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Quick background: I started mini wargaming with Adeptus Titanicus and Space Marine. Started playing 40k in 2nd edition with a marine army and got sidetracked sometime in 4th and stopped playing. I picked up FoW and had fun playing and painting 15mm WW2 infantry, lol. I also had a foot guard force that I played some in 5th and once in 6th. I got rid of all my gaming stuff about a year ago since I hadn't played both the rumors of 8th edition 40k drew me in. I'm of bit of a non-conformist and I decided to play Skitarii since I didn't see any Ad Mech players at the local store and it's an army that really didn't exist when I played regularly. I also picked a FW that has nothing special, ala Cawl and Mars, nor painting guides...

The basis of my army are six start collecting boxes. I also have 3 Ironstriders/Dragoons, a box of kastellan robots, and two boxes of electro priests. I tend to like fielding basic troopers and don't like named characters. I consider myself an ok painter, but we shall see, lol... I am open to questions, comments, pointers, whatever.... This will be the first time I use an airbrush much and the first time I try to magnetize models as well. None of the models I have are completely painted yet.

My initial build for the Skitarii were the models that were constants, i.e no equipment options, so it's all of them except the Alpha and Omnispex guy, 8 per box. I have seen the rules for 8th and will build all the omnispex guys and I think Alphas will get magnets. I have roughly 48 Skitarii currently in process. I am going with 40 vanguard and 20 rangers.

I did a test model for my paint scheme. It's not done completely and parts of it will be changing. The main colors are the P3 menoth cream and crimson colors for the cloak and pants. Lucius fluff says that armor plating is a special alloy that's almost black. So the helmets and plates are Vallejo Black Grey. I'm using VMA for the metallica and the inside of the cloak is a VMA grey that came with the metallics. I primed black with an airbrush and tried my hand at zenithal shading using grey, not sure if it's worth the effort or not yet...




Here is part of squad 1. These guys I started painting disassembled and decided to change it up after most of it was done.



I couple questions, what's a good wash for the cream color of the pants? I think they need it and I can highlight the raised folds with the highlight color that came in the menoth set. I didn't wash the cloaks but did paint on the highlight color where I thought it belongs.

Any thoughts on a color to highlight the black grey on all the alloy? I tried a gray green but it looked like crap. I need to repaint the guy I did it too.

Lastly, does the base trim color work? My bases are Golden coarse pumice gel added after the legs are glued on. Painted VMC Iraqui Sand, Agrax wash, and a highlight of the Iraqui Sand again. The trim is Iraqui Sand. I didn't want to do with a Mars look..

I am trying to not work on other models until I get my infantry at least semi presentable. I will magnetize the onagers, tech priests, robots, and skitarii alphas. I will probably magnetize the chicken walkers as well but dunno yet. Thanks for reading and hopefully the pictures aren't too crappy. I'll take any photography poiinters too, the camera I used is decent, Nikon D40 with 55mm lens but I'm not a photograper and am not using it to it's full potential I think.


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I realize my pictures were not that good. I took some new ones using my airbrush station for lighting and I think they came out better. So I have edited my initial post a bit.

My plan is to take more pictures of the other stuff in process and post them later.


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No real time to work on things today. I did some shopping and got another light to help me paint along with some masking liquid and a couple of new brushes. I got a 3/0 spotter and it's already been useful. My 10/0 is a bit too fine for most detail work.

I worked on my test model some more. I cleaned up a couple painting mistakes. It's amazing what i see with a picture that I don't notice looking at the model. The gun has been basecoated and needs a wash. I washed the backpack, highlighted it and drybrushed the metal parts of it. I also did some of the lenses and the purity seal on the cloak. During cleanup I found a purity seal on his leg that I need to do. The model seam on the cloak is real apparent in the picture, I'm not sure how to fix that. Liquid GS, I assume, but these are for gaming, not a painting competition, so i just need them to look ok from 3 feet, lol.

I also did the metal drybrush on everyone from squad one and two. The paint was in my pallet. so might as well use it. I think that will be about it for my painting progress today since I have other stuff to do. I think my game plan will be to get two squads of vanguard done and a squad of rangers. I'd like to play on the 17 with the release of 8th at the LGS. I'm trying to have things painted as much as I can. I don't want to be part of the grey or black tide...

I think I'm getting the hang of the pictures as well.... Lastly i've never done this before, so if anyone has pointers on how to make this a better blog, I'm all ears...





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Best advice is post your progress and visitors will come. I take smaller pictures, or at least I shrink them down to closer to figure size, as when they are so large they show any error that would never be visible when you are painting.

Good luck on your PLOG.

Cheers,

CB


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Cool scheme dude. You can't go far wrong with black, gold and red!

EDC
   
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Nice work. Greenstuffing the gaps on the coat would be cool though.

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Captain Brown wrote:Best advice is post your progress and visitors will come. I take smaller pictures, or at least I shrink them down to closer to figure size, as when they are so large they show any error that would never be visible when you are painting.

Good luck on your PLOG.

Cheers,

CB


The closeups do show all the errors that don't matter for table ready. I think things will improve as I get a better feel for the picture taking. I shouldn't have many one off models going forward outside of special stuff or large models.

evildrcheese wrote:Cool scheme dude. You can't go far wrong with black, gold and red!

EDC


Thanks, I didn't want to copy Mars and FW Lucius sounded interesting. Luckily I had a good idea of how to easily get the base colors. The Menoth faction in WM are cream and crimson, so that covered most of it and I was familiar with Grey Black, from my FoW days. So I knew a color that would fit the almost black of their allow.

Novelist47 wrote:Nice work. Greenstuffing the gaps on the coat would be cool though.


Thank you. I did get some liquid greenstuff today. I have never used it before and will test it on some models I built earlier today first. It will mean I have to repaint parts of the cloaks that i've already painted but that won't be a big deal, I don't think.

So today's update... I partially assembled and based my 10 electropriests. The initial clean up and assembly was pretty easy compared to the Skitarii. They will all be Fulgrites. I had to texture part of the base before gluing them down, so that's why you can see some brown stuff on the bases. I normally do that after but there is a gap in their skirts(lol, that's what they look like), that you can see into. I will have to GS some gaps and the backpacks will get in the way of painting. So I will finish building them after I have painted the lower half.


I did another layer on the pants basecoat for the group of models I call squads 3 - 6. There are 8 models per squad in this mix roughly. the upper bodies are assembled minus the backpacks and are all sitting in an egg carton, so i know which parts are for which legs. The upper bodies will be glued in place once I have the legs basecoated.


I also spent some time on the mix of stuff that are squads one and two. I painted lenses and started to paint the purity seals. The headless guys have heads that I just primed. I will give them a basecoat tomorrow and glue the heads on. My nexts steps for them is to paint the special weapons and the backpacks for the SW. I will also do more work on the heads and finish up the seals. This is what that mix currently looks like so you can get a feel for them.



I went to the shop and watched a game of 8th edition. CSM vs Harlequins. It was interesting to see. The CSM player got hammered by a Tau gunline last week and it wasn't a fun game. I don't get taking the most overpowered cheese just because you can for a game that means nothing. I get it for a tourney but I don't see the fun in throwing a bunch of dice and steamrolling someone because you went first and took out half their army in the first shooting phase. Anyhow back on topic, the 8th game went back and forth. They played about PL 80. Flamers in overwatch are nasty, especially heavy flamers. The CSM player had a defiler with heavy flamer and rolled boxcars during one overwatch. It really helped thin things out. The game went pretty fast expect for them having to look stuff up since none of us own any books yet. They were just using the store copies. It ended with a CSM minor victory and the game looked much more dynamic than what I have seen over the last month of so of watching games at the shop. I can't wait to play.

I got liquid GS, as previously mentioned. I also got the seraphim ink, I read someplace that it might be a good choice to highlight the cream color with. I dunno when I will try it. My focus has to be more on getting stuff table ready for the 17th. I know I will be using models that are unpainted which is a bit sad. I really want to avoid that as much as possible... it's just a personal thing since I have rarely gotten an army painted. They will be doing small games, so if I can get three squads, and HQ or two, along with some vehicles done, i should be fine. I have one dunecrawler built and should build at least one more. I dunno about my robots or chickenwalkers though. I'm new to magnets, so it's a slow build process for me.

Oh, I also got a box of infiltrators. I have heard good things about them as well. So I have plenty of models to build and paint for quite a while, lol. I do want to get through my current stuff before doing much else. I'd like a knight someday, just because. I loved Adeptus titanicus and Space marine and the knight reminds my of how the warlord titans looked in those games. So it's something that brings back happy thoughs, lol. Of course I want to be better with an airbrush and magnets first. But the knight is a dream project. I have no plans to pull the trigger on that model unless some kind of deal pops up, which is very unlikely.



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No pictures today. Hopefully that's not a faux pas in these blogs...

I finished getting the pumice on the electro priests. That took a while, my Skitarii were easier to do. They are ready for priming now. I just need to put liquid mask where the arms will glue on and the backpack before I do that. I put liquid greenstuff in their robe seams. They had larger gaps than my Skitarii. I think it came out ok. It's weird stuff to use and I'm not doing it how I saw online. The stuff shrinks when it dries, so if I do it thin, I need multiple coats. So I'm putting it on thick because it scrapes off easy with the back of a knife or even finger nail. It seemed to work ok on the priests, so I just finished doing the 28ish primed upper bodies I have. I will be scraping off GS from them tomorrow i think.

I also got the legs for the Skitarii that are partially built all base coated. So I could glue the upper bodies on now. I'm gonna wait though. I will attempt to use my airbrush to get a base coat on most of the cloaks. This will be the first time I try to do something besides prime with it. A fun adventure I'm sure.

There is no way I get what I need painted done by next weekend. I have to leave town for training and will lose three days next week. That's partly why I made the decision to mess with the green stuff. There is no point rushing a paint job that I won't complete anyhow. It's funny in a way, I'm laid back but knowing I have the seams or misapplied paint bugs me even if you can't really tell on the tabletop. I'm not a perfectionist, obviously, but I am trying to do the best I can. Maybe that's why I rarely finish painting armies, lol. I am having fun mostly. The cleanup of Skitarii during the build process and some of the other tedious things are a drag, but I'm having fun painting. I think I need to work on multiple things at once to cut down on boredom which is why I have priests in flight.

I will have to figure out my game plan for next Saturday. I think I will need to start building some other units to at least get them on the table. I think I can do the robots, I want to magnetize them but I think I can get away with not putting the weapons on, since I will use the same loadout for both of them in games. I also need to build a tehk priest and one more dunecrawler. I'm gonna end up doing what I don't want to, fielding a force that is not even table ready, sigh. I got this stuff to play with and I'll only play 1 night a week, so I guess it's ok as long as I keep working on things before I get too far along.

Have a great one.

   
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Skitarii look good. Keep going! And yep, I know what you mean about little details. I have a mountain of unpainted plastic that I'm tempted to slap paint on, but I'll always know that I didn't clean the mold lines off of them first. Hehe. Oh well. Keep up the good work. Subscribed!


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 Cleatus wrote:
Skitarii look good. Keep going! And yep, I know what you mean about little details. I have a mountain of unpainted plastic that I'm tempted to slap paint on, but I'll always know that I didn't clean the mold lines off of them first. Hehe. Oh well. Keep up the good work. Subscribed!


Thanks! I guess I'm a semi perfectionist with some things in life. I want to do the best I can even if that isn't perfect, if you know what I mean. It's fun knocking the rust off since I haven't done any serious army building in 7+ years and that was FoW. My last big 40k build was foot guard in the early 2000's. I actually had a lot of them painted up. The hard part is trying to throttle myself. I see all these things I want but if I go there I will never finish! Lol.

Things are dodgy for me to work on stuff on weekends but I have been sneaking some stuff in. I built a few new units to get ready for launch day. So I've got most of my unpainted/primed tide ready, sigh I am pretty much all set on my launch build I think except I have to build part of a TPD for an HQ. I also would like another dunecrawler but I dunno if that will happen.

So my partial robots( I have another box unopened to prep). I will deal with the arms when I have time to drop magnets in. The heads are not glued, so they can swivel. One advantage of no weapons is I can use whatever load out I want at launch. They will all be armed the same, so no major surprises for my opponent.


I built my infiltrators today. They have all the stuff on them. I found the princeps to be a bit fiddly. The design of the legs and torso was a bit of a pain and I found that I ended up gluing the legs to the torso one at a time to try to get things to fit as good as I could. I had followed the book that said glue the legs first but then i had problems with the torso, lol. The biggest pain was supergluing them to the bases. The feet don't have much surface area so that was a bit touchy.


The electro priest bodies and bases are primed. I also did some work on my unbuilt squads. I am gonna go work on them a bit more now and hope to have some pictures with an update on them in a bit. It'll probably auto append to this reply.


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Here is the progress on squads 3 - 6. I finished the legs base coating. I used my airbrush to do a base coat on the cloaks. I didn't do arms, etc because of over spray. I also did the grey on the inside of the cloaks. The final part was gluing the bodies to the legs. I was hoping to get more done but no dice. Here is how they stand as of 6/11:


Have a good one.

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I'm not sure if this will auto append or not, hope not....

I got more of the base coat on to squads 3 - 6. I also did partial assembly of my 6 alphas and magnetized them. I only did 12 arms and will do more when I have some time. I'm starting to get the hang of it and found a decent pattern to it. I laso did a partial builf on my Tech priest Dominus and two more robots. No pictures of those guys. I am at the point where I will start to focus on actual squads, so I can get them on the table with at least all parts base coated. Painting the guns on 30 guys is gonna drive me nuts if I do it all at once. The only models I have to assemble for my Skitarii troops are the omnispex guys. Hope I can get them done tomorrow....
So here are the alphas, the dude on the right drank too much I think, lol.


The three squads en masse:


I also got some stuff from Amazon that showed up today.

Some weathering stuff, I got the package of all 6 sets. I have never used these before but want to have my models look like they have been in the field. This will mostly apply to the vehicles and robots. It will be interesting if i can weather my troops a bit.


I also got some chipping fluid, never used this before either. I will have a new adventure using this stuff and the tamiya kits.


I have to travel on business for most of the week, so I doubt I will get much progress in for a while. I think they are gonna post the power level for launch day festivities at the LGS. It may be 50. I did a quick list and that isn't muchg since my HQ is 7 pts and two robots are 12. I think I can field close to 100 points but it won't be balanced. Doesn't matter, I just want to play and have fun.

   
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Got a lot of momentum in the plog. Everything is looking great so far. Keep it up.

EDC
   
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 evildrcheese wrote:
Got a lot of momentum in the plog. Everything is looking great so far. Keep it up.

EDC


Thanks!

I built the omnispex guys and put the basing on them and Alphas. That's all I had time to do today. I'm off for a business trip, so I won't be working on them the rest of the week after go live. Oh well, not a big deal.

See you guys post release!

   
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I managed a little work on the army today. I put the base coat on the bases for the priests and did the first coat on their robes. I didn't feel like painting Skitarii, lol. The other thing was repair work for the damage from Saturday. I dropped one robot, so it popped off the stand and a leg fell off. I also had the odd weapon here and there fall off.

Part of my issue is I don't have anything to carry the army around with, so I had them on a tray in a box. They slid around, etc, while driving, which won't cut it. I ordered 100 magnets today to magnetize bases. I was looking at some of the tuorials online for making a magnetized carrying case and they looked pretty easy and safe. Also cheaper than foam! I should have the magnets this weekend and I'll start on that project ASAP. I need to be able to store things safely so I don't do any other damage while working on stuff. I'm looking forward to it actually.

I doubt I will play this week because of the damage and the fact most of my army has no paint on it. I did play my first game of 8th and first ever game with Ad Mech Saturday. The last time I played was 1 game back in '13 with my guard. I played against Blood Angels, we did 78 points. It turned out that was a natural number for both of us. It was a lot of fun and I squeeked out a victory on the last turn. My unit of 4 dakkabots put 72 shots into a full health razorback that had popped smoke. I managed 14 wounds and he failed 10 of them, with a reroll as well. It exploded and manged to do 3 wounds to both of his units hiding behind it, wiping them out, and giving me the win. Pretty much the army did what I expected based of the Ad Mech tactics thread.

I do need to sit down and figure out my game plan for painting. I need to prime the 6 alphas and omnispex guys. Once that's done, I can start painting them in squads since all 60 Skitarii will be at least primed. The majority of them have a fair amount of paint on them already. I also need to get two TPDs built and painted. I was limited to a patrol detachment since i just had one partial TPD built. It would be nice if they gave Ad Mech some other HQ options but it is what it is. I want to start working on completing units. It will help my motivation and will look better on the table as I start to play.

   
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I was able to prime the Alphas and omnispex guys over the last two days. I got their pants base coated and also painted the base coat on the base. Don't worry if some arms look funny, it's the magnets. I didn't try to pose things in the photos. The upper bodies and legs are not glued yet, you'll see some blue tac in between the parts on some of them. The priests just had the Agrax wash on their bases done and I primed the infiltrators. I did a little work on the rangers with the TAs., just their pants and started the base of the oddball sniper that I never started on. It's not major or exciting progress but these are needed early steps. I find doing the bases early helps the overall look since I prime in black. It lightens the models a bit.








   
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Today was more work on the Alphas and omnispex. I completed the base coat of their lower bodies. I also did the basecoat for the inside of their cloaks. I will glue the upper bodies on once I drybrush the bases.

My magnets came in, so I went shopping. I got the magic brownie pan and some gorilla glue. I did one test model. The gorilla glue needs 1 - 2 hours to set which is a pain, I thought it would be faster like superglue or epoxy. I had to sit the model upside down to keep the magnet from sliding until the glue set enough. It worked great. I had to put duct tape in the pan to reduce the magnetic hold. He now comes out easy enough but won't be going anywhere. I did the hold the pan upside down and shake test and he never moved. I dunno how long it will take me to get all of these guys magnetized since I have to keep them inverted while the glue sets. I'll have pictures up of it when I finish it.

The pan is tall enough with the lid to hold castellan robots too. So I will get a second pan for my bots I think. It will depend on how many models will fit in the current one. Onagers are too tall. I dunno if I will bother trying to do something similar with them or not yet.

   
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Life has been busy, so only small progress has been made. I magnetized the bases for all my Skitarii, robots, and the infiltrators. I need to buy a second brownie pan for everything since it won't all fit in one. It's nice that the pan has a lid with handle. I will post pictures once I have some additional work done on painting.

I worked on the bases of the 4 robots and started the bases for two TPDs. I have 6 TPDs which is overkill, so I will probably build one with the standard load out and a second one with a different mix. Ad Mech has HQ issues which is a real bummer. They really need a cheaper HQ choice to help unlock other detachments. I looked at what it will take to magnetize my robots. I have a rough idea of how I'll do it but I need to get a saw of some sort. It may be as simple as a serrated blade for my hobby knife.

   
 
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