Sunday, 1 March 2015

Hivefleet Behemoth Tyranids: Toxicrene

This model has been a long time in the finishing, but I've finally managed to complete one of GW's biggest bugs: a Toxicrene...

I painted him (it?) up in the Hivefleet Behemoth colour scheme, consistent with the rest of my Tyrannic collection. The red in the photo has come out really flat, but in real life it has a lot more depth to it.

I was pleased with how the toxin sacs came out: I used flesh tones, the Nihilakh Oxide technical paint on the raised veins, and then put a layer of gloss over the top. Those sacs are a nice break from the otherwise monotonous colours used across the fleet!

I was pretty impressed by the quality of this large plastic kit. Some of the other Tyranid kits have quite shallow detail, but this one was quite sharply sculpted. You can make it as a Maleceptor as well, and you have the option of building either in a choice of two poses. I couldn't resist including the dead Space Marine on the base - if you don't build the beast in this pose, you could actually use the Marine as an objective marker.

The tendrils did slightly "droop" during the building process. The GW version shows them as being proud off of the ground, but despite my efforts to keep these pieces in place they ended up in a position that means they touch the tabletop. I'm fine with that: these bits look quite delicate, so at least they have some extra support.

All in all, a very nice kit which I'd definitely recommend!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Iron Hands: Stalker anti-air tank

My Iron Hands army has to be one of the longest-gestating model projects I've done in recent years... The infantry have sat on my painting desk, accusing me of inaction with their red, unfeeling eyes: imploring me to finish some damned armour so that I can get on with the rest of the army...!

So, I painted up a "new" Stalker anti-air gun. 

Based around the Rhino chassis (when GW upgrades that sprue, most of the Marine tanks will be done for!), this is a nice model. It's another dual: allowing you to build either the Stalker or Hunter. I was actually going to magnetise the parts, to allow me to swap out the actual battlefield role, but realised midway through that I had glued on the top guns!

The major disadvantage of this kit is the cost. The price tag, in my view, clearly illustrates that this is the only ground-based anti-air option available in the Space Marine codex (discounting fortifications and allies). It's insanely expensive: I only wanted one in my army, but even so it's far too highly priced.

As an aside, it is strange how some GW kits seem to have this price premium: another example is the Centurion set, which again appears to be out synch with comparably-sized kits.

The guns are weathered with MIG powders, and the tank itself has loads of weathering. The extreme edge highlighting isn't realistic, and some might say that it doesn't sit well with the more visceral  weathering techniques. I just think that it looks cool!

The reinforced side armour plates are nice, a lot like the Vindicators extra armour panelling.

The accusing-infantry are now happily deployed around a tank...

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Deathstorm: Tyranid Warriors

What is it about a boxed set that makes me buy models I normally wouldn't bother with?

That's probably exactly why Games Workshop does this: Deathstorm gives you two reasonably-sized starter armies. I bought it with a friend and cut the models, adding the Tyranids to my Hivefleet Behemoth army...

I went with a close combat-oriented Tyranid Warrior brood, figuring that if I ever use them in a game (which is very unlikely!) they could go in a pod or take cover behind other troops...

The new Warrior sprue is a nice set. It has so many options. I can still remember the older sets which came with so few bits, and trying to scavenge on the bits sites to get rending claws...

The bonesword is a decent upgrade but it is pricy. This unit would probably to ideal for taking on a Marine command squad or the like. Their lack of any sort of frag grenade equivalent is their major disadvantage.

I'm now painting up the Carnifex! That was a nice blast from the past: he'll be finished up soon and I'll post him too.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Crooked Dice Miniatures: Ghostbusters

These dudes, from Crooked Dice Miniatures, were supposed to be finished for Halloween... 

In any case, the news that the  Ghostbusters movie will feature an all-female cast (and a great one at that!) spurred me into action. 

I present the Paranormal Exterminators - first up is Slimer...

I bored a hole in the ghost's belly to mount a flyer stand. Great sculpt, only issue I'd raise is that I thought Slimer had a tail in the movie: he's been modelled with a sort of "butt" instead!

These are really nice, detailed and personable sculpts. They paint up easily and are very close to the movie Ghostbusters.

The faces are easily identifiable; you can get a great result out of them with only one of two layers of highlighting...

Here's the whole team together - have no idea what project I'll use them on, but they were great fun to paint and I'd certainly recommend them to any collector.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Knight Models: Wonder Woman

More Knight Models today, and a miniature that I managed to finish painting over the Christmas break. 

As well as the Batman Miniatures Game, Knight Models has also produced several other DC and Marvel models which don't have rules (as yet). The include some of the more "superpowered" DC line, which might be a bit to powerful in BMG, such as Superman and Wonder Woman. 

I knew that I wanted to collect the Wonder Woman figure as soon as she was released, as the model is so nice. I'd been putting off painting her though, because I want the time to do a really good job. All in all, I think that she worked out okay although there are a couple of aspects that didn't go quite as planned...

As with many KM female models (except for Poison Ivy, which I posted last week), Wonder Woman is quite slender. She is perhaps not as thin as some of the female miniatures, but I'd have personally preferred to slightly curvier sculpt.

She wears the "New 52" version of the WW outfit, which is perfectly fine (I know some fans are quite opposed to the revised superhero costumes, so this is a point worth mentioning). I'd have preferred a "classic" WW - a Lynda Carter sculpt would've been great! - but the overall costume and pose is excellent.

The main gripe with this miniature? It has to be the sword. It is very thin, and likely to bend or break if you're using your KM models for gaming. I slightly distorted the sword blade to my model whilst cleaning off some flash; I corrected this, but from some angles the blade still looks a little warped.

Whilst I think that the pose is nice, a less damage-prone sculpt would've been fine with me.

Even so, a great model that I really enjoyed painting and building. I did notice one further thing: and that's how Poison Ivy Mk 2 (comic book version) seems to be very tall compared to the rest of the range.

Notice how WW is not as tall as Poison Ivy? I found that a little weird; I'd always envisaged Wonder Woman as being one of the tallest super heroines. No big deal, but again worth mentioning.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Batman Miniatures Game: Poison Ivy Mk 2

Has it really been 6 weeks since my last update!?! 

Unbelievably, yes. Which is not to say that I haven't been busy with both real life and painting... The truth us, somewhat lamely, that I've been unable to get my computer and bluetooth synched properly. In recent months I've been using my phone as my main camera (it has much better resolution and lens than my dedicated camera!), but an update to my laptop seems to have stopped me transferring images... Only today have I figured out a work around...

I finished this model shortly before Christmas: a comic-book version of Poison Ivy, for Knight Models Batman Game!

Whilst I bought, painted and liked the original Ivy model, I've previously noted that some of the Knight Models female sculpts are quite "thin" in comparison to the bulkier male superheroes. This version of Ivy really addresses this issue: she is much more substantial, but proportionally sculpted as well.

The Poison Ivy set also comes with three "plant slaves" for use in the game.  They have their own funky new rules included on the character cards in the blister. As ever, these are nicely sculpted and a good addition to the game (and also quite necessary: there are no such plants available with the Arkham version of Ivy).

I added some foliage and some basing leaves to all four figures, for consistency across the group. the colours are quite a restricted selection, again to tie the models in. I used the same range of greens on Ivy's costume as on the plants.

The interior petals are done with purples, but also flesh colours to add some creepiness to the models. The plants have a real "Little Shop of Horrors" vibe to them - great models!

Don't forget that if you are a fan of the Batman Game, Knight Models is releasing a hardback rulebook (with one of two limited edition models) in February - Wayland Games has a nice deal on the Alfred version of the book if you preorder!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Some more Gorilla Soldiers from Planet of the Apes

A few more Graven Images apes models today - bringing the gorillas up to squad size!

As before, these models were a joy to paint. Nice level of detail and easy to wash, highlight etc. The larger scale is a nice change for me.

My favourite is the triumphant gorilla - very classic POTA!

Here is a group shot of the models together. I'm going to try to source an Orangutang and Gorilla General on horseback to add to the collection.