A Miniature Odyssey

Miniature Gaming Reviews, Tutorials & Musings

Organized Chaos: Chaos Basilisk WIP — January 1, 2017

Organized Chaos: Chaos Basilisk WIP

Cheers to 10,000 Years of Human Erosion: Heretical Basilisk Conversions

This trio of Basilisk Artillery Tanks was purchased a long time ago. In fact, they were purchased as a set when the very first edition of Apocalypse was released. Compared to modern pricing they were a steal; set price, from a US online retailer. Those were the days.

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The Basilisk is very much a love, hate model for me. I love them because a Basilisk was one of the first models vehicles I painted as a teenager. Although it was a terrible paint job there was still a level of satisfaction upon completion. The hate stems from its open-topped firing platform. I find that ghastly. This level of hate was increased upon discovery of the Forge World variant that is fully enclosed; the Armageddon Pattern Basilisk. That model is beautiful, but the result was my trio of Basilisks remained assembled, yet unpainted for years.

That was until I decided to divide my ever growing collection of Imperial Guard between those loyal to the Imperium of Man, and those opposed to it. I blame the Imperial Armour books involving the Siege of Vraks for showing an alternative to the conventional Imperial Guard. These tainted, rusty, bloodied, cultist versions of typically loyal vehicles offered a huge level of customization ideas to the fray.

As such my oft ignored Basilisks found new life, their open firing platforms now fitting perfectly with the heretical forces. These became as a result, my first attempt to convert vanilla models to servants of the Dark Gods.

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This conversion is fairly basic. As these vehicles would have once upon a time served loyal forces, I wanted their initial imperial motifs to be somewhat present as if lazily removed. As such a dremel was taken to the Imperial eagles found on the sides of the vehicle and on the top of the gun shield. I wanted to ensure the remainders of the winged eagles were still somewhat visible to ensure the look of a haphazard modification conducted by those more interested in fighting then presenting a tidy vehicle.

Additional additions came by way of visiting my Bitz boxes. Banners were added to the tops of the gun shields, partially covering the original Imperial winged skulls. These were banners representing Chaos Undivided found in the Chaos Space Marine boxed set. The dozer blades, spikes and hull-mounted heavy bolter gargoyle came from the Chaos Rhino set.

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As it stands, this represents the painted yet not weathered level. I attempted for the first time, to use the hairspray method. I believe it worked, but I also believe it would have worked better had I not allowed the hairspray to cure over such a long period of time.

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It was airbrushed with a three-tone camouflage; the two beiges from the Afrika Korps set by Ammo, Vallejo Air White and Vallejo Air Gunmetal. The subsequent brushing involved both Vallejo and Citadel products.

This was my first of Ammo by Mig Jimenez and I was very happy with the paint. In fact Ammo will now form the Troika of go-to paints that normally consist of Vallejo and Citadel.

With the exception of the aforementioned hairspray technique on the barrel and locations where the Imperial livery was removed, the only other weathering was from some gunmetal sponging.

After this, I intend to add some very heavy weathering care again of Ammo products. I have never used these weathering products nor have I ever used enamels so this will be an interesting experiment.

Up next will be the remainder of the Chaos vehicles in progress; the Basilisks’ Forward Observers. This will consist of a trio of Chaos Sentinels, again kit-bashed from a variety of sources.

Quest For Knowledge & Speed Racing: Skitarii Dragoon & Ironstrider — August 19, 2016

Quest For Knowledge & Speed Racing: Skitarii Dragoon & Ironstrider

The next round of Adeptus Mechanicus has arrived by way of a Sydonian Dragoon and a Ballistarii Ironstrider. There is nothing too far outside of the box with this pair.

The theme and colour pattern follows the previous models with yellow being the colour of their Forge World, red being in honour of Mars and the green signifying their branch of service.

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Aside from that there is, as one would expect, plenty of metallic paints, and additional practicing of glowing effects and scorched metal effects.

I believe these will suffice nicely as either a 40K AdMech contingent, or as I dabble more with my 30K readings, as “heretechs” pursuing forbidden knowledge in collusion with the gods of Chaos.

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With so much yellow over the past few months a break will be required and focus shifted to Chaos Renegades & Heretics/Warp Cults. This will lead of with a trio of converted Basilisks.

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

Regards,

Mr. Kalidor

 

Servo Skull Musings: Work, Life, Hobby Balance — July 4, 2016

Servo Skull Musings: Work, Life, Hobby Balance

Working adults need work/life balance; a phrase often thrown around, yet rarely realistic.

This has been a subject on my mind lately as my hobby collection receives less attention then usual due to work and life. The thought pattern evolved to highlight the irony of the hobby. When I was young, and discovered this hobby of ours, there was time but no money. As the years move forward into young adulthood, adulthood and now that thirty-plus era, money can fluctuate, but is more readily available then that younger version possessed. That younger self seemingly had all of the time in the world. Now, the other side of that is the total lack of time to enjoy the purchases or creative investments due to the inevitability of increasing adult responsibilities.

While I am the first to admit work/life balance exists for me, it is however unwholesomely skewed towards the work aspect. I am forced to wonder in which crack of the edifice of the work/life balance concept one’s hobby falls into? I understand that the situation is common and I am not unique in these requirements.

I have a young son. I have a demanding job. I have a house to care for. As aforementioned, nothing unique, and certainly not atypical. So how do others conduct their unusual miniature-based hobbies? How do others partake without sacrificing work, family or home? All represent non-negotiables in my life. The collection is present and growing, the ‘special space’ to work on and store them exists, yet progress is slow. Time is limited. Energy is not present.

My ideas, ambitious plans and projects remain intact. There is the acceptance that for the moment I have slowed down, but I am certainly not out. If fact writing this and as such formalizing my own commitment to myself not to give up, I know this hobby for me is far, far from over.

So what do you do? How do you maintain that special time for your miniature projects without sacrificing family, home or employment?