Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Legio Astorum Knight Errant

So, after a quick pallet cleanse with some Istvaan terrain, i found where i needed to go with the hobby post-Warlord. More Titans! Well, their mini cousins anyway.

I figured that the Legio Astorum needed their Knight Household expanding, as they will be the foot men which proceed the God Machines themselves. As i had 5 Knights waiting to be built, i got to work. First up was a Knight Errant.

The colors are of course that of the Legio Astorum. For such a big and ancient forge world like Lucius, it seemed right that they had their own Knight Household.

To mix things up a bit i added chevrons to the pilots hatch.

Getting the Legio Astorum transfers onto the shoulder pads was a lot of work. Circular transfers just dont do well on rounded surfaces. I also had the same problem with the transfers as i did on the Warlord, in that they seem to dry with this nasty film around the edges. Still working on how to get rid of  that, so if anyone's got any ideas, please let me know.

The transfers went onto the shins a little better, as the surface only curved one way.

The Thermal Canon was washed with some purple and then blue GW washes (i always forget the names!) Then finished off with some black weathering powder.

Finally the basel. This was a lot of fun to do, and i always try and create interesting bases for the larger models. The Knight Astorum will be making their way through a ruined city!

After finishing this Knight i feel that i really need to go back and update the first Legio Astorum Knight i did. I have started taking that apart for a quick repaint, more on that soon.

The GunGrave

Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Sands of Istvaan 5: Salamander Vehicle Wrecks

After the completion of the Warlord i quite honestly felt like i didn't know what to do with myself anymore, like my only purpose in life was now compete! So to try and find my hobby direction again, i turned back to my old friend, Terrain!

The Sands of Istvaan terrain set is pretty much complete except for the addition of a bit of battlefield debris. I had a few old vehicles that i wanted to smash up for terrain, so they were allocated to this project.

Believe it or not this is a Forgeworld Predator! A mate of mine butchered it trying to force it together without reshaping the warped parts....schoolboy error. He asked me to try and fix it, but i couldn't really salvage it fully. So he said i could just keep it! So i chopped it up a bit, and set fire to it - literally! This will be a fine wreck.

A quick paint job later, and we have a nice Salamanders wreck!

But whats a burnt out wreck without some burnt out corpses! These were fantasy skeletons bought cheap from my FLGS.

Miraculously i actually found a random Salamanders brass etch as well! Not so fire proof now eh lads?!

Some anti-tank weaponry has also had a crack at this Predator, just to make sure its dead!

After thoroughly enjoying the Predator, i quickly raided my bits boxes for an old Rhino i knew i had lying around. This is a proper old school Rhino, so fitted perfectly with the Heresy theme.

The Rhino's  cause of death is a little more obvious than the Predators. Its been hit head on by a very powerful anti-tank weapon.

Right the way through the Rhino! Ouch!

A few bolter holes for good measure from an over enthusiastic Traitor!

It looked like this over enthusiastic Traitor was also packing a Multi Melta!

I'm really pleased with these simple bits of scatter terrain, it'll really liven up the terrain set. As i was on a role, i chopped up an old 40K Land Speeder as well! Fortunately for my poor collection i'd now run out of tanks and vehicles to kill, so this will be the last one!

As soon as i get a game with the terrain set i'll get some pictures up!

The GunGrave

Friday, 29 January 2016

Mars Alpha Pattern Warlord Titan COMPLETE!

Wow....I never thought I'd see the day when this beauty would be done! I'm glad to say though the day is  finally here, and the Warlord Titan is complete!

Followers of this project may note the rather large jump from the last post to this! There hasn't been any WIP posts for the weapons aside from the build, the last post documenting my efforts with the head of the Warlord. I was so tantalisingly close to the finish line that i decided to crack on hard with the remaining pieces and just get it finished! This meant no time to stop and take pictures for the blog - you guys are far more interested in the finished article I'm sure!!

So here he is, the yet un-named Warlord. I apologies in advance for the variable picture quality. I had to set up a very large 'photo booth' in my living room which didn't quite have the level  of control on ambient lighting that my hobby room has. Nor did i have a tall enough tripod to take the pictures! Never mind, you get the idea! 

The Volcano Cannons were incredibly satisfying to complete! They're huge! They also look so bad ass with the gun shields on the sides. I made sure i added a good deal of transfers to this large area. I was going to add different patterning to the quarters on the gun shield, but figured that the Warlord would look more like an Eldar Harlequin if i added to much patterning! So Astorum yellow it was in the end. I'm glad i went with that.

I added a good deal of heat distortion to the weapons of the Warlord, as they are all energy weapons. This was achieved simply by spraying light layers of purple and blue washes onto the barrel ends. The ends were then hit with some black weathering powder.

The Astorum transfer sheet had a load of small, hazard label type transfers on it as well. I used these on weapon access hatched to help break up the metal areas.

Next up is the Laser Blasters. Similarly painted like the Volcano Cannons but with a blue weapon housing.

A little more heat distortion was added along the barrels of the Laser Blasters, cos you know, they're Laser Blasters, and they're hot and stuff. More importantly it breaks up the gun  metal a bit better!

Not much else was done to the moving parts at the rear of the Warlord, but they do look a lot better after the armour pannels went on.

A few more of the hazard warning transfers went onto the Warlords Gyros.

Defensive Lascannons.

The main exhausts were also hit with some black weathering powder.

The Warlords access hatch. I'm glad i kept the palette simple here, as i think it would have looked far to busy if i'd done much mroe here. I was undecided wether to add transfers to the access hatch. There wern't any suitable ones on the Astorum sheet, but there may be some on a Knight sheet...

The shoulder plating finished off the model nicely!

I pondered for a long time on the centermost armour plate. While it looked good, it seemed lacking a bit... So i plundered the Astorum transfer sheet for some ideas to liven up the area a bit. While good, these transfers are very thick, thicker than normal transfers. not sure what the reason for this is, but the result is that the whole of the transfer mounting shows up on dark surfaces. This is a little disappointing, but theres nothing i could do about it.

Some of the tiniest transfers were identification numbers or hatch markings. I added a few of these to the large yellow shoulder plates.

The heraldry shields looked great once mounted!

The armour plates on the chest got some attention. I imagined that the crew of the Warlord inscribed their mighty battle deeds upon these plates!

The exhaust ridges along the back of the warlord ramained the same, except for a little weathering powder on the smaller exhaust ports.

It was very satisfying to finally get some transfers onto those knee pads!

A random shot of the back of a in there somehow...

Finally the head of the Warlord! Again, i was really pleased that i went with the white rather than the yellow.

Magnetised of corse to aid transport. It would also make for a cool objective!

I haven't actually made a start on the crew yet, beena  bit lasy in that regard! They will slot in nicely once done.

That is my Warlord Titan! Its been a hell of a journey, but i would serioulsy do it all again (if Mrs GunGrave wuld ever let me have another one!) While i wait for that particular miricle to happen, i'll be trying to get this baby into a game and see what kind of destruction it can wreak!

The GunGrave