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Walking Dead Wraithlord






The new guy rules. And Shiva is going to be quite the mini when finished. Keep up the awesome.
   
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Love the Terminator character! That tiger pelt really did come out amazing, give yourself a pat on the back for that.

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That's one helluva cloak!

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Houston, TX

I love the tribute to the Tigers! I remember reading that site quite a bit back in the early 2000s. A great inspiration to many. Your stuff captures the feel and style very well. I give you credit for all the effort to recreate this retro project for all of us.

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Edinburgh, UK

These are just awesome, I love how retro the scheme feels and you are nailing the clean tiger stripes.

   
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This is an awesome army! I really liked the white tiger Assault Terminators.
   
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Death-Dealing Devastator






Austria, Segmentum Solar

Thanks for all the nice comments, glad you like this kind of stuff! Stay tuned for more

   
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Austria, Segmentum Solar

Hello again!

Just wanted to share some pics of my gaming table with you! I came home over the easter holidays, and so I was able to finally complete the table yesterday afternoon, since it was nice and sunny outside. I attached the legs and also sanded down some uneven filler spots and sharp edges to finalize the board. I'm pretty happy with the result, as it is very sturdy and durable, but relatively lightweight for what it is. The board can be carried alone if necessary, and is super easy to carry for two people. The legs just screw in with some large screws inserted from the underside of the board, and they can be removed for storage, which is a very good thing because I am storing this table at my parent's house. Like I mentioned in the previous post, I also ordered some coloured textile sheets to act as impromptu "gaming mats". Here's what the table looks like with a grey sheet on top:



This sheet will be detailed with some painted-on debris, stones and rocks to make it look less "flat", break up the surface and make it more visualy appealing. Next is a pic of the board with a green sheet added:



This one will need some toning down with more muted shades of green, to make it less vibrant and blend it in better with my homemade terrain. I will add some brownish-green areas, some lime green highlight splotches and maybe paint on details like twigs, branches and rocks here and there to break up the monotony. Next up, a sheet of tan/beige textile:



This one will be used to act as sandy desert terrain. Seeing as it has a nice muted beige and a smooth surface, I might just leave this one alone for now, because it already makes for a decent, believable desert surface if you ask me. Now I will have to reorder some of the other sheets, since some of them unfortunately arrived in too small sizes because of a typing error

Let me know what you think about this table please! Is using textiles a good idea as a cheap substitute for "proper" gaming mats? I'd be intersted to hear your opinions. Oh, and stay tuned for more tigers to come in this thread!

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Hello friends!

I’m back again, this time with some more pictures to show you! Tonight, I want to show you my converted Sternguard Veteran squad. I think these are a very cool and fluffy unit, and they offer some great possibilities to add character to an army by giving it a certain twist. Little details added to the Sternguard Veterans can give some flavour to the finished army as a whole. This is what I tried to achieve with this squad by using some interesting and unusual bitz. Without further ado, let’s get to it!

While Kenton’s original FTOV Sternguard units contained many Astartes using special weapons like plasma- and meltaguns, or even heavy flamers, I decided to go for a more uniform equipment with my squad. I had obtained enough minis from yet another used lot to make a full squad of ten Marines, and I decided to arm every single one of them with artificer boltguns capable of firing special issue ammunition. The idea was that, if I wanted to use some different guns in my Sternguard units (plasmaguns, meltaguns, flamers or even stormbolters), they could be substituted with surplus Marines or sergeants from tac squads. I tried to make the veterans very distinct from my standard tac Marines by putting way more effort into giving them extra dynamic poses and adding special wargear and pouches to them. Now, let’s take a look at the Sternguard Veteran Sergeant first, shall we?



I put some extra effort into giving this guy a cool pose, to make it obvious that he’s the guy in charge. I had a very specific idea what I wanted the pose to be like and I had to dig deep in my bitz box to pull it off. I actually managed to acquire a rare, white metal, pointing right arm that would be perfect for the conversion. For the head, I decided to use a special helmet with extra lenses and targeters to show the sergeant is very teched-out. To emphasize the importance of the mini, I added a decorative imperial eagle to his backpack which was taken from the top of a SM banner pole. The final piece to complete the pose was the boltgun. Now, avid collectors among you might recognize this boltgun. That’s because I stole it from the ubiquitous AoBR Captain and heavily modified it to fit a standard marine torso. This piece was actually left over from my “Raja Shamshir Talatra” character conversion, and it proved perfect for this Sternguard Sergeant. I carefully trimmed the arm down to be able to attach it to the shoulder. I also had to smooth out certain areas to allow a regular SM pauldron to fit onto the shoulder joint. This was great for hiding some ugly seams of the conversion process, and now it’s not noticeable anymore I think. As you can see, the boltgun has also been converted. I attached a scope from a scout bolt pistol to the top of the gun. Furthermore, I carefully trimmed away the standard sickle magazine to make some room for a large box magazine, as seen on most artificer boltguns.

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The mini was further detailed with some additional bitz like a holstered pistol and some grenades. I really like how the pose turned out, and I’m happy that I basically managed to pull off 100% what I had envisioned for this guy.



This shot nicely shows the Crux Terminatus detail on the left pauldron as well as the AoBR Captain’s arm holding the converted boltgun.



A cool thing about the artificer boltguns is that they all have scopes, which gave me a nice excuse to paint all those pretty lens effects on them Alright, moving on to the next Veteran Marine of the squad:



This time, a Beakie Marine. Kenton’army has lots of Beakie Marines because he bought many of them back in the RT days. Using Beakie helmets is a nod to his inspirational army. This guy was converted to have a different pose, kind of holding his boltgun in a lower “at-ease” position. The right pauldron was smoothed out by removing its trim, and for the left pauldron, I used one of the classic studded ones. I also attached an extra cartridge belt slide to the right pauldron to get the Sternguard theme across. The boltgun was converted in the same manner as the Sergeant’s: it received a scout scope and the magazine was replaced with a large box magazine, sourced from some leftover Terminator Storm Bolter.



Again, this dude received some extra details to make him more interesting and more kitted out. Apart from the aforementioned cartridge belt slide, I attached a combat knife and some grenades to the mini’s belt.





The boltguns were painted bronze to emphasize that they are very valuable, ancient and irreplaceable relic weapons. I used the same painting recipe as I had for the Crozius Arcanum of the character “Daksha Ram”, which is simply a solid layer of GW Dwarf Bronze, followed by a wash with GW Reikland Fleshshade. Moving on to Veteran no. 3:



I tried out a slightly different pose for this guy. He has actually drawn his combat blade and is ready to engage the enemy close up. The boltgun was made using a trimmed-down Storm Bolter magazine and a boltgun scope. The knife arm was actually taken from a Chaos Space Marine, but is hopefully not too noticeable with some detail removed and given the right paintjob.



Again, the Marine received additional details: a holstered pistol and some grenades on his belt. Also note the small cartridge pendant on his right pauldron. It’s a special form of SM marksman honours, denoting this Marine as one of the best shots the chapter has to offer. Only fitting that he should be in a Sternguard squad, right?





Alright, moving on to Veteran no. 4:



Nothing too unusual or spectacular here, this guy is pretty average pose-wise. His boltgun is different though. Seeing as my bitzbox is not an infinite well of awesome parts (much as I wish it were), I sometimes had to get creative to get the loadouts I wanted. In this case, I decided to use some leftover boltguns from scout bike kits to create custom Sternguard bolters. They work well because the already have a scope and box magazine modelled onto them. Only thing I had to do was make a fitting, straight end cap for the magazine (which normally ends in a slanted angle). I think this conversion creates a nice-looking, unique artificer boltgun without too much work.



To spruce up the mini a little, a cartridge slide, some grenades and a knife were added.





Time for Veteran no.5, which means we’re almost done with the first half of the squad:



This guy’s pose turned out quite nice I think. He received a boltgun from a tac squad which was converted as explained above, as well as some extra bitz like grenades, marksman badge, spare cartridges and even some pouches with a knife taken from a sprue of Cadian Shock Troops.







And now, time from a group shot of the first five members of the squad:



With all the members of this squad being Veterans, everyone received the orange painted greaves which I use in this army instead of different coloured helmets. This is a nice touch as it easily let’s you tell apart the veterans from my regular tac Marines. However, sergeants and other high-ranking warriors can be integrated easily into the squad without looking out of place because they share the same markings. Seeing as all Marines have the painted greaves, I had to give a little extra attention to the Veteran Sergeant, to make it obvious he’s the leader. That’s why I gave him the backpack decoration, the extra-fancy boltgun and the pointing pose. I think there’s no mistaking him anymore now. Alright then, time for the next Veteran, nr. 6:



This is one of my personal favourites in the squad because once again, I managed to pretty much nail the pose. This guy is aiming his boltgun one-handed, but has also drawn his combat knife in his offhand and is ready to strike.



This shot let’s you appreciate the pose a little better. The arm holding the knife was actually one of a pair used for holding a boltgun, but I cut and repositioned it at the elbow. I removed the small trigger guard bit between his fingers and then attached the knife. I’ve done this a couple of times now and I’ve developed a trusty technique that creates a sturdy bond even though the knives are rather flimsy. The trick is to cut the knife grip in half and shave down both sides to make them a little shorter and pointier. Then, I drill matching holes into the appropriate spots on the top and bottom of the closed fist, where the fingers would close around the knife grip. I then dab a droplet of crazy glue in these holes and stick in the knife part on one side and the pommel part on the other, making sure to align them properly. It’s basically a kind of pinning technique, but using part of the bit itself instead of separate pins. So far, this has worked out great and all the knives I have attached in this way are as sturdy as if they were a single, solid cast.



The helmet on this mini comes from a tac or assault marine sprue I believe, and is supposed to be a sergeant helmet I think. I removed an extra targeter/lens from it though.



Like the other veterans in the squad, this guy also received extra pouches and grenades on his belt.





Many shots of this guy... can you tell I really like him?



One final angle on this guy. I used a leftover DA pauldron on his left arm. The bit was changed a little by removing the blade from the DA icon. Now, it’s just a winged skull, which could go with pretty much any chapter. Also, you can see the extra cartridges on his belt in this shot. Alright, moving on to Veteran nr. 7:



Only difference on this guy is that he received a boltgun with a lanyard. I think it came from a DA scout box.





The knife on this guy came from a box of Catachans. I like that they have some knives in sheaths in that set. These look great and they can be totally be used for Space Marines, because they are a little on the big side anyways.



Moving on to Veteran nr. 8:



One of the first minis I made for this squad. I tried to give him a very dynamic advancing pose, like he was leaning up against some cover, checking for enemies around a corner. I’m not sure I succeeded, but still, the pose works and looks at least a little exciting. This guy also received the cartridge belt slides on his left pauldron. The boltgun is once again a converted bit sourced from the scout bikers boxed set.





This guy got some extra pouches and a grenade from the Catachan set, as well as some SM krak grenades added to his belt.



Next up, Veteran nr. 9:



Another Beakie Marine. You can see that I tried to stay as true as possible to the original design of full Mk. VI Corvus armor by giving this guy the breastplate with exposed cabling, the non-articulated greaves, the flat right pauldron and the studded left pauldron in addition to the obligatory helmet.



This Marine also got a Scout Bike bolter. Furthermore, the right arm was converted to hold the gun at a lower angle.



This Marine received a pistol sidearm and some grenades as extra wargear.



Time for the final Veteran in the squad:



This guy is once again pretty similar to his squad mates. His arms are from as CSM set and had some of the details removed to hide that fact.





A notable difference is the combat blade on this guy, which I believe came from some CSM set as well. I like the serrated, curved blade, as it goes well with the eastern aesthetic of this army.



Alright then, time for a group shot of the second half of the squad!



Alright, that’s it for tonight! I hope you liked this update and enjoyed the pictures. I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on this squad and I’m looking forward to your comments. Until next time!















   
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Fighter Ace





Edinburgh

Greetings, my chum!

Special units like this certainly do deserve that little extra effort and they like awesome as a result. Digging the poses and use of bits!

The lens effect really compliments their tiger pattern and artificer weapons - I feel like the guns would benefit from a bit of OSL in the same shades under each lens for that extra zing?

You’re going to make me do some Marines eventually. I can feel it...

   
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Austria, Segmentum Solar

Thanks Ragsta for the nice comment! I'm not entirely sure about adding OSL to a metallic shiny surface like the bolters though. I think the shiny bronze might clash with the dull blue, so I'm reluctant to try. Anyways, I'm calling this squad done. Since there's so many units still left to paint, I don't think I'll be going back to tinker with "finished" minis

Hey, I'd love to see you do some Marines man, go ahead

   
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Awesome looking vets.
   
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Houston, TX

Nice vets. The simple, bold, high-contrast scheme works well. I bet it looks great on the tabletop. And you’ve really kept the feel of the original Tigers (which was a fantastic site and a huge inspiration).

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Hello there! Update time!

First off, thanks The Riddle of Steel and youwashock for your kind comments! Glad you liked the vets! Now, today I want to show you some characters I finished a while ago. To those of you who have been around on the original Jungle website, these may be familiar to you, although I have decided to do my own take on the models so as to use up some bitz and to prevent me from having to buy the exact same models Mr. Kilgore used back in the day. This way, the army appears a bit more cohesive with similar, more up-to-date miniatures as well, so I think it’s all good. Let’s start off with a Librarian:



Let me introduce you to Tiger of Brihaspati “Chandramatie Bahl”! Chandramatie Bahl is one of the younger Librarians in the Chapter. In the original story, Raja Shamshir Talatra is cast out of the Chapter after his ego caused him to make a bad leadership decision. At this point, Chandramatie Bahl, who accompanied him on that mission and relayed his failings back to the chapter, is promoted to acting Raja of Shamshir’s half of the chapter in his stead. I’ve tried to make the model similar to the one used by Kenton, which is this old Rogue trader librarian with force sword:



I decided to use the sword from the older metal Mephiston model (I got two of these in two different used lots) for the force sword. To make it more obvious that she is a special character and a Librarian, I used a body from a plastic Dark Angels set to give her a robe. Other than that, it’s just regular SM parts.



I painted her in the same colours as the assault marines I already have, but gave her a deep, rich blue coat to mark her out as a Librarian. The sword was slightly modified by filing down the pointy bits towards the tip as well, just because I thought they looked a bit OTT.



I gave her a larger, 32mm base to give her some room and make her stand out more from the rank-and-file. I weighted her base with a coin, just like the other assault marines. This really helps them to stand firmly and they’re much less likely to fall over now. Also, it adds a nice weight to the model, which feels really good in your hand.



Now, let’s take a look at her with her squad of Assault Marines:



I think she blends in well while still standing out as their leader. I could have gone the extra mile and added an aegis cowl and some purity seals to her armor. However, with this project, I have decided to embrace Kenton’s philosophy of “finished, not perfect”, and I must say it has really helped me get things done and, most importantly, get way more enjoyment from painting again, which was sorely needed. Alright, enough of my rambling, on to the next character:



This is Tiger of Varuna “Talwar Chakram”, the most senior Librarian of the Fighting Tigers of Veda. Because of her rank, she gets to wear Terminator armor in combat. In the original stories, Talwar Chakram was killed during the infestation of Hive fleet Ravana on a mining colony. However, her acolyte Anhurada Chawla took her place and was granted her mentor’s armor after her death, so the model can be used to represent either of these characters from the fiction.



Ever since I saw this chaplain model in White Dwarf so many years ago, I knew I would have to get one someday because of its sheer awesomeness. Now, this character build has given me the perfect excuse to do just that and try my hand at painting this amazing sculpt. The detail on it is mind blowing. I got mine directly from GW, so it’s finecast and was actually relatively okay price-wise for a character model.



Seeing as Talwar Chakram is part of the female half of the chapter, I had to paint her armor accordingly. Looking at her now, with all her amazing details plus the striking chapter colours, I am not sure if the paintjob is maybe a bit, “too much”, kind of like over the top… Despite using the regular recipe, there is just so much more detail on her that she almost seems a little bit out of place when with the rest of her squad… There’s almost not room to display the mandatory Tiger stripes on her armor, anyways… Maybe this model would have been better suited to just a regular black paintjob, without the stripes on the pauldrons and greaves? But hey, it’s the correct recipe, and I’m sticking with it till this project is done Let me know your thoughts please!



As with Daksha Ram, the previous chaplain I showed you, I painted the Crozius Arcanum in a metallic, shiny bronze colour, to mark it out as a blessed relic weapon.



Above is probably the best angle to look at this sculpt. Now, let’s see what she looks like with her squad mates:




Like I said, I feel like she has almost too much “bling”, if you will, which makes her look a bit off to my eyes. Could also be that she has a completely different weapons loadout than the other terminators. I’d be glad to read your thoughts on the squad’s visual coherency. And now, time for something BIG! Here’s another dreadnought, which brings the army up to three:



This is “Surya Ashoka”. He is one of two Fighting Tiger Captains (“Rajas”) who assumed command of the chapter after their Founder, Maharaja Shiva Nagordarika, was killed and became a dreadnought several millennia ago. This model was inspired by Kenton’s creative conversion of a rogue trader dreadnought, but for mine, I decided to go with a regular dreadnought instead. Luckily, I found a cheap, used one online who already came with the right armament. Thus, I can’t take credit for building this guy, I just gave him a new purpose by repainting him in my chapters colours.



With this guy being a deceased captain of great importance, I decided to step the paintjob up a little bit and give the greaves the old stripe treatment as well. This nicely marks him out as a more special mini, and he could arguably be used as a venerable dreadnought.



Unfortunately, the dread came with one of those weird bases with pre-sculpted detail. While they may look great in some cases, I really dislike the unevenness it has, and that it completely locks you into a specific rocky base style, which would have looked totally out of place with my other minis. I had no flat base of this size as backup, so the best I could do was give some of the rock faces a believable, greenish jungle paintjob, and simply flock the whole uneven surface to hide the stones as best I could. Maybe one day I’ll get a flat replacement base for him, but then again, this would go against Kenton’s mantra of “finished, not perfect” completely, so’ we’ll have to see



And that’s all for this update! There’s lots more to come, with some character models and primarily white Tigers next on the list, so if you are interested, stay tuned I don’t get to post nearly as often as I would like to, and I have to split my already limited hobby time between converting/building, painting stuff and writing posts, which doesn’t help me get stuff done or posted. However, I really enjoy your feedback and I really wanna get all my stuff uploaded here at some point in the future, so I will keep chipping away at the backlog of finished stuff ready to show off. I hope you stick with me and check back here (and in my other threads) every now and again. Thanks for checking this out. See you in the next post!















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Looking great! I think the flock on the dreadnought works well enough, the little bit of stone left actually works, it makes such a large base that little bit more interesting, while still being clearly tied into your army!

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Austria, Segmentum Solar

Thanks Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll! Glad you think the base works!

   
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Hello again!

I have not forgotten about this blog! While I do keep getting distracted by working on waaay too many projects at the same time (Nurgle stuff, random kitbashes, Soul Drinkers, Heavy Gear Blitz stuff to name just a few), I still want to show you some finished Tigers as well! I have a little backlog of Tigers I still need to upload here, but I will have to do it piecemeal because it is a bit time-consuming! Anyways, let’s get to the miniatures, shall we?

Like I wrote in a previous post, I am working predominantly on bolstering the all-female Mahaduyana half of the chapter. To this end, I have added Assault Marines and a command squad to my to do list. And today, I want to show you some minis that fall into those two categories. Let’s start of with the Assault Marines:



Just four regular lasses with a single plasma pistol in there. Here’s a shot of the back to show off the snazzy tiger stripes on the thrusters :



Also, a detail shot of the squad’s plasma gunner:



But there’s more! Another set of four Assault Marines, again with one plasma pistol in there.



It’s not like I really wanted or needed all these plasma pistols, but as with nearly all other minis from this army, I got these models preassembled from a second-hand seller, so I decided not to fuss around too much and just keep the loadouts as they were. Once all Assault Marines are done, I will have so many models that I can make pretty much any combination I want. Another rear view:



And a detail shot of this squad’s plasma gunner:



Finally, here’s a shot of all the Assault Marines I have posted so far, being led by Chandramatie Bahl:


I like how the librarian blends into the squad but is still clearly identifiable by the blue robes.

But now, let’s get to the really cool stuff! The real star of the show, so to speak: Commander of half of the Fighting Tigers chapter and an extremely dangerous combatant herself, here’s ”Raja Khandar Madu, ruler of Jatis Mahaduyana”!



Khandar Madu commands 500 Fighting Tigers, half the strength of the chapter. Apart from being a ferocious warrior, she is also an incredibly sophisticated tactician, a seeker of knowledge and wisdom, a spiritual paragon to her peers, and a strong but benevolent leader and protector of the people under her command.



When building this model, I tried to stay very close to Kenton’s original figure. However, I took some liberties to add my own spin to the character. The legs, body and power plant backpack are just from a regular Marine kit. To that, I added some Lightning Claw arms from the Assault Terminator set that were cut down a little to better match the smaller scale. I added some regular power armour pauldrons which had their trims filed away before. Onto the left pauldron, I sculpted a Crux Terminatus, the honours which mark Khandar out as a veteran soldier. I added a small Iron Halo (or should I say a bronze halo ) to the backpack. Now I’m sure many of you will be curious about the helmet. It’s a part I ordered from Puppetswar.eu and I must say it is just perfect for this project. However, I didn’t want to limit myself with the head options for this mini, since I actually really liked the original head Kenton used for his mini, which cmae from a female Knight from Reaper miniatures. For this reason, I have decided to magnetize the head, something I have never felt the need to do before. This way, I will be able to swap between the helmeted head and no helmet as I please. I already have the miniature at how, but I am stuck trying to figure out a way to get the head of the metal cast in one piece. Hm… might even try to make a mould of the head alternatively so I can retry if I fail….
Another added benefit the magnet gives me is that I can now experiment with different poses for this model. You know how every model usually has a golden angle from which it looks best? Well, this mini can have very many of those!



I decided to go with bronze for some of the metallics on this miniature once again. This way, the weapons and extras seem more like special bits of wargear, maybe even relic weapons accessible only to the most experienced Marines in the chapter.



Below, you can see the left pauldron with the added Crux Terminatus. The skull was actually taken from some WHFB skeleton. I the sculpted on the cross bits myself. This was many, many years ago, and for a time, the pauldron belonged to one of my Ultramarines. I didn’t like it anymore and decided to rip it off, from which point on the smurf-blue thing was relegated to my bitz box for years. Now, I have finally found a use for the part once more, and this time, I like it a lot better than before. I think it fits this model a lot better than the previous one. It is nowhere near as detailed as an original GW part, but I think it works here.



Now as I mentioned, the head has been magnetized, which allows for some poseability after the fact. Check out this cool angle which works just as well as the previous one, wouldn’t you agree?




Finally, another shot of Raja Khandar Madu with her most trusted advisor, Kshatriya Jirbu Ghosh. She will most likely join her command squad and act as a bodyguard for Khandar Madu in battle.



Already, just these two lasses look like very fearsome close combat opponents for any army to face. Now imagine a whole squad of similar close combat monsters, being delivered right into the heart of the enemy army via a Land Raider Crusader! Well, that’s my plan at least. The models are finished already, but both the command squad and the Land Raider will need a paintjob before I can show them to you! Oh, just as an aside: I already showed you the commander of the other half of the chapter, Raja Shamshir Talatra, in a previous post. You might remember that I made two versions of him, one in power armour and one in Terminator armour and a little bit older. Well, I’ve done the same thing for Raja Khandar Madu as well! However, this post has already taken a while to write up, so I will show you the other mini next time. At least, you’ve got something to look forward to!

And that concludes this post for tonight. I hope you enjoyed what I showed you today and I am looking forward to reading your comments and getting some feedback. Until next time!


















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Northumberland

Very cool, love the white tiger look.

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10/10 retro feeling! Loved that old website.

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Looking awesome as ever, bro, latest stuff absolutely top notch.

   
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Hi! I’m back with more pictures!
Thanks Olthannon, ph34r and Ragsta for your very kind comments! As promised, today we’ll take a look at Raja Khandar Madu in her Terminator armor. But first, let me show you some other minis I finished in the meantime. These are just some random veteran Marines from the two different parts of the chapter. Cool thing about them is that they were all made from parts from the resin White Scar Upgrade set. This comes with three torsos with weapons, and when I discovered this set online, I knew I had to get one because it is just too perfect of a fit for the Fighting Tigers chapter. Since these parts have distinctly eastern visual cues, they lend themselves really well to conversions of a chapter that is heavily inspired by indian culture. The set contains some really cool scimitars, and there is some nice extra detail on them like the asian faces. One Marine even has a few claws or teeth on a necklace, which is great for a chapter that glorifies Tigers. Let’s start with the first Marine, hailing from Jatis Mahaduyana:



The White Scars Upgrade set is really great because, although it is meant to go on a group of SM Bikers, it is also compatible with regular Marine legs and arms. So all I had to do to complete this figure was to add a bolt pistol left arm, a backpack and some legs. I had to shave off some White Scars iconography from the belt buckle, but other than that, the torso was left as is. The pelt/fur dangling from the scimitar is an added bonus that fits really well with my chapter. And just look at that blade!







Next up, let’s take a look at one of the Ghuyarashtran veterans. His torso came with just a bolt pistol, so I had to find a CCW for him myself. Looking at the lack of powerfists in my army, I decided that this would be the weapon I give him. Retrospectively, the powerfist taken from the Terminator kit might be a little on the big side, though.



A weird thing I noticed about this figure is that the bionic left eye is looking at a lower point than the organic right eye. However, this is only a small nitpick, and since there’s absolutely no way I’ll mess around with the detail on his face, I will just leave this as it is. In case you were wondering, the legs are a set of modified CSM legs with some detail removed.







Now for the final Veteran from this set. This is one of my favourites because it ticks so many boxes for me. The scimitar is awesome, the face looks suitably asian/indian, there’s some extra detail like fur tufts and even Tiger claws, and the overall pose just works. I decided to give this guy a boltgun to go with his scimitar, seeing as he will likely see use as a replacement sergeant for one of the tactical squads. Once again, this guy’s pair of legs came from a Chaos Marine, this time from a Khorne Berzerker to be precise. I also shaved off some of the extra detail to create a larger smooth surface to add some nice tiger stripes.



Using CSM legs on loyalist Marines is something you will see a lot of in this thread, because in my opinion, it is a great way to get some variation into an army. The main reason I use so many CSM legs however, is that I always have waaaay too many conversion ideas for my Marines, but never enough sets of loyalist legs to do them. So I make do with what I have, using pretty much anything that’s vaguely suitable, even incorporating old parts like from the WHFB chaos barbarians in some cases. I recently even managed to carve an extra set of legs from an old, push-fit, monopose 3rd edition tactical Marine which works really well with regular parts. But let’s leave that for another post!







And that’s it for the veteran Marines. Now, let’s move on to the main part, Raja Khandar Madu, as promised! This time, here she is in full Terminator armor:



As with the two models I made for Raja Shamshir Talatra before, I tried to replicate and mirror certain elements of the power-armored figures in the more heavily armored Terminator characters. Raja Khandar Madu here has kept her iconic twin lightning claws, the iron halo on her armor as well as the special Tiger helmet. Apart from the obvious upgrade to the heavier armor, Raja Khandar Madu received a cape, which came from the chaos Lord in Terminator armor set. The cape is a great fit, once again, because it has an additional pelt that was easily painted up as a Tiger pelt, which adds a lot of flavour IMHO. I was lucky enough to have this part just lying around from a previous bitz trade, and decided that this was the perfect opportunity to finally use it.



Note that the helmeted head (alas quite blurry in this picture) is magnetized. If I manage to pull it off, I will also make a bare head for this miniature to swap out, however it might prove a bit trickier than with the power armor suit.



The bulk of the cape of course received the obligatory, painted on tiger stripes. I might have to give the white tiger pelt some more attention though, as I’m not quite happy with how dark it came out in comparison to the other white areas on the model. We’ll see.



I was also fortunate enough to have a bigger, more detailed iron halo left over, and I added this to the miniature to clearly mark her out as a leader of the army.



Like the power-armored version, this mini received some extra attention to detail to set it apart. The aquila on the chest, which is usually left black on other Marines, was painted bronze, as were most of the other metallic details. As mentioned in previous posts, I use the bronze paint to mark out relic wargear or very special, rare equipment in my army, and as Chapter Master of (at least half of) the Fighting Tigers of Veda, Raja Khandar Madu has access to the most venerable wargear there is. Finally, let’s take a look at what she looks like with some of her fellow Terminator Marines:



Despite the slightly different colour palette, I think she still manages to fit in quite well with the other Terminators. However, the additional bronze detail does a good job of marking her out as a special character. Looking at the picture on screen, I just noticed that the shades of blue of the visors don’t match up 100%, which is another thing I will have to go back over and fix.

And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed the stuff I showed you, and I’m looking forward to reading your comments as always! Until next time!





















   
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Both versions of Raja Shamshir Talatra are great, really love the PW head you've gone with Think I prefer the terminator version for the bulk of it, integrates the lightning claws better and that cape is very tasty.

Smart use of the White Scars torsos on those vets as well.

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Looking great feisty! The ex-chaos bits mesh nicely and give that extra variety that marines often need imho. Loving the helmeted heads on the Rajas, they suit the theme perfectly.

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Much praise for Raja Khandar Madu. Both versions are awesome. That white tiger cape is killer.
   
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Austria, Segmentum Solar

Thanks Boss Salvage, gobert and youwashock! Happy to hear that you like the models of Raja Khandar Madu! Thanks very much for the replies and for your input on my work!

BTW, I'm currently working on getting Maharaja Shiva Nagordarika, founder of the Fighting Tigers of Veda, painted and ready for posting. I'm making good progress, the mini is nearly done save for the backpack power supply. Will post pictures once it is ready.











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Austria, Segmentum Solar


Back with some more pictures! Today, I will show you the finished miniature of a character I already introduced you to before. I’ve also come up with a bit of background lore for this character that was heavily inspired by (read: shamelessly ripped off from) vedic mythology and which I want to share with you in the following paragraphs.

Some of you might remember that, when I initially posted the conversion of this miniature, I claimed it was going to be part of the female half of the chapter, hailing from Mahaduyana and being a member of the command squad of that part of the chapter. After researching and writing some fluff and taking some of the vedic mythology into account, I decided to retrospectively reconsider this and instead make this Marine a male member of the command squad of the other half of the chapter, hailing from Ghuyarashtra instead. Hence this guy was painted in the traditional orange colour scheme. Now, let’s get started with pictures and the lore! Meet ”Kshatriya Chiranjiv Parashu”:





Kshatriya (Captain) Chiranjiv Parashu is a famous and well respected member of the Fighting Tigers of Veda and a devotee and student to Lord Shiva the Destroyer, the former Maharaja (Chapter Master and Founder) of the chapter. Kshatriya Parashu is notable for his aggressiveness, strategic talent and valour. He is a righteous and just warrior, aware of his duty towards the sleeping Brahman and the galaxy as a whole. Some outside the chapter rumour him to be a reincarnation of another famous member of the chapter, venerable Brother Aruval Rajiv Rama, who was interred in a dreadnought sarcophagus after being slain in battle and now serves the chapter in one of the few remaining, ancient war machines. How much of this rumour is true has, thus far, remained unclear to the outside world.



Kshatriya Parashu wields a great axe named “Vidyudabhi” into battle, a name which roughly translates into “Bringer Of Shocking Enlightenment” in the less nuanced, gothic tongue spoken in the Imperium. He received this axe after long askesis, prayer and penance from none other than his mentor, Lord Shiva himself, who then went on to train him personally in the arts of warfare and philosophy. The axe is one of the most lethal weapons in the Tiger’s arsenal. It is said to be indestructible and can only be wielded by Captain Parashu himself, due to the gene-lock integrated into its wootz haft.



Kshatriya Parashu has sworn his life to the destruction of the ruinous powers, the malevolent forces of chaos that threaten the Imperium both from within and without. Furthermore, he also earned many honours defending the nearby worlds of Konkan, Malabar and Kerala from the sudden invasion of the Tyranid Hive Fleet Ravana, which struck the sector during the reign of former Raja Shamshir Talatra, who is now in exile.



Kshatriya Parashu’s greatest feat was to kill the Daemon Prince “Arjuna the Thousand-Armed”. This daemon was capable of wielding countless weapons simultaneously, but Parashu destroyed each and every one of them in turn. In frustration, Arjuna hurled many weapons, rocks, and trees at the Astartes, but Parashu parried and evaded all of these. As the battle reached its greatest intensity and Arjuna’s fury grew beyond comprehension, Parashu attacked and managed to hack off the daemon’s arms one by one, dismembering him with his axe and ultimately taking off its head in one final, powerful blow.

After his victory, Kshatriya Parashu returned to Veda and once more began a long period of askesis, meditation and penance, awaiting a time when events would call him back to arms…




After that little bit of fluff, here’s some more pictures for you:





And that’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed the stuff I shared with you, and I’m looking forward to your comments and input. Stay tuned for more, as there’s still lots to come. Until next time!

















   
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Austria, Segmentum Solar

Hi there! I'm back with more stuff to show you! This time, let's take a look at a Techmarine I made a while ago. Let me introduce you to "Tiger of Tvashtri, Parvin Sreedhar"!



This model is just a regular pewter Techmarine model from the older range. I got it in a used lot, and I think it’s really cool, despite its age. There a lot of detail on the model and it’s got everything a Techmarine needs IMHO, and I really enjoyed painting this guy up.



As Mr. Kilgore described on his website, Tigers of Tvashtri (=Techmarines) of the Fighting Tigers do not paint their armor any different than the other members of their Jatis, so I painted him up using my regular Tigers recipe. There’s still a lot of extra detail like the many cables, wires, tech gubbins and of course the servo arm that let this model stand out on the tabletop, so I think it works I also gave him a bit of a darker skin tone, like many of the other marines in this army.



Only things I had to do on this guy were drilling out the pistol’s barrel and rebasing him.



However, I don’t plan on sending this guy onto the battlefield all by himself! Of course, he needs some extra support, some additional firepower, in the form of a Thunderfire cannon! I do not own an original GW Thunderfire cannon, since I don’t like the model enough to buy one and there wasn’t one in any of the used lots I bought off of ebay. However, I thought it would be cool to build I custom one using scrap parts, like so many hobbyists out there have already done. Here’s the result:



When the idea of building my own Thunderfire cannon first came to me, I did not have enough parts to pull it off. However, I was lucky enough to find exactly the stuiff I needed on one of the local flea markets. I rummaged through lots of boxes of old plastic army men, and piece by piece, I was able to gather a cheap collection of bits that would allow me to create a Thunderfire Cannon. I bought some kind of Howitzer from some plastic army men, a small, low quality plastic tank as well as ome other, techy, greebly bits.



Back at home it was time for assembly. I flipped the tracks of the tank (probably a Sherman or sth similar) upside down to make the self-propelled carriage of the cannon. Then, I removed the barrel from the Howitzer and attached it on there. I also glued a headlight from a space marine bike to the front to add some detail and break up the large flat surface. The rest of the Thunderfire cannon is just bits of cardboard cut to size, attached in a way to make armor plates or support struts.



The underside was detailed using some of the techy bits, and I also added some washers in there to give the thing some weight and make it more stable (sorry, forgot to take a pic of the underside)



Once again, the paintjob is exactly the same as on the other Tigers, extremely straightforfard, simple and quick. Some black, some metallic and some orange, add Tiger stripes and I was done





Now, let’s take a look at both miniatures together:



I really like how both of them came out despite the quick and easy paintjob. I think they work well together, like a cohesive fighting force. What do you guys think? I’d love to hear your opinion on these two minis, and I’d also appreciate if you check out the character I posted last time and give me some feedback if you’re interested!
Now I know I’ve let the Tigers fall a little by the wayside in the past few months, since I’ve been working on my Soul Drinkers chapter and doing other stuff, but I still want to finish this army at some point and there’s still a little backlog of stuff I have to show off. However, there is still loads of stuff to paint, especially vehicles, and I don’t know when I’ll get around to it or if I will even be able to make them look decent. Still, if you like the Tigers, stay tuned, there’s still more stuff to come! Thanks for checking this out! Until next time!

























   
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Stripey goodness, as always. Nice work building the cannon. We need a team-up of the cat-themed Marines on Dakka. Your Tigers, gobert's Panthers, and ListenToMeWarriors' Lions.
   
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That’s one cool looking techmarine! The black and orange suit him well. The cannon came together great, certainly fits the bill nicely.

I like the idea of teaming up the Cat Marines, I’d need to get a travel case to get the Panthers to Austria though!

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Austria, Segmentum Solar

Hey youwashock and gobert! Glad you like the Techmarine and his cannon! Sounds like an awesome idea to join forces youwashock. Maybe one day we'll get everybody in one place an the Kitty Konklave can become a thing I'd love to see gobert's and ListentomeWarriors' amazing stuff in person

   
 
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