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Posted in Information on December 16, 2009 by NJDaniels

So, this Saturday coming up, my local Games Workshop is hosting a crazy event to keep their store full during the Christmas store hours (from 11am to 11pm)!  The event is called the “Ironman Challenge” where you bring in 3,000 points and play against someone else.  Whatever survives your first game, you will get to use in your second game, everything else is dead.  The catch is, that if you have painted models, you get bonus points which you can use to bring back models each round.  The store came up with a chart that starts off easy with every model having primer on it, gets you 2 points.  Then it moves up to where if every model has base coat applied, you get another 1 point.  It keeps getting more strict all the way up to highlights, shading, squad markings, and fine detail work.  For every point you receive for a painting score, you get to bring back on 50 points.

I signed up for the event so that my wife could finish her Christmas shopping, while I was in daycare, I mean busy at GW, but I noticed I really don’t have a well put together 3000 point list, as it has to be ONE Force Organization Chart, it’s not Apocalypse.  So, I figured something out on Army Builder and began to paint what models I would need to finish off a 3000 point list.  While doing this I decided to see how many points I have total so far for my Death Korps of Krieg, and it came to an astonishing 18,913 points so far (and Christmas is just around the corner)!

I then decided to figure out exactly what I had painted, and it only came to 4,681 points.   Not even 1/4 of the army is painted yet!  Oh well, I have finished a Chimera (for the Ogryns), a Demolisher, Sly Marbo (or my own version at least of him), a Platoon Command Squad and a Infantry Squad.  All have been sealed and are ready for some decal work and battle damage.  I have 3 more models I want to have finished for Saturday, to add to my command unit, but the decal and battle damage are next on my agenda so I can call them officially finished.  I will post those pictures soon, after I have them done.

Points: 18,913
Painted: 4,681


Posted in Painting on November 20, 2009 by NJDaniels

FINALLY!  I have finally forced myself to sit down and finish that stupid decal from Forge World on my Valkyrie..  oh.. my.. god..  what a pain in the ass.  I have now decided that ONLY the command vehicle will have the Aquila on its wings as I now know why they give you 3 sets of wings on each transfer sheet!  I messed up so many times because the transfer is thinner than a standard GW transfer, yet has MORE GLUE than the GW transfer!  So the minute I removed the transfer from the sheet onto the model, if it wasn’t where it needed to be perfectly, I had to pray that I could move it by dousing it with water.  Then, if it started to move, it usually only moved a bit and most of the time ripped because they’re so thin.

Now, all told, the whole Valkyrie took almost 6 hours to complete the transfers because of how hard they were to work with.  However, that being said, it does look pretty sweet when it’s all finished.  I wanted to keep the Aquila untouched, but because there were so many rips and holes, I had to go over it in white to cover it up..  which caused it to look painted in parts..  so I had to paint over the whole thing to make it match.  Then I decided that people would notice that right away, so to take their focus off of it I added jet streaks to the paint to make it appear weathered from flying so much.  I hope you like, I sure do!

*Note* I had some extra Grenadier models in which I decided to turn into door gunners for the interior, rather than the ones that came with the Valkyrie.  I painted the interior first before putting it all together.  Here’s a picture of that, for anyone interested.

Atta’boy Lads!

Posted in Painting on November 17, 2009 by NJDaniels

I know it’s been awhile, I have been painting though, honest!  I just have been lazy with decals and then taking pictures.  I finished my Ogryn squad today complete with decals and battle damage.  I had a local artist do up the face masks and Commissar outfit for the Bone’ead as I am just not that good with Green Stuff!

Again, I do profess, I may be a semi-decent painter, but I am no photographer!  I apologize for the poor quality pictures, but it was either that or I could describe how incredibly awesome they look!

I’ve got a few projects on the go right now, working on a Vendetta (complete with the Forge World upgrade) which has the interior complete and the base complete (with magnets for easy use); I’ve also started a Chimera so these Ogryns can get around the table in style. I’ve put together a whole slew of models recently, even purchased 2 Aegis Defense Lines and 2 Bastions for use in Planet Strike.

I think, after viewing these pictures, I will be whipping out the regular camera and trying to take more decent pictures…  but I wanted to get them up tonight, so these will have to do!

*Update* I have taken new pictures, they are a bit more clear, but still not that great.  Apparently I just need a new camera that doesn’t suck!

I’m Not Dead Yet!

Posted in Information on November 9, 2009 by NJDaniels

I feel happy, I feel fine!  I think I’ll go for a walk now!

Well, I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth, but I haven’t posted anything lately..  I’m bad.

I am painting, all be it, slowly.  I have a few things painted that need decal work and I’m working on a squad of Ogryns right now, I have 3 painted ready for decals and 1 mostly finished (which I should be able to finish off tomorrow) and the last one has some base coats on it and should take another day or so to complete.  I’ll work on some decals after the Ogryns are done and I think pump out some infantry models, now that I have a good 30 or so put together (plus another 40 Storm Troopers) and I’ve *ALWAYS* got tanks to paint!

I may take some time to work on my Warhound Titan as it sits there in its bag, taunting me..  I just need a really solid idea for the base, and I haven’t been able to finalize an idea that I love yet.  Stay tuned for more updates, I promise!  (I’m also waiting for a small Forge World order for some equipment for my infantry before I put primer to them).

“Paint or Die”

Posted in Army Display, Information on September 20, 2009 by NJDaniels

So with the end of a “Paint or Die” competition I have stopped painting for the time being since there will be another just around the corner in October.  Any models I paint now, won’t count for the competition, so I’m just building models and working on my display in the meantime.

IMG00188-20090917-2216We have finished the upper floor, and in working on the Cathedral I decided I wanted to hide a Vendetta within it.  The idea now is to build up an archway to add more detail to the display, plus act as a stand for the Vendetta which will be hovering out of view.  The lower floors of the Cathedral are coming along as well, with adjustments made to compensate for the change of the archway, we’re ready to continue building the floors.

Minor Change

Posted in Information on September 8, 2009 by NJDaniels

I have been asked several times over the last little while, why viewers can’t click on my images to see larger versions.  So, I decided to go back and update every post so that each image can be clicked on in order to see large (sometimes more blurry) photos.

*Minor Update*

I’m still painting, took the long weekend off but I’m in the middle of painting a Leman Russ Demolisher right now.  Assembled a Chimera and Bane Wolf yesterday, still cursing at the Valkyrie transfers!

The Greatest Obstacle

Posted in Army Display on September 4, 2009 by NJDaniels

IMG00159-20090828-1814I have worked on some more of my display with Thor and have to admit, this is coming together better than I thought it would.  The first few building interiors are nearing completion, as far as where models go and the debris on the floor is concerned.  In this building it holds a 10-man Infantry Squad, hidden within the two different floors.  On the bottom floor is where a Hellhound will be hidden from view.  Obviously it still needs some work done as far as touch ups to the exterior and then eventually needs to be painted.

IMG00160-20090828-1814We started the next building over, just to get the models based so I could start painting them; so each building will be less and less complete.  The top floor of this second building has part of a Platoon Command Squad.  As you can tell, the roof is not yet complete, the goal right now is too keep working on each floor and put models on bases so that we can come back to each building later and finish off detail while I paint the models.  The bottom floor holds part of an impressive looking 10-man Death Rider Squad.

IMG00161-20090828-1814The next building is the smallest building on the whole display.  In fact, it’s so small, you can still see a large part of the 2nd building in the picture.  This one was designed to be partially blown out so that it connects to the 2nd building.  The rest of the Platoon Command Squad are on the top floor as well the rest of the Death Rider Squad are on the bottom floor.  A neat feature that we went back at this point and added, was plasticard under each floor to give it more rigidity and to allow the floor to be removed.  We noticed that the Death Riders were hard to remove with their lances so long that with this addition, each floor can slide out and the models be removed easier.

IMG00187-20090903-2234Last night, Thor and I started on the largest building on the display, the Cathedral.  The whole building is going to have marbleized flooring so the floor went down a little faster than hundreds of stir sticks, but detail work was penned in to the floor to give it depth.  The squad in the picture is mostly the Command Platoon, however the top floor is mixed with another unit.  The middle floor is the Commander on the very right, speaking with his advisers.  On the wall in front of them will be some sort of display in which there will be an overview of the battle.