Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Reader's Showcase #5: Kingdom Death Dung Beetle Knight

Having completed no less than three figures last week, I would not have been surprised if Sven our resident Kingdom Death fantastic had decided to take to rest. Not a chance, Sven is back with yet another Kingdom Death figure in the form of the Dung Beetle knight. To make things even better, he actually completed this figure only three days after last weeks Showcase post, so without further delay...

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Reader's Showcase #4: Kingdom Death Great Game Hunters

The winter cold certainly has not affected Sven's productivity, who has once again has some excellent eye candy for us. Not satisfied with just one figure, he has in fact finished and photographed all three of Kingdom Death's Great Game Hunter miniatures.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Wip: Proteus Land Raider & Deimos Vindicator

I have decided to put a bit more time into building my (small) vehicle pool these last two weeks. I was away this weekend just gone so was unable to get a post up, but here non the less is my current progress. The Proteus Land Raider which I showed off on the 4th of November is going well under way in terms of construction, there are a few odd gaps which I have fixed up with plasti card, but other than that it has been a pleasant build with very little in the way of warped items. This week, my intention is greenstuff the gaps and smooth any rough areas of on the model, before I finish cleaning the weapons and extras. I don't really want to put a time frame on it, but I will be optimistic and say that by the end of the week, painting will have begun. 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Reader's Showcase#3: Kingdom Death Chosen

Defying the dreaded seasonal cold and flu, Sven strikes back for a third week in a row with yet another fantastic Kingdom Death figure - The Chosen. He mentioned this week very briefly in last weeks Showcase figure - The Grand Mother and follows up with this stunning figure to explain a little more on just how he got that cool feathered effect.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Gallery: 25th Anniversary Crimson Fist Space Marine Captain

Games Workhop's Warhammer 40,000 25th Anniversary celebration figure, the Crimson Fists Captain from the cover of the Rogue Trader rule book, this figure is also the test figure for the colour scheme of my Crimson fists army. Despite being a finecast figure, there was very little prep work be done, just a few cast lines and the cables needed some re-building with green stuff. I was pretty much able to go straight to undercoat and paint within 15 to 20 minutes. This figure itself was straight forward to paint and very nostalgic at the same time. I had a great time painting the MK6 armour and as a result I have started building a Sternguard squad that is majority Corvus armour, to accompany this figure.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Reader's Showcase #2: Kingdom Death Grand Mother

Sven is back with another devilishly good Kingdom Death painted figure in the form of the disturbingly alluring Grand Mother miniature. 

As with almost all kingdom Death figures, please consider this NSFW - just to cover yourselves from scarring the less open minded of us out there!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Wip: Devastators, Terminators & Land Raider

My Crimson Fists army rolls on (slowly but surely), so I thought I would share a few photos of whats on the table, waiting for painting. It has taken me a while to get myself sorted but I am still enjoying my army, fuelled by passages from Rynn's World and Traitor's Gorge. While I have enjoyed every unit I have converted, it is my latest two acquisitions that I am really looking forward to working on in the future.
Devastator Squad
This unit has actually been done for a while as it was one of the first units I built from spare bits. Like the rest of the army, there is a mix of 'modern' arms mixed with various marks of armour to try and keep a Rogue Trader feel (quite a few MK 6). The idea is currently three missile launchers and one lascannon (which has not been stuck on yet) but I might just go for four missile launchers...still trying to decide on what to do and while originally I wanted a lascannon in the mix, I think four old style missile launchers will look far better. What does everyone think?

Terminator Squad
Long time readers know I love Tactical Terminators and this is down to the fact that I got the Rogue Trader Terminator box set as a birthday present when I was young - great memories. For this unit, I used a mix of the new Dark Angels Deathwing, regular Terminators and Forge World shoulders to try and come up with something a little more dynamic than the current plastic box set. Unlike my previous Terminator units, I have gone for the classic configuration of assault cannon and chain fist in the unit, once again out of nostalgia. There is still a bit of work to do, namely on the squad leader in the form of a banner and some screen stuff, which needs to be sculpted to give a beaten metal sheet look.

Land Raider Proteus
This kit was a random gift from the missus and I am incredibly grateful for it! I am in pure nostalgia heaven with this kit as I am huge fan of the old Land Raider, so as you can imagine I am incredibly happy to see it back in a modernised form. It comes with a lot of various pieces and there are more than a few bits that are flash covered and bent out of shape. Right now my intention is to use it as a Heavy Support choice to transport Pedro Kantor and a Sternguard squad. The tank arrived in the typical giant size Forge World plastic bag with two smaller bags inside containing the weapons array and tracks. It does make me wonder though; especially with the larger and heavier kits; why Forge World does not box the smaller bits like antennas etc I have had a few issues in the past where the larger blocks of resin have crushed and snapped smaller parts, all because they are packed in plastic doggie bags.

As to be expected with Forge world kits, there are huge lumps of excess resin and it will take a while to get this kit cleaned and washed before I can even think about gluing it together. But generally speaking, the cast is good with the main chassis being in one piece and not warped in any major extent.

However, the smaller parts; especially the tracks; have got some pretty severe cast lines and mild warping. It looks simple enough to work into place but is just extra work on top of what will already be a large job. My intention is use the kit as a standard codex land Raider in games and I hope that who ever I face with this tank, will not give me too much grief using standard rules, as it is a classic piece (well at least in design) and matches my army's look perfectly. Depending on how well this build goes, I might get another one to act as transport for a second Sternguard Squad...expensive but will look awesome on the table!

So that's a little peek into whats in line for my Crimson fists army, I hope to show some painted stuff soon.

Thanks for reading,

The 14th Legion