Saturday, 25 April 2015

Iron Hands: Ironclad Dreadnought

Perhaps inspired by the recent released of Codex: Skitarii (otherwise known as Codex: Not Adeptus Mechanicus!?!), I finished off the Ironclad Dreadnought for my Iron Hands army. 

Whilst I like Dreadnoughts, these's been something about finishing this piece that held me back... He just seems a bit, well, auto-CAD? Difficult to explain. Maybe it is the flat black colour scheme, but the Ironclad has always struck me as a bit bland...

He's weathered in the same way as the rest of my army, with decals courtesy of the older GW set (which they no longer produce).

Pigments were used on the weapon mounts and the heat stacks at the back; these added some minor colour variation to the model.

Another view showing the Clan Raukaan badge; I plan on running these models as a Clan army (who could resist the Gorgon's Chain?!).

And a final shot: ready to go to war...

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Judge Dredd: Cadet Judges

I've been a fan of 2000 AD and Judge Dredd in particular since I was a young child, and as an adult I've followed the Mongoose Judge Dredd Miniatures Game. Mongoose has a large range of metal models, representing a huge variety of the characters from 2000 AD (with the release of the Rogue Trooper miniatures, going beyond just Dredd!). I was lucky enough to receive the Justice Department boxed set for Christmas, and this week I grabbed some hours to paint up some of the set...

I started with the Cadet Judges. These are really nice and characterful figures!

As you can see (and I'll do a comparison picture once I have a few more Judges painted up), the Cadets are more diminutive in size than the average street judge. In Judge Dredd lore, these would probably be teenagers; the Judges have a lengthy induction process, but these juves are obviously old enough to carry a gun and be out on the streets.

Although I'm a supporter of Mongoose, it has to be said that their Dredd models are a bit "hit and miss". Some are quite crudely sculpted, although they certainly have their charm. However, the more recent miniatures are far more finely sculpted - and the Cadets definitely fall into this category. They have nice surface detail and I found them to be a pleasure to paint.

The second Cadet is a female. She carries the standard Lawgiver and again is nicely scaled and proportioned.

I went with the same colour scheme as my existing Judges, save that on these models I tried something new with the green boots and gloves. On my older figures, I noticed that the green did not really "pop" enough. So this time, I went with something a bit brighter to up the contrast. I subsequently compromised on a different green, but I think that it suits these models just fine.

The white helmets were done with GW's excellent Ceramite White. This is smooth but has good pigment; a couple of coats over a mid-grey base, and the helmets were done.

For 2000 AD miniatures, I'm next going to finish painting up a pair of Riot Judges. These, as we shall see, are nice but absolute giants alongside the Cadets...

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Tyranids: Venomthrope, Neurothrope & Zoanthrope

Apologies for the blog weirdness last week; I've been experimenting with scheduling posts and something went very wrong! Those posts will feature shortly on the blog, but I've yet to finish some of those projects...

So, a Venomthrope, Neurothrope and Zoanthrope walk into a bar...

I've been so busy with other interests recently, that I've been unable to accept commissions. I'm not the sort of commission painter who likes to mess about with a client's expectations; I'd rather say no outright than take years to get a project done. However, a very good client of mine asked for a few models to add to his Tyrannic army - the largest commission I did last year - and the idea of revisiting this very interesting scheme was appealing! So I agreed to paint up a few models for the army, and today finished the first batch.

These models are form GW's newest plastic Venomthrope box. It's a really nice kit, capable of making several variations on the basic 'thrope chassis.

Let's start with the Venomthrope...

This is a much-needed revision of the older Finecast model. The Venomthrope was never a good candidate for resin, and the various flash lines, tabs and other assorted resinous peculiarities made the old version hard work. I painted up three last year, and the comparison between the old and new kit is very revealing.

Here are the older models:

From the new kit, next is the Zoanthrope. I've painted several of these in metal and resin, and the plastic kit is much nicer. The resin version had a real problem with sagging and being unstable on the base (the solution is, or was, to use brass or metal rods). This plastic version has all of the detail of the previous incarnation, and is much easier to assemble!

Finally, we have a new addition to the Tyrannic fleet: the Neurothrope. He's a generic version of the Doom of Malantai (oh, how we grieved his passing!) and represents something of royalty to the hive mind. A great little model and very detailed; there are some interesting spine parts on the back, and the head crest reminds me of the Alien Queen.

I painted these models in the same scheme as the rest of my client's army, but added more extreme highlights to the crest and spine of this model. I figured that he is something a bit special; perhaps this being reflected in the extreme patterning on his carapace and spine.

Bases are all from the excellent Secret Weapon range. I highly recommend them!

Another shot of the back of the model. The brain seems better sculpted on the plastic kit. I glossed these areas, and also used a turquoise glaze to add some pulsing effects.

So what's next? Some Forgeword goodness for the Tyranids will be coming soon. Next week I'll hopefully have some Judge Dredd pieces done.