Space Hulk vol. XII – Three More ‘Stealers

More of May’s output is what these are, captured in more half-baked pictures too., Sad!

There isn’t much I can say about these, being more of the same. Finding the Terminator helmets on the bases was an unwelcome surprise as it meant more steps, but it does add colour to the models.

The good news is, there’s not too many left to go now. Apart from the Broodlord it’s just ten left, which means I will have a Genestealer-free month sometime later this year.

More Space Hulkiness soon!

Space Hulk vol. XI – The Flame War

Time for some more catching up. Here is May’s Terminator, Brother Zael, also known as ”the one with the flamer”, also known as ”if he dies, you lose the mission”.

My apologies for the shit pictures. Lighting circumstances have been less than ideal, either too sunny or too overcast. Still, I won’t deny the fact that this was one of my less enthousiastic paintjobs of the set so far. The sheer amount of parchment on this guy frustrated me – as I have mentioned previously, I don’t like painting it. Besides, parchment is exceedingly flammable, so what were the designers thinking?

I think it’s interesting to compare the back and front of this miniature. The front has heaps of clutter in the form of those parchments and myriad other details, and the back is your classic Termie with some minor elements. Guess which one I think looks better?

At the end of the day, it’s another model done for the set. Stay tuned, because for the next three days I am going to be catching up on all this Space Hulk nonsense with a daily update!

Space Hulk Vol. X – Tall ‘Stealers

Also finished in time but posted way late are April’s duo of Genestealers. Unlike some of the other sculpts these two identical models were a breeze to put onto 25mm bases, with just a bit of trimming to be done. It’s not perfect, but it’s serviceable.

The orange cabling and blood effects are the only divergence from the norm on these chaps. I think the orange is an interesting addition to the palette, completing the trifecta of secondary colours whilst not looking too garish (I hope).

We’re back on track with the updates! This month’s Terminator should be up tomorrow, and it’s the hottest one of the bunch…

Space Hulk Vol. IX – Brother Scipio

Almost a month overdue, but here’s April’s Terminator – Brother Scipio. Another basic Termie with storm bolter and power fist, but slamming the latter into the ground (why though?) makes him stand out from the crowd. To mount him on a regular base, I used the same trick as for last month’s Genestealers, and added some plastic clippings to the join.

In terms of painting, nothing special happened. Same colours, same application. This model’s more compact pose made everything progress a bit quicker, which is nice. Fatigue is definitely beginning to set in…

I was finished with this guy (and the Genestealers which should be up today or tomorrow ahead of time in April, if you can believe it, but I switched computers a few weeks back and I’ve had some trouble getting my editing software to run on the new one. What I am not finished with yet is May’s batch of Genestealers – crunch time ahead!

Gallic Light Cavalry

Talk about repurposing! Many years ago I bought a box of Gallic cavalry from Warlord Games, to add to my Dacian army. I misplaced – or rather, accidentally used elsewhere – the plastic sprue included in the box, and these metal horses and attached lower bodes have been on my lead pile ever since.

However, as I am in full Ancients mode, I decided to dig them out and do something creative with them! I have some more Gauls on foot from Victrix lying about, to which I took a saw. I took care to match the naked torsos with the horses that have lower bodies without the hem of a tunic showing, and vice versa for the others; I also had to file away some chainmail on some lower bodies. Most of the joins went together without the need for putty, although it isn’t perfect – but the neck of the horses hide most of this just fine.

As these horses are quite a bit smaller than the (overly) large mounts from the Victrix Gallic Cavalry set I have opted to arm these riders with javelins. I did use the helmeted heads for all these guys – in spite of their light armament these guys wouldn’t have been the poorest men in the tribe, given their ownership of a horse. I might go back in and give them shields, however. In WAB there is no entry for unshielded cavalry, and the addition of shields with Little Big Men transfers will make my paintjob look far better than it actually is!

As said, I have been in Ancients painting mode for the last few weeks. My Carthaginian army is close to being completely finished, if you can believe it. I’ll try and do a full spread on them if the weather permits it. Keep your eyes peeled for that one, it’ll be glorious!

Space Hulk Vol. VIII – The Armchair General

Because everything regarding Space Hulk painting went so swimmingly in March I decided to add another gaming piece to the queue: the dead Terminator objective marker. Gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘armchair general’, doesn’t it?

I mounted him onto a base for uniformity and to add a bit of height, then painted him just like his brothers in arms. I didn’t bother with weathering yet, but I might come back in with some grime later.

That’s it for this triple update! Work will commence on the next Termie tomorrow, and I hope it wont take me as long to provide you with another update. In other news, I have purchased the box insert and foam from Feldherr, and I can’t tell you how exciting it is to put these painted miniatures away in their designated slots. Truly cathartic!

Space Hulk Vol. VII – Bursting with Joy!

With March’s other Space Hulk output being a bit more intensive – you’ll see why soon – I opted to tackle two of the easiest Genestealer models in the box this month – the two guys bursting from the floor. In order to get these models to fit on a 25mm round base I had to cut down the edges of their integral ‘base’, and I then glued the trimmings around the edge of the join to look like shards of metal – I’m very pleased with how that turned out!

Painting wise, nothing new. Same technique, working from a dark blue undercoat so most colours cover well. Next month’s ‘Stealers will probably be more work, but I’m ready for it!

Space Hulk vol. VI – Brother Omnio

Looks like I have some catching up to do on my Space Hulk posts! Although painting has continued apace there’s been a spate of gloomy weather in my area, prohibiting me from taking decent pictures until now. Spring is among us, so, here’s my Termie for March, Brother Omnio.

Because the first two Terminators were special characters, I figured I’d better tackle one of the regular guys with storm bolter and power fist. This is one of the simpler sculpts, although still festooned with detail. I reckon these 2009 Space Hulk terminators were rather experimental for GW in that they were prototypes of sorts in ultra-detailed single part plastics, so they really pushed the envelope.

I have to say I’m quite pleased with my finish on the armour this time around. I didn’t change anything regarding choice of colours, but I think the highlights I did were more effective. It’s also the first Terminator where the armour was all red and not obscured by a cloak, so it had better be good!

My aim now is to finish the rest of Squad Lorenzo first, so for the next three months I’m going to tackle two more regular Termies and the one with the heavy flamer. This way I’ll be able to play the first mission come summer. Good times ahead!

Space Hulk vol. V – More ‘Stealers

It’s a week overdue, but here’s the next batch of Space Hulk models. They were completed at the end of February, but I’ve only now found the time to photograph them.

I chose to do three instead of two this month, because these sculpts are all in a similar pose – indeed, two are copies and the other is a digitally mirrored version! To make them fit on a 25mm base I cut down the girder. Looks fine if you ask me.

Painting wise I reversed the application of colours, in this case working from an undercoat of macragge blue which it is easier to apply the sotek green basecoat onto. Other than that, same-same. These models do have lots of detail on their chests and inner limbs which I couldn’t get to on account of their pose, so I left this a dark blue. Simple.

That’s five ‘Stealers squared away – a quarter of the them done! For March it’s back to two models, though. As I write these words, this month’s Terminator’s coat of varnish is drying, so the next update should arrive very soon! Tah!

Viking Personalities

Footsore Miniatures sells some of the best sculpts in the business, if you ask me, so when they announced their Black Friday sale I was quick to pounce. I’m buying considerably fewer  these days, but these I had to have.

These six models are meant as characters for my (Anglo-)Viking army. Morcar & Edwin are featured unaltered. Their lovely poses made me pick them.

Then there’s king Alfred and his bannerman. I replaced Alfred’s head with a Viking one from Victrix – a fairly straightforward conversion, and I think he now looks the part of a Nordic nobleman.

Finally, we have Merlin and Lancelot. Merlin is unaltered, and will stand in as a shaman of sorts. Lancelot got the short end of the stick – another head swap for a Victrix one and a hand axe are enough to make him look like a tough dreng.

I won’t go into too much detail on how I painted these as everything was fairly straightforward, much like my other dark age models. I took care to add some freehanding to all of them – really basic stuff like single or double lines on their tunics or cloaks in the main, but I find it immediately makes them more interesting to look at.

That’s it for this update! No more Dark Age models for a bit now, as I have switched back to Ancients for my sword & board fix. More Space Hulk to come very soon!