I’d love to say I have been on topic for clearing my Painting stack, but sadly I have been distracted. I bought some Sisters of Battle Repentia to sell on Ebay form a twitter follower, Wouter Lute. He said he’d throw in some marines he had ‘knocking around’ while I still haven’t listed the Sisters, I have the marines. Rather than just some marine, they are a pack of Mk 1 Veteran Marines, now known as Vanguard. The pack, worth around £25.00 contains 5 metal models all with Close combat. 1 has 2 Claws, 1 with Power Fist, 1 with Power weapon and 2 with Basic CC and BP layouts.
The Model with the Power weapon is one of my least favourite sculpts of all time. It just looks wrong. The weapon to clunky and the pose is just not quite there. The rest of kit is great. The one item was missing from the kit was the arm for the PW wielding Marine. This gave me the chance to convert this model and I decided to add a PW to one of the bubble wrap marines. As I have some bits left over from the Jump pack wearing Vanguards I had some useful bits. I therefore added a Plasma Pistol to the PW armed marine and replaced the PW with the top from a Grey knight Nemesis Warding stave. The new pose is more regal, but with a slight nod to the Reservoir dogs style of shooting a pistol. The squad is missing all 5 Back packs, but I can sort that and I will add the icons from the terminator kit. This will be a great squad and I am looking forward to painting them.
I also just won a Chaplin on foot from ebay (£3.59 in P & P) to add to this squad. With the release of the Mk1C rhino, I might have a plan for an awesome looking Razor back for these elite warriors. Gamewise I am not sure about them yet and I will need to try them out. I don’t see many Vanguard used, with terminators and Sternguard being far more popular. I will have 2 squads of 5 (5 on foot and 5 with Jump) so I can have a play. One thing is certain, they offer a great challenge to paint and will look cool with the rest of the army.
Anyway, back to the task in hand-finish the Jump pack equipped Vanguard. The last one is still undercoated and I need to finish the bases. They should be done by Monday.
And huge thanks to Wouter Lute (follow him on twitter! @Woutertje_l) for these cool mins!
This is my 1000pt Space Marines 5th Ed (2008) Roster (Standard) that only uses foot troop. It’s a novel idea, like the older style lists. I’ll have to give it ago next time I am at club. With a mix of combat and heavy weapons I should be able to take down most opponents, but with 41 space marines in a 1000 pt force, it will be reasonably tough.
See, I can regularly update a blog! I have tried to stay on task of clearing my stacked up painting and so far, I have done OK.
I have decided to paint the last of the Ultramarines troops (2 tactical, Vanguard with Jump). This will leave me 5 Honour guard and 5 Vanguard on foot. Then I will have cleared my painting table of Space marine Models! Next month I will get a tactical squad box to fill out the two 5 man squads. I have done all the specialist models (heavy weapon, Sgt and Special weapon) so I will just have 10 Bolter marines to paint.
I have still have to finish 2 more Vanguard and the base the full unit.
If I stick to plan then by November I should be back on the Orks and I will try to clear some of them. I have the nagging sensation I may want to finish the Grey knight Paladins instead, but I haven’t bought the last box, so this may have to wait.
I am also playing with some scenery pieces as well. I have dismantled my unfinished basilica and have knocked together 2 test pieces to try out a new colour scheme. I hope to get some kits in the New Year. My Plan for 2012 is to paint a completed table for the first time in 25 years of gaming!
Work is progressing well on my Terminator Captain. The head is finshed and I am moving on to the back banner. To tie in to the classical nature of the piece, I have gone for a traditional Back banner. Taken from the Commander kit this is a sculpted plastic banner. The circle/laurel pattern is simplistic and was an early attempt by GW on a Sculpted plastic banner (relatively speaking). I feel they have done a good job, and while not at the same standard as the newer Blood Angle or Grey knight kits, it does the job well enough. To this I have added the Ultramarine banner top from the Command Squad box and the Long banner from the Ravenwing kit.
For my Paint scheme I went for the classic blue and white, trimmed with gold. This will be picked up across the model. Some players use red and while this looks great on the battlefield, I feel for this model, it is a bit showy. I decided against green for the Laurel. This limits the colours used, which is in keeping with the rest of the army and my painting style in general.
For the Blue I started with Midnight blue highlighting up towards Ice blue. Once dry I did a few very thin washes of Asurmen blue. The idea behind this was a slowly lighting sky.
I have always found painting white to be a pain in the proverbial. I have loads of sympathy for High elf and White Scar players. I have managed to get a method that works for me. Starting with a thin base coat of 50/50 Skull white and Astronomicon Grey paint. Two thin coats are better than one gloopy covering. Once dry I build up the white slowly adding to the base mix. I keep it thin and it takes ages! Once I am up to pure Skull I add do a few thin coats to get an even colour. The effect is quite smooth, but it takes awhile.
I decided to use decals for the Chapter symbol. My free hand skills suck. To get rid of the sheen, I coat them with 4-5 very thin washes of Matt Varnish. This is an old trick. Starting with fresh water I mix it about 4:1 water to Varnish. With the GW Varnish, I always give it a good shake.
The over all effect is quite good and it will work well with the piece. I’ll blog about my Scroll work later in the Project as I use the same for the Purity seals.
A few days ago started on my Ultramarine Captain. Clad in terminator armour, he will be based on Spartan hoplite Warriors.
For his chest I want to use the chest plate from the Space marine commander kit. I soon found out that the 2 kits, power armour and Terminator, don’t mix to well. As I wanted the braiding the only alternative was that I needed to learn to sculpt the roping. This turns out to be surprisingly easy. Below I hope to demonstrate how I did it. I will admit that I cheated on the tassels. I used the tassels from the Cadian IG command squad Standard.
I started with some green stuff and rolled it out to about 3.5 inches. I was aiming it to get it around 1mm thick. I used a cardboard to roll it with; this helped to make it even.
I the folded it in half and twisted it. I made the twist as even as possible. I trimmed of the ends, leaving it about 10mm longer than I needed. For the Captain I needed 2 lengths.
It was then draped on the Torso. I hid the ends with some cleaver placement. the 2 end tassels were then glued under the rope while it had still not gone off. I am very pleased the result and now on to the rest of the Captain.
I have decided to convent up a Space marine captain. Looking at the web, I have seen loads of great conversions, but the Scibor range was mentioned loads. Looking through the range I just love the Spartan but I wanted my captain to be in Terminator armour. I have hatched a plot and I have ordered loads of bits for Scibor and Model bits
He will be armed with a ‘dory’ spear. I will count it as a Lighting claw. The twin ending to the weapon will make it stand out from the crowd. Topped off with the bowl shield, he will be mounted on a resin base.
I have started work with the spear. As a base I have started with the Grey knight warding stave. Cutting off the Skull assembly and mounted the tip from a Nemesis Force sword.
The first attempt was not overly great, but I have tried again.
I think the tip is correct this time. @nationoflee, from twitter has suggested that I make the counterbalance from either a Aquila or terminator honour. I think this is a great plan, but I don’t have any! I have copied the classical images of the Dory and have used green stuff to make acounter banlance tip. mounted on to a standard terminator arm with the Storm bolter cut off.
now on to the body. The easy way is to usde a standard terminator Body, however, I love the chest plate from the SM Commander kit. I’ll post progress later.