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Subject: Storm's Messy Blog: House warming, status update, and 2nd Edition Painting advice needed. 12/3/2015.
Currently revising this messy blog while on vacation/moving into my new house. (If you see this lol.) Got lots of goodies in store when I get back!
This blog is a blog dedicated to making converted, customized, and fully painted miniatures. This blog is to showcase my terrain, oddball games and systems, along with the main projects below.
The Sons of Orar:
Where it all began, these Marines have been stripped and restarted so many times it is ridiculous. I have decided to take a full second edition approach to the painting and styling of these marines, with modern and old kits mixed in, along with a handful of Rogue Trader throwbacks mixed in. These guys are my first army, and hold a special place in my heart.
(Star Hunters will be here soon. Working on fluff.)
This blog started as my Sons of Orar blog and then terrain but, as I am branching out to Specalist games such as Epic, BFG, the Halo Fleet game, MEdge, and other Space Marine chapters, I have decided to rename and redo this blog, and pretend the first few pages don't exist, as my younger self created this blog.
I've unfortunately had to grow up fast, and this blog sorta shows that over time. For each of you who has followed so far, you are wonderful, and your support from comments to painting tips, all the way to sending me bits and kits has been super helpful.
Especially in times of strife.
So this blog started out as my Sons of Orar blog but, it has expanded to terrain and other chapters of Marines and one off projects that I fancy, based on Ravendove's Sons of Orar, and this email below I found on the net from Keith of Heavy Metal, that cemented me in choosing this chapter, that is slowly being supported more by Games workshop as time goes on.
Thanks for your email about your future marine army, It's always nice to see other gamers taking an interest in what was once my own little chapter.
Regarding any background or concepts that I had when creating them there were a couple, though these may have changed since the writers in the Design studio now have control over there history and future.
Primarily they where created as an early warning system and first line of defense against any new Tyranid invasion and where based on the moon of Orar (hence the name) though the origin of the name has since been altered. Since they were seen as an almost expendable force they were primarily equipped with the older marks of Space Marine armour (mk 6)
For a Space Marine chapter they have an above average amount of Librarians (mainly because the concepts of Librarians has always appealed to me in the 40K background)
Other than that there history was left pretty open so I could alter it and add things as I went along.
Tips for painting them I'd defiantly recommend leaving the shoulder pads off where possible so that you can prime them white while the rest of the marine is primed black.
I can't remember exactly how I painted the red as I constantly change the way I paint it but the following method should give you a good result.
Basecoat: Wazdakka Red
Highlight: Evil Suns Scarlet
Highlight: Cadian Fleshtone
I'd then spray the whole model with a gloss varnish so that the wash flows a lot better and doesn't alter the colours to much.
When that's dry, I'd give it a wash of Reikland Fleshshade and Carroburg Crimson mix.
I hope that is of help to you and your future projects.
Forge World Model Designer.
So Keith, if you're reading this. Thank you for giving me a army that isn't overdone but, a blast to create for years to come.
It was because of that sincerity and the fact that he replied to another wargamer, that sold me on this army in the end. They're also a good chapter for supporting other chapters in campaigns, read: Imperial Armor part one, badab war, (Howling Griffons,) and other sources. I am going to do this army as true to intention as he said above. That means using as many Beakies, Librarians, and Tyranid bits as I can.
Anyways, I won't be using his exact paint scheme. I'll be using a mixture of Ravendove's technique, combined with the early 90's style of painting.
Anyways, I also follow Seahawk on B&C, Ravendove's Sons of Orar, (Also on B&C) and From the Warp on Blogspot along with Blackladder/Ruglud. The last two inspired me to put up my own blog here, along with the courteous and supportive Gitsplitta.
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@ Slinky: Thanks! I decided I can't sleep, and that I'm going to post afterall today! It's just a a teaser but, I do have some terrain in the works. I also figure I should show off what came in the mail today. The support means a lot, especially this early in the night.
@ Alanmckenzie: Thank you for being one of the first to reply too! The Sons of Orar are huge hits for me due to the vagueness of their fluff, the fact that they are used by writers to assist other chapters, and their bias towards Tyranids. I tried to make an amazing opening post, and I would have done more picture wise but, I felt awful when I wrote it. The Hydrocodin has kicked in, and I've returned from Nurgle's domain.
"My bolter has sung glorious hymns across countless worlds, songs both of glory and despair."
Anyways, here is my first post. I'm apologize, nothing is painted yet. I am waiting to go to my FLGS to buy some paints, along with picking up my large order of Space Marine models. However, while I've been hibernating due to my wisdom teeth being cut out, a lot of packages came in the mail. Here's what I got, and here are some pictures of what I have been working on.
Here is the overview of all my stuff. A box of Tacticals, the citadel hobby kit. (Sure to earn some ire for that but, I work in the healthcare industry. After cutting the hell out of my hands with a hobby knife a few weeks back working on the "ruined" gatehouse I will post further down this page, I decided I cannot have any more open wounds as it is a risk. (Hep, HIV, etc.) so I got it for the sand, grass, and plastic snips haha!) It was on sale. Haters gonna hate... Anyways, there is also my SWM fall scenics kit, two stump kits, the "Beveled Edge: "All your Blasted Wasteland Bases set" from SWM http://www.secretweaponminiatures.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_30_59&products_id=240, plus a oval Blasted Wasteland base. Then there are Scibor Shields, and Maxmini helmets. Also, a lovely display plinth I bought off ebay to magnetize and display a 60mm objective I am working on.
Here are those Maxmini Steam Knight helmets. They're badass. I originally bought them thinking I ordered five but, I got ten. The price is great, I think they were like 8$ USD and shipping and handling costs, of course. I bought them for my Captain that I am kitbashing. The sole reason I wanted them was because I saw the one that is cut off the sprue on Gitz' Mantis Warrior biker. (In otherwords, the second one from the left on either sprue.)
There is also a Mk5 helmet for my Company Champion...
It reminded me of the Ultramarine on the cover of this book, so I had to have it. It's my favorite helmet in all of 40k, by far.
Just some of the 25mm bases.
Here are the Scibor shields I will be using. From left to right, the first will be used as decor on the objective marker. The second though it chipped (resin had an airbubble, it'll be an easy fix with Scibor's resin quality.) will still be used for my Captain, and the third will be placed on the shoulder of my Contemptor I plan on buying, ornamented with Tyranid heads.
Here is the start of my objective marker. Note the wire tree, I ran out of wire. It'll eventually have fall leaves to match the bases. The bases will be done up sorta like this: http://fromthewarp.blogspot.com/2012/06/making-wood-themed-bases-is-easy-to-do.html Anyways, my original plan was to have a Centurion with a leg seared off propped against it, firing his heavy bolter at Gargoyles. Sadly, at 25$ for a single Centurion, I said that! I'll be putting a downed squad on it later but, it will be relying heavily on kitbashing and dynamic posing.
Close up of the SWM kit, figure you guys would want to see what it comes with. There is also soil and static grass behind those leaves.
Here is one of my terrain projects I am excited over! It's the Battlescape. For the price, it's great terrain. I love the trees, though I've not glued them on yet for storage as I've two other terrain pieces to finish before this one but, that's pretty much the reason I bought it. However, I had to paper mache (which will be painted as mud and soil) over all the excessive skulls. I get tired of skulls. I prefer rivets, rocks, and mud to skulls.
Eventually, this piece will be the road that goes to the rear gatehouse that I am posting below, that will form the Sons of Orar outpost for my large diorama/game board. Oh crap, sorry. I let that out the bag way too quickly. Yes, I will be creating a miniature outpost/fortress for my Third Company Strikeforce.
In order from top to bottom of this series. So I'm making a cliff piece of terrain, with a monument area for some fallen SM and Guardsmen. It's made from foam from my HP laptop box, and bark stolen from my neighbors tree. (Taylor, if you're reading this, bro, I'm sorry.) It will have a ruined tower that will have a shield emblazoned with the chapter heraldry on one side, and the base for a gun emplacement which will be made from a Razorback turret on the other. I am following this tutorial: http://www.dakkadakka.com/wiki/en/Making_Dynamic,_Craggy_Hills, and this will be the piece of terrain I will finish first in this plog.
So here is the front of the rear gatehouse. So the rear of the outpost eventually. The Sons of Orar refer to it as "The Bulwark." Anyways, it features a shield which will feature the chapter's heraldry, and it has been "overrun" by the Tyranid advance. The paper mache, Secret Weapon stumps will be painted up as if they are in a horrible muddy mess. The hot glue that is all over the actual gate, is Tyrannic slime and gore. The gate itself has been forced open by a Carnifex. While the gatehouse has been ruined, it still stands as a testament to the brothers who fought the first wave of the xeno back.
Here is a some sideview of the gatehouse. The large beam that stems from the tower, will eventually hold a large Tyranid trophy of some kind. Unfortunately, I have no clue what type of 'Nid to hang from that chain, as one that's a large gap for a large 'Nid, and two, I hardly know anything about Tyranids from a model perspective. Suggestions and C&C on the gatehouse are openly welcome. Actually C&C about everything is pretty cool. I know I'm kinda crappy at this point as a modeller, and I want to improve.
Here is where the defenders valiantly drove steel beams and debris to block the Tyranids from breaking through. Anyways, morale of the story is, I also molested my model. The "Tyranid Goo" idea came from the fact I had to repair the gatehouse. I melted it trying to heat up the overly wet paper mache mud, and it began to droop. You can see that in the corner and on the right door. I covered that in hot glue after exposing the heated plastic to the cold of the outdoors. (Here it gets to 32 at night now.) After facepalming, I took advantage of this by making it look like the Tyranids came in and over-ran the place. So yeah, that's not glue. It's slime! I swear! (Or at least it will be, once painted up.)
That's everything for now, I will continue to work on all of these pieces I have shown so far, and I hope to have a Tactical Squad done shortly. As for the sole Space Marine that made it from my last army, here he is. I don't think he's too important to show off without a spoiler but, he is pretty beast from a modelling perspective IMO.
And yes, there will be a few veterans who have returned from the Deathwatch in my army. Not many but, a few. Anyways, I know there is "this lone poster guy" who goes around telling people to get a lightbox early on in their P&M blog. I am aware, and I actually will be getting a lightbox soon. I will be posting a tutorial of how to make a high-grade lightbox, and even a wooden storage chest for tools, paints, supplies, and work in progress models. (I can't wait to do the second one.) I'm sorry for the image quality too, they'll be taken with a real camera once I start painting them up and doing some serious work. But, last night the Machine Spirit was cursed in my camera, which was really, really frustrating.. After thirty minutes I gave up on trying to use it, and used my Droid Phone for the pictures.
So my apologizes again. Anyways, I hope the people who view this find something neat, if not in this post, then in future ones. (This thread is going to last a very, very, long time if I have my way.)
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Ah, sorry about that. I don't know how to use Dakkadakka's gallery, and I guess I just wasted thirty minutes uploading all those. I'll get it sorted. I gotta call my doctor's office real quick first though but, I'll get the pictures sorted immediately after. My apologies everyone.
Edit: It's due to flickr. I have to be logged into FLIKR for you guys to see my images. I hate Dakka Dakka's image gallery, and with FLIKR being stupid, I'll have to find an alternative to host my images. Expect that post to be down for a few hours. I'm going to the store anyways to get more modelling supplies.
My apologies to everyone who views this in the mean time.
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Sorry for no updates. I've gone and blown at least a few hundred dollars on supplies and plastic crack. I think I may be coming down with Pneumonia however as a side effect of my operation, (I'll be going to the doctor's tomorrow.) so unfortunately, no updates until later.
Plus the holidays are hectic. Sorry for the rough start on this P&M Blog. It'll still be a success, I'll see to that.
As for this: "Nothing can go wrong with this, right, right?!"
I should have never of posted that . So that's all for now folks.
"Better to be crippled in body than corrupt in mind."
Decided I'd splurge a bit this holiday season, I ordered this stuff earlier in the month...
I got myself a Razorback, which will be a Rhino known as "Stalward Champion." (Got it for the turret for my terrain, plus I needed a Rhino,) a Command Squad for Command Squad "Militiades," and a Stormtalon kit which will eventually become the Gunship known as "Orar's Due." I hope to heavily kitbash these before the end of the month though, it is doubtful. However, I have finished all of my tactical marines, and my command squad, minus paint. I'm waiting on a order of Army Painter Pure red and a few other things before I can paint them. There is a huge backlog of the stuff due to the holidays.
Hence why I might have splurged...
But, the good news is I have a lot of terrain that will be done by the end of the week. I'm excited! So, moving on...
This is my Captain/Chapter Master. I may field him in games as a Chapter Master rules wise but, in the fluff this is Third Company Captain Platon Alexo, of the Sons of Orar. Platon Alexo roughly translates in Greek to "Broad-Shouldered Defender." I tried to make this army similar to the Greek/Roman Ultramarines, as they would be Tyranid ravaging successors, not the Smurfs of Wardom. He has recently returned from the Deathwatch, and retains his shoulder as honor dictates him to do. He is now de facto Captain, promoted from the status of Veteran Sergeant after leading a series of daring assaults against the forces of Chaos on the surface of Aeska VI. He was promoted to said status, unanimously by his peers in the wake of Third Company Captain Galthas' death at the hands of a Champion of the Ruinous powers.
Anyways, here he is.
And no, I've not found a suitable backpack for him yet, unfortunately.
And lastly, here is the objective marker I've made some progress on...
So yeah, I've pretty much almost got that wire tree ready for it's outer layer, then the base and the tree will be base-coated, all the leaves added, etc. Just like all the other bases. Then I'll simply add foliage to the tree, though sparsely as it is the first hours of a Tyrannic invasion in which all of my terrain takes place.
I imagine that wounded Veteran Sergeant has information that the chapter must retrieve due to long-range vox interference, before he is over-run by the filthy xenos plaguing him.
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@ Feasible: I really wanted something that screamed Greek/Roman, and underdog all at the same time. He's just been promoted, and has large shoes to fill. I made a reference to him in one of my earlier posts, as the main inspiration for him was the Ultramarine Omnibus cover helmet and Captain Idaeus from the book.
@ Kevin_John Thanks! I hope you do, and I hope everyone here continues to like my work. I'd post but, I don't feel like my progress is significant enough yet with the terrain and tacticals to post and update yet.
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That objective marker is sweet. To really add to the Greek/roman effect,I would get the plumes roman centurions wore(the one going down the middle of the helmet, Greek style, and the one going parallel to the shoulders, centurion style, like in the sternguard box. I think few makes them to
Subject: Coldwill's Sons of Orar Third Company - Photos are back, plus holiday splurge & teasers. 12/25/13
@ Maxz: Thank you for the kind remarks! I was going to buy some SWM helmet crests but, I decided I would just make the centurion crests out of greenstuff.
@ Dinamarth: Thanks! Hopefully when I actually get some paint on these guys, i'll do a decent job.
@ Gitsplitta: Thanks! It's a huge honor to see you post that, as I've followed your threads for some time, they're some of the best on DakkaDakka IMO.
@ HoeJarris: Thank you. The Captain is great, I think the Forgeworld Praetor chest and Maxmini helmet are what sold him to me originally.
m, never really thinking of the hobby. I played with a few gaming communities known as "Chapters" which have entirely left my mouth with a bad taste. However, last year I stumbled my way into the "hhhobby" through Ebay. I made my mistakes like all beginners, melted models in acetone, misplaced bits, not abiding by WYSIWYG at all, and tinkering with terrain but, never quite finishing it. I got out of the hobby as I was flat broke, and the people who I gamed with ruined it for me, and honestly the lady didn't like it.
This cracked me up. Yes, I've had all of that happen several times. I think this whole thing is cyclical.
You're blog is great. Sons of Orar are pretty damned cool and this is off to a good start. Subscribed!
@ Gorgrimm: It is a horrible cycle! I think it got to me, oh lord, I best see the Mad Doc! Thanks for the sub.
@ Chaos Legionnaire: Thanks! Means a lot, I think I'll have to check out what you're posting...
@ DraconicLord: Thank you for the praise. Sorry about the pictures not working when I originally posted that. It made me feel exceptionally stupid. I don't think I'm onto anything yet though, I've not even painted a single marine yet!
"To take a town, send a legionary. To take a city, send a squad. To take a world, send a company. To take a culture, send a Chapter."
All your wonderful comments made me feel guilty I hadn't posted any updates, haha! I had wanted to post an update when my terrain was either done or my tacticals bases were painted up. However, the latter seems far off due to the paint situation.
So anyways, have a half update!
Here is my Company Champion Tiber Straton, of Command Squad "Miliades" (Greek for Red Earth.) I decided in lieu of a Power Weapon, he'd have a Relic Chainsword known as "Orar's Claws," which counts as a Power Weapon for all intents and purposes. The helmet is simply a Forgeworld MK 5 helm.
And here is Veteran Sergeant Spyridon Iro of Tactical Squad "Kyrillas." I absolutely loved the Maxmini helmet I used for him, I am using them for all my Sergeants.
And here is my terrain! It should look like this once I sand it:
Here is my "Craggy Cliff," terrain. My favorite parts are the shrine bit that is sheltered under the cliff, and the gun emplacement, which I made using the Razorback heavy bolter turret, some Sanctum Imperialis parts, and an old Bearcat scanner from the 1950's knob that had broke earlier in the week.
Here is a Memorial Hill, known as "Victories' fall," by the surviving members of the Third Company. It is supposedly where Galthas battled the Champion of the Ruinous Powers, and in his death, slayed him. The Company standard stands tall, above a small memorial dedicated to him and his warriors. I did this piece as a surprise to both myself and for you guys. Sorry for blurry pictures, I gotta bust out the real camera sometime and not my phone.
And to wrap up all this lovely terrain, I put some of this spackly love into my battlescape:
Lastly, I decided I hate how the Stormtalon flight stand looks, so I got me a SWM oval base, and made a 5 inch tall wire tree. It'll get the same treatment the wire tree got on that objective marker, and will have foliage, along with all the other works. I decided to just take a few pictures of an overview and some up close shots:
That's all for now folks! I really appreciate all of the comments and attention this P&M has received so far. Thanks all.
Edit: I just realized, I totally forgot to do a bits swap at my hobby shop. If anyone wants some cool SM bits, from basic to things like Lightning Claws and Sternguard Shoulderpads, I need Tyranid stuff! Especially a Tyrgon head and some Warrior heads, maybe a ripper or two? That is, if anyone has some of those laying around...
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Let no man glory in the greatness of his mind,
but rather keep watch o'er his wits.
Cautious and silent let him enter a dwelling;
to the heedful comes seldom harm,
for none can find a more faithful friend
than the wealth of mother wit.
17th in World Wide War. (1st in VPs)
Subject: Coldwill's Sons of Orar Third Company - Photos are back, plus holiday splurge & teasers. 12/25/13
My pleasure Coldwill. Man, that winter terrain is top notch! Something I've always wanted to do but I've got several armies thoroughly embedded in kind of a fall motif. I have one more that I haven't begun yet... that would be a good option to stretch my legs and try some winter basing.
Your bases look like the came from Secret Weapon Miniatures? I have similar bases (different design) for my son's necrons. Those raised edges are designed to hold water effects. I was wondering if you were planning on adding "water" to them. Perhaps water effects tinted with turquoise ink would make a very interesting ice effect?
I'm going to order some paints off Ebay in four or five days, I'll do a test base and hopefully everyone will comment on it.
So yeah, here is an exact image of what my bases will look like once done, except the wood will be a more rotten brown instead black, and the leaves will be the reds and yellows of recently fallen, fall leaves.
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