Lieutenants and Sergeants

Instead of posting about models painted since the last update, I thought I’d take a closer look at some special models out of the last batch. So I took some pictures of the Volyak XXI’s three lieutenants and its sergeants. Two sergeants haven’t been painted yet, and neither has the senior leadership of the company. I’ll start out by apologizing for the less than desirable resolution quality. First an image of the entire group:



The aspect I am most pleased with about the sergeants is the conversion work to the Valhallans. The three with straight-edged swords all came kitted with those old, goofy hand flamers, and with some snipping, gluing and painting now two have decent laspistols and one (thanks to the muzzle of a Kroot rifle) has an original bolt pistol.

I am more proud about the three lieutenants. First Platoon is led by Lieutenant Antipov, a classic Mordian Lieutenant with bolt pistol and chainsword.

Antipov takes to battle with carapace armor, a bolt pistol, sometimes meltabombs, usually Iron Discipline and sometimes a Chimera. Second Platoon is led by Lieutenant Porter, whose model features carapace armor, a laspistol, a lasgun, and a shotgun – usually I choose one to game with, and usually it’s the shotgun. He gets Iron Discipline and a Command Section filled up with grenade launchers or plasma guns.


Leading Third Platoon is Lieutenant Sternn, who is designed for close combat with a command section with flamethrowers, a power sword and laspistol, and of course Iron Discipline. Please excuse the feline in the following pictures.



I still have two sergeants to paint up, along with the Captain, Commissar, Priest, Ogryn bodyguard, etc. Soon I hope to have more progress to report on the hordes of basic Guardsmen.

For those of you who don’t travel this “blogring” regularly, I recommend all the blogs linked to on the side of the page. Of particular note are some projects currently going on.

The Inner Geek’s Reaver Titan – http://seemyinnergeek.blogspot.com/

DVDhawk’s Son’s of Sek – http://runningfromthelaw-dvdhwk.blogspot.com/

Admiral Drax’s Cadians – http://admiraldrax.blogspot.com/

The First 5 Guardsmen

After finishing up the Skink, I went ahead and selected one model from each of the 5 uniform styles that make up the majority of my Guard infantry: new Cadian, Valhallan, Mordian, old Cadian, and Catachan. I painted these up as examples so that they can be referenced while working on the other 113 Guardsmen. At the same time my good friend Aaron was painting up the beginnings of his new Ork army: the Warboss and a Kommando with Big Shoota.


The color scheme for my Guard is simple. There are only three basic colors: Chaos Black for leather, Dark Angels Green for fatigues, etc., and Fortress Grey for armor. Based with Catachan Green, the flesh is done in Dwarf Flesh, the metallics in Chainmail, the icons/symbols in Shining Gold, and the rifle stock in Bestial Brown. All in all I am satisfied, and am particularly excited about the prospect of having an entire army finished in a cohesive color scheme.

I need to figure out, though, a better way to paint eyes. Maybe I just won’t paint them at all, and leave them fleshy.

“Skink” Salamander

Finished my first regular Guard vehicle tonight, although it’s not a Codex pattern. Using the spare pieces from a Basilisk (see previous entry) I built what amounts to a Salamander Scout Vehicle, although I call this one the Skink. Two heavy bolters and a closed top, this vehicle comes in at around 110 points using the VDR.



I think the flash made the colors look much brighter than they actually are, and so I tried one without the flash. All in all, I am very pleased with the color scheme. Soon it shall be employed én masse.

Artherian PDF

This weekend I finished painting what amounts to approximately one-seventh of my total Guard force, points wise. This section of my force is a hodge podge of local Planetary Defense Force elements that have been attached to this particular Imperial Guard Company/Regiment.

It’s by no means a complete or valid Force Organization Chart army, but it does have several different elements.
First, the Elephant Mk II support tank, as discussed a few posts before, comes in at around 155 points (using the old Vehicle Design Rules).
Second, the Hermes Fast Attack Vehicle, this model a wooden car I made in Industrial Tech class in 7th grade, using VDR is (an unfortunate) 75 points.
Third: an Earthshaker Platform, a good way to save yourself 50 points on an indirect firing piece of heavy artillery.
Fourth, the two heavy mortar units I built, as discussed previously, although I’m not sure when I’ll have the materials to build them some dedicated artillery crewmen. We’ll call these two together at around 100 points.
Fifth and finally, 10 Guardsmen with autogun and frag grenade equivalents. These models are just some models I got out of an old Vor: The Maelstrom box on a liquidation sale.

The painting scheme is actually very, very simple, and despite its lack of complexity I am pleased enough to move on to other projects. Undercoat: black. Bases are straight up Catachan Green. All models were started with a quick layer of Catachan Green, not completely solid or consistent. Over that went a very watery layer of Goblin Green, which looked very green when wet but dried rather nicely. Details were then picked out with Chaos Black, Dark Angels Green, Codex Grey, Boltgun Metal, Bestial Brown, Dwarf Flesh (to highlight the skin over the brown), Sunburst Yellow and Blood Red. The purple banding, signifying the PDF affiliation, was a simple marking of Liche Purple.
Here’s to the Glory of the Emperor.

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!

Dark Eldar for Sale!

I have the following Dark Eldar models that I would rather sell than keep. Prices negotiable but shipping included.

Warriors, Wych, Character

Warriors, Wych, Character

 

Warriors - Wych - Hellion

Warriors - Wych - Hellion

(Sorry for the low quality images.)
The break down is as follows:
PAINTED
3 Warriors with Splinter Cannons
9 Warriors with Splinter Rifles
3 Sybarites with Splinter Pistols and Close Combat Weapons
HALF-PAINTED
3 Warriors with Splinter Rifles
1 Sybarite with Splinter Pistol and Close Combat Weapon
UNPAINTED
3 Warriors with Splinter Rifles
1 Sybarite with Splinter Pistol and Close Combat Weapon
1 Wych with Blaster
1 Hellion Character, converted

Old Farseer and Terrain not included

Old Farseer and Terrain not included

 

Space Marines not included

Space Marines not included

 

Also willing to include in the deal: some Dark Eldar bitz and an unopened Baharroth blister pack.

If interested leave me a comment on this post with a way to get in touch.

Today I got 3 Packages from GW

No joke! First I got my advance orders with the 5th Edition Rulebook, Codex: Daemons, Apocalypse Reload, the boxed set of 5 Cadian snap-fit Guardsmen, and the special edition Space Marine Veteran Sergeant. Yes, some of those things came earlier than their release dates. Then we got two more packages, one for my brother and one for myself; they contained our winnings from the 40k Trivia Challenge; a box of Tau Fire Warriors and a box of Eldar Dire Avengers. Needless to say, I have quite a lot to read, build, convert and paint!

Citadel Boxed Sets and my first redone Tank

Citadel Boxed Sets and my first redone Tank

Also tonight I painted up my first Guard tank. It’s based heavily on some World War 2 tank kit I picked up a few years ago and converted. I figure it’s a locally-attached PDF armored vehicle, and hence the paint scheme is different than what my regiment will be. The purple identification banding designates it as an auxiliary attachment to the Imperial Guard. Using the old Vehicle Design Rules…

Artherian PDF Attached Armor
Model: Elephant Mk II Vehicle Name: “NasHorn”
Armor (F/S/R): 13/11/10 BS: 3
Type: Tank Crew: PDF Troopers
Weapons, Wargear: Turret-mounted long-barreled autocannon, hull-mounted heavy flamer, pintle-mounted heavy stubber, hunter killer missile, extra armor.

I figure it’s primarily for Apocalypse games. I have a squad of 10 soldiers I plan to paint up as PDF Troopers, so their paint scheme will be closer to this tank than to the Regiment’s colors.

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…