Valthex arrived yesterday afternoon, which means I can no go ahead with my Master of the Forge conversion. Due to the static nature of the sculpt there is very little you can do with this figure outside of an arm swap. I do have arm bits on the way to complete the figure but most likely I will start cleaning the figure tonight, perhaps paint and add the arms next week when they arrive.
Ok I did not get half as much done over the weekend as I intended, but I had a 40K (ish) reason as I got sucked into Space Marine (Xbox) again. I probably spent more time customising my digital Minotaur than my real Minotaur Space Marines...However I have started making up for it this afternoon by creating a base for the Ironclad and taking photos for the bronze armour tutorial I am working on.
This is the first of two Ironclads I will be taking in my list, I opted for a more static pose to prevent losing too much time on converting since I am keen to start painting something that isn't infantry or tanks, I may go OTT with the second Ironclad though. The base is sculpted up from greenstuff with two coats of Vallejo Grey Pumice for texture. I am hoping to start adding paint towards the end of the week, assuming the weather is good enough for priming and I don't get distracted by the arrival of Valthex. However the weekend did yield some painting success as I finally managed to add a crimson/red to my Minotaurs that I like, which is great as I procrastinated a lot on painting my Minotaurs due to this. The crimson palette I am using will look great on the Sternguard and on dreadnoughts with the 'Red Hand' award.
Where possible I try not to write lists as I find it so distracting that it I end up having no time to make the army I designed! However I have bitten the bullet with my Minotaurs and after maybe 4 revisions I have come up with a list that I like in terms of fluffiness and most importantly unique modelling options. It is really difficult to get out of the notion of competitive list building as the recent decade has provided a wave of competition gamers and why not? After all competitions means prizes and who doesn't want to win a prize?
Now I am not against competitive gamers but there is a time and a place for that and the concept of "winning at all costs" does not translate well when going up against someone trying to run a fluff based narrative or fielding a fluff army like say all scouts... Anyways the focus of the army I have written is Dreadnoughts.
After the disappointment of the Terminator assault squad, my Minotaurs project is striking back with no less than 3 new units! First up is a my new HQ choice: A Librarian who will naturally be leading/gating the Sternguard squad. Like many before me, I could not resist the awesome Sevrin Loth Forge World sculpt, however it does have a little DiStudios conversion work in the form of a force staff to (hopefully) make him stand our a little. To finish him off I am envisioning a huge sweeping cloak, which will cover the power pack.
Yep pretty much as the title says. I didn't like the way the reds came out on the Terminators and also the bronze looked pretty poor compared to the tactical squad. However its not all bad news, I dug out a concept squad of Minotaur Vanguard Veterans, I think I was intending on entering them for a Badab Bloggers competition but ended up spending 6 weeks away on contract -_- Anyways I have done away with the combat weapons and re-armed with blotters and shields to represent Sternguard/Boarding marines. I have 3/5 figures built but am too tired to photograph them, so I will be posting the pictures up of the full squad tomorrow. I won't make the mistake of launching in and splashing paint on these guys but I will aim to get some painting done on them over the weekend.
I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my Khador Bombardiers box set, these will fill a large void in my army lists (as well as the Demolisher). The unit is due this week and rest assured it will see a big reboot of both my Khador list and Warmachine gaming over the Autumn/Winter period. The Minotaurs are on slow burn once again as thoughts turn back to my Dark Angels (not Pre-Heresy).
I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce a new blog: Planet Hulks. This is my latest blog charting the collecting of Incredible Hulk Statues and other memorabilia. It will also take a close look at display cabinet options which collectors from all genres will find useful. So if you like comic books, the Incredible Hulk or are just curious, please pay a visit to Planet Hulks.