Saturday, 11 June 2022

Deathwatch Drop Pod #1

This is a rescue Drop Pod from my collection... not my greatest work but I was trying to work with the scheme that it already had.

I have another one that will be more black and red rather than red and black ...

Monday, 6 June 2022

A break in the production line (still Deathwatch though)

As I went through the process of drybrushing 20 models yesterday I baulked a bit at the thought of starting another bike or infantry model... so today's reward (for 4x full Kill Teams) I thought a transport with guns might provide a nice change.

This model is quite deceptive - I thought to myself "hey there's only half a dozen colours, that'll be quick..."

Of course I needed to do some battle damage to hide some of the rough and ready drybrushing.

Famous last words. Still, at least it's done now. Looking forward to it being an integral part of my list(s).

Sunday, 5 June 2022

Deathwatch... halfway there (ish)

I'm about halfway through the army (model-wise) so a good opportunity to take a picture of where I'm at so far.

I've calculated the painted models coming to approximately 1500pts, which is great. 4x characters, 4x full Kill Teams...

Looks cool when you put them all down in one place

So that leaves to "finish":
  • 6x Heavy Intercessors
  • 3x Eradicators
  • 1x Inceptor
  • 2x Aggressors
  • 5x Terminators (plus some I think)
  • 4x Veteran Bikers
  • 13x Veterans
  • 5x Vanguard Veterans
  • 1x Primaris Chaplain on bike
  • 1x Chaplain
  • 1x Captain on bike
  • 1x Watch Master
  • 1x Captain in Terminator Armour 
  • 2x Librarians (don't ask)
  • 1x Venerable Dreadnought 
  • 1x Corvus Blackstar 
  • 2x Drop Pod
  • 1x Rhino
  • 1x Land Raider if I can finally figure out how it might work (modelling wise that is... I want something unique that leverages the Deathwatch's access to more esoteric 'stuff')
I also have in my box of unassembled Deathwatch:
Indomitus characters and 5x Assault Intercessors, 4 or so Sternguard, some Terminators, another Drop Pod and probably enough bits and pieces for another 4 DW marines. And probably some more characters (I need to build a Techmarine...).


Saturday, 4 June 2022

Fortis Kill Team assemble... I mean, complete

So I've had a productive 24hrs despite finally testing positive for COVID-19. I have finished the 4 Primaris Outrider models and now that means my Fortis Kill Team is complete!

I used a few bits to make them more interesting including an Assault Intercessor arm, and some different helmets.

L -> R, front to back: Tigers Argent, Iron Snakes, Sons of Orar, Disciples of Caliban

In all their glory...

Monday, 30 May 2022

Throwback... Monday?

1996 was a crazy year. The 2nd Ed Chaos Codex was out, and my 2000pt army consisted of a Black Legion Chaos Lord in Terminator Armour with all four Marks of Chaos, a bunch of Terminators, three Chaos Sorcerers, a Dreadnought, Land Raider and a squad of Chaos Marines. Pretty tiny!

The army has long gone, but I have kept one model to remind me of this time. 

Looking at it again, I think this is actually one of the best models that I have ever painted. I tried to copy the picture in White Dwarf and while it's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, I hadn't done any blending before and there were no YouTube tutorials, just whatever you got from White Dwarf, any mates tricks, and experience.

The only bit I think I would try to fix is the eye on the top of the staff.

Sunday, 29 May 2022

Captain Markus She'don of the Iron Hands gets an update

I've had a couple of friendly games with the Deathwatch, and based on this I decided to update my Captain Markus She'don of the Iron Hands model.

Previously I was using him as a "counts as Artemis" but I've been having a little more fun with this combo:
Deathwatch Captain: Master-crafted boltgun, Relic blade
Stratagem: A Vigil Unmatched, The Imperium's Sword
Warlord: Castellan of the Black Vault: Adamantine Mantle
Relic: Purgatorus

Purgatorus has been such a fun pistol to use - with an 18" range as well it's in use quite quickly, and the times where he's been stuck in combat and unloaded 3x S5 AP -3 D2 shots before has been hilarious (for me) and a surprise (for my opponent). And then the Relic Blade has more fun.

I dithered about choosing the Adamantine Mantle (5+++) vs Resolve of Iron (+1W & 6+++) but think the 5+++ is a better deal (although Resolve of Iron sounds cool).

It's not all about the meta if you're having fun.

The Relic Blade comes courtesy of the Dark Angels Firstborn upgrade pack (converted to have an Inq symbol on it), whilst the Purgatorus is made from one of the noticably smaller Deathwatch bolters as well as changing the sickle magazine to a smaller straight to resemble the bolt pistols.

I did consider a pistol from the Sternguard sprue but they looked a bit small to be honest. 

I also changed out the Artemis backpack for the old (old? hey it was only 3rd Ed.) Captain backpack (with Artemis's Iron Halo transplanted because it looks cool)

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Deathwatch - a hero and two veterans

Another three models completed... this time a Company Champion (interesting fact: this is one of the models I built in my original DW frenzy, with the intention for him to be a Blackshield. Now that the DW is a subset of the Marine Codex it fits my vision even better as a Champion), Dren Redblade from Kill Team Cassius (or as I prefer, a regular DW Boltgun/CCW Veteran) and an Exorcists Chapter Assault Intercessor for my Fortis Kill Team.

"You looking at me?"

Bit of knotwork to make his head interesting

This shoulder pad is from the Librarian with Force Staff (plastic set)

Next is probably the 4 Primaris Outrider bikes so I can tick off the Fortis KT. 

At the moment I am doing the drybrushing last, I am going to try doing it as the first stage (maybe after I do the eyes...) and see how that goes. My challenge here is that I am a "start messy and tidy it up as you go" painter - I don't have the eyesight or brush control (possibly due to quality i.e. using my brushes until they are dead) to paint neatly à la the painting guides from GW!

Saturday, 7 May 2022

Deathwatch Shotgun unit

Cracked through these 4 models this week - yes it's just 4, but they would be paired with either an Infernus Heavy Bolter or a Frag Cannon (which I've already painted).

Great unit for a Drop Pod... just saying

Silver Skulls, Brazen Talons, Taurans, Angels Porphyr

I'm pretty happy with the drybrush results on the back armour... Will also blend off when it gets varnished.

Company Champion, an Assault Intercessor and Dren Redblade are next!

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Deathwatch ... Stalker bolt rifle unit

FINALLY .... finished this squad of 4 Stalker Rifles and Missile Launcher. I'm pretty happy with the highlighting - I've been using small makeup brushes and finding them really good for the black armour.

Fiddly nonsense

Stereotyped Raven Guard Sniper

Mk IV armour is rad

Monday, 18 April 2022

Vlka Fenryka... March of the Ancients

I'm still a bit behind on Deathwatch, now I'm blaming work (had to travel), also I'm doing a lot of running at the moment so that takes up a bit of time...

So in order to keep the blog updating, I've taken some proper photos of the first army I painted last year.

I've painted a lot of the Vlka Fenryka since the 2nd ed codex was released. I've sold 4+ 2000pt armies. They were my first love in 40k - I played them pretty much exclusively for about 10 years - and I very much still have a soft spot for them, given the amount of sprue I have in containers in my garage (read: a lot).

The army background has evolved over time, given the ever evolving nature of GW fiction. Currently imagined as a Great Company lost in the warp during a Great Hunt and have reappeared after an indeterminate time and reunited with Fenris (and reinforced with Primaris).

My vision for this particular list was two detachments separated for theme - one of Firstborn and the other Primaris, working/forging in battle together.

The list was:

++ Patrol Detachment ++

HQ +
Olvgar Wintersun - Primaris Chaplain/Wolf Priest on Bike
Litany of Faith (Aura), Canticle of Hate (Aura), Aura of Majesty, Chapter Command: Master of Sanctity, Stratagem: Warrior of Legend, The Wulfen Stone, Warlord, Wise Orator

+ Troops +
Stormslayer's Pack - Intercessor Squad
4x Intercessor: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, Astartes Grenade Launcher, Assault Bolt Rifle
Arik Stormslayer - Intercessor Sergeant: Thunder hammer

+ Elites +
Balør Griefbringer - Redemptor Dreadnought
2x Storm Bolters, Heavy Onslaught Gatling Cannon, Icarus Rocket Pod, Onslaught Gatling Cannon

Vaskald the Mountain - Redemptor Dreadnought
2x Storm Bolters, Heavy Onslaught Gatling Cannon, Icarus Rocket Pod, Onslaught Gatling Cannon

+ Fast Attack +
Gunnolf - Cyberwolf
Oskari - Cyberwolf + 5x Fenrisian Wolf

++ Vanguard Detachment ++

+ HQ +
Bjorn the Fell-handed:Twin lascannon

Varskjøld Járnsmidr - Techmarine/Iron Priest
Chapter Command: Master of the Forge 
Servo-arm, The Armour of Russ, Warden of the Ancients, Helfrost pistol and Tempest hammer: Tempest hammer

+ Elites +
Kvalnir Silverclaw - Contemptor Dreadnought
Kheres pattern assault cannon

Heimdall the Grymspear - Leviathan Dreadnought
2x Twin Volkite calivers, 3x Hunter-killer missile, Storm cannon array, Storm cannon array


Godvin Wyrd-maker - Venerable Dreadnought
Fenrisian great axe and Blizzard shield, Storm bolter

Joründ Raveneye - Venerable Dreadnought
Twin lascannon, Great Wolf Claw w/Storm bolter

Ivar Thrice-born - Wulfen Dreadnought
Blizzard shield + Storm bolter, Great Wolf Claw + Storm bolter

This is the first 2000pt army I have painted using a "sort of" 30k scheme. 

This guy is a converted plastic contemptor... that was a bit of a faff to be honest!
I painted both "30k" Dreadnoughts in a darker grey to represent that they don't get out as much as they used to...

Originally built as Veteran Intercessors, until they got bad

Used AoS Dire Wolves for my Cyberwolves, in hindsight I'd prefer to have bionicisised (?) the Fenrisian Wolf models due to size