Constructing, Converting, Expanding

So I’ve been hard at work these last two or three days, and have accomplished many things. I cracked out all the blisters and boxed sets I could find, revealed my bitz box(es) and dug in.

Days of work, on film!

Days of work, on film!

What I built, alongside my brother:
1. 5 snap-together easy-fit Cadian Guardsmen (and based)
2. 4 metal Necron flayed ones
3. 10 new Eldar Dire Avengers (and based)
4. 12 Tau Firewarriors
5. 2 Tau (heavy) Gun Drones
6. 1 old Eldar Farseer (stripped of paint, rebuilt and based)
7. 1 old Eldar Falcon Grav Tank (refurbished after I found it in a closet)
8. 1 new Space Marine Veteran Sergeant (Web-exclusive)
9. Refurbished base on Ork Warboss
10. 2 Imperial Guard heavy mortars!

The 2 heavy mortars I feel deserve a particular explanation. Thanks to 40kOnline’s Armored Kangaroo, I had the inspiration and basic outline to build a heavy mortar using spare tank parts. Really Armored Kangaroo showed me how to do it entirely, and he deserves all the credit. This produced the mortar-like heavy mortar.

The second “heavy mortar” is more of a rocket battery that I converted after finding six of the old Hunter-Killer missiles in my bitz box. I think it works well enough as a “counts-as” heavy mortar.
Also on the list was my friend’s Warboss. His base needed some fixing up before we got into painting it, and so while I have him I went ahead and took a photograph. He’s pretty mean looking, and we’re both pretty proud of the bosspole. He’s a Blood Axe if you couldn’t tell…

Ork Warboss

Ork Warboss

And now that I’ve built the new Dire Avengers, refurbished the Falcon, and stripped and rebuilt the Farseer, my Eldar army is getting significant in size. Currently I value it in the 700-750 point range.

Iybraesil Eldar Aspect Strike Force

Iybraesil Eldar Aspect Strike Force

Also, just as a note to the Imperial Guard fans, this last week I’ve spent working on the PDF forces attached to my Regiment. In the next few days I expect to have them all finished and photographed and pictures will be put up here before long!

Eldar Autarch

My Iybraesil Autarch is finished as of today. It was a lot of painting, and in the future I could see myself going back and doing more on highlighting and such, but I’m pretty satisfied with it.

Iybraesil Autarch

Iybraesil Autarch

The paint scheme included a lot of colors. The base was done in two layers of Catachan Green, with some highlighting drybrushes of Goblin Green; the stone was covered in Codex Grey and drybrushed with Fortress Grey. The Autarch’s armor was painted thus: 1) Layer of Blue Ink; 2) Layer of Hawk Turquoise; 3) Another layer of Hawk Turquoise; 4) Highlighting in select areas with Hawk Turquoise/Skull White. The cloak was successive layers of Skull White and the cloth/parchment was Skull White, watered-down Sunburst Yellow, and Bleached Bone (Chaos Black emblem). The faceplate and the background of the runic heirogram on the Jump pack were done with a few layers of Regal Blue. The gems were the same as the Dire Avenger: Blood Red -> Fiery Orange -> Skull White. Fiery Orange eyes, Bestial Brown straps, Chaos Black Avenger Catapult, and lots of Shining Gold and Chainmail for ornamentation.

Iybraesil Autarch (2)

Iybraesil Autarch (2)

Now, any ideas for a name?
Working on: the nine remaining Dire Avengers (with two exarchs), a farseer, and a Falcon Grav Tank. That’s not counting all of the Guard, of course.

First Eldar

Today I went through two cans of black spray paint undercoating the Guard, and when I had used up all the paint I still have 21 Guardsmen to do. Then I spent a few hours working on the color scheme for my Eldar Dire Avengers. The end result satisfies me.
My first Eldar!
The painting scheme is more sophisticated than probably any other model I’ve painted with the intent to replicate on other models. The armor is a double layer of Regal Blue with a substantial Enchanted Blue highlight; the plumage is Shadow Grey covered with some old Sky Blue Ink and then select spots of Regal blue; the gun is Chaos Black with Shining Gold details; the helmet and cloth are Skull White with freehand symbols painted in Chaos Black; the gems are Blood Red, Fiery Orange and a dot of Skull White. The base is (I think) Catachan Green with Codex Grey rubble and a few spots of Goblin Green highlights. Overall I am very pleased with the effect.
My First Eldar, close up
This Dire Avenger, like the rest of my Eldar force, comes from an Aspect Temple located on the Iybraesil Craftworld. More on that as it comes together…

More on the Guard, Coming Soon!

This is my goal for this week, before the 4th of July weekend. Base and undercoat all of my Guard…and also all of my Eldar (Oh, the hobbyist’s primary weakness – distraction). Already completed: I’ve undercoated all of the Guard vehicles and tonight I hope to finish basing those who still need it.
My basing method is simple. On a clean base, I put some white glue on and spread it around with a toothpick. Then I dip the model in sand, let it sit a few moments with the entire base covered, then pull it off and knock off the extra sand. Let it dry, tap off anything loose, then on to painting. Undercoated black, the bases for my Guard are simply two coats of Goblin Green. Special characters have added debris (rocks, tank tracks, etc.) but by and large, I am pursuing simple bases for a largely simple army.

I’ve been busy…

…but not on my Guard.  The Volyak XXI took a back seat lately while I finished a few other projects.  First, my brother and I worked on a year-old Battle for Skull Pass project, our only Warhammer work to date.

Dwarves versus Night Goblins  We had worked previously on assembling, basing, and painting all of the figures, and we purchased a few more to balance the forces.  In the end, there are two 722 Warhammer forces, the Dwarves outnumbered something like 4 to 1.  Those are the kinds of odds I – like Space Marines – like.  

Dwarves and Night Goblins

Night Goblins and Dwarves


I also got some models from other players: 4 Guardsmen and 10 brand new Dire Avengers.  Also, I had some “Broo” figurines sitting around, not sure from where.  The Dire Avengers formed the basis of my new Eldar Iybraesil army (later that night followed by a converted Autarch), the Broo became stand-in Kroot (some with weapon swaps), and the Guardsmen rounded out that pesky Remnants squad.  I also converted an old “tank rider” to be a Guardsman, and he is now one of my favorites in the army (I’m certain you’ll be able to locate him in the picture).

Some Dire Avengers and Guardsmen

After all of this, the next big project cropped up unexpectedly.  My brother and a friend and I were all in a mood for painting one night, my Guard hadn’t been undercoated, the Skull Pass was finished, etc.  So we cracked out my brother’s Tau Army and got to work.  Out of 1650 points approximately, only 350 had been painted.  Three days later, we had finished the army.    The color scheme worked out by my brother turned out really well.  For the Tau, over a black undercoat, Codex Grey and Shadow Grey, with Space Wolves Grey and other special colors, were used; for the Kroot, over a black undercoat, Shadow Grey and Bestial Brown were the main colors.




Not all of the Kroot models are Citadel – not all are Kroot even, certainly.  But ultimately I find that they work well together, especially with the cohesive color scheme.

And that is pretty much what I’ve been working on.  Having three fully completed armies (Dwarves, Night Goblins, and Tau) feels pretty good, and it’s also nice to have finished projects that have gone on for years.  The Tau models, for example, went back to the initial release of the first Codex.  Next up: basing and priming the new Eldar and all of the Guard.