Sunday, August 30, 2009

More Boyz for the Whaaagh!

Took a week, but the first batch of Boyz are done. A nice little group of five. I really just took my time and enjoyed the models. I tried to make sure that each one had a good level of detail, and some little bit of uniqueness to them. I'm pleased with the paint scheme and I can't wait to see the whole group of 29 Boyz with their Nob leader charging off into battle.

I picked up a box of Loota/Burnas and I'm pleased to see that with some extra torsos/legs I'll be able to use everything in the box and come away with 5 burnas, 4 lootas, and a mek. It's a great kit and every model out of that box will be unique. That's incredible! It furthers my belief that some other GW products are over-priced. Here I have this splendid box with all these unique parts for essentially a five man squad for about $20. Yet there are boxes for 5 men squads (still plastic) for more than twice that? Pfft... please.

Here are some detail shots of the 5 boyz:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

More choppa!

Still working on my first batch of Ork Boyz. I'm taking my time really, as I need to learn my way around these models. I love their personality, and it really comes through on every model. I'm waiting to do bases in a batch, and I'm probably not going to put these guys on the base until I'm finished painting the base and everything. My basing test using the Grey Knights Grand Master (pictured below) went well and I think I'd prefer to do all my Orks that way.

I've been hammering away on Army Builder, trying to put together a fun, but still competitive 1500pt Ork list. So far I've got a pretty good one but I'm a little tighter on war gear than I would have liked to be. Unfortunately there aren't many places to cut down in order to make that little extra needed room. I'll need to do some Theoryhammer to see if I need the extra war gear at all.

I've priced out this intial list, and full retail will have me out of pocket about $300. I'll most likely be getting most of my stuff either through The War Store or my local Hobby Town USA as they both offer 20% off GW retail. My local Hobby Town gives me a $5 discount for every $100 I spend, but I pay tax... hmmm... I'll have to number crunch a bit. I've also included a Forgeworld model for my list, so we'll see how that works out.

I noticed that GW put up the new models for Iron Hand Straken and Gunnery Sergeant Harker which I have to say are some of the most insanely awesome HQ's I've seen! Those models make me want an Imperial Guard army. Crazy! We could definately use more of that level of quality GW... definately.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Whaagh begins!

Here's my very first Ork. This is my test model to see how I want to color these guys. The clan's name is "The Gold Teefs" thus... the gold tooth there. I'm using orange as my clan's primary color. I'm going to use darker browns to compliment that and possibly some other colors just to kinda cool down that bright orange. I should be a nice bright and unique color combo, and I guess I'll see how it comes out. Here's a few more shots:

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Demons be warned

Here is the first of my Grey Knights. I'm planning on adding a few as allies for my Space Marine army. I'll be running this model here as a Grand Master and he'll be brining a retinue of Grey Knight Terminators with him.

Painting this model was a bit more challenging than I expected. The model is more complex than I thought but certainly worth the effort. I magnetized his sword hand for transportation and primed him using Krylon Ultra Flat Black. First time using Krylon to prime. I was nervous about it but I think he turned out well. I primed outside, which is dangerous here in Florida with the crazy humidity. I've never used so many metallics on a model before, but the effect is pretty sharp. I kept the base simple, for now, with plans to add some flocking to it in the near future. There are a few areas I'm going to touch up as well. There's always something I miss on a model when I think I'm finished. Oh well.

I tried to do a little source lighting. Very little... but I think I didn't ruin the paint job, and that's a win in my book. In fact, now that I feel a bit more confident, I think I'll try more of that in the future. Here are some detail shots:

Friday, August 14, 2009

Jump on in

Here's my first metal model! I picked this jump Chaplain up at a GW store while I was back home on vacation. I had been planning on adding one of these bad boys to my army since I had 10 assault marines and all. Unfortunately my assault marines don't have the most stellar record on the battlefield. I deep struck them off the board on their first game. I had them almost completely vaporized by a monolith three times. The most humiliating though, was when the sargeant lost in hand-to-hand against a Necron Destroyer. One game, they managed to do some damage, but even then it was mitigated by another deadly monolith attack and some withering fire. Maybe this Chaplain will give the Prodigal Sons fifth company's assault marines the inspiration they need to turn things around!

Extremely fun model to paint. Dead easy, if you ask me. One of my favorite things to do is to paint lots of little tiny symbols and scripts, and this was the PERFECT model for just that. I even put a red aquilla logo in there. I've got another metal model waiting in the wings, so I'm hoping to keep things on a roll here. Here are some more detail shots for ya:

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Back from vacation

A two week vacation with just piles of 40K gaming. I got about 7 games in, participated in an Army Parade at a GW store, and bought a few additions to the army. I'll have pictures of all of this in a future update. I've got to calm down and relax after an 11 hour drive.