Thursday, 19 April 2012

Minotaurs Colour Scheme With New GW Paints

Now my Blood Angels are finally nearing completion, and 6th edition is on the way, I'm thinking it's time to start thinking about a new 40k army! Now I cant actually afford to buy an army straight off (and don't want to - will need to get used to the new rules, etc. first before I commit), so another marine army is a logical extension. I can use my existing models to proxy armies, while slowly replacing squads as I get used to playing them.

The army I've chosen is based on modelling potential, ease of painting (I'm not touching line highlighting for a while!), and background coolness. I bring you the Minotaurs! Picked up a set of paints when I was at WW on Wednesday and had a go at a bronze colour scheme (found at this great blog). No comments on the thick paint, I was using it straight out the pot on a tester model (which already had a coat), and will be spraying the layers when I do it properly!

First, Screaming Bell over a black undercoat. The new base paints really are thinner than the foundation paints, and needed a good two coats for decent coverage, but they are a lot less gloopy than foundations, and thus produce a much smoother base.

Stage 1

Second, Hashut Copper. Again, the paint is pretty thin and needed two coats. Good coverage on the second coat though, although you can still see some of the base colour through - which I actually like. Nice and smooth again.

Stage 2

Third, a Reikland Fleshshade er.. shade. All over. Really sorry about the blurry photo, I forgot to check if the photos were decent before I drybrushed the model... fail. The shade is REALLY nice though, much better flowing than the washes and didn't pool at all. Really looking forward to experimenting more with these bad boys. Also, has a nice matt finish which dulls down the metallic nicely.

Stage 3

Lastly, a drybush of Golden Griffin. To be honest, I don't like the effect of drybrush highlighting man sized models (vehicle are fine), so not really too impressed with the result, I think I will be sticking to a quick line highlight. Good to see what the new Drys are like though. Here's the finished bronze:

Stage 4
There you have it, new paints seem pretty cool, especially the shades! Not too impressed by the Dry range, but then again I hardly drybrush anyway.

After the uber competitive weekend that was the GT, me and my mate went to Warhammer World on Wednesday and had a more friendly game. We basically took lists that contained units that we don't usually play with. I used the vanilla marines codex for a change and tried thunderfires, bikes, tactical squads and vanguard vets. Now, as a Blood Angels player I've never really used these option, so was a complete novice. But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised!

My mate took a chaos list with his uber lord of doom, berserkers, raptors and possessed. The raptors died pretty quickly as expected (they really aren't very good), but the possessed were pretty badass as they rolled power weapons and butchered the vanguards! Note to self, take more storm shields. Or maybe shoot the bloody things first.

The bikes are the glass hammer they're famous for, killed plenty but were charged by the berserkers and munched. Really want to learn how to use them, as I want to paint up a small squad for my Minotaurs (as they're something I've never used and look badass). I think a small unit of them would be able to hide pretty well and provide some quick counter punch to the army in the same was a assault marines do, but look more badass when doing it.

What really surprised me was the thunderfire cannon, this thing is awesome! Seriously, why don't people use these? The tremor shot is great against jump infantry and vehicles, and you get a techmarine who bolsters its cover (so isn't really as fragile as people think).

Overall, I'm really looking forward to using a different army, even if it's still encased in power armour and rhinos. Expect more reports of me finding out how to use proper Marines in the future. Well, until Tau eventually arrive... in which case I'm selling a kidney.

Darth Meer

Monday, 16 April 2012

Shameless eBay Pimpage

Yes, I'm going to be one of those nobber guys and shamelessly pimp some stuff I'm selling on eBay. There's not much, just a few bits and bobs. I usually do a clear out every 6 months or so, but I havnt actually bought anything this year...:

Including the following guys:

Tau Stealth Team - Now On eBay!
I promise, I'll gets some actual models painted this week and post. I hate it when people spam useless articles in between actual content... 

Darth Meer

Friday, 13 April 2012

New Rules For Lizardmen Mordheim Warband

Spent most of yesterday after work writing some rules for a Lizardmen warband. There is currently an unofficial   warband on Mordheimer, but i felt that it was way to overpowered, and very old fluff wise (it used totem warriors...). So, I've come up with my own rules, using the new army book and stealing stuff from the official warbands for balancing reasons.

View Lizardman Mordheim Warband Here

I've tried to match the Mordheim rulebooks format as much as I can, so it looks semi-professional. Also, I've started using Google Docs for my file hosting now, so any problems with this please let me know.

Currently in the process of painting a Lizardmen army so thought it would be another warband to use in our campaign - which has been going for nearly 10 games now with 6 players/teams. 4 of which have restarted their warband already! Me included...

On the 40k side, I've finished highlighting my Death Company, but they were the first models I painted for the army way back, so look a bit rubbish and am refusing to post them on here! Half way through the drop pod though so will post some pics when that's done (probably with the honour guard it will be deploying, no one wants to see just a boring drop pod).

Darth Meer

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

40kUK GT 2012 Photos Are Up!

Another quick post. Just thought I'd let everyone know the photos (all 700+ of them) are up on the 40kUK Facebook page, which can be found here:

There are some great pics, take a look. Oh, and here's perhaps the cheesiest grin ever by your's truly:


Darth Meer

Friday, 6 April 2012

Blood Angels Assault Squad Painted

I love bank holidays, means I can get a few hours solid painting done - something I usually can't do over the weekend. Took a good few hours to get my Assault Squad highlighted, but here they are:

Blood Angels Assault Squad Corvinus
And some fluff:

Brother Corvinus is a young Sergeant who served with his Assault Squad in the Vardian campaign. He is armed with a thunder hammer, the field generator of which failed during a pivotal battle against traitor guard on Vardia IV. Corvinus received a battlefield commendation for fighting on, destroying enemy tanks though sheer physical strength alone. The thunder hammer, now named Traitors Bane, was later repaired with the blood of the traitor being preserved forever beneath the field.

Really geared to finish my Blood Angels now, only have a few squads and vehicles left to highlighted - the entire army is painted up to that stage at least. Looking forward to finishing them finally and moving on to other projects (i'm tossing around an idea for a small Minotaurs army... much easier to paint i reckon!).

Painted up some more Lizardmen as well last week, but don't want to do a proper post until whole units are complete (a while off yet...). Although no idea why I keep torturing myself with Fantasy, I can never bloody win a game...

Darth Meer