Sunday, July 28, 2013

Breathing Life into an Amorcast Warhound: Canis Messorem

Greetings once again InterWebs!!!!! I had some time this weekend to spend in the hobby room and with a possible trip to the Feast of Blades to take part in the massive apocalypse 3-day game I thought I should work on something big for us in the game. After a quick chat with my good buddy Mordian 7th  it was decided that I should work on my old Armorcast Warhound which I picked up some time ago in England. My friend who I picked it up from was kind enough to do a custom Dark Mechanicus 'Soul Forge' Icon on the top carapace; the mind-blowing thing about it all was he did it in a Pub (Bar) while we had a drink. Here are the shots of Canis Messorem (Reaper)  from the Legio Mortem Sectatorem (Death Stalkers):

The pieces gathered:

Close-ups of the 'Soul Forge' Icon:
 Done in about an hour and half............

The old Armorcast models (Armorcast was the forgeworld before GW's Forgeworld existed) from the late 80's were not the best cast models. To give them credit resin casting at this size/scale was still in its infancy. There were a fair amount of surface defects and air bubbles that I felt needed to be fixed so it was GW's Liquid Greenstuff to the rescue!!!

With the legs sanded smooth I went ahead and glued them together:

At this point with the legs drying I went ahead and worked on the other parts:

I pierced his ears and put a large ring in his nose. Chaos Warhounds are notoriously feral and I think this helps show that:

A Legio Death Stalker Icon on one of the weapon arms (at least what I am going with for the icon):
I scratched together a rear coolant area to cover some defects on the back end of the weapon array:

On the other weapon arm I duplicated the 'Soul Forge' icon in a smaller scale:

To further convey the Feral aspect of this particular Warhound I thought it would be nice to show some chains that were used to chain it up while it is not on the battlefield. I dug around in the bits boxes and found some chain and mounts that I think work rather well.

 Here are some shots of the work on the rear of the legs:

Close-up of the chain mounts:
  All chained up:

I also added several chains to the top carapace which I arranged to also look like a leash:

Here is a view of the rear of Canis Messorem with its chains:

A front side view of the beast (note another Death Stalker icon on his groin):
 With the weapon arms shown:

This is were Canis Messorem sits at the moment. I am thinking about some Dark Mechanicus banners but I am not sure. I also am not happy with the way the top carapace was cast, it sits a little crooked on the main body so I may look into fixing that. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Comments are always welcome! What do you banners.....??? Take care!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Shadowrun at GenCon----Table Tents being Prepared

Greetings once again InterWebs!!!! A quick little update tonight with something I just had to share. I have talked a bit about the new 5th Edition of the Shadowrun Roleplaying Game in a past post. Well, I am planning on playing several games of Shadowrun with good friends while out at GenCon 2013 and to get ready for that one of my friends decided to make us some nice table tents. A table tent is placed in front of you while you play the game, it lets the other players at the table know who you are and most importantly what class you are playing. Here are the first 3 table tents:


The two others:

I believe these were done in Photoshop and I have edited the last names out to protect the innocent. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. If you get the chance I would reccomend looking at Shadowrun. Take care!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

"Thou Shalt not Run!"---Texico MERCs Minis finished

Greetings once again InterWebs!!!! For those of you curious the title of this post refers to the Texico faction's ability to lay out a bunch of traps before the game which their opponent may trigger if/when they run. I think it is a nifty little rule which adds some flavor to the faction. Well enough talk, you are here to see pictures so here are my Texico minis:

My favorite miniature in the bunch....the Texico Marshal:

A closer look at his hidden 'face':

The Demolition Man:

A closer look at his full face helmet:

The Assault Member:

A decent sculpt to the face:

Love his whacking stick!

The Heavy Support:

The business end of the weapon:

The actual Team Leader and his (non-MERCs mini) Dog:

The Dog mini that comes with the set was a little small so I went with something much larger:

Looks like they are going inside for a drink:

Finally the Team Sniper (not my favorite mini in the set):

His green eye lenses are a bit hidden but they are the only 'face' showing:

Well, that is it for now. I can't wait to try these guys out during some games at GenCon 2013. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Take care!

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