Sunday, 30 October 2016

Genestealer Cult: Finished Neophyte Hybrids

A couple of weeks ago I showed some work in progress shots of my Neophytes. This week I managed to get a few hours to finish the models off, and here are the results...

These are, of course, the Deathwatch: Overkill miniatures. I haven't yet invested in a box of the multi-part models, but I'm definitely going to. My draft army list includes 40 Neophytes with various options; these 16 will go a long way to solving my hybrid problem!

I decided that I would include both the mining lasers and grenade launchers, so these figures are painted up along with the autogun-toting cultists.

Some more shots of my favourite hybrids...

Every figure in DW:OK has fantastic detail; the individual facial expressions are great.

Having finished the Neophytes, I went straight on to one of the Acolytes. These also superb models, and I'm looking forward to finding the time to paint up more of these guys as well...

I used a light wash of Nihilakh Oxide into the veins on the side of the head, which produces a nice alien effect.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

More Eldar: Windriders & Dire Avengers

Managed to photograph some miniatures that I've been working on for a while today: another squad of Dire Avengers, as well as some jet bike Windriders.

First, the Avengers...

No Exarch for this squad (or the next one), as I think these will be used to bolster one of the squads I've already. Overall, I'm painting five units of these guys.

As I've said before, the Spiritstone Red gemstone paint from GW has really been useful in the painting of these miniatures. I love they way it produces a candy-apple red colour that pops across the squad. The Avenger miniatures have definitely grown on me as I've painted them...

Meanwhile, my client has a single squad of Windriders in this army. I really like these simple and characterful pieces, and this is the sort of unit I always find myself using in my own army lists (generally units that are nice looking but don't perform very well in the game!).

These models are fully magnetised with both magnets on the flyer stems and underneath to hold the weapon options. Not shown here, but painted as well, are several weapon choices for the jet bikes.

So, what's to paint next on the Elder project? I have another five-man squad of Avengers, then I'm waiting on the last few models from the client before the whole commission is finished!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

WIP Genestealer Cult: Neophyte Hybrids

Genestealer Cult was one of those armies that got be into Warhammer 40,000 back in the day. In an experience that reflects that of many older gamers, the Cult really grabbed my attention. These weird aliens with six limbs being worshipped by a doting mass of ignorant cultists... The army had the weird appeal of having armour, guns and also monsters, which at the time felt very novel. There was something macabre and frightening about the Cult, even if my mismatched gaggle of Space Hulk miniatures didn't really reflect the awesome background...!

So when Games Workshop brought out Deathwatch: Overkill, I eagerly snapped it up. The models are fantastic; harkening back to the original lead hybrids, but with a modern twist. I don't think I've ever seen such detailed infantrymen (and certainly not in plastic!). 

The recent release of the Codex: Genestealer Cults pretty much cemented my decision to build a new army. My first step was to build up and paint some of those Overkill neophytes, and here is the result:

I'm pretty pleased with the result. I followed the painting receive given in the old White Dwarf issue 110, with the exception of leaving out the Druchii Violent wash to the heads. Although I might decide against this, my thinking was that these hybrids aren't supposed to look that alien. So instead they have very pale skin, and a more uniform look.

At this stage, my approach is really to look for proof of concept. Do I like these models enough to paint up an army of them? Will I get bored with this colour scheme? Will I be able to get through an army painted to this level, or should I be leaving out a level of highlighting etc? Those are the questions I ask myself at this stage. I find it's better to be honest with yourself early on, as there is nothing worse than getting two or three squads into an army and deciding that you just don't like the colour scheme, or that every figure seems to be taking too long to get through.

I've decided that yes, I definitely do want to proceed with this army! These figures are really good fun to paint, and despite the level of detail they actually finish up quite quickly once you get started. I probably could drop a highlight or two in some places, but I'm not sure that I will: they're just really nice models, and it would be a shame not to give them the best job that I can.

But decisions abound as to whether I will go with the Broodcycle or the Neophyte Cavalcade... I think that the bonuses for running the Cult Insurrection detachment are just too good to pass up, but I'm not convinced by the Broodcycle formation as a core choice. It contains many models that I have, or that I know might be useful, but if I'm going to be taking lots of Acolytes, I'd much rather they were in the Subterranean Uprising rather than the Broodcycle.... The alternative Cavalcade option doesn't have much new in it though, and I'm not incredibly keen on doing more Chimeras (Chimerae?) and Leman Russes. I guess I'll work through the Neophytes and make that decision when I need to!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

More commission work: Space Sharks' Tyberos & Eldar Crimson Hunter

Although I might've been slacking updating the blog, I've been very busy on the workbench! Several projects have been started or finished this week, and I'm working ever closer to completing the large Eldar army that I took on earlier this year...

First up, I finished an incredible Eldar Crimson Hunter. Although there are some Eldar kits that feel as though they've aged badly (or even prematurely!), the Crimson Hunter is not one. The model is sleek, very Eldar, and great fun to build and paint. 

I struggled a little to get the model into my photo booth, so forgive the clipped images: suffice to say, this is a big model. It feels both alien and also very much like a jet fighter, and I really enjoyed this kit.

Another view of the main hull:

The engines and rear of the flyer:

A shot of the vehicle pilot and interior:

Another shot of the complete model:

And also the base, with optional accessories so that my client can swap out the weapons or run it as an Exarch or standard Hunter:

This week I also managed to finish off the alternative turret for the Fire Prism/Night Spinner tank that I started a couple of weeks ago. Here's the Prism turret all ready for delivery:

I discussed with my client whether to leave the crystal pieces unpainted, but I thought that they would look better painted up. The crystal at the end of the cannon in particular came out well I think (there's actually nothing much to paint on the other crystal, but it looks unfinished without a colour I feel!).

An interior shot:

Next for the Eldar will be six Windrider jet bikes. They have been basecoated and bases are now drying; I'm about to start the riders today or tomorrow, so hopefully they will be finished soon as well. 

On other projects, I also finished the Tyberos conversion I was asked to do for a Carcharodons Astra (aka Space Sharks) army:

The idea behind this conversion came from DakkaDakka, and the original thread can be found here: Credit where it's due, as this is not my idea! I'm also aware that in the Forgeworld fluff, Tyberos is rarely seen without his helmet (and when he was, his face doesn't reflect this conversion!). Those disclaimers out of the way, this is a really nice idea and my client wanted me to replicate it.

So here are the results...

I decided that if I was going to build a Tyberos conversion, it was going to be brutal and horrifying. The head was made with a combination of a Chaos Marauder horseman head and a Chaos Possessed head: I simply cut down the middle, and added the Possessed's lower jaw to the horseman. The pieces were then green stuffed together, and I made the other extra parts to suggest interface components with the Terminator armour.

I've envisaged that Tyberos is badly scarred, perhaps undergoing bionic reconstruction. The right side of his face is particular is badly damaged, whilst his lower jaw is distended and filled with shark-like metal teeth. The eyes, as you'd expect, are cold and black: again, like a shark.

The rest of the piece received some minor weathering here and there, with a Space Sharks decal to the shoulder pad:

And here's Tyberos with the rest of the squad - the "Red Brethren".

That's enough pictures for now: I should be back next week with the finished Windriders...