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Welcome, one and all, to my blog. Do not expect to find a normal army here... normality stops here.

The explaination for why I'm building this army is below and after that is some fluff for the army, so there is quite a bit of reading in the spoilers.
Don't feel like you have to read any or all of it, but if you are wondering why this army looks the way it does, all should be explained below (or above if you are looking at the pictures...).

There are lots of pictures later on and my painting has noticeably improved over the course of this blog, so I urge you to stick with it.
Just below here, you will find links to all the posts that reveal finished models so you don't have to scroll through all the chatter inbetween if you don't want to.
Also, for the larger builds, I have included links to the start of the project (if you want to follow it from idea to completion), then the end of the building/start of painting (so that you can see it before it was painted), and the finished model (if you just like to look at the pretties ).

I have a separate blog for the things I make for other's or for sale: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/549077.page#5997978
If this blog seems quiet, I'll likely be over there instead.

Current army recruits:
Page 50 Army shots
Page 112 Latest Army recruits

Space Marine Tactical Marines: Numbers 1 to 10 ; Scroll down for original post// #12 (Blood Drinker) // #13 (Mantis Warrior) // #11 (Revilers), (in progress)
Re-painting: Number 1 (Ultramarine) // Number 2 (Blood Angel) // Number 5 (White Scar) and Number 6 (Imperial Fist) // Number 3 (Dark Angel) // Number 4 (Black Templars) //

Space Marine Terminator Assault squad: Numbers 1 to 5 ; Scroll down,

Space Marine Predator - T-01: Start, Interior complete, Exterior build complete, Completed.

Tyranid Warriors: Number 1 ; Scroll down// #2// #3,

Tyranid Genestealers: Numbers 1 to 8 ; Scroll down,

Tyranid Hormagaunts: Numbers 1 to 4 ; Scroll down// 5, 6, 7 and 8// # 9// Numbers 10, 11 and 12, (in progress),

Tyranid Termagants: Numbers 1 to 4 ; Scroll down// # 5// Numbers 6, 7 and 8// Numbers 9, 10, 11 and 12, (in progress),

Tyranid Rippers: With "Lasers" on their heads// Playing 40k, (in progress),

Eldar Guardians: Heavy Weapon platform and Guardians HW1 and HW2// Numbers 3 and 4// Numbers 5 and 6// Numbers 7 and 8// Numbers 9 and 10.

Eldar Dire Avengers: #4// #6 (Exarch) on "Venus"// Numbers 1 and 2, (in progress),

Eldar War Walker - Number 1 : Start, Complete,

Eldar Wave Serpent - Tr01 : Start, Build Complete, Painting and Detailing Complete,

Tau Fire Warriors: Number 1, (in progress),

Tau Stealth Team (to be started),

Tau XV8 Crisis Suit (HQ): Start, Complete,

Tau Kroot Carnivores: Number 1, (in progress),

Tau Drones (to be started),

Tau Devilfish (to be started),

Ork Boyz: Number 1 (Death Skullz), Number 2 (Goffs), (in progress),

Ork Bikers (to be started),

Ork Trukk (to be started),

Dark Eldar Kabalite Warriors: Number 1, (in progress),

Dark Eldar Wyches: Number 2 // #1, (in progress),

Dark Eldar Reavers: Number 1 // (in progress),

Dark Eldar Raider (to be started),

Necron Warriors: Number 1, (in progress),

Necron Immortals/Deathmarks: Number 1 (in progress),

Necron Scarabs (to be started),

Necron Ghost Ark (to be started),

"Other" HAW206 multiped tank: Start, Finished, Pilot.
...

Terrain
Sprue Hut: Start, Sprue Wood Tutorial, Start of painting, Completed. Full tutorial.
Junk pile: Complete.
LoER terrain competition "Accident" - UFO crash: Complete
Objective Marker 1: Complete.

Princess Mononoke, San on wolf (Chibi) Conversion from SDE wolfrider Complete
...

About me:
Spoiler:
I have always been interested in Sci Fi etc... and therefore Warhammer related things from Fighting Fantasy books to role play (that's the dice and character sheet kind and not the dressing up kind) to Hero Quest and Space Crusade. I had always wanted to collect 40k figures but was put off by the stigma of them being expensive.

However I have been building plastic model aircraft kits (Airfix etc...) from a young age, and after many years the models were getting bigger and more complicated, just to keep me occupied for a reasonable amount of time (I can complete a 1:48 or 1:32 scale model in well under a week, while trying to take my time, a 1:72 scale barely takes a day). The last model I built was a 1:24 scale Hawker Hurricane, which was a nice challenge, but it is half a meter wide and I was now having serious problems finding space to display all my models.
However, I still went back to the model shop to look for the next model and while looking along the shelves the only models I could see that would challenge me were a) huge and b) expensive. I then decided to look at the small section of Warhammer models available and realised that I could buy 1, huge, model plane or helicopter or 15 small model chappies for about the same price which would keep me busy for longer and take less space to display. So I bought a Space Marine Tactical squad and a Terminator Assault squad and thus began my next collection of models.

Now you may realise that I'm not collecting 40k miniatures for the sake of gaming (although I may give it a go one day once I have all that's required) I am a modeller and painter first. This however led to an issue, I had already painted all the miniatures from both Hero Quest and Space Crusade while between models, and I found that I was getting bored painting more than a couple of miniature generally the same colour. So if painting 5 Space Marines all blue or red or yellow was a bit boring than I knew I wouldn't stick to a whole army a chaps / monsters if they all had to be the same colour. I will admit, an army where all the pieces are tied in together in a uniform colour scheme does look good, but it's not something I was going to paint. As usual, when I don't want to follow the rules, I'll make up an excuse...

I've always liked the idea of Chaos armies but when looking into the armies they still looked too ordered for me and the idea struck me: Coming from a scientific background my understanding of chaos stems from Entropy, which is a measure of the degree of disorder in a system and leads into the second law of thermodynamics (hence the army name) which basically states that the entropy, or disorder, of a system will always increase (a good excuse for those of you who don't like tidying up is that you are just fighting against nature). So I decided to create an army that was completely mixed and therefore completely disordered and therefore "true" Chaos. And being a scientist myself, it had to start from a typical mad scientist.

But in reality, this is all just an excuse for me to paint all the miniatures I acquire different colours... That's the background, this is the fluff (that I made up just for the fun of it).

About the Army of the Second Law:
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Shortly after the Zeist Campaign (999.M41) a small but diffuse cluster of star systems in an area of Ultramar and previously known to harbour civilisations was found devoid of all sentient life. It was thought that this might be due to the Tau or Tyranid infestation, but upon inspection the destruction was not typical of either race; The only remaining signs that a planet had supported a thriving civilisation was the crumbling remains of their structures and buildings. All machinery, resources and, more perplexing, any traces of the bodies of man or animal were absent. The plant life however, was thriving. From studying the degree to which the flora had encroached and covered the ruins of once great civilisations, it could be calculated that these planets had been deserted for centuries and no clue was given as to where or why all the people and fauna had gone. The greatest mystery was that one planet, near the middle of this cluster of star-systems, was completely missing and records showed that nothing has been written about this planet since early M35.

Unknown to the Imperial forces that found this mystery, the missing planet was not missing, but hidden to their instruments, their psykers and their naked eyes. This was the home of the Army of the Second Law.
Headed by The Mad Scientist, who's name is long forgotten. A genius left alone on a planet wiped clean of all sentient life by one of his experiments (M35); an experiment that granted him immortality and the collective knowledge and memories of the whole planet, he was slowly driven mad by this knowledge and loneliness while perfecting his techniques and experiments over thousands of years, on the surrounding star-systems.

He developed an obsession for "true" chaos, through the study of the natural increase in the disorder of his home world as the familiar surroundings of a once great civilised (ordered) planet crumbled to dust to be replaced by the randomness of the untouched flora of the planet.
He was persuaded in his madness by the voices in his head that a fictitious god of disorder had tasked him with fighting the tide of order and uniformity created by the habitation of sentient beings throughout the galaxy. He therefore had to increase the disorder in the universe as he believed it should be and that the very nature of the universe tends towards without the structure and order brought about by civilisation. Without his help, he believed, the universe would die when the "unnatural" levels of order became too great.
He does not believe that all life should be destroyed, just that the structure of the various societies should be disrupted and randomised. Any that stand in his way, however, will die. After all, he's on a mission from god.

He therefore set about planning to build an army to spread death, disorder and destruction from one world to the next, destroying infrastructures and spreading "true" chaos, the greater the degree of destruction the better for disorder. An ordered and regimented army, however, just wouldn't do and he set about it's creation as he did for any of his experiments, by bringing together random pieces or elements and mixing them up in one pot.

He ensnared a drifting space hulk (possibly as early as M36), with a kind of tractor beam he invented for the purpose, and brought it in to crash into the planets surface killing nearly all life aboard which consisted of a large population of Tyranids and a small band of space marines that were exploring the hulk at the time. The survivors were left to die on their own or picked off by robotic drones created, but hated due to their lack of disorder, by The Scientist.
The hulk, a collection of ancient and more recent spacecraft, granted The Scientist access (using the robotic probes he designed and built, themselves from ancient knowledge) to the raw material he required to start his army, body parts. He also discovered a vast collection of wargear, equipment and STC data aboard the hulk.

He set about rebuilding whole bodies from what he found and learning about the unique biology of the various species from dissection and by absorbing the knowledge and memories of the dead.
Using all manner of techniques he persuaded, tortured, and brainwashed the reanimated, disembodied, heads of the creatures and humans to follow his command and believe in what he believed. He also implanted small bioelectronic devices into the skulls of his army that would allow the various species to recognise each other as "friends", either directly or by a sort of hallucination to disguise the different, hostile, species. Anyone else, therefore, was recognised as foe in a similar way.
He could then breath life back into the reassembled bodies and use extracted DNA to clone further members of his army that could be brainwashed from scratch and trained by memory implants.

He then sent small scouting parties to raid other planets, particularly scenes of recent battles for fresh and diverse "raw materials" to increase his disordered army and to supply various pieces of hardware required for weapons and vehicles, ready to spread the word of randomness to the rest of the universe. He also utilised techniques to lure "raw materials" directly to his planet in some cases.
He has also developed the transportation technology of the various species encountered through the universe to allow retrieval of equipment and "raw materials" from the battlefield so as to avoid loosing precious hardware and to acquire more from opponents during and after battle. His technology cannot be used to transport his army across the battlefield, only to transfer anything, with one of his transport gizmos attached, to his ship in orbit. All members of his army have a gizmo implanted together with the behaviour implant and all pieces of armour and weaponry have one or more of their own.

Tyranids
As the majority of the samples first obtained by The Scientist a lot of his early experiments were with these creatures. In probing the minds of the bodies recovered he learnt that they could easily be recruited to his army by careful direction of their hunger to consume all bio-matter and only required implants to prevent them attacking absolutely everything, for example, the other members of his army. However, to direct them he needed something more, a synapse creature. He learnt of the hive mind and the way that a consciousness was spread throughout all the tyranids. The remains of a synapse creature was found within the crashed hulk, but was too badly damaged to be of direct use. It's DNA was used to clone two new creatures; one to act as a general, to control the lesser tyranids on the battlefield and the other to disguise his own planet and base of operations from the hive mind. A great deal of electronics were required to keep these two from realising that they were no longer working as part of the hive but against it.

Spacemarines
Also found aboard the crashed hulk. Biologically easier to work with initially than the tyranids due to The Scientists greater knowledge of the human body. However, psychologically the marines were harder to break than the tyranids due to their religion and morals, but it was not impossible. Absorbing the individual knowledge and memory of each marine gave The Scientist the advantage of knowing their personal weaknesses and given time to work with their disembodied heads using physical and mental torture was able to make the marines susceptible to accept personal programmed delusions into their minds via The Scientist's bioelectronic implants. Each marine believed that they were still fighting for the Emperor and they were standing side by side with the other members of their original chapter.

Dark Eldar
Lured to the planet by the apparent (but faked) bounty of plentiful, peaceful, easy prey for their slaves, the dark eldar raiding party was surprised by an ambush of tyranids (the first and not quite perfect batch, possibly as early as M38). The survivors who escaped with their lives unknowingly left all that The Scientist wanted in reality, the bodies of their dead. From their minds, The Scientist learnt a lot more about torture techniques from the experts of torture and put this to good use on others and on those that supplied him with this knowledge. He also learnt a great deal about the physiology and anatomies of all the other star-faring races of the galaxy from the dark eldar, the information being extremely useful in advance of choosing and collecting members of these races.

Eldar
More difficult to find than their dark brethren, The Scientist acquired a great deal of information about them from the dark eldar which helped once "raw materials" were found. The first eldar acquired were a small pirate band that attacked a dummy ship which appeared to be lost in empty space but was actually a trap orbiting the planet (which was hidden to their instruments and their minds). Once boarded, the ship automatically dived into the planets atmosphere and crashed into the surface, killing all on board. The Scientist then went to work as usual. Due to the use of spirit stones by the eldar, resurrection of their dead bodies and minds proved difficult and he decided on a different approach that involved capturing them alive, a task that the dark eldar forces, together with some of the tyranids at his disposal proved useful in achieving. Their heightened response to emotions gave The Scientist the edge in brainwashing them, however.

Orks
Orks were the easiest to find "raw materials" for, due to the volume of warring orks and therefore dead orks throughout the galaxy. They were also easy to "persuade" into fighting in the army due to their violent and impulsive nature. The bioelectronic devices implanted in the orks led them to believe that The Scientist was the biggest, hardest ork they have ever seen and they wouldn't therefore ever challenge him. The devices also inhibit their violent tendencies whilst not on the battlefield to avoid accidents that would waste too much time. Collecting and controlling the distribution of the ork spores allowed The Scientist to grow any number of new orks to swell his army's ranks in a controlled manner. Due to their unique, genetically engineered, biology The Scientist found the ork body particularly easy to work with.

The Tau
"Raw materials" were gathered by sending a craft into the nearby Tau controlled space under the guise of friendship and then capturing the delegate, a technician (that was sent to aid repair to the apparently stricken ship) and their guards while onboard and returning to The Scientist on his planet. Further "raw materials" were gathered from battlefields during the Zeist Campaign. The army recruits are led to believe that they are still fighting for the greater good by the use of the bioelectronic implants. Their technological knowledge has proved useful to The Scientist.

The Imperial Guard
Due to The Scientist's great knowledge of the human body, he required few examples of actual Imperial guard soldiers to clone members for his army and the nearby human-controlled star-systems supplied ample "raw materials". It was however, necessary to steal equipment to outfit the clones (this was not difficult with the current members of the army). The soldiers were brought up to believe that who and what they were fighting for and fighting with were normal and so required little in electronic "aids" to add them to the army. Each soldier is also implanted with the memories of the training needed to fight effectively.

Necrons
The Scientist has yet to acquire a single specimen to study and has various plans in action to rectify this, although he finds their uniformity abhorrent. It is only a matter of time though and The Scientist has lots of time.
Having studied and observed, via probes and infiltrators, The Scientist has seen some usefulness in incorporating Necrons into the army. The Scientist has seen the fear, panic and disruption caused upon the mere sight of emotionless, metal killing machines and knows how useful this could be in his mission.
However capturing an intact Necron (or even substantial parts) has proven difficult, and so The Scientist (having acquired small quantities of the Necron metal) has started to experiment with replicating the metal and building his own "men of metal" and implanting the minds of others into the constructs.

Chaos Daemons
The Scientist has yet to determine a method to recruit daemons into his army. He respects the chaotic nature of the daemons, but has doubts as to brainwashing them, maybe he could strike a deal somehow...

Chaos Space Marines

Like the Chaos daemons, the Chaos Space Marines are unlikely to be brainwashed into joining the army directly. But The Scientist has plans in action to corrupt loyal Space Marines while directing them to his cause.
Having acquired various Chaos artefacts, The Scientist has experimented with exposing the minds and bodies of Space Marines, already under his control, to the artefacts for varying amounts of time. It can only be a matter of time before some benefit for the army is discovered or contact is established with those "lesser" Chaos gods...

During or after battle The Scientist's minions will collect "raw materials" and equipment from the enemy, win or lose, he will always escape harm with the additional knowledge and materials to create more soldiers for his ever increasing (and increasingly random) army.

That's the Fluff, Pics to follow... Once I work out how to get pics on here?!?




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The banner was made to look as if a mad scientist had ripped a chart off the wall and quickly painted a pic on the back then hung it on the marine.



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And the Terminators;









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Whereas the Space Marines were based on actual chapter colour schemes the Tryanids that I'm currently working on are mostly based on what can be found in nature, where I've looked at various bugs and beetles and crabs and suchlike for inspiration for the colour schemes. But there are the three main hive schemes represented and some colour combinations I just thought were nice. Throughout the Tyranids I've tried to make the colours and patterns more natural and organic as opposed to the painted armour of the marines.




The Termagant on the left is meant to appear irridescent, with a metallic blue (previously used for a Subaru Impreza rally car model) with a wash of gloss green, doesn't really come across in the pic. But I do like how the strips on his tail came out.


I like the pose for the Hormagaunt on the right, the head and arms ended up in just the right places.






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When it came to the Genestealers I just had to do one in the classic Space Hulk colours.


The Ymgarl Genestealer on the right was painted as if he was jumping out of ambush. From what I understand of them, they are shapeshifters and I reasoned that if you can change shape, you can change colour; so he's mid-change from camoflaged with the terrain as it is on the base to a rather excited colour scheme for attack. I also gave him 4 different arms to represent his shapeshifting ability.
His friend on the left was based on a wasp-like colour scheme, but I only noticed when it came to painting him that one of the arms was a "left" and not a "right" as it should have been...so I painted it a different colour and am using the excuse that the mad scientist didn't have the right arm to replace it and just attached what he had available.




The GS on the right is also a result of the scientists repair work. I just thought it would be amusing for a GS to be using a weapon typically used to kill GS. Instead of the cabling being used to electrify the claws it's for pumping the toxins through.


Tyranid Warrior number 1, based on a crazily patterned beetle.

More to follow, once painted...

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The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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Las Vegas

The fluff behind this army is crazy, and I love the ideas presented here.

If I had a dollar for every dollar I spent I'd have all my money back.
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 Brotheralexos wrote:
The fluff behind this army is crazy, and I love the ideas presented here.


Thanks. You could say "mad" Mwa ha ha... As I said, it's only an excuse for me to paint them any way I want. But I did try to shoehorn the fluff into the 40k universe in as seamless a way as possible. I read as much as possible about the different armies to try and come up with plausible method that they could be recruited into the army. I'm sure many people could pick all kinds of holes in it, but it's only a bit of fun.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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A new recruit for the army...





The Warriors pose is to say "this is what I've got, come and have a go if you think you're hard enough". Although I'm not entirely sold on the paint scheme, but will have to see if it grows on me. I like the weapon colours, it's just the rest just doen't grip me yet, it was based on a crab and tbh it looked better on the crab...
I haven't though of a way to use the rippers in the army, they probably won't get in. But I have them, so I'm going to paint them.

Let me know, O' people out there, what you think of my minitures and their paint schemes, it would be good to get opinions from people in the know and not just "oo that's a pretty colour" which is all I get at home.

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Latest addition.


Credit where credit is due, the colour scheme was based on this
http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/383974-Mawloc%20%252F%20Trygon.html
Very nice Ifalna.

I now "only" have 12 Rippers, 12 Hormagaunts and 12 Termagants left to paint.
If you think it's tricky deciding on a colour scheme for your army, consider deciding on 36 colour schemes...what to do?

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OK, it's been a bad month for painting (well everything really).
But here is the next triplet of Rippers and they are introducing a sneak peak at the next section of the army that will be started after the Tyranids are complete...


There is more to come, and soon, once painted, I promise.
   
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Your full army will hurt to look at with all the crazy colors at once. It will be great.

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Thanks White Ninja.
That's the plan, true Chaos...


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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NZ

Can't wait to see dem boyz in dat army... Hurr...hurr...

About those "electronic gizmos" I think that a bit of green stuff on the side of the head shaped (and painted) to look like a electronic brain implant that is not quite on the inside of the head would look cool. Particulary on Orks or Tyrinids.

Cool looking models though, good work.

 
   
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Thanks da waaagh orkz, glad you like them.

That is a good idea and it has floated around my brain to make at least some of the models appear to have some sort of electronic extras sticking out, but not thought too seriously about it though. Saying that, I did give one of the Warriors an "aerial" as a sort of booster for the signal to surrounding "gizmos" much like the synapse thing for straight Tyranids.

I shall have to invest in some green stuff and practice (not used it before). I'm also fairly "bitz poor" as I've not been collecting very long (although I do have a fair few bitz from other models, some I have already used), so as I get more models the added extras on the models I make will increase (like the lightning claw Genestealer).


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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Ok, next 4 army members finished.


HG on the left was painted in more natural colours and is positioned to look like its leaning into a corner and putting the inside claw down. The HG on the right I know isn't meant to have those arms, but that's why I gave it some and I like them. The colour was based on a picture of a dragon with blue scales and an orange belly and it was only after I'd painted it that I realised it looks like a close relative of the Behemoth scheme HG above, but it is more blue and more orange than the other one.


HG on the left here was based on a newly discovered stick insect, what you can't see here is the triangles on the plates so I will add a picture to show that in a bit. The reason it's right arm is a different colour was that the pose reminded me on the dark blue Warrior above and thought that it could show the result of a genetic experiment by the scientist. The HG on the right was based on a crab and was probably the easiest to paint of this batch.

Next up will be some Termagants and I have an idea for one of them... You may have to wait a while.


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Here's the top view of Hormagaunt number 7.

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Humbrol paints...? interesting. You are doing very well with such an unusual paint for the job. I know humbrol is for plastics but having used humbrol and acrylics I would say acrylics are easier to paint fine detail with and there is no white spirit smell involved. That smell is somewhat overpowering!!. Good luck with your unusual paint choice and may the force be with you!

That one you said is inspired by ifalna - looks really good, really smooth blending - I didn't think you could do that with enamel paint.

   
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6 foot underwater

Hey, a whole generation (or two) of us were raised on Humbrol enamels An entirely reasonable move for those coming from modelling, and back then there wasn't a good choice of decent acrylics. Blending was in fact easier with enamels, they have a much longer curing time than acrylics, I swear I could do more with enamels back in the day than I can withacrylics now. But there is all the kerfuffle with white spirit, and shorter lifespan for your brushes and all the clean-up, so I'll stay here thanks

Some nice looking colour schemes you have there Dr H, looking forward to a wide variety of colour in this blog


edit: Where does it say these were Humbrol anyway

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cyborks & flyboyz : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/300067.page
heretical ramblings : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/302773.page
imperial preachings : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/303365.page
Da Waaagh-ky Races : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/325045.page
Briancj: You have the Mek Taint, MT, and the only thing we can do is watch in horror/amazement.

 
   
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Thanks weetyskemian.
I've only ever used enamel paints, so don't know how they compare to acrylics. I'm certainly in the minority when it comes to paint choice.

For the fine details I usually dilute some paint down with white spirit and try to work very carefully. Maybe it's just that I've had years of practice with enamel paints, but it's what I'm used to.

Lol, yeah my room does tend to smell interesting with a combination of paint, white spirit and poly cement. The smell doesn't bother me too much, but that may be due to working in chemistry labs and learning to ignore strange smells. It also helps to keep a lid on the white spirit jar I use to wash my brushes.

Yeah, blending is tricky to say the least. I use various tricks to pull it off, such as dry brushing, washing and using a paintbrush of white spirit (but that can easily take the paint off instead of blending it). For that model I used many small layers of slightly different colours to give the blended effect, if you look closely at the strangler or his claw you can see the layers, for the barbed strangler I used 13 different shades from yellow through to very dark green. The claw "only" has 10.


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 monkeytroll wrote:

and shorter lifespan for your brushes and all the clean-up, so I'll stay here thanks

Some nice looking colour schemes you have there Dr H, looking forward to a wide variety of colour in this blog


edit: Where does it say these were Humbrol anyway


Thanks monkeytroll.
Yeah, I tend to keep to cheap brushes.

Variety is the way forward, I shall aim to please and to hopefully inspire.

I mentioned Humbrol on AnUnearthlyChilde's "Papa-Nid's" thread.

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A HA ha ha Ha Ha ho ho He He Ha ha HA HA HA He he Ho ho Ha Ha... ahem!
May I present The (Mad) Scientist's solution to armed support...


Why wait for allies to back you up or cover you, when you can bring your support with you!!!
A fully automated, chain fed, 360 degree, independant, turret bolter...

...Or, what to do when you have an idea for something to try on a vehicle and are still working with Tyranids...

A few notes on the painting: I was basing the colour scheme on a crab which had an orange body and blue-purple shell, but I then realised (once I'd done the orange) that I already had two red/orange with blue/purple tyranids , so had to choose another colour to go with the orange. The crab also had white claws, but plain white just didn't look right.

This model also contains my first attempts at glass lens/screen type affect (that I am quite happy with) and OSL (the little green light on the box, which probably could do with being more obvious) and rivets using PVA glue (some are better than others).
Also, I have found that my phone's camera has a "close up" option that appears to make the pictures slightly clearer, so that's a bonus for future pictures (if I remember it) and I may go back an take better pics of the previous models to replace the above pictures.

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Really, really cool.

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Also, I have recently aquired some Milliput for the purpose of modelling and going back to the earlier idea of representing the "electroinic gizmos" by adding a few such things to some models I have tried out a few ideas in blutack.

I would just like to know what people think of the designs and if anyone has any suggestions etc... to make them look better / more realistic for the 40k universe.



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 ExNoctemNacimur wrote:
Really, really cool.

Thanks, it was quite fun to do.

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Your putting guns on tyranids reminds me of Dr evil from austin powers and his friggin sharks with friggin lasers on their heads! Very mad scientist stylee.

   
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 weetyskemian44 wrote:
Your putting guns on tyranids reminds me of Dr evil from austin powers and his friggin sharks with friggin lasers on their heads! Very mad scientist stylee.


Ooooooooh, I hadn't thought of that!
I'm definitely going to have to put a "laser" on a head of something...


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Introducing some ill-tempered, mutated, sea-rippers with frickin' "laser" beams on their heads...
Every animal deserves a warm meal...

And with them here is a Termagant based on one of Nard's Nids, once I'd seen them I had to have one. Sadly my painting is not as good as Nard and the pink isn't quite as pink, maybe some came out during the (brain)washing...
Check out his method of painting and you too can have pink tyranids... http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/369038.page
You will also notice it has the first of the gizmo signal boosters attached, random members of the army will have something similar attached here and there.


The Termagant on the left is based on a large tyranid (maybe a carnifex) that I may have seen here on DakkaDakka, but I can't find it and don't remember who's it is (if you recognise your paint scheme feel free to let me know, EDIT: Found it! it was a Tervigon and it was painted by TheDrescher and is here http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/186305-Tervigon%20Front.html). I had a spare Deathspitter so thought it would be fun to give a little model a big gun.
The Termagant on the right is actually my own scheme designed for desert camoflage.

Enjoy and do feel free to let me know what you think of any and all of my army.

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Hooray! Lasers! Lol.

   
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Gotta be honest I didn't read that wall of text , but I really like that last black and yellow tyranid on the left, very crisp and striking =)


 
   
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 Two Spartan wrote:
Gotta be honest I didn't read that wall of text , but I really like that last black and yellow tyranid on the left, very crisp and striking =)



No problem, it's just a long explaination of why I'm not painting them as an army and why there will be all races and colours represented here.
Thanks.


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Tentacular update for you this time.


Because everyone knows that purple tentacles are evil.
And ahh, look, it takes it's latest plaything with it everywhere.

This model was the biggest pain in the backside so far. If it wasn't trying to fall over or come unstuck or fall apart, it was just being plain
difficult. A learning process we shall say.

That's all for now, more on the way once painted.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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Fellow Hormagaunts complete.


Colour scheme based on a Tervigon by Gorechild (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/368387-.html).
This Hormagaunt started with an attempt to make an implant that was partially visible sticking out of the head. I used some milliput that was left over from making the tentacles of number 9 (purple/green, above), this meant that the putty was not as maleable as it could have been and I wasn't too pleased with the "lump with a square carved in" that resulted. So I decided to add a few pipes or wires to cover it up, in doing so I made up too much putty for just him and decided to use the rest on the next Hormagaunt I was working on (below).


Colour scheme was based on some hormagaunts I saw by AllSeeingSkink (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/385818-Hormagaunts.html).
I used a premade (by me) gizmo, that I glued to it's back and made some wires to attach it to the head. However the attachment point on the head looked a bit rough, so I made some more pipes to cover it. I still had some putty left over after this and decided to use it up on the next hormagaunt by building a large steampunk-like device (which was the point that many of the "wires or pipes" on the above hormagaunts, became pipes and were destined to be painted as such).


Colour scheme here was based on the Ouroboros hive fleet scheme that I stumbled apon somewhere.
Due to the amount of putty I had left at this point, I ended up making tubes leading to the head, arms and legs and have since decided that if anything it may count as a mechanical adrenal gland...

Oh yeah... and a top view of this triplet of "experiments"...


Hope you like them. Let me know what you think.
More to follow, once painted as usual.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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You fluff is amazing. I need to go into as much detail on my armies.

Also, I'm loving the 'nids.

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 baneofmorgoth wrote:
You fluff is amazing. I need to go into as much detail on my armies.

Also, I'm loving the 'nids.


Thank you, the fluff had been "brewing" for a while before I bought any models. Once I decided that I'd put them on DakkaDakka I just had to form it into something readable. But that reminds me, I was going to add some more bits to the fluff that came to me the other day, I shall go have a think...

And thank you again.

Edit: Have added to the fluff for Necrons and CSMs in the OP.

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The army- ~2295 points (built).

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Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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Some Termagants for you to oggle this time.


The Termagant on the left here is based on those of Papa Nid himself, AnUnearthlyChild (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/370794-5%252F10%20Termagants%20done%20of%20Brood%20No.1.html?m=2).
The Termagant on the right is painted as if it had evolved to be camoflaged in an urban environment, hence various shades of grey.


Left is based on a beetle of some kind. The metallic blue was a pain, as the pot I had, had gone a bit thick and sticky so I had to resort to washing over silver to get the affect. With added bionic eye for the fun of it.
Right is a spinegaunt in more ways than one... Not only does it have spines on it's back, but the colour scheme is based on a Thorny Devil of all things (nature has many ways of producing colour schemes that you wouldn't think of).

These will be the last of the tyranids for the time being. Those of you who know the contents of the tyranid battleforce and have been keeping count will notice that there is 4 Termagants and 4 Hormagaunts that have not made an appearance yet... They are not forgotten, they are awaiting assembly but I am holding off so that I may use some spare bitz from the next box o' models to add to the variety of the tyranids.

On the topic of the next box of models I can reveal to those of you that didn't get it from the earlier sneak peek picture that I have the Eldar battleforce.
It may be a while before something appears here as I need to do a bit of research into what's what (initial thoughts on first looking at the sprues ranged from "oooo that looks interesting" to "wtf is that thing").
Whereas the Spacemarine kit is fairly recogniseable the Eldar kit is alien to me (surprise surprise being aliens an' all), as is the transfers... What are these things...? No really, If anyone out there knows what all these symbols relate to (craftworld etc...)? I would like to know. So I shall be dangling my toes into the internet for a while to see what turns up.

Early poking of the internet has resulted in some interesting info.
First off, all Eldar Dire Avengers are blue... We'll see about that, "blue" can be interpreted in many and various ways... Nothing in this army gets painted the same...NOTHING! You hear me fluff... blue, indeed....

So if anyone has any useful Eldar info for tech', gliphs / markings / symbols, and wtf all the random bits are on these sprues, please let me know.
And as always, feel free to let me know what you think of the army so far.


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Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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OK, the internet has provided and I thought I'd give something back....

This is what I understand of the Eldar transfer sheet, hope it helps someone:
[Thumb - Eldar transfer sheet.jpg]
Eldar Transfer Sheet



The army- ~2295 points (built).

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Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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Have not checked this thread for a while now. Looking good so far, glad to see you have followed my avivce about the external gubbins. What would look really good would to be to get a space marine dreadnought and stick a bunch of random wires and stuff on it to make it look extensively modified or something. Still waiting to see what you will do for orks though.

 
   
 
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