As well as our regular contributor round-up this month we have some an extra Hobby Roundup to share with you, featuring our Goonhammer Patrons who have some rad projects to show off. So many of them have been hard at work that we’ve split it into two parts!
First up, here’s a Death Korps of Krieg guardsman I painted up for a friend. She’s a big history nerd, and wanted WWI French colors as the basis for the paintjob. The guardsman, or “The Boy,” as she calls him, will soon grace her desk.
Next, we have a Necron warrior I painted up as a test case for the paint scheme. I wanted to go with something a bit reminiscent of the old Tomb Kings, so I went with bone, gold, and turquoise. Going forward, I’ll probably go with more aged bronze for the troops and save gold for the nobility.
Continuing the theme of test schemes, I painted up this fellow from the Slaves to Darkness Start Collecting, and I’m really happy with how the scheme came out. The armor was done with the Scale75 Shades of Doom set. To help balance out the dark blue/green, I went with a light green for the cloak to help him pop on the battlefield.
Finally, I painted up this Reaper figure as a palate cleanser after having painted nothing but 40K and AoS for almost two years. Not for anything in particular, just a monkey sitting on a treasure chest. Done almost exclusively with Vallejo Chrome and contrast paints.
So I ended last month strong by putting the finishing touches on a couple of character conversions- one Chapter Champion using the Judiciar as a base with a Shapeways chainshield, Conversion World power sword, Scalebro helmet and right shoulderpad and the left shoulderpad from the Primaris Chaplain on Bike to draw the eye in that direction and really push that this guy is a decorated duelist.
Followed by a Sanguinary Priest based on the Bladeguard Ancient, including various bits from the standard priest and Primaris Apothecary with once again a Scalebro helmet. I wanted to replicate the pose from the original model as it’s a really classic and distinct look, plus having at least one model that isn’t charging directly at you in the army helps him stand out from the horde!
I then spent far, far too long on a squad of Company Veterans. These guys were an absolute blast- I wanted them to really stand out as a unit of grizzled warriors that have developed their own unique outlook after centuries of service. As a starting point I went back to the original Rogue Trader era art for Flesh Tearers which showed them in an all black scheme, and to push this further I made their chapter icon and backpack banner a homage to the Knights of Blood since in my mind these guys are veterans of the Devastation of Baal where they would have encountered the doomed chapter. Next, looking at the shields I got from Scalebro they seemed very similar to the iconography from the Forge World Blood Angels transfer set, so I filed off their chest icons to use that instead. Finally to really complete their more knightly look I used shoulderpads from the MK3 marine box and some leftover bladeguard helmets from Indomitus along with shapeways claws as I’m not a fan of the standard ones;
And that’s it! These were all completed mid to late March and since then I’ve hit a bit of a motivational hurdle as I’ve now finished all the really spicy parts of my new list and only have the veggies left to munch my way through. I did however find joy with my new Redgrass Games painting handle. It is an excellent tool and far superior to GW’s. Go buy one.
These are my take on either Sekhmet Occult Terminators or Scarab Occult Terminators. 2021 has not been the most productive year in terms of painting yet, but I’m quite happy with how these turned out. My relative inexperience in painting shows in some of the detail work but they look like terminators should look. Imposing, masters of the battlefield who’s mere presence can turn the tide. It is for this reason that I actually like these Cataphractii more than the Tartaros versions of 40k, although those are awesome models as well.
The “classic” 30k Thousand Sons scheme I have throughout my army of red white and gold is slightly mixed up here. I had gotten these Thousand Sons decals off of ebay and I really wanted them to stand out, so I decided to try out black for the shoulderpads and it turned out well in my opinion. Now let’s hope Scarab Occult Terminators get the rules they deserve!
April has been a very slow month for me, but I managed to make a start on my new Death Guard army I’m building. There’s a lot of ice themed Death Guard paint jobs that look amazing, but I’d never seen someone do a fire/lava themed scheme so I’m giving it a shot. I’d say my first model went okay, my first time using glazes has left the horns looking a bit like candy corn but overall I’m happy with how it turned out and I’m really excited to continue painting them.
I don’t have a lot of experience with painting, and know I have plenty of room to improve. In an effort to do so, I thought I’d take some time and paint up some character level models. This would allow me to practice on small detail painting, and try to improve my skills on models that aren’t hidden in a full squad.
Here are my 4 assassins, 1 of each type. With this project, I wanted them to have a matching theme, while also being unique. I used the same contrast paint for their bodysuits, and the same browns and purples for the detail/secondary colors.
Where the models had different/unique parts, I tried to paint those sections in different ways to help each model have it’s own feel.I also went with a bit of a muted, understated theme, as in my mind, assassins shouldn’t stand out. Overall, I was very proud and happy with the results!
Really the only thing I’ve been painting for a month and change has been Morathi, but boy I love how she came out. Both versions of her were fantastic to paint!
Anyways, with both of these models done it’s time to paint the rest of the lady murder elves! I’ve got a deadline of the 31st of July for a big narrative mega battle I’m playing in now that I’m vaccinated. Having a deadline is very motivating to get me to paint!
I got into 3D printing recently, and have subsequently been spending the bulk of my free time printing. Aside from printing, I also put the finishing touches on a few models that had been “nearly done” for far too long.
The board I’m working on is a part of the Underhive that still mostly works – it’s one big machine.
Cosmic Burger Daddy
To kick off my depressingly small “since last time” update, I knocked out this unit of Eradicators for my “table-top” Dark Angels force, and threw it onto my pile of models I’m totally going to get to edge highlighting one of these days. Even skipped decals, my goal is to only ever field painted models, and if I want that to happen before my kids in college this is the level I’ve settled on for now.
Next I painted a 5 man Intercessor squad for my homebrew chapter the Hounds of Alemannia. They’re part of a slow-grow Crusade campaign I’m spinning up with my buddy, so I’ve been putting a lot more effort into these guys. I want to really lean into the narrative of the campaign, so I’ve had a lot of fun thinking way too much about who gets what trinket, where a rune is placed, and just how bloody THIS skull is versus THAT one.
Finally, one of like 3 models I can honestly say I’m truly proud of, and the only one I can say I gave my best effort to. Sub-Commander Ariovistus is going to be the leader of my Crusade force, and I’m really excited to see his progress through the ranks of his chapter and build his story and character organically. He represents my absolute best and I can honestly say if I never get any better than this I’ll die a happy man, buried with all 15 models I managed to paint to this standard before kicking it.
Most of my hobby progress this past month has been spent on my Urdeshi 409th project, a homebrew Sabbat Crusade Imperial Guard regiment that’s somewhere in the early stages of going renegade and joining the Sons of Sek.
Since the Sons of Sek ritually cover their mouths, I’ve been avoiding models with exposed faces. This has the side benefit of requiring me to paint a lot of Kasrkin, the best Guard minis ever made.
Lastly, three Armored Sentinels. Keen-eyed readers may spot that one of them is actually a lightly converted old metal-and-plastic Cadian Pattern Sentinel.
I’ve been painting a lot of vehicles lately and as a break between an Astraeus and 2 Repulsors, I finally painted my Bladeguard Ancient. This is a custom scheme the relies on dry-brushing the armor panels to give it a worn look and also pick out the edges. Fenrys Hjolda!
I asked the Goons what Forge World Model I should get, and this won by a landslide. Really fun model, and I can’t wait to put it on the table.
These are my Black Templar Bladeguard and Emperor’s Champion.
They all use Stormcast Sequitor and mk3 Space Marine bits along with shields from the Warmachine Cinerators. The champion uses the Sylas Beast Bane kit with some mk 3 parts.
The special edition Terminator Chaplain and the Indomitus Chaplain were not originally intended to be Grey Knights, but once I started painting them, it was very clear they were meant to be Grey Knights.
For the Judicar, I have been working on a ton of Dark Angel stuff and much like the Indomitus Chaplain, he had other purposes. But I’ve been working on a Ravenwing Chapter master on a bike for my Dark Angels, and saw the sword and knew I had to do something cool. His head is standard head from the Primaris Chaplain on a bike and it all seems to work. I’m going to try my hand as OSL on the base, wish me luck.
Horticulous Slimux is one of the most enjoyable models I’ve ever painted. After painting a zillion Space Marines, I love switching over to Chaos to see how many colors I can jam on a model. I did NMM for the few metallic bits on him as well.
The warlord is getting painted in the livery of Legio Laniaskara, who seem to cover all of my favorite things in both the game and lore (PLAY TITANICUS). The teal on his shoulders is there represent their oceanic home world, and will eventually be covered in a million tiny chevrons. I’m cooking up some cool looking sea monsters for the base, I’m also going to try to do some resin water effects soon.
That’s not all the hobby goodness we have for you, check back tomorrow for Part 2 of our Patron Hobby Roundup for more extremely cool projects. Thanks to all our Patrons who participated this month, and if you’d like to join them check us out on Patreon to join the Discord at the $5+ tiers.