Wednesday, 30 December 2015

First post in months and the last one for the year

It's been four slack months since I've posted anything!
Work, work and more work.
Thankfully the springtime boom is over, and I'm enjoying some time off-which I've spent getting stuck into the painting!

So, here's my next batch of Blood Axes

While I haven't been doing any painting, I've been doing plenty of ebaying, and I've gotten lots of nice shiny things for my Orks.
I'll never scrounge for arms again either!

I've also started collecting Dark Horse TMNT minis.
Here are the first ones completed- Casey Jones, The Fugitoid and a Triceraton.
They all came from the one blister pack.
I'm still undecided as to how I will finally base them.

Finally, here's a WIP of an old Citadel Giant I'm going to add to my Night Goblin horde.

Well, thanks for looking/reading- wishing everybody all the best in the New Year!

Saturday, 15 August 2015

An alternate Blood Angel Captain

Right, so instead of putting the finishing touches to a batch of Orks I fished this guy out of the new acquisitions/freshly stripped pile and painted him last night.
Turns out that under the magnified lens of the camera he's still a bit rough in places but overall I'm pretty happy.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Blood Axe Ork Standard Bearer

As I mentioned a post or two ago, my hobby time has been greatly diminished and I've done next to stuff all painting...a lot of collecting and paint stripping though.

Anyway, here's the latest piece completed- a Rogue Trader Space Ork Battle Standard Bearer

Since I have collections of Blood Angel and Space Wolf Marines I decided to paint the Beakie helmets in their respective colours.
More to come soon!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Epic Battle Report/Blog Plug

Right kids, stop snogging and listen up- my esteemed comrade Captain Crooks has done a fantastic job on writing up a battle report of a game he had (commanding Space Dwarfs and Imperial allies)against the insidious Archaeopteryx and his fiendish (and beautifully painted) Genestealer Cult.

Do yourself a favour, and check it out on Crooksie's blog
Covenant Of Terror

As for me, my painting output has taken a real blow due to work, but in the next week or so I should have some more Blood Axe Orks ready to show off.


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Even more Blood Axes

Here we are again with another lot of Blood Axe Orks.
First up, the Boys
The personality I painted up with this batch is a Painboy
And some Grot assistants for good measure
this guy will accompany the Mekboy
and this one will assist the Warboss. He has plans!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Blood Angel Space Marines versus The Cult Of The Four Armed Emperor

The following battle report has been pieced together from what records survived of an encounter that took place a couple of months ago, when my brazenly "Red Edition" Blood Angels faced off against Archaeopteryx's brazenly awesome Genestealer Cult in a 1500pt game of Second Edition Warhammer 40,000.

The Space Marines of the Blood Angels 3rd Company were commanded by Brother Captain Erasmus Tycho and had been deployed as a last resort to prevent the experimental Guthmachen power source from falling into the hands of the hands of the most foul Genestealer Uprising on Cubos IV.

The Marine Captain's force consisted of two Tactical Squads (split into four, 5 man combat squads), a Predator Tank, Dreadnought Furioso, Chief Librarian Zadkiel and an accompanying Tech Priest.
The Cult Of The Four Armed Emperor consisted of it's Patriarch and Magus, an Icon Bearer, 2 broods of Purestrain Genestealers, a brood of Genestealer Hybrids, 2 squads of Brood Brothers, a pack of Beastmen, 2 Cult Limousines and a Leman Russ Battle Tank.
It sought to vanquish the Space Marine's Psyker as it's primary objective.

The Blood Angels took the first turn, with Furioso and the Tech Priest moving towards the ruined tower under the ever ready eyes of a combat squad's bolters and missile launcher.
On the right flank, the rest of the Marines raced towards their objective.
Furioso's multimelta fusion gun reaped death on the adjacent Brood Brothers while the missile launcher in the supporting squad saw off 2 Brood Brothers from the squad that moved alongside the Leman Russ.

The Predator targeted a Limo and let loose with it's fearsome heavy armaments- the Limousine exploded spectacularly, killing the Beastmen that had been inside it.
Chief Librarian Zadkiel attempted to use his psychic powers but was assailed by a DAEMONIC ATTACK- the Space Marine barely fought the clawed fiend back into the warp from which it had sprung...he managed to NULLIFY the Magus' attempt to summon a GATE.

Accompanied by the Icon Bearer, the Magus resided safe from enemy fire at the rear of the battle, as just ahead the Patriarch and a brood of Purestrains moved towards their enemies at a silent, lightning fast pace.
The other Purestrains made their way towards the enemy at the same blinding pace, while the Leman Russ rolled forward ominously.

The Brood Brother with the autocannon
and the Hybrid's Missile launcher opened fire on the hulking form of Furioso, but the heavy weapons fire bounced off the Dreadnought's armour ineffectually.
The Leman Russ's main battle cannon accounted for a Marine and very nearly the Chief Librarian, who survived thanks to his conversion field.
The Magus then accosted the endangered Marine Psyker with a PSYCHIC SCREAM, rendering him unable to use any of his psychic abilities.

The bulk of the Marine force went into overwatch, ready to face the oncoming wave of Genestealers that threatened to overrun their objective.

Dreadnought Furioso stalked around the ruined tower and vaped 4 of the Purestrains that were attempting to sneak past
The Techmarine gunned down a Hybrid with his boltgun, and the Missile Launcher in the second story ruins targeted the Leman Russ, loosing a krak missile that pierced the tank's armour and turned it into a flaming wreck
The Magus kept the Librarian out of the equation again with another PSYCHIC SCREAM.

The foul Xenemorphs made their way inexorably closer to the Space Marine's gunline

The Brood Brothers and Hybrids attempted to destroy the marauding Dreadnought once more, to no avail.

The Limo that had carried the Hybrids unsuccessfully attempted to mow down the Adeptus Mechanicus Techpriest
The Magus terrorised the Librarian with another PSYCHIC SCREAM, and then opened a GATE, callously willing a squad of Brood Brothers through it and onto the waiting guns of the Blood Angels.
On overwatch, the Space Marine's fire whittled down their number with righteous fury.

Led by their Captain, the marines pressed forward towards their objective, letting loose with deadly accurate bolter fire as they strode.
With the Predator adding it's might, the Brood Brothers and a number of the incoming Purestrains were slaughtered.
The combat squad with the plasma gun had broken off to the left, and opened fire on the Purestrains that had survived the Dreadnought's melta blast- one fell.
Furioso ignored the Brood Brothers and Hybrids and made for the Guthmachen Power Generator- the venerable one correctly surmised that it must be seized at all costs.
The Magus inflicted yet another PSYCHIC SCREAM on Zadkiel in the psychic phase!

The marauding Limousine now attempted to run down the combat squad with the plasma gun, but the Space Marine's superhuman reflexes allowed them to jump from it's murderous path
No sooner had the Limo careened past, the two surviving Purestrains were upon them!

Meanwhile, the second Purestrain brood ploughed into the Space Marines in the ruins, tearing them down with horrendous ease.
The Magus continued his assault on the mind of the Librarian with his PSYCHIC SCREAM.

The Squad in the second story ruins left their position and made a desperate rush to try and support their brothers, who were all locked in a desperate close combat struggle with the deadly aliens.
Furioso made an impressive sight as the Dreadnought ran and seized the objective.
The Genestealers continued to eviscerate the Marines in close combat, and Captain Tycho took two wounds as he fought for his life, and the squad with the plasma gun was wiped out.

The Purestrains swarmed over the fallen marines to engage fresh opponents, as their father emerged from behind the Blood Angels to join the slaughter, falling only the tiniest of distances short of making it into the fight
Thanks to his digital lasers and some amazing "good fortune" (jammy luck) Brother Captain Tycho managed to see off one of the two Purestrains that he fought and drew the combat with the other.


Thanks only to the Dreadnought moving onto the objective in the fourth turn, I was able to claim the win.
It really didn't feel like a win though, as everything that wasn't a tank or Dreadnought was either dead, beaten to shit or rendered useless.
Archaeopteryx was extremely unlucky not to kill my Librarian, who he blitzed from the very first psychic phase until the last with that bloody PSYCHIC SCREAM.
I think I was extremely lucky to blow up the Leman Russ with that krak missile (which I usually have little success with) because had it survived it might have really tipped the sales in the Cult's favour and Furioso mightn't have been able to rush the objective.
I was also very silly to let the Purestrains get into hand to hand, but it made for one hell of a centrepiece battle.

It was a great deal of fun, and I've got to tip my hat to Archaeopteryx for being a sterling opponent and also lending me his Tech Priest mini when I forgot to bring my Techmarine.
It's certainly a pleasure to play against such a classic and beautifully painted army.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Blood Axe Spam!

The iron is hot, there has been striking.

The Warboss!
His power sword was pilfered from one of the Space Crusade Orks with the combi weapon.

Here are the final members of my first Blood Axe mob, including a couple of the hallowed Ork Raiders.

The assembled mob

Friday, 29 May 2015

More Blood Axe shenanigans

I have 28 boys which I will divide into two mobs, and I'm going to try and stick to batch painting a handful of troops and a personality to keep things rolling.
These guys are part of the previous squad/mob, and I chose the Mekboy as the accompanying character.
One Ork per mob may take a special or heavy weapon, and while I toyed with the idea of a flamer I wanted these guys to have a heavy.
The pieces I had to choose from were a heavy bolter, heavy stubber or the ridiculously destructive yet relatively short ranged multimelta...that wasn't too hard a decision!
Though the stubber did look the best, the in-game usefulness of the multimelta sealed the deal.

The two plastics really turned out well and were an absolute piece of piss to paint, they fit in very well with the metals I think.
This army has a heavier smattering of early Rogue Trader minis in it than my other Ork clans, and my next update will have a couple of the one piece metals in it.

Until then!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Boyz are back in town

I've been in another one of those lulls recently, where despite painting almost every day it seems like I've had nothing to show for it.
There's been a lot of prep work and stock taking, jars of Dettol and sifting through "the pile" too.

Of note I got myself a multi compartment storage box and transferred all my unpainted Space Orks stuff from their various Chinese Food containers into it and sorted my big bag of arms into pairs- having everything together and on hand ( like I do for my Marines) has gotten me focused again.

A week or so ago I rebased and painted up a heap more Heroquest Orcs and Goblins to add to the monster pool, and this reminded me how much I enjoy painting Greenskins.

So, after selecting my Clan of choice and shaking up the Chaos Black spray-can, I knocked these fellas out over the course of 3 nights.

Blood Axe Nob and 5 boyz, which is half of the first of two squads I have of them.
Bosses, Oddboyz and some tracked vehicles will be following.

I wanted to downplay the "Red Edition" paint scheme as much as I could with these guys, but I think it might be ingrained in me- I didn't give them red boltas so that's gotta count for something, right?

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Classic Space Marine Scout Sergeant

I saw some metal Space Marine Scouts on a friend's workbench the other day and it triggered something...once I got home I went to "the pile", dug some Scouts out and gave them an undercoat.

I remembered seeing some of Bryan Ansell's collection on the Eldritch Epistles blog and headed over there to browse the galleries (as you do) and decided I would try and emulate the Advanced Space Crusade Plastic Sergeant in the Blood Angels colour scheme.

Here's my attempt:
and the original:

Not an exact replication, but I'm more than happy with him.
I'm not sure wether I'll use plastic or metal (or a mix of both) minis for his squad...

Monday, 16 March 2015

Another quick one: Elf hero for questing

After painting the Dwarf Champion the other day I've been in the mood to paint some more fantasy stuff, and this Elf seemed a good candidate.

It's another mini I picked up in a trade, I'm not too familiar with the WHFB Elf range but it says 97 on the tab and I'll go out on a limb and say he was sculpted by Jes Goodwin.
He was an evening's work.
Like his mates in the first picture, he's supposed to be a levelled up version of the garden variety Heroquest dude, sp Heroquest Vulgaris.

While out in the garden taking photos of the gang I couldn't help but snap a couple of pictures of my commanding officers, who rarely let me out of their sight.
They're watching me as I type this...

Bryan, AKA Bartle Snufflepupugus.

Joy, AKA Jibbles McWoo ( with trusty flowerpot )

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Prince Ulther's Imperial Dwarfs Champion

Just a small update this time...

I recently acquired this lovely mini in a trade and went straight to work on him.

The paintjob is pretty faithful to the Regiments Of Renown box art, I'm in the process of painting a shield for him.

I only have a few old Citadel Dwarfs, geez they are great miniatures.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Blood Angels recap

I recently did a refurb on an old skool Predator and have just (almost) finished a vintage Rhino, so I thought it might be time to take stock of my Blood Angels so far.

First up, the new additions:
A previously black/dark grey Predator that Captain Crooks procured for me.
I haven't had the heart to remove and replace the iconography yet.
Yeah baby! Classic Rhino APC
I must say I am pretty proud of myself for painting on the white symbols...I hate white
The Rhino before I started work.
I bought this still in the plastic wrap 5 years ago, and only recently took it out to geez inside.
Frustratingly, when I did I must have popped one of the headlights off the sprue and didn't realise this until I came to paint and assemble the kit! (missing headlight circled in red)
Thanks again to Captain Crooks I should have a replacement part soon, and I'll add the headlights and auto launchers then.
Thanks again Champion!

I have added a metal Sergeant and a few extra Marines to make a full tactical squad of Space Crusade minis.
I plan to replace the missile launcher guy with a multimelta armed one from Mission Dreadnought.
The multimelta is bad news in 2nd edition 40K!
Bad news indeed.
Some scenery my brother has painted up.
Monopose Monstrosities go now!
Brother Captain Erasmus Tycho (again)
My alternate Commander, Gabriel Valerio

A Devastator Squad and Terminators should be coming soon.