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,


23 November 2014

Black Templars – Drop Pods

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Ork lady going – mad?  

Deciding upon a Space Marine chapter for Adepticon 2015, it was only proper to turn 360, and choose a chapter I always have admired and think looks cool - The – Black Templars! Not finished with the army yet – but getting there! The pods are now finally finished:)

More to come,
Inger Helene’s servitors signing off (fore the time being)

9 November 2014

Ultramarines Ironclad Dreadnought / Venerable Dreadnought

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I never seem to be able to finish my Ultramarines army. I guess there are so many bits and left overs, that I am compelled to try to use them before moving on to new projects.

I went through my bit box, and found that I had enough parts to make yet another Dreadnought (# 4). My previous ones consist of two ordinary Dreadnoughts, and one Venerable Dreadnought, with all the various weapons magnetized. Then I got the idea of a storyline linked to my last Librarian build; A couple of weeks ago I finished a “pimped” / “vane” Librarian with lots of scrolls, Servitor Skulls and a beige robe. What if I made a model representing him honoured with “Dreadnought armour”? My Librarian being quite taken with “bling”, I am sure the Tech Marines and Servitors where only happy to apply them selves in order to make him stand out on the battlefield!

Making the option for him to be fielded in a Venerable dreadnought was a no brainer, however, I wanted to try to make one build I did not have in my collection – an Ironclad Dreadnought. I gave nothing against GW, I love the models and the game, however – I do want to put a limit to purchasing models and part, deciding to try to add various bits left over from previous projects in order to make a model that could represent an Irenonclad Dreadnought.

First out I had to change the Sarcophagus, deciding to use venerable parts in order to make him more “bulky”. I also added skulls on top of him to i) create bling and ii) that could represent the Ironclad “grenade launchers”.  I had a large left over Forge World Skull that I thought would look cool on the front armour.

I filed down the front armour plate, filled it with Tamiya putty, sanded it level, and glued on the skull.

Some work in progress pictures:
Preparing parts to build the body

Various bits – choosing parts in a creative, as "I go along process"

The skull and front plate (before sanding)

It’s coming along
I fitted extra plating to both arms in order to make the model more bulky than the normal build, also representing - “Iron clad”. Now how to scratch build a Seismic Hammer? I turned the Missile launcher arm in the opposite direction (from left to right arm), removed some parts, and used the Drill bits from the Centurion kit, some left over cables and the landing gear from the Storm Eagle flyer set. I magnetized a Heavy Flamer and a Meltagun so they can be fitted under the arm. And of course, servo skulls, old left over Forge World Ultramarines ornaments, and finally scrolls where added.

And this is how the finished model looks like:

All arms are magnetized, and he can also be kited with a Lascannon, Assault cannon with flamer ore a Multimelta. On these arms I only added scrolls and some more subtle ornament parts, in order to be able to keep the basic idea of this old Librarian now being a Venerable Dreadnought.

What to do next?

I have 5 Sniper Scouts, but want to build them with Bolters, and am working on how to refit the Rifles with Bolters. But then again, there is an old industrial complex with narrow corridors and confined compartments that are sending out a distress signal…


2 November 2014

Word Bearers Chaos Terminators - third batch (Architecture of Aggression XXXVII)

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...and it's a whopper!

Alongside the Obliterators featured last tuesday, I've been working on a full squad of Chaos Terminators with Power Mauls and a few Combi- and Heavy Flamer. I've also completed the two models above to enable the use of two of the default five-man squads I've been using since I painted up the first batch of 'Annointed"'way back in the summer of 2009 and the smaller addition three and a half years ago.

26 October 2014

Hive Fleet Behemoth – Hive Tyrant and Tyranid Warriors update

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Greetings! I have been caught up with work and miscellaneous other projects, so I have been quite unproductive hobby vice lately. Feeling my motivation is about to return, I started working on a small project, refitting a unit of Warriors and a Winged Hive Tyrant with Devourers.

Funny how “small projects” turn out to be something quite different; I had to tear of the wings in order to fit new arms, this being the old metal model with lots of pinning, green stuff etc. – well, I finally finished the monstrosity.

Since this summer I have played my Tyranid army. Although they are not as competitive as they where in 5th edition, I still have fun playing them, much more then when I read the new Codex when it first came out, I must admit I got caught up in all the rant…

Anyway, focusing on “fun gaming”, I played a great game against a veteran Necron player a couple of weeks ago. I presented two armies my opponent could choose from, and I was really happy when he choose to go against a horde swarm.
The opposing forces

Hive Fleet Behemoth advances on the Necron line

First contact

Metal and Chitin almost annihilated each other

This was a particularly bloody battle. Almost no models left on either side. Very fun. When we left the gaming table we thought the Necrons had won, but during a drink after the game we had forgotten First Blood and Linebraker, securing a Tyranid victory by one small point. Honestly, it could have gone either way, a game to remember!