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Macragge

That is indeed an impressive array of stormtroopers.Looks like an old school Nork Deddog to boot. Your basework is impressive. Maybe I missed it in your earlier post, but what do you use for the primary base texture?

   
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@Brushcommando - Aye, that's the metal Nork Deddog, though with the plastic skull piece from the current Nork added to his shoulder, as I thought it looked cool. Thanks for the comments on the bases - there's a breakdown of how I build them in a spoiler on this post which goes through the basics of the process.

+ + +

We have our first completed model since I restarted this, and you're probably not surprised to hear that it is the Storm Trooper Officer - or Captain Kappa Omega, as he'll probably be known.

Since the last photo, I went in and basecoated the metallic areas, using Vallejo Model Air Steel for the, well, steel, and VMA Aluminium as a base for the gold. A small dot of Citadel Retributor Armour was used on the bionic eye as a base for the red. The face also got a second pass of P3 Midlund Flesh.

Once all that had set, and I'd tidied up a couple of red spots on the grey, it was time to go in with washes. The red fatigues were washed with Citadel Agrax Earthshade, the bedroll with Citadel Athonian Camoshade, and the areas which would be gold got two or three coats of Citadel Seraphim Sepia.

The grenades got a 2:1:1 mix of Lahmian Medium, Nuln Oil and Biel-Tan Green, while the steel got a mix in the same ratio of Lahmian Medium, Nun Oil and Drakenhof Nightshade.

With the shades dry, I could then go in with the Technical paints - the lens for the bionic eye got hit with Blood For the Blood God, the main panel on each arm with Waystone Green and the smaller lights with Soulstone Blue. The green and blue were both over VMA Aluminium, for the base shine.

The end result?



Given how long he has been either in progress or in my head for, it's good to get him finished. Of course, now I'm trying to pick up another one of these Sergeants at a... reasonable price, so I can do a second Officer, this time with a Power Fist. And at some stage, I'll no doubt need to convert up #3, though who knows what he ends up with.

Once I find the green pen I was using, I'll mark him off for the "Kitbashed Model" square of the bingo card. I think we'll move onto the Daemonhost next - going by the source image of him in this WHC article, I'm hoping he'll be fairly straightforward once I've basecoated the various metal areas in black...

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Gamgee on Tau Players wrote:we all kill cats and sell our own families to the devil and eat live puppies.


 Kanluwen wrote:
This is, emphatically, why I will continue suggesting nuking Guard and starting over again. It's a legacy army that needs to be rebooted with a new focal point.

Confirmation of why no-one should listen to Kanluwen when it comes to the IG - he doesn't want the IG, he want's Kan's New Model Army... 
   
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Mostly, on my phone.

Looks excellent, the spot colours really pop.

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
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Cairo, Egypt

Looking really good, the grenades give it a good bit of color.

 
   
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Green Bay, Wisconson

Like that you went with red for the under garment. liking the splash of other colors.. breaks things up well composition wise

 
   
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Northumberland

Really cool model! Those colours are great!

One and a half feet in the hobby


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@inmygravenimage, Kid_Kyoto, Olthannon - Thanks for the kind words. Not quite sure what went on with the levels in GIMP on the final shots, so I might redo them down the line. Still, he's in the cabinet with his 40 men and Nork now.

@Solar_Lion - I'm pretty much going with the scheme used by the Inquisitorial Stormtroopers in the ol' Daemonhunters codex (and I think were then reused in Witchhunters), so I can't take too much credit. Still, it's an effective look for these sculpts - it'd probably work on Kasrkin, too, but I'm not so sure about the modern Scions or the old-school beret Stormtroopers from 2nd edition.

+ + +

Last week gave me a bit of a nudge to move forwards, so I've made a second weekly hobby pledge on Twitter. This week, I've said that I will...
- Paint the Daemonhost
- Finish assembling the base for my Death Guard Hellbrute
- Assemble a model (though not necessarily base it)

These are things to get done by Monday, though without my Friday evening, as I'll be playing Arkham Horror LCG then instead. As we're on Thursday, where are we up to with these goals?

- I've assembled a Bloodmaster (Khorne Daemon Herald), though I've not glued him to the base yet. I may also take a look at assembling Skulltaker too, though with his cloak as a sub-assumbly if possible.
- I've dusted off the Hellbrute base. Looks like we're at the "add ballast, then sand" sort of stage in the process.

I've made slightly more progress with the Daemonhost, though it might not look that impressive:


- Painted the horns on his head with two coats of Army Painter Dark Tone, to try out the method described by Insectum7 for his Tyranids. I might do a third, as I'm not sure I'd shaken the bottle enough the first time.
- Painted the skulls on chains with Gorthor Brown, as a base for their bone coat
- Picked out all the metal areas with Warcolours Black, over three sittings, ready to start using metallics on them.

I'm using this image as a reference, and that looks to include three or four difference metallics in there, so we should get some variety. Not entirely sure about skin tone yet, but I imagine "Pallid Wych Flesh" may appear as a base - after I've touched up the undercoat with the metallics done, anyway.

2021 Plog - Here we go again... - my fifth attempt at a Dakka PLOG

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Gamgee on Tau Players wrote:we all kill cats and sell our own families to the devil and eat live puppies.


 Kanluwen wrote:
This is, emphatically, why I will continue suggesting nuking Guard and starting over again. It's a legacy army that needs to be rebooted with a new focal point.

Confirmation of why no-one should listen to Kanluwen when it comes to the IG - he doesn't want the IG, he want's Kan's New Model Army... 
   
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Surrey, BC - Canada

Always nice to see another metal army being built.

Cheers,

CB

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Finished Order of Our Martyred Lady - Sisters of Battle | Finished Necromundian Imperial Guard Regiment | Finished a 1/72 Flower Class Corvette - HMCS CHILLIWACK
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@Captain Brown - Thanks, Captain. Mainly picked this up for in case I ever use Eisenhorn, rather than to run him solo, but options are options

+ + +

Carried on working on the Daemonhost - after all, there are four different metallics needing to get added to the model.

The large bindings got a basecoat of Citadel Warplock Bronze, the chains got Vallejo Model Air Gungrey, the padlocks had Citadel Retributor Armour, and the... Inquisition charms(?) VMA Aluminium.

Once all the metallics had set, I went back in and washed the chains with Nuln Oil, the padlocks with Reikland Fleshshade, and the Inquisition charms with a couple of passes of Seraphim Sepia. The large bindings got a little Warplock touch-up, then were washed with Agrax Earthshade.

Around this point, the skulls near the Daemonhost's feet were painted with P3 Jack Bone, in the same way as the ones on the base. Once that had enough time to set, they were washed with Agrax Earthshade as well.

Here's how the Daemonhost looked at this point:


Next step was to go back over the Bronze areas with Sycorax Bronze for a bit more shine, as Agrax tends to do a really good job of matte-ing down the shine of Warplock Bronze. This seemed to e a good moment to pause the metallics, and look at the skin.

The skin on my reference picture looks pretty pale, with some shading to help add definition. Looking at it, the painter may actually have started with a black undercoat. I went with my initial thought, and basecoated the skin with GW Pallid Wych Flesh.

2021 Plog - Here we go again... - my fifth attempt at a Dakka PLOG

My [url=https://pileofpotential.com/dysartes]Pile of Potential[/url - updates ongoing...

Gamgee on Tau Players wrote:we all kill cats and sell our own families to the devil and eat live puppies.


 Kanluwen wrote:
This is, emphatically, why I will continue suggesting nuking Guard and starting over again. It's a legacy army that needs to be rebooted with a new focal point.

Confirmation of why no-one should listen to Kanluwen when it comes to the IG - he doesn't want the IG, he want's Kan's New Model Army... 
   
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Macragge

Looking good and suitably wierd. When this force is complete are you going to round it out with some grey knights or SoB allies?

   
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Northern Virginia

Looking great! I always enjoyed the old SAS style stormtroopers, they always looked the part for "Inquisitorial stormtroopers". If you're looking for sourcing parts to convert some officers/sgts, the metal catachan officers have matching boots/pants as the Stormtroopers and the Stormtrooper's hands are the same as space marines, if you gives any help.

Impressive collection, I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work!
   
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@brushcommando - I do have some Sisters and Knights to do at some stage. I was working on putting together a metal Terminator squad together, as well as a plastic Purifier one, but they're further down the pipeline.

@ValhallanWinter - Good to know about those parts, chief. Elements from the Scions set seem to work with them, too, as that Officer shows. I have picked up another one of those Sergeants up from eBay, but converting him can wait till next year.

+ + +

Having basecoated the skin with Pallid Wych Flesh last time out, I applied a wash to all the skin - a 3:2:1 mix of Lahmian Medium, Reikland Fleshshade & Agrax Earthshade. Some spot washes with a 1:1 mix of Lahmium Medium and Carroburg Crimson was added to some spots. Neat Drakenhof Nightshade was also added to the eyes, to give a sense of the Warp-y stuff going on inside.

As he's a little top-heavy, and his centre of gravity is a little front of centre, I also took the opportunity to superglue & baking soda some small lead fishing weights to the inside back edge of his base. We may have had a couple of faceplant moments recently, so hopefully that'll help with that.

Having tested it, he does seem more stable now, so that's a bonus.

The purity seals on the back of his leg needed some attention, so I basecoated the parchment element with Citadel Rakarth Flesh, followed by shading them with Agrax Earthshade. I also took this opportunity to go hunting for rogue white spots in the shadows, and hitting them with Earthshade too. The wax seal at the top I painted with Citadel Altdorf Guard Blue, before hitting it with Drakenhof Nightshade.

A few finishing touches with some Nihilakh Oxide later, and we end up with the following:



With the Daemonhost finished, we get the following updated bingo card:


In terms of the other stuff I said I'd do, here's the assembled Bloodmaster and updated base for the Hellbrute:



Need to figure out the next pledge today... we'll see.

2021 Plog - Here we go again... - my fifth attempt at a Dakka PLOG

My [url=https://pileofpotential.com/dysartes]Pile of Potential[/url - updates ongoing...

Gamgee on Tau Players wrote:we all kill cats and sell our own families to the devil and eat live puppies.


 Kanluwen wrote:
This is, emphatically, why I will continue suggesting nuking Guard and starting over again. It's a legacy army that needs to be rebooted with a new focal point.

Confirmation of why no-one should listen to Kanluwen when it comes to the IG - he doesn't want the IG, he want's Kan's New Model Army... 
   
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Mostly, on my phone.

Great demonhost, but I'm really excited for your Hellbrute Where's your bingo card from? I maybe should do something like that to break the hobby ADHD...

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
2022 Painted model tally: 33 
   
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@inmygravenimage - Thanks, graven. That was the 2021 Hobby Bingo card that was being used in White Dwarf. The 2022 version features in White Dwarf 471. While it's on cardstock, I've produced another replica to stick to the bookcase for this year. Kinda wish they did a PDF download version so you could print it off as and when needed, but we're not that lucky

Spoiler:


Counting what makes up the squares, we get the following as required to complete it:
- Hero or Character (4)
- Fortification or Scenery (2)
- Kitbashed Model (2)
- Lord of War (or Behemoth) (2)
- Unit of 2+ Models (3)
- Unit of 5+ Models (3)
- Unit of 10+ Models (4)
- Vehicle or Monster (4)
- Any Model

Fortification/scenery and Lord of War are probably the two boxes I'm least confident about, but in theory one card is doable. I'm going to only be counting GW models for this, and primarily 40k - not doing the "Expert" mode, given that requires AOS stuff.

I think I'll be working down each column, from left to right, and stopping as I fill out appropriate boxes. I won't be deliberately picking things to fill our rows, columns or diagonals, though.

I have put together a few bits since I last posted, though, and soem of those are on the bench to paint next, I think:


Here we have Caramac (or Karanak, Hound of Vengeance, currently minus his third head, which was undercoated on a stick), as well as a unit of five Flesh Hounds. Got them assembled and based last year, and they're now undercoated.

I've also popped three figures in some Dettol this week to remove paint on them - the original Eversor Assassin sculpt, another =][= ST Sergeant (as the base for a second =][= STO), and an Inquisitorial Acolyte. While I was tidying things off my desk and bagging models up, I found two other Acolyte sculpts from the Daemonhunters/Witchhunters days, so I guess I'll be painting some of them up at some stage.

In terms of Necrons, I picked up the Worldscour Legion box up via my FLGS before Christmas, and I think my Pile of Potential list is up-to-date as it pertains to Necrons. In terms of scheme, I'm suspecting a Leadbelcher undercoat, drybrushed with a brighter silver, then hit with Contrast is likely to be the starting point. I'm thinking Akhelian Green or Aethermatic Blue as the starting point, but I need to test this out. This may mean finding where I left the sacrificial Mantic Elves, as well as picking up the appropriate Contrast paints to test this.

If it works on an Elf, then I think the Royal Warden I built last year will be the true test subject.

Oh, and that's post 7,000...

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2021 Plog - Here we go again... - my fifth attempt at a Dakka PLOG

My [url=https://pileofpotential.com/dysartes]Pile of Potential[/url - updates ongoing...

Gamgee on Tau Players wrote:we all kill cats and sell our own families to the devil and eat live puppies.


 Kanluwen wrote:
This is, emphatically, why I will continue suggesting nuking Guard and starting over again. It's a legacy army that needs to be rebooted with a new focal point.

Confirmation of why no-one should listen to Kanluwen when it comes to the IG - he doesn't want the IG, he want's Kan's New Model Army... 
   
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Mostly, on my phone.

Nice job dude. Grats on 7k!

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
2022 Painted model tally: 33 
   
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The Shire(s)

Those stormtroopers look great. Inspired me to dig up my old ones and start thinking about some renovation.

You use Dettol for stripping? I've never done any model stripping before, but a lot of my old Guard is terribly painted. Does Dettol work for plastic too?

The bingo is also a great idea, I agree it would be great as a PDF.

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@Graven - Cheers, chief! Nowhere near your post total, of course, but still trucking along

@Haighus - Thanks Haighus. I've used Dettol on plastic before, and it hasn't had any negative side effects that I've seen. Definitely safe to leave models in for a while, too.

+ + +

A little progress this week. I've finished stripping the paint from one batch of models, as well as moving a second batch on to the final stage of the process - should get those cleaned up this week, then I'll get a shot of the group.

Ordered a metal Callidus Assassin off eBay over the weekend, as well as picking up the Khorne Blood Bowl team. Need to decide if I want to pick up any of the associated FW figures.

In terms of actual model work, I've built and done an initial undercoat pass on these three:


Need to review them in the cold light of day, and see if a touch-up spray is required. I think the central "core" cylinder will be starting from Dark Reaper, with the direction on the metal sections to be decided following the test I'm doing below. Not currently sure what colour I'll be doing the stonework, though.

I've also prepared a couple of sacrificial Mantic Elves to test a couple of approaches to my theoretical Necron scheme. Having said that, I'm now rethinking whether I should've undercoated the Convergence already.


Elf on the left has been sprayed with Leadbelcher, Elf on the right with Chaos Black - the latter will be getting a coat of Vallejo Model Air Steel today, and once that has set I'll give them a top-down drybrush of VMA Aluminium or Chrome as a highlight. This probably means that tomorrow I'll give them a pass with Aethermatic Blue Contrast over the silver, and see which finish I prefer.

With the work on the Convergence on Fri & Sat, and preparing these Elves yesterday - along with playing Arkham Horror LCG for about eight hours - that puts me on a three day hobby streak. Let's see how that continues...

2021 Plog - Here we go again... - my fifth attempt at a Dakka PLOG

My [url=https://pileofpotential.com/dysartes]Pile of Potential[/url - updates ongoing...

Gamgee on Tau Players wrote:we all kill cats and sell our own families to the devil and eat live puppies.


 Kanluwen wrote:
This is, emphatically, why I will continue suggesting nuking Guard and starting over again. It's a legacy army that needs to be rebooted with a new focal point.

Confirmation of why no-one should listen to Kanluwen when it comes to the IG - he doesn't want the IG, he want's Kan's New Model Army... 
   
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Fixture of Dakka







Ended up using VMA Gungrey rather than Steel on the Elf that had been undercoated with Chaos Black, before both got their drybrush of Chrome.

A later of Aethermatic Blue was applied yesterday, and here are the results:


I wouldn't say there's enough of a difference to be noticeable, though I am wondering if a post-Contrast drybrush of Chrome (or Aluminium) might be a good move. In a way, this is good news, as it means I can undercoat 'Crons with either colour without affecting the end result too much.

Think it might be time to prep the Royal Warden from my Recruit Edition box for an undercoat, probably with Leadbelcher. I don't want all the Necron Exoskeleton to me a single tone, especially on characters, so it may be a case of using the Aethermatic Blue on panels, with Nuln Oil or Nuln Oil Gloss in the recesses. I'm thinking Wyldwood over Leadbelcher for the scarab-half-cloak thing, but we'll see how that pans out...

I will want to prepare and paint his base separately in this case, as I'll want to work over a Chaos Black undercoat. Should probably mark out where he stands and build that first, thinking about it.

2021 Plog - Here we go again... - my fifth attempt at a Dakka PLOG

My [url=https://pileofpotential.com/dysartes]Pile of Potential[/url - updates ongoing...

Gamgee on Tau Players wrote:we all kill cats and sell our own families to the devil and eat live puppies.


 Kanluwen wrote:
This is, emphatically, why I will continue suggesting nuking Guard and starting over again. It's a legacy army that needs to be rebooted with a new focal point.

Confirmation of why no-one should listen to Kanluwen when it comes to the IG - he doesn't want the IG, he want's Kan's New Model Army... 
   
Made in gb
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

That blue is lovely and will ride shiny and eternal.

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
2022 Painted model tally: 33 
   
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Northumberland

Really nice work, that blue is awesome. The whole thing looks very HR Giger.

That is going to look insanely cool on some necrons. Looking forward to seeing how they turn out.

One and a half feet in the hobby


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Cool tests, I prefer the right hand sacrificial elf. The darker undertones will look great on the Necrons, really nice and cold too

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The Shire(s)

Thanks for the advice

I agree that the subtly darker test model on the right looks better, but there isn't much in it.

Lovely oily blue colour though. Will be a good looking necron force.

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Surrey, BC - Canada

Will your Necrons be pristine or will they have the weathering of a millennium?

CB

53 successful trades in the Dakka Swap Shop. I have an ongoing Sale Thread there with painted Elysian and Tau units looking for a new home. Unpainted Bretonnian metal units and figures for sale.
Finished Forge World Elysian Army | Finished Tau Sept Cadre | Finished Ork Waaagh | Alaitoc Eldar Warhost | Building Necromunda and Terrain
Finished Order of Our Martyred Lady - Sisters of Battle | Finished Necromundian Imperial Guard Regiment | Finished a 1/72 Flower Class Corvette - HMCS CHILLIWACK
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