Wednesday 20 March 2024

Word Bearers, an imperial city and a strong desire to destroy some enemies

Oh dear, once again I've been neglecting the blog. I haven't been idle, though - actually I've been quite productive.

Like I mentioned just before Christmas, I've been working hard on my Word Bearers Kill Team. I managed to finish them in time for our Chill Team Get-together weekend with DigitAllan and a couple of other friends (more on that later).
“Faith, hate, vengeance and truth; these are our tenets. Embrace them.”
I finally got them done… I’ve been painting for almost every single night since late december when I started putting paint on them, at least for 2-3 hours each night, which racks up to about 80 hours spent on these guys. 

That’s probably the most I’ve ever spent on any miniatures. I’m sure it could be done better, smarter, faster by a better painter than me, but I really wanted to do my best on these guys (at least without venturing into competition painting territory - the last 20 or so hours of these has felt like such a slog, so I guess spending 200+ hours on a single model just isn’t for me. ). The flames took FOREVER. I don’t know why, but highlighting in “reverse” is much more difficult for me, and seems to require much more precise blending.
Anyway - I wanted to do my best, and try to get a very good standard of painting, without going into showcase standard - I just don't think I have the patience for that. 
I think I've accomplished that - at least in my own opinion. Without further ado, here are my Word Bearer Legionaries:
From left to right:
Heavy Gunner Serakh, Icon Bearer Garash*, Shrivetalon Tilhar, Coryphaeus Kor Gahal, Possessed Torek Cro’zgal, First Acolyte Ereshkigal, and Plasma Gunner Eshkar.
*(has a “Heavy Bolter Lite” (tainted rounds)

I also really wanted to play on an open board for the Chill Team weekend, but I decided that the ruins I bought in the fall, while being painted okay, wasn't really what I wanted - so I took a deep breath, and consigned myself to pretty much drybrushing every night for a couple of weeks, but I'm really really happy with the results - the ruins still need some weathering, and the statues wasn't a complete success (I tried the baby-wipe marble airbrush technique), but all in all I think it looks great, and it is a joy to play on: 

That's it for now, hopefully updates soon, as I have a couple of exciting projects in the works! 

Saturday 30 December 2023

2023 - a recap

 I've never done a new years recap before, so I thought I'd give it a go. 

I've probably had the most productive year in a very long time - thinking back, I don't think I've done as much hobbying in 10 years! It started out with me starting and finishing my Death Guard Kill Team in january - and getting so excited about actually getting something painted, that I proudly proclaimed to Allan that my goal for 2023 was to paint a Kill Team each month (which I would, of course, miserably fail to do). However, it was motivation enough that I've actually started and finished 5(!) whole Kill Teams this year. By the way, the reasonable thing to do would of course be to just go ahead and paint some of the 6+ already built Kill Teams I have on my shelf of potential (I refuse to call it shelf of shame!), but being the mad kitbasher I am, I had to build all the teams beside the Nurgle legionaries I've painted this year too! (The truth is, that me being ever the hobby-butterfly, my motivation to paint is so much improved when I build something new and exciting, so I decided to just go with it.) Here they are: 

Death Guard Nurgle Legionaries

White Templars Intercession

Necron Hierotek Circle

Mechanicus Strike Team (counts as Hive Fleet)

Inquisitor Ivana Fyodorovas Retinue (counts as Strike Force Justian)

Besides getting a (for me) impressive amount of painting done, and actually finishing stuff, I've managed to build some cool teams, that are now waiting in the painting que: 

Inquisitorial Interrogation Kill Team


Word Bearers Legionaries

Moreover, I've gotten hold of a cool rustique gaming table, inspired by the awesome stuff I see a lot of the Inq28 conneisseurs play on - basically a used coffee table, with IKEA legs, but it certainly looks the part. 

Yes, I am aware that my Zone Mortalis setup is still very much unpainted. I am intending to remedy that, and have actually gotten to taking it all apart and giving it all base coats with spray cans. It took 8(!) full cans of varying colours to paint it all:

1/4 of the terrain pieces I've sprayed...

Lastly, I've gotten hold of some old Cities of Death terrain - quite a lot actually, and very cheap to boot. Why? Because I wanted a open board table setup, that isn't as locked or claustrophobic as my Zone Mortalis board. The reason why I've chosen the old CoD is because of the height of it. While the new Sector Imperialis terrain looks amazing, each level is 5" tall. That may be great for 40k, so big monsters and Dreadnoughts can walk under it, but I find it much too tall for Kill Team. Each level is almost exactly the same as the Octarius terrain, making it perfect for KT. Why not just use Octarius then? Because I'm not the biggest fan of things that are super orkish - I wanted a destroyed Imperial City. 

I'm very happy with it, I got a full tables worth for very little money, plus a lot of pieces to spare. They're pretty well painted to, and I'm still debating whether or not to repaint it. 

Ripping the pieces of the bases... 

Oh, and my new battle mat - again, found it for a great price, I just need to cut it to size: 

Well, that pretty much sums up 2023, hobbywise, for me. It's been one of my most productive years in a looooong time, and I'm very pleased with how much I've gotten done. 

So, how about 2024? Well, during the last week of this year, I've started painting my Word Bearers team, which I hope to finish in January, to have them ready for a Chill Team get-together weekend (the guys I meet up with to paint and chat online). When they are done, I probably should get my terrain together, but there's also the Gellerpox calling to me, and I have a great idea (at least on paper) for a speedpaint scheme for my Hand of The Archon team... So many models, so little time. 

Anyway, I hope you have a happy new year, and hopefully more updates from me soon! I'll leave you with this small teaser of a Word Bearer with paint on: 

Best regards, Rasmus. 

Word Bearers - old hate for the Imperium never dies

"Excuse me, good sir, do you have a moment to speak about our lord and savior, Lorgar?"

Since spending all my pocket money on a Night Lords army in 2nd edition, I've always loved Chaos Space Marines. I never saw the reason why anyone liked the Word Bearers though. Since reading Anthony Reynolds' Word Bearer trilogy about ten years ago, they've been my favourite legion. No other legion are as evil, fanatic, religiously devout and well... Chaotic as the Word Bearers. They have preachers, possessed, grisly trophies, they use torture, build gigantic shrines using ground up mortals as mortar... What more could you want from a traitor legion? 
I built a Word Bearers team at the launch of Kill Team '21. They were fine, but I find that in order to really get bitten by a project, I have to LOVE the miniatures. So, since getting quite a few cool teams done this year, I thought it was time to reboot them and make an AWESOME Word Bearers team, to be my go-to team.
I think I've accomplished that - at least in my own opinion. I can't wait to start painting them, and I really like the look of every single model.
From left to right: 
First Acolyte Ereshkigal, Icon Bearer Garash, Plasma Gunner Eshkar, Coryphaeus Kor Gahal, Possessed Torek Rak'Shal, Shrivetalon Tilhar and Heavy Gunner Serakh.
(They should be pretty self explanatory, except the guy with lightning claws - he counts as a Shrivetalon. The Icon Bearer is holding a "Heavy Bolter Lite" (Bolter with Tainted Rounds)