Sunday, 11 March 2018

Imperial Fists; Tartaros Terminator Squad

Hi All

Bluddtoof here with some more work on my Imperial Fists, this time in the form of a Tartaros Terminator Squad.
These puppies are the first squad for a 40k army I'm building to take to Battlefield Birmingham's doubles tourney in June, find details on that here
The army will be 1000pts to fight alongside another 1000pt army of marines.
The nice thing, and part of my motivation, is that the majority of the 1000pts will be usable in my Heresy Era Imperial Fists too. I'm using exactly the same colour scheme and techniques and the same basing and weathering styles so they should match in seamlessly.

Finished pics...

I found these different to paint than the resin models previously painted for the legion; the plastic behaves very differently. It has a super smooth finish which transfers to the base coat as opposed to the ever so slightly textured resin finish. The result was a marked difference in finish once the yellow glaze was dried; on the previous resin models the finish was totally matte but on these plastic models it was a rather worrying gloss!
In the end I flattened the gloss finish with a combination of matte varnish and weathering powders. finish is just as matte as the rest of the army so all good. But a valuable lesson to learn.

The hardest part was the power blades, I've matched them to the power sword on my praetor model, which you can see here, I find this particular painting process very intense and quite taxing; lots of holding my breath and focusing in order to get the shades in the right place, I'm happy with the finish though so worth the bit of stress in the end. The only other stumbling block was deciding what transfers to use, I wanted them to fit believably in both 30k and 40k, the decision is easier with terminators than tactical marines for example, it would be trickier to keep to codex markings in that situation, but again I'm happy with the final look.

Some wip shots to finish...

Next up is an assault terminator squad for the army. More on that over the next week or so.

As ever C&C welcome.


Friday, 2 March 2018

#Old Stuff Day

Hi All

So I've volunteered to do a post for #Old Stuff Day; an annual journey into the dim and distant blog past, led by Dave Weston at "Confessions of a 40k addict".
Link to his post here

I've spent some time looking through the code archives, battling snotlings in some of the dark and damp sections! I found these two gems from Doc and Trevdog; a nice little narrative campaign they started back in the mists of time.................

Follow this link for the first part of "CODE40K"

a piccie to tease...

and then this little link for the full write up of "CODE40K"

They wrote this before I joined the blog as a contributor and I have to say it was one of the things that got my blogging juices flowing. Just a really nice way to present and play this game we all love.
Cheers Doc and Trevdog!

So that's my look at an old Code40k post and here's a selection of links to other bloggers old stuff I particularly like......


one of my favourites here from Violet Studio Paint

and one of the coolest flyers I've seen from Le Blog de Kouzes

and finally a really nice Knight from Musings of a Metal Mind

Hope you enjoyed all that and maybe you saw something new but old.

Thanks to DaveWeston for the prompt again.


Sunday, 25 February 2018

Stepping between Games - #Squaduary Feb 2018. Heresy Era Imperial Fists, Rapier Quad Bolter Battery......COMPLETE!!

Hi All

#Squaduary entry complete! Huzzah! And with plenty of time to spare.
Here's my complete VII Legion Astartes, Imperial Fists, Rapier Quad Bolter Battery......

and several finished angles...

and a few of the later WIP shots...

and finally in the cabinet with the legion so far...

I'm pleased with them but I won't be using the "lazy" sepia wash technique again on my legion models as the finish is a little too dark, it's worth the extra effort and time to get a cleaner yellow tint to the mustard finish.

A big shout out to Rory over at "stepping between games" for once again providing motivation to the community. As with all this army I've really enjoyed painting them and the next couple of months will see me painting more "Fists"; this time primarily for 40k, using the same scheme so I can use most of the models in either 30k or 40k as the need arises. These 40k Imperial Fists are for my entry into "Battlefield Birminghams" doubles tourney in June, stay tuned for a lot more on that in coming months.

As ever C&C more than welcome and good luck with your own #Squaduary entries!