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Hello all!

This is going to be my general Painting & Modeling Blog, where i will post ALL WIP photos for all projects that i am working on, WH40k and WHFB, and in very rare cases, anything else. I currently have three major projects going on as of this writing.

-Grey Knights Army
-Tallarn Imperial Guard Army
-Pink Chaos Lord riding the Juggernaut Conversion

My Grey Knights Army is going to be about 1750 points, possibly a little less if i can find places to shave a few point off. The conversions i will be doing will generally be really simple works, as this will be the army i actually go to games and tournaments with. The kinds of simple conversions i will be doing for this army is using Green Stuff to model some cloaks, hoods and capes onto the minis. This is because, while the Grey Knights are awesome models, there are only a handful of different models. Even though the arms are all opposable, there are only so many different ways that you can model them to look like different minis.

My Tallarn Army is most probably going to be a display army for fun, mostly because i will never have enough money to field as many Guardsmen as i would like to in a game. The conversions for this project are going to be quite a bit more inolved. I will be using Cadians as the foundation for these minis as i have about 50 of them and a couple tanks already available to me. I already have posted a few topics to ask people what they thought of my ideas, and i was met with heavy skepticism.

The pink chaos lord riding the juggernaut is a conversion that will hopefully look exactly as it sounds. It's a conversion project i've decided to take up as a present for a female friend of mine. I'm not too worried about knocking it out right away, as i know that it will just be used as a paper weight once it's finish. (So don't get too excited out there.)

For my first update, i've decided to do a little work on my Tallarn Guard, making a Tallarn Infantry Sergeant. I used a Cadian body, running legs, sergeant arms, and a space marine scout's head because i liked the face he was making. I began by rolling out a thin rope of GS and wrapping it around his torso, and attaching two grenades that came from the Cadian Infantry Squad sprue. I followed up by trying to make a turban, but failed miserably, so i removed the turban and decided to work next on the skirt. I shaved off the coattails on the top of the legs to make room for a very Tallarn-looking skirt. I first rolled out a large flat piece of green stuff, and then haphazardly wrapped it around his waist, making sure to create some folds with the excess. I tried next to flip over the outer most edge of the skirt to create a thicker area at the bottom that will act as a hem for painting purposes.

With the exception of the turban, which is not pictured, i am very pleased with the results thus far.


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I am extremely open to any comments, criticisms, or suggestions anyone might have, so please let me know what you all think.
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Interesting idea - I will keep an eye on this one!

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darkkt wrote:Interesting idea - I will keep an eye on this one!


Thanks!

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Since the Green Stuff Hardened, i glued him all together and took some pictures.

This weekend, I will work on either getting some paint on him soon, or making him some guardsmen to order around.
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I think reference photos are going to be a god send to you. I'd heavily reference real life afghan fighters as well as looking to GW's own Tallarn line to help guide your folds and details a bit more.

Shemaghs ( the head wrap ) are a big detail you're going to want to get just right. They're the focal point of any tallarn model, so spend a good amount of time learning to sculpt them!

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grey_death wrote:Shemaghs are a big detail you're going to want to get just right. They're the focal point of any tallarn model, so spend a good amount of time learning to sculpt them!


I entirely agree with you. I have a folder full of reference photos, with everything in there from Afghans and GW Tallarn models to concept sketches for the original Assassin's Creed game. I also have a few reference photos of other peoples' conversions.

I'm going to work on the shemagh this afternoon after class, and i won't let the GS set until i feel i've gotten it right.

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So today my Grey Knights arrived via the warp. (Snail mail)

Immediately after class today i ripped open all of the packages and began filing and cleaning the models. I picked this guy for no particular reason and began Green Stuffing him. I added a skirt and a hood with a cape. I realize that the skirt looks dangerously like my Tallarn Sergeant's skirt, so i tried to spice it up a little with a purity seal. While it looks fine, their is about two times as much wax on my purity seal as the standard ones that are already attached to the model...But don't be too critical, this is my first time with that sort of thing.

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I also took some clearer photos of the Tallarn Sergeant, in hopes of clearer constructive criticism. You see that ugly, poorly-done spot on his back? Yeah, that spot. Well, don't worry about that spot, i'm going to put a bedroll there after i tailor him a turban.
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Seeing how often i can keep this little blog updated is a great motivational tool for me!

This morning i tailored a shemagh for my sergeant. Considering that i have already failed twice, i am EXTREMELY happy with how this one turned out! Turns out i was just going about this the wrong way; inspired by turbans worn by the Hindu, i was trying to make the turban by rolling out a thin piece of GS and wrapping the head. But after a few reexaminations of my reference photos, i realized that i needed to make the shemagh out of a sheet of GS with a single cord wrapped around the forehead area to keep it secured to his noggin. Photos for your indulgence.
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omg if only you did this 3 months ago, i would have a tallarn army exelent TURBAN

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wow good work. You might consider doing a step by step on the turban.
   
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physcosamatic wrote:omg if only you did this 3 months ago, i would have a tallarn army exelent TURBAN


neiltj1 wrote:wow good work. You might consider doing a step by step on the turban.


Thank you both! I will do a step-by-step on the shemagh when i make the next guardsman.

By the way, it's called a shemagh, and not a turban. As you can plainly see, i was even calling it a turban a few days ago, but after someone told me to look into shemaghs, i looked up the differences.

This, is a turban -


And this is a shemagh -


The turban is a headdress worn in reverence to a deity (or deities), while the shemagh is practical and only worn to keep the wearer protected from the sun. I'm not going to bother correcting anyone that calls it a turban anymore, though, this was purely for anyone that had a genuine interest in the differences, since i spent all that time looking it up.

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yup, a shemagh is something military personell wears in hot and very dry, sandy, enviorments to protect themselves from sand storms and the heat..

Basically the Tallarn models have them, but they have been opened up for some reason (my guess is to make the models look less anonymous)

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I gave my Sergeant a few coats of paint to make myself feel productive this morning. I haven't had any time to do any details on him yet, but i will get on that as soon as i decide how to paint his weapons and boots. I have a green/tan pattern picked out for the sash and shemagh that he is wearing, so i can probably get on that tonight... (But i shouldn't, because i have two big tests coming up tomorrow. o_o )
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At the sacrifice of an update, i did great on both of my tests today! I'll be done with college before i die, with any luck!

I was inspired earlier looking through the dakka Dreadnought galleries. I'm not exactly sure who to give the credit for my idea to, but i will probably owe them royalties for copyright infringement by the time i finish my Grey Knights army. Here is a spoiler photo of what is to come...
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Here's a shot with the chassis mounted on the legs. I'm going to try and model this dreadnought to make it look like the interred Grey Knight is pissed right off and firing all weapons. (Which is somehow reminiscent of someone in a mid-coital "push.")
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Alas, this is where i will be stopping for the night. (No black spray primer atm.) It took all of my willpower to clean this model up in its entirety and not water up some chaos black for some old-fashioned priming by hand. I really cannot WAIT to get started on painting this model! But first i'm going to have to choose a Grey Knights color scheme off of which to model my entire army after. First thing after classes tomorrow i will get a decent black spray primer and get to work. I have 6 or 7 Grey Knights with incinerators, and since i'm not actually going to use a single one in my army, i will just prime each one up and paint them a different scheme until i KNOW what i will be doing.

Anyways, without further ado, the first *nearly* completed dreadnought. I've torn out one of the missiles from the launcher and intend to model it so that the dreadnought is not so much "mid-coital thrust" as it is "mid-firing sequence." I'm going to be dry-brushing up the little man inside and hope to achieve an eerie "undead" green inside the Dreadnought cabin to make the "pilot" more visible. Furthermore, i intend to file away a slot in the inserted shinguard so that i can GS some iconic Grey Knights recessed verbage, and i'm just going to do a little battle damage to the other shinguard. So far, i am very happy with how the model has turned out, but only time will tell.
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I SMELL AN UPDATE!

After painting the armor on my Justicar, i set out on making another Tallarn Guardsman solely for the purpose of making a Tutorial for all of those that wanted one earlier. Expect it anytime tonight.




I even opened up a photobucket account JUST for you guys, so appreciate it.

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Sorry i haven't gotten much done in awhile, to anyone that's listening out there. I got a 94% on my midterm the otherday and have Field Training Exercises tomorrow morning until tomorrow night, so hopefully i'll update on sunday! I've decided on a scheme for my Grey Knights army, so i can definitely post that and get to work on it sunday.

Futhermore, after making out an IG list for my Tallarn Guard, i got a bit overwhelmed at how many Guardsmen i'm going to have to convert.... so if anyone could spare some motivation to get me going, i'm REALLY going to need it!

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Hi, it looks like you picked the wrong army for individualised minis... Imp. Guard are a horde after all... I really like the desert feel about them.
You coud try and make enough Tallarns for a squad of Veterans and go straight Cadian for the rest?

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I'm doing a fully individualised Guard army, and I've got around the problem by not having platoons. My troops choices are just veterans - god bless the new codex for not counting them as elites! Eventually I may have enough for platoons, but until then I'm just going to count them as vets.

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Using them as veterans so i don't have to worry about modeling and painting 50 of them just to field ONE troops choice... That's pure genius!

Thanks guys!

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アプデート!!! (Updato!!!)

I was TOTALLY inspired yesterday by the Dakka PM blog by Brother Argos. Looking at his stuff completely pulled me out of my little mini-depression and gave me a really good idea; if i do some really dynamic modeling to my guardsmen, then whenever i look at them i'm going to want to finish them! So i worked for about three hours shaving down jacket hems and aquilas, cutting and repositioning arms and legs and a doing little gluing here and there. I left all four models i worked on completely ready for me to pick up and throw some green stuff onto next i find myself with a little time!

The first picture is the Sergeant that modeled before. He has some paint on him, but it was more or less just a little experimentation to pick a color scheme.
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Tallarn Sergeant


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Next is a guy peering out while taking cover behind a wall. I modeled him a lascarbine that he will be holding above his head.
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Tallarn in Cover WIP


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Next is a Guardsman sitting behind cover. He's going to be aiming his rifle from behind that rock jutting up. I haven't decided if he's going to be injured or not. On one hand, that would make the model quite a bit more dynamic, but on the other i don't want to be displaying any unnecessary signs of weakness and giving my opponents any false hope!
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Tallarn in Cover 2 WIP


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This guy is throwing a grenade from a kneeling position behind some rocks. Not all that interesting, i suppose...
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Tallarn Grenade WIP


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The last guy here is my favorite! A missile just rocketed from the sky into the sands next to him and he is literally jumping out of the way, throwing his lasgun out ahead of him and he'll be trying to protect his head with his other arm. Sorry that the position he's in at the moment is a little awkward, i didn't have any blue tac to hold him up, so he's just leaning against the missile in the picture.


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I promise that when the last guy is finished, he'll but jumping *away* from the missile instead of directly on it!
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INCOMING!

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