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Forge World Fortress Walls Part IV: The Big Project — January 7, 2018

Forge World Fortress Walls Part IV: The Big Project

I recognize that the last post surrounding this project was in 2015, and for those casual readers its return has been alluded to many times. A man of my word, if late, always late, I present the next level of expansion.

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The reality is this is the type of project that gets worked on aggressively, then something frustrates me and I ignore it for days into weeks, and weeks into months.

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Several components have been repainted, to match the scheme I have designated for future loyalist Solar Auxilia and Imperialis Militia units to offset the traitorous Warp Cult and their forthcoming Word Bearer masters.

It has now grown to encompass (2) 30″x 72″ tables. The basic premise is that it is a mountain fortress leading into a mountain city. The outer walls (the Fortress Walls), represent Kalidor Gate, which will be connected to mountainous terrain. This will offset the sudden end of the models which is the only downside to monstrous model; it just ends. This will lead into a courtyard wherein there will be another set of walls and gate, leading into the mountain itself. These as can be seen are made of Bastion terrain pieces. The gate itself uses pieces of a Skyshield Landing Pad carefully cut and applied to Foam-board. Above the gate will be additional levels with ‘important’ buildings made from the Shrine of the Aquila, various City Sector Components and the tower of the Fortress of Redemption. The Fortress of Redemption tower is intended to be the Astropathic Choir. Finally the highest level of buildings will be ‘Kalidor Manor’, composed of two Chateaus from the Sarissa Precision Line. The building layouts and compositions are subject to change the addition or removal of a variety of Games Workshop, Forge World and third party laser cut HDF kits. Their placement currently is simply for the sake of my own visual cues.

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The mountains themselves are a combination of different thicknesses of insulation foam that have been mounted to 1/4″ hardboard with wall filler and insulation foam spray added where appropriate.

This project, although very much alive, I accept will take years. It serves as a break in between model painting projects such as the Warp Cult. I should indicate that this is only the beginning. A decade from now (facetious yet potentially truthful) it will be expanded to encompass many, many more tables of the same size. Before the Fortress Walls will be defensive position. Before the defensive positions will be a city. Before the city will be additional defensive positions. Before the defensive positions will be ‘no man’s land’ and before that will be a Mechanicum Forge Sector of sorts. It exists in my head, and the basement space is present.

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This project has and continues to push my own skill-set forward with requirements to learn all manner of new techniques; most important of these was a series of hot wire foam cutters.

As I get closer to the shaping of the mountainous terrain, cast rocks and cliffs will be attached to add another degree of detail. These are based upon a variety of Woodland Scenic molds. They also represent the first contribution of my three-year old son to the hobby!

These were cast by him (with a tiny bit of help from Daddy)!

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

In the next week or so I will be digging into some of the techniques used to change the old copper from the previous incarnation of the walls to the new metallic blue.

Regards,

Mr. Kalidor

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Organized Chaos: Renegade Cadian Kit-Bash 2 of 2 — December 31, 2017

Organized Chaos: Renegade Cadian Kit-Bash 2 of 2

Here we have the second batch of ten Renegades using a base of Cadian parts kit-bashed with an assortment of components from Catachan Jungle Fighters, AoS Marauders, AoS Arch Flagellants and the Vraksian Renegades from Forge World.

Unlike the last squad, this unit is more focused on close combat. This has also allowed the Forge World components to invade to a higher degree as can be seen by the improvised melee weapons and auto pistols.

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As always, questions, comments, concerns and conundrums are always welcome.

More updates to follow.

Regards,

Mr. Kalidor

Servo Skull Musings: When Obsession is Defeated by Reality — December 12, 2017

Servo Skull Musings: When Obsession is Defeated by Reality

As we stand less than a month away from a new year, I find myself reviewing my objective of completing the Infantry component of my Chaos-worshipping traitors.

I still have about seventy models remaining with about twenty nearing completion. This of course excludes Champions, Standard Bearers, Discipline Masters, Officers, Ogryns and Tanks.

That is not to say that there has not been progress on other previously sidelined projects. To avoid themed army burnout, I have switched gears periodically to work on terrain boards, returning to the Forge World Fortress Walls that have seen little progress until recently.

With that said, after spending a year working on a massive army, while balancing life, family and everything in between, I have been forced to revaluate the scope of my project.

Currently in bags and boxes, armies of Horus Heresy Word Bearers, Solar Auxilia, Death Korps of Krieg, Elysian Drop Troopers, Eldar War Host, Cult Mechanicus Skitarii and an Astra Militarum Armoured Battlegroup desperately seek attention. This is in addition to years of one-off kits and releases from Dreadfleet to Shadow War Armageddon that accumulate dust.

While these collections wait patiently for some twisted obsessive-compulsive collection to become complete, the reality and awareness of the scope of work ahead of me has finally become blatant. I surmise that even if I dedicated forty hours a week to this hobby, there would still be five to ten years of work before me.

This is certainly not an “I Quit” blog. Quite the contrary; it is in fact a recommitment by way of narrowing my focus.

I have decided in fact to redirect my focus on a much smaller (yet still Apocalypse-scaled collection). It will be based around a force of Solar Auxilia allied with an Imperialis Militia, thusly giving my Death Korps of Krieg a future aspiration to be built and painted. This will oppose a company of Word Bearers supported by a Warp Cult.

That means, quite simply, that I am converting to the Horus Heresy. That also means that I aspire to become more then a collector, but look to playing games in the Age of Darkness. I will likely keep a collection of other characterful models in hopes of one day using them for Rogue Trader or Dark Heresy or Inquisitor 28mm.

So, that leaves the Great Purge! Already I have begun parting ways with many armies having sold a Chaos Space Marine Army, and an Age of Sigmar Army. A Khorne-based Age of Sigmar Army is also on ebay with many more to follow.

It is a challenging thing to part ways with such collections and I know my variety of Forge World wares will be the most difficult to let go of. A decade of collecting Forge World 40K will be beginning to head to eBay over the next two months and I clear house to keep my sanity and redirect my focus.

As such the future will hold the completion of now-Warp Cults Army, then the Word Bearers, Krieg-based Militia and the Solar Auxilia. This will be done with regular deviations to the gaming display table that continues to take shape in the basement.

This is a time of mixed feelings. I have been quite attached to this ever-growing collection, yet I must admit that they are simply collecting dust. I think a reduction will help continue the progress towards completing an entire army.

I am not one to shamelessly self promote, but as I know what few readers I have are of like-mind when it comes to our hobby, I will keep people posted when some of the more unique and massive Forge World-related items begin to make their way to Ebay.

More to come…

Regards,

Mr. Kalidor