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Made in au
Alluring Mounted Daemonette




Australia

Hey mate,

Great to see the crazy project is still ticking along crazily.

Really love your battle reps. Pics are so atmospheric! Aquarium greenery? Looks great.

Chaos Dwarves are coming along nicely. Well done painting up the heroes, and the musician/standard bearer conversions are smart and you pulled them off nicely. They are an absolutely massive unit all ranked up!

edit: marine came up nice and clean. I use Dettol for stripping, but it does tend to need a really good scrub and can end up with some residue stuck in hard to reach places.

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Made in au
Longtime Dakkanaut





Australia

Thanks for stopping by, I have previously tried dettol, found it left a sticky residue that further soaking was required to remove. Plus it is a lot more expensive than IPA.

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
Made in au
Longtime Dakkanaut





Australia

Continuing on with the Gate scenario from the campaign, that saw my Iron Hands/Imperial Guard stop an Eldar force effectively coming through some Webway gates, we are going to play it again, but swap roles and I am using Necron as the defenders.

I had committed to supplying some suitable markers for the Necron gates this time around and with the game looming I got my act together and knocked some out. Although my health got in the way and I had to cancel the game, but at least the markers are ready when we managed to reschedule the game.


I tried to copy the beautiful jungle terrain that my opponent has made for our campaign, he was even kind enough to supply me the same aquarium plants he has used. The "rock" is insulation foam that I just tore into with a hobby knife and gave a thick coat of sand before painting. Then arranged some aquarium plants to hopefully blend them into the jungle terrain for our games.


I ended up with some excess Monolith parts that I cut up and fitted into the insulation foam to hopefully appear like Necron tech that has been overtaken by the environment. I used pieces of clear poly-carbonate sheet to fill in the gaps to which I painted a swirl sort of like that on the Monolith's Eternity Gate. I had intended to try some heating of the polycarb to get some interesting effects and although I started experimenting I abandoned it for speed of finishing the gates.


Pictured with a few Necron that hopefully will emerge from the gates during the game to defend them.

Thanks for reading.

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
Made in us
Stubborn Hammerer




Sweden

Wow, impressive hobby work and collection! Lovely stuff. I'm quite speechless at both the quantity and creativity here.

Please, do not hesitate, but sign up here on Chaos Dwarfs Online and share your Dawi Zharr updates there as well: https://discourse.chaos-dwarfs.com/

Lots of people will like to follow your CD army there.

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Made in au
Longtime Dakkanaut





Australia

Thanks Karak Norn Clansman. Appreciate you dropping by. I will have a look at your link. May be how I can find some models for Hobgoblins for the second Chaos Dwarf army I am planning....

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See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
Made in au
Longtime Dakkanaut





Australia

Very quick update (and a truly hideous photo, sorry). But I decided very last minute to knock a model (or two) out for the May painting comp over on Oz Tabletop Wargaming. The theme was something inspired by Star Wars.

So I decided to do a Kroot "Bounty Hunter" and his faithful Kroot Hound. They eventually will go into a Radical Ordos Xenos Inquisitors Menagerie, but for now they are my painting comp entry.

Meet Kurg and Krug.....


See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
Made in au
Longtime Dakkanaut





Australia

Ok, so I had intended to post this last week as we played another game in our campaign. But I got distracted and failed to post. So here we go, memory is a tiny bit foggy now, but the pictures will probably remind me. Remember, we are still playing this campaign under 8th edition rules.

We played a repeat of the Gate scenario from last time. But this time I was "defending" with Necrons emerging from their previously dormant gates (which I finished painting on the Sunday before the game). We decided it was only fair to play the scenario exactly as we did last time (even though we had identified things that could be improved). So my opponent set up his beautiful mixed Marine army to investigate some Necron gates. Inquisitor Dial decided it wasn't worth his time to have a look, so he delegated the task to a pair of Lieutenant's, I really hate that Burning Blade artifact.......


Such a good looking army. I again was worried about the Terminators. I don't know what peoples complaint about them is, but I find getting through that 2+ save an absolute pain in the proverbial. My opponent had not been anywhere near as aggressive in building an army for the scenario as I had been in the previous game. But he had a secondary plan that would unfold later that I hadn't considered in the previous game.


A pair of the gates on the left hand side of the board. The central bunker hadn't made an appearance yet in our games and has a removable lid so you can fully use the internal space during games. We rolled off for first turn and my opponent won. I started to get a sinking feeling as this is exactly how the last game started.....


With no opponents yet to appear on the table, the Marine army surged across the board. I don't think my opponent rolled anything less than a 5 for the advance rolls on any unit and that sinking feeling started to grow as a wall of Terminator and Power Armour started to rapidly cross the table.


However, unlike my poor opponent last game, I was lucky and came up with a 6 for gate activation on one of the gates and chose to dump a twenty man Warrior squad onto the table. I figure they could throw out a fair bit of firepower and had enough bodies to tar pit anything trying to reach the gates nearby. Hopefully reinforcements would arrive in time and with the Reanimation Protocols I thought the squad would hang around for a little while at least.

I was wrong.....


Unfortunately I really couldn't get a good bead on anything I wanted to shoot at, so unleashed on the Rhino and was actually pretty happy to knock a couple of wounds off of it. But that didn't slow the Marines advance down all that much.


A combat squad of Vanguard Veterans, Lieutenant with Burning Blade and a Rhino all decided that the Warriors had to go. But before they charged in anything that could draw a line of sight opened up on the squad.


From a glorious 20 down to a much more manageable 10. Terminators, Tacticals and the Veterans all took a toll at range. With only 10 Warriors left I was now thinking it only a matter of time before I lose the whole lot and Reanimation would be impossible.


Unsurprisingly the Rhino charged first (I have decided that I really don't like tanks "charging" into combat, I think let them ram/run over things sure, but to be able to tank Overwatch I think is a little much. Ok, rant over). Any hits I did score I wasn't able to add much to its wound tally and the Vets and Lieutenant waltzed into combat ready to try to annihilate the Warrior squad.


And in short, they did, almost. These Marines get so many rerolls it can be a lesson in pain and my poor Warriors were like wheat to the Scythe. Even though two survived, morale soon saw to them and the whole squad disappeared into thin air. With my plan of the mighty tar pit now evaporating, I hoped my gate rolls would be good and I could exact some revenge.


And I was EXTREMELY lucky, with three 5's I managed to bring in three new units. I started on the left flank bringing in another unit of 20 Warriors to try and slow down the marines that seemed to have decided the left flank was worth more and there was a lot more targets on this side.


The right flank was going to be much kinder to me and I brought in a 10 robot unit of Immortals with Tesla (having NEVER played Necron before today outside of tiny, tiny games, I didn't know what these did and by the end of the game loved them). There first mission was to dislodge a combat squad of tactical marines that were firing rockets at my poor Necron from the safety of a ruin.

To really spice things up I brought a unit of Praetorian's in right next to the Veterans, as per the scenario rules units summoned through the gates act normally (although always counting as moving) when they appear. You want to play in melee? I can accommodate that....


So the Praetorian's charged the Lieutenant and Veterans as overwatch wasn't much of a threat. They did exactly what I needed them to do and wiped out both groups. I am not sure if I also charged the Rhino but ignored it or consolidated into it after the combat. Either way I had it in combat to at least shield me from the Terminators a little bit.


Now, this Campaign is going to be decided I believe (I am still a little fuzzy on the end game details) on who can retrieve the most STC fragments. There are rules for trying to gather them during games (Ultimately you roll a D20 and on a 20 you find one, plus a heap of bonuses to apply to improve your chances). Now when I was the attacker in this game I ignored trying to find the STC Fragments and instead built an army to close the gates. My opponent cleverly though saw this game as a great opportunity to try and collect the fragments. Something that I hadn't considered; and this Praetors of Orpheus combat squad decided to quietly duck inside the bunker to their left to look for fragments.


Undeterred by the loss of the Veterans and one Lieutenant the Marines press toward the gates. A lot of these photos focus more on the right flank, but you can see the Necron Warriors on the left flank being approached rapidly by another Lieutenant (with Jump Pack) and one surviving member of a Veteran combat squad my Warriors almost shot off the board (I split their shooting between the Veterans and a Terminator squad. They almost wiped out the Veterans, but didn't get a single wound on the Terminators from 20 shots....)


The Rhino dumped its cargo of Marines and fled the scene, so now my plucky Praetorians had a Terminator squad approaching and a fresh squad of marines. I wasn't so concerned about the Tactical Squad as they lacked melee weapons to crack the Praetorians, but the Terminators were a different story.


After weathering a hail of shots from Terminators, Tacticals, one Veteran and a Lieutenant the big squad of Warriors received the charge. With only 7 of them left it wasn't looking good for them to survive.


But I continued to roll well for reinforcements and I chose to bring in some speed. Tomb Blades to be precise and they dropped right next to the Gate to try to buy more time for reinforcements. I had considered bringing the Overlord in, but unsupported he wouldn't have lasted against the Terminators.


Over on the right I dropped another unit of Tomb Blades right in front of the Terminators. I figured they would at least be a speed bump and get to shoot the Terminators and then overwatch if they got charged. Then I could get the charge with my Praetorians in my following turn. You can see the Immortals are still trading shots with the Tacticals in the Ruin ahead of them.


A wider shot to show whats going on. The Silver Skull combat squad are fresh from having closed the gate to the left of the photo, so I was down to three gates to bring in reinforcements, I pretty much dominated the right side of the board, but the left was in the hands of my opponent. Another Praetors of Orpheus combat squad are combing the ruin for STC fragments and their is one inside the bunker as well. I am hoping I can deal with the Terminators on the right quickly and readjust to try to hold the still open gate on the left. At this stage I still had an Overlord, Cryptek, Scarab Swarms and Deathmarks to deploy.


So unfortunately I had run out of steam and forgot to take anymore photos after this point. But we were at the end game anyway. I had Scarabs come in (and I used the stratagem where you can blow up a scarab base to inflict mortal wounds to troll the Terminators). I lost both lots of Tomb Blades after they did some decidedly average shooting which was disappointing as they look cool and are really quite expensive units; although I guess they did cause 4 unsaved wounds on the Terminators on the left.

But I dealt with one lot of terminators with the Praetorian's (they are formidable). However, I lost use of a second gate.

Next up I brought in the Overlord and Cryptek and along with the Praetorians and Scarabs they moved over and cleaned up the remaining Terminators, Lieutenant and Silver Skull combat squad. The Immortals stuck their Tesla Carbines into the bunker and toasted the Praetors of Orpheus.

So ultimately I think the Marines were left with a single combat squad (I think...) left at the end of the battle (i did blow another Scarab base up to kill the Lieutenant which I found disturbingly satisfying). Technically the Necron had won, and had given the Marines a seriously bloody nose. However, in the over-arching scenario Inquistor Dial has taken a formidable lead as his forces were able to salvage another 2 STC fragments.

So I think in the wash up, they lost this battle but are well placed to win the war. Curses.

Thanks for reading.

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
Made in au
Longtime Dakkanaut





Australia

It’s been too long since I posted. No actual progress to show really. I have allowed myself yet again to become distracted by too many projects all at once so am taking tiny bites out of a lot of things. Not great for updates since I don’t tend to like WIP photos. But does keep things fresh. 

So far I have been working on those little modular cottages. I have added an extra layer of thatching to the roof as it was a little sparse. 


I am also well toward getting to the next stage of the Iron Labyrinth terrain I got a heap of last Christmas. I have also prepped 12 large cylinders to act as some serious line of site blocking terrain. I plan to prep it the same as the Iron Labyrinth and pipe network, hammer tone paint and then the rust technique. 


I have also managed to put a magnet under the base of almost every model I have to make transportation easier (I made a travel case that has metal trays in it). I am also about 3/4 to varnishing my whole collection for a little better paint protection. 


On the painting table I am close to finishing Mortarion for the Death Guard for my mate (that will leave just the Spartan), I have put a hold on the Bull Centaurs as they just aren’t thrilling me. I am halfway into the three k’daai fire born for the Chaos Dwarf army so they shouldn’t take too much longer. 


I am sure there are a few things I have forgotten, but I am still chugging along and am actually really enjoying my hobby at the moment so I think that is a positive except for my lack of posting on this blog. 


Thanks for reading and hopefully have some photos soon. 

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
Made in au
Longtime Dakkanaut





Australia

Right, so it has been some time since I managed to get myself organised enough to post. Computer issues being one of the biggest problems confronting me. But I have managed to stabilize rather than fix it for now. But I have not been idle. Much work has been undertaken especially towards terrain. I really think that I am approaching a critical mass of personal terrain and I am hoping by some time next year I will have enough terrain to handle almost any sized table with any theme you could want.

But lets get into some pictures because that's what we are all here for isn't it?

First up, with the introduction of 9th edition for Warhammer 40k I made the firm resolution that I would not amend my exhaustive lists that are driving my collecting to bring them in line with 9th. They have been amended as necessary based on the final Chapter Approved values for 8th edition and when I eventually adopt (if ever) a new edition of 40k I will make my armies work as best I can. To that end a couple of my completed armies are in need of some additions to bring them up to the 2,000 point mark. Namely this is the Orks (where I will add a 5 man Flash Gitz mob and 3 more Nobz who are currently on my painting table) and my Aeldari army that will have another Warlock (also on my painting table) and a squad of Storm Guardians.


Exactly the same scheme as the rest of the army, did have to convert the Fusion guns. I also did the same as the other Storm squads and two of the swords are a blue to represent the different weapons (it used to be Power Swords and now I think its chainswords).


This makes the army quite large with 4 Defender squads and 3 Storm squads. Lots of bodies and it looks pretty good spread out across a battlefield.


An interesting side note is I discovered the Dwarf Artillery army I did was actually short on points somehow. Not sure if I had intended something previously and forgot or what. But I was tempted to juggle a few things and force in a Gyrobomber. But I scrapped that for a number of reasons. 1) I really don't like the newer Gyrocopter/Bomber 2) Was looking to save some money 3) I had this guy kicking around from Mordheim and points wise he fitted perfectly as a Dragon Slayer Hero.......

So let me introduce Barack Barksson, Dragon Slayer. Currently recuperating at Kark Veng and goes out with the Artillery Train to help out and deal with any horrible gribbly that tries to drop in and threaten the Cannons and hopefully meet a glorious death in the process.


Next up is back to the Chaos Dwarfs. Sort of. Here is the first of my K'Daai Fireborn. Now as I understand it, these are suits of Chaos Dwarf forged armour possessed by fire daemons. They won't survive the battle ever as they start to take damage from turn 1 so are a real smash something quickly sort of unit.


Here is number 2. The models are packed with detail, but it is generally all flame and armour plate so I was struggling to add a little bit of interest to the models. Then it occurred to me that the armour is carved with a lot of tiny little runes and if I could highlight them it may add that little extra point of interest I felt they were missing. So I ended up going with green as it was quite a contrast to the other colours already used on the models.


The 3rd and final K'Daai. Probably my favorite pose as it looks threatening. Plus I like the helmet.


They rank up surprisingly well considering the strange poses they are in. Although I did keep it in mind when gluing them to their bases. So the only thing left is to do a movement tray for them, a coat of varnish and some magnets under the bases.

So although my attention has been firmly on building and painting terrain I am still managing to get progress on the armies themselves (even if a fair bit of it has felt like back tracking).


Automatically Appended Next Post:

So the next painting update I wanted to share is the next step in getting the Death Guard commission finally finished for my mate. I have had this guy "almost" finished for an absolute age and I have been putting off trying to finish him. But I finally summoned the courage and here he is......


Daemon Primarch of the Death Guard, Mortarion.


I pretty much used the same painting formula that I used for the rest of the army so far.


I had no particular reason (or guidance) for the choice of parts to use (you can choose an alternate pose of weapons on this guy).


But overall I am pretty happy with the look and result.


Interesting story though is somehow I lost one of the wings of the orange imp behind Morty. Not sure what happened, but between a house of dogs, cats, toddlers and a wife that loves the vacuum cleaner I have not managed to find the lost wing. So after much swearing, cursing and trawling ebay to see if I could find a replacement I cut the surviving wing off and made a quick mould off it and cast a replacement. I think it just works.


There is a face under all that detail. I swear.


Really happy how the Scythe turned out. I did try a bit of verdigris on the metal of Mortarion (not something I have really done on the rest of the army). Unfortunately I went a little overboard and in particular the brass ended up looking solid green and needed me to repaint it.


The wings actually were something I agonized over and I had the rest of the model complete except the wings and I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with them. In the end I went with a green as I didn't want to stray into the white/bone that is often used. Partly as I don't think my painting skills were up to it and partly it would be the only model in the entire army with those colours. I think it works though against the olive green of the armour.


A bit of a nod to Typhus I think, but I really like the flies pouring out of the vents.


In true Nurgle fashion the myriad of little Nurglings laughing and capering along make the model really enjoyable and fun to paint. Probably just as Papa Nurgle planned. My wife dared me to paint each a different vibrant colour and I accepted her challenge. I don't think it detracts at all from the Primarch.

So there you go, my progress since my last post. Haven't got any of the terrain to a finished state yet. But it has dramatically progressed from where I was. Hopefully have some more frequent updates soon.

Thanks for reading.

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See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
Made in au
Longtime Dakkanaut





Australia

Another delayed update from me which isn't unusual. But I am still ticking along in the COVID afflicted world. I do hope anyone out there reading is safe and as well as can be.

In Australia it is on the brink and New SOuth Wales (the state I live in) is well into the Delta Strain and we are all currently supposed to be staying home as much as possible, but seems that message doesn't apply to some.

I have now been working from home for about three months now and I am thankful my employer is happy with that my productivity and focus on my work is pretty poor in my opinion.

However, I am able to get some decent hobby progress as I am often in the home workshop doing some prototyping which allows me to pop into the hobby side of the shed and do a few odds and ends.

I am really focusing on terrain at the moment as I feel I am reaching a critical mass of terrain. I still have heaps to do, but I think I am well on my way to not needing or wanting anymore terrain after what I have on the boil at the moment.

But enough chat and on to some pictures. So I have mainly been focusing on the medieval village and I have put the finishing touches on the next two buildings.


Here are my long houses. They are MDF laser cut buildings that I have done the same texture technique for the white parts as I did on the previous small houses. Then I did the same thatch roof as well to tie it all together.


The cool part of these is the buildings are modular so they can be pulled apart to allow for gaming inside them.


One day I may put some tavern furniture inside if I find some that is cheap and looks good.


They are both two floors and you can pull the second floor off as well. It will be a tiny bit odd that they don't have a floor on the ground floor. But I am not going to lose sleep over it.


For scale you can see a few Ork Nobz wandering around, they are a lot bigger than I had originally thought, which is cool as it will add mass to the village quickly.


I did paint the door larger than what had been etched by the laser and you can see compared to the height of the Orks it was probably the correct decision.


And finally you can see one of the original smaller famrhouses thrown in for reference. I think they go together well and look like they could be from the same village. I made a mistake and I didn't notice it until I took this picture that i used a different brown for the timber between the original 4 houses and these two. But again, I won't lose any sleep over it.

I have almost finished another two of the small houses (which will bring the total to 6 small houses). The plan is also for a really large hunting lodge, but the place I have bought the laser cut building for has had catastrophic issues with their laser so I am not sure yet if I will ever get that one.

I am hoping next up will be the castle walls for the village as I am keeping them pretty simple and depending on the pieces to wow an onlooker rather than a detailed paint job. I hope. Time will tell.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think.

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
Made in au
Longtime Dakkanaut





Australia

So yet again I have let the hobby progress slip.  But this time it has been beyond my control unfortunately.  Seems the Gods decided to test the family as we have had a fortnight I wouldn't wish upon anyone.  I don't plan to have any hobby in this post so if listening to a frustrated man vent some steam feel free to skip it.

A bit of background first.  Our older German Short Haired Pointer (GSP) Lily who we have had for almost 10 years was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer a couple of months back.  She had surgery on her neck to remove the lump and get it tested.  Seems Thyroid cancer is so rare in dogs they tested it three times to make sure.  The long and short of it is its super aggressive and the vets gave us between 4 and 12 months with little chances of treating it.  The pathology also showed it had ruptured from the tumor into the vascular system so could (and we were assured would) show up anywhere in her body.

Long and short of it we were preparing to give her the most comfortable end to her life as we could as she has been the most spectacular dog I have ever had the honor of knowing.  I have had absolute trust and faith in her and it is such an unfair end to it all.

But life wasn't meant to be easy.  So we had noticed that since the surgery (and in hindsight perhaps longer) Lily wasn't her usual self and I have to admit my wife and I were a little wary of her.  This came to a head a couple of weeks ago when Lily and our other GSP (Holly) got stuck into each other and my wife got in the middle of it trying to break them up.  This resulted in her getting bitten by Lily several times.  Which resulted in a late night visit to the emergency room and plans for surgery when they could fit her in.  That ended up being a 4 day wait in hospital before they got in, cleaned her wounds and stitched her up.  She ended up with 30 stitches I think and fortunately it was relatively superficial.

But, that was not the end of it.  Discussing it with my wife we knew that now there was but one way forward, but we would wait until my wife got home so she could say goodbye.  But two days later, Lily again snapped and this time I saw it coming and could intervene before she could get into our other dog, but that meant she got me instead.  Unlike my wife though she only got me once, but it wasn't great.  Her teeth in the wash up got 60% of the way through my forearm and damaged muscle and tendon.  It was one of those strange moments that after she got me she let go very quickly with that look of 'oops' on her face like she knew she had done something very bad.

So the wash up from that is my wife was discharged from hospital the day that I was admitted and I had surgery much quicker.  The surgeon said I got really lucky and will not experience any lasting issues.  But I am now 9 days post surgery, still on heavy antibiotics, can barely use my right hand when attempting to do my physio exercises and at all other times it is in a splint to keep it fully immobilized which will be for at least another 2 weeks....

We had our beloved Lily put to sleep while I was still in hospital so I didn't get to say goodbye, but unfortunately with the change in her behavior and 2 young children at home we just couldn't wait.

Then to kick it all off my wife was informed that on the day she was discharged that she was considered a close contact of someone that had COVID on her ward and therefore we have had to get tested and isolate.  Strangely I have never been contacted even though I came into the same ward as she was leaving....go figure.  So we have been stuck at home with the kids who are both too young to really comprehend where the other dog has gone.  It has been quite har

So I guess I just needed to purge as we lost our dog and my wife and I are injured.  Wounds will heal and we will remember the 10 amazing years we had with Lily, but right now it is just a mess.

Thanks for reading and to those that have already assisted us so much.

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[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
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Edinburgh


I’m very sorry to hear that this happened. This sounds like an extremely painful parting (please forgive my choice of words). Sometimes things REALLY don’t go how we would like them to, and it’s awful :(

As you’ve said you have the memories, and I’m glad for you both for that. I hope you both heal up and recover even stronger!

Kind regards
Ragsta

   
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My condolences for the loss of Lily. It's so hard to lose a beloved pet, much less to have it happen in a way that could shadow all the good times.

The Covid thing is easily explainable by the contact happening while she was in and the person testing before she left and isolating before results were back. Sorry, I work in a childrens hospital and have to explain things like this to parents of kids needing surgery on an almost daily basis.

Hope you mend up quickly. The kids will understand eventually. We had to put our Beagle (Sunny) down when the kids were 4,2 and 2 and they still fondly remember Her almost 14 years later.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

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Bud, so sorry to read that. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and hope the family bounce back. Absolute bummer. It is always hard to loose a friend, but under these circumstances, that's really harsh. Sending manly man hugs to you and your family. RIP Lily.




 
   
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Thanks all for the thoughts. In regard to the COVID thing we sort of expected it having us both end up in hospital. But the timing just felt like another kick in the gut.

But we have now returned two negative tests and the isolation ends midnight tonight our time. Yay.

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2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
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That sounds awful for all of you. My condolences for your dog, and the Covid really is just the kicker on top. I have found over the past 18 months, those tests have a habit of hitting everyone whenever they are at their lowest



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Thanks all, I have been fairly insular the last 5 and a half weeks as I try to patiently await my wounds to heal. I have a follow up on Monday which will be the 6 weeks post Op where they will be doing some tests to see how I am going.

The wrist is feeling pretty good and hope to get the all clear to start tennis and training again. Plus hope to get the painting bug back soon.

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
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Hi all (well those that may happen to be still reading this painting log) it has been one hell of a previous year for me and the family and it has pretty much put a halt to any hobby progress. So I had previously posted about our dog being put down after biting both myself and my wife (both requiring surgery) our very old cat being put down after 20 years. Well 2021 wasn't finished with us and I ended up having another surgery to fix my nose. In the words of the surgeon I had a "horrifically deviated septum" most likely from my days playing rugby and boxing. Although it was a planned surgery it didn't quite go as expected.

What was supposed to be a 1.5 hour maximum surgery turned into an almost 6 hour marathon after which the surgeon said he had never seen a nasal cavity like mine and hoped to never see one like it again. So I am on the slow road to recovery (it's a 3 month recovery process). But, this wasn't the big kicker. Just before I had my surgery, my father in law (in his 70's) had a fall and broke his leg, which in turn required surgery as he had split the top of his Tibia off and it had to be wired back together, so he is in a pretty heavy duty brace for at least 4 months and he is the primary carer for my mother in law who is in a wheelchair. But again this wasn't the kicker either.....

My 20 month old daughter for a little while now has had severe pain in her hip and got to a point of being unable to walk on it. It took about 10 weeks, but we eventually ended up at Westmead Children's hospital that discovered an infection in the fluid around the hip and also in the top of her Femur. So for the medical boffins it was Septic Arthritis and Osteo-Myelitis. This required surgery and a bit of a stay in hospital as they were figuring out the long term care. At one point they didn't know if she would be home for Christmas. They ended up putting a PICC line in and then deciding to remove it when they were having trouble organising ongoing at home care due to where we live. So, she is SO much improve from where she was. But we are on a regime of 6 hourly antibiotics for the next 3 months with regular hospital visits to check her progress. She will likely be under medical care for a number of years to make sure that the growth plate at the hip hasn't been affected. Otherwise her leg's may grow at different rates. So fingers crossed on that front.

So all in all, 2021 was a pretty dismal year for us (like many I would guess). So my wife and I are keen to get into 2022 and put 2021 behind us. I have even managed to paint my first model in what feels like forever. Hopefully life will be a little smoother for us this year and I can be more active in the hobby community than I have.

Thanks for reading and maybe some pictures in the near future.

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
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Here's hoping you were just getting the next 10 years worth of shittiness all in one year!

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Well we are at the end of January 2022 already. I know it's a cliche, but time really does fly. It seems like just yesterday I finished off an Eldar (Aelari for the legal team) Warlock on the first while watching the New Year roll in. The year so far has been much more kind, we knew it would be a better year when our daughter cracked her head on one of our front windows and broke the glass, but didn't cut herself! A win finally. Although I did cut myself while cleaning up the mess.....

But we aren't here for idle chit chat, we are here for progress. So onto some pictures.

First up is the model I finished at about 1:30am on the first of January to usher in the New Year.


I have said it before, but will say it again, 8th edition saw an end to me modifying the army lists I use as a guide to collect these armies. It was a good opportunity to tidy the lists up based on the final Chapter Approved of the edition and that required me to add a couple of models to a few of them.

So my Eldar had room to squeeze another Guardian Storm Squad and Warlock into their ranks. The Guardians were completed a little while ago and it was just this guy to go. I took the opportunity to replace his Witchblade with a Singing Spear as I already had this sculpt in the army with a Sword. I couldn't quite remember the formula I used to paint the rest of the Warlocks in the army, but I feel I got pretty close.

The other army that needed some reinforcements were my faithful Orks. I have 5 Flash Gitz assembled and undercoated and awaiting painting (they have just been upgraded to actually sitting on my painting station now). But first of all was a few more Nobz to bulk out the small Nobz mob that the Warboss usually hangs out with.


I was able to add in another Power Klaw (which the mob only currently has 1 which is just not enough) and a 'Uge Choppa. I could potentially split the Mob and run them as two small units if I felt like it so built the 3rd Nob to be a Boss with his flashy boss pole just in case....

And the final picture show today is a unit that languished from a lack of drive from me for some time, but now has been finished off. The Bull Centaurs for my Chaos Dwarfs.


First up are the rank and file, they are really big boys and I think I actually would have preferred them to be cavalry sized rather than monstrous cavalry as they look a little silly sitting next to the Chaos Dwarf infantry.....ah well, at least they are done.


Of course I needed a Standard Bearer so converted one to carry the inner part of a pen with a suitably large and oversized icon on top.


My musician was kitted out with his drum courtesy of an Imperial Guard searchlight......I think I like him the most.


Finally is the unit champion, to better highlight who he was he has been collecting shields as trophies so I hung a few over him. I think it works quite well without being over the top.


All ranked up and nowhere to go....hanging out to get back to face to face gaming....

Well as you can see I have been managing to get some progress done and have been enjoying having a brush back in hand. 31 days into the year and 10 models completed, not a bad strike rate.

Thanks for reading.

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
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2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
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I would like to pose a question to the community, I am getting to a point where i need to replace a lot of empty paint pots and am considering moving into the realm of other paint brands.

Shock horror I may actually give up on GW in regard to paints (maybe). I have already moved away from the brushes for fine detail stuff (still like their drybrushes).

Any recommendations? I am looking at Vallejo or Army Painter at the moment.

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
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Fighter Ace





Edinburgh


I switched to Vallejo with a sprinkling of Army Painter - but maybe worth looking up some AP reviews before using those. The only GW I have left are w bunch of the technicals…

New additions look great, the Centaur unit is most impressive! I gave up following army lists yeeears ago - it’s all about rule of cool these days with me. Although that usually means loads of minis anyway….

As discussed previously, last two years have been a suckfest for many people and I’m glad things are improving for you now!

I’ve taken to writing down my paint schemes in little note books these days as I always forget theme- the Warlock looks good tho!


Ragsta

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@Ragsta I like the idea of keeping a notepad of my paint schemes, very clever.

So I have been at the hobby grindstone so to speak and wanted to show off my latest progress. Took a slight break from the Chaos Dwarfs to get some of the scatter terrain I have had lying around for an absolute age out of the way. I really want to try to clear the terrain backlog this year and feel it will also help to break up the army painting. So without too much more prattle:


Fences and Gibbets. A couple of in progress Flash Gitz to give a sense of scale.


There is enough fences to make a 9"x9" enclosure as per this photo. Unlikely I would do something like this for most games, but then again maybe it could serve as an animal paddock as I do have some well's and food troughs floating around somewhere too.


When I first built them I thought they were a tad low, but with the Ork next to them they are about right I think (the Flash Gitz are pretty beefy).


Three different styles of the Gibbets, so i dressed a pair of them up with some well and truly dead occupants. Or are they?


I had some skeletons left over from the Tomb Kings army and they fitted just about perfectly. Quite happy with how they look.


They wouldn't stand up on there own too well and definitely would have been a pain during gaming. I made the bases from a couple of pieces of cardboard laminated to give a little extra thickness.


All the fences will give a nice ability to dress up the table, I think they will work very well in a small and dense Mordheim game with all the houses dotted around as well.

Thanks for reading and the next post I hope will have something large in it......


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2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
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I must be motivated, another post so soon after the last one. So I had hoped to post a "large" update and it looks like I was successful. Bear with me as some of the photos are a tad iffy. It is a wonder that I can get any painting done in our home as the lighting in the rooms is utter trash.

I have had this model kicking around for decades and really wanted to get it done. After dragging it out of a box and evicting the resident spiders I assessed the damage. I am not sure what my younger self was thinking, but it needed some TLC. But you of course have no idea what I am prattling on about, so here are some photos of where I ended up......


I present the Games Workshop Warhammer Fortress. After having spent years being ignored and abused I have managed to repair it will enough to paint and I am pretty happy with how its come back together.


It is truly a massive piece of kit and will dominate any table that it is setup on. I do like the idea of it being modular as even the towers could be used on their own or with only a couple of sections of the walls to stretch across the table.


Anyone interested in how long this terrain is this photo has a tape measure next to it for reference, those that need the conversion it is roughly 5' 6" long......I think it would see more use dividing a table than being the square fortress.


One of the sins of my younger self is the placement of the ground floor doors, they made no sense and for some reason I had placed them all on the outside of the fortress when it was set up... Quick escape perhaps? So I carefully remove them and a portion of the wall and swapped them around so that when assembled it makes more sense. Amazingly the brick work lines up really well when I was moving the doors so I had little work to do.


The next major issue was that I some how had lost one of the front gates entirely and the other one was in two pieces... I have a pretty good memory, but I have no idea what happened. The door on the left is my scratch built replacement and the one on the right is the repaired original. I ended up using springs to mount the doors as the original hinges were not going to last.


A look from the inside, now the scratch build is on the right. I used cardboard to make the cross pieces. It matches close enough for this modeller to be happy. Still want to have a chat to my younger self......


To add some extra interest to the walls I add some "moss" growing, I tried to keep it sensible as I wanted the feel of a "lived in" Castle so I kept the moss away from areas where I imagine the inhabitants would bother to clean it off. So no moss inside except for hard to reach places.


Using some in-progress models to demonstrate price (since painted once migrate out to the Hobby part of the shed once finished). Here we see an almost complete Chaos Dwarf Infernal Guard with a Fireglave examining the gates.


While more of his friends have already mounted the walls and are enjoying what its like to be the height of a giant.


This cheeky fellow has even managed to climb up to the top of one of the Towers.


I am getting slight Helms Deep flash backs and wonder what Gimli could have achieved with a rifle....


Wide shot of the Castle "swarming" with Chaos Dwarfs.


Much better light in this shot. I really need to see if I can find some nice siege equipment now. Battering Ram, ladders, boiling cauldron of oil and some piles of rocks....


My wife's Ugg boot clad feet for scale. Don't tell her she made it into the photo, I would be a dead man walking.

It is a pretty simple paint job, but I think it works well and was easy to do on a large scale so that was nice. I was a little worried that the castle was a little warped, not sure that this was a design flaw or my terrible treatment of it over the years. My solution was to brace it internally and then fill the whole thing with expanding foam to stiffen it up. I am glad I did and it has made it much more rigid and has taken most of the warp out of the pieces to boot.

All in all, it was a long process but am very pleased with the results.

Thanks for reading and my next update may just have those Chaos Dwarfs finished off.

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
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Very quick update on progress.

First up is some really quick and dirty medieval scatter terrain:


Four outhouses to add some character and get in the way of line of site and charges in Mordheim most likely.


Really, really basic and not planning on them winning any votes, but they are done and will look good sitting behind a house somewhere.


Some of the laser detail is really cute too.





Now onto the main point of this post, I would like some opinions. I am almost finished the first lot of Infernal Guard for the Chaos Dwarfs (these are 20 armed with Fireglaives) and will run as two small units of 10. They have no command group so what you see here is the two basic poses (front and rear ranks). Overall I am ok with them, but they are very dark (and the poor quality lighting doesn't help). I just feel that they are lacking "pop" and wonder if anyone has some ideas? It is hard when they are pretty much an armoured shell with not that much point of focus. I tried highlighting the armour again and found I really didn't like it as they got far too shiny and "do-gooder" look to them.

Anyone want to venture some ideas?

Also, I have decided to keep a model count painted for the year and hope to manage 365 models. An extra motivation hopefully to get things done. This will not be anything more than if it is a single model (terrain pieces included) it counts as 1 to save on working out a system for bigger stuff. So, based on that simple criteria I have so far this year painted........33 models out of 49 days. Not too far behind and I have almost finished these 20 Chaos Dwarfs. I think at least for now I can do this.

Thanks for reading.

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
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Hmm, I actually like how ominous the Chaos Dwarfs look with their featureless helmets ... things that come to mind might be adding a bit more colour to their beards (dark red?), or maybe chaos stars (or parts thereof) applied as a kind of crude war paint to the helmets? Differentiating the metal parts of the guns a bit more could help - especially the barrel and the blade, maybe add some kind of patina to the barrel?

Oh, and what were you thinking of for their bases? Something bright might change the entire atmosphere quickly, either "nice" bright like a friendly lawn or "nasty" bright like lava, green swampy goo etc.?

Also, that fortress!!! Remember the adverts from my own teens and ... it's still pretty intimidating!

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Too much spectacular work. I'm blown away dude. Brilliant work.




 
   
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Australia

Unfortunately the basing will be the same for the other finished models for the army which is a black "ash" with some tufts of dried grass. Not that much of the base is available on Dwarf models, but it is another dark element on the models.

I think MobileSuitRandom you may have hit on an idea, a way to distinguish the units from each other could be a coloured insignia on the helmet, keep it small but allows a spot colour to be added to an otherwise flat area. Could maybe expand it to the backs as well if I felt it necessary.

Thanks for the idea.

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
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Australia

What madness is this? Yet more progress? I must have really caught the motivation bug or something.

So I would like to thank everyone (from this site and others I post on) for their ideas on how to solve my issue with my Chaos Dwarf Infernal Guard. An absolute wealth of ideas, but in the end I went with this:


I think the bold red on half of the helmet ties it to the hem of the armoured skirt and also breaks up the solid helmets quite nicely and I am much happier with them. I also had the opportunity to distinguish the units by one having the right side painted and the other the left. Not much of a difference, but will allow me and opponents to remember which one is which.


Unit one, in the photos it shows some paint that looks almost textured and it is true I am literally scraping the bottom of the pots. I have a heap of new paints ready to go and replace my current ones, but I haven't cracked them open yet. I am going to be largely switching from GW to Vallejo with my paints (unless I find that Vallejo are trash and I will keep looking).


Unit two, 10 Chaos Dwarfs in each and the plan is that they will sit between the 2 bigger blocks of Infernal Guard and try to support them as long as possible. Time will tell.


Even with the red on the helmets I think they retain enough of the dark brooding look.


When I sat down to give the split helmet colour a try it became obvious that they wanted me to do it as the helmets have a fine ridge down the centre that made keeping a crisp line between the 2 colours really easy.

So there you have my first two units of Chaos Dwarf Infernal Guard, I am much happier than where I was with them several days ago. That leaves me the two combat blocks of Infernal Guard and this Chaos Dwarf army will be complete! I am hoping that with the paint scheme sorted out now I will be able to breeze through them much faster than these ones. We shall see.

Oh and with these twenty complete my yearly total has increased to 53 models painted in 52 days, so just ahead on the count now. I am planning some more laser cut MDF fences (different style to the previous ones) that are VERY simple so should help keep that number in my favour.

Thanks for reading.

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

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[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
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Vallejo paints won’t disappoint- I’ll go out on a limb and say that now.

Dwarfs look excellent- they remind me that I really need to add some brassy paints to my collection.

And kudos to you for bringing that fortress back to life! I remember those, happy times scampering about wielding White Dwarfs…



   
 
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