Saturday, 18 November 2017

2017 Painted Model commitment #9

I am now over half way painted for my Custodes and Sisters of Silence force. The centrepiece of the army is a Land Raider... it took about 3 weeks of evenings (not every evening, but a few) so here it is in all its magnificence...

Too big to fit in the lightbox...

Lots and lots and lots and lots of bling

Some writing

Venerable Land Raiders are tough btw

Custodes models are REALLY BIG (oh and yes the interior is fully painted, thanks for asking)

I had a game vs Alan Borthwick's Genestealer Cult at Warpstorm - and this inspired me to start painting my Deathwatch again (after I had built half a dozen new models to add to the pile...). 

Here is Captain Markus She'don of the Iron Hands (uses Captain Artemis rules)

My grumpy face

Still fluffing the light balance... grr. Might try again.

You might remember the Hereforge models from here - I got given another two to paint using the higher quality 3D print and the difference in print quality really showed. Still a lot of striation making it a pain to paint but certainly a lot easier. The amount of customisation you can do on these models before you print them is pretty cool.  

He may be a bad man

Definitely less bad

That cat has pretty amazing detail

How on target am I?
Weeks of the year complete: 46
Models painted: 57
Vehicles painted: 3

Sunday, 12 November 2017

'Fixing' the painting station

A couple of months ago I finally joined some ranks of the semi-serious painting fraternity and purchased a desktop airbrush booth.

I had looked at one previously (i.e. several years ago, ok about 6 years) but what grabbed my attention now was the integrated LED lights ("Keep up Grandad" I hear a couple of voices say....). With one foul swoop I would divest myself of the two lamps at my desk, clearing clutter away ... albeit temporarily. I don't have a large space to build and paint at unlike some people... so anything that can do double duty is worthwhile.

So the day arrived and my booth was duly assembled, I powered it on and... .... .. the lights and the fan started up. What a racket! 

Upon investigation I found that it was not going to be a simple 'unplug the fan' as everything was wired so that I couldn't easily do this. Having done a grand total of zero years undertaking any electrical wiring (sure I can read a schematic... sortof... but when it comes to the practical, let's just say I'm a 'leave it to the professionals' type).

Determined to make use of this tool, I figured I needed at least one more switch, so with booth in hand I trundled off to my local Jaycar Electronics store. I was assisted by a very helpful store manager, and $2.50 later plus some entry-level wiring I now have a booth that has LEDs without the noise. When I need to use the fan I'll just push the button on the side of the box and voila! 

Ready for drilling... 

What lies beneath

My $2.50 saviour

Wired like a pro <cough>
All screwed back together. lights on!

The final setup... in the right drawer of the desk is all the modelling stuff on a tray similar to the one in the booth, ready to be brought out into the vacant space between laptop and painting area

Pretty excited to settle down this evening for some painting... I hope...

While I'm on the subject of painting, I bought a new portable photo booth with an LED strip off eBay, and I am pretty happy with the results. Look for less rubbish photos in the future!

With white background...

With black background...

Right, gotta go paint something!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Warpstorm X results, done and dusted

Whew! Warpstorm X is over for another year.

Thanks to all 32 people that attended, those that traveled (from as far away as Auckland and also Kaikohe!), all those that supplied terrain, and all those that have repeatedly been attending the tournaments that I have run. I must be doing something right.

32 people plying their 40k trade...

It was great to have a number of new players (those who had never attended a tournament before) too. 

Some photos of the armies from the Beauty Pageant

Tzeentch filth

Primaris FTW

More Primaris!


The Wall of Terminators

They came from below. And the other side of the table too.

MORE PRIMARIS (and Players Choice)

Not Eldar this time for Glen

They came from below and the sky


Lotsa Gunz

Ultramarines and their friends

2nd placed Best Presented, awesome conversions and painting

Great looking Death Guard army

More Tzeentch Filth

The most Holy and amazing Adepta Sororitas

A close up of the World Eater Knight

Black Templars bringing their Dreadnought contingent!

More Black Templars, great to see these

2nd Place, 1st Tzeentch Filth

Orks!! ORKS!! Love the battlewagon on the right

Brendon Dee's lesson in airbrushing

Balanced Eldar army <cough>

More photos (courtesy of Aidan Corlett) can be found on the Warhammer 40k New Zealand Facebook page here.

Oh yeah and the results! 

Congrats to all the prizewinners. Look forward to seeing you next year!

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Warpstorm lists are now available...

With Warpstorm X just one week away, lists are in and checked.

You can view them here

An interesting mix of armies this year:
Chaos Daemons 3
Astra Militarum 4
Space Marines 9
Adepta Sororitas 1
Adeptus Mechanicum 1
Chaos Space Marines 5
Tau 2
Eldar 3
Necrons 1
Orks 1
Tyranids 3

First time I have had a Mechanicus army turn up, I'm very excited!

You may notice there are only 33 entrants, that is correct - if there is anyone out there that wants to divest the bye busters of their responsibility (that is, play the whole weekend!) that would be excellent - just get in touch!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

2017 painted model commitment #8

Finally finished my Vigilator squad... it seems that time has slowed down for painting these models, the first two squads took about 3 nights (each) to paint, the next two squads took about three weeks each! 

"I wish I had a pistol so I could shoot that heretic poking his tongue out at me over there!"

Meet my little friend

Team shot of the Vigilators

Terrible photo of the army to date... need to sort my skillz with the camera phone sorry

Also - for those of you interested in playing at Warpstorm there are only 5 places left so register quickly!

How on target am I?
Weeks of the year complete: 37
Models painted: 54 (YAY!! Achievement unlocked!)
Vehicles painted: 2

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

2017 painted model commitment #7

Again I have not been idle...

You may remember at end of the last update on my painting commitment there was a large pile of gold models in a box. Well, I have an update - good and bad.

Good: that I have painted nearly 4 squads of models (20) and a Rhino;
Bad: that I have had some problems with the gold spray and so this process has taken a lot longer than I had initially planned.

However I am nearly halfway and so can't grumble too much. At least stuff is getting done!

I'm going to hit you with my sword

Witchseeker Squad for the FLAME

Rhino of mobile cover

I haven't got photos of the second Custodes Squad as I need to do their bases before they are 'finished', and the Sisters of Silence Vigilator Squad still needs finishing off (maybe this week... I've been in a bit of a painting fug brought on by the perceived lack of progress... but I have done their bases already!). 

Outside of those minor speedbumps, all I have left to actually finish this army (unless they release new Talons of the Emperor units) is:
1x Custodes Tribune
1x Custodes Contemptor Dreadnought
1x Custodes Land Raider
10x Custodes with a mix of weaponry (including a Vexilla)
10x Sisters of Silence Prosecutors

Not much at all <cough>

How on target am I?
Weeks of the year complete: 36
Models painted: 44
Vehicles painted: 2