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  1. So, as the title states, this will be my third return to the hobby. Original time was back in the early 2000's, I had a Space Wolves army that I had painted a pale green, don't ask 12-year old me why. I quickly moved on to a Black Legion Army that included some Rhino Rush Berserkers, the then-new Defiler, and a metal Daemon Prince (you know the one). This must have been 3e-4.5. This phase culminated with a trip to the Atlanta Games Day where I submitted my old metal Typhus model. At this time, I was pretty into the Space Wolf books and also Storm of Iron. As for models, I was pretty into Codex: Eye of Terror, and especially the Grey Slayer models, but this was when I think high school started to really pick up for me. None of the models from this era survived. Fast forward to about 10 years ago, got back into it and picked up some models again and got back to work, converting some vaguely renegade Marines using the Chaos Warrior gloved arms and axes. Not sure what my plan was, and I fell off the wagon again. I think I first got into the HH books here. Second return- Still got a few of those models, and went back through them when I moved. Got some more, this would have been right around the time of the plastic HH boxes coming out. I started working on some fluff and got a ton of bits and did some assembly, but I was mostly working background via the Iron Gauntlet challenge in the Liber forums. You can find some of that fluff here and here. But with Primaris coming out, I felt pretty overwhelmed and kind of worn out, and for whatever reason, I fell out of it again. Finally, this time, I’m ready to finish the Violent Gods, including an update to the fluff that fixes some typos and situates them firmly in the space of the Dark Imperium now that Guilliman is back. My plan is still to run them as Space Wolves, albeit without some of the Wolfier choices in the Codex. Anyway, here’s some models. Counts as GH. Leadbelcher, Nuln Oil, then Agrax. They all need a highlight, and I think the Marine on the right needs some Nuln Oil. The one in the middle was mostly finished as a test, but I’ve since redone his armor to match the one on his left, built when you could load out GH squads with bg, bp, AND chainswords. Oh well. More GH. Same armor layers applied. GH Plasma Specialists. Champion/WG/Lieutenant on the left (needs more bits!), GH on the right. WGPL, WGPL- possibly for Long Fangs, GHPL. Counts as Long Fangs, including a possible RG defector, perhaps you can guess which one (!). I think two more lascannons ought to fill this squad out. I’ve got some Blood Claws, a few characters, and some Rhino’s hopefully up next. Thoughts about the dirty metal armor? I think it needs a highlight, but not sure which color to use. I was hoping that jumping right to Runefang or Stormhost Silver won’t be too stark. Thanks for looking! Edit: thought my old thread was archived, but it is not, and it is in my signature.
  2. As the title say I'm looking for suggestions on how to convert/kitbash/paint space marines or imperial guardsman to mark them out as being close allies to a Navigator house (or the Navis Nobilite as a group) and/or having worked alongside it/then for some time. Do people have any suggestions?
  3. The Zoanthrope/Venomthrope kit might be one of the most ridiculously economical kits GW has ever made. Regardless of what you build you'll get a tonne of spares. I found this out to my great delight after making some rather wacky converted venomthropes... ...And discovered that with the mere application of a genestealer chest (and puttying over the vent attachment points) I could still make some perfectly adequate zoanthropes! However, there is still one more unit that you can build from the kit, and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it without having some leftover zoanthrope parts. Hardly a tragedy, but still, I thought I should push myself. And push myself I did- and it worked! The head is of course the neurothrope's crest on a head made from a Wargames Atlantic spider's thorax and abdomen, with some mawloc antennae and a face removed from a plague drone and mounted on a neck made from a genestealer tail. The chest is from the back of a genestealer, mounted onto the carapace of the neurothrope. Arms are 'stealer and WGA spider, with the vestigial legs being hormagaunt mid-limbs. The tail is a hybrid of warrior pelvis and the tail from a totally-not-tyrant-guard from Hydracast (a very nice and talented fellow from Russia and worth supporting if you can get Boosty.to to work for you!). The whole thing is held up on a weird alien fern/fungus thing made from a botched pressmold of a Fujimi praying mantis wing. He needs some putty to tidy him up around the joins but I am extremely pleased with him, doubly so as I can still build the remaining two Zoanthropes from the kit! Finally, here he is with his fellow (unpainted) brainy brother bugs.
  4. There are a lot of good chaos space marines models and a lot of good slaaneshi models but unfortunately not a lot of Emperor's Children support in current 40k. In this free for all topic we can share images of conversions, tips and suggestions to fill the gap! Emphasis not on how proud we are of our deeds but on how we can give suggestions or inspire our fratres (but, given our Legion choice, a little pride is not off topic) (I have not too much time right now so I will edit this intro later)
  5. So after 10 years I'm finally starting a second 40k army... Grey Knights! I'm going to cross the terminator kit with heavy intercessors for truscale terminators which seems to be a pretty common practice. For the strike squads I'm going to do something a bit different. Most guides seem to recommend crossing the terminator chests with intercessor or bladeguard legs. That is very expensive and might look a little too much like my terminators so I am going to use the legs from the new Death Watch kits which are still upscaled from old marines but not as large as primaris. My question is if anyone has done this and if I should also buy the Death Watch chests off of ebay or if they look good enough with the strike squad chests. Thank you. Bonus Question, has anyone used an airbrush to pain miniatures out in the Texas sun, and does that hamper the process? I imagine it does.
  6. Here's my now complete and publishable Word Bearers Lord Discordant, built and painted for the Brush Beast 2021 competition on Facebook. Since they have now gathered all the entries and judging is underway I can now share the finished work. I tried to push myself as much as I could, refining techniques I already use to the best of my ability. The model itself has a new rider, mainly built from the Dark Apostle model, but with some alterations. I won't know until next week how I got on in the competition, but it was fun taking part. Let me know what you think!
  7. From the album: Khornate Build

    An (admittedly basic) example of the conversions for standard troops. Mixing Space Wolf, Chaos, and various other components to get a "feral, wolf-like" feel for this blood crazed Khorne army. Every model will be kitbashed in some similar way, even if it to this small degree.
  8. Hello everybody, I am Marko form Germany. I am quietly reading this forum for some time, but now I am trying fulfill my dream of a World Eater Army and I want share it with you. I have been in the hobby for about 20 years and the most fun for me is kitbashing and converting miniatures (even a little bit more than playing the game). Painting whole armies has always been a rather annoying duty for me. I've learned a solid set of painting skills but it takes me forever to paint one miniature. So my dream is to spend my spare time (besides family and work) with kitbashing and playing 40k and to leave the painting to an expert. I always found CSM and especially World Eaters cool, but the models could never live up to my expectations. Since the appearance of the Khorne models for Age of Sigmar, the thought of making True Scale Berserkers has never let go of me. My gaming group started a year ago preparing for a larger Chaos vs. Imperium campaign (only painted armies allowed). That was the starting shot for me to finally really realize this dream project. Since I knew that I would never get the army painted in time for the campaign start this spring, I found me an excellent hobby painter in a german forum who occasionally accepts commissions. Fortunately for me, he also loves World Eaters and likes my conversions and therefore invests a little more time and love than he charges me. All miniatures shown in this thread are converted by me but painted by (the incredible) Solmar. http://scherlock.net/pictures/khorne/warband.jpghttp://scherlock.net/pictures/khorne/warband.small.jpg[/img] http://scherlock.net/pictures/khorne/warband.small.jpg http://scherlock.net/pictures/khorne/Khârn.front.small.jpg http://scherlock.net/pictures/khorne/Khârn.back.small.jpg http://scherlock.net/pictures/khorne/berserkers.01.front.small.jpg http://scherlock.net/pictures/khorne/berserkers.01.back.small.jpg http://scherlock.net/pictures/khorne/berserkers.02.front.small.jpg http://scherlock.net/pictures/khorne/berserkers.02.side.small.jpg http://scherlock.net/pictures/khorne/berserkers.03.front.small.jpg http://scherlock.net/pictures/khorne/berserkers.03.back.small.jpg http://scherlock.net/pictures/khorne/berserkers.04.front.small.jpg http://scherlock.net/pictures/khorne/berserkers.04.back.small.jpg PS: Yes, this project is much too expensive and complicated... but unfortunately i love it...
  9. After a bit of time away I’m back with a small project. I have found with deadlines and such my larger projects don’t get the time they deserve for WIP shots and breakdowns as I’m often no stering through 2k+ in a couple of months. This however is a lovely slow burn. A local group has set out on an ambitious Inq28 campaign that involves lots of creative writing, everyone building terrain, war bands and GM aids like gangs, rouge psychers and non player characters. So lots of variety right off the bat and plenty of scope for war bands to grow along with all the extra stuff that we are committed to doing. So my project. Well I have done a lot of reading on all things inquisition, the major Ordo’s have plenty of lore but none were getting the creativity going. The minor Ordo’s on the other hand just started ticking boxes. I settled on Ordo Astra. The branch of the inquisition that deals with astrological events that could threaten the imperium of man. Things like black stone fortresses appearing, planets re emerging from the warp. The destruction of Cadia would all fall into their jurisdiction for investigation. With that in mind I set off on trying to build my Inquisitor. I wanted to keep my Inquisitor a little more bare bones, soace faring adventurer type. Trying to keep the human feel of him and leaving the darker side of Inq28 for some of his warband. So bellow are some WIP pics of a few characters at various stages. Although we are all doing a marine they are not taking part in any warband. Hope you all enjoy. Stray
  10. 'It is a time of legend. The galaxy is in flames. The Emperor's glorious vision for humanity is in ruins. His favoured son, Horus, has turned from his father's light and embraced Chaos. His armies, the mighty and redoubtable Space Marines, are locked in a brutal civil war. Once, these ultimate warriors fought side by side as brothers, protecting the galaxy and bringing mankind back into the Emperor's light. Now they are divided' - Unknown. 'It is the great irony of the Legiones Astartes: engineered to kill to achieve a victory of peace that they can then be no part of' - Roboute Guilliman, prior to the Battle of Calth. XIIIth Legion - Ultramarines Homeworld: Mcragge Observed Strategic Tendencies: Mass Assault, Targeted Decimations, Planetary Interdiction. Formation of Note 8th Chapter - 66th Company - 'The Bloody Hawks’ Personnel of Note Centurion Iskandar Locke - Commander of the 66th Company and Terran veteran, inducted into the XIII Legion during the Solar Reclamation. Member of the 8th Chapter’s Terminator cadre prior to taking command of the 66th Company in time for the muster at Calth… +++ So what's this then? Well, I've always loved the narrative side of the hobby and was a massive fan of the Heresy back from when William King's Siege of Terra story appeared in White Dwarf many years ago. During ten odd years away from all things toy soldier related, the Black Library HH series was pretty much my only interaction with GW stuff. Having played Ultramarines from 3rd edition onwards, I am also a fan of the colour blue... While getting back into the hobby, I have ended up with a load of ideas based on the narrative of a XIII Legion fighting company from the Heresy/Scouring era, as well as a motley collection of GW plastics, FW limited edition and 3rd party bits. So, to keep myself motivated and get feedback, I've decided to use this thread to post both completed and WiP images and share some of the background as well! Above is my Legion Praetor, with a little bit of background. You may have seen him in the Hall of Honour where he has been posted before. Below is the next character I'm working on, a fairly straightforward kit bash of a veteran marine. Let me know what you think! All C&C welcome!
  11. Hello! Looks like there is some interest in a Kitbash thread so I am starting this for all of us Meks and builders here on the B&C. The goal of this thread is to share information, ideas and get help with what ever it is that your bashing up. The thread is aimed at vehicles more than infantry models but it's to your own judgment if it belongs here or not really. Things you might like to post. Conversions / kitbashes that are complete or in the works. Build a longs. Finished projects with a how too/ tutorial. Ideas for a project. Stuff like that. If I have missed anything please let me know. Start your engines! Ready, set, go.!
  12. Hello all! I come to you with a question on the eve of a potential project! I have gotten my grubby hands on some space marine legs that look like they are jumping and leaping in preparation for creating a small Flesh Tearer Vanguard force for my existing Dark Angels army. Command of this detachment will be shared between Seth and a nameless Jump Pack Lieutenant with a Power Sword. I had an idea while getting my materials laid out about having him leaping off a piece of scenery on his base with his sword held high over his head, like he is preparing to execute someone. After experimenting with the bits that I had, I found that every attempt I made ended in failure. I am not very good with greenstuff, but I still gave it a try that night and couldn't come up with anything that looked all that great. So my question is, have any of ya'll done a similar conversion? If so, how did you do it? Are there any third party conversion kits that could help with this process? I apologize if this has already been asked, and thanks in advance for your time!! PS I am also going to attach a picture of some artwork that kind of captures what I am talking about. The Gabriel Seth model is also close to what I'm looking for, but I really want the sword more over the head than anything else.
  13. Figured I go ahead and start my WIP thread now I done got back into the groove of things (14 years out the game) and decided to go Deathwatch due to the fact, I wanted to kitbash everything I possibly could. Coming along nicely, only sucky part is waiting on the international shipping to come through. So I decided to go with Deathwatch, cause of all the flavors I can throw all into the pot. Essentially, my Deathwatch company serves under Inquisitor Aleth Varox who requested dedicated soldiers to following his cause. They could never go back to their homeland, they will have no chapter and their lives should be dedicated to the investigations of xeno races intelligence, and the potential chances of Chaos seeping into the alien race through the warp. So a little lore to help you get the gist of what im going for. Watch Sergeant Kill Team 1 As you can see, I didnt want to do the boring black and silver (also i havent perfected the black armor shading and highlight) So I decided to go with a charcoal grey, Gold deathwatch arms, the sergeant has a gold helm and im debating if i wanna do gold helms for the whole unit, but we will see. No chapter, because they are all black shields. So im sticking mostly with Sternguard shoulder pads or any unique shoulder pads, because hey they are still decorated soldiers, just gave up their chapter to serve this inquisitors purpose for the Imperium. Most of the parts are either from GK, DA, Sternguard and whatever i can find on ebay. SN: the marine in the back with the silver arm was the first model i painted in over 10 years. he was the test subject when i realized i didnt want to do traditional black and silver. And i still have to work on the watch sergeant xeno blade again, didnt come out the way I wanted so Im going about it a different way. Librarian Pure kitbash, was inspired on pinterest, this guy was fun to do. Wish i had more dynamic legs, but im still waiting on a package from canada to come through. but looking for bits on ebay took about 4 hrs to do. But was fun looking. cost me close to 30 bucks, but you get so much more for other soldiers. His blade came from a necron, thrown on top of a gk force weapon. his hand came from a thousand sons sergeant i believe. GK body till i get this bit bag in. Death company legs. sternguard shoulder pads and random arms cut from bolter wielding and a command squad pointy finger. his cape came from a death guard set. Which was hard to put on because i dont / not good with green stuff. so alot of shaving, cutting, and blue tac has it together now. but it came out well. I need to find some rocks to elevate him possibly but we will see. Watch Sergeant For Kill Team 2 he was cool to do, just a GK leg and sterguard torso with deathwatch boltgun and xeno blade. DA head and some extra knick knack on his backpack But that is as far as got on Sunday. Still waiting on my space wolves bit bag. and waiting on my package from overseas to work on my watch master and inquisitor. bought a box of imperial guard for my ally detachment and we will see where that will go. Hope you enjoyed.
  14. Has anyone tried to fit the plastic cadian heads on the torsos from Anvil? Given the difference in neck joints between the two was it easy to accomplish? Any pictures would be greatly appreciated if you have them.
  15. Hey all, I’m mostly known here for my Iron Warriors 30k thread. Haven’t had a lot of time or money to devote to them recently so I haven’t made a lot of progress with them. Today I was digging around in my garage, where I’ve got a lot of old boxes filled with models that have been bought and never seen the light of day, gifted to me by a family friend who didn’t want them any more. I noticed an unopened Warhammer Giant and the idea for this thread came to me immediately. If any one man in the 40k universe could grow a giant, it would be Fabulous Bill. What if he grew a whole warband in his vats? Astartes, Giants, other, more twisted creatures? This thread will probably update slowly, but i’ll be exploring the idea of Fabius Bile growing an army of his own. Currently this Giant (further augmented by the Dark Mechanicum) will serve as a contemptor dreadnought or helbrute. It’s a very early WIP at the moment, but I’m going to get another ranged contemptor weapon for his right arm and I’ll potentially explore bionic legs for him too. I’d love to hear what you all think of the idea and the execution. Happy hobbying!
  16. =][= Inquisitor Silas Marek, Ordo Militum Calixis =][= Battlefleet Calixis guards the citizens of the Calixis Sector from the hazards of the Halo Stars and defends the worlds of the sector in the Emperor’s name. Many thousands of vessels, some millennia old, patrol the stars under the guidance of the Lord-Admiral Calixis and her staff at Port Wrath, Battlefleet Calixis’ headquarters and one of the most vital installations in the whole sector. Orders passed down from Port Wrath to the admirals, commodores, and captains that control day-to-day battlefleet operations ensure that ships are directed to where they are most needed to combat the Emperor’s enemies and defend His people. Monitoring the activities of Battlefleet Calixis and ensuring that the mighty power of the Imperial Navy isn’t squandered, subverted, or wasted falls under the auspices of the Ordo Militum Calixis, one of the Ordos Minoris within the Calixian Conclave. Charged with supervising the military bodies of the sector – the Astra Militarum, the Imperial Navy, even the vaunted Adeptus Astartes – the Inquisitors of the Ordo Militum Calixis scrutinise orders, monitor battlegroups, and root out subversion and heresy within the ranks. Inquisitor Silas Marek is one of those Inquisitors. Recruited into the ordos by his former master, Inquisitor Essam, Marek is a former Imperial Navy lieutenant who now investigates and reviews the actions of Battlefleet Calixis from outside of the naval hierarchy. An experienced investigator and veteran combat leader, Marek has been drawn away from Port Wrath by the sudden disappearance of his old mentor. Inquisitor Essam, the senior Inquisitor within the Ordo Militum Calixis, vanished while en-route to review Patrol Group 686, the so-called Retaliator Group, when his vessel failed to re-emerge from the Immaterium. Inquisitor Essam had been travelling aboard the Chalice-class battlecruiser Redemptor Sanctus. The disproportionate number of losses among that class - many of them inexplicable - alongside the loss of his mentor, have drawn Inquisitor Marek into an enigma that may shake the core of Battlefleet Calixis. Master-at-Arms Jerrod Hanspur is a born-and-bred naval man. Born aboard the Dauntless-class light cruiser Sword of Truth he initially served as a cabin boy, messenger, and general dogsbody until he came of age and followed his father into service as part of the ship’s company of armsmen. Charged with guarding the vessel from enemies within and without, Hanspur took his duties seriously. He worked his way up through the ranks with a combination of attention to detail, an unshakeable will, and a willingness to escalate to maximum violence as soon as necessary. Hanspur was assigned to the bodyguard detail of Inquisitor Marek when he came aboard the Sword of Truth some five standard years ago as part of a review of the commanding officer’s difficulty in following orders. Marek’s investigation uncovered a cult of personality surrounding the first officer, who had been subverting the ailing captain’s orders for his own gain and leading his junior officers into the worship of forbidden gods in an attempt to increase his personal power. Hanspur fought alongside Inquisitor Marek as they cleansed the officers’ mess of the cult and prevented a daemonic incursion which would almost certainly have doomed the vessel and every soul aboard. Pleased with Hanspur’s martial skills and strength of character, Marek recruited him into his cadre to fight with him in the battles to come. Dariel Sh’Rass was a hunter and scout on Ganf Magna before he joined up with Inquisitor Marek. A frontier world plagued by roving bands of feral Orks, Ganf Magna provides the Imperial war machine with polygum, a tree sap used in the manufacture of many explosives. The few settlements are well defended by the planetary defence force and the shipping lanes are guarded against pirates and marauders by the ships of Battlefleet Calixis. A squadron of Sword-class frigates, Squadron Epsilon-Theta 4, under Captain Lesic was the designated patrol group two standard years ago when a marked increase in pirate activity saw the output of Ganf Magna threatened. Sent by the Calixian Conclave to investigate possible renegade activity by Squadron Epsilon-Theta 4 Inquisitor Marek found a competent group led by a skilled but overlooked commanding officer. His investigations took him down to the surface of Ganf Magna where unusual warp transmissions had been detected by the squadron’s astropaths. Though this would normally have fallen under the purview of ordos outside of Marek’s remit he nonetheless investigated as he was inevitably the nearest available inquisitor. He and his small cadre were guided through the dense forest by the very experienced Dariel Sh’Rass, a man of advancing years who had honed his skills in the forests of his homeworld for decades, protecting the logging camps from ork raids and tracking down nests of greenskins for extermination by the PDF. The warp signature detected from orbit led to a grotto in the central uplands of Ganf Magna’s largest island, within which a local shaman and his unholy brethren had been attempting to draw the power of Chaos into the forests of the planet to destroy the polygum forests and turn them into a plague-ridden morass to create a kingdom fit for their daemonic patrons. Marek led the attack, autopistol barking and his transonic blade – a gift from his friend and ally Magos Galra of the Lathe Worlds – singing and slicing. Rather than standing away Dariel waded into battle, shots from his recurve bow splitting heads with barely a whisper. When the dust settled into the blood-soaked floor, Marek had a new comrade and Dariel had found a new calling – hunting down the enemies of the Imperium. Inspired by the many excellent Inquisition WIPs and threads here on B&C and on the wider internet I decided to start my own cadre. I’ve been a fan of the Inquisition since I first read the original Codex: Daemonhunters and Codex: Witchhunters, and playing in a long running Dark Heresy game deepened my love. Having recently returned to 40K with my Raven Guard, and being a kitbasher at heart, I set my mind on creating a small cadre from one of the Ordos Minoris, who are often overlooked in favour of the more widespread and well-known Ordos Majoris. The Ordo Militum took my fancy and I combined it with a fascination with the Imperial Navy (originally kindled by Battlefleet Gothic) to create Inquisitor Marek. The Ordo Militum doesn’t seem to be as fleshed out as many of the other Ordos so I’ve run with what I think they represent. Comments/criticism/ridicule/befuddlement are all welcome as I start building up the Inquisitor and his cadre.
  17. This Thread Covers all of my Chaos projects but is primarally for my Thousand Sons and Daemons with a few other bits as well that dont fit into my other Threads. Possessed Chaos Space Marines (Pages 1 - 4) Warp Talons (pages 4 - 5, incomplete) Khornate Renegade Knight (pages 5 - 12) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Possessed Space Marines. So... a bit of background information on the project. I acquired a second hand unit of pre built, possessed chaos space marines for my Thousand Sons army. I was pretty happy to get them as my army has no standard marines in it and I could do with some close combat units to compliment my Rubricae. This was a few editions ago and Possessed weren't even that good, being over priced for what they could do. I don't really play competitively though and I like the idea of the concept of the units. That being said... they stayed in a small box for a very long time, years possibly... Recently I dug them back out while sorting my projects "to do" list and decided they needed attention. Looking at them all though, I thought they looked weird. Not in the good, "look how messed up these daemonic marines are" kind of way, but ... look how weirdly uniform these are. From what I've read, I feel like the rolling maelstrom of the warp is a limitless plane that does not abide by the laws of physics and contains boundless, unreal realms that are inhabited by an infinite varieties of warp entities that include the daemons we know and love. So why... do my possessed, not only have 2 arms, 2 legs, a head and body... but some have identical bladed weapons, heads, legs... and so on. We know the answer is that its cheaper and easier to just design enough parts to spread among the models and give the illusion of variety and freedom to design your possessed. This isn't good enough for me, at least not anymore. I want MY possessed to look like any one of a billion weird things has wormed its way into the marines body... with unpredictable results. My next idea was born of how I think my Thousand Sons would feel being possessed. That is, not great. I have read the Ahriman books though and in that daemons are summoned and imprisoned in the bodies... I think. If i'm mistaken, then never mind... its a cool idea right. My Thousand Sons fear the flesh change and those who actually have flesh to change are not keen on handing over a portion of their freedom to a warp entity. They want knowledge, and power... and tools to that let them get it. In order to imprison a daemon they need vessels, not necessarily willing ones... My possessed will be painted in the colours of other chapters and legions and I want the possessons themselves to be more varied than the kits allow. My first few picture are of complete models, before I even had intentions of having and account on Bolter, never mind posting my work in progress. After these pictures the amount of WIP pics I can provide increases. I hope you all enjoy them and I welcome any and all feedback, I'm trying to improve my painting, kit bashing and sculpting with these models. My efforts were a little more tentative at first and then get more adventurous as they progress... Here is the Imperial fist, I think this was the first model I modified. Very basic, I think his wibbly left arm came from some spawn spares and I cut down his horns to make his head look different from similar ones on the other possessed (specifically his friend the Ravenguard). I had started some of the conversions before deciding I would have marines from other legions and chapters. When I did decide, this guy holding his left "fist" in the air looked like a fun mockery of the symbol so it seemed and appropriate fit. His new name: "Spikey Fist" This is my 30k World Eater, I liked how this head from the spawn sprue looks kind of like a minotaur or something and with the charging pose of the body it seemed to fit nicely. Combined with the winged backpack, I felt like I had no option but to give him a tail. "Mini Thirster" This find fellow is a Ravenguard, and while i haven't specifically been converting converting these models to pervert their original profiles... cutting up a Possessed claw and grafting it onto his face seemed like a fun way for a daemon to make fun of his body. It was for a long time the only modification I made to the model... then i noticed he shared his right arm with another model. So I took the Forgeworld Cockatrice tail I had left over from another project and fitted that instead. Even though I doubt anyone else would notice, I like that this claw also has a bird-like connection. Say hello "Beaky". This fun guy is my 40k World Eater Berzerker. Another early conversion, I used a Berzerker helmet and used the top of it to replace the top of a possessed head that had kind of Predator mandibles. I like the little connection there that they are both things that hunt for the sake of killing. I gave him a chainsword I stole from a Black Templar that wont be needing it as much anymore, and since completing it Im told (by the owner of this colourscheme) that the Black Templars took the chained weapon idea FROM the World Eaters! so that came together nicely. Oh, this is also the first example of a missing backpack. The winged backpacks are obviously quite recognisable so I cut those off and was obviously down a few backpacks, come to think of it, more than losing those winged ones would suggest. given the amount of organic looking bits of this model it was a happy coincidence that when I thought about trying a carnifex thresher tail... it was almost the exact dementions of a space marine backpack. Rise sir... "Predzerker". This handsome chap is an Ultra Marine... all I really did here was cut out a quarter of his head and replace it with the eye and head tendrils of a pink horror head. The stance and sword make him look like a bit of a fencer... which reminds me of some of the stories i've heard about the emperors children. So I picked a daemonic colour i associated with daemonettes and their Slaaneshi connection. Thats all there really is to this guy, I guess the daemon was also making fun of the blandness of Ultramarines. I think I shall call him... "Ultra Bland" Ok, from here it gets a bit more interresting and includes WIP pics of some sort or another. I originally just popped a big Spawn eye in his belly while doing the other early efforts and thought "Eye of Magnus!", so he was destined to be a Thousand Son Sorcerer that went a bit wrong. However by the time I got back around to him I was getting a bit more confidence and thought he was a bit plain. ... so I sculpted 6 other eyes onto him. Around this time I'd started posting this stuff onto the Krakendoomcool Blog and also networking with other hobbyists on Twitter for the first time. I was running out of space marine armies belonging to my friends to use in my Possessed so I started asking about on Twitter if anyone wanted to "donate" one of their men to my cause. One really nice guy (@DrakePoldragon) offered up two different chapters, and I suggest two of my models including this one. I suggest this will be the Dark Angel, and based on the poor first photo I sent he thought he was wearing a hood so that he would be blind to the truth of his actions. I laughed at the idea he would ever be blind to anything anymore... but he had a point, Dark Angels love them some Hoods and Cloaks. So I had my first crack and Green Stuffing a cloak onto a model. It was a bit tricky because of the big spike coming out of his head and that his backpack was already glued on, but I just followed a tutorial and winged the rest of it from there. I'm pretty happy with the results. I'm not as happy with the paint job on the cloak as I am with the construction but I can always go back over it. I'm happy with how this guy turned out and he lookes pretty unique for a possessed which is what I was going for. I like to call this guy "Dark Eyengel" I hope thats ok for now, I will have more stuff to post semi regularly and the rest of my projects should have WIP pics now that the projects have caught up to the present point in time. As I said, please let me know what you think, I wont be offended and I'm eager to learn more. If you have any ideas of your own, feel free to suggest them, I bought a box of vanilla marines to fuel this project for a bit longer than I originally planned...
  18. Hi, all. I'm picking up a box of Khorne Berzerkers and a box of CSM to kitbash together into a more modern, bigger design, in keeping with current standards. What Khorne Berzerkers have you built to modern standards, how and with what components?
  19. I thought of modifying the Land Raider Crusader/Redeemer model by mounting the inboard half of a hurricane bolter to a flamestorm cannon, allowing the sponson to engage targets beyond a flamestorm cannon's range. The result will increase a Land Raider Redeemer's points value by 4, and may decrease its Transport Capacity to 10. The weapon- tentatively named "combi-flamestorm"- will have the following rules: This weapon may also be mounted on vehicles that are Land Raider-sized and larger, e.g., the Knight Conquistador and Fireblade super-heavy tank. Thoughts on its practicality, both from a modeling POV, and a gaming POV?
  20. Hello Brotherhood of the Lost forum! I've been a lurker for a while now but I've taken my first foray into making some BotL models. Seeing Mikhal's Wardens and Primarchs really pushed me into reading up on this fantastic narrative you've all created. And the uniqueness of all the different legions provides some great opportunities for model building! So first off I've finished this Lightning Bearer (pre-Harbringer). I've been a fan of the Lightning Bearers since Athrawes started his army. I'm not sure if my model is completely accurate to the existing lore as I've built mine from looking at the available art and models. Hopefully I've gotten the right feel of the legion though. I'll probably be slowly going through the different legions and making some models as I read through the pages and pages of lore. Anyways thanks for looking! More Views:
  21. So, I'm a bit of a fan of Rough Riders. I'm an Australian that grew up in a rural area with horses, and those aussies with an interest in our military history are rightly proud of long tradition of mounted infantry regiments in the Australian army. From the slouch-hatted bushmen that served in the Boer War to the infamous charge of the Light Horse at Beersheba, there's an imagery to horseman in war that captures the imagination. My 2nd Ed Imperial Guard army had a single squad of Attilan Rough Riders. My 3rd Ed Imperial Guard army had a Squadron of Attilans supported by a squad of Tallarn Rough Riders. I missed 4th through 7th editions and when I came back to the hobby in 8th I found that my beloved horseman had all but disappeared, with the exception of an Index entry. No new miniatures, no access to the old miniatures and then when the new Codex dropped - nothing at all. Granted, there are the Death Riders of Krieg, which are awesome miniatures with some badass rules to back them up. However, they're Forgeworld, they're expensive as all get up, the mounts are a bit of a diversion from actual horses and I just wanted something closer to my original Rough Riders. So enters the world of third-party miniatures. Originally I had thought to work up tabletop version of the Australian Light Horse but the new line of Dress Uniform troops from Anvil Industries caught my eye. Before long I had a theme in mind - Napoleonic in terms of era, a combination of French Cuirassiers, British Dragoons and perhaps a touch of the Prussian Hussars all helped on by watching too much Charge of the Light Brigade, Sharpe's Rifles and The Duellists. To quote Tennyson: Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them Volleyed and thundered; Stormed at with shot and shell, Boldly they rode and well, Into the jaws of Death, Into the mouth of hell Rode the six hundred. In the end, the French Cuirassiers theme won out: For those that want a touch of Krieg: For those that like a little more starch in their britches: The good news is that the bits used in the kitbash are compatible. The arms and legs from Mad Robot Miniatures blend seamlessly with the torsos and heads from Anvil. Furthermore, the riding legs fit to the horses from Perry Miniatures with just a slight material removal from the back of the saddle - I basically shaved about 1mm from the bedroll at the back of the saddle in order to seat the rider properly. The one sticking point - those used to heroically-scaled miniatures might find the horses slightly too small in scale. I collect historical miniatures, so it looks close to right to me, but I can understand the viewpoint of those that disagree. As a point of note, the shafts for the Hunting Lances are just brass rod (supplied by MadRobot with the tips) and can be trimmed to length - which I haven't done yet. Also - I'll be mounting them on 40mm round bases as it 'feels' like the right size base. When I put them together properly (once i've decided on torsos) i'll add holstered laspistols and chainswords to the saddles to tie them closer to the 40K aesthetic. Now for the list of bits featured and links: MadRobot Miniatures. Imperial style lance arms: https://madrobotmini...products_id=314 Imperial style riding legs: https://madrobotmini...products_id=315 Hunting lances: https://madrobotmini...products_id=316 Anvil Industries. Calvary Helmets: http://anvilindustry...cavalry-helmets Stahlhelm with Gasmask: http://anvilindustry...ahlhelm-gasmask Cuirass Torso: http://anvilindustry...m/cuirass-torso Hussar Torso: http://anvilindustry...rm/hussar-torso Perry Miniatures British Light Cavalry horses: https://www.perry-mi...roducts_id=3297 Note that VictoriaMiniatures also does a Rough Rider conversion kit: https://victoriamini...rsion-kit-resin which looks pretty good. I love the stuff from Aunty Vicky, but MadRobot won for me based on the cuff details on the arms. The true beauty of this setup is the modular nature of assembly - in theory you could use any of the Anvil head/torso bits with the MadRobot limbs (Steve also does riding legs with fatigues and bare lance arms) to cover a host of different rider types from different regiments/worlds. The injury to your wallet: So to break down the costs for a squad of ten Rough Riders, something that is always a worry when kitbashing 3rd party bits: Mad Robot Rider Lance Arms (Imperial) x2 (10 pairs in total) = $10 (USD) Mad Robot Rider Legs (Imperial) x2 (10 in total) = $16 (USD) Mad Robot Rider Hunting Lances x 2 (10 in total) = $12 (USD) Perry Miniatures British Light Calvary Horses x 4 (12 in total) = £14.00 (GBP) Anvil Industry Torsos (Cuirass or Hussar) x 2 (12 in total) = £7.00 (GBP) Anvil Industry Heads (Calvary) x 2 (14 in total) = £6.00 (GBP) Total price (approx exchange rates) $76 (USD) or £55 (GBP) Not cheap, not overly expensive. Compared to Forgeworld's DKoK Death Riders at 10 for $192 (USD) or the Mad Robot complete Rider Squad at 10 for $130 (USD) Well that's it, hopefully it is of some help to those of you looking to take the plunge but were worried about intercompatibility of the bits. Good luck and good hunting! -Ran
  22. I realized that most of stuff on this thread is related to space piracy in some way; 30k Blackshields (focus on piracy), now Red Corsairs (which is where the Malevolent Class Dreadnought belongs) and now a Dark Eldar count as army of bloodthirsty steampunkish pirates. So I'm going to change the title and update the op with link when I get stuff done. Focusing on the DE dudes right now, as is only the "easy" way I can do hobby at the moment. Names and behavior would stem from the "Treasure Island" novel. They will ride Raiders and Ravagers because I airships This also gives me free range for conversions, and I plan to have a Tantalus as a centerpiece of my army, and rules wise, they'll be a piratical wych cult (I need to think a name for it yet). PROJECTS x Red Corsairs x Huron Blackheart Sorcerer Zerker squad Zerker squad Malefactor Class Dreadnought (deredeo) WIP Xiphon Interceptor Xiphon Interceptor Xiphon Interceptor = Space Pirates/Dark Eldar Wych Cult= Captain Silver (Succubus) WIP Mr Merry, Quartermaster (Drazhar) Billy Bones, First Mate (Succubus) Cutthroat squad (Blood brides) Brigand squad (Incubi) Thieves & Murderers squad (Wyches) Thieves & Murderers squad (Wyches) Thieves & Murderers squad (Wyches) Raider Raider Raider Reaper/Ravager Reaper/Ravager Reaper/Ravager The Tantalus + Misc. Projects+ Thunder Warrior WIP Old stuff:
  23. Here's a relatively-thrown-together test model for what will be a renegade chapter, backstory still being in the works. I have a 3e tactical box and some more random 5e/6e bits, along with some Vanguard box and CSM bits. There are a few places where some mold lines didn't get totally finished off, but I just wanted something to have around to try basing and painting. That way, I can have some feedback on more general stuff before I move on. Sorry, of course, for the pictures. In the future I'll rig up a lightbox, but I hope these are good enough to see the bits and what's going on. I did B&W, inspired by some of the Heresy logs. Forgive the 28mm base and the repurposed painted right arm, which looks totally bizarre in monochrome. Thanks in advance for comments! Hope you like the posing and the kitbash. Behold, Saevus Dei, the Violent Gods: -Michael
  24. I figure it's high time I stop my lurking activities and finally start posting something as well. After a long absence from 40k and GW games in general I've lately been getting back in and finally got started on a new force, Alpha Legion. I've played tons of Fantasy and 40k in the late 90s and early 00s as a youth as well as the odd dabble in other GW games like Epic and Blood Bowl. I had massive Guard army as well as Death Guard in 40k and various Chaos and Undead armies in Fantasy, but when I got absolutely fed up with the tournament scene and my casual gaming buddies started to stop playing I ended quitting gaming as well. Plus booze and girls somehow started to be far more interesting during high school. Sadly nearly all my minis from that time have been sold. Fast forward some years and during my University studies I ended up buying a few boxes of Perry Napoleonics to have something to paint and suddenly I was back gaming and painting stuff. Mostly historicals with especially my Flames of War collection growing to unhealthy sizes. But even though I'm mainly interested in historicals I've always loved the 40k fluff and have read the occasional novel every now and then as well as playing the computer games quite actively. My commitment back into 40k started pretty slowly with me wanting to kitbash some minis to pass the time when I didn't feel like painting at home. Luckily even though I sold nearly all my minis back when I quit gaming I did keep my bits collection so getting started was easy. Before I knew it I had a few slightly more chaotic looking guardsmen put together as well as the starts of a few Marines. With my appetite suitably whetted I figured maybe building a larger force wouldn't be such a bad idea. The minis I'd put together were quite a haphazard bunch so I wanted to decide on a force with a suitable theme which I should build the minis around so that they'd at least be a bit more organized looking. I've always been a keen follower of Chaos so that was already decided straight away, but which god should I dedicate myself to and which Legion should I pick. Death Guard had been done before and on the Fantasy side I've had a few Nurgle armies so I decided against that. I don't find Khorne that interesting so ruled those out. I was thinking about Slaanesh or Tzeentch, but luckily ended up borrowing the 'Legion' novel from a friend and immediately thought that Alpha Legion was the way to go. Being such a mysterious force it gave me enough leeway to take the force anywhere I wanted and being Chaos Undivided no need to fuss about which god to choose. So next up I needed to put together a few guidelines for building my minis. I'm not too keen on the "Add spikes for chaos" style of design that especially some of the older minis follow and I wanted to make my force look like a warband that operated far out of the Eye of Terror within Imperial Space in co-operation with some unwitting planetary governors etc. so slightly less corrupt looking gear was needed. I also like the new 30k kits so wanted to incorporate parts from there to show that the force had been fighting for millenia on end and had a rag-tag assortment of gear from different sources and eras. No spikes (or at least to a minimum) Every model must contain parts from multiple kits Every model must have some Chaotic parts to distinguish from loyalists Mix of parts from different eras when possible (30k & 40k) Regular backpacks instead of the chaos ones. My Cultists do deviate from those a bit as I mostly used the Dark Vengeance ones with only some minor conversions like head and weapon swaps. But in the future they will be replaced by suitable Planetary Defence Forces models. The Marines were the first full unit I put together with the guidelines in mind and I'm quite happy with how they turned out. Tons of different kits used to add variety. I also like the look that they have. There's still that chaotic vibe, but it's a bit more toned down so suitable for a legion that relies on subterfuge. The long term plan is to grow this into a core Alpha Legion force with a larger PDF force around them using the R&H list. I figured starting with the Chaos Marines would be a smoother way to get back in as I can get a playable force done faster instead of painting a few hundred Renegades. Perhaps some Dark Mechanicus styled forces to be added later on as I do like the looks of the plastics. Fluff wise it would fit in quite nicely with the warband controlling a suitable Imperial world or manufactorum from behind the scenes through corrupt officials. And with most Imperial citizens living their lives without ever seeing a Space Marine, just hearing legends about them, I'd expect most of them wouldn't know a Chaos Marine from a loyalist one. Paint scheme wise I ended up going for something similar to the 'official' one and to the scheme seen in some older codexes I have lying around (3rd Edition I think). So blue highlighted with light green and with steel trim. The base colours have been airbrushed and edge highlighting and details painted by brush before applying pin washes with Tamiya Panel Line Wash. In the future I'll probably switch the wash to the enamels I normally use as I wasn't 100% happy with the results. Especially the older plastic has detail that is sometimes too soft so the Panel Line Wash starts flowing everywhere instead of staying in creases etc. Work fine on the newer 30k models though. I'll be adding new models every now and then. Probably not in a very fast pace as this isn't my main hobby project, but rather a way to let off steam when I've been painting too many identical uniforms for a Napoleonic or WW2 army. Right now I've got the units Rhino in the pipeline with quite a lot of resin detail added to spice things up. It's been quite a wall of text so I guess it's high time I throw in some pics! Any ideas, feedback etc. are greatly appreciated!
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