A Miniature Odyssey

Miniature Gaming Reviews, Tutorials & Musings

Organized Chaos: Chaos Sentinels WIP — January 9, 2017

Organized Chaos: Chaos Sentinels WIP

Supporting the Chaos Basilisk troop we have their Forward Observer team; three armoured sentinels.

The paint scheme follows the same process used for the Basilisk troop albeit on a smaller scale.

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Again these have been collecting dust since the first iteration of Apocalypse. I like the models but simply never got around to them. Ah, the old days where even plastic kits came with metal components; in this case the front ‘headlight’ assembly. Having wished they were initially the armoured variety, metal mesh normally used in sculpture was added to create the ‘safety cage’.

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Textured diamond pattern styrene was cut from sheets to add the ‘roof’.

Always thinking the weapons were far to small for the gun-heavy 40K universe, I replaced them with the Autocannons that come with the Astra Militarum Heavy Weapons Squad.

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The lead vehicle has the Chaos component of the Command Sprue attached to the roof while the remaining vehicles have shields attached to their roofs care of the Age of Sigmar Chaos Marauders set.

Finally some hooks and spikes were added from the Chaos Rhino sprue.

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Next up they, along with the Basilisk troop will be mightily weathered befitting the used and abused yet functional nature of this particular Renegade Cohort.

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.

Age of Sigmar- Test Model Part One — July 22, 2015

Age of Sigmar- Test Model Part One

I recently developed that habit of painting one test model. This is because thinking of a colour scheme in my head does not necessarily translate to the model as I would have hoped. Choosing the test model in this case was simple; the free model Stormcast Liberator that came with one of the recent White Dwarf Magazines.

Despite having the starter set since before release, I have been struggling to find a suitable paint scheme. It hit me the other day that the culture of lighting, storms and two tailed comets in the night led me to draw inspiration for the 40K canon; the Nightlords. While I have never painted this particular Chaos Space Marine Legion, I am fond of the lightning bolts that adorn their power armour. As such that will serve as the inspiration for the test model.

Thus far is has been assembled, primed, based coated and shaded/inked.

Admittedly I have never tried anything like this so Part II will either be a success or utter failure destined to return to the drawing board. Hence the test model.

As far as the paint scheme and types there were as follows:

Airbrush Primer- Vallejo Black Primer

Airbrush Base Coat- Vallejo Air Blue

Brush Base Coats- Citadel Screamer Pink, Citadel Retributor Gold, Vallejo Model Colour Turquoise, Vallejo Air Gungrey

Shade- Citadel Nuln Oil

I do have to stat that this was a pleasure to paint. I have painted mostly Imperial Guard and Chaos. The Stormcast models have drawn more then a few comparisons to their future equivalent in the Space Marines. The truth is while I have started painting Space Marines over the years, such as from Dark Vengeance, or Space Hulk or what have you, I have never actually completed a Space Marine. For some reason I lose interest. I am pleased to state that this was not the case with the Stormcast Eternal Liberator. I enjoyed painting this model and I am now looking forward to finishing him and starting the work on the remainder of the force.

Of course then I have to figure out how to base these guys… but that’s a whole other process of thought.