considering they are metal models, I would have thought recasts were only resin. If I'm looking at the same listing, how are they in terms of quality? I may pick up one should they ever reappear.

Great work on the Wraiths and the War Walker, as usual, loving the crisp paint jobs!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/04/18 13:11:56


Post by: youwashock


Sweet work on the Wraiths. Seeing the two schemes together they all look really good. I look forward to seeing the Autarch band get painted and how your idea turns out.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/04/18 23:25:25


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks both.
 Tyranid Horde wrote:
It was you! You pinched the WJG Autarch before I could get in on it! I'm surprised they're recasts considering they are metal models, I would have thought recasts were only resin. If I'm looking at the same listing, how are they in terms of quality? I may pick up one should they ever reappear.

Great work on the Wraiths and the War Walker, as usual, loving the crisp paint jobs!

The first thing that aroused my suspicion was that they didn't seem to go out of stock after I bought them so I guessed they were selling more than one of each - so it's not just me to blame for buying them up! I bought both types, the WJG and the hawk wings. When they arrived they'd clearly never been built, from all the excess metal under the shoulder pads which stopped the arms going in properly, so I ended up having to Dremel that out. They were lacking the large number of casting gates that the real ones have, and the slotta tabs were partly formed, which leads me to think that they were entirely cast through the tab. Some of the bits also had holes in them that I guessed were on the original donor model for pinning, then got copied when that model was used to make a mould. They couldn't have been from building these exact models because they wouldn't go together due to the flash/excess metal. Also spotted one or two telltale double mould lines.

Aside from all that the detail is pretty good. My only real complaint is on the hawk wings model where some of the feathers came out short and there's a big mould line in the middle of the crest which was too much of a pain to try to get rid of. The WJG one came out really nice.

It's also weird to think that buying some of this stuff on eBay we could be competing ('we' in this case meaning the general metal model eldar community on here). I know it's the nature of it, but it feels vaguely strange to think about, like if I see somebody post photos of some old metals, they might be from an auction that I missed out on.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/04/27 23:03:44


Post by: Bellerophon


So, I finished the first of the Autarchs in time for the painting challenge. I picked the current plastic one as the first one to do and I'm pretty pleased with how it came out - also found that my plan to try painting all of their faceplates in yellow ochre (literally VMC Yellow Ochre) has so far worked from a sample size of one. I'm now interested to see if it will work as well when I do one with a green body and white helmet, since the yellow won't contrast so much against the white. I'm also really pleased with how the dark red on the cloak came out - especially on the middle photo in the collage at the bottom of this post. The base coat for that was VMC Hull Red which I just picked up recently, and I can already tell it's going to be a colour I will use at any opportunity! It was highlighted up through VMC Burnt Cadmium Red, and then the lightest highlights are Burnt Cadmium Red mixed with a bit of VMC Flat Red.







I'm currently halfway through painting up another 10 guardians and building a Fire Prism. I know I've complained before about having too many models to do, but once again I'm at the stage of plotting the next thing to paint and only managing to narrow it down to about half a dozen things!

One of the things that I'm tempted to do is my second unit of metal Swooping Hawks, if only because I actually played a game last weekend, put 10 Hawks on the table and enjoyed hiding behind terrain, flying to land right in front of a squad of presumably terrified guardsmen, then totally shredding the squad with lasblaster fire. Even better, we ran out of time and had to call the game off, so they didn't even have to take any return fire and all survived.

We'd come up with a narrative game where my opponent took a force of guard led by Eisenhorn who had captured a rogue psyker, and was trying to take him away for the Inquisition's purposes. A Biel-Tan force approximately 50% stronger were trying to capture the same psyker for their own reasons - but they had to act quickly to get him because a detachment of custodes would arrive from turn 3 that would tip the balance of power to the Imperium. Well, that was the idea at least. We didn't get that far! Anyway, despite the fact that we barely started before we had to stop, it was cool to see my models on a table. I took my Avatar, just because how could I not? I was also particularly pleased that he got the first kill for my side, striding forward and just getting the nearest guard squad within range of the Wailing Doom, melting one unfortunate guardsman before my army opened up on the same squad with shuriken. That was cool, but damn I loved my Hawks!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/04/28 05:33:50


Post by: youwashock


He's a solid bit of work. I personally love Hull Red, and agree wholeheartedly that it makes a great base to work from. Congrats on the game performances and I am looking forward to the next Autarch!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/04/28 11:37:07


Post by: Fifty


Yeah, the yellow on that face works really well.

Narrative games are a lot more fun than standard games, even if the narrative element is pretty minor.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/04 15:51:00


Post by: Ezki


I have missed a few updates. Great work all around!
I like how the Autarch turned out. The yellow on the face pops out really well and the cloak is superb.
Definitely receives one of my votes for the challenge


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/04 16:26:25


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Love the Autarch, really like the classic dark yellow faceplate I seem to remember the GW team painted at some point in the past. Best of luck in the challenge!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/06 22:57:55


Post by: Bellerophon


Cheers guys, glad I made it in time on one of them. I'm not in a rush to do the other Autarchs, but I imagine it won't be too long before they come to the top of the queue.

Over this weekend I've been building my Wraithknights. You may recall from a few pages ago mentioning that I was thinking of going against my usual magnetise everything philosophy and just gluing them together, and that's what I've done. I made a point of doing them all together so that I could arrange the poses to suit the weapon loadout for each knight.

So,
Heavy Wraithcannon Knight - the standard out of the box pose, putting the legs together with the fixing tabs. Nothing special here. There's nothing wrong with the out of the box pose, I just didn't want the same on all 3.
Suncannon Knight - rearranged the legs to be striding over a wrecked sentinel that I 3d printed (from Thingiverse - very cool model)
Sword Knight - I wanted to make this much more dynamic. I had the image in my head of running with the sword swept out to the side/behind, but when I got to putting the sword on it didn't look quite right. I experimented a bit and realised that the pose didn't look quite right for running, but worked better as a leap. I tried it with the sword up in the air and thought it looked pretty cool, as if the wraithknight is leaping into a vicious downwards blow. So that's how I went in the end. I also added a dead space marine to the base for a bit of extra something, with no legs since he's been torn apart at the waist. I put a little bit of wound guitar string sticking out the bottom of his torso to be part of his severed spine. A meltabomb on the floor just below his outstretched hand...

I still need to put the starcannons/scatter lasers/shuricannons onto them, but those are the last thing left. Just need to make my mind up whether to make those swappable or just build them fixed like I did for the main weapons.

I'm really pleased with how these came out, and also that I decided against magnetising. Even so it took me ages - so much dry fitting, masking tape and blu-tac to try out various poses before I committed to glue. Now to see if I end up trying to get one painted up for *this* month's painting challenge!



Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/07 03:42:47


Post by: youwashock


Well, this is looking all sorts of awesome. I can not wait to see the one bringing the proverbial hammer down get painted. That pose is superb.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/07 08:39:55


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Agree with the above, great posing and basing. I'm especially a fan of the Suncannon Knight!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/08 16:31:46


Post by: Maharg


Autarch is great, got a vote from me. Look forward to seeing the whole group together. Wraithknights looming awesome too


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/09 10:18:11


Post by: Nevelon


Nice poses on the WKs, all three.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/09 17:54:10


Post by: Captain Brown


Bellerophon,

I missed the updates. Very nice work on the Wraithguard, Wraithlords, War Walkers, and Autarch.

Cheers,

CB


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/26 21:46:22


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks again folks!

I've finished the first Wraithknight. They weren't necessarily going to be top of my queue, but they seemed very fitting for the month's painting challenge theme so I decided to bump one up the list a bit. I picked the suncannon knight. Even though it's a terrible choice in 8th, I just think it's a cool model and I wanted to get the paintbrush on it. I was also keen to see how the 3d printed sentinel on the base painted up, because I'm fairly new to 3d printing and hadn't actually painted any 3d prints yet.

To repeat some words I put in the painting challenge thread; on the whole I'm really pleased with how the paintjob came out, aside from a sputtering spray can of varnish that has left the surface a little bit grainy in places. I really need to get that airbrush and switch to airbrushing varnish - it's tough when you've spent ages painting a model and a spray varnish detracts from the model. It's not too bad though, and I think anything I try to do to 'fix' it would probably make things worse and I think I've managed to leave it in a way that it's not too noticeable.

It's generally painted in my standard Biel-Tan style for vehicles, which is a dark green base highlighted up through several different layers up to the panel edges. You can tell from the photos that I'm firmly on the side of not overdoing the gems on eldar - I prefer the idea that most of the bumps are things like sensor pods and it's only the ones in the settings that are actually gems. The Biel-Tan rune is actually one of the standard decals with freehand on top of it. Even though I knew I wanted to do the more colourful version of the rune I figured I could use the decal like a guide to make sure that I got the rune nicely proportioned. I threw in some Biel-Tan thorn designs on the white plates around the waist, this time in green. Those are totally freehand.








Hope you guys like it.



Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/27 02:28:11


Post by: youwashock


Like it? I should say so. I would go so far as to say I LOVE it. Really nice work on the rune and the glow on the shield.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/27 11:07:33


Post by: Nevelon


Amazing work. Love seeing these big guys. Barring the FW ones, I thought the suncannon was the best option. Coolest looking at the very least.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/27 21:32:11


Post by: Captain Brown


Lovely Wraithknight Bellerophon.

3D printing detail is not so critical on terrain pieces of destroyed vehicles...any holes or gaps become more battle damage.

Cheers,

CB


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/28 10:06:53


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks guys. I think it's starting to get towards the point where another army shot is in order, especially now it can have the wraithknight towering at the back. I'll see when I get round to it, or if I paint another couple of things first.

Captain Brown wrote:

3D printing detail is not so critical on terrain pieces of destroyed vehicles...any holes or gaps become more battle damage.


Yeah exactly. I'm still experimenting and getting the hang of it. It's a standard FDM printer. My first few prints turned out great. The main issue I had with the sentinel was that the supports were fairly solid and in awkward places, so I made a bit of a mess of it in places removing them. But that's fine, because as you said, more battle damage! I wanted to spend longer on the wraithknight than on the base, so I did a pretty simple job on the sentinel. Even so I think it came out pretty well; khaki and a sepia wash on the body, gunmetal and a black wash on the metallics. Then liberal application of typhus corrosion and some AK interactive 'Accumulated Dust', to make it look like it had been crashed there for a while and wasn't just a fresh victim of the knight.

Since then I've tweaked some of my support settings to hopefully make them easier to remove. But I'm not totally sure how well that's worked because my latest prints have been having bed adhesion problems! Solve one problem, another one crops up.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/28 14:14:19


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Those vines set off an already brilliant model! Very well done on the freehand, I bet it'd be nerve wracking painting over white like that.

The base looks great too!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/05/30 06:56:30


Post by: Ezki


Wonderful work!
I'm always a fan of that green of yours. The wrecked sentinel gives a lot of character to the whole model.

Keep up the good work!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/06/26 21:22:59


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks both.

Been rather a long break since my last update, but as usual I've been plodding along. I've finished my 3rd group of guardians, and second set of Swooping Hawks - and I've just tonight finished my Warp Hunter that I've painted for this month's challenge.

The guardians are fairly standard, painted as per my usual. The Hawks, I decided to craft a different shrine scheme. So these have ended up in a dark blue-grey, with a dark yellow for the wings and heads, sort of an early dawn/late dusk darkened sky and a bit of sunlight sort of theme. The Warp Hunter follows my usual vehicle style - that makes 4 grav tanks finished.






A few angles of the Warp Hunter:







I'm off to post it in the painting challenge thread shortly.

Now I'm working on my second squad of Howling Banshees. I'm keen to get my metal Aspect Warriors done, if only because it was enough of a pain to track them all down on ebay that I'd hate to get distracted by some other project before getting them all done - or if the incredibly unlikely happens and they actually get updated sculpts before I've finished painting the ones I already have. My Hawks are all done now, and this lot of Banshees will finish those too.

Next in the queue after the Banshees... I'm not sure. I've got a few more Seers and Autarchs that I'm gradually putting another coat on here and there, I might concentrate on getting those done. I'm also keen to keep at the Aspect Warriors, paint my Fire Prism and Crimson Hunter, and also to keep up doing my Forgeworld with the Scorpion and the Shadow Spectres. I mean, this stuff is far to expensive to wallow unpainted.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/06/26 21:43:53


Post by: youwashock


Worth waiting for. I really like that look for the Hawks, but the Warp Hunter steals the show. Very well done.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/06/27 01:21:52


Post by: Meer_Cat


Yes indeed- all of the work is well executed, but the Hunter is truly admirable- very striking!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/06/27 08:40:33


Post by: Tyranid Horde


Gorgeous work Bellerophon, that Warp Hunter is stunning and it's already got my vote when the voting goes live.

Those hawks are very nice, I have a similar scheme in progress - blue/grey armour and pale blue/grey helms. Weapons will be the usual wraithbone for me.

Guardians look incredible too!


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/06/27 20:29:43


Post by: Captain Brown


Bellerophon,

The Warp Hunter is particularly beautiful.

Cheers,

CB


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/06/28 16:25:08


Post by: Fifty


That Warp Hunter is amazing. Very deep colouring, and the vines are so well done.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/06/29 03:12:12


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Wow, really, really beautiful work! The classic models, the classic paint scheme, and just done to perfection. This is all so impressive. I just love the green and white scheme. This whole project makes me feel like I am reading a White Dwarf from the 90’s. Truly impressive work. I salute you.

-Rids


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/06/29 18:55:32


Post by: Bellerophon


Wow, thanks again everybody. I didn't quite expect such a reaction to the Warp Hunter, but I'm glad you all like it! It takes quite a long time to paint my grav tanks like that, but I love the result and plan to keep doing it. Problem is I've still got several to paint and would like to get my hands on a few more!

Complete: 2 Wave Serpents, 1 Falcon, 1 Warp Hunter. To Do: 2 Falcons, 1 Fire Prism, 1 Scorpion.
I've also got a Night Spinner turret that I was able to put together from the spare pieces from the Warp Hunter, it's only missing a cockpit canopy, so if I can sort that out I've got an alternative turret for my Fire Prism - but one of my mates has a grav tank chassis that he's not using, so he's offered me that in exchange for bits. So, I'll have a Night Spinner to do as well. Then, I feel that one Fire Prism isn't enough, and two Wave Serpents certainly isn't enough for a Swordwind this size...

 The Riddle of Steel wrote:
Wow, really, really beautiful work! The classic models, the classic paint scheme, and just done to perfection. This is all so impressive. I just love the green and white scheme. This whole project makes me feel like I am reading a White Dwarf from the 90’s. Truly impressive work. I salute you.

-Rids
Thanks, that's the sort of reaction that I love to see! Particularly the 90's White Dwarf, given that it was a 90's issue of WD that originally set me on this journey. I'm glad I've been able to evoke some of the paintjobs that made me fall in love with Biel-Tan in the first place.

In other news, I'm weak and couldn't resist ordering the Apocalypse box. I'll end up with more wraiths than I'll ever need, but they're cool so that's not a problem! I'm particularly liking the thought that I'll end up with 5 Wraithlords, which ought to look pretty cool as a group. It'll be like having a squad of them! I was also very keen to get my hands on a second plastic spiritseer. I've got several of the foot farseers on sprue that I want to do some kitbashing with, and another spiritseer gives me options. I'm thinking of bashing the spiritseer head, staff and backpiece onto one of the farseer bodies, and putting the warlock head off the skyrunner onto the spiritseer along with a witchblade or spear to make a plastic foot warlock. Should be fun to see what I can come up with.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/06/29 20:21:31


Post by: Dysartes


Really nice vine work (or wine vork) on the Warp Hunter, dude.

You're not alone in ordering the Apoc box - though alongside Wake the Dead and a SC I may have too many Wraith units?


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/06/29 20:41:58


Post by: Daemonslave


This is a great log with beautifully painted miniatures. The greens in particular are spot on - makes me want to do an Eldar army


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/07/08 22:18:04


Post by: gobert


I can’t believe I’ve not commented here before! Just finished looking through the back catalogue, and have to say I agree with The Riddle of Steel that it’s like looking through old white dwarfs! Your grav tanks look particularly sweet and a squad of wraithlords will be truly something to behold! Will you treat them all like your vehicles or switch up the white and green on some? Perhaps the leader could be white?


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/07/10 21:27:24


Post by: Ezki


Incredible work on that Warp Hunter! It really was worth waiting for.
Always loved the design of that. Maybe I should order one somewhere in the future.


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/07/10 22:28:03


Post by: Bellerophon


Thanks again for the comments folks, much appreciated, and I'm glad you like it. The army rolls on, plenty more to do.

gobert wrote:
I can’t believe I’ve not commented here before! Just finished looking through the back catalogue, and have to say I agree with The Riddle of Steel that it’s like looking through old white dwarfs! Your grav tanks look particularly sweet and a squad of wraithlords will be truly something to behold! Will you treat them all like your vehicles or switch up the white and green on some? Perhaps the leader could be white?


Cheers! I've done two wraithlords already (photo of the two of them together on the previous page), one white body/green head, and one the other way around. I enjoy mixing them up, and I think it's one of the advantages to painting Biel-Tan when compared to other craftworlds. I think that's particularly the case for wraiths, because the studio have painted them both ways round over the years. I know back in the day when I first got into Biel-Tan, they tended to paint the wraithguard green with white heads, and the wraithlords white with green heads, but I've seen the inversions plenty too. I think I may lean towards green, if only because on something like a wraithlord/guard I think I can paint the green a bit faster than the white. There's a lot of highlights on the green, but layering up the white, doing my dark grey panel outline and then tidying it up with more white takes ages on something with so many panels and bumps.

Despite it feeling natural to invert the scheme on wraith units, I haven't really done it at all on guardians/vehicles. I've been tempted for a white to maybe do a Falcon totally white, but with green vine patterns or something, then come up with some fluff as to why it's different. I think that might look quite striking as part of a squadron of grav tanks in the standard green.

Back on the topic of the wraithlords, as and when I get around to them (it may be a while!) I may try some more dynamic/interesting poses, possibly with fixed loadouts. The two I've got are fairly standard poses and fully magnetised, so that covers my bases for wanting a wraithlord with X loadout when writing a list. I can get a bit more creative with the other three.

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Since I'm posting, do I have an update? Nothing finished at this point. There will be a minor delay in getting more Eldar done as I work on a High Elf Phoenix for this month's painting challenge, but I'm steadily progressing the eldar alongside. I've got a squad of Howling Banshees that are getting towards the final stages but still have a fair amount of highlighting to go. Also, after caving and buying the apocalypse box and realising that it left me with just 10 finished wraithguard but 25 untouched on sprue, I've built up 5 Wraithblades with axes, and got as far as putting some basecoats down. I've got another 3 windriders, a Fire Prism and a mess of characters on my painting bench too, which will probably be among the next units to be finished.

And I'm going to promise again that I'll sort out an up to date army shot. Eventually!

EDIT: The pictures I posted of the Warp Hunter, I later realised that I'd forgotten the underslung shuriken cannon. It's magnetised, and I'd just forgotten to pop it on. And now those photos look weird that it isn't there! Here's how it looks with the cannon attached:









Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/07/10 23:25:14


Post by: Theophony


Wow Beautiful work on the warp hunter


Power Metal – Bellerophon’s Biel-Tan Blog - Guardians, Hawks and Warp Hunter - 26th June 2019 @ 2019/07/11 19:13:16


Post by: Captain Brown


Bellerophon,

Nice to see the model 'complete'.

Cheers,

CB