Thursday, May 24, 2018

WIP: Armiger Warglaive from House Taranis - Part 4


I was able to make more progress on the first of my two Armiger Warglaives this week. This is a picture heavy post as I tried to capture more angles of all the work.  For a small guy, there is still a lot of painting to be done here.

I attacked the armor highlights first.  GW Wild Rider Red was added as an edge highlight to all the red panels, while Vallejo Silver was added as an edge highlight to the metal trim and other bits of the armor like handles and rivet heads. I didn't hit up all the rivet heads at this point, but eventually I'll get to all of 'em. Here's where things stood after the first pass of highlighting...

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive Highlights

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive Highlights

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive Highlights

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive Highlights

Next I tackled the rest of the base colors on the arm weapons. Prior to this, I was mostly focused on the body and legs.

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive Gun Arm

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive Gun Arm

Lots of GW Tin Bitz added for details. More GW Mephiston Red was added to further break up all the silver metal and in other cases some of the red was replaced with Vallejo Oily Steel to improve the realism of the weapons. I didn't get to the highlights for the weapon arms yet, though I did put some time into the chainsword teeth.

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive Sword Arm

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive Sword Arm

Next I added details to the body where all the cool wire and hose details are.

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive Body details

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive Body details

Nothing extreme, just some GW Tin Bitz added to a few key lines, including a couple on the face. Then some GW Tin Bitz found its way onth the legs as well, again, to break up all the silver metal and add some interest.  I liked how the stock GW paint jobs did this. Still no metals highlights at this point.

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive Legs

 Here are some closeups of the head with the tin bitz added.  Each time I put these close ups on the blog, I see more cleanup that I missed! :)

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive Head and Face

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive Head and Face

Here are some parting shots of the assembled model. Some additional pin washes with GW Nuln Oil have been added to the armor plates, though I'm not sure it's too noticeable here vs. the first couple shots above at the start of the article. All of thenew paintwork for these sessions has been shaded as well with GW Nuln Oil to blend it all in.

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

Everything is coming together great! It's time to put on the transfers and see to the final highlights and cleanup. Then I have to paint the base, of course, and get everything assembled and pinned down to the base. Hopefully that work will all fit in a final WIP post next week some time.  I probably won't get in two posts next week, or much extra painting time either, due to the US Memorial Day holiday.

Best of luck for your projects this week!

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Monday, May 21, 2018

WIP: Armiger Warglaive from House Taranis - Part 3


More paint on the first of my two Armiger Warglaives for House Taranis.  I started by cleaning up the panels where I got trim paint on the other colors.  Then I laid down some GW Nuln Oil for shading.  In hindsight, I think I should have gone ahead with a gloss coat varnish prior to this step...or perhaps used more care to do a pin wash instead of an all over shading.  I wanted a darker dirtier feel, which I got in spades, but there is a lot more cleanup and panel rework than would have been necessary otherwise.

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

A dry fit assembly of the parts so far.  The shoulders are not glued on yet, since the arms don't have enough clearance to come off once the shoulders are glued down. Making progress! I took a break from the armor to paint the head up enough to mount.  It's simple, but effective.  I'll add some highlights to improve it as a focal point on the model. The title picture shows some improvements I made after the shot above was taken.

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

Not much work on the main arm weapon...just brightened the red some.  This pic instead shows the shoulder armor in more detail. I'm looking forward to getting some decals on, but need to wait a bit longer.

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

I got some trim painted on the chain blade and brightened the red a bit before shading it all with more GW Nuln Oil. The other shoulder is in full view here as well.  I'm pleased with how the armor is coming out, even though I will be modifying my technique with the second Warglaive.  This is all practice for the larger House Taranis knights to come. It is a simple scheme, but the white needs to stand out and not be too muddy.

Next I began picking out gold and bronze details; this was a good use for my last pot of GW Tin Bitz that I've been hanging on to.  I also painted in more metal detail on the feet. I shaded the gold and bronze carefully with GW Agrax Earthshade, making sure didn't run amok.

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

Here are some close ups of where things stand at this point.

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

Many more details to go, then all the highlighting.  I'm probably going to hold off on final assembly until I see what gets released for a new Warglaive kit.  Internet rumors indicate some new weapon options and new rules, so I want to be sure I don't make any final decisions at this point that I'll come to regret later.  I don't plan to have a bunch of these models so I'm not looking to build more to get new weapons. It may be that I cut the arms for magnets if we get cool additional weapon options, much like a standard Knight. This would be pretty easy with the arms made the way they are.

Here's a parting shot of the the Warglaive fully assembled.

WIP House Taranis Armiger Warglaive

At least one more session of painting, maybe two to finish the remaining details and highlights.  Then its decals and any final shading/weathering.

I'm looking forward to the new Imperial Knight codex, and the rumors that there may be new weapons for the Warglaives as well.  Time will tell...

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

WIP: Deathwatch Primaris Aggressors


To complete the two new Deathwatch Primaris Intercessor kill teams, I built three aggressors.  Like the Inceptors, they had originally been on the shelf waiting to join the Dark Angels. But then they got the call to fall out and join the ranks of the Deathwatch instead.

First up, I built one stock with the auto boltstorm gauntlets.  He'll join with the stalker bolt rifle intercessors and give them (and more importantly their Heavy Plasma Incinerator brothers) the ability to move and shoot heavy weapons without the -1 to-hit penalty. never mind increasing the squad's volume of over watch fire and smashing anyone's face who makes it into assault.   He's one tough hombre to have in a fire support squad.

Deathwatch Primaris Aggressor WIP with boltstorm gauntlets

Very cool model.  Next up, I built the remaining two Aggressors with the flamestorm gauntlets.  These guys will join the assault oriented kill team and get up in the grill of the enemy. I like how these guys go together. The hoses and cabling line up very well.  This of course cuts into their pose options.  Fortunately, I'm not planning to run more than three so the poses will stay unique.  I expect it wouldn't be too much of a hassle to cut the hoses and re-position the arms, using green stuff perhaps to replace the hoses and keep the natural fall of the lines.

Deathwatch Primaris Aggressors WIP with flamestorm gauntlets front

Deathwatch Primaris Aggressors WIP with flamestorm gauntlets back

Here's the second one. Not much to see here, just a stock build with the Deathwatch Terminator pad replacing the left shoulder pad that comes with the kit. Fortunately, there is enough clearance with the backpack to accommodate the flared Deathwatch shoulder pad.

Deathwatch Primaris Aggressors WIP with flamestorm gauntlets front

Deathwatch Primaris Aggressors WIP with flamestorm gauntlets back

Once built, it was time for some wood glue and a dunk in the gravel tub.  Here is a parting shot of the trio after the basing work was complete.

Deathwatch Primaris Aggressors WIP basing complete


These guys will now sit with Hellblasters and Inceptors waiting for their turn with the primer. This will be an easy job with the airbrush.  Then they wait in the painting queue. It was great fun to take a painting break and do some modelling again. I'm ready to get back to the Armiger Warglaives now.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Monday, May 14, 2018

WIP: Deathwatch Primaris Inceptors


In this post, I describe the build for my new Deathwatch Primaris Inceptors.  AFter reading the Warhammer Community spoilers for the new codex, I immediately set to work building various Primaris models to add to my Deathwatch.  Primaris Intercessor kill teams should be lots of fun when mixed with Aggressors and Inceptors.

Deathwatch Primaris Inceptors WIP

The first Inceptor was build using the plasma exterminator options.  This guy will slot into the ranged kill team with the stalker bolt rifles and heave plasma incinerators.  He may not make the final cut, and is perhaps situational in that unit, but his intended purpose is to rescue his team from assaults by allowing them to withdraw, and then open fire with whomever survives.

Deathwatch Primaris Inceptors WIP

I built him with the welding mask because it look cool and fits well with the blinding flare of his two plasma weapons. These guys require the Deathwatch terminator shoulder pad.  The pad doesn't fit exactly with the backpacks, however, due to the flared rim over the top of the shoulder.  I was going to cut the pad down to look similar to the pads that come with the Inceptor kit.  but I wasn't sure that would look great.  Instead, I clipped the should pin that the arm glues on to, and let the arm slide down the torso a bit to make room for the shoulder pad.  You can look at the pictures here yourself, but I could not see that it effected the look of the model any.  The left arms don't look noticeably lower than the right arms, nor do they look out of place on the body.  So a quick win there.

The second Inceptor is armed with the stock assault bolters. He'll travel in the second assault oriented Intercessor kill team, providing the same benefit of withdrawing from combat while still being able to fire.

Deathwatch Primaris Inceptors WIP

Deathwatch Primaris Inceptors WIP

Here he is with his new family, including two new Primaris Agressors with flamestorm gautlets.

Deathwatch Primaris Inceptors WIP

The third Inceptor I built with the plasma exterminators.  He'll be swapped in with the assault squad if I want plasma instead of a hail of hard round in that squad.  Also, the codex allows for a plain squad of Inceptors, so i can run the three of them on their own as well if needed. I couldn't use a single model in any other force by Deathwatch in any case, so he had to get built.  Didn't want him languishing on the sprue.

Deathwatch Primaris Inceptors WIP

Deathwatch Primaris Inceptors WIP

I completed this phase by gluing down the basing so they are ready for a primer coat at the next opportunity. Just plain gravel for now.  Might toss on some spare bits for character before the primer gets sprayed over all. I'm also suspicious of the plastic stands.  They seem slight and fragile for any long term use of these models.  I'm thinking about cutting them off and replacing with thick copper wire instead.  but for now, here are the bases.

Deathwatch Primaris Inceptors WIP Custom Bases

Deathwatch Primaris Inceptors WIP Custom Bases

Next up, I will prime these guys to match the Intercessors - then they sit in the queue waiting for some paint. I still want to make progress with the Custodes and Grey knights so it may be a while; but I'd expect to get at least one of the Kill teams on the painting table by summer time.

Watch for a separate WIP post on the Primaris Aggressors coming soon.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Friday, May 11, 2018

WIP: Deathwatch Primaris Hellblasters

WIP Deathwatch Primaris Hellblasters close up

Following on the build of my Deathwatch Primaris Intercessors, I built five Deathwatch Primaris Hellblasters that I had left over from Squaduary 2018. There are three heavy plasma incinerator marines to travel with the stalker bolt rifle Intercessors, and two assault plasma incinerator marines to go with the auto bolt rifle Intercessors.

Deathwatch Primaris Hellblasters WIP assembly line
On the assembly line

They were built stock.  Since there will be so few, I was not worried about varying posses, etc.  First the three with heavy plasma incinerators were assembled.

Deathwatch Primaris Hellblasters with heavy plasma
Getting the poses right

Deathwatch Primaris Hellblasters with heavy plasma front
ready to rock!

Deathwatch Primaris Hellblasters with heavy plasma back
A look at the chapter symbols.
Next the two marines with assault plasma incinerators were assembled. No issues at all integrating the Deathwatch bits into the Hellblasters kit.

Deathwatch Primaris Hellblasters with assualt plasma front
More posing

Deathwatch Primaris Hellblasters with assault plasma front
Ready to rock!

Deathwatch Primaris Hellblasters with assualt plasma back
More chapter icons
So having completed those, I got some family shots with their new squads. The first Deathwatch Intercessor squad will be for long and mid range deployments where fire support is needed.

Deathwatch Primaris Intercessor squad A WIP

The second Deathwatch Intercessor squad will be for mid range fire support and short range assaults.  I see these guys teleporting in, or piling out of a transport. or possibly, just foot slogging forward to lead the assault.

Deathwatch Primaris Intercessor squad B WIP

A little hobby knife cleanup will address any remaining mold or glue lines/blemishes.  Also, both squads have new members inbound.  Both Aggressors and Inceptors are on the workbench currently.  More on those later!

While I have many Veteran marines for deathwatch as well, I'm enjoying this Primaris project along with the coming rules and the flexibility allowed in building and deploying Primaris kill teams. I think running a mix of units will still be fun and effective.  Though I'll admit that since I model/hobby FAR more than I actually play the game, I'm not overly stressed about the effectiveness of the force.  It's more a matter of what is fun to build and paint for me at this point. Also, I might not have built these if it wasn't for all the sprues I'd hoarded when Primaris kits first were released.  I had imagined this all for the Dark Angels, but they can wait a little longer for their reinforcements. :)

Are you working on any Deathwatch projects for the new codex?  If so, please share in the comments.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!