Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Sands of Istvaan 5 (1)

Me and some buddies are planning to run through all three of the Istvasan campaigns in the Horus Heresy books, probably at the beginning of next year. Although i have a sizeable Death Guard force, the others are still building their armies. In the meantime, I've set about preparing the battlefields!

All three of the campaigns are set on the red sands of Istvaan 5; the initial assault buy the Loyalists, the ensuing massacre, and then the hunt for the loyalists survivors. This makes terrain building a fairly simple matter, with one terrain set being applied to all three campaigns. This being the case, i started with something simple: rocks!!

For these i used a plywood base cut to size. Then I used spray on cavity insulation straight onto the wood base. Now this is an expanding foam, so the amount applied was only about 2/3 of the final size. As you can see below, its not very rock-like at the moment, but this is going to provide the raw structure and shape of the rocks. This one was build over two layers to achieve the height.

Once dry (2hrs for a good set) I started carving out basic rocky shapes into the foam. I used a saw for this which was much easier than using a scalpel (the ones shown below are not the same as the one above FYI)

The shapes of the foam gives a nice texture to the rocks, making for a more natural looking formation. Adding the sand adds additional texture.

Some more examples of the natural texture of the foam.

So far i have these three rock formations done and ready for painting. The colour will require a little thought in order to achieve the right shade of red, but the HH books should help me with that.

I have a lot more formations to finish! The ones here are much larger than the ones above. I also have plans to make some formations with integrated fortifications to represent the Traitors emplacements prior to the Loyalist assault!

I'm very excited about this project - it's really going to bring 30K to life!

The GunGrave

Friday, 5 September 2014

Heresy Era Death Guard - More Deathshroud Terminators!

I just had to have more of these guys after completing the first squad. I'm glad I did! Now these guys are done i'm going the have to resist buying even more!

This gives me a nice 10 man squad to play with, and they shall be lead by Typhon in the Land Raider Spartan! Should be pretty nasty...

Combined with the support from the Grave Wardens, theres going to be a lot of 2+ armour on the table

More on Calas Typhon next post!

The GunGrave

Monday, 1 September 2014

Heresy Era Death Guard - Grave Wardens Complete

I can't say enough good things about these models, I just love them! The detail is great and they look the nuts! I wouldn't be surprised if I end up buying another 5...

I tried out GW's technical paints here, specifically Nihilakh Oxide, on the brass around the shoulder pads and exhausts. This was my first time using it, and i'm pretty pleased with the results. Theres quite a lot of brass on these models, so something to break up the brass a bit was welcome. 

Chainfist detail:

Grenade Launcher detail:

There was some 'built in' battle damage on these models, which i enhanced a bit with some weathering powders.

This unit is a welcome addition to the Death Guard army, which i'm hoping to take out for a battle very soon.

The GunGrave

Friday, 29 August 2014

Heresy Era Death Guard - VIP Additions!

Just a quick post today - the final units for the Heresy Death Guard have arrived and assembled. 

First up is a second squad of Deathsroud (a complete indulgence!)

ANOTHER indulgence, some Grave Warden Terminators. I just couldn't resist, they're such nice looking models! I gave all these guys Chainfists, as they were only a measly 5pts each!

Calas Typhon  -Great model!

Finally, the big man himself, Moritarion! It took me a while to warm up to this model. Now i'm in love with it. I just hope i can give him a paint job worthy or a Primarch!

This lot should keep me busy for a while!

The GunGrave

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Battlefleet Gothic: Heresy Death Guard Fleet Reinforcements

A few parcels arrived from eBay for my new BFG fleet the other day (eBay now sadly being the only source of ships these days) I quickly set about painting them.

First up is a quartet of Cobra Class Destroyers. Cool little ships these.

Then I got 5 Cruisers (not sure on class - think they're the ones out of the starter set) I've got 2 of these painted now.

Finally its the Big Daddy! The Retribution Class Battleship! She's a beast!

This is the fleet so far. I'm very happy that I painted them a scheme to match the Death Guard.

Now  that I have a sizeable fleet together, I just need to learn how to play the game!!

The GunGrave

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Heresy Era Death Guard - Spartan Assault Tank

A welcome reinforcement for the Death guard, a Spartan! Now this wasn't originally in my list, but after falling in love with the Deathshroud, I had to have an assault vehicle for them to ride it!

Now, I will be nicknaming this tank 'The Bastard' on account of how much of a bastard it was to put together!! Now, I've heard a lot of people moaning about the tracks on this thing, and it was no exaggeration! What a pain. However, since its such a nice tank, I'd say it was worth the effort.

Some details of the weathering:

Went with some heat distortion on the Lascannons:

Finally, I magnetised the Lascannons for easier transport. Plus the connection was a little loose anyway. 

I really enjoyed painting this guy - the idea of a second one has crossed my mind more than once!

So with the Death Guard fast approaching completion (the rest of the army has now arrived from Forgeworld) most of my attention is on my new Battlefleet Gothic fleet. more on that soon!

The GunGrave

Friday, 15 August 2014

Death Guard in Spaceeeeeee!

Something a bit different today! Me and my buddies were talking 30K campaigns the other day (which we're hoping to run soon) when the conversation strayed to Battlefleet Gothic. We talked about how awesome it would be to resolve boarding actions with a Zone Mortalis game (which we're also looking to make a board for) The excitement quickly escalated and before you knew it, we were planing our fleets!

Now i've never played before, but i'm making my way through the rules. I also had a vague memory of some ships in my mountain of bits boxes. After a 30 minute rummage i came across these bad boys! I set about painting them up straight away.

Now i know these are 'Imperial' ships and not strictly speaking Death Guard, but i wanted them to look like they belonged to them, or were somehow associated. So the paint scheme is the same as my 30K army.

Now i don''t have much of an idea what these ships are (any help would be appreciated) but i think this one is a Destroyer/Escort:

I think that this one is a Cruiser:

I do know that THIS one is a Retribution Class Battleship! She's a beauty!

Once we all have our fleets assembled, we'll be using them in our 30K campaigns!

The GunGrave