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Excited to see your entry for rebel scum develop, they look like a very persuasive bunch
   
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Warboss_Waaazag wrote:Good to see you making progress, Nev. My preferred style with Tyranids is carapace one color, body and limbs a contrasting color, hands a similar color but slightly different to the limbs or carapace, and some sort of shocking color for the claws and blades. Keep busy, my friend.


My standard pattern is:
Undercoat w/ Grey Seer
Hard armor - Shysh purple contrast
Skin, light chitin, tubes, etc - Guiliman Flesh contrast (wings get 2 coats)
Killy bits (guns, claws, etc) - Blood Angels red contrast, w/ Nulan oil wash
Normal eyes - yellow w/black vertical slit
Genestealer eyes: Blue within blue of spice addiction Metallic blue w/gloss blue coat
Teeth - bleached bone
Tounges/mouth bits - BA Red contrast, BftBG gloss coat.
Poison/venom - Yellow w/ green ink

12 pots for an army. Not bad. And I could shave 2 off if I just did the stealer eyes like the rest of the army, but that’s my nod to their old hypnotic gaze.

For the Broodlord I went with the purple carapace. GW paints their ’stealers naked, just the claws/eyes a different color. With the smaller guys there is no clear cut point where the “hard” armor stops, and the normal chitin starts. I’m leaning towards just going with skin, and not just because it’s the lazy way out. It would help differentiate them from the gaunt class of gribbles, and the lack of armor helps reinforce how fast they are.

Theophony wrote:Building is coming along nicely

Spoiler:
On the personal front, I know all too well when you change a lot at once how daunting it all seems. A house is never finished, when you do get it complete is right when the wife or yourself decides it’s time to move again , fix what must be done, then do other items as you can. Don’t make it a chore, or it will zap everything out of you.

On the dating side, I always told my friends to give up. No really, stop looking for love, go enjoy what you enjoy and you will meet someone with similar tastes as you. It worked for me (20+ years and counting) and it has worked for a few of my friends. It’s not always the women you meet that you finally get into a relationship with, sometimes it’s a friend that gets to know you that introduces you to the right person. It’s when your being true to yourself that others can see you and will feel comfortable introducing you to others. Just my 2 cents.

Spoiler:

The house thing is what it is. If the house was perfect, I’d not have been able to afford it. Especially in this market. Just the list of things that needs to be done is daunting, and some of them are kinda mission critical that I should not put off. Like I need to get some tree people in, the kind with a crane for major work on some oaks, and to pull out 3 dead pines (One which has a fairly big treehouse that needs to go as well, which is probably a separate issue). After that I need to get roofers in, as that failed the inspection when I bought the house. And with lumber prices what they are, that could get ugly. I wonder if I could get the tree guys to plane down the trees into boards and use them to fix the roof?

For a number of years I didn’t try to force anything. Just be myself, try to make friends, and socially network the old fashioned way. Figured if I didn’t meet anyone where things clicked, someone might know someone who they thought would. The problem is that I don’t have a particularly large circle of friends, and am a pretty hard-core introvert, so it takes a lot of energy for me to be out there trying to make more. The new friends I’ve made at work tend to be young enough to be my daughters, and have corresponding social circles. So no referrals. Years of incredibly tight budgets means I don’t go out much, so it’s not like I casually socialize. And again, introvert. My tastes/hobbies mostly involve puttering around at home. I’m giving the online thing a try, as what I was doing was not going anywhere. It’s not like I was expecting much, as it’s pretty much antithetical to my approach to dating. So while not surprising that it’s not yielding any results, it is a little disheartening.


Viterbi wrote:Excited to see your entry for rebel scum develop, they look like a very persuasive bunch

I wasn’t too thrilled with the subject, but this should work. I was considering just doing the stealers, but that just felt wrong. So a deep dive to get the magus out of the pile of shame. Who knows, maybe I’ll get a little kill team coven started.

So some progress from the morning.



Marines are just waiting for their edge highlights. First lot of stealers down the the handles. Need to wait for the coffee jitters to wear off for the detail work, but could probably splash some basecoats around. Did the black on the gun after taking the pic, needs the silver drybrush, and then the other steps. Plugging away.

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Need to do a little cleanup, but basically done.

Still need to finish those marines, but so much hate for edge work.

Also clipped 4 more stealers. Need to print out more base rings to get them on 32’s. Which would involve re-leveling my printer in it’s new home. Which I should do. But I just spent my break adjusting my mixer (it was scraping the bottom of the bowl) because today is national chocolate chip cookie day. One hardware adjustment per day.,

Hope everyone’s week is going well,

--Nev

   
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That's very nice work Nev.

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Huzzah for cookies.

And Genestealers painted on the quick.

Best of luck navigating the pitfalls of home ownership and modern dating.
   
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So like the rest of the nids, these guys paint up like a charm. And without the purple, even easier. Ready for basing. Not 100% on Mr. tentacleface, but I think he gets “Acid Maw” across pretty well. The other guy would do in a pinch as well, but is a lot more subtle.

Also in the news I put the edges on all the spare arms and one of the marines. One more to go, and then they will be ready for final touchups, baseing and decals.

Good progress.

Spoiler:

I’m formally in the process of switching teams at work. Same company, still medical billing, but past that most everything will change. Hopefully for the better. At the very least it will broaden my skill set and make it easier to find work later. And in theory, a LOT less phone calls, which is what was breaking me.

   
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Squid-features is great.

Glad to hear about the potentially positive change-up at work.
   
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So some morning progress.

Decals done on the marines and spare arms. Next step is to glue down the rocks/tufts.
Stealers are at the same step. Probably base them all together. Don’t think I’ll wait for the magus.

Moved 2 more SBR marines down for paint. I could do the last 3 all together, but I want to cycle some gaunts across the bench, and prefer to work them in pairs. Once the Magus is clear I might start the last guy in the squad. Also moved a TH and power sword down for spare bits painting

Still need to clean and assemble the clipped stealers. Should get on that.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

--Nev

   
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You’re making lots of progress. You post updates more often than I can even respond to them. There isn’t much about tongue-out tyranid that’s subtle, but sitting next to tentacle face I suppose you have a point.

   
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 DJJazzyJeff wrote:
You’re making lots of progress. You post updates more often than I can even respond to them. There isn’t much about tongue-out tyranid that’s subtle, but sitting next to tentacle face I suppose you have a point.


Keeping the blog active is one of my goals. Compared to the rest of the stealers, many of who also have tongues sticking out, the guy with the small toxic sack under his chin does not stand out much. If you were to look at a blob of him and a dozen of his peers, could you tell at a glance who had the acid maw? I feel he’s in the same boat as if you looked at a squad of intercessors and were asked to ID the different bolt guns by the scope/clip. Sure, you can tell if you pick them up and compare, but at a glance at arm’s length? Nope. Squidly though you know has the upgrade.



So game yesterday. To try to keep things simple and quick we played without CP or strats. The elimination of “gotcha” moments and things to keep track of significantly raised the enjoyment of the game for The Boy. If you are playing more casually, having to keep all that stuff in mind is a lot of work. I’m a zealot, so not a huge deal for me, but he doesn’t want to invest that might mindpower into the game; he prefers the building/painting side of the hobby to the actual game.

Not going to do a full report. It was the hold objectives/scout table corners mission, 50PL. Victory Nids. I had a few more objective points then him and was 4/4 on corner while he missed one.

Fresh paint:
Exocrine spend most of the game shooting at the dread, not an ideal target. But got to erase a squad of reivers, so got to shine at its primary job. I like it.
Gargoyles dropped down, did some light shooting, scouted a corner. About what I expected. Low expectations, but met.
Flyrant was a little disapointing. Only 4 attacks, shooting was a little meh. She spent a chunk of time in reserves due to the mission, but I was hoping for more.

OK, time for work. Enjoy your week’s all.

   
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Contrast still wet, but almost there. Need to do touch up work (eyes etc) on the face, gem (will be red) and the computer. Clean up the wires. And then base, which I still need to do for all the other guys.

   
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Nice work on the new contrast guy.

Spoiler:
Good luck with the job switch. I too am looking at a new position. Different Company, but still partnered with the old team. great benefits. Just really hard to leave something you generally like/love)

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
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Story time? Alright my children. Long ago, there were happy little moons around Ymgarl. There the peaceful creatures frolicked and played...

Just need to base them.

   
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Classic Magus is great to see. Makes me long for 1st edition Space Hulk, Realms of Chaos, and other things that probably aren't as great as I remember them.
   
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 youwashock wrote:
Classic Magus is great to see. Makes me long for 1st edition Space Hulk, Realms of Chaos, and other things that probably aren't as great as I remember them.


Nostalgia is a helluva thing. It’s easy to let things that happened during better times in our lives be tinted by the halcyon mystique. Easy to take things out of context. Sometimes however, things were better in the older days.

So everyone is flocked. The two marines are up on the YTD shelf, the stealers and magus are waiting for me to drag out the lightbox. I’ve been lazy, and didn’t put any new paint down, although I’ve been cleaning up the stealers in the build pile. Slowly.

Month is not half over, plenty of time.

Edit:
While he’s classically a Magus, and listed as such in the old catalogs, I think if I ever actually started playing GSC, he looks more like a Nexos.

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So a few things about these guys. I was worried that without the purple carapace, the ‘stealers would not look “finished” and not fit in with the rest of my swarm. I think they turned out OK. I wanted to keep the Magus in a similar palette to the rest of the guys, to echo the colors of the hive fleet. But people generally need more than the 3 colors I use for them. And figuring out where to add the red was interesting.

Of course, now I’m looking into GSC, which is not particularly healthy. I might be able to get a squad of guys out of the old lead, but would need a lot of new kits, which frankly is not in the budget. Still, fun to dream...

Printer goes Brrrrrrr....


Just wiped off the pad and let ‘er rip. First batch of adapters already done, clean print. Started another lot. The stealers are SO much better on the larger bases. They still hang off the 32’s, but less than the small bases they came with.

And while I had the light box out:


Slowly cleaning more stealers. Need to paint more. Been a putter around kind of day. Got a few constructive things done. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

--Nev

   
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Getting layers down, cleaning mold lines. Putter putter, chipping away

   
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Some more progress! Getting there...

Blacks down on the intercessors, gaunts plugging away. It’s paint. It’s on minis.

These guys are off to the (empty) to-prime pile. I clipped 2 more with that arm configuration so I’d have a batch of 10. Leaves me with 14 on sprue remaining. I’m thinking on doing 10 up with rending claws and just hands, the classic config. The scything talons are free, but hardly worth using. As someone who’s playing crusade games, the PL/upgrades on the stealers are a little irritating. PL breakpoints/rules are multiples of 5, but upgrades (the free, and well worth it acid maw) are 1 per 4. So I’d kinda like to run 12 man squads. That would also let me loose a couple of guys and still have the 10 for the +1A. I have the guys for it. If I do 10 hands/claw guys I’ll have 4 left, which would let me do 2x12 squads. Which is probably what’s going to happen, unless a new codex drops or rules change between now and then. I’ll get 2x10 up and running first.

As August ticks away I need to start giving thought to squirreling away stuff for the winter. Less important now that I have a garage I can prime in, but still, outdoors is better. I’m well ahead on my paint more than I buy goal. But what to get, if anything?
I was thinking about kill team, but the contents of the box do not appeal to me. And the compendium rules look like tepid garbage. I suspect when armies get dedicated KTs, things might improve. They promised new boxes, so we’ll see what they drop. I like the concept, The Boy does as well. And shorter, simpler games I think are better for us to play. But I’m not wowed by the launch. I had been reserving some intercessors to build as a KT, but they might just get formed into the back half or a rifle squad. I’ll probably want to grab the marine KT box when it drops, and still need bodies for the company.
Rumors of a 30k HH box, with some leaked picks for November were floating around a bit ago. Box of Mk VI beakies and sundry toys? It’s a nostalgia punch, no lie. Do I need more basic guys? Do I need to grow a legion? The stock junkie answer is “heck yah!” but I’m trying to be a little more reasonable here. The odds of me actually playing a HH game are slim to none, and I really don’t need more bolter brothers on the shelf. Still might happen. But a little later for me to be planning for stuff to paint over the winter.
Same with any potential Christmas mega force they come out with. Marines/Nids/Eldar are always a possibility depending on contents. Undead as well now that I’m close to the bottom of the Soul Wars box.
There are a few marine things I’ve got my eye on. Bike chaplain, Gladiator tank, heavy intercessors, apothecary. I’ve been dithering on picking them up as I’ve got plenty of things on my to-do list, and if they show up in a bundle, I don’t need a lot of duplicates. So I’ll still probably wait.

The pile of shame is still large, but the things on my short list are getting mostly done. I should probably take advantage of the lack of urgent projects and build some of the backstock. Emperor knows there is plenty of it.

I should also do a few different inventories at some point. But that’s a weekend morning over coffee kind of project.

   
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Just a few more colors for the sloppy basecoat stage on the marines. And I should really put a few on the arms/spare bits, which are still at the bare primer stage. Just did the cleanup pass on the gaunts, last step for them is a pass of the flesh wash. After that they get to move over and wait to be based. Finished building another stealer, one more to do for now in this configuration.

And hey, it’s August and I’ve finished my entry for the month. Halftime report.


So not a lot of variety. Technically 3 different armies, but that’s being generous with the GSC magus. Although the phobos armor that’s in a completely different scheme to the blue Ultras helps as well. But the two big bugs and all the blue ultras are just executing the same basic paintjob. I should make an effort to get an Eldar entry into the comp. There is always December’s open round if nothing lines up before that. Although that’s a good time to wrap up other goals (like getting my demi company finished). As odd as it is to say, volume is down for comp entries this year, with 2 singletons and a trio. Only half at the 5 model cap. At the start of the year I had the idea of trying to max out the comp with 5x12 for the full 60. Obviously didn’t happen. From a quality standpoint both the big bugs polled well, with the flyrant actually getting me a massively shared bronze. I’ll take it. The rest is just me submitting the same stuff I’ve done before, and getting the same low-but-not-last results. It will be interesting to see how the Magus and the boys will do. Not bad for adherence to theme, and a little bit of the nostalgia kick. But nothing mind-blowing from actual paint.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Edit:
I just ordered a box of heavy intercessors. Give me something new to build, and would give me the front half of all the battleline squads for the company. And if another 5 show up in a bundle box at some point, that would be the back half. If 10 show up in a box I’m interested, I’m sure they could find a home, but honestly would not expect that to happen.

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So mocking up a apothecary:


Body is fixed (although could be swapped for other intercessors) everything else is just tacked on and temporary. First row is the GK TDA apoth bits. Little chunky, detail not the best. Better default angle. Might trim it down to fit a standard shoulderpad.

Second row is the com arm from the infiltrator kit with a chain attachement from the one of the relic TDA kits. I would also add a big needle sticking out of it.

Bling to be added later. I’ve the the tube/vial belt things from the GK set. Backpack could be replaced with in inceptor one with the spot attached. Plus purity seals and preferably a second holstered pistol.

Thoughts? I’m still bouncing ideas around. And just tossing my hands up and getting the official kit is still on the table. I could save this for a medical specialist in KT, if those still exist, and use the offical model for the company apothecary.

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I'd probably go with the second one. the shoulder pad is a little nicer balanced, and he feels a bit more characterful I guess? like "how dare you interrupt me, I'm medicing here" Both look decent though.
   
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I think working to make the second one acceptable is your best bet. First is just a little too clunky. Adding the syringe and some bling as you plan to should do the trick.
   
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Vejut wrote:I'd probably go with the second one. the shoulder pad is a little nicer balanced, and he feels a bit more characterful I guess? like "how dare you interrupt me, I'm medicing here" Both look decent though.


youwashock wrote:I think working to make the second one acceptable is your best bet. First is just a little too clunky. Adding the syringe and some bling as you plan to should do the trick.


I could trim the shoulder down on the first and give him a normal pad. I do think the arm is a tad big, and the detail is old. But I’ve used TDA arms on primaris before, and the scale is not horrible. But it has a much better angle the the second arm. Raised like that it should be his focus, and I should probably switch to a more "at rest" pistol arm. Painted up or down, but not active. At that point he’s not actively in the battle, but just charting injuries to submit CMS-1500s to the quartermaster for reimbursement.

I could cut and reposition the arm, but not sure how well that would work. Would probably have to cut the whole coms package off and put it on another shoulder/upper arm/elbow.

Honestly, this guy isn’t wowing me. Might tinker a bit more, or just sweep the parts back into the bits box for later. I do have some kromlec parts I ordered way back I should dig up. Which would be the intelligent thing to do.

   
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I kinda feel like he works, looking up for a moment from his display to pop an enemy before going back to it, but its your model, and if thats not what you're going for, fair enough. Could you rotate the gun arm down and re angle the head to face the screen, or is it a one peice thing?
   
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Vejut wrote:
I kinda feel like he works, looking up for a moment from his display to pop an enemy before going back to it, but its your model, and if thats not what you're going for, fair enough. Could you rotate the gun arm down and re angle the head to face the screen, or is it a one peice thing?


The only thing fixed is the torso and legs. And there are others in the box I could use if I wanted to change his stance.

And I’ve got a pretty deep bits box to swap things around from. Might try some other gun arms.

   
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I like him, but his lower half needs a bit more bling to balance him out. Even if it's some good old pouches to hold the geneseed he extracts from his fallen brothers. Possibly a medic Helix on one of the legs. There is just so much extra on the top that he looks unbalanced.

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 Theophony wrote:
I like him, but his lower half needs a bit more bling to balance him out. Even if it's some good old pouches to hold the geneseed he extracts from his fallen brothers. Possibly a medic Helix on one of the legs. There is just so much extra on the top that he looks unbalanced.


One problem with sprucing up a line trooper is the lack of sculpted on bling. These are mostly just structural mock-ups. Once I get the pose right, pouches, purity seals, etc can be added.

Although I wonder if I would be better off starting with something like a Bladeguard? Of course if I need to buy a new box, why not just get the actual apothecary and tweak the bits about him I don’t like?

   
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I think I like the second one better, however, the first is equally really nice.

If you went with the first, I think it might be an idea to try and counterbalance the big shoulder with something hanging from the opposite thigh? Maybe some kind of robe, or medical tunic, a la the 30k FW
apothecary minis, or like, a bundle of medical gubbins as tubes? He might also suit a slightly less conventional helmet? Some kind of optic or comms stuff might make him feel a little less like an intercessor, and more like a specialist. I like the pose though, nice and distinct without being over the top. Great stuff!

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