Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Dark Angels successor chapter [WIP]

So I love power armor... I mean - I LOOOVE power armor! I just sold my old space marine army, and now I want to do a new one. It might seem crazy, but to me the whole idea of building and painting an army with power is alot more pleasing than actually owning a complete army. Because of this I have decided to start a new project. It might get somewhere, and it might not. That probably depends on the age of sigmar. But until age of sigmar hits the shelves, we wont know for sure if it's worth getting into. So for now this is what I'm going to be painting -

Lo and behold the marine-man-thing

I have been wanting to do this colourscheme for a long time, but it felt a bit redundant to do a second space marine army as long as the old one was still on the shelf.

I will of course be doing freehand on these guys, and as you can see the chapter icon is heavly dark angels inspired

And the tactical symbol is also painted on

Now I just need some flock and tufts on the base, and it's done.

Hope you like it as much as I do - Andreas 2.0

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Are you ready for the Age of Sigmar?

Well I am... kind of. I always wanted a skaven army, and should the age of sigmar prove to be a cool skirmish game with round bases, I am all in. As for now, I'll leave it at these 8 rats until we know more about the game.

There will be more Skitarii at some point, but right now GR and I both have other projects we want to work on. I'm just finishing up the last few pages of an exam paper, but some time next week, I'll have som great pictures to show you.

/Andreas 2.0

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Kor Gahal - so pretty in pink!

I'm in the process of putting some paint on Kor Gahal.
I originally tried the paint scheme I did on the original possessed earlier in this thread, but I just seemed too dark, and didn't really "pop" on the tabletop. I also thought it was more red than crimson, and therefore a bit more like World Eaters than Word Bearers. So I tried another colour scheme, using Khorne red, then stippled with Vallejo Red, Wild Reder red, and a pink, washed over with Carroburg Crimson. I actually think this is closer to the colour I imagine Word Bearers being, but it's a little daunting painting almost pink marines - I think it looks more crimson than pink, but I could use you guys opinions - does it work, or is it too pink?

Btw, I think I'll try another colour for the OSL eyes - I'm thinking Sybarite Green, for a sickly bluish green glow. I just need to get hold of a pot.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Some progress on the Land Raider and a review...

Hi guys, GR here. While 2.0 is fooling around with fantasy miniatures (What? No plasma guns? No power armour? Madness... ) I'm soldiering on with my Word Bearers fling - which is currently evolving into full blown infidelity. ;)

Yesterday I recieved some parts I've ordered for the Land Raider, and I am so impressed with the quality, that I have to write a small review;

The parts come from The Dark Works, a small one man business run by the delightful canadian gentleman known as Peter Lindblad: The Dark Works

He started out on the Bolter and Chainsword forums, with his Black Legion project, lamenting the lack of chaos-specific parts and bits for the Rhino, Predator and Land Raider - something to make it more cool than just "another spiky rhino". Over the course of the last 4 years or so, what started out with him making amazingly tight and precise armour and trims out of plastic card, leaving the rest of us drooling over the looks, has evolved into him making a small business out of it, taking 3d modelling classes, investing in computerguided plastic cutters, and becoming a genuine savant in resin casting. Very impressive, if only for his drive and determination - seldom have I seen anyone so dedicated to his craft.

Check out his thread here - it makes for a great read, lots of tips, where he happily shares all his knowledge and it shows how much he's constantly improving his skills: Legion Rising

Anyway; When he first started offering the Chaos Land Raider trim/armour kit, I was drooling over it - finally a kit that made a Land Raider look all proper and "chaosy" - I had no use for it at the moment thought, having recently finished my Death Guard Land Raider (without trims, alas), so I put the idea on the back burner. However having recently started my Word Bearers, there was no doubt that I wanted, nay, NEEDED a set of his kit. Which brings me to my review;

Customer service/delivery: 10/10. I ordered the kit late sunday evening, and it arrived by thursday noon. Reminding you that the kit crossed the planet, flying from Canada to Denmark, Scandinavia, I don't think it can be done much faster. He also gave a very thorough response to my email with some questions, within 24 hours. Very satisfied.

Packaging: 10/10. The parts arrived safely packed in small plastic bags, inside the box, and most impressively, a personalised letter from Peter, thanking for the business. Nice touch.

Quality of parts/casting: 11/10 (Yes, these go to eleven!). This is where I just can't fathom how he does it.

1) This kit is done before he got his hands on the computer guided cutter. The master for the kit is HAND CUT from plastic card. Yes, hand cut. I've gone through it very thoroughly, and I just can't find a single line or rivet that isn't exactly where it needs to be. Intricate fine lines all around, and I am a stickler for anything crooked. Flabbergastingly good. I think of myself as pretty good with a scalpel and modelling, but this is beyond anything I think I could do.

2) The casts are practically flawless. I've managed to find a total of 1(!) air bubble in the resin in about 25 parts he sent. I've worked with a LOT of Forge World parts; I love most of their models, but sometimes I want to ragequit them because of the quality of their casts - air bubbles, misaligned molds causing extreme mold lines, and totally warped parts. Every part Peter sent was straight as an arrow. This is vastly superior to anything Forge World has ever sent me.

Anyone whos worked with resin casting, know that it isn't easy to get great casts. It's a testament to his perfectionism how good this really is.

3) Fit; Okay, lets be honest; the Land Raider kit is OLD, and in no way lives up to GWs standards today - it just doesnt fit together very good - I had to cram it together with rubber bands, and put heavy books on it while gluing it, to bend some of the parts into shape. That being said, it's all the more impressive that Peters parts fit the Land Raider like a glove - practically no modification, bar the necessary removal of a few rivets and extruding details on the Land Raider is necessary. Brilliantly thought out and executed kit.

Price: Well... It's not a cheap kit by any means. It costs 46 Canadian $ (about 37 US $) for the armour plates. While some may baulk at the price, I think it's worth it and more. I'm into modelling and wargaming because I like the illusion of small warriors battling it out - therefore, quality is a the top of my list. Could I make a Chaos Land Raider without these parts? Sure. Do I want to? Nope, not when I see how much better it makes it look.

I can't see Forge World making a similar kit at a cheaper price, and when you keep in mind that this guy has invested in a computer guided cutter, resin casting tools (vaccum chamber, etc.) and put so much time and effort into this small business, and that the quality is superior to Forge World, the kit is actually a bargain.

Overall: I heartedly recommend this kit to anyone who wants the best they can get. It's just that good. I can't imagine his other kits being any different, so I'll recommend those as well. A big tip of my hat to Peter - I don't get how you do it, but consider me a huge fan. :)



I mean, come on - just look at how crisp these parts are??? Hand cut? Yep, with the devil now owning your soul, Peter!

Apologies for the long rant, but I think this kit deserves it. :)

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

I'm cheating too then...

OK, so we know something is coming up with Warhammer fantasy. We also have a faint idea that it might be possible to play with round bases. This is where I start getting interested, and I have started toying with some skaven clan rats. I'm not sure if that is the army I want to play yet, but I had to start somewhere. I will probably paint a unit from a few different armies before I decide sometime around the release of the rulebook. Enough talk - Pictures.

I'm doing cobblestone bases on these guys because I have a vision of doing alot of city terrain for fantasy.

Here are a few pictures of the test model. It's what I would call high tabletop standard for warhammer fantasy which is where I'm most comfortable. If I spend any more time on a single mini, I don't see myself finishing an army :p

Lets see what happens next ;)

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Finished Kastelan Robot

Nothin much to say about this. I added the base which makes the model look incredibly cool. I can't wait to see the finished unit. I just don't know if I want to paint another one right now or if I'm going to paint something else.