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Can’t wait to see the classic BAs, maybe it’ll be the inspiration I need to do more work on mine! Or some of the hundred other things I’d like to do!

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 gobert wrote:
Can’t wait to see the classic BAs, maybe it’ll be the inspiration I need to do more work on mine! Or some of the hundred other things I’d like to do!


That's kind of my idea with doing all these combat patrols, if I don't feel like painting space marines, I've got something else to do, and vice versa.

For the Blood Angels I'm following Duncan's 2nd ed Blood Angels painting guide on YouTube and boy are they going to be bright!

I'm on paint 2 out of the 19 paints he uses (and I'm missing about 5), so we'll so how long it takes me to get through them.
I'm trying to be disciplined and saving the character till last, as I am pretty sure if I even open the package I'll end up doing him first, then getting bored with red and the tactical squad won't get finished.

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Good grief sir, you’re threatening us with a lot of models!

I like the idea very much - there would be lots of variety to prevent you getting bored at least!

Lovely looking shots of previous work, man.

   
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That is one bright red! Really hits you in the nostalgias! Still on the 25mm bases too

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Ragsta wrote:Good grief sir, you’re threatening us with a lot of models!

I like the idea very much - there would be lots of variety to prevent you getting bored at least!

Lovely looking shots of previous work, man.


I have no idea how many models this is going to end up, but a lot certainly sounds right
The Combat Patrols vary so much, I've got one with 7 models (Grey Knights, all Terminators) and the guard one is 40 (9 of which are heavy weapon teams....)
I've crunched some numbers on 16 I've got and it looks like the average is around 20 models. Anything in power armour drags it down (Dark Angels, Death Guard , Deathwatch, Blood Angels and CSM are 12-16) but Guard are at 40, Craftworlds at 33 and Ad mech at 28 (including an Onager...) are the current highest. Whilst most of the power armour is accounted for, Imperial and Chaos Knights ought to bring the average down too, so if 20 is the average, then that's only... 640 models.

Okay, yes, I'm threatening people with a lot of models...

gobert wrote:That is one bright red! Really hits you in the nostalgias! Still on the 25mm bases too


If you think they're bright now, wait for the two (yes two!) layers of edge highlighting!
They are going to be staying on (bright green) 25mm bases. I'll get spare bases or adapters to blu-tac them into for when they need to be on 32mm bases.

Now onto progress!

The guide I'm following has the all the red getting a recess wash and then two edge highlights, before blocking out and highlighting the other colours.

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm far too clumsy to work in that manner (yay for dyslexia/dyspraxia). So I've decided to rearrange the order and do the recess wash, tidy up the red a bit, and then block out my other base colours. After that I'll neaten anything that I mess up, and then highlight. This way I hopefully don't mess up too much and end up obliterating finished areas with big black blobs when I miss the boltgun casing or something.
So these aren't any brighter, but progress is being made:


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Looking good! I tend to get all the base colours done before going in with a wash, as you say, fixing mistakes is easier that way. Brave going for the yellow chest eagles, they were always a PITA. The Devs look cool with their blue helmets

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 gobert wrote:
Looking good! I tend to get all the base colours done before going in with a wash, as you say, fixing mistakes is easier that way. Brave going for the yellow chest eagles, they were always a PITA. The Devs look cool with their blue helmets


I'm hoping the yellow chest eagles won't be too bad, as yellow paint has improved massively over the years. Averland Sunset seems to cover over the red no problem, but still needs two or three coats to cover over black.

I've managed to finish blocking in the main colours, and attached the devastator weapons, which necessitated removing the backpacks, as the arms don't fit amazingly well. I'm pretty sure the arms are going to come off and I'll need to pin them back on, but that's future-me's problem.





Even without any highlighting I think they look pretty good, so I'm really happy with how they're going.

Don't panic about the sandy bases, they will be getting a coat of warboss green paint when they've dried. I've run out of basing sand and can't be bothered with the hassle of it, so I got some texture paint when I was in my local GW on the weekend. I do think that GW are missing a trick for not doing a goblin green texture paint, and a yellow/green dry paint for drybushing it. You would still need a green for the base rims I suppose, but it would make it really easy to do some old bases, without resorting to PVA glue and sand.

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Nice! I ended up having to trim the HB guys backpack on my old hammer BAs, and yes, future gobert had to pin the arm! If you’re after the full 2nd Ed vibe I think one of the battle brothers needs black shoulder pads with red rims to act as the combat squad leader. Looking fabulous either way!

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 gobert wrote:
Nice! I ended up having to trim the HB guys backpack on my old hammer BAs, and yes, future gobert had to pin the arm! If you’re after the full 2nd Ed vibe I think one of the battle brothers needs black shoulder pads with red rims to act as the combat squad leader. Looking fabulous either way!

I realised I had missed the squad leader after I had painted the shoulder-pads However I also realised that for true 2nd ed all devastator squads have to be 10 man, so I've just raided my bits box and managed to cobble together another 5 of the plastic bolter guys (from the remnants of about 8...) so I think one of the current guys is going to get a blue helmet, and then two of the new guys will be squad leaders, one for the tactical squad, and one for the devastators.

I've got a bit of a dilemma for them though. Looking at the codex the squad leaders sometimes had back banners in the same way the sergeants did. I don't have the 2nd ed backpacks with banners poles for them, like the ones on the sergeants, but I've got some of the slightly newer one piece plastic banner poles with banners that should be close. Do I add the newer banners, or leave the squad leaders banner-less for the moment and try to get some of the correct backpacks at a later date?

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Ha! Yeah, they were all 10 man squads back in the day. Since I was the one that pointed out the historical inaccuracy I checked my bits box and have a couple of old school banner poles minis backpacks. PM me your address and I’ll bring them in the post if you like

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 gobert wrote:
Ha! Yeah, they were all 10 man squads back in the day. Since I was the one that pointed out the historical inaccuracy I checked my bits box and have a couple of old school banner poles minis backpacks. PM me your address and I’ll bring them in the post if you like


Thanks very much for the offer, it'll save me hunting ebay and the likes and no doubt buying far more than I need.

I've got the bases done, and some of the highlights, they're starting to look like a proper 2nd ed army:





I've not done the red highlights yet, as there's so much of it I'm a little bit intimidated, and I'm struggling to get the black looking good, but I'm sure as I work through them it'll get better. I also thought that I might as well repaint the shoulderpads of one of them to be the squad leader, rather than doing his helmet, as then I just have to paint 5 (mostly) identical bolter guys.

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So I sat down to do some painting tonight, and really didn't feel like highlighting the blood angels. I'm sure we've all had that feeling where it just felt like it was going to be a chore, rather than a fun hobby. So I almost packed my stuff away and played a computer game. Almost. Then I remembered I had other combat patrols that weren't blood angels I could work on, so I painted my space wolves combat patrol bases:



And whilst they were drying from the nuln oil, I decided to go about making the bases for another kill team:



They're a combination of aquarium bark (for pet lizards), little stones from the garden, and ready mix wall filler. I used the filler to give a bit more texture to the surface as these are going to be green like the blood angels bases, and the 40mm bases look a bit boring when they're just flat.
It's quite a difference in numbers, 21 in the Space Wolves (only 16 marines) but only 7 in the other.
To be fair that's because the 7 guys are all psykers in terminator armour:



I'm getting some base colours down on them. One of the grey knights is going to be getting one of the two fancy bases with a tactical rock to stand on to be a Brother-Captain, and the other fancy base will be the Inquisitor.

I bought the Inquisitor recently and the paint job is quite nice (and pretty 90s), but I didn't paint it. My initial plan was to strip it and redo it, but I'm not sure, as I don't know what colour-scheme to redo it in. Maybe red to match the cover of the original Inquisitor book by Ian Watson (and White Dwarf 129), as either the model was based on the art, or the other way around, or do I just leave it as it is?

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That squad of Grey Knights is a beautiful thing to see. Impressive work on the Blood Angels, as well.
   
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That squad of Grey Knights is a beautiful thing to see. Impressive work on the Blood Angels, as well.


I'm glad I managed to patch together the squad, I had to replace the haft on one of the spears, and acquire a few more arms, but I hope it will be worth it in the end.

I've managed to avoid the Blood Angels a bit longer, and instead worked on the Space Wolves. They're not going to win any painting competitions, and I need to go through and neaten them up, but I'm calling them table top ready, so that's 10/32 Combat patrols ready for gaming.

We've got Captain Muttonchops:


A pair of Intercessor squads:


A hellblaster squad:


And where would a Space Wolves army be without some Wolves:


And an army shot:


I really need to work out a better way of taking army photos, as they won't fit in my little lightbox. I might get back to the Blood Angels next, or the Grey Knights, or something else that grabs my attention

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So I made some progress over the weekend, although not on the blood angels

Instead I got my Grey Knights Combat Patrol painted!

An Ordo Malleus Inquisitor in Terminator armour, with a psycannon and force stave, A Brother Captain (with sword on big rock), and a 5 man Brotherhood Terminator Squad.
Unfortunately I don't have the little shields that would go on their shoulders, however I might raid my bitzbox and see what I can find. I've got some plasticard sat around, so I could always cut some out.
Also the Inquisitor isn't glued to it's base, as I'm still in two minds as to if I strip him and repaint, or leave him as he is. Maybe I'll redo him after I've finished the other combat patrols.

I don't know how to differentiate the Brother-Captain from the squad members (if I need to?) in a way that would be in keeping with the Rogue Trader/2nd ed aesthetic, maybe a back banner? Anyone got any other ideas?

So that's me up to 11/32 so far. I've done some more work on the Necrons, so they may be next, or I'll suck it up and actually highlight the Blood Angels.

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So apparently having edge highlighting to do on Blood Angels makes me really productive... but not on the Blood Angels. I did get the 5 extra guys base coated, but I also got the Necrons from Indomitus done:
Necron Combat Patrol 1

And Necron Combat Patrol 2: Electric Boogaloo

I apologise for the poor photos, neither group really want to fit in my lightbox. I tried out the new(ish) Tesseract Glow, and I'm not sure about the finish, I might go back and tidy it up with some moot green and white.

Anyway, I'm getting through my backlog, up to 13/32 now!

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You're tearing through these guys. The GK squad looks super good and quite old school.
   
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So I've not really got too much done this week, but I did rummage through my boxes of stuff. My parents have just moved house so I rescued the remains of some old models and tried to see what was salvageable.
Out of what must have once been about 30 Khorne bezerkers I've salvaged 20 complete ones, and with a Chaos lord filling is as a Dark Apostle, that's enough to fill a combat patrol
I've given them a brown drybrush as a base for the red/brass/bone coloured parts, but it does make them look quite a lot like chocolate...


I've also got a selection of tyranids which are just about salvageable, I'm going to have to break out the greenstuff to sort some joints with the replacement weapons.


And then I've got myself a new project:

This is going to be probably my most ambitious conversion, and will involve a lot of greenstuff as I'm going to replace the hands and feet with paws. I'm aiming for a hairless look similar to a Sphynx cat, so he's probably going to be done in a more normal skin tone, rather than green. Wish me luck!

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I can see why you called the Necrons Electric Boogaloo! They look shockingly good!

Nice find on the Khorne Lads, I quite like them in brown

I finally remembered to post the banner poles the other day, hopefully they make them to you safe and sound!

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 gobert wrote:
I can see why you called the Necrons Electric Boogaloo! They look shockingly good!

Nice find on the Khorne Lads, I quite like them in brown

I finally remembered to post the banner poles the other day, hopefully they make them to you safe and sound!

Thanks Gobert, the banner poles did make it safe and sound!



I've managed to carefully pin them on the two Blood Angels Squad Leaders. I've got some of the old sticker banners in the post for the Sergeants, and I'll trace and paint the inverse colours for the squad leaders.

I managed to salvage most of the Tyranids for the combat patrol, although I had to convert a spare right arm for the zoanthrope to a left arm as it was missing.

The Carnifexes need a bit more work, and I've been distracted by this:

My first thoughts on how to make him cat like was to remove the horns and add ears, which was easy enough. Then I thought his face wasn't cat-like enough. and after that I realised that he had human feet, not paws, so I've attempted to remedy that.

Does it look cat-like enough for everyone, or does anyone have ideas to improve it?

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I’m glad the banner poles made it safe and sound. Their new owners look very proud of the Bolters and poles! They’ll look even better with their OG sticker banners

Zoanthropes hand swap seems to have been successful to me, you’ll hardly notice with a lick of paint.

Loving the Cheshire Cat, he certainly has a feline look about him, especially the head. A tail would probably help sell the image, perhaps pointing up and backwards at the tip?

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That Cheshire conversion is brilliant. Definitely comes across as feline. I bet if he could talk he would sound just like Fat Cat from Rescue Rangers.
   
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gobert wrote:I’m glad the banner poles made it safe and sound. Their new owners look very proud of the Bolters and poles! They’ll look even better with their OG sticker banners

Zoanthropes hand swap seems to have been successful to me, you’ll hardly notice with a lick of paint.

Loving the Cheshire Cat, he certainly has a feline look about him, especially the head. A tail would probably help sell the image, perhaps pointing up and backwards at the tip?

I'm happy with the hand swap, it was just a quick cut at the wrist to flip it over and then moving the thumb to the other side, you need to look closely to see what's been done, so should be fine. The Cheshire Cat has a tail, you can just see the tip of it poking round the side on the left of the photo.

youwashock wrote:That Cheshire conversion is brilliant. Definitely comes across as feline. I bet if he could talk he would sound just like Fat Cat from Rescue Rangers.

I think Fat Cat is a quite fitting voice for it, although now that I realise that was Jim Cummings, I can't get Winnie the Pooh out of my head "Oh bother."

I've decided to go with a more... normal... colour scheme for the Cheshire Cat, and it's a bit...well... disturbing...



I've also been bouncing between my other projects, so I got some red and gold on the Bezerkers. I need to do the silver on the bodies, and their weapons, but I'm going with a quick and easy paintjob on these guys, as I may have another World Eaters Combat Patrol in the works that's a bit more fun:

I've also decided to go for Hive Fleet Behemoth for the Tyranids (as I had some Mephiston red spray):


And on the theme of red things, I finally opened the Blood Angels Captain:

The model came with a modern backpack and bolter, so I dug an old bolter out of my bits box to match the artwork and I bought another backpack with banner, as if the squad sergeants and leaders were going to have them the captain will too. I'm still working up the nerve to do the black flames on his greaves to match the artwork. After that it's banners and shoulder/knee markings for the squads and I think it's pretty much the Blood Angels done.

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The LE Captain looks like he jumped off the 2nd Ed. box cover. Good call on getting the era-appropriate accessories. Fat Cat is looking awesome!
   
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The LE Captain looks like he jumped off the 2nd Ed. box cover. Good call on getting the era-appropriate accessories. Fat Cat is looking awesome!

Thanks for the compliments, I've tried to push myself for the Captain, and I'm really pleased with how he came out.

I've had some time to hobby today, and I think the banners I ordered may have been lost in the post, and as I was going to have to make my own squad leader banners, I decided to make some paper banners for everyone instead:

I've gone with 4th squad and 9th squad, and decided on 3rd company, some point after the third war for Armageddon (post Captain Tycho, although I might add him at some point...).
I'm just finishing off the chapter symbols on the shoulder pads, but still need the company markings and kneepads sorted before I call these guys done.

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Aww, love those Blood Angels, especially the Captain. I have my own Games Day '95 Captain waiting for paint sometime soon.

But of all of it, I really, really, really like those Grey Knights! I have a huge soft spot for those models.

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Aww, love those Blood Angels, especially the Captain. I have my own Games Day '95 Captain waiting for paint sometime soon.

But of all of it, I really, really, really like those Grey Knights! I have a huge soft spot for those models.

As you mentioned them, here's a shot with the tilting shields I decided to add to the Sergeant and Brother Champion:


And because I obviously don't have enough projects on the go, I dug this guy out of my paint stripping pile to give him some paint:

I forgot how heavy these guys are...

But to be fair I managed to get him pretty much done yesterday, complete with second edition waterslide transfers:





So at least he's out of the way and I can try and get back to the combat patrols.

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Man, you are pulling out all the old-school stops. Love the old Dread. I expect to see the old ninja assassin any minute.
   
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Man, you are pulling out all the old-school stops. Love the old Dread. I expect to see the old ninja assassin any minute.


Unfortunately I don't have one of the ninja assassins

But I did have this guy who was released towards the end of 2nd edition, and has been sat on my shelf of shame for the last couple of weeks as he doesn't fit into any Combat Patrol:


I spent a couple of hours getting him done this evening, I went with the reds to try and tie him into the Blood Angles and Grey Knights. He is on a new 32mm base, as he fits better, and it will save me using an adapter if I want to use him in a real game.

Fat Cat also got a bit of an update, I feel he's looking even more disgusting than a normal GUO dur to his non-diseased skin tone:



I must say I'm quite enjoying bouncing between different paintjobs, Still got:
  • The silver, weapons and bases on the World Eaters

  • Lots to do on the Tyranids

  • A raider for the Drukhari (although I want to play with the list to replace it)

  • The squad markings on the Blood Angels.

  • Fat Cat needs finishing

  • Plus whatever I get distracted by in the process

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    Never sad to see an assassin painted.

    Fat Cat's skin is giving naked mole rat vibes. Works great.
       
     
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