Sunday, October 18, 2009

The scratching of rats and howling of wolves...

Finally I return to the blog with a proper update. My hobby time has been rather sporadic as of late. I find that without a driving force such as a tournament or other big event, I don't have as much of an urge to complete an entire army (which I am sure I have mentioned before). However, I feel all that is about to change.

Originally my plan was to crank out a small Space Wolf force focused on Wolf Guard. In preparation for that, I completed the following test model.



I opted for a more true grey color scheme than the blue look GW goes with on official Space Wolf models. This particular model was converted using the ForgeWorld Space Wolf parts along with parts from the Cullen special character model. I really like the overall look of the model and I think the army will look really sharp on the tabletop.

So as I made preparations to gather the necessary models for the Wolves, I found myself playing a game of Warhammer with my buddy John Shaffer. While we played what turned out to be one of the best games of Warahmmer I have played in years, I had the opportunity to check out the new Skaven army book. My history with the rats is long and troubled. The first Warhammer models I ever purchased (almost 20 years ago - yikes!) were some Jes Goodwin Plague Monks. Over the years I planned on doing a proper Skaven army many times and I have amassed quite a bit of stuff for the force. This new book blew me away. It was written by my friend Jeremy Vetock (one of my previous bosses during my GW tenure) and it is by far one of the coolest army books I have seen. The amount of options available are staggering and there are plenty of great conversion opportunities (which I love)! So I decided that I will still work away at the Wolves here and there, but for now my attention has been sucked in by the ratmen. I have had a few test models done for some time now, and they are some of my favorite paint jobs.






In addition to these models, I have begun putting together a unit of Plague Monks and a few other characters to prepare for the Skaven's arrival on November 7. The new Clanrats and Stormvermin are amazing and I can't wait to start working on them! I am also in the process of sketching up some ideas for the units in the book that don't have any proper models so far, and I began construction on the Plagueclaw Catapult. This is very WIP at the moment, but I thought I would show you where I am trying to go with it.

You can see this is just the basic structure so far using parts from the old Screaming Bell, Siege Tower, Siege Attacker Mantlet, and more. I have a lot of work to go on this, but when it is all done, it should be an awesome war machine to rain warpstone death down on the enemy!

Well, this has been a long post getting back into things. I should be able to update more regularly from here on out. Look for my next post to cover something I have been thinking a lot about lately - how to come up with the proper bases for an army. I will also be featuring a lot of great resin bases from Dragon Forge in my Wolves and other Hordes/War Machine projects so look for some features on using those items to their fullest.

Until next time, have fun with your hobby!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Derailed!

I had all the intentions to get a bunch of new posts done over the weekend but I got a cold and my daughter has also been sick all week so things have gotten a bit off track. Sorry, as soon as everyone is better the updates will flow! My Space Wolf test model and some models for my upcoming Skaven army are waiting to be seen!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Stop being a slacker!

So my blog updates have been few and far between as of late. The new school year starting and juggling all that with the kids has taken up lots of time. But things have finally settled into a good rhythm and I should be able to return to blogging on a more consistent basis.

Like many others, the "shiny new toy" syndrome has gripped me and I find myself working on some Space Wolves. I wanted to make sure that this army is different enough from my Shadow Hawks so I am focusing on a Wolf Guard heavy force lead by Logan Grimnar. This will also be a Drop Pod army as it seems fitting for an army geared toward getting into the thick of things as quick as possible. I have finished a test model and I just need to get it photographed. I am really pleased with how it came out. I am going with an Adeptus Battlegrey base color instead of the blue that the GW studio uses on the Wolves.

I will also be basing all of my Wolves on some fantastic bases from Dragon Forge which I will be showcasing on here in some upcoming posts.

I plan on getting photos done tomorrow of the Space Wolf and a few other recent paint jobs, so check back for an update this weekend.