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Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

 GrimDork wrote:
Nice numbers Nev! Dag that's a lot of dedication to the same army, inspiring even if I'll never follow suit.


I should get them all out on the table for a photoshoot. Shelf pics are nice, but don’t capture things quite as well. Of course, I’d need to clear off my table to do that, which means finishing projects.

Speaking of. Paint!

Portal needs another coat, hill needs flock, and the cliff needs to be started. But progress.

Finished up the first 4 tacs. Base blue is down on the next 3. Will put another layer down on them after I go for my afternoon walk.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

The marines look great Nev, as does the WIP of your Eldar gate!

   
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Liverpool, England

Looking sharp, centre right is my favourite of the 4, can't wait to see the rest.
   
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Upstate, New York

This weekend is going to be crazy, so I’m going to do my weekly update now.

First, some paint:


The next 3 bolter boys from the first BaC squad. Plugging away at them. Basecoats should be done. Need some cleanup passes, washes, drybrushing, the works. But moving along with them.

WWP is done. Well, as done as it’s going to get for now. I’d like to get some more detailing on it. Maybe carve up some spoons for the classic Eldar bulges on it’s profile. I had originally envisioned building a imperial barricade blocking the path up, that never happened. Anyway, I’m finished for now.



I’ve got more pictures, but need to sort and upload them for the contest. Just a teaser for my loyal readers.

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Illinois

That's come out really well.

 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Excellent. How I envy you guys that can make electrical things work!

   
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Denver, CO, USA

That portal is slick. A lower-light photo at some point, maybe? No pressure, and kudos for turning it around despite obstacles.

   
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Republic of Ireland

That looks the business. Cracking job

   
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Pious Palatine






Looking good Nev, both the terrain and the marines.

EDC
   
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Upstate, New York

Thanks guys.

@Gits: If by “make electrical things work” you mean “cutting a hole in some foam and shoving something in there” then yes, that’s me. The only electrical work here was putting in batteries and flicking the switch to “on”

Now we aren’t supposed to post final pics in the LoER thread, so we don’t discourage other contestants. So if you are also entering, and faint of heart, read no further.
Spoiler:

Finished! It was fun, but with most large projects, got tedious at the end. And the problem of the results not meeting my vision. Part of that was running out of time, the other running out of motivation. Plus my ability to execute my ideas, but overall I’m pretty happy with what I did manage to accomplish. I wanted to add some of the iconic Eldar oval bulges to it, and probably will later. That’s just cutting up a couple of spoons and some paint. I had intended to block off the path up with an imperial barricade (which was going to be my use of sprue) but that never materialized.

Anyway, enough of the excuses and rambling.

The start, concept, and construction:
When I started my blog 3 years ago, one of my goals was to take a light toy thing and turn it into a webway portal. (sorry for the crummy iPad picture)

The parts for this project are the Lumindisk and some old blue foam insulation. Which had been sitting the the garage since 2002. It was originally purchased to line a crate The Wife used to ship a piece of furniture to a competition.

This was the first time I had actually worked with foam, although I’d see it done before. It was a learning experience. But after a little hot-wire cutting, sanding, smoothing, and glue, I got something that looked no bad!



And the results:

The local wildlife was already uneasy. For the last few days the skies had been filled with thunder and criss-crossed with contrails. A new force had come to their verdant home. The Imperium of Man claiming a new colony. But the creatures were not expecting the hills themselves to erupt with lighting, shattering the morning’s silence and sending them fleeing.

A towering form stepped from between the worlds and swept the horizon with it’s faceless visage. The portal remained clear; he moved aside to make way for the Warhost. A new sound filled the valley, the scream of jetbikes. The Eldar had returned to assert ownership of this Maiden World.










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Alabama

very cool nev looks grand!
   
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Upstate, New York

And back to chugging away on the tacs.


Done with the drybrushing and the green ink. Put the final cleanup coat of blue down on the first guy, then realized I forgot the brown wash on the golds. Woops. Will go back and do the 3 of them once the blue dries. But these guys should be done soonish.

I should probably do the 3 special guys for the squad next, just so I have the lot of them done. I do feel I’m slacking on my other projects though, so might take a time-out to get some more Eldar finished. Last time I did a bike pilot, I did 3, so could bang out a pair of bikes, to finish that squad off as well. Or branch out into something new. Like the ork buy, or some oddity from the back of the bench.

Still recovering from the weekend though, so nothing is happening swiftly. Had a nice Memorial Day/50th anniversary for the in-laws cookout party. Went fine, but a lot of prep work and then a solid day manning the grill. Hope everybody had a great weekend, and a long one if you were lucky.

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That went quickly. Wash is drying on the bolters, but other then that they are ready for decals and baseing. If I was a little more diligent, I could have had all of the bolter boys ready to enter in last months competition. Oh well, not a big deal. On to the last three. While I’d like to mix things up a bit, I’d also like to get this squad done.

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Madison, WI

Just keep working your way through them Nev. You're doing a great job and will be finished quickly enough given the rate you're making progress.

   
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Scarred Ultramarine Tyrannic War Veteran






Wellington, NZ

Sharp stuff - I'm a fan of your gold - its nicely burnished and suits the 'space mariney' aesthetic to me - if that makes any sense - I suppose what i'm trying to say its that its quite a brassy, yellow-based gold, as opposed to a warmer, orangey-brown gold. Good stuff, really accents the marines nicely. Looking forward to seeing the tac squad nice and wrapped up

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Upstate, New York

Of all the colors I put down, I do think the golds are one of my high points. Simple formula really, just a chestnut wash over shining gold. I hope when those pots run dry I can find decent replacements. (I know I can always order cote d’arms, but that requires doing stuff online) Some of the new metalics GW is putting out look to be a decent match, but I’m not sure if the inks/glazes they do these days match the old ones. I know I’m not happy with the drakenhoff nightshade.

On to progress:

Last three guys for the first 30k veteran tactical squad. Basecoats should be done, just finished the gold. Then the brown/green washes, second blue, blue wash and cleanup. Guns will take a little more effort this time, as they are not just basic bolters.

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What’s this you ask? Are my eyes deceiving me? A game? And not just any game, but fantasy!?

My forces of Chaos took to the (empty) fields in a test/demo game of Age of Sigmar. Shocking. The layers of dust I needed to claw through to free my army were truly epic. This was my first game of AoS, and my opponent’s second. And the first time since the dawn of 6th ed. WHFB that my forces of chaos had hit the table as anything other then monster stand-ins for our D&D nights.

We were kinda guessing on forces. We both had more in our respective cases, but thought what was on the table looked good. Post game I went to one of the fan made point lists and roughed out my list at a bit over 500 and his at around 650. Woops. We were both used to the undead being mostly filler chaff, with the power concentrated into the HQs. Boy were we wrong. The skeletons were holding their own, and the grave guard were just mean. Chaos warriors were reasonably tough, but just weren’t putting out the wounds fast enough to keep the undead down.

I went into the game with very low expectations. But it was actually quite fun. There was still an element of maneuver to be had. When most troops can only attack things within an inch, getting guys in position to attack can be rough. 40k, where you only need to be within 2” of someone in contact with the foe, is very easy to get the whole squad swinging. Not so here. Where to apply buffs, and screening and spoiler attacks seemed to be where a lot of the play can be. I enjoyed using the feigned flight on my marauders to tie up a block of skeletons, and then break off and plow into the zombies to help put them down.

I’m not going to say it’s the best game out there. But it was fun, and the rules are free. The one big issue we both knew going into it: the lack of points made it hard to choose balanced forces. Looking forward to seeing how GW grows it.

In other news I picked up 4 more paints. 2 of the new gemstones (blue and green), the blue glaze, and a lighter blue for highlighting. The new gem technicals have got me thinking about the Eldar again, and I wanted some different shades of blue for the dire avengers. And/or to see if it’s a closer match to my old blue ink for my 40k Ultras. I think I will continue to use the shade for the 30k stuff.

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I agree with you on drakenhoff nightshade - its messier then the blue inks of yore. It made me layer over my washes with the armour colour for cleanup which - to be fair - has improved my paintjobs overall, but if you ask me, badab black, devlan mud and asurmen blue were the best. Take me back

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Upstate, New York

Progress report time!



The last of squad 1 are done, awaiting arms, decals and basing. And the flamer and c-flamer care drying right now, so almost there. The missile launcher is getting there. Just put the brown wash on the gold. It just needs the second blue coat on the arms, and then the blue wash. Plus touchups.



Put the first coat of blue down on the ancient UM captain. He’s the primary entry into this month’s challenge: Heroes and Villeins. The ork boy might be the second half, depending on time. But I wanted to get started on him anyway.

Hope everyone is having a good week,

--Nev

Edit: Guns are done and glued on, transfers have been cut out. Planning on doing those tonight. That just leaves the bases.

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Illinois

I've gotta stop watching you (and others) put together marines. That betrayal at...wherever... is too tempting

 
   
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Upstate, New York

 GrimDork wrote:
I've gotta stop watching you (and others) put together marines. That betrayal at...wherever... is too tempting


Join usssss........

The nice thing about Betrayal at Calth is you get all the savings of a starter box, but none of the problems of half a box you don’t care about. It’s all marines!

I’ve still got 8-ish more basic power armored guys to assemble from mine. At this point I’ve got so much backlog, I’m in no rush to put them together. Plus, if they release another similar box, I can mix and match.

Just finished putting the decals on the guys. All that is left is to smear some snow around. Then another tac squad can join the ranks. Ironically, another ML/F squad. I need to base some other guys for varieties sake.

(I also need to ease up on the wine, but that’s a completely different, slightly drunk, topic)

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Muahaha. On the rare occasion I imbibed wine in the past, it was most usually in the box format. Not really my thing though most days.

There is a certain charm at taking 40k's 'so far in the future it's like the middle ages with technology magic' approach and pulling it all the way into steampunk with the 30k armor aesthetic but ehh meh. I think I have more fun watching you (and others) painting marines than I have doing it myself.

 
   
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 Nevelon wrote:
Progress report time!



The last of squad 1 are done, awaiting arms, decals and basing. And the flamer and c-flamer care drying right now, so almost there. The missile launcher is getting there. Just put the brown wash on the gold. It just needs the second blue coat on the arms, and then the blue wash. Plus touchups.



Put the first coat of blue down on the ancient UM captain. He’s the primary entry into this month’s challenge: Heroes and Villeins. The ork boy might be the second half, depending on time. But I wanted to get started on him anyway.

Hope everyone is having a good week,

--Nev

Edit: Guns are done and glued on, transfers have been cut out. Planning on doing those tonight. That just leaves the bases.


God that gold on blue is smexy as hell.


 Unit1126PLL wrote:
 Scott-S6 wrote:
And yet another thread is hijacked for Unit to ask for the same advice, receive the same answers and make the same excuses.

Oh my god I'm becoming martel.
Send help!

 
   
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GrimDork wrote:Muahaha. On the rare occasion I imbibed wine in the past, it was most usually in the box format. Not really my thing though most days.

There is a certain charm at taking 40k's 'so far in the future it's like the middle ages with technology magic' approach and pulling it all the way into steampunk with the 30k armor aesthetic but ehh meh. I think I have more fun watching you (and others) painting marines than I have doing it myself.


I get the living vicariously thing. There are a lot of projects I enjoy watching others do, and would kinda like to do myself, but there is no way it’s going to happen. I’m not starting any new game systems, and can’t really justify picking up stray minis just to paint.

Normally if I’m going to drink, It will be a martini, or whatever rum drink the mixers on hand will support. But we tossed a bottle of white in the fridge to cool, just in case anyone wanted some, for memorial day. As The Wife is pretty much a pure red drinker, it’s my job to drink any white wine on hand. Our general rule of thumb is not to buy anything over $10 a bottle. So while not boxed wine, it’s not top shelf stuff either. Surprising amount of decent, local stuff you can get at that price point.

Desubot wrote:
God that gold on blue is smexy as hell.


Yup. At this point I’m thanking Dakka for convincing me to do the gold, rather then the white, for the studs etc. Golds are normally reserved for captains and honor guard and the like. But they do look good on the rank and file!

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That's pretty cool. I tend towards rum based beverages too but hardly drink any more anyway. The only thing I ever really liked was the Long Island Iced Tea anyway. Or the Green Dragon...same thing but with sour apple something in place of coke.

 
   
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Looking good Nev, sounds like you had a good time with AoS too, I'm sure I heard that they were introducing some kind of points system...

EDC
   
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Got the flock out last night.


I really need to pick up some of that micro-whatever stuff to soften the decals. Not quite happy with them, but they are done. Darn curved surfaces. I did slit the transfers a little, which helps them lay flat(er)
I also based a few more older guys, the results are in my showcase thread

It’s a little early for the midterm report, but I snapped a pic of the year-to-date shelf. Polishing off a whole tac squad helps a lot on my one-a-week goal. 10 guys in about 6 weeks.


I need to do more Eldar though. I should probably get the bikes done for those riders and I just got some new paints to use for the Dire Avengers.

In other news, I think after 10k posts I’m going to change my avatar. Been using the same guy for a while now. 120x120 pixels and under 100k I think is the limit. Did a little cropping last night and came up with something. I might prefer a black background, but not sure I want to go through the effort to mask it off and futz with paint tools.

There were a few other guys who came close to beating him out to represent me (bike captain, new BaC captain) but I really just like that guy.

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It's funny to see those few elder in the midst of all those marines. Lovely job on the trans-humans though... the basing really sets them off nicely.

   
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Yup, things are a little lopsided on the forces there. My rough HIWPI count on the marines is 1,055 points painted. Eldar have a 115 point farseer (If I’m being generous and not calling him a 50 point warlock) and a single bike done (17 points!). Now, I should get a little extra credit for the spare riders, but there is a limit to how much creative accounting can balance things.

I forgot to mention last time that I’m almost out of snow flock. So no more squads are going to be done until I resupply. I should have enough for a few more individuals, so I’ll still be able to base guys for the monthly comp.

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That is some really good progress, one mini a week is a very sensible and achievable goal. Even if you miss a week or two you still have a good amount of leeway to catch up. The Betrayal at Calth Ultramarines are looking great, and more Eldar will be great as well.

There is always room for creative accounting with these things.

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