Sunday, May 28, 2017

WIP: IW's Legion Moritat.

Hi guys, Well then ever since the Legion Moritat Consul went up for sale on the Forge World site I knew I had to have one for the 188th Grand Company.

Trouble is, Well for me and my needs anyhow is that the Mk of armour the original miniature comes in, It doesn't really gel with my idea of what Iron Warriors should look like, Way too new for me so thought I would kit-bash one instead.

The base model of this Kit-bash is Narik Dreygur of the Iron Warriors with a converted Kharn (World Eaters) helmet, I used a Mk II jump pack and the original Volkite Serpenta weapons, I was thinking of using a couple of Volkite chargers but thought no he's a specialist and would have the best made weapons so kept them in.

Think I'll be magnetising the jump pack with a view to him maybe joining a Destroyer squad which won't have them ...but that's all down the line much later.

I still have a few bits to add to the base and also some grenades and maybe a knife to add to the miniature but you get some idea here of what he will look like, That's it for now guys.

Happy Painting.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Warhammer Fest 2017: Heresy staying 7th?

Hi guys well I've had a great time at the fest today, here's a few photos of what interested me enjoy.

......and painted.

May just of found the miniature for my last Heavy Support slot....will be better in silver, Love that gun!!

Awesome Titan display.

Read it yourself guys.......

And the best of the rest, Well in my opinion anyway.

That's it for now cheers, Happy painting.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

H.O.W. to: Iron Warriors Hazard Stripes.

Hi guys, I've been asked a few times how I paint my hazard stripes so thought I would knock up a little post explaining how I achieve painting them.

Now then if your looking for nice crisp stripes straight out of the Iron Warriors armoury then you will be disappointed, My style of painting these mighty Astartes is based on battle worn armies of the IV Legion.

Here's a list of paints used.
  1. Averland Sunset.
  2. Yriel Yellow.
  3. Casandora Yellow.
  4. Leadbelcher.
  5. 50/50 mix of Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade.
  6. Vallejo mahagony.
  7. Vallejo Black.

First up I get my final silver colour down with all the shading and so on that I'm happy with then crack on with painting in detail including the hazard stripes, You can see in this photo that I've already painted the packs and knee pads black.

I've found that for what I need (meaning the war torn look) I do not have to apply layer upon layer upon layer of thinned yellows to cover, Which is especially right as I'm only covering a light silver and not a dark colour, Add to that the weathering I do after means I really don't see the need for a perfect yellow base colour.

The first colour I use is Averland Sunset which is applied to all the areas where I want the stripes, I thin the paint with a little water to get a smooth finish, Again though guys I do thin paints but not that much as I'm not into tons of layers of yellow to cover....just don't let your paints dry and try to keep a wet edge on the miniature so work quickly.

The second coat is a mix of Averland and Yriel Yellow thinned with a little with water, The third coat is pure Yriel Yellow and the last coat I use is Casandora Yellow shade.

Painting a number of miniatures at one time will ensure that the first one you paint will be dry by the time you reach the end of the batch for the second coat ...and so on.

Averland Sunset..

Averland Sunset and Yriel Yellow.

Yriel Yellow.

Casandora Yellow.

So then now the yellow base colours down lets start on the stripes, I do all my stripes free hand which isn't as hard as it sounds, Yeah the first few marines I painted the strips were not so good but that all determines where the battle damage go which covers mistakes anyway.

Try to visualize where you want the stripes, how many and what thickness on the parts you have already prepared with yellow.

I use Vallejo Model Colour Black for the stripes thinned with water, Try to paint straight lines in one stroke then colour it in, Do this again and again methodically building up the stripes till you've finished an area, As always keep your paint wet don't let it start to dry out so add more water when needed, The paint will run off your brush much better and make it easier for you.

When I get to this stage I look at where the imperfections of the stripes are which will in turn determine where i put most of the weathering, damage, scratches etc.

I use Vallejo Mahagony (watered down a lot as it's a very strong colour) to shade the yellow slightly at the edges of the armour plates, I then drybrush Leadbelcher on those same edges all the way around clipping rivets and other detail.

When finished I wash the Leadbelcher areas with the 50/50 mix of Nuln Oil and Earthshade, I also add this to the creases of the armour plates around rivets and so on.

The final stage is to add a few scratches and paint tops of rivet heads with Leadbelcher then I'm done.

So then guys there you have it yeah its not perfect and there's a few stages before I reach the finish line but that's hazard stripes for ya and what makes our Legion unique.

Hope this has been helpful, Happy painting.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

SHOWCASE: Iron Warriors Volkite support squad.

Hi guys
At long last I have something to show for my 2017 painting efforts, Well it took a while to get going but I seem to be on a roll now.......well for me at least.

Loving the Volkite Caliver squad with their pre-heresy feel, I was thinking of adding some sort of glow to the Calivers like that you would find on Plasma weapons but in the end I just liked the look of them how they were, I did however add a little purple wash to the end of the guns to show some heat burn which I think looks quite effective.


A few random shots of the squad members, Very happy with how the hazard stripes turned out.

Well that's it for now just waiting for next Saturday at Warhammer Fest so I can buy another IW's transfer sheet to finish off my 15 strong tactical squad ...yeah that's right guys they are done, Another Showcase coming soon.

Happy painting. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

WIP: IW's Breachers.

Hi guys, Well its been a while but I feel I'm finally back in the grove.

I was up late last night building these little fellas (past 12 on a school nite tut tut), Really enjoyed these minis hardly had any mould lines on them, I'm leaving off the shields and guns to paint separate as i think it will be easier that way.

I've built two squads of ten, First squad with a power fist and two Melta-guns the second with two flamers and a Combi-flamer.

So that's it for now, I still have some Tac's to finish for a complete squad of 15 and i also have a Volkite support squad in the pipe, Happy painting.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Nothing doing.

So then guys after my big plans for this years modelling posted up for all to see in Jan I have so far failed to finish anything.

A few reasons for this, I'm lazy plus family life take first spot for all my free time.

I'm not one to share personal stuff but hey I've felt like screaming this out loud for the longest time, I just need to get this down somewhere, Get it off my chest, sorry.

My mum died this year in February, I knew it was coming because we were told Nov last year that she had about six months left, well she lasted three.
I've had a strange relationship with my mum over the last 43yrs some her fault and some mine, As I've got older and come to my senses I've realized not everyone is cut out to be a parent especially when your a single parent with mental illness like my mum was, I loved my mum and still do and are at a loss to understand why this is still killing me inside so much as it did the day she died, I think about her all the time and miss her so much.

Every day I put a face on and get on with life, It's been just over two months now and I'm sure things will get easier, My three boys have been a great distraction with the oldest being a rock through it all.

Yeah this is all life stuff and it happens but this is my life and its happening right now, To think I'm now the head of the family, all be it a small one, makes me laugh, You would too if you knew me.

Rest in peace Mum X.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

WIP: IW's Deredeo Patten Dreadnought part 2.

Hi guys, Well it's the 8th of Jan so i should really get my ass into gear and crack on, Christmas and New Year have well and truly gone so it's time for some modelling.

Very happy with these heavy Lascannons from Forge World.

I was thinking of magnetizing the main guns but so many ends to play with and then getting them straight afterwards seemed too much like hard work, Limited time on earth and all that.

I've tried to do a little work on the helmet like i did with the Leviathans, Not 100% sure about it but I'm sticking so will wait and see how it looks when it's all painted up.

Did a bit on the Launchers mast, It's the end of a FW snipers rifle and a length of paper clip.

I've used some parts from a GW Imp Knight for my base detail along with a few skulls, looking forward to painting making bases.

Some pic's of the miniature on base all be it half built.