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05-13-19 05:49 PM
general Hello all,

I've got myself to a stage where things are finished! Settled on a final basing scheme and sealing.
Currently going with vallego varnish followed by matt spray. Gems and warp "ooze" then picke dout more in gloss.

Full pics to follow, but for now a taste!

Maulerfiend pics: (before glossing warp river on the base)

IMG-20190512-WA0001 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG-20190512-WA0004 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG-20190512-WA0006 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

Heldrake base with gloss on the ooze.

IMG_20190513_182934 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

Pics of the rest to follow. Also a tutorial on making your own foam trays and carry case to follow as well.

Till next time!
01-12-19 10:18 PM
Some (slow) progress

Didn't realise how long since I'd done an update!

Finally found an approach that worked for the bases. Rebased all the marines and all 48 cultists. Ripped up cork, painted very dark grey (almost black). Pins on base to take model, crackle added and model stuck on whilst crackle still wet.

Also been working on some discs for Ahriman and an aspiring sorcerer.

Really pleased with how the flames came out, first time I've done them.


IMG_20190111_224017 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20190111_224052 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20190111_224017 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

Aspiring sorcerers disc:

IMG_20190111_224200 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20190111_224148 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

Need to tidy up the book, and the pics have show some touch ups needed on the bases. The pics were taken just after applying the crackle, so it needs to dry and do highlights and shading.

On the work bench is a fully magnetised helbrute and the sorcerers for the discs.

Also got a few more bezerkers and warp talons to finish off my world eaters stuff.
10-28-18 10:16 PM
Potential base

So having seen a few tutorials for crackle bases and lava, bought some black crackle paste and had a play. Decided to change from the lava. Aiming for a world lost in the warp, slowly being ripped apart. In my head they have found a lost eldar library, world lost in the warp and they have just been pillaging for knowledge. Couldn't get it to crackle to show the paint beneath so went with another approach.

IMG_20181028_160501 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20181028_160451 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

Contrast seems to have washed out a bit, but hopefully it comes across ok. The model is the test piece I used, not the final ones. When I do the real ones will need to put spacers under their feet so they stand on the crackle, not sunk into the lava-esq bit. Black crust needs some drybrushing, and some more details to be added on the real things.

Larger models will have ruins, heads coming out of the floor/purple bits, etc.
10-15-18 11:06 PM
mrknify I've got 2 I've had for a few years, eventually I'll build them.

I am that which lurks.
10-15-18 10:13 PM
general Thanks. Not sure yet, haven't had a chance to play many games recently. Time will tell!
10-15-18 12:42 PM
mrknify They are looking quite good, can't wait to see the bases.

Q: if you still run Heldrakes, how are they?

I am that which lurks.
10-14-18 12:23 PM
general Rubrics are done bar a few tweaks/tidying. Overall pretty happy. Blue could be smoother, but not helped by repeated stripping/repainting. Originally for use with the old CSM codex (tsons but use normal CSM stats). Next steps (after tiding etc) is getting a maulerfiend fully magnified.

IMG_20181014_122222 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20181014_122248 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20181014_122434 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20181014_122518 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20181014_122549 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20181014_122614 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20181014_122642 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20181014_122702 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

Some have special weapons, so to make it easier to differentiate. Also the idea of rubrics slowly advancing firing, then at the hiss of a sorcerer they switch weapons, the 'shving' (yes made up word!) of metal coming out of scabbards seems cool to me.

IMG_20181014_130520 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20181014_130523 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

The plan for bases is lava effect.


Wish I'd decided this before sticking to bases, but ah well!
09-23-18 10:50 AM
Old Man78 Painting/stripping/painting/stripping repeating.....story of my life
09-22-18 09:17 PM
general So finally found some time to get on with some painting! The heldrake is done. Need to add the feet/claws, but this require remaking a claw in GS (lost the original when stripping). Wings and tail are magnetised to make transport easier.

IMG_20180915_214008 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20180915_213948 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20180922_214604 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

IMG_20180922_214547 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

Liking the vallego paints colour wise, and much cheaper than GW. Finding the bronze a little tricky to work with, but the tinny tin (i.e. brazen brass) and gold (shining gold) were pretty good. Prefering the GW washes, although was not happy with the drakenoff nightshade, too dark and blotchy. This did mean I had to do a lot more tidying up on the blue than I wanted, so not as smooth as I'd like (also first attempt at airbrushing for basecoat, so a little off)Will use agrax earthshade for recess on the rest I think. The GW purple worked wall also. Generally happy with this, would like the blue to be a little smoother, but multiple strips have left some residue on the model, which I think is causing some of the issues so needs must! Really pleased with the gold and the purple skin, best blending I've done (at least I think so!)

Spines broke off in storage/transport when moving house, but I have a plan for that. After all what's better than a giant robotic dragon? A giant robotic dragon with a frickin sorcerer on its back!

Hoping to get hold of a maulerfiend and exalted sorcerers next month.Deffilers to be scratchbuilt using old necrosphinx bits.

Rubrics are getting there, They are the old metal/plastic hybrids, with some converted havoks. Will be used as rubrics, with the missile launchers counting as soulreaper cannon for now.

IMG_20180922_200209 by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

Hoping to get hold of a maulerfiend and exalted sorcerers next month.Defilers to be scratchbuilt using old necrosphinx bits. Kinda a animated statue/deamon engine look. Not sure what I want to do for tzangors. Not that I don't like the GW models, but want to do something different. Ideally along the magically animated statue vibe.
02-13-18 08:09 PM
general So I finally brought out the airbrush today (a little present to myself at Christmas!). Using Vallego Air Arctic Blue. Nice paint, ideal for airbrushing (at least for a newbie like me!). The flow improver seems to work well, although I didn't try it without!

I've been aiming for steel blue like Wraithlords Tsons, but the new washes don't give the results, which is why I switched to VA. Came out very dark, looked almost black so have had a bit of a rethink. Tried a mix of Arctic Blue and Gunmetal, much more to my taste. This was done as a test piece using a brush. Some more VA paints coming to make up a bulk mix for airbrushing. Robe was rushed, so very messy. Needs lot more work for the real things. More proof of concept and colours. A lot more shading etc on the real models, but I think the colour combo works:

test piece by Kenneth Hunter, on Flickr

Unfortunately I got over excited and sprayed a basecoat of pure arctic blue on the helldrake, so am stripping it (again!).

Got to say the old hybrid metal/plastics, what a pain! All rebased, ready for spraying (with the new mix).

Vallego paints so far seem pretty good. Need to put stuff in the droppers to help mixing, as the 'rolling' method vallego suggest isn't great. Droppers are nice as well.

Any thoughts welcome (I know the paint on him needs thinning, he will be stripped a redone properly, this was just to test.). Currently not sure on basing. Want it to fit with my world eaters stuff (for apoc size games), but a bit more interesting. I like the idea of black shale or something, but not sure that would work with the cultists black boots. May to some trial bases on the test piece to come up with some ideas. Possibly Little bits of thin slices sprue, styrene (laid flat, overlapping), painted black with gloss varnish. Aiming for slightly otherworldly.
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