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Ichor-Dripping Talos Monstrosity






I know what you mean...
I'm going to be buying a Vampire Counts Coven Throne / Mortis Engine to convert into a raider / the Dais...

   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

Mmhmm, a Mortis Dais... That would be awesome Ovion.

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Fixture of Dakka







Nice find, that would certainly be a fun project.

I feel your pain on the painting front, i find it to be a chore most of the time. I'm going to invest in some nice new brushes to try and increase the level of enjoyment.

Speaking of GS. Have you has time to play with any recently?

   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

I haven't done any more sculpting recently other than minimal work on the Wracks for a few seamless conversions and resin repairs.

Due to the 3 tournaments over the next 3 three months I've been mostly testing and tweaking the list, as well as trying out new combos.

One such combo was 2 squads of 5 Wracks with a Haemon, supported by a 4-man Grotesque squad and a Haemo, all in Raiders. Small, and maneuverable squads which come with a fancy 6 Liquifiers in total. Tried it against a 2500 Hybrid IG army and the results were quite frankly amazing. Grotesques in cover are just insane to whittle down while also being very deadly to parking lots thanks to multi-charges.

The results were so astounding that I then proceeded to spreadsheet the heck out of various Wrack setups and found them to be, on the initial assault at least, head and shoulders above Wyches. They get particularly nasty when both the Haemo and the Acothyst are sporting Venom Blades. I don't have the time to post all the numbers this time around but the nitty gritty details are that agaisnt t4 MEQs Wracks are 155% more effective than Wyches thanks to Furious Charge and their poisoned weapons. Like I said, something to think about.

The next phase of testing will be to determine whether that 6 man squad should be in a Disentegrator Riader or a Lance Raider as well as testing the gains of using 5 man squads in Venoms rather than the 6-man raider squads. The idea here is that a Venom's Splinter Cannons will typically kill 1-2 marines per turn, much like a Disentegrator. So while a disentegrator might seem about the same against Marines, when facing horde armies with t-shirt saves, the splinter cannon invariably comes out on top if the target is no longer in cover. This is something to keep in mind when trying to build a truly all-comers list.

Tonight I'll be firing up the airbrush to make more progress on the Wracks and Venom #4. I just don't have the patience to paint with bristles especially when you consider how much smoother the coats are with an airbrush... Pictures soon.

Stay tuned

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Fixture of Dakka







Looking forward to pictures!

That army lists sounds like a load of fun and i bet it looks great on the table. Keep us informed.

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Great Modeling, i have been thinking about a Dark Eldar army becausse of their awesome speed.

ThePhenomenalZ

Warhammer 40,000:
1250 Orks
1500 IG

Fantasy:
1000 pt Ogre
 
   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

The speed of Dark Eldar is nothing compared to the torrent of wounds they can cause in a single. Very few lists can match them in that respect, though most surpass them in durability. Moral of the story: hit whoever you can as hard as you can before they slap you back and break your glass jaw. Wracks and Grotesques are unique in our Codex in that they can actually give and take almost in equal amounts.

After the frustration of trying to paint with bristles over the past 2 days, my goal this evening was to expunge that memory and fire up the ol' airbrush in order to make some actual progress on the various projects.

To give you an idea, it took me 5 hours to give 6 models 2 extra colours on top of the base coat and thus looking like this.



The colours were all blotchy, probably from thinning them down too much to be painting over a coat of gloss black so this is definitely not my proudest work.

Mixed and thinned a pot of Tamiya Desert Yellow and got to work. Within 90 minutes I'd managed to base coat 2 vehicles, smooth out the yellow on the 6 original models, apply the yellow on another 5 Wracks as well as base coat a squad of 5 Trueborn, thereby confirming my love for airbrushing.

Here then is the new State of the Table:



Please ignore the blue-tac'ed Tyrannofex kit conversion in the top-right corner of the image, that's a story for another post

Stay tuned

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Fixture of Dakka







Can't ignore Tyrannofex! <claps excitedly and jumps on the spot like a little girl> Eeeee!


Anyway...
An airbrush is an investment i'd definitely like to make in the future. Not until i've mastered the bristles though.

You've made great progress, looking forward to seeing your next update.

   
Made in ca
Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

@Casey: I'm just dreading bristle painting these days. After the last experiment where it took me so long to just apply base colours I'm thinking I really need some paint lessons. Heck, when it's easier for me to paint super fine details with an airbrush than with a 00 brush you know I'm doing something wrong.

Progress on the Dark Eldar has slowed to a crawl in the last few weeks due to Finecast models needing major reconstructive surgery, but there's still progress. Both of these Wracks have needed about 3 hours of cleanup each. There still needs to be some GS added in some areas such as their feet, their helmets as well scultpting a whole back spine from scratch for one of them.

Due to miscasts, both weapons had to be replaced as they were just too thin and whispy to even be repaired.Thankfully the Wyche sprues have plenty of bitz to go around offering a wealth of possibilities.

First up is the ball and chain Wrack. I love how it appears like he's casually swinging the weapon as he walks forward.



Next up is one of the Liquifier Wracks. This one needs to have his whole right foot resculpted, a large air bubble filled up underneath the front corner of the helmet as well as a few bubbles taken care of on the Liquifier itself. The helmet slits need to be resculpted too as they mostly filled in by resin due to failed casting. Overall he's coming along.



In order to fit the army's theme that males are the meat shields whereas females are the elite or the leaders, all HQ choices that aren't already women (except for Haemonculii) will be converted. Here then is Duchess Sliscus, still very much in progress. The head will be swapped out with a Succubus' once I get the model. When I saw this Vampire Counts model I just knew I'd have to make her fit in the list somehow as the armour and the dress were perfect for a Dutchess in battle regalia.



And then finally we have 2 new objective markers. When I saw these gnarly old trees for Warmachine Hordes I knew they'd be perfect. All they need is a few more Dark Eldar bitz and they'll fit right in.



That's it for now.

Stay tuned.





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Fixture of Dakka







Oh man, i'm dreading ruining my models while painting them, gona knock out a test 'Nid soon 'cause my new paint's arrived. You are probably just out of practice once you've put some time in i'm sure you'll be back on form.

I really like the feel of those models, you have captured a sinister quality in them which gives them real character.

   
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Death-Dealing Devastator






The colors you used are absolutely stunning. And the theme is fun. Glad I happened upon this thread =)

 
   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

@Dorn: Thanks and welcome to the show. If you like conversions don't hesitate to check my Nid posts too

@Casey: Thanks for the vote of confidence. In all honesty it's hard to out of practice if you've never been in practice.

Ever since I bought the airbrush I've started enjoying painting for the first ever. if it weren't for that beautiful creation I would have contracted out my painting eons ago! Can't explain why but applying pigments with hair just does not compute, no matter what I try, but I'll keep trying until I figure it out. Barring that I'll fly to Belgium for a weekend and treat myself to a proper painting jam so I can knock my painter's block out, Mike Tyson Style, well you know, back when he wasn't all crazy and a great boxer.

In the meantime I'm hoping to grab a finer nozzle and needle for the airbrush so I can paint even finer details without having to revert to bristles. Just so I don't swear off the mammal follicle paint applicators entirely, I've also bought a new red sable brush, just in case it really was the brush and not the painter...

A word of warning, it appears my Tau might be coming out of the mothballs, seeing as Dark Eldar can only ally with 2 other armies and Nids can't pair up at all.

<Start short rant>
Here's why I despise rigid fluff, it leads to some wonky tournament limitations and prevents interesting pairings. Just think how nuts it could be to ally a Green Tide to a Zerg Swarm. Or shooty Nids covering the advance of a foot based flood of Chaos Berzerkers. Aah, the mind swims with possibilities but only in a world where fluff is dead or at the very least, doesn't prevent players from playing their game with their toys without obtuse restrictions. Who's to say the Imperium didn't find a way to synthesize Lictor pheromones in order to point a Nid swarm at a given foe? We'll never know, because according to the official GW allies list, some pairings just can not happen. Bullocks!
<End rant>

So I might just have to use my Tau...
.
More on that story as it unfolds


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Fully-charged Electropriest





Boston!

They're really not letting you pair with whatever army you want? I'd just tell the fluff to climb a tree and do what I wanted to

I've been toying with the idea of purchasing an airbrush, but I don't really feel the need to. Of course, with every little airbrush promotion I hear around here, I get a little closer to caving...
   
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Fixture of Dakka







Some things simply don't work for us i guess, it can't be helped. I seem unable to play sports with require me to hit something with something else. Be it a bat, a club or a racquet, i'm useless. Maybe brush painting just isn't your thing.

Hopefully the new brush and nozzle iron things out for you somewhat.

Tau! Thats rather exciting my Tau are mid conversion, and in need of some TLC. Keep us updated!

   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

I hear ya about the sports. The only sport where I ever managed to be able to hit something with something in my hand was fencing. But who knows, maybe it's because I was working retail back in those years. Being allowed to stab people is a great motivator for improved performance. So who knows, maybe my "thing" are tools that provide direct feedback. I'll keep you posted as to how the tweaked airbrush turns out.

@Prime: If the TO's had posted the allies limitations as soon as they announced the tourney my friend and I probably wouldn't have signed. As it stands the usual GW shenanigans are happening. Imperial armies can ally with pretty much everything, including some Xenos, whereas some Xenos armies can't ally at all, except with themselves... To make matters even more interesting, points totals are down to 1000 per ally and they share a Force Chart, which means you have to build your armies together in a way that you don't have more than 3 of any unit type, except for troops of course. It will be interesting to say the least.

Regarding airbrushing, your painting seems to be doing fine without one indeed. While definitely not a necessity, an airbrush is a great tool to help with painting large areas or smooth coats. Hard to live without one once you have one.

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Dark_Gear's Webway Portal | A new Kabal rises.
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Death-Dealing Devastator






What type of airbrush do you have, because like you, I despise painting with a brush. I might actually do it with an airbrush.

 
   
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Fully-charged Electropriest





Boston!

Fencing you say? I've found myself to be inept at every sport I tried to pick up. Anything with a ball involved and I'm useless. But then (at the risk of sounding like an infomercial) I tried fencing, and haven't looked back. It is quite therapeutic to get to stab your friends, and even better to go after the people whom you do not like But on topic....

It really is a shame that they're boxing out certain armies, and there isn't much more to say about it, really. It's just a dumb call. What are you thinking about doing with the Tau?
   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

@Prime: Agreed on the therapeutic aspects of fencing. Although I haven't picked up an epee in 8 years, I remember those years as being the most relaxed ones I'd ever had. :Sigh:

Spent a couple hours on the Wracks last night and I'm thinking I don't need the finer nozzle on the airbrush. When the paint mix and air pressure is just right I find I can paint the helmets or the knee pads just fine.

Speaking of which airbrush, Dorn, I splurged a few years backs and bought an Iwata Eclipse HP-CH. As long as you a dual-action gravity fed airbrush with a decent compressor hooked up to a water trap, you're good to go, keeping in mind that you get what you pay for. If you have any direct questions, just PM me and I'll be able to give you more precise advice.

Just like the vehicles, the Wracks received a Red Hull base coat where the brass will be applied. Both squads and the 2 new transports now have 3 colours and are ready for a tidying up of the colour blocking before I start painting brass and, hopefully soon, washes.








Received a new box of Wracks in the mail today, while it's the best looking batch yet, there's still bubbles and broken bitz...



...and the small issue of "extra flash"



Stay tuned

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Dark_Gear's Webway Portal | A new Kabal rises.
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Fixture of Dakka







Oh my... Is all that grey. Is it. Flash? Oh no. <inserthorrifiedexpression>

Love the vibrancy of those colours even at this stage.

   
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Fully-charged Electropriest





Boston!

Next time you're down around San Francisco, PM me and you can come to the club

The wracks are coming along nicely. The yellow seems a bit too bright compared to the bronze and the flesh, but that'll tone out with some shading and washes.

Finecast is either really, really nice, or awful. A mate of mine picked up a commisar, and it was perfect. Flawless. My box of wracks resulted in two that were up to snuff, and three that I should have just put out of their misery. Still, several hours of filing, filling and greenstuffing cleans them up well enough. Looks like this batch should be alright, though. The broken pieces are to be expected and tend to be easy to fix (of course, I've jinxed it now...) and the flash isn't too bad. I'm not as full of vitriol as others are, but I think "OKcast" would be a better name.

Stay tuned

You know it
   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

@Prime: Same goes for you if you come up to Vancouver.

The yellow will be toned down a bit once I add the highlight colour and some washes. Ever since the shoe mount flash died for my DSLR I've been taking all of my work in progress pics with an iphone and processing them with instagram so I can post to both my blog and dakka in one fell swoop. The grungy filters really work well for photographing wracks but really works a lot faster than importing all the raw files from the camera into my computer, processing and exporting jpgs for the Dakka gallery. From now on I'll only break out the DSLR for finished models.

This latest box Wracks is definitely the best one thus far but there's still some bubble issues happening. At least the special weapons sprue is usable this time around... What really puzzling is that after a year it still appears as though GW is not using a vibration table when they're pouring in the resin. Bubbles are consistently in the same locations and I've yet to see a perfect model, though they do seem to be getting better. At least the customer support is there and there's never any hesitation to send out replacements.

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Dark_Gear's Webway Portal | A new Kabal rises.
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

Just a quick update. Thanks to not having any games this weekend I was able to catch up on a "small" back burner squad—Grotesques.

First up is the I most wanted to do yet am the least pleased with. The arm just isn't doing it for me just yet. Comments?



Next up is another take on the sickle claw weapon. Better but still feels very static.



Some calculated cutting lead to a properly choppy Scissorhand Grot.



And last but by no means least, the Liquifier Grot. The wires need to adjusted ever so slightly so they flow a bit better but this one's my favourite thus far. While he's got a static pose it expresses his purpose quite nicely.



Comments and critique welcome as always.

Stay tuned.

Dark_Gear's Spawning Vats | Follow the evolution of multiple new strains.
Dark_Gear's Webway Portal | A new Kabal rises.
Dark Machinations | Dark Gear's Tumblr. 
   
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Fully-charged Electropriest





Boston!

I agree, the first two are quite static, however, I think they'll look fine as such. The first's arm seems off to me, too. The right is too big/long and I feel that the left is throwing off the pose. Maybe replace it with a bouquet of the little talos arms?
The second one is good, but perhaps shorten the wrist on the right arm so that the hand doesn't look so huge. The scissorhand is solid, and the liquifier is spot on, so nothing to add to those

Anyways, great job as usual.
   
Made in ca
Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

You're quite right about the arm on the first one. it seemed out of proportion with every thing. The Talos Tentacle Bouquet would have been awesome if I had any more to splice in so I'll put the idea in the memory banks for now.

Instead, I whipped out the bone saw and got splicing with the main goal of changing the model's profile so it would look nothing like the other four and possibly a bit more "character" and "presence" to the big lug.

After 3 hours on the table and much dipping in the bitz bin, well, I'll just let the pictures do the talking...









I do believe we have a new contender for the Scissorhand model, and what with all the trophy chains, this one also looks more like a squad leader than the blade-fisted Grot.

C&C welcome as always.

Stay tuned.

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Dark_Gear's Webway Portal | A new Kabal rises.
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Fully-charged Electropriest





Boston!

Wow! The change is quite dramatic from what it was before. The only thing I can offer is that I'd put the hooks that are currently dangling in front of him behind him with the other hooks so that it recalls (more so) a cat o' nine tails. The modifications with the left arm really improve the whole look. He reminds me of those angler crabs with the one big claw and the little one

I still like blade-hands for the scissorhands, though. The bladehands look more like scissorhands to me, but I agree with you, the new guy certainly looks more like a leader.
   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

Thanks Prime. Glad you like the revised claw, I'm thinking it's going to become a requirement from now on that all such claws get the same treatment as it just looks so much vicious than the normal build. It actually looks stronger than a power fist though more precise, as though Grotesques go out and clip the limbs off bugs (read Nids) in their spare time for fun.

With a bit of reflection, looking at the newest bruiser I think what makes him look more like a leader is that it's stance, compared to the other 3, is more grounded and centered, as though calmily surveying the field for the next victim. In one word: menace. In french, it literally means threat. So basically this new model looks like a leader because, unlike his squad mates, he doesn't need to posture, jeer or gesticulate to be threatening, by being calm amidst the chaos of the fray he's telegraphing his knowledge of the battle and that, as much as possible for a Space Flesh Golem, he's at peace with the carnage to come. Very much like Hannibal Lector's pulse never rose when he slew a guard in the Silence of the Lambs, I could easily imagine that a Grotesque would be, by it's very nature as a battle-bred conconction of hormones and flesh, would probably go about the business of war without batting an eye.

That's what happens after 6 years in Art School, you can analyse the underlying message of a miniature's body language without blinking... The odd thing I only learned how to analyse during that time, learning how to sculpt came afterwards.

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Dark_Gear's Webway Portal | A new Kabal rises.
Dark Machinations | Dark Gear's Tumblr. 
   
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Boosting Black Templar Biker





Alberta Canada

Damn I love those Grotesques. What model is that body from? Rat Ogre? I'm using WHFB Ogres for mine and I wish I was using what you have here instead. Very cool!

 
   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

Thanks Worldwarme. I'm using WHFB Rat Ogres from the big battle box. You can buy them for about $10 for the pair on Ebay, including the Skaven trainer.

Looking at the Ogres I can see the same conversion potential, especially with their armour and all the bitz that the boxes come with.

What really makes the difference with these conversions is the use of Talos bitz. They're a perfect match for the Rat Ogres' size and they help cut down on the amount of sculpting. Another key component is a jeweler's saw and needle files. If you cut the pieces "just right", file them ever so slightly and do a lot of dry fitting, you can pretty much combine all sorts of bitz and have need almost no GS to patch up gaps. Think of it as building your own lego as you go.

Dark_Gear's Spawning Vats | Follow the evolution of multiple new strains.
Dark_Gear's Webway Portal | A new Kabal rises.
Dark Machinations | Dark Gear's Tumblr. 
   
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Boosting Black Templar Biker





Alberta Canada

OK , thanks for the Rat Ogryn Tip. I'll look into that next time. Oh, and Yeah, The Talos bits ARE a Must. Already on it. Another fella on here showed me his Ogre/Grotesque conversions, using Talos and Chronos parts and I followed his example.

Again, Great stuff! Thanks!

 
   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

If you need another source of inspiration, go check out the great chaps at:

http://www.tentakelgames.com/

Not only to they make killer conversions but, unlike me, they actually paint.

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