18 February 2015

Transport tiles – Adepticon 2015

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As mentioned in an earlier post, 4 of the TSB members are travelling to Chicago in March – attending “Adepticon 2015”. Upon leaving the Adepticon event in 2014, we decided to field four Space Marines chapters, and I took the job making bases for all the models so the forces would be “coherent”.

We also wanted to bring “transport tables” for a better presentation of our forces, and that would make it easer to manoeuvre around during the event. We decided not to use wood boards ore sand, since we will have to bring them in our suitcases. At the same time we needed sturdy tiles.

It was a project that fell onto me. I suggested the GW Realm of battle table extension sets. We found that the 2 X 2 tiles where to large for an ordinary suitcase, so Jørn brought forth he’s electric saw… (cutting of one tile edge 6")

After filing and sanding the edge of the tiles, I washed them thoroughly (including using mineral spirits), and base coated them with GW Chaos Black Spray. I retrieved some dark brown paint from earlier table projects, and painted the tiles.
I then started dry brushing the stone eras using VGC Stone grey.
The tiles where dry brushed with VGC Desert yellow, then VGC Pale sand. The skulls where dry brushed VGC Pale Sand and again using a mix of VGC Pale Sand and VGC White. The tiles where then washed with my “goup mix” (resembling a dark version of VCA Burnt Umber) thinned in water and mixed with PVA glue. Finally, the tiles where given a solid coat of GW Satin Warnish (Purity seal). This is how they turned out.
What next? Something for our troops to home in on…



30 January 2015

Black Templars army – complete

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Finally:) It was decided, on our final day at Adepticon 2014, to field a Space Marines army in 2015. 4 Generals – four army’s. I opted for the Black Templars, an army I have always admired, both the painting scheme and the fluff.

My 1000p army consists of 3 Crusader Squads (two Melta and one Plasma squad), and one Sternguard (Sword Brethren) squad - all in Drop Pods. As my general I chose to go with a Chaplain (of course). Finally, a Thunder Fire Cannon for some serious ump!

I am looking forward to fielding them in battle.

This is how my army turned out:
Crusader Squad with Drop Pod

Stearnguard Veterans with Drop Pod

Thunder Fire Cannon and my Chaplain

The whole army

What next? I hear the roar of engines…

6 January 2015

Eldar Corsairs Wave Serpents - Ørnulvs #1 Project 2015

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Adepticon 2014; Trond and myself faced an Eldar Wave serpent list. We where shot to peace’s by the end of turn 3! Of course Trond have fielded Wave serpents fore a long time now, and with great success during the last edition of the Eldar Codex, but the experience at Adepticon really opened my eyes to the awesome potential of the Wave serpent. And then the new Dark Eldar Codex arrived. With the Raiders getting more expensive, and the Wyches loosing Haywire grenades, it dawned on my to join my Dark Eldar with Eldar. After all, they are the same kin…  

Having decided not to create an Astra Militarum army after all, I returned all bought models, and received in return enough Eldar models to create an ally for my Dark Eldar.

Now - how to paint them? How to make the appearance of a joint force, distinctive – jet coherent? Since the Craft Worlds are so distinct with rigid colour schemes, and the Aspect warriors so individually vibrant, I had to get around it all to keep everything gloomy and dark as would befit my Dark Eldar army.  Eldar going bad, why not? Eldar Corsairs - done!

I wanted to make the models reflect that they “have gone bad”. Hence I started modifying the original design, adding lots of Dark Eldar bits to them.

A large skull was added to the rear end door, a large bladevane added below the hull together with skulls on each side.

Underneath the front section bladevanes where added, missiles used to make a jagged appearance inside the u-shaped front, and spears with skulls added to the hull front, and barbed wire with skulls added to both sides.

It was time to paint them. I decided to paint all the parts separate, gluing the model together once finished with the paint job.
Work in progress, weapons, turrets and the rear section of the hull

Work in progress, the bottom of the hull and the upper section of the hull
Behold – a Corsair Wave Serpent showing the “rectangular” version of the markings used by my Dark Eldar Cabal.

Front view

Rear view

Each Wave serpent has two gun options, Twin Linked Scatter Lasers or Bright Lance.

Turret with Twin Linked Bright Lance

All three of them

The model is of an older design, and very “wobbly” since the base rod is so tiny compered to the size of the model. I will have to make a new stand for them at some point.

What next? Time to bring on some heat…


31 December 2014

Jørn's 2014 in review

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It's time, once again, to have a quick look over my shoulder to see what I happened this past year in the hobby, and perhaps compare it to what I had planned to do. Last year's review and pledges for this year can be found here.

I'll leave it to the other pledgers to go through their own year, but for my own part I fear I have more failures than successes to report:

Finishing the Basilica de Veteris.
If this project has moved anywhere, it has moved backwards. I removed the entire structure from its elavated Jackofoam base over the summer, but never decided on (how to construct) a replacement base. Since the structure is so large, I will have to divide it into four separate pieces for storage. I don't even dare think about transportability at this point.

Finishing another 1500 point/ of Traitor Guard, to bring them to at least 2000 points.
I haven't run the numbers for the models I do have, but I'm not sure if I have 500 points of Astra Militarum Traitor Guard. Then there's the new list in Imperial Armour 13... I should really study that a bit closer, to decide on a theme that fits the models I have on hand - both Guard and Chaos Space Marines.

Playing 40 games of 40K.
Not quite... I've played 30 games of 40K against almost half that number of opponents. Eight of those games were played at Adepticon in Chicago, and only ten were played using the 7th edition ruleset. I have been turning down at least half a dozen game offers lately, because I've wanted to focus on preparations for next Adepticon 2015.

Finishing the Chaos Warhound Titan, and play at least one game of Apocalypse with it.
While we never got around to playing any Apocalypse battles this year, I did manage to finish my Warhound Titan. It has been languishing downstairs in 'the cave' all year, staring at me every time I poke my head in the door.

+ - + - +

So what did I produce this year? One superheavy and fifteen Terminator'ish models, it seems...
I've got to be able to do better next year!!!

14 December 2014

BJ Brush Cleaner

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Not a very exiting post, but hopefully useful.

It works – it works – it does not work; It can be used to - dry brush something! Familiar with this feeling?

A while ago, I noticed a ”brush care” video at the ”Awesome Paintjob” channel. I have over 20 brushes at any given time, and although I try to maintain them well, I am still experiencing ”split ends” and ”rugged dry brush bristles".

My Kolinsky brushes costs between 50 -100 NOK each. "Bad bristles" does not only make the paintjob more difficult, but makes it costly as well.

So I thought it was a god idea to try out this product. A mug with hot water, some patience while rubbing the brush against my palm – and suddenly – they bristles where all smoth and to a point again.

I recommend this product,