Sunday, 29 June 2014

Tyranids: Venomthrope

Today I managed to photograph the next model in this project - a Venomthrope.

This is another fine cast model, and as such some of the sculpting is quite rough in places. I had to fix up the poison balloons on the carapace, but the model worked out very nicely I think.

I used water effects and gloss varnish on the balloons, and used a turquoise wash on the inner stacks.

There is not much space for patterning on this model, but I used what areas I could to show the same patterns as the rest of this hive fleet.

So, only have a Broodlord, some spore mines, and then some minor touch ups left to do - hoping to get this project wrapped up shortly.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Astra Militarum: Savlar Chem Dog Ratlings

To keep things fresh, I've taken a small break from the Tyranid project, and used the time to paint up some Ratling Snipers for my Savlar army. 

Ratlings fit perfectly with the Savlar Chem-Dogs, straight out of the blister. The models were released alongside the 5th edition Imperial Guard codex, and have been completely undervalued in my opinion. This series of sculpts really elevated the Ratlings from being a straightforward WFB/Lord of the Rings port to being relevant to 40k. I've heard the models described as "mini-Ogryns" on some forums, and I'd completely agree: these soldiers look mean, aggressive and war torn, rather than twee...

I like the additional terrain sculpted with each figure, which adds some size bulk to their otherwise diminutive proportions. And yes, this guys even has fangs (or maybe just jagged teeth!).

Every figure drips character; equipped with proper field gear like rangefinder scopes, loads of pouches and practical uniforms.

There are, of course, some nods to the older versions of the Ratlings - for example, some models have open bags (including fruit!) on the bases. However, these touches don't overwhelm the models.

One Ratling has a cloak, and carries some (probably stolen) jewellery...

The final Ratling looks decidedly mean: note the skull on his belt, and his aged and war torn appearance.

Although they are now a few years old, I'd recommend the Ratling Sniper blister - these are some of the best models I've painted up in a long time!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Tyranids: Zoanthrope Brood

Managed to finish the next two models in this project today - two Zoanthropes...

When the new 'Nid codex hit, I was really hopeful we'd see a revised Zoanthrope in plastic, but alas that wasn't the case. These models are okay, but show their age. They have some nice rules though, and I'd use them if I regularly played my Tyranids.

I added the distinctive patterning across the carapace, and also on the fan fans.

I also ran turquoise wash into the recessed areas of the brain and fins - suggesting some pent-up psychic energy ready to be unleashed.

Bases are from Secret Weapon again - these are highly detailed and I'd highly recommend them!

This leaves only two more models to complete on this project: a Broodlord and a Venomthrope. The Venomthrope is being undercoated as we speak, so progress is well under way.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Tyranids: Aegis Defence Line

Today I managed to finish painting and photographing an unusual pice of scenery for the Tyranid project - a third party AGL...

The set came with six long wall sections (four undamaged, two damaged) and four end sections.

Generally, the detail is nice and fun to paint. The set isn't the same level of detail as say Secret Weapon bases, or a real GW kit, but it is about the same dimensions as a real AGL and it's almost necessary for a Tyranid army to function!

This shot shows the damaged section - note the water effects and gloss I used on the fleshy parts beneath the armour plating. The general scheme is to match the bases of the rest of the army; I think this will denote these parts as scenery.

All of the long sections assembled and painted (my client only want four, like a genuine AGL).

And the end sections.

A reverse shot of the long sections - there is some nice ribbing, very Alien-style...

Here's a shot of some gene stealers behind the AGL, ready to strike - as you can see, the scale is just right.

Next up, some Zoanthropes...

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Tyranids: Second Genestealer Brood

Apologies for the long delay since my last blogpost - I scheduled something to be posted, but got the date wrong, and hence the lack of updates over the last few days.

Today I can post the second gene stealer brood in a commission I've been asked to complete - another eight 'stealers...

These were painted up the same as the last brood, but I varied the patterning a little on their back plates.

Here are two of my favourites: nothing special about them, but you can't beat that classes genestealer look...

As an aside, I've just noticed that both genestealer sets I was asked to paint up had a plastic piece with a missing claw! I thought maybe this had snapped off, but on closer inspection both arm sets have exactly the same fault - I'll go back to those models with some greenstuff and resculpt the missing claws.

Next up: a Tyranid-style Aegis defence line...