October is over – which means more painted models for you all to enjoy!
Liam “Corrode” Royle
With no tournaments going on and another lockdown now in place in the UK, I decided to throw caution to the wind this month and paint a bunch of random stuff I’ve had lying around for a while. I still did some Marines, but also Asurmen, some Blood Angels characters, a Lord of Contagion, a couple of Carnevale vampires, a Canoness in an alt scheme to my normal one, which mirrors an old one I had in like 3rd edition and is also helpfully similar to my Crimson Fists, and some Necron Scarabs to follow up last month’s Warriors. Overall a very productive month!
I haven’t been doing great at actually taking pictures of what I’ve been painting, so this is about 2 months worth of work. I’ve been finding it pretty tough to get painting motivation with no events and very very few other games, and sadly I’m not expecting that to change for a while.
I did manage to whip out the chaplain incredibly quickly after he released – while painting that much black is tedious he’s absolutely one of the most characterful models GW has released in a while. My only real complaint is that he doesn’t subassemble very well.
The bladeguard vets were also a ton of fun to paint. I’ve been waiting for the multipart kits to release to let me round out the squad with some additional poses, but it’s been taking long enough I’m probably just going to bite the bullet and do another set of the indomitus monopose ones.
To give those bladeguard a ride I finally painted up one of the impulsors I bought back when they released. I’m not a huge fan of the open back, so I used a resin conversion kit to close it up – and as a bonus it came with a top plate that fits old predator turrets, so I was able to repaint a baal predator to give me a mostly-appropriate stand-in for a gladiator reaper if I want to use it in a game before the model releases.
Finally, with the release of the new Codex: Space Marines and the substantial buff to the redemptor’s macro plasma incinerator, I had to paint one up. Fortunately I’d never glued the guns into my redemptors, so I threw together an arm and added it to my favorite existing dread.
I only really painted one model, but it was a good one, I think:
Mostly I did an absolutely ridiculous amount of basing and I broke my brain doing it. Since the year started, I’ve painted something like 6000 points of 40k models and an entire Adeptus Titanicus maniple, and the only things I’d based were the titans and the Fallen. So I sat down and forced myself into a fugue state and powered through the bases on my Dark Angels and Tau. It’s a lot, even though a lot of my battlesuits had custom card bases I’d already made last year. I based all of this in two nights:
- 5 Terminators
- 6 Bladeguard Veterans
- 1 Bladeguard Ancient
- 1 Ezekial
- 1 Asmodai
- 10 Tactical marines
- 1 Master Lazarus
- 1 Redemptor Dreadnought
- 16 Ravenwing bikes (including the Champion/Apothecary/Ancient)
- 1 Astraeus
- 2 Coldstars
- 5 Ethereals
- 1 Ghostkeel
- 2 Broadsides
- 3 Crisis suits
- 9 Stealth suits
- 20 Pathfinders
- 40 Breachers
- 40 Fire Warriors
I went through a pot and a half of Astrogranite and a non-trivial amount of basing sand and PVA glue doing this. After painting nothing but the black rims around the edges for over an hour, I fell into a trance. I stopped responding on the voice chat I was on. Like a machine, I would grab a model, paint it, put it back down, pick up the next, a hundred times in a row. By the end I wanted to base my cats. I saw a cup and instinctively reached for a paintbrush to dip in it. It was bad times.
Isolation and lack of motivation to do anything else made the past two weeks pretty productive from a hobby perspective. First up I completed 8 Cerastus Knights, 4 each of the Acheron and Castigator variants.
When playing as a Knight Household, you need model banners so I had fun painting these up to help them stand out from the crowd. After picking up each knight box as they came out, I realised I could probably field a proper Knight Household force and though it was time to take some updated photos for when I get around to updating the Knight articles for Warlord Wednesdays.
After posting the the photo on twitter, Warcom got in touch and I had my moment of glory on the Hobby Roundup stream, which I was super stoked about 😀
My month got even better with my Secret Santa pressie arriving from the generous Zuul the Cat, a Nemesis Warbringer Titan. I’ve been long meaning to pick one of these up so had a blast painting this one up. I should probably add a few decals to seal the deal but I’m happy where it’s at right now.
After being on a bit of a roll for a while I’m probably going to take it easy for a bit. Next up on the painting table are the new Escher models, the Wyld Runners and the Death Madiens – I’m really struggling with trying to manage the “undead” theme with my horrendously bright paint scheme but we’ll see how I go.
This month I’ve been hammering out Carnevale minis in preparation for our upcoming articles. I’m very excited with these – they’re tremendous minis to paint, and lovely sculpts.
I also painted up the new Battletech starter box – I can’t say I’m likely to play the game itself, but the minis were surprisingly fun to get sorted.
Busy month, and I can finally say proper progress is being made against Indomitus. First up, we’ve got a trio of Bladeguard Veterans. Now, I actually finished one of these last month, but I’m including all three in this picture cause this trio of bad boys stand together.
Next up is a model that I stabbed myself in the hand with like twenty times over the past couple weeks, a Bladeguard Ancient. Was a little concerned about color choice for the robes, as I was worried that that much red would drown out the lighter tones of the armor. But I think it all came together rather well.
Wrapping it up for the Imperium, I’ve got the first of a trio of Outriders. Not sure when I’ll get around to building and painting the other two in the unit, but I hope soon. The big flat panels on the side were a breeze to paint, and I think the result is great.
Last, and spookiest, are the first Necrons I’ve ever painted! I waited on these for a good long time, until I found a paint scheme I liked. Reikland Fleshshade over steel, then fluorescent orange weapon glow is just the look I was waiting for.
I finally finished the Eliminators that I started at the height of lockdown, then left primed on the side for months while I
continuously put off figured out how to paint the cloaks. I ended up settling on something vaguely similar to German Flecktarn, with the beige and orange contrasting nicely with the blacks and greens. I doubt camo cloaks are that effective for 10ft tall power armoured super warriors anyway.
I got Szarekh done! This guy was kinda intimidating and I made quite a number of mistakes along the way, but the end result was worth it!
It even managed to make its way onto the round up!
I also got a few other things done in the last couple of weeks, nothing quite as exciting but satisfying nonetheless:
I also did a couple of dudes that were lurking in my parts bin while I was waiting for the above stuff to arrive in the post:
Note to self: Get your hobby updates in before Rockfish!
I’m playing Adeptus Custodes in a local Crusade group and decided to buff my army with Sisters of Silence. I’m looking forward to using them in Matched Play as well (as a cheap unit for holding objectives). I had the opportunity to play with different skin tones, using colors such as Bloodreaver Flesh and Knight-Questor Flesh for darker skin as well as Rakarth Flesh and Pallid Wych Flesh for the paler skin tones. I painted the armor using GW’s color recipe for the Szarekhan Dynasty: Basecoat with Runelord Brass spray paint, wash with Cryptek Armourshade Gloss, wash the recesses with Druchii Violet, highlight with Runelord Brass and dot highlight with Stormhost Silver. I also got to use Micro Set and Micro Sol for applying their face tattoos, thanks to this helpful guide from the folks at 40K Badcast! The hair was basecoated with Temple Guard Blue before being washed with Akhelian Green Contrast Paint. I then touched up the tips of the hair with more Temple Guard Blue and Baharroth Blue.
So, I haven’t actually gotten a lot of hobby progress done recently (patiently waiting for England to stop raining every day so I can spray!) BUT I did strip the paint of my dwarf collection to give it all a new lick of paint, so I’m gonna show that off. Some of these models even pre-date me!
Also, I received the parts I ordered to convert a Bretonnian Lord on Hippogryph. I recently made the (stupid) decision to collect a Bretonnian army (cause it’s not all out of production or anything like that) and have spent the last few weeks looking for a Hippogryph model that I didn’t immediately hate, and I came up really short (shorter than the aforementioned dwarfs!) so I decided to convert my own from a Gryph Charger, Lord of the Rings Eagle Wings, and a Bretonnian Lord who’s legs needed to be widened a bit, and the gryph’s saddle cut down a bit so he could actually sit on it.
And to show it off next to some Pegasus Knights for scale…
I finally finished some Warhammer Underworlds warbands! I painted Ylthari’s Guardians, Grashrak’s Despoilers, and Hrothgorn’s Mantrappers. WH:U, it turns out, is perfect for my hobby style because they are small projects with characterful minis that allow me to try out different techniques, colours and ideas.
Credit to Scumb4g Kustoms for the custom name decals – I have been waiting so long to use these and I couldn’t be happier with how they came out.
I’m in the middle of entirely too much Real Life Shit right now, but I found the time to get at least a little painting done. I only got one model finished, but it’s one I’m pretty jazzed about – 1st company captain Aglio Volante:
I’m continuing to solve the “Marines don’t have backbanners” problem one model at a time here. Back in Rogue Trader, characters would often have scratchbuilt ludicrously large banners on their backs. I wanted to echo that by using the Venerable Dreadnought backbanner on this exceptionally wide boi. I got to have a bunch of fun painting checks and getting his tilting plate to match his banner, and I even detailed all the purity seals, a detail I don’t intend to really do again:
However it’s really exposing how much I hate my slapdash photo setup, so once I finish moving across the country (the aforementioned Real Life Bullshit) I’ll get something more permanent in place. Photos are just ending up kinda grey or blown out and I take enough pictures of my tiny plastic sons that I want some better representation of them. Lastly, they’re still very work in progress, but I’m working on a batch of 16 Iron Golems to round out my Daves to Darkness:
I’m doing my patented “paint the whole squad as the test model” technique here, and so far it’s been kind of a tactical error. Anywhomst, expect to see this dude and 15 of his buddies all wrapped up next time!
My hobby output has been pretty hit and miss recently, with work being busy and video games taking up my time, I thought I should really sit down and knock out a couple of projects. I’ve definitely got my mojo back now, and much like Lupe I’ve thoroughly enjoyed painting up some of the wonderful miniatures from Carnevale. I also finally finished more of my Adeptus Titanicus backlog, but it had been so long since I’d done the camo scheme I completely forgot which order I sprayed the colours. Despite writing an article on just that! First up, The Doctors faction from Carnevale.
Next, we have Definitely Not Ezio from The Guild, along with some Townsfolk, a Butcher and a Barber.
And finally, the two more yet to be named Warhounds from Legio Tempestus, bringing the collection up to four. At some point I really need to check how many more I have unbuilt…
Given the season and all, I decided to go buck wild and paint up a bunch of Death models from my backlog. First up are the Flesh Eater Courts I picked up for Warcry. They are done up in a complementary scheme to my Nighthaunt army.
And now, the big happy family. There’s a Mantic Giant (painted up to ally in with my Nighthaunts as a Mega-Gargant), Moungul, Spirit Torment, and Winged Vampire Lord.
I’ve been painting furiously lately for no reason at all. The world is totally fine. I don’t need a distraction from anything. My army’s rules are fine. I’m not going to play Deathwatch now.
Ahem. Anyways. I ordered the Deathwatch Codex and I’m going to mess around with those rules for my Crimson Fists until they get some changes. Here’s a bunch of stuff I’ve been working on for fun lately!
Painted up a Primaris Apothecary as a Chief Apothecary so I gave him a bit more bling per Booley’s advice. It’s totally not because I forgot their shoulder pad should be white and I had already painted the rim dark blue.
Painted up a Vindicator for fun since I wanted to practice weathering…
Painted a pair of Impulsors for Primaris moving goodness.
I finally finished my Repulsor Executioner that I first painted when it first came out and I was a much worse painter.
Painted up a Terminator Squad. Still have more Space Marine Heroes Season 2 models that I picked up in Japan to paint but I was getting a bit tired of them after 5.
Going back to my old Redemptor and updating its highlights, gave it transfers, and painted the Plasma Cannon arm. I never expected to paint this.
And finally, I converted a Deathwatch Watch Master to be a future version of Pedro Kantor where he joined the Death Watch! I will likely paint him in Kantor Blue with silver rather than black so he matches the rest of my army.
Beanith’s Hobby Progress Oct 2020
Another month of progress and I even played some games I’m happy to talk about. I’ve certainly been a busy bee again this month
I’ve been building a lot of Age of Sigmar stuff that I have laying around thanks in large part to the Mortal Realms magazine that recently launched here in Australia. Will I ever actually play Age of Sigmar… weirder things have happened I suppose. But for now it’s count as Stinky Fart Plague Daemons (Thanks Rob)
A couple of pieces for HTPE this month and I smashed out 5 Chaos Spawn the night before a Tournament just because I got a bunch of them from Warhammer Conquest. Because who doesn’t want 15 Chaos Spawn running hog wild?
Only 3 games worth mentioning this month, one against an awesome Harly army that pushed my face in and ground my poor little green guys into the ground. Another game with my buddy Grant where he was trying out his new Necron codex and I was playing with the Wretched and summoning my stinking fart ghosts for him to mow down. I managed to redeem myself with a win against Coda in a game that was not only against each other but also against Mother Nature herself as we raced to finish the game to beat the incoming series of hail storms.
I burbled some words and smooshed paint onto some models for How to Paint Everything: Ghosts; How to Paint Everything: Skeletons and I share my expert opinion on the October 2020 FAQ Update Review – Aeldari
Just some Chaos Spawn, still waiting on my Daemon Prince to get on his plane and onto my painting desk. Fingers crossed it’s soon.
Plans for November
Going on a Crusade campaign soon, just need to work out some details mostly. I’ve also got another small 3 round Tournament early November but they;ve boosted it to 1350 points so now it’s Strike Force so I have tonnes of CP to spend on my list. Should be fun. More importantly with Warhammer Conquest wrapping up here in Australia, the last few issues means its Repuls-ember so I’ll have some tanks to build as well.
It was a spooky month. First up were a couple armored skeletons with polearms. These are some of my favorite skeletons. I’m itching to finish up a couple small units of these guys.
Next was a Nighthaunt Chainrasp.
Finally I’ve got this dracula closing in on done. Still need to figure out what to do with the back of his cape.
So this was my first full month here at Goonhammer, and I’ve found that it’s caused my hobby progress to skyrocket because of it, which was something I really needed a kick in the pants with. In the mid-month round-up I posted a host of Infinity models, but I didn’t actually get any farther with those beyond priming them, as I turned my attention to the Halloween themed HTPE articles.
I finished these 4 Horrified minis earlier this month, spurred on by posting my review. These were pretty fun, as I’m not used to painting miniatures that don’t have a ton of detail, and are fairly small. I was surprised by these though because after priming them, a lot of detail actually popped out that I didn’t see before, which made painting them a lot of fun.
My other set of board game minis were the Cowboy Bebop: Space Serenade minis that I painted up for someone. These are kind of the opposite of the Horrified minis, being quite a bit larger but actually lacking a lot of distinct detail, particularly in their faces. I am glad I didn’t decided to go for eyes, but overall I was really happy with how these turned out and how I Was able to get close to the color scheme of the show. I also got a lot of practice with skin tones, and the “tights” I painted on Faye are actually something I’m really proud of with how they turned out.
For the HTPE Halloween series, I was really happy with how these five came out, especially since I was sort of on short notice for all of them; the OBR models almost didn’t even show up in time for me to build and paint them, and the Mortek Guard showed up missing an arm! I think these three projects really helped me push myself quite a bit; the Arch-Regent is perhaps my favorite, but I’m really happy with all of them.
Batard was a lot of fun, and actually there were a few different versions of how he looked before I arrived here. I will say I’m not sure I really got the mixed fur effect I wanted, but what I did get looks really cool and the highlighting really looks very good, well beyond what I used to do.
I got a bit obsessed with the Arch-Regent; I actually forgot to take WIP shots because of how into the model I got. The base is my favorite base I’ve ever done, and everything about this model just fell into place in really great ways. It is certainly a centerpiece for my FEC army now, and might be my best model yet.
The Ossiarch Bonereapers were an army I originally kind of wrote off. I didn’t think I liked their aesthetic, but when I decided to try and paint some skeletons for the HTPE, I actually found that I really enjoyed the models up close. I’m still debating if I would like to pursue an entire army of OBR, but this Necropolis Stalker was a fun kit and I enjoyed working on him; I can make 2 more off what I got in the mail, so expect to see them later perhaps!
When I got this model damaged I was a little worried, but the converted shield I used actually made him really endearing. It feels a bit like a tower shield now, but also gives this fairly small model a lot of character. I’m really happy with how his face came out.
I will be 100% honest here: I hated this model at first. The tombstone/coffin piece really obscures a ton of detail and has very little of its own, being just a flat shell. But after finishing up all of the other pieces and getting the whole package together, I actually really dig this model now. I love things like the purple I got for the document, like glowing ink, and personally I really like the candles.
Finally, a model that I’m currently working on…
With all the talk of Harlequins lately, I realized I had this Shadowseer I had never done anything with. I don’t even remember why I bought it, but I decided to try my hand at diamonds. I… am not good at diamonds, but I do like the way they look on these pieces of fabric. I’m still working out what the black leg will look like, and have some highlighting left to do on the vest and such, but the red/blue pieces are completed at this point, which I feel is like 90% of this model!
And that’s it for me this month. This is actually my most productive month so far and in a long time, so I am excited to see what I can accomplish in November!