Thursday, 15 November 2012

DIY Cataphractii Terminators

After seeing the Forgeworld Cataphractii Terminators it inspired me to do some work on my second squad of terminators which have been a long running WIP in between many other  projects. I still like the way the first squad of Terminators but when I was making them I didn't think ahead to what would happen if I made a second squad.

Monday, 5 November 2012

New WIP: Forgeworld MkIIB Land Raider

I bought this model a good few years ago now and had originally intended to use it for my Crimson Fists. Having abandoned that particular chapter long ago I decided it would be perfect for my pre-heresy Death Guard army. Although I'm not entirely looking forward to painting this monster tank in white its going to be fun putting it together and trying to get all the iconography on it that I want. This picture is the model as it stands so far. The symbol on the front was made using a press mold (which hopefully I'll get round to doing a separate post on at some point!) with the idea being that I can make lots of the same symbol. The next big job is getting the side sponsons on but in the mean time I also need to paint the inside black as I totally forgot about it whilst putting the chassis together.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Death Guard Colour Scheme

So after finishing my second tactical squad and noticing just how different they are to my first squad I though it was about time I tried to formalise my colour scheme a bit more. Hopefully now that I've found a scheme I like I can then stick to it better and make sure all the units in my army belong to the same force.

Friday, 26 October 2012

2nd Tactical Squad Finially Finished

So here's a quick shot of the second tactical squad which I've finally managed to finish. Unfortunately things have been so busy with work that they've actually been finished for a week or so but I hadn't had the chance to even get a photo of them. Hopefully soon I'll get chance to put some better shots up here. As you can see they're a bit different to my older ones so I'll need to go back to the original tactical squad and see what I can do to make the whole force look more cohesive. I'm much happier with this 2nd squad, it's much closer to how I imagine they should look in battle with the additional weathering, rather than the showroom pristine look I used to paint!

until next time (which I hope won't be too long!),
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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Damn you Forgeworld! (you can't help but love them!)

Don't get me wrong, I love all the miniatures Forgeworld produce, especially all the space marine stuff. It's just that the pre-heresy books from the Black Library have been an on going thing for quite a while now, and only now have Forgeworld caught up. The problem is that I originally started my Death Guard army after reading the first couple of books. Since then I've been converting all my models to look more suitable for a pre-heresy army and Forgeworld have been releasing lovely new models of the various mk's of armour, all of which look so much better than my models. I also have a few vehicles sat still on the sprues waiting to be included in my army. I figured if I'd gone to all the effort of altering my normal troops it would be a shame not to do the same for the vehicles. Below is a Rhino door I sculpted a while back which I intend to use on both my rhino's and my mkIIb land raider.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Space Hulk Terminators

I'm having a bit of a break from the Death Guard at the moment. Not because I'm bored of them or anything, I've just been away from home a lot recently and I don't want to be carting lots of paints around with me. Luckily I still have tons of models which still need putting together and its far easier to take a few modelling tools and some glue with me wherever I go.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

WISP: Work In Slow Progress - Second Death Guard Tactical Squad

Its been a while since I completed the test model for the second tactical squad and unfortunately progress has somewhat slowed since then. I have managed to get a few minutes here and there but all in all it seems this squad is going to take a while, especially seeing as its shaping up to be a pretty busy summer. So here's a quick picture of the squad so far. They've been undercoated white and the airbrushed skull white and then blacklined with Soft body black. I've started blocking out the non white area's with adeptus battlegrey, (mainly because I don't really like the semi gloss finish you sometimes get with chaos black) ready for their respective colours but as you can see this is as far as I've got.

Still, slowly getting there...

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Second Death Guard Tactical Squad - Test Model

 I managed to find some time at the weekend and got this test model done. After doing the shoulder pads I couldn't wait to get some paint on it and find out how the moldings really looked. I decided to include a Plague Marine and also an older Pre-Heresy Death Guard model in the photo's to give some comparison and see if I had pulled off the look I was after. All in all I think it went pretty well so here's a bit of an explanation...

Friday, 8 June 2012

Second Death Guard Tactical Squad & Sculpted Shoulder Pads

Here are some WIP shots of the second tactical squad I've been working on. After reading a few great tutorials from Ron at From The Warp on sculpting and then molding shoulder pads I decided to have a go myself. I won't go into any real details on the process itself as i pretty much followed the way Ron suggested. The only real difference is that I used Mulliput for the reproduction shoulder pads as I found it to be softer and more easier to mold. It also sets rock hard so there are no flexing issues in the pads. I also changed the theme of the bases to a more urban setting from the original bases so I can't wait to see how it all looks once I've done some painting!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Post Heresy Death Guard

Just while I have a few spare minutes I thought I'd share some pictures of my Chaos Nurgle army. The army follows the pre heresy colour scheme fairly closely, albeit with more filth and corruption. There were two main reasons for this. First I didn't want to do the standard nurgle dark green scheme and also if it came to playing a huge apocalypse game I could use both together as one huge army.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Improvements to be made

After taking a few photos of the original tactical squad a had to admit that although I like the models I realised there were some improvements to be made. After a bit of head scratching I decided to take a side by side photo with one of my post heresy Death Guard Plague Marines (I may put up some more photo's of these too in future). The model I chose was one that I had re-based a while back when experimenting with urban style bases.


Thursday, 10 May 2012

1st Terrain Piece Finished

I finished my first terrain piece the other day but its taken me until now to take any pictures of it. I decided to go for a simple quick paint job of a base coat of Adeptus Battlegrey followed by a wash of Badab Black and then a drybrush first with Codex Grey and then finally Fortress Grey. (Sorry i don't know what the new Citadel Paint equivalents are!). Here are a few quick pics with my Pre Heresy Death Guard so far.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Terrain WIP

Here's just a quick WIP shot of some terrain i've been building. I'll apologies now for the quality of the picture, i just wanted a quick shot and the only thing to hand was my phone. I'm not sure if it will a gaming piece yet or more of a backdrop for photographing miniatures, we'll see as it comes along!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Death Guard Pre-Heresy Terminators

After completing the first tactical squad I didn't feel the army's pre heresy theme was showing very strongly so I couldn't wait to get started on a squad of terminators with their Roman style shoulder guards. I toyed about with trying to bend some pasticard without much success.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Nathaniel Garro & Command Squad

...well, by Command Squad what I really mean is just the standard bearer and the apothecary. Seeing as the death guard are mostly white I thought I'd go with the total opposite for the apothecary. The head is just one of the Chaos Space marine heads but it seemed to suit the model quite well.

Death Guard Pre-Heresy Dreadnought

I was inspired to build this guy by the artwork on the cover of the pre heresy book Fulgrim. Its not even a close likeness but seeing as forgeworld didn't do their Contemptor pattern dreadnoughts at the time this was the best I had.

The Start of the Pre-Heresy Death Guard

My local GW was planning to run a 30K Campain and after reading Flight of the Eistenstein I knew it would have to be Death Guard. I didn't really set out with much of a plan, I just thought I have a go at the first squad and see where it went from there. I was a bit apprehensive about painting a whole army a colour which is supposed to be slightly off white so thought I'd just see how it goes.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

The ill fated Crimson Fists

After leaving uni and re-entering the real world I found myself in a new town with no friends and plenty of spare time on my hands. Before long I'd decided to go along to the local games workshop and soon remembered how much I'd enjoyed the hobby a few years back. After buying the new codex space marines and remembering some old artwork I decided it was to be the Crimson Fists.

Image from Games Workshop

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Back in the beginning

This whole thing started way back when I was in school. A friend of mine told all about this cool new thing he's just got into called Warhammer 40,000 and showed me a box of Plague Marines. I loved them! Straight away I knew this was something I'd get into and enjoy. That Christmas I was lucky enough to get a box of Plague Marines and also some Khorne Bezerkers as well as a starter paint set. Many Sunday afternoons later and I had finally finished my first squad.