19 April 2014

Ultramarines Bike Squad

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I have never really cared for the concept of Space marines on bikes (Harleys…). But Jørn has fielded Chaos bikes against me with success several times, and studying the models and rules over – a decade – they have grown on me.

When visiting Jørn, seeking assistance when pulling my Warhound Scout Titan of its original base, Jørn gave me some old Space marine bikes (a Chaplain, Attack Bike and 5 Bikers) he had kept on to over the years. THX Jørn!

I bought an extra set enabling me to field a "full unit". The old models given to me had to receive a makeover (old style back packs, helmets etc), so I pretty much stripped them down refitting old parts to bring them in line with the current outfit.

What king of weapons to kit them out with? Well, I do like the concept of Grav Guns, but ordinary troops are acquired to “stand still” for the full effect. Being relentless etc, these guys can bring the output to full effect. Hence, 2 Grav Guns and the Sgt with Combi-Grav. It took some time to build and paint these models, since they consist of both the marine (Ultramarine) and the bike. But it was fun building and painting some new stuff after having being focusing on giving the rest of my Ultramarines a “makeover”.

Enough said, this is how they turned out:
The Sgt
Sgt and he’s unit
The whole squad
Stay on target!

What next? I hear a high pitch scream and the sound of wings….


15 April 2014

Ultramarines Makeover part 16 – Calgar, Desticado and the Honour Guard

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I started working on this, the final batch of my Ultramarines that needed a makeover, in March. My progress was interrupted by preparation for the Adepticon event in Chicago, ending up with me pushing the old Drop Pods through the servitor painting line….

Well, at least I have now been able to finish the last of my models, and this is how they turned out:
My alter ego – Chaplain Desticado in Terminator Armour
Marneus Calgar in all his majestic glory...
…together with the Honour Guard

What next? I hear the roar of engines…


10 April 2014

March hobby challenge

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Finally finished with my hobby challenge for march. Two squads of Daemonettes, 10 plus 12, plus a herald of Slaanesh. Around 350 points, so maybe not so bad after all.

I started off airbrushing several layers with my Krome, the first few testing with glaze medium to ensure especially the shadows are visible. Difficult, but learning by doing. After some layers I found out that my job with molding lines had been really sloppy, but not much I could do without making even uglier paint lines on the models. So not very satisfied with my preparations. Note to self there.

I got the idea of a slightly warmer skin tone from the tutorials on the excellent and fast shipping UK store Element Games. I had a lot of questions underway - never sure on what do do - what colors to use. I came down to purple/turqouise, which was quite fun. The hair and tentacles on the old models were also difficult to decide on.

I'm quite satisfied with the end result, but there are always a lot of things that irritate me: Mold lines, dots destroying the smoothness of the skin, too hard metals and so on. Not the potentially fantastic shading from airbrushing that could have been.

I think I must have a couple of days to decide what next - so that I can get around with 650 points for the Øvre Ullern weekender in late april. Sounds like it means the Lord of Change that lies in the bottom of a shoe box...


5 April 2014

Escalation part 1

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Finally a post from me again and finally some hobby progress.
Since I made up my mind to do another army after necrons I have been back and forth on what to do.
Chaos, nids, eldar..... so when we found out we would do escalation here, I found out this would be the perfect time to do this army thing. So I said I would go with my chaos army only to find out I had no drive and feel for that project. And that big Phantom Titan was staring at me all the time!!! So that gave me no choice, that thing deserves a new army. So Eldar it is! And the plan is to make the new army and while I keep painting the new guys, I can add them to my old eldar and get them faster on the battelfield.
For the first challenge I went with 5 wraithblades and 1 wraithlord. The first months will be a lot off wraiths....
As you can see I only finnished 4 blades, the reasson is that I air brush the first layers, So the last guy is in the next big batch off models to get brushed.

For the next month I will go a bit off the challenge rules, As I try to get 10 gaurdians and 1 wraithkinght done