A Miniature Odyssey

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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 I — June 17, 2019

Really Blackstone Fortress Part I

I have returned. After dedicating the recent past towards re-watching GoT prior to watching Season 8, I am now back to the regularly scheduled programing. As the show far surpassed the books in timelines presented, I can still root for Stannis ‘the Mannis’ Baratheon.

I thought initially of breaking down the final product of Blackstone Fortress into several, individual posts but I promise to have only three parts to this presentation. Even now there are components of this game I have not even assembled and may not ever in the foreseeable future. Do not fret soon to be dusty Navigator. There will be room for you in the 30K.

For today we have the ‘Traitor Guardsman’; two squads of seven with each led by a Traitor Sergeant. Regulars will see they have been conscripted to my Warp Cult. We also have the Beastmen, Rogue Psykers and Negavolt Cultists.

Honesty, these models are nice, but this familiar exercise felt more like work then hobby. This is probably because I have now painted over a hundred Renegades/Warp Cultists and am experiencing colour fatigue. I am far more excited with the progress on the Chaos Space Marines, Xenos and Spindle Drones as they offer something completely different and vibrant.

Enjoy and yes those are House Baratheon banners in the background!

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



Mr. Kalidor


Organized Chaos: Some Heros… or rather villains… — November 22, 2018

Organized Chaos: Some Heros… or rather villains…

I have believed from the beginning of this project that the ‘Leaders’ need to stand out. Thus I present most of the leaders. The Pilgrim Brotherhood Auxilia’s Warlord will be completed along with the Tempestus Scions being converted to Warp Cult Grenadiers. This batch will also include another officer, the Centurio Evocatus.

This assortment includes one completed Forge World model, 2 AoS models with fancy holsters added, and a 40K model. Some of the conversion pieces were borrowed from the Chaos Space Marine bitz box.

First up we have the second-in-command of the Auxilia. Centurio Delegatus Cursc. A former warrior of the great crusade who as a Major General served as his master’s Chief of Staff and most brutal enforcer; roles he continues to enjoy after having turned from the Emperor’s light.

I present Centurio Delegatus Cursc…







Next we have the Auxilia’s third in command, Triarchus Nemetes. Formerly a Lord Commodore and Count of Odysseus, Braccus commands the fleet that services the Pilgrim Brotherhood Auxilia. Not one to shy away from depravity, he often lands with the ground troops to ensure he misses nothing visceral.

I present Triarchus Braccus…









Next we have the massive frame of Centurio Sacerdos Braccus. Despite his appearance Braccus is both a scholar and a preacher. He directs the other Preachers and even the Psykers in their duties. In Combat, however, Braccus prefers sheer brutality and often leads the Ogryn and Beastmen Brutes into the fray.

I present Centurio Sacerdos Braccus…






Last but not least we have the master disciplinarian and tactical leader of the bulk of the Auxilia troops. Centurio Decimatus Auctus Donar is responsible for leading the Discipline Cadre. He also leads the masses of Line Infantry in the field unafraid to execute warriors and sergeants alike should they fail the Chaos Gods.

I present Centurio Decimatus Auctus Donar…




Only two Officers remain; the Warlord known as Lord Praefectus Kalph and the leader of the Grenadiers, Centurio Evocati Name TBA.

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


Mr Kalidor