Archive for August, 2009

The Iron Duke

Posted in Painting on August 27, 2009 by NJDaniels

100_0606My first Super Heavy tank is complete, a Shadowsword from Forge World (purchased before GW made a plastic kit for 1/3 the cost!).  I still like the look of this one more than the plastic kit, but the plastic kit can make something like 8 different tanks so it’s still a great kit!   This tank has been a work in progress for a few months, since just before the codex came out.  It’s taken many layers of paint to get it right and lots of time to cover that much surface area.  I got a little creative with decals and battle damage with this one, I even included a section that I felt would be a neat thing was where a piece of the tank had been blown out and later replaced, but the explosion markings were still on the older plates.

100_0604Its the first of many Super Heavy tanks I have to paint, and judging by the length of time it took to paint this one, it’ll be the last one for awhile.  I’ll be focusing more on infantry soon enough, but there’s only so many infantry a guy can paint before he goes slightly insane and wants a break from the monotony.

100_0605I have finished painting a Valkyrie Assault Carrier as well, unfortunately the decal work is kicking my ass right now.  I purchased the decals from Forge World to cover my Valkyrie with, but those decals are thinner than the GW ones and have more glue on them so my first run on trying them was painful..  it took 3 hours to do half the wing and I’ve still got the other half to do as well as the other pieces that go on the nose.  That one will be posted eventually, when I get around to decals again.

Small Gains

Posted in Painting on August 27, 2009 by NJDaniels

100_0600Although I have 3 Sentinels assembled and ready to paint, I only managed to paint one of them.  I will get to the others with time, but I wanted to test out the colour scheme on the walkers and see how it looked.  The new kit is awesome, with the multiple weapons (I still chose Lascannons) and the pose-able legs made this fun to put together.  Fairly easy and quick to paint as well, just hate decals..  can’t stress that enough.

I like the new upgraded rules for this tank, the Leman Russ Exterminator was always a good tank (vs. Light Infantry) but now it’s just a little better!  100_0607I actually think this one of the only ones, amoungst all of my models, that I only ordered one of as well as the Forge World version of the Demolisher.  I have learned to paint these tanks a little faster now, and in a certain way that I can have several on the go at once.  As the dull coat was drying on this one I was already working on the brown layer of paint on the Demolisher.

The Big Push

Posted in Painting on August 25, 2009 by NJDaniels

100_0596After a long stretch of casual painting, I finally decided to paint some more models.   The quality of the photos isn’t that great, but you get the idea of the paint jobs.  I may be alright at painting, but apparently not at photography.

Since I am in a casual painting contest with a bunch 100_0598of others just looking for motivation to paint, I decided to paint as much as I could to represent painted models en mass.  Unfortunately, in points cost, troops count for very little points and don’t add up quickly.

100_0602I bought this model while in Ontario this year, volunteering as a Grey Knight for Games Workshop at the (last ever?) Toronto Games Day.  It is a limited edition, Games Day exclusive Commissar on horse.  Unfortunately there are no rules for a Commissar on horse, but there is a special character that leads a unit of Rough Riders that I can use him as.  I took my time painting him, again, not the greatest photographer so it’s blurry and I apologize it doesn’t capture all the details.

100_0597I love Forge World models, and this army is all Forge World.  Expensive, but well worth it.  Amoungst this painting frenzy I managed to paint a 10-man Infantry squad, a 5-man Platoon Headquarters, my special character “Mogul Kamir,” a Commissar on foot, and another special character “Nork Deddog.”

100_0601The Commissar will more than likely be a regular one, leading a squad as it has the dynamic action pose of pulling his sabre out as he advances on the battlefield.  There is another Commissar model I have that is standing at attention and holding his sabre over his shoulder that seems it would suite a Lord Commissar better.  Lastly, Nork Deddog.  I believe there is a model of him out there, in the classics range of models, but I decided to just use a regular Ogryn.  My Ogryn unit has gas masks, as to fit again with the theme of the army, but I figured Nork wouldn’t need one since he has the “Feel No Pain” special rule and is too bad ass to need one.

By The Emperor’s Wrath

Posted in Painting on August 25, 2009 by NJDaniels

100_0594One of the new units added to the Imperial Guard was the Medusa.  Now, this model doesn’t exist in the GW plastic line yet, it will be here soon enough, but for now it’s only available through Forge World.  Again, I chose the enclosed version as to stick with my theme and I must say it works.  It is also not used by many people because of this fact and so when people play against it for the first time, fear the unknown and attack it first.  Some have just ignored it because they didn’t know what it was, and didn’t think it to be dangerous.   The only problem with it is that it is not an indirect firing weapon like the Basilisk, so it has to be visible to fire upon the enemy which means it’s vulnerable to being destroyed quickly.

100_0591I also painted up another Leman Russ Vanquisher as you just can’t have enough tank busting units on the table.  Since tanks got a boost in 5th Edition and can’t be destroyed as easily and troops have less armour, I figure more is better!


Posted in Painting on August 25, 2009 by NJDaniels

100_0588I had originally bought this tank to represent a Leman Russ, as I thought the barrel was too short on a standard Leman Russ and this long Vanquisher Cannon would just scare people on looks alone…  but when the new Codex came out, it turns out that the Vanquisher was added to the army and it had a purpose after all.  I’ll take the good with the bad, the fact that it can not shoot a standard ordinance shell makes me sad, but I’m happy with the tank busting capability of the Vanquisher Shell.  In the few games I’ve played already with this army, the Vanquisher has stood victorious against many a foe.

100_0589So far it has stood up against Predators, Land Raiders and even Super Heavies such as Skullhammas and Stompas.  The long range allows it to stay out of range of most anti-tank weapons, except a Tau Rail Rifle.  The only way to deal with that is to get Camo Netting and sit in cover, then those pesky Tau with their 4+ Cover Save have to deal with my annoying 3+ Cover Saves!

A New Threat

Posted in Painting on August 25, 2009 by NJDaniels

100_0587The second model I chose was the sexy Forge World version of the Hellhound.  Don’t get me wrong, the new GW plastic kit is a fantastic upgrade from the old GW Hellhound, but nothing says bad ass like a giant flammable tank of Holy Promethium!  I decided to go with dozer blades on my Hellhounds because they really are mobile tanks and more than likely will be engaging models in cover, requiring them possibly to make a lot of dangerous terrain rolls.  Plus, it adds a bit more bulk to the model and makes it look more like extra armour.

The elongated turret just makes the model that much more menacing.  It says “I’m here to kill you” not “I’m going to make you laugh” because, frankly, the old stubby GW turret was just funny looking.100_0586

The Beginning

Posted in Painting on August 25, 2009 by NJDaniels

100_0583One of the first models I painted was the Forge World Enclosed Basilisk.  I just love the look of the model and it fit the army theme so well.  The colour scheme had been determined originally when I started the army and I just love the way the colours work together.  Props go to Arthur as I took his Cadian colours and ran with it to make them mine; similar but not quite the same.  100_0585

One of the hardest parts of the army to work with is the fact that it is resin.  If I miss any spot during the washing stage, some times the paint won’t even stick to the model and I have to get in there and wash it again.  The payoff is the detail, as you can see from the inside view of the model, it is so worth going the extra mile with these models.