Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WiP: Heresy-era Salamanders Flamer Tactical Support Squad

Greetings once again InterWebs!!!!! Just a brief update on my Heresy-era Salamanders, I managed to get some build time in on a Tactical Support Squad armed with Flamers. I am still working on some green stuff in areas among other things on the minis but I thought I would share the WiP shots so far.

Basic assembly of the Mk IV armor for the 10-man squad:

Basic assembly of the Sergeant. I used a Spell Crow Miniatures torso:

Legio XVIII (Salamanders) are known as all being master artisans when it comes to their equipment and they often customize their own weapons. I decided to use some various different styles of flamer and also add a little customization to the flamers as well. Here is a look at the gathering of bits and brainstorming process:

Here are 5 of the flamers after customization:

Here are a couple of looks at the current state of the squad. Still working on fetish ropes and blending the scales in a bit more.

The (as yet unnamed) Sergeant which still needs a bit more work. I am trying to figure out a nice crest for his helmet.

The thought of these 10-guys rolling around with their flamers (which are higher strength than all the other legions) really appeals to me. I don't think this unit will get charged in an assault what with them all having nasty overwatch weapons, of course there are only 10 guys so they will get shot off the table fairly easily.

Thanks for coming by and taking a look! Take care!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Painted: Mk IV Salamanders Shoulder Pads

Greetings once again InterWebs!!!! The health struggles continue but I did manage to get some painting in. Having a bunch of time off due to illness does allow me to get small patches of painting done. Here is the latest coming off the painting desk: Mk IV Salamander Shoulder Pads.

While they are painted I am not able to seal them due to the weather, Spring time in Colorado is a total mixture of snow, rain, and sun with today being snow. These 47 shoulder pads finish up my Stage 1 Horus Heresy Salamanders build. Here are some other shots of the Mk IV shoulder pads.



Meltagun tactical support squad:

40 tactical marine pads all looking like this:

With the first part of my Heresy-era Salamanders all done and Forge World still not coming out with anything for the Salamanders it is time to look and see what I can throw together for the Salamanders next. I know I have a 5-man Honor Squad, a 10-man Flamer tactical support squad, a 5-man Plasmagun tactical support squad, a Heresy-era Predator, a Vindicator with laser destroyer array (Sabre Tank Hunter), and a Falchion (Shadow Sword) that will be HEAVILY converted all waiting for my attention. I might even throw together a Legion Champion miniature if I can find a Paragon Blade I like.

Well thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Take care!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Painted: Urtzi Malevolus the Despoiler of Mars

Greetings once again InterWebs!!!! It has been a really tough few days for me health-wise and in between doctors visits and being laid out on the bed I did manage to stitch together enough paint time to finish Urtzi Malevolus. I had to ask a friend if he looked 'correct' because I don't trust my eyes so much at this point. Well enough rambling, here is the Despoiler of Mars!

I love the three glowing eyes, just like the picture from GW.

So many mechandenrites:

Backside view showing mostly the tech base:

A look at the power generator for the three large mechandenrites:

So many gears and moving parts that are mere picometers from his hood. I think he has an entire subroutine devoted to keeping his hood out of the moving parts behind him.

This is going to be a challenge to pack and move for gaming use. He really has a large 'footprint'.

I must say I really enjoyed painting this guy up even though I felt so ill during the process. I may just have to do some more Dark Mechanicus in the future. For now the Despoiler of Mars will await further reinforcements while I contemplate building him the Kaban Machine.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Take care! Comments are always more than welcome! I would love to hear your thoughts about good old Urtzi Malevolus! I will leave you all with the picture that inspired this build:

Sunday, March 16, 2014

PiP: Urtzi Malevolus the Despoiler of Mars

Greetings once again InterWebs!!!! Just a quick update this morning as I managed to grab a couple of paint in progress shots of the Despoiler of Mars.

Still a bunch of work to do on him but I think he is coming along nicely. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! More PiP pictures to come soon.

Friday, March 14, 2014

WIP: Urtzi Malevolus the Despoiler of Mars

Greetings once again InterWebs!!!! As a break from the Heresy Salamanders I thought I would work on something I can use with my next Heresy-era army; I am going to have some Dark Mechanicum allies to go with a traitor legion. I wanted to start off with a nice HQ choice and there is none better fluff-wise (in my opinion) than.......

Urtzi Malevolus, Despoiler of Mars
Few names cause more division amongst the Priesthood of Mars than that of Urtzi Malevolus. It was Malevolus who allowed the abomination of the Kaban Machine to achieve full sentience. It was Malevolus who crafted the Tactical Dreadnought Armor that the Warmaster Horus wore throughout the Siege of Terra.It was Malevolus who railed against the Treaty of Mars and obliterated the wondrous forges of Mondus Occulum. But the Priests of the Mechanicus consider themselves beyond petty concerns and outrages. What is valued is knowledge and Urtzi Malevolus has millennia of unique and precious data. His treacherous actions are scrutinised for glimpses of this lore. The Kaban Machine is almost deified by the Legio Cybernetica. TheWarmaster’s armor was a fantastic and an unrivalled achievement in plasteel and ceramite. And as for Mondus Occulum… Well only the Omnissiah is perfect.Unlike the traitorous Fabricator General Kelbor Hal, Malevolus was not killed outright at the end of the Horus Heresy.Wounded and allowing the loyalists to believe him slain, Malevolus made his way to the distant Forge World of Godhammer. This nascent machine world was of alien origin and although the Mechanicum now used it as their own, Malevolus knew that deep with its vaults lay a secret he had not shared with even his fellow conspirators.

I ordered up a nice resin kit from Blight Wheel Miniatures and then set to work on the assembly of the Despoiler of Mars:

Basic assembly of the Blight Wheel Miniatures kit:

Mounted on his custom built Tech-looking base:

No self respecting Tech Priest of Mars would be caught without mechandenrites, so I decided to make some. I personally like the look of the snaking mechandenrite so I wanted to make mine very pliable. I decided to use very thin wire (20 gauge) and a thinner wire (28 gauge) wrapped around it. This gave me a very flexible cable to base the mechandenrite on. Here is a shot of the initial wire wrap:

The final assembly of Urtzi Malevolus with all of his mechandenrites:

I think the Despoiler of Mars turned out quite well. I am pleased with how all of his various mechandenrites actually add to the model and definitely help it look more like the GW artwork. Tomorrow I should have some time to paint him up. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Take care! I would love to hear what you think about Urtzi Malevolus.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Painted: Apocalypse Survivors from Wargames Factory

Greetings once again InterWebs!!! It has been a little while since my last post so I thought I would share with you all what I have been up to lately. I have some friends that are casual gamers but they do really love their post-apocalyptic and zombie survivor games, so as a gift to them for being such awesome people I painted up the newish Apocalypse Survivors from Wargame Factory. I picked up one box of the women and one box of the men which came to a total of 60 miniatures for the low cost of $36.00 (GenCon special), quite the deal I must say! The boxes come with 3 identical sprues of models and a 4th sprue of optional arm/weapon setups for some of the miniatures and a whole mess of guns and equipment options.

Here is the first set of miniatures which will be headed to West Virginia:

Here is the second set of miniatures which will be headed to Ohio:

The third set of miniatures which will probably be staying here in Colorado:

These miniatures were a lot of fun to paint and I am sure they will bring joy to their new owners (at least I hope!). There was a fair bit of left over bits (guns, pouches, etc.) that were not used with this project but will be used in a future project. For under $25.00 for a box of 30 miniatures (and a ton of bits) I would call this set a steal! I did not stress on making the 3 sets of miniatures to different because I knew they were going to different homes and it helped the painting process. My personal favorite has to be the little girl in her pink dress, white hair ribbon, and UZI!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Now that this little gift project is done I can get back to building and painting Heresy-era Salamanders and collecting bits/models for my Heresy-era Iron Warriors. Take care!