Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Blightwheel Miniatures: Knight Squire, aka Mecha Pilot

Today I finished painting a small side project: a Blightwheel Miniatures Mecha Pilot

I decided to add this model to my collection because it fits the style of the GW Imperial Knights so well. Although his official designation is a Mecha Pilot, I've dubbed him a Knight Squire. He will make an ideal objective model in a 40k game!

Plenty of nice detail on this piece, down to the bag that he carries. It's a shame more companies don't make non-combatant miniatures like this: it's just a nice model to paint up! I added a lightnin-bolt symbol of the shoulder plate as a finishing touch.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Judge Dredd Miniatures Game: HS2 Holocaust Suit Judge

I recently picked up another model for Mongoose's JDMG. This is a "resculpt" of an earlier model from their Starship Troopers game, originally sold as a "Grizzly" suit. I always liked the model, and back in the day I even had a couple of squads of these models. When it was re-released I decided to paint one up.

This is an all-metal model, and has an old-school weight to it. I extensively picked the limbs and accessories.

This is a nice model, but does have some rough parts: the finish on some of the smooth metal areas is pitted and difficult to repair.

The ammo drum on the cannon is an example of a metal defect; I tried to repair this but left it as battle damage in the end. Sadly i just couldn't repair or improve the searchlight on the right; it was a mashed up mess of detail, so I just painted it up as best I could.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Savlar Chem Dogs: Astra Militarum General conversion

Recently had hardly any time to paint (and even less time to take photographs), so apologies for the lack of updates! Real life has been hectic, and I've decided to start concentrating on smaller projects and character models rather than full scale army projects. The general state of 40k has left me feeling a little despondent, and I rather feel that my days of investing hundreds of pounds into new armies twice a year have long gone... The Grey Knights codex in particular was a huge disappointment to me (hot on the heels of the tragic Tyranids codex), but that's a whole 'nother story...

Today I'm showcasing a conversion that I've been working on for a while, using a combination of bits from various GW kits and some third party parts as well: a Savlar Chem senior officer.

The colour scheme is of course inspired by my large Chem Dog army, with some personal variations to mark the model as an officer (such as the lurid red coat lining). I based him on a piece of garden slate to make him a little more imposing.

The model has a large variety of parts:

  • Head from Dragonforge models (they have a really nice set of varied metal heads, including some with wild hair, eye patches, etc - very nice facial expressions as well);
  • Legs from the Cadian infantry box;
  • Torso from an old Imperial Guard tank upgrade sprue;
  • Arms and coat parts from the Tempestus Militarum Scions box.

Gotta love that coat! It's a nice part which looks great on an officer or commissar model.

Another view of the coat...

These photos show the detail on the head part (and also the wrist-mounted computer).

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Batman Miniatures Game: Mr Freeze

Too much real stuff going on at the moment to do much painting, but managed to clean up some photos of a recent model I finished. This is, of course, the BMG Mr Freeze - a very nice and very detailed miniature. 

Mr Freeze is perhaps more fragile than many of the BMG models - he is more lithe, and as a result the detail of his armour and suit is quite tricky. I chose a variant colour scheme, inspired a little by Tron, and I'm pleased with how it turned out. 

Friday, 1 August 2014

Dark Angels: Deathwing Terminator Squad

This is a small project for a client, who wanted several of the Dark Vengeance Deathwing Terminator squads painted up. 

These are very nice sculpts, as I've commented before, and there is a very laid back timescale on this project so these models have been sitting for a while! I still have another squad to do, then a possible Belial as well.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Finished Tyranid project

Managed to take a group shot of the Tyranids today - they look an impressive bunch when set up on my workbench...

This has been a fun project to work on, and gave me the chance to paint up some Tyranid models which I otherwise would never have gotten around to.

As ever, the next big challenge will be getting the models to my client in one piece. We've invested in a heavy duty box, with packaging inside, then another interior box, then a series of sub-boxes. This shot doesn't show it, but I've also used a large bag of polystyrene packing peanuts, and have another bag to go on top (with more bubble wrap etc). 

So, that's the end of that project - currently working on some Judge Dredd models, some bits from Blightwheel, and about to pick up a few ore Batman figures as well.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Mongoose: Rogue Trooper - Souther trooper

Finally, completing the three model blister, I painted up the Souther trooper.

This model screams an early Rogue Trader aesthetic to me - but remember that Rogue Trooper was first! It demonstrates how much of the early 40k was inspired by sources such as 2000AD, Judge Dredd, etc.

It was difficult to find a source shot for the Souther. I searched online and found some in black armour, others in green (this seems to be a newer scheme), and eventually went with black (mimicking the Mongoose website version).

Here's a group shot:

I'd definitely be interested in purchasing more of these models, but sadly the Mongoose Kickstarter seems to have stalled. It ran in 2013, and did quite well (although not as well as the JDMG Kickstarter). However, I've read online that Mongoose had a problem with finding a sculptor for the project - the upshot is that it has gone into storage, and since the release of these models there haven't been any new Rogue miniatures. That's a real shame!