A Miniature Odyssey

Miniature Gaming Reviews, Tutorials & Musings

The Krait Scales… Definately not House Orlock — June 22, 2019

The Krait Scales… Definately not House Orlock

This gang may be for a game called Necromunda, and they may bare a striking resemblance to House Orlock but in a galaxy of a billion worlds, similarities are inevitable. This particular gang, The Krait Scales hale from the underhive of Mount Odysseus on Odysseus. Like many underhive gangs they wage proxy wars on behalf of distant noble benefactors; daring to dare where neither law nore order nor political might can succeed.

In fact, it is believed that the Krait Scales are the “legitimate” gang with none other than House Kalidor as its benefactor. Such may be whispers never uttered near the Great House of the Lord Marshal. Whether those, and other rumors of their affiliations with the Kalidor’s Special Enforcement Cadre are fact or fiction has yet to be proven. Perhaps most of the Krait Scales fail to know the truth themselves. For if they did, they certainly do not speak of it.

On a less dramatic note I present my first Necromunda Game. I was excited upon the return of Necromunda. It existed for me during my time with the Second Edition of 40K. I enviously longed for the gangs, but 40K and Necromunda combined were not economically viable for a young lad such as myself.

Add a few decades, and we have my big, bad, biker-miner gang. They do bare a striking similarity to the colours used by House Kalidor. After all the idea of a powerful House having its own secret gang is pretty cool.

The parts are a mix of vanilla Orlock and some Forge World arms and heads. The only kit-bash was turning the Delaque Sniper Rifle into a Combat Shotgun for my gang leader. You might see it strapped to his back. I suppose that means a Delaque based gang is inevitable…



As always, questions, concerns, conundrums and existential dilemmas are welcome.


Mr. Kalidor


Really Backstone Fortress Part III — June 19, 2019

Really Backstone Fortress Part III

Now we have our conclusion, and surprisingly for me, the most fun components of the box.

Sometimes the most simple painting leads to the best results. When it comes to the Ur-Ghals, they are as simple as possible. I think it works. Here we have an alien with no eyes but many noses. That’s right, those pink holes are all noses. I wanted to make their colour scheme as vibrant as their unusual senses. After all, a blind creature would have no sense of how ridiculously neon it would appear. I find myself typically using dry-brushing sparingly but for these I went to town and I think it compliments the overall ‘alien-ness’ compared to my more normal Chaos and Imperial subjects.

As for the Spindle Drones, they like the Robot before received a conservative paint scheme. A blue wash over the Gun Metal was really the only risky choice. For both the Ur-Ghals and the Spindle Drones they received simple bases with only a generous covering of Mig Jiminez ‘grime’. I wanted something different and have always loved the atmosphere of the 1986 film Aliens; that sickly moisture everywhere in the Alien hive on good old LV-4226.

Finally, the Chaos Space Marines, or more specifically, a trio of Word Bearers. I freely admit I stole the idea of painting these models from another blog. Credit where credit is due however. I found this idea at https://studiodropship.co.uk/word-bearers/ . I modified it slightly with the incorporation of Rub’n’Buff furniture polish. Honestly, I read about that idea a long time ago and cannot remember where I originally saw it.

1) Black Prime

2) Heavy Dry-Brush of Chrome Metallic Furniture Polish (Chrome Rub’N’Buff)

3) Varnish (Since the Polish does not dry)

4) Airbrush with clear Tamiya Red

From there on out, the painting followed the normal routine. While I was very happy with the results which provided a lot more of an ethereal depth then simply painting metallic red, it was very time consuming. Far down the queue there is a massive amount of 30K Word Bearers.  Time will tell if I have the patience to use this method on all of them.



As always, questions, concerns, conundrums and existential dilemmas are welcome.


Mr. Kalidor


Really Blackstone Fortress Part II — June 18, 2019

Really Blackstone Fortress Part II

Here we have Part II of the Backstone Fortress project. There is not a large amount to say about these models. The most fun was the Rogue Trader and the Robot. The Rogue Trader serves as a colour test for future Imperial Army/Solar Auxilia projects. The Robot on the other hand provided me the opportunity to play with some of the newer metallic paints from Mig Jiminez.

While I am not a fan of how the Mig Jiminez Gun Metal flows on the brush, the Metallic Orange painted much better. While my go-to paints are evolving to predominantly be from Mig, I was and am not happy with the Gun Metal. Perhaps I just received a bad bottle but it is a distant third to comparatives from Vallejo and Games Workshop. While normally, I weather larger technology, I made a very intentional decision to keep the Robot as clean as possible. He still has the new car smell.

More to come tomorrow but in the meantime please enjoy.

Oh and yes, the Raling has a mini-fridge on his back. I know that is out there and no large secret, but I still thought it was a pretty cool callback to the Ratlings.


As always, questions, concerns, conundrums and existential dilemmas are welcome.


Mr. Kalidor