Help has arrived!

Everything currently painted.

Wow, somebody check my temperature, two actual updates in one week? Shocking! Ian and I have been talking about what we’re going to do for future updates, and things look promising. Ian is going to be stripping and re-painting 3500 points of Imperial Guard, (yowza!) and I’ll be making some bunkers from scratch. Look for those in the next few weeks. But for today, we’re going to look at what I’ve been neglecting to put up here for the past few months.

So I’ll start with the sniper. Look for him in the group photo, see him? No? That’s because he’s hiding. (Or that I forgot to put him out for that one. Whoops.) He has a very simple color scheme: Dark Angels Green, Camo Green, Chaos Black and Tin Bitz for the body, Bronzed and Elf flesh for the face, and bits of Blood Red, Sunburst Yellow, and Snot Green to highlight his goggles and gun. Sadly, he’s the lone sniper, as I’ve not put the others together yet. That’ll change.

Eventually.

My personal favorites of the group, the Death Company and the Chaplain. This picture really doesn’t do them justice. The marines were simple, Chaos Black, drybrush with Fortress Gray, (Really, really light on that drybrushing too, just enough to break up the black and highlight the edges.) Tin Bitz for the metal parts like the jump pack straps and vents, and Skull White for the helmets. Oh, and Blood Red for the eyes.

The Chappy was a bit more indepth, though it’s the same basic scheme. More Shining Gold and Mithril Silver on the metal parts, Liche Purple highlighted with Ice Blue for his cloth piece, and Blood Red on the Purity seals. Heavier on the Fortress Grey than on the DC because, hey, he’s been around. That armor is going to get scuffed, right?

And finally, the Beakies and the Chapter Master. The Master was done like the other marine. I painted his armor to show wear. He doesn’t lead from the rear, no sir, not my guy. His cape was done as the Chaplains. It truly is a great combination, and if you are thinking of adding purple to your models, I highly recommend it. You won’t regret it. The Beakies I got off of eBay and, despite their age, are some of my favorites. They’ve proved to be more difficult to paint than I thought, however. They didn’t take the stripping as well as I’d hoped. No matter, they are tabletop condition, and will likely lead the way against enemy forces.

I should note here that all the guns I’ve been doing lately have been done in Mithril Silver, with a heavy blank ink over the top. These pictures don’t show it well, but it really is a pleasant effect. Don’t dilute the ink, and don’t be shy. The silver will shine through.

And that’s it for now! Oh, I had a question about attempting to resurrect old paint. If it looks like mud, you can add a little bit of water and stir it up with a toothpick, that’s how I kept some of mine alive. If it’s completely hardened, you can go to the local GW store, and pay $3 or $4 for a new pot – that sucker probably isn’t going to come back in usable condition. Hope that answers your question.

As always, leave comments, I love ’em, Ian loves ’em, everyone loves ’em. And don’t forget: I’ll post photos of your army if you want them up here. Leave a comment with an honest email address and I’ll get back to you. Cheers all!

-Andy

The 500 pt. Space Marines Army

So I promised I’d post my 500 pt. army, and try to explain why I have what I have. So, here it is:

HQ – 90 pts – Captain with Plasma Pistol and Power Weapon (Store Link)

This was the piece I was least sure about. You would think that since it is so important I’d be sure this is what I wanted, but there were just so many choices. So I kept him simple, not wanting to put too much into him in case I get rid of him later. Still, he is able to hold his own, which is always important.

Troops – 2 groups of 9 Space Marines (151 pts./Squad – 302 pts. total) (Store Link)

While I was considering specializing the core of the army, it just seemed like I’d be better off with a bit of flexibility. Again, keeping it simple, it’s just 18 Space Marines, each squad having a flamer and a launcher. The Sergeants have the basic pistol and close combat weapon. The hardest part of this was figuring how mobile I wanted these squads to be. Right now we’ve spent 392 pts on the army, leaving 108. 108 pts will get you two Rhino transports. Mobility is usually good. But, instead, as we’ve seen in previous post, I went with…

Dreadnought with Smoke Launchers – 108 pts. (Store Link)

More than mobility, the army needed a centerpiece. Let’s face it, when there is a large piece on the board, people want it gone, and fast. Is the Dreadnought more deadly than the others? Well, yeah. However, the others used together can be devastating, and if they aren’t hurt by enemy fire, they can do more than the Dreadnought can by itself. (Mobility, again.)

So there it is. Is it simple? Yes. It’s supposed to be. Is there some grand strategy that’s going to enable this to win every time? No. Is there any obvious strength to it? No. Is there any glaring weakness to it? No. So all in all, I’d call this a successful core to an army. I won’t actually know until I test it, and test it again, but that’s how things work.

Leave a comment, and let me know what you think.

Space Marine Captain

Today’s picture is of my Captain, who as of yet remains nameless. Unlike the other pieces I’ve posted here, the Captian was basecoated in white. It was an experiment, and I wish I had done it with a different piece.The Captain

In hindsight, I can see where I missed some spots on his hand, and his overall look is very different from the other Marines. But then again I did plan on him being different, I’m just not sure I’m happy with the overall look. I guess I’ll call that lesson learned.

I’m having problems sleeping…

So I’ll start my work on this. Today I’m uploading two photos, so it’s an exciting time. But first a quick history…

 My girlfriend and I bought a Warhammer 40,000 starter kit. The Battle for Macragge. It’s pretty sweet, I’m excited about it. (Check out 40k and other GW games at www.games-workshop.com)I played Battlefleet Gothic years ago, but the stores don’t stock any of the models for it, so I couldn’t quite talk her into that. However, once I explained the basics of 40k to her, she got pretty excited. So did I. I’ve wanted to play for awhile, but the hardest thing was finding someone to play against. Problem solved.

Kind of.

We’ve played a few of the scenarios, but it’s been awhile. We’ve been busy, that’s how things go. However, now that my army is almost totally painted, I’m ready to go. (Technically, everything that I got in the box set is painted, but I have some extras that need work. ) I have more to work on yet, and I keep tooling around with my army list, but what I have is going to easily slide into my overall plan. (Maybe I’ll update on that if I can keep the girlfriend away from the blog. Maybe I’ll update on that anyways, and use something else completely. I’m sneaky like that.)

Anyways, I did promise pictues, so here they are, Brother Sergeant Octavian and Lt. Varras.

Brother-Sergeant OctavianLt. Varras

Varras isn’t finished, however. I just don’t have a color I like for the canisters he is carrying. Otherwise, these two came out a lot better than my other Space Marines. I like the detail, considering that Varras is a one piece model, and the Sarge is only two. Normal Space Marines come in more pieces, so it’s easier to paint. (I have a Captain, but no real good pictures yet. Soon though.)

That’s all for now, I should get SOME sleep.