WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower (Colin Dixon, 1998) (MechaNovember ’19)

WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower, Colin Dixon, 1998

Following up from the crew, who I managed to complete a month or so ago, I’ve finally gotten the actual War Machine that they crew painted! Well, there is a little caveat there – I still can’t find the bolt nor the crank that are part of the kit. Since it was an eBay jobn a few years ago, I’m not 100% sure if I even have the crank, but I do know that I have the bolt. Once I find them, individually or together, I’ll paint them up and glue them down, I suppose…

WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower, Colin Dixon, 1998

Here’s the Bolt Thrower itself. Nothing too amazing without it’s crew. Just a reasonably neat piece, mostly wood and metal. Still, combined with the crew it looks good, and that’s kinda the point! Bolt Throwers being War Machines, and War machines being mechanical, this also fits into November’s painting challenge. So with this thing finished, I’m finally out of the gate!

Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery – Endless Spells: Umbral Spellportal (Contrast Paint Experiment #13)

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Umbral Spellportal

A quick one today, we have the Umbral Spellportal(s) from the AoS Maligh Sorcery box set, which I am (VERY) slowly working my way through…

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Umbral Spellportal

The paintjobs were pretty straightforward, even if they took me forever because I was being pretty careful. This time it was a sprayed base coat of Grey Seer, with a zenithal overspray with white. Contrast Aethermatic Blue (diluted with medium) over the top of that, one side at a time laid flat and not glued to the base to get that depth rather than havint he contrast all go down to the bottom of the models. Careful down-only drybrush with white to re-highlight the “tops” of the “flames”. Varnished to protect the WIP, then the gold was carefully picked out, then washed, drybrushed, and then job done. Shame it took me about three months to get them done.

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Umbral Spellportal

Baturally, it wasn’t until I was writing the post when I looked up their effects (and the names of the bloody things, to be quite honest) and found that they’re actually spell portals rather than people portals, so the Khorne guys above are using them incorrectly to shoot ahead by about 12 feet. Ah well. I’ll live.

WAAAAGH! Pt.22: Another three RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) (Orktober ’19)

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams, Rogue Trader. Oldhammer, 44202/3 Space Orks

Quick post today showing the last three of October’s models. Here’s the money shot upfront of all the Old-School Orcs done for Orctober. Not too shabby, I reckon. They’re also pretty fond of those Sons of Dorn, my Orks….

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams, Rogue Trader. Oldhammer

No ETA on any round-ups. The short version is the shed is a dumpster at the moment, with the table covered in spray cans, boxes and half-sprayed bits of scenery. The weather is alternating between Aussie-summer-hot and cold and shitty and stormy, and I’m as busy as fuck with work due to being in the final few weeks before the end of November when everything comes to a peak. My current downtime is a small amount of painting and a lot of videogames and a break from intense blogging. I’m also in a fitness challenge at the gym this month where the categories are losing overall weight/dropping body fat percentage/dropping visceral fat/gain of lean body mass and a couple of other categories. So that means extra workouts, which=more tired, can’t be arsed blogging, or getting around to cleaning up the shed, and then round and round we go.

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams, Rogue Trader. Oldhammer

So it’s not in a terrible way, but I just can’t be bothered blogging much right now. Some years I pretty much just drop off the face of the planet this time of year. I don’t want to dump the challenges – both for your motivation as well as my own – I still want to get my own models done, even if I don’t have the hours that it takes to spend on the blogs doing all the posting and admin. I’ll post when I can, but I’m not going to knock myself out over my hobby blog right now. 🙂

WHFB Battle For Skull Pass Dwarf Cannons & Crew (Neglected Orc-Slayer-Tober ’19)

Another Dwarfy post today. The models that have just been completed are the crew (kinda) to three cannon that I painted in January 2017 shortly after the mess of Skull Pass Dwarves I completed at the time – but never showed here because my posting workflow was different then. Rather than showing each and every thing that I painted, pretty much as it comes off the production line, I used to (usually) hold off on showing anything that was meant to be a part of a unit like this, especially if I thought the rest would be done soon. Makes sense, right? Except I finished the three cannon almost three years ago, started the crew then, and only finished them a few days ago.

Battle For Skull Pass Dwarf Cannon Crew

Yes, there should be more of these guys…

Battle For Skull Pass Dwarf Cannon Crew

…but don’t be sad, ’cause two out of three ain’t bad!

Now the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that there are a few flaws with my little unit above. Some models missing from the sets and not enough models overall. The thing is that I never bought BFSP, and picked up these Dwarfs (and a few gobboes) via various second-hand purchases, years after the set was long discontinued. In these situations, you get what you get, and so I may one day supplement the crews of two with a couple of third men, but for the time being, they’ll work just fine for friendly KoW or AoS games.

I did have one full crew, but that still meant only one ball-carrier. To make up the difference I added in a random finecast (ugh) palanquin/litter carrier(?) dwarf that was in the mess of secondhand stuff, to use as an overly-blinged out cannon barrel packer. And a standard bearer because I had too many of them, and the pistols fit the feel of the artillery unit. So, you know… why the fuck not?

Not a lot of fun to paint at all, but after almost three years clogging up my desk with their crappiness, I’m glad to have them done and transformed from an annoyance into a little bunch of figures I can kinda like. I’m really going to have to try out that Dwarf army once I get some time this summer.

WAAAAGH! Pt.21: 44202/3 Space Orks (1988) (Orktober ’19)

Oldhammer 40k, 44202/3 Space Orks (1988)

Still kickin’ it Rogue Trader-style today. I’ve got three of the Rogue Trader Orks that I started painting before, alognside and after the recent RTB02 Ork troopers. Allowing myself to finish this trio was my “reward” for wading through the troopers.

Oldhammer 40k, 44202/3 Space Orks (1988)

As you can plainly see here, I’m still leaning pretty hard into the general Desert Camo/scavenged gear theme. I mean, given the shape of that shoulder pauldron, what choice did I have really than to paint it as one that had been scavenged and cut to be fit for a new purpose. Useful stuff, that Ceramite! At one point I was going to go into the DAK theme, given the sculpts on some of these early Orks, but it’s a bit on the nose for me in 2019. There might still be a palm tree with an Orky Skull underneath at some stage, but I don’t feel a need to emulate the uniforms – even when the models are basically wearing them, like Flamer (Burna?) Boy here. I’ve got a couple more RTB02 troopers finished, and a couple more to try and finish tonight to post alongside before we tick over into November. Wish me luck!

40k Tank Traps from Battlefield Accessories Set (Neglected October ’19)

40k Tank Traps, Citadel Battlefield Accessories Set

I just finished these tank traps/hedgehogs an hour or so ago, and took them outside to photograph them along with all of the models I’ve completed in the last few days to get photos for the next few days worth of posts. These tank traps come from the rather old Battlefield Accessories Set. I actually did paint these years ago, though I did so by painting them all copper and then giving them a brown wash. It actually looked okay, except not at all what these things would or should look like, so they got wheeled in again some time ago for a repaint (aka a respray, and then left in a tub), but with Conquest Magazine being a thing and the issue with the sprue coming out here in Australia a few weeks ago, it was time to finish off the old and paint up the new.

40k Tank Traps, Citadel Battlefield Accessories Set

Orks and Ork-friends chat respectfully near some local rust.

This time I went for seeing if I could effectively paint a more realistic depiction of rust, while still attempting to keep it quick and not too incredibly tedious and painful. Here’s the breakdown:

  1. Spray Dark Metal
  2. Light Spray mid-steel-type silver
  3. Daub all joins and rivet areas really liberally with Vallejo Model Wash: Rust
  4. Leave models to sit for three weeks because you can’t be arsed with them right now.
  5. Decide “fuck this” earlier this evening and make yourself do them even though you really still can’t be arsed.
  6. Daub with Citadel Technical Paint: Typhius Corrosion (the brown, textured stuff) using a large, flat-ended brush, making sure to keep it a bit messy.
  7. Drybrush with Citadel Dry Ryza Rust. Carefully at first, then less carefully as the process drags on way longer than you’d anticipated.
  8. Daub the join areas more carefully with Vallejo Model Wash: Light Rust.
  9. Be slightly disappointed that Light Rust isn’t much lighter than the other Rust wash.
  10. Mix some Vallejo Model Colour 70.911 Light Orange with Dr Faust’s Magic Wash base (1 part Future Floor Wax/Pledge One Go, 4 parts Distilled Water) to make a lighter orange rust wash.
  11. Apply over the top of the Light Rust, while the light rust is still wet.
  12. Allow to dry.
  13. Photograph.
  14. ???????
  15. Profit!

And here we are. I forgot to spray varnish them, but it’s 10pm now, the shed is locked up, I can’t be bothered going back outside and I want to get this post finished and queued up to publish in the morning. I’ll do it tomorrow. There will also be at least two more October posts from me, plus any models I manage to complete after work tomorrow. I’ll sort that out later.

Oh, the last few days have had more typos than usual – it’s the new mechanical keyboard that I got with my replacement computer. Still getting used to it, especially when typing with any speed…

On a semi-related note to my old PC dying and being replaced, I’m now even more behind in replying to comments on my own posts, replying to comments on other people’s blogs to me, a beard-painting description, keeping up with your blogs and posts there, and of course the Round-Ups. We’ll get there eventually.

40k Cities of Death Sewer Vent from Urban Conquest (Neglected October ’19)

40k Cities of Death Sewer Vent from Urban Conquest

Something a little more recent than those Rogue Trader Orks this morning. This …sewer vent(?) comes from the 40k Urban Conquest boxed set, which comes with some campaign rules for 40k as well as a sprue of terrain, which I dutifully clipped off the sprue, cleaned off the mold lines, sprayed this piece, and duly lost the rest of the kit into some tub or another somewhere. This thing, meanwhile sat around on the painting desk for most of that time with very little done on it. (Sprayed black, sprayed dark metal, basically). So as is often the case, I finally picked the thing off and made myself finish the damned thing.

40k Cities of Death Sewer Vent from Urban Conquest

It wasn’t so bad to finish off. The weatheroing powder seems to have come up a little harsher than I planned, though it’s looking a little messier here than in hand, as I want it to have a nice dusty and worn look so that it plays nice on a variety of table surfaces, I’m still good with it.

40k Cities of Death Sewer Vent from Urban Conquest

It’s a nice little piece, really. I’ve got a fair bit of smaller pieces of scenery that I need to complete before I crack onto any more of the ones from this set. As much as I’d like to get onto more of them, there’s a ton of other stuff to get done first.

40k Cities of Death Sewer Vent from Urban Conquest

Here’s a scale pic of it alongside yesterday’s Orks. Old-school 40k alongside new-school 40k! Works pretty well in my books!