Hello and welcome to my hobby blog here on Dakka,
I finally found the time, courage and muse to present my creations to this community but first maybe start with some words to my person.
I started with wargaming and painting only a little more than a year ago. Since this time I tested a lot of things and - in my eyes - leanred a lot as well.
My initial start with the hobby was WH40K
since two friends asked me if I'd liked to join them in their games. In fact I was forced to lead the orc army of one of the against the tyranids of the other one.
Well my time is precious so I did not have that many games since this first one, but at least a few. If you'd ask my to classify maself, I would call me more of a painter and a tinker than a gamer actually.
...and my work progress is quite chaotic. ;P
After getting addicted to those small plastic figures and the the smell of the glue
I looked around at other products and soon fell in love with Infinity by Corvus Belli as well.
But better switch to my list of current projects.
As said I started with WH40K
(Tau) which "ate" about the half of my hobby time last year with the other half shared by my Ariadna, terrain building and different side projects.
Main projects in 2013
My Tau army (gallery links: Tau - Kroot)
Ariadna faction from Infinity (gallery link)
Space Marines (mainly Dark Vengeance) (gallery link)
some terrain building (gallery link)
start of ALEPH faction (Infinity) (gallery link)
Godslayer Nordgaard (gallery link)
misc fantasy miniatures (e.g. old Armalion minis) (gallery link)
With a big 2vs2 Apocalypse match a few days back I now did push WH40K
to the side and will try to focus on smaller systems.
is nice but since I travel a lot and my storage space is limited I recognized that I like skirmishers even more. As well there are some very interesting rules and minis out there which are not made by "big bad GW
Main projects for 2014 (planned)
Infinity; mainly Ariadna and a little bit ALEPH
Godslayer Nordgaard (long term perhaps a second faction)
Dystopian Legions; Federated States of America
Eden; faction not fixed, yet.
more terrain building
a little bit of Tau maybe (Presumably there will be another Apo match between me and my friends end of 2014 or beginning of 2015)
more work on Space Marines custom chapter (low chance, but can change quickly)
OK maybe I should switch to some pictures now.
Let's start with some backlog first, before getting to the current more current activities. Those later ones will as well come up with WIP
shots to be more suitable for a P&M blog.
My finished Tau
The first Tau I painted have been some Fire Warriors and from today's point of view I have to rework the a little bit so I will not show them here ... now.
But I worked on a few other minis which are showable.
For Ethereal with its reworked painting from not so long ago. First version was ... well ... lacking experience.
I think my Longstrike got pretty good as well. Although the color adjustment on the picture is a little faulty.
Again lessons I learned but in this case on photographing. Esspecially concerning "white value correction".
My Sniper Drones took a lot of time because of the twisted Finecast parts... The reason why I haven't bought Kroot Hounds or Vespids till now.
When the new Tau codex was released I worked on some modified Kroot as well (for sniper ammo) but so far only one of them got painted (and was abused for a NMM
And the one I'm really proud of is my kitbashed/converted Fireblade:
It's made of parts from Fire Warriors and XV25s with a Space Marine torso plus some plasticard and green stuff.
I even have two WIP
shots available of him.
Additional painted Tau:
Tau - Work in progress
Several other Tau and Kroot are stranded in WIP
status on my desk.
For example a team of XV88s. Build and magnetized for the above mentioned Apo match.
Or the Kroot Shaper I started building several weeks ago.
and the "Counts as Darkstrider" I have converted on basis of a Pathfinder Shas'ui from the new plastic box
as well as two customized XV8 commanders and a new team of Fire Warriors
For the Fire Warriors I plan to do small small additions (maybe on the backpacks) to differ them from the older standard ones. Something like a MK2 version (next generation equipment).
For some of these character modells I even wrote a little bit of story backgroud, which can be found in my Wordpress blog, but it's all in German.
Maybe some day I'll find the time to translate them.
Oh, almost forgot the biggest baby amongst my Tau: the XV104 Riptide.
I' ve worked on it for some time now but since painting yellow can by quite frustrating I did not have a lot of progress lately. Nevertheless it's in playable status and served it's purpose already (Predator side armor does not like it's Ion Accelerator ^^)
Unfortunatelly while transporting the Riptide some antennas on the back broke and I'll have to work on a replacement now.
Space Marines - Custom chapter a.k.a "Suncaller"
When I began with 40K
I knew I wanted some Space Marines a alternative to my Tau but without the bigger background knowledge and available rules options I couldn't decide on a existing chapter.
Thus my idea came up to create a custom chapter and design it and it's minis in a way that I could - ruleswise - play any existing chapter with it.
Considering the style I always liked the Space Wolves and as well got a lot of inspiration from the Ravenborn by Mastiff
So far I justed trained painting on some of the Dark Vengeance minis like Tumriel (see above) and worked on a fex other kitbashed/converted modells
like a Wolf Priest
or some Scouts.
Chances are not particular big but existing that more of such models can be found here in the future.
Infinity - Ariadna and ALEPH
My Squad of painted Ariadna minis has well grown over the last year. Above you can see the linup from July 2013.
Since then a few more have been added
as well as a little paint schema experiment with ALEPH
Well, as you might have guessed, there are a bunch of "work in progress" modells as well.
Godslayer - Nordgaard
The Nordgaard of Godslayer is one of my younger projects which will hopefully get a lot of focus this year.
For those of you who might have had a look at it already, I can clearly recommend it. The rules are nice and the minis are beautifull. Just the studio paintjobs (or their photos) can be a bit awfull so con't get discouraged by those.
So far I just managed to paint three of my modells. Two warloards and a team leader.
The Runegate Keeper (Warlord of the Guild sub.faction). My favourite and I tried a lot of new things on it's base.
The Warsmith (Warlord of the Clan sub-faction). The first Godslayer mini I painted (and as far as I remember the first where I used cork for basing)
And last but not least the team leader of the Fjell Warriors (standard troops of Clan sub-faction). Another beauty although the snow did not turn out the way I planned it.
Waiting on my desk for further treatment: more Fjell Warriors, Einherjar unit (troops for Guild sub-faction) and a Fjellgangr.
Dystopian Legions - Federated States of America
OK, almost finished ... for today ... I promise. ;P
My newest project are the "Federated States of America" from Dystopian Legions.
I bought the starter set of a friend, assembled all the contianed minis so far I am still waiting for the best idea concerning basing theme and painting schema.
There we have the Federated Infantrymen a Mainstay Section (=Troops) with ther sergeant and a heavy weapon specialist attached.
And some veterans: Wilderness Section
And for sure a commander (right one) and Dr Samuel R. Orlington (left), a character model.
I must say I really like the style of those minis and can't wait to continue to work on them.
OK. Enough written.
I hope you like what I did show to you and it yould be nice to get some feedback on my creations and maybe some gallery votes.
I will try to write some regular updates here but maybe they will not effectively be that regular.
And to close this posting one of my misc
fantasy minis (it's from Reaper) which is as well one of my personal favorites: