Sunday, December 12, 2010

Starting to wrap up 2010...

I can't believe that there are only 19 days left in 2010. What a crazy year this has been! In many ways, this was one of the hardest years I have had in a long time, so I am glad that it is on its way out! I have high hopes for 2011 and beyond.

I have been keeping a running tally on the side of my blog for all the miniatures that I have painted this year. Things started out a bit better than they have finished in the amount of models painted. Since our big move and all in the summer, things have just never gotten back into full swing on the hobby side of things. I still worked a good deal on various projects, I just didn't get nearly as much painted as I would have liked. As we get closer to the end of the month (and year) I will go through that list for a final count.

Anyway, in the 19 days I have left in the year I have decided that I am going to try and finish up some half half finished and somewhat started models to end the year with getting some things done. When we moved in August I had to pack up everything so I have had all my built/primed/unfinished models in various boxes and I have slowly been going back through them and evaluating what I need to finish up. I often get the bug to build/convert something but don't always get it immediately painted. So I figure the best way to end the year is to get some things finished that have sat for a while. Since I didn't do a completely brand new army this past year (first time in a while!) I wanted to remedy that a bit. The closest I came to having a fully new army this year has been for the Tyranids and WFB Daemons. So to end the year, I am going to try and add a few more units to my Tyranids to make them more of a playable force.

My goal for the rest of 2010 is to finish:
4 Raveners
1 Trygon
1 Tyranid Prime
1 Lictor
and possibly 1 Carnifex
If things go quickly on painting those things, I also have my Tervigon conversion from back when the book came out to paint as well.

I plan on starting the new year with some big hobby resolutions (and I still need to get my 8th edition challenge army settled on and sorted - Dark Elves haven't been holding my attention at all). I am hoping to be able to do at least 2 brand new armies in 2011 (one being Dark Eldar, the other I am not sure yet) and also add more stuff to my Shadow Hawks and Orks. Never enough time for all the plans!!

Until next time when I update you on the above goals, have a Happy Holiday season and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The 8th Edition Challenge Blog

Hello all,

We have created a new blog site to chronicle the progress of our 8th Edition Challenge Over the coming days, our initial army lists will all be going up as will pics of conversions, paint schemes, and more!

Check it out here:


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

When life gives you lemons ... feed them to a War Hydra

So after my post a few days ago with my Skaven list for the 8th Edition Challenge, I sat down and really looked at what was involved to get this done between now and Adepticon (where I plan on playing mostly WFB events). I have about 5 months to get an army done. Going through the calendar and looking at family events, holidays, etc. I came to the sad realization that the Skaven may be too much of a project to fit into that timeframe. So after some serious thinking and studying of various books and all the amassed models I have around here, I have decided to make a switch.

For the 8th Edition Challenge my army is going to be Dark Elves. It is the project I want to do second to the Skaven and with a much smaller model count (and option for some cool conversions) I have decided that it is much more realistic to do this army for Adepticon and the Challenge.

I'll have my list together later today and posted with some shots of test models I have done in the past for the Dark Elves.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A slight DEtour...

Wow, that may be my crappiest pun yet! So my Skaven for the 8th Edition Challenge are taking a short detour. We aren't officially starting the challenge until November, so it isn't too bad.

Anyway, the local FLGS, Games and Stuff, has asked me to paint up their preview Dark Eldar models. I was more than happy to help them out! After some time on display, I will get to keep the models for my own collection. I will be painting 10 Kabalite Warriors, 3 Reaver Jetbikes, and a Raider. I am working out the color scheme right now and I think I have some good ideas for it. I will also be using the awesome Slate Wasteland bases from Dragon Forge for all the models.

I am still working on building the Raider and I hope to get everything primed up tomorrow so I can really work out the final color scheme. More updates coming soon!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Warhammer Army Challenge

Finally a hobby post after a long break! I hope everyone out there is doing well. I return to the blog world with a new army underway and an exciting activity some friends and I are working on. A group of us has decided to do a Warhammer Army Challenge to all get a 2000 - 2500 point army done over the next 6-8 months. We chose a longer timeframe so that everyone wouldn't feel too burdened with rushing to get things done.

The concept is simple, just create an army list for your chosen force and over the coming months work to hit certain point goals. In addition to the point goals, each person will create 5-6 personal milestones that they want to achieve by certain dates (convert a general, get all core troops done, etc.). We will be creating a new Blog where everyone involved can post updates, pictures, etc. for the group (and probably the world) to see what is going on.

I chose to return to my Skaven that I had started ages ago now that we have all those great Island of Blood models as well as other new Skaven coming in January. It is a bit of a daunting task with all the models I need to paint, but I have wanted to do a Skaven army since I started with Warhammer 2 decades ago! So this is the motivation I need to get things done!

My list for the challenge is:

Grey Seer on Screaming Bell
Warlock Engineer
Chieftan Battle Standard Bearer
40 Clanrats (w/Plague Mortar)
30 Clanrats (w/Warpfire Thrower)
30 Skaven Slaves
30 Stormvermin
20 Giant Rats
6 Rat Ogres (with Master Moulder)
20 Plague Monks
Hellpit Abomination
Warp Lightning Cannon
Plagueclaw Catapult

As you can see, it is a lot of models! I have some tricks up my sleeve to paint them quickly (but to still look fantastic).

I am going to get some shots up soon of the test models I have painted as well as some new things I am working on building for the army. More to come!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Skorne for sale

I am selling a brand new Skorne army for Hordes on ebay. All models are brand new.

The auction can be found here. This is over $700 worth of Skorne for half off!

Back to real blog posts soon, I promise!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Rising from the ashes!

I am working on some new blog posts! It has been a crazy 2 months since the move and all, but things are finally settling down. Later this week I will be spotlighting my new (and really exciting) hobby area in the new house as well as some new models.

In the meantime, I am also selling off some Warmachine stuff that has been gathering dust. First up, a large Cryx lot can be found here:

Special incentives for anyone who uses the Buy It Now option!

Back to hobby stuff later this week on the blog!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Crazy times!

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. We are in the process of moving and with all the packing, planning, and everything else that comes with selling one house and buying another, I have not had a lot of time for the blog!

I have managed to squeeze in some painting here and there, and once things are settled in the new house in a few weeks I will be back to the blog with lots of pics and some cool conversions I want to share!

I will also be at Baltimore Games Day on August 21, so if you are heading there, let me know!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Finally an update!

Hello all,
Sorry for the delays in updates! It has been a crazy two months. I left my job to become a full time stay at home dad, we had to travel for a death in the family, and lots of other stuff happening outside of the hobby realm! But I am back to the blog with some updates.

I have been highly anticipating the launch of 8th edition Warhammer in July and I have had a chance to play a few games with the new rules. They are absolutely fantastic and the best WFB rules ever. The game is a lot more fun and fluid now. As I get ready for this new edition, I decided to join the Battle Bunker's 1000 pt army challenge. So I am feverishly building away on the Company of the Emerald Skull. These grizzled mercenaries will be using Empire rules. I am picturing a veteran force of various models and ranges to represent their mercenary nature. More to come on them soon. I did a test model to work out the color scheme on a handgunner and I am really happy with the results.

I am also working on having lots of War Machines in the army (since most of my other WFB armies have no shooting). I have planned lots of small vignettes for them and I have the first base built for a Hellblaster.

I used one of the great Dragon Forge 100mm square blanks to build that up. The fences are from the Warhammer terrain line. This is a fairly basic one and what I have in mind for my first Great Cannon should be fantastic!

Other than the Mercenaries, I have also been finishing up some other odds and ends. One other model I completed was a conversion for Ku'Gath for my fantasy Daemons. I built this a long time ago and I decided I would finally finish it and add a few last minute additions to it.

Well, that's it for this post. I have lots of projects underway and I should have a regular update on the Mercs as I work on them. If you haven't had a chance to see the new 8th edition rulebook yet, get down to your local FLGS who has one and take a look. It is awesome!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Shadow Hawks reinforcements

With the release of Codex:Blood Angels, I finally have lots of new choices to add to my Shadow Hawk chapter. There are many things that I want to paint for my army and here are the first new additions.

First up we have the Librarian Furioso Dreadnought. I made this from the Venerable Dreadnought kit along with parts from the Ironclad, plasticard, Ravenwing sprue, and more. I have to give credit to GrimTeef from Dakka Dakka for many of the ideas!

I knew that the Sanguinary Guard (Shadow Guard in my chapter) would be a great addition to my army. The wings would look great in a chapter that uses bird imagery so I wanted to test paint a model to see how it looked in my chapter's color scheme. I am pleased with the final result.

When I first used the Blood Angel rules for my army (from the PDF army list) I had a small unit of Death Company that I used my robed veterans as. Now that the Death Company has a much bigger role in the army, I knew I wanted to redo the look and style of the Death Company. I am going to use the robed models as an Honor Guard in the new version of the army. Here is the new color scheme and design for the Shadow Hawk Death Company.

There you have the test models and some new additions to the army. Next up is finishing the full 5 man squad for the Sanguinary Guard and a Baal Predator. Until next time.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wow, 2 months already?

I can't believe it has been 2 months since I posted! Here I was hoping to have 2010 be the year of lots of updates! I need to get back on track!

So my hobby ADD continues and I find myself working on lots of things. The Nids continue (Gargoyles were finished up a few weeks ago - pics coming of those) as well as delving back to my Orks and Marines. The new Blood Angel codex has me in a fervor for my Shadow Hawks (I have used BA rules for them for the past 3 years or so) and I am working away on some new Sanquinary Guard and other additions.

I have to say I am really impressed with the new codex. As the past few books have been (Nids, Wolves, Skaven) there are lots of new options and units to get even the veterans of those armies working on new models. My existing Shadow Hawk army is only at around 2500 points or so, there is plenty of room to add new models. I have always been a huge fan of Dreadnoughts (with 4 already painted for the army) and now being able to field lots of them makes me very happy!

I will have new pictures up this week of some recent painting projects. I am working out the color scheme on my Death Company for the army and I hope to have some test models done for them as well as my first Sanquinary Guard test paint. Until later this week...

Friday, February 5, 2010

Tervigon - Building is complete!

So the Tervigon is now built. Since I last posted, I added the back legs and tail, front talons, and the Termagant spawning points. I put one on each side of the torso and I have a Termagant emerging from the one side. I used some tendrils from one of the old Epic Bio Titans to be the parts that help spawn the creatures.

Overall I am really pleased with the model and I think it matches the codex artwork very well. I hope you enjoy it! All that is left is to create a proper scenic base for it with some termagants running along with it. Please let me know what you think of the model, I am anxious to hear what you all think!

Also, I forgot to take a comparison shot next to a Carnifex, but so you know that is an 80mm base it is on. So it is a big bug!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I want a new bug...

Apologies to Huey Lewis for the title of this post...

So the poll is closed and Hive Fleet Scylla is the winner. This scourge is growing and will soon be unleashed upon the galaxy (or at least my gaming group).

So I have been working away on some conversions for the army as of late. As soon as I saw the new codex I knew I had to work at building a Harpy, Tervigon, Tyrannofex, and more! I started with a Harpy. I thought a lot about how I was going to make this and settled on using a neglected Forge World Winged Hive Tyrant a friend had given me. He had kept the wings for a conversion of his own, which I was fine with. I was more interested in the body and head! I hacked off the legs (yes I know it is a $90 model) and filled in that area with some putty and armor plates. I then added High Elf Dragon wings and created the twin-linked Stranglethorn Cannons for the model.

I know you can't see a lot of the detail yet since it is primed, but you can see the idea of the model. I patterned it as close as possible to the artwork in the codex (snakelike body, spikes, twin-linked guns). Overall I like it a great deal and I look forward to painting it up.

Next I started on my Tervigon conversion. I have seen a lot of hastily converted Tervigons on the web and I wanted to really make mine stand out. I wanted it to look as close to the drawing in the book as possible.
I started out taking a Trygon torso and widening it with plasticard. Once it was widened, I then started cutting and piecing together the back armor and front plates for the top of the torso. After that framework was all in place, I began sculpting in the details with Apoxie Sculpt. I really like working with it as it is thinned with water and easy to smooth out and shape.

You can see in the last picture the size difference in the Tervigon and the Carnifex torso. The Tervigon is much wider and appropriate to represent a Termagant spewing creature!

I still have a lot of work to do on the model. I have to finish the detail work around the back vents on the model (gap filling and smoothing) and then work on the underside more. I plan on having 2 separate orifices for Termagants to be expelled from - one closed and one open with an emerging Termagant. The back legs and tail will be from a Carnifex and the front 4 arms will be Scything Talons like the drawing in the codex.

I'll keep you all updated on the progress of this model as I go. I hope to finish it up this week! Let me know what you think of these conversions.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hobby Seminars - Games and Stuff in Glen Burnie, MD

Just a quick note to anyone in the Baltimore-Washington area (and surroundings): I will be at the 10th anniversary celebration for Games and Stuff in Glen Burnie, MD this Saturday from 1-3 PM to do some hobby seminars. I will have loads of models on display to discuss painting and converting techniques and answer any questions people may have. So if you are in the area and want to come by, please do!

I hope to meet many of you this weekend who follow this blog if you live in the area!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Naming the Nids

Hi guys,

I should have lots of new stuff to show you this week from the growing Hive Fleet. Now that the codex and new models are out I am in full swing!

I am looking for suggestions on what to call my growing Hive Fleet. There is a poll to the side. If anyone has any additional suggestions, please leave them in the comments!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Know Your Foe: Tyranid Images

Here are some pics of the Tyranid army I am working on. Some of these models I painted a few years back when I first thought about doing Tyranids, while others are more recent. First up, the Carnifex (and the actual first model I did for the army when this kit came out).

I have always been a fan of the Tyranid Warrior models and this is the first unit of them I have completed. I plan on having quite a number of them in my force, including some winged versions!

From the horde of little guys I plan on including in the army here are the first of many Termagants. I have 20 done so far.

The Genestealers are currently on the painting table and should be done this weekend. Here are the test models I did to work out their color scheme.

In the past week, I painted up two Tyrant Guard to go with my WIP Hive Tyrant. The pics on these are a bit blurry for some reason, but you get the idea!

Finally, to lead the Genestealers I have have the mighty Broodlord waiting in the wings for some paint!

I am excited about the upcoming release of the new book and seeing all the final details of the army list. I have been keeping up on the rumors, but nothing compares to having that book in your hands. I am even more excited about getting my hands on all the new models (especially the Trygon) and converting up some of the new unit types that don't have models yet.

More updates will follow soon as I continue with the army!

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year, New Army

So the new year is upon us. Just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Happy New Year!

I am working away on the new army and now I need to get pictures taken of all the units I have painted up for it. Some I have had done for quite a while, while others I just finished. It's probably not a huge surprise, but I have decided to return to my Tyranids that I started a while back. The new models are fantastic and I am very excited to paint up a Trygon. I can finally finish all the various bugs I have had built and primed for ages now!

So far, I have the following done for the army:
20 Termagants
4 Warriors
2 Tyrant Guard
Carnifex with Barbed Strangler
4 Spore Mines

I am currently working on a unit of Genestealers which I should have done this weekend. I also have another unit of Warriors, a Lictor, and my Hive Tyrant ready to go (the Tyrant is next on the painting schedule). I hope to have pictures taken tomorrow and get some shots up this weekend.

One thing I have decided to add to the blog for 2010 is a running tally of what I paint this year. I thought it would be fun to see how many models I finish in one calendar year so as I complete something I will add it to the list on the right. I just finished 5 Termagants today so there are my first models of 2010!

I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season and pics of the Tyranids are inbound! I look forward to having a fully fleshed out new army to play some games with early in the new year.