A Miniature Odyssey

Miniature Gaming Reviews, Tutorials & Musings

Servo Skull Musings: Momento Mori 2020 — February 3, 2020

Servo Skull Musings: Momento Mori 2020

Here we find ourselves a month into 2020. I have reflected on the fact that it takes me far too long to finish even the most minor of projects, yet the magnanimous ambitions remain.

As such I have created three goals for the year. I hope they will be attainable prior to 2021.

1) Death Korps of Krieg Phase I– This will include approximately 150 Death Korps of Krieg infantry models along with organic transportation including Centaurs, Chimera Storms, Crassus Armoured Carriers and a Hades Breaching Drill. Phase II which will hopefully fall into 2021 will consist of the Armour (Leman Russ Battle Tanks & variants), Heavy Armour (Baneblades) and Self-Propelled Artillery (Armageddon Patterns Basilisks and Hydra Flak Tanks).

2) (Functioning) Necromunda Game– Adding to House Orlock and the Palanite Enforcers will be the painting of my son’s gang, House Delaque. Equally important will be the completion of an actual Necromunda ‘table’. This will be based around a pair of the Zone Mortalis sets, other terrain elements (primarily from Kill Team) to create a 3D 4’x4′ modular gaming environment. Bonus round will include a few bounty hunters/hangers-on/hired guns/dramatis personae models.

3) Purge 2020– The collection must be culled. While I am committed to finishing a Death Korps of Krieg, Elysian Drop Troopers, Armoured Battlegroup, Solar Auxilia Army and 30K Word Bearers Army before I die of old age, I must clear out some other projects. This will include selling my unpainted/un-assembled Imperial Knights Army, Eldar Army and Dark Eldar Army in addition to my partially complete Adeptus Mechanicus Skitarii Army. By the time this is posted the first batch (Knights, Eldar, Dark Eldar) should be hitting ebay. If any of A Miniature Odyssey’s miniature following (see what I did there?) is interested, please feel free to contact me.

 

 

Organized Chaos: Update & Blackstone Fortress — November 10, 2018

Organized Chaos: Update & Blackstone Fortress

Greetings,

Games Workshop is testing me. With the exception of the Red Scoprion Kill Team I have managed to remain focused on the Warp Cult for a long time now.

Enter Blackstone Fortress. I remember the earlier incarnations of Warhammer Quest when I first became interested in Games Workshop during the second edition. I remember thinking… if only it was a Science Fiction setting.

Well, several decades later and now it is. After building the entire set in one outing which is unusual for me I can state the models are beautiful and the game looks great.

They remind me a great deal of the models that came with Dark Vengeance. With the exception of the Chaos Cultists in that box, most of Dark Vengeance is sitting in my basement at various degrees of completion and abandonment.

I compare it to Dark Vengeance as both a compliment and a criticism. As stated the models are beautiful. They are however very limited. With the exception of the explorers (red models) and the Chaos Lord, everything else is essentially consisting of two duplicates; two each of the same Chaos Space Marine (except the head), two each of seven Renegade Guardsman, two each of the…. and it keeps going.

Again they are awesome looking and nice enough for me to bump them in the painting plan… especially as there are fourteen Renegade Guardsman to be added to the Warp Cult.

So yes Games Workshop… I am furious that this set is nice enough that it will interrupt my painting plan.

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I have the Line Infantry almost done, with the Standard Bearers, Champions and Characters to shortly follow. I was intending on completing the Warp Cult Grenadiers and Warlord (converted from Tempestus Scions and also to pull double duty as an Astra Militarum Kill Team), followed by Orgyn and Beastmen Brutes.

Now Blackstone Fortress will be bumped before the Grenadiers and Brutes.

However, with that said, I present one of the last batch of ‘normal’ Infantry that was a part of the original plan.

Enjoy!

 

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

Regards,

Mr. Kalidor

 

Organized Chaos: Genestealer Cult Conversion (& Second FW Tease) — March 18, 2018

Organized Chaos: Genestealer Cult Conversion (& Second FW Tease)

This conversion batch was not a part of the original project scope for the Warp Cult/Renegade Force. This is primarily due to the release of the Genestealer Cult army after this project began.

Having looked at the releases of the Genestealer Cult army for 40K, I became fascinated with the aesthetic, the new options and the potential to mesh them into my theme. As such we have a full squad of Genestealer Cult members with their heads replaced with Cadian heads and all of the Genestealer livery cut or filed off.

The kit is awesome from a weapon option perspective. Having spent years with the rather dated Cadian weapon arms, this release represents a pinnacle of design and manufacturing evolution. So much so that I found myself saving some of the more unique components for use with their loyalist opposites and some forthcoming special projects.

As before, the colour theme is similar enough to continue the ‘organized chaos’ of the concept. Enjoy!

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20180307_185245As the second tease from the Forge World side, I have assembled the Renegade Command Squad. It still requires some scraping, smoothing and filling, but I mainly wanted to see how difficult the standard bearer would be to drill out, and to see the Champion on a base. Both are outstanding models.

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

Regards,

Mr. Kalidor